Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – New to Me Authors 2022

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 the authors we read for the first time in 2022. I did that post for blogmas here. So, instead here are 10 authors I want to try in 2023.

Robin Hobb

Carley Fortune

Sue Lyn Tan

Kate Elliot

C.J. Tudor

Raquel Marie

Maria Tureaud

Grace Curtis

Lucy A. Snyder

Liz Lawson

Who is on your list?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: New to Me Authors 2022

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 New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2022.

Becky Chambers

Carlos Hernandez

Yoon Ha Lee

Tehlor Kay Mejia

Martha Wells

Ursula K. Le Guin

V. E. Schwab

Will Wight

That’s all I have for new authors in 2022. What authors did you read for the first time?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: 2023 Anticipated Releases (First Half)

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 Anticipated Books Releasing in the First Half of 2023.

January 10 Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo

February 14 The Last Tale of the Flower Bride by Roshani Chokshi

May 23 Identity by Nora Roberts

May 2 The Sun and the Star by Rick Riordan and Mark Oshiro

May 30 Witch King by Martha Wells

I had some trouble with this one because I’ve been trying to keep focused on the books I already have. What releases are you excited for?

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Most Anticipated 2023 Releases (First Half)

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 our most anticipated book releases coming in the first half of 2023.

January 10
Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo

January 24
Retro by Sophie Lapuente & Jarrod Shusterman

Jan 31
The Ever Storms by Amanda Foody

February 14
The Last Tale of the Flower Bride by Roshani Chokshi

March 7
The Foxglove King by Hannah Whitten

March 14
A Long Stretch of Bad Days by Mindy McGinnis

April 18
The Fiance Farce by Alexandria Bellefleur

May 9
A Crown of Ivy and Glass by Claire Legrand

June 13
Going Bicoastal by Dalia Adler

June 20
Garden of the Cursed by Katy Rose Pool

What books are you looking forward to?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Books 2022

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 our favorite books from 2022.

Fresh by Margot Wood

House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas

Crownchasers by Rebecca Coffindaffer

The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon

Goddess in the Machine by Lora Beth Johnson

Firebreak by Nicole Kornher-Stace

For the Throne by Hannah Whitten

Josh + Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston

The Weeping Tide by Amanda Foody

A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers

The Relentless Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal

Kiss Her Once for Me by Alison Cochrun

The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

Children of Ragnarok by Cinda Williams Chima

Ten isn’t enough sorry, but here’s my top fifteen.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogmas Day Twenty-Two: Five Star Predictions Wrap Up

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!

Amanda’s Predictions

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.

Antonia’s Predictions

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?

Blogmas Day Nineteen: Amanda’s NetGalley Shelf #9

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?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogmas Day Fifteen: Books I Want to Gift This Holiday

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 Wolves by 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?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogmas Day Seven: 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 Choice by Nora Roberts.

Antonia- I’m currently reading Soulsmith by Will Wight.

What did you most recently finish reading?

Amanda- I most recently finished Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta.

Antonia- I most recently read The Choice by Nora Roberts.

What will you be reading next?

Amanda- Next I want to finish City of the Plague God by Sarwat Chadda.

Antonia- Next I’d like to read A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab.

What is your reading update for this week?

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Cozy Reads

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 cozy reads.

Kiss Her Once For Me by Alison Cochrun

A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers

Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle

Off the Grid by Tess Sharpe

The Switch by Beth O’Leary

Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Well Met by Jen DeLuca

The Valley and the Flood by Rebecca Mahoney

The Accidental Apprentice by Amanda Foody

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

What books did you pick this week?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

#SciFiMonth: 10 Books to Read if You Liked Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Hi, lovelies! I’m here today to share some books with you that I enjoyed. I love to recommend based on other books, so this year I’m going to share some books that I think you should read if you read, and enjoyed, Skyward by Brandon Sanderson.

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
“On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the east coast of the United States, including Washington D.C. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space, and requires a much larger share of humanity to take part in the process. Elma York’s experience as a WASP pilot and mathematician earns her a place in the International Aerospace Coalition’s attempts to put man on the moon, as a calculator. But with so many skilled and experienced women pilots and scientists involved with the program, it doesn’t take long before Elma begins to wonder why they can’t go into space, too. Elma’s drive to become the first Lady Astronaut is so strong that even the most dearly held conventions of society may not stand a chance against her.”

Seven Devils by Elizabeth May & Laura Lam
“When Eris faked her death, she thought she had left her old life as the heir to the galaxy’s most ruthless empire behind. But her recruitment by the Novantaen Resistance, an organization opposed to the empire’s voracious expansion, throws her right back into the fray. Eris has been assigned a new mission: to infiltrate a spaceship ferrying deadly cargo and return the intelligence gathered to the Resistance. But her partner for the mission, mechanic and hotshot pilot Cloelia, bears an old grudge against Eris, making an already difficult infiltration even more complicated. When they find the ship, they discover more than they bargained for: three fugitives with firsthand knowledge of the corrupt empire’s inner workings. Together, these women possess the knowledge and capabilities to bring the empire to its knees. But the clock is ticking: the new heir to the empire plans to disrupt a peace summit with the only remaining alien empire, ensuring the empire’s continued expansion. If they can find a way to stop him, they will save the galaxy. If they can’t, millions may die.”

Dustborn by Erin Bowman
“Delta of Dead River has always been told to hide her back, where a map is branded on her skin to a rumored paradise called the Verdant. In a wasteland plagued by dust squalls, geomagnetic storms, and solar flares, many would kill for it—even if no one can read it. So when raiders sent by a man known as the General attack her village, Delta suspects he is searching for her. Delta sets out to rescue her family but quickly learns that in the Wastes no one can be trusted—perhaps not even her childhood friend, Asher, who has been missing for nearly a decade. If Delta can trust Asher, she just might decode the map and trade evidence of the Verdant to the General for her family. What Delta doesn’t count on is what waits at the Verdant: a long-forgotten secret that will shake the foundation of her entire world.”

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 Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley
“The Light Brigade: it’s what soldiers fighting the war against Mars call the ones who come back…different. Grunts in the corporate corps get busted down into light to travel to and from interplanetary battlefronts. Everyone is changed by what the corps must do in order to break them down into light. Those who survive learn to stick to the mission brief—no matter what actually happens during combat. Dietz, a fresh recruit in the infantry, begins to experience combat drops that don’t sync up with the platoon’s. And Dietz’s bad drops tell a story of the war that’s not at all what the corporate brass want the soldiers to think is going on. Is Dietz really experiencing the war differently, or is it combat madness? Trying to untangle memory from mission brief and survive with sanity intact, Dietz is ready to become a hero—or maybe a villain; in war it’s hard to tell the difference.”

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
“Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space-and one adventurous young explorer who discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe-in this light-hearted debut space opera from a rising sci-fi star. Rosemary Harper doesn’t expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up ship has seen better days, it offers her a bed, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and most importantly, some distance from her past. An introspective young woman who learned early to keep to herself, she’s never met anyone remotely like the ship’s diverse crew, including Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot, chatty engineers Kizzy and Jenks who keep the ship running, and Ashby, their noble captain. Life aboard the Wayfarer is chaotic and crazy—exactly what Rosemary wants. It’s also about to get extremely dangerous when the crew is offered the job of a lifetime. Tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet is definitely lucrative and will keep them comfortable for years. But risking her life wasn’t part of the plan. In the far reaches of deep space, the tiny Wayfarer crew will confront a host of unexpected mishaps and thrilling adventures that force them to depend on each other. To survive, Rosemary’s got to learn how to rely on this assortment of oddballs—an experience that teaches her about love and trust, and that having a family isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the universe.”

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
“Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission—and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish. Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it. All he knows is that he’s been asleep for a very, very long time. And he’s just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company. His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, Ryland realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Hurtling through space on this tiny ship, it’s up to him to puzzle out an impossible scientific mystery—and conquer an extinction-level threat to our species. And with the clock ticking down and the nearest human being light-years away, he’s got to do it all alone. Or does he?”

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini
“Kira Navárez dreamed of life on new worlds. Now she’s awakened a nightmare. During a routine survey mission on an uncolonized planet, Kira finds an alien relic. At first she’s delighted, but elation turns to terror when the ancient dust around her begins to move. As war erupts among the stars, Kira is launched into a galaxy-spanning odyssey of discovery and transformation. First contact isn’t at all what she imagined, and events push her to the very limits of what it means to be human. While Kira faces her own horrors, Earth and its colonies stand upon the brink of annihilation. Now, Kira might be humanity’s greatest and final hope…”

Red Rising by Pierce Brown
“Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class. Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.”

The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson
“Multiverse travel is finally possible, but there’s just one catch: No one can visit a world where their counterpart is still alive. Enter Cara, whose parallel selves happen to be exceptionally good at dying—from disease, turf wars, or vendettas they couldn’t outrun. Cara’s life has been cut short on 372 worlds in total. On this Earth, however, Cara has survived. Identified as an outlier and therefore a perfect candidate for multiverse travel, Cara is plucked from the dirt of the wastelands. Now she has a nice apartment on the lower levels of the wealthy and walled-off Wiley City. She works—and shamelessly flirts—with her enticing yet aloof handler, Dell, as the two women collect off-world data for the Eldridge Institute. She even occasionally leaves the city to visit her family in the wastes, though she struggles to feel at home in either place. So long as she can keep her head down and avoid trouble, Cara is on a sure path to citizenship and security. But trouble finds Cara when one of her eight remaining doppelgängers dies under mysterious circumstances, plunging her into a new world with an old secret. What she discovers will connect her past and her future in ways she could have never imagined—and reveal her own role in a plot that endangers not just her world, but the entire multiverse.”

I highly recommend these ten books as well as the Skyward series. They are all ones I’ve very much enjoyed. Do you have any books that you could compare to Skyward by Brandon Sanderson?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

#SciFiMonth: Science Fiction With Space Ships

ARTWORK: this year’s SciFiMonth artwork is by the amazingly talented Simon Fetscher.

Hello, lovelies! I was having some trouble with the specific prompts that are suggested for this month, but I thought of a category that I could definitely fill. Now, some of these have spaceships in them for vastly different reasons or backstories. But! A spaceship is a spaceship, right?

The Space Man by Mary Robinette Kowal

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Crownchasers by Rebecca Coffindaffer

Seven Devils by Elizabeth May & Laura Lam

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh

The Final Six by Alexandra Monir

Are any of your favorite science fiction books ones with spaceships in the story? Leave your favorites below!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Clear Ur Sht Y3 Readathon TBR

Hello, lovelies! I’m back to share some more books that I may or may not actually read for this readathon. This is my favorite readathon, so I’m very excited to pick out my books for all of the prompts.

Meet Cute // a book with a romance plot

Birds of California by Katie Cotugno

Date Night // a book you could read in one night

Window Shopping by Tessa Bailey

Spicy Night // a book that’s sexy under the covers

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

Kidnapped! // a book with a quest for a lost person or item

The Perishing by Natasha Deón

Soulmate Rescue // mini boss battle // read a book in a different genre from my last read

Spells for Forgetting by Adrienne Young

Happily Ever After // a feel good book

Just Like Magic by Sarah Hogle

Discover Your Powers // “secret world” trope

When Life Gives You Vampires by Gloria Duke

Training Montage // a book with a journey

Invictus by Ryan Graudin

Find Your Team // a book with a group cast

The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

Bonding Time // side quest

Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta

Arch Nemesis // a book with an epic battle

City of the Plague God by Sarwat Chadda

Victory Parade // free space

to be determined when I need to pick something to mood read.

Giant’s Books // your longest or physically largest book

The Memory of Souls by Jenn Lyons

Useless MC // a sequel you have low hopes for

The World We Make by N.K. Jemisin
I know I’m going to love this book, but I’m not going to read a sequel I don’t think I’m going to like, sorry Narrator.

Age Gap MC // a book with a trope you hate

Sister Stardust by Jane Green

Beanstalk // green cover or book with plant themes

The Walled Garden by Robin Farrar Maass

Clout Readers // mini boss battle

tbd.

Time to Nap // free space

tbd.

Cryosleep // a book you keep forgetting is on your tbr

Angelika Frankenstein Makes Her Match by Sally Thorne

Robot Side Characters // a book featuring robots or tech

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

Crash Landing // a book set on another planet

The Name of All Things by Jenn Lyons

Capitalistic Hellscape // a book that was or looks expensive

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Missing Parts // continue a series

Astrid Parker Doesn’t Fail by Ashley Herring Blake

Escape! // a book with found family

The High House by Jessie Greengrass

Spooky! // a book with a dark cover

Wild and Wicked Things by Francesca May

Slasher is coming // a book with a supposed twist

Little Eve by Catriona Ward

RUN // a fast paced or short book

Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton

everything is a-ok // free space

tbd

Final Battle // final boss battle

tbd

Always Double Tap! // read a book from another strength/weakness prompt

tbd

SURPRISE ENDING // don’t worry about this one

well, that’s reassuring Narrator…

This is hopefully what I’ll be reading for the rest of the year.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogtober Day Twenty-Eight: Five-Star Predictions

Hello! We’re back for another round of five-star predictions. We will be back with a wrap up during Blogmas. We’ve both gotten some new books since the last time we did one of these.

Amanda’s Predictions

Kiss Her Once For Me by Alison Cochrun
Astrid Parker Doesn’t Fail by Ashley Herring Blake
Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton

Antonia’s Predictions

A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers
The Choice by Nora Roberts
Children of Ragnarok by Cinda Williams Chima

Check back in December to see our thoughts! Have you read any of these? If not, read them with us!

Blogtober Day Seventeen: Completed Series to Marathon for Spooky Season

Hey, lovelies! I thought that it would be fun to come up with a list of series you could marathon for spooky season if that’s something you like to do. I’ve done a few of these posts without a theme. So, obviously, I had to do a themed one too.

The Bone Witch, The Heart Forger, & The Shadowglass by Rin Chupeco

Furthermore & Whichwood by Taherah Mafi

The Devouring Grey & The Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman

For a Muse of Fire, A Kingdom for a Stage, & On This Unworthy Scaffold by Heidi Heilig

The Inheritance Games, The Hawthorne Legacy, & The Final Gambit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

A Good Girls Guide to Murder, Good Girl Bad Blood, & As Good As Dead by Holly Jackson

For the Wolf & For the Throne by Hannah Whitten

A Spindle Splintered & A Mirror Mended by Alix E. Harrow

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

These are some completed series that I think are perfect for October reading. Do you have any that you would include?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.