Even though I’m in a reading slump so I’m not reading as much as I used to, I still like to set myself a monthly TBR just because I find that it’s a very useful thing to follow to ensure that I actually read. I’m trying to keep this habit up so let’s see if it happens.
High school senior Frank Li is a Limbo–his term for Korean-American kids who find themselves caught between their parents’ traditional expectations and their own Southern California upbringing. His parents have one rule when it comes to romance–“Date Korean”–which proves complicated when Frank falls for Brit Means, who is smart, beautiful–and white. Fellow Limbo Joy Song is in a similar predicament, and so they make a pact: they’ll pretend to date each other in order to gain their freedom. Frank thinks it’s the perfect plan, but in the end, Frank and Joy’s fake-dating maneuver leaves him wondering if he ever really understood love–or himself–at all.
What if America had a royal family? If you can’t get enough of Harry and Meghan or Kate and William, meet American princesses Beatrice and Samantha.
Two princesses vying for the ultimate crown.
Two girls vying for the prince’s heart.
This is the story of the American royals.
When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne. Like most royal families, the Washingtons have an heir and a spare. A future monarch and a backup battery. Each child knows exactly what is expected of them. But these aren’t just any royals. They’re American. And their country was born of rebellion.
As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America’s first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling. Nobody cares about the spare except when she’s breaking the rules, so Princess Samantha doesn’t care much about anything, either . . . except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her. And then there’s Samantha’s twin, Prince Jefferson. If he’d been born a generation earlier, he would have stood first in line for the throne, but the new laws of succession make him third. Most of America adores their devastatingly handsome prince . . . but two very different girls are vying to capture his heart.
The duty. The intrigue. The Crown. New York Times bestselling author Katharine McGee imagines an alternate version of the modern world, one where the glittering age of monarchies has not yet faded–and where love is still powerful enough to change the course of history.
I got a lot of books in July. I blame most of it on YALC and my impulse desire to buy books whenever I see a book that I want. This will however be a brief book haul as I did a whole YALC book haul with more information about the books I acquired there.
So July was a month. This was the worst reading month of the year for me which makes me sad but I’m hoping that I will get back on track with my reading in August. I struggled in July because I am just learning how to balance having a job along with keeping up with reading and blogging. I also went to YALC this month which affected my reading but go check out my YALC experience and haul post to read more about how that went.
I need to get back into reading. I was doing so well this year but I failed miserably in June and July. So one of the ways that I am motivating myself to get back into reading again is by setting myself a TBR and sharing it with the world so that I can be held accountable. This may seem bizarre to some of you but having a set TBR really helps me read more because I spend a lot of time debating what to read. This may be an ambitious TBR but we shall see.
YALC is over. I can’t quite believe that it’s over. The whole weekend went so quickly and I had such a great time. The last time I went was in 2016 so it had been a while but I’ve definitely decided that I will now try to go every year (if finances allow it). Today’s blog post is going to be about my experience at YALC as well as my haul. It’s going to be a long one so grab a drink and read on.
This is one of my absolute favourite tags to do every year. I love getting to a mid year check in on my reading. It’s definitely going be hard to narrow it down this year as I’ve already read 111 books in the first half of this year which is absolutely crazy but I’ve tried to narrow it down.
In case you weren’t aware, July is the month of YALC which is the UK’s biggest YA book convention and one of my favourite times of the year. I am actually attending the convention this year which I am excited about because I have only been once before and that was back in 2016. I thought in celebration of YALC, I would discuss my top favourite UKYA novels. There are a lot on this list. Like a lot. And that is after I removed quite a few from it as well. But that’s just how good UKYA is. Most of these you will probably be already aware of my love for these books but we are making it an official list.
Another quarter of 2019 has gone which means we are officially halfway through the year. I have no idea where the time is going because it feels like yesterday that I was writing up my previous statistics wrap up. However, I’m back again with another one. My reading this quarter hasn’t been as great but I still managed to read 53 books in 3 months which I am thrilled about. Let’s go onto the stats for this month.