Hello, and happy Monday!

We’re starting September just two days early, and bringing out our newest book of the month: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. Willa and I (Aneeqah) both pushed to have this book as our BOTM because we had so much love for it- one of the reasons being the fact that this book has 0 romance in it.

We begin the discussion actually discussing what the heck we even define as romance, which is interesting, because we all have slightly different definitions of what we actually categorize as romance in YA novels. We discuss the intricacies of different types of relationships, and also talk about the lack of romances in novels and our general feelings on them. It’s also interesting, because all of us bring in some of our own experiences with seeing romance in teens, and we talk about how realistic romances actually are in YA. Beyond that, we move on to talk about some of our favorite books that have no romance, or have just a little. There’s a few slightly “cheat” picks in there, but we all tried to err on the side of cautious and pick books with as little romance as possible (which was a surprisingly difficult task!). Hopefully some of our discussions (and Willa’s interesting ability to totally forget about her own thoughts on a book) will leave you laughing, but also reconsidering the romance trope that is so present in YA.

And now what you’ve been waiting for the most… the book list! Remember, we do have all of these compiled for you on a Goodreads shelf as well, for your viewing pleasure.

The Book List 

As always, feel free to contact us on Twitter @ANovelChat or talk to us via email on anovelchat@gmail.com. We always want to hear your thoughts!

Happy Monday!

We’re nearing the end of August, and so today we have a special episode for you on A Novel Chat! Em and Willa are tackling one of their favorite novels: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. (Yes, the title is an attempt at a pun.) It’s a gorgeous book, though I, Aneeqah, haven’t read it, which is why I was booted off not on the episode today.

They have an intricate discussion of the way history interweaves in the story and some really creepy characters. Willa and Emily both love the gorgeousness of the writing style and discuss how even though the book’s plot is relatively “plain” it’s the writing style that really engages you as the reader. Em also laments about the fact that this author hasn’t really written much else (aside from a short story and potential new book?!). Of course, there are some hilariously accurate tangents (apparently books with feathers are guaranteed to be successful, guys) mixed in with some straight-up fangirling that will hopefully leave you wanting to pick up this strangely gorgeous book.

And now what you’ve been waiting for the most… the book list! (Not as substantial as usual, but bear in mind this was a shorter episode!) Remember, we do have all of these compiled for you on a Goodreads shelf as well, for your viewing pleasure.

The Book List 

As always, feel free to contact us on Twitter @ANovelChat or talk to us via email on anovelchat@gmail.com. We always want to hear your thoughts!

Welcome back to this week’s episode of A Novel Chat!

We’re incredibly excited to be talking about one of the more recent trends in YA right now: duologies. It seems like every series these days has been reduced to just two books, and so we wanted to talk out our thoughts here on ANC. We start off talking about our general feelings about duologies and the trend that’s been on the rise. Willa and Emily seem to more fans of companion novels than straight up series, which is interesting to hash out. After, we dive straight into the books, and bring up a wide array of duologies. Some have been complete for years, others more current, and then some that haven’t been published yet (we’re looking at you, Blood for Blood).

And now what you’ve been waiting for the most… the book list! Remember, we do have all of these compiled for you on a Goodreads shelf as well, for your viewing pleasure.

The Book List 

(I have included the series titles + links, and the first books + link of the duologies below!)

As always, feel free to contact us on Twitter @ANovelChat or talk to us via email on anovelchat@gmail.com. We always want to hear your thoughts!


Hello, and welcome to the second Monday of August! Today we’re discussing our favorite novel currently at ANC headquaters, Six of Crows.

We’re diving into a beloved topic inspired by this book: multiple ships! We talk about our feelings on multiple ships within books and series, along with some of our favorite SoC ships (though don’t worry, we keep things pretty vague to avoid any spoilers!). We all love a good ship, and so we talk through that. We even break out the dictionary definition of shipping, for all you new shippers out there. After, we delve into some of our favorite books that feature multiple ships. There’s much fangirling to be had as we get to talk about some of our favorite relationships across all genres in YA. Prepare your fangirl-y hearts, because there’s a ton to love within this episode.

And now what you’ve been waiting for the most… the book list! Remember, we do have all of these compiled for you on a Goodreads shelf as well, for your viewing pleasure.

The Book List 

If you’d like to listen in, you can do so in a variety of places:

As always, feel free to contact us on Twitter @ANovelChat or talk to us via email on anovelchat@gmail.com. We always want to hear your thoughts!

Happy Monday friends!

Can you believe it’s already August?! That means fall is closer, school is closer, and we’re already over halfway through the year (what?). It also means we have a fabulous new book of the month for you all: our beloved Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo! We finally convinced Em to read it, and thus, we’ve chosen it for our book of the month.

In this episode, we talk a lot about Em’s feelings about Six of Crows and why we so desperately need the sequel, Crooked Kingdom, which comes out next month (thank goodness!). It’s been a long wait for me and Willa, and we talk about the pain of having to wait for a year for the sequel. We then dive straight into some upcoming releases that we’re absolutely dying to have. We cover a wide range- some books are coming out next month, others in 2018, sequels and standalones. Make sure to keep your Goodreads list pulled up because we know you’ll be running to add these amazing sounding books to your TBR.

And now what you’ve been waiting for the most… the book list! Remember, we do have all of these compiled for you on a Goodreads shelf as well, for your viewing pleasure.

The Book List 

If you’d like to listen in, you can do so in a variety of places:

As always, feel free to contact us on Twitter @ANovelChat or talk to us via email on anovelchat@gmail.com. We always want to hear your thoughts!

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