Anticipated Releases 2021 Update

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt is my most anticipated releases for the second half of 2021. These are all books that are either sequels or continuations of series that I am loving or it has a blurb that has sucked me in and I can’t wait to read it!

Gods & Monsters by Shelby Mahurin (expected publication: July 27th 2021)

All’s Well by Mona Awad (expected publication August 3rd 2021)

The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould (expected publication: August 3rd 2021)

Velvet was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (expected publication: August 17th 2021)

The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik (expected publication: September 28th 2021)

Well Matched by Jen DeLuca (expected publication: October 19th 2021)

Aurora’s End by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (expected publication: November 9th 2021)

All of Us are Villains by Christine Lynn Herman & Amanda Foody (expected publication: November 9th 2021)

Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong (expected publication: November 16th 2021)

Cytonic by Brandon Sanderson (expected publication: November 25th 2021)

5 Diverse Books I Want to Read Update

Back in January I posted about 5 diverse books I really wanted to read in 2021 and now that we are halfway through the year I thought I would post an update! I have actually read 3 out of 5 of the books and I had a few mixed thoughts/feeling about them. 

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Morena-Garcia

This was an intriguing, dark, weird and twisted tale that didn’t shy away from shocking the reader. I appreciate how far Silvia Moreno-Garcia was willing to push the plot and take it to a place that I wasn’t able to predict for sure. This was highly original and in the end quite thrilling and action packed.

My Rating:  ⭐️3/5 stars

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

I liked the fact that we are given insight into the other characters and it just isn’t all about Juliette and Roma. I was also highly invested in the two gangs and the way they differentiated from each other. Learning about the blood feud and why the two gangs are so willing to kill each other when they breach each other’s territories gave much needed depth and excitement.

My Rating:  ⭐️3/5 stars

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

Overall this was not what I was expecting at all! I almost forgot going into it that it was a horror and surprised by the graphic scenes, but it definitely kept me on the edge of my seat and wanting to know what is going to happen next. I almost wish it was longer, but then I feel like overcomplicating this premise would of made it less intriguing. So it is what it is.

My Rating:  ⭐️3/5 stars

The other two books I still need to read are:

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5 Quotes from Last 5 Books

These are five of my favourite quotes from the last five books that I have read!!

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

“Good people don’t bow their heads and bite their tongues while other good people suffer. Good people are not complicit.”

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A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer

“I’m confident in my strengths, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think about my weaknesses.”

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The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence

“Sometimes all your words are the wrong shape and none of them will fit into the silence left when the conversation pauses.”

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These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

“I was raised in hatred, Roma. I could never be your lover, only your killer.”

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Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas

“I don’t know. I’m scared that out there, someday I’ll look around and realize forty years have passed and no one can see me. That I’m gone.”

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My Ten Most Recent Reads

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is my ten most recent books I have read and my thoughts on each book!

The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence – Underwhelming unfortunately

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong –  Just ok, will definitely be continuing on

Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas – This was strange

When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo I was invested, definitely unlike anything I’ve read before

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig – Poignant, relevant & impactful

Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire I really enjoyed this

Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire – the series is slowly getting better as I read through

Well Played by Jen DeLuca was an enjoyable, romantic, fun read

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin – lived up to the hype

In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire – Just an ok one for me

April Wrap Up

Alas my reading slump is still going strong… I only completed two books last month, but it was two books I was highly anticipating so I am still glad I was able to read them!

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong⭐️ 3/5 stars

The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence⭐️ 2/5 stars