Top Ten Tuesday: Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. 

Hi everyone! I’ve been struggling a lot with writing and posting blog posts lately, but I saw Chelsea post her TTT post this morning and I thought “this looks like a fun theme, let’s do this too!” in the hope that writing a fun post like this could get me my blogging spark back! So, here are some books by favorite authors that I still haven’t read yet (and I’m kind of kicking myself for it).

Suffer Love and Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake – I fell in love with Ashley Herring Blake’s writing in How to Make a Wish, but I haven’t picked up any of her other books since because they’re all very hard-hitting, and I’m not really good with hard-hitting books. That’s why Girl Made of Stars isn’t on this list, because I don’t think I can handle reading that one at all. But I really want to get to Suffer Love and Ivy Aberdeen soon.
Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed – I read Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed at the beginning of the year, and I thought it was incredible. Usually I don’t put authors on my favorites list after reading one middle grade they’ve written, but my friend Fadwa loves this author and this book so much that I kind of fell in love with it and her too.

The Boy in the Black Suit and When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds – Jason Reynolds is, after Rick Riordan, definitely my most read author. These are the only two books of his that I haven’t read yet, and the only reason why I haven’t read them yet is because I love his books as audiobooks, and I don’t currently have access to these audiobooks. Otherwise I’d pick these up right away.
Since You Asked by Maurene Goo – I adored The Way You Make Me Feel and I liked (but also kind of had mixed feelings about) I Believe in a Thing Called Love, so while I would call Maurene Goo a favorite author, this book could definitely change that. So I’m kind of scared to pick it up, especially because I’ve seen some mixed reviews.

This Side of Home by Renée Watson – I read Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson like… a month ago? I think? And the synopsis of this book sounds incredible so I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson – Jacqueline Woodson definitely became my most recent favorite author after I read two of her books this month (Harbor Me and Brown Girl Dreaming). She’s written quite a few books, so a lot of them are on my TBR, but this is the one I’m most interested in.
The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan – I’ve read most books Riordan has written so far (I don’t really care about the novella’s and lost interest in the Kane Chronicles) so this is the only one I have left. I’m not sure why I haven’t picked it up yet.
Solitaire by Alice Oseman – Radio Silence and I Was Born For This are definitely on my favorite-books-ever-list and I’m honestly really scared to pick this one up, because a few of my friends told me they didn’t love this one. And I don’t want to fall out of love with Alice Oseman’s writing.

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Down the TBR Hole (#11-20)

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Hi everyone! Today I’m going to start a new recurring thing on my blog called down the TBR hole, which was created by Lia @ Lost in a Story. The “rules” for down the TBR hole are to go to your Goodreads to-read shelf, change the order to ascending date added, pick the first ten books and then decide whether they’re going to stay on your TBR, or go.

Normally I would write a seperate piece on every single one of these books, but this time it’s quite easy: I’m going to remove every single one of these off my TBR, except for Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed, which I still really want to learn but I’m too scared to pick it up because it sounds like it’s going to break my heart.

For almost every single other book the reason for removing it is the same: I’ve lost interest. I still doubted whether I should remove The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller and Renegades by Marissa Meyer, since I’ve heard quite a few great things about them and they do sound quite interesting, but there are so many other books I’m way more interested in. Plus, I just really want to get my Goodreads shelves down to as little books as possible.

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TTT: Books I’d Slay a Dragon to Get Early

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018.

Hi everyone! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is ‘Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early’, and this might be one of the easiest TTT prompts for me ever. There are a lot of upcoming books that I’m ridiculously excited about, and here are a few of them:

One Giant Leap by Heater Kaczynski
Odd One Out by Nic Stone
Mammoth by Jill Baguchinsky
Firestarter by Tara Sim
Wildcard by Marie Lu
The Storyteller by Traci Chee
I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver
Going Off-Script by Jen Wilde
You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman
The Navigator’s Touch by Julia Ember

I was going to write an explanation as to why I’d slay a lion to get this early for every book, but then I realized that it’d get very repetitive because I’m anticipating most of these books for the same reasons. Either, a) they’re a sequel in a series I love (One Giant Leap, Firestarter, Wildcard, The Storyteller, The Navigator’s Touch), b) I’ve read something by this author before and loved it, and I’m sure I’ll love this one too (Odd One Out, Going Off-Script, You Asked For Perfect) or c) the book just sounds amazing (Mammoth, I Wish You All the Best).

So, what upcoming releases are you incredibly excited about? Let me know!

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Down The TBR Hole (#1-10)

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Hi everyone! Today I’m going to start a new recurring thing on my blog called down the TBR hole. I got this idea from my friend Chelsea @ romweasley and it was created by Lia @ Lost in a Story. The “rules” for down the TBR hole are to go to your Goodreads to-read shelf, change the order to ascending date added, pick the first ten books and then decide whether they’re going to stay on your TBR, or go.

I decided to start participating in this because 1) I love reading these posts and I thought it’d be fun to make them as well, and 2) I want to bring some order to my incredibly chaotic Goodreads account. My to-read shelf currently has 530 books and that really needs to change, because looking at it just makes me stressed. So, let’s do this!1

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness is one of my favorite authors and I’ve really liked most of his books, but for some reason I never feel incredibly motivated to pick up this one. Maybe I’ll pick it up if the audiobook is ever available on Scribd, but considering the fact that I unhauled my physical copy a few months ago, I should probably remove it from my Goodreads TBR as well. But I still have a tiny grain of hope that maybe someday I’ll read it…

Verdict: remove from TBR

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Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay is a person that I really admire, but I tried reading this book and I just couldn’t get into it. Non-fiction, especially in essay format, just isn’t for me. And if I’m ever going to pick up a Roxane Gay book, I’d rather read Hunger.

Verdict: remove from TBR

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Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

I was incredibly excited about this book when it came out; I like Tahereh Mafi’s writing, the cover is gorgeous and I really liked the synopsis. However, I’ve tried picking it up quite a few times but I could never get past the 20% mark…

Verdict: remove from TBR, and unhaul physical book

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Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

I put this on my TBR because I heard a few good things about it, but I tried reading it for school and I DNF’d it after 20 pages. I honestly don’t know why it’s still on here.

Verdict: remove from TBR

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The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

I used to be a very big fan of Morgan Matson’s books, and I know I’d enjoy the book if I picked it up, but there are so many other diverse contemporaries I’d rather be reading. Plus, this book is absolutely massive for a contemporary, and I’m not here for that.

Verdict: remove from TBR

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

This is a difficult one… Honestly, I’m personally not that interested in this book. I know that a few friends of mine adore this book and are probably yelling at me right now to keep it, but I just don’t really care. Especially after reading and not liking Shadow and Bone last year…

Verdict: remove from TBR

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Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch

I started this series years ago and I really enjoyed it, and I was super excited about the last book in the series. But it’s been way too long since I read the other books, and I’ve kind of lost all interest in it.

Verdict: remove from TBR

7The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

I added this to my TBR because a lot of popular booktubers used to talk about how amazing this author/series is, which made me want to read it. Since then, I’ve completely lost interest in the book, and found out that the author is problematic, so no thank you.

Verdict: remove from TBR

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In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken

I loved the Darkest Minds trilogy, and I still do. I’m also beyond excited for the movie. But when I was reading the series, I got pretty bad panic attacks while I was making my way through this book, so I put it down. It was just too intense, and I ended up reading a summary of the book instead. I think I’m going to cheat a little and move this from my to-read shelf to my read shelf, because I don’t want to delete it from my goodreads all together, but I also don’t want to read it again…

Verdict: move to read shelf

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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

I’ve been thinking about unhauling this book for so long now. It’s the book that has been collecting dust on my physical TBR shelf the longest, and I’m never super motivated to read it, but there’s just something about it that makes me want to hang on to it… You know what? I’ll give myself until the end of the year, and if I haven’t read it by then, it’s gone. So I’ll hang on to it for now.

Verdict: remains on TBR

I definitely didn’t expect to delete almost every single book off of my TBR, but here we are. It’s definitely not a bad thing, though. My TBR is currently at 520 books (I also deleted the sequel to Six of Crows, because that only makes sense), and I can’t wait to keep going!

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TTT: Books I Loved but Will Never Re-Read

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018.

Hi everyone! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is ‘books I loved but will never re-read’ and when I first started thinking about this topic, I had a bit of a hard time with it. On the one hand I hardly ever re-read books (the only three books I’ve ever reread are The Melody of You and Me by Maria Hollis, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan and Simon VS by Becky Albertalli) so technically, all of my books could probably be on this list. But on the other hand, I just don’t like saying never, because there’s always a chance that I might end up rereading the book someday (yes, I’m that kind of person, lol).

Then I started thinking about the books I reread, and why I reread them, and it was all because of the same reason: comfort. I only reread a book when I’m feeling down, and I need to escape to a familiar world that makes me feel safe. And that definitely helped me narrow down the choices.

I ended up with three categories of books I’ll never reread: books that deal with topics that are very hard for me to read about, and therefore won’t be comforting (Am I Normal Yet?, Shattered, Tiny Pretty Things and American Panda), books that I really enjoyed when I read them but I know I won’t like as much now (The Collector’s Society, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and Moxie) or they’re first books in series, which will make me feel obligated to reread the rest of the series too and I don’t love this series enough for me to spend so much time on it (The Abyss Surrounds Us, Of Fire and Stars and Empress of a Thousand Stars).

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TTT: Characters I Liked That Were In Non-Favorite Books

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. 

Hi everyone! This weeks top ten Tuesday theme is ‘characters I liked that were in disliked/non-favorite books’ and I had quite a hard time with this because I honestly tend to like most books that I read. And when I don’t *love* a book, I tend to forget it pretty quickly, and the characters are usually the one’s who I forget about first. So, my brain had quite the exercise while I tried to come up with characters…

Luckily, I did manage to find a few books that weren’t all-time-favorites (most of these were still 4-star reads) that had characters that stayed with me, so, let’s do this.

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch – I loved the first book when I read it (I’m not sure if I would if I read it now) and Prince Theron was definitely one of my favorite parts of the book.
Heartless by Marissa Meyer – This book was a bit meh overall, but if it hadn’t been for Hatter, I would’ve DNF’d it.
Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton – I liked this book, but I loved Gigi. She is pure sunshine and I wish I could be her friend.
The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig – I honestly adored all of the characters, but didn’t adore the book just as much.

The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie – I loved this book, but I kind of struggled to get into it. But I did end up falling in love with both of the main characters, Cass and Swift.
Truth or Dare by Non Pratt – This is probably my least liked book on this list, but I still liked Seren. The book would’ve been a lot better if we got to see more of her.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon – Even though this book wasn’t everything I hoped it would be, I really loved Rishi. He was such a soft cinnamon roll, and I love soft boys.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee – I think I went into this book with too many expectations, and ended up being let down. But I did really like Felicity’s character, and I can’t wait for her book to come out!
Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza – I, quite honestly, liked all of the characters in this series, but Alyosha was definitely my favorite.
Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali – I’m honestly not quite sure what it was about this book that kept me from giving it 5 stars, but it certainly wasn’t the main character Janna, or her friend who makes videos who’s name I forgot (sorry).

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Take Place In Another Country

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. 

Hi everyone! This week’s TTT topic is ‘books that take place in another country’ and I honestly wasn’t sure how to handle this topic. I’m from The Netherlands, so almost every single book I read is from another country, but I have a feeling that the host wants us to go with books set outside of the US, so that’s what I’ll do. To be totally safe, I’ve gone with books outside of both Europe and North-America.

I’ve divided these books into two different categories: books that I’ve read (and loved), and books that are on my TBR. I also made a little graphic (which was so much work! Wow. How do graphic designers do this) to show you a little clearer where each of these stories takes place.

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Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed – Pakistan
A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole – South Africa
Chainbreaker by Tara Sim – India

Want by Cindy Pon – Taipei, Taiwan
The Crystal Ribbon by Celeste Lim – China

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A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman – India
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi – Ghana
The Infamous Miss Rodriguez by Lydia San Andres – Spanish Caribean

Start Here by various authors – The Phillipines
Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh – Seoul, South-Korea

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Spring TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. 

Hi everyone! It’s been quite some time since I’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday, but I was kind of stuck on blog post ideas so I thought it might be fun to start doing a meme again! I always loved this one, because I love making lists, I loved the themes, and I loved the entire community surrounding it. So, let’s do this!

For this spring TBR I’ve only used backlist titles, because I’m going to try and make them a priority the next couple of months. I’ve been way too focused on ARCs and new releases, and I’ve hardly been reading the books that are already on my shelf, which really needs to change.

Interim Goddess of Love by Mina V. Esguerra – Everything about this book sounds amazing, and it’s been on my TBR for the longest time. It’s quite ridiculous that I haven’t picked it up yet, so I’m definitely going to do that this spring.
The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie – I’ve read the first book in this series about half a year ago, and I really enjoyed it, so I need to pick up the sequel before I forget every single thing about the first book.
Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn – I got this book as a present from a friend for my birthday last year, and I’ve told myself almost every single month since then that that was going to be the month I was going to pick this book up. Well, THIS is going to be the season I read this book. It’s going to happen. I hope.

Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee – This book is a middle grade f/f story and it sounds absolutely adorable, and perfect for the spring time. I feel like I’d be able to read this within a day because I always fly through middle grade books, so there’s no excuse for me not to pick it up soon.
Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee – My friend Laura really liked this one, and I really want to read it so I can chat to her about it.
Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee – Everyone I know has read this book, and absolutely adored it. I honestly haven’t heard a single thing about it. I absolutely NEED to pick this up soon.

Style by Chelsea M. Cameron – I’ve read Chelsea M. Cameron’s novella series, Violet Hill, a few months ago, and I adored it. Style seems to be similar to that series, in the sense that it’s a super fluffy f/f story, and I honestly want to pick it up right this second.
Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine – This is the 3rd book in the Great Library series, and I used to absolutely adore this series. The first book was one of my favorite books of all time, and I really liked the second one as well, but once the third came around I kind of lost interest in it… But with the 4th book coming out this summer, I really want to try to get back into the series.
Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake – This is another f/f middle grade book, which is one of my favorite things in the world, and it’s written by one of my favorite authors of all time, so I don’t think I need to explain why I want to read this so badly.
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo – This book arrived on my doorstep a few weeks ago, and I immediately started reading it. I usually never do that, but there was just something about this book… I forced myself to put it down after a few chapters because I was reading a lot of other books at the time, but I’m definitely going to pick it back up soon, because what I read of this book was spectacular.

What books are on your spring TBR?

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Diversity Spotlight Thursday #12: Books < 200 Pages

Diversity Spotlight Thursday #3Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Aimal from Bookshelves and Paperbacks. Every week, you come up with three book fitting three different categories: a diverse book you’ve read and enjoyed, a diverse book on your TBR, and a diverse book that has not been released yet.

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Lambs Can Always Become Lions (Until Lambs Become Lions, #1)

Lambs Can Always Become Lions by Charlotte Anne Hamilton

Robin Hood, along with her group of friends, has been aiding the poor of Nottingham for four years. They have become an hindrance to the Sheriff of Nottingham, terrorising the rich lords and ladies and robbing gold right from under the Sheriff’s nose.

Helping Robin from inside, and proving her most useful ally, is Lady Marian Fitzwalter.

After hearing about a special shipment coming through Sherwood – filled with gold, jewels and weapons – Marian agrees to help Robin gather information so she can ambush it. It is risky and dangerous on both sides but Marian would do anything for Robin. And Robin would do anything to feed her people.

But as the shipment draws closer and tensions rise, Robin finds herself having to decide which is more important: love or duty.

Lambs Can Always Become Lions was the f/f Robin Hood retelling that I never knew I needed. It was beyond amazing. I loved the plot, adored every single character, the writing was amazing, and the romance was incredible. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the series will bring.

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Unicorn Tracks

Unicorn Tracks by Julia Ember

After a savage attack drives her from her home, sixteen-year-old Mnemba finds a place in her cousin Tumelo’s successful safari business, where she quickly excels as a guide. Surrounding herself with nature and the mystical animals inhabiting the savannah not only allows Mnemba’s tracking skills to shine, it helps her to hide from the terrible memories that haunt her.

Mnemba is employed to guide Mr. Harving and his daughter, Kara, through the wilderness as they study unicorns. The young women are drawn to each other, despite that fact that Kara is betrothed. During their research, they discover a conspiracy by a group of poachers to capture the Unicorns and exploit their supernatural strength to build a railway. Together, they must find a way to protect the creatures Kara adores while resisting the love they know they can never indulge.

I have read and loved both of Julia Ember her other books, The Seafarer’s Kiss and The Tiger’s Watch, so I’m expecting I’ll love this one too and I’m incredibly excited to get to it soon!

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The Black Tides of Heaven (Tensorate #1)The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang

Mokoya and Akeha, the twin children of the Protector, were sold to the Grand Monastery as children. While Mokoya developed her strange prophetic gift, Akeha was always the one who could see the strings that moved adults to action. While his sister received visions of what would be, Akeha realized what could be. What’s more, he saw the sickness at the heart of his mother’s Protectorate.

A rebellion is growing. The Machinists discover new levers to move the world every day, while the Tensors fight to put them down and preserve the power of the state. Unwilling to continue to play a pawn in his mother’s twisted schemes, Akeha leaves the Tensorate behind and falls in with the rebels. But every step Akeha takes towards the Machinists is a step away from his sister Mokoya. Can Akeha find peace without shattering the bond he shares with his twin sister?

I am lucky enough to have received an ARC of The Black Tides of Heaven and it’s twin-novella The Read Threads of Fortune and I’m beyond excited to dive into them because 1) the synopsis sounds AMAZING and 2) I’ve heard nothing but great things about this from friends. I have very high expectations. Also, look at that cover? It’s gorgeous?

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Diversity Spotlight Thursday #12: Bisexual Main Characters

Diversity Spotlight Thursday #3Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Aimal from Bookshelves and Paperbacks. Every week, you come up with three book fitting three different categories: a diverse book you’ve read and enjoyed, a diverse book on your TBR, and a diverse book that has not been released yet.

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How to Make a WishHow To Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn’t have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens to be Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father.

Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace’s mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on.

I read an ARC of How To Make a Wish last year and it was definitely one of my favorite books of 2016. Maybe ever. The story is so heartbreaking but hopeful, and the characters meant so, so much to me. I still think about this book everyday, and I kind of want to reread it soon even though my tbr is massive already.

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Assassins: Discord by Erica Cameron Assassins: Discord (Assassins, #1)

Kindra’s moral compass has never pointed north, but that’s what happens when you’re raised as an assassin and a thief. At sixteen, she’s fantastic with a blade, an expert at slipping through the world unnoticed, and trapped in a life she didn’t chose. But nothing in her training prepares her for what happens when her father misses a target.

In the week-long aftermath, Kindra breaks rank for the first time in her life. She steals documents, starts questioning who their client is and why the target needs to die, botches a second hit on her father’s target, and is nearly killed. And that’s before she’s kidnapped by a green-eyed stranger connected to a part of her childhood she’d almost forgotten.

Kindra has to decide who to trust and which side of the battle to fight for. She has to do it fast and she has to be right, because the wrong choice will kill her just when she’s finally found something worth living for.

I bought the ebook of Assassins: Discord when it was on sale for pride month. All I knew about this book was that it featured assassins and that the main character is bi, and honestly, I didn’t need to know more.

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Like WaterLike Water by Rebecca Podos

A gorgeously written and deeply felt literary young adult novel of identity, millennial anxiety, and first love, from the widely acclaimed author of The Mystery of Hollow Places

In Savannah Espinoza’s small New Mexico hometown, kids either flee after graduation or they’re trapped there forever. Vanni never planned to get stuck—but that was before her father was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, leaving her and her mother to care for him. Now, she doesn’t have much of a plan at all: living at home, working as a performing mermaid at a second-rate water park, distracting herself with one boy after another.

That changes the day she meets Leigh. Disillusioned with small-town life and looking for something greater, Leigh is not a “nice girl.” She is unlike anyone Vanni has met, and a friend when Vanni desperately needs one. Soon enough, Leigh is much more than a friend. But caring about another person stirs up the moat Vanni has carefully constructed around herself, and threatens to bring to the surface the questions she’s held under for so long.

With her signature stunning writing, Rebecca Podos, author of The Mystery of Hollow Places, has crafted a story of first love and of the complex ways in which the deepest parts of us are hidden, even from ourselves.

I was lucky enough to read this book early. I finished it last week and *enter some random swear words here* it was SO GOOD! I don’t want to spoil anything for you all, but what I appreciated most about this book is how messy the characters are. Not problematic, just real. They also had so much character growth throughout the book, and it was wonderful.

What is your favorite book with a bisexual main character?

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