Most Anticipated Releases! | 2021 pt 1

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So both Top Ten Tuesday and Top 5 Wednesday apply to this post, so I’m just gonna combine them! The TTT post for this topic was technically in December of 2020 some time, I just wasn’t ready for it yet. the T5W topic for this is a retro one that I’m re-using! So here we go, it’s both!

These are all the books I’m looking forward to coming out in 2021 between January and June! And the typical reminder, these are the posted release dates as of today, and they may change. Dammit Jackie, I can’t control the weather.


The Frozen Crown (Warrior Witch, #1)Release date: Jan 12th

Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads synopsis: Askia became heir to the Frozen Crown of Seravesh because of her devotion to her people. But her realm is facing a threat she cannot defeat by sheer will alone. The mad emperor of the Roven Empire has unleashed a horde of invading soldiers to enslave her lands. For months, her warriors have waged a valiant, stealth battle, yet they cannot stop the enemy’s advancement. Running out of time, she sets sail for sun-drenched Vishir, the neighboring land to the south, to seek help from its ruler, Emperor Armaan.

A young woman raised in army camps, Askia is ill-equipped to navigate Vishir’s labyrinthine political games. Her every move sinks her deeper into court intrigues which bewilder and repel her, leaving her vulnerable not only to enemies gathering at Vishir’s gates, but to those behind the palace walls. 

And in this glittering court, where secrets are worth more than gold, Askia fears that one false step will expose her true nature. For Askia is a witch gifted with magical abilities—knowledge that could destroy not only her life but her people. As her adversaries draw closer, Askia is forced to make an impossible choice—and no matter what she decides, it may not be enough to prevent Seravesh’s fall.


The Forever Sea (The Forever Sea, #1)Release Date: Jan 19th

Genre: Fantasy

Goodreads synopsis: On the never-ending, miles-high expanse of prairie grasses known as the Forever Sea, Kindred Greyreach, hearthfire keeper and sailor aboard harvesting vessel The Errant, is just beginning to fit in with the crew of her new ship when she receives devastating news. Her grandmother–The Marchess, legendary captain and hearthfire keeper–has stepped from her vessel and disappeared into the sea.

But the note she leaves Kindred suggests this was not an act of suicide. Something waits in the depths, and the Marchess has set out to find it.

To follow in her grandmother’s footsteps, Kindred must embroil herself in conflicts bigger than she could imagine: a water war simmering below the surface of two cultures; the politics of a mythic pirate city floating beyond the edges of safe seas; battles against beasts of the deep, driven to the brink of madness; and the elusive promise of a world below the waves.

Kindred finds that she will sacrifice almost everything–ship, crew, and a life sailing in the sun–to discover the truth of the darkness that waits below the Forever Sea.
 


A ​Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #4)Release date: Feb 16th

Genre: YA fantasy romance (New adult?)

Goodreads synopsis: Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she’s struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly world she inhabits. Worse, she can’t seem to move past the horrors of the war with Hybern and all she lost in it.

The one person who ignites her temper more than any other is Cassian, the battle-scarred warrior whose position in Rhysand and Feyre’s Night Court keeps him constantly in Nesta’s orbit. But her temper isn’t the only thing Cassian ignites. The fire between them is undeniable, and only burns hotter as they are forced into close quarters with each other.

Meanwhile, the treacherous human queens who returned to the Continent during the last war have forged a dangerous new alliance, threatening the fragile peace that has settled over the realms. And the key to halting them might very well rely on Cassian and Nesta facing their haunting pasts.

Against the sweeping backdrop of a world seared by war and plagued with uncertainty, Nesta and Cassian battle monsters from within and without as they search for acceptance-and healing-in each other’s arms.


All the Murmuring BonesRelease date March 9th

Genre: Fantasy

Goodreads synopsis: Long ago Miren O’Malley’s family prospered due to a deal struck with the mer: safety for their ships in return for a child of each generation. But for many years the family have been unable to keep their side of the bargain and have fallen into decline. Miren’s grandmother is determined to restore their glory, even at the price of Miren’s freedom.

A spellbinding tale of dark family secrets, magic and witches, and creatures of myth and the sea; of strong women and the men who seek to control them.

 


Rule of Wolves (King of Scars Duology, #2)Release date: March 30th

Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads synopsis: (Potential spoilers for King of Scars) The Demon King. As Fjerda’s massive army prepares to invade, Nikolai Lantsov will summon every bit of his ingenuity and charm—and even the monster within—to win this fight. But a dark threat looms that cannot be defeated by a young king’s gift for the impossible.

The Stormwitch. Zoya Nazyalensky has lost too much to war. She saw her mentor die and her worst enemy resurrected, and she refuses to bury another friend. Now duty demands she embrace her powers to become the weapon her country needs. No matter the cost.

The Queen of Mourning. Deep undercover, Nina Zenik risks discovery and death as she wages war on Fjerda from inside its capital. But her desire for revenge may cost her country its chance at freedom and Nina the chance to heal her grieving heart.

King. General. Spy. Together they must find a way to forge a future in the darkness. Or watch a nation fall.


Project Hail MaryRelease date: May 4th

Genre: Sci-fi

Goodreads synopsis: Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission–and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.

Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.

All he knows is that he’s been asleep for a very, very long time. And he’s just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company.

His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, he realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Alone on this tiny ship that’s been cobbled together by every government and space agency on the planet and hurled into the depths of space, it’s up to him to conquer an extinction-level threat to our species.

And thanks to an unexpected ally, he just might have a chance.


For the Wolf (Wilderwood, #1)Release date: June 15th

Genre: Fantasy

Goodreads synopsis: The first daughter is for the Throne.
The second daughter is for the Wolf.


As the only Second Daughter born in centuries, Red has one purpose-to be sacrificed to the Wolf in the Wood in the hope he’ll return the world’s captured gods.

Red is almost relieved to go. Plagued by a dangerous power she can’t control, at least she knows that in the Wilderwood, she can’t hurt those she loves. Again.

But the legends lie. The Wolf is a man, not a monster. Her magic is a calling, not a curse. And if she doesn’t learn how to use it, the monsters the gods have become will swallow the Wilderwood-and her world-whole.
 


And that’s it! I’m particularly excited about this last one – I’ve been kinda stuck on Beauty and the Beast retellings lately, I don’t know what it is.

If you’re interested in any of the above, lemme know! Buddy reads are fun!

Top 5 books I didn’t get to in 2020

Happy Wednesday! It’s the last Wednesday of this dumpster fire of a year! Today I’m doing an old topic, ‘books I didn’t get to’. Basically all those books I said I was gonna read this year and then lol I didn’t.

These are the books:

The Rage of Dragons (The Burning, #1)

The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter – This one I bought over a year ago, late 2018 I think. This and all of the others on this list were on my 10 in 2020 list. Guess who didn’t finish that list.

The Scar (New Crobuzon, #2)

The Scar by China Mieville – This is the sequel (ish? Companion novel?) to Perdido Street Station, a book I read way back in 2015.

The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer

Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson – I’ve read two other Stephenson novels at this point and tend to like them. This apparently is one of his best, so hopefully I’ll like it too.

The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth, #1)

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemison – Honestly I think it might be a travesty that I haven’t gotten to this one yet. For shame, for shame!

The War of the Flowers

The War of the Flowers by Tad Williams – This one I’ve owned for probably ten years. It’s such a chunker though, I’m so intimidated!

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And that’s it! I mean, saying ‘I hope I get to them in 2021’ is a hopeful yet moot statement. There will always been books I hope to get to, aaaaaugh.

Happy reading!

Top 5 turquoise books!

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Maaaan I think this is the closest I’ve ever been to missing a post on Blogmas. As of writing this, it’s 10:30pm. Today’s official post has something to do with food and honestly ain’t nobody got time for that, at least not me at 10:30pm trying to make it in time for Blogmas.

So instead I’m doing the alternative topic – Turquoise, for the birth stone of December.

This topic was actually harder than I expected: I only own four turquoise books that I’ve read. The fifty I picked out of my TBR because I had to, so bear with me.

The one book I haven’t read is Sleeping Giants, the rest I have.

  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas
  • God of Clocks by Alan Campbell
  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Diane Wynne Jones
  • Inspection by Josh Malerman

All of the above books are pretty decent, ranging from 3 to 4 stars for me. Some I have stronger feelings for than others.

So yes, nice and easy today. Tomorrow is the Christmas Eve Book Tag and then I get a break for a day. From me posting this at this time of day, I’m sure you can tell that I’m starting to slow down, hawhaw. Wish me luck, I still have another couple weeks to go! Happy reading!

Top 5 Antagonists

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Happy Wednesday!

2 more days until I’m on Christmas vacation

Today’s topic is technically ‘favorite villains’ but I tend to have a hard time coming up with characters that are fully villains. So I’m kinda expanding this topic to include antagonists in general. So work with me here.

These are in no particular order.

Sebastian and the Undertaker from Black Butler are two of my favorites. They’re both antagonists but in different ways and on… different sides? Their goals directly contradict each other, but at the same time they’re both pretty evil, no matter how well they hide it. They’re both great. Sebastian in particular is great because sometimes you forget. Sometimes he makes you think he actually cares, and then he does something and you remember that no, no, he’s literally a devil.

The Specks and the Gernians from the Soldier Son trilogy. This is why I expanded this topic to ‘antagonists’ instead of villains. The main character is a Gernian, and sees the Specks as an enemy to his country. But the Specks aren’t evil, they just have different goals. And when the main character becomes more familiar with the Specks and their ways of life, he sees that the Gernians are also an antagonist, and that the dispute between them isn’t black and white. Both of these groups of people are antagonists to the other, but neither are evil.

The Phantom from The Phantom of the Opera – I read this recently and ended up adoring it. I really like the eerie haunting of the place the phantom sets up, the way he makes everyone in the building feel juuuuust a bit uncertain at all times. He’s so good at it, man.

Mr. Wonderful from Mogworld. I finished this book recently as well and there are so many great characters in here. Mr. Wonderful is a psychotic murderer who goes a little more crazy when he realizes his kills no longer stick. Due to the sudden ‘nobody dies anymore’ wave that passed over this world, Mr. Wonderful finds himself being sued every time his murder victims wake up again and submit the paperwork.

Books I received as gifts that I still haven’t read

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Happy Wednesday! Today’s topic is ‘Gift Wrapped’ which can be interpreted a few different ways, so I’m going with ‘books I’ve received as gifts that my dumb ass hasn’t read yet’. There are a lot, so I’m further narrowing it down: Books given to me as gifts that were on my to-read list before receiving them that I still haven’t read. I’m kinda forgiving myself for not reading books that weren’t already on my radar but like.. all of these were. So here we go:

The Left Hand of God by Paul Hoffman – So I’m not completely sure what to categorize this book as. It’s shelved as fantasy and dystopian and sci-fi and all sorts of things. So.. we’ll see? My buddy bought me this book probably eight years ago now. I’m bad.

Jade City by Fonda Lee – I don’t remember if my parents got me this for my birthday this year, or Christmas last year. I just remember that it’s from my parents. This is my most recently received gift out of the books listed, so it’s the least terrible that I haven’t read it yet.

S by J. J. Abrams and Doug Dorst – Technically I’ve tried reading this one before, and got distracted and never picked it back up. This was also a give from my parents, for Christmas probably back in 2013 or 2014.

The Edge of the World by Kevin J. Anderson – Again, a gift from my parents for Christmas probably almost ten years ago now. I still do wanna read it and have since picked up the second one for like a dollar. I’ll get there, I’ll get there.

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell – So while some of the other ones above I’ve had for longer, this is the one I feel the most guilty about. That’s because my husband bought this for me for the first Christmas we ever spent together when we first started dating in 2012. First gift he ever got me. Still haven’t read it.

On top of that, I love the movie. I’m bad.

And that’s it! Looking through my books to make this list has made me realize my Goodreads shelf has fallen slightly out of sync with my physical shelves – I still have books marked owned that I got rid of, and I apparently own books that I’ve never marked as anything on Goodreads. Whoops. Guess who has a project this weekend!

Happy Blogmas!

Top five bookish things I’m grinchy about

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Happy Wednesday! Today I’m doing a throwback topic from December 2017. I apparently didn’t do it originally when it came out so it’s perfecto.

1 – Sexualized character introductions

This occasionally will happen with male characters but I see it most often with female ones, especially when they’re introduced through a pov of a male character. It doesn’t seem to matter whether they’re in the middle of a discussion or a battle, the pov character upon meeting a woman and can’t help but describe her curves, her boobs, anything like that. It wouldn’t be as bad if they also then describes a dude’s body in a similar way but it almost never happens. It’s annoying. Unless it’s a smutty romance, I don’t need to know how big her boobs are.

2 – Book cases that don’t match

Now I’m talking ones that are supposed to match but don’t. Like, I tend to buy the same brand of book case every time I get a new one. This most recent time, I got one that I already had – same brand, same shelf count, same price, same item number. And then it turned out to be six inches narrower. I mean, if you’re gonna make your book cases littler but charge the same amount, at least change the item number. It’s super annoying.

Guess who’s changing brands.

3 – Books without chapter numbers

I didn’t know this was a thing until recently. Especially during buddy reads when you’re trying to coordinate how far to read when you each have different editions, it’s reaaaally hard to figure out where each of you should stop if there’s no number on the chapters.

4 – Sticky things in library books

Look I know I’m not gonna get a pristine thing when I get a library book. And honestly most of the time I don’t care. I don’t care about bends, dents, rips, dog-ears, writing, anything like that. I don’t care. But really. Why would you leave food or gum or worse in books. It’s disgusting.

5 – Gravity

Sometimes I just wanna pull like three or four books off a shelf without the rest of them falling over, ok?! I should just be able to do that! Roar.

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And that’s it. :”D See ya tomorrow

Top 5 no thanks situations

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Today’s topic is ‘No Thanks!’ as in, situations you wouldn’t wanna find yourself in! This is a neat topic I think – because there are a lot of books where I just know if I found myself in the middle of them I’d just like go die immediately.

These are some of those books:

Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba – This is definitely a story I wouldn’t want to be in, either as a bystander or the main character. The decisions made here are way too morally loaded for me and I don’t know if I could handle it.

If I had a notebook that could kill anyone, would I use it like the main character did to kill off the villains in the show and become a villain myself? I’d like to say no, but I don’t want to be put in the position where I’d have to find out.

Midori Days by Kazurou Inoue – I definitely wouldn’t want to be in this situation. Midori, the girl with green hair on the cover, wakes up one day to find that she’s replaced the right hand of Seiji, a teenage boy. Romance and hijinx insue but like… the series kept this pretty light and fluffy and comedic, but there are definitely ways this could have ended up horrible if she would have ended up on a bad person’s hand. Yeah no thanks.

The Forest of Hands & Teeth by Carrie Ryan – This is a blanket ‘no zombies’ statement. None of the zombies books, please.

Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer – Despite the fact that I ended up not particularly caring for this book, it’s one that has lodged itself in my head and I think about it a lot. It’s basically climate horror, and no no no I don’t wanna be in it, thanks.

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins – This is another one of those books set in a world that would just be like… horrifying to live in. I mean a) I’d died right away but also b) who in the world wouldn’t?! It’s terrifying!

And that’s it! On the off chance a magical book fairy ever appears and goes ‘I’ll put you in a book!’, these are the five that I’ll be like ‘yeah no, but thanks’.

Top 5 topaz colored manga

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Happy Wednesday! This week’s official topic is ‘Latin Lit’ but after going through all my books I realized I don’t have enough books to fill the post! That I’ll have to fix, so if you have any books written by Latinx authors, do let me know!

So today I’m doing the Alternate Topic that was supplied: Topaz. Because it’s November and topaz is the birthstone of November, the topic is to show books with topaz colors! Topaz I know can be many colors but one of the most common ones is yellow-y, so I’m doing yellow-y manga! Specifically yellow-y spines.

This is what I’ve chosen! (There are more than five, hush, I know):

The ones shown are:

Now, most of these I’ve read, but there are a few I haven’t. I’ll get there though, I’ll get there!

If you’ve read any of the above, do let me know! Happy reading!

Top 5 nonfiction books on my tbr

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Happy Wednesday! Today’s topic revolves around Nonfiction November, and is a bit open-ended as far as what to actually write about. So I’ve chosen to do the top five nonfiction books I want to read out of all the unread ones that I own.

I don’t talk too much about nonfiction, as I rarely read it. When I do read it though, I tend to enjoy it. I just have to be in the mood. In my house there are about one and a half book cases worth of nonfiction books. Most of them are my husband’s, but I have a chunk of them too. According to my Goodreads shelf, I own twenty-two nonfiction books that I have yet to read. Looking through those, these are the five that most grab my attention, in no particular order:

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly – I picked this up a few months ago after the author gave a presentation for my work. I’ve seen the movie and loved it, so I wanted to give the book a try as well.

The Future of the Mind by Michio Kaku – If I’m being honest I basically wanna read all of Kaku’s books, but this is the one I own. My first college degree was in psychology, so this subject in particular is fascinating to me. This book I believe deals with speculative projections of what could possibly happen to human consciousness in the future as technology continues to advance.

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls – This is a memoir, and from what I’ve heard, a really powerful one. My sociology professor recommended this to me back in 2009 or so I think. I have it, haven’t read it yet because I’m scared it’s gonna break my heart.

The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness by Paula Poundstone – I picked this book up a few years ago when I went to Chicago and saw Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me! recorded live. Paula Poundstone wasn’t on that particular episode so that was a bummer, but I really like her sense of humor and her opinions on a lot of things. So I picked up her book at the merch tables they had!

DMT: The Spirit Molecule by Rick Strassman, M.D. – I picked this book up years ago when I was studying for my psychology degree as a bit of side reading, but never got to for one reason or another. Despite me working as a software engineer now, I still really do have a love for psychology (and would have stuck with it professionally if it paid the bills). So I am still very interested in this book. DMT is a chemical that is made by the human brain during near death experiences, and those who take it synthetically report to have spiritual experiences. So the whole thing is rather fascinating to me, as this molecule can both be seen through a scientific and spiritual lens, and I wanna know more about it.

And that’s it! There are a bunch of other books on my nonfiction tbr as well so if you’re at all curious, you can check out the shelf of them I made here.

Happy reading!

Top 5 translated reads

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Happy Wednesday! Today’s topic is translated reads: ones that I read in English that originally weren’t published in that language.

Inkeart by Cornelia FunkeGerman – This book was one of the very first ones I bought with my own money when I was a kid. It fills me with nostalgia, man.

Vita Nostra by Marina & Sergey Dyachenko – Ukrainian – This is my most recent translated read and I loved it. It’s so weird and most of the time I had no idea what was going on, but in the best way.

The Diary of Ma Yan by Ma Yan – Chinese (unsure which dialect) – This is a nonfiction diary of a young girl in China who wants to go to school, and her struggles to get there. This is a really powerful one.

 

The Good Women of China by Xinran – Chinese (unsure which dialect) – This is another non-fiction, depicting the stories that women shared on the radio anonymously in the 80s. Again, this is a powerful one.

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Lerous – French – This is another recent read that I loved. I even went out and bought the musical as a follow up. Gonna watch it soon-ish.

And that’s it! I tried to stay away from manga as I could totally just make a list of ‘best manga’ on its own, and that wasn’t my goal here.

Lemme know what you think!