The I Should Have Read That Book Tag

I would like to think that I’m not a picky reader. As long as the the story appeals to me I’ll add it up on my TBR. Most of the titles on my TBR were influenced by people I follow on Social Media and my friend’s recommendations. But still, not because the title is on my TBR and is popular I’ll immediately pick it up. I’m a huge mood reader that’s why (and I know) a LOT of great titles are still left unread on my TBR shelf.

I was browsing for Book Tag ideas and saw this at Dora @ Berries and Books and thought this was a fun post to do to reminisce and bring back to life some titles that are still left unread on my shelf.  😉😉

A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read

I would go with Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. I have a LOT of friends who are bugging me to read and finish this series.

A book that’s been on your TBR forever and yet you still haven’t picked it up

This was just released four years ago but it feels like it has been sitting on my TBR for forever. I remember really anticipating for The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen, #1) by Roshani Chokshi during it’s release year but life happens and I was not able to pick it up. Its companion book was also released a year after and that book has also been sitting untouched on my shelf.

A book in a series you’ve started, but haven’t gotten round to finishing yet

For the past two years, I’ve really been itching to finish The Illuminae Files Series by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I wanted to binge read the whole series so I can get the whole feels from it but unfortunately time seems to be not working on my side because I can’t seem to squeeze in this binge-reading that I wanted to do on my schedule. But I’ve included these books on my “Series To Finish Challenge List” this year so hopefully I’ll be able to finally tick this off on my TBR list.

A classic you’ve always liked the sound of, but never actually read

I’ve always been intrigued with The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. I’ve read a lot of references about this book on some novels that I’ve read but I never really got into reading this – except the quick browse that I did on Wikipedia to know the book’s gist. 😜

A popular book that it seems everyone but you has read

Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas. Yup. I haven’t read any SJM books aside from the Throne of Glass #1.

A book that inspired a film/TV adaptation that you really love, but you just haven’t read it yet

The Umbrella Academy is one of my favorite series on Netflix (++ I’m so excited for it’s 2nd season this year!!) but I haven’t read the book/comics version of it.

A book you see all over Instagram but haven’t picked up yet

Almost all the bookish people that I follow on Instagram has at least one photo of The Folk of the Air Series by Holly Black on their feed. I also heard nothing but awesome-sauce things about this series.

DO WE HAVE COMMON BOOKS THAT ARE STILL LEFT UNREAD IN OUR TBRs? MAYBE WE CAN BUDDY READ THEM SOON?
I’M NOT TAGGING ANYONE SPECIFIC TO DO THIS POST BUT I WOULD LOVE TO READ YOUR ANSWERS! PLEASE FEEL FREE TO LEAVE THE LINKS ON YOUR POSTS SO I CAN CHECK IT TOO. 💚

Some Favorites and To Be Read YA Anthologies

Anthologies are like “jackpot” books for me. In one book we get several stories from different authors, isn’t that great? I especially love that they usually come up with seasonal themes or topics making the reading experience more fun and interesting. I haven’t personally read a lot of anthologies but I loved all those that I’ve read. Today, I’ll be sharing with you some of my favorites and also those that are on my TBR that I’m really looking forward to read too. 😉😉

Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy EDITED by Amerie

Authors Featured: Renée Ahdieh, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon (, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke, Nicola Yoon, Sasha Alsberg, Whitney Atkinson, Tina Burke, Catriona Feeney, Jesse George, Zoë Herdt, Samantha Lane, Sophia Lee, Raeleen Lemay , Regan Perusse, Christine Riccio, Steph Sinclair, Kat Kennedy, Ben Alderson

Thirteen authors and Thirteen Influential Booktubers have teamed up to give us this unique anthology that features stories from the villains’ point of view. This is an interesting take for an anthology because we really rarely see stories from villains’ POV and personally I have a weakness for their backstories. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get to read this soon!


Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food & Love EDITED by Elsie Chapman and Caroline Tung Richmond

Authors Featured: Sara Farizan, Sandhya Menon, Sangu Mandanna, Rebecca Roanhorse, Adi Alsaid, Phoebe North, Anna-Marie McLemore, Jay Coles, Rin Chupeco, S.K. Ali, Karuna Riazi

Just seeing that book cover makes me hungry what more the foodies that are to be mentioned in the pages of this book?  Told in interconnected short stories, Hungry Hearts explores the many meanings food can take on beyond mere nourishment. It can symbolize love and despair, family and culture, belonging and home.


It’s a Whole Spiel: Love, Latkes, and Other Jewish Stories Edited by Katherine Locke and Laura Silverman

Authors Featured: David Levithan, Nova Ren Suma, Dahlia Adler, Adi Alsaid, Elie Lichtschein, Alex London, Goldy Moldavsky, Hannah Moskowitz, Matthue Roth, Lance Rubin, Dana Schwartz, Rachel Lynn Solomon, Mayim Bialik

This book is a special collection of poignant stories about Jewish Teens and their experiences in falling in love, heartbreak and discovering the true meaning of identity.


Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances by John Green

Authors Featured: Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle

This is one of my favorite Christmas movie on Netflix last year! It was one of those rare times that I get to watch the series before I get to actually read the book. Let It Snow brings all the magic of the holidays to life in three hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and kisses that will steal your breath away.

 


Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Authors Featured: Dhonielle Clayton, Katie Cotugno, Jocelyn Davies, Nina LaCour, Emery Lord, Katharine McGee, Kass Morgan, Meredith Russo, Sara Shepard, Nicola Yoon, Ibi Zoboi, Julie Murphy

My romantic at heart self just loved this book! This group of authors brings us a collection of stories that are at turns romantic and witty, epic and everyday, heartbreaking and real.  Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. Meet Cute is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of “how they first met” from some of today’s most popular YA authors.


My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories Edited by Stephanie Perkins

Authors Featured: Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de la Pena, Gayle Forma, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link , Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, Kiersten White, Jim Tierney (Illustrator)

This is probably one of my most favorite anthology and holiday read. For the past 4 years there’s not a Christmas season that pass without me reading this book. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Year’s there’s something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love.


Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories Edited by Stephanie Perkins

Authors Featured: Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, Jennifer E. Smith

This book makes me miss the “normal” summer I should be experiencing right now if not for the pandemic that is happening. Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories will have you dreaming of sunset strolls by the lake. So set out your beach chair and grab your sunglasses. You have twelve reasons this summer to soak up the sun and fall in love.Maybe it’s the long, lazy days, or maybe it’s the heat making everyone a little bit crazy. Whatever the reason, summer is the perfect time for love to bloom.


Zombies Vs. Unicorns Edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier

Authors Featured: Alaya Dawn Johnson, Ellen Grafton, Maureen Johnson, Nick Podehl, Carrie Ryan, Kate Rudd, Scott Westerfeld, Julia Whelan, Meg Cabot, Phil Gigante, Garth Nix, Kathleen Duey, Margo Lanagan, Naomi Novik, Diana Peterfreund, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare

This book has been on my TBR for what feels like forever! I started reading this when I was in college but never really able to finish it. It’s a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? In this anthology  strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories. Half of the stories portray the strengths–for good and evil–of unicorns and half show the good (and really, really bad-ass) side of zombies.


What are some of your favorite anthologies? I would love to hear from you! 💚

Anticipated Releases for June 2020

Hello! Hope you are all doing well despite this trying time. Six months into 2020 and everything is still unpredictable. The quarantine restrictions in the city where I’m living  has already been modified to a lower category but personally I’m still scared to go out.  No one know when this will stop and when we can resume our “new normal” lives but one things’s for sure, we have to take extra care of ourselves.

Anyway, this post is not about Covid-19 or Quarantines. I’m here to share with you some titles that I’m really excited this month; there are fantasy, romance and contemporary titles!  So, without further adieu, here are my anticipated reads this month. 😉😉

The Court of Miracles (Court of Miracles, #1) by Kester Grant
Release Date: 02 June 2020

I’m currently reading this book and let me tell you how gripping the story is! In the violent urban jungle of an alternate 1828 Paris, the French Revolution has failed and the city is divided between merciless royalty and nine underworld criminal guilds, known as the Court of Miracles. Nina  is a talented cat burglar and member of the Thieves Guild. When Nina’s younger sister attracts the eye of the Tiger–the ruthless lord of the Guild of Flesh–Nina is caught in a desperate race to keep the younger girl safe.


A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow
Release Date: 02 June 2020

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book about sirens! A Song Below Water features the story of Tavia who is already at odds with the world, forced to keep her siren identity under wraps in a society that wants to keep her kind under lock and key. Never mind she’s also stuck in Portland, Oregon, a city with only a handful of black folk and even fewer of those with magical powers.

 


Again Again by E. Lockhart
Release Date: 02 June 2020

If you could live your life again, what would you do differently? After a near-fatal family catastrophe and an unexpected romantic upheaval, Adelaide Buchwald finds herself catapulted into a summer of wild possibility, during which she will fall in and out of love a thousand times—while finally confronting the secrets she keeps, her ideas about love, and the weird grandiosity of the human mind.

Initially, I was wary of adding this book on my TBR. I was surprised it only has an average rating on GR and the summary really didn’t appeal much to me. But I’ve read several reviews that the story features the life of the main character in a “multi-verse” type format. So I’m giving it a go because I was intrigued by that concept. 😅


You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
Release Date: 02 June 2020

Cue in Billie Eillish’s song! Seeing this book on my feed almost always make me sing Billie’s song. lol. In this coming of age story, Liz Lighty has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: attend the uber-elite Pennington College. But when the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz’s plans come crashing down . . . until she’s reminded of her school’s scholarship for prom king and queen. There’s nothing Liz wants to do less than endure a gauntlet of social media trolls, catty competitors, and humiliating public events, but despite her devastating fear of the spotlight she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get to Pennington.


The Marriage Game by Sara Desai
Release Date: 09 June 2020

My month won’t be complete without a good dose of romantic comedy book. With the best intentions in mind, Layla’s father offers her the office upstairs his restaurant to start her new business and also creates a profile on an online dating site to find her a man. In search of a quiet new office, Sam finds the perfect space above a cozy Indian restaurant. But when communication goes awry, he’s forced to share his space with the owner’s beautiful yet infuriating daughter Layla.  As they face off in close quarters, the sarcasm and sparks fly. But when the battle for the office becomes a battle of the heart, Sam and Layla have to decide if this is love or just a game.


I’ll Be the One (I’ll Be the One #1) by Lyla Lee
Release Date: 16 June 2020

I’ll Be The One  is a deliciously fun, thoughtful rom-com celebrating confidence and body positivity. 

Skye Shin has heard it all. Fat girls shouldn’t dance. Wear bright colors. Shouldn’t call attention to themselves. But Skye dreams of joining the glittering world of K-Pop, and to do that, she’s about to break all the rules that society, the media, and even her own mother, have set for girls like her. She’ll challenge thousands of other performers in an internationally televised competition looking for the next K-pop star, and she’ll do it better than anyone else.But Skye has her sights on becoming the world’s first plus-sized K-pop star, and that means winning the competition—without losing herself.


Forest of Souls (Shamanborn #1) by Lori M. Lee
Release Date: 23 June 2020

Unveiled as the first soulguide in living memory, Sirscha is summoned to the domain of the Spider King. For centuries, he has used his influence over the Dead Wood—an ancient forest possessed by souls—to enforce peace between the kingdoms. Now, with the trees growing wild and untamed, only a soulguide can restrain them. I’m all in for the dark mysterious magical realism that this book has!


Hunted by the Sky by Tanaz Bhathena
Release Date: 23 June 2020

Exploring identity, class struggles, and high-stakes romance, Hunted by the Sky is a gripping adventure set in a world inspired by medieval India.  Gul has spent her life running. She has a star-shaped birthmark on her arm, and in the kingdom of Ambar, girls with such birthmarks have been disappearing for years. So when a group of rebel women called the Sisters of the Golden Lotus rescue her, take her in, and train her in warrior magic, Gul wants only one thing: revenge. Cavas lives in the tenements, and he’s just about ready to sign his life over to the king’s army. Dangerous circumstances have brought Gul and Cavas together.


Rebel Spy by Veronica Rossi
Release Date: 23 June 2020

Honestly, I’m not a big reader of Historical Fiction books. I read one or two titles in a year and it was always kind of a struggle for me. Rebel Spy will be my first Historical Fic novel that I’m going to try this year because of it’s intriguing and mysterious plot.

Assuming the identity of the drowned Emmeline Coates, Frannie is rescued by a British merchant ship and sails with the crew to New York. For the next three years, Frannie lives a lie as Miss Coates, swept up in a courtship by a dashing British lieutenant. But after witnessing the darker side of the war, she realizes that her position gives her power. Soon she finds herself eavesdropping on British officers, risking everything to pass information on to George Washington’s Culper spy ring as agent 355.


Secrets of the World’s Worst Matchmaker (The Baileys #7) by Piper Rayne
Release Date: 23 June 2020

Imagine you’re a matchmaker and you realize too late you’re in love with your childhood best friend. You only have yourself to blame—you’re the one who matched him and now he’s engaged to be married.

I’m an avid follower of this series because I love the whole Bailey family! Finally, were having the story of Juno and Colton! The past six books have just teased us on the “more” of the story of these two.


WHAT ARE YOUR ANTICIPATED TITLES THIS MONTH? DO WE HAVE SIMILAR BOOKS FROM MY LIST? 

DON’T HESITATE TO COMMENT AND SHARE YOURS BELOW. 💚

The Behind the Book Blogger Tag

I have this tendency to be predictable. So if you’ve been following me and my blog for awhile now, you might’ve notice already a thing or two about some of the things I like and dislike. But today, I’ll be doing another tag that  will let you get to know more about me and my blog.

I was not tagged by anyone to do this and (I’m so sorry) I also forgot where I saw this post from. But I had so much fun answering the questions and I do hope you have as much fun reading them as well. 😉😉

WHY DID YOU START BLOGGING AND WHY HAVE YOU KEPT BLOGGING?

I started writing reviews in Goodreads but I suddenly myself looking for a much more suitable platform other than Goodreads to share my reading thoughts. A platform that would summarize my love for books and writing; thus Reads and Thoughts was born. I was also inspired by a lot of bloggers as well. I remember that the year I started being a book blogger was also the peak year for book blogs.

I kept blogging because it makes me happy. I love writing blog posts. I love researching about bookish post ideas. Running this blog  has been therapeutic for me. 😍

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TYPE OF BLOG POST TO WRITE?

I love book reviews and bookish tags! Writing Book Reviews allows me to express my feels and emotions about the book that I’ve read while Bookish Tags was just fun to do! The options for topics and categories seems to be endless. There’s just a lot of prompts you can explore.

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE FAVORITE BLOG POSTS YOU HAVE WRITTEN?

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO TO RELAX?

Making lists, creating random Pinterest boards, Watching Travel and Shopping Haul Vlogs or simply lounging in our terrace and staring afar are some of the things I do to relax.😚

WHAT ARE THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE THINGS?

Books 📚. Music 🎶. Popcorn 🍿.

WHAT ARE YOUR PROUDEST BLOGGING MOMENTS?

I’m happy and proud whenever someone nominates me for awards that has been circulating around the book blog community. 😊

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF BLOGGING?

Netflix-ing, making lists, grocery shopping to name a few. I actually made a post about these things I love to do outside of blogging. You may check it our here. 😉

DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY IN THREE WORDS?

Organized. Random. Bubbly. 💖

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE PET PEEVES?

In general – People who doesn’t follow the proper escalator etiquette. Chewing with mouth open and People who stare at my phone screen uninvited.

I also have some book related Pet Peeves and I recently made a post about them. lol. You may check it out here.  😜

WHAT’S SOMETHING YOUR FOLLOWERS DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?

Some of you might know that I love summer and loves going to the beach. But I don’t  really know how to swim.  I don’t know. I just never really learned. I remember always being “sick” during that quarter in High School when we have swimming classes. 😂

I do hope you somehow got to know me on this tag. I’m not tagging anyone specific to do this post but I would love to read your answers! Please feel free to leave the links on your posts so I can check it too. 💚

A Major Throwback of Titles I Discovered In Bargain Stores

I love visiting bargain or second hand book stores. When I first started working, I always try to pass by this bargain bookstore near my workplace and almost always comes home with a new book. Aside from the fact that the books are cheaper, there are titles that looks like “treasures”pretty cover + interesting summary = awesomesauce.

But I’m not saying that all my finds are “treasure finds”. Some are also downright disappointing and  just “meh”. Also, I remember not owning a handy android/iphone back then hence I can’t really check Goodreads while I was at the store to see the reviews about the book. So I really mostly rely on the summary at the book itself. 😅

I remember thinking I was so impractical back then because if it looks pretty and plot was okay I’ll buy it. Add in the fact that it was cheap. Tada! An immediate addition to my book collection, right? But overtime, I really learned the value of quality vs quantity when it comes to books even if its bargain or not.

Anyway, here’s a quick look back to some of the books I discovered in bargain stores that become really memorable to me – in a good or in a bad way. 😉😉

Love Overboard by Janet Evanovich

I love Janet Evanovich’s book! I think her novels are one of the first romance books I’ve read. They were all fun, action-packed and the characters were all so witty! I was able to acquire a lot of Evanovich’s titles from bargain stores and I consider all of them a treasure find.

The Glamorous (Double) Life of Isabel Bookbinder (Isabel Bookbinder #1) by Holly McQueen

I bought this book the cover looks cute and the title was catchy and the story “looks” interesting. The cover was cute. That’s it. I remember not really liking the main character and the whole book gave me a Bridget Jones-esque kind of vibe in a not so good way. Sadly, it was a total bore for me.

Marked (House of Night #1) by P.C. Cast  &  Kristin Cast

It was the season of Twilight. I still had a hard time getting over vampire stories. So this dark book immediately caught my eye and attention because it includes a boarding school set up filled with vampire students and teachers plus beautiful mysterious tattoos. Though I hate how long this series has been, this has been one of my favorite bargain finds.

Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe by Shelley Coriell

I rarely find a YA Book that I’m familiar with in a bargain store so I immediately picked this one up when I saw this. The main character who was one of the coolest from her class was now stuck in doing a project on the school radio station which is on the verge of its collapse and run by people who are considered no-one on their school.

Me And Mr Darcy by Alexandra Potter

This book talks about every woman’s fantasy of meeting the aloof and brooding hero of the epic classic Pride and Prejudice. I love Pride and Prejudice but this book was a low rendition of the main thing. I find myself really dissapointed because the story was sadly a complete bore and I was confused with the Mr Darcy things causing some mysterious/magical/unexplainable thing to happen. I was just confused the whole time.

Dairy Queen (Dairy Queen #1) by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

I consider this book / series my most treasured bargain book find. I love this whole series! This story is about our main character – DJ (she) who lives in a farm with her family who loves football. Oh and she also believes that she’s cow. Not in a literal sense but someone who lives like a cow – someone who does what she’s told and never complains know matter how much she wants to have her own life and her own decisions. This is such a poignant story. I ended up crying when I finished the series. It was that good!!!

Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez

This book was one of my most favorite musical-inspired YA Book. Virtuosity is not simply about music or achieving success thru it. It’s about a strong-willed girl shaking off her naiveté giving in to confidence and growing up. The book has a really powerful message with a really powerful lead character as well.  I don’t know a lot of friends who have read this. So please holler to me if you’ve read and loved it as much as I did. 😉

Unbreak My Heart by Melissa C. Walker

I bought this on a whim because the cover is pretty. (Don’t blame me. It’s all the pink in it. lol). This was a quick, fun and light read. I really enjoy the whole sailing and island visiting in the story. Very summery vibe! It was not one of those all out screaming awesome book but it was good and nonetheless a good bargain find because I still keep the book here with me.

Altered (Altered #1) by Jennifer Rush

One of those underrated YA Sci-Fi books in my opinion. This book introduced four genetically altered boys who are staying in a lab located in an underground of a farmhouse. But when the organization who altered them decides it’s time to take them, they stage an escape…. Sadly, I only read the first book but I remember really liking it then.

Do you also visit Bargain Book Stores? What are some of your awesome bargain finds? I would love to hear from you! 💚