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.

Amanda’s March Wrap Up

Hello, lovelies! Why does it feel like it’s been a million years since my February wrap up? March has felt like the longest month and has been going on for literal years. I’ve read sort of an obscene amount of books this month. I’ve been on a romance binge because I can’t focus on any other genres and I don’t want to get into a slump, so I haven’t even bothered trying to read anything else. So, let’s get into all the books I read in March.

Physical Books
The Never Tilting World by Ron Chupeco
The Life Below by Alexandra Monir
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Fight or Flight by Samantha Young
The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams
Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore
Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers
The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Save the Date by Morgan Matson
White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Love at First Like by Hannah Orenstein
Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
The Geography of Lost Things by Jessica Brody
The How and the Why by Cynthia Hand
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

eBooks
The Last Human by Zack Jordan
Admission by Julie Buxbaum
About a Vampire by Lynsay Sands
The Next Always by Nora Roberts
The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts
The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts
Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis
The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms
What Kind of Girl by Alyssa Sheinmel
Runaway Vampire by Lynsay Sands
Immortal Nights by Lynsay Sands

Audiobooks
The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee
Supernova by Marissa Meyer
This Train is Being Held by Isme Amiel Williams
The Awakening by L.J. Smith
Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

What books did you read this month? Any romance that you would recommend (I’m running out of romance at home to read so pretty please leave a comment with your favorites)? Did you find any new favorites?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s February Wrap Up

Hi, lovelies! This month I read a ton of library books, so we shall see which format of books I read the most this month!

Physical Books
How the Light Gets In by Katy Upperman
On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
We Regret to Inform You by Ariel Kaplan
Deposing Nathan by Zack Smedley
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Echoes Between Us by Kate McGarry
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker
A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen

eBooks
Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie
The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow
The Fever King by Victoria Lee
The Electric Heir by Victoria Lee

Audiobooks
Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch
Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

What books did you read in February? Leave a comment and let me know how you did this month!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s February Graphic Novel Mini-Reviews

Hi, lovelies! As I do on all the months that I read graphic novels, here is my wrap up and mini-reviews for those that I read in the month of February.

On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden

I’ve heard so many good things about this beast of a graphic novel. I bought it a few months ago knowing I’d read it eventually. Well, the latest round of Tome Topple was in February and I wanted something quick to read so I thought this one was a perfect choice. I really enjoyed this. I haven’t read many science fiction graphic novels. I loved the characters and the fact that it was such a diverse cast. The found family was strong in this story and I totally wanted to be a part of it. I thought the world-building was done well. We got to see a few different places and they were all beautiful. I will definitely be reading more by Tillie Walden (especially since I already own a few of her other novels.)

This was the only graphic novel I managed to pick up this month (thanks to Tome Topple!) I’ve been working my way through some library books, so hopefully, I’ll read some more of my collection next month.

Did you read any graphic novels this month?

Amanda’s January Wrap Up

Hi, lovelies! Today we’re here for my first wrap up of the year! As you all saw in the 2020 goals post, I wanted to make a point to read more physical books and fewer ebooks. Not that there’s anything wrong with any format of reading, I just personally don’t get to enjoy reading physically as much as I used to and I want to try to be better about that. Let’s see how I did!

Physical Books
Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
Heartstopper Vol. 1 by Alice Oseman
Heartstopper Vol. 2 by Alice Oseman
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
These Divided Shores by Sara Raasch
Daring to Dream by Nora Roberts
Holding the Dream by Nora Roberts
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
This Vicious Cure by Emily Suvada
Spellhacker by M.K. England
A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson

eBooks
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez
Belle Révolte by Linsey Miller
Girls With Razor Hearts by Suzanne Young
Reason Number One by Briston Brooks
Finding the Dream by Nora Roberts
No Place Like Here by Christina June
You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Reverie by Ryan La Sala
One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus
Frankly in Love by David Yoon

Audiobooks
The Emerald Sea by Richelle Mead
The Beholder by Anna Bright
The Final Six by Alexandra Monir
Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater
Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly
Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

 

January DNF’s
The Light Between Worlds by Laura Weymouth
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Warcross by Marie Lu
Matched by Allie Condie

I managed to succeed in reading mostly physical books this month and that’s something I hope to continue for the rest of the year. I’ve also started visiting my library again recently. So, hopefully, that helps too! Did you read any new favorite books in January? Leave a comment and let me know!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s 2019 Reading Statistics (Year End Wrap Up)

Hi, lovelies! I have to say thank you to my wonderful husband for this post because I could not for the life of me figure out how to make all these graphs and charts in excel and he helped me (and actually made quite a few of them.) So, I love the yearly stats posts because it’s so much fun to see what people read and how they read it. I’ve made quite a few charts and graphs, but I will be talking about each one below the graphic.

Monthly 2020

Let’s start with my monthly breakdown. Here I’ve laid out how many books I  read each month. I think it’s interesting to see the differences in each month. I can tell you that I read so many books in August because of the Magical Readathon that happens each August. December surprised me because I didn’t think I’d read so much. But I was trying to finish a  few series before the end of the year. What was your best/worst reading month of 2019?

Ratings 2020

Next, let’s talk star ratings. Before GoodReads, I didn’t care about rating books, but now that I actually use it to track what I’ve read and what I want to read I thought it would be interesting to track how many books I liked or didn’t. I would say I had a great reading year because more than half of the books I read were either four or five stars. I had an overall average of 4.03 which I think is great! Which star rating did you give out the most?

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Last year, I  saw this chart on a few other yearly wrap up posts and I had only recently gotten into listening to audiobooks. So, I was already excited to see what mine would look like for 2019. I’m not surprised at all to see that I read mostly eBooks. That’s actually a reading goal of mine for 2020 is to try to read more physical books. Physical books are my preferred format. I’m hoping to only read eBooks at night before bed, instead of whenever time allows. Which format did you read the most of this year?

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Another interesting statistic I  was excited to see was the comparison of how many books I was reading from the library and how many I was reading that was from my physical collection. I mostly read books I owned, but I did borrow a few from the library, from friends, and used my Kindle Unlimited subscription. In 2020, I’d like to keep this close to the same because I have around 200 unread physical books that I already own and I want to focus on getting those read. Did you read books from the library or books you own?

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Toward the end of 2018, I signed up for NetGalley. I try really hard not to go wild requesting ARCs and only request ones by authors I already know of or books I’ve heard about already. I think this chart shows that I was pretty successful in that goal. I know the numbers aren’t shown, but the grey slice is only around 30 books. I’m really happy about that and plan to keep it right around the same in 2020. Did you read any ARCs in 2019?

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I thought it would be really interesting to see the difference in the publication years of all the books I read in 2019. This is a good way to see how many new releases I read compared to backlist books. It’s clear in this graph that I read mostly newer releases. This is interesting to me and makes it clear that in 2020 I should aim to focus on the backlist books that I already own, rather than getting caught up with all the new releases that I’m looking forward too. Did you read more new releases or backlist books?

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Next, we have page numbers. I love seeing the visuals of the books I read last year. This shows me that I read mostly shorter books with a few longer ones mixed in there too. These results were not unexpected as I read a fair bit of contemporary and romance books in 2019.

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I also kept track of whether each  book I read was a part of a series or a standalone (and then a few short story collections that didn’t really fit either). This chart was a bit surprising to me because I could have sworn that I read way more standalones than I did series. Though, I am happy about this because I’m trying to finish all of the series that I’m in the middle of. That’s another goal of mine for 2020, to finish all the completely published series that I am still in the middle of.

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The genre comparison is the one I was the most excited to see. After making my stats post for 2018, I made a goal in 2019 to attempt to read more genres. I didn’t want to only read contemporary and fantasy. I think I did better compared to last year but will continue to try to purposefully read more varying genres. What genre did you read the most in 2019?

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While making the genre chart, I wanted to see the difference in age ranges. I knew I’d read mostly YA but I wanted to see what the numbers looked like visually. I’m pretty happy with these results. I’m planning to make a point to read more books outside of YA and I think my other goals (reading backlist books and the books I already own) will align with this as well. Did you read mostly books for one age range?

So! These are all of the visuals I made for my 2019 reading statistics. I had a ton of fun making this post, even though it was honestly a huge pain in the butt to get all the graphics into this post. I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did.

Did you make a  2019 wrap up like this one? How was 2019 for you and your reading goals? Leave a comment and let me know!

Keep on readinng lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda’s End of Yearathon Wrap Up

Helllo, lovelies! I had so much fun hosting this readathon with Vicky again this year. I managed to find a new favorite series and continued two series I already knew I loved. I’m happy with what I read!

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Prompts:

Read a 2019 release

Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich

Read a book with a red cover

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Read a book from a series you haven’t finished

The Immortal Who Loved Me by Lynsay Sands

Read a book under 300 pages

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

Read a book released before 2019

This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada

Read a diverse book

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

I managed to read three of the six books on my original TBR which is better than most of the lists I make, hah! What books did you read in the final days of the year?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogmas Day Thirty-One: December Wrap Up

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For the final day of Blogmas, dear lovelies I give to theeee (I hope everyone’s singing along with me) a wrap up of the books I read this monthhhh! I read lots of good stuff this month, so I’m just going to get right into it.

Physical Books
The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts
Born to Bite by Lynsay Sands
The Reluctant Vampire by Lynsay Sands
Starsight by Brandon Sanderson
The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett
The Wicked + The Divine: Fandemonium by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson
The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand
The Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld & Alex Puvilland
The Spill Zone: The Broken Vow by Scott Westerfeld & Alex Puvilland
Life is Strange: Dust by Emma Vieceli, Claudia Leonardi, & Andrea Izzo
The Wicked + The Divine: Commercial Suicide by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson
This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada

eBooks
The Renegade Hunter by Lynsay Sands
Hungry for You by Lynsay Sands
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith
Ashlords by Scott Reintgen
Under a Vampire Moon by Lynsay Sands
Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin
I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi
The Lady is a Vamp by Lynsay Sands
Jackpot by Nic Stone
Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel
The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory
Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith
Soldier by Julie Kagawa
Immortal Ever After by Lynsay Sands
Girls With Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young
One Lucky Vampire by Lynsay Sands
Dance Upon the Air by Nora Roberts
Vampire Most Wanted by Lynsay Sands
Legion by Julie Kagawa
Heaven and Earth by Nora Roberts
Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich
Sovereign Sacrifice by Elise Kova
The Immortal Who Loved Me by Lynsay Sands

Audiobooks
The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead
Inferno by Julie Kagawa

These are all the books I read in December. I managed to read some that will be finding themselves on my favorites of 2019 lists next month. What did you read in December? Any new favorites?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Blogmas Day Thirty: Amanda’s December Graphic Novel Mini-Reviews

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Hello, lovelies! I’ve been in a bit of a graphic novel slump. I think I just have too many options, too many series I’ve read the first of and bought more of the series, but haven’t picked up. So, I’m really glad I managed to finally pick up more graphic novels this month.

The Wicked + The Divine Volume Two: Fandemonium by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson

I love this series. There’s something about it that just captivates me. I love the concept of the Gods reincarnating (sort of). This volume  was full of mystery and the main character, Laura, trying to find out who killed Luci. I really missed Luci and her absense kind of made this volume not as good as the first. I still ended up really enjoying it though. The huge twist at the end had me dying for the next book. I liked that we got to see more of the other gods and we got a bit more than just Laura’s perspective. I’m excited to continue with the series.

Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld & Alex Puvilland

I bought this graphic novel after seeing Scott Westerfeld speak at the DC National Book Festival. The way he talked about how images and art inspired him and changed the way he wrote stories really made me want to check this one out. I’m glad I did. The art was interesting and unique. The color difference between the regular world scenes and the panels inside the “spill zone” was beautiful. I think it was also interesting the way the different speech bubbles meant different things. We see Addie (the main character) talking, but we also get thought bubbles from her younger sister who hasn’t spoken since coming out of the spill zone the night everything happened, and speech bubbles from another character I won’t name so it doesn’t give anything away. I also thought the story itself was well done. It was compelling and mysterious. My only complaint is that it ended too soon. There wasn’t much resolution, but thankfully I have the second book too so I’ll just start that next. There was something supernatural about the story and I think that was really creative and definitely kept me interested.

Spill Zone: The Broken Vow by Scott Westerfeld & Alex Puvilland

After finishing the first volume, I had to immediately pick up the second and get the rest of the story. I really loved how things connected and then were wrapped up. I think Westerfeld told an excellent story. The art was stunning. I loved the contrast between the regular world and then the spill zone and then how they were merged toward the end of the story. My only complaint would be that sometimes the shifts between scenes and characters were a bit sudden and jarring. I still really enjoyed it and these might just make a favorites list when I work on those in the coming month.

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

This graphic novel made me nostalgic for when I was introduced the the video game. I used to play it with a neighbor of mine that turned into a close friend. It made me miss her. But aside from that, I didn’t love this. The time travel bits were really confusing at first. I did like that they included actual art from the game. But overall, I’m definitely going to stick with the game.

The Wicked + The Divine: Commercial Suicide by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson (also several other guest artists)

This, so far, is probably my least favorite of this series. Though we actually get some back story on the gods and the people they were before being awoken as gods, which I thought was interesting. This was kind of all over the place. The two characters I liked the most are not longer in the story. Plot wise, things are getting wild. I think the mystery and suspense is done really well. The reader knows more than some of the characters, but were still not given all the information. I thought the inclusion of guest artists was interesting and made each of the gods featured more unique. Overall, while it was my least favorite I still really enjoyed it.

Did you read  any graphic novels in December? Have you read any of these ones? Leave a comment and let me know!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Blogmas Day Fourteen: GoodReads Choice Awards

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Hello, lovelies! I thought it would be fun to do a final wrap up of the GoodReads Choice Awards winners and which ones were winners thanks to my vote. I’m only going to be including the categories that I voted in. Check out my last post about which books I still needed to read for the final round of voting.

Best Mystery/Thriller

My Vote: An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanenn

Winner: The Silent Patient by Alex Michalides

This is not overly suprising to me with all the hype that surrounded The Silent Patient. It also, sort of, makes me want  to move this book higher up on my TBR list.

Best Historical Fiction

My Vote: Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Winner: Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This is also not overly surprising to me. I’m glad it won. I adored the audiobook and voted for it in each round.

Fantasy

My Vote: The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

Winner: Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Another one that’s not a surprise. There were so many great books for this category,  it was a hard choice to pick just one.

Romance

My Vote: Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Winner: Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

This one was so deserving of the win. I did really like some of the other books I read from this category, but I’m so glad RW&RB won.

Science Fiction

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

Winner: Recursion by Blake Crouch

The winner is one of the few books in this category that I didn’t read. I can’t say whether it deserved it, but I wish my vote won.

Graphic Novels & Comics

My Vote: Bloom by Kevin Panette & Savanah Ganucheau

Winner: Pumpkin Heads by Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks

Another non-surprise, Rainbow Rowell is such a beloved author. I personally don’t read her work, so I think any of the other books should have won.

Poetry

My Vote: Great Goddesses: Life Lessons from Myths and Monsters by Nikita Gil

Winner: Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

I love that Shout won. I have not read it yet, but it’s on my shelf. I definitely plan  to read it in 2020.

Debut Novel

My Vote: House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

Winner: Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

I think it should be a rule that books can’t win more than one category to give the other books a more fair chance. RW&RB already won the Romance category and there were several other deserving books in the Debut Novel category.

Young Adult Fiction

My Vote: The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

Winner: Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, & Tobias Iaconis

I’m sorry, but HOW did this book win? Wasn’t this written based off of the movie? This was rigged. I don’t understand how this could have won over any of the other books for Young Adult Fiction.

Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction

My Vote: The Toll by Neal Shusterman

Winner: The Wicked King by Holly Black

Is anyone surprised by this? No? Me neither.

Middle Grade & Children

My Vote: Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi

Winner: The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan

Insert lack of surprise here. Uncle Rick is king. But I would have liked to see one of the more diverse stories by a newer author win.

So, that’s it lovelies, the 2019 GoodReads Choice Awards have finally come to an end. It was fun trying to read all of the books so that I could vote properly. Which books were you happy to see win?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda’s November Wrap Up

Hello, lovelies! Let’s jump right into all of the books that I managed to read this November.

Physical Books
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
The Toll by Neal Shusterman
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Well Met by Jen DeLuca
Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts
The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting

eBooks
Rogue by Julie Kagawa
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia
Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
Meet Cute by Helena Hunting
The Kiss Quotient Helen Hoang
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
Renegades by Marissa Meyer
This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty
Year One by Nora Roberts
Of Blood and Bone by Nora Roberts
The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves
The Rogue Hunter by Lynsay Sands
Blood Magick by Nora Roberts
The Guinivere Deception by Kiersten White
The Immortal Hunter by Lynsay Sands

Audiobooks
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Legendary by Stephanie Garber
Finale by Stephanie Garber
Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

I read quite a few books, as usual. I think I read a bit more than usual because I’m suffering from a serious case of senioritis while I’m in my last term of college. So, I’m reading mostly to procrastinate getting my school work done. But hey, I read some great books this month. Leave me a comment and let me know what you read!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Tome Topple Wrap Up

Hello friends! This readathon seemed to fly by! We hope that everyone else had as great a time as we have. Tome Topple is always fun and a satisfying way to knock out those big books on our TBR.

Read more than one tome

Amanda- I managed to read more than one Tome! See which titles below.

Antonia- I successfully read more than one Tome! See which ones below.

Read the tome that’s been on your tbr the longest

Amanda- Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Antonia- Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get to this one.

Read a tome that is part of a series

Amanda- The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

Antonia- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling.

Read a tome from a genre you don’t usually read

Amanda- Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin. I’m sticking with fantasy because even though all of the books I read for Tome Topple were fantasy, I haven’t been able to actually read any of this genre and really love it until this round of the readathon.

Antonia- I did not have time to do this category.

Read a tome that’s an adult novel

Amanda- The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty

Antonia- The Liar by Nora Roberts

How did everyone else do for Tome Topple? Let us know what you’ve been reading in the comments!