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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Amanda’s GoodReads Choice Awards Challenge – Update

Hi, lovelies! I’ve been making pretty good progress on reading the books nominated for the  GoodReads  Choice Awards. I’ve had to play catch up for a few series, but I still think I’ve been getting to a few books that I definitely should have read by now. I’m just going to talk about the categories that I’ve read books from. I will create a new post when the final nominees are released with which books I’ve already read from the categories and which I hope to get to before voting ends.

Fantasy

Year One by Nora Roberts
I have finished Year One and will be starting Of Blood and Bone later today.

The City of Brass & The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty
I loved both of these, but will have to see the final nominees to see which book will get my vote.

Romance

The Kiss Quotient The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

Meet Cute by Helena Hunting

I really enjoyed all three of these books, plus the ones nominated that I read earlier in the year. I’m excited to see which books make it to the final round.

Science Fiction

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

I loved this book. It was different from most of what I read but just absolutely beautiful. It will be hard to top this one, but there are a few from this category for me to read still.

Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction

The Toll by Neal Shusterman
I absolutely loved this. It got my vote for the semi-final round, but there’s still a few more books for me to read before the final vote.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer
I plan to pick up Archenemies in the next few days so I can get to the finale of the series.

Caraval, Legendary & Finale by Stephanie Garber
While I enjoyed this series and I’m glad I finally read it, I don’t know that it can beat the others in this category.

Middle Grade & Children’s

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

I loved this but it’s up against some other books I really loved. Also, I still have a few to read from this category.

Have you read any of the books nominated for the GoodReads Choice Awards? Are you going to read any before the final round of voting ends? Let me know!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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End of Year-A-Thon: Round Two!

Hello, lovelies! The ever wonderful Vicky @ What Vicky Read and I are back again this year to host one of the final readathons of the year, End of Year-A-Thon! Last year, we came up with this readathon as that last-ditch attempt to reach our GoodReads goals, to read those last few books we swore we’d read in 2019, and to have fun reading with friends in the final few days of the year.

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Somehow my TBR has gotten even longer than it was this time last year, despite reading over 200 books so far in 2019. And I’m sure I’m not alone in this. We all struggle from the ever-growing TBR lists. This readathon is here to help!

Remember all those books we talked about in January that we definitely planned to read in 2019? Well, if you’re like me, you’ve only read a handful of those. We have come up with a few changes to the prompts we created last year, that will hopefully assist in finishing off those last few books you’ve been dying to read before the end of the year.

There are six prompts, which I know seems like a lot, but feel free to use one book for more than one prompt. Combine however you see fit or don’t use the prompts at all, just come and read with us from December 26th until December 31st.

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Read a 2019 release

Read a book with a red cover

Read a book from a series you haven’t finished

Read a book under 300 pages

Read a book released before 2019

Read a diverse book

Personally, I will be selecting one book for each prompt because I’m a lady that needs options to choose from when doing readathons. I’ve already started thinking about what books I will be including in my TBR  for this. My TBR post will be coming in early December, so keep an eye out for that!

Finally, if you want to stay updated on all things End of Year-A-Thon follow either myself or Vicky on twitter, Amanda’s Twitter & Vicky’s Twitter. Leave a comment with any questions and let us know if you will be participating! And don’t forget to use the hashtag #EndofYearathon

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda’s GoodReads Choice Awards Challenge

Hello, lovelies! This year I’ve decided that I’m going to try to read as many of the nominated books for the 2019 GoodReads Choice Awards (find the voting link here)! I’ve read enough new releases this year that I feel trying to read the ones I haven’t is a more attainable goal than in previous years. So, today I will be sharing all the books I need to read or plan to read. Since I only have five days in this first round (opening round voting is Nov. 5-10), I will be listing those that I wanted to read earlier in the year but didn’t get around to. Let’s start with the first category!

Fiction

Normal People by Sally Rooney

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

There are other books in this category that I’m sure I’ll be interested in but these two are the ones that I have the most excitement toward.

Mystery & Thriller

The Silent Patient by Alex Michealides

I was going to skip this one, but I have The Silent Patient from my aunt so this is a good opportunity to finally read it.

Historical Fiction

I haven’t been able to get through any of the historical fiction I’ve tried to pick up in the last month or so. I will skip this category because I know I won’t finish any of the books, but if I did need to pick on it would be The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo because I’ve heard great things about it.

Fantasy

Of Blood and Bone by Nora Roberts

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty

These are the ones from the list that I already own (or plan to buy) and really want to read. There are a few others I will pick up if I manage to read everything else on the list.

Romance

Honestly, I want to read all of these books. So, I’m going to save this category for last so I have fewer books to choose from with only the finalists left.

Science Fiction

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

One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence

The Test by Sylvain Neuvel

To Be Taught if Fortunate by Becky Chambers

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

I’ve been loving science fiction this year, but there are so many from previous years that I haven’t gotten to read too many newer releases.

Graphic Novels & Comics

Heartstopper Vol. 2 by Alice Oseman

Paper Girls Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughn

There are a few others on here, but I’d need to catch up on the series and I’m not that ambitious. I will be finishing other graphic novels that I already own to see if I want to submit them for a write-in vote.

Poetry

Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One by Amanda Lovelace

These are the two from this category that I already own. So if I have time and feel like some poetry, I’ll pick them up.

Debut Novel

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

This is the only one I know anything about and have interest in, but I have a few that I want to submit for a write-in vote.

Young Adult Fiction

Frankly in Love by David Yoon

Internment by Samira Ahmed

These are the two I am most excited about for this category. There are others I will probably pick up if they make it to the next round of voting.

Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction

The Toll by Neal Shusterman

Supernova by Marissa Meyer

Finale by Stephanie Garber

I am going to buy the first later today and the second is being delivered tomorrow. I am excited for all three on this list.

Middle Grade & Children’s

The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan

There have been so many great middle-grade books this year, it’ll be hard to choose for this one.

There are a few categories that I will not be participating in because I just have no interest in them. They are as follows: Horror, Humor, History & Biography, Science & Technology, Food & Cookbooks, and Picture Books. I just don’t read these categories, so I’m not going to put myself through that.

So, five days to read all these books? Very unlikely.  But I will be back in five days to give an update on my progress. This list might change as we make it through the voting rounds because I’m sure some won’t make it and others will need to be added to this list.  I’m excited to get started. Let me know below if you’ve read any of these or if you’ll be voting!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda’s Samhain Witch-A-Thon Wrap Up

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

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

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

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

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

Dark Witch by Nora Roberts

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

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

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read the group book

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

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

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

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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

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

Read the Group Book:

Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

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

A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

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

Talon by Julie Kagawa

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

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

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

The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

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

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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

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

Oz: Road to Oz by Eric Shanower & Skottie Young

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

Spinning by Tillie Walden

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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

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

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

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

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

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

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

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

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read the group book

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

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

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogtober Day Twenty-Three: Thriller TBR

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

The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix

S.T.A.G.S by M.A. Bennett

A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor

All The Rage by Courtney Summers

Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl

These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

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

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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