Top Ten Tuesday #32: Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

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This week’s (June 18th, 2019) topic is: Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019.

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Top Ten Tuesday #31: Unpopular Bookish Opinions

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This week’s (June 11th, 2019) topic is: Unpopular Bookish Opinions (submitted by Kaitlin Galvan @ Somehow I Manage Blog).

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Top Ten Tuesday #27: Ownvoice Book Recommendations for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

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Hey guys! It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, which is currently being run by the lovely Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl.  We knew instantly that we wanted to take part in this weekly meme because both of us love making list, so this is perfect!

This week’s (May 14th, 2019) topic is:  Page to Screen Freebie.  Still not really feeling this topic this week, so we changed it to Ownvoice Book Recommendations for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

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May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and while both Mireille and I are white – we feel it’s important to celebrate and promote diversity in literature, particularly with ownvoice authors.  This is a selection of books by ownvoice authors that we have loved and hope you’ll give a chance as well.

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Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
Asian inspired fantasy about a group of young women who are sent to be essentially sex slaves to the Demon King, against their will.  This starts off as a slow burn and turns into a full blown revolution.  We also get an amazing female/female relationship.
If you want to know more, you can read my full non-spoilerl REVIEW 

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
Wonderful historical fiction about a group of misfits that go on heists together.  It’s kind of like if Six of Crows and The DaVinci Code had a little YA baby.  I loved it and the diversity was outstanding, including Filipino and Indian.
If you want to know more, you can read my full non-spoiler REVIEW 

Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza
This ownvoice novel is a cool sci-fi about a princess hellbent on revenge and a reality star caught up in one hell of a conspiracy.  It’s a fun ride, I enjoyed the characters and it’s a good intro to sci-fi if you are a little nervous about checking out the genre.

 The Girl King by Mimi Yu
This Asian inspired fantasy was released earlier this year to mixed reviews.  I have to say that I loved this one.  It’s got tropes that I love – chosen one, sibling rivalry, tons of political intrigue and of course betrayal.   I would at least give this one a shot.
If you want to know more, you can read my full non-spoiler REVIEW 

The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco
You didn’t think I would complete my recommendations without giving you a little Asian horror, did you? Of course not! This is a really cool, YA horror book that deals with a creepy spirit and some dark possession (is there any other kind?).  If you are into stuff like The Exorcist or The Conjuring.  This might be one to check out.

 

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
This is one of my favourite book. I just love the world in which it’s set, though it’s not asian inspired much more closer to Ancient Rome, it is written by a Pakistani-American, Sabaa Tahir.

Why not me by Minday Kaling
I don’t really read biographies/memoirs but I just adore Mindy Kaling and had to grab this one. In her second book, Mindy talks about her journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life as believing that she has a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you.

Warcross by Marie Lu
In this sci-fi YA novel, Marie Lu tells the story of Emika Chen who is entered in the Warcross comptetition after hacking in the opening night. I really enjoyed this book, a lot more than I expectec to. It was such a fun, different read since most of the story takes part in an inhance reality game.

Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala
In this stroy inspired by ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology, Swati Teerdhala created a wonderful story filled with adventure where paths will cross and unimaginable chain of events will unfold.

A Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
A Star-Touched Queen seems to be an Indian inspired retelling of the greek myth of Hades and Persephone. I absolutely loved this book, it was so beautiful and poetic.

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Top Ten Tuesday #24: (First Ten) Books I Reviewed

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This week’s (April 23rd, 2019) topic is: (First Ten) Books I Reviewed

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Top Ten Tuesday #23: Rainy Day Reads

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This week’s (April 16th, 2019) topic is: Rainy Day Reads

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Top Ten Tuesday #22: Bingeworthy TV Shows/Amazing Movies

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This week’s (April 9th, 2019) topic is: We weren’t really feeling the topic this week, so we went ahead and chose a backlist topic – Bingeworthy TV Shows/Amazing Movies

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Top Ten Tuesday #21: Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

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This week’s (April 2nd 2019) topic is: Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

Since there are two of us running this blog (Melanie and Mireille), we’re going to break these memes up between us and each pick five!

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The Cover
I’m a cover whore – I love a good cover that will look amazing on my shelves.

Illustrations
This isn’t really a common one but I’m a sucker for illustrations, especially in middle-grade novels or special editions YA books.

Author Auto-Buy
I have so many auto-author buys, so that is probably the easiest reason to buy for me.

Themes
Does it have pirates? Vikings? Necromancers? Blood Magic? Then sign me up! There are many themes I adore and it’s always so exciting when they get on trend.

Reviews
I don’t have a lot of faith in random Goodreads reviews for many reasons – it could be a full post within itself! However, I do trust reviews from certain reviewers/friends that I know have very similar taste as me.  That can certainly push me to pick up a novel.

 

The Cover
I am a sucker for a beautiful cover. If it appeals to me there is a good chance that I will buy the book.

The Author
If it’s an author that I like or love, I will be getting anything they write. I have a couple instabuy authors. Some could be coming out with a phone book and I would buy it (**cough*Jay Kristoff*cough**).

The Hype
Of course like a lot if people are raving about a book, especially my friends I will end up buying it.

The Synopsis
I do sometimes read the synopsis and based on it decide if it’s something that I might be into.

The Controversy
If a book has controversy around it there is a chance that I will pick it up to see what the fuss is about.

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday #20: Popular Books That Lived Up to the Hype

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This week’s (March 28th, 2019) topic is: Audio Freebie.  However, since Mireille has some posts about audio books – we are going to switch the topic to: Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype. 

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Top Ten Tuesday #19: Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

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This week’s (March 19th, 2019) topic is: Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday #18: Standalone Books That Need a Sequel

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Hey guys! It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, which is currently being run by the lovely Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl.  We knew instantly that we wanted to take part in this weekly meme because both of us love making list, so this is perfect!

This week’s (March 12th, 2019) topic is: Standalone Books That Need a Sequel

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