TOP TEN TUESDAY : MOST ANTICIPATED JAN – APRIL RELEASES OF 2020

Happy 2020, lovely people! First TTT of the year. So, I have many many books that I’m looking forward to this year. So because I can’t narrow my TBR list from first half of 2020 to 10, I’ll only just list my anticipated releases for the first four months of the year.

 


 


The Map from Here to There by Emery Lord

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord is among my all-time favorite YA books. The sequel releases today and my hands are itching real bad to get my hands on it!


Release Date: January 7th 2020

 

 


Lucky Caller by Emma Mills

Emma Mills is my favorite YA author who keeps churn out one great YA after another so consistently over the years. I hope I’m not jinxing it, though. She had me at radio hijinks and childhood friend with this one.

 

Release Date: January 14th 2020

 

 


Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas

An all new Sarah J. Maas series is coming to make obsess and agonize over. Not to mention the endless waits between releases Yay me!

P.S. How amazing is this cover?

Release Date: March 3, 2020

 

 


The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver

As if it wasn’t enough for Josie Silver to play with my heart in One Day in December, she’s back with a story of alternate lives of the same woman. I’m ready to wrecked.

 

Release Date: March 3, 2020

 

 

 


A Murderous Relation by Deannna Raybourn

The conclusion to the Veronica Speedwell series. I can’t wait to see what trouble finds our favorite pair of historian and scientist in this latest book!

 

Release Date: March 10, 2020

 

 

 


Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman

I finally read Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman last year and fell in love with the writer. So I’m expecting a similar kind of magic and relatable characters from this book.

 

Release Date: March 10, 2020

 

 

 

If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane

I discovered this author last year and really took to her writing style.. Although the synopsis isn’t anything groundbreaking but I’ve realized that romance genre is more about the execution of the idea than the idea itself.

 

Release Date: March 24, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

The Honey Don’t List by Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren books are always an instant pick-me-up for romance genre. I haven’t gotten to read their last release yet. But I find the synopsis for this even more appealing!

 

 

Release Date: March 24, 2020

 

 

 

 


What I Like About You by Maria Kantar

I’m not a big fan of mistaken or double identities trope. But the idea of two awkward geeks caught up in this trope has me intrigue. Fingers crossed, it doesn’t disappoint.

 

Release Date: April 7, 2020

 

 


You Deserve Each Other
by Sarah Hogle

I fell instantly in love with the idea of the book the moment I read the synopsis. A story about a couple engaged to be married, already stuck in a rut trying to sabotage their own wedding and rediscovering their feelings in the process? Gimme already!


Release Date: Ap
ril 7, 2020

 

 

TOP TEN TUESDAY : Most Anticipated releases of Second Half of 2019

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Let’s just get to it…

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.


No Fences in Alaska

A coming-of-age about pregnant teenager escapes her inconsiderate parents and takes refuge with her estranged her grandfather suffering from Alzheimer’s.

This one releases in a week. And I can’t wait to read it!

Release Date:  June 27th 2019
Links : Goodreads | Amazon

 


Marriage Clock

A Muslim American-Indian girl given 3 months to find a groom for herself, before her parents can find one for her.

Living in a society where this is pretty common and welcome even, I can totally relate to this premise. Hope this lives up to my expectations!

Release Date June 27th 2019
Links : Goodreads | Amazon

 

Say You Still Love Me

K. A. Tucker. Second Chance romance. An ambitious heroine. Yeah, I like the sound of that.

Release Date:  August 6th 2019
Links : Goodreads | Amazon

 

 

 

Well Met

A flirty summer romance between two characters working in a local renaissance fair. I’m hoping for lots of cuteness and laughter!

Release Date: September 3rd 2019
Links : Goodreads | Amazon

 

 

The Lady and The Highwayman

Hero enlists heroine’s help to look for an elusive writer not knowing that she’s the one he’s looking for.

Hoping for a battle of wits between the two and a captivating read!

Release Date: September 3rd 2019
Links : Goodreads | Amazon

 

 


Ninth House

Three words.

Leigh Bardugo. Fantasy. Leigh Bardugo.

Release Date: October 1st 2019 2019
Links : Goodreads | Amazon

 

 

The Beautiful

A paranormal historical fiction. And it’s been ages since I read a good vampire story… well, any vampire story. Please don’t disappoint me!

Release Date:  October 8th 2019
Links : Goodreads | Amazon

 

 

Twice in a Blue Moon

Christina Lauren has become a pick-me-up author from me. Besides, I’m always open to a good second-chance romance.

Fingers crossed!

Release Date: October 22nd 2019
Links : Goodreads | Amazon

 


Full Disclosure

A teenager looking for a startover at a new high school without letting word of her HIV disease ruining things for her.
So, this book has LGBTQ. POC. HIV?

Gimme already!

Release Date: October 29th 2019
Links : Goodreads | Amazon

 


Dangerous Alliance

An Austentacious Romance? More importantly a historical romance with an Austen-obsessed heroine? Color me intrigued.

Release Date: December 3rd 2019
Links : Goodreads | Amazon

 

 


Are any of these books in your list? Or are you interested by any of them? Let me know!

TOP TEN TUESDAY : FIRST 10 BOOKS I REVIEWED FOR MY BLOG

Happy Tuesday, people! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl. And the topic this week is the first 10 books I reviewed. I’ve never really reviewed seriously before starting this blog. So here are the first 10 books I reviewed for this blog –

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Transcend

The first of a duology with a reincarnation twist. There were 3 primary characters who all made my heart all achy.

My Rating : ★★★★★

 (Goodreads)

 

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Not So Nice Guy

A friends-to-lovers romance with enough fluff and sweetness to give you diabetes. If you’re in mood for a light and cute romance, this is it for you.

My rating: ★★★☆☆

(Goodreads)

 

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The Simple Wild

An atmospheric book that made me feel part of the world. At the center of it is a girl’s journey of self-discovery and the theme of family.

My rating: ★★★★★

(Goodreads)

 

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Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10)

The finale to my favorite Urban Fantasy series. Kate Daniels remains at the top of my list of favorite badass heroines.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

(Goodreads)

 

 

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Epoch (Transcend #2)

An emotional conclusion to the beautiful story we saw start in Transcend. The 3 characters in this book are very close to my heart.
Interesting fact – The covers photos of both the books actually have a role to play in the book.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

(Goodreads)

 

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Letters to the Lost

A heavy read on two characters who are dealing with grief in different ways and connect through letters left on a graveyard. I feel that the depth of this book was plagued by some cliches. The romance was minimal too. But it’s got a beautiful message about how first impressions can be wrong.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Goodreads)

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Good Luck With That

A beautiful read about friendship, addiction, self harm, obesity, mental illness and the importance of self-love.

It is not an easy read. But it has some meaningful messages that I feel we all need in our lives.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

(Goodreads)

 

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Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

One of my all-time favorite friends-to-lovers romances. It’s got an amazingly quirky heroine who is not afraid to be herself. It’s also got a Korean hero. *Swoon*

Worth a read if you like friends-to-lovers trope.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

(Goodreads)

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The Girl Made of Clay

A woman who has always had to look after herself is now now has an added responsibility to look after her estranged musician father after he is injured. Things are not all good with her pilot husband flying away frequently too. The father-daughter relationship was my favorite part of this book.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Goodreads)

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Sadie

Perhaps my favorite crime-suspense-mystery of last year. A very difficult read about a teenager on the run to find the man behind her younger sister’s death.

My Rating: ★★★★★

(Goodreads)

 


It was great revisiting the books I reviewed at the beginning of my blogging journey! ^_^

TOP TEN TUESDAY : The Ten Most Recent Additions to My TBR List

Hello all! Back with another TTT entry for another week. I’ll just name the most recent entries to my TBR based on my Goodreads Want-To-Read list.

Top Ten Tuesday is a blog meme hosted by the awesome That Artsy Reader Girl.


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What The Wind Knows 

Amy Harmon is one of my top favorite contemporary authors. And I absolutely loved the last historical fiction she wrote – From Sand And Ash. She’s a master at creating a mood in her books. This one’s a time-travel fantasy set in the Ireland of 1921. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

Goodreads Link – here.

 

 


The Place On Dalhousie

I could write essays on how much I love Melina Marchetta, okay? History suggests that if I read a book written by her, I’m bound to love it. I’ve been waiting for this book since I read the short story When Rosie Met Jim which is sort of a prologue to this book back in 2017. This book couldn’t come soon enough.

Goodreads Link – here.

 

 


Circe

I love Greek Mythology, retellings and strong women. This book happens to have all of them. Need I say more?

 

Goodreads Link – here.

 

 

 


The Poppy War

I found out about this book a little later than I’d have liked thanks to a friend’s review of it on Goodreads. The premise, the genre and the word-of-mouth – everything about this book compelled me to add it to my TBR.

 

Goodreads Link – here.

 


The Unhoneymooners

Two words. Christina Lauren.

A wedding? The bridesmaid and the best man? Hijacking a honeymoon? A lie about being married?

Gimme already!

Goodreads Link – here.

 

 

The Girl He Used To Know

This is one of the very first books I requested for in Netgalley… and got refused. So this was one of those cases of wanting what you can’t have (for the time being). And of course I love the sound of the book.

 

Goodreads Link – here.

 

 

We Came Here To Forget

The cover was the first thing that attracted me. The premise of a young olympic skier escaping to Argentina after losing everything and reinventing herself with a group of expats was what sold it for me.  Hoping that it will be a good one.

Goodreads Link – here.

 

 

 


The Vanishing Stair

I’ve just started Truly Devious. And I’m really liking it so far. So I just went ahead and added the sequel to my TBR. I’m hoping to love the series even more as I go ahead.

 

Goodreads Link – here.

 

 


The Beautiful

I can’t remember the last time I was this intrigued by the premise of a Young Adult with vampires. This one also happens to be a historical fiction. And this is Renée Ahdieh we’re talking about. Can you blame me for having high hopes?

 

 

Goodreads Link – here.


Park Avenue Summer

Mad Men meets Devil Wears Prada. This book promises an insider’s look at the rise of Helen Gurley Brown- the woman who changed the dynamics of what magazines would do as an editor-in-chief at Cosmopolitan – through the eyes of her assistant who I assume is fictional.

I’m really intrigued and excited by the sound of this book. Hope it won’t disappoint.

Goodreads Link – here.


This is it. Fingers crossed that these books live up to my expectations!
2019, please don’t let me down!

BOOK REVIEW : My Favorite Half-Night Stand

Millie Morris has always been one of the guys. A UC Santa Barbara professor, she’s a female-serial-killer expert who’s quick with a deflection joke and terrible at getting personal. And she, just like her four best guy friends and fellow professors, is perma-single.

So when a routine university function turns into a black tie gala, Mille and her circle make a pact that they’ll join an online dating service to find plus-ones for the event. There’s only one hitch: after making the pact, Millie and one of the guys, Reid Campbell, secretly spend the sexiest half-night of their lives together, but mutually decide the friendship would be better off strictly platonic.

But online dating isn’t for the faint of heart. While the guys are inundated with quality matches and potential dates, Millie’s first profile attempt garners nothing but dick pics and creepers. Enter “Catherine”—Millie’s fictional profile persona, in whose make-believe shoes she can be more vulnerable than she’s ever been in person. Soon “Catherine” and Reid strike up a digital pen-pal-ship…but Millie can’t resist temptation in real life, either. Soon, Millie will have to face her worst fear—intimacy—or risk losing her best friend, forever.

Perfect for fans of Roxanne and She’s the Man, Christina Lauren’s latest romantic comedy is full of mistaken identities, hijinks, and a classic love story with a modern twist. Funny and fresh, you’ll want to swipe right on My Favorite Half-Night Stand.


After being absolutely spellbound by her previous release (I still can’t get over Josh and Hazel’s adorableness), I was expecting to be wowed by Christina Lauren’s new release yet again. She’s such a favorite of mine that the expectations are always automatically heightened. But I was let down this time.

There’s a lot to love about My Favorite Half-Night Stand. I loved the friendship of the main group. All the characters had their own quirks. The banter and ribbing between the friends was fun and I could connect with their friendship. I also loved the texts between Millie and Reid. There was depth to it and I could feel the compatibility between them.

But Millie? I had MANY issues with her character. I get why she is the way she is. I also could empathize with her inability to open up. But I just could not understand the motivations behind her actions. She came off as whimsical and not at all in a relatable or adorable way. She totally played with Reid’s emotions. I found her to be emotionally immature but in a way that did not warrant any sympathy from me. I kept shaking my head in disbelief at some of the things she did and just so randomly.

Friends-to-lovers is my favorite trope but it failed to please me this time. Although, I loved the texts between Reid and Millie, I was not 100% convinced by their attraction towards each other. At one point, I wanted to see more of the friends than these two. I think that says a lot when the supporting characters interest you a lot more than the protagonists.

Although, I’m disappointed by the book, I am pleased with the world that the author created and want to see more of the characters. I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of the guys get their own stories. Fingers crossed that they live up to my expectations!


My Rating: ★★★☆☆

Links – Amazon | Goodreads | Book Depository | Barnes & Noble

Book Review: Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating By Christina Lauren

 

Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.

Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.

Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right?



Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating 
has been on my tbr list since I found out about it in June. My past experience has mostly been disappointing with books I get excited about. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case for this one.

This is now on my top 3 best contemporary romances I read this year. I absolutely adored this book. Josh and Hazel were perfect! Their friendship and love for each other warmed my heart.

Hazel was wonderfully weird. I could relate to her at so many levels! I like to think I’m embarrassing and lack no mouth filter just like Hazel. (Well, maybe not to the extent she is, but close.) Hazel was no-nonsense and loved herself. It was so beautiful to see her knowing that she’s too much for a lot of people and still determined to not change herself.

“The world seems full of men who are initially infatuated by our eccentricities, but who ultimately expect them to be temporary.”

We see people throughout the book being embarrassed by her and trying to tone her down. The way she handles these people and yet hides the pain she feels from that was so heartening and sad to read. Yes, I loved her larger-than-life persona, but her vulnerabilities won me over. It was also sad how she wouldn’t let herself entertain ideas of something more with Josh because she thought she wasn’t good enough for her.

“I realize that finding the perfect person isn’t going to be easy for me because I’m a lot to take,” she says, “but I’m not going to change just so that I’m more datable.”

And Josh Im? Josh, oh Josh! Josh really was the perfect guy that Hazel liked to call him. He might be the epitome of all things nice, stable and dependable. He was the antithesis to Hazel’s craziness. And yet, he wasn’t boring. The way he let Hazel shine and just be, made butterflies flutter in my stomach. And every time someone said something remotely negative about Hazel, Josh’s protectiveness springing up melted my heart. It was great to see a hero so in tune with his emotions.

“He doesn’t need me to change or pretend to be someone else. He’s my person. He’s my best friend.”

The plot was good. One thing I really appreciated was that although Josh and Hazel are forced to become roommates for a while, that’s a temporary. I’ve read enough books where something or other forces the protagonists to stay roomie permanently. But no, the friendship between Josh and Hazel was a lot more than being forced roomies.

There was no rivalry or misunderstandings. It was nice to see mutual respect and consideration between two protagonists, which is such a rarity in contemporary romances these days.

I’ve been all praises for this book so far but the direction it took at the end kind of dulled the awesomeness of the book for me. That twist wasn’t as bad as to change my love for the book. I didn’t hate it. But I think I’d have preferred a different direction than the one it took.

In short, if you like contemporary romances that are laugh-out-loud funny; have slow burn, great chemistry, steamy scenes, healthy relationships; then this is the one for you.


My Rating: ★★★★☆