Amanda Recommends Books to Read in One Sitting

Hey, lovelies! I’m back with another recommendations post! This one is some books I’ve read this year that I read in one (or two, since I have a small baby) sitting because I was so hooked I just couldn’t put the book down. Some of these I listened to the audiobook, some I read physically, and some I read the eBook.

Wild is the Witch by Rachel Griffin
“Iris Gray knows witches aren’t welcome in most towns. When she was forced to leave her last home, she left behind a father who was no longer willing to start over. And while the Witches’ Council was lenient in their punishment, Iris knows they’re keeping tabs on her. Now settled in Washington, Iris never lets anyone see who she really is; instead, she vents her frustrations by writing curses she never intends to cast. Otherwise, she spends her days at the wildlife refuge which would be the perfect job if not for Pike Alder, the witch-hating aspiring ornithologist who interns with them. Iris concocts the perfect curse for Pike: one that will turn him into a witch. But just as she’s about to dispel it, a bird swoops down and steals the curse before flying away. If the bird dies, the curse will be unleashed―and the bird is a powerful amplifier, and unleashing the curse would turn not just Pike, but everyone in the region, into a witch. New witches have no idea how to control their magic and the consequences would be dire. And the Witches’ Council does not look kindly on multiple offenses; if they found out, Iris could be stripped of her magic for good. Iris begs Pike to help her track the bird, and they set out on a trek through the Pacific Northwest looking for a single bird that could destroy everything.”

I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jeanette McCurdy
“A heartbreaking and hilarious memoir by Jennette McCurdy about her struggles as a former child actor—including eating disorders, addiction, and a complicated relationship with her overbearing mother—and how she retook control of her life.
Jennette McCurdy was six years old when she had her first acting audition. Her mother’s dream was for her only daughter to become a star, and Jennette would do anything to make her mother happy. So she went along with what Mom called “calorie restriction,” eating little and weighing herself five times a day. She endured extensive at-home makeovers while Mom chided, “Your eyelashes are invisible, okay? You think Dakota Fanning doesn’t tint hers?” She was even showered by Mom until age sixteen while sharing her diaries, email, and all her income. In I’m Glad My Mom Died, Jennette recounts all this in unflinching detail—just as she chronicles what happens when the dream finally comes true. Cast in a new Nickelodeon series called iCarly, she is thrust into fame. Though Mom is ecstatic, emailing fan club moderators and getting on a first-name basis with the paparazzi (“Hi Gale!”), Jennette is riddled with anxiety, shame, and self-loathing, which manifest into eating disorders, addiction, and a series of unhealthy relationships. These issues only get worse when, soon after taking the lead in the iCarly spinoff Sam & Cat alongside Ariana Grande, her mother dies of cancer. Finally, after discovering therapy and quitting acting, Jennette embarks on recovery and decides for the first time in her life what she really wants.
Told with refreshing candor and dark humor, I’m Glad My Mom Died is an inspiring story of resilience, independence, and the joy of shampooing your own hair.”

A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers
“After touring the rural areas of Panga, Sibling Dex (a Tea Monk of some renown) and Mosscap (a robot sent on a quest to determine what humanity really needs) turn their attention to the villages and cities of the little moon they call home.
They hope to find the answers they seek, while making new friends, learning new concepts, and experiencing the entropic nature of the universe.
Becky Chambers’s new series continues to ask: in a world where people have what they want, does having more even matter?”

The Relentless Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal
“The Earth is coming to the boiling point as the climate disaster of the Meteor strike becomes more and more clear, but the political situation is already overheated. Riots and sabotage plague the space program. The IAC’s goal of getting as many people as possible off Earth before it becomes uninhabitable is being threatened. Elma York is on her way to Mars, but the Moon colony is still being established. Her friend and fellow Lady Astronaut Nicole Wargin is thrilled to be one of those pioneer settlers, using her considerable flight and political skills to keep the program on track. But she is less happy that her husband, the Governor of Kansas, is considering a run for President.”

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
“Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.
Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air. Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right?”

Off the Grid by Tess Sharpe
“This action-packed Middle Grade Novel features Maisie Lockwood on all-new adventures along with everyone’s favorite dinosaurs from Jurassic World Dominion—roaring into theaters June 10, 2022!
This original hardcover novel tells the all-new adventures of Maisie Lockwood as she navigates a world filled with dinosaurs both ferocious and friendly.”

I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston
“Chloe Green is so close to winning. After her moms moved her from SoCal to Alabama for high school, she’s spent the past four years dodging gossipy classmates and a puritanical administration at Willowgrove Christian Academy. The thing that’s kept her going: winning valedictorian. Her only rival: prom queen Shara Wheeler, the principal’s perfect progeny. But a month before graduation, Shara kisses Chloe and vanishes.
On a furious hunt for answers, Chloe discovers she’s not the only one Shara kissed. There’s also Smith, Shara’s longtime quarterback sweetheart, and Rory, Shara’s bad boy neighbor with a crush. The three have nothing in common except Shara and the annoyingly cryptic notes she left behind, but together they must untangle Shara’s trail of clues and find her. It’ll be worth it, if Chloe can drag Shara back before graduation to beat her fair-and-square. Thrown into an unlikely alliance, chasing a ghost through parties, break-ins, puzzles, and secrets revealed on monogrammed stationery, Chloe starts to suspect there might be more to this small town than she thought. And maybe—probably not, but maybe—more to Shara, too.”

Fool Me Once by Ashley Winstead
“Lee Stone is a twenty-first-century woman: she kicks butt at her job as a communications director at a women-run electric car company (that’s better than Tesla, thank you) and after work she is “Stoner,” drinking guys under the table and never letting any of them get too comfortable in her bed…That’s because Lee’s learned one big lesson: never trust love. After four major heartbreaks set her straight, from her father cheating on her mom all the way to Ben Laderman in grad school—who wasn’t actually cheating, but she could have sworn he was, so she reciprocated in kind. Then Ben shows up five years later, working as a policy expert for the most liberal governor in Texas history, just as Lee is trying to get a clean energy bill rolling. Things get complicated—and competitive as Lee and Ben are forced to work together. Tension builds just as old sparks reignite, fanning the flames for a romantic dustup the size of Texas.”

Crownchasers by Rebecca Coffindaffer
“Alyssa Farshot has spent her whole life trying to outrun her family legacy. Her mother sacrificed everything to bring peace to the quadrant, and her uncle has successfully ruled as emperor for decades. But the last thing Alyssa wants is to follow in their footsteps as the next in line for the throne. Why would she choose to be trapped in a palace when she could be having wild adventures exploring a thousand-and-one planets in her own ship? But when Alyssa’s uncle becomes gravely ill, his dying wish surprises the entire galaxy. Instead of naming her as his successor, he calls for a crownchase, the first in seven centuries. Representatives from each of the empire’s prime families—including Alyssa—are thrown into a race to find the royal seal, which has been hidden somewhere in the empire. The first to find the seal wins the throne. Alyssa’s experience as an explorer makes her the favorite to win the crown she never wanted. And though she doesn’t want to be empress, her duty to her uncle compels her to participate in this one last epic adventure. But when the chase turns deadly, it’s clear that more than just the fate of the empire is at stake. Alyssa is on her most important quest yet—and only time will tell if she’ll survive it.”

The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon
“Paige Mahoney has eluded death again. Snatched from the jaws of captivity and consigned to a safe house in the Scion Citadel of Paris, she finds herself caught between those factions that seek Scion’s downfall and those who would kill to protect the Rephaim’s puppet empire. The mysterious Domino Programme has plans for Paige, but she has ambitions of her own in this new citadel. With Arcturus Mesarthim – her former enemy – at her side, she embarks on an adventure that will lead her from the catacombs of Paris to the glittering hallways of Versailles. Her risks promise high reward: the Parisian underworld could yield the means to escalate her rebellion to outright war. As Scion widens its bounds and the free world trembles in its shadow, Paige must fight her own memories after her ordeal at the hands of Scion. Meanwhile, she strives to understand her bond with Arcturus, which grows stronger by the day. But there are those who know the revolution began with them – and could end with them…”

The Mask Falling is the fourth book in a series and I flew through all of them, but it’s the most recent one in the series I’ve read. The Relentless Moon is the third in a series, but it can be read as a standalone. I really enjoyed all of these and read them so, so quickly. Are there any books you’ve read recently that you read in one sitting?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Traveling Library: My New Public Library

Hi, lovelies! I’ve officially moved and unpacked and I’m a little sad to see this feature coming to an end. So, I wanted to come back one last time and introduce you to my new local library system!

Now, I’m not going to give all the details. But this is what I know so far, like my last library they use Libby and Hoopla. They also have a few libraries in the system to visit. I haven’t seen too much for events and activities (my last library was amazing with the activities and stuff they put together).

I decided to visit the branch closest to me with my littlest one to sign up for my library card. The location I visited had an amazing children’s section. There was such a wide selection of children’s books. I’m very excited to try out their story time with both of my kids.

The young adult section looked good, full of new and diverse titles. But there were some high schoolers studying at the table in that area, so I didn’t want to bother them. I’m also not reading as much YA lately. I didn’t end up checking out any books, but I did browse the adult sections. There seems to be a really great selection of books and I’m really hoping to try to use the library for physical books more instead of buying.

Do you visit your local library? What’s your favorite thing about your library?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. To play along just answer the three questions to share you’re weekly reading update!

What are you currently reading?

Amanda- I’m currently reading The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth.

Antonia- I just started Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo.

What did you most recently finish reading?

Amanda- I most recently finished Wild is the Witch by Rachel Griffin.

Antonia- I most recently read When Darkness Falls by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory.

What will you be reading next?

Amanda- Next, I want to get back into The Spare Man by Mary Robinette Kowal.

Antonia- Next I think I’ll read Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts.

What have you been reading recently?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved Enough to Buy

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Books I Loved So Much I Had to Get a Copy for My Personal Library. I don’t buy a lot so I’m going to do a mix of books I read first then bought my own copy and books I’ve already read but still want to buy.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima

The Obsidian Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Graveling by Kristin Cashore

The Key Trilogy by Nora Roberts

Beastly by Alex Flinn

Sal and Gabi by Carlos Hernandez

The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan

What books do you love enough to buy?

10 Grief Themed Books Amanda Recommends

Hello, lovelies! I haven’t done a recommendations list based on a specific theme in a while, so I thought I’d pull this one out of the back of my book of blog post ideas. We all love a good sad book, so I’m here to share some that really got me in the feels.

Firekeepers Daughter by Angeline Boulley
“As a biracial, unenrolled tribal member and the product of a scandal, Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in—both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. When her family is struck by tragedy, Daunis puts her dreams on hold to care for her fragile mother. The only bright spot is meeting Jamie, the charming new recruit on her brother’s hockey team. After Daunis witnesses a shocking murder that thrusts her into a criminal investigation, she agrees to go undercover. But the deceptions—and deaths—keep piling up and soon the threat strikes too close to home. How far will she go to protect her community if it means tearing apart the only world she’s ever known?”

Early Departures by Justin D. Reynolds
“Jamal’s best friend, Q, doesn’t know he’s about to die . . . again. He also doesn’t know that Jamal tried to save his life, rescuing him from drowning only to watch Q die later in the hospital. Even more complicated, Jamal and Q haven’t been best friends in two years—not since Jamal’s parents died in a car accident, leaving him and his sister to carry on without them. Grief swallowed Jamal whole, and he blamed Q for causing the accident. But what if Jamal could have a second chance? An impossible chance that would grant him the opportunity to say goodbye to his best friend? A new health-care technology allows Q to be reanimated—brought back to life like the old Q again. But there’s a catch: Q will only reanimate for a short time before he dies . . . forever. Jamal is determined to make things right with Q, but grief is hard to shake. And he can’t tell Q why he’s suddenly trying to be friends with him again. Because Q has no idea that he died, and Q’s mom is not about to let anyone ruin the miracle by telling him. How can Jamal fix his friendship with Q if he can’t tell him the truth?”

Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro
“Six years ago, Moss Jefferies’ father was murdered by an Oakland police officer. Along with losing a parent, the media’s vilification of his father and lack of accountability has left Moss with near crippling panic attacks. Now, in his sophomore year of high school, Moss and his fellow classmates find themselves increasingly treated like criminals by their own school. New rules. Random locker searches. Constant intimidation and Oakland Police Department stationed in their halls. Despite their youth, the students decide to organize and push back against the administration. When tensions hit a fever pitch and tragedy strikes, Moss must face a difficult choice: give in to fear and hate or realize that anger can actually be a gift.”

If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
“Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications, and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances. Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything. Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened. For what she let happen. With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when she and her friends’ entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed?”

All the Bad Apples by Moira Fowley-Doyle
“When Deena’s wild and mysterious sister Mandy disappears – presumed dead – her family are heartbroken. But Mandy has always been troubled. It’s just another bad thing to happen to Deena’s family. Only Deena refuses to believe it’s true. And then the letters start arriving. Letters from Mandy, claiming that their family’s blighted history is not just bad luck or bad decisions – but a curse, handed down through the generations. Mandy has gone in search of the curse’s roots, and now Deena must find her. What they find will heal their family’s rotten past – or rip it apart forever.”

Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman
“Rumi Seto spends a lot of time worrying she doesn’t have the answers to everything. What to eat, where to go, whom to love. But there is one thing she is absolutely sure of—she wants to spend the rest of her life writing music with her younger sister, Lea. Then Lea dies in a car accident, and her mother sends her away to live with her aunt in Hawaii while she deals with her own grief. Now thousands of miles from home, Rumi struggles to navigate the loss of her sister, being abandoned by her mother, and the absence of music in her life. With the help of the “boys next door”—a teenage surfer named Kai, who smiles too much and doesn’t take anything seriously, and an eighty-year-old named George Watanabe, who succumbed to his own grief years ago—Rumi attempts to find her way back to her music, to write the song she and Lea never had the chance to finish.
Aching, powerful, and unflinchingly honest, Summer Bird Blue explores big truths about insurmountable grief, unconditional love, and how to forgive even when it feels impossible.”

Beach Read by Emily Henry
“A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters. Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast. They’re polar opposites. In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block. Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.”

House of Salt and Sorrow by Erin A. Craig
In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.
Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods. Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with? When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next.”

How to Make Friends With the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow
“Here is what happens when your mother dies.
It’s the brightest day of summer and it’s dark outside. It’s dark in your house, dark in your room, and dark in your heart. You feel like the darkness is going to split you apart.
That’s how it feels for Tiger. It’s always been Tiger and her mother against the world. Then, on a day like any other, Tiger’s mother dies. And now it’s Tiger, alone.
Here is how you learn to make friends with the dark.”

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
“One day Carver Briggs had it all—three best friends, a supportive family, and a reputation as a talented writer at his high school, Nashville Academy for the Arts. The next day he lost it all when he sent a simple text to his friend Mars, right before Mars, Eli, and Blake were killed in a car crash. Now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident, and he’s not the only one. Eli’s twin sister is trying to freeze him out of school with her death-ray stare. And Mars’s father, a powerful judge, is pressuring the district attorney to open a criminal investigation into Carver’s actions. Luckily, Carver has some unexpected allies: Eli’s girlfriend, the only person to stand by him at school; Dr. Mendez, his new therapist; and Blake’s grandmother, who asks Carver to spend a Goodbye Day with her to share their memories and say a proper goodbye to his friend. Soon the other families are asking for a Goodbye Day with Carver, but he’s unsure of their motives. Will they all be able to make peace with their losses, or will these Goodbye Days bring Carver one step closer to a complete breakdown or—even worse—prison?”

These are some books, that I’ve read and loved, dealing with themes of grief and losing someone you love. I think reading about tough topics like these is so important. So, here are some that I think you should try!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Birthday Book Haul

Hi, lovelies! I know usually I would be posting my TBR jar picks for September, but I didn’t really read anything at all last month. So, I’m not going to pretend like I think this month or go any better. Instead, I’m here to share all the books I bought and/or were gifted to me during the month of August. My birthday is August 1st, so all the books I get during the month are birthday books. Don’t question it, that’s just how it works.

I managed to stop and finally meet one of my favorite internet friends, Avhlee (find her here!) while on my moving road trip. We, of course, had to stop at the bookstore. She so kindly paid for my selections as a birthday gift. Thank you, Avhlee, for these books!

Wild is the Witch by Rachel Griffin
Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

While traveling, I also stopped to see my in-laws and stay with them for a few days. During my time with them, they took me to 2nd and Charles for the first time. It was absolute heaven and I had so much fun. I bought myself quite a stack, for my birthday, of course.

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin
Walled City by Ryan Graudin
The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett – I found the Puffin+Pantone edition and just couldn’t help myself.

Finally, my wonderful blogging partner (and lifelong best friend), Antonia, sent me an e-giftcard so that I could go a little crazy for the 50% off hardcover sale at Barnes and Nobel (right before they were revealed for doing shady things to debut books). I bought a few books that sound good but are outside my usual sci-fi/romance/fantasy genres.

City of the Plague God by Sarwat Chadda

An Arrow to the Moon by Emily X.R. Pan

The Drowning Summer by Christine Lynn Herman

Fiona and Jane by Jean Chen Ho

The Perishing by Natashia Deón

Sister Stardust by Jane Green

The High House by Jessie Greengrass

I was gifted one final book related thing for my birthday. My Grammy sent me a gift card. I haven’t used it yet, but I’m planning to buy The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

Did you get any new books this month?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

The Book of Gothel by Mary McMyne

Summary:
Everyone knows the tale of Rapunzel in her tower, but do you know the story of the witch who put her there?
Haelewise has always lived under the shadow of her mother, Hedda—a woman who will do anything to keep her daughter protected. For with her strange black eyes and even stranger fainting spells, Haelewise is shunned by her medieval village, and her only solace lies in the stories her mother tells of child-stealing witches, of princes in wolf-skins, of an ancient tower cloaked in mist, where women will find shelter if they are brave enough to seek it.
Then, Hedda dies, and Haelewise is left unmoored. With nothing left for her in her village, she sets out to find the legendary tower her mother used to speak of—a place called Gothel, where Haelewise meets a wise woman willing to take her under her wing.
But Haelewise is not the only woman to seek refuge at Gothel. It’s also a haven for a girl named Rika, who carries with her a secret the Church strives to keep hidden. A secret that unlocks a dark world of ancient spells and murderous nobles behind the world Haelewise has always known…

Review:
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for this advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. I actually didn’t manage to read this one before publication, so I borrowed the audiobook from the library and listened to the finished copy.
I waited way too long to write this review, so there won’t be my usual level of detail. I, overall, really enjoyed this story. It’s in the same vein as Heartless by Marissa Meyer. This is the story of Mother Gothel from Rapunzel. We follow her from the time she’s young right up to where the story we’re familiar with starts.
I really enjoyed this story. The world building was really well done. I think the setting and descriptions really did a great job of setting the tone of the story. It was easy to like Gothel. She was a young woman growing up in a world that was often unkind to women.
The story felt slow and meandering, but I think that’s common with the retellings I tend to read. I think this will be a huge hit with anyone that liked retellings, anyone that liked historical fantasy, and anyone that likes villain origin stories. I definitely recommend this one.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. To play along just answer the three questions to share you’re weekly reading update!

What are you currently reading?

Amanda- I’m currently reading Wild is the Witch by Rachel Griffin and The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth. I’m also listening to Frostbite by Richelle Mead, again.

Antonia- I’m between books right now. I’ve been struggling to find something I’m in the mood for.

What did you most recently finish reading?

Amanda- I most recently finished Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt.

Antonia- I most recently read When Darkness Falls by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory.

What will you be reading next?

Amanda- I’m going to visit family so I don’t know how much reading I’ll get done over the next week.

Antonia- I’m not sure, whatever gets me out of this reading funk.

What have you been reading recently?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: School Freebies

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is School Freebie. I’m choosing books with schools/ training programs.

The Outstretched Shadow by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan

Alta by Mercedes Lackey

The Awakening by Nora Roberts

Love, Jacaranda by Alex Flinn

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Looking for Alaska by John Green

The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima

What books with schools do you love?

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Boarding School Recommendations

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is a school freebie. So, I’m going to share my ten favorite books that take place at a boarding school.

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan

In the Wild Light by Jeff Zentner

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin

These are my favorite books with boarding school settings. A few of them are only sort of boarding schools but that’s okay. Do you have any books that are set at a boarding school?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s August Wrap Up

Hello, lovelies! We’ve officially moved and are mostly unpacked. I did not get very much reading done this month, and what I did read wasn’t my usual kind of books. It’s been a weird month, friends. I manage to read a whopping five books.

I finished four audiobooks this month. They were all non-fiction, which I don’t rate. So, here’s what I listened to this month.

I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jeanette McCurdy

Know My Name by Chanel Miller

This is Your Mind on Plants by Michael Pollan

Wildflower by Drew Barrymore

I really loved the three memoirs. They were each powerful and engaging stories. I liked the first part of This is Your Mind on Plants but didn’t really care for the second two parts.

I also managed to finish one physical book. I just didn’t have the time to pick up books physically but I spent some time in my new bathtub and managed to read The Roughest Draft by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka.

What did you read this month?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Favorite Quotes: For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten

Hello, lovelies! I have been getting into making reels for my bookstagram (find me here) and one reel I’ve made sort of inspired a series of sorts that I’d like to translate to here. So, I want to share some of my favorite books that have beautiful writing and quotes that I really love. Here are some of my favorite quotes from For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten.

“People with power resent losing it, and too much power for too long a time can make a villain of anyone.”

“I want the roots…I understand what it means, and I want them anyway, because I am for the Wolf, and the Wolves are for the Wilderwood.”

“She went to grab her scarlet cloak before remembering it was still in Valleyda. One shaky sigh, that she’d left it there, but a marriage was more than a cloak. As for the other reasons she’d kept it—the claiming of who she was, what she was—she didn’t need a cloak for that anymore, either. She knew it in her bones, she wore it in her eyes instead of on her shoulders.”

“The warm familiarity of the bookshelves kept her together, knit her back into herself as she wandered between them.”

“People created stories to fill the gaps they didn’t understand, and religion grew up around it like rot on a fallen tree.”

“She read everything in the palace library, some things twice. It was one of the few ways to soothe her mind when it started churning and spilling over itself, connecting fears in spiderwebs she couldn’t disentangle. The scent of paper, the orderliness of printed words, the sensation of page edges beneath her fingers smoothed the waves of her thoughts to placidity.
Most of the time, anyway.”

“Whatever happened, I’m sure it’s not as terrible as you remember it.” A tentative step forward, a scarred hand stretching toward her. “You aren’t terrible.”

“You never belonged to me, Redarys.” A tendril of gold escaped the black net holding the Queen’s hair, long enough to nearly brush Red’s cheek. “From the moment you were born, you belonged here. And they never let me forget.”

These are some of my favorite quotes from For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten. I will definitely be doing another one of these for the sequel For the Throne because that one also had many quotes I really loved. Do you have any favorite books that have quotes you love?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. To play along just answer the three questions to share you’re weekly reading update!

What are you currently reading?

Amanda- I’m currently in the middle of (and slowly making progress on) The Roughest Draft by Emily Wibberley & Austin Seigemund-Broka. I’m also trying to read The Spare Man by Mary Robinette Kowal. I’m listening to Frostbite by Richelle Mead again also.

Antonia- I’m currently reading All the Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace.

What did you most recently finish reading?

Amanda- I think the last thing I finished was This is Your Mind on Plants by Michael Pollen.

Antonia- I most recently read When Darkness Falls by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory.

What will you be reading next?

Amanda- I have no idea. I got lots of birthday books, so I have no shortage of choices.

Antonia- I’m not sure yet. I’ll have to see what I’m in the mood for.

Here’s another weekly reading update! Share your answers in the comments below!

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Completed Series I Want to be Continued

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Completed Series I Wish Had More Books.

Sal and Gabi by Carlos Hernandez

The Pandavas by Roshani Chokshi

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Dragon Jousters by Mercedes Lackey

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

What completed series do you want more of?

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Completed Series I Want Continued

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is ten series that are completed but I want continuations.

Monk & Robot series by Becky Chambers

Wilderwood duology by Hannah Whitten

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

The Serpent Gates duology by A.K. Larkwood

The Age of Darkness trilogy by Katy Rose Pool

The Gilded Wolves trilogy by Roshani Chokshi

The Final Six series by Alexandra Monir

The Devouring Gray duology by Christine Lynn Herman

The Girl From Everywhere duology by Heidi Heilig

These are some series that I’d love to see restarted. What books made your list this week?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.