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.

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

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

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

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

Approvals I’ve Read

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Approvals on my TBR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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

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

Amanda’s 2021 Wrap Up & 2022 Blogging Goals

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

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

Antonia’s 2021 Wrap Up & 2022 Blogging Goals

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

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

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

#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.

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.