#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.

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.

Blogtober Day Twenty-Nine: Amanda’s Gothtober Wrap Up

Hello, lovelies! I know that there’s still a few days left in October. But I’ve managed to finish all of the books I was planning to read for Gothtober and I wanted to share that with you all! I had to change a few of my choices for the prompts because I DNF’d some of the books that were on my original TBR (you can find that here.)

Mythology
Pahua and the Soul Stealer by Lori M. Lee

Omens
The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling

Found Family
The Bronzed Beasts by Roshani Chokshi

Dark Romance
A Shadow in the Ember by Jennifer L. Armentrout

LGBTQ+ Representation
Into the Dying Light by Katy Rose Pool

Murder
The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Classics
Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood

BIPOC Representation
The Dating Dare by Jayci Lee

Disability Representation
The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones

I’m pretty proud of myself for actually managing to complete all these prompts. I DNF’d two of my original choices, so it’s not identical to the TBR I shared at the beginning of the month. But I managed to read books for all the prompts and I think that’s what counts. How did you do?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s September Wrap Up

Hi, lovelies! I really cannot believe that September is over. But I’m very excited for October to get here because I have lots of fun Blogtober content planned. I also just love the spooky season.

What I Read

Physical Books
A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee – 3 stars
The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin – 5 stars
Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto – 4 stars

eBooks
Holdout by Jeffery Kluger – 3.5 stars
The Twin Paradox by Charles Wachter – 3.5 stars
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – 4 stars
How We Fall Apart by Katie Zhao – 3 stars
The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – 4 stars

Audiobooks
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas – 4 stars
For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten – 5 stars
They’ll Never Catch Us by Jessica Goodman – 4 stars
The Night Swim by Megan Goldin – 4 stars
When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole – 2 stars
Home Before Dark by Riley Sager – 3.5 stars
One by One by Ruth Ware – 2 stars
The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James – 4 stars
Recursion by Blake Crouch – 3 stars
The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe – 4 stars
The Lost Girls by Sonia Hartl – 4 stars
The Broken Girls by Simone St. James – 3.75 stars
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng – 2 stars

Audiobooks
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas – 4 stars
For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten – 5 stars
They’ll Never Catch Us by Jessica Goodman – 4 stars
The Night Swim by Megan Goldin – 4 stars
When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole – 2 stars
Home Before Dark by Riley Sager – 3.5 stars
One by One by Ruth Ware – 2 stars
The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James – 4 stars
Recursion by Blake Crouch – 3 stars
The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe – 4 stars
The Lost Girls by Sonia Hartl – 4 stars
The Broken Girls by Simone St. James – 3.75 stars
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng – 2 stars
The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He – 2.5 stars
The Maidens by Alex Michaelides – 2.5 stars

Blogging Highlights

A Season of Sinister Dreams by Tracy Banghart (Book Review)

Amanda’s Poetry Collection

Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth (Book Review)

Five Fantasy Adaptations Amanda Would Watch

The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart (Book Review)

10 Backlist Books on Amanda’s TBR List

A Psalm for the Wild Built by Becky Chambers (Book Review)

Amanda’s Boarding School Recommendation

Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey (Book Review)

Other Blogger I’m Loving

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder – audiobook review! from Evelyn Reads
Check out Evelyn’s review of one of my favorite audiobooks!

October TBR from Books in the Skye
See what Steph is reading for spooky season!

New Young Adult Book Releases This Week / 27th September from Vee Bookish
Vee talks about new releases. Some of these are perfect for the upcoming month of spooky reading!

Autumn Reads from Journey into Books
Michaela recommends some great books for the Autumn season.

Ranking Riley Sager Books from Falling Down the Book Hole
Ashley ranks all of Sager’s books. This was a fun one as I’ve recently read a few of their newer books.

Book Recommendations – 8 Latine Science-Fiction/Fantasy & Magical Realism from CW @ The Quiet Pond
As usual, some great recommendations from CW and just in time to get ready for sci-fi month in November!

How was September for you with reading and blogging?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s August Wrap Up

Hi, lovelies! Sadly, my birthday month is over. But I had a great reading month. I was on vacation visiting my parents for most of the month. I got to read on the beach and it was glorious. It’s all I’ve wanted to do all summer, so I was in my happiest place on Earth (the beach). It was a great month for me personally and I’m happy with what I’ve read.

What I Read

Physical Books
Small Favors by Erin A. Craig – 4 stars
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston 5 stars
Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning – 3.5 stars
Key of Light by Nora Roberts – 3 stars
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid – 4 stars
Isn’t It Bromantic? by Lyssa Kay Adams – 3.5 stars
That Weekend by Kara Thomas – 3 stars

eBooks
The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould – 3.75
Key of Knowledge by Nora Roberts – 3 stars
Key of Valor by Nora Roberts – 3 stars
From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 4 stars
A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 4 stars

Audiobooks
The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson – 4 stars
When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey – 3 stars
They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman – 3 stars
Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson – 2 stars
The Anthropocine Reviewed by John Green – 4 stars

Blogging Highlights

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder (Book Review)

Amanda’s Favorite Time Travel Books

A Chorus Rises by Bethany C. Morrow (Book Review)

Amanda’s (Almost) Auto-Buy Authors

Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne (Book Review)

Amanda’s NetGalley Shelf #3

We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal (Book Review)

Other Bloggers I’m Loving

Ranking my Coffee Orders and Books I Would Read with Them from Charvi @ Not Just Fiction
I love coffee. So, I thought this was so much fun. I think these recommendations are excellent, too.

5-Star Book Predictions Update! from Sofi @ A Book. A Thought.
I love seeing what books people think they’re going to love. I especially love seeing the updates later on to see if they were right about their predictions.

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson – Contemporary Audiobook Recommendation from Skye @ Books in the Skye
Skye has been collaborating with other bloggers to recommend audiobooks of different genres. This post is the first of my contemporary recommendations that she will be sharing with you all!

Five-Star Feminist, Fiery, and Fearsome: Iron Widow – A Blog Tour Review from Avery @ B for Book Slut
I have an advanced copy of Iron Widow , so reading such a rave review made me really excited to read this one.

10 Middle Grade Books to Read in Fall 2021 from Briana @ Pages Unbound
Seasonal recommendations are some of my favorite posts to read and to create. I’m incredibly excited to get into my fall reading lists.

New Young Adult Book Releases This Week [23/8] from Vee @ Vee_Bookish
I think I love these posts because no matter how much time I’ve spent looking at new releases, I always find more from these posts.

Three Year Blogaversary: Ten Favorite Reviews from Caitlin @ Realms of my Mind
Check out some of Caitlin’s favorite reviews. There are some really great books on this list!

How did you do reading/blogging wise in August?

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 June Graphic Novel Mini-Reviews

Hey, lovelies! I finallly picked up a few of my graphic novels this month! There was a readathon that I’ve done before called GraphicsAThon (find them on Twitter here). I felt motivated to try to read one or two graphic novels that I already own. Reading books I own is the theme for 2021 and I’m doing my best to stay on brand.

Middlewest Book One by Scottie Young, Jorge Corona, & Mike Huddleston

I’ve loved what I’ve read of Skottie Young’s graphic novels. So, this was my reasoning for purchasing this one. I have to say before you get into this one, there is a scene where the dad hits his son, Abel (who is our main character). And Abel’s dad definitely has anger issues, so it’s not a super healthy relationship. The story starts with Abel waking up late to his job of delivering newspapers. His dad is screaming at him. One thing lead to another and he and his dad are screaming at each other in the front yard. His dad turns into a giant wind monster and Abel flees for his life. But while he’s running away (with his best friend, a talking fox) he’s hit by the wind monster and this leaves a strange mark on his chest. After escaping, Abel searches for answers about what happened and how to heal this strange mark he now has. So, I enjoyed this. I think the art style was really interesting. There were lots of colors and each panel’s colors did a great job of portraying the mood of the pages. As for the story, I enjoyed it. I have quite a few questions about this world that I feel like weren’t answered. The art shows this world as a steam punk-ish kind of world. There’s lots of machinery with weird jars of green stuff that could be fuel of some sort. But there’s also things like regular doctors and hospitals, so it was unclear if this was supposed to be a realistic world like the one we live in or a fantasy world. There’s magic and many animals that can talk (like Abel’s fox sidekick), so there are definitely some fantasy elements (most of this book is about a wind monster, so). I’m not holding out hope that I will have my questions answered about the world building because it’s mostly shown through the artwork. But I’m still very interesting in reading the next book.

Middlewest Book Two by Scottie Young & Jorge Corona

So, this second volume of the series actually did answer some of my questions that I had. I believe that this is a fantasy world. It’s called Middlewest and there are all sorts of fantasy towns. But there are some elements that are similar to the world we know. We did learn a small detail about the green stuff in jars that seemed to be fuel. There’s also little bits of this worlds history mentioned, like the Great Plain Wars. I liked this second volume. The art was just as good as the first volume. We get to see some mythological and magical creatures that I thought were really cool. We also meet Abel’s grandfather who is a snow monster. I think the theme of controlling your feelings and emotions was a compelling one. We see a bit of Abel’s dad’s history when we meet the grandfather. I liked getting this character backstory. We also see Abel’s dad traveling in search of Abel and he’s having some really great realizations. I still wouldn’t say that I like him, but getting to see the character growth was interesting. Abel is still searching for a way to get rid of the mark, which we learned is called the Heart of a Storm. It’s seeming like there’s no way to actually get rid of it and Abel’s not happy with that. He’s still struggling with his anger and he takes it out on Fox. I loved Fox. He’s such a fun sidekick. Overall, I’m enjoying this series and I’m very interested to see where things go in the third volume. So far, both volumes have left off on a pretty compelling cliffhanger, which leaves me wanting to jump right into the next volume.

Middlewest Book Three by Scottie Young, Jorge Corona, & Jean-François Beaulieu

This is the conclusion to this series. I didn’t know there were only three volumes, but I didn’t mind that much. It was nice that I didn’t have to wait for anymore installments to be released. So, in this final volume, Abel and many other kids have been taken and put to work at an Ethol farm (ethol is the weird green stuff in bottles that we see in the first two volumes). This farm is run by a super not nice guy. Most of this book we are watching Abel and his friends try to figure out a way to escape the farm. But we also get to see other characters, like Maggie and Jeb, as well as Abel’s dad again. We follow what they’re doing as well. Everyone is trying to find Abel, basically. I enjoyed this conclusion. I think it was really fast paced and action packed. The stakes were high for Abel to keep his wind monster powers in check and he mostly succeeded. I think there could definitely be more created from this world, and I hope that we get to see that some day. I liked that there was a reunion between Abel and his father. I think it was really important for Abel to get to say his piece to his dad, finally. Abel’s dad’s growth was really good. I still didn’t like him, but I could appreciate him learning just how wrong he had been. Overall, I really enjoyed this series. It has a great message of breaking patterns, acknowledging and managing your emotions, and found families.

That’s all I read for graphic novels this month. I’m glad I managed to start and finish this series. It was a really enjoyable one with stunning artwork and important themes. What graphic novels did you read this month?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Rereading Books I Loved as a Teenager – Wrap Up

Hi, lovelies! I’m back to wrap up my rereads! If you didn’t see my announcement/TBR post (which you can find here) I have been rereading books that I loved when I was a teenager. On that post, I have a list of the books that will be in this post, but I also listed books I probably won’t ever reread again. I also have books that I reread relatively recently, but before I had the idea for this post, so I shared thoughts on those books in that post. Now, lets get into my thoughts on how my rereading went! There were definitely some surprising hits and some not so surprising misses.

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
This is the only book that was on my original TBR post that I didn’t reread. That’s mostly because I couldn’t find this book at my local library and I wasn’t going to spend money and buy it.

Shadow Falls series by C.C. Hunter
I just reread this entire series. I’ve owned all the books since I read them the first time in 2013. I remember loving them so much because of the creative variety of supernatural species. This follows Kylie who finds out she’s a supernatural. She sees ghosts. She gets sent to a summer camp for ‘troubled kids.’ What her mother doesn’t know is that this is a summer camp for supernaturals, a place for them to learn how to navigate the human world. I liked the concept behind the story and seeing as I read the whole series, I must have enjoyed it a little at least. But there were things I didn’t like. The girls were so catty and bitchy, even the ones that were supposedly best friends. There was growth with this and I appreciated that. I wouldn’t say this is the best supernatural series, but it was definitely entertaining. My review for the first book, Born at Midnight, is linked here.

The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
I reread this via audiobook in February. I think the only reason I made it all the way through the book is because the narrator is Evan Rachel Wood (who I have a huge crush on after watching her in Middlewest). The writing is pretty bad. And somehow, I still remember some of the bigger plot twists from later in the series, so there wasn’t really any mystery for me. I think I might finally be too old for this series. I didn’t have the same emotional connection to the characters. But I will say that I didn’t realize that this series actually has a pretty diverse cast, which was a pleasant surprise.

Evermore by Alyson Noel
This one was a surprise for me. I actually found myself genuinely enjoying this book. I liked Ever. She’s grieving the death of both her parents and her younger sister. But ever since the accident that killed them, she is psychic. She can see auras, hear thoughts, and see her sister’s ghost. She hides underneath oversized hoodies and blocks out the world with her iPod (lol). I think the concept of Ever’s abilities are super cool. She’d found a way to cope that worked for the most part. I did not like Damen at all. Even Ever had bad feelings about their ‘relationship’ but found that she couldn’t say no to him? There was just a lot of icky stuff. I liked the story and the magic aspect, and Ever, but I couldn’t get invested in the relationship at all. I actually did try to continue the series. But at the start of the second book, it’s all about how in love Ever and Damen are and I just couldn’t stay interested in it because I don’t care about their relationship at all.

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
This book was…not good. I didn’t really remember anything about it. I think I was remembering a different book. Hush Hush is full of fat shaming, horrible diet culture, dated references (myspace, dial up internet, etc.), and completely unnecessary girl hate. I really believe that we’ve moved past the need for high school girls hating each other and being cruel and vicious. I know from experience that these people exist, but I think we’re at a point in time that we don’t need to continually see this in fiction. At least, not in the way that it was done in this book. As for the story, I did like that the romance wasn’t insta-love. There was some actual friendship development before anything romantic started. I don’t think I will continue the series. This book wasn’t completely terrible, but it definitely wasn’t good.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
I still really enjoyed this one. I chose to listen to the audiobook, which was certainly an experience. The audiobook is an older one. This is clear with all of the musical sound effects. It took me a bit, but I came to enjoy this narration of the story. I think the story as a whole has held up pretty well for a book that’s 13 years old. I definitely think I liked it less than I did when I read it originally. I think it could more clearly see the the negative things about Katsa, rather than just loving her because she’s strong and has a powerful Grace. I adored Po though. He was my favorite. I liked the politics of the different kingdoms, but the world itself was pretty bland. I’m definitely interested to continue rereading the series. I think the idea of the Graces is an interesting one. I also want to say that I’ve continued rereading the rest of the series and have enjoyed both books two and three. I think Bitterblue is and was my favorite in this series and I’m excited to read the newly published installment.

Evernight by Claudia Gray
According to GoodReads, I rated this book 4 stars. If I were to rate this now, I would probably go with 2.75 stars. I wouldn’t say that I didn’t like it, or that it was a bad book. Because I did enjoy it while I was reading it. I think this book was one of the few that I wasn’t all that excited to reread. I ended being a bit surprised because I honestly was expecting to actively dislike this book. But that wasn’t the case. I don’t totally understand why the author chose to act like the main character (who is our narrator) didn’t know that she was going to a school full of vampires. I think this was a weird choice considering what Bianca is. Even the synopsis makes it seem like Bianca doesn’t know why the school and the students are so intimidating. This felt like a weird choice because when we did find out Bianca’s truth, it felt a bit info-dumpy as she tried to share all of the things she knew about vampires in a few pages. Aside from that, I genuinely had fun reading this one. There were definitely some eye-roll moments. And I am just as much Team Balthazar as I was back in 2009 when I read this for the first time. I just didn’t believe the romance with Lucas because it was a bit of insta-love. Then we got to see her become friends with Balthazar and that was more believable. I’m not sure that I care enough to reread the whole series, but this was a fun experience.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Green has been a favorite author of mine for many years. I read Looking for Alaska in high school and it’s a book that changed me. But I haven’t reread this one since 2013, so I honestly didn’t know how I was going to feel about it. I will say that the review linked with the title of TFIOS is the review I wrote back in 2013, so if you want to see my thoughts from when I was actually still a teenager, it’s there. Now, I’m currently 27 years old, so this book has a pretty different effect on me now. I still really loved this story. I still was easily invested in the romance between Hazel and Augustus. I think the big thing that’s changed for me is that when it comes to YA books I don’t really self insert into the story anymore. So, while I still enjoyed the romance aspect of the story, it wasn’t what I appreciated the most this time. I loved the writing. The banter between Hazel and Gus. But most of all, I liked the the journey. I think because I’m in a different place in my life than I was almost ten years ago, I can appreciate all the things that Hazel learns and experiences in this story. I may not be fangirling over Hazel falling in love, but I can still appreciate the things she goes through. This is still a beautiful story.

Everlost by Neal Shusterman (The Skinjacker Trilogy)
So, to preface, I mistakenly called this book Unwind in my TBR post. The series that I had on my kindle and planned to reread for this is actually the Skinjacker trilogy, which starts with the book titled Everlost. I managed to reread this whole trilogy over Mother’s Day weekend because it was super interesting and I just needed to know how everything ended. I made notes for each book, so I’ll briefly mention them before I talk about the series as a whole. The first book was interesting mostly because of the concept of this in-between place for lost souls. I liked the characters well enough, but I thought the plot was lacking. It felt like the first book was just world building and set up for the rest of the series. The second book is where things started to get really interesting plot wise. The story moves slowly, but it’s very clear that Shusterman placed building blocks, little bits and pieces, that would come back into the story later. This goes for the third book, too. Some of the things we see and learn about in books one and two come back into play for book three. I loved this aspect where we get to see things come full circle. There were a few different romances in this series, I liked all but one of them. I just couldn’t get behind Nick and Mary as romantic interests for one another. I think this was really the only thing I didn’t like about the series. It was there through all three books and I just didn’t find it believable. I did, however, really like Allie and Mikey together, as well as the other couples we see get together. I also want to mention the historical sites that are mentioned and some that play a part in this story. In Everlost, we see the Twin Towers, the Hindenburg airship, In Everwild the characters leave the East Coast and move west across the United States. We get to see the World’s Fair in Chicago and Graceland. The final book we get to see the Alamo and the Trinity Vortex (the site of the first atomic bomb). I think the way that Shusterman included these bits and pieces of history was fascinating and thoughtful. I just overall had a fun time reading this series. It was silly and occasionally ridiculous, but it was also way more serious than I anticipated.

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
When I read this book in 2012, I rated it 4 stars. I am standing by that rating. I’ve seen people compare this book to Throne of Glass, which I can see, except that Poison Study came first. We follow Yelena who is made the Commander’s new food taster rather than being executed. Yelena is a character that has some trauma in her past. But she seems pretty well adjusted. I am also totally here for the romance that develops later in the book between Yelena and the Commander’s chief of security. A good chunk of this book s Yelena learning how to detect poisons and I liked that. I love seeing characters learn new things. But once we’re past this part of the book, things get a lot more political. I also really enjoyed that part of the book. We see Yelena get involved in so many things that she just doesn’t need to be involved in. But also, it’s understandable because of the players that are involved. The Commander of Ixia is a trans man. I cannot speak to this representation, but if you can and you’ve read this, let me know about if you think this is good or bad representation. I enjoyed this book and I’m planning to continue my reread as soon as I’m finished writing this mini-review.

So, that’s all my thoughts on the books I picked up to reread. I’ve read all of these years ago, but it was really fun to revisit them. I was surprised to still actually enjoy some of them and not so surprised about the few that I didn’t enjoy. What books did you love as a teenager that you would consider rereading now?

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 Tome Topple Wrap Up

Hello, lovelies! Today, I just want to share with you how I did for Tome Topple round fourteen. This latest round of Tome Topple was exactly what I needed to get some big books off my TBR. If you missed my TBR post with all the details you can find it here. I’ll share the prompts below and what I read for each of them.

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Tome that’s been on my TBR the longest
I didn’t complete this prompt.

An audiobook tome
The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon
I really like the narrator for this series.

Tome with the most pages
The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon
I am honestly so over this series. But I tackled the shit out of this one.

Seasonally colored cover
Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare
Pretty yellow for the spring time.

Read one tome
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
I’m living for this reread of the Grishaverse.

Tome by a BIPOC author
The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winters
I started this one, but haven’t finished it yet.

Tome in a genre I don’t usually read
Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare
I usually end up loving the historical fiction that I read, but it’s not a genre I often pick up.

Tome from a series I haven’t read in a while
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Literally, all of the books on this list would fit this prompt.

Tome that I started in a previous Tome Topple round
Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare
I think I actually read and completed this book for a previous round of Tome Topple. But I tried to start Chain of Iron and realized I needed to reread this one first.

What did you read for Tome Topple?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Lowest Rated Books on Amanda’s TBR – Wrap Up

Hello, lovelies! I’m back again to wrap up my TBR list of the lowest rated books that I own. You can find that post here. I had fun reading these books, mostly. I think this was a great way for me to get some books off of my TBR and I definitely think I’ll do this again in the future. I think this went way better for me than it did for Michelle @ Michelle Reads YA on YouTube. She read some pretty terrible books, so I’m glad for the inspiration from her video, but even more glad that the books on my list weren’t super terrible. So, let’s get into my mini-reviews!

Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher
Average Rating: 3.21 / 5
My Rating: No Rating
I actually DNF’d this book. There was just something about the two main characters both lying to one another that I really didn’t like. They’re both keeping a secret, leading the other along so they can get a promotion. So, one Jack is trying to get Hannah to break up with him and Hannah is ignoring all the really problematic stuff Jack is doing because she needs him to come to a work event. I didn’t like that at all and didn’t care to see how they figured out the others secret and managed to turn that into a legitimate relationship. The writing was also a bit choppy and I just kept finding myself pulled out of the story. I can see why it has a low rating, but I only read about 160 pages so I will not be rating it. I’m super disappointed by this because it has great representation with a biracial main character.

The Graces by Laure Eve
Average Rating: 3.29 / 5
My Rating: 3 / 5
I didn’t love this book. I bought its sequel so I read that as well and liked it much more. The Graces is a story about a family of witches and while it was mysterious and atmospheric, I just couldn’t find myself caring. The characters were all mostly terrible and I didn’t like them very much. But the dynamics were fascinating. It was so clear that none of these characters were good for one another. When all of them were together bad things happened. I feel like I still don’t totally understand how this book made me feel. I don’t know that I would recommend this, but damn was it a wild ride.

A Sweet Mess by Jayci Lee
Average Rating: 3.47 / 5
My Rating: 4 / 5
I bought this one solely to make sure I had something upcoming for my Books & Baking blog feature (and I definitely have something I will attempt. This book also has actual recipes at the end of the book. So, I might use that one or do the baked good I found in the beginning of the story.) I ended up really enjoying this one. It follows two Asian main characters, one that owns her own bakery and the other is a well known food critic. They have a chance meeting and it ends with a one night stand, but when Landon writes a scathing review of Aubrey’s bakery, she’s gutted. Things sort of go from here. I liked their attraction to one another. The instant attraction isn’t usually something I like, but I think it was done well in this story. I also liked that they tried to fight that attraction. I don’t really want t o spoil anything, but there’s a plot point at the end that I feel unsure about. It’s a trope that I’ve heard many people dislike, but I think it was done well in this book. I didn’t love the third act breakup, but I also didn’t hate it.

The End and Other Beginnings by Veronica Roth
Average Rating: 3.54 / 5
My Rating: No Rating
I didn’t manage to read this one. I’ve tried to pick it up several times since I put it on my TBR for this reading challenge, but I just couldn’t get myself to read it. For now, it’s going to stay on my TBR. It’s a collection of short stories, from my understanding, so I need to be in the right mood to read it. That mood just hasn’t happened for me this month. I’ll probably read it eventually when I need to fill a prompt for a readathon.

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon
Average Rating: 3.61 / 5
My Rating: 4 / 5
I really enjoyed this one. This follows Samiah and Daniel who find themselves working together and also find themselves with an irresistible attraction to one another. I really liked them as a couple. I don’t generally like the secret keeping trope, but I didn’t mind it so much in this one. Daniel is an agent that works for the government uncovering financial crimes. I thought the concept of his job was interesting. But I loved Samiah. She’s a successful and incredibly smart black woman. But she’s less successful with her love life. I could understand why Samiah felt like this was a failing on her part but I liked seeing her get out of that mindset. I loved her new friends. I loved getting to see the friendship grow. I think the trio is an excellent one. I definitely recommend this one.

So, I have to say that I’m disappointed to see so many romance novels on this list. It’s disheartening to see several romances that I really enjoyed being the lowest rated out of the 70+ books that I own on my TBR. Regardless, I thought this was so fun. I think this was a great way to motivate myself to read some books that I was ‘saving’ for absolutely no reason. What are the lowest rated books that you own?

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 2020 Reading Statistics (Year End Wrap Up)

Hello, lovelies! I’m here today with one of my favorite posts that I create every year. My year end wrap up, which is where I share all of the fun graphs and charts that I’ve made with the different bookish information I’ve kept track of all year. This year, only one or two of my graphics are different, I’ve added a new one and combined a few others to made more sense. I read a total of 384 books in 2020. I read in all different formats. I borrow some books (mostly audiobooks, but sometimes ebooks and physical books too) from my local library, as well as getting some arc’s from NetGalley. I love both series and standalone books. I do my best to read a wide variety of genres. I read good books and bad books this past year. That is what these charts and graphs will show you. Let’s start with my monthly breakdown.

This one shows how many books I read in each month for 2020. April was obviously my best month, with October not far behind. July was my worst month. This was partly because I was working more hours at my job and partly because this was when my job (working retail) started to seriously effect my mental health. I’m pretty happy with this, but I think next year I want to try to be a bit more consistent across all twelve months.

I’m not great at math, so according to StoryGraph (my favorite new book tracking website), my all-time average rating is 3.95. This seems pretty accurate and it’s a number that I’m pleased with. StoryGraph allows for whatever half or quarter star rating you want when you rate the book, so next year I will have a more specific average for the whole year. This overall average is down from last year which I think is interesting. I think it’s because I’ve been focusing on reading the books I own, rather than just books I’m excited about. So, I’ve read a few that I didn’t rate very highly.

These are the three different formats that I read in this year. I am not at all surprised by the similarity of eBooks and audiobooks, and I’m very impressed with the amount of physical books that I read. My goal at the start of 2020 was to focus mostly on the physical books that I already own, which as this chart shows, I successfully did. I’m going into 2021 with a similar goal. I made a pretty low (for me) reading goal that’s close to the number of books that I already own (physical books and eBooks). I am actually putting myself on a book buying ban until I get my physical TBR down to around twenty books.

This is one of the charts that I consolidated with another. I was keeping track of my arc’s vs finished copies, and separately, I kept track of owned, library borrows, and Kindle Unlimited borrows. So, while technically I am in possession of all the arc’s I read, I don’t think I’m going to mark those as ‘owned’ books anymore. I’m changing this to more accurately track the comparison between the books I do own versus books I get elsewhere. One big goal I have in 2021 is to read mostly books I own, but I also really want to go back to taking advantage of my Kindle Unlimited subscription. I pay monthly for this and this past year it was really a waste of money. There are many authors I really like that have all their books on KU and I want to catch up on the books I’ve missed by them.

This graph is actually pretty similar to the one I had for last year. I read many new releases this year. I bought quite a few and borrow some from my library. This is one of the graphs that I really want to look different when I make this post next year. I don’t want to get so sucked into the hype of new releases. I want to read mostly the backlist books I own, buy the handful of new releases written by my auto-buy authors, and maybe borrow other new releases from the library. I don’t know how successful I will be, but I’m hoping to make it so this chart looks almost opposite what it does here. Do you read more backlist books or new releases?

This graph marks the page numbers for the books I read in 2020. This one also looks pretty similar to the one from last year. Though, I will say that I read one or two bigger books for each category than I did last year. I have little to say about this one, I’m happy with this. I like long books and short books, so I don’t really foresee this one changing in the future.

Wow, I just checked this one compared to last year. It’s almost identical. I think a part of that is because I’ve been working on really buckling down and finishing the series I’ve started. I successfully finished all the series on my list from 2019, and all the series but two on my list from Blogtober that I hoped to finish before 2021. I plan to reread and start quite a few new series in 2021, so I think this chart will look similar again in my next year end wrap up. Do you read more series or standalone?

This is always the graph I am the most excited to see when I create my end of the year wrap up. Every year, I say I’m going to try to read most widely through the genres. I’m going to branch out and try new things. In 2020, I think I managed to do that more than I ever have in the past. I read more adult books than I have in the past (which is something I really fixated on. I discovered so many new adult fantasy, romance, and science fiction books I read (and still have to read) that I’m very excited about. While I did still read a good amount of young adult book (which you’ll see in my next and final chart) I feel really good about the fact that I read more adult books and more middle grade books. I think I did pretty well reading widely, but I’m going to continue to work on this in 2021. What genre did you read the most of in 2020?

This is one of my favorite charts to see at the end of the year. As I said above, I read mostly young adult again, but I did read more of both middle grade and adult books than I did last year. I am planning to continue that trend into 2021. My owned TBR is pretty evenly half adult and half young adult with a spattering of middle grade. I’m already excited to see what this particular chart will look like for my 2021 wrap up. Some people may say that at 27, I shouldn’t be reading so much young adult but I’ve learned so much about myself this year and some of those young adult books had a huge hand in that. What age range did you read the most of?

So, there we have it. My 2020 year end wrap up, with graphs and charts! I look forward to this post every year and even though it is a lot of work to make all of the images, I had so much fun making them and seeing the final results. If you’re interested in comparing this post to my 2019 wrap up, you can find that post here. Let me know if you’ve made a year end wrap up like this one, I’d love to see it!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.