Guest Post: Rena Barron’s Road to Publication

Hello friends!

Today I’m so very excited to have on the blog the author of one of my most anticipated releases of 2019 and that’s none other than Rena Barron, the author of African fantasy KINGDOM OF SOULS. And she’s here today with a post opening up about her journey towards being a published author. And let me tell you, I loved how candid and real this post is, and I’m honored to be sharing it with the rest of you. So enough from me, because that’s NOT what you’re here for and let’s get on with the actual post. Continue reading

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2018 releases I still need to catch up on

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Hello friends,

The other day I went back and looked through my most anticipated releases posts for 2010 (here’s where you can find part 1 & part 2), I realized that although I actually read lot more of them than I expected, there were still quite a few I still need to get to. So I thought why not make a post out of it. For the sake of not making this post 50 books long, I limited myself to the books I mentioned in those posts ONLY (because I know if I go on my goodreads shelf there would be…a lot). And out of the ones I still haven’t read I picked those I haven’t lost interest in reading, so here we are with a list of fifteen 2018 releases I’ll try to make my way through this year.

book title = goodreads page.

Debuts

  • Home and Away by Candice Montgomery – I’m. this was literally one of my top 5 most anticipated releases, WHY and HOW haven’t I read it yet. Black queer girl encovering family secrets? Accepting her identiti(es)? Shame on me.
  • Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh. This has necromancers and the main character is bisexual and it has a very slowburn f/f relationship, I was supposed to read it right after it came out and I somehow just…forgot. I forgot. Just like that.
  • A Girl like Her by Tanaz Bhathena. I’m not like over the moon excited about this one but I’m still interested in reading it, especially since some Muslim folks say the portrayal of Muslims is bad and some didn’t mind it at all and actually love the book. So I’m very curious as to where I’ll stand on the issue.
  • Tyler Johnson was Here by Jay Coles. Jay Coles is an (inter)national treasure and for that reason alone I want to read the book, but besides that I’ve only heard amazing things about it from people I trust so I really need to just get my shit together at some point and read it already.
  • Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro. I’m a SUCKER for teenagers starting revolutions and this is all about these kids being fed up with the fucked up conditions at their school and taking strides to instigate change.
  • My so-called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma. This sounds like the cheesiest of YA romcoms and I need it in my life. Funny thing is my friend sent me her arc so I do have it and eventhough I say I *need* it I STILL HAVEN’T READ IT. Am I okay? probably not.

Not Debuts (?)

  • Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman. I love books that rip me apart. I love books that deal with grief and dive so deep into it that you find yourself feeling it even when you have nothing to grieve. And this sounds like that.
  • What if it’s Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli. I -mostly- love both these authors’ works so I really want to see what them working together will be like. Especially with Silvera’s writing being on the darker side and Albertalli’s on the perkier.
  • Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria. I honestly don’t know much about this book besies the fact that I enjoyed the author’s debut, that I love her writing style and that this one has an asexual and a bisexual main characters.
  • This is what it feels like by Rebecca Barrow. EVERY MONTH I intend to put this one on my TBR and by the time the next month rolls around I FORGET. But this is queer AF and June is pride month so I better get on it. Someone slap me if I don’t.
  • The way you make me feel by Maureen Goo. Can you believe I still haven’t read anything by Maureen Goo? In the year of our lord 2019? I know that this has food trucks and rivals to lovers romance, and I also got a four chapters sample back in the start of 2018 that I enjoyed so I don’t know what I’m waiting for.
  • Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed. The author’s Written in the Stars is one of my favourite books…ever so I really NEED to read this one. I think that the only thing keeping me from reading it is that it’s Middle grade and that intimidates me…I’m getting the audiobook though.

Sequels

  • A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir. My excuse for this one is that I’m really scared but it’s honestly gotten ridiculous. It’s been a year and I got a copy in Italy back in July so I just need to bite the bullet. Delaying it won’t make it easier on my heart.
  • Wildcard by Marie Lu. AAaaaHHHhh. I’m scared this one will disappoint me and ruin my image of Warcross. I heard very mediocre things about it and I’m tempted not to read. But I also can’t not read it because I need to know what happens.
  • The Storyteller by Traci Chee. This is another one I’m terrified of but less so than Reaper, the main reason is that I just still haven’t found a proper time slot for it in my Arc crammed schedule. And it’s also very fantasy heavy so whenever I’m not reading an arc I make it another genre.

And that’s it for today’s post, folks. To be completely honest, this was mostly to put it out there and hold myself accountable. I own most these books and the ones I don’t have are on Scribd so I just NEED TO READ THEM. If I haven’t read them ALL and I mean A L L by the end of 2019, please feel free to sue me. I need to stop procrastinating my life.


That’s it until next time.

What are some 2018 releases you want to read but haven’t gotten around to yet?

Have you read any on my list? What did you think of them?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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TAG #46: The Scavenger Hunt challenge

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Hello friends!

A couple months ago, I was tagged by Ellyn @ Allonsythornaxx Books to do the Scavenger Hunt Challenge, for which the goal is to find your next read through a number of prompts, one you wouldn’t necessarily reach for. Now, in an ideal world, you’d do this at a bookstore or a library but since neither is really accessible to me where I live and I already have a ridiculous TBR as it is, I decided to use my own bookshelf and if I don’t have any book on my shelves that fits the prompt then I’ll resort to my e-books. And hopefully I’ll end up picking a book I’d forgotten about. The challenge was created by Peter @ Peter Likes Books on Youtube. Continue reading

#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Modern Poetry Criticisms

Melissa

Poetry is a beautiful mode of expression. Poetry can capture millions and millions of moments and experiences. Yet, there are those in the poetry community who strive to tell new, contemporary poets what poetry is and is not.

For context, I have been in the poetry community for a very short time, for around 2 years online, but I’ve witnessed a lot of discussions on social media between poets and non-poets about the definition of poetry in the 21st century. Continue reading

Zodiac Signs Book Recommendations

Zodiac signs book recs

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As I was thinking lately about some kind of fun post to do on the blog, my very not brilliant brain came to up with this very not creative idea WHICH IS, drum roll please, book recommendations based on the twelve zodiac signs. Now, as I’ve gotten a bit more into astrology the past few months, I know that there’s a bit more depth to all of this and the signs, their traits and their influence are more complex than just your sun sign (the one based on your day of birth, that basically everyone knows) but for the sake of keeping this post light and simple I’m going to base these recommendations on the signs’ most known attributes. Continue reading

#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Desi Voices. Desi Stories.

Aradhna

The book community talks a lot about diversity and representation. Whether many of these people walk the walk on reading and asking for more books that are diverse, I can’t say. I can say, however, that even with this year seeming to have more Asian representation, I am finding it hard to be excited that it is the start of a revolution. Continue reading

5 Star Predictions: My Cover Crushes

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Hello friends!

If you’ve seen my March wrap-up, you know that last month I went through a bit of a crisis because of how I had only rated one (1) book five stars so far in the year. By the end of the month, that had went up to three (with one being a correct previous prediction)  but even then that’s still SO LOW for me compared to previous years and I have no idea what’s up with that because I *know* the books I’ve been reading aren’t less amazing than the one I’ve read the previous years, most of them hover in the 4/4.5 general area and yet I have become much more reserved with my 5 stars.

So it’s safe to say, out of the books I’ve predicted and read this year were WAY off. That being said, I’m still gonna do this feature because 1/ It’s super fun and 2/ I might crack the code to this mystery and go back to rating books five stars all the time. NOW to the post at hand. For this edition, I chose books that have covers that give me all the heart eyes that I think I have a very high chance of rating 5 stars. Continue reading

#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Disability Representation in YA

Lilya

Hello!

When Fadwa first posted about wanting to do these guest posts, I jumped at the chance. For a while I’ve wanted to do a post about disability rep in YA books, and how is done well, and how it’s not. But I always worried that my following was too small, or that no one would care about what I had to say. So when I talked to Fadwa about my idea, and she was enthused about it, I felt for once as thought maybe it could matter to people. Continue reading

Word Wonders’ TBR Expansion: Books with East and South East Asian Main Characters

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Hello friends!

I’m back again with a book list post that takes a WHOLE DAY (literally) to make but hey! No regrets, even though I hate making these, I love making them. Forgive me if this doesn’t make sense, it’s well past two am as I’m typing this and I might or might not be delirious with fatigue, but shhhh. ANYWAY. As I was working on my #YARC2019 TBR last month, I realized that although I have lists that include South and West Asian books, I still hadn’t done one with books that have East or South East Asian main characters, but FRET NOT, I’m here to remedy that today. And so far, this is the list I’ve compiled that has the most books with 70+ items.

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#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Busting some Indian myths & stereotypes

Prags

Hey guys! My name is Prags and I have been blogging for about 3 years now, on and off. My time in the community, and western media, has taught me that there are certain preconceived notions, myths, and stereotypes surrounding people of South Asian descent and I thought it would be a good time to share the truth about some of them! I want you to keep in mind that though these are general South Asian stereotypes, I can only speak from an Indian perspective since I am an Indian and I am not versed with the lifestyle of people living in other South Asian countries, even though all of us do have many things in common. So, from here on, I shall be using the term Indian as compared to South Asian. Continue reading