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Contemporary January TBR List – Magical Edition

Hi, lovelies! This week we will be talking about magical realism and retellings! I don’t have too many of these two genres on my shelves waiting to be read so I thought I would combine them into one post. I love a good retelling (key word: good) but there are so many that are just not that great. So I find myself less interested in picking them up after reading a few duds. As for magical realism, I love it. Which is why there’s only a few on my TBR because I tend to pick them up pretty quickly.

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Retellings

Catwoman By Sarah J. Maas
Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
A Whole New World by Liz Braswell
Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell
As Old As Time by Liz Braswell

Magical Realism

An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
A Million Junes By Emily Henry

There are so many more for both of these lists, but for the purposes of the intention of Contemporary January, I’m only mentioning the books I own that are begging to be read from my bookshelves. Have you read any of these books? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ContemporaryJanuary and tag me & Alana if you’re joining in! You can find me on Twitter, Instagram and/or GoodReads to keep up to date with any announcements and see what I’m reading!

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Contemporary January TBR List – Realistic Fiction Edition

Hi, lovelies! I’m here with another TBR list for you all. I love sharing these because it lets you guys know what I will be/ have available to read within the near future, especially this month. I also love sharing these because I can get opinions from those that may have already read some of these books. Today I’m here to share with you the books on my TBR that fit into the genre of realistic fiction. These are mostly books are hard topics, things like death and grief, rape, gun violence, weigh, disabilities, drugs, and addiction. As tough as these topics can be, I love to read about them because they are so important. It’s so so necessary for these subjects to be talked about more often and with more openness. Without further delay, these are the books on my shelf that I’ve yet to read.

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How She Died, How I Lived by Mary Crockett
The Last to Let Go by Amber Smith
A Heart in A Body in The World by Deb Caletti
Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven
Falling into Place by Amy Zhang
The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
This Is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang
Blind by Rachel DeWoskin
The Earth, My Butt, And Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler

These are all of the books I’m hoping to read (but know I won’t get to most of them) during this Contemporary January. Have you read any of these? Will you be reading any of these? Let me know in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ContemporaryJanuary and tag me & Alana if you’re joining in! You can find me on Twitter, Instagram and/or GoodReads to keep up to date with any announcements and see what I’m reading!

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Contemporary January TBR List – Romance Edition

Hi, lovelies! As I mentioned in my last TBR list (read it here) I am planning to make all sorts of lists for all the different kinds of contemporary books that are out there. This is my first one! TBR’s for Contemporary January, Romance Edition. There are so many romance novels out there by so many different authors that I would love to read, too many for one list, so this list is just going to include books that I own and are currently living on my bookshelves patiently waiting for me to pick them up and love them.

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Adult Romance

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Collateral by Ellen Hopkins
The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy by Nora Roberts
In The Garden Trilogy by Nora Roberts

Young Adult Romance

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
This Heart of Mine by CC Hunter
Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia
Alex Approximately by Jenn Bennett
Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett
Roomies by Sara Zarr
Words in The Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

These are all of the books sitting on my TBR bookshelf that fit into the romance genre. Which ones should I tackle first? Are any of your favorites on this list? Any you didn’t like? Let me know in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ContemporaryJanuary and tag me & Alana if you’re joining in! You can find me on Twitter, Instagram and/or GoodReads to keep up to date with any announcements and see what I’m reading!

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Amanda’s 2018 Wrap Up

Hi, lovelies! I was inspired by the lovely Rae @ Thrifty Bibliophile to make some graphs and charts to get a visual on the statistics of my reading. She does these awesome monthly posts with all sorts of statistics like page numbers and her book ratings. Check out her November post to see what I’m talking about. She goes way more in-depth than I’m going to in this post, but I had to give her credit as my inspiration for this post. And even more credit as I was putting these graphics together because I realized how much work it takes to make them.

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The first visual I decided to make was to sort my books by genre and see how they divided up. This is the graph I was most excited to make because I really wanted to see what it would look like when I split up my reading habits like this. It’s clear that I read more young adult fiction than adult, and fantasy most of all. This shows me that next year I might try a little harder to disperse my reading a little more evenly among the genres.

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The chart for what formats I read in is another interesting. I’ve always had a preference for physical books, but I’ve moved around quite a bit in the last year and eBooks became my best friend. Making this chart I actually realized that I didn’t pick up a physical book until April. Despite this, I still read a majority of physical books. This year I also listened to an audiobook for the first time ever in August. I learned that I’m pretty picky when it comes to the audiobooks I like, but when I find ones I do like I can fly through them. I’m very interested to see how this will change year to year.

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This is the visual that became the most interesting to me after making it. It really reflects events in my life. I moved across the country at the end of April and the next few months unpacking and organizing my house and preparing for the birth of my daughter, who arrived in August. I just thought it was interesting how this graph really reflected what was going on in my life.

It was honestly so fun to make these charts and graphs and to see my reading experiences for the year in such a visual way. In 2019 I’m going to aim to keep track of the publication years of what I read so I can compare how many backlist books vs. new releases. I also want to keep track of my star ratings, though I don’t rate books here on the blog, I do rate them on GoodReads and I think it would be interesting to see how much I’ve liked the books I read over the year.

Did you do a year-end wrap-up post with any visuals like mine? Feel free to leave a link in the comments so I can see them!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda’s Contemporary January TBR List

Hi, lovelies! Let’s talk TBR lists. I’m going to be talking about quite a few different TBR lists this month because I have a ridiculous amount of books on my physical TBR at home. So I’m planning to share all the different kinds of contemporary books with you all throughout Contemporary January. Not sure what that is? Click here to see my announcement post, or click here to see Alana’s announcement post. So because I will be sharing several different themed TBR lists this month I am going to share a few of the books I’m most excited to read this month, but you will likely see them again later on other lists! Without further ado, in no particular order, these are the books I’m most excited about reading this month that are already living on my bookshelves.

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Alex Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

How She Died, How I Lived by Mary Crockett

The Last to Let Go by Amber Smith

A Heart in A Body in The World by Deb Caletti

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

The Female of The Species by Mindy McGinnis

Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Sadie By Courtney Summers

As usual, this list is probably longer than I can accomplish and I will likely read other books that I find from my library as well. But at this moment, these are the books I’m most excited to get into this month. What are you excited to read for Contemporary January? Let me know in the comments or make sure to link me in your TBR post!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ContemporaryJanuary and tag me & Alana if you’re joining in! You can find me on Twitter, Instagram and/or GoodReads to keep up to date with any announcements and see what I’m reading!

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Amanda’s December Wrap Up

Hi, lovelies! December is officially over and we have made it into the new year! Happy 2019 everyone! I hope you are all off to a great start and you are finding your first reads of the year to be excellent. I’m here to tell you all of the great books I read in the month of December. I had a wicked awesome reading month in terms of quality AND quantity.

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Physical Books

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
Dry by Neal Shusterman & Jarrod Shusterman
The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody
Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz
Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard
Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Basherdoust
People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins
Look Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich

Audiobooks

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Puddin’ by Julie Murphy
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

I read a total of NINETEEN books this month?! That’s incredible to me. It does not seem like I read that much this month, but the numbers don’t lie. Some of these books were amazing, some were good, and some (sadly) were not so good. I will link the titles to my reviews for those that would like to read my thoughts on each book!

How many books did you read this month? What were your favorites? And least favorites? Did we read any of the same books? Leave a comment and let me know!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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End of Yearathon – Wrap Up

Happy New Year lovelies! The time has come to close out the last readathon of the year! For those of you that don’t know, I teamed up with Vicky @ What Vicky Read to bring you End of Yearathon (click here to read the announcement post). We thought this would be the perfect readathon for anyone that needed some motivation to read a few more books to meet their personal goals, GoodReads goals, or just to read those books that you didn’t manage to pick up yet. Feel free to check out my TBR list with the books I wanted to read here. This readathon started on December 26th and lasted until today (the 1st of January). I’m here today to share with you how I did this week.

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Basherdoust
People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins
Look Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich

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These are the books I managed to read for the readathon! The first two were audiobooks and the last three were phyisical books. My goal was to read five books and I succeeded, though they were not all the same five books that were on my TBR list. I had so much fun chatting on Twitter and Instagram with everyone that participated. I already can’t wait until we can host again next year!

Did you participate in End of Yearathon? Link me in your wrap up so I can see what books you read! Or comment below and let me know if that’s better for you!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.