September 2018 Wrap Up

SeptemberWrapUpFriends, September was my best reading month yet! Like, I read so many freaking books, 23 books to be precise, and I don’t even know how I did it! Well, actually a lot of it was because of Contemporary-a-thon! But I also read so many quality books this month! And maybe the best book I’ve read all year! 🧡🍂

But on to what I read in September…
(Like always, you can click the links in each of the titles if you would like to read a more in-depth review of each book and see the individual trigger and content warnings.)

The Antidote by Shelley Sackier – ★★

“Keep your secret close, for your enemies are all around you…”

This wasn’t a bad book, nor was it offensive by any means, it was just way too over the top. I felt like I was reading a magical soap opera. And the twists and turns felt so forced and so unrewarding.

City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) by Cassandra Clare – ★

“Why is it, little Shadowhunter, that your angels are so cold and without mercy? Why do they break that which will not obey them?”

I hope this is the only book I’ll give one star to in the Shadowhunter world. Nothing happened except problematic ass shit. Easily the worst Cassie Clare book I’ve read.

The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner – ★★★★★

“Sometimes you know when you don’t belong, but you don’t know how to leave.”

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 for sure also recommend this to people who also love The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden and Uprooted by Naomi Novik!

Shadow of the Fox (Shadow of the Fox #1) by Julie Kagawa – ★★★★★

“…The tiniest pebble, when dropped into a pond, will leave ripples that will grow and spread in ways we cannot comprehend.”

Julie Kagawa gave me the (ownvoices) Japanese fantasy I’ve been searching my entire life for. I fell so deeply in love with this story, with Julie’s beautiful prose, with these characters, and with all the important messages that were so seamlessly woven in. This will for sure be on my best of 2018 list come December, and the next book for sure is now one of my most anticipated releases for 2019.

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare – ★★★★

“You are a Shadowhunter. You serve a greater cause. Your life is not yours to throw away.”

This is the highest four star rating. Like, I almost want to give this book five stars because I enjoyed the last 25% so damn much. This is easily my favorite Cassie Clare book yet, and I truly had such a wonderful time reading.

Small Spaces by Katherine Arden – ★★★★★

“You might get to know characters in books, Ollie thought, but getting to know a human was an entirely different thing.”

Small Spaces 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.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers – ★★★★★

“The truth is, Rosemary, that you are capable of anything. Good or bad. You always have been, and you always will be. Given the right push, you, too, could do horrible things. That darkness exists within all of us.”

This is the kind of book that makes you remember why you fell in love with reading. This is the kind of book that feels so powerful you can’t believe it exists. This is the kind of book that sets your very soul on fire and makes you want to do better. This is the kind of book that instills a hope so great that you feel like you could make a difference. This is the kind of book that you won’t be the same after finishing.

Phoenix Unbound (Fallen Empire #1) by Grace Draven – ★★★★

“I will conquer all of the Empire to bring you back.”

Friends, I was completely enthralled and captivated by this from page one. I never wanted to put this down, I fell so in love with the romance in this book, and this is one of my new favorite fantasy romances of all time. And I immediately added Radiance to my TBR!

The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle – ★★

“I love you, but it doesn’t mean anything if you’re not happy.”

I wanted to love this so much. And at first, this really did feel like watching a lucid dream play out, and I felt so enthralled and captivated! But as time went on, I just cared less and less about the dinner, about the past, and about this book.

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare – ★★★★

“But Heaven will not help you; you know that as well as I. That is why men summon demons and not angels, is it not?”

I actually thought this book had good twists and turns, too. I was impressed so many times while reading, and I truly never wanted to put this 500+ page book down, which says something all on its own. Also, a vast majority is told through Simon’s perspective which is all I truly want anyways.

Blanca y Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore – ★★★★★

“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.”

I’ve been working on this review for a week, and it is just not perfect yet. Yet, it needs to be perfect, because this book was perfect. But I promise, this review will be up the first week of October. And I hope you all pick up this one come October 9th. Seriously, such a masterpiece.

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake – ★★★★★

“Even girls made of stars are captives, bound at the wrists and traded like property. Even girls made of stars aren’t asked, aren’t believed, aren’t considered worth the effort unless they can offer something in return. Even girls made of stars buy into those lies sometimes.”

I wish I could put this book into everyone in the entire world’s hands. This book is so powerful, so heartbreaking, so important, and just so beautifully crafted.

Fight or Flight by Samantha Young – ★★

“I never believed in fate until you”

Fight or Flight is an enemies to lovers romance starring two people who met during a layover in an airport under the worst of circumstances. I’ve read a few books by Samantha Young and I’ve enjoyed every one, but this one had a few aspects that really did have me side-eyeing.

A Daring Arrangement (The Four Hundred #1) by Joanna Shupe – ★★

“The plan was simple. If her father wanted her to find a husband, she’d find the most outrageous man in New York, a fiancé noteworthy and unsuitable enough to land in the papers.”

Friends, I am not sure if this is because I just don’t read that much historical romance, or that I just couldn’t connect with these characters or story, but this just did not work for me. Honestly, I think I’m going to try a Tessa Dare book, and if that doesn’t work for me then I’m just going to swear off historical romances for a while. This was just so boring. Nothing happened what so ever. And I’ll admit, I picked this up because I was craving romance, so maybe the fact that the romance didn’t even start until 70% into the book made me really not enjoy it.

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia – ★★★★

“You found me in a constellation.”

Friends, I loved this story. And if the ending was a little different, this would have been such an easy five star read. I love books centered on creators on the internet. While reading this, I was constantly reminded of one my favorite books of all time, Radio Silence by Alice Oseman. Which, I’m not really sure if here is any higher praise than to be compared to that book.

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory – ★★★★

“Deciding to spend your life together shouldn’t be a surprise”

I loved The Wedding Date earlier this year, and when I found out that this was going to star one of the side characters I knew I couldn’t resist putting in an ARC request. This was a joy to read, from the first page to the last. Both of Jasmine’s books have been so intelligently, beautifully, and masterfully crafted.

The Book of Etta (The Road to Nowhere #2) by Meg Elison – ★★★★

“On the map, all the roads led to Estiel…”

I haven’t finalized my review for this one, either! (Mostly because my internet keeps going out and the Lord is testing me!) But I loved this powerful and heart wrenching dystopian! I just didn’t love it as much at the first book, which was my favorite book of 2016! And the ending was a little rushed for my tastes! But I can’t wait to see what is to come!

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare – ★★★★★

“I can tell you that the end of a life is the sum of the love that was lived in it…”

Friends, you were all right; not only was the ending of this trilogy not predictable, but it was also perfection. I actually think the epilogue in this book is now my favorite of all time. All time. Out of any book I’ve ever read. Like, that is some praise, friends. This book made me so happy, and so sad, all at the same time. But I think the ending was perfect, absolutely perfect. This is also the first Cassandra Clare book that I’ve given five stars.

Damsel by Elana K. Arnold – ★★

“For Emory to take his father’s place as king, he must do as his father had done, and his father before him. He must conquer a dragon and rescue a damsel, and take that maiden as his bride.”

I get what this book was trying to do, I really do, and I appreciate it, but I just don’t personally think it was well done. This is a play on the “damsel in the tower, guarded by a dragon, and a brave knight comes to save her” but I don’t even feel like that was very powerfully done either. This just reads really boring, really forced, and really overly graphic. And a few of my friends have five starred and really loved this one, and I obviously don’t want my personal feelings to invalidate anyone, especially those I love and especially abuse survivors.

Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno – ★★★★★

“On the island of By-the-Sea you could always smell two things: salt and magic.”

I just finished this last night, with tears streaming down my face! I loved this more than words, and it is the perfect mixture of Girl Made of Stars and The Wicked Deep! And I promise to have a review up soon!

And here are the three graphic works that I read this month…
(Like always, you can click the links in each of the titles if you would like to read a more in-depth review of each book and see the individual trigger and content warnings.)

The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill – ★★★★★

“Memories don’t just live inside you, Minette. They live in all the people and objects you share your life with.”

Friends, this was the literally cutest and most heartwarming book I’ve read all year. Also, the art in this book is probably my favorite art style of all time. I recommend this with my entire heart and soul.

Giant Days, Vol. 1 by John Allison & Lissa Treiman – ★★★

“Why are… boys… like this?”

This was a really fun, slice of life, college graphic-novel. And I think I liked it a little more because I always get nostalgic this time of year for college and dorm life. But this graphic novel follows three girls, who share a dorm, and are best friends.

Check, Please!: #Hockey (Check, Please!, #1-2) by Ngozi Ukazu – ★★★★

“Never fall for a straight boy.”

You all, this was the cutest. No, scratch that; Bitty is the cutest! And this graphic novel was nothing short of a joy to read! Hockey games, behind the scenes practices, a slow-burn attraction, an adorable romance, the most heartwarming main character ever. I mean, what else could you really ask for? Ngozi Ukazu has given us such a bright light of pure sunshine! And this is basically a published version of a very popular webcomic!

Yeah, that is a lot, I know! And, again, I totally have Contemporary-a-thon to thank for it. This was easily the best reading month in volume that I’ve ever had. But I for sure expect October, November, and December to slow down so that I can spend more time with loved ones! But I hope you all are having a wonderful end to September, and I wish you all the love, health, and happiness this October! Oh, and I always wish you all the good books, too! Happy reading! 🎃🧡

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August 2018 Wrap Up

AugustWrapUpHello, bookworms! How is it the last day or August already? Man oh man! This was probably the busiest, but most fun, month of 2018 for me so far! I was a little sad that I wasn’t able to fly to Michigan like I normally do, but I read so many good books and played so many good video games while trying to be upset about it! And praise/bless that I was able to read 16 things in August! 💗

So many other things happened this August:
➽ It was my birthday month! Which I totally feel like I went extra with, but I did an amazing buddy read (Seriously, thank you everyone who joined me), I posted my review for The Wicked King, and I hauled way too many books! Seriously, thank you all for making my day even more special – book haul soon, I promise! And I love youuu!
➽ The new WoW expansion, Battle for Azeroth, dropped and I pretty much didn’t read anything for a full week! Whoops! But I had so much fun with my loved ones and my friends, that it was so totally worth!
➽ And then TI8 came around for my Dota 2 boys, and I didn’t read much for another half a week! But, it was worth, too, because my heart is so happy for N0tail and OG! Seriously, no one deserved it more. 🌻
➽ The very first book to have my name in the acknowledgements was published! (And it was pretty much the best birthday gift I could have ever asked for!)

But on to what I read in August…

Like always, you can click the links in each of the titles if you would like to read a more in-depth review of each book and see the individual trigger and content warnings.

The Chase (Briar U #1) by Elle Kennedy – ★★★★★

“I feel like too many girls fail to remember one vital truth: we deserve someone who gives us one hundred percent. Half-assed effort isn’t effort. Half-assed love isn’t love.”

Elle Kennedy and her steamy hockey romances are back. And, like, what a damn blessing. This is the happiest I’ve been reading a book all damn year. These new characters completely won me over. All the cameos from the people we already love were perfection. The banter and jokes literally had my sides hurting from giggling. And, this book actually had some really important topics like ADHD and how learning disabilities can impact you in college, how growing up in the middle of abusive parents can have detrimental effects, how judging people based off their looks is really gross, and how you should always go with your gut feeling, especially when it comes to creepy men in a position of power. You all, I loved this.

Fence Vol. 1 (Fence #1-4) by C.S. Pacat & Johanna the Mad – ★★★★★

“I know I can fence.”

Friends, I love this story, this art, and these characters with the sum of my being. This is such a diverse cast, from sexuality (seriously, I think everyone is queer), to race, from social and economic backgrounds, to different family dynamics; there is so much to love about Fence. Like, C.S. Pacat’s writing and Johanna the Mad’s art is honestly a match made in Heaven, and these four issues were absolutely perfection.

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera – ★★★★★

“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.”

My dear friend, Jules, dubbed this a “queer, modern day, Sleepless in Seattle, set in New York” and she was so damn correct. 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.

In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children #4) by Seanan McGuire – ★★★★★

“She had been able to find a doorway and disappear into an adventure, instead of living in a world that told her, day after day after grinding, demoralizing day, that adventures were only for boys; that girls had better things to worry about, like making sure those same boys had a safe harbor to come home to.”

In the goblin market Lundy learns so very much about herself and who she truly wants to become. And Lundy is also able to travel back and forth between the market and home throughout this glimpse into her life. There is a such a beautiful theme of the power of love between siblings, both found and blood, and that thread is carried through for each visit. Lundy, Moon, and Diana each have a piece of my heart that I won’t ever get back, and I’m a better person because of it. Friends, I loved this. It’s a magical masterpiece and a perfect addition to this series that Seanan has given book lovers everywhere. I know the release date isn’t until January 8th, 2019, but preorder this now. Trust me.

A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals #1) by Alyssa Cole – ★★★★

“One can never read too many fairy tales”

A Princess in Theory was nothing short of an absolute treat to read. I easily fell in love with Alyssa Cole’s writing and her characters. And I completely believe she is a genius with her perfect portrayal of the “far away country prince email spam” trope. This book was funny, heartwarming, important, and completely captivating.

A Duke by Default (Reluctant Royals #2) by Alyssa Cole – ★★★★

“We have a fantastic romance section,” she said. “Do you need recommendations? How do you like your dukes? Grumpy? Tortured? Alpha, beta, or alpha in the streets, beta in the sheets?” “Actually, I meant nonfiction”

Friends, this was nothing short of pure joy to read. Please, if you’re looking for a heartwarming, funny, and expertly crafted romance, please look no further. A Duke by Default follows the main character inA Princess in Theory, Ledi’s, best friend Portia! But this time, Portia is on a journey to change her life and be a different person, and what better way than with a change of scenery and career? And maybe she will cross paths with someone who is much more than meets the eye himself.

➽ Rule (Rule #1) by Ellen Goodlett – ★★

“Three girls. Three deadly secrets. Only one can wear the crown.”

Whoever said this was Three Dark Crowns meets Pretty Little Liars was 100% correct. Except, I quickly learned and remembered that Three Dark Crowns is done much better, and Pretty Little Liars is one of the most annoying shows to have ever aired on this planet we call Earth.

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare – ★★★

“It’s all right to love someone who doesn’t love you back, as long as they’re worth you loving them. As long as they deserve it.”

Clockwork Angel is the first installment set in the same world that Cassandra Clare has crafted. Yet, this trilogy is set in 1878 historical London, with heavy steampunk vibes, and murderous machines! But this book is also filled with humans, fae, shifters, vampires, warlocks, and the very beloved (or not so beloved, depending who’s talking about them) Shadowhunters!

Seafire (Seafire #1) by Natalie C. Parker – ★★★★

“Never underestimate the girls of this world”

And the award for best prologue of 2018 goes to Seafire! Seriously this prologue was beyond words amazing. It not only made me feel every single emotion under the sun, but it had me on the edge of my seat for the entire twenty pages. Perfection, seriously perfection. And such a wonderful way to start this amazing story! I hate comparing books, especially two new releases, but Seafire is everything that I wish These Rebel Waves was. Pirates, the open sea, a beautiful f/f side romance, a found family of girls who feel lost, but come together to create something so powerful. You all, I loved this book.

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan – ★★★★★

“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.”

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 will make it onto my best books of 2018 list come December.

I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman – ★★★★

“I think the truth is that everyone in the entire world is confused and nobody understands much of anything at all.”

This summer I read Radio Silence by Alice Oseman and it became my favorite contemporary of all-time. I fell so in love with her writing, her characters, and her messages, that I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist picking up something else by her. And I Was Born For This was completely another win for me.

Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria – ★★★★

“Deep beneath the citadel, the executioner was waiting.”

This was so unique and so different than anything I’ve read all year. This was also hella fun to read.Bi boys and plus-sized ace girls GOING ON QUESTS TOGETHER? Take all my money. Seriously. Full review to come soon!

Bloody Rose (The Band #2) by Nicholas Eames – ★★★★★

“I couldn’t quit. I didn’t want to. I was raised on my father’s stories, spoon-fed glory until I hungered for it—until I thought I’d starve without it.”

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.

Worlds Seen in Passing Anthology edited by Irene Gallo – ★★★★

“So much hurt to try to heal. And the healing hurts too much.”

Tor is celebrating their 10th anniversary this year and are coming out with this anthology that showcases some of the best short stories written this decade! Tor is my personal favorite publishing house. Not only have they always been amazing to me, they are putting out some of the most diverse, important, world changing literature on the market right now.

The Traitor Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade #1) by Seth Dickinson – ★★★★★

“Freedom granted by your rulers is just a chain with a little slack.”

I can honestly say that I have never read anything, in my entire life, like The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson. This book was so very quiet, but it spoke so very loudly to me. But this is easily one of the best books I’ve read in my entire life.

Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10) by Ilona Andrews – ★★★

“We were living in the Apocalypse. Slowly, with each magic wave, a little more of the old technological world died, and the new world and its powers and monsters grew a little stronger. Being one of the monsters, I supposed I shouldn’t complain.”

Friends, I promise you, no one wanted to love this book more than me. I have been reading this series for what feels like close to a decade. And this will always be a series that I will cherish and keep close to my heart forever. But sadly, this final book just fell a little flat for me.

Okay, my loves! I hope you enjoyed my reading wrap up! I should be getting home late tonight, because I’ve been away for a few days for my birthday celebration with some loved ones! But I miss you all, and I hope you had an amazing August and that you were able to find some new favorite books this month! Happy reading! ❤️

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The Book Cake Tag | 2018

I was tagged by the amazing Nia @ Shades of Paper! And I tried to find the original tag, and I think it’s from the amazing Jen @ Jen Campbell! And I figured it would be the perfect time to do this tag, because my birthday is next Monday, the 27th!

I mean, is it really a birthday cake tag without a picture of me with a cake?

Self-raising flour: a book that started slow then picked up

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. Dark fairy tale, Russian folklore, winter setting, village surrounded by woods, fae like creatures, lyrical writing, and hella feminist. Sometimes I think this book was written completely for me.

Butter: a book with a really rich, intense plot

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid has the best plot, ever. It is so rich, and so intense, that you won’t be able to put it down. This is the most addicting book ever, and even though I was crying so hard, and borderline hyperventilating, I couldn’t stop turning the pages.

Eggs: a book you had reservations about but actually really enjoyed

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman was a book I was so scared to read, because it is so beloved and has so much hype surrounding it! But dear reader, it is worth every single ounce of that love and that hype. Perfection.

Sugar: a sweet book

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. I am not sure I’ve ever been so happy, and had such a lame grin on my face, while reading any other book. This was heartwarming, beautiful, and a treat to read.

Icing: a book that included all the things you enjoy in a book

Circe by Madeline Miller is the book of my heart. 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.

Sprinkles: a book or series that you return to for a pick-me-up when you’re feeling down

Harry Potter. Always and forever. It will always feel like coming home.

Cherry on top: your favourite book of the year

Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton is still, easily, my favorite book of 2018. I still can’t believe such a perfect book exists, and a standalone no less! I can’t wait for September 18th to roll around, just so you can all fall so very in love with this  spooky book, with a dark fairy-tale vibe, that heavily talks about society’s gender expectations, while being a love letter to gender fluidity, and with the most heartwarming polyamorous relationship!

Okay, my loves! I hope you enjoyed this tag! I honestly am the type of person that’s like “August is my entire birthday!” So, here we are! Also, I only picked books that are absolute masterpieces, because my birthday celebration deserves nothing less than only five star reads! But I hope you are all having an amazing August, and thank you for making every day feel like my birthday in the book community!  ❤️

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August 2018 TBR

AugustTBRHello, my loves! I hope you all had an amazing July! I can’t believe we are into a new month, but I hope it is filled with amazing books for us all! Also, since it’s officially August, which means:  It’s officially my birthday month and all book spending is going to be valid and shameless! 💛✨

➽ The Traitor Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade #1) by Seth Dickinson
In case you missed the post, I’m doing a birthday buddy read this month, too! And I hope you all join! Also, this is the perfect time to read this, because the sequel, The Monster Baru Cormorant, is coming out this fall! I just hope we all love this one! 🎂

➽ What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
This is so many people’s most anticipated release of the entire year, and I can’t wait to dive in and hopefully fall in love! Also, I’m buddy reading this with Ju and I am so damn hyped for us both to fangirl together! And this one will come out October 2nd, 2018! 💕

➽ I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman
After falling so deeply in love with Radio Silence last June, I knew I had to immediately buy and read all of Alice’s other works! And I am so excited to read this 2018 release with Lily and May! 🎵

➽ Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria 
Bi boys and plus-sized ace girls GOING ON QUESTS TOGETHER? Take all my money. Seriously. I’m so damn hyped to buddy read this one with Kaleena, Ju, Elise, and Jules! And this one comes out October 9th, 2018! 💀

➽ Worlds Seen in Passing: Ten Years of Short Fiction
I’ve read about a third of these short stories from just reading work published by Tor throughout the years, but I really need to read the rest ASAP! Because 1.) I love Tor and they are my confirmed favorite! 2.) Anthology collections are my weakness in life! And 3.) This comes out on September 4th, 2018! 🚀

➽ A Room Away from the Wolves by Nova Ren Suma
I fell in absolute love with a short story by this author in Toil & Trouble! When I found out that they had a book coming out this fall, I knew I wouldn’t be able to not request it! And I hope to love it just as much! And this one comes out September 4th, 2018, too! 🐺

➽ Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
Bear and the Nightingale is one of my all-time favorite books. It’s honestly just a perfect “Melanie” read and beautifully incorporates everything I love about reading and books! Therefore, I must support Katherine Arden in all her ventures, which also includes her middle grade debut, coming out September 25th, 2018! 🎃

➽ One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns #2) by Kendare Blake
I really hope that I’m able to get to this one in August, but if any of these aren’t going to happen, then it’s going to be this one! But I loved Three Dark Crowns when I read it this year, and I truly believe I’ll love this one even more! Plus, I’d love to get caught up for the release of Two Dark Reigns in September! 👑

Okay, friends! I think that’s everything! I will be honesty, and you probably saw in my July Wrap Up, that I have been on such a romance kick lately! Yet, I feel like this happens to me every summer, so I can’t pretend to be that surprised! But hopefully I’ll be able to get to these eight books and a few extra! Happy reading, my loves! 💖

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Book Blogger Test Tag

1) Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog. (Thank you, I love you, Taylor!)
2) Answer the questions asked on this post — don’t stress it’s quick!
3) Nominate and notify some peeps. 5 preferred.


  • Pointless and unbelievable miscommunication.
  • When writers give AIs and robots genders
  • Once a character is killed, they should stay dead. Ghost forms are okay.


Winter night, fireplace blazing, pouring rain outside, cup of coffee steaming, and me, cuddled up with a blanket.


  • Sometimes (as long as it’s not a REALLY anticipated read) I will read the last page or paragraph of a book. I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHY! And I know this really bothers a lot of people, but I sometimes do it.
  • I’ve totally read graphic novels at bookstores, taken notes, and went home and reviewed them.
  • I don’t mind it when characters “let out a breath they didn’t know they were holding!”


I’m a crying at, like, everything, so probably last night. For real.


Three: Strange Grace by Tessa GrattonBatman: Nightwalker (DC Icons #2) by Marie Lu, and A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals #1) by Alyssa Cole!


Does tea and coffee count? For sure tea and coffee!



I’m so sorry, friends. I have books… everywhere! And five overflowing bookshelves! I promise, once I have my library, you’ll get an entire blog post!


Whole. Fucking. Lot.

❤ Lilly
🧡 Amy
💛 Lacy
💚 Dani
💙 Kelly
💜 Shai

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The Cookie Book Tag

The Rules:

Chocolate Chip: A Classic Book That You Love or Really Enjoyed (interpret classic how you want, it can be a classic written 100 years ago or 20 years ago)

I have been so bad about reading classics lately, but I always say that my all-time favorite is Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. This was my second favorite book all through high school, and it really shaped the writing style I still love to this day. You can feel the cold in your bones when you read this book, the messages completely will gut you, and the writing is so lyrical and beautiful and has so many meanings. Okay, I might need to reread this sooner than I thought.

Thin Mints: A Fandom That You Really Want to ‘Join’ AND/OR a Hyped-Up Book You Want To Read (your source(s) of a book being hyped can be from anywhere)

You all, please don’t hate me. I swear, it is my book reviewer shame that I have never touched a book by Cassandra Clare. Everyone tells me how much I would love her new series, so hopefully this will be the year I finally start with City of Bones! Do you guys think I will like it?

Shortbread: An Author You Can’t Get Enough Of

If Holly Black ever comes onto my blog, and sees how I answer her for every question like this… I’ll probably be just a little embarrassed, let’s be real. But Holly Black is forever and always my fae queen, that shaped me into the reader I am today and is the reason I can’t get enough of all things fantasy. She will always be the author I can’t get enough of!

Samoas/ Caramel DeLites: An Emotional Rollercoaster (this cookie was hard … so any book that made you feel more than one emotion, strongly. The choice of emotions is up to you)

Circe by Madeline Miller made me feel more happiness than any book has in a long while. I still can’t imagine anything dethroning this book as my favorite book of 2018. All the feels, but all the love and happiness, too.

Oreos: A Book Whose Cover Was Better Than The Story OR Vice Versa, Where The Story Was Better Than Its Cover

The UK version of Uprooted by Naomi Novik is actually my second favorite cover of all time. Sadly, I didn’t love the story as much, but I still can’t believe the beauty of this cover. Also, have you seen the Spinning Silver UK cover, yet? It’s perfection, too.

Tagalongs / Peanut Butter Patties: A Book That Wasn’t What You Expected (good, bad, or just different, interpret how you wish)

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid! I went into this book expecting a cute romance with some LGBTQIAP+ elements, but what I got was my soul reflected back at me. This is such a masterpiece. I still can’t believe something so perfectly written and crafted is in the world.

Snickerdoodles: A Book You May Never Stop Rereading/ Loving

No matter how hard JK Rowling is trying to ruin my childhood, I will never stop reading Harry Potter. Ever. These books are so much of my identity, I’ll never be able to go a year without rereading at least one.

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Meme Book Tag

The Meme Book Tag was originally created by Books are my Social Life & Dylanthereader5! I wasn’t tagged by anyone (I think) but I’m going to do it anyway, because I like to pretend I’m a dank memer! ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

1. Crying Kim Kardashian – A book that made you cry.
Most recently? You all, I was bawling, like ugly crying, sobbing, snot everywhere, for The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

2. Salt Bae – A book that needed a little something more.
Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms #6) by Morgan Rhodes needed more than a little something, but I would have been happy with an ending that was decent. 🐸☕️

3. Guy thinking – A book that made you think.
I feel like I have to go with The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, just because of the hidden messages that he was talking about, and even all the parallels that are apparent in 2018. This book was constantly making my mind work.

4. Confused guy – A book whose hype you don’t understand.
Easily, The Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood #1) by Melissa Albert, even though I think a lot of the hype did start because of the breathtaking cover, but this one just did not work for me or my tastes.

5. Evil Patrick – A guilty pleasure read (whatever you consider guilty pleasure to mean).
Ahh, I hate the term “guilty pleasure” but I also know, without a doubt, this totally is all the trashy new adult romances I read. Corrupt by Penelope Douglas, Play On by Samantha Young, The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy, Crown of Lies (Truth and Lies Duet #1) by Pepper Winters, Breaking Him (Love is War #1) by R.K. Lilley.

6. Meryl Streep – A book that you’re always hyping up.
Everyone would answer Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor and The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, but get ready to hear nonstop about my love for Circe by Madeline Miller, too!

7. Successful baby – A book (whether you liked it or not) that you felt accomplished after reading.
The Secret History by Donna Tartt, just because it is such a prestigious read, and the writing is very much on the pretentious side. But, bonus points, because I ended up loving it and I still can’t stop thinking about it.

8. Pennywise – A book with a promising concept/a book that you had high expectations for, but ultimately let you down.
I’m going to go with Everless (Everless #1) by Sara Holland, just because this has a very unique currency system, but the more and more I read, the more and more me and my friends realized how the concept was just like in the movie In Time starring Justin Timberlake.

9. Headphones guy – A audiobook that you enjoyed.
This is a funny question, just because it feels like 2018 has been the year that I’m disliking every audiobook I’ve tried. But to date, my favorite of all time is Oathbringer, which is narrated by the amazing Kate Reading and Michael Kramer.

10. Distracted guy – Two books; one you’ve been neglecting on your TBR for a long time and a new one that’s distracting you/peaking your interest.
Without question, the one I’ve been neglecting on my TBR is just to start The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. I don’t even know what’s wrong with me at this point, but I think knowing how many books are in the series just makes me scared. For a new one that’s distracting me? These Rebel Waves (Stream Raiders #1) by Sara Raasch always catches my eye when I get on my iPad to read an ebook. I’m fiending for gay pirates always though.

11. Cash me outside girl – A book that tried to be something that it’s not (pretentious, didn’t live up to what it was marketed as, etc.)
Honestly, I think this is my least favorite meme of all time. So, I guess it is only fitting to bring up one of my least favorite books of all time for an answer! Night Film tries to be dark, and scary, and different with the multimedia aspects, and tries to be this big mystery. Instead, it’s just offensive, and gross, and reminds me why I hate reading main protagonists that are white, rich, successful, men, who can’t recognize their own privilege.

12. Dog in fire – How many unread books do you own?
Oh boy, this is a hard question. I’ll be honest, I normally don’t buy books that I haven’t already read. And this is because I am incredible privileged and read mostly ARCS. Not counting classics (because I do have some super old editions of classics that I’m probably never going to read) I probably have about 75 books on my bookshelves that I haven’t read. And that’s mostly from Book Outlet, I won’t even lie. But ebooks… ebooks are a different story, and I don’t even want to think about it!

13. BONUS – Pick a meme that wasn’t featured in this tag and pair a book with it.
My Question: A book that had you looking and feeling like this?
I’m going to go with Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) by Kendare Blake, because I loved this book and these characters so much, but my heart was racing 24/7 being a worried momma bird watching over them! Like, these characters pull at the heartstrings, and after I finished the last page? I felt like I just ran a marathon.

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