Top Ten Tuesday-2021 Releases I wanted to read but didn’t get the chance to read

Welcome Back! Jana hosts Top Ten Tuesday @thatartsyreader. This meme was born out of a love of lists and bringing the book blogging community together. Each week, Jana will post a prompt, and we readers will post our list as a response. We also have the option of doing our own thing if we would like. Our topic this week is 2021 releases we wanted to read but didn’t get to. I had a lot of fun with this one. 

1- When You Get the Chance by Tom Ryan

This is an LGBTQ+ novel about going on a road trip to Canadian pride. I want to get a copy and read it this year. 

2-Never Saw You Coming by Erin Hahn 

I saw little buzz about this book, but I still want to read it. This is a YA Contemporary about finding yourself, which I love.  

3-Our Way Back to Always by Nina Moreno 

Of all the books on this list, I think this one is one of the top releases I wanted to read but never got to. Former best friends who haven’t spoken in fours years rekindling their friendship and maybe even more?! Sign me up! 

4- We can’t Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Solomon 

I had plans to get a copy of and read this book last year around the time I was reading Today, Tonight, Tomorrow. I never did, but this is so high on my list of books to read because it’s about a harpist, and I love books about music. Also, this sounds so cute. 

5- Phantom Hearts by Kelly Creagh 

A Phantom of the Opera retelling where the main character shares my first name?! Sign me up! I have a challenge prompt this year for a book where the main character shares the first letter of your first or last name, so this is going to be read this year when I get a copy. 

6- As If On Cue by Marisa Kanter 

This is a theater student and choir kid enemies to maybe more. If you know me from the blog or social media, you know why I want to read this. I want to get a copy and read it this year. 

7- Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jagirdar

I’m all the heart eyes over this story about fake dating and developing feelings for each other. Also, I’m all over reading LGBTQ+ stories. 

8- How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

I grabbed the Ebook or audio of this from Simon & Schuster as a part of their survey rewards program. I’m going to read it at some point this year, and I’m very excited. 

9- Everything In Between by Nikki Barthelmess 

I was on the book tour for this, but I did a promotional post. I want to read this to see where the story goes. 

10- Aristotle and Dante Dive into Waters Around the World by Benjamin Alire Sáenz 

I read the first book years ago, and I want to reread it so I can read the sequel this year as well. I can’t wait to see where Aristotle and Dante are now, and where their adventures take them. 

Can’t-Wait Wednesday- Lulu & Milagro’s Search for Clarity 

Hi! Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a bookish meme hosted by wishfulendings. This meme is a rebrand of Waiting on Wednesday which was hosted by Jill@breakingthespine. Each week, we share a book, usually unpublished, that we can’t wait to read. This week I’m sharing a YA Contemporary Debut.

Book Cover

Title: Lulu & Milagro’s Search for Clarity 

Author: Angela Velez

Expected Publication- February 8th, 2022

Add to Goodreads: Here

Goodreads Summary

Booksmart meets Never Have I Ever in this Latinx road trip adventure—a big-hearted, voice-driven YA about two sisters who couldn’t be more different, but become begrudging partners on their school’s cross-country college trip—from debut author Angela Velez.

Overachiever Luz “Lulu” Zavala has straight As, perfect attendance, and a solid ten-year plan. First up: nail her interview for a dream internship at Stanford, the last stop on her school’s cross-country college road trip. The only flaw in her plan is Clara, her oldest sister, who went off to college and sparked a massive fight with their overprotective Peruvian mom, who is now convinced that out-of-state-college will destroy their family. If Lulu can’t fix whatever went wrong between them, the whole trip—and her future—will be a waste.

Middle sister Milagro wants nothing to do with college, or a nerdy class field trip. Then a spot opens up on the trip just as her own Spring Break plans (Operation: Lose Your Virginity) are thwarted, and she hops on the bus with her glittery lipsticks, more concerned about getting back at her ex than she is about schools or any family drama. But the trip opens her eyes about possibilities she’d never imagined for herself. Maybe she is more than the boy-crazy girl everyone seems to think she is.

On a journey from Baltimore all the way to San Francisco, Lulu and Milagro will become begrudging partners as they unpack weighty family expectations, uncover Clara’s secrets, and maybe even discover the true meaning of sisterhood.

Why I want to read this 

I love stories about sisters and family. I also love stories about people finding themselves and growing over the course of the story. This book has my name written all over it.  Also, this cover is so cute.

Top Ten Tuesday- Most Recent additions to my collection

Hi! Jana hosts Top Ten Tuesday @thatartsyreadergirl. This meme was born out of a love of lists and bringing the book blogging community together. Each week, Jana will post a topic or prompt, and we readers will reply. We also have the option of doing our own thing. This week our topic is Most Recent Editions to my collection. I didn’t include E-ARCs I have that I don’t own. These books were gifts, or I used a gift card to buy them. I got libro.fm recently, and I love it.

Read

1- Waking Romeo by Kathryn Barker (ARC)

Currently Reading

2- Daughter of the Mood Goddess by Sun Lynn Tan (ARC)

3- The Making of Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story by Laurent Bouzereau

4- When You Get the Chance by Emma Lord

5-If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich narrated by Ramon de Ocampo

On the TBR

6- Queen of Nothing by Holly Black 

7- How The King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black

8- Here’s to Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

9- Last Night at the Telegraph Club (Audio) 

10- Blackout by Various

Waking Romeo by Kathryn Barker (ARC Review)

Hi! I won a Goodreads Giveaway a few months back for this book. I wanted to give a formal review for it, even though it wasn’t required, and the book has already been out for a week. Information from Goodreads!

Title: Waking Romeo

Author: Kathryn Barker

Published: January 4th, 2022, by Flatiron books 

Rating: 3.25 stars (3 on Goodreads)

Add this book to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57693691-waking-romeo

What worked for me

Characters

I’ve been sitting with this book for a few days, and even dropped my rating down. My favorite thing about this book was the characters. Being familiar with Romeo and Juliet, I already knew about them, and their story. Barker does an excellent job of bringing these characters into a new light and giving them a new story. There are new characters in this story as well, and they were fantastic and had interesting backstories. This book lies in the characters, and their banter and interactions, and I’m fine with that because I enjoyed them. I’m not a fan of Wuthering Heights, but I still really enjoyed Ellis as a character. 

Writing 

The writing in this book is good. It works well for the story being told, and I really enjoyed it. I thought that the scenes that were light-hearted worked well because the tone of the book was lighter. The heavier, or more heartbreaking scenes, were a more serious tone, and I think that worked really well for the story being told. 

What could have been better 

Plot

So, here’s where things didn’t work so well for me with this book. I honestly think this could just be a me thing, and others would enjoy the story more than I did. Here’s the thing: as I said above, I’m not a fan of Wuthering Heights. The story of Wuthering Heights confused me, and I was confused by this story as well. There are time jumps in Waking Romeo, and while I understood where they were going, time jumps rarely work well for me because they take me out of the story. The story of Waking Romeo was good, but the time jumps took me out of the story, and I was lost and confused sometimes. I think the plot of this story would work better for people who are used to the Dystopian genre. This was the first Dystopian book I’ve read in about 10 years. There were some elements of the plot I enjoyed. I loved the overall story of waking Romeo and Juliet, living her own life for her. I enjoyed Ellis as a character and his love story with Jules. 

Romance 

The romance in the book could have been better. We all know that Romeo and Juliet are a couple, and I thought it would end this way as well. I don’t want to spoil the book, but I just thought the romance could have been better. I enjoyed elements of the love story, but in the end, I just wanted more.

The Sunday Post-1-9-22

Hi! caffeinatedbookreviewer hosts The Sunday Post. This meme is a way for us book bloggers to share what was going on this week on and off our blogs. It’s a way to share the news of what’s going on, and books we have gotten in the last week.

Life & Media

This last week was great for me. I’m excited to get back to a normal schedule after how crazy the holidays can be.

I help with a reading game every month, and some of our bonus points can come from watching movies or TV shows based on the theme. Last week, I watched The Lorax and You Again for the Betty White theme this month. I really enjoyed both! I also played a lot of Animal Crossing, and Mario Party Super Stars last week.

Reading

My reading week was pleasant! I’m making great progress in a lot of books, and I’m enjoying them. I finished Waking Romeo by Kathryn Barker. A review will come this week. I discovered an app called Bookshelf, and I think it’s going to help me stay focused on books. I’m a lover of stats, and this app also has a page and time count for a book daily. Another feature I love is the notecards for quotes and things to remember.

On the Blog

On the Blog this week, I was coming back into blogging consistently again.

Monday: End of the year book blogger survey 2021

Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday- Most Anticipated of 2022 part 1

Coming Up this week

Monday: Waking Romeo Review (ARC)

Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday-Most Recent additions to my collection

Wednesday: Can’t-Wait Wednesday

Top Ten Tuesday- Most Anticipated Release for the first half of 2022 Part 1

Hi! Jana hosts Top Ten Tuesday @thatartsyreadergirl. This weekly meme brings the book blogging community together and fosters our love of lists. Each Week, Jana will post a prompt, and we readers will post our list based on the topic. We also have the option of doing our own thing. This week, our topic is fun, and hard for our TBR’s because we’re going to be talking about our most anticipated releases. All Summaries from Goodreads. Part 2 of this will come out next month!  

1- When You Get the Chance by Emma Lord- Out Today!

Nothing will get in the way of Millie Price’s dream to become a Broadway star. Not her lovable but super-introverted dad, who after raising Millie alone, doesn’t want to watch her leave home to pursue her dream. Not her pesky and ongoing drama club rival, Oliver, who is the very definition of Simmering Romantic Tension. And not the “Millie Moods,” the feelings of intense emotion that threaten to overwhelm, always at maddeningly inconvenient times. Millie needs an ally. And when a left-open browser brings Millie to her dad’s embarrassingly moody LiveJournal from 2003, Millie knows just what to do. She’s going to find her mom.

There’s Steph, a still-aspiring stage actress and receptionist at a talent agency. There’s Farrah, ethereal dance teacher who clearly doesn’t have the two left feet Millie has. And Beth, the chipper and sweet stage enthusiast with an equally exuberant fifteen-year-old daughter (A possible sister?! This is getting out of hand). But how can you find a new part of your life and expect it to fit into your old one, without leaving any marks? And why is it that when you go looking for the past, it somehow keeps bringing you back to what you’ve had all along. 

2- House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas- Expected- February 15th 

Bryce Quinlan and Hunt Athalar are trying to get back to normal―they may have saved Crescent City, but with so much upheaval in their lives lately, they mostly want a chance to relax. Slow down. Figure out what the future holds.

The Asteri have kept their word so far, leaving Bryce and Hunt alone. But with the rebels chipping away at the Asteri’s power, the threat the rulers pose is growing. As Bryce, Hunt, and their friends get pulled into the rebels’ plans, the choice becomes clear: stay silent while others are oppressed, or fight for what’s right. And they’ve never been very good at staying silent.

In this sexy, action-packed sequel to the #1 bestseller House of Earth and Blood, Sarah J. Maas weaves a captivating story of a world about to explode―and the people who will do anything to save it. 

3- Ophelia After All by Racquel Marie- expected- February 8th 

A teen girl navigates friendship drama, the end of high school, and discovering her queerness in Ophelia After All, a hilarious and heartfelt contemporary YA debut by author Racquel Marie.

Ophelia Rojas knows what she likes: her best friends, Cuban food, rose-gardening, and boys – way too many boys. Her friends and parents make fun of her endless stream of crushes, but Ophelia is a romantic at heart. She couldn’t change, even if she wanted to.

So when she finds herself thinking more about cute, quiet Talia Sanchez than the loss of a perfect prom with her ex-boyfriend, seeds of doubt take root in Ophelia’s firm image of herself. Add to that the impending end of high school and the fracturing of her once-solid friend group, and things are spiraling a little out of control. But the course of love–and sexuality–never did run smooth. As her secrets begin to unravel, Ophelia must make a choice between clinging to the fantasy version of herself she’s always imagined or upending everyone’s expectations to rediscover who she really is, after all.

4-No Filter and Oher Lies by Crystal Maldonado- Expected- February 8th 

You should know, right now, that I’m a liar.

They’re usually little lies. Tiny lies. Baby lies. Not so much lies as lie adjacent.

But they’re still lies.

Twenty one-year-old Max Monroe has it all: beauty, friends, and a glittering life filled with adventure. With tons of followers on Instagram, her picture-perfect existence seems eminently enviable.

Except it’s all fake.

Max is actually 16-year-old Kat Sanchez, a quiet and sarcastic teenager living in drab Bakersfield, California. Nothing glamorous in her existence–just sprawl, bad house parties, a crap school year, and the awkwardness of dealing with her best friend Hari’s unrequited love. But while Kat’s life is far from perfect, she thrives as Max: doling out advice, sharing beautiful photos, networking with famous influencers, even making a real friend in a follower named Elena. The closer Elena and “Max” get–texting, Snapping, and even calling–the more Kat feels she has to keep up the facade.

But when one of Max’s posts goes ultra-viral and gets back to the very person she’s been stealing photos from, her entire world – real and fake — comes crashing down around her. She has to figure out a way to get herself out of the huge web of lies she’s created without hurting the people she loves. But it might already be too late. 

5- West Side Story by Priscilla Oliveras- Expected- May 3rd 

A heart-stirring romance of star-crossed love, feuding familias, and the bonds of sisterhood by USA Today bestselling author Priscilla Oliveras.

Two familias in Texas, both alike in dignity, rivalries, and passion…

Having grown up in the nurturing household of Casa Capuleta, Mariana will do anything for familia. To solve her adoptive parents’ financial problems amid their rapidly changing San Antonio comunidad, Mariana and her younger sisters are determined to win the Battle of the Mariachi Bands. That means competing against Hugo Montero, their father’s archnemesis, and his band and escalating a decades-old feud. It also raises the stakes of Mariana’s forbidden attraction for a certain dark-eyed mariachi who sets her heart racing.

To Angelo Montero’s familia, Mariana is also strictly off-limits. But that doesn’t stop him from pursuing her. As their secret affair intensifies and the competition grows fierce, they’re swept up in a brewing storm of betrayals, rivalries, and broken ties. Against the odds, they vow to bring peace. But sacrifices must be made and consequences weighed for two star-crossed lovers to make beautiful music together.

6-Count Your Lucky Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur-Expected- February 1st

Following Written in the Stars and Hang the Moon, national bestselling author Alexandria Bellefleur pens another steamy queer rom-com about former best friends who might be each other’s second chance at love…

Margot Cooper doesn’t do relationships. She tried and it blew up in her face, so she’ll stick with casual hookups, thank you very much. But now her entire crew has found “the one” and she’s beginning to feel like a fifth wheel. And then fate (the heartless bitch) intervenes. While touring a wedding venue with her engaged friends, Margot comes face-to-face with Olivia Grant—her childhood friend, her first love, her first… well, everything. It’s been ten years, but the moment they lock eyes, Margot’s cold, dead heart thumps in her chest.

Olivia must be hallucinating. In the decade since she last saw Margot, her life hasn’t gone exactly as planned. At almost thirty, she’s been married… and divorced. However, a wedding planner job in Seattle means a fresh start and a chance to follow her dreams. Never in a million years did she expect her important new client’s Best Woman would be the one that got away.

When a series of unfortunate events leaves Olivia without a place to stay, Margot offers up her spare room because she’s a Very Good Person. Obviously. It has nothing to do with the fact that Olivia is as beautiful as ever and the sparks between them still make Margot tingle. As they spend time in close quarters, Margot starts to question her no-strings stance. Olivia is everything she’s ever wanted, but Margot let her in once and it ended in disaster. Will history repeat itself or should she count her lucky stars that she gets a second chance with her first love? 

7-  Cinder & Glass by Melissa De La-Cruz- Expected- March 16th 

Blockbuster author Melissa de la Cruz’s YA retelling of Cinderella, set in 17th Century Versailles.

For this princess, winning the crown is no fairytale.

1682. The king sends out an invitation to all the maidens in France: their presence is requested at a number of balls and events that will be held in honor of the dashing Prince Louis, who must choose a bride.

Cendrillon de Louvois has more grace, beauty, and charm than anyone else in France. While she was once the darling child of the king’s favorite adviser, her father’s death has turned her into the servant of her stepmother and cruel stepsisters–and at her own chateau, too!

Cendrillon–now called Cinder–manages to evade her stepmother and attend the ball, where she catches the eye of the handsome Prince Louis and his younger brother Auguste.

Even though Cendrillon has an immediate aversion to Louis, and a connection with Auguste, the only way to escape her stepmother is to compete with the other women at court for the Prince’s hand.

Soon, as Cendrillon glows closer to Auguste and dislikes the prince more and more, she will have to decide if she can bear losing the boy she loves in order to leave a life she hates.

Melissa de la Cruz takes a lush, romantic hand to this retold fairy tale classic.

8- A Show for Two by Tashie Bhuiyan- Expected- May 10th 

Mina Rahman has a plan for her future:

• Finally win the Golden Ivy student film competition

• Get into her dream school across the country

• Leave New York City behind once and for all

Mina’s ticket to winning the competition falls into her lap when indie film star—and known heartbreaker—Emmitt Ramos enrolls in her high school under a secret identity to research his next role. When Mina sets out to persuade Emmitt to join her cause, he offers her a deal instead: he’ll be in her short film…if she acts as a tour guide to help him with a photography contest.

As Mina ventures across the five boroughs with Emmitt by her side, the city she grew up in starts to look different and more like home than it ever has before. With the competition deadline looming, Mina’s dreams—which once seemed impenetrable—begin to crumble, and she’s forced to ask herself: Is winning worth losing everything? 

9- I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston – Expected- May 3rd

From the New York Times bestselling author of One Last Stop and Red, White & Royal Blue comes a debut YA romantic comedy about chasing down what you want, only to find what you need…

Chloe Green is so close to winning. After her moms moved her from SoCal to Alabama for high school, she’s spent the past four years dodging gossipy classmates and a puritanical administration at Willowgrove Christian Academy. The thing that’s kept her going: winning valedictorian. Her only rival: prom queen Shara Wheeler, the principal’s perfect progeny.

But a month before graduation, Shara kisses Chloe and vanishes.

On a furious hunt for answers, Chloe discovers she’s not the only one Shara kissed. There’s also Smith, Shara’s longtime quarterback sweetheart, and Rory, Shara’s bad boy neighbor with a crush. The three have nothing in common except Shara and the annoyingly cryptic notes she left behind, but together they must untangle Shara’s trail of clues and find her. It’ll be worth it, if Chloe can drag Shara back before graduation to beat her fair-and-square.

Thrown into an unlikely alliance, chasing a ghost through parties, break-ins, puzzles, and secrets revealed on monogrammed stationery, Chloe starts to suspect there might be more to this small town than she thought. And maybe—probably not, but maybe—more to Shara, too.

Fierce, funny, and frank, Casey McQuiston’s I Kissed Shara Wheeler is about breaking the rules, getting messy, and finding love in unexpected places.

10- Boulevard of Broken Dreams (Fearless # 2) by Mandy Gonzalez- Expected- April 5th 

Better Nate than Ever meets Love Sugar Magic in this spooky second novel in the Fearless middle-grade series from Hamilton and Broadway star Mandy Gonzalez about a group of young thespians who time travel back to 1950s Broadway.

Twelve-year-old Relly can’t wait for his beloved grandfather to finally see him on stage! Along with the rest of the Fearless Squad, Relly has just opened Our Time, a brand-new musical at the infamous Ethel Merman Theater. Though his grandfather would prefer his grandson pursue something more “practical,” Relly just knows when he sees the show, he will change his mind and come around on Relly’s love of theater and dance.

But right before their night show, a member of the Squad loses their phone down an open manhole. When the entire Squad goes down to help retrieve it, they find themselves in 1950s Manhattan. A big problem, considering the curtain goes up in about two hours—and over sixty years in the future!

With a series of clues, Relly discovers that his grandfather was a popular tap dancer, working the nightclub circuit and pursuing his dream of performing—something he’s been discouraging Relly from doing lately. Perhaps this accidental fall into a different time wasn’t so accidental after all. Can Relly help his grandfather and make it back in time for places in the show?

End of the Year Book & Blogger Survey-2021

Hi! Today I’m going to do the end-of-the-year book survey. This is originally from Jaime perpetualpageturner. I grabbed these questions from Stephanie@bookfever11.

2021 READING STATS:

Number Of Books You Read: 103


Number of Re-Reads: 9%

Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult Contemporary

BEST IN BOOKS:

1. BEST BOOK YOU READ IN 2021?

Adult: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

YA: Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales

Historical Fiction: Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

Middle Grade: Fearless (Fearless Serie Book 1) by Mandy Gonzalez

2. BOOK YOU WERE EXCITED ABOUT & THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO LOVE MORE BUT DIDN’T?

I was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon

3. MOST SURPRISING (IN A GOOD WAY OR BAD WAY) BOOK YOU READ?

All in a good way.

1- This will be Funny Someday by Katie Henry

2- Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado

3- Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales

4- The Chance to Fly by Ali Stroker and Stacy Davidowitz

5- With the Fire of High by Elizabeth Acevedo

6- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

4. BOOK YOU “PUSHED” THE MOST PEOPLE TO READ (AND THEY DID)?

Fearless by Mandy Gonzalez – I told anybody who would listen to read this book, and a lot of them seemed to enjoy it.

5. BEST SERIES YOU STARTED IN 2021? BEST SEQUEL? BEST SERIES ENDER OF 2021?

Best Series Started: Fearless by Mandy Gonzalez

Sequel: A Court of Sliver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

Ender: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

 6. FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR YOU DISCOVERED IN 2021?

V.E. Schwab, Crystal Maldonado, Sophie Gonzles, Elizabeth Acevedo, Angie Thomas

7. BEST BOOK FROM A GENRE YOU DON’T TYPICALLY READ/WAS OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE?

A Court of Sliver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

8. MOST ACTION-PACKED/THRILLING/UNPUTDOWNABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR?

A Court of Sliver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

Rule of Wolves and King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Fearless by Mandy Gonzalez

Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales

Fearless by Mandy Gonzalez

Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales

Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Maldonado

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Clap When you Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

10. FAVORITE COVER OF A BOOK YOU READ IN 2021?

A Court of Sliver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

Today, Tonight, Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon

11. MOST MEMORABLE CHARACTER OF 2021?

Marisol from Next Year in Havana

Kate from Kate in Waiting

Eboni from With the Fire on High

Darcy from Perfect on Paper

Izzy from This Will Be Funny Someday

Charlie form Fat Chance, Charlie Vega

August and Jane from One Last Stop

12. MOST BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN BOOK READ IN 2021?

  
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

This Will Be Funny Someday

13. MOST THOUGHT-PROVOKING/ LIFE-CHANGING BOOK OF 2021?

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

14. BOOK YOU CAN’T BELIEVE YOU WAITED UNTIL 2021 TO FINALLY READ?

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

15. FAVORITE PASSAGE/QUOTE FROM A BOOK YOU READ IN 2021?


I need to pay attention to book quotes more.

16.SHORTEST & LONGEST BOOK YOU READ IN 2021?


Shortest (75 pages) – Pippa Park’s my Journal About Life
Longest (757 pages): A Court of Sliver Flames

 17. BOOK THAT SHOCKED YOU THE MOST


Like Home

The Hate U Give

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (YOU WILL GO DOWN WITH THIS SHIP!)

l Nesta & Cassian: A Court of Sliver Flames

2 Marisol and Luis: Next Year In Havana

3 August and Jane: One Last Stop

19. FAVORITE NON-ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP OF THE YEAR


The Kids from Our Time: Fearless

The kids from The House in the Cerulean Sea

20. FAVORITE BOOK YOU READ IN 2021 FROM AN AUTHOR YOU’VE READ PREVIOUSLY


A Court of Sliver Flames

Rule Of Wolves

21. BEST BOOK YOU READ IN 2021 THAT YOU READ BASED SOLELY ON A RECOMMENDATION FROM SOMEBODY ELSE/PEER PRESSURE/BOOKSTAGRAM, ETC.


The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

The House in the Cerulean Sea

Perfect on Paper

22. NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH FROM A BOOK YOU READ IN 2021?

I don’t have book crushes

23. BEST 2021 DEBUT YOU READ?


Fearless

24. BEST WORLDBUILDING/MOST VIVID SETTING YOU READ THIS YEAR?


A Court of Sliver Flames

Rule of Wolves

25. BOOK THAT PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE/WAS THE MOST FUN TO READ?


Fearless

The Chance to Fly

With the Fire on High

Kate in Waiting

One Last Stop

26. BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY OR NEARLY CRY IN 2021?


A Court of Sliver Flames

Clap When You Land

27. HIDDEN GEM OF THE YEAR?


This Will Be Funny Someday

Fat Chance, Charlie Vega

28. BOOK THAT CRUSHED YOUR SOUL?


A Court of Sliver Flames

The House In The Cerulean Sea

29. MOST UNIQUE BOOK YOU READ IN 2021?

Clap When You Land

Call Me Athena

30. BOOK THAT MADE YOU THE MOST MAD (DOESN’T NECESSARILY MEAN YOU DIDN’T LIKE IT)


I was Anastasia

YOUR BLOGGING/BOOKISH LIFE

1. NEW FAVORITE BOOK BLOG/BOOKSTAGRAM/YOUTUBE CHANNEL YOU DISCOVERED IN 2021?

I really got into Booktube this year. Also I’ve discovered more blogs.

YouTube: Haileyinbookland

Booksandlala

Mer

Blogs

Stephanie from Bookfever.

2. FAVORITE POST YOU WROTE IN 2021?

I had some blogging hiatuses this year, but this was also a year when I was consistently posting reviews as well.

Bookish: Fearless Book Review- http://paigesofbook.blogspot.com/2021/04/fearless-fearless-series-book-1-by.html

Non-Bookish: Theatrical Thursdays- R&H Goes Pop Album Review- http://paigesofbook.blogspot.com/2021/04/theatrical-thursdays-r-goes-pop-album.html

4. BEST BOOKISH EVENT THAT YOU PARTICIPATED IN (AUTHOR SIGNINGS, FESTIVALS, VIRTUAL EVENTS,  ETC.)?

This one
And this one

I removed this question but it asked about a bookish event either in person or virtual. For Me this year, this was the event for Fearless with Mandy Gonzalez and Lin – Manuel- Miranda.

5. BEST MOMENT OF BOOKISH/BLOGGING LIFE IN 2021?

Getting ARC’s and on Blog Tours.

6. MOST CHALLENGING THING ABOUT BLOGGING OR YOUR READING LIFE THIS YEAR?

Finding the time to read, blog, take photos for Instagram, and stay on top of the news.

7. MOST POPULAR POST THIS YEAR ON YOUR BLOG (WHETHER IT BE BY COMMENTS OR VIEWS)?

My R&H Goes Pop Post was one of them!

8. POST YOU WISHED GOT A LITTLE MORE LOVE?

It’s always great to have more love on any post.


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10. DID YOU COMPLETE ANY READING CHALLENGES OR GOALS THAT YOU HAD SET FOR YOURSELF AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR?

I have a goal of 40, upped it to 50, and ended with over 100!

Top Ten (Eleven) Tuesday-Favorite Reads of 2021- 1-11

Hi! Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday. Jana hosts this weekly meme @thatartsyreadergirl. This meme brings the book blogging community together and fosters our love of lists. Each week, Jana will post a prompt, and we readers will write a response to that prompt. We also have the option of doing our own thing if we don’t want to use the given prompt. This week, our topic is Favorite Reads of 2021. I had a lot of great reads this year, and so I did a post a few weeks ago with reads 12-21. See reads 11-20 on my blog before the move to WordPress here. Genre separates books for easy access. I had one book that was a tie, and I wanted to talk about both of them.

Middle Grade Fiction

1- Fearless (Fearless Series Book 1) by Mandy Gonzalez

If you’ve been following me from my old blog, you know how much I enjoyed this book. I loved the characters, and the story, even though I don’t really read mystery. I loved the theater elements woven into the characters and the story. I can’t wait to read the second one this year.

2- The Chance to Fly by Ali Stroker and Stacy Davidowitz

I wanted to reread this at the end of the year, however, I just never got around to it. I will work a reread into my TBR for Middle-Grade May this year. This book is a contemporary, and I just loved it. I loved the characters and the story, and I believe anyone who likes Middle-Grade will like this book. This was another book with theater elements that I just loved.

Young Adult Fiction

3- This Will Be Funny Someday by Katie Henry

I believe I brought this book on a whim because the cover compared it to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, a TV show I really enjoy. This book covered heavy topics, and it had me feeling all the emotions. I heard little buzz about this book, so I hope more people read it now because it was excellent.

4- Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado

I read this at around the same time as This Will Be Funny Someday. I loved both of them, and I knew that they would both be on my end of the year list. This is a YA Contemporary that I just loved.

5- Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales

Perfect on Paper was talked about a lot, and it had a lot of hype surrounding it. After reading it, I can see why it was talked about so much. This book is another one that talks about some heavy topics, but what makes this one a fantastic read is the banter and the romance between Darcy and Alexander. I also loved the LGBTQ+ rep, and seeing which partner Darcy was going to pick.

6- Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo

I read little Fantasy usually unless I’m reading a series. The Grisha Verse is my favorite Fantasy series, and this was an epic conclusion to the series.

7- Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

I loved this book! I read it in June for Pride Month, and then again in November. I love the characters and the story of this one. I also really enjoyed learning about the Dead of the Day throughout the story.

8- With The Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

I knew that if I was going to talk about Cemetery Boys, I needed to talk about this one as well. I flew through this book because I loved it so much. I loved the characters and the story. This book also had a sweet romance.

Adult Fiction

9- The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue by Victoria Schwab

I read this book early in the year and it was fantastic. I could see what all the hype was about, and I just loved it. I loved the mix of Historical Fiction and contemporary that was right up my alley. Also, the end of the book. If you’ve read it, you know what I’m talking about.

10- Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

I read two books by Chanel Cleeton this year and enjoyed both. The mix of Historical Fiction and contemporary was lovely. The characters and the story were also enjoyable. What I loved about this book was getting to learn about what was going on in Cuba, and what brought the Perez family to the US. I also loved the romance.

11- One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

If Casey McQuiston has a new book out, you can almost be sure I will read it, and it will end up on an end of the year this. I loved this book so much. The characters were fantastic, and the story was heartwarming.

Top Ten Tuesday-2022 releases I hope Santa Brings me

Hi! Jana hosts Top Ten Tuesday @thatartsyreadergirl. A love of lists brought this meme on and brought the book blogging community together. Each week, Jana will post a prompt, and we readers will respond. We also have the option of doing our own thing. This week, our topic is books I hope Santa brings me. I did 2022 releases I want to pre order. I will leave my Kindle email just in case: stephanie_lottes_19ef85@kindle.com

1- Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Mandy Gonzalez

2- No Filter and Other Lies by Crystal Maldonado

3- See You Yesterday by Rachel Lynn Solomon

4- I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston

5- When You Get the Chance by Emma Lord

6- Count Your  Lucky Stars (Written in the Stars # 3) by Alexandria Bellefleur

7- House of Sky and Breath (Crescent City # 2) by Sarah J. Maas

 8- Ophelia After All by Racquel Marie

9-Book Lovers by Emily Henry

10- West Side Love Story by Pricilla Oliveras 

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What books are you hoping to find under your tree? Let me know in the comments!

Can’t Wait Wednesday-When You Get The Chance by Emma Lord

Hi! Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa @wishfulendings. This is an offshoot of Waiting on Wednesday, which was hosted by Jill breakingthespine. The purpose of this meme is to feature a book, usually unpublished, that we can’t wait to read. This week I’m featuring a novel coming out early next year- When You Get the Chance by Emma Lord. All information comes from Goodreads.

Title: When You Get the Chance

Author: Emma Lord

Genre: YA Contemporary

Expected Publication: January 4th, 2022

Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54306966-when-you-get-the-chance?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=H2mw1X0TvU&rank=2

Goodreads Summary

Nothing will get in the way of Millie Price’s dream to become a Broadway star. Not her lovable but super-introverted dad, who after raising Millie alone, doesn’t want to watch her leave home to pursue her dream. Not her pesky and ongoing drama club rival, Oliver, who is the very definition of Simmering Romantic Tension. And not the “Millie Moods,” the feelings of intense emotion that threaten to overwhelm, always at maddeningly inconvenient times. Millie needs an ally. And when a left-open browser brings Millie to her dad’s embarrassingly moody LiveJournal from 2003, Millie knows just what to do. She’s going to find her mom.

There’s Steph, a still-aspiring stage actress and receptionist at a talent agency. There’s Farrah, ethereal dance teacher who clearly doesn’t have the two left feet Millie has. And Beth, the chipper and sweet stage enthusiast with an equally exuberant fifteen-year-old daughter (A possible sister?! This is getting out of hand). But how can you find a new part of your life and expect it to fit into your old one, without leaving any marks? And why is it that when you go looking for the past, it somehow keeps bringing you back to what you’ve had all along?

Why I want to read this

If you’ve been following me from my other blog, you know that I love musicals. For those new to my blog from the move to wordpress yesterday, musicals are another passion of mine, and I love all things Broadway. This book has my name written all over it, and I enjoy Emma Lord as an author.