40+ Very Exciting 2020 Middle Grade Releases

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Hi everyone! Like I promised in my 2020 young adult releases post, I’m bringing you a list of my most anticipated 2020 middle grade releases today! I’m both really excited about this list but also very overwhelmed, because all of these titles sound so ridiculously good but how will I be able to get to all of them and the very exciting young adult releases and my backlist? Someone help, please?

Anyway, I hope you will all be just as excited about all of these titles as I am, and that you might add some of these (or all, I’m not picky) to your TBR!

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Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse (January 14th) – Ancient monsters? Traditional Navajo tales? Rick Riordan Presents? Yes, yes and YES.
Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business and Mindy Kim and the Lunar New Year Parade by Lyla Lee (January 14th) – I’ve been following this author on Twitter for a while and I was so excited when she announced her book deal, and these books look adorable!
From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks (January 14th) – So I’ve already read this one so I can personally tell you that it’s a good one and that you should add it to your TBR. Like, right now.
When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller (January 28th) – I loved this author’s previous book, The Science of Breakable Things, and this one sounds so lovely and magical. And when I saw that one of the comp titles is Where the Mountain Meets the Moon I knew I needed to read it ASAP. Lees verder

67 Very Exciting 2020 YA Releases

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Hi everyone! Like probably every other book blogger out there at this time of year I’m here to present you my most anticipated young adult releases of 2020! When I first started making this list it was my plan to keep this list short and sweet because with CW’s #StartOnYourShelfathon I really wanted to mostly focus on books that are already on my TBR this year, and maybe a handful of new releases. So I made a list of the 10 books I remembered from the top of my head that I was incredibly excited about, and thought that’d be it.

But then I started thinking about how there might be lots of books I was forgetting about or just didn’t know about and I didn’t want to miss any books in my post, so I started looking at Goodreads lists and publisher catalogues and, turns out, there are a lot more books I’m excited about than I initially thought. Help.

Anyway, here’s a list of 67 young adult books that are coming out in 2020 that I’m incredibly excited about + the reasons why. I also bolded the titles of the one’s I’m most excited about, in case anyone wanted to know!

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Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim (January 7th) – I loved the Timekeeper series and I’m very excited that Tara Sim is publishing a new series that sounds absolutely fantastic.
We Used To Be Friends by Amy Spalding (January 7th) – A friendship breakup book? PLEASE. I’m so much more interested in this than in romantic breakup books. Wow.
Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen (January 7th) – This book is described as being “for fans of Crazy Rich Asians or Jane Austen Comedy of Manners, with a hint of La La Land” and it sounds perfect.
Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire (January 7th) – I loved the first 3 installments in this series but lost interest once the 4th was published but maybe I should pick them up again, especially because, in this installment, we’re returning to a world and characters I loved a lot. Lees verder

Check-in: YARC 2019

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Hi everyone! As some of you might know, a few of my wonderful friends CWLilyShealea Vicky decided to host a year long reading challenge called Year of the Asian, where the goal is to read as many books by Asian authors as possible. At the beginning of the year I decided to participate, made a sign-up post including a TBR, and set myself the goal to read 21-30 books so I could get the adorable tapir badge.

I know I’ve read quite a few books by Asian authors this year, but I hadn’t really kept track of how many. That’s why I thought it might be a good idea to do a check-in post; to see how many books I’d already read, and how many books I still had to read during these last 2.5 months of the year. And maybe tell you a little about which books were my favorites. So, here’s a list of books by Asian authors I’ve read this year so far:

1. No More Heroes by Michelle Kan
2. The Storyteller by Traci Chee
3. Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh
4. Love Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

5. Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate
6. Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale
7. Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
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October YA Releases I’m Excited For

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Hi everyone! A few weeks ago I made a list of my most anticipated middle grade releases for the second half of the year, and I thought I should follow this one up with YA releases. There’s quite a few really great YA books coming out in October, so I thought I’d share the 8 I’m most excited for with you! 

Crier’s War by Nina Varela (October 1st) – I have to admit I’m not the biggest fantasy fan so you don’t often see me reading fantasy books, but I’ll definitely make an exception for this one. Besides the fact that this book is f/f and the fact that I’ve seen lots of people rave about in on my timeline, I’ve also been following the author on twitter and the way she talks about this book makes me want to pick it up RIGHT. NOW.
Rogue Heart by Axie Oh (October 8th) – I’ve already read this one and it’s SUCH a good one! It’s the sequel to Rebel Seoul and I have to admit I didn’t adore this one, but Rogue Heart? AMAZING. I already loved this world and the politics, but the character development in the sequel is great, and I also really, really enjoyed the plot.
By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery (October 8th) – The author of this book has been on my radar for a while, and when this cover was released I knew I had to add it to my tbr. I’m such a sucker for pretty yellow covers! I also really like the synopsis of this one and I have an e-ARC of the book so I really hope I’ll be able to get to it soon!
Tarnished Are the Stars by Rosiee Thor (October 15th) – I’m an absolute sucker for YA sci-fi and I’m so happy that there’s quite a few new one’s coming out this month, but this one has an aro ace lead? There’s sapphics? And after reading the synopsis again, I truly can’t wait to get my hands on this one. Everything about this sounds so incredibly good!

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23 Middle Grade Releases That Should Be On Your TBR For the 2nd Half of 2019

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Hi everyone! As you might know I absolutely adore middle grade books, and because there’s quite a lot of amazing middle grade books releasing during the second half of 2019 I thought I’d make a list! I am incredibly excited about every single one of these books and have been lucky enough to have been able to already read a few of them and let me tell you, they’re good. Like, really good.

Now I’m not saying that you should add all of the 23 titles in this list to your TBR but… you should. I know this intro is basically just me gushing about all of these books and I’m sorry but I truly can’t help it, and I’m sure you’ll understand once you see all of these titles. So let me just stop rambling and actually let you get to the books.

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My Fate According to a Butterfly by Gail D. Villanueva | July 30th – about a girl trying to reunite her family after a black butterfly makes her believe she’s doomed, and the war on drugs in The Phillipines.

For Black Girls Like Me by Mariama J. Lockington | July 30th – about a Black girl adopted into a white family struggling with her identity.

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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

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

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

Most Anticipated 2019 Releases: January – March

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Hi everyone! One of the reasons why a new year is always exciting to me is because a new year means lots and lots of new books, and looking at my Goodreads 2019-releases shelf, it looks like 2019 is going to be an especially great year book-wise. I can’t wait!

Like probably most book bloggers you follow I also wanted to make a “most anticipated 2019 releases”-list, but I didn’t want to share all of the books I’m anticipating for the year in one go. Why? Well, because 1) I’m not sure if I’m completely up-to-date on everything coming out in the second half of the year, 2) the list would be WAY too long. I felt like splitting it up into 4 parts, all covering 3 months, would be a better plan for me. That way it feels a little more organized, and I’m more sure about the fact that I’m not missing a lot of books. So, today I’m going to share the books I’m most anticipating for January, February and March! 

januaryOur Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon – This book was already very high on my most-anticipated list since it explores friendship in a very unique way, but then I started reading the reviews my friends posted of it and now I want to grab a big cup of tea, a blanket, my e-reader and start it right away.
Firestarter by Tara Sim – I’m terrified of this book. It’s the third book in the Timekeeper trilogy and after how the second book ended… I’m not ready. At all.
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – I haven’t been that into fantasy lately so this book wasn’t on my list originally, but everyone on Twitter is talking about how amazing it is, and one of my friends told me it includes one of my favorite tropes (found family) so… of course I want to read it.
The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan – We need a lot more religious queer rep, so seeing a book centering a queer Muslim girl makes me incredibly happy! I have a feeling I’m going to cry a lot while reading this one, though… Lees verder

My Favorite 2018 Middle Grade Releases

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Hi everyone! Now that 2018 has come to a close I’ve been seeing a lot of people share their ‘best of’ lists and I’ve been having a lot of fun reading them! I wanted to do one too, of course, but with having read 152 books this year and me being super indecisive I just knew there was no way I could make a single list (or that list would be about 30 books long). That’s why I decided to split it up into three major categories (middle grade, YA contemporaries and YA SFF), and today I’m going to share my favorite 2018 middle grade releases with you!

Middle grade was definitely one of my most read genres last year, and I had the best time with it. I seriously adored almost every single middle grade book I read, so I definitely plan on reading a lot of middle grade books this year. Here’s my twelve favorites!

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed – Amal Unbound was one of the first middle grade’s I read this year, and one of the best. It is a very touching read, filled with hope, courage and amazing characters, and one that I want to reread ASAP because I flew through it the first time I read it, and I’m sure I missed a few things. You can read my full review here.
The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden by Karina Yan Glaser – This book is the sequel to one of my favorite middle grade books ever, The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street, so this book had a lot to live up to. And luckily, it did. I’m not much of a rereader, but this book came out in September and I’ve already read it twice, so I think that says a lot. My full review can be found here.
Front Desk by Kelly Yang – Front Desk is one of the only books this year that made me give up on precious sleep, and stay up way past my bed time. I just couldn’t get enough of this book, and I had to know what happened next. I adored everything about it: the writing, the plot, the characters, etc. This book is also one of my favorite debuts of the year, and I truly cannot wait to see what Kelly Yang will write next!
Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson – Harbor Me is one of those books that you read in one sitting, and one that keeps popping up in your thoughts, even if it’s been quite a while since you’ve read it, and a book that I’ll return to many times. This was also my very first Jacqueline Woodson book, and I’m so glad this book introduced me to her because I’ve read and loved two more of her books and I can safely say she’s one of my favorite authors. Lees verder