TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To (But TOTALLY plan to)

This weekly meme was created by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme is Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To (But TOTALLY plan to).

Oh, there are plenty of 2016 releases that I didn’t get to read yet. The list is very long, and in this post, I’ll try to create a short term TBR for myself of 2016 releases I want to read soon.

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read List Lately

This weekly meme was created by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme is  Ten Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read List Lately.

I recently added a lot of own voices and diverse books to my TBR, they are all planned to be released in 2017. However, a lot of those books don’t have cover designs yet or blurbs, so I decided to skip them for now. I will add them to another list next year when I know more about them. Nevertheless, books I’m including in this list are either own voices and/or have diverse characters. I’m really excited for them, and I’m happy to share the list with you so we can all await their publications in 2017.

The Education of Margot Sanchez
by Lilliam Rivera

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Pretty in Pink comes to the South Bronx in this bold and romantic coming-of-age novel about dysfunctional families, good and bad choices, and finding the courage to question everything you ever thought you wanted—from debut author Lilliam Rivera.

Mami, for destroying my social life
Papi, for allowing Junior to become a Neanderthal
Junior, for becoming a Neanderthal
This supermarket
Everyone else

After “borrowing” her father’s credit card to finance a more stylish wardrobe, Margot
Sanchez suddenly finds herself grounded. And by grounded, she means working as an indentured servant in her family’s struggling grocery store to pay off her debts.

With each order of deli meat she slices, Margot can feel her carefully cultivated prep school reputation slipping through her fingers, and she’s willing to do anything to get out of this punishment. Lie, cheat, and maybe even steal…

Margot’s invitation to the ultimate beach party is within reach and she has no intention of letting her family’s drama or Moises—the admittedly good looking but outspoken boy from the neighborhood—keep her from her goal.

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Guest Post by Jessie: Great Books of 2016

Today’s post is a Guest Post! Jessie from The Desert Bookworm (delicious blog name!) created a list of one of her best read of 2016. Check out her blog for more recommendations, and check out my guest post on Jessie’s blog with my list of favorite books set in New York City!

On the hunt for reasonably priced Halloween candy yesterday, I dropped into a few stores, and ran into Christmas decor! As premature as it may seem, the year is winding down; so to acknowledge the best of this past year, here’s a post with my superlative reads for 2016:

Most Fun:

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

51bE6SBNroL._SX318_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgI was a little late to this one (it was published in 2012, so 4 years late, to be exact), and I regret not getting to it sooner. If you’ve heard about this book, you may be wondering, “Am I nerdy enough to ‘get it?'”

Let me wipe away those fears right now. Whether you’re a huge nerd or the coolest cat on the block, you owe it to yourself to pick up Ready Player One.

I’m not big into video games and I was a little late for the 80s-idolism, but man, I couldn’t get enough of this book. It was such a fun adventure – puzzles to solve, worlds to create, a few chat-room romances, all narrated by a kid so likeable and relatable, he could be your next-door neighbor instead of the superhero of 2044 that he is.

Most original:

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

the-golem-and-the-jinniThe Golem and the Jinni could easily be one of the most beautiful books I’ve read this year, but what makes it truly remarkable is the completely unique melding of religious and historical lore with turn-of-the-century New York City. It read like a historical fiction, with the addition of two extremely magical characters (surprise! It’s a golem and a jinni).

What’s better yet, the golem and jinni have their own roots in historical religious lore, so their stories are deeply entrenched in the very accurately-depicted Muslim and Jewish contexts. Add adventure, romance, a bone-wrenchingly evil villain…It was such a delightful, unusual read, one that I simultaneously wanted to race through and savor.

Most unforgettable:

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

9780812992977_custom-5ce76f203feaa575f22d11023f49056e14fc46a1-s400-c85The Age of Miracles is one of those books that I think about at least once a week. It depicts the life of Julia, who is 11 when the earth’s rotation begins to slow. Days and nights stretch to become weeks of darkness and light, crops fail, tides change, animals and humans become disoriented.

This (literally) earth-shattering event is counterpointed with extremely relatable experiences Julia is enduring as a sixth grader – humiliation about growing older, a first crush, sadness about her parents, wanting to be treated like an adult, etc. Karen Thompson Walker has an astute memory of what it’s like to be 11, the pain and confusion and terrible complexity of it all, and her insights rang true to me on every page.

Most beautiful:

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

25614492I’m a sucker for historical fiction, and Salt to the Sea hit me right in the heart. It tells the story of several refugee teenagers fleeing to the coast to escape the dual threats of desperate Germans and approaching Russians.

The characters are strong and thoughtful and heartbreaking – Florian, a rebelling Austrian art forger trying to bring vengeance on the Regime, Johanna, a lovely and competent Czech nurse with a secret, and …. a Polish girl who has been made victim to terrible crimes in the course of the war. Together they try to learn to trust each other in order to survive. You’ll stay up late reading to the very last page, then be sad that it’s over.

Most anticipated:

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

la-et-crooked-kingdom-20160222A lot’s been said about the Six of Crows duology with the release of Crooked Kingdom last month, and I think the series lives up to the hype. So let me put in my own plug here.

A wild, romping, hilarious and heist-filled read, Bargudo has cooked up an incredible band of characters that will keep you speeding through the pages. The Six of Crows duology follows Kaz Brekker, the gangster king of Ketterdam, and his assembled band of highly skilled misfits as they fight their way across the ocean to rescue a dangerous scientist. After an unfortunate double-crossed at the final moment, they find themselves in a tight spot (or several). If you want a book with twists and turns, with Bardugo keeping just one step ahead, these are the books for you.

TOP TEN TUESDAY: All About The Villains

This weekly meme was created by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme is  All About The Villains — I don’t think we’ve done a villains topic since back in November 2010 so let’s revisit: top ten favorite/most compelling villains in books, top ten of the most vile villains/bad guys in books, top ten villains I secretly (or not so secretly) love, favorite tv villains, favorite comic book villains, ten “villains” of contemporary lit.

I decided to work on a list of greatest villains, characters I had strong emotional angry reactions to while reading books. And they aren’t many of those as I remember.

My list presents the greatest villains from some of the amazing books I read. I had strong emotional angry reactions when reading about them and their actions.

by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

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Villain: AIDAN

From my reviewThis may become my favourite villain. Aidan is an AI – Artifical Intelligence. I was not expecting AI to become a villain, and to be so humane, and inhumane at the same time. His voice in the audiobook was perfectly unemotional, and it was so irritating to listen to him, I wanted to punch him, to scream at him. Impressive character, and unique one.

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books On My Fall TBR List

This weekly meme was created by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme is  Books On My Fall TBR List.

I never create a TBR list of books that I’ll read next month or something. I just have this huge list of books I hope I’ll get to eventually. But this list represents books I just need to read. Right now I just feel that I desperately need them in my life. I will see how life will go on and how I will feel about what to read next in next weeks. There is no guarantee that I will read any of those books.

Dark Matter
by Blake Crouch

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“Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable–something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

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