Amanda’s NetGalley Shelf #2

Hey, lovelies! Back in February, I did my first post dedicated specifically to the books I have been approved for on NetGalley. You can find that post here. Today, I’m back with an update on that post and sharing what books I’ve been approved for since then. My reviews for the books that I’ve read will be linked as the titles. I’m going to keep this short and get right into it.

Approvals I’ve Read

Blood Sworn by Scott Reintgen
The story of the phoenix horses is finished in this sequel. This sequel is less about the horses and more of a political fantasy about people at war. But there’s fascinating magic. I highly recommend this one.

Honey Girl

Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers
I am completely obsessed with this book. It’s an accidental marriage story, but it does so many good things for the conversation of mental health. They writing is lyrical and stunning. There were so many lines of this story that really spoke to me.

Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft
A house that is creepy, but not magical. There’s healing magic and I liked the characters. This wasn’t a super memorable story for me aside from those details and the main character is bisexual.

Namesake by Adrienne Young
I’m in love with this series. This is the sequel to Fable which is the pirate story of my dreams. Namesake opens up the world of Fable so much more. There’s secretes revealed and so many emotional developments with the found family we’ve come to love.

Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas
A modern day Peter Pan retelling. This was way darker than I was anticipating and I really enjoyed it. The plot was a bit slow to start, but I think many will love this one.

The Accidental Apprentice by Amanda Foody
Middle-grade fantasy will forever be one of my favorites. This one will be on that list. This is such a great story about finding your passion. The main character hates everything about what’s happening to him, but it’s only because of the expectations that he thinks are on him.

The Infinity Courts (The Infinity Courts, #1)

The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman
This one will be making my favorites list of 2021. I loved everything about this story and I don’t even know how to explain why. It’s a unique story filled with diverse characters and an incredible plot.

To Love and to Loathe by Martha Waters
I thought this was a fun and quick read. There were a few things that I didn’t love about this, but it was still fun and fluffy to read.

Victories Greater than Death by Charlie Jane Anders
Anders finally makes it into the YA market with this one. I really enjoyed this story. I loved the found family. I loved the epic space adventure. The galaxy is at war and our main character might just be the last hope to save it.

The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers
The Wayfarers series is one that I will love forever. This installment is a quieter story. It’s the story of four people that find themselves stuck together. They don’t always get along, but they talk and get to know one another. I loved this series.

Slingshot by Mercedes Helnwein
This is the only ARC that I have DNF’d so far in 2021. I just couldn’t stand to read anymore about this main character.

Gilded Serpent (Dark Shores, #3)

Gilded Serpent by Danielle L. Jensen
I don’t know how I have two pirate series on one list, but Dark Shores is one of my favorite series. It follows a diverse cast, with to die for romances, and politics galore. I think it’s a fascinating series.

Counting Down with You by Tashi Bhuiyan
This was a fun story, but I had a few issues that I couldn’t help notice. These issues took away from my enjoyment of the story, sadly.

Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler
I have another favorite of 2021. This one hit parts of my soul that I didn’t know needed to be hit. It follows a bisexual girl that doesn’t know she’s bisexual. She’s figuring things out. But when her long time crush finally shows interest in her, all she can think about is the girl she met over the summer. I wish this book existed when I was younger.

Legacy by Nora Roberts
Roberts’ books are always comfort reads for me. This one was no different. The characters are well developed and even the ones I didn’t like, I knew well and rooted for them. It was a fun read while I was reading it, but not one that I think will stick in my mind.

Approvals on my TBR

The Last Fallen Star (Gifted Clans #1)

The Last Fallen Star by Graci Kim
Publication date: May 4, 2021
Another Rick Riordan Presents title and they never disappoint. This one is about an adopted Korean-American girl that just wants to have the same magic as the rest of her family. So, she and her sister cast something to make that happen and obviously things don’t go as planned.

Better Together by Christine Riccio
Publication date: June 1, 2021
This is a story about sisters that don’t know about one another, think of Parent Trap. I love sibling relationships. So, I’m hopeful that I’ll enjoy this one even though I didn’t love Riccio’s debut.

Trouble Girls by Julie Lynn Rubin
Publication date: June 1, 2021
A queer YA reimagining of Thelma & Louise is all I need to know about this one.

A Chorus Rises by Bethany C. Morrow
Publication date: June 1, 2021
A Song Below Water was one of my favorite books that I read in 2020. So, I’m very excited for this sequel that follows Naema, who we met in the first book.

Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun

Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun by Jonny Garza Villa
Publication date: June 8, 2021
This is the story of a young man that impulsively comes out, nine months before graduation and has to deal with living in a small town filled with expectations that represses his true self. I cannot wait to read this one.

Rea and the Blood of the Nectar by Payal Doshi
Publication date: June 15, 2021
One of the comparison titles is Aru Shah and the End of Time and that’s all I needed to know to be interested.

A Season of Sinister Dreams by Tracy Banghart
Publication date: June 22, 2021
I love Banghart as a human being. I met her at a book festival and I felt like we bonded in a way that I haven’t felt with any other author interaction. So, I will read all of her books until the end of time. The book also sounds good as hell.

What We Devour by Linsey Miller
Publication date: July 6, 2021
A powerful woman trying to keep her power a secret? Sign me up. I’ve seen lots about this book from the author’s twitter and it’s gotten me super excited for this one.

Flash Fire (The Extraordinaries #2)

Flash Fire by T.J. Klune
Publication date: July 13, 2021
I loved the first book in this series. So, I’m dying to get into the second. I loved the way Nick’s ADHD was shown. I liked the superhero aspect as well. Plus, friends to lovers is my favorite.

A Psalm for the Wild Built by Becky Chambers
Publication date: July 13, 2021
Robots abandoned humanity and escaped into the woods. They agreed to come check in, but when they do, the question of ‘what do people need?’ isn’t an easy one to answer. But it must be answered before the robots can return to the woods.

The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig
Publication date: July 20, 2021
I honestly don’t really know much about this book except something about a spooky house.

The Dating Dare (A Sweet Mess, #2)

The Dating Dare by Jayci Lee
Publication date: August 3, 2021
This is a romance novel by an author I’ve liked before. The romance in this one starts with a game of truth or dare and I’m here for that.

The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould
Publication date: August 3, 2021
A debut novel about ghosts in a small town, things you don’t want to meet in a dark corner, and finding a home. I’m excited for this debut novel. I think it’s going to somehow be both spooky and heartwarming.

Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Publication date: August 17, 2021
I don’t know what this is about but I’ve really enjoyed her books in the past, so I think I’ll probably like this one too.

Cazadora by Romina Garber
Publication date: August 17, 2021
Magical werewolves. I loved the first book and this is the sequel.

A Spindle Splintered

A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow
Publication date: October 5, 2021
I can’t tell if this is actually a Sleeping Beauty retelling or not, but Harrow is one of my favorite authors.

I Am Margaret Moore by Hannah Capin
Publication date: October 12, 2021
This seems like it’s going to be a summer camp sort of story but with people going missing and maybe some murder.

The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling
Publication date: October 19, 2021
Anther one that I don’t know much about aside from it’s a gothic horror (which is something I’m trying to dip my toes into) and some friends have read and loves it that I share a similar reading taste to.

You've Reached Sam

You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao
Publication date: November 2, 2021
Julie and her boyfriend, Sam, have plans for the future, for their future together. But then Sam dies and Julie tries to act like he never existed so she can move on. But then things take a sci-fi twist when she calls Sam and instead of his voicemail, he answers the phone.

Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood
Publication date: November 9, 2021
The synopsis tagline is that this is an Ethiopian inspired Jane Eyre retelling. It’s also the authors debut fantasy novel.

So, this has been an update on my NetGalley TBR. These are the book since I’ve read since my last post about this and the books I will be reading in the near-ish future. What new books are on your TBR to read soon?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s May TBR Jar Picks

Hi, lovelies! I’ve been wanting to try and be better about making a loose TBR for each month. I think I’ve done okay so far this year without making actual posts about it. But that’s mostly because I’ve been rereading in preparation for new books (rereading the Grishaverse for the Netflix show and for Rule of Wolves for example). I’ve also been doing things like #ARCApril where I spent the month of April reading my NetGalley ARC’s (expect an update on my NetGalley shelf soon!) This month I want to finally use the TBR jar that I made in the end of December 2020. I have tried TBR jars in the past that didn’t work for me because they picked specific books, but this one is much more open. Instead of picking titles out of a jar I’m picking things like ‘most recently purchased’ or ‘science fiction’ so I will get to choose what book I want for each prompt. Let’s get into which prompts I pick out of the jar and which books I picked for them!

Middle-Grade

Aru Shah and the City of Gold by Roshani Chokshi
This one was obvious for me because if it didn’t fit a TBR jar prompt, I would have added it below to the books I’m reading anyway.

Adult

The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley
I found this one at one of my local independent bookstores and I couldn’t believe it. I want to make it a priority because I have heard nothing but good things about this author.

5 Star Prediction

Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia & Anna-Marie McLemore
Antonia and I actually just did our next round of 5 star predictions, so I will just borrow from that post.

Sequel

A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon
I’ve been slowly working my way through this series and it’s been a bit since I finished book five. I think I’m ready to start the next book.

LGBTQIA

Flash Fire by T.J. Klune
I have an eARC of this one and I’m really excited to continue this series.

These are what I’ve picked from my TBR jar this month. So, I will check back in at the end of the month or after I’ve read all of these. I do have a few other books on my TBR as I usually read 10+ books each month and I wanted to start easy with only five picks from my jar. So, here are some of the other books I want to read this month.

The Electric Kingdom by David Arnold
This is the book that’s been chosen for May’s book club. I meet with four local friends each month and we mostly just catch up. But I’m really excited for this one as I’ve heard some good things about it.

King of Scars and Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo
I’m still waiting for my preorder of Rule of Wolves to be delivered, so I’m waiting to reread King of Scars until I get shipping information about Rule of Wolves. It might not happen in May, but I’m hopeful.

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
I think I’m going to be buddy reading this one with Allison over on bookstagram. I’ve been meaning to read this forever, but I’ve seen so many mixed reviews that I’m nervous to read it.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I’ve been really wanting to reread either this series or the ACOTAR series. I think I’m going to choose this one because it’s completed.

That’s all that I have planned at the moment to read for the month of May. I’m really excited about all of these books. What will you be reading this month?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s April Wrap Up

Hello, lovelies! April has come to an end, so I have another month of reading to wrap up for you. This month I want to try something a little different. I’m still going to share how many books, which books, and what format I read them in. But I want to do a bit more with my wrap up posts. I’m going to try it out this month and see how it goes.

What I Read

Physical Books
You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria – 3.75 stars
Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody – No Rating

eBooks
Between the Bliss and Me by Lizzy Mason – 4 stars
The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman – 5 stars
To Love and to Loathe by Martha Waters – 3.75 stars
Gilded Serpent by Danielle L. Jensen – 5 stars
Victories Greater Than Death by Charlie Jane Anders – 4 stars
The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers – 4 stars
On This Unworthy Scaffold by Heidi Heilig – 5 stars
The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – 3 stars
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir – 4.5 stars
Counting Down With You by Tashie Bhuiyan – 2.5 stars
Lucky Girl by Jamie Pacton – 4 stars
Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler – 5 stars
The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 5 stars
Legacy by Nora Roberts – 3.5 stars

Audiobooks
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik – 2.75 stars
Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen – 5 stars
Dark Skies by Danielle L. Jensen – 5 stars
Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman – 3.5 stars
The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner – 3.5 stars
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour – 3 stars
Mirror’s Edge by Scott Westerfeld – 3.75 stars
Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi – 5 stars
Over the Woodward Wall by A. Deborah Baker – 3 stars

Blogging Highlights

This is one of the new things I want to try this month. Each month I’d light to highlight some of the content I’ve posted that I’m excited about or pleased with. So, I will be doing that here. Since this is new, I’m going to highlight posts from January until now, but in the future, I’d like to just highlight some of my favorite posts and reviews from the month I’m wrapping up.

Amanda’s Thoughts on How Vampire Novels Never Died

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas (Book Review)

Amanda’s Underrated Black Author’s Recommendations

Wayward Children by Seanan McGuire (Full Series Review)

21 Young Adult Anticipated Release in 2021

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant (Book Review)

2021 Debut Novels Amanda is Anticipating

Shadow and Bone Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo (Full Series Review)

Amanda’s 2021 Preorder Book Haul

Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers (Book Review)

Amanda’s Favorite Audiobook Narrators

Amanda’s Springtime Book Recommendations

All the Bad Apples by Moira Fowley-Doyle (Book Review)

Other Bloggers I’m Loving

SEO Basics from Kal @ Reader Voracious
Kal is such a light in this community. She’s always giving us the best content, so follow her if you don’t already.

The Definitive Book Blogger List from A Book. A Thought.
Just imagine how much time this took to put together? Some bloggers really are out there doing the most for us.

Cover Reveal: For All Time by Shanna Miles from CW @ The Quiet Pond
CW & the rest of the crew at The Quiet Pond are always blessing us with amazing cover reveals, reviews, and reading challenges.

Most Anticipated Releases of Q2 2021 from Kate @ Your Tita Kate
If you’re looking for diverse books that are coming out in 2021, look to Kate to guide you.

Saturday Spotlight #10 (showcasing small press and self published books) from Vee @ vee_bookish
Vee does a great job highlighting some books that don’t get the attention they probably deserve.

April TBR – #ARCApril from Skye @ Books in the Skye
Skye is one of my favorite bloggers and I highly recommend you follow her. Check out how she planned to tackle her ARC’s this April.

Spring 2021 TBR from Jess @ Jessica C Writes
I love how Jess doesn’t always stick to strictly bookish content. She shares her life and experiences with college and other tips and tricks. Come see what her spring reading plans are!

That’s it for today. I hope I shared some new bloggers with you all today.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Five Star Predictions – Round Three!

Hello, bookworms! During Blogtober and Blogmas we decided to try to predict a few books that we thought would be five star reads (find them here and here). We thought it was fun to predict what books we might love and then see how right or wrong we were, so, we decided to keep it going outside of October and December. Today we are going to wrap up our last five predictions and then come up with some new books that we think we will love. We both will be choosing books we already own (or plan to buy soon) because we’re working on getting our TBR that we own a bit smaller.

Amanda’s Prediction Wrap Up

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
I haven’t managed to pick this one up yet. It’s on my list for the summer, so hopefully soon.

The Ever Cruel Kingdom by Rin Chupeco
I was right with my prediction! I absolutely loved this book. The characters are amazing and the things they do and go through made the story so great. I highly recommend this series. The world is fascinating. There’s compelling characters and relationships.

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center
This one wasn’t 5 stars, but I did enjoy it. I think it was really interesting to read about a female firefighter moving from a station she considers home to one that has some really terrible opinions on female firefighters. I didn’t love the romance, but I liked the main character.

The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart
I didn’t read this one yet. I really want to, but I’ve been rereading a lot lately instead of reading new things.

The Ravens by Danielle Paige & Kass Morgan
While this wasn’t quite 5 stars, I had a really good time reading it. I think it would have been higher rated for me if not for the petty dislike between the two main characters. This was resolved before the end of the book, thankfully. I liked the magic and the sisterhood and I’m definitely excited for the sequel.

Antonia’s Predictions Wrap Up

Seven Devils by Elizabeth May and Laura Lam
I LOVED this one. Definitely five stars. The characters were amazing, well developed and each had their own unique personalities. The futuristic world was so cool and I really appreciated seeing all the little details of it. I can’t wait for the second book.

To Sleep in A Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini
I still haven’t been able to get to this one but I’m hoping to soon.

The Awakening by Nora Roberts
I also really loved this one and Nora’s forever my favorite so five stars for this one too. I can’t wait to see where the rest of this story goes.

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
I think this one fell just a smidge short of five stars only because Apollo’s narration took a little getting used to. I liked his character development and I get that his arrogance and non-human traits are sort of the point but it was really weird having a protagonist that’s so unlikable.

Stardust by Neil Gaiman
I’d have to give this one four stars. I really enjoyed it and I’ve loved the movie for years. Some of the differences from the movie I liked and some I didn’t but it was a really fun read.

These are our previous predictions and what we thought about the books. I think we did had a mix of books we loved and just liked. For the next round of predictions, we’re going to keep it to three since neither of us have been managing to read all five predictions.

Amanda’s Predictions

Miss Meteor by Anna-Marie McLemore & Tehlor Kay Mejia

Jade City by Fonda Lee

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Antonia’s Predictions

The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Legacy by Nora Roberts

These are our next three predictions, a few books we think we will completely love. Do you have any books you own that you think will be five star reads?

Rereading Books I Loved as a Teenager – TBR

Hello, lovelies! This post idea was originally going to be me rereading books I loved in high school, but looking back through the books I read then, I realized it was mostly Twilight, City of Bones, and adult books. So, instead these will be books that I read when I was a teenager, as the title says. But there are some books that I can’t bring myself to reread (which I’ll have a list of, some with the reasons why I won’t reread). Today, I’m just going to share the books I plan to reread. I also have reread some books over the last year or so that I loved when I was a teenager that I don’t feel the need to reread again. So, I’ll be sharing those today to give some thoughts on them. This will be a TBR of sorts (I say of sorts because as I’m scheduling this post I’ve already reread some of them) but they’ll be in my wrap up post with more details. I’m just going to be naming the first book (many of these are series) but if I like it when I reread I’ll probably continue the series and give my thoughts on the whole series. Let’s get into it!

Books I Want to Reread

The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter
Evermore by Alyson Noel
Evernight by Claudia Gray
Crank by Ellen Hopkins
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Books I Won’t Be Rereading

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
I have actually tried to reread this a few times over the years. I first read it in 2007 and obsessively read and reread the series until Breaking Dawn was released. But every time I’ve tried to pick it up to reread, I haven’t made it more than a few pages before I give up and end up reading something else. Also, after getting into the book Twitter community, I’ve learned more about some more of the problematic elements of the book.

Divergent by Veronica Roth
I tried to reread this one a few years ago and just couldn’t do it. I think because I’ve watched the movies so many times and read the books so many times when I was a teenager, I know everything that happens pretty well and just couldn’t stay interested.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner
I’ve heard some pretty gross things about this author that have to do with sexual harassment. I don’t really want to support anything like that and feel no need to reread this one.

Matched by Ally Condie
I actually did try to reread this one sometime last year and DNF’d it because I couldn’t get through it and didn’t really care about anything that was happening.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
This is another that I tried to reread last year, and it just wasn’t good. So, I DNF’d it.

House of Night series by P.C. Cast
I have read some of their newer work and have no interest in revisiting this series.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
I’ve reread this series (and all of the rest of the shadow hunter books) so many times that I don’t need to reread it again. Instead, I’ll just share my preferences for the series, starting with my favorite and ending with my least favorite. You can find my reviews for pretty much every book in the series on our Master Review List page under Cassandra Clare.
1. The Dark Artifices
2. The Last Hours
3. The Eldest Curses
4. The Mortal Instruments
5. The Infernal Devices

Books I’ve Already Reread

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
I feel so much nostalgia for this series. I found the full series for pretty cheap at my local used bookstore. Westerfeld has started a new series set in the same world but with different characters so I wanted to reread the original before I started the new series. I think there are definitely problems with this series that I didn’t notice when I devoured this series again and again as a teen. But I think the plot and adventure holds up pretty well. My review is linked here.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
This series is still absolute perfection. I reread them via the audiobooks and couldn’t get enough. I listened to this series so quickly. I think the vampire lore and the characters are still so well done. This is really a series that has held up through the passing years. I think this series can easily find new readers that will enjoy it just as much as I did when I first read it as a teenager. I think the same goes for the spin off series, Bloodlines. The characters and story are easy to love and might even be better than the original series. You can find my review for the first book in the Vampire Academy here and my review for Bloodlines here.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
I reread Beautiful Creatures via audiobook and while I did make it through the whole book, I didn’t end up continuing my reread for the rest of the series. I wouldn’t say that it’s totally bad. It was still an interesting and entertaining story, but I wasn’t invested like I was when I read it as a teenager. I think this series is another that could find new readers that will love it, but I think I’m no longer the audience for this series.

Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by L.J. Smith
This was….not good. I listened to the audiobook to reread. I made it through the first book (probably because it’s super short) but got halfway through the second book and just didn’t care to focus on the story. I think there are some things that the t.v. show did better and some things that the book did better, but I don’t know that I would actually be able to recommend this one to others.

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
I reread this full series, plus the Call of the Forgotten series, in anticipation for Kagawa’s newest release, The Iron Raven, which is set in the same world but follows Puck. We finally are getting Puck’s story. I have a full series review for both The Iron Fey and the Call of the Forgotten series here and here. I think these series are the ultimate Fey series and absolutely top the super hyped one that I won’t name. Meghan can be a little annoying, but her growth is so so good. The creatures and Fey that we meet in the series are so fascinating. I stand by this series excellence and cannot recommend Kagawa’s work enough.

Alright. That’s what I have for you today, folks! Some books that I will be rereading in the next few weeks/months (however long it takes me). Some books that I will probably never read again. And some books that I reread before I had the idea for this post with some brief thoughts on them.

What books did you love as a teenager that you think you would still love if you read them again now? If you are a teen, what books do you love that you think you will love once you’re no longer a teen? And the other side of that, what books did you love (or do love, if you’re a teen) that you don’t think you’ll love upon rereading?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s March Wrap Up

Hey, lovelies! Another month of 2021 has passed and that means it’s time to once again share the books I read in that month. So, I spent the first two weeks of March moving. Which for me, meant packing a bunch of boxes and then unpacking those same boxes. This allowed me to do a lot of audiobook listening. I listened to some great audiobooks and took some time to slowly reread some old favorites physically. I’m pretty pleased with what and how much I read this month.

Physical Books
The Initial Insult by Mindy McGinnis
You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle
The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
A Sweet Mess by Jayci Lee
The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare
Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare

eBooks
Namesake by Adrienne Young
Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas
The Accidental Apprentice by Amanda Foody
Hello Cruel Heart by Maureen Johnson

Audiobooks
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Fire by Kristin Cashore
We Could be Heroes by Mike Chen
The Fiery Heart by Diana Gabaldon
Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson
The Valley and the Flood by Rebecca Mahoney

That’s today’s list for you all. I know March still has a few days, but I have the time to write this now and I already have something scheduled for Wednesday. What books did you read in March? Did you find any new favorites?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Tome Topple Wrap Up

Hello, lovelies! Today, I just want to share with you how I did for Tome Topple round fourteen. This latest round of Tome Topple was exactly what I needed to get some big books off my TBR. If you missed my TBR post with all the details you can find it here. I’ll share the prompts below and what I read for each of them.

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Tome that’s been on my TBR the longest
I didn’t complete this prompt.

An audiobook tome
The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon
I really like the narrator for this series.

Tome with the most pages
The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon
I am honestly so over this series. But I tackled the shit out of this one.

Seasonally colored cover
Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare
Pretty yellow for the spring time.

Read one tome
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
I’m living for this reread of the Grishaverse.

Tome by a BIPOC author
The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winters
I started this one, but haven’t finished it yet.

Tome in a genre I don’t usually read
Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare
I usually end up loving the historical fiction that I read, but it’s not a genre I often pick up.

Tome from a series I haven’t read in a while
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Literally, all of the books on this list would fit this prompt.

Tome that I started in a previous Tome Topple round
Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare
I think I actually read and completed this book for a previous round of Tome Topple. But I tried to start Chain of Iron and realized I needed to reread this one first.

What did you read for Tome Topple?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Lowest Rated Books on Amanda’s TBR – Wrap Up

Hello, lovelies! I’m back again to wrap up my TBR list of the lowest rated books that I own. You can find that post here. I had fun reading these books, mostly. I think this was a great way for me to get some books off of my TBR and I definitely think I’ll do this again in the future. I think this went way better for me than it did for Michelle @ Michelle Reads YA on YouTube. She read some pretty terrible books, so I’m glad for the inspiration from her video, but even more glad that the books on my list weren’t super terrible. So, let’s get into my mini-reviews!

Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher
Average Rating: 3.21 / 5
My Rating: No Rating
I actually DNF’d this book. There was just something about the two main characters both lying to one another that I really didn’t like. They’re both keeping a secret, leading the other along so they can get a promotion. So, one Jack is trying to get Hannah to break up with him and Hannah is ignoring all the really problematic stuff Jack is doing because she needs him to come to a work event. I didn’t like that at all and didn’t care to see how they figured out the others secret and managed to turn that into a legitimate relationship. The writing was also a bit choppy and I just kept finding myself pulled out of the story. I can see why it has a low rating, but I only read about 160 pages so I will not be rating it. I’m super disappointed by this because it has great representation with a biracial main character.

The Graces by Laure Eve
Average Rating: 3.29 / 5
My Rating: 3 / 5
I didn’t love this book. I bought its sequel so I read that as well and liked it much more. The Graces is a story about a family of witches and while it was mysterious and atmospheric, I just couldn’t find myself caring. The characters were all mostly terrible and I didn’t like them very much. But the dynamics were fascinating. It was so clear that none of these characters were good for one another. When all of them were together bad things happened. I feel like I still don’t totally understand how this book made me feel. I don’t know that I would recommend this, but damn was it a wild ride.

A Sweet Mess by Jayci Lee
Average Rating: 3.47 / 5
My Rating: 4 / 5
I bought this one solely to make sure I had something upcoming for my Books & Baking blog feature (and I definitely have something I will attempt. This book also has actual recipes at the end of the book. So, I might use that one or do the baked good I found in the beginning of the story.) I ended up really enjoying this one. It follows two Asian main characters, one that owns her own bakery and the other is a well known food critic. They have a chance meeting and it ends with a one night stand, but when Landon writes a scathing review of Aubrey’s bakery, she’s gutted. Things sort of go from here. I liked their attraction to one another. The instant attraction isn’t usually something I like, but I think it was done well in this story. I also liked that they tried to fight that attraction. I don’t really want t o spoil anything, but there’s a plot point at the end that I feel unsure about. It’s a trope that I’ve heard many people dislike, but I think it was done well in this book. I didn’t love the third act breakup, but I also didn’t hate it.

The End and Other Beginnings by Veronica Roth
Average Rating: 3.54 / 5
My Rating: No Rating
I didn’t manage to read this one. I’ve tried to pick it up several times since I put it on my TBR for this reading challenge, but I just couldn’t get myself to read it. For now, it’s going to stay on my TBR. It’s a collection of short stories, from my understanding, so I need to be in the right mood to read it. That mood just hasn’t happened for me this month. I’ll probably read it eventually when I need to fill a prompt for a readathon.

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon
Average Rating: 3.61 / 5
My Rating: 4 / 5
I really enjoyed this one. This follows Samiah and Daniel who find themselves working together and also find themselves with an irresistible attraction to one another. I really liked them as a couple. I don’t generally like the secret keeping trope, but I didn’t mind it so much in this one. Daniel is an agent that works for the government uncovering financial crimes. I thought the concept of his job was interesting. But I loved Samiah. She’s a successful and incredibly smart black woman. But she’s less successful with her love life. I could understand why Samiah felt like this was a failing on her part but I liked seeing her get out of that mindset. I loved her new friends. I loved getting to see the friendship grow. I think the trio is an excellent one. I definitely recommend this one.

So, I have to say that I’m disappointed to see so many romance novels on this list. It’s disheartening to see several romances that I really enjoyed being the lowest rated out of the 70+ books that I own on my TBR. Regardless, I thought this was so fun. I think this was a great way to motivate myself to read some books that I was ‘saving’ for absolutely no reason. What are the lowest rated books that you own?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Tome Topple TBR

Hi, lovelies! I’ve just seen the announcement for Sam’s latest round of Tome Topple (watch the announcement video here.) You can find all of the hosts of the readathon here: Sam from Thoughts on Tomes, Adri from Perpetual Page, Sam 2 from Will Read For Booze, Gaia from @lalettricesegreta on Instagram, Tori from Tori Morrow, Jocelyn from Yogi With A Book. I love this readathon because it’s a great motivator for me to finally pick up some of the bigger books that I have on my TBR. The rules for this readathon are simple: read books that are 500 pages or longer. There is a fun bingo board for this round and I will list the prompts below. This round of Tome Topple will run from March 15th-28th.

Tome that’s been on my TBR the longest
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
This has been on my TBR for so long and I’ve put it on several TBR’s for previous Tome Topple rounds. I honestly probably won’t get to this one, but I like to have options when I make TBR’s like this.

An audiobook tome
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
I’ve been rereading this series via audiobook so that I can read the newest release (Winterkeep), so this is the perfect choice for this prompt.

Tome with the most pages
The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon
Technically, the next book in this series is the tome with the most pages that’s on my TBR. But obviously I have to finish this one first. This one will count for several prompts too since I will probably continue the audiobook that I started the last round of Tome Topple.

Seasonally colored cover
Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare
Yellow is a springtime color right? I’m going with it.

Read one tome
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
I’ve been working my way through a reread of all the books in the Grishaverse so that it’s all fresh in my mind for both the Netflix adaptation release in April and the publication of the second book in the Nikolai duology, which is coming in the end of March.

Tome by a BIPOC author
The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winters
I don’t know that I’ll get to this one, but I’ve heard incredible things about this book so I’m excited to read it.

Tome in a genre I don’t usually read
Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare
Historical fiction/fantasy? I read some historical fiction/fantasy, but it’s definitely one of the genres I read the least from.

Tome from a series I haven’t read in a while
Gilded Serpent by Danielle L. Jensen
This is an eARC that’s on my TBR and the only ARC I have that’s more than 500 pages. I haven’t read this series since the second book was released, so I’m excited to get back into this world.

Tome that I started in a previous Tome Topple round
The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon
I started this in the last Tome Topple. I’m trying really hard to finished what’s published in this series this year, but sometimes these books are just so slow. I’ve heard things pick up again toward the end of this book.

Are you going to participate in this round of Tome Topple? What’s on your TBR? If not, what books over 500 pages are you hoping to read soon?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Lowest Rated Books on Amanda’s TBR

Hi, lovelies! I’ve been seeing a few people on the various bookish platforms do a reading vlog or post where they read the lowest rated books on their owned TBR. I thought it was such an interesting way to get a few books off my TBR shelf that I might not love and unhaul them if that’s the case. As those of you that have followed the blog for a while, you all know I love lists, so this is just another way to keep me accountable to myself and read the books that I have. These are the five books that have the lowest GoodReads rating.

Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher
Average Rating: 3.21 / 5

The Graces by Laure Eve
Average Rating: 3.29 / 5

A Sweet Mess by Jayci Lee
Average Rating: 3.47 / 5

The End and Other Beginnings by Veronica Roth
Average Rating: 3.54 / 5

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon
Average Rating: 3.61 / 5

I’m going to try to read these five books this month. At the end of March, I’ll come back with a wrap up post with my thoughts and whether these books will be staying on my shelves or headed to my local library or used bookstore. Let me know if you’ve read these books or which one you think I should start with.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s February Wrap Up

Hi, lovelies! I can’t believe we are already two months into 2021. Where did 2020 even go? This month was a bit chaotic for my personal life. Some unexpected changes came up, so I was pretty packing up my house to move. I also found myself in a bit of a reading slump on and off all month. I think the pressure to read some of the books I own before we moved got to me. Audiobooks really helped me out this month. So, let’s check out what books I read in February and their format!

Physical Books
Rush by Maya Banks
The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon
A History of What Comes Next by Sylvain Neuvel
We Are the Ashes, We Are the Fire by Joy McCullough
A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas
The Guest List by Lucy Foley
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardguo
The Roommate by Rosie Danan

eBooks
The Graces by Laure Eve
Game Changer by Neal Shusterman
The Curses by Laure Eve
Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers
Blood Sworn by Scott Reintgen

Audiobooks
Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter
Awake at Dawn by C.C. Hunter
Unchosen by Katharyn Blair
What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo
Taken at Dusk by C.C. Hunter
Whispers at Moonrise by C.C. Hunter
Chosen at Nightfall by C.C. Hunter
The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
Evermore by Alyson Noel

These are all the books I read this month! I managed to get out of my reading slump by rereading some books I love, which was a huge help. What books did you read this month?

Amanda’s NetGalley Shelf

Hey, lovelies! We’re a month into 2021 and I keep getting approved for eARC’s for 2021 releases that I’m beyond excited for. So, this list will be to share those titles (almost like another version of my 2021 anticipated releases, hah!) in part to hold myself accountable. But also, because I think it’s a fun way to share some of the books that I plan to read in the near future. I currently have a 72% for my feedback ratio with 122 books approved and 88 books with feedback already sent. I share this with you all so that I am being transparent. My feedback ratio is usually at or above 80%, which is part of the reason I’ve been approved for many of these titles. I have 22 books that are on my ‘give feedback’ shelf. So, this list will be all of those books.

We Are Meridians by S. Ghali
Publication date: August 27, 2019
I don’t know why I was approved for this book over a year after it’s publication, but it sounds super good. So, I’m planning to read it soon. It’s about a group of humans that left Earth and traveled into space hundreds of years ago. But now they need to return for something. The people of Earth think that it’s an alien invasion and so obviously it doesn’t go well.

Spellbreaker by Charlie N. Holmberg
Publication date: November 1, 2020
I was a part of the blog tour for this book. Find my spotlight post here. I shared a bit of a blurb and other information about the book. Since this has already been released I’ll probably just read it on Kindle Unlimited and share that I read the finished copy in my review. Check out my spotlight post for the full synopsis.

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
Publication date: November 17, 2020
The only reason I haven’t picked this one up is because I’m scared. It’s a Romeo & Juliet retelling, so there is definitely going to be character deaths and I’m scared. I also have seen so many good things about this book, so I think all of the hype has intimidated me a bit. But I’m planning to read this one this month.

Blood Sworn (Ashlords, #2)

Blood Sworn by Scott Reintgen
Publication date: February 16, 2021
I’m currently read this one, so will probably have read it already when this posts. But this is the sequel to Ashlords (read my review for that here), which follows three characters during The Races, which is an annual event with phoenix horses. There are all sorts of fascinating politics and character dynamics. The world building and mythology is incredible. We learn more about the world in the second book and I’m already loving it so much.

Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers
Publication date: February 23, 2021
This is one of my anticipate releases that I am so excited for. It’s about a woman that gets married while drunk and in Las Vegas, something that is completely out of the norm for her. Feeling pressure because of outside expectations she flees to New York where her new wife lives. This sounds like it’s going to be fun and really enjoyable. I’m very excited to pick this one up. It’s definitely on my TBR for this month.

Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft
Publication date: March 2, 2021
A romantic fantasy about magic and a creepy mansion. Sign me the heck up. My town is supposed to get some snow this weekend, so I think I’m actually going to try to read this one while it’s snowing. I think it would be the perfect atmosphere for this story.

Namesake by Adrienne Young
Publication date: March 16, 2021
I absolutely adored Fable (review here). So this is a sequel that I am very excited to read. This is a sequel, so the first book follows Fable as she tries to earn enough money to escape the island her father abandoned her on years ago. She wants to find him again and claim her place at his side. But things don’t go as she expects and her plans have to change quickly. I loved the found family in this story. I loved the world building. I’m very excited for this sequel.

Lost in the Never Woods

Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas
Publication date: March 23, 2021
I absolutely screamed a little when I got the approval email for this one. This sounds like it’s going to be a mysterious story about a small town and the children that go missing in its woods. I don’t know anything else about it and I’ve been keeping myself away from reading or watching any reviews. I want to go into this one knowing as little as possible.

The Accidental Apprentice by Amanda Foody
Publication date: March 30, 2021
Amanda Foody is one of my favorite authors, so I’m very excited for her middle grade debut that follows a boy who breaks the one rule in his town. Breaking this rule leads him on an adventure to undo his mistake, but on this adventure he must decide whether he actually wants to undo his mistake or if he wants to continue his adventure.

The Infinity Courts (The Infinity Courts, #1)

The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Publication date: April 6, 2021
I’m just going to share the tagline for this book because it perfectly explains why I am so excited for this story. “Westworld meets Warcross in this high-stakes, dizzyingly smart sci-fi about a teen girl navigating an afterlife in which she must defeat an AI entity intent on destroying humanity, from award-winning author Akemi Dawn Bowman.”

To Love and to Loathe by Martha Waters
Publication date: April 6, 2021
I love historical romance. So, this historical romance is one I’m excited to read in probably one sitting. I enjoyed the first book in this series, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy this one too.

Victories Greater than Death by Charlie Jane Anders
Publication date: April 13, 2021
This is a story about a human clone of an alien set during an intergalactic war. Anders’ books have been hit or miss for me, but I’m still excited for this one.

The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers
Publication date: April 20, 2021
This is the final book in the Wayfarer’s series. In this installment, the story focuses on a planet that is essentially a truck stop in space. But when all traffic on and off planet is halted, three characters are thrown together to wait until travel is restored. I love this series so I am eager to get into this one.

Slingshot by Mercedes Helnwein
Publication date: April 27, 2021
I am excited for this one because I’m a sucker for books with boarding school settings. I think this one is going to be enjoyable. It’s a young adult contemporary with a bit of romance. The synopsis says its “a story about two people finding each other and then screwing it all up” and I am absolutely here for that.

Gilded Serpent (Dark Shores, #3)

Gilded Serpent by Danielle L. Jensen
Publication date: April 27, 2021
I literally don’t even know how to explain this book. This is the third in a series, so I’m honestly not even going to try to explain. See my review for the first book, here. Please read this series. It’s so good.

Counting Down with You by Tashi Bhuiyan
Publication date: May 4, 2021
This is in the synopsis, “A reserved Bangladeshi teenager has twenty-eight days to make the biggest decision of her life after agreeing to fake date her school’s resident bad boy.” I’ve now heard some mixed reviews about this one and some of the representation inside of it. So, I’m still going to read this, but I am going into it hesitantly.

Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler
Publication date: May 11, 2021
The cover is what sold me. But also this book is about a bisexual girl figuring out why she can’t stop thinking about a girl she spent the night with. She’s confused because she’s finally gotten the interest of the boy she’s had a crush on forever. I’m excited for this one because it seems like it’s going to be a great story of self discovery and I love books like that.

Trouble Girls by Julie Lynn Rubin
Publication date: June 1, 2021
A queer YA reimagining of Thelma & Louise is all I need to know about this one.

A Chorus Rises (A Song Below Water, #2)

A Chorus Rises by Bethany C. Morrow
Publication date: June 1, 2021
A Song Below Water was one of my favorite books that I read in 2020. So, I’m very excited for this sequel that follows Naema, who we met in the first book.

Better Together by Christine Riccio
Publication date: June 1, 2021
This is a story about sisters that don’t know about one another, think of Parent Trap. I love sibling relationships. So, I’m hopeful that I’ll enjoy this one even though I didn’t love Riccio’s debut.

The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould
Publication date: August 3, 2021
A debut novel about ghosts in a small town, things you don’t want to meet in a dark corner, and finding a home. I’m excited for this debut novel. I think it’s going to somehow be both spooky and heartwarming.

Okay, there are all of the books that I need to read in the foreseeable future. All of these eARCs are books that I am very excited to get into. I’m thinking that I will do a check in for this list later on in the year to see what my progress looks like and how my ratios have changed. Are any of these books on your anticipated releases list? Let me know!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s January 2021 Wrap Up

Hey, lovelies! Happy end of the first month of 2021. How was everyone’s month? Mine was pretty good personally. I stuck to my goals for 2021 (mostly), spent some quality time with my family, and read some great books. Today we’re here with my first wrap up of the year. I’m happy with what I read and I’m making great progress on my owned TBR. I also am happy to say that I was well behaved with my book buying. Let’s get into the books I read this month!

Physical Books
Mistletoe & Mr. Right by Sarah Morgenthaler
Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center
The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar
Kiss My Cupcake by Helena Hunting
Fortune and Glory by Janet Evanovich
The Sand Warrior by Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel, Matt Rockefeller, Xianthe Bouma & Boya Sun
Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughn, Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson, & Jared K. Fletcher
Paper Girls, Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughn, Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson, & Jared K. Fletcher
Paper Girls, Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughn, Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson, & Jared K. Fletcher
Paper Girls, Vol. 4 by Brian K. Vaughn, Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson, & Jared K. Fletcher
The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa
Paper Girls, Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughn, Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson, & Jared K. Fletcher
Paper Girls, Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughn, Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson, & Jared K. Fletcher
Chosen by Kiersten White
Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Rage and Ruin by Jennifer L. Armentrout
All the Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace
All the Bad Apples by Moira Fowley-Doyle
Born in Fire by Nora Roberts
Born in Ice by Nora Roberts
Born in Shame by Nora Roberts

eBooks
Wings of Ebony by J. Elle
Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield
The Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher
The Cobalt Prince by Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel, Matt Rockefeller, Xianthe Bouma & Boya Sun
The Red Maze by Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel, Matt Rockefeller, Xianthe Bouma & Boya Sun
The Amber Anthem by Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel, Matt Rockefeller, Xianthe Bouma & Boya Sun
The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa
The Iron Warrior by Julie Kagawa
The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa
Ten Rules for Faking it by Sophie Sullivan
The Blade Between by Sam J. Miller

Audiobooks
Red Skies Falling by Alex London
Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey
The Girl and the Ghost by Hanna Alkaf
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Educated by Tara Westover
Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire
Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire
Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire
This Will be Funny Some Day by Katie Henry
Far From You by Tess Sharpe

These are all the books I read this month. I think it’s a good combination of books I own and books I borrowed from the library. Also, I know this looks like an incredible amount of books, but I read quite a few graphic novels and many of the audiobooks that I listened to were novellas rather than my usual preference of full length novels. Next month I’m hoping to borrow some more books with my Kindle Unlimited subscription since I read a decent amount of the eARCs I had on my kindle. How’d you do for this first month of 2021?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s 2020 Reading Statistics (Year End Wrap Up)

Hello, lovelies! I’m here today with one of my favorite posts that I create every year. My year end wrap up, which is where I share all of the fun graphs and charts that I’ve made with the different bookish information I’ve kept track of all year. This year, only one or two of my graphics are different, I’ve added a new one and combined a few others to made more sense. I read a total of 384 books in 2020. I read in all different formats. I borrow some books (mostly audiobooks, but sometimes ebooks and physical books too) from my local library, as well as getting some arc’s from NetGalley. I love both series and standalone books. I do my best to read a wide variety of genres. I read good books and bad books this past year. That is what these charts and graphs will show you. Let’s start with my monthly breakdown.

This one shows how many books I read in each month for 2020. April was obviously my best month, with October not far behind. July was my worst month. This was partly because I was working more hours at my job and partly because this was when my job (working retail) started to seriously effect my mental health. I’m pretty happy with this, but I think next year I want to try to be a bit more consistent across all twelve months.

I’m not great at math, so according to StoryGraph (my favorite new book tracking website), my all-time average rating is 3.95. This seems pretty accurate and it’s a number that I’m pleased with. StoryGraph allows for whatever half or quarter star rating you want when you rate the book, so next year I will have a more specific average for the whole year. This overall average is down from last year which I think is interesting. I think it’s because I’ve been focusing on reading the books I own, rather than just books I’m excited about. So, I’ve read a few that I didn’t rate very highly.

These are the three different formats that I read in this year. I am not at all surprised by the similarity of eBooks and audiobooks, and I’m very impressed with the amount of physical books that I read. My goal at the start of 2020 was to focus mostly on the physical books that I already own, which as this chart shows, I successfully did. I’m going into 2021 with a similar goal. I made a pretty low (for me) reading goal that’s close to the number of books that I already own (physical books and eBooks). I am actually putting myself on a book buying ban until I get my physical TBR down to around twenty books.

This is one of the charts that I consolidated with another. I was keeping track of my arc’s vs finished copies, and separately, I kept track of owned, library borrows, and Kindle Unlimited borrows. So, while technically I am in possession of all the arc’s I read, I don’t think I’m going to mark those as ‘owned’ books anymore. I’m changing this to more accurately track the comparison between the books I do own versus books I get elsewhere. One big goal I have in 2021 is to read mostly books I own, but I also really want to go back to taking advantage of my Kindle Unlimited subscription. I pay monthly for this and this past year it was really a waste of money. There are many authors I really like that have all their books on KU and I want to catch up on the books I’ve missed by them.

This graph is actually pretty similar to the one I had for last year. I read many new releases this year. I bought quite a few and borrow some from my library. This is one of the graphs that I really want to look different when I make this post next year. I don’t want to get so sucked into the hype of new releases. I want to read mostly the backlist books I own, buy the handful of new releases written by my auto-buy authors, and maybe borrow other new releases from the library. I don’t know how successful I will be, but I’m hoping to make it so this chart looks almost opposite what it does here. Do you read more backlist books or new releases?

This graph marks the page numbers for the books I read in 2020. This one also looks pretty similar to the one from last year. Though, I will say that I read one or two bigger books for each category than I did last year. I have little to say about this one, I’m happy with this. I like long books and short books, so I don’t really foresee this one changing in the future.

Wow, I just checked this one compared to last year. It’s almost identical. I think a part of that is because I’ve been working on really buckling down and finishing the series I’ve started. I successfully finished all the series on my list from 2019, and all the series but two on my list from Blogtober that I hoped to finish before 2021. I plan to reread and start quite a few new series in 2021, so I think this chart will look similar again in my next year end wrap up. Do you read more series or standalone?

This is always the graph I am the most excited to see when I create my end of the year wrap up. Every year, I say I’m going to try to read most widely through the genres. I’m going to branch out and try new things. In 2020, I think I managed to do that more than I ever have in the past. I read more adult books than I have in the past (which is something I really fixated on. I discovered so many new adult fantasy, romance, and science fiction books I read (and still have to read) that I’m very excited about. While I did still read a good amount of young adult book (which you’ll see in my next and final chart) I feel really good about the fact that I read more adult books and more middle grade books. I think I did pretty well reading widely, but I’m going to continue to work on this in 2021. What genre did you read the most of in 2020?

This is one of my favorite charts to see at the end of the year. As I said above, I read mostly young adult again, but I did read more of both middle grade and adult books than I did last year. I am planning to continue that trend into 2021. My owned TBR is pretty evenly half adult and half young adult with a spattering of middle grade. I’m already excited to see what this particular chart will look like for my 2021 wrap up. Some people may say that at 27, I shouldn’t be reading so much young adult but I’ve learned so much about myself this year and some of those young adult books had a huge hand in that. What age range did you read the most of?

So, there we have it. My 2020 year end wrap up, with graphs and charts! I look forward to this post every year and even though it is a lot of work to make all of the images, I had so much fun making them and seeing the final results. If you’re interested in comparing this post to my 2019 wrap up, you can find that post here. Let me know if you’ve made a year end wrap up like this one, I’d love to see it!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

End of Year-A-Thon Wrap Up

Hello, fellow book lovers! We are here today to talk a bit about the End of Year-A-Thon readathon that Amanda hosts with her friend, Vicky. We both participated, though Antonia joined a day or two late. So, we wanted to share with you the books we read in the final week of 2020. Let’s dive right in and share our list!

Read a 2020 release

Amanda
The Ravens by Danielle Paige & Kass Morgan
Teen Titans: Beast Boy by Kami Garcia & Gabriel Picolo

Antonia
The Awakening by Nora Roberts

Read a book written by a BIPOC author

Amanda
Tristan Strong Destroys the World by Kwame Mbalia

Read your most recently acquired book (borrowed, bought, gifted, etc.)

Amanda
How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black
Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I by Hazel Gaynor & Heather Webb

Antonia
The Awakening by Nora Roberts

Read a book with a star on the cover

Amanda
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

Read a book from a series you’ve already started, but haven’t finished

Amanda
Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams 

These are all of the books that we read during the End of Year-A-Thon! Did you participate in the readathon? If yes, did you complete any of the prompts? If no, what was the last book you read in 2020?