October 2022 TBR


wow, a tbr post after my (questionably late) mid year freak out tag? who is she? a reader? couldn’t be! but i am trying to manifest… or keep up whatever this very blessed reading happiness/motivation is! and truly autumn reading always feels superior and at least a little more magical. i don’t want to overwhelm myself by putting too much pressure or too many expectations on reading, but i still felt a happy urge to maybe give myself a little direction and talk about some of the things I’d really like to read this month! (and i hope you all still enjoy reading it, too!) 

A Prayer for the Crown-Shy (Monk and Robot #2) by Becky Chambers
I read A Psalm for the Wild-Built last month, and when I tell you… it was the most healing I have taken from a book in a long while. It was just so perfect for me, and so exactly what I needed to read. This is for sure going to be a new all time favorite series, I hope! (and hopefully I find out soon, hehe!)

Her Soul to Take (Souls Trilogy #1) by Harley Laroux
Listen, I am still on the hunt to find a five star romance this read, and all my friends are screaming at me to read and fall in love with this paranormal romance with a demon they all ensure me will steal my heart! (not sure if in a romantic way or a demon way but excited to find out either way!)

Kingdom of the Feared (Kingdom of the Wicked #3) by Kerri Maniscalco
Do I keep giving all Kerri’s books three stars? Yes. I am so utterly in love with how she writes settings and atmosphere and now I am reliant on her every autumn of my reading life forever and ever? YES and YES!

What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher
This is probably the most recommended author for me currently! And I have so many friends with very similar reading tastes just five starring everything they write! Plus, all their books sound like they would be perfect for the fall season, so I promise to pick up something by them… but we will see if it is this book!

Into the Riverlands (The Singing Hills Cycle #3) by Nghi Vo
This third novella comes out on October 25th, and I know I won’t be able to resist picking it up immediately! The first book in this series was the first book I read in 2022 and I just keep falling more and more in love with Vo and all their stories. And… my realizing that I just love stories about clerics and monks traveling and telling stories!

Silver Under Nightfall by Rin Chupeco
You all know Rin is one of my favorite authors in all the galaxies. They mean so very much to me and I know it will mean so very much to me to read a new story by them! But also… polyamory + vampires + Castlevania vibes? Okay okay let’s go extra.

okay, friends! ahhh, this felt nice to create. falling back in love with reading has just felt really nice. and this feeling just really roots me and reminds me how lucky I am to still be able to talk about my love for stories with so many friends. I hope you all have a happy october and I am sending so much love and good health to you and your families! and I am always sending so much happy reading to you, too!

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February 2021 TBR

Hello friends! I am still redoing my space as you are reading this (my desk tops come in this weekend and hopefully everything will be perfect after that), so I’m not sure I will read this first week of the month! But I still wanted to tell you six things that I’m planning on reading, and I’m very excited to review on the blog! 💘

The First Sister (The First Sister Trilogy #1) by Linden A. Lewis

This was an amazing gift from my amazing friend Genny! This story looks like is is queer scifi with lots of diversity, and I think I’m buddy reading this with Maëlys, Romie, Lilly, Lili, & Star! (And that… makes my heart soar, truly!) And extra perfect timing for F/F February!

➽ The Empress of Salt and Fortune (The Singing Hills Cycle #1) by Nghi Vo 

Maëlys gifted this novella (and the second, because she is too kind and I love her so much) to me for Christmas, and Tor recently sent me The Chosen and the Beautiful, and I really can’t wait to fall in love with all this queer Asian lit!

The Gilded Ones (Deathless #1) by Namina Forna
February 9th 2021 by Delacorte

Fairyloot included ARCs of this in one of their past boxes in 2020 (with really beautiful teal sprayed edges, to boot!) and I am so excited for this African fantasy debut! Also, all my early reviewing friends have adored this one! (Oh, and you might see me unbox a finished copy of this on instagram this month too, muahah!)

Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi
March 2nd 2021 by Simon Schuster Books

Mary HK Choi has my whole entire heart, and her books are always and forever my favorites! I can’t wait to read and love this third novel from her, and I’m sure I will be gushing about this all month and for forever after that too!

Raybearer (Raybearer #1) by Jordan Ifueko

This was the number one book I was so sad I didn’t get to in 2020. I feel like every friend of mine who I have similar reading tastes to adored this one and put it on their best books of the year list. I can’t wait to read it and hopefully be able to scream <with luv> about it with them asap!

A ​Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses #4) by Sarah J. Maas
February 16th 2021 by Bloomsbury Publishing

Listen, I laugh at myself because you all know how much the last few SJM books have ultimately let me down. But this brand new spin-off start is starring one of my fave characters so I have a lil hope, and I will jump in the trash can extra and read this at midnight when it drops, like I do all SJMs because of 1.) hype and 2.) not wanting to be spoiled by lil shits!

February is also Black History Month – and here are some cool readathons you should check out:

The Black Lit Challenge 
Black Author Readathon

And just in general, I hope you are being conscious of picking up more books by Black authors, not just in February, but always! 💕

Tell me a book you are extra excited to pick up this month! I hope transitioning into this wild new year has been treating you and your family kind. I am sending you all my whole heart always, and I hope you are having happy reading!   💗

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November TBR | 2020

Hello friends! I’m going to keep this post very short and (hopefully) very sweet, and let you know the six things I hope to read this November! I feel like November might be a busy month for me, so I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself! But I hope to read and love all of these books! 

The Mirror Season Anna-Marie McLemore
Published: March 16, 2021
Currently Reading: 50% and so in love!
Buddy read with Maëlys! ❤

Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden
November 2020 pick for the Dragons and Tea Book Club! 🐉☕

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories (The Folk of the Air, #3.5) by Holly Black
Published: November 24, 2020
1.) The Cruel Prince ★★★★★
1.5) The Lost Sisters ★★★★★
2.) The Wicked King ★★★★★
3.) The Queen of Nothing ★★★★★

A Universe of Wishes Anthology edited by Dhonielle Clayton
Published: December 8, 2020

Rhythm of War (The Stormlight Archive, #4) by Brandon Sanderson
Published: November 17, 2020
1.) The Way of Kings ★★★★★
2.) Words of Radiance ★★★★★
2.5) Edgedancer ★★★★
3.) Oathbringer ★★★★★

Bitterblue (Graceling Realm, #3) by Kristin Cashore
1.) Graceling ★★★★
2.) Fire ★★★★
Buddy read with Lea! ❤

Also, I am writing up this post on October 29th, but I know when it is going live. Hopefully, this is a joyous day filled with change and hope, but regardless I probably will not be replying back to comments until this weekend. I’m sending you guys so much love, always, but especially this week. What book are you most excited to get to this month? ❤️

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October 2020 TBR

I cannot believe we are entering October! Basically this TBR is a good mix of me trying to read things a little spoopy (but not too spoopy because I am baby), but also still celebrating Latine/x heritage month! Also, we do not know ARCs this month and we are just going to be embracing (and hopefully loving) some backlist (but still newly released) titles! But truly, I don’t think I’ve been excited over eight books in a long while! 🎃

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Our October 2020 pick for the Dragons and Tea Book Club! (Oct 5th – 9th) 🐉☕

Queen of the Conquered (Islands of Blood and Storm #1) by Kacen Callender
💕 Buddy read with Shae & Maëlys

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson 
🎁 Gift from Pamela
💕 Buddy read with Maëlys

In the Dream House: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado 
🎁 Gift from Lacey
💕 Buddy read with Maëlys

Lobizona (Wolves of No World #1) by Romina Garber
🎁 Gift from Pamela
💕 Buddy read with Maëlys

The King of Crows (The Diviners #4) by Libba Bray

The Silvered Serpents (The Gilded Wolves #2) by Roshani Chokshi
💕 Buddy read with Maëlys

花樣年華 HYYH The Notes 2 (The Most Beautiful Moment in Life #2) by Big Hit Entertainment & BTS 
💕 Buddy read with MaëlysLea, & Amy!

Whew! I am so very excited for this TBR! Truly I have the highest of hopes for these and just looking at these covers brings me so much happiness! What is a book you’re hoping to pick up this October? Sending you all my whole heart and wishing you happy reading always! 💕

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September 2020 TBR

Happy last day of August, friends! Ahhh, August was a really great month for me (both personally and with my reading!) and I hope the good things continue in September! I do have many books here on this TBR and I really hope that I not only get to all of them, but maybe I’ll be able to get to a few extras too! 🍁

Kingdom of the Wicked (Kingdom of the Wicked, #1) by Kerri Maniscalco
Publication: October 27th 2020 by Jimmy Patterson 
Buddy read with Destiny, Maëlys & Lea 💕

This was on my August TBR, but I just couldn’t get to it with that busy birthday week I had! But I am so excited to give it a try with some amazing friends this month!

Nocturna (A Forgery of Magic #1) by Maya Motayne
The September Book Club Pick for Dragons and Tea 🐉☕

I cannot wait to kick of Latinx Heritage Month with this ownvoice magical story about a thief who can travel between worlds!

Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar
Buddy read with Maëlys! 💗

Ownvoices for the South Asian rep and the Hindu mythos, and is all about a girl who is half a star and trying to save her father? Whew, sounds amazing. Plus, I received two copies of this in book boxes so I very much want to read and review it!

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins
Buddy read with Lea! 💓

The way I’m emotional to finally finish this reread together, but I am so very ready.

These Violent Delights (These Violent Delights #1) by Chloe Gong
Publication: November 17th 2020 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Buddy read with Maëlys! 💕

An ownvoices reimagining of Romeo and Juliet set in historical Shanghai is everything I needed to know. But this book has not received less than five stars from all of my friends so the amount of hype I have going into this one is a bit wild.

The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu
Publication: September 1st 2020 by Simon & Schuster
Buddy read with Lea! 💓

Be still, my shadowhunter heart! I would not miss this new release of Magnus and Alec’s for anything in the world.

Vampires of Portlandia by Jason Tanamor
Publication: September 29th 2020 by Parliament House Press
Blog Tour Stop: September 21st – Caffeine Book Tours
Buddy read with Maëlys! 💗

Ownvoices story celebrating the aswang and Filipino mythos? Truly sold off of that sentence alone! Also, this is probably the first thing I’ll read in September and I’m so very excited!

A Universe of Wishes edited by Dhonielle Clayton
Publication: January 5th 2021 by Random House
Buddy read with Lea 💕

After not really loving the last anthology I read, I am just craving a good one so very desperately and this one sounds very diverse and very perfect.

September is also #SapphicSeptember which is being hosted by Landice (Manic Femme), who I adore a lot a lot a lot! I plan to pick up a few extra sapphic reads for this readathon, but there are three books that I would like to try to prioritize! 🌈

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She’s Too Pretty to Burn by Wendy Heard
Publication: March 30th 2021 by Henry Holt & Company
Buddy read with Maëlys! 💗

Not only is this a reimagining of Dorian Gray, but it has a pan character, too! Like, those two elements combined are too powerful and I do not think I can wait until 2021 to consume this story!

Out on Good Behavior (Radleigh University #3) by Dahlia Adler
Buddy read with Lea! 💕

I truly cannot believe I have read this, but this is the book that constantly gets recced to be for the pan rep, and I’m finally ready to fall in love too!

The Dark Tide (The Dark Tide) by Alicia Jasinska
Buddy Read with Landice 💓

A sister risking everything for her brother, while also starting a sapphic romance with the witch she had to protect her brother from? Like, too many keywords again! After Night Shine I am just read for all the sapphic maybe enemies to lovers (with witches)!

✨ Also, September 15th is the start of Latinx Heritage Month! So here are a few other readathons and book clubs I recommend with my whole heart:

💕 Latinxathon
💕 Latinx Book Club
💕 Latinx Book Bingo


What are you reading in September? Or what is the book you’re most excited to pick up this September? I feel like we are starting to get into that second sweet spot book release season where so many books are coming out, and I’m always curious to see what people are most excited for! But regardless, I hope you all just have happy reading. I love you all so much! 💗

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August 2020 TBR


August is always such a busy month for me, and notoriously my worst reading month, because of birthday things and traveling! But this year (and these quarantine times) are going to make this birthday a little different! Therefore, we are just going to over compensate by reading all of my favorite authors! 🎂

A few readathons that I always enjoy taking part in are also this month: ARC August and A-spec August! So, I feel like my TBR very much reflects that (plus me just wanting to read all the five stars for my birthday month), even though I hope to pick up a few more aroace things during these 31 days!  💕

Loveless by Alice Oseman 🌈
Buddy read with Lea & Maëlys 💕

I see a new Alice Oseman book and I buy, it’s really as simple as that at this point in my life. I haven’t seen too many reviews for this one, but I am excited to hopefully love it!

Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite by Zoraida Córdova & Natalie C. Parker
Publication: September 22nd 2020 by Imprint
Buddy read with Destiny 💕

I am craving a new anthology to read and review so badly, but I might be craving a buddy read with Destiny even more. Truly going to be such a powerful combination, and I can’t wait!

The Burning God (The Poppy War #3) by R.F. Kuang 🇨🇳
Publication: November 26th 2020 by Harper Voyager
Buddy read with Maëlys 💕

I’m already crying thinking of this being over, but also thinking of all the things Rebecca is going to do to my murder babies. I can’t wait to finish this trilogy and scream my love for it loudly forever.

When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole
Publication: September 1st 2020 by William Morrow
Buddy read with Maëlys 💕

Alyssa Cole writing a thriller? I mean, this is all I really needed to know. I love Alyssa and her stories so very much, and I can’t wait to see her to wow me with this new adventure for her! Also, my friend Bee really loved it and made me even more excited!

Horrid by Katrina Leno
Publication: September 15th 2020 by Little, Brown
Buddy read with Maëlys & Lea 💕

I think this has a very good shot at making my best of 2020 list, and maybe even being my favorite book of 2020. Katrina’s writing and themes and stories are just 100% for me and everything I like in literature, and I can’t wait.

Lady Hotspur by Tessa Gratton 🌈🎧
Buddy read with Maëlys 💕

Hi, all I want to read is everything by Tessa Gratton, because I give five stars to everything by her and I truly think she could be my favorite author. Also, this book has such shitty ratings on Goodreads, and I really hope to love it and give it a review to help people pick it up, because sapphic Shakespeare deserves better.

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar 🇧🇩🌈
The August Book Club Pick for Dragons and Tea 🐉☕

This sounds like it’s going to be the perfect f/f story, all about identity, and colorism, cultural appropriation, and much more, and I can’t wait to read this one with the book club!

Kingdom of the Wicked (Kingdom of the Wicked, #1) by Kerri Maniscalco
Publication: October 27th 2020 by Jimmy Patterson 
Buddy read with Maëlys & Lea 💕

Is it the autumn season yet and can you tell I want it to be because of this TBR?

What are you reading this August and are you doing any reathathons or readalongs? I can’t believe it is already August in this wild year, but I also can’t wait for fall and spoopy season to begin (hence this TBR, truly truly)! I hope you’re all having happy reading, and I love you all more than love itself! 💗

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July 2020 TBR


I feel like it has taken an ungodly amount of time, but I finally have defeated my reading slump, and I think I actually *gasp* rediscovered my love for reading. Like, throughout my day I am craving to read, at least on my ereader, and that is a feeling that I was really lacking for most of 2019 (and… obviously many months of 2020, too)! I still didn’t want to go too ambitious on a TBR, but it just feels so good to be excited again! So, here are the eight things that I truly can’t wait to pick up in July! ☀️

Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan 🇨🇳
📚 ARC: July 14th 2020 by Doubleday
Buddy read with Isabella 💕

Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett
📚 ARC: November 10th 2020 by Simon Pulse
Buddy read with Isabella 💕

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson 🌈🎧
The July Book Club Pick for Dragons and Tea 🐉☕

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel 🎧
Buddy read with Maëlys 💕

Across the Green Grass Fields (Wayward Children #6) by Seanan McGuire 🌈
📚 ARC: January 12th 2021 by Tor.com
Buddy read with Maëlys 💕

Where Dreams Descend (Kingdom of Cards #1) by Janella Angeles 🇵🇭
📚 ARC: August 25th 2020 by Wednesday Books
Buddy read with Maëlys 💕

The Library of the Unwritten (Hell’s Library #1) by A.J. Hackwith 🌈🎧
Buddy read with Maëlys 💕

Loveless by Alice Oseman 🌈
July 9th 2020 by HarperCollins

Okay! There is my TBR for the month of July! Have you read any of these? Are you excited for me to read any of these? I’d still love to finish A Deadly Education (Scholomance, #1) because I feel like I have been at 50% for over a month now! I’m really enjoying it, I just think… I read it at a bad time in my life and now I never want to pick it back up? Whew! Maybe in July! I also would really love to read Catching Fire & Fire with Lea if we can make it work! I hope you all have the happiest of days and reading this July and always! 💗

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