2021 ya releases by authors of color awards (round 0)

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Three years in and we’re still going strong! This year, there were so many great YA releases by authors of color, and I’d love to give some well-deserved recognition to them. So without further ado, here are the 2021 YA RELEASES BY AUTHORS OF COLOR AWARDS!

You can view the 2019 and 2020 awards here.

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LIST: releases you might have missed in 2021

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I know I say this every year, but what a year of phenomenal releases! However, a downside to having so many great releases is it’s hard to keep track of all of them…but don’t worry! I’m here to help. Here is a list of releases you might have missed in 2021!

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SUMMARY: november

November has been quite a busy month for me, particularly because it’s the end of my semester. I meant to read more over Thanksgiving break but as usual, time got away from me…However, I still managed to read 13 books this month! This puts me at 160 books for the year (which again,,,I’m a little sad I won’t be beating last year’s challenge but I’d have to read 68 books to overcome it and that is quite literally impossible for me😭).

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DISCUSSION: bts seasons playlists

Hello, I am back with another self-indulgent post that is not bookish in the slightest and instead entirely has to do with BTS! This idea popped into my head a few weeks ago and it wouldn’t leave until I implemented it. Here are my BTS playlists for every season!

I tried to cut the playlists down to 25 songs each but I couldn’t, so we’ll just let that extra song be a little treat. Also, each season playlist has a narrative (well, summer doesn’t really, but more on that later) but there are some songs that are kinda just there for vibes. Every playlist segues into the next season, wrapping around from winter to spring as well.

you’re my summer, autumn, winter, and every spring

(lyrics from “Ma City”)

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LIST: 2021 reads that emotionally WRECKED me

2021 was…something that happened yet I also cannot believe it’s almost over. I was hit by persistent reading slumps as well as a lack of time this year particularly; it’s very sad. But! While I had a lot of mediocre reads this year, I also had a lot of reads that emotionally wrecked me, more so than last year’s list. It didn’t help that a lot of my recent favorite series ended this year either.

As usual, this list only contains books that I read for the first time this year, no rereads. Actually, I’ve been rereading far less this year, which probably explains why I’ve read less since those usually account for much of my reading challenge.

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2021 ya releases by authors of color awards (round 2)

We had so many great YA releases by authors of color this past year! Unfortunately we had to cut some to move onto the next round, but trust me, it was difficult to choose where the cut-off point was. Here is round two of the 2021 YA RELEASES BY AUTHORS OF COLOR AWARDS!

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REVIEW: Year of the Reaper by Makiia Lucier

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Book: Year of the Reaper by Makiia Lucier

Release Date: November 9, 2021

My Rating: 4.75 stars

Rep: gay side character

CW: implied torture, gore, illness (plague), amputation, mentions of human experimentation

Summary: The past never forgets…

Before an ambush by enemy soldiers, Lord Cassia was an engineer’s apprentice on a mission entrusted by the king. But when plague sweeps over the land, leaving countless dead and devastating the kingdom, even Cas’ title cannot save him from a rotting prison cell and a merciless sickness.

Three years later, Cas wants only to return to his home in the mountains and forget past horrors. But home is not what he remembers. His castle has become a refuge for the royal court. And they have brought their enemies with them.

When an assassin targets those closest to the queen, Cas is drawn into a search for a killer…one that leads him to form an unexpected bond with a brilliant young historian named Lena. Cas and Lena soon realize that who is behind the attacks is far less important than why. They must look to the past, following the trail of a terrible secret—one that could threaten the kingdom’s newfound peace and plunge it back into war.

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LIST: if you like these violent delights

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As you well know, These Violent Delights is one of my favorite duologies of all time, and I’m still crying over Our Violent Ends. And next week, everyone gets to experience the pain that is book two! In preparation of Our Violent Ends‘s release date, I thought I’d celebrate by giving some book recommendations, especially as it’s been more than a full year since I’ve done an “if you like” book rec post. So, if you’ve already read Our Violent Ends or are still waiting for it, here are some book recommendations that I think you’ll like if you love These Violent Delights!

I’m doing something a little different in this post; there are still quizzes for you to take to narrow down your choices, but the recs and quizzes are split between the six main characters of the series. The books are all fairly similar to These Violent Delights in terms of vibes / character dynamics if not plot.

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REVIEW: The Heartless Divine by Varsha Ravi

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Book: The Heartless Divine (The Heartless Divine #1) by Varsha Ravi

Release Date: November 29, 2019

My Rating: 4.5 stars

Rep: Indian (Tamil)-inspired world and characters; (Tamil-American author)

CW: mentions of deaths of loved ones in a car crash

Summary: In this unexpected twist on mythology inspired by Sangam India, reincarnated lovers find themselves bound together, connected to their past by a centuries old tragedy that only one of them remembers.

In the ruthless martial empire of Naja, Suri is the crown’s unfailing blade. But the princess dreams of a life exploring the lands beyond the borders, unshackled by blood. The king and queen offer her freedom, at a price: marriage to a king she’s meant to kill, and the death of Athri, a kingdom her family once nearly destroyed.

Her only obstacle lies in the mountains above the Athrian capital of Marai, where a young prophet sees a world struck by catastrophe—a world where a girl lies dead in the temple of the fire god, and the city lies burning below.

Centuries later, Suri lives with no recollection of her past lives. Haunted by her family’s deaths eighteen years ago, Suri sees the boy bleeding gold on her doormat as an opportunity to unravel the mystery of the car crash that took their lives. But not all gifts are created equal, and the boy soon proves to be more trouble than he’s worth, a dangerous link back to a world of gods and wishes.

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2021 ya releases by authors of color awards (round 1)

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We’re back, babey! This year, there were so many great YA releases by authors of color, and I’d love to give some well-deserved recognition to them. Today begins round one of the 2021 YA RELEASES BY AUTHORS OF COLOR AWARDS!

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