December 8, 2018

The Great 2019 Preorder Giveaway

It's time for my yearly post about preordering! 

There's so much fun to be had when you preorder a book because then, when it arrives weeks or months later, it's like a little surprise gift to yourself.

I'd like to think I've been a little more judicious this time, and I haven't preordered quite so many 2019 releases yet. (Although I'll probably preorder more soon!) But here are the nine books I was so excited for that I couldn't wait until 2019 to preorder them.

1. Black Enough by various authors (1/8/19)
I mean, I was already looking forward to this one, but then Ibi, Lamar, and Nic hyped it up at Virginia Children's Book Festival, so that pushed me to preorder it.

2. Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills (1/15/19)
As soon as it was available for preorder, I did. I've read this one already, thanks to ARC trading. It's 100% worth it, y'all. It has Mills's trademark humor and fluff. There's so much friendship goodness, too.

3. The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson (1/22/19)
I'm really desperate to find out what happens next (although, I should probably reread Truly Devious first, lol).

4. King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo (1/29/19)

5. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas (2/5/19)
I think this one can stand on its own, haha.

6. Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers (2/5/19)
I'm so ready to return to the world of assassin nuns.

7. Night Music by Jenn Marie Thorne (3/19/19)
Ahhhh, I've been waiting for a new Jenn book forever.

8. Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo (5/7/19)
Since I liked The Way You Make Me Feel so much, I decided to take a chance on this one.

9. Maybe This Time by Kasie West (7/9/19)

As always, there's a giveaway in this post. One winner will receive a preorder of their choice of a MG/YA book publishing in 2019. Just a few rules before you can start entering, though!

1. The title must have a confirmed pub date in 2019, and it must be middle grade or young adult. If the pub date changes, to 2020 or unknown, we can discuss changing the preorder to another book.
2. No cheating. If you submit an entry, be honest, because I check everything.
3. As long as the book you want is available through The Book Depository, this giveaway is open internationally! (If you're in the U.S., I'll be ordering through Amazon instead.)
4. If you're the winner, you must reply to my email within 48 hours; otherwise, I will have to choose another winner.

December 6, 2018

The Cake-Flavored Book Tag

Here's another book tag I got from the lovely CG over at Paper Fury! I usually prefer pie over cake, but there are a few types I love, and I dreamt about them while doing this tag.

Chocolate - A dark book you absolutely love.
Picture credit: Southern Living.

It's a toss-up between Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake and A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis.

Vanilla - A light read.
Picture credit: Country Living.

Oh, I have so many choices for this one, but I'll limit myself to three, haha.
The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo
From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon
P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Red Velvet - A book that gave you mixed emotions.
Picture credit: Taste of Home.

I'm choosing The Winner's Curse trilogy because the world-building is cool, and I love Kestrel, but I really don't like the romance.

Cheesecake - A book you would recommend to anyone.
Picture credit: Tennessee Cheesecake.

Okay, this is hard because I know not everyone likes every genre (I don't!), but the book I love to recommend most is Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills. It's one of my favorite books ever.
I'm not sure if die-hard fantasy lovers would enjoy it, but I think it's magical so... *insert shrugging emoji*

Coffee Cake - A book you started but never finished.

Picture credit: King Arthur Flour.

I've gotten pretty good at DNFing, if I'm being honest, so this wasn't a hard category to choose a book for. A recent DNF was Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton. 
I do hope to pick it back up soon and try again, but I have other books to get to first.

Carrot Cake - A book with great writing.

Picture credit: The Little Epicurean.

I, like CG, am confused about how this prompt and carrot cake go together. Don't get me wrong - carrot cake can be kinda good, especially if there aren't any nuts or raisins in it, but it's not the best cake.
However, the book I'm choosing is very good:
The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

Tiramisu - A book that left you wanting more.

Picture credit: Baking a Moment.

I'm sure I should be taking this prompt in a positive way, but all I can think about is a recent read that was kinda meh and felt half-baked.
I was very sad I didn't love What If It's Us because it should've been a hit.

Cupcakes - A series with 4+ books.

Picture credit: Sally's Baking Addiction.

Well, if we're talking a favorite, it will forever and always be Gallagher Girls.

Fruit Cake - A book that wasn't what you anticipated.

Picture credit: Joy of Baking.

A book that was better than I anticipated:
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

A book that didn't live up to my expectations:
Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Go forth and do the cake-flavored tag yourself now!

December 3, 2018

So You Like... #76

This is going to be a bit different from my usual So You Like... posts. I wanted to do a holiday-themed one, but there are only so many YA Christmas/Hanukkah books. So I had to think a bit outside of the box. I'm going to be pairing popular Christmas music artists with various YA books. These pairings are mainly based on the similar feelings I get from both, but I hope this helps you discover some new favorite titles! So you like...


If you like...

then you should read...


If you like...

you'd probably like...


If you like...

you should read...


If you like...

you should read...


If you like...

you might like...


If you like...

then you should read...


If you like...

you will probably like...


If you like...

then you might like...


If you like...

you should read...


If you like...

then you should read...


And if you like...

you should read...


Hope y'all are having a lovely holiday season!