Top Ten Tuesday: Books I loved with fewer than 2,000 ratings on Goodreads

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is books I loved with fewer than 2,000 ratings on Goodreads. I’m really excited about this theme because it’s been a while since I last shared my favorite hidden gems!


The King of FU by Benjamin Davis

23 ratings on Goodreadsmy review


Before Daylight by Andie J. Christopher

40 ratings on Goodreadsmy review


Summoner by S.D. Grimm

64 ratings on Goodreadsmy review


Seaside Sweets by Melissa Chambers

146 ratings on Goodreadsmy review


You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman

150 ratings on Goodreadsmy review


What Makes Girls Sick and Tired by Lucile de Pesloüan

308 ratings on Goodreadsmy review


The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin

411 ratings on Goodreadsmy review


You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn

474 ratings on Goodreads • my review will be posted in a couple weeks!


Frat Girl by Kiley Roache

604 ratings on Goodreads my review


The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde

682 ratings on Goodreads my review


Did you do your own Top Ten Tuesday post today? Feel free to leave your link in the comments and I’ll check it out! What are some of your favorite hidden gems? Let’s talk in the comments!

Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

Tags this week:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

1 thing this week:

  • My day, my week, my month, my entire life was made when I got an actual physical ARC of Serious Moonlight! Infinite thanks to Lauren at Simon & Schuster, who is clearly the best. ❤

Blog hopping:

  • Jenna shared a beginner’s guide to book blogging! If you’re looking to get started and you’re not really sure what to do, this is a great introductory post!
  • Aurora talked about her favorite tropes along with some recommendations!
  • Kelly made a list of her favorite fluffy YA contemporaries! (I was so happy to see that two of my favorites made the list!)
  • Raya reviewed Tangled Like Us and made some great points that I didn’t mention in my review!
  • Vicky amazed me with her list of 80+ romance recommendations!!

Song of the week:

I can’t stop listening to Billie Eilish.

Blog tour: You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman

You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • GoodreadsB&N
Publication Date: March 5, 2019
Source: ARC via FFBT and Netgalley

Senior Ariel Stone is the perfect college applicant: first chair violin, dedicated community volunteer, and expected valedictorian. He works hard – really hard – to make his life look effortless. A failed Calculus quiz is not part of that plan. Not when he’s number one. Not when his peers can smell weakness like a freshman’s body spray.

Figuring a few all-nighters will preserve his class rank, Ariel throws himself into studying. His friends will understand if he skips a few plans, and he can sleep when he graduates. Except Ariel’s grade continues to slide. Reluctantly, he gets a tutor. Amir and Ariel have never gotten along, but Amir excels in Calculus, and Ariel is out of options.

Ariel may not like Calc, but he might like Amir. Except adding a new relationship to his long list of commitments may just push him past his limit.

It’s been a long time since I last did a blog tour and I’m so happy to be back at it again for one of my most anticipated YA releases of the year! I’ve followed Laura on Twitter for a while and I’ve been looking forward to this book since I first read the synopsis. And that cover only made me want to read it more!

Now, I might be years out of high school, but I related to Ariel so much. I mean, everything in high school being a breeze until you hit your senior year and suddenly you’re dying? My exact experience. We didn’t have AP classes (we did dual credit instead) and I waited until college to cry over calculus, but my goodness. Ariel’s experience with calculus was basically the same as my experience with college-level physics. And the whole thing about shutting yourself off from your friends so that they can’t see how much you’re struggling? ME. I was always the friend who had everything together academically, so it took a lot for me to admit that I just was not understanding that class. Again, this is me relating so much to a fictional teenager.

If I, a 28-year-old woman, can relate to this book, clearly teenagers within its target demographic will too. It’s just so well done, from the writing to the diversity to the teenagers who actually speak and act like teenagers. I’m so impressed and I can’t wait to read more from Silverman.

#ps19: a book that’s published in 2019


About the Author

 

My debut novel, GIRL OUT OF WATER, is a summery coming-of-age story about a California surfer girl sent to landlocked Nebraska for the entire summer. It debuted in May 2017. You can order it from most book retailers and of course request it at your local library! My second novel, YOU ASKED FOR PERFECT, is about the effects of intense academic pressure on a teenage Valedictorian-to-be. It comes out March 2019, and you can add it on Goodreads here.

I have degrees in English and Advertising from the University of Georgia, and I have an MFA in Writing for Children from the New School. While I lived in NYC, I interned at Penguin and two different literary agencies. In addition to writing, I also freelance edit manuscripts and query letters. Please check out my services if you’re interested! I particularly love helping with those query letters!


Follow the Tour!


International Giveaway!

Prize: Win a copy of YOU ASKED FOR PERFECT by Laura Silverman (INT)
Disclaimer: INT as long as Bookdepository ships to the country of the winner.
Start Date: February 11, 2019
End Date: February 24, 2019

Enter using the rafflecopter here!


Have you read You Asked For Perfect? Are you looking forward to it? What’s the most recent book you read that dealt with either mental health or school stress? Let’s talk in the comments!

Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

Tags this week:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

2 things this week:

  • I just wanted to share that I’ve packed six boxes of books so far and it’s hardly made a dent in my bookcases. Please send help.
  • I think my slump is finally over!!! I finished five books this week and am in the middle of a sixth.

Blog hopping:

  • In case you need help with a reading challenge prompt (or love adaptations!), Mandy and Sha shared a list of YA books becoming movies this year.
  • Mandy and Sha also talked about their most problematic books of 2018, and I love a good rant post.
  • I’ve been really into graphic novels lately, so I loved Destiny’s list of the best graphic novels & manga of 2018.

Song of the week:

I love Taylor Swift so much, and it seems like I’ve heard her everywhere this week! I heard You Belong With Me on the radio while I was driving home from work yesterday and it took me right back to my teenage years. ❤

Top Ten Tuesday: Most anticipated releases for the first half of 2019

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is most anticipated releases for the first half of 2019, and I always love this topic! I am anticipating so many books in the first half of 2019 and I’m really excited to share them with you. These books are, as always, in no particular order.


Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

expected publication: April 16, 2019

After an awkward first encounter, Birdie and Daniel are forced to work together in a Seattle hotel where a famous author leads a mysterious and secluded life in this romantic contemporary novel from the author of Alex, Approximately.

Mystery-book aficionado Birdie Lindberg has an overactive imagination. Raised in isolation and homeschooled by strict grandparents, she’s cultivated a whimsical fantasy life in which she plays the heroic detective and every stranger is a suspect. But her solitary world expands when she takes a job the summer before college, working the graveyard shift at a historic Seattle hotel.

In her new job, Birdie hopes to blossom from introverted dreamer to brave pioneer, and gregarious Daniel Aoki volunteers to be her guide. The hotel’s charismatic young van driver shares the same nocturnal shift and patronizes the waterfront Moonlight Diner where she waits for the early morning ferry after work. Daniel also shares her appetite for intrigue, and he’s stumbled upon a real-life mystery: a famous reclusive writer—never before seen in public—might be secretly meeting someone at the hotel.

To uncover the writer’s puzzling identity, Birdie must come out of her shell…discovering that most confounding mystery of all may be her growing feelings for the elusive riddle that is Daniel.


The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson

expected publication: February 19, 2019

A good friend will bury your body, a best friend will dig you back up.

Dino doesn’t mind spending time with the dead. His parents own a funeral home, and death is literally the family business. He’s just not used to them talking back. Until Dino’s ex-best friend July dies suddenly—and then comes back to life. Except not exactly. Somehow July is not quite alive, and not quite dead.

As Dino and July attempt to figure out what’s happening, they must also confront why and how their friendship ended so badly, and what they have left to understand about themselves, each other, and all those grand mysteries of life.


You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman

expected publication: March 5, 2019

Senior Ariel Stone is the perfect college applicant: first chair violin, dedicated community volunteer, and expected valedictorian. He works hard – really hard – to make his life look effortless. A failed Calculus quiz is not part of that plan. Not when he’s number one. Not when his peers can smell weakness like a freshman’s body spray.

Figuring a few all-nighters will preserve his class rank, Ariel throws himself into studying. His friends will understand if he skips a few plans, and he can sleep when he graduates. Except Ariel’s grade continues to slide. Reluctantly, he gets a tutor. Amir and Ariel have never gotten along, but Amir excels in Calculus, and Ariel is out of options.

Ariel may not like Calc, but he might like Amir. Except adding a new relationship to his long list of commitments may just push him past his limit.


The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

expected publication: January 22, 2019

All Stevie Bell wanted was to find the key to the Ellingham mystery, but instead she found her classmate dead. And while she solved that murder, the crimes of the past are still waiting in the dark. Just as Stevie feels she’s on the cusp of putting it together, her parents pull her out of Ellingham academy.

For her own safety they say. She must move past this obsession with crime. Now that Stevie’s away from the school of topiaries and secret tunnels, and her strange and endearing friends, she begins to feel disconnected from the rest of the world. At least she won’t have to see David anymore. David, who she kissed. David, who lied to her about his identity—son of despised politician Edward King. Then King himself arrives at her house to offer a deal: He will bring Stevie back to Ellingham immediately. In return, she must play nice with David. King is in the midst of a campaign and can’t afford his son stirring up trouble. If Stevie’s at school, David will stay put.

The tantalizing riddles behind the Ellingham murders are still waiting to be unraveled, and Stevie knows she’s so close. But the path to the truth has more twists and turns than she can imagine—and moving forward involves hurting someone she cares for. In New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson’s second novel of the Truly Devious series, nothing is free, and someone will pay for the truth with their life.


The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg

expected publication: January 29, 2019

Max: Chill. Sports. Video games. Gay and not a big deal, not to him, not to his mom, not to his buddies. And a secret: An encounter with an older kid that makes it hard to breathe, one that he doesn’t want to think about, ever.

Jordan: The opposite of chill. Poetry. His “wives” and the Chandler Mall. Never been kissed and searching for Mr. Right, who probably won’t like him anyway. And a secret: A spiraling out of control mother, and the knowledge that he’s the only one who can keep the family from falling apart.

Throw in a rickety, 1980s-era food truck called Coq Au Vinny. Add in prickly pears, cloud eggs, and a murky idea of what’s considered locally sourced and organic. Place it all in Mesa, Arizona, in June, where the temp regularly hits 114. And top it off with a touch of undeniable chemistry between utter opposites.

Over the course of one summer, two boys will have to face their biggest fears and decide what they’re willing to risk — to get the thing they want the most.


On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

expected publication: February 5, 2019

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.

On the Come Up is Angie Thomas’s homage to hip-hop, the art that sparked her passion for storytelling and continues to inspire her to this day. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; of the struggle to become who you are and not who everyone expects you to be; and of the desperate realities of poor and working-class black families. 


Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

expected publication: March 12, 2019

Jack Ellison King. King of Almost.

He almost made valedictorian.

He almost made varsity.

He almost got the girl . . . 

When Jack and Kate meet at a party, bonding until sunrise over their mutual love of Froot Loops and their favorite flicks, Jack knows he’s falling—hard. Soon she’s meeting his best friends, Jillian and Franny, and Kate wins them over as easily as she did Jack. Jack’s curse of almost is finally over.

But this love story is . . . complicated. It is an almost happily ever after. Because Kate dies. And their story should end there. Yet Kate’s death sends Jack back to the beginning, the moment they first meet, and Kate’s there again. Beautiful, radiant Kate. Healthy, happy, and charming as ever. Jack isn’t sure if he’s losing his mind. Still, if he has a chance to prevent Kate’s death, he’ll take it. Even if that means believing in time travel. However, Jack will learn that his actions are not without consequences. And when one choice turns deadly for someone else close to him, he has to figure out what he’s willing to do—and let go—to save the people he loves.


If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka

expected publication: April 23, 2019

High school senior Cameron Bright’s reputation can be summed up in one word: bitch. It’s no surprise she’s queen bee at her private L.A. high school—she’s beautiful, talented, and notorious for her cutting and brutal honesty. So when she puts her foot in her mouth in front of her crush, Andrew, she fears she may have lost him for good. 

In an attempt to win him over, Cameron resolves to “tame” herself, much like Katherine in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. First, she’ll have to make amends with those she’s wronged, which leads her to Brendan, the guy she labelled with an unfortunate nickname back in the sixth grade. At first, Brendan isn’t all that receptive to Cameron’s ploy. But slowly, he warms up to her when they connect over the computer game he’s developing. Now if only Andrew would notice…

But the closer Cameron gets to Brendan, the more she sees he appreciates her personality—honesty and all—and wonders if she’s compromising who she is for the guy she doesn’t even want. 


Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo

expected publication: May 7, 2019

10 00 p.m.: Lucky is the biggest K-pop star on the scene, and she’s just performed her hit song “Heartbeat” in Hong Kong to thousands of adoring fans. She’s about to debut on The Tonight Show in America, hopefully a breakout performance for her career. But right now? She’s in her fancy hotel, trying to fall asleep but dying for a hamburger.

11 00 p.m.: Jack is sneaking into a fancy hotel, on assignment for his tabloid job that he keeps secret from his parents. On his way out of the hotel, he runs into a girl wearing slippers, a girl who is single-mindedly determined to find a hamburger. She looks kind of familiar. She’s very cute. He’s maybe curious.

12:00 a.m.: Nothing will ever be the same.


Internment by Samira Ahmed

expected publication: March 19, 2019

Rebellions are built on hope.

Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens.

With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the internment camp’s Director and his guards.

Heart-racing and emotional, Internment challenges readers to fight complicit silence that exists in our society today.


Did you do your own Top Ten Tuesday post today? Feel free to leave your link in the comments and I’ll check it out! What are your most anticipated books for 2019? Have you been lucky enough to get ARCs of any of these? Let’s talk in the comments!

Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

Tags this week:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

2 things this week:

  • I AM SO HAPPY TO REPORT THAT I’M PART OF THE BLOG TOUR FOR YOU ASKED FOR PERFECT BY LAURA SILVERMAN. THIS IS ONE OF MY MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS FOR 2019 AND OMG. I’M SCREAMING.
  • I’M ALSO SCREAMING ABOUT TAYLOR SWIFT’S REPUTATION STADIUM TOUR ON NETFLIX. I LOVE HER SO MUCH. WHY DIDN’T I SEE THIS LIVE BUT WATCHING THIS IS THE NEXT BEST THING.

Blog hopping:

  • Gerry shared the nicest end-of-year wrap-up post and shouted out a lot of bloggers! (Thank you again!)

Song(s) of the week:

I had to go with The New Year by Death Cab for Cutie since I’ve been listening to this song on New Year’s for… a long time.

And, in honor of the reputation Stadium Tour on Netflix, here’s New Year’s Day. ❤ ❤