Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Things in 2020 I’m Thankful For

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 dearest readers! I’m so happy you’re here and so happy I get to share another Thankful Top Ten Tuesday with all of you! Truly, I love doing this post every year because I enjoy the time this post allows me, to sit and pause, to appreciate all the little things and the things in my life that I may not have given thanks to recently. I usually see this post as a time to allow myself to stop and reflect on a lot of things.

This Thursday in the US is Thanksgiving! I know many people in the US celebrate this holiday and I hope you all have a marvelous time. As I’ve mentioned before, things are a bit different with my family. I’m very open about my heritage and being half Apache, but I’m not as vocal about beliefs and other personal details with my heritage, but I thought I’d share a little bit. Usually, we do and don’t participate in this holiday. It’s something I’ve had conflictions with for a long time and it’s something I’m still trying to find peace with. Usually, my family, my spouse, and I will hold a vigil early Thanksgiving morning (I’m talking before dawn), followed by the feast that takes place throughout the entire day, but we try to have down time by late afternoon to catch up with family, share stories, etc… However, my spouse’s family tends to be more more split between locations (starting with meeting up my in-laws and then going to my spouse aunt and uncle’s home for drinks, food, and documentary watching) and how the holiday is celebrated. So it’s a bit of a mixed bag and we alternate each year. However, with everything that has happened in 2020, with quarantine, and things happening with both my spouse’s family and my family, we won’t be having our traditions with them this year. However, we’re still hoping to video call one another and try to participate as much as we can with our families while social distancing.

I also wanted to make this post a little different this year. Last year’s post was all about books and looking back on it, I feel like I need to tweak and modify it due to my own personal feelings changing, as I learn and grow, about some of the books listed. However, this post isn’t going to be only about books. This post going to show glimpses into my life of things that have been keeping me happy, helping me heal, and just things that have made 2020 less prickly to my soul. I’m super thankful for each of these things because 2020 has been a hard year, on everyone, and I think taking a moment to be thankful and appreciate those things that have helped make that time brighter is important, rewarding, and just a great way to heal from some of the pain this year has caused. So grab some tea, maybe a snack, and I hope you enjoy this little glimpse into my life of things I’m really thankful for!


🍂 Emzotic 🍂

For those who don’t know this about me; I’ve spent a large portion of my life (still spending my life) rescuing animals, working with shelters, rescues, rehabilitation centers, and even sought out a degree in working and studying animals. Even right now as we speak, I’ve been taking a few classes to maintain my knowledge despite everything in the world. In my opinion, my biggest strength is the bonds I establish with animals I work with. With all of this in mind, Emzotic has played a huge portion in bringing joy to my morning routine and even my winding down in the evenings. If you’re an animal lover like I am and someone who has devoted large portions of their life to their love of animals like I have, then I can’t recommend checking out Emzotic enough!


🍂 Chillout Deer 🍂

I do a lot of studying, I write a lot of in depth reviews, and I do a lot of morning/late evening meditating. Chillout Deer has been one of my go to channels for relaxing music to help with focusing on these things. They’ve also become a prime channel for music when I’m cleaning, decorating, or organizing. If you haven’t check out their channel, I definitely recommend giving them a chance, they’ve been a big help!


🍂 A Universe of Wishes by Dhonielle Clayton 🍂

Though I haven’t updated my GoodReads (let’s be honest, I’m slacking hard with GoodReads), but I’m really enjoying my time reading the arc of this book. So far, I’ve laughed, I’ve cried (a lot), and I’ve really been loving this book. This might be the book that helps push me to ending my reading for 2020 on a good note. And this might be my next top favorite book of 2020?! I try not to over-hype books, but I think many readers are going to fall in love with this book and I’m so excited to read the reviews that come out!


🍂 Squishables 🍂

I don’t know why I’m so nervous to share this part of myself… anyway, STORY TIME! A couple of years ago, I actually had quite a few Squishables (they made me really happy and they helped with some of my anxiety hardships especially when my spouse was deployed), but after I started getting more involved with the book community, I actually closed off that part of myself really tightly and got rid of all of them. As of recently, with a lot of my healing, I realized how much harm I caused to myself by closing that part of me off and keeping it so suppressed. Since realizing this, I’ve gotten a couple and it’s been really helpful. Some of them I use as pillows, two of them I use as an improvised “stress ball” (this usually involves a lot of squishing and rubbing the different textures), and some are just snuggle buddies for night time. But I’m really happy, I can’t even begin to talk about how easier it feels to breathe, and I didn’t realize how much I needed to reopen that part of myself until I did.


🍂 Ukiuq Designs 🍂

I always say how important it is to support small businesses and I really try to push that as it approaches the holidays. More recently, I’ve really been pushing small Indigenous businesses especially this small shop, Ukiuq Designs. I have bought a couple of pairs of earrings from this shop and I absolutely love them. One pair has sunflowers on it and if you’ve been here a while, you know sunflowers have a huge sentimental story behind them and why I use them so often on my blog. My most recent pair I purchased, I actually used a little of the graduation money from my aunt to buy the pair. They are absolutely stunning and when they arrive, you better believe I’m going to be sharing them in my IG stories! But I really love this shop with my whole heart and each purchase I’ve made has contributed to some portion of my own healing. And I really love the energy that Michele brings to her business and she’s just has such a warm, kind personality. So as the holidays approach, I’d like to push you in the direction of Michele and her shop because I think she deserves more attention than she gets and it would make my heart so full if more people supported her small business.


🍂 Notion 🍂

I mentioned this in my ‘How I Take Reading Notes’ post, but I had to talk about it here as well. Notion has been a complete changer for me. It’s really allowed me to get organized, I mean really organized. From my note taking, to organizing the arcs I’ve been getting approved for, all the way to the chores I do in my every day life (like cleaning, scrubbing the bathroom, etc…), Notion has been making things so much easier to keep track of everything and being thoroughly organized. Now, I’m not saying this is a solve all because I still cause giant messes and stray from the path, but it’s helped make things easier and as someone who needs some form of structure or routine in their life, Notion has really helped with getting some of my chaos in order. Maybe I’ll do a whole post dedicated to Notion. Hmm… Anyway! It’s been a really big help and personally, this has helped with some of the every day stress I carry on my shoulders. As I said in my note taking post, I definitely recommend checking this site out. It combines a wide plethora of elements that can really help with getting organized especially in the book community, it’s been taking the book community by storm! So check it out and see if it help you because it’s definitely helped me.


🍂 Games 🍂

That’s it, this is my default photo I’m using for anytime I reference my gaming habits! Gaming is something that has been with me my entire life. If someone asked me to name a time where games weren’t in my life, I wouldn’t be able to tell you. However, games have made a big difference for me this year and I didn’t realize how much until two nights ago, where my spouse and I played for early evening to 4 a.m. Not to mention it was Civ. and I hadn’t played that game in a year because the weight of life prevented me from wanting to take on strategy games. So being able to take a dive into strategy games now has been so invigorating. I was on such a good high that I wanted to do another round the next day, but in light of how exhausted we both were, my spouse and I agreed to keep this game specifically for the weekend. Still, it was a really fun time.

And speaking of games, I’ve recently been playing Animal Crossing again. I took a long break from it because I couldn’t focus on the joy the game brought me due to every thing happening in my personal life. So I’m really happy that I started playing it again. I’m excited for the upcoming updates and I’m just really grateful a game like Animal Crossing exists!


🍂 Friends 🍂

I had to include this because my friends mean so, so damn much to me. Many of them have been friends for 6+ years and some are newer friendships. They have been wonderful souls who rallied when I needed them the most this year and I’m so thankful they’re in my life. Just like I would for my family, for my friends, I would move Earth and sky for them. So I’m really lucky they’re here in my life and they love me for me.


🍂 My Spouse 🍂

This goes without saying, but they have been my lighthouse, my safe harbor through this whole year. They have seen me hit some really deep, dark rock bottoms this year and they’ve been such a safe place that’s pulled me out of those moments. And of course, they’ve had a huge role of my blog with a lot of the designs you see on the blog posts and they’ve been so encouraging, and supportive of every thing I do book wise. I’m truly lucky to be married to them and that out of all the people in the world, we found each other. And I just love them a whole, whole lot.


🍂 The Furbabies 🍂

If you’ve been on my IG then you know my four chaotic beans make appearances from time to time. They always steal my heart, but since quarantine they have been rock stars. They give all the snuggles, they’ve been getting into ridiculous shenanigans, and they just warm my heart so much. And though all four of them get all the snuggles, kisses, and all the play time, I still think they deserved to have their own little section on this list because they play such a huge roll in my every day life.
As a little side note, three of my pets are rescues and I want to put an extra bit of love of how grateful I am that each one survived long enough so they could become part of my family. Each one of them is such a blessing and I’m really grateful that each of them came into my life.


Okay, I got sappy for some of those parts, but I’m so thankful for each of of the person/people, pets, and things I listed in this post. These are all chunks of my life, of my every day that means something to me and have allowed me to heal in my own way. And as always, I have to acknowledge the history of this month and the events on the 26th of this month. I know a lot of people in the United States celebrate Thanksgiving by having a big celebration, having a large dinner with family and friends, but I want to take this moment to remind everyone that one of the main genocides of the United States was the genocide of the Indigenous people. I don’t want to get into details on the stories that have been passed down through my family members that they pass down to me each year, as a reminder. Also, November is Native American Heritage Month in the United States. I have tried to read Indigenous books this month, but my reading this month has been panning out the way I was hoping. However, I do have a review for Ancestor Approved coming soon to my blog and GoodReads. So keep your eyes peeled for that. Until next time friends, I hope this holiday you stay safe, that you feel the love of your friends and family, and maybe you finish a five star book before this month ends! I love you! 💛

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#5OnMyTBR | Nonfiction

#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.


Let me be honest, I’m not the best at reading nonfiction, actually I’m terrible at reading nonfiction. However, I don’t read a lot of nonfiction, autobiographies, etc… because it feels like I’m reading someone’s life diary and for myself, personally, I try not to pry into other’s lives and nonfiction sometimes has a way of making me feel like I’m doing just that. So, I don’t usually read nonfiction. However, there are a few nonfictional pieces that I would like to read at some point (most likely in 2021 because 2020 has made me super long-winded) and fall in love with them.


🍂 Apple Skin to the Core by Eric Gansworth 🍂

“Apple: Skin to the Core, is a YA memoir-in-verse. Eric Gansworth tells the story of his life, of an Onondaga family living among Tuscaroras, and of Native people in America, including the damaging legacy of government boarding schools—and in doing so grapples with the slur common in Native communities, for someone “red on the outside, white on the inside,” and reclaims it.”


🍂 Karamo My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, & Hope by Karamo Brown 🍂

“When Karamo Brown first auditioned for the casting directors of Netflix’s Queer Eye, he knew he wouldn’t win the role of culture expert by discussing art and theater. Instead he decided to redefine what ‘culture’ could — and should — mean for the show. He took a risk and declared, ‘I am culture.’

Karamo believes that culture is so much more than art museums and the ballet — it’s how people feel about themselves and others, how they relate to the world around them, and how their shared labels, burdens, and experiences affect their daily lives in ways both subtle and profound. Seen through this lens, Karamo is culture: His family is Jamaican and Cuban; he was raised in the South in predominantly white neighborhoods and attended a HBCU (Historically Black College/University); he was trained as a social worker and psychotherapist; he overcame personal issues of colorism, physical and emotional abuse, alcohol and drug addiction, and public infamy; he is a proud and dedicated gay single father of two boys, one biological and one adopted. It is by discussing deep subjects like these, he feels, that the makeovers on the show can attain their full, lasting meaning. Styling your hair is important, but so is figuring out why you haven’t done so in 20 years!

In this eye-opening and moving memoir, Karamo reflects on his lifelong education. It comprises every adversity he has overcome, as well as the lessons he has learned along the way. It is only by exploring our difficulties and having the hard conversations—with ourselves and one another—that we are able to adjust our mind-sets, heal emotionally, and move forward to live our best lives.

Karamo shows us the way.”


🍂 The Sea-Ringed World: Sacred Stories of the Americas by María García Esperón 🍂

“Fifteen thousand years before Europeans stepped foot in the Americas, people had already spread from tip to tip and coast to coast. Like all humans, these Native Americans sought to understand their place in the universe, the nature of their relationship with the divine, and the origin of the world into which their ancestors had emerged.

The answers lay in their sacred stories.

Author María García Esperón, illustrator Amanda Mijangos, and translator David Bowles have gifted us a treasure. Their talents have woven this collection of stories from nations and cultures across our two continents—the Sea-Ringed World, as the Aztecs called it—from the edge of Argentina all the way up to Alaska.

The Em Querido list seeks to introduce the finest books in translation from around the world to an American audience. We feel lucky to be bringing you this book on our inaugural list, which we hope will be a true window and mirror.”


🍂 #Notyourprincess: Voices of Native American Women by Lisa Charleyboy 🍂

“Whether looking back to a troubled past or welcoming a hopeful future, the powerful voices of Indigenous women across North America resound in this book. In the same style as the best-selling Dreaming in Indian, #NotYourPrincess presents an eclectic collection of poems, essays, interviews, and art that combine to express the experience of being a Native woman. Stories of abuse, humiliation, and stereotyping are countered by the voices of passionate women making themselves heard and demanding change. Sometimes angry, often reflective, but always strong, the women in this book will give teen readers insight into the lives of women who, for so long, have been virtually invisible.”


🍂 Know My Name by Chanel Miller 🍂

“She was known to the world as Emily Doe when she stunned millions with a letter. Brock Turner had been sentenced to just six months in county jail after he was found sexually assaulting her on Stanford’s campus. Her victim impact statement was posted on BuzzFeed, where it instantly went viral–viewed by eleven million people within four days, it was translated globally and read on the floor of Congress; it inspired changes in California law and the recall of the judge in the case. Thousands wrote to say that she had given them the courage to share their own experiences of assault for the first time.

Now she reclaims her identity to tell her story of trauma, transcendence, and the power of words. It was the perfect case, in many ways–there were eyewitnesses, Turner ran away, physical evidence was immediately secured. But her struggles with isolation and shame during the aftermath and the trial reveal the oppression victims face in even the best-case scenarios. Her story illuminates a culture biased to protect perpetrators, indicts a criminal justice system designed to fail the most vulnerable, and, ultimately, shines with the courage required to move through suffering and live a full and beautiful life.

Know My Name will forever transform the way we think about sexual assault, challenging our beliefs about what is acceptable and speaking truth to the tumultuous reality of healing. It also introduces readers to an extraordinary writer, one whose words have already changed our world. Entwining pain, resilience, and humor, this memoir will stand as a modern classic.”


Do you have any favorite nonfiction books? What was a nonfiction book you really want to read? Please feel free to share in the comments! And be fore I wrap up, I wanted to share the most recent nonfiction piece that I read in 2020 and it’s While the Earth Sleeps, We Travel by Ahmed M. Badr. I think this is a beautiful piece that everyone needs to read at least once in their life and truly, I wept for the majority of this book from how heart-breakingly beautiful this book is. So please give it a chance! It would fill my heart with so much warmth and it would me so, so much! Until next time, I hope you continue to stay safe and healthy. I love you! 💛

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#5OnMyTBR

#5OnMyTBR | Black Covers

#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 and welcome! I hope you all are doing well, that your reading has been filled with many books you love. With the end of the year slowly approaching, I can’t help feeling a bit long-winded right now. November and December are always very hectic months for me. So I feel that this post many be a bit rushed or doesn’t hold up to my own personal standards. Also, I thought I had more black covered books, but I was very wrong. I only found ten black covered books and I thought for sure I had more that were unread. Anyway, these are just five of those books that I would like to read, whether it’s this year or in 2021, but I have high hopes for them and I hope you enjoy this list!


🍁 Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco 🍁

“Emilia and her twin sister Victoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Victoria misses dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin…desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to discover who did this, and to seek vengeance at any cost—even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.

Then Emilia meets Wrath, the outlier among the seven demon brethren, always choosing duty over pleasure. He’s been tasked by his master with investigating a series of women’s murders on the island. When Emilia and Wrath’s fates collide, it’s clear this disturbing mystery will take a bewitching turn…”


🍁 A Universe of Wishes: A We Need Diverse Books Anthology by Dhonielle Clayton 🍁

“In the fourth collaboration with We Need Diverse Books, fifteen award-winning and celebrated diverse authors deliver stories about a princess without need of a prince, a monster long misunderstood, memories that vanish with a spell, and voices that refuse to stay silent in the face of injustice. This powerful and inclusive collection contains a universe of wishes for a braver and more beautiful world.

AUTHORS INCLUDE: Samira Ahmed, Libba Bray, Dhonielle Clayton, Zoraida Córdova, Tessa Gratton, Kwame Mbalia, Anna-Marie McLemore, Tochi Onyebuchi, Mark Oshiro, Natalie C. Parker, Rebecca Roanhorse, Victoria Schwab, Tara Sim, Nic Stone, and a to-be-announced debut author/short-story contest winner.”


🍁 Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar 🍁

“If the night sky holds many secrets, it holds Sheetal Mistry’s secret the closest. A secret that explains why her hair is the silver of starlight, or why some nights the stars call Sheetal by name.

Stars like her mother, who returned to her place in the constellation Pushya years ago. Since that day, Sheetal has been forced to hide.

But as her seventeenth birthday draws near, the pull from the sky is growing stronger. So strong that Sheetal loses control, and a flare of starfire burns her human father—an injury only a full star’s blood can heal.

Sheetal has no choice but to answer the starsong and ascend to the sky. But her celestial family has summoned her for a reason: to act as their human champion in a competition to decide the next ruling house of heavens.

Desperate to save her father, Sheetal agrees. But nothing could have prepared Sheetal to face the stars’ dark history—or the forces that are working to shut the gate between the realms for good.”


🍁 The Project by Courtney Summers 🍁

“Lo Denham is used to being on her own. After her parents died, Lo’s sister, Bea, joined The Unity Project, leaving Lo in the care of their great aunt. Thanks to its extensive charitable work and community outreach, The Unity Project has won the hearts and minds of most in the Upstate New York region, but Lo knows there’s more to the group than meets the eye. She’s spent the last six years of her life trying–and failing–to prove it.

“The Unity Project murdered my son.”

When a man shows up at the magazine Lo works for claiming The Unity Project killed his son, Lo sees the perfect opportunity to expose the group and reunite with Bea once and for all. When her investigation puts her in the direct path of its charismatic and mysterious leader, Lev Warren, he proposes a deal: if she can prove the worst of her suspicions about The Unity Project, she may expose them. If she can’t, she must finally leave them alone.

But as Lo delves deeper into The Project, the lives of its members, and spends more time with Lev, it upends everything she thought she knew about her sister, herself, cults, and the world around her–to the point she can no longer tell what’s real or true. Lo never thought she could afford to believe in Lev Warren . . . but now she doesn’t know if she can afford not to.

Welcome to The Unity Project.”


🍁 Desperate Measures (Wicked Villains, #1) by Katee Robert 🍁

“My Savior… Or My Ruin?

One night, and my entire life went up in flames. All because of him. Jafar. As my world burned down around me, he offered me a choice. Walk away with nothing but my freedom… Or rise to his challenge and win my fortune back.

I bargained.

I lost.

Now Jafar owns me, and even as my mind rails against his rules, my body loves the punishments he deals out when I break them.

But a gilded cage is still a prison, I’ll do anything to obtain my freedom.

Even betray the man I’m falling for.”


Whew! I definitely feel long-winded, but I’m really glad I could share these books with you. The last one I was a bit hesitant on, but I’m proud for sharing. I’m trying to be more unapologetically myself when it comes to books I’m interested in. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this list as much as I did putting it together. Do you have some black covered books you’re eager to read? Let’s talk about it! Until next time, I hope you have nothing but five stars reads! I love you! 💛

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#5OnMyTBR

#5OnMyTBR | Friendship

#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 my friends! To all those who are new here, welcome! I’m happy to say that I’m feeling a bit better and will hopefully be getting back to a regular posting schedule. Starting with another 5OnMyTBR post! This took me forever to kind of figure out and I’m kind of guessing a bit with some of these picks. I wanted to make sure there was at least some form of friendship within these books, but I’m not completely sure. So, take this post with a grain of salt. However, I’m still very excited for some of these books! And I see you, all you lovely readers who have read that Leigh Bardugo book, shouting at your screen, saying, “Why haven’t you read this yet?!” I know, but to be fair it hasn’t been at the top of my list, sorry! Regardless, I hope you still enjoy this list and I’m always here for books with friendships!


🍂 The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk 🍂

“Autumn always knew exactly who she was—a talented artist and a loyal friend. Shay was defined by two things: her bond with her twin sister, Sasha, and her love of music. And Logan always turned to writing love songs when his love life was a little less than perfect.

But when tragedy strikes each of them, somehow music is no longer enough. Now Logan can’t stop watching vlogs of his dead ex-boyfriend. Shay is a music blogger struggling to keep it together. And Autumn sends messages that she knows can never be answered.

Despite the odds, one band’s music will reunite them and prove that after grief, beauty thrives in the people left behind.”


🍂 Six of Crows (The Six of Crows Trilogy #1) by Leigh Bardugo 🍂

“Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .

A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.”


🍂 The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin 🍂

“After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy must have been a rare jellyfish sting–things don’t just happen for no reason. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory–even if it means traveling the globe, alone. Suzy’s achingly heartfelt journey explores life, death, the astonishing wonder of the universe…and the potential for love and hope right next door.”

“Oddlot Entertainment has acquired the screen rights to The Thing About Jellyfish, with Gigi Pritzker set to produce with Bruna Papandrea and Reese Witherspoon.”


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

“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—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.”


🍂 Running with Lions by Julian Winters 🍂

“Bloomington High School Lions’ star goalie, Sebastian Hughes, should be excited about his senior year: His teammates are amazing and he’s got a coach who doesn’t ask anyone to hide their sexuality. But when his estranged childhood best friend Emir Shah shows up to summer training camp, Sebastian realizes the team’s success may end up in the hands of the one guy who hates him. Determined to reconnect with Emir for the sake of the Lions, he sets out to regain Emir’s trust. But to Sebastian’s surprise, sweaty days on the pitch, wandering the town’s streets, and bonding on the weekends sparks more than just friendship between them.”


As I mentioned, take this post with a grain of salt. Aside from two books on this list, I’m not sure if the rest counts. However, I’ve read quite a few books with friendship themes that I want to recommend to all of you. So please check them out if these books capture your attention!

The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum

Pax by Sara Pennypacker

The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited by Clint McElroy

Watakoi Love is Hard for Otaku by Fujita

There Are Things I Can’t Tell You by Edako Mofumofu

Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega

Alaskan Christmas Redemption (Home to Owl Creek Book 3) by Belle Calhoune

The Inn Boonsboro Trilogy by Nora Roberts

In An Absent Dream (Wayward Children, #4) by Seanan McGuire

These are just a few of the books that have friendships that filled my heart with so much love and many feelings. I hope you check them out and give them a chance. Do you have a favorite book that has a friendship in it? Come chat about it with me! Until next time, happy reading on this Monday, I love you! 💛

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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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#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! 🧡


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

“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.


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

“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 — 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.”


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

“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 by—palm readings, zars, healings—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.”


🎃 Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry 🎃

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

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


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

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) — 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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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!


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

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.


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

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!


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

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!


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

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!


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

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!


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

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.


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

Cinnamon Roll Breakfast GIF

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!


🍂 Warm, cozy bonfire: Spread the cozy warmth! Who do you tag? 🍂

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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Fall Activities Book Tag

I saw this on Paperbacks and Planners’ blog and decided I had to give it a chance!


Salutations and welcome back Chapterlings! I wanted to take a small break from the usual reviews and posts to bring another tag to you. My wonderful friend, Robin at Paperbacks and Planners had this delightfully fall book tag on her blog and I wanted to give it a try. So I hope you enjoy this little break and if you haven’t checked out Robin’s blog yet, you can find her HERE!


🍁 Apple Picking: A book on your TBR that looks so delicious you can’t wait to take a bite out of it! 🍁

Y’all know Kerri Maniscalco is an auto-buy author for me. I will throw my money at anything Kerri Maniscalco because I truly love her work and I think she is such a wholesome being. Plus, her content just fills my heart with all the spooky goodness. So when she announced this book, Kingdom of the Wicked, naturally I preordered… multiple copies… Do I worship at the alter of Kerri Maniscalco? Maybe a little, just a little!


🍁 Corn Maze: A book that’s so much fun to get lost in! 🍁

If we’re talking about recent reads, I have to pick the Wayward Children series, more specifically In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire. I loved getting lost in this world and following Lundy! I think this series is so easy to get lost in and would make the perfect autumnal read!


🍁 Haunted Houses: A book that scared you silly! 🍁

I wouldn’t say it scared me silly, but it has been a while since I got chills up my spine because of a book. So, I have to recommend The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones. I feel like I’ve been hyping this book all year, but for me, this was such a brilliant read and I can’t help recommending it to others!


🍁 Pumpkin Patch: The latest book you purchased! 🍁

I do have a few remaining preorders right now. However, the most recent book to actually be placed in my hands is Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. I’m so excited to have this book in my hands! It sounds so good, the author is stunning, and this is the October pick for the Dragons & Tea Book Club! So all around, I can’t wait to start this in October!


🍁 Scenic Drives: A book that is lyrically beautiful! 🍁

I had to pick K. Ancrum for this! The way Ancrum writes, the characters she creates, everything is so beautifully woven together. I couldn’t decide between The Weight of the Stars and The Wicker King, so I’m picking both!


🍁 Pumpkin Carving: A book you didn’t like and wouldn’t mind carving up! 🍁

I’m going to keep this short because I really disliked this book, The Wives by Tarryn Fisher.


🍁 Hiking: A book that was a highly enjoyable romp! 🍁

Hands down, Midnight Poppy Land by Lilydusk! This is a self-published creator on Webtoons which you can read this comic for free HERE!


🍁 Drinking Apple Cider: A sweet book to curl up under the covers with! 🍁

I’m going to have to say the Signs of Love series by Anyta Sunday! This is another self-published author who writes about LGBTQIAP+ romances. I have read the first three books in the series with one novella and have really been enjoying my time in this series. Scorpio Hates Virgo is the most recent review I have posted and let me just tell you, I read that book in two, maybe three days! It was so good and I think this is the perfect series to curl up with!


🍁 Jumping In A Leaf Pile: A book that reminds you of your childhood! 🍁

Every time fall rolls around, I spend half the season talking about The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury. I love this book for a plethora of reasons, some personal and some that hold dear memories. This is also one of my favorite movies to watch during the spooky season. For those who may not be a fan of the book, you might want to watch the movie. I feel like the movie clarifies things that the book doesn’t. Ultimately, I loved both of these and once again, recommending that you pick this book and movie up for spooky season!


🍁 Scary Movie Night: Your favorite spooky read! 🍁

Okay, so I might not have one for this. Even though I grew up with my mimsy (my mother) who is a horror and thriller fanatic, I don’t read a lot of horror and thriller. I think I’m going to choose a thriller that made it onto my top books of 2020 and that’s When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole. I really enjoyed the audiobook of this book and I think this is going to make a lot of readers’ favorites of 2020!


🍁 Bonus! Costume Party: A book with an eclectic cast of characters! 🍁

Hands down has to be Well Played by Jen DeLuca! I love the characters in this series, the small town, the sense of community, and of course, the Ren. Fest! There’s so much I loved packed into the first two books and I think many lovers of Well Met are going to need this second book asap!


I had so much fun doing this little tag! I really had to think on some of the answers, but I’m so glad I was able to put this together. If you were thinking of doing this, consider yourself officially tagged! I hope you enjoyed this little detour of my usual posts. Tag yours’ in the comments below! Until next time, may your fall season be spooky, stay hydrated, I love you! 🧡

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Indigenous Bookworm Tag

Original Tag by Michelle from Thor Wants Another Letter


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

🌻 Auntie & Uncle: Favorite Indigenous movie 🌻

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

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

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

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

Um, frybread! Yum!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You want my whole list? HERE WE GO!

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

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

🌻 Dani at thunderbirdwomanreads

🌻 Megan from tiplerteaches

🌻 Sasha at anishinaabekwereads

🌻 Emery from pages.of.emery

🌻 Moriah at metisreader

🌻 Chris from chriskaa.reads

🌻 Brody at Et tu, Brody

🌻 Rob from thebookishnative

🌻 Min at min_dutton

🌻 Teela May from teelamay

🌻 Weezie at weeziesbooks

🌻 Erin from erins_library

🌻 Melitta from the.midnight.librarian

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


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

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Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

🌻 Biggest disappointment? 🌻

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

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

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

🌻 Biggest surprise? 🌻

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

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

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

🌻 Rereads this year? 🌻

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

🌻 Newest fictional crush? 🌻

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

🌻 Newest favorite character? 🌻

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

🌻 Book that made you cry? 🌻

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

🌻 Book that made you happy? 🌻

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

🌻 Favorite book to film adaptation? 🌻

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

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

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

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

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

🌻 Favorite post that you have done this year? 🌻

🌻 Favorite book community members? 🌻

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

🌻 Tagging: 🌻

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


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

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