Books

  • Top Ten Tuesday

    Top Ten Books On My Summer 2022 TBR | Top Ten Tuesday

    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. Every Tuesday the book community comes together to create a top ten list on a particular topic and we blog hop around and comment on each other’s posts.

    This week we’re all sharing our summer TBR’s. Despite having been in a massive reading slump for the past three weeks, this list was surprisingly challenging to narrow down. I have a lot of books in mind for the summer, and I think my reading mojo is slowly returning, so I’m feeling super ambitious and I want to read ALL THE THINGS. Here are my top ten that I managed to pick out, though.

    Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR

    1. The It Girl by Ruth Ware

    I’m a massive fan of Ruth Ware’s books. I have been ever since I did a reading challenge a few years ago and I read through her entire backlist in order to figure out which of Ruth Ware’s books is best. I settled on The Turn of the Key, but she has some really solid stories in there. I’m a little nervous about this one since it’s from a new publisher and it’s Ware’s longest book to date, but I have faith that I’m going to love it and it’s one of my most anticipated releases of the year!

    2. The Sword of Kaigen by M. L. Wang

    Fantasy readers are LOVING this self published book. I’m planning on reading it in July for the Indie Accords readalong. I don’t own many self pubbed books, but that’s something I would like to change going forward. This sounds like something I would adore. All my friends love it, and apparently it has one of my all time favourite tropes in it. I’ll definitely be reviewing it if I love it!

    3. The Forest of Stolen Girls by June Hur

    I’m hoping to do a project on June Hur’s books in which I read through her entire backlist, and this is the one I’m most excited about. It’s an historical mystery about girls who go missing in the same forest in Korea, and someone is investigating. Something about it intrigues me!

  • Top Ten Tuesday

    Top Ten Bookish Wishes | Top Ten Tuesday

    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. Every Tuesday the book community comes together to create a top ten list on a particular topic and we blog hop around and comment on each other’s posts.

    This week we’re talking about the top ten books on our wishlists, or the top ten books we’re thinking of buying soon. I personally keep an Amazon wishlist of books that catch my eye, and I add to it a couple of times a week. I tend to search my local library catalogue first to see if the book is available, and if it isn’t I go ahead and add it to the wishlist. It’s really useful for keeping an eye out for deals.

    View my wishlist here

    My Top Ten Bookish Wishes

    Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta

    Why do I want this book? My first reason is that I love the cover. Secondly, it’s about two girls fighting on opposing sides of a war and then falling for each other. the reviews describe this one as stunning, and I want to know why!

    Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia

    Why do I want this book? I’ve had my eye on this one since it came out last year but unfortunately I haven’t prioritised it yet. This is about a woman trying to understand her past and her heritage as she travels to Cuba. It sounds slightly devastating, but luckily I enjoy a good cry.

  • Book Review

    Private Label by Kelly Yang | Book Review

    Private Label by Kelly Yang
    Release Date: 31st May 2022 (US)
    Publisher: Harper360/Katherine Tegen Books
    Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
    Source: Publisher
    Rating: ★★★.5
    Goodreads

    Serene dreams of making couture dresses even more stunning than her mom’s, but for now she’s an intern at her mom’s fashion label. When her mom receives a sudden diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, all that changes. Serene has to take over her mother’s business overnight, dealing with ruthless investors who do not think a seventeen-year-old can run a fashion empire, while trying to figure out what happened with her dad in Beijing. He left before she was born, and Serene wants to find him, even if it means going against her mom’s one request—never look back.

    Lian Chen moved from China to Serene’s mostly white Southern California beach town a year ago. He doesn’t fit in at school, where kids mispronounce his name. His parents don’t care about what he wants to do—comedy—and push him toward going to MIT engineering early. Lian thinks there’s nothing to stick around for, until one day, he starts Chinese Club after school . . . and Serene walks in.

    Worlds apart in the high school hierarchy, Serene and Lian soon find refuge in each other, falling in love as they navigate life-changing storms.

    I don’t usually like to pick up books about cancer unless I’m really in the right headspace. Thankfully,
    when I requested Private Label from Harper360 (thank you!), I was prepared to feel all the feels. I
    anticipated this book being super emotional, heart wrenching, and also really cute (since it’s a YA
    contemporary, after all).

    I thought Private Label was excellent. It was a really great mix of humorous, emotional, and girl bossy. While it’s told from two points of view, Serene’s and Lian’s, I feel like Serene was the real star
    of the book. Both characters are dealing with a lot, don’t get me wrong. Lian is coping with bullying
    and rcsm, as well as an overbearing mother. But Serene really shines through as she tries to handle
    parts of her mother’s business while her mother goes through treatment for pancreatic cancer.

    I have to admit, I didn’t shed any actual tears reading Private Label, and that’s the reason I haven’t
    rated the book higher. Tears = stars, in my mind. However, that’s not to say I didn’t feel anything
    while reading the book. I’m not completely heartless. Reading about Serene’s relationship with her
    mother was a wonderful experience, and I also really liked seeing Serene and Lian getting to know
    one another. I don’t think there was a lot of chemistry there, but I appreciated their two storylines
    intercepting and becoming joined.

    I would highly recommend checking out Private Label if YA contemporary is your thing. It’s the
    perfect book to read in the summer if you want some emotions.