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.


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.


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)


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)


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!


Book Challenge: Instagram Followers Pick My TBR

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First things first, credit where credit is due section! This idea comes from the only BookTube channel I listen to: BooksandLala (click the link to check out her channel)

I’ll link the video which gave me the inspiration to attempt a similar challenge. (Click the link to see the OG video; also, Kayla mentions she got the idea for her video from Safyia N. Just trying to cover all the credit bases here!)

I stumbled onto this video from BooksandLala, in which she checks out the first five books that Instagram suggested, scrolling through her feed and buying those suggestions that she hadn’t heard of before and then reading the first few chapters to see if they recommended books were well designed based on her tastes.56191362_264909297725286_5552882428663562240_n.png

After seeing it, I couldn’t stop wondering how that challenge would work out for me, would the books be perfectly fitted with my interest? or would I get a bunch of books I wouldn’t have picked up if not of this experiment? I might try out the Instagram feed version of the challenge in the future, but for this first attempt, I decided to turn to my Instagram followers and have them pick out my TBR!

Using the sticker question option, I asked my followers to recommend a book. I got worried, wondering what would be suggested, wondering if I would regret launching this entire challenge.

Here are the first five books that were suggested:

  • The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
  • Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue
  • Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises by Fredrik Backman
  • On Beauty by Zadie Smith


(I received a few more recommendations after these, some of which I will most likely pick up at some point.)

So why let a bunch of different people pick out my TBR?

My thought it that hopefully, I’ll discover new books I haven’t heard of yet, or have books I noticed but wasn’t prioritizing and end up falling in love with. Also, I always find it fascinating to see what people recommend.


So for funsies, I’ve decided to share my predictions, see if any of the picks will surprise me or if I end up enjoying them (or not) as I initially thought.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

56337199_420583102075216_2358644572646539264_n.jpgI’ve seen this book everywhere, and still have yet to pick it up. Everyone I know loves it, raves about it, talk it up Ad nauseam. The reason I haven’t read it yet is simple, I am not a fan of romance books. I used to think it was because I was bitter old single person and the happiness and joy of others was of no interest to me, but I have been in a committed relationship for a while now, and turns out, I still don’t care. I’m still excited about this one, to see what the hype is about but my prediction is I’ll be in the unpopular few that won’t absolutely love this book.


Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue

56201243_430068357744847_5272773736884338688_n.jpgTo be honest, I have never heard of this book. I read the book “Room” by this author before the movie came out, and I had to read it in two days because I couldn’t sleep the first night while read it, it was giving me nightmares. That being said, I loved the book, I thought it was well written and really captivating. I’m not the biggest fan of historical fiction, I don’t enjoy books set way in the past. I think I will enjoy this book due to the authors writing, but it might take me a while to get into.



Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

55869435_454550778417825_7962786929181720576_n.jpgI’m not going to lie folks, I’m thrilled this book came up. I’ve got friends looking out for me for sure. I’ve been anticipating this read since it was announced. I pre-ordered this in January. I’ve been beyond excited to read the next book by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Her book, “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” has become one of my all time favorite books. “Daisy Jones & The Six” seems to have just about everything I love. I love music and especially rock and roll. I love a tell all type story. I’m so excited to read this book it’s ridiculous.

My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises by Fredrik Backman


Disclaimer time. This was the cleverest submission I received. I borrowed this book from my mom ages ago, and she always asks me if I’ve read it and to bring it back to her and I keep pushing this book out. So she found a way to get me to pull it back up the top of my TBR and give it back to her. Kudos Mom, well played. I love Fredrik Backman, “A Man Called Ove” was such an emotional read for me and I fell so in love with the main character and his story. I think the only reason I’m putting off this book, was that Backman’s novel “Beartown” was extremely difficult emotionally, it’s an important novel, I think everyone should read it, but it was a hard one, and I think I wasn’t ready to dive back into his works. My prediction is once I get started, I’ll get wrapped up in this story and will end up loving it.

On Beauty by Zadie Smith


This will be my first Zadie Smith novel. I’ve meant to read her some of her works but it hasn’t come up yet! This is perfect opportunity to dive into one of her novels. I’ll be super honest, I have no idea what it’s about, so it’s hard for me to predict if I’ll love it or not so the prediction will be a nice little middle grade range to be safe.


Within the next month or so I’ll be reading these five books, it might take me a while cause most of these a hunky novels. I think the greatest challenge for me will be just getting to it since I am what you call a MAJOR mood reader but I’m excited for this!

Thanks for everyone who helped picked out, those who suggestion I’m reading let me know on Instagram if you wan me to mention you in my wrap up!

Tell me which book you’d like to read first and let me know if there are any challenges you want me to try out!

Go curl up with a book and relax!


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!


Welcome to Literary Leo Blog

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I’ll try to keep this intro short and sweet. Anyone who has meet me for more than five minutes knows I have a passion for books. It’s annoying really, it’s all I talk about. Instead of only talking about it, figured I could try writing about my love of anything literature.


Why is the magnificent, marvelous world of books so important you might ask me?

Firstly, it’s a great escape. Life can be a scary shitstorm most days and cracking open a book and traveling to that universe can provide a quiet solitude and retreat away from it all. It brings a whole lotta comfort to be able to visit a new world just by reading some words off a page.

Secondly, it’s a good source of learning, not only facts and figures and new vocabulary. It’s also a chance to learn about someone else’s experience, someone different than you. It opens your view of the world and the people in it. Get to understand what others are going through and live it with them through their story.

Thirdly, it’s a way of connecting with other humans. The book community has allowed me to meet so many interesting people from all over the globe. It’s great to connect over a favorite book and to see it through their eyes.

A little about me? I’m a book addict living in Montreal, Canada. Currently working a full-time job and also going to school full-time so sleep be damned! Why not start another time-consuming project?

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My idea for this little blog is to combine my love of reading and my love of writing. Things you can maybe expect from this page are writing prompts, little exercises to help practice some skills for your craft, focus posts that might deal with book recommendations or suggestions, some reviews and other little ideas I have in mind for this project.

Join me, follow this blog, follow me on Instagram at @literary_leo and let’s enjoy the ride!