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 : LAST 10 BOOKS THAT GAVE ME BOOK HANGOVER

The topic for this week’s TTT is Authors with Fun Social Media Presence. I unfortunately don’t really follow authors on social media, so this topic is not for me. So I’m going to do a topic from 2 weeks ago that I had been interested in but could not end up doing.

I define book hangover as something that makes it difficult for me to move on from a book. It could be both a good thing or a bad.

It’s about the last 10 books that gave me book hangover. Better late than never!


       

Cheese in the Trap : This webtoon or graphic novel has the most realistic and compelling portrayal about human nature. It’s based on the college life of student Hong Sul who suddenly finds a senior Jung Yoo being friendly to her. It’s jarring because she suspects that the terrible things that happened to her last year was all thanks to him.

The characters in this are all so fascinating. I finished the 301 chapters in a day!

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird : This wasn’t a good sort of book hangover. Rather, it was the longing for more that made it hard for me to move on. More insight into a certain character. A longing for perhaps a different sort of execution. Or just a better closure maybe.

Wild at Heart : I was so sucked into the world of the Alaskan wilderness, that it  took me some time to get out of it. The book is perhaps a little too domestic for some people, but I savored every little thing about it.

If I Never Met You : A strong independent woman rediscovering herself and her life after breaking up with her long-term boyfriend. I was fully invested in her journey. *Whispers* And the fake romance trope…

Chasing Lucky : It’s not perfect, but this YA had just the right amount of teenage angst and misadventures to draw me in. Also, Lucky is reason enough for a book hangover.

Lucky Caller : A group of unlikely students are brought together because of an assignment about having a radio show of  their own. What follows is a hilarious and warm tale of friendship and love.

Where the Lost Wander : A poignant love story at the backdrop of the Oregon trail and traversing the Wild West back in the the 1850s. It’s not an easy read but gripping all the same. What’s amazing is that it’s based on a real story of real people.

Headliners : A love story of two rival TV presenters who are forced by circumstances to co-host a morning show. Need I say more?

Ninth House : This one has a lot of mixed reviews. But I found the story and the universe compelling enough to move on from.

Bring Down the Duke : No book has since been able to surpass the effect that this amazing gem of a book had in me. I loved this love story between a duke and a destitute blue stocking with the backdrop of the suffrage movement so much! I found it hard for a week to read anything else. I kept going back to it. Talk about a massive book hangover.


 

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Favorite Books With Single-Word Titles

Time for another Top Ten Tuesday! The theme for the week is “Books With Single-Word Titles”.  I was confused. Should I just list random books with single word titles? Or should it be books I have read? So I went with the single-word titles that I enjoyed.

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.


Emma by Jane Austen


Persuasion by Jane Austen

Rebecca by Daphne du Murier

Arabella by Georgette Heyer

 

Frederica by Georgette Heyer

 

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

 

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Transcend by Jewel E Ann

Kulti by Mariana Zapata


 

TOP TEN TUESDAY : Characters I’d Follow On Social Media

Happy Tuesday, guys! The topic for week’s TTT is characters I’d follow on Social Media, something I really found interesting!

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.


Disclaimer: Okay, if I had the choice I’d definitely follow all Harry Potter characters on my social media. But I’m just picking the top three characters for this list.

Ron Weasley (Harry Potter)

The thought of Ron Weasley and his sarcastic and witty quips to lighten up my social media makes me so happy!

Fred & George Weasley (Harry Potter)

I have a feeling that the Weasley twins would be the Meme king and post the funniest prank videos.

Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter)

Anyone remember that one time Luna Lovegood did commentary for the quidditch match? What I wouldn’t give to find commentary like that regularly on my social media feed!

Karou (Daughter of Smoke & Bones)

Karou would post her amazing art and fill my feed with awesome aesthetics!

Calla (The Simple Wild)

Aesthetics. Aesthetics. Aesthetics. She lives in Alaska and would give me travel goals!

Rhysand (A Court of Thorns and Roses)

I’d love Rhysand and his brand of humor on social media. Besides, I’d also get great pics of the gang!

Lucy Hutton (The Hating Game)

Lucyyy! Okay, to be honest, as much as I love her, my prime reason for following her would be getting glimpses of Joshua because I really don’t see him ever getting a social media or being active on it.

Anabelle (Bringing Down the Duke)

Anabelle would be lovely to follow on social media. I’d not only get updates on her suffrage movement but also get to see glimpses of her life with my favorite duke!

Emma (Emma)

Out of all Austen characters, I think Emma would be the most fascinating on social media.

Blair Waldorf (Gossip Girl)

As much as the books suck, I will forever be grateful to them for the character of Blair Waldorf. She’s someone I’d obsessively stalk on social media!


 

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 : FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2019

I was going to do a similar post on my own about this anyway, but since it gels with the weekly TOP TEN TUESDAY, all the better! What better way to wrap up the year? I’ll talk about my favorite releases from 2019 here only.

Doing a TTT after what feels ages. It’s good to be slowing finding my blogging foot back.


The Beantown Girls | Jane Healey

I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this gem of a book. Three friends join as volunteers in Red Cross Clubmobile girls during World War II. My favorite thing about this book is probably the female friendships. But it’s also about courage and love.

You can find my review here.

 

Have You Seen Luis Velez? | Catherine Ryan Hyde

Another ARC that I loved. An uplifting and heartwarming coming-of-age story about a black teenager living with his white mother and her family from her second marriage to a white guy. He finally finds a sense of belonging when he meets his ninety-two year old neighbor, and sets out on a mission to help her. It’s wonderfully written and impossible to dislike.

You can find my review here.

 

The Bride Test | Helen Hoang

A beautiful love story between two very different individuals. I liked this one a lot more than its predecessor. It could be because both the main characters are Asian, or that they are equally flawed. Or it could be just because they’re both adorable and fleshed out really well.

You can find my review here.

 

The Place in Dalhousie | Melina Marchetta

This particular story is about Jimmy Haller coming home, Rosie – the mother of his child, and Rosie’s step mother Martha. It’s about how these people figure out their lives and their complicated relationships. And Melina Marchetta can write about dysfunctional families like nobody else.

You can find my review here.

 

Love From A to Z | S. K. Ali

This book explores many themes that I hold close to my heart –  Islam, migrant condition workers in the middle east, feminism, and love. And the author does full justice to it.

You can find my review here.

 

Lovely War | Julie Berry

This book is narrated by Greek Gods and intertwines two love stories set in World War I. Really, what’s not to love?

You can find my review here.

 

Daisy Jones & the Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid

A book narrated in forms of interviews where the characters look back on the rise and fall of an iconic band. This book was too real and raw for my heart. Taylor Jenkins Reid sure knows how to write strong women.

You can find my review here.

 

The First Girl Child | Amy Harmon

 A book about Nordic kings, runes, curses and magic. It’s a masterpiece, is what it is. If you haven’t read Amy Harmon, you’ve made a mistake. Easily my top 3 of the year.

You can find my review here.

 

Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo

The best writing of the year for me. There are a lot of polarizing reviews on this. Yes, the beginning does not make it easy, nor do the triggers. But the story only gets better from there.  I absolutely loved the writing, the plot and the characters in this world about ghosts, magic, portals and whatnot.

You can find my review here.

 

Bringing Down the Duke | Evie Dunmore

Hands down my most favorite romance of the year. This book almost reads like a modern romance, with its incorporation of the suffrage movement. What’s not to like about this book? Sizzling chemistry. Just the perfect amount of angst. Women fighting for their rights. A progressive hero. Relatable heroine. Compelling backdrops.

You can find my review here.


So, these are my favorites of 2019. I can’t wait to read the lists of everyone else and see if there are any matches!

TOP TEN TUESDAY : Characters That Gave Me the Creeps

Hello all! Doing a TTT after a long time and it’s a Halloween freebie! I’ve decided to list characters who I found creepy. Brace yourselves

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


Fenrir Greyback | Harry Potter : No better book to start a halloween list with than Harry Potter. Is there anyone who didn’t find this werewolf creepy?

 

Gollum | Lord of the Rings : Gollum gives the word ‘creepy’ a new meaning. It also helps that his film version was equally if not more scary. I doubt the new version will be able to beat that.

 

Hannibal Lecter | Silence of the lambs : Umm, he is a cannibal. And I watched the movie before reading the book. Plus, I watched the movie first and the outstanding Anthony Hopkins came to my mind whenever Hannibal appeared on the pages. Made the read ten times scarier.

 

Minya | Strange the Dreamer Duet : The tiny childlike woman who can control ghosts? This is one fascinating creation by my favorite author.

 

Coraline’s Other Mother | Coraline : I don’t remember her name. But I can still can feel the creeps she gave me. But I gotta say, this was one of the cases where I loved the movie more than the book.

 

Thiago | Daughter of Smoke and Bones : Man, whenever this character appeared on the pages, the creepiness factor also rose up. I could totally relate to Karou.

 

Pride | Fullmetal Alchemist : Although I found Father to be the scariest villain, Pride for me took the cake with his creepiness factor beneath the innocent child exterior.

Jack Randall | Outlander : I absolutely hated the guy from the very first page he appeared. His attitude towards women only made me wish the worst for him. A true lecher.

Mrs. Danvers | Rebecca : An iconic villain. She gave me the creeps in so many scenes.

 

Lord Voldemort| Harry Potter: A list of creepy characters with no Lord Voldemort in it? Impossible.

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TOP TEN TUESDAY : COMPARING COVER DESIGNS

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I’m doing Top Ten Tuesday after a few weeks. Hope to not skip it again for a whole. Fingers Crossed. The topic for this week is ‘Cover redesigns I hated or loved.’

But the thing with me is I don’t really remember which design came first or later for a few of the books I discuss below. Anyways, I simply compare the book covers and the one on the right is the one I prefer.

 


          

Ember in the Ashes: Now, the first cover isn’t bad by any definition. But just compare it to the one on the right. That cover is simply stunning!

 

            

Vicious: I think the first cover has this 90s vibe to it. Whereas the neat and contemporary design of the second cover, in my opinion, perfectly goes with the story of Vicious.

 

           

Daughter of Smoke & Bone: The first cover is just too generic. On the other hand, look at that second cover. It is so detailed and mysterious! And this image depicts perhaps the most momentous part of the book.

            

The City of Brass: The intricate detailing and design of the second cover definitely tops the less impressive cover in the first one.

              

The Night Circus: Now, this is a tough one. While I don’t find either of the covers too stunning or too unimpressive, I think I like the second one more. Having said that, I’d prefer a different font and title design.

 

                                               

Throne of Glass: That first cover just doesn’t have anything to draw you. That second on the other hand depicts a badass heroine who you definitely would wanna read a book and a series about.

While we’re at it, will we ever have redesigned covers of The Court of Roses and Thorns Series? Please?

 

            

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine: While I like the understated and graceful vibes that the first cover gives, I like the second one even more, because it’s unique and actually has a connection to the story itself.

 

              

Making Faces: The first cover simply doesn’t do justice to the compelling and beautiful story of the book. Compare it to the second one. There just is something undeniably hypnotic about the picture.

 

                

The Piper’s Son: The Piper’s Son is such an underrated book and I blame the first cover for it. The first cover gives a totally wrong idea about the book. And I fell for it. The second cover, while not mind-blowing, is more accurate for the book.

 

              

The Start of Me and You: What the hell is that first cover? I know that it’s beautiful and scenic. But it’s also generic and in no way has any resemblance to the two amazing main characters or the story itself. I like both the second and third cover but the third one is more relevant to the story, even though the colors in the second one makes you want to own it!

TOP TEN TUESDAY : FAVORITE CHARACTER REDEMPTION ARCS

Happy Tuesday everyone! I’m doing a Top Ten Tuesday after a while. This week’s topic is a Character Freebie. I’m gonna list my favorite characters with redemption arcs. Now, I’ve read more character redemption arcs than I can count. But these are the ones which I loved more than the others.

FYI, the brilliant fanarts featured here are certainly not mine!

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.


1. Boromir (Lord Of The Rings) : How can any list about redemption be complete without Boromir? He’s one of my most favorite characters from the series.

2. Scar (Full Metal Alchemist) : Boromir could be considered harmless when compared to scar. He killed too many good people for that. But empathizing with him becomes easier once you get to know his story.

3. Minya (Strange The Dreamer) : For a large part of the duology, I felt an immense hatred for Minya. I knew why she became the way she did, but it just could not justify what she did. But by the end, she made a solid place in my heart.

4. Thyon (Strange The Dreamer) : Is it cheating if I list two characters from the same series? But how can I help it? They had the most satisfying character arcs and I couldn’t just chose between these two.

5. Akiva (Daughter of Smoke and Bones) : I know. I used three characters by one author. Am I lazy or what? But, she just writes redemptive arcs so well! And Akiva more than redeemed himself for the chaos he struck out of vengeance for losing his love.

6. Hugh d’Ambray (Kate Daniels & Iron Covenant) : Hugh d’Ambray had a satisfying redemption in his own series Iron Covenant after being abandoned by the man he considered everything. He was a grade A evil a’hole initially and it was great to see his fall from grace and find his feet.

7. Froi (Lumatere Chronicles) : We’re talking about a character who tries to force himself on the protagonist in the first book and then goes on to have his own book. He doesn’t go through an overnight transformation. It’s not an easy journey. He doesn’t become perfect. But he goes on to make you care for him. So freaking much.

8. Rhysand (A Court of Thorns and Roses) : Is it a redemption arc when a character is not a misguided evil to start with? Rhys was a misunderstood hero, to be honest. But when you think about it, this is a character that does a lot of evil things just to keep his people alive and safe, for the greater good. And Sara Mass does a brilliant job in crafting the journey of his extremely flawed and yet well-meaning character. In the end, it’s clear that he’s a marshmallow.

9. Severus Snape (Harry Potter) : Another character without whom any redemption list is incomplete. Snape wasn’t perfect. He was a bully. But he protected a lot of people over the series, even all the while treating then like crap. I don’t love him as much as certain Potterheads do. But he’s definitely one of the best written characters I’ve personally read.

10. Regulas Black (Harry Potter) : Regulas Black is such an underrated character! His arc was so minor and unacknowledged in the books. He died without the world knowing his redemption. It still makes me sob thinking how even to his last breath, he would rather sacrifice his own life than have his servant – a house-elf – be hurt, unknown to the world.

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!