Hey, everyone! It's almost July, and that means it's time for our quarterly roundups. First up, today, I'm sharing the books I'm most excited about that are releasing in the summer quarter, July - September, of this year. There are fourteen titles this time, all YA, so go ahead and give them all a look!
1) Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra. This YA contemporary romance follows a sixteen-year-old Indian-American girl adjusting to her new life as the youngest doctor in the U.S. She gets drawn into a romance with a cancer patient that changes her life. This book releases on July 2nd.
2) Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim. This YA fantasy tells the Chinese-inspired story of a girl who dresses as a boy in order to enter a competition to become imperial tailor and who must create three magical dresses from the sun, the moon, and the stars in order to win. It will release on July 9th.
Today I thought I'd try something a bit new. I am a huge lover of fanart, and I share other people's pieces often on my fandom Tumblr and my Pinterest (and I follow a lot of artists on Instagram too). One of the things I most look forward to once I get published is fanart--hopefully one of my books will be popular enough to catch an artist's eye!
I've shared my most favorite fanart pieces on this blog before, in this post and this post, but I want to celebrate fanart even more than that! So I'm going to start sharing my favorite pieces related to upcoming book/movie/TV releases that I'm super excited about.
In two weeks, Spiderman: Far From Home will be in theaters, so today I'm going to share my twenty-five most favorite fanart pieces featuring Peter Parker, Miles Morales, and the like! I hope you enjoy, and please go check out these artists if you enjoy their work. You can click on each image for its source. (I didn't include any pieces that I couldn't find the artist for.) *Avengers: Endgame spoilers ahoy*
Welcome back, friends! It's time for an update on my life as told through a collection of "-ing" verbs.
Eating: lots and lots of red grapes
Wearing: a tie-dye blue and white dress
Smelling: baby carrots
Reading: podcast transcripts and Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy
Writing: #SnowQueenStory, very very slowly
Editing: nothing at the moment; Kira B. Edits is open to new
Making: myself tired staying up too late
Listening: to podcasts
Earworming: the opening theme for the Accused podcast
Watching: nothing in particular right now, just Netflix and YouTube
things here and there
Bookmarking: a bunch of podcasts to check out
Playing: different phone games, here and there
Wanting: to be less of a night owl by nature
Wishing: I had more energy during the day
As y'all know, I share roundups of my favorite (YA) books of the year each December. Today, in a challenge inspired by Top Ten Tuesday, I'm going to try to narrow these down and pick a single favorite for each year from 2010-2019. It's a good way to close out the decade, but certainly an extremely hard task! We'll see how it turns out.
1) 2010: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. Like, dude. The only way you could beat this is if you were a Harry Potter book. For anyone living under a rock, Mockingjay is the final book in a YA sci-fi dystopian trilogy about a girl who takes her sister's place fighting to the death in an arena full of teens. (Taken from Best YA Books of 2010.)
2) 2011: The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. This is another book/series that I commonly cite as being one of my most favorites, so it makes sense that it'd be on this list! It's a YA fantasy, the first in a trilogy, about an awkward, self-conscious girl with a great, unknown destiny who gets kidnapped after entering an arranged marriage with a king. (Taken from Best YA Books of 2011.)
3) 2012: Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Oof! This is a hard year to narrow down, but it seems fitting that I choose the book that I've mentioned on this blog the most often. Cinder is the first book in a YA sci-fi fairytale retelling series, featuring an Asian Cinderella with a prosthetic foot. (Taken from Top Ten Tuesday: Best YA Books of 2012.)
I reorganize my bookshelf by color again! Apologies for the watermark; I was not aware that Filmora's free version requires it.
Music: "Delicate" by Taylor Swift
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