Hi, everyone! My name is Amani from Amani’s Reviews (my old blog was called Amani’s Honest Reviews, but I think this fits better). Who knows I might feel differently later. So much has happened recently! I have to admit I kind of had a mid-life crisis until I got accepted into a Master’s program and finally landed a temporary part-time job as a virtual teacher. My Master’s program is in Teaching Secondary English Education. It’s super different from anything I’ve done before because I got my B.A. in Journalism and Professional Writing.
I also got the opportunity to interview Hafsah Faizal for Cultures!!! You can read it under my portfolio link. I also have other exciting news … but I’m not allowed to share that until it’s closer to the release date. I’m ecstatic about it, though! With grad school starting on Monday and a part-time job starting later in the month I’m not sure how far I’ll get with my TBR (to be read), but I’m hoping to read at least three books!
1. What if it’s us by Adam silvera and becky albertalli
ARTHUR is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.
BEN thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.
But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them . . . ?
Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.
Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.
But what if they can’t nail a first date even after three do-overs?
What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?
What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?
But what if it is?
What if it’s us?
I’m SO excited to read this one! There’s a sequel in the works and I can’t wait to read it!!
2. Dear Ally, how do you write a book? by Ally Carter
Have you always wanted to write a book, but don’t know where to start? Or maybe you’re really great at writing the first few chapters . . . but you never quite make it to the end? Or do you finally have a finished manuscript, but you’re not sure what to do next? Fear not―if you have writing-related questions, this book has answers!
Whether you’re writing for fun or to build a career, bestselling author Ally Carter is ready to help you make your work shine. With honesty, encouragement, and humor, Ally’s here to answer the questions that writers struggle with the most.
Filled with practical tips and helpful advice, Dear Ally is a treasure for aspiring writers at any stage of their careers. It offers a behind-the-scenes look at how books get made, from idea to publication, and gives you insight into the writing processes of some of the biggest and most talented YA authors today.
With contributions from Jesse Andrews, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Holly Black, Sarah Rees Brennan, Z Brewer, Rachel Caine, Soman Chainani, Cassandra Clare, Dhonielle Clayton, Jay Coles, Zoraida Córdova, Melissa de la Cruz, Elizabeth Eulberg, Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Alan Gratz, Shannon Hale, Kody Keplinger, Gordon Korman, David Levithan, Alex London, Marie Lu, Marissa Meyer, Julie Murphy, Daniel José Older, Stephanie Perkins, Carrie Ryan, Eliot Schrefer, Maggie Stiefvater, and Kiersten White, Dear Ally is a must-read for anyone who has ever asked the question “How do you write a book?”
I adore this book! I always refer to it and I was recently given my own copy of it. Ally Carter is one of my favorite childhood authors. I loved the Gallagher books (Ally Carter is also the author of the Gallagher Academy books) and I’m actually going to be participating in Star’s readathon this month as well!
3. Hungry hearts: 13 tales of food & love edited by Elise Chapman and Caroline Tung Richmmond
A shy teenager attempts to express how she really feels through the pastries she makes at her family’s pasteleria. A tourist from Montenegro desperately seeks a magic soup dumpling that can cure his fear of death. An aspiring chef realizes that butter and soul are the key ingredients to win a cooking competition that could win him the money to save his mother’s life.
Welcome to Hungry Hearts Row, where the answers to most of life’s hard questions are kneaded, rolled, baked. Where a typical greeting is, “Have you had anything to eat?” Where magic and food and love are sometimes one in the same.
Told in interconnected short stories, Hungry Hearts explores the many meanings food can take on beyond mere nourishment. It can symbolize love and despair, family and culture, belonging and home.
4. Scythe by Neal Shusterman
A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.
Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.
I’ve got to thank Sam for introducing me to Scythe. I was also gifted a copy (not sure who because there was no note and it’s not something I ordered but I wish I could thank whoever gifted me this copy)!
5. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani CHokshi
No one believes in them. But soon no one will forget them.
It’s 1889. The city is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. Here, no one keeps tabs on dark truths better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. When the elite, ever-powerful Order of Babel coerces him to help them on a mission, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.
To hunt down the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin calls upon a band of unlikely experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian banished from his home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in arms if not blood.
Together, they will join Séverin as he explores the dark, glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the course of history–but only if they can stay alive.
Thank you to @booksta.chiggs on IG for giving me this copy of The Gilded Wolves!! I’ve heard a lot of incredible things about this one.
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