Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Discoveries I Made In 2019

I made a few bookish/life discoveries in 2019, so here are my top 4 from the past year!

  1. Some of the best Webtoons are in the Canvas section.

I usually would go to the featured section of Webtoons by default, thinking that I was seeing the best ones. Then, I ventured into the Canvas section and had a blast. Some of the best stories came from these independent authors that I hadn’t known about, but they were hidden in the Canvas tab. The Canvas tab also doesn’t have the annoying coin system, where it can cost up to 50 cents just to read a chapter one week ahead. I could do a whole rant about the coin system, but that’s for another post. Long story short, if you have Line Webtoon, make sure to check out the Canvas section from time to time. I am going to make sure to review the Canvas Webtoons in some of my upcoming Webtoon Wednesdays to show them off.

2. The_WriteReads on Twitter

This community of bloggers run by The_Write Reads is amazing, I love seeing new amazing posts and supporting other bloggers. The huge blog tours that I have been on through The_WriteReads are also lots of fun. I would definitely recommend following if you are a fellow blogger!

3. Small Bookstores Near Where I Live/Go To School

I didn’t have any bookstores near my old house, but I have a couple that I want to check out since I moved. My school is near NYC however, so I end up commuting a lot, and I have made a habit of always stopping by local small bookstores to see what they have to offer. If you want to see some of the bookstores I popped in in 2019, check this and this IG posts about the store and this IG post about the haul.

4. Take A Break!

I really learned to take a break in 2019. I was moving from September to November, and then I had to try to adjust to commuting to and from school/work from my new house which was over an hour away by train. It was a crazy past few months, and I kept trying to force myself to read. Eventually, I had to re-learn how to enjoy reading, which made me not post as much. But I think this was my biggest bookish discovery, re-learning how to enjoy reading. Take a break if you need to, you will thank yourself.

Thanks for reading my albeit-late Top Ten Tuesday, and I hope you all have a good night.

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Book Releases for the First Half of 2020

Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. I actually don’t have ten books for this list, as I typically don’t usually anticipate books coming out. I always get surprised when new books come out, and I typically don’t find myself waiting for the next book of a big series! I also always have books to read, so I don’t really find myself waiting around for a specific book to come out. But I want to try to do all the TTTs for 2020, so here are my top 5 books that I am looking forward to reading this year!

1) House of Earth and Blood

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City, #1)

I love Sarah J. Maas’ Court of Thorns and Roses series, and I don’t know when the next book in that spinoff series is coming out. While I was in the process of looking for the next ACOTAR book, I found out that Maas is going to be coming out with an entirely new series about Angels and Demons in March of this year! I personally haven’t finished the Throne of Glass series, so I hope to be able to finish those books and then pick this one up when it comes out. Read the synopsis by clicking the book cover!




2) The Chosen #2

The Chosen #2 (Contender, #2)

I really do enjoy Taran Matharu’s books, and I was lucky enough to be on a blog tour for the first book of this series, The Chosen. I didn’t absolutely love The Chosen, but I definitely liked it a lot and I think that this series has a lot of potential. I can’t wait to see what book 3 has in store for Cade. Read the synopsis by clicking the book cover!






3) Masters’ Mistress

Masters' Mistress (The Angel Eyes #1)

I read the prequel to the Angel Eyes series many months ago, and I absolutely loved it. These books do not romanticize slavery in any way, the men of this world are beaten and broken because they lost the war and have been abused by the women of the world for so long. Jake’s Redemption was an amazing read, I wasn’t expecting the prequel to be so fleshed out. I actually forgot that I was only reading a prequel to the main series after a while. Now, I am excited to see what will happen to rebellious Bret and kind Angel in the next book of this unique series. Read the synopsis by clicking the book cover!


4) The Damned

The Damned (The Beautiful, #2)

I loved The Wrath and the Dawn, but I haven’t finished that series yet. I loved Flame In The Mist, but I haven’t finished that series either even though I got Smoke In The Sun signed by Renée Ahdieh! I haven’t even STARTED The Beautiful yet, but I know that I am going to love it. Therefore, I know that I am already excited for The Damned to come out next year. Read the synopsis by clicking the book cover!






5) The Gilded Ones

The Gilded Ones (Deathless, #1)

This book I had no idea about until I started creating this list, but I am super excited for it. This book is about a 16 y/o girl named Deka who lives in fear of her blood ceremony. If she has red blood, she will become a member of her village. But on the day of her ceremony, her blood runs gold, and she will face the consequences of her impurity. Then she is offered a place in an army of girls who also have the “impure” blood, and so she has to leave the village she has always loved. I am actually going to try to get an advance copy of this book if it pops up on Netgalley, so wish me luck! Read the synopsis by clicking the book cover!






Thanks for reading my Top 5 picks for next year, which books are you anticipating?

Top Ten Tuesdays: Favorite Diverse Reads!

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week is a free week so my topic will be favorite diverse reads. As an African American female author, I love to read books by diverse authors with diverse characters. Therefore, here are ten of my favorite diverse reads.

1) The Freya Snow Series

Hunt (Freya Snow, #1)

This was the most diverse fantasy series, or series in general, that I have ever read. Literally ever. Freya, the main character, is autistic and bisexual. Along the way, she meets other characters on the autism spectrum, wheelchair-bound, deaf, LGBT+, and racially diverse. That’s only naming a few of the many different characters that L.C. Mawson has in her Freya Snow series, Rebel Series, Aspects Series, and other series’. They also discuss a variety of issues, such as domestic violence, sexual assault, and racism. The storylines are amazing, and every new book has me excited to see what new characters I will meet. You absolutely HAVE to check out her books.

2) The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

This book discusses police brutality in a fictional setting through the eyes of a sixteen-year-old African American girl named Starr, who sees her best friend shot in front of her by a cop simply for moving too quickly during a traffic stop. This book is definitely a book that I think more people should read.

3) The Leopard Child 

The Leopard Child (Kadogos #1)

I’ve never read an African fantasy novel before this one, and this one definitely set my expectations high. Kadogos doesn’t want to be the typical female that her tribe wants her to be, and she doesn’t want to go through the horrible women’s ritual. She wants to be a warrior and fight like her twin brother.

4) Orleans

Orleans

Fen lives in New Orleans, which has been cut off from the rest of the United States by a wall, following a string of strong storms that damaged some Southern states beyond repair. She has the baby of her friend who died in childbirth, and when she meets a scientist, she offers to help him in exchange for the baby to have a better life.

5) The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo (The Epic Crush of Genie Lo #1)
This story is Percy Jackson, but with a female main character and Chinese mythology! Genie meets a boy named Quentin Sun, and he seems determined to ruin her life. However, he tells her that he is Sun Wukong, the Monkey King, and tells her that she has powers.

6) Out of My Mind

Out of My Mind

Melody can’t walk or talk, but that doesn’t mean that she isn’t smart. She has a photographic memory, loves to go to school and listen to audiobooks, and loves her new baby sister. Yet her and her mother have to fight for her to be treated equally and for people to look past her wheelchair and see into her mind.

7) The Red Pyramid

The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, #1)

This is my favorite series by Rick Riordan yet. I loved the inclusion of Egyptian mythology, and I felt like the backstory of Carter and Sadie was developed so well. Seeing them work together towards common goals throughout the whole series made the books fun and enjoyable.

8) On the Edge of Gone

On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

This book is a dystopian thriller with an autistic main character. While the other characters of the novel have to fight to survive in the horrible conditions, Denise must fight to seem useful enough to stay on the ship. It doesn’t help that her mother abuses drugs, and so she must work twice as hard. All she wants is to be safe so that she doesn’t have to live outside, but some people are just unwilling to see past her minor quirks.

9) Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)

Even though I haven’t read this book yet, I bought a copy and I have heard amazing things about it. I can’t wait to try it out! This year is definitely going to be a good year for fantasy novels written by POC authors.

10) Dread Nation

Dread Nation (Dread Nation, #1)

I’ve also heard great things about this book, so I went ahead and bought it when I bought COBAB. I can’t wait to get started with both!

See you all next week!