Top Ten Tuesday – Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

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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!

As you know, I don’t keep track of new releases like some people do. All these books are ones that I’ve preordered and/or gotten ARCs of.

The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War, #2)

My review for this will be posting tomorrow, so keep your eye out for that! After reading this, still can’t wait to get my hands on it. It was so good and there was so much intrigue in this book. Cannot wait until the third one!

Sea Witch Rising (Sea Witch #2)

Not only is this a local author for me, I also really enjoyed Sea Witch! I can’t wait to see where the next book goes and I’m so excited to get this preorder in the mail.

Dispel Illusion (Impossible Times, #3)

I haven’t been reviewing this series on the blog — I don’t have much to say about them even though they’re enjoyable — so it hasn’t been featured as much. Still, I’m really enjoying how he’s pushed out a whole series in one year! Can’t wait to see the ending.

Blood Heir (Blood Heir, #1)

I know this book has a lot of controversy around it. However, I’m still really looking forward to it and I’m glad that Zhao took a step back, edited, and then is coming out with it. I have this one preordered!

The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air, #3)

If y’all have been following this blog long enough, you’ll know how much I loved this series. The Wicked King left me absolutely breathless. This finale will probably kill me, but I’ll love the process of dying.

The Starless Sea

I’m a huge fan of Morgenstern so I’m just damned excited that she’s finally coming out with a new book! I have this one preordered through Waterstone so I get their exclusive edition.

The Girl the Sea Gave Back

I wasn’t the biggest fan of Sky in the Deep, but I’m still excited about this book. I have an ARC of it, so after I reread the first book (even though this isn’t a traditional sequel) I’m going to jump into this one!

Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle, #3)

This is another ARC that I have! No clue how I swung it, but I did! I wasn’t in love with Nevernight but Godsgrave was a big step up so I’m excited to see how the story concludes. Especially with that cliffhanger!

Gideon the Ninth (The Ninth House, #1)

Everyone keeps talking about this book! I’m so excited for it. I have an ARC of it and I honestly can’t wait to see how amazing it is.

Crier's War (Crier's War, #1)

Last book. Chantel told me about this one and I looked into it. Sounds very good! I was able to get an ARC so I’m planning on reading this one ASAP because I can’t wait for more f/f fantasy

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Are we anticipating any of the same books?
What books are you really dying to read?

Top Ten Tuesday – Unpopular Bookish Opinions

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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!

Oh my. Do I have many? Yes. Hold on because I’ll probably upset you with at least one of them.

  • Schwab is a pretty sub-par author.

First unpopular opinion and I’m playing with the big boys now.

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If you don’t get this gif, we can’t be friends.

But, seriously. When I look back on when Chantel and I read A Darker Shade of Magic (our joint review is here), I rated it higher than I should have. It was fine, but it wasn’t that great. Then, I finished that series and hated it. I’ve also read City of Ghosts and, well, hated it.

The thing is, she had great ideas, but I hate how she carries them out.

  • JKR is a horrible person.

I’ve majorly had to separate myself from her as a person and an author. I will not read anything new she comes out with. Those Harry Potter “textbooks” she’s doing? Not buying them. I won’t read another Cormoran Strike novel. I won’t go see her damned pointless movies, Broadway show, or anything else.

I think she’s a horrible person, one I can’t endorse. She’s not a human rights advocate when she blocks and lets her rabid fans attack people from cultures outside her own for not representing them correctly. Not to mention queerbaiting and transphobia.

  • Authors can ship whatever the hell they want to.

For a while, Chantel (who does our Twitter) was lurking and reading the threads that popped up about authors and slamming them for shipping incest in books or TV shows. I’m pretty sure this was more around Game of Thrones (which is 100000% incest last I checked).

But, I don’t give a shit what authors ship. Whatever they want to ship is fine. Shipping doesn’t denote what they really believe about the issues at hand. I’m chill with incest ships, but that doesn’t mean I advocate for people to have incestuous relationships.

  • I don’t like Six of Crows.

I just can’t with it. I think it’s the YA aspect of it because I love adult books that have heists and a gang of unlikely people teaming up. But, it just was so boring and I couldn’t bring myself to finish it.

  • The Illuminae Files series is pretty meh.

I swear I’m going to go back one day and re-rate this series on Goodreads. I gave all of the books four stars but, when I think back at them, I’m like “they were just okay, not really good”. The plots are basically the same in all the books. The characters are all the same. I honestly don’t remember much of them and I have no plans to read them again or read anything else those two authors colab on.

  • Lila Bard is insufferable.

Yeah, I hate her. I think she’s just dumb. I know I’ve seen arguments about if male characters did what she did we wouldn’t feel that way about them. But, no. Stupid is stupid.

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I don’t care if the person is man, woman, or another identity. If they’re doing stupid, impulsive things I’m going to think they’re dumb.

  • Same with Sirius Black.

I hate Sirius. Well, I don’t know if I’d go that far. I just don’t like him. When he died in the books, I never felt sorry for him. I felt for Harry. But Sirius was a shitty person. I know it’s because he was emotionally stunted at the age of 20ish from spending years in jail. He never had a chance to mature. But, I still don’t like him. He’s as bad as Snape.

  • I have major side-eye for people who think Snape is a redeemable character.

I just don’t get it??? He bullied children. He physically harmed them. He tried to kill people. He was a Death Eater.

But, suddenly, when he’s ~~in looooveee~~ with Harry’s mom and was a double agent the whole time, that’s forgiven???? Sorry, but no. I think Snape is a shitty person. And his love? Jesus Christ that’s not love. Imagine you have a friend who was best friends with someone else. This person hangs out with the wrong crowd, insults them, and bullies people. Would you tell your friend to get with them and that they’re just some misunderstood creature? I sure as hell wouldn’t. I’d be telling my friend to watch their back.

  • I’m tired of forced romances (i.e. The Gilded Wolves, Spin the Dawn, Six of Crows, etc.) rather than keep characters friends.

Ugh. Romance is so overrated. It gets in the way of epic fantasies/heists/gang of people. I love books like IT where romance is kinda there but it’s literally not that important. All of those books I listed had forced romances and they just made no sense to me.

  • Overall, I wish there was less romance in YA period.

I know that relationships and fitting in is a huge part of the teen years. I know Erikson’s theory about identity v. role confusion. And, for a lot of people, testing identity goes hand in hand with relationships. However, I think most romance is pointless in YA. I’m fine with it when it’s done well, but most of the time it destroys the plot and then there’s love triangles (when I’ve never seen one IRL). Also, I start skimming and miss things in the book because I don’t want romance.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books From My Favorite Genre

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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!

I’m one of those people who reads basically anything. So, that means, I have a lot of genres I read and genuinely enjoy. Usually, though, I fall back pretty heavily on fantasy or sci-fi. I like being transported away, that’s for sure!

The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1)

First book because it’s at the forefront of my mind thanks to my buddy read! It’s just got so much going for it, tbh. History, fantasy, amazing characters. Just a great read and I’m glad that I picked it up.

The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2)

I definitely think that this is more NA than YA, but the book is still fantastic. I love the world that it’s immersed in and the plot is just spectacular. I’ve loved the direction of the series, but this book genuinely slayed me.


Yes, this is more horror but it also has elements of fantasy that I can’t help but pay attention to. I love the group of kids that it follows and the lore behind it is just super interesting. I really want to dive back into this sometime soon!

The Priory of the Orange Tree

Definitely my favorite adult fantasy in 2019! Like with the other books, I loved the characters and plot. I also loved that this is a standalone fantasy novel. That’s so rare and I love that it’s completely done.

The Terror

Like with It, this is very much a horror novel, but it blends in Inuit folklore. Definitely not a book for everyone, but it was damn good. I highly recommend the mini-series that AMC did, too! Which is now on Hulu!

Foundryside (Founders, #1)

Looking for a fantasy heist? Look no further! Jackson wove a wonderful world out of this. And there’s also a budding sapphic romance that will (fingers crossed) be explored more in the sequel! I was totally breathless thanks to this book.

The Anomaly (The Anomaly Files, #1)

Cross together Expedition Unknown and Destination Truth (with the MC like our beloved Josh Gates) and you have this book. I read it in one day, completely entranced by it. It’s more realistic fantasy — and is very blended with horror — but it’s amazing.

American Gods

This book is obviously fantasy. And I love it. It’s one of those books that I think everyone should try, but I know that not everyone will love it. A good portion of people I know don’t like it, but I love it and it’s solidly fantasy.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

This is like a classical fantasy. It’s relatively recent, but it reads like a classic. And I love it. I’ve read it a couple of times and it never fails to capture my attention.

The Hero of Ages (Mistborn, #3)

Ugh, this was such a satisfying conclusion to this series. I’ll never get over the ending that it gave and I honestly can’t wait to continue on with it.

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What’s your favorite genre?

Top Ten Tuesday – Books With My Favorite Color On the Cover

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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!

I wasn’t a fan of the prompt this week, so I decided to go back in time with books that have my favorite color on them!

Radio Silence

I’m finally reading this book and, let me tell you, it’s really good. I’m finally on the Alice Oseman train! I love that it’s hella diverse.

The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War, #2)

Guess who’s hyped for this book? Meeee! I also have an ARC so I’m just fucking excited to dig into it. After I reread the first book, that is.

Needful Things

This is one of those Stephen King books that no one talks about, but I really liked. And, well, it has my favorite color on it. Hopefully y’all are starting to figure out which it is.

1536 by Suzannah Lipscomb

I can’t go without putting a Tudor history book on here, can I? But, this is a fantastic book. An easy five stars for me because it truly explored a single year that had a lot of stuff happen in it.

American Gods

If anyone doesn’t know that I love American Gods, you must be very new to this blog. (If so, hello and welcome!) But, seriously. I love this book. And it features my favorite color.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)

Unpopular opinion, but this is definitely one of my favorite HP books. Maybe my favorite, but it’s so hard to concretely nail this one down. Part of me wonders if it’s influenced by the color of the book…

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)

I love the illustrated edition of this. I gleefully hoard them and I’m starting to get worried about running out of room on my shelf since I own so many copies of the books. But, I will find a way to make them all fit.

The Witch Elm

I don’t talk about Tana French enough, I think. This one isn’t my favorite by her, but I feel so blessed that the publisher gave me an e-ARC and that I had the chance to read it early. Plus, you know, it has my favorite color on it.

A Woman Is No Man

I was reading this, then I had to pause it because life happened. I fully intend to pick it up again, though!

Early Riser

I was going to read this book this month, but I picked it up and wasn’t in the mood for an epic sci-fi with footnotes. I’ll definitely be reading this when I’m in that kind of mood!

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books That I Refuse to Let Anyone Touch

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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!

Admittedly, I don’t really have books that I wouldn’t let people touch. I would let them touch them, but I’d caution them to take care and to not do anything stupid. And that can be a tall order.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Page to Screen Freebie

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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!

Okay. I love TV shows and movies and all of that. Seriously, I spend most of my time watching TV or horror movies. While reading. It’s me living my best life, don’t judge. Therefore, I’m so happy that I can think of some fantastic TV shows or movies that were based off books!

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Top Ten Tuesday – Characters That Remind Me of Myself

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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!

I’m nearly 100% sure that I’ve done a tag or answered a question around these lines. But, I couldn’t find anything when I searched for a post. So, either way, let’s see the characters that remind me of me!

Also, I’m breaking the rules. Not all of these are book characters! Why? Because I watch a lot of TV.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Inspirational/Thought-Provoking Book Quotes

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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!

While I don’t always pay attention to quotes, I do have ones that I cherish or keep remembering at different times in my life. So, let’s dive into them!

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Top Ten Tuesday – (First Ten) Books I Reviewed

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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!

Cue embarrassment. Oh man. Our first book reviews for this blog. I’m not going over to Goodreads because that’s too much work, but I’m doing our first 10 books that were reviewed on this blog. Let the embarrassment begin!

Also, at the end of this post, I’m going to fill y’all in about what’s going on in my life. There have been some hard times the past few days and I wanted to let people know. I’ve been open on Instagram and Goodreads, but I know not all of you follow us there.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Rainy Day Reads

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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!

I love rain. Seriously. I love it. Rainy days are my favorite days and it always pisses me off when I can’t stay home to read during it. Hell, even when it’s not raining, I’ll put on rain sounds. But, these are some genres I love reading on rainy days.

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