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Indigenous Bookworm Tag

Original Tag by Michelle from Thor Wants Another Letter


Da’anzho (pronounced dah-ahn-zho) or Hello in Apache! For those who are new here, welcome and for those who have been here, it’s good to see you again. As you can tell, this is going to be a post a lot different than I usually do. For anyone who doesn’t know, I’m Indigenous, I’m Apache. I’m as open as I can be about my heritage and I take a lot of pride in it. I’m truly grateful for my friend, Michelle for creating this tag. If you’re not following Michelle and the amazing content she makes, please go check out her content HERE. To be honest, I’m really nervous about this tag, but I hope you learn something about me and maybe that will spark you to do your own research about the Apache. Without any further delay, let’s get this tag rolling!


🌻 Hoka Hey – Introduce yourself, clan/tribe (active or terminated, it all counts) 🌻

Da’anzho (pronounced dah-ahn-zho), my name is Autumn and I’m half Apache. I learned at a very young age about my heritage from my Aunt. Some things you should know is the majority of the members in my father’s family have rejected our heritage and the culture that comes with being Apache. Only three of my Aunts uphold Native American traditions, culture, and heritage. It wasn’t until I got into my teens that I really started to deep dive into my family’s history and heritage. While I know how far back in my family our heritage runs, I haven’t had any success in tracing what tribe our family originated from. I’m still searching to this day.

🌻 Native Things that just make sense – What’s your favorite book with Indigenous characters? 🌻

I’ve mentioned this a few times, but never went into details about it. I don’t have a favorite book with Indigenous characters… yet. I spent the majority of my upbringing reading books in my school libraries because of medical reasons, but those libraries never had any books with good or any Indigenous representation. It wasn’t until I was in 8th grade that I discovered the Twilight Saga, but even then (we know where I stand with that), most books I was encountering with Indigenous representation, it was done very poorly or stereotypical representation.

🌻 Regalia – Most colorful book/bookish aesthetic, and if you have regalia, can we see it? (totally okay if you don’t feel comfortable posting) 🌻

I think anyone who follows my bookstagram knows I had a major glow up with what I wanted for the theme and backgrounds I use now. I realized really quickly that while I liked wooded backgrounds, I really enjoy neutral color backgrounds, but still wanted it to have a texture to it. So that’s why you see more neutral backgrounds and themes with what I use. Plus, it allows the cover of the book to really pop!

I do not own any regalia. I’m not a dancer (there are many different types of dancers such as Crown Dancers, Devil Dancers, etc…) but I wish I was. Anytime I watch any Apache dances, it steals my breathe away every time. This is one of the more recent that I have seen that also provides some information, HERE.

🌻 Auntie & Uncle: Favorite Indigenous movie 🌻

This movie was absolutely everything. It touched parts of my soul in so many ways and I don’t think I ever stopped crying during this entire film. This is a documentary that follows the life of ten-year-old Dujuan, as he learns two different systems of knowledge, what it means to learn history through public schools and to learn your history through the elders of your heritage and culture. There were so many amazing lines throughout this movie, but I think the one that really hit home was a statement Dujuan said…

“I want my future to be on land with strong language and culture.”

If you haven’t seen this documentary yet, I highly recommend it. I don’t usually watch a lot of movies or television, so this is how you know it’s good. You can watch the trailer HERE.

🌻 Frybread or bannock? What’s your favorite trope? 🌻

Um, frybread! Yum!

Oh no… I don’t know if I have a favorite trope. There’s a lot of tropes that I like or enjoy, but I’m not sure I really have a favorite. I guess if I had to pick one, I guess hate to love or enemies to lovers? I honestly don’t know for this one.

🌻 Gramma’s the best-What’s your favorite auto-buy Indigenous author? 🌻

I don’t know if I have one yet. If anything, I think Stephen Graham Jones is probably an auto-buy for me now. After interviewing him, having a great conversation with him, and then reading The Only Good Indians… I just have no choice but to stan!

🌻 All-Nations: What is a book that made you feel the most represented? 🌻

I think I mentioned this earlier, but I have yet to read any book with Apache representation. However, the author Darcie Little Badger is Lipan Apache and she is the first author that I’ve come across who’s Apache. She has a new release coming out August 25th, 2020, Elatsoe. I’m super excited about and I have no doubt that it’s going to make my list of top books for 2020!

🌻 They Say Native Girls Look Mean: Favorite female character/author? 🌻

I’m probably going to say Rebecca Roanhorse. She seems like such a sweet being and all I want to do is read all of her work. Race to the Sun is sitting on my shelf right now taunting me, but I’m trying to save it for November. She also has Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky #1) coming out on October 13th, 2020 and I’m so excited for it! If you’re a fan of fantasy then please add this to your must read list! Plus, the cover is stunning!

🌻 Star Quilt: What’s something you hold dear from your culture (beadwork, handmade things) 🌻

As of right now I only have a few items that mean the world to me. The first item is a necklace with a piece of blue agate that has Kokopelli on it. Kokopelli is a fertility deity, but is also known as a trickster and a spirit of music. You can read more about Kokopelli HERE. I was given this necklace after I had joined my school’s choir. The next piece is more of a choker than a necklace, made from turquoise, and it’s another piece that features Kokopelli. I was given this necklace by my Aunt after I had received my first award from my school as the “song bird” of the school. And the final jewelry piece I own is a necklace of all turtles handcrafted from turquoise. It’s the crown jewel of all my jewelry, the most delicate, and one that holds the largest place in my heart. This piece was given to me by my Aunt and mother when I attended my first PowWow. In many Southwest Tribes, from what I have by told by my Aunt, represents precious water and if you know anything about Southwest Tribes, water is a true gift.

Of course, I have dreamcatchers throughout my home. You can learn more about dreamcatchers HERE and HERE. My very first dreamcatcher was given to me when I turned sixteen. My Aunt had taken a few months to relearn how to weave dreamcatchers and presented me with this red dreamcatcher with a bull skull in the center. The other dreamcatchers I have in my home have all been sent from my best friend. She’s also Apache and spends a lot of time going to PowWows, traveling back and forth from the reservations. Each one means so much to me, she and I have been friends for six or seven years now (she’s my ride or die), but the very first one she sent me was white with white and brown feathers, which now hangs over my bed.

🌻 Don’t Whistle at Night: Scary story as a Native? Also favorite book with horror/thriller? 🌻

I don’t really have any scary stories I feel comfortable with sharing out in the open.

Hmm… I grew up in a house where horror is the definition of Friday movie night. My mother loves horror. I don’t think I have a favorite horror book yet. I mean, yeah there’s Dracula by Bram Stoker, but I’m not a huge horror reader. The only book I can recommend (at least for now) is The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones.

🌻 He even drinks water, INDIGENOUS: List your favorite actor/actress, book, media, whatever you like. 🌻

You want my whole list? HERE WE GO!

Adam Beach, Irene Bedard, David Midthunder, Roseanne Supernault, Floyd “Red Crow” Westerman, Rodney A. Grant, Saginaw Grant, and of course Graham Greene.

🌻 It’s a Good Day to be Indigenous: Tag your Indigenous friends 🌻

🌻 Dani at thunderbirdwomanreads

🌻 Megan from tiplerteaches

🌻 Sasha at anishinaabekwereads

🌻 Emery from pages.of.emery

🌻 Moriah at metisreader

🌻 Chris from chriskaa.reads

🌻 Brody at Et tu, Brody

🌻 Rob from thebookishnative

🌻 Min at min_dutton

🌻 Teela May from teelamay

🌻 Weezie at weeziesbooks

🌻 Erin from erins_library

🌻 Melitta from the.midnight.librarian

And all my fellow Indigenous readers and reviewers who I didn’t tag! Ya’ll should do this tag! Also, if you’re non-Indigenous and you’ve never heard of any of these content creators, change that right now! These are only some of the amazing creators, with so many more I haven’t listed (because that would be an extremely long list), but they are all wonderful souls and I highly encourage you to spark up a conversation with them, to support them, and to boost their voices. I say this all the time; we are here, we review books, we want our voices to be heard, we want to have conversations with you about books we love, and even though we are small in this community, we are mighty.


Woo! I may have gotten a little emotional with this post and may have ended up with missing my Aunts, like a whole lot. So that concludes the Indigenous Bookworm Tag. Once again, if you’re not following Michelle and her content, go do that right now! She’s such a warm soul and is truly a gift. I’m so thankful to have her in my life and I get to call her my friend. And as I mentioned, make sure you check out the other content creators I listed above. They’re all amazing people and they have been so loving, so welcoming, and they’re all incredible in their own way. I hope you, yes you dear reader, enjoyed this post. I hope it moved you to go do research, to learn about Indigenous people, learn about the history, and I hope it encourages you to lift the voices of Indigenous readers in the book community. Until next time, may you continue to stay safe, stay hydrated, I love you. πŸ’›

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Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag 2020

Salutations Chapterlings! Yes, the theme has finally changed and brought back the sunflowers! Summer is in full bloom with never-ending heat, bees trying to sting my face, and the endless bumps on my skin that are bug bites. BUT! Despite all of this, I’m enjoying summer the best I can and I have been tagged by the lovely Lauren at Lala’s Book Reviews to do the Mid-Year Freak Out Tag! Can you believe we’re almost halfway through 2020? Where has the time gone?

So far this year has brought many hardships, many challenges, but I keep hoping that we’ll start to see change and something good will come out of everything happening in the world. Change is the only way for the world to grow for the future.

Anyway, if you’ve been following this blog, my social media platforms, then you know I’ve been very vocal about things happening in the world right now. And even though I’m getting back to a normal schedule and regular posting, I will continue to keep voicing those things on my platforms. As a quick recap, I have two blog posts that have specific links to help show support for the Black Community (Weekly Check-In & June 2020 TBR) and those posts don’t even scratch the surface. Please make sure you are signing petitions, using your voice and platforms, support Black authors and Black own businesses (like Black owned book stores), showing support and boosting the voices of Black LGBTQIAP+ organizations, etc… Things are far from over so please make sure you use your platforms and voices because that can bring about change.

Moving forward… I haven’t done a Mid-Year Freak Out in a really long, hot minute. So seeing Lauren tag me in this was like drinking a glass of ice cold water on a blistering hot summer day. And then it hit me. Have I had a good reading year so far? Did I read any books that I want to recommend to all the people? Where am I at with my goals, my personal challenges, etc…? Now, I get to unleash that chaos into this post.

🌻 Best book you’ve read so far in 2020? 🌻

This is a really hard answer. I had so many amazing reads so far for 2020 and I don’t know how to choose one. I think I’m going to choose Get A Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert. I was completely blown away by this book. From the chronic pain and illness representation to the way the main character and love interest fell for one another, my heart was so full because of this book.

🌻 Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020? 🌻

Hands down has to be Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa! I love The Shadow Fox trilogy (although I still need to read the third book in the series). I think I recommend this series to everyone all the time. I love it so, so much and I truly never stop talking about it.

🌻 New release you haven’t read yet, but want to? 🌻

I would have to pick Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon. This book sounds so sweet, so wholesome, and just a feel good time. This is a romance contemporary about two men who develop a slow burn romance for each other, but also brings back a slowly dying romance book club. Just do yourself a favor and read the whole synopsis because it sounds fantastic! Also, I believe a lot of his work is self-published. So if you haven’t picked this book up yet, go support this gentleman by purchasing his book and then tell me you bought this book so we can plan a buddy read!

🌻 Most anticipated release for the second part of the year? 🌻

Okay, ya’ll knew this was coming! You had to know it was coming! Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas for the win! I have posted about Aiden reading parts of their book, I have screeched about this book from the highest points of my social media, and I’m pretty sure Aiden is on the verge of telling me to be quiet with how often I’m telling them they’re making me melt with the constant overflow of fan art of Yadriel and Julian. Seriously though, I’m so excited for this book and Aiden is just a total cinnamon roll. September can’t get here fast enough. Plus, Adri posted an amazing reading vlog on their YouTube channel about this book that ya’ll need to watch!

🌻 Biggest disappointment? 🌻

I don’t think I’ve had one yet for this year. Keyword: yet. Most of the books that I’ve been reading haven’t gone lower than three stars, most recently the things I’ve been reading have been somewhere between four to five stars. I think the reason that my reading has been so good has been due to me really taking the time to ask myself these questions…

  • Does this synopsis sound like something I would really enjoy? If so, why do you think you would enjoy this or what elements stand out to you the most that’s similar with past books you’ve enjoyed?
  • Is this a book with diversity, ownvoices, or something you really feel drawn to or you’re excited to boost?
  • Have you read the reviews for this book? Have you talked with your trusted reviewers and friends? Have/has problematic content or issues been addressed or brought to attention? If so, do you still think this is a book to put your time and energy into?
  • What content and trigger warnings have been stated about this book? Are you in the right head space right now to read this book? If the answer is no, do your self-care and come back to this later.

Those are just some of the questions I’ve been asking myself recently when I’m purchasing books, making my tbrs, even when I’m pre-planning books I want to buy in the next year, I ask these questions and double check. I’m constantly editing, adding, or removing books based off these questions. Obviously, it’s not perfect and I’m sure there’s flaws, but this has really been helping improve my reading.

🌻 Biggest surprise? 🌻

Oh gosh, did I mess up and state a book too early?! Okay, let me think… I think I’m going to have to say that it’s a tie between The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones and Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi.

The Only Good Indians for so many reasons! This book is probably going to hold a very special place in my heart for a very long time. I interviewed Stephen and it was a truly incredible experience. Also, reading this book, it chilled my bones. I haven’t read a horror novel that chilled me the way The Only Good Indians did in a really long time. The reading experience alone is something I won’t be able to shake for a long time. And while I’m not Blackfeet, I am Apache and as an Indigenous reviewer, having an arc of this book… I can’t express how honored I feel, how seen I feel, and how grateful I am.

Emergency Contact was a book I had on my backlist for the longest time. I never picked it up because so many reviewers said they didn’t like it. Out of all my friends and all my trusted reviewers, only two seemed to enjoy it. So I was really hesitant to pick it up. So when the Backlist Readathon happened, I used this as an opportunity take a leap of faith and finally read it. It was so good. I can understand why many readers struggled with it, but to me, it felt like two very real teens struggling with their own issues. I have no idea why I put it off for so long.

🌻 Rereads this year? 🌻

The only books I reread for 2020 has been the InnBoons Boro trilogy by Nora Roberts. I promise I’m working on an overall series review because so many of you want to hear my thoughts on it as a whole. But I will link my review for each book down below.

🌻 Newest fictional crush? 🌻

Surprisingly, I haven’t found one yet. Keyword: yet. I have some theories on which books may hold a new fictional crush, but right now, those books aren’t on my radar at the moment.

🌻 Newest favorite character? 🌻

Ooooooohhhhh… this is a hard one. I’m going to go with… Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles. I loved the side characters and our main three characters. Okay wait, when I refer to side characters, I’m talking the circus crew and Aros because they were fantastic. Even the wonderful and mysterious reporter we get introduced to near the end of the book, I loved her. It’s just a colorful cast and if you haven’t pre-ordered this book yet, please do so!

🌻 Book that made you cry? 🌻

Go read my review for The Sound of Stars. That’s all I have to say on that because just thinking about it, I’m getting a bit emotional.

🌻 Book that made you happy? 🌻

Despite the emotional moments in this book, I loved this book with my whole heart and it makes me so happy! If you haven’t read Check Please!, Book 2: Sticks & Stones yet, please change that right now!

🌻 Favorite book to film adaptation? 🌻

Sooooo… I don’t watch a lot of t.v. or movies… I think the last movie I watched was last year during the summer when my family was visiting…

🌻 Most beautiful cover you’ve bought this year (or received)? 🌻

Hands down, this award goes to A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown! The synopsis sounds amazing and I’ve heard nothing but good reviews for this book. On top of it the cover is STUNNING!

🌻 What books do you need to read by the end of they year? 🌻

All of them. Literally all of them because they all sound amazing and some of them are part of series that I need to finish, but I can’t read that fast and I get burnout so quickly. Or worse, my mental health will take a nose dive and then I have to claw my way out of the reading slump void to get back into reading.

🌻 Favorite post that you have done this year? 🌻

🌻 Favorite book community members? 🌻

I have so, so many! So here’s a small list of some of them!

🌻 Tagging: 🌻

Anyone who wants to do this and that includes the lovely souls above!


Okay, readers! I think those are all the questions (unless I missed some)! I had such a fun time answering these questions and some of them were so hard to chose answers for. Please feel free to tell me in the comments below if you have a Mid-Year Freak Out post so I can go check it out. Until next time, may you stay healthy, keep hydrated, stay safe, I love you! πŸ’›

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The Animal Crossing Book Tag!

Credit for inspiring this post goes to Destiny from Howling Libraries and her Animal Crossing Tag post. Make sure you check her blog out and give her some love!


Salutations Chapterlings! Yes, it finally happened… I have fallen deep into the hole that is Animal Crossing. In my defense, it’s a really addicting game and I have a very addicting personality. I was doomed from the start, but I’m having a wonderful time and still trying to persuade my spouse to come play as well. But I wanted to do something a little different and what’s more different than bringing in a gaming tag that somehow relates to books! So sit back and enjoy this wild ride!

🐾 PAST VILLAGER β€” who is a character you found when you were younger that still has a place in your heart? 🐾

I think I talked about this a few times, but when I was in third grade, I was reading thick books like The Tale of Despereaux. I discovered this book not long after I had become severely ill and advised to stay inside to fully recover. And reading that book, it was a wonderful adventure and I still remember the little mouse that changed my time in self-isolation. I still think about that book and Despereaux from time to time. I still love that little mouse with my whole heart.

🐾 BLATHER’S BLATHERINGS β€” recommend a historical fiction book that you think everybody should read 🐾

Oh jeez, this is one of the worst genres for me. Historical fiction is not my cup of tea. I guess, if I really had to choose, I would say The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare. Aside from one other series, this is a book that I really enjoyed and the male lover interest completely stole my heart. It is a romance book. If that’s not your cup of tea, I’m sorry. I don’t have many historical recommendations!

🐾 CELESTE’S WISH β€” what is a future book release you wish you could read now? 🐾

You know, I have shouted from the roof tops about how much I want to read Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas. However, I do have my interview with Stephen Gramham Jones on May 30th and I really, really want to read his book, The Only Good Indians. Aside from the cover, everything I’ve been hearing about this book has me excited and this book can’t be put in my hands fast enough. Also, being half Apache myself, I don’t talk about Indigenous authors or books enough and this is me telling you to go support this author.

🐾 TIMMY & TOMMY β€” what is your favorite sibling relationship in a book? 🐾

No, not another hard question to answer! I have read so many books with fantastic sibling representation. Of course, I’m a sucker for those books because I love my younger sibling a whole lot and would take on the world for them. I think out of all of the books I’ve read with great sibling relationships, There Will Come A Darkness by Katy Rose Pool definitely has that sibling relationship that I feel represents my younger sibling and I. Beru and Ephyra are two very different beings, but they’re still sisters. Beru is terminally ill and Ephyra is a force of nature that will stop at nothing to find a cure for her. While my younger sibling isn’t terminally ill, my younger sibling is more passive and quiet like Beru. Whereas Ephyra, who loves like a burning sun and is very protective, is more my personality. And I truly love their moments together.

🐾 THE EASTER BUNNY β€” a popular book character you’re not a big fan of 🐾

I feel like this is going to cause a huge uproar. However, I really didn’t care for The Darkling. Listen, not only did I strongly dislike The Darkling, but I strongly disliked Alina and Mal. The only one who made that trilogy a little brighter was Nikolai. Sorry, but that’s just me and my opinions.

🐾 NOOK’S LOANS β€” an author you’d give all your money to 🐾

That’s easy! Kerri Maniscalco! But seriously, I have so many authors I would throw my money at no matter what they write.

🐾 THE SISTERS ABLE β€” what is your favorite fictional family (found or otherwise)? 🐾

The only true answer is The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum! That’s all I have to say about that.

🐾 IT’S A C+ β€” what’s a book trope you don’t like that keeps popping up? 🐾

For once, I want the chosen one trope to back fire or be rewritten differently. While we’re on tropes, the whole Beauty & the Beast retelling trope, I’m over it. Give me a Hades and Persephone retelling, give me a chosen one story line where they’re really not the chosen one, give me something new and fresh. No matter how many different ways you write it, it’s still the same trope. Do something new!

🐾 THE WANDERING CAMEL β€” what is your favorite book set in a land far away from yours? 🐾

The Shadow of the Fox trilogy by Julie Kagawa. I love Japan, the culture, the history, and the mythology. If I had it my way, I would get a ticket as soon as possible and take a trip out there. One of my childhood best friends is Japanese-American and they still hold residency in Japan. They have trying for years to get me to come with them on one of their trips. So every time I recommend that trilogy, I always think of them, I think of Japan, and then I end up craving some homemade sushi.

🌸 Shadow of the Fox

🌸 Soul of the Sword

🐾 WHAT WOULD DODOS DO β€” a fictional land you wish you could fly away to at any moment 🐾

I think the question and answer above answers this question perfectly!

I tag anyone who wants to do this!


Okay, friends! I hope you had as much fun as I did writing this article! And I got to recommend some of my favorite books to all of you! If you plan on doing this tag, please feel free to tag me so I can read your answers and feel free to tell me in the comments below if you’ve read any of the books I talked about above. Until next time, stay hydrated, stay safe, I love you! πŸ’•

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The Real Neat Blog Award II

🌸 The Real Neat Blog Award I

It’s no surprise that Emer from A Little Haze Book Blog has nominated me for this award! This is the second time I’ve been nominated by Emer and if you haven’t seen her blog yet, definitely check it out! She has some great articles and she’s such a caring friend.

🌸 The Origins of the Real Neat Blog Award 🌸

Before I answer the questions I did a little googling to try and find the origins of this award and the earliest reference I can find to it goes all the way back to 2014 and to a blog called Dear Kitty, Some Blog.

The award came about as a way to highlight bloggers that need more attention because of their awesome content on their blogs and the first logo ever created for the award is this one that I found on the same Dear Kitty, Some Blog page:

🌸 The Rules 🌸

🌸 Display the Award Logo.

🌸 Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.

🌸 Answer the questions of the one who nominated you.

🌸 Nominate some bloggers.

🌸 Ask them seven questions.

🌸 Questions from Emer 🌸

🌸 Time for some self love. What is your favourite thing about yourself?

I could say a few things, but I think the biggest thing that I love about myself would be my empathy and sympathy. I don’t often talk about, but if you’ve been following me or this blog for a while then you probably picked up on a few things. My life hasn’t been an easy one and I learn just how cruel life can be at a very young age, younger than I should have been to learn about these things. If a friend were to come to me with a problem or they’re distress, or perhaps something traumatic happened to them, I would have a very deep understanding. Nothing really surprises me anymore because I have so much terrible experience, but those experiences have allowed me to help friends and understand what they’re going through on a much deeper level. It’s those experiences that have crafted me into being loyal to my friends, making them my ride or die, and defending them if they need it. I often don’t acknowledge the level of my sympathy and empathy, but it deserves the credit where it’s due.

🌸 It’s late. You’ve had a crazy long day and you are super hungry. What is your go to quick meal?

🌸 List the best five books that you have read in the last 12 months.

πŸ“– Soul of the Sword (Shadow of the Fox #2) by Julie Kagawa

πŸ“– Leo Loves Aries (Signs of Love, #1) by Anyta Sunday

πŸ“– The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited! by Clint McElroy

πŸ“– Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2) by Seanan McGuire

πŸ“– Where Dreams Descend (Kingdom of Cards #1) by Janella Angeles

🌸 Would you rather be an oak tree or a butterfly?

🌸 What book have you reread more than any other, or if you do not reread then why is that?

πŸ“– The Next Always (InnBoonsBoro Trilogy #1) by Nora Roberts

πŸ“– The Last Boyfriend (InnBoonsBoro Trilogy #2) by Nora Roberts

πŸ“– The Perfect Hope (InnBoonsBoro Trilogy #3) by Nora Roberts

I reread these three books whenever I miss my family, my hometown, and when I just need to be reminded of a sense of love and community.

🌸 If you were a kitchen appliance which one would you be? I am a kettle for sure, always getting boiled up about something…

I’m probably the favorite mug that someone always uses. I know that sounds weird or even bad, but hear me out. Coming home to your favorite mug filled with your favorite drink, always there when you need it, comforting you when the stress is too much… I am the favorite mug in your cupboard or sitting on your mug rack.

🌸 Would you rather win an Oscar (award for acting) or a Grammy (award for music)?

Oh jeez, this is hard. Music would be the obvious one, but the problem with that is it’s something that would expected of me. I already have a binder full of awards for being a singer. Honestly, I would love to win an award for acting. I’ve only done drama a few times which strangely enough I was always playing a dragon, but I would love to win an award for acting.

And those are all the questions Emer had in store for me! Dang, some of them were hard! Once again, if you haven’t checked pout Emer’s blog, go give her some love. She is a wonderful, caring friend who puts out great content.

Next up I am going to tag some blogs to receive this award:

🌸 Kayla from Books and Blends

🌸 Ren from A Bookish Balance

🌸 Lauren from Lala’s Book Reviews

🌸 Robin from Paperbacks and Planners

🌸 Destiny from Howling Libraries

🌸 Marie from Drizzle & Hurricane Books

🌸 Sue from BeautyBookCorner

It’s okay if tags and awards aren’t your thing. No one should feel obligated to do this tag unless they want to.

🌸 My Seven Questions 🌸

🌸 What’s one book that you can relate to the most and why?

🌸 Aside from reading, what’s you’re favorite activity to do in self-isolation?

🌸 You just inherited a house, you have one room left to remodel into the dream library. Describe what your dream library looks like and what the crown jewel of this library is.

🌸 Besides being a collector of books, what are some of the other things you collect?

🌸 Real talk, what’s one topic that you’ve been wanting to discuss on your blog, but haven’t and why?

🌸 What are the top five books you’re planning to buy from your local bookstore this year?

🌸 Feel good time! What are five songs that have been keeping your spirits high?

Okay, friends! I think that covers everything thing! I hope you enjoyed learning a little more about me. I hope the ones who’ve been tagged end up participating, but if not, check out their blogs anyway. They all offer some amazing content and it never hurts to follow more diverse bloggers. Until next time, may your tbr be large, you continue to stay safe and healthy, I love you! πŸ’•

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Social Distance Book Fest Tag

Salutations Chapterlings! I mentioned this before in my Authors to Support during Self-Isolation article, but I am one of the many hard workers helping with the Social Distance Book Fest! There are so many incredible people coming together to put this together with Bethany from Beautifully Bookish Bethany spear-heading this whole entire event. If you haven’t checked out the event yet, make sure you check out all of our social media links; Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr! Now, without any further delays, let’s tackle this book tag and spill my answers for these amazing questions!

🌼 Worldbuilding in Speculative Fiction & Historical Suspense: Share a book with great world building 🌼

This is probably one of my most favorite books that has amazing world building! I remember when I was reading this book, I was constantly holding my breath and I swear, I could almost feel the atmosphere wrapping around me.

Every Heart A Doorway Review

🌼 Tackling Consent, Gender, and Toxic Masculinity in Romance: Share a book with enthusiastic consent 🌼

Many romance books do this, but I could think of no better book! Not only does this book show positive consent between a man raised to treat women right and a widowed mother of three, but it also shows toxic masculinity and having a toxic person who uses misogynistic language to justify their actions, trying to shove their way into your life.

The Next Always (Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy #1) Review

🌼 So You Want to Start a Booktube Channel: Offer one piece of advice for aspiring book tubers 🌼

I will tell you the exact thing that was told to me when I express interest when I wanted to start my channel. Let go of the fear and just do it! I could sit here and tell you a whole list of things like be consistent, talk to people, etc… but you shouldn’t let fear hold you back from starting something you want to do or love to do. I held back from making my channel, my blog, my bookstagram because I had this fear of being unaccepted, being made an outcast, people attacking me for sharing my opinions and my love for the things I love, being hated for being myself and I reached a point where I just did it. It was the most liberating thing I did. When I let go of that fear, when I allowed myself to breathe and allowed myself to be myself, I made a place for myself in the book community and I’m really proud of it. I have made so many wonderful friends in this community, have had so many opportunities, and that would have never happened if I never let go of the fear. Besides, the best way to learn and let people hear what you have to say is to just start. I think that’s the best advice I can give to anyone who wants to get started in the book community or branch out past their perch.

🌼 From Boys in Outer Space to Magical Girls & Guillotines: Queer Voices in Science Fiction & Fantasy: Share a favorite sci-fi or fantasy book with queer representation 🌼

I kicked off the new year by reading The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum and what a book it is. I love this book with every fiber of my soul, my being, my whole heart and I’ll never be over it. There’s amazing lgbtqiap representation in this book and if I could, I would put this book in every person’s hands.

The Weight of the Stars Review

🌼 Beyond Stephen King: New Frontiers in Horror: Share a creepy book written by a woman, a person of color, or someone from the LGBTQIA+ community 🌼

If we’re being honest, I haven’t read a lot of creepy books. I was originally going to state Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez, but then I started to remember what that book did to me and then I said, “Nope, not today Satan!” So I chose Wilder Girls by Rory Power. Not only is this book written by a female author, but there’s plenty of body horror and lgbtqiap representation within this book. It wasn’t necessarily a creepy read for me, however, it is classified as a ya horror novel.

Wilder Girls Review

🌼 Fierce Femmes: Standing Your Ground: Share a book with a fierce female protagonist. 🌼

Let me just say this, I already love this book as a whole. However, my love for Ephyra in this book is an undying flame and what she chooses to do so she can save her sister, is my whole soul. She is a character who I still vividly remember after all this time since reading this arc in 2019. She is fierce, loyal, and would take any measure to protect the ones she loves.

There Will Come A Darkness (The Age of Darkness #1) Review

🌼 Navigating Latinx Identity in Fantasy: Share a fantasy book with Latinx representation 🌼

Although I still need to reread Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore, this author has a beautiful way of writing their books and bringing to life a story-line full of life. I think Anna-Marie McLemore is an author that deserves a little more boost for the worlds she creates. I’m currently hoping to pick up When the Moon was Ours soon!

🌼 Family, Friendship, & Determination in Middle Grade Fiction: Share a middle grade book with a great family or friend group 🌼

I debated so hard on this and I think I’m going to include two answers to this question. For starters, the obvious choice for me was The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I remember reading that book in middle school, watching the movie and absolutely loving it! Not to mention, this is a group of friends that would ‘ride or die’ for one another and that’s kind of my own policy with my friends and family. So it hits a special place in my heart!

The second recommendation I have is Pax by Sara Pennypacker. I haven’t heard many readers talk about this book in the book community. However, this is a book that is sure to give you The Fox and the Hound vibes. This is a book that left me in puddles of tears and this is a friendship that’s sure to make any reader appreciate their furry companions.

Pax Review

🌼 New Voices in YA Panels (SFF and contemporary): Share an upcoming release that you can’t wait to get your hands on! 🌼

This is the absolute hardest thing to answer! I’m just going to send you to THIS ARTICLE!

🌼 From Sherlock Holmes to Veronica Mars: Variations in the Mystery/Thriller Genre: Share a favorite mystery or thriller! 🌼

I just recently read The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited! and fell absolutely in love with it! I mean, I always love The Adventure Zone, but this book has to be my favorite so far! I love a good murder mystery (probably why I love Clue so much) and this was so much fun, so intense, and an all around great time. If you’re a fan of adventure/mystery books, then you should pick these books up!

🌼 Identity Formation & Deconstruction in Adult Fiction: Share a book that deals with identity in a positive or negative way. 🌼

Okay, I have two answers for this one as well! For starters, Mooncakes by Wendy Xu & Suzanne Walker is fantastic. We see two young teens navigating how they feel about one another and the representation in this graphic novel is absolutely fantastic!

I also want to add the Check Please books to this mix because there’s so many positive moments of coming out to friends, falling in love and developing a relationship, and then in book two, there’s so many good moments as well. So I can’t just pick one, it has to be both books!

Check Please! Book One Review

Check Please! Book Two Review

🌼 Social Distance Book Fest: Share a bright spot from the past few weeks! A book you read, a moment of self-care, something that made you laugh etc. 🌼

I have been reading so much this month and I’m honestly surprised. The first few months of 2020 felt like such a hard hit especially to my reading and now I’m reading so many books that I’m trying to catch up on reviews. But the thing that makes me so happy about all this, I’m enjoying reading and despite being sick with some type of flu, I have really been enjoying myself. I just feel really happy right now, in this moment and with the things I’m doing. Plus, I found the music video I have been trying to hunt down for months!


Okay, friends! Those are all the questions for the Social Distance Book Fest Tag! I hope you all enjoyed my answers and I hope you all are making plans to join in the fun on Saturday, April 25th, 2020! Let me know down in the comments below if you’re attending the Social Distance Book Fest or if you did the tag as well, let me know so I can check out your answers! I will also leave all the questions down below as well as Bethany’s tag video so youcan also participate in this wonderful tag! Until next time, I hope you enjoy all the bookish magic on Saturday, I love you! πŸ’•

🌼 Bethany’s Social Distance Book Fest Tag Video

🌼 TAG QUESTIONS 🌼

1. Worldbuilding in Speculative Fiction & Historical Suspense: Share a book with great world building
2. Tackling Consent, Gender, and Toxic Masculinity in Romance: Share a book with enthusiastic consent
3. So You Want to Start a Booktube Channel: Offer one piece of advice for aspiring book tubers
4. From Boys in Outer Space to Magical Girls & Guillotines: Queer Voices in Science Fiction & Fantasy: Share a favorite sci-fi or fantasy book with queer representation
5. Beyond Stephen King: New Frontiers in Horror: Share a creepy book written by a woman, a person of color, or someone from the LGBTQIA+ community
6. Fierce Femmes: Standing Your Ground: Share a book with a fierce female protagonist.
7. Navigating Latinx Identity in Fantasy: Share a fantasy book with Latinx representation 8. Family, Friendship, & Determination in Middle Grade Fiction: Share a middle grade book with a great family or friend group
9. New Voices in YA Panels (SFF and contemporary): Share an upcoming release that you can’t wait to get your hands on!
10. From Sherlock Holmes to Veronica Mars: Variations in the Mystery/Thriller Genre: Share a favorite mystery or thriller!
11. Identity Formation & Deconstruction in Adult Fiction: Share a book that deals with identity in a positive or negative way.
12. Social Distance Book Fest: Share a bright spot from the past few weeks! A book you read, a moment of self-care, something that made you laugh etc.

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The Mystery Blogger Award II

Salutations once again! I recently got nominated for a second time for The Mystery Blogger Award by the one and only Emer at A Little Haze Book Blog! You can find my first article for this award right HERE as the questions and answers will be different this time around! I say this all the time, but let me tell you all again, Emer is one of my lovely friends, fellow blogger, and just a beautiful ray of light in the book community! Emer has amazing articles on her blog that are fun like The Bedtime Book Tag and more serious topics/discussions like The Relationship Between Reviewer and Author, either way I adore Emer with my whole heart and soul so please make sure you check out her blog!

❄️ What is The Mystery Blogger Award? ❄️

The Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.

❄️ The Rules ❄️

❄️ Put the award logo/image on your blog.

❄️ List the rules.

❄️ Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

❄️ Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.

❄️ Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.

❄️ You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.

❄️ Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.

❄️ Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice.

❄️ Share a link to your best post(s).

Also, a huge thanks to Okoto from Okoto Enigma’s Blog for creating this award to bring light to wonderful bloggers!

❄️ Three Facts About Me ❄️

❄️ There are a few times that I mention this, but my mother provided new information for me and I wanted to do something that reflected my acknowledgement and appreciation for that information. I have this listed on all my social media and I have talked about my Native American heritage in a few posts. I always say very proudly that I am Apache and proud to be half Apache. However, the second week of December when I took a vacation, some of my family was visiting and I found out from my mother that I am also Cherokee on her side of the family. She had been tracing through our family tree and genetics (and still is) when she made this discovery. So I can now say that I am a proud Cherokee as well as Apache. And I say this all the time because I’m fully aware of my privilege compared to my family members who live on the reservations; even though I am very white passing I am very proud of my heritage, I am eternally grateful and blessed for the opportunities that I am given by living the life that I have, and (gosh I’m getting a bit emotional) I love my family and I’m extremely grateful that they remind me all the time how much they love me and that I don’t need to have darker skin for them to love me (because I agonize over this so much and so often), that they accept me just the way I am. This is a part of me that I’m very proud of, but it’s so bitter sweet at times as well. I like to keep my doors open and this is a part of me, a very soft and vulnerable part of me that agonize and love with an incredible force. And I really wanted to say this for the longest time and really honor the information my mother passed on to me.

❄️ I can officially announce this as well! If you have been following my Instagram then you may already know this, but in case you haven’t then let me officially announce the arrival of little Cresswell! Cresswell is my rescue kitten that my coworker has recently bestowed upon me. This has been in motion since December 2019 and this wasn’t a decision I made lightly or impulsively. I had to really analyze my home life, the dynamic with all my other fur babies, his age and the ages of my other pets, my spouse, and many other factors. I just recently agreed to bring this little guy home and for a while I wasn’t sure if I was going to get him (my coworker was pretty attached to him). However, things have all worked itself out and Cresswell has officially been brought home. As for right now, he is currently kept in my Spouse’s personal cave so he can build trust with us, not get overwhelmed by all the sights and smells, get his confidence, and take his time before we let him to his curiosity and explore our home. So you may see photos or videos of him surfacing on my social media in upcoming weeks!

❄️ That last one was more like an update, but I still think it counts. Anyway, this last fact about me is about my reading habits and that habit is I love listening to music while I read. While I do like ASMR, I find that ASMR relaxes me too much to the point of falling asleep doing whatever I’m doing. So as of recently I’ve been listening to a lot of instrumental mixes and most recently stumbled upon BLUME and Chillout Deer. Both of these creators have amazing mixes and they have been helping me focus on reading, taking notes, typing up articles, and just getting stuff done around the house. I will always love ASMR, but these two amazing channels have been killing it for me in 2020!

❄️ Questions by Emer ❄️

❄️ Do you think there is a place for one star reviews in the blogging community?

Well damn, jumping into the hard stuff right off the bat huh? I will always be honest and upfront about everything especially my own opinions. So I’m just going to say this now, if this offends anyone, I’m sorry.
Absolutely, one hundred percent, yes a million times. This is such a polarizing question and everyone and their mother has an opinion on this topic, including the creators, authors, or whoever is involved with the product. If we’re looking at just the book community, my answer still won’t change because a book can be just as bad as a product you buy in a store. The part that bothers me the most are those who feel the need (whether you’re someone in the community or you’re the creator of the product) to attack the people who give the one star reviews. I’m sorry, I must have missed the memo that said we’re all robots instead of human beings with souls, emotions, and feelings and that it’s a free for all to attack someone over their own opinions. Their own opinions. We all have opinions and we all perceive things differently. On that note, I also believe there is a way of writing a one star review without completely dragging the creator or being cruel to the creator to the point of emotionally or mentally hurting them. There is always a fine line to walk and it can be done. However, everyone involved in the outcome is responsible with their actions and the things they say.

❄️How do you feel about audiobooks?

I don’t hate them, but I don’t love them. I’m a sentimental soul and I love the feel , the weight, the smell of a physical book in my hand. However, I’m slowly adapting and trying to branch out into the more virtual format of books just to save of space and to try new things.

❄️ Have you ever emotionally identified with a character or plot in a book that you felt the author was writing the words that are etched on your soul?

Funny you should ask. I just had a moment like this with The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum. This has also happened with a few other books as well. With these type of books I will either get emotional or I’ll get emotional. And there is a difference between the two. The first one is usually a book that pulls on my heart strings, reminds me of something I’ve experienced, etc… The second one is full blown factory melt down, sobbing with snot dipping everywhere, flapping my hands around, flailing or shaking the book relentlessly, usually animals are fleeing the scene and my spouse looking in bewilderment of what just happened. So yeah, it happens every once in a blue moon.

❄️ What was the last book (or film) that made you cry?

Oh look, The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum…AGAIN!

❄️ What ice cream flavour do you think best represents your personality? E.g. are you vanilla with sprinkles? Maybe you’re a decadent salted caramel? Or maybe you’re a scoop of rocky road?

Mint chocolate chip trio’politan. It’s not just my favorite ice cream, it’s something I felt personally attached to since I was a child, something that just represents my soul and so many wonderful memories.

❄️ The People I’m Tagging ❄️

❄️ Donna

❄️ Kayla

❄️ Lauren

❄️ Robin

❄️ Marie

❄️ Kat

❄️ Amanda

❄️ Blair

❄️ Sabreena

❄️ Emer

It’s okay if tags and awards aren’t your thing. No one should feel obligated to do this tag unless they want to. Also, if you weren’t tagged then feel free to tag yourself!

❄️ My Questions for Those Tagged ❄️

❄️ As a reader, what is the biggest challenge you face when you’re reading and why?

❄️ What are your five favorite things to keep you out of a reading slump?

❄️ 2019 went by so fast, so what are your top five books you believe are five star predictions that you want to read before the end of 2020 that you didn’t get to read in 2019?!

❄️ You finally get the chance to design your dream reading nook! How would you design it and what would you include?

❄️ Your TBR has gotten so large that it’s out of control, what are some fun ways to help encourage you to read the books on your TBR or build your TBR for the month?


Okay, friends! Those are all the questions Emer has asked and once again, please check out Emer because she is a delight and I love her to pieces! As always, I’m incredibly grateful Emer thought about me to tag me in this for my second round of the Mystery Blogger Award. It means so, so much and it makes my heart so full. Anyway, until next time Chapterlings, may the end of January bring you many new additions to your shelves, I love you! πŸ’™

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5SOS Book Tag

Salutations everyone! I have been so kindly tagged by Lauren at Lala’s Book Reviews for this tag! I know nothing about this band, but I’m so thankful she thought of me and tagged me! So thank you so much Lauren! She is the original creator of this tag and she has some amazing content out there that you should check out! If you haven’t followed this kind soul then you should change that! Lauren is so kind, so sweet, and she was one of the very first book bloggers that I followed when I created my own blog. So give her some love and participate in this tag if you love her as much as I do!

🎼 Who is 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS)? 🎼

5SOS is a four piece band that started back in 2011 in Australia; the band consists of Luke (lead singer and guitarist), Michael (singer and guitarist), Calum (singer and bass player), and Ashton (singer and drummer). The guys started posting covers on youtube, discovered by Louis from 1D, and later moved to the UK to pursue their music career. They toured with 1D for a couple of years and since have making music of their own. They push the boundaries of what is means to be a band and are bringing back sounds that haven’t been seen in a while.

🎼 The Rules! 🎼

🎼 Mention the creator (Lala’s Book Reviews) and link this post

🎼 Tag some people at the end

🎼 Thank the person who tagged you

🎼 Most importantly: Have fun and listen to 5SOS


🎼 Unpredictable: A book that makes you want to throw caution to the wind and do something crazy 🎼

While this isn’t a fantasy or a contemporary read, Follow Me To: A Journey Around the World Through the Eyes of Two Ordinary Travelers always sparks a deep flame in my soul for travel. And if the stunning photos don’t make you want to check this book out, I believe both the author and the model are married now in real life!

🎼 Gotta Get Out: A couple that faced a lot of hardship together but come out stronger on the other side 🎼

While they’re not actually a couple, they do have an interesting partnership and I swear, I can’t make any post without talking about The Girl on the Other Side: Siuli A Run by NAGABE is worth every ounce of hype that I pour into this manga. I don’t hear anyone talking about this manga and I’m over in the void shouting at the top of my lungs that everyone needs to go check this manga out. It’s so underrated and the story-line is fantastic. This series is like an onion, the more you read this series the more you get these layers of what’s really happening. Volume 8 the English version comes out this year in March and I couldn’t be more excited for it!

🎼 Kiss Me Kiss Me: Who’s a character that leaves you wanting more? 🎼

So… there’s this character and his name is Thomas Cresswell. He’s talk, dark, sarcastic, and broody… I will always want more of Cresswell.

🎼 Never Be: A couple that lived in the moment and didn’t let life stop them. 🎼

This is a great question and I have no answer!

🎼 18: What’s a book that labeled as YA but is more NA? 🎼

Well… The first thing that comes to my mind is the ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Maas. I mean, damn, there were some scenes in there that had me clutching my pearls especially with ACOFAS.

🎼 Ghost of You: What quote makes you emotional every time you read it? 🎼

Oh jeez… I’m getting all soft just thinking about it!

β€œI don’t know when we’ll see each other again or what the world will be like when we do. We may both have seen many horrible things. But I will think of you every time I need to be reminded that there is beauty and goodness in the world.”

🎼 Want You Back: A series that you go back to time after time 🎼

Of course, I have to mention a Nora Roberts series! This is probably one of my favorite series by her and I constantly recommend it to those who want to get into her work. The Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy is fantastic; it follows three brothers and three best friends! Each book follows a different brother and a different best friend that brother is romantically interested in. There’s also some paranormal goodness mixed in as well. I love it so much!

🎼 Woke Up in Japan: What book left you with a nasty book hangover? 🎼

Oh my goodness, There Will Come A Darkness (The Age of Darkness #1) by Katy Rose Pool! My number one favorite read of 2019!

🎼 Babylon: Which couple caught fire quickly and burned out just as fast? 🎼

I’m still on board, but I know Nesta and Cassian was a pairing that a lot of readers were all for until a lot of things happened in book two and three of the ACOTAR series.

🎼 Broken Home: Who has a deep backstory that tore you apart? 🎼

Vivienne Marshall from The Extraordinary Journey of Vivienne Marshall by Shannon Kirk. This book destroyed me in so many ways and it’s a book that truly deserves more recognition and voice. This is an emotional read, but it’s nearly impossible to put this book down. Content/Trigger Warnings for graphic injuries, hospitalization, grief, toxic relationships

🎼 Daylight: What supernatural thing can you read about and never get sick of? 🎼

Hmm…probably werewolves or demons. Oh yeah, I love a good demon or werewolf element in a book. I blame Twilight for the werewolves, but I just really love a good demon character. I feel like demons are really underrated in fantasy and romance. But that’s just me!

🎼 Jet Black Heart: A morally gray character that hopes the other person can accept them for who they are 🎼

Once again, I will scream this at the top of my lungs, but literally all the characters in There Will Come A Darkness by Katy Rose Pool!

🎼 She Looks So Perfect: Whose an author that you recently discover only to find out that they aren’t a debut author and has released other books? 🎼

Emily Lloyd-Jones the author of The Bone Houses! The Bone Houses was another top pick for 2019 and I never knew Emily had another book out. I currently have her book The Hearts We Sold on it’s way to me and I’m incredibly excited for it. I really loved her writing and I can’t wait to see what this book is about!

🎼 Teeth: What upcoming release are you most excited for? 🎼

I have so many upcoming releases that I’m looking forward to! I even made an Anticipated 2020 Releases shelf that has a lot of the books I’m looking forward to! If I had to pick one title out of all of them that I think deserves more eyes on it, It would have to be Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry. I’ve been recommending this one to so many people lately and I honestly wish more readers had this book on their radar. It just sounds like a great read and I’m always here for books with different family dynamics and sibling relationships.

“The Torres sisters dream of escape. Escape from their needy and despotic widowed father, and from their San Antonio neighborhood, full of old San Antonio families and all the traditions and expectations that go along with them. In the summer after her senior year of high school, Ana, the oldest sister, falls to her death from her bedroom window. A year later, her three younger sisters, Jessica, Iridian, and Rosa, are still consumed by grief and haunted by their sister’s memory. Their dream of leaving Southtown now seems out of reach. But then strange things start happening around the house: mysterious laughter, mysterious shadows, mysterious writing on the walls. The sisters begin to wonder if Ana really is haunting them, trying to send them a messageβ€”and what exactly she’s trying to say.”

In a stunning follow-up to her National Book Award–longlisted novel All the Wind in the World, Samantha Mabry weaves an aching, magical novel that is one part family drama, one part ghost story, and one part love story.


🎼 Tagging! 🎼

🎼 Molly

🎼 Julith

🎼 Robin

🎼 Donna

🎼 Emer


Okay, friends! That about covers everything for this tag! Once again, I’m so grateful for Lauren to tagging me in this tag. It means so much that she would think of me for this tag. If you haven’t checked out Lauren’s blog, you can check her out right here! Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed this and if you weren’t tagged, feel free to do this tag anyway! Until next time, may your TBR be full, I love you! πŸ’™

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The Liebster Award II

Salutations Chapterlings! I’m back with another Liebster award! As always, Emer is a truly wonderful and kind soul for thinking of me every time she acquires one of these! If you haven’t had the pleasure of checking out Emer and her blog, then you should change that, immediately! Emer is a wonderful and insightful soul that brings so much to the book community and I feel truly blessed to call them my friend. So give her a little love and check out her social media!

🍁 What is the Liebster Award?

I found all this information on The Global Aussieβ€˜s page.

β€œThe Liebster Award is an award that exists only on the internet and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.”

🍁 Rules!

🍁 Say thank you to the person who has nominated you for the Award.

🍁 Answer the 11 questions the person has asked you

🍁 Nominate 11 people

🍁 Ask the people who you have nominated 11 questions

🍁 The Questions from Emer!

🍁 What is your favourite all time music video? Share a link.

I have SO MANY favorite music videos! But this is probably one of my top three! Just the lyrics alone fill my heart with so many emotions!

🍁 If you could spend a year living in another country where would you choose and why?

Hmmm…either Japan or Australia. Those are my top two places I could see myself living for a decent amount of time. Plus, they’re places I’ve always dreamed about visiting.

🍁 If you could switch places with any character (book, TV show, or film) for a day, who would you switch with and what would you do?

I would switch places with Persephone from Lore Olympus! She has so many amazing moments with Hades and I just want one chance to be in her shoes during one of these moments!

🍁 What is the best snack food in your opinion?

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🍁 Do you like to read the book before you watch its film adaptation?

Yes I do. I find that I really enjoy reading a book before watching any adaptation. However, there have been times where I have cheated this.

🍁 What’s on your list of top three books that you have read so far in 2019?

In this order, How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow, There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool, and House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

🍁 What are three things you love most about being a member of the online book community (blogs, book twitter, bookstagram, Goodreads etc.)?

I love all the wonderful people I have been meeting and talking with. I have found some of the greatest of friends through this community and I’m so grateful for that.

🍁 Do you have a bucket list? If yes, what are the top five items on your list? If not, what do you think would be in your top five?

I do and my top five are the following: Attend a BTS concert, finally travel to Alaska, meet my pen-pal of thirteen years face to face to the first without there being a computer screen between us, finally build a whole new office/library, and

🍁 If they were making a film of your life who would you like to cast as yourself?

🍁 What would you do if you were invisible for a day?

Honestly, it would be the most boring thing ever…I would probably find a comfy place and nap for the whole day and since I would be invisible, no one can wake me up!

🍁 If you could pick someone to write and perform a song inspired by you, who would you pick?

That’s incredibly easy. Kim Namjoon from BTS.


And those are all of Emer’s questions answered!

Thank you so much for tagging me! I’m so honored and grateful that you even thought of me! ❀️


And before I forget, here are the blogs that I tag!

🍁 The blogs!

🍁 Kayla

🍁 Robin

🍁 Donna

🍁 Marie

🍁 Destiny

🍁 Julith

🍁 Lauren

🍁 Diana

🍁 May

It’s okay if tags and awards aren’t your thing. No one should feel obligated to do this tag unless they want to.

🍁 My questions for those who are tagged!

1What has been your favorite memory so far for the year of 2019?

2What are you top three books you hope to finish before 2019 comes to an end?

3Name at least one book that was recommended to you (and tag the person) that you loved!

4If you had a theme song, what song would it be and why?

5If you could spend the day as any character (whether from a book or movie), who would it be and why?

6Do you like to eat a snack while you read? If so, what’s you’re favorite snack to have?

7Who are you top five fictional crushes?

8What is you most favorite time of the year? (This can be a holiday, a national day, the release date of a book, or even your birthday)

9Say one thing that you’re proud you of that you accomplished before the end of 2019!

10How do you few about playlists while reading?

11What’s one genre that you don’t often read from, but you would love to start reading more of?


Okay, friends! That wraps everything up and boy am I wiped! Some of those questions were tough and I really had to think on them. But I hope you all enjoyed this article as much as I did writing it! And once again, thank you so much to Emer who is just a wonderful soul in this community. Seriously, check her blog out and give her some love! Until next time, may the month of November end with lovely memories, I love you! πŸ’œ

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Real Neat Blog Award

I was nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award by the lovely Emer at The Little Haze Book Blog! Emer is such an amazing and kind soul! She has been supporting me for a while now and I’m so thankful I get to call her my friend. I’m truly grateful to be tagged for this and is means the world to me!

🍁The Origins of the Real Neat Blog Award🍁

Before I answer the questions I did a little googling to try and find the origins of this award and the earliest reference I can find to it goes all the way back to 2014 and to a blog called Dear Kitty, Some Blog.

The award came about as a way to highlight bloggers that need more attention because of their awesome content on their blogs and the first logo ever created for the award is this one that I found on the same Dear Kitty, Some Blog page:

🍁 The Rules:

🍁 Display the Award Logo.

🍁 Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.

🍁 Answer the questions of the one who nominated you.

🍁 Nominate some bloggers.

🍁 Ask them seven questions.

🍁 Questions set by Emer 🍁

🍁 What country that you have not yet visited would you like to go to?

Honestly, I would really like to go to Japan. It has been a lifelong dream of mine to one day travel there and see everything the culture has to offer. I would also love to travel to the United Kingdom. My lifelong penpal of fourteen years lives over there. She means the world to be, she’s one of my best friends, I really want to travel out there to finally hug her, meet her face to face, and share my greetings with the family I’ve come to know and love.

🍁 What is you favorite flower?

Everyone asks me this question because of my two tattoos. I actually have two favorite flowers. The first flower is a sunflower. I don’t want to go into details about that flower because it’s very personal, very emotional, and just something that stirs a lot of emotions in me around this time of year. The second flower is snapdragons. I love this flower with my whole heart and it wasn’t until a year ago that I found out the flower I loved so much in my childhood is called snapdragons. I love the look of them, I love how delicate they are, and I love the symbolism and meaning behind this flower.

🍁 If you could go back in time, to which time period would you choose to visit?

I feel like the Renaissance era would be a time where I would thrive and be madly in love with. Don’t ask me why, that’s just me guessing!

🍁 Do you believe we are alone in the universe?

We don’t know this question! We don’t know her! If I’m being absolutely honest; in my life experience there have been things that have happened to me, things I have seen and experienced that I can’t explain. Things that the people who were with me can’t explain. I’m not the type of person who likes to assume or even say “This is cut and dry! There’s no other option!” What I know from science alone, we’re still discovering and learning things about the ocean. It’s the exact same thing with space and the universe. I like to believe that there are some things we have yet to learn, or discover, or even know because we’re human beings and we’re always growing, learning, and adapting. So I think to cut and dry assume we are or aren’t alone in the universe is just silly. There’s always a mystery that can be unraveled, it’s just a matter of when and who will do the unraveling.

🍁 What is your all time favourite meal? (Include drinks, side orders, desserts etc. etc. Calories do not apply!!!!)

Once again, another question I love that people ask me. My answer will forever and always be… Mac n’ Cheese. No one can tell me otherwise.

🍁 If you were writing the book of your life what title would you give it?

This is something I have thought about for a very long time. I have spent my time in elementary school all the way to now, in my adulthood, thinking about this. I honestly think if I were to ever write a book about my life if would be titled one of two titles. The first one being Down the Rabbit Hole or Fox of Many Faces. Everyone asks why I would pick one of these titles and the answer is somewhere between is simple, but really complicated. I’m in my twenties and in my twenty some years of living, I have experienced more of life than most people can say. Those experiences have been dark, gruesome, great deals of sadness, and some of the happiest moments that have taught me things and have molded me into the person I am today. The reason I haven’t started writing that book even though I desperately want to, I’m not ready to reopen old wounds and look behind the lock doors of my memory. I’m a firm believer of “let sleeping dogs lie” and that’s where I stand with things for right now.

🍁 What is the blog post you are most proud of writing? Share a link to it.

This is really tough. My book blog is pretty new so there’s not a lot of articles or posts on it yet for me to really say “I feel accomplished as a blogger,” in my opinion. However, if I really had to pick one article, one post out of all the ones on my blog right now… it would be my review for Sadie. This was one of my hardest, hardest reviews I ever had to write. I don’t talk about my past very often or openly for that matter. I usually say, “I’ve seen some things” or “I’ve been through some messed up stuff,” but I never go into details. I always try to be as open and as honest, but my past is just something I don’t like to dig up. This book was the first time I felt like I owed it to, not only myself, but to all of those out there who have been molested or raped to say something, to speak about my experiences. I don’t go into a lot of details in my review about all of the situations, but writing that review, I was choking on my sobs and really fighting myself to make sure I spoke out about how broken our society really is. When writing about these things, it’s never easy and I scared my spouse like no tomorrow, but when I finished writing that review… it was like a relief had washed over me and I remember just finally breaking down for a full hour. After holding in all my thoughts for a couple of days and rereading all my notes, finally putting everything into a review and having no regrets about how that review turned out; this review took a part of me and it’s one of my reviews that every time I look at it, I feel nothing but pride.


Those are my questions from Emer! She really threw me for a loop there! Those questions were insanely hard to answer and things got a little tense near the end. But once again, thank you so much Emer! You always fill my heart with so much love and joy every time you tag me in these! Now I’m going to tag a few blogs to receive this award!

🍁 Blogs Tagged 🍁

🍁 Donna

🍁 Robin

🍁 Kayla

🍁 Lauren

🍁 Diana

🍁 Sara

🍁 Molly

🍁 Shaked

It’s okay if tags and awards aren’t your thing. No one should feel obligated to do this tag unless they want to.

🍁 My Seven Questions 🍁

🍁 What was the biggest influence for you starting your blog?

🍁 What is your favorite season?

🍁 If you could only live in one place for the rest of your life, where would it be and why?

🍁 What are the three items that are most precious to you?

🍁 What are you two biggest accomplishments for 2019 that you’re proud of?

🍁 If you could have any mythical creatures as a pet, what would it be and why?

🍁 What is one thing you wish to accomplish before the end of 2019?


Okay friends, that’s everything! Make sure you go give Emer some love and check out her wonderful content! She one blogger I wish I could eternally tag for the rest of my days because she’s so thoughtful and just amazing! I hope you enjoy this little, easy breezy post! I know I have been a bit absent due to fighting off whatever sickness I’ve come in contact with. I do promise that posts will be coming soon even if that means I have to start doing weekly updates. But as always, may November be kind to you, I love you! ❀️

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The Blogger Recognition Award

I can’t believe I’m so blessed to be tagged for the blogger recognition award by the amazing and lovely Emer at The Little Haze Book Blog! They are truly wonderful and I’m so grateful, so honored, and really soft about this whole thing. They’re too kind and there aren’t enough words to express my feelings. If you get the chance, definitely check out Emer’s blog! She has amazing content and she’s such a sweet person!

πŸŽƒ The Rules

  1. Thank the blogger/s who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select up to 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  6. Comment (or pingback) on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

πŸŽƒ How did Chapter Malliumpkin come to be

I briefly talk about this in my ‘About Me‘ section on my blog, but I’ll go into greater detail here. I’m probably going to get emotional and a bit sappy so I hope you’re ready for this.

I have always been a reader and a writer, ever since I was a kid. As a kid I had a lot of health problems and even now that I’m older, I still have a lot of medical struggles. With those struggles, I reached a point in my life where I felt like I was on repeat all the time. Around this time, a lot of difficult things were happening in my life and I remember like it was yesterday. It was a Wednesday, I had finished all my doctor appointments and I was at my LARPing (Live Action Role Playing) meetup for our next big chapter of our adventure. I had just finished putting on uniform for my character I play as (Malliumpkin or Mally-m-kin) when I got a phone call. That phone call changed a lot of things. After that day, there were a lot of events that happened over that following two weeks that caused me to take a step back and look at my life.

A few of my most trusted, most loyal friends actually pushed me into blogging about the books I read and they really helped me make the commitment to starting my bookstgram. I have been in the book community since 2014, but I was never really in it the way I am now. I had always wanted to start my book blog, but it wasn’t until I had been on bookstgram for a long enough time that I wanted to really invest my love and my time into my hobby of reading. And as for the name, well… Malliumpkin is not only the character name I go as for LARPing, but it’s my gaming tag, it’s a nickname that’s very personal and was given to me by someone very special and whom I value very highly in my life. The ‘chapter’ part was something that was added on at a later time when a lot of my LARPing buddies caught me reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban before one of our meetups started. So the name ‘Chapter Malliumpkin’ is something that was born from the love of many incredible, talented, and wonderful people who I’m immensely grateful to have in my life and very blessed that they put up with all my shenanigans.

Reading had always felt like some sacred, something kind of intimate throughout my life, and I never knew there were so many people out there who were interested in what I had to say about books or liked similar books. After really getting involved in the book community, I met so many incredibly kind, warm-hearted friends that really pushed me forward to making this blog and telling me to just go for it. Having that kind of support, it was like coming up for a breath of fresh air. I have never had that kind support, love, and so many people in my corner telling me to stop holding back (outside of my spouse, of course). And so here we are. On this blog that came to be out of inspiration, friendship, support, passion, and immense love.

πŸŽƒ My Advice

If you were like me, holding back from doing something you really wanted to do then let go and just do it. There are so many of us who will support you and want to talk with you about your thoughts, opinions, and you can make some of the strongest friendships in this community. I never would have started my blog if I never found the courage and if I never knew so many people supported me, wanting me to be happy. It truly has been an incredible journey and life it too short to be doing anything but the things you want to do.

My second piece of advice would be to just be yourself. You don’t have to try so hard to impress everyone or sacrifice your self-care for the sake of making sure you’re posting constantly. Not to mention, readers can tell when you’re forcing yourself to write about something you’re not that interested in. When you’re passionate about something, the writing will come naturally and your true emotions will always shine through in the end.

Getting involved is going to be your biggest challenge, but it’s the most rewarding. I’m the type of person who gets really bad anxiety and I stressed over saying the right thing. I blame the perfectionist side for that. But commenting, chatting, or even sending a simple message saying, “Hey! That sounds really amazing! Can you tell me more about it?” are some great ways of building friendships, establishing connections with others who like the same things that you do. And if you don’t connect right way, that’s okay. Try again and keep being social. In fact, if you’re here on this blog post, right now, reading it then comment something and let’s start a conversations! Let’s build a new bridge of friendship right here, right now!

And my final tip to you, dear reader, is to branch out and participate in something you normally wouldn’t do on your blog. Tags and memes are a great way to meet new people, interact with blogs you’ve never seen before, and overall just have fun. I worry, stress, and want things to be so perfect that I forget to have a little fun every now and again. You can still be serious and have fun. It’s also a great way to put out interesting content and help motivate you for regular blogging.

πŸŽƒ Bloggers I’m nominating for this award!

πŸŽƒ Melanie from meltotheany

πŸŽƒ Kayla from Books and Blends

πŸŽƒ Donna from Moms Book Collection

πŸŽƒ Robin from Paperbacks and Planners

πŸŽƒ Kat from Treestand Book Reviews

πŸŽƒ Destiny at Howling Libraries

πŸŽƒ Lauren at Lala’s Book Reviews

πŸŽƒ Kristin at Kristin Kraves Books

πŸŽƒ Sara at The Bibliophagist

πŸŽƒ May at Forever and Everly

πŸŽƒ Amy at A Court of Crowns and Quills


Okay, Chapterlings! That’s everything for this blog post! I hope you all enjoyed this and once again, make sure you go check Emer out. She is absolutely marvelous and I love her to pieces. And of course, I hope you enjoyed this blog post as much as I did. Until the next time, may October be treating you kindly, I love you! 🧑

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