August 2020 Reads

Here’s a list of books we plan to read during the month of August! Let us know in the comments below which books are on your TBR list for next month. We’re always looking for new recommendations. 

1. Entwined by AJ Rosen

Amazon.com: Entwined (9781989365120): Rosen, A.J.: Books

In this fantasy book, all characters are descendants of Greek Gods and Goddesses. Avery is about to turn 18, which means it’s time for the Gathering, where she is supposed to find her soulmate. One problem: Avery doesn’t want a soulmate, she wants to escape.

We requested an ARC of Entwined on Netgallery because of the Greek mythology aspect! We can’t wait to finish this one.

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YA Books For Sports Fans 

Do you love watching sports? Are cozy Sundays watching football your thing? Or, do you dream of summer days where baseball is the norm? Maybe you prefer the Olympics and cheering on your country. It doesn’t matter which sports you love because we’ve got a story for you. Let us know if you have other sports books that you recommend!

1. Throw Like a Girl by Sarah Henning

Amazon.com: Throw Like a Girl (9780316529501): Henning, Sarah: Books

The description of this book hooked us immediately. Liv Rodinsky made one mistake and it cost her the scholarship from her private school and her softball team. As she tries to navigate public school, Grey Worthington, son of the softball coach who doesn’t think she’s a team player, offers her an opportunity. Liv can play Quarterback for the football team and prove she can be a team player. Only, it’s not easy being the first female on the team and some of the guys can’t accept it.  If you like football, badass female characters and a sweet romance, Throw Like A Girl is for you!

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YA City Guide: Paris, France

One thing we miss right now is travel. We’re both travel addicts and can’t wait to explore the world. Do you want to travel right now but can’t? We can help with book recommendations. The YA City Guide is a new feature on our blog to recommend books set in a certain city. First up is Paris, France! Paris is Christy’s favorite city in the world. It has everything: history, culture, shopping and the best food! If you’re dreaming of Paris, read these awesome books and daydream of your next adventure. Claire studied abroad there and followed Christy’s Paris guide. Though her heart will always lie with London, she may need to reevaluate her list and make it a tie 😉 

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If You Liked That, Read This

If you’re like, you’re always looking for book recommendations! We created a list of recommendations based on some popular YA books. Let us know if you’ve read any of these and if you have some recommendations for us!

1. If you liked The Hunger Games, read The Testing

The Testing Trilogy (3 book series) Kindle Edition

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau is an underrated YA series, and is basically a more intellectual version of The Hunger Games. Cia and three other students in her region get chosen to compete for spots at University. In this dystopian future United States, a massive world war left most of the world in shambles. Only the brightest can help bring back the country.

Cia believes that if she doesn’t pass her tests, then she’ll go back to her normal life. However, once students start disappearing, she realizes the price for failure is a lot higher than she ever imagined. 

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July 2020 Reads

We created a list of the books we plan to read in July. Let us know if you plan on reading any of them. We can’t wait to start these amazing new books! Tell us what you plan to read in July. We’re always looking for recommendations.

1. A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi 

Amazon.com: A Very Large Expanse of Sea eBook: Mafi, Tahereh ...

This book, about a 16-year old Muslim girl navigating life post-9/11, has been on our to-read list for a while! Mafi is one of Claire’s favorite authors, and we can’t wait to read this book. Exciting news readers: we have partnered with Bards Alley, our local bookstore in Vienna, VA , for a virtual YA book club on Monday, July 20 at 7 pm! We will be discussing this book. We hope to see you there 🙂 

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Book of Fire Tag: Avatar Blogger Award

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Water. Earth. Fire. Air. I’ve heard stories about the old days, a time of peace when the Avatar Blogger kept balance between the Water Critics, Earth Reviewers, Fire Writers, and Air Readers. But that all changed when the Fire Writers attacked. 

Only the Avatar Blogger, master of all four blogging elements could stop the ruthless Fire Writers. But when the world needed them the most, they vanished. A hundred years have passed and the Fire Writers are nearing victory in the war. 

Some people believe that the Avatar Blogger was never reborn into the Air Readers, and that the cycle is broken. But I haven’t lost hope. I still believe that somehow, the Avatar Blogger will return to save the book world!

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YA Women of Color Authors to Support

Did you know that Women of Color make up an extremely small portion of the publishing industry? In fact, in a recent study conducted by Lee and Low (2019), a survey found that, of those publishing employees who responded, 76% were white. What can YA readers do about it? We can support diversity in literature! Now, we know there are more WOC YA authors out there than those featured on our list below, and we will strive to continue sharing diverse voices on our blog. This will be the first of many more posts, and we want to hear from you all: Did we miss any that you absolutely love? Let us know in the comments below! 

1. Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas - Hardcover

Angie Thomas is new to YA, but she made a huge splash with her debut The Hate U Give, which highlights the injustices of racism and police brutality in America. In fact, it was quickly turned into a movie and is a New York Times best-seller. Thomas’s second novel, On The Come Up, was released in 2019!

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Mystery Blogger Award

What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
– Okoto Enigma

This award was originally created by Okoto @ Okoto Enigma’s Blog.

Thanks to Shivreads for nominating us!

The Rules

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)
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June 2020 Reads

We created a list of the books we plan to read in June. Let us know if you plan on reading any of them. We can’t wait to start these amazing new books! Tell us what you plan to read in June. We’re always looking for recommendations.

1. A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins 

Amazon.com: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (A Hunger Games ...

We absolutely cannot wait to read the prequel to The Hunger Games trilogy. We’re wondering if President Snow has any redeeming qualities… This book is set during the 10th Hunger Games.

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TBR Book Challenge

We recently went through our TBR to decide what to read next. So, we decided to do a fun post featuring books we hope to read soon. Tell us what’s on your TBR!

1. Name the TBR book with the highest Goodreads rating!

The Cousins by Karen M. McManus

The Cousins by Karen McManus. This is the highest rated out of books already out and/or to be released in 2020. We didn’t consider any that will be published after 2021. This book is a mystery about three cousins who spend the summer with a grandmother they hardly know. McManus’s books are full of twists and turns! We cannot wait for December!

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