Top Ten Books I MUST Read this Winter

Top Ten Books I MUST Read this Winter
  Top Ten Tuesday  is a meme hosted by the Awesome people over at  The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by the Awesome people over at The Broke and the Bookish.

Winter is the time to catch up on your TBR.  There is no excuse.  Who wants to go outside when it is cold and windy? And living in Beijing, now that the heat has been turned on, the pollution levels are regularly terrible.  I can't fight fate. I am just going to have to suffer and read all the books. 

 


Wintersong (Wintersong #1) by S. Jae-Jones

Wintersong
by S. Jae-Jones 

Goodreads | Amazon | Audible
Series: Wintersong #1
Published: February 7th 2017
Recommended by: Goodreads initially

Wintersong has been on my list forever and I own it but someone described it as a slow burn romance this week on twitter and now I need to read it badly.  If that isn't enough the description compares it to Labyrinth and that is enough for me. Up next...


American Panda by Gloria Chao 

American Panda
by Gloria Chao 

Goodreads | Amazon
Series: no
Published: February 6th 2018
Recommended by: First my Goodreads algorythim but I have heard so buzz around this book.  

I live and teach in China.  My school isn't allowed to accept Chinese nationals but we do have a significant population of Chinese students with other passports (it's a thing).  Because of this I am ALWAYS on the look for Middle Level and YA that has a Chinese or Chinese American/Canadian/Australian/you get the picture.  This book has a Taiwanese main character (so has many of the same traditions and culture as mainland China) I am interested in this one especially because it has a slightly older main character (Mei is in her first year at MIT). 


 Is it me or did they go to a awful lot of trouble to make her hijab look like a hoodie?  I am not sure how I feel about that.

Is it me or did they go to a awful lot of trouble to make her hijab look like a hoodie?  I am not sure how I feel about that.

A Girl Like That
by Tanaz Bhathena 

Goodreads | Amazon
Series: no
Published:  February 27th 2018
Recommended by: Goodreads

I book set in Saudi Arabia by someone who has lived there.  Need.  I think that the main character might be dead before the book starts which is an interesting twist.  


 There seem to be like, eight covers for this book and I love all of them.

There seem to be like, eight covers for this book and I love all of them.

Love, Hate & Other Filters
by Samira Ahmed

Goodreads | Amazon
Series: no
Published: January 16th 2018
Recommended by: Eric Smith on Twitter

Here is my cycle of insanity: I go on twitter and see someone has posted about this book.  I and try to buy it.  I can't because I have already preordered it.  I curse the fact that I have to wait for it.  I go back on twitter.  Someone posts about this book.  The cycle repeats itself.  I swear to you, I do this at least three times a week. I am dying to get my hands on this book! It is also an #Ownvoives Indian-American Muslim story.  


I Am Thunder by Muhammad Khan

I Am Thunder
by Muhammad Khan

Goodreads | Amazon
Series: no
Published: January 25th 2018
Recommended by: Goodreads

I am really attracted to the dark and edgy elements in the books description. It feels as if it is going to be one of those books that drags you into it and which you find yourself reading unexpectedly in one sitting.  I am a little worried that the "extremism" is going to reinforce stereotypes.  On the other hand this is an #ownvoices story so hopefully what will happen instead is nuance of characterization. I am not sure that this is going to be published in the US right away (I can't seem to find somewhere to order it) but I will be getting this one as soon as I can.


 her covers are all so pretty.

her covers are all so pretty.

Foolish Hearts
Emma Mills

Goodreads | Amazon
Series: nope
Published:  December 5th 2017
Recommended by: Me because I loved her last two books.

I put this on the list without having a clue what it is about.  I love Emma Mills and this one has a production of A Midsummer's Night Dream. Sold.


 I wsh I liked this cover more.  I do like the eye contact the m odel is making though.  

I wsh I liked this cover more.  I do like the eye contact the m odel is making though.  

The Belles
Dhonielle Clayton

Goodreads | Amazon | Audible
Series: The Belles #1
Published:  February 6th 2018
Recommended by: It has been on my radar for so long I don't even know.

So, I think that I am over dystopias.  Or at least I thought that I was until I saw this book and just had to have it.  I have ridiculously high expectations for it so I hope I am not setting myself up for disappointment!

 


 I just love it.

I just love it.

Let's Talk About Love
Claire Kann

Goodreads | Amazon
Series: no
Published: January 23rd 2018
Recommended by: twitter but I don't remember who

THAT COVER!  Just look at her. She is just so full of joy and I am here for it.The main character is also asexual which is interesting.  There is very little asexual rep in literature so I am looking forward to this one.


The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert 

The Hazel Wood
by Melissa Albert 

Goodreads | Amazon 
Series: no
Published: January 30th 2018
Recommended by: Kelly Jensen on the Hey YA! podcast

It has this whole fairy tale things going for it and really do I need to say anything more?  I am such a sucker for fairy tales.  

 


Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles Natalie C. Parker et al.

Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles
Natalie C. Parker et al.

Goodreads | Amazon
Series: no
Published: December 19th 2017
Recommended by: Amazon

Things I hate. Love triangles. Why is this book on my list? I can't even remember but I have it preordered.  Someone must have done a damn fine job of convincing me because usually this is an automatic no from me. Pretty sure it had to do with the author list.

What are you passing the time with these long winter nights? Assuming of course that it is winter where you live.  If it isn't what are you filling your summer with?

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