Middle Grade Monday | 3 Books I can’t stop recommending

Who doesn’t like a comforting middle grade? As of late, I’ve been trying to read more middle grade novels. I’ve read a few in the past and have enjoyed them but I never really stuck to them. This year however, I read multiple and enjoyed them immensely. What’s better than a middle grade recommendation post? Read on to discover the middle grade books that I can’t stop recommending! Also do share some of your favourite books with me.


#1 – Other Words For Home by Jasmine Warga

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Other Words For Home was unlike anything I have ever read before. The book was written in verse and had the most beautiful writing. The story was hopeful and heartwarming but also sad at times. I cried while reading this and it instantly became one of my favorite reads. Plus, Hijabi girl on the cover? Yes, please.

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5 Books by Black authors that I read and loved recently

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I’m here to share with you some of my recent favorite books by Black authors. I’m hoping to do this every month where I share with you diverse books to add to your tbr and look out for. I read some really great ones and I’m really hoping you’ll read these books!


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Justin A. Reynolds, author of Opposite of Always, delivers another smart, funny, and powerful stand-alone YA contemporary novel, with a speculative twist in which Jamal’s best friend is brought back to life after a freak accident . . . but they only have a short time together before he will die again.

Jamal’s best friend, Q, doesn’t know he’s about to die . . . again.

He also doesn’t know that Jamal tried to save his life, rescuing him from drowning only to watch Q die later in the hospital. Even more complicated, Jamal and Q haven’t been best friends in two years—not since Jamal’s parents died in a car accident, leaving him and his sister to carry on without them. Grief swallowed Jamal whole, and he blamed Q for causing the accident.

But what if Jamal could have a second chance? An impossible chance that would grant him the opportunity to say goodbye to his best friend? A new health-care technology allows Q to be reanimated—brought back to life like the old Q again. But there’s a catch: Q will only reanimate for a short time before he dies . . . forever.

Jamal is determined to make things right with Q, but grief is hard to shake. And he can’t tell Q why he’s suddenly trying to be friends with him again. Because Q has no idea that he died, and Q’s mom is not about to let anyone ruin the miracle by telling him. How can Jamal fix his friendship with Q if he can’t tell him the truth?

Justin A. Reynolds is one of my favorite authors! He wrote Opposite of Always last year and it automatically became one of my favorite reads. This one was no different. I got a review copy two months ago and just loved it so much! His stories always have so much feeling with this touch of sci-fi. Highly recommend you pick this one up.

Release Date: September 22, 2020

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How to read more books

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Do you ever wish you could read more books without pushing yourself? There’s always that time of year where everyone is racing to complete their reading challenge. Me included. I managed to finish a big chunk of it last month when I ended up reading 16 books. How did I do that? and how can you read more? read on for some tips and different ways you can motivate yourself without exhausting yourself.

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Book recommendations to match your reading mood

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With going into lockdown many of us have hit a reading slump period. I went through that in May and let me just add that it was awful. Since then I’ve been trying to fill my time by reading books according to my mood. That’s not to say I haven’t made a tbr, I’m just choosing those books according to how I’m feeling in the moment. And if i’m not in the mood I’ll just move it to the next month or whenever I’m feeling it. I’ve put together this post with some book recommendations depending on what you’re up for!


 

Book that reads like a memoir

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If you feel like reading a book that has a memoir like feel to it then I recommend giving If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha a try. Mind you the story might not really be for everyone but I found this on particularly interesting. It follows the lives of 4 Korean women. Honestly this blurb says it a lot better than I can, ‘A riveting debut novel set in contemporary Seoul, Korea, about four young women making their way in a world defined by impossibly high standards of beauty, secret room salons catering to wealthy men, strict social hierarchies, and K-pop fan mania.’

 

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Let’s Get Lit Book Fest | #Asianweek Book Showcase

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If you’ve read the previous Let’s Get Lit post on my blog where I interviewed some of the most amazing asian authors then you’ll probably want to see their books!

Please make sure to check out these amazing books and do check out Krisha and Lili’s posts for this week! Oh and if you do pre-order any of these books do remember that it can be counted as an entry for the giveaway at the end of the festival!

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My 20 in 2020 book list

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Do you ever make a list of books for the year that you just have to get to? I’ve made a list this year! I’m hoping this will keep my accountable and remind me to get to these. Some are backlist titles and others are new releases. Some of these I’ve put off reading for way too long and hopefully 2020 will be the year I pick them up. Continue reading for a look at my must read titles!

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Vampires Galore | 2 weeks of Vampire content

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I’ve gone through great pains to make this post. I’ve been trying to come up with new content to spice up my blog and reading. This pandemic is slowly taking away my energy to blog and university hasn’t ended completely just yet. The amount of stress is real but I had to read an arc of a vampire book and ended up falling down the rabbit hole. I wasn’t one of the readers who grew up with Twilight but it has been of the series I’ve been wanting to read just out of curiosity. The only vampire books I’ve read have been Vampire Academy and some other books that aren’t predominantly about vampires but feature them. So this was a really fun challenge to put together! (even though I ended up reading a particular series).

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