Amanda’s GoodReads Choice Awards Challenge

Hello, lovelies! This year I’ve decided that I’m going to try to read as many of the nominated books for the 2019 GoodReads Choice Awards (find the voting link here)! I’ve read enough new releases this year that I feel trying to read the ones I haven’t is a more attainable goal than in previous years. So, today I will be sharing all the books I need to read or plan to read. Since I only have five days in this first round (opening round voting is Nov. 5-10), I will be listing those that I wanted to read earlier in the year but didn’t get around to. Let’s start with the first category!

Fiction

Normal People by Sally Rooney

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

There are other books in this category that I’m sure I’ll be interested in but these two are the ones that I have the most excitement toward.

Mystery & Thriller

The Silent Patient by Alex Michealides

I was going to skip this one, but I have The Silent Patient from my aunt so this is a good opportunity to finally read it.

Historical Fiction

I haven’t been able to get through any of the historical fiction I’ve tried to pick up in the last month or so. I will skip this category because I know I won’t finish any of the books, but if I did need to pick on it would be The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo because I’ve heard great things about it.

Fantasy

Of Blood and Bone by Nora Roberts

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty

These are the ones from the list that I already own (or plan to buy) and really want to read. There are a few others I will pick up if I manage to read everything else on the list.

Romance

Honestly, I want to read all of these books. So, I’m going to save this category for last so I have fewer books to choose from with only the finalists left.

Science Fiction

The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders

One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence

The Test by Sylvain Neuvel

To Be Taught if Fortunate by Becky Chambers

This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone

I’ve been loving science fiction this year, but there are so many from previous years that I haven’t gotten to read too many newer releases.

Graphic Novels & Comics

Heartstopper Vol. 2 by Alice Oseman

Paper Girls Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughn

There are a few others on here, but I’d need to catch up on the series and I’m not that ambitious. I will be finishing other graphic novels that I already own to see if I want to submit them for a write-in vote.

Poetry

Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One by Amanda Lovelace

These are the two from this category that I already own. So if I have time and feel like some poetry, I’ll pick them up.

Debut Novel

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

This is the only one I know anything about and have interest in, but I have a few that I want to submit for a write-in vote.

Young Adult Fiction

Frankly in Love by David Yoon

Internment by Samira Ahmed

These are the two I am most excited about for this category. There are others I will probably pick up if they make it to the next round of voting.

Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction

The Toll by Neal Shusterman

Supernova by Marissa Meyer

Finale by Stephanie Garber

I am going to buy the first later today and the second is being delivered tomorrow. I am excited for all three on this list.

Middle Grade & Children’s

The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan

There have been so many great middle-grade books this year, it’ll be hard to choose for this one.

There are a few categories that I will not be participating in because I just have no interest in them. They are as follows: Horror, Humor, History & Biography, Science & Technology, Food & Cookbooks, and Picture Books. I just don’t read these categories, so I’m not going to put myself through that.

So, five days to read all these books? Very unlikely.  But I will be back in five days to give an update on my progress. This list might change as we make it through the voting rounds because I’m sure some won’t make it and others will need to be added to this list.  I’m excited to get started. Let me know below if you’ve read any of these or if you’ll be voting!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Blogtober Day Twenty-Six: Would You Rather Book Tag

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Hello, friends! Antonia & I have been tagged by the always lovely Avhlee @ Tea Cups and Torn Pages for the Would You Rather Book Tag. This seems like a fun and easy post to add to our blogtober lineup. So, here we go!

Read only standalones or trilogies?

Amanda- At the moment, standalones. I’m having trouble getting into any fantasies I pick up, so series are mostly off the table for me right now.

Antonia- I like both for so many reasons depending on my mood.

Read only female or male authors?

Amanda- I’m all for females supporting females, but some of my favorite books are by men.

Antonia- I honestly don’t pay attention to whether an author is male or female but I do tend to pick up more female authors.

Shop at Barnes & Nobel or Amazon?

Amanda- Barnes and Nobel. I try not to use Amazon if I can help it.

Antonia- Agreed^^ Though I’ve been trying not to buy books lately.

All books become movies or T.V. shows?

Amanda- T.V. shows. I love movies, but I’m a sucker for a great t.v. adaptation.

Antonia- TV. It’s so much easier to include all the little book details I want included.

Read five pages per day or five books per week?

Amanda- Five books each week. That’s about what I read currently.

Antonia- I wish I still read five books a week but I’m definitely closer to five pages a day right now.

Be a professional reviewer or author?

Amanda- Becoming a published author is my dream.

Antonia- Author

Only read your top twenty favorite books over and over or always read new books you haven’t read before?

Amanda- Always read new books.

Antonia- Top twenty.

Be a librarian or bookseller?

Amanda- Librarian. I would love to support authors, but helping kids find books they are going to love would be so fulfilling.

Antonia- Librarian sounds like so much fun.

Only read your favorite genre or any genre except for your favorite?

Amanda- Tough…every genre but my favorite.

Antonia- Uhhh.. I’m not sure I have a favorite right now so this one’s hard. I’ll pick every genre but my favorite too.

Read only physical books or eBooks?

Amanda- Ebooks because If I  had to only read physical books I wouldn’t be able to read as much as I do.

Antonia- Much as I like eBooks, I still much prefer physical books.

That’s all for the questions today friends! Feel free to consider yourself tagged if you’d like to participate in this one! Or you can leave your answers in the comments.

Blogtober Day Ten: Hocus Pocus Book Tag

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Hi, lovelies! Antonia and I are here with another fun Spooktober themed book tag. Who doesn’t love Hocus Pocus? This movie is a total classic and I was excited to see that it has its own book tag. It’s the perfect post for Blogtober. I found this tag over at Romance Book Binge. Let’s get to it!

A great trilogy

Amanda- One of the best trilogies I’ve read this year so far was definitely the Book of the Ancestor trilogy by Mark Lawrence.

Antonia- One that I’ve been most excited about recently is the Chronicles of the One trilogy by Nora Roberts. The first two books were amazing and the last comes out in December. I. Can’t. Wait.

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Winifred Sanderson: A book with a truly evil female villain.

Amanda- All I’m going to say is House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig.

Antonia- The first one that comes to mind since I’m rereading it is Levana from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. She’s definitely a little crazy.

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Sarah Sanderson: A book that uncannily attracts children.

Amanda- Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chockshi is a great middle grade series that I want everyone to read.

Antonia- The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis was one of my parent’s favorites, one of my favorites and now my nephew loves them too.

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Mary Sanderson: A book that is just plain silly.

Amanda- I laughed all the way through The Disasters by M.K. England.

Antonia- The BFG by Roald Dahl is by far the silliest book I’ve read.

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Max: A book that is trying really hard to be cool, but doesn’t always succeed.

Amanda- The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Antonia- The House of Night series by P.C. and Kristin Cast were equal parts interesting storyline and too much teenage angst.

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Dani: A book that isn’t afraid to tell it like it is.

Amanda- I just finished this one and adored it. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro.

Antonia- Crank by Ellen Hopkins. It was the first book I was introduced to that didn’t sugarcoat things like drugs and teenage pregnancy.

Binx: A book series that just won’t die.

Amanda- Welll, I’m currently rereading the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. So, I think that’s pretty fitting.

Antonia- Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James is one I wish disappeared into a black hole forever ago.

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Ice: A book with a character that’s dumb as a rock.

Amanda- Scam from the Zeroes trilogy by Scott Westerfeld, Deborah Biancotti, & Margo Lanagan. He gets it together, eventually.

Antonia- Winter from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer is one who definitely isn’t all there but eventually you learn it’s less her being stupid and more that she’s just crazy.

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The Black Flame Candle: A book or series you wish you could resurrect.

Amanda- I actually sort of am resurrecting this series. I just found The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa and borrowed it from Antonia. So, I’m hoping to reread these soon.

Antonia- The Age of X series by Richelle Mead. As far as I can tell this series is never going past book two because of low sales and that really pisses me off.

Headless Billy Butcherson: A book that’s not as bad as people make it out to be.

Amanda- Again, but Better by Christine Riccio. I know this book has flaws, but I liked it anyway.

Antonia- Beastly by Alex Flinn. I think the terrible movie had an adverse affect on peoples opinions of the book.

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Winifred Sanderson’s Spell Book: A book with a mind of its own.

Amanda- The Disasters by M.K. England

Antonia- The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

Garry Marshall: A book with a cameo.

Amanda- I actually recently buddy read Hope and Other Punchlines by Julie Buxbaum. She totally made a reference to another one of her books (Tell Me Three Things) which totally made me laugh.

Antonia- Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. I don’t remember exactly which books but a couple of them make subtle references to the Kane Chronicles and vice versa.

That’s all the questions for this one! We loved this tag, it was so fun to think of books for these questions. Now we’re off to watch some Hocus Pocus of course.

Now, we shall tag some lovely bloggers to also participate!

 

 

Blogtober Day Two: Are You Ready For Sweater Weather?

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Hi, lovelies! Antonia and I are going to do our best to participate in Blogtober this month. So we’re kicking off the month with the Autumn book tag: Are you ready for sweater weather? We were tagged by the always wonderful Avhlee @ Tea Cups and Torn Pages. Without further delay, the questions!

1. Hot Chocolate: What is your comfort book?

Amanda- Looking for Alaska by John Green, for sure. I just get all the feels.

Antonia- I feel like I have so many but probably The Obsidian Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory.

2. Pumpkin Carving: What is your favorite creative outlet?

Amanda- I like to write when I can find the time.

Antonia- This one’s tough because I love creative things but I’m not actually all that creative. So I love to crochet and paint and craft but the results never come out the way I want them to.

3. Falling Leaves: Changes that appear bad but you secretly love?

Amanda- The seasons. I complain about them changing but actually love it.

Antonia- I definitely have to agree with Amanda on this one.

4. Pumpkin Spiced Latte: Something you love that others tend to judge?

Amanda- Reading? Hah, most people don’t read like I do.

Antonia- Well my husband likes to judge the shows I watch but really he secretly likes them too.

5. Bonfire Night: What makes you explode with joy?

Amanda- Family and friends. I just got to see the wonderful Antonia for the first time in almost a year, and that made me explode with joy.

Antonia- ^Agreed. Seeing Amanda and her perfect baby, and all my nieces, nephews and siblings that I don’t get to see too often because I live on the other side of the country. I can’t think of anything better.

6. Fright Night: Favorite scary film or book?

Amanda- I do not like scary things at all. So, pass.

Antonia- Nope! I guess Stranger Things cause it’s definitely a little spooky but I love it.

7. Halloween Candy: Favorite thing to eat?

Amanda- Kit-Kat minis.

Antonia- Dark chocolate.

8. Scarves: Your must-have accessory?

Amanda- …A book? I don’t go anywhere without one.

Antonia- Hmm.. I guess just my jewelry. I never take my rings off and hardly ever change my necklace or earrings.

9. Fire: A book or film that burns your soul?

Amanda- The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow. I read this recently and I just can’t stop thinking about it. The story drew me in and blew me away at the same time.

Antonia- Most recently I think Skyward by Brandon Sanderson did this for me. This book gave me all the feelings.

10. Toffee Apples: A book or film that seems one thing but really has a different inside?

Amanda- The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes. This book seemed to be a fun mystery with two kind of weird kids. But it turned out to be so much more than that.

Antonia- His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman. This seems like just a middle grade fantasy story but has some more serious themes mixed in that really make you think, even as an adult.

That’s all we have for you today folks! The Are You Ready For Sweater Weather? Book Tag has been fun! Hope you all enjoyed this post! Feel free to do it and say we tagged you!

Amanda’s Fierce Female Reads TBR List

Hi, lovelies! I’m here today to share my second TBR list for this month. I’m participating/hosting in Fierce Female Reads February and with that, there is the Fierce Female Readathon. We have come up with a few fun challenges to create TBR’s filled with fierce females.

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Read the group book

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Read a book with girl/female/woman in the title

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

Read a book written by a woman of color

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Read a fierce female recommendation from the book community

A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Read a nonfiction book written by or featuring a fierce female
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read a book based off a woman in history

The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict

Read a book with a fierce female leading a resistance 

The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

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These are the books I’m going to be reading for the Fierce Female Readathon. What books are you going to read?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Don’t forget to use the hashtags #FierceFemaleReadathon #FierceFemaleReadsFebruary and #FierceFemaleFridays and tag Ashley and me in your posts! You can find me on Twitter, Instagram and/or GoodReads to keep up to date with any announcements and see what I’m reading!

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Amanda’s Contemporary-A-Thon TBR List

Hi, lovelies! I’m sure you’re thinking,  “Amanda, how can you have any contemporary books left to read after Contemporary January?” And yet, I still have plenty of books to participate in this fabulous readathon hosted by Chelsea Dolling ReadsNatasha @ My Reading is OddJulie @ Pens and Pages, and Melanie @ Mel to the Any. This readathon will be happening starting Monday, February 11th through Sunday, February 17th.

There are seven challenges for contemporaryathon. I have picked a book for each challenge because I’m always overly ambitious. The challenges and the books I have chosen are as follows.

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Read the most recent contemporary book you purchased/acquired

Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Read a book with blurple (blue or purple lol) on the cover

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Read a diverse contemporary (keeping in mind that it is Black History Month!)

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Read a dark/emotional/hard-hitting contemporary

A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti

Read a contemporary that you meant to read in 2018 but didn’t

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

Read a contemporary in a non-traditional format 

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Read a contemporary with some sort of picture on the spine

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

These are the books on my TBR list for Contemporary-A-Thon! I’m going to do my best to read all of them, but who knows what will happen. Are you going to participate in this readathon? What will you be reading?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Favorite Fierce Females

Hi, lovelies! I’m here today to share with you some of my absolute favorite fierce females in fiction. All month long we will be talking about fierce females thanks to Ashley @ Falling Down the Book Hole for putting together and hosting Fierce Female Reads February. For my addition to this topic, I’m making this list of my favorite kick-ass (sometimes even scary) females that are fierce af. I’m going to not to get a little too crazy with this list because I have read so many books that feature powerful women. I am definitely a fan of strong women and it’s something I try to look for when getting into a new story or series. This list will be in no particular order, just some ladies that I love!

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Lula from The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich
Lula is a fabulous and fierce lady that has a crazy style and doesn’t care what anyone says unless you call her fat. Then she will without a doubt end your life. Lula is funny and fabulous and loves herself and lets everyone know it.

Tea from The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
Tea is one of those fierce females that is actually a little scary. Her story goes back and forth between past and present as it tells us the story of the events leading up to the present time. In the present, Tea is more powerful than anyone in the world and not afraid to burn it down to prove her point. I CANNOT wait for the third and final book to come out this year to see how Tea’s story ends.

Raisa ana’Marianna from The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima
This is the series that really pulled me into the fantasy genre. Raisa is the future Queen of a queendom that is at war. She takes some time to grow into a fully fierce queen, but she fights for what she knows is right, she doesn’t. back down, and she’s not afraid to sacrifice for her loved ones.

Alyssa ana’Raisa from The Shattered Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima
Alyssa is the daughter of the character listed above, so obviously, ferocity runs in the family. Alyssa feels that she is not cut out to be Queen. She would much rather lead her own squad in the queendoms army. The battlefield is where she feels at home, with a sword in her hand fighting in defense of her home. I love Alyssa. She’s funny and passionate and strong. You will love her too after reading this series.

Evelyn Hugo from Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Hank Green
This is a woman not afraid to do anything and everything she needs to in order to reach her goals and to get what she wants. She was unashamed of who she is and definitely fits the title of fierce.

Katy & Hannah from The Illuminae Files by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
These two ladies kicked ass and took names to save a whole buttload of people. Katy, the computer genius, took over and did her best to save all of the people, without anyone even knowing what she was doing. Hannah, a fighting machine from being raised by her military father. I loved every page of her kicking ass and saving a ship full of people.

Feyre, Morrigan, & Armen from A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas
I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t include these ladies. Armen is more terrifying than fierce, but she counts. She’s our favorite secret weapon. Mor is another favorite. She’s sassy, witty, and doesn’t take anyone’s shit. And Feyre, originally a timid girl just trying to keep food on the table for her family, she transforms into a fierce female that isn’t afraid to stand up for what’s right and what she believes in.

Celeana & Aelin from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I can’t mention ACOTAR and not mention these ladies. An assassin who is the best at what she does AND is obsessed with pretty dresses? Yes, please. A Queen with firepower from a goddess that could destroy the world? Double yes.

Katniss from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Katniss is an oldie, but a goodie. She proves again and again that she’s not to be underestimated. She’s an old favorite for sure.

Isabelle from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
Isabelle is one of my favorite characters in this series and I’m patiently waiting for her to get her own series filled with adventures and everything she deserves. She kicks ass and looks great while doing it.

Paige Mahoney from The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
She’s ultra powerful and wants to use those powers for survival, but only until she realizes the things that are really going on in her city. That’s when the fierce comes out and she starts to do what she needs to do the right thing.

Hermione from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Smart, clever, and knows how to use her wand. This is a girl I’d want by my side for sure. And when she punches Draco? Iconic.

Peyton Rios from Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia
Peyton was a character that I absolutely adored. Dealing with abuse from her ex-boyfriend she never backs down in fighting for herself and her reputation. She doesn’t let anyone tell her she’s wrong or lying. I loved how strong and brave she was despite the horrible things she was dealing with.

Adelina Amouteru from The Young Elites by Marie Lu
She is at her fiercest in the second and third books after she’s learned how to use her powers. Things get crazy and Adelina shows that she isn’t one to back down and she will fight to the death for those she loves.

Charlotte Branwell from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
Charlotte was one of my favorite characters from the TID series. She’s in charge of the institute which was unheard of in this time period. She stays breaking genre stereotypes and I loved her for it.

Nina Zenik from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Nina is proud and fierce and unapologetic about it despite what many think of Griesha. She kicks ass and takes names. She’s loyal to those that she cares about. Nina is by far my favorite of the Ketterdam squad.

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Who are your favorite fierce females in literature? Let me know down below!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #FierceFemaleReadsFebruary and #FierceFemaleFridays and tag Ashley and me in your posts! You can find me on Twitter, Instagram and/or GoodReads to keep up to date with any announcements and see what I’m reading!

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