tome topple tbr

The Challenges:

  • Read an adult tome.

I have a few options for this challenge, they are: All the Light We Cannot See, A Discovery of Witches, The Historian, or The Secret History. I don’t know which one I’ll go with – I feel like The Historian would be the best one to read because it’s the most daunting to me, so I many choose that one.

  • Read the tome that’s been on your tbr the longest.

I don’t actually know which of my tomes has been on my TBR the longest. So I’m not sure what I’m going to do for this challenge… I might read Inkheart. This would be a reread of sorts because my fifth grade teacher would read to us every day after lunch, and this was one of the books that she chose to read. I can remember being enthralled with the world that Funke created, and I would love to revisit my childhood.

  • Read a tome in a genre that you don’t usually read.

I don’t usually paranormal, mystery/thriller, romance, sci-fi, or horror. If I’m being honest, I usually only read fantasy, poetry, and contemporary, so those are the only ones that are off the table. My options for this challenge are: A Discovery of Witches (paranormal), The Historian (mystery), and The Secret History (mystery).

  • Read a tome that is a part of a series.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, Strange the Dreamer, Inkheart, and A Discovery of Witches are all the first books in a series. So any one of these would count towards this challenge.

  • Read more than one tome.

I hope to read at least one book physically, but I have checked out the audiobooks for Strange the Dreamer and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (for car rides and times when I don’t feel up to physically reading).

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Are you participating in the Tome Topple Read-a-thon? If so, what are you reading? Let me know in the comments.

masquerade | spoiler free review

Masquerade

Releasing on May 7 | E-Arc provided courtesy of NetGalley

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One thing that I absolutely adore about Cyrus Parker is that they list content/trigger warnings for their readers. As someone who has gone through some of the the events detailed, it’s important to know whats coming. Masquerade is noted to contain the following (but it is possible that there are more triggers):

  • abandonment
  • alcohol use
  • death
  • gender dysphoria
  • harassment
  • intimate partner abuse

After reading about ¼ of Cyrus’ latest poetry collection, I could tell just how much they had grown since the publishing of their first collection, which I felt a slight disconnect from. When it comes to Masquerade, that it not the case – I felt so seen at times that I almost felt stripped bare. I think that was Cyrus’ intentions, for an “unmasking” if you will.

Some of my favorite poems from Masquerade are: “better late than never,” “fault lines,” “hate/hate relationship,” “i am become,” and “space.” In “hate/hate” relationship,” I saw myself. I truly saw myself, like I was looking in a mirror and was watching myself be dissected. I’ve always dealt with body image issues, and this particular poem hit home.

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I can’t wait to see what projects Cyrus is working on next (I know that this collection hasn’t technically come out yet, but the publishing industry moves quickly – what else can be said). I’ll definitely be picking up more of their working in the future.

may 2019 anticipated releases

Love from A to Z

May 7 | Love from A to Z by S. K. Ali | $18.99

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Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens

May 7 | Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju | $18.99

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ARC RECEIVED IN THE MAIL FOR REVIEW

Her Royal Highness

May 7 | Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins | $17.99

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APPROVED FOR ARC VIA NETGALLEY

Red, White & Royal Blue

May 14 | Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston | $16.99

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We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya Series #1)

May 14 | We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal | Sands of Arawiya #1 | $18.99

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I Wish You All the Best

May 14 | I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver | $17.99

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The Candle and the Flame

May 14 | The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad | $18.99

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We Contain Multitudes

May 14 | We Contain Multitudes by Sarah Henstra | $17.99

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PREORDER OF THE MONTH

These Witches Don't Burn

May 28 | These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling | $17.99

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april 2019 anticipated releases


PREORDER OF THE MONTH
Descendant of the Crane

April 9 | Descendant of the Crane by Joan He | $17.99

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The Boy Who Steals Houses

April 4 | The Boy Who Steals Houses by C. G. Drews | $10.52

Barnes & Noble | Amazon | [Book Depository]

*at this point in time TBWSH is only available for purchase in the UK and ANZ. However, Book Depository delivers Worldwide for free.

Girls on the Verge

April 9 | Girls on the Verge by Sharon Biggs Waller | $17.99

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The Meaning of Birds

April 16 | The Meaning of Birds by Jaye Robin Brown | $17.99

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The Tiger at Midnight

April 23 | The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala | $18.99

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buzzwordathon #3 tbr

Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World

Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World by Mackenzi Lee

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I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

I am Malala: the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb (via audiobook)

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Little Fires Everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (via audiobook)

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How to Make a Wish

How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

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