Purple Books You Should Read

Hi, y’all!

Lately, I’ve been feeling burnt out. 😣 I’ve been losing focus on a lot of things, my blog included, so I wanted to do something light and fun that’ll hopefully bring y’all some interesting and old and new reads to check out and add to your TBRs and shelves. 🥰

In this post, I’m bringing y’all some purple-colored books that I suggest each of you pick up. 😍  Make sure to let me know what y’all think of them in the comments below! I’d love to hear your thoughts. 😊

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DELETELove and Other Moods

by Crystal Z. Lee
Published by Balestier Press
Released on December 10th, 2020
ADULT FICTION–Romance
Representation: Japanese-Taiwanese-American, Chinese

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Love and Other Moods is a coming-of-age story set in contemporary China, about falling in love, learning to adult, finding strength, and discovering one’s place in the world.

Naomi Kita-Fan uproots her life from New York to China when her fiancé’s company transfers him to Shanghai. After a disastrous turn of events, Naomi finds herself with no job, no boyfriend, and nowhere to live in a foreign country.

Amidst the backdrop of Shanghai welcoming millions of workers and visitors to the 2010 World Expo, we meet a tapestry of characters through Naomi: Joss Kong, a Shanghai socialite who leads an enviable life, but must harbor the secrets of her husband, Tay Kai Tang. Logan Hayden, a womanizing restaurateur looking for love in all the wrong places. Pan Jinsung and Ouyang Zhangjie, a silver-aged couple struggling with adapting to the ever-changing faces of their city. Dante Ouyang, who had just returned to China after spending years overseas, must choose between being filial and being in love. All their dreams and aspirations interweave within the sprawling web of Shanghai.

This multilayered novel explores a kaleidoscope of shifting relationships——familial friction, amorous entanglements, volatile friendships——in one of the most dynamic metropolises of the twenty-first century.


DELETEAnd Now She’s Gone

by Rachel Howzell Hall
Published by Forge
Released on September 22nd, 2020
ADULT FICTION–Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller
Representation: Black, Chronic Illness
Trigger Warnings: Domestic violence and abuse, murder 

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Isabel Lincoln is gone.

But is she missing?

It’s up to Grayson Sykes to find her. Although she is reluctant to track down a woman who may not want to be found, Gray’s search for Isabel Lincoln becomes more complicated and dangerous with every new revelation about the woman’s secrets and the truth she’s hidden from her friends and family.

Featuring two complicated women in a dangerous cat and mouse game, And Now She’s Gone explores the nature of secrets — and how violence and fear can lead you to abandon everything in order to survive.


JAJane Anonymous

by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Published by Wednesday Books
Released on January 7th, 2020
YOUNG ADULT FICTION–Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller
Representation: PTSD
Trigger Warnings: Sexual assault, rape (implied), trauma, panic attacks, anxiety attacks, Stockholm Syndrome, suicide, self harm, drugging, graphic blood depiction, physical injury, illness, emesis, death of a grandparent, kidnapping, captivity

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“Jane” was just your typical 17-year-old getting ready to start her senior year. She had a part-time job she enjoyed, an awesome best friend, overbearing but loving parents, and a crush on a boy who was taking her to see her favorite band. She never would’ve imagined that in her town where nothing ever happens, a series of small coincidences would lead to a devastating turn of events that would forever change her life.

Now, it’s been three months since “Jane” escaped captivity and returned home. Three months of being that girl who was kidnapped, the girl who was held by a “monster.” But, what if everything you thought you knew―everything you thought you experienced―turned out to be a lie?


DELETEA Pho Love Story

by Loan Le
Published by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Released on February 9th, 2021
YOUNG ADULT FICTION–Contemporary, Romance
Representation: Vietnamese

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If Bao Nguyen had to describe himself, he’d say he was a rock. Steady and strong, but not particularly interesting. His grades are average, his social status unremarkable. He works at his parents’ pho restaurant, and even there, he is his parents’ fifth favorite employee. Not ideal.

If Linh Mai had to describe herself, she’d say she was a firecracker. Stable when unlit, but full of potential for joy and fire. She loves art and dreams pursuing a career in it. The only problem? Her parents rely on her in ways they’re not willing to admit, including working practically full-time at her family’s pho restaurant.

For years, the Mais and the Nguyens have been at odds, having owned competing, neighboring pho restaurants. Bao and Linh, who’ve avoided each other for most of their lives, both suspect that the feud stems from feelings much deeper than friendly competition.

But then a chance encounter brings Linh and Bao in the same vicinity despite their best efforts and sparks fly, leading them both to wonder what took so long for them to connect. But then, of course, they immediately remember.

Can Linh and Bao find love in the midst of feuding families and complicated histories?

When Dimple Met Rishi meets Ugly Delicious in this funny, smart romantic comedy, in which two Vietnamese-American teens fall in love and must navigate their newfound relationship amid their families’ age-old feud about their competing, neighboring restaurants.


DELETEYou Should See Me in a Crown

by Leah Johnson
Published by Scholastic Press
Released on June 2nd, 2020
YOUNG ADULT FICTION–Contemporary, Romance
Representation: Black, Anxiety, Queer, Sickle-Cell Anemia
Trigger Warnings: Death of a parent, loved ones with chronic illness, a character being outed, homophobia, panic attacks

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Liz Lighty has always believed she’s too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But it’s okay — Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor.

But when the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz’s plans come crashing down . . . until she’s reminded of her school’s scholarship for prom king and queen. There’s nothing Liz wants to do less than endure a gauntlet of social media trolls, catty competitors, and humiliating public events, but despite her devastating fear of the spotlight she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get to Pennington.

The only thing that makes it halfway bearable is the new girl in school, Mack. She’s smart, funny, and just as much of an outsider as Liz. But Mack is also in the running for queen. Will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams . . . or make them come true?


DELETEIf This Gets Out

by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich
Published by Wednesday Books
Releasing on December 7th, 2021
YOUNG ADULT FICTION–Contemporary, Romance
Representation: Bisexuality, Queer, more to come
Trigger Warning(s): UNKNOWN AS OF NOW

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If This Gets Out is an absolute showstopper! Equal parts edgy and adorable, this bright, joyful book has everything I look for in a queer YA romance.” —Phil Stamper, bestselling author of The Gravity of Us

Eighteen-year-olds Ruben Montez and Zach Knight are two members of the boy-band Saturday, one of the biggest acts in America. Along with their bandmates, Angel Phan and Jon Braxton, the four are teen heartbreakers in front of the cameras and best friends backstage. But privately, cracks are starting to form: their once-easy rapport is straining under the pressures of fame, and Ruben confides in Zach that he’s feeling smothered by management’s pressure to stay in the closet.

On a whirlwind tour through Europe, with both an unrelenting schedule and minimal supervision, Ruben and Zach come to rely on each other more and more, and their already close friendship evolves into a romance. But when they decide they’re ready to tell their fans and live freely, Zach and Ruben start to truly realize that they will never have the support of their management. How can they hold tight to each other when the whole world seems to want to come between them?
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Which one of these books sticks out to you the most?

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