New Releases Tuesday // June 4, 2019

New Releases Tuesday // June 4, 2019

Happy Tuesday, but most importantly, happy new releases Tuesday!

This Tuesday feels like May because the publishing train keeps on chugging and putting out some amazing reads for us this summer. We’ve got a famous Queer Eye personality publishing his novel. We have a few very interesting diverse reads coming out as well. There’s so many great ones that I put together the list of my highly anticipated. The ones with descriptions are on the top of my list, but all of these stories sound so good! I can’t wait!

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This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura

I’m extremely excited for This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura. First off, the cover is gorgeous. I can’t tell how this picture is rendered, but the beauty of an Asian woman’s face on the cover of this book is really thrilling. It’s not a historical novel, but it’s about a young girl who works for her family’s flower shop only to have it repossessed by the very people who they purchased it from. It also talks about the Japanese internment camps in America during WWII. In fiction, it doesn’t seem like this time period gets covered  (or at least recently), so I’m excited to read something connected to it.

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

I’m kind of intrigued by this one, but I know it’ll be the big book publishing today. I feel like I have to mention it because of Elizabeth Gilbert’s success with her nonfiction novel Eat, Pray, Love. Now, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction again with a historical story exploring sex, promiscuity, love, and a little coming of age. It’s not very high on my list, but it’s on my radar. I’ll be keeping an eye out on how reviews look for this one.

You Cannot Mess This Up by Amy Weinland Daughters

All Eyes on Us by Kit Frick

I received a copy of this book for promotion, but the story is kind of intriguing and a good inclusive read for Pride month. It’s the story of four teenagers in love. They’re in two separate relationships, but the behavior of one person is little appalling and someone threatens to expose all of their secrets if they don’t talk to them. The other couple somehow gets involved and become collateral damage to this secret someone. I’m so excited about YA thrillers lately. I’m going to enjoy this one.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

I’m slightly intrigued by this title because it’s the #1 selling novel in the YA Fantasy genre right now and that kind of statistic is hard to not look at. It’s the story of a young woman playing warden to grimoires for sorcerers (who are eeevil), but one of the books somehow escapes her. Because it was under her watch, she’s now the main suspect. However, she thens allies with a sorcerer making her question herself and her beliefs. It sounds kind of cool and I do love evil sorcerers and magic, so I might check this one out too.

Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok

I saw my friend on Instagram read an early release of this book and she was marking pages with highlighter and there were a ton of little stickies attached to it. This book is going to be so good that I’m considering buying it. It’s a mystery of a missing girl and her family. The story follows a young Chinese family who’s eldest daughter disappears randomly. It sounds like it’ll be unpacking a lot of family secrets before getting to what happened to Sylvie. I think it’ll be good for those who love mysteries, harrowing family dramas, and diverse stories.

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

The Summer We Lost Her by Tish Cohen

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Most Anticipated Reads: April 2019

Most Anticipated Reads: April 2019

April this year has so many good reads publishing. I’m seriously floored by all the wonderful books entering the world, so I had to share the ones I’m most excited about.

The whole month has some of my most highly anticipated reads of the year. This is going to be such a good month for reading, collecting books, and just staring at their spines while I try to read everything else. What are you most excited about this month?

Books Publishing April 2

Most of the books I’m excited about are publishing today and I couldn’t be more happy about it. I’ll actually be going to Steven Rowley’s book signing tonight for The Editor. I’m excited to try out The Devouring Gray. It’s supposed to be the hot new fantasy series. Wicked Saints is also high up there as most anticipated for me.

Books Publishing April 9

I’m currently reading How to Make Friends With the Dark and I have to admit, it’s a really good and really sad story. If you’re in the mood for something that will teach you some life (and death) lessons, try that one out for size. After you do, read Meet Cute and The Peacock Emporium to wash out that sadness. It’s a good week to be publishing books and you can definitely get in the mood with these.

Books Publishing April 16

In my public book person’s mind, I should be lighting up for Miracle Creek and I really am excited about that book. I’m also super excited about Normal People. But my private book person’s mind, I’m most excited about EL James writing something aside from Christian Grey.

Books Publishing April 23

To round out the end of the month, I can’t wait for The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth. It’s going to be a summer with some amazing thrillers and crime fiction and I can’t wait!

Book Haul – March 5, 2019

Book Haul – March 5, 2019

After looking over all the books I received this week, I felt like it was time for a little book haul blog post! I think it was just a coincidence that I received so many books at once. It’s probably because of all the rain we’ve been having here that my mail is delayed. It’s probably because I live in California now.

Anyway, let’s get to the books. Some of these are promotional, some of them are for review, and others are because I’m curious. I want to expand my reading life, so I try to vary my reading.

The ones I’m most excited about reading are:

Whoops, that turned out to be way more than I expected this time around. Stalker is definitely one I’m super excited about. While I’m not a huge fan of thrillers, I do like to indulge in a crime fiction every now and then. I’ve heard a lot about Lars Kepler from Abby at Crime by the Book. I think he’s one of her favorite authors, so I’m going to take that advice and try this one out.

The Weight of a Piano is one I’m also really excited about. I saw Stacey at @prose_and_palate chat up this book the other day and it’s made me super interested to see what it’s about. The story is about…a piano. It’s about the person who first owned the piano and lost it while traveling from Russia to America and the current owner of the piano. The current owner is a little lost in life and needs to sell the piano she never learned to play.

My friend, Haley, is a huge fan of Han Kang and I’ve always wanted to read her work. Her novel, The Vegetarian, is the one I’ve heard of, but I’ve also heard good things about The White Book.

The ones I’ll be promoting later this month are:

I do want to mention that books I promote are books I actually want to read. I’m very careful about the books I request and just want to promote what I want to promote. These books I’ll gladly share a little of my page. Out of all of these, Field Notes on Love is the highest on my list, but I’ve been hearing some really big things about Polaris Rising. Summon and Smoke is also an exciting one especially since it’s the author who wrote The Paper Magician series.

Some surprise mail that I’m excited about:

Foursome is definitely high on this list. It’s a nonfiction novel on the lives of four very big artists. I might give this to my sister for her to read, but I’ll take a little stab at it first.

The Guest Book is a complete mystery to me, but for some reason I’m drawn to it. It says it’s a multi-generational story that hides a big secret with their grandfather. It sounds like of intriguing and it has been a while since I’ve read a historical novel, so I might check that out.

I hope you enjoyed this little list!

I received a copy of this book from the publishers for free. My opinions have not been influenced by the publisher or the author.

 

My January 2019 TBR

My January 2019 TBR

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Ahhh fresh book stacks. You have to love them.

This month’s TBR has a little bit of everything. Because I’m enacting some of my reading goals into this list like keeping my list pretty small, exploring some other genres, and reading nonfiction. When I think about this list, I wish I had the foresight to do this before. I have a great mix of books from genres I love. I have challenging novels that I’m excited to read and I’ve somehow incorporated nonfiction, which isn’t a genre I read often. All in all, I’m really happy with this month’s TBR. Here’s what I’ll be reading:

If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim

I’ll be reading this book for my Words Between Worlds Book Club on Instagram. Crystal Hana Kim is a fellow Korean American and this novel is supposed to surpass those physical boundaries (like a wall between North and South Korea). I’m really excited to read it.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

This year I’ve got a few highly anticipated fantasy novels and Black Leopard, Red Wolf is one of them. I don’t know if I buy that this is a Game of Thrones-style book, but we’ll get into it. I have a feeling it’ll be more science fiction than fantasy, but I could be wrong. I’ll be reading this one next week.

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

I started my new year with this book and I’m already shook. It reminds me a lot of Six of Crows, which I loved! It’s got a cast of characters that all bring different skillsets to the group and you can just tell there’s going to be some major heisting. I love a book that reads like Ocean’s 11. I don’t want to make any more assumptions, but it’s definitely got my attention.

Golden Child by Claire Adam

This is the second novel being published by SJP and Hogarth. It’s about a family living in rural Trinidad and their two twin sons, Paul and Peter. When Paul disappears one day, their father, Clyde, doesn’t think much of it. It’s not until a few weeks past that he realizes the implications of his lost son. OMG, I can’t wait to read this!

Bonfire by Krysten Ritter

Winter, for me, is thriller time. Romance in the summer. Fantasy in the fall. Thrillers in the winter. I think it has something to do with the temperatures dropping and the dark moods we all adopt. Bonfire has been on my TBR for quite some time, so I plan on reading this one during the shortened daylight hours. I’ll also be reading a few more thrillers this month.

The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh

This particular novel sounds scary AF. Just three words for you: feminist revenge fantasy. It’s got Handmaid’s Tale vibes and science fiction vibes. While I’m not necessarily the type to read feminist fiction, I can’t resist a good story about women who find themselves trapped in their society and then figure out how to escape. It’s going to be a good one and it might keep me up at night.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

I picked Dark Matter for The Backlist Book Club pick this month! Going on my theme of thrillers in the winter, I chose this to continue my late nights up scared out of my mind. While I categorized this as a thriller, I’ve been told that it’s more scary than your average thriller. It’s science fiction-y with some scary components, so I will definitely be enjoying this. I can’t wait for the conversations this one is going to incite.

Sadie by Courtney Summers

While I won’t be reading any more contemporary YA, that doesn’t mean I won’t be reading some thriller-y YA. I still like parts of the YA category and I think Sadie will carry all of them. I would say this feels more like crime fiction than thriller, but I’m not 100% sure of the difference between the two. We shall see with this one.

Heavy by Kiese Laymon

Finally, my one nonfiction book for the month. I’m so excited to read Heavy after Kelsey Manning from Scribner suggested we check it out. Heavy is a memoir written by Kiese Laymon. It touches on his life living in Jackson, Mississippi, the sexual violence of his youth and the writer he is today. There’s a lot going on from the synopsis of this memoir, so I’m going to be digging into this one. I hope I don’t cry too much.

My Most Anticipated Reads for June 2018

My Most Anticipated Reads for June 2018

Get your pre-order game on because June has got a ton of fun reads being published. I’ve already read a couple of the books on this list, so I’ll include my reviews for them.

When I think of June (and all the summer month), I just think of love and fun and a little mischief. I’ve also included a star on the books I’m super excited about and can’t wait to read. Without further ado, here’s what’s publishing in June:

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My Most Anticipated Reads of March 2018

My Most Anticipated Reads of March 2018

Since March has a ton of new releases coming out (and it’s also the start of the Spring season), I wanted to share some of my anticipated reads for the month. Many of these are hitting the bookstores on March 6th, but the month will have a ton of great reads as well. While there’s a ton of books coming out, I do want to highlight the ones that I’m super excited about. You can always find more on Goodreads, but here’s what I’m anticipating in March:

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June 2017 Book Haul

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I recently received some lovely book mail and I couldn’t be more excited about them. Two debut novels from two new authors means that the world is filling up with more beautiful words and stories for us to read and enjoy.

Flesh and Bone and Water by Luiza Sauma

Published by Scriber Books. André is a listless Brazilian teenager and the son of a successful plastic surgeon who lives a life of wealth and privilege, shuttling between the hot sands of Ipanema beach and his family’s luxurious penthouse apartment. In 1985, when he is just sixteen, André’s mother is killed in a car accident. Clouded with grief, André, his younger brother Thiago, and his father travel with their domestic help to Belem, a jungle city on the mouth of the Amazon, where the intense heat of the rain forest only serves to heighten their volatile emotions. After they arrive back in Rio, André’s father loses himself in his work, while André spends his evenings in the family apartment with Luana, the beautiful daughter of the family’s maid.

Three decades later, and now a successful surgeon himself, André is a middle-aged father, living in London, and recently separated from his British wife. He drinks too much wine and is plagued by recurring dreams. One day he receives an unexpected letter from Luana, which begins to reveal the other side of their story, a story André has long repressed.

Everything Belongs to Us by Yoojin Grace Wuertz

Published by Random House. Seoul, 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind.

For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew. Her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty.

But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever.

I think I’m set for the rest of summer 🙂

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New Reads from Scribner’s

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I recently got a package from Scribner’s Books with a couple of great reads publishing right now. Both of these books have already published this March and I’m super excited to get into them. Sadly, I suffer with “too many books in my TBR” syndrome.

However, if you have a chance, definitely pick them up or at least check them out.

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Title: One of the Boys
Author: Daniel Magariel
Publishing Date: March 14th, 2017
Synopsis: A riveting and emotionally harrowing debut about two young brothers and their physically and psychologically abusive father—One of the Boys is 176 perfect, stunning pages by a major new talent.

The three of them—a twelve-year-old boy, his older brother, their father—have won the war: the father’s term for his bitter divorce and custody battle. They leave their Kansas home and drive through the night to Albuquerque, eager to begin again, united by the thrilling possibility of carving out a new life together. The boys go to school, join basketball teams, make friends. Meanwhile their father works from home, smoking cheap cigars to hide another smell. But soon the little missteps—the dead-eyed absentmindedness, the late night noises, the comings and goings of increasingly odd characters—become sinister, and the boys find themselves watching their father change, grow erratic, then violent.

Set in the sublimely stark landscape of suburban New Mexico and a cramped apartment shut tight to the world, One of the Boys conveys with stunning prose and chilling clarity a young boy’s struggle to hold onto the dangerous pieces of his shattered family. Harrowing and beautiful, Daniel Magariel’s masterful debut is a story of survival: two foxhole-weary brothers banding together to protect each other from the father they once trusted, but no longer recognize. With the emotional core of A Little Life and the compact power of We the Animals, One of the Boys is among the most moving and remarkable debut novels you’ll ever read.

30201150Title: Next Year, For Sure
Author: Zoey Leigh Peterson
Publishing Date: March 7th, 2017
Synopsis: In this moving and enormously entertaining debut novel, longtime romantic partners Kathryn and Chris experiment with an open relationship and reconsider everything they thought they knew about love.

After nine years together, Kathryn and Chris have the sort of relationship most would envy. They speak in the shorthand they have invented, complete one another’s sentences, and help each other through every daily and existential dilemma. When Chris tells Kathryn about his feelings for Emily, a vivacious young woman he sees often at the Laundromat, Kathryn encourages her boyfriend to pursue this other woman—certain that her bond with Chris is strong enough to weather a little side dalliance.

As Kathryn and Chris stumble into polyamory, Next Year, For Sure tracks the tumultuous, revelatory, and often very funny year that follows. When Chris’s romance with Emily grows beyond what anyone anticipated, both Chris and Kathryn are invited into Emily’s communal home, where Kathryn will discover new romantic possibilities of her own. In the confusions, passions, and upheavals of their new lives, both Kathryn and Chris will be forced to reconsider their past and what they thought they knew about love.

Offering a luminous portrait of a relationship from two perspectives, Zoey L. Paterson has written an empathic, beautiful, and tremendously honest novel about a great love pushed to the edge. Deeply poignant and hugely entertaining, Next Year, For Sure shows us what lies at the mysterious heart of relationships, and what true openness and transformation require.

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