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?

This post will also serve as my update post, so whenever I read another book for this challenge I will add it to the “books I’ve read” section at the end of this post. Lees verder

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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Review: You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman

You Asked for PerfectTitle: You Asked For Perfect
Author: Laura Silverman
Genres: Young Adult contemporary
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Senior Ariel Stone is the perfect college applicant: first chair violin, dedicated community volunteer, and expected valedictorian. He works hard – really hard – to make his life look effortless. A failed Calculus quiz is not part of that plan. Not when he’s number one. Not when his peers can smell weakness like a freshman’s body spray.

Figuring a few all-nighters will preserve his class rank, Ariel throws himself into studying. His friends will understand if he skips a few plans, and he can sleep when he graduates. Except Ariel’s grade continues to slide. Reluctantly, he gets a tutor. Amir and Ariel have never gotten along, but Amir excels in Calculus, and Ariel is out of options.

Ariel may not like Calc, but he might like Amir. Except adding a new relationship to his long list of commitments may just push him past his limit.

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When I first read Girl Out of Water, Laura Silverman’s debut, I completely fell in love with it. It was (and still is), one of my favorite contemporaries ever and I’ve been calling Laura Silverman one of my favorite authors ever since. So when I first saw the announcement for this book, I was absolutely ecstatic. Not just because we were going to get a new book by this author I love so much, but also because we were getting a book that deals with academic pressure, a topic that is incredibly important and that I haven’t seen a lot of books deal with.

So, you can probably believe that when I received the ‘you’ve been accepted for this ARC’ e-mail from Edelweiss I jumped into this book within a few days. I did hesitate a bit at first, knowing that my expectations were through the roof and being a bit scared that I’d end up being disappointed, but I ended up falling in love with this book from the start, and devouring it in just a few days. Lees verder

Review: On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

On the Come UpTitle: On the Come Up
Author: Angie Thomas
Genres: YA Contemporary
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Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.

On the Come Up is Angie Thomas’s homage to hip-hop, the art that sparked her passion for storytelling and continues to inspire her to this day. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; of the struggle to become who you are and not who everyone expects you to be; and of the desperate realities of poor and working-class black families.

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Thank you so much to Walker for sending me an ARC of this book. The fact that I got this book for free does not influence my opinion of the book whatsoever. 

I, like probably everyone I know, absolutely adored The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas’ incredibly successful and impactful debut. When On The Come Up was announced it was immediately added to my TBR, and I was positively thrilled when I was able to receive an ARC of this book from Walker YA. And I started reading it the second I got it in the mail.

Obviously, this book has a lot to live up to. Having The Hate U Give, a book that has now been a #1 NYT bestseller for, what? 70 weeks? (Correction, it’s actually 99. NINETY-FREAKING-NINE), as your big book sibling can’t be easy, but this book is an incredibly goodread and definitely stands on its own two feet. I don’t want to compare the book itself to THUG because both are incredibly important stories that you should definitely pick up, and they’re both very unique. Lees verder

My Favourite 2018 YA Contemporaries

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Hi everyone! After sharing my favorite SFF and my favorite middle grade reads of 2018 with you, it’s now time for me to share my favorite 2018 YA contemporaries with you! I’ve read a ton of really excellent YA contemporaries last year and I’m super indecisive so beware: this list is going to be LONG.

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann – This book has an ace biromantic main character, and a love interest who 100% respects and is okay with her boundaries. This alone made me so happy that I could’ve cried happy tears, and it’s one of my favorite romances ever.
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo – This book is entirely written in verse and it’s just absolutely incredible and so, so powerful. After I was done listening to the audiobook (which I can definitely recommend because it was narrated by the author herself) I grabbed my physical copy to highlight my favorite passages and… I accidentally ended up rereading the entire thing again. And for someone who doesn’t reread books often, that’s a sure sign it’s good.
I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman – This book means the world to me. One of the main characters, Jimmy, has anxiety and gets panic attacks and reading about this made me feel so seen for the first time ever. Plus, I just loved every single character and this is one of the first books I’ve ever read that involved fandom and didn’t make me cringe. Alice got it right, and that was so great to see. Lees verder

My Five Favorite SFF Reads of 2018

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Hi everyone! At the beginning of the month I promised to post three different ‘favorites of 2018’ posts; a middle grade one (which you can find here), an SFF one and a contemporary one. We’re over halfway through January now, so I figured I should probably hurry up with these posts. Also, before you ask: yes, I am a mess.

Anyway, I don’t tend to read a lot of SFF books. I’m not sure why that is, because I always tend to like them when I do read them (although I’m definitely more of a sci-fi fan than a fantasy fan), so that’s why there’s only five books in this post. But they’re five incredibly good books that you should definitely consider picking up, and I’m incredibly excited to talk about them. Lees verder