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Our Science Fiction and Fantasy expert. Also likes Manga and Romance novels.

Get to know more about Monique and her taste in books below:

More about me

1. Who are your auto-buy (you'll buy absolutely anything they write - even their shopping list) authors?

Chloe Liese, Marissa Meyers, Helen Hoang and Shannon/S.A Chakraborty.

2. What's your favourite genre/s?

Fantasy - especially retellings and books based on mythology

Science Fiction - particularly dystopias

Romance - more so rom-coms

3. Do you judge a book by its cover?

Yes! I will read a book I'm interested in no matter what the cover looks like but it makes my heart glad when the cover is as beautiful as the book. I will also be more drawn to a book and likely to pick it up if the cover is stunning. What can I say... I have no shelf-control.

4. What's your most anticipated releases of 2024?

The Hurricane Wars book 2 - Thea Guanzon

Amina Al-Sarafi books 2 and 3 - Shannon Chakraborty

Dancers of the Dawn - Zulekh'a Afzal

Emily Wilde's Map of the Otherlands - Heather Fawcett

A Fate Inked in Blood - Danielle L. Jensen

Thief of Night - Holly Black

The Darkness Within Us - Tricia Levenseller

My Salty Mary - Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

The Djinn Waits a Hundred Years - Shubnum Khan

5. How do you organise your personal bookshelves?

My organisation of my books might bring some people to tears, but here it is...

I seperate my books by genre, themes and format.

I have all my magazines, manga, comics, textbooks, cookbooks and coffee books (i.e. books you either read in one sitting or continually reference and flick through) on one bookshelf.

Another bookshelf is dedicated solely to books with Autistic (ASD) and mental health representation, both fiction and non-fiction and is organised by colour.

My third bookshelf is dedicated to fantasy, historical, contemporary romance and ocean books (all colour co-ordinated) with a dedicated shelf to books about books and some very (one book dating to 1835) old books (not colour co-ordinated but rather by size). 

A fourth bookshelf holds all my children's books (from my childhood and some from my mother and grand-mother), Greek mythology, Norse mythology, books set in Africa and the Middle-East and my collection of Arabian Nights (these are not organised by colour or size but rather grouped in kind).

My fifth bookshelf holds all my sci-fi, crime/thrillers (mainly spy books and romantic suspense) and some non-fic (these are all colour co-ordinated).

I then have crates filled with arcs (uncorrected advance reader copies courtesy of working in a bookshop) borrowed books, colouring books, journals, travel books, language books and religious texts.

Hey it makes sense to me!

6. What books are high on your TBR (to be read pile) this year?

Holly Black's YA novels

A Brandon Sanderson novel

Blake Crouch's backlist

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Becky Chambers

Wakers - Orson Scott Card

Speed of Dark - Elizabeth Moon

Norse Ancient Origins, Stories of People and Civilization - J.K Jackson

Assistant to the Villain - Hannah Nicole Maehrer

Curious Tides - Pascale Lacelle

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman

Sword Catcher - Casandra Clare

Aurora Rising - Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

The Last Tale of the Flower Bride - Roshani Chokshi

The Last Namsara - Kristen Ciccarelli

Zoro - Isabel Allende

Angelika Frankenstein Makes Her Match - Sally Thorne

Favourites of 2024 so far:

TBR (want to read list):

Currently Reading:

The Kiss Quotient

By Helen Hoang

*Re-reading a favourite*

'I just adored every page. I really can't wait to see what Helen Hoang writes next.' -New York Times bestselling author SARAH J. MAAS

'Original and sexy and sensitive.' New York Times bestselling author ROXANE GAY

Stella Lane thinks mathematics is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases - a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with and far less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old. It doesn't help that Stella has Asperger's and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice…with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. Gorgeous and conflicted, Michael can't afford to turn down Stella's offer and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan, from foreplay to more-than-missionary position. Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses but to crave all of the other things he's making her feel. Their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic . . .

'An unexpectedly sweet erotic romance that left me with a huge smile on my face. I dare you not to fall in love with these two characters and their story. Helen Hoang's debut is quite simply delightful!' New York Times bestselling author NALINI SINGH

'Hoang knocks it out of the park with this stellar debut' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

'I loved The Kiss Quotient so much, that I've already begun pushing it into the hands of my friends begging them to read it!' THE BOOKTOPIAN

The Kiss Quotient
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