February 2019 TBR

Hey, friends! Okay! this February is going to be pretty wild for me! I am so damn honored to be a host for Contemporaryathon, but I also know that it is going to keep me pretty busy! Also, so many other amazing readathons and readalongs are going on this February, too! It is also Black History Month in the United States, and I always want to boost ownvoices Black books and media, but I especially want to boost Black voices for February! Also, my separate Contemporaryathon TBR will be coming all on its own very soon! But let me tell you about some of these groups that I’m so excited to participate in! And then I’ll list some books that I plan on reading with them all this month! 💗

BookTube Games (hosted by Myonna!)
(Team Ketterdam: Katie & Olivia!)

Challenge #1 the two hosts of your fictional place have to decide on the book that everyone in the group should read, if you read that book you will be counted x2 the pages. – February 1st- February 8th

Challenge #2 reading in places it isn’t normally acceptable for 5 minutes. for example reading in church, during a class, in a movie theater etc (worth 50 pages) – February 9th- February 15th

Challenge #3 24 hour readathon, you can do with anyone, from your own team or from another or you can just be by yourself (worth 100 pages) – February 16th- February 22

Challenge #4 scavenger hunt, a host from your team will be uploading a video and your task is to find the emoji that is for your team that is hidden in their video, comment or send them the time stamp of where it is and the location. (worth 200 pages) –  February 23- March 1st

Blackathon (hosted by FrancinaLauren, & Jesse!) 

1. FEEL THE LOVE Read a book (any genre) featuring romance between two black people (or one black person + a person of color).

2. WAKANDA FOREVER Read a graphic novel or comic series with a black or African MC

3. HEAR US ANY Read a work by a Black or African author

4. FEEL THE BEAT. Spoken word: listen to these 4 poems and share your favorite on social media or with a friend. Discuss what this poem means to you and why it matters.
Balaenoptera by Joshua Brandon Bennett
What I’ve Learned by Aja Monet
“Waiting” by Jasmine Mans, Alysia Harris, and Jennah Bell
Cuz He’s Black by Javon Johnson

5. MORE THAN A COLOR. We house complexity within us. Read a book starring an intersectional black character (black & LGBT, black & neurodivergent, black & disabled, etc)

6. IN THIS TOGETHER Read the group book with us! Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

F/F FEBRUARY (Hosted by Imi & Ellie!) 

giveaway to win any book starring an F/F relationship (including the possibility of a pre-order of The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon, which releases at the end of the month and has the best f/f couple). To enter this, all you have to do is tweet or post a photo on Instagram with the hashtag #FFFebruaryReads telling us about the F/F books you have read this month. We know that not every reads as much as others, so numbers don’t matter, just read what you can and talk about it a lot!

bingo challenge – we will have prompts to help you pick your reads and completing a bingo (any three horizontally, vertically or diagonally) will win you an extra entry into the giveaway!

photo challenge – this one is for Instagram! Taking part will also gain you one extra entry to the giveaway.

#FeministLitFeb (Hosted by Jane!) 

1) Read a book of feminist fiction.

2) Read a book of feminist nonfiction.

3) Read an #ownvoices book

4) Read a book written by a black woman, or someone who is black and non-binary/gender fluid.

5) Feminist freebie – engage with a form of media that is feminist (books, movies, TV shows, podcasts, music, etc!).

BookTube ❤️vaLITines (Hosted by Cait, Sarah, & Leah!) 

COLD SHOWER: Read a book that is rumored to have a steamy scene

LOVE SONG: Write a song or poem to your book, something in your book, or something bookish

ROSES ARE RED: Read a book with red on the cover

BEAUTIFUL ON THE SHELF: Read a book with a beautiful cover

FRAMING THE FAVE: Take a picture of your favorite book and post it on social media

GIFT THAT KEEPS GIVING: Read a book that was given to you as a gift

HEART WARMING: Read a book that you feel will warm your heart or a book that has warmed your heart in the past

FORGOTTEN LOVE: Read a book that you previously DNFed

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Read a book by a Black author

PUPPY LOVE: Read a middle-grade book

LIVING SINGLE: Read a standalone

TOGETHER FOREVER: Buddy Read a book with someone

USE #vaLITines ON SOCIAL MEDIA: don’t forget to tag our twitter @BT_valitines

BY ANY OTHER NAME: Read a banned book

TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH: Read a translated work

READ COZY: Read in your coziest clothing or blanket

FIVE STARS: Read a book that a friend, foe, or someone else in your life has rated 5 stars

WHERE YOU GO, I GO: Take a book everywhere you go in a day and read it in different places

MORE TO LOVE: Read a book over 400 pages

BUBBLE BATH: Read in the bubble bath

HAPPILY EVER AFTER: Read a retelling

HOT DATE: Read by candlelight

SKINNY LOVE: Read a book under 200 pages

SHARING IS CARING: Read a book that meets a challenge for another readathon happening in February

LIBRARY LOVERS MONTH: Read a book from the library

➽ Some of the Books I Hope to Read: 

(And I’m buddy reading with Madalyn, Julie, and Kathy this month!)

Yeah, I have some really talented friends who I’m so blessed to have in my life! And I can’t wait to take part in all these amazing readathons and readalongs that they are hosting! Again, my Contemporary TBR will be out soon! Plus, don’t forget the Dragons & Tea February book pick that totally works for most of these groups! And let me know if you plan on joining in on any of these! Happy reading, friends! 💗

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January 2019 Wrap Up


Hey, loves! This has truly been one of the wildest months of my entire life. From starting Booktube, to starting a book club, to hitting 40k on Goodreads, to being asked to host Contemporary-a-thon, this month has truly been a dream come true for me. I’m so thankful for each and every single one of you and I can’t believe how blessed I am to call you all my friends. Thank you, with everything I am, thank you.

Also, League of Legends Spring Split started up, so you know my reading was taking a hit on the weekends, but it’s always worth. But I was able to read 15 things on top of this blessed and busy start of 2019. And I was able to reread probably my favorite of 2019, let’s be real! But I also read some other amazing things, too!

What I read in January…
(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 Wicker King (The Wicker King #1) by K. Ancrum – ★★★★★

“Would you do something bad if you knew it would have more good in it, in the end, than bad?”

Okay, I just want to start this review off that this book will forever be sentimental to me, not only because it was the first book I read this year and that I absolutely loved it, but also because it was the very first pick for the Dragons & Tea Book Club and the author came into the group and answered so many questions that made this one of the best reading experiences I’ve ever had in my entire life. This book will just always have a special place in my heart now.

The Legend of the Golden Raven by K. Ancrum – ★★★★

“There is a difference between being nice and being kind.”

Oh my gosh, I am living my best life thanks to this short story! This month, I also read The Wicker King and fell so in love with Jack and August and how they both were able to give the other one what they needed in a world that wasn’t willing to fill their voids. And The Legend of the Golden Raven is a brief retelling of The Wicker King but from Jack’s perspective, where we really get to dive into the fantastical world he was able to see. And friends? I loved this. My only complaint is that I wanted more because I will always want more from these characters. Also, seeing Rina in this? Truly added five years to my life. I love this story, I love these characters, and K. Ancrum is truly a blessing.

My Fake Canadian Wife by M. Hollis – ★★★★

“Why was it so hard to find good mainstream media where you could see two girls falling in love with a happy ending? Even harder if I wanted to find stories with black girls. Brazilian black girls falling in love? Mostly, I’d only found them in indie and self-published books. Maybe it would be easier to enjoy more media if everything I tried to watch didn’t look as white as the walls of my apartment.”

Did I start 2019 off with the cutest sapphic relationship set up, that also featured a pan love interest? Wow, the blessings for this new year already! Friends, I loved this. And if you’re looking for something diverse, something hella cute, something super romantic, and something that’s a really quick read, then look no further.

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne – ★★★

“Maybe he’s 1 percent mine. That has to be enough.”

Sally Thorne’s long awaited and most anticipated sophomore release, 99 Percent Mine was truly a wild ride for me. I’ll be honest, it took me a while to warm up to this story and especially to this main character, but I ended up enjoying this one for the most part. But, sadly, it is no The Hating Game, or at least it wasn’t for me.

Again, but Better: A Novel by Christine Riccio – ★★★

“If you could go back and do London all over again, knowing everything you know now, would you do it?”

Friends, I wanted to love this so badly. So damn badly. Christine is not only the actual Queen of BookTube, she was one of the first channels I ever watched. She just seems so kind, and genuine, and I always feel like she radiates positive energy, and she was such a massive part of why I wanted to read Shadowhunters in the first place. But this review isn’t going to be about that, nor is it going to be a drag or me spilling the tea; this review is just going to be about why this debut was only okay for me. Even though I very much hope it works for you come May 2019! Also, please keep in mind that I have a very early ARC copy of this book. Many things could be changed upon publication!

A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes #1) by Arthur Conan Doyle – ★★

“There is a mystery about this which stimulates the imagination; where there is no imagination there is no horror”

Everyone’s favorite original detective is Sherlock Holmes, and I’ve been wanting to see how it all began for a long while now! But I can honestly say that I was not prepared for the last half of this tiny book. Yet, I am still happy that I can finally say I’ve read the source material.

The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees – ★★★

“Let’s start with the Witch in the Woods.”

This is a story that is telling two very different tales with alternating chapters. One is a girl in our world, living in a beach house with her family, and she has suffered from nightmare like dreams her entire life. The second is a witch in the magical woods, who grants children wishes with her heart, and she is being told a story by a very different kind of fox. These tales simultaneously go on and weave together that is actually really beautiful.

A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes #1) by Brittany Cavallaro – ★★★★

“I felt like I was being pulled through a dark, dank wardrobe into some boozy Narnia.”

This was the most unexpected treat! I thought that I might enjoy this one, but I never expected to fall completely head over heels for it, especially after reading A Study in Scarlet the night before starting this! This is a reimagining of Sherlock and Watson, but told in the perspective of their descendants, Charlotte and Jamie, in modern day! And, oh my gosh, this was just fantastic!

The Hod King (The Books of Babel #3) by Josiah Bancroft – ★★★★★

“The world is full of wolves and lambs, but precious few shepherds.”

I can’t believe that Josiah Bancroft did it again, but he truly did it again. This is such a wonderful installment in a world that I never want to leave. This entire series is such a unique treat that is truly unlike any other fantasy out there. Every paragraph is so smart, every chapter so perfectly crafted, and each book makes me more and more invested. I am at such a loss for words because of this book’s pure magnificence.

Song of the Dead (Reign of the Fallen #2) by Sarah Glenn Marsh – ★★★★

“I’m Odessa of Grenwyr, and the dead answer to me.”

This review is going to be up VERY SOON! But I loved this world, these characters, and this author so much. The ownvoices bisexual representation means so much to me, and I will never get sick of reading about necromancers. I think this duology is a damn gift to the YA genre and I am so blessed that I was able to read it. Also, give me all the dragon companions, please!

The Foxhole Court (All for the Game #1) by Nora Sakavic – ★★★★

“It’s about second chances, Neil. Second, third, fourth, whatever, as long as you get at least one more than what anyone else wanted to give you.”

Holy shit, I didn’t think I’d actually like this. What even is my life? Friends, I couldn’t put this down. I read it in 24 hours and no regrets were had. This was way darker than I expected, but I became so damn invested in this main character and I honestly fell in love with him and his story from day one. I know this is a bit of a polarizing read, but if you enjoyed Fence and The Wicker King then I think this story is for sure worth a try for you! Especially since it’s free on Amazon US!

Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows #1) by Kim Harrison – ★★

“Making a spell is easy. It’s trusting you did it right that’s hard.”

Dead Witch Walking is just a product of its time and it just reads like an early 2000s PNR/UF story. I guarantee if I read this back when I was in love with the Fever series, the Kate Daniels series, and the Riley Jenson Guardian series, then I would have enjoyed this way more than I did. Sadly, we are in 2019, and the true fact is that this didn’t age well, in my opinion. But I still had a lot of fun reading this one!

Truly Devious (Truly Devious #1) by Maureen Johnson – ★★

“When you have enough power and money, you can dictate the meanings of words.”

This was just so not what I was looking for. I’ll have a full review up soon, but basically this story alternates from past to present day, but the story never feels like it is moving forward. This was a slog to read, and it continued to just be a worse and worse reading experience while reading. And the cliffhanger ending? It just felt so cheap and so out of left field. I probably won’t be continuing on with this series.

The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black – ★★★★★

“I want to tell you so many lies.”

Even better the second time around. Perfection. Masterpiece. My fucking heart.

King of Scars (Nikolai Duology #1) by Leigh Bardugo – ★★★

“A handsome monster husband who put a crown on her head? It’s a perfect fairy tale to sell to some starry-eyed girl. She can lock you in at night and kiss you sweetly in the morning, and Ravka will be secure”

Okay, friends! Full review to come very soon! But this was just okay for me. And the ending honestly irritated me. But Zoya? Zoya is everything and I’d die for her and her happiness.

Okay, loves! I hope you enjoyed! I am sorry I’ve been so busy, but I really think things will calm down after Contemporary-a-thon! Let me know what your favorite book of January was! And I’m wishing you the happiest of reading, always! 💛✨

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January 2019 Book Haul

Hey, loves! I can’t believe it is already the end of the month! Like, how? Honestly? But here we are, and here is another book haul! But this book haul is a little special, because I bought 102 copies of The Wicked King! 💖


Fence, Vol. 2
Truly Devious (ilysm, Taylor) | Review: ★★★
The Hod King | Review: ★★★★★
The Last of August
The Case for Jamie
In An Absent Dream | Review: ★★★★★
Song of the Dead | Review: ★★★★
The Winter of the Witch | Review: ★★★★★
The Wicked King | Review: ★★★★★
The Wicked King | Review: ★★★★★
The Wicked King | Review: ★★★★★
The Winter of the Witch | Review: ★★★★★
(Del Rey actually sent me this last one, but I accidentally kept it in this stack!) 


The Girl with the Red Balloon
Start Here
The Kiss Thief
The Legend of the Golden Raven (free on Amazon US as of today!)


99 Percent Mine | Review: ★★★
The Bride Test
Holy Sister
(Thank you so much, Alexa!)


The Devouring Gray
Spin the Dawn
Red, White & Royal Blue
Blood Heir


Just because I’m trash & love this picture

Okay, my loves! There is my first book haul of 2019! I hope you enjoyed! And I hope I enjoy all of the ones that I haven’t read yet! Which one of these are you most excited for? I’m still in disbelief that I have The Bride Test in my hands! It’s going to be so amazing! I can’t wait for Contemporaryathon to actually start it! Ahhhh! Happy reading, friends! 💖

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Top Ten Tuesday | Ten 2018 Publications that I Meant to Read in 2018 but Didn’t Get To

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!

Hey, loves! This is the best and worst topic! Best because never ending TBRs are real and amazing! Worst because so many books and so little time! I did make a post about the twelve back-list books that I hope to get to in 2019, but here are ten books that were all published in 2018 that I desperately wanted to read last year, but hopefully, maybe, say a prayer for me, that I will this year!

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing (An Absolutely Remarkable Thing #1) by Hank Green

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar

Empire of Sand (The Books of Ambha #1) by Tasha Suri

Becoming by Michelle Obama

A Room Away From the Wolves by Nova Ren Suma

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #2) by Jessica Townsend

The Monster Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade #2) by Seth Dickinson

A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti

Okay, loves! Those are the ten! Are any on this list that you absolutely adore? Any that you think I will absolutely adore? Let me know! And I hope you are all having the most magical Tuesday and that you are reading something five star worthy!

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Top Ten Tuesday | New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2018

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!

Hey, friends! This is officially my first Top Ten Tuesday of 2019! Booktube (and learning how to film and edit) has really taken up a lot of my time! But I missed this weekly post so much that I feel so blessed to be able to start back up! Especially with this fun topic of all the first time authors I read from last year! Also, don’t forget that I did write up a post all about my favorite debuts of 2018, but hopefully I only have a few repeats!

Jessica Townsend

This lovely author made me re-fall in love with all things magical and middle grade in 2018! Nevermoor was honestly everything. Everything.

Claire Legrand

I read two things by Claire for the very first time last year, and I couldn’t believe what I had been missing all my life! I love her and I love her words so much!

Jasmine Guillory

I fell so hard in love with this Romance author last year! Both of her books are ownvoices and set in the same world! And I cannot wait to see what she does next!

Talia Hibbert

I can’t believe I didn’t read anything by this beautiful soul before 2018! But holy moly did she win me over hard last year! So hard, that The Dragons & Tea Book Club picked one of her books for our February 2019 pick! The actual blessings.

Katie O’Neill

I read two of my all time favorite graphic works from Katie in 2018, and I can’t wait to buy and read everything else she has and will create!

Tessa Gratton 

Tessa wrote my second favorite book of 2018, and I continued to read more from her all last year, and I just continue to be more wowed by her craft. She is so talented, and the way she strings words together is truly a gift from above.

Alyssa Cole

Alyssa is another Romance author that I couldn’t get enough from in 2018! A Princess in Theory was everything I’ve been looking for in the genre and she just keeps getting better. I cannot wait for her just released story set in this world, too!

Alice Oseman

Radio Silence was maybe my favorite book of 2018, and I knew I couldn’t compile this list without listing Alice, because I ended up reading all but one of her complete works last year, and I absolutely loved them all so much!

Emily X.R. Pan

I couldn’t not mention Emily, because The Astonishing Color of After was my favorite debut of 2018 and will always be a story I carry in my heart.

Cassandra Clare

You all really thought I wasn’t going to mention my actual 2018 queen in this post? Lord, help me! 2018 was truly the year of me reading 20+ things by this woman, and loving almost all of them! Truly, the greatest blessing of last year!

Okay, friends! That’s it! I hope you enjoyed, and I hope that I was able to surprise you with a few of these! I hope you are having a wonderful month filled with so many five star reads! I love you all!

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2019 Reading Goals

Hey, loves! Okay, I know we are a few days into 2019, but I figured I should write up a little post about my reading and reviewing goals for the year! Mostly, I just want to read good books and boost all the marginalized voices I can, while getting the books that people want, and the books that will make people feel seen, into the right hands and hearts. But here are a few more tangible goals that I have made for myself for the new year. Some of these might surprise you a little, but these are truly the things I want to accomplish most for this year in my reading and reviewing life.

➽ 1.) Cutting Back on Posts
What a title, right? So, for the last six months I have posted something every single day, sometimes twice a day, and friends, I’m just a bit tired! On top of maybe doing Booktube in 2019, I just want to post around five times a week, which I think is still pretty good! And I really think it will take a lot of anxiety and pressure off of my life, not feeling like I have to create something for every single day of 2019!

➽ Requesting Less ARCs
This is the most wild reviewing goals post you’ve read, true? Haha! I feel like I’m very good at reading and reviewing everything I request and receive before release, but this December I was really overwhelmed with how many January ARCs I had accumulated! And it wasn’t fun! Also, probably the biggest highlight of my entire 2018 reading year was reading all of Cassie Clare’s backlist and falling in love with everything Shadowhunters! So, I’d love to be able to focus more on those backlists titles that I’ve been putting off because I always have such a strict ARC reading and reviewing schedule.

➽ Read 12 Graphic Works
Last year, my goal was to read 12 graphic novels (which I did) AND 12 manga or light novels (which I failed at horribly)! So to keep with the spirit of taking pressure off myself, I’m going to merge this goal into reading 12 graphic works, but I do hope to read more than 12!

➽ Read 6 Classics
My goal in 2018 was to only read one classic, because I had neglected them for so long each and every year since college! But most of you know that this year I’m doing #CatchUpOnClassics with my dear friend Dani! And this year we are going to shoot for six books and we are inviting the entire book community to readalong with us! And we already have all the dates and all the breakdowns! Heck, we also have watchalongs scheduled for film adaptations afterwards! And I’m so excited, friends!

➽ Start a Book Club
Okay, I know that this goals post is going up right during the first Dragons and Tea buddy read, but I am just so honored to finally start a book club with my dear friend Amy this year! But I hope we continue to have an amazing year, buddy reading all the things with so many of you, and boosting marginalized voices each and every month!

➽ Read 100 Books
This is always the goal, even though I always start myself at 52 (one for each week of the year) so I don’t feel too overwhelmed. 2018 was the very first year that I was able to hit 200 books, but I predict that I won’t be able to do that this year with traveling and work. But 100 is always the goal of my heart, and a goal that I feel so blessed and honored and proud to hit every year!

Do you have any reading goals this year? I’d love to hear them so very much! And I hope you’re all having a wonderful new year and I hope that 2019 gives you all the blessing, because you all deserve the entire galaxy and all the stars within in! Happy reading!

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January 2019 TBR

Hey, friends! Happy New Year! I cannot believe that we are already in 2019, but I’m wishing you all the pure happiness, unconditional love, and good health for the new year (and forever after, too)! And I’m really hoping to start off 2019 with some amazing reads!

The Wicker King (The Wicker King #1) by K. Ancrum
The January pick for the Dragons and Tea Book Club! 🐉☕

The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black
January 8th 2019 by Little, Brown
This is going to be a reread for me, but I can’t wait to buddy read this with Lea! 💕

A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes #1) by Arthur Conan Doyle
The January pick for #CatchUpOnClassics! 🔎

A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes #1) by Brittany Cavallaro
And then I’m going to read the *bonus* buddy read book for #CatchUpOnClassics! 🔍

The Hod King (The Books of Babel #3) by Josiah Bancroft
January 22nd 2019 by Orbit
I cannot believe I have an ARC of this in my house. This is going to be everything! 💜

King of Scars (Nikolai Duology #1) by Leigh Bardugo
January 29th 2019 by Imprint
I am seriously just counting down the days until this midnight release! 👑

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
April 2nd 2019 by Albert Whitman Company
I am doing a massive buddy read for this with Hesina’s Imperial Court! 💗

Again, But Better by Christine Riccio
May 7th 2019 by Wednesday Books
I want to love this so badly, and I actually think I will. Especially because I’m buddy reading this with Madalyn! 💖

The Foxhole Court (All for the Game #1) by Nora Sakavic
Oh boy, I’m going to love this or hate this and I’m extremely scared, but extremely excited! At least I have Solly for buddy reading and moral support! 🧡

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
January 29th 2019 by William Morrow
I can’t believe I keep pushing this ARC off, but I blame the not so great reviews I keep seeing for it! I am actually really scared to read this one, but I promise to have a review up before the 29th! 💛

Okay, friends! Those are the ten books that I really hope to get to this month! Again, I don’t know how it is already the start of a new year, but I hope you all are having an amazing start to it! And I can’t wait to share another year with all my bookish friends!

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