Top ten tuesday| most anticipated releases [july-december 2020]

I seriously feel like just a few blog posts ago, I was welcoming us into June, so how are we now at the end of June already?!

Today’s post was originally going a little different- either with June’s wrap up, July’s TBRs, or a review, but when I saw that the Top Tuesday prompt (courtesy of ThatArtsyReaderGirl) was the most anticipated releases for the second half of 2020, I knew this was my chance to showcase some upcoming releases that I am super duper excited for!

This is My America by Kim Johnson

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Releases July 28, 2020

Dear Martin meets Just Mercy in this unflinching yet uplifting YA novel that explores the racist injustices in the American justice system.

Every week, seventeen-year-old Tracy Beaumont writes letters to Innocence X, asking the organization to help her father, an innocent Black man on death row. After seven years, Tracy is running out of time—her dad has only 267 days left. Then the unthinkable happens. The police arrive in the night, and Tracy’s older brother, Jamal, goes from being a bright, promising track star to a “thug” on the run, accused of killing a white girl. Determined to save her brother, Tracy investigates what really happened between Jamal and Angela down at the Pike. But will Tracy and her family survive the uncovering of the skeletons of their Texas town’s racist history that still haunt the present?

Ties that Tether by Jane Igharo

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Releases September 29, 2020

When a Nigerian woman falls for a man she knows will break her mother’s heart, she must choose between love and her family.

At twelve years old, Azere promised her dying father she would marry a Nigerian man and preserve her culture even after emigrating to Canada. Her mother has been vigilant about helping–forcing–her to stay well within the Nigerian dating pool ever since. But when another match-made-by-mom goes wrong, Azere ends up at a bar, enjoying the company and later sharing the bed of Rafael Castellano, a man who is tall, handsome, and white.

When their one-night stand unexpectedly evolves into something serious, Azere is caught between her growing feelings for Rafael and the compulsive need to please her mother who will never accept a relationship that threatens to dilute Azere’s Nigerian heritage.

Azere can’t help wondering if loving Rafael makes her any less of a Nigerian. Can she be with him without compromising her identity? The answer will either cause Azere to be audacious and fight for her happiness or continue as the compliant daughter.

You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria

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Releases August 4, 2020

Leading Ladies do not end up on tabloid covers.

After a messy public breakup, soap opera darling Jasmine Lin Rodriguez finds her face splashed across the tabloids. When she returns to her hometown of New York City to film the starring role in a bilingual romantic comedy for the number one streaming service in the country, Jasmine figures her new “Leading Lady Plan” should be easy enough to follow—until a casting shake-up pairs her with telenovela hunk Ashton Suárez. 

With their careers on the line, Jasmine and Ashton agree to rehearse in private. But rehearsal leads to kissing, and kissing leads to a behind-the-scenes romance worthy of a soap opera. While their on-screen performance improves, the media spotlight on Jasmine soon threatens to destroy her new image and expose Ashton’s most closely guarded secret.

Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer

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Releases November 3, 2020

In this young adult contemporary romance, a girl is suddenly gifted with the ability to cast instant karma on those around her—both good and bad.

Chronic overachiever Prudence Daniels is always quick to cast judgment on the lazy, rude, and arrogant residents of her coastal town. Her dreams of karmic justice are fulfilled when, after a night out with her friends, she wakes up with the sudden ability to cast instant karma on those around her. Pru giddily makes use of the power, punishing everyone from public vandals to karaoke hecklers, but there is one person on whom her powers consistently backfire: Quint Erickson, her slacker of a lab partner and all-around mortal enemy. Soon, Pru begins to uncover truths about Quint, her peers, and even herself that reveal how thin the line is between virtue and vanity, generosity and greed . . . love and hate.

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

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Releases October 6, 2020

One Christmas wish, two brothers, and a lifetime of hope are on the line for hapless Maelyn Jones in In a Holidaze, the quintessential holiday romantic novel by Christina Lauren, the New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but not for Maelyn Jones. She’s living with her parents, hates her going-nowhere job, and has just made a romantic error of epic proportions.

But perhaps worst of all, this is the last Christmas Mae will be at her favorite place in the world—the snowy Utah cabin where she and her family have spent every holiday since she was born, along with two other beloved families. Mentally melting down as she drives away from the cabin for the final time, Mae throws out what she thinks is a simple plea to the universe: Please. Show me what will make me happy.

The next thing she knows, tires screech and metal collides, everything goes black. But when Mae gasps awake…she’s on an airplane bound for Utah, where she begins the same holiday all over again. With one hilarious disaster after another sending her back to the plane, Mae must figure out how to break free of the strange time loop—and finally get her true love under the mistletoe.

Jam-packed with yuletide cheer, an unforgettable cast of characters, and Christina Lauren’s trademark “downright hilarious” (Helen Hoang, author of The Bride Test) hijinks, this swoon-worthy romantic read will make you believe in the power of wishes and the magic of the holidays.

Tools of Engagement by Tessa Bailey

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Releases September 22, 2020

In Tessa Bailey’s latest rom-com, two enemies team up to flip a house… and the sparks between them might burn the place down or ignite a passion that neither can ignore!

Hair, makeup, clothing, decor… everything in Bethany Castle’s world is organized, planned, and styled to perfection. Which is why the homes she designs for her family’s real estate business are the most coveted in town. The only thing not perfect? Her track record with men. She’s on a dating hiatus and after helping her friends achieve their dreams, Bethany finally has time to focus on her own: flip a house, from framework to furnishings, all by herself. Except her older brother runs the company and refuses to take her seriously.

When a television producer gets wind of the Castle sibling rivalry, they’re invited on Flip Off, a competition to see who can do the best renovation. Bethany wants bragging rights, but she needs a crew and the only member of her brother’s construction team willing to jump ship is Wes Daniels, the new guy in town. His Texas drawl and handsome face got under Bethany’s skin on day one, but the last thing she needs is some cocky young cowboy in her way.

As the race to renovate heats up, Wes and Bethany are forced into close quarters, trading barbs and biting banter as they remodel the ugliest house on the block. It’s a labor of love, hate, and everything in between, and soon sparks are flying. But Bethany’s perfectly structured life is one kiss away from going up in smoke and she knows falling for a guy like Wes would be a flipping disaster. 

The White Coat Diaries by Madi Sinha

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Releases September 15, 2020

Grey’s Anatomy meets 
Scrubs in this brilliant debut novel about a young doctor’s struggle to survive residency, love, and life. 

Having spent the last twenty-something years with her nose in a textbook, brilliant and driven Norah Kapadia has just landed the medical residency of her dreams. But after a disastrous first day, she’s ready to quit. Disgruntled patients, sleep deprivation, and her duty to be the “perfect Indian daughter” have her questioning her future as a doctor.

Enter chief resident Ethan Cantor. He’s everything Norah aspires to be: respected by the attending physicians, calm during emergencies, and charismatic with his patients. And as he morphs from Norah’s mentor to something more, it seems her luck is finally changing.

But when a fatal medical mistake is made, pulling Norah into a cover-up, she must decide how far she’s willing to go to protect the secret. What if “doing no harm” means putting herself at risk?

Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin

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Releases September 1, 2020

The hotly anticipated sequel to the New York Times and IndieBound bestseller Serpent & Dove—packed with even steamier romance and darker magic—is perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas.

After narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Dames Blanches, Lou, Reid, Coco, and Ansel are on the run from coven, kingdom, and church—fugitives with nowhere to hide.

To elude the scores of witches and throngs of chasseurs at their heels, Lou and Reid need allies. Strong ones. But protection comes at a price, and the group is forced to embark on separate quests to build their forces. As Lou and Reid try to close the widening rift between them, the dastardly Morgane baits them in a lethal game of cat and mouse that threatens to destroy something worth more than any coven. 

It is Wood, It is Stone by Gabrella Burnham

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Releases July 28, 2020

“A lush depiction of privilege and power, sex and stability . . . following three women in São Paulo . . . It Is Wood, It Is Stone is an elegant arrival of a new talent.”—Elle (One of the Most Anticipated New Books of Summer)

With sharp, gorgeous prose, It Is Wood, It Is Stone takes place over the course of a year in São Paulo, Brazil, in which two women’s lives intersect.

Linda, an anxious and restless American, has moved to São Paulo, with her husband, Dennis, who has accepted a yearlong professorship. As Dennis submerges himself in his work, Linda finds herself unmoored and adrift, feeling increasingly disassociated from her own body. Linda’s unwavering and skilled maid, Marta, has more claim to Linda’s home than Linda can fathom. Marta, who is struggling to make sense of complicated history and its racial tensions, is exasperated by Linda’s instability. One day, Linda leaves home with a charismatic and beguiling artist, whom she joins on a fervent adventure that causes reverberations felt by everyone, and ultimately binds Marta and Linda in a profoundly human, and tender, way.

An exquisite debut novel by young Brazilian American author Gabriella Burnham, It Is Wood, It Is Stone is about women whose romantic and subversive entanglements reflect on class and colorism, sexuality, and complex, divisive histories. 

The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel

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Releases July 21, 2020

Inspired by an astonishing true story from World War II, a young woman with a talent for forgery helps hundreds of Jewish children flee the Nazis in this unforgettable historical novel from the international bestselling author of the “epic and heart-wrenching World War II tale” (Alyson Noel, #1 New York Times bestselling author) The Winemaker’s Wife.

Eva Traube Abrams, a semi-retired librarian in Florida, is shelving books one morning when her eyes lock on a photograph in a magazine lying open nearby. She freezes; it’s an image of a book she hasn’t seen in sixty-five years—a book she recognizes as The Book of Lost Names.

The accompanying article discusses the looting of libraries by the Nazis across Europe during World War II—an experience Eva remembers well—and the search to reunite people with the texts taken from them so long ago. The book in the photograph, an eighteenth-century religious text thought to have been taken from France in the waning days of the war, is one of the most fascinating cases. Now housed in Berlin’s Zentral- und Landesbibliothek library, it appears to contain some sort of code, but researchers don’t know where it came from—or what the code means. Only Eva holds the answer—but will she have the strength to revisit old memories and help reunite those lost during the war?

As a graduate student in 1942, Eva was forced to flee Paris after the arrest of her father, a Polish Jew. Finding refuge in a small mountain town in the Free Zone, she begins forging identity documents for Jewish children fleeing to neutral Switzerland. But erasing people comes with a price, and along with a mysterious, handsome forger named Rémy, Eva decides she must find a way to preserve the real names of the children who are too young to remember who they really are. The records they keep in The Book of Lost Names will become even more vital when the resistance cell they work for is betrayed and Rémy disappears.

An engaging and evocative novel reminiscent of The Lost Girls of Paris and The Alice NetworkThe Book of Lost Names is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of bravery and love in the face of evil. 

Do you see any of your most anticipated reads on this list? If not, what are some on your list (because I am always looking to expand my never-ending TBR list)?

As always, thank you for supporting Christie and me on our blogging journey! We are so happy to have you around! Stay safe!

Tackling My TBR During a Reading Slump

I am not going to lie, I have had an extremely hard time reading these past few weeks. I started out June reading the entire Folk of the Air trilogy in only 5 days! After that I have hit a rough patch and have had so much going on in my personal life that reading kind of took a back seat. Good thing this is a co-owned blog, because Thi has really picked up my slack this month and I cannot thank her enough!!

I have slowly worked through the issues I was having and I feel like I am ready to tackle my TBR pile again. However, my TBR stack is now completely out of control and I am not quite sure where to start!

I recently started Love at First Like since I feel like rom coms are generally light hearted, quick reads. And so far it has been a quick read, I am just not finding myself connected to the female main character.

So with all this being said, I thought maybe I would try something a little different to get myself back into reading and create a fun way to tackle my TBR.

We all know about creating a TBR jar, or joining reading challenges. I have done these things before and have really enjoyed them, but this time I wanted to add a little more interaction with my book friends to help me out of this slump!

July 2020 Reading Slump TBR Challenge

So my goal for my July TBR is to post a stack of 10 books and let my online reading family choose my TBR. I would love for all of you to join in on helping me decide, and I will take the top 4-5 books that are recommended and read those next month! I will post here (obviously) as well as my bookstagram and see what happens!

So without further ado, here are the choices for my July TBR!

The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker
The Diviners by Libba Bray
Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lin
American Royals by Katharine McGee
One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

I am excited to see what everyone recommends and try out a fun way to tackle my TBR and hopefully get out of this reading slump! So please leave your recommendations down below!!

And as always, thank you so much for stopping by our blog! We appreciate all of you!



Destination Wedding| Arc Review

Happy Saturday, friends! I wanted to hop on and write this review, so as not to run into my next couple of reviews because I am determined to knock out a few more arcs before June is over!

destination wedding by Diksha Basu

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What could go wrong at a lavish Indian wedding with your best friend and your entire family?

Tina Das wants to belong, but she just isn’t sure where. India or America? Brooklyn or Bombay? Manhattan or Delhi? Or start from scratch in London–she still has fond memories of her one-night stand with Rocco Gallagher, the handsome Australian, as they traipsed through Covent Garden and Seven Dials, but he never called back so maybe it’s time to let that dream go, and focus on finding the next big story for her streaming network instead.

She’s hoping she’ll find it at her cousin’s lavish, weeklong Delhi wedding, and has taken her best friend Marianne Laing along for the ride to Delhi’s poshest country club, Colebrookes. Marianne has always had international tastes, in life and in love, yet can’t help but think of sweet, steady, khaki-clad Tom back home in New York.

Also in attendance are Tina’s divorced parents: her mother, Radha, who’s bringing her American “boyfriend,” David, to the wedding, and her father, Neel, who’s using the visit to India to explore the idea of dating again, only to discover it and he have both changed completely in the decades he’s been away.

Infused with warmth, charm, and wicked humor, Destination Wedding grapples with the challenges of work, love, and finding the people who make a place feel like home. 

Firstly, I would like to thank Netgalley and Ballantine Books for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review of Destination Wedding.

You know how sometimes you breeze through a book in a matter of hours or days? And sometimes, a book takes weeks or even longer?

Well, this book has been on my kindle for a couple of months and I have been reading a chapter here and there. The premise is everything I’d love in a book. Tina was born in Ohio, but doesn’t feel like she belongs or identifies as American. Her family is from India and she used to visit there in the summer, but also feels like an outcast. Now, in her early 30s, Tina, her family, and her best friend flies to India for a big lavish wedding, where Tina goes through an identity crisis.

It seemed like it would be a fun quick read; however, this book started quite slow for me. I originally wasn’t sure if I would finish it. I kept picking it up and putting it down. It took me a while to really get into the book because the chapters are a lot longer than I’d like. I like short chapters because I tend to zone out, so books with long chapters just generally drag for me.

I did not get invested in any of the characters, which is another reason why it took so long for me to finish. The characters all felt underdeveloped. It also jumps around multiple POVs within the chapter instead of alternating them by the chapter. This made for a confusing read at first because it is quite a few characters being introduced. However, once you meet all the characters, it flows better and makes more sense. Basu also has a creative way of inserting subtle humor throughout the book. It made reading the chapters more bearable and fun.

One of the things I really did love about this book was that with the story being based in India, Basu incorporates Indian rituals and cultures and that made the book feel more authentic.

Overall, while there were bits and parts of the book I enjoyed, it fell flat for me. I honestly think this would probably have been better as a movie instead of a book.

Book Details:

Title: Destination Wedding
Author: Diksha Basu
Publication Date: June 30, 2020

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

I honestly really hate leaving low rating for books, especially for arcs that publishers and authors are so generous to send out. Does it ever get easier or how do you go about leaving reviews for books you don’t connect with?

Top Ten Tuesday |Books On My Summer 2020 List

Happy Tuesday, lovelies! How are we all doing?? I have had a crazy 24 hours, and things are just starting to calm down, so I feel like I can finally sit and take a breather. And also, how are we almost halfway through the year? 2020 has been such a weird year. I’m not sure what else to say about it, lol.

There’s so much going on, that I not only find comfort in books, but it is also my safe haven. With books, we can educate ourselves and also get lost in them. With the #BLM Movement increasingly gaining attention and bringing to light all the injustice, I am quite sad to admit that being a POC myself, I am not always as vocal as I need to be. As social issues and racial and justice inequalities are being brought to light, I am learning to step out of my comfort zone and am making a more conscious effort to make sure my reading is more diversified in order to make aware that publishers need to improve their diversity effort (you can also look up the hashtag #PublishingPaidMe that has gone viral to see the pay inequality between black and non-black writers).

That being said, I try to make sure when I buy and read books, that I have books by BIPOC and various genres too. AND ALSO, June is Pride Month, so you have to have LGBTQ+ books in the mix (not that you shouldn’t or can’t read them at other times)! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday was created by Jana @ thatartsyreadergirl with a different weekly prompt. Christie normally does the Tuesday meme because she excels at it, but I wanted to test out the water today. I thought it would be fun to pick out ten and see how closely I’ll follow it. 😂

So without further ado… these are the top ten books I am hoping to get to this summer:

Clap When You Land : Because I will probably forever read Acevedo’s books.
Felix Ever After : I have been in love with this book since I’ve seen the cover (and also, Pride Month)!
This Coven Won’t Break : These Witches Don’t Burn was SO GOOD, I cannot wait to dive into this one (also, Pride Month and all)!
Pandemic 1918 : Because it seems prevalent seeing as we are currently in a pandemic, and also- I searched everywhere on the internet for a copy, so I really need to read it! LOL
More than Maybe: This is a netgalley one that I’ve been sitting on, so I really need to get to it.
My Darling: A bookstagram friend read and loved this book so much that after I read her review and went to request it from Netgalley, so here we are.
Missed Translation : I really enjoy books from BIPOC. My parents were immigrants, so these stories are always a little closer to home.
The Switch : I honestly did not read the synopsis for this book. I read and ABSOLUTELY LOVED Flatshare, so as soon as Beth announced this book, I knew I needed it.
This is My America : Because this book will be tackling very pertinent and important racial and justice issues and it is so important we read books to help educate us.
House of Dragons : Because dragons??! Need I say more? And someone said it has Game of Thrones vibes, so that’s enough to sell me on anything.

Are any of these books on your TBR? What books are you hoping to get around to this summer?

As always, thank you for joining Chrstie and I on our blog journey. Leave your comments and let’s chat! 🙂

Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory

Synopsis

A chance meeting with a handsome stranger turns into a whirlwind affair that gets everyone talking.

Dating is the last thing on Olivia Monroe’s mind when she moves to LA to start her own law firm. But when she meets a gorgeous man at a hotel bar and they spend the entire night flirting, she discovers too late that he is none other than hotshot junior senator Max Powell. Olivia has zero interest in dating a politician, but when a cake arrives at her office with the cutest message, she can’t resist–it is chocolate cake, after all.

Olivia is surprised to find that Max is sweet, funny, and noble–not just some privileged white politician she assumed him to be. Because of Max’s high-profile job, they start seeing each other secretly, which leads to clandestine dates and silly disguises. But when they finally go public, the intense media scrutiny means people are now digging up her rocky past and criticizing her job, even her suitability as a trophy girlfriend. Olivia knows what she has with Max is something special, but is it strong enough to survive the heat of the spotlight?

I have read every book in the Wedding Date series that Jasmine Guillory has written, because I am a sucker for a cute, light-hearted rom-com. Like all of the other books in this series, Party of Two did not disappoint. If I am being completely honest, the synopsis got me at chocolate cake, regardless of who wrote the book!

I had planned to read this book when it was released, however I saw it on Netgalley and thought why not take a chance, and to my utter astonishment, they accepted me and I could not be happier about it!

One main thing I enjoyed about this book, just like all of Guillory’s, is the fact that it is told from dual POVs. I feel like this adds so much more to a book, especially in a romance novel, so that you get the whole story from both perspectives.

I really enjoyed Olivia as a main character in this novel. You got a small glimpse at her in the first book, The Wedding Date, but this story shows you how strong and independent of a woman she is. She is risk adverse and spends most of her time strategically planning out her next move. In contrast, Max is a charming, spontaneous and intelligent senator.

As I have stated in a few of my other rom-com reviews, I tend to have a hard time if the male love interest comes off as controlling or overbearing. Luckily, Guillory seems to have it down and as always, Max was such a delightful male love interest and one that I found myself swooning over a time or two.

Lastly, the most surprising thing I loved most about this book was all the food talk. I am not sure you could go a single chapter without some sort of food being talked about. As mentioned before, the chocolate cake reeled me in from the synopsis and it made a few appearances throughout the book that made me want to run to the store and get one for myself!

So with all that being said, I would highly suggest this book to anyone who enjoys a good, light hearted rom-com. Also, this book is technically part of a series, but can definitely be read as a standalone.

Thank you so much to Netgalley, Berkley Books and Jasmine Guillory for providing me with an ebook review copy in exchange for an honest review!

Book Details:

Title: Party of Two
Author: Jasmine Guillory
Publication Date: June 23, 2020

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Have you read any of Jasmine Guillory’s books? Or do you have any other rom-coms that you would recommend? I am always looking for more light-hearted reads!

Thank you as always for stopping by our blog! We appreciate all the support and love having you here!

May Wrap Up |Christie|

Thi is way more on top of things than I am lately! My husband and I have finally moved into our house and have, for the most part, unpacked everything. Now that all the moving is done, maybe I can get back to some me time and enjoy some reading in my new reading room!

However, with that being said, I still managed to read/listen to 13 books in May and happy that I was able to accomplish that!

The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

This is a book that Thi had read before me and when I mentioned I was interested in reading a mystery/thriller she recommended this one. I could not agree more, this was just what I had been looking for! If you are looking for a quick enjoyable mystery/thriller, look no further.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Storm and Fury has been sitting on my bookshelf for quite some time. I ended up starting this one because I was planning on selling it to someone. I am glad that I finally took the chance on it.

The book was a little slow in parts, but I think that is to be expected in the first book of a series. However, I enjoyed the fantasy aspects of this story while also being set in real world setting. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Ink in the Blood by Kim Smejkal

I had a very hard time with this book. I read the synopsis and I had such high hopes. However, this book just fell flat for me.

The magic system I thought was very creative, but I felt that this book was meant to be character driven and I could not care less about any of them. It is hard for me to enjoy a book if I don’t feel connected to the characters. I doubt that I will continue with this series.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
The Guest List by Lucy Foley

Here is another great mystery/thriller recommendation for you. I would actually go as far as to say I recommend this one even more than The Wives.

The setting of this book makes this story even better. Not to mention the multiple POVs, which also make a book better in my opinion. With a wide range of personalities and a secluded island, what could go wrong?

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

I have absolutely loved this series, and this book might be my favorite book so far. I need more Audrey Rose and Thomas Creswell in my life!!

Throw in some magic on a cruise ship, with an air of mystery, and you have yourself a true masterpiece!

Rating: 4 out of 5.
A Million Junes by Emily Henry

I actually read this book for a Facebook discussion group, and I am so glad that this book was chosen.

I truly adore a good magical realism story and this one does it beautifully. I felt connected with all the characters and thought that the veil and different magical aspects of this story were so well-crafted!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I continued my Harry Potter re-read and every time I find something else to love about this story!

Order of the Phoenix is probably the book that I think it’s movie counterpart left the most out of. So if you have seen the movies and not read the books, I cannot recommend them enough!!

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Supernova by Marissa Meyer

Thi and I finished up The Renegades trilogy this month and I loved it more than I thought I would.

I am so glad we decided to buddy read the last two books together, as there was plenty to discuss. If you want a fast paced, action packed, superhero/villain story, this series is definitely one you should check out!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
The Unwilling by Kelly Braffet

I finished this book about two and a half weeks ago and I still don’t know how to adequately put into words my thoughts.

I read this synopsis and thought this is the book I have been looking for. However, something was off about it and I can’t seem to put my finger on exactly what it was.

I thought the beginning of this book was very strong and drew me in quickly, but after the halfway point, I didn’t find myself as interested. Also, that ending left a lot to be desired.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle

First off, can we talk about how amazing cozy mystery titles are? I have had a few books friends tell me that I need to try out a cozy mystery. So when I saw this one available on my Libby, I decided to give it a shot.

This was a fun, cute and quick mystery audiobook that took me just a few hours to get through. I think they are a good palette cleanser between heavier books and I will definitely be checking out more!

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

I somehow got in a few mystery/thrillers in the month of May and I couldn’t be happier. I tend to read a lot of YA fantasy/dystopian and I am glad that I branched out a bit more this month.

This book held my interest the whole way through and I liked the alternating time periods. At times it was a bit slow building, but that ending was well worth it.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I was able to read two books in the Harry Potter series this month and it was fantastic as ever!

Half-Blood Prince is my second favorite book in the series and every time I read it I learn more and more and remember why it has captured my heart!

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed

Let me start by saying that the romance in this story is definitely YA, as the main characters are 17. However, with that being said, the issues that are discussed in this book are very important and highly pertain to today’s political climate.

I enjoyed this story and would definitely recommend for anyone looking for a quick, fun, and important read!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

All in all, I am very happy with the books that I read in May. I had a few books that were a bit of a let down for me, but overall I think it was a pretty positive month for me! Have you read any of these books? Do we agree or disagree? Lets chat down in the comments!

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