23 Books I Want to Read in 2023












If one of your New Year’s resolutions this year is more books, and you don’t know where to start, then look no further! I’ve compiled a list of 23 books to look forward to this year. I tried to make the list diverse enough to appeal to all types of readers. So I hope you’re ready to build your TBR lists for the year, because there are so many awesome books coming out in 2023! Most of these have already been in my personal Excel sheet for some time now as well as in my reading queue. I can’t wait to read to share my thoughts on them once I’m done, so make sure to check back monthly for new book reviews!!

1. Lunar Love by Lauren Kung Jessen

Olivia Huang Christenson’s plans to take over her Pó Po’s traditional Chinese traditional matchmaking business faces an unexpected hitch when she encounters some competition with a new dating app that is also inspired by the Chinese zodiac. Since there can’t be room for two matchmaking businesses, what better way than to have a matchmaker face-off? Who will find the perfect match for the other first? Will Olivia succeed or will she be bested by her rival, the quite handsome and eligible, Bennett O’Brien?

AvailableJanuary 10, 2023 by Forever

Why I’m excited to read itI’ve heard good things about this adorable romance, and I love the use of the Chinese zodiac as the backdrop for both Olivia and Bennett’s matchmaking businesses. I’m also here for the mixed Asian representation in a romance novel, as not only are both leads half-Asian, but the authour herself is as well!

2. The Year of Cecily by Lisa Lin

High-powered attorney Cecily Chang is home for Lunar New Year and ready to face all the craziness one would expect from your family during the holidays. All that she asks is that she doesn’t run into the man who broke her heart ten years ago. Too bad Jeffrey is determined to have Cecily give him and their relationship a second chance.

AvailableJanuary 17, 2023 by Tule Publishing

Why I’m excited to read it – A romance with two Asian leads set during Lunar New Year’s? Sign me up! Looking forward to seeing how Cecily and Jeff inevitably make their way to way other again.

3. Full Exposure by Thien-Kim Lam 

The second book from Thien-Kim Lam that’s once again set in New Orleans, this time focusing on Josie, who is another member of the Boss Babes in Happy Endings. During Mardi Gras, serious Josie meets Spencer Pham, an aspiring filmmaker. While the two definitely are complete opposites, they end up bonding after helping each other out, which then leads to something more. But once the festivities are over, can these two different individuals become more than a fling?

AvailableFebruary 21, 2023 by Avon Books

Why I’m excited to read it – I love that Thien-Kim Lam writes romances featuring Vietnamese and Black characters, as we don’t often see this combination of interracial romantic relationships in the media. Very curious to see where she goes with Josie and Spencer’s story and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited for more of the Boss Babes, who I’ve adored since meeting them in Happy Endings.

4. Jana Goes Wild by Farah Heron

When Jana and Anil first got together, the circumstances were far from ideal. However, she got the best thing out of their ill-timed relationship and that was her daughter, Imani. While the two have since been able to co-parent somewhat decently, she can’t help but deny that she’s not completely over Anil. Being in a wedding party together with him at their friends’ destination wedding in the breathtaking, Tanzania, while definitely but test her willpower, but does she truly not want to give them another shot, not just for their daughter but for herself?

AvailableMay 2, 2023 by Forever

Why I’m excited to read it – So ever since they appeared on the pages of Kamila Knows Best, I’ve been dying for Jana and Anil’s story. Of course, I’ll read any romance novel Farah Heron writes, but just the fact that Jana Goes Wild is going to be a second chance romance between Jana and her baby daddy, Anil has me even more excited to read this one!

5. The Love Match by Priyanka Taslim

Zahra Khan has plans to work all summer to save up for her college writing courses, but her mother thinks she just needs a good guy. But, Harun Emon, while rich and good-looking, isn’t Zahra’s cup of tea, not to mention she already has a thing for her co-worker, Nayim. So what’s a girl to do except pretend to date one guy while really dating the other? But as she gets to know both boys better, her feelings start becoming less clear and more mixed up.

AvailableJanuary 3, 2023 by Salaam Reads / Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers

Why I’m excited to read itSo while I’m normally not a fan of books with love triangles in them, The Love Match sounds cute and sounds like it has Pride and Prejudice vibes. Also excited for the Bangladeshi rep!

6. This Time It’s Real by Ann Liang

Despite never having a boyfriend, seventeen-year-old Eliza Lin wrote a viral essay about falling in love, which not only gained her major popularity points but also an internship at her favorite magazine. In order to cover up her lie, she ends up entering into a “fake dating” arrangement with her classmate Caz Song. However, things start feeling too real as she sees how fun, sweet and kind he is, not only to her but to her little sister.

AvailableFebruary 7, 2023 by Scholastic Press

Why I’m excited to read itI first heard about this book through a Tik Tok video from the authour that appeared on my feed. And it is now one of my most anticipated 2023 releases as it features a romantically inexperienced aspiring writer plus fake dating! Teenaged me could definitely relate to being a writer and being inexperienced, and I love that the heroine is Chinese and a student at an international school in Beijing.

7. When You Wish Upon a Lantern by Gloria Chao 

Kai and Liya were best friends since they were little until something tore them apart. Now, as teens, an opportunity presents itself for them to reconnect as Kai is the only person who offers to help Liya fulfill the wishes of the customers of her family’s wishing lantern store. Will these two be able to clear up all misunderstandings and find their way back to each oth

AvailableFebruary 14, 2023 by Viking

Why I’m excited to read it – I’ve read every Gloria Chao book since American Panda and was excited to hear that she has a new book coming out next year. When You Wish Upon a Lantern sounds like, it will be the perfect, heartwarming read of two estranged friends coming together into something more against the magical and romantic backdrop of Chinese lanterns.

8. The Karma Map by Nisha Sharma

Tara Bajaj, a former mean girl, and Silas D’Souza-Gupta, an aspiring photojournalist meet on a temple youth group’s road trip through India and end up bonding over their experiences of reconnecting with their Indian roots as they visit pilgrimage sites from Punjab through the Himalayas.

AvailableMarch 1, 2023 by Skyscape

Why I’m excited to read it – I’m a sucker for a good road trip/travel romance as well as a story about reconnecting with your cultural roots. The Karma Map sounds interesting as it follows a group of Indian young people going back to India, and we definitely could use more books about children of Asian diaspora going back to Asia.

9. Chloe and the Kaishao Boys by Mae Coyiuto

Right before Chloe leaves to go to USC to study to become an animator in the US, her dad decides to take on the task of finding her the perfect guy to accompany her to her traditional Chinese-Filipina debut and eighteenth birthday. What ensues is a summer of romance that is more like one awkward kaishao—or arranged date—after another.

AvailableMarch 7, 2023 by Putnam

Why I’m excited to read it – This one sounds like it would be a fun summer teen romance novel set in the Philippines! Plus, I’m curious to meet and see what Chloe’s Kaishao boys are like.

10. First-Year Orientation edited by Lauren Gibaldi & Eric Smith

Another short story anthology that’s edited by Lauren Gibaldi and Eric Smith, this one is set during the first year of university/ college and features some familiar names in YA including Sam Maggs, Gloria Chao, Adi Alsaid, Jennifer Chen and Farah Naz Rishi!

AvailableApril 4, 2023 by Candlewick Press 

Why I’m excited to read it – I enjoyed Lauren Gibaldi and Eric Smith’s other edited collection of short stories, Battle of the Bands, so I’m curious to see what kinds of stories come from this YA collection of short stories set during the first days of college. Also look forward to the nostalgia of reliving my freshman year by reading about charcters starting university since I’ve been out of post-secondary education for some time now.

11. The Queens of New York by E.L. Shen

Jia Lee, Ariel Kim, and Everett Hoang have been friends since meeting at the Lunar New Year festival in Flushing, Queens’ when they were seven. They’ve always been together until this summer. While pursuing their own dreams separately, they’ll come to realize that regardless of distance, their bond remains stronger than ever and a good thing as they’re going to need it and each other even more.

AvailableJune 6, 2023 by Quill Tree Books

Why I’m excited to read it – As a fan of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, I cannot wait to read a contemporary Asian American story that is inspired by the series about all the firsts of a teenage girl, female friendship and found family that I grew up with.

12. Kismat Connection by Ananya Devarajan

Determined to escape the “fate” of her star chart, Madhuri Iyer is determined at least to escape the “family curse” of ending up with the first guy she’s with. So she ropes her best friend, Arjun, into pretending to be her boyfriend to get things over with. Too bad she didn’t count on the fact that he’s been secretly in love with her for years!

AvailableJune 13, 2023 by Inkyard Press

Why I’m excited to read it – This one sounds like it will be a cute friends-to-lovers romance. Plus, who can’t relate to not having your life decided for you by others or even by fate? Especially as an Asian teenager, where you’re so desperate for any ounce of freedom and independence.

13. If You’re Not the One by Farah Naz Rishi

This Pakistani-American x Jamaican rom-com follows Anisa, who is dumped by her fiancé and so she recruits her annoying classmate who has the personality of a “golden retriever” to become her “love coach”.

Available – TBA by Quill Tree

Why I’m excited to read it – I found out about this book and authour from a video that popped up on my TikTok feed where she talks about her and her husband’s rather unique love story. I love her content on TikTok and the video where she promotes this book using the “Bound to Falling in Love” Trend and the cutest illustrations had me quickly adding it onto my TBR. Also love that it’s also loosely inspired by her and husband’s story in that they were also classmates when they first met and he did annoy her initially as well.

14. Guardians of Dawn: Zhara by S. Jae-Jones 

Pitched as “Sailor Moon meets Cinder”, this book is the first in a new fantasy series by the authour of Wintersong. This elemental and magical girl centric story promises to be one of action, adventure, romance and joy.

AvailableAugust 29, 2023 by Wednesday Books

Why I’m excited to read it – So this book has been on my radar since, like, 2017 or so when it was first announced, and after much delay, it’s finally going out this year! I’m looking forward to a Sailor Moon and Cinder-inspired story that features Asian characters written by an Asian writer.

15. Solving for the Unknown by Loan Le

Set in the same universe as her YA debut, A Pho Love Story, Solving for the Unknown takes place within a college’s upcoming forensic science competition that brings Bao’s best friend, Viet, and Linh’s older sister, Evie, together.

Available – September 1, 2023 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers*

Why I’m excited to read itA Pho Love Story was probably one of the first true YA rom-coms that I’d had the privileged of reading and reviewing. As, someone of Vietnamese descent, it warmed my heart to read a story featuring Vietnamese teenagers written by a Vietnamese author that was just about the typical teenage trials and tribulations. Though it’s been a few years since I was last in this universe, I look forward to Viet and Evie’s story and inevitable romance as freshmen students in college.

16. The General of Tiananmen Square by Ian Hamilton

The latest Ava Lee novel follows Ava as she tries to get the Tiananmen Square movie she invested in starring her girlfriend to be released to the mainstream audience, all while trying to figure out a way to rescue the film’s producer, Chen, who has been kidnapped under orders from the Chinese government.

AvailableJanuary 3, 2023 by Spiderline

Why I’m excited to read it – The last Ava Lee book ended on a cliffhanger, so I’m excited to read what happens next with the Tiananmen Square movie. As one of the select few series I keep up to date with, I hope that this book will be more action packed and thrilling than The Sultan of Sarawak.

17. Superfan: How Pop Culture Broke My Heart by Jen Sookfong Lee

Chinese Canadian broadcaster and novelist, Jen Sookfong Lee’s latest book is a memoir that uses her obsession with various pop culture icons as a lens to explore her own life growing up as an Asian Canadian in BC as well as examine the complicated relationship she has with her femininity and family.

Available – January 17, 2023 by McClelland & Stewart

Why I’m excited to read it – As an Asian Canadian, I am always excited to hear from more Asian Canadian media personalities, especially one that grew up roughly around the same time as I did. This memoir is already downloaded onto my tablet, and I’ll probably get to it next month.

18. Maureen by Rachel Joyce

More than ten years after we followed Harold Fry’s unlikely journey, we get a novella revolving around his wife, Maureen, who ends up going on her own expected journey that may prove to be just as life-changing.

AvailableFebruary 7th 2023 by Bond Street Books

Why I’m excited to read it – It’s been eight years since the last Harold Fry book came out, and it’s only fitting that having read Harold’s story as well as Queenie ’s, that I also pick up Maureen’s story. Maureen being Harold’s wife, who he left behind when he set out on his pilgrimage in the first book. Part of me is excited to see what propels Maureen to embark on a journey of her own, ten years after her husband went on one.

19. The Porcelain Moon by Janie Chang

It’s 1918 in France, and WWI is on the brink of ending. A young Chinese woman named Pauline Deng is running away from an arranged marriage. She ends up receiving some unexpected help from a woman named Camille who is hiding secrets of her own that can put both women in serious danger.

AvailableFebruary 21st 2023 by William Morrow & Company

Why I’m excited to read it – I enjoyed Janie Chang’s previous novel, The Library of Legends, and want to pick up The Porcelain Moon because it is a story about two different women who are fighting for their freedom. Also, I’m curious to see how their story is connected to the real history of the Chinese workers who were brought to Europe as non-combatant labour during WWI.

20. On the Ravine by Vincent Lam

Almost ten years later, Vincent Lam returns with a new book featuring the return of Dr. Chen and Dr. Fitzgerald from Bloodletting & Miraculous CuresOn the Ravine takes place many years later, as both are now seasoned doctors who work to treat opioid addiction. While still friends, they have differing views when it comes to treatment, and this comes to a head when a new patient comes under Chen’s care and it becomes difficult for Chen to separate personal feelings due to something in his own past.

AvailableFebruary 28, 2023 by Knopf Canada

Why I’m excited to read itBloodletting & Miraculous Cures to this day remains one of my favourite books. I love Vincent Lam’s writing, and was beyond excited to learn he has a new novel coming out this year. And I’m hoping to pick up and read On the Ravine next month before it releases.

21. Dust Child by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai’s follow-up novel to her hit debut, Dust Child is inspired by the authour’s real life mission to unite Amerasians (mixed children) with their family members. Similar to The Mountains Sing, Dust Child follows several characters across different races, generations, and cultures as they come to terms with their past and work towards moving forward and redefining their destinies.

AvailableMarch 14, 2023 by Algonquin Books

Why I’m excited to read it – I’m all for more stories featuring Vietnamese women that are written by Vietnamese women. I hope Dust Child will be a more nuanced look at Sàigòn “bar girls” and trẻ lai (Amerasians) and other hallmarks of Vietnam after the war, as we don’t often hear about these things from the perspective of a Vietnamese woman.

22. Banyan Moon by Thao Thai

Another multigenerational novel following three generations of Vietnamese American women. When Minh, the matriarch, suddenly dies, it brings together her daughter and granddaughter, Huong and Ann, who have been estranged for quite some time. As the two women struggle to figure out where they stand now that the “glue” that held them together is gone, they also discover many secrets about Minh’s past that had long been kept hidden away in the crumbling manor she left them

AvailableJune 27th 2023 by Mariner Books

Why I’m excited to read it – Love that this is a multigenerational story about Vietnamese women and motherhood and that the setting is an old manor. Can’t wait to see what secrets are uncovered and what the unlikely love stories will be!

23. Sunshine nails by mai nguyen

The younger generation of a Vietnamese Canadian family comes together to do whatever it takes to protect the family business; a nail salon against the new multimillion-dollar chain opens across the street. But are they willing to sacrifice family for a business?

AvailableJuly 4, 2023 by Atria Books

Why I’m excited to read it – Zahra Khan is basically Bangladeshi royalty, but being a princess doesn’t pay the bills in Paterson, New Jersey. A story about a Vietnamese Canadian family by a Toronto-based writer that is for fans of The Fortunes of Jaded Women? Sign this fellow Torontonian and Vietnamese Canadian girlie up! Also, how gorgeous is the cover? This is probably my most anticipated ARC for 2023, so if any ARC fairies are out there listening, I’d love a copy! It also sounds like the perfect summer travel/plane/beach read.


5 Books to Check Out This Fall

While I’m not a fan of unpredictable weather and not knowing what to wear when going out, I am looking forward to the actual start of fall. Not only is it my favourite season, but it also peak book season, what with all the book award announcements, and the need to cozy up inside with a book as it gets a bit chillier outside. There are a lot of great books that have come out or will be coming out this season, so I’d thought I’d share my top picks from the various fall book previews I’ve had the privilege of attending this year. Are any of them on your TBR list?

Three Kisses, One Midnight by Roshani Chokshi, Sandhya Menon & Evelyn Skye
Release Date: August 30, 2022
So I don’t normally read fantasy, but this one has me intrigued. Three Kisses, One Midnight contains three stories written by three different YA authours. I’m familiar with Sandhya Menon and Roshani Chokshi, but not Evelyn Skye. The stories are interconnected as not only are they set in the same small town, but also take place on the same night. Each story follows a different character in a friend group as they try to make true love happen for them. If you like fall, Halloween and pumpkin-spiced lattes, or even if you like cozy romances set in small towns with a dash of magic, then Three Kisses, One Midnight may be up your alley.

A Merry Little Meet Cute by Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone
Release Date: September 20, 2022

At the #HarperPresents Fall Fiction Preview, Sierra Simone and Julie Murphy described their first book together, Merry Meet Cute, as having the vibes of sitting in bed with your best friend eating baked goods, watching a cheesy Christmas movie with dirty jokes, and that kind of sold me on it. It’s a dual pov rom-com that features a bisexual, plus size adult film star who gets cast alongside a former bad boy band member in what’s supposed to be a wholesome “Hallmark-esque” Christmas movie. There is also a fun and wacky cast of side characters, including the old adult film producer who’s trying his hand at producing a family-friendly Christmas movie for the very first time. I was lucky enough to snag an advance copy of Merry Meet Cute and am looking forward to reading it closer to the holidays and sharing my thoughts with your guys!

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Seoulmates by Susan Lee
Release Date: 
September 20, 2022

As the child of Asian immigrants, I can definitely relate to trying to figure out who you are when you’re in between two cultures. So, I found the premise of Seoulmates to be interesting, as Hannah, who is Korean American, finds herself losing not only her boyfriend but her friends as well because they suddenly find themselves obsessed with Korean pop culture, something that Hannah never really got into. This estranged childhood friends to lovers K-Drama inspired rom-com sounds adorable and is my top pick from the Frenzy Presents Fall Preview event!

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The Silent Stars Go by Sally Nicholls
Release Date: 
September 20, 2022

For fans of historical fiction and Christmas stories, The Silent Stars Go by award-winning children’s authour, Sally Nicholls may be the fall read for you. Set in an English village during Christmas time after the first World War, this passionate young love story is loosely based on the author’s own family history.

Well, That Was Unexpected by Jesse Q. Sutanto
Release Date: 
September 27, 2022

Every year at the annual Penguin Teen Social, they always share with us their top ten fall releases to look forward to. This year, Jesse Q. Sutanto’s Well, That Was Unexpected was the title that caught my eye. You may know Jesse from her adult romance mystery series that includes Dial A for Aunties and Four Aunties and a Wedding; however Well, That Was Unexpected marks her foray into YA. I haven’t read any YA novels set in Indonesia but I’m looking forward to Sharlot and George’s story, as the premise is that they were “set up” by their parents who were pretending to be their kids online, which should make for a rather interesting and hilarious story!

Five Books to Read This Spring/Summer

Another year of online book previews. While I always enjoy hearing about new books, part of me misses the experience of in person events and I’m not just talking about the food. Once again, here are my overall top five picks across three separate spring/summer preview events I attended. Hopefully, it helps you guys find your next read!

The Silence That Binds Us by Joanna Ho
Release Date: June 14, 2022

The synopsis of this book intrigued me in more than one way. I, too, was not the “golden child” in my traditional Asian family, and my siblings have also struggled with mental illness. I also like how this book looks at whether one should speak up or be silent in the face of injustice, as this is a choice that isn’t always easy for us children of immigrants who have endured a lot to survive to make it in a foreign country. This one was also recommended for fans of Mary H.K. Choi books.


Crumbs by Danie Stirling
Release Date: July 19, 2022

This graphic novel was described as “wholesome witchy” which sounds adorable. I’ve been reading more comics since the pandemic and Webtoons is one of my go-to platforms, so it’s kind of cool that this series got its start here. Looking forward to this magical, small town story of friendship and first love.



A Hundred Other Girls by Iman Hariri-Kia
Release Date: 
August 9, 2022

For fans of The Devil Wears Prada, A Hundred Other Girls is about Middle Eastern-American writer finding her place in fashion and media. This debut novel is about what it means to be a young professional in an ever changing work environment. Not just the toxicity and stress but also the sisterhood that’s formed when you’re trying to chase your dreams.



Mr. Perfect on Paper by Jean Meltzer
Release Date:
 August 9, 2022

I haven’t read The Matzah Ball yet, but Mr. Perfect on Paper sounds right up my alley! It features an anxious and unlucky in love Jewish matchmaker and a single dad and news anchor who find themselves unexpectedly drawn to each other. An uplifting interfaith romance. I like how this is inspired by the authour’s own marriage as she too fell for someone who wasn’t Jewish.



The Hanmoji Handbook: Your Guide to the Chinese Language Through Emoji by Jason Li (illustrator), An Xiao Mina (illustrator), Jennifer 8. Lee
Release Date: 
August 30, 2022

I love the concept of using pictographs to help you remember the meaning of Han Chinese characters as I’ve been doing something similar with Japanese kanji! While I’m trying to learn Japanese not Chinese, I think this book using emojis can be a good starting point as there tends to be some overlap between certain Chinese characters and Japanese kanji.

Five of My Most Anticipated Books Coming This Fall/Winter

This post comes from four separate online fall preview events I attended this year. Of the many books that I heard about, I hand picked five in total that I’m particularly excited about and wanted to share with you guys. Let me know which fall/winter releases you’re looking forward in the comments below. Whether or not they’re on the list I’d love to hear from you guys.
Battle of the Bands Edited by Lauren Gibaldi & Eric Smith
Release Date: September 14, 2021

This one is for all you music lovers! Taking place during a single “Battle of the Band” competition, Battle of the Bands is a collection of interconnected short stories by some of the most currently well known YA authours like Jeff Zentner, Katie Cotugno, Jay Coles, Ashley Poston and many others!Eric Smith and Lauren Gibaldi who serve as both editors and contributors to this anthology, put on such a fun PowerPoint presentation during the Candlewick YA Preview. Not only did they include sneak peeks and behind the scenes of each of the stories, there were also personal stories and photos of all the contributors and how they connected with the high school music scene that is the core of this collection. I’m looking forward to reading these stories, if only to see how the authourswrite the various characters crossing over to each other’s stories! I also got a galley of this title, so stay tuned for my review of Battle of the Bands at the end of this month.

Meet Me in London by Georgia Toffolo
Release Date: September 28, 2021

A new British Christmas rom-com Meet Me in London is probably the first book where I picked up the book based on how bubbly and adorable the authour was in her video introduction. The gorgeous, illustrated cover also doesn’t hurt. I found and read an excerpt of this one, and it’s the perfect book to get you in the winter holiday mood! If you’re one of those people who can’t wait until December 25th to celebrate Christmas, then this is the book for you. For me, it’s the promise of strong female friendships and the fake engagement trope cements this one as my most anticipated book from the HCC Fall Frenzy preview. Hoping I get an ARC for this book as I’d love to read and review this one on the blog as well! Recommended for those who liked Tom Ellen’s All About Us, Rosie Curtis’ We Met in December or anyone who eagerly waits every year for Lifetime and Hallmark to release their holiday movies.

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Once More Upon a Time by Roshani Chokshi
Release Date: 
October 5, 2021

Lots of stories end on “and they lived happily ever after”. However, Once More Upon A Time is one of the few to look at what comes after. Queen Imelda and King Ambrose have forgotten why they’re together, a side effect of giving up their “love” to save Imelda’s life. This unknowingly puts their kingdom in danger, and they are given one more chance to save their beloved kingdom by embarking on a small quest not only with each other but with a wild cast of other characters as well. I read little fantasy, but this enchanting road trip story has me intrigued.

Serendipity Edited by Marissa Meyer
Release Date: January 4, 2022

As a fan of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series and of YA romances I was excited when this anthology was announced. Featuring both well known and relatively new YA writers like Julie Murphy and Elise Bryant Serendipity has ten stories featuring well-known romance tropes.

From enemies to lovers, friends to lovers and love that’s always been there, this collection promise to have something for every YA romance lover. I’m looking forward to reading my eGalley of this one as I’m curious to see which tropes the ten writers choose for their story, and how they go about twisting, bending, subverting or even embracing these beloved tropes.

Rise: A Pop History of Asian America from the Nineties to Now by Jeff Yang, Phil Yu & Philip Wang
Release Date: 
January 11, 2022

As an Asian Canadian, this book is an automatic addition to my TBR. AAPI representation in media has come a long way to be where it is today. I’m looking forward to this fun, graphic non-fiction collection of infographics, essays and roundtables that trace the evolution of Asian American pop culture over the last three decades! I’m hoping I get an early review copy of Rise as I’d not only love to feature it on my blog but also share it with my younger cousins who are so lucky to have greater and better AAPI diversity than what I had growing up. As with Serendipity, this one is also out in early 2022 but I could not miss out on sharing it as it’s my top pick from the Raincoast’s TeensRead Fall Preview.

5 YA Novels to Look Forward to in 2021

Last year I attended a couple of online previews and get an early sneak peek at several YA titles coming out in 2021. It was definitely an interesting experience attending these events online, and while I miss the in person events, I’m glad the publishers could move them online so we can still hear about all the amazing titles coming out in the new year. So without further delay, here are my top picks of YA books coming out in the first half of this year! 


You Have a Match by Emma Lord
Release Date: January 12, 2021

I haven’t read Tweet Cute yet, but I’ve seen many bloggers rave about it. You Have a Match is Emma Lord’s second YA novel, and it’s described as “The Parent Trap meets 23andMe”.  Protagonist Abby discovers she has a sister through an online website, and it turns out her sister is Instagram star Savannah Tully and the complete opposite of her! The two girls decide to meet up at a summer camp to figure out why Savannah was given up for adoption a year before Abby was born.On top of the family drama and secrets, Abby also has to confront the awkwardness between her and her best friend and crush Leo, who also is the co-chef at the camp where both girls are staying. This was one of the three review copies in the digital swag bags provided to us, so I’m hoping to get around to reading it sometime this year.

Hot British Boyfriend by Kristy Boyce
Release Date: February 9, 2021

This book was Marisol’s pick from the Frenzy Presents event in December since she also studied in England and ended up marrying her “Hot British Boyfriend”. Pitched as “The Holiday meets Legally Blonde”, Hot British Boyfriend is about Ellie Nichols’ quest to land a hot British boyfriend during her high school’s study abroad trip to England. After all, the best way to get over the humiliation of a public rejection is to move on with someone better! Readers who love teen romances that take place overseas like the Stephanie Perkins’ books will probably enjoy this one as well!

Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price
Release Date: 
April 6, 2021

If you’re a fan of Jane Austen and mysteries, then this book may be perfect for you! The first in a new series of Jane Austen murder mystery retellings. In Pride and Premeditation, Lizzie Bennet is now an aspiring lawyer, while Fitzwilliam Darcy is the stern young heir to the prestigious firm Pemberley Associates. The two find themselves force to spend more time together as Lizzie is determined to prove herself by solving a murder case where she believes that the authorities have got the wrong person. As a fan of murder mysteries, I’m intrigued to see how the Lizzie and Darcy dynamic will be in a legal environment, so this one is for sure on my radar. It should also be on your radar if you’re a fan of the Lady Janies series.

Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean
Release Date:
 May 25, 2021

Not going to lie, Tokyo Ever After is the title that I am the most excited for out of all the books I heard about from the previews last year! I’m hoping to get a review copy of this one so I can read it as soon as possible and share with you guys my thoughts on it. Izumi Tanaka is a Japanese American girl who has been raised by her mother with no idea of who her father is. So she’s in for a big shock when she discovers she is none other than the Crown Prince of Japan! Described as “The Princess Diaries meets Crazy Rich Asians”, I’m looking forward to all the Japanese culture and family drama and the promise of a potential bodyguard crush romance. As an Asian American who also grew up in a predominately white town, I can definitely relate to feeling like I don’t belong both in the country I was born in and my parents’ country. Tokyo Ever After has already been optioned for a TV series and a sequel is already set to come out in 2022!!

Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous by Suzanne Park
Release Date: 
June 1, 2021

Sunny Song’s summer goals include making Rafael Kim her boyfriend, getting to 100 K followers and of course having the best summer ever! Unfortunately, her plans are ruined when she accidentally makes an inappropriate video that goes viral, causing her principal to make her parents send her to a digital detox camp. Now she’s stuck in a farm in Iowa, which is basically the middle of nowhere to her, with no Internet access! Touching on topics like online addiction and casual racism, Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous promises to be both funny and heartwarming that fans of Jenny Han’s books may also enjoy as well.

5 Fiction Books Coming Your Way in Fall 2020

With the pandemic and lockdown happening where I lived, all book events were moved from in person to online. So instead of attending the Penguin Teen Social and Frenzy Presents events in person like I usually do in the previous, I ended up watching them online. Anyways keeping with the tradition, I thought I’d share some of my top picks of for this fall from both events. Please feel free to comment on the post with what books you’re looking forward to reading this fall/winter.

Charming as a Verb by Ben PHILIPe (RELEASE DATE: September 8, 2020)

Last year I was fortunate enough to attend a party for Ben Phillipe’s debut novel, The Field Guide to the North American Teenage which was a surprisingly charming and witty read. Ben’s second book is also perfect if you’ve read and enjoyed his first novel or if you’re a fan of Nicola Yoon’s books. Charming as a Verb follows Henri “Halti” and Corinne’s unlikely and somewhat “forced” friendship as it potentially develops into something more all while they’re both dealing with the usual stress of being a senior in high school with dreams of going to one of the prestigious colleges. On top of the pressure they feel, they also find themselves confronting real issues that children of immigrants face regularly like code switching and gentrification.

Jo An Adaptation of Little Women (Sort Of) By Kathleen Gros (Release date: September 22, 2020)

Jo is probably my favourite of the March sisters, even if I would’ve prefer she stay unmarried in the end. Anyways, the latest adaption of Little Womenis a middle-grade graphic novel that appears to also take the characters into more modern times. Here, Jo is a 13 years old who has her own blog and also works for her school newspaper. There’s definitely a few new twists in this tale, as Jo realizes not only is she unable to return the feelings of her best friend Laurie but she may not be into guys at all? This one looks like it will not only be a cute story but also a diverse and inclusive one as well, oh and bonus points for it being by a fellow Canadian!

All About Us by Tom Ellen (Release date: October 13, 2020)

One of the few adult titles that were showcased during the Frenzy Presents presentation. This one is for all you fans of Christmas novels with a dash of romance and time travel in the mix! Another take on the classic A Christmas Carol, All About Us is about a man who’s failing marriage makes him wonder if he had the right choice years ago and if he would make the same choice again if given the chance to go back to that fateful day in 2005. Adorable, funny, and possibly heartbreaking this one is for those who love David Nicholls’s One Day or the movie 13 Going on 30 with Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo.

The Magic Fish by Trung Lê Nguyễn (RELEASE DATE: October 13, 2020)

This Own Voices graphic novel reads like a memoir. I love seeing more books by Vietnamese storytellers. as someone of Vietnamese descent and a lover of comics, I’m really looking forward to this one, both for the story and the beautiful illustrations. Apparently there are three interwoven plots in Trung Lê Nguyễn’s The Magic Fish. The first is a fairytale that is read to Tiến by his grandparents, the second is the story of the grandparents living in Vietnam during colonial time and finally we have the story of Tiến trying to find the words both in Vietnamese and English to tell his parents that he is gay. all three have distinctive art styles, so readers will be able to differentiate between the stories.

Super Fake Love Song by David yoon (RELEASE DATE: November 17, 2020)

David Yoon’s Frankly in Love was one of my favourite books last year. I loved his writing and portrayal one of teen boy’s experience growing up as a son in a Korean immigrant household so I’m excited for his sophomore novel! The synopsis of this one sounds interesting with its themes of rock music and a small lie getting out of control. Plus I’m hoping for more of his fictional but realistic take on teen relationships in high school.

6 YA Books to Read This Fall

Fall is just around the corner, and with a new season comes more great new read to cozy up with. Over the past few months, I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to attend a couple of fall previews. So for those of you who are looking to add even more books to your TBR pile you’re in luck, because I’ve got some recommendations to share with you guys.

Butterfly Yellow by Thanhha Lai (September 3, 2019)

This one is high on my reading list as there still aren’t many #ownvoices novels featuring Vietnamese protagonists. It follows a girl named Hằng who finally makes it to the US and is looking to reunite with her brother, Linh. Along for the ride is her new friend, LeeRoy who dreams of being a cowboy. Of all the titles presented at Frenzy Presents, this is story of unlikely friendship, road trips, displacement and family is probably my most anticipated read.


Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin (September 3, 2019)

At the Frenzy Presents event, the one word that was used to describe this book was “filthy”. Other than that, the concept of a forbidden romance between a witch and a witch hunter has me intrigued. This is the one title that has been compared to the Sarah J. Maas books and it is also perfect if you liked dark fantasy series like Rin Chupeco’s The Bone Witch.


There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool (September 3, 2019)

This book was my YA Horoscopes match for the TeensRead Fall 2019 Preview. Compared to Six of Crows, this book promises to turn the trope of the Chosen One on its head. Fair warning though, this book is far bleaker than Six of Crows. If you want to know more about my thoughts on this book, be sure to come by the blog next week for my blog stop and review for this title.

Frankly in Love by David Yoon (September 10, 2019)

The name David Yoon may ring a bell because of his wife, Nicola Yoon who is a best-selling YA author and whose books have both been turned into major movies. However, with his debut novel he proves that he’s also a gifted writer. In fact, Frankly in Love is currently on my list of top reads of 2019! Highly recommend this well-written and touching story about first love, family and being the kid of immigrant parents.

Unpregnant by Jenni Hendriks and Ted Caplan (September 10, 2019)

Another book that I was fortunate enough to read early. This one is about a teen in Missouri who is forced to take a road trip with her ex best friend when she discovers she’s pregnant and needs to get an abortion. This one is being marketed as “Thelma and Louise but…with a happy ending” and I agree. If you’re a fan of the movie Juno you may like this one. Also like Juno, Unpregnant is set to become a movie produced by Greg Berlanti and Sarah and directed by Rachel Lee Goldenberg who worked on The Mindy Project. A timely read, I really enjoyed this one and am looking forward to seeing how the book gets translated to the big screen! 

Dangerous Alliance: An Austentacious Romance by Jennieke Cohen (December 3, 2019)

I love a good historical mystery and even better if there a good romance subplot! This one was pitched to us as a “Victorian Tinder”, which has piqued my interest. For fans of My Lady Jane and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, I think Dangerous Alliance may end up on my reading list solely on the basis the that the heroine is not only a badass but also a major Jane Austen fan looking for her own “Pride and Prejudice” type of love.


Frenzy Five | Spring/Summer 2019

It’s hard to believe it’s been 7 years since the very first, Frenzy Presents. Frenzy Presents has certainly come a long way since its humble beginnings especially as this event had over 110 attendees and that’s not including the waitlist! This particular event was definitely shorter than the ones in the past due to the Angie Thomas event that was taking place at the Art Gallery of Ontario later that afternoon. Still there was no shortage of great titles, so without further ado here are my top five picks from all of the titles presented.

1. The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos (Release Date: May 28, 2019)

A contemporary-fantasy hybrid novel, The Wise and the Wicked is about a family with an unusual power. Every woman in Ruby’s family when they come of age, has the ability to see when exactly they will die. And without fail, every member of the Chernyavsky family has died in the same manner that they saw that is until Ruby’s great-aunt Polina passes away. This twist leads to Ruby having hope that things are not completely set in stone, but can she really change her fate? An own voices magical realism story, this one awesome some awesome LGBTQ characters and representation which I’m all here for!

2. Ordinary Girls by Blair Thornburgh (Release Date: June 4, 2019)

This one was one of the titles on my wish list and I was fortunate enough to snag an ARC in my swag bag. A modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, this one’s for those who love stories about complicated and dysfunctional family dynamics particularly among sisters. 

3. This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura (Release Date: June 4, 2019)

Another contemporary YA novel that I’m eagerly anticipating, this one is about a Japanese American girl whose family owns a flower shop. Interestingly enough this one looks at the effect that the Japanese internment camps still has, since CJ’s family ends up selling their shop to the family that swindled her grandparents during WWII. This causes CJ to stand up and fight for her family, causing conflict within their entire Northern California community. Perfect for fans of Samira Ahmed’s Love, Hate & Other Filters, Sandhya Menon’s When Dimple Met Rishi as well Jenny Han.

4. The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter (Release Date: June 25, 2019)

Everyone that attended the event received a chapter sampler of this Evil Queen retelling. For fans of twisted fairy-tale retellings like the Lunar Chronicles series, this one takes place in a world where your fate is already written in the fairy tales. Everly Morrow is a loner and outsider who has the ability to commune with mirrors. Unbeknownst to her, she is destined to be the “Evil Queen” in Snow White’s story. Will she succumb to becoming the evil queen and a villain or give up her crown to become a hero? After reading this one, I’m even more intrigued to read the rest of Everly’s story.

5. Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove #1) by Shelby Mahurin (Release Date: September 3, 2019)

Okay so technically this one doesn’t come out until the fall, however those who attended the Spring 2019 Frenzy Presents event were given a tiny glimpse of some upcoming fall titles. This one is the first in a fantasy duology, and is the authour’s debut novel. Although, fantasy isn’t my typical cup of tea I’m excited for this one because it has a runaway witch, a marriage of convenience cleverly orchestrated by the protagonist and of course some forbidden romance between a huntsman and a witch! Also how awesome is this cover?

TeensRead Winter + Spring 2019 Preview Picks

Two months ago, I was fortunate enough to attend the Raincoast BooksTeensRead Winter and Spring 2019 Preview event in Toronto. As always there were some of the best donuts I’ve ever had, awesome swag bags, and of course tons of amazing books that were presented to us. Below are my top three picks from the preview and for 2019.

1. Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Evans Hicks (on sale February 12th, 2019)

Faith Evan Hicks is a Canadian cartoonist and animator known for her graphic novel. Comics Will Break Your Heart is her first young adult novel. The plot of this book inspired by the real life stories of comic creators of companies like DC and Marvel who lost the rights to their creations, and thus were never fairly compensated for their work, comics will break your heart is about Miriam the granddaughter of one of the creators of a well-known superhero who was betrayed by my co-creator as a result her family is now penniless. While Miriam is trying to out if she truly wants more than what her small town can offer, she meets a cute boy who of course ends up being the grandson of the man who betrayed her grandfather. I got an ARC of this one at the preview event and am intrigued by it. Hopefully I’ll get around to reading this one. Fun fact, Comics Will Break Your Heart is apparently the first book in a series, though I hope the book is a standalone and the next book is about other characters.

2. Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo (on sale May 7th, 2019)

At the time of the preview, we didn’t have a cover for this book. However, now that we do can I just say how adorable it is? Of all the titles mentioned during the preview, this one is without a doubt my most anticipated title! Another romantic comedy from Maurene Goo, Somewhere Only We Know is a modern take on the classic Audrey Hepburn film  Roman Holiday only with Hong Kong setting and a potential romance with Kpop singer and the son of a paparazzi who is trying to impress his dad. I cannot wait to read this one, and *fingers crossed* I’ll be able to snag an advance of it!

3.We Hunt the Flame (We Hunt the Flame #1) by Hafsah Faizal (on sale May 14th, 2019)

We Hunt the Flame is getting ALOT of buzz on social media and a lot of people at the preview were excited for it. I love the tagline for this book which is, “people lived because she killed, people died because he lived”. Doesn’t that speak your curiosity? The author herself is Muslim and she wanted to write a diverse fantasy novel with an Arabica setting with no genies or even supernatural elements. The first in a duology, We Hunt the Flame promises to be a thrilling novel that is all about discovering who you are and conquering your fear.

5 Books from Penguin Random House That I’m Excited For This Fall and Winter

This month and last month, I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend a couple of book previews from some publishers. Two of these preview events were from Penguin Random House. The first was their annual Fall Preview for fiction and non-fiction titles and the second was the annual Fall-I-Day Kids and Teen Preview. Both events were lots of fun, with great food and guests. You can get a glimpse of the events on my Instagram account @WordsofMystery. You should also check out the hashtags #PRHCFallPreview and #fallidaypreview on social media for more fun. Anyways without further delay, here are my top picks from both events this season!

1. The Pocket Butler’s Guide to Travel: A Compact Guide to Travelling Well: From Efficient Packing to Etiquette in a Foreign Land by Charles MacPherson


Charles The Butler (as he is fondly know as) has written couple of guide books, and his latest is a compact guide to all things travel. As someone always on the lookout for tips and tricks for travel, I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what kind of advice Charles The Butler has to offer. This guide is apparently also quite small in size which means it would fit perfectly within a carry-on which would make it a perfect gift for the traveler in your life.

2. The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory


Earlier this year I read Jasmine Guillory’s The Wedding Date and while I appreciated the diverse representation and the string, independent heroine it wasn’t exactly my favourite romance. That being said, I did like the character of Carlos and was curious as to what his story would be like. But what really had me intrigued enough to add this book to my TBR was this article by Jasmine Guillory on how it’s okay to say no to a ring, something that the heroine in The Proposal finds herself doing in a very public way.

3. Design Your Next Chapter: How to Realize Your Dreams and Reinvent Your Life by Debbie Travis (November 20th 2018)

Lately, I’ve felt like I’m at a crossroads in more than one aspect of my life.  This is something that Debbie Travis probably has also felt as she started as a TV and Home Decor guru before she decided she needed a new challenge in life. This lead to her purchasing a 13th century Tuscan villa where she now runs empowering retreats for women. Providing advice on how to make a life change and/or “switch” I’m interested in seeing what Travis has to say about reinventing your life.

4. Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of ’80s and ’90s Teen Fiction by Gabrielle Moss


Quirk Books is known for putting out unique and fun titles, and Paperback Crush is no exception. Authour, Gabrielle Moss is an editor for Bustle and has written for The New Yorker, Slate, GQ.com, The Hairpin, The Toast among many other places. In Paperback Crush looks at the history of Young Adult fiction in the 1980s and 1990s from a feminist perspective. I’m not totally obsessed with YA fiction from that era but having grown up with The Babysitters Club series, I’m definitely interested in checking this book out and learning more about 80s and 90s YA fiction. Plus who knows? Maybe I’ll even end up adding some more of these books to my TBR.

5. Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner (February 26th 2019)bluebird

So this one actually comes out early next year. Jeff Zentner is a YA author that many of my fellow book bloggers love. Despite his books being in the  contemporary YA fiction genre, I haven’t read any of them as of yet. I love that this one is about two friends who are in their final year of high school and are dealing with their lives going in different directions as this is something I can definitely relate to. Furthermore,  I was told that unlike his previous books this one won’t be as sad and in fact it will be funny so I may make this one my first Jeff Zentner read.

5 YA Books I’m Looking Forward to this Fall

I’ve always said, as a book blogger its easy to forget what season we’re actually in because many of us are always reading ahead. For instance, over the last month or so I’ve had the pleasure of attending to bookish events that showcased some of the publisher’s upcoming fall titles. And while summer hasn’t officially begun, it can’t hurt to get a head start on creating your fall reading list. With that being said, here are a few YA titles that will be coming out in the fall season.

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adis Khorram (August 28th, 2018)
I’ve heard great things about this one from many people. Darius is a half Persian, half White American teenaged boy who is forced to go back to Iran with his family due to the declining health of his maternal grandparents which causes him to feel even more out of place than normal. The main character self-identifies as a geek, so expect lots of references from shows like Star Trek. There’s also mental health representation as both Darius and his father suffer from depression and both deal with it in very different ways. Darius the Great is Not I Okay seems primed to be a heartwarming novel and I love that it is set in Iran as the authour is from there and we don’t often get YA contemporary novels set in the Middle East.

The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees by Don Brown (September 18, 2018) 

As a child of immigrants, one who was a refugee as well as someone who works in a field where we deal with a lot of marginalized individuals I’m always curious about the stories of those in other countries. The Unwanted Stories of Syrian Refugees is a timely read and given that it’s a graphic novel, this one is also good for just about anyone who wants to learn more about the conflict in the Middle East and the Syrian refugees. Featuring actual refugee stories, this one is an important read on a tough subject matter.

Carols and Chaos by Cindy Anstey (October 9, 2018)

So I haven’t read the Suitors and Sabotage books yet, however, it’s not mandatory to do so in order to enjoy Carols and Chaos. I love a good winter holiday read and this one with its side of mystery and danger in addition to romance sounds intriguing, to say the least. Plus I love a good historical setting and it’s always enjoyable to get a story from the perspective of the house staff rather than just the wealthy. And I’m always game for books that are recommended for Jane Austen fans.

Kingdom of The Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao (November 6th, 2018)

So I didn’t realize that Julie C. Dao was a Vietnamese writer until recently, which only adds to my excitement for this book. A companion novel to Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, which I haven’t read yet Kingdom of The Blazing Phoenix is a retelling of Snow White that takes place years after the events of Forest of a Thousand LanternsNow normally I not much of a fantasy reader, but I’m all for supporting Asian voices plus I’ve heard great things about this one so I’m stoked to read and review this one for my blog. Also look at that amazing cover! Stay tuned for a review of this title on the blog in November.

Dear Heartbreak: YA Authors and Teens on the Dark Side of Love by Heather Demetrios (December 18, 2018)

Dear Heartbreak isn’t your typical YA anthology. Bringing together some of the biggest names in YA, this book is a series of letters from real teens writing to their favourite authours who in turn reply to them. Each of the authours has chosen a letter that hits close to home with them, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what some of my favourite authours like Gayle Forman, and Sandhya Menon have to say on things like break-ups, cheating, betrayal, and loneliness.

What are some of your guys’ most anticipated titles for this Fall?

Frenzy Presents | Spring 2018

Last month I had the pleasure of attending the Frenzy Presents Spring Preview at the new HarperCollins Canada office. As always it was a fun day filled with good company, great snacks and of course lots of book talk! Not to mention we got to hear authour, Hadley Dyer talk about her  new YA novel Here So Far Away. As per tradition instead of doing a full recap, I thought I’d once again share my top HarperCollins Spring/Summer YA titles picks with you guys. Feel free to let me know in the comments below which books you guys are most looking forward to.

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli – April 24, 2018

Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

So I’m going, to be honest here. I never really got on the Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda bandwagon with the book and so my first Becky Albertalli book was actually The Upside of Unrequited which I liked but didn’t really love. I did, however, adore the movie adaption of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens AgendaLove Simon which made me really fall for Simon and his group of friends. And while I’m nervous at the thought of Leah and her group of friends drifting apart during their senior year of high school, I am excited for Leah to finally get her own book!

Puddin’ by Julie Murphy – May 8, 2018

Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a little girl. Not this year. This year she has new plans to chase her secret dream of being a newscaster—and to kiss the boy she’s crushing on.

Callie Reyes is the pretty girl who is next in line for dance team captain and has the popular boyfriend. But when it comes to other girls, she’s more frenemy than friend.

When circumstances bring the girls together over the course of a semester, they surprise everyone (especially themselves) by realizing that they might have more in common than they ever imagined.

So this was a title that I was fortunate enough to read before the event as an eGalley. I did read Dumplin’ but it just wasn’t for me. Puddin’, however, was an awesome, heartwarming read! I love the female friendships in this book and all the girl power that happens. Pitched as a title that would appeal to fans of Rainbow Rowell’s books, I also think this is perfect for those who may not love Rainbow Rowell’s books but are looking for a feel-good read to put them in a happy mood. Look for my review of this one on the blog early next week.

Mariam Sharma Hits the Road by Sheba Karim – June 5, 2018

The summer after her freshman year in college, Mariam is looking forward to working and hanging out with her best friends: irrepressible and beautiful Ghazala and religious but closeted Umar. But when a scandalous photo of Ghaz appears on a billboard in Times Square, Mariam and Umar come up with a plan to rescue her from her furious parents. And what better escape than New Orleans?

The friends pile into Umar’s car and start driving south, making all kinds of pit stops along the way–from a college drag party to a Muslim convention, from alarming encounters at roadside diners to honky-tonks and barbeque joints.

Along with the adventures, the fun banter, and the gas station junk food, the friends have some hard questions to answer on the road. With her uncle’s address in her pocket, Mariam hopes to learn the truth about her father (and to make sure she didn’t inherit his talent for disappearing). But as each mile of the road trip brings them closer to their own truths, they know they can rely on each other, and laughter, to get them through.

So out of all the titles that were presented during the event, this one was my most anticipated title. It’s a summer story of a group of friends who embark on a road trip together to New Orleans. The characters are said to be relatable and hilarious and I like that it tackles the cultural issues along with the usual teenage drama. I also like that the characters are in university as opposed to high school like in most YA novels. This one’s recommended for contemporary fans who’ve enjoyed books like When Dimple Met Rishi.  I actually manage to snag an ARC of this one at the event, so if you guys are interested in seeing my review of it on the blog let me know in the comments below.

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning – July 31, 2018

Ever since her best friend Anna died, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. Hiding her talents, mourning her loss, drowning in her guilt.

Then a girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears on the shore, and the two girls catch the eyes of two charming princes. Suddenly Evie feels like she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.

But magic isn’t kind, and her new friend harbors secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad—or on two legs—without Evie’s help. And when Evie reaches deep into the power of her magic to save her friend’s humanity—and her prince’s heart—she discovers, too late, what she’s bargained away.

For fans of fairy tale retellings and the musical Wicked, Sea Witch is the story of the evil witch in The Little Mermaid (known to Disney fans as “Ursula”). Pretty much every blogger I knew was excited for this one. And while I’m more of a contemporary YA girl myself, the comparison to Wicked (my favourite Broadway musical) in addition to the promise of strong female characters and friendship on top of a revenge plot has me intrigued. And while I’m not really the biggest fan of getting to know the “villians”, I am curious to see Henning’s unique take on the classic story of The Little Mermaid. Not to mention just how awesome and haunting the cover is of this book is! Also recommended for fans of Danielle Paige’s Dorothy Must Die series.

Winter/Spring 2018 Preview (Raincoast Books)

Back in September, I got the opportunity to attend the Toronto session  at the Bloor/Gladstone Library. Hosted by Vanessa and Laura from Ampersand Inc. as well as Jenn from Lost in a Great Book, the event was a fun, snack-filled chance to watch the live stream with other book lovers of the actual preview event that was taking place in Vancouver, BC.

Since the end of November is much closer to 2018, I thought that now would be the perfect time for me to share with you guys my top four picks from all the titles that were showcased at the preview event.

1. Busted by Gina Ciocca (on sale January 1st, 2018)

This was the very first title that was presented during the preview. Pitched as “Veronica Mars meets 10 Things I Hate About You”, Busted is definitely a must read for contemporary YA fiction lovers. If you love Jenny Han and Morgan Matson then this one is recommended for you! Seeing as I’ve loved several books by both of those authors, I immediately added this one onto my TBR list. This book features spying and a protagonist who finds herself falling for the guy who she shouldn’t as not only is he unavailable he’s also her “mark”. Stay tuned for my review of this book in early 2018!

2. Wires and Nerves, Volume 2 by Marissa Meyer, illustrated by Stephen Gilpin (on sale January 30th, 2018)

Like many book bloggers, I’m a HUGE fan of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series. The graphic novels are set after the events of the main series, and they follow Iko who’s known as Cinder’s android best friend. The graphic novels find Iko teaming up with some familiar faces and I definitely can’t wait for the second and final volume to come out!

3. Brazen by Pénélope Bagieu (on sale March 6th, 2018)

The past year and a bit I’ve be really getting into feminist and empowering reads like The Mother of All QuestionsWonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History and Kelly Jensen’s Here We AreBrazen is the latest book to follow the trend of female empowering reads. The book features profiles of 29 different women and unlike the books before it, this one is told in graphic novel format! Combining with my love of comics with my growing interest in women’s history and stories, this book has made it high on my list of must reads for 2018!

4. How I Resist: Activism and Hope for the Next Generation by Maureen Johnson and Tim Federle (on sale May 1st, 2018)

Since this book doesn’t come out until May 2018, there’s not cover for it yet. Anyways lately given all that’s happening in the world right now, it’s no surprise to see an increase in books talking about human rights and activism. How I Resist features essays about activism and hope (which many of us can use during these times) from many well-known YA authors and actors that’s meant to inspire everyone not just the young people it’s targeting!

So what 2018 titles, are you most looking forward to? Let me know in the comments below.

Fall Books Preview 2017

Fall marks the return of school, and the return of people coming back to work from their summer vacation. But book lovers may also know it as the prime “book season”, when many great releases are out, serval literary festivals are happening and the major book awards are given. This month I had the opportunity to attend two different fall book previews each with amazing author guests, and  so instead of doing a full event recap for each event I thought I’d highlight a few of the titles from both that I’m looking forward to.

Penguin Random House

Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin (Out Now)

This one is one that I’ve actually read before the preview. It’s about a young woman who as an intern has an affair with her married, a congressman. Told from various points of views including the woman, her mother and the congressman’s wife this book unexpectedly became one of my favourites for it’s incredibly female empowering message. A review of this book will be up on the blog some time next week.

Smitten Kitchen: Every Day Triumphant & Unfussy New Favourites by Deb Perelman (October 24, 2017)

I don’t often cook or bake, but when I do I tend to visit food blogs for inspiration. I stumbled upon the Smitten Kitchen blog last year when I was looking for recipes for my Christmas cookie swap with my friends. I love the simplistic blog layout, gorgeous photos and the easy to follow recipes. It’s been more than four years since the last Smitten Kitchen book and based on the previews, this one promises the usual drool worthy food photos and family friendly, accessible recipes. For those of you interested, Deb Perelman will be coming to Canada for a signing at Chapters Bayview on October 26!

Unqualified by Anna Faris (October 24, 2017)

This one is rather interesting seeing as Anna Faris and her husband, Chris Pratt have just announced that they’re separating. Chris is still confirmed to be doing the foreword to the book as announced earlier. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book but after reading an excerpt of her book where she talks about how its importance of friendships especially female friendships outside of your romantic relationships, I found her writing to be relatable and interesting so I’ll definitely be picking this one up. Unqualified has been suggested as being a must read if you’re a fan of Faris’ podcast or even if you enjoy funny, female memoirs.

Christmas at the Vinyl Cafe by Stuart McLean (October 31, 2017)

I grew up with CBC radio, and Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Cafe show was one of the staples of my Canadian childhood. Sadly with his passing earlier this year, 2017 will be the first year without a Vinyl Cafe Christmas special. This collection includes some previously recorded stories as well as some new ones, so I’m definitely excited for it as it would make for some perfect Christmas reading.

The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce (November 7, 2017)

I adored Rachel Joyce’s The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy and after hearing abut The Music Shop, I’m eagerly anticipating this one as well. Inspired by a real life event, and taking place in the 1980s and featuring a record store where the owner has a “gift” for finding music that people need at a certain point in their life. Described as quirky and heartwarming and recommended for fans of Terry Fallis’ The Best Laid Plans this one is definitely on my must read list this fall. (I managed to get an ARC of this one, so stay tuned for my review of it on the blog)

HarperCollins (YA)

If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Out Now)

I haven’t read anything by Jennifer L. Armentrout yet, but the tagline for this book “how can you move on if tomorrow isn’t guaranteed” has me intrigued. Also I looked up the synopsis of this one online and it sounds like it would be an interesting contemporary YA novel with the added bonus of a swoon-worthy book boyfriend! This one was recommended for fans of All the Bright Places as well as 99 Days.

One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake (September 19th)

I quite enjoyed Three Dark Crowns and am looking forward to more action in the sequel! This series is about a set of triplets who must fight to the death in order to become the next queen! Recommended for fans of complex, and messy sibling relationships and readers who love the fantasy genre.

Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West (December 26th)

So this one was my most anticipated titles out all the ones that were presented! I love a good contemporary YA novel and am a huge fan of the friends to lovers trope. Plus I love reading books were characters have their own bucket lists and are trying to check things off their list. This is mostly because I’ve always wanted to make a bucket list but could never really commit to doing one so its fun for me to live vicariously through others even book characters.

So what are you guys looking forward to this fall? Let me know in the comments below!