Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish, and has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten book characters whose job I want, but I couldn’t think of any so I think Top Ten this or that.

10. Hardcover or softcover: Hardcover.

9. Dog-ear or bookmark: Bookmark.

8. Friends to lovers or enemies to lovers: Enemies to lovers.

7. Love triangle or misfit family: Misfit family.

6. High fantasy or urban fantasy: High Fantasy.

5. Contemporary fluff or contemporary angst: Contemporary angst.

4. Sci-Fi or Dystopian: Sci-Fi.

3. E-Book or Audiobook: E-Book

2. Movie adaptation or TV adaptation: Movie.

  1. Standalones or Series: Series.

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish, and has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten books that made me laugh out loud.

10. 50892004._SY475_ A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow – Laura Taylor Namey

9. 53138158 You Have A Match – Emma Lord

8. 52693626._SX318_SY475_ I’ll Be The One – Lyla Lee

7. 43352294 The Tourist Attraction – Sarah Morgenthaler

6. 50883357._SX318_SY475_ The Perfect Escape – Suzanne Park

5. 45861077 By the Book – Amanda Sellet

4. 30075662._SY475_ Aurora Rising – Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

3. 28458598 When Dimple Met Rishi – Sandhya Menon

2. 43125742._SY475_ Tweet Cute – Emma Lord

  1. 44019067._SY475_ The Bromance Book Club – Lyssa Kay Adams

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Review: Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

5 stars

From Goodreads: 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. 

Review:

I have loved both books from Angie Thomas and this one fits right in with the first two. A prequel to The Hate U Give, it was easy to see its influence all over this prequel. Maverick Carter was a presence in THUG and when it was announced he would be getting his own backstory book, I was excited. Going from seeing Big Mav as an adult who’d already been through so much in THUG to him being a teenager at the low end of the gang was a little weird at first, but it also worked. I liked seeing how the events of his past affected who he grew up to be in THUG.

I thought Maverick was a very relatable character. He would mess up a lot but his heart was usually in the right place. Thankfully he had plenty of people willing to call him out when he was acting like a punk. I especially loved the relationship between Maverick and his mother, who was doing her best to keep the roof over their heads after her husband/Maverick’s father went to jail. Seeing him with baby Seven, struggling to know how to care for his son but trying so hard and loving him so much was great, and it was nice to see the good representation of a young, black man stepping up for his child(when media seems to always portray the opposite).

I really enjoyed going back to Garden Heights. Angie Thomas has a way to make the neighborhood feel like a character with a personality of its own. It’s also always fun to see the little nods to other books that Angie works in. The supporting characters shined without taking the focus away from Maverick and his journey. It would be a toss-up between Maverick’s mother and his cousin Andre as my favourite supporting character.

I don’t know what Angie Thomas has planned for her next book, but I know I will be buying it.

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish, and has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten purple, yellow, and/or green covers for Mardi Gras.

10. 8573642 Incarnate – Jodi Meadows

9. 52693626._SX318_SY475_ I’ll Be The One – Lyla Lee

8. 54333424 With You All The Way – Cynthia Hand

7. 52439531 The Inheritance Games – Jennifer Lynn Barnes

6. 30075662._SY475_ Aurora Rising – Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

5. 49629448 A Song of Wraiths and Ruin – Roseanne A Brown

4. 44281011 Havenfall – Sara Holland

3. 39897752 Lost in the Never Woods – Aiden Thomas

2. 52038346 Sisters of Sword and Song – Rebecca Ross

  1. 53174067 Skyhunter – Marie Lu

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2021 Book Resolutions

Being a month and a half-ish into 2021, and not really having done much to change my reading habits, I am deciding to hold myself accountable. I’m still working and reading my reading goals but all the other stuff I had planned to be better at this year…oops. My main resolutions to start with will be reviewing again and getting my Edelweiss and Netgalley ratios back up to where they should be.

Short update, but an update nonetheless.

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish, and has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten new to me authors in 2020. I included debuts too to make it to 10.

10. 43352294 Sarah Morgenthaler

9. 52339313._SX318_SY475_ Aiden Thomas

8. 52693626._SX318_SY475_ Lyla Lee

7. 51931067._SY180_ Kacen Callender

6. 49629448 Roseanne A Brown

5. 50433121 Hayley Krischer

4. 44019067._SY475_ Lyssa Kay Adams

3. Assignment Liz Wiemer

2. 32620332._SY475_ Taylor Jenkins Reid

  1. 52386214 Jenn Bennett

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish, and has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten books I meant to read in 2020. I was trying to clear up a lot of past series where I only read the first book or two so there’s still a lot I missed.

10. 10637766 Silence – Becca Fitzpatrick

9. 7740152 Torment – Lauren Kate

8. 8573642 Incarnate – Jodi Meadows

7. 13157446 Rift – Andrea Cremer

6. 9239571 Enshadowed – Kelly Creagh

5. 9662386._SX318_ Tiger’s Quest – Colleen Houck

4. 12507214 Girl of Nightmares – Kendare Blake

3. 20359647 In A Handful of Dust – Mindy McGinnis

2. 23395680._SY475_ Illiminae – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

  1. 42036538 Gideon the Ninth – Tamsyn Muir

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish, and has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten resolutions/goals for 2021.

10. Review more. It’s been way too long since I had a reviewing schedule.

9. Read 150 books. Usually I aim for more but I have been avoiding some thicker books to make sure I keep to my reading schedule. Hopefully setting my book goal lower will allow me to pick up the massive reads.

8. Use E-books and Audio Books more. I’m running out of room and the library isn’t an option, at least right now so I’ve been buying so many new releases.

7. Participate in a read-a-thon.

6. Exercise more while listening to the audio books I plan to get.

5. Re-organize my bookshelves, theme tbd.

4. Make a reading corner in my bedroom.

3. Watch some adaptations I missed(like Mismatched on Netflix, which is an adaptation of When Dimple Met Rishi)

2. Have a saving money strategy by only buying books when I can afford to also put half of the amount of the purchase in my savings account.

  1. Buy new comfy reading clothes that don’t have holes in them.

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish, and has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten books I’m looking forward to in the first half of 2021. I did 12 cause 2 per month.

12. 53138253 A Vow So Bold and Deadly – Brigid Kemmerer

11.  52772305._SX318_SY475_ Cast in Firelight – Dana Swift

10. 53138093 The Project – Courtney Summers

9. 53487133 The Initial Insult – Mindy McGinnis

8. 39897752 Lost in the Never Woods – Aiden Thomas

7. 54333424 With You All the Way – Cynthia Hand

6. 54304229 The Cost of Knowing – Brittney Morris

5. 48716970._SY475_ The Nobleman’s Guide to Scandal and Shipwrecks – Makenzi Lee

4. 54513688._SY475_ Realm Breaker – Victoria Aveyard

3. 51591632._SY475_ Blade of Secrets – Tricia Levenseller

2. 49882806._SY475_ One Last Stop – Casey McQuiston

  1. 52035051._SY475_ An Emotion of Great Delight – Tahereh Mafi

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish, and has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten books from 2020.

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9. 52339313._SX318_SY475_ Cemetery Boys – Aiden Thomas

8. 51931067._SY180_ Felix Ever After – Kacen Callender

7. 52693626._SX318_SY475_ I’ll Be The One – Lyla Lee

6. 49629448 A Song of Wraiths and Ruin – Roseanne A Brown

5. Assignment The Assignment – Liz Wiemer

4. 35702241 The Shadows Between Us – Tricia Levenseller

3. All Your Twisted Secrets All Your Twisted Secrets – Diana Urban

2. good girl's guide to murder A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder – Holly Jackson

  1. 44432299._SX318_ Break the Fall – Jennifer Iacopelli

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