Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Freebie

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 top ten – Freebie. I’m goig to talk about ten books I bought at the recommendation of others and still haven’t read.

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The Lovely War by Julie Berry

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

Onyx & Ivory by Mindee Arnett

These are just a few of the books I’ve bought at the recommendation of those I trust in the online bookish community, but for some reason still haven’t read. What did you do for top ten tuesday this week? What books have you bought and haven’t read?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Blogmas Day Eight: Debut Authors

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Hi, lovelies! Today I want to talk about the books I read this year by debut authors. I read quite a few debut novels and absolutely adored them. So, I want to let you know which books they were and give you a few reasons why you should go by them, or add them to your christmas wishlist.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

This book was so good. It got me out of my fantasy slump, which I’m so glad for because I’ve read some great books since this one. This has a Narnia type feel with traveling through magic doors, but more, so much more. I adore the main character and the friends she makes along the way.

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

This book was hilarious and sweet in all the best ways. A prince and the son of the president falling in love, what could go wrong? I was literally laughing out loud while reading this book, and I know you will too.

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe

While the main character can be pretty unlikable, most teenagers have their moments where they can be punks. I know I was a punk when I was in high school. I loved Norris’s story of moving away from the life he knew to Texas and trying to figure out where he fit in there. Plus, I met the author and I thought he was super awesome.

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

If the tag line of ‘Twelve Dancing Princesses Retelling’ doesn’t immediately make you want to read this, let me tell you a bit. Murder, dancing, magic, and falling in love. This book was atmospheric as hell and I loved every page.

The Disasters by M.K. England

Looking for diverse science fiction? Look no further. This is the unlikeliest squad of strrangers you’ll ever encounter. They have to save the universe becasue well, everyone else that knows what’s going on is dead.

We Speak in Storms by Natalie Lund

Ghosts and tornados. Do you need anything else? If so, this follows three outsiders, the kids that just don’t fit in at school. They end up finding each other and when a tornado hits on the anniversary of a tornado that killed most of those in attendance at the local drive in more than fifty years ago, they meet on the side of the road and realise that there may be something spooky going on.

These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Stirling

Queer Witches, yes please. This was full of mystery and teenage angst and I loved it. There was heart break and loss, but also growth and of course, magic.

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

A diverse cast of kids with magical abilities, also they’re trying to fight a scary ass monster. The small town drama and grudges were some of my favorite parts of this. Seeing these kids try to work through their personal and family histories in order to keep their town safe was the best. It was spooky and fun at the same time.

The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake

I don’t know why more people aren’t talking about this book. It covers important mental health topics, but also is full of summertime fun and a bit of a mystery about the main characters ancestors. I flew through this book and loved every page of it.

Well Met by Jen DeLuca

Renasance Faire romance, sign me the hell up. This was a dislike to love romance, full of small town feels, great new friends, and making sister relationships stronger. I read this in one sitting and loved to with my whole heart.

The Art of Losing by Lizzy Mason

This book was really important to me personally. It follows the story of a girl who’s sister is in the hospital after getting in the car with a drunk driver. It talks about so many different themes that are so very important to think and talk about in the teenage years. Please go read it.

Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

Love, mistakes, and a little bit of time travel. A sort of Groundhog Day story where the main character tries over and over to get that happy ending and learns so much along the way.

The Birds, The Bees, & You and Me by Olivia Hinebaugh

A fun story about the importance of safe sex. If I had read this book when I was in high school, my life would have been very different probably. I also got to meet the author and she was just amazing. Plus, she has the same name as my daughter.

Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

Are you looking for a book that is going to make you scream with rage but also cry your eyeballs out? Look no further, you have found it. I swear I cried for half of this book. I cannot recommend it enough.

Have you read any of these debut novels? If not, get shopping or to your local library right now! Let me know if any of these books are on your radar in the comments.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Holiday Reads

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 top ten – Holiday Reads (Books you love to read in the holiday season). I’m going to list the books I plan to read this holiday season instead.

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The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

One Day in December by Josie Silver

Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle

A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn

The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Next Always by Nora Roberts

The Renegade Hunter by Lynsay Sands

That’s all I have for you this week friends. I don’t have many holiday-themed books, but love me some romance during the holiday season.

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Changes

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 top ten – Changes in my reading life

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Genre: I’ve been in a fantasy funk which is a big change because it was my favorite genre for a long time.

Authors: I’ve been making a point to read new authors and go out of my way to find well-loved authors that I haven’t previously read.

Diversity: Reading books filled with diverse characters is something I never thought about doing in the past. But after becoming active on book twitter, I realized that and have been trying to amend that. Diverse books are important and books filled with diverse characters should be the norm.

Own-Voices: Along with diverse characters, I’ve been trying to make a point to read own-voices stories. It’s one thing to read books that include diversity but it’s a whole different thing to read books written by people that are a part of those diverse communities.

Genre (again): For so long I stuck to mostly fantasy and contemporary without thinking about it. Maybe reading a book here or there that was outside of that. But this year I’ve been trying to read all kinds of genres, and I’ve been loving science fiction.

Format: The biggest change in my reading life has been ebooks and audiobooks. I’ve read ebooks now and then over the years. But this year, most of the books I’ve read have been ebooks because that’s what is easiest to read with a wild one-year-old. Another change is audiobooks. I’d never listened to one before this year. I’m listening to one as I type this now. With all the different formats I’m able to read so much more.

Book Twitter: Twitter has always been my favorite social media outlet. But that was solidified when I discovered the community of fellow book lovers. I find so many new favorite books and authors through twitter.

Rereading: I have always loved rereading books, but over the last few years I feel like I haven’t done it as much as I have in the past. I think getting back into blogging and reviewing is helping me better remember the books I read so that I don’t have to reread a whole series before reading the newest release. But, that doesn’t mean I don’t reread at all.

Book Buying: I’ve gone a bit book-buying crazy this year. After moving three times in a year and finally settling in a place I knew I would live for several years, I was able to start buying books again and now it may or may not be out of control.

These are some of the changes in my reading life that I’ve noticed. What changes have you noticed in your reading habits? Leave a comment and let me know!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Autumn Vibes

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 top ten – Books that give off Autumn Vibes. (Colors on the cover, atmosphere, etc.)

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House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
This one is perfect for fall or winter. It’s full of spooky atmosphere. Suspense and mystery, perfect for the fall season.

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver
Another spooky mystery/thriller. This one filled with suspense and questions totally meant to be read in the fall.

Let’s Call It a Doomsday by Katie Henry
This takes place from fall going into winter. The cover has all the best fall colors, yellows, and reds.

We Speak in Storms by Natalie Lund
I don’t know that this actually takes place in the fall, maybe at the start of Autumn. But it has a perfect atmosphere, ghosts, and mystery and kids finding themselves.

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
A touch of yellow on the cover, but it’s the inside that makes it the perfect fall story.

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
The pop of orange on the cover is the perfect shade for fall and inside there’s a bit of a mystery too.

The Rogue Hunter by Lynsay Sands
The cover has all the right colors, reds and yellow, plus the fall is the perfect time to read some vampire romance.

Fallout by Ellen Hopkins
This cover is the perfect color of the leaves as they’re right about to fall off the trees.

Lean, Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich
Hilarious mystery, plus all the right colors on the cover.

The Sorcerer Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
Beautiful fall colors, plus an incredible fantasy story.

What books give you all the autumn vibes? Leave a comment and let me know!

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 Twenty-Seven: Books That Haunt

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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.

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