Top Ten Tuesday: Can I have these books right now?

(In another episode of Bianca lets off steam before waging war on her projects… kidding.)

With all of the wonderful books coming out this 2018, I’m glad that I managed to narrow down the releases that I have been highly anticipating to 5 books. Am I actually going crazy? I mean, some people have listed down maybe 10 or more. How come your fangirl has narrowed it down to FREAKING 5 BOOKS? Well 2018 is being a very awesome year, and let’s just say that I may or may not have tricks up my sleeve. Let’s just save the chit chat for another time.

Here are the amazing books that I would slay a lion for to get my hands on it early (in no particular order), why I want to read it, and why you should anticipate it, too:

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The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas (out by July 31, 2018)

First off, if you’re looking for a good YA mystery thriller, there is no doubt that you can count on Kara Thomas to deliver. Second, both of her previous novels were just spectacular in the sense that I become that one character who realizes that they are “holding their breath”. That’s how good it is. When it comes to mysteries, I always anticipate what she has in store. Third, I MEAN COME ON. SKETCHY CHEERLEADERS. HOW ARE YOU NOT EXCITED?

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The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee (out by October 2, 2018)

If you have read The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (or if you haven’t), you have to know about Monty’s sister, Felicity. I don’t know if it’s considered a spoiler but SHE IS OUT OF THIS WORLD AMAZING. I’m obviously running out of adjectives here but in addition to that, I admire the way Mackenzi Lee writes historical fiction. I cannot wait to see how Felicity’s adventure unfolds in this one. (And you know… maybe I can get some 18th century fever. Figuratively.)

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Dear Heartbreak: YA Authors and Teens on the Dark Side of Love by various authors (out by December 18, 2018)

Everyone experiences heartbreak at least once in their lives. Me, well… *nervously sweats* let’s just say that due to personal reasons, I really cannot wait to read this book. I don’t know, but maybe within the pages of this book, someone can answer my cynical questions about love. That maybe while I deal with it, I can have a book like this to turn to. After all, love is young all the time. Right?

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My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows (out by June 26, 2018)

I haven’t made it obvious enough here, but My Lady Jane was one of the best books that I have read in 2017. My rating was off the charts, heck I would rate 10/5. See? It doesn’t even make sense. I love it with every fiber of my being. The plot, the writing, the characters, the overall execution. It only proved that no one writes historical fiction like the Lady Janies. Their collaborations are one for the ages. If you’re a big history nerd like me, or if you don’t know where to start with historical fiction, I suggest you join me on this lovely Jane train.

I really hope I can get my hands on this lovely book when it releases. *eye twitch*

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What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera (out by October 9, 2018)

 When I first saw this, my general reaction was, “HOLD UP. HOLD MY BEER. SHUT UP. IT’S THE BECKY-ADAM COLLAB THAT EVERYONE WAS WISHING FOR SINCE 2015. AGHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!”

Yup, that sums up my feelings for this book. Becky has this way of making her readers feel so warm and fluffy, while Adam has this way of making his readers feel so intensely emotional and ridiculously contemplative of their lives. With this book, what exactly would we be feeling? I’m curious, excited, hyped, and downright giddy. IS IT NOVEMBER YET? OR DO YOU KNOW WHERE I CAN GET ONE?

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That’s exactly me in the GIF, fainting from all of the news and all of the hype that we have in store for 2018. I think my program code is broken. What about you guys? What are some of the books that you are also anticipating for the rest of 2018?

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Books I Loved Less || Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

Continuing my spree of surprising people with a series of posts, here we have a Top Ten Tuesday. Oh my word. And it’s going to talk about books that I loved less? (Woman, who are you?) New and improved. I have been on a reading journey the past year and I realized a lot of things that I did not know about myself. Yes, I was still reading last year. I just did not have the time to socialize lol. Anyways, let’s get to through this Top Ten (Five) Tuesday, shall we?

Side note: I am not saying that I don’t like these books (with the exception of the last one), but these are generally the books that I thought that I will absolutely love. It ended up being less than what I thought they were going to be. Oh expectations, and the hype. *sigh* And yes, these books are in order. If it is your favorite, yay for you! You liked it, and I didn’t (which is sad for me).

5. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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I wanted to like Gemina. I really did. It was one of my most anticipated reads last year, and I almost sacrificed an arm and a limb to get my hands on an advanced reader’s copy. But luckily, I did not.

I still thoroughly enjoyed this book, particularly loving a new character named Ella. She was another girl behind the computers and I bet she and my mom Kady will get along just fine. The chemistry between Hannah and Nik did not work well with me, and I still shipped Kady and Ezra more. The fact that the characters from the last book had more impact on me than the characters that were basically in the last 500 pages is saying a lot. The action was still there, and I am still very much intrigued on how the series will go from there. I just thought that this one will automatically get 5 stars from me.

4. Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

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For crying out loud, this was a historical fiction novel. Bianca, this should have been automatically rated as a 5-star read. I know, right? But why not, you ask?

I found myself dragging over some of the parts, like Jacob and Zofia’s perspectives. I need not to read their endeavors since I did not get much at all. I was also excited to just immerse myself in the world, but the characters took that one star away from making it a 5.

I like books with multiple perspectives, and 3rd person narratives are always the best kind of books to read for me. I found Alexander nice, and Katerina lovely. The queen was definitely a character that I would want to read more of. That’s why I was still able to give the 4 star rating for this book.

3. Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts

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Oh man. I had such high hopes for this book. Again, it all comes down to expectations. I wanted to read something that will hit me hard in the feels. Yet, did this book deliver? Not really, as I stated in my review.

It did succeed in giving me a lot of feels, feelings of hatred for one of the main characters. Mia was unbearable. I understand where her hatred is coming from, but she came off really strong and unpleasant.

I generally loved everything else, the message it wants to get out there, and the writing style. It was actually quite refreshing to read a book set outside the United States. //shot But the feelings were all negative, accompanied by a resolution that was just meh, and a character that did not look like she will change for the better.

2. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

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WE GET IT. YOU BROKE UP. WHY DO YOU HAVE TO BE 400 PAGES LONG?

I ended up DNF-ing this book after wanting it for so long. Our school library had it on its shelves (much to my surprise)  and I wanted to lay back and just read. I ended up returning it the two days after with a whole week still under my belt because I just had enough.

What I read was a string of conclusions that are woven to make a coherent conclusion realizable from the very first page. Do you get me? As for now, this one gets two stars from me. Writing style is okay, and the art was simply gorgeous, but with everything that is spiraling around, it gets a no from me right now.

1. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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I had a series kick last year, and this one was actually on my list. I did expect to like it, because my own classmates gave me good ratings for this book. But sad to say, yes. I hate this book because of the CHARACTERS again.

Juliette annoyed every fiber of my being and so did Adam and Warner, who I think are both dominant and abusive as fudge. This book was just full of bad decision-making. -_-

I discontinued reading the sequel despite wanting some more Kenji action (who I think is the most sensible person in this entire trilogy). I had hopes that Juliette would make more sense in the next book, but it ended up like a cliche. I was able to predict the next twists and turns, based on the direction that those guys are headed. But fret not, it could have been a one star if not for Tahereh Mafi’s glorious writing style. I love you guys, and I know that a lot of you loved this book in particular. But I am not sorry for disliking these characters. The frustration was just strong.


I narrowed the list down to five because we could be here all day if I did list down ten books. I actually have more books to share about but this post is getting too long for me. I might be boring you with the details already.

And that’s a Tuesday for you and for me.

What books should I give a second look to? What books did you expect to love and loved less? Let me know so we can chat in the comments below!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Lovely Contemporaries on my TBR

 

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Huzzah! Hooray! And the first time I decided to join in the fun on creating a Top Ten Tuesday meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish, I landed on a freebie. And not just any freebie, but a Valentine’s Day freebie! How amazing can this get?

I decided to go with something ambitious. I’m still quite the newbie blogger, so why not post some of the books that I have been wanting to read for the past few years? And what screams “love” than any other genre? Why, romantic contemporaries of course!

Bookworms have been swooning over these romantic stories over and over again. Sometimes the covers are just too darn gorgeous that someone may or may not have thought of marrying the book. And in world where some people have grown cynical about love, it’s nice to know that some of these books prove that the power of fluffiness is a good thing. Which is why the overload of the sweetness between two people in love is enough to make a fangirl’s heart explode.

Here are the top ten romantic contemporaries on my TBR shelf:

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I mean, look at those amazing covers. Excuse me while I faint.

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