Quiz: Which Diverse Contemporary 2018 Release Should You Read This Summer?

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(For anyone who just wants to do the quiz and not read anything, you can find it here)

Hi everyone! Ever since I made the ‘What Queer Comic Should You Read Next?’-quiz I’ve been thinking about making a new one, because while it takes a whole lot of work, it’s a lot of fun. And since it’s summer I thought doing a ‘which diverse contemporary 2018 release should you read this summer’-quiz (wow, that’s a real mouthful) would be a good idea.

I know a lot of people (including myself) really like reading contemporaries when the weather gets warmer, but there have been so many amazing contemporary releases this year that you might not know where to start. Well, I’m here to help! Lees verder

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A Few Middle Grade Recommendations (or, Mini Reviews)

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Hi everyone! If you’ve been following my blog you might know that I’m a complete sucker for middle grade books. I might write a post on why I love middle grade so much another day, but today I want to share some of the middle grade books that I’ve read recently and absolutely loved with you. So this is going to be a bit of a recommendations/mini reviews post, and I’m incredibly excited about it because I can’t wait to share these books with you.

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The Science of Breakable Things by Tae KellerThe Science of Breakable Things

The Science of Breakable Things was a very hard book to read. It’s about a girl, Natalie, who’s mom has depression. She tries very hard to understand her mom and to help her, but she doesn’t always get it right. As someone who deals with mental health issues herself, the things that Natalie sometimes thinks about her mom are definitely painful to read about, but also very understandable things for a girl her age to think.

This book is absolutely incredible. It made me cry multiple times, it made me laugh, and it has such an incredible message. I never expected a middle grade book to deal with depression and mental health in such a touching and sensitive way, which might have been a little naive of me. I just want to push this book into the hands of everyone I know, because it deserves all the love and attention. Lees verder

Review: Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Katherine Webber

Only Love Can Break Your HeartTitle: Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Author: Katherine Webber
Genres: Young adult contemporary
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Sometimes a broken heart is all you need to set you free… Reiko loves the endless sky and electric colours of the Californian desert. It is a refuge from an increasingly claustrophobic life of family pressures and her own secrets. Then she meets Seth, a boy who shares a love of the desert and her yearning for a different kind of life. But Reiko and Seth both want something the other can’t give them. As summer ends, things begin to fall apart. But the end of love can sometimes be the beginning of you…

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I was send a copy of this title for review by Walker Publishing. This does not influence my opinion of the book in any way. 

When I first saw the cover of this book I knew I had to request it. I already bought a book by this author last year – Wing Jones – and while I hadn’t gotten around to reading it myself, I had heard the most wonderful things about it from people I trust, so I was sure this book was probably going to be wonderful as well. And it was.

The writing in this book is very atmospheric and pulls you into the book from the first page on, and doesn’t release you until you’ve finished the whole thing. That’s how I ended up reading the whole evening instead of studying for my finals, which might not have been the best decision but I don’t regret any of it. And no matter how heavy the subjects you read about are, the writing still feels so incredibly comforting. It’s almost like a big, warm hug. Lees verder

A Bloggers Guide To Requesting Physical ARCs as an International Reader (updated)

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I’m finally sitting down to write about a topic I promised to talk about a few months go: how do you get physical ARCs when you don’t live in the US/UK?

I’ve always been told that it was absolutely impossible to get ARCs as an international reader. Publishers would never ever send me ARCs because the shipping is just too much, and it wouldn’t be worth it. The only ways to get physical ARCs for me would be to win them in a giveaway or maybe trade them, but that’s it. Then, a few months ago, I sent out a few requests, thinking nothing would ever come of it, and a few weeks later I had my 2 first ever physical ARCs! So, it’s obviously possible, but you just need to know how. And I’m here to help you. Lees verder

Author Interview: Hannah Carmack

hannahA few months ago I was approached by Hannah Carmack to potentially write a reviewHannah Carmack for her novella Take Your Medicine or do an author interview. I didn’t have the time to accept review request at that moment, but the thought of doing an author interview was both super exciting and terrifying to me. So I decided to go for it, and here it is, my very first author interview!

Your novella Take Your Medicine is inspired by Alice in Wonderland. What did you like so much about the original story that made you want to write something inspired by it?

I think more than anything it was the characters. Alice in Wonderland has this iconic ensemble cast and each character is so clearly their own. I couldn’t resist trying to reinvent them.

Are there any other stories/works you would love to write a something inspired by?

So, this is WAY out there, but the entire discography of The Killers is one of those things that has been with me since Hot Fuss came out in the early 2000’s. I think their work is FULL of stories I would love to write something inspired by.

If you had to describe your main character, Alice, only using songs, what songs would you pick?

Ironically, there’s a playlist for that. But, off the top of my head, I’d have to say My Silver Lining by First Aid Kit, A Better Son/Daughter by Rilo Kiley, and Wait so Long by Trampled by Turtles.

A lot of authors start out as avid readers, is that the same for you? What were some of your favourite books growing up?

NARUTO. Sorry, reeling it back. I read a lot of manga growing up. Aside from comics, I loved The Warriors series by Erin Hunter.

What are some of your writing-related goals?

In time, I’d like to be traditionally published by a top 10 and represented by an agent. But, for now I’m just focused on finishing up my next project and getting it out there in the world.

What is the favorite line/quote you’ve ever written?

Funny story, my initial reaction was “Oh, this quote that so-and-so says in Seven-Sided Spy.” Except that quote is the character quoting Anna Karenina, so I definitely did not write that one. I’d probably have to say “I’d prune all my roses to nothing for you.” The quote only makes sense in the context of Take Your Medicine, but I think what it means is so poignant when you think about traditional parent/child relationships.

Thank you again to Hannah Carmack for answering my questions and being so incredibly patient. You can find her book on Goodreads, and you can find her on Twitter and on her website.

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My Most Anticipated July Releases

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Hi everyone! I usually don’t make these ‘most anticipated’ posts, but I’ve been seeing quite a few people posting them and I thought it might be a good way to keep track of new releases, because while I do have a huge Goodreads shelf of anticipated 2018 releases, I always seem to forget which one releases when.

This month there’s quite a surprising amount of SFF books, and while I’m not in the mood for SFF at. all. I’m quite excited about all of these! I also cannot believe that there’s a new The Darkest Minds book coming out. I only heard about it last month, and it honestly still doesn’t feel real.

Courage by Barbara Binns
The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrustkie
The Supervillain and Me by Danielle Banas
Lovely, Dark, and Deep by Justina Chen
Grace and Fury by Tray Banghart
The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken

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Wrap Up: June 2018

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Hi everyone! June was a very strange month for me. I was incredibly busy with finals (yes I know, I’m still in the process of completing my finals, and I still have three more to go), my birthday, and quite a lot of other things.

The weird thing is that I really felt like I had hardly read anything this month, but when I looked at Goodreads I found out that I had actually read a lot? But for some reason this month went by so slowly that I could hardly remember the books I read at the beginning of the month, and it feels like I read them forever ago.

I still really hope that July might be an even better month for me because, with my birthday presents, my TBR is quite big and I would very much like to make a dent in it. But first, some more studying.

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Check, Please! #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu – I loved this so much!! It was so cute and I can’t wait to continue this series.
Rebound by Kwame Alexander – I might have cried while reading this. My review.
From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon – I didn’t like this as much as I liked When Dimple Met Rishi, but it was still a very fun and cute read.
Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi – This book was a bit of a disappointment. You can read my full review here.
The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani – This was an incredibly difficult, but very important and good read. I’m glad I read it.

River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey – The synopsis of this book always intrigued me, and it was a quick and fun read, but just not as good as I expected.
Lights, Camera, Cook! by Charise Mericle Harper – The perfect read for when you’re super stressed out. Adorable, a lot of fun, and it has super cute illustrations.
Sanity & Tallulah by Molly Brooks – This was a bit different than what I expected, but I loved it. The characters, the plot and the art were all really great.
Meet Cute by various authors – I have mixed feelings on this one, but overall, I quite liked it. My review.
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang – I got this one for my birthday, and it was one of the best birthday gifts because I just loved it so so much.

The Oddysey by Homer – Uh yes, I actually read the Oddysey. Wow. And I didn’t like it.
In Real Life by Cory Doctorow ad Jen Wang – I was excited to read another Jen Wang book after loving The Prince and the Dressmaker, but it was kinda underwhelming. Still loved the art, though.
This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki – Great art, but the story just wasn’t my thing.
The Science of Breakable Things – A very difficult story about a girl who’s mom has depression, but very well done. I cried quite a lot while reading it.
After the Shot Drops by Randy Ribay – Really really good. My review. 

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Yes, I’m really still reading The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie. Or rather, it’s still on my currently-reading list. For some reason I put it down once my exams came around, and I never picked it back up. The same goes for Lemons by Melissa Savage. I really liked both of these books, so I definitely plan on continuing them this month.
I also picked up Front Desk by Kelly Yang tonight. I was super excited about this book, and I heard really good things about it, so I couldn’t help myself even though I know it would’ve been better if I finished one of the two previously mentioned books first. Oh well. I don’t regret anything though, because I’m about 50 pages in and I’m loving it.

So, that’s everything I managed to read in the month of June! What about you? What was the best book you read last month?

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