July TBR

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Summer is flying by! This is my last full month off before I go back to teaching, so I am trying to fit in as many books as possible before school starts again. Here are three of my picks for July:

  • The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen

The Rest of the Story

Sarah Dessen is my favorite YA author, so I’m very excited to read her release from last month. This seems like the perfect summer read since it takes place at a lake, so I definitely need to read it before the summer wraps up.

  • Maybe This Time by Kasie West

Maybe This Time

Kasie West is an auto-buy author for me. I wasn’t a huge fan of her last release (Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss), so I hope that I enjoy this one a little bit more.

  • Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones & The Six

I’ve heard a lot of positive reviews about Daisy Jones and the Six, so I’m excited that it’s finally my turn to read this book since I placed a hold on it at my local library. I’m trying to read more book in the “adult” age range and I have been wanting to read some books by this author.

What books do you plan to read in July?

 

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Independence Day Book Tag

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Happy Fourth of July to all of my American followers! Since today is Independence Day, I thought I would celebrate by completing the Independent Day Book Tag. Here are my answers (I am not sure who started this tag. If you know, please link to their social media down below so I can credit them!):

  • Show three books you have already read (one red, one white, and one blue)

Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's JournalCounting by 7sReal Friends

This summer I have been really drawn to reading more middle grade books. These are three books that I have read so far this summer. While I wanted more from Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid, I was thoroughly impressed with the unique and distinct voices in each of these stories. Real Friends, a graphic memoir about Shannon Hale’s childhood, really grabbed me because it perfectly captured how most people feel at that age.

  • A book with your favorite “rag-tag” band of revolutionaries

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

I haven’t talked about The Lunar Chronicles in so long! This was one of my most hyped series when I first started my blog. I love each of the characters in this book and they have stayed with me years after I finished the series. I’m still waiting on someone to make this into a movie series, or even better, a television or Netflix series!

  • Show a book that takes place in one of the 13 original colonies

The Unexpected Everything

The Unexpected Everything takes place in Stanwich, Connecticut, one of the 13 original colonies. I am a huge fan of Morgan Matson’s books and hopefully I can get to the only book that I haven’t read by her, Second Chance Summer, before this summer ends!

  • Show a book that takes place in England

I've Got Your Number

Sophie Kinsella’s books are some of the first books that got me into the “adult” book age range. I particularly loved I’ve Got Your Number out of all the books that I have read by her.

  • Time for fireworks! What book(s) end with a bang?

The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2)

The Cruel Prince was an okay read for me, but I was completely blown away by the twists and turns in the second book in this series. The ending caught me by surprise! I am eagerly anticipating The Queen of Nothing.

  • Show three books you would like to read (one red, one white, and one blue)

The Wedding DateSomewhere Only We KnowThe Rest of the Story

I really enjoyed The Proposal, so I was love to read the other books in Jasmine Guillory’s companion series. I also want to read books by Maurene Goo because I’ve heard such positive reviews of her work. Obviously, I need to read The Rest of the Story because Sarah Dessen is my favorite YA author!

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May TBR

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Once again, I failed to make a lot of progress on my TBR. I did not finish A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Bookish Boyfriends: The Boy Next Story, or You’d Be Mine while I did make a little bit of progress on two of those books. That being said, I did finish a book that I picked up and put down before I picked up any of those books. While the book, Internet Famous, was a struggle to finish, it still feels good to finally finish that story.

Looking ahead to May, I still want to focus on some of those books that I have been working on. However, I also want to finish reading an eARC that I received in order to review it before its release date. Here are my choices:

  • Bookish Boyfriends: The Boy Next Story by Tiffany Schmidt

The Boy Next Story: A Bookish Boyfriends Novel

I think that I am struggling to finish this book because it is really angsty and repetitive. I’m also not a huge fan of several characters in this book, including the love interest, which makes it difficult to finish reading. That being said, I am not the target age range of this book which skews as younger YA. Since I received this as an eARC, I am committed to finish it and provide an honest review.

  • Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno

Don't Date Rosa Santos

This book sounds right up my alley! I heard from other reviews that there is a large focus on the main character’s culture, which I always love to read in stories. I also have this book as an eARC, so I am determined to read and review it in order to provide an honest review before the release date.

  • You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn

You'd Be Mine

I always struggle to read books involving celebrities or people trying to be famous, but I hope this is an exception. I barely started this book, so I’m not entirely sure about my feelings towards the characters or plot yet. The country music focus will be great to read as summer comes closer.

 

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April TBR

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So about last month… it was not my best reading month. As a result, I finished 0 books on my TBR. I started each of these books, but did not finish any of them. Right now, these stories aren’t grabbing me and I may need to pick them up at a later time to fully enjoy them. Here were my picks for March:

  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

A Curse So Dark and Lonely

  • Bookish Boyfriends: The Boy Next Story by Tiffany Schmidt

The Boy Next Story: A Bookish Boyfriends Novel

  • You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn

You'd Be Mine

 

Now… onto my choices for April!

  • Bookish Boyfriends: The Boy Next Story by Tiffany Schmidt

The Boy Next Story: A Bookish Boyfriends NovelI do want to finish this book before May, when it is released. I am very close to finishing this book. Fingers crossed that I finish it this month!

  • You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn

You'd Be Mine

I’m not too far into this book, but it was recently released. I want to read this book ASAP!

  • Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno

Don't Date Rosa Santos

This book will also be released in May, so I want to finish it during April. This book sounds right up my alley, so I hope that I enjoy it!

 

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March TBR

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This month I actually stuck to my TBR and I am so proud! Out of the three books I planned to read for February, I read 2.5 of them. Here were my February choices below:

  • Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West

Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss

I pre-ordered this book and read it quickly after an email telling me it was sent to my Kindle. I’m a huge Kasie West fan and to say I was excited for a new book by her was an understatement. Unfortunately for me, this book was only an average Kasie West book for me. While it was fun and easy to read, I was slightly disappointed with this read and gave it three stars.

  • 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

99 Percent Mine

This is another book that I pre-ordered and was extremely excited to read. Unfortunately again, this book did not live up to my hype for its author. I mentioned in my TBR last month that the synopsis of this book did not grab me like The Hating Game, which proved to be true.

  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

A Curse So Dark and Lonely

This is my “0.5” of my completed TBR. I am about halfway through this book and at a standstill. I love Brigid Kemmerer’s contemporary books but just can’t seem to get into this fantasy book. I’m hoping by putting it aside for a little bit that I can come back and enjoy it.

 

Now, onto my picks for March! Here are my three choices for my March TBR:

  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

A Curse So Dark and Lonely

I would really like to finish A Curse So Dark and Lonely this month. I know if I put this book aside for too long, then I will forget the plot. Then, I may not be motivated to ever finish it. Hopefully, the story picks up and it can end up being a solid March read!

  • Bookish Boyfriends: The Boy Next Story by Tiffany Schmidt

The Boy Next Story: A Bookish Boyfriends Novel

I received this book as an eARC via NetGalley and I’m currently about halfway through it. Since I’m close to finishing this book, I know that it should be easy to quickly finish it as the beginning of the month.

  • You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn

You'd Be Mine

I also received this book as an eARC via NetGalley. The release date is at the beginning of April, so I wanted to make sure I read and review this book before its release.

 

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February Reading-Wrap Up

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This month, my reading was pretty average. Out of the five books I read, I rated four of the books as three-star reads. However, I did have one five-star read. Overall, I did enjoy all the books that I read this month, even though several weren’t exactly memorable. Here’s what I read and my thoughts on them:

  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (★ ★ ★ ★ ★)

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

This book actually started out fairly slow for me. I hear a lot of hype going into this book and midway through I had a feeling this would only be an average read for me. However, the ending completely changed my mind. The ending of this book was extremely emotional, raw, and real. The end definitely redeemed the book for me and it ended up being a five-star read for me.

  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (★ ★ ★)

The Kiss Quotient

The Kiss Quotient is a quick, fun read. However, it lacked the emotional depth for me to invest in the characters and their relationship. While this was an enjoyable read, it definitely wasn’t the most memorable for me.

  • 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne (★ ★ ★)

99 Percent Mine

I was so excited for 99 Percent Mine since I loved The Hating Game. I was slightly disappointed with this book because I did not love it as nearly as much as The Hating Game. Like with The Kiss Quotient, I never connected with the characters and as a result, their relationship fell flat for me. While a fun and quick read, it did not live up to my expectations.

  • Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West (★ ★ ★)

Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss

Kasie West is an auto-buy contemporary author for me and I was excited to read about Lacey, who appeared in my favorite book by this author, Love, Life, and the List. However, I’m not a big fan of books involving celebrity and movie sets. Sadly, this book was no exception. Sometimes, Kasie West’s books can be a little all over the place in terms of plot. Unfortunately, this book followed that format. While cute, the relationship also isn’t my favorite out of her books.

  • Sadie by Courtney Summers (★ ★ ★)

Sadie

I’m not a big mystery/thriller type of person, but I heard nothing but positive reviews about this book. I think the hype of this book took away from some of my enjoyment. I understand the message this book wanted to convey, but I found the ending unsatisfying. Plus, sometimes the podcast aspect which was really relevant and unique, bored me because it was like playing catch up on already known information.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Couples in Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is favorite couples in books. Over the years, I have come to adore so many couples in books. Since it is Blogentine’s Day on my blog, it is the perfect time to share them! Here are some of my favorites:

  • Cress and Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)

The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favorite series of all time and contains one of my favorite couples of all time. While I did love each couple in this series, the one that loved the most was Cress and Thorne. Out of all the main characters, I related to Cress the most. Plus, Thorne is just like Flynn Rider from Tangled, so it’s impossible not to love him. I also enjoyed seeing how they impacted each other as characters and grew throughout the two final books in the series.

  • Feyre and Rhysand from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

While books by Sarah J. Maas are typically hit or miss for me, I generally enjoy the characters in her books. I specifically enjoyed the character growth that Feyre and Rhysand experienced in A Court of Mist and Fury and slowly watching them turn into a couple. Despite my feelings of meh towards book three and the novella, I still love reading about their relationship and can’t wait to see little snapshots of their future in other books set in the same world.

  • Nikole and Carlos from The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

The Proposal

I think Nikole and Carlos have the most real and healthy relationship on this list which was so incredibly refreshing to read. Nikole and Carlos are like normal, everyday people which made me believe that I could experience the same love that they feel towards each other. They are so respectful of each other’s passions, feelings, and thoughts. Their love story just made me so happy and I can’t wait to see them appear in The Wedding Party (the next book in this companion series) to see what happens to them.

  • Kestrel and Arin from The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)

I haven’t read this series in a long time. However, I remember being so invested in Kestrel and Arin’s relationship. Even though it was pretty dramatic for my tastes, I was sucked in and I couldn’t put down this series until I knew what happened to them.

  • Kaz and Inej from Six of Crows  by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

Kaz and Inej have such a great relationship that is so different than many others in the YA sphere. I like how Kaz and Inej both influenced each other, but never completely changed each other. They were able to live with the other thinking very differently from themselves, but also worked so well together.

  • Annabel and Owen from Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

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Just Listen is my favorite YA book, so it’s no surprise I loved Annabel and Owen. Sarah Dessen has a knack for making me love characters that I would probably not in real life. Owen’s music snobbery would definitely annoy me in real life, but he has so much dimension in this book that I can’t help but like him.

  • Selina and Luke from Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas

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I was surprised by how much I loved this book. This Sarah J. Maas book isn’t one of her most hyped, but besides A Court of Mist and Fury it is definitely my favorite. Selina and Luke have so many layers to their characters and I was rooting for them the entire novel.

  • Remy and Dexter from This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

This Lullaby

Remy and Dexter and two characters that I would relate to in real life or ever imagine together, but Sarah Dessen makes it work. Remy is very cold and rigid and Dexter is the complete opposite. He’s also a musician, and if you’ve read a post on my blog before, that’s not my favorite thing to see in books. That being said, I think Remy and Dexter end up balancing each other perfectly and help each other grow as people and in relationships. Plus, that silverware scene is one of my favorite cute YA scenes of all time.

  • Abby and Cooper from Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West

Love, Life, and the List

I love Kasie West books and think they contain couples straight out of your favorite teen movie. Abby and Cooper just stand out to me much more than the others. Cooper, to me, had a little more personality than some of West’s other love interests. Plus, it was interesting to read the friends-to-lovers trope which I don’t typically pick up or enjoy. Honestly, I was so invested in their relationship that I could not put this book down.

  • Macy and Wes from The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

The Truth About Forever

Macy and Wes are just the perfect couple… there’s nothing else to say! (Except sa-woon!)

 

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E-Book Haul February 2018

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There’s nothing I love more than adding a new book to my Kindle library.

Recently, I have noticed that I’ve been preferring to read books on my Kindle than reading a physical copy. If you asked me if that would be the case when I started this blog a couple years ago, I would have never believed you! However, I feel like I move a little faster and I am more motivated to read books when I can see how much percent I have read. I also really enjoy looking at the definition of words, taking notes, and highlighting important sentences which I did not do with my physical copies.

As a result, I’ve purchased a handful of e-books over the past two months. Here are my most recent purchases (any book with a review will be linked to the book’s title):

Snow in Love

I purchased this short story collection around Christmas because I was looking for some cute Christmas reads and I am a huge fan of Kasie West. Overall, I found this collection to be a little more enjoyable than other short story collections that I have read. However, most of the stories were still only average for me with Kasie West’s story as the major stand-out.

  • 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

99 Percent Mine

I pre-ordered this book which is huge for me since I rarely pre-order books. However, I created a list this year of books I was really looking forward to reading and wanted to make a priority. I don’t typically read books when they are first released and I find myself sometimes sad if I really like a book after the hype has died down. While I did not enjoy 99 Percent Mine nearly as much as The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, it was still an okay read for me.

  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

A Curse So Dark and Lonely

This was another book on my pre-order list! I’m a big fan of Brigid Kemmerer’s contemporary books, so I wanted to pick this book up especially because it falls in a different genre. Currently, I’m about a third of the way through this book and it just isn’t meeting my expectations. I hope that this will be one that picks up more in the second half of the book, since it is apparently the start of a series.

  • This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

This Adventure Ends

I saw this book as a Kindle monthly deal in January and decided to pick it up after reading Famous in a Small Town by the same author. Emma Mills has been constantly recommended recently for fans of contemporary. Famous in a Small Town was slow for me in the beginning, but I really enjoyed the ending. While I am not completely sold for her being an auto-buy contemporary author for me, I still want to check out some of her other works. This one interested me because there are twins in this book. As a twin myself, I don’t typically enjoy books that include twins because I feel like twins are constantly portrayed at odds and as complete opposites which may represent some twins, but it definitely does not represent my relationship with my twin. As a result, I’m interested to see this book’s take on twins.

  • Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West

Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss

Kasie West is an auto-buy author for me so I definitely pre-ordered her February release. I am so excited to dive into this book! Even though the “famous” trope isn’t my favorite in young adult books, I’m hoping this one can sway my opinion.

 

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If You Love This, Then You’ll Love That

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Let’s talk about love… for books!

I’ve discovered a lot of books that I enjoy through book recommendation videos. Since it’s Blogentine’s on my blog, I decided to share some of my favorite recommendations. Here are some of my choices:

If you loved The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, then you’ll love Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren

The Hating GameDating You / Hating You

The Hating Game and Dating You/Hating You offers very similar plots: two colleagues compete for one sole position within their company and develop romantic feelings for each other in the process. Both are fun, light-hearted books perfect for fans of love-hate relationships.

 

If you loved The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han, then you’ll love 99 Days by Katie Cotugno

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The Summer I Turned Pretty and 99 Days have a lot in common. Both take place in the summer. Additionally, both feature main characters caught in a love triangle between two brothers. While not my most highly rated books, these two books are easy-to-read books during the summertime. If you’re a fan of the CW-like drama in The Summer I Turned Pretty, then you’ll love the drama in 99 Days.

 

If you loved Save the Date my Morgan Matson, then you’ll love Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills

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Save the Date and Famous in a Small Town aren’t exactly similar plot-wise. Save the Date follows the main character during her sibling’s wedding weekend. Meanwhile, Famous in a Small Town follows a girl who attempts to recruit a famous country singer for a competition to help her band participate in the Rose Bowl parade. While different in plot, they are similar in messages. Both Save the Date and Famous in a small town are coming of age stories where the protagonist realizes their family, friends, and town are not as idyllic as they appear. If you appreciated this message in Save the Date, you will appreciate it in Famous in a Small Town too.

 

If you loved Let it Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson, then you’ll love Snow in Love by Kasie West, Melissa de la Cruz, Aimee Friedman, and Nic Stone

Let it SnowSnow in Love

While there are several YA winter anthologies, I think Let It Snow and Snow in Love are the most comparable. In both of these anthologies, I generally liked the majority of the stories. Since there are fewer authors, the stories also get to be a bit longer. While the stories don’t intersect in Snow in Love like they do in Let it Snow, they both are strictly contemporary collections that have a more cohesive feel compared to the My True Love Gave to Me short story collection.

 

If you loved A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, then you’ll love The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)

A Court of Thorns and Roses and The Cruel Prince are two of the biggest faerie books currently on the market. Although their writing styles and world drastically differ, they have several common elements that if you enjoyed ACOTAR, then you will like The Cruel Prince too. Both ACOTAR and The Cruel Prince feature complicated love interests. Additionally, both feature complicated political relationships. As a result, if you like these aspects of ACOTAR, you might enjoy The Cruel Prince too.

What are your if you love this, then you’ll love that recommendations?

Top Ten Tuesday: Upcoming Releases I’m On the Fence About

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is upcoming releases I’m on the fence about. This year, I decided to create a list of all the books to be released this year that sound interesting to me. I put a star next to the books I definitely wanted to pre-order or purchase as soon as they dropped. However, there are still a few that I didn’t star, meaning I will probably wait for reviews to purchase or pick it up if it appears in my local library. Here are my choices:

  • That’s Not What I Heard by Stephanie Kate Strohm

That's Not What I Heard

This book centers on the story of a relationship gone wrong that changes as it is passed along through students at a high school. This book sounds interesting and different, but I wonder if it leans a little younger YA which I typically do not enjoy anymore. I feel like this book probably has a lot of petty drama which I would have loved when I was the same age as the characters in the book. However, this is something that I do not really enjoy in books that I read now, which puts me on the fence of reading this book because I feel like it’s just not meant for me.

  • The Beauty of the Moment by Tamaz Bhathena

The Beauty of the Moment

This book follows a new girl in school. She is struggling because her parents are on the brink of divorce and she wants to be an artist but she feels like she can’t tell anyone. Enter the school’s bad boy and the start of a love story. I’m on the fence with this book because I feel like it could go two ways. I feel like it could lean a little younger YA, which I mentioned previously is not my favorite type of read anymore due to my age. I think it could be very tropey and surface level despite larger issues it wants to present. On the other hand, I feel like it could learn more towards Letters to the Lost (which I really enjoyed) because it has a bad boy due to his complicated past and a girl learning more about herself and her family dynamics. I definitely want to see some reviews before I pick up this one.

  • The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

The Devouring Gray

I think this book was pitched as similar to Stranger Things. It sounds interesting, like it could be made into a Netflix show or movie, because it contains many popular elements right now: an eery small town, something in the woods, and people turning up dead. While this sounds interesting to me, I never end up reading more “intense” books because I prefer happy, light reads. It also sounds so similar to other books or movies in the same genre, so I am unsure if it will set itself apart from other similar stories. This is one where there will have to be a lot of positive reviews to push me to read it.

  • If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

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If I’m Being Honest follows a popular mean girl who tries to win over her crush by mimicking Katherine from Taming of the Shrew. To right her wrongs, she tries to make amends with a boy she made fun of in elementary school. One of my big unpopular book opinions is that I absolutely love reading books about popular mean girls because they are typically not likeable but contains so many dimensions to their characters if you can look past their terrible actions. I think this book could be a lot of fun, but I think the Taming of the Shrew connection could be a little tricky. Not only will it compete with one of my favorite movies, 10 Things I Hate About You, but it also needs to be careful on how it treads with the main character changing herself to try to win over a guy’s affections. I hope the overall message goes against that, so I may have to wait for some reviews to decide if this book is for me.

  • Night Music by Jenn Marie Thorne

Night Music

Night Music follows a girl who doesn’t want to follow in her father’s footsteps with a classical music career when she meets a boy who wants exactly that dream. There are several reasons I want to read this book. First of all, this book features an interracial relationship which is not common in young adult fiction. Additionally, from the book’s synopsis, it indicates that this book will touch on how privileged and mostly white the classical music community is which sounds really interesting. On the other hand, I am never particularly interested in books that contain a musical element especially classical music. Since this is classical music, I’m assuming there won’t be any lyrics in this book (but possibly since the main character wants to steer away from classical music), and that makes me absolutely cringe in books. I find myself more interested in this book than not, but I may need a little push from other reviewers before I pick it up myself.

  • Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo

Somewhere Only We Know

Somewhere Only We Know follows a K-Pop star trying to break out in America and a boy undercover on a tabloid job who meet. This book sounds interesting to me, but I still have a few reservations. I am interested in reading more books that feature Asian main characters and I think the K-Pop aspect also sounds very interesting. However, like I mentioned earlier, books with “famous people” tropes and singing aren’t really my favorite. Additionally, I read a book by Maurene Goo a few years ago and I wasn’t that big of a fan of her writing. However, I have heard a lot of positive reviews for her most recent releases which still make me interested in this one. I’m on the fence, so reviews will probably push me to read this one.

  • Technically You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson

Technically, You Started It

This book focuses on a girl who receives a text message from a guy who could be one of two people. Soon, the two start having great conversations over text messages. From the description, it sounds like it could be someone she dislikes, he knows who she is, but she doesn’t know who he is. This sounds like it could be cute, but also very tropey and overdramatic. Kind of like famous people and music tropes, I also don’t have much luck with texting tropes in books. While I love A Cinderella Story which uses this trope, no other version of this trope has been successful with me. Still, I find myself on the fence because it does sound like it could be cute. This is one that I will definitely need to read reviews on before I pick it up.

  • The Shortest Distance Between Love and Hate by Sandy Hall

The Shortest Distance Between Love and Hate

This book follows a girl who wants to reinvent herself in college. At her first college party, she makes out with a guy who just so happens to be the guy who ruined her life in middle school. This book interests me because it takes place in college which I would love to see more in books and contains the enemies-to-lovers to trope which I personally enjoy. However, it also seems like this book could come across a little immature for the age of the main character. I can definitely see this book being consumed by the Do-I-Like-Him-Or-Not? type questions and not much else which I really enjoy in books.

  • Truly, Madly, Royally by Debbie Rigaud

Truly Madly Royally

This book follows a girl who meets a boy who happens to be a prince and is whisked away to be a guest at his brother’s wedding. This book interests me for a few reasons. Looking at the cover, I can see this book features an African American main character and an interracial relationship. Thinking back to Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding and how big of a moment it was to see a biracial American girl as a European princess, I think it would be interesting to see this in the YA genre even though the couple in this book isn’t getting married. That being said, I’m not big on books or movies that have some royal element (besides The Princess Diaries). For some reason, I can never get into them! However, from the cover to the plot this sound super cute, so I’m only on the very edge of the fence for this one.

  • The Paper and Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie

The Paper & Hearts Society: Book 1

This book follows a new girl in town who discovers a book club where she can finally be herself. I’m interested in this book because it’s fun to read about people who love books. That being said, I see some red flags in this book’s description. There’s a big “not like other girls/people” vibe going on in the synopsis when it says she’s “tired of trying to fit in with her classmates” and has had “enough of her old friends who only talk to her when they need something.” Also, it mentions it is written by the “Zoella” of books and perfect for fans of Holly Smale. Hearing Zoella of books gives me Girl Online flashbacks which I did not enjoy at all. While I liked Geek Girl, I did find it leaning towards younger YA and something that I would have appreciated more at a younger age. I think this book could try to make the main character a little too quirky where it’s more a caricature and include way too many references to other works/fandoms for my own tastes. I’m definitely swaying away on the fence of this book, but maybe some reviews can change my mind.

 

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