Monthly Archives:: January 2017

Monday, January 30, 2017

Intro to The Infinite Variants of YA + List of Diverse Fic Books that Came Out in Jan 2017

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These past couple of months have been stressful and heartbreaking. My friend Nick (Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist) have been working on a project for a while as a way of combatting the awfulness of the world through books. I know it won’t make a major difference but what we want to do through this project is boost diverse books and diverse voices. We want to promote not just upcoming diverse books, but also backlist diverse books (because they shouldn’t be forgotten about once they are out.) Our goal is that over the course of the year, we get you guys excited about the many diverse books coming out, the ones that are already out and help support the wonderful authors writing these books. We plan on spotlighting diverse authors once a month on both of our blogs and help you guys get to know them and their books a little better! One of us will have a post with an author with a book coming out that month and another one of us will have a post with an author of a book that has been out for some time.We already have so many amazing authors lined up and hopefully you guys will decide to check the posts out! We are also planning on doing a round up at the end of each month with a list of diverse books that came out that month to get you guys buying some more amazing books!

Diverse Books Out Jan 2017

Let me know if any of these have bad rep or if there are other Jan 2017 books that I missed. We want this list to be as complete and accurate as possible while also making sure it doesn’t feature any books with bad rep. We will also be pointing out the books we know for sure are #ownvoices.

1. The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine (**linked to my review of the book**)

Release Date: Jan 3rd

Goodreads | Buy

Bi MC with a female love interest. 100/10 would recommend. READ BOOK 1 FIRST.

 

2. Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Release Date: Jan 3rd

Goodreads | Buy

#ownvoices mental health (OCD)

 

3. Because of the Sun by Jenny Torres Sanchez

Release Date: Jan 3rd

Goodreads | Buy

#ownvoices latinx mc

 

4. Flying Lessons and Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh

Release Date: Jan 3rd

Goodreads | Buy

#ownvoices anthology + all proceeds go to WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS organization.

 

5. Flicker and Mist by Mary G. Thompson

Release Date: Jan 3rd

Goodreads | Buy

Biracial MC

 

6. Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson

Release Date: Jan 3rd

Goodreads | Buy

Middle Grade #ownvoices with an African-American MC

 

7. God Smites and Other Muslim Girl Problems by Ishara Deen

Release Date: Jan 15th

Goodreads | Buy

#ownvoices with Muslim MC

 

8. History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Release Date: Jan 17th

Goodreads | Buy

#ownvoices with gay & bi main characters

 

9. The Radius of Us by Marie Marquardt

Release Date: Jan 17th

Goodreads | Buy

Has a Latinx character + immigration story.

 

10. Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres

Release Date: Jan 17th

Goodreads | Buy

Middle Grade #ownvoices with Latinx MC

 

11. Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World edited by Kelly Jensen

Release Date: Jan 24th

Goodreads | Buy

Anthology with works by diverse authors

 

12. Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson

Release Date: Jan 24th

Goodreads | Buy

#ownvoices with a black MC.

 

13. City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

Release Date: Jan 24th

Goodreads | Buy

Black MC + takes place in Kenya

 

14. The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins

Release Date: Jan 24th

Goodreads | Buy

Bi MC

 

15. Dreadnought by April Daniels

Release Date: Jan 24th

Goodreads | Buy

#ownvoices with a trans superhero MC

 

16. Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley

Release Date: Jan 31st

Goodreads | Buy

#ownvoices with bisexual and biracial MC

 

17. The Crystal Ribbon by Celeste Lim

Release Date: Jan 31st

Goodreads | Buy

Middle Grade #ownvoices with a Chinese mc + set in China

 

Books with problematic rep (click on the title for a link to review)

Poison’s Kiss by Breeana Shields
Unfolding by Jonathan Friesen

Go forth and buy ALL THE BOOKS!! Also, see you soon with other fun things!

 

Fresh Batch (January 29th – February 4th)

Fresh Batch (January 29th – February 4th)

Posted by on 01/28/2017 • 0 Comments

Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

By Your Side Kasie West Publication date: January 31st 2017by Harper Teen

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In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between…

A Well Written, Character Driven Novel: Fire Color One by Jenny Valentine

A Well Written, Character Driven Novel: Fire Color One by Jenny Valentine

Posted by on 01/27/2017 • 3 Comments

Fire Color One is usually not the kind of novel I would find myself enjoying but I was thoroughly swept away by it. I love character development but I don’t really tend to enjoy books that are solely character driven. Fire Color One is primarily character driven. There is definitely a plot but it revolves around character revelations. Not around actual happenings. Yet it somehow managed to sweep me away till I had somehow run out of pages to read (*shakes fist at book for not being longer*)

This is a novel about grief, about relationships and a little bit about some revenge (and I am totes petty so I am all about the revenge life.) I think part of the magic of this book comes from how well the relationships…

5 Books + Documentaries ‘About’ Climate Change

5 Books + Documentaries ‘About’ Climate Change

Posted by on 01/26/2017 • 4 Comments

BOOKS TO READ 1. The Carbon Diaries 2015 by Saci Lloyd

I read this series back when I was a little bb8 but it was SO good and interesting. It imagines a futuristic (or maybe not so futuristic) world where carbon needs to be rationed because of the extreme effects of climate change. Written in a diary format and has a diverse cast (if I remember correctly.)

2. Firestorm by David Klass

Another futuristic world where a chosen one has to travel through time to save the world from the dire consequences of climate change. I read it ages ago but remember devouring this trilogy and loving it.

3. Not A Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Set in a world where water is incredibly limited. The MCs family fights…

7 Bookish Stores to Spend All Your Money At

7 Bookish Stores to Spend All Your Money At

Posted by on 01/24/2017 • 4 Comments

*This bookish list was sponsored by Uber Prints*

A major part of being a bookworm is owning a LOT of bookish merchandise. Be it candles, book markers, prints and all that jazz. This list will feature some of my fav places to window shop, shop and drool at goodies over. List is in NO PARTICULAR ORDER.

1. Frostbeard Candles

At this point, Frostbeard is probably the ultimate place to buy candles from and has been around since before I was born (JK), but I thought I’d feature it anyway BECAUSE THEIR CANDLES make my heart beat faster.

2. Novelly Yours Candles

Brittany, the shop owner, is also a book blogger which means she knows exactly what it is that we want book nerds want. Her candles…

Fresh Batch (January 22nd – 28th)

Fresh Batch (January 22nd – 28th)

Posted by on 01/21/2017 • 3 Comments

Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

After the Fall Kate Hart Publication date: January 24th 2017by Farrar, Straus & Giroux

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A YA debut about a teen girl who wrestles with rumors, reputation, and her relationships with two brothers.

Seventeen-year-old Raychel is sleeping with two boys: her overachieving best friend Matt…and his slacker brother, Andrew. Raychel sneaks into Matt’s bed after nightmares, but nothing ever happens. He doesn’t even seem to realize she’s a girl, except when he decides she needs rescuing. But Raychel doesn’t want to be his girl anyway. She just needs his support as she deals with the classmate who assaulted her, the constant threat…

Blog Tour: The Warden’s Daughter by Jerry Spinelli

Blog Tour: The Warden’s Daughter by Jerry Spinelli

Posted by on 01/19/2017 • 5 Comments

The Warden’s Daughter is honestly unlike anything I’ve ever read by Jerry Spinelli. When I was in middle school, Stargirl was one of the most important books in my life so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from a historical middle grade novel written by Spinelli. There is still very much the ‘old Spinelli’ in this book but I can definitely see that he has grown and developed as a writer since I last had the joy of reading a book by him.

The Warden’s Daughter is a heartfelt story of loss and just the general need to find one’s place within the world. Cammie has always felt a little incomplete because she never had a mother growing up. She has made it her summer goal to claim a mother…

2 Anthologies You Need to Add to Your TBR right now

2 Anthologies You Need to Add to Your TBR right now

Posted by on 01/18/2017 • 2 Comments

1. Here We Are: Feminism For the Real World edited by Kelly Jensen

Here We Are is a phenomenal anthology and one everyone needs to add to their TBR. I mean the point of this post is to grow your TBR by making you add both the books on this book to your TBRs so I may be being a tad redundant in saying that but STILL. READ THIS FUCKING ANTHOLOGY. It’s wonderful. I’ve identified as a feminist for a long time but a lot of what I’ve seen around me has always been white feminism that seeks to exclude me. That doesn’t acknowledge that I am a human being. Reading this anthology was so reaffirming and made me feel like I was part of the narrative. I loved that…