First Quarter of 2020: A Wrap-Up

We’re a good 12 days in on the second quarter of 2020, so it might be too late to do a monthly rundown of the books that I’ve finished. So I thought about doing a quarterly one, and this is the result of that procrastination. I’m not too late after all ~

Below is a list of all the books I’ve picked up from January-March 2020. As an added bonus, I’ll also throw in a song from Spotify that I think represents the book best — you’ll probably end up with a playlist after this blog post. I’m planning on doing the same thing in my quarterly wrap-up, so read on, my hoarder friends!

JANUARY

January

 

Si Janus Sílang at ang Tiyanak ng Tábon by Edgar Calabria Samar
Rating: 5 Stars, Song: Main Title (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) by Adam Taylor

We follow Janus Silang as he discovers his destiny after being in the center of gaming deaths (TALA online) in his hometown. He’s one of the survivors. He was battling monsters and mythological creatures in the game, but they are coming for him in real life.

Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg
Rating: 5 Stars, Song: Strawberries & Cigarettes by Troye Sivan

Rafe is a normal teenager from Boulder, Colorado. He plays soccer. He’s won skiing prizes. He likes to write. And, oh yeah, he’s gay. He’s been out since 8th grade, and he isn’t teased, and he goes to other high schools and talks about tolerance and stuff. So when he transfers to an all-boys’ boarding school in New England, he decides to keep his sexuality a secret — not so much going back in the closet as starting over with a clean slate. But then he sees a classmate break down. He meets a teacher who challenges him to write his story.

Heartstopper (Vol. 1 &2) by Alice Oseman
Rating: 5 Stars, Song: Somebody to you by The Vamps

Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore, and he’s sort of got a boyfriend, even if he’s kind of mean and only wants to meet up in secret. Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him. That is, until the start of January, in which Nick and Charlie are placed in the same form group and made to sit together.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Rating: 4 Stars, Song: Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer, Mia Corvere, joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves. Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

Frankly in Love by David Yoon
Rating: 3 Stars, Song: Accidentally In Love by Counting Crows

High school senior Frank Li is a Limbo–his term for Korean-American kids who find themselves caught between their parents’ traditional expectations and their own Southern California upbringing. His parents have one rule when it comes to romance–“Date Korean”–which proves complicated when Frank falls for Brit Means, who is smart, beautiful–and white. Fellow Limbo Joy Song is in a similar predicament, and so they make a pact: they’ll pretend to date each other in order to gain their freedom.

Solitaire by Alice Oseman
Rating: 3 Stars, Song: Teenagers by My Chemical Romance

Solitaire follows seventeen-year-old chronic pessimist, Tori Spring. Throughout the novel, Tori creates (and destroys) relationships, debatably platonic or romantic, while managing family issues, mental health and the uprise of a local ‘prankster’ group, whose actions are both growingly concerning and dangerous. Begrudgingly, Tori assists Michael Holden in his ‘investigation’ into the prank group, in doing so, developing a reluctant friendship.

FEBRUARY

February


A Darker Shade of Magic
by V.E. Schwab
Rating: 5 Stars, Song: Demons by Imagine Dragons

Kell is one of the last Antari―magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
Rating: 4 Stars, Song: Sissy that Walk by RuPaul

Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.

break your glass slippers by Amanda Lovelace
Rating: 4 Stars, Song: Supercut by Lorde

Break your glass slippers is about overcoming those who don’t see your worth, even if that person is sometimes yourself. In the epic tale of your life, you are the most important character while everyone is but a forgotten footnote. Even the prince.

Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Rating: 4 Stars, Song: Bad Guy by Billie Eilish

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates–brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

The Extraordinaires by TJ Klune (To be released on July 14, 2020)
Rating: 4 Stars, Song: Power by Little Mix

Nick Bell? Not extraordinary. But being the most popular fanfiction writer in the Extraordinaries fandom is a superpower, right? After a chance encounter with Shadow Star, Nova City’s mightiest hero (and Nick’s biggest crush), Nick sets out to make himself extraordinary. And he’ll do it with or without the reluctant help of Seth Gray, Nick’s best friend (and maybe the love of his life).

 

MARCH

March

Percy Jackson and the Olympians (The Lightning Thief) by Rick Riordan
Rating: 4 Stars, Song: Monsters by Ruelle

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school…again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’ master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Rating: 4 Stars, Song: Fight Song by Rachel Platten

Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

Bloom by Kevin Panetta
Rating: 5 Stars, Song: Bloom by Troye Sivan 

Now that high school is over, Ari is dying to move to the big city with his ultra-hip band—if he can just persuade his dad to let him quit his job at their struggling family bakery. Though he loved working there as a kid, Ari cannot fathom a life wasting away over rising dough and hot ovens. But while interviewing candidates for his replacement, Ari meets Hector, an easygoing guy who loves baking as much as Ari wants to escape it. As they become closer over batches of bread, love is ready to bloom . . . that is, if Ari doesn’t ruin everything.

Heartstopper (Vol. 3) by Alice Oseman
Rating: 5 Stars, Song: Always by Panama

In this volume we’ll see the Heartstopper gang go on a school trip to Paris! Not only are Nick and Charlie navigating a new city, but also telling more people about their relationship AND learning more about the challenges each other are facing in private.

The Fever King by Victoria Lee
Rating: 4 Stars, Song: Thunder by Imagine Dragons

In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
Rating: 4 Stars, Song: Ribs by Lorde

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned. Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

And now you finally reached the end of this long-ass post, but I’m happy that you’re still here. The books I’ve read had fairly good ratings from me, and if you decide to pick some of them up, I hope you enjoy reading them!

Have you read the books on this list? Let me know in the comments what your ratings were!

See you in the next post and stay safe! XO

3 thoughts on “First Quarter of 2020: A Wrap-Up

  1. I like your February reads. I’ve read A Darker Shade of Magic and I’m currently reading it sequel, A Gathering of Shadows. I’ve just encountered break your glass slippers on Twitter today and I’m quite hook up. The books you’ve read are quite interesting. I might check most of them especially Spin the Dawn and The Fever King. BTW, I’m from CDO. Hello ka-Mindanaoan!

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    1. Hi Yani! I’m just seeing this now. Sorry for responding late! Thanks for finding some interest with the books that I’ve read, and I do hope you enjoy the ADSOM sequels and break your glass slippers. Also, in case you’re interested in joining a Mindanao-based club, Mindanao Book Club is always available!

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      1. It’s all right. I’ll be diving into the third book after my current read. AAH Yes. I want to join. I’ll check on that right now. ❤

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