Hi everyone! Today I’ll be talking about all the books I read in August. Let’s get right into it!
Novels I Read
I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn: 4.25 out of 5 stars (⭐⭐⭐⭐) I absoltely adored this book! It was sweet and fast-paced. (Pun intended.) Review to come!
Sunkissed by Kasie West: 3.5 out of 5 stars (⭐⭐⭐) This was okay. I have a feeling I rated this higher because it has a summer-y vibe to it 😆. Review to come!
The Kids of Cattywampus Street, Written by Lisa Jahn-Clough and Illustrated by Natalie Andrewson: 2.5 out of 5 stars (⭐⭐⭐) I had high expectations for this book, but the writing wasn’t my cup of tea. Review to come.
Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun by Jonny Garza Villa: 3.75 out of 5 stars (⭐⭐⭐⭐) This was one of my most anitciapted releases of 2021. However, I was a bit dissapointed. Review to come!
Graphic Novels and Manga read
I read Go With the Flow by Lily Williams (which I adored!), and then some picure books.
Hiya!! It’s been a while since I’ve done a tag, so I thought why not do one again? For those of you who don’t know, this tag is a bit like a six month bookish wrap up in tag form. I hope you enjoy!
The Best Books You’ve Read so Far
New Releases You Haven’t Read Yet, but WantTo
Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of the Year
There are so many that come to mind! But here are the first three that I thought of. It All Comes Back to You by Farah Naz Rishi looks so fun! The cover is also stunning as well! The Lady or the Lion by Aamna Qureshi is a YA fantasy with a Pakistani setting. I’ve never read a fantasy inspired by Pakistani culture, so I’m super excited to read it! Not Here to Be Liked by Michelle Quach is another release I’m also very excited for!
I had such high hopes for One Last Stop. However, it unfortunately missed the mark for me.
This is a middle grade retelling of three fairytales but with a desi (South Asian) twist. And I adored it! It was filled with girl power, fun plots, and amazing representation!
Favorite New to You Author
We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Solomon was my first book of theirs, and probably won’t be the last!
Favorite Debut Author
Sarah Suk’s debut novel was one of my favorites this year. I didn’t think I’d love it as much as I did, but Made in Korea was so good!
Newest Favorite Characters
I really enjoyed reading about Evie and X from Nicola Yoon’s newest book Instructions for Dancing! They were both funny and charming.
A Book That Made You Cry
Juleah del Rosario’s Turtle Under Ice was incredibly heartbreaking and emotional. It’s about a mother’s death and sisterly love, and was just so beautiful.
A Book That Made You Happy
A Taste For Love by Jennifer Yen was such a fun book on food and familial relationships. It definitely put a smile on my face!
Favorite Post You’ve Done This Year
In January I did a post where I gave recommendations based off of people’s favorite Avatar the Last Airbender and Legend of Korra character. Feel free to read the post here!
Books You Need to Read By the End of the Year
I hope you enjoyed the tag! Here are some lovely people I nominate to do this one as well. (This is just for fun, so if you don’t feel like it, than no worries!) Also, if you’ve done this tag before, feel free to link it in the comments so I can read yours as well. 😀
Hey everyone, I hope you’re doing amazing. I for one am very excited for the summer because it finally means I can read outside!
(PS: Click on the covers of the books to add them to goodreads.)
First, let’s recap!
In my Spring TBR post, I said I’d read nine novels, and complete one manga series. Well I’m happy to report that I read all of them! This is actually why I love seasonal TBRs. You feel so much less stressed, and you can read at your own pace. I mean, let’s face it. How many of us will constantly read 10+ a month? Then again, some of you amazingly fast readers have really proven me and my slow reading skills wrong. 😆 I guess what I’m trying to say is, don’t feel pressured to go by strict TBRs. Read at your own pace, and read what you want. But hey, to each their own.
With that said, onto the TBR!
1. The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould
I received an ARC for this book via Netgalley, and I can’t wait to dive in!
2. Any Day with You by Mae Respicio
Any Day With You looks like such a sweet summer read, so of course I had to add it to my Summer TBR!
3. Alice By Heartby Steven Sater
I believe this novel was based off of a musical, which is really cool!
4.I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn
This will be a re-read for me, which is rare considering I never re-read. But I’m feeling ~adventurous~ this summer so why not!
5. Be Dazzled by Ryan La Sala
This has been on my library shelf for quite some time, so I should probably get to it sooner or later. 😅
6. Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee
I’m currently reading this one as loving it! This is also a buddy read with the amazing Rukky @ Eternity Books.
7.Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
After disliking One Last Stop, I unfortunately have low expectations for Red, White and Royal Blue. But second time’s a charm?
8. Hazel and the Deep Blue Sea by Ashley Herring Blake
I’ve heard such amazing things about Ashley Herring Blake’s books, so when I saw this one at the library, I just knew I had to check it out!
9.Glitter Gets Everywhere by Yvette Clark
This book is, in a way, outside of my comfort zone. So all the more reason to read it!
10. This May End Badly by Samantha Markum
Samantha Markum’s debut looks incredible! So when I saw that it was available to request on Netgalley, I immediately requested it. Luckily, I was approved to read it and I’m so excited to dive in!
11. When You Get the Chance by Emma Lord
Sorry about the blurry image, but essentially, I picked this one up on a whim and am excited to see where it takes me!
12. TheBones of Ruin by Sarah Raughley
I picked this one up mainly because the premise sounded so unique, and that cover is just beautiful!
13. What Lives in the Woods by Lindsay Currie
After loving Lindsay Currie’s Scritch Scratch, I just knew I had to pick this one up too!
13. Sunkissed by Kasie West
I’ve never read a Kasie West novel before, but this seems like such a fun summer read!
14. Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun by Jonny Garza Villa
Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun is one of my anticipated releases for 2021. So I can’t wait to read it!
15. Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales
I’ve seen so many bloggers rave about this one, so of course I had to pick it up!
16. Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
I put this one on hold at the library about six months ago, and it was finally ready to read last week! Cemetery Boys was my most anticipated release of 2020, so I’m super excited to finally read it.
17. Aceof Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
The page count of this book is intimidating, but I’m hoping to get to it sometime this summer nonetheless.
18. More to the Story by Hena Khan
I’ve been wanting to read more middle grade lately, so I’m hoping to pick this one up soon. It just looks so adorable!
19. From Little Tokyo with Love by Sarah Kuhn
I’ve been waiting for this one to release, so I’m really excited to start reading it! And doesn’t that cover look stunning?
20. Shortcake Cake by Suu Morishita
I’m hoping to finish this manga series before October, as it’s a fast and fun series!
I hope you enjoyed reading my Summer TBR. Feel free to read spring’s TBR here. I’d love to know what’s on your TBR this summer too! Have a great day!
Hiya! I hope you’re all doing amazing. As we all know, it’s almost Valentine’s Day! So to celebrate this lovely (pun intended) holiday, I compiled 10 YA novels that focus on, but are not limited to; love! I hope you enjoy!
(PS: Press on the cover of a book to add it to goodreads!)
1. Love Is A Revolution
Love Is A Revolution by Renée Watson is a YA contemporary romance. But it’s also about self love. Self love is such an important and underestimated form of love. Therefore, I just had to include this book!
2. Love From A To Z
If you’ve seen my review for Love From A To Z by S.K Ali, then you’ll know how much I love it! It is 100% a must read for Valentine’s Day!
3. Together, Apart
Together, Apart is a collection of short stories written by numerous authors. It’s essentially about teens finding love during the pandemic that I’m sure we’re all well acquainted with by now. It is so adorable! I love how it features different authors that I wouldn’t have discovered it if weren’t for this book.
4. The Quantum Theory Of The Almost-Kiss
The Quantum Theory Of The Almost-Kiss by Amy Parks is the perfect friends to lovers story to read on Valentine’s Day! (PS: Author Interview with Ms. Parks to come sometime next week!)
5. Super Fake Love Song
Super Fake Love Song by David Yoon is a rom-com that involves fake dating and well, music! It’s overall just a super fun and light read!
6. Here The Whole Time
Here The Whole Time by Vitor Martens is a soft and quick read, perfect for Valentine’s Day! (Light and soft books are a reoccurring theme in this list, in case you didn’t notice. 😆)
7. More To The Story
More To The Story by Hena Khan is a middle grade retelling of Little Women. I decided to include it because it highlights the love of family in the cutest and most wholesome way possible!
8. A Cuban Girl’s Guide To Tea And Tomorrow
As a tea enthusiast, I just knew I had to include The Cuban Girl’s Guide To Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey!
9. I Love You So Mochi
I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn is filled with delicious sweet treats, and an even sweeter story!
10. Charming As A Verb
Charming As A Verb by Ben Phillipe is a witty rom-com that’s perfect for those looking for a laugh!
And that’s a wrap! I hope you all have a wonderful February, and an even more amazing Valentine’s Day! What is your go-to Valentine’s Day read? 💕