My Top 10 of 2018: Most Anticipated Reads

It’s not even mid-December, but I’m already thinking about books that will be coming out next year. What am I most excited to read? Which books will I pre-order? And where will I put them all? (Always a good question. 😁) I wanted to give you a peek at my wish list… as well as work to narrow it down to the top ten books I’m most interested in, because it was way too long to begin with.

BTW: These are in order of publication date — not personal preference! 🙂

TOP10

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Publication Date: January 2nd
I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book, and while I’m not always one to believe the hype, I have a feeling it’s going to be a fantastic read. There’s a reason many people call Black the Faerie Queen. 😉 It’s the first book in a forthcoming trilogy, and you can read some spoiler-free reviews here. Here’s a synopsis:

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him — and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
Publication Date: January 30th
I fell head over heels in love with this book when I read an ARC in September. ❤ It’s a gorgeous, terrifying tale full of twists and turns sharp enough to slice you open. If you enjoy dark fairy tales and books that linger long after they’re finished, I would recommend pre-ordering this one. (There’s also a great pre-order incentive!) You can find a synopsis in my September TBR post, and you can read my review here.

Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce
Publication Date: February 6th
I grew up reading Pierce’s Tortall books, and my favorite series by far was the Immortals. Numair Salmalin was (probably) my very first bookish crush, so imagine how thrilled I was to hear that Pierce is writing a prequel series about him. 😊 Tempests and Slaughter is the first book, and it introduces us to Numair before he became Numair, when he was just Arram. Here’s a synopsis:

Arram Draper is a boy on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness — and for attracting danger. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the “leftover prince” with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram begins to realize that one day soon, he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Publication Date: March 6th
I’ve read a great deal of praise for this book, and while the story may sound familiar, I think the characters and Adeyemi’s world-building are going to be tremendous. This is a book I’ve tried not to read too much about because I want to go into it without any clues about what might happen. (I already have a feeling it will be one of the top YA reads in 2018. ⭐️) But here’s a synopsis:

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers — and her growing feelings for the enemy.

Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst
Publication Date: March 6th
While I haven’t yet read Coulthurst’s Of Fire and Stars, her latest book is one that I definitely plan on pre-ordering. It seems to draw some inspiration from folklore and mythology, but the concept itself is like a new legend, something darker and more unpredictable than any happily-ever-after. Here’s a synopsis:

Asra is a demigod with a dangerous gift: the ability to dictate the future by writing with her blood. To keep her power secret, she leads a quiet life as a healer on a remote mountain, content to help the people in her care and spend time with Ina, the mortal girl she loves.

But Asra’s peaceful life is upended when bandits threaten Ina’s village and the king does nothing to help. Desperate to protect her people, Ina begs Asra for assistance in finding her manifest — the animal she’ll be able to change into as her rite of passage to adulthood. Asra uses her blood magic to help Ina, but her spell goes horribly wrong and the bandits destroy the village, killing Ina’s family.

Unaware that Asra is at fault, Ina swears revenge on the king and takes a savage dragon as her manifest. To stop her, Asra must embark on a journey across the kingdom, becoming a player in lethal games of power among assassins, gods, and even the king himself. Most frightening of all, she discovers the dark secrets of her own mysterious history — and the terrible, powerful legacy she carries in her blood.

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
Publication Date: May 1st
I read the entire A Court of Thorns and Roses series last year, and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t eager for more. 😜 Luckily, this novella will give readers just that, and it will also act as a connective piece between that trilogy and the new spinoff series Maas is working on. (I’m personally hoping for a Lucien-centric novel, but we’ll see! 😉) Since this is a novella that takes place after the events of A Court of Wings and Ruin, the following synopsis contains spoilers for the series thus far.

Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated — scars that will have a far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

Legendary by Stephanie Garber
Publication Date: May 29th
Garber’s Caraval was one of my favorite debuts this year. While some readers struggled with it’s predictability, I thought the story was a delightfully dizzying adventure full of lush prose and magical tricks. I’m curious to see where Scarlett and Tella will end up in Legendary. As of now, no synopsis has been released. But it has been confirmed that this book will be told from Tella’s perspective rather than Scarlett’s.

Fierce Like a Firestorm by Lana Popović
Publication Date: August 14th
One of the most beautifully-written and unique books I read this year was Popović’s Wicked Like a Wildfire. (You can read my review here! 🙂) The world is intricate, and the characters are compelling and memorable. I’m excited to see what happens in the second book, especially since the first book ended with a massive cliffhanger. Because this is a sequel, the following synopsis contains spoilers for the first book in the duology.

Twin sisters Iris and Malina thought they knew how to reverse the ancient curse that haunts their line, the spell that destines them to use their gleams — unique forms of beauty-manipulating magic — to entice and enchant none other than Death himself.

But both sisters thought wrong.

Instead of ending the wicked bargain with the power of her infinite bloom, Iris is taken to an exquisite, uncanny realm in between this world and the next — a world Death created for her alone. Only, unlike all of Death’s previous companions, Iris’s body goes on the one-way journey along with her soul, arriving in a kingdom never meant to sustain a living girl.

Left behind with Niko, her girlfriend, and Luka, the boy her sister loves, Lina searches for a way to save Iris. But as Lina unearths the dark secrets that bind her family to parallel fates of loss and immortality and Iris tries to outwit Death on his own terrain, a power resurfaces that even Mara, the original witch mother, fears. Now both sisters must learn to fully embrace their gleams — or else they’ll truly lose each other forever.

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab
Publication Date: September (Exact Date Unknown)
When I heard that V.E. Schwab was writing a sequel to her 2013 novel Vicious, I was ecstatic. I read Vicious months before jumping into her Shades of Magic trilogy (which is also fantastic), and I’ve recommended it to nearly everyone I know. It has some serious comic book/horror story vibes, and if you’re someone who always finds themselves rooting for the villain, it’ll give you plenty to choose from. 😈 As of now, no synopsis (or final cover art) has been released for Vengeful. But you can read a synopsis of Vicious here!

Untitled Throne of Glass #7 by Sarah J. Maas
Publication Date: (Tentatively) September 4th
I’ve been on a serious Throne of Glass binge, having recently finished Empire of Storms and begun reading/listening to Tower of Dawn. Like many other fans, I can’t wait to see how this series concludes, but I know I’m going to miss many of the characters. Perhaps Maas will write a spinoff series, much like she’s doing with her A Court of Thorns and Roses series. But for now, I’ll be anxiously awaiting this final installment. As of now, no synopsis (or final title or cover art)  has been released.

Honorable Mentions:
Everless by Sara Holland [January 2nd]
Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones [February 6th]
Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare [February 20th]
Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston [February 27th]
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo [March 6th]
The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton [March 27th]
Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake [April 10th]
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli [April 24th]
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas [May 1st]
Furyborn by Claire Legrand [May 22nd]
Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton [July 31st]

What are some books that you’re looking forward to reading in 2018? 😀

November Wrap-Up & December TBR

So… I didn’t actually finish any books in November. 😅 I read 30-ish pages of Renegades by Marissa Meyer… but then I fell into a moving-related reading slump, and now I’m 81% through my Kindle edition of Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. (And I’m loving it! 😊 I just haven’t had much time to read lately.)

I expected this month to be crazy, but — if possible — it was even crazier. There are times when packing everything up and moving doesn’t seem so bad… But there are also times when you feel incredibly overwhelmed, with no idea where to even begin. 😫 Luckily, we’ve gotten a lot of help, advice, and encouragement from our family and friends, so I think the not-so-bad moments have outnumbered the frustrating ones. ❤

It’s felt weird to not be taking photos, writing reviews, or interacting with other bookstagrammers as much as I did before the move. I’m always encouraging friends to never feel bad if they have to take a break or post more infrequently, but I’m really bad at taking my own advice. 😦 That being said, I’m going to try to be gentle with myself this month. We still have a lot to do around the house, and with the holidays coming up, we’ll be extra busy. I’m hoping to write reviews of each book I read, as well as some other posts. (You can see a sneak peek below! 😁) But will I be posting photos and blog content every day, or even every other day? Probably not. And that’s okay. ❤

I do have some amazing books on my December TBR, and I’ve already started thinking about January and February! (Too many books! Too little time! 😂) Here are the books I’m planning to read this month…

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
This is a book I started in November, but I’m planning to finish it sometime in the next few days. I’ve heard that the ending is… well, emotionally devastating. 😥 So we’ll see how that goes! 🙃 But so far, I’m loving the story, and I was so happy to return to this world after some time away. You can read a synopsis here!

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
Since I’ll be finishing up Empire of Storms soon, I figured I would keep the Throne of Glass momentum going. I’ve purposefully avoided reading much about this book, because I definitely want to go in spoiler-free. And I’ll admit, I wasn’t too wild about a Chaol-centric book, but I’m curious to see what he and Nesryn are doing on the Southern Continent, and how this book will affect the rest of the series. 😃 (Which I think is set to conclude with a seventh and final book next fall…? IT’S SO FAR AWAY, but also, I’M NOT READY! 😭) You can read a synopsis here!

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
I meant to read this months ago, but you know me… I’m terrible at sticking to a TBR. 😝 I’m a huge fan of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse, and this seems like a beautiful companion to the world she’s built in the Grisha trilogy and the Six of Crows duology. You can read a synopsis here! And by the way… If you’re interested in purchasing a signed copy of this book — and receiving a free, exclusive art print — I’d suggest heading over to Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore and placing an order with them. 😉

Furyborn by Claire Legrand
I recently received an ARC of this book, and I’m beyond excited to read it! 🙂 Every review I’ve read so far has been nothing short of glowing, and the story sounds incredible. I have a feeling this is going to be one of the most anticipated YA releases of 2018, so add it to your wish lists now!
Here’s a synopsis:

When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed… unless the trials kill her first.

One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable — until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire’s heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world — and of each other.

The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli
I bought this book shortly after it was published, but I still have yet to read it. The main character is a dragon slayer with the weight of a harsh destiny on her shoulders. It also doesn’t hurt that it has a stunning cover, and that the audiobook is narrated by Pearl Mackie. (Bill in Doctor Who!) 😁 I think this will be the perfect book to read right before the new year.
Here’s a synopsis:

In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be darkness — and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death-bringer.

These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up learning in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari — a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.

Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend — a slave boy from her betrothed’s household — Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her.

Along with reviews of the books I read this month, here are some posts I definitely plan on writing:

  • Favorite Fall & Winter Candles
  • My Top 10 in 2018 (These will be the ten 2018 releases I’m most looking forward to!)
  • Bookish New Year’s Resolutions

What are some books you’ll be reading this month? 😀 Let me know below!

October Wrap-Up & November TBR

It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged, guys. I’m sorry about that. 😦 In case you missed my post on Instagram, we’re moving! The current plan is to be out of our apartment by the end of November, and there’s a lot to do in the meantime. Because of this, I won’t be as active on Instagram or here. But I did want to post a belated October wrap-up, as well as give you a peek at my November TBR. 😊📚

I only read two books in October, one of which wasn’t on my TBR. (I know you’re SHOCKED. 😅) Here are my ratings:

*I know I didn’t write a full review of this book, but I’m planning on re-reading the Immortals series before Tamora Pierce’s Tempests and Slaughtercomes out in February, so be on the lookout for a complete review of all four books in January!

Did I read everything on my October TBR?
NOPE! 😂

Did I read anything not on my October TBR?
Wild Magic was a total impulse read after a conversation with Margaret (@blackshelfbooks). ❤

What was my favorite read of the month?
I enjoyed both of these books, but I think I have to give a slight edge to An Enchantment of Ravens. It was a highly anticipated read for me, and it was truly a delight to delve into.

What was my least favorite read of the month?
I didn’t really have one! 🤷🏻‍♀️

Now, on to my November TBR. 😁 Since I’ll be packing up all of my hardcovers and paperbacks in the very-near future, I thought it would make my life much easier to choose only e-books. (And I bought a Kindle Paperwhite recently, so it will be the perfect opportunity for me to use that!)

Now, as you may have guessed, my monthly TBRs are often a little… ambitious. 😅 At least for me! But if I’m totally honest with myself, I’m probably not going to get much reading done this month. So, after going from four books to two, I’ve finally decided to choose just one book for this month: Renegades by Marissa Meyer

I really enjoyed the Lunar Chronicles, and I’ve heard great things about this book. I’m excited to explore this new world — and hopefully get hooked! 😊 If you’re interested in reading a synopsis, click here.

What was your favorite read of October? What are you most excited to read in November? Leave a comment and let me know! 😀

September TBR

It’s hard to believe that it’s already September, but I’m so excited to read the books I’ve picked for this month’s TBR. (I’ve already begun reading one. I just couldn’t wait!) Each of these books has a magical story — as well as a stunning cover — and they all feel like perfect almost-fall reads. 😊🍂

Here are the books I’m planning to read this month…

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
I was thrilled to receive an uncorrected proof of this book, because I knew I would love it. Dark fairy tales, family secrets, a secluded estate, a strange, hidden world… It’s dynamic and heart-wrenching and terrifying. I can’t put it down! ❤
Here’s a synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get. Her mother is stolen away — by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began — and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic
This was a cover buy that quickly turned into an I-can’t-wait-to-read-this-story buy. I love magical mysteries, and this one sounds like a wicked, wild ride. (As the title might suggest. 😉) Who can resist a book about powerful sisters, an ancient curse, and finding truth in a life that isn’t what it seems?
Here’s a synopsis:

All the women in Iris and Malina’s family are born with a gleam — a unique way of manipulating beauty through magic. Seventeen-year-old Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscopic visions into glasswork; her twin sister, Malina, interprets moods as music; and their cold, distant mother, Jasmina, bakes scenery into decadent treats at her confectionery in Old Town Cattaro, Montenegro.

Jasmina forbids Iris and Malina to share their gleams with anyone, and above all, she forbids them to fall in love — being discovered could shatter the quiet lives they’ve built in their tucked-away seaside town. But Iris and Malina are tired of abiding by their mother’s rules and rebel in secret whenever they can.

Yet when a mysterious white-haired woman attacks their mother and leaves her hovering between life and death, the sisters unearth an ancient curse that haunts their line — a wicked bargain that masquerades as a blessing and binds the twins’ fates — and hearts — to a force larger than life. To save each other, they must untangle a thousand years of lies and reveal their own hurtful secrets. But even the deepest sacrifice might not be enough.

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
While this story might sound familiar, it has some intriguing twists — including a love story between two fiery princesses. (No pun intended. 😄) It sounds like there will be lots of political intrigue, mystery, and secret magic that might become not-so-secret. And it helps that everyone I’ve talked to about it has loved it!
Here’s a synopsis:

Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile kingdoms.

But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire — a dangerous gift for the future queen of a land where magic is forbidden.

Now Denna has to learn the ways of her new kingdom while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses before her coronation — and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine, sister of her betrothed.

When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two work together, they discover there is more to one another than they thought — and soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.

But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms — and each other.

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
One of the most anticipated reads of this fall, this book sounds fantastic. A talented painter is whisked away by a fairy prince and forced to overcome magical obstacles, all while falling for the one person she shouldn’t. Another book that I’ve heard incredible things about, I’m eager to get my hands on this one. ❤
Here’s a synopsis:

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron — Rook, the autumn prince — she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes — a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love — and that love violates the fair folk’s ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.

I’m keeping this month’s TBR at four books. But since I’m nearly finished with The Hazel Wood, I might finish all of these sooner than I think! 😅 So, here are a couple of books I might read if that happens:

What’s on your September TBR? Comment below and let’s chat!

August TBR

Can you believe that it’s already August? Less than two months until the first day of fall! 😃🍂 I can’t wait for cozy sweaters and hot chocolate. But until then, I’m spending the last few weeks of summer reading some much-loved YA contemporaries. I generally read more fantasy/sci-fi than anything else. But I’ve heard nothing but incredible things about each of these books, and I’m excited to take a gigantic leap outside of my reading comfort zone! ❤

Here are the books I’m planning to read this month…

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
I know, I know… I’m suuuuper late to the (emergency dance) party. 😅 But I’m finally reading this, and let me tell you, guys. This book totally lives up to the hype. It’s hard to pick just one book that I’m most excited to read this month… but this might just be it!
Here’s a synopsis:

Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let it go. She doesn’t want to. Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
I’ve seen this book — and the two other books in this series, P.S. I Still Love You and Always and Forever, Lara Jean — all over bookstagram. (And if you’ve seen the covers, you’ll know they’re gorgeous.) This sounds like the perfect summer love story, and I can’t wait to get to know Lara Jean!
Here’s a synopsis:

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved — five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
This book was included in the April Head Over Heels box from OwlCrate, and multiple friends have recommended it (along with Albertalli’s first book, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda). Just from reading the back of the book, I’m already positive that I’ll love Molly, and the story sounds fun and refreshingly real.
Here’s a synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness — except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.

Right?

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
This is another book I’ve seen many, many times on bookstagram, and people have promised me that it’s a wonderful read. I’m a sucker for love stories — especially ones that take place in far-off, romantic cities like Paris — so I’m sure I’ll enjoy this! (And probably jump right into the two other books in this trilogy, Lola and the Boy Next Door and Isla and the Happily Ever After.)
Here’s a synopsis:

Anna can’t wait for her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a good job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she’s not too thrilled when her father unexpectedly ships her off to boarding school in Paris — until she meets Etienne St. Clair, the perfect boy. The only problem? He’s taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her crush back home. Will a year of romantic near-misses end in the French kiss Anna awaits?

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
This wasn’t initially on my August TBR, but I’ve had the ebook on hold since May, and it finally became available this morning! 😁 I’ve heard tons of good things about this book, and the story sounds adorable. Plus, another great cover!
Here’s a synopsis:

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers… right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him — wherein he’ll have to woo her — he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? And what’s on your August TBR? Let me know! 🙂