february anticipated releases

Cracked Up to Be

Title: Cracked Up to Be

Author: Courtney Summers

Other works: Sadie and All the Rage

Releases: February 4, 2020

• Girl who has everything, falls from grace.

• Girl is placed on suicide watch.

• What caused all this?

 


Ink in the Blood

Title: Ink in the Blood

Author: Kim Smejkal

Other works: DEBUT NOVEL!!!

Releases: February 11, 2020

• TATTOO MAGIC!!

• Abusive religion

• What is the truth? What is a lie?

 


Foul is Fair

Title: Foul is Fair

Review: February 19, 2020

Author: Hannah Capin

Other works: The Dead Queens Club

Releases: February 18, 2020

• Sweet Sixteen turned sour.

• Revenge for the girls who have had enough.

• Macbeth retelling – something wicked this way comes.


The Shadows Between Us

Title: The Shadows Between Us

Author: Tricia Levenseller

Other works: Daughter of the Pirate King and Warrior of the Wild

Releases: February 25, 2020

• Woo the Shadow King.

• Marry him.

• Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.

february tbr

February is Black History Month!! So my TBR will be featuring black authors only for the month. [Disclaimer: I do read black authors throughout the year, but I wanted to dedicate the month to ONLY black authors. I plan to do something similar for Women’s History Month (March), Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (May), Gay Pride Month (June), etc.]

I am trying to prioritize books that I already own. These are the books from my personal collection that I hope to get to this month:

Bad Feminist | Alternatively titled Intersectional Feminism: 101. I’ve wanted to read this book for a while and I’m finally getting around to it.

Brown Girl Dreaming | It’s poetry. I love poetry, enough said.

The Hate You Give | I’ve been putting it off because of all the hype, but it will have been published three years ago on February 28… So I need to finally read it.

Hunger | As someone who has a complicated relationship with food and her body, I’ve been intrigued by this essay collection.

If You Come Softly | Interracial couple. Yes please.

Little & Lion | Bipolar character, queer female character.

Tyler Johnson Was Here | Police brutality, TW: black teen boy shot and killed.

The Wedding Date | Interracial couple, fake dating trope. I don’t usually read romance books, but I feel like this one might be a winner.

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Additionally, I decided to get some books on Overdrive, so that I’ll have something to read while I’m commuting. These are those books (plus some others for when I’m at a doctors appointment or something):

Black Enough | e-book. An anthology about diversity within the black community.

Difficult Women | e-book. A short story collection about women.

Full Disclosure | audio. I’ve never read a book about an HIV-positive person before, so I’m looking forward to reading from this new perspective.

Monday’s Not Coming | audio. A black teen disappears and no one seems to notice; a possible examination on how different missing person cases with white children and children of color are treated.

Not That Bad | e-book. TW: discussion of rape, it’s a discussion that must be had.

The Poet X | audio. This isn’t just any poetry, it’s slam poetry.

Queen of the Conquered | e-book. Revenge for colonial oppression, main character has the power to control minds.

The Source of Self-regard | audio. A collection of essays, speeches, and meditations on society, culture, and art by Toni Morrison.

 

january tbr

In an Absent Dream 204 pages | *Foul is Fair 336 pages | Girls of Storm and Shadow 416 pages | Helium 113 pages | Internment 11:25:00 | Let’s Talk About Love 09:08:36 | Macbeth 219 pages | The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One 208 pages | Orpheus Girl 176 pages | The Source of Self-Regard 16:05:57 | Vox 09:33:09 | We Are Okay 256 pages

TOTAL | 1928 pages + 1 day, 22 hours, 12 minutes, and 42 seconds

*This book has not yet been published.

january anticipated releases

On January 7, three books will be coming out: Come Tumbling Down, We Used to Be Friends, and Woven in Moonlight.

Come Tumbling Down is the fifth book in Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children Series, a series that I have grown to love, but have fallen behind on. This book follows one of my favorite characters, Jack, who is queer. That’s all that I really need to know, and I definitely plan on catching up on the series soon.

Amy Spalding’s We Used to Be Friends explores a theme that I have rarely seen in books – the growing apart / breaking up of childhood friends. I wish that a book like this had existed when I was a teen, because I never thought that stuff like this happened (and it happened to me).

Magic, royalty, revenge, and THAT COVER was all it took for Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibanez to capture me. Not gonna lie though, it was mostly the cover.

Say Her Name by Zetta Elliott will be published on January 14. As a feminist, it is important to me to be aware of issues that exist outside of my identity. It calls attention to the Black Lives Matter movement and police brutality, as well as celebrating black women.

Say Her Name

 

“Say her name and solemnly vow

Never to forget, or allow

Our sisters’ lives to be erased;

Their presence cannot be replaced.

This senseless slaughter must stop now.”

 

top 10 goals of 2020

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  1. Maintain a healthy diet, and drink more water. It’s always been difficult for me to remain disciplined when it comes to food. I have a tendency to eat my feelings… Since I deal with depression and anxiety, I eat my feelings a lot and this is something that I need to change.
  2. Attend the gym regularly. I’ve had a gym membership since January of last year when I said that I would start going to the gym. Have I actually stepped foot in the gym though? No. This year I want to change that.
  3. Follow through with treatment plans. I, also, have a bad habit of not following through with treatment plans, especially if the it exits outside of the realm of taking a pill (needles are a no-no). My “homework” assignments from my therapist go without being done; then I end up not going to my therapist. So, the cycle continues.
  4. Obtain a full-time job. In order to achieve number five on my list, I have to get a full-time job. I desperately want to gain my independence, and I can’t do that while at my current job.
  5. Move into my own place. Again, I want to be independent, and I want to start building a home for myself  (with an office separate from my bedroom).
  6. Stick to a budget (save money / decrease debt). I have committed to only buying the bare necessities in order to get out of debt. Step one is to pay off my credit card. Then, step two is to pay off my car loan. Finally, step three is to start putting money in my savings account. Once I get past step one then I don’t have to be as strict with my budget (the bare necessities only).
  7. Post (on blog) regularly. I am already failing at this because this blog post is late. Go me! Better late than never though, am I right?
  8. Read more (50 books / one per week). Last year, I read sixteen books and in 2018 I read thirty-two. I have yet to have ever completed my GoodReads goal, but I am determined to make this the year that it happens.
  9. Start and finish a journal. I’d like to keep a journal as both a creative outlet and a place to empty out my thoughts, as well as organize them.
  10. Stop procrastinating! This is by far probably my worst habit, and I’d like to break it this year. There’s always next year though, right?

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! HAPPY 2020!!!