Book Recommendations + Lists

Let’s Make Our TBR Piles Taller Than Us! (may-august book releases)

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IT’S MAY-AUGUST BOOK RELEASE TIME! ALSO IT’S THE TIME WHEN OUR TBR GROWS TALL AND DECIDES TO TOPPLE OVER US…AND CRUSH US FLAT

but let’s be real, our tbr is *already* taller than us and has killed us 😪 we’re just ghosts hungrily devouring books before we fade away.

2022 is really blessing us (and cursing our tbr) with pretty covers and fantastical premises 🙌🏽 pretty covers (and icecream tbh) hold this world together.

there is a lot of horror and thriller i’m hyped for! as well as a few retellings and there are a few south asian books that i’d die for. and as always, i’m delighted to see a rise in queer books- we’re really getting all the sapphic books this quarter! and i’m estatic to see books featuring trans and nonbinary characters kjfhjdskfh. just, more polyam and disabled rep pls. i feel that they get left out whenever we talk about diversity.. a lot of sequels releasing too! oleander sword, final gambit, glow and misrule to name a few.

it’s a bit surprising that thrillers and horrors dominate this list- because fantasy & coming of age contemporary were my most read in 2021- but you can’t hear me complaining! the first quarter of 2022 really outdid itself with fantasy though😂 i spy a lot of coming of age contemporary for the third (&last) quarter of 2022! i am getting all my favourite genres this year and i see no wrong 🙌🏽 and of course, romcoms are blossoming as usual, aha.

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without further ado, let’s get to the list! twelve books + five honourable mentions per month, with titles linked to goodreads ❤  books that i am reallyyy hyped for have a little lightning symbol (⚡) most of them are YA novels but a few are adult

may is truly giving us all the queer contemporary books y’all guys… and they’re SO MUCH sapphic content, i’m!!!
i kissed shara wheeler’, ‘just your local bisexual disaster’ and ‘burn down rise up’ are going to make or break this year..

See You Yesterday//may 3rd-a book starring a plus sized jewish girl who’s stuck in a time loop with her academic rival, including but not limited to enemies to lovers; slow burn; ‘hotel accidentally gave us the honeymoon suite’… ALSO ‘ADOPTING’ DOGS??
(⚡)The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester//may 3rd-a YA comtemporary-mystery about a nonbinary autistic teen solving a 30 year old mystery!! also they’re asexual! *cue unhinged screaming*
(⚡)Burn Down Rise Up//may 3rd//the blurb: “Stranger Things meets Get Out in this Sapphic Horror debut from nonbinary, Afro-Latine author Vincent Tir-
me [screaming]: I HEARD ‘STRANGER THINGS‘ & ‘SAPPHIC‘ IN THE SAME SENTENCE
(⚡)I Kissed Shara Wheeler//may 3rd- so this book is has: sapphic rivals to lovers, chasing a ghost through parties, puzzles, secrets revealed on monogrammed stationery. name one person who can resist this?? go on, i’ll wait.
(⚡)Book of Night//may 3rd//did you hear that holly black debuts into adult fantasy with a book about sHADOWY THIEVES AND AND SECRET SOCIETIES???
When Women Were Dragons//may 3rd-see i’m a mere mortal…. how can i not smash the ‘want to read’ button with THAT title?
(⚡)Breathe and Count Back to Ten//may 10th-literally all the goodreads reviews are five stars and it has also been called ‘a deeply profound love letter to the disabled community’ [source] so why yes of course i’m going to read it! also we need more books ft disabled characters.
(⚡)The Summer of Bitter and Sweet//may 10th-an ownvoices book about a queer [demisexual] Métis Nation teen in canada who has a complicated relationship with her father & is simultaneously falling for her best friend?? y e s
Dead End Girls//may 10th-a girl faking her death?? her plans being skewed by a cousin who wants in?? and a gorgeous cover like that?? [also i’ve heard it’s sapphic??]
The Ghosts of Rose Hill//may 10th-a novel in verse about a biracial, jewish girl falling in love with a soft ghost and a mysterious, shadowless man fascinated with her!!
(⚡)Just Your Local Bisexual Disaster//may 26th-THE TITLE IS THE MOST RELATABLE THING EVER😭
The Stardust Thief//may 27th- a book that’s based on one thousand and one arabian nights that features ‘a legendary smuggler, a cowardly prince and a quest across the desert to find a legendary, magical lamp.‘ is honestly everything i’ve ever wanted.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
Prince of Magic and Lies//The Agathas//Misrule//When You Call My Name//Rebel Skies

june is doing everything for my horror heart y’all… maybe i’ll finally get into the genre this year 🤞🏽and there are so many queer books in all sorts of genres, i’m so freaking happy!!
also,,, did i hear a south asian hindu-inspired fantasy with nagas and garudas?? retelling of the illaid with trans woman achilles?? I’M SCREAMING AND CRYING!!

(⚡)Hell Followed With Us//june 7th-qUEER UNHINGED HORROR Y’ALL!! also i’m so glad to be alive in a world where there are trans & autistic kids being represented in horror. 🙌🏽this is what i mean when i say ‘give me diversity in all forms’
(⚡)Wrath Goddess Sing//june 7th- me, before i knew this book exists: hmm tbh i’ve never believed/thought that achilles was a trans woman. i prefer miller’s the song of achilles’ to any other trans retellings of the illiad
me, after i knew about this book: I WILL LAY DOWN MY LIFE TO RECIEVE AN ARC OF THIS HEAVENLY BEAUTY
(i still *do* prefer miller’s interpretation of the illiad though, lol)
(⚡)The Gravity of Missing Things//june 7th-did someone say bISEXUALS AND CONSPIRACY THEORIES BECAUSE I LIVE FOR THEM!!
TJ Powar Has Something to Prove//june 7th-i heard hairy desi girls and came as fast as i could!!
A Botanist’s Guide to Parties and Poisons//june 7th-the title and cover dazzling and why yes that’s why this book is on my tbr 😂
(⚡)Little Bird//june 7th-if it’s a sin to add books to your tbr because of pretty covers then i’m going to burn in hell for this one…
(BUT JUST LOOK AT THAT COVER)-me @the devil when i die
We All Fall Down//june 7th-the blurb: “The first book in a dark fantasy YA duology by the author of What Big Teeth, about the power and danger of stories and the untold costs of keeping magic alive, perfe-“
me: i heard ‘power of dANGEROUS STORIES’ AND CAME HERE SHRIEKING AND CRYING!! arc gods… please here my prayers!
The Path of Thorns//june 14th-this one has ‘portraits missing from the wall, mysterious potions, locked rooms’ and That my friends, is my aesthetic when it comes to horror!!
(⚡)Juniper & Thorn//june 21st-a gothic horror with fairytale vibes, you say??the fact that i have to wait for two months for this is a crime!
Our Crooked Hearts//june 28th-according to the author this has ‘a haunted library, very bad decisions, middle of the night vibes, l i a r s, and liminal spaces’ so I!!NEED!!
The Song That Moves the Sun//june 28th-i know literally nothing except i want to read the book because of that cover!!
(⚡)The Dream Runners//june 28th-*screams incoherently* did someone say hindu-inspired fantasy!! also that cover is something I’ve been waiting for my entire life!! although several indian soap operas are based on the concept of nagalok, i’ve never seen it in a book.

HONOURABLE MENTIONS
Glow//Home Field Advantage//Before Takeoff//Not Good For Maidens//This Vicious Grace


july is for all the thrillers 🙌🏽also queer fantasy ahh!! i love how the covers for july are either dark with blue/black hues or colourful and vibrant, haha.

(⚡)What Souls Are Made Of//july 5th-dESI GOTHIC HISTORICAL FICTION BY TASHA SURI?? i will sell my soul to the devil for an arc. also,,, ‘wuthering heights’ retelling?! y e s
Who We Were in the Dark//july 5th-the cover is gorgeous and this is a contemporary with thriller vibes! so basically my aesthetic!
(⚡)They Drowned Our Daughters//july 12th-look at me in the eye and tell me you can resist that cover!! also creepy waters are my L.I.F.E. i’ve been in love with them since mcmahon’s ‘the drowning kind’!
What Moves the Dead//july 12th-the cover is doing Things for me (& not in a good way!) but all the goodreads reviews are 4-5 stars aaand this is a retelling of poe’s ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ so why not?
Wake the Bones//july 12th-supernatural thrillers!!
Just Like Home//july 19th-i heard this had a sERIAL KILLER FATHER & HAUNTED HOUSES!
Dauntless//july 19th-filipino!!sapphics!!are the reason!! i live!!
(⚡)Strange and Stubborn Endurance//july 26th-queer fantasy books with royalty & political intrigue restore my will to live.
(⚡)A Girl’s Guide to Love & Magic//july 26th- (i) the cover is so vibrant and colourful (ii) the blurb paints this as ‘a celebration of Haitian and Caribbean culture, and a story of first love, vodou, and finding yourself […]‘ -hOW CAN I RESIST??
Into the Sublime//july 26th-i was going to gave this a pass but that blurb convinced me- so if this disappoints i *will* cry.
(⚡)Violet Made of Thorns//july 26th-EAST ASIAN ANTIHEROINE LOVE/HATE ROMANCE NO I’M NOT SCREAMING YOU ARE!!!
(⚡)The Valkyrie’s Daughter//july 26th-ownvoices queer norse mythology fantasy books are what i live for, tbh.

HONOURABLE MENTIONS
A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting//Boys I Know//Black Mouth//We Made It All Up//The Promise of Lost Things

august is a mixed bag, a few sequels i’m anticipating, a few historical fantasy books with thriller and mystery peppered in! cover artists have really done themselves this august 😂❤️

(⚡)The Honeys//august 2nd-a lush atmospheric horror x dark academia following a genderfluid character who’s uncovering the mystery behind their twin sister’s death?? this book had me at ‘atmospheric horror x dark academia’ but a genderfluid MC makes me so much more excited ahh!!
(⚡)The Book Eaters//august 9th-the title alone has me convinced to read this. plus the blurb literally says ‘Out on the Yorkshire Moors lives a secret line of people for whom books are food, and who retain all of a book’s content after eating it. To them, spy novels are a peppery snack; romance novels are sweet and delicious. Eating a map can help them remember destinations, and children, when they misbehave, are forced to eat dry, musty pages from dictionaries.‘ so how in the seven realms do you expect me to *not* smash that tbr button?!
(⚡)The Monsters We Defy//august 9th-the blurb: okay so this is a heist that a woman must pull off in order to save her community
me: hmm interesting but nothing new
the blurb: alsooo this woman can communicate with spirits
me: ooh i’m listening
the blurb:…it’s a historical fantasy that entwines african-american folk magic, history and romance together in a bundle of 380 pages
me: …..
me: GIVE IT TO ME THIS INSTANT I’M BEGGING YOU
(⚡)The Oleander Sword//august 16th-i want MORE of priya and malina, my morally grey-tastic sapphics 😭this book will end me and i am begging it to be painful (because who am i if not a masochist?)
The Drowned Woods//i’ve never been ~in love~ with welsh mythology,,, but i heard this has heists which i’m wildly in love with!!
(⚡)Babel, or The Necessity of Violence//august 23rd-did someone say rf kuang debuts in dARK ACADEMIA?? and unpacks colonization?? good god this is the book i’ve been waiting my entire life for.
Belladonna//august 23rd-a haunted house? a cursed orphan? a suspicious illness? and a stunning cover
(⚡)A Taste of Gold and Iron//august 30th-if you think i can resist that cover…you are wrong. also an achillean romance in an ottoman empire-inspired world?? h.e.l.l. y.e.s.
Nothing More to Tell//august 30th-i heard that this has a teen journalist who has an internship at a true crime show aaaand is trying to solve the murder of her favourite teacher!
Eternally Yours//august 30th-(cover not revealed yet) honestly, i don’t care about paranormal books -much less anthologies- but the AUTHORS!!
The Final Gambit//august 30th-why yes i’m reading this just for the resolution of the love triangle, lol. i have a feeling she’ll end up with grayson ☹️
Three Kisses, One Midnight//august 30th-the fact that roshani choksi is contributing to a romance-anthology is enough to make me add this to my tbr. also there’s a character named ‘ash’ 👀

HONOURABLE MENTIONS
This Is Why They Hate Us//Meet Me in Mumbai//No Way Home//These Fleeting Shadows//The Undead Truth of Us

whew, that’s a lot of books! i’d apologise for making your tbr piles larger than they should be but tbh…that’s exactly why i wrote this post 😂

I’M ALWAYS UP FOR BOOK RECS, IF YOU’RE ANTICIPATING ANY BOOKS THAT AREN’T ON THE LIST, DO TELL ME!! I’D LOVE TO HEAR ❤ ALSO A QUICK NOTE, I’LL BE MAKING TWO MORE 2022 RELEASES POSTS, ONE FOR SEPT-DEC AND THE OTHER, FOR ALL THE BOOKS I HAVEN’T LISTED -because the post would get too long- BUT AM EQUALLY EXCITED FOR!

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Collabs

Recommending Books Based on a Taylor Swift Songs|| A collab with Nashita @booksandbrownies!

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IS IT JUST ME WHO COMPARES BOOKS TO SONGS, OR IS IT A UNIVERSAL THING?

whenever i listen to a song, i subconsciously find myself connecting it to a book, maybe it’s the lyrics, the tune or the way it made me feel… 9/10 times i ‘assign’ books to songs! it turns out that Nashita @booksandbrownies does the same too! she runs her own book blog, where she screams about taylor swift songs, inej ghafa (six of crows) and shares yummy recipes! go show her blog some love :))

so i had the idea that we could collaborate together- she’s given her top ten taylor swift* songs and i’m recommending books to her, based on the vibes and lyrics!!

the reason i’m posting a recommendation list on a monday, not wednesday/friday is because today is nashita’s sixteenth! the books have been kept a secret as a bit of a surprise ❤ happy birthday darling, i hope you enjoy this post and the book recommendations! i’m so stoked to have one of my best friends doing a collab with me 🥺💖

without further ado, let’s get to the song-recs! all book titles linked!

*if you’re asking why *only* swift…then that’s because i can’t assign books to non-taylor songs, it’s a physical incapability lol.


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Book Recommendations + Lists

Books of 2000’s Likely to Become Classics//in which i’m forced to chose between my loves…

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“SOME BOOKS YOU READ, SOME BOOKS YOU ENJOY. BUT SOME BOOKS JUST SWALLOW YOU UP, HEART AND SOUL” JOANNE HARRIS

…and some books go on to change the damn world.

certain books just hit DIFFERENT. you love them as much as the rest but something in them just makes you go “oh, if the human race would be destroyed, i would want these books to be the legacy of our race”
it’s not that the others aren’t as good as them, it’s just that these specific books dig deep into social issues or gently tuck themself into our minds and go on to monumentally change the world.

maybe i’m being dramatic [i totally am] but i feel that there are a few books that have DRASTICALLY changed the world or will change the world.

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10 Books With Found Family!! (ft reasons why i love it & me trying to convince YOU to get into it [also a lot of exclamation marks hehe])

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IT IS NO SECRET THAT I ADORE THE FOUND FAMILY TROPE, IT’S NOT LIKE I’M EXACTLY ‘SUBTLE’ LOL

a lot of my favourite books have the found family trope, most of the shows i see have it. EVERYTHING i’ve written has found family! (or really close friendships/sibling bonds) yes i am OBSESSED.
i could truly talk about this wonderous trope forever and i’m barely being hyperbolic- I LOVE IT SO DAMN MUCH.

it’s because they CHOSE to be family, they chose to live and die for each other!! the dynamics in found family just murder me over and over again ah.
“i can’t believe i’m saying this but i would die for you”/”somewhere along the road we went from wanting to kill each other to wanting to kill FOR each other”/bonding over shared trauma/sharing one braincell/”hahaha yes this dude was my arch nemesis but know we are besties so it’s all cool now”

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Non contemporaries’ that made me tear up //*gasp* maybe i DO have tear ducts (ft LISTS & the great secret of WHY bookworms enjoy painful books)

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HI HI HELLO MY FELLOW BLOGGLINGS! I HAVE A VERY STARTLING DISCOVERY TO SHARE WITH Y’ALL! …I ✨GASP✨HAVE TEAR DUCTS!

^^this is very important as i believed i never cried during books* however, i made a startling discovery when i was scrolling through my goodreads shelves!! there WERE some books that had made me tear up! (truly,,, a shocking discovery that upeneded my world)
most of the time coming of age contemporary makes me tear up but on rare occasions, fantasy does too! (mainly fantasy because that’s my most read genre-)
hence, i’ve made this list of non-contemporary novels that made my eyes misty (and probably would make yours too! which means, go read them asap) but before we jump into the books my overexcited strawberries, I HAVE A LIST!! BULLET!!POINTS!! (they’re my one and only love ok?? we were married at midnight in a valley of flowers under the stars… ❤ )

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