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Hello friends! This is Eri here and you might’ve noticed that I have been neglecting this blog a bit for immersing myself in kpop, but fear not! I will be attempting a reading challenge to help spur myself to get back on track as well as keep myself accountable, since there are quite a number of books I didn’t get to last year and I want to do better this year. This list is not inspired by my KonMari piles of books that sparked joy and were unread or anything…..*stares at piles of books in my apartment*

I’d been meaning to participate in the Year of Asian reading challenge this year ever since I saw the lovely CW from The Reading Pond announce it on her blog with her co-hosts Lily, Shalea, and Vicky, but have been putting off the post for so long it is now March and I’m only writing this as a way to procrastinate from writing papers…

I’ve technically earned the badge of Philippine tarsier, since I’ve read five books from Asian authors since the start of this year. (Do not worry, the tier starts at one book read, so it is definitely not too late to start, in fact I highly encourage you to <3)

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also, look how cute these badges are!!!!

As for the actual tier I am aiming myself for by the end of 2019, you’ll see that if you add up all the books I’ve listed below (Read, In-Progress, and TBR) I’ve listed 38  books. This would put me in the the Giant Panda badge tier listed on the challenge page. Fitting, because I too have dark circles under my eyes and am quite solitary as well as loving eating and sleeping. It is a bit ambitious of a goal, but I’m feeling rather optimistic in this challenge haha 🙂

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the cutest little panda bear :’)

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Note: I’m linking the books to their Goodreads pages, and if I write a review, they’ll be linked to (most likely on GR) in the (x).

  1. A Study in Scarlet Women (Lady Sherlock #1) by Sherry Thomas (x) // Adult, Historical Romance
  2. A Conspiracy in Belgravia (Lady Sherlock #2) by Sherry Thomas // Adult, Historical Romance
  3. The Girl King (The Girl King #1) by Mimi Yu (x) // YA, Fantasy
  4. The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu (x) // Adult, Anthology
  5. Native Speaker by Chang Rae Lee // Adult, Literary Fiction

In-Progress Reads

  1. Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal #1) by Zen Cho // Adult, Fantasy
  2. I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn // YA, Contemporary
  3. I-Hotel by Karen Tei Yamashita // Adult, Historical Fiction
  4. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo // Adult, Non-Fiction

TBR

For more clarity and to keep better track, I’m breaking down my TBR by category 🙂 I also want to challenge myself to read more widely, so I’m aiming to be as close to 1:1 ratio of YA and Adult reads by the end of the year. While I do tend to read across genre in YA I’m mostly used to reading Adult Romance in Adult, so I’ve added some SFF and non-fiction academic reading to my list to give a better variety and to practice reading with more intention and following through with my desire to read more genres.

Note: After looking over the list, I’m ashamed to admit that there is a noticeable bias towards East and South-East Asian authors, and while this is based a lot on the unread books I own as those are my highest priority, I am hoping that I can add some other books once I see my progress this year because I definitely trimmed down my list to a semi-feasible number.

YA

  1. This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura // Contemporary
  2. Wicked Fox (Gumiho #1) by Kat Cho // Fantasy
  3. From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon // Contemporary
  4. Ruse (Want #2) by Cindy Pon // Sci-Fi
  5. The Shadowglass (The Bone Witch #3) by Rin Chupeco // Fantasy
  6. Shadow of the Fox (Shadow of the Fox #1) by Julie Kagawa // Fantasy
  7. Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi // Contemporary
  8. I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo // Contemporary
  9. Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee // Historical Fiction
  10. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi // Fantasy
  11.  A Spark of White Fire (The Celestial Trilogy #1) by Sangu Mandanna // Sci-Fi
  12. For a Muse of Fire (For a Muse of Fire #1) by Heidi Heilig // Fantasy
  13. Descendant of the Crane by Joan He // Fantasy
  14. Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi // Contemporary
  15. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal // Fantasy

Adult

  1. The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War #2) by R.F. Kuang // Fantasy
  2. The Black Tides of Heaven (Tensorate #1) by J.Y. Yang // Fantasy
  3. The Hollow of Fear (Lady Sherlock #3) by Sherry Thomas // Historical Romance
  4. Hurts to Love You (Forbidden Hearts #3) by Alisha Rai // Contemporary Romance
  5. Heroine’s Journey (Heroine Complex #3) by Sarah Kuhn // Fantasy Romance
  6. Monstress, Vol. 2 by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda // Fantasy, Graphic Novel
  7. Beginner’s Guide: Love and Other Chemical Reactions by Six de los Reyes // Contemporary Romance
  8. The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin, translated by Ken Liu // Sci-Fi
  9. Mugenbana by Higashino Keigo // Mystery
  10. Techno-Orientalism: Imagining Asia in Speculative Fiction, History, and Media edited by Betsy Huang, Greta A. Niu, and David S. Roh // Non-Fiction
  11. Contesting Genres in Contemporary Asian American Fiction by Betsy Huang // Non-Fiction
  12. Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics by Lisa Lowe // Non-Fiction
  13. The Intimacies of Four Continents by Lisa Lowe // Non-Fiction
  14. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang // Contemporary Romance

Admittedly, this is a rather ambitious list, and I don’t want to solely confine myself to reading Asian authors only, but I’m hopeful that I’ll get to at least 3/4 of these titles by the end of the year and I’m excited to continue on my journey of reading from these rich Asian voices, wish me luck ❤

 

Too late to be excited about all the stellar books releasing in 2019? Eri and Alexis think not, which is why we are here, in February, talking about the yet to be released books of 2019 that we would do unspeakable things for.

And if you wanna know why it took us so long to write this post it’s because Alexis refused to stop marathoning episodes of Smallville.

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I’m pleased to be taking part in the Blog Tour fun to celebrate the release of the Just for Him series boxset which includes Bad for the Boss, Undone by the Ex-Con, and Sweet on the Greek!!! Talia Hibbert’s books are easily marathon-able, and now Just for Him is in marathon-able format. Get ready to be enthralled.


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Title: Just for Him (Series Boxset)
Author: Talia Hibbert
Release Date: October 31, 2018
Category: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance

The boss. The ex-con. The sports star.

Three wealthy heroes face the defiant heroines who’ll bring them to their knees.

When a harsh CEO meets a passionate career woman, he mixes business with pleasure for the first time… and is rejected for the first time, too.

It’s hate at first sight between a misunderstood ex-con and a strong-willed ballerina… until blackmail forces her to seduce her worst enemy.

A reckless sports star finds the woman he wants above all others… but the most she’ll agree to is being his fake girlfriend.

Enjoy three steamy and suspenseful stories set against the grit and glamour of the United Kingdom. This boxed set includes Bad for the Boss, Undone by the Ex-Con, and Sweet on the Greek.

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Title: White Stag
Author: Kara Barbieri
Release Date: January 8th 2019
Category: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy

As the last child in a family of daughters, seventeen-year-old Janneke was raised to be the male heir. While her sisters were becoming wives and mothers, she was taught to hunt, track, and fight. On the day her village is burned to the ground, Janneke—as the only survivor—is taken captive by the malicious goblin Lydian and eventually sent to work for his nephew Soren.

Janneke’s survival in the court of merciless monsters has come at the cost of her connection to the human world. And when the Goblin King’s death ignites an ancient hunt for the next king, Soren senses an opportunity for her to finally fully accept the ways of the brutal Permafrost. But every action he takes to bring her deeper into his world only shows him that a little humanity isn’t bad—especially when it comes to those you care about.

Through every battle they survive, Janneke’s loyalty to Soren deepens even as she tries to fight her growing attraction to him. After dangerous truths are revealed, Janneke must choose between holding on or letting go of her last connections to a world she no longer belongs to. She must make the right choice to save the only thing keeping both worlds from crumbling.


Goblins goblins where art thou? I don’t know about you, but as a lover of all things faerie and cruel, goblins are an underrated favorite of mine and I’m so happy to see more books featuring these overshadowed folks. I had the chance to introduce White Stag as part of the blog tour, and I hope you guys will be as intrigued as I was when I first picked it up….shhhh I’m not quite done with the whole book yet, but so far I can say I find it intriguing, and goblins can be sexy you can’t change my mind! Anyway, the book comes out tomorrow, and here’s a little excerpt ❤

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Huge thanks to Avon for providing me with an ARC for Reviewing Purposes ❈ 

Book Cover - One Ghosted Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole.jpgTitle: Once Ghosted, Twice Shy (Reluctant Royals)
Author: Alyssa Cole
Release Date: January 8th, 2018
Category: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Alyssa Cole returns with a fun, sexy romance novella in the Reluctant Royals series!

While her boss the prince was busy wooing his betrothed, Likotsi had her own love affair after swiping right on a dating app. But her romance had ended in heartbreak, and now, back in NYC again, she’s determined to rediscover her joy—so of course she runs into the woman who broke her heart.

When Likotsi and Fabiola meet again on a stalled subway train months later, Fab asks for just one cup of tea. Likotsi, hoping to know why she was unceremoniously dumped, agrees. Tea and food soon leads to them exploring the city together, and their past, with Fab slowly revealing why she let Likotsi go, and both of them wondering if they can turn this second chance into a happily ever after.

 

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The Earl I Ruined is the total, unlikeable heroine package set in a world you can’t help but get lost in…

Since reading The Earl I Ruined, I’ve kept my feelings about it relatively under lock and key. How am I supposed to talk about a book that made me feel one too many emotions in the greatest way possible? How am I supposed to talk about a book that made me feel like the author glimpsed into my soul and saw everything I needed at the end of 2018 and put it in one book? Well, it starts with lots of key-smashes and screaming about it with Eri.


  Huge thanks to the Author for providing me with an ARC for Reviewing Purposes via Netgalley ❈ 

Book Cover - The Earl I Ruined by Scarlett Peckham.jpgTitle: The Earl I Ruined (Secrets of Charlotte Street #2)
Author: Scarlett Peckham
Release Date: December 11th, 2018
Category: Adult
Genre: Historical Romance

She’s beautiful, rich, and reckless…

When Lady Constance Stonewell accidentally ruins the Earl of Apthorp’s entire future with her gossip column, she does what any honorable young lady must: offer her hand in marriage. Or, at the very least, stage a whirlwind fake engagement to repair his reputation. Never mind that it means spending a month with the dullest man in England. Or the fact that he disapproves of everything she holds dear.

He’s supposedly the most boring politician in the House of Lords…

Julian Haywood, the Earl of Apthorp, is on the cusp of finally proving himself to be the man he’s always wanted to be when his future is destroyed in a single afternoon. When the woman he’s secretly in love with confesses she’s at fault, it isn’t just his life that is shattered: it’s his heart.

They have a month to clear his name and convince society they are madly in love…

But when Constance discovers her faux-intended is decidedly more than meets the eye—not to mention adept at shocking forms of wickedness—she finds herself falling for him.

There’s only one problem: he can’t forgive her for breaking his heart.

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halloween: a time of vampires, hobgoblins, draculas, boogens, and headless mice… And Community references.

Finally, it’s that day of the year: Halloween, the best holiday in the history of forever. Something about last-minute costumes, ghost romances, candy (sans candy corn), horror films, and the California weather that always remains in the high 80’s despite it being fall, never fails to enchant.

To honor this auspicious holiday, Eri and I are bringing you our Halloween Reading Recommendations complete with ghosts some more real than others, vampires, shifters, and also books in which pumpkins are somehow involved. Expect Romance and non-Romance reads.

Note: All pun names were curated by me (Eri) and I take full credit/blame for how cheesy they are. – Eri. And I’m responsible for the never-ending Community references. I will take your thanks now – Alexis.  Also, we’d like to thank our friend Mana for creating the amazing banner as we were both too busy to do it ourselves.

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About a month ago on September 27th, a life changing journey began: I decided to read the Hidden Legacy series.

Since I marathon-ed the series in that single weekend, I haven’t been the same since. Despite not having been a fan of the series as long as others, I can definitively say I have been starving for new series content (and already started my series re-read). Diamond Fire delivered on that craving in a spectacular way while making me fall even deeper in love with Catalina Baylor and the Hidden Legacy world.


❈ Huge thanks to Avon for providing me with an ARC for Reviewing Purposes ❈

Book Cover - Diamond Fire by Ilona AndrewsTitle: Diamond Fire (Hidden Legacy #3.5)
Author: Ilona Andrews
Release Date: November 6th 2018
Category: Adult
Genre: Fantasy

Content Warning: lesbophobia

Nevada Frida Baylor and Connor Ander Rogan cordially invite you to join their wedding celebration. Summoning, weather manipulation, and other magical activities strictly forbidden.

Catalina Baylor is looking forward to wearing her maid of honor dress and watching her older sister walk down the aisle.  Then the wedding planner gets escorted off the premises, the bride’s priceless tiara disappears, and Rogan’s extensive family overruns his mother’s home.  Someone is cheating, someone is lying, and someone is plotting murder.

To make this wedding happen, Catalina will have to do the thing she fears most: use her magic.  But she’s a Baylor and there’s nothing she wouldn’t do for her sister’s happiness. Nevada will have her fairy tale wedding, even if Catalina has to tear the mansion apart brick by brick to get it done.

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October 1st is a special day, and not only because it’s now time to get fully into the Halloween Spirit. Today is the release day for one of my favorite author’s latest books: Mating the Huntress by Talia Hibbert.

 

In honor of the release day, check out an excerpt from Mating the Huntress and an opportunity to win a $50 Amazon gift card curtsey of Talia Hibbert!

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