Amanda’s Adult SFF Backlist Book Reading Challenge TBR

Hello, lovelies! I’m here today to share with you a wonderful and fun reading challenge that my friend Ari over at Bookish Valhalla is hosting (her announcement post is linked for anyone that wants to read it). For the last few months, I’ve really been trying to focus on moving away from YA fantasy and science fiction and exploring more adult SFF stories. I just haven’t been connecting with YA stories as much and I’ve really loved the adult SFF that I have read recently.

So! To say that I was excited when Ari shared this reading challenge is an understatement. This challenge focuses on reading backlist adult books that are fantasy and science fiction. Each month has a loose theme, so I’ve picked some books that I think will work for each month. I’m going to share all the options that I have on my TBR for each of these because I’m not sure which book I’ll end up reading for the months that have more than one option to choose from. Also, this TBR will only be the books that I own, I may end up reading books I don’t own for this challenge but as of now my goal is to focus on the adult SFF series that I already own.

January // Winter

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

February // Time

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson

March // Oaths

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

April // Hidden Places

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djèlí Clark

May // Starlight

The Relentless Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal

Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

June // To Sea

July // To Sky

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

August // Sacrifice

Ariadne by Jennifer Saint

The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter

September // Fire

The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

October // Ritual

The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

November // Forest

Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh

December // Omens

I have some ideas about recommendations for this reading challenge, too. So, you can expect to see a post about that eventually. Share some recommendations for the themes that I didn’t list anything for please! What adult science fiction and fantasy books are you hoping to read in 2022?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s January 2022 TBR Jar Picks

Hi, lovelies! I really loved doing my TBR jar prompts last year so I’m going to continue them this year. And even though I’m pretty happy with where I’ve gotten my physical TBR down to, I think one of my goals this year is to read more of the books on my general TBR list, but borrow them from my library instead of buying so many new books. So! Let’s pick five prompts to start me off for the new year of reading!

Romance
A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem by Manda Collins

Young Adult
Dustborn by Erin Bowman

Reread
Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Sequel
Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

Most Recent Purchase
Fresh by Margot Wood

There we have it. My first five prompts and the first five books that I will be reading in 2022. I do also have a few NetGalley books that I’m planning to read this month, so I’ll share those here too.

The Kindred by Alechia Dow
Tiger Honor by Yoon Ha Lee
Love at First Spite by Anna E. Collins
Light Years From Home by Mike Chen
Seven Mercies by Elizabeth May & Laura Lam
The Broken Tower by Kelly Braffet

What are you planning to start the year reading?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogmas Day Thirty-One: Amanda’s December Wrap Up & End of Year-A-Thon Wrap Up

Hey, lovelies! I honestly don’t know how, but we’ve made it to the final month of 2021. 2021 has been an absolute whirlwind and I genuinely cannot believe that it’s over. I am here today to share with you my final monthly wrap-up of the year. I read some good books and some not-so-good books, like every month. I’m also excited to share some of the Blogmas content that I’m really proud of and some blog posts from my fellow bloggers that I really enjoyed reading this month.

End of Year-A-Thon Wrap Up

A book that was published in 2021

Float Plan by Trish Doller

A book from a series you’ve already started, but haven’t finished

Lauren’s Barbarian by Ruby Dixon

A book by an own voices author

The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang

Most recently acquired book (bought, borrowed, gifted, etc.)

The Cursed Carnival and Other Calamities by Rick Riordan and various authors

A book with gold on the cover

Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria

What I Read

Physical Books
Game On: Tempting Twenty-Eight by Janet Evanovich – 3 stars
Lore Olympus: Volume One by Rachel Smythe – 3 stars
The God of Lost Words by A.J. Hackwith – 4 stars
Life’s Too Short by Abby Jimenez – 4 stars
Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan – 5 stars
The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake – 4.5 stars
The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang – 4 stars
Float Plan by Trish Doller – 3.5 stars

eBooks
The Thousand Eyes by A.K. Larkwood – 4.5 stars
Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon – 3 stars
Barbarian Alien by Ruby Dixon – 3 stars
Barbarian Lover by Ruby Dixon – 3 stars
Barbarian Mine by Ruby Dixon – 2 stars
Ice Planet Holiday by Ruby Dixon – 3 stars
Barbarian’s Prize by Ruby Dixon – 3 stars
Barbarian’s Mate by Ruby Dixon – 3 stars
Barbarian’s Touch by Ruby Dixon – 3 stars
Barbarian’s Taming by Ruby Dixon – 3 stars
The Apocolypse Suite by Gerard Way, Gabriel Ba, & Dave Stewart – 3 stars
Barbarian’s Heart by Ruby Dixon – 3 stars
Barbarian’s Hope by Ruby Dixon – 3 stars
Barbarian’s Choice by Ruby Dixon – 3 stars
Barbarian’s Redemption by Ruby Dixon – 3 stars
Barbarian’s Lady by Ruby Dixon – 3 stars
Barbarian’s Rescue by Ruby Dixon – 3 stars
Barbarian’s Tease by Ruby Dixon – 3 stars
The Excalibur Curse by Kiersten White – 3.5 stars
We Are Meridians by S. Ghali – 3.5 stars
No Beauties or Monsters by Tara Goedjen – 3 stars
You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao – 3 stars
When You Get the Chance by Emma Lord – 3 stars
The Cursed Carnival and Other Calamities by Rick Riordan and various authors – 4 stars
Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria – 5 stars
Lauren’s Barbarian by Ruby Dixon – 3 stars
The Barbarian Before Christmas by Ruby Dixon – 3 stars
Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard – 3 stars

Audiobooks
Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah – 2 stars
In the Wild Light by Jeff Zentner – 4 stars
The Unwilling by Kelly Braffet – 3 stars

Blogging Highlights

Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle (Book Review)

10 Books I’d Gift to Fantasy Readers

The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen (Book Review)

10 Books I’d Gift to Science Fiction Readers

Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer (Book Review)

16 Books I’d Gift to Contemporary Readers

Roxy by Neal Shusterman & Jarrod Shusterman (Book Review)

New to Me Authors 2021

A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow (Book Review)

2021 Debut Authors

The Traitor Queen by Danielle L. Jensen (Book Review)

22 Most Anticipated Releases of 2022

The Bone Shard Emperor by Andrea Stewart (Book Review)

Amanda’s NetGalley Shelf #5

The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood (Book Review)

Other Bloggers I’m Loving

BLOGMAS DAY 20: Books I’ve been meaning to buy but haven’t .. yet! from Chelsea @ The Haunting Hours
Some books that she would love to have in her collection! There are some good ones on this list.

My Top Ten Favorite Reads of 2021 from Holly @ Belle of the Library
Check out Holly’s 2021 favorites!

The Year in Review: A Look Back at 2021 and A Look Forward at 2022 from Caitlin @ Realms of My Mind
I love these year in review posts (mine is coming next month).

My Top 20 Books of the Year: 2021 from Asha @ A Cat, A Book, And A Cup Of Tea
Another top books of 2021 list! There’re some good ones on here!

2021 Bookish Jazz Awards Semi-Finalists! from Kal @ Reader Voracious
Come and vote in the Bookish Jazz Awards before it’s too late!

Joce’s Favourite Books of 2021 from Joce @ The Quiet Pond
Can you tell that I like favorites lists?

50+ 2022 Anticipated Releases: January through June! from May @ Forever and Everly
What a great list of new releases for 2022!

The books I read and loved in 2021 from Fadwa @ Word Wonders
Fadwa read some really, really great books this year.

#Blogmas2021 Day 28 – My Favorite Reviews from Books in the Skye
Come check out some great book reviews!

4 reasons why ebooks are better than physical books from Caesar @ Inkish Kingdoms
This was a really interesting read with some valid points!

Horror Poetry Mini Reviews: Monstrum Poetica, Exposed Nerves, Fanged Dandelion from Destiny @ Howling Libraries
I didn’t know that horror poetry existed until this post and I’m so, so here for it.

A Love Letter to All the Books that I Loved This Year – CW’s Favourite 50 Books of 2021 from CW @ The Quiet Pond
There are some amazing books on this list! Each with a mini-review. Check it out!

Best SFF books I read in 2021! from Evelyn Reads
What a great selection of SFF reads! Some of these I also loved and some of these are still on my TBR.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogmas Day Thirty: Amanda’s December Graphic Novel Mini-Reviews

Hey, lovelies! I haven’t done one of these in what feels like forever. One of my goals for 2021 was to get my physical TBR list down to almost nothing (I’ll be happy with about 20-25 books on it). So, part of that was me wanting to read all of my owned but unread graphic novels. I’d like to go into 2022 with no physical copies of graphic novels on my TBR shelf. I want to make more use of my library when it comes to graphic novels since my library uses Hoopla and Hoopla has a really good selection of graphic novels and comics on there. Let’s get into all the graphic novels I read in December and my thoughts on them!

Lore Olympus: Volume One by Rachel Smythe

I think all the hype has let me down for this one. The story is a romance between Hades and Persephone but it’s still in the very beginning stages. I just wanted more. I think if I continue this series it will be via the website where I can read the full webtoon for free. I didn’t love the art style and I just felt like I was left wanting for more.

The Apocalypse Suite by Gerard Way, Gabriel Ba, & Dave Stewart

I bought this because I’m a huge My Chemical Romance fan and also because I wanted to read the graphic novels before I watched the show adaptation. I have to be honest, I genuinely have no idea what just happened. This was a quick read but the plot (aside from “save the world” was hard to follow. I didn’t understand what happened to them as kids other than not being treated well or loved. There were so many things references that weren’t elaborated on or explained which I think is why I was so confused. I’m going to combine the series only because I already borrowed them from the library and I still want to read them all before I watch the show.

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls by Hope Nicholson, Marjorie M. Liu, Mariko Tamaki, Marguerite Bennett, Margaret Atwood, Trina Robbins, Noelle Stevenson, Carla Speed McNeil, Sarah Winifred Searle, & Stephanie Cooke

I sadly DNF’d this. It was entirely too much prose for me. This wasn’t what I wanted it to be, though I’m sure it’s still a very good book.

These are my mini-reviews this month. Did you read any graphic novels?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogmas Day Twenty-Seven: Amanda’s NetGalley Shelf #5

Hello, lovelies! I thought it would be fitting to do one last update for my NetGalley Shelf series this year. I’m definitely going to be continuing this series every so often next year. I’m writing this post early, so hopefully when this posts, the only eARCs that are left on my TBR section are 2022 releases. I’ve recently been approved for a bunch of exciting 2022 eARCs, so I really tried to focus on finishing up the last few 2021 eARCs that I let fall behind before going into the new year. I’m so, so pleased with the fact that I managed to read every single 2021 (and earlier) eARC that I had on my approval list. I will say that I DNF’d quite a few of these books, but I did my best to give them a fair try.

For transparency’s sake, when I did my first NetGalley Shelf post I had a feedback ratio of 72% with 122 books approved and 88 with feedback already sent. As of now, I have a ratio of 83% with 192 books approved and 159 books with feedback already sent. The difference of 10% feels like a real accomplishment and I hope to continue to keep my requests under better control in 2022.

Check out my previous updates for my NetGalley Shelf series here:
Amanda’s NetGalley Shelf
Amanda’s NetGalley Shelf #2
Amanda’s NetGalley Shelf #3
Amanda’s NetGalley Shelf #4

Approvals I’ve Read

We Are Meridians by S. Ghali
Publication date: August 27, 2019
I was approved for this book over a year after its publication, so I didn’t really make it a huge priority to read. I’m glad I did finally read it though. It’s more of a sci-fi thriller and it was exciting. The start of the book was a bit slow but once it gets going I really flew through the story. I liked the world and history of the people we read about. I liked the characters. I would definitely read a sequel if it’s released.

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Spellbreaker by Charlie N. Holmberg
Publication date: November 1, 2020
I was a part of the blog tour for this book. Find my spotlight post here. I tried to read the finished copy via Kindle Unlimited but I ended up DNFing it about 50 pages in. This is a fantasy story set in a historical London setting and that can be really hit or miss for me depending on my mood. I might try to read this series again in the future, but for now it’s a DNF.

The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri
Publication Date: June 8, 2021
I attempted to read this in several formats, the eARC and the audiobook from the library but I can’t seem to make it past 15%. I think this is a ‘me thing’ and doesn’t have anything to do with the book. It’s just not for me. Maybe I’ll try a different book by this author and see if that goes better.

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The Dating Dare by Jayci Lee
Publication date: August 3, 2021
I had fun reading this romance. It was a fun, tension-filled story that ended with a happily ever after. I still love the small town of Wheldon.

Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Publication date: August 17, 2021
I sadly DNF’d this book back in October. Her books have been hit or miss for me and I wasn’t really into this one after about 20% so I chose to DNF instead of struggling through it and probably rating it low.

Cazadora by Romina Garber
Publication date: August 17, 2021
I loved Lobizona, so it’s no surprise that I really enjoyed the sequel. It was fast-paced (though my one complaint was that the characters seemed a bit aimless at the beginning of the story). And I really loved seeing these characters again. I’m hoping that Garber will write more books set in this world.

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The Boy with Fire by Aparna Verma
Publication date: August 31, 2021
I have nothing negative to say about this book. The world-building was interesting and well explained. The characters were well developed and complex. I just couldn’t connect to the story which is my own personal issue with the fantasy genre at the moment.

The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun
Publication Date: September 7, 2021
This was a fun queer romance that followed a Bachelor style reality show. It did a really great job talking about mental illness. I think this one will absolutely be a hit with romance readers.

Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune
Publication date: September 21, 2021
I DNF’d this book at 38%. The main character, Wallace, was incredibly unlikeable and I didn’t really care to read about him trying to redeem himself now that he’s literally dead. I liked the concept. I liked Hugo, Nelson, and Mei but they weren’t enough to keep me interested in this very slow story about a man that was terrible his whole life.

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Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao
Publication date: September 21, 2021
When I requested this, I read “giant transforming robots” in the synopsis and that’s honestly all I needed to know. So, then I actually read the book and holy shit this book was so good. It’s inspired by the only female Empress of China in history but set in another world. It’s full of fire and anger at the way things are for women. But there’s also love and romance, which I didn’t think I was going to like but actually loved. I cannot say enough good things about this book. Please go buy it and read it now.

The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik
Publication date: September 28, 2021
I ended up borrowing the finished copy of the audiobook from my library for The Last Graduate. I DNF’d this book at 40%. It felt identical to the first book, which I didn’t really love. So, I don’t feel the need to continue the story if it’s just going to be a copy of the first book with different classes now that they’re seniors.

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Once More Upon a Time by Roshani Chokshi
Publication date: October 5, 2021
I enjoyed this one. My biggest complaint was that I wanted it to be longer. I think I would have absolutely loved this if it had been a full-length novel. But it was so short I felt like I couldn’t really connect with the characters or let myself get invested in their story.

Tristan Strong Keeps Punching by Kwame Mbalia
Publication date: October 5, 2021
I love this series. This one was a bit heavier with the inclusion of bits of American history in the southern states, and Tristan felt like he’d forgotten some of his character development. But it was still an action-packed, adventure story filled with interesting myths and folklore.

Luminous by Mara Rutherford
Publication date: October 5, 2021
This was a well-written and compelling standalone fantasy. The world and the magic were really interesting. The characters were easy to care about. There’s a childhood friends to lovers romance which is one of my favorite tropes. But the villain was the star of the show. I really liked him, even more as we learned more about him.

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A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow
Publication date: October 5, 2021
I loved this. I read it super late, so I bought and read a finished copy. It’s a really compelling twist on Sleeping Beauty with a main character that is dying. I absolutely loved this and I already cannot wait for the next book in the series. I hope Harrow does all the fairytales and not just the two that have been announced.

I Am Margaret Moore by Hannah Capin
Publication date: October 12, 2021
Another DNF I’m afraid. I just was so incredibly confused even 20% into the story and I didn’t want to suffer through a whole book being confused. I’ve not heard good reviews about this one, so I decided to DNF instead of giving it another low rating.

Truth of the Divine by Lindsay Ellis
Publication date: October 12, 2021
I didn’t really like this book. I enjoyed the first one but made the mistake of reading the reviews for Axiom’s End before I started Truth of the Divine. So, I couldn’t help but look for all of the things that were mentioned in the reviews for the first book. I was hopeful that Ellis had improved upon those things, but that wasn’t the case. There were some parts regarding sex and intimacy that made me uncomfortable, but I think Ellis did a great job with the conversation of “what rights would humanity give to aliens if they came to Earth?”

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The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling
Publication date: October 19, 2021
I loved this. It was weird and creepy and dark. The characters were excellent. The setting was perfect for October (when I read it). The magic was interesting and compelling. I’d definitely recommend this one.

Little Thieves by Margaret Owen
Publication date: October 19, 2021
I loved this book. I was actually a little surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I really loved the fantasy elements and the world-building with the Low Gods and their magic. I loved the morally grey main character, Vanja. I loved the romances and the friendship. I totally recommend this one.

Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood
Publication date: October 19, 2021
I loved most things about this book. The world and magic were fascinating. I loved learning about Andromeda’s backstory and debtera training. I loved her relationship with her mentor, Jember. But I didn’t really care for the romance.

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You Can Go Your Own Way by Eric Smith
Publication date: November 2, 2021
I was a part of the blog tour team for this book. So, I was given an advanced copy to read via NetGalley (thanks, Inkyard Press!) I had fun reading this one. I think it’s definitely for fans of YA contemporary. It’s also definitely a love letter to Philadelphia, PA. I liked the characters and the romance.

All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody & Christine Lynn Herman
Publication Date: November 9, 2021
I am pretty bummed to say that I didn’t like this. I genuinely didn’t like most of the characters. I didn’t like how/where the story ended. I didn’t love the magic. I don’t know that I’ll be continuing on with this series.

You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao
Publication date: November 9, 2021
I really liked the concept of the story where Julie gets to talk to her dead boyfriend on the phone and take the time that she needs to move on from his death. But I just genuinely didn’t like Julie despite the growth and development that she goes through in the story. I still had a fun time reading this, it just didn’t emotionally destroy me like I anticipated it was going to.

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The Bone Shard Emperor by Andrea Stewart
Publication date: November 9, 2021
I really liked the first book and I liked this second book even more. It was really fun to see these characters gain power and try to figure out how to use that power to help their people, but also how to gain favor and alliances. The magic was fascinating and I can’t wait for the third book.

Jade Legacy by Fonda Lee
Publication date: November 30, 2021
While I really didn’t care for the pacing of this story and how it spans a period of 20 years or so, I did love the characters and the latest chaos that Hilo probably caused. I think a lot of people will really love this conclusion.

If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales & Cale Dietrich
Publication Date: December 7, 2021
I DNF’d this after like 10 pages. I had no business requesting this. Even when I do read YA contemporary, this doesn’t really fit into what I do read. I tend to read more hard hitting realistic fiction and not YA romance.

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A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw
Publication date: December 7, 2021
I really loved this one. It’s a good one for spooky season, but I think it’s also just a solid wintertime mystery/fantasy. There’s magic, murder, and characters you can’t help but get invested in. I think Ernshaw’s adult debut was absolutely even better than her YA books (which I also loved). It still has the same magical and mysterious feel that her YA books have, the writing is beautiful, but it’s just a bit darker.

The Excalibur Curse by Kiersten White
Publication date: December 7, 2021
I was really happy with this series finale. I think the story was a fast-paced and enjoyable read. I think all the loose ends were tied up and I wasn’t really left wanting for anything.

No Beauties or Monsters by Tara Goedjen
Publication date: December 7, 2021
This book was weird as heck, but I think I liked it? It was confusing right up until the big reveal and I still am not sure if I liked the weird science fiction twist. But it was written in such a compelling way that I couldn’t put it down.

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Where the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire
Publication date: January 4, 2022
I loved this book. I love this series. This one follows Cora after the events of Come Tumbling Down. It’s not a happy story, much like some of the others in this series. But I loved Cora and the twists and turns of the story. I thought seeing the other school for children that had found doors was really interesting. I already cannot wait for more books in this series.

When You Get the Chance by Emma Lord
Publication date: January 4, 2022
I loved Tweet Cute and You Have a Match, so I expected to enjoy this one as well. It follows Millie who was a great main character. There’s lots of high school theatre stuff for those that like that. But I really enjoyed the searching for her mom aspect and the romance in the story. The theatre stuff mostly went over my head. I think this one will definitely be a hit like her first two books.

Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves by Meg Long
Publication date: January 11, 2022
I liked this one. The world was interesting and I think the world-building was well done. It was a well-written story with a good balance of showing and telling. I think the main character was developed nicely. I would have liked to know the supporting characters a bit better. But overall, I enjoyed this book.

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The Thousand Eyes by A.K. Larkwood
Publication date: February 15, 2022
I was approved for this right before I read The Unspoken Name for the Clear Your Shit Readathon and I’m so glad that I was. I binge-read this book the minute I finished the first one. The world is opened up more and we meet new characters. I loved it just as much as I did the first book (though I really missed Csorwe). I will definitely be reading more from this author and recommending this series to anyone and everyone.

Approvals on my TBR

Tiger Honor by Yoon Ha Lee
Publication date: January 4, 2022
I loved Dragon Pearl so I have high expectations that I will love this book as well. I believe it’s set in the same world but follows a different set of characters, which should be really fun.

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The Kindred by Alechia Dow
Publication date: January 4, 2022
I really loved The Sound of Stars by this author. This one sounds like it’s going to be more science fiction than the last and I’m totally here for that.

Love At First Spite by Anna E. Collins
Publication date: January 4, 2022
I’m on a blog tour for this one and a few other early 2022 romances. I honestly don’t know much about this book, but I’m always down for a good romance novel.

Light Years From Home by Mike Chen
Publication date: January 25, 2022
Chen’s books have been hit or miss for me. But this one sounds like something I’ll enjoy. It seems like it’ll have some aliens and a bit of family drama which are two things I usually like in books.

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Seven Mercies by Laura Lam & Elizabeth May
Publication date: January 25, 2022
I genuinely didn’t think I was going to get approved for this. So, I definitely screamed a little bit when I got the email saying I was approved. This is the sequel to Seven Devils which I read and absolutely loved. I have really high hopes for this sequel.

The Broken Tower by Kelly Braffet
Publication date: January 25, 2022
I seem to have an issue with requesting sequels that I have no business requesting. I haven’t read the first book in this series yet, but I have borrowed it from my library and hope to enjoy both that book and this eARC which is the sequel.

The Iron Sword by Julie Kagawa
Publication date: February 1, 2022
I really loved The Iron Raven. I have no doubt that I’ll love this book too. I’ve been having issues with YA fantasy lately, but I think this series will hit all the right nostalgic notes for me to love it.

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Azura Ghost by Essa Hansen
Publication date: February 1, 2022
I did an oopsie with this one. I requested this after having it advertised in a NetGalley email to me. I quickly read the description and was interested because it’s adult science fiction. But after being approved, I went to add it to my ARC list on GoodReads and learned that this is the second book in a series, of which I have not read the first. But! Good news! My library has the first book as an eBook, so, I will read it there before I read this one.

Full Flight by Ashley Schumacher
Publication date: February 22, 2022
I honestly don’t know what this is about. But I really enjoyed Schumacher’s debut. Also, this cover is totally stunning and I am a sucker sometimes.

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Manhunt by Gretchen Felker-Martin
Publication date: February 22, 2022
The first sentence of the synopsis is “Beth and Fran spend their days traveling the ravaged New England coast, hunting feral men and harvesting their organs in a gruesome effort to ensure they’ll never face the same fate” and that’s genuinely all I need to know.

The One True Me and You by Remi K. England
Publication date: March 1, 2022
I’ve loved all of England’s books so far, so I have high hopes for this one too.

Fool Me Once by Ashley Winstead
Publication date: March 1, 2022
This is the third and final romance that I’m on a blog tour team for. Once again, I don’t know much about it but I love finding new romance.

A Far Wilder Magic by Allison Saft
Publication date: March 8, 2022
I liked Saft’s first book and this one sounds right up my alley. Mythical creatures and an ancient magic secret? Yes, please.

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Savvy Sheldon Feels Good as Hell by Taj McCoy
Publication date: March 22, 2022
This is another one of the romances that I’m a part of the blog tour for. I don’t know much about it, but the quick blurb I read sounded good and I’m always open to new romance books.

In a Garden Burning Gold by Rory Power
Publication date: April 5, 2022
I didn’t really love Power’s previous two books. But this one sounds pretty different, so I’m going to give it a try.

To Marry and To Meddle by Martha Waters
Publication date: April 5, 2022
I was sent an eARC of this one like I was for the first two books in the series. These are fun Regency romances, so I expect the same from this one.

This May End Badly by Samantha Markum
Publication date: April 12, 2022
The tagline for this book is “When a high stakes boarding school prank war leads to a fake dating scheme, two teens must decide if they are ready to take the ultimate risk — falling in love.” How could I not hit request after reading that?

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Hide by Kiersten White
Publication date: May 24, 2022
This is White’s adult debut and I’m incredibly excited about it just from what I’ve seen her share on Twitter. Hide and seek but deadly set in an amusement park? Oh heck yeah.

Home Field Advantage by Dahlia Adler
Publication date: June 7, 2022
I saw this on NetGalley and wasn’t going to request it. But then I got an unsolicited email from someone at the publishers with a NetGalley widget. I loved Cool for the Summer so I figure I’d give this book a try too.

Breaking Time by Sasha Alsberg
Publication date: June 14, 2022
I genuinely don’t know why I requested this. But I was approved, so here goes nothing.

This is my final NetGalley Shelf update of 2021. Let me know if you like seeing these posts because I’ve really been enjoying creating them. It’s been a fun way to keep myself accountable and I feel like I’ve gotten to see real progress with reading and reviewing my NetGalley eARC’s.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogmas Day Twenty-Six: 2021 Blogging Wrap Up & 2022 Goals

Hey, bookworms. We’ve almost reached the end of another Blogmas, as well as, the end of 2021. We thought it would be good to wrap up the year with a quick blogging wrap up and some goals for the new year.

Amanda’s 2021 Wrap Up & 2022 Blogging Goals

Wrapping up 2021 will be a bit bittersweet for me. It’s the last year that my daughter will be an only child. It’s also the year I’m the most proud of for blogging. I am incredibly proud of the content that I produced this year. I tried new things and also managed to keep up with the things that we’ve been doing since the beginning. I managed to post for both Blogtober and Blogmas while pregnant and corralling a 3 year old. I am hopeful that I’ll be able to continue this into the new year.

That’s the perfect segway into my goals for the upcoming year. I am due to have a baby in the middle of February, so, I absolutely foresee things slowing down for me a bit after my son is born. But I am hopeful that in the first month of January, I’ll be able to get a decent amount of posts scheduled so I can work when I have time and not have a deadline to meet. I have a few post ideas planned, but I haven’t started working on anything yet.

Antonia’s 2021 Wrap Up & 2022 Blogging Goals

I’m actually really proud of myself for my reading/ blogging for 2021. I’m currently at 28 of 30 books for my yearly goal and think I can make it over these last few days. I’m already past what I read for 2020 so either way I’m pretty happy. I didn’t join Amanda in writing any reviews this year but joined in for a lot of our other posts and was pretty consistent through the whole year.

For 2022, I’d like to continue that for all of our regular posts and hopefully add in the occasional review as well. One of my bad habits is setting really high goals for myself and then being discouraged when I can’t reach it. Next year I’d like to do at least as much/ a little more than this year but I don’t want to give myself specific numbers.

What are your goals for 2022? Any reading or blogging goals?

Blogmas Day Twenty-Five: 22 Most Anticipated Releases of 2022

Hello, bookworms! Today we’re sharing 22 books that we are highly anticipating their publishing in 2022. The upcoming year has some incredible new releases coming and these are just a handful of the books we’re excited about. You can see our full list here.

January
18 Seven Mercies by Laura Lam & Elizabeth May

February
1 The Iron Sword by Julie Kagawa
15 House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas

March
1 The River of Silver: Tales from the Deavabad Trilogy by S.A. Chakraborty
1 Youngbloods by Scott Westerfeld
15 The War of Two Queens by Jennifer L. Armentrout
15 The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James

April
19 The Genesis Wars by Akemi Dawn Bowman
19 Fevered Star by Rebecca Roanhorse

May
3 Seasonal Fears by Seanan McGuire
3 Book Lovers by Emily Henry
3 I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston
24 Nightwork by Nora Roberts
24 The Inadequate Heir by Danielle L. Jensen

June
7 For the Throne by Hannah F. Whitten
7 The Last Fallen Moon by Graci Kim
14 A Mirror Mended by Alix E. Harrow

July
12 A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers

August
2 Wayward by Chuck Wendig
30 The Final Gambit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

October
13 Silverborn: The Mystery of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

November
1 Chain of Thorns by Cassandra Clare

What are your most anticipated releases of 2022?

Blogmas Day Twenty-Four: Amanda’s End of Year-A-Thon TBR

Hello, lovelies! End of Year-A-Thon has arrived! Check out my announcement post or Vicky’s announcement post for all the details. This readathon starts the day after Christmas, the 26th, and will run right up until 11:59pm on the 31st. We have some totally optional prompts if you like to have prompts to create a TBR list. That’s what I’m going to be sharing with you all today. I like to have prompts to pick options from my unread books, so let’s get into the books I’ve picked to go with our five prompts.

A book that was published in 2021

Float Plan by Trish Doller

A book from a series you’ve already started, but haven’t finished

Tarnished Empire by Danielle L. Jensen

A book by an own voices author

The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang

Your most recently acquired book (bought, borrowed, gifted, etc.)

The Cursed Carnival and Other Calamities by Rick Riordan & other authors

A book with gold on the cover

Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria

There we have it. These are the five books that I’m hoping to read in this final week of 2021. Are you participating in my readathon? If you are, share your TBR list in the comments so I can see them!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogmas Day Twelve: Five Star Predictions Wrap Up!

Hello, bookworms! We’ve reached the end of another round of 5-star predictions. We’re going to wrap up our last predictions, but we won’t be making any new predictions until the new year. We are both mood readers, so we’re going to give ourselves some time without a list of books that we need to read for blog posts. So, expect our five start predictions to continue, but not until the new year.

Amanda’s Predictions

The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
This was indeed 5-stars. I loved the first book and I loved this one just as much. I absolutely cannot wait for the third book in this series to see what else could possibly happen to these characters.

The Last Legacy by Adrienne Young
I did really enjoy this book, but it wasn’t quite a 5-star read for me.

Pahua and the Soul Stealer by Lori M. Lee
I absolutely devoured this book. I have loved all of the books that have come out of Rick Riordan Presents and this book was no different. This was an easy book to give five stars to.

Antonia’s Predictions

Furyborn by Claire Legrand
I actually momentarily DNF’d this one. I really liked the world and was intrigued by the plot but had a few issues early on that made it really hard for me to connect. I do plan to try this one again soon when I’m in the mood for it.

Winterkeep by Kristen Cashore
I’d definitely rate this one five stars. I loved all the characters, especially the POV’s of the non-human characters because they were so unique and fun. There were parts where the story slowed down a bit but the action would pick up again fairly quickly and kept me hooked enough that I read most of the book in just a couple sittings.

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
I really liked this one but don’t think it quite hit five stars for me. It was really close but it took me a little while to connect with Yelena in the beginning and I had a few issues with her and Valek’s relationship. That being said, I really liked the story and world building and have high hopes for the rest of the series.

There you have it, our last round for 2021 of five-star predictions. What was your most recent five star read?

Blogmas Day Six: December Anticipated Releases

Hello, friends! Today we’re here to share some December book releases that we are eagerly anticipating. It may be the last month of the year, which makes this a short list, but that doesn’t mean that we’re any less excited about these books.

December 7
The Coldest Touch by Isabel Sterling

December 7
A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw

December 7
The Excalibur Curse by Kiersten White

December 7
If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales & Cale Dietrich

December 21
The Scratch Daughters by Hannah Abigail Clarke

What books are you excited about that are coming out in December?

Blogmas Day Three: Amanda’s December TBR Jar Picks

Hello, lovelies! I have lots of fun things planned for Antonia and me to share with you this Blogmas. But first up will be my final TBR jar picks of 2021. I’m still in the midst of the Clear Your Shit Readathon (find my tbr for that here.) And a few weeks ago I announced round four of End of Year-A-Thon, so expect a separate TBR post for that later this month. So, I’m only going to choose five books and a few of my NetGalley arc’s to add to my TBR this month. Some of those might cross over with the two readathons, but we will see!

Graphic Novel

Lore Olympus: Volume One by Rachel Smythe

Most Recent Purchase

Game On: Tempting Twenty-Eight by Janet Evanovich

Sequel

The God of Lost Words by A.J. Hackwith

Romance

The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang

Young Adult

Into the Wild Light by Jeff Zentner

These are the five books I’ve picked from my TBR jar prompts. I’m really trying to get all of my 2021 NetGalley arc’s finished before the year is over.

No Beauties or Monsters by Tara Goedjen

The Excalibur Curse by Kiersten White

If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales & Cale Dietrich

These are the handful of books I’m hoping to finish in December. Check out my Clear Your Shit Readathon TBR to see what else I’ll likely read this month and keep an eye out for my readathon TBR. What are you hoping to read this month?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

#SciFiMonth: Amanda’s November Wrap Up

SciFiMonth 2021 (1-30 November): Words full of hope and threat, like the stars
ARTWORK by Liu Zishan from 123RF.com
QUOTE from Babylon’s Ashes by James S A Corey

Hello, lovelies! We’re almost out of 2021 and I have another monthly wrap-up for you. This month I wanted to focus mainly on science fiction books. But I ended up reading some other genres as well. We’re still in the middle of the Clear Your Shit Readathon, so I’m still working on my TBR for that. But I did okay with my TBR jar picks this month! Let’s get into what I read.

What I Read

Physical Books
Any Sign of Life by Rae Carson – 3.5 stars
To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers – 4 stars
Jade City by Fonda Lee – 4 stars
A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow – 5 stars
The Traitor Queen by Danielle L. Jensen – 5 stars
Persephone Station by Stina Leicht – 4 stars
Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron – 3 stars
You’d Be Home Now by Kathleen Glasgow – 4 stars
Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer – 4 stars
Roxy by Neal Schusterman & Jarrod Schusterman – 4.5 stars
Portrait of a Scotsman by Evie Dunmore – 4 stars
The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood – 5 stars

eBooks
The Boy With Fire by Aparna Verma – 3 stars
The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochran – 3.5 stars
The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen – 4 stars
Tristan Strong Keeps Punching by Kwame Mbalia – 3 stars
Jade War by Fonda Lee – 4 stars
Once More Upon a Time by Roshani Chokshi – 3 stars
Deal With the Devil by Kit Rocha – 3.5 stars
A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw – 3.5 stars
Luminous by Mara Rutherford – 3.5 stars
Jade Legacy by Fonda Lee – 3.5 stars
Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves by Meg Long – 3.5 stars
All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody & Christine Lynn Herman – 2 stars
The Bone Shard Emperor by Andrea Stewart – 4 stars

Audiobooks
A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine – 3 stars
Borne by Jeff VanderMeer – 1 star
A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon – 3 stars
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young – 3.5 stars
The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young – 3 stars

Blogging Highlights

#SciFiMonth: 2022 Anticipated Science Fiction Releases

The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe (Book Review)

#SciFiMonth: Amanda’s Entire Science Fiction TBR

A Shadow in the Ember by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Book Review)

#SciFiMonth: Amanda’s Science Fiction Audiobook Recommendations

Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao (Book Review)

#SciFiMonth: 5 Middle Grade Science Fiction Recommendations

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James (Book Review)

#SciFiMonth: 18 Young Adult Science Fiction Recommendations

Any Sign of Life by Rae Carson (Book Review)

#SciFiMonth: 18 Adult Science Fiction Recommendations

The Bronzed Beasts by Roshani Chokshi (Book Review)

End of Year-A-Thon: Round Four!

Other Bloggers I’m Loving

Top Six / 2022 Book Covers / Jan – June from Vee_Bookish
Vee has found some truly stunning covers that will be coming in the new year.

Most Anticipated SFF Releases: December 2021 from Realms of My Mind
A few really exciting December releases!

Blog Tour: Cytonic by Brandon Sanderson from A Cat, A Book, and a Cup of Tea
I loved seeing Asha’s first thoughts for this new release! Mine just arrived in the mail and I can’t wait to dive into it.

Color the Shelves – Interview with Lauren Blackwood, author of Within These Wicked Walls from Fadwa @ Word Wonders
Welcome Fadwa back everyone! I’m so excited to see her Color the Shelves series back. I really enjoyed Within These Wicked Walls so this was a cool interview to read!

#SciFiMonth Mission Log: week three from imyril @ There’s Always Room For One More
I love the mission logs that are shared each week for #SciFiMonth because it’s all the sci-fi content my heart could possibly want all in one place.

#SciFiMonth 2021 | Wrapping up the #HugoAwards for Best Short Story and Best Novelette! from Jess @ Jessticulates
I don’t generally read Novellas or short stories, but this wrap-up definitely made me want to pick some of these stories up!

The End of the Year Book Tag | 2021 Edition from Sofi @ A Book. A Thought.
This is one of my favorite tags and Sofi had some great answers!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

End of Year-A-Thon: Round Four!

Hello, lovelies! Can you believe we’re already almost at the end of 2021? I absolutely cannot. This year has totally flown by. There has been good and bad for me. We moved and found out that we’re having another baby. So, it’s certainly been an exciting year. As for reading, it’s been a pretty good year for me, but there are always more books to read. And to help with that, Vicky and I are bringing End of Year-A-Thon back for its fourth year! If you’ve been a follower of this blog for a while you’ll know what that is. But if you’re new here, let me explain!

End of Year-A-Thon runs from December 26th to December 31st, starting and ending at midnight in your local time zone. Vicky from What Vicky Read and I thought it would be fun to create a readathon for the final days of the year to read just a few more books. I don’t know about you, but I definitely haven’t read all the books from my ‘books I’m going to read in 2021’ lists I made back in January. I also am going to need that final push to meet my GoodReads reading challenge. So, we’ve planned five prompts to help us read those books we were definitely going to read in 2021, but haven’t yet. This is a super flexible readathon, so use the prompts or don’t, just read with us as we close out the year!

Read a book released in 2021

Read a book from a series you’ve started but haven’t finished

Read a book by an own voices author

Read one of your most recently acquired books (whether bought, borrowed, gifted, etc.)

Read a book with gold on the cover

Well, there you have it. End of Year-A-Thon is back for its fourth year and these are our five prompts for this year. You can find the End of Year-A-Thon Twitter where Vicky and I will be hosting some reading sprints and sharing other readathon related things. Let me know in the comments if you think you’ll be participating this year!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

#SciFiMonth: Amanda’s Entire Science Fiction TBR

SciFiMonth 2021 (1-30 November): Words full of hope and threat, like the stars
ARTWORK by Liu Zishan from 123RF.com
QUOTE from Babylon’s Ashes by James S A Corey

Hello, lovelies! Last year, I shared my entire TBR of sci-fi books that I own and I thought I would do it again along with a little check in of how I did with reading what was on my list last year.

You can find my post from last year here, if you’re interested. Out of the eighteen books that I listed last year, there are only two that I still haven’t read. One is a short story collection and the other is the third book in a series and I want to reread the first two books before I finally read the third (but at this point I’ll probably wait until book four comes out in early 2022 and then binge the whole series.)

Physical Books
The All-Consuming World by Cassandra Khaw
The Relentless Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal
Persephone Station by Stina Leicht
The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson
The End and Other Beginnings: Stories From the Future by Veronica Roth
Cytonic by Brandon Sanderson
The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon

eBooks
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
The Lost Signal by J.S. Fernandez Morales
Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha

Graphic Novels
Wires and Nerves by Marissa Meyer, Douglas Holgate, & Stephen Gilpin
The Apocalypse Suite by Gerard Way, Gabriel Bá, & Dave Stewart
Vagrant Queen Vol. 1 by Magdalene Visaggio, Jason Smith, & Harry Saxon

ARC’s
The Kindred by Alechia Dow
Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves by Meg Long

I went a bit more in-depth this year than I did last year, but this was the easiest way for me to make the list for organizational reasons. I thought it would be a cool way for me to check back next year (and at the end of the month) and see how I did with each of the formats, though all five of the books that are on both this and last year’s list are physical books.

What science fiction books do you own but haven’t read yet?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogtober Day Thirty-One: Amanda’s October Wrap Up

Hello, lovelies! It’s the end of another month and what a month it’s been. I read some great books and some not so great. But I’m happy with what I read.

What I Read

Physical Books
The Bronzed Beasts by Roshani Chokshi – 5 stars
The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – 5 stars
Pahua and the Soul Stealer by Lori M. Lee – 5 stars
Into the Dying Light by Katy Rose Pool – 5 stars
Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle – 4.5 stars

eBooks
Cazadora by Romina Garber – 3.75 stars
The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling – 3.75 stars
Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood – 3 stars
The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 4 stars
The Dating Dare by Jayci Lee – 3 stars
Where the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire – 4 stars
You Can Go Your Own Way by Eric Smith – 3.5 stars
A Shadow in the Ember by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 4 stars
Little Thieves by Margaret Owen – 5 stars
Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao – 5 stars

Audiobooks
The Last Legacy by Adrienne Young – 4 stars
The Bones Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones – 4 stars
The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave – 3.5 stars
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman – 3 stars
My Contrary Mary by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows – 3.5 stars
Axiom’s End by Lindsay Ellis – 3 stars

Blogging Highlights

Amanda’s NetGalley Shelf #4

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston (Book Review)

Why Everyone Should Read Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen

The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin (Book Review)

Amanda’s Autumn Book Recommendations

For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten (Book Review)

Amanda’s October Anticipated Releases

Paola Santiago and the Forest of Nightmares by Tehlor Kay Mejia (Book Review)

Series to Finish in 2021

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Book Review)

If You Liked This, Then Read That

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas (Book Review)

17 Audiobooks to Read in October

Underrated October Recommendations

The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling (Book Review)

Spooky Book Covers

Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood (Book Review)

6 Fall Romance Recommendations

The Night Swim by Megan Goldin (Book Review)

Other Blog Posts I Loved

Top Ten Spooky Reads from Alyssa @ Read Em’ And Weep

The Grimrose Girls by Laura Pohl from The Elven Warrior

Top Six / Spooky Books Releasing In 2022 / Top Ten Tuesday from Vee_Bookish

Queer Latinx YA Recs from Gabi’s Book Reviews

My Friend Blurbs Books Based on Book Covers from Charvi @ Not Just Fiction

SciFi Month 2021 TBR from Caitlin @ Realms of my Mind

Our Friend is Here! An Interview with Ryka Aoki, Author of Light from Uncommon Stars – On Inspiration, Learning the Violin, and the Magic of Queerness in Speculative Fiction from Skye @ The Quiet Pond

Spooky Season Post #5 | 25+ Young Adult Horror: 2021 Book Releases from Sofii @ A Book. A Thought.

Well, that’s all I have for you this month. How’d you do for reading and blogging?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.