Blogtober Day Eight: Halloween Creatures Book Tag

It’s been a while since we’ve done a book tag here, but Blogtober is the perfect opportunity for a new and fun one. There are a bunch of great ones out there for Halloween but we liked this one the best. Let’s get right into it!

Rules

  1. Answer all prompts.
  2. Answer honestly.
  3. Tag 1-13 people.
  4. Link back to this post.
  5. Remember to credit the creator. (Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward)
  6. Have fun!

Witch: A magical character or book

Amanda- The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I read this in August and I still can’t stop thinking about it. It was so many stories within one story that all connected to one another. The writing was beautiful. Plus, it’s about a magic library world.

Antonia- The Dark Witch by Nora Roberts. We all know how much I love Nora, particularly when she gets into magic. I love how in depth this book gets into the magic aspect.

Werewolf: The perfect book to read at night

Amanda- Literally any book. I don’t save specific books only to read a certain time. It’s more about format for me. Ebooks and audiobooks at night in bed and physical reading during the day.

Antonia- I also don’t have specific books that I read during different situations.

Frankenstein: A book that truly shocked you

Amanda- Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power. The twist at the end was wild. I know some saw it coming, but it was way weirder than what I predicted.

Antonia- Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. I had many problems with this book but the twist at the end was so good. I couldn’t believe it.

The Devil: A dark or evil character

Amanda- Lada from The Conquerer’s Saga by Kiersten White. She’s not evil, but she will do literally anything to reach her goals and I love her for it.

Antonia- The Darkling from The Shadow and Bone trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. He’s one of the villains we love to hate. He’s just so well written throughout the entire series.

Grim Reaper: A character that shouldn’t have died

Amanda- Without spoiling anything, I will say that a certain adult from These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling didn’t have to die and I’m still seriously mad about it.

Antonia- The thirteen from Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas. This scene killed me. Even the second time I read it, I bawled like a baby.

Zombie: A book that made you hungry for more

Amanda- The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin. I read this trilogy in like four days because I just needed to know the whole story.

Antonia- I always want more of my favorite characters. The Age of X series by Richelle Mead is a big one for me though because she never continued the series after book two.

Gargoyle: A character you would protect at all costs

Amanda- All of my babies from The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman except Justin. I literally don’t care about him.

Antonia- Blue from This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El Mohtar and Max Gladstone. Not that she needs protecting from anyone but I just love her so much.

Vampire: A book that sucked the life out of you

Amanda- Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust. This story sucked me in and wouldn’t let me go until I got to the end. I got lost in this story, so deeply invested in the characters and their goals.

Antonia- Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa. This series pulled me in so hard and gave me so many feelings. I can’t wait to read the last book.

Ghost: A book that still haunts you

Amanda- For this one, I tried to make sure to pick a book that I read before 2020 because I’ve read some great books this year that I can’t stop thinking about. So, I have a few. Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin, Ashlords by Scott Reintgen, and Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro are some from last year that I still have on my mind often.

Antonia- Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima. I vaguely remember finishing this book but can’t make myself read the rest of the series because I still can’t get over what happened at the beginning. I’m devastated.

Demon: A book that really scared you

Amanda- The Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab. There were many moments that had me nail biting and gripping the pages in fear for the characters.

Antonia- I don’t read many spooky books because I’m a wuss but when we were teenagers Amanda and I read The Devouring by Simon Holt and that series gave me nightmares.

Skeleton: A character you have a bone to pick with

Amanda- Dara, freaking Dara, from the Daevabad trilogy by S.A. Chakraborty. He was one of my favorites in the first book, but by book three he was not on that list anymore. I was happy with how his story ended, but I wanted more from him.

Antonia- Evie’s mom from The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I mean come on! Every choice she made just caused so many problems.

Mummy: A book you would preserve through time

Amanda- I hate to repeat books on these things, but I have to say The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern again. I think this book will be loved for many years to come.

Antonia- Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. Honestly these books are just so well written, especially for children’s books. I love everything about them.

Creepy Doll: A cover too scary to look at

Amanda- There are two books and neither of them are out yet. Horrid by Katrina Leno and Blessed Monsters by Emily A. Duncan.

Antonia- Since I don’t read anything remotely close to horror, I don’t have any book covers that creep me out.

The Monster Mash – It’s fun to be with friends on Halloween! Tag your friends here:

Alana @ The Bookish Chick

Avhlee @ Tea Cups and Torn Pages

Ari @ Bookish Valhalla

Book Tag – Mid Year Book Freak Out

Best book you’ve read so far in 2020 – 

Amanda: This was really hard because I’ve read quite a few books this year that have become new favorites, but I’m going to go with There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool.

Antonia: Hideaway by Nora Roberts. I always love Nora’s books and this one was no exception.

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020 – 

Amanda: Okay, I have three and I have to mention all three because none of them are talked about on the parts of the internet that I participate in. The Life Below by Alexandra Monir was incredible and I can’t wait for the third book. Dark Skies by Danielle L. Jensen is another because this is the second book, but can also be read interchangeably with the first because the stories are happening at the same time and that is just incredible to me. The third is A Kingdom for a Stage by Heidi Heilig. No one ever talks about Heilig’s books but they are so diverse and incredible and more people need to love them.

Antonia: This one’s difficult because so many of the books I’ve read this year have been rereads or standalones. If I had to pick I’d say To Light A Candle by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory. I talk about my love for this trilogy a lot but the second is always my favorite.

New release you haven’t read yet but want to – 

Amanda: Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe by Carlos Hernandez. I don’t know why I haven’t picked this up yet because I own it and I’m so excited to read it.

Antonia: Love, Jacaranda by Alex Flinn. I’ve been struggling to pick this one up but I always love Flinn’s books so I know I’ll like it.

Most anticipated release for the second half of 2020 – 

Amanda: The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty.

Antonia: Seven Devils by Laura Lam and Elizabeth May.

Biggest disappointment – 

Amanda: A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer. I’m just going to pretend the first book in this series is a standalone because this sequel was all kinds of wrong.

Antonia: The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I was so annoyed by the characters throughout the whole book, I don’t think I’ll be reading the rest of the series.

Biggest Surprise – 

Amanda: A friend recommended Rules for Being a Girl by Candice Bushnell & Katie Cotugno. It’s a new all-time favorite because I loved literally every aspect. It takes place in the state I grew up and is feminist in all the best ways.

Antonia: This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El Mohtar and Max Gladstone. I knew I would like it because of how highly Amanda recommended it but it was nothing like I was expecting. The writing style was so unique.

Favorite new author – 

Amanda: Roshani Chokshi. In previous years I’d only read her Aru Shah series, but this year I’ve read all of the rest of her published books. I seem to love each more than the last and I’m very eager to read The Slivered Serpents when it’s published later this year.

Antonia: I haven’t really read any new authors this year so far, I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump.

Newest fictional crush – 

Amanda: Morgan from This Coven Won’t Break by Isabel Sterling. We really got to see more of Morgan and Hannah’s relationship in this sequel. Morgan was 100% my favorite character in this book and I would date her in a heartbeat.

Antonia: It’s kind of an old crush but I have to choose Rowan from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas.

Newest favorite character – 

Amanda: Cal from The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper. He’s got goals and doesn’t let anyone (not even NASA or Star Watch) get in the way of those. He also made some really great friends and very obviously took new information and grew from it.

Antonia: Blue from This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El Mohtar and Max Gladstone. I love Red as well but Blue was definitely my favorite.

Book that made you cry – 

Amanda: Probably all of them. But some examples, Allegedly by Tiffany  D. Jackson, Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo, Internment by Samira Ahmed, Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa, and House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas just to name a few.

Antonia: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas. I will never not cry at the end of this series.

Book that made you happy – 

Amanda: The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams, Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore, Save the Date by Morgan Matson, You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson, The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai, and Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert.

Antonia: All of them? I guess I’d have to choose The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. It’s one of my all-time favorites.

Favorite book to movie adaptation this year – 

Amanda: I haven’t actually seen any this year but a few I plan to watch because I’ve read the books finally are The Hate U Give and Crazy Rich Asians. I’m also excited for the final season of  The 100 and the upcoming Shadow and Bone Netflix series.

Antonia: I actually haven’t seen any this year either.

Favorite review you wrote this year – 

Amanda: I don’t think I have one, I think my reviews have been pretty average so far this year.

Antonia: I haven’t written any reviews this year.

Most beautiful book you’ve bought this year – 

Amanda: This is hard because the book covers this year have been absolutely stunning. Here are a few I love, Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo, Dark Shores & Dark Skies by Danielle L. Jensen, The Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman, and This Coven Won’t Break by Isabel Sterling.

Antonia: I’ve been really good about not buying books this year because my TBR is so long but the couple covers I’m most looking forward to coming out this year are To Sleep in A Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini and Among the Beasts and Briars by Ashley Poston.

What books do you NEED to read before the end of the year – 

Amanda: I’ve been working really hard to get my physical TBR down to under 50 books (and I’m doing pretty well). But more specifically I’d like to read all of Rick Riordan’s books and a few other series that have been completed but I haven’t finished.

Antonia: My entire winter TBR that I’ve barely touched this year.

Anyone reading this that thinks it would be fun to do, consider yourself tagged, and feel free to tag us in your post.

Amanda’s 2019 Superlative Awards (Book Tag)

Hi, lovelies. A few months ago, I saw a tweet that said something like “forget the ‘best of’ lists of the year. Give me a list of those HS awards but for books.” So, I’m here to do that for you. I’ve been thinking about how to do this since I saw the tweet and I think the best way (and most fun!) is going to be to make this a book tag. It’ll be the most fun and the best way for others to be able to participate too!

Rules: 

  1. Tag me as the original creator
  2. Choose from either all the books you read in 2019 or only 2019 releases.
  3. Most importantly, have fun!

Best All Around: You’re number one favorite book of the year.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow, not that this is new information to anyone that’s been too this blog before.

Biggest Flirt: Newest or favorite book boyfriend of 2019.

Definitely Taavin from the Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles series by Elise Kova. I absoltely adore the bizarre love story of Taavin and Vi.

Class Clown: Sillest/most goofy/funniest book of 2019.

The Disasters by M.K. England was an easy choice. These disaster kids were hilarious and I loved them.

Cutest Couple: Favorite bookish couple of the year. 

Ohhh, this was a tough one. But I’m going with Alyssa ana’Raisa (Lyss) and Halston (Hal). They’re from the Shattered Realms by Cinda Williams Chima. I was sad to see this series come to an end this year, but adored this couple.

Most Likely to Succeed: Mosted hyped book you read in 2019. 

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. I gave this five stars. I think it deserved the hype, but I know many others did not.

Best Celebrity Lookalike: Favorite book based off of another story (fairytale/mythological/classics, etc.)

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig. The 12 Dancing Princesses is my second favorite fairytale. But this book took it to a dark place I never could have imagined. It was everything I wanted and more.

Best Dressed: Most appealing book cover of the year.

I’m going to try really hard to pick a book that isn’t House of Salt and Sorrows or The Ten Thousand Doors of January because those are two of my favorites for the year, but I’ve already used them.

With these two out of the running for this category, I’m tied between Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds and Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee. See the covers below and let me know which you like better.

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Tallest & Shortest: Share the longest & the shortest books you read this year. 

This answer is accoring to GoodReads becasue I’m entirely too lazy to actually figure it out myself

Longest: Air Awakens (Kindle Boxed Set) by Elise Kova (1,758 pages)

Shortest: The Clouds Beyond Us by Rahf Alrashidi (110 pages)

Best Clique: Share your favorite friend squad you read about.

Chronicles of the One by Nora Roberts. I read this whole series this year and there is an adult squad and their kids that we get to see and eventually become their own squad. I loved the dynamics and how clear their love for one another was.

Most Likely to Survive the Hunger Games: Share the character(s) you read about this year that you think would do well in the world of the Hunger Games. 

I read Percy Jackson and the Olympians series for the first time this year and I really think Percy & Annabeth would succeed, by skill or luck.

Best/Worst Plot Twist: What did you read that had a really great or really horrible plot twist?

I’m going to go with a series I just read in December. This Mortal Coil and This Cruel Design both had some plot twists I did not see coming and I loved it.

Best/Worst Swearing: What did you read that had great or terrrible use of swearing?

For best, I’m definitely going to go with the graphic novel series The Wicked + The Divine becasue they use swears frequently and creatively. I loved it.

For worst, I’m sad to say Ace of Shades and King of Fools. Amanda Foody made her own swears up and they were very jarring at first.

Series: Best/worst second or concluding book in a series. 

For worst, I have two novels that are both conclusions to series. Queen of Nothing  by Holly Black and Finale by Stephanie Garber. Both of these books had events in the first half that seemed to completely invalidate the big twists of the second books.

Best will have to be Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence. The third book was excellent as well. The series just got better and better.

Most likely to become a classic: What book has the potential to become a modern classic?

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers has potential to leave a legacy similar to LOTR in my opinion.

Tagging to play:

Alana @ The Bookish Chick

Avhlee @ Teacups and Torn Pages

Kim @ Whimsical Mama

Kelly @ Struggling Bookaholic

Rae & Jen @ Novels and Notions

Jess @ Jessica C Writes

Elley @ Elley the Book Otter

What books would you choose to ‘nominate’ for the bookish superlatives of 2019? I’d love to know your answers so fill this out and link back to this post!

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Blogmas Day Nine: Harry Potter Christmas Book Tag

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Hello bookish people! Blogmas is one of the best times of the year for book tags because there are just so many fun Christmas and holiday themed ones to do. So, of course we had to do the Harry Potter Christmas Tag. This tag was created last year by Charleigh @ Charleigh Writes. There are a few rules she’s created to go along with this tag, so let’s go over them before we get into the questions.

Rules:
1. Link back to Charleigh so she can read your answers!
2. You can’t choose Harry Potter for any of the answers.
3. Tag however many people at the end
4. Have fun!

It’s your first Christmas at Hogwarts. What’s one book you’ve asked for this year?

Amanda- The collectors edition of Crooked Kingdom. It’s stunning.

Antonia- Starsight by Brandon Sanderson.

You spot Hagrid hauling the Christmas tree through the grounds. What is the longest (or heaviest!) book you own?

Amanda- Without looking, I’d guess The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon.

Antonia- I think it’s my copy of The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. It’s the entire series in one book.

It’s time for the famous Great Hall feast. What’s one book you can’t read without snacks?

Amanda- All books. I love to snack while I read.

Antonia- I’m also always snacking.

Well done, you’ve brewed your first Polyjuice Potion. What’s one book you’d change the cover of?

Amanda- The Vampire Academy series. I hate book covers with faces on them.

Antonia- Ooh, there’s so many. I’ll choose the Bloodlines series because I agree with Amanda.

You receive a brand new Firebolt for Christmas. What’s one book you read super quickly?

Amanda- All of Lynsay Sands Argeneau romance novels. They’re so fun and I can never stop until I’ve read it in one sitting.

Antonia- I really don’t read very fast. I guess I tend to go through Nora Roberts’ books quickly though. Even when rereading I get so invested in her characters.

You join Harry for his first proper Christmas. What’s one book you’d love to receive this year?

Amanda- Honestly, I’d love for someone to surprise me with a book they loved that I’ve never heard of.

Antonia- I like Amanda’s idea. Surprise presents are the best way to find books outside your usual niche.

You get hit by one of Fred and George’s flying snowballs. What’s a book you wanted to throw across the room?

Amanda- The Dragon Republic becasue it used addiction as a plot device and I was pissed.

Antonia- Ogre Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. It’s been awhile since I’ve been so disappointed by a book ending.

You’ve just visited Hogsmead for the first time. What’s one popular book you haven’t read yet?

Amanda- Lots? But I’m going to list a graphic novel for this one, Heartstopper Vol 1 by Alice Oseman.

Antonia- Oh wow. So many. Divergent by Veronica Roth comes to mind.

Congratulations! You’ve been invited to the Yule Ball. What book about Christmas do you love?

Amanda- If I was allowed to use the Harry Potter books for this book tag, I would use them here. But since I can’t, instead I’ll name The Polar Express. 

Antonia- Hmm, I don’t read a lot of Christmas books.

You find Ron’s deluminator. What’s one book that’s helped you through dark times?

Amanda- Looking for Alaska by John Green. It’s a book that came to me right when I needed the message it shared.

Antonia- The Obsidian Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory.

We tag:

Alana @ The Bookish Chick

Kelly @ Struggling Bookaholic

Blogmas Day Four: End of the Year Book Tag

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Hello bookish friends! Blogmas, of course, means getting a few book tag posts up for the month. They’re always a fun time, especially the end of the year ones. This tag was originally created by Ariel Bissett, but we found it on Bookbinder Way. Let’s get into it!

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

Amanda- I have picked up, read a few pages, and put down a couple books. I don’t know that I’m planning to read them before the end of the year but I’ll list a couple. Archenemies by Marissa Meyer, The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern, The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon,

Antonia- Definitely a few. Inheritance by Christopher Paolini is the main one. I got several chapters into it and just haven’t been able to convince myself to pick it up since.

Do you have an autumnal book to transition to the end of the year?

Amanda- Nothing specific. I tend to read a lot of romance going into the holiday season. I’m all about those feel-good reads.

Antonia- Not really, I bounce around between genres so much. I’m currently reading a scifi series, an adult dystopian series, and a children’s fantasy series.

Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

Amanda- Waiting to release, no. Waiting to buy/arrive in the mail, yes. The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts and Starsight by Brandon Sanderson are the two highest on my priority list at the moment.

Antonia- I’m also (im)patiently waiting for Starsight by Brandon Sanderson. I made the mistake of putting it on my Christmas list so now I’ll have to wait for the holiday to read it.

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

Amanda-

The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts
These Divided Shores by Sara Raasch

Antonia-

The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts
Starsight by Brandon Sanderson
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?

Amanda- It’s a very likely possibility. There are tons of potential five star reads on my TBR.

Antonia- I definitely have very high hopes for The Rise of Magicks and Starsight but I wouldn’t say they’d shock me because I fully expect to love them both.

Have you already started making reading plans for 2020?

Amanda- Yes. In 2020, I want to focus on my physical TBR and take a step back from social media. Not the blog, but twitter and Instagram and the like.

Antonia- No. I barely have an actual plan for reaching my book goal by the end of the year.

We tag anyone that feels like doing this one!

Amanda’s GoodReads Choice Awards Challenge – Final Round

Hi, lovelies! I’m back today with the final nominees for the GoodReads Choice Awards. I will only be going through the categories I will be voting in, or will be deciding between more than one book to vote for. I’ve been having fun with this, the pressure to catch up on the series I’ve fell behind on has been motivating. Let’s get into it.

Fantasy

Read:

Of Blood and Bone by Nora Roberts
The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

TBR:

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

Romance

Read:

Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

TBR:

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center
The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves
The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

Science Fiction

Read:

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

TBR:

The Test by Sylvain Neuvel

Graphic Novels

Read:

Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia & Gabriel Picolo

TBR:

Heartstopper Vol. 2 by Alice Oseman

Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction

Read:

Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff & Aime Kaufman
The Toll by Neal Shusterman
Wilder Girls by Rory Power
The Wicked King by Holly Black
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
Finale by Stephanie Garber

TBR:

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Middle Grade

Read:

Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi
Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

TBR:

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix

So, I have around two weeks to read twelve books. Will it happen? Who knows. But I’m going to try! Some books are higher on my priority list and I will make sure to get to them first. Have you read any of the nominees? Share with me below which you think you might vote for!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda’s GoodReads Choice Awards Challenge – Update

Hi, lovelies! I’ve been making pretty good progress on reading the books nominated for the  GoodReads  Choice Awards. I’ve had to play catch up for a few series, but I still think I’ve been getting to a few books that I definitely should have read by now. I’m just going to talk about the categories that I’ve read books from. I will create a new post when the final nominees are released with which books I’ve already read from the categories and which I hope to get to before voting ends.

Fantasy

Year One by Nora Roberts
I have finished Year One and will be starting Of Blood and Bone later today.

The City of Brass & The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty
I loved both of these, but will have to see the final nominees to see which book will get my vote.

Romance

The Kiss Quotient The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

Meet Cute by Helena Hunting

I really enjoyed all three of these books, plus the ones nominated that I read earlier in the year. I’m excited to see which books make it to the final round.

Science Fiction

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

I loved this book. It was different from most of what I read but just absolutely beautiful. It will be hard to top this one, but there are a few from this category for me to read still.

Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction

The Toll by Neal Shusterman
I absolutely loved this. It got my vote for the semi-final round, but there’s still a few more books for me to read before the final vote.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer
I plan to pick up Archenemies in the next few days so I can get to the finale of the series.

Caraval, Legendary & Finale by Stephanie Garber
While I enjoyed this series and I’m glad I finally read it, I don’t know that it can beat the others in this category.

Middle Grade & Children’s

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

I loved this but it’s up against some other books I really loved. Also, I still have a few to read from this category.

Have you read any of the books nominated for the GoodReads Choice Awards? Are you going to read any before the final round of voting ends? Let me know!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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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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Fierce Female Reads February​

Hi, lovelies! I am here today to share some fierce female February news. This post is in collaboration with Ashley @ Falling Down the Book Hole. This wonderful blogger has created Fierce Female Reads February. This month is all about the female power. There are many of us sharing different posts about different topics. We have quite a bit going on this month, so I’ll take it one step at a time!

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First, I will be sharing a few of my favorite fierce females with you later this week. So keep an eye out for that to read about all my favorite bookish female characters!

Second, the Instagram challenge

#FierceFemaleFridays is a photo challenge that will be over on Instagram. Each Friday we will be posting pictures that fit different prompts within the topic of fierce females. I will be posting the graphic with the weekly challenges below.

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Third, the reading challenge: Fierce Female Readathon

The readathon will have a sign-up link on Falling Down the Book Hole starting on February 10th. I will share this link when I post my TBR for the readathon. This reading challenge will be running starting the 15th and ending the 28th of February. There are a few challenges that I will list below in the graphic that we have for this readathon!

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Third and finally, the giveaway!

Yes, you read that right, giveaway! All of the details are on Ashley’s announcement page which is linked above, but I’ll link it again here. There are all kinds of books and bookish goodies to be won this month!

Click here to enter the giveaway.

If you’ve made it all the way through this post, thank you! I hope you will join us all month long reading about our favorite fierce females written by our favorite fierce female authors. Let me know what books you will be reading this month!

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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