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5 Star TBR Predictions

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I was catching up on Youtube videos, and came across this one and thought it would make a nice post so that’s what we are doing today. These are five books from each of us that we still need to read that we think will end up being five star books.

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Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin – I’ve read some of James Baldwin nonfiction in the past, and his writing has resonated with me a lot. I think he was a fascinating person, and I’m really eager to read some of his fiction too. All I know about this book is that it’s about a closeted gay man who has a girlfriend, and a secret lover. I’ve been dreading reading this simply because I fear a sad ending, but I still think I will love it.

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Mr. Monster by Dan Wells – I read the first book in this series, I Am Not a Serial Killer a few years ago, and still haven’t stopped thinking about it. I finally have the next two books, and I’m ready to get back into the series again. I have no doubt I will adore this sequel.

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History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera – I loved More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. I know a few people who didn’t enjoy that book, but loved this one. I think the odds are looking good for me. I’m excited to get back into Adam’s books. He writes realistic characters in serious situations. I’m ready to find my new favorite book.

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Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman – All I know about this book is that there are angels in it. It’s also set in the end of the world. If you know me at all, you’ll know that those are two of my favorite topics to read about. This book sounds like a wild ride and I can’t wait to get to it. I think I’ll be reading it soon. 

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Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summers by Rick Riordan – Since Nicole has praised this book countless times, but rarely explained the summary, I have no idea what it really is about. But it looks fun and lighthearted, and I feel like it has potential to become another favorite of mine. 

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I’ve read six of Ursula Vernon’s other series, Dragonbreath. I’ve loved each of them. So I am sure that Harriet the Invincible will be as equally entertaining.

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I’ve talked so much about wanting to read The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin on here and I still haven’t done it. That’s pretty much because I’ve hyped this up so much in my head that I’m scared it won’t live up to my expectations. I’ve heard so much about Jemisin herself that I already want to read all of her books, and I’ve never heard one bad thing said about this series. I’m not even sure what’s about exactly.

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I also haven’t read And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini yet because it makes me nervous even when I think it’ll be amazing. I have no idea what it is about, but I’ve read The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns by the same author. He deals with pretty serious situations, and I tend to shy away from really sad books. I will get the guts to read this eventually though.

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I’ve read Sue Monk Kidd’s other book The Secret Life of Bees, and loved it. So even if I don’t know anything about this one, I expect I will love it. 

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The magic system in The Black Prism sounds really cool. It’s basically the colors all have different abilities or something like that, and apparently it’s amazing and unique. I love books with magic so that’s all I needed to know when I saw this one on sale. I knew I had to snatch it up since the book was never in the library.

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My “There Will be Other Summers” Predictions

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Last year, I made a post briefly discussing the news that Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is getting a sequel entitled, There Will be Other Summers.

Now that I’ve let my excitement simmer for a while, I have more coherent predictions for the upcoming sequel. First of all, can we talk about how wonderful Benjamin Alire Saenz was in letting us know he’s close to finishing writing the book? I love when authors update their readers on their writing progress.

There’s no release date for TWBOS yet, but I’m hoping it’ll come out in late 2018, hopefully, maybe. I have been waiting for this book pretty much since Saenz first talked about it on his twitter.

I’ve had the privilege of meeting Saenz twice, and I’ve heard him talk about a few things regarding the sequel. So I have come up with a list of things I really want to read in this highly anticipated book. (Spoilers for Ari & Dante ahead).

  • Dante’s new sibling! I want to see Dante interacting with the baby. (I hope he’s a boy and they name him Diego). DANTE AND ARI BABYSITTING! Yes, please.
  • Ari and Dante hanging out with Gina and Susie — maybe double dating? I would love for Gina and Susie to be a couple honestly. They would be so great together.
  • Somehow, Dante convinces everyone to go dancing together and Gina and Susie are on board with the idea, but Ari needs more convincing. Eventually, they go and Ari ends up being an amazing dancer. Hidden talent, obviously. Dante loves it when Ari dips him.
  • Prom? — Saenz mentioned during NTTBF this year that he was writing a sex scene between Ari and Dante. So, if we wanna get super cliche, I think Dante would suggest to Ari to go to prom and have after-prom-sex. I don’t think Ari would have a lot of arguments because he would just be freaking out about Dante just casually tossing around the idea of sex.
  • High school graduation. I would love to see the different graduations, and the boys having to dress up for both, in case they’re on different dates. After graduation, Ari, Dante, Gina, and Susie would all go out to the desert to drink under the stars. They would lose track of time, listening to the radio in Ari’s truck, and they would make it home after sunrise, all full of soft smiles.
  • College life. Where will Ari and Dante go to college? Will they go to separate colleges, and if so, how separate? Will they both attend college? I have no idea. I honestly think Ari would be set on going right away, but Dante would want to take some time to just do art, and both of those options are great.
  • I know this is me hoping for too much, but a road trip would be incredible. Maybe a small one where Ari and Dante take a trip to the beach? They take the truck and Dante begs to drive it sometimes even though he doesn’t have a driver’s license yet, but he swears he’s a great driver. Then Dante wants to swim in the ocean and Ari doesn’t know if he likes sand, but Dante talks him into it because what can’t Dante talk him into? They chase ghost crabs at night and pick up a bunch of seashells and Ari actually gets a tan and Dante loves it.
  • Ari’s brother. Will he eventually get out of prison or will Ari go visit him? Will there be a relationship built between them again? I can see Ari going to see him, but not really knowing how to act around him. Will his brother be involved at all, in any way?
  • Death? I don’t wanna be grim, but Saenz is known for writing tragedy into his stories (I’ve read plenty of them). I know he is wonderful and would not kill off Ari or Dante, but I’m not sure anyone else is safe. I would be so hurt if either one of Ari’s or Dante’s parents die. I love them all so much. But this is me just being super negative ’cause maybe nobody will die and everything will be full of happy moments. (RIGHT?)
  • Will this book take place over two years like the first one, or will it be longer, or shorter? The title alone implies more summers, so I’m thinking it will be set in more than a one-year time period.
  • Again with the title. It sounds sort of depressing. Will Ari and Dante be together throughout the length of the book, or will they break up? If they do break up, I hope it doesn’t last long. I get that they’re young and this is both of their first relationship, which realistically makes it highly unlikely they will last, but this is fiction and maybe we get more privileges here. I would honestly not be surprised if they do break up for a short while. But only to help them realize they don’t want to be apart.
  • I’m certain Ari and Dante will be public in their relationship, but I still wonder if they will be out only to their family and close friends, or to everyone. I think Dante would be on board with being public to everyone, even after what happened to him, but maybe out of their own safety, Ari would want to keep it hidden. Or he would just be ready to fight anyone who tries to hurt him or Dante. Let’s be honest, Ari could take down anyone.
  • I know that this book will be set right around the AIDS crisis, but I want to remain hopeful that that won’t play a role in this story. Saenz wrote Carry Me Like Water, which I believe follows a gay character suffering from AIDS. I haven’t read it yet because the premise is too sad for me to bear, so I really hope neither Ari or Dante get affected by it. I don’t like sad gays, but the good thing is that Saenz doesn’t either.
  • To end on a hopeful note, I think this book will have so many touching moments between Ari and Dante. Think of it this way: we get to see what happens after the night when Ari accepted his feelings for Dante, and he felt no shame for them. That’s such an incredible moment, and I can’t believe we get to see more! Ari and Dante are both amazing characters, and they won’t disappoint.
  • We get to see them as a couple now. And they get to do on a first date, and then many others. We get to see them around their families again, and LEGS. There are endless possibilities for happy moments, and I can’t wait.

Do you guys have any predictions for this sequel?