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2021 Bookish TBR

Because here, we say it like it is. Dang, that sounded super professional. 2020 Trash Services: Because here, we say it like it is. I just snorted. At myself. Huh, I snort quite a bit. Wow, duly noted Alter Ego, duly noted.

(And because I'm a super considerate human being) Hello! Hi, how are you guys? How was your 2020 bookish year? Were there as many crappy books as in mine?

I know, I know, I should've written this a long time ago. Ahem, two days ago. SO many amazing sounding, precious looking, heartbreaking...cover-ing books, that have not yet come out, are being stalked by my FBI skills so get ready y'all. It's going to be a journey. Here we go *putting gloves on* *placing cardboard cut out of everything that happened in 2020* *taking a practice swing with a baseball bat at it* Let's begin, shall we? (Also, please bear in mind that I just took a few out of my 678 to be read pile, I hope you enjoy every mildly life-threatening freak out in this list)



1. Daughter of Sparta by Claire M. Andrews


Um... Excuse me? Warriors? Gladiators? Gladiatrix? FEMALE WARRIORS, GREEK GODS, FIGHTS, AND ANCIENT GREECE?!? WHERE DO I SIGN UP FOR AN ARC?!? Oh wait, I did. Twice, still no answer. I swear on my books, that if I don't get it accepted I'll probably cry. And writhe in pain. Because I need this. (Perhaps throw a tantrum or two, as well) (Also, riot. Because that's healthy)


SPOILER- FREE SYNOPSIS:


Sparta forged her into a deadly weapon. Now the Gods need her to save the world!


Seventeen-year-old Daphne has spent her entire life honing her body and mind into that of a warrior, hoping to be accepted by the unyielding people of ancient Sparta. But an unexpected encounter with the goddess Artemis—who holds Daphne's brother's fate in her hands—upends the life she's worked so hard to build. Nine mysterious items have been stolen from Mount Olympus and if Daphne cannot find them, the gods' waning powers will fade away, the mortal world will descend into chaos, and her brother's life will be forfeit.


Guided by Artemis's twin-the handsome and entirely-too-self-assured god Apollo-Daphne's journey will take her from the labyrinth of the Minotaur to the riddle-spinning Sphinx of Thebes, team her up with mythological legends such as Theseus and Hippolyta of the Amazons, and pit her against the gods themselves.


A reinterpretation of the classic Greek myth of Daphne and Apollo, Daughter of Sparta by debut author Claire Andrews turns the traditionally male-dominated mythology we know into a heart-pounding and empowering female-led adventure



2. Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher


Okay, I am 99 percent aware that I will be ultimately destroyed by this book. Why? Well, because of EVERYTHING. The cover? Me, destroyed. The synopsis? Me, dead. The romance? ...(user has been eliminated) And do NOT even get me started on the phrase on the previously stated cover: "It's never too late to start a chapter"? Without caps? Yeah, it's going to destroy me.


SPOILER- FREE SYNOPSIS:


Eighteen-year-old Amelia Griffin is obsessed with the famous Orman Chronicles, written by the young and reclusive prodigy N. E. Endsley. They’re the books that brought her and her best friend Jenna together after Amelia’s father left and her family imploded. So when Amelia and Jenna get the opportunity to attend a book festival with Endsley in attendance, Amelia is ecstatic. It’s the perfect way to start off their last summer before college.


In a heartbeat, everything goes horribly wrong. When Jenna gets a chance to meet the author and Amelia doesn’t, the two have a blowout fight like they’ve never experienced. And before Amelia has a chance to mend things, Jenna is killed in a freak car accident. Grief-stricken, and without her best friend to guide her, Amelia questions everything she had planned for the future.


When a mysterious, rare edition of the Orman Chronicles arrives, Amelia is convinced that it somehow came from Jenna. Tracking the book to an obscure but enchanting bookstore in Michigan, Amelia is shocked to find herself face-to-face with the enigmatic and handsome N. E. Endsley himself, the reason for Amelia’s and Jenna’s fight and perhaps the clue to what Jenna wanted to tell her all along.


Ashley Schumacher's devastating and beautiful debut, Amelia Unabridged, is about finding hope and strength within yourself, and maybe, just maybe, falling in love while you do it.



3. Blade of Secrets by Tricia Lavenseller


Alright, I need a slight second *proceeds to scream into the abysm*. I'm back, my fangirlnism neurons? Not quite. Ladies, Gentleladies, Gentlemen and men. HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A COVER SO RESPLENDENTLY AMAZING, YOUR VERY EXISTENCE SEEMS TO DIMINISH IN ITS PRESENCE? Well I have, just now. Um...look at it, y'all. I'm a sucker for swords. Have asked for them quite a bit. But noooo, they are 'dangerous'. Ugh, people ruin my hopes.


SPOILER- FREE SYNOPSIS:


A teenage blacksmith with social anxiety accepts a commission from the wrong person and is forced to go on the run to protect the world from the most powerful magical sword she's ever made.


Eighteen-year-old Ziva prefers metal to people. She spends her days tucked away in her forge, safe from society and the anxiety it causes her, using her magical gift to craft unique weapons imbued with power.


Then Ziva receives a commission from a powerful warlord, and the result is a sword capable of stealing its victims' secrets. A sword that can cut far deeper than the length of its blade. A sword with the strength to topple kingdoms. When Ziva learns of the warlord’s intentions to use the weapon to enslave all the world under her rule, she takes her sister and flees.


Joined by a distractingly handsome mercenary and a young scholar with extensive knowledge of the world's known magics, Ziva and her sister set out on a quest to keep the sword safe until they can find a worthy wielder or a way to destroy it entirely.



4. Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas


I can already feel the tears, guys. And like, runny nose. Because come on, whoever cries and watery stuff does NOT come out of your smelling passage? Witchcraft. Back to this, excuse my fly- attention span, I read The Hate U Give so long ago, and still feel its pain. Like, legit, and I KNEW the main character's father needed his own story. *sniffling* He is just such an amazing person in and of itself (without counting the cheating that he did) and I can already tell that this book will STAY with me. Kind of like a mosquito bite, but will stay, nonetheless. ( SPOILER ALERT: I may or may not start crushing on the guy)


SPOILER- FREE SYNOPSIS:


International phenomenon Angie Thomas revisits Garden Heights seventeen years before the events of The Hate U Give in this searing and poignant exploration of Black boyhood and manhood.


If there’s one thing seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter knows, it’s that a real man takes care of his family. As the son of a former gang legend, Mav does that the only way he knows how: dealing for the King Lords. With this money he can help his mom, who works two jobs while his dad’s in prison.


Life’s not perfect, but with a fly girlfriend and a cousin who always has his back, Mav’s got everything under control.


Until, that is, Maverick finds out he’s a father.


Suddenly he has a baby, Seven, who depends on him for everything. But it’s not so easy to sling dope, finish school, and raise a child. So when he’s offered the chance to go straight, he takes it. In a world where he’s expected to amount to nothing, maybe Mav can prove he’s different.


When King Lord blood runs through your veins, though, you can't just walk away. Loyalty, revenge, and responsibility threaten to tear Mav apart, especially after the brutal murder of a loved one. He’ll have to figure out for himself what it really means to be a man.



5. Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard


Okay, let me just make one thing very crystalline (*snort*), my relationship with Victoria Aveyard's books have been steadily diminishing in the past couple of years. Red Queen? Was a fantastic series. However, HOWEVER, after the first three books? No, ma'am. No, thank you, too rushed. Too packed in with LOTS of themes, and truthfully? Not necessary. But the synopsis of this book, people! PIRATES? FEMALE FIGHTING PIRATES? Duuudeee, I am all here for it! Am currently feeling equally excited and tremendously nervous as to how it will all unfold. Regardless of that *starts frantically searching an ARC for it*. Again, the sword. THE SWORD.


SPOILER- FREE SYNOPSIS:


Who is left when the heroes fall?


Corayne lives at the end of the world. Year after year, she watches her pirate mother sail away to adventures she'll never share with Corayne. So when a mysterious immortal and deadly assassin appear on Corayne's doorstep telling her she is the last member of a dying bloodline, and the only one who can save the world, Corayne seizes the chance to have her own adventure.


But the world is in graver danger than they ever imagined; Corayne and her rag-tag group of allies are alone in a world that is slowly coming apart at the seams with little but their fading hope to guide them.


Now is not the age of heroes, but courage can bloom even in the darkest corners. And it just might be enough to save everything.



6. Namesake by Adrienne Young



First of all, the book...clothing. Cover sounds too repetitive, honestly. Second of all, THE FACT THAT I READ THE FIRST BOOK WITHOUT KNOWING THE SECOND EXISTED, AND NOW I HAVE TO BASICALLY SACRIFICE ONE OF MY HARD TO COME BY NEURONS, TO GET THIS BOOK. So yes, I am very relaxed. The first book wasn't the best, I'll admit. Adrienne Young could've done a lot better. But the cover. The cover is giving me hope. Also, the last 5 pages of the previous book. Also, PIRATES.


SPOILER- FREE SYNOPSIS:


Trader. Fighter. Survivor.


With the Marigold ship free of her father, Fable and its crew were set to start over. That freedom is short-lived when she becomes a pawn in a notorious thug’s scheme. In order to get to her intended destination she must help him to secure a partnership with Holland, a powerful gem trader who is more than she seems.


As Fable descends deeper into a world of betrayal and deception she learns that her mother was keeping secrets, and those secrets are now putting the people Fable cares about in danger. If Fable is going to save them then she must risk everything, including the boy she loves and the home she has finally found.


Filled with action, emotion, and lyrical writing, New York Times bestselling author Adrienne Young returns with Namesake, the final book in the captivating Fable duology.




7. Wings of Ebony by J. Elle



Guys, seriously. How can I NOT? The title is magnificent, the covering art is incredible. I just can't. Nope, I can't. I cannot for the life of me, resist the calling to adding this book to the ever increasing TBR pile. And let's KINDLY point out the fact that the main character is named Rue. *silence* Making the connection, anyone? I promise you, that if this chick ends up dying. *wringing hands* Oh, it's about to go down. And by going down I mean, kindly finding out the author's adress, kindly stalking her for weeks, and then kindly proceed to hand her the bag of my tears, fresh and ripe for the taking.


SPOILER- FREE SYNOPSIS:


In this riveting, keenly emotional debut fantasy, a Black teen from Houston has her world upended when she learns about her godly ancestry--and with evil sinking its claws into humans and gods alike, she'll have to unearth the magic of her true identity to save both her worlds.


Perfect for fans of Angie Thomas, Tomi Adeyemi, and The Hunger Games.


“Make a way out of no way” is just the way of life for Rue. But when her mother is shot dead on her doorstep, life for her and her younger sister changes forever. Rue's taken from her neighborhood by the father she never knew, forced to leave her little sister behind, and whisked away to Ghizon—a hidden island of magic wielders.


Rue is the only half-god, half-human there, where leaders protect their magical powers at all costs and thrive on human suffering. Miserable and desperate to see her sister on the anniversary of their mother’s death, Rue breaks Ghizon’s sacred Do Not Leave Law and returns to Houston, only to discover that Black kids are being forced into crime and violence. And her sister, Tasha, is in danger of falling sway to the very forces that claimed their mother’s life.


Worse still, evidence mounts that the evil plaguing East Row is the same one that lurks in Ghizon—an evil that will stop at nothing until it has stolen everything from her and everyone she loves. Rue must embrace her true identity and wield the full magnitude of her ancestors’ power to save her neighborhood before the gods burn it to the ground.


A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection



8. House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland



If I ever get around to finishing the book I've beein trying to write since I was 9, and I get a cover like this (which I seriously doubt) my life's purpose will be complete. I don't even care if the book is crappy as heck, right now. JUST LOOK AT THE BOOK CLOTHING, ITS COVERING, ITS ART. Okay, so, I OBVIOUSLY didn't pick this JUST because of the cover. OBVIOUSLY. Um...okay, I may have added it BEFORE I knoew what it was about. But I totally read the synopsis. Still want to read it.


SPOILER- FREE SYNOPSIS:


Seventeen-year-old Iris Hollow has always been strange. Something happened to her and her two older sisters when they were children, something they can’t quite remember but that left each of them with an identical half-moon scar at the base of their throats.


Iris has spent most of her teenage years trying to avoid the weirdness that sticks to her like tar. But when her eldest sister, Grey, goes missing under suspicious circumstances, Iris learns just how weird her life can get: horned men start shadowing her, a corpse falls out of her sister’s ceiling, and ugly, impossible memories start to twist their way to the forefront of her mind.


As Iris retraces Grey’s last known footsteps and follows the increasingly bizarre trail of breadcrumbs she left behind, it becomes apparent that the only way to save her sister is to decipher the mystery of what happened to them as children.


The closer Iris gets to the truth, the closer she comes to understanding that the answer is dark and dangerous – and that Grey has been keeping a terrible secret from her for years.



9. The Descent of the Drowned by Ana Lal Din



Um...the synopsis/ book cover has me incredibly curious. HOLY CRAPOLOONI IT INVOLVES A FEMALE SLAVE WHO TURNS INTO A WARRIOR. AND A MALE WARRIOR WHO'S DEADLY AND HOT?!? OH MY GOSH, OH MY GOODNESS, OH MY GOOSE. I am fine, I am okay, I am just patiently waiting. That's all. The book will come out one day, right?


SPOILER- FREE SYNOPSIS:


She is bound to serve. He is meant to kill. Survival is their prison. Choice is their weapon.


As the sacred slave of a goddess, Roma is of a lower caste that serves patrons to sustain the balance between gods and men. What she wants is her freedom, but deserters are hunted and hanged, and Roma only knows how to survive in her village where women are vessels without a voice. When her younger brother is condemned to the same wretched fate as hers, Roma must choose between silence and rebellion.


Leviathan is the bastard son of an immortal tyrant. Raised in a military city where everyone knows of his blood relation to the persecuted clans, Leviathan is considered casteless. Lowest of the low. Graduating as one of the deadliest soldiers, he executes in his father's name, displaying his worth. When he faces judgement from his mother's people—the clans—Leviathan must confront his demons and forge his own path, if he ever hopes to reclaim his soul.


But in the struggle to protect the people they love and rebuild their identities, Roma's and Leviathan's destinies interlock as the tyrant hunts an ancient treasure that will doom humankind should it come into his possession—a living treasure to which Roma and Leviathan are the ultimate key.


Set in a colonised Indo-Persian world and inspired by pre-Islamic Arabian mythology, The Descent of the Drowned is a tale about power, identity, and redemption, and what it takes to hold on to one's humanity in the face of devastation.



10. Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean



This is giving me, To All The Boys I've Loved Before vibes, and I, like a willfull volunteer, choose to wade into the path of rom-com sweetness. Which again, requested the ARC. Twice. On different platforms, why in the world is it not IN MY HANDS YET?? *reads over the synopsis again* Crazy Rich Asians meets THE PRINCESS DIARIES?!? THAT'S IT. I'M PRE ORDERING IT. AMAZON, EBAY, BARNES AND NOBLE ARE ALLLLL GOING TO BE CONTINUALLY ANNOYED BY ME.


SPOILER- FREE SYNOPSIS:


Crazy Rich Asians meets The Princess Diaries in this irresistible story about Izumi, a Japanese-American girl who discovers her senior year of high school that she’s really a princess of Japan.


Izumi Tanaka has never really felt like she fit in—it isn’t easy being Japanese American in her small, mostly white, northern California town. Raised by a single mother, it’s always been Izumi—or Izzy, because “It’s easier this way”—and her mom against the world. But then Izzy discovers a clue to her previously unknown father’s identity…and he’s none other than the Crown Prince of Japan. Which means outspoken, irreverent Izzy is literally a princess.


In a whirlwind, Izzy travels to Japan to meet the father she never knew and discover the country she always dreamed of. But being a princess isn’t all ball gowns and tiaras. There are conniving cousins, a hungry press, a scowling but handsome bodyguard who just might be her soulmate, and thousands of years of tradition and customs to learn practically overnight.


Izzy soon finds herself caught between worlds, and between versions of herself—back home, she was never “American” enough, and in Japan, she must prove she’s “Japanese” enough. Will Izumi crumble under the weight of the crown, or will she live out her fairytale, happily ever after?



11. Counting Down with You by Tashie Bhuiyan



Yes, I am indeed counting down with you as well. Counting down TO THE MOMENT I ABSOLUTELY LOSE IT BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE THIS IN MY LIFE. AKA BOOKSHELVE. *deep breathe* I just don't think I can continue guys. I think I've reached the end of my road. The pain...it's just too great. This book has bad boys, people. Do you KNOW what bad boys in books DO to me? They absolutely obliterate my heart. THAT'S what they do.


SPOILER- FREE SYNOPSIS:


In this sparkling and romantic YA debut, a reserved Bangladeshi teenager has twenty-eight days to make the biggest decision of her life after agreeing to fake date her school’s resident bad boy.


How do you make one month last a lifetime?


Karina Ahmed has a plan. Keep her head down, get through high school without a fuss, and follow her parents’ rules—even if it means sacrificing her dreams. When her parents go abroad to Bangladesh for four weeks, Karina expects some peace and quiet. Instead, one simple lie unravels everything.


Karina is my girlfriend.


Tutoring the school’s resident bad boy was already crossing a line. Pretending to date him? Out of the question. But Ace Clyde does everything right—he brings her coffee in the mornings, impresses her friends without trying, and even promises to buy her a dozen books (a week) if she goes along with his fake-dating facade. Though Karina agrees, she can’t help but start counting down the days until her parents come back.


T-minus twenty-eight days until everything returns to normal—but what if Karina no longer wants it to?



Bonus Book:


Because the hype is apparently worth it. Also, my curiosity is killing me, okay? Oh! and because a certain Kaz Brekker has caught the eye of this love sick mutt. Thank you very much.


SPOILER- FREE SYNOPSIS:


Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .


A convict with a thirst for revenge


A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager


A runaway with a privileged past


A spy known as the Wraith


A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums


A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes


Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.




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So here it is, beautiful Mc Neutrons. My year, in a nutshell. Trying to be patient for things and try to wait, fail at such simple endeavour ( then proceed to critize yourself because, hello? It's pathetic), give in and recognize that maybe the wait is inevitable. Die. Of heartbreak, I mean. I LEGIT have a 20+ TBR list that I NEED to read but that's too long to write about, and my creative/ sarcastic (sarative? crecastic?) gene only last for so long. I want to know what's happening in your bookish lives! How many books do you have on your 2021 TBR so far? Are any of these books present in it? Writing a book of your own, perhaps? (that ish is next level brutal, to be honest)


Please leave your opinions in the comments below!


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