BOOKENDING SPRING 2020: Pastel Fever

Welcome back Storytellers! Today is our second to last prompt of the event, and I am incredibly sad to be handing back my hosting reigns to the event gods after tomorrow. As mentioned in the previous posts, the amazing Megan @ Ginger Mom Company is unable to host this week due to being unwell, so I will be stepping in and hosting on behalf of her. We will still be using her prompts–so don’t worry! We at Bookend Events, just ask that you credit Megan for the prompts (as you would a tag) as well as myself as host so that I can blog hop to your amazing posts! With that said, from everyone here at Bookend Events, we are wishing Megan a speedy recovery and sending her lots of love! ♥️

If this is your first time here on my blog (hi! Hello! I’m Sam!) and you don’t already know what Bookending Spring is, its a month long event in April that was created by myself and Clo @ Cuppa Clo where we aspire to bring the bookish community closer together through the platform we love the most–blogging! Each day throughout the month, we have different prompts from different hosts that participants can replicate! I am so excited to check out everyone’s posts and prompts as we get more into the month as our hosts this year are dishing out quality content! You can also catch me smiling from ear to ear as I get to meet all of you on your blogs and on our Twitter (@bookend_events if you haven’t followed, you totally should!) page!

Also, don’t forget that we have a blog hopping masterlist! The list features all of our participants and those who are participating in Bookending Spring can put their post links next to their name for easy blog hopping! Can’t wait to see all your amazing posts! And with that, let’s get into today’s prompt!


Pastel Fever

Share the top 5 pastel-covered books on your TBR!


Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Eliza and Her MonstersHer story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

Is this the oldest pastel cover book on my TBR? Probably. I really have no excuse why I haven’t devoured this gem yet, except for I keep getting distracted when I’m in the mood for it and then when I’m not distracted–I’m not in the mood. Truly a time. But, I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book, so I am still pretty pumped to waddle to this one soon!

The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

I met this author at my local bookcon convention last year and honestly her words inspired me to give historical fiction ONE more chance. I know, I am shocked too. Hilarious, snarky, and sassy, based on the snippet she read to us (the audience) I knew I was going to be in for a treat…plus the audiobook I hear is to die for. so YOLO.

What If Its Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

What If It's Us (What If It's Us, #1)Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.

Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?

What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is?

This is purely on here because I am a Becky stan and its the only one of her books that I own that I haven’t read yet.

Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Red, White & Royal BlueWhat happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?

When his mother became President of the United States, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There’s only one problem: Alex has a beef with an actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex/Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.

Heads of the family and state and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: Stage a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instagrammable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the presidential campaign and upend two nations. It raises the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to ben? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through? , how will history remember you?

OK, is this shade of pink truly pastel? Not sure, but for the sake of the prompt we are going to pretend it is! Every time I mention that I haven’t read this story yet I get gasps and “why have you not?!” all the way up to my ass cheeks, so I am guessing that this is the greatest M/M romance to ever live and I am missing out severely from the best meet cute ever.

Lovely War by Julie Berry

Lovely WarA sweeping, multi-layered romance with a divine twist, by the Printz Honor-winning author of The Passion of Dolssa, set in the perilous days of World Wars I and II.

It’s 1917, and World War I is at its zenith when Hazel and James first catch sight of each other at a London party. She’s a shy and talented pianist; he’s a newly minted soldier with dreams of becoming an architect. When they fall in love, it’s immediate and deep–and cut short when James is shipped off to the killing fields.

Aubrey Edwards is also headed toward the trenches. A gifted musician who’s played Carnegie Hall, he’s a member of the 15th New York Infantry, an all-African-American regiment being sent to Europe to help end the Great War. Love is the last thing on his mind. But that’s before he meets Colette Fournier, a Belgian chanteuse who’s already survived unspeakable tragedy at the hands of the Germans.

Thirty years after these four lovers’ fates collide, the Greek goddess Aphrodite tells their stories to her husband, Hephaestus, and her lover, Ares, in a luxe Manhattan hotel room at the height of World War II. She seeks to answer the age-old question: Why are Love and War eternally drawn to one another? But her quest for a conclusion that will satisfy her jealous husband uncovers a multi-threaded tale of prejudice, trauma, and music and reveals that War is no match for the power of Love.

This is another author I met at my local bookcon that sold me on historical fiction. Berry’s words during her panel and the excerpt she read for each of them, had me literally asking her if I could read it while she talked. I promptly bum-rushed it to the event’s bookstore and got me a copy for her to sign because everyone knows I am a greek mythology groupie. So the real question is: will these authors make me a historical fan or nah?

What pastel book are you itching to read?



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