Wednesday, January 18, 2017

2 Anthologies You Need to Add to Your TBR right now

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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 it sought to include a large range of voices so that readers could get a better grasp of not just feminism but intersectional feminism. It’s hard to finish this anthology and not feel proud to be a feminist and feel a oneness with so many people. Just add it to your TBR because it’ll be 100% worth it. Just look at who is contributing AND FLAIL (AND READ.)

2. Flying Lessons & Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh

Flying Lessons is worth the buy whether or not you’re actually interested (which, why wouldn’t you be?) because all the money goes to a good cause: We Need Diverse Books! I am going to talk about two stories in particular in this mini-ish review because as a whole, the anthology is wonderful and I absolutely adored it but I thought I’d talk about two that impacted me in good and bad ways.

I truly enjoyed reading “Secret Samantha” by Tim Federle but some of the language in it was a little hurtful. There is a moment in the story when the teacher has to rename secret santa to something else because not everyone celebrates Christmas and there were lots of undertones of exasperation and some fun poked at it. Non-Christians are consistently written out of the narrative when it comes to holiday season and stories and such and its kind of upsetting that small (albeit clinical) attempts to be a little more inclusive are looked down upon. I am sorry I don’t celebrate Christmas???? IDK. Just something to think about I guess. I’ll stop rambling.

I am not sure if Flying Lessons by Soman Chainani was my fav just because ALL the stories are so wonderful and its hard to pick but I felt it deep down. The story opens up with a kid and his nani doing a trip across Europe and his general angst as one does. My fav thing about the story was just seeing the word nani in it. It doesn’t seem like a big deal but for most of the year, I don’t really get to communicate to people in Hindi and just seeing that word made me feel a little bit at home (and made me miss MY nani. I want some cute gmma cuddles RN.)

My one qualm aside, THIS ANTHOLOGY is truly wonderful and truly worth the read. Please don’t miss out on all the wonderful gems of stories in it.

Fresh Batch (January 15th – 21st)

Fresh Batch (January 15th – 21st)

Posted by on 01/15/2017 • 0 Comments

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

Flavor of the week:

History Is All You Left Me Adam Silvera Publication date: January 17th 2017by Soho Teen

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When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues….

A Middle Grade Novel in the Vein of Grave Mercy: Maresi by Maria Turtschanioff

A Middle Grade Novel in the Vein of Grave Mercy: Maresi by Maria Turtschanioff

Posted by on 01/10/2017 • 2 Comments

Maresi is being marketed as YA but is very much a middle grade novel. I mention this because I know a lot of people don’t enjoy MG the same way they do YA but don’t write off Maresi right away. This well-formulated MG novel is clearly a set up for even more energetic, high-stake sequels that are more YA than MG.

I think the biggest draw-back of this novel was the writing. I assume part of it is that translating from one language to another is no easy feat and I don’t want to dismiss the hard work that goes into translating. The writing did however feel a little clunky and like it needed a whole lot more polishing. I was able to move past that and ultimately really enjoy the book.

The…

Fresh Batch (January 8th – 14th)

Fresh Batch (January 8th – 14th)

Posted by on 01/07/2017 • 1 Comment

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

Flavor of the week:

Frostblood Elly Blake Series: Frostblood Saga #1 Publication date: January 10th 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

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Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a fireblood who must hide her powers of heat and flame from the cruel frostblood ruling class that wants to destroy all that are left of her kind. So when her mother is killed for protecting her and rebel frostbloods demand her help to kill their rampaging king, she agrees. But Ruby’s powers are unpredictable, and she’s not sure she’s willing to let the rebels and an infuriating (yet irresistible) young man called Arcus use her as their…

(Some of) My Most Anticipated Books of 2017

(Some of) My Most Anticipated Books of 2017

Posted by on 01/04/2017 • 15 Comments

I was planning on doing this post at the end of last year (I cannot fucking believe 2016 was ‘last’ year) but a lot of things came up so HERE I AM with my most anticipated! I also have a giveaway on Twitter for some of my most anticipated books if you are interested (it includes some books not mentioned here but also I am limiting myself to 15 here SO I CANNOT INCLUDE EVERYTHING.) This list is not even the top of the iceberg because there are SO MANY GOOD books coming out this year and IDEK how to handle it. I am going to stick to the first half of 2017 in this list.

 

1. Here We Are… edited by Kelly Jensen

I am SO FUCKING EXCITED FOR…

Fresh Batch (January 1st-7th)

Fresh Batch (January 1st-7th)

Posted by on 12/31/2016 • 2 Comments

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

Flavor of the week:

Under Rose-Tainted Skies Louise Gornall Publication date: January 3rd 2017by Clarion Books

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Norah has agoraphobia and OCD. When groceries are left on the porch, she can’t step out to get them. Struggling to snag the bags with a stick, she meets Luke. He’s sweet and funny, and he just caught her fishing for groceries. Because of course he did.

Norah can’t leave the house, but can she let someone in? As their friendship grows deeper, Norah realizes Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can lie on the front lawn and look up at the stars. One who isn’t so…

Xpresso Reads’ Best of 2016

Xpresso Reads’ Best of 2016

Posted by on 12/29/2016 • 3 Comments

For the end of this year, I am here with some of my favs (and not fav) reads of the year AND I AM NOT ALONE. The #squad got together to bring to you this list of awesomeness. Hopefully you’ll find some books to add to your TBRs or give to friends! 🙂

A book with a title that SCREAMS ‘read me’ A cover that made you swoon because of the gorgeousness A sequel that lived up to book 1 A trilogy that concluded with you dying of heartbreak because you were so sad to see it end. A love to hate romance that made you feel all tingly on the inside A book with a kiss worth dying for A book with a super cute romance A book…

Fresh Batch (December 25th – 31st)

Fresh Batch (December 25th – 31st)

Posted by on 12/24/2016 • 1 Comment

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

Flavor of the week:

The Secret of a Heart Note Stacey Lee Publication date: December 27th 2016by Katherine Tegen Books

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An evocative novel about a teen aroma expert who uses her extrasensitive sense of smell to mix perfumes that help others fall in love while protecting her own heart at all costs

Sometimes love is right under your nose. As one of only two aromateurs left on the planet, sixteen-year-old Mimosa knows what her future holds: a lifetime of weeding, mixing love elixirs, and matchmaking—all while remaining incurably alone. For Mim, the rules are clear: falling in love would render her nose useless, taking away…