Amanda’s April Wrap Up

Hello, lovelies! April has come to an end, so I have another month of reading to wrap up for you. This month I want to try something a little different. I’m still going to share how many books, which books, and what format I read them in. But I want to do a bit more with my wrap up posts. I’m going to try it out this month and see how it goes.

What I Read

Physical Books
You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria – 3.75 stars
Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody – No Rating

eBooks
Between the Bliss and Me by Lizzy Mason – 4 stars
The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman – 5 stars
To Love and to Loathe by Martha Waters – 3.75 stars
Gilded Serpent by Danielle L. Jensen – 5 stars
Victories Greater Than Death by Charlie Jane Anders – 4 stars
The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers – 4 stars
On This Unworthy Scaffold by Heidi Heilig – 5 stars
The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – 3 stars
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir – 4.5 stars
Counting Down With You by Tashie Bhuiyan – 2.5 stars
Lucky Girl by Jamie Pacton – 4 stars
Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler – 5 stars
The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 5 stars
Legacy by Nora Roberts – 3.5 stars

Audiobooks
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik – 2.75 stars
Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen – 5 stars
Dark Skies by Danielle L. Jensen – 5 stars
Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman – 3.5 stars
The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner – 3.5 stars
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour – 3 stars
Mirror’s Edge by Scott Westerfeld – 3.75 stars
Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi – 5 stars
Over the Woodward Wall by A. Deborah Baker – 3 stars

Blogging Highlights

This is one of the new things I want to try this month. Each month I’d light to highlight some of the content I’ve posted that I’m excited about or pleased with. So, I will be doing that here. Since this is new, I’m going to highlight posts from January until now, but in the future, I’d like to just highlight some of my favorite posts and reviews from the month I’m wrapping up.

Amanda’s Thoughts on How Vampire Novels Never Died

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas (Book Review)

Amanda’s Underrated Black Author’s Recommendations

Wayward Children by Seanan McGuire (Full Series Review)

21 Young Adult Anticipated Release in 2021

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant (Book Review)

2021 Debut Novels Amanda is Anticipating

Shadow and Bone Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo (Full Series Review)

Amanda’s 2021 Preorder Book Haul

Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers (Book Review)

Amanda’s Favorite Audiobook Narrators

Amanda’s Springtime Book Recommendations

All the Bad Apples by Moira Fowley-Doyle (Book Review)

Other Bloggers I’m Loving

SEO Basics from Kal @ Reader Voracious
Kal is such a light in this community. She’s always giving us the best content, so follow her if you don’t already.

The Definitive Book Blogger List from A Book. A Thought.
Just imagine how much time this took to put together? Some bloggers really are out there doing the most for us.

Cover Reveal: For All Time by Shanna Miles from CW @ The Quiet Pond
CW & the rest of the crew at The Quiet Pond are always blessing us with amazing cover reveals, reviews, and reading challenges.

Most Anticipated Releases of Q2 2021 from Kate @ Your Tita Kate
If you’re looking for diverse books that are coming out in 2021, look to Kate to guide you.

Saturday Spotlight #10 (showcasing small press and self published books) from Vee @ vee_bookish
Vee does a great job highlighting some books that don’t get the attention they probably deserve.

April TBR – #ARCApril from Skye @ Books in the Skye
Skye is one of my favorite bloggers and I highly recommend you follow her. Check out how she planned to tackle her ARC’s this April.

Spring 2021 TBR from Jess @ Jessica C Writes
I love how Jess doesn’t always stick to strictly bookish content. She shares her life and experiences with college and other tips and tricks. Come see what her spring reading plans are!

That’s it for today. I hope I shared some new bloggers with you all today.

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 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 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 One: Amanda’s November Wrap Up

Hello, lovelies! Welcome to the first day of Blogmas here at Classy Book Reviews. Antonia and I have some really fun posts for you this month, everyday right up until Christmas Day. But, for today, it’s just me (Amanda) here with all of the books that I read in November. I participated in two readathons: Tome Topple, and Clear Your Shit Readathon. I pretty much failed Tome Topple and didn’t manage to finish any of the books on my TBR, but thats okay because it motivated me to pick up a really intimidating book. Clear Your Shit is only half over, as it runs until around Christmas time. Follow me on twitter (here) if you want to see my updates for that. So, let’s get into the books I read in November and their formats.

Physical Books
Skyward, Vol. 1: My Low-G Life by Joe Henderson, Lee Garnett, & Antonia Fabela
Skyward, Vol. 2: Here There Be Dragonflies by Joe Henderson, Lee Garnett, & Antonia Fabela
Skyward, Vol. 3: Fix The World by Joe Henderson, Lee Garnett, & Antonia Fabela
Stain by A.G. Howard
W.I.T.C.H, Part I: The Twelve Portals by Elisabeth Gnone, Alessandro Barbucci, & Barbara Canepa
Star-Crossed by Minnie Drake
The Power by Naomi Alderman
Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe
To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini
How to Walk Away by Katherine Center
Well Played by Jen DeLuca
The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders

eBooks
Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy
Adaptation by Malinda Lo
Inheritance by Malinda Lo
As Far As You’ll Take Me by Phil Stamper
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout
A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Fable by Adrienne Young
The Camelot Betrayal by Kiersten White

Audiobooks
Iron Gold by Pierce Brown
Dark Age by Pierce Brown
Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Demi Oh
The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan

So, I read twenty-eight books in November. That’s mostly due to the Clear Your Shit Readathon because it really motivated me to buckle down and read books I already own. A few of these were ARC’s that I was very behind on reading, and a few were just for fun. Overall, I had a great reading month and found some new favorites! The books that don’t have reviews linked are scheduled to post sometime this month, so if you want to see my thoughts keep an eye out throughout December.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s November Graphic Novel Mini-Reviews

Hello, lovelies! I’ve been trying to get back into the swing of regularly reading my graphic novels. I read a bunch last month and wanted to read at least one again this month. Below are the graphic novels I read and some brief thoughts on them.

Skyward, Vol. 1: My Low-G Life by Joe Henderson, Lee Garnett, & Antonia Fabela

I bought this series on a whim while I was at my local comic store. I like science fiction and the cover grabbed my attention. I’m glad I did because I really enjoyed this. It was a fun story with diverse characters. Our main character, Willa, never grew up knowing what it was like to have gravity. So, she likes the world the way it is. But her dad wants to fix it. Her dad hasn’t left their apartment in 20 years though, so she doesn’t think it’ll actually happen. I liked that this story was about family, but it also had action and high stakes and other friends too. I think the art was lovely. The colors were vibrant and I really liked it all. I think my only complaint is that I’m left with too many questions. I’m assuming this will all be covered in the next volumes but I think we could have at least learned specifically why gravity stopped working instead of just getting hints about it. Overall, I liked this one and I’m going to go pick the next one up right now.

Skyward, Vol. 2: Here There Be Dragonflies by Joe Henderson, Lee Garnett, & Antonia Fabela

Okay, sadly I’m a bit disappointed by this one. I really liked that we got to see more of the world outside of Chicago. It was super interesting to see how a lack of gravity could change things like bugs. But I didn’t get a single question answered and I was left with even more than before. I still liked the story, but I’m confused about how Earth lost gravity and what exactly Willa is going to do about it. The art was beautiful. The setting of outside the city really allowed for fascinating scenes. I’m going to start the third volume now because I already own it and I really want to know what’s going on.

Skyward, Vol. 3: Fix The World by Joe Henderson, Lee Garnett, & Antonia Fabela

While I still have a few questions, I can say that I was pretty satisfied with this conclusion. This is the final volume in the series and we get some answers. I really liked Willa and her personality. She could have stayed somewhere safe with a loved one she missed dearly, but she put herself at risk to save the city she loves. I really liked that the bad guys pays for his crimes and that there was a happy ending. The art, like the first two volumes, was lovely. I kept forgetting to mention that I really liked that it wasn’t a super gory story. But there was blood and guts, sweat and tears at some points. The interesting thing about this is that there’s no gravity so all of this stuff floats in the air. It was nasty and I loved it. I also like that there’s a diverse cast of characters, Willa is black and there is a female/female relationship that we get to see bits of. My only problem with this volume and the series was that I wanted more! I want to see Willa travel and see the other cities. I want to see what other chaos a lack of gravity has created. I really enjoyed this series. It was fun and quick.

W.I.T.C.H, Part I: The Twelve Portals by Elisabeth Gnone, Alessandro Barbucci, & Barbara Canepa

This was such a fun and nostalgic read. I watched the show (I think it was a Disney show) way back when, but remember little about it. So, it was a ton of fun coming back into this world. I loved the story of girls coming together to be heroes. I also loved that the friendship of these five girls wasn’t a perfect one. They fight and disagree and I liked that this was a part of the story because it made it more realistic. I know this is a super long series, so I’m excited that I finally started it, but also it’s going to take me forever to finish it. I highly recommend it for those that love magical girls with mysterious destinies that get themselves into trouble.

I’m happy that I managed to read a whole series (all books that I already owned) and I’m hoping to finish up my physical TBR of my graphic novels next month. What graphic novels did you read this month?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogtober Day Thirty-One: Amanda’s October Wrap Up

Hello, lovelies! It’s time for one final Blogtober post. Today I’m here to talk to you about all of the books I read during the month of October.

Physical Books
Horrid by Katrina Leno
Surrender Your Sons by Adam Sass
The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
Bewitching by Alex Flinn
The Wicker King by K. Ancrum
The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson
The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 5: Imperial Phase, Part I by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson
The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 6: Imperial Phase, Part II by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson
The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
The Archive of the Forgotten by A.J. Hackwith
Slayer by Kiersten White
The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 7: Mothering Invention by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson
The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 8: Old is the New New by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson
The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 9: Okay by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson
Mirrored by Alex Flinn
The Shadowed Sun by N.K. Jemisin
Beheld by Alex Flinn
Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart
Queen of Fury by Tracy Banghart
The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry
Seven Devils by Laura Lam & Elizabeth May
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Vol. 1: The Crucible by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Robert Hack
Spectacle Vol. 1 by Megan Rose Gedris
Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi

eBooks
The Fell of the Dark by Caleb Roehrig
Middlegame by Seanan McGuire
The Castle School by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Lightbringer by Claire Legrand

Audiobooks
Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia
An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard
The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan
Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega
The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi
The Last 8 by Laura Pohl
The First 7 by Laura Pohl
Golden Son by Pierce Brown

These are all of the books I read in the month of October. It’s spooky season so they’re mostly books I’ve been saving and collecting all year to read during this wonderful time of year. What books did you read in October?

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 July Wrap Up

Hello, lovelies! We are at the end of another month. What is up with this year? the first few months felt like a million years and now it feels like time is going by at hyperspeed. I had a bit of a slower month in July. I’ve finally found some new tv shows to get into and that’s definitely taken away from my reading time.

Physical Books
Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe by Carlos Hernandez
The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker
Dune by Frank Herbert
Wild at Heart by K.A. Tucker
The Wicked + the Divine, Vol. 4: Rising Action by Keiron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson
What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter
The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green
Wild Blue Wonder by Carlie Sorosiak
When the Sky Fell on Splendor by Emily Henry
The Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman

eBooks
As the Shadow Rises by Katy Rose Pool
We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters by Emily Roberson

Audiobooks
The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust
Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power
Eve of Man by Giovanna Fletcher & Tom Fletcher
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

These are all of the books I read in July! I managed to pick up a few 2020 releases that I was really excited about and a few backlist books too. What did you read this month?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s July Graphic Novel Mini-Reviews

Hey, lovelies! It’s been a bit since I’ve picked up any of my graphic novels, but I’m determined to finally finish The Wicked + the Divine soon.

The Wicked + the Divine, Vol 4. Rising Action by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matthew Wilson, & Clayton Cowles

As I said above, it’s been a bit since I’ve read any of my graphic novels, so jumping back into this series was a bit confusing. But I would like to point out that because I like this series so much I remember most of the bigger details from the first three volumes. I also thing that this volume did a better job at giving some back story, or at least showing us some things that we assumed but didn’t actually get to see. I really enjoyed Rising Action. It was full of well, action. But it also brought the Gods together and I thought that was really cool. I’m definitely interested to see where the story will go next (especially with how Persephone ended this book).

I was hoping to read a few more volumes in this series but only managed the one. I got a bunch of new novels for my birthday and became a bit distracted.

Amanda’s June Wrap Up

Hey, lovelies. June has come to a close so I’m back again with another monthly wrap up. I’ve read some great new books, reread some older (but loved) books, and read some books I didn’t love.

Physical Books
A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
Hideaway by Nora Roberts
A Kingdom for a Stage by Heidi Heilig
H20 by Virginia Bergin
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin
The Best Laid Plans by Cameron Lund
Beach Read by Emily Henry
To Have and to Hoax by Martha Waters
The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare
Day 21 by Kass Morgan
The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton
A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn
Cloaked by Alex Flinn
Towering by Alex Flinn
A Million Junes by Emily Henry
Fawkes by Nadine Brandes
The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin

eBooks
Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon
The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum
The Black Veins by Ashia Monet

Audiobooks
The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper
The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
This Coven Won’t Break by Isabel Sterling
Followers by Megan Angelo
Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
Rules for Being a Girl by Candice Bushnell & Katie Cotugno
Vox by Christina Dalcher

These are the books I read in June. I’ve been doing really well mostly reading books off of my physical TBR to get it a bit smaller. Have you read any of these? Do you have any on your TBR? Let me know!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s May Wrap Up

Hello, lovelies! Another month has come to an end so, it’s time for another reading wrap up. I’m here to share with you wonderful people all of the books I read during the month of May. May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month so I did my best to read all of the books I own that are by Asian authors. I also borrowed a few books from the library too because other’s recommended them.

Physical Books
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
Wicked as You Wish by Rin Chupeco
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
Aurora Burning by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig
The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan
The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan
The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai
Final Draft by Riley Redgate
Check, Please! Book 2: Sticks & Scones by Ngozi Ukazu
The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

eBooks
The Perfect Escape by Suzanne Park
Goldilocks by Laura Lam
Mayhem by Estelle Laure
The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune
The Mall by Megan McCafferty
The Game by Linsey Miller
The Code for Love and Heartbreak by Jillian Cantor
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

Audiobooks
The Iron Will of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee
Internment by Samira Ahmed
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
The Deceivers by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin
Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan
The 100 by Kass Morgan
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

What books did you read this month? Did you find any five-star reads or new favorites? Leave me a comment and tell me about you’re reading in May!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s April Graphic Novel Mini-Reviews

Hi, lovelies! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these because I just haven’t been picking up my graphic novel collection lately. I don’t know why that is, but in April I tried to make a point of picking up at least a few of the graphic novels I already own. I did alright I think, I managed to pick up a few and I’m happy with that.

Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden

I picked this one up for the OWLs readathon. I have enjoyed everything I’ve read by Tillie Walden and this was no different. The story was a little bizarre. I wasn’t sure where it was going because the synopsis was pretty vague. I really enjoyed the art, Walden’s work is always stunning. The storyline was fascinating but weird. I couldn’t tell where the story was going and as I read things just got weirder and weirder in the best way. I really enjoyed this one even if I’m still sort of not sure what happened.

Uglies: Shay’s Story by Scott Westerfeld, Devin Grayson, & Steven Cummings

I recently binge reread the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld and was excited to finally pick this graphic novel that I found at one of my local used book stores a few months ago.  I was really excited to see Shay’s story and more details of what happened to her. We got bits and pieces of her story in the original story, but we got so much more in this graphic novel. I really enjoyed this book. I loved getting to know more about Shay’s past and how she ended up where she did. I believe there is a second one and I’m going to have to find it because I love anything that takes place in the Uglies world.

Kaijumax Season Two: The Seamy Underbelly by Zander Cannon

I read the first graphic novel in this series too long ago so it was a little awkward to jump back into this world after so long. The monsters all use really bizarre and creative slang and that was jarring at first. Like the first one, I thought this was a really creative story. We follow some monsters after they’ve escaped from Kaijumax prison for monsters. I liked getting to see the rest of the world. But it was hard for me seeing the guards that worked for the prison out hunting monsters. So many of them have no sympathy and think that all monsters are the same, even the ones that are doing all the right things. I thought it brought up an interesting conversation that could be related to the real world. Overall, I liked this one and I’m going to continue onto the third installment.

Kaijumax Season Three: King of the Monstas by Zander Cannon

I think what I like most about this series is the serious topics it covers in a creative way. In this installment we’re back in the world of the prison where we see what’s going on with an inmate/guard romantic relationship, the latest on the drama between the gangs, and focusing closer on a select few characters. I strongly disliked the romantic relationship but I think that was intentional. The warring gangs were the main plot of this story and at times it was hard to keep track of who was in which gang. Despite that I thought it was a really interesting story, especially Woofys plot line. I think the most interesting character that we focused on was the goat man, he has a long title that is the devil of something or other but I can’t be bothered. I’m still filled with questions about him. I’d love to know more about what he and his father are. I’m also wondering why he turned into a literal goat after crossing the river. Overall, I’ll have to buy more of the series to continue but I definitely plan on doing so.

I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young, Jean-François Beauleiu, & Dean Rankine

I’ve heard nothing but good things about the I Hate Fairyland graphic novel series. So, a few months ago after discovering the absolute gem that is my local comic store I bought the first four volumes. I don’t know what took me so long to pick them up, but I’m really glad I finally did because this was so fun. I adored the art. It’s so colorful and wild. It’s gory and gruesome, but also some how still sweet as candy (some may even say sickly sweet). I thought the story was incredibly creative too, though I would have liked to see more of why it took Gertrude 27 years to get even close to the key. It was clear toward the end she was pretty much a huge asshole, but what when wrong when she was still a little girl that made finding the key so impossible? I loved the story, a adult in a girls body, murderous and horrible. I also totally loved the ending. She was so close to finally reaching her goal. I’m very excited to start the next volume and see what chaos Gertrude brings to Fairyland next.

I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 2: Fluff My Life by Skottie Young & Jean-François Beaulieu

This series is hilariously vulgar and I love every page. I’m quickly becoming obsessed. Gertrude is a selfish 30ish year old trapped in a child’s body. She infuriated me but also made me laugh because she’s completely ridiculous. I love the art. It’s stunningly vibrant and I stand by calling it sickly sweet in my review for the first book in the series. Things were a little all over the place plot wise and time seemed to jump in big chunks (which I guess it did in the first one too) but with the ending of this one I’m really intrigued to see what will happen in the fourth one.

I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 3: Good Girl by Skottie Young & Jean-François Beaulieu

This has been my favorite volume so far. I still really love the art. It’s colorful and obnoxious in the best way. In this volume Gertrude has decided she’s going to try to be good. So for several months she tries to do good deeds and ends up only making things worse. But then her guide Larry tells her of a maze that just might be what she needs. She finds the balls of redemption and becomes good Gert. Finally, after thirty years she’s found the key and gets to go home. But…things don’t go as planned. I loved this story. It was different from the others but so fun. My only complaint is that, didn’t the world end in volume two? If we ignore that, I loved this and I’m typing this so fast so I can pick up volume four because the ending of this volume was an excellent cliffhanger.

Kaijumax Season Four: Scaly is the New Black by Zander Cannon

This installment follows the women’s side of Kaijumax monster prison. I thought this was a really interesting book. I loved the conversations it brought, such as pregnancy/adoption when you’re in prison, drug addiction and smuggling, and as with the rest of these stories, gangs. I love this world that Cannon has created. I love the monster slang, it’s fun and entertaining. But this whole series, while fun, has serious tones to it which I really love. There’s no information on when Season Five is coming out, but the end pages of this one did say that it was coming. I’m excited to see what Cannon does next.

What graphic novels did you read in April?

Amanda’s April Wrap Up

Hello, lovelies! We somehow managed to make it through April at light speed after March lasting about a million years. I don’t know how but I read an unreasonable amount of books. I ended up reading some new books I really enjoyed and rereading some old favorites. I had a great month overall.

Physical Books
I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski
Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas
Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane
The Martian by Andy Weir
If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
Specials by Scott Westerfeld
Extras by Scott Westerfeld
Uglies: Shay’s Story by Scott Westerfeld
Impostors by Scott Westerfeld
Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Kaijumax Season Two: The Seamy Underbelly by Zander Cannon
Kaijumax Season Three: King of the Monstas by Zander Cannon
There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool
I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young & Jean-François Beaulieu
I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 2: Fluff My Life by Skottie Young & Jean-François Beaulieu
I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 3: Good Girl by Skottie Young & Jean-François Beaulieu
I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 4: Sadly Never After by Skottie Young & Jean-François Beaulieu
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh
Artemis by Andy Weir
The Year They Fell by David Kreizman
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
Kaijumax Season Four: Scaly is the New Black by Zander Cannon
The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa
The Governess Game by Tessa Dare

eBooks
What You Wish For by Katherine Center
The Guy on the Right by Kate Stewart
The Guy on the Left by Kate Stewart
Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa
The Guy in the Middle by Kate Stewart
Immortal Unchained by Lynsay Sands
Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas
Shatter City by Scott Westerfeld
Inebriated by Katey Taylor
The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez
The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler
Dark Skies by Danielle L. Jensen
Lobizona by Romina Garber
Immortally Yours by Lynsay Sands
The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
Crave by Tracy Wolff

Audiobooks
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

Overall, I’m really happy that I managed to read mostly physical books that I already own. While I am buying new books, I’m still making a good dent in my physical TBR of books I already own. How did you do this month? Did you read anything I did? Find any new favorites?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.