10 Most Anticipated Releases for the Rest of 2019

TOP TEN TUESDAY was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

So, since today is a free prompt, I decided to go with a list that has been revolving around the community for a while and to be honest, because I just have no self-control and keep adding books to my TBR! However, I’m particularly anticipating these ten titles and hopefully, I can get to read them all this year!

When 16-year-old poetry blogger Tessa Dickinson is involved in a car accident and loses her eyesight for 100 days, she feels like her whole world has been turned upside-down. 

Terrified that her vision might never return, Tessa feels like she has nothing left to be happy about. But when her grandparents place an ad in the local newspaper looking for a typist to help Tessa continue writing and blogging, an unlikely answer knocks at their door: Weston Ludovico, a boy her age with bright eyes, an optimistic smile…and no legs.

Knowing how angry and afraid Tessa is feeling, Weston thinks he can help her. But he has one condition — no one can tell Tessa about his disability. And because she can’t see him, she treats him with contempt: screaming at him to get out of her house and never come back. But for Weston, it’s the most amazing feeling: to be treated like a normal person, not just a sob story. So he comes back. Again and again and again.

Tessa spurns Weston’s “obnoxious optimism”, convinced that he has no idea what she’s going through. But Weston knows exactly how she feels and reaches into her darkness to show her that there is more than one way to experience the world. As Tessa grows closer to Weston, she finds it harder and harder to imagine life without him — and Weston can’t imagine life without her. But he still hasn’t told her the truth, and when Tessa’s sight returns he’ll have to make the hardest decision of his life: vanish from Tessa’s world…or overcome his fear of being seen.

100 Days of Sunlight is a poignant and heartfelt novel by author Abbie Emmons. If you like sweet contemporary romance and strong family themes then you’ll love this touching story of hope, healing, and getting back up when life knocks you down.

 
How do I even started with this one? I’ve been hyped about this book for months now and it’s only a matter of days until its publication date (August 7, so mark your calendar!). I’m also incredibly grateful that I got the opportunity to read the ARC of this book and has been chosen to participate in Abbie’s blog tour. On August 5, I’ll post my full review about the book along with a guest post from Abbie herself about how she designed those gorgeous cover! Abbie also agreed to make an appearance on Debut District and she’ll be answering a series of fun questions, especially all about her debut release! Are you as excited as I am?! ARE YOU?! I hope you do, because 100 Days fo Sunlight is exactly how the title sounds and how the cover looks. Everything about it is delicate, soft, warm and I’m just completely swooned by the characters and their stories.
 

All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney
I’m so intrigued when I read the synopsis of this book. I believe we need more books with Muslim rep and this book brings a sensitive issue regarding Islamophobia and I just hope it will be discussed in a graceful manner.

Novice Dragoneer (Dragoneer Academy #1) by E.E. Knight
Can you tell I’m slowly falling for fantasy here? This book sounds very appealing because, uh, dragonriders?! Sign me up.

The Infinite Noise (The Bright Sessions #1) by Lauren Shippen
I’m sooooo ready for this one! A debut involving teenager with superpower but instead of being a superhero, they end up going to a therapy and having a (maybe) chill life? Never think of that possibility before, but I’m here for it!

The Light at the Bottom of the World (The Light at the Bottom of the World #1) by London Shah
Honestly, just the universe setting alone is enough to lure me to pick up this book. But, wait… Joining a competition in order to save a family? Fighting against evil government? A sci-fi debut from a Muslim author? GIVE ME. 

The mesmerizing adult debut from #1 New York Timesbestselling author Leigh Bardugo

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive. 

 

 
Do I even need to explain why I included this book in the list? Aside from the massive hype about it, I just completely sucked by its synopsis. An adult fantasy? Check. Unsolved homicide? Check. University setting? Check. Secret societies of the rich? Check. Possible occult practice? Check. Leigh Bardugo, the queen itself? Check, check, check. And have you seen that cover? I know the snake has been a quirky trend this year, but I just can’t control myself to not adore this one. It’s elegant and minimalistic yet still showcasing that dark, mysterious, sinister vibes. And although I still haven’t read my SOC copies by now, I believe that Leigh Bardugo will amaze me (and everyone else!) with her adult fantasy debut!
 

Beyond the Black Door by A.M. Strickland
As I said before, I’m always a fan of character with powers. I’m not entirely sure about how Kamai’s power works here (like the difference of a dream and a soul), but the mysterious black door that keeps following her is definitely an interesting case to solve!

Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orïsha #2) by Tomi Adeyemi
Well, I just started the first book but only with a few pages in, it has been amazing! So, no need to deny that I’ll highly anticipate the sequel!

Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron
More diversity, more fantasy, more #ownvoices author and I’m so ready! I got the opportunity to read the early copy of this book and participate in a blog tour which hosted by The FFBC on September, so look out for that!

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
I’m always here when it involves magical books and this one stole my heart immediately. Again, the universe setting sounds very interesting and it seems like it will involves multiple tropes but I’m excited for them all!

what’s your most anticipated book for the rest of 2019?

Ten Book Settings I’d Like to Visit More

TOP TEN TUESDAY was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Okay, maybe I stretch it a bit here because a few of these are not necessarily a place setting, but more like a trope? A theme? I’m not sure but I’d count it anyways!

Apocalyptic Universe — Will I ever get tired of Divergent, Ready Player One or The Hunger Games? Probably never.
Boarding School — Yesterday, I re-watch all of the Harry Potter movies and suddenly, I was deep into the boarding school setting again!
Competition and Contest — Thanks to Spin the Dawn, now I need more intense competition drama in my life.
Fandom, fandom, fandom! — This year, I’ve read quite a few contemporary books focusing on fandom or being a fangirl, and I totally looking forward to read more!
Futuristic x Time Travel — Perhaps I said this too many times, but I was so impressed with Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen and its glorious time-traveling trope!
Historical Fiction Sets on the Beach — Another setting that I need after reading an outstanding book (Montauk by Nicola Harrison!). Everything is calmer just because there’s no phone yet to distract your peaceful time at the beach!
Magical Libraries — I just realized I’ve been consuming a lot of magical + witchy libraries this past week (Harry Potter, Mooncakes, The Black Mage) and I want more!
Modern Era and Its Tech — I need more story revolving around bloggers, vloggers, podcasters, you name it!
Underwater — This one is a classic because you can never go wrong with mermaids and underwater creature-beings!
University — Yeah, yeah, I’m not even in university anymore but so what! The ‘first day at uni’ trope is still one of my favorite.

Which setting that you’d like to visit more?

Ten Favorite Book Quotes

Today’s prompt is inspirational and thought-provoking book quotes! Aside from the characters, quotes are probably my second favorite thing when it comes to book. I was easily impressed by clever or witty sayings, and of course, I fell head over heels when I found a quote that is heavier on the context and had an effect on my perspective towards certain topics. So, for today, I’m going to share my most recent favorite book quotes (and I also sneak short poetry) that hopefully can inspire you too. 🔖

I wonder — if nobody is listening to my voice, am I making any sound at all? Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Di mana bumi dipijak, di situ langit dijunjung. Have you heard this before? It means where we plant our feet is where we must hold up the sky. We live and die by the rules of the land we live in. But this country belongs to all of us! We make our own sky, and we can hold it up together. The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf

We’re all different people all through our lives, but that’s okay, as long as you remember all the people you used to be. Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen

It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Do you remember the song that was playing the night we met? No, but I remember every song I have heard since you left. Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav

I’ve wasted a lot of time in my life. I’ve thought too much about what people will say or what they’re gonna think. And sometimes it’s over silly things like going to the grocery store or going to the post office. But there have been times when I really stopped myself from doing something special. All because I was scared someone might look at me and decide I wasn’t good enough. But you don’t have to bother with that nonsense. I wasted all that time so you don’t have to. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

All my life I’ve had a body worth commenting on and if living in my skin has taught me anything it’s that if it’s not your body, it’s not yours to comment on. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

The second I tried to tell myself I wasn’t in love was the moment I realized I was. The Universe of Us by Lang Leav

Whenever I saw the sun, I reminded myself that I was looking at a star. One of over a hundred billion in our galaxy. A galaxy that was just one of billions of other galaxies in the observable universe. This helped me keep things in perspective. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

What about you? What’s your favorite book quote?

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Ten Books to Read on a Rainy Day

Today’s prompt is a bit of challenge for me because I consider almost everything as a good rainy day reads. Fact: I either play a fireplace ASMR, Harry Potter ambiance or rainy day audio whenever I can. It boosts my reading mood and transfer me to a completely different universe without leaving my room. 

TOP TEN TUESDAY was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

But, rainy days do spark a certain mood when it comes to reading. Sometimes, you’ll end up wanting to read something bubbly, happy, just anything to make your heart warm. The other day, it might triggers the badass side of yourself, making you end up in a mood to read some intense story with a lot of action packs and thrills. Either way, I’ll give a few recs for each mood!

📚 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling ⇾ Because Hogwarts is home and Molly Weasley’s cooks will always warm your heart and empty tummy. 

📚 The Fault in Our Stars by John Green ⇾ Yes, this book is going to make you all warm. With tears. 

📚 Radio Silence by Alice Oseman ⇾ The dynamic friendship and family drama in this book is all you need during a heavy rain!

📚 Sunshine Becomes You by Ilana Tan ⇾ Not quite a fan of Indonesian romance but I have a soft spot for this book.

📚 Child of the Moon by Jessica Semaan ⇾ One of my latest favorite poetry book which talks about family and self-love.

📚 And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie ⇾ I know I said this every time I finished Agatha Christie’s book, but this is the best mystery book EVER.

📚 Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen ⇾ A thrilling time-travel story with a lot of action packs, yet it’s still balanced with the perfect amount of emotional aspects.

📚 Sunscorched by Jen Crane ⇾ My latest dystopian obsession! Read this if you’re a fan of City of Ember!

📚 The Liar’s Wife by Samantha Hayes ⇾ This is probably the darkest book among this rec list, but if gore thriller is your thing, this one is for you!

📚 One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus ⇾ As quoted from Goodreads synopsis: “The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little LiarsOne of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walks out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.”

What about you? What’s your favorite rainy day reads?

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Outrageous Things I’ve Done for the Love of Books

Hey everyone! I decided to start doing this Top Ten Tuesday which hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl and this week’s topic is about crazy, outrageous, and uncharacteristic things you’ve done for the love of books. 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I’m probably just being overdramatic here as I don’t think they’re that outrageous? However, here are a few things I’ve not so ashamedly done in the past just because I really need to, you know?

  • Reading all night long. Starting off with a basic one, because who doesn’t? I love to read in the middle of the night just because somehow it works better that way. I’d usually passed around 3 or 4 in the morning and my eyebags has been looking terrible since the longest I can remember, so why not?

  • Waking up really early to read. Or, that other time when I actually went to bed on a normal hour like a normal person, but I’d wake up around 3 or 4 to finish my overdue deadlines.

  • Reading while eating. I mean, some people choose to eat while watching TV, so why can’t reading take a role too? Besides, time efficiency! 

  • Reading while walking. Yet another useful skill which I’ve developed throughout many trips and bumped to people. Dear strangers, I’m deeply, terribly sorry.

  • Reading during a group gathering. In my defense, everyone was already run out a topic to talk about and started playing their phone, so…

  • Taking two hours train trip to a book event. Because of 70%-90% deals on all items is A STEAL! 

  • Starting a book blog. Not that outrageous, but I’ve been having many ups and downs with my previous non-niche blogs and this is the longest I’ve been consistent with blogging! But, considering I started this blog about three months before my thesis’ deadline and presentation, I think it’s safe to say that it’s quite outrageous!

What about you? What’s the most outrageous thing that you’ve ever done for the love of books?!

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