Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Summer TBR

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 Summer 2020 TBR (or winter if you’re in the southern hemisphere)

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

This Coven Won’t Break by Isabel Sterling

Hideaway by Nora Roberts

A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki

The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth

A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn

The Best Laid Plans by Cameron Lund

Hopefully, I will succeed with this seasonal TBR because I’ve pretty much failed all of my previous ones so far this year. What are you hoping to read this summer?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

 

Amanda’s Olympic Games TBR

Hiii, lovelies! I’m back with another TBR post. I’ve been trying not to do so many readathons this year because I feel like it stressed me out a bit too much last year. I’ve done some low key without posting anything about it (aside from on Twitter). But this one sounds like too much fun and I have to participate. Here is the link to their twitter which has all the specifics for this readathon. It’s taking place for the entire month of June. I’ve taken the quiz from Uncle Rick’s website and I am a child of Hades (is anyone surprised by this? Because I’m not.) So, there are a few fun prompts and I’ll be listing them with what I  intend to read below (but if you’ve been here before you know I’ll probably read a completely different list of books.) Let’s get into the challenges.

Hades Challenges:

The Ghost King: Read a book featuring the undead.

This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

Bring a book back from the dead by reading something you have already read before.

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

The Underworld is a dark and dreary place. Read a book with a dark cover.

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Death comes randomly and without warning. Choose a book from your TBR at random. 

The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 4: Rising Action by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson

Hermes is the only Olympian free to visit the Underworld. Complete a prompt that honors Hermes. [Caduceus: Read a book with a snake on the cover.]

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

Optional Advanced Challenges:

Sword & Shield: A book featuring a character whom you would not get along with.

The Lovely War by Julie Berry

Monster Fighting: A book featuring magical creatures.

5 Worlds: The Sand Warrior by Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel, Xanthe Bouma, Matt Rockefeller, & Boya Sun

I’m very excited about this list of books, so hopefully, I’ll manage to mostly stick to this TBR. Are you participating in this readathon? If so, who is your godly parent and what will you be reading?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

 

Amanda’s O.W.L.’s Readathon TBR List

Hey, lovelies! I’ve been trying to chill out with the readathons this year and I think I’ve done pretty well. I’ve participated (low key without posting anything) in a few but nothing too crazy. I’m feeling like I’m heading into a reading slump so I thought the OWLs would be a good way to keep me motivated. If you’re interested here’s the link to G’s announcement video which is where you can find all the details and links.

For the 2020 OWLs, I’ve decided to go with the career of “Trader or Magical Tomes” because doesn’t that just sound wicked cool? The description for this career that G has created literally starts off “Have books always been your one true love?” Like yes, sign me the hell up. I have to pass four OWLs to succeed in this readathon. I’ll explain which four and what their prompts are below, as well as what books I’ll be reading for each subject.

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Ancient Runes – Heart Rune: heart on the cover or in the title

I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski

Charms – Lumos Maxima: white cover

Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden

History of Magic – Witch Hunts: a book featuring witches or wizards

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

Transfiguration – Animagus Lecture: book or series that includes shapeshifting

Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout

These are the books I’m (loosely) planning to read for the OWLs, but if you’ve been here before you know that I don’t usually stick to my TBR lists. We shall see how it goes this month since it is a smaller TBR. I might even try to manage some of the other prompts if I finish these ones.

What are you going to be reading in April? Let me know in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Spring 2020 TBR

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 the top ten books on my spring TBR.

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The Buring Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

The How & The Why by Cynthia Hand

Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The Ruin of Kings by Jenn  Lyons

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

What books are you hoping to read this spring?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogmas Day Twenty-Two: Amanda’s End of Yearathon TBR

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Hello, lovelies! I am more than excited to share with you the books I’m planning to read in the final days of 2019. I have been thinking about what books to include since Vicky and I started talking about the prompts for this round. Let’s talk about what books I plan to read (but will probably change a million times.) This readathon will be going on starting December 26th (at midnight in your time zone) until December 31st (right up until the ball drops!)

Prompts:

Read a 2019 release

The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Read a book with a red cover

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Read a book from a series you haven’t finished

These Divided Shores by Sara Raasch

Read a book under 300 pages

Life is Strange: Dust by Emma Vieceli, Claudia Leonardi, & Andrea Izzo

Read a book released before 2019

The Emerald Sea by Richelle Mead

Read a diverse book

The Wicked + The Divine: Commercial Suicide by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie

I picked books that I’m really excited about, but for some reason just haven’t picked them up yet. Knowing how I am though, I’m sure I’ll change my mind and end up reading different books that fit the prompts. You’ll have to wait for my wrap up to find out!

Let me know what you plan to read for this readathon in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda

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Blogmas Day Nineteen: Unread 2019 Releases

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Hellllllo, lovelies! Last week, I did a Blogmas post about the incredible amount of 2019 releases that I did manage to read this year. Previous years, I’ve had more unread than read, so I thought I could talk about the new releases that I bought and still haven’t managed to pick up and read yet. But, I do plan to make them a priority in early 2020. These are only the books that were published in 2019 that I already own, either physically or on eBook. I’m still really excited about all of these books (becasue I recently did an unhaul and these are all books that managed to keep their place on my shelf).

White Stag by Kara Barbieri

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Stain by A.G. Howard

The Matchmakers List by Sonya Lalli

The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

The Test by Sylvainn Neuvel

The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders

We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

The Lovely War by Julie Berry

Shout by Laurie Halse Andersonn

Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody

Voices by David Elliott

The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie

How it Feels to Float by Helena Fox

The Year They Fell by David Kreizman

To be Taught if Fortunate by Becky Chambers

These Divided Shores by Sara Raasch

Frankly in Love by David Yoon

The End and Other Beginnings by Veronica Roth

Poemsia by Lang Leav

The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Tarnished are the Stars by Rosiee Thor

The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco

Supernova by Marissa Meyer

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

The How & The Why by Cynthia Hand

I’m pretty happy with the fact that this my list on unread 2019 releases. That’s not to say I don’t have other backlist books that I haven’t read yet (because I certainly do). But I managed to read more than half of the new releases I bought thhis year and I’m very pleased with that. What 2019 release did you buy this year but haven’t managed to read yet? Comment and let me know!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda’s GoodReads Choice Awards Challenge – Final Round

Hi, lovelies! I’m back today with the final nominees for the GoodReads Choice Awards. I will only be going through the categories I will be voting in, or will be deciding between more than one book to vote for. I’ve been having fun with this, the pressure to catch up on the series I’ve fell behind on has been motivating. Let’s get into it.

Fantasy

Read:

Of Blood and Bone by Nora Roberts
The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

TBR:

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

Romance

Read:

Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

TBR:

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center
The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves
The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

Science Fiction

Read:

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

TBR:

The Test by Sylvain Neuvel

Graphic Novels

Read:

Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia & Gabriel Picolo

TBR:

Heartstopper Vol. 2 by Alice Oseman

Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction

Read:

Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff & Aime Kaufman
The Toll by Neal Shusterman
Wilder Girls by Rory Power
The Wicked King by Holly Black
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
Finale by Stephanie Garber

TBR:

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Middle Grade

Read:

Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi
Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

TBR:

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix

So, I have around two weeks to read twelve books. Will it happen? Who knows. But I’m going to try! Some books are higher on my priority list and I will make sure to get to them first. Have you read any of the nominees? Share with me below which you think you might vote for!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda’s GoodReads Choice Awards Challenge

Hello, lovelies! This year I’ve decided that I’m going to try to read as many of the nominated books for the 2019 GoodReads Choice Awards (find the voting link here)! I’ve read enough new releases this year that I feel trying to read the ones I haven’t is a more attainable goal than in previous years. So, today I will be sharing all the books I need to read or plan to read. Since I only have five days in this first round (opening round voting is Nov. 5-10), I will be listing those that I wanted to read earlier in the year but didn’t get around to. Let’s start with the first category!

Fiction

Normal People by Sally Rooney

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

There are other books in this category that I’m sure I’ll be interested in but these two are the ones that I have the most excitement toward.

Mystery & Thriller

The Silent Patient by Alex Michealides

I was going to skip this one, but I have The Silent Patient from my aunt so this is a good opportunity to finally read it.

Historical Fiction

I haven’t been able to get through any of the historical fiction I’ve tried to pick up in the last month or so. I will skip this category because I know I won’t finish any of the books, but if I did need to pick on it would be The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo because I’ve heard great things about it.

Fantasy

Of Blood and Bone by Nora Roberts

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty

These are the ones from the list that I already own (or plan to buy) and really want to read. There are a few others I will pick up if I manage to read everything else on the list.

Romance

Honestly, I want to read all of these books. So, I’m going to save this category for last so I have fewer books to choose from with only the finalists left.

Science Fiction

The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders

One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence

The Test by Sylvain Neuvel

To Be Taught if Fortunate by Becky Chambers

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

I’ve been loving science fiction this year, but there are so many from previous years that I haven’t gotten to read too many newer releases.

Graphic Novels & Comics

Heartstopper Vol. 2 by Alice Oseman

Paper Girls Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughn

There are a few others on here, but I’d need to catch up on the series and I’m not that ambitious. I will be finishing other graphic novels that I already own to see if I want to submit them for a write-in vote.

Poetry

Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One by Amanda Lovelace

These are the two from this category that I already own. So if I have time and feel like some poetry, I’ll pick them up.

Debut Novel

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

This is the only one I know anything about and have interest in, but I have a few that I want to submit for a write-in vote.

Young Adult Fiction

Frankly in Love by David Yoon

Internment by Samira Ahmed

These are the two I am most excited about for this category. There are others I will probably pick up if they make it to the next round of voting.

Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction

The Toll by Neal Shusterman

Supernova by Marissa Meyer

Finale by Stephanie Garber

I am going to buy the first later today and the second is being delivered tomorrow. I am excited for all three on this list.

Middle Grade & Children’s

The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan

There have been so many great middle-grade books this year, it’ll be hard to choose for this one.

There are a few categories that I will not be participating in because I just have no interest in them. They are as follows: Horror, Humor, History & Biography, Science & Technology, Food & Cookbooks, and Picture Books. I just don’t read these categories, so I’m not going to put myself through that.

So, five days to read all these books? Very unlikely.  But I will be back in five days to give an update on my progress. This list might change as we make it through the voting rounds because I’m sure some won’t make it and others will need to be added to this list.  I’m excited to get started. Let me know below if you’ve read any of these or if you’ll be voting!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Blogtober Day Fifteen: Paranormal TBR

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Hi, lovelies! Last week we talked about books I’d recommend this Spooktober of the paranormal variety. Today, we’re going to be talking about those paranormal books that I would like to read and knock off my endless TBR list. These are all books that I currently own and just haven’t managed to pick up yet. Let’s get to it!

Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

By Blood by Tracy Banghart

Half-Blood Jennifer L. Armentrout

This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

Half Bad by Sally Green

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

Legion by Julie Kagawa

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Middlewest Book One by Scottie Young

Life is Strange: Dust by Emma Vieceli, Claudia Leonardi, & Andrea Izzo

These are all of the books I have set aside and hope to read this month! There is actually a whole other list of mystery and thrillers that I didn’t include. I know I won’t read them all, but goals are important. What books from my list have you read already? Are there any you want to read too? Let me know!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Blogtober Day One (Part Two): Amanda’s Gilmore Girls Readathon TBR

Hi, Lovelies! Yes, I know another readathon. They are just so fun and I love all the themed ones. So, I’m going to try to mix and match books so I’m not setting myself up with a huge tbr but, who knows what I’ll end up reading honestly. Onto the prompts!

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A book with a school setting in honor of Yale & Chilton

This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

A mother/daughter relationship in honor of our favorite mother/daughter duo ever

We Speak in Storms by Natalie Lund

Any book set in fall or winter in honor of beautiful Stars Hollow & Lorelei smelling snow

The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

A book with complicated love interests in honor of Rory, Dean, & Jess

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki & Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

A book by an Asian author or has Asian representation in honor of our favorite best friend, Lane

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

The next book in a series you haven’t finished yet in honor of A Year in the Life

Road to Oz by Eric Shanower & Skottie Young

A book with food on the cover or is a crucial part of the storyline in honor of Luke’s Cafe

Check, Please! Book 1: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu

What will you be reading this month? Have you read any of my choices for the readathon? Let me know in the comments!

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Blogtober Day One: Amanda’s Bookeyman-A-Thon TBR

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Hi, lovelies! I’m here today to say Happy October! It’s the prime time of the spooky season and I’m so excited to be participating in a Spooktober readathon that is hosted by two of my favorite bookish friends, Alana @ The Bookish Chick & Books in the Skye. I shall leave the link to the twitter thread with all of the info here. I have chosen Team Clan because fifteen-year-old me would never let me choose anything other than the Vampires. There are a few challenges that I will list below with my chosen books. The Bookeyman-A-Thon will be going on for the whole month of Spooktober. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some spooky books.

Read the Group Book:

Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Read a book you’ve been dying to sink your teeth into – Read a backlist book:

This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

You need to feed and all you see is blood – Read a book with a red cover:

Check, Please! Book 1: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu

Make your immortality count and become well known – Read a book with over 15,000 ratings on GoodReads:

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Sunrise Challenge: You need to avoid the sunlight – Read a book only at night:

The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

I’m beyond excited for these prompts and the books I’ve chosen to read for this readathon. Tell me in the comments about what you’re planning to read for the spookiest month of the year!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda’s Contemporary-A-Thon TBR

Hi, lovelies! Who is excited for Contemporaryathon?! I certainly am. I’m loving mystery/thrillers and spooky reads right now, so I tried to incorporate as many of those as I could into my TBR for this readathon.

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Read a 2019 release

The Liars of Mariposa Island by Jennifer Mathieu

Read a contemporary with yellow on the cover

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren

Read a diverse contemporary (aim for something outside of your own experience)

Moonstruck Vol. 2: Some Enchanted Evening by Grace Ellis & Shae Beagle

Read a contemporary with an illustrated cover

Everything All at Once by Katrina Leno

Read a dark or hard-hitting contemporary

Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Read a contemporary with plants on the cover

A Million Junes by Emily Henry

Read a contemporary that is beloved by a member of the book community (and shout out the creator!)

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Shout Out: Rocky @ Blonde With a Book

What are you going to be reading for this readathon? Have you read any of these books? Let me know below!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda’s Zodiac-A-Thon TBR

Hi, lovelies! This month I’m sticking to one short readathon for September. August was a little overwhelming with all the group reading I did. So I want to take it easy and do some mood reading before the spooky readathons start. This round of the Zodiacathon will start today, September 4th, and end on September 8th. Just a short four days! For the challenges, there are prompts for everyone’s sun, moon, and rising signs.

Moon Sign: Capricorn

Buddy read a book with someone (there’s ten of us!) who shares your moon sign.

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

Capricorn: Read a magical realism/speculative fiction book.

Moonstruck Volume One: Magic to Brew by Grace Ellis, Shae Beagle, & Kate Leth

Sun Sign: Leo

Leo: Read a library book.

Let’s Call It a Doomsday by Katie Henry

Rising Sign: Gemini

Gemini: Read a sequel.

These Divided Shores by Sara Raasch

I’m excited to read these ones! What are you planning to read this month? Let me know in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda’s Mythathon TBR

Hi, lovelies! Yes, I am here with another TBR post today. There are just so many good readathons happening this month! So this particular readathon is called Myth-A-Thon and it’s hosted by the always wonderful Jesse from Bowties & Books. This is a month-long readathon with four different teams. Each captain has been cast as a mythic God and associated with the four elements. I’ve chosen to be on Team Hades – Fire because I am a Leo and it is Leo season and also I love Hades a lot. So this was the perfect team for me. There are a few challenges for this months reading so let’s get to it!

Hades is the God of flame: Read a hotly anticipated book

How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow

Hades famously possesses an invisible cap: Read a book about a protagonist who is invisible to society

The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes

Hades also owns a chair of forgetfulness: Read a book you’ve been shelving for far too long 

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Hades collects subjects for his kingdom and won’t let them leave: Read a book where the main characters must escape an immoral rule

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

Read the group book

A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
I’ve already read this so I’m going to read another BATB retelling:
Beastly by Alex Flinn

This is what I’ve come up with for Myth-A-Thon! I’ve tried to mix a few books here and there from my two other TBR lists so that I can manage to share books for all the different challenges I’m going to attempt to complete this month. Let me know what you’ll be reading this August below!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda’s Disney Read-A-Thon TBR

Hi, lovelies! I’m back again with another TBR post. I’m participating in the Disney Read-A-Thon and I’ve chosen to be on Team Lion King! This is another month-long readathon. You can find all of the information for it on this twitter thread here! There are a few prompts for each team and a map to follow as well! I will be trying to complete my teams prompts first; then I will see how many of the other team’s challenges I can get to!

Simba: Read a book featuring a male protagonist

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Mufasa: Read a book featuring war and politics

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

Nala: Read an adult romance

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Scar: Read a book – in one day – that will push your emotions over the edge

Heroine by Mindy McGinnis

Timon: Read the group book

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Special Ability: Pumbaa will take all your worries away! You don’t have to have a fixed TBR and can choose to change books at any time.

These are the books I will be trying to read in August! What will you be reading this month?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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