Top Ten Tuesday -1/31/23- Comfort Reads

Hi! Jana hosts Top Ten Tuesday @thatartsyreadergirl. This weekly meme was born out of a love of lists and bringing the book blogging community together. Jana will post a prompt each week, and we readers will make our post based on that prompt. We also can do our own thing if we don’t have ideas for the topic that week. This week, our topic is a freebie, so I decided to do some comfort reads for me. 

1- Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee- YA Contemporary 

2- Heartstopper by Alice Osemen- YA Contemporary Romance  (Graphic Novel)

3- Spoiler Alert by Oliva Dade- Adult Contemporary

4- Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake- Adult Contemporary Romance 

5- When You Get the Chance by Emma Lord -YA Contemporary

6- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid- Adult Historical Fiction

7- 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston – YA Contemporary Romance 

8- Geekerella by Ashley Poston-YA Contemporary Romance 

9- Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills-YA Contemporary 

10- The Chance to Fly by Ali Stroker and Stacy Davidowitz- Middle-Grade Contemporary 

This Is Not My Home Blog Tour- Review & Favorite Quotes

Hi! Welcome to my stop on the This Is Not My Home Blog Tour.

About the Book

enre: Children’s Picture Book
Publishing date: January 24th, 2023

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indigo | IndieBound

Rep: Taiwanese-American

Synopsis:

From debut author-illustrator duo Vivienne Chang and Eugenia Yoh comes a humorous and heartfelt reverse immigration story that will resonate across cultures and show us how a place can become home.

This is not my backyard barbecue.
This is not our car, these are not my fireflies.
This is not my farmers market and…
This is not my home.

When Lily’s mom announces their family must move back to Taiwan to take care of her elderly Ah Ma, Lily is devastated to leave behind her whole life for a place that is most definitely not her home. But Lily soon realizes, through the help of her family and friends, what home means to them. And perhaps someday—maybe not today, but someday—it might become her home too. 

Favorite Quotes

“And the Fireflies at Parsley Park?”

“We have to go back to take care of Ah Ma.”

“This  is not my home.”

“I miss home, Lily said in a quiet voice.”

“I’m sorry. I know this is not you’re home.”

“Mamma? Yes? This is My Home.”

Review

Rating: 4 stars

Characters

This was a children’s story with memorable characters. Lily was a fantastic main character, and I could relate to her in a few ways. Lily was brave because as much as she didn’t want to leave her home to go back to Thailand, she did and she was open to trying new things. I loved how much Lily grew at the end of this story. 

Plot

This is Not My home had a simple story for kids, but it was one that was easy for kids and adults to enjoy. Lily is going through a change and needs to leave the only place she’s ever known. On the opposite side, Lily’s mother missed Thailand, and she was very excited to go back home, and find part of herself in the country she left again. In the end, this brought Lily and her mother back together, because they both had a connection to a place that they loved. I loved this story because it brought Lily and her mom closer. 

Writing 

This is Not My Home had a writing style that was simple and easy to follow. The light tone works perfectly for this story. There were also some serious moments in this novel because it talks about leaving a place you love, and the only place you’ve ever known, This is Not My home could be read by kids by themselves, or as a book with their family. 

Art

This is Not My Home was illustrated by Eugenia Yoh, and I loved the style. Art plays a big part in children’s books because a lot of the story is told through art. I loved the color palette of this story, and how the art worked with the story.  

Enjoyment 

I enjoyed this book, and I recommend it to fans of children’s novels and reverse immigration stories.

About the Authors

Vivienne Chang and Eugenia Yoh met at Washington University in St. Louis. Eugenia studied Communication Design and now works at Chronicle Books. Vivienne studies Economics and is still stuck in St. Louis.
They hope to continue telling stories that simplify seemingly universal ideas through humor. When they are not discussing their next book concept, they can be found at a lake, a library, or in the yogurt section of Whole Foods. Who is this dog? We do not know. We found her in North Carolina.

Joint Website | Vivienne’s Website | Vivienne’s Twitter | Vivienne’s Instagram | Vivienne’s Goodreads | Eugenia’s Website | Eugenia’s LinkedIn | Eugenia’s Instagram | Eugenia’s Goodreads | Eugenia’s Etsy

Blog Tour and Instagram Schedules

January 23rd
Stuck in Fiction – Promotional Post
Paws.Read.Repeat – Review
Jen Jen Reviews – Review

January 24th
heylittlesiren – Promotional Post
Twirling Book Princess – Review

January 25th
Confessions of a YA Reader – Promotional Post
The Litt Librarian – Review

January 26th
The Book Dutchesses – Promotional Post
The Bookish Coven – Review
PopTheButterfly Reads – Review

January 27th
Lemmi Bookmark That! – Review
Dear Rivarie – Review, Journal Spread

January 28th
TheGeekishBrunette – Promotional Post
Gina Rae Mitchell – Review

January 29th
Pagies of Novels – Review & Favorite Quotes
Nursebookie – Top 5 Reasons to Read This Is Not My Home

January 23rd
emmamustread – Review
paw.read.repeat – Content Creator’s Choice
jenjenreviews – Content Creator’s Choice
The Thought Scribbler’s Blog – Review

January 24th
tbrandbeyond – Promotional Post
mellasmusings – Favorite Quotes
heylittlesiren – Content Creator’s Choice

January 25th
allielovestoread – Review & Favorite Quotes
dreaminginpages – Review
thelittlibrian – Content Creator’s Choice

January 26th
ninebookishlives – Promotional Post
foiblesandfiction – Review
popthebutterfly – Content Creator’s Choice

January 27th
luna_reads_ – Journal Spread
whisperingprose – Review
lemmibookmarkthat – Content Creator’s Choice

January 28th
quirkylitlover – Promotional Post
castella.and.novellas – Review & Favorite Quotes
thegeekishbrunette – Content Creator’s Choice

January 29th
writingrosereads – Promotional Post
peireads – Promotional Post
get.outside.and.read – Review
paiges_of_novels – Content Creator’s Choice
nurse_bookie – Content Creator’s Choice

Top Ten (Eleven) Tuesday- New to Me Authors in 2022

Hi! Jana hosts Top Ten Tuesday @thatartsyreadergirl. This meme was born out of a love of list,and bringing the book blogging community together. Each week, Jana will post a prompt, and we readers will post our list based on that prompt, We also have the option of doing our own thing if we don’t have ideas for the topic that week. This week, our topic is: Favorite new to me authors of 2022.

1- Ashley Herring Blake (Deliliah Green Doesn’t Care)

2- Tamsyn Muir (Gideon the Ninth)

3- Racquel Marie (Ophelia After All)

4- Sabaa Tahir (All My Rage)

5- A.J. Sass (Ellen Outisde the Lines)

6- Alice Osemen (Heartstopper)

7- Jenifer Dugan (Hot Dog Girl)

8- Claribel A. Oretega (Frizzy)

9- Malinda Lo (Last Night at the Telegraph Club, A Scatter of Light)

10- Matthew Mercer & various (Vox Machina Origins Volumes 1-2)

Honorable Mention

11- Marieke Nijkamp (Critical Role: Vox Machina- Kith & Kin)

Cookie Monsters

About the Book

Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary
Publishing date: January 27th, 2023

Goodreads Amazon Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indigo | IndieBound

Synopsis:

A fun, fast-paced novel about friendship, family, fighting for what’s right, and standing out from the crowd while standing up for yourself. 

Twelve-year-old Brooklyn Ace is ready to take the Valentine World Scouts by storm and build her own cookie empire. She nearly won the top cookie selling spot last year and is determined to make her mom—who recently passed away—proud by coming in first this time around. With her fabulous best friends by her side, Brooklyn knows she’ll become Santa Monica’s District Cookie Queen. The crown is practically in the bag. 

Then Piper Parker arrives. 

Piper has a rich dad, a fancy hotel, and a drive to steal the cookie crown right off Brooklyn’s head. Before long, most of the seventh grade is under Piper’s spell. But Brooklyn is in it to win the biggest cookie war the school has ever seen. With the help of her cookie squad, her rockstar grandmother, her super cool therapist, and a lot of self-love and inner growth, maybe—just maybe—Brooklyn can end up a winner after all.

Quotes

Then there’s sleeping in, and waking up to brunch, which means pancakes or French toast for breakfast, which c’mon, is basically dessert. 

I’m always here if you want to talk about your feelings. They’re here, and they matter. 

Lyric shoves me out of the way and screeches into the screen door, “calling the cops on a bunch of scouts? What do you think we’re going to do, start a campfire on your lawn and make s’mores?” 

Brooklyn, I know it’s hard to open up to someone you don’t really know and to tell them how you’re doing. That’s totally understandable if that’s even how you’re feeling.

And no, it isn’t my mom’s voice out there convincing everyone to buy cookies from me. It is mine. 

But you used everything you’ve learned from her and put it all into being the best version of yourself- and she’s a big part of that. 

Review

Rating: 5 stars 

Rep: BIPOC, Mental Illness. 

Characters

Cookie Monsters had fantastic characters to me. Brooklyn had been through a lot in the last year, and she was just trying to do well in the cookie-selling competition in memory of her mother. Piper Parker was the antagonist, and you didn’t know much about her story until late in the book, but she was an interesting character for me as well. Brooklyn had her squad of friends who sold cookies with her, and they were all a lot of fun to read about because they each had their own interests that made them unique. Brooklyn’s grandmother and her father were great supporting characters, and I loved seeing them pop up throughout the story. 

Plot

The story of Cookie Monsters was more than just characters selling cookies. For me, it was about finding yourself and embracing who you are as a person. I loved how hard Brooklyn worked to sell cookies, she was doing it for her mom, but she was also doing it  for herself because she knew that she could do it and wanted to prove to herself that she could sell cookies. Over the course of the story, Brooklyn’s confidence grew, and by the end of the book, I was so proud of her. Cookie Monsters was also a story of mental health and asking for help from friends and family when you need it. 

Writing 

Even with Middle-Grade Novels, writing still plays a big part in the story. Erika J Kendrick is a fantastic writer who wrote Cookie Monsters with a lot of heart.  During the light light-hearted scenes in the novel, as a reader, I was having fun, and laughing because the characters were having fun, and enjoying the company of each other. This novel had some very intense and heavy scenes as well, and during these scenes, there was a tonal shift, and you could tell that the characters were having a big moment as well. 

Friendship

Brooklyn had her squad, and they were all so sweet. Each girl really cared about Brooklyn, and they were always there to support her when she needed it. Each girl in the squad had their own things were dealing with, and with the help of her friends, they wear able to come out stronger on the other side. Brooklyn was a cheerleader, and I loved seeing Magic and the Honeybees in this book as well.  

Enjoyment 

I loved this novel a lot. I had a lot of fun reading it, and it was the perfect mixture of a fun story and a heartwarming story. Anyone who likes Middle-Grade novels should check out this one. 

About the Author

Erika J. Kendrick is an acclaimed writer, a national speaker, and a mental fitness expert. She earned a psychology degree from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Erika was an NBA cheerleader for the Chicago Bulls before writing her novels, Confessions of a Rookie Cheerleader (Random House) and Appetite (Random House). She is currently touring her debut middle grade novel, Squad Goals, with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. The spinoff, Cookie Monsters, is set for a summer 2022 release.

After battling her brain pain, Erika founded Mental Fitness For Life where she launched her latest Mental Fitness book tour, “Who Moved My Happy?” While talking to audiences of all backgrounds and ages, Erika shares her story of brain pain and inspires hope by creating safe spaces for life-saving conversations. She has presented and guest lectured at colleges and universities as well as the US Army and US Air Force, national sororities and fraternities, middle and high schools, conferences, retreats, and national organizations, large and small. Erika has toured with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and is a speaker with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) where she has been inducted into their Hall of Fame.

Erika is a recipient of several “Who’s Who” honors, a Rising Icon honor, and several Awards of Excellence. Erika has taken the stage for TEDx, appeared on Good Morning America – The Third Hour (GMA3), NBC News, CBS News, The Wendy Williams Experience, national television and radio segments, and a host of other media outlets. She has been featured in several publications, including Page Six of The New York Post, The Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and various other magazines and digital media.

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Facebook

Follow the Tour

January 16th
The Litt Librarian – Promotional Post
Confessions of a YA Reader – Promotional Post

January 17th
PopTheButterfly Reads – Promotional Post

January 18th
Kait Plus Books – Promotional Post
Hijabi Reads – Review

January 19th
Paws.Read.Repeat – Top 5 Reasons to Read Cookie Monsters
TheGeekishBrunette – Promotional Post

January 20th
heylittlesiren – Promotional Post
Boys’ Mom Reads! – Review

January 21st
Stuck in Fiction – Promotional Post
Jen Jen Reviews – Review

January 22nd
The Nutty Bookworm Reads Alot – Review
Paiges of Novels – Review & Favorite Quotes

January 16th
ninebookishlives – Promotional Post
quirkylitlover – Review
thelittlibrarian – Content Creator’s Choice

January 17th
gsreadingspree – Review
get.outside.and.read – Promotional Post
popthebutterfly – Content Creator’s Choice

January 18th
allielovestoread – Review & Favorite Quotes
booking.with.janelle – Review & Favorite Quotes
lia8.43 – Content Creator’s Choice

January 19th
luna_reads_ – Journal Spread
paws.read.repeat – Content Creator’s Choice
thegeekishbrunette – Content Creator’s Choice

January 20th
mellasmusings – Favorite Quotes
gryffindorbookishnerd – Promotional Post
heylittlesiren – Content Creator’s Choice

January 21st
mulberryreads – Review
dreaminginpages – Promotional Post
jenjenreviews – Content Creator’s Choice

January 22nd
writingrosereads – Promotional Post
the.bilbliophile.michelle – Review & Favorite Quotes
paiges_of_novels – Content Creator’s Choice

Can’t-Wait Wednesday- The Love Match by Priyanka Taslim

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Hi! Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa @wishfulendings.com. This meme was originally created by Jill @breakingthespine. The purpose of this meme is to feature a release, usually pre-publication, that we can’t wait to read! This week, I’m featuring a YA Romance that sounds right up my alley. All information comes from Goodreads!

Title: The Love Match

Author: Priyanka Taslim

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Expected Publication: Janaury 3rd 2023 from Salaam Reads/ Simon Schuster

Synopsis

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before meets Pride and Prejudice in this delightful and heartfelt rom-com about a Bangladeshi American teen whose meddling mother arranges a match to secure their family’s financial security—just as she’s falling in love with someone else.

Zahra Khan is basically Bangladeshi royalty, but being a princess doesn’t pay the bills in Paterson, New Jersey. While Zahra’s plans for financial security this summer involve working long hours at Chai Ho and saving up for college writing courses, Amma is convinced that all Zahra needs is a “good match,” Jane Austen style.

Enter Harun Emon, who’s wealthy, devastatingly handsome, and…aloof. As soon as Zahra meets him, she knows it’s a bad match. It’s nothing like the connection she has with Nayim Aktar, the new dishwasher at the tea shop, who just gets Zahra in a way no one has before. So, when Zahra finds out that Harun is just as uninterested in this match as she is, they decide to slowly sabotage their parents’ plans. And for once in Zahra’s life, she can have her rossomalai and eat it too: “dating” Harun and keeping Amma happy while catching real feelings for Nayim.

But life—and boys—can be more complicated than Zahra realizes. With her feelings all mixed up, Zahra discovers that sometimes being a good Bengali kid can be a royal pain. 

Why I want to read this

Well, this book caught my attention because it’s described as To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before meets Pride and Prejudice. The romance seems sweet, and I can’t wait to meet Zahra, Harun, and Nayim. Also, I’m from New Jersey, and we don’t get a lot of books set in this state.

Top Ten Tuesday-Favorite Library Loans

Hi! Jana hosts Top Ten Tuesday @thatartsyreadergirl. This weekly meme was born out of a love of lists and bringing the book blogging community together. Each week, Jana will post a list, and we readers will post our list based on that prompt. We also have the option of doing our own thing if we’re not feeling the topic of the week. I am starting to use the Library more this year through the Libby app, and I wanted to share my favorite reads I’ve read from the Library. 

1- Pizza My Heart by Rhiannon Richardson (current read)

2- Growing Pangs by Kathryn Ormsbee (current Read)

3- Stargazing by Jen Wang

4- Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldree

5-Go The Distance by Jen Calonita

6- Loveless by Alice Osemen

7-One For One by Lilli Lainoff

8-As If on Cue by Marisa Kanter

9-Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan

10- The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood 

Roll for Love- National Novel Writing Month 2022 (Blogging Hiatus)

Hi! Every year writers across the world join together and write a 50,000-word novel in a month! This year will be my first year back fully in several years, and so I will be going on a bit of a blogging hiatus. I may still do Top Ten Tuesday some weeks, and I want to do a post every Wednesday where I walk about my writing, and how the story is coming along.

I have done National Novel Writing Month for several years but took a break when work and blogging needed more attention, so fiction writing needed to take a back seat. I’ve really missed National Novel Writing Month, so I’m coming back with an all-new story this year. Check out the info before for the title, genre, and a summary

Title: Roll for Love

Genre: New Adult Romance

Synopsis: Camille Roth is a 24-year-old music teacher and needs a date for her sister Hannah’s, wedding. Enter Jess Barrett, a long-time friend, and recent crush. After Jess rolls a Nat 20 and romances Cami’s character in their DND Champaign, the two decide to go on a real date.

The story features: found family/ a friends group, a DND game, queer love, and shenanigans. I’m very excited about this story,and it should be a very fun story for me to write. The idea for this story came to me because I wanted a story that featured DND, but I wanted a little something more than just DND. I look forward to sharing my progress updates with you all, and I hope you enjoy reading them as well.

October 2022Wrap-up!

Hi! I read a lot of books last month, so I thought I would share my books!

Books- How to Succeed in Witchcraft by Aislinn Brophy-5 stars
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern-5 stars
Frizzy by Claribel A. Ortega and Rose Bousamra (Illustrations) -5 stars
Lore Olympus volume 1 by Rachel Smythe-4.5
Kristy’s Big Idea (The Baby Sitter’s Club Graphic Novel #1) by Raina Telgemeier -4.5
Star Gazing by Jen Wang-5 stars
Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson #2) by Rick Riordan-5 stars
Terry’s Crew by Terry Crews-4.5 stars
Get A Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hilbert-4.5 stars
Don’t Hate the Player by Alexis Nedd-5 stars
Fairest by Marissa Meyer-4.5 stars