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Mid-Year Reading Stats

Hello friends! I first saw this post over on Rachel Tea Reads blog and I thought it was pretty interesting so I decided to make a spreadsheet of all of the books that I’ve read this year, as well. Today, I’ll be sharing with you all my reading stats so far this year. Let’s get to it!

Books Read: 51

Pages Read (excluding audiobooks because goodreads doesn’t have page counts for those): 11,173

Average Rating: 3.72

I just want to add, here, that the zeroes are for books that I didn’t rate. I choose not to rate memoirs and biographies, most of the time, because it just doesn’t feel right putting a star rating on someone’s life/story/what have you.

So, looking back on this information; wow. I really didn’t think I was reading that much young adult! Bahaha Pffft, and I say I don’t read fantasy🙄 Ebook’s are definitely a go-to. I’ve had a really good reading year, so far, and I hope that trend continues.

I really enjoy looking at information in pie charts and graphs, etc. I hope ya’ll enjoyed this as well and if you decide to make some visual reading stats for us to look at, please let me know!

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Down TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole #7

Hello friends and happy Monday! I hope you all had a good weekend and a happy father’s day, if you celebrated. It was my husband’s birthday on father’s day. We didn’t do too much just stayed home, had grilled out and had a couple of his friends over. How was your weekend?

Down the TBR hole is a meme created by Lisa at lost in a story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.
The Rules

The Rules

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist

by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Ok, this has one of my favorite tropes, fake dating. I definitely want to read this one and also see the movie.

Verdict: Keep

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The Lupanarium

by Adele Leigh

This is an indie book and it sounds really hard-hitting and impactful.

Verdict: Keep

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One Million Project

All of these books are separate books but because I want to keep them all on my TBR I’m combining them for this post. One Million Project is several different anthologies in different genres, but all of the proceeds (after production costs) goes toward cancer research and homeless charities.

Verdict: Keep

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Spilt Wine

by Michael Walsh

I haven’t even thought about this book since I added it to my TBR. It is, for sure, something that I’m not interested in anymore.

Verdict: Go

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Dietland

by Sarai Walker

I’m pretty sure I added this because it is, or was supposed to be (not sure if it ever aired) a TV show. I still want to read this, though.

Verdict: Keep

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Bloody Brilliant Women: The Pioneers, Revolutionaries and Geniuses Your History Teacher Forgot to Mention

by Cathy Newman

The two opening lines for the synopsis of this book are:

‘A litany of fresh heroes to make the embattled heart sing’ Caitlin Moran

and

A fresh, opinionated history of all the brilliant women you should have learned about in school but didn’t.

Um, YES! I 100% want to read this!

Verdict: Keep

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The Song of Achilles

by Madeline Miller

If you have been here for any amount of time, you know that I, mostly, don’t read historical fiction. Honestly, this sounds like a good book and something that I could potentially get into and enjoy but I just don’t think it’s for me.

Verdict: Go

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The Mindfulness Diet: Eat in the ‘Now’ and be the Perfect Weight for Life

by Patrizia Collard, Helen Stephenson

Yeah, I’m not going on any more diets. 😐 No thank you.

Verdict: GO

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The Bone Witch

by Rin Chupeco

I definitely want to read this one! I’ll be picking this up when autumn rolls around again.

Verdict: Keep

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The Witch’s Daughter

by Paula Brackston

The last line of the synopsis says this:

Part historical romance, part modern fantasy, Paula Brackston’s New York Times bestseller, The Witch’s Daughter, is a fresh, compelling take on the magical, yet dangerous world of Witches. Readers will long remember the fiercely independent heroine who survives plagues, wars, and the heartbreak that comes with immortality to remain true to herself, and protect the protégé she comes to love

This sounds really good and I’m definitely picking it up during autumn, too!

Verdict: Keep

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Whew! Usually I only do five books at a time but today I doubled that to try to clear some of them out faster. What do you think of this list? Are any of these a favorite of yours?

TBR's

My June TBR and aallll of the Readathons

Hello again! Welcome to my post for my June TBR where you will see all of the books and all of the readathons. By the way, there’s a lot (for me anyway)! I am going to be participating in five (? I think) readathons this month. Yeah, as I said a lot. Well, one is just a casual participation, so it’s like if I happen to read a book that falls into that readathon while I’m participating in another then so be it. Alright, are you ready for this TBR?! Let’s get into it.

So, first we have our #Smutathon TBR which runs from June 3rd through June 9th.

A steamy adult romance Readathon hosted by @rileymarie1196 & @readalonglainey

Then, we have the Colors of Loveathon or the #CoLathon which runs from June 10th through June 16th.

If you don’t know, the #CoLathon is a week long readathon centered around reading LGBTQIA+ books based on the meanings of the current pride flag.  Hosted by @_everysecondbook, @readingrobby and @brittanysbooknook

Red – Life: Read a biography/memoir

For this prompt I have chosen Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman. This book is a series of poems, essays, comic strips, etc. that examine the nature of gender choice, identification, oppression and transgender experiences.


Orange – Healing: Read a book about heartbreak

For this prompt, I haven’t chosen a book for this one yet because I don’t know if I want to buy one just yet or if I will check one out from the library. Some of the books I’m interested in reading for this prompt include:

  • Out on Good Behavior by Dahlia Adler
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Read (and, no, I still haven’t read this! 😂)
  • We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
  • History Is All You Left Me


Yellow – Sunlight: Read a book about first love

For this prompt, I have yet to choose a book for this one as well. Some more that I’m interested in include:

  • Love Comes First by Christine L’Amour
  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki
  • Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  • Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden


Green – Nature: Read a book that has elements of nature

For this prompt, I chose Wild Beauty by Anna Marie McLemore. All I know about this is that there are witchy sisters that tend to gardens, they can grow flowers out of their wrists (?) and their’s a sapphic relationship.


Blue – Harmony: Read a book with multiple POV’s

I chose Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde for this prompt. The first line from the synopsis says:

Three friends, two love stories, one convention: this fun, feminist love letter to geek culture is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself.

Also, I hear that is has autism rep in this book, I’m super excited to read this one!

Purple – Spirit: Read a book with any pride color on the cover

For this I had previously bought Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman because I had it on my wishlist and I noticed that it was on sale for $1.99 last month, so I had to snag it! I chose it for this prompt.

For my next readathon I have the #Romanceathon (@Romanceathon) which, by the title, is pretty obvious. It’s a week of romance reading! It runs from June 17th through June 23rd.

So, for our first prompt was have a forbidden romance and I chose Devil’s Game by Joanna Wylde. This is a Romeo and Juliet-esque story about two rival motorcycle clubs. Hello, I miss Sons of Anarchy so this sounds right up my alley and I’m soooo excited for it!

The second prompt is, a new adult romance and I chose All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover. All I know about this one is, that it’s about a married couple who are having fertility issues.

All Your Perfects: A Novel

Third prompt is, a book with pink on the cover and I chose Ice Cream Lover by Jackie Lau. I mean. can we just admire this cover for a second?! 😝🤣

three ice cream cones, next to tablet with cover of Ice Cream Lover

Ok, ok. Fourth prompt is, 2019 release and I picked Since We Last Spoke by Brenda Rufener. I’ll be honest, I know nothing about this one, but here we are.

So, for our fifth prompt we have a book with a man on the cover and I’m pretty undecided about this one, but I think I’m going with The Author by Lexy Timms.

The Author: Book Boyfriend Steamy Romance (Spelling Love Series 1)

For the sixth prompt we have read an LGBTQ+ romance, I’m still undecided for this one as well. I’m leaning toward The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee but it’s pretty up in the air. I could change this as we get closer to it.

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings Book 1)

And for the last prompt for this readathon we have read seven books and also not listed (on the graphic) is the group book, which is, On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves. That will be my seventh book for this readathon. This book is about a teacher and student romantic relationship. Basically, the two are stranded on an island and fall in love over years. This is not an underage relationship, btw, it doesn’t happen until the boy is eighteen. It has one of my favorite tropes, a slow burn romance and I am here for it!

Now, last but not least, we have the #Summerathon (@Summerathon)!

⛱ Summerathon is a summer-themed readathon taking place June 21-27 hosted by @crownsandquills @bookables1 @meltotheany @pinotandpages & @aimeereadstn

-Beachy Read: Because Romanceathon and Summerathon overlap, I’m choosing On the Beach for this one too.

-Sunrise Colors on the Cover: For this I’m going with The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry.

The Love That Split the World by [Henry, Emily]

-Book with a roadtrip/traveling or vacation: For this, I’m going with, Along for the ride by Mimi Grace. I’m pretty sure this one has my other favorite trope, enemies to lovers. 😍💕

-Book set in summer: For this I’m thinking I’m going with Desire and the Deep Blue Sea by Olivia Dade. This has a fake dating, librarian coworkers and fat girl rep! I’m super excited for all the reads on my Summerathon, to be honest.

Desire and the Deep Blue Sea (Love Unscripted Book 1) by [Dade, Olivia]

-Food on cover: For this I chose American Panda by Gloria Chao. I’m going into this one kind of blind so I’m hoping it’s good!

American Panda by [Chao, Gloria]

And that’s all for my massive June TBR because the last prompt for Summerathon is to drink your favorite summer drink while reading.

What do you think of my TBR? Any of these books on your June TBR? Any that your interested in? Any that you have read and highly recommend?

six for Sunday

Six for Sunday: 2019 books I’m excited for

Hello and welcome to another Six for Sunday post! How are you all? I hope you’ve had a good week! The meme #SixforSunday was created by A Little but a Lot. You can find weekly prompts here. This week’s prompt is 2019 books that I’m excited for. I just want to say, that all of these covers are absolutely gorgeous! 😍😍 Alos, honestly, there are so many good books coming out this year but since this is Six for Sunday, here’s my six choices.

Rebel Girls by Elizabeth Keenan 

This book is feminist and set in the 90's in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I mean, that's really all I needed to know before I added this to my TBR! 

Synopsis:  

In 1992 Baton Rouge, a single rumor has the power to change a girl's life forever.When it comes to being social, Athena Graves is far more comfortable creating a mixtape playlist than she is talking to cute boys--or anyone, for that matter. Plus her staunchly feminist views and love of punk rock aren't exactly mainstream at St. Ann's, her conservative Catholic high school.Then a malicious rumor starts spreading through the halls...a rumor that her popular, pretty, pro-life sister had an abortion over the summer. A rumor that has the power to not only hurt Helen, but possibly see her expelled.Despite their wildly contrasting views, Athena, Helen and their friends must find a way to convince the student body and the administration that it doesn't matter what Helen did or didn't do...even if their riot grrrl protests result in the expulsion of their entire rebel girl gang.

This book is feminist and set in the 90’s in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I mean, that’s really all I needed to know before I added this to my TBR!

Synopsis:

In 1992 Baton Rouge, a single rumor has the power to change a girl’s life forever.When it comes to being social, Athena Graves is far more comfortable creating a mixtape playlist than she is talking to cute boys–or anyone, for that matter. Plus her staunchly feminist views and love of punk rock aren’t exactly mainstream at St. Ann’s, her conservative Catholic high school.Then a malicious rumor starts spreading through the halls…a rumor that her popular, pretty, pro-life sister had an abortion over the summer. A rumor that has the power to not only hurt Helen, but possibly see her expelled.Despite their wildly contrasting views, Athena, Helen and their friends must find a way to convince the student body and the administration that it doesn’t matter what Helen did or didn’t do…even if their riot grrrl protests result in the expulsion of their entire rebel girl gang.

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The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim

Synopsis:

This sounds so cute and real wholesome but also hard hitting and I am here for it! 

Anna Chiu has her hands pretty full looking after her brother and sister and helping out at her dad’s restaurant, all while her mum stays in bed. Dad’s new delivery boy, Rory, is a welcome distraction and even though she knows that things aren’t right at home, she’s starting to feel like she could just be a normal teen.

But when Mum finally gets out of bed, things go from bad to worse. And as Mum’s condition worsens, Anna and her family question everything they understand about themselves and each other.

A nourishing tale about the crevices of culture, mental wellness and family, and the surprising power of a good dumpling.

This sounds so cute and real wholesome but also hard hitting and I am here for it!

Synopsis:

Anna Chiu has her hands pretty full looking after her brother and sister and helping out at her dad’s restaurant, all while her mum stays in bed. Dad’s new delivery boy, Rory, is a welcome distraction and even though she knows that things aren’t right at home, she’s starting to feel like she could just be a normal teen.

But when Mum finally gets out of bed, things go from bad to worse. And as Mum’s condition worsens, Anna and her family question everything they understand about themselves and each other.

A nourishing tale about the crevices of culture, mental wellness and family, and the surprising power of a good dumpling.

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Frankly in Love by David Yoon

This book has one of my favorite tropes, fake dating! This sounds so good, ya'll! Also, if I'm not mistaken the author of this book, is Nicola Yoon's husband so that's pretty cool. 

Synopsis: 

 High school senior Frank Li is a Limbo–his term for Korean-American kids who find themselves caught between their parents’ traditional expectations and their own Southern California upbringing. His parents have one rule when it comes to romance–“Date Korean”–which proves complicated when Frank falls for Brit Means, who is smart, beautiful–and white. Fellow Limbo Joy Song is in a similar predicament, and so they make a pact: they’ll pretend to date each other in order to gain their freedom. Frank thinks it’s the perfect plan, but in the end, Frank and Joy’s fake-dating maneuver leaves him wondering if he ever really understood love–or himself–at all.

This book has one of my favorite tropes, fake dating! This sounds so good, ya’ll! Also, if I’m not mistaken the author of this book, is Nicola Yoon’s husband so that’s pretty cool.

Synopsis:

High school senior Frank Li is a Limbo–his term for Korean-American kids who find themselves caught between their parents’ traditional expectations and their own Southern California upbringing. His parents have one rule when it comes to romance–“Date Korean”–which proves complicated when Frank falls for Brit Means, who is smart, beautiful–and white. Fellow Limbo Joy Song is in a similar predicament, and so they make a pact: they’ll pretend to date each other in order to gain their freedom. Frank thinks it’s the perfect plan, but in the end, Frank and Joy’s fake-dating maneuver leaves him wondering if he ever really understood love–or himself–at all.

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The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert

I added this for the cover, obviously. 😂 

Synopsis: 

Perfect for fans of Nina LaCour and Nicola Yoon comes a novel about first love and family secrets from Stonewall Book Award winner Brandy Colbert.

Dove "Birdie" Randolph works hard to be the perfect daughter and follow the path her parents have laid out for her: She quit playing her beloved soccer, she keeps her nose buried in textbooks, and she's on track to finish high school at the top of her class. But then Birdie falls hard for Booker, a sweet boy with a troubled past...whom she knows her parents will never approve of.

When her estranged aunt Carlene returns to Chicago and moves into the family's apartment above their hair salon, Birdie notices the tension building at home. Carlene is sweet, friendly, and open-minded--she's also spent decades in and out of treatment facilities for addiction. As Birdie becomes closer to both Booker and Carlene, she yearns to spread her wings. But when long-buried secrets rise to the surface, everything she's known to be true is turned upside down.

I added this for the cover, obviously. 😂

Synopsis:

Perfect for fans of Nina LaCour and Nicola Yoon comes a novel about first love and family secrets from Stonewall Book Award winner Brandy Colbert.

Dove “Birdie” Randolph works hard to be the perfect daughter and follow the path her parents have laid out for her: She quit playing her beloved soccer, she keeps her nose buried in textbooks, and she’s on track to finish high school at the top of her class. But then Birdie falls hard for Booker, a sweet boy with a troubled past…whom she knows her parents will never approve of.

When her estranged aunt Carlene returns to Chicago and moves into the family’s apartment above their hair salon, Birdie notices the tension building at home. Carlene is sweet, friendly, and open-minded–she’s also spent decades in and out of treatment facilities for addiction. As Birdie becomes closer to both Booker and Carlene, she yearns to spread her wings. But when long-buried secrets rise to the surface, everything she’s known to be true is turned upside down.

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Wilder Girls by Rory Power

This sounds so weird and awesome! Also, it's a sapphic horror novel! 😱😍

Synopsis:

 It's been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty's life out from under her. 

 It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don't dare wander outside the school's fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything. 

 But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there's more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.

This sounds so weird and awesome! Also, it’s a sapphic horror novel! 😱😍

Synopsis:

It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.

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Wild and Crooked by Leah Thomas

This story takes place in Kentucky which, if you didn't know, is basically my backyard and I don't see too many books that take place in KY. This book has a disabled, pansexual main character and a lesbian main character and they become best friends!! 😍😍

Synopsis: 

Critically-acclaimed author Leah Thomas blends a small-town setting with the secrets of a long-ago crime, in a compelling novel about breaking free from the past.

In Samsboro, Kentucky, Kalyn Spence's name is inseparable from the brutal murder her father committed when he was a teenager. Forced to return to town, Kalyn must attend school under a pseudonym . . . or face the lingering anger of Samsboro's citizens, who refuse to forget the crime. 

 Gus Peake has never had the luxury of redefining himself. A Samsboro native, he's either known as the "disabled kid" because of his cerebral palsy, or as the kid whose dad was murdered. Gus just wants to be known as himself. 

 When Gus meets Kalyn, her frankness is refreshing, and they form a deep friendship. Until their families' pasts emerge. And when the accepted version of the truth is questioned, Kalyn and Gus are caught in the center of a national uproar. Can they break free from a legacy of inherited lies and chart their own paths forward?

This story takes place in Kentucky which, if you didn’t know, is basically my backyard and I don’t see too many books that take place in KY. This book has a disabled, pansexual main character and a lesbian main character and they become best friends!! 😍😍

Synopsis:

Critically-acclaimed author Leah Thomas blends a small-town setting with the secrets of a long-ago crime, in a compelling novel about breaking free from the past.

In Samsboro, Kentucky, Kalyn Spence’s name is inseparable from the brutal murder her father committed when he was a teenager. Forced to return to town, Kalyn must attend school under a pseudonym . . . or face the lingering anger of Samsboro’s citizens, who refuse to forget the crime.

Gus Peake has never had the luxury of redefining himself. A Samsboro native, he’s either known as the “disabled kid” because of his cerebral palsy, or as the kid whose dad was murdered. Gus just wants to be known as himself.

When Gus meets Kalyn, her frankness is refreshing, and they form a deep friendship. Until their families’ pasts emerge. And when the accepted version of the truth is questioned, Kalyn and Gus are caught in the center of a national uproar. Can they break free from a legacy of inherited lies and chart their own paths forward?

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And that’s my six picks for 2019 books that I’m excited for.

What did you think of my choices? Any that you are interested in as well?

Can't Wait Wednesday

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Tell Me How You Really Feel by Amina Mae Safi

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Hi friends! Welcome back to another installment of Can’t-Wait Wednesday! Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tessa at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read (generally, books that aren’t yet released). It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Today, I’m going to be talking about Tell Me How You Really Feel by Amina Mae Safi.

Tell Me How You Really Feel by Amina Mae Safi

Tell Me How You Really Feel

by Amina Mae Safi

Sana Khan is a cheerleader and a straight A student. She’s the classic (somewhat obnoxious) overachiever determined to win.

Rachel Recht is a wannabe director who’s obsesssed with movies and ready to make her own masterpiece. As she’s casting her senior film project, she knows she’s found the perfect lead – Sana.

There’s only one problem. Rachel hates Sana. Rachel was the first girl Sana ever asked out, but Rachel thought it was a cruel prank and has detested Sana ever since.

Told in alternative viewpoints and inspired by classic romantic comedies, this engaging and edgy YA novel follows two strongwilled young women falling for each other despite themselves.

Do you see this? Just look at that cover! This book shows a sapphic couple on the cover… IN YA!! I’m so happy about this! This is the energy that we need in 2019!

Also, the diversity! This book features a Jewish and Middle-Eastern by way of Mexico main character and a Muslim, half-Persian, half-Bengali main character.

While I was looking through the early reviews of this, I saw someone say that it is an enemies to lovers tale and OMG that is my favorite trope. I know that this will be the rom-com that I need in my life for summer 2019!

What do you think of my pick for Can’t Wait Wednesday? Have you heard of this book? Will you be picking it up?

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Six for Sunday – 2019 books I want to read

Hi friends! Happy Sunday and I hope you all are having a good weekend!

Let’s get into this Six for Sunday post, shall we?

The meme #SixforSunday was created by A Little but a Lot. You can find weekly prompts here. This week’s prompt is 2019 books that I want to read. Honestly, there are so many good books coming out this year but since this is Six for Sunday, here’s my six choices.

No Big Deal by Bethany Rutter Ok. This is the plus size representation that everyone needs in their lives! And that's all I've got to say about this one.

Synopsis:

'It's not my body that's holding me back. I think it's more of a problem that people tell me my body should hold me back.'

Meet Emily Daly, a stylish, cute, intelligent and hilarious seventeen-year-old about to start her last year at school. Emily is also fat. She likes herself and her body. When she meets Joe at a house party, he instantly becomes The Crush of Her Life. Everything changes. At first he seems perfect. But as they spend more time together, doubts start to creep in.

With her mum trying new fad diets every week, and increasing pressure to change, Emily faces a constant battle to stay strong, be her true self and not change for anyone.

A warm, funny inspiring debut YA novel from Bethany Rutter: influencer, editor and a fierce UK voice in the debate around body positivity.

Ok. This is the plus size representation that everyone needs in their lives! And that’s all I’ve got to say about this one.

Synopsis:

‘It’s not my body that’s holding me back. I think it’s more of a problem that people tell me my body should hold me back.’

Meet Emily Daly, a stylish, cute, intelligent and hilarious seventeen-year-old about to start her last year at school. Emily is also fat. She likes herself and her body. When she meets Joe at a house party, he instantly becomes The Crush of Her Life. Everything changes. At first he seems perfect. But as they spend more time together, doubts start to creep in.

With her mum trying new fad diets every week, and increasing pressure to change, Emily faces a constant battle to stay strong, be her true self and not change for anyone.

A warm, funny inspiring debut YA novel from Bethany Rutter: influencer, editor and a fierce UK voice in the debate around body positivity.

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I Love You so Mochi by Sarah Kuhn This one just sounds so sweet and fun. Also, it's set in Japan. That cover, as well. I mean, 😍😍

Synopsis:

Perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Kasie West, I Love You So Mochi is a delightfully sweet and irrepressibly funny novel from accomplished author Sarah Kuhn.
"As sweet and satisfying as actual mochi... a tender love story wrapped up in food, fashion, and family. I gobbled it up." -- Maurene Goo, author of The Way You Make Me Feel

Kimi Nakamura loves a good fashion statement.

She's obsessed with transforming everyday ephemera into Kimi Originals: bold outfits that make her and her friends feel like the Ultimate versions of themselves. But her mother disapproves, and when they get into an explosive fight, Kimi's entire future seems on the verge of falling apart. So when a surprise letter comes in the mail from Kimi's estranged grandparents, inviting her to Kyoto for spring break, she seizes the opportunity to get away from the disaster of her life.

When she arrives in Japan, she's met with a culture both familiar and completely foreign to her. She loses herself in the city's outdoor markets, art installations, and cherry blossom festival -- and meets Akira, a cute aspiring med student who moonlights as a costumed mochi mascot. And what begins as a trip to escape her problems quickly becomes a way for Kimi to learn more about the mother she left behind, and to figure out where her own heart lies.

In I Love You So Mochi, author Sarah Kuhn has penned a delightfully sweet and irrepressibly funny novel that will make you squee at the cute, cringe at the awkward, and show that sometimes you have to lose yourself in something you love to find your Ultimate self.

This one just sounds so sweet and fun. Also, it’s set in Japan. That cover, as well. I mean, 😍😍

Synopsis:

Perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Kasie West, I Love You So Mochi is a delightfully sweet and irrepressibly funny novel from accomplished author Sarah Kuhn.
“As sweet and satisfying as actual mochi… a tender love story wrapped up in food, fashion, and family. I gobbled it up.” — Maurene Goo, author of The Way You Make Me Feel

Kimi Nakamura loves a good fashion statement.

She’s obsessed with transforming everyday ephemera into Kimi Originals: bold outfits that make her and her friends feel like the Ultimate versions of themselves. But her mother disapproves, and when they get into an explosive fight, Kimi’s entire future seems on the verge of falling apart. So when a surprise letter comes in the mail from Kimi’s estranged grandparents, inviting her to Kyoto for spring break, she seizes the opportunity to get away from the disaster of her life.

When she arrives in Japan, she’s met with a culture both familiar and completely foreign to her. She loses herself in the city’s outdoor markets, art installations, and cherry blossom festival — and meets Akira, a cute aspiring med student who moonlights as a costumed mochi mascot. And what begins as a trip to escape her problems quickly becomes a way for Kimi to learn more about the mother she left behind, and to figure out where her own heart lies.

In I Love You So Mochi, author Sarah Kuhn has penned a delightfully sweet and irrepressibly funny novel that will make you squee at the cute, cringe at the awkward, and show that sometimes you have to lose yourself in something you love to find your Ultimate self.

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With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo I've heard so many good reviews for this and it sounds like a really good story.  Also, the cover and even the end pages of this book are stunning! 

Synopsis:

With her daughter to care for and her abuela to help support, high school senior Emoni Santiago has to make the tough decisions, and do what must be done. The one place she can let her responsibilities go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness. Still, she knows she doesn’t have enough time for her school’s new culinary arts class, doesn’t have the money for the class’s trip to Spain — and shouldn’t still be dreaming of someday working in a real kitchen. But even with all the rules she has for her life — and all the rules everyone expects her to play by — once Emoni starts cooking, her only real choice is to let her talent break free.

I’ve heard so many good reviews for this and it sounds like a really good story. Also, the cover and even the end pages of this book are stunning!

Synopsis:

With her daughter to care for and her abuela to help support, high school senior Emoni Santiago has to make the tough decisions, and do what must be done. The one place she can let her responsibilities go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness. Still, she knows she doesn’t have enough time for her school’s new culinary arts class, doesn’t have the money for the class’s trip to Spain — and shouldn’t still be dreaming of someday working in a real kitchen. But even with all the rules she has for her life — and all the rules everyone expects her to play by — once Emoni starts cooking, her only real choice is to let her talent break free. 

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I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver This is an extremely important book! I hear that is it soft and sweet and I am just living for those types of stories at the moment. I just know that this will be emotional and give me all the feels! Also, this is an own voices non-binary author!

(TW: misgendering, homophobia, anxiety, depression)

Synopsis: 

When Ben De Backer comes out to their parents as non-binary, they're thrown out of their house and forced to move in with their estranged older sister, Hannah, and her husband, Thomas, whom Ben has never even met. Struggling with an anxiety disorder compounded by their parents' rejection, they come out only to Hannah, Thomas, and their therapist and try to keep a low profile in a new school.

But Ben's attempts to survive the last half of senior year unnoticed are thwarted when Nathan Allan, a funny and charismatic student, decides to take Ben under his wing. As Ben and Nathan's friendship grows, their feelings for each other begin to change, and what started as a disastrous turn of events looks like it might just be a chance to start a happier new life.

At turns heartbreaking and joyous, I Wish You All the Best is both a celebration of life, friendship, and love, and a shining example of hope in the face of adversity.

This is an extremely important book! I hear that is it soft and sweet and I am just living for those types of stories at the moment. I just know that this will be emotional and give me all the feels! Also, this is an own voices non-binary author!

(TW: misgendering, homophobia, anxiety, depression)

Synopsis:

When Ben De Backer comes out to their parents as non-binary, they’re thrown out of their house and forced to move in with their estranged older sister, Hannah, and her husband, Thomas, whom Ben has never even met. Struggling with an anxiety disorder compounded by their parents’ rejection, they come out only to Hannah, Thomas, and their therapist and try to keep a low profile in a new school.

But Ben’s attempts to survive the last half of senior year unnoticed are thwarted when Nathan Allan, a funny and charismatic student, decides to take Ben under his wing. As Ben and Nathan’s friendship grows, their feelings for each other begin to change, and what started as a disastrous turn of events looks like it might just be a chance to start a happier new life.

At turns heartbreaking and joyous, I Wish You All the Best is both a celebration of life, friendship, and love, and a shining example of hope in the face of adversity.

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Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawking

From what I hear, from some of my favorite booktubers, this is a really cute read and I’m super excited to read it! Also, again, I am here for all of the queer stories this year!

Synopsis:

Millie Quint is devastated when she discovers that her sort-of-best friend/sort-of-girlfriend has been kissing someone else. And because Millie cannot stand the thought of confronting her ex every day, she decides to apply for scholarships to boarding schools . . . the farther from Houston the better.


Millie can’t believe her luck when she’s accepted into one of the world’s most exclusive schools, located in the rolling highlands of Scotland. Everything about Scotland is different: the country is misty and green; the school is gorgeous, and the students think Americans are cute.

The only problem: Mille’s roommate Flora is a total princess.

She’s also an actual princess. Of Scotland.

At first, the girls can barely stand each other–Flora is both high-class and high-key–but before Millie knows it, she has another sort-of-best-friend/sort-of-girlfriend. Even though Princess Flora could be a new chapter in her love life, Millie knows the chances of happily ever afters are slim . . . after all, real life isn’t a fairy tale . . . or is it?

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Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale 
All of the summer vibes ✔
Fluffy and adorable ✔
Sweet, summer romance ✔
Bisexual main character ✔
Well, honestly, does it get any better than that? No. 

Synopsis:

Rule #1 - Never fall for a summer boy. 

Fresh out of high school, Babe Vogel should be thrilled to have the whole summer at her fingertips. She loves living in her lighthouse home in the sleepy Maine beach town of Oar’s Rest and being a barista at the Busy Bean, but she’s totally freaking out about how her life will change when her two best friends go to college in the fall. And when a reckless kiss causes all three of them to break up, she may lose them a lot sooner. On top of that, her ex-girlfriend is back in town, bringing with her a slew of memories, both good and bad.

And then there’s Levi Keller, the cute artist who’s spending all his free time at the coffee shop where she works. Levi’s from out of town, and even though Babe knows better than to fall for a tourist who will leave when summer ends, she can’t stop herself from wanting to know him. Can Babe keep her distance, or will she break the one rule she’s always had - to never fall for a summer boy?
  1. All of the summer vibes ✔
  2. Fluffy and adorable ✔
  3. Sweet, summer romance ✔
  4. Bisexual main character ✔

Well, honestly, does it get any better than that? No. Also, again, that cover!! 😍

Synopsis:

Rule #1 – Never fall for a summer boy. 

Fresh out of high school, Babe Vogel should be thrilled to have the whole summer at her fingertips. She loves living in her lighthouse home in the sleepy Maine beach town of Oar’s Rest and being a barista at the Busy Bean, but she’s totally freaking out about how her life will change when her two best friends go to college in the fall. And when a reckless kiss causes all three of them to break up, she may lose them a lot sooner. On top of that, her ex-girlfriend is back in town, bringing with her a slew of memories, both good and bad.

And then there’s Levi Keller, the cute artist who’s spending all his free time at the coffee shop where she works. Levi’s from out of town, and even though Babe knows better than to fall for a tourist who will leave when summer ends, she can’t stop herself from wanting to know him. Can Babe keep her distance, or will she break the one rule she’s always had – to never fall for a summer boy?

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And those are my six choices this Sunday.

What are some 2019 books that you want to read? Any of these?

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday

Hi friends and welcome to WWW Wednesday! WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived by Sam at Taking on a World of Words that answers three {W} questions.

~What are you currently reading?
~ What did you recently finish reading?
~What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently reading: I'm reading Real World by Natsuo Kirino and I'm reading this for the #asianreadathon (@asianreadathon). I'm also reading a graphic novel for my #YARC2019 reading challenge.

 I'm on page 53 in Real World and, honestly, I'm not loving it.  It is a thriller set in Toyko though and I'm  excited to finish it. Hopefully, it picks up soon!

I'm only on page 9 in Persepolis but it is a graphic novel so it should be a pretty fast read.

I'm also just starting A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, which isn't pictured, for another one of my #asianreadathon challenges.

Currently reading:

I’m reading Real World by Natsuo Kirino and I’m reading this for the #asianreadathon (@asianreadathon). I’m also reading a graphic novel for my #YARC2019 reading challenge.

I’m on page 53 in Real World and, honestly, I’m not loving it. It is a thriller set in Toyko though and I’m excited to finish it. Hopefully, it picks up soon!

I’m only on page 9 in Persepolis but it is a graphic novel so it should be a pretty fast read.

I’m also just starting A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, which isn’t pictured, for another one of my #asianreadathon challenges.

Real World: Amazon US I goodreads
Persepolis: Amazon US I goodreads
A Thousand Beginnings and Endings: Amazon US I goodreads

Just finished: On Monday, I finished The Hating Game by Sally Thorne and ya'll... I love this book! If you like enemies-to-lovers and suuuuper, super slow burn romance, then I recommend you to read this book.

Just finished:

On Monday, I finished The Hating Game by Sally Thorne and ya’ll… I love this book! If you enjoy enemies-to-lovers and suuuuper, super slow burn romance, then I recommend you to read this book.

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My next read will Girls of Paper and Fire and it will be my last #asianreadathon challenge. I'm real excited to get to this one, too. I've heard so many good reviews for it!

Next read:

My next read will be my last #asianreadathon challenge. I’m real excited to get to this one, too. I’ve heard so many good reviews for it!

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Alright, that’s all of my recent and soon to be reads. What are you reading? Have you read any of these books mentioned in this post? If so, what were your thoughts?