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Sunday Post 9/20/2020

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blogs.

I knew I wasn’t going to follow my Weekly TBR last week… but I still read a TON–surprising since I’ve been in a weird funk.

Emoji Key
From Monthly/Weekly TBR — ✌      Challenge Reading — 👑
Kindle Unlimited – 🍰                                  Graphic Novel — 💥
Novella (under 200 pages) — 🌱                         LGBTQIA — 🌈
Review Copy — 🐲                               Group/Buddy Read — 🐾
Owned/Purchased — 💰                   Recommended to me —🎮

Sweet Retribution (Ruthless Games #2)Sweet Salvation (Ruthless Games, #3)Pin-up GirlThe Cool Aunt (Hidden Legacy, #5.1)Uppercut Princess (The Heights Crew, #1)

  • Ruthless Games #2-3 by Callie Rose 🍰
    ⭐⭐⭐ – Interesting series although it felt like it was missing something to truly get me to love it.
  • Pin-up Girl by Blake Blessing 🍰
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Not at all what I expected. This was a mystery and dark and lovely.
  • The Cool Aunt by Ilona Andrews 🌱
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 – A little extra by Ilona Andrews on their website. I loved it!
  • The Heights Crew #1-4 by E.M. Moore 🍰
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Definitely some cringe moments and her plan for revenge wasn’t a plan AT ALL, but I couldn’t stop reading. A popcorn-eating, binge-worthy series.

Playing with FireQueen’s Quality, Vol. 2Say Her NameDrawing the Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Voting in AmericaThe Black Mage

  • Playing With Fire by L.J. Shen 🍰
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 – L.J. Shen seems to be hit-or-miss with me, so I’m always worried about starting their books, but can’t seem to stop myself. I’m so glad I picked this one up though, this was great.
  • Queen’s Quality, Vol. 2 by Kyousuke Motomi 💥
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Probably my favorite out of the few manga series I’m currently reading.
  • Say Her Name by Zetta Elliot 🎧🌱
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Poetry is best when listened to and I think that does apply her. An emotional read.
  • Drawing the Vote by Tommy Jenkins 💥
    ⭐⭐⭐.5 – Informative, but at times too much. I appreciate all the history and shining a light on minorities, but I would have liked more on current times.
  • The Black Mage by Daniel Barnes & D.J. Kirkland 💥
    ⭐⭐⭐.5 – This was so, so heavy-handed. It is uncomfortable. But also and important read and I hope youth enjoy reading a book where the main characters take down the KKK.

The Demon Prince of Momochi House, Vol. 2Friends with the Monsters (Friends with the Monsters, #1)Some Kind of Monster (Friends with the Monsters #2)Beautiful & Dirty (The Family #1)The Hitman (The Family, #2)

  • The Demon Prince of Momochi House, Vol. 2 by Aya Shouto 💥
    ⭐⭐⭐ – Yeeeaaahhh, I’m not going to continue. It is okay and I like the artwork, but the characters and their actions don’t make sense.
  • Friends With the Monsters by Albany Walker 🍰
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – a re-read to remember what happened for book 2. I did like this one more on the second read through.
  • Some Kind of Monster by Albany Walker 🍰🐾
    ⭐⭐⭐ – eeeehhhh this was okay. Interesting, I’m glad I read it, but I still have so many questions and the series is over.
  • Beautiful & Dirty by Katrina Jackson 🍰🌱
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 – This novella is just the start of their series!! I want more so badly omg.
  • The Hitman by Katrina Jackson 🍰
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – This was fabulous, I love the female main character, and just everything about this. I cannot wait for more in this series and hopefully we get the continuation for BEautiful & Dirty soon!!!

Academy of the Forgotten (Cursed Studies, #1)Tormentor Mine (Tormentor Mine, #1)When She Belongs: A SciFi Alien Romance (A Risdaverse Tale Book 4)Anonymous Noise, Vol. 8Anonymous Noise, Vol. 9

  • Academy of the Forgotten by Eva Chase 🍰🐾
    ⭐⭐.5 – This book annoyed me to no end. It is dark and mysterious, I read to figure out the mystery, but omg no I can’t keep going.
  • Tormentor Mine by Anna Zaires
    ⭐⭐⭐ – Dark like I have been wanting, but not what I’m craving it felt… too realistically dark for me maybe? I mean, he killed he husband…
  • When She Belongs by Ruby Dixon 🍰
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – This was sweet and fun. Not really what I’m in the mood for, but enough to carry me through. I just  really am loving Ruby Dixon.
  • Anonymous Noise, Vol. 8 & 9 by Ryoko Fukuyama 💥
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Is the romance still back and forth? Yeah. So much angst, but I love the artwork, I love feeling the music coming off the page and these kids have sucked me in, so I guess I’ll be finishing this series.

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TBR Lows & Highs #100

Weekend here we come!! 😁 But more like — look out TBR pile it is Friday and I’m coming for you! 😈

Rules:

  • Link back to the original post at Howling Libraries
  • Sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, ascending
  • Find 5-10 (or more, if you feel ambitious!) titles to purge from your TBR (the “lows”)
    • ALTERNATIVE OPTION: Find 5+ titles that are at the BOTTOM of your TBR—books you want to read someday, just not right now!
  • Post those 5 books in the list, with a brief explanation
  • Next, sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, descending
  • List the last 5 (or more!) books you added to your TBR, with a synopsis or your brief summary of why you added it (the “highs”)

✘✘✘ The Lows ✘✘✘

Rhythm, Chord & MalykhinThe Nerd and the Marine (The Morrison Family, #1)City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake, #1)The Lost Sisters (The Folk of the Air, #1.5)The Iron Trial (Magisterium, #1)

Rhythm, Chord, & Malykhin by Mariana Zapata
Obviously I plan on reading every single book by this author. I love her slow burns! It isn’t on KU though, so I’m waiting until the next time I let myself buy books. 

The Nerd and The Marine by D.R. Grady
I remember adding this because I wanted to read more books with a nerdy female character. This one isn’t at any of my libraries though, so I’m removing it from my TBR. It is on my Kindle Wishlist though so I won’t forget it!

City of Ghosts by V.E. Schwab 
ehhhhh I just don’t know when I’ll get to this one. I’m not saying no forever, but I’m not interested in it as much as I am the author’s other works. 

✅ The Lost Sisters by Holly Black 
I swear I’m going to continue this series eventually!

 The Iron Trial by Holly Black 
I have so many Holly Black books on my TBR. I’m removing this one for now — this probably isn’t a forever decision.  Continue reading “TBR Lows & Highs #100”

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a post to share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It is hosted by Kathryn at Bookdate.

Currently Reading

Cool Beans: The Ultimate Guide to Cooking with the World's Most Versatile Plant-Based Protein, with 125 RecipesArm Candy Warrior (The Heights Crew #2)

This week I’m totally going to finish Cool Beans — I swear! I really need some more variety in my meals. I’m also on book 2 of The Heights Crew and… addicted to it. I’m not saying it is fantastic, I just can’t get myself to look away. You know what I’m talking about??? 

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This Week’s TBR List

Okay, I’m still a little rocky and my reading mood is way wack. I’ve been reading dark romances left and right, but nothing is checking the box. So… *shrugs* I don’t know what to do. I’m probably going to wing it this week, but thought I’d give myself six extra books as a guideline… if I need it. 

The Hitman's Guide to Tying the Knot Without Getting Shot (The Hitman's Guide #3)Raise Hell (Hell Hounds Harem, #7)Angel Unseen (Unseen MC #1)

  • The Hitman’s Guide to Tying the Knot Without Getting Shot by Alice Winters
    YES! Okay, this is gonna be hilarious and if anything can get me outta my funk, this is the book. Drops on the 15th 😁!
  • Raise Hell by Briana Michaels
    Yes, I know this looks like a dark book and should satisfy my craving, but it isn’t going to be. If it is like the other books it’ll be violent, but surprisingly sweet. I wanna read about Lucifer getting his girl though!! 
  • Angel Unseen by J. Bree
    THIS! This is the book I want to read right now. It drops on the 18th though… I. Need. This. Book. 

Deal with the Devil (Mercenary Librarians, #1)The Zoya FactorLover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #8)

  • Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha
    I know I’m going to love this book. I’m waiting for the right mood, but maybe I should just jump on it. 
  • The Zoya Factor by Anuja Chauhan
    Ummmmm this book sounds like the absolute cutest. I just need my mood to flip so I can pick this one up. 
  • Lover Mine by J.R. Ward
    Because I really should get to work on my library books before I have 7 all to read in a week. 😕

What are you reading this week? 

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Sunday Post 9/13/20

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blogs.

No TBR to strictly follow this week as I was still recovering, so I let myself do… whatever really. Plus, I spent Monday in the ER so I didn’t have time to make one haha. 

Emoji Key
From Monthly/Weekly TBR — ✌      Challenge Reading — 👑
Kindle Unlimited – 🍰                                  Graphic Novel — 💥
Novella (under 200 pages) — 🌱                         LGBTQIA — 🌈
Review Copy — 🐲                               Group/Buddy Read — 🐾
Owned/Purchased — 💰                   Recommended to me —🎮

Chaotic (Arcane Mage, #1)Unnatural (The Wrong Alpha, #1)Bear, Otter and the Kid (Bear, Otter and the Kid #1)Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper #1)A Demon's Horns (Vice College for Young Demons, #1)

  • Chaotic by T.S. Snow 🐾🍰
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – What a cliffhanger there and right as if felt like the story was starting to take off. 
  • Unnatural by Alessandra Hazard 🍰✌
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Interesting and entertaining as usual. 
  • Bear, Otter, and The Kid by TJ Klune 🌈
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Another good book by TJ Klune. Definitely not a favorite, but I do think I’ll continue the series. 
  • Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper by J.L. Bryan 💰👑
    ⭐⭐⭐ – A re-read as I try to get further into this series. I’m feeling the slightly spooky mysterious vibes. The challenge/goal it is helping me with is to read outside of the romance genre. 
  • Vice College for Young Demons #1-4 by Marie Mistry 💰🍰
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – I own the first of four– started as a five star series, the last was 3.5. Really interesting and enjoyable. 

Teen Titans: Beast BoyResurrection (The Sainthood - Boys of Lowell High #1)Rebellion (The Sainthood - Boys of Lowell High, #2)Deven and the DragonSweet Obsession (Ruthless Games, #1)

  • Teen Titans: Beast Boy by Kami Garcia & Gabriel Picolo 💥
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 – Such a fun little book! I love Beast Boy ^_^
  • Resurrection by Siobhan Davis 🍰
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Rebellion by Siobhan Davis 🍰
    ⭐⭐⭐ – This series started out great, but I’m just not interested enough to finish it. 
  • Deven and the Dragon by Eliot Grayson 🍰🌈
    ⭐⭐⭐.5 – Lovely and sweet, but I was never truly hooked 😕
  • Sweet Obsession by Callie Rose 🍰
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – As you might have been able to tell from the last few books, I’m in the mood for dark romance and this one is… kind of fitting the bill. Not what I was looking for, but I’m interested to see how it plays out. 

»Did Not Finish

Nothing! 😀 This, this is so good to hear. 

»Currently Reading

Sweet Retribution (Ruthless Games #2)Cool Beans: The Ultimate Guide to Cooking with the World's Most Versatile Plant-Based Protein, with 125 Recipes

I’m about halfway through Sweet Retribution and it is interesting, I have a few theories on how it will go down, but sometimes it feels slow. lol I’m waiting for the action scenes, I think. I am also kind of reading Cool Beans errr I was, but I haven’t picked it up in a week. Hopefully I’ll look at it more in the next few days.  Continue reading “Sunday Post 9/13/20”

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TBR Lows & Highs #99

Weekend here we come!! 😁 But more like — look out TBR pile it is Friday and I’m coming for you! 😈

Rules:

  • Link back to the original post at Howling Libraries
  • Sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, ascending
  • Find 5-10 (or more, if you feel ambitious!) titles to purge from your TBR (the “lows”)
    • ALTERNATIVE OPTION: Find 5+ titles that are at the BOTTOM of your TBR—books you want to read someday, just not right now!
  • Post those 5 books in the list, with a brief explanation
  • Next, sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, descending
  • List the last 5 (or more!) books you added to your TBR, with a synopsis or your brief summary of why you added it (the “highs”)

✘✘✘ The Lows ✘✘✘

Sweetpea (Sweetpea, #1)Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World, #1)Finding Perfect (Finding Perfect #1)Chainbreaker (Timekeeper, #2)The Devilish Duke (Saints & Scoundrels, #1)

Sweetpea by C.J. Skuse
While I do like reading books about serial killers (wow, what a way to start a normal sentence), I don’t like Bridget Jones’ Diary, which this book is compared to. It sounds interesting, it does, but some of the reviews (even the positive ones) are telling me this isn’t the style for me. 

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
This one was recommended to me and I plan on reading it eventually, I swear! 

Finding Perfect by Kendra C. Highley
This one sounds adorable cute and lovely — I even loved another series by this author. The thing is, I rarely ever read cute YA romances anymore. So, I’m trying to stick to the ones at my work I can talk up to other people. 

Chainbreaker by Tara Sim
I can’t believe I never continued this series… Timekeeper is an awesome book. So, hopefully I’ll get back to this…. 

The Devilish Duke by Maddison Michaels
None of my libraries have this one 😭  Continue reading “TBR Lows & Highs #99”

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Mini Review Round Up

Back again with another round up of reviews. I’m impressed… two months solid of reviews on Wednesdays — I guess I can’t say back again, can I? Not when this has finally turned into a regular feature.

Anyhow, the books below found no rhyme or reason, they’re just a mixed bunch of things I read back in June.

Books Reviewed Below:

Continue reading “Mini Review Round Up”

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Sunday post 9/6/2020

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blogs.

What a week for me… did I get much reading in? Not the kind I want. I’ve been having some health problems and reading hasn’t been happening how I want it to… 

Emoji Key
From Monthly/Weekly TBR — ✌      Challenge Reading — 👑
Kindle Unlimited – 🍰                                  Graphic Novel — 💥
Novella (under 200 pages) — 🌱                         LGBTQIA — 🌈
Review Copy — 🐲                               Group/Buddy Read — 🐾
Owned/Purchased — 💰                   Recommended to me —🎮

Harrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb, #2)Written in Red (The Others, #1)Murder of Crows (The Others, #2)Vision in Silver (The Others, #3)Marked in Flesh (The Others, #4)

  • Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir 
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Confusing, but then shocking and amazing. I can’t wait for the next book. 
  • The Others #1 – 4 by Anne Bishop 🤞🐾
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – I love these books so much I actually own them. I usually take a break after #4 haha, hopefully this time I will keep reading. 

Queen’s Quality, Vol. 1Anonymous Noise, Vol. 7Always Human

Take a Hint, Dani Brown (The Brown Sisters, #2)Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #7)The Sinner and the Liar (Seeking Asylum, #1)

  • Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert 🤞🐲
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Cute, as always, and Zaf is one of my favorite male leads. 
  • Lover Avenged by J.R. Ward 🤞🐾
    ⭐⭐⭐ – I’ll give this series one more book, but I think I might be done with it.
  • The Sinner and the Liar by Alice Winters 🤞🍰
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 – Dark, yes, but still had that Alice Winters charm. 

Continue reading “Sunday post 9/6/2020”

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September ’20 Monthly TBR

I like sharing what books I’m planning on reading each month and it also helps me remember which books I want to read. I actually look back at this post periodically throughout the month– I’ve lost counts of the amount of times I’ve double-checked it and realized I had forgotten about a buddy read!!

So, what exactly is on my TBR this month….

»Group/Buddy Reads

Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #7)Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #8)Written in Red (The Others, #1)Married with Zombies (Living with the Dead, #1)

*sigh* I still need to read these darn BDB books… I’m not even throwing in the one we are technically reading this month, because I know there is no way I’ll get to it. Married With Zombies was actually my nomination for a group read! 😀 I hope we all like it.

Chaotic (Arcane Mage, #1)Some Kind of Monster (Friends with the Monsters #2)Angel Unseen (Unseen MC #1)Reaper Undone (Deadside Reapers #5)

So, so many buddy reads…

»Challenge: Read more YA

I want to read at least 4 YA books this month. Let’s shoot for non-manga YA too haha. Here are possibilities I’m considering:

Don't Read the CommentsCemetery BoysThe Babysitters Coven (The Babysitters Coven, #1)The Princess Will Save You (The Princess Will Save You, #1)

»Challenge: Branch Out

Okay, most of this list is romance… once again. So, here I’m throwing in some books where romance isn’t the name of the game.

Dancing at the Pity PartyHenchHe Started ItEllie Jordan, Ghost Trapper (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper, #1)The Angel of the Crows

»Misc.

And some miscellaneous books I want to read this month. 

Unnatural (The Wrong Alpha, #1)Weekend Fling (Jetty Beach, #5)Take a Hint, Dani Brown (The Brown Sisters, #2)The Space Between (The Walshes, #2)Deal with the Devil (Mercenary Librarians, #1)

Raise Hell (Hell Hounds Harem, #7)Beard in Mind (Winston Brothers, #4)Don't Hex and Drive (Stay a Spell, #2)Hate Thy NeighborCorsets and Quartets

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Monthly Goals

ARCs: I have 8 ARCs on my TBR above, so if I could read 5 of those, I’ll be happy.

Reviews: For sure I want June done, but I’d be ecstatic if I could finish up July as well! Any lower than 120 is good, but 100 will be what I’m shooting for!

Genres: I’m trying to branch out from romance and I’m thinking thrillers and ghosts and mysteries with some gritty dark atmosphere to them. This is 100% the reason Ellie Jordan. Ghost Trapper is on my list this month.

I have been doing a ton of re-reading and while I still plan on re-reading The Others series and Winston Brothers, I want to cut back on that and really focus on books already on my TBR. Can I get my TBR back down to 1000 books??? We will see…

What will you be reading this month? 

Posted in TBR Highs & Lows

TBR Lows & Highs #98

Weekend here we come!! 😁 But more like — look out TBR pile it is Friday and I’m coming for you! 😈

Rules:

  • Link back to the original post at Howling Libraries
  • Sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, ascending
  • Find 5-10 (or more, if you feel ambitious!) titles to purge from your TBR (the “lows”)
    • ALTERNATIVE OPTION: Find 5+ titles that are at the BOTTOM of your TBR—books you want to read someday, just not right now!
  • Post those 5 books in the list, with a brief explanation
  • Next, sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, descending
  • List the last 5 (or more!) books you added to your TBR, with a synopsis or your brief summary of why you added it (the “highs”)

✘✘✘ The Lows ✘✘✘

Everything You Want Me to BeTash Hearts TolstoyNavigating the Stars (Sentinels of the Galaxy #1)The Gods of Men (Gods of Men, #1)Seafire (Seafire, #1)

Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia
Pretty much all my GR friends who have read this have rated it highly. I’m not sure exactly if it for me or not, but I’ll keep it on my list for a bit longer, just in case I’m interested in reading a YA thriller.

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee
As cute as it sounds, it also sounds like I might be bored reading this one.

Navigating the Stars by Maria V. Snyder
This was a rough one to consider. I go back and forth on my feelings about this author’s works. In the end, I’ve decided to remove it, because I don’t think I’ll ever feel brave enough to start it and sci-fi is difficult for me to like at times.

The Gods of Men by Barbara Kloss
I think… I’ll keep this one. This sounds like an epic New Adult Fantasy — perhaps a little confusing, but it has potential to be great, I think.

Seafire by Natalie C. Parker
I have a hard time turning down pirate books, especially feminist pirate books… even if I rarely ever read them. Maybe one day!! Continue reading “TBR Lows & Highs #98”

Posted in Monthly Wrap-up, Once A Month Posts

August ’20 Wrap Up

Another great month! I’m getting a bit more consistent with writing reviews and I read more than half the books on my Monthly TBR. Seriously, I did good.

Last month I read 70 books*!
*counting novellas and many graphic novels

Here are the top 10 books I read this month:

Bookish and the Beast (Once Upon a Con, #3)Spy x Family, Vol. 2Beard with Me (Winston Brothers, #6)Engagement and Espionage (Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries Series, #1)Storm Forged (Death Before Dragons #6)Demons Do It Better (Hidden Species #1)Be Not Far from MeOnly When It's Us (Bergman Brothers, #1)The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1)Harrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb, #2)

  • Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston
    Perhaps my favorite out of the whole series???
  • Spy x Family, Vol. 2 by Tatsuya Endo
    This series is hilarious! Totally binge-worthy.
  • Beard With Me by Penny Reid 
    Fam, I did it. I made it through this sad as hell book. I’m well on my way with my Winston Brothers re-read now.
  • Engagement and Espionage by Penny Reid
    I do wish I had read this one after rereading book 4, but oh well. Fun and cozy. My next up in this reread is Beard With Me… I think.
  • Storm Forged by Lindsay Buroker
    Has this series been on my Top 10 list for the past 5 months??? Yes, yes it has.
  • Demons Do It Better by Louisa Masters
    Hilarious, supernatural, and altogether a hellava lot of fun. I am so excited that we are getting more from this series.
  • Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis
    This audiobook… just wow. I was blown away. A thriller for sure and I was so invested, so worried.
  • Only When It’s Us by Chloe Liese
    A misunderstanding between a soccer player, who is the female for once, and a solid guy who is hard of hearing. Such a great read and the sequel is adorable too! Throwing tropes on their head and including diverse disabilities.
  • The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
    Another book that has me going “WOW.” It is brutal, funny, and intense. I can’t wait to read on.
  • Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
    HARROW!!!~ UGH yes I was confused for 70% of the book, it had me writing notes, taking pictures, etc. and the last bit just blew everything up. I can’t wait for Alecto!

Hey look, it wasn’t all romance 😉 Continue reading “August ’20 Wrap Up”