Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Most Anticipated Books for the First Half of 2020

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018!


Salutations Chapterlings! Yes I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday and it’s in the new year! Happy new year dearest readers! For starters, I’m so glad that you made it to the new year, that you’re still here, still loving my content! I hope the new year has been treating you with nothing but kindness and that where ever you may be that you’re safe! But we’re here to talk books and I’m really excited about this article!

With the new year comes many new things, but the best things are all the new releases of books that we’re all eagerly anticipating. And boy…are we anticipating some really amazing titles. I have already started compiling my list on my GoodReads and I can’t believe how many titles there are that I want to read! I’m very excited and there’s so many other great titles coming out for this year. And while there’s so many titles I want to share with you all, I could only pick my top ten for the first half of the year. So without any further delays, here are my top ten anticipated releases for the first half of the year!


❄️ All the Stars and Teeth (All the Stars and Teeth #1) by Adalyn Grace


❄️ Loveboat, Taipei (Loveboat, Taipei #1) by Abigail Hing Wen


❄️ The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper


❄️ The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu


❄️ We Are Totally Normal by Rahual Kanakia


❄️ Ruthless Gods (Something Dark and Holy #2) by Emily A. Duncan


❄️ Come Tumbling Down (Wayward Children #5) by Seanan McGuire


❄️ Echoes Between Us by Katie McGarry


❄️ The Circus Rose by Betsy Cornwell


❄️House of Dragons (House of Dragons #1) by Jessica Cluess


Okay, that was seriously the hardest thing ever! But I hope you all enjoyed this list of amazing titles ready to burst into our hands this year! I’m very excited and I can’t wait to dive into some of these. In the meantime, feel free to tell me down below some of your anticipated release for the first half of 2020. And until next time, may your mailbox be filled with new releases, I love you! 💙

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Beasts of Abigaile Vol. 1 (Beasts of Abigaile #1) by Spica Aoki

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Content/Trigger Warnings: Bullying, violence, physical abuse, scene of child abuse, slavery, talk of torture

“I never could’ve imagined…the unthinkable trails that awaited me…here on Abigaile.”

Dearest readers, this book completely took me by surprise. Actually, I shouldn’t be that surprised because my dearest friend Kayla from Books and Blends recommended this series to me and we have very similar taste in books. And I ate this first book alive! I devoured it and now I’m waiting for my order of the rest of this series to arrive. There are werewolves, there’s a character named Darrio who is just a flamboyant precious bean, and I have so many questions that I need answers to. I just fell in love with this a whole ton and I’m so excited!

Our story follows Nina who recently relocated to the beautiful country Ruberia. Even though this country is very beautiful, this country has many dark secrets lurking underneath it’s surface and Nina quickly realizes the darkest secret of them all. Once bitten by a wolf-like luga, Nina soon transforms and dragged off to the penitentiary academy know as Abigaile, where the luga of Ruberia learn how to serve humans. With her strong-willed personality, Nina will make extraordinary friends, gain a lover or two, plenty of enemies, and disrupting the alpha-omega hierarchy from it’s core!

I love Nina as our main character. She has so much life to her and the way she stands up to right the wrong being done just fill my heart with so many warm feelings. I will always be a sucker for strong willed characters who voice their words, stand up for those who don’t know how to, and still have the compassion when the situation would harden most. She easily became a character I was invested in and saw myself in. She just has one of those personalities that you can’t resist even if you really wanted to.

We also get introduced to a bunch of other characters that are probably going to make plenty of other appearances. For starters, you have Gilles who’s on the student council at the academy and I’m not going to lie, he’s a bit of a dream boat! We also have Roy who’s not only an alpha of one of the groups at the academy, he’s also the wolf who bit Nina and seems to have it out for her. Then we have one of my favorite and most exciting characters, Darrio. He’s the alpha who takes Nina in and offers her protection. He also has an incredible taste in fashion and is very flamboyant. I love him to pieces and I will protect him with my whole heart and soul! There are many side characters, but these are the main characters who stick out the most in this book and I have no doubt that we’re going to see so much more from them in upcoming volumes.

The thing that blew me away the most with this volume was the ending. I love a good series or book that ends on a really great cliffhanger that encourages the readers to keep reading. And this cliffhanger, it was so juicy and good. I wanted so much more when I read those final pages because those few pages offer so much, but it leaves you craving more, having so many questions, and wondering what this all means. I’ll be honest, I took some series notes and predicting what will happen in the next volume because my curiosity is eager to know.

Overall, I know this wasn’t a super long review, but I don’t want to say too much that might reveal twists or major events that happen in this first volume. What I will say is how good this first volume was and how fast paced everything is. As I said, I’m eagerly awaiting the arrive of the rest of the series because my drive to power read through this series is on a high right now. If you’re anything like me who loves a fast paced read that involves werewolves and dark secrets then this is going to be a manga series you want to pick up. Also, this series is super short! Aside from one other series that I know of, this series only has four books in total. If you’re a fast reader, you can easily breeze through this series super quickly! I highly recommend checking it out and giving it a chance!

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Tags

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!

“I 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 message—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! 💙

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Monthly TBR

January 2020 TBR

Happy New Year readers! A new year means new books to read and that means all the TBRs are being put out into the world! And yes, that means I’m going to be attempting to tackle my 2019 backlist early. If you saw my 5 Star Predictions, you probably have already seen some of these books on that list. However, there are a few books that I haven’t mentioned on that list you’ll also be seeing in this article. I’m very excited for a lot of these books, I’ve heard the good and the bad, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that my predictions are right about all of them. Anyway, let’s jump into these books so you can see all the amazing titles planned for the month of January!


❄️ January TBR ❄️

❄️ Infinity Son (Infinity Cycle #1) by Adam Silvera

January 14th, 2020 by Simon & Schuster

❄️ Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

November 5th, 2019 by Simon Pulse

❄️ White Stag (Permafrost, #1) by Kara Barbieri

January 8th, 2019 by Wednesday Books

❄️ 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

October 1st, 2019 by Disney-Hyperion

❄️ The Wicked King (Folk of Air, #2) by Holly Black

January 8th, 2019 by Little, Brown Books


❄️ Buddy Reads ❄️

❄️ Truly Devious (Truly Devious, #1) by Maureen Johnson

January 16th, 2018 by HarperCollins

Buddy Read with Kayla from Books and Blends


❄️Dragons & Tea Book Club Buddy Read ❄️

❄️ The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum

March 19th, 2019 by Imprint

The Dates & Breakdown:
January 13th: 1 – 76 (43 seconds)
January 14th: 77 – 147 (cracked)
January 15th: 148 – 221 (3 hours)
January 16th: 222 – 298 (3,850 days)
January 17th: 299 – end

Content/Trigger Warnings: Physical fight, bullying, injuries, hospital, sexual assault, pretend deafness, mention of suicide.


Okay, Chapterlings! Those are all the books I have planned for the month of January! I know, I do this all the time with setting up a TBR and then never sticking to it, but I promise 2020 is going to be a year of sticking to the TBR no matter how much I may want to pick up other books. As I said, I can’t wait for some of the books I have planned for this year. I hope you all are excited for the new year as much as I am. With that, feel free to tell me some of the books that have found it’s way onto your TBR this month in the comments below. Until next time, I hope January gives you plenty of five star reads, I love you! 💙

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Wrap Ups

December 2019 Wrap Up

Salutations dear readers! Welcome to the new year and me catching you up on all the things that have happened in the month of December! Yes, I have a wrap up for you and as always, I want to be completely open with you. December was a struggle of a month with a lot of things happening in my personal life. More specifically around the holidays I took three major blows that really took a toll on my mental health and trying to finish the books that I had was a struggle. However, I’m very proud of finishing the books that I have and I think it’s okay to have a small number count in the books you’ve read for a month. Honestly, I thought I read only one or two books for the month of December. I’m content and satisfied with these few books and I hope you enjoy the reviews for these books!


❄️ An Alaskan Christmas by Jennifer Snow | ⭐⭐⭐⭐

❄️ An Incurable Case of Love, Vol 1 (An Incurable Case of Love #1) by Maki Enjoji | ⭐⭐⭐⭐

❄️ In/Spectre, Vol. 1 (In/Spectre #1) by Chashiba Katase | ⭐⭐⭐⭐

❄️ Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove #1) by Shelby Mahurin | ⭐⭐⭐

❄️ My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by Stephanie Perkins | ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Okay, Chapterlings! Those are all the books I read in the month of December! As I said, it was going to be a short list of just five books, but it’s okay to have a small reading count. I think it’s important that we take our mental into consideration when we read and if that means we read less in a month then that’s okay. So we shouldn’t be hard on ourselves if we read more in one month and less in another. But please feel free to tell me in the comments below some of the books you read in the month of December! I’m always looking for new books to look into! Until next time, my January bring you many five star reads, I love you! 💙

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Book Hauls

December 2019 Book Haul

Salutations friends! We’re finally in the new year and I can finally show you all the wonderful book blessings I received during the holiday season! I know, I know… this post is a bit late, but I was waiting on one book to arrive book the mail system was backed up immensely. To be honest, I almost did make this post without that book, but it was a very special book sent by an amazing friend so I couldn’t bring myself to do it without it. Anyway, this list is going to be super short, sweet, and to the point. So I hope you all enjoy this December book haul!


❄️Book Subscriptions ❄️

❄️ The Wives by Terryn Fisher

❄️ The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

❄️ The Guinevere Deception (Camelot Rising #1) by Kiersten White


❄️ Holiday Gifts From My Friends ❄️

❄️ Robin by Dave Itzkoff


❄️ Gifts From My Family ❄️

❄️ Beasts of Abigaile Vol. 1 (Beasts of Abigaile #1) by Spica Aoki

❄️ A Court of Thorns and Roses Collector’s Edition by Sarah J. Maas

❄️ Fables: The Deluxe Edition, Book Six by Bill Willingham

❄️ Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone illustrated by J.K. Rowling


❄️ Physical Books From Publishers ❄️

❄️ Infinity Son (Infinity Cycle, #1) by Adam Silvera


Well, I did warn you it would be short! Okay, friends, that concludes this December book haul! I hope you all enjoyed seeing what I got this year during the holiday season. I’m very excited for all of these books especially Infinity Son by Adam Silvera, highly anticipated release of 2020! But please feel free to tell me in the comments below if any of these books made you excited or even chat about the books you received during the holiday season. Until next time, I hope the first few days of the new year are kind to you, I love you! 💙

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Misc.

My 2020 Goals | Bookish and Personal

Salutations Chapterlings! I can’t believe we’ve reached the end of December, the end of 2019, and we’re reaching into a era of exciting things waiting to happen! I have so many feelings. Reflecting back on what an intense and wild ride of a year this was, it blows my mind every time. I feel so grateful, so humbled, but also incredibly sad and emotional. I really wanted to take the time to be open with all of you, yes you dear reader, about some of the things that have happened this year that I’m proud of, things that have really opened my eyes and made me feel really blessed, and just deserve to be recognized before we get into my goals.

🎇 I started the year off strong with recognizing that I’ve progressed into a more critical reader.

🎇 I survived a horrible and terrifying car accident that almost took my life.

🎇 I found a deep love for BTS!

🎇 I ended a really toxic friendship that was eating my mental health to pieces.

🎇 I became a rep for one of my favorite small businesses, Jemlin Creations!

🎇 I started this blog!

🎇 I’ve made so many more amazing friends in the book community like: Kayla, Emer, Donna, Robin!

🎇 I’ve had so many wonderful and exciting buddy reads this year.

🎇 I got promoted at my job and became the first woman in my family to say they reached a management position!

🎇 I rediscovered my self-worth and value all over again.

Whoo, that felt so amazing to say, to put all of this out there into the world, to finally feel that weight of what each one of these things carry with them. This year truly has been a roller coaster of events, emotions, and the sense of a heavy weight on my shoulders. And now I’m truly ready to move into the new year and welcome more positive things in 2020. I have such big plans for the new year and yes, this is the official announcement of some of the things I have planned for the new year. I’m truly excited, very blessed for the amount of support that I’ve received, and I can’t wait to see what 2020 will bring!


🎇 Bookish Plans 🎇

🎇 Get caught up on my 2019 backlist!

🎇 Officially reach 100 books read for my first year.

🎇 Finally, FINALLY get my BookTube channel up and running! (Yes, this is happening!)

🎇 Get that TBR cart under control or invest in a new one!

🎇 Get more organized with where my books are coming from.

🎇 Celebrate one year of book blogging.

🎇 Read more newer releases!


🎇 Personal Plans 🎇

🎇 Find a job that respects me as a person.

🎇 Get into less accidents.

🎇 Spend more time with friends and family.

🎇 Try new things!

🎇 Get at least three blog posts out every week.

🎇 Do more of what I love.

🎇Be kinder to myself and treat myself every once in a blue moon!


Okay, friends! Those are all my goals for 2020 and I’m nervous, anxious, and so excited! I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did putting this article together. As I mentioned, so many emotions and feelings have been risen from writing this article. Reflecting and looking back, I’m grateful for all the hardships, the challenges, and the weight each thing carries with them. It something I will never forget and I’m truly blessed for each moment. But please tell me in the comments some of your 2020 goals whether they’re personal or bookish, I would love to hear it and you have my full support! Until next time, may you new year take off with a bang, I love you! 💕

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