Top 10 Tuesday: Books That Give Off Summer Vibes

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. You can find the themes/dates for Top 10 Tuesday here.

This Week’s Theme: Books That Give Off Summer Vibes

A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

A diverse story filled with mermaids and empowerment. My kind of book!

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Two competing writers trade author tips (and other secrets!) in Emily Henry’s light-hearted summer read!

Once Upon An Eid: Edited by S.K. Ali and Aisha Saeed

A collection of stories that highlight Eid, a joyous holiday that marks the end of Ramadan.

Honeybees and Frenemies by Kristi Wientge

Two former best friends spend the summer (reluctantly) working together, while competing for the coveted honey queen pagent!

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

A young girl attuned to the supernatural (and her ghostly best friend) embark on an adventure during summer vacation!

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

A riveting tale of twin sisters and the stunning secrets that are carried throughout the generations!

Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner

Lots of surprises are in store for two friends at a crossroads while planning the wedding of the summer!

We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian

A young field hockey team goes out on a wild night of dares and secrets!

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon

This hot summer read is filled with a close knit friendship and romance!

Lobizona by Romina Garber

I had to include ‘Lobizona’ in this list! I mean, a modern world blending with fantasy, the main character on an adventure to find her true origins. The perfect summer read!

What books bring on summer vibes for you? Feel free to share!

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Top 5 Tuesday: Summer Reads

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm. You can find the topics for May here.

This Week’s Topic: Top 5 Summer Reads

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Two competing authors work together to trade tips (and other secrets!) in this fun romance!

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon

Not only does this book have romance, there’s also strong female friendship. A win-win!

Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner

A scandalous snapshot sparks the beginning of an unbreakable bond between two women in Wilsner’s debut novel!

Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory

An unexpected encounter turns into an adorable, secret romance!

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

It’s Dani’s turn for a surprising romance in Hibbert’s next installment in the ‘Brown Sisters’ stories!

What are your top 5 summer reads? Feel free to share in the comments!

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August Reading Wrap-Up

When August began, I had a huge goal. I was going to read FOUR books for the month! Sure, I needed to plan for a major life event, but I didn’t care! I WOULD get to those books!

Well…it’s the end of August…and I didn’t get to my goal. I only read half of the books I wanted this month. They’re as follows:

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Rating: 4/5 Stars

I adore Historical Fiction novels, and I heard rave reviews about the Outlander series from many of my friends. It’s a huge read (over 800 pages), but I wanted to take it on.

Outlander is set in Scotland, between the 1940s and 18th century. It follows the story of Claire Randall, a woman who finds herself trapped between two different time periods, and swept away by two starkly different men!

There’s so many steamy moments in this story, combined with the rich historical content between the Scottish clans and British ‘lobsterbacks’ as they entwine themselves in war. I may read the next installment in this series in the near future, but I thoroughly enjoyed this first installment in the series!

Color Me In by Natasha Diaz

I read ‘Color Me In‘ as part of a partnership with Random House, Netgalley, and Sazon Book Tours. That’s right, I took part part in my very first Blog Tour! I will always be grateful for this opportunity, and to review such a wonderful book.

Color Me In‘ by Natasha Diaz tells the story of Neveah Levitz, a teenager from an interracial family going through divorce. She and her mother move to Harlem, her mother’s childhood home, and Neveah is struggles with her identity as she navigates the issues of race and class through her community.

I enjoyed ‘Color Me In‘ since this is spoken in a voice that all readers need to absorb. There are many in Neveah’s position who struggle to find her sense of self, after living a seemingly flawless life. She learns to seek outward in order to find herself within.

So that’s it!

I hope to read more books next month, especially with the arrivals of two stories that I’m eagerly anticipating!

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Reading Blog: ‘We Hunt the Flame’ by Hafsah Faizal

I’m at Chapter 52 at ‘We Hunt the Flame’. I don’t know why this book is taking me so long to read through, because I really enjoy it! It involves a young woman names Zafira, masquerading as a man in order to restore peace. She goes on a quest to obtain an artifact which will restore magic to the world of Arwiya. The story is told in two perspectives: Zafira and Nasir, known as the Prince of Death, yet he wants no part of this title.

Both Nasir and Zafira are handling the task with avenging the deaths of someone dear to their lives. Their approach to relationships are cold and aloof, yet their hearts long for a deeper connection to life. Nasir wishes to be free from the moniker of an assassin, while Zafira longs to be free from hiding her femininity in order to be taken seriously. As I get more involved in the story, I’m hoping to see a breakthrough in their journeys.