Blogmas Day Three: December TBR

Hello, friends! Today we are here for a quick TBR post. We’re going to give a short list of books we think we want to read this month (but if you’ve followed us a while you know Amanda never sticks to TBR lists.) So, we’re going to jump right in.

Amanda’s December TBR

The One and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

Closer to Nowhere by Ellen Hopkins

Tristan Strong Destroys the World by Kwame Mbalia

The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart

The Awakening by Nora Roberts

Antonia’s December TBR

The Awakening by Nora Roberts

Seven Devils by Laura Lam & Elizabeth May

Rules for Being a Girl by Katie Cotugno & Candace Bushnell

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

These are a few books that we are hoping to read this month. What books are on your TBR for December?

Blogmas Day One: Amanda’s November Wrap Up

Hello, lovelies! Welcome to the first day of Blogmas here at Classy Book Reviews. Antonia and I have some really fun posts for you this month, everyday right up until Christmas Day. But, for today, it’s just me (Amanda) here with all of the books that I read in November. I participated in two readathons: Tome Topple, and Clear Your Shit Readathon. I pretty much failed Tome Topple and didn’t manage to finish any of the books on my TBR, but thats okay because it motivated me to pick up a really intimidating book. Clear Your Shit is only half over, as it runs until around Christmas time. Follow me on twitter (here) if you want to see my updates for that. So, let’s get into the books I read in November and their formats.

Physical Books
Skyward, Vol. 1: My Low-G Life by Joe Henderson, Lee Garnett, & Antonia Fabela
Skyward, Vol. 2: Here There Be Dragonflies by Joe Henderson, Lee Garnett, & Antonia Fabela
Skyward, Vol. 3: Fix The World by Joe Henderson, Lee Garnett, & Antonia Fabela
Stain by A.G. Howard
W.I.T.C.H, Part I: The Twelve Portals by Elisabeth Gnone, Alessandro Barbucci, & Barbara Canepa
Star-Crossed by Minnie Drake
The Power by Naomi Alderman
Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe
To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini
How to Walk Away by Katherine Center
Well Played by Jen DeLuca
The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders

eBooks
Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy
Adaptation by Malinda Lo
Inheritance by Malinda Lo
As Far As You’ll Take Me by Phil Stamper
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout
A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Fable by Adrienne Young
The Camelot Betrayal by Kiersten White

Audiobooks
Iron Gold by Pierce Brown
Dark Age by Pierce Brown
Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Demi Oh
The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan

So, I read twenty-eight books in November. That’s mostly due to the Clear Your Shit Readathon because it really motivated me to buckle down and read books I already own. A few of these were ARC’s that I was very behind on reading, and a few were just for fun. Overall, I had a great reading month and found some new favorites! The books that don’t have reviews linked are scheduled to post sometime this month, so if you want to see my thoughts keep an eye out throughout December.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s November Graphic Novel Mini-Reviews

Hello, lovelies! I’ve been trying to get back into the swing of regularly reading my graphic novels. I read a bunch last month and wanted to read at least one again this month. Below are the graphic novels I read and some brief thoughts on them.

Skyward, Vol. 1: My Low-G Life by Joe Henderson, Lee Garnett, & Antonia Fabela

I bought this series on a whim while I was at my local comic store. I like science fiction and the cover grabbed my attention. I’m glad I did because I really enjoyed this. It was a fun story with diverse characters. Our main character, Willa, never grew up knowing what it was like to have gravity. So, she likes the world the way it is. But her dad wants to fix it. Her dad hasn’t left their apartment in 20 years though, so she doesn’t think it’ll actually happen. I liked that this story was about family, but it also had action and high stakes and other friends too. I think the art was lovely. The colors were vibrant and I really liked it all. I think my only complaint is that I’m left with too many questions. I’m assuming this will all be covered in the next volumes but I think we could have at least learned specifically why gravity stopped working instead of just getting hints about it. Overall, I liked this one and I’m going to go pick the next one up right now.

Skyward, Vol. 2: Here There Be Dragonflies by Joe Henderson, Lee Garnett, & Antonia Fabela

Okay, sadly I’m a bit disappointed by this one. I really liked that we got to see more of the world outside of Chicago. It was super interesting to see how a lack of gravity could change things like bugs. But I didn’t get a single question answered and I was left with even more than before. I still liked the story, but I’m confused about how Earth lost gravity and what exactly Willa is going to do about it. The art was beautiful. The setting of outside the city really allowed for fascinating scenes. I’m going to start the third volume now because I already own it and I really want to know what’s going on.

Skyward, Vol. 3: Fix The World by Joe Henderson, Lee Garnett, & Antonia Fabela

While I still have a few questions, I can say that I was pretty satisfied with this conclusion. This is the final volume in the series and we get some answers. I really liked Willa and her personality. She could have stayed somewhere safe with a loved one she missed dearly, but she put herself at risk to save the city she loves. I really liked that the bad guys pays for his crimes and that there was a happy ending. The art, like the first two volumes, was lovely. I kept forgetting to mention that I really liked that it wasn’t a super gory story. But there was blood and guts, sweat and tears at some points. The interesting thing about this is that there’s no gravity so all of this stuff floats in the air. It was nasty and I loved it. I also like that there’s a diverse cast of characters, Willa is black and there is a female/female relationship that we get to see bits of. My only problem with this volume and the series was that I wanted more! I want to see Willa travel and see the other cities. I want to see what other chaos a lack of gravity has created. I really enjoyed this series. It was fun and quick.

W.I.T.C.H, Part I: The Twelve Portals by Elisabeth Gnone, Alessandro Barbucci, & Barbara Canepa

This was such a fun and nostalgic read. I watched the show (I think it was a Disney show) way back when, but remember little about it. So, it was a ton of fun coming back into this world. I loved the story of girls coming together to be heroes. I also loved that the friendship of these five girls wasn’t a perfect one. They fight and disagree and I liked that this was a part of the story because it made it more realistic. I know this is a super long series, so I’m excited that I finally started it, but also it’s going to take me forever to finish it. I highly recommend it for those that love magical girls with mysterious destinies that get themselves into trouble.

I’m happy that I managed to read a whole series (all books that I already owned) and I’m hoping to finish up my physical TBR of my graphic novels next month. What graphic novels did you read this month?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

#SciFiMonth: Amanda’s Entire SciFi TBR

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Hey, lovelies! I mentioned in my TBR post (here) that at some point this month I was going to share a list of all the science fiction I own and haven’t read yet. Today’s post will be that list. These are all of the books that I own, both physical copies and ebooks), that are on my TBR.

Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell

Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi

Adaptation by Malinda Lo

Inheritance by Malinda Lo

Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders

The Power by Naomi Alderman

To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers

The Relentless Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal

The Test by Sylvain Neuvel

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

The End and Other Beginnings: Stories From the Future by Veronica Roth

Skyward, Vol. 1: My Low-G Life by Joe Henderson, Lee Garbett, & Antonio Fabela

Skyward, Vol. 2: Here There Be Dragonflies by Joe Henderson, Lee Garbett, & Antonio Fabela

Skyward, Vol. 3: Fix the World by Joe Henderson, Lee Garbett, & Antonio Fabela

Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughn, Cliff Chiang, Matthew Wilson, & Jared K. Fletcher

Paper Girls, Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughn, Cliff Chiang, Matthew Wilson, & Jared K. Fletcher

So, this is my list. I’m pretty happy with it. But I’m also always looking for new recommendations, so leave your favorites in the comments please! I’m pretty new to adult science fiction so I’m looking for backlist titles I may have missed out on in the last few years. What books are on your TBR?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s #SciFiMonth TBR

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QUOTE from Seven Devils by Elizabeth May & Laura Lam

Hello, lovelies and happy November! We’re finally almost out of the shitshow that has been 2020. I discovered in September that #SciFiMonth is a thing that exists and as science fiction is my favorite genre I obviously have to participate. This wonderful event is run by Imyril @ There’s Always Room for One More… and Lisa @ Dear Geek Place. There is an announment post and another post with more details (here) and you can find the #SciFiMonth Twitter here for more details and all the updates. With all of the business out of the way, let’s talk about what I’m hoping to read this month. This is going to be a short list of the books I definitely want to get to before #SciFiMonth is over. Later this month, I will have a full list of all the science fiction books that I own and haven’t read yet so you can all shame me into reading them. Let’s get into it!

War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi

Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

Adaptation by Malinda Lo

The Relentless Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

These five books are my highest priority of all the science fiction I own. There are definitely some I plan to reread as well this month, but that will be a different list. What books are you hoping to read this month?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogtober Day Thirty-One: Amanda’s October Wrap Up

Hello, lovelies! It’s time for one final Blogtober post. Today I’m here to talk to you about all of the books I read during the month of October.

Physical Books
Horrid by Katrina Leno
Surrender Your Sons by Adam Sass
The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
Bewitching by Alex Flinn
The Wicker King by K. Ancrum
The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson
The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 5: Imperial Phase, Part I by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson
The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 6: Imperial Phase, Part II by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson
The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
The Archive of the Forgotten by A.J. Hackwith
Slayer by Kiersten White
The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 7: Mothering Invention by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson
The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 8: Old is the New New by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson
The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 9: Okay by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson
Mirrored by Alex Flinn
The Shadowed Sun by N.K. Jemisin
Beheld by Alex Flinn
Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart
Queen of Fury by Tracy Banghart
The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry
Seven Devils by Laura Lam & Elizabeth May
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Vol. 1: The Crucible by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Robert Hack
Spectacle Vol. 1 by Megan Rose Gedris
Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi

eBooks
The Fell of the Dark by Caleb Roehrig
Middlegame by Seanan McGuire
The Castle School by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Lightbringer by Claire Legrand

Audiobooks
Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia
An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard
The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan
Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega
The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi
The Last 8 by Laura Pohl
The First 7 by Laura Pohl
Golden Son by Pierce Brown

These are all of the books I read in the month of October. It’s spooky season so they’re mostly books I’ve been saving and collecting all year to read during this wonderful time of year. What books did you read in October?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogtober Day Thirty: Gothtober Wrap Up

Hello, lovelies! I wanted to wrap up the books that I managed to read for Gothtober (see my TBR here for more details about the readathon) because I’m pretty pleased with what I managed to read!

LGBTQ+

Surrender Your Sons by Adam Sass

BIPOC Author

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

Disability Rep

The Castle School by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

Lies

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

Female Protagonist 

Horrid by Katrina Leno

Foreign Country

Slayer by Kiersten White

Modern Retelling

Bewitching by Alex Flinn

Bones

The Wicked +The Divine, Vol. 9: Okay by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson

Oldest Purchased 

An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard

Red

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Undead Character

Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Grey Morality 

The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

Dark Academia

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

These are all the books I managed to read for Gothtober! I think I did pretty well for this readathon with sticking to my TBR (something I almost never manage to do hah!) I definitely switched some books for different prompts, but I still count that as reading books on my TBR. Did you do any readathons this month?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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

Hello, lovelies! I’ve really been slacking on my graphic novel reading this year. I was doing okay at first, but as the year progressed I started focusing more and more on my physical TBR for just my novels. I wanted to change that this October because I had quite a few graphic novels that were perfect for the spooky season. So, let’s talk about what I read and how I felt about it.

The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 5: Imperial Phase, Part I by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson

I’ve been really wanting to finish this series now that it’s complete and I own all of them. I don’t know why it’s so hard for me to actually pick them up and read them, but everytime I actually do I’m reminded how much I enjoy this series. The story follows Gods who are reincarnated, but only for two years. Things have gotten pretty wild in this volume of the series. We have new Gods who might not really even be Gods? I thought the addition of magazine like interviews with some of the Gods was an interesting addition. It was a great way to remind myself what was going on in the story and actually helped me remember each God a bit better. As always, the art is absolutely stunning and perfectly gruesome. The characters are diverse, interesting, and complex. The conversations that this story brought up were interesting and important. I found myself liking characters that I was annoyed with or disliked in previous volumes. I was also super happy to get to see and read more about Lucifer who is absolutely my favorite character in this story. I’m definitely still a huge fan of this series and I’m planning to pick the next one up soon.

The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 6: Imperial Phase, Part II by Kieran Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson

I have mostly the same thoughts about this volume in the series as I did in my mini-review of the last volume above. There were really great conversations about sexuality. There were diverse characters. The art was stunning (and still perfectly gruesome). I think the twists in this volume were absolutely excellent and I want to immediately pick up the next volume to see what will happen next. The tension rose dramatically in the final pages of this book and I’m eager to continue.

The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 7: Mothering Invention by Kieran Golden, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson

Holy shit what did I just read. In this volume, we learn so much history of how the gods came to be how they are. We learn how and why they rerun every hundred years. We learn Ananke’s motivations and I’m so here for it. I was captivated by this volume. There’s still the usual gore and secret keeping, but the readers are learning things that only Ananke knows and it was fascinating. This series is full of characters with some seriously grey morals. They do terrible things and try to excuse them. Some of them straight up admit they’re basically villains. I loved this volume so much. The art was stunning. There were some pages that were so interestingly put together that I had to read a few times to get the full effect of what they were saying. This series really just gets better and better. It always covers tough topics in the best way possible. It acknowledges these topics and has productive conversation about them. I just can’t say enough great things. This volume might be my new favorite.

The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 8: Old is the New New by Kieran Golden, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson

Okay, so I didn’t know but this is a special collection volume. This is a few stories that were previously published separately, now put into one collection. I thought it was really interesting to see a story I was familiar with shown in a different art style. It had things in common (like murder) but the art was different and interesting. I had a bit of trouble, because some of these stories were about how pantheons in the past ended, keeping the characters straight. There were some of the same gods, but they were in different bodies (often different genders) which made it hard for me to remember which character was which. This was something I struggled with in the first few volumes of this series because there’s just so many characters. I was still really into the stories though. Getting to know a bit about the characters past and the history of this world with gods. Though this whole volume left me wondering, do the gods remember their previous times on Earth? Because if so, I’ve got some questions for Lucifer.

The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 9: Okay by Kieran Golden, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson

This was the finale volume of The Wicked + The Divine and I’m honestly sad to see it over. This was such a fun series that was full of murder, mystery, drama, but also really important conversations about sexuality, abortion, and many other topics. I’m pretty happy with this final volume. The characters all finally learned the secrets that were revealed to the reader in the last few volumes and I was satisfied with how everything played out. I will definitely miss these characters and their utter chaos, but I had such a great time with this series. It’s definitely one I will recommend. The characters were all so complex and diverse. There was excellent gore and murder mystery. Finally, my favorite thing is that this final installment was narrated by Laura just like the first volume was and I really enjoyed the full circle aspect of that. I’m sad that the series is over but I’m definitely interested in reading other works from these creators.

Spectacle Vol. 1 by Megan Rose Gedris

This story follows Anna, who works at a traveling circus along with her twin sister. When her twin, Kat, is found murdered, Anna is tasked with figuring out who the murderer is. Circus stories seem to be hit or miss for me and this one was a miss. I didn’t like how some of the circus members treated others. I also really didn’t like that we didn’t figure out how the murderer was. I assume this mystery is drawn out through the series, but I wanted to know who did it. I think this was a good story to read in October, there are ghosts and a murder mystery, and Anna’s narrator did a good job of making things seem a bit spooky. She questioned everything. This was a quick read, but I don’t know that I’ll continue the series.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Vol. 1: The Crucible by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Robert Hack

This was creepy. I know that Sabrina is supposed to be a horror story but I grew up watching the fun animated show and the other one with Melissa Joan Hart. Which were both family friendly and full of goodness. This was not at all that, which I knew going into it, but it still totally creeped me out. Sabrina wasn’t so creepy, but her Aunt Hilda and Zelda were both basically cannibals and all the magic stemmed from worshipping the devil. This is the perfect graphic novel to read if you want something creepy for October. Even the art style was super creepy. The facial expressions of the characters did a really good job supporting the horror of the storyline and dialogue. I don’t know if I’ll continue the series. I want to see if my library has it, because it’s not my usual kind of thing to read so I don’t think I want to buy them. But I liked it well enough. I’m excited to see how it was adapted on Netflix.

These are all the graphic novels I read in October and my thoughts on them! I’m pretty proud of myself for finishing the WicDiv series (finally) and reading the others that I’d been saving all yeah for October. Did you read any graphic novels this month?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogtober Day Twenty-Two: Series on my TBR

Hello, bookworms! For one of last year’s Blogmas posts (find it here) Amanda talked about series that she owned and needed to finish. In August, she finally finished the last series on that list. So, drawing inspiration from that success we decided for one of this year’s Blogtober posts we would make a list of new series that we’ve started and not yet finished. This post will double as Blogtober content and as a way to keep us accountable to finish these series before the end of the year! We’re planning to do a follow up post for Blogmas. This list is only for series that are completed, not series that are sill being published.

Amanda’s Series To Finish

The Empirium Trilogy by Claire Legrand: I read the first two books of this series in August for Tome Topple. It’s for sure going to make the list for my 2020 favorites. The final book comes out October 13th and I’m very eager to get my hands on it.

The Kendra Chronicles by Alex Flinn: I’ve been working on reading my physical TBR this year and Alex Flinn’s books have been high on that list. I’ve read a few of them, so some have been rereads. But I’ve never finished this series, so I’m looking forward to finally getting back into this series. Especially since it’s a favorite of Antonia’s.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon: I started this series years and years ago. It was actually Antonia’s mom that recommended it to me and let me borrow her copy. But I made it to the fourth book and then lost said book. I never did find it, so I bought Antonia’s mom a new copy (she was rereading the series) and then never managed to finish it.

The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson: This is one that I plan to pick up this month. The graphic novel series follows twelve Gods who reincarnate into humans every ninety years. This series is dark as hell and I fucking love it. It’s only gotten more bizarre with each installment and I’m excited to read the five volumes I have left.

The Dark Elements by Jennifer L. Armentrout: This is actually a reread. I reread the first two books this past spring because of Armentrout’s new series, The Harbinger, which is set in the same world. I just have the third book left and they’re pretty quick reads. So, I think I’ll probably pick it up this month.

The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa: This is another reread. It was announced earlier this year that Kagawa is writing more books set in this world. Puck is finally going to get his own story and I’m so excited for it. I also only have the final book in this series to read, but then I’m going to read the Call of the Forgotten series which is also set in the same world. Hopefully by then, The Iron Raven will be released.

Antonia’s Series To Finish

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa: This is going to be my next read after I finish the book I’m on now. I’ve been so excited for this one and Amanda hasn’t been helping- she’s told me multiple times the ending is going to tear my heart out and I can’t wait.

Furyborn by Claire Legrand: Amanda recommended this one, it’s probably a little overambitious for me to try to read the whole series before the end of the year given how big my TBR list is but I want to at least start it.

The Air Awakens series by Elise Kova: I read the first three books forever ago after Amanda’s insistence but the end of the third book made me so sad and angry that I couldn’t make myself continue. I’m hoping to get back into it soon.

Inheritance by Christopher Paolini: Amanda and I were buddy reading this series last year and then life got in the way and I never got around to finishing the last one (it’s a reread). I really want to actually finish it finally.

Feverwake by Victoria Lee: Another series Amanda recommended that I’m really excited to start.

What series are you hoping to finish up before 2020 ends?

Blogtober Day Nine: Amanda’s ARC TBR

Hey, lovelies. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I really like making lists. Lists help me keep myself accountable. So, today for Blogtober I have another list for you. I’m going to list all of the eARCs I’ve gotten (thanks, NetGalley!) and need to read. I’ve really been slacking on my ebook reading, so hopefully this will give me motivation to pick them up.

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse – Release Date: October 13th, 2020

Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee – Release Date: October 20th, 2020

The Camelot Betrayal by Kiersten White – Release Date: November 10th, 2020

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong – Release Date: November 17th, 2020

Ten Rules for Faking It by Sophie Sullivan – Release Date: January 5th, 2021

As Far As You’ll Take Me by Phil Stamper – Release Date: February 9th, 2021

Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft – Release Date: March 2nd, 2021

The Castle School (for Troubled Girls) by Alyssa Sheinmel – Release Date: March 2nd, 2021

Slingshot by Mercedes Helnwein – Release Date: April 27th, 2021

These are all of the ARC’s I currently have that I need to read. I went on a bit of a requesting spree, so hopefully I can finish most of these before I potentially get approved for any others.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogtober Day Five: October TBR – 2020 Releases

Hello, lovelies! I’m back today with the second half of my October TBR. Today’s just a quick list of books I think want to read in October that were all released in 2020. Some of these I’ve preordered and I’m still waiting for them to arrive and some I already own, so I’m not sure how successful I’ll be with completing this list.

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

Lightbringer by Claire Legrand

Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Surrender Your Sons by Adam Sass

Seven Devils by Laura Lam & Elizabeth May

The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Horrid by Katrina Leno

These are all books I own that were released in 2020 that I am hoping to get to this month. What 2020 releases have you been saving for October?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogtober Day Four: Gothtober Readathon

Hello, lovelies! There are so many fun readathons this month, but one in particular caught my eye. I love the title. I love the prompts. I love the books I’ve chosen for the prompts. This month I am participating in the Gothtober Readathon. You can find all the information for the readathon here on their twitter. It’s running all month long, so I have plenty of time to read the books on this list and also read the books on my other TBR lists. Though some books made more than one list. Let’s get right into it.

LGBTQ+

Surrender Your Sons by Adam Sass

BIPOC Author

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

Disability Rep

Seven Devils by Laura Lam & Elizabeth May

Lies

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

Female Protagonist

Horrid by Katrina Leno

Forgien Country

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Modern Retelling

Slayer by Kiersten White

Bones

The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart

Oldest Purchased

Bewitching by Alex Flinn

Red

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Undead Character

Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Grey Morality

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

Dark Academia

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

These are the books I’m hoping to read for the Gothtober Readathon. I love this readathon and I’m so so excited to pick up all of these books.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogtober Day One: October TBR – Backlist Books

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Happy October, lovelies! It’s finally spooky season again (well, for me it starts in Septemeber because that’s when I start my spooky reads). It’s the spookiest time of the year, and that also means Blogtober. I’m starting off this month with a quick TBR list. I’m making two seperate TBR lists because we love more content. So, this first TBR will be some backlist books I plan to read for the spooky season. These are a few books that I already own and definitely want to make a priority to read this month.

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

Bewitching by Alex Flinn

The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith

An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard

Slayer by Kiersten White

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

Watching You by Lisa Jewell

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

These are just a few of my options, but the ones I’m more excited about. I have some mysteries, some thrillers, and some with a bit of magic. What books are on your TBR for October? Any good spooky books I should be adding to mine?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s September Wrap Up

Hey, lovelies. September has come to a close. Another month down in the shit show that is 2020. So, I’m here today to talk about the books I read this month. Let’s get right into it.

Physical Books
Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner
Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moria Fowley-Doyle
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
Tarnished Are the Stars by Rosiee Thor
Majesty by Katharine McGee
A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore
Final Girls by Riley Sager
The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin
Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore
S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett
The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald
I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick
The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke
The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

eBooks
Witches of Ash and Ruin by E. Latimer
Goblin King by Kara Barbieri
The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
The Last Secret You’ll Ever Keep by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Audiobooks
The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan
The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan

These are all the books I read in September! I fell into a bit of an audiobook slump this month, so hope that changes in October because I have a very ambition TBR for the month. What books did you read this month?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s August Wrap Up

Another month down and what a month it was. I participated in Tome Topple and managed to read a few of my bigger books. I also was attempting to read at least fifteen books so that I would be able to buy some of the new releases in September that I’m very excited about. I’m trying to get my physical TBR down, but I always seem to buy too many new books once I finally get it down to like 70 books. So, here is what I read in the month of August!

Physical Books
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
Love, Jacaranda by Alex Flinn
And I Darken by Kiersten White
Now I Rise by Kiersten White
Bright We Burn by Kiersten White
Homecoming by Kass Morgan
Rebellion by Kass Morgan
My Calamity Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows
One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London
The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty
Furyborn by Claire Legrand
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
Today Tonight Tomorrrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon

eBooks
I Hope You’re Listening by Tom Ryan
Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody
You Have a Match by Emma Lord
Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro
Make Up Break Up by Lily Menon

Audiobooks
Mirage by Somaiya Daud
We Unleash the Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia
The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan
Kingsbane by Claire Legrand
Court of Lions by Somaiya Daud
A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

These are all of the books I read in August! Some ARC’s I managed to get to, some great audiobooks, and some books that spent way too long on my TBR. What did you read this month?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.