Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – 2019 Discoveries

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 – Bookish discoveries I made in 2019

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I made many bookish discoveries this year. From audiobooks to BookTube, my reading life has changed for the better. This week though, I’ll be talking about five books I discovered through Book Twitter and five books I discovered through BookTube.

BookTube Books:

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro (via Blonde with a Book)

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman (via Princess of Paperback)

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig (via Aphrodite Reads)

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis (via Chelsea Dolling Reads)

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence (via Thoughts on Tomes)

Book Twitter Books:

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

Let’s Call it a Doomsday by Katie Henry

Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

These are just a handful of the incredible books I’ve discovered this year thanks to the wonderful creators on BookTube and the amazing friends I’ve made on book twitter. What bookish discoveries have you made in 2019? Let me know in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Blogtober Day Twenty-Two: Favorite Booktubers

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Hi, lovelies! It’s now day seven of Blogtober and I’m here with another post that is all about people in our fabulous bookish community. Today’s post is all about those that are braver and more tech-savvy than I. They all have YouTube channels! I don’t have cable, just streaming services and YouTube. So, I often just watch these BookTubers instead of T.V. and boy do they know how to entertain. If you aren’t subscribed, you should be.

Alexandra Roselyn

Heathur @ Aphrodite Reads

Rocky @ Blonde with a Book

Brittany the Bibliophile

Chami

Chandler Ainsley

Chelsea Palmer

Chelsea Dolling Reads

Spencer @ Common Spence

Rihannon @ Crescent Moon Reads

Emily @ Em Likes Books

Emmma Books

Daria @ Full of Lit

G-Swizzle Books

Hailey in Bookland

HelloKatryna

Hey Olivia Reads

Jesse The Reader

Jessica C Reads

Jessica Nicole Dickerson

Karli’s Books

Katie’s Book Nook

Kerri the Book Belle

Library of Alexa

Caz @ Little Book Owl

Melanie @ Meltotheany

Michelle Reads YA

Natasha @ myreadingisodd

Kat @ Paperback Dreams

Regan @ Peruse Project

Peyton Reads

Piera Ford

Pierina Reads

Christine @ polandbananasBOOKS

Madison Mary @ Princess of Paperback

Read by Zoe

Read with Cindy

Hannah @ Snow White Reader

Sophie @ Sophiesticated Books

Kelly @ Struggling Bookaholic

Solomon @ The Bookish King

Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes

Victoria Schaz

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Danielle @ YA Allegiance

Zoe @ yerabooknerdzoe

I could go on and on with this list. But I will stop here. These are just a few of my absolute favorites that I make a point to watch their videos as soon as they give me new content to watch. If you’re a BookTube lover, these are people that you definitely need to subscribe to.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

Summary:
On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the east coast of the United States, including Washington D.C. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space, and requires a much larger share of humanity to take part in the process.
Elma York’s experience as a WASP pilot and mathematician earns her a place in the International Aerospace Coalition’s attempts to put man on the moon, as a calculator. But with so many skilled and experienced women pilots and scientists involved with the program, it doesn’t take long before Elma begins to wonder why they can’t go into space, too.
Elma’s drive to become the first Lady Astronaut is so strong that even the most dearly held conventions of society may not stand a chance against her.
The Calculating Stars (Lady Astronaut, #1)Review:
Lady Astronauts was all I needed to know to be interested in this story. As I was reading, I kept getting Hidden Figures (the movie) vibes. Come to find out that she wrote this before that and was totally stoked when it came out.

“What I’d come to realize is that, with  kids like these, it was less about me and more  about elevating them-not becasuse it was me, but  becasue I was something  out of the ordinary.”

I thought this book was so interesting. I just couldn’t put it down. I wanted to be reading it all of the time. I thought Elma was such a sassy and interesting main character. She’s got the southern charm that had me cackling in those moments that she translated things (if you’ve read this you know what I mean). I loved that she acknowledged her privilege and that despite being a white Jewish woman, that she still lived a pretty good life compared to some others during the time period. I also loved that she fought to change those sorts of things. She fought to allow women of all races to be able to train and become astronauts because they were qualified. I also totally loved her relationship with her husband. I thought there were going to be a few moments where she keeps things to herself (the miscommunication / lack of communication trope). But it doesn’t happen! She tells him! And communicates! And I loved it! They were honestly the cutest freaking couple. He was so supportive and did whatever he could to help Elma. I adored them together. Plus, who doesn’t love sexy rocket talk?

“Funny how seeing your goal made manifest can change things.”

I think this book did a really good job of bringing up conversations that are hard, but necessary. It acknowledges that Elma is privileged compared to others and that she may not have even noticed that privilege until she becomes friends that aren’t treated the same as she is. There are a lot of discrimination that is fought and I thought it was handled well.

“You’d think that at some point the grief would stop. I put my hand over my mouth and leaned forward, as if I could somehow fold over the pain and keep it from escaping into the world again.”

The space and science talk were honestly so interesting. It wasn’t too complicated but it was all legitimate and mostly historically true. There’s also extensive conversation about anxiety and I thought the representation there was so good and might have even made me a little anxious while reading it. I thought this was handled so well even going as far as a doctor telling Elma that this is an illness and it’s not just ‘nerves’ or whatever they would have said in the fifties.

“Wanting something isn’t enough by itself.”

Overall, I just adored this story. The characters were compelling and had me invested in the story. There was great representation and conversations. I cannot wait to read the sequel. I might have to go out and buy it since there’s at least a six month wait from my library.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Circe by Madeline Miller

GoodReads Summary:
In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.
Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.
But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.
CirceReview:
I read this book for the BookTube SFF Awards. I wasn’t surprised to see it on the list on nominees after hearing everyone and their siblings talking about it. The wait to borrow it from my library was about a million years. So, I put a hold on the audiobook and waited.
I finally got the book from my library. I really enjoyed the narrator. She had a nice voice and didn’t go too fast or too slow. I just enjoyed her voice and her accent.
As for the actual story itself. I really just feel like I don’t even know what happened. I read this whole book and I learned all about Circe and her life and her feelings but I feel like so much happened but also nothing happened.
I don’t know if this is making any sense or if anyone understands what I mean, but I didn’t love it like everyone else did. I enjoyed it while I was listening and then it was over and I didn’t care anymore. I think this is about as coherent as my thoughts are going to get so I’ll just end things here.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Again, but Better by Christine Riccio

GoodReads Review:
From one of the most followed booktubers today, comes Again, but Better, a story about second chances, discovering yourself, and being brave enough to try again.
Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents…sounds ideal—but Shane’s made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance…what’s that?
Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time’s a ticking, and she needs a change—there’s nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She’s going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure!
Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart.
Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination one can conquer anything. Throw in some fate and a touch of magic—the possibilities are endless.
Again, but BetterReview:
I was very kindly provided this ARC via NetGalley to read in exchange for an honest review. I’m an avid BookTube watcher and Christine is one of my favorites to watch. She’s just so full of energy and personality. I was very excited to see that she was coming out with a book.
Christine’s personality is very much present in this book. The main character Shane is definitely someone that reminds me of Christine, from what I know of her as an outside perspective. It also sounds like some of this was taken from her own experiences of studying abroad. This kind of annoyed me in the beginning, but I kind of enjoyed it by the end of the book. Shane was very young and even sometimes a little annoying at times in the first half of the book. She was quirky, but almost too much so. She definitely made me laugh a few times. And I really understood the struggle with her family. But I thought she had a little too much annoyance for her cousins and I’m glad of how she amended that in the later half.
I was surprised by the second half of this story. It went in a direction that I certainly did not expect. I really liked the second half. Everything about it was better. Shane had grown, the writing was better. It was just all around more enjoyable.
I’d say this was an average debut novel. I’ve already preordered it and I’m happy to support Christine. I’m excited to see her writing grow and get better the more that she writes.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogmas Day Sixteen – BookTube Edition

So, we talked about my favorite bloggers now we need to talk about my favorite BookTuber’s. I’m going to recommend some people that make me laugh, some that I love their recommendations, some that talk about stuff other than books, some big BookTubers and some small Booktubers.

Alexandra Roselyn – Adorable and funny. Her videos are always so well done!

Brittany the Bibliophile – I love her book talks,  her hauls, wrap-ups, and rambling reading vlogs. She’s just relatable and entertaining and we have such similar taste in books!

Chandler Ainsley – Even though she hates pretty much everything I love, she’s so funny and in your face. Her bookbangs are my favorite.

Hailey in Bookland – Writing vlogs, reading vlogs, forever behind on new releases. I love her videos. Her NaNoWriMo vlogs get me so motivated.

Is That Chami – A little ball of Australian sass. I love her videos. They’re all so different and fun.

Jesse the Reader – Jesse is the best. He loves all the same books that I do and makes super interesting and different videos. I’m always super excited when he posts a new video.

Little Book Owl – I love Caz. Her videos are all great. I just love everything about her channel. Especially when she does collabs with the next BookTuber on the list.

Piera Ford – She was the first BookTuber that I really really enjoyed. I love her videos. Her intro is the cutest too.

PolandBananasBOOKS – Christine is hilarious. She talks about books and movies and other whatnots. She just wrote a book too!

Sophiesticated Books – Sophie is an incredible BookTuber. She’s so well spoken and put together for someone so young. Her videos are awesome, even when she’s hating on books I love.

Thoughts on Tomes – Sam created the wonderful Tome Topple reading challenge. Her videos are great, especially her gushes and rants.

yerabooknerdzoe – I just found Zoe, but I love the videos I’ve seen so far. She’s funny and edits her videos super creatively. She’s always doing different things to keep her videos interesting.

These are some of my favorite BookTubers. Is there any you love and think are someone I must watch?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.