Five Books Your TBR Needs #Novel19s - Sprinkles of Dreams

Book Recommendations // Five Books Your TBR Needs Ft. #Novel19s

Hi, everyone! 🌟❄️
I hope you’re all having a wonderful Sunday! 😊

As you know, above all, regardless of genre or book size, ownvoices books, diverse books with POC (especially Asian), LGBTQIAP+, and mental illness representation, and books written by POC authors in general, are very, very important to me, and I will always do my best to help promote, and shine a light on them.

This book recommendation post in particular reflects all that; it features books with one or more of the aspects I mentioned above, most of which will be released in the next few months—and I hope with my entire heart and soul that they will get all the attention and love in the book community.

If you read very closely between the lines, maybe squint a little bit, and/or follow me on Instagram (@sprinklesofdreamsx) and Twitter (@sprnklsofdreams), you’ll probably also be able to figure out quite easily which books are the ones I was approved to receive physical ARCs for. (I’m still crossing my fingers, that they’ll find their way to me safely. ✨🤞🏻💫)

Descendant of the Crane

by Joan He

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

Someone please tell me whom I need to sell my soul to in order to get my hands on a physical ARC of this book??

I mean, I was merely curled up in bed, innocently checking my social media accounts, and minding my own business, when I stumbled upon this stunning, magical cover that I haven’t been able to stop marveling at since. Have you ever seen a book with a cover that so effortlessly transcends all human concepts of beauty, and, moreover, has a synopsis to match its outer beauty’s magnificence with equal brilliance?

My smol Asian heart just want everyone to love this book as much as I hopefully will.

The Fever King

by Victoria Lee

The Fever King (Feverwake #1) by Victoria Lee

If you’re a compassionate human being, who believes that the exploration of issues such as mental illnesses, immigration, and refugee rights—just to name a few—is important in today’s (political) landscape, this book should have found its way on to your Goodreads shelf by the end of my post.

Or, a few seconds after you’ve finished reading it, at the latest.

Fans of everything magical, and a romance between two boys that I’ve so far deduced (as in: wish and hope and expect) to be a clever spin on the enemies-to-lovers trope, which I personally adore: you don’t want to miss out on this book.

The Fever King is also a deeply personal book, in which Victoria Lee explores themes of abuse, trauma, and trauma recovery … and yes, I teared up, when I read her letter, titled Why I Wrote THE FEVER KING.

I wanted to write a book that might speak to those who are still surviving, for whom the abuse is ongoing. Whose abusers are respectable people, the kinds of people who would be believed—unlike yourself: a troublemaker, promiscuous, an addict, mentally ill. I hope that this book will reach readers who will feel seen and understood by it.

You Asked for Perfect

by Laura Silverman

You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman

I’ll admit that 80-90% of the reason I was initially drawn to You Asked for Perfect was its beautiful, beautiful cover. Whoever was in charge of it did a fantastic job, because I know that I’m not the only one who’s in love with it.

The day I hold this book in my hands will be a glorious one, no doubt (no doubt, no doubt).

But the synopsis actually hits me right where it hurts, in the best way possible, because I relate to the main character so deeply. Being a perfectionist, and always putting so much pressure on myself to do everything perfectly, and excel at academics is just … 99.9% of my life.

The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali

by Sabina Khan

The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali

“Seventeen-year-old Rukhsana Ali tries her hardest to live up to her conservative Muslim parents’ expectations, but lately she’s finding that harder and harder to do. She rolls her eyes instead of screaming when they blatantly favor her brother and she dresses conservatively at home, saving her crop tops and makeup for parties her parents don’t know about.”

These are the first two sentences of The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali‘s synopsis, and also the ones that made me sure of my having to add it to my TBR immediately. I’m so incredibly anxious to read it, hopefully soon. This book also has LGBTQIAP+ Asian (Muslim) rep, which I know many of you will be really excited to hear!

The Girl King

by Mimi Yu

The Girl King by Mimi Yu

It’s a testament to how much Asian representation in books, and books written by Asian authors mean to me, and how amazing the synopsis sounds, that The Girl King is still one of my most anticipated 2019 releases, despite this cover being so determinedly not for me.

But really, this book sounds absolutely amazing.

Books I Can't Wait to Read

I was incredibly lucky to win a giveaway hosted by the wonderful, kind soul Romie (thank you so, so much!), and I can’t wait for these two books to arrive. 💓

Love, Hate & Other Filters is an ownvoices novel that tells the story of a Muslim-American teen girl, and is said to be fun, cute, and heart-warming, while also tackling more serious issues. Meanwhile, The Abyss Surrounds Us is the first book in a book series that features a Chinese girl who’s pretty badass, and includes lesbian pirates, sea monsters, and a stan-worthy romance (I’m told).

Sprinkles of Dreams - Let's Chat

Are any of these books on your TBR?
Which of these books are you most excited about? Which one has your favorite cover?
What are your anticipated book releases? 💗

xx, lily - Sprinkles of Dreams
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115 thoughts on “Book Recommendations // Five Books Your TBR Needs Ft. #Novel19s”

  1. All of these sound so good and I will definitely add them to the TBR, but especially The Fever King 😍 (also, I’ve had The Abyss Surrounds Us on the TBR forever and even have it on my kindle! It sounds stunning!) ♥️

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    1. Ahh yay, I’m so excited to hear that, Hannah! 😍

      I’ve been seeing The Abyss Surrounds Us a lot on Goodreads, but somehow it never appealed to me? But this time around, reading its synopsis, something changed, haha.

      Let me know when you get around to reading it?? I’d love to hear what you think. 😊💛

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      1. I think the synopsis sounds amazing and I love books about pirates and enemies to lovers is one of my favourite tropes 😍 all that plus a f/f relationship between the protagonists? I don’t see how is couldn’t be brilliant! I’ll definitely let you know as soon as I read it 😊

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  2. Wonderful post as always, Lily! I loved reading about your excitement for all of these beautiful books. 😍 I’m very excited for You Asked for Perfect (ikr, it sounds like it’s going to be so relatable – I’m a perfectionist, and a procrastinating one at that :’) ) and The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali!! And some of my most anticipated 2019 releases are: The Toll (third book of the Arc of a Scythe series) by Neal Shusterman, Our Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon, Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills, and I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver (and so many more)! 😊 Haha, now I’m feeling very inspired to make a post about my most anticipated 2019 releases. 🙈

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    1. Thank you so much, Dezzy! 🥰

      Same, the main character sounds so much like me, haha, I can’t wait to read it. 🧡

      Ohh I’m really excited for Famous in a Small Town as well, and MASON DEAVER’S DEBUT sndhdjsndf YES.

      Haha, you should totally do it!! And don’t forget to pingback/let me know about it, if you do!! 😎

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      1. Omg yes!! Have you read any of Emma Mills’ other books? ☺️ And I honestly cannot wait to read Mason Deaver’s debut; I’ve never read an ownvoices book with a nonbinary MC before (which is sad, we need more of them!).

        I definitely will!! Thanks for the inspiration hehe 💞

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          1. YES I absolutely adored Foolish Hearts! Every time I think of it, my heart feels so full; I have so much love for all the characters, especially Claudia and Gideon. 😊💖 I haven’t read This Adventure Ends yet, but I’m excited to! I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it as much as Foolish Hearts though.

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  3. Look at me rushing to quickly add these books to my TBR 🙈 I really hope you’re able to get your hands on a copy for these lovely reads, Lily! I definitely agree with your sentiment about the necessity of OwnVoices books, especially Asian! representation for our smol hearts 💕I’ve heard a few the names of these books fly around the book community, but I didn’t really know what they were about before this post! Great job spreading the word~

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    1. Tiffany!! 😍

      I’m so happy and excited to hear that!! And yess, I will always scream about Asian ownvoices in particular. 💞💞

      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment! I hope you’re reading the best books, and your week is wonderful! And that lectures and studying don’t keep you from doing things you love too much. 💗

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  4. Ah, wonderful post, Lily full of books I’m really looking forward to! I had seen The Fever King around, but I didn’t know what it was about – just added it to my TBR. The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali, The Girl King and Descendants of the Crane are books I can’t wait to read myself. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Aimal! ☺️🧡

      Ahh yay, that makes me so happy to hear! I hope you’ll enjoy it—and all three of these books are soo highly anticipated by me, I really can’t wait to read them. 😍

      Thank you for your sweet comment, Aimal, I hope you have a great week ahead of you! 🍁☺️


  5. Lovely recommendations, Lily! 😍 I am really eager to read You Asked For Perfect, I adored Laura Silverman’s debut, Girl Out of Water and can’t wait to get my hands on that one. It sounds fantastic and exactly the kind of book I’d love. 2019 is way too far away haha. Descendant of the Crane and The Fever King also sound quite fantastic, I’m really curious about both of them! 🙂

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      1. There was something like that, I think – to be honest, I didn’t follow the entire story so I couldn’t say what happened for sure 🙈 all I know is that this is an incredible book that deserves way more praise and love ❤

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  6. Thank you for the recommendations. Promptly add “You Asked for Perfect” and “The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali” in my TBR list. The latter’s cover looks so kick-ass and chic.

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  7. AHHH I’M SO HAPPY YOU’RE EXCITED FOR “YOU ASKED FOR PERFECT”!!! ❤ ❤ I read the ARC and it was so good, the struggles the main character goes through academically were so relatable?????? even without the falling in love element, reading it just for the school drama was worth it. I have never felt a character's stress like I felt his lsdkjflskjfldks

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    1. I’M SO HAPPY YOU LOVE IT, MAL! And I’m so glad you found it relatable, and worthy of being read, even without the romance!! I want the romance to be sweep me off my feet as well, though, haha.

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment, I hope I’ll enjoy it as much as you did. 💛💛

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      1. omg SAME, if there is a romance I want the romance to be lovable or I will *narrows eyes* ////remove stars//////
        (((but i think you will love this romance, it’s v soft)))
        AND AHHH I’M SO HAPPY YOU’RE GETTING A COPY, i’m stressed on your behalf, book mail is so unpredictable???? i’m still waiting on ARCs from 2 weeks ago bc my mail system is cruel and unusual

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  8. brb adding all these books to my tbr rn

    but can we just take a minute to scream over the cover for the girl king!!! it LOOKS SO GOOD. your recommend posts are always the very best 😍😍

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  9. I AM SO DEAD OVER DESCENDANT OF THE CRANE. LIKE JUST…I JUST CAN’T. The cover is too beautiful. The synopsis is too perfect sounding. I need this book ASAP PEOPLE. Haha, but yeah, this is such a great post! I’m really excited about a lot of books on this list as well. The Girl King has been on my TBR list from the second I saw it. Pretty much any asian-inspired fantasy book is an auto-read for me. Thanks for such a lovely post!

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    1. IT’S MAGNIFICENT, I AM DECEASED. And Joan He legit told me she’d see what she can do about getting a physical ARC into my hands, when they’re here, I’m speechless. 😭😭

      Yes, same!! I’m always so excited about books written by Asian authors in general, though, hehe.

      My pleasure, Kat!! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. 🧡🧡

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      1. GYAHHHHHHHHHH. SHE DID???? It’s funny because I like, build up authors of hyped books into these god-like specimens that are so above us mere mortals BUT ACTUALLY THEY ARE SO NICE AND APPROACHABLE??? ALSO, do you happen to be a part of Hesina’s Imperial Court??

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        1. YES 😭💜💜

          Authors are the sweetest humans on earth, I swear sndhsjsnf they’ve all been so nice to me?? Natasha Ngan is super lovely as well, she even commented on my review of GOPAF, I think my heart stopped for a minute. 🙈

          And yes, I’m a Baroness! What about you? ☺️

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  10. ooh The Love & Lies of Rukshana Ali looks so gooooood all about those f/f romances yassssss!! I haven’t read a dystopian in a while but The Fever King sounds pretty great as well. Thank you for such a great list!

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  11. Descendant of the Crane sounds incredible and that cover is an absolute beauty. You Asked for Perfect sounds like it could be a very moving book, one that will likely resonate with a lot of readers, myself included.

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  12. omg i’m so glad you posted this!! I’ve been looking for more books written by POC (but also especially asian) and books with POC, LGBTQIAP+ representation and now I have a list to read!!!

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  13. I cannot wait for The Girl King! Descendant of the Carne come just after. Both looks amazing and those covers? Just amazing.

    I did not heard of The Fever King, so I’m gonna check it out. Also, all of your title has also a good deal of intersectionality which is one of my favorite thing

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    1. I absolutely adore Descendant of the Crane‘s cover, but not so much The Girl King‘s, to be honest. 🙈

      Yes!! I’m always trying to find and promote books that have great rep of all kinds, I’m so happy you noticed & appreciate that!

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Camilla! 💜💜

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  14. hello, fellow asian, this is a stan-worthy post and i’m so happy this exists.
    i am so personally offended @ myself that i didn’t know about fever king because? excuse me? that synopsis sounds so good. same with ‘you asked for perfect’. well, fear not, because these books have been added to my tbr. catch me being dehydrated until i finally get to read them. *finger guns*
    also, i see your sneaky brooklyn 99 reference and i stan you ’cause that was very cool (cool cool cool cool).


  15. YOU ARE SUCH AN ENABLER 😂These books sound so good, and you have me so hyped!! Unfortunately, I wasn’t approved for an ARC of Descendants of the Crane 😭 but it’s okay because I can delay the heartbreak until 2019. and of course, I’m basically guaranteed to read The Fever King because of you!


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