Tuesday, September 18, 2018

FINALLY! Something comes my way!


     It's not often we get authors I'm super excited for here in Houston, so when I saw this I KNEW I needed to hurry and book my place! I'll be there as a librarian, so I'll be working, but this is still going to be super fun! (Not for my pockets tho smh lol) 

     I plan on getting the new Lee and the new Legrand! Will I see you there? If so, come say hi! I want to meet EVERYONE! (I'll wear my nametag so you all can find me!) 

Which one of these are you most excited for? 
Have you met any of these authors before? 

Top 10... I mean 11 Books on my Fall TBR!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish and is now run by Jana at That Artsy Reader GirlEach week she will post a new Top Ten list . Everyone is welcome to join. 

This week's topic is:
Top 10  11 Books on my Fall TBR! 

I always do my lists for these based on the books that are released during this time. Why? Because let's be honest, I NEVER make a TBR list. I normally pick my next read based on what I'm in the mood for. 

Not Even Bones (Not Even Bones, #1)The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings, #2)

1. Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer: I didn't know about this one until a couple weeks before its release, so I never got around to reading it. But I DO have a copy coming from the library that I can't wait for! (Released September 4, 2018)

2. The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee: It took me a little while to get into the first one, but once I did, I really enjoyed it. And I have to say, I am super ready to laugh until I cry again like I did with Gentleman's Guide lolol (Releases October 2, 2018)

Empress of All SeasonsThis Is Kind of an Epic Love Story

3. Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean: This sounds like nothing I've ever read before and I'm super excited to see where this one goes. I can't wait to see how she defeats the seasons! (Releases November 6, 2018)

4. This is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender: I LOVE the cover! And I kind of desperately need a rom com featuring POC, so I'm hoping this will scratch that itch for me. (Releases October 30, 2018)

MammothArchenemies (Renegades, #2)

5. Mammoth by Jill Baguchinsky: PLUS SIZE STEM FASHIONISTA! That should be enough said. If that's not enough, just look how cute this cover is! (Releases November 8, 2018) 

6. Archenemies by Marissa Meyer: I re-read the last couple chapters of Renegades just to get ready for this one. And I still don't think I'm ready. This is going to blow my mind, just like the last one did! (Releases November 6, 2018)

Love à la ModeLittle White Lies

7. Love a la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm: I fell really hard for Prince in Disguise (it STAYS as a constant pick for my staff picks display...) And because of that, I'm expecting this one to be super cute too! And this one has a bonus.... There's desserts... (Releases November 27, 2018) 

8. Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes: I loved her Fixer series and since there's no more of that, I will take what I can get from her. And this one is about debutantes, and it seems like there's nothing more Southern, and I'm here for it lol (Releases November 6, 2018) 

What If It's UsHome and Away

9. What if it's Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera: Two of my favorites! I can't wait to see what happens between these two! (Releases October 9, 2018) 

10. Home and Away by Candice Montgomery: Black MC. And she plays football. GIVE IT TO ME NOW. (Releases October 16, 2018)

Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts)

11. Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) by L.C. Rosen: I'd be lying if I said I didn't add this to my TBR because of the cover.... But the synopsis sounds super good too! And I've read that it helps to teach queer sex ed while still being fun, and I definitely need this for my teens! Can't wait for this one! (Releases October 30, 2018)

What about you?
What made your list? 
Any of these make your list too? 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

ARC, 289 pages
Release Date: September 18, 2018
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Read from: September 12-16 ,2018
Source: TxLA 
For fans of: POC MC, Contemporary Romance, Re-tellings, YA

     Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable.
     When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can’t stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding.
     But with four wild sisters pulling her in different directions, cute boy Warren vying for her attention, and college applications hovering on the horizon, Zuri fights to find her place in Bushwick’s changing landscape, or lose it all.


    I am not a classics kind of person, so when this book's title and synopsis was released, I wasn't chomping at the bit to get to it. Until I saw it was by Ibi Zoboi. And now after reading this, I can honestly say that I can see myself giving the original classic a chance. That's how much I enjoyed this. 
"Late June in Brooklyn is like the very beginning of a party- when the music is really good, but you know its about to get way better, so you just do a little two-step before the real turn-up starts."
pg. 24
     Zuri and her family have lived in their own corner of Brooklyn their entire life. They know everyone and everything that happens in their hood. And then something she doesn't expect happens. A wealthy family moves in across the street and they go against everything that the hood Zuri knows stands for. But as their story unfolds, Zuri realizes she doesn't know as much as she thought she did.
"Read to travel." Papi always says. Every book is a different hood, a different country, a different world. Reading is how I visit places and people and ideas."
pg. 28
     The ONLY reason I didn't give this 5 stars was Zuri and her attitude. I'm not sure if that's how the characters in the original story is, but she was a little too prideful for me. I hated that because that was once me, except I was the Darius character. We don't act as if we're better than anyone, its just the way we were raised. I got in many a fight over that when I was in middle school because people said that. It hurt just as much reading it as it did when I went through it back then. I just really wanted Zuri to realize she was doing the very thing she was accusing him of doing. 
"What happened, Z? Is this an inside story or an outside story? Hot tea or iced tea? Spill it! I got my teacup right here!" She pretends to sip from a tiny cup while holding out her pinkie. ."
pg. 38
    As for the re-telling, I read the Sparknotes (don't judge me) and from what I can tell it was a solid re-telling. All the biggest events from it were in the book, but with its own spin and I loved that. Even though it was telling a different story, it still was able to tell its own. 
"Black clouds over Bushwick have a kind of magic to them. [...] Clouds are never just clouds in my hood. So when the sun takes cover, and the thunder rolls, I know something's about to go down."
pg. 47
     As for the romance, I wasn't really convinced with it. I'm not sure if the abrupt change from hating each other to being in love was the same in the original, but it didn't work for me here. I couldn't really define the place where she really began falling for him. It just seemed forced and not natural.
"Just because I like somebody doesn't mean I forget everything else in my life. People have relationships."
pg. 120
     As for the plot, I really did like the spin of gentrification. As much as I want to read a rom com with black leads, I love contemporary romances with heavy, hard hitting issues too. And this was one of them. It wasn't something I knew I needed until I read it. And sometimes, those are the best reads. 
"[...] the thing about sharp corners is, the right turns can bring you back home."
pg. 272
    After missing American Street when it released last year, I wasn't missing Ibi Zoboi's sophomore book for anything. And I'm so glad I didn't. Although this wasn't something I was expecting to like, it surprised me and got me interested in the story by Jane Austen. I'm hoping to try my luck with that one soon too!
Overall, I give this

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #286 & the Weekly Wrap-Up!

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what all we borrowed, bought, and received for review. It's hosted over at Tynga's Reviews.

From the Library:
Ruin of Stars (Mask of Shadows, #2)The Flight Attendant

For Review: 
White Stag

The Weekly Wrap-Up:

Tuesday 09/11/18: Top Ten Quiet Gems of Take Me Away...
Wednesday 09/12/18: Waiting on Wednesday: The Perfect Candidate by Peter Stone
Thursday 09/13/2018: The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes
Friday 09/14/18: Book Blogger Hop: To Read or Nah?
 Saturday 09/15/18: No Post

Me on Instagram:

A storm was coming.... And I was running inside to finish this beautiful book! That caption was too perfect not to share lol 

This week felt SO. LONG. It really felt like a week full of Mondays. And then Thursday came and we had a power outage. I was just DONE. Even more so when they stayed out until 2:45 and they kept us there the entire day. 

Saturday was our Read the Movie Book club. We watched Wonder Woman and read Wonder Woman: Warbringer. They knew the book was different from the movie, so I asked them to compare the two. The thing that stood out to them the most was the fact that she was always running -_- lmao smh Teens

Friday, September 14, 2018

Book Blogger Hop: To Read or Nah???

What author do you not read and why?

     There's not alot of authors I won't read, but for those that I don't, there's good reasons for it. Most times there's something in the book that someone has brought up that I'm not a fan of or there's something that I don't care for that the author has done. For those authors, I don't make much a fuss over because they don't really need anymore attention (which is why I didn't mention any by name) from me or anyone else. 

What about you?!