Friday 28 August 2020

The Waiting List: 10 September Releases To Look Out For

The Waiting List is a feature hosted by PrintedWords&, to highlight some of the new, exciting releases for the upcoming month!

September Waiting List

1. Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam
Genre: YA Contemporary/Poetry
Release Date: September 1st, 2020
This is probably one of my most anticipated releases for this year. I recently discovered Zoboi through American Street and have fallen in love with the way she tells her stories. I am really looking forward to reading's Zoboi and Salaam story and what they have to share with the world. 

2. Skyhunter (Skyhunter #1) by Marie Lu 
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Release Date: September 29th, 2020
I will be honest and say I haven't read a Marie Lu book yet, but this sounds like it could be great fun to read. Lu creates a dystopian world in which the Karensa Federation only has the country Mara left to conquer. Except Talin Kanami, a member of Mara's elite fighting force, isn't ready to give up so easily. 

3. Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
Release Date: September 15th, 2020

Enchanted Jones, an aspiring singer, gains the attention of R&B artist Korey Fields at her audition. She thinks she's about to make her dreams become a reality. Then one day she wakes up with blood on her hands and Korey Fields is dead. Who killed Korey?

4. Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour
Genre: YA Contemporary/LGBQT+
Release Date: September 15th, 2020
Mila agrees to move to an isolated farm, enjoying beingalone. What she didn't expect is the ghosts from previous residents at the farm, still consumed by the trauma of their past. 

5. To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini 
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: September 15th, 2020
Many readers will know of Paolini and the famous Inheritance Cycle series. This time he returns with a Sci-Fi novel, in which Kira Navarez is thrust into a war amongst the stars, something she never expected to happen. 

6. When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole
Genre: Thriller/Mystery
Release Date: September 1st, 2020
Sydney starts to notice many of her neighbours in Brooklyn are disappearing, with For Sale signs placed overnight at a rapid rate. Sydney and her neighbour Theo starts to do some digging, beginning to learn of the secrets around their neighbourhood including what gentrification can do and what other conspiracies lie in wait. 

7. Who I Was With Her by Nita Tyndall 
Genre: YA Contemporary & LGBQT+
Release Date: September 15th, 2020
This hits maybe a little too close to home, and I guess that's why it's on my list. I've found myself leaning more towards books with situations I may have experienced or have some similarities, only to see how the characters react and respond to these situations. I guess it's more for me to learn and reflect on my own behaviours and emotions. 

8. We Are Not Free by Traci Chee 
Genre: YA Historical Fiction 
Release Date: September 1st, 2020 
This also made my most anticipated releases for the last half of 2020. Fourteen young teens are rounded up amongst 100,000 other people with Japanese ancestry and sent to incarceration camps. They work together to bring down the injustices and racism that have placed them in this dangerous situation.  I expect this to be an impactful and thought-provoking read. 

9. Early Departure by Justin A. Reynolds
Genre: YA Contemporary & Fantasy 
Release Date: September 22nd, 2020
Early Departure combines fantasy with contemporary to deliver a story about friendship, interwoven with loss, grief and love.

10. Blood & Honey (Serpent & Dove #2) by Shelby Mahurin
Genre: YA Fantasy 
Release Date: September 1st, 2020
The second instalment to the Serpent & Dove series, which I'm sure many people are excited for. Personally, I do have the first book but haven't read it just yet. Maybe knowing that this is coming out soon will push me too.

What Are You Excited To Read In September?

Monday 3 August 2020

Monthly Wrap Up | July Absolutely Flew By

July really did fly by in a blink of an eye and all of a sudden it's August. Honestly, I can't say anything exciting happened in July, so much that I almost forgot I even read any books. To my surprise I did have a somewhat great reading month, which I go in in my wrap up video!

On The Blog

PrintedWords& turned 8! I celebrated by sharing "What Blogging Means To Me Now" and hosting an international giveaway. 
It ends in a weeks time so definitely enter. Good luck!

"The Waiting List"
Five new July releases I am excited for. 

Reading Wrap Up


The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes (Hunger Games #0) by Suzanne Collins
Parachutes by Kelly Yang
American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Monthly Book Haul

I definitely bought more books than I read this month, oops.

What Books Did You Read In July?