Monthly TBR

September 2021 TBR

Who am I to think I can have an actual tbr?! And why did I decide September of all months to attempt my tbr’s return?!

Salutations book lovers! I have been gone for a very long time. I think the last time I made a tbr was… back in December 2020. Time has flown. Literally. Almost half a year has flown by and I’ve barely uttered a word about my reading (outside of webcomics that is). Well, when I felt that first crisp breeze in the air, I knew it was time. The time to kind of… sort of… make an attempt at reading tbr piles again. However…

Currently I’m in a bit of a pickle because the majority of my books have been packed up due to planning to move. So right now I only have ebooks and audiobooks (which I don’t have many of either) are currently more available at my finger tips. It also means I’m prioritizing certain books over others as well. So for dipping my toes back into the tbr pool, I wanted to keep things… small.

Anyway, per usual, chaos is always coming from my finger tips or trailing in my wake. So I hope you don’t mind this small tbr. I’m actually really proud of myself and slowly crawling out of the reading burnout. I mean it, reading burnout is the worst and you should take care of yourselves if you think you’re starting to get it!


โžธ Horrid by Katrina Leno
Pub. Date: September 15th, 2020 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Buddy Read with Destiny ๐Ÿ’œ

โžธ Darling by K. Ancrum
Pub. Date: June 22nd 2021 by Imprint

โžธ The Simple Wild (The Simple Wild #1) by K. A. Tucker
Pub. Date: August 7th 2018 by Atria Books


I know this was a really short list, but I really am trying to slowly ease my way back into reading. Trying to recover from reading burnout and life has been a real challenge. Though, I can honestly say I missed reading and I’ve missed reading like I used to. So it feels really nice to slowly be easing my way back intro things. And I have a few great titles selected for October, as well. I truly am hoping I can get these three titles read in this month though, but you know, if it overlaps into October… I’d be okay with it. ๐Ÿงก

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Monthly TBR

December 2020 TBR

Greetings lovelies! Can you believe that we’re already in December? 2020 went by so fast and I think we can all say that we’re ready for this year to be over. But this month I really want to strive to keep my reading light and have plenty of room to breathe. Usually this time of year I’m travelling or with family and I won’t lie, I very deeply miss them. So, my reading has been a bit… more mood reading than sticking to a tbr as of lately. And truthfully, I wasn’t sure if I was going to even make a tbr for December, but I’m kind of glad I did. I really enjoy making tbr piles and posts. But here are the five books I plan on reading this month because I miss my family so, so much and I’m healing from a lot of painful things this year, and I really wanted my reading to reflect that part of me.

P.S. There’s also two readathons happening this time of year as well. There’s the Tistheseasonathon & Smutathon happening! I haven’t decided if I want to try and participate, but I wanted to make sure you all knew these were taking place this month. And I can’t wait to see all the tbrs for these readathons!


โ˜ƒ๏ธ Currently Reading โ˜ƒ๏ธ

โžธ A Universe of Wishes by Dhonielle Clayton
Pub. Date: December 8th, 2020 by Crown Books for Young Readers
ARC was provided by NetGalley and Random House Children’s in exchange for an honest review.

I have been really enjoying this anthology so far. I wish I could have finished this in November, but these last two months are a bit of a stretch for my reading. However, I think many readers are going to fall in love with this book because there’s so many wonderful stories being told, by some very well-loved authors!


โ˜ƒ๏ธ December TBR โ˜ƒ๏ธ

โžธ Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food & Love by Elsie Chapman
June 18th, 2019 by Simon Pulse
Dragons & Tea December Pick ๐Ÿ‰

I have a confession… I started this anthology and never finished it! Which is really sad because I was loving this book so darn much! However, I’m finally making time to finish this book. Even if this wasn’t a pick for the Dragons & Tea Book Club, I would still try to finish this book before 2020 ended. Plus, I was really loving this book and with missing my family so badly right now, I think this is a good book to fill my heart with some warmth.

โžธ Crown of Bones (Crown of Bones #1) by A. K. Wilder
Pub. Date: January 5th, 2021 by Entangled: Teen
ARC was provided by NetGalley and Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review!

The publishing date for this book is coming up fast and with a synopsis that has me intrigued, I really want to read this for December. Plus, the whole book gives off wintery vibes and I’m here for it!

โžธ I Must Belong Somewhere: Poetry and Prose by Dawn Lanuza
Pub. Date: January 5th, 2021 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
ARC was provided by NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

I really wanted to read this in November, but it just wasn’t in the cards for me to read it that month. However, with the publication date rapidly approaching, I really want to get this book read and have a review posted before the end of 2020. Plus, I think this is a book I really need to read right now.

โžธ When Dogs Heal: Powerful Stories of People Living with HIV and the Dogs That Saved Them by Jesse Freidin
Pub. Date: March 2nd, 2021 by Zest Books
ARC was provided by NetGalley and Zest Books in exchange for an honest review.

I feel like I don’t talk about this part of my life a lot and I feel like I should because it’s such a huge part of my life, a huge part of me, but I’ve spent and do spend a lot of time working with animals. I spent a long time working with dogs and their behavior, and my own corgi is a certified esa (a.k.a emotional support animal). So, I’m really excited to read this arc and I’m even more excited to open up a little about such a huge part of my life to all of you. And hopefully in the future, you might just see a bunch of books revolving around or involving animals! On that note, I’m really excited to read this book! I’m a firm believer animals are healers, some special kind of magic we don’t deserve, and I’m always looking to read other’s experiences with animals.


Okay, book dragons! I think those cover all the books I really want to make sure I read this month. Honestly, I have a few other books I’d love to read. From arcs all the way to some arcs that don’t come out till Spring 2021. However, I’m really happy with how this tbr turned out and I’m so excited to read these books. Truly, I’m keeping my fingers crossed these all turn out to be five stars! I hope you all have an amazing month of reading, a wonderful holiday season, and that you continue to stay safe, and stay healthy! I love you! ๐Ÿ’™

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Monthly TBR

November 2020 TBR

Salutations friends! Welcome back to my little corner in the community. I hope you all are staying healthy and staying cozy as the weather turns colder. For my southern hemisphere friends, I hope you’re doing well and staying cozy too. So, if you saw my October wrap up, October didn’t go so well especially with my reading. I want to say my hopes are high for November, but then I’d be lying to you. I say this every year, the last two months of the year are always the hardest for me reading wise. Around this time of year a plethora of things are happening like traveling, visiting family, becoming sick and recovering from being sick, birthdays and holidays, etc… It’s usually a stressful time and I get very homesick, and with the pandemic still continuing, my homesickness has been coming in large waves. So keeping all of this in mind, I wanted to keep my tbr kind of light this time with books I believe I can read within this month. And with any luck, I’ll be able to finish all five books!

Also, November is an incredibly important month. This article is being posted on November first and November first marks the first day of Native American Heritage Month here in North America or as my family, myself, and many other Natives know it as, Turtle Island. With this, I also want to refer to you to one of my past Top Ten Tuesday posts. This post addresses the holiday in this month and provides some resources so you can continue to learn, grow, and in the post I talk a little bit of my own conflictions with this holiday. I don’t want to spend too much time talking about this so soon in the month, but that post is available with resources if you wish to grow and learn. Anyway, I’ll be listing some fellow Indigenous content creators down below for you to follow and help boost their voices during this whole month. And of course, in my IG stories I try to always boost the voices of my fellow Indigenous content creators (though I’ve slacked recently due to being sick). So please check out their page and give each one of them a follow. They all have amazing content!


๐Ÿ‚ Currently Reading ๐Ÿ‚

๐Ÿ‚ Together, Apart by Erin A. Craig
October 20th, 2020 by Delacorte Press
ARC was provided by NetGalley and Random House in exchange for an honest review.

I’m really enjoying my time reading this anthology and I’m taking it slow so I can process the content of the book. I do need to warn that this book revolves around covid and how various families, young adults, etc… have been impacted due to the covid pandemic. If you find yourself wanting to pick this anthology up, but you’re covid is a trigger for you or a sensitive topic to take on right now, I would recommend setting this book to the side or practicing self-care before and during this book.


๐Ÿ‚ November TBR ๐Ÿ‚

๐Ÿ‚ Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden
August 25th, 2020 by Ecco
Dragons & Tea Book Club November Pick ๐Ÿ‰

I probably shouldn’t pick up another mystery thriller book because they haven’t been my strong suit recently, but I really want to read this. The synopsis alone has me intrigued, but I was also sent a finished copy by the author. So I really need to get this book read soon! Plus, it’s the Dragons & Tea Book Club November pick.


๐Ÿ‚ Ancestor Approved Intertribal Stories for Kids by Cynthia Leitich Smith
February 9th, 2021 by Heartdrum
ARC was provided by Epic Reads in exchange for an honest review.

I’m truly excited for this read. The blessings for the amazing person at Epic Reads who answered my prayers to receive an arc of this book. I’m not going to lie, I lost hope in getting an arc of this book, but the minute this came in the mail, I was so happy. This is one of my 2021 anticipated releases and I’m so excited to be reading this for Native American Heritage Month!

๐Ÿ‚ Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger
August 25th, 2020 by Levine Querido
ARC gifted by Kayla ๐Ÿ’œ

*takes a deep breath* I’m so excited to finally be reading this and I’m starting it immediately!!! There aren’t enough words to convey how long I have been waiting to find an Apache author to come along and write a ya fantasy book. My heart is screeching, my soul is cheering, and there aren’t enough words to say how ready I am to pick this book up. I have no doubt this is going to be my number one book release of 2020!

๐Ÿ‚ I Must Belong Soomewhere Poetry and Prose by Dawn Lanuza
January 5th, 2021 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
ARC was provided by NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Remember how I always talk about poetry and works of literature coming into our lives when we need it the most? Yeah, this is one of those times. I was kindly given an arc of this poetry collection and after reading the synopsis, I have no doubt this is going to speak volumes to my soul.

๐Ÿ‚ Delicates (Sheets, #2) by Brenna Thummler
March 16th, 2021 by Lion Forge/Caracal
ARC was provided by NetGalley and Oni Press in exchange for an honest review.

Last year I read Sheets and really enjoyed reading it. I’m super excited to be back with the second book, Delicates! I’m excited to see how this one is going to play out. From the sneak peeks I’ve seen, I’m very intrigued and I’m excited to dive back into this world.


๐Ÿ‚ Readathons ๐Ÿ‚

Of course I have to talk about a very important readathon that’s taking place during November. As I mentioned above, November is Native American Heritage Month here in the states. As I mentioned, this is a very important month on a plethora of levels for many Native/Indigenous content creators, myself and my family, and this month should be used as a time to really uplift Indigenous voices.

I’m really hoping I can participate in IndigAThon this month (this does take place during the whole month of November), but with trying to recover from a really bad reading slump and how October turned out, I don’t know how well it’s going to turn out. Plus, as I mentioned above, this time of year my focus always turns towards my family. However, if you want to participate, you can stay update via the Twitter page or the IG page!


๐Ÿ‚ Indigenous Content Creators ๐Ÿ‚

๐Ÿ‚ Erin

๐Ÿ‚ Dani

๐Ÿ‚ Neil

๐Ÿ‚ Sasha

๐Ÿ‚ Mallory

๐Ÿ‚ Michelle

๐Ÿ‚ Brody

๐Ÿ‚ Colleen

๐Ÿ‚ Gretchen

๐Ÿ‚ Lelah

๐Ÿ‚ Gabby

๐Ÿ‚ Merinda & at the Blackfulla Bookclub

๐Ÿ‚ Ren

๐Ÿ‚ Emery

๐Ÿ‚ Bridget

๐Ÿ‚ Rob

๐Ÿ‚ Chris

๐Ÿ‚ Megan

๐Ÿ‚ Alyssa

๐Ÿ‚ Claudine

๐Ÿ‚ Moriah

๐Ÿ‚ Melitta

๐Ÿ‚ Stephanie

๐Ÿ‚ Alexis

๐Ÿ‚ Destiny

๐Ÿ‚ Sam

๐Ÿ‚ Victoria

๐Ÿ‚ Kae

๐Ÿ‚ Kim

๐Ÿ‚ Vanessa & Betsy

๐Ÿ‚ Tasha

๐Ÿ‚ Gare

๐Ÿ‚ Cass

๐Ÿ‚ Chloe

๐Ÿ‚ Zeeta

Of course if you’re on my blog or following my other social media, you already know that I’m Apache. I know I listed so, so many content creators from the book community, but each one of their voices is important and even though I try to boost their voices on the daily, I wanted to boost their voices here on my blog as well. I also want to acknowledge that there are probably many other Native/Indigenous content creators in the book community who I may not know about yet, but I hope I get to meet them soon and see the wonderful content they create.


Okay, I think I covered everything happening during the month of November. It’s a pretty important month that deserves a lot more attention than what it usually receives. So I hope during this month you uplift the voices of Indigenous content creators, authors, artists, and support Indigenous organizations. Oh! And I hope you read lots of books this month too! And if a few of those are by Indigenous authors, that would be really freaking cool and I want to hear your thoughts on those books. Might I recommend two of my favorites this year? The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones and Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky, #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse are still in my thoughts months after I’ve read them! Until next time, may your month be filled with five star reads! I love you! ๐Ÿงก

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Monthly TBR

October 2020 TBR

Salutations friends! October is here and I’m so excited! There’s so much happening during the month of October and I’m just ready to curl up in a cozy blanket, drink some hot tea, and watch my favorite spooky movies. Also, this is usually the time of year where I’m hyperfunctioning. I tend to pack a lot into my schedule (personal and reading wise), birthdays and holidays start popping up, and my sleep schedule tends to be nonexistent. Despite all of that, I’m hoping my reading for the month of October is still going to be amazing, I’m hoping for some five star reads, and I have a special project, that I’ve kept top secret, hopefully being revealed during this month. I’m truly excited to see what October has in store for me! ๐ŸŽƒ


๐Ÿ Currently Reading ๐Ÿ

๐Ÿ Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega
April 7th, 2020 by Scholastic Press
Buddy Read with Kayla from Books and Blends ๐Ÿงก

I’ve really been enjoying this middle grade. It’s got the right amount of spooky, cozy vibes and there’s cats! I love books with cats! Plus, the family bonds and content in the book truly warm my heart, and makes me feel so soft, missing my own family. It’s just a precious spooky read so far!


๐Ÿ October TBR ๐Ÿ

๐Ÿ Sweet On You: A Filipino Christmas romance by Carla de Guzman
October 19th, 2020 by Carina Press
ARC provided by NetGalley and HARLEQUIN – Carina Press in exchange for an honest review! 

This sounds like the cutest read and I’m so excited to have an earc of this! I really enjoy books that involve cafe settings and baristas. Plus, the love interest is suppose to be a baker and I’m truly hoping we see them come together with their businesses!

๐Ÿ Slasher Girls & Monster Boys by April Genevieve Tucholke
September 6th, 2016 by Speak

I’ve had this on my backlist for a few years now and I’m hoping to finally read this during the month of October. This sounds like a perfect read for spooky season. With so many authors I recognize and one of my dear friends recommending this book to me, I can’t wait to see the stories hidden within these pages!

๐Ÿ His Hideous Hearts by Dahlia Adler
September 10th, 2019 by by Flatiron Books

Edgar Allan Poe is one of my favorite poets and I know he’s one of the most commonly referenced writers during spooky season, but I have always loved Poe’s work. So when I heard there was a retelling anthology out, I had to snag a copy. So, I’m keeping my finger crossed this spooky season that I can read it during the month of October.

๐Ÿ Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton
August 6th, 2019 by Grand Central Publishing

Another book that sounds absolutely amazing and a book that was gifted to me by my spouse. This sounds so good, has a unique perspective (one I don’t think has been written from till this book), and it’s supposed to be filled with humorous moments!

๐Ÿ Capturing the Devil (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #4) by Kerri Maniscalco
September 10th, 2019 by JIMMY Patterson

Oh the shame! Can we just pretend this isn’t really on my tbr for this month? I’ve been meaning to read this book ever since it released. Unfortunately, I’ve been avoiding this conclusion because I’m not ready for the reading hangover this book is going to put me in. However, this is one of the five books I’d like to read before the end of the year and I really need to get it read!

๐Ÿ Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
June 30th, 2020 by Del Rey
Dragons & Tea Book Club October Pick ๐Ÿ‰

I’m so excited for this book! Everyone I know has really been loving this book, recommending it to me, and even though I’m not a big horror/thriller reader, I want to read this before I start placing this in the hands of those that I love and cherish.

๐Ÿ Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton
September 18th, 2018 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Buddy Read with Robin at Paperbacks and Planners ๐Ÿงก

I’ve had this book on my backlist for a year and it’s only recently that someone told me there’s demons in this book. And so me being a lover of books with demons, I was screaming, “Hell yeah!” I’ve heard only good things about this book and I’m so excited to be buddy reading this book with my friend, Robin.

๐Ÿ Ninth House (Alex Stern, #1) by Leigh Bardugo
October 8th, 2019 by Flatiron Books
Buddy Read with Robin at Paperbacks and Planners ๐Ÿงก

Another buddy read with the lovely Robin! I have been looking for someone to buddy read Ninth House with. I’ve heard so much through the grapevine about this book that I didn’t want to pick it up unless I was buddy reading it with someone. Robin being a lovely person, agreed to put this off till October so we could buddy read it together. I’m so grateful for her and I’m excited I get to read this with her.


๐Ÿ Readathons ๐Ÿ

As you know, Latinx Heritage month is still continuing during the month of October. The last day is October 24th. I’m currently participating in the Latinx Book Bingo and after I finish Ghost Squad, I should have bingo on the board. The Latinxathon and Latinx Book Club are still taking place during the month of October, as well.

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I know there’s a few spooky readathons happening during October, but I wanted to highlight Fortnight Frights Readathon (which runs from Oct. 18th – Oct. 31st), hosted by Seji at The Artisan Geek. Seji has put so much time and effort into this readathon, they made an amazing announcement video, and can find all the announcement posts on the Fortnight Frights Twitter. I’m hoping to participate myself and I wanted to encourage you all to do the same.


Okay, Chapterlings! I have a pretty ambitious tbr for the month of October and it’s probably going to be a very hectic month, to say the least. This doesn’t even show all of the books I’m hoping to read for this month. There’s so many books I’d love to read, share my thoughts on, or buddy read with fellow readers. Spooky season is truly my favorite time of year even though it’s so brief, I want to savor it as much as I possibly can. What are your plans for the Spooky season? What books do you have planned for your tbr? Come chat with me about it in the comments below! Until next time, keep it spooky, I love you! ๐Ÿงก

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Monthly TBR

September 2020 TBR

Salutations Chapterlings! Did you notice? Yes, the fall theme has returned! I put a poll up to see when everyone would like see a change in the theme and a lot of people voted for September. And here we are! In September with the fall theme kicking in the door! Seriously though, August was a great month for reading just a lot of roughness. I’m hoping in September that things will start to turn around for me. I feel like September is going to be a chaotic month especially for reading (my tbr feels ambitious, to say the least). But I really hope I’ll be able to read all of these, maybe participate in a readathon or two, and if I get really lucky, maybe squeeze in a few extras!


๐ŸCurrently Reading๐Ÿ

๐Ÿ Black Sun (Beneath Earth and Sky, #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse
October 13th, 2020 by Saga Press

I’m truly excited to be reading this. I have a fun little project that’s in the works for my physical arc (so stay tuned for that). I can’t wait to see everyone pick this book up this fall so we can discuss it together!


๐ŸSeptember TBR๐Ÿ

๐Ÿ The Storm Crow (The Storm Crow, #1) by Kalyn Josephson
July 9th, 2019 by SourcebooksFire

I’m making this pact now, I will get this book read before 2020 is over. I’m making it my mission, my goal of 2020. I had wanted to read this book so badly last year and never got the chance to do so. Now, it’s at the top of my list.

๐Ÿ Scorpio Hates Virgo (Signs in Love, #2) by Anyta Sunday
August 30th, 2017 by Anyta Sunday

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Leo Loves Aries. Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect going into this series. However, after the first book, I’m excited to continue reading on. Also, this is a self-published author. So I highly recommend look at the work this author has available!

๐Ÿ A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals, #1) by Alyssa Cole
February 27th, 2018 by Avon

I have heard nothing but the highest praise for this series! I picked up the two and a half books in this series after hearing one of my dear friends gushing about it. Now, I’m making sure I’m setting aside the time to get this series started! I hear there’s a new one coming out in the series soon, too!

๐Ÿ Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore
October 9th 2018 by Feiwel & Friends

For too long, this book has sat upon my invisible book shelf, waiting to be read. I’ve had this book for two years now and never got around to reading it. Well that’s changing now! So many people have told me I’m going to fall in love with this book. So I’m making this book a priority for this month and hopefully I can get this read for the Latinx Book Bingo!

๐Ÿ Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
September 1st 2020 by Swoon Reads
Buddy Read with Robin at Paperbacks and Planners ๐Ÿงก

I have been waiting for this book to release. I mean, it feels like an eternity waiting. That’s okay! As soon as I have my copy, my dear friend Robin and I will be prepping for our buddy read of this book. I’m so excited to meet Yadriel and Julian. Also, I highly recommend checking out Adri’s vlog of Cemetery Boys and their interview with Aiden Thomas, as well. They hyped me up just as much as Aiden did for this book!

๐Ÿ Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
August 11th, 2020 by Simon & Schuster Audio

I’m so very grateful to have an ALC of this book. Surprisingly enough, I haven’t heard many readers talking about this book yet. So I’m hoping that will start changing soon especially because this book is ownvoices for the Mexican-American representation. It also talks about important topics such as immigration.

๐Ÿ Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry
March 24th 2020 by Algonquin Young Readers

Finally, I’ll be sitting down to read this book! I haven’t heard many readers talking about this book and this has been on my anticipated books of 2020 since December of last year. I’m truly hope I fall madly in love with this book. I think my expectations might be a little bit high, but I’m so excited!

๐Ÿ Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku , Vol. 1 (Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku #1-2) by Fujita
April 17th 2018 by Kodansha Comics
Buddy Read with Kayla at Books and Blends ๐Ÿงก

I’m looking forward to this manga so, so much! I get to read it with one of my dearest friends, Kayla! She’s such a wonderful being and I feel so lucky to call her my friend. She has some of the best romance recommendations and with how our schedules have been, we both agreed we needed something that was light, fluffy, and something we know we’ll enjoy. Plus, there’s an anime series and we’ve already been plotting with that!


๐ŸReadathons๐Ÿ

This month is also bringing so many readathons! First, if you haven’t heard that September is also #SapphicSeptember which is being hosted by Landice at Manic Femme, go check that out. I’m sadly not participating this time around, but if you’re able to, definitely try to participate.

๐Ÿ  Latinxathon
๐Ÿ Latinx Book Club
๐Ÿ Latinx Book Bingo

September 15th is the start of Latinx Heritage Month! I believe this runs all the way to October 24th. I’m hoping to try and fit some of the books I’m reading into the Latinx Book Bingo. We shall see how that goes. I have a feeling I’ll get more accomplished during October than September, but fingers crossed, wish me luck!


September is going to be a busy month and I’m still hoping to leave room for any arcs/alcs that might come through. As well as leaving room for some books on my side tbr. Are you planning on participating in any readathons this month? Or what’s the book you’re looking forward to reading the most this September? Also, the fall theme is back and I’m so happy about it. I hope you all are happy to see it too! Until next time, I hope you’re staying safe, I love you so, so much! ๐Ÿงก

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Monthly TBR

August 2020 TBR

Salutations Chapterlings! August is here and with August comes a new tbr, and an update. This month will hopefully be an easy going month. Usually, I make my tbr packed with books I want to read or accomplish reading for the month, but I’m deciding to be more gentle with myself. And more gentle with my tbr. Hopefully I’ll be able to read all of these books! Also, in the month of August there are two big readathons happening right now, ARC August and A-spec August. I hope you end up participating in some of these and I can’t wait to see your tbrs!

As for the update, let’s rip the band-aid right off. Honestly, I was hoping to feel comfortable to come back into the book community stronger and better, but… that’s just not the case. I’m still going to be on lock down for the month of August and might even extend it into September. There’s a lot of things happening that have made me very unsafe, uncomfortable in the book community, and I’m not in a position where I feel comfortable talking about it right now. So as of right now, I’m taking it one day at a time and hopefully I’ll return. I also realize there are so many wonderful new people here in my little corner of the book community. I’m so glad you’re here and I appreciate you so, so much for supporting me. It truly means a lot. I promise, when I come back into the community, brighter and better, that I’ll have an introduction to the content creator post. For now, I love you all so much, I’m so happy you’re here, now let’s get into my tbr for August!


๐ŸŒป August TBR ๐ŸŒป

๐ŸŒป Stormrise by Jillian Boehme

September 24th, 2019 by Tor Teen

๐ŸŒป Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land by Toni Jensen

September 8th, 2020 by Ballantine Books

๐ŸŒป In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children, #4) by Seanan McGuire

January 8th, 2019 by Tor

๐ŸŒปCome Tumbling Down (Wayward Children, #5) Seanan McGuire

January 7th, 2020 by Tor

๐ŸŒป Unbirthday by Liz Braswell

September 1st, 2020 by Disney-Hyperion

Thank you NetGalley & Disney-Hyperion for an ARC! ๐Ÿ’•


๐ŸŒป Buddy Reads ๐ŸŒป

๐ŸŒป Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline

September 17th 2019 by Penguin Random House

Buddy Read with Destiny at Howling Libraries ๐Ÿ’œ


๐ŸŒป Book Club Reads ๐ŸŒป

๐ŸŒป The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

May 12th 2020 by Page Street Kids

The Dragons & Tea August Book ๐Ÿฒ

๐ŸŒป Movie: Thunderheart

OMG She’s Indigenous August Pick! ๐Ÿน

Make sure you follow us on IG and follow Michelle for all the updates!


I feel like this list should’ve reflected my desire for spooky season just a little bit more. I’m just ready for fall to be here already, but for now we have to get through August. I’m so excited for my August tbr. As I’m making this post, I’ve started the audiobook of Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall. Most of the books I’m reading for this month are arcs and some of them come out really soon. But that wraps everything up for my August tbr. I hope you enjoyed this list, maybe some of these books caught your eye. Let me know down in the comments below what you’re reading for the month of August or link your tbrs. Until the next time we chat, may the month of August bring you wonderful reading, I hope you continue to stay safe and healthy, I love you! ๐Ÿ’›

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July 2020 TBR

Salutations Chapterlings! Yes, I’m putting myself through it once again! July is here and it’s coming for me in every which way. For starters, my month is going to be kicking off with a full packed schedule. On July 3rd, 2020 I’ll be guest appearing on Bethany’s Twilight/New Moon panel to talk about the Indigenous representation, then I’ll be celebrating my spouse’s birthday on the weekend so expect me to be a ghost during that time, and then at some point (and you didn’t here this from me) Michelle from Thor Wants Another Letter wants to hold a Q&A with Brody from Et tu, Brody? and myself. So many things are happening this month. I also have some buddy reads that are currently in the works with some incredible people. As well as, OMG She’s Indigenous has announced our July pick (you can find the details down below)! Plus, I have some arcs I’m really looking forward to reading.

Now for the shark in the water… The 2020 Reading Rush is here, once again! So, I barely, just barely survived the Stay Home Reading Rush. My last minute scrambling was a hot mess, but I survived, somehow! Now, you would think I learned my lesson from last year and the Stay Home Reading Rush, but we have all concluded that I’m a glutton for punishment and of course those badges would lure me in! So here we are. Counting down the days till crunch time, but this time I’m prepared. Hopefully I can get everything read.

So before we get into the haul, I’m going to link some new sources that you can click on to help support organizations. Even though my media profiles and many other people are getting back to normal posting, things are far from over. Any support is better than no support and it helps make a difference. As always, make sure you’re using your platforms, using your voices, and doing what you can.

๐ŸŒป Links ๐ŸŒป

๐ŸŒป Navajo & Hopi Families Covid-19 Relief Fund

๐ŸŒป Navajo Nation Relief Fund

๐ŸŒป Support/Help Yemen

๐ŸŒป Diverse Book Creators Database

๐ŸŒป List of resources from StarlahReads

๐ŸŒป Black Trans Advocacy Coalition

๐ŸŒป Homeless Black Trans Women Fund


๐ŸŒป July TBR ๐ŸŒป

๐ŸŒป Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

January 23rd, 2018 by Swoon Reads

๐ŸŒป Meet Cute Club (Sweet Rose #1) by Jack Harbon

May 5th, 2020

๐ŸŒป Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline

September 17th, 2019 by Penguin Random House Canada

๐ŸŒป More Than Just a Pretty Face by Syed M. Masood

August 4th, 2020 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers


๐ŸŒป Buddy Reads ๐ŸŒป

๐ŸŒป The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life by Dani Jansen

September 22nd, 2020 by Second Story Press

๐ŸŒป The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

December 30th, 2019 by Graydon House

Buddy Read with Destiny from Howling Libraries


๐ŸŒป OMG She’s Indigenous July Pick ๐ŸŒป

๐ŸŒป Fire Song by Adam Garnet Jones

March 13th, 2018 by Annick Press

Live show on July 26th 7 P.M. CST/8 P.M. EST on my channel this month!


๐ŸŒป The Reading Rush 2020 ๐ŸŒป

๐ŸŒป Each of Us A Desert by Mark Oshiro

September 15th, 2020 by Tor Teen

๐ŸŒป The Deep by Rivers Solomon

November 5th, 2019 by Gallery/Saga Press

๐ŸŒป Witchy by Ariel Slamet Ries

September 17th, 2020 by Oni Press

๐ŸŒป Star Wars: Myths & Fables by George Mann

August 6th, 2019 by Disney Lucasfilm Press

๐ŸŒป Night of the Dragon (Shadow of the Fox, #3) by Julie Kagawa

March 31st, 2020 by HQ Young Adult


Okay, friends! Those are all the books that are lined up for my July TBR. I may add one or two things, possibly move some things around. We shall see what the future holds! But please feel free to tell me in the comments below if any of these books caught your interest or tell me if you’re planning on participating in The 2020 Reading Rush too! Until next time, remember to hydrate, stay safe, I love you! ๐Ÿ’›

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June 2020 TBR | Pride 2020 & Much More

Salutations Chapterlings! For starters, Happy Pride Month! For those of you who are new here, I’m a bisexual, half Native American woman. I’m very proud in my sexual orientation and heritage. If anyone has a problem with that, don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Now that we got that out of the way, to those of you have stayed, welcome to my chaos. But seriously, welcome to this little corner of mine. We have A LOT to talk about.

First off, I’m going to participate in Pride as much as I can this month. All of the books shown in this article aren’t all of the books I have planned. I have to place an order because like the genius that I am, I forgot to preorder certain books. So here we are. In the chaos that is my planning. Like usual, this TBR will most likely change. Not only will I list the books I’m planning to read, but somewhere in this article, I’m going to link some wonderful content creators of the LGBTQIAP+ community that I hope you will all check out and follow their content.

With that being said, it’s time we got serious and talk about real world issues. By now, I’m sure you have heard about the injustice happening in the black community, you have heard about George Floyd, you have heard about the protests, and if you follow my social media, you have probably come to the conclusion that I stand with the protesters and the black community. With all of this happening, this month I’m taking it upon myself to read and prioritize books by Black authors. I’m also going to be leaving links at the beginning of this article with sources of how you can donate, petitions to sign, places to support, etc… Silence is not an option. We all need to come together, take a stand, and support the black community especially if you are white or white passing. We need to do better, we HAVE to do better. If you think otherwise, if you have hatred and racism in your heart, or you choose to be silent on this matter… Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!
*Side note: I added the information for David McAtee. The whole story broke my heart and I wanted to make sure to share his story, the petition, and the gofundme to support his family. If you can contribute, please help in any way you can.*

โžก๏ธ Ways to Help

โžก๏ธ Black Owned Book Stores to Support

โžก๏ธ Amazing Black Booktubers to Support

โžก๏ธ Black Artists to Support

โžก๏ธ Black Owned Businesses to Support

โžก๏ธ Official George Floyd Memorial Fund

โžก๏ธ Official Justice for David McAtee Fund

โžก๏ธ Help Rebuild Mpls Scores Sports Bar

โžก๏ธ Help Rebuild Minneapolis Native Organization MIGIZI

โžก๏ธ Petition: Justice for George Floyd

โžก๏ธ Petition: Charge Minneapolis Police

โžก๏ธ Petition: Justice for David McAtee

โžก๏ธ Petition: Justice for Cameron Green

โžก๏ธ More Petitions to Sign

โžก๏ธ More Places to Donate

โžก๏ธ A Guide to Anti-Racist Resources

Okay, friends! The links are there for you to go check out, support, and contribute if you can. Please do what you can to be vocal about this matter, be the ally the black community deserves, do better! Now without any further delays or possible rants, let’s get into the books!


๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ Pride Month ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ

๐ŸŒˆ The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake ๐ŸŒˆ

October 1st, 2019 by Disney-Hyperion

๐ŸŒˆ Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman ๐ŸŒˆ

September 11th, 2018 by Simon Pulse

๐ŸŒˆ Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children #3) by Seanan McGuire ๐ŸŒˆ

January 9th, 2018 by Tor


๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ LGBTQIAP+ Content Creators ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ

๐ŸŒˆ Fadwa from Word Wonders & YouTube

๐ŸŒˆ Mel from Meltotheany & YouTube

๐ŸŒˆ Brody from Et Tu Brody

๐ŸŒˆ Adriana from PerpetualPages

๐ŸŒˆ Nijeri from ONYX Pages

๐ŸŒˆ Paola from Guerrerawr

๐ŸŒˆ Destiny from Howling Libraries & YouTube

๐ŸŒˆ Maรซlys from MaelysReads

๐ŸŒˆ Lea from Drums of Autumn

๐ŸŒˆ Madalyn from NovelInk

๐ŸŒˆ Jeese from Bowties and Books

๐ŸŒˆ Starlah from Starlah Reads

๐ŸŒˆ Michelle from Thor Wants Another Letter


๐Ÿ–ค Supporting Black Authors ๐Ÿ–ค

๐Ÿ–ค The Beauty that Remains by Ashley Woodfolk ๐Ÿ–ค

March 6th, 2018 by Delacorte Press

๐Ÿ–ค The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow ๐Ÿ–ค

February 25th, 2020 by Inkyard Press

๐Ÿ–ค Get A Life Chloe Brown (The Brown Sisters, #1) by Talia Hibbert ๐Ÿ–ค

November 5th, 2019 by Avon

๐Ÿ–ค The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon ๐Ÿ–ค

June 9th, 2020 by Forever

๐Ÿ–ค Once Ghosted, Twice Shy (Reluctant Royals #2.5) by Alyssa Cole ๐Ÿ–ค

January 8th, 2019 by Avon Impulse


๐Ÿ–ค Other Black Authors to Support Right Now ๐Ÿ–ค

๐Ÿ–ค The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

๐Ÿ–ค Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

๐Ÿ–ค You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson

๐Ÿ–ค How Long Till Black Future Month?: Stories by N. K. Jemisin

๐Ÿ–ค Given by Nandi Taylor

๐Ÿ–ค A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

๐Ÿ–ค A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

๐Ÿ–ค Twins (Twins #1), Volume 1 by Varian Johnson, Shannon Wright


Okay, fellow readers! I know that was a super long list, but this information needed to be shared. As I mentioned above, help any way that you can. Sign petitions, donate, if you’re protesting then white and white passing protesters need to step up and protect your fellow black protesters, make sure you are educating yourself, friends, and family, just do your part! I also want to say that there is a Blackout Buddy Read happening this month as well and there’s an announcement video that you can watch. Shae is such a beautiful mind and she is an incredible content creator. So make sure you check that out, support Shae on her channel, and join in! Boost and uplift the voices of black content creators in our community! Don’t let their voices go unheard! Also, I hope you’re able to go check out some of the amazing LGBTQIAP+ content creators I listed above. There are so, so many more to follow, boost, and support. With all of that said, stay safe and protect one another, stay healthy, continue to fight against injustice, I love you.

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Early May 2020 TBR | Asian Readathon

The Asian Readathon is a month long readathon, for the month of May to celebrate Asian Heritage Month, made by Cindy @readwithcindy. It is a readathon where the participants read Asian books. The challenges are simple and it is a fun way to get to know about the Asian culture. The 2020 Announcement Video is available on their channel!

This year’s challenges are as followed:

๐Ÿฎ Read any book by an Asian author.

๐Ÿฎ Read a book featuring an Asian character or written by an Asian author who you can relate to. Ex: If youโ€™re an immigrant you can read about an immigrant character; if youโ€™re a woman you can read a book by another woman; etc.

๐Ÿฎ Read a book featuring an Asian character or written by an Asian author who is different from you. Ex: If youโ€™re straight you can read about a queer character; if youโ€™re Japanese you can read a book by a Vietnamese author; etc.

๐Ÿฎ Read a book recommended by an Asian. Ex: Watch an Asian booktuberโ€™s recommendations video; ask your Asian friend what book best represents them; have an Asian friend choose between 2 books on your TBR; etc.

๐Ÿฎ OPTIONAL: Read โ€œLittle Fires Everywhereโ€ by Celeste Ng and participate in the Little Fires Readalong and the Little Fires Watchalong

If you still need more information, then click HERE!

You can also follow the Twitter account HERE!

Salutations Chapterlings! This is going to be one long post! So you better buckle up and prepare for a wild ride of a time! I have been planning, plotting, and hoarding books for the month of May. If you think I’m kidding, well you’ll just have to wait to see my list. Before we get to that list, let me recommend a few books that I enjoyed that are perfect for the Asian Readathon. I also want to recommend that you try to support small book stores and authors as much as possible during these hard times. It’s so important that we all support one another and I’m a firm believer of supporting small businesses. Each of the titles will be linked to IndieBound and I also want to recommend checking out Scribd because they are having a 30 day free trial happening. Not going to lie, I’ve been using the daylights out of it and I can’t recommend it enough! Now, onto the recommendations!

๐ŸฎMy Recommendations๐Ÿฎ

๐ŸฎDragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee๐Ÿฎ

Dragon Pearl Review


๐ŸฎWicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco๐Ÿฎ

Wicked As You Wish Review


๐ŸฎShadow of the Fox (Shadow of the Fox #1) by Julie Kagawa๐Ÿฎ

Shadow of the Fox Review

Shadow of the Fox Playlist


๐ŸฎLove from A to Z by S.K. Ali๐Ÿฎ

Love from A to Z Review


๐ŸฎStargazing by Jen Wang๐Ÿฎ

Stargazing Review


๐ŸฎMy Brother’s Husband, Volume 1 by Gengoroh Tagame๐Ÿฎ

My Brother’s Husband Review

๐ŸฎMy TBR๐Ÿฎ

๐ŸฎSoul of the Sword (Shadow of the Fox #2) by Julie Kagawa๐Ÿฎ

๐Ÿฎ Written by an Asian author.

๐Ÿฎ Features an Asian character who is different from me.

๐Ÿฎ Recommended to me by SO MANY people!


๐ŸฎNight of the Dragon (Shadow of the Fox #3) by Julie Kagawa๐Ÿฎ


๐Ÿฎ Written by an Asian author (I really love this author, if you couldn’t tell).

๐Ÿฎ Features an Asian character who is different from me.


๐ŸฎHungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food & Love by Elsie Chapman & Caroline Tung Richmond๐Ÿฎ

๐Ÿฎ Literally fits all the challenges!


๐ŸฎLuna and the Moon Rabbit by Camillie Whitcher๐Ÿฎ

๐Ÿฎ Written by an Asian author!

๐Ÿฎ Features an Asian character different from me!


๐ŸฎThe Never Tilting World (The Never Tilting World #1) by Rin Chupeco๐Ÿฎ

๐Ÿฎ Fits every single challenge!

๐Ÿฎ Recommended by Meltotheany!


๐ŸฎWicked Fox (Gumiho #1) by Kat Cho๐Ÿฎ

๐Ÿฎ Written by an Asian author.

๐Ÿฎ Asian character that’s different from me.

๐Ÿฎ Recommended by SO DAMN MANY friends!


๐ŸฎLoveboat, Taipei (Loveboat, Taipei #1) by Abigail Hing Wen๐Ÿฎ

๐Ÿฎ All I have to say is…ALL CHALLENGES!


Okay, okay! I’ll stop for now, but I think you can see that not only do I have a lot of books I want to read for this readathon, but I also have so many recommendations! This isn’t even scratching the surface of it all! I have a huge stack of books to choose from! Nonetheless, I am super excited for May to hurry up and get here so I can start reading all of these books. In the meantime, let me know in the comments below if you’re participating and what books you plan to read, or come tell me if you read any of the books I have listed above. Until next time, here’s to another month of good reading ahead, I love you! ๐Ÿ’•

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April 2020 TBR

Salutations Chapterlings! Finally April has come and I am back! So back in March I made a Life Update which is very unusual for my blog, but I felt is was necessary to make that post. In that post I got very personal and opened up a little about the things that was happening behind the scenes in my life. Even though I was posting reviews, I stepped back with posting any articles on my blog (aside from that life update) that felt personal. Even my other social media platform forms suffered a little from what was happening. With everything happening in the world right now, I made sure that I finished up the few books I wanted to read for March and took the rest of the month off from reading. Now we’re in April and there’s been so much happening! There’s also so many exciting things happening this month and I can’t wait for you all to be a part of it!

So I’m officially back! April is going to be a very busy month for me! Make sure you check out my blog post about Supporting Authors while in Self-Isolation because I go into a little detail in that article of the things happening later this month. All of that aside, I have some amazing books lined up for this month, but I have a feeling some of them are going to be put aside for other books I’m excited for. And I had one last minute addition added on. Regardless, this month is sure to be an exciting one for reading and other bookish things! Now without any further delays, let’s get to the books!


๐ŸŒธ Well Met by Jen DeLuca

September 3rd, 2019 by Berkley

๐ŸŒธ The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

September 10th, 2019 by Redhook

๐ŸŒธ The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson

July 9th, 2019 by SourcebooksFire

๐ŸŒธ Then, Now, Always by Mona Shroff

January 28th, 2020 by HQN Books


๐ŸŒธ Desperate Measures (Wicked Villains #1) by Katee Robert

May 28th, 2019 by Trinkets and Tales LLC

๐ŸŒธ Where Dreams Descend (Kingdom of Cards #1) by Janella Angeles

June 2nd, 2020 by Wednesday Books

๐ŸŒธ Scandal (Ladies of Infamy, #1) by Navessa Allen

January 28th, 2019 (first published August 2014)


๐ŸŒธ The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow

February 25th, 2020 by Inkyard Press

Content/Trigger Warnings: colonization, violence, execution, oppression, brainwashing and mind control, anxiety, panic attacks, alcoholism, discrimination, .


๐ŸŒธ Always Human by Ari North

May 19th, 2020 by little bee books

This is the April 2020 pick for the Dragons and Tea Book Club!

Breakdown:
April 6th: #1 โ€“ #17
April 7th: #18 โ€“ #34
April 8th: #35 โ€“ #51
April 9th: #52 โ€“ #68
April 10th: #69 โ€“ end

Content/Trigger Warnings: eating disorder & discussion of body image


Okay, friends! Those are all the books I want to read for April. Of course, there’s a chance that this will change or I will end up reading more than anticipated. No matter which way the wind blows, I’m excited for this month. As always, feel free to tell me in the comments some of the books you’re hoping to read this month! Until next time, I hope you all are staying safe, drinking plenty of water, have a tbr full of five star reads, and of course, I love you! ๐Ÿ’•

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