Top Ten Tuesday: Predicted 5-Star Reads From My TBR

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This week’s TTT topic is “Books On My TBR I Predict Will Be 5-Star Reads”. I honestly love this idea! I’m super picky and rarely give out 5-star ratings, but I’m always on the look out for new favorites (hence why I’m always asking “Are you my book?” ha). So basically these are all the books I’m super hype for and have super high expectations for.

Wow, after composing this list, I didn’t realize I was excited for so many New Adult romances and adult fantasies books?!? Fingers crossed I didn’t jinx myself with these predictions!

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. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


1. House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

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I’ve adored all of SJM’s books (with the exception of that certain ACOTAR novella, but we’re not gonna talk about that) and I have full faith that her adult debut will be a fantastical, fun, and smutty read! I need to go make sure I remember to pre-order this book…

2. Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

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Ever since I first heard of this book, I’ve been dying to get my hands on it! Witches, a hate-to-love romance, and YA that’s really NA? I’m gonna grab my wallet and run out to the bookstore now…

3. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

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Leigh Bardugo is another favorite author that I have full faith in. I’ve heard some mixed things on this novel, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

4. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

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Yes, this book is still on my TBR. I seriously don’t understand why I keep waiting: I’ve heard nothing but incredible things about this book!

5. The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

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After reading Melanie @ Meltotheany‘s rave review about this book, I knew I had to read this amazing book…and I still need to read it (obviously). But I know it’ll be an astounding read!

6. Beach Read by Emily Henry

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This is one of my most anticipated releases for 2020 (why do I have to wait till May???) and just know it’ll be an easy 5-stars. A hate-to-love romance featuring writers? And a book writing competition? I could def commit a crime to get a hold of an ARC of this book.

7. Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi

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Pop singers! College! New Adult! Romance! I’ve heard such good things about this book and I can’t wait to pick it up.

8. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

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Another bandwagon I still need to hop on! But with the fan base behind this book, I have no doubt it’ll be an easy 5 stars.

9. Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

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And another series and author I still need to read! My writing buddy has really been trying to get me to read this book/series, and I know it’ll be incredible…but there are just so many books, ya know? Some day soon, I promise.

10. Renegades by Marissa Meyer

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I am TRASH for superhero movies and stories, so there is no doubt it my mind that I’ll love this book. Honestly, I don’t know how so long has passed and I still haven’t read it? I feel like I turned around and suddenly the whole trilogy was out!


Have you read any of these books? Do you think these books will live up to my predictions? Which one should I pick up first?

If you participated in TTT this week, feel free to link up your post in the comments below–I would love to check them out!

December Wrap-Up: Too Much Homework-Related Writing, Fun Family Visits, and (once again) Lots of Graphic Novels!

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Oh oh oh, here we are, starting 2020 off right with another late monthly wrap-up! There’s a grace period for 2020 goals, right? Because I’m already failing big time.

But yeah, sorry for the absence! I returned to college at the beginning of the month (for my last semester holy crap) and I’ve spent the last 2 weeks trying to get myself to remember how to do homework and balance commitments instead of reverting to my natural state as a couch potato.

But no more about my laziness–I’ll no doubt talk about that in my (late) January wrap-up. Despite having finals week in the middle of the month, I was on winter break for the last two weeks of December and I had an really good reading month! I read a total of 12 books, and similar to my November Wrap-up, it was due to cramming in a bunch of graphic novels for my Kid Lit final project.


BOOKS READ:

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1. Super Fun Sexy Times by Meredith McClaren

Rating: 4 stars

Tehehe. Honestly, not a book I ever thought I picked up, but I was searching for smutty content for a friend for Christmas. Honestly, this book was a great time with a glass of wine. I only wish it had been longer so I could know more about the characters!

2. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Rating: 4.5 stars

THIS WAS SO INCREDIBLE! It challenges the idea of heroes, villains, and monsters in a new, fresh way. Everyone was morally gray and I adored it. And that ending totally got me in the feels. Why isn’t there moreeee?

3. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Rating: 4.5 stars

This is the final book that I read for my memoir class and wow, just wow. Kalanithi’s writing can only be described as purely unique and brilliant. This one seems like it needs to be read multiple times over to be truly appreciated.

4. Normal People by Sally Rooney

Rating: 3.5 stars

Oooh, this is a hard one to rate. Rooney’s voice is original and blunt, not afraid to delve into the deep and raw. But the characters were also extremely FRUSTRATING. And then there was that ending that I both loved and hated…

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5. Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Rating: 4 stars

The graphic novel follows Callie as she juggles crushes, friendships, and trying to make sure her school’s musical is a success.
It was so CUTE! How can I get more? Will definitely read more from this creator.

6. Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham

Rating: 4 stars

A graphic memoir that delves into the trials of childhood friendship! And it was by one of my favorite authors–Shannon Hale! I can’t wait to pick up the sequel. 😀

7. Paper Girls, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, and Matthew Wilson

Rating: 2.75 stars

This was…truly bizarre. Don’t think I understood half of went on. There wasn’t really much of a plot to it–just the repeated setups of freaky situations. A part of me is curious to see how it will continue, but I kinda doubt I’ll actually pick up the next volume…

8. Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

Rating: 3 stars

Another weird graphic novel. Though it was definitely easier to follow, it also wasn’t very satisfying. The ending seemed rushed and I felt that there needed to be greater exploration in the topics it touched upon (e.g. body image, smoking, loneliness).

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My cat Lucky came to say hello as I was attempting to take pictures of my last 4 reads of 2019! (Lol, I had to brighten up this photo a lot so he could be seen)

9. The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson

Rating: 3.5 stars

I really only read the last 40 pages of this book in December, but I’m still gonna count it. (Yeah, I don’t know why I didn’t just finish it back in September).
I enjoyed this book, but it wasn’t a new favorite like I was hoping it would be. You can read my full review here!

10. The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

Rating: 4.5 stars

OMG, THE TRILOGY HAS COME TO AN END! It was definitely a bit cheesy and rushed, but I also love these characters so much and enjoyed how Holly Black played with fairytale tropes in the trilogy. I literally devoured this book in a single night. Can’t wait to see what she writes next!

11. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Rating: 4 stars

If you don’t know who David Sedaris, he’s one of the most famous humor writers out there. This was my first time reading his work and I really enjoyed it! Sedaris is both hilarious and thought-provoking in this memoir.

12. The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley

Rating: 3.75 stars

This was…definitely unique and something else. It’s a contemporary retelling of Beowulf focused on Grendel’s mother with dash of fantasy and it was just…bizarre. There were some really cool and unique perspectives, but I feel like I need to reread it multiple times over to understand what happened.


JANUARY TBR:

  • The Will and the Wilds— I’ve actually already read this one! It was my first read (and so far, only read 😅) of 2020!
  • A Queen in Hiding— Wanted to read this before its release date on the 21st, but *sigh* that’s not gonna happen now.
  • Children of Blood and Bone— A bookclub at my school is reading this and I’m unrealistically hoping I’ll be able to read it before the meeting. 😬
  • The Bear and the Nightingale— Some day, some winter day, I will read this book!
  • What I Want You to See— I’m on the blog tour for this one in early February, so I need to get to reading!

Random Life Updates:

  • I finished my first semester of my senior year of college!
    • I had so much reading and writing to complete during the last week of classes and during finals. Afterwards I was like “What’s a sentence? What are words?” I was definitely burnt out.
    • My friends and I did manage to sneak out during finals for beer, bowling and exchanging Christmas gifts, and it was honestly so much fun.
  • I was sent my first physical book from a publisher/publicity agency! It was The Will and the Wilds and it was a really fun read. Stay tuned for a review coming soon!
    • I actually got sent an extra ARC copy of this book, so if anyone wants it, please let me know! I will happily send it to ya!
  • I spent 3 weeks at home for winter break! It was great to do nothing and see my dog and cats.
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My dog did not appreciate taking pics with me
  • I was fortunate enough to see lots of family for the holidays–my mom’s side, my maternal grandpa, and my dad’s side. Even my cousins from Tennessee!
  • Saw a handful of old high school friends for coffee dates and at a New Years Eve party. It’s crazy now because with graduation approaching, I don’t know when I’ll see most of them again.
  • My family went out and saw the new Star Wars movie! An end of an era (saga?)! Personally, I thought it was a decent movie–I didn’t love it, but I also didn’t hate it.

    How was your December? Are you glad it’s 2020 now? What have you been up to lately? Have you read any of the books I mentioned above? Any recommendations for graphic novels I should pick up next?

Top Ten Tuesday: Winter TBR

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This week’s TTT topic is “Winter TBR”. Ahhhhhh, I’ve been waiting forever to make this post! As in, all semester, because I knew it would bring with it the end of my classes and thus the holidays! And y’all know I’m a sucker for TBR posts, even though I only sorta follow them. Like, I only managed 4/10 on both my Summer and Fall TBRs, so once again, we might be seeing a fair number of repeats on here. But I maybe (sorta?) have high hopes for this one, because isn’t winter the perfect season for reading? It’s too cold to be outside, so ya just have to stay inside and read and drink tea or wine, ya know? 😉

I’m really excited about this list, so let’s get into it!

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. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


1. The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

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I’M SO READY! I’m no longer in school so I can drop everything to read it. As in, I think I might go start this after I finished posting this TBR…

2. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

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I KNOW I’VE BEEN SAYING I’LL READ THIS FOREVER. I keep trying to save this for a winter break because like, winter. So, 3 times the charm, let’s hope I actually read it this winter! 🤞

3. The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley

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I love the epic Beowulf, so I’m curious to see how this contemporary retelling compares (and it follows Grendel’s mother–how cool is that?).

4. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

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I’ve owned this forever and since it takes place during a winter break in college and I’m also in college and on winter break, it seems fitting to read it now.

5. Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

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I’ve seen SO MUCH hype for this book and heard that it’s basically NA with its hate-to-love romance and whaaaa, why isn’t it in my hands now so I can read it???

6. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

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I’ve heard mixed reviews about this book so I’m curious to see where I’ll fall. But like, a LB book that’s contemporary fantasy and takes place at college!?! I’m so intrigued.

7. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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My college’s diverse book club is reading this in January and I’m determined to participate this upcoming semester! Not to mention, this book got so much hype and love and I can’t believe I still haven’t read it! So yeah, I finally need to get around to it.

8. The Girl in Red by Christina Henry

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A horror fairytale retelling of Little Red Riding Hood? I’m so intrigued. Not to mention, my roommate wants to read this book and since I own it, I wanna read it before I loan it to her!

9. A Million Junes by Emily Henry

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I keep saying I’ll read more Emily Henry books (I’ve only read her debut), but maybe this will be the season it actually happens?

10. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire

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I keep eyeing this book on my bookshelf. Like, an urban fantasy saga about fae? I’m so ready. ALSO, how have I not read a Seanan McGuire book yet?


What books are on your Winter TBR? Do we have any that overlap? Have you already read any that I mentioned? Let me know your thoughts!

If you participated in TTT this week, feel free to link up your post in the comments below–I would love to check them out!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Most Excited to Read from My Personal Library

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I won’t deny it: I’m your stereotypical book blogger who owns a lot of books and still needs to read A CRAP TON OF THEM. This week’s TTT topic “Books I’ve Read That I’d Like In My Personal Library” and while I could easily find 10 books I’ve read and would love to own (looking at you, Circe and the new editions of the Girl of Fire and Thorns series), I really read to motivate myself to read the books I already own! So I’ve decided to twist this TTT topic to “Books I’m Most Excited to Read from My Personal Library” in order to hype myself up to read the books I already own!

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. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


1. The Storm Crow by Kalyn Joesphson

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I technically started reading this book the other day, but I’m been DYING to read this book since I first heard of its existence like a year ago and it’s without a doubt the TOP BOOK I’m most excited to read. This book is one of my most anticipated releases for 2019, and I can’t believe it’s finally in my hands and that I’m reading it!

2. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire

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I have yet to read a Seanan McGuire book and I’m a total sucker for any book about faeries. Not to mention, I had a mentor once describe the October Daye series like super addicting episodes of a TV show–super quick & easy reads! I’m always down for a fun fantasy book.

3. The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

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After I saw Melanie @ Meltotheany rave about this book, I knew I had to read it. I received a copy of the book for Christmas, but I still haven’t read it?? Why do I do this?

4. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

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I KEEP SAYING I’M GOING TO READ THIS BOOK IN THE WINTER BUT IT NEVER HAPPENS! I’ve heard so many good things about it and it’s so pretty…this is definitely going to be the year that I read it, definitely. (please hold me accountable on this, guys)

5. King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

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I was already excited to read this book, but after going to my college’s activities fair yesterday and running into multiple people who had already read and loved this book, I’m now wishing I could drop everything and pick up this book!
Not to mention, I’m determined to make this the year of reading Leigh Bardugo books; I’ve already read 3 of her books this year and this is only one I have left before Ninth House releases!

6. Green Rider by Kristen Britain

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I looked at this book in B&N many years ago, stupidly didn’t buy it, kept thinking about it until I bought it a year ago, and as you know because it’s on this list, STILL HAVEN’T READ IT! I’ve heard such good things about this series and I really wanna join the Green Rider fandom, aaaahh

7. Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen

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I love the cover & the title, and I’m a total sucker for elemental magic, yet I can offer no explanation for why I haven’t already read this book.

8. Renegades by Marissa Meyer

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Have I mentioned I’m complete trash for superheroes & villains, powers, and secret identities? Like, I’ve watched soooo many super TV shows, so I really need to amend this issue and pick up this book immediately (especially since the final book releases this fall and I don’t want to miss this bandwagon!)

9. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

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I was actually hoping to read this book this month along with one of my GR book clubs, but I don’t think it’s gonna happen at this point, but I’m still stoked to pick it up in the near future (hopefully?)! I mean, magical libraries, how can one resist?

10. Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta

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I don’t know how I heard of this book, but I ordered it from B&N during a sale. A book involving a villainous princess, and a protagonist illegally carrying magic in her blood and willing to do anything to save her sister?!? I’m so here for it.

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Lol, these books all ended up being fantasy. 😂 I’m really not surprised…but hey, at least they’re a bunch of different types of fantasy, right?


Have you read any of these books? Which ones should I pick up next? What books from your personal library are you most excited to read?

If you participated in TTT this week, feel free to link up your post in the comments below–I would love to check them out!