FRIDAY FINDS | 15.10.2021

Hey Guys!
I was supposed to post a BBN interview today, but I haven’t received any replies yet, so I’m once again posting about my new finds on my TBR. I might be reading two of these books this month. From next week, I will be posting only BBN posts. Hopefully, I don’t jinx it this time and keep my word. Without any further ado, let’s see what’s new on my TBR.

• If We Were Villains by M L Rio

This sounds like V E Schwab’s Vicious but more mystery-thriller types. This synopsis took me back to Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie. Reopening a case means one has to cross-examine every evidence and detail that they might’ve overlooked before. This book sounds promising and I’d like to know who the real villain is.


Oliver Marks has just served ten years in jail – for a murder he may or may not have committed. On the day he’s released, he’s greeted by the man who put him in prison. Detective Colborne is retiring, but before he does, he wants to know what really happened a decade ago.

As one of seven young actors studying Shakespeare at an elite arts college, Oliver and his friends play the same roles onstage and off: hero, villain, tyrant, temptress, ingenue, extra. But when the casting changes, and the secondary characters usurp the stars, the plays spill dangerously over into life, and one of them is found dead. The rest face their greatest acting challenge yet: convincing the police, and themselves, that they are blameless.

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• We Are Not Free by Traci Chee

I haven’t read war fiction for over a year. I moved to YA and Fantasy novels. Reading about wars and their aftermath has always been a curious subject of mine. I haven’t done that in a year, but this book seems like a poignant read that I should be picking up, so I might just do that this month.


“All around me, my friends are talking, joking, laughing. Outside is the camp, the barbed wire, the guard towers, the city, the country that hates us.

We are not free.
But we are not alone.” 

We Are Not Free, is the collective account of a tight-knit group of young Nisei, second-generation Japanese American citizens, whose lives are irrevocably changed by the mass U.S. incarcerations of World War II.

Fourteen teens who have grown up together in Japantown, San Francisco.
Fourteen teens who form a community and a family, as interconnected as they are conflicted.
Fourteen teens whose lives are turned upside down when over 100,000 people of Japanese ancestry are removed from their homes and forced into desolate incarceration camps.
In a world that seems determined to hate them, these young Nisei must rally together as racism and injustice threaten to pull them apart.

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• We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Solomon

I tried reading Today Tonight Tomorrow by the same author but gave up after realizing that it was very similar to Never Have I Ever (TV series). I liked that show, but I wasn’t willing to read something very similar, so I put it down. But here we have a boy who is a hopeless romantic, which is rare but not new in romance, so I’m willing to give it a shot.


A wedding harpist disillusioned with love and a hopeless romantic cater-waiter flirt and fight their way through a summer of weddings in this effervescent romantic comedy from the acclaimed author of Today Tonight Tomorrow.

Quinn Berkowitz and Tarek Mansour’s families have been in business together for years: Quinn’s parents are wedding planners, and Tarek’s own a catering company. At the end of last summer, Quinn confessed her crush on him in the form of a rambling email—and then he left for college without a response.

Quinn has been dreading seeing him again almost as much as she dreads another summer playing the harp for her parents’ weddings. When he shows up at the first wedding of the summer, looking cuter than ever after a year apart, they clash immediately. Tarek’s always loved the grand gestures in weddings—the flashier, the better—while Quinn can’t see them as anything but fake. Even as they can’t seem to have one civil conversation, Quinn’s thrown together with Tarek wedding after wedding, from performing a daring cake rescue to filling in for a missing bridesmaid and groomsman.

Quinn can’t deny her feelings for him are still there, especially after she learns the truth about his silence, opens up about her own fears, and begins learning the art of harp-making from an enigmatic teacher.

Maybe love isn’t the enemy after all—and maybe allowing herself to fall is the most honest thing Quinn’s ever done.

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P.S. Let me know if you have read these books or if it’s on your TBR


  1. Omg We Are Not Free is my newest favourite (I read it a few weeks back and reviewed it on my blog just last week!) I can’t wait for you to read it, hopefully you’ll love it as much as I did!!

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  2. It’s interesting you thought Today Tonight Tomorrow was similar to Never Have I Ever. Are we thinking of the same TV show, the one with the Indian girl and the old tennis star narrating? I don’t see the similarities, so I’m curious to know what similarities you think there are (assuming we’re thinking of the same show, that is).


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