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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15 Series I want to read in 2020 – starting, catching up & finishing

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Today I’m here to share with you a list that has been plaguing my thoughts and overwhelming my every waking moment because of its sheer size, and that’s the list of series I want to start/catch up on/finish before the end of 2020. Now, the list I’m sharing on this post today is considerably shorter than the one inside my brain (and hope it will alleviate some) because I wanted to keep this post reader friendly, so I gave myself some guidelines for these books to fit to make it into this list: Continue reading

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

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

Did I like the books my best friend chose for me?

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Around the start of this year (2019), my best friend, Laura from Green Tea and Paperbacks, and I had given each other 5 books to read during the year, in this post here, to 1/ force the other one to read our favourite books and 2/ see if we know each other’s taste in books well enough. So the year has come and gone (seriously, wtf?) and I’m here today to wrap it up and let y’all how good/bad Laura fared. If you’re curious to know how *I* did on Laura’s TBR, you can check out her wrap-up here. Continue reading

My best friend picks my TBR

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You know what my favourite thing about this community is? All the people I got to meet and friendships I got to make. I’ve met some of my bestest friends through my blog, and Laura @ Green Tea and Paperbacks comes on top. She’s the most genuine, caring and loyal friend anyone could ask for and just all around a ray of sunshine so it’s safe to say that I am blessed. And what do bibliophile best friends do? They spend half the time they talk yelling at each other to read the other’s favourite book. This isn’t a joke. Laura and I spend a ridiculous amount of time harassing each other about this. 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

All the series of EVER (read, reading, to read)

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So, the other day I was thinking about all the series I read, the mistakes I made, how many times I fell in love (with books, duhh!!), how many hours I will never get back, you know, that kind of fun stuff and this idea sparked in my head. Why not share with you, the series I read, am currently reading and the ones I really want to read sometime soon. To make it a little more fun though, I’ll write with that the first sentence that comes to mind when I think of said books. This might be ridiculous, offensive, hilarious or completely boring. We shall see how it goes !

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This Man – Jodi Ellen Malpas

 

Is it getting hot in here? The temperature is definitely rising.

 

Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead

Scepticism turned into love, I never regretted it since.

 

Divergent – Veronica Roth

Why did it have to go downhill so quick?

 

Blue Bloods – Melissa De La Cruz

This series was the glory of my tween years *sigh*

 

Twilight – Stephanie Meyer

Can we not rehash the past? Please?

 

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

I was obsessed… For a couple of minutes!

 

Razorland– Ann Aguirre

I don’t remember much other than BEST POST-APOCALYPTIC TRILOGY (I think ?)

 

The Selection – Kiera Kass

Should’ve stopped at 3. Three is the magical number here.

 

The Mortal Instruments – Cassandra Clare

Why haven’t I read this sooner?

 

The Infernal Devices – Cassandra Clare

JEM. WILL. My heart cannot take all the feels surging back. *drowns in the feels*

 

Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins

I’m swooning just thinking about all the romance going on.

 

Harry Potter – J. K. Rowling

I’m rereading this at the moment and IT IS GLORIOUS.

 

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The Lunar Chronicles – Marissa Meyer (All published)

I have only Winter left to read and I’m savoring it because I DON’T WANT IT TO END.

 

Shades of Magic – V. E. Schwab (Ongoing)

WHY DID I READ THIS BEFORE THE FINAL BOOK’S RELEASE?

 

Wolf by Wolf – Ryan Graudin (Ongoing)

Can November come ANY sooner? I can’t take the wait anymore.

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Deanna Madden – A. R. Torre (All published)

I need more of this creepiness in my life.

 

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Red Rising – Pierce Brown

I’m probably starting this one pretty soon.

 

The Raven Cycle – Maggie Stiefvater

I’m starting this one even sooner?

 

Starbound – Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

I almost gave up on this one but some of you changed my mind.

 

The Spinster Club – Holly Bourne

I heard the word Feminism and got REALLY curious.

 

Outlander – Diana Gabaldon

One day, friends. ONE DAY.

 

The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken

Yes, I have been living under a rock for the past few years.

 

Chaos Walking – Patrick Ness

OMG I’M SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS ONE. I just have to buy it first.

 

Prisoner of Night and Fog – Anne Blankman

Hell yes to everything WWII related.

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An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir

Won a copy of the first book in a giveaway, I’m reading it as soon as it comes. YAY!

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Firebird – Claudia Gray

The premise has me so intrigued and the covers mesmerized.

 

The Conquerors – Kiersten White

I hear violence and ruthless MC, I come running.

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This Savage Song – Victoria Schwab

I need Schwab. GIMME ALL THE SCHWAB.

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Vicious – Victoria Schwab

Read above.

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The Dark Artifacts – Cassandra Clare

I swear I’m almost there, picking it up soon.

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Millenium – Stieg Larsson

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is giving me the mean eye right now.

 

Percy Jackson and the Olympians – Rick Riordan

Yep. Late to the party. AGAIN.

 

Thunder Road -Katie McGarry

Kickass titles are very attractive to me.

 

The Illuminae Files – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Cool formats are very attractive to me too?

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The Grisha – Leigh Bardugo

Again, darkness, violence and monsters. GIMME.

 

Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

Same world as the Grisha, duuh !!

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I think I’ll stop here for all of our sakes, I’m sure there are a lot more but those are the ones that I REALLY want to read.


That’s it until next time.

Do you have any other series recommendations? Are any of these favorites of yours?

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My Diverse Reading – Or Lack there Of

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As you must’ve guessed from the title, I have a confession to make that I’m not very proud of. Not at all. My reading isn’t diverse and I’m very embarrassed about that. And I don’t mean genre wise because I read plenty of genres, you name it, I read it (Almost hehe) but when it comes to character and author diversity, I am crap. I stick mostly to white people in both of them, and 99% of the characters I read about are straight (Okay I made that number up but you get the point) which in itself isn’t bad but it is kind of funny because I am a Muslim person of color so I should encourage Own voices authors and read everything they have to say because every story deserves to be told and read.

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“It is the state of having people who are different races or who have different cultures in a group or organization.”

What does that mean for me as a reader I hear you asking ? It means that we shouldn’t limit your reading to one culture, religion, sexual orientation or group of people. We read about white protagonists ? That’s good, now add to that black people, latinos, Arabs, native Americans, Indians etcetera etcetera… We can also read about Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists among other religions. Straight, queer, trans, asexual and so on and so forth. Let’s also not forget about illnesses and diseases. All voices deserve to be heard to the same extent.

This will not only help the authors but it will also help US get out of our little bubble and learn more about what’s happening around us, right under our noses or at the other side of the globe.

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I quite frankly wasn’t aware of it. I didn’t know that diverse reading was actually a thing. I just picked up whatever book I thought was interesting and most books I heard about were popular books and let’s face it, most popular books don’t promote diversity.

Before blogging and interacting with people from all kinds of backgrounds, I didn’t know that I needed to read diverse. Yes, I said “need” because these last few weeks I’ve been thinking of it a lot and it’s become a “need” more than it is a “want”. It’s like this whole new world opened up to me and I can’t wait to explore it.

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Well everything began with this hashtag called #Diversebookbloggers on Twitter that was initiated by Naz @ Read Diverse Books I believe. I started quietly following their threads and discussions there. I know what you’re thinking. I am a “diverse” person by definition so I should engage in those discussions. But I honestly felt unworthy of it and kind of ashamed of how uninformed on the matter I was. I just fished for every Q and A they had haha, I craved knowledge on the matter.

So I learnt a few things that I didn’t particularly like with the main one being that Own Voices authors are not very encouraged in the publishing area, they have to struggle more to get their stories out there and heard, and that they won’t become popular unless us, readers, decide to listen to what they have to say and promote their books. That’s when I decided it was time to step up. I pledge to read more diverse from now on, I am not saying that I’ll drastically change my reading ways but I’m going to start including more Own Voice books. But it took me a while to finally take the plunge and just do it. Why? Because I didn’t know where to start, I was overwhelmed by everything I just learnt and I needed time to process it and see how to go about it and I am ready now. #Diversebookbloggers have converted me haha.

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From left to right, top to bottom :

  1. FROM MY SISTER’S LIPS Naima B. Robert
  2. LABYRITH LOST Zoraida Cordova
  3. MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD Fransisco X. Stork
  4. SAREE Su Dharmapala
  5. WRITTEN IN THE STARS Aisha Saeed
  6. AMERICANAH Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  7. MORE HAPPY THAN NOTAdam Silvera
  8. AKATA WITCH Nnedi Okorafor
  9. JULIET TAKES A BREATH Gabby Rivera
  10. WHEN MICHAEL MET MINA Randa Abdel-Fattah

Some of these books I discovered on my own, most of them though I got off of Naz’s blog (Thank you so much !). Special notice to From My Sisters’ lips which I discovered through Fatima @ Noteable Pad during one of our many awesome late night conversations a few days ago and I can’t wait to get my hands on it -which has proven to be very difficult- and read all of the stories it holds inside.

*The titles are direct links to the Goodreads pages


That’s it until next time.

Are you a Diverse Reader? Have you always been? What are some of the best Own Voice books you have read?

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