Tuesday, January 17

Ten Ridiculously Underrated Books You Need To Read Like Right Now

Here's a hello and a smile to all of you little muffins. *beams* Why am I so ecsatitc? IDK... oh wait, MAYBE BECAUSE THERE'S FINALLY A CHANCE FOR ME TO SCREAM ABOUT SOME MASSIVELY AND UNFAIRLY UNDERRATED BOOKS I'D DIE FOR. *takes calming breath* 

Wait, what are you saying? Oh yeah, that... sure, technically speaking I could do that in every single post, but now I have actual motivation thanks to this week's Top Ten Tuesday (weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) topic. So huge thanks to whoever came up with this topic - you rock. 

We could argue for days about which books are underrated, as that's a pretty subjective word, but I'd rather just shove these beauties into your face now and argue about their underratedness (totally a word) later. 

By the way, I've read all of these titles in 2016 & you should too!! Well, not in 2016, obviously, because time travel doesn't exist - bummer, I know - but in 2017 for sure. For the sake of easing your task of adding these to your TBR list, all covers lead to Goodreads. Thank me later when you're furiously adding these awesome-sauce titles to your wishlist. *flips hair*

Saturday, January 14

Ishara Deen - God Smites and Other Muslim Girl Problems


Craving a taste of teenage life, Asiya Haque defies her parents to go for a walk (really, it was just a walk!) in the woods with Michael, her kind-of-friend/crush/the guy with the sweetest smile she’s ever seen. Her tiny transgression goes completely off track when they stumble on a dead body. Michael covers for Asiya, then goes missing himself.

Despite what the police say, Asiya is almost sure Michael is innocent. But how will she, the sheltered girl with the strictest parents ever, prove anything? With Michael gone, a rabid police officer in desperate need of some sensitivity training, and the murderer out there, how much will Asiya risk to do what she believes is right? 

Thursday, January 12

6 Reasons Why Nevernight by Jay Kristoff Did Not Work For Me

“The books we love, they love us back. And just as we mark our places in the pages, those pages leave their marks on us.”

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

Tuesday, January 10

Ten 2016 Releases I'll Surely Tackle in 2017

Hi everyone! Today's Top Ten Tuesday (weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) topic is all about those 2016 releases I really, truly wanted to read... but didn't get to. As I cheat all the time in TTT, I decided to stick with 10 today to show that I can stick to the rules. 

FYI, all of these novels are books that I'm still super-duper excited to read, so I'm terribly, unbelievably ashamed I haven't yet had the chance to read them. *curls up in a ball*

Click on the covers for GR link.

Saturday, January 7

Louise Gornall - Under Rose-Tainted Skies

"We can assume the best, but we can't choose how people perceive us. We can, however, choose how those views affect us."

Norah has agoraphobia and OCD. When groceries are left on the porch, she can’t step out to get them. Struggling to snag the bags with a stick, she meets Luke. He’s sweet and funny, and he just caught her fishing for groceries. Because of course he did.

Norah can’t leave the house, but can she let someone in? As their friendship grows deeper, Norah realizes Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can lie on the front lawn and look up at the stars. One who isn’t so screwed up.

Thursday, January 5

My #DiversityBingo2017 TBR + Book Suggestions (and #ReadDiverse2017 Announcement!)

Hello, there! If you've been lurking around this part of the blogosphere, you'd no doubt have noticed my announcement about taking part in #DiversityBingo2017!
If you haven't (since, quite understandably, you have much better stuff to be doing rather than see me and my neverending word vomits), fear not- I'm back today with the spectacular TBR I've put together for this! 

After quite some research, I managed to create a grand list of over 150 books (yeahhh, I didn't go overboard there or anything) and after much thought and consideration, I brought it down to just over 140- so in this post, I've included my choice for #DiversityBingo2017, and I've also added 3 other suggestions for each category so that it may serve as a reference for myself in the future...and for you, if you think it's helpful! 

I've tried to verify all books included as much as possible, but if you feel any of these don't belong in their category, do please correct me! And even though I may have added a book into a certain category, it may also fit into other categories- just so you know. Anyhoo- I'm ridiculously happy with how this turned out, and I hope you find this helpful! 

Tuesday, January 3

10+1 2017 Debuts I Want & I Want Them NOW

Hello sweeties. Today's Top Ten Tuesday (weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) topic is all about highlighting debut novels I'm super-duper excited for. Unfortunately - in this case - I have tons of 2017 debuts on my list I can't wait for, so writing this post will be tough. WISH ME LUCK, PEOPLE. (IDK why, though, because by the time you see this, I've obviously finished it. Whatever, just #fucklogic & wish me luck anyway.)

Sunday, January 1

#DiversityDecBingo Wrap Up & #DiversityBingo2017 Announcement!

When I signed up for #DiversityDecBingo I was feeling all very optimistic about reading as much as possible during December...but I didn't count on going into a huge slump that ended up on me not reading or doing anything else particularly, for at least 3/4th of the month. So while I initially planned on reading ten books, I ended up reading only five- but I did manage to complete the first column, so yay? Now let's have a quick look at these wonderful books that were fabulously diverse and helped me come out of my ridiculous slump! 

Saturday, December 31

Best of 2016 - How I Fared in Blogging This Year

2016 has been a crazy, wonderful, wonderfully crazy, crazily wonderful year. I say this every year, but I really can't believe how fast the year went! To think that at the beginning of this year I was e-x-t-r-e-m-e-l-y naive about diversity, feminism and racism is bizarre. I was. If there's one thing I'm glad about this year, it is because it rekindled the fire in me. And the reason? It's all because of blogging. The book community literally changed me and I couldn't be more thankful about it. Sure, there are times when there is too much drama, hate and negativity around, but at the end of the day, we are all here for the love of books and that's the best thing in the world! 

Oh, but I digress gloriously, don't I? Today's post is to highlight all the best bits of blogging for me this year! I'll take some time to bring to you the very best of blogging in 2016, and bear with me while I indulge in some self-praise. Thank you! 

Thursday, December 29

Crazy Good Books I Read in 2016

HI ALL OF YOU, GORGEOUS PEOPLE.  I'm here with some crazily, unbelievably awesome books today - THE BEST I'VE READ IN 2016. Is that exciting, or what?? 

I've read 179 books, with the average rating of 3.9, so I think I can say 2016 was a good year for me reading wise. I found tons of new favorites, including Cat Winters and Simone St. James, and finally managed to finish the Psy-Changeling series, and became incredibly obsessed with it - like, so much so that I reread some of the novels around five times this year. #crazy

And yeah, I encountered with plenty of books that greatly disappointed me, but the highlights of the year way over-shine these any day.

Here's what has happened in my 2016 recap so far: