3 Anticipated New Releases in May 2019  

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A new blog post time?! You’re damn right and now I got to catch up for lost time! So many blog posts planned for you dear reader, you’ll be spoiled with my silly little musings.

You guys, May was the hardest month to narrow down. There were so many good books getting published that month, how was I going to pick just three?

Let’s find out:

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo (May 7th 2019)

Elizabeth Acevedo is on my automatic buy list. I don’t need to read any synopsis. Whatever work she produces, I’ll be pre-ordering. Her first book, The Poet X, was phenomenal. As a person who doesn’t connect with poetry, this book moved me so much. I loved how an entire narrative was told through the poems. It read like a novel but with the added lyrical aspect of poetry. I already have read this book twice and listened to the audio because Elizabeth Acevedo has one of the best voice. I would love her to narrate all the books. 66395515_406389266636700_2387886694272598016_n.jpg The moment I heard about her 2nd novel, With the Fire on High, I was jazzed. Dancing around the room jazzed. This story is about Emoni (side bar, how gorgeous is that name?!) who got pregnant her Freshman year of high school and she dreams of becoming a chef. Food writing is one of my favorite, especially when well done. I love when the author describes a dish so vividly you can practically taste it. I can already tell I’m going to need snacks while reading this one.

Malibu Bluff by Janna King (May 7th 2019)

This one. The SECOND it was announced, I knew I needed to read this. I previously read Janna King’s first book, The Seasonaires, through NetGalley, and then it was chosen as a pick for my Book Club when it was released. So I’ve also read this author’s first book twice, within the year it was released (if you hear a faint yelling noise, it’s only my TBR bookcase screaming at me to be read and scolding me for re-reading books instead of picking them up, it’s fine, just ignore them). The Seasonaires was that book that has a bit of everything. It’s that book you want to read on the beach and just enjoy the ambiance. But the book isn’t just light and fluffy, there is intrigue and suspense, and criticism and commentary. It’s the whole package folks.66440594_2379990185611108_560312791961960448_n.jpg I particularly enjoyed how the use of social media in the book was actually a driving point and integral part to the story and was not just added as an afterthought to make the story feel current. This book was fantastic and then… we learn that a second book will be released! Hot damn! Firstly, the cover is gorgeous. It feels like by just touching it you’ll be transported into summer. I just know the magic of Janna King will mean that this book will have everything you want in a book.

These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling (May 28th 2019)

There is the word witch in the title. That’s it.

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Alright, alright. I’ll elaborate a bit more. It’s no secret, I love witches and everything related. Books, movies, TV series. I’m sensing a rise in witch-y novels and I am ready for it. This book deals with witches, real witches, Elementals they are called living in Salem, Massachusetts. It also LGBTQIA+ representation so I honestly didn’t read more of the synopsis cause I don’t need to! I know I will devour this beautiful story completely.

 

Honorable Mention:  Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson (May 21st 2019)

Surprise! That’s right, I had to add a forth book this month, cause I couldn’t bear passing up talking about this one. This book is the story about three friends getting together to turn their murdered friend into a major rap star. 66302654_962736717391112_427409770631135232_n.jpgIt’s set in the 90s which I kind of wish more books were set in this decade cause I think there is a lot of interesting elements about that time period that make for a great setting (yes, before you ask, I was born in the 90s so I’m biased) I’m really excited to explore this story and see the world of 90s rap and this tale of friendship.

Here you go Bookworms, my extended list for May. Honestly, huge shoutout to the covers this month, these are all incredibly well designed and stunning. Hopefully, I can get my shit together from now on to post more regularly. I have a few things planned, recommendation lists etc, my sum up of my Instagram challenge (which I’ve only read one book from so far). Anything you want to see, please let me know!

Now go curl up with a book and relax.

Chloe

3 Anticipated New Releases in April 2019

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Remember when I said I was going to post this next week? Well I lied.

Remember when I said I’d have more time to read and be more active here? Well that also has changed.

Life meet roller coaster. It’s been a bumpy whirlwind past few months.

But now for the task at hand, April releases! Honestly, April wasn’t the busiest month for releases I had my eye on. These are the three that really stood out to me and I couldn’t wait to get my bookworm-y hands on.

Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan (April 30th 2019)

I don’t know much about this book other than one of my all time favorite authors, Becky Albertalli, highly, and I mean highly, recommends it and that’s all I need to know about it for it to make my most anticipated list. 64579410_454706618597000_4931757486815313920_n.jpgFrom what I can tell it’s the story of a girl, Lou, and she has a job as a hot dog at a carnival and the book will discuss her summer of work and her crushes and the fate of the Playland. My guess is this will be crazy adorable and funny. Perfect as a spring/summer read, the mood reader in me cannot wait for the weather to warm up and settle in with this gem. Thank you, Becky Albertalli for putting this book on my radar and keep up the beautiful recommendations, I will devour them all.

 

Love & Other Curses by Michael Thomas Ford (April 9th 2019)

Any book that deals with curses or magic or anything like that are automatically on my radar. And curses that deal with love and that result in people dying? 64225309_356425395062212_3790546176181272576_n.jpgJust fascinating. Reminds me of Practical Magic, my most watched movie of all time. Actually, once this is posted I’m going off to watch it again. Additionally, this book deals with a teen experimenting with drag and this has to be one of my favorite elements ever, and we don’t see it nearly enough. I would like to see more novels revolving around the world of drag. I don’t even need to sell this book more, I’m already on board.

 

You Must Not Miss by Katrina Leno (April 23rd 2019)

Magpie’s life sucks. It really sucks. To deal with the suckery that is her life, she writes in her notebook about this alternate life in a place called Near. Everything is better in Near, all of the issues she has are non-existent. 64516664_362526771133403_1952596762459897856_n.jpgSuddenly, Near becomes real, Magpie can escape to Near and live in harmony. And then obviously shit goes down because that’s how stories work. The premise truly intrigues me, because I was that kid that was off to imaginary lands. I never had my feet planted on earth but instead would spend my time day dreaming about alternate realities for myself. Thankfully my story is not as dark as Magpie’s but when I heard about this story I knew I had to read it.

 

There you have it Bookworms! These are my April books, just two months later.

Stay tune for the May book coming up soon!

Now go curl up with a book and relax.

Chloe

3 Anticipated New Releases in March 2019

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Jear Desus, I forgot I hadn’t posted this.

Another month has come and gone. This month flew by and dragged on equally. I’ve haven’t read as much as I would have liked, but soon enough, my days will be better suited for maximum read-age. I’m shaking with excitement.

March wasn’t the busiest months of new releases on my radar, which made compiling this list that much more easy. So let’s get down to it!

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I met Samira Ahmed last year at the first MTL YA Fest, and during one of the panels she discussed that she was in the process of writing this book, this book that was meant to be a far -fetched vision and instead with the political climate felt like writing modern history. Immediately, I knew I was going to buy this book when it was released. I think books like these need to be read by everyone. There are scary and traumatizing things happening to people every single day and books like these helps give us a glimpse into these horrors and maybe incite readers in getting more information.

 Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds (March 5th)

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This book looks like a sci-fi, fantasy, contemporary YA romance and I’m all for it. I saw Becky Albertalli recommend it on Instagram a long time ago, so it immediately went in my Wishlist. When one of your favorite authors recommends a book, you pick it up no questions asked. (Probably an idea for a new segment of this blog!). I’m really excited to see what Reynolds has in store for us.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (March 5th)

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Unless you’ve been of social media for the past months, you will definitely have seen this book around. Reese Witherspoon signed for the right to produce a TV show of this when this book was announced, and she also picked it for her book club. This book has been all over my Instagram, it’s no joke. I’ve had my eye on this one since it was announced because the authors previous novel, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, has made its way in to my all-time favorite books. It’s a novel that has everything, great pacing, great reveals, LGBT representation, I can go on and on and on and on about this book. But I’ll refrain, y’all are welcome. I’m most excited about this new book, it’s rock and roll, it’s a tell-all, it’s everything my like rocker chic self could ever ask for in a book.

There you have it folks, my most anticipated reads released in March. Very soon, like so soon, I am about to have so much free time to be able to catch up on my reading mountain, and have more time to post more regularly (though don’t trust me on this, I am a scatter brain)

I’ll be posting April by the end of next week (again don’t trust me on this, I suck)

Alright byeeee and Go curl up with a book and relax!

Chloe

3 Anticipated New Releases in February 2019

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Guess who is late publishing her post yet again? That’s right, this gal!

It’s been a big couple of weeks, bunch of stuff happened, a lot of thinking and pondering going on and so some things got pushed back, but are we going to let that pull us down? No, we are not!

And now, without further ado, here are my three anticipated new releases from February!

We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia (February 26th)

In a society that is built around an ancient myth, distinguished girls are sent to an elite school to learn to fulfill their roles and become wives for the men (each man has two wives, mirroring the myth).  This story is filled with deception, rebellion, espionage and strong female leads.

Firstly, this must be one of my favorite cover designs. The silhouette and the ombré of colors is just so pleasing to the eyes, I can’t stop staring. It’s part of why I’m so late in posting this. I got distracted by the beautiful colors. 54268351_2142476056064731_3270280522575642624_n.jpg

Secondly, this books seems to have just about everything I love in a story. Espionage? Yes Please! Strong Female characters? I’m in! LatinX and LGBTQIA+ representation? Sign me the hell up, I’m sold!

The myth in the beginning of the story was so enchanting, it made me not want to put the book down.

Only little warning I’ll add is that the part about the Medio School for Girls is a very, very short part of the book, essentially the story starts when the main character Dani is about to graduate, so if you’re going into this book expecting a long stint at the school, that’s not what this book is.

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas (February 5th)

Bri dreams of becoming a big-time rapper and will work hard to make that dream a reality. After she goes viral, for all the wrong reasons, she’s got to build her way back up.

Angie Thomas is one of the best, most talented voices we have today in literature. Her voice is so incredibly powerful and important. She just sucks you into the story from page one and delivers important messages throughout.

Her debut novel, The Hate U Give, has been on the New York Best Seller’s list pretty much since it’s release, and guess what? It’s still up there! Currently, at the time I am writing this, it’s #2 on the list and guess which book is #3? One the Come Up! That’s right both her books, are way high up there! (To be honest, I just saw which book is #1 and I’m not that happy about it, but that’s a tale for another time).53685648_301619253816912_3664551708530311168_n.jpg

Basically, Angie Thomas is queen of literature and whatever she releases, I’m going to pre-order it. I treated myself to the Chapters Indigo Book Box and got a nice Book Sleeve related to the book, and the book came with a letter written by Angie and the book itself is signed. I could go on for ages about my love and admiration of Angie Thomas, but I will save all of us the embarrassment and move on to my next anticipated release.

The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson (February 19th)

Dino’s parent works at a funeral home and Dino often helps them out with the family business. One day, Dino’s best friend passes away and then… comes back to life.

I read my first Shaun David Hutchinson this summer. I got “The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza” and I really loved it. I thought he had a great style of writing. The characters had depth, and he had a way of asking very existential questions while moving the story along.54278825_402666710552572_4458538045976608768_n.jpg

When I saw his next book, I was immediately intrigued. The story seems like my jam, I love stories set in reality with a little speculative twist (shout out to BooksandLala for this phrase). And also… this is my second favorite book cover ever. I’m just in love these colors together, and the vibe. I’m also a sucker for anything with skulls so this cover is just perfection.

There you have it my lovely little bookworms!

I have a bunch of new post ideas planned so stay tuned. What are your most anticipated releases for February? Which book did you enjoy most last month? Let me know in the comments!

Go curl up with a book and relax!

Chloe

3 Anticipated New Releases in January 2019

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I wanted to do this post last week but here we are. Late to the party is my way of life.

This past year brought us an abundance of new releases that were pretty phenomenal. Most of us bookworms and book addicts saw a significant increase in our TBR piles because there were simply so many good books to get our hands on. I wanted to share every month three of the books I’m excited for and anticipating. I’ll be sharing my version of the synopsis, it might be very inaccurate or roughly in the ball park. In certain cases, especially with thrillers, I don’t really read the synopsis as to not spoil the story before diving in. Just be warned, my version of what the book might be will be so off, and you get to enjoy how wrong I am as you read along. Here we go for three January 2019 releases that I cannot wait to read (and yet might take me a few months to get to, cause life).

 

Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills (January 15th)

The reason this book is on my list is super simple. Emma Mills is one of my favorite contemporary YA authors. Voila, that’s it. I read her novel Foolish Hearts last year (thanks Owl Crate for selecting it for your December 2017 box) and just fell in love her style. Her brand of humour and her voice matches mine, especially when the age of the characters and reading Foolish Hearts was like reading a book narrated by my high school self. So Emma Mills has charmed her way into my insta-buy author list. The moment I found out she had a new novel coming out, that book made its way into my cart with the speed of Road Runner.DSC_8962.jpg

Famous in a Small Town is the story of Sophie and Megan. Sophie is part of the marching band and a big-time opportunity comes their way. She wants to make sure they deliver the best performance and to make that happen she wants Megan, a country singer from this small town, to come back and headline for them. However, Megan has made a vow to never return to the limelight. What will happen? Will Sophie convince Megan to make a come back?

I’m expecting to be as enchanted by this novel as I was with Foolish Hearts. Hopefully I will be able to get to her previous works as well this year. I have a feeling all of them will be big hits for me.

Also, a serious big shout out to the cover designer of all her novels, because boy-jolly they are each incredibly beautiful, very detailed and colorful and artwork-y.

 

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager By Ben Philippe (January 8th)

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager is Ben Philippe’s debut novel. How did it end up being on my most anticipated for the month? Easy, peasy! I, too, was a North American Teenager once! I probably could have used a field guide back then cause I’m not too sure I did it right. Also the author was raised in Montreal, Canada. That’s where I live now! Crazy, eh? I always love a chance of supporting folks from around here.DSC_8971.jpg

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager is about this Black French-Canadian teen who moves to Texas and his experience in high school there. I expect a lot of misunderstandings, awkwardness, and hilarious touching moments in this novel.

One thing I know is the school system in Canada and the US is different, and the school system in the province of Quebec is even more messed up. In the province of Quebec, when we reach high school, we don’t use grades to demark which level we are at. Instead it’s what we call “secondary”. High School lasts for five years, (Secondary One, Secondary Two, Secondary Three, you get the gist). So whenever someone tells me “Oh I was in grade 9 when blah blah blah happened to me” I have to do quick mental math to figure out what age we’re talking about in the history of said person, and I’m very awful at mental math. I normally zone out for a while in the conversation to make these calculations, often missing the essence of the story. It’s a hassle, and I have our unique school system to thank for this.

I’m very excited to see if the author will explore these differences, or brush by them. This book just seems to have everything I enjoy in a YA novel, and I have a feeling you’ll be hearing a lot about it.

 

No Exit by Taylor Adams (January 15th)

This will be the boring section because this next anticipated read is a thriller and as mentioned above, I don’t really read synopses of thrillers.  Why? Cause I don’t have to. Ok the real reason is often the synopsis will give away too many elements of the book and I like going in with a blank slate. It gives me a better chance of being surprised and that’s what I look forward in a thriller is to be surprised, to not expect what’s coming. You might wonder (or you might not care) how I choose my thrillers then, or how can a book that I know nothing about end up in a most anticipated list. Well, I don’t have much of an answer for you. I normally might base my decision on the author, or simply if I’ve heard of a book enough, or see it on social a bunch. I’ll very shallowly investigate. Now, this is where you get to laugh at my poor attempt to guess what this book is about.

Judging by the cover, this book takes place in the winter. And there is a road. So I’m thinking kidnapping and road tripping.DSC_8970.jpg

That’s it, that’s the whole book!

Honestly, I could not do a worse job of selling this book even if I tried, however I have heard great things about it. It’s the peak of winter where I live so I really want to get to it this month and just bask in the ambiance and the experience of the book while the weather outside really lends to the setting of the book.

 

There you have it folks, three books that came out in January that I’m looking forward to reading. Have you heard of them? Have you read any of them? Will you be reading any of them? Hit me up, let me know!

Go curl up with a book and relax!

Chloe