#5OnMyTBR

#5OnMyTBR | Halloween Freebie

#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook
You can learn more about it here or in the post announcing it.


Welcome back my friends! I know I said I would have more posts over the last couple of days, but my body decided to get sick. So I’m currently still sick, trying to rest and recover the best that I can, and hopefully once I feel more up to snuff I’ll be able to start getting back into the swing of things. However, I do have my #5OnMyTBR for you today. Now most of these aren’t centered around Halloween. For a lot of these, I wanted to go with atmosphere reads or ones that I assume would be very atmospheric to read during Halloween. There is one Halloween novella on here and I’m a little disappointed I haven’t had the chance to read it yet, but cie la vie! Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the books I picked out and of course, I hope you’re ready to get your spooky on this week! πŸŽƒ


πŸŽƒ The Guest List by Lucy Foley πŸŽƒ

“The bride ‧ The plus one ‧ The best man ‧ The wedding planner ‧ The bridesmaid ‧ The body

On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed. But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. The groomsmen begin the drinking game from their school days. The bridesmaid not-so-accidentally ruins her dress. The bride’s oldest (male) friend gives an uncomfortably caring toast. And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?”


πŸŽƒ Pan’s Labyrinth The Labyrinth of the Faun by Guillermo del Toro πŸŽƒ

“Fans of dark fairy-tales like The Hazel Wood and The Cruel Prince will relish this atmospheric and absorbing book based on Guillermo del Toro’s critically acclaimed movie.

Oscar winning writer-director Guillermo del Toro and New York Times bestselling author Cornelia Funke have come together to transform del Toro’s hit movie Pan’s Labyrinth into an epic and dark fantasy novel for readers of all ages, complete with haunting illustrations and enchanting short stories that flesh out the folklore of this fascinating world.

This spellbinding tale takes readers to a sinister, magical, and war-torn world filled with richly drawn characters like trickster fauns, murderous soldiers, child-eating monsters, courageous rebels, and a long-lost princess hoping to be reunited with her family.

A brilliant collaboration between masterful storytellers that’s not to be missed.”


πŸŽƒ Mating the Huntress (Monsters and Mates #1) by Talia Hibbert πŸŽƒ

“This Halloween, love bites back… hard.

Chastity Adofo knows a monster when she sees one. As soon as Luke Anthony wanders into her family’s coffee shop, she recognises the evil lurking beneath his charming smile and fantastic arse. The handsome werewolf is determined to have herβ€”but she’s determined to cut out his heart.

Little does she know, Luke’s plans for her are far more pleasurable than murder. And when the full moon rises, all bets are off…

Mating the Huntress is 30,000 words of red-hot, Halloween-themed romance. This novella contains one flirtatious, cursed creature of the night, one badass, knife-happy heroine, and forbidden lust at first sight. Please read responsibly!”


πŸŽƒ Delicates (Sheets, #2) by Brenna Thummler πŸŽƒ

➳ Publication: March 16th 2021 by Lion Forge/Caracal
ARC was provided by NetGalley and Oni Press in exchange for an honest review.

➳ Sheets by Brenna Thummler Review

“Marjorie Glatt’s life hasn’t been the same ever since she discovered a group of ghosts hiding in her family’s laundromat. Wendell, who died young and now must wander Earth as a ghost with nothing more than a sheet for a body, soon became one of Marjorie’s only friends. But when Marjorie finally gets accepted by the popular kids at school, she begins to worry that if anyone learns about her secret ghost friends, she’ll be labeled as a freak who sees dead people. With Marjorie’s insistence on keeping Wendell’s ghost identity a secret from her new friends, Wendell begins to feel even more invisible than he already is.

Eliza Duncan feels invisible too. She’s an avid photographer, and her zealous interest in finding and photographing ghosts gets her labeled as β€œdifferent” by all the other kids in school. Constantly feeling on the outside, Eliza begins to feel like a ghost herself. Marjorie must soon come to terms with the price she pays to be accepted by the popular kids. Is it worth losing her friend, Wendell? Is she partially to blame for the bullying Eliza endures?

Delicates tells a powerful story about what it means to fit in, and those left on the outside. It shows what it’s like to feel invisible, and the importance of feeling seen. Above all, it is a story of asking for help when all seems dark, and bringing help and light to those who need it most.”


πŸŽƒ The Boy in the Red Dress by Kristin Lambert πŸŽƒ

“New Year’s Eve, 1929.

Millie is running the show at the Cloak & Dagger, a swinging speakeasy in the French Quarter, while her aunt is out of town. The new year is just around the corner, and all of New Orleans is out to celebrate, but even wealthy partiers’ diamond earrings can’t outshine the real star of the night: the boy in the red dress. Marion is the club’s star performer and his fans are legion–if mostly underground.

When a young socialite wielding a photograph of Marion starts asking questions, Millie wonders if she’s just another fan. But then her body is found crumpled in the courtyard, dead from an apparent fall off the club’s balcony, and all signs point to Marion as the murderer. Millie knows he’s innocent, but local detectives aren’t so easily convinced.

As she chases clues that lead to cemeteries and dead ends, Millie’s attention is divided between the wry and beautiful Olive, a waitress at the Cloak & Dagger, and Bennie, the charming bootlegger who’s offered to help her solve the case. The clock is ticking for the fugitive Marion, but the truth of who the killer is might be closer than Millie thinks.”


I’m really happy with my choices. I think I picked some really good or interesting books. I do know that one of these books has been polarizing in the book community, but I would still like to read it to form my own opinions. I hope you enjoy my picks. Did any of these catch your interest? Do you want to see a review for any of these books? Come chat with me in the comments below! Until next time, I hope you’re staying safe, and have a spooky week! I love you! 🧑

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A Few Things I’m Enjoying in Self-Isolation | Part II

Salutations friends! I hope you’re doing well, staying hydrated, and fully prepared for spooky season! I know I took the majority of last week off and only gave a few small allusions to what’s been happening via social media. To be as open as I can be, there’s a lot of medical emergencies happening within my family. So that’s been consuming a lot of my attention right now. If you’ve been here a while then you know family is everything to me and no matter what it is, I would drop everything to be there for them. Truly, I would move earth and sky to be there for my family.

Anyway, I wanted to return to my blog with something positive and to just talk about some of the things I’ve been enjoying while in self-isolation. I think back in the late spring, early summer I posted my first article with just a few small things. However, I wanted this one to be a little bit different than that article. I wanted to break this article down into bookish things and non-bookish things. There have been quite the few things that have been making isolation a little better and bright. So with any further delay, here are some of the things I’ve been enjoying!


πŸ‚ Bookish πŸ‚

πŸ‚ Notion
If you haven’t heard about Notion by now then I don’t know where you’ve been hiding. Notion has been taking the book community by storm. I recently talked about how helpful Notion has been in my note taking article, where I mention how helpful it’s been with getting organized. Even more so when it comes to arcs. Notion has really been helping me organize and prioritize my arcs. I also created a template that helps with tracking upcoming releases as well. I’ve really been having fun with it and exploring the different templates, how to customize and personalize it to fit my own needs, and if you haven’t checked it out already, I definitely recommend giving this site a chance!

πŸ‚ Wick and Jane Candles
I feel like I don’t emphasize it enough of how important it is to shop small and support small businesses. Wick and Jane is a small candle business, run by Jane, who is the sweetest and one of the most delightful souls I’ve met in the book community. Ever since I placed me first order from Jane, they’re the only candles I ever buy anymore. These candles have amazing throw (I’m talking I can smell it on the other side of my home kind of throw), named after some of our favorite book characters, and the candles themselves are so beautiful. She also has other products such as lotion, roll on perfume, and I believe body spray now. So check out the shop and if you’re in need of some candles, maybe place an order!

πŸ‚ Cook books
Since being home and isolating, I’ve been doing a lot of home cooking and that means breaking out cook books, family recipes, and all things that contain deliciousness! One of the cook books I’m really enjoying has been the Overwatch The Official Cookbook. I did get to see my family over the weekend and they dropped off very belated birthday gifts for my spouse and I, and one of those presents was this cookbook. I’ve been wanting this cookbook for so long and I haven’t stopped looking over all the recipes in it. I’m currently planning to make two of the recipes and I’m eager to try some of the others like the Deadeye drink!


πŸ‚ Non-Bookish πŸ‚

πŸ‚ Squishables
If you didn’t know, I very much love plushies. They are one of my greatest comforts and mental health helpers. In my current journey of healing and rediscovery of my love for many things, I realized how many things I was suppressing or trying to fit into such a small enough box due to convincing myself there wasn’t as much room in my life because of reading. So when a very dear, long life friend of mine sent me a package of Squishables, I was in tears. The ones I received reminded me of how much I love this company, loved the community, and reminded me how important they are to me.

πŸ‚ Video Games
I talk about video games all the time whether in reviews or just chit-chatting here on the blog. Recently I’ve been doing some late night gaming and have fallen into two spooky season events. One for Overwatch and the other for Killing Floor 2. I’ve also been really excited to try Phasmophobia, as well. A lot of gaming streamers I typically watch have been streaming this game and ever since I’ve been hooked, eagerly wanting to give it a try. Also, there’s my highly anticipated game, Monster Prom 2 Monster Camp coming out this month and I’m eagerly waiting to get my hands on it so I can start playing. And of course, I’m always lurking in the rabbit hole that is Animal Crossing. I’ve really been falling in love with gaming again and having a blast.

πŸ‚ Davids Tea
As much as I love coffee, I love tea just as much. After we drank so much of the tea we have, I had to place another order for tea. Usually I drink a lot of Harney & Sons, but I wanted to branch out and try other brands this time. A fellow member of the book community recommending trying Davids Tea and I’m pleasantly surprised with how much I’ve been loving the tea. I definitely wish I had branched out sooner, but I’m really glad to be drinking their tea now!


Okay, friends! Those are some of the things I’ve really been loving and enjoying in isolation right now. A lot of this has been a piece of my healing and rediscovering things about myself that I’ve missed, pieces of myself I loved, and being at peace with myself. I hope you all enjoyed this little post. Do you have some favorites you’ve been enjoying in self-isolation? Come chat with me in the comments below. Until next time, remember to be kind to yourself! I love you! 🧑

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Super Long Book Titles

Top Ten Tuesday was created byΒ The Broke and the BookishΒ in June of 2010 and was moved toΒ That Artsy Reader GirlΒ in January of 2018!


Hello friends! I hope all of you are doing well, staying hydrated, and enjoying the little things! I have another top ten Tuesday for you. This might be one of the hardest TTTs I have ever done. I wish I was joking, but I’m not. I stayed up till 3 a.m. going through my shelves, searching through my GoodReads, even consulting with my spouse in case they knew of any long titles. It was sooo gosh darn hard, but I some titles that are at least long in my opinion. So I hope you all enjoy the ones I’ve chosen!


πŸ‚ Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland πŸ‚


πŸ‚ How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow πŸ‚


πŸ‚ While the Earth Sleeps We Travel by Ahmed M. Badr πŸ‚


πŸ‚ Get A Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert πŸ‚


πŸ‚ This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone πŸ‚


πŸ‚ Sweet on You: A Filipino Christmas romance by Carla deΒ Guzman πŸ‚


πŸ‚ Wotakoi Love is Hard for Otaku, Vol. 1 byΒ Fujita πŸ‚


πŸ‚ Space Battle Luchtime Vol. 1 Lights, Camera, Snacktion by NatalieΒ Riess πŸ‚


πŸ‚ Down Among the Stick and Bones by SeananΒ McGuire πŸ‚


πŸ‚ There Are Things I Can’t Tell You by EdakoΒ Mofumofu πŸ‚


I feel like there are so many other titles out there that are far longer than these titles. I’m not sure about you, but I definitely feel that any title that is more than three words should be considered a long title, but that’s just me. Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed my picks! Do you know of some titles that are long or really, really long? Come chat about it in the comments below! Until next time, I hope your October has been super spooky, I love you! 🧑

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Misc.

How I Take Reading Notes

Salutations fellow readers! As many of you know, I try to do very detailed book reviews. Even with my manga, graphic novels, poetry, etc… I try to be as detailed and thorough as I possibly can. During the beginning of 2020, I was asked by two friends about my reviewing process, items I use, and how I manage everything.

I’ll be honest, this process (and this article) has been a work in process for two years and I’m very excited to finally talk about my process. I didn’t start tweaking and critically reviewing/reading till the end of 2018. So this is an article that feels very personal and feels like one of the goals/achievements I’ve been striving towards. And even then this process has been adapting and changing as I adapt and change. This isn’t a perfect system, I don’t have this fully flushed out, and this is something that’s growing as I grow.

After all this time, I’m finally in a place where I feel confident to share this with all of you. And maybe what works for me, it may also help your own reading and reviewing process. So I hope you enjoy!


🍁 Why I take Reading Notes 🍁

Let me be frank, note taking isn’t for everyone. And if you’ve already tried note taking, but it didn’t work out, that’s completely fine. You’re not alone in feeling like that and you don’t have to push yourself. In fact, when I started being more active in the book community, I didn’t take notes while reading or reviewing either. I think the reason may be from my time spent in elementary school and being taught at such a young age to take notes in our textbooks, reading books, etc… For me, reading has always been an escape and over time it felt like pieces of my love for reading was being chipped away.

So taking the notes that I do now, it’s due to finding a love and enjoyment within note taking, and seeing all that work bloom into something I’m proud of. I got a little off topic, but the point is it took me a long time to get where I’m at now with reading and note taking. As I said, this process has taken me a long time to build and as I built this, there’s been healing, growth, and rediscovery. I’ve grown this into something positive to enhance my reading and fortify my own love for reading.

➳ It helps me keep track of important details such as content/trigger warnings, representation, character names and povs, settings, etc… This is incredibly important especially when you have genres like high fantasy.

➳ Sometimes I get pent up thoughts and energy about scenes, moments, and I need a space that allows me to word vomit, freak out, gush, etc… This spares my friends and family from me babbling like a brook and it’s a more private space for my thoughts, and feelings.

➳ It keeps a physical record of my thoughts and reading process. This becomes very useful for rereads and series. It allows me to see the growth, decline, and development of my feelings which play a large role in the way I write my reviews.

➳ These notes allow me to structure a coherent review. This comes in really handy especially during times when I’m really sick or don’t have a lot of energy (which is usually often), have burnout, my schedule is full, or if I’m traveling.

These are just a few of the reasons why note taking has been so beneficial to my reading especially when it comes to the reviews that I usually write. However, this is just how it makes things more helpful for me and it’s a different experience for everyone.


🍁 Items I Frequently Use for Note Taking 🍁

➳ Colored page markers

➳ Colorful sticky notes

➳ Pastel highlighters

➳ 100 Sheet sketch book (or anything that’s styled like this)

➳ Precision micro-line pens

➳ Zebra Ballpoint pens

➳ Transparent sticky notes

These are just a few of the items I use. Of course I have bookmarks, but these are the main items I use for all my note taking. The notebook itself can be spiral notebook. I use two different ones for note taking, but I always make sure one flips up and behind.


🍁 How I take Reading Notes 🍁

➳ Kindle Notes & Highlights

I feel like this should explain itself. I think everyone I know either has a Kindle Unlimited or are avid ebook readers. I’ll be honest, this is all a new process for myself because I prefer physical books over digital, but many people in my life have convinced to be more open to it.

For most user, I believe your highlighted quotes and details get uploaded to your GoodReads. However, I have my account separate. I usually use the highlighter to highlight specific passages, quotes, content/trigger warning areas in my ebooks so I don’t lose my place while writing the information down.

➳ Physical Notebook

This is where all the magic happens! I usually write everything down. I have two notebooks that I use while I read. These first notebook is my main notebook where all my notes for physical books are placed. I used this while I read, jot things down as I go along, etc… I usually break it down by the title at the top (with details of buddy read, arc & publishing date, etc…), content/trigger warnings at the next line, followed by setting, then characters and povs, and then comes all the details. The only time the detail section is different is when the book is a bind up or broken down into parts/sections. My second notebook is used for noting when I finished books and when I aim to post a review. Which usually goes hand-in-hand with how a lot of reviews get posted on here and in what order. I tend to add a little comment, as well. Most of the time the comment states whether or not the review needs to be posted sooner rather than later due to a blog tour, release date, or any other reason.

These help with keeping things organized and separate from one another. In the photo at the beginning of this article, you can actually see the second notebook I use for scheduling and organizing posts before they make it onto my blog. It may seem a bit chaotic and at times it can be, but it works for me and how I need to categorize things.

➳ Google Keep

I think this is the most underrated note taking system I have seen so far. I rarely hear anyone talk about the benefits of G. Keep and how useful it is when it comes to audiobooks.

I’m not much of an audiobook listener, but when I do listen to audiobooks, I find it incredibly hard to take notes especially if I’m working with a busy schedule on that day. This is where G. Keep comes in. G. Keep can be used from any mobile device and it’s great for jotting down quick notes. I find this has become a game changer for my audiobook reviews. If I hadn’t started using G. Keep more often, I probably wouldn’t have all the notes I usually do like my physical book reviews or ebooks. Plus, it’s been really helpful with brainstorming and jotting down any quotes that may pop up, that I may want to include in my reviews.

➳ Templates

Another thing I don’t often talk about is the set template I have for GoodReads. We all know GoodReads, WordPress, etc… uses coding or html formatting for making our reviews unique. Quite frankly, it can be a bit overwhelming. So in Microsoft Word, I’ve crafted a designated template for how I structure my reviews to make sure everything I want to include gets included in the post. Things such as my content and trigger warnings, and my rating details.

This is a process that can take a bit of time. I find WordPress is easier to draft reviews compared to GoodReads. However, if you don’t mind taking 30 minutes to an hour to creating you own template, I swear it’s worth it. Plus, having that template stored in a place like Microsoft Word or Google Docs will allow you to just copy and paste that template onto a new file to type out that review for whatever specific book you need a review for.

As a side note, if you’re looking to just take notes and you don’t want all the extra bits. A new document, a new page in Microsoft Word, Good Docs, or whatever office system you may use will work just fine. This another great way to take notes especially if you don’t want to invest in notebooks.

➳ Notion

As I’ve mentioned, this has been a process that’s been growing at the same pace I grow. So it’s only natural that I mention the recent addition to my note taking, organizing, etc…

Notion has been taking the book community by storm and I’ve jumped on the bandwagon as well. I haven’t heard about this anywhere outside of the book community so far. So far, Notion seems to be an all encompassing site that has elements of Google Docs, Google Keep, elements similar to WordPress, and so much more! As I’ve been exploring, I’ve been having a fun time tinkering with the different templates and I’m finding this is taking my organization to a new level. I now have a bookish calendar to keep track of scheduled posts, I’ve crafted a bookish schedule, and this has even been allowing me to prep for arcs. This has been such a fantastic source for note taking too!

If you haven’t checked out Notion yet, definitely give it a chance! I feel like I’ve leveled up in some way and I’ve really been having a great time with it. Truly, there’s so much you can do on this site and I think so many people in the book community are going to benefit from using it.


I hope you all enjoyed this deeper look into how I take my reading notes! This isn’t a perfect system, it keeps growing and building every day, but this has been working for me so far. I think my biggest recommendation out of all of this is to just experiment and see what works for you. Not everyone is going to like note taking and some may need a more creative way to take their notes. It truly is a process of experimentation and the best way to do that it to play around with a plethora of things. You have to choose what’s comfortable for you. I truly hope I was able to help some of you, you give you an idea of my own process. And please, don’t hesitate to share your own note taking tips or some of the ways that help you when you write your own reviews. Until next time, happy reading and reviewing! I love you! 🧑

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Book Covers with Fall Colors/Vibes

Top Ten Tuesday was created byΒ The Broke and the BookishΒ in June of 2010 and was moved toΒ That Artsy Reader GirlΒ in January of 2018!


Hello friends! I hope your spooky reading has been wonderful so far! I wanted to pop in and drop my Top Ten Tuesday for the week. This current week is packed to the brim with things happening in my personal life, so I won’t be going into extra details like I usually do. Fear not, I will return the following week with all my usual thoughts and excitement! Until then, I hope you still enjoy this post, I love you! 🧑


πŸŽƒ Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco πŸŽƒ


πŸŽƒ Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz πŸŽƒ


πŸŽƒ Among the Beasts & Briars by Ashley Poston πŸŽƒ


πŸŽƒ Blood & Honey (Serpent & Dove, #2) by Shelby Mahurin πŸŽƒ


πŸŽƒ Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power πŸŽƒ


πŸŽƒ We Free the Stars (Sands of Arawiya #2) by Hafsah Faizal πŸŽƒ


πŸŽƒ Horrid by Katrina Leno πŸŽƒ


πŸŽƒ Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao πŸŽƒ


πŸŽƒ Ghost Wood Song by Erica Waters πŸŽƒ


πŸŽƒ A Wicked Magic by Sasha Laurens πŸŽƒ


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#5OnMyTBR

#5OnMy TBR | Magic

#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook
You can learn more about it here or in the post announcing it.


Salutations Chapterlings! I hope your Monday brings you good reading and lots of love. This is probably going to seem like a really fast post and in a way, it sort of is. My schedule is jammed packed this week due to a lot of things happening this up coming week. Usually I would share my thoughts, express the things I’m excited for, but I wanted to do something a little different. I promise I’ll be back to my usual details for these posts soon! Regardless, I hope you still enjoy this post and the books that I chose! P.S. Tell me in the comments below which you’d love to see a review for or hear my thoughts on! 🧑


πŸŽƒ Incendiary (Hollow Crown #1) by Zoraida Cordova πŸŽƒ

“I am Renata Convida.
I have lived a hundred stolen lives.
Now I live my own.

Renata Convida was only a child when she was kidnapped by the King’s Justice and brought to the luxurious palace of Andalucia. As a Robari, the rarest and most feared of the magical Moria, Renata’s ability to steal memories from royal enemies enabled the King’s Wrath, a siege that resulted in the deaths of thousands of her own people.

Now Renata is one of the Whispers, rebel spies working against the crown and helping the remaining Moria escape the kingdom bent on their destruction. The Whispers may have rescued Renata from the palace years ago, but she cannot escape their mistrust and hatred–or the overpowering memories of the hundreds of souls she turned “hollow” during her time in the palace.


πŸŽƒ Night of the Dragon (Shadow of the Fox #3) by Julie Kagawa πŸŽƒ

“Kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko has given up the final piece of the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers in order to save everyone she loves from imminent death. Now she and her ragtag band of companions must journey to the wild sea cliffs of Iwagoto in a desperate last-chance effort to stop the Master of Demons from calling upon the Great Kami dragon and making the wish that will plunge the empire into destruction and darkness.

Shadow clan assassin Kage Tatsumi has regained control of his body and agreed to a true deal with the devil β€” the demon inside him, Hakaimono. They will share his body and work with Yumeko and their companions to stop a madman and separate Hakaimono from Tatsumi and the cursed sword that had trapped the demon for nearly a millennium.

But even with their combined skills and powers, this most unlikely team of heroes knows the forces of evil may be impossible to overcome. And there is another player in the battle for the scroll, a player who has been watching, waiting for the right moment to pull strings that no one even realized existed… until now.”


πŸŽƒ The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by S.A. Chakraborty πŸŽƒ

“Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get byβ€”palm readings, zars, healingsβ€”are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles.

But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass, a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.”


πŸŽƒ Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry πŸŽƒ

“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.”


πŸŽƒ A Deadly Education (Scholomance #1) by Naomi Novik πŸŽƒ

Lesson One of the Scholomance

Learning has never been this deadly

A Deadly Education is set at Scholomance, a school for the magically gifted where failure means certain death (for real) β€” until one girl, El, begins to unlock its many secrets. There are no teachers, no holidays, and no friendships, save strategic ones. Survival is more important than any letter grade, for the school won’t allow its students to leave until they graduate… or die! The rules are deceptively simple: Don’t walk the halls alone. And beware of the monsters who lurk everywhere. El is uniquely prepared for the school’s dangers. She may be without allies, but she possesses a dark power strong enough to level mountains and wipe out millions. It would be easy enough for El to defeat the monsters that prowl the school. The problem? Her powerful dark magic might also kill all the other students.”


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Wrap Ups

September 2020 Wrap Up

September has finally ended and we’re moving into the thick of fall! Salutations Chapterlings! I hope you all are doing well, that your days have been filled with lots of love and good health. September was such a fantastic reading month for me. I read sixteen books during September and I’m shocked. I didn’t think I read that much, yet here we are with so many books to talk about. Lately, I’ve been feeling really good about my reading and I’m keeping my fingers crossed I don’t jinx anything. But I’m so grateful that I read so much and I can’t wait to see what’s waiting for me on the horizon!


πŸ‚ Blanca y Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
It’s very rare when a book can touch me on multiple personal levels, but this book did just that. Between the sibling bond, the blood and found family themes, and so many other important topics, this book truly touched all the soft parts of my soul. And I think I’ll always cherish this book for those reason. Plus, this retelling was just so beautiful and you know I’m a sucker for retellings!

πŸ‚ Space Battle Lunchtime Vol. 1Lights, Camera, Snacktion by Natalie Riess ⭐⭐⭐
This was a really cute and quirky graphic novel. There’s cooking/baking, a slow burn romance brewing, and an underlying mystery at hand. An all around fun time! However, I wish we would have received more pages and details. I felt that this graphic novel would have really benefitted from those two elements had they been added.

πŸ‚ When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I will mention this in another part of this wrap up, but I’ve never read anything by Alyssa Cole before. This was my first introduction to her work and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved the writing. This is also the very first book I’ve ever read with gentrification in it and it blew me away with how accurately Cole talked about it. I did listen to the audiobook for this and if you haven’t given it a try, then I can’t recommend it enough!

πŸ‚ Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I went back and forth on my rating for this book for the longest time. Ultimately, I really enjoyed this book and I think it talks about so many important topics like deportation and immigration. There’s also strong family bonds and the ups and downs of friendship. So many elements that I love with my whole heart. My least favorite thing about this book is how obviously divided the book is and what I mean is the genre blending. The first half of this book is all contemporary and then the second half is scifi. It just wasn’t my cup of tea, but I still encourage readers to give this book a chance.

πŸ‚ A Princess in Theory ( Reluctant Royals, #1) by Alyssa Cole ⭐⭐⭐⭐
As I mentioned before, I’ve never read anything by Alyssa Cole, but this book and When No One Is Watching are my two introductions to Cole’s writing. I started both of these books at the same time and I just fell in love with the writing. I thought the writing in this book was so beautifully done and I loved the way the characters were written. I’m eager to read more of this series, the novella and book two are sitting patiently on my tbr cart.

πŸ‚ Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Buddy Read with Robin πŸ’œ
I came, I read, I thrived and lived my best life! I knew in my bones I would love this book and it would make my top books for 2020. Everything I wanted and more was delivered in this book. Aiden is going to touch so many hearts with this book and I hope everyone picks this book up this fall!

πŸ‚ Heaven’s Design Team 1 ([Ten-De-Bu] What a strange animal! #1) by Hebi-Zou⭐⭐⭐
This was a super cute read to pass the time! This is probably the first manga I’ve ever encountered that exist to just educate the reader on a plethora of animals. Personally, I think this is going to be great for younger readers and will probably do really well as an anime. However, there’s not much of a story-line or plot to this book. So go in expecting a humorous and educational time.

πŸ‚ The Wicker King (The Wicker King, #1) by K. Ancrum ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
No one is out here doing it the way Ancrum is doing it. If you asked me to name one book that emotionally wrecked me, made my heart crumble to dust, and leave me wanting more… it’s this book. I loved this book so, so much and this book was perfection. I’m still keeping my fingers crossed that Rina will get her own novella!

πŸ‚ The Legend of the Golden Raven (The Wicker King, #1.5) by K. Ancrum ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Wicker King retold from the perspective of Jack! I loved this! It’ll remind you of Alice in Wonderland and the mechanics of that world. I wish this would have been a little bit longer than it was, but truly a great read.

πŸ‚ While the Earth Sleeps We Travel: Stories, Poetry, and Art from Refugee Youth Around the World by Ahmed M. Badr ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I wish more readers were talking about this book! Youth, around the world, are our future and I can’t think of a better book that boosts some of those voices. I think this collection is very important and every reader out there needs to read this book at least once in their life. I was truly touched by this book and I think we need more books that give us a different perspective of hardships, life, and the world.

πŸ‚ Gemini Keeps Capricorn (Signs of Love #3) by Anyta Sunday ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I promise the full review for this is coming soon! Surprisingly enough, I found myself very conflicted with this book. I thought I was going to be a bit biased because, well you know, I’m a Gemini, but that wasn’t the case. I still enjoyed this book very much, but I didn’t love it the way I loved the first two. There was something about this book that kept throwing me off and I’m still figuring out what, but I did enjoy this book. Fake engagement has always been a trope I love.

πŸ‚ Scorpio Hates Virgo (Signs of Love #2) by Anyta Sunday ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
My heart gets all soft and squishy when I think about this book. I adored this book with my whole heart. I thought the elements of loss and grief would have an affect on my reading, but this book delivered so much to prevent that from happening. My heart was so full and I just loved this a heck-a-ton!

πŸ‚ Leo Tops Aries (Signs of Love #1.5) by Anyta Sunday ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This was a nice steamy novella to read immediately after the first book in this series! I mean, it’s steamy from page one. It was a really enjoyable time! I can’t recommend this series enough!

πŸ‚ Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky, #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This was such a fantastic read! I’m very much a new reader to Roanhorse’s writing and I was blown away by the world and the characters she built in this world. Morally grey characters will always be a weakness of mine. My only two reasons why I couldn’t give this a full five stars was due to a lot of the dark themes throughout this book and how it impacted my mental health (check my review for detailed content/trigger warnings), and the second was the multiple povs.

πŸ‚ Alaskan Christmas Redemption (Home to Owl Creek Book 3) by Belle Calhoune ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This was a cute holiday romance all about saving a family owned dinner! Did I read the third book in a series? Technically, yes. But I had a great time reading it and I do believe you can read this book without have to read the first two books. I will say this book does have topics of grief and loss, and talks about them often. Something to keep in mind when you pick this book up.

πŸ‚ Wotakoi Love is Hard For Otaku, Vol. 1 by Fujita ⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Buddy Read with Kayla πŸ’œ
This was such a cute and humorous read! I such a fun time reading this book and chuckling at little bits throughout this manga. I will say that there’s not much of a story-line or plot. This is just a fun and charming little read for day you need something light for the heart and mind.


Whew! So many books, but we got through them all! Truly, I read some really great books and this might have been my best month so far this year. Come tell me what your favorite read of September was or what you loved most for the month of September! Until next time, I hope you’re being kind to yourself, a gentle reminder to stay hydrated, and as always, I love you so much! 🧑

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Monthly TBR

October 2020 TBR

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


🍁 Currently Reading 🍁

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

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


🍁 October TBR 🍁

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

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

🍁 Slasher Girls & Monster Boys by April Genevieve Tucholke
September 6th, 2016 by Speak

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

🍁 His Hideous Hearts by Dahlia Adler
September 10th, 2019 by by Flatiron Books

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

🍁 Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton
August 6th, 2019 by Grand Central Publishing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


🍁 Readathons 🍁

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

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


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

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Tags

The Fall Time, Cozy Time Book Tag

The Tag was originally created by Sam’s Nonsense 🧑


Salutations fellow readers! I’m continuing on with another fallish book tag! I know, this is like my second or third one this week. I promise my regular content will be coming back soon, but for now, I hope you enjoy another fall book tag! Now lets dive into the questions!


πŸ‚ Crunching Leaves: The world is full of color! Choose a book with red/orange/yellow on the cover. πŸ‚

I’m choosing Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco! I loved this book so, so much! The world was beautifully crafted, very similar to Fables or Once Upon A Time, and there’s a couple in here that I ship so hard. I’m eagerly waiting for the second book to be released in 2021.


πŸ‚ Cozy Sweater: It’s finally cool enough for warm, cozy clothing! What book gives you the warm fuzzies? πŸ‚

I’m going to choose the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy by Nora Roberts! Not only is this a small town in Maryland, but the community is very close knit and the characters we follow in this series are all close to one another. This is one of my favorite series, the series I recommend all the time to those who want to get started with Nora Roberts, and it was my first series I read first by Nora Roberts. I hope you all give this series a chance and fall in love with these characters like I have!


πŸ‚ Fall Storm: The wind is howling and the rain is pounding. Choose a book that you like to read on a stormy day. πŸ‚

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones was such a fantastic, atmospheric read! I love reading during stormy weather and I think this would be a great book to pick up during a fall downpour!


πŸ‚ Cool Crisp Air: Makes you breathe freely. Who’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with? πŸ‚

This is the hardest question ever! Hmm… if we’re talking about spooky reads or more fall themed reads, I think I’d want to be Taako from The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins! Taako is just a fun character who’s sassy and hilarious!


πŸ‚ Hot Apple Cider: Warm autumnal drink. What underhyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing? πŸ‚

I feel like There Will Come A Darkness by Katy Rose Pool is such an underrated book! When this book first released, I heard a little buzz about it, but nothing more. I loved this book so much and that’s coming from someone who doesn’t like more than two povs. I loved the world building, I fell in love with a few of the characters, and the way this book ended left me wanting more! I truly can’t recommend this book enough especially to my fellow fantasy readers!


πŸ‚ Coat, Scarves, & Mittens: The weather has turned cold & it’s time to cover up! What’s a book cover you don’t like? πŸ‚

I loved The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones, but this cover doesn’t do this book justice! It would have made more sense to have a chest with a knitted heart or something of that nature. I just feel that this cover could have been different and it would have been more beneficial.


πŸ‚ Pumpkin Spice: Time for some Starbucks! What’s your favorite fall comfort food? πŸ‚

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I love cinnamon rolls in the fall time especially freshly baked ones! There’s something so comforting and delightful about a warm cinnamon roll on a crisp autumnal morning with a cup of coffee!


πŸ‚ Warm, cozy bonfire: Spread the cozy warmth! Who do you tag? πŸ‚

I’m going to tag Robin, Emer, Dani, Kayla, Donna, and Lauren! And anyone else who sees this and would like to participate!


I hope you all enjoyed this little tag! I had so much fun answering these questions and it’s perfect for the fall weather! Do you like doing seasonal book tags? If so, tell me your favorites down below! Until next time, stay hydrated, enjoy the change of the season, I love you! 🧑

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Freebie: Manga Recommendations

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 readers! I wanted to do something I haven’t really had a chance to do. If you’ve been around my content, then you know I’m an avid manga and graphic novel reader. I have read them for the longest time, they’ve always been a part of my reading journey, and I wanted to share some of my personal favorites. Some of these don’t have reviews simply because I read them before getting more involved in the book community. Regardless, I recommend all of these manga with my whole heart because I truly love them and some of them I feel they’re important just for the diversity and representation alone. So I hope you all enjoy!


πŸ‚ Kitchen Princess by Natsumi Andō πŸ‚


πŸ‚ Midnight Secretary by Tomu Ohmi πŸ‚


πŸ‚ Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimaru πŸ‚


πŸ‚ The Girl on the Other Side: SiΓΊil, A RΓΊn by NAGABE πŸ‚

πŸ‚ Full Series Review
πŸ‚ Volume One Review
πŸ‚ Volume Two Review
πŸ‚ Volume Three Review
πŸ‚ Volume Four Review
πŸ‚ Volume Five Review
πŸ‚ Volume Six Review
πŸ‚ Volume Seven Review
πŸ‚ Volume Eight Review


πŸ‚ An Incurable Case of Love by Maki Enjoji πŸ‚

πŸ‚ Volume One Review
πŸ‚ Volume Two Review


πŸ‚ My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame πŸ‚


πŸ‚ Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya πŸ‚


πŸ‚ Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori πŸ‚


πŸ‚ Ten Count by Rihito Takarai πŸ‚


πŸ‚ Beasts of Abigaile by Spica Aoki πŸ‚

πŸ‚ Full Series Review
πŸ‚ Volume One Review


Okay, friends! Those are some of my manga recommendations! As I mentioned, I think some of these are so important and I feel aren’t often talked about when many manga lovers discuss manga. So I hope some of these sparked your interest and you pick them up. Do you have a favorite manga series you love? Is there an all time favorite manga series you love that you wish was talked about more? Come chat with me in the comments below! Until next time, I hope you’re staying hydrated, I love you! 🧑

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