Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

Hello all and happy Tuesday! Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday post. Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s theme is:

Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

I’ve had a few posts over the last few months talking about my most anticipated releases of 2019. You can check out my Six for Sunday post where I talk about some of them but let’s talk about some more of my most anticipated releases of this year!

Beyond the Black Door by A. M. Strickland

First of all, that cover is absolutely stunning! Second, this sounds like an amazing story and it’s about an asexual character!


Kamai was warned never to open the black door, but she didn’t listen …

Everyone has a soul. Some are beautiful gardens, others are frightening dungeons. Soulwalkers―like Kamai and her mother―can journey into other people’s souls while they sleep.

But no matter where Kamai visits, she sees the black door. It follows her into every soul, and her mother has told her to never, ever open it.

When Kamai touches the door, it is warm and beating, like it has a pulse. When she puts her ear to it, she hears her own name whispered from the other side. And when tragedy strikes, Kamai does the unthinkable: she opens the door.

Desire and the Deep Blue Sea by Olivia Dade

This has a favorite trope of mine, fake dating. Also, librarian coworkers and fat girl representation. 😍 And on top of all of that the main male characters first name is my husband’s name, as well.


They’re pretending. Until they aren’t. 

Thomas McKinney has never wanted a woman the way he wants Callie Adesso. Since she started working alongside him at the Colonial Marysburg Research Library, he’s spent his desk shifts fumbling pencils, tripping over his own feet, and struggling to remember both the Dewey Decimal System and the existence of her inconvenient boyfriend. Now, however, Callie is suddenly single–and in need of a last-minute faux-boyfriend for an episode of HATV’s Island Match. Thomas is more than happy to play the part…and in the process, convince Callie that a week together isn’t nearly long enough.

Callie has never found a man as irritating as she finds Thomas. He may be brilliant, kind, and frustratingly handsome, but the absent-minded librarian also makes every workday an anxiety-inducing exercise in stress. Even seven days in paradise by his side won’t change her opinion of him. Really. No matter how attentive he is. And gentle. And sexy.

One plane ride later, the two of them are spending long, hot days under the sun and on display, pretending to be in love for a television show. This may be a vacation, but it’s also an act–as well as Thomas’s last chance to persuade the woman of his dreams to include him in hers. And soon, the island heat isn’t the only thing steaming up HATV’s cameras.

First of all, magic. Second, road trip. I mean, this is the kind of book that I need in my life!


In a world where magic thrives in secret city corners, a group of magicians embark on a road trip—and it’s the “no-love-interest”, found family adventure you’ve been searching for.

Sixteen-year-old Blythe is one of seven Guardians: magicians powerful enough to cause worldwide panic with a snap of their fingers. But Blythe spends her days pouring latte art at her family’s coffee shop, so why should she care about having apocalyptic abilities?

She’s given a reason when magician anarchists crash into said coffee shop and kidnap her family.

Heartbroken but determined, Blythe knows she can’t save them alone. A war is brewing between two magician governments and tensions are too high. So, she packs up her family’s bright yellow Volkswagen, puts on a playlist, and embarks on a road trip across the United States to enlist the help of six strangers whose abilities are unparalleled—the other Guardians.

Along for the Rids by Mimi Grace

Another road trip and another one of my favorite tropes, enemies to lovers. This is going to be so good and I can’t wait to read it!



Former hot mess Jolene Baxter is committed to doing better. It’s why she offered to help her sister and brother-in-law move across the country. However, her goodwill is tested when last minute changes—mainly her father ditching her for an all-expenses paid vacation—forces her to make the journey with a man who is the human version of a pebble in her shoe.  

Jason Akana operates on lists and bitter coffee, but none of those things will help him on a sixteen-hour trip with the most infuriating woman. Maybe they can get along and forget their heated confrontation five years ago at his best friend’s wedding…when pigs fly.  

But the addition of vehicle problems, an unplanned pit stop in a small town, and chemistry that inconveniently tags along, shifts their perspectives. And once the dust settles after their trip, a tentative friendship emerges. 

Will these two stubborn people successfully navigate the unexpected feelings that follow close behind? Or will they hit a roadblock before reaching happily ever after?

Content Warning:
1. Deceased parent (died long before the start of the book)
2. Verbally pushy person who’s romantically interested in the heroine (NOT the hero) 

Grimoire Noir by Vera Greentea & Yana Bogatch

This is a graphic novel about a witches. I am here for it!


It tells the story of a town where every woman is a witch, and what happens when one of them goes missing.

Color Outside the Lines by by Sangu Mandanna, Anna-Marie McLemore, Elsie Chapman, Karuna Riazi, Lydia Kang, L.L. McKinney, Lauren Gibaldi, Tara Sim, Caroline Tung Richmond, Kelly Zekas, Tarun Shanker, Samira Ahmed, Adam Silvera, Eric Smith, Lori M. Lee, Michelle Ruiz Keil

I think that this is going to be really hard-hitting and maybe eye opening, but also sweet and satisfying as well.


This modern, groundbreaking YA anthology explores the complexity and beauty of interracial and LGBTQ+ relationships where differences are front and center.

When people ask me what this anthology is about, I’m often tempted to give them the complicated answer: it’s about race, and about how being different from the person you love can matter but how it can also not matter, and it’s about Chinese pirate ghosts, black girl vigilantes, colonial India, a flower festival, a garden of poisons, and so, so much else. Honestly, though? I think the answer’s much simpler than that. Color outside the Lines is a collection of stories about young, fierce, brilliantly hopeful people in love. —Sangu Mandanna, editor of Color outside the Lines

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

I mean, this book is about swordplay, cut-throat politics and a lesbian necromancer. ✋ Say no more, fam. As soon as I heard that, I added it to my TBR immediately.


Gideon the Ninth is the most fun you’ll ever have with a skeleton.

The Emperor needs necromancers.

The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman.

Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead bullshit.

Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth unveils a solar system of swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers. Her characters leap off the page, as skillfully animated as necromantic skeletons. The result is a heart-pounding epic science fantasy.

Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won’t set her free without a service.

Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds she will be become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection, but no necromancer can ascend without their cavalier. Without Gideon’s sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die.

Of course, some things are better left dead.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Now, I was not one of those people who adored The Night Circus. I liked it, it just isn’t a favorite or anything but I’m still excited for Erin Morgenstern’s (the author of The Night Circus) new release.


From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus, a timeless love story set in a secret underground world–a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea.

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues — a bee, a key, and a sword — that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library, hidden far below the surface of the earth.

What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians — it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also those who are intent on its destruction.

Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly-soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose–in both the mysterious book and in his own life.

Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan

Ok, so, if you saw my Mid Year Book Freakout Tag post then you know that the first book in this series was my biggest disappointment of the year. With that said, I’m still very much looking forward to this book because there have been several times where I actually like the second book in a series more than I like the first. I’m hoping that will be the case with this series, too.


In this mesmerizing sequel to the New York Times bestselling Girls of Paper and Fire, Lei and Wren have escaped their oppressive lives in the Hidden Palace, but soon learn that freedom comes with a terrible cost.

Lei, the naive country girl who became a royal courtesan, is now known as the Moonchosen, the commoner who managed to do what no one else could. But slaying the cruel Demon King wasn’t the end of the plan—it’s just the beginning. Now Lei and her warrior love Wren must travel the kingdom to gain support from the far-flung rebel clans. The journey is made even more treacherous thanks to a heavy bounty on Lei’s head, as well as insidious doubts that threaten to tear Lei and Wren apart from within.

Meanwhile, an evil plot to eliminate the rebel uprising is taking shape, fueled by dark magic and vengeance. Will Lei succeed in her quest to overthrow the monarchy and protect her love for Wren, or will she fall victim to the sinister magic that seeks to destroy her?

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

I’ve talked about this one before, in the Mid Year Book Freakout Tag, as well. I’m super bummed that I have to wait until, at least, November to read this.


The first rule of this book club:
You don’t talk about book club.

Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott’s marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him. 

Welcome to the Bromance Book Club.

Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville’s top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it’ll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife

And that’s my ten most anticipated releases of 2019. What do you think? Are any of these on your TBR? What are some of your most anticipated releases of 2019?

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Unpopular Bookish Opinions

Hello all and happy Tuesday! Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday post. I haven’t posted a Top Ten Tuesday meme in a while and I guess I picked the best time to start (again) with this one!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s theme is:

Unpopular bookish opinions

Classic books are boring.
Ok maybe not all classics are boring but, just in general, they aren’t for me.

A popular genre I rarely reach for:
I think the key word, here, is rarely because there are those rare times when I will pick up this genre but I mostly ignore it. It’s fantasy. I just can’t get into it, especially those authors that seem to be everyone’s favorites like Cassandra Clare, J. K. Rowling and J. R. R. Tolkien.

Reading books is not a competition.
If you read one book per month or twenty you’re still a reader and you’re doing you’re best sweetie.

Audiobooks, graphic novels, manga, etc.
Are all books! If it’s on goodreads it counts as a book and, honestly, this whole debate is just stupid.

I don’t hate angsty teen love.
Yeah maybe their a bit overdone, but I don’t care.

Bookish subscription boxes and merch is overpriced
and mostly useless.

I don’t like Harry Potter, there I said it.
The movies, that is, but also I haven’t and never will read the books.

I don’t hate a love triangle.
I will admit that this trope is overdone, as well, but I still don’t care.

Popular series’ that I won’t read.
There’s plenty of those, the Grishaverse, The Game of Thrones, The Shatter Me series, Twilight, The Hunger Games, Divergent. There’s probably so many more that I just can’t think of right now but that list will do, yeah?

They’re your books, do what you want to them.
If that means dog-earring, highlighting, writing in margins or leaving it pristine. It’s yours.

I’m sure that I have a few more unpopular bookish opinions in me, but, alas this is top ten Tuesday after all. So, this is the end of my unpopular opinions for today. What are some of your unpopular bookish opinions?

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Hello all and happy Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

April 30: Inspirational/Thought-Provoking Book Quotes

I love a good quote! Let’s get to it!

1) I can’t for the life of me not eat something that I want to eat. You know how if you turned on a faucet in your sink to wash your hands, the idea of leaving the bathroom without turning it off is insane? That’s how I am about ignoring delicious food. – Mindy Kaling, Why Not Me: Same, Mindy, same🤷🏻‍♀️

2) And the scary thing I have noticed is that some people really feel uncomfortable around women who don’t hate themselves. So that’s why you need to be a little bit brave. – also Mindy Kaling, Why Not Me: 👏👏

3) No struggle can ever succeed without women participating side by side with men. There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a third power stronger than both, that of women. – Malala Yousafzai, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban: Malala is just a treasure and I adore her.

4) She’d never really believed in it before. Then, as she hit her late thirties, her body said, OK, you don’t believe in PMS? I’ll show you PMS. Get a load of this, bitch. Now, for one day every month, she had to fake everything: her basic humanity, her love for her children, her love for Ed. She’d once been appalled to hear of women claiming PMS as a defense for murder. Now she understood. She could happily murder someone today! In fact, she felt like there should be some sort of recognition for her remarkable strength of character that she didn’t. – Liane Moriarty, Big Little Lies: 😂😂 I mean, we’ve all been there, right? No, just me? Oh, ok.

5) Mothers were naturals for law enforcement, because toddlers, like criminals, were often belligerent and destructive. –
Stephen King, Sleeping Beauties: If you’ve ever been around toddlers then you know the truth of this statement. Lol

6) Think about the crimes your precious government condones, not just the ones they punish. Then you can talk to me about who the real criminals are. If we’re not all free, none of us are free. You remember that. – Tehlor Kay Mejia, We Set the Dark on Fire: Yes!

7) The trouble with denying children the freedom to be themselves—with forcing them into an idea of what they should be, not allowing them to choose their own paths—is that all too often, the one drawing the design knows nothing of the desires of their model. Children are not formless clay, to be shaped according to the sculptor’s whim – Seanan McGuireDown Among the Sticks and Bones: I one-thousand percent agree! Let children be themselves!

8) Some adventures require nothing more than a willing heart and the ability to trip over the cracks in the world. – Seanan McGuire, Down Among the Sticks and Bones: 💕

9) My personal motto is: WWWWD?: What Would Wonder Woman Do? – Libba Bray, Beauty Queens: Heck yeah! I feel like I need to invoke this as my personal motto as well.

10) Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.” 
– Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give: My actual life motto, though.

And those some of my favorite quotes! I hope you all have a great day!

So, tell me, have you read any of these books? What are some of your favorite quotes?