I Should Have Read That Book Tag

Like any bookworm, I have a large to be read pile that keeps growing. Not that I mind—I accept it at this point. Still, there are books sitting on my shelves unread, for longer than they probably should be. All for different reasons that I will try not to get into over and over again. You all just want to see the books, right?

I saw this book tag on Crystal’s blog.


A book that a friend is always telling you to read.


I don’t have a lot of friends who are readers. But one who is a reader has frequently recommended the Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray. I have wanted to read this series for years anyway.


A book that’s been on your TBR forever, yet you still haven’t picked it up.


Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge, which is a fantastical retelling of Little Red Riding. I loved her debut novel, Cruel Beauty, a retelling of Beauty and the Beast blended with Greek mythology. I want to get back into Rosamund Hodge’s books.


A book in a series you started, but haven’t gotten around to finishing yet.


My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. It’s the second in a series of companion novels about famous characters named Jane from history, in which the familiar stories are turned on their heads with a humorous fantasy twist. My Plain Jane is a retelling of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.


A classic you’ve always liked the sound of, but never actually read.


For one year of summer reading in high school, I was supposed to read Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Only I read enough of it to fill out the worksheet. Now I’m an older and wiser reader, fully embracing my hopeless romantic side, I want to reread Wuthering Heights from start to finish.


A popular book it seems everyone but you has read.


The Hate U Give is a book I swear everyone and their mother has read and loved.


A book that inspired a film/TV adaption that you love, but just haven’t read yet.

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I had no idea the Hellboy movies were based off comic books until I actually looked it up. I love the 2004 film directed by Guillermo del Toro with Ron Perlman as Hellboy and Selma Blair as Liz Sherman, as well as the sequel, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army. To this day, I have not read the comic books nor do I really have any desire to do so.


A book you see all over Instagram but haven’t picked up.

I see a lot of books on Instagram that I have not gotten to yet. I swear it changes almost daily. Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo…The Cruel Prince by Holly Black….The list goes on.


I tag:






What books have been sitting on your TBR for too long?

Top 5 Tuesday: Books I Predict Will Be 5 Stars!

I like to keep an open mind when it comes to books. There have been books I wasn’t sure about that I ended up loving. There were others I was certain I’d adore but didn’t. And there are the few I read the synopsis for then put down immediately.

The books on this week’s Top 5 Tuesday are books on our TBRs we predict will be five stars. Some of these I’m positive will be five stars, or at least I’ll give them high ratings, others make me nervous because of the hype around them. The books on this list are:


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid


If I give The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo so much as a four stars, I will blame BookTube, Goodreads, the book bloggers, and all their friends and family for it. You all have hyped this book so much for me, my expectations are astronomically high.


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


It’s the same for The Hate U Give as it is for The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I probably would have read it eventually, as I want to read more diversely. But as I said, this book is hyped and it has already been made into a movie. This book probably will be five stars…but in the off chance it’s not, I will be a very, very sad human.


Lethal White by Robert Galbraith


This one is a no-brainer. Lethal White is the fourth book and most recent installment in the Cormoran Strike series. While The Cuckoo’s Calling was OK, The Silkworm and Career of Evil were amazing. I love Strike. I love Robin. These books are huge but fast-paced and mind-blowing. I can only imagine how many twists Robert Galbraith is going to take with Lethal White.


Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan


From reviews I’ve seen, Girls of Paper and Fire can be either a four star or a five star read for me. It is set in a world where every year a demon king collects eight girls from the human villages to serve as his concubines in the royal palace. This year, there is a ninth girl and she’s fed up with what’s going on. She plans to take the king down from the inside. In the meantime, she falls in love with someone you’d least expect: another woman. I didn’t need to know much else about Girls of Paper and Fire.


Persepolis and Persepolis 2 by Marjane Satrapi

Persepolis is a memoir graphic novel I’ve wanted to read for years. It follows a young woman’s adolescent years in Iran during the Islamic Revolution, leading up into the modern times under the laws of the regime covered in Persepolis 2. Memoirs and nonfiction are works I tend to go into with caution. Nonfiction tends to be dry for me. Memoirs are something I want to dive into more, especially after reading True Notebooks by Mark Salzman. With the overwhelmingly positive reviews and beautiful artwork, Persepolis seems like a good stepping stone.


What are some of your five-star predictions?

Get to Know Ya Tag!

I found the Get to Know Ya Tag on Kristin Kraves Books. I saw the opportunity to talk about some books I have not mentioned on my blog for a while now, or maybe some I’ve never mentioned before. Plus, it’s a super fun tag getting to know people.

I don’t know who created it, but if you do know, give them a shout out.


Favorite book of all time


I honestly have no idea how to answer this question. It’s like asking me to choose my favorite child, or more appropriately, since I am childless, my favorite friend. That, and I firmly believe that nobody can have just one favorite book. How is that even possible?

So, I’m going to choose five of my all-time favorite books, which are:

The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye


Favorite book five years ago


At first, I was going to say maybe The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong or Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. For the heck of it, I checked on Goodreads for my reading stats in 2013. That was the year I picked up Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson.

Confessions of a Murder Suspect was the first novel in a young adult mystery/thriller series following Tandoori “Tandy” Angel, the daughter of two extremely wealthy parents who are found dead in their bedroom. The only suspects are Tandy, her twin brother Harry, and her younger brother Hugo, as well as their older brother Matthew. There were a lot of twists and turns as Tandy tries to figure out who killed her parents, even if it means she did it, but the plot twist shook me to my core. I was obsessed with Confessions of a Murder Suspect, as well as its sequel, The Private School Murders, which I also read in 2013.


Favorite Duology/Trilogy/Series

Not surprisingly, I have an answer for all three of these.

Duology: It’s a tie between The Wrath and the Dawn duology by Renee Ahdieh and the Passenger duology by Alexandra Bracken. Both of these made me feel everything plus they were fun, exciting reads with characters I adored.


Trilogy: Easily the Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare. I found very little fault in these books when I read them. However, since I have not read Lord of Shadows yet and Queen of Air and Darkness is not out until December, I’m wondering if maybe The Dark Artifices will soon take its place as my favorite trilogy. And there are a few other contenders on my TBR that could prove worthy competition.


Series: Does it count if your favorite series are incomplete? The two series (again, I’m indecisive) that I am certain are my favorites are the Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco and the An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir. I just loved everything about these books.



Last book you read

At the time I am writing this, the last book I read was A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell, a cheesy thriller about two mothers you think are best friends but they both have deep, dark secrets they use to manipulate each other. Unfortunately, it was not that entertaining.


Last book of poetry you read


The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace, which I read and bought as soon as it came out. While I did enjoy it, sadly, I did not love it as much as her debut collection.


What book most influenced your life?

Honestly…I can’t say it was just one book, because a lot of books have influenced me in different ways throughout the years. To name a few:

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume is the book that awoke my passion for storytelling and inspired my first “novel” when I was eight years old.

At fifteen, The Darkest Powers trilogy by Kelley Armstrong made me realize my strongest writing niche was in the fantasy and paranormal genres.


The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace and The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur came to me earlier this year, making me feel empowered when I wasn’t really feeling like it.






Book that made you ugly cry


Definitely A List of Cages by Robin Roe made me ugly cry. It takes a lot to make me cry in books in general. With this book, it was a full on sob fest.


Book that made you laugh


All the Rick Riordan books I’ve read so far. That includes the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series plus the first two books in the Heroes of Olympus series, The Lost Hero and The Son of Neptune.


Character you’d like to be for a day.

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No brainer: Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I get to practice magic and go to Hogwarts, plus share a brain with one of the most badass women in literature.


Book so good you dreamt about it


Hmmm…. I don’t remember my dreams. I remember my nightmares though. One book that was really good but also one I should not have read before bed was The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich. There was a scene with a mirror…and I have one in my bedroom, right across from my bed, so it took me a while to go back to sleep after.


Book you DNF’D


After You by Jojo Moyes, which I tried to read over a year ago. I got about 35 pages in before I had to put it down. I think it bothered me that Me Before You got a sequel when it was perfectly fine as a stand-alone, in my opinion. However, I’ve heard decent things about the third book, Still Me, when Louisa goes to New York City, so I might pick up After You again, eventually.


What book are you most excited to read?

My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

…To name a few.



I tag….

Grey (once she’s back from her hiatus! I completely forgot. Sorry Grey!)




And anyone else that wants to do this tag!

Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Books I Predict will be Five Star Reads

I have so many books on my physical TBR that I’m really excited for. I almost made a list of ten books I predict will be five star reads for me, but then I got nervous. I was worried I was setting myself up for disappointment. A lot of the books have hype surrounding them. Of course, hype is not something you can necessarily rely on.

The five I chose to put on this list for several reasons. One is I have read books I loved by these authors before, so I know I will love their new books, too. Another reason is the subject matter interests me and when I think about it, I get excited to read. That is how I determine the five books I predict will be five star reads.


Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi


Despite being the most hyped book everywhere right now, I would read Children of Blood and Bone regardless. It is set in a world based on African mythology; something I don’t read enough of and I want to change that. A strong female lead along with several other companions, including a rogue princess, set out to bring magic back to their world. Plus, there’s an evil king and a morally gray prince. And, from what I heard, they ride leopards. How is that not cool?


To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo


I am basing my expectations for To Kill a Kingdom on several factors. First, I love mermaids, yet I have not read a lot of mermaid books. Second, it is a retelling of The Little Mermaid, with the mermaid being a siren that kills princes and steals hearts—so, she’s not a nice person. Third, she is changed into a mortal as punishment by her mother and is sent to the human world to claim the heart of a prince. Lastly, that prince is a siren hunter. You cannot comprehend how badly I want to read this book right now….


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


In regards to The Hate U Give, my five-star expectations are based on hype. It is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and follows a young girl torn between two worlds and puts her life on the line when she witnesses her childhood best friend shot unarmed by a police officer. The reviews for The Hate U Give have been nothing but positive. I want to read more diversely in my 20s than I did growing up binging trash like Sweet Valley. I’m hoping The Hate U Give will teach me something, too.


The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton


The Price Guide to the Occult is Leslye Walton’s second novel, her first in close to five years since her debut The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. Though I remember giving that book four stars, her writing style was beautiful and I believe talent improves the more you work at it. So, if she’s been working on The Price Guide to the Occult for that long, her abilities have likely gotten better since then. The story itself also excites me: generations of witches with secrets causing havoc in their small island community over an ancient spellbook. Of course, it is probably a lot cooler than how I just made it sound.


Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare


How much love has this book gotten since it came out? I bought Lord of Shadows not long after I read Lady Midnight, which I did give five stars. However, I learned with authors like Cassandra Clare and Sarah J. Maas, I need to give myself breaks between reading their books due to possible emotional distress. From what I know about Lord of Shadows, “emotional distress” is the definition of the plot. And I need to make sure I’m mentally prepared for anything that might happen.


Have you read any of my five-star predictions? What did you think of them?

“Slightly” Shameful Book Haul

At the beginning of the year, after I went crazy with the book buying for Christmas and my birthday, I told myself I would go on a book-buying ban until I had my physical TBR under control. For the first three months of 2018, I was reading good books I already had and the library was a great resource for checking out other books I heard about. However, I never told myself how long this book-buying ban was supposed to last….

I got a new job early on in March and I was making money for the first time in about five and a half months. To make matters even more difficult, I work in a city with an abundance of amazing bookstores. Still, I resisted somehow. Then, I make it into work one cold Friday afternoon, only to discover the entire building was closed due to a plumbing problem. I thought about going home, then I thought: go home and do what? I decided to visit a bookstore someone had recommended to me and…well, you can guess what happened from there.

I call this haul “slightly” shameful because some of these books were previously library books I read. So, my physical TBR didn’t get any bigger than it already was. Also, most of these books are anticipated releases or popular books I have wanted to read for a while, but they are always on hold at the library for somebody else, or they are by authors I am familiar with. And don’t worry—these are a mix of bookstore purchases and Amazon, bought on different days.

Of course, it sounds like I’m making excuses. Most of you probably understand the struggle. And it’s my own money I’m blowing. But still…there’s graduate school in September. Needless to say, my wallet is not too happy with me about that.

Anyway, onto my new books!


Speak: the graphic novel by Laurie Halse Anderson & Emily Carroll


After checking out the new graphic novel adaption of Laurie Halse Anderson’s novel, Speak, from the library, I realized I never had my own copy of the book. I really enjoyed the graphic novel as much as I did the original work; in fact, the artwork added a lot more to the story, in my opinion.


The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur


After my mom died in February, I was in a deep mood for poetry. The Sun and Her Flowers, Rupi Kaur’s newest publication following her successful debut Milk and Honey, was not a book I originally anticipated too much. While I liked Milk and Honey, I did not get much out of it personally. Then, I decided to check out The Sun and Her Flowers from the library. I read it and it hit me right in the feels. This book came to me at the right time.


The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert


I’ve talked about this book almost every other post since I read it in March. An anticipated January 2018 release that has gotten mixed reviews, I fall into the group that loves The Hazel Wood. I’m sure you are already familiar with the story at this point, so I won’t bore you with details. However, fun fact: books bought from bookstores (either in store or online) feel way better than books bought from Amazon or Target. Am I crazy or has anyone else noticed this?


The Princess Saves Herself in This One & The Witch Doesn’t Burn in this One by Amanda Lovelace

I already talked about my love for The Princess Saves Herself in This One. Like The Sun and Her Flowers, it came to me at just the right time. A month after I checked that book out from the library, The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One was released. That was the one that inspired the whole splurge at the bookstore. I read that one as soon as I bought it and enjoyed it very much. Between the two though, The Princess Saves Herself in This One, is my favorite.


Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi


Children of Blood and Bone has taken the book world by storm. This is one I decided to take a chance on and buy it, rather than wait forever for it to be available at the library. It is based in West African mythology, following a young woman determined to restore magic to her kingdom with the help of her brother and a rogue princess. The reviews for Children of Blood and Bone have been good so far. Still, I’m waiting for the hype to die down at least a little bit before I read it (and knock some other books off my TBR first, too).


To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo


The moment I learned about To Kill a Kingdom, I knew I had to read it. It is a twisted retelling of The Little Mermaid, following Lira, a siren banished to the human world by her mother the Sea Queen after accidentally killing a fellow mermaid. In order to return to the sea, she must kill the prince of the world’s most powerful kingdom and steal his heart. The said prince, Elian, happens to be a siren hunter and when he meets Lira, you can guess what could possibly happen from there. But I love The Little Mermaid and I love mermaid stories in general. That’s all I needed to know to make me pick up To Kill a Kingdom.


The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton


I knew I was going to buy The Price Guide to the Occult as soon as it came out. First off, because it was written by Leslye Walton, who wrote The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, one of my favorite books. Second, this new book follows generations of witches on a small island and their connection to a book that could mean the end-all for everyone. I could be totally butchering the synopsis—her stories are a little more complex than that. I just love Leslye Walton’s writing style and storytelling.


Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson


Truly Devious was another young adult book that got some hype over the last few months. It is set in a boarding school where the founder’s family was kidnapped in 1936 and the mystery was never solved. In present day, new student Stevie Bell has decided to solve this cold case herself, just as death has visited the school again. While the plot does intrigue me, I mainly took a chance buying it because of Maureen Johnson. One of my favorite books as an adolescent was her novel Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes, which I unfortunately lost when my family moved years ago, and it was what fueled my desire to travel. Plus, she’s a good writer, so I have fairly high expectations already in place for Truly Devious.


The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl


A complete impulse buy from the used bookstore not far from where I work, The Dante Club is written by Matthew Pearl, who wrote another thriller on my TBR, The Poe Shadow. As the title suggests, The Dante Club is focused on Dante’s The Divine Comedy, as a group of respected literary figures attempt to bring a controversial European work to the New World. The novel is set in 1865 Boston and the city has been terrorized by gruesome murders mirroring Dante’s Circles of Hell. One member of the Dante Club teams up with the first black cop on Boston’s police force to solve the murders before Dante’s journey to America ends before it begins and more innocent people are killed. OK…maybe this wasn’t that much an impulse buy.


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


A book that swept the world of books off its feet, The Hate U Give follows a young black woman finding her voice after witnessing her unarmed childhood best friend be shot by a police officer. This is one of the books that is always on hold at the library. With all the rave reviews surrounding it and my desire to be more educated on the Black Lives Matter movement, I decided it is time I read The Hate U Give.


When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Manon


Another hyped book on social media, When Dimple Met Rishi is a young adult contemporary about two Indian teens with different views of their shared culture that are in an arranged marriage by their parents. Dimple is driven by her desire to go to college and pursue STEM while Rishi is a hopeless romantic. After their initial meeting doesn’t go as planned, the two are suddenly thrown together for a project and shenanigans ensue. When Dimple Met Rishi is a book I’ve had my eye on for a while. I definitely plan on reading it this summer.


Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Almed


After reading All We Have Left by Wendy Mills last year, I want to read more young adult books featuring Muslim main characters. Love, Hate & Other Filters is just what I’m looking for. American-born Muslim Maya is torn between pleasing her parents and pursuing her dreams of studying film in New York City. When she starts her senior year of high school, a terrorist attack strikes Chicago and the perpetrator shares her last name. Suddenly, Maya and her family are faced with hatred and bigotry from people they have known for years.


Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller


Daughter of the Siren Queen is the sequel to Daughter of the Pirate King, one of my favorite books of 2017. It is the last book in the duology and I really want to finish the series. (I haven’t finished any so far this year). Despite all the books sitting on my nightstand currently waiting to be read, I am seriously considering picking up Daughter of the Siren Queen this weekend….


The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes


I don’t know why it took me so long to buy this book, honestly. Stephanie Oakes wrote one of my favorite books of all-time, The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly. The Arsonist is her second novel. It is a historical thriller, following two teens with serious problems (the girl’s father is about to be executed and the boy is an immigrant with an embarrassing seizure dog) that are tasked with catching the murderer of an East German resistance fighter whose death brought on the destruction of the Berlin Wall.

This one is going to be so fun….


Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare


Ink, Iron, and Glass is probably one of the most original books I own. It is set in a world where certain people are gifted with the ability, called scriptology, to alter their realities as they see fit with the written word. The protagonist, Elsa, finds herself in an alternative Victorian Italy when her mother is kidnapped and she turns to an elite society for help. That’s all I need to know and want to know. Plus, the cover is beautiful.


Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga


Finding out your long-last dad is an indie rock star should be awesome, but for sixteen-year-old Tal, reality is about to hit her hard in the face. After so many years of no contact and her mother dodging questions, Tal’s father shows up for an unexpected family reunion. He takes her across country to meet the rest of her extended family, including the dying grandfather her dad wants her to meet. But in doing so, the fantasy she has built around him slowly crumbles as family secrets come to light. And if Here We Are Now is anything like Jasmine Warga’s debut, My Heart and Other Black Holes, I am anticipating getting hit with the feels.


In Search of Us by Ava Dellaira


Much like with Leslye Walton, I nearly fell out of my seat when I found out Ava Dellaira was coming out with another book. I read and loved her debut, Love Letters to the Dead. Her newest release, In Search of Us, is an intergenerational story about Angie, a biracial teenager, and her mother, Marilyn. Raised by a white mother and looking more like her brown-skinned father, Angie wants to know about her dad, but Marilyn tells her daughter very little. When Angie discovers she has an uncle in LA, she convinces a friend to tag along with her on a road trip to meet him, hoping to learn more about the dad she never knew. But in doing so forces Marilyn to reveal some secrets she would rather bury.


I think I’m good for a while…what was your favorite book you bought recently?

September 2017 TBR/Library Book Haul

Though my TBR for August had been kind of a fail, I figured I try again in September. This one should be easy, because they are all library books.

My TBR pile at home was becoming too overwhelming. I could not decide what to read next. To relieve the pressure, as well as sedate any book-buying urges, I checked out books from the library. Since I’m on deadline with these, it gives me reason to get away from social media and read.

In September, I plan on reading:


Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik


I saw Things I Should Have Known on emmmabooks YouTube channel during her Summer of Love review videos. Aside from How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake and Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor, this one caught my attention. Things I Should Have Known follows teenager Chloe, who tries to find a boyfriend for her sister Ivy, who is on the autism spectrum. Chloe thinks she has found the perfect boy for her sister in Ethan, another student with autism, but Ethan’s brother David is a problem. But what Chloe is about to learn is that matchmaking is harder than it looks and Ivy can make her own choices.


The Memory Book by Lara Avery


I’ve had The Memory Book on my radar for at least a year now. I checked it out of the library before, but never got around to reading it before the due date. The story is about a girl named Sammie, the typical high school overachiever except she has a rare genetic disorder that is slowly eating away her memories. She creates the Memory Book, a journal for her future self that documents all the things in her life, big and small, that have happened—including some painful memories she would prefer to forget.

I really hope this book does not make me cry too hard.


The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova


I had no idea Elizabeth Kostova had come out with another book until I saw The Shadow Land on a shelf in a bookstore. It is about a young woman that travels to Bulgaria after a family tragedy and gets looped into a mystery that goes back years when she comes into possession of a box of human ashes. As she tries to track down the owners, she uncovers a dark mystery from the past that puts her own life in the present in danger.

I have not read The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, her most famous novel. Although, I have read her book The Swan Thieves, which is similar to The Shadow Land in terms of plot. I enjoyed that, so I expect to enjoy this one as well.


Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys


I loved Ruta Sepetys’ book Salt to the Sea and I own Between Shades of Gray. But I desperately want to read her book, Out of the Easy, which is a young adult mystery following Josie, the seventeen-year-old daughter of a prostitute in 1950s French Quarter New Orleans, who investigates a mysterious death that tests her allegiance to the fierce madam of the brothel her mother works in. Unfortunately, I am on a book-buying ban. Thankfully, my library carries this one as well, and I really want to read it.


More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera


I bought Adam’s second book, History is All You Left Me in July, yet I feel strange for not having read his first book More Happy Than Not yet. The concept behind it interests me, just not enough to buy it. Aaron, a teenaged boy with a troubled life, goes to have a special surgery that will relieve him of his memories of his unrequited feelings for a male friend. Adam Silvera is famous for ripping out people’s hearts, so if he can break me with More Happy Than Not, we will see how I fair once I read History is All You Left Me.


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


The main reason I want to read The Hate U Give is because I want to be educated and see a modern story in a novel. An African-American teenaged girl witnesses her unarmed childhood best friend get shot by a police officer despite not having done anything wrong. The Black Lives Matter movement inspired this book, and it sounds a lot like certain events that have occurred over the years. I am really curious to see how they play out in literature.


The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton


Because Banned Books Week is in September, I make it a point to read at least one banned book during the month. The Outsiders is one I have heard even my non-reader friends rave about, saying it was one of their favorite books they read for school. Except I do not know anything about it, other than it has gangs that hate each other and I think bullying or graphic violence.


Go Ask Alice by Anonymous


Another banned book, Go Ask Alice is a book people recommend to me often. I know it is the allegedly “anonymous” diary of a teenaged girl that succumbs to drug addiction. I can’t remember why it was banned, exactly, though I can only imagine the content of this book overprotective parents want to shield their kids from. Go Ask Alice is one of the main books on my TBR that I am super excited to read in September.


Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic


I had completely forgotten about this book until I saw it in a bookstore. But I am on a book-buying ban for the next few months. Thankfully, my library had it. Wicked Like a Wildfire follows magically gifted twin sisters who try to unravel their family’s dark history and learn why they are cursed to never fall in love after their mother is attacked. That is all I needed to know. It reminds me a lot of The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton, which is a story of generations of women from the same family with gifts of their own.


What is everyone going to read in September?