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20 Books I Want to Read in 2021

This post is inspired by my dear friend Robin’s ’20 Books I Want to Read in 2021′ post!


Salutations friends! I know it’s been a hot minute since we sat down like this and chatted. I know I’ve been a bit of a ghost and if I’m being honest, I wanted to get this posted so much sooner. However, life has been hectic and a lot has been impacting the content I’ve been putting out, but that’s for another time. We’re here to talk about books!

2021 has some really exciting titles coming out and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can read all the books I want to rad this year! Let me be honest, making this list was so hard because of all the titles coming out. However, these are just a few of the ones I want to read. I hope you enjoy! 💕


❄️ Lore by Alexandra Bracken ❄️

I was incredibly lucky to acquire a sampler of this book and oh my gosh, my soul is screaming! It hasn’t been confirmed on if this is a Medusa retelling yet, but the few chapters that were provided, in addition to the cover, has me full of hope that this is a Medusa retelling. And I’m here for it! I love retellings, I love Greek mythology, and the release for this book is right around the corner. Seriously, I can’t wait to find out what will happen next!


❄️ When Night Breaks (Kingdom of Cards, #2) by Janella Angeles ❄️

I absolutely fell in love with Where Dreams Descend this year and even made it one of my favorite books of 2020 because I loved it so much. When Janella announced the cover for the second book, it stole my breath. I mean, look at that cover! It’s stunning! Most importantly, I need to know what’s going to happen next. The first book left off on a cliffhanger and honestly, I really want to see the main character get the happy ending that she deserves. I’m so excited for release, but the wait is killing me!


❄️ Go the Distance: A Twisted Tale (A Twisted Tale #11) by Jen Calonita ❄️

For those who don’t know or haven’t been here that long, I have a very strong love affair for Hades. I love Greek mythology in general, but Hades is definitely my all time favorite Greek god, next to Hera and Persephone. So naturally when I heard this book was coming out, a giant happy screech escaped my body. The synopsis of this sounds fantastic and let me just call it, this is going to be five stars and one of my favorite books of 2021!


❄️ Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers ❄️

Let me start by saying how excited I am to read this book! Not only did I smash buttons incredibly fast to add this to my anticipated 2021 release, but I preordered this so quickly, it would make heads spin. I love books that are queer and have found family elements in it. Those were probably the biggest selling points for me when it came to this book. Plus, this is a local author for me and that encouraged me even more to preorder this book! So I’m keeping my fingers crossed that in the future they’ll have a couple a indie bookstore signings I can attend.


❄️ Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley ❄️

There are a plethora of reasons why I can’t wait for this book to be released, so I can read it sooner rather than later. The biggest selling point for me was that fact that the main character is biracial and that hits me in the most sacred, most softest part of my core because I, myself, am biracial. I’m half Native and I’m half Caucasian. Growing up, there has never been a lot of books that featured main characters who were half Native. And so for me, the fact that this character is biracial was enough for me to preorder this book, follow the author, the very few reviews I’ve seen of this book all fuel my anticipation for this book’s release. So I’m really excited and haven’t shut up about this book to a lot of my family because I have no doubt that this book is going to mean so, so much to me.


❄️ A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses #4) by Sarah J. Maas ❄️

The shortest answer I can give to this: I’m trash for Maas and will probably auto-buy anything she releases. I love this series and I love Nesta even more. I know, I know! I can hear it now, “How can you like Nesta?! She’s horrible!” Well, the simple answer to that: I connect and resonate with Nesta more than any other character (except the Suriel) on multiple levels. I can through her hissing and venom or how heavy the trauma weighs on her, how hard it is for her to find normalcy after all the trauma, and if I’m being honest, Nesta is a breath of fresh air compared to Feyre’s personality and how everyone sees Feyre, and I really appreciate that. So yeah, very excited for this to come out. I’m guessing this is a two-three day read!


❄️ Heartstopper Volume Four (Heartstopper #4) by Alice Oseman ❄️

I feel like I’ve been waiting a lifetime for this graphic novel to release. Truly, I can’t wait for this to come out so I can read it in one sitting. Rereading the past volumes hasn’t been enough because I’m ready for the next installment. I think these characters are absolutely precious, that the author addresses some really important topics throughout this series, and the diversity is really wonderful to see. Very excited and I hope fans of this series have their calendars marked!


❄️ The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab ❄️

I really, really wanted to read this book in 2020. So many of my friends were gushing about it, the trusted reviewers I follow were raving about it, and I caved tremendously. However, the odds weren’t in my favor and no matter how fast I was reading or trying to make room, I couldn’t find a way to fit this in. With 2021 right around the corner, I really want to try to read this book sometime in the new year. I’m going to make time for it, even if that means taking a whole week or month to read just this book.


❄️ Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas ❄️

This is another auto-buy author for me. I read Cemetery Boys this year and fell head over heels for. Truly, I love Aiden’s writing and the characters Aiden brings to life. When Aiden announced they were doing a Neverland/Peter Pan retelling, I was absolutely thrilled. I feel that Peter Pan is one of those retellings not many authors try, but I’m so excited that after all this time, we’re finally getting one. So of course, I will throw all my money at this book and will get this read, hopefully in 2021!


❄️ The Meet -Cute Project by Rhiannon Richardson ❄️

I’m not going to lie, I absolutely fell in love with the synopsis of this book! It sounds like such a cute, fun read, and I’m here for it. Though I’ve been hearing mixed reviews, I’m still excited to pick it up and find out what’s hiding within these pages. Hoping I can read this around Valentine’s Day for the ultimate romance vibes!


❄️ The Sea in Winter by Christine Day ❄️

Okay, when I say this synopsis spoke to me, what I really mean is this synopsis took my soul and ran with it. This is a middle grade novel that I’m highly anticipating in 2021. It sounds like it’ll be an emotional read and you know I’m here for books that pull all the emotions from me. This book is also by an Indigenous author I’ve never read anything from. So I’m really excited to dive into this author’s writing and connect with a new middle grade read.


❄️ Shine Your Icy Crown (You Are Your Own Fairy Tale #2) by Amanda Lovelace ❄️

If you have been here a hot minute, then you know Amanda Lovelace is one of my favorite poetry writers. I absolutely love this author’s writing and it’s been incredibly easy to fall in love with her books. Earlier this year I read the first book, Break Your Glass Slippers, and now I’ve been given the chance to read the second book. I’m really excited to read this. I know I’m absolutely going to love this book as much as I did the first one.


❄️ Among the Beasts & Briars by Ashley Poston ❄️

This was one of my anticipated releases of 2020 and sadly, I didn’t get the chance to read it. However, I want to make sure I set time aside so I can read this book. Of course, when the word of this book hit my ears and friends told me this is possibly a Sleeping Beauty retelling, naturally I wanted to read it immediately. And if the retelling wasn’t going to sell me, the cover alone was an auto-buy and must read for me.


❄️ Night of the Dragon (Shadow of the Fox #3) by Julia Kagawa ❄️

This is one of those books that I’ve been putting off for far too long! I wanted to get the read back in May for the Asian Readathon, but things didn’t pan out. Life was taking all kinds of twists and turns for me, and unfortunately my read took a huge hit during end of spring-early summer. However, I really want to try to get this read in 2021 so I can finally finish this trilogy and then gush about it to all of you.


❄️ Darling by K. Ancrum ❄️

K. Ancrum has become one of my all time favorite authors. Truly, Ancrum is a blessing and I don’t know what we did to deserve her, but I’m so thankful. I have officially read all of her books and when I heard she had a new one coming out in 2021, I was ecstatic! So I’m super excited for this to come out. I want to read it as soon as possible and I’m counting down the days time I can have this book in my hand!


❄️ Famine by Laura Thalassa ❄️

Breaks out the bottle of wine. Listen, I keep asking myself why I keep putting myself through this and I have two answers… One, I’m trying to be better about finishing series and two, the power the final book has over has been driving me to keep pushing through this series. Look, I really want to meet Death and see how their story will unfold in this series, and to do that I need to read the fourth book. So this is happening and it’s happening once I buy a bottle of wine to go with it.


❄️ Take A Hint Dani Brown (The Brown Sisters #2) by Talia Hibbert ❄️

Talia Hibbert knocked me out of the park with Get A Life Chloe Brown! I love that book so, so much! Unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to sit down and read the second book in this trilogy. I’ve been hearing all the good things about this book and I’m really excited to continue on with the series. Dare I say, I’m hyped? Yeah, I’m really hyped for this book and I can’t wait to finally pick this book up!


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

This is such a wonderful series and I’m really excited to keep reading on. I know there’s a new book in the series coming out in January 2021. So I really want to read the next book in the series before I pick up the new release. Now, I’ve heard some mixed things about this book and if I’m being honest, that’s kind of why I haven’t picked it up yet. However, I really want to get it read in 2021 and hopefully it’ll be sooner rather than later.


❄️ Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar ❄️

Not only is this cover stunning, but the synopsis full captured my attention when it released. On top of that, everyone I know and trust has nothing but the highest praises for this book. And since I’m such a bigger lover of mythology, I’m ready to dive into this book. So I’m really hoping in 2021 I can pick this book up and find out what everyone has been buzzing about. Plus, I have a feeling I’m really going to love this book with my whole heart.


❄️ Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones ❄️

Stephen Graham Jones has become another favorite and auto-buy author for me. After I interviewed him, he’s truly a wonderful soul that has a fantastic way of storytelling. And after reading The Only Good Indians, I really enjoy the writing style that Stephen brings to his literature. I have been wanting to pick this book up, but horror hasn’t been the kindest genre lately. So I haven’t been picking up a lot of horror at all. However, I really want to try to pick this up in the fall of 2021 especially more towards spooky season. I have a feeling this book is going to be a fantastic read and I’m excited!


Whew, that was a really long list, but I’m so happy I made it. I wanted to do something like this for a while and I wasn’t sure if I was going to do it. However, I had a lot of fun and I hope you enjoyed it as well. If you have a book you really want to read in 2021, please tell me about it! I love putting new books on my radar to look into! Until next time, I hope you’re staying safe and healthy. I love you! 💙

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Hope Santa Brings

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!


Happy Holiday Season dearest friends! I hope all of you have been staying safe, staying hydrated, and staying cozy (or staying cool for my southern hemisphere friends)! 2020 is finally coming to an end and I think it’s safe to say we’re all ready to start a fresh new year. It truly has been a wild ride of a year and December seems like it came flying by. Also, I want to make a quick statement that things might be a little staggered with posting due to the holidays and this is going to be kept very brief. But enough of all of that! This Friday in the US is Christmas! Again, just like Thanksgiving, we do and don’t celebrate this holiday in my family. However, my family also celebrates Winter Solstice and Yule this time of year too! So the end of November and the majority of this month has been… busy, to say the least. But that’s the typical chaos that usually happens in my family around this time of year.

This time of year has always been my favorite. I love giving gifts to all my friends, making homemade presents, and just making their holiday season a little brighter with spreading the love. Moving along, you all came here to talk books and I’m sure you’re all curious as to what I could be hoping for during the holiday season. I normally don’t share my wishlist except with friends and family, but I figured let me share some of the books I’ve really been wanting for a while now.


❄️ Split Tooth by Tanya Tageq ❄️


❄️ Take A Hint Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert ❄️


❄️ Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore ❄️


❄️ Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones ❄️


❄️ The Girl from the Other Side Volume 9 by NAGABE ❄️


❄️ Shark in the Time of Saviors: A Novel by Kawai Strong Washburn ❄️


❄️ Vivid by Beverly Jenkins ❄️


❄️ Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi ❄️


❄️ Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan ❄️


❄️ Shine by Jessica Jung ❄️


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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Books On My Winter 2020-2021 TBR

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 friends! This is going to be a super sweet, short to the point kind of post! With the holidays just a week out from now, I’m a bit long-winded and currently trying to catch up on some things before the new year rolls in. So sit back and enjoy these few books you’ll see popping up on my tbr the next month or so!


❄️ Crown of Bones (Crown of Bones #1) by A.K. Wilder ❄️


❄️ Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher ❄️


❄️ Mr Right Across the Street by Kathryn Freeman ❄️


❄️When Dogs Heal: Powerful Stories of People Living with HIV and the Dogs That Saved Them by Jesse Freidin❄️


❄️ I Must Belong Somewhere: Poetry and Prose by Dawn Lanuza ❄️


❄️ The Project by Courtney Summers ❄️


❄️Lore by Alexandra Bracken ❄️


❄️ Moonstruck, Vol. 3: Troubled Waters (Moonstruck, #3) by Grace Ellis ❄️


❄️ The Sea in Winter by Christine Day ❄️


❄️ Curvy Attraction: Aiden & Cecelia (Untouchable Curves #1) by Christa Wick ❄️


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#5OnMyTBR

#5OnMyTBR | Animals

#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.


Salutation friends! I know I’ve been a bit absent and haven’t put out as much content as I’d like, but I do have a new #5OnMyTBR post for all of you. I can’t begin to express how happy this prompt makes me. Animals has always been a HUGE part of my life and if I’m being honest, I feel like that’s a part of myself that I greatly suppress within the book community. There are times where I talk about my corgi or maybe one of my cats, but it’s a part of my life that I keep in a box and keep it tucked in the back of the closet (if you get my drift). And I don’t want to do that anymore… It’s a part of who I am, it’s a huge part of my every day life, and animals are a heavy influence in some of the things I read and watch on media platforms. So I’m really excited to open this side up to all of you and I hope you find a new book within these books that might interest you!


❄️When Dogs Heal Powerful Stories of People Living with HIV and the Dogs That Saved Them by Jesse Freidin❄️

“The best medicine may not always be found at a pharmacy or in a doctor’s office. Sometimes it comes in the form of a four-legged friend.

Three well-known leaders in their fields—award-winning dog photographer Jesse Freidin, adolescent HIV+ specialist Dr. Robert Garofalo, and LGBTQ advocate and journalist Zach Stafford—offer a refreshing, beautiful, and unique portrait of HIV infused with a deep message of hope. Each extraordinary profile shows the power of the incredible bonds between humans and their canine companions, whether that means combating loneliness and stigma, discovering the importance of unconditional love, overcoming addiction, or simply having a best friend in a time of need.

When Dogs Heal shares the stories of a diverse set of people who are thriving and celebrating life thanks to the compassion and unconditional love of their dogs.

A portion of the proceeds from this book benefits Fred Says, an organization dedicated to financially supporting HIV+ teen health care.”


❄️Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton❄️

“S.T., a domesticated crow, is a bird of simple pleasures: hanging out with his owner Big Jim, trading insults with Seattle’s wild crows (those idiots), and enjoying the finest food humankind has to offer: Cheetos ®.

Then Big Jim’s eyeball falls out of his head, and S.T. starts to feel like something isn’t quite right. His most tried-and-true remedies–from beak-delivered beer to the slobbering affection of Big Jim’s loyal but dim-witted dog, Dennis–fail to cure Big Jim’s debilitating malady. S.T. is left with no choice but to abandon his old life and venture out into a wild and frightening new world with his trusty steed Dennis, where he discovers that the neighbors are devouring each other and the local wildlife is abuzz with rumors of dangerous new predators roaming Seattle. Humanity’s extinction has seemingly arrived, and the only one determined to save it is a foul-mouthed crow whose knowledge of the world around him comes from his TV-watching education.”


❄️Wild on My Mind (Where the Wild Hearts Are #1) by Laurel Kerr❄️

“When Katie Underwood discovers a litter of newborn cougar cubs, the last person she expects to come to the rescue is her former crush―and high school nemesis―Bowie Wilson. The worst part? He doesn’t seem to remember the trouble he caused her.

As a single father and owner of a cash-strapped zoo, Bowie struggles to balance budgets while raising his pre-teen daughter and a host of rascally animals. He considers himself lucky when Katie agrees to lend her talents to a publicity campaign in support of the zoo’s animal rehabilitation programs―until he learns just what she’s planning…

This time, Katie is determined to resist Bowie’s charm. But a lovelorn camel, a matchmaking honey badger, and a nursemaid capybara have different plans. Can they and the rest of the zoo’s menagerie help Bowie break through the barriers surrounding Katie’s heart?”


❄️Steve and Me by Terri Irwin❄️

“When Terri Raines was twenty-seven years old, she took a vacation that changed her life. Leaving behind her wildlife rescue work in Oregon, Terri traveled to Australia, and there, at a small wildlife park, she met and fell in love with a tall, blond force of nature named Steve Irwin. They were married in less than a year, and Terri eagerly joined in Steve’s conservation work. The footage filmed on their crocodile-trapping honeymoon became the first episode of T”he Crocodile Hunter, ” and together, Steve and Terri began to change the world. In “Steve & Me, ” Terri recounts the unforgettable adventures they shared — wrangling venomous snakes, saving deadly crocodiles from poachers, swimming among humpback whales. A uniquely gifted naturalist, Steve was first and foremost a wildlife warrior dedicated to rescuing endangered animals — especially his beloved crocs — and educating everyone he could reach about the importance of conservation. In the hit TV shows that continue to be broadcast worldwide, Steve’s enthusiasm lives on, bringing little-known and often-feared species to light as he reveals and revels in the wonders of our planet.

With grace, wit, and candor, Terri Irwin portrays her husband as he really was — a devoted family man, a fervently dedicated environmentalist, a modest bloke who spoke to millions on behalf of those who could not speak for themselves. “Steve & Me” is a nonstop adventure, a real-life love story, and a fitting tribute to a man adored by all those whose lives he touched, written by the woman who knew and loved him best of all.”


❄️The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery❄️

“In pursuit of the wild, solitary, predatory octopus, popular naturalist Sy Montgomery has practiced true immersion journalism. From New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, she has befriended octopuses with strikingly different personalities—gentle Athena, assertive Octavia, curious Kali, and joyful Karma. Each creature shows her cleverness in myriad ways: escaping enclosures like an orangutan; jetting water to bounce balls; and endlessly tricking companions with multiple “sleights of hand” to get food.

Scientists have only recently accepted the intelligence of dogs, birds, and chimpanzees but now are watching octopuses solve problems and are trying to decipher the meaning of the animal’s color-changing techniques. With her “joyful passion for these intelligent and fascinating creatures” (Library Journal Editors’ Spring Pick), Montgomery chronicles the growing appreciation of this mollusk as she tells a unique love story. By turns funny, entertaining, touching, and profound, The Soul of an Octopus reveals what octopuses can teach us about the meeting of two very different minds.”


Whew! It feels like I’ve been holding my breath for such a long time and finally came up for air! I’m hoping in the future that you’ll see this side of me often and maybe I’ll do a animal book recommendation post in the future. Truly, I hope you enjoyed this and some of these books caught your interest. I’m excited about these books and I’m so happy I could share them with you. Do you have any books with animals that you love? Please let me know! I love reading books with animals or educational books about animals. Until next time, I hope you’re staying safe and cozy! I love you! 💙

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Web Comics I Wish More Readers Talked About or Knew About

Greetings readers! I hope you all have been doing well, staying healthy, and enjoying the little things! I’m so excited because I’m finally typing up an article I have been dying to create and share with all of you. While in the book community many readers know me for fantasy reading and books that don’t often get the attention they deserve, things are a bit different outside of the book community. In my personal life especially among my friends, I’m known for the manga, graphic novels/comics, and zoology books I tend to pick up.

Often, I don’t share the personal side of myself too much. Manga, I’ve been more open about that since coming into the book community, but the others… well I tend to keep that under lock and key. So, I wanted to be more unapologetically myself around all of you and in this community. So I thought to myself, what better way to do that than share all the web comics I’ve been falling in love with?! And today is the day! So I hope you all enjoy and check these web comics out, support the creators, and maybe fall in love with them too!


❄️ Suitor Armor by Purppah ❄️


❄️ The Witch and the Bull by Moonsia ❄️


❄️ The Doctors are Out by Blau ❄️


❄️ Crumbs by Whitherling ❄️


❄️ KillMax by Kennycomics (Paul Jun) & SilentMaru ❄️


❄️ PETS by Gyxks ❄️


❄️ House of Stars by saltacuentos / Lion Illustration ❄️


❄️ 180 Angel by Queen Katbird ❄️


❄️ True Beauty by Yaongyi ❄️


❄️ Not Even Bones by R. Schaeffer & Alai Cinereo ❄️


❄️ To Love Your Enemy by Jungyoon & Taegeon ❄️


I think that covers all the web comics I’ve been reading a lot recently! I know I didn’t list the synopsis for all of them, but I want that to encourage you to go check out these web comics for yourself and decide if you want to read them or not. I hope you enjoyed this article, as well! I had a lot of fun putting this together and I’m so happy to finally be sharing it with all of you. Do you have a favorite web comic? Please, oh please let me know! I love discovering new web comics! Until next time, I hope your month is filled with love and good reading! I love you! 💙

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Monthly TBR

December 2020 TBR

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

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


☃️ Currently Reading ☃️

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

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


☃️ December TBR ☃️

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Monthly TBR

November 2020 TBR

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

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


🍂 Currently Reading 🍂

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

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


🍂 November TBR 🍂

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


🍂 Readathons 🍂

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

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


🍂 Indigenous Content Creators 🍂

🍂 Erin

🍂 Dani

🍂 Neil

🍂 Sasha

🍂 Mallory

🍂 Michelle

🍂 Brody

🍂 Colleen

🍂 Gretchen

🍂 Lelah

🍂 Gabby

🍂 Merinda & at the Blackfulla Bookclub

🍂 Ren

🍂 Emery

🍂 Bridget

🍂 Rob

🍂 Chris

🍂 Megan

🍂 Alyssa

🍂 Claudine

🍂 Moriah

🍂 Melitta

🍂 Stephanie

🍂 Alexis

🍂 Destiny

🍂 Sam

🍂 Victoria

🍂 Kae

🍂 Kim

🍂 Vanessa & Betsy

🍂 Tasha

🍂 Gare

🍂 Cass

🍂 Chloe

🍂 Zeeta

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


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

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Book Hauls

October 2020 Book Haul

Salutations my friends! I have an October book haul to share with all of you. Surprisingly, October was a really good haul month (not so much a good reading month, but I digress)! I was so blessed to be able to obtain so many books this month from publishers and I was so lucky to be able to snag a few anticipated books. Some of these books do have reviews waiting to be written and I promise, as soon as I’m better from being sick, all the reviews I haven’t been able to sit down and pour my soul into will be written and scheduled. For now, I hope this little book haul will leave you wondering what my thoughts will be! 🧡


🎃 NetGalley ARCS 🎃

🎃 Victor and Nora A Gotham Love Story by Lauren Myracle & Isaac Goodhart ⭐⭐⭐⭐

🎃 Delicates (Sheets, #2) by Brenna Thummler

🎃 I Must Belong Somewhere Poetry and Prose by Dawn Lanuza

🎃 Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher

🎃 The Project by Courtney Summers

🎃 Together, Apart by Erin A. Craig

🎃 The Fangirls Guide to the Universe by Sam Maggs ⭐⭐


🎃 Physical ARCS 🎃

🎃 Ancestor Approved Intertribal Stories for Kids by Cynthia Leitich Smith


🎃 Purchased Myself 🎃

🎃 The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab

🎃 Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz

🎃 Legendborn (Legendborn, #1) by Tracy Deonn

🎃 Kingdom of the Wicked (Kingdom of Wicked #1) by Kerri Maniscalco

🎃 Famine (The Four Horsemen, #3) by Laura Thalassa

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


A pretty good haul month, if I do say so myself! So many amazing books I’m eager to read, fall in love with, and give my thoughts on. I’m excited just thinking about it. Did you haul any of these books this month or which of these sound really good? Please let me know in the comments below! Until next time, sending you lots of love and good thoughts! 🧡

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#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! 🎃


🎃 The Guest List by Lucy Foley 🎃

“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?”


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

“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.”


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

“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 her—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!”


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

➳ 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 “different” 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.”


🎃 The Boy in the Red Dress by Kristin Lambert 🎃

“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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Book Hauls

August 2020 Book Haul

Salutations friends! August has been quite the month and it’s finally coming to an end. I have been blessed with so many incredible arcs, ones that I never thought I would even get to read until the books were physically released. But I was also sent some really wonderful books as well. Of course I purchased a few more, too!


🌻NetGalley ARCS🌻

🌻 There Are Things I Can’t Tell You by Edako Mofumofu | Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

🌻 Unbirthday by Liz Braswell | Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

🌻 Well Played (Well Met, #2) by Jen DeLuca | Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐

🌻 Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky, #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse

🌻 Teen Titans: Beast Boy (Teen Titans #2) by Kami Garcia & Gabriel Picolo | Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐


🌻Physical ARCS🌻

🌻 Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky, #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse

🌻 The Language of Ghosts by Heather Fawcett | Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐


🌻Gifts from Friends & Family🌻

🌻 Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger

🌻Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan Illustrated Edition


🌻Purchased Myself🌻

🌻 Scorpio Hates Virgo (Signs in Love, #2) by Anyta Sunday

🌻 A Wicked Magic by Sasha Laurens

🌻 The Dark Tide Alicia Jasinska

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

🌻 Wotakoi: Love Is Hard For Otaku by Fujita


Okay, Chapterlings! Those are all the books I hauled during the month of August, I think! I was really blessed with some fantastic books this month and I can’t wait to see what September has in store. Did you get anything exciting this month? Let me know down in the comments below. Until next time, I hope you’re staying hydrated, I love you! 💛

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