Top Ten Tuesday- Anticipated Releases for the Second half of the year

Hi! Jana hosts Top Ten Tuesday every week at @thatartsyreadergirl. 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 make our list based on that prompt. We also have the option of doing our own thing if we don’t have an idea for the topic that week. This week, our topic is Anticipated Books for the second half of the year. I always love these topics. 

1- You, Me, and Our Heartstrings by Melissa See

I talked about this a few weeks ago, but I can’t wait to read this. I love music, and I love when books have musical elements in them. 

2- Two Wrongs Make a Right by Chloe Liese 

As a Shakespeare fan, this book sounds amazing, and I can’t wait to see where this story goes. 

3- The Comedienne’s Guide to Pride by Hay Li Thompson 

I added this to my TBR recently, but this book sounds so good! I think that Taylor sounds like a fantastic character, and I can’t wait to read her story. 

4- It Sounds Like This by Anna Meriano

I have seen little about this book. I was never in Marching Band, however; I was a choir kid, and a theater kid, but I want to read this because it has a music theme. I love any book that incorporates music into books, and this book is blurbed for fans of Kate In Waiting.  

5- Eight Nights of Flirting by Hannah Reynolds

I love books with Jewish characters, and this Rom-Com sounds so cute for the winter. I can’t wait to read about Shira and  Isaac, and also see where things go with Tyler in the story.  

6- Astrid Parker Doesn’t Fail by Ashley Herring Blake 

I’m currently reading Delilah Green Doesn’t Care, which is in first book in this duology? I’m not sure, but this book is very cute, and very sweet so far. I can’t wait to read this book because I enjoy Astrid as a character, and I can’t wait to see where her story goes. 

7- Acting the Part by Z.R. Ellor

I love queer stories, and when you add an actor into the mix, I am even more on board with that. I can’t wait to read this and see where the story goes. 

8- We Are Never Getting Back Together by Sophie Gonzales 

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I read a book and listened to another book by Sophie Gonzales. I can’t wait to see what this book has in store, and how this book compares to her other books. 

9- Ben and Beatriz by Katalina Gamarra

I’m a fan of Shakespeare, and I can’t wait to read this retelling of Much Ado About Nothing. 

10- Drizzle Dreams and Lovestruck Things by Maya Prasad

This book follows four sisters and their father. I can’t wait to read this book, and see all the sisters in this novel come to life. The story seems to be for fans of Little Women, which is one of my favorite books. 

Top Ten Tuesday-2022 Releases I still want to read – Part 1

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, Janna will post a prompt, and we readers will post our list based on that prompt. We also have the option of doing our own thing if we don’t have any idea for the weekly topic. This week, our topic is Bookish Wishes (List the top 10 books you’d love to own and include a link to your wishlist so that people can grant your wish. Make sure you link your wishlist to your mailing address [here’s how to do it on Amazon] or include the email address associated with your ereader in the list description so people know how to get the book to you. I’m doing a new spin on the topic because there are so many releases that I want to read this year but I haven’t yet. 

1- Great or Nothing by Joy McCullough

I love Little Women, and this is a new take on the story. I can’t wait to see what this story is about and see the new characters. 

2- Just Your Local Bisexual Disaster by Andrea Mosqueda

If you’ve read this blog before, you know that I love a good queer story. I can’t wait to read this story. The main character in this book seems so sweet, and I want to know her story.

3-You, Me, and Our Heartstrings by Melissa See

You, Me, and Our Heartstrings seems like a sweet story about Daisy and Noah, two high school musicians who want to use the school concert as a way to land a Juilliard audition. Noah is a cello player from a long line of musicians, and Daisy is an independent violin player. I love the fact that Daisy is disabled, as we don’t see many characters like that in books.     

4- Sofia Acosta Makes A Scene by Emma Otheguy

I love stories about people in theater, music, or dance, and this follows a dancer. This also seems like a story that is important about how our world is today.  

5- The Greatest Thing by Sarah Winifred Searle

I had to add this Graphic Novel to my TBR when I saw it, and I had to add it to my list this week. This story follows three friends in their sophomore year of high school who are starting to grow apart. I want to read this because it seems like a great story.  

6-A Duet For Home by Karina Yan Glaser

This is another story that follows two kids and has a music element. I enjoyed the first book I read by Karina Yan Glaser, so I want to see what she does with this book as well. I love Middle-Grade, and this seems like another important story that needs to be told.  

7-Astrid Parker Doesn’t Fail by Ashley Herring Blake

I’m reading Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by this author next month, and this is the second book, or at least a companion to that. I love queer romance novels, and there has been a lot of hype for the other novel.  

8- Acting the Part by Z.R. Ellor

A novel about a queer teen actor?! Sign me up! I honestly just want to read this book because it follows a queer actor, and it looks like the main character goes on a journey. 

9-Ben and Beatriz by Katalina Gamarra

I love Shakespeare, and I love reading retellings. I can’t wait to read this one and see this take on Much Ado About Nothing.  

10-Never Getting Back Together by Sophie Gonzales

Sophie Gonzales is an auto-buy author for me now. I loved Perfect on Paper, and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for this book. A girl entering a reality dating show to get revenge on her ex boy-friend and then falling for the girl her ex left her for? Sign me up!!! I want to pre-order this before it comes out. 

I hope you enjoyed reading this list. What books are you still looking forward to reading this year but you haven’t read yet? Let me know in the comments.

Top Ten Tuesday Books I wish had an Epilogue

Hi! Jana hosts Top Ten Tuesday @thatartsyreadergirl. This weekly 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 write our response based on that prompt. We also have the option of doing our own thing if we don’t have an idea about that topic. This week our topic books I wish had an epilogue. I love this topic a lot. I had a lot of fun coming up with my list for this week.  

1- All My Rage by Sabba Tahir

I read this earlier this year and joined a group for a discussion of the novel. We all loved the book, and we all said that we needed an epilogue, sequel, or a prequel.  We all loved the characters, especially Misbah, and we wanted to know more about what was going on with her before the story takes place.  For the epilogue, I would love to see more about how Sal and Noor are doing at college. I would love to see how Noor and Sal are doing and see how they’re enjoying college. 

2- 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston 

This book was so cute, and I just loved it. I wanted to see more with Sophie, Wes, and the rest of the characters in this book. I loved this story, and I want to see what would happen if we got a sequel. We saw them in the companion novel, and I loved that, but I would love more to the holiday story, just to spend more time with the characters. 

3- Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

This is a book I read last year. I would love to see a sequel that follows Marisol and Lucas. We follow their romance throughout the story and see them fall in love.  I would love to is an epilogue about how their lives are after the story ends, and what is going on with their story after the book ends. 

4- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

It’s been several years since I’ve read this story, but I want to reread it at some point, maybe I’ll put it on my TBR for this fall.  I love this story, and I would want an epilogue about how Evelyn and Monique will continue their story.  This could be a few pages, or a chapter because I’m curious as to what would happen at the end of the story. 

5- Don’t Read the Comment by Eric Smith 

A lot of people don’t talk about this book. I loved this book when I read it last year. At the end of the story, I wanted to see what would happen between them. I just wanted more time with the characters so I would love to have a sequel for the two of them.  

6- This Will Be Funny Someday by Katie Henry

I don’t see many people talking about this book either. I loved it, and I wanted to see an epilogue between Izzy and her new friends.  They go through so much in the book, and I want to see what would happen in the epilogue. 

7- My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

This book was so much fun, and it was so different from any other book I’ve read. I want to see what would happen with the characters we meet in this book in an Epilogue. 

8- Geekerella by Ashley Poston 

This story was so cute!!! I want to reread the series this year because it’s been a few years. I want to see what would happen with the characters we meet in this book. 

9- Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks

I need to reread this book! Hopefully, in July or August, I can put this on my TBR again. I loved this book, and I want to see an epilogue about the two characters after the story ends.   

10- Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappta

Eliza and her monsters is a favorite read of mine, and I want to see what would happen with the characters after we see them in the book. 

Top Ten Tuesday- Books that surprised me (in a good or bad way)

Hi! Jana hosts Top Ten Tuesday @https://www.thatartsyreadergirl.com/. This weekly 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 write our response. We also have the option of doing our own thing if we would like. This week our topic is Books With a Unit of Time In the Title (seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, eternity, etc.) (Submitted by RS @ The Idealistic Daydream). I was not really feeling that this week, but might revisit the prompt in the future. I went and found this prompt that I never did, and I just loved it. This is books that surprised me (in a good or bad way), for this, I stuck with mostly in a good way. 

Books that surprised me in a good way

1- A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I’m not a fantasy reader mostly, but man, these books really sold me on the genre. I love the stories and the characters. What I believe SJM does to make me want to read these is that she weaves the world-building into her stories in a way that doesn’t seem like she is dumping a bunch of world lore onto you at once. 

2- Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses was going to be a one hit wonder, I thought. I enjoyed these last year before I started taking a break from the genre. I need to get back into this series. The characters and the story made me happy.

3- House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

I know you’re all seeing a pattern here, but I honestly thought that Middle Grade and YA Fantasy was going to be my sweet spot. I didn’t think I would enjoy an adult Fantasy. I love this one, and I can’t wait to read the second book next month. 

4- Grisha Verse by Leigh Bardugo

This follows the same thinking as SJM. I didn’t really read fantasy because I felt like it was a lot of world-building, and not enough about the characters. I was proven wrong, and I’m glad I checked out this series because it’s my favorite fantasy series. 

5- The Rick Riordan Greek Mythology Universe 

I didn’t read these as a kid. I didn’t even know they existed until a few years ago when people were talking about them. I didn’t think I would be interested in Middle-Grade, because I was past the age market to read them. This series is fantastic and I’ve read most of them twice, and The Lightning Thief three times. I think once every few years I’m going to reread these books.   

6- Sea Witch by Sarah Henning 

I didn’t know how to feel about a retelling of one of my favorite villains’. Although this story is a prequel in a way, I was still wary going in. I loved this book, and I was so surprised by how much I enjoyed reading it. 

7- All books by Casey McQuiston 

I heard all the hype about Casey McQuiston. I wasn’t sure that I would love them as much as other people seem to, because I hadn’t read an adult romance. I was so surprised by how much I enjoyed reading Red, White, and Royal Blue, One Last Stop, and I Kissed Shara Wheeler. They all filled me with all the feels.  

8- All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir  

I heard that Sabaa Tahir had a fantasy series, and not many people can go from fantasy to other genres. All My Rage is one of my favorite books of the year, and one of my 

Books that surprised me in a bad way

9- Alice By Heart by Steven Sater 

This is the novelization of a musical, and I enjoy the musical. This book started off well, but then I just wasn’t feeling it. I love Alice in Wonderland, so I was surprised by how much I didn’t enjoy the book as a whole. I loved the Wonderland parts. I want to give this another chance down the line.

10- The Late Comer by Jean Hanff Korelitz

This was a physical ARC I got from Bookish Frist. The plot seemed like it was good, so I wanted to enter for a copy. I didn’t enjoy the family drama as much as I would have thought I would. I believe this DNF was a case of me just not liking the writing style, and the pace of the book being slow. 

Top Ten Tuesday-Comfort Reads

Jana hosts Top Ten Tuesday @thatartsyreadergirl. This weekly meme is based on our love of lists and bringing the book blogging community together. Each week, Jana will post a prompt, and we readers will respond with our list. We also have the option of doing our own thing. This week, our topic is Comfort Reads (Share which books or kinds of books you turn to when you need to escape. You can either share specific titles if you love to re-read, or you could share qualities of books you look for in a comfort read.) I love this topic, and I had a lot of fun coming up with my list for this week. I tend to go for Contemporary stories, especially in the YA genre, but I also like to spice it up with Middle-Grade, Classics, Historical Fiction, and Adult Fiction. When I want a comfort read, I go back to the characters and stories that mean a lot to me. 

1- Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan (series)

2- Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

3- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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

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

6- 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

7- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 

8- One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston 

9- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

10- Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee 

Top Ten Tuesday Books I could Reread forever

 

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, and we readers will write our list as a response to said prompt. We also have the option of doing our own thing, which I’ve done this week. This week our topic is Book Quote Freebie (Share your favorite book quotes that fit a theme of your choosing! These could be quotes about books/reading, or quotes from books. Some examples are: quotes for book lovers, quotes that prove reading is the best thing ever, funny things characters have said, romantic declarations, pretty scenery descriptions, witty snippets of dialogue, etc.). I wanted to do an old topic I’ve never done, so I’m doing Books I could reread Forever. 

1- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

2- Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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

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

5- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

6-  10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

7- All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir 

8- Kate in Wait by Becky Albertalli

9- One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

10- With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Top Ten Tuesday- Books I got excited about but never read

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 prompt, and we readers will respond with our list. We also have the option of doing our own thing. This week our topic is-Books I Was SO EXCITED to Get, but Still Haven’t Read (bonus points if you tell us how long it’s been since you got them!). 

1- People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

2- Different from the Movies by Holly Bourne

3-  The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

4- The Sun is Aldo a Star by Nicola Yoon 

5- They Both Die in the End by Adam Slivera

6-Emergency  Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

7-The Ten Thousand Joys of January by Alix E. Harrow

8- The Starless Sea by Erin Morganstern 

9- The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding

10-The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo.  

Top Ten Tuesday-Favorite Bookish Characters

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 prompt, and we readers will respond with our list. This week, our topic is Bookish Characters, so I wanted to do a mixture of new and classic characters. 

1- Belle from Beauty and the Beast

2- Jo from Little Women 

3- Cath from Fangirl 

4- Tash from Tash Hearts Tolstoy 

5- Mary from By The Book

6- Merrin from Bookish Boyfriends- A Date with Mr. Darcy 

7- Lizzie Bennett from Pride & Prejudice 

8- Anne from Anne of Green Gables.

Top Ten Tuesday- One Word Book Reviews for the last 10 books I’ve read

Hi! Jana hosts Top Ten Tuesday @thatartsyreadergirl. This weekly 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 respond with our list based on that prompt. We also have the option of doing our own thing. This week, our topic is  One-Word Reviews for the Last Ten Books I Read (submitted by Susan @ Bloggin’ ’bout Books). 

1- Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed- fantastic 

2- A Very Large Expansive Sea by Tahereh Mafi- fabulous 

3- Darling Girl by Liz Michalski- good

4- No Filter and Other Lies by Crystal Maldonado- great

5-Boulevard of Dreams (Fearless Series Book 2) by Mandy Gonzalez with Britney J., Thurman- amazing 

6- The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus # 2) by Rick Riordan- fantastical 

7-The Lightning Theif- Graphic Novel by Rick Riordan-ok

8-The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus # 1) by Rick Riordan – marvelous

9-This Rebel Heart by Katherine Locke- amazing 

10- Phantom Heart by Kelly Creagh- eerie

Top Ten Tuesday-Bookish Merch I’d Love to Own

Hi and welcome back. Jana hosts Top Ten Tuesday @thatartsyreadergirl. This weekly 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 write our list as a reply. We also have the option of doing our own thing if we would like. This week, our topic is bookish merch I would love to own, and this was so fun for me. I’m linking the products because I believe it’s easier for you to see what I’m talking about as I’m saying why I want it. 

1- A book with sprayed edges

This is the only general item here. I love seeing these books and special editions on Instagram, and I want to own one. 

2- This Alice in Wonderland Tee from Litographs

I love my Peter Pan shirt from Out of Print. It’s so soft, and I love that there are so many custom options for the shirts. This design is my favorite because of the red background, and the silhouettes of Alice and the White Rabbit on the back. 

3- This Pride and Prejudice Shirt from Litographs

Jane Austen is one of my favorite classic authors. I love the design of this shirt with the sisters on the front, and the house on the back. While I do love the blue, I think a shirt like this would look better in Black and White, so that is the option I would go with. 

4-A Mid Summer Nights Dream tote from Litographs

I have a tote bag I use sometimes which is cats as Shakespeare’s characters, and this tote would be perfect with that. A Mid Summer Nights Dream is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays, and I just love the blue design. 

5-A Belle sweatshirt from Out of Print 

If you’ve been here for a while, you know that I love Disney. This sweatshirt is so perfect for me, and it looks so cute. The gray color and the colors of the design is perfect. 

6-Meg & Jo & Beth & Amy shirt from Out of Print 

Little Women is one of my favorite books, and I love the characters and the story. The shirt is so pretty, and I just love it. The color is pretty, and the addition of the flowers is a nice touch. Also, the text of the names is easy enough to read. 

7- A Little Princess Shirt from Out of Print

This shirt is absolutely adorable. I love the color and the art style as well as the design. 

8-A Court of Thorns and Roses poster from Red Bubble

If you know anything about me, you know that I don’t really read Fantasy as much. I do, however, love this series and this poster is gorgeous. 

9-Creekwood Pride poster from Red Bubble 

If you’ve been around here for a while, you know that I love the Creekwood series by Becky Albertalli. This poster includes the art of the main characters of this series, and I just love it so much. 

10-Anne of Green Gables T-shirt or Graphic Tee from Red Bubble

I wanted an Anne item in here because Anne is popular. This shirt is so much fun, and so pretty.