Hey, lovelies! We’ve reached the end of the year. This month wasn’t a super easy one for me reading wise. I dnf’d so many books and did a huge book unhaul. So, I listened to a bunch of audiobooks and managed to read ebooks when I could, but I didn’t have that much time for physical reading.
Physical Books The Choice by Nora Roberts Astrid Parker Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake Going Rogue by Janet Evanovich The Name of All Things by Jenn Lyons Beartown by Fredrik Backman Wild and Wicked Things by Francesca May
eBooks Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Books-Dalton Infinite Country by Patricia Engel
Audiobooks Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta City of the Plague God by Sarwat Chadda Children of Ragnarok by Cinda Williams Chima Thistlefoot by GennaRose Nethercott The Wilderwomen by Ruth Enna Lang The Poison Season by Mara Rutherford Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia One Dark Window by Rachel Gillig Seasparrow by Kristin Cashore
Hello, lovelies! The last few years I’ve made a list of all my unread releases, so I’m going to continue that trend. Here are all of the books I own that were published in 2022 and I have not yet read them.
Well Traveled by Jen DeLuca The Winners by Fredrik Backman The Most Likely Club by Elyssa Friesland Love in the Times of Serial Killers by Alicia Thompson Every Summer After by Carley Fortune The Drowning Summer by Christine Lynn Herman Funny You Should Ask by Elissa Sussman Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan
I did way better this year than the previous years. Are any of these on your tbr list?
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 Most Recent Additions to My Book Collection.
Seasparrow by Kristin Cashore
A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers
Children of Ragnarok by Cinda Williams Chima
The Choice by Nora Roberts
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab
A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab
I’ve been trying to be good about buying books lately so that’s all I have this week. What are your newest books?
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 the ten books I’ve most recently acquired.
Thronebreakers by Rebecca Coffindaffer
Devil in the Device by Lora Beth Johnson
Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel
Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare (B&N Special Edition)
Hello, lovelies! It’s that time of year again, the always wonderful Vicky (from What Vicky Read) and I are back to host another end-of-the-year, last-minute readathon. Like all the previous years, the only thing we care about for this readathon is that you read with us to close out the year! But, for those of you like me, we have five prompts that we change a smidge each year. This year’s prompts are shared below. I’m also sharing the book I think I’ll read for this, but I’ve been mood reading so I might not follow them this year.
read a 2022 release One Dark Window by Rachel Gillig This was sold to me as a comp fir For the Wolf, which we all know is my favorite. I have high hopes for this book and it’s the perfect time of year to read it.
read a book with an lgbtqia+ character A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson I know two things about this book: something about Dracula and it’s queer.
read a book in a series The Name of All Things by Jenn Lyons I’m more than excited to continue this series.
read a book under 200 pages Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia This is cheating a smidge because it’s 207 pages, but it’s the shortest book on my physical tbr. Also, I make the rules and I say it’s allowed.
read a book with snow on the cover Beartown by Fredrik Backman Who doesn’t love an emotionally devastating book for the holidays? I’m rereading this because I’ve finally gotten my hands on a hardcover copy and I want to tab it. Also, the new book in the series is out now and I’d like to reread book two before reading the new release.
Are you participating? If yes, share your tbr with me! If no, what books are you reading to close out the year?
Hello! We’re back to wrap up another round of five-star predictions. We shared these for Blogtober and managed to read some of them for once. Here’s what we thought!
Kiss Her Once For Me by Alison Cochrun I finally read this and I really loved it. It was absolutely the perfect holiday season romance.
Astrid Parker Doesn’t Fail by Ashley Herring Blake I knew this one was going to hurt me emotionally and it certainly did. Five stars for sure.
Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton This book was strange in a way that I really enjoyed. I don’t think five stars, but I would definitely recommend it.
A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers I absolutely loved this. It was the perfect continuation of Dex and Mosscap’s story. Definitely a five star read for me.
The Choice by Nora Roberts I really loved this one. I thought it was a perfect ending to this series and really tied everything up for me.
Children of Ragnarok by Cinda Williams Chima I found this one really interesting. It was hard for me to get into initially with all the unusual terms but once I did I could hardly put it down. The ending was a little anticlimactic but still five stars overall.
Someone give us a high-five! We both managed to read all of our predictions! Do you have any upcoming reads that you think will be five stars?
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 Hope Santa Brings This Year. But i just bought a bunch of books so, Amanda’s going to make my list with books she wishes she could buy me for Christmas.
Little Thieves by Margaret Owen
For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten
There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool
The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood
The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart
This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen
What books are you hoping to get this holiday season?
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 books I want santa to bring this holiday.
Hello, lovelies! I’m here with another NetGalley update. Here are my statistics, 267 approvals with feedback sent for 217 which gives me an 81%. I’m working on this post ahead of time, so hopefully I’ve gotten most of the 2022 approval’s read and I just have next years books to start fresh with.
Approvals on my TBR
The Hookup Plan by Farrah Rochon Publication date: August 2, 2022 I liked the first two in this series. So, I’m excited to be approved for the third.
Silver Under Nightfall by Rin Chupeco Publication date: September 13, 2022 Chupeco is an auto-buy author for me. I hit that request button so fast.
Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Publication date: September 13, 2022 I think this is an older book that’s being reprinted. Her books are hit-or-miss for me, but I still keep trying.
Called to the Deep by Desiree M. Niccoli Publication date: September 20, 2022 I’ve been dying to read this one, but all the moving chaos has me behind.
The City Beneath Hidden Stars by Sonya Kudei Publication date: September 27, 2022 NetGalley caught me browsing. This adult fantasy sounds super good.
The Mountain in the Sea by Ray Nayler Publication date: October 4, 2022 This was a random ‘read now’ email offer I got from NetGalley, but it sounds really good.
Built to Last by Erin Hahn Publication date: October 18, 2022 I’ve liked some of Hahn’s YA romance, so I’m excited to try her adult romance debut.
The Scratch Daughters by Hannah Abigail Clarke Publication date: October 25, 2022 This is the sequel to The Scapegracers and I’m very excited to read it.
The Vermillion Emporium by Jamie Pacton Publication date: November 1, 2022 Pacton’s fantasy debut, and I’ve seen lots about it. So, I’m excited.
The Wilderwomen by Ruth Emmie Lang Publication date: November 15, 2022 This was a cover request for me. The cover is stunning and then I read that it was about people with magical abilities and that is right up my alley.
Never Ever Getting Back Together by Sophie Gonzales Publication date: December 6, 2022 A book where the main character goes on a reality dating show and falls in love with one of the fellow contestants? Yes fucking please.
The Poison Season by Mara Rutherford Publication date: December 6, 2022 I’m reading much less YA fantasy, but I’ve liked other books by Rutherford. Hopefully I’ll like this one too.
Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert Publication date: January 3, 2023 Sign me up for anything Talia Hibbert, please and thank you.
Retro by Sofía Lapuente & Jarrod Shusterman Publication date: January 24, 2023 I love their tiktok’s together. I’m very excited to try this one.
Begin Again by Emma Lord Publication date: January 24, 2023 I like Lord’s books. I’m exctied to see what she’s come up with for this one.
Sorry, Bro by Taleen Voskuni Publication date: January 31, 2023 I will always immediately request queer romance.
The Witch of Tin Mountain by Paulette Kennedy Publication date: February 1, 2023 I requested this one while browsing randomly. It sounds good.
Wildblood by Lauren Blackwood Publication date: February 7, 2023 I read Within These Wicked Walls last year and really enjoyed it. I’m definitely interested in reading this one too.
Where Darkness Blooms by Andrea Hannah Publication date: February 21, 2023 This was another one that I got an email about and it sounded like something I’d like.
Sister, Maiden, Monster by Lucy A. Snyder Publication date: February 21, 2023 All it takes is a ‘read now’ email and a synopsis that’s halfway interesting. I’m actually really excited for this one.
The Crane Husband by Kelly Barnhill Publication Date: February 28, 2023 I really like the cover and this is from yet another NetGalley email.
Missing Clarissa by Ripley Jones Publication date: March 7, 2023 I love a good mystery/thriller. edc
A House with Good Bones by T.J. Klune Publication date: March 28, 2022 I think I only requested this because I know it’s going to be all over the internet when it comes out and I will want to read it because of peer pressure.
The Ferryman by Justin Cronin Publication date: May 2, 2023 I just can’t seem to say no anymore. I have no explanation.
To Shape A Dragon’s Breath by Moniquill Blackgoose Publication date: May 9, 2022 The cover really drew me in for this one. I got a ‘read now’ email from NetGalley and I’m truly a sucker for those.
All the Dead Lie Down by Kyrie McCauley Publication date: May 16, 2023 YA Horror is still sometimes my jam. So, I’m trying this one out.
A Song of Salvation by Alechia Dow Publication date: July 11, 2023 I’ve loved Dow’s other books. I hit request so fast.
Approvals I’ve Read
Bronze Drum by Phong Nguyen Publication date: August 9, 2022 I liked this one. It was definitely detail-heavy and it felt I wasn’t being shown anything, only told. But, I still enjoyed it. I think it was well written and I will definitely be trying more books from this author in the future.
Please Join Us by Catherine McKenzie Publication date: August 23, 2022 I enjoyed this one. It was a little predictable but it was still fun with good twists and turns. I’d recommend this one for sure.
Three Kisses, One Midnight by Roshani Chokshi, Sandhya Menon, & Evelyn Skye Publication date: August 30, 2022 I love Roshani Chokshi’s books, so I loved her bits and didn’t care very much about the rest.
Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid Publication date: August 30, 2022 It’s always exciting to get approved for a popular book that I know will have a long wait with the library. I feel the same way about this as most others. I don’t care about tennis but this was a good story.
Spells for Forgetting by Adrienne Young Publication date: September 27, 2022 I enjoyed this. I wanted a bit more of the fantastical elements. It’s her adult debut, but it still felt like a YA novel with all of the flashbacks from the characters’ childhoods.
Just Like Magic by Sarah Hogle Publication date: October 4, 2022 I dnf’d this. I’m over the ‘celebrity in disgrace’ character.
When Life Gives You Vampires by Gloria Duke Publication date: October 4, 2022 This was a little heavy with the body issues, but I liked it overall.
Mistakes Were Made by Meryl Wilsner Publication date: October 11, 2022 This left me feeling icky with all the lying.
Little Eve by Catriona Ward Publication date: October 11, 2022 This was another miss for me, sadly.
A Very Merry Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams Publication date: November 1, 2022 I love this series and this book was no different. This one was so, so good. I loved checking in with all the past characters.
Kiss Her Once For Me by Alison Cochrun Publication date: November 1, 2022 I really loved this one. It was so perfect for the season.
Do you have any advanced copies or books you’re behind on?
Hello, lovelies! I have some book readers that I get to shop for this year. So, these are some of the books I’m eager to purchase for others so we can scream about them together.
For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten “The first daughter is for the Throne. The second daughter is for the Wolf. As the only Second Daughter born in centuries, Red has one purpose-to be sacrificed to the Wolf in the Wood in the hope he’ll return the world’s captured gods. Red is almost relieved to go. Plagued by a dangerous power she can’t control, at least she knows that in the Wilderwood, she can’t hurt those she loves. Again. But the legends lie. The Wolf is a man, not a monster. Her magic is a calling, not a curse. And if she doesn’t learn how to use it, the monsters the gods have become will swallow the Wilderwood-and her world-whole.”
Kiss Her Once For Me by Alison Cochrun “One year ago, recent Portland transplant Ellie Oliver had her dream job in animation and a Christmas Eve meet-cute with a woman at a bookstore that led her to fall in love over the course of a single night. But after a betrayal the next morning and the loss of her job soon after, she finds herself adrift, alone, and desperate for money. Finding work at a local coffee shop, she’s just getting through the days—until Andrew, the shop’s landlord, proposes a shocking, drunken plan: a marriage of convenience that will give him his recent inheritance and alleviate Ellie’s financial woes and isolation. They make a plan to spend the holidays together at his family cabin to keep up the ruse. But when Andrew introduces his new fiancée to his sister, Ellie is shocked to discover it’s Jack—the mysterious woman she fell for over the course of one magical Christmas Eve the year before. Now, Ellie must choose between the safety of a fake relationship and the risk of something real.”
A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers “Centuries before, robots of Panga gained self-awareness, laid down their tools, wandered, en masse into the wilderness, never to be seen again. They faded into myth and urban legend. Now the life of the tea monk who tells this story is upended by the arrival of a robot, there to honor the old promise of checking in. The robot cannot go back until the question of “what do people need?” is answered. But the answer to that question depends on who you ask, and how. They will need to ask it a lot. Chambers’ series asks: in a world where people have what they want, does having more matter?”
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.”
The Gilded Wolvesby Roshani Chokshi “It’s 1889. The city is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. Here, no one keeps tabs on dark truths better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. When the elite, ever-powerful Order of Babel coerces him to help them on a mission, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance. To hunt down the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin calls upon a band of unlikely experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian banished from his home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in arms if not blood. Together, they will join Séverin as he explores the dark, glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the course of history–but only if they can stay alive.”
Furyborn by Claire Legrand “When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first. One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire’s heart is more terrible than she ever imagined. As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.”
These are some books that I would love to gift to some of the people in my life. Do you try to gift books during the holiday season?
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 Winter 2022-2023 TBR.
Blackflame by Will Wight
A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab
Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo
Seasparrow by Kristin Cashore
A Long Way to A Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
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 my winter 2023 tbr.
Wild and Wicked Things by Francesca May
Wildwood Whispers by Willa Reece
We Were Restless Things by Cole Nagamatsu
The Body Scout by Lincoln Michel
Well Traveled by Jen DeLuca
Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton
Very Merry Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams
Never Ever Getting Back Together by Sophie Gonzales
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 freebie, so I’m going to share ten books that I just can’t get off my brain.
For the Wolf & For the Throne by Hannah Whitten
A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers
Crownchasers by Rebecca Coffindaffer
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao
This Mortal Cool by Emily Suvada
Dry by Neal Shusterman & Jarrod Shusterman
The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons
Are there any books you can’t get out of your brain?