#ConSaborReadingChallenge

Hello everyone!

Today, I wanted to let you all know about the Con Sabor Reading Challenge. More than anything, this challenge is to share the love of Latinx books and their authors. I am grateful and honored to be cohosting with Dani, Nox and Natalia.

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What is the Con Sabor Reading Challenge? It is a year long reading challenge, the main goal is to read as many books by Latinx authors as you can. The books can be backlist, ARCs and new/recent releases, the books can be in any format as well (ebook, audiobooks welcome!)

How does it work? How do I sign up? To join, share a tweet, blog post, photo or video with your TBR list and list of goals for this challenge including the hashtag #ConSaborReadingChallenge and also sign up in the link below, please share the sign up form so others can join us too. Any book you read in 2020 counts towards this challenge which officially ends on December 31. We also want this challenge to be fun and chill, you’re more than welcome to join in any time during the year, the sign up form will remain open the whole year.

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Are there badges? Our main purpose is for everyone participating to read more Latinx books. We have badges set up so that you can track your progress (example below), you can also post these badges on your blog, twitter, anywhere you want. You can also click on the picture below to access the rest of the badges.

We also have monthly prompts, you don’t necessarily have to follow them but you can share your progress with the lottery card

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These are the prompts:

  • January– Book with mental health representation
  • February- Romance
  • March- Fantasy
  • April- Contemporary
  • May- A genre out of your comfort zone
  • June- LGBTQI+ representation
  • July- Afrolatinx main character
  • August- Fat representation
  • November- Retelling

 

September and October were left free since the community celebrates #HispanicHeritageMonth, there are other activities such as Latinx Book Bingo and Latinxathon that we recommend you participate in.

Additional Info:

In our Twitter account, we will be sharing recommendations, be sure to follow us for more info. We will share updates on the account, host chats, etc.

My TBR: I wanted to share some of the Latinx books that I’ll be reading this year, I will be adding more depending on my progress. I hope you join us, share your TBR and progress with us. We are so excited to be doing this.

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The Scarlet Night Review

 

48581010._SY475_Synopsis: When I saw Nina Astor, I had to have her.
Blonde bombshell.
Park Avenue princess.
She was pure as snow and giving me one night to dirty her up.

But by morning, I knew:
She wasn’t just a pretty face.
She wasn’t just a casual fling.

One night?
Please.
I needed a lifetime.

Then I discover:
Nina Astor isn’t who she says she is.
She’s beyond off-limits.

The real problem? I couldn’t care less.

Review: OHH I enjoyed this book a lot! It’s a great way to introduce these characters and give us a background story on how their romance started. Matthew Zola and Nina Astor meet, have an unforgettable night. Matthew shares his life story, he opens up to Nina in a way he hasn’t before. Nina is mysterious about her life, doesn’t quiet give Matthew much during their conversation, being vague yet intriguing Matthew. He learns little about her but realizes that they have “messed up childhoods” and “absent parents” in common and he wants to know more.

They spend the night together, Matthew wants to spend the evening with her. Nina informs him that she’s only there for one night and he wants to take advantage of the time they have together. Nina does reveal that she’s married as they converse during the night, Matthew wants to understand why she let him be with her after all.

Once the night is over, Nina receives a phone call, she has to leave and Matthew wants to spend as much as time as he can near her. He asks her to wait for him to get ready, once he is done, he noticed that she had disappeared. He looks out the window from the hotel, only to see her get in a car and look up at the window knowing he was looking and she departs. “As sad as I was that Nina Astor had just walked out of my life, I had a few tools at my disposal. I knew how to find people who didn’t want to be found. Nina Astor had said one night, but that wasn’t good enough for me. We didn’t just deserve one night. We deserved a lifetime. And I wasn’t ready to give that up without a fight.” Matthew fell in love with her that night, being a lawyer did have it’s resources.

I like how it ended because it left me intrigued about them and what would happen next. Who was Nina Astor? Why was she so mysterious with her answers to Matthew? Why did she spend a night with Matthew even though she’s married? The ending leaves you with a lot of questions and it’s a good introduction to the characters and their connection. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

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#ConSaborReadingChallenge

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Hello everyone!!

We are super excited to finally share with you this amazing project we’ve been working on for weeks, the Con Sabor Reading Challenge!

We created this challenge to share our love for books written by latinx authors and being represented by spreading word about them and of course invite people to join us in reading them.

And I am honored to co host with them:

What’s Con Sabor Reading Challenge? 

It’s a year long challenge where the goal is to read as many books written by Latinx authors as you can.

These books can be backlist titles they can be backlist (released in 2018, 2019, etc) or new releases (published this year) and ARCs. We welcome books of any genre, any format, and any length.

How will it work? 

All you have to…

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Frankly In Love Review

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Synopsis: 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. Frank thinks it’s the perfect plan, but in the end, Frank and Joy’s fake-dating maneuver leaves him wondering if he ever really understood love–or himself–at all.

TW: Racism, shooting, cheating, death, cancer

Review: Overall, I struggled a few times to connect with Frank’s character. I did enjoy learning about his life and how it is with his family, it took me a bit to connect with the style too. I began listening to the audiobook which helped me get through some parts of the book.

We meet Frank, his family is from Korea, they’re expected to be dating someone Korean as well. He began fake dating his friend Joy while he’s actually dating Brit means an American girl from his school. As they begin to fake date, Frank realized that Joy makes him feel differently, through that, he realizes that he really wants to date Joy instead. We also learn about his senior year of high school, his experiences with his friends from The Gathering. “I’m talking about a gathering of five families, which sounds like a mafia thing but really is just Mom -n- Dad’s friends getting together for a rotating house dinner. It’s an event that’s simultaneously ordinary and extraordinary in that all five couples met at university in Seoul, became friends, move to Southern California together to start new lives, and have managed to see each other and their families every month literally for decades.”

Frank doesn’t agree with the way his parents think when it comes to dating only Korean girls. “My ideal woman should probably be Korean- American. It’s not strictly necessary. I could care less. But it would make things easier.” He thinks how it’s easier to date a Korean girl to make it easier on himself and due to his parents. He believes he’s falling in love with Brit, however, while he’s fake dating Joy, he realizes how great they are together. The part I didn’t enjoy was mostly how Joy and Frank’s relationship affects his relationship with Brit and Joy’s relationship with Wu. They were genuinely happy and in love with each other when suddenly they receive the news that Joy and Frank have feelings for each other.  Overall, I preferred the audiobook, I did struggle with some parts of it especially Frank’s monologues.

Rating: 4/5 stars

David Yoon

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Readalong Announcement

EMweSzXXYAAQcI_Starting off the year with something new! More than anything, this year I wanted to try new things, meet new readers. Well alongside Read&Create and AStarlightPanda, I am co-hosting the Christina Lauren Readalong. Each month, we will reading one of their standalone books starting in February. Our first book is Unhoneymooners, you can also follow the Twitter account for more updates. We plan to do sprints, discussions/questions after every week. We have divided the books by weeks but it’s more than okay to read ahead of that. However, be mindful of spoilers, we will create a group chat for every book to chat along as we read those pages.

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Read&Create did this graphic for Unhoneymooners, it’s so pretty, I wanted to share it with you all. You’re more than welcome to save this graphic to keep track of the pages we are reading each week. If you have any questions, let me know, I can’t wait to start this next month, one of my goals was to do a readalong and it’s exciting to be working on it with them.

 

Scavenge the Stars Review

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Scavenge the Stars(Scavenge the Stars #1) by Tara Sim

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Release Date: January 7th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings

Synopsis:When Amaya rescues a mysterious stranger from drowning, she fears her rash actions have earned her a longer sentence on the debtor ship where she’s been held captive for years. Instead, the man she saved offers her unimaginable riches and a new identity, setting Amaya on a perilous course through the coastal city-state of Moray, where old-world opulence and desperate gamblers collide. Amaya wants one thing: revenge against the man who ruined her family and stole the life she once had. But the more entangled she becomes in this game of deception—and as her path intertwines with the son of the man she’s plotting to bring down—the more she uncovers about the truth of her past. And the more she realizes she must trust no one…

Packed with high-stakes adventure, romance, and dueling identities, this gender-swapped retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo is the first novel in an epic YA fantasy duology, perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Sabaa Tahir, and Leigh Bardugo.

BOOK LINKS

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42248816-scavenge-the-stars

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2rlHYA0

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/scavenge-the-stars-tara-sim/1131502041?ean=9781368051415#/

iTunes: https://books.apple.com/us/book/scavenge-the-stars/id1464662278

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/scavenge-the-stars

Google Books: https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Scavenge_The_Stars.html?id=VwuZDwAAQBAJ&redir_esc=y

AUTHOR INFORMATION

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Tara Sim is the author of SCAVENGE THE STARS (Disney-Hyperion) and the TIMEKEEPER trilogy (Sky Pony Press) and writer of all things magic. She can often be found in the wilds of the Bay Area, California.

When she’s not writing about mischievous boys in clock towers, Tara spends her time drinking tea, wrangling cats, and occasionally singing opera. Despite her bio-luminescent skin, she is half-Indian and eats way too many samosas.

Tara is represented by Victoria Marini at Irene Goodman Literary Agency.

Name pronunciation: “tar-ah” (not “terr-ah”).

AUTHOR LINKS

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14118411.Tara_Sim

Website: http://www.tarasim.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/eachstaraworld

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TaraSimAuthor

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Review

On the ship, The Brackish, there is a young Silverfish, she was known as Amaya. She spends her time counting down the days until her freedom, until she is able to return home. Life in the ship isn’t easy, the deb collector and captain of the ship, is cruel towards the young prisoners. Amaya sees a man drowning, decides to rescue him which results in the captain adding time to her sentence, exactly what she had feared. She begins to interact with the man, Boon. He begins to make her promises such as being able to return and that she’ll able to know the truth about her life and family, resulting in her seeking revenge for them. Scavenge the Stars is a gender bender retelling of the classic, The Count of Monte Cristo. I really enjoyed the pacing and the perspectives we get through the story. I hope you enjoy it as much I did.

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Goals, goal, goals!

Hi!

I have been pretty absent from my blog recently. I have been juggling the readathons I have joined, my book club, buddy reads, etc. I promised myself I would be posting more often on my blog at least once a week. I knew it would be a good opportunity to tell you all about my bookish goals for 2020. I would love to know yours as well.

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I got a goals planner to include all my goals, I divide them in categories such a personal, self care, bookish, financial to name a few. I want to give you my bookish goals specifically and if you want to join me in any of those, you are more than welcome to! I want to meet new people within the community. If you want to buddy read or even join my book club, I will truly love that.

Here are my bookish goals for this year:

  • Host a readalong
  • Book Club
  • Read one Latinx book a month
  • Read 20 books
  • Readathons
  • TBR Reathon III
  • Christna Lauren Readalong
  • Blog (once a week)
  • Blog Tours
  • Booktube
  • Bookstagram
  • Bookish Events (BNF, Yallfest)
  • Blogmas
  • Vlogmas
  • 24 HR readathon
  • Film 24 HR readathon
  • Participate in Bookstagram Challenge
  • Create a Bookstagram Challenge
  • Read a book in one sitting

It might seem silly but I have wanted to do this for a while now and I hope this year I am able to accomplish them. What are you bookish goals for 2020?

Boybandathon NSYNC Recs

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It’s getting close to time for the Boy Band -a-thon readathon and my fellow hosts and I have put together some recommendations for the prompts. You can find all about it in my original posthere. It takes place the entire month of January and we would love it if you would join us. TBRs are not required and you don’t even have to do the prompts if you don’t want to. We just put together some books that could fit multiple prompts in case you get stuck somewhere. And we are not super strict by any means. If you think it’ll fit a prompt go for it.

Here are the prompts for Team NSYNC and for each prompt we have 10 recommendations.

BYE BYE BYE // IT’S GONNA BE ME

TEARIN’ UP MY HEART // I WANT YOU BACK

GIRLFRIEND // THIS IS PROMISE YOU

POP // GONE

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Boy Band-a-thon Team BSB Recommendations

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It’s getting close to time for the Boy Band -a-thon readathon and my fellow hosts and I have put together some recommendations for the prompts. You can find all about it in my original post here. It takes place the entire month of January and we would love it if you would join us. TBRs are not required and you don’t even have to do the prompts if you don’t want to. We just put together some books that could fit multiple prompts in case you get stuck somewhere. And we are not super strict by any means. If you think it’ll fit a prompt go for it.

Here are the prompts and for each prompt we have 10 recommendations.

THE CALL // I WANT IT THAT WAY

QUIT PLAYIN GAMES WITH MY HEART // EVERYBODY (BACKSTREETS BACK)

LARGER THAN LIFE // AS LONG AS YOU LOVE ME

SHOW…

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One Day in December Review

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Synopsis: Two people. Ten chances. One unforgettable love story.

Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic… and then her bus drives away.

Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.

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“Boy sees girl. Girl sees boy. Boy gets on the bus, kisses girl’s face off, and they live happily ever after.”

“It’s a pretty dull story when you put it like that.”

Laurie rode the bus, one day she found a cute guy at the bus stop, however the bus left and he didn’t get on it. She told her best friend Sarah, who helped her find him especially in London. Then, Sarah is dating a guy named Jack, when she introduces him to Laurie. Laurie realizes he is the guy she saw at the bus stop, Jack realizes it’s her as well. They both struggle with telling each other how they feel and Laurie struggles with not telling Sarah that Jack is the guy she saw at the bus stop.

I really enjoyed the book, finished it quickly especially since I was doing a buddy read. Yade was so patient, she was so cool to buddy read with, I can’t wait to buddy read another book together. I decided to rate the book 3/5 stars mostly due to the way Jack was portrayed for the majority of the book. However, I wanted to keep reading as I wanted to read how Laurie would reveal to Sarah that she loved Jack and he had been the man she was searching for over a year. I was heartbroken by what Laurie experiences while seeing Jack and Sarah date and have a happy relationship while also balancing out her personal life.

I did not like how Jack and Laurie decided to keep certain secrets from Sarah for a while. It was also heartbreaking when Laurie confesses it all to Sarah resulting in her missing a few of Laurie’s life events. I loved the ending the though, it was pretty romantic, it seemed like the ending of a romance film. I listened to the audiobook, I actually loved the narrators they used, I felt like I was watching a film as I went through it.

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