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?

Amanda’s December Wrap Up

Hello, lovelies! Happy end of December. We’ve finally made it out of the hellscape that was 2020. So, on the final day of the year I’m going to share all the books I read in December.

Physical Books
The Plain Janes by Cecil Castelucci & Jim Rugg
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
The Ever Cruel Kingdom by Rin Chupeco
Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
Closer to Nowhere by Ellen Hopkins
The Awakening by Nora Roberts
Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Ravens by Kass Morgan & Danielle Paige
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black
Teen Titans: Beast Boy by Kami Garcia & Gabiel Picolo
Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

eBooks
These Vengeful Hearts by Katherine Laurin
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Crystal Caged by Elise Kova
First Comes Like by Alisha Rai
The Project by Courtney Summers
Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte
Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I by Hazel Gaynor & Heather Webb

Audiobooks
Black Wings Beating by Alex London
All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford
The Cousins by Karen M. McManus
The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu
Early Departures by Justin A. Reynolds
Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
Tristan Strong Destroys the World by Kwame Mbalia

These are all of the books I read in the final month of 2020. How many books did you read in December?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s December Graphic Novel Mini-Reviews

Hello, lovelies! Another month that I’ve actually managed to read some of my graphic novels that I already own. I’m going to keep this intro brief so we can get into my thoughts on what I read in the month of December.

The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci & Jim Rugg

This is a bind up of three different stories. I don’t know that the stories were ever published separately, but going into this graphic novel I didn’t realize that is was three different stories. I really loved this. These three stories were each wonderful in their own ways. In the first story, The Plain Janes, Jane has just moved to the suburbs from the city after she was in a bomb attack. She has PTSD and despite this happening in the city, she didn’t want to leave. She’s worried that she won’t make new friends. She’s a teen that is having to move during high school. So, her fears and worries are normal. But Jane is also an artist. She finds friends in three girls who are all also named Jane. In the first book, their friendship was focused on P.L.A.I.N. which was their name for the street art that they were doing together. This story was so fun, the girls planning what they were going to do next and basking in a successful execution. But the police are upset about the art and enact curfews, certain that it’s teenagers doing these art attacks. This doesn’t stop the girls, and their friendship grows. Janes in Love, the second book, is focused on Valentine’s Day and the love interests of each of the Janes (and James who is the only gay boy that is out in their school). I thought this story was sweet and fun. I liked that the color scheme of the art changed to a pretty pinks to reflect the theme of the story. Though this story focuses on love and romance and relationships, there’s still a focus on art too. Art saves and I loved that message in all three stories. In the final story, Janes Attack Back, Jane is feeling like her friends are drifting from what brought them together, art. They are all working on college applications, new hobbies and interests, and Jane feels like she’s doing the brunt of the work for P.L.A.I.N. On top of this, there’s a new girl at school and everyone loves her, but Jane can’t seem to anything other than butt heads with her. I think this was a really great story about friends all having their own interesting, but still being friends. It talks about how friends need to be able to tell their friends what they need from them and when. I loved all three of these stories so much. I also want to mention, in the first story, during the bombing, Jane was saved by a man that didn’t have any identification. So, he is in the hospital in a coma as a John Doe afterwards. She visits him often, but after she moves she writes him letters. I won’t say anything further, but this relationship was one of my favorite things about this story. They are two people from different parts of the world connected by a trauma. I think it was a wonderful addition to this story. Okay, I’ve gone on long enough. Long story short, I loved this graphic novel and I highly recommend it.

Teen Titans: Beast Boy by Kami Garcia & Gabriel Picolo

I absolutely loved this author/illustrator duo’s previous work (Teen Titans: Raven) so, I was super excited to pick up this next installment of the series. Beast Boy follows Gar in his daily life. I liked that this was a slice of life kind of story. It’s Gar’s senior year and he’s upset that he hasn’t completed anything from his list of goals for his final year of high school. The story starts with him reviewing the list and being more determined to tackle any of the items on the list. We also get to see his two best friends, Tank and Stella, try to hype him up when Gar is hyper focused on his insecurities. I think that’s the one thing I didn’t like about this book. Gar is so focused on the fact that he’s short and thin, he craves to be in with the popular crowd. I get this is something many teens feel, but I wish we could have seen him get over this. I loved how supportive Tank and Stella were and I think the little bits we get with them were the best parts. I also am a little disappointed that this book ended similarly to Raven, right when it felt like the story was getting into something exciting. Do graphic novels have cliffhangers? If yes, that’s what this was. I will say, I am extremely excited to read the next installment, Teen Titans: Beast Boy Loves Raven.

Technically The Plain Janes was three graphic novels in one bind up. So, I’m counting this month as four total that I read, hah! Now, I only have 8 unread graphic novels left on my shelf. I’m happy with how many/what I’ve read in terms of graphic novels this year. What graphic novels did you read in 2020?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogmas Day Eighteen: Amanda’s End of Year-A-Thon TBR

Hello, lovelies! Have you heard about End of Year-A-Thon yet? If not, check out my announcement post here and Vicky’s announcement post here. Today I’m sharing my TBR with you all! I will be sharing the prompts again and what I plan to read for each of them. As I said in my announcement post, feel free to combine prompts and read any genre, age range, format, there aren’t any rules, we just want to get everyone reading those last few books of 2020.

Prompts

Read a 2020 release

The Ravens by Danielle Paige & Kass Morgan

Read a book written by a BIPOC author

Tristan Strong Destroys the World by Kwame Mbalia

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

The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso

Read a book with a star on the cover

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

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

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

These are the books I’m planning to read for round three of End of Year-A-Thon! What books do you plan to read in the final week of 2020?

Feel free to find Vicky and me on Twitter. The readathon has its own twitter this year, where we’ll be hosting reading sprints and what not, so give it a follow! You can find all of those links below.

Amanda’s Twitter

Vicky’s Twitter

End of Year-A-Thon Twitter

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogmas Day Seventeen: Series to Start in 2021

Hi, bookworms! We have been talking a lot about series to one another lately, series we want to finish, series we want to start, and series we want to reread. We have posts about all of these scheduled for blogmas this month. Today we’re going to be talking about series we want to start in 2021. We both have tons of series we want to read, so this is just going to be series we own (or at least own the first book in the series) that we really want to pick up in the new year.

Amanda’s Series to Start

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
Jade City by Fonda Lee
The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Antonia’s Series to Start

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
Feverwake by Victoria Lee
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

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?