Opening Chapter 11: November 2020 To Read, To Watch, & To Do

Hey there, bookworms and dragons! I (finally) closed up last month so let’s have a look at what the rest of November will (hopefully) hold.

To Read

I am actually going to give myself a bit of a break and not list what I’m hoping to read this month. Between school and everything else, I just don’t want to stress over it. I’ll read what I read and that will be included in my wrap up at the end of this month.

To Watch

I really have no idea what I’ll watch this month, but as I have a DVD checked out from the library right now I figure I can put that on the list and hope something happens with it.

To Do

  • Work. I’d like to not die or burn out while still also being able to pay my bills. This is where we are now. Because 2020.
  • School. I’m really hoping to get ahead a little bit so that I can take a few days and actually rest with them but…. we’ll see what happens.
  • Pack. I am actually writing this post while on a break from packing so… yay me! The place I’m planning to move to should be ready later this month? I think? Maybe? But I really want to be ready to go when the time comes so I took a couple days off work with the special intention of packing as much as humanly possible. Day 1 so far has proven to be a productive one. Keep your fingers crossed my mental illnesses don’t jump out tomorrow because I’d love to actually get this done for once.

Well, that’s it for now, bookworms and dragons. Stay safe and stay healthy. 🖤

Opening Chapter 10: October 2020 To Read, To Watch, & To Do

Hey there, bookworms and dragons! Happy October!!!! This is my favorite month of the year! It doesn’t really get cold here (Florida’s seasons include warm, hot, and surface of the sun.) but I love all of the spiced foods and all things Halloween. 🎃 I’m super excited to find what this month holds, so let’s dive right in and get it started!!

To Read

Same as with the other months, I’m going to keep my TBR short and sweet. Aside from textbooks, I’ll only be consuming audiobooks this month because academic guilt.

To Watch

I don’t think I’ll probably watch many movies this month because of the ongoing theme of academic guilt in my life, but there are a couple I’d really like to watch so I’ll list them here. 🙂

To Do

  • School. I’d just like to pass at this point. I’m going to attempt to put my perfectionism on pause and just accept whatever I’m capable of doing. I’m not sure I’ll be able to do that because it would be pretty amazing to be able to say I had straight As through graduate school but also I’d like to not have a mental breakdown. It’s a fine line.
  • Language Learning. I’m putting this on hold for now for a couple of reasons. There aren’t any listening resources that I have found for people learning Ilocano who don’t already speak Tagalog, so it has to be studied in a period of time dedicated just to it and… I have no free time right now. As far as Japanese… First, because the audio program I’m using for the bulk of my Japanese learning is through the library and I have to wait for it to become available again. Sharing is not my favorite, but it’s better than spending that much money to have it for myself. Second, because I was listening to it while driving and I noticed my mental health slipping a bit because I sued to use that time to listen to audiobooks. I’ve started listening to audiobooks again and my mental health has improved. Only slightly, but I have to take what I can get. So, for now, there is no time available for studying.
  • Pack. As I’m hopefully going to be able to move into my new place in a few weeks, it would be nice if my stuff was all packed up and ready to go, right? Right. I need to work on this.
  • Self Care. Is this a thing? I need for this to be a thing. I have no idea what self care even looks like so I’m hoping to figure it out and start doing the things.
  • Halloween. Of course. 🎃

Well, that’s it for now, bookworms and dragons. Stay safe and stay healthy. 🖤

Opening Chapter 9: September 2020 To Read, To Watch, & To Do

Hey there, bookworms and dragons! Welcome to September. Let’s just jump in because I’m already a little bit late anyway.

To Read

I’m going to stick with my 2020 theme and make this one modest, especially since both of my professors seem super keen to make sure I read nothing but scholarly articles and textbooks from now until December. Anyway, here goes…

To Watch

I have a few DVDs checked out from the library, so I’ll just list a few of those and hope for the best here. Honestly, I feel like I’ll be lucky if I get more than two in but we’ll see.

To Do

  • Work. I’m just hoping to continue presenting the virtual science programs because SCIENCE!
  • School. Hopefully I’ll get caught up to the point where I’ll be able to get ahead a little bit and catch my breath. I feel like I’m perpetually behind and drowning but on fire right now and I’m only a week and a half in so… I’m going to have to figure this one out.
  • Language Learning. I’d like to spend at least 30 minutes a day on each language, but we’ll see how it plays out with things being so far out of balance right now. I just don’t know.
  • Monsters. I’d like to not let them fail at school, which I feel will be so much my fault on account of them being enrolled in virtual school because pandemic.
  • Self care? I need to find a way to self care that isn’t overly time consuming (I don’t really have much free time at all) but also isn’t exercise (I’ve been told I exercise close to too much right now). 😬 Suggestions are GREATLY appreciated!! 🖤

Well, that’s it for now, bookworms and dragons. Stay safe and stay healthy. 🖤

Opening Chapter 8: August 2020 To Read, To Watch, & To Do

Hey there, bookworms and dragons! It’s August now and I have no idea how we got here. Like… what happened to April? I don’t know but let’s dive into this post so we can start this month off right!


To Read

As seems to be my theme this year, I’m going to keep my to read list modest. I seem to be in a bit of a reading slump so until I can drag myself from it kicking and screaming, I’m not sure I’ll do much reading at all outside of what’s required for work and/or school. Here’s what I’m hoping to read for fun…


To Watch

I’m not sure I’ll watch a lot of movies this month so I’ll keep this list modest as well. I’m still working a bit on completing the MCU Movie Challenge so some of these movies will be for that.


To Do

  • Work. I’m trying to figure out exactly what will be happening with this and just thinking about it is setting my anxiety off like mad so we’re gonna focus on other things until we’re able to control this part, yeah? Yeah.
  • School. My semester starts up closer to the end of this month. I’ve gotten a lot done with my thesis project, but I’d like to do a bit more before classes begin. I also want to do some reading for the classes before they begin because otherwise I’ve found I have trouble finishing all of the assigned readings. Grad school students read A Lot.
  • Language Learning. I want to get more regular about studying both Ilocano and Japanese. I’ve been semi-regular about it, but I’d like to commit to studying both of them every day. I’m going to have to put it into my calendar, but because I’m not sure what’s going to happen with my work right now… I can’t really schedule anything.

What are some things you’re looking forward to this month? Stay safe and stay healthy, bookworms and dragons! 🖤

Chapter 7: July 2020 To Read, To Watch, & To Do

Hey there, bookworms and dragons! Yes, I know, but better late than never. Let’s just dive right in!

To Read

I’m going to keep this list modest, simply because I have a lot going on and I’m not sure I’ll be able to read as much as I would like to. Anyway, here’s the list!

To Watch

I already know I’ll be watching a lot of movies this month, I’m going to just be honest with myself and you and write all the ones I plan to watch from this point of the month on…

To Do

  • Work out. I’ve done pretty okay with this, with the exception of a few heavy depression days, so I figure I’ll give a go at continuing. I’d like to eventually get to the point where I can start running again. An injury I had a while ago complicates this, but I’ve been told that if I can strengthen the muscles around the injured joints I should be able to run again. So far, I’ve tried trail running which has worked out well but is not always available to me.
  • Homework. I’m working on my ePortfolio so I’ll have less to do later in my program, which really doesn’t have much left at all. It’s quite a lot so I’m glad I have time to work on it now instead of trying to cram it all into my last semester because I’m not sure it would be possible for me. I’d like to get to a point where I have a solid skeletal structure for it before my next set of classes starts.
  • Continue to study Ilocano and Japanese. This has started to look a lot like Pimsleur Japanese to and from work as well as lunch break and Ilocano Anki decks in the morning, on my lunch break, and in the evening. It’s spread out but it will have to do for now.
  • Pack. Long story short, my place still isn’t ready so I haven’t found the urgency I need to pack. I’m going to try to work on that but… I’m still great at procrastinating. 🤷‍♀️

Well, that’s it for now, bookworms and dragons. Stay safe and stay healthy. 🖤

Chapter 6: June 2020 To Read, To Watch, & To Do

Hey there, bookworms and dragons! There has been so much going on in my life and in the world. I completely forgot to write and post a “To Do” for this month. Let’s dive right in!

To Read

This month is going to be a rough one reading-wise for me because of how heavy school is so I’m only adding two books. The first is one I’m already currently listening to the audiobook version of. The other is a book with a Black queer main character written by a Black queer author. I chose this book specifically to support a Black author and to celebrate Pride month.

To Watch

In an effort to more fully incorporate movies into the blog (at least for now), I’m going to add a few movies I’m hoping to watch this month. Two of these are to help me work on the MCU Movie Challenge and two are to support Black directors and actors. Here goes! 🙂

  • Captain Marvel
  • Iron Man
  • The Hate U Give
  • Moonlight

To Do

  • Support Black people. While I’m limited in what I’m able to do, there is still quite a lot of little things that I can do. I encourage all of you to sign the petitions that are going around, boost Black voices (without giving into the need to make it about yourself), support Black owned businesses, read books penned by Black authors, and watch movies created by Black directors and actors. These are the things I am able to do and the things I will be doing.
  • Work out. I’m on a pretty good streak of working out for half an hour a day so I’d like to continue with that. Maybe add in yoga since I’ve mostly been doing pilates? I just know my body isn’t ready to start running again yet and the trails are far too crowded when I would be able to go.
  • Homework. I’m drowning in the stuff. But it’s a super short semester so I’ll have a lot of time in between to work on my thesis so…. worth it? Yes. Definitely worth it.
  • Rest more. The world is still on fire, even if where I live they insist that everything is fine. I am also still a real life chaos demon. I’m not sure how I’ll rest now that I’ve gone back to working with the general public but…. I’ll work on it. Ideas are MUCH appreciated!
  • Study Ilocano and Japanese at least an hour a day. Even if this means on my drive to and from work I listen to a lesson or on a 15 minute break I study my Anki decks. Something.
  • Pack. Yet another thing that has been put on the back burner that actually really needs to be done. What can I say? I’m great at procrastinating. 🤷‍♀️

Well, that’s it for now, bookworms and dragons. Stay safe and stay healthy. 🖤

Chapter 5: May 2020 TBR & To Do

Hey there, bookworms and dragons! Happy May! Here’s hoping it’ll be better than the last few months. Let’s dive in and start it right!

May 2020 TBR

I’m trying to be modest with my TBR list because last month didn’t work out so well for me reading wise. Let’s dive in and have a look at the books I’m hoping to read this month.

Things I’m Hoping To Do in May 2020

  • Work out. Last month I did better with this so I’m hoping I can continue working on it.
  • Homework. I’m between semesters right now, but the next one begins in the middle of the month. It’s an extremely condensed course, so I’m sure I’ll feel like my brain is on fire by the time it’s over.
  • Blog more. I know I say this every month but eventually it will actually take. Right?
  • Rest more. The world is on fire. I am apparently a real life chaos demon. We’ve got to look out for our mental health as well as our physical health. Naps are definitely a thing. Naps will need to continue being a thing once I’m able to return to work or I’m not sure I’ll be able to make it.
  • Study Ilocano more regularly. I’ve been studying, but not on any sort of schedule and I’ve noticed I miss a day or two. Given that it’s already a difficult language for me and there isn’t an over abundance of input material, I need to try to do at least some every day. Fingers crossed.
  • Pack. I’m not sure at this point when I’ll be able to move. I do know that I will be moving this year though so I might as well get at least some of the non-essential things packed up and ready to go, right?
  • Blog revamp? I’m going to continue playing around with ideas for what I’m going to do with my blog. I know there will be changes, but I haven’t figured out just yet what they will be. I’m hoping I have something to tell you before summer is over, but we shall see! I’ll ask for feedback from you all when I get a better idea of what I want to change.

Well, that’s it for now, bookworms and dragons. Stay home and stay safe. 🖤

Chapter 4: April 2020 TBR & To Do

Hey there, bookworms and dragons! The world is on fire but I have plans for April so let’s do this, shall we?

April 2020 TBR

I’m still being relatively modest with my TBR list, even though the grad school semester is pretty close to ending and I’m literally stuck in the house just like the rest of you non-essential folks. So, let’s have a look at the books I’m hoping to read this month. 🙂

Things I’m Hoping To Do in April 2020

  • Work out. I know I’ve said this before, but now I actually have the time to. I do have LOTS of other things filling that time, most of which do actually have to be done, but I also have a lot of other time that could be used for this. So, we’ll see.
  • Homework. Lots and lots of homework. This month is the last month of this semester and I’d like to finish strong.
  • Blog more. I know, I know. I say this every month. But one of these months it’s going to actually happen. Why not this one?
  • Rest more. The world is basically on fire. We’ve got to look out for our mental health as well as our physical health, so I’m going to try to let myself nap occasionally. Not every day, but at least the ones where I really need it.

Well, that’s it for now, bookworms and dragons. Stay healthy and safe. 🖤

Chapter 2: February 2020 TBR & To Do List

Hey there, bookworms and dragons! January was a chaotic beast that flew through and set fire to everything, so let’s dive into this post in the hopes that February is a bit more stable and calm and even slightly less explosive.

February 2020 TBR

While I’m keeping this one extremely modest, I’m also cheating by only listing books I’m either reading for work or for one of my classes. Grad school is eating me alive, y’all. At least the books are good this semester! 😉

Things I’m Hoping To Do in February 2020

  • Work out. I will likely need a more stable situation before this can actually happen but a person can dream, right? And also plan. And also watch workout videos in their pajamas while eating cubes of cheese. Totally fine.
  • Homework. Lots and lots of homework. Hopefully, I’ll find my balance and my stride this month because January was less than great.
  • Blog more. I know I said this last month but… I’d really like to put out at least one post on this blog this month. January was a fluke. I can totally do this.
  • Rest more. With my life being as chaotic and unstable as it is, I haven’t been making time for myself to rest. I’ve done some resting in the form of making things and crochet but mostly I then feel guilty about doing so and make myself work even harder on things. I think I mostly just don’t want to feel guilty about resting a bit when I need it so very, very badly.
  • Wedding plans. I’m really looking forward to doing some of that relaxing with my sister while we work on planning her wedding for later this year. I’m so excited and happy for her!
  • House hunting. I would like to be completely finished house hunting by the end of the month. I’d also really like to be fully moved and settled by then, but I feel like that’s asking a bit much of such a short month.

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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