Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

25528808This week I’m looking forward to That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston. The cover for this book is so pretty! *squeals* I love pretty book covers! And I love how it’s about the descendent of Victoria I and based in Toronto. TORONTO! Why don’t we have more YA books based in my beautiful city? Everything about this book sounds intriguing. It’s set to be released on October 3rd by Dutton Books for Young Readers.

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Set in a near-future world where the British Empire never fell and the United States never rose, That Inevitable Victorian Thing is a novel of love, duty, and the small moments that can change people and the world.

Victoria-Margaret is the crown princess of the empire, a direct descendent of Victoria I, the queen who changed the course of history two centuries earlier. The imperial practice of genetically arranged matchmaking will soon guide Margaret into a politically advantageous marriage like her mother before her, but before she does her duty, she’ll have one summer incognito in a far corner of empire. In Toronto, she meets Helena Marcus, daughter of one of the empire’s greatest placement geneticists, and August Callaghan, the heir apparent to a powerful shipping firm currently besieged by American pirates. In a summer of high-society debutante balls, politically charged tea parties, and romantic country dances, Margaret, Helena, and August discover they share an unusual bond and maybe a one in a million chance to have what they want and to change the world in the process —just like the first Queen Victoria.

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic this week is: Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t. Ok, my list isn’t 10 series long but to be honest, I’ve been avoiding a lot of book series due to the fact that I’ve been severely disappointed with the quality of writing or storytelling. Instead, I’ve been really into reading duologies or standalones. However, here are some books that I’ve been meaning to read for ages…

1. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

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2. Graceling Realm by Kristin Cashore

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3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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4. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

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5. Penryn & the End of Days by Susan Ee

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6. Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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7. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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Have you read any of these books? Do you have any suggestions? I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions. 🙂

Down the TBR Hole

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It’s time for another edition of Down the TBR Hole, which is hosted by Lia @ Lost in a Story! This meme is dedicated to uncluttering your TBR pile, going through each book and choosing which one should stay or go.


The Books:

1. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

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I have absolutely loved the first two books in the Binti trilogy and now want to start exploring more of Nnedi Okorafor’s back catalog. The cover is stunning and the synopsis is unlike anything I’ve heard before. So, this book is definitely staying on my TBR!

The Verdict: Keep

2. Ms. Marvel, Vol. 3: Crushed by G. Willow Wilson

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This. Series. Is. Awesome!!!!! The first two volumes were tons of fun and this one features Loki. LOKI!!! I can’t wait to read about the trouble he’s going to cause.

The Verdict: Keep

3. Shadowbound by Bec McMaster 

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Ahhh…another book on my Goodreads TBR that I don’t remember adding. Maybe I saw it on another blog? I don’t know! It sounds alright but honestly I just want to keep books I’m either really interested in reading or know I’ll enjoy.

The Verdict: Remove 

4. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

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A retelling of the Little Mermaid? Oooh…I’m interested for sure! I downloaded this book at the beginning of the year and do really want to read it soon. I’m totally loving romance heavy books right now. They make my little heart so happy 🙂

The Verdict: Keep

5. Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Reigate

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Seven points of view?!?! While that worries me, I did really enjoy Riley Reigate’s other book Noteworthy so I’m going to give this one a chance. Plus, the reviews seem to be quite positive. Fingers crossed!

The Verdict: Keep


This seems to be getting harder and harder each week! Only one book removed this time around. Ugh oh!

Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

35018774This week I’m looking forward to Not Your Villain by C.B. Lee. I recently finished reading the first book in this series, Not Your Sidekick, and absolutely loved it! It was a quick adorable read featuring a bisexual Asian protagonist. I’m expecting even more good things from it’s companion novel which is set to be released on October 5th by Duet Books.

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Bells Broussard thought he had it made when his superpowers manifested early. Being a shapeshifter is awesome. He can change his hair whenever he wants, and if putting on a binder for the day is too much, he’s got it covered. But that was before he became the country’s most-wanted villain.

After discovering a massive cover-up by the Heroes’ League of Heroes, Bells and his friends Jess, Emma, and Abby set off on a secret mission to find the Resistance. Meanwhile, power-hungry former hero Captain Orion is on the loose with a dangerous serum that renders meta-humans powerless, and a new militarized robotic threat emerges. Everyone is in danger. Between college applications and crushing on his best friend, will Bells have time to take down a corrupt government?

Sometimes, to do a hero’s job, you need to be a villain.

Down the TBR Hole

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It’s time for another edition of Down the TBR Hole, which is hosted by Lia @ Lost in a Story! This meme is dedicated to uncluttering your TBR pile, going through each book and choosing which one should stay or go.


The Books:

1. The Freemason’s Daughter by Shelley Sackier

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This book is described as “The Outlander series for the YA audience” on Goodreads which both worries and intrigues me. I love the Outlander series but I’ve seen this comparison made before and found myself utterly disappointed. However, I just can’t help myself. I need to read it to find out.

The Verdict: Keep

2. Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

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This book sound intensely powerful. It’s about the Race Riot in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921. Unfortunately, racism, discrimination and violence due to prejudice and hatred still happen daily across the US and the world. I don’t know very much about this particular event but want to read this book to discover more.

The Verdict: Keep

3. The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

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This book sounded awesome when I added it to my TBR earlier this year. Now, not so much. I have no interest in reading it whatsoever. Goodbye!

The Verdict: Remove 

4. Summer of Blood: The Peasants’ Revolt of 1381 by Dan Jones

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I LOVE DAN JONES! I just finished another book of his and he has helped reignite my love of history. I used to enjoy reading history books but university kind of killed it for me. He just has a way to make everything come to life. ❤

The Verdict: Keep

5. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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I really need to read this series! Everyone I know has recommend this book to me. I just haven’t picked it up. I do plan on reading it real soon over my summer break. I need to see what all the fuss is about!

The Verdict: Keep


I only removed 1 book this week but I’m quite happy with the ones that I have decided to keep. Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

May Wrap Up!

December Wrap Up

SOME THOUGHTS

I almost forgot about my wrap up for May! I’m going to keep this very brief because while summer vacation is right around the corner, tons of work needs to be done at school. Exams, grading, parent meetings, packing up my classroom, etc. I do hope to get a lot more reading done this month. My slump has been greatly impacted by my lack of time to read. Fingers crossed that I can turn it around. Anyway, have a wonderful June everyone ❤


BOOKS HAULED

 


BOOKS READ

The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman | ♥♥♥♥♥
Lusus Naturae: A Lord Carlston Story by Alison Goodman | ♥♥♥♥
Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee | ♥♥♥♥
Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan | ♥♥♥♥♥
The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West | ♥♥♥♥


June TBR

 


POSTS

Reviews:

It Started with Goodbye  · Complicating Factors · The Seafarer’s Kiss · Letters to the Lost · Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately

Memes:

Top Ten Tuesday · Waiting On Wednesday · Down the TBR Hole

Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

30635597This week I’m looking forward to Ahimsa by Supriya Kelkar. Besides having a beautiful cover, this middle grade book has attracted my attention due to the fact that it is about such an important historical topic. I’m loving how so many middle grade books are now tackling topics about prejudice, freedom, oppression, etc. We need more and more diverse books written by diverse authors. I can’t wait to pick this up in October!

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In 1942, when Mahatma Gandhi asks Indians to give one family member to the freedom movement, ten-year-old Anjali is devastated to think of her father risking his life for the freedom struggle.

But it turns out he isn’t the one joining. Anjali’s mother is. And with this change comes many more adjustments designed to improve their country and use “ahimsa”—non-violent resistance—to stand up to the British government. First the family must trade in their fine foreign-made clothes for homespun cotton, so Anjali has to give up her prettiest belongings. Then her mother decides to reach out to the Dalit community, the “untouchables” of society. Anjali is forced to get over her past prejudices as her family becomes increasingly involved in the movement.

When Anjali’s mother is jailed, Anjali must step out of her comfort zone to take over her mother’s work, ensuring that her little part of the independence movement is completed.