Contemporary January TBR List – Magical Edition

Hi, lovelies! This week we will be talking about magical realism and retellings! I don’t have too many of these two genres on my shelves waiting to be read so I thought I would combine them into one post. I love a good retelling (key word: good) but there are so many that are just not that great. So I find myself less interested in picking them up after reading a few duds. As for magical realism, I love it. Which is why there’s only a few on my TBR because I tend to pick them up pretty quickly.

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Retellings

Catwoman By Sarah J. Maas
Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
A Whole New World by Liz Braswell
Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell
As Old As Time by Liz Braswell

Magical Realism

An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
A Million Junes By Emily Henry

There are so many more for both of these lists, but for the purposes of the intention of Contemporary January, I’m only mentioning the books I own that are begging to be read from my bookshelves. Have you read any of these books? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ContemporaryJanuary and tag me & Alana if you’re joining in! 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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Contemporary January TBR List – Realistic Fiction Edition

Hi, lovelies! I’m here with another TBR list for you all. I love sharing these because it lets you guys know what I will be/ have available to read within the near future, especially this month. I also love sharing these because I can get opinions from those that may have already read some of these books. Today I’m here to share with you the books on my TBR that fit into the genre of realistic fiction. These are mostly books are hard topics, things like death and grief, rape, gun violence, weigh, disabilities, drugs, and addiction. As tough as these topics can be, I love to read about them because they are so important. It’s so so necessary for these subjects to be talked about more often and with more openness. Without further delay, these are the books on my shelf that I’ve yet to read.

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How She Died, How I Lived by Mary Crockett
The Last to Let Go by Amber Smith
A Heart in A Body in The World by Deb Caletti
Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven
Falling into Place by Amy Zhang
The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
This Is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang
Blind by Rachel DeWoskin
The Earth, My Butt, And Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler

These are all of the books I’m hoping to read (but know I won’t get to most of them) during this Contemporary January. Have you read any of these? Will you be reading any of these? Let me know in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ContemporaryJanuary and tag me & Alana if you’re joining in! 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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Contemporary January TBR List – Romance Edition

Hi, lovelies! As I mentioned in my last TBR list (read it here) I am planning to make all sorts of lists for all the different kinds of contemporary books that are out there. This is my first one! TBR’s for Contemporary January, Romance Edition. There are so many romance novels out there by so many different authors that I would love to read, too many for one list, so this list is just going to include books that I own and are currently living on my bookshelves patiently waiting for me to pick them up and love them.

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Adult Romance

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Collateral by Ellen Hopkins
The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy by Nora Roberts
In The Garden Trilogy by Nora Roberts

Young Adult Romance

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
This Heart of Mine by CC Hunter
Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia
Alex Approximately by Jenn Bennett
Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett
Roomies by Sara Zarr
Words in The Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

These are all of the books sitting on my TBR bookshelf that fit into the romance genre. Which ones should I tackle first? Are any of your favorites on this list? Any you didn’t like? Let me know in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ContemporaryJanuary and tag me & Alana if you’re joining in! 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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Contemporary January Recommendations – Romance Edition

Hi, lovelies! In my announcement post for Contemporary January (read here) I mentioned that I would be coming with recommendations all month long! Some of these are favorites of mine and some of them are just books I liked for a quick fun read. This is going to be the first of four recommendation posts and I’m starting with romance because it’s an easy one for me because there are so many choices!

Check out Alana’s recommendations here!

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Adult Romance

The Inn Boonsboro Trilogy by Nora Roberts & The Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts
These are my two favorite series by Nora Roberts, though I’ve never read anything by her that I didn’t like, so really you could pick up any of her books and be happy. But these are my two favorites.

Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Anything that Susan Elizabeth Phillips writes is a good choice. Her romance novels are fun and quick to read and I’m never disappointed.

The Agreneau’s by Lynsay Sands
It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t include at least one sort of vampire romance on this list. Sands writes the Argeneau series and I love the twist she puts on the traditional vampire trope.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Who hasn’t heard of this book at this point? It’s excited and full of drama and diversity. I’ve heard great things about Reid’s other books too, but haven’t picked one up yet.

The Bridgertons by Julia Quinn
For those that love historical romances this series is set in the early 1800s and full of drama, romance, and a bit of smut.

Rose Gardner Mysteries by Denise Grover Swank
I love this series. Rose grows so much in the series and I just enjoyed every page of this series. Plus, she can see the future.

Young Adult Romance

The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks
Would this even be a romance recommendations list without Nicholas Sparks?

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
How can you not love Simon? This book was so great.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Teenage romance with a bit of a mystery thrown in. I loved it. The movie was okay too.

One Small Thing by Erin Watt
The main character is dealing with the loss of her sister and somehow manages to find comfort in the one that caused her sisters death. It was compelling and sweet at the same time.

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
I love this book. The characters. The mystery. The interesting family dynamic. Read it. Love it. That is all.

Meant to Be Broken by Brandy Woods Snow
With a bit of a taboo romance, I could not put this book down until I got to the last pages. I was rewarded with so much more than I expected from it.

These are just a few of the ones I’ve read the most recently and really enjoyed. So I hope you will enjoy them too! Have you read any of these? What books are on your romance recommendation list!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ContemporaryJanuary and tag me & Alana if you’re joining in! 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 January TBR List

Hi, lovelies! Let’s talk TBR lists. I’m going to be talking about quite a few different TBR lists this month because I have a ridiculous amount of books on my physical TBR at home. So I’m planning to share all the different kinds of contemporary books with you all throughout Contemporary January. Not sure what that is? Click here to see my announcement post, or click here to see Alana’s announcement post. So because I will be sharing several different themed TBR lists this month I am going to share a few of the books I’m most excited to read this month, but you will likely see them again later on other lists! Without further ado, in no particular order, these are the books I’m most excited about reading this month that are already living on my bookshelves.

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Alex Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

How She Died, How I Lived by Mary Crockett

The Last to Let Go by Amber Smith

A Heart in A Body in The World by Deb Caletti

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

The Female of The Species by Mindy McGinnis

Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Sadie By Courtney Summers

As usual, this list is probably longer than I can accomplish and I will likely read other books that I find from my library as well. But at this moment, these are the books I’m most excited to get into this month. What are you excited to read for Contemporary January? Let me know in the comments or make sure to link me in your TBR post!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ContemporaryJanuary and tag me & Alana if you’re joining in! 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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End of Yearathon – Wrap Up

Happy New Year lovelies! The time has come to close out the last readathon of the year! For those of you that don’t know, I teamed up with Vicky @ What Vicky Read to bring you End of Yearathon (click here to read the announcement post). We thought this would be the perfect readathon for anyone that needed some motivation to read a few more books to meet their personal goals, GoodReads goals, or just to read those books that you didn’t manage to pick up yet. Feel free to check out my TBR list with the books I wanted to read here. This readathon started on December 26th and lasted until today (the 1st of January). I’m here today to share with you how I did this week.

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Basherdoust
People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins
Look Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich

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These are the books I managed to read for the readathon! The first two were audiobooks and the last three were phyisical books. My goal was to read five books and I succeeded, though they were not all the same five books that were on my TBR list. I had so much fun chatting on Twitter and Instagram with everyone that participated. I already can’t wait until we can host again next year!

Did you participate in End of Yearathon? Link me in your wrap up so I can see what books you read! Or comment below and let me know if that’s better for you!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Contemporary January

Contemp JanHi, lovelies! Happy New Year and welcome to 2019! I hope everyone had a fun New Year’s Eve. I am here today to share something so fun with you all! I have gotten together with my bookish twin Alana @ The Bookish Chick to talk all month long about the contemporary genre.

With a discussion of Alana wanting me to read a few of her favorites, having a million and one books on my TBR, and feeling a bit burnt out on fantasy,  we came up with Contemporary January, a month of reading all of the contemporaries on your TBR list that you just haven’t managed to pick up for whatever reason. There’s no rules or guidelines other than to read the books from this genre that have been living on your TBR list. We will be posting all month long about all the different books we love and haven’t read and all the different kinds of contemporaries there are out there.

A few topics to look forward to:

2018 Contemporaries

Backlist Contemporaries

Favorites – Romance Edition

Recommendations of Realistic Fiction on Tough Topics

Keep an eye out for all sorts of fun posts this month! I will be posting my TBR list for the month at some point soon. Stay tuned to see what I’m going to read and what I have read.

Will you be reading along with us? Let me know in the comments what your favorite contemporaries are or what books you have on your TBR that you want to tackle in Contemporary January.

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End of Yearathon – TBR List

Happy Christmas Eve everyone! Who else is as ready for Christmas as I am? As it’s my first Christmas with my daughter, it’s going to be a special one for sure. After Christmas, I am co-hosting a read-a-thon with Vicky from the 26th of December to the 1st of January. We hope to help ourselves and others get those final books read in 2018. Whether you need to catch up to your GoodReads goal, or if you just have books you want to read before the year is over, this is the read-a-thon for you!

 

We have come up with a few challenges to help to pick out books for a TBR list! Feel free to play with the challenges, or not! You can read with us the whole time or just one day! I am going to pick a book for each of the challenges so that I have some books to choose from depending on what mood I’m in.

Read a book released in 2018

Look Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich

Read a book with Christmas colors on the cover (Red, Green, Gold, or all three!) 

People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins

Read a book that is a part of a series

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Read a book that is 400 pages or more

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

Read a book that was released before 2018

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

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Are you going to join us for this readathon? Let me know in the comments! Feel free to tag me in your TBR lists for the readathon, I’d love to know what you’re last minute read for the year are! Follow on twitter (Amanda’s Twitter & Vicky’s Twitter) to stay up to date with the latest info & reading sprints!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Blogmas Book Tag – Christmas Characters!

Hello book friends! Back with another book tag. The seasonal ones are just too fun! We found this one through Fable Hunter but was created by Anthony @ Keeping Reading Forward. The rules are as follows: answers all the questions and answer them honestly, tag friends at the end, link to the one that tagged you, link to the tag’s creator and have fun of course!

Santa Clause // A gift you received or want this year

Amanda- I think my favorite gift that I received this year was a book my best friend Colleen bought for me. It was a book that she loves very much and I ended up really loving it too. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly. This historical fiction surprised me with how much I loved it.

Mrs. Clause // A favorite holiday treat you have every year

Amanda- My grandma makes these rice crispy treats with mini m&m’s in them and she gives each of the grandkids their own bag of them because they’re so damn good.

Ghost of Christmas Past // A holiday memory from your past

Amanda- I remember the year I got my bicycle so vividly. It was the first year that I made my parents coffee. I went downstairs, made coffee, explored the wrapped packages under the tree. I found my new bike that mostly just had wrapping paper draped over it. I still remember how excited I was.

Buddy the Elf // A holiday song you like to sing each holiday season
“The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is to sing loud for all to hear.

Amanda- I actually hate Christmas music. A side effect of working in retail for so long.

Antonia- Amanda’s answer is hilarious because I’ve worked in retail just as long as she has and I ADORE Christmas music. My favorite to sing is “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”. It just cracks me up every time.

Misfit Toys // An unpopular toy you really wanted to get

Amanda- Books hahah.

The Grinch // A moment when your heart grew three sizes

Amanda- The day my daughter was born. And each time we do something new with her. Decorating our first Christmas tree had my heart bursting with love for my little family.

Jack Frost // A tradition you like to do every winter

Amanda- The first time it gets cold enough that I need to wear my winter coat is when I start drinking hot tea. I like tea all year round, but I drink it everyday starting when it’s finally really cold.

Hero Boy // A moment you believed in a holiday wish

Amanda- This is going to sound horrible because when I was young enough to believe in holiday wishes, I wished for stuff that never would have happened.

Cindy Lou Who // A favorite holiday tradition

Amanda- Baking Christmas cookies! This is the first year we are not traveling, so I am the one left with all the baking duties and I’m super okay with it.

Frosty the Snowman // A memory involving snow

Amanda- When I was a kid (like thirteen or fourteen) my dad made a bet with me, my brother and my step sister that we wouldn’t run to the lightpost and back without any socks or shoes or winter gear. (This was about 300 feet away from the front door.) He made this bet because we were in the middle of a blizzard and there was three+ feet of snow on the ground. My brother did it first, with my step sister close behind. I stayed inside because I’m the smart one.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer // A holiday activity you enjoy

Amanda- Decorating the tree and all the Christmas movies!

Ebenezer Scrooge // A favorite holiday saying or quote
“Bah, Humbug!”

Amanda- “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”

Spreading the holiday cheer, we tag – 

Alana @ The Bookish Chick

Jess @ Kisses From Jess

Blogmas Book Tag – Christmas Spirit

We found this book tag over at Words & Stitches. We thought this was a super fun book tag for this time of year. Great to get into the holiday spirit. Feel free to participate, but don’t forget to tag back to Words & Stitches!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer // A book you love, even though it’s not perfect

Amanda – Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, there’s so much hate on this series. Some I understand and some I don’t at all.

Antonia – Beastly by Alex Flinn. I’ve also heard a lot of hate for this one but I’ll never stop loving it.

Frosty the Snowman // A book that melts your heart

Amanda – My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows. Full of laughter and lots of “awe’s”

Antonia – A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron. Nothing melts my heart like animals.

The Grinch // A book about a sympathetic villain

Amanda – I have to go with Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo for this. The Darkling is life. He’s such an interesting villain, getting to know his story really solidified my love for him.

Antonia – The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. We go into the book believing Khalid is a monster and slowly feel more sympathy for him as you learn more of his secrets.

The Christmas Prince // A guilty pleasure book

Amanda – The Argeneau series by Lynsay Sands

Antonia – The Dark-Hunters series by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

Naughty List // Three books you can never forgive

Amanda –

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

(But also, Looking for Alaska by John Green.)

Antonia –

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

Nice List // Three books you can’t be mad at

Amanda –

Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich

Anything written by Nora Roberts

The ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Maas

Antonia –

Also anything by Nora Roberts

The Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn

Blade of Empire by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

Eggnog // A book you’re saving as a holiday treat

Amanda – The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand. I’ve heard great things but I’m waiting to read it until it’s a little closer to Christmas.

Antonia – Any of the books Amanda sent. I want to know which ones they are so bad!

We’re going to tag // Alana @ The Bookish Chick, Rae @ Thrifty Bibliophile, and Jess @ Kisses From Jess

Blogmas Day Nineteen (Part Two) – Twenty Four Hour Readathon (TBR)!

Hello book friends and happy wednesday! How is everyones week going so far? Six more days until Christmas! Is anyone else as excited as I am? Well, lets get to the point of this post. I have recently bought a few Christmas and holiday themed books that I wanted to read this month. So when Jess @ Kisses from Jess asked if anyone was interested in doing a 24 hour read-a-thon with her, I jumped at the invite! I had wanted to do a 24 hour reading challenge at some point this month anyway, so I’m excited to be able to do it with a friend! Head to her blog and see what she’s going to be reading tomorrow!

My plan is to start reading at midnight EST going into Thursday the 20th and do my best to read all day long, with a few breaks of course, until midnight EST going into Friday. The TBR list I am about to share with you is, as usual, way more than I am likely to read in one day. But I tend to set high goals to motivate myself. I’m going to list them in order of how I think I will read them tomorrow, but I’m a mood reader, so it’s likely to change.

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The Christmasy Reads

The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody 

After hearing Hailey in Bookland rant and rave about how much she liked this book, I knew I had to get it when I saw it on Book Outlet. I think I am the most excited to read this one, so I will likely start the read-a-thon off with this one.

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa De La Cruz

I will probably pick this one up next because it’s a familiar story that I have a feeling I will fly through. So this one I think will be a comforting read with a bit of holiday festivity.

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

This is a book that has bee ALL OVER the bookish community this month. It’s a retelling of the classic Christmas story, A Christmas Carol, which is a well know and well loved story. So I’m intrigued for this retelling.

The Overachievers List

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson 

I am currently doing a buddy read with a few lovely ladies, AlanaRae, & BooksintheSkye, for this book. We are reading about 100 pages each day. So I will be making time at some point tomorrow to read our planned pages for Skyward.

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare 

This is what I’m currently listening to on audiobook. So I may listen to a bit of it if I find myself doing something where I can’t read but may be able to listen to audio.

People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins

Becasue Hopkins writes her books in prose, I can usually read them pretty quickly. People Kill People was one of my highly anticipated releases for 2018 and I’m really not sure why I haven’t picked it up yet.

Kings Cage by Victoria Aveyard OR The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

These are both books I’d like to get to before the end of 2018 because I’m trying to finish all the series that I’m in the middle of. So if I manage to read everthing above on this list, I will pick one or the other depending on how I’m feeling when the time comes.

Now that I’ve make it through this ridiculously long list, I will say that I only really hope to finish the first three books. My goal is to read all the holiday themed books and the 100 pages of Skyward for my buddy read. Anything else that gets read will just be awesome!

Let me know if you’ve read any of these books in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

 

Blogmas Book Tag – The Christmas Stocking

We just can’t get enough of these holiday-themed book tags! The Christmas Stocking book tag was created by Kate @ Reading Through Infinity. We were tagged to participate by the lovely, Vicky @ What Vicky Read. The rules are simple. Link whoever tagged you as well as the creator, Kate. Answer all ten questions then tags some friends!

An Orange // Which book is refreshing and vibrant, both inside and out?

Amanda- An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green. The cover of this book is fabulous. So much color and whatnot. The story is also refreshing and vibrant with flawed but lovable characters and a story unlike any other.

Antonia- The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh is that one that really stands out for me. The cover kept pulling me in and when I finally read it, I found such an interesting, unique story.

The next thing you see is a bag of chocolate coins (Yum!) // Which book have you recently bought that was expensive but totally worth the price?

Amanda- To Make Monsters Out of Girls by Amanda Lovelace. I find that poetry books tend to be a little on the expensive side for their size/page number. But this one is incredible quality, with pictures and thick pages and wonderful poems.

Antonia- It’s been a long time since I even just bought a book at full price. I’ve been really good about finding only used books or waiting for sales but the other day I finally bought The Red Pyramid and The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan at full price.

You also pull out a bath bomb // Tell us about a book with explosive action scenes.

Amanda- Seeing as I just finished this, it’s the perfect choice. Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas. The epic conclusion to the Throne of Glass series where war is finally here. Lots of battles, lots of action, much explosions.

Antonia- Skyward by Brandon Sanderson. These action scenes are so unique because all of the fighting is done by pilots in starships so it’s not as in your face as other fighting styles might be but they’re just as suspenseful. (Seriously I CANNOT put this book down.)

Next is a deck of playing cards // Which series won you over?

Amanda- The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco. I did NOT like this first book. I was left with so many unanswered questions and I didn’t care for that. I read the second book, The Heart Forger, and it definitely won me over. I’m excited for the third and final book to come out in 2019.

Antonia- The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson. I really didn’t like the first book much but (for once!) kept reading the series and I’m so glad I did. I ended up absolutely loving the rest of it. I just got The Gold Seer trilogy by Rae Carson and am so excited to see where this one takes me.

You also get a candle // Which character is a symbol of hope in their story?

Amanda- Another recent read that is perfect for this is The Hunger Games by Sarah J. Maas. Katniss is literally used to start a revolution.

Antonia- Vielissiar Faricarnon from The Dragon Prophecy Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory. She’s basically rewriting all the rules of their entire culture and her people seriously look up to her to guide them.

There are socks inside too // Is there a book that you think really encompasses all the distinctive tropes of it’s genre?

Amanda- I’m going to take a hint from Vicky and use a dystopian that does an excellent job being a dystopian novel. Dry by Neal & Jarrod Shusterman. This story was incredible and has the terrifying potential of becoming reality.

Antonia- I think The Obsidian Mountain Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory really shows all of those classic fantasy tropes.

There’s also a notebook // Which author’s writing process do you find most interesting/inspiring?

Amanda- Linsey Hall. She writes the Dragon’s Gift series (there’s like four different series included in this.) She was an archeologist that studied shipwrecks and after ten years she started writing her own stories based on some of her own adventures. I just think this is so cool.

Antonia- I’ve always loved the way Nora Roberts writes and talks about her books. She always seems so genuine to who she is no matter what.

To go with the notebook, there’s a fancy pen // Is there a book or a series that you’d change if you’d written it yourself?

Amanda- There really isn’t anything that I can think of at the moment.

Antonia- I mean, I’m sure I’d love to change aspects of a lot of books; those moments that tore my heart out or made my scream, but those moments are kind of the point aren’t they?

There’s also a small bedside clock // Which book took you a long time to pick up but was worth it in the end?

Amanda- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. In my defense, I didn’t wait too long after hearing about this before getting it from my library but I tried to listen to the audio and failed and then had to wait for the ebook to be available.

Antonia- Amanda was trying to get me to read A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas for the longest time before I finally gave in. Obviously I should have just listened her to begin with cause it was amazing.

Your pile is getting really big. You reach in to pull out the last gift and it’s… a lump of coal? You’re a little disappointed. But you look closer and realise there’s a seam running through the coal. You crack it open and sitting inside is a tiny golden snitch // Tell us about a book that surprised you in some way.

Amanda- Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum. I thought this would be a whatever read. It sounded interesting enough. I ended up loving it. It really surprised me how much I loved this book.

Antonia- Air Awakens by Elise Kova. I was not expecting much going into this one but ended up completely loving it.

We tag anyone that feels like participating! I’m sure everyone and their brother have been tagged at this point, so feel free to play or not! 

 

End of Year-A-Thon!

Hello book friends! I am here to tell you some exciting news!

I have joined up with Vicky @ What Vicky Read to host a reading challenge for the end of the year! We have decided to host a reading challenge to help everyone read just a few more books from their 2018 TBR List! This challenge will start December 26th and last until January 1st.

I don’t know about you, but I have a huge TBR list that seems as if it will never end (because it probably won’t.) There are some books that I need to read before 2018 ends or I will not be too happy with myself.

I’m sure there are many people who still need to meet their GoodReads reading goal for the year. So we are here to provide you all with an opportunity to buckle down and read some books before the year is over!

We have come up with five challenges for this readathon! Feel free to make a TBR list using them or don’t, all that matters is that you’re reading! Make sure to tag us in your TBR lists for the reading challenge! And check us out on Twitter and Instagram, use our hashtag #EndofYearathon so we can see what everyone is reading! We will also be periodically hosting some reading sprints, so make sure to find us on twitter (Amanda’s Twitter & Vicky’s Twitter). You don’t want to miss out!

Reading challenges are as follows:

Read a book released in 2018

Read a book with Christmas colors on the cover (Red, Green, Gold, or all three!) 

Read a book that is a part of a series

Read a book that is 400 pages or more

Read a book that was released before 2018

 

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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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Click to read the End of Year-A-Thon 2019 Announcement Post. Round two of this readathon is coming soon!

Bookish Bingo – Fall 2018 (Wrap Up)

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Happy December bookworms!  If you don’t know, Bookish Bingo is a seasonal feature wherein we try to expand our reading horizons a bit and cover as much of the bingo card as possible. You can only use one square per book, and all books must be read in September, October or November. This feature is hosted by Pretty Deadly Reviews go check them out! We have come to the end of this awesome reading challenge, so we are here today to share our wrap up with you all!

Antonia’s Completed Books
Mystery – Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts
Purple Cover – The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Dual POV – A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
Scares You – Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Made Into Movie – A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
Features Animals – A Dog’s Journey by W. Bruce Cameron
LGBT+ – The Silver Queen by Josie Jaffrey

Amanda’s Completed Books
Made Into Movie – Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
One Word Title – Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
Fire in the Title or on the Cover – Fire Falling by Elise Kova
Mystery – Up Shutes Creek by Denise Grover Swank
History with a Twist – My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows
Set in a School – Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
Witches – The Magician King by Lev Grossman
2018 Debut – The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
Black Cover – Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
Space or Stars – Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel
Fall Release – An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
Purple Cover – The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
Dual Point of View – Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
Copper, Bronze, or Gold Cover – Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Found Family – The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Scares You – The Diviners by Libba Bray
Legend or Myth – Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Set in Another Country – The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman
Pretty Spine – The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Killers – City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Less Than 300 Pages – Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
Features Animals – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
LGBT+ – Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

These were all the books we read for this challenge! Did anyone else play Fall Bingo this year? How many books did you read? Let us know in the comments!

Blogmas Day One – Happy December!

Happy December first bookfriends! December first means that today is the first day of Blogmas! Though we have been blogging for quite a few years, we’ve never had the time to actually participate in something like Blogmas. Today we’re going to keep it simple and were just going to talk about some of the things we’re going to post about this month.

Books we would like to receive as gifts

Books we would like to give as gifts

Our winter TBR

Books that get us in the holiday spirit

Favorite books from 2018

Most anticipated books of 2019

Book reviews of course!

Our holiday wish lists

Favorite new-to-me authors of 2018

Book Bloggers we love

Christmas movies we love

Books we didn’t love in 2018

Booktubers we love

These are just a few of the posts we have planned for you all this month! What else do you want to read about this month?