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Most Anticipated Books of 2019

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A new year means a ton new books being published. So we whipped up a list of books we are most excited for. And tell us what books are coming out that you need to read! Are they the same as ours? Or are we in desperate need of hearing about more books? Tell us in the comments below.

Isis:

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99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
Expected publication: January 29th
She wrote The Hating Game which I loved, so I’m super excited about this book. I have no idea what it’s about, but I don’t care.

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Shadow Me by Tahereh Mafi
Expected publication: March 5th 
I need more Shatter Me books and this one is from Kenji’s POV so I’m sure it won’t disappoint. 
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Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi

Expected publication: April 2nd
I just need more Warner in my life. 
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Again, But Better by Christine Riccio

Expected publication: May 7th
I’ve been following Christine’s channel on YouTube for a long time. I’m so excited to read her first novel. I’m sure it’ll be great.
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Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell
Expected publication: 2019
While I didn’t love Carry On, I’m always up for good m/m romance.
Nicole:
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An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Expected publication: January 8th
All I know is this is a thriller focused on women doing a psychology study which is kind of what what of my own books is about so I am all in. Isis was able to get me a couple of this already and I’m excited to pick it up.
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The Girl King by Mimi Yu
Expected publication: January 8th
I saw this cover on Twitter one day, and that’s all I need to want to read it.
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The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
Expected publication: January 15th
Historical Paris with magic? Sign me up! I don’t think I’ve ever read Chokshi’s work before, and I’m excited to pick this one up because I’ve never seen a bad review about any of her books.
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Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
Expected publication: January 15th
I need to read everything Rick Riordan Presents puts out so obviously I have to read this one.
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On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Expected publication: February 5th
This one is about a young girl hoping to become a rapper. I think it’ll be really interesting since I don’t think I’ve ever read a book about a rapper.
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The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf
Expected publication: February 5th
A girl suffering from OCD must find her mother during the race riots of 1969 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I have no doubt this will be an amazing debut. Just look at that cover.
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Game of Stars by Sayantani Dasgupta
Expected publication: February 26th
The first book was in my favorites of 2018 so of course I’m looking forward to it’s sequel.
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Internment by Samira Ahmed
Expected publication: March 19th
This one is about a possible near future where Muslims are forced into concentration camps. I don’t think this will be a fun read but a necessary one.
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You Owe Me A Murder by Eileen Cook
Expected publication: March 5th
I’ve been getting more into thrillers and this one sounds insane. It’s about two girls murdering for each other.
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The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad
Expected publication: May 14th
I saw this cover and knew I needed to read it. All I know is it is a YA fantasy, and I don’t need to know more.
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Wilder Girls by Rory Power
Expected publication: July 9th
A feminist Lord of the Flies with the most beautiful cover I’ve ever seen? I’m so excited for this debut.
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The Escape Room by Megan Goldin
Expected publication: August 6th
A corporate team has to do team building in an escape room and dark secrets come out. I’m so excited for this.
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Daddy by Robyn Harding
Expected publication: August 20th
Sugar daddies and murder sounds like it will be a wild ride that I can’t wait to get on.
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Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega
Expected publication: 2019
This is described as Coco meets Stranger Things so I would have wanted it anyway. But I discovered Ortega on Twitter through PitMad when she was talking about her 80s punk witch book and I knew she was someone I needed to follow because she was going to be a new favorite author whenever she gets published. I’m so excited it’s finally happening!
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Our Favorite Books of 2018

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Usually I would have had this up on the last day of December but I’ve been sick so it’s a little behind. But here are our favorite books that we have read in the past year!

 

Isis:

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Autoboyography by Christina Lauren 

This books started me off on a really positive note for the year. I read it while I was struggling with my mental health and it helped me get out of the hole where I felt I was buried. It’s such a good book about sexuality and religion and how the two can coexist. 

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The Long Walk by Stephen King 

When I finished this book I wanted to cry. I didn’t know what to do because I instantly missed it. This book made me so upset but also so happy. I loved so many of the characters and I felt so attached to their lives and their stories. I’ll never forget this book. 

 

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Turtles All The Way Down by John Green 

I related so much with the characters in this book. This is one of my favorite John Green books. I loved the representation of a character with anxiety and OCD. It was quite a ride. 

 

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Restore Me (Shatter Me #4) by Tahereh Mafi

I was really happy with the continuation of the Shatter Me series. It wasn’t perfect at all, but I got to read it alongside my friends and discuss it and that made it so much better. Also, any book with Warner is an awesome book. 

 

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne 

This is one of the best rom-com books I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. It made me love the enemies to lovers scenario and it’s something I still can’t move on from. I loved the characters and the way they fell in love in the most unconventional ways. 

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Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram 

This book was so touching and so heart-warming. I loved the representation of depression and Iranian and Persian culture. It was such a sweet book overall. I wanted to keep reading it even after it was over. 

 

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A Sucky Love Story: Overcoming Unhappily Ever After by Brittani Louise Taylor

 This was a really great book. It was insane from start to finish but I couldn’t get enough of it. Brittani’s love story is quite sucky, but she did overcome some of the worst things a person could go through. 

 

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Riding With Brighton by Haven Francis 

I loved this coming of age story. It’s also a coming out story. The characters were lovely and so was the romance. It was one of those feel good stories that I know will always be there when I need a pick me up. 

 

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Fence Vol. 1 by C.S. Pacat 

This was an amazing start of this series. It totally blew me away. I loved the setting, the characters, and their stories. I can sense a very nice romantic build up between the main characters and it’s awesome. I can’t wait to continue with the series. 

 

Nicole:

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The Assassin’s Curse duology by Cassandra Rose Clark

These two belong together since really they should have been one book. These were my first two reads last year, and I love them so much. The pirates and the magic are everything I love about fantasy. And it has one of my favorite romances of all time.

 

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The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta 

This is the perfect start to a new middle grade fantasy series. It was so fast and funny and simply had everything that I love in a book with the added greatness of Indian rep that I hadn’t seen before.

 

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The Clocktaur War duology by T. Kingfisher

Again I have to put these two together since they should have been one book. This series made me laugh, made me cry, and made me stay up way too late in suspense. It’s one of those books I wish I could erase just so I can read it again for the first time. The lovely characters are some of my favorites of all time, and the romance was so sweet and realistic.

 

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

I did not expect much when I first picked up this book. So to have it as one of my favorites of the year is amazing to me. But this is such a hidden gem of a book about being true to yourself and your friends. With the best romance. I almost wrote fanfiction about this book when I finished it simply because I was not ready to leave the characters just yet.

 

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Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

My absolute favorite book of the year also happens to have the best cover. Witches, zombies, female friendship, and fat rep? There was nothing that could make me dislike this book, but Anderson knocked it out of the park. Everyone needs to read this book.

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Movie Adaptions We Want to See

With the recent amazing adaptions of Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, we thought it would be nice to think of other books that we would love to see. What other books that you don’t see here that you would like to see on screen?

Nicole:

The Clocktaur Wars duology by T. Kingfisher

With the right CGI for the Clockwork boys, the Rune, and the gnoles I think this would be a lovely movie. I would love to see Slate and Brenner and the whole gang on screen. It could be very fantastical but heartwarming and heartbreaking as the book is.

Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh

This ghost story with a Korean main character could be like To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. It’s not necessarily that original, but it’s a fresh perspective that is lovely to see.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan 

The movie of this was horrible, but I would love to see another chance taken on this series. I think a TV series would be ideal with spin offs like the books. It would be really great.

  Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

This is one of my favorite books and I would love to see these characters come to life on screen. The magic could be easily done I think, and the characters would be beautiful.

The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi

This story is similar to Jumanji and I think the board game could translate beautifully on screen. And the food! It would be great to see. I think it would look very beautiful.

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

I think this is the only one on my list that isn’t fantasy in some way. But I think this could be a powerful movie if done right. I would love it if an actual disabled person was hired unlike with what happened to Wonder.

Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead

I think this one could have another chance. A TV show could really be better for it I think.

 

Isis:

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
I know there’s already a screenplay and they’re currently working to get the movie going, but nothing seems sure at the moment. I would love to see my favorite book of all time adapted. And I really want it to be an indie film. I don’t want extra drama added. I trust that Saenz will make sure the movie is done as artistically as possible. He said so himself during a panel I saw with him.  Anyway, I just want all the actors to be Mexican and not whitewashed.

We are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
I loved this book so much. I’d love to see my sweet Diego on screen. I would also LOVE to see the aliens portrayed. And the abductions!! That would be awesome. This could be a kickass movie.

In Perfect Light by Benjamin Alire Saenz
This is my second favorite book by Saenz. It’s very tragic, but so hopeful too. I think it would be a very sad movie, but it could be done so well. It should also be indie. Those are the best.

Angelfall by Susan Ee
This book felt like a movie, so it would be perfect on the big screen. And this one needs to be a big budget film. I want all the special effects. I want the amazing CGI angel wings. I want that creepy ending done well. I want all of the angel fights to blow my mind. I would see this movie a hundred times. It would be the first action film I’d watch willingly.

Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat
So I still have my issues with this book, but I think it would be an interesting movie. I’d love to see the costumes. And I’d loved to see a Damen on screen. He’d have to be real buff. Also, who could possibly play Laurent? And would his hair be long or short? The fandom believes his hair is long but the text says it’s short. What is the truth? Anyway, this movie would be good. I’d so watch it.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Listen, Shatter Me has the potential to be the next Hunger Games. We need to make these movies so everyone can know about Warner. I love these books so much. They’d make amazing movies. We can start Team Warner and Team Adam like we did with Twilight. Shatter Me has so much potential to blow up. We need a new young adult franchise!

At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson
This is my favorite Hutchinson book and it absolutely needs a movie. It’s very trippy. It could be done so well in a movie. The entire book messed with my head but I loved every moment of it. I’d like to see the universe shrinking on screen. How would they even show that? I’d love to see a world without the sun or the moon. That’d be the real challenge.

The Long Walk by Stephen King
I know this is already being turned into a movie but until I see a trailer I won’t believe it. I need this movie so baddd. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this book. It’s my favorite book right now. I love it so much it hurts. The movie would need to show the boys before the long walk, of course. All of Ray’s childhood memories, all of McVries’s memories as well. It could be so beautiful. I need this movie.

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
I didn’t like the adaptation of The Shining, but I think Doctor Sleep could be done much better. There’s no creepy redrum, but my sweet Dan is in it. I love Dan Torrance. This book is a wild ride and it would make such a cool movie. I’m not sure who sound play Dan. No one is good enough for that role.

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
This is the least talked about John Green book. I get it. There’s math in it. People don’t find it interesting. But it’s my favorite John Green book. The MC was super smart and I loved him right away. It deserves a movie and it deserves to be loved. That book made me so happy. The movie would be great.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Listen, I gave this book 3 stars but I still need the movie. I feel like it would be much better as a movie than as a book. I really liked Simon and his friends and I wanna see a dragon. Also, if Baz is played by Ezra Miller I would be his #1 fan. So yeah, of all the Rainbow Rowell books, this is the one I’d like to see on the big screen.

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
So I was obsessed with this book, and I would be obsessed with the movie. This could be such a great film. An indie film, that it. Again, I don’t need any special effects for this one. It can be quiet. It can be sweet. It can be powerful. I really think the world deserves this story in every version. It’s so so good.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
This would be the best summer rom com ever. I would love to see this as a movie. The coffee scene would be hilarious. I can already see it. Honestly, movie producers are missing out big time by not picking this one up. I would be at the theater for the midnight showing.

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2018 Books We are Looking Forward to

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Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi – I need more Warner, Juliette, Kenji, and James in my life. I also need more strong female characters. Expected publication: March 6.

 

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The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson – I’m very excited to read a new book by this author. He’s one of the best ones out there. I’m read for the gay characters. Plus this one sounds like it has Latino characters too! Expected publication: February 6.

 

If Benjamin Alire Saenz publishes anything else, I’ll be reading that too.

 

Nicole:

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Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles – I suspect this beautiful cover will hide one of the more beautiful stories in 2018. With it dealing with police brutality, it’ll be a hard but important read. Expected publication: March 20.

 

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – I’ve been watching as slowly those with ARCs have finished this book and begin to rave about it. It’s about finding lost magic. Expected publication: March 6.

 

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The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta – This middle grade about an alternate dimension featuring demons sounds amazing, and everything I want. Expected publication: February 27.

 

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Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi – I’m pretty sure this is the first from the Rick Riordan imprint, and I can’t wait for it. I only know it is middle grade and about Hindu mythology, but that’s all I need. Expected publication: March 27.

 

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Dread Nation by Justina Ireland – Zombies during the Civil War era. Honestly I need nothing else. I can’t wait for this book. Expected publication: April 3.

 

A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney – This pitched as Alice in Wonderland mixed with Buffy the Vampire Slayer which sounds amazing. I can’t wait for more information of this book to come out. Expected publication: Fall 2018.

 

Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria – Iron Cast was one of my favorite books last year so as soon as Soria announced a new book, I knew I was going to read it. And seers and rebellion sounds like a great combination. Expected publication: Fall 2018.

 

 

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Our Favorite Books We Read in 2017

Isis:

Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell – This is the last book I read and enjoyed this year. It contains two short stories with lovely characters and love stories. I really liked it.

 

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My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame – This was a cute manga. The illustrations were beautiful and so were the characters. It’s centered on family and acceptance.

 

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Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia – I liked the way this book portrayed fandom. I wrote a full review about it if you want to know my full thoughts. It was a great read.

 

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Shelter the Sea by Heidi Cullinan – This is a sequel to one of my favorite books, Carry the Ocean. I loved the way the story wrapped up. These books are very personal to me because one of the main characters suffers from a lot of anxiety and it’s easy to relate to. But it never got overwhelming.

 

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At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson – This is the first book I read this year and it left a big impression on me. I consider Shaun David Hutchinson one of my favorite authors now because of this book. It was beautiful and heartbreaking and eye-opening. I haven’t been able to let go of it.

 

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The Last Cigarette on Earth by Benjamin Alire Saenz – I loved this collection of poetry. I don’t read much poetry, but I read all of Saenz’s poems. He’s my favorite poet. He writes about personal subjects that are so universal somehow. It’s powerful.

 

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Prince’s Gambit by C. S. Pacat – I read the entire Captive Prince series this year in a short span of time. I didn’t like the first book, but I loved the second one, even more than the third. I’m not sure I’d recommend this series to anyone, but this book was worth the read.

 

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Nicole:

The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan – I’ve been obsessed with this series and this book is the main reason for that. I love the characters, the humor, and the writing. It’s a story that calms me, and really sweeps me away from reality.

 

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Iron Cast by Destiny Soria – This historical fantasy is so underrated. The characters are wonderfully complex, and the world is rich and vibrant. I’m still really sad it is a standalone because I would love to read more.

 

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Serpentine by Cindy Pon – I was nervous for this fantasy for a long time. A half-serpentine protagonist was very outside my comfort zone, but I’m very glad that I did. It was fun and well written.

 

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The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi –  This debut middle grade was my favorite book for a long time this year. I had trouble reading anything after because this book was so much fun. The board game concept is still one of my favorite plots I’ve read this year.

 

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Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh – This one of the many middle grade mysteries I read this year, and easily one of my favorites. Harper is a great protagonist with a great voice. I loved the ghosts, and the family relationships.

 

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The Ghost of Cutler Creek by Cynthia C. DeFelice – Another middle grade mystery about ghosts, but it’s also completely different from Spirit Hunters. I don’t think it’s the greatest book ever written. That’s not why it’s a favorite. I just read it at the perfect time when I needed it. That might be a little odd to say about a silly little mystery book but oh well. It is what it is.

 

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The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee – A beautiful and heartbreaking autobiography of a woman born in North Korea. It’s a book others should really read.

 

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Favorite Christmas Songs

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Isis:

Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley: You’ll be doing all right with your Christmas of white/But I’ll have a blue, blue, blue, blue Christmas 

This song is amazing. I love Elvis, and this song is probably his best song ever, including Jailhouse Rock. I can relate to his Christmas sadness, and the melody is beautiful. It’s one of my favorite songs year round.

Last Christmas – Glee cast: Last Christmas I gave you my heart/But the very next day you gave it away

I’ve loved this song for years, but my favorite version is the Glee version. I’m not sure why, but I think it has to do with the episode it was featured on. It was a really good episode, back when I used to watch the show. It’s one of the best Christmas songs out there.

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Jason Manns ft. Jensen Ackles: Faithful friends who are dear to us/Gather near us once more/Through the years we all will be together/If the fates allow

I listen to this song year round because Jensen Ackles has the softest, most soothing voice I’ve ever heard. He rocks this song. It’s impossible for me to change it when it comes on shuffle. Do yourself a favor and listen to it.

This Christmas Life – Shane Dawson: So I just close my eyes and/Create a wonderland where/Anything’s possible there

I miss Shane’s music. I was a big fan of his music. I actually bought all of the songs he ever put out. This one was very touching to me. It talks about hating Christmas, but wanting this Christmas to be good. It was such a great video, and it’s a great song. It’s sweet and cheerful.

12 Days of Christmas – Jason Manns ft. Misha Collins: On the first day of Christmas/My true love gave to me/A partridge in a pear tree

I only really like this song because Misha sings in it. I’m not really sure which part he sings, but I love all of it. I wish he would sing a full-length song by himself. He’s a good singer.

Sleigh Ride – Pentatonix: Come on, it’s lovely weather/For a snow ride together with you

This is the first song I ever heard from Pentatonix and it’s still my favorite. I love the little jingle at the beginning. It’s such a beautiful song. I only like their version though.

The Little Drummer Boy – Harry Simeone Chorale: Shall I play for you pa-rum pum pum pum on my drums?

I used to love this song as a kid when I actually loved Christmas. During our big family gatherings my uncles would play the best Christmas music, and this one always stood out to me. It made me sad, but also happy. It felt very important at the time.

Nicole: 

All I Want for Christmas is You – Mariah Carey: Make my wish come true/All I want for Christmas is you

It wouldn’t be a complete list for Christmas songs without having Mariah Carey on it. She’s iconic. 

Winter Wonderland – Darlene Love: In the meadow we can build a snowman/Then pretend that he is Parson Brown/He’ll say, “Are you married?”/We’ll say, “No man.”/But you can do the job when you’re in town

This is the only version of this song that sounds right to me. I’m not entirely sure why. I don’t think I’ve actually heard it in years, but I always find myself singing it when I’m wrapping Christmas presents.

Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt: Santa honey, I want a yacht and really that’s not a lot/Been an angel all year

She has such a good voice. She’s only one who sings this song that I don’t cringe to. It simply makes me smile at how cheeky it is.

Jingle Bell Rock – Mean Girls: Dancin’ and Prancin’ in Jingle Bell Square in the frosty air/What a bright time/It’s the right time/To rock the night away

Who doesn’t think of this scene when thinking of Christmas songs? 

Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen: Hallelujah/Hallelujah/Hallelujah/Hallelujah

I don’t know why this song always gives me chills but it does. 

Silent Night – Pentatonix: Silent night/Holy night/All is calm/All is bright

I always loved this song the most in Elementary school when forced to sing. Pentatonix’s talent brings it to life in a new way.

Santa Clause is Coming to Town: He sees you when you’re sleeping/He knows when you’re awake/ He knows when you’ve been bad or good/So be good for goodness sake

I don’t even know the version of this song I like. It’s always a song that gets stuck in my head though.

 

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Popular Books We Hated

Isis:

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Crash & Burn (Cut & Run #9) by Abigail Roux

GR rating: 4.41 stars

My rating: 2 stars

When I read Cut & Run, the books took over my life. I read one after the other, cried over them, and had the worst book hangover of my life. I waited months for the last book to come out, but it was a big disappointment. The plot was senseless, the characters dull, the romance superficial, and the villains laughable. I hated everything about this book.

 

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

GR rating: 4.26 stars

My rating: 2 stars

Listen, I know the entire world is in love with this book. I’m in the minority here. But I will always be bitter about the fact that (spoiler alert) Blue turned out to be Random Guy #2, instead of, oh I don’t know, a character that actually interacted with Simon. I’m not going to lie. I was rooting for Nick to be Blue. I have really strong feelings about this. Don’t fight me on it.

 

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Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

GR rating: 4.08 stars

My rating: 2 stars

I can’t even remember any details from this book. I remember the kids starring in it were completely stupid. I had no sympathy for them. I don’t want to talk about them. Moving on.

 

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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

GR rating: 4.02 stars

My rating: 2 stars

I don’t enjoy Dickens’s writing style at all. Add to that boring characters, a boring story line with a “heartwarming message” and I hated everything about this book. Wow, I am sounding really bitter right now. Look, I don’t like this book. If a guy doesn’t like Christmas, leave him alone. I’m sure his reasons are valid. 

 

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Fairy Bad Day by Amanda Ashby

GR rating: 3.80 stars

My rating: 2 stars

I think the romance in this book made me literally sick to my stomach. I couldn’t stand any of the characters. And the plot was stupid. All things considered, I am being way too generous with my stars. All of these books deserve 1 star.

 

Nicole:

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Blackbird by Kanoko Sakurakouji

GR rating: 4.3 stars

My rating: 2 stars

I vaguely remember cringing at the plot of romance of this series, but honestly it’s completely slipped my mind what this was even about. So it’s forgettable as well.

 

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

GR rating: 4.19 stars

My rating: 2 stars

I love Rowell’s writing, but didn’t appreciate her piggy backing off of Harry Potter. It wasn’t well developed, the character’s were boring, and I hate how some people hold it up as the epitome of diversity.

 

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

GR rating: 4.1 stars

My rating: 3 stars

I was completely generous with that rating when I finished this book. It really should be a two or even one star book. I hated the creepy instalove, the world, and even the pace of the book. I don’t understand how this book ever got hyped up so much.

 

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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

GR rating: 4.01 stars

My rating: 2 stars

This one was such a struggle for me to read. I’m surprised anyone read this when it first came out and continued on reading the series without knowing what would happen. I know if I didn’t know what the series ended I would have never picked up book two.

 

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The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

GR rating: 3.94 stars

My rating: 1 star

The main thing I remember about this book was caves. The school was underground or something, and every time the characters went into a separate room  there had to be a full page describing it. And it was never that different because a cave is a cave. The characters were also boring, and everything was told instead of shown.