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

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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?

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