Books · Review

I’m Disappointed. RANT/Review: House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J Maas

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Half-Fae, half-human Bryce Quinlan loves her life. By day, she works for an antiquities dealer, selling barely legal magical artifacts, and by night, she parties with her friends, savouring every pleasure Lunathion—otherwise known as Crescent City— has to offer. But it all comes crumbling down when a ruthless murder shakes the very foundations of the city—and Bryce’s world.

Two years later, her job has become a dead end, and she now seeks only blissful oblivion in the city’s most notorious nightclubs. But when the murderer attacks again, Bryce finds herself dragged into the investigation and paired with an infamous Fallen angel whose own brutal past haunts his every step.

Hunt Athalar, personal assassin for the Archangels, wants nothing to do with Bryce Quinlan, despite being ordered to protect her. She stands for everything he once rebelled against and seems more interested in partying than solving the murder, no matter how close to home it might hit. But Hunt soon realizes there’s far more to Bryce than meets the eye—and that he’s going to have to find a way to work with her if they want to solve this case.

As Bryce and Hunt race to untangle the mystery, they have no way of knowing the threads they tug ripple through the underbelly of the city, across warring continents, and down to the darkest levels of Hel, where things that have been sleeping for millennia are beginning to stir…


My Thoughts:

I had super high expectations for this book, it was one of my most anticipated reads for 2020. I kinda feel let down. I fully expected to adore this, I love SJM books and all the reviews were full of praises and 5-star ratings.

The first half, so like 400 pages, was SLOW. So very slow. I was reading this for 3 weeks and only got half way. It was a whole bunch of nothing going on. The first 80ish pages are really good and something unexpected happens, which gave me hope for a fast pace, engaging story but nope. After that initial blow, it slowed down dramatically.

The plot feels the same as ACOTAR and TOG. This book lacked originality in terms of plot and character, which is a shame as the world is really, really interesting. At this point, it feels like SJM is recycling plots and characters, the only thing that felt new in this story was the world. The addition of technology in a magical world was really well done and very different to her other worlds. The technology/ modern inspired setting definitely was unexpected. I didn’t hear anyone mention this and it wasn’t in the synopsis or anything, I fully expected it to be more ‘medieval’. I’m glad it wasn’t, it definitely added a lot to this otherwise not very original book.

This book is marketed as SJM’s first adult novel, but honestly, it doesn’t seem much different to her previous novels. I never felt SJM’s previous series were anything but YA, I know a lot of people say it’s not YA but it is in my opinion. At least, in the UK we have ‘teen’ and ‘young adult’ separate and her books fit into my idea of young adult. Other than the very prevalent drug use and mention in this book, I don’t really see any ‘adult’ features. It’s nothing like any adult fantasy I’ve read, it is very similar to the YA adult fantasy books in term of tropes and characters.
PLUS – there’s hardly any sex. This was a huge surprise to me, I fully expected it to be steamier and graphically sexual since this is marketed as adult fantasy and SJM’s YA is filled with sex. Kind of disappointed, kind of not. Some of SJM’s sex scenes are fine and some outrageously cringe, so there’s not of that at least!

The thing I hated the most?
No one can just be normal/average/etc. Everyone has to be someone special, royalty or overpowered. No one can be average looking or below, everyone is obscenely good looking and wanted by anyone who crossing their path. Weaknesses? Doesn’t exist in the SJM universe. This makes the plot and reveals pretty predictable, you just know *something* will happen to the character and boom they’re special/over powered etc.

This review sounds mostly negative but I did actually like the book. It was decent. Once it picked up it was very good and addicting. Like I said at the beginning, it takes 400+ pages to get good, that’s too much in my opinion. It took me a MONTH to get half way through, I read the remaining half in a day, that’s how much it picks up. It goes from 0 to 100 half way through. This book could’ve been great with some good editing, it need like 300 pages cut out, which would’ve improved it by 50%.

Another thing I liked, the different species (?)/creature in this world. There’s fae, demi-fae, angels, wolf-shifters, vampires, etc etc. I wish there was more world-building, for such a chunky book there is a lack of good world-building. The world is interesting SJM, EXPLAIN IT. Tell me more! I hope we get more in the next one.

Also, there were some really beautiful and emotional moments. One thing SJM excels at is making me emotional, I don’t cry or get upset often but this did have me tear up a bit.

Finally, there were really great quotes throughout!
My favourite being: “Through love, all is possible.”


Let’s talk about the characters:

Bryce:
I like Bryce, she’s a great character. It took me a while to connect to her but I definitely did by half way through. Her grief and depression was very well written and I could sympathise with and relate to Bryce on this aspect.
BUT – she is just a hybrid of Aelin + Feyre.
I do like sassy, confident female characters, so that’s not a complaint from me but she is very much like Aelin.

Hunt:
And here we have a Rhys and Rowan hybrid.
I liked Hunt, I really did but was his any different to SJM’s other men? Not by much. HOWEVER, I feel like he’s the only love interest that doesn’t start off as an abusive ass? *cough* Rowan *cough*
I think Hunt may be my favourite SJM main character love interest… he’s not quite my favourite male (vom) but he’s up there with Dorian.

Danika: I wish we had more, I actually really liked Danika. I really loved the friendship between her and Bryce. The emphasis of friendship in this novel was really nice to see! There’s a lack of strong female friendships in fantasy!
But again, she is like Aelin.

Fury: Basically Amren, at least that’s the vibe I got.

Ruhn: Emo/Edgy Aedion

Oh, and everybody is white… Are we surprised?


Is this my favourite SJM novel? No.

Did I enjoy it anyway?
Yes.

Will I continue the series? Yeah, definitely. It has potential and I actually have no idea where this story will go. From the comments I’d heard about House of Earth and Blood I fully expected a huge cliffhanger but there wasn’t. There wasn’t really anything to hook the reader on, despite the epilogue. However, I shall continue!

Rating: 2 Stars

Books · Tag

The Book Snob Book Tag

 

Hey guys!

I’m not sure who made this tag or whose blog I saw it on.
The questions have been in my drafts forever! Oopsy.

 


Adaptation Snob: Do you always read the book before you see the movie?

Not always, some genres I prefer as movies so I’ll watch the movie rather than the book. Sometimes I watch book adaptations without knowing they were a book first and then I read the book after I find out. Doesn’t bother me much!

Format Snob: You can only choose one format in which to read books for the rest of your life. Which do you choose: physical, ebooks, or audiobooks? 

I READ IN EVERY FORMAT. *Cries*
I’d probably go with physical… I would seriously miss audiobooks though.

Ship Snob: Would you date or marry a nonreader? 

Yes, of course??? My partner doesn’t have to have the exact hobbies and interests I do. I’ve only dated one reader in the past… It doesn’t really bother me but I will try to get them to read books I like lol. I can’t imagine being shallow enough to not date non-readers.

Genre Snob: You have to ditch one genre – never to be read again for the rest of your life. Which one do you ditch?

Historical Fiction.
Snoozefest.

Uber Genre Snob: You can only choose to read from one genre for the rest of your life. Which genre do you choose?

Fantasy!
It is limitless, I never get sick of it.

Community Snob: Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?

Hmm… Classics maybe?
I know a lot of people look down on readers who don’t read classics. Which is dumb, just because you don’t read classic doesn’t mean you’re ‘unculture’ or ‘poorly’ read. Read what you enjoy!

Snobbery Recipient: Have you ever been snubbed for something that you have been reading or for reading in general?

I’ve had men assume I don’t read ‘proper’ books aka I only read romance or chick-lit. Which really annoying me because a) romance & chick-lit are valid genres and are proper books?? and b) why just because I’m a women does that mean that’s all I read. Men. *sigh*


Feel free to say I tagged you if you want to do this tag!

Hope you’re having a great weekend 🙂

Books

Announcement: #ShelvesofDiversity Bookstagram Photo Challenge! July 2020

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Hey Guys!
Just a quick post to share the bookstagram challenge I’m co-hosting. We are looking to keep diversifying bookstagram feeds and highlight AOC + POC Books.
The challenge runs over the first two weeks of July (1st-14th) The prompts are flexible, interpret them how you wish + you can post any of the prompts on any day you want! (Just make sure the books you feature are POC) You can do as many of the prompts as you wish, you can pick and choose or do them all!

We will be giving shout-outs to those who participate, so get your diverse books out and take some fun pics!

Make sure you’re following me (@LiteraryLeisha) & my co-hosts:
@MissMaddyChats
@Literaryxqueen
@Lifebytheink
@Chaptersofmay
@Inkandfables_
@Kingdomofsneks

We would love it if you would join us!
I look forward to seeing all your photos 🙂

 

 

 

Books · WWW Wednesday

The Reading Slump Cure + Finally Finishing Crescent City | WWW Wednesday 24/06/2020

WWW-Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!

Hope you’re all doing well!

This tag/meme is hosted on Taking on a World of Words. It’s a super simple meme, you just answered the three W questions.

The Three Ws are:

What did you recently finish reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Recently Finished:

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas

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This book took me ages to get into. The first half was painfully slow.
I have such mixed feelings about this book, I’ll have a review up soon.

*Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

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Holy shit. I loved this book!!
After being in such a slump and HOEAB taking an age to read, I needed something light and quick – this was perfect! Review coming soon.
*Netgalley arc

Currently Reading:

*You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

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I have literally just started this so I don’t have an opinion yet.
I’ve heard such great things about this already, so I’m excited and hopeful!

*Sent to me by Scholastic UK


Reading Next:

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo (audiobook)

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This is finally available at my library so I will be listening to this soon!

Other than that, I haven’t decided yet. I’m a mood reader so I’ll pick when I’m done with my current stuff!


What are you currently reading?
Have you read any of these?
Let me know!

Books · Review

Audiobook Review: Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson

 

Synopsis:
Biggie Smalls was right. Things done changed. But that doesn’t mean that Quadir and Jarrell are okay letting their best friend Steph’s tracks lie forgotten in his bedroom after he’s killed—not when his beats could turn any Bed-Stuy corner into a celebration, not after years of having each other’s backs.

Enlisting the help of Steph’s younger sister, Jasmine, Quadir and Jarrell come up with a plan to promote Steph’s music under a new rap name: The Architect. Soon, everyone in Brooklyn is dancing to Steph’s voice. But then his mixtape catches the attention of a hotheaded music rep and—with just hours on the clock—the trio must race to prove Steph’s talent from beyond the grave.

Now, as the pressure—and danger—of keeping their secret grows, Quadir, Jarrell, and Jasmine are forced to confront the truth about what happened to Steph. Only each has something to hide. And with everything riding on Steph’s fame, together they need to decide what they stand for before they lose everything they’ve worked so hard to hold on to—including each other.


TW/CW: Death/Murder, Grief, Gangs, Gun Violence, Sex (talk of sex but no actual sex scenes)

My Thoughts:

I picked this up on a whim, I saw it available at my library, I needed an audiobook and it was by a Black author – win/win.  I hadn’t ever heard of this author or book before, which is surprising because it’s a great read! I will be picking up more from this author.

It follows three black teens, after the murder of Steph (two are his friends, one is his sister) trying to make him a successful rapper by releasing his music and pretending he’s still alive. I was very intrigued about how Steph died and how they were going to pull off this whole scheme. It was a little slow in places towards the middle, but not boring . It did pick up towards the end more but the very end felt a little rushed. Other than that, it was well written. I really liked the author’s writing style.

The setting – It’s set in the late 90s in New York. I absolutely loved this setting, it was so cool and interesting. I love the 90s vibe, it was right up my alley. It made me wish I grew up in the 90s. (I am a 90s baby, but I remember none of it)
I enjoyed learning about the culture of Brooklyn in the 90s and what growing up during this time was like. The hip-hop scene was super cool and a link in the community, which was really lovely to see.

Characters – I enjoyed each perspective the story had. Which is surprising. I really like Jasmine, she was probably my favourite POV. I really enjoyed the friendship that bloomed between Jasmine and Steph’s friends, Quadir and Jarrell. They bonded in their loss of Steph, which was lovely to see that something happy came out of their grief.

Narrators:

This audiobook had full cast narration – which I’m not usually a fan of because there’s usually at least one annoying narrator.  BUT I actually liked all the narrators for this! (Will add them to my approved narrator lists) I’m super picky with narrators, they can completely ruin a book for me.

The audiobook really brought the story and characters to life. The rhymes are really effective in the audio format, I think this would be better than just reading the text. Also, the slang came through well in the audio, it felt natural and authentic. (Not that I’m an expert on Black slang in the States)

Rating: 4 Stars


Books · Recommendations

23 Books From My 23 Years

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Hey guys!
I turned 23 last week (June 10th) and I wanted to do a birthday-themed post then, but I couldn’t come up with an idea. This one struck me, a little late but better late than never!

I was thinking about how books have shaped me as a person. Even though I got into reading relatively late, I was 13/14 maybe, reading and literature are a huge part of my life. It went from being non-existent in my life to being my main hobby, with my other hobbies being book related (this blog & my Instagram). I also study English Literature (and creative writing), so it’s fair to say it takes up a big part of my life.

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Here are 23 books that will forever have a special place in my heart & I recommend you read too:

1) His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman

Okay, technically I’m cheating here because it’s a series but I didn’t want to list them all individually. These books were my introduction to fantasy/scifi, I didn’t read nor see HP so I guess this is my nostalgic fave!

2) A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin

When it comes to fantasy I definitely jumped in the deep end, this was the second fantasy series I ever read, I think. I was like 15? I was crazy, clearly. I loved it, I’d seen the show but the books just feel more complete.

3) The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I read this book after discovering booktube & bookstagram!

4) The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Oh boy, discovering RR was one of the best things of my life. Yes, I was an adult reading PJO for the first time but it was still amazing. I will continue to read his books forever.

5) The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Where my Sanderson obsession began.

6) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

My favourite classic!

7) Simon vs the Homo Sapien Agenda by Becky Albertali

Cutest, fluffy book ever.
I read it in one sitting, great afternoon read!

8) A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

My favourite fae smut.

9) Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Underrated fantasy book!

10) Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

Possibly my favourite book of all time.

11) Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

The only insta-love I’ll accept.

12) The FlatshareThe Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

One of my favourite romances ever!

13) Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown

This book really touched me. It’s heartbreaking but amazing.

14) Saga by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples

The best graphic novel series.

15) The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

This book scarred me. A book ahead of its time for sure!

16) The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

My favourite love-triange & the only one I can get behind!

17) Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

Cutest graphic novel romance ever!

18) Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

A much needed read in a dark time.

19) Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell

This book (and series) makes me laugh out loud.

20) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

A classic I didn’t initially love but upon rereading and studying it, grew to love!

21) Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

This book made me feel so seen. I love the romance & the rep in this book!

22) Beach Read by Emily Henry

ALL THE FEELS!

23) Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

If you’re going to read one book from this list, make it this one.

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Tell me a book that changed your life!


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Books · Diverse Reads · TBR

Recent/Upcoming Fantasy/Sci-fi Books by Black Authors on My TBR

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Hey guys!
I’m trying to diversify my TBR and in light of the BLM I have been exposed to so many books I hadn’t previously heard about! Some of these have been on my TBR a while and some are new additions.

 

Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender

Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender

I have the audiobook for this and I’m excited to get to it soon! I have so many audiobooks this month, I think it’s going to have to wait until July/August.


The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter

The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter | Hachette UK

I have been meaning to read this since it came out. I wanted to wait for the paperback, as it would be cheaper but then I ended up liking the cover for the hardback better… Now it’s out of stock. *sigh*


The City We Became by N.K Jemisin

The City We Became (The Great Cities Trilogy): Amazon.co.uk ...

I have yet to read a Jemisin book… I know shame on me. I own two of her books already so I will be reading them soon. I really like the sound of this one! All her books sound so unique and cool, cannot wait to get to them!


The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow

Amazon.com: The Sound of Stars (9781335911551): Dow, Alechia: Books

I love sci-fi yet I don’t read enough of it. I especially don’t read much diverse sci-fi, which I definitely need to amend that! The premise sounds interesting, so I’m hopeful!
Side note – the cover is gorgeous!


Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

Cinderella Is Dead: Kalynn Bayron: Bloomsbury YA

I got rejected for the NetGalley arc so I’ll have to wait for this to be released. [sad face]
I love retellings!! I need more retellings in my life, always. Cinderella is not as retold often, so I’m eager to see this version!


Here’s two audiobooks I listened to recently, I recommend giving them a listen.
Both are fantasy-ish but have really important themes and messages in them. They’re must reads, in my opinion.

*Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown

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Review here!


*The Deep by Rivers Soloman

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Have you read any of these? / What SFF books by black authors are you excited for?


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Book Blogging Basics · Books

30+ Book Blogger Post Ideas

Struggling for blog post ideas? You’re in the right place! Today I am sharing 30 book blogger post ideas. Posting original content all the time can be hard, we all go through creative slumps and struggle to come up with ideas. It’s always good to have some backup options for when you need to post but have no ideas.

Or maybe you’re new to the book blogging world and don’t know where to begin!

Onto the ideas:

1) Book Chats
Casually discuss a book of your choice! Great alternative to reviews.

2) Top X Favourite Books 
e.g Top 10 or Top LGBTQ+ etc

3) TBR List
You can do monthly TBRs, weekly, themed TBRs…
The possibilities are endless!

4) Current Reads
Talk about what you’re currently reading/listening to!
What books are you reading? Audiobooks? Is it good? Is it what you expected?

5) Wrap Ups
Like with TBRs you can do monthly, weekly etc.

6) Book Reviews
Most obvious one for book bloggers, reviewing books!

7) Favourite Authors
Discuss your favourite authors! What’s your favourite book/series by them? What makes them your favourite?

8) Bookish Merch
Show off some of your bookish merch collection!
Do you collect bookmarks? Pins? Tell us!

9) Interview an Author
Reach out to authors you enjoy and interview them for your blog!

10) Favourite Booktubers
Show some love & shout out your fave booktubers!

11) Interview a Blogger
Interviewing an author a bit daunting to you? Interview a fellow blogger instead!

12) Book Tags
There’s a whole host of book tags online, they’re such fun to do and they’re easy!

13) Favourite Book Series
Discuss your fave series! What does it mean to you?

14) Characters You Love/Hate
Why do you love/hate these characters?

15) Bookish Pet Peeves
Talk about what bookish things annoy you and why.

16) Interview/Feature a Bookish Company
Feature a bookish company, get them exposure and boost small companies!

17) Cover Reveals
Promote upcoming books by doing a cover reveal on your blog!

18)  Book Blogger Memes
e.g Top 10 Tuesday, WWW Wednesday

19) Favourite Villains
Who are your fave villains and why? What makes them stand out to you?

20) Book Blogging Tips
Give some advice on book blogging!

21) Reasons Why Everyone Should Read ________
Pick a book you loved and give some reasons why you think others should read it too!

22) Bookshelf Tour
I love seeing others’ bookshelves.
Show off how you organise your books and merch! It’s so much fun to nose at people’s shelves

23) Interview a Bookstagrammer
As with a fellow blogger, interview a bookstagrammer!

24) Favourite Heros/Heroines

25) Book Adaptations
Talk about a book adaptation!
Was it done well? Did it ruin the book?


26) Tropes You Love/Hate
Give your thoughts on some common or less common bookish tropes.
Do you love or hate love-triangles?

27) Book Blogger Problems
Share some #BookBloggerProblems
It is very relatable to other book bloggers!

28)  Favourite Fictional Worlds
Are you a fantasy lover? Discuss some worlds you enjoyed!

29) Bookstagram Tips
If you’re a bookstagrammer, give some tips on photography, theme, anything you’ve learnt that could help someone else.

30) Favourite Bookish Quotes

Talk about quotes that really spoke to you or stuck with you from books you’ve read.

31) Diverse Reads
Give some much-needed exposure to diverse reads!

Books · Tag

The Diverse Book Tag

Hello everyone!
I’ve been meaning to do this tag for a few weeks and now couldn’t be a more perfect time!

This tag was created by MissMaddyChats & she tagged me to do it. Make sure you check out her post too!
I’m assuming diversity means all kinds of diversity so I’ll include different races/genders/sexualities etc.

Maia Tamarin- A book with a strong heroine (who’s diverse)!

Chloe from Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Chloe’s black and chronically ill but such a great character! I absolutely adore her!

Also, Echo from Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown – She has been through so much and yet keeps going. I admire her so much, such an amazing, strong woman!

Kiko Himura- A book with a biracial character

I haven’t read many books with a biracial/mixed-race(despite being mixed-race myself.) character, unfortunately.  There seems a lack of biracial/mixed-race characters in books, in my opinion.  I think Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer is supposed to biracial(?) – but that’s not own voices.  I believe Jesper from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is biracial if I remember correctly…

Ones on my TBR:
Starfish & Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Zayneb- A book written by a Muslim author

Recently, I read Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik – It’s a Muslim romance, which I had never read before and knew absolutely nothing about.
My review is here.

Séverin- A book with a morally grey character (who’s diverse)!

Victor Vale from Vicious by V.E. Schwab – He’s ace

Mia Covere from Nevernight by Jay Kristoff –  She’s bisexual

Starr Carter- A book that educates about the struggles a poc can go through

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry.
This is actually a play I read in uni, but it really showcases the racism against black people in the 1950s USA. It’s a great play, if you don’t mind reading plays or if you ever get a chance to see it on stage, definitely do!

I need to read way more about this topic, I seriouly need to read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas & others like it.

Anna K- A book that breaks stereotypes (which is diverse)!

But I’m going to use Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik again.
I’m not Muslim, so I’m not going to be able to give an own-voiced opinion, nor is it my decision to make but this book broke the stereotypes I was used to hearing about Muslims, particularly dating/marriage wise.


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Books · TBR · Wrap-up

May Wrap Up & Mostly Black June TBR 2020

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Hi guys!
Happy June!

May wasn’t the best reading month for me, I had finals and my mental health was suffering. I didn’t manage to read as much as I wanted but I still read a few. I’ll keep the wrap up portion pretty short, I won’t discuss each book in this post, I will link my reviews if you wish to know my thoughts!

Firstly, I listened to the audiobook of Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik

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Rating: 3 Stars
Review here 


Next, I finished The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

The Kingdom: Amazon.co.uk: Rothenberg, Jess: 9781509899388: Books

Rating: 3 Stars
Review here


Lastly, I finished  *Beach Read by Emily Henry

Rating: 5 Stars
Review here

Here’s hoping I finally get out of my reading slump in June.
I will be posting my TBR soon, keep an eye out for that!


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Currently reading: 
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas – After having to put this down for over a week I want to get back into this and finish it.

June TBR

With everything going on with the #BlackLivesMatter movement, I’ve decided to prioritise Black authors this month so I can promote their books as much as possible. I have loads of books by Black authors I haven’t read so I will be trying to get through as many as possible this month!

Definite reads:

Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson

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Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

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Another audiobook from my library. I requested this when it first came out last month and I’m still waiting for it to be available but it estimates June 24th, so hopefully, I’ll manage to finish it before June ends!


*Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

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Sequel to Get a Life, Chloe Brown.

 I am blessed that I have a NetGalley arc of this! I LOVED the first one (which I kinda wanna reread it before this?!) I cannot wait to read this one! This is one of my highly anticipated reads of 2020. I know it’s going to be a goodie!
(Plus, hello faking dating trope!)


Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett

Full Disclosure: Amazon.co.uk: Garrett, Camryn: 9780241367063: Books

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This is LGBT+ – perfect for pride month!
It features a HIV positive character, which I’ve never read about before, I’m looking forward to learning more about it.


Some other Black authored books I own that are potential reads:

The Fifth Season by N.K Jemisin
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
Slay by Brittney Morris
The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor
Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender (Audiobook)
Daughters of Nri by Reni K. Amayo (Audiobook)
The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin

Would love to know your thoughts on any of these if you’ve read them!


Check out my previous post for a list of UK charities to support Black people & equality in the UK.