TOP TEN TUESDAY : SPRING-SUMMER TBR

Hello everyone! I hope everyone is doing well. These are tough times. Please stay cautious and take extra care of yourself!

The topic for this week’s TTT is Spring TBR. Where I live (Bangladesh), we have six seasons, with each season having 2 months. Summer starts Mid-April here. So a Spring TBR would be too short. That’s why, I’m listing my Spring-Summer TBR here.

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.


 

 

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

A romance between two fiances who have fallen out of love with each other, but cannot call off the wedding. Pranks, sabotage and rediscovering love are my favorite things in a romance. Can’t wait!

 

 

 

What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter

Internet friends turning into IRL crush?

Count me in!

 

 

 

 

The Heart Principle

The third installment of what has become my favorite series and featuring a character that I absolutely adored previously. And to add to that, it’s a the author’s take on a gender swapped Sabrina?

Can you blame me for being excited?

 

 

Someday in Paris by Olivia Lara

A story of star-crossed lovers set in Paris in the 1950s?

Tell me more.

 

 

 

 

The Trouble With Hating You by Sanji Patel

An engineer and a lawyer meeting being set up by their parents. Both people of color and Asian? Is this  the book I’ve been waiting for all my life?

Stay tuned.

 

 

 

The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morganthaler

I have a feeling a vacation romance is just the thing I’ll need during what I expect to be a scorching Summer.

 

 

 

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Two authors of opposing genres stuck spending the summer in the same place, strike a deal to overcome their respective creative ruts.

I don’t think I can survive the potential disappointing such a brilliant idea not living up to its potential.

 

 

 

More Than Maybe Erin Hahn

So what if my ARC request for this cute YA about a music blogger, and the son of the punk rock musician got declined? (Cries in rivers)

I am still allowed to be excited for this!

 

 

Head Over Heels by Hannah Orenstein

A journey of a former Olympic gymnast finding herself. I’m hoping for a healthy dose of emotional payoff from this book.

 

 

 

 

Daughter of the Reich by Louise Fein

The daughter of a high-ranking Nazi official forced to choose between her loyalty to her country and an impossible love.

Such a compelling synopsis, and perfect for my recent interest in fiction set in World War II.

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 : Recent additions to my Goodreads TBR

Hello all! So, I don’t have a list of books I want to read just for Spring 2019, like the topic of this weeks TTT suggests. So I’m just going to list the recent additions to my Goodreads TBR.

Top Ten Tuesday is currently being hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl.



Well Met: An enemies-to-lovers rom-com set in a small town. Count me in.

 
Releases – September 3rd.

 

 

Skyward: So what if I haven’t been able to read Mistborn yet? I’m still allowed to add another book by Brandon Sanderson to my TBR. Okay?

 

Releases – November 6th.

 

 


Sapphire Flames: The latest book on the Hidden Legacy universe which I really love. I’m excited to meet my favorite cast of characters.

 

 

Releases – August 27th.

 

The Seduction Expert: A contemporary romance with the main theme of women empowerment? Can I resist?

 
Releases – May 27th.

 

 

Husband Material: This one’s about a widow who relies on data and algorithms to find balance in her life. The premise interests me. But the reviews have been mixed. So I might not end up reading it. Who knows?

 

 

Releases – December 30th.

 

 

Passion On Park Avenue: I can always trust Lauren Layne to appease my heart with a good romcom. This one has the enemies-to-lovers trope that I simply adore. And it’s about 3 friends. Definitely ticks all the boxes for me.

 

 

Releases – May 28th.

 


Messy, Wonderful Us: A women on a journey to Italy to find out more about her mother with her best friend on tow. I always love myself a good fiction focusing on families and friendships. I hope to not be disappointed by this one.

 
Releases – May 30th.

 

 

Say You Still Love Me: K. A. Tucker? Yes. Second chance romance? Yes. A rich girl and a guy from the wrong side of the tracks? Yes. Please please don’t let me down!

 

Releases – August 6th.

 

 


The Friend Zone: The maid of honor about to secretly go through a medical procedure which would make her unable to conceive. A best man who wants a big family some day. The attraction is real. So is the conflict. I can’t wait to see how the author handles such a great premise!

 

Releases – July 9th.

 

The Bride Test: I liked The Kiss Quotient a lot. But I’d have loved it if I’d read it when I was in a mood for the kind of romance it was. So I’m hell bent on picking up The Bride Test, a sequel to the Kiss Quotient, when I’m in the right mood for this. But make no mistake, I’ll definitely read this one.

 

Releases – May 7th.

 

 


 

 

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!

TOP TEN TUESDAY : Books I Meant To Read In 2018 But Didn’t Get To

I’m back to doing doing TTT after two weeks. I just had to do this topic! Gotta give add that extra layer of guilt any chance I get. I feel like I have a gazillion books I meant to read but didn’t get to in 2018. So it’ll be hard to narrow it down to just 10. But let’s try anyway.

For anyone who doesn’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the amazing That Artsy Reader Girl.


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The Great Alone : Okay. I’ll be honest. I did start it and read a few pages. But something came up that kept me busy for a few days. I have yet to pick it up again. Sigh.

 

Children of Blood And Bone : I might be one of the very rare few who have still not read the book. I disappoint myself.

 

Circe : Everything about this book appeals to me – the cover, the genre, the premise. But I found out about this book very late and I just couldn’t for some reason get to read it. I hope to amend that soon, though.

 

The Seven And A Half Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle : This one was just a case of laziness on my part. I haven’t heard one bad thing about this book. But I know that I’ll be reading this soon enough, after I can get done with the backlog with my ARCs.

 

A Reaper At The Gates: I had planned to re-read the first two before starting this one. But I just couldn’t get myself to start the series again. Ergo this one’s still unread.

 

 

 

The Hate U Give: I don’t know what is it that really stops me from starting this book. This is a book that I meant to read in 2017 and I didn’t. I then intended to read it in 2018 and I didn’t. I intend to read it in 2019 too. Will this finally be the year? I certainly hope so!

 

Becoming: I don’t normally get tempted by non-fiction easily. But Becoming is one book that I just feel like I HAVE to get my hands in. It released in late-2018 and it was a non-fiction. I already had a lot of fictions to finish from my TBR to make time for this. But I see myself starting it soon enough.

 


The Name Of The Wind: Another book I don’t know why I couldn’t make myself start. I know I’m gonna like it. So what’s stopping me?

 

The City Of Brass: I started this book back in 2017 but couldn’t finish it because I got entangled in some family drama. And then although I wanted to pick it up the next year, it just kept evading my mind. I am sure that I’m gonna love this book. I just need to get into the mood to start it.

 

Truly Devious: Good news is that I’ve just recently started the book. So, 2019 might just be the year!


 

TAG : Tropes Book Tag

I was tagged by the my favorite Sara @ Bibliophagist for this!

It’s funny that I was excited when I got tagged in the post, but then I’ve been slacking off so much this past month that I forgot about it and had to actually go back and search for this tag! Yeah, I gotta catch up fast. And I’ll start with this amazing tag! 😀


HOPELESSLY DEVOTED | NAME TWO CHARACTERS FROM SEPARTE SERIES THAT YOU SHIP

Shipping characters from the same series is hard enough without adding the difficulty of them belonging to different series! So, no. I’ve never shipped characters from different series.

DAMSEL IN DISTRESS | NAME A FEMALE MC WHO DIDN’T NEED A MAN TO COMPLETE HER

Lisbeth Salander.

 

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT | NAME YOUR OTP

Rhett Buttler and Scarlett O’ Hara. Gone With The Wind.

MENTAL ILLNESS AS A QUIRK | NAME A BOOK THAT REPRESENTED MENTAL ILLNESS WELL

Perks Of Being A Wallflower, maybe?

THE CHOSEN ONE | NAME A MAIN CHARACTER THAT DID (OR ALMOST DID) RUIN A SERIES FOR YOU

Unpopular Opinion – Feyre got on my nerves more often than not during The Court of Wings And Ruin. I would have enjoyed the book a lot more with a little less of her self-righteous attitude.

 

FRIENDS TO LOVERS | NAME A DUO THAT WENT FROM FRIENDSHIP GOALS TO RELATIONSHIP GOALS

Definitely, Josh and Hazel.

AMNESIA | NAME A BOOK YOU WOULD FORGET FOR ONE REASON OR ANOTHER

Harry Potter. So that I could read the whole series for the first time again. Heh!

BAD BOYS | NAME YOUR FAVORITE VILLAIN

To hate or love?
My favorite villain to hate is Dolores Umbridge.
My favorite villain to love is Victor Vale.

MISSING PARENTS OR ADULTS | NAME A BOOK THAT COULD’VE BENEFITED FROM A BIT OF PARENTAL GUIDANCE OR ADULT SUPERVISION

Umm… I know there are books I’ve read which could use some of parental guidance. But I can’t for the life of me think of any of them right now. Meh.

GIRL/GUY GANG | TAG SOME FRIENDS

DaisyGal | Rebecca | Melany


This was as fun as it was difficult! Of course, if you don’t feel like doing it, then that’s fine! But if I didn’t tag you and you still want to do it, please don’t let that stop you! ❤ 

             

 

 

Best of September ’18

Happy October, everyone! I’ve already done a TBR list for Fall before. So I thought I’d make a post about the best reads of September. I’ve read a LOT of books this month. Almost 20. But I’m not gonna talk about the unimpressive ones. Life’s too short to spend more than enough time on things we didn’t like.

So, here are my best reads of September –


ARCs


The Bird King : The writing in this one was so rich, the world-building so outstanding that I feel unequipped to say anything else about this.

Read my review here.


Phoenix Unbound : Grace Draven yet again delivers a masterstroke with her newest release. It was a perfect combination of action, adventure, fantasy and romance.

Read my review here.


99 Percent Mine : I didn’t expect to read this January ’19 release this early but I did. Sally Thorne again weaves a romance that strikes the right chords. And in the process I got another book boyfriend – Tom Valeska.

Read my review here.

 


TBR Cleanup


Vicious :
It took me 5 years but I finally did it. This book introduced me to one of my most favorite characters in contemporary fiction – Victor Vale. It hasn’t even been a full day since I finished this book. But I can confidently say this about Victor Vale. That’s how good V. E. Schwab’s writing is.

Read my review here.



September Releases


VengefulThe sequel was even more of an emotional ride than Vicious. There are enough unexpected twists and curves to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Read my review here.


Sadie :
One of the best I read this year. The ending was realistic and does not give us the closure we expect fictions to give us. But nonetheless, this was a brilliant piece of story-telling.

Read my review here.


Josh & Hazel’s Guide To Not Dating :
It’s among the top 3 romances I read this year. Josh and Hazel are #CoupleGoals. This is the only book in the list that I rated 4-stars. But that’s only for the ending. The rest of the book was amazing!

Read my review here.



Rereads


Finnikin Of The Rock (Lumatere Chronicles #1) : I can never get over how wonderful this book is no matter how many times I read it. The world-building and character-growth is absolutely beautiful.

 


Froi Of The Exiles (Lumatere Chronicles #2) :
In terms of plot, character-development and storytelling, this book even surpasses its predecessor. No words can be enough to describe my love for Quintana, Froi, Finnikin, Isaboe, Phaedra and Lucian.

 





I’m really happy with my September reads. I hope October proves to be even better! What do you think about my list? I hope to see your opinions about the books in my list.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

Another Tuesday is here. Another interesting prompt. For those who don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is weekly blog meme created and hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s prompt is Book By My Favorite Authors That I still haven’t Read.

In most cases, a favorite author for me is someone all of whose books I loved. I think I tend to read all the books by my favorite authors. But there are some cases where that doesn’t happen or yet to happen. I’ll talk about those authors here. Time to revisit my guilt.


 

Lethal White Series | Rober Galbraith : I owe J. K. Rowling a lot. Harry Potter has a occupies a huge part in my life and heart. It’s the series that made me fall in love with books. So I still can’t figure out why I can’t make myself start this series.

 


The Cursed Child | J. K. Rowling : Well, it’s a more of a play than a book. It’s also not really written by Rowling but rather based on the story by her. So, technically this might not even count as a book by her.

Okay, here’s the thing, I was dubious about the whole thing since it was announced. And I’ve heard enough things about the book from my friends to never be interested in touching this book. I don’t want to let any flawed piece of work ruin my nostalgia for the books. I’m happy with where the books ended. I’ve also read enough Harry Potter fanfiction in my days to have curbed my thirst for any future stories in the Wizarding World. You know what I’d like, though? A book based on the Maruarders.

 

Saving Francesca | Melina Marchetta : I love Melina Marchetta. I have read every book by her except this one. I even read the second book ( The Piper’s So) set in the same universe as this. Saving Francesca has evaded me most probably because it was her second book. But I do plan to read it. I just need to dig down my TBR hole.

 


Looking For Alibrandi | Melina Marchetta : This was even before Saving Francesca so it’s even deeper down my TBR hole. To be honest, I’m not very confident about starting this book any time soon. But it all depends on my whims, really. And I DO tend to be very whimsical with my reading moods.

 

Infinity + One | Amy Harmon : Same case as above. I’ve read all books by Amy Harmon other than this. Except, I don’t think I’ll ever read this book. The theme of the book is that of Bonny & Clyde which is just not my thing.

 

   

Faeries of Dreamdark | Laini Taylor : Another series deep buried in my TBR list. I don’t know if and when I’ll ever get to start this series.

 

  

Innkeeper Chronicles | Ilona Andrews : What made me a fan of Ilona Andrews was the 10-book series of Kate Daniels. By the time I was done with that, she was about tor release Hidden Legacy which became another favorite. I already had 2 of her incomplete series I was in love with. I didn’t have the time or energy to start another incomplete series.

 

   

The Edge | Ilona Andrews : The same case as above. When I discover an author I like, I usually go from the most recent of her releases to her earlier ones. Now that Kate Daniels is over, I might get more motivation to start these 2 series now. You know what would motivate me more, though? Better covers.

 

          Holding You

Holding You Duet | Jewel E. Ann : Jewel E. Ann is a writer who is slowly climbing to the top of my contemporary authors. She gets better with each of her new releases. But her earlier and older releases are not as impressive. This was her earliest work and going by the trend of everything else I’ve read by her, this could be her least impressive work. And I’m not really tempted by the blurb or the reviews it’s gotten. Meh.

 

The Grisha Trilogy | Leigh Bardugo : She’s a recent favorite. I loved her Six of Crows so much that I don’t think I’m capable of not liking any of her books. I definitely will read the Grisha Trilogy soon. Sooner even than any of the other books on the list. It should be a crime not to read everything by Leigh Bardugo. And I don’t want to partake in this crime any longer. If only there weren’t additions to my TBR list every day.


So, I might not harbor guilt for not having read all of these books, a few of them maybe – but definitely not all of them. Hopefully this partial guilt trip down the lane will make me start the books (I DO feel guilty about) asap!