Thursday, March 9, 2017

Most Anticipated Book Releases of 2017 (April-June)

April Releases

Geekerella by Ashley Poston (April 4)
 Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor (April 4)
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (April 11)
Alex and Eliza: A Love Story by Melissa de la Cruz (April 11)

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The Takedown by Corrie Wang (April 11)
Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis (April 11)
Fireworks by Katie Cotugno (April 11)
North of Happy by Adi Alsaid (April 25)

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May Releases

Four Weeks, Five People by Jennifer Yu (May 2) 
Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith (May 2)
Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott (May 2)
Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman (May 2)

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Dreamfall by Amy Plum (May 2)
The Black Witch by Laurie Forest (May 2)
Cold Summer by Gwen Cole (May 2)
Just a Normal Tuesday by Kim Turrisi (May 2)


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 The Seafarer's Kiss by Julia Ember (May 4)
The Fallen Children by David Owen (May 4) 
Release by Patrick Ness (May 4) 
Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy (May 9) 

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Brave New Girl by Rachel Vincent (May 9) 
A Million Junes by Emily Henry (May 16)
The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord (May 16)
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh (May 16)

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The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich (May 16) 
The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby (May 16)
In a Perfect World by Trish Doller (May 23)
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare (May 23)

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The Gauntlet by Megan Shepherd (May 23)
One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus (May 30)
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (May 30)

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June Releases

This Impossible Light by Lily Myers (June 6)
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley (June 6) 
Rules for Thieves by Alexandra Ott (June 6)
We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan (June 13)

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The Suffering Tree by Elle Cosimano (June 13)
 Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire (June 13)
Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios (June 13)
Want by Cindy Pon (June 13) 

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Giant Days Volume 5 by John Allison (June 20)
Little Wrecks by Meredith Miller (June 27)

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

You're Welcome Universe by Whitney Gardner Spoiler-Free Mini Review

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You're Welcome Universe by Whitney Gardner
March 7, 2017
304 Pages
My Rating: 4.5/5 
This book packed a punch. The beginning of the book sucked me right in, and I instantly fell in love with the story. I immediately felt like I was being introduced to a whole new world. This book is so educational. I learned SO much about Deaf culture and street art. I loved the way this book focused on female friendship and kicked romance to the side. Julia is such a kick-ass main character and an important character to have in YA literature. I took a half-star off because I wish this book would have been shorter. I believe it would have had the ability to pack an even greater punch if it was. Towards the middle, the book began to drag and I lost interest. Although, the end of the book made up for it. Overall, I really loved this book. It is such an important one.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

#DiversityBingo2017 TBR

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Diversity Bingo was created by many different individuals in the book community. If you are interested in participating, searching #DiversityBingo2017 on Twitter will give you a plethora of information. I mentioned in an earlier post that I would be doing a TBR of the books that I want to read throughout the year for Diversity Bingo. I am super excited about a lot of books on this list, and I hope you find a lot of suggestions from this list.

Romance with a Transgender Main Character
-If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Non-Binary Main Character (#ownvoices)
-Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz
Science Fiction/Fantasy With Disabled Main Character 
-On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
Practicing Jewish Main Character
-How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsh

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 Indian Main Character (#ownvoices)
-Mirror in the Sky by Aditi Khorana
Displaced Main Character 
-Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
Main Character With An Under-Represented Body
-The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Neuro-Diverse Main Character (#ownvoices)
-Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde  

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Retelling with Main Character Belonging to LGBTQIA+
-Ash by Malinda Lo
Bisexual Main Character (#ownvoices)
-Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy 
Main Character with Invisible Disability
-History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Main Character with Anaphylactic Allergy
-Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn

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Main Character of Color in Science Fiction/Fantasy 
-Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
#OwnVoices Latino Main Character
-The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera
Free Choice 
-Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Non-Western Real World Setting 
-A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

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Book by An Author of Color
-The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon 

Biracial Main Character (#ownvoices)
-The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Pansexual Main Character 
-Timekeeper by Tara Sim (pansexual representation)

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Black Main Character
-The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Main Character on the Ace Spectrum
-Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
LGBTQIA+ MC of Color 
-Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
Visually Impaired Main Character
-Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

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Book Set in Central America
-Aztec by Gary Jennings
Contemporary World Arranged Marriage
-When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Indigenous Main Character (#ownvoices)
-The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Diverse Non-Fiction
-Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly 

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Person of Color on the Cover
-Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older
Deaf/Hard of Hearing Main Character
-You're Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner
Immigrant or Refugee Main Character
-Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz
Huabi Main Character (#ownvoices)
-The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi

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