Top Ten Tuesday: Book events I’d love to go to someday

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is book events I’d love to go to someday. I would pretty much love to go to any book event, so this theme wasn’t too difficult. 🙂 Hopefully the world will be back to normal soon and we’ll be able to have bookish events again!


SIX FESTIVALS I’D LOVE TO ATTEND

FOUR SIGNINGS I’D LOVE TO GO TO


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Let’s talk about: My favorite graphic novels (part 3)

Last year in April, I shared part one of my favorite graphic novels. I did part two in March of this year, so I figured it’s about time for a part three!


Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV

Audience: Adult • Genre: Horror • Series/Standalone: Series

When children begin to go missing in the town of Archer’s Peak, all hope seems lost until a mysterious woman arrives to reveal that terrifying creatures are behind the chaos – and that she alone will destroy them, no matter the cost.

IT’S THE MONSTERS WHO SHOULD BE AFRAID.

When the children of Archer’s Peak—a sleepy town in the heart of America—begin to go missing, everything seems hopeless. Most children never return, but the ones that do have terrible stories—impossible details of terrifying creatures that live in the shadows. Their only hope of finding and eliminating the threat is the arrival of a mysterious stranger, one who believes the children and claims to be the only one who sees what they can see. 

Her name is Erica Slaughter. She kills monsters. That is all she does, and she bears the cost because it must be done.


Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Audience: YA • Genre: Coming of age • Series/Standalone: Standalone

Raleigh doesn’t have a soul. A cat stole it – at least that’s what she tells people – at least that’s what she would tell people if she told people anything. But that would mean talking to people, and the mere thought of social interaction is terrifying. How did such a shy teenage girl end up in a car with three of her hooligan classmates on a cross-country road trip? Being forced to interact with kids her own age is a new and alarming proposition for Raleigh, but maybe it’s just what she needs – or maybe it can help her find what she needs – or maybe it can help her to realize that what she needs has been with her all along.


Here by Richard McGuire

Audience: Adult • Genre: Art • Series/Standalone: Standalone

Here is Richard McGuire’s unique graphic novel based on the legendary 1989 comic strip of the same name.

Richard McGuire’s groundbreaking comic strip Here was published under Art Spiegelman’s editorship at RAW in 1989.

Built in six pages of interlocking panels, dated by year, it collapsed time and space to tell the story of the corner of a room – and its inhabitants – between the years 500,957,406,073 BC and 2313 AD.

The strip remains one of the most influential and widely discussed contributions to the medium, and it has now been developed, expanded and reimagined by the artist into this full-length, full-colour graphic novel – a must for any fan of the genre.


I love this part by Tillie Walden

Audience: YA • Genre: LGBT • Series/Standalone: Standalone

Two girls in a small town in the USA kill time together as they try to get through their days at school.

They watch videos, share earbuds as they play each other songs and exchange their stories. In the process they form a deep connection and an unexpected relationship begins to develop.

In her follow up to the critically acclaimed The End of Summer, Tillie Walden tells the story of a small love that can make you feel like the biggest thing around, and how it’s possible to find another person who understands you when you thought no-one could.


Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson

Audience: YA • Genre: Fantasy/Adventure/LGBT • Series/Standalone: Series

FRIENDSHIP TO THE MAX!

At Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s camp for hard-core lady-types, things are not what they seem. Three-eyed foxes. Secret caves. Anagrams. Luckily, Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are five rad, butt-kicking best pals determined to have an awesome summer together… And they’re not gonna let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! The mystery keeps getting bigger, and it all begins here.


Revival by Tim Seeley

Audience: Adult • Genre: Horror • Series/Standalone: Series

For one day in rural central Wisconsin, the dead came back to life. Now it’s up to Officer Dana Cypress to deal with the media scrutiny, religious zealots, and government quarantine that has come with them. In a town where the living have to learn to deal with those who are supposed to be dead, Officer Cypress must solve a brutal murder, and everyone, alive or undead, is a suspect. The sell-out hit series created by NYT Bestselling author TIM SEELEY and Eisner winning artist MIKE NORTON is collected with bonus material!


The Backstagers by James Tynion IV

Audience: YA • Genre: Fantasy/Adventure/LGBT • Series/Standalone: Series

All the world’s a stage . . . but what happens behind the curtain is pure magic literally!

When Jory transfers to an all-boys private high school, he’s taken in by the only ones who don’t treat him like a new kid, the lowly stage crew known as the Backstagers. Not only does he gain great, lifetime friends, Jory is also introduced to an entire magical world that lives beyond the curtain. With the unpredictable twists and turns of the underground world, the Backstagers venture into the unknown, determined to put together the best play their high school has ever seen.

James Tynion IV (Detective Comics, The Woods) teams up with artist Rian Sygh (Munchkin, Stolen Forest) for an incredibly earnest story that explores what it means to find a place to fit in when you’re kinda an outcast.


Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu

Audience: YA • Genre: Sports/LGBT • Series/Standalone: Series

Helloooo, Internet Land. Bitty here!

Y’all… I might not be ready for this. I may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur pâtissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. It’s nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! First of all? There’s checking. And then, there is Jack—our very attractive but moody captain.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Books that make me smile

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is books that make me smile. This is such a nice theme! Here are ten books that, looking back, I remember reading with a huge smile on my face.


More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

Snug by Catana Chetwynd

Bloom by Kevin Panetta

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi


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Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’ve read the most books by

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is authors I’ve read the most books by.

Fun fact: we did this theme about five years ago and my most-read authors were mainly from my childhood. In the interest of not just redoing that post, I’m going to exclude authors who I haven’t read in the last five years.

Another fun fact: Since Goodreads got rid of the most-read author feature, you can import your library here and Bookstats will tell you not only how many books you’ve read, but also the number of pages and your average rating for that author!


10. Christina Lauren

I’ve read seven books by this author duo with an average rating of 4.1 stars.

9. Maggie Stiefvater

I’ve read seven of Maggie’s books with an average rating of 4.3 stars.

8. B.B. Hamel

B.B. was one of my go-to authors during my smut phase. I haven’t read anything by her in a while, but I’ve read nine of her books with an average rating of 3 stars.

7. Sarah Dessen

It’s no surprise that Sarah Dessen is on this list! I’ve been reading her books since I was in middle school. I’ve read nine of them with an average rating of 4 stars.

6. Libba Bray

I’ve been reading Libba’s books since I was in high school! To date, I’ve read nine with an average rating of 4.1 stars.

5. C.S. Pacat

C.S. Pacat made this list solely because of Fence. I’ve read ten issues of that with an average rating of 3.4 stars.

4. R.S. Grey

I think we all know I love R.S. Grey! I’ve read 11 of her books with an average rating of 4.3 stars.

3. Marissa Meyer

Somehow I have read 14 things by Marissa Meyer with an average rating of 3.9 and I still got declined for an ARC of Instant Karma. But it’s fine.

2. Brian K. Vaughan

In case my incessant posts about it didn’t make it clear, I’m pretty obsessed with Saga. I also really liked Paper Girls. So it’s not really a surprise that Brian K. Vaughan is near the top of my list. I’ve read 15 of his graphic novels with an average rating of 3.8 stars.

1. Krista & Becca Ritchie

When it comes to obsession, I don’t think there’s an author I’ve been more obsessed with than Krista & Becca Ritchie. I’ve been really disappointed by their last few releases, so I’m leaning toward not reading any more of their books, but I have read EIGHTEEN books by them with an average of 4.1 stars.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Most anticipated releases for the second half of 2020

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is most anticipated releases for the second half of 2020. I always love doing this theme since I keep a running list of upcoming releases I’m excited about!


Loveless by Alice Oseman

Expected publication: July 9, 2020

The fourth novel from the phenomenally talented Alice Oseman – one of the most authentic and talked-about voices in contemporary YA.

It was all sinking in. I’d never had a crush on anyone. No boys, no girls, not a single person I had ever met. What did that mean?

Georgia has never been in love, never kissed anyone, never even had a crush – but as a fanfic-obsessed romantic she’s sure she’ll find her person one day.

As she starts university with her best friends, Pip and Jason, in a whole new town far from home, Georgia’s ready to find romance, and with her outgoing roommate on her side and a place in the Shakespeare Society, her ‘teenage dream’ is in sight.

But when her romance plan wreaks havoc amongst her friends, Georgia ends up in her own comedy of errors, and she starts to question why love seems so easy for other people but not for her. With new terms thrown at her – asexual, aromantic – Georgia is more uncertain about her feelings than ever.

Is she destined to remain loveless? Or has she been looking for the wrong thing all along?

This wise, warm and witty story of identity and self-acceptance sees Alice Oseman on towering form as Georgia and her friends discover that true love isn’t limited to romance. 

Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer

Expected publication: November 3, 2020

In this young adult contemporary romance, a girl is suddenly gifted with the ability to cast instant karma on those around her—both good and bad.

Chronic overachiever Prudence Daniels is always quick to cast judgment on the lazy, rude, and arrogant residents of her coastal town. Her dreams of karmic justice are fulfilled when, after a night out with her friends, she wakes up with the sudden ability to cast instant karma on those around her. Pru giddily makes use of the power, punishing everyone from public vandals to karaoke hecklers, but there is one person on whom her powers consistently backfire: Quint Erickson, her slacker of a lab partner and all-around mortal enemy. Soon, Pru begins to uncover truths about Quint, her peers, and even herself that reveal how thin the line is between virtue and vanity, generosity and greed . . . love and hate.

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black

Expected publication: November 24, 2020

An illustrated addition to the New York Times bestselling Folk of Air trilogy, that started with The Cruel Prince, from award-winning author Holly Black.

An irresistible return to the captivating world of Elfhame.

Once upon a time, there was a boy with a wicked tongue.

Before he was a cruel prince or a wicked king, he was a faerie child with a heart of stone . #1 New York Times bestselling author, Holly Black reveals a deeper look into the dramatic life of Elfhame’s enigmatic high king, Cardan. This tale includes delicious details of life before The Cruel Prince, an adventure beyond The Queen of Nothing, and familiar moments from The Folk of the Air trilogy, told wholly from Cardan’s perspective.

This new installment in the Folk of the Air series is a return to the heart-racing romance, danger, humor, and drama that enchanted readers everywhere. Each chapter is paired with lavish and luminous full-color art, making this the perfect collector’s item to be enjoyed by both new audiences and old.

The Summer of Everything by Julian Winters

Expected publication: September 8, 2020

Comic book geek Wesley Hudson excels at two things: slacking off at his job and pining after his best friend, Nico. Advice from his friends, ‘90s alt-rock songs, and online dating articles aren’t helping much with his secret crush. And his dream job at Once Upon a Page, the local used bookstore, is threatened when a coffeeshop franchise wants to buy the property. To top it off, his annoying brother needs wedding planning advice. When all three problems converge, Wes comes face-to-face with the one thing he’s been avoiding—adulthood.

Now, confronted with reality, can Wes balance saving the bookstore and his strained sibling relationship? Can he win the heart of his crush, too?

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Expected publication: September 1, 2020

Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.

When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.

However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie up some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.

Kind of a Big Deal by Shannon Hale

Expected publication: August 25, 2020

From bestselling author Shannon Hale comes Kind of a Big Deal: a hilarious, deliciously readable YA novel that will suck you in—literally.

There’s nothing worse than peaking in high school. Nobody knows that better than Josie Pie.

She was kind of a big deal—she dropped out of high school to be a star! But the bigger you are, the harder you fall. And Josie fell. Hard. Ouch. Broadway dream: dead.

Meanwhile, her life keeps imploding. Best friend: distant. Boyfriend: busy. Mom: not playing with a full deck? Desperate to escape, Josie gets into reading.

Literally. She reads a book and suddenly she’s inside it. And with each book, she’s a different character: a post-apocalyptic heroine, the lead in a YA rom-com, a 17th century wench in a corset.

It’s alarming. But also . . . kind of amazing?

It’s the perfect way to live out her fantasies. Book after book, Josie the failed star finds a new way to shine. But the longer she stays in a story, the harder it becomes to escape.

Will Josie find a story so good that she just stays forever?

Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh

Expected publication: September 22, 2020

Allie Brosh, the “gut-bustingly funny” (NPR), award-winning, and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Hyperbole and a Half, shares an all-new collection of autobiographical and illustrated essays.

The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes by Elissa R. Sloan

Expected publication: September 1, 2020

In vein of Daisy Jones & The Six and Everything I Never Told You, this debut novel probes the dark side of fame after a former pop star ends her own life.

Cassidy Holmes isn’t just a celebrity.

She is “Sassy Gloss,” the fourth member of the hottest pop group America has ever seen. Hotter than Britney dancing with a snake, hotter than Christina getting dirrty, Gloss was the pop act that everyone idolized. Fans couldn’t get enough of them, their music, and the drama that followed them like moths to a flame—until the group’s sudden implosion in 2002. And at the center of it all was Sassy Cassy, the Texan with a signature smirk that had everyone falling for her.

But now she’s dead. Suicide.

The world is reeling from this unexpected news, but no one is more shocked than the three remaining Glossies. Fifteen years ago, Rose, Merry, and Yumi had been the closest to Cassidy, and this loss is hitting them hard. Before the group split, they each had a special bond with Cassidy—truths they told, secrets they shared. But after years apart, each of them is wondering: what could they have done?

Told in multiple perspectives—including Cassidy herself—and different timelines, this is a behind-the-scenes look into the rise and fall of a pop icon, and a penetrating examination of the dark side of celebrity and the industry that profits from it.

The Searcher by Tana French

Expected publication: October 6, 2020

‘One of the most compulsive psychological mysteries since Donna Tartt’s The Secret History‘ THE TIMES Retired detective Cal Hooper moves to a remote village in rural Ireland. His plans are to fix up the dilapidated cottage he’s bought, to walk the mountains, to put his old police instincts to bed forever.

Then a local boy appeals to him for help. His brother is missing, and no one in the village, least of all the police, seems to care. And once again, Cal feels that restless itch.

Something is wrong in this community, and he must find out what, even if it brings trouble to his door.

Our greatest living mystery writer weaves a masterful tale of breath-taking beauty and suspense, asking what we sacrifice in our search for truth and justice, and what we risk if we don’t.

Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao

Expected publication: November 10, 2020

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before meets The Farewell in this incisive romantic comedy about a college student who hires a fake boyfriend to appease her traditional Taiwanese parents, to disastrous results, from the acclaimed author of American Panda.

Chloe Wang is nervous to introduce her parents to her boyfriend, because the truth is, she hasn’t met him yet either. She hired him from Rent for Your ’Rents, a company specializing in providing fake boyfriends trained to impress even the most traditional Asian parents.

Drew Chan’s passion is art, but after his parents cut him off for dropping out of college to pursue his dreams, he became a Rent for Your ’Rents employee to keep a roof over his head. Luckily, learning protocols like “Type C parents prefer quiet, kind, zero-PDA gestures” comes naturally to him.

When Chloe rents Drew, the mission is simple: convince her parents fake Drew is worthy of their approval so they’ll stop pressuring her to accept a proposal from Hongbo, the wealthiest (and slimiest) young bachelor in their tight-knit Asian American community.

But when Chloe starts to fall for the real Drew—who, unlike his fake persona, is definitely not ’rent-worthy—her carefully curated life begins to unravel. Can she figure out what she wants before she loses everything?


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