Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

“I realized that the world did not exist for my benefit. It followed that the ratio of pleasant and unpleasant things around me would not change. It wasn’t up to me. It was clear that the best thing to do was to adopt a sort of muddled cheerfulness.” Mikage is an orphan raised by her…

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

“If you do not find yourself a galaxy, it is not so bad to find yourself a star.” The Emperor has summoned the necromancer heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. Harrowhark, of the Ninth House needs a swordswoman and Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines,…

The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen

“Joy is a precious thing. And precious things are few. So we learn to hold on to them.” Tiến knows that real life isn’t a fairy tale, but he still enjoys reading his favorite stories with his parents. However, he has a secret that he’s been keeping from his friends and family, a secret that…

Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

“What would you say is your pet peeve about poorly crafted romance novels? That would be when two adult characters avoid having a grown-up conversation that could change the course of the story.” Alexis Carlisle shot to fame after she came forward as a victim of a celebrity chef’s sexual harassment. Since then, she has…

Best Reads of 2020

As per usual, this is just my opinion and these books didn’t necessarily come out in 2020, though quite a few of them did. I did, however, read all of them in 2020. It was a mixed bag of a reading year, but these are the books that I look back the most fondly on…

Most Disappointing Reads of 2020

Well, the title pretty much explains what you’re going to see on this list. The five most disappointing reads of my year and why. I think something to remember is that reading is subjective, so if you really enjoyed these books… I’m sorry they didn’t work for me, but I am happy they worked for…

Most Surprising Reads of 2020

Most Surprising Reads aren’t always a good thing. A book could end up here because I was surprised that I didn’t like, I was surprised I did like it or I was surprised by some element in the book and it went a completely different way than I thought it was going to go. This…

Best Sequels of 2020

I keep on trying to finish up some series so that I have more time to read new books, series, or debuts, but I’m not especially successful. I think I only finished one series this year, but I caught up on a lot of the ones that haven’t finished yet. My last goal is to…

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

“Men are sandcastles made out of pebbles and the bucket is patriarchy: if you remove it, we fear we won’t be able to hold ourselves together, we pour in cement to fill the gaps to make ourselves concrete constructions.” Michael is a mixed-race gay teen growing up in London. All his life, he’s navigated what…

Running With Lions by Julian Winters

“The future is only grim because people see it that way. It’s unpredictable. Life is a summer storm of insecure thoughts. There’s an umbrella of precautions to prevent insecurity, but it doesn’t always keep the rain out of your face.” Sebastian Hughes is that star goalie for the Bloomington High School Lions and he should…