2021 most anticipated book releases

I recently wrote a post about the video games I am most anticipating this year (and into the future) which reminded me of the list I had been compiling on random post it notes scattered throughout my house of all the books I am so excited to read this year. 

If you’ve been here for a while or even if you are new (Welcome!) it might be obvious that I am a pretty avid reader. Now I know things are most likely going to slow down once Bubs is in the mix but I am hoping to still be able to read something each month, even if its just one book. 

Every year I look forward to seeing all the books that they are going to be released in a new year, it always seems like an exciting ‘fresh start’ for the year and even through everything going on last year it was something to look forward too. 

Without adding to much to the preamble, these are the books that I am most looking forward too picking up this year. 

Already released

Since I am writing this post so late there are some books that I am am mentioning that have already been released that I just haven’t picked up yet. 

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I absolutely loved Courtney Summers book ‘Sadie’ so I do really want to get to this soon

May 4th

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may 13th

May 18th

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may 25th

June 8th

june 15th

july 25th

November 11th

I am so excited for all these books to come out and these are just the releases I know about that I’m excited for. If you have any book recommendations of new releases leave a comment so I can add it to my list!

April TBR

April is here and with it a global pandemic and a ton of time to read. Along with the O.W.L.S I am planning to complete the April Year-a-thon reading challenge as well as reading a couple of additional books.

as well as one of the following books…

Overall, I am hoping that I can get all 10 of these books read as well as finally finishing ‘The Secret History’ Which I have been reading for a couple of months already!

What are you most looking forward to reading this month?

Year-a-thon: February Wrap Up

Our February week long readathon in the overarching Year-a-thon has come and gone. I set out to complete 3 books. 2 individual books and one series.

I didn’t end up reading as much as I thought I would during February’s Year-a-thon. Although finishing two books in the week was definitely not too bad.

‘The Simple Wild’ by K.A. Tucker was a reread in preparation for the sequel coming out on February 18th (can you tell I’m excited). ‘The Bear and the Nightingale’ by Katherine Adren was a book that had beed chilling on my TBR for a while.

Both books where definitely enjoyable to pick up for the readathon. You can check out the review of The Simple Wild, already on my blog and the review for The Bear and the Nightingale will be coming soon!

What books did you pick up for the readathon?

Favourite Romance & Contemporary Books

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Whether you celebrate or not, it’s nice to spend some time reflecting on those we care for deeply.

With that being said I decided it’s also a perfect time to list some of my favourite romance and contempoarary stories. As an aside from Valentine’s Day, I usually find myself reading more romantic stories during the summer months. These are just a few of the books I’ve enjoyed.

These are only some of the books that I’ve enjoyed from the contamporary/ Romance Genre. All featuring adorable couples that I abslutely love, so if you are in the mood for a fluffy read, I would definitely recommend all of these stories!

I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! Send me any of your favourite Romance and Contampary reads, I’d love to read more!!

Chasing River by K.A. Tucker

Chasing River
by K.A. Tucker
#3 Burying Water

Publisher: Atria Books
Date: 2015
Pages: 336
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Romance
Days to Read: 27
Purchase Locations: Amazon & Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD Scribd

Armed with two years’ worth of savings and the need to experience life outside the bubble of her Oregon small town, twenty-five-year old Amber Welles is prepared for anything. Except dying in Dublin. Had it not been for the bravery of a stranger, she might have. But he takes off before she has the chance to offer her gratitude.

Twenty-four-year-old River Delaney is rattled. No one was supposed to get hurt. But then that American tourist showed up. He couldn’t let her die, but he also couldn’t risk being identified at the scene—so, he ran. Back to his everyday life of running his family’s pub. Only, everyday life is getting more and more complicated, thanks to his brother, Aengus, and his criminal associations. When the American girl tracks River down, he quickly realises how much he likes her, how wrong she is for him. And how dangerous it is to have her around. Chasing her off would be the smart move.

Maybe it’s because he saved her life, or maybe it’s because he’s completely different from everything she’s left behind, but Amber finds herself chasing after River Delaney. Amber isn’t the kind of girl to chase after anyone.

And River isn’t the kind of guy she’d want to catch.

Chasing River follows our main character Amber as she is embarking on an epic trip around Europe. We pick up with her in Ireland as she runs to make a tour. She runs through The Green – a park in Ireland – when a pipe bomb goes off and she is saved by a mysterious stranger. This is where our romance begins…

When it comes to romance protagonists as much as I liked the story I didn’t enjoy Amber. I felt as though she was just a random person with no real distinctive personality. I felt as though she got super attached super quickly.

I found the examination of the gangs in Ireland and how the impact on family of its members fascinating as a sub plot to the story, as well as the deep connection in the Delaney family.

‘Chasing River’ is the third book in a collection of K.A. Tucker ‘Burying Water’ from what I’ve gathered these books don’t all need to be read and each book can be read individually. As this is how I read the book this could of impacted my opinion of Amber as I did not read any of her back story.

Overall I enjoyed reading ‘Chasing River’. I chose to listen to the Audiobook which had a fantastic narrator who changed between an american accent for Amber as well as an Irish accent for River. The romance was one that I enjoyed, even though it was a bit insta-lovey.

Plot: 6/10
Ease of reading: 
7/10
Character Development: 
7/10
World Building: 
5/10
Quality of Writing
7/10
Overall:
3.5/5

February 2020 TBR

After having what I consider a decent start to the year, when it comes to reading specifically, I am keen to get into February and continue on this reading streak!

Overall I really want to get to all 13 of these books in February. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

What are your reading plans for February?

12 days of Christmas Book Tag

I saw this tag over on Paper Fury’s Blog and thought it was perfect for the holiday season!

Definitely ‘Daisy Jones and the Six’ by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This book honestly changed my reading habits in 2019.

Achilles and Patroclus from the song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. I was genuinely in tears by the end of this story. They are one of the best pairings ever!

I recently finished reading the ‘Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard’ series by Rick Rirodan and I absolutely fell in love. I love the peak of characters from other Rick Riordan stories as well as the representation that all three books have.

Always.

I love other series but my go to all the time would have to be the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

Nova from the ‘Renegades’ Trilogy by Marissa Meyer.

She’s probably one of the only anti hero type characters I can think of who I really enjoy reading about.

I would say Harry Potter but I want to have a different answer for each question so behind Harry Potter would be the ‘Keeper of Lost Cities’ Series by Shannon Messenger.

The elf world is expansive and so interesting. I absolutely adore this series.

The Tea Dragons from ‘The Tea Dragon Society’ by Katie O’Neill.

They are honestly the cutest things!

I want a Tea Dragon

I think the food from ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ by Kevin Kwan would be amazing!

From both the description in the book and what we see in the movie everything looks absolutely delicious!

Celaena Sardothian from the ‘Throne of Glass’ series by Sarah J. Maas.

She is legitimately a total badass and I really enjoy reading about her as a character. I genuinely find that she works hard to do things that people don’t expect from her and that is a really interesting quality to read about.

Lazlo Strange from the ‘Strange the Dreamer’ Duology by Laini Taylor.

He is honestly such a caring character and really shows his strength through atypical means.

I love my little harry potter music box that I got from my friend Kim. It is so cute and plays Hegwid’s Theme when you wind it.

The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker is definitely one of my favourite books that I’ve read this year. I am obsessed and I really want to reerad it, even though I only read it in October.

I tag everyone, this is such a fun Christmasy tag!

Waiting for Spring Volume 2 by Anashin

Waiting for Spring
Volume 2
by Anashin

Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Date: 2017
Pages: 192
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Romance
Days to Read: 1
Purchase Locations:  Amazon & Kindle Book Depository Booktopia

Unexpected Turns

After hanging out with the four popular members of the basketball team, Mitsuki finds herself surrounded by many new friends. One of the boys from the team, Towa, is in the same class as her, and she can’t help but be stunned by how close they’re becoming. Meanwhile, Mitsuki’s childhood best friend, Aya, has finally returned from America, and she has a confession shocking enough to make Mitsuki blush!

A sweet shojo story of a soft-spoken high school freshman and her quest to make friends, Waiting for Spring will delight fans of earnest, fun, and dramatic shojo like Kimi ni Todoke and Say I Love You.

Books and Basketball are just two of the many things that I enjoy, so bring basketball into a graphic novel and I am going to be all over it.

Although I am only 2 volumes in I am really enjoying ‘Waiting for Spring’, this second volume has really added some unexpected turns but I am loving the development in the story!

The characters have such a broad range of attributes allowing every reader to find a character they connect with.

Overall I would definitely recommend this Manga series, its a fun and quick read that hasn’t yet failed to make me laugh.

Plot: 6/10
Ease of reading: 8/10
Character Development: 7/10
World Building: 6/10
Quality of Writing: 7/10
Overall: 3/5

Do you know of any Manga that are similar? Let me know!