10+ YA books by Asian Authors – an unofficial #YARC2019 TBR

If you’re a regular reader of the blog (I love you SO much, really, thank you for being here❤️), or if you know me a little bit, you might know that I am not a reading challenge kind of person. Being a mood reader, not really handling strict reading schedules and most likely prefering to mood read whenever I want to, I have never joined a reading challenge, expect for the goodreads one, because it’s just so, flexible and un-strict, somehow. For me.

Yet today, I’m making an exception and, yes, I am joining a reading challenge.

I am very, very excited about it. This is definitely a challenge for me, too, because it goes on all year long, it is not that strict and therefore will allow me to participate without stressing out about it too much, either.

So let’s do this and officially announce that I’m participating in the Year of Asian Reading Challenge!

This challenge has been created by four of my favorite bloggers of all times, CW, Lily, Vicky and Shealea and the goal is to read as many books written by Asian authors as we can. I am VERY excited, because I realized that there are just SO many books I’ve been wanting to read written by incredible Asian authors and I’m hoping to get through some of them this year.

Since I don’t want to pressure myself too much, I am aiming to reach the very first goal, which is the ADORABLE Philippine tarsier goal and aiming to hopefully read 10 books within the year. Fingers crossed!

Now, I guess it’s time to talk about THE TBR and the books I’m hoping to be reading the most with this challenge.

I want to give a shout out to the amazing LitCelebrAsian blog, which is an incredible resource that helped me make my TBR.

 

You can click on the covers to go to goodreads, if you want to make your TBR grow.

The Speaker & The Storyteller, Traci Chee

Why I want to read it 🔎 I am cheating already by mentioning two books, but well… #sorrynotsorry. I recently, like, this week, finished reading The Reader and I loved it SO much. I can’t WAIT to read the sequels to this AMAZING story. Also, you should be reading this. DO IT.

Darius The Great Is Not Okay, Adib Khorram

Why I want to read it 🔎 I have been wanting to read this book for quite a while now, and some fellow bloggers’ reviews made me even more eager to read this book. It has family and friendship and is character-focused and deals with depression too and I NEED IT.

 

Want, Cindy Pon

Why I want to read it 🔎 This is one of these books I’ve been hearing some praise about from a couple trusted bloggers (CW comes off the top of my mind right now) and I’m SO excited about it. I haven’t read a lot of dystopian books lately and I feel like, with that one, I’m ready to get back into it, especially with a diverse, environmental and thoughtful book like that one.

A Very Large Expanse of Sea, Tahereh Mafi

Why I want to read it 🔎 I really enjoy the Shatter Me series (I need the next book, like, right now?) and I’ve been looking forward to seeing what the author can do in the contemporary genre, my favorite! In addition to that, my favorite Kat has really enjoyed this book, so I’m even more impatient to read it.

 

Spin The Dawn, Elizabeth Lim

Why I want to read it 🔎I already mentioned that one in my most anticipated reads for 2019, because it sounds incredibly AMAZING and I can’t wait.

A Crown of Wishes, Roshani Chokshi

Why I want to read it 🔎 I have now read two books by this author, Star-Touched Queen and The Gilded Wolves and I really enjoyed both, so I definitely want to read more from her. I’ve been curious about A Crown of Wishes, as it’s been said that it’s even better tha Star-Touched Queen, so I am very excited.

Picture Us In The Light, Kelly Loy Gilbert

Why I want to read it 🔎 Now this sounds like my kind of contemporary book, with a big focus on family and characters, struggling feelings and complex emotions and that’s definitely the kind of book I’m always craving, so I can’t wait.

Wildcard, Marie Lu (Or maybe The Rose Society)

Why I want to read it 🔎 So apparently I’ve been known to start every Marie Lu series known to earth and…. not go on with them and I have no idea why, because I genuinely enjoyed all of these first books in the series?! I’d say I’m a little more excited to get to The Rose Society than Wildcard because of the mixed reviews, though.

Girls of Paper and Fire, Natasha Ngan

Why I want to read it 🔎 Everyone, EVERYONE loves this book around me on the blogosphere and, aerm, I haven’t read it just yet. It sounds incredible though and powerful and from what I’ve seen, beautifully written. Just a little nervous about it because of some triggers, but definitely reading it when I’m ready!

 

I can’t really stop at 10 books… Did you really think that I could? Here are a couple more books on my radar that I really want to read soon!

 

 

 

  • A Reaper At The Gates, Sabaa Tahir: I need to read this book, because I need to go on with this series as a whole. I am terrified, friends.
  • For A Muse of Fire, Heidi Heilig: I have read the author’s debut and enjoyed it and, that one sounds particularily amazing with a bipolar main character and a vivid setting inspired by Asian cultures and French colonialism. Sounds interesting!
  • Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix, Julie C. Dao: I enjoyed Forest of a Thousand Lanterns and I am so, very curious about this second book. I’ve heard it’s better than the first one, so I’m eager to get to it!
  • Not Your Sidekick, C.B. Lee: This sounds like such a fun, quick and endearing read and I’ve heard so many great things about it!
  • We Hunt The Flame, Hafsah Faizal: I’ve been anticipating this one for a little while now and, from the snippets I’ve seen every now and then, even just one sentence on twitter or something.. in addition to being completely awesome, this will be gorgeously written. I can’t wait!
  • The Kiss Quotient, Helen Hoang: Honestly, this sounds like the kind of contemporary I could love, with fake dating and adorableness and I’m already SO into this.

Did you read any of these books? Do you have any recommendations for me for this challenge?

Are you participating in #YARC2019? What are some books on your TBR? Any advice to participate in reading challenges? Let me know all of your recommendations in comments!

 

 

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103 thoughts on “10+ YA books by Asian Authors – an unofficial #YARC2019 TBR

  1. Marie 😍😍 I’m so incredibly excited that you’re joining, and I’m also so very honored, because I know you’re not usually one for reading challenges??

    I can’t wait to chat about all these amazing Asian books with you, and I hope you discover some new favorites! ❤️❤️

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    1. This is the first reading challenge I’m ever participating in, actually, with the exception of the goodreads challenge every year. I might be a little nervous about it 😂
      I hope so, I can’t wait to read all of these books 😀 thank you so much, Lily and thank you again for organizing this! ❤

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  2. I loved some of these – For a Muse of Fire is a fun fantasy book with really good worldbuilding and the most interesting portrayal of necromancy I’ve ever seen, A Crown of Wishes is beautifully written (…I still haven’t read The Gilded Wolves, I hope to get to it soon!) and I thought Girls of Paper and Fire was a really important book.

    Good luck with the challenge! (And you’re right, tarsiers are adorable. Those eyes!)

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    1. Oh that’s SO good to hear, you make me want to get For A Muse of Fire right this second, thank you very much 😂 honestly thank you though, I haven’t read a lot of reviews about it so I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂
      I can’t wait for you to read The Gilded Wolves, hope you’ll love it as much as I did 🙂
      Thank you so much! ❤ ❤

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  3. Oooh, I’ve read Want. It’s great – I think you’ll really like it. It’s one of the only YA dystopians I’ve read that actually felt relevant to the world that we are living in. I had shied away from dystopia for a long at the point that I read it because it had just disappointed me too much, but I was totally blown away by Want. It brought back my enthusiasm for the genre! Like, it’s more than just a set up for a traumatic romance – the storyline actually matters!

    Oooh, I really want to read Darius The Great Is Not Okay too. I’ve read so many great things about it lately and it sounds like exactly my sort of story.

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    1. That’s so, so, SO good to hear, really – you make me want to buy a copy right this moment haha, I wish I could. I can’t wait to read it! ❤
      I'm with you about Darius,it sounds exactly like the kind of story I would love. I hope we'll both enjoy it! ❤
      Thank you so much ❤

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    1. Thank you so much! I can’t wait to read Want, it sounds amazing. I hope you’ll love whatever you read by Roshani Chokshi, I read and loved both the star touched queen and the guilded wolves 😀

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  4. ooo, so happy to see that you’re participating! i’m probably going to join this challenge by writing about it on my 2019 reading challenge page/as a blog post, but we shall see. i really liked a reaper at the gates, and hope you enjoy it too! i actually found kingdom of the blazing phoenix disappointing, but i didn’t hate my time reading it! not to be that person, i just made a post about asian books, but off the top of my head, my favourites (and therefore my top recs) are crazy rich asians, american panda, girls of paper and fire, to all the boys i’ve loved before, an ember in the ashes and warcross! happy reading, marie!

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    1. I’m excited and nervous about it haha but glad to be participating, it is such a great challenge 🙂
      I can’t wait to read a reaper, but I think I’ll keep my expectations low then for kingdom haha 🙂
      I just read your post earlier, SO MANY RECOMMENDATIONS, thank you for this ❤

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  5. I really want to read the Star-Touched Queen series, it’s been on my TBR forever and after loving The Gilded Wolves, it definitely needs to be a priority! Girls of Paper and Fire, Want, and Blood Heir are also on my list. Good luck with the challenge! ❤️

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  6. OMG MARIE THERE ARE SO MANY AWESOME BOOKS ON YOUR TBR AHHHHH
    I really hope you love reading all of these! I feel so honored you decided to participate, I can’t wait to see how it all turns out!!! good luck + thanks again for joining!! <333

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  7. At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to participate because I’m horrible at keeping tbrs but I’m deciding to give this a try! I’m only going to go for the first goal as well, but I’m excited to try to read more diversely and I’m also going to be forced to pick up a few books that have been on my tbr for a really long time. I think this is such an amazing thing that these bloggers are doing! ❤

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    1. Oh same here, I don’t really like to do TBRs, but since that challenge lasts all year long… I’m thinking I can give it a try haha 🙂 I’m excited for you to participate, too, yay! I hope you’ll discover some amazing books and I agree, so important and so great to read more diversely, too. I love it. ❤
      Thank you so much for your comment! 😀

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    1. I considered it for a couple of days before jumping in, because… I’m not really liking the stress and pressure challenges can have. I’m glad this is spread out over the entire year, I’m really looking forward to it and it feels more, do-able, somehow, too 😀 I hope you’ll participate 😀
      Thank you so much, Olivia ❤

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    1. Oh thank you so much, I’m so happy you like this list! I am SO excited to read Girls of Paper and Fire, I’ve heard so many great things about this book 🙂 and I need to read more Marie Lu, I loved everything I’ve read from her so far 🙂
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! Happy reading to you too ❤

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  8. I see some faves on here. The Kiss Quotient might very well be my favorite book from last year. I know it didn’t make the official list but YOU NEED TO READ IT! I also really liked A Very Large Expanse of Sea, so I can;t wait to hear what you think of that one.

    As for Wildcard, I’m in the same boat as you. That’s one of the books I want to get to this year. Ideally in January or February. And I’m also considering picking up Darius the Great is Not Okay. I guess I’ll see how you like it before making my TBR any bigger.

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    1. Oh it’s not really an “official” list, so The Kiss Quotient is definitely a possibility – even more knowing how much you loved it ,I’m so curious about it 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed A Very Large Expanse of Sea as well, I’m hoping to read it soon, it sounds so good 🙂

      Fingers crossed we will read Wildcard soon! I’m curious, but nervous about it, too haha 🙂 thank you so much Malka and oh, this means so much that you would trust my opinion on it, thank you! ❤ ❤

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    1. I can’t wait to read it, it sounds amazing 🙂
      I hope we’ll get to read A Crown of Wishes soon, maybe at the same time, who knows, we won’t miss an occasion to buddy read twice, would we? 😂 ❤
      Thank you so much Elizabeth! ❤

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  9. I am a fan of Chee’s series. I still have to read the last book, though. All Marie Lu books are good. I have read NO duds from her. The Kiss Quotient was one of my favorite romances last year. So, so good. Good luck with your challenge.

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    1. Ahh so glad to hear it! I really liked The Reader, I can’t wait to see what happens next 🙂
      I’m excited about The Kiss Quotient, I’ve heard so many good things about that one! 🙂 Thank you so much! ❤

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  10. What an amazing challenge! I’m so glad to hear that you loved The Reader, since that’s been on my TBR for a while and I’m hoping to pick it up this year 🙂 Spin the Dawn is also a hugely anticipated release for me! And I can attest that Girls of Paper and Fire is truly AMAZING! Good luck with all of these! ❤

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    1. Ahhh, I really hope you’ll get to The Reader this year, I had it on my TBR for a long time and I’m so happy I finally read it, it was SO GOOD. I hope you’ll love it 🙂
      Thank you so much Margaret! ❤ ❤

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  11. These books look great! I wanna join the challenge but I only have a few books by Asian authors and most of them are backlist titles. I’m also on a book buying ban soooo. Have fun!

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    1. It’s totally okay to go with backlist titles! You don’t necessarily need to read new releases or upcoming books to participate in this challenge and you can aim for the lowest goal just like me and read between 1 – 10 books if you want 🙂 Of course it’s all up to you! 😀
      Thank you so much, happy reading to you 😀

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    1. Ahh thank you so much Kathy! I hope you’ll get to start Sabaa’s series this year, I only read the first two books, but they are SO GOOD, really 🙂
      And yeees. SO excited about Spin The Dawn, it sounds INCREDIBLE, I can’t wait!
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ❤

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  12. So glad you’re joining this challenge, Marie!! I’m hoping to do this challenge as well. I love the books you mentioned here; a lot of them are already on my TBR and I’m excited to check out the ones that aren’t. 😍 I’ve read Picture Us in the Light and I enjoyed it; it was an interesting read for sure. And I’m planning on reading Want very soon – I’m very excited to start that one! I haven’t read a sci-fi / dystopia in a while.

    Ahhh I can’t wait until you read The Rose Society and The Midnight Star, Marie!! I know I’ve been screaming about these books to you haha, but it’s really such an intriguing and great series. I also need to get to Wildcard sometime this year. 🙈 Great post as always! 💖

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    1. Oh thank you so much Dezzy! ❤ I hope you’ll take part in this challenge as well 🙂
      I’m so glad you liked Picture Us In The Light, I’m impatient to read that one! Oh and please keep me updated when you read Want, I’d love to know what you think of it ❤

      Oh feel free to scream about these books, you’re reminding me to get them and that’s a reminder I can always use🙈 Thank you so much! 💖💖

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  13. YAYAYAYAY I’m so excited that you’re also joining the reading challenge Marie!! I can’t wait to hear about all the amazing books you’ll read (because you have an amazingggg TBR) I also feel the same way as you about Marie Lu books 🙈 I’ve only finished her Legend series, but I need to read The Rose Society and Wildcard!

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  14. omg this challenge sounds amazing!! And your TBR line up is equally awesome here 😍 I fully attest to Girls of Paper And Fire and AVLEOS being absolutely incredible. I also NEED to read Darius. I have it as an audiobook so I should get onto that haha. I hope you have lots of fun with this challenge.💛

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    1. It is such a great challenge, so excited about it 😀
      I’m so glad you loved both of these books, I can’t wait to read them, I hope I won’t be disappointed! 💖
      Thank you so, so much, Cait! 💖

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    1. Ahh I’m glad to hear it, I hope I’ll enjoy it too 🙂
      I’m impatient to read A Very Large Expanse Of Sea, it sounds so good! 🙂 There are way too many books to read, haha. Thank you so much for your comment! 💖

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  15. You have some brilliant books on this unofficial TBR list Marie, I really hope you manage to get through them all and really love them too. Darius the Great is Not Okay is amazing, but I think you probably know how I feel about that book by now right?! 🙂
    Roshani Chokshi is an incredible author, I am so excited for The Gilded Wolves, and I have so many of these on my TBR list as well; For a Muse of Fire, A Reaper at the Gates (which I need to get around to like yesterday), We Hunt the Flame, which sounds incredible. There’s so much hype for it but I have high hopes it will be as good as it sounds.
    Great post. 🙂 ❤

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    1. Ohhh thank you, Beth! I can’t wait to read Darius, every time you mention it I get more and more impatient to read it 🙂
      I can’t wait for us to read all of these books, I really hope we won’t be disappointed 🙂
      Thank you so much 💖

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  16. Marie, your post definitely inspired me to maybe try out the challenge as well. Actually, I realized I have a lot of Asian books on my TBR, so I think I’d be successful if I joined. I am just a bit terrified of commitments, though, hahah. But you said yourself that you’d typically not join challenges, and yet something about this one captured your attention enough, so I think I should overcome my anxiety and just do it already!
    You have a lot of amazing books on your TBR – some of which I definitely share, like The Kiss Quotient and Darius The Great – so I’m sure you’ll do amazing. Wishing you luck on completing the challenge!

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    1. Oh this makes me so, so happy Lais 💖 I hope you’ll join the challenge – I’m not a reading challenge kind of person, but the fact that this one lasts all year long and that you can just read one book and still be a winner of an adorable badge… it sounds good haha 🙂
      Thank you so, so much!! 💖 I’ll look forward to your TBR if you decide to join! 😀

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  17. I’m so happy to see you are participating in YARC2019!! I just saw this reading challenge on CW’s blog, and I instantly started making my TBR!

    I will also be reaing Darius The Great Is Not Okay! I picked up a copy at a book festival back in October when I had the pleasure of hearing him speak on a panel & have him sign my copy! I’ve heard nothing but good things!

    I think I will give The Kiss Quotient a go too possibly…

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    1. Yay! I’m so happy you are participating as well, that’s so great!
      I’m excited for both of us to read Darius, this book sounds soooo incredible, I can’t wait 🙂
      Happy reading and best of luck for the challenge! ❤

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  18. Yaay welcome to YARC! So many of these are on my TBR too! So excited 😍
    Also I want to start Darius the Great is Not Okay and Girls of Paper and Fire before this month is ending do if you’re up for it we could buddy read? 😊

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    1. So excited! I hope we’ll love both of these books! 🙂
      Oh wow, well before this month is ending will be a bit complicated for me, I don’t have a copy of any of these books and I have a couple of books to read that I wanted to prioritize :/ If we have more books in common, we could plan a buddy read later, if you’d like 😀
      Thank you so much for your comment, Charvi! ❤

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  19. Ooh that’s exciting you’re joining a challenge! Such a cool challenge to do as well! Speaker and the Storyteller sound so good! Love the sound of darius the great is not okay as well. And I definitely want to read a very large expanse of sea. And I really liked rose society- hope you do too! I also want to check out kiss quotient, girls of paper and fire and not your sidekick. Awesome tbr!

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  20. Yep! I just joined YARC (the way I found the blog; I’m looking for recs) and I am already so excited for it because I am not the reading challenge kind neither!!

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  21. Hello Marie 🙂
    That’s awesome that you’re participating in this challenge! I would like to read more books by Asian authors this year as well. Girls of Paper and Fire is also on my TBR! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this one as well as the others on your list!

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  22. I joined this challenge, too (and it’s also my first ever reading challenge I joined, as I have the same hesitation about joining reading challenges)! And a couple of your books are on my list, as well! I am definitely really excited and hoping to find even more Asian authors to put on my radar (though all of these sound *incredible*).

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  23. Yay! Good luck with this challenge, Marie ❤️

    I’m still on the fence about joining. I’m so scared it’s too much pressure and I won’t be able to handle it 😂 I also have some of these books on my own TBR; Want by Cindy Pon is quite high up there, I’m also interested in reading some of Tahereh’s books as well as A Crown of Wishes.

    I know you’ll do amazing in this challenge and I can’t wait for your updates every month xx

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    1. Thank you so, so much Michelle! ❤
      Oh I get that, that's the main reason why I never do reading challenges… well, usually 😂 that one lasts all year long though, and if you read only ONE book, you already earn that adorable Tarsier badge I picked out, so it doesn't seem as stressful as the other challenges for me 🙂 I hope you'll decide to join 😀
      Thank you so much ❤ ❤

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      1. I’ve already read three books this year written by Asian authors. I am definitely considering it and the badges and all the graphics are SO cute ❤️

        Good luck once again. I know you’ll do amazing!

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  24. Wait! Gasp. Did I see an adult contemporary romance on this list? Lol. You’ll love the Kiss Quotient. I’ve actually read quite a few books on this list and was surprised at a few that I need to put on my own TBR. This looks like a good challenge. Have fun! I can’t wait to hear about them!

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    1. Ahah yeees, I read adult books too, though very rarely now, I need to get back into them (if you have any contemporary recommendations… here for them!). I’m excited about The Kiss Quotient, only heard amazing things about it 🙂
      Thank you so much, Deborah, happy reading 😀

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      1. Try It’s Some Kind of Wonderful by Mary Ann Marlowe. I love her books. She’s relatively new and only has a couple of books. If I think of some others I’ll let you know! After all you give me great recommendations all the time!

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  25. Aaahh I am so excited that you’re participating in this challenge as well, Marie!! If you want to buddy read Want or Picture Us In the Light at any time, just let me know… 👀👀 And yess I’m so excited for you to read Darius! It gives me all the Marie Contemporary vibes and I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts ❤ And aaahhh can't wait for you to read GOPAF too! Definitely take your time getting to it, the content is heavy and take all the time and care you need ❤

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    1. Oooooooooh well that’s a very interesting proposal, YES I would love to buddy read one of these books, well when I can get a copy haha, that would be GREAT 😀
      I am so impatient to read both GOPAF and Darius, they sound amazing. I hope I’ll love them 🙂

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  26. I really want to participate in YARC too and can finally write my signup post now 💕🌼 I really hope you end up liking A Crown of Wishes, it’s so good and even better than the first book, it has all the banter and mythology 😍 I’m also curious to see what you think about the Marie Lu books, I actually did like Wildcard, so I hope you might too 🙂

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    1. I’m so glad you liked A Crown of Wishes, I’m really impatient to read it, I’ve heard great things about it all around 🙂
      I’m so nervous about Wildcard, I’ve read so many mixed reviews.. I hope I will enjoy it 😀
      Thank you so much, Caro! I hope you’ll participate in the challenge as well 🙂

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