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Hi friends! How are you? What have you been reading recently?
The first post in this blog series where I explore my physical tbr went so freaking well (thank you for the support and comments!), I wanted to quickly get to part two!
This year has reignited my love for romance and happy endings. I love reading romance as a palate cleanser as I know that I will have a fun time reading any romance book on my shelf. Well, you would hope so haha. But I’ve been reading romance more often because I desperately need to feel cozy and warm and as though I do have a heart. There is something so heartwarming and wonderful about reading a great love story with awesome characters and epic tension and build up.
LET’S GET INTO IT I’M PSYCHED!
I don’t have many historical romance, but enough that they need there own little section! My most recent purchase actually was a historical romance novel. I think it’s also a historical fantasy romance? 𝑯𝒂𝒍𝒇 𝒂 𝑺𝒐𝒖𝒍 𝒃𝒚 𝑶𝒍𝒊𝒗𝒊𝒂 𝑨𝒕𝒘𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒓 is about a young woman cursed by a faerie who, for some reason, then joins up with some dude (who I’m pretty sure has some sort of title, like Lord or Duke) to help break her curse.
As you know, I love going into books not knowing that much about them – it adds some fun, some spice to the reading experience. I need to find spice somewhere. Let me live. Anyway, I heard somewhere on the grapevine that this might be some sort of retelling of Pride and Prejudice? Or some sort of Jane Austen re-imagining. I am not too sure if that is correct though, so don’t help me to it!
The next two historical romance novels are part of a historical romance series! They are 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑾𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒂 𝑺𝒐𝒄𝒊𝒆𝒕𝒚 𝒐𝒇 𝑳𝒂𝒅𝒚 𝑺𝒄𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒓𝒆𝒍𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑳𝒆𝒂𝒈𝒖𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝑮𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒍𝒆𝒘𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒏 𝑾𝒊𝒕𝒄𝒉𝒆𝒔 𝒃𝒚 𝑰𝒏𝒅𝒊𝒂 𝑯𝒐𝒍𝒕𝒐𝒏. I just want to read about badass women falling in love with badass men! Is that too much to ask for?! I think not.
Also, how goddamn gorgeous are these covers? The vibes are literally immaculate. Oh, I cannot wait to read these two. I am just expecting to have the best time reading these.
A spontaneous addition to my physical tbr was 𝑾𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒕𝒆𝒏 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑺𝒕𝒂𝒓𝒔 𝒃𝒚 𝑨𝒍𝒆𝒙𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒓𝒊𝒂 𝑩𝒆𝒍𝒍𝒆𝒇𝒍𝒆𝒖𝒓. This is a Pride and Prejudice re-telling, which I didn’t actually know prior to my spontaneous purhcase, about two young women who are set up on a blind date by Darcy’s sister. But Darcy lies to her brother about the date, claiming that it was great in order to stop her brother from being all up in her business about her dating life, or lackthereof. I think we have sort of enemies-to-lovers, fake dating romance and I am so freaking excited. I also heard that this has great bisexual representation! For the win!
A booktok darling, I quickly purchased 𝑨𝒍𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝑾𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒀𝒐𝒖 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑬𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒃𝒚 𝑶𝒍𝒊𝒗𝒊𝒆 𝑩𝒍𝒂𝒌𝒆 before it disappeared into the ether (heh) as it just got sold to a traditional publishing house and will be released later this year. All I know is that this is a love story between two people who collide with eachother. It is a study in complicated relationships, of love being the best thing or the worst thing to happen to you. I don’t necessarily think this is a happy ending type of romance, but it sounds freaking intense and I hope the hype is true for this one.
One of my anticipated releases of the year! 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑳𝒆𝒔𝒃𝒊𝒂𝒏𝒂’𝒔 𝑮𝒖𝒊𝒅𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝑪𝒂𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒊𝒄 𝑺𝒄𝒉𝒐𝒐𝒍 𝒃𝒚 𝑺𝒐𝒏𝒐𝒓𝒂 𝑹𝒆𝒚𝒆𝒔 is a young adult queer romance novel. I have been staying away from contemporary young adult novels but this one, ticks all of my boxes. A coming-of-age queer romance, about 16 year old Yamilet Flores, who gets outed by her ex-best friend to her whole school. Thus, she moves to a new school, a Catholic school, where she is going to do all she can to ensure no one knows that she is gay. Romance ensues with a side of religious trauma and family expectations.
Another booktok and booktube darling is 𝑩𝒐𝒐𝒌 𝑳𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒔 𝒃𝒚 𝑬𝒎𝒊𝒍𝒚 𝑯𝒆𝒏𝒓𝒚. Now, I have read 𝑬𝒎𝒊𝒍𝒚 𝑯𝒆𝒏𝒓𝒚’s two previous adult romane novels and I thought You and Me on Vacation was good, Beach Read was meh – so I’m hoping that 𝑩𝒐𝒐𝒌 𝑳𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒔 blows me away. As an older sister, I’ve been told that this is going to resonate quite deeply with me and possibly make me emotional. Bring it on.
And lastly, I have another new 2022 release and that is 𝒀𝒐𝒖 𝑴𝒂𝒅𝒆 𝒂 𝑭𝒐𝒐𝒍 𝒐𝒇 𝑫𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒉 𝑾𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒀𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝑩𝒆𝒂𝒖𝒕𝒚 𝒃𝒚 𝑨𝒌𝒘𝒂𝒆𝒌𝒊 𝑬𝒎𝒆𝒛𝒊. I have read one novel from Emezi and that was The Death of Vivek Oji which was such an intensly emotional read that I didn’t know how to feel about it. This novel is something slightly different from 𝑬𝒎𝒆𝒛𝒊 as I think this is the first romance novel they have written. I have either heard incredible things about this book or mediocre things – I feel like this is quite a divisive love story and I am interested to see how I feel about it.
So, have you read any of these? What did you think about them? Without spoilers, please let me know!
And that’s it for today, friends.
Until next time, happy reading!
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4 thoughts on “books i can’t wait to read: exploring my phyiscal tbr, ep. 2”
Book Lovers was SO, SO GOOD. I posted a review for it on Friday, actually. It blew me out of the water, and I did have high expectations after everyone raving about it! I bought Half a Soul two weekends ago, because Orbit was kind enough to send me a copy of the second book in the series. I need to get around to reading them!!
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OMG okay i need to read book lovers asap!! I WILL HAVE TO READ YOUR REVIEW!!!!!!!!!!!! ive preordered the sequel of Half a Soul and i cannot wait!! i think it might be sapphic??? xx
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I haven’t read any of them! But I’ve heard really good things about some of them! Happy reading❤️☺️
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fabulous! thank you so much! you too!! happy reading 💜 xx