10 romance authors I want to try out in 2020

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So uh… you know how I am self-proclaimed romance trash? Well, I recently came to two realizations that aren’t very pleasant to me and make it harder to hold onto that title, which are as follow:

  1. Out of all my reading this year so far, romance makes up a whooping 8%, which is a grand total of two books. I’ve read two romance books in the past three months. And I hate it.
  2. I tend to circle back to the same authors and rarely if ever branch out.  Talia Hibbert, Alyssa Cole, Alisha Rai, Rebekah Weatherspoon, and a couple others. But that’s it. I mean they’re phenomenal, but I’d like to see what else is out there.

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WORD WONDERS’ TBR EXPANSION : Books with Aro-spec main characters |Aromantic Awareness Week

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I’ve been meaning to make this post for months upon months now, probably over a year. But then when I realized there was an actual Aromantic Awareness week, and thought it would be the perfect time to make a list compiling books that feature main characters on the Aromantic spectrum. Aromantic awareness week spans from February 17th to the 23rd so today is the first day and here I am with a list of over 30 books featuring characters on the Aromantic spectrum. If you all didn’t know, hello! I am grayromantic and hence why this week and list mean extra to me. Continue reading

COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Alechia Dow, author of The Sound of Stars

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Today’s interview is one I’m really excited to share because I had a lovely chat with Alechia Dow, the author of the upcoming THE SOUND OF STARS! A debut I read a couple months ago and fell head over heels for. It’s an exploration of humanity and an ode to arts that stroke a chord with me, a book and music lover, and I have no doubt it will do the same for many, many of you. It also brings to the table a different twist on aliens, different species of aliens that I had a lot of fun getting to know, and it was just all around a really soft and hopeful book that put a crack in my heart and filled it with light, thus restoring my faith in humanity with just a little over 400 pages. But enough of me waxing poetry about this book and let’s dive into the interview: Continue reading

COLOR THE SHELVES: A “The Worst Best Man” dream cast – by Mia Sosa

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If you know me, you know that romance is my comfort genre, the one genre that I never get tired of and that I’m never in a slump from. My brain can consume ridiculous amounts of it without ever saying enough. So knowing that, you really wouldn’t expect this feature to come and go without featuring a romance author, in fact I have a few of those cooking up. But for today, I have joining me, Mia Sosa, the author of the upcoming THE WORST BEST MAN, which is an enemies to lovers romance that sounds super sexy and right up my alley. So I’m really happy that Mia is going to be sharing with us today, her dream cast, the actors she would love for her characters to be played by in a hypothetical movie. And said dream cast is very melaninated (is that eve a word?) to my greatest joy!! So without further ramblings on my part, I’ll let her take over, and introduce you to them.

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COLOR THE SHELVES: How the “A Phoenix First Must Burn” cover was born – by Patrice Caldwell

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I am so over the moon to be bringing this post today!! Do you ever look at a book cover, gasp at how gorgeous it is and then start wondering and marveling at how the artist, designer and whole team put it together? Well I do! A lot! And the cover for A Phoenix First Must Burn was no different. This book is, hands down, in my Top 5 most anticipated releases of the year, and how could it not be? It’s a an anthology of 16 tales that range in genre that center and celebrate the Black experience and specifically the queer Black experience and Black Girl Magic, and that means so much to me. Like Patrice says later in the post, it’s something I wanted as a teen. I’m here for it, and to scream about this book at the top of my lungs. Cherry on top is that some of my favorite authors are featured in it. Continue reading

COLOR THE SHELVES: The Importance of Found Family for Children of Immigrants – by Mike Chen

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I’m so happy to be hosting my first guest post of this series and for it to be on such an amazing topic as the importance of found family for the children of immigrants. Especially one written with so much heart and honesty as the one Mike Chen wrote. I wrote this post a few times already and keep on rereading it or excerpts of it every now and then because of how much I loved it, so I hope you’ll all love it as much as I did and that some of you will be able to see pieces of yourselves in it. Continue reading

My best friend picks my TBR… AGAIN!

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As promised in last week’s post, I am back with another edition of “My Best Friend Picks my TBR”. Here are the original 2019 post as well as the wrap-up for that one. But the gist of it is that Laura basically chose 5 books for me to read throughout the year and I did the same for her. We’re doing the same thing this year, the only difference is that we’re going for 6 books instead of 5. Continue reading

COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Anna-Marie Mclemore, author of Dark and Deepest Red

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Hello friends and Happy New Year!

And welcome the first ever COLOR THE SHELVES post! I’m so excited to have you all reading this post, and to be sharing the works of so many wonderful Authors of Color who have books coming out in 2020 with you. And for this first post, I’m ecstatic and honored to be hosting one of my favorite authors ever, Anna-Marie McLemore, who’s here to talk about their upcoming January 2020, release DARK AND DEEPEST RED, the inspiration behind it as well as other fun things! I will be keeping this introduction short, because I’m sure you’re way more interested in what they have to say, so I hope you enjoy and stay on board for the rest of my weekly Color the Shelves posts! Continue reading

50+ 2020 releases I am excited about

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It’s finally that time again! The time I both love and hate! Love because I GET TO SHARE BOOKS I CAN’T WAIT FOR WITH YOU!!! And hate because the formatting of these posts is the bane of my existence. So yes, here were are today, gathered to share my most anticipated releases for the first half of 2020, and let me tell you, there are so many brilliant sounding books coming that I just know already that I won’t be able to read half of them, let alone all of them. Continue reading

#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss: Bridging the Gap – A Letter to 15-Year-Old Me on Adoption

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Many thanks, first off, to Fadwa for hosting this amazing series! If you don’t know me, I’m Sara, and I blog over at Lyrical Reads, bookstagram over at @lyrical.reads, and occasionally tweet over at @lyricalreads. I’m so grateful that I get to be a part of #DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss!

When I first showed interest in participating in the #DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss series, I had a very vague idea of what I wanted to write about. I definitely knew that I wanted to write about something on international adoption (particularly Chinese adoption) because I was adopted when I was 11-months-old. However, I needed an angle, and I needed books I could talk about. Fortunately, I found the books (not that many, though), one which I just finished a few days ago, and the angle found its way to me not too long afterwards.  Continue reading