#Project14Lists: Books I Have Yet to Rave About

Hey, and welcome to Day 1 of your daily Project 14 Lists from your ultra giddy fangirl – who is about to get ultra sappy. I haven’t been the best blogger this year, and there was so much that I wanted to say but didn’t push through in saying so. I also haven’t been the best reader, but I did prioritize the books that I was really genuinely excited for. There are a lot of things that I have overlooked. I’m still hung up with the missed opportunity to share the books that I loved in 2017. Okay, end scene. Let’s stop the sappiness and get on with the positivity.

To start things on a light note and now that we have the luxury, I think it’s about time I share my thoughts on these oh-so lovely books. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to individually curate a review for these, (Thanks uni! You’re so stressful!) but I really want to shout to the void that I truly and deeply love these books. Also despite joining a beat-the-backlist challenge for 2018, I ultimately failed it because I solely focused on reviewing new releases. (We’ll get to that. It’s a fangirl issue for another day.) With that in mind, these books in particular withstood the test of time. Remembering these books only reignited the certain feelings that I had whilst reading it, and my take on them definitely got better with time.

Here are some of the books that I absolutely adored, categorized by rating. (Curious about my rating system? Click here.)

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Well first of all, Darius is a big boy. When he felt conscious about eating in front of his dad, it just made me want to hug him tight because I found another teen who understands me. Second, the family dynamics in this story was emotional and raw, especially with Darius, his dad, and him knowing more about his Iranian roots. And third, it was a poignant story of self-discovery that really hits you. Yes, I can honestly say that this book managed to make me cry.

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Another family-oriented gem with an amazing MC to boot, the title itself radiates what this book wants to convey. Zuri Benitez is full of pride, and she’s an admirable character because of it. The book explores opening oneself to new things, the beauty of a community, and a slow burn romance (which I am honestly a sucker for). All I can say now is: “I get it now. I GET IT. I get the hype around Pride and Prejudice already.”

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

This was my first read for 2018, and it was an amazing book to set the standard of my reading for the year. I am honestly living for this story of self-exploration and questioning. Plus have I mentioned family dynamics (yet again because I live for it)? I swear if a book delivers more than a cheesy romantic story and tackles pressing issues, it deserves to be listed.

P. S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

You probably: Bianca, are you okay? Honey you read a sequel! Who are you even?

Well technically, it’s because I want some McClaren action. But the reason why I included it in this list is because I often do have a problem with sequels, yet this one was managed to hook me in better than the first one. Granted it didn’t solidify me rooting for Kavinsky because John has my heart over any day, but I truly honestly admire Lara Jean’s character development in this novel. It was definitely the best book in the trilogy.

Little Monsters and The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

Every time Halloween passes and I still cannot pull off my review for these books, I die a little on the inside. Seriously, what better way to get chills than read a mystery thriller written by Kara Thomas? Little Monsters shook me with how things went down, and The Cheerleaders had a different kick to it, tackling deeper issues and delivered a morally gray ending. What more can you ask for with these? Probably why my bar is set so high for YA thrillers… But yes, it’s the reason why you should read it even if it’s not the season to get spooky. Kara’s writing is hands-down magnetic, and it’s basically like a glue that makes you want to keep reading. Just one more page? No, it’s more like you screaming, “I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT AGHHHHH!”

Check, Please by Ngozi Ukazu

Sports? Say no more because I’m immediately on board. It’s a no-brainer that this lovely graphic novel received a will-save-from-fire status from me. It was just so darn cute. Anything involving team dynamics, the thrill of winning a game, and maybe some shipping involved is just a whistle away from getting my fangirl seal of approval. So if you want to join me, read this lovely gem (It’s also available online, btw.)

Can you tell that the higher the rating goes, the more words and rambles come out? Lol

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

It’s a fantasy! Holy smokes who is this woman??? Give me a heist or give me nothing at all. I’ve been hesitant to read this one because I DNF’ed the Grisha trilogy. It was a ride, but the first book in this series had me on my toes the entire time. I swear, with the horror of a movie that is Suicide Squad, the song Heathens fits this crew better. I love it so much that it hurts me to read Crooked Kingdom. The characters are so dynamic, the world building is phenomenal, and the heist! just keeps me on my toes. I just didn’t want it to end. But trust me when I say, you need no convincing to pick this hefty book. It speaks for itself and reading it at your own pace is the best way to enjoy it.

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

Please do note the following trigger warnings for this book: rape, sexual assault, alcohol abuse, animal violence, graphic contents

Honestly I still have no words for this book despite giving it a must-save-from-a-fire status. But I will keep reiterating that this book needs to be read because it explores heavy topics, and we need books that talk about those particular topics. It left me speechless, yet I couldn’t stop reading because the writing had me hooked in. It’s dark, unsettling at times especially if you are triggered by the following topics I mentioned above, but it is definitely that one book that makes you feel a lot all at once.

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Hands down, one of the best historical fiction novels out there. I’m a basic Tudor era history nerd trash, so I am an easy target for this book. Despite that immediate bias however, it was the way the authors rewrote history and added their own fantastical twist that genuinely had me laughing and made me go head over heels love this book wholeheartedly. Guess who falls in love with a freakin’ horse? Me obvi. It’s unique, it’s different, and it easily became one of the best books I have read in 2017 because of the perfect blend of humor, history, and high society. And you thought I can’t shove enough books to your faces. I beg to differ, good friend. This is the historical fiction book that you need to conquer your fears of reading about history, especially if you’re craving for some sass and humor. It’s a darn fact.


Before I end this post, I would just like to give all the biggest virtual hugs to my dear friend Shealea for organizing this lovely event. Go show her some love, since she’s also celebrating her 3rd blogiversary.

And that’s about it for today’s list! Writing this list definitely made me want to read some faves all over again and finally give them the complete stellar review that they truly and utterly deserve. Join me again tomorrow as I share another list that will hopefully bring a smile on your faces.

What are some of the books that you feel like you haven’t raved enough about on the blogosphere or in the community in general?

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Book Madness ’17: Hear Ye, Hear Ye, For Lord Gifford Dudley

Let’s start with the basics: Book Madness is the brainchild of Maggie Ann Martin, who is the awesome person that gathered bloggers, booktubers, and bookstagrammers to rally and share the love for their chosen characters.

Now for me, I am a fangirl who gives love to basically any character who deserves it. But in picking this particular character, it was a whim of emotions caused by extreme giddyness and sheer fangirling. A recent book that has caught my attention is My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. Inside those marvelous pages holds a character named Jane. But instead, I went with her steed in shining armor. His name is Gifford Dudley. I loved Gifford the moment I started reading about his narrative, but there is so much more to talk about.

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Terribly sorry.

Here are the 5 reasons on why you would love Gifford Dudley, and why you should vote for him during Book Madness:

  1. The dude has a way with words.

– No, he does not use this to get what he wants. Okay, he does sometimes. But what he wants is different. A common Tudor gentleman would probably say that he wants power and the ladies. But Gifford (or simply, G) wants to be known for his words. To be known for his rhymes, lyrics, sonatas, and poems that can rival the bards of his day. You will be lucky enough if he chooses you as his muse. Think about all of the art that he would make under your name. (But sorry people, he is taken.)

  1. He is as noble as a noble steed.

– Well technically, he is a noble steed. He is a horse by day. But he knows where his loyalty stands. If he cares about you, then you need not to worry about his stance on you. Once you get to know him beyond his horse exterior (SORRY), you will know what he stands for and who he will support. He is also noble in the sense that he uses his status in life as a way of helping others less fortunate than him. Rather than being a power hungry politician, he does the action with his heart set to it.

  1. He makes a great company.

– This guy is sensitive with the people that he is around with. For one, since he spends his day as a hay-lover, you would not really know much on what he is thinking. But little do you know is that he is actually taking notice of your company. Once you get acquainted, it’s nice to know that he enjoys being in the sights of other people. And he will take note of what you love, too. Say in Jane’s perspective, G actually enjoyed a quiet day for a read.

  1. You can satisfy him with apples and hay.

– I should probably stop with the horse jokes already. But I just cannot help it if it’s true. The guy loves apples and a good pile of hay. Satisfaction guaranteed, even just for one day.

  1. He is quite the charmer.

– Note that he has a way with words. Note that he is loyal to the people that he cares for. With that said, it may have been a cliché love at first sight. But once hit, there is no turning back. It’s easy to fall for someone with their looks, but it is also easy to fall for someone who has a wonderful personality. G may be a horse during the day, but he is more human than majority of the characters in My Lady Jane. While he is somewhat a stereotypical male with a beautiful face, it is easy to fall in love with him. Honest to book gods, I would not have chose G if I did not fall in love from the moment he said “Hay.”.

Now hopefully, I have convinced you on choosing G as your champion for this year’s Book Madness. If you have, give him a little love and vote for him here. (Or you know, click the horse image up there. Lol.) If you want to know more about G and the rest of the gang, then I suggest that you pick up My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. Trust me, it is the funniest book ever.

But oh well, since I love you guys very much…

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MyLadyJane_finalTitle & Author: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Genre:  Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Romance

Target Audience: Young Adult

Date Published: June 7, 2016

Series: The Lady Janies #1

Summary:

The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane is about to become the Queen of England.


Voting for the first round is open until March 5, 11:59 CST, so you technically have plenty of time left. Having trouble voting for just G? No problem! You can choose up to 5 characters to vote. By just voting, you will actually get to enter to win some prizes. So what are you waiting for? Go on now. 🙂

Now if you had to choose, who would you pick as your champion?

Have I managed to convince you go and vote for Gifford? (I hope I did. *crossing my fingers for him*)

What madness is this? And also, hey there Lady Janies! (If ever some of you got lost and somehow found my blog, haha!)

Let’s talk about it!

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