Opening the Book: 20 Most Anticipated Books of 2020

2019 was definitely a year for books and 2020 is already gearing up with some amazing stories! As usual, my opinionated self has a few favourites I’m looking forward to. Here are my 20 most anticipated book releases for 2020 in alphabetical order based on the author’s last name.

Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

YES

Jamie Goldberg is cool with volunteering for his local state Senate candidate-as long as he’s behind the scenes. When it comes to speaking to strangers (or, let’s face it, speaking at all to almost anyone), Jamie’s a choke artist. There’s no way he’d ever knock on doors to ask people for their votes…until he meets Maya.

NO

Maya Rehman’s having the worst Ramadan ever. Her best friend is too busy to hang out, her summer trip is canceled, and now her parents are separating. Why her mother thinks the solution to her problems is political canvassing-with some awkward dude she hardly knows-is beyond her.

MAYBE SO

Going door to door isn’t exactly glamorous, but maybe it’s not the worst thing in the world. After all, the polls are getting closer-and so are Maya and Jamie. Mastering local activism is one thing. Navigating the cross-cultural romance of the century is another thing entirely.

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Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown

Echo Brown is a wizard from the East Side, where apartments are small and parents suffer addictions to white rocks. Yet there is magic… everywhere. New portals begin to open when Echo transfers to the rich school on the West Side, and an insightful teacher becomes a pivotal mentor. Each day, Echo travels between two worlds, leaving her brothers, her friends, and a piece of herself behind on the East Side. There are dangers to leaving behind the place that made you. Echo soon realizes there is pain flowing through everyone around her, and a black veil of depression threatens to undo everything she’s worked for.

Heavily autobiographical and infused with magical realism, Black Girl Unlimited fearlessly explores the intersections of poverty, sexual violence, depression, racism, and sexism–all through the arc of a transcendent coming-of-age.

A powerful memoir for fans of Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson and American Street by Ibi Zoboi.

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Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

From Stonewall and Lambda Award-winning author Kacen Callender comes a revelatory YA novel about a transgender teen grappling with identity and self-discovery while falling in love for the first time.

Felix Love has never been in love–and, yes, he’s painfully aware of the irony. He desperately wants to know what it’s like and why it seems so easy for everyone but him to find someone. What’s worse is that, even though he is proud of his identity, Felix also secretly fears that he’s one marginalization too many–Black, queer, and transgender–to ever get his own happily-ever-after.

When an anonymous student begins sending him transphobic messages–after publicly posting Felix’s deadname alongside images of him before he transitioned–Felix comes up with a plan for revenge. What he didn’t count on: his catfish scenario landing him in a quasi-love triangle…

But as he navigates his complicated feelings, Felix begins a journey of questioning and self-discovery that helps redefine his most important relationship: how he feels about himself.

Felix Ever After is an honest and layered story about identity, falling in love, and recognizing the love you deserve.

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City of the Plague God by Sarwat Chadda

Inspired by Mesopotamian mythology, the story follows Sikander Aziz, a Muslim boy born and raised in New York City, as he teams up with legendary hero Gilgamesh to defeat the ancient god of plagues before the entire population of Manhattan is wiped out.

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The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

Séverin and his team members might have successfully thwarted the Fallen House, but victory came at a terrible cost — one that still haunts all of them. Desperate to make amends, Séverin pursues a dangerous lead to find a long lost artifact rumored to grant its possessor the power of God.

Their hunt lures them far from Paris, and into icy heart of Russia where crystalline ice animals stalk forgotten mansions, broken goddesses carry deadly secrets, and a string of unsolved murders makes the crew question whether an ancient myth is a myth after all.

As hidden secrets come to the light and the ghosts of the past catch up to them, the crew will discover new dimensions of themselves. But what they find out may lead them down paths they never imagined.

A tale of love and betrayal as the crew risks their lives for one last job.

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Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

Welcome to Edwardian London, a time of electric lights and long shadows, the celebration of artistic beauty and the wild pursuit of pleasure, with demons waiting in the dark. For years there has been peace in the Shadowhunter world. James and Lucie Herondale, children of the famous Will and Tessa, have grown up in an idyll with their loving friends and family, listening to stories of good defeating evil and love conquering all. But everything changes when the Blackthorn and Carstairs families come to London…and so does a remorseless and inescapable plague.

James Herondale longs for a great love, and thinks he has found it in the beautiful, mysterious Grace Blackthorn. Cordelia Carstairs is desperate to become a hero, save her family from ruin, and keep her secret love for James hidden. When disaster strikes the Shadowhunters, James, Cordelia and their friends are plunged into a wild adventure which will reveal dark and incredible powers, and the true cruel price of being a hero…and falling in love.

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will revisit the world of Panem sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games.

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The Ghosts We Keep by Mason Deaver

The Ghosts We Keep is the story of Liam Cooper who is a non-binary kid still trying to figure things out. So they’re still in the closet, but mostly because that’s where they’re most comfortable right now. They have a crush on their best friend Joel, and they’re desperately hoping that something will come of it and they’re trying to get the nerve to ask Joel out.

Things come crashing to a halt when Liam’s twin brother is killed in a tragic accident. Suddenly Liam sees their brother’s face in the mirror, and they have to contend with being half of a whole. The book is about grief, rejection, fear, dealing with PTSD. It comes from my own experience of losing my father in 2017 (in the exact way Liam loses their brother).

The book is dark, I’m not going to lie it may be difficult for a lot of readers. Liam goes through a lot, they deal with their own gender, losing the person they love the most, rejection from people around them. There is a scene (so far at least who knows what edits may do) where Liam considers taking their own life.

These are things both I and my mother experience after my father was killed. And this is my way of getting through that.”

–From the author

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Untitled Witchlands #4 by Susan Dennard

The fourth installment in The Witchlands Series.

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We Free The Stars by Hafsah Faizal

Zafira is the Hunter, braving the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those who defy his autocratic father, the sultan. She must hide her identity. He mustn’t display compassion. But when both embark on a quest to uncover a lost magic artifact, Zafira and Nasir encounter an ancient evil long thought destroyed–and discover that the prize they seek may be even more dangerous than any of their enemies. In We Free the Stars, Zafira and Nasir must conquer the darkness around–and inside of–them.

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Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents the sequel to the critically acclaimed Sal and Gabi Break the Universe, a brilliant sci-fi romp with Cuban influence. Among many other challenges, Sal and Gabi have to try to make everything right with our world when there is a rogue Gabi from another universe running loose.

Sal Vidon doesn’t want to live a Mami-free life. Pulling different versions of his mother from other universes is how he copes with missing his own, who died years ago. But Sal’s father, a calamity physicist, is trying to shut down all the wormholes Sal creates, because Papi thinks they are eroding the very fabric of our world. All of Papi’s efforts are in vain, however, because a Gabi from another universe has gone rogue and is popping up all over the place, seeking revenge for the fact that her world has been destroyed. While Sal and Gabi work together to keep both Papi and Rogue Gabi under control, they also have to solve the mystery of Yasmany, who has gone missing from school. Could it have something to do with the wormhole in the back of his locker?

Readers who enjoyed Sal and Gabi Break the Universe will relish being back in the world of Culeco Academy and the Coral Castle along with such unforgettable characters as American Stepmom, the Gabi-Dads, Principal Torres, and the sassy entropy sweeper. With multiple Sals and Gabis in charge, it’s no wonder this sequel offers even more hilarious weirdness and love than the first book.

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All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson

In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. From the memories of getting his teeth kicked out by bullies at age five, to flea marketing with his loving grandmother, to his first sexual relationships, this young-adult memoir weaves together the trials and triumphs faced by Black queer boys.

Both a primer for teens eager to be allies as well as a reassuring testimony for young queer men of color, All Boys Aren’t Blue covers topics such as gender identity, toxic masculinity, brotherhood, family, structural marginalization, consent, and Black joy. Johnson’s emotionally frank style of writing will appeal directly to young adults.

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The Serpent’s Curse by Lisa Maxwell

Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows meets Alexandra Bracken’s Passenger in this spellbinding conclusion to the “vivid and compelling” (BCCB), New York Times bestselling Last Magician series.

Bind the Book.
Stop the Order.
Save the Magic.

Esta is no stranger to high-stakes heists; she is a seasoned thief with no reservations about using her time traveling abilities to give her an edge. But saving Harte–and magic itself–will put her skills to the test. The Book of Mysteries threatens to tear through the world and change the shape of magic forever, and only Esta and Harte stand in its way.

They race through time and across the country to steal back the remaining elemental stones needed to bind the book’s power, stop the Order, and save the future of the Mageus.

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Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore

Summer, 1518. A strange sickness sweeps through Strasbourg: women dance in the streets, some until they fall down dead. As rumors of witchcraft spread, suspicion turns toward Lavinia and her family, and Lavinia may have to do the unimaginable to save herself and everyone she loves.

Five centuries later, a pair of red shoes seal to Rosella Oliva’s feet, making her dance uncontrollably. They draw her toward a boy who knows the dancing fever’s history better than anyone: Emil, whose family was blamed for the fever five hundred years ago. But there’s more to what happened in 1518 than even Emil knows, and discovering the truth may decide whether Rosella survives the red shoes.

With McLemore’s signature lush prose, Dark and Deepest Red pairs the forbidding magic of a fairy tale with a modern story of passion and betrayal.

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Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon

From the New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi comes the first novel in a brand-new series set at an elite international boarding school, that’s a contemporary spin on Beauty and the Beast.

Will the princess save the beast?

For Princess Jaya Rao, nothing is more important than family. When the loathsome Emerson clan steps up their centuries-old feud to target Jaya’s little sister, nothing will keep Jaya from exacting her revenge. Then Jaya finds out she’ll be attending the same elite boarding school as Grey Emerson, and it feels like the opportunity of a lifetime. She knows what she must do: Make Grey fall in love with her and break his heart. But much to Jaya’s annoyance, Grey’s brooding demeanor and lupine eyes have drawn her in. There’s simply no way she and her sworn enemy could find their fairy-tale ending…right?

His Lordship Grey Emerson is a misanthrope. Thanks to an ancient curse by a Rao matriarch, Grey knows he’s doomed once he turns eighteen. Sequestered away in the mountains at St. Rosetta’s International Academy, he’s lived an isolated existence–until Jaya Rao bursts into his life, but he can’t shake the feeling that she’s hiding something. Something that might just have to do with the rose-shaped ruby pendant around her neck…

As the stars conspire to keep them apart, Jaya and Grey grapple with questions of love, loyalty, and whether it’s possible to write your own happy ending.

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Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega

Coco meets Stranger Things with a hint of Ghostbusters in this action-packed supernatural fantasy. For Lucely Luna, ghosts are more than just the family business.

Shortly before Halloween, Lucely and her best friend, Syd, cast a spell that accidentally awakens malicious spirits, wreaking havoc through St. Augustine. Together, they must join forces with Syd’s witch grandmother, Babette, and her tubby tabby, Chunk, to fight the haunting head-on and reverse the curse to save the town and Lucely’s firefly spirits before it’s too late.

With the family dynamics of Coco and action-packed adventure of Ghostbusters, Claribel A. Ortega delivers both a thrillingly spooky and delightfully sweet debut novel.

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Girls Save the World in This One by Ash Parsins

Shaun of the Dead meets Clueless in this hilarious YA horror comedy set at a local zombie convention–featuring a teenage girl gang that has to save the world from a horde of actual zombies. Perfect for fans of Geekerella, Undead Girl Gang, and Anna and the Apocalypse.

June’s whole life has been leading up to this: ZombieCon, the fan convention celebrating all things zombies. She and her two best friends plan on hitting all the panels, photo ops, and meeting the heartthrob lead of their favorite zombie apocalypse show Human Wasteland.

And when they arrive everything seems perfect, though June has to shrug off some weirdness from other fans–people shambling a little too much, and someone actually biting a cast member. Then all hell breaks loose and June and her friends discover the truth: real zombies are taking over the con. Now June must do whatever it takes to survive a horde of actual brain-eating zombies–and save the world. This is a hilarious and heartfelt horror comedy, an ode to zombies, friendship, and girl power that readers are going to love.

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Infinity Son by Adam Silvera

Balancing epic and intensely personal stakes, bestselling author Adam Silvera’s Infinity Son is a gritty, fast-paced adventure about two brothers caught up in a magical war generations in the making.

Growing up in New York, brothers Emil and Brighton always idolized the Spell Walkers–a vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. While the Spell Walkers and other celestials are born with powers, specters take them, violently stealing the essence of endangered magical creatures.

Brighton wishes he had a power so he could join the fray. Emil just wants the fighting to stop. The cycle of violence has taken a toll, making it harder for anyone with a power to live peacefully and openly. In this climate of fear, a gang of specters has been growing bolder by the day.

Then, in a brawl after a protest, Emil manifests a power of his own–one that puts him right at the heart of the conflict and sets him up to be the heroic Spell Walker Brighton always wanted to be. Brotherhood, love, and loyalty will be put to the test, and no one will escape the fight unscathed.

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We Used To Be Friends by Amy Spalding

Two best friends grow up–and grow apart–in this innovative contemporary YA novel

Told in dual timelines–half of the chapters moving forward in time and half moving backward–We Used To Be Friends explores the most traumatic breakup of all: that of childhood besties. At the start of their senior year in high school, James (a girl with a boy’s name) and Kat are inseparable, but by graduation, they’re no longer friends. James prepares to head off to college as she reflects on the dissolution of her friendship with Kat while, in alternating chapters, Kat thinks about being newly in love with her first girlfriend and having a future that feels wide open. Over the course of senior year, Kat wants nothing more than James to continue being her steady rock, as James worries that everything she believes about love and her future is a lie when her high-school sweetheart parents announce they’re getting a divorce. Funny, honest, and full of heart, We Used To Be Friends tells of the pains of growing up and growing apart.

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The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper

As a successful social media journalist with half a million followers, seventeen-year-old Cal is used to sharing his life online. But when his pilot father is selected for a highly publicized NASA mission to Mars, Cal and his family relocate from Brooklyn to Houston and are thrust into a media circus.

Amidst the chaos, Cal meets sensitive and mysterious Leon, another “Astrokid,” and finds himself falling head over heels–fast. As the frenzy around the mission grows, so does their connection. But when secrets about the program are uncovered, Cal must find a way to reveal the truth without hurting the people who have become most important to him.

Expertly capturing the thrill of first love and the self-doubt all teens feel, debut author Phil Stamper is a new talent to watch.

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What are a few of your most anticipated 2020 releases?

Chapter 1: January 2020 TBR & To Do List

Hey there and Happy New Year, bookworms and dragons! I got caught up hanging out with my family and refuse to apologize for being late in this post because of it. It’s been an awesome few days! Anyway, here’s my hopes for the month of January.

January 2020 TBR

I’m keeping this extremely modest because the audiobook selection while I’m on my trip is being left entirely to my monsters. I’ll read a good bit more than this but I’m not sure of titles yet. Also, textbooks…

Things I’m Hoping To Do in January 2020

  • Work out. I’ve gotten to a point where I’m so incredibly out of shape (in a “I’d like to attempt to keep up with my monsters” sense) and I’d like to remedy that. I’m going to start with the beginners workout calendar by Cassey Ho at blogilates. She’s so positive and happy and there’s just enough in the workouts to leave me pleasantly sore without destroying my ability to do things like walk or sleep.
  • Homework ahead. I’m going to try to get as much school work done as possible earlier in the semester. I have a heavy course load and a different Spring Break than the monsters so I’m going to do everything possible.
  • Set my Goodreads 2020 reading goal. I’m going to shoot for 100 books this year. That’s double my goal last year but slightly less than I ended up reading. I figure it’s a safe number.
  • Blog more. I’d ideally like to put out at least two posts on this blog this month. I feel like I’ve neglected it and I’ve really missed it lately.

January 2020 Book Releases I’m Excited For

Here’s at least most of the book releases I’m excited for this month in order of release date (and author’s last name when necessary).

7 – The Night Country by Melissa Albert

7 – Shadowshaper Legacy by Daniel José Older

7 – We Used To Be Friends by Amy Spalding

7 – Chosen by Kiersten White

14 – Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown

14 – Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore

14 – Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

14 – Infinity Son by Adam Silvera

21 – The Iron Will of Genie Lo by F. C. Yee

What are you looking forward to doing or reading this January?

Closing the Book: 19 Best Books of 2019

Hi there, bookworms and dragons! Can you believe 2019 is basically over? It’s been such a great year for books! This list is of books I read during the year, regardless of when they were published. It’s a mix of Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Adult books but they’re all novels or graphic novels. Let’s dive in!

Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson

I listened to the audiobook version of Harbor Me back in January. It’s not often that I remember the format so long after consuming the book unless there was something I disliked about it (like a series using different narrators for different books in the series). This one though… it’s the story. The opening line comes back to me at random and rips me open anew. I love this book so much and I’m looking forward to rereading it with my nibling and monsters.

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The Inkworld series by Cornelia Funke

I really enjoyed the immersive world, the characters, and the story of the Inkworld series. It is one of the series I didn’t like the narration for (they changed narrators between books 😬) but I’m already planning to reread the physical or digital version with my nibling and monsters.

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The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

I read The Crossover as part of an outreach book club for work and loved it. Kwame Alexander talks about some difficult topics during this, relating life to basketball. This really helped the group be able to discuss those topics together because basketball was something they can all relate to.

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On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

I read On The Come Up a while ago but I still remember loving it. Angie’s writing style is a bit like having a conversation. It’s really easy to fully immerse yourself in the novel, which was extra awesome because I will literally never be a rapper in real life. Literally never.

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Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard

I love this entire series, but each book is better than the last. So, it’s no surprise that Bloodwitch is one of my fave 19 books this year. The story from the previous Witchlands novels and novella is continued beautifully and I cannot talk much about it without giving spoilers so… just know that I highly recommend it.

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What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

I remember going into reading What If It’s Us with a good bit of curiosity because Becky Albertalli is known for queer Happily Ever After and Adam Silvera is a name I associate with intense emotional pain. I wasn’t sure how this novel would go since they cowrote it. Turns out, you can be happily anguished. Really though it’s a wonderful and somewhat bittersweet novel that fans of either author’s other works will enjoy.

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The Fullmetal Alchemist series by Hiromu Arakawa

This is the only graphic novel on the list and really it’s quite a few graphic novels but… I reread the entire series while I was on medical leave from work earlier this year and it was an excellent introduction back to the world of manga. Which is good because now the monsters are getting into manga now and we can read them together! 😁 While we’re currently reading a different series, I’m planning to introduce them to Fullmetal Alchemist next.

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I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver

It should come as no surprise that I Wish You All The Best is on this list. A POV character who is non-binary written by a non-binary author? Yes, please! This novel was one of my most anticipated releases of 2019 and it exceeded my already high expectations for it. Read it!! 🥰

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Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

I had not even heard of this book until my friend started talking about how awesome Casey McQuiston is on social media. It’s warm and fluffy but also painful and strong and so very queer and I love it SO MUCH. Related: I need to figure out how to get people to put me into their phone as “IRL Chaos Demon” but I’m still working on that…

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The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

This book… y’all. I listened to the audiobook because one of the YouTubers I’ve been watching for years narrated it and I thought it’d be nice to support her while also enjoying a book. Also, the premise of the book is pretty great. I was not expecting this to be such a cathartic read or to have such perfect representation of experiencing and escaping psychological abuse from a romantic partner. It’s… just read it. 🖤

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The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

The Grace Year has a fairly dark premise and I read it at just the right time when I was in just the right mood and I finished reading it faster than I’ve finished probably any other novel this year. It has a lot of The Handmaid’s Tale and M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village vibes and I can’t recommend it enough.

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Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Ninth House was another very cathartic read for me because it openly discusses the trauma Alex has lived through. It is a book I can’t recommend to everyone because the list of triggers is long and they’re all very graphically portrayed. I listed all the ones I noticed while reading in my review. It’s quite a dark story and I’m impatiently awaiting the sequel now because…. cliff hanger.

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The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

I went into reading The Starless Sea with high expectations because The Night Circus is one of my all-time favorite books. It’s just as magical and wonderful as I was expecting, though I’m still on the fence about the ending. I loved the world of it especially and I’ll probably reread it a time or two in the future.

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The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

The Poppy War is such a huge and intimidating book that it took me ages to pick it up but wow am I glad I did. This story hurt me in the best way and I’m still just not emotionally ready to read the sequel. After reading, I found out this is R. F. Kuang’s debut novel and I just can not imagine having this level of skill in a debut.

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The Arc of a Scythe series by Neal Shusterman

I know, I know. I read this entire series over the course of a month and I couldn’t just pick one of the books for this list so… It’s really interesting and immersive and well written. I also love the idea of socially accepted murder as a method of population control? In a novel setting anyway.

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I love that Lazlo is a reader. Through the beginning of this novel he does something that I do pretty frequently… he becomes so fixated on the city of Weep that it’s all he wants to talk about. He learns everything he possibly can and reads everything, whether he’s supposed to or not. It was incredibly relatable. I also love how lush and immersive the writing is and I’m looking forward to reading the sequel.

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Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

As one of my most anticipated books this year, I was so very excited to be able to read Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky early and even more excited to have been able to meet Kwame Mbalia. The book is a blend of West African and African American folk tales come to life together in the modern age. I loved it so much and I can’t wait to share it with kids at work for my summer book club.

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Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

I pre-ordered Children of Virtue and Vengeance the moment I finished reading the first book in the series, Children of Blood and Bone, so you know it was at the top of my most anticipated list for this year. It blew my expectations way out of the water! It must have been incredibly painful to write because I cried quite a lot. In fact, the entire epilogue was just me sitting in my car in a parking lot with tears streaming down my face. #VengeanceOnTheseHeauxs

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The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart

I listened to the audiobook of The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise with my monsters on our winter road trip. I also gave my nibling a copy so they read it too. It’s such an incredibly written story. It touches on the different ways that different people process grief, the difficulty of making friends, the joy that can be found in having a pet. It’s a book about adventure and relationships that’s brilliantly written for a Middle Grade audience.

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What are a few of your favourite reads from 2019?

Closing Chapter 12: December 2019 Wrap Up

Hello there, bookworms and dragons! I know we’re all looking forward to the end of the year, but I figure I should actually wrap the month up first and then maybe get around to doing something for the end of the year. 

Books I Read in December

I haven’t read as much as I wanted and I find myself craving a nice fluffy paperback, but here’s what I managed to read this month.

  • Midnight Beauties by Megan Shepherd 🐛🐛🐛🐛
  • Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi 🐛🐛🐛🐛🐛
  • Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah 🐛🐛🐛🐛🐛
  • The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart 🐛🐛🐛🐛

Other Things I Did in December

I’m currently mid-road trip and so far it’s been a blast! We stopped for a day in Washington DC and walked the national mall, hung out with family in Saratoga Springs, NY, and even finally used the monsters’ passports to hang out for a couple days in Montréal, Quebec. It’s been a blast so far!

That’s pretty much all I’ve done this month that I can think of just now. What’s something you’ve done or seen this month that left you feeling inspired?

Opening Chapter 11: November 2019 TBR & To Do

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Hey there, bookworms and dragons! I’m so incredibly ready for November, which is good because it’s already here! 😅 Let’s just dive right in…

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Books I Hope To Read

I’ve got a lot of big projects for school coming up so I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to read. I’m going to try to keep this list modest.

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Things I Hope To Do

I’m hoping to actually finish watching Good Omens this month but… we’ll see, I guess.

I would really like to get ahead in some of my school work because lately it seems like I’m always racing to finish assignments to submit them on time and I kinda hate it.

I’d really like for this chest cold to go away. Like right now.

I’m going to finish “planning” for my trip next month and ordering all of the things I don’t have but will need. Like… a decent coat. And boots. 😅

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November Book Releases I’m Excited For

Here’s at least most of the book releases I’m excited for this month in order of release date (and author’s last name when necessary).

5 – A Constellation of Roses by Miranda Asebedo

5 – Tears of Frost by Bree Barton

5 – Song of the Crimson Flower by Julie C. Dao

5 – Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

5 – The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

5 – Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan

5 – The Toll by Neal Shusterman

5 – Unnatural Magic by C. M. Waggoner

5 – The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

12 – Color Outside the Lines anthology 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

12 – Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender

12 – Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher

12 – All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney

12 – Coral by Sara Ella

12 – Crown of Oblivion by Julie Eshbaugh

19 – The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

19 – Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao


What are some November releases you’re excited for? Happy reading!

Closing Chapter 10: October 2019 Wrap Up

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Hello there, bookworms and dragons! Apparently Halloween means October is over and I forgot that somehow? It was a blur and I forgot to even post a TBR post but let’s wrap it up right anyway.

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Books I Read

I had a really homework heavy month so I didn’t really read much. Here’s what I managed to steal time to read.

  • Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman 🐛🐛🐛🐛🐛
  • Dancers in the Dark by Charlaine Harris 🐛🐛🐛
  • The Toll by Neal Shusterman 🐛🐛🐛🐛🐛
  • Aquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neill 🐛🐛🐛🐛🐛

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Other Things I Did In October

I did basically nothing on this blog or my librarian blog. I just couldn’t find the time between school and work to do much of anything blog like.

I started a new diet that I’m hoping to actually stick with. Time will tell.

I started rewatching and rereading Naruto because seven has become obsessed with it.

I finished soft planning for the first leg of my winter road trip! The monsters and I are so excited, y’all. 😁

I got to help with the teen Halloween party at work, which meant co-judging the halloween contest with Neal Shusterman. So that happened. (Also, he’s on tour for The Toll now so you should check his tour dates and see if he’ll be near you!)

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That’s pretty much all I’ve done this month (that I can remember at 7AM pre-coffee). What’s something you’ve done or seen this month that you’re excited about?

Closing Chapter 9: September 2019 Wrap Up

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Hey there, bookworms and dragons! Is it just me or has every month this year seemed to fly by? I feel like I just posted my TBR and here we are almost into one of my favourite month. Never mind that it’s still 34°C here, let’s wrap up September so we can officially move into October!

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Books I Read

I mostly consumed audiobooks this month, though I also managed to read a bit digitally as well. I’m beginning to miss physical books so much that I’m reading more picture books at work to make up for it. 😅 Anyway, here’s what I read this month.

  • Loki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee 🐛🐛🐛🐛
  • Finale by Stephanie Garber 🐛🐛🐛🐛
  • Scythe by Neal Shusterman 🐛🐛🐛🐛🐛
  • Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson 🐛🐛🐛🐛

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Other Things I Did In September

I didn’t do anything blog-wise, which I’ve unfortunately been too busy to notice until just now and I am sorry! I didn’t even publish anything on my librarian blog blog, so… yeah.

I bought a car! It’s “boring on the outside,” according to 7 and there have been a few problems, but I love my little car. It’s been interesting relearning to drive a stick shift after more than a decade, but I’m really happy with my decision.

I had my hair professionally cut for the first time in over a decade, and had her cut about 2 feet off. My neck is very grateful, though sometimes I have to shake it so I know that I still have hair because it really does weigh SO MUCH LESS!

I worked on planning lots of things for work: my kids’ book club, a book series themed teen escape room, various larger events my department is putting on. It’s been a pretty productive month.

I got behind on school work (hurricane + kids home all day = not the best environment to focus) and then got ahead on school work (the longer semester maybe or the high amount of discussion as homework? Idk but I’m letting it work for me). I’m just hoping that the semester will finish as strongly as it has begun.

I’ve got a good chunk of the travel plans for the northbound part of our winter road trip done. Though by, “good chunk of the travel plans,” I mean, “I know where we’re sleeping at night and where the gas and clean bathrooms are.” It’s better not to make any plans more solid than that when traveling with children, I think. Especially since it’ll be the furthest 5 and 7 have ever gone in a car.

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That’s pretty much all that’s happened this month. What’s something that happened this month that has you excited or inspired?