Seeing Asian: Top Ten Covers with Asian Rep on the Front

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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is a cover freebie. So in keeping with this whole Asian American Heritage theme, I’ve decided to feature covers with Asian people on them, whether a photograph or drawing. Unfortunately, there are not nearly enough covers with PoC on them, but the majority of those that do are gorgeous! All of the following covers are books that I’ve either read and loved or have on my #AsianLitBingo TBR. Don’t forget to check back tonight for my review of Outrun the Moon! The books I have read and reviewed have linked reviews: just click on the title! Without further ado:  Continue reading

Ummm…No Thank You: Top Ten Book Turn-offs

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Last week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt were things that immediately draw me to a book, so this week’s topic is Top Ten Things That Make Me Instantly Not Want to Read a Book. Because I try to read a wide array of books (not that I always succeed), this list is a little bit more general than usual. However, almost all of the things below are hard and fast rules for me, save for the few exceptions noted. As usual, these are not in any specific order.  Continue reading

Brason, Blue Food, and More: Top Ten Things Only a Percy Jackson Fanperson Will Understand

top-ten-tuesdays-bannerHello my pandas! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is Fandom Freebie, so I have decided to make a list of what I think are the most iconic phrases, phenomena, sentences, etc. in the Percy Jackson fandom. I’ve been a part of this fandom for such a long time, so it’s truly near and dear to my heart. As always, this list is not in any particular order. Without further ado, the most Percy Jackson fandom things ever! Continue reading

Ready, Set, Binge Read: Top Ten Series I Read In One Sitting

top-ten-tuesdays-bannerToday’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is something to do with the Top Ten Books I Read In One Sitting, but because I read so many books in just one go, I thought I’d put my own twist on this prompt. Today’s list will be the top ten series whose books I read consecutively, usually at a pace of one or even two books a day! As usual, these are in no particular order. Let’s go!

The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

The Starbound Trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spponer

The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

Do you also like to binge read? Have you binge read any of these series? Or do you like to read things more slowly, over a long period of time? Let me know!

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All the Feels: Top Ten Books That Made Me Cry

top-ten-tuesdays-bannerToday’s Top Ten Tuesday (by The Broke and the Bookish) topic is a freebie, so I’ve decided to talk about the books that made me cry because why not? I seem to love making myself cry, especially recently, based on the number of books here that were read in 2016. Fun fact, before last year, I’d only cried in a book maybe once or twice. On the other hand, the amount of movies I’ve cried in…I cry in almost every single movie ever, especially Disney movies. Anyway, back to this list thing. If I have reviewed the book, a review shall be linked by clicking the picture. For once, these are in a specific order: from the most amount of tears that they produced. Let’s go! Continue reading

Swanky Seventeens: Top Ten 2017 Debuts I’m Excited For

2017 is full of so many wonderful debuts! So for the first Top Ten Tuesday of this year, I’m going to give a shoutout to these authors and their awesome sounding books. I’ve heard so many things about them from the book community, so I’m super excited! As usual, these are in no specific order.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

The Color Project by Sierra Abrams

Wintersong by S. Jae Jones

Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

The Amateresu Project by Axie Oh

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

Frostblood by Elly Blake

Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves

Have you heard of any of these? Which 2017 debuts are you excited about?

*Grabby Hands* Part 3: Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward to in the First Half of 2017

Yes, I know I’ve been missing yet again for almost a week. In my defense though, I had another 4 Nutcracker performances and I have my exams this week.(I’m supposed to be studying for my physics exam right now, shhhh!)  So unfortunately, this will be a relatively short post; no descriptions today. Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is the top ten books I’m looking forward to in the first half of 2017! This was a super tough list to create because there are so many that I can’t wait to read, but here we go! As usual, in no particular order.

Roseblood by A.G. Howard

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Wires and Nerves by Marissa Meyer (graphic novel) 

Special shoutout goes to Wires and Nerves because it’s probably going to be my first ever graphic novel! That’s right, I’ve never read one. Well, there’s always a first for everything! Of course, the Lunar Chronicles is always a good place to start. I can’t wait to see the crew again!

What books are you really excited to read in the first half of 2017? Any on my list?

P.S. Depending on how long it takes me to study for English, I may be posting my long overdue book/bookish swag haul!

Nice to Meet You: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read for the First Time in 2016

This year, as I’ve said, I’ve made a major attempt to read my backlist. I think I’ve succeeded relatively well, although I still have a lot more books and authors on my TBR list. Today’s topic is the Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read for the First Time in 2016. I’m actually a bit embarrassed that I haven’t read any of these fabulous authors before this year. I know, I know, you can judge me all you want. However, all these authors have at least one book on my all-time favorites list, and a lot of them are now auto-read, if not auto-buy, authors. I highly recommend reading all these fabulous women! Note: As usual, these are not in any particular order. Also, I still plan to read a lot more new authors in December, so this list may not be complete!

Leigh Bardugo

Jennifer Niven

Becky Albertalli

Roshani Chokshi

Sabaa Tahir

Maggie Stiefvater

Madeline Miller

Elizabeth Wein

Renee Ahdieh

Sarah J Maas

No descriptions today because I really don’t have time (school) , but I’ve fangirled about basically all their books at one point or another! Who are your top ten new-to-you authors this year? Anyone on this list?

A Very Merry, Very Diverse Holiday Season to You: Top Ten Diverse Books to Give This Season

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is something to do with a holiday gift guide. As I’ve said before (and I’ll say it again), WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS! Thus, today’s guide is a list consisting only of diverse books that I’ve read this year and loved. You know the usual: they’re in no particular order. The books that I’ve reviews should have their links in the descriptions. Random PS.: I’ve just recieved 100 likes on this blog! What? I know that doesn’t seem like a big number to most, but I’m still in awe. Thanks guys!!!

The Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo

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This duology is one of my favorite reads this year, and also one of the most diverse. It includes an LGBBTQ+ couple (whom I ship with all my heart and make me smile just thinking about them), two PoC main characters, main characters suffering from PTSD, and a main character actively working to overcome internalized racism. The stories are simply amazing, and just ahhhh!!! You can read my full on fangirling in my Six of Crows review and my Crooked Kingdom review.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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I’ve talked about this book before but IT IS SO IMPORTANT! The messages in this book and the number of impactful quotes are just amazing. For example, “Everyone should have to declare one way or another, and it should be this big awkward thing whether you’re straight, gay, bi, or whatever.” This book is extremely relatable, and I’m just in awe of Becky Albertalli’s writing. I can’t wait for her next book, The Upside of Unrequited! In the meantime, you can read my full review here.

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

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This fabulous debut novel by Roshani Chokshi was published earlier this year, although I only read this a few weeks ago. I seriously don’t know why I waited. This novel was just so beautifully written, and the writing was extremely lush. I fell in love with this book in just a few chapters. Her next book, A Crown of Wishes, comes out next year, and we’re also going to get three more novels focusing on the couple in this book. The Indian mythology just meshed with Roshani’s own story so well. Review to come sometime in the next month (hopefully).

 

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Image result for more happy than notThis book was another recent read, and yet another book that I know I should not have been putting off. Unlike Becky Albertalli’s book which is very important and has serious material but is lighthearted at its core, Adam Silvera’s debut novel is very raw and gritty. It is unflinchingly honest, and it makes you really stop and think. There were some very real questions raised, and this book is definitely another must-read for all, teens especially. I’m still trying to gather my thoughts, so review to come late December probably. But seriously, you need to go read it ASAP!

 

The Wrath and the Dawn Duology by Renee Ahdieh

Image result for the wrath and the dawn duologyI read this duology in about two days, back to back. Here is yet another lush and beautifully written story. These books are a retelling of the classic Arabian Nights. There is so much that I love in Renee Ahdieh’s stories, especially the main characters Shazi and Khalid. Read my individual reviews of The Wrath and the Dawn and the Love and Loss: The Rose and the Dagger here as well as the joint review: Arabian Nights: The Wrath and the Dawn Duology.

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

Image result for of fire and starsI literally just finished this book less than a week ago, but it’s already definitely high up there on my lists. In fact, I actually bought a copy for my friend as part of her birthday present. I’m a huge fan of books to do with princesses and/or magic, and this book had both! I also loved that the princess fell in love with the prince’s sister, which a twist on the usual trope. PS. I love how beautiful the cover is! Review to come.

 

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

Image result for the hammer of thorI will be the first person to you that I knew literally nothing about Norse mythology before reading these books. I also learned probably at least 50% of my Greek, Roman, and Egytian mythology from Rick Riordan’s books, and I’m obsessed. The Magnus Chase books have honestly taught me so much about Norse mythology, but even more importantly, they have a wonderful cast of characters. There is a genderfluid main character introduced in this book, and Alex is honestly probably one of my favorite people in this whole series. There is also a Muslim main character, Samirah al-Abbas, as well as a deaf and mute main character, Hearthstone, who is an elf. This book was even better than the previous one, and I’m super scared but super excited for the last book in the series!

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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I pushed this boook up on my TBR list when I realized I was going to be meeting Nicola Yoon, back in September. I’m so glad I did. Although this book was short, it was a very cute book, and I loved the format. The main character of this book, Maddie, is biracial, which in my opinion is very uncommon is YA literature. Maybe I’m just reading the wrong books?  Everything, Everything is getting a movie August of next year, and I’ll definitely be watching that. Nicola Yoon also has a new book out right now, titled The Sun is Also a Star, which I’ll be reading soon. In the meantime, you can read my Everything, Everything review.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Image result for the song of achillesAgain, this is one of my all-time favorite books this year. I’ve been hearing about it for years, but I only picked it up this summer. I can’t believe I didn’t read it sooner!!!! If you don’t know, this book is a retelling of the legend of Achilles. There’s a twist though: it’s told from the perspective of his companion, Patroclus, who in this story is much more than just that. If you’re familiar with the full legend, you’ll know how it ends, which actually just makes the whole book more captivating and heartbreaking at the same time. You can read all my fangirling here: How to Rip My Heart into A Million Pieces: The Song of Achilles.

The Young Elites Trilogy by Marie Lu

Image result for the young elites trilogyMarie Lu holds a special place in my heart because besides Rick Riordan, she is only author on here that I’d read prior to this year. (I know! Crazy!) I’ve actually been a fan of hers for many years, starting way back when with her Legend series. This book centers around a villain, and it tells her origin story. What’s interesting about this is that unlike most origin stories, we don’t know how her story will end. So we’re left guessing (and crying by the end of The Midnight Star). Adelina is probably my favorite villain of all time, and there’s something about her that is just so compelling. I read The Midnight Star the day it came out, but I’ve needed to process my feelings, so review to come soon. In the meantime, you can read my The Young Elites review and my The Rose Society review.

So that’s today’s Top Ten Tuesday! I apologize for the late time, but I was stuck at the theatre the whole day with no Wifi. What diverse books do you recommend? Comment below because I’m always looking for more diverse reads!