Blogtober Day Twenty (Part One): Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Books Recommended to Me

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is Books I Read Because Someone Recommended Them to Me (tell us who recommended them, if you want!)

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The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker
My good friend Adrianna recommended this over and over and I’m so glad that she did. You can find her on twitter here!

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
I loved this book so so much. I’m so glad that I watched one of Riley Marie’s vlogs (watch here!) where she read this book and loved it.

Rules for Being a Girl by Candice Bushnell & Katie Cotugno
Forever thankfully to my Twinny for coming at me with the best recommendations. Check out her blog, The Bookish Chick, for some great reviews.

For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig
Paige (find her on Twitter here!) raved about this book. I’d previously read and enjoyed one of Heilig’s books and I bought this one to get signed at an event I saw her at. But Paige is the reason I actually picked it up.

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
I was at the point of almost unhauling this before even reading it (while trying to cull my physical TBR to a less overwhelming number) but the way that Heathur from Aphrodite Reads absolutely raved about it had me rethinking that. I’m so glad I kept and read it because it was incredible.

There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool
My best bean got this book for me and I am eternally grateful. Check out Avhlee @ Tea Cups and Torn Pages, you won’t regret it. This, so far, hold the space for my favorite book of 2020.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
This one was fabulous and I liked Thorne’s second book even better. Big thanks to Chelseadollingreads.

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee
This is a wonderful book that is horrifyingly underrated. I wish more people knew about this series. It’s basically Percy Jackson but with Chinese Folklore and every second was nothing but enjoyable. Also, I listened to the audiobooks which I highly recommend. The only other person who I’ve seen talk about this series (and she’s why I discovered the second book was out) is Books in the Skye.

Belle Révolte by Linsey Miller
Another amazing book that I only read because of my dear friend, Avhlee.

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
My wonderful friend Rae (find her at Novels & Notions) bought this book for me and I am so so glad because this trilogy earned a place in my all-time favorites list.

What books have you read because of someone else and ended up loving them? I’d love to see your post this week!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogtober Day Eighteen: If You Liked This, Then Read That

Hey, lovelies! I want to start by saying a big thank you to my favorite human, Alana (find her here!), for helping think of this post idea. Today I am going to be recommending some books that are all great for October. I thought it would be fun to recommend books based off of other books. So, this will be a ‘if you liked this book, try that book’ kind of post, but they’re all books that would be great to read during the spooky season.

If you liked Sadie by Courtney Summers then you should try I Hope You’re Listening by Tom Ryan. Sadie is a girl that is trying to find out what happened to her younger sister. At the same time, we get chapters that are written in the format of a podcast (which is why the audiobook is so great). The podcast is several months after Sadie’s chapters and it’s trying to find out what happened to her. I Hope You’re Listening follows Dee. Ten years ago, she saw her best friend abducted. In the present timeline, a new family moved into her best friends old house and the young girl that lives there is kidnapped. Dee is equally horrified and fascinated. One of the thing’s Dee did to move on from seeing her best friend kidnapped was to start a podcast that focuses on current kidnapping cases. She brings awareness to current cases and directs the internet to see if they can find anything that might help solve these cases. These two books both follow young girls that have dealt with loss. They both also have taken to trying to find the truth themselves or with the help of others. Also, both have podcasts. I really enjoyed both of these books and I think you will too.

If you liked Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power you might like The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel. Burn Our Bodies Down follows Margot, who has always been desperate for family outside of her mother. So, when she finds out that she has a grandmother she travels to meet her. Things get weird at her grandmothers house. Margot realizes that she is surrounded by secrets and she’s desperate to get to the truth. The Roanoke Girls is about Lane moving in with her grandparents after her mother commits suicide. The women in this family have either left and not been heard from again or they’re dead. This family is full of secrets and Lane can’t help but run when she learns the truth. But she returns when she hears here cousin, Allegra, is now missing. These two books are both full of family secrets and young girls that are determined to learn the truth, but the truths they discover might be more than they bargained for. I loved Burn Our Bodies Down and mostly liked The Roanoke Girls but they definitely have some common elements.

If you liked Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson you will probably like A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro. Truly Devious follows Stevie after she’s been accepted to the famous Ellingham Academy in Vermont. Stevie is determined to solve the schools cold case. The founders wife and daughter were kidnapped shortly after the school opened. While she’s working on that, one of her fellow students is murdered. There is more going on at this school that Stevie realizes. A Study in Charlotte is a Sherlock Holmes retelling of sorts. It follows Charlotte and Jamie who are descendants of Holmes and Watson. They end up going to the same boarding school where they are being framed for murder. These two books obviously have the boarding school in common. But they also both are filled with diverse characters and murders that aren’t quite what they seem. They also both have complicated romances that I absolutely adore.

If you liked Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus you should try Little Monsters by Kara Thomas. Two Can Keep a Secret is the story of Ellery moving to her mother’s home town to live with her grandmother. Her aunt went missing years and years ago and five years ago, the homecoming queen was killed. Someone is making threats. Threats that say this will be the most dangerous homecoming season in five years. The threats aren’t taken seriously until a girl goes missing. There are all kinds of secrets in this town and they’re all going to come to light. Little Monsters follows Kacey after she moves to a new town to live with her dad and his new family. She suddenly has a stepmother, a stepbrother, and a half sister. She almost doesn’t trust the calm when she settles into her new life and makes friends with Jade and Bailey. Then Bailey disappears, and everyone is looking to Kacey for answers. She doesn’t know if there is anyone she can trust anymore. So, these two stories both follow girls that have not so great mothers that cause them to move to new towns. In those new towns, things are probably not as perfect as they seem at first look. I liked both of these, but I cannot recommend Little Monsters enough and I wish more people talked about it.

If you liked A Million Junes by Emily Henry you might like We Speak in Storms by Natalie Lund. A Million Junes follows June who is dealing with the grief of losing her father. The one rule that’s been instilled in her is to stay away from the Angerts. But when Saul comes back to town, there’s just something about him that she can’t stay away from. The two join together to figure out what the truth behind their family feud is. They find magic, ghosts, and secrets. We Speak in Storms is the story of three characters, Joshua, Brenna, and Callie. It’s been 50 years since the tornado that destroyed the drive-in movie theatre, and on it’s fiftieth anniversary another tornado comes. The three main characters are all outsiders and they’ve been brought together when they don’t know that they need it. They work together to solve their problems and the problems of the past. I chose these two together because they both involve ghosts and history that needs to be righted.

These are the ten books I’ve chosen for my first attempt at ‘if you like this book then try that one’. I hope you agree with my choices because I had so much fun picking out comparisons for some of the more well known books. I tried to highlight books that I don’t often see anyone talking about. I enjoyed these books very much and I hope you will too. Do you have any books that you think would work for these comparisons?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogtober Day Seventeen: Audiobook Recommendations

Hey, lovelies! I was running out of ideas for Blogtober posts and then an idea hit me: audiobooks that are perfect for the spooky season. I am a huge fan of audiobooks and I’ve listened to some really great ones recently. So, let’s get right into it and talk about some books that are creepy and I would absolutely recommend they be listened to this October.

Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power: This is a book about a girl who runs away from her mother to find her grandmother. She arrived at her grandmothers and the longer she’s there the more she realizes there are secrets that she needs to uncover. Here family has been hiding things from her and she’s determined to learn the truth. I was gifted this audiobook for my birthday and it was wonderfully creepy. I seriously couldn’t listen to it too late at night or I wouldn’t be able to go to sleep. The story itself is pretty creepy and weird, but the narrator does an incredible job of adding to the suspense and emotion of the story.

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust: An incredible fantasy story that’s based on Persian mythology and various fairytales. The story follows a princess that is poisonous to the touch. She is determined to find a cure which leads her to working with a Div that’s been captured. There’s romance and mystery and horrifyingly wonderful monsters. The narrator for this book did a wonderful job. I really enjoyed the narration. Between the accents and the emotion the narrator gave the characters, this book is a great one for October. It’s a story full of monsters, but also one of love and self discovery.

The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin: If you like retellings that are set in modern times, you’ll probably like this one. We follow Cleveland as she moves to a new town, the town where her best friend lives. Her best friend, Henry, has dated a lot of girls. The weird part? Two of them are dead now. This story was great. The mystery of what really happened to these girls was excellent. The characters are very lovable even while you’re suspecting them of murder. I really enjoyed the audiobook of this story.

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson: I have to say the narrator for this series (Kate Rudd) is one of my all time favorites. So, please go read this series on audio. This is a boarding school mystery. It’s not your typical boarding school. Years ago the founders wife and daughter were kidnapped and are now presumed dead. Our main character, Stevie, now attends the school and is obsessed with solving the murders and to find out what really happened. This is the perfect series for the spooky season.

Sadie by Courtney Summers: I don’t even want to explain what this book is about because it’s been so hyped up on the bookish internet places. This audiobook is incredible. We follow Sadie as she goes out to investigate what happened after her younger sister is found dead. We also follow Sadie in a podcast. We get alternating perspectives from Sadie and also from the Podcast. The audioboook is incredible because it’s actually narrated like a podcast. I cannot recommend this enough.

These are five audiobooks I think would be perfect choices to listen to in October. They’re all creepy and mysterious. They’re all filled characters that are fascinating. Secrets and mysteries are what these stories are about and their narrators really bring life to them. What audiobooks are you planning to listen to for the spooky season?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogtober Day Fifteen: Bookish Halloween Costumes

Hey, lovelies! Since having a child, I spend a lot more time thinking about Halloween costumes than ever before. So, I thought this would be a fun post. I certainly had fun picking out books and thinking about how to make the costumes relatively easy, but still identifiable as the characters or bookish whatever.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld: For this one I would mostly just get some cool ass face tattoos. Obviously, I couldn’t make them spin and stuff but I think it would be super fun.

A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green: I would totally love to dress up as a Carl. I would probably go low budget and make something out of cardboard, but I would have a really fun time doing it.

The Final Six by Alexandra Monir: This one is easy. Twenty-four teens get chosen to train as astronauts. The final six will be sent on a mission to terraform one of Jupiter’s moons. I freaking love this book and I also wanted to (briefly) be an astronaut when I was a kid, so this one would be fun.

Well Met by Jen DeLuca: Antonia used to get all kinds of dressed up every year for our local Renaissance Faire and I was always so jealous becasue she looked so amazing. I’d love to dress up as any of the characters we get to meet at this RenFaire.

My Calamity Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows: This one’s easy too. I have two options: Calamity Jane, or Annie Oakley. Both would be fun. A revolver toting western girl in a dress, or a woman dressed like a cowboy with a whip as her accessory.

Scythe by Neal Shusterman: Another easy one. Just some robes and I could decorate them at home depending on which Scythe I decided on. I don’t think anyone would get it though.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern: There are so many options for this one, but I think I would most enjoy copying Mirabel’s Max costume. The first time Zachary Ezra Rawlins meets Mirabel, she’s dressed as Max from Where the Wild Things Are. I really loved her costume and it’s an easy enough one to replicate.

These are my ideas for bookish Halloween costumes. I tried to pick easier ones that wouldn’t be super expensive to create. It was really fun for me to think about how I would go about making these. My only complaint is that most people probably wouldn’t recognize the costumes, but I would have fun making and wearing any of these ideas. What bookish characters would you want to dress up as for Halloween?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogtober Day Thirteen (Part Two): Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Super Long Titles

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is a list of books with super long titles.

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

Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

The Girl With the Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

The Secret of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn

What’s the longest book title you’ve ever read?

Blogtober Day Thirteen (Part One): Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Super Long Book Titles

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is super long book titles.

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Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moria Fowley-Doyle

The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

We Unleash the Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia

The Seven 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogtober Day Twelve: On My Watchlist

Hello, lovelies! Today I want to talk about some book to movie (or tv!) adaptations. I have some that I’ve already watched that I think are great for the spooky season and some that I want to watch as a more general watchlist for the fall. There are also some where I’ve read the book and some where I haven’t. I will specify forr each what I’ve read or watched and haven’t. I’m going to start with some spooky/creepy choices that are perfect for this time of year.

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer: I read the book and didn’t love. I’ll be honest, I didn’t love the movie either. But they were both weird and sort of freaky. I think both the movie and the book are read to read or watch for spooky season.

The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry: I haven’t read the book. I didn’t even know it was a book until I was searching for adaptations for this post. But I did watch the Netflix movie and really enjoyed it. It was creepy and wonderful. Something I highly recommend you watch during spooky season.

A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell: This is another one that I haven’t read the book for. I also probably won’t ever read it. But I liked the movie because I’m a sucker for anything with Blake Lively in it.

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett: I actually DNF’d this book. My book club read it together and I just couldn’t get through it. There’s something about books with footnotes that I can’t handle. But I was waiting to watch the show until I could read the book. So, this might be a show that I start soon. I love weird fantasy shows like this in the fall and winter time.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty: For this one I’ve actually managed to read the book and watch the show. I mostly liked the book. It wasn’t anything crazy, but I had a good time reading it. But I totally loved the show. It’s full of drama and suspense and actresses I love.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan: I read the first two books in this series and just couldn’t continue. They were dramatic and totally over the top. So, I think I’ll much prefer the movie because that’s totally the type of movie I love.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng: I haven’t read the book for this one. But I really want to. I’ve been on hold forever for the audiobook and even managed to start it a few times. But I haven’t finished it. I’m hoping to do that soon so that I can watch the show. Mostly becasue I love Reese Witherspoon.

Outlander by Diana Gabldon: I read the first few books in this series years and years ago. I want to reread them so that I can watch the show. Though, I’ve heard mixed things about both of them.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo: I love this series. I always will. There hasn’t been an announced release date for the Netflix show that’s been filmed. But rumors are for late 2020, and I’m really hoping they’re right.

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness: I haven’t read this series, but I really would like to. I’d also like to watch the show. I’ve heard such good things about both of them. I think this is the perfect time of year to start them.

These are some shows and movies that were originally books. Some I’ve read and some I haven’t (but want to!) and same for their adaptations. I’ve seen some and want to watch others. What book to move adaptations do you think are perfect to watch during spooky season?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogtober Day Ten: Bookish Monsters

Hey, lovelies! Last year I did a bookish monsters post and I had a lot of fun thinking about the terrifying beasts I’d read about (read it here!) so I thought I would do it again this year. Since I did it last year, I’m only going to be talking about bookish monsters I read about in 2020 (with maybe one or two from November and December of last year.)

Reverie by Ryan La Sala
I read this at the very beginning of 2020 and I still get the creeps thinking about the freaky spider things that Kane runs into at the start of the story.

The Never Tilting World by Ron Chupeco
The are so many monsters in this book. They’re all terrifying and our two main ladies are infiinately braver than me. Despite the scary monsters, I loved this book and you should go read it right now before the final book comes out.

The Life Below by Alexandra Monir
This is in the synopsis for this book so I don’t think it’s a spoiler. Also, it’s more aliens than monsters, but I think it still counts. The aliens this crew meets on Europa are completely terrifyiing and I never want to travel to a potentially inhabited planet.

Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa
So. Many. Demons. Hard pass.

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
The vampire is less scary and more disgusting.

Dune by Frank Herbert
The worms are a hard no from me. The fact that some people on this planet figured out to ride them is just too much for me.

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust
Parvaneh the div and the other (I can’t find his name anywhere and I listened to the audio) who is some sort of snake-like monster? They’re both terrifying but also like, sort of attractive.

Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro
Literally everything that isn’t a person is absolutely terrifying in this story. There are guardians who I think were supposed to be nice, but they still sounded scary. Also, if you let your guilt fester it will literally turn into a creature and that is my worst nightmare.

Here are some of the monsters that I’ve read about (and have haunted me a bit) so far in 2020. There were definitely more, but I couldn’t remember or find their names, so I didn’t include them. What bookish monsters do you love or hate that you’ve read about?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogtober Day Six (Part Two): Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Fall Book Covers

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is a list of book covers with fall covers or that give off fall feels.

Dune (Dune, #1)
House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City, #1)
Among the Beasts & Briars
Burn Our Bodies Down
The How and the Why
A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers, #1)
The Never Tilting World (The Never Tilting World, #1)
An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)
The Wizards of Once (The Wizards of Once #1)
Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3)

What covers make you think of fall?

Blogtober Day Six (Part One): Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Fall Book Covers

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is Book Covers with Fall Colors/Vibes. These are all books I have no explanation for, but to me they just feel Fall.

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Lobizona by Romina Garber

Lobizona (Wolves of No World, #1)

Horrid by Katrina Leno

Horrid

The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin

The Killing Moon (Dreamblood, #1)

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

The Once and Future Witches

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

The Wicker King (The Wicker King, #1)

Closer to Nowhere by Ellen Hopkins

Closer to Nowhere

Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega

Ghost Squad

The Initial Insult by Mindy McGinnis

The Initial Insult (The Initial Insult, #1)

Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft

Down Comes the Night

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Mexican Gothic

These are just some covers that scream Fall to me. I don’t know why, but they do. What covers are on your list this week?

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 Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Book Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is Favorite Book Quotes (these could be quotes from books you love, or bookish quotes in general).

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“But it’s also a reminder that being quiet doesn’t always signify weakness. Sometimes it takes great strength to find that silence. Sometimes it takes incredible strength to survive.”
Internment by Samira Ahmed

“Nothing but a symbol? People die for symbols. People have hope because of symbols. They’re not just lines. They’re histories, cultures, traditions, given shape.”
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

“Strange, isn’t it? To love a book. When the words on the pages become so precious that they feel like part of your own history because they are. It’s nice to finally have someone read stories I know so intimately.”
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

“Those who cannot own their choices will always be mastered by fate.”
There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool

“I never needed this race, or a hashtag, or the king to be a queen. I was born royalty. All I had to do was pick up my crown.”
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

“The bad stuff will be there … If we want to fight it, we have to find joy where we can. We have to find beauty. We have to take our moments to be happy. Because the joy is what keeps us strong and reminds us we have something to fight for.”
We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

“The patron saint of the ocean is known for containing many parts of herself: she is a nurturer, but she is also a ferocious defender. & so I remember that to walk this world you must be kind but also fierce.”
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

“I hope you will find the cracks in the world and wedge them wider, so the light of other suns shines through; I hope you will keep the world unruly, messy, full of strange magics; I hope you will run through every open Door and tell stories when you return.”
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

“Anger is a gift. Remember that.” She stood. “You gotta grasp onto it, hold it tight and use it as ammunition. You use that anger to get things done instead of just stewing in it.”
Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

“Be funny, but don’t hog the spotlight. Be smart, but you have a lot to learn. Don’t be a doormat, but God, don’t be bossy. Be chill. Be easygoing. Act like one of the guys. Don’t actually act like one of the guys. Be a feminist. Support the sisterhood. Wait, are you like, gay? Maybe kiss a girl if he’s watching though–that’s hot. Put a show on. Don’t even think about putting on a show, that’s nasty. Don’t be easy. Don’t give it up. Don’t be a prude. Don’t be cold. Don’t put him in the friend zone. Don’t act desperate. Don’t let things go too far. Don’t give him the wrong idea. Don’t blame him for trying. Don’t walk alone at night. But calm down! Don’t worry so much. Smile! Remember, girl: It’s the best time in the history of the world to be you. You can do anything! You can do everything! You can be whatever you want to be! Just as long as you follow the rules.”
Rules for Being a Girl by Candace Bushnell & Katie Cotugno

These are some quotes that have really stuck with me from a few books that I’ve read recently. Sorry, the last one is so long (it was actually way longer), I shortened it the best I could without losing the message of the original passage from the book (which is like two pages long). What books did you quote this week?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Fall 2020 TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is a list of books that are on my fall TBR list.

Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

The Never-Tilting World  by Rin Chupeco

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

First Comes Scandal by Julia Quinn

Seven Devils  by Elizabeth May and Laura Lam

To Sleep in A Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

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

Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters

What’s on your TBR this fall?

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Fall TBR 2020

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is Books On My Fall 2020 TBR.

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Slayer by Kiersten White

Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart

I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick

The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett

Surrender Your Sons by Adam Sass

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout

What books are you hoping to read this fall? Share your post in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Cover Freebie

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is a cover freebie, so I will be doing Favorite covers of books I’ve read or plan to read in 2020.

Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa

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Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch and Kristen Simmons

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The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

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Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

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House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

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Seven Devils by Elizabeth May and Laura Lam

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Among the Beasts and Briars by Ashley Poston

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To Sleep in A Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

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What covers do you love? Thanks for reading!