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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

The Deep: Amazon.co.uk: Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William ...


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


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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

Sofia Khan is Not Obliged በAyisha Malik - በGoogle Play ላይ ያሉ ...

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

Amazon.com: Take a Hint, Dani Brown: A Novel (The Brown Sisters ...
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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!


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Books · TBR

Star Wars TBR | May the 4th

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Happy Star Wars Day!

As a huge Star Wars fan I, of course, had to celebrate May the 4th with a Star Wars-themed post. I have already done the Star Wars Book Tag, so I thought I’d change it up this year. Today I’m going to be sharing the books I want to read from the new canon!

 

Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray

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You cannot go wrong with Claudia Gray. Out of the few books I’ve read from the new canon, hers have by far been the best. I’m not normally a prequel fan, the films are memes, let’s be real but I’m willing to read anything Claudia writes in the SW universe.


Star Wars: Resistance Reborn by Rebecca Roanhorse

Resistance Reborn Star Wars: Amazon.co.uk: Roanhorse, Rebecca ...

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I think all the books I’ve read in the SW canon have been set before the new trilogy, so I definitely need to remedy that! I love these characters and I’m interested to see what this will add to the films.


Queen’s Shadow by E. K. Johnston

Star Wars: Queen's Shadow: Amazon.co.uk: E. K. Johnston: Books

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Yes, I did just say I didn’t really like the prequels but I do like Padme. I’m definitely interested in getting more background and characterisation from this book. Plus, that cover! So pretty.


Princess Leia by Mark Waid

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This has been on my TBR forever! I only got into graphic novels last year, so now I feel like it’s finally time to read it. I was put off before as I’d never really enjoyed graphic novels but after reading Saga last year I am now a fan.


Star Wars the High Republic: Into the Dark by Claudia Gray 

The High Republic: Into the Dark | Wookieepedia | Fandom

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Another Claudia Gray…
I actually don’t know much about this one, I like Claudia Gray and I like Jedi’s so that’s good enough for me.


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Currently Reading/ April TBR

Hello everyone!
Thought I’d do a little reading update today, I don’t usually set tbrs but there are some books I really want to get to this month. Plus I thought I’d talk about what I’m currently reading etc…

Currently reading:

 Goddess of the Hunt by Shelby EileenGoddess of The Hunt eBook: Shelby Eileen: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle StoreThis is a poetry collection, I’ve seen it around Instagram and since I love Greek Myth I thought I’d give it ago. I’m not usually a poetry person but I’ve been wanting to try it more and read out of my comfort zone. So far, it’s okay, I’m not hugely in love with it but it’s an enjoyable read.


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Knock Three Times by Cressida Cowell
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I have been waiting SO long for this to come into my library’s catalogue, I listened to the first two on audio and wanted to continue in the format.
The narrator is David Tennant. Need I say more?
He is INCREDIBLE. These books are so much fun, I cannot wait to finally listen to this!

The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

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

Someone from twitter kindly sent me this from my Amazon wishlist back in December and I have been dying to read it ever since. I will finally be reading it this month!

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City): Amazon.co.uk: Maas ...
This is maybe… I really, really want to read this but I know it will take over my life and I have essays to write. I also want to enjoy it as much as possible and don’t want my essay stress to hinder my enjoyment. I hope to at least start this, this month.


Have you read any of these? Let me know your thoughts!

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Predicting 5 Star Reads #3 | Wrap up + New TBR

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Hello there!
I thought today I would do another prediction post, my last post like this was back in May, then reviewed it in July,  I cannot believe it has been so long!

Old Predictions Update:

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor – Man, still haven’t gotten around to this book. I think I’ll reread Strange the Dreamer and then get to this during the summer. I am just too busy to commit to this at the moment.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – I FINALLY READ IT!
It was good but I didn’t give it 5 Stars, sadly.
Review for it here!

Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – Never picked this one back up. Who knows I may read this during the summer.


New Predictions:

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas
The Burning White by Brent Weeks
Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

Only picked three this time and three I know I will definitely be reading!
Hopefully, these will all be as amazing as I expect.

What book(s) on your TBR do you think will be a 5 star read?


 

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December TBR | Blogmas Day #2

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Hey guys!
Welcome to Blogmas Day #2!
I don’t usually do TBR’s – mainly because I am a huge mood reader but I do have a few books I really want to get to this month! Which are:

My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins

Every year I say to myself I’m going to read a Christmasy/festive book in December and I never do. So this year I am! I managed to get a copy of this second hand (aka super cheap) so I am finally going to read something festive!


Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

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And of course, I want to read Starsight, which came out last month. This isn’t as big as I expected so hopefully I’ll be able to start & finish it this month. I am super excited for this book, Skyward left off on such a good cliffhanger. I cannot wait to see where the story goes in this one!


The Burning White by Brent Weeks

If I have time (please let me have time) I’ll read this, one of my most anticipated reads of the year. I’ve been putting this off since I’m in slight denial that this is the last Lightbringer book. It’s over 900 pages long, with uni being cray busy I just haven’t had time to pick this up yet.


What’s on your TBR this month?

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Books I Want to Re-Read This Summer! | TBR

 Hey Guys!
Today I’m talking about the books I want to reread this summer.
Once I am free of assignments, exams and uni, I plan to spend the majority of summer reading. I have a huge physical tbr of unread books but clearly, I’m procrastinating by wanting to reread old favourites instead!

 


The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

The Final Empire
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages

These were the first Brandon Sanderson books I read; I absolutely loved them. I have only read them once, so I’d love to get back into this world. (and have my heart and soul ripped from my body, again, apparently)


Lightbringer Series by Brent Weeks

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The Blinding Knife
The Broken Eye
The Blood Mirror

The final book in this series comes out this Autumn, I believe; so obviously, I need to reread all the books. The first book, The Black Prism, is currently at my boyfriend’s. He’s taking forever to read it, I doubt he’ll finish it. I’ll be stealing that back so I can start my reread of this series.

 


Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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I read Illuminae & Gemina for the first time back in 2016/early 2017 and eagerly anticipated the third book, Obsidio. However, I planned to reread both before the release, never did then never ended up reading Obsidio. *gasps*
So this year I made it my mission to finally finish this trilogy, I’ve reread Illuminae, now it’s time for Gemina; so I can finally read the final book.


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Are you a rereader? What books do you want to reread?
Comment below, I’d love to know!


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Books · TBR

Currently Reading + Mid-April TBR

 

Hey guys!
Haven’t posted in a bit thought I’d put out a quick post today and let you know I’m not gone! It was the last week of the semester last week, so I was pretty busy. (and forgot to prewrite and schedule posts)
Hopefully, I can post consistently now uni is over! I do have finals to do but I will have more free time since I get to pick my study schedule and I don’t have to travel to uni 5 days a week, woo!

 

Currently Reading:

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I am currently reading One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence. The premise is really interesting and it’s pretty short. Super quick and easy to read so far! Will have a review up for this when I finish it!


I feel like I might be going into a slump. So who knows if I’ll read any of these. Keeping my hopes up that I can stop the slump! Make sure to check out my wrap up at the end of the month to see whether I make it through any of these (haha).

April TBR

Other Words For Smoke by Sarah Marie Griffin

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I am intrigued by this book, the cover is beautiful and the premise is interesting. Hopefully, it won’t disappoint!

 



The Seven Husband’s of Evelyn Hugo

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I finally bought a copy! (Kindle 99p!) So, I am finally going to read this book. I have heard non-stop amazing things about this book, if it doesn’t blow my mind I will be seriously disappointed.


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I’m waiting for this to become available from my library. I currently don’t have an audiobook and I’m desperate for one! Lately, I am mostly consuming books via audio as it is much more convenient!


What are you currently reading?/What do you plan to read?
Let me know! 🙂


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Current Reads + March TBR 2019

Hey Guys!
Thought I’d update on my reading. I don’t usually do posts like this but I definitely think I should do more! I never do TBR posts usually, due to the fact I feel pressured into reading those books and I’m a huge mood reader. I usually don’t pick my book until I need it.
However, this month I have a few I definitely want to pick up!

I’m currently reading/listening to three books!

Currently listening to:

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

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Cress by Marissa Meyer

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Currently Reading:

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
(This is for a class at uni)

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Onto what else I want (+have) to read this month!

For uni I have to read:

  • Mrs Warren’s Profession by Bernard Shaw (play) 
  • A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Wolf
  • A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (play)
  • The Bloody Chamber and other stories by Angela Carter
  • The Zoo Story by Edward Albee (play)

Yikes! Wish me luck…

Books for pleasure:

  • The Near Witch by V.E Schwab – I going to V.E Schwab’s book signing on Monday (SO EXCITED) So, I’m trying to read as many as her books as I can. (Plus, I was sent The Near Witch for review so I need to get on that asap!)
  • Winter by Marissa Meyer  (audiobook)- Once I finish Cress I know I’ll want to pick this up straight away. I am LOVING this series. Hopefully, the audiobook will be available when I’m done with Cress. (Fingers crossed!) This last audiobook is pretty damn long, so I don’t know if it’ll be in my March wrap up.

 

Considering I’ve been in a slump for months now, this TBR is quite ambitious.  Hopefully, I won’t struggle too much! Audiobooks have been my saviour, I am loving them at the moment. So convenient for me when travelling/doing uni work.

 


Let me know what you’re reading/planning to read, I’d love to know!


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Books · TBR · Top 5 Wednesday

Books at the Top of My TBR| Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme, GoodReads group here with all the topics + discussion!
This week’s topic is: Top of Your TBR

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

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Being my favourite author, this book is pretty high up on my tbr. I really, really want to get to this soon. It’s a pretty thick book though, so I don’t know when I’ll have time. Uni starts again next weeks and I have a million books for class to read. *sobs*



Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

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I was *supposed* to read this last year. Didn’t get around to it. Oops.
I really enjoyed Strange the Dreamer so I do really want to know what happens. But again, it’s not the smallest book and if it is like Strange the Dreamer, it’s not going to be a quick read.



Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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I got this for Christmas, it’s literally been on my TBR since it was announced, it’s time to finally bloody read it! It sounds so good and I’ve heard nothing but great things about it, I have such high expectation. Hope it doesn’t disappoint.



The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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Another Christmas present (I actually got the boxset), I want to read at least the first book by the time the film adaptation comes out. I’ve never read any Patrick Ness before but I’ve heard great things, so I’m super excited to dive into a new series! (Especially as all the books are out and I own them)



Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

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I’ve been meaning to read more of Sara Barnard’s novels after loving A Quiet Kind of Thunder. I was lucky enough to be sent an arc of Fierce Fragile Hearts, which is the companion novel/sequel of this. So I thought I better read this first!


chatWhat books are at the top of your TBR?
Comment below!


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