14 book covers in 2018 that should be framed in museums

In my last Top Ten Tuesday post, I shared a dozen of my favorite book covers from Asian authors. This time around, I’ve decided to deviate again from the prompt given by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl to talk about more of my favorite book covers!

There are so many exceptionally stunning book covers in 2018, as well as revealed covers for upcoming releases in 2019. In fact, a lot of them are so gorgeous I think we should really consider starting a museum for book covers. Picking out my favorites was a seriously daunting and incredibly difficult endeavor, if I’m being honest.

Here are 14 of my favorite cover reveals in 2018 (from non-Asian authors) that deserve to be displayed in a museum for book covers! A lot, if not most, of them are covers for diverse books – so yay, this is truly a fantastic year for diversity!

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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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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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Hidden gems in the romance genre? Let’s talk about #romanceclass! (& a giveaway)

Hidden gems – when I read these two simple words as this week’s prompt for Top Ten Tuesday (a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl), the type of post I wanted to write became immediately, instantaneously clear to me.

The #romanceclass community is a bookish community that’s close to my heart partly because it is primarily made up of authors, writers, and readers who are Filipino like me, and largely because, through #romanceclass, I was introduced to both incredible books and incredible people.

Of course, if this is your first time encountering #romanceclass, I think it’s best for me to define what #romanceclass books are. Basically, they’re contemporary romance stories written primarily in the English language, have romance as their main plot, provide happy endings that’ll fill our souls up with kilig, and have had the #romanceclass community involved in its publishing process. Most of these books feature Filipino main characters (YAS QUEEN!!!). For more specifics, check out their website.

With that said, for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, I will be sharing a number of #romanceclass books that you should probably maybe most definitely add to your TBRs and wish lists! (Personally, one of the things I love the most about these books is that they’re fantastic, swoon-filled reads at a shockingly affordable price! So I’ll be dropping price tags here and there.)

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Reign of Mist, by Helen Scheuerer || The future of YA fantasy is unapologetically female (& a giveaway)


Title: Reign of Mist
Author: Helen Scheuerer
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Copy: Paperback
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Synopsis:

The realm’s darkest secret is out.

The cruelty of the capital and the power-hungry King Arden have scattered Bleak and her companions across the continents.

On the run in a foreign land, Bleak finds herself tied to some unexpected strangers. When the answers she yearns for are finally within reach, she must face the hard truths of her past, and take her fate into her own hands before it’s too late.

Meanwhile, secrets and magic unravel as a dark power corrupts the realm. Bleak’s friends are forced to decide where their loyalties lie, and who, if anyone, they can trust.

But one thing is certain: war is coming, and they must all be ready when it does.

Review:

Recently, I wrote about 10 things a reader can expect from Helen Scheuerer’s highly anticipated release, Reign of Mist, which is the second installment in The Oremere Chronicles. It really isn’t a secret that I’m a huge, huge fan of the world and the characters that Helen has created – especially if we take into consideration the frequency and intensity at which I recommend this high fantasy series (i.e. all the time and ALWAYS IN ALL CAPS).

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