Monthly TBR

July 2022 TBR

Buddy reads, book recommendations, and earcs, oh my!

Salutations friends! It seems like it’s been a hot minute since I’ve done a tbr post and honestly, they’re probably going to become more selective just due to straying so far from tbrs and setting a general list of books to read. I really am turning into a big mood reader! But this post is super exciting because I’m doing something I’ve never done before…

Best friend recommendations!!!

Yes, I finally decided I wanted to try a dedicated tbr specifically to my best friend, Destiny‘s recommendations! I sat on this for a long time and over the past couple of months, as usual, Destiny has given me nothing but outstanding recommendations of books I need to read. And let me be frank, Destiny always has great recommendations and knows my taste in books fairly well. So I’m excited to reveal, not only our buddy reads, but the books she personally picked out for me. So without any further delays, here is my tbr for July, based around my friend’s book recommendations!

Disclaimer: Not all of the books are pictured because this is a chonky tbr, but all of the books will be listed!


A Taste of Gold and Iron by Alexandra Rowland
August 30th 2022 by Tordotcom
Buddy Read with Destiny

I’m very excited for this arc and buddy read! I think I’m about 40% in and so far I’m very curious on the direction this book is going to go. I can say that the on page anxiety and panic attacks feel very accurate, very realistic, and have me completely stunned by the amount of time and detail the author has put into this.

The Sacrifice by Rin Chupeco
October 4th 2022 by Sourcebooks Fire

Rin Chupeco has easily become one of my favorite authors and you can anticipate seeing quite a few reads, and reviews for her books in the coming months. However, focusing on just this arc, I’m very excited to have an earc of this book. The synopsis is ultimately what drew me in with the cover coming at a strong second. Both of these two things combined and I have been caught; hook, line, and sinker!

Darling by K. Ancrum
June 22nd 2021 by Imprint
Buddy Read with Destiny

This shouldn’t come at a surprise to anyone. I forever worship at the alter of K. Ancrum and after putting it off for so long, this read is happening. And I get to buddy read this with my wonderful friend. Plus, if you didn’t already know, this is a Peter Pan retelling. So if you love a good retelling, you should put this on your radar!

Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones
September 1st 2020 by Tor.com

This is another long overdue read and it’s no surprise to me that Destiny recommended this book to me. I have sang praises for The Only Good Indians for who knows how long and I’m honestly surprised I haven’t read this sooner. So it’s happening, it’s really happening. I’m going to be sitting down this month and reading it, and I already know I’m going to fall in love with it.

Gallant by V.E. Schwab
March 1st 2022 by Greenwillow Books

This is another amazing recommendation from Destiny! For starters, the minute mixed media was mentioned, my attention was hooked. Plus, the cover is absolutely stunning. Even if Destiny never would have recommended it to me, this book would have eventually ended up on my radar.

Nine Moon in a River of Stars: Phase One by Xen
January 30th 2022

Destiny spoke to me about this book many moons ago, but I have had this sitting on my kindle shelf ever since she recommended it to me. So I’m super excited to have this on my tbr for July and also fully prepared to get emotionally wrecked! Plus, the cover is really beautiful and it makes me eager to write a review for it!

Cheer Up!: Love and Pompoms by Crystal Frasier & illustrated by Val Wise
August 10th 2021 by Oni Press

Do I know anything about this comic? No, but my guess is lesbian cheerleaders. And no, I haven’t read the synopsis because I like to believe some books are best going into them with no hint at all.

Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson
October 5th 2021 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Look… LOOK! I know what this looks like! Yes, technically it’s another book I placed on a past tbr I didn’t read, but it’s here now! Okay? So sh sh sh! It’s fine and it will be read, and yes, I’m still excited about it!

Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano
February 2nd 2021 by Minotaur Books

I know absolutely nothing about this book! However, if I know Destiny, this is probably a mystery, thriller, or horror book. Which is really exciting! I don’t read enough horror or thriller books. So I’m eager to see what this book is about!

Comfort Me With Apples by Catherynne M. Valente
November 9th 2021 by Tordotcom

I would be lying if I didn’t say I was nervous about this book. Not from the religious aspect, but from the synopsis. It has me nervous on where I’m going to fall on the spectrum with this book. Whether I’ll love it or end up disliking it, I’m not sure.


Phew, that was a lot of books to list and technically, I left three books off of this list just due to the size of this month’s tbr. However, one of the books I left off the list is a manga and it’s of an anime series I’ve recently gotten into. So I’m excited to see how the manga compares to the anime series. Otherwise, the other two will be set for a different tbr when I’m not trying to be an over-achiever. I’m so excited for this month of reading though and I can’t wait to see which books I’ll end up enjoying the most! Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this list and until next time, stay hydrated, I love you! ♥

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Monthly TBR

April 2022 TBR

March was a flop, let’s try this again… But with April!

Yup, you read that right, March was a flop. I struggled with getting anything read for the month of March. I think I read… three or four things which is still good, but I definitely couldn’t get everything I wanted read. So for this month, we’re keeping things light and if I read more then I read more and if not, it’s okay because we’re refusing to put any amount of pressure on ourselves for this month. However, I am really excited about to talk about the books I have picked out for this month. So friends, let’s get our caffeine and dive in!


🌷 Currently Reading 🌷

Eternally Damned (Shallow Cove Dimensions #1) by January Raybe
April 5th 2022 by Raining Romance LLC
Arc provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

If you haven’t seen my review for Eternally Hers: The Prequel, definitely go check that out because I had a blast reading it. I have been so, so lucky to be blessed with an arc copy for the next book in this series and I’m so excited. I’m only a few chapters in, but oh, I’m very excited and that’s all I’ll say.


🌷 The TBR 🌷

The Poison Heart by Kalynne Bayron
June 29th 2021 by Bloomsbury YA

Part of my 12 Challenge, this is on the tbr for April. The only thing I know about this book is that it’s a Medusa retelling and that’s it. That’s also the main reason so many friends recommended this book to me. I love retellings especially mythological retellings. I’m so here for this!

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
November 14th 2017 by Hachette Audio

It’s freaking happening okay! I failed at reading this for my March tbr, but it’s happening immediately. I’m really excited about this especially because my spouse is waiting to hear my thoughts on it before they pick it up. So I really want to listen to this as soon as possible.

Her Soul for Revenge (Souls Trilogy #2) by Harley Laroux
October 30th 2021
Buddy Read with Destiny 💜

I absolutely fell in love with Her Soul to Take! What a freaking fantastic read for my spooky little soul. Granted, this isn’t a series for everyone, but personally, I’m head over heels for it. Even more so after the author announced the third and final book in the series. I’m freaking hyped! Anyway, I have another buddy read with my lovely friend and I’m really excited. She always has the best recommendations and just gets my taste for books.

Twisted Love (Twisted #1) by Ana Huang
April 29th 2021

A few friends have recommended this series to me and with the first three book loaded into my kindle library, I think I started on this series. Look, I don’t know much about it only that a few of my friends really adore this series. So I’m hoping I can read this first book and find out how I feel about it.


I feel really content looking at the list. I feels like a very achievable reading tbr and I’m excited to dive in. And who knows, maybe I’ll end up reading way more than I plan. These next few months are going to be a bit tricky reading wise due to so many things happening, but I’m excited. Maybe you’ll see more audiobooks on my tbrs in the future just due to everything. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this list and until next time, stay hydrated, I love you! ♥

Have an April tbr you want you share? Read any of these books? Tell me all about it in the comments below!

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Monthly TBR

March 2022 TBR

Dawn of the arcs! Tackling of the TBR cart! Praying for enough caffeine!

Hi, hello, it’s me again. Your lovely chaotic book blogger, Malli here to tell you about the reading plans for March. But before we jump right in to the tbr… Have you hydrated today? Eaten a snack? Grabbed that second cup of coffee you left in the microwave? You need to take care of yourself, my friend, whatever you may need, make sure you take care of yourself.

Okay, it’s that time again where we talk books. YES BOOKS! Let me start by saying, I have no idea how this month is going to go reading wise. I’m going to be honest, I’ve recently fallen down a sexy, steamy novella rabbit hole and I don’t know if I’ll ever get out. So I’m hoping if I throw enough books at myself, my overachieving drive is going to be like, “We have obligations! Let’s focus, grab those coconut chips, and read!” Or something along those lines. I really want to tackle some of the books off of my tbr cart due to no more space and needing to get some of those books packed up. Also, I have a few arcs I’d really like to read just because they’re on my list of 5-star predictions right now and thankfully, I did start one. With all that being said, I thought I would try attempting the ACMC readathon happening in March. Though, I’m not stressing over whether or not I can actually find books for this readathon because I’m kind of doing a subtle, early prep for another readathon that’s happening in May. Plus, I’m trying to keep some space free for the monthly prompt of my friend’s book club. As you can see, March is a very busy, chaotic month for me and this tbr. But, I still compiled some of the books I’m hoping to read this month. Check out the list below! ⬇️


🌷 Currently Reading 🌷

Once Upon A K-Prom by Kat Cho
May 17th 2022 by Disney
Arc was given by Disney Publishing Worldwide & NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I feel really blessed to have received an arc of this book. Coming back to the book community after a year hiatus, this was one of the first 2022 releases that I not only really wanted, but it’s on my 5-star prediction list, favorite book of 2022 prediction list, and on my list of top ten highly anticipated releases of 2022. I might be setting the bar high, but I have faith that this book is going to make me melt into a puddle in so many ways.


🌷 The TBR 🌷

Iron Widow (Iron Widow, #1) by Xiran Jay Zhao
September 21st 2021 by Penguin Teen

Continuing with the 12 Challenge, Iron Widow is next on the list of books to read this year! When I returned to the book community, this was one of the top five books I was seeing everywhere. Everyone I knew was raving about this book, talking about this book, and posting about it. So this has subtly been on my radar of books I’m interested and I’m glad that it was recommended to me for the 12 Challenge because now I can sit down and read it.

Into the Drowning Deep (Rolling in the Deep #1) by Mira Grant
November 14th 2017 by Hachette Audio

I have been hearing the faintest whispers about this book for a while now. And I’m not going to lie, I’ve been kicking my butt for not picking this up sooner. However, recently I’ve been hearing a lot of readers talking about how atmospheric the audiobook is and with Audible credits to spend… I’m slapping this on my March tbr.

Unlock Your Storybook Heart (You Are Your Own Fairy Tale #3) by Amanda Lovelace
March 15th 2022 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
ARC was given by NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Break Your Glass Slippers (You Are Your Own Fairy Tale #1) by Amanda Lovelace ★★★★★
Shine Your Icy Crown (You Are Your Own Fairy Tale, #2) by Amanda Lovelace ★★★

Truly, the blessings for this month for arcs! I’ve already read the first two books of this trilogy and now I’ve been blessed with a chance to read the final book of this series. If you’re not familiar with Lovelace’s poetry, she normally does duologies or trilogies for her poetry collections. And if I’m remembering correctly, she only has a few standalone poetry/short story books such as Dragonhearts. I’ve loved Lovelace’s collections for a while now and this arc has me more excited to complete another series by her.

Willodeen by Katherine Applegate
September 7th 2021 by Feiwel Friends

This was a wonderful present from my spouse! I love Applegate’s writing. I think her writing is so powerful, so beautiful. If you’ve been here for a while (or maybe you’re new) then you may have seen my review for Crenshaw. That book was so powerful and left me in a puddle. So anytime I pick up a book written by Applegate I have tissue boxes at the ready. I’m ready to fall in love, but sob my heart out.

The Mythic Dream edited by Dominik Parisien
September 3rd 2019 by Saga Press

Diversity! Diversity for days! Anthologies truly are blessings in so many ways. Authors from all over coming together to share stories of myths across civilizations and cultures. Every story unique and different from the last. My soul and heart are so full that this anthology exists. And I’m a little bias because this is one of the first anthologies I discovered that has Indigenous representation.

Pisces Hooks Taurus (Signs of Love #4) by Anyta Sunday
October 16th 2018 by Anyta Sunday

I swear, I will finish this series this year. It’s been far too long and reading this book is long overdue. This book has been on a backlist of titles that I’ve needed to read and we’re doing it. I’m making it happen one way or another. The flames of determination are high and even if I have to throw sleep out the window, I’m reading this book. Oh yeah, it’s gonna happen.

Vespertine (Vespertine, #1) by Margaret Rogerson
October 5th 2021 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Bless my beautiful and delightful friends because I didn’t know I needed this book in my life until the incredible Destiny and I fell into one of our deep bookish conversations. Basically it was her giving me all the book recommendations and me making a giant freaking list of all the books I need in my life. This stunning book being one of them. Look, I’m going to be honest, you had me at ghosts and necromancer/witchy type of class/guild/group. So yeah, color me intrigued and needing it like NOW.


Do you ever look at your tbr list after you’ve pumped yourself up for it and then go, “By the stars… what have I done?” Yeah, yeah… yeah, me neither. This is fine, it’s fine, we’re going to do great! I hope you enjoyed this little tbr post. I’ve really been enjoying making tbr posts recently and have been excited to share my monthly reading plans. Until next time chapterlings, stay cozy, I love you! ♥

What are you reading for the month of March?

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Monthly TBR

February TBR 2022

Tis the season of love, friends!

Salutations friends! January feels like it just zoomed right on by and now we’re being plopped in a whole new month again! Time really is just flying by. And with this new month that means I have another monthly tbr for you. Before we get into the tbr, I must admit, I haven’t finished one book off my January tbr. However, I do plan on finishing it sometime this week. I just spent a few days in a weird fog and the only thing my brain could really handle was playing Stardew Valley. Anyway, onward we march to the tbr!


❄️ Currently Reading ❄️

➸  The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
March 17th 2020 by Tor Books 

I’ve really been enjoying this book so much! I have two pages worth of notes, quotes, and so many thoughts, feelings. I think my favorite character thus far has to be Theodore. And Sal is absolutely precious. Okay, all the kids are freaking precious!


Playing Cupid (The Mythical Creatures Collection#1) by S.C. Alban
February 23rd 2021 by The Parliament House Press

“For the past five years, seventeen-year-old Megan Cooper has built a wall around her heart with little room to experience true feelings. Her mother’s passing has left her family fractured, driving a wedge between her and her father that has only gotten deeper with time. The only solution: graduate high school early and get out of Dodge. With one final standing between her and the rest of her life, Megan is paired with a Home Economics partner who seems destined to dump all the work on her. Constantly bailing at the last minute, with more excuses than she can keep track of, Jay Michaels seems determined to ruin her plan. That is, until she hits Cupid with her car. With his shooting arm is significantly injured, Megan has no choice but to take his place. As she races to find Cupid’s final three love matches in order to meet his quota by the start of the new year, she comes face to face with the very emotions she’s been pushing away for so long. Caught between what her head is saying and what her heart longs for, Megan must face old wounds, find forgiveness, and track down the perfect match for the one boy with all the excuses.”

Once Upon A K-Prom by Kat Cho
May 17th 2022 by Disney
Arc was given by Disney Publishing Worldwide & NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

“Elena Soo has always felt overshadowed. Whether by her more successful older sisters, her more popular twin brother, or her more outgoing best friend, everyone except Elena seems to know exactly who they are and what they want. But she is certain about one thing – she has no interest in going to prom. While the rest of the school is giddy over corsages and dresses, Elena would rather spend her time working to save the local community center, the one place that’s always made her feel like she belonged. So when international K-pop superstar Robbie Choi shows up at her house to ask her to prom, Elena is more confused than ever. Because the one person who always accepted Elena as she is? Her childhood best friend, Robbie Choi. And the one thing she maybe, possibly, secretly wants more than anything? For the two of them to keep the promise they made each other as kids: to go to prom together. But that was seven years ago, and with this new K-pop persona, pink hair, and stylish clothes, Robbie is nothing like the sweet, goofy boy she remembers. The boy she shared all her secrets with. The boy she used to love. Besides, prom with a guy who comes with hordes of screaming fans, online haters, and relentless paparazzi is the last thing Elena wants – even if she can’t stop thinking about Robbie’s smile…right?”

Together We Burn by Isabel Ibañez
May 31st 2022 by Wednesday Books
Arc was given by Wednesday Books & NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

“Eighteen-year-old Zarela Zalvidar is a talented flamenco dancer and daughter of the most famous Dragonador in Hispalia. People come for miles to see him fight in their arena, which will one day be hers. But disaster strikes during their five hundredth anniversary show, and in the carnage, Zarela’s father is horribly injured. Facing punishment from the Dragon Guild, Zarela must keep the arena—her ancestral home and inheritance —safe from their greedy hands. She has no choice but to take her father’s place as the next Dragonador. When the infuriatingly handsome dragon hunter, Arturo Díaz de Montserrat, withholds his help, she refuses to take no for an answer. But even if he agrees, there’s someone out to ruin the Zalvidar family, and Zarela will have to do whatever it takes in order to prevent the Dragon Guild from taking away her birthright.”

My Boss’s Kitten, Vol 1 by Yumi Hisawa
October 15th 2019 by Kodansha

“Aya was deserted right before her marriage and was left without a place to live. One day, she finds herself wandering back into the house she was supposed to own after her wedding. To her surprise, the cold-blooded boss she hates from work had moved in as the new owner! A dangerous love ignites under one roof between the girl who lost love and her sadistic boss!”


What’s on your tbr for February?

That’s a wrap of the February tbr friend! I’m really hoping to get all of these read for this month and definitely finishing up my January read! What are you planning to read for February? And books you’re excited to read? Come chat about in the comments below! Until next time chapterlings; remember to hydrate, I love you! 💚

P.S. I totally forgot a book to put on here, but its fine! You can check it out on my 12 Challenge post!

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Monthly TBR

January 2022 TBR

It’s TBR time again!

Salutations book dragons! It’s that time again where I tell you what has found it’s way into my tbr pile and myself, once again, praying to the gods that nothing (and I do mean nothing) comes to stop me from completing my tbr for this month. Frankly, I tried to keep it small because I’m trying to ease my way back into reading the way I used to, but doing it in a more healthier way, with way less burnout and more satisfaction. A sense of completion, in it’s own way. And who knows, maybe a few extra books will find it’s way onto the this list without me actually listing them. So if you don’t mind short tbrs, stick around and maybe you’ll find something you’re excited for!


Tiger Honor (Thousand Worlds #2) by Yoon Ha Lee
January 4th 2022 by Rick Riordan Presents
Arc was given by Disney Hyperion & NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

“Sebin, a young tiger spirit from the Juhwang Clan, wants nothing more than to join the Thousand World Space Forces and, like their Uncle Hwan, captain a battle cruiser someday. But when Sebin’s acceptance letter finally arrives, it’s accompanied by the shocking news that Hwan has been declared a traitor. Apparently the captain abandoned his duty to steal a magical artifact, the Dragon Pearl, and his whereabouts are still unknown. Sebin hopes to help clear their hero’s name and restore honor to the clan. Nothing goes according to plan, however. As soon as Sebin arrives for orientation, they are met by a special investigator named Yi and his assistant, a girl named Min. Yi informs Sebin that they must immediately report to the ship Haetae and await further instructions. Sebin finds this highly unusual, but soon all protocol is forgotten when there’s an explosion on the ship, the crew is knocked out, and the communication system goes down. It’s up to Sebin, three other cadets, and Yi and Min to determine who is sabotaging the battle cruiser. When Sebin is suddenly accused of collaborating with the enemy, the cadet realizes that Min is the most dangerous foe of all…”

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
March 17th 2020 by Tor Books 

“Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages. When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he’s given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days. But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn. An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours.”

Reclaim the Stars: 17 Tales Across Realms & Space by Zoraida Córdova
February 15th 2022 by Wednesday Books
Arc was given by St. Martin’s Press & NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

“Reclaim the Stars is a collection of bestselling and acclaimed YA authors that take the Latin American diaspora to places fantastical and out of this world. From princesses warring in space, to the all too-near devastation of climate change, to haunting ghost stories in Argentina, and mermaids off the coast of the Caribbean. This is science fiction and fantasy that breaks borders and realms, and proves that stories are truly universal.”

Authors include Vita Ayala, David Bowles, Daniel José Older, J.C. Cervantes, Sara Faring, Romina Garber, Isabel Ibañez, Anna-Marie McLemore, Yamile Saied Méndez, Nina Moreno, Circe Moskowitz, Maya Motayne, Linda Raquel Nieves Pérez, Claribel A. Ortega, Mark Oshiro, Lilliam Rivera and Zoraida Córdova.


New year means all the new releases!

And with that, this article is finished! Truly, this will be the year where I’m catching up on 2021 releases and trying to include 2022 releases into tbrs. Again, I love my backlist of titles I need to read (there’s so many titles), but I truly want to focus on titles I missed last year and the titles I’m excited for this year. Hopefully, I’ll be able to read everything I want to read and maybe if I’m feeling good, more reviews or wrap up will pop up with more titles than the tbr for that month stated. Do you have any titles you’re hoping to read this month that you want to share? Tell me about them down below or if you have a tbr list you want me to check out, link it in the comments. Until next time friends, sending you all my well wishes, luck, and of course, love! 💚

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December 2021 TBR

Honestly, I must have lost a few marbles, not going to lie. I haven’t done a tbr since September and well… that didn’t go so well. Maybe there’s a part of me that really misses doing tbrs piles or maybe I just miss telling you all what I’m hoping to read, hoping to consume. And if I’m being honest, 2021 has been a weird, stressful year especially when it comes to attempting to read. Look, there’s just been a lot of things that have prevented me from picking up books or even thinking about writing articles. But I digress!

It’s not a big tbr, no it’s far from that. With my current situation of feeling under the weather and then on top of that the stress of packing, house renovations, and the holidays looming around the corner, I didn’t want this to be a very large list. You know the ones, those end of the year tbr crunching kind of piles to squeeze in as many books as possible before the year is over? Yeah, those kind of tbr piles. I didn’t want this to be that. So, I put together a kind of casual reading list for this month and if I don’t read everything, then I think that’s okay!


☃️ December TBR ☃️

For the Wolf (The Wilderwood, #1) by Hannah Whitten
June 1st 2021 by Orbit
Buddy read with Destiny at Howling Libraries 💜

As the only Second Daughter born in centuries, Red has one purpose-to be sacrificed to the Wolf in the Wood in the hope he’ll return the world’s captured gods. Red is almost relieved to go. Plagued by a dangerous power she can’t control, at least she knows that in the Wilderwood, she can’t hurt those she loves. Again. But the legends lie. The Wolf is a man, not a monster. Her magic is a calling, not a curse. And if she doesn’t learn how to use it, the monsters the gods have become will swallow the Wilderwood-and her world-whole.

When Snowflakes Fall (The Graysons, #1) by Tara Wyatt
 September 9th 2019 by Tara Wyatt

Divorced single dad Luke Grayson isn’t looking for love. Nope. Not at all what he’d planned on asking Santa for this year. Love is off the table for Luke and has been ever since he had his heart broken when the mother of his son walked out on him without a backward glance. Ignoring the hurt and the loneliness, he’s spent the past several years focused on providing a good, stable life for Ethan while growing his successful carpentry business. But then Dr. Christie Harmon moves to Cheyenne, Wyoming and has Luke wanting all kinds of things he shouldn’t want from the gorgeous pediatrician. Things like long nights, sweet mornings, and whispered promises. Soon, Luke finds himself only wanting Christie under his Christmas tree this year. But Christie’s running from a secret—one that could completely change how Luke sees her.

Merry Inkmas by Talia Hibbert
November 28th 2019 by Nixon House

Cash Evans has come a long way since his troubled childhood, but all the wealth he’s earned as a tattoo artist can’t fix the hole in his heart. He knows that the sweet barista who haunts his dreams is off-limits… But life doesn’t always go to plan. Bailey Cooper is determined to learn from her mother’s mistakes. She’s seen how cruel love can be, and she’s not about to sacrifice her self-respect for a relationship. But when a bad boy with a heart of gold comes to her rescue, she finds herself wondering if this beast might just be her Prince Charming.

Immortal Souls (Immortal Souls, #1) by Phoenix Viera
December 12th 2021 by Koa Tales

A fallen Empire. A forbidden royal romance. An ancient treaty with the Fae. In a world tainted by greed and rebellion, death prowls the shadows of the once glorious Sun Empire, waiting to devour those who dare fight back. Corvus, heir to the most powerful House, is a threat to the Emperor, despite being the dearest friend of Crown Princess Saphyr. When the Emperor forbids their friendship, Corvus forms an Alliance to overthrow him, until betrayal forces Corvus into exile. After the lethal Queen of the Sirens emerges from the secret realm of Sirenibus, Corvus is tempted by an irresistible deal at a dangerous price. Caught up in a conspiracy and a war between light and darkness, can he and Saphyr save the people from a terrible destiny and restore the Empire to its former glory? Or will Corvus have to sacrifice more than he is willing to give? Will his life be enough, or will it also demand his soul?


Okay friends, that’s about all the books for this tbr. As I said, not a very big list of books to read for this month. However, I’m excited to read these and tell you my thoughts on them. What books do you plan on reading for the month of December? Do you have any must reads immediately? Tell me your thoughts in the comments! Until next time; stay cozy and stay bookish! I love you! 💚

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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!


Horrid by Katrina Leno
Pub. Date: September 15th, 2020 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Buddy Read with Destiny 💜

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

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. 🧡

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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!


☃️ Currently Reading ☃️

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!


☃️ December TBR ☃️

Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food & Love by Elsie Chapman
June 18th, 2019 by Simon Pulse
Dragons & Tea December Pick 🐉

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.

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!

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.

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! 💙

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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!


🍂 Currently Reading 🍂

🍂 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.


🍂 November TBR 🍂

🍂 Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden
August 25th, 2020 by Ecco
Dragons & Tea Book Club November Pick 🐉

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.


🍂 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!

🍂 Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger
August 25th, 2020 by Levine Querido
ARC gifted by Kayla 💜

*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!

🍂 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.

🍂 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.


🍂 Readathons 🍂

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!


🍂 Indigenous Content Creators 🍂

🍂 Erin

🍂 Dani

🍂 Neil

🍂 Sasha

🍂 Mallory

🍂 Michelle

🍂 Brody

🍂 Colleen

🍂 Gretchen

🍂 Lelah

🍂 Gabby

🍂 Merinda & at the Blackfulla Bookclub

🍂 Ren

🍂 Emery

🍂 Bridget

🍂 Rob

🍂 Chris

🍂 Megan

🍂 Alyssa

🍂 Claudine

🍂 Moriah

🍂 Melitta

🍂 Stephanie

🍂 Alexis

🍂 Destiny

🍂 Sam

🍂 Victoria

🍂 Kae

🍂 Kim

🍂 Vanessa & Betsy

🍂 Tasha

🍂 Gare

🍂 Cass

🍂 Chloe

🍂 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! 🧡

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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! 🎃


🍁 Currently Reading 🍁

🍁 Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega
April 7th, 2020 by Scholastic Press
Buddy Read with Kayla from Books and Blends 🧡

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!


🍁 October TBR 🍁

🍁 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!

🍁 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!

🍁 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.

🍁 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!

🍁 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!

🍁 Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
June 30th, 2020 by Del Rey
Dragons & Tea Book Club October Pick 🐉

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.

🍁 Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton
September 18th, 2018 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Buddy Read with Robin at Paperbacks and Planners 🧡

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.

🍁 Ninth House (Alex Stern, #1) by Leigh Bardugo
October 8th, 2019 by Flatiron Books
Buddy Read with Robin at Paperbacks and Planners 🧡

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.


🍁 Readathons 🍁

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! 🧡

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