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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

24 Romance Novels I Am Anticipating in 2019

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2019 might truly be the year of romance novels because there are SO MANY GOOD ones coming out, I can barely keep track. I thought I’d share some of my most anticipated romance books of the year because they all deserve love.

1. A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole


Okay, so this might be cheating because I just started A Prince on Paper last night BUT ITS SO GOOD AND I LOVE IT SO MUCH.

2. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang 


After falling in love with The Kiss Quotient last year, it is hardly a surprise I am anticipating Hoang’s sophomore novel.

3. Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston


Is it possible to already love a book before you’ve read it??? IDK BUT I LOVE Red, White and Royal Blue and cannot wait to get sucked up in this rom com involving actual and political royalty. 

4. Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev


I am here for all and any desi P&P retellings. 

5. The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo


Sisterhood and wedding planning businesses?? Count me the fuck in. 

6. I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn


I still haven’t been able to read The Heroine Complex by Kuhn but I Love You So Mochi sounds so absolutely adorable, I cannot. 

7. Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne


Lauren Layne writes banter like no one else and I am so excited to meet her newest characters!!!

8. Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin



9. Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim



10. Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey


I feel somewhat attacked by the premise (a girl who has high expectations from romance after a lifetime of watching rom coms) BUT I AM HERE FOR THE CUTENESS.

11. Some Like it Scandalous by Maya Rodale



12. The Devil Comes Courting by Courtney Milan


We still don’t have an official release date but I am going to die if this doesn’t come out this year. 

13. The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai


After falling in love with her Forbidden Hearts series, I am here for anything Rai writes. ESPECIALLY A SPINOFF. 

14. The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez 


I’ve seen all of 0 books dealing with infertility and I am here for a romcom that does that. 

15. One Fine Duke by Lenora Bell


Nick introduced me to this series last year and I am very much a fan. 

16. Brazen and The Beast by Sarah MacLean


While I didn’t love the first book in this series, I fell in love with the secondary characters and I cannot wait for their stories. ESPECIALLY ONE SPECIFIC ONE. 

17. The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare


Yet another sequel I am anticipating after loving previous books in the series. 

18. Well Met by Jen DeLuca


ENEMIES TO LOVERS, YET AGAIN. Honestly, I’ve been missing this trope a lot so I am here for here for any and all enemies to lovers books. 

19. Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore


Suffragist meets a cold, calculating Duke??? yussss. 

20. No Judgments by Meg Cabot



21. 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston


Omg it’s been a while since I’ve read a book that does the multiple blind dates trope but I am excited and here for it. 

22. Faker by Sarah Smith


Yet another hate-to-love book. *dances*

23. The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams


Second chance romance??? (hopefully) Told from the POV of a husband trying to patch up his marriage? BY JOINING A ROMANCE BOOK CLUB? PLEASE. I AM HERE.

24. Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher


How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days?? GENDER SWAPPED???? HELL YEAH

Are you just as excited about any of these? Any other romance novels you’re super excited about? Let me know!

2019 Books with Heists and Thieves

Posted by on 04/05/2019 • 1 Comment

If you don’t live under a rock, you’ve probably noticed that there have been a surge in books about heists and thieves this year. As someone who is always on the lookout for a book about some good old fashioned thieving, I thought I’d make a list for anyone else who loves heists as much as me and missed any of these books. 

Note: this list includes two books that came out December 2018 (WHICH COUNTS, IMHO) as well as a book I didn’t personally love but that shouldn’t stop other people from loving it.

1. Death Prefers Blondes by Caleb Roehrig 

Kickboxing drag queens performing heists? HELL TO THE FUCKING YEAH. 

2. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

ITS SET IN PARIS in 1889. ’tis enough….

Three Pride & Prejudice Retellings You Cannot Miss in 2019

Posted by on 03/18/2019 • 6 Comments

1. Unmarriageable by Sonia Kamal

Pride and Prejudice set in modern-day Pakistan.

2. Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev

Gender-flipped P&P retelling that follows an Indian-American family descended from royalty. Set in San Francisco. 

3. Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

P&P set in Toronto! Follows the adventures of a large, boisterous Muslim family.

Bonus Emma Retelling: Polite Society by Mahesh Rao

Emma, with a touch of Crazy Rich Asians, set in Delhi. 

Xpresso Reads’ Best Books of 2018

Posted by on 12/28/2018 • 3 Comments

Wow. I genuinely cannot believe the end of the year is here???? And I have to pick favorite books I’ve read?? (EVEN THOUGH I HAVE A COUPLE MORE I WANT TO READ) Ugh. I decided to bring back this format from 2016 because it is way more fun then just listing a bunch of books I liked.

A book with a title that SCREAMS ‘read me’

Yes. I am secretly 10. I mostly read this book because this title made me feel like I was going to dive into a cute read but holy fuck, Death by Toilet Paper hit all the right emotional notes. This book is funny but more than that, its actually heart breaking????? I did not expect a book with a title like this to…

Twelve 2019 Books I Am Most Looking Forward To

Posted by on 12/27/2018 • 6 Comments

I’ve been so bad with new releases this year that I am not sure I even deserve to do a post about 2019 books I am most looking forward to but you know… every year is a good year for books and 2019 is no different!!! These occur in no particular order and there are tons I haven’t mentioned but I wanted to keep this as short as possible. 

1. What Lies Between You In Me by Courtney Milan

Its funny because I mentioned this last year as a sequel I was looking forward to in 2018 but 2018 has passed and I am still waiting. I JUST WANT TO BE REUNITED WITH MY 55 yo son. 

2. Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki…

Holiday Reads

Posted by on 11/04/2018 • 2 Comments

It’s November so basically its December and also 2019. WOW the year has basically flown by. BUT because the holiday season is in full swing (starting with Diwali on Wednesday for me!) I decided to put together a list of some of my favorite holiday reads-this year with some of my favorite holiday romances. 


My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins

All I Want for Christmas is a Duke 



Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn

Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio

An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne

Ex-Mas by Kate Brian

The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody


Snow-Kissed by Laura Florand

Note: Please keep…

Rashika’s Fall Watchlist

Posted by on 10/04/2018 • 1 Comment

HELLO to the human and bots reading this post!!! Life hasn’t been as great lately which is why I’ve been so absent these past couple months, but I am working on making a comeback. Especially since I have a list of reviews to write (yikesss.) BUT. It is fall, which means a lot of new TV shows premiering and also old favs coming back. So, I’ve gone from rewatching old seasons to having a somewhat unmanageable watchlist. Here is compilation of shows I have my eye on this fall.

Animated Adventure Time

Okay so. A couple years ago, I binged season 1 of Adventure Time but never continued. The show recently came to an end which means, I AM GONNA WATCH ALL THE SEASONS.

Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug…

8 Anthologies Out in 2018 You Should Have On Your TBR

Posted by on 07/06/2018 • 2 Comments

This year feels like we’ve seen the highest number of anthology releases. I keep finding them and adding them to my TBR because SO many sound SO good. I decided to do a short list of some of the ones I’ve found over the course of the year in case you missed them! 

1. Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles

2. All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages

3. Habibi: A Muslim Love Story Anthology

4. How I Resist: Activism and Hope for the Next Generation

5. A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

6. Fresh Ink: An Anthology

7. Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft

8. (Don’t) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the…