Month: May 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Anticipated 2017 Releases

 toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the fine folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. They totally rock, so check them out!

Today’s topic is Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The Last Half of 2017 and let me tell you, I have a WHOLE LOT OF THEM. This year seems like it is going to be a great year for books. I had about 40 Goodreads tabs open, but I somehow narrowed it down. And, without further ado, I present to you my list! In chronological order this time. Click on the images to go to the Goodreads page.

Please note that I may make a small commission from the pre-order links below. Thanks!

          

Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau – June 6 | Pre-Order

I have had this book on my radar for a while and I am SO EXCITED THAT IT IS OUT NEXT WEEK OMG. It is about twins and magic and I NEED IT NOW PRECIOUS!

Lost Boy by Christina Henry – July 4 | Pre-Order

I really love the Alice duology by Christina Henry. It is dark and twisted and pretty much my kind of book. And now she is doing another dark retelling, this time with Peter Pan. Sign me up!

The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana – July 18th | Pre-Order

This has been on my radar for a few months. It is an #ownvoices fantasy novel based on Indian lore. The advance reviews seem to be raving about it, and I am so excited to read it.

          

Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor – September 12 | Pre-Order

If you haven’t read the first two books in the Binti series, what are you waiting for? These books are magical in the best way. They tackle issues of race and gender and culture in a fantasy world that is just so intricate. And the books are novellas, topping out at under 100 pages. I am so excited for book three you guys!

Warcross by Marie Lu – September 12 | Pre-Order

Marie Lu is a lovely author, and I really enjoyed the Legends series. I can’t wait to dive into her newest adventure!

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao – October 10 | Pre-Order

This is another book brought to my attention by Twitter and the push for reading more diversity. This is an East Asian inspired anti-heroine story, and it sounds so amazing.

               

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore – October 3 | Pre-Order

I have heard so much hype about this book. And that cover!

Renegades by Marissa Meyer – November 7 | Pre-Order

OK, so I didn’t absolutely love the Cinder series, but I am also kind of Marissa Meyer trash. So this will probably be an auto-buy.

Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi – November 14 | Pre-Order

I didn’t love the Shatter Me series, but this sounds too good to pass up.

Artemis by Andy Weir – November 14 | Pre-Order

I absolutely loved The Martian, and I am so happy that he is writing more! I can’t wait to get my hands on this one! Is it November yet?


So, what books are you looking forward to that are coming out in 2017? I had a really hard time narrowing it down to ten, let me tell you! Leave a comment, or link me up to your TTT!

Stay bookish, lovelies!

Posted by The Bluestocking Bookworm in Books, Reading, 0 comments

Book Blogging 101: Ten Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Blogging

Welcome to a new Bluestocking Bookworm feature, Book Blogging 101! Every Wednesday, I will be posting something new about being a beginner in this lovely world of book blogging.

Today’s topic is Ten Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Book Blogging. I think this is a great place to start for new bloggers, because it might help them differentiate between what they think they know about the industry, and what it is actually like.

  1. It takes a lot of time. I started blogging as a teenager because I thought it was a fun thing to do. But in order to really make it work, you have to work at it. Not to mention that in book blogging, you also have to make time to read the books you are planning on reviewing.
  2. Review copies are not free books. This sounds really bad, but I admit that I had this attitude when I first started book blogging. If you think of review copies as free books, you are hurting your blog, the author, and the publisher.
  3. You need a thick skin. People can be very rude when they don’t share your opinions on books, and you need to be able to let that nonsense roll.
  4. Copyright is important. Don’t steal other people’s images, reviews, blurbs, memes, etc. Always give credit!
  5. You are going to be reinventing. A lot. And this is really great. Your image as a blogger, your graphics, your blog layout, and your post format are some examples of places where you will always be thinking of ways to change how you do things.
  6. You need to interact with other people in the industry. When people comment on your blog, comment back. Talk to industry professionals. Send that tweet to the author you love! I have really bad anxiety so sometimes this really wears on me, but I believe in you!
  7. You aren’t going to be rich or famous. You aren’t paid to be a book blogger, and the monetization options that exist generally net very little money.
  8. The way to your follower’s hearts (and to boost page views) is through original content.
  9. You need a vision for what you want your blog to do. You don’t need to stick to it 100%, but it makes it so much easier to blog when you have a plan.
  10. Book blogging is a bit of a misnomer. There are so many other creative endeavors that branch from book blogging.

I hope this helps you! Please comment and let me know what you think of my first foray into Book Blogging 101.

Stay bookish, lovelies!

Posted by The Bluestocking Bookworm in Book Blogging 101, 2 comments

Top Ten Tuesday: Reading Wishlist

 toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the fine folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. They totally rock, so check them out!

This week’s theme is Top Ten Items on my Reading Wishlist – essentially meaning what are the top ten things I want to see more of in books. I am trying to figure out the difference between this topic and the one done a few weeks ago, about things that will make me pick up a book instantly. I guess it is a subtle thing… because this is more what I want to see more of and the other is what is already there that makes me happy?

Oh well, without further babbling from me, and as always in no particular order.

  • Representation of chronically ill people. Especially people with chronic pain. I find the accurate and non-harmful representation of people in my situation is very lacking, and it hurts.
  • Interracial couples. My husband is Filipino and I am white, and I really need to see our relationship represented more in literature.
  • Strong, amazing, lasting friendships. Too often in literature, friends aren’t the focus. Especially in YA, there is so much of girls against girls instead of being supportive. For our girls, we need to show them that other girls aren’t the competition.
  • Mental illness stories that aren’t focused on therapy. Therapy is a great tool for dealing with mental illness, and it is important to normalize going to therapy – but so many stories focus on it. I would love to see more books where therapy isn’t the focus.
  • Happy fat girls. Fat girls don’t need to change. Fat girls don’t need a relationship to be happy. Fat is not an ugly word. Give me all the happy fat girls!
  • Complex characters. Give me your grey morality. Give me your complicated backstories. Give me your heroes turned villain. Give me your antiheroes. Seriously, the more complex a character, the more likely I am to love them.
  • More standalone novels. Or duologies. I am so over trilogies and larger series. Even though some of my favorite series are massive or trilogies… I want more standalone novels! (Duologies at most)
  • 30 year old + protagonists. I am turning 30 in June. I would really like to see more of myself in books that have a YA feel (but obviously not YA). Why does it always have to be a teenager who saves the world?
  • No more patriarchy! Especially in fantasy books. Why, when you can create a whole new world, are you sticking to the same limitations and prejudices of this one?
  • More consistent pricing for books. Before the era of the e-book, the hardcover was grossly overpriced, and that was the cost you paid for getting it on release day. As such, we as consumers are very uneducated on the actual cost of producing a book. I would really like to see the pricing to be more consistent, because an e-book costing more than a physical copy seems wrong to me.
    • As an addition to this, I would like to see an end to DRM.

What would you like to see more of in books? Or in the industry in general? Comment below, or link me up to your TTT!

Stay bookish, lovelies!

Posted by The Bluestocking Bookworm in Books, Reading, 3 comments