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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Contemporary January TBR List – Mystery Edition

Hi, lovelies! I am back one last time to share with you the books left of my TBR list when it comes to those fitting the genre of mystery and thriller. I know that these are really their own genre, BUT there are many contemporaries that only have a bit of mystery and  I felt they merited their own post, so here we are.

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Adult Mystery/Thriller

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
The Girl Who Takes an Eye For An Eye by David Lagercrantz

Young Adult Mystery/Thriller

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten
The Female of The Species by Mindy McGinnis

These are the books on my TBR list! I don’t know why I haven’t picked them up yet. I know I’ll fly through them once I start becasue I always get through thrillers so fast. So hopefully this month I’ll read at least a handful of these! Have you read any of these? Are any of them on your TBR list too? 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 – 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.