I haven’t had a 5 star read in a while, but I’m hopeful that some of these will actually make the cut. I tend to be pretty hesitant to give 5 stars to any book unless it really speaks to me on a personal level, or I really can’t put it down at all. Maybe I’m too picky with my stars, but I feel like a book really has to be something special to get all five. I kind of wish that Goodreads had half stars because some are so close.
Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire – I really enjoy this series, and am hopeful that this book will be amazing. The novella is a pretty underrated writing form, since you are usually only getting one single plot line. There’s little room for subplots, so the author really has to work to maintain your interest from start to finish. I feel like only really established authors can get away with publishing something so short without anyone complaining too much. It also seems to really only work for sci-fi/fantasy writers… maybe because the readers are often very loyal to particular writers.
Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin – This one has been sitting on my TBR list for a while, and I have heard so many good reviews, but I never seem to remember it when I’m not sure what to read next. It’s going into my bullet journal as one of the books I plan to read this year, just so that I don’t have any more excuses as to why I haven’t read it yet.
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston – This is a case of a book definitely needing to live up to its hype. The reader-verse has said this is an amazing book, and I’m really really hoping that it isn’t a flop for me. It was all over book blogs last year, but I avoided it because I try not to read or watch anything that EVERYONE is so hyped for that it becomes a huge letdown. I’ll come to it in my own time, on my own terms, and hopefully will like it.
The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin – So before I read this book I plan to hunt down the first book in the bookshop series by this author. Apparently she has like 4 different series going all at once that interconnect in some way. I am unsure where I should really be starting, but I think that anything to do with a bookshop is the right starting place for me.
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Riddle of Ages by Trenton Lee Stewart – I nearly screamed aloud when I saw that there was a new book in this series. It’s such a great series for kids who aren’t interested in the many fantasy series that have taken over the kids section. It’s basically like if Harry Potter didn’t have magic, and instead just had to use his brains to catch the bad guy.
Writers & Lovers by Lily King – I had to read one of Lily King’s books for work a few years ago and was so pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Her writing is humourous without being over the top, and she really creates memorable characters. Euphoria is a book that I continue to remember years later, while there are books that I read only a few weeks ago that I couldn’t tell you anything about.
Undercover Bromance – I really enjoyed the first book in this series because it’s written from the man’s perspective, which is very different from most romance novels. It’s nice to see men being portrayed as flawed, insecure, and romantic as their female counterparts. I have high hopes for this book, and any others that come from the series.
Tweet Cute by Emma Lord – This is the Indigo Teen Staff Pick of the Month and I am always unsure what to expect, but usually am pleased with the results. I like being able to talk to people about the books that are up on the wall, so it’s worth it for me to read this even if it isn’t a 5-star read. Of course, I do hope it will be.
My Calamity Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows – I have a serious girl-crush on Jane Cannary from the HBO series Deadwood, so this book really needs to bring me some great Calamity Jane vibes. It needs to be funny (a given with the Lady Janie Crew), sweet, strong, and most importantly, full of colourful language. 😛
Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert – I have really high hopes for this one since the first book in the series was so good. I just read a book about friends pretending to date, so I’m glad that this one won’t be out for a few more months. Sometimes if a story is too close to the same as the last book I read, unless it’s part of the same series, I get really tired of the same tropes and end up DNFing the second book, even if it sounds really good.
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