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Top 5 Wednesday was originally created by Lainey from Gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes.  There is a Goodreads group which lists the topics.

The topic for this week is debut books I’m excited for.  These are in order of publication.

American Street by Ibi Zoboi- Publication date: February 14th
Goodreads synopsis: “On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life. But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own. Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas- Publication date: February 28th.
Goodreads synopsis: “Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice. Movie rights have been sold to Fox, with Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) to star.”

The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi- Publication date: March 28th
Goodreads synopsis: “A trio of friends from New York City find themselves trapped inside a mechanical board game that they must dismantle in order to save themselves and generations of other children in this action-packed debut that’s a steampunk Jumanji with a Middle Eastern flair. When twelve-year-old Farah and her two best friends get sucked into a mechanical board game called The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand—a puzzle game akin to a large Rubik’s cube—they know it’s up to them to defeat the game’s diabolical architect in order to save themselves and those who are trapped inside, including her baby brother Ahmed. But first, they have to figure out how. Under the tutelage of a lizard guide named Henrietta Peel and an aeronaut Vijay, the Farah, and her friends battle camel spiders, red scorpions, grease monkeys, and sand cats as they prepare to face off with the maniacal Lord Amari, the man behind the machine. Can they defeat Amari at his own game…or will they, like the children who came before them, become cogs in the machine?”

Girl out of Water by Laura Silverman- Publication date: May 1st
Goodreads Synopsis: “Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word. Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves.”

The Color Project by Sierra Abrams- Publication date: November 1st
Goodreads synopsis: “Bernice Aurora Wescott has one thing she doesn’t want anyone to know: her name. That is until Bee meets Levi, the local golden boy who runs a charity organization called The Color Project. Levi is not at all shy about attempting to guess Bee’s real name; his persistence is one of the many reasons why Bee falls for him. But while Levi is everything she never knew she needed, giving up her name would feel like a stamp on forever. And that terrifies her. When unexpected news of an illness in the family drains Bee’s summer of everything bright, she is pushed to the breaking point. Losing herself in The Color Project—a world of weddings, funerals, cancer patients, and hopeful families that the charity funds—is no longer enough. Bee must hold up the weight of her family, but to do that, she needs Levi. She’ll have to give up her name and let him in completely or lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her.”

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Top 5 Wednesday was originally created by Lainey from Gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes.  There is a Goodreads group which lists the topics.

The topic for this week is goals for 2017.  Here are my goals:

Read more diversely
Follow more diverse bloggers
Get back into doing yoga
Watch more diverse tv shows
Read more classics

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It has been a while since I have posted a Top Ten Tuesday, but I was really excited for the topic this week.  Top 10 Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week’s topic is  2017 debuts I’m excited for.

A List of Cages by Robin Roe- I read this book in three hours and 20 minutes this morning.  If you follow me on Goodreads you can read my review there.  A List of Cages will be published on January 10, 2017.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber- I am so intrigued by the synopsis of this book, it seems like there will never be a dull moment.  This book will be published on January 31, 2017.

The Elven Tales: The Company of the Rose by Fabi Ghittoni- I was lucky enough to read the first two chapters of this book and was hooked, I can’t wait to read more, I actually already have this book on pre-order.  This book will be published on February 2, 2017.

American Street by Ibi Zoboi- This is an own voices novel about immigration.  One of my reading goals for the year is to read more diversely, and I love the synopsis of this book.  This book will be published on February 14, 2017.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas- I read an excerpt of this book on a website, I can’t remember which.  I think this book is so important to read because of everything that has been going on.  This book will be published on February 28, 2017.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor- The cover is gorgeous and reading the synopsis it sounds like this book has elements of mythology!  This book will be published on March 28, 2017.

Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl- I loved the synopsis of this book.  I also have an ARC of this from NetGalley and I can’t wait to read it!  This book will be published on April 3, 2017.

Girl out of Water by Laura Silverman- I have an ARC for this from NetGalley and I can’t wait to read it a little closer to the release date.  This book will be published on May 1, 2017.

Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh- The cover is gorgeous, and the synopsis reminds me so much of Mulan!  This book will be published on May 16, 2017.

The Color Project by Sierra Abrams- I love the synopsis of this book, it seems like it will be centered around family and friendship and I think that is amazing! The Color Project is estimated to be published on November 1, 2017.

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Top 5 Wednesday was originally created by Lainey from Gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes.  There is a Goodreads group which lists the topics.

This week’s topic is characters I would invite to a NYE party and why?

I tried to keep Harry Potter/Wizarding World characters to a minimum, when I could have easily just made this list all Harry Potter/Wizarding World characters.

1.) Scorpius Malfoy: I absolutely love him, and think he would make the party more fun, plus…MAGIC.

2.) Merry and Pippin: They’re hilarious and love pyrotechnics

3.) Rhoma Grace: She’s a bad ass, and has amazing leadership skills, she’d make sure things got done.

4.) Queenie Goldstein: She’s charmingly ditzy (I say this in a good way) and it would be fun to know what everyone was thinking.

5.) Alice from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: I love her imagination and she’s a very interesting character.

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Top 5 Wednesday was originally created by Lainey from Gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes.  There is a Goodreads group which lists the topics.

This week’s topic is fictional items/objects that I would give as gifts.  I could have done Harry Potter everything but I didn’t.

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Top 5 Wednesday, but seeing as how Christmas is right around the corner, I thought this was the perfect topic.

Everlasting gobstoppers from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Ronald Dahl

“EAT ME” cakes from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The vanishing cabinets from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

The Sword of Andúril from Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien

Mary Poppins bag from Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers

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Top 5 Wednesday was originally created by Lainey from Gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes.  There is a Goodreads group which lists the topics.

This week’s topic is books that I want to re-read.

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

I read these books when I was younger and absolutely loved them.  It has been so long since I have read them and I can’t wait to read them again.

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The Friday 56 was created by Freda from Freda’s Voice.

Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.

*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader

(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)

*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)

*Post it.

*It’s that simple.

I am still reading Pride and Prejudice, I’ve gotten into a bit of a slump and I’m hoping to have it finished by this weekend.

““Oh, shocking,” cried Miss Bingley.”- Page 56 of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Top 10 Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week’s topic is movie freebie.

Baseball is my favorite sport to watch, I’m already counting down the days until when I can watch spring training games.  So seeing as how baseball is my favorite sport, I thought it was only appropriate that I make my list my favorite baseball movies.

Moneyball- I love the book!

Bull Durham

Field of Dreams

For the Love of the Game

Major League

Trouble with the Curve

A League of Their Own

Eight Men Out- I love the book!

Angels in the Outfield (1994)

Bad News Bears (2005)

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The Friday 56 was created by Freda from Freda’s Voice.

Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.

*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader

(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)

*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)

*Post it.

*It’s that simple.

Today’s Friday 56 is brought to you by my current read, although I haven’t gotten to this page yet.

“Miss Eliza Bennet, let me persuade you to follow my example, and take a turn about the room.  I assure you it is very refreshing after sitting so long in one attitude.”- Page 56 of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen