Top Ten Tuesday: Books By My Favourite Authors I Still Haven’t Read

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. You can have a look at the future topics here! This week’s topic is:

September 25: Books By My Favourite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

So today, I’m going to talk about books I have yet to read by authors whose work I have previously enjoyed. I won’t include books that haven’t been published yet, otherwise, this list would be endless.

These are in no particular order. When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page.

circeI read The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller many years ago and I loved it! I ought to re-read it soon and I want to pick up Circe by the author as well. It has received many glowing reviews, so I hope it won’t disappoint.

suffer love.pngSuffer Love is a YA contemporary featuring a M/F romance, which is usually not my cup of tea. Nevertheless, Ashley Herring Blake is one of my favourite authors, so I need to read her debut novel! I actually purchased a copy last week.

i was born for thisI’ve only read Radio Silence by Alice Oseman, but I absolutely loved it! I’d like to read all of her work, but I Was Born For This is my priority considering many of my friends rated it five stars and I own a physical copy.

between shades of gray.pngI read Salt to the Sea back in 2016, but to this day, it’s still my favourite historical fiction novel. I bought Between Shades of Gray immediately afterwards, but I haven’t picked it up yet. I think fall and winter are the perfect time to read war stories, so hopefully, I will finally read this book!

toil and troubleToil & Trouble is an anthology, so these stories aren’t written by Tess Sharpe. As if the synopsis isn’t exciting enough,  Sharpe is one of the editors, so I’m keen to read it soon! Far From You is one of my favourite books! Her adult thriller Barbed Wire Heart wasn’t my favourite, but it’s nonetheless a solid suspense novel.

after i do.pngI don’t know much about After I Do, but I’ve read almost all of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s work, so I want to pick up this one as well. It very likely won’t exceed my love for The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, but that’s okay.

one true loves.pngOne True Loves is another one of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books I have yet to read. According to many readers the love triangle is one of the best they’ve ever read, so I’m intrigued!

this side of home.pngIn all honesty, I didn’t know about This Side of Home until I did research for this week’s topic. Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson is a beautiful novel, however, so I immediately added this to my TBR!

all the rageI read Sadie by Courtney Summers a few weeks ago and it was amazing! I own a physical copy of All the Rage, so I want to read it ASAP. Considering it’s on my Contemporary-A-Thon TBR, I might have read it already by the time I upload this 🙂

more happy than notI wouldn’t call Adam Silvera one of my favourite authors, but I rated both They Both Die at the End and History is All You Left Me about four stars, so I certainly still want to pick up his debut novel. It has actually been on my TBR for YEARS, but I still don’t own a copy.


Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post in the comments! ❤

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book review: You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins | five stars as predicted?

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Afbeeldingsresultaat voor you bring the distant nearYou Bring the Distant Near

by Mitali Perkins

read in September 2018 (#ContemporaryAThon)

format: hardcover

rating: ★★.5 stars

This is a spoiler-free review!

synopsis

Five girls. Three generations. One great American love story.

Ranee, worried that her children are losing their Indian culture; Sonia, wrapped up in a forbidden biracial love affair; Tara, seeking the limelight to hide her true self; Shanti, desperately trying to make peace in the family; Anna, fighting to preserve her Bengali identity.

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You Bring the Distant Near is a multi-generational story about a family from Bengali descent. I expected to absolutely love this book and rate it five stars, but it sadly didn’t work out that way. I read it during Contemporary-A-Thon and finished the entire novel in two days.

In the first part, we follow sisters Tara and Sonia. They were born in India, spent some time in Ghana, grew up in London, move to Queens and finally end up moving to New Jersey. I loved their relationship and was especially fond of Sonia’s chapters. She’s such a feisty little feminist! Additionally, I absolutely adore reading about Indian families. I’ve read several books featuring their culture and I’ll never grow tired of learning more about it.

The second part takes place in Paris and Bangladesh. This is where the novel went downhill for me. I still enjoyed reading about the characters, but we missed the most important events in their lives! I wasn’t as connected to Sonia and Tara anymore…

Their daughters Chantal and Anna are the protagonists of the third part. There is so much time between this and the first part, and especially because the second one was so short, it seemed quite sudden. I was still imagining Tara and Sonia as teenagers, yet now they have teenage daughters themselves.

That said, they were compelling characters. Chantal is biracial – her father is African American, her mother Bengali – and she feels torn between the two: either she is black or she is Indian, other people don’t believe she can be both. I liked Anna, her cousin who grew up in India, even more. She was the only one who challenged the glorification of the United States post-9/11, which I really admired.

However, there was a lack of connection between each main character. Obviously they are intertwined because they’re from the same family, but I wanted more. Once a character’s point-of-view chapter was over, they barely interacted with their other family members.

You Bring the Distant Near was an enjoyable read, but the multi-generational aspects could’ve been explored further, in my opinion. Nonetheless, Reading these Bengali characters, the struggles of a biracial teenager, the Indian grandmother’s racism towards black people, etc. was eye-opening. So many aspects of this novel were wonderful, so I’m okay with the fact that I didn’t adore the execution.

content and trigger warnings for arranged marriage, racism (against dark skinned Indians and black people, challenged), catcalling, deceased father, death by hit-and-run, post-9/11 attacks on black Muslims, mention of miscarriage


As far as multi-generational novels go, You Bring the Distant Near‘s style wasn’t my favourite, but I’d absolutely still recommend picking it up The diversity elements (biracial and Bengali representation) were, in my opinion, great!

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book review: Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao |non-stop agony

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Girls Burn Brighter

by Shobha Roa

read in September 2018

format: audiobook

rating: ★★★✩✩

This is a spoiler-free review!

synopsis

When Poornima first meets Savitha, she feels something she thought she lost for good when her mother died: hope. Poornima’s father hires Savitha to work one of their sari looms, and the two girls are quickly drawn to one another. Savitha is even more impoverished than Poornima, but she is full of passion and energy. She shows Poornima how to find beauty in a bolt of indigo cloth, a bowl of yogurt rice and bananas, the warmth of friendship. Suddenly their Indian village doesn’t feel quite so claustrophobic, and Poornima begins to imagine a life beyond the arranged marriage her father is desperate to lock down for her. But when a devastating act of cruelty drives Savitha away, Poornima leaves behind everything she has ever known to find her friend again. Her journey takes her into the darkest corners of India’s underworld, on a harrowing cross-continental journey, and eventually to an apartment complex in Seattle. Alternating between the girls’ perspectives as they face relentless obstacles, Girls Burn Brighter introduces two heroines who never lose the hope that burns within them.

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It has been several days since I finished reading Girls Burn Brighter, yet I still don’t know how I feel about it. Heartbreaking novels tend to be my favourites, but this was non-stop. As you can tell by the list of trigger and content warnings I added below, the characters go through A LOT. It gave me major anxiety.

The first part of the book is set in India, which is a place I love to read about! I will never grow tired of books taking place there. Throughout the novel, I cared about the protagonists and felt sorry they had to endure such horrifying events.

Girls Burn Brighter is about Poornima and Savitha, and these best friends’ journey to reunite. It’s wonderful to read about such a strong female friendship, but as a reader, I wasn’t convinced their friendship was that strong that they were willing to endure such hardship in order to be reunited.

Several characters become disabled throughout the book and though I don’t share their disabilities, I felt uncomfortable by the representation at times. It made them appalling in the eyes of others and themselves. Furthermore, their disabilities are used against them to degrade them (e.g. forced to perform oral sex on amputated arm).

Additionally, the story is filled with coincidences (e.g. the characters almost reunite several times), I became frustrated. Ultimately, I think I would’ve enjoyed Girls Burn Brighter more without these coincidences and if it wasn’t so heart-wrenching all the time.

I want to stress that this novel certainly wasn’t bad, but I can’t say I enjoyed it because it was so gruesome all the f*cking time.

content and trigger warnings for death by cancer, deceased mother, poverty, racism, animal death, rape (throughout the entire book), victim blaming, arranged marriage, ableism, severe burns, domestic abuse, starvation, human trafficking, sexual harassment, drug women against their will, sex slavery, amputation, child molestation, rape at gunpoint (graphic!)


Though the author was successful in writing a heart-wrenching novel and I felt for the characters and the situations they were in, it was a very difficult read which didn’t feature as many uplifting scenes as I had needed to enjoy this more.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall 2018 TBR

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. You can have a look at the future topics here! This week’s topic is:

September 18: Books On My Fall 2018 TBR

When I did this topic last year, I ended up reading only one of those books! The others are certainly still on my TBR, so you can read about those here. Nonetheless I wanted to participate today because I bought a lot of exciting books I’m very keen to read!

Because I’m a mood reader, I usually don’t post TBRs. But like I said, I’m excited to read these books, so I hope I won’t postpone picking them up – like I usually do.

These are in no particular order. When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page. You can also read the synopsis there.

what if it's usWhat If It’s Us hasn’t been released yet so I don’t own it, but I did pre-order a copy! Sadly Leah on the Offbeat was one of my most disappointing reads of the year so far, so I’m hoping I will enjoy this novel much more.

bad romance.pngBad Romance is a Young Adult contemporary that deals with abuse, so this certainly won’t be an easy read. That said, I nonetheless want to read it soon! It has received many glowing reviews, so I strongly believe the subject matter will be dealt with respectfully.

the obelisk gate.pngI read The Fifth Season last week and I loved it! You can read my review here. I don’t own a copy of The Obelisk Gate yet, but I want to buy the boxset soon! If I don’t, I might forget what happened in the first instalment…

you bring the distant nearDiverse multi-generational novels are some of my favourites, so I’m convinced I’m going to love You Bring the Distant Near!

you'll miss me when I'm goneYou’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone is another hard-hitting Young Adult contemporary I recently purchased. I don’t know much about it, but I love those kinds of books, so my hopes are high!

all the rageI listened to the audiobook of Sadie by Courtney Summers last week and it was f*cking AMAZING! All the Rage by the author has been on my TBR for years, so I’m hoping to pick it up ASAP!

harry potter and the philosopher's stone.pngIn December, I would like to re-read the entire Harry Potter series. I listened to the audiobooks for the very first time last year and I absolutely fell in love with them, so that’s how I’ll be reading them this year as well!

tyler johnson was hereI’m currently participating in ContemporaryAThon and Tyler Johnson Was Here is one of the books I’d like to read.

pieces of her.pngKarin Slaughter’s newest release Pieces of Her is incredibly popular in my country’s bookstores, so I’d like to listen to the audiobook. I liked Pretty Girls by this author, but wasn’t a fan of the Good Daughter.

far from the treeLast but not least, Far From the Tree is another YA contemporary I’d like to read this fall 🙂


So these are some of the books I’d like to read soon! I might be getting a job starting October, however, so I probably won’t have as much time to read as I do now.

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My bookshelves: read vs. unread

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! Since the beginning of 2018, I’ve separated my read and TBR books on my bookshelves. It’s great to finally see which books I have yet to read. When I rearranged my bookshelves, I immediately noticed I have more unread than read books, which was quite a surprise.

A couple of days ago I decided to create a second Goodreads account, purely to keep track of the books I own physical copies of. I scanned each book I own, and here are the results: 88 books have been read, 134 are still on my TBR.

contemporaryathonA staggering sixty percent of the books I own, I have yet to read! Keep in mind that I own multiple copies of some books, so I didn’t insert those. Additionally, I didn’t consider the books I want to unhaul, so quite a few books I have read and own, are not on the list. Nonetheless, my goal for 2019 to reverse that ratio.

I can explain why merely forty percent of the books I own, have been read. I mainly listen to audiobooks as opposed to reading physical copies. When choosing which audiobook I want to read next, I mainly pick books I don’t own physical copies of. Why would I spend my credit on a book I’ve already paid for? Therefore, I tend to read a lot of books each month that aren’t on my bookshelves.

Reading fewer audiobooks is not an option for me. If I did that, I’d only end up reading about two books a month. Since this is a goal for 2019, I still have plenty of time to think how I’ll handle improving my read vs. unread ratio.

Do you have any advice? Are you better at keeping track of your TBR than me? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! ❤

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book review: Sadie by Courtney Summers |excellent audiobook!

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Afbeeldingsresultaat voor sadie courtney summerSadie

by Courtney Summers

read in September 2018

format: audiobook

rating: rating: ★★★★★

This is a spoiler-free review!

synopsis

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meagre clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

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I have read many, many audiobooks and Sadie is hands down the best one I’ve ever listened to! Each character is narrated by a different person and there are sound effects! I know this is impossible, but I wish every audiobook was produced similarly to this one.

Another reason why you should pick up the audiobook, is the format. Half of the story is narrated by Sadie, the other by a podcast host named West McCray. As a fan of true crime, I absolutely adore how Courtney Summers structured this novel! It was nice to hear both Sadie’s version of events and uncovering the mystery alongside McCray.

This novel is not a fluffy read (check out my list of trigger and content warnings below!), but in my opinion, the author handled every topic respectfully. People are murdered, children are abused… but we don’t find out any details. I love that Summers didn’t sensationalize those horrifying events.

I think it’s the first time I’ve read a book where the protagonist stutters. I couldn’t find information whether the representation is #OwnVoices nor how readers who stutter felt about it, but I found it very refreshing and wish more authors added diversity without it being a huge part of the story. Characters can be disabled and the book doesn’t need to revolve around that.

The ending of Sadie is both frustrating and amazing. It kept me on the edge of my seat and I am going to think about it from time to time. I tend to dislike open endings, but as a fan of true crime, I know not every story wraps up perfectly.

content and trigger warnings for fire, murder, child abandonment, alcoholism, drug addiction/use, anti-addict rhetoric (“it’s a choice”), attempted rape, paedophilia, child abuse, physical injuries, PTSD, under-age drinking, starvation, poverty


Sadie is without a doubt the best audiobook I’ve ever listened to, so I’d highly recommend it if you can handle the heavy subject matter!

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book review: The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin |the hype is real!

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The Fifth Season (Broken Earth Trilogy, book one)

by N.K. Jemisin

read in September 2018

format: Kindle

rating: ★★★★✩

This is a spoiler-free review!

synopsis

This is the way the world ends. Again.

Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile, mighty Sanze — the world-spanning empire whose innovations have been civilization’s bedrock for a thousand years — collapses as most of its citizens are murdered to serve a madman’s vengeance. And worst of all, across the heart of the vast continent known as the Stillness, a great red rift has been been torn into the heart of the earth, spewing ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.

Now Essun must pursue the wreckage of her family through a deadly, dying land. Without sunlight, clean water, or arable land, and with limited stockpiles of supplies, there will be war all across the Stillness: a battle royale of nations not for power or territory, but simply for the basic resources necessary to get through the long dark night. Essun does not care if the world falls apart around her. She’ll break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.

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For almost two years now, I’ve been too intimidated to pick up fantasies. Though there are plenty I’m interesting in reading, I’m scared of the world-building and commitment, considering they take me much longer to get through than contemporaries. That said, because everyone has been raving about The Fifth Season, I finally decided to read it, and I’m glad I did!

Just like most readers, it took me a while to get used to Jemisin’s world-building. You are thrown into it without many explanations. Even after finishing this novel, there’s still a lot I don’t understand. Geography was one of my least favourite school subjects, so many of the fantasy elements were lost on me.

Thankfully, however, I tend to prefer characters over plot anyway, so it wasn’t an insurmountable issue. My main interests were the three protagonists – who are all female – and the unique storyline. I’m usually not a fan of chapters written in second person, because I often don’t see how it adds value. Yet in this book, Essun’s chapters were probably my favourite!

Because the majority of the fantasies I have read are Young Adult, this was very refreshing. Naturally the content matter cannot be compared – The Fifth Season is definitely mature – it isn’t as trope-y as most fantasies I’ve read, which made this such a thrilling read. The plot twists were amazing and I’m so keen to continue reading this series, which is a big deal for me!

Another reason why I am wary of reading adult fantasies more often, is the lack of diversity and glorification of violence and rape. N.K. Jemisin’s work is not like that. Yes, she touches upon several serious topics, but it’s never exploited. Anyway, I liked the fact that the majority of the characters are people of colour and there’s also queer representation, such as a female trans side character and a polyamorous relationship.

content and trigger warnings for child abuse, mention of paedophilia, murder, death, physical injuries, bullying, sex (M/F, M/M, M/M/F, on the page), ableist language (such as cr*zy), grief, natural disasters, mentions of cannibalism, racism, slavery


Though there’s still plenty I don’t understand about the world-building, I am hooked and cannot wait to continue this series!

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book review: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara | for fans of true crime!

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Afbeeldingsresultaat voor i'll be gone in the darkI’ll Be Gone in the Dark

by Michelle McNamara

read in September 2018

format: audiobook

rating: ★★★★✩

This is a spoiler-free review!

synopsis

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark—the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death—offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman’s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Framed by an introduction by Gillian Flynn and an afterword by her husband, Patton Oswalt, the book was completed by Michelle’s lead researcher and a close colleague. Utterly original and compelling, it is destined to become a true crime classic—and may at last unmask the Golden State Killer.

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When I’ll Be Gone in the Dark was released, my father instantly recommended it to me. He never reads books and none of my Goodreads friends had read it yet, so I initially wasn’t that interested in it. However, as time went on, my love for true crime rekindled and when the Golden State Killer was finally caught, I knew I had to pick up this book.

Despite the average reviews from the people I know, I was incredibly excited to start reading this. In August, when I couldn’t listen to anymore audiobooks, I decided to try the My Favorite Murder podcast. I fell in love with it and they mention Michelle McNamara several times. I had to start the audiobook as soon as it became available for me!

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark‘s subtitle is “One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer” and that’s definitely what this is about. Michelle doesn’t uncover who the Golden State Killer is, but she does shed light on a horrifying rapist and murderer in a detailed and respectful way. By the end, I was obsessed as well.

Immediately after finishing it, I wanted to know as much as I could about the suspect who was arrested and charged only a few months ago. Sadly, not much is known about him. What made him stop? Was he ever a suspect before, or did this come out of the blue for the investigators? I have so many questions!!

This book offers a very detailed account of the Golden State Killer’s crimes, inserted with some biographical elements: it’s not just about the killer, it’s also about Michelle’s search and obsession. I listened to the audiobook and the narration was very good. Unfortunately, however, it was difficult to keep track of the numerous locations, victims and investigators. Additionally, it’s not told in chronological order, which was confusing.

Though I admire Michelle for shedding light on this monster in a way that respects the victims, the order of the book could’ve been better. Perhaps a physical copy or e-book would’ve been a better format.

content and trigger warnings for rape (detailed descriptions), murder (detailed descriptions), misuse of ‘tribe’ and ‘native’ (unchallenged)


If you love true crime and want to know more about this serial rapist and killer, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is definitely a worthy read. The order of the information was confusing, but Michelle’s research was very detailed and respectful, so I’d still recommend it.

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#ContemporaryAThon TBR (round 3)

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It’s time for my second ContemporaryAThon TBR of the year! This readathon is hosted by Book Hangover on Twitter and several BookTubers! It starts midnight September 17th and ends midnight September 23rd.

contemporaryathonBecause I am currently in a reading slump, I think this is the perfect time to join this readathon! Contemporaries are my favourite type of books and are generally less intimidating than fantasy, sci-fi etc., so this will hopefully help me read more regularly again 🙂

That said, I won’t pressure myself to complete all the challenges. I want to be chill about it and won’t beat myself up if I only end up reading one book.

Anyway, here are the challenges! For each challenge, I gave myself two options because I am a terrible mood reader: usually an audiobook and a book I own.

1. Read a contemporary with orange on the cover

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Harbor Me was on of my most anticipated August 2018 releases (you can find more here) because I have heard nothing but great things about this middle grade novel!

could also work for ‘a diverse contemporary’

Far From the Tree has been on my TBR ever since it was released last year and I am convinced I’m absolutely going to love this novel, which is why I bought it last month. You can see my book haul here. It’s about three adopted siblings and apparently it’s heart-breaking at times, so this sounds right up my alley!

could also work for ‘new to you author’, ‘a diverse contemporary’ and ‘5 star prediction’

2. Read a dark/spooky contemporary

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Karin Slaughter is an incredibly popular author in my country. I’m pretty sure it was released in Dutch before it was even released in English elsewhere! I’d like to work in a bookstore again and considering Pieces of Her is such a best-seller over here, I want to read it soon. This would be my third Karin Slaugthter novel. I rated Pretty Girls five stars, but sadly wasn’t blown away by The Good Daughter.

could also work for ‘orange on the cover’

All the Rage is a contemporary novel about sexual violence, which is a very difficult topic for me to read about. I have several books that deal with that subject matter on my TBR, but I keep postponing picking them up because they’re guaranteed going to be triggering. Nonetheless I want to read All the Rage soon, it has been on my monthly TBRs numerous times, so it’s about time I start reading it.

could also work for ‘new to you author’

3. Read a diverse contemporary

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Solo is written in verse and is about Blade Morrison and his passion for music. I don’t know much about this book but because if it’s format, this sounds like the perfect read for a readathon!

could also work for ‘non-traditional format’ and ‘new to you author’

Technically I’m cheating because You Bring the Distant Near is historical fiction, but I think this multi-generational novel must end in modern times. Either way, I’ve been looking forward to reading this for months because I know I’m going to love it!

could also work for ‘new to you author’ and ‘five star prediction’

4. Read a contemporary in a non-traditional format

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Fresh Ink is a diverse anthology, which is not a format I tend to read. Additionally, besides ten short stories, there’s also a graphic novel and a one-act play. I wonder what those will be like on audiobook!

could also work for ‘orange on the cover’, ‘diverse contemporary’ and ‘new to you author’

How I resist is a collection of essays by authors and celebrities. Considering the amount of people that contributed to this, it’s surprisingly short, so this would be a good pick for a readathon.

could also work for ‘orange on the cover’ and ‘diverse contemporary’

5. Read a contemporary that has your initials somewhere on the cover

I apologise for skipping this challenge. I wanted to find a title or author with the exact same initials as mine (C and V), but the only one I could find was the Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. Despite owning that book, I know for a fact I won’t read it now.

6. Read a contemporary from a new to you author

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Let’s Talk About Love and Tyler Johnson Was Here are two contemporary novels I own and have been meaning to read for a while. They’re both about three hundred pages long, so that sounds very doable!

could also work for ‘a diverse contemporary’

7. Read a contemporary that is a 5 star prediction

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I’m sorry for being lazy and repeating these books. I’ve been working on this post for over an hour and I AM TIRED. Anyway, as I’ve said previously, I think I’ll absolutely love these books, so these are my five star predictions!


So this is my ContemporaryAThon TBR! Will you be joining as well? 🙂

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Anticipated Book Releases | September 2018

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Hello my fellow book lovers! Today I’m going to talk about some September 2018 book releases I’m looking forward to! Many books are set to be released this month, so buckle up!

Goodreads isn’t helpful and doesn’t show me some of the books I marked as ‘want to read’, so I’m sorry if any books I’m interested in are missing. I don’t including sequels of series I haven’t started yet.

These are in order of publication date. When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page.

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Sadie by Courtney Summers has received nothing but praise, it’s hard to believe this hasn’t even been published yet! I found trigger warnings for paedophilia, sexual abuse and drug abuse, so this certainly doesn’t sound like a fluffy read. All the Rage by this author is also on my TBR, and I’m keen to get to them both soon.

publication date: September 4th, 2018

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I have to admit sci-fi isn’t usually my cup of tea, but when I found out about Ignite the Stars, I was intrigued! I received e-ARC through Netgalley which I ought to read ASAP, as this book will be released in a few days!

publication date: September 4th, 2018

unbroken anthology.pngThere are so many diverse anthologies releasing in 2018 I cannot wait to read and Unbroken is no exception! This anthology features #OwnVoices stories about disabled teens. I’m really, really excited for this, I only hope there won’t be a romance in every single story.

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The Storm Runner is a middle grade fantasy inspired by Mayan mythology starring a disabled main character who uses a cane! I’m absolutely in love with the cover, so I’d like to read The Storm Runner when it comes out.

publication date: September 18th, 2018

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I won’t lie: at first, I didn’t know whether I would read Pride. I don’t tend to enjoy books with a heavy emphasis on romance and this is a Pride and Prejudice retelling after all. That said, the synopsis convinced me to add it to my TBR. It sounds like plenty of other elements will be dealt with (such as gentrification), and I can’t resist diverse contemporaries like this!

publication date: September 18th, 2018

Are you looking forward to reading these books as well? Which September 2018 book releases are on your TBR?

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