LIST: most anticipated 2021 releases (pt. 1)

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New year, new releases! 2020 brought us so many great books, but somehow, 2021 releases are looking even better. Making this list, I couldn’t believe how many books I’m looking forward to (and also getting a little nervous about having the time to read all of them). So without further ado, here are my most anticipated releases for the first half of 2021!

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LIST: books by authors of color

Hey, remember a month ago when someone on book stan twitter had the nerve to say that books by authors of color aren’t popular because we (people of color) don’t hype them up enough? Basically invalidating the existence and efforts of so many bloggers of color, including me? Yeah, that was fun.

So because I was so upset by that, I compiled a long thread of books by authors of color. That got messy, so I decided to compile the thread into a series of posts on my blog, and here we are: here’s a list of books by authors of color!

And bonus! This is an on-going masterpost of books because there are SO MANY books by authors of color that I had to stop myself from researching more because I really do have things I need to do. I’m also primarily a blogger/reader of young adult novels, so this list is a bit heavier on those.

You can submit books that I have missed in the form below, and you can notify me of any incorrect entries I have in another form. I’m only human (and I also compiled this list in a slap-dash manner) so please let me know of any mistakes! Please note that I am a student, and I’m anticipating a lot of submissions, so it may take some time for me to make updates to these posts. I plan on doing them in batches, but even then, those may take a while.

I have separated the books into countries/general categories and then split those into age range and genre.

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LIST: most anticipated 2020 releases (pt. 1)


2019 was such an amazing year for books, but somehow 2020 is looking even better. Here are some of my most anticipated releases for the first half of 2020!

I also listed all of the representation that I could find, but please feel free to correct me if I’m wrong or if I forgot something. Also, if you like this post and want to support me further, my Ko-fi link is at the bottom of this post!

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DISCUSSION: my influential book series

I’ve been writing so many discussion posts lately in which I talk about old bookish memories; then I thought, why not compile everything in one post? Thus, this post came into being. Of course, I’m posting on July 31st because Harry Potter is obviously on this list. EDIT: Due to the author’s consistent and constant transphobia, I no longer hold such sentimentality with the Harry Potter series.

Also! I recently realized that it’s been ten years since I first read Harry Potter and Percy Jackson and the Olympians (but more on that later). I don’t actually remember the exact date, but it’s within the next couple of weeks.

This post will be separated by school grades because that was also a defining separating factor throughout my life. Also, side note, making the banner for this post reminded me of this story. Please read it, it’s hilarious, I was such a precocious child honestly. Also, side side note, the banner reminded me of when I had this yellow folder where I would store my pictures and doodled quotes (the beginnings of my hand-letterings) and I also drew on the folder even though it was one of those textured plastic ones. I would do all the symbols for all the book series I was obsessed with, it really went too far.

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LIST: most anticipated 2019 releases (pt. 2)

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As we’re approaching the middle of the year, I thought it was time to (finally) do a part two to the list of my most anticipated 2019 releases. Of course, these aren’t all of the releases for the rest of the year; rather, these are just the ones I’m looking forward to! Now, only to catch up on my tbr lists before all these great releases come out . . .

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MINI-REVIEW: Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi

**I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley. These are my honest opinion, and in no way as I compensated for this review.**

Book: Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi

Release Date: April 16, 2019

My Rating: 3.75 stars

Rep: ownvoices Indian-American protagonist and side characters, ownvoices biracial (Indian, Filipina) main character

Summary: Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents best-selling author Roshani Chokshi and her sequel to Aru Shah and the End of Time.

Aru is only just getting the hang of this whole Pandava thing when the Otherworld goes into full panic mode. The god of love’s bow and arrow have gone missing, and the thief isn’t playing Cupid. Instead, they’re turning people into heartless fighting-machine zombies. If that weren’t bad enough, somehow Aru gets framed as the thief. If she doesn’t find the arrow by the next full moon, she’ll be kicked out of the Otherworld. For good. But, for better or worse, she won’t be going it alone. Along with her soul-sister, Mini, Aru will team up with Brynne, an ultra-strong girl who knows more than she lets on, and Aiden, the boy who lives across the street and is also hiding plenty of secrets. Together they’ll battle demons, travel through a glittering and dangerous serpent realm, and discover that their enemy isn’t at all who they expected.

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LIST: if you like Asian SFF…

Here’s a list of YA fantasy and science fiction novels by Asian authors!! Note that some of these authors write about their own culture and some have been inspired by others, but this doesn’t necessarily diminish their works! Also, these books are ones that I’ve read or have heard of, so this is not a complete list. Feel free to send me some recs!

This is a list of mostly YA books, with a few MG and adult books sprinkled in. These will be noted!

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