Blogtober Day One: October TBR – Backlist Books


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. Westway 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.



Blogtober Day Twenty-Seven: Books That Haunt


Hiii, lovelies! For one of the final days in Blogtober, I want to talk about some books that are haunting me. These books are not necessarily ghostly but the messages or characters or something in them has really resonated with me. And so, they haunt me. They have stuck with me, lodged in my brain, for all of time.

Dry by Neil & Jarrod Shusterman
Date Read: 2018
An all too real portrayal of the potential near future. I want to read it again.

Air Awakens by Elise Kova
Date Read: 2018
This series did some serious damage to my little hormonal pregnant heart. I can’t get the story or the characters out of my head.

A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest
Date Read: 2017
This series is never-ending and gets weirder and more creative with every installment. I’ve taken a break from the newest books recently, but I still think about them all the time.

Looking for Alaska by John Green
Date Read: 2010
My favorite book of all time. This story will be with me forever. It saved my life at a time when I didn’t really see the point. I’m always grateful for this story.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Date Read: 2014
This one haunts me like a ghost. It whispers, “Reread meeee.” and “Finish meee” because I never finished the series and it’s been so long I would need to reread all the ones I’ve read already.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Date Read: 2013
My first dip into YA dystopian and I was (and still am) obsessed.

Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro
Date Read: 2019
A haunting story that I cried through probably 60% of the pages. This is a must-read.

People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins
Date Read: 2018
An all too real conversation about guns.

Beartown by Fredrik Backman
Date Read: 2019
Another book that I mostly just sobbed through.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
Date Read: 2018
Aliens, a conversation on social media and internet fame, plus that ending!

These are just a few books that really have stuck with me after reading. This list of books is a lot for me because I have a terrible memory. So, when a book really sticks in my mind, you know it’s a good one (in my opinion). Let me know if you’ve read any of these and what books would make your ‘haunting books’ list in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.


Blogtober Day Eleven: Villains


Hi, lovelies. Today for Blogtober the topic is villains. I love me a good villain. Especially one that started as a good guy, and lets life beat them down until they turn bad. I love the other way too, villains that somehow manage to redeem themselves. Let’s talk villains.

Victor Vale & Eli Ever from Vicious by V.E. Schwab
These two, man, what to say about them. This is not a pretty story. It’s full of betrayal and murder. Victor is the main character and he’s not a great guy. His mission is to end the life of his best friend, Eli Ever. Eli got him sent to jail, but he’s also murdering other E.O.’s. So, he’s also not a great guy. Their motivations are so interesting and the storylines are complex, but you can’t help but to feel for and understand both of them.

Kate & August from This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
What is up with Schwab with these horrible but still somehow lovable characters? Kate and August are both painted as bad, but August is battling to keep his humanity and Kate (after she gives up on pleasing her father) tries to do right by fighting monsters. I couldn’t get enough of these two.

Adelina Amouteru from The Young Elites by Marie Lu
This was the series that really turned me onto my love for villains. Adelina starts as a confused girl in need of guidance. But she ends up on the wrong side, all in the hope of saving her family. She’s a fascinating character with an unbelievable journey.

Vianca Augustine from Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
Vianca is only sort of a villain, which is why I like her so much. She does the wrong things, but in her mind, is doing them for the right reasons. It’s kind of a lesser of two evils situation. I really enjoyed her story in this series.

The Darkling from The Grishaverse by Leigh Bardguo
Is this even a list of villains without the Darkling? He’s dark and broody and all of the things I love in a villain. With his tragic backstory, you can’t help but feel for him just a little.

Empress Celestine from The Shattered Realms by Cinda Williams Chima
Celestine was honestly pretty horrible. But before you learn her true motivations you can’t help but respect her and even sort of like her because she just wants to find and gather her family. She’s fierce and ruthless. While she was pretty terrible, she was a great villain.

Haikaimono from Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
Haikaimono is ruthless and bent on revenge. But also, he mostly just wants to survive. His existence is so complicated with so much to it. I hated him at the end of this book and for most of book two. But by the end of Soul of the Sword, you could almost feel for him.

Tea from The Bone Witch trilogy by Rin Chupeco
This whole series I flopped back and forth h between being one hundred percent sure she was the villain and equally sure that she was doing the right thing. I loved her the whole time, even when I thought she was doing the wrong thing. She had her reasons, ones too complicated for me to elaborate on here, but she was a complex character that was extremely intelligent and did nothing without specific reasons.

The Sleeper from Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
This book showed me a new love for middle-grade books. I cannot get enough of them and it’s all because of Aru. The Sleeper is the big bad in this series, but there’s more to him than we know at first. I think he’s an interesting villain, one that I can’t wait to learn more about in the next book.

Serefin & Malachiacz from Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
What to say, what to say, about these two men? They’re bad, but how bad? Their stories are full of twists and turns and they lead them to the complicated ending of this book. They are both a product of their environments and their complex backstories. But I love them both and I’m dying to find out the next part of their story.

Maven from the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard
He’s one of my all-time favorite villains. His story is one that you can’t help but feel bad for him. He might have been the hero had he grown up differently. Instead, he is a product of his parentage and his childhood. He made so many wrong choices, but somehow I loved him right up until the end.

That’s all I have for you today. Share with me in the comments who your favorite villains are. Are they truly evil or could they have been completely different had their upbringing or other events had gone differently? Tell me your villains below!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.


Blogtober Day Eight: Paranormal Edition


Hi, lovelies! Today the topic of conversation is paranormal books! October is the perfect time of year to read some good (or not so good) paranormal stories. Ghosts, witches, and vampires, what more could a girl ask for?

Spell on Wheels by Kath Leth, Megan Levens, & Marissa Louise
This graphic novel was the perfect start to my spooky season. Kickass witches that meet all sorts of creatures. It was everything I wanted and way better than I expected.

Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout
This one is definitely angsty YA paranormal, but I had to have a few of those on this list of course.

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
This middle-grade story about a girl that sees ghosts is just the perfect Spooktober read.

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Dystopian vampires. That is all.

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
This one is technically horror, but I don’t read enough horror to make a whole list so I’m including it here. This has the best atmosphere for autumn and mystery galore.

Moonstruck Vol 1: Magic to Brew by Grace Ellis & Shae Beagle
Such a fun and diverse graphic novel. I loved this first installment.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
The Gansey Gang and their antics are best read in the spooky season. The atmospheric setting and adventures are so fitting for this time of year.

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
This one doubles as a great summer read and an equally great fall read. Witches and ghosts, drowning, oh my!

A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest
This addicting series is full of mythical creatures you’ve never even thought about. With 30+ books in the series, this is a great one for some binge-reading.

Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter
Supernatural summer camp? Great for the fall, but the summer too.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
If you don’t read at least one vampire book this month, who are you?

The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy by Nora Roberts
Witches and mystery and hot dudes. Yes, please.

A Quick Bite by Lynsay Sands
This one fulfills any romance lovers need for some smutty vampires. There are about a zillion books in this series too, so get cracking!

The Devil Inside by Jenna Black
I’ll admit that I haven’t actually read this book or series is quite a few years, but I really remember loving them.

What books of the paranormal variety would you have included on this list? Leave a comment and let me know! Have you read any that made my list?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.