Books My Soul Needs

Soul Needs

So my life right now is basically me waiting endlessly for sequels to come out. WHY DO THEY TAKE SOOO LONG (Rational part of my brain: because books have to be drafted, edited, revised, edited, revised and edited again and revised again). YEAH BUT WHY DOES IT TAKE SO LOOOONG

My friend over at Empire of Starlight did a “Books My Soul Needs” post which inspired me to do my own. So here is a list of my most anticipating books that will come out later this year.

Darkest Legacy

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Release Date: July 31st, 2018

I am SO SO EXCITED for another book in The Darkest Minds world. TDM is one of my absolute favorite trilogies so when I heard Bracken was publishing a stand alone in Zu’s POV, I was overjoyed. I’ve been wanting her to revisit this world for so long and it’s finally coming true! And I’m sure we’ll get to see Ruby and the rest of the gang show up and it’ll be nice to see how they’re doing five years after In the Afterlight.

(Also, the TDM movie is releasing later this year and I haven’t been this excited for a book to movie adaptation since Harry Potter. If this movie isn’t good, I’m going to cry for days in despair).


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Release Date: December 4th, 2018

HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO WAIT UNTIL FREAKING DECEMBER!! HOOOOOWWWW!! This series is killing me! It’s so good! Cassandra Clare outdid herself with the The Dark Artifices, it’s definitely her best series to date. The characters are amazing, the plot gets better and better, and she keeps developing the Shadowhunter world in a way that doesn’t feel forced.


Bright We Burn (1)

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Release Date: July 10, 2018

The third book to the Conqueror’s Saga trilogy. And I Darken is my favorite YA historical fiction: these books are adventurous, action packed and full of complicated characters. And after the ending of Now I Rise, the stakes are higher than ever and I NEED to know what will happen.


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Release Date: June 12, 2018

The third book to the Ember in the Ashes quartet. I’m so excited for this book! I love the Ember world and there is still so much left to explore. The characters are all complex and well developed, there are some surprising plot twists, and the action scenes are awesome.

Honorary Mentions

Do you guys agree with any of mine? What are some books you’ve been dying to read?


Favorites of 2017 – Wrap-Up

Oh wow, how is 2017 already over? I feel like I say this after every year. It’ll be nice to go back to a nice, even year though.

2017 reading challenge

I read more books than I expected myself to last year because of how difficult this last semester was for me. Most of the ones I’ve read were really good, I’ve liked or loved almost all of them. So my favorites list basically consists of most of the books I’ve read in 2017.

**Note that some of these books haven’t necessarily been published in 2017, I’ve just read them in 2017.

Favorite Contemporaries



Favorite Science Fiction


Favorite Fantasies


Favorite Historical Fiction




Surprisingly, I’ve read more contemporaries this year than any other genre, this has never happened before. It has a lot to do with so many diverse contemporaries coming out now and I hope that continues.

I also haven’t been blogging much lately, especially the last couple of months so thank you SO MUCH to everyone who has stuck around. I love you guys! I hope this new year brings you lots of joy, love and books.

What are some books that became your favorites in 2017?

Favorite Female Characters

Wow, it’s been fifteen days! And I was doing so well on posting regularly too! I’ve been super busy the past two weeks. I haven’t visited any blogs either. Sorry guys!

In honor of (the end of) Women’s History Month, I’ve decided to honor my favorite fictional females.

Hermione Granger

Hermione Jean Granger from Harry Potter, the brain of the Golden Trio. Any list I make of female characters would be incomplete without her. She’s smart and headstrong and she’s never afraid to call people out.


Luna Lovegood

Luna Lovegood, also from Harry Potter, so different but also just as admirable as Hermione. Luna is fearless. She has unrelenting beliefs and never compromises herself for what other people think of her.


Inej Ghafa

Inej Ghafa from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Inej stole my heart in the first two chapters of the book. She is brave, compassionate and strong willed. And she is always hopeful no matter what the circumstance.

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Helene Aquilla

Helene Aquilla from Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. Helene is pretty much as fierce as they get. She stays strong, solves her own problems and always looks ahead. She’s ruthless but has a soft side for those she loves.

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Anne Shirley

Anne with and “e” Shirley from Anne of Green Gables. If I had to pick a favorite classical female character, it would be my favorite red haired heroine. I love Anne’s optimism and positivity. And though her temper may get the best of her sometimes, she has a huge heart and the intelligence to go along with it.


Which of these characters are on your favorites list? Who would you add?

2016 Wrap Up And GIVEAWAY!

THAT TIME OF THE YEAR GUYS! 2016 wrap up in which, I contest to my utter failure as a reader.


Wow, I’ve only read 38 books this year. Not even in the forties! This is a long way down from the 55 books I read last year. Though on the bright side, almost all of the ones I did read were good.

Favorites Published in 2016 that Everyone Should Read No Matter Your Age and/or Hogwarts House


The two books that stole my life and killed my soul and broke my little heart that gets way too attached to book characters: 

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows #2)
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir (Ember in the Ashes #2)



Awesome introduction to a new series that I’ve already started to fall in love with:

And I Darken by Kiersten White (The Conqueror’s Saga #1)
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (Dark Artifices #1)

Great conclusion to a series I am in love with:

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (Raven Cycle #4)



Diverse romance with genuine and witty main characters:

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Transgender POC main character + magical realism + beautiful writing:

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore



Introduction to series with a lot of potential:

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan (Trials of Apollo #1)
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (Passenger #1)



A cute, touching holiday read: 

What Light by Jay Asher

Heartfelt story about friendship and loyalty and what it means to be different:

Kids of Appetite by David Arnold


Favorites I Read This Year Not Published in 2016 But Go Read Them Anyway Because THEY’RE AWESOME


Coming out stories that made me want to hug the characters and never let go (also known as two of the longest titles in YA):

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjami Alire Saenz
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli



Heartbreaking LGBT stories:

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera



Based on A Thousand and One Arabian Nights that have similar premises but distinct characters and writing styles:

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
A Thousand Night by E.K Johnson



Magical realism that is strange and beautiful: 

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

Love, loss and the importance of mental health: 

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Dragons at its finest: 

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman


My first Giveaway!!


What better time to give away books than the end of the year?


1. United States ONLY! (Sorry to everyone living in the foreign lands!)

2. Choose ONE of the following books. I repeat ONE of the following:

What Light by Jay Asher
Kids of Appetite by David Arnold
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

**Keep in mind the copies I’m giving away are ARC copies. There may be slight evidence of wear since I’ve read them first.

3. I will contact the winner with the e-mail address provided. If the winner does not reply within two days, someone else will be chosen.

Link to Giveaway


What was your favorite book you read this year? What book are you most excited to read next year?

Anticipating Releases for the rest of 2016

I am eagerly anticipating SO MANY books this year I don’t even know how I’ve been waiting so patiently for this long.


So. Very. Patient.


Most Anticipated Sequels:

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows, #2)

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu (Young Elites, #3)

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir (Ember in the Ashes, #2)


Most Anticipated Series Starters:


Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (Strange the Dreamer #1)

Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill (Clash of Kingdoms #1)

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (The Nevernight Chronicle #1)

Replica by Lauren Oliver (Replica #1)


Most Anticipated Stand-Alones:

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon


Don’t Really Know If They’re a Part of a Series or Not So I’ll Make a Separate Category:

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Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

Signs of You by Emily France


Are any of these in your TBR list? Why is time going by so slow?

Top Books from my endless TBR Shelf

I, like many many of you, have a constantly growing To-Be-Read list. As the phrase goes: So many books, so little time. So I thought I’d share my top ten to be read.



Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Wow has this book become super famous in a short amount of time. I have heard great things about this book, it almost seems like the new Fault in Our Stars. Is that a good comparison?



The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

I’ve heard great things about this book too. I read A Thousand Nights by E.K Johnston a while ago and it has a similar premise though I hear the two books are actually very different.



Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

The sequel to one of my favorite classics To Kill a Mockingbird. Go Set a Watchman takes place about 20 years after the events of To Kill a Mockingbird. I have to go back and read the first book again because I have mostly forgotten what happened but I’m excited to revisit Scout.



Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Another book that’s been gaining popularity in a short span of time. The cover is beautiful! And I love a good desert themed book.



Daughter of Smoke and Bones by Laini Taylor

A series that has been popular for a while and I even started the first book but never ended up finishing for some reason. There are so many people completely obsessed with this series. I will try to get to it as soon as possible.


The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

So many people have told me to read these books! I started once but I couldn’t get through it but I feel obligated to try again since everyone seems to love them.



A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I’m not a fan of the Throne of Glass series so I’m hesitant about picking up another Sarah J. Maas series. I’ll try to give her the benefit of doubt and read it anyway.



Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck

This has been semi-popular for a while. Trying to break an Indian curse with a tiger sidekick? What’s more awesome than that? (Though I haven’t read the book and don’t actually know if it does turn out awesome).



Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King

A contemporary I’ve been wanting to read for a while. I believe it’s a coming of age novel. And the title sounds interesting.



For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

I’ve been eyeing this book for so long but I never end up picking it up. It’s a science fiction novel that was inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion. I love the title!