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!


πŸ‚ Emzotic πŸ‚

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!


πŸ‚ Chillout Deer πŸ‚

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!


πŸ‚ A Universe of Wishes by Dhonielle Clayton πŸ‚

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!


πŸ‚ Squishables πŸ‚

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.


πŸ‚ Ukiuq Designs πŸ‚

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.


πŸ‚ Notion πŸ‚

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.


πŸ‚ Games πŸ‚

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!


πŸ‚ Friends πŸ‚

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.


πŸ‚ My Spouse πŸ‚

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.


πŸ‚ The Furbabies πŸ‚

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 theΒ 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 isΒ Native American Heritage MonthΒ 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! πŸ’›

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Misc.

20 Questions to get to Know Me Better

The questions from this post were taken from a beautiful instagram template created by @jessbetweenlines.


Salutations friends and new friends! I hope you’re all staying safe, staying hydrated, and taking the time to pause to enjoy the little things. Today I wanted to do something a little different than my typical bookish posts. Recently, a lot of new readers have come to my little corner in the book community and I wanted to do something that allows you to get to know me better. Typically, I don’t share a lot about myself, my personal life, etc… and unless you pay close attention to some of my reviews, these type of posts are pretty rare. So, I thought I’d give you a little glimpse into my life and a little peek into my thoughts. Okay, enjoy! πŸ’›


πŸ‚ Top Three Books of All Time πŸ‚

This is an insanely tough question. Mostly due to needing to reread a lot of the books that I love. So, I’m going to tweak this question a little to fit the top three books that mean the most to me thus far in all my reading, with one prediction added in the mix.

➸ The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

This book was such a wonderful read, but this book is so special because Stephen Graham Jones was the first author I ever interviewed. And that may seem a bit silly to have a book feel special in that sense, but for myself, it was one of my proudest moments. It was also a really big learning experience for me because I got to sit down with someone who’s wiser than I am and learn about an important thing they created. It was just an experience I’ll never forget and this book means a whole lot.

➸ Wicked As You Wish (A Hundred Names for Magic #1) by Rin Chupeco

This is another book that means so, so much. Wicked As You Wish was my first book blog tour. When I had first applied to the tour, so many had already applied and I wasn’t expecting to get pick, but I did. When I got the chance to talk with Rin and thank her for making me a part of her street team, she talked about how she liked to include big and small content creators. It touched a soft spot in my soul and it was something that impacted me so much that those words made this book even more special to me. Words have always been impactful for me, but Rin really hit the nail on the head.

➸ Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

I’ve talked about this book a few times on my blog, but I feel like I don’t talk about it enough. This is one of those books I wish I had in my childhood. I think it would have made so many things easier and made a difference in my life. However, I can’t recommend it enough because it addresses a topic that’s so important to touch on. This is just one of those book where there’s not enough words to describe how a book touched your soul.

➸ Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger

And my prediction book. I have no doubt that this book is going to make me feel seen, finally read a book with an Apache main character who’s written by an Apache author. I just can’t express how high my expectations are for this book and how I have no doubt this book is going to make my heart feel so full.


πŸ‚ Top Three Places I want to Travel to πŸ‚

I love traveling, but it’s a bit of an Achilles’ heel for me. There are so many places I would love to visit, things to experience in those places, but I get really sick when I travel. So I don’t travel too often or too far away. I think the furthest I’ve ever traveled has been to New Hampshire.

But there’s so many places I want to visit and it’s been a hot minute since I’ve sat down to really look at my travel bucket list. So, I’m just going to list the first three that come to my mind.

➸ Japan – Just in general I would love to go to Japan. I love the culture, I really enjoy learning the history of Japan, and my childhood best friend has been trying (to convince me to get on a plane) for all twenty years of our friendship to fly back with him and his family to Japan when they need to maintain their residency.

➸ Ireland – This is more so for my spouse because my spouse’s family has a deep Irish heritage. Unfortunately, they ended up missing traveling to Ireland with the rest of their family due to preparing for deployment, at the time. So, I’d really love to go with my spouse or as a whole family. I’ve only heard bits and pieces from various family members, but I really want to know more about their heritage and their family history.

➸ HawaiΚ»i – I think every one I know has been to HawaiΚ»i at least once. I’ve had a lot of family members travel there for gatherings and such. However, my main reason for going there is for two main reasons. My first being a dear friend of mine is often out there studying the flora and fauna of the island, and she has been wanting me to come out, experience the beauty of the island as a whole, and to in a sense, wants to pick my brain. The second reason is a bit of a selfish desire and that’s to learn more of the culture, speak with and learn from true Natives of HawaiΚ»i.


πŸ‚ Dream Place to Live πŸ‚

New Hampshire Mountains, photo by myself

New Hampshire calls to me and all I want to do is build a house on the side of a mountain, in the middle of the woods, surrounded by nature. Truly, that’s the dream.


πŸ‚ A T.V. Show I’m Obsessed with πŸ‚

I don’t really watch a lot of t.v. or movies anymore. I used to watch a lot of Friends, Gilmore Girls, Criminal Minds, a lot of anime shows, but if I ever watch t.v. shows, I’m doing reruns for these. Soo not a lot going on there.

However, I do watch Terrace House and a few other shows in Japanese with my childhood best friend. He and I will video call each other and watch the shows together when we both have the time. Sometimes his two brothers will join in and it’ll feel like we’re having our traditional misfit night.

So that’s about it for t.v. shows. I know, not much going on when it comes to t.v. shows.


πŸ‚ Last Three Songs I Listened to πŸ‚

This is so hard because I listen to music all the time. Seriously, I have no chill when it comes to music. So these are the last three I remember listening to off the top of my head, but I don’t know if they were the last three songs I had listened to.

➸ Champions of Red Wine by The New Pornographers

➸ Halloween by Novo Amor

➸ Wolves (Said the Sky Remix) by Selena Gomez & Marshmello


πŸ‚ Three People I’d Love to have Dinner with, Dead or Alive πŸ‚

So I’ve thought about this a lot and I’m just going to list actual people because I want to branch away from some of the more bookish answers. Plus, I could make a list that goes on and on if I used bookish characters.

➸ Robin Williams

➸ Elizabeth Taylor

➸ Roseanne Supernault


πŸ‚ Favorite Movie of All Time πŸ‚

I have so many movies I love with my whole heart. So it’s hard to just think of one to choose. Now and days, it takes a lot for me to really love and enjoy a movie. I think the last film I ended up watching was Joker and absolutely fell in love with it, and the mental health representation in that film.

However, I think my absolute all time favorite is Clue. It holds a lot of memories I’m fond of and it’s a film I hold close to my heart because of the sentimental value I found in it. And just a lot of other personal reason on why this film just means a whole lot, why I watch it so often, and why it’s a film that’ll stay with me forever. Plus, Tim Curry stars in it and no one does it like Tim Curry does.

#clue from How to be like Dr. Frank N. Furter???

πŸ‚ Favorite Board Game πŸ‚

This is another hard question! My spouse and I play a lot of board games and have two book cases filled with various games that we play, play with friends or family. It’s so hard to choose one because each game is so unique and different compared to the others. But I think my most favorite board game has to be Betrayal at House on the Hill. It such a good game, the board continuously changes, and it’s just a fun time especially for spooky season.


πŸ‚ Ultimate Comfort Food πŸ‚

My one true food love! Nothing else can compared to gooey, cheesy, yummy goodness!


πŸ‚ A Celebrity/Literary Crush of Mine πŸ‚

Oh jeez, I feel like this is taking skeletons out of the closet or something. Okay, I’m just going to drop this here and go hide.

Tumblr: Image

πŸ‚ Favorite Season πŸ‚


πŸ‚ Favorite Holiday πŸ‚

#green from sexy pinups, dark art, seasonal

πŸ‚ My Signature Scent πŸ‚

Oh jeez, this question always makes me feel weird because I’ve always had the weird experience of people smelling me and telling me how nice I smell. So it’s a really awkward and odd question for me. I don’t know if I really have a signature scent though. However, there are some scents I frequently use in my day to day life.

I think the scent everyone finds around me is always vanilla or peppermint (anything mint in general). I have a lot of candles, sprays, air fresh sprays, even when I cook a lot of dessert or make homemade teas, I have a lot of vanilla and mint. Those are probably the most common scents you’ll smell when you’re around me.

However, not many people expect it, but I use a lot of evergreen or pine and lavender scents, as well. These are the scents I tend to break out for evening events, preparing for sleep, or basically any time I’m anxious. These are calming scents for me, while the first two scents make me wake up.


πŸ‚ Describe You Ideal Day πŸ‚

That gif right there in my perfect day. I love fall days and rainy fall days, but there’s something about a snowy day that makes things wonderous and magical. It’s just something I really love and miss dearly.


πŸ‚ Something I’m Proud of πŸ‚

This might be the hardest question of this whole thing. I know we’re supposed to look back on the things we’ve accomplished, but I’m having a hard time doing that. Maybe it’s from feeling like I haven’t accomplished many things this year or maybe it’s from looking at things as stepping stones instead of accomplishments.

If I really had to say, I think I would say the time I spent with the Social Distance Book Fest, interviewing Stephen Graham Jones, and I guess if I had to pick something that’s a work in-progress then I’d say finding my safety and voice again. These were all wonderful things that happened to me and if I take a step back, they kind of feel like accomplishments in their own way.


πŸ‚ Five Things I Love About Myself πŸ‚

Okay, okay… I know I can’t dodge this question, though I wish I could. I find it a lot easier to find the good qualities in others than in myself. To quote Fruits Basket, “Maybe the reason you don’t see it is that it’s stuck to your back. What I mean is, a person’s admiral qualities – they’re just like, say, a pickled plum on a rice ball.” That’s kind of how this feels like. So I’m going to give this the ole’ college try!

➸ I think I’m a good person and care about people a lot – sometimes a little too much and sometimes I wish I could turn the dial down just a little bit.

➸ I’m good with animals. – A trait I’ve had every since I was a kid.

➸ I guess I should say I’m a good singer, but I haven’t sung competitively or with a tutor/choir in a long time.

That’s three! I got three! Okay, I’m going to run and hide now.


πŸ‚ Some Blogs I Love πŸ‚

Oh I love this! I love spreading my love for other blogs and I hope you all check them out! Okay, I’m going to try and link a few and not turn this into a ‘boost every single blog I love’ kind of post.

➸ Emer @ A Little Haze Book Blog

➸ Destiny @ Howling Libraries

➸ Destiny @ My Honey Reads

➸ Kayla @ Books and Blends

➸ Robin @ Paperbacks and Planners

➸ Sofi @ A Book A Thought Blog


πŸ‚ My Ten Most Used Emoji πŸ‚

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πŸ‚ Favorite Childhood Memory πŸ‚

Oh boy, this hit a certain kind of way. I’m just going to put horseback riding and reading because those two things have always been an escape for me. I’ve mentioned a few times, but my upbringing wasn’t the easiest or kindest. So, yeah. NEXT!


πŸ‚ My Biggest Pet Peeve πŸ‚

If we’re talking bookish then it has to be borrowing someone’s books and returning them damaged.

If we’re talking in general then I’d say cutting someone off while they’re trying to talk especially if they’re someone who struggles with letting their voice be heard or even speaking, and they get cut off in mid sentence.


Whew! Those were a lot of questions, but I hope you all got to know me a little better. This is the type of post that’s out of my comfort zone and I just wanted to do something a little different for all the new readers in my little corner of this community. It means so much and I’m really happy to have you here. πŸ’›

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Non-Bookish Hobbies

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


Salutations friends! Another top ten Tuesday coming your way! This time we get to branch away from the bookish content and you get to learn a few things about myself. This is probably insanely helpful since I haven’t done a ‘meet the blogger’ kind of post yet, but I promise, that’s coming soon. Until then, I hope you enjoy these few pieces of me that I do outside of all the bookish content. Cheers! 🧑


🍁 Playing video games

🍁 LARPing

🍁 Mug collecting

🍁 Studying and learning Japanese

🍁 Journaling

🍁 Horseback riding

🍁 Traveling (I really miss New Hampshire’s mountains)

🍁 Cosplaying & other nerdy outfits

🍁 Crystal collecting

🍁 Plants (I really love plants)

🍁 Bonus: Photography


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Wrap Ups

October 2020 Wrap Up

On this last October day, I leave you with this mini October wrap up! And boy, do I wish we could just turn away and pretend this reading month didn’t turn out the way it did!

Salutations Chapterlings! I hop you’ve all been staying snuggly and sipping tea, staying health I hope! Myself? Not so much and there are many regrets, but I digress. We’re here to talk about my October wrap up and boy, October was a cruel and vicious mistress to my reading and myself this month. This might actually turn out to be my worst reading month for all of 2020. And after we left September on such a high note, too! I only read five things this month and the results… oh boy, they’re looking pretty grim. To clarify, I only had one five star read and one four star read. The rest… can we just look away? No? Well, it wasn’t good and one book didn’t even receive a rating. On top of all of that, since a lot of the books impacted my mental health so badly, I hit a reading slump… pretty darn hard, if I do say so myself. That slump prevented me from picking up any books and even caused a great deal of internal stress.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that someway, somehow, I can turn the last two months of the year around and finish the year off strong. However, November and December are both months that heavily revolve around my family. If you’ve been here a while, you know my family is at the very core of my heart and soul. So during these two months, reading sometimes gets put to the side, but I digress, again. I’m really hoping I can turn my reading around soon. And with that being said, I hope you still enjoy this wrap up even though there’s not many books to talk about.


πŸŽƒ Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Buddy Read with Robin πŸ’œ
I absolutely fell in love with this book and these characters. Truly, this is the best read from all of October. Originally, I was going to rate this book a strong four stars, but the more I thought on it, how I felt about this book, and the three main characters we follow, I decided to just go ahead and give it the five stars this book truly deserved. From the atmosphere to the unique writing style, this makes for the perfect spooky season read and rainy day read. I can’t wait to draft my full review for this book.

πŸŽƒ Victor and Nora A Gotham Love Story by Lauren Myracle & Isaac Goodhart ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I love graphic novels and the DC Universe is one of this first universes I fell in love with when I was first diving into this comic book world. Most importantly, Victor and Nora is my all time favorite love story throughout the entire Gotham universe. I know there’s so many other relationships, pairings, etc… but I truly love and cherish everything and anything that revolves around Victor and Nora. For those who aren’t familiar with these two characters, their love story and even Victor’s villain backstory is one of a Greek tragedy. Nora is terminally ill and dying, and upon learning of this news, Victor ends up freezing Nora until he can find a cure. Ultimately, Victor becomes a villain as he continues to search for a cure for Nora, doing whatever it takes to save the love of his life. There are many love stories in Gotham, but none that burn quite as fierce and bright like that of Nora and Victor. To love someone so much that you would move mountains, you would become a villain to everyone who doesn’t know the full story, and to give up your life using your skills in science to find a cure to a terminal illness all for the the one you love; it’s a tragic story, but truly, a story that resonates with the flames in my soul.

πŸŽƒ Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo ⭐⭐⭐ | Buddy Read with Robin πŸ’œ
Let’s just rip the band-aid right off, I dnf’d this book at 80% through this book and yes, I still gave it a rating. Now, I promise my full review for this is the first one coming because I have so much to talk about when it comes to this book. Here’s a brief run down with things I liked and strongly disliked. Starting with the things I enjoyed, I loved the atmosphere and I loved how the characters weren’t perfect. I really enjoyed those two elements and I wish more authors wrote characters like this. Hands down, this is a fantastic book to read for the spooky season and during rainy days.

However, there were things I didn’t like. Starting with pg 50 and pg 51. I love how no one, absolutely no one talks about how this author decided to bring up an actual crime and traumatic event that was committed concerning Geronimo’s remains and the desecration of his grave, and how the author just wrote it off like it never happened. Maybe you need someone who’s Apache, like myself, to step in and remind you that if you’re going to write about these events, especially when this event did happen and we knew about the five people involved in this whole incident, the entire event devastated the remaining family and relatives of Geronimo, and resulted in an actual court trial that came of nothing and the Chiricahua chief to rule leaving the burial site where it is despite the request from the family, to remind non-Indigenous authors to write and speak about these events accurately instead of brushing it off, down playing the whole incident like it wasn’t a problematic situation in the first place, and using these events as a way to cause tension between two non-Indigenous characters in your book.

Then there’s page 165 and I quote, “He didn’t want to spend the evening fielding judgmental snipes from Manuscript because Alex had felt the urge to dress as sexy Pocahontas.” Another thing concerning First Nations and yet no one is talking about this. Her name was Matoaka and she was one of the first stolen and missing Indigenous women from the colonization of Turtle Island. I don’t know about anyone else, but just these two snippets from this book alone made me really uncomfortable and in my opinion should have never been included in this book in the first place. I also didn’t enjoy how the traumatic events in this book felt like they were being used for shock value and to forward the story. Literally, content and trigger warnings about everything and anything for days. I digress, I digress. This wasn’t meant to be a rant. These are just some of things I’m going to be talking about in my final review because no one wants to talk about any of this and I think we should be talking about it.

πŸŽƒ Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia | Dragons & Tea Book Club September Pick πŸ’œ
The first book I’m not giving a rating for. The world must be freezing over because I always rate my books. No matter how good or bad. However, I feel that for myself, personally, rating this book isn’t beneficial. Here’s why. If I were to rate this book, it would be a low rating because of various reasons (and the fact that this book made me vomit on several occasions), it benefits no one because this isn’t a bad book. In fact, this book does exactly what it’s supposed to do, it’s a horror book that’s designed to crawl under your skin and make you all kinds of uncomfortable. Unfortunately, I’m the type of reader who doesn’t read horror often, I try to avoid it at all costs because I know how it impacts my reading and myself. So if there’s one thing you take away from this, let it be that this book does a fantastic job in the genre it’s designed for, but it impacted me in the way that I dnf’d this book at 75% because it destroyed my mental health, that includes going in knowing content and trigger warnings.

πŸŽƒ The Fangirl’s Guide to the Universe by Sam Maggs ⭐⭐
Let me just say this before I lay this all out. I have been active in various nerdy communities for a very long time and still am. Seventeen years worth of knowledge and experience, of LARPing, gaming, cosplaying, attending conventions, etc… and this book made my blood boil. I strongly disliked this book. Not only does this book not talk about the actual statistics or even give accurate information on how much of an influence women have had throughout history in the development of various nerdy communities, but this book has multiple underlying themes of misandry, and refuses to accurately talk about female/female and male/male harassment within these communities. If you’re going to write a guide book or a self-help book and you want to talk about these things then you need to write about it accurately, you need to include the whole spectrum of how harassment impacts the community as a whole, and if you’re going to repeatedly write how you support men then don’t go onto the next page talking about how terrible men in the community are. You can’t preach about how as a community we’re all in this together and then continuously throughout the book contradict yourself by writing how terrible all men are, how their actions are nothing but horrible things, when that’s not the actual reality of things. But I digress. This just wasn’t a good book, in my personal opinion and I’m actually dreading writing this review which is one of the main reason why I haven’t written it.


Whew, I may have ranted a few times, whoops! As you can see, though it was only five books, some of these books I have some pretty strong feelings about, some that made me feel a certain kind of way and I promise, these will all be addressed in reviews. I’ve mentioned this a lot this week, but as soon as I’m better and recovered from being sick, these reviews are getting written up, I promise! Anyway, did you have a good reading month? What book did you love the most? Please let me know! Until next time, I hope you enjoy All Hallows Eve! I love you! πŸŽƒπŸ–€

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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! 🧑


πŸŽƒ NetGalley ARCS πŸŽƒ

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

πŸŽƒ Delicates (Sheets, #2) by Brenna Thummler

πŸŽƒ I Must Belong Somewhere Poetry and Prose by Dawn Lanuza

πŸŽƒ Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher

πŸŽƒ The Project by Courtney Summers

πŸŽƒ Together, Apart by Erin A. Craig

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


πŸŽƒ Physical ARCS πŸŽƒ

πŸŽƒ Ancestor Approved Intertribal Stories for Kids by Cynthia Leitich Smith


πŸŽƒ Purchased Myself πŸŽƒ

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

πŸŽƒ Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz

πŸŽƒ Legendborn (Legendborn, #1) by Tracy Deonn

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

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

πŸŽƒ 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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Uncategorized

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

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

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


πŸ‚ Bookish πŸ‚

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

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

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


πŸ‚ Non-Bookish πŸ‚

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

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

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


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

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Misc.

How I Take Reading Notes

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

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

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


🍁 Why I take Reading Notes 🍁

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


🍁 Items I Frequently Use for Note Taking 🍁

➳ Colored page markers

➳ Colorful sticky notes

➳ Pastel highlighters

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

➳ Precision micro-line pens

➳ Zebra Ballpoint pens

➳ Transparent sticky notes

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


🍁 How I take Reading Notes 🍁

➳ Kindle Notes & Highlights

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

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

➳ Physical Notebook

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

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

➳ Google Keep

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

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

➳ Templates

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

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

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

➳ Notion

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

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

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


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

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Tags

The Fall Time, Cozy Time Book Tag

The Tag was originally created by Sam’s Nonsense 🧑


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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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!


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

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


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

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Freebie: Manga Recommendations

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


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


πŸ‚ Kitchen Princess by Natsumi Andō πŸ‚


πŸ‚ Midnight Secretary by Tomu Ohmi πŸ‚


πŸ‚ Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimaru πŸ‚


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

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


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

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


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


πŸ‚ Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya πŸ‚


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


πŸ‚ Ten Count by Rihito Takarai πŸ‚


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

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


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

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#5OnMyTBR

#5OnMyTBR | Red Covers

#5OnMyTBRΒ is a bookish meme hosted byΒ E. @Β Local Bee Hunter’s Nook
You can learn more about itΒ hereΒ or inΒ the post announcingΒ it.


Salutations Chapterlings! This might be the hardest list that I’ve ever put together. I don’t own a lot of red covered books in my personal library. In fact, I think I have more neutral and pastel covers for books than I do more brightly colored covers. However, I have scrounged around and after a hot minute, setting Where Dreams Descend aside, I might have found five red cover books! Without further delays, I hope you enjoy these five books!


🍁 Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore 🍁

“The biggest lie of all is the story you think you already know. The del Cisne girls have never just been sisters; they’re also rivals, Blanca as obedient and graceful as Roja is vicious and manipulative. They know that, because of a generations-old spell, their family is bound to a bevy of swans deep in the woods. They know that, one day, the swans will pull them into a dangerous game that will leave one of them a girl, and trap the other in the body of a swan.”

I’m so excited to read this book! As you know, Latinx Heritage Month starts on September 15th and runs till October 24th, and I really wanted to participate in some readathons happening during that time. I do have a separate list of books I’d really love to read, but this book in particular is at the top of the list. I’ve been told this is a Swan Lake retelling and that I need to read soon rather than later. Plus, this books has been on my tbr for a year or two now. So, I want to make sure I prioritize this book since it’s been here for a hot minute.


🍁 Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden 🍁

“Virgil Wounded Horse is the local enforcer on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota.Β  When justice is denied by the American legal system or the tribal council, Virgil is hired to deliver his own punishment, the kind that’s hard to forget. But when heroin makes its way into the reservation and finds Virgil’s nephew, his vigilantism suddenly becomes personal. He enlists the help of his ex-girlfriend and sets out to learn where the drugs are coming from, and how to make them stop.”

I’m so, so grateful to the author who sent me a finished copy. Also, thanks to a mutual acquaintance for putting us in contact with one another. I truly am grateful and just the experience of opening that package meant so much especially as a Native American book reviewer. This is actually on my radar for my November tbr for Native American Heritage Month. Aside from Elatsoe, this book has my top priority for November.


🍁 House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J. Maas 🍁

“Bryce Quinlan had the perfect lifeβ€”working hard all day and partying all nightβ€”until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths. Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purposeβ€”to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach. As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passionβ€”one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.”

I’ve been putting this book off for so long! I’ll be honest, I think all the mixed reviews has been preventing me from reading this book. Despite the fact that I know this book is super thick, I think the mix feedback has me nervous on where I’m going to fall with my feelings for this book. I truly want to read this before the end of the year and thankfully, no one has spoiled this book for me yet. So, I’m asking a favor from you, yes you! Should I read this in December or should I wait till the new year?


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

Darkness never works alone… Nadya doesn’t trust her magic anymore. Serefin is fighting off a voice in his head that doesn’t belong to him. Malachiasz is at war with who–and what–he’s become. As their group is continually torn apart, the girl, the prince, and the monster find their fates irrevocably intertwined. They’re pieces on a board, being orchestrated by someone… or something. The voices that Serefin hears in the darkness, the ones that Nadya believes are her gods, the ones that Malachiasz is desperate to meetβ€”those voices want a stake in the world, and they refuse to stay quiet any longer.”

I absolutely loved Wicked Saints! I was able to read an arc of it and fell in love. Now I have the second book in this trilogy and I still haven’t read it yet. I’m hoping for the spooky season I’ll be able to squeeze this book in and continue loving this series especially with the third book, Blessed Monsters, looming on the horizon of 2021!


🍁 Slasher Girls & Monster Boys by April Genevieve Tucholke 🍁

“Stefan Bachmann,Β Leigh Bardugo,Β Kendare Blake,Β A. G. Howard,Β Jay Kristoff,Β Marie Lu,Β Jonathan Maberry,Β Danielle Paige,Β Carrie Ryan,Β Megan Shepherd,Β Nova Ren Suma,Β McCormick Templeman,Β April Genevieve Tucholke,Β Cat Winters… A host of the sharpest young adult authors come together in this collection of terrifying tales and psychological thrillers. Each author draws from a mix of literature, film, television, and music to create something new and fresh and unsettling. Clever readers will love teasing out the references and can satisfy their curiosity at the end of each tale, where the inspiration is revealed. There are no superficial scares here; these are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From blood horror, to the supernatural, to unsettling, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for anyone looking for an absolute thrill.”

This book has been lurking on my tbr shelves forever! I actually had a really good friend of mine recommend this book to me and I feel so guilty that I haven’t read it in the two years it’s been waiting to be read. Now that spooky season is on the horizon once more, this book is at the top of the list of books to be read in October. I always like to read books friends and family members gift to me first because that means the person who gifted that book put a lot of thought, effort, and love into picking it out. Plus, I can read a story a day while reading the other books I want to read and I haven’t read an anthology in a hot minute.


Okay, friends! I hope you enjoyed this little breakdown of some red cover books that are on my radar for this final portion of the year. Do you have some red cover books on your radar this spooky year? What titles on this list interest you? Let me know down below and don’t forget to cast your vote on when you’d like to see me read House of Earth and Blood! Until next time, may you have a fall-tastic September, I love you! 🧑

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