Wrapping up 2018 – Most disappointing reads of the year

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At the time I’m typing up this post I’ve read 94 books, and you can imagine and understand that in their midst were some brilliant books, some god-awful books and in middle of all that, some books that just let me down. They’re not necessarily books that I hated, heck, some of them I rated 3 stars, but these are the books that I expected to love but ended up being lackluster, not quite reaching my expectations. In some cases the expectations weren’t high to begin with, in other cases it’s on me for having humongous expectations. But all in all, this isn’t a post about the books I hated the most, but those that disappointed me. Continue reading

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American Panda – Emotional and Empowering coming of age story

American Panda

Publication date : February 6th, 2018

Publisher : !Simon Pulse | Simon & Schuster

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Page Count: 311

Synopsis : At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies. With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can’t bring herself to tell them the truth–that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese. Continue reading

5 Stars Predictions: Authors I know and Love

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I’m back with another post where I go through my TBR and try to -hopefully, accurately- guess what books I will be giving 5 stars to, once I get around to reading them (In 2180 maybe). From the books, I ended up picking last month, I read three: The Hate U Give, The Astonishing Color of After and The Poppy War and GUESS WHAT, they all ended up being 5 stars read. The other five, I still haven’t read for one reason or the other, most of which are valid, but I will get to them…eventually. For this post though, I will be going with authors I already know and love and whose books I’m picking sound like something I will fall head over heels for.
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40+ Most Anticipated Releases of 2019: January to June

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TIS THE SEASON… Of all the fun end of the year bookish lists. I can’t believe I’m writing my most anticipated releases for the first half of 2019 when I feel like I wrote the same one for 2018 just the other day. Most of these are YA, but there is some Adult and a Middle Grade in there as well!

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Passionate Rivals – Angsty Second Chance Romance

 

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Series: PMC Hospital Romance #4

Publication date : September 11th, 2018

Publisher : Bold Strokes Books

Genre : Adult | Romance

Page Count: 240

Synopsis : Onetime lovers, unexpected rivals…
Emmett McCabe never expected to see Sydney Stevens—a woman with whom she’d shared a brief, incendiary connection before it all went up in flames—again. Luckily, ascending the cutthroat ladder of a high-pressure surgery residency to reach the top spot makes it easy to ignore what’s missing in her life. Then Sydney reappears after nearly five years. Emmett is barely over her shock when she discovers Sydney is her new competition for the coveted chief’s position everyone, including Emmett, expects will be hers.
Professional rivalry and long-simmering passions create a combustible combination when the two are forced to work together, especially when past attractions won’t stay buried. 
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#Ownvoices: Its purpose and limitations

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If you’ve been around the book community for a while, especially the Twitter side of it, you know what #ownvoices is, what it does and what it doesn’t. And I, like a lot of people probably, have alot of thoughts about it swarming my head and demanding to be let out. Some good. Some not so much. Fret not, I’ll get into it, all in due time. And all in this post. So please read on, if you’re interested in my thoughts when it comes to this label.

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The Poppy War – Brutal, timely and terrifyingly brilliant

 

The Poppy War

Series: The Poppy War #1

Publication date : May 1st, 2018

Publisher : Harper Voyager | Harpercollins

Genre : Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 544

Synopsis : When Rin aced the Keju, the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies, it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard, the most elite military school in Nikan, was even more surprising.

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Let’s get you started on Audiobooks ft. Recommendations

 

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while you know that I was fervently against audiobooks, not for everyone mind you, I just could not get into them and confidently said that they weren’t for me. But earlier this year, in March, I had started a new rotation with a long ass drive to and from the hospital I was assigned to, and I had to kill time so I decided to give them another try. It took one audiobook, the right one, to have me hooked, and now I can’t stop. Continue reading

Word Wonder’s TBR Expansion: Books with Transgender and/or Non-binary Main Characters

 

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It’s been a hot minute since I’ve added to my recommendations series (since August to be precise) but we all know I was in a slump and when I got out of it I wanted to take things easy and since these posts take A LOT of time and Energy to put together and I really didn’t feel up to writing one at all. Up until a couple weeks ago so good news, WE’RE BACK FOLKS! I’m not going to be making them monthly anymore, these post will happen maybe once every three months or so because of the aforementioned reasons. I’ll stop rambling now and get on with a list of books with non-binary and/or transgender main characters. Continue reading