Blogmas Day Thirty-One: December Wrap Up

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For the final day of Blogmas, dear lovelies I give to theeee (I hope everyone’s singing along with me) a wrap up of the books I read this monthhhh! I read lots of good stuff this month, so I’m just going to get right into it.

Physical Books
The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts
Born to Bite by Lynsay Sands
The Reluctant Vampire by Lynsay Sands
Starsight by Brandon Sanderson
The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett
The Wicked + The Divine: Fandemonium by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson
The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand
The Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld & Alex Puvilland
The Spill Zone: The Broken Vow by Scott Westerfeld & Alex Puvilland
Life is Strange: Dust by Emma Vieceli, Claudia Leonardi, & Andrea Izzo
The Wicked + The Divine: Commercial Suicide by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson
This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada

eBooks
The Renegade Hunter by Lynsay Sands
Hungry for You by Lynsay Sands
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith
Ashlords by Scott Reintgen
Under a Vampire Moon by Lynsay Sands
Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin
I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi
The Lady is a Vamp by Lynsay Sands
Jackpot by Nic Stone
Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel
The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory
Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith
Soldier by Julie Kagawa
Immortal Ever After by Lynsay Sands
Girls With Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young
One Lucky Vampire by Lynsay Sands
Dance Upon the Air by Nora Roberts
Vampire Most Wanted by Lynsay Sands
Legion by Julie Kagawa
Heaven and Earth by Nora Roberts
Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich
Sovereign Sacrifice by Elise Kova
The Immortal Who Loved Me by Lynsay Sands

Audiobooks
The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead
Inferno by Julie Kagawa

These are all the books I read in December. I managed to read some that will be finding themselves on my favorites of 2019 lists next month. What did you read in December? Any new favorites?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Blogmas Day Thirty: Amanda’s December Graphic Novel Mini-Reviews

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Hello, lovelies! I’ve been in a bit of a graphic novel slump. I think I just have too many options, too many series I’ve read the first of and bought more of the series, but haven’t picked up. So, I’m really glad I managed to finally pick up more graphic novels this month.

The Wicked + The Divine Volume Two: Fandemonium by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson

I love this series. There’s something about it that just captivates me. I love the concept of the Gods reincarnating (sort of). This volume  was full of mystery and the main character, Laura, trying to find out who killed Luci. I really missed Luci and her absense kind of made this volume not as good as the first. I still ended up really enjoying it though. The huge twist at the end had me dying for the next book. I liked that we got to see more of the other gods and we got a bit more than just Laura’s perspective. I’m excited to continue with the series.

Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld & Alex Puvilland

I bought this graphic novel after seeing Scott Westerfeld speak at the DC National Book Festival. The way he talked about how images and art inspired him and changed the way he wrote stories really made me want to check this one out. I’m glad I did. The art was interesting and unique. The color difference between the regular world scenes and the panels inside the “spill zone” was beautiful. I think it was also interesting the way the different speech bubbles meant different things. We see Addie (the main character) talking, but we also get thought bubbles from her younger sister who hasn’t spoken since coming out of the spill zone the night everything happened, and speech bubbles from another character I won’t name so it doesn’t give anything away. I also thought the story itself was well done. It was compelling and mysterious. My only complaint is that it ended too soon. There wasn’t much resolution, but thankfully I have the second book too so I’ll just start that next. There was something supernatural about the story and I think that was really creative and definitely kept me interested.

Spill Zone: The Broken Vow by Scott Westerfeld & Alex Puvilland

After finishing the first volume, I had to immediately pick up the second and get the rest of the story. I really loved how things connected and then were wrapped up. I think Westerfeld told an excellent story. The art was stunning. I loved the contrast between the regular world and then the spill zone and then how they were merged toward the end of the story. My only complaint would be that sometimes the shifts between scenes and characters were a bit sudden and jarring. I still really enjoyed it and these might just make a favorites list when I work on those in the coming month.

Life is Strange: Dust by Emma Vieceli, Claudia Leonardi, & Andrea Izzo

This graphic novel made me nostalgic for when I was introduced the the video game. I used to play it with a neighbor of mine that turned into a close friend. It made me miss her. But aside from that, I didn’t love this. The time travel bits were really confusing at first. I did like that they included actual art from the game. But overall, I’m definitely going to stick with the game.

The Wicked + The Divine: Commercial Suicide by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson (also several other guest artists)

This, so far, is probably my least favorite of this series. Though we actually get some back story on the gods and the people they were before being awoken as gods, which I thought was interesting. This was kind of all over the place. The two characters I liked the most are not longer in the story. Plot wise, things are getting wild. I think the mystery and suspense is done really well. The reader knows more than some of the characters, but were still not given all the information. I thought the inclusion of guest artists was interesting and made each of the gods featured more unique. Overall, while it was my least favorite I still really enjoyed it.

Did you read  any graphic novels in December? Have you read any of these ones? Leave a comment and let me know!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Blogmas Day Twenty-Two: Amanda’s End of Yearathon TBR

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Hello, lovelies! I am more than excited to share with you the books I’m planning to read in the final days of 2019. I have been thinking about what books to include since Vicky and I started talking about the prompts for this round. Let’s talk about what books I plan to read (but will probably change a million times.) This readathon will be going on starting December 26th (at midnight in your time zone) until December 31st (right up until the ball drops!)

Prompts:

Read a 2019 release

The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Read a book with a red cover

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Read a book from a series you haven’t finished

These Divided Shores by Sara Raasch

Read a book under 300 pages

Life is Strange: Dust by Emma Vieceli, Claudia Leonardi, & Andrea Izzo

Read a book released before 2019

The Emerald Sea by Richelle Mead

Read a diverse book

The Wicked + The Divine: Commercial Suicide by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie

I picked books that I’m really excited about, but for some reason just haven’t picked them up yet. Knowing how I am though, I’m sure I’ll change my mind and end up reading different books that fit the prompts. You’ll have to wait for my wrap up to find out!

Let me know what you plan to read for this readathon in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda

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Blogmas Day Fourteen: GoodReads Choice Awards

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Hello, lovelies! I thought it would be fun to do a final wrap up of the GoodReads Choice Awards winners and which ones were winners thanks to my vote. I’m only going to be including the categories that I voted in. Check out my last post about which books I still needed to read for the final round of voting.

Best Mystery/Thriller

My Vote: An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanenn

Winner: The Silent Patient by Alex Michalides

This is not overly suprising to me with all the hype that surrounded The Silent Patient. It also, sort of, makes me want  to move this book higher up on my TBR list.

Best Historical Fiction

My Vote: Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Winner: Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This is also not overly surprising to me. I’m glad it won. I adored the audiobook and voted for it in each round.

Fantasy

My Vote: The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

Winner: Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Another one that’s not a surprise. There were so many great books for this category,  it was a hard choice to pick just one.

Romance

My Vote: Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Winner: Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

This one was so deserving of the win. I did really like some of the other books I read from this category, but I’m so glad RW&RB won.

Science Fiction

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

Winner: Recursion by Blake Crouch

The winner is one of the few books in this category that I didn’t read. I can’t say whether it deserved it, but I wish my vote won.

Graphic Novels & Comics

My Vote: Bloom by Kevin Panette & Savanah Ganucheau

Winner: Pumpkin Heads by Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks

Another non-surprise, Rainbow Rowell is such a beloved author. I personally don’t read her work, so I think any of the other books should have won.

Poetry

My Vote: Great Goddesses: Life Lessons from Myths and Monsters by Nikita Gil

Winner: Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

I love that Shout won. I have not read it yet, but it’s on my shelf. I definitely plan  to read it in 2020.

Debut Novel

My Vote: House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

Winner: Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

I think it should be a rule that books can’t win more than one category to give the other books a more fair chance. RW&RB already won the Romance category and there were several other deserving books in the Debut Novel category.

Young Adult Fiction

My Vote: The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

Winner: Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, & Tobias Iaconis

I’m sorry, but HOW did this book win? Wasn’t this written based off of the movie? This was rigged. I don’t understand how this could have won over any of the other books for Young Adult Fiction.

Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction

My Vote: The Toll by Neal Shusterman

Winner: The Wicked King by Holly Black

Is anyone surprised by this? No? Me neither.

Middle Grade & Children

My Vote: Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi

Winner: The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan

Insert lack of surprise here. Uncle Rick is king. But I would have liked to see one of the more diverse stories by a newer author win.

So, that’s it lovelies, the 2019 GoodReads Choice Awards have finally come to an end. It was fun trying to read all of the books so that I could vote properly. Which books were you happy to see win?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Blogmas Day One: Amanda’s December TBR

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Hello, lovelies! We just managed to complete Blogtober, which means that it’s time to challenge ourselves to manage Blogmas in the same year! So, for the first day of Blogmas (I hope you sang that like I did while typing it) I have a TBR list for you! I’m just going to share a few things I think I want to read and it will not include my TBR for the End of Yearathon because that will be coming later this month.

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

The Lovely War by Julie Berry

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco

The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting

Furyborn by Claire Legrand

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

These Divided Shores by Sara Raasch

I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

These are the titles I’ve added to my TBR with a brief glance through my physical TBR. I don’t know how many, if any, I will actually pick up. But these are the titles that jumped out at me when thinking of what I might want to read in December.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Tome Topple Wrap Up

Hello friends! This readathon seemed to fly by! We hope that everyone else had as great a time as we have. Tome Topple is always fun and a satisfying way to knock out those big books on our TBR.

Read more than one tome

Amanda- I managed to read more than one Tome! See which titles below.

Antonia- I successfully read more than one Tome! See which ones below.

Read the tome that’s been on your tbr the longest

Amanda- Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Antonia- Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get to this one.

Read a tome that is part of a series

Amanda- The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

Antonia- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling.

Read a tome from a genre you don’t usually read

Amanda- Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin. I’m sticking with fantasy because even though all of the books I read for Tome Topple were fantasy, I haven’t been able to actually read any of this genre and really love it until this round of the readathon.

Antonia- I did not have time to do this category.

Read a tome that’s an adult novel

Amanda- The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty

Antonia- The Liar by Nora Roberts

How did everyone else do for Tome Topple? Let us know what you’ve been reading in the comments!

Amanda’s GoodReads Choice Awards Challenge – Final Round

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

Fantasy

Read:

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

TBR:

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

Romance

Read:

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

TBR:

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

Science Fiction

Read:

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

TBR:

The Test by Sylvain Neuvel

Graphic Novels

Read:

Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia & Gabriel Picolo

TBR:

Heartstopper Vol. 2 by Alice Oseman

Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction

Read:

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

TBR:

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Middle Grade

Read:

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

TBR:

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

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

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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