arc giveaway #1

A month or so ago, I entered a goodreads giveaway for Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim. Yesterday, I received a copy. Then I received another one today, which had to have been an accident.

I don’t need two copies, and would rather someone else get the chance to read it than have it collect dust on my bookshelf. So I’ve decided to do a giveaway!

If you go over to my Twitter, you will find my giveaway tweet. All you have to do is retweet and follow to be entered; if you follow my blog, you will receive an extra entry.

Due to the cost of shipping this giveaway will be US only, and it ends on Friday, May 17.

June 2019 Anticipated Releases

anticipated april releases

This Time Will Be Different

 

Title: This Time Will Be Different

Author: Misa Sugiura

Publication: June 4, 2019

Price: $17.99

Key points that attracted me: Japanese-american main character, bisexual side character, tackles feminism and racism (discusses Post-Japanese Internment America)

 

 

The Beholder

 

Title: The Beholder

Author: Anna Bright

Publication: June 4, 2019

Price: $17.99

Key points that attracted me: draws inspiration from classics and fairytales, journey across the world, possibly feminist

 

 

If It Makes You Happy

 

Title: If It Makes You Happy

Author: Claire Kann

Publication: June 4, 2019

Price: $17.99

Key points that attracted me: black main character,  plus size main character, queer main character, small town life, summer before college

 

 

The Grief Keeper

 

Title: The Grief Keeper

Author: Alexandra Villasante

Publication: June 11, 2019

Price: $17.99

Key points that attracted me: debut, “illegal” immigrant main character seeking asylum in America, queer main character, ability for people to take other peoples grief off of their shoulders, this line: “The Grief Keeper is a tender tale that explores the heartbreak and consequences of when both love and human beings are branded illegal.”

Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune

 

Title: Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune

Author: Roselle Lim (her craft updates give me life)

Publication: June 11, 2019

Price: $16.00

Key points that attracted me: debut, Chinese main character, food as a part of culture and healing, recipes, agoraphobic character

 

 

Tell Me How You Really Feel

 

Title: Tell Me How You Really Feel

Author: Aminah Mae Safi

Publication: June 11, 2019

Price: $17.99

Key points that attracted me: the cover (I mean.. just look at it), queer ladies, possible enemies to lovers, women/women of color as main characters

 

 

Something Like Gravity

 

Title: Something Like Gravity

Author: Amber Smith

Publication: June 18, 2019

Price: $18.99

Key points that attracted me: ftm transgender main character, trans boy falls in love, assault survivor, unlikely friends become romantically involved

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

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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.

Preorder your copy now!

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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

Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Book Depository

Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens

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

Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Book Depository


ARC RECEIVED IN THE MAIL FOR REVIEW

Her Royal Highness

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

Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Book Depository

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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

Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Book Depository


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

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

Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Book Depository

I Wish You All the Best

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

Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Book Depository

The Candle and the Flame

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

Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Book Depository

We Contain Multitudes

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

Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Book Depository


PREORDER OF THE MONTH

These Witches Don't Burn

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

Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Book Depository