Not Your Backup Blog Tour | 5 Reasons Why I Love the Sidekick Squad Series + a Playlist

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Not Your Backup (Sidekick Squad, #3)Title: Not Your Backup
Series: Sidekick Squad #3
Author: C.B. Lee
Genres: Young Adult Sci-Fi
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Emma Robledo has a few more responsibilities that the usual high school senior, but then again, she and her friends have left school to lead a fractured Resistance movement against a corrupt Heroes League of Heroes. Emma is the only member of a supercharged team without powers, and she isn’t always taken seriously. A natural leader, Emma is determined to win this battle, and when that’s done, get back to school. As the Resistance moves to challenge the League, Emma realizes where her place is in this fight: at the front.

Lambda Literary Award finalist C.B. Lee returns with the third book in her bestselling Sidekick Squad series, which has garnered both critical acclaim and fans for its joyous tone and inclusivity.

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Hi everyone! I’m incredibly excited to be able to be apart of the blog tour of Not Your Backup, the third book in the Sidekick Squad series. I love and adore this series, and in celebration of the release of this book I’ve got five reasons to share with you about why I love this series so much, and I made a playlist all about this book!

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All of the Queer Books I Want to Read for Pride (But Will Realistically Probably Not Get To)

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Hi everyone! I’m currently in between finals so I have a little bit of time to read again and I’m enjoying it so, so much! It feels so incredibly good to finally have time to properly sit down and read whatever I want for however long I want to again, and I truly can’t wait to do more of that during the summer.

I’ve also been making quite a few reading plans for pride month and my TBR is absolutely massive, but because I still have two finals and a birthday (I’m turning 22! AAAAH) in June I’m not sure how much reading I’ll realistically be able to get done. But I like having a big TBR, I like having options, so let’s just go with it.

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Firestarter by Tara Sim – I absolutely love this series and I’m both excited and scared to finally finish it off by reading this one, but I’ve been putting it off for way too long so… it needs to happen.
Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan – This book sounds and looks adorable and I’m ready for some queer adorableness.
The Last 8 by Laura Pohl – I’ve been wanting to read this book ever since I first heard of it because it sounds incredibly intruiging, so I’m very happy it’s finally available on Scribd.
Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno – This is a very last minute add-on to this TBR because I had no idea it was queer until a few minutes ago, but I’ve been wanting to read this one very badly so I’m super happy I might get to in June! Lees verder

Where I’ve Been + Upcoming Releases I’m Excited About

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Hey everyone, I hope you’ve all been doing incredibly well! As you might have noticed (or not, I understand) I’ve been away for quite a while. I slowly want to get back to blogging, so I thought the perfect comeback post would be a bit of a combination of an explanation of why I’ve been gone, and the thing that’s actually making me want to blog again: very exciting upcoming releases!

So, as for why I’ve been away: I’ve been slumpling. I actually still am. And not just a reading and blogging slump, but more of an everything-slump. My final exams are coming up (they’re two weeks away now, AAAH) and I’m incredibly stressed and anxious about them because if I pass them it means that I’m graduating and the future is super scary and what if I don’t actually graduate and I fail horribly and… everything just got a little too much, and my mental health started going downhill fast.

So, over the past few months I’ve only touched a handful of books, I fell behind on my Goodreads reading challenge (which is something that hasn’t happened in quite some time), and didn’t write a single blogpost besides a blog tour one which I’d already committed to. And it sucks. Blogging and reading has been apart of my life for quite a few years now and for that to fall away… it really isn’t fun. But I also didn’t want to force myself to read/blog when I didn’t actually want to, because I know that’d only make it worse.

But on the other hand, I’m quite done with this slump so am I forcing myself to write this post? Mayhaps. But I’ve also really wanted to start writing again, and the thing that’s been making me want to write is the incredibly exciting upcoming new releases for April/May, because there’s quite a few really good one’s. And hopefully writing about them will actually make me want to start reading again, and not just want to want to start reading again. If that makes any sense. I hope so.

So, here’s a list of the upcoming releases I’m most excited about! 

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Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali – I was a huge fan of S.K. Ali’s debut, Saints and Misfits, and I’ve been hearing the absolute best things about Love From A to Z, which gives me very high hopes that this book will be just as good, if not better. Also, can we appreciate that cover for a second? I love it so, so much.
Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan – I wasn’t incredibly excited about this book (don’t get me wrong, it sounds really adorable but it just wasn’t on top of my tbr list) but then I heard that it’s queer so…. now I need to read it. Obviously. Lees verder

Small Town Hearts Blog Tour: a Collection of Playlists

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Hi everyone! Today, I’m very excited to be able to participate in the blog tour for Small Town Hearts, hosted by my wonderful friend Lili from Utopia State of Mind! I was super excited when Lili invited me to the blog tour because Small Town Hearts was one of my most anticipated releases. This book hits so many of my buzz words! 1) the main character is bi, and 2) it has a café setting and lots of food related goodness , 3) it’s set in a small beach-side town, etc. And, after finishing the book this weekend, I can safely tell you that it’s just as cute as I expected it to be!

Instead of doing a full review of the book, I chose to make playlists instead. I absolutely adore music, and finding the right songs to go with the book is so much fun so… I might’ve gone a little overboard and ended up making 5 different playlists. Oops. I truly hope you’ll enjoy them – and the book – just as much as I did!

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Babe’s Playlist: Throughout the book Babe, the main character, goes through some changes. She’s really in that transitional period between becoming a ‘real adult’ and being a kid in high school, and she’s also having some problems with her best childhood friends which makes reminisce about the past. Babe is also someone who adores the summer, so for Babe’s playlist I chose to focus most on songs about growing up, finding/losing yourself and summer-y songs.

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Year of the Asian Reading Challenge Sign-Up, TBR + Update Post

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Hi everyone! This year, the super lovely and incredible CW, Lily, Shealea & Vicky are hosting the Year of the Asian; a year long reading challenge dedicated to reading books written by Asian authors. They’re also doing fun prompts, twitter chats and even a giveaway! If you want to know more about this and maybe participate in this challenge yourself, you can check the sign-up post here.

I’ve been thinking about participating in this challenge ever since it was first announced but I wasn’t too sure about it until I saw more and more of my friends joining, and I thought it might be fun to do it as well. (You know, peer pressure and stuff.) Besides that, I also noticed that I had already read three books by Asian authors this year and I’m currently working my way through another, and that both my backlist TBR and my anticipated 2019 releases list are filled with amazing books by Asian authors. So, why not?

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February, The Month of the Buddy-Reads: a TBR (I’m Very Overwhelmed, Help)

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Hi everyone! I don’t often tend to buddy read books. I think I might’ve done less than a handful of buddy reads in the past, but while doing our “best friends picks my TBR” blog posts Fadwa and I decided to buddy read Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee together, and that led me to have a very fun, impulsive and possibly very dumb idea: let’s do a project in which I buddy-read books throughout February!

This was originally meant to be about 4 books, one for each week of February, but once I made a tweet about it asking who would want to buddy-read a book with me I once again ran into a big flaw of mine: I suck at saying no. And that’s how we’ve ended up here, with 11 books on my TBR and a very overwhelmed Laura.

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Wrap Up: January 2019 (+ Mental Health Book Bingo Wrap Up)

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Hi everyone! January was the month of the Mental Health Book Bingo for me: a readathon in which you read as many mental health books as you can, guided by prompts on a bingo sheet. I posted my TBR back in December and, when you look at it you can see that I didn’t manage to read most of the books on there, which was to be expected because my TBR was super excessive. And the fact that I fell into a bit of a slump at the end of the month definitely didn’t help either.

Luckily I did manage to read quite a few mental health related books, especially because some of the books I randomly picked up unexpectedly ended up having mental health rep in them as well. The only book I read that didn’t have mental health rep was Love á la Mode.

I had a lot of fun participating in the Mental Health Book Bingo and I hope that we’ll get to do it again next year!

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