Top Ten Tuesday | 10/27/20

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Please check out her website for more TTT topics!

This week’s freebie topic is:

Creepy Covers

Just to stay in the Halloween spirit…these covers have that cool, kinda creepy vibe. I don’t have 10, just 5!

And I will say…that Horrid cover – creeps me out so bad! 😅 It’s the eyes! 😑 I was trying to find covers with girl faces that had the creepy/scary vibe to it and that one just tops the list. I’ve only read The Grace Year and Sawkill Girls from this list and The Grace Year still is vivid in my mind. I was disturbed, but it was a good read.

Have you read any of these? I’m a wimp when it comes to horror but just for the season, I occasionally indulge in reading these haha.

I hope all of you have a Happy Halloween week!

🎃 ~ Yolanda

Top Ten Tuesday | 10/13/20

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Please check out her website for more TTT topics!

This week’s topic is:

Super Long Book Titles

Title definitely got longer when they started doing the “A_ of _ and _” trend!

What is on your list?

Top Ten Tuesday | 10/6/20

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Please check out her website for more TTT topics!

This week’s topic is:

Book Covers with Fall Colors/Vibes

Some dark covers and some reds/yellows/oranges to round it out! Perfect for Fall. 🎃💀🖤

What’s on your list?

Top Ten Tuesday | Books that Make Me Hungry

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Please check out her website for more TTT topics!

This week’s topic is:

Books That Make Me Hungry

This one should be a fairly easy topic so let’s go!

  1. Kingdom of the Wicked by. Kerri Maniscalco – this book is set in Sicily. Enough said.
  2. Furia by. Yamile Saied Mendez – this book is set in Argentina and I learned about new foods and drinks like yerba mate! It sounds delicious and addictive.
  3. Here to Stay by. Adriana Herrera – main character was always cooking up Dominican foods that sound amazing.

4. The Last Story of Mina Lee by. Nancy Jooyoun Kim – one of my favorites is Korean food and we get some Korean cooking in this book. Yum!

5. Tweet Cute by. Emma Lord – a dessert blog, and deli food? This book made me hungry the whole time I read it.

6. Wicked As You Wish by. Rin Chupeco – yes for the Filipino representation in this book! I’m Filipino so right away I was salivating over the foods that were mentioned in the beginning of this book.

7. With the Fire on High by. Elizabeth Acevedo -it’s ALL about food and cooking class so it made me ravenous.

8. I love You So Mochi by. Sarah Kuhn – the title made me hungry off the bat. I love mochi – especially mocha ice cream.

9. A Sweet Mess by. Jayci Lee – this romance was centered around a cooking show, so of course it made me hungry. I’m a sucker for baked goods.

10. Somewhere Only We Know by. Maurene Goo – was a romp through Hong Kong and so many delicious food scenes. It made me want to take a trip to Hong Kong just to eat.

What books made you hungry?

💜~Yolanda

Top Ten Tuesday | 8/25/20

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Please check out her website for more TTT topics!

This week’s topic is:

Questions I Would Ask My Favorite Authors (Living or dead. You can post 10 questions for one author, one question each for 10 different authors, or anything else!)

  1. Question for Danielle Steele and Nora Roberts – What motivates you to keep writing? (If you don’t know who these authors are, just check out their catalogue and see how many books they’ve written! lol)
  2. Question for Jane Austen – Which Pride & Prejudice adaptation (tv series or movie) is your favorite?

It’s the top two tuesday for me today haha – this was the only two questions I really wanted to know for some reason.

Anyway, I’m sure the rest of you have better questions so drop your link in my comments section so I can check out your TTT!

🌺 Stay Safe

Top Ten Tuesday | 8/18/20

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Please check out her website for more TTT topics!

This week’s topic is:

Books that Should be Adapted into Netflix Shows/Movies (submitted by Nushu @ Not A Prima Donna Girl)

I’ll Be the One by. Lyla Lee – this would be so cute as a movie. I think Skye makes a fun main character and it’s an uplifting story.

Fable by. Adrienne Young – with the right director, this one could be amazing as a movie.

Color Me In by. Natasha Diaz – Harlem, Black Lives Movement, identity – it’s the kind of movie we actually need right now.

Legendborn by. Tracy Deonn – this has the race issues but add in the King Arthur legend, mage magic, plus black girl ancestor magic and the South? YES.

The Black Kids by. Christina Hammonds Reed – The L.A. Riots and being black in Los Angeles are at the forefront at this book. I also want to see this as a movie because I grew up in the 90’s and it would be nostalgic.

The Unhoneymooners by. Christina Lauren – where have all the rom com movies have gone?! Seriously, I lived for watching rom coms and now there aren’t many being made. This would make a really good movie!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by. Sarah J. Maas – make it into a series that I can indulge in for a few years please? Haha! I want to see the Fae come to life. And see who they would pick to play Rhys.

The Cruel Prince by. Holly Black – I want it dark, with all the political chess games. Yes…definitely a series I can binge on.

The Bone Houses by. Emily Lloyd-Jones – zombies? Yes! This would be perfect for a Halloween release.

American Royals by. Katharine McGee – I would like to see some American royalty! And this story has so much drama, it would make a good series.

Patron Saints of Nothing by. Randy Ribay – would love to see some filipino actors on screen!

What’s on your TTT today? Leave me your link so I can check it out!

💕 – Yolanda

Top Ten Tuesday | 8/11/20

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Please check out her website for more TTT topics!

This week’s topic is:

Books I Loved but Never Reviewed

So many books come under this topic haha – I only started reviewing books last year and I’ve been reading book since I was eleven-ish? 🤔 I’m going to have to go into my Goodreads history for this one!

So I remember buying this book in Barnes & Noble just because it was about vampires and that cover just had me from the start. Black, red and white…yesss…haha. I don’t think I loved it right away because I wasn’t a teen anymore, but I couldn’t get it out of my head. I found myself waiting for the sequel…and then it just kind of took over the world huh? I remember buying the whole series and letting friends and family borrow all of them when they finally heard about this book. I didn’t even know some of these people read books, that was the reach of this series. I let someone borrow the series and it never came back to me.

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More vampires! I was so addicted to this series! There are so many kindle unlimited “academy” fast-release books out there from indie authors but for me it started with this series right here. Bummed the movie flopped but I think it would make a good television show.

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And my other obsession after Vampire Academy was Bloodlines! Alchemist unite…Sydney and Adrian were my faves.

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I mean what can I say about it – I’ve read it multiple times because I love the world building and world of the Fae.

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I love the whole dystopian, sci-fi aspect of this series and I gave the third one high marks because it had the romantic conclusion I wanted but the more I thought about and re-read it…I’m bummed about book three. It’s one of the reviews I have to mark down after reading it again. But the first books in the series had my heart.

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I’ve read this book multiple times. I love Edie and see what she goes through after a traumatic event.

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There is something about this contemporary YA book that I love – the whole pop star falls in love with regular girl trope is so much fun! It just made me feel like a teen in love with her favorite star…I mean, haven’t we all had one pop star crush in our lifetime?!

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Mafia love story – YES. One of my fave’s.

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Another book I’ve read multiple times but never reviewed and now it’s everywhere because of the Netflix movies.

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I’m not a big fan of pirate stories but this series totally got me into the whole trope!

In conclusion, there are a LOT of books I haven’t reviewed on this blog or Goodreads. I left star ratings but never bothered to input a written review. Maybe I should challenge myself to reread some of these. Except my TBR is long as it is…anyway what was on your TTT?

Leave me your link in the comments! 😘

Top Ten Tuesday | 8/4/20

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Please check out her website for more TTT topics!

This week’s topic is:

Books with Colors In the Titles

The ones I’ve read in this list are:

  • The Indigo Spell by. Richelle Mead
  • Vision in Silver by. Anne Bishop
  • Red Queen by. Victoria Aveyard
  • My Heart and Other Black Holes by.Jasmine Wanga
  • Black Girl Unlimited by. Echo Brown
  • The Black Kids by. Christina Hammonds Reed
  • The Priory of the Orange Tree by. Samantha Shannon

What titles did you have in your TTT?

Top Ten Tuesday | 7/28/20

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Please check out her website for more TTT topics!

This week’s topic is: (a freebie which means I make up my own topic…so….)

Books I Recently Acquired

I just got my Book Outlet order come in and finally got this book in my hands!

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By day, seventeen-year-old Kiera Johnson is an honors student, a math tutor, and one of the only Black kids at Jefferson Academy. But at home, she joins hundreds of thousands of Black gamers who duel worldwide as Nubian personas in the secret multiplayer online role-playing card game, SLAY. No one knows Kiera is the game developer, not her friends, her family, not even her boyfriend, Malcolm, who believes video games are partially responsible for the “downfall of the Black man.”

But when a teen in Kansas City is murdered over a dispute in the SLAY world, news of the game reaches mainstream media, and SLAY is labeled a racist, exclusionist, violent hub for thugs and criminals. Even worse, an anonymous troll infiltrates the game, threatening to sue Kiera for “anti-white discrimination.”

Driven to save the only world in which she can be herself, Kiera must preserve her secret identity and harness what it means to be unapologetically Black in a world intimidated by Blackness. But can she protect her game without losing herself in the process? 

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How cute is this book cover? It makes me happy just seeing these colors.

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The world of K-Pop has never met a star like this. Debut author Lyla Lee delivers a deliciously fun, thoughtful rom-com celebrating confidence and body positivity—perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Julie Murphy.

Skye Shin has heard it all. Fat girls shouldn’t dance. Wear bright colors. Shouldn’t call attention to themselves. But Skye dreams of joining the glittering world of K-Pop, and to do that, she’s about to break all the rules that society, the media, and even her own mother, have set for girls like her.

She’ll challenge thousands of other performers in an internationally televised competition looking for the next K-pop star, and she’ll do it better than anyone else.

When Skye nails her audition, she’s immediately swept into a whirlwind of countless practices, shocking performances, and the drama that comes with reality TV. What she doesn’t count on are the highly fat-phobic beauty standards of the Korean pop entertainment industry, her sudden media fame and scrutiny, or the sparks that soon fly with her fellow competitor, Henry Cho.

But Skye has her sights on becoming the world’s first plus-sized K-pop star, and that means winning the competition—without losing herself. 

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I was asked to join the blog tour for this title and it’s different from what I read but the synopsis is so intriguing. Hope it’s good!

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In an endless winter, she carries seeds of hope

Wylodine comes from a world of paranoia and poverty—her family grows marijuana illegally, and life has always been a battle. Now she’s been left behind to tend the crop alone. Then spring doesn’t return for the second year in a row, bringing unprecedented extreme winter.

With grow lights stashed in her truck and a pouch of precious seeds, she begins a journey, determined to start over away from Appalachian Ohio. But the icy roads and strangers hidden in the hills are treacherous. After a harrowing encounter with a violent cult, Wylodine and her small group of exiles become a target for its volatile leader. Because she has the most valuable skill in the climate chaos: she can make things grow.

Urgent and poignant, Road Out of Winter is a glimpse of an all-too-possible near future, with a chosen family forged in the face of dystopian collapse. With the gripping suspense of The Road and the lyricism of Station Eleven, Stine’s vision is of a changing world where an unexpected hero searches for a place hope might take root.

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Got this one also on Book Outlet and yes…it was the cover that made me cave in buying this haha.

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A princess fleeing an arranged marriage teams up with a snarky commoner to foil a rebel plot in B. R. Myers’ Rogue Princess, a gender-swapped sci-fi YA retelling of Cinderella.

Princess Delia knows her duty: She must choose a prince to marry in order to secure an alliance and save her failing planet. Yet she secretly dreams of true love, and feels there must be a better way. Determined to chart her own course, she steals a spaceship to avoid the marriage, only to discover a handsome stowaway. 

All Aidan wanted was to “borrow” a few palace trinkets to help him get off the planet. Okay, so maybe escaping on a royal ship wasn’t the smartest plan, but he never expected to be kidnapped by a runaway princess!

Sparks fly as this headstrong princess and clever thief battle wits, but everything changes when they inadvertently uncover a rebel conspiracy that could destroy their planet forever.

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Yes, I finally got a copy of this book because the ebook was on sale on Amazon! I’m excited to read this.

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Impossible love between two girls —one human, one Made. 
A love that could birth a revolution.

After the War of Kinds ravaged the kingdom of Rabu, the Automae, Designed to be the playthings of royals, took over the estates of their owners and bent the human race to their will.

Now, Ayla, a human servant rising the ranks at the House of the Sovereign, dreams of avenging the death of her family… by killing the Sovereign’s daughter, Lady Crier. Crier, who was Made to be beautiful, to be flawless. And to take over the work of her father. 

Crier had been preparing to do just that—to inherit her father’s rule over the land. But that was before she was betrothed to Scyre Kinok, who seems to have a thousand secrets. That was before she discovered her father isn’t as benevolent as she thought. That was before she met Ayla.

Set in a richly-imagined fantasy world, Nina Varela’s debut novel is a sweepingly romantic tale of love, loss and revenge, that challenges what it really means to be human.

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I got approved for this on NetGalley! Looking forward to reading this.

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rom the award-winning author of The Truth of Right Nowcomes a stunning, grounded fantasy in the vein of Dread Nation that follows a black teen as she finds her place among a family of women gifted with magical abilities.

In the Jim Crow South, white supremacy reigns and tensions are high. But Evalene Deschamps has other things to worry about. She has two little sisters to look after, an overworked single mother, and a longtime crush who is finally making a move.

On top of all that, Evvie’s magic abilities are growing stronger by the day. Her family calls it jubilation—a gift passed down from generations of black women since the time of slavery. And as Evvie’s talents waken, something dark comes loose and threatens to resurface…

And when the demons of Evvie’s past finally shake free, she must embrace her mighty lineage, and summon the power that lies within her.

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Another title on NetGalley I was approved for!

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When Abby signs up for a DNA service, it’s mainly to give her friend and secret love interest, Leo, a nudge. After all, she knows who she is already: Avid photographer. Injury-prone tree climber. Best friend to Leo and Connie…although ever since the B.E.I. (Big Embarrassing Incident) with Leo, things have been awkward on that front.

But she didn’t know she’s a younger sister.

When the DNA service reveals Abby has a secret sister, shimmery-haired Instagram star Savannah Tully, it’s hard to believe they’re from the same planet, never mind the same parents—especially considering Savannah, queen of green smoothies, is only a year and a half older than Abby herself.

The logical course of action? Meet up at summer camp (obviously) and figure out why Abby’s parents gave Savvy up for adoption. But there are complications: Savvy is a rigid rule-follower and total narc. Leo is the camp’s co-chef, putting Abby’s growing feelings for him on blast. And her parents have a secret that threatens to unravel everything.

But part of life is showing up, leaning in, and learning to fit all your awkward pieces together. Because sometimes, the hardest things can also be the best ones.

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Check this one out! I got approved for it on NetGalley and it barely has a blurb…yet it was intriguing enough I had to request it. It’s out April 2021.

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Delta of Dead River sets out to rescue her family from a ruthless dictator rising to power in the Wastes and discovers a secret that will reshape her world in this post-apocalyptic western mashup for fans of Mad Max and Gunslinger Girl.

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Seriously, thank you NetGalley! Check out this cover and it’s about witches? I’m so excited to read this one!

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Kappa Rho Nu isn’t your average sorority. Their parties are notorious. Their fundraisers are known for being Westerly College’s most elaborate affairs. But beneath the veil of Greek life and prestige, the sisters of Kappu Rho Nu share a secret: they’re a coven of witches. For Vivi Deveraux, being one of Kappa Rho Nu’s Ravens means getting a chance to redefine herself. For Scarlett Winters, a bonafide Raven and daughter of a legacy Raven, pledge this year means living up to her mother’s impossible expectations of becoming Kappa Rho Nu’s next president. Scarlett knows she’d be the perfect candidate — that is, if she didn’t have one human-sized skeleton in her closet…. When Vivi and Scarlett are paired as big and little for initiation, they find themselves sinking into the sinister world of blood oaths and betrayals. 

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The sequel to The Beautiful! It’s sitting on my shelf and I will get to it very, very soon.

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Following the events of The Beautiful, Sébastien Saint Germain is now cursed and forever changed. The treaty between the Fallen and the Brotherhood has been broken, and war between the immortals seems imminent. The price of loving Celine was costly. But Celine has also paid a high price for loving Bastien. 

Still recovering from injuries sustained during a night she can’t quite remember, her dreams are troubled. And she doesn’t know she has inadvertently set into motion a chain of events that could lead to her demise and unveil a truth about herself she’s not quite ready to learn. 

Forces hiding in the shadows have been patiently waiting for this moment for centuries. And just as Bastien and Celine begin to uncover the danger around them, they learn their love could tear them apart. 

I have so many books to read and review! Drop your TTT link in my comments, I’d love to read what you posted.

Top Ten Tuesday | 6/16/20

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Please check out her website for more TTT topics!

This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Please check out her website for more TTT topics!

This week’s topic is:

Books on My Summer 2020 TBR

The ones I already have on my kindle app and will be reading this month are:

  • Dark Skies by. Danielle L. Jensen
  • Winds of Fate by Lucia Omonobi
  • Opposite of Always by. Justin A. Reynolds
  • The Kiss Quotient by. Helen Hoang

The rest hopefully I’ll be able to acquire by buying or borrowing. We shall see! What’s on your list? I honestly don’t know many new releases coming out because I’ve been busy with other things so I’d love to see what you have on your lists so that I can add to mine. ☺️