Amanda’s November Wrap Up

Hi, lovelies! Another month down with only one left in the year. This is my halfway point for the Clear Ur Sht Readathon. I think I’m doing okay. I’m behind, but I’m honestly not super worried about whether or not I catch up. I’m just having fun reading along with the prompts. Here’s what I read this month!

Physical Books
Kingsbane by Claire Legrand
Birds of California by Katie Cotugno
Window Shopping by Tessa Bailey
An Arrow to the Moon by Emily X.R. Pan
Spells for Forgetting by Adrienne Young
Invictus by Ryan Graudin
The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

eBooks
The Perishing by Natashia Deón
When Life Gives You Vampires by Gloria Duke
Three Kisses, One Midnight by Roshani Chokshi, Evelyn Skye, & Sandhya Menon
A Very Merry Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

I didn’t manage to finish my audiobook, but I’ve been slowly working my way through Bronze Drum all month. What books did you love in November?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s June & Clear Ur Sht Wrap Up

Hi, lovelies! The end of another month means another post where I share the books that I’ve read. June was a pretty good month for me. I tried to focus on my Clear Ur Set Readathon TBR but was often distracted. I did mostly read books I own or NetGalley arcs though. I know the month isn’t over yet, but I have to stick to my posting schedule.

Physical Books
Book Lovers by Emily Henry – 4.5 stars
The Weeping Tide by Amanda Foody – 4.5 stars
Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur – 3.5 stars
Nightwork by Nora Roberts – 4 stars
I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston – 4.5 stars
When Sparks Fly by Helena Hunting – 3.75 stars
Starry-Eyed Love by Helena Hunting – 3.75 stars
Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren – 4.5 stars
Not Your Average Hot Guy by Gwenda Bond – 3 stars
My Killer Vacation by Tessa Bailey – 2 stars

eBooks
Small Town Pride by Phil Stamper – 4 stars
Home Field Advantage by Dahlia Adler – 4 stars
Wretched Waterpark by Kiersten White – 3.5 stars
Seasonal Fears by Seanan McGuire – 4.5 stars
January Fifteenth by Rachel Swirsky – 3 stars
Breaking Time by Sasha Alsberg – 3 stars
What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher – 3 stars
Can’t Resist Her by Kianna Alexander – 3 stars
An Unreliable Magic by Rin Chupeco – 3.5 stars

Audiobooks
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas – 4 stars
The Book of Koli by M.R. Carey – 3 stars
The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend – 3 stars
The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan – 3.75 stars
Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid – 3 stars
After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid – 3 stars

Clear Ur Sht Readathon Wrap Up

Walkman // a book you’ve been avoiding the longest
An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
I dnf’d this, but according to Narrator dnf’s count. Heck yeah.

Breakfast Club // read a book with food themes or items
Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Love & Food edited by Elsie Chapman
I also dnf’d this one.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun // read a book with multiple POVs
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
We love a reread and I had a great time rereading this one.

NES // read a sci-fi, or a book with technology in it
The Genesis Wars by Akemi Dawn Bowman
I, sadly, dnf’d this. I really loved the first book last year, but I didn’t love it as much upon rereading and this book just wasn’t holding my attention. I made it a little over halfway before I put it down for something else.

Polaroids // read a book with characters on the cover
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
I reread via the audiobook. It took me forever and I don’t think I enjoyed it as much this time around.

Care Bears // read a comforting book
Book Lovers by Emily Henry
Read this outside in the sunshine and it was lovely. 10 out of 10, would recommend it.

Manic Monday // read a book you can finish over the weekend to avoid a manic Monday
Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh
I also dnf’d this one.

Rainbow Brite // read a book with LGBTQIA+ representation
Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur
I got to read this at the beach! I mostly liked it, just didn’t love the bad first date as the main couple’s introduction.

I want to add down here at the end of this post that I dnf’d quite a few books. You can see the three that I said above for Clear Ur Sht, but I also dnf’d several others from my physical tbr and my NetGalley tbr. My impending move is looming and I’m trying to read as much of my physical tbr as I can.

What did you read this month?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s May 2022 Wrap Up

Hi, lovelies! May is somehow already over. I had a great start to the month and tried to stay strong. Here are all the things I read this month!

Physical Books
From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata – 4 stars
The Suite Spot by Trish Doller – 2 stars
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – 4 stars
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas – 5 stars
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas – 5 stars
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas – 5 stars

eBooks
Primal Animals by Julia Lynn Rubin – 2 stars
Hide by Kiersten White – 2 stars

Audiobooks
Youngbloods by Scott Westerfeld – 2 stars
The Serpent’s Curse by Lisa Maxwell – 3 stars
Book of Night by Holly Black – 3 stars
The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas – 3.75 stars
For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten – 5 stars
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas – 4 stars

What was your favorite book you read in May?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s April 2022 Wrap Up

Hey, lovelies! I honestly cannot believe that April is already over. I am a day early, but know what I will and won’t be finishing within the next day. I think I did a little better reading-wise this month. That is helped with my new baby slowly sleeping in longer stretches, so some of my brainpower is coming back. Let’s get into what I read this past month and how I read it.

Physical Books
Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake – 4 stars
It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey – 4 stars
Four Aunties and a Wedding by Jesse Q. Sutanto – 3 stars
Hook, Line, and Sinker by Tessa Bailey – 3 stars
The Devil’s Thief by Lisa Maxwell – 4 stars

eBooks
Fool Me Once by Ashley Winstead – 4.5 stars
The Bone Orchard by Sara A. Mueller – 2.5 stars
To Marry and to Meddle by Martha Waters – 4.5 stars
The Button Box by Bridget Hodder, Fawzia Gilani-Williams, & Harshad Marathe – 3.5 stars
Very Bad People by Kit Frick – 2 stars
A Mirror Mended by Alix E. Harrow – 3.5 stars
The Jade Setter of Janloon by Fonda Lee – 2 stars
I’m the Girl by Courtney Summers – 2 stars

Audiobooks
Thronebreakers by Rebecca Coffindaffer – 4.5 stars
Mickey7 by Edward Ashton – 2 stars
Yearbook by Seth Rogan
The Switch by Beth O’Leary – 4 stars
The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman – 4 stars
The Initial Insult by Mindy McGinnis – 4 stars
The Last Laugh by Mindy McGinnis – 2 stars
Aru Shah and the Nectar of Immortality by Roshani Chokshi – 4 stars
Queen of the Tiles by Hanna Alkaf – 2 stars
This May End Badly by Samantha Markum – 3 stars
Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments by T.L. Hucho – 2 stars
This May End Badly by Samantha Markum – 3 stars
Tarnished Empire by Danielle L. Jensen – 3.5 stars
Impostors by Scott Westerfeld – 4 stars
Shatter City by Scott Westerfeld – 3 stars
Mirror’s Edge by Scott Westerfeld – 3.75 stars

These are all the books that I read in April. What book did you enjoy most in April?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s March 2022 Wrap Up

Hey, lovelies! Happy April! The weather is getting warmer and I feel like my foggy brain is clearing a bit now that my newborn is sleeping in slightly longer stretches at night. So, I managed to read a bit more than I did in the second half of February. But I’m still not back to my unusually high number of books read. But I read some really good books last month, so I’m happy with quality versus quantity.

Physical Books
The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell – 5 stars
The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas – 3 stars

eBooks
Edgewood by Kristen Ciccarelli – 4 stars
Savvy Sheldon Feels Good as Hell by Taj McCoy – 3.75 stars
Last Exit by Max Gladstone – 4 stars
The War of Two Queens by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 4 stars
The City of Dusk by Tara Sim – 4 stars

Audiobooks
Crownchasers by Rebecca Coffindaffer – 5 stars
The Messengers by Margaret Peterson Haddix – 4.5 stars
The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson – 3.5 stars

These are all the books I managed to read in March and the format that I read them in. What was your favorite book you read last month?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s February 2022 Wrap Up

Hi, lovelies! Back again for another monthly wrap-up. We will jump right into what I read for this month.

Physical Books
Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon – 4 stars
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas – 5 stars
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton – 4 stars
House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas – 5 stars

eBooks
Obit by Victoria Chang
Nophek Gloss by Essa Hansen – 3 stars
Azura Ghost by Essa Hansen – 2 stars

Audiobooks
Constance by Matthew FitzSimmons – 4 stars
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater
Muted by Tami Charles – 3.5 stars
The Boyfriend List: 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver by E. Lockhart – 3 stars
P.S. I Like You by Kasie West – 4 stars
You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus – 3.5 stars
The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter – 3.75 stars
The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix – 4 stars
The Deceivers by Margaret Peterson Haddix – 4 stars

What did you read this month?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s January 2022 Wrap Up

Hello, lovelies! I legitimately cannot believe that we’ve already reached the end of the first month of 2022. I have to start by saying that next month, things will be getting a little wilder in my life as I’m giving birth to my second child literally any day now. So, this will probably be the only semi-normal reading month of 2022 until I find a good routine with two little ones to care for. Let’s get right into the books that I read this month.

What I Read

Physical Books
The Becoming by Nora Roberts – 3.75 stars
Fresh by Margot Wood – 4.5 stars
A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem by Manda Collins – 3 stars
Skyward by Brandon Sanderson – 5 stars
Dustborn by Erin Bowman – 4 stars
Starsight by Brandon Sanderson – 5 stars
Cytonic by Brandon Sanderson – 5 stars
Firebreak by Nicole Kornher-Stace – 4 stars
Goddess in the Machine by Lora Beth Johnson – 4.5 stars
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – 4 stars
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – 5 stars
The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon – 4 stars
The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon – 5 stars
The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon – 5 stars
Ariadne by Jennifer Saint – 3.5 stars
Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore – 4.5 stars
Vision in White by Nora Roberts – 3.75 stars
Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts – 3.75 stars
Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts – 3.5 stars
Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts – 3 stars

eBooks
The Kindred by Alechia Dow – 4 stars
Love at First Spite by Anna E. Collins – 3.75 stars
Tiger Honor by Yoon Ha Lee – 3 stars
Light Years From Home by Mike Chen – 3.5 stars
Sunreach by Brandon Sanderson & Janci Patterson – 5 stars
ReDawn by Brandon Sanderson & Janci Patterson – 4 stars
Evershore by Brandon Sanderson & Janci Patterson – 5 stars
The Iron Sword by Julie Kagawa – 3.5 stars
Seven Mercies by Laura Lam & Elizabeth May – 4 stars
Devil in the Device by Lora Beth Johnson – 4.5 stars
The Broken Tower by Kelly Braffet – 3.5 stars
Full Flight by Ashley Schumacher – 3 stars
Tripping Arcadia by Kit Mayquist – 4 stars
The One True Me and You by Remi K. England – 4 stars
Sundial by Catriona Ward – 4 stars

Audiobook
The Humans by Matt Haig – 2 stars
Chasing the Boogeyman by Richard Chizmar – 4 stars
As Good as Dead by Holly Jackson – 4 stars
A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum – 3.5 stars
Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner – 5 stars

Blogging Highlights

Amanda’s 11 Favorite Adult Books of 2021

Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan (Book Review)

Amanda’s 2021 Reading Statistics (Year End Wrap Up)

Fresh by Margot Wood (Book Review)

Amanda’s 12 Favorite Young Adult Books of 2021

The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang (Book Review)

Amanda’s 6 Favorite Middle-Grade Books of 2021

Seven Mercies by Laura Lam & Elizabeth May (Book Review)

Amanda’s 10 Favorite Sequel’s of 2021

Other Bloggers I’m Loving

January Reading Wrap Up from Asha @ A Cat. A Book. And A Cup of Tea
Check out what Asha read this month and how she did with her goals of getting her owned TBR smaller!

2022 “SUPPORT BOOK BLOGGERS” CHALLENGE: JANUARY CHECK-IN from Briana @ Pages Unbound
I absolutely love the idea of a year-long challenge to support bloggers. She shares some great bloggers in her list, as well as, her post to the full challenge post.

The Pond Book News #113 – Family Secrets, Psychic Visions, Witches and Sisters: Upcoming Books about Latine Magic! from Skye @ The Quiet Pond
There is some truly excellent cover reveals in this post, so come take a look!

Six years of blogging | Q&A and huge thank you from Fadwa @ Word Wonders
Happy blogging anniversary!

BOOKS THAT WERE THE CREME DE LA CREME OF 2021 from Allie @ Allie is Reading
Check out Allie’s 2021 favorites!

Series I’m In the Middle of from Evelyn @ Evelyn Reads
I love seeing updates like this (probably because I also love sharing updates like this).

Blogging to Get Free Books: Sometimes Necessary, not Evil from Caitlin @ Realms of my Mind
This is a really thoughtful discussion post about how it’s not wrong to be interested or motivated to blog because you can potentially get arc’s for it. I love this post because I definitely didn’t start blogging or reviewing with the intent of getting arc’s but, the reward of a free book that I get to read before it’s published absolutely helps me stay motivated to blog and continue all of the hard work that I do here on the blog.

2021 RECAP IN BOOKS: A YEARLY WRAP UP from Rain @ bookdragonism
Check out how 2021 was for Rain!

ARC Review: Fire Becomes Her by Rosiee Thor from Kal @ Reader Voracious
Kal’s reviews are always thoughtful and influence me to pick up books I might have otherwise passed by.

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.

Amanda’s July Wrap Up

Hey, lovelies! July was a much better reading month for me than June was. I’m really proud of how well I did working on my physical TBR and getting it down to a lower number. I also read some really great blog posts this month. I did better at regularly checking my feed to read stuff from the people I follow. So, lets get into it!

What I Read

Physical Books
Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning – 4 stars
Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson – 3 stars
Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth – 4.5 stars
The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer – 4.5 stars
Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey – 4 stars
Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey – 4 stars
Tools of Engagement by Tessa Bailey – 3.5 stars
Grace and Glory by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 5 stars

eBooks
The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart – 4 stars
The Sea is Salt and So Am I by Cassandra Hartt – 2 stars
A Season of Sinister Dreams by Tracy Banghart – 4 stars
What We Devour by Linsey Miller – 4 stars
A Psalm for the Wild Built by Becky Chambers – 4.5 stars
The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendigi – 3.5 stars

Blogging Highlights

Amanda’s Favorite Retellings

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal (Book Review)

10 Popular YA Books on Amanda’s Physical TBR

Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo (Book Review)

Amanda’s Summertime Book Recommendations

Rea and the Blood of the Nectar by Payal Doshi (Book Review)

5 Books Featuring Grief Amanda Recommends

Miss Meteor by Anna-Marie McLemore & Tehlor Kay Mejia (Book Review)

Other Bloggers I’m Loving

Thoughts on Prologues and Epilogues (Let’s Talk Bookish) from Briana @ Pages Unbound
I thought this was a really interesting discussion post!

Summerween TBR Time! from Destiny @ Howling Pages
Check out some spooky books that Destiny is going to read in July.

My 2021 Goals | Mid-Year Check-In from Jess @ Jessticulates
Come see how Jess is doing for their 2021 goals! I think you’re killing it Jess!

Our Friend is Here! A Discussion with Ryan Douglass, Author of The Taking of Jake Livingston – On Why We Need Radical YA Books from Skye @ The Quiet Pond
I love everything that comes from the Quiet Pond, but this post in particular was a great read.

Discover A Reader’s Book Buying Process from Kal @ Reader Voracious
See the how and why behind Kal’s book buying habits!

Book Drop // Library Book Haul from Book Loaner
Check out this library haul!

100 Books By Trans and Non-Binary Authors from Vee @ Vee Bookish
Some great recommendations here. I love the idea of collaboration to come up with ha huge list of recommendations.

Book Recommendations: Pride Month Edition – 10 Books with Bisexual and Pansexual Rep to Read During Pride Month! from CW @ The Quiet Pond
There are some really great recommendations on this list!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s June Wrap Up

Hey, lovelies! Another month has come to an end. Can you believe we’re already halfway through 2021? I certainly can’t. I’m sharing this post a few days early for the sake of my blogging schedule.

What I Read

Physical Books
Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert – 4.5 stars
People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry – 4 stars
The Only Good Indians by Stephan Graham Jones – 2.5 stars
Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne – 4 stars
Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones – 4.5 stars
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman – 4 stars
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty – 3 stars
The Test by Sylvain Neuvel – 3 stars

eBooks
Off the Record by Camryn Garrett – 4 stars
Better Together by Christin Riccio – 2.5 stars
A Chorus Rises by Bethany C. Morrow – 4.5 stars
Trouble Girls by Julia Lynn Rubin – 3 stars
Rea and the Blood of the Nectar by Payal Doshi – 4.5 stars
Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun by Jonny Garza Villa – 3.5 stars
Middlewest Book One by Scottie Young, Jorge Corona, & Mike Huddleston – 4 stars
Middlewest Book Two by Scottie Young & Jorge Corona – 4 stars
Middlewest Book Three by Scottie Young, Jorge Corona, & Jean-François Beaulieu – 4 stars

Audiobooks
Aru Shah and the City of Gold by Roshani Chokshi – 5 stars
We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal – 4 stars
The Library of the Dead by T.L. Huchu – 4.5 stars

Blogging Highlights

Rereading Books I Loved as a Teenager – Wrap Up

Amanda’s Favorite Underrated Backlist Books

Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler (Book Review)

Amanda’s 2021 Anticipated Series Finales

Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield (Book Review)

Amanda’s Beginner Fantasy Recommendations

If You Liked This, Then Try That (Series Edition)

On This Unworthy Scaffold by Heidi Heilig (Book Review)

Amanda’s Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Recommendations

Amanda’s NetGalley Shelf #2

Other Bloggers I’m Loving

Fierce Fairytales Favorite Quotes from Michaela @ Journey into Books
This is one of my favorite poetry collections. Come check out some of Michaela’s favorite quotes.

Mid Year – 5 Star Predictions from LaRonda @ Flying Paperbacks
Come see what books LaRonda thinks might be 5 star reads!

16 LGBTQ+ SFF books by BIPOC to read for Pride Month from Fadwa @ Word Wonders
Fadwa’s here again to share a list of incredible books. I’ve read quite a few of these and the ones I haven’t read are on my TBR.

Welcome to Pride Month at the Pond 2021! Celebrating Pride Month with Queer Authors and Intersectional Voices & Literature from CW @ The Quiet Pond
Just accept that CW’s posts will make this list of mine every month. This post shares lots of great recommendation posts and interviews from pride month 2020, and shares a bit about what The Quiet Pond will be doing this year. Now that June is over, you can check out all the great content that’s been shared.

Project Hail Mary from Anastasia @ Read & Survive
This is a review filled with spoilers, but I loved reading it! I also loved this book.

How to Write Amazing Blog Posts Using Notion from Sumedha @ The Wordy Habitat
Sumedha has shared some great information about how to better plan and organize your blog posts before you write them!

Why Your Book Recommendation Posts Should Have More Than Three Books Listed from Briana @ Pages Unbound
Briana really made me think with this one. I usually make lists of around ten books, but I’d been thinking that was too many for one post. But now that I’ve read this, I’ve totally changed my mind.

What books did you read this month that you really loved? Are there any blog posts you’re particularly proud of from this month? Share with me in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s April Wrap Up

Hello, lovelies! April has come to an end, so I have another month of reading to wrap up for you. This month I want to try something a little different. I’m still going to share how many books, which books, and what format I read them in. But I want to do a bit more with my wrap up posts. I’m going to try it out this month and see how it goes.

What I Read

Physical Books
You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria – 3.75 stars
Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody – No Rating

eBooks
Between the Bliss and Me by Lizzy Mason – 4 stars
The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman – 5 stars
To Love and to Loathe by Martha Waters – 3.75 stars
Gilded Serpent by Danielle L. Jensen – 5 stars
Victories Greater Than Death by Charlie Jane Anders – 4 stars
The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers – 4 stars
On This Unworthy Scaffold by Heidi Heilig – 5 stars
The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – 3 stars
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir – 4.5 stars
Counting Down With You by Tashie Bhuiyan – 2.5 stars
Lucky Girl by Jamie Pacton – 4 stars
Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler – 5 stars
The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 5 stars
Legacy by Nora Roberts – 3.5 stars

Audiobooks
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik – 2.75 stars
Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen – 5 stars
Dark Skies by Danielle L. Jensen – 5 stars
Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman – 3.5 stars
The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner – 3.5 stars
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour – 3 stars
Mirror’s Edge by Scott Westerfeld – 3.75 stars
Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi – 5 stars
Over the Woodward Wall by A. Deborah Baker – 3 stars

Blogging Highlights

This is one of the new things I want to try this month. Each month I’d light to highlight some of the content I’ve posted that I’m excited about or pleased with. So, I will be doing that here. Since this is new, I’m going to highlight posts from January until now, but in the future, I’d like to just highlight some of my favorite posts and reviews from the month I’m wrapping up.

Amanda’s Thoughts on How Vampire Novels Never Died

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas (Book Review)

Amanda’s Underrated Black Author’s Recommendations

Wayward Children by Seanan McGuire (Full Series Review)

21 Young Adult Anticipated Release in 2021

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant (Book Review)

2021 Debut Novels Amanda is Anticipating

Shadow and Bone Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo (Full Series Review)

Amanda’s 2021 Preorder Book Haul

Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers (Book Review)

Amanda’s Favorite Audiobook Narrators

Amanda’s Springtime Book Recommendations

All the Bad Apples by Moira Fowley-Doyle (Book Review)

Other Bloggers I’m Loving

SEO Basics from Kal @ Reader Voracious
Kal is such a light in this community. She’s always giving us the best content, so follow her if you don’t already.

The Definitive Book Blogger List from A Book. A Thought.
Just imagine how much time this took to put together? Some bloggers really are out there doing the most for us.

Cover Reveal: For All Time by Shanna Miles from CW @ The Quiet Pond
CW & the rest of the crew at The Quiet Pond are always blessing us with amazing cover reveals, reviews, and reading challenges.

Most Anticipated Releases of Q2 2021 from Kate @ Your Tita Kate
If you’re looking for diverse books that are coming out in 2021, look to Kate to guide you.

Saturday Spotlight #10 (showcasing small press and self published books) from Vee @ vee_bookish
Vee does a great job highlighting some books that don’t get the attention they probably deserve.

April TBR – #ARCApril from Skye @ Books in the Skye
Skye is one of my favorite bloggers and I highly recommend you follow her. Check out how she planned to tackle her ARC’s this April.

Spring 2021 TBR from Jess @ Jessica C Writes
I love how Jess doesn’t always stick to strictly bookish content. She shares her life and experiences with college and other tips and tricks. Come see what her spring reading plans are!

That’s it for today. I hope I shared some new bloggers with you all today.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s February Wrap Up

Hi, lovelies! I can’t believe we are already two months into 2021. Where did 2020 even go? This month was a bit chaotic for my personal life. Some unexpected changes came up, so I was pretty packing up my house to move. I also found myself in a bit of a reading slump on and off all month. I think the pressure to read some of the books I own before we moved got to me. Audiobooks really helped me out this month. So, let’s check out what books I read in February and their format!

Physical Books
Rush by Maya Banks
The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon
A History of What Comes Next by Sylvain Neuvel
We Are the Ashes, We Are the Fire by Joy McCullough
A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas
The Guest List by Lucy Foley
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardguo
The Roommate by Rosie Danan

eBooks
The Graces by Laure Eve
Game Changer by Neal Shusterman
The Curses by Laure Eve
Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers
Blood Sworn by Scott Reintgen

Audiobooks
Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter
Awake at Dawn by C.C. Hunter
Unchosen by Katharyn Blair
What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo
Taken at Dusk by C.C. Hunter
Whispers at Moonrise by C.C. Hunter
Chosen at Nightfall by C.C. Hunter
The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
Evermore by Alyson Noel

These are all the books I read this month! I managed to get out of my reading slump by rereading some books I love, which was a huge help. What books did you read this month?

Amanda’s January 2021 Wrap Up

Hey, lovelies! Happy end of the first month of 2021. How was everyone’s month? Mine was pretty good personally. I stuck to my goals for 2021 (mostly), spent some quality time with my family, and read some great books. Today we’re here with my first wrap up of the year. I’m happy with what I read and I’m making great progress on my owned TBR. I also am happy to say that I was well behaved with my book buying. Let’s get into the books I read this month!

Physical Books
Mistletoe & Mr. Right by Sarah Morgenthaler
Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center
The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar
Kiss My Cupcake by Helena Hunting
Fortune and Glory by Janet Evanovich
The Sand Warrior by Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel, Matt Rockefeller, Xianthe Bouma & Boya Sun
Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughn, Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson, & Jared K. Fletcher
Paper Girls, Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughn, Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson, & Jared K. Fletcher
Paper Girls, Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughn, Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson, & Jared K. Fletcher
Paper Girls, Vol. 4 by Brian K. Vaughn, Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson, & Jared K. Fletcher
The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa
Paper Girls, Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughn, Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson, & Jared K. Fletcher
Paper Girls, Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughn, Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson, & Jared K. Fletcher
Chosen by Kiersten White
Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Rage and Ruin by Jennifer L. Armentrout
All the Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace
All the Bad Apples by Moira Fowley-Doyle
Born in Fire by Nora Roberts
Born in Ice by Nora Roberts
Born in Shame by Nora Roberts

eBooks
Wings of Ebony by J. Elle
Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield
The Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher
The Cobalt Prince by Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel, Matt Rockefeller, Xianthe Bouma & Boya Sun
The Red Maze by Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel, Matt Rockefeller, Xianthe Bouma & Boya Sun
The Amber Anthem by Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel, Matt Rockefeller, Xianthe Bouma & Boya Sun
The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa
The Iron Warrior by Julie Kagawa
The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa
Ten Rules for Faking it by Sophie Sullivan
The Blade Between by Sam J. Miller

Audiobooks
Red Skies Falling by Alex London
Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey
The Girl and the Ghost by Hanna Alkaf
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Educated by Tara Westover
Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire
Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire
Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire
This Will be Funny Some Day by Katie Henry
Far From You by Tess Sharpe

These are all the books I read this month. I think it’s a good combination of books I own and books I borrowed from the library. Also, I know this looks like an incredible amount of books, but I read quite a few graphic novels and many of the audiobooks that I listened to were novellas rather than my usual preference of full length novels. Next month I’m hoping to borrow some more books with my Kindle Unlimited subscription since I read a decent amount of the eARCs I had on my kindle. How’d you do for this first month of 2021?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s December Wrap Up

Hello, lovelies! Happy end of December. We’ve finally made it out of the hellscape that was 2020. So, on the final day of the year I’m going to share all the books I read in December.

Physical Books
The Plain Janes by Cecil Castelucci & Jim Rugg
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
The Ever Cruel Kingdom by Rin Chupeco
Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
Closer to Nowhere by Ellen Hopkins
The Awakening by Nora Roberts
Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Ravens by Kass Morgan & Danielle Paige
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black
Teen Titans: Beast Boy by Kami Garcia & Gabiel Picolo
Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

eBooks
These Vengeful Hearts by Katherine Laurin
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Crystal Caged by Elise Kova
First Comes Like by Alisha Rai
The Project by Courtney Summers
Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte
Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I by Hazel Gaynor & Heather Webb

Audiobooks
Black Wings Beating by Alex London
All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford
The Cousins by Karen M. McManus
The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu
Early Departures by Justin A. Reynolds
Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
Tristan Strong Destroys the World by Kwame Mbalia

These are all of the books I read in the final month of 2020. How many books did you read in December?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s December Graphic Novel Mini-Reviews

Hello, lovelies! Another month that I’ve actually managed to read some of my graphic novels that I already own. I’m going to keep this intro brief so we can get into my thoughts on what I read in the month of December.

The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci & Jim Rugg

This is a bind up of three different stories. I don’t know that the stories were ever published separately, but going into this graphic novel I didn’t realize that is was three different stories. I really loved this. These three stories were each wonderful in their own ways. In the first story, The Plain Janes, Jane has just moved to the suburbs from the city after she was in a bomb attack. She has PTSD and despite this happening in the city, she didn’t want to leave. She’s worried that she won’t make new friends. She’s a teen that is having to move during high school. So, her fears and worries are normal. But Jane is also an artist. She finds friends in three girls who are all also named Jane. In the first book, their friendship was focused on P.L.A.I.N. which was their name for the street art that they were doing together. This story was so fun, the girls planning what they were going to do next and basking in a successful execution. But the police are upset about the art and enact curfews, certain that it’s teenagers doing these art attacks. This doesn’t stop the girls, and their friendship grows. Janes in Love, the second book, is focused on Valentine’s Day and the love interests of each of the Janes (and James who is the only gay boy that is out in their school). I thought this story was sweet and fun. I liked that the color scheme of the art changed to a pretty pinks to reflect the theme of the story. Though this story focuses on love and romance and relationships, there’s still a focus on art too. Art saves and I loved that message in all three stories. In the final story, Janes Attack Back, Jane is feeling like her friends are drifting from what brought them together, art. They are all working on college applications, new hobbies and interests, and Jane feels like she’s doing the brunt of the work for P.L.A.I.N. On top of this, there’s a new girl at school and everyone loves her, but Jane can’t seem to anything other than butt heads with her. I think this was a really great story about friends all having their own interesting, but still being friends. It talks about how friends need to be able to tell their friends what they need from them and when. I loved all three of these stories so much. I also want to mention, in the first story, during the bombing, Jane was saved by a man that didn’t have any identification. So, he is in the hospital in a coma as a John Doe afterwards. She visits him often, but after she moves she writes him letters. I won’t say anything further, but this relationship was one of my favorite things about this story. They are two people from different parts of the world connected by a trauma. I think it was a wonderful addition to this story. Okay, I’ve gone on long enough. Long story short, I loved this graphic novel and I highly recommend it.

Teen Titans: Beast Boy by Kami Garcia & Gabriel Picolo

I absolutely loved this author/illustrator duo’s previous work (Teen Titans: Raven) so, I was super excited to pick up this next installment of the series. Beast Boy follows Gar in his daily life. I liked that this was a slice of life kind of story. It’s Gar’s senior year and he’s upset that he hasn’t completed anything from his list of goals for his final year of high school. The story starts with him reviewing the list and being more determined to tackle any of the items on the list. We also get to see his two best friends, Tank and Stella, try to hype him up when Gar is hyper focused on his insecurities. I think that’s the one thing I didn’t like about this book. Gar is so focused on the fact that he’s short and thin, he craves to be in with the popular crowd. I get this is something many teens feel, but I wish we could have seen him get over this. I loved how supportive Tank and Stella were and I think the little bits we get with them were the best parts. I also am a little disappointed that this book ended similarly to Raven, right when it felt like the story was getting into something exciting. Do graphic novels have cliffhangers? If yes, that’s what this was. I will say, I am extremely excited to read the next installment, Teen Titans: Beast Boy Loves Raven.

Technically The Plain Janes was three graphic novels in one bind up. So, I’m counting this month as four total that I read, hah! Now, I only have 8 unread graphic novels left on my shelf. I’m happy with how many/what I’ve read in terms of graphic novels this year. What graphic novels did you read in 2020?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.