12 Asian book cover reveals in 2018 that had me bawling my eyes out

For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, I’ve decided to deviate from the prompt given by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl and, instead, dedicate this post to something I’ve been wanting to talk about for what feels like forever.

The title of this post is a dead giveaway: 2018 cover reveals of books written by Asian authors that had me bawling my eyes out from the intensity of my feels(!!!).

This is a momentous occasion for me personally because I usually dislike sharing cover reveals on my blog. This largely stems from the fact that one of my book blogging pet peeves are generic, manufactured posts about cover reveals – you know the type: posts that show off the book cover, synopsis, author bio, and purchase links without adding anything else (I mean, how long did it take you to copy and paste all of that, huh?)

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Top 10 longest books I’ve read in 2018 (at least so far!)

For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday*, the prompt is to share the longest books I’ve read. I’m assuming this pertains to length in terms of page number, not length in terms of oh-my-god-when-will-this-book-end units of measurement (but let’s be honest, we’ve all experienced the latter, I’m sure).

According to Goodreads, a number of the longest books I’ve read in my entire life are from – excuse my shudder – the notorious Twilight saga.

Really fun story there: I read all the books simply because this girl in my class was badmouthing The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (which was my favorite trilogy at the time) even though she never even bothered to read any of the books, and in retaliation, I decided to read her favorite series (i.e. the Twilight saga) so that I can point out every flaw in every damn book. Lo and behold, Lady Luck was on my side and it turned out that the entire saga was all kinds of awful and cringe and oh-god-I-can’t-believe-trees-died-in-order-to-produce-copies-of-this-trash.

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That Bookshelf Bitch goes on a break – a blogging hiatus announcement

Hello, everyone! Just a few days ago, I sort of spilled the beans on Twitter about the very likely possibility that I might have to take some time away from the wonderful world of book blogging.

This isn’t the first time I’ve decided to take a blogging hiatus, but [insert frustrated screaming], that never makes it any easier or less nerve-wracking, if I’m being honest. I can’t help but feel a little bit like a failure every single time I’m overwhelmed by everything. All the could-haves, would-haves, and should-haves. All the blaming it on my embarrassingly mediocre time management skills (you’d think that at 22 years old, I’d be a lot better with this BUT NOPE!).

But then again, as they say, the past informs the present. When I decided to take a two-month hiatus from blogging so that I could fully commit to working on my blog’s relaunch in 2016, it was strangely enlightening and cathartic. Among all the things I’ve learned, the most relevant lesson was that working comfortably at your own pace is always the best idea.

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10 authors I’d love to have a cup of coffee with ft. awkward fangirl flailing

I think I speak for all readers when I say that authors are basically our pantheon of literary gods and goddesses. They’re our superheroes who constantly save us from the mundaneness and dreary monotony of everyday life. They’re architects who create larger-than-life worlds and realms that we can easily hide in when the universe we’re living in gets a little bit too overwhelming and tough to handle.

Most of all, authors are people – people we look up to and whom we draw inspiration from. Authors are unbelievably amazing and talented, that’s for sure. Personally, I think that above everything else, what makes authors so awe-inspiring and godlike (or goddess-like) is knowing that they’re not actually gods and goddesses – they’re people. People who aren’t very different from myself but have the capacity to create extraordinarily magnificent things and to do accomplish something 10-year-old me could only dream of: finishing a book and getting it published.

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A Spark of White Fire, by Sangu Mandanna || Complex families, political schemes, & interstellar awesomeness (& a giveaway)


Title: A Spark of White Fire
Author: Sangu Mandanna
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Copy: Physical ARC
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Synopsis:

In a universe of capricious gods, dark moons, and kingdoms built on the backs of spaceships, a cursed queen sends her infant daughter away, a jealous uncle steals the throne of Kali from his nephew, and an exiled prince vows to take his crown back.

Raised alone and far away from her home on Kali, Esmae longs to return to her family. When the King of Wychstar offers to gift the unbeatable, sentient warship Titania to a warrior that can win his competition, she sees her way home: she’ll enter the competition, reveal her true identity to the world, and help her famous brother win back the crown of Kali.

It’s a great plan. Until it falls apart.

Inspired by the Mahabharata and other ancient Indian stories, A Spark of White Fire is a lush, sweeping space opera about family, curses, and the endless battle between jealousy and love.

Review:

Despite being heavily influenced by the ancient epic Mahabharata and other Indian lore, there is nothing quite like Mandanna’s latest novel – A Spark of White Fire is an absolutely unique, genre-defying gamechanger in YA. I’ll admit that I have never read the Mahabharata (although after reading this novel, I definitely plan to eventually get to it) so I don’t know how much material was adopted in the story. Nonetheless, by the end of it all, A Spark of White Fire is truly an incomparable gem of a space opera.

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The Kiss Quotient, by Helen Hoang || Swooning, laughing, huge alarm bells ringing (& a giveaway!)


Title: The Kiss Quotient
Author: Helen Hoang
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Copy: Paperback
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Synopsis:

A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there’s not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases–a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice–with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan–from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic.

Review:

I went into The Kiss Quotient with only the faint knowledge that it’s an incredibly hyped romance novel written by an Asian woman. I did not bother learning anything else about it or reading its synopsis before diving in. With that said, I was very much pleasantly surprised that this book follows the love story between a career-driven, autistic woman working in STEM and an artistic Vietnamese-Swedish love interest working as a male escort. It is also very much worth noting that The Kiss Quotient is #OwnVoices for its Asperger’s Syndrome, biracial, and Vietnamese representation.

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Fall 2018: Asian sci-fi & fantasy releases to fall in love with

I’ll be honest with you, guys. I was born, raised, and still currently reside in the Philippines, which only has two seasons: really wet and really dry (Speaking of, another huge typhoon just hit the country – what else is new, really – and I’m hoping everyone was safe and unharmed). Having never experienced fall, winter, or even spring, I had to ✨ Google search ✨ my way into figuring out what months of the year comprise the fall season.

According to Google, falls begins on the first day of September and lasts until the last day of November – so that’s the timeframe I’m working with. If I’m wrong and Google has betrayed me without my knowledge, feel free to correct me!

Anyway, for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, the prompt is ‘Books on My Fall 2018 TBR’. I recently discussed why I’m not the type to make TBR posts, and if you read that post, you would understand why I’ve decided to share science fiction and fantasy releases from Asian authors that will be (or have already been) released in Fall 2018.

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