Recommendations | My Five Favorite Vampire Books

Hey, friends! I’ve been having a hard time getting into the Halloween spirit this year for some reason! So, I thought a good way that could help make me feel a little bit more spooky would be to share my love for the paranormal with you all! For five nights I’m going to spread a little love for my favorite eerie entities: Witches, GhostsDemons, Shifters, and Vampires! I hope you all enjoy and maybe pick up a new book that will make your Halloween feel a little more haunted! 💉


➽ Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1) by J.R. Ward

I have read over 20 books set in this world.  But with so many spinoffs and novellas intertwined, so I feel like I can’t say much, but this is just a series I will always love. Basically, in the Black Dagger Brotherhood we follow a bunch of powerful vampires, that are in an elite group that protects humans, vampires, angels, and a bunch of other paranormal entities, and they all live in this big mansion, and they all are one big family that’s just saving the world.


➽ Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2) by Seanan McGuire

If you’ve read Every Heart a Doorway then you know how Jack and Jill’s story ends in that book, so I was absolutely ecstatic when I found out that the next book in this series was their back-story about their magical world. The twin sisters’ doorway is very different than Nancy’s in Every Heart a Doorway. Their doorway, the Moors, is a place of neutral territory surrounded by vampires, werewolves, gargoyles, Drowned God worshipers, and more in the paranormal vein. And a few individuals in the Moors are very excited when children stumble through from portals from different worlds.  This book is still my favorite of the series!


Once Burned  (Night Prince #1) by Jeaniene Frost

I read this book so long ago, but it really did ignite my love for Vlad the Impaler stories! Sadly, I did read the last book in this series last year and really hated it, so I doubt that this first book will stand the test of time. But I just used to love Jeaniene’s paranormal vampire world so much, that I wanted to include a book by her on one of these lists!


➽ City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare

Yeah, you’re seeing that right! My favorite character from this series just happens to be a vampire. Well, was a vampire! I actually don’t think they are even a vampire in this book, but I am such trash for this series right now that I really wanted to include it! Especially because I had no idea that vampires were even in this world before picking up this first book! And, it truly was the second best surprise (Faeries are always first)!


➽ Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

I was such trash for this series when I was younger. Sadly, I don’t have actual reviews for this series because it was pre-Goodreads, but I couldn’t NOT make a vampire list and not include this series that meant so much to me, once upon a time! Also, Adrian was like my original book boyfriend. Ah, I really need to give this book a reread and see if it even somewhat holds up today.



Okay, friends! I hope you enjoyed! And I hope the end of your October is filled with all the amazing books! Tell me your favorite vampire story in the comments, please! And happy Halloween! Stay spooky! 🎃✨

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Recommendations | My Five Favorite Shifter Books

Hey, friends! I’ve been having a hard time getting into the Halloween spirit this year for some reason! So, I thought a good way that could help make me feel a little bit more spooky would be to share my love for the paranormal with you all! For five nights I’m going to spread a little love for my favorite eerie entities: Witches, Ghosts, Demons, Shifters, and Vampires! I hope you all enjoy and maybe pick up a new book that will make your Halloween feel a little more haunted! 🐾


➽ The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner

This is one of the most atmospheric books I’ve ever read in my entire life. It was also able to evoke such a visceral reading experience from me. I never wanted to put this book down! And I knew that this was going to be heavy on the Russian folklore, but I had no idea that this was also a reimagining of Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti. And I swear, I don’t remember consuming any fruit while reading this, yet I am still completely under this book’s spell. And I think you’ll all love these shifting sisters.


➽  Clean Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles, #1) by Ilona Andrews

This is actually a book that stars a witch, a vampire, and a werewolf, but I love the werewolf so much that I had to put this book on this list!  I was not expecting all the sci-fi developments, so that took me for by a very pleasant surprise. The concepts in this book were so unique; I’ve never read anything about “Innkeepers” before. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a completely new concept they created. Basically, if you’re looking for a good PNR/sci-fi love child, I can’t recommend this enough.


➽ The Last Wish (The Witcher #1) by Andrzej Sapkowski

The events in these seven stories take place before Sword of Destiny, which is another short story collection, and before Blood of Elves, the first actual full length novel in this series. Just like the video-games, The Witcher world is so magical, whimsical, full of twists, and it never disappoints. Two of these stories are so very important in understanding why Geralt feels the way he does about two very predominant characters that are talked about in much greater detail later in this world.


➽ Bloody Rose (The Band #2) by Nicholas Eames

Next, friends, I loved Bloody Rose even more than Kings of the Wyld! This book feels like stepping into a fresh Dungeons and Dragons campaign, where you get to play as a Lesbian bard who is allowed the honor of going on a few quests and ultimately telling the story of the most famous mercenary this side of the Heartwyld. And, I’m not sure I’ve ever wanted to play (or be) a character so much in my entire life. Brune is a Vargyr / Shaman! Wields Ktulu, that can separate into two weapons, kind of like Varian Wrynn’s (my favorite character) in World of Warcraft. I didn’t ask for these tears. Speaking of World of Warcraft, I have an extra soft spot for shamans, and Brune even shifts into what my shaman shifts into, so my heart is so very happy.


➽ Spice & Wolf by Isuna Hasekura

Lawrence is a traveling merchant that is very trusted throughout the land, even though that land is very heavily controlled by the church, who will do anything to make sure the gods from the past are no longer worshiped. This doesn’t affect Lawrence what-so-ever, until he finds one of these old gods sleeping in his wagon cart after a Pagan harvest festival. The adorable god he finds is Horo, a wolf god! She can shift between forms, even though it’s not the most convenient of ways, but in human form she is still left with cute little wolf ears and a tail. Her life depends on a sheaf of wheat that Lawrence has in his cart. This is my favorite manga of all-time!



Okay, friends! I hope you enjoyed! And I hope the end of your October is filled with all the amazing books! Tell me your favorite shifter story in the comments, please! And happy Halloween! Stay spooky! 🎃✨

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Recommendations | My Five Favorite Demon Book

Hey, friends! I’ve been having a hard time getting into the Halloween spirit this year for some reason! So, I thought a good way that could help make me feel a little bit more spooky would be to share my love for the paranormal with you all! For five nights I’m going to spread a little love for my favorite eerie entities: Witches, Ghosts, Demons, Shifters, and Vampires! I hope you all enjoy and maybe pick up a new book that will make your Halloween feel a little more haunted! 😈


➽ The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by S.A. Chakraborty

This is the first book in an own voices Muslim Fantasy series, that walks the line between Young Adult and Adult, and switches between two very different points of view. One point of view is a girl in her early twenties, who remembers nothing of her childhood, and is living near Cairo, Egypt. Her name is Nahri and she is a street healer by day, and a con-woman and thief by night. Nahri has a natural affinity for healing people, and can magically see what the problem is. Sometimes she can wish it away, other times it is not so easy. Many people realize Nahri’s talents and believe her magic to also work spiritually, which is why she gets hired a lot to cleanse and heal people at Zar Ceremonies, where she leads dances and prayers to be rid of demons/ifrits, which she doesn’t believe in.


➽ The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

This is a story about a young boy named Prosper who has grown up never feeling like he has fit in. His twin sister is the only person he feels understands him, while she is also battling a very scary heart condition. Prosper has always felt like the odd one out, especially since his family is very rich, very successful, and very powerful. But then it becomes very apparent why his ancestors were so lucky. Prosper is then forced to flee to Salem, Massachusetts, where he is introduced to a whole other family and he gets to see what it’s like to start over and become the person he wants to be. I mean, while also struggling with a demon who is constantly trying to take over his body.


➽ The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy #1) by Katherine Arden

Vasilisa and her family live on the edge of the Russian wilderness. Vasilisa’s father rules these lands, and her mother died giving birth to her, knowing that she was special. Vasilisa was raised by her mother’s nursemaid, who is constantly telling her fairy tales that most Russians fear, but Vasilisa loves. Meanwhile, there is a frost-demon that does everything to ensure him and Vasilisa’s paths cross. And Vasilisa couldn’t resist the urge to go to him even if she tried. Then a beautiful story unfolds about a girl, a nightingale, and a bear, who are destined to have a story told.


➽ The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion (Danielle Cain #1) by Margaret Killjoy

Friends, pick up this so underhyped, yet so deserving of more hype, novella. I am blown away. Within 100 pages, this book was able to create a beautifully diverse cast, talk about some pretty important issues, showcases a homeless main character, show the beauty of unconditional-loving found families, and it even gave me some pretty gothic spooky demon animals. This was amazing, and I think truly believe so many of my book friends would love it.


➽ Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Once I heard that this was an ownvoices Asian inspired fantasy world where two girls, who are forced to be concubines to a demon king, try to overcome it all and fall in love, I knew this was going to be a book for me. But friends, I fell in love. Girls of Paper and Fire and it is easily one of the best books I’ve read all year! This doesn’t come out until next Tuesday, but I promise it is worth the wait! Pre-order now!



Okay, friends! I hope you enjoyed! And I hope the end of your October is filled with all the amazing books! Tell me your favorite demon story in the comments, please! And happy Halloween! Stay spooky! 🎃✨

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Recommendations | My Five Favorite Ghost Books

Hey, friends! I’ve been having a hard time getting into the Halloween spirit this year for some reason! So, I thought a good way that could help make me feel a little bit more spooky would be to share my love for the paranormal with you all! For five nights I’m going to spread a little love for my favorite eerie entities: Witches, Ghosts, Demons, Shifters, and Vampires! I hope you all enjoy and maybe pick up a new book that will make your Halloween feel a little more haunted! 👻


➽ Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Like, I know this is cruel, but I couldn’t NOT have this make this list! Have you ever loved a book so much that it completely fills your soul, warms your heart, and heals your broken pieces? Because that’s Strange the Dreamer. This was my favorite book of 2017, and I will always recommend it with my whole heart.


➽ Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

This is a bright, shining light in 2018 fantasy! Friends, I loved this from the very first chapter, and was more captivated than I have been reading any other book this year. Like, go into any bookstore, read the first chapters of this book, and I dare you not to want to immediately buy it. Goosebumps. Tears. Perfection. Those are the three words that come to mind, and I just continued to fall even more in love with this story as it progressed. And the ghost in this is perfection.


➽ The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

This is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read in my entire life. It’s powerful, moving, poignant, lyrical, important, and touched me beyond words. From the discussion about mental health and the stigmas we still have in 2018 (especially in Asian cultures), to the true portrayal of grief, to the heartbreaking truth about depression, to the realistic depiction of what it means to be not only biracial but to be white passing, to the discovery of your identity. The Astonishing Color of After is a book I will cherish for the rest of my life.


➽ The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

This completely unique story is about a girl, Blue, that lives in a house full of psychics. She is the only one in her family that does not have psychic powers, but instead possesses something much different. Blue amplifies the spirit’s voices. This not only helps her family, but also helps the spirits in other ways. Blue is a little bitter that she cannot actually see the spirits, until one night she is able to see one. If Harry Potter was my childhood, The Raven Cycle is my twenties.


➽ Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

This is Katherine Arden’s debut middle grade novel and I loved it so very much friends. Many of you know that The Bear and the Nightingale is one of my favorite books of all-time, and even though these stories are nothing like one another, the beautiful writing, amazing characters, and important themes shine through. I went into this expecting a fun and spooky read (which it was), but what I also got was such a beautiful love letter to grief, depression, and trying to live in a world that has taken away someone who you feel you cannot live without.



Okay, friends! I hope you enjoyed! And I hope the end of your October is filled with all the amazing books! Tell me your favorite ghost story in the comments, please! And happy Halloween! Stay spooky! 🎃✨

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Recommendations | My Five Favorite Witch Books

Hey, friends! I’ve been having a hard time getting into the Halloween spirit this year for some reason! So, I thought a good way that could help make me feel a little bit more spooky would be to share my love for the paranormal with you all! For five nights I’m going to spread a little love for my favorite eerie entities: Witches, Ghosts, Demons, Shifters, and Vampires! I hope you all enjoy and maybe pick up a new book that will make your Halloween feel a little more haunted! 🔮


➽ Circe by Madeline Miller

What better way to start out the spooky season, but with reading about the original witch?  This book is about healing and doing what it takes to come into your own. This book is about love; the love between lovers, the love of a mother, and the love you must find in yourself. This book proves why family of choice will always be greater than family of origin. This book is about magic, and how we can find it in ourselves if we look hard enough. This is a book about becoming the witch you’ve always buried deep inside you.


➽ Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton 

My favorite book of 2018. What a masterpiece in every sense of the word. Literally perfection. A true gift to the literary world. Friends, if you’re looking for a spooky book, with a dark fairy-tale vibe, that heavily talks about society’s gender expectations, while being a love letter to gender fluidity, with the most heartwarming polyamorous relationship, look no further than this masterpiece.


➽ Phoenix Unbound (Fallen Empire #1) by Grace Draven

Gilene is a Fire witch who has been the sacrificial girl for her village for the last four years, using her magic to disguises herself as a new girl. Even though she has to endure the torture of the night, she is able to walk free from the fire every year, without anyone noticing. Well, she didn’t think anyone could notice. This is one of my favorite romances of the entire year! Beautiful start to a series that I completely recommend!


➽ Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno

This is the most realistic witch story that was nothing short of a beautiful delight to read. This was moving, and powerful, and magical, and sweet, yet also heartbreaking. This reads like a mix between Girl Made of Stars and The Wicked Deep, and if you love either (bonus points for both) then you will completely love this story, too!


➽ The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch #1) by Rin Chupeco
This book is my heart! This is an ownvoices, Asian inspired, fantasy story that stars a young necromancer, looking for her place in a world that has constantly told her she is going to become evil. This story is told in two parts, but not equally. The lesser part, before every new chapter, are the events taking place through a bard’s eyes, who is chronicling the events currently, where Tea is proving to become the evil villain the world wanted her to be. But the main story is told in the past, and we get to slowly find out what happened to put Tea on this path that the bard is seeing.



Okay, friends! I hope you enjoyed! And I hope the end of your October is filled with all the amazing books! Tell me your favorite witch story in the comments, please! And happy Halloween! Stay spooky! 🎃✨

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Top Ten Tuesday | My Favorite Thriller and Horror Books

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!

Happy October, my loves! Okay, so this week’s real top was “Authors I’d Love to Meet” but I thought it was kind of a weird topic, just because I get so emotional when I meet people I look up to, and I truly don’t believe I would have been able to come up with ten people anyways, so I just decided to really embrace the Halloween spirit! And what better way than to talk about my favorite scary books? 🎃🍂👻

➽ The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz
This is a dark, mystery, thriller that stars a girl trying to discover what truly happened to her thirteen-years-ago. Allison’s mother died when she was very young, so she was put in foster care where she did not have the easiest of times. But one day, a man comes and takes her away and she joins his family. His family consists of a few other fosters kids, three of which he has officially adopted; Roland, Deacon and Thora. And they live in this beautiful home that they call “The Dragon” that is right on the Oregon coast.

➽ Higurashi When They Cry: Abducted by Demons Arc, Vol. 1 by Ryukishi07
Scariest. Manga. Ever. Seriously. This story is set in the summer of 1983, and stars Keiichi, who has just moved to a small, isolated village named Hinamizawa. There is only one school for all of the children living in this village, and Keiichi soon befriends two girls and the rest of their gaming club! The club starts out lighthearted and fun, with the kids pulling innocent pranks on each other, but when Keiichi discovers that the village might be cursed, the book becomes much darker.

➽ Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
This is an anthology (one of my favorites of all-time) but some of the stories in here are so very scary. This collection of short stories heavily emphasizes the violence that we put on women’s bodies. Whether it be sexual violence, physical violence, violence put on us by society, or violence we put on ourselves. This entire collection is absolutely haunting in the best way possible.

➽ Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
This is technically about killer mermaids, but it’s so much more than that. It’s about society and how we don’t take care of the habitats we are inhabiting, let alone the ones we aren’t. It’s about how we view animals as lesser, and we are supposed to use them as a means to further education and technology without ever getting emotionally involved. It’s about how humans do horrible things to our planet that is 71% covered in water, and one day it might be time for someone else, besides humans, to say enough is enough. But this book was so spooky that I couldn’t read it at night with the lights off.

➽ Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher
In true Tarryn fashion, this story surrounds two girls and one guy protagonist. One is a psychopath, one is a sociopath, and one is Tarryn a writer. The book is broken down in those three parts, yet the twists and turns are, as always, a roller coaster ride. Like, reading Darius’ chapters felt like I was being punched in the gut over and over. I felt so much surprise, heartbreak, and betrayal.

➽ The Girl in 6E (Deanna Madden #1) by A.R. Torre
The protagonist in this story had a very traumatic event happen to her when she was younger. The event has caused her to 1) be obsessed with murder and 2) scared to leave her home, in fear of endangering innocent people. She actually hires her neighbors to lock her IN her apartment, from the outside, every night.

➽ The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion (Danielle Cain #1) by Margaret Killjoy
Danielle comes to town, a man dies, pretty brutally, from a monster deer demon, named Uliksi, that was summoned to kill anyone in the town that tries to gain power over anyone. Yeah, you read that sentence right. And this tale quickly turns into a mystery of if Uliksi has turned against the town, or if this mystical deer is still only after those who have committed evil acts.

➽ Slasher Girls & Monster Boys edited by April Genevieve Tucholke
You know, this is a pretty good anthology in general, but a few of these were so damn creepy that I still think about them today, and I read this back in 2016. Sleepless by Jay Kristoff end up being my favorite story. It was so beautiful, so thrilling, and had such amazing twists throughout. I loved it, and it has completely motivated me to read his other work.

➽ Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening (Monstress #1) by Marjorie M. Liu & Sana Takeda
My favorite graphic-novel of all time, and also spooky as heck! This story follows a seventeen year old girl named Maika, whose story starts out where she is being sold as a slave. The reader will immediately notice that Maika has a very strange tattoo of an eye on her chest, and she is missing an arm. Yet, it becomes very clear very early that Maika is much stronger than what she seems.

➽ Kiss the Girls (Alex Cross #2) by James Patterson
All those 25+ James Patterson books are paying off, a little. No, for real, Kiss the Girls was always my favorite Alex Cross novel, and I still think it’s one of the scariest books that I’ve ever read. Plus, it just holds a really special place in my heart.

Okay, friends! Those are my ten favorite thriller and mystery books that I believe with my whole heart are perfect reads for this time of year! But please, give me any and all recommendations of your favorites! I am starting The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter in a couple of days! Hopefully it will be so amazing that it will make my scary recommendations for next year! Happy reading, friends! Stay spooky! 🍂🎃👻

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Top Ten Tuesday | Fall 2018 Book Recommendations

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!

Hello, friends! Last Tuesday, I told you all the Autumn reads that I would like to get to that I haven’t read yet! Well, this week I’m going to tell you about all the Autumn reads that I’ve already read, loved, reviewed, and completely recommend that you all pick up this Fall season! (Click on each individual review for in-depth thoughts and trigger warnings!) 🌻🍂🍄


➽ The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner
September 25th 2018 by Redhook
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“We can’t fight our natures, even though we try. A bear will aways be a bear, and a swan a swan. Everyone fights, malyshka; everyone questions their choices. Even people who love each other.”


➽ Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
September 25th, 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons
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“As night begins to fall, they head out into the woods, bracketed by fearsome scarecrows. The bus driver gives them a word of advice. In order to survive whatever is coming, they’ll need to keep to small spaces.”


➽ Phoenix Unbound (Fallen Empire #1) by Grace Draven
September 25th, 2018 by Ace Books
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“Every year, each village is required to send a young woman to the Empire’s capital–her fate to be burned alive for the entertainment of the masses. For the last five years, one small village’s tithe has been the same woman. Gilene’s sacrifice protects all the other young women of her village, and her secret to staying alive lies with the magic only she possesses. But this year is different. ”


➽ Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2) by Laini Taylor
October 2nd, 2018 by Little, Brown
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“Sarai had lived and breathed nightmares since she was six years old. For four thousand nights she had explored the dreamscapes of Weep, witnessing horrors and creating them. She was the Muse of Nightmares.”


➽ Shadow of The Fox (Shadow of the Fox #1) by Julie Kagawa
October 2nd, 2018 by Harlequin Teen
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“Now, every thousand years—one year for each prayer the lord uttered—the Dragon will rise again to the mortal who summons him. If the mortal’s soul is pure, if his intentions are just and his heart is honorable, the Dragon will grant him his heart’s desire. However, if the soul is found wanting, the Dragon rips it from the body and takes it as forfeit for the arrogance of the mortal who sought to become a god, so long ago.”


➽ Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
October 2nd, 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books
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“Decades of dead girls. Poor girls and rich girls. Black and brown and white girls. All of them Sawkill girls.”


➽ What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
October 9th 2018 by HarperTeen
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“I believe in love at first sight. Fate, the universe, all of it. But not how you’re thinking. I don’t mean it in the our souls were split and you’re my other half forever and ever sort of way. I just think you’re meant to meet some people. I think the universe nudges them into your path.”


➽ Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria
October 9th, 2018 by Amulet
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“Deep beneath the citadel, the executioner was waiting.”


➽ Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore
October 9th, 2018 by Feiwel & Friends
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“There will always be two daughters. But we will always take one back. The swans would take not just one of the woman’s daughters, but one of her daughter’s daughters, and one of her daughters, and one of hers. There would always be one daughter taken, and one left watching the sky in winter, wondering if a far-off flick of white was a coming snow or her lost sister.”


Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
November 6th, 2018 by Jimmy Patterson Books
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“We might be Paper Girls, easily torn and written upon. The very title we’re given suggests that we are blank, waiting to be filled. But what the Demon King and his court do not understand is that paper is flammable. And there is a fire catching among us.”


Okay, loves! Those are ten books that I read and really loved already this year, that all release this Autumn season! I also read Fight or Flight and The Proposal last week, but things have just been a little chaotic because of #contemporaryathon! But maybe sure you check out the three releases today! And I hope you all have the most wonderful autumnal season! Happy reading! ☕🍁🎃

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CONTEMPORARY-A-THON 2018 TBR

Hey, friends! I know this post is going up a little late, but I just wanted to make sure that I put up what I plan on reading for Contemporaryathon 2018! Plus, maybe talk a little bit about some of the contemporary books that are very near and dear to my heart! 💖

This amazing readathon is being held by a couple of people who I am so very lucky to call my friends: Pages and Penschelseadolling reads, & myreadingisodd! And all of their channels have their TBRs and some amazing contemporary recommendations that I for sure think are so very worth checking out! 💕

There are seven challenges and even though most of my books fit into numerous challenges, I’m still going to really try to read seven books this week! So, here are the seven books that I plan on reading, that fit each of the challenges, and some recommendations that I’ve personally read, loved, and think fit the challenges, too!


➽ 1. Read a contemporary with orange on the cover.
Giant Days, Vol. 1 by John Allison & Lissa Treiman

➽ Books I Recommend
Geekerella |Long Shot| I Was Born for This


➽ 2. Read a contemporary that’s dark, taboo or spooky
Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake

➽ Books I Recommend
Black Iris | Mud Vein | Corrupt


➽ 3. Read a diverse contemporary
The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

➽ Books I Recommend
The Kiss Quotient | Echo After Echo | The Astonishing Color of After


➽ 4. Read a contemporary in a non-traditional format
Check, Please!: #Hockey (Check, Please! #1-2) by Ngozi Ukazu

➽ Books I Recommend
Fence | Honor Girl | Snotgirl


➽ 5. Read a contemporary with your initials on the cover
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

➽ Books I Recommend (for MP)
Ramona BlueThe Mystery of Hollow Places | Intercepted


➽ 6. Read a contemporary by a new to you author
Pride by Ibi Zoboi

(I can’t really recommend who is new to you, I’m sorry!)


➽ 7. Read a five star prediction contemporary
Fight or Flight by Samantha Young

➽ Books I Recommend (My All-Time Favs)
THUG | Radio Silence | The Simple Wild



Okay, friends! I think that’s it! Are you participating in this readathon? I hope you are! And if so, let me know what you plan on reading! Or if you’d like to buddy read any of these with me and some friends! Happy reading, loves! 💖

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Latinx Heritage Month 2018

In the United States, National Latinx Heritage Month is starting today, Saturday, September 15th, and goes through Monday, October 15th! And I just wanted to do a post that will help celebrate some of the Latinx authors, books, and bloggers that I love! 💗


🌹 These are five of my all-time favorite ownvoices, Latinx, books that I completely recommend picking up over the next thirty days (and honestly forever after that, too)!

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
This collection of short stories heavily emphasizes the violence that we put on women’s bodies. Whether it be sexual violence, physical violence, violence put on us by society, or violence we put on ourselves. This entire collection is absolutely haunting in the best way possible. I won’t forget this collection, ever. And these are all so queer, and so feminist, and invoked so many emotions from me. Carmen Maria Machado is beyond words talented, and I feel so very blessed to even have been able to read this. Also, The Husband Stitch is my favorite short story of all-time.

Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas #1) by Zoraida Córdova
Alex isn’t just a bruja, but she is an Encantrix – the most powerful bruja to be in her family for generations. Unfortunately, Alex doesn’t want the power or the pain she thinks follows this power. She even goes to an extreme length to first hide then get rid of her powers, but Alex forgets that everything comes with a price. This book also has a full PoC cast and stars a bisexual main character. It’s been a few years since I read this one, but I just read Bruja Born this year, and I loved it so very much, too!

What If It’s Us by Adam Silvera & Becky Albertalli (October 2nd, 2018)
Friends, I loved this book. It was seamlessly and so very beautifully written. The characters felt so real, that I’m still convinced that they have to be real people, walking the streets of New York while you read this review. And the romance? Lord, this was the sweetest, but most realistic, romance I’ve read in years. Please make sure you all preorder this book before the October 2nd release date. Arthur is White, gay, 16 (but a 17th birthday does happen), and just visiting New York for the summer, because he was able to land a very good intern position. Ben is Puerto Rican, gay, 17, and trying to mend his broken heart, because he and his ex just broke up, and now he is forced to see him every single day in summer school. And these two boys met by chance, in a post office one July day, and it changes their lives. Yet, the constant question of this book is if that meeting, given to them by the universe or some higher-power, was meant to bring them together or to keep them apart.

Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton
This book is also so atmospheric. I felt like I was alongside both of these girls in Cuba. And I could feel the sad, heartbreaking reality of what Cuba was like in 1950, and what it is still like in almost 2020. I was born and raised in the United States, and it just made me even more aware of my privilege. It also made me side-eye my country a bit more than usual, too. And one of my favorite aspects of this book was Marisol bringing up her thoughts and feelings about being biracial and feeling equal parts like an outsider and like at home while she is in Cuba. I’m a lot more white passing than Marisol, but the things she deals with and feels when she travels to Cuba, is something so real and something so very close to my Filipina heart.

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
Estrella, Gloria, Dalia, Azalea, and Calla are the youngest generation of Nomeolvides women and, one day, La Pradera gives them back a gift: a boy from the very ground that has taken and given them so much already. A boy, who can’t remember his past, let alone even his name. A boy who all of the girls are scared will steal their hearts, and in return La Pradera will steal back the boy. This book heavily talks about immigration and the way we treated, and still treat, immigrants. The unfair work conditions, the prejudices, the blatant racism, the inhumane treatment, and the cultural erasure. Anna-Marie McLemore is one of my favorite authors of all-time, and Wild Beauty was one of my favorite books of 2017. It is truly perfection.


🌺 And I’m kicking off this Latinx Heritage Month by reading one of my most anticipated releases of 2018; Blanca y Roja by the amazing Anna-Marie McLemore with some of my dear friends! But I also want to read:

Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro
Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
Dodge City by Josh Trujillo (Bind-up not available until November 6th, 2018, so I’m going to try to single issue it up!)


🌸 I also wanted to incorporate some amazing recommendation lists I’ve seen:

Sofia’s Book Recommendations for #LatinxBookBingo
Cande‏ @ iamrainbou’s amazing Twitter thread of recommendations
Mel @ BooksWithWings’ #LatinxBookBingo & Latinx-A-Thon TBR
Adriana M. Martínez Figueroa’s Upcoming Fall Book Releases By Latinx Authors
14 New Children’s & YA Books That Celebrate Hispanic Heritage by the Brightly Editors


🌻 Most importantly, I am not Latinx! So, even though I am celebrating, my voice isn’t the important one in this celebration! So, I just want to boost some of my all-time favorite Latinx Booktube channels and blogs!

B O O K T U B E R S:
Adriana @ perpetualpages
Jocelyn @ yogi with a book
Mari @ mynameismarines
Allie @ alliembooks
Rocky @ Blonde with a Book

B L O G G E R S:
Lilly @ Lair of Books
Solly @ The Bookish King
Sofia @ SofiainBookland
Bibi @ Bibi’s Book Blog
Camile Souza @ This Chamber of Books


And obviously these are not nearly all the amazing Latinx books, authors, blogs, recommendations, and lists out there! These are just some that I personally love! But please make sure you check out the Latinx Book Bingo! There are so many amazing recommendations and TBRs retweeted through the account! And you all should for sure think about participating in the bingo if you are able to! Happy National Latinx Heritage Month, friends! Let me know what you plan on reading below! 💗

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Top Ten Tuesday | Hidden Gems

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!

So, this week’s topic is all about the hidden book gems that we feel deserve so much more love and recognition… and reviews! A few of the ten that I picked are just books that I feel like I don’t hear enough about, and I think they are perfection! But most of these are books that I went on my read shelf on Goodreads and found by sorting from least number of reviews! And, friends, some of these deserve so much more love! 💖

Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel #1) by Josiah Bancroft
5,309 Ratings & 981 Reviews
Okay, if I could only recommend one book on this list, I would pick this one. I know that is has gotten a lot more hype and recognition since Orbit picked it up, but it’s honestly the most unique book I’ve ever read in my entire life. I read this when it was still self-published, and I still think about it to this day. This is smart, and lyrical, and oh so perfect. Seriously, friends, pick this up!

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
33,444 Ratings & 5,440 Reviews
Okay, this is going to be the “biggest” book on this list, but the reason I really wanted to include it was because I feel like this is Holly Black’s hidden gem! Honestly? This is my favorite published Holly Black work and I wish more people would fall in love with it, too!

Art of War: Anthology for Charity by Petros Triantafyllou
146 Ratings & 66 Reviews
This amazing, forty story anthology only has 66 reviews on Goodreads? Lord, help me! Not only do the proceeds for this go to an amazing cause, there are some of the best names in SFF contributing to this!

Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher
18,595 Ratings & 3,675 Reviews
Whenever people ask me to recommend them a hidden gem, I always pick this book. This is one of the most impactful books I’ve ever read in my entire life, and I wish so very much that it would be more read and loved. I think this is a really polarizing book, though, and it was so very many triggers so please use caution for rape and captivity. But if you are in the right mindset, please give this beautiful book a try.

The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion (Danielle Cain #1) by Margaret Killjoy
884 Ratings & 207 Reviews
Friends, this horror novella is everything. The atmosphere is spooky and perfect, the writing is whimsical and addicting, and the cast is diverse and wonderful. This is the perfect fall read, too, so you all should really consider picking this up!

Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta
394 Ratings & 127 Reviews
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the number of reviews and ratings this had! This was one of my all-time favorite books of 2018! It has an amazing f/f romance, set among the backdrop of a theater production and a murder mystery! Honestly? This is another perfect fall read!

The King of Bourbon Street (NOLA Nights #1) by Thea de Salle
346 Ratings & 133 Reviews
This is the book that actually throws me for a bit of a loop, because I feel like so many more people have read this! Like, this is hella beloved in the romance community, but the Goodreads numbers don’t lie. I read this is year and fell so in love with the New Orleans setting and our plus sized main character. But be warned, this is a very steamy ready, but if that’s what you’re in the mood for? This will be perfect for you!

The Melody of You and Me (Lillac Town #1) by M. Hollis
420 Ratings & 189 Reviews
Okay, I feel a little bad about putting this one on the list, just because it is kind of hard to find on the internet lately. But I couldn’t put down this novella that stars a pansexual girl! Seriously, I read this for Pride this June and it meant more to me than I have words for. I just wish it was more easily accessible for people to buy and read!

Inkmistress (Of Fire and Stars 0.5) by Audrey Coulthurst
501 Ratings & 144 Reviews
I can’t believe this early 2018 release hasn’t received more love. Friends, I loved this. This is a YA fantasy that stars a bisexual main character who has relationships with a boy and a girl on page. This is still one of my favorite reads of the year, and it truly deserves so much more love.

The Seven Princes of the Thousand Year Labyrinth, Vol. 1 by Aikawa Yu
207 Ratings & 31 Reviews
Like I could make a list and not include a manga recommend. Especially one of my all-time favorites that deserves all the love in the entire world! The basic premise of this is that the Emperor of the seven lands has passed away, and the seven Lords of those seven lands find themselves trapped in a medieval castle. Inside the castle that was thought just a fantasy, the Lords are met with constant rising water, traps, puzzles, and riddles, that they must figure out or they will lose their lives. Together they must decide who will be the new Emperor. It’s perfection!

Okay, my loves! That’s all ten! I honestly feel like I could easily add ten more to this list! But hopefully you’ll find a new book or two! Let me know what your personal favorite hidden gem is! And I hope you’re all having the happiest of reading! 💖

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