Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag (2021 Edition)

Hello friends!! Yes, it’s me, finally back from the dead!! 

It’s been—wow—almost three months since my last post. To go about explaining myself, school has been a real pain in the neck this past semester, especially with finals week and AP exams. And so I decided that blogging had to be pushed back on the priority list. I know I said in my 2020 wrap-up that one of my resolutions for this year is to not make blogging a chore for myself, but I felt awful that I couldn’t tell you guys about my impromptu hiatus. I’m so sorry, but thank you for still sticking with me! I can’t say enough how much I’ve missed interacting with you all and drafting rambly posts of 2k+ words.

Also, as a quick note, I celebrated my first blogiversary in April!! Thank you so much for accompanying me on my blogging journey ❤️ I know I asked you guys to submit questions for a Q&A—and thank you so much for those who did! Unfortunately, I feel like it’s way too late to answer those questions now, and I’d prefer to start my new blogging spurt on a clean slate. So no Q&A, but again, thank you so much for those who submitted questions! And I’m sorry for being so fickle 😥

As for what this post will be about… well, you read it in the title! It’s somehow already the middle of the year (can anyone believe it’s JULY?!?!?) and it’s officially time for the Mid-Year Freak Out Tag, originally created by Earl Grey Books & Chami over on YouTube. Since this tag is basically an annual blogosphere tradition, I figured that I might as well do it and take the chance to update you all on my reading progress this year! As of writing this, I have finished a grand total of 11 books, and am currently in the middle of eight other books. (To give you some perspective, I was in the middle of my 42nd book this time last year.) In other words, my reading life is a disaster 😭 I know that I shouldn’t stress out over numbers as long as I’m enjoying myself, but I can’t help it 😭 Hopefully I’ll be able to gain some steam this summer and read a lot 🙏

That being said, I have read some truly amazing books these past six months, and I can’t wait to share my thoughts on them with you! Without further ado, here’s the tag!!

The best book you’ve read so far this year

Hands down Concrete Rose!! The prequel to The Hate U Give convinced me that Angie Thomas is indeed one of the best YA writers of this generation. Intensely emotive without being sentimental, and unapologetically fierce about its support for Black young men, Concrete Rose and its characters grabbed hold of my heart, and I have a feeling they won’t be letting go anytime soon.

The best sequel you’ve read this year

I’ve only read one sequel this year so far, which was A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmmer, the third and final book in the Cursebreakers series. I wouldn’t necessarily call it the best sequel I’ve ever read, but it’s definitely not the worst, so I guess it works as my answer here 😂 You can read my full review for Vow here!

New releases you haven’t read yet but want to

The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman. The hype got to me!! I’ve seen so much love for this book and read so many reviews screaming about the plot twists. I can’t wait to see if it lives up to my expectations.

The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris. Not me crying over the blurb 😭😭😭 I’m saving this book for a day when I’m prepared to have my heart broken and kicked to the curb. Good luck to me.

The Forest of Stolen Girls by June Hur. June Hur’s debut The Silence of Bones took my breath away last year with how much I loved it, and I’m so ashamed of myself that I still haven’t picked up her sophomore book 😔 Definitely a top priority!!

Made in Korea by Sarah Suk. Just knowing that this book is about two Korean-American teens falling in love was enough to catch my attention. Reserved for when I need a serotonin overload!!

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon. The Sun Is Also a Star is one of my favorite books ever—it’s also the first YA book I read with Korean rep, which might have played a part in how much I loved it—so I definitely have really high expectations for Instructions for Dancing! From what I’ve heard, I’m going to need some tissues for the ending.

Most anticipated releases for the second half of the year

SO. MANY. I’ve already written two different posts about my anticipated releases of 2021, but somehow the list just keeps getting longer. Here are just a few:

Take Me with You When You Go by David Leviathan & Jennifer Niven (August 31). This is a relatively new addition to my TBR, but I already adore the sound of it. Central sibling relationship, complicated family dynamics, discussions about family abuse, buried past secrets… what’s not to love? 🤩 I’m actually pretty surprised that there’s been little to no hype for this book, especially since the authors are both YA powerhouses who have written some very popular novels.

Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer (September 14). At this point I’m already obsessed with everything Brigid Kemmerer has written and will ever write. Not least of which is her forthcoming fantasy featuring Robin Hood-esque vigilantes, classic enemies-to-lovers, and commentary on social power dynamics!!

For All Time by Shanna Miles (September 28). This sounds absolutely amazing 🥺 Tragic love stories are my kryptonite. Even more so when they have Black rep and span different time periods 🥺 I need this book yesterday!!

Not Here to Be Liked by Michelle Quach (October 19). Asian girls smashing the patriarchy is literally all I’ve ever needed in life 😭 This book promises amazing discussions of racism and sexism and I am so here for it 😌 Plus, rivals-to-lovers romance?! Sign. me. up!!!

Bright Ruined Things by Samantha Cohoe (October 26). A retelling of The Tempest?? Color me intrigued!! Shakespeare plays are not really my preferred choice in reading material, but out of the ones that I have read, The Tempest was my favorite. I can’t wait to see how the story translates into YA dark fantasy.

Biggest disappointment

Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This was my first venture into TJR’s work, and I have to say, I was not very impressed 😅 I had been really intrigued by the premise of this novella—the bond formed between the respective spouses of two individuals in an affair—and had hoped that the extremely hyped TJR would do it justice, but alas. I basically guessed the entire plot within the first few pages. I guess I was just expecting more. I would still recommend it if you’re looking for something short, sweet, and substantial, but… not for me.

Biggest surprise

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez. I had to read this book for an extra credit assignment in Health class and I was fully expecting to hate it. But to my surprise, I actually ended up enjoying myself quite a bit. I think I owe a large part of my enjoyment to the audiobook; otherwise, I probably would’ve DNFed after 5 pages. Here’s an excerpt from my report—disclaimer that I wrote this at like 11 pm during finals week, sorry in advance (I am literally cringing so hard as I copy and paste this):

While I initially thought that the flowery writing style would be hard to follow and thus detract from my reading experience, I actually found the prose quite exquisite and even humorous in many places. The story as a whole is strangely compelling; I couldn’t stop thinking about the ending for days after I finished it. There is much to be read into this story, especially with the many morally gray characters in the cast. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a thought-provoking classic that will challenge their idea of love.

The sentences do NOT FLOW. AT ALL. 🤦‍♀️

Favorite new-to-you or debut author

Christina Hammonds Reed! I read her debut The Black Kids this spring and was absolutely blown away by her unique writing style. I don’t even know how to describe it, but the prose is just so very… unexpectedly beautiful?? Like I’m just reading and Ashley (the narrator) is rambling and then out of nowhere there comes this line that punches me in the gut. And the cycle repeats. And then of course there’s also the really thought-provoking subject matter about the 1992 Rodney King Riots. Put it all together, and you get Reed being the latest addition to my list of authors to watch.

Newest fictional crush

Strangely enough, I didn’t have any big fictional crushes this year? There were plenty of ships that I rooted for and characters that I adored for their complexity, but nobody that I really fell in love with. (Which is absolutely insane, considering my track record with fictional crushes.) I guess I’ll take this opportunity to give a shout-out to my favorite of the aforementioned ships—Izumi and Akio from Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean. I’ve always been obsessed with the bodyguard romance trope, but these two just took it to another level. Their relationship was pure K-drama in book form, so naturally, it did feel a bit rushed at first, but it built up beautifully into a final scene that literally had me screaming out loud. I’m such a goner for these two 😭 To the right is some fanart of them drawn by the lovely CW @ The Quiet Pond—isn’t it gorgeous?! 😍

Newest favorite character

Like I mentioned, I’ve already adopted so many characters this year, I just can’t give a single answer to this question. First of all, Maverick from Concrete Rose. My two brain cells can’t seem to come up with a coherent description of why I love him so much right now, so I’ll just point you to my review, which does a much better job of explaining myself. Also, Beth and Jason from When We Were Infinite. Although the book itself was a bit of a disappointment, the complexity of these two characters was so endearing, even when they made mistakes that had me wanting to shake them. I’d also like to mention a character from one of my current reads—Bao from Song of the Crimson Flower, otherwise known as a precious cinnamon roll who must be protected from the dangers of the world. Love him.

Book that made you cry

Answering with any book other than Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas would be a crime. I feel like Angie Thomas specially consulted the list of Fictional Situations that Make Abby Cry Buckets (it’s a thing) and put them all into Concrete Rose. Mav’s character development, his relationship with his different father figures, and his relationship with his own son were all alternately heartbreaking and heartwarming to read about and—ugh. I’m just never going to be over this book, am I??

Book that made you happy

Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean. This book was just pure serotonin, I am OBSESSED 😍 Sure, TEA may not be a frontrunner for Best Literary Masterpiece of the Year, but it also single-handedly pulled me out of my school-induced reading slump, so don’t be too quick to dismiss it!! When I read this book, I was in a state of complete mental exhaustion from school and I thought I’d never be able to finish a book again, much less focus on it and actually enjoy myself. But then Tokyo Ever After came along with its royal antics and endearing angst and toothache-worthy romance and I was reminded of why I love reading so much. So yes, saying this book made me happy is a major understatement!! I can’t wait for the sequel 🤩

Favorite book-to-film adaptation

I actually haven’t seen any book-to-film adaptations this year! And yes, I still haven’t watched Shadow & Bone 😅 I’m just procrastinating at this point. I feel like I’ve basically been spoiled for the whole show at this point (thanks, Bookstagram)… but honestly, that’s not really a problem for me. The real problem is that I think I’m suffering from Grishaverse burnout—bookish social media is literally talking about it 24/7 and it’s starting to exhaust me. Nevertheless, I’m pretty sure that I’ll be over this phase soon, so don’t be surprised if I suddenly binge the show in August and start screaming about it just when everyone has gotten over it 😉

Favorite post you have done this year

I haven’t posted all that much this year 😅 So my options are rather limited… but I will say that I’m pretty proud of my post Resources to #StopAsianHate + 2021 YA Releases by AAPI Authors. I spent a lot of my time and energy writing that post and I’m so happy that I was able to raise awareness in my own small way about anti-Asian racism.

Most beautiful book you’ve bought this year

I’ve bought 4 books this year so far, which is very few for me! COVID has converted me into a library lover, so I rarely buy books nowadays. But I think the title of Most Beautiful out of the four candidates is a tie between A Vow So Bold and Deadly and The Ones We’re Meant to Find! The red-and-gold palette of Vow looks so regal and gorgeous and absolutely stunning especially with the other two books in the series 🤩 And TOWMTF is just… *exquisite* 😚 To be honest, I didn’t particularly love the cover of TOWMTF when I first saw it, but up close, the details are absolutely beautiful. The waves!! The freckles on the girls’ faces!! The clouds!! The color of the sky!! And good grief I’m even obsessed with the font. It’s such a perfect choice.

Books you need to read by the end of the year

Again, SO. MANY. I hate feeling pressured to read, but at the same time, I have an unhealthy obsession with numbers when it comes to books. Why am I like this?!

Anyway, here are a couple books I’m hoping to get to within the next couple of months, minus the review copies I really need to catch up on soon (😰) and the books I’ve already mentioned:

We’ll Fly Away by Bryan Bliss. This book is one of the first books I ever added to my TBR—why I haven’t gotten around to it yet is a mystery. It sounds like something I’ll love and it’s been on my priority list for at least a year now. By the end of this year, I promise!!

You and Me and Us by Alison Hammer. I heard about this book from a blog post and immediately added it to my TBR, but I can’t remember which blog it was 😫 I always love reading books that are centered around family relationships, and on top of that the blurb sounds so heartbreaking. Definitely an anticipated 5-star read! Whichever blog it was that I stumbled upon in my Reader, thank you so much for bringing this book to my attention!!

Lovely War by Julie Berry. Not me using this book for the same question two years in a row 🙈 I really need to get to this book this year. I have an IRL friend who’s been begging me to read it for the past few months, as well as plenty of blogging friends who are obsessed with it. Can’t wait to see what all the hype’s about!!

The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He. Like I said, this is one of my four bookish acquisitions this year, which basically says all that you need to know about my expectations. Spoiler alert: They’re sky-high. Believe it or not, I actually wasn’t planning to read this book when it first released (the blurb didn’t really sound like my thing), but after reading countless rave reviews, I decided that it did, in fact, sound like my thing after all. So here I am. Wish me luck with the plot twists 😳

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles. Another backlist TBR item! I’ve read mixed reviews for this one, so I’m a bit hesitant.. but I can’t just not read a book that’s been sitting patiently on my shelf for a year, now can I? 😙 I’ll be keeping my expectations relatively low, but if I happen to love it, my timing will be perfect since the sequel is releasing in October!

I Tag…

I’d like to tag a few bloggers to answer these questions, but no pressure at all if you don’t have the time or inclination to do so! 😊

Cherelle @ A Bolt Out of the Book
Wren @ Wings and Fables
Esmeralda @ Lattes and Literature
Sanah @ Stories & Stardust

Everyone else, please check out these blogs!! They’re all incredible and gorgeous and some of my favorites ❤️

And another overlong post comes to an end! If you’re still here, thank you for sticking with me and my rambling 😂 And now it’s time to chat—how have you all been?? What’s the best book you’ve read in 2021? The worst? Please feel free to strike up a conversation in the comments!!

Thank you so much for reading!! 🥰

29 thoughts on “Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag (2021 Edition)

  1. Welcome back, Abby!! 💙 I hope you passed all those exams with flying colors and can finally take some well-deserved time to relax!
    Also, why is you having more books on your TBR than what you’ve read this year the most relatable thing ever? 😅🤣 These all sound so good!! And ahhh, more Concrete Rose love 🥰🥰🥰
    Though seriously, Abby – you need to watch Shadow and Bone!!! It’s one of the best things to have blessed the bookish community this year. Just trust me on this! 😁

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    1. Naemi!! Thank you so much! I feel like it’s been so long since I chatted with you—which is nobody’s fault but my own 😅 How have you been?

      Well, no need to call me out like that 😂😅 I’m hoping all of them live up to my expectations! And of course, Concrete Rose deserves all the praise 😍

      Ahhh now you’re hyping me all up again!! If it’s as good as you say, I just might have to start it this week 😄 Hopefully I don’t end up changing my mind again 😅

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      1. Don’t worry, everyone has their busy phases every once in a while, especially when school decides to take over… I’ve also been doing a lot of university work recently, so I very much relate 😅

        And I think having an insanely long TBR is just part of being a book lover; There’s no need to feel ashamed! 😄😊

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  2. it’s so good to see one of your posts show up on my reader! Ahh this post felt a lot like a concrete rose appreciation and I feel the need to read that book right now lol I love Angie Thomas’s writing. I hope you enjoy watching shadow and bone when you get around to watching it – do it! I agree that the cover for the ones we’re meant to find is gorgeous (I think I’ve told this under every review of the book lol)
    anyways welcome back, and I’ll look forward to reading more of your posts!!

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    1. Jan! Thank you so much 😊 Oh yes this post was indeed just an excuse for me to scream about Concrete Rose yet again 😁 Yessss you need to read it ASAP!!! I hope you love it as much as I did 😍

      Ahaha thanks for the advice! The comments on this post have definitely convinced me to give S&B a shot sooner rather than later. And yesss the cover for TOWMTF is absolutely a work of art—I could stare at it forever 😍😍

      Aww thanks so much Jan!! Thank you for stopping by 🥰

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  3. hii abby, welcome back!! quite a few of these were already on my tbr, and most of the ones that weren’t now are. you have really made me want to read concrete rose, it looks like it will make me cry as well haha.

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    1. Thank you so much Liesl!! 🥰 Ahh I’m so glad to hear that! I hope you enjoy them when you get around to reading them ❤️ Yess Concrete Rose is amazing!!! (Though I do recommend checking out the content warnings before deciding if it’s for you! 😊) But definitely keep a box of tissues at hand if you read it 🤧

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting Liesl!! 💕

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  4. Abby!! It’s SO good to see your post in my reader, welcome back! And ah no worries at all, school is indeed a real pain, but I hope everything is less hectic now? Ooh a late congrats on your first blogoversary, I think I wasn’t around when you announced it, but you’ve been such a passionate and supportive blogger and your blog is honestly #goals (I love reading your 2k+ word posts) and such an inspiration (I love the meaningful posts you wrote such as the one on supporting AAPI authors) – I’m incredibly happy for this milestone of yours, and cheers to many more! ❤️

    Ahh Concrete Rose, I’m thrilled to see it as your best book, THUG left such an impact on me and I’m more than ready for Angie Thomas to hit me with the feels and messages once more… Also, the Cursebreakers series, another one on my TBR thanks to your blog hehe, I’m happy that you enjoyed the final book! 🥰

    Many of the new releases you’ve mentioned are those that I am dying to get to as well like The Infinity Courts, Forest of Stolen Girls and Made in Korea, they all sound incredible and have such gorgeous covers ahhh😍! And allow me to share a little: thanks to your review and constant mention of it, I’ve recently snagged a copy of The SIlence of Bones when the bookstores reopened, and am looking forward to reading it this month! 🤩

    Tokyo Ever After is another I’ve been hearing loads about, and it’s great to hear that it made you happy out of a slump! I’ll definitely be anticipating the romance and angst ahh 😌

    I’m incredibly happy to see that Lovely War and The Ones We’re Meant to Find are on your TBR for the second half of the year, both were such meaningful books that stole my breath and gave me the feels, and the twists of the latter were the best I’ve read in a long while! Hope you’ll love them too! 🤗

    Thank you so much, I truly appreciate the tag and the chance to talk about all my favourite books and all the TBR ones haha! The best book for 2021 for me would be The Poppy War series haha, I finally got the courage to finish the last book last week, and oh man the pain is tangible 🥲, but I’m glad that it’s on your TBR!!

    Lovely post as always Abby, it’s great to see you back! Take care! 💕

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    1. CHERELLE!! I’ve missed chatting with you so much!! Things have thankfully calmed down a bit—hopefully they’ll stay that way for the time being! And omg thank you so much for all your kind words Cherelle, they mean the absolute world to me 🥺❤️

      Yesss Concrete Rose will definitely give you all the feels, so keep a tissue box near at hand while reading! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did 😍 And ahhh I’m so excited to hear you’re interested in trying out the Cursebreakers series!! I can’t wait to see what you think of it 😊 I completely agree, all the new releases so far sound (and look) absolutely AMAZING. I can only imagine what the rest of the year and 2022 have in store for us 🤩

      Omg omg The Silence of Bones yessss!!! I’d love to know what you think of it if you’ve already finished, otherwise I hope you love it when you get to it! Tokyo Ever After’s romance is definitely something you’ll want to look forward to—so. much. serotonin!! I’m so excited to finally read Lovely War and TOWMTF, my expectations are hitting the ceiling with how many rave reviews I’ve been reading for both of them! I’m so glad to know they’re both favorites of yours… I have a feeling I’m going to love them both! 😚

      My pleasure!! I see you’ve already pingbacked me, I’ll have to check out your post as soon as I can! Can’t wait to read your answers 🤩 I’m so happy to hear the last book of TPW was as good as you’d been expecting! Uh oh, now that I’ve officially added the first book to my TBR (thanks to you 😉) the declarations of pain are starting to make me nervous… my feels are going to be absolutely slaughtered after this series, aren’t they?? 😶‍🌫️

      Thank you so much Cherelle!! Your comments always put a huge smile on my face 🥰 (I’m so sorry for the late response, by the way—I’ve been having trouble staying on top of WP notifications 😅) Same to you, and I hope you have a beautiful day!! 💖

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  5. Welcome back, Abby!! We missed you a lot, and it’s so cool to have you back, can’t wait for more amazing content!! 😍
    And aah, that Korea book is just added to my tbr, I have this weird Korea thing where anything mildly related to Korea will be enough to peak my interest even during an exam 😂.
    I just finished shadow and bone and I think I might watch the show too, the book was way too but it was like a guilty plessure, so I’m excited too!
    Lovelg post!!

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    1. Ahh thank you so much Nehal, you’re the sweetest!! 💓 I’m so sorry for the late response but I’m so glad to chat with you again!

      Yesss Made in Korea sounds SO good!! Omg sameeee 😂 I get so excited when a book makes even the smallest reference to Korea that I automatically add it to my TBR 😂

      Ooh I’ve heard that the show is definitely much better than the books! I hope we both enjoy it when we get to it 😍

      Thanks so much Nehal!! Happy reading 🥰

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    1. Thank you so much Kimberly!! 🥰 Haha I’m half in disbelief myself! But I suppose I more than made up for my lack of purchases with my overuse of the library 😅 I hope your 2021 is going great as well!! 💛

      Thanks so much for stopping by! 💓

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  6. Ahhh Abby!! Welcome back, I’m so so happy to see you’re back posting, I’ve definitely missed you around the blogosphere❤️

    Thanks so much for the tag, I absolutely loved reading through your answers!! I have also had kind of a less successful reading time from january-july compared to previous years (argh school!) but I’m hoping to read a lot this summer and I hope you’re able to as well!!

    So many good books on your to-read list, and I really can’t wait for you to get to lovely war!! It’s such a favorite, I really adore it so much and it holds a special place in my heart. I’m really looking forward to seeing your thoughts on it. Also, you’ve reminded me that I still need to read a vow so bold and deadly lol.

    Lovely post as always; I can’t wait to do this tag!!

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    1. Sanah!! So sorry for the late response but thank you so much 🥺💕 Your comments always make me so happy!

      Arghh another victim of school! I have to say, though, that I’m relieved to hear I’m not alone 😅 Yess hopefully we can both get back into the reading game soon! Ahh knowing that Lovely War is a favorite of yours is making me even more excited to finally get to it 😍 And ooh I thought AVSBAD was a pretty solid finale, I hope you enjoy it!

      Thanks so much Sanah! I can’t wait to read your answers 🤩

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  7. abby!!! welcome back!!! i was so happy to see your post in my reader. i hope finals week wasn’t too stressful, and you did well in all of your exams – i missed you and your 2k+ word posts so so much. ❤️ blogging definitely shouldn’t be a chore, so take all the time you need, and all of us will still be here cheering you on!! congratulations, once again, on celebrating one year of blogging! i love ALL of your content, and i can’t wait to see what you have ready for us during year number 2 ~!

    concrete rose was SUCH a wonderful novel, and i loved reading your thoughts about it, and revisiting the story in your review!! it made me so emotional, and made me cry SO much, it truly was so great being able to go back to garden heights 🥺! hahahaha i love how many times it’s mentioned in this post – it completely deserves all that love! ❤️

    not here to be liked, and bright ruined things both sound like utter perfection, and the ARC gods have gifted me with copies of both of them (i swear i screamed when i got the emails lol), and i hope you love all of your anticipated releases for the second half of the year!!

    tokyo ever after indeed does sound like pure serotonin, and that fanart is absolutely gorgeous – i can’t wait to read the book sometime soon, and i’m so happy you enjoyed it! the black kids also sounds like an incredibly moving book, and i can’t wait to pick that up as well ❤️

    the ones we’re meant to find was like really really slow for the first 50%, but OH WOW THE PLOT TWISTS AFTER THAT i was reeling!! the books in the picture are so very pretty, i love the covers ahhh *intense fangirling* i also loved your post about resources to stop AAPI hate very much! it was such a needed post, and i thought it was very detailed, and well done! thank you so much for writing it 🥺❤️

    i hope you have a very lovely rest of the year, and stay safe! ❤️

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    1. Ahaana!! I’ve missed you so much as well ❤️🥺 Thank you so much for your kind words omg, that’s so sweet of you to say! Seriously, thank you so much ❤️ Comments like yours are the ones that make me fall in love with blogging again and again!

      Yes omg Concrete Rose!! I went into the book with high expectations—it’s Angie Thomas, after all—but she still managed to blow me away with how fabulous it was 😍 Hahaha I hadn’t even realized how much I gushed about it in this post until I reread it before publishing 😂 But yes I agree, it absolutely deserves all the love!! 🤩

      Omg ahh I’m so jealous!! I can’t wait to hear what you think of those two, they both sound so incredible!! And right back at you 🥰

      Yesss Tokyo Ever After made my serotonin levels explode!! And I know right?! CW is such a wonderful artist ❤️ I really hope you love it as much as I did! And the same for The Black Kids—which was indeed a beautiful book that remained with me days after reading it. Hope you love them both 💕

      Ahhh I’ve been preparing myself for the plot twists in TOWMTF but I don’t think any amount of deep breathing is going to help 😅 And thanks for the heads-up about the slow pacing in the beginning! I’ll just have to push through it even if I feel like DNFing because everyone has assured me that the second half makes up for all of it! Ahh they really are gorgeous—I could stare at the covers of some of these 2021 releases forever 😍 And omg thank you so much, it means so very much to me that you enjoyed that post 🥺❤️

      Same to you, Ahaana!! I hope 2021 is treating you well so far, and if not, I hope the second half makes up for anything that went wrong during the first! Take care and sending lots of love 💖

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