Ten Historical Settings I Want To See More YA Books Set In

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Historical Settings I Want To See in YA

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Prior to starting my blog a good chunk of what I read was historical fiction. When it comes to adult historical fiction I can find almost anything in any time period I want…but when I started to get into YA I found it to be lacking compared to other genres. Luckily in the past couple years more and more YA historicals are coming out and THANK GOD because it is a genre I love.

So here are a list of historical settings I want to see more YA books set in!! I want them any way I can have them — straight up realistic historical fiction, historical romance, historical fantasy/supernaturally kind of stuff. Doesn’t matter. So if you have any YA recs that fit my setting, please leave them in the comments.

Prehistoric

 

I mean, I know it probably wouldn’t be super historically in depth because limited knowledge but I want. Thank goodness for Ivory and Bone coming out! Maybe some dinosaurs toooo. I just want a more YA Clan of the Cave Bear which I tried to get into many years ago and couldn’t — though I plan to again.  Some kickass fantasy in pre-historic times could be awesome.

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10 Books I SUPER Love But Feel Like I Don’t Talk About Enough Or Haven’t In A While

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This week’s topic: Top Ten Tuesday Freebie week — I picked 10 books I super love but feel like I haven’t talked about enough/in a while.

I talk about a lot of books. I mean, I’ve been running this site and talking about books consistently for 5 1/2 years and in that time I’ve read and talked about a lot of books. Sometimes they come up in Top Ten Tuesdays or maybe in a Whatcha In The Mood For post (great way for me to bring up books I enjoyed previously) or at random but sometimes I go through books I’ve read a while ago and I’m like YOU KNOW….I haven’t shouted about this book in a while and it’s a damn shame!! It’s easy to get caught up in the new stuff I’m reading so, put on your ear plugs, it’s about to get a little bit loud in here because the I’m going to get a little bit shouty about some books I have loved but don’t talk about enough or at least haven’t talked about lately. LONG OVERDUE YOU GUYS.

Pull up your Goodreads or your pen and paper…..I’ll wait. It’s important to make sure you haven’t overlooked these.

It was soooo hard to pick only 10, let me tell you.

 

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Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR Lately

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This week’s topic: Top Ten Books I’ve Added to My TBR Lately (inspired by my New to the Queue posts)

It’s very clear I’ve been into comic books and graphic novels lately (see the comics I’ve been reading) so naturally I’ve been adding even more now that I’ve fallen into this wonderful world!

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Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Read In 2015 (And WILL In 2016!!)

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This week’s topic: Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Read in 2015

I read a really good portion of my MOST ANTICIPATED books of 2015 so I feel pretty good about that but there were a few that I didn’t get to and then there were a few 2015 releases that hadn’t really been on my radar and I mean to get to in a timely manner as soon as I started hearing stuff…but didn’t.

LET ME KNOW WHICH SHOULD BE MY TOP PRIORITIES!

 

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My Book Related Resolutions For 2016

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Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Book Related Resolutions for 2016

 

I reflected on my 2015 goals and resolutions and how I did with them a few days ago and now I’m SO ready to set some goals and resolutions for 2016. I’m setting pretty attainable and realistic goals for myself because I don’t want reading to feel super rigid but I also like setting these sort of intentions to guide my year of reading.

So let’s take a look at what I’m aiming for this year:

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Twenty 2016 Releases I Am Anticipating The Most (First Half of 2016)

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten 2016 Releases I’m Excited For The First Half of 2016

There are soooo many books I’m excited for in 2016 so I cheated!!! I already listed the 2016 debut novels I’m excited for so this will be for non-debuts! I went back and looked at my 2015 most anticipated books and I ended up reading 13/18 ones I picked so YAY ME.

So here are the January – June 2016 YA releases I am most excited about!! And oh my gosh every year I post this list I realize instantly like 5 books I left out so TOTALLY NOT COMPREHENSIVE. SO EXCITED ABOUT SO MANY.

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Top Ten Books I’d LOVE For Santa To Bring Me

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Books I’d Love For Santa To Leave For Me Under the Tree

I’ve been REALLY good this year. I deserve alllll of these. Plus the Harry Potter box set now that I’m reading through the series for the first time. But it didn’t look right in my book tree (seriously I love doing this topic every year just so I can make this thing) but I WANTS IT SANTA.

Semi Related PSA Before You See What I Want Santa To Bring: I’ve got this Handmade Holiday giveaway series/spotlight going on and you can win awesome bookish things. So like a gift from me to YOU! It might not be under your tree but YAY PRESENTS from awesome bookish small business owners and Etsy shops!

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Maybe in Another Life: I loved After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid (loved is a ridiculous understatement) and I REALLY need to get to this one!
Cam Girl: Lots of people who I trust have loved this one!
November 9: I know, look at me with another NA title on this list! I’ve been craving it and Colleen Hoover is an author everyone seems to adore!
The Queen of the Tearling: I’ve been wanting to read this fantasy since it came out but the library list was super long and my attention span is that of a gnat so I forgot!
Sweet Filthy Boy: HEY another NA title! Just really want Santa to bring me some NA this Christmas!
A Little Life: A lot of YA writers who I adore have been raving about this one this year so I need it naturally!
Carry On: I LOVED Fangirl and I’m so curious how Rainbow pulls writing the actual story of the fanfiction that Cath is writing.
The One Thing: This is a contemporary YA I wanted to really read this Fall but haven’t gotten to it yet!

Under the Lights: I read Behind the Scenes and enjoyed it but just recently read Just Visiting and am obsessed with it sooo I was like YEAH I need to catch myself up on all of Dahlia’s books!
Cress: I have read Cinder and Scarlet and REALLY need to read this one and I don’t own it and I know I will want to have it for my collection. So behind on series.

 

BONUS: Harry Potter box set because now that I read book 2 I really want the whole series and I only own the first two!

 

So tell me…what books are you hoping Santa brings ya?? 😉  Also, tell me which ones you’ve read on my list!

Top Ten Favorite 2015 Releases I Read This Year!

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten 2015 Releases

I shared my top new-to-me authors of 2015 and I plan on sharing (as I did last year) my favorite 2015 debuts, top backlist books I read in 2015, 2015 releases that deserved way more attention and more!!

This was SO hard to pick the best 2015 releases I read this year. SO HARD. I read a lot of really excellent books this year but I have to say when I look back and declare favorites these were the automatic ones that were like YEP OF COURSE they can’t NOT be on my list.

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Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli: Okay, real talk. I’m cheating a LITTLE…but I technically read this book at the very end of December last year but I could not let that little technicality deny me a chance to keep yelling about this book even more!! If I had to pick only ONE favorite 2015 release it would be this one!  (My review)

 

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas: Sarah slayed me with her 4th installment of the Throne of Glass series and this book was INCREDIBLE. My review of Queen of Shadows was ridiculously in depth and feelsy but I had a lot to say because this book was flawless…this series is flawless. Everything I had hoped for and more!!!!!

 

PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han: This book made me just want to twirl with happiness! What a great conclusion to this charming duet (you MUST read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before). I loved how Jenny really examined all the intricacies that come with first love and your first REAL dating relationship plus your first heartbreak. I felt everything — from the giddiness of your first real boyfriend to the pressures of sex to that absence a breakup creates. Plus the sister relationships and the friendships are wonderful! Honestly these two books are some of the most perfect coming of age stories ever! Lots of firsts that REALLY hit me in the feels. (My review of PS I Still Love You)
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas: I knew I already loved Sarah’s writing but I was a little nervous when I started this because the fae are not really my thing but HOLY HELL I LOVED THIS ONE and like I should have known it would be Sarah that would make me a liar when I say I’m not into fae. I could NOT put it down and it was soooo sexy which was an added bonus. Cannot wait for the sequel!  (My review of ACOTAR)

 

All the Rage by Courtney Summers: If there was ever a novel whose title could also be used as a summation for my feels while reading it…it would be ALL THE RAGE. This book will give you ALL THE RAGE toward everything that the main character has to go through.  All the Rage was a fury of raw emotions and touched on a lot of important issues — victim-shaming, slut-shaming, rape and rape culture, etc. — without feeling like “HAI I AM HERE TO TALK ABOUT ISSUES.” It’s bold and unapologetic. (My review of All the Rage)
The Start of You & Me by Emery Lord: I was so happy after LOVING Emery’s debut Open Road Summer that I fell in love with this one just as much if not more. IT IS SO DELIGHTFUL. Full of shippy feels.  And honestly? Emery Lord is just writing some of the best contemporary/realistic teen fiction out there today! (My review of The Start of You & Me)
The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski: Okay, again, I cheated a little that I read this at the end of last year but I can’t not add it into my best of, okay?  I LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH AND AM EAGERLY WAITING THE FINAL BOOK ESPECIALLY AFTER THE AMAZINGNESS MARIE DELIVERED HERE. Check out my review of The Winner’s Curse if you have not picked up this series yet!
I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios: This book was INCREDIBLE, made me sob, hurt my heart and definitely got added to my “new favorites” shelf which is RARE. (My review of I’ll Meet You There)

Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider: Oh man this book gutted me and what was really delightful was that I knew NOTHING about it before reading it so I was not at all prepared for it. I wish more people were talking about this one because I could NOT put it down at all!

 

Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler: I would say this is one of the underdogs on this list and one that should be getting so much more attention so here I am to make sure it’s on your radar! I loved it when I read it but when I wrote my book talk for it I fell EVEN MORE in love. It’s such a great book about friendship, growing pains and that time in your life when you are almost done high school and you are staring YOUR FUTURE and all the choices to be made for it right in the face. It was so great and had a great romance to boot!! It definitely was a late addition that snuck onto this list as I read it in November but SO DESERVED. Just one of those books that was a delight to read and is so honest and real. (My review of Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler)

So tell me…what were some of YOUR top books you read this year??? Please tell me so I can prioritize for next year! And stay tuned for more of my top books of 2015 lists and my end of year survey to come!

Top New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2015

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2015

As I was going through the books I’ve read this year I realized this year I spent A LOT of time reading books from people I’ve already read other books from. Lots of series books, lots of sophomore novels from debuts I loved, a lot of fave authors with new releases I was anticipating, etc.

BUT the new-to-me authors I discovered were absolutely FANTASTIC this year and I cannot wait to explore the books some of them have out already or wait patiently for their sophomore novel!

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Alexandra Bracken:  I read Alex’s debut novel this year as well as her book, Passenger, that is coming out next month!! I really enjoyed both of them and cannot wait to dive into her Darkest Minds trilogy!
Vikki Wakefield: You all know my love for Aussie YA and I FINALLY tried a Vikki Wakefield book and I cannot wait to read even more from her. Friday Never Leaving was great!

Jason Reynolds: I read The Boy in the Black Suit and I cannot wait to read his debut, When I was the Greatest, and his most recent All American Boys. Jason’s writing is exquisite and he knows how to hit you DEEP in the feels and make you KNOW these characters.
Stacey Lee: I’ve been loving all the historical YA coming out this year and Stacey Lee’s debut Under A Painted Sky was one of the top of the bunch I read! Plus her sophomore novel coming out next year and it sounds so so great, too!

Erin Bowman: I’ve owned Erin Bowman’s series and reading Vengeance Road made me super excited to binge them!!

Tiffanie DeBartalo: All my friends have been telling me for YEARS to read her books and I finally did read God-Shaped Hole (no, not a religious book by any means) and I will DEFINITELY be reading How To Kill A Rockstar soon!
Marcy Beller Paul: Maaaan Underneath Everything! What an incredible look at a toxic friendship. Marcy’s writing is so great and I cannot WAIT to read more from her.

Robyn Schneider: I’ve been meaning to read Robyn’s debut since it came out but this year I ended up reading her 2015 release Extraordinary Means and I fell in love with it and her writing! CANNOT WAIT TO GO BACK TO HER DEBUT.
David Arnold: Mosquitoland is David’s debut and it his writing is something else and definitely a favorite discovery of this year. SO IMPATIENT FOR NEW BOOKS FROM HIM.

Aisha Saeed: Written in the Stars was a book that I thought I might like but it absolutely blew me away. What a talent Aisha Saeed is!

 

So tell me…what new authors did you discover this year that you think I should “meet” next year??

Top Sixteen 2016 Debuts (Jan-June) That I Am SO SO SO Excited For

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten 2016 Debuts

I chose to talk about debuts that are published from January to June because 1) I have so may I’m excited about next year and 2) some of them don’t have covers and let’s be real we are all here for the pretty covers instead of a blank NO COVER rectangle I would have made.

SO IN NO ORDER AT ALL:

2016 YA releases - debut novels

  1. The Girl From Everywhere: TIME TRAVEL (omg so many time travel books in 2016 and I’m pumped). I am already loving the locations and the time periods referenced in the summary — modern day NYC, Honolulu in 1868 and mythic Scandinavia.
  2.   A Fierce And Subtle Poison: This one showed up randomly in my mailbox and the cover was SO striking. Then I read the summary? MAGICAL REALISM + MYSTERY. Thank the book gods.
  3. Into The Dim: More time travel, yo! EEEEEP. Scotland and time travel and a main character trying to save her mother (in 72 hours) who is trapped in the 12th century. *empties wallet*
  4. The Serpent King: I’ve been following Jeff for a little bit on Twitter and he’s a really top notch dude and I’m sooooo excited for his book as I’ve heard sosososoooo many amazing things! It seems like one of those contemporary books that will be a favorite for me from what people say!
  5. Suffer Love: I LOVE Ashley (go follow her on Twitter!!) and cannot wait to read this! Looks like a fun and complicated romance!!
  6. Ivory and Bone: I first heard about Ivory and Bone after I met Julie at a event locally and I went to follow her and saw her book was coming out and immediately was like OMG NEED. Set in a prehistoric age? TAKE ALL MY MONEY, JULIE.
  7. Where Futures End: I can’t even explain what this book is about so here is part of the summary: “One year from now, Dylan develops a sixth sense that allows him to glimpse another world. Ten years from now, Brixney must get more hits on her social media feed or risk being stuck in a debtors’ colony. Thirty years from now, Epony scrubs her entire online profile from the web and goes “High Concept.” Sixty years from now, Reef struggles to survive in a city turned virtual gameboard. And more than a hundred years from now, Quinn uncovers the alarming secret that links them all. Five people, divided by time, will determine the fate of us all. These are stories of a world bent on destroying itself, and of the alternate world that might be its savior–unless it’s too late.” HOLY EFF.
  8. These Vicious Masks: “Jane Austen meets X-Men in this thrilling Victorian adventure” YEP YOU BET THIS IS ON MY LIST.
  9. The Love That Split The World: Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife. Two of my favorite things in life???????
  10. Love, Lies & Spies: 19th century + spies + romance!
  11. The Year We Fell Apart: God this one is going to kill me. A girl coping with her mother’s cancer diagnosis, makes mistakes — including destroying her relationship with her best friend — and trying to learn and right her past mistakes. Looks like an emotional one fo sho.
  12. Assassin’s Heart: Fantasy! Assassins! Yeay!
  13. If I Was Your Girl: This sounds like a beautiful book about a transgender girl falling in love with a guy and navigating this secret she’s kept about the fact she was physically born Andrew and not Amanda and wondering if he can see her for who she is.
  14. The Way I Used To Be: :In the tradition of Speak, this extraordinary debut novel shares the unforgettable story of a young woman as she struggles to find strength in the aftermath of an assault.” Speak is one of my all time favorite books and this looks to be another powerful one albeit going to be hard to read.
  15. Sword & Verse: A world where literacy is a capital offense? Take me to the jails then! This fantasy sounds awesome!
  16. The Museum of Heartbreak: Reminds me a tinge of Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I Love Before in a way. Looks like a super cute contemporary and I’m curious to see what her little museums of heartbreak looks like and how it helps her deal with life things.

So tell me…what debuts are you super excited about? Which ones are not on my list that you think I’d be into??

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