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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Amanda’s Samhain Witch-A-Thon Wrap Up

Hiii, lovelies! I’m a little late with this, but today I’m stopping by to share my wrap up for the most recent round of the Witch-A-Thon! I read some new favorites, some old favorites, and even DNF’d a book! Let’s get into it.

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Samhain is a time for honoring your ancestors… so once again, pick a book that features your heritage

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

I really enjoyed this one. I feel like I learned a lot about my ancestors after they left Salem, but also I’m not sure what was true and what wasn’t, hah!

This Sabbat is a time when the veil is thinnest, pick a book that features communing with the dead… (ghosts or mediumship or necromancy)

Dark Witch by Nora Roberts

This might be a bit of a stretch, but Iona has visions of her ancestors in a witchy way.

We are heading into the darkest part of the year…Pick a book that promises to be dark & twisted

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Definitely dark and twisted, sadly I did not finish this book. I’m still making my way through it. I’m a little over halfway and loving it.

Witches often make offerings to spirit guides or gods…Pick a book that involves a pantheon of deities

The Wicked & The Divine Vol 1: The Faust Act by Kieran Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson

I loved this graphic novel so much that I went out and bought the next three editions as soon as I finished it.

Dancing around the bonfire is a Samhain tradition…Pick a book that has fire on the cover

The Wicked & The Divine Vol 1: The Faust Act by Kieran Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson

Same book as above, but I just loved it. I loved the unique story of Gods and Goddesses coming back every 100 years or so and only staying for a certain number of years before dying again.

Many celebrate the Sabbat as Halloween and dress up, post a picture of your costume and tag the readathon

I wore a pumpkin shirt to match my daughter, but didn’t get a picture without her (I don’t post my kids pictures on the internet yet.) but trust me, we were adorable and had tons of fun.

Read the group book

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Sadly, I DNF’d this book after about 20%. I just couldn’t get through it. There were so many unanswered questions. I’ve been really iffy with fantasy lately, so had a feeling I wouldn’t do well with this anyway.

These are all the books I did (and didn’t) read for the Witch-A-Thon! Let me know how you did in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Blogtober Day Thirty-One (Part Two): Amanda’s Bookeyman-A-Thon Wrap Up

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Hi, lovelies! For my second to last blogtober post I’ll be sharing the books I completed for the Bookeyman-A-Thon. This readathon was hosted by two of my favorites, Alana @ The Bookish Chick & Books in the Skye. I had a ton of fun and read pretty much everything that wasn’t on my TBR list for this one. Here are the challenges I completed and what books I read to fulfill them.

Read the Group Book:

Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Read a book you’ve been dying to sink your teeth into – Read a backlist book:

A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

You need to feed and all you see is blood – Read a book with a red cover:

Talon by Julie Kagawa

Make your immortality count and become well known – Read a book with over 15,000 ratings on GoodReads:

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

Sunrise Challenge: You need to avoid the sunlight – Read a book only at night:

The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

How did you do for this readathon? Did you help defeat the Bookeyman? Let me know some things you read in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Blogtober Day Twenty-Eight: Amanda’s Graphic Novel Mini-Reviews

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Hi, lovelies! I’m back again at the end of this wonderful Spooktober to talk about the graphic novels I managed to read this month. Sadly, I read most of my spooky graphic novels last month in my excitement for the spooky season. But I still read some good picks this month!

Oz: Road to Oz by Eric Shanower & Skottie Young

This was probably my least favorite in this series so far. I enjoyed the art. I love Skottie Young’s work. I love how he brought to life all of the different people and creatures we meet on Dorothy’s latest journey. But the story itself was not as good as the others. I didn’t feel like much was at stake and I just didn’t care about Ozma’s birthday party.

Spinning by Tillie Walden

I love Tillie Walden. I don’t know what kick-started this love, but I love her work. I love her art. I especially loved this memoir written as a graphic novel. It was a bit confusing here and there because it seemed to have random bits of her life plopped into the story. But after reading the author’s note at the end it made more sense. This was a story about a young girl that is a talented figure skater, but she’s also so much more than that. She’s gay and trying to figure out what that means for her and the rest of her life. I really enjoyed this one. The story was heartfelt (and my hometown was mentioned, how cool?!) and meaningful. It was not a sweet story by any means, but it was honest and hard. I definitely recommend this one.

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki & Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

This one has been on my radar since I started reading graphic novels earlier this year. I really like the message it left me with. Even though you love someone, they might not be the right person for you. I didn’t like how Freddy let herself neglect her friends when Laura Dean decided to give her attention. Laura Dean was a giant asshole. I’m glad Freddy broke up with her. I enjoyed the art for this one. I also really enjoy the parts of the story where Freddy was writing to an advice columnist and the advice she got back. I enjoyed this one for sure.

Check, Please! Book One: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu

Everyone absolutely raves about Check, Please! So, I had to get it. Plus, I’m a huge hockey fan. I figured this would be right up my alley. Indeed it was. I thought this was fun and just all around wholesome. I loved the bro-ness that was clear throughout the story. There’s just something about being a part of a team. I thought that came across really well. I love  Bitty and his obsession with baking. It made me want to get up and bake a pie myself. The only thing I didn’t really like was how it jumped from scene to scene between chapters. Something big would happen and then suddenly it would be a new chapter with a completely different topic. I felt like we were only getting bits and pieces of Bitty’s story. Which, kind of makes sense because the story is told via  Bitty’s vlogs. But I wanted a bit more detail. Overall, I had a ton of fun reading this and will definitely be picking up the next volume.

The Wicked + The Divine, Volume One: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie

I would die for Luci. I loved this graphic novel. I plan to go pick up the next few volumes tomorrow when I can. I love the concept of the story, twelve Gods reincarnating as humans for two years before dying again. I’d love to know more about where they go when they die. I loved that we follow Laura, a human, as she befriends Luci, and fangirls over the rest of the Gods. Lucifer being female was everything I never knew I needed. She was absolutely my favorite. I really enjoyed the diverse cast. It was hard to really get any character development from the rest of the Gods because there was just so many of them. I’m sure we will see more of them in the next volumes and I just cannot wait to continue this series.

These are all the graphic novels I read this month. Have you read any of them? Did you like (or not) any as much as I did? Leave me some recommendations if you have them!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Blogtober Day Twenty-Four: Amanda’s Samhain Witch-A-Thon TBR

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Hi, lovelies! Who else is excited about the latest round of WitchAThon? I always have such a good time with this readathon and I’m sure this round will be no different. Here’s a link to the informational thread about the who, what, where, when, why, and how of the readathon: WitchAThon Twitter. I’m going to right into the prompts and the books I plan to read for them. I’ll be doubling up a few challenges to help with being able to actually complete them all.

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Samhain is a time for honoring your ancestors… so once again, pick a book that features your heritage

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

This book was given to me by my aunt and is actually about an ancestor of mine. So, this is the perfect reason to read it.

This Sabbat is a time when the veil is thinnest, pick a book that features communing with the dead… (ghosts or mediumship or necromancy)

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

We are heading into the darkest part of the year…Pick a book that promises to be dark & twisted

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Witches often make offerings to spirit guides or gods…Pick a book that involves a pantheon of deities

The Wicked & The Divine Vol 1: The Faust Act by Kieran Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson

Dancing around the bonfire is a Samhain tradition…Pick a book thats has fire on the cover

The Wicked & The Divine Vol 1: The Faust Act by Kieran Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson

Many celebrate the Sabbat as Halloween and dress up, post a picture of your costume and tag the readathon

I’m going to wear a t-shirt with a pumpkin face on it to match my daughters adorable pumpkin costume. I’ll share some pictures in my wrap up.

Read the group book

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

These are what I’ve decided to try to read for this readathon. It starts today and ends on Halloween, so I’m going to go get reading now!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogtober Day Twenty-Three: Thriller TBR

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Hi, lovelies! Last week we talked mystery/thriller recommendations and today (even though the month is almost over) we will be talking about the books that fit these genres that have been living on my TBR shelves. These are all books I already own and just haven’t picked up yet, so let’s talk books!

The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix

S.T.A.G.S by M.A. Bennett

A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor

All The Rage by Courtney Summers

Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl

These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

These are some of the books I’m hoping to get through and knock off my TBR list! I might have even read some of them already because I am prewriting this post, but we shall see what I get through when I post my October wrap up! Have you read any of these? Do you want to read any of these? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Blogtober Day Sixteen: Amanda’s Gilmore Girls Readathon Wrap Up

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Hiii, lovelies! Today I’m here for a quick wrap up post for the Gilmore Girls Readathon! I mostly read everything that was not on my TBR list for this one. But, that’s alright. I still managed to complete all the challenges other than reading the group book (because I’ve already read it.) So, what did I read you ask? Let’s find out!

A book with a school setting in honor of Yale & Chilton

A Case for Jamie by Brittany Cavallaro

A mother/daughter relationship in honor of our favorite mother/daughter duo ever

We Speak in Storms by Natalie Lund

Any book set in fall or winter in honor of beautiful Stars Hollow & Lorelei smelling snow

The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

A book with complicated love interests in honor of Rory, Dean, & Jess

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

A book by an Asian author or has Asian representation in honor of our favorite best friend, Lane

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki & Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

The next book in a series you haven’t finished yet in honor of A Year in the Life

Road to Oz by Eric Shanower & Skottie Young

A book with food on the cover or is a crucial part of the storyline in honor of Luke’s Cafe

Check, Please! Book One: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu

What books have you read so far this month? Did you read anything for the Gilmore Girls Readathon? Leave a comment and let me know!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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