#5OnMyTBR – RomComs

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Hello, readers! Today, I’m taking part in a brand new meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook. #5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme where you chose five books from your to-be-read pile that fit that week’s theme. If you’d like more info, head over to the announcement post!

This week’s theme is RomComs. I have mentioned before that I am new to the romance genre, so I’m still learning what I like an don’t like. That being said, I do have five romantic comedies that I’d love to get to soon!

#1. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

I’ve been wanting to read this since last year, when my random interest in romance novels popped into my brain. All the other romance books I read because of that random interest I ended up loving, so I’m feeling this one is gonna be a winner. Besides, the whole concept of the First Son falling in love with the Prince of Wales just sounds like it’s going to be amazing!

#2. Beach Read by Emily Henry

The rest of the books on my list haven’t come out yet, but I cannot wait for them! Beach Read is publishing in May and centers around two author with severe cases of writer’s block. Augustus writes literary fiction while January writes romances. They meet while on vacation and decide that the best way to combat their mutual writer’s block is by switching genres. The concept sounds like it’s going to be an interesting ride and, perhaps, we’ll get a bit of the “book within a book” trope going on? Either way, it sounds fun!

#3. By the Book by Amanda Sellet

By the Book will be publishing in May, as well, though this is a YA romance as opposed to an adult one. This one also involves books in a fashion because I have a Type, apparently 😂 In this novel, Mary Porter-Malcolm compiles a list of bookish bad boy traits to avoid in real life men after someone at her school almost gets her heart broken by a cad. Unfortunately, Mary also starts to fall for a boy that displays all of these traits. I’m here for all the literary references in my romance!

#4. Well Played by Jen DeLuca

I’M SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK! I read Well Met earlier this year and absolutely loved! It was so much fun and the fact that it was set at a Renaissance Faire just spoke to my nerdy heart. Imagine my pleasure when I discovered it was the first in a series! Well Played will be published in September and it’s following Stacey, who was head wench in the first novel. I’m so ready to watch Stacey find love!

#5. Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade

Not gonna lie, I added this to my TBR as soon as I saw the cover. I mean, look at it 😍 This follows the story of two nerds falling in love through their fandom. Except one of those nerds is a cosplayer who gains popularity after posting her plus-size take on a character and the other… is the star of the show from which the fandom spawned. It sounds like it’s gonna be so good! Spoiler Alert will be published in October and I cannot wait!

Do you have any RomComs on your TBR? Did you join in on #5OnMyTBR? Drop a link or let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Goodreads Monday: Feb 10, 2020

Goodreads Monday

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by Lauren’s Page Turners and I stumbled across on The Pine-Scented Chronicles. It’s a simple task to start your week: simply pick a random book from your Goodreads TBR and explain why you want to read it. Easy!

This Week’s Book

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

Goodreads Synopsis:

Tyrants cut out hearts. Rulers sacrifice their own.

Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, but when her beloved father is murdered, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of an unstable kingdom. Determined to find her father’s killer, Hesina does something desperate: she engages the aid of a soothsayer—a treasonous act, punishable by death… because in Yan, magic was outlawed centuries ago.

Using the information illicitly provided by the sooth, and uncertain if she can trust even her family, Hesina turns to Akira—a brilliant investigator who’s also a convicted criminal with secrets of his own. With the future of her kingdom at stake, can Hesina find justice for her father? Or will the cost be too high?

In this shimmering Chinese-inspired fantasy, debut author Joan He introduces a determined and vulnerable young heroine struggling to do right in a world brimming with deception.

Why I Want To Read It:

I’m gonna be honest, the reason I wanted to read this originally was because the first Booktuber I ever started watching, Sassenach the Book Wizard, would not stop talking about this book! She raved about it and declared more people needed to read it so that the author would write a sequel. When someone loves a book so much that they are begging for a sequel, it definitely piques my interest.

That’s not to say that I didn’t find the premise interesting, of course! Political intrigue in fantasy settings is one of my favorite things! The fact that it was Chinese-inspired had me even more intrigued. And there is a strong female lead coming into her own as a young woman (and new empress)? Yes, please!

I’ve also been wanting to fit more Asian influenced stories and Asian authors on my TBR. I know I read a LOT of white authors and that’s not saying that I should stop, but I definitely need to be more conscientious of reading diverse books. I’ve already discovered a few amazing reads by diverse authors that I would’ve missed out on if I hadn’t been consciously trying to pick up books by POCs.

Now I just need to get off my butt and actually read this book!

Top Ten Tuesday: Winter TBR

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish back in June 2010. It is currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and, as is stated on the blog, it was “born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”

It’s a snowy/sleety Tuesday and I’m cuddled up with a caramel brulee latte trying to warm myself up. But it does put me into a Winter frame of mind which works with today’s theme: Winter reads! As I’ve said before, I’m a huge mood reader, so I don’t tend to make TBRs. I do, however, have quite a few ARCs I need to get to that are coming out in the beginning months of 2020! One of my goals for next year is to be better at keeping on top of my ARCs, so with that in mind, it made building my Winter TBR fairly easy!

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