Misc.

5 Books I Want to Read Before 2022 Ends

Salutations Chapterlings! How are you doing? I hope you’re doing well and staying hydrated! I have a bit of a confession… This was technically a draft I had saved for 2021 that never got published and now I’m repurposing it for the year of 2022. This time, I’m getting it posted with some books that I really, really want to read before this year ends. And in a way, posting it now is a way to hold myself accountable for this mini tbr. Actually, this is a bit of a secret tbr and I hope you enjoy what I’m about to share! ♥


You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao
“Seventeen-year-old Julie has her future all planned out—move out of her small town with her boyfriend Sam, attend college in the city, spend a summer in Japan. But then Sam dies. And everything changes.

Heartbroken, Julie skips his funeral, throws out his things, and tries everything to forget him and the tragic way he died. But a message Sam left behind in her yearbook forces back memories. Desperate to hear his voice one more time, Julie calls Sam’s cellphone just to listen to his voicemail.

And Sam picks up the phone.

In a miraculous turn of events, Julie’s been given a second chance at goodbye. The connection is temporary. But hearing Sam’s voice makes her fall for him all over again, and with each call it becomes harder to let him go. However, keeping her otherworldly calls with Sam a secret isn’t easy, especially when Julie witnesses the suffering Sam’s family is going through. Unable to stand by the sidelines and watch their shared loved ones in pain, Julie is torn between spilling the truth about her calls with Sam and risking their connection and losing him forever.”


Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice
“With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community loses communication. Days later, it goes dark. Cut off from the urban realm of the south, many of its people become passive and confused. They eventually descend into panic as the food supply dwindles, with few hunters left in the First Nation. While the band council and a pocket of community members struggle to maintain order, an unexpected visitor arrives from a city in the south to escape a crumbling society. Soon after, others follow.

The community leadership is faced with the dilemma of allowing the urban refugees to live with them on their territory. Tensions rise, and as the months pass, so does the death toll due to sickness and despair. Frustrated by the building chaos, a group of young friends and their families turn to the land and tradition in hopes of helping their community thrive again, while they grapple with a grave decision.

Blending action and allegory, Moon of the Crusted Snow upends our expectations. Out of catastrophe comes resilience. And as one society collapses, another is reborn.”


The King of Burbon Street (NOLA Nights #1) by Thea De Salle
“Hotel chain mogul Sol DuMont is about to learn that some of life’s biggest surprises come in deceptively small packages—namely a petite heiress named Rain who’s hell-bent on upsetting her family’s expectations—in this first book in the all new series by Thea de Salle, set against the sultry backdrop of New Orleans.

Thirty-seven-year-old Sol DuMont is a divorcee and the owner of a mid-sized hotel chain in New Orleans. Since Hurricane Katrina, his father’s death, and the decision that he and his ex-wife Maddy are far better off friends than lovers, he’s lost interest in almost everything he held dear—parties, people, and pushing limits.

All his limits.

Then Arianna Barrington checks into his hotel.

Twenty-four-year-old Arianna “Rain” Barrington could have been society’s sweetheart. Her family is moneyed, connected press darlings, and make sweeping headlines from coast to coast for reasons both good and bad. But when her mother shoves her at Charles Harwood—the obnoxious, entitled heir of Harwood Corp—to cement a billion-dollar business merger, Rain does the only thing she can think of to escape: she creates a scandal so big Harwood doesn’t want her anymore before fleeing to New Orleans for much-needed rest and relaxation.

All she wants is jazz piano, beignets, and to sail the Mississippi. What she gets is Sol DuMont, a whirlwind affair, and a hands-on education in sex, power play, and pushing limits.”


Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones
We thought we’d play a fun prank on her, and now most of us are dead.

One last laugh for the summer as it winds down. One last prank just to scare a friend. Bringing a mannequin into a theater is just some harmless fun, right? Until it wakes up. Until it starts killing.

Luckily, Sawyer has a plan. He’ll be a hero. He’ll save everyone to the best of his ability. He’ll do whatever he needs to so he can save the day. That’s the thing about heroes—sometimes you have to become a monster first.

Stephen Graham Jones returns with Night of the Mannequins, a contemporary horror story where a teen prank goes very wrong and all hell breaks loose: is there a supernatural cause, a psychopath on the loose, or both?”


Darling by K. Ancrum
“On Wendy Darling’s first night in Chicago, a boy called Peter appears at her window. He’s dizzying, captivating, beautiful—so she agrees to join him for a night on the town.

Wendy thinks they’re heading to a party, but instead they’re soon running in the city’s underground. She makes friends—a punk girl named Tinkerbelle and the lost boys Peter watches over. And she makes enemies—the terrifying Detective Hook, and maybe Peter himself, as his sinister secrets start coming to light. Can Wendy find the courage to survive this night—and make sure everyone else does, too?

Acclaimed author K. Ancrum has re-envisioned Peter Pan with a central twist that will send all your previous memories of J. M. Barrie’s classic permanently off to Neverland.”


Whew! I feel like this is a powerhouse of a list, don’t you think? I hope you enjoyed this list and maybe some of these books caught your eye. I truly, truly am keeping all my fingers and toes crossed that I’ll be able to read all of these before the end of 2022. It’s just time to get them read and clear a little space on my tbr. Until next time friends, I love you! ♥

Are any of these books on your radar? Have a/any books you’re hoping to read before 2022 ends? Come tell me about it the comments below! ♥

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Monthly TBR

March 2022 TBR

Dawn of the arcs! Tackling of the TBR cart! Praying for enough caffeine!

Hi, hello, it’s me again. Your lovely chaotic book blogger, Malli here to tell you about the reading plans for March. But before we jump right in to the tbr… Have you hydrated today? Eaten a snack? Grabbed that second cup of coffee you left in the microwave? You need to take care of yourself, my friend, whatever you may need, make sure you take care of yourself.

Okay, it’s that time again where we talk books. YES BOOKS! Let me start by saying, I have no idea how this month is going to go reading wise. I’m going to be honest, I’ve recently fallen down a sexy, steamy novella rabbit hole and I don’t know if I’ll ever get out. So I’m hoping if I throw enough books at myself, my overachieving drive is going to be like, “We have obligations! Let’s focus, grab those coconut chips, and read!” Or something along those lines. I really want to tackle some of the books off of my tbr cart due to no more space and needing to get some of those books packed up. Also, I have a few arcs I’d really like to read just because they’re on my list of 5-star predictions right now and thankfully, I did start one. With all that being said, I thought I would try attempting the ACMC readathon happening in March. Though, I’m not stressing over whether or not I can actually find books for this readathon because I’m kind of doing a subtle, early prep for another readathon that’s happening in May. Plus, I’m trying to keep some space free for the monthly prompt of my friend’s book club. As you can see, March is a very busy, chaotic month for me and this tbr. But, I still compiled some of the books I’m hoping to read this month. Check out the list below! ⬇️


🌷 Currently Reading 🌷

Once Upon A K-Prom by Kat Cho
May 17th 2022 by Disney
Arc was given by Disney Publishing Worldwide & NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I feel really blessed to have received an arc of this book. Coming back to the book community after a year hiatus, this was one of the first 2022 releases that I not only really wanted, but it’s on my 5-star prediction list, favorite book of 2022 prediction list, and on my list of top ten highly anticipated releases of 2022. I might be setting the bar high, but I have faith that this book is going to make me melt into a puddle in so many ways.


🌷 The TBR 🌷

Iron Widow (Iron Widow, #1) by Xiran Jay Zhao
September 21st 2021 by Penguin Teen

Continuing with the 12 Challenge, Iron Widow is next on the list of books to read this year! When I returned to the book community, this was one of the top five books I was seeing everywhere. Everyone I knew was raving about this book, talking about this book, and posting about it. So this has subtly been on my radar of books I’m interested and I’m glad that it was recommended to me for the 12 Challenge because now I can sit down and read it.

Into the Drowning Deep (Rolling in the Deep #1) by Mira Grant
November 14th 2017 by Hachette Audio

I have been hearing the faintest whispers about this book for a while now. And I’m not going to lie, I’ve been kicking my butt for not picking this up sooner. However, recently I’ve been hearing a lot of readers talking about how atmospheric the audiobook is and with Audible credits to spend… I’m slapping this on my March tbr.

Unlock Your Storybook Heart (You Are Your Own Fairy Tale #3) by Amanda Lovelace
March 15th 2022 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
ARC was given by NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Break Your Glass Slippers (You Are Your Own Fairy Tale #1) by Amanda Lovelace ★★★★★
Shine Your Icy Crown (You Are Your Own Fairy Tale, #2) by Amanda Lovelace ★★★

Truly, the blessings for this month for arcs! I’ve already read the first two books of this trilogy and now I’ve been blessed with a chance to read the final book of this series. If you’re not familiar with Lovelace’s poetry, she normally does duologies or trilogies for her poetry collections. And if I’m remembering correctly, she only has a few standalone poetry/short story books such as Dragonhearts. I’ve loved Lovelace’s collections for a while now and this arc has me more excited to complete another series by her.

Willodeen by Katherine Applegate
September 7th 2021 by Feiwel Friends

This was a wonderful present from my spouse! I love Applegate’s writing. I think her writing is so powerful, so beautiful. If you’ve been here for a while (or maybe you’re new) then you may have seen my review for Crenshaw. That book was so powerful and left me in a puddle. So anytime I pick up a book written by Applegate I have tissue boxes at the ready. I’m ready to fall in love, but sob my heart out.

The Mythic Dream edited by Dominik Parisien
September 3rd 2019 by Saga Press

Diversity! Diversity for days! Anthologies truly are blessings in so many ways. Authors from all over coming together to share stories of myths across civilizations and cultures. Every story unique and different from the last. My soul and heart are so full that this anthology exists. And I’m a little bias because this is one of the first anthologies I discovered that has Indigenous representation.

Pisces Hooks Taurus (Signs of Love #4) by Anyta Sunday
October 16th 2018 by Anyta Sunday

I swear, I will finish this series this year. It’s been far too long and reading this book is long overdue. This book has been on a backlist of titles that I’ve needed to read and we’re doing it. I’m making it happen one way or another. The flames of determination are high and even if I have to throw sleep out the window, I’m reading this book. Oh yeah, it’s gonna happen.

Vespertine (Vespertine, #1) by Margaret Rogerson
October 5th 2021 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Bless my beautiful and delightful friends because I didn’t know I needed this book in my life until the incredible Destiny and I fell into one of our deep bookish conversations. Basically it was her giving me all the book recommendations and me making a giant freaking list of all the books I need in my life. This stunning book being one of them. Look, I’m going to be honest, you had me at ghosts and necromancer/witchy type of class/guild/group. So yeah, color me intrigued and needing it like NOW.


Do you ever look at your tbr list after you’ve pumped yourself up for it and then go, “By the stars… what have I done?” Yeah, yeah… yeah, me neither. This is fine, it’s fine, we’re going to do great! I hope you enjoyed this little tbr post. I’ve really been enjoying making tbr posts recently and have been excited to share my monthly reading plans. Until next time chapterlings, stay cozy, I love you! ♥

What are you reading for the month of March?

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Monthly TBR

February TBR 2022

Tis the season of love, friends!

Salutations friends! January feels like it just zoomed right on by and now we’re being plopped in a whole new month again! Time really is just flying by. And with this new month that means I have another monthly tbr for you. Before we get into the tbr, I must admit, I haven’t finished one book off my January tbr. However, I do plan on finishing it sometime this week. I just spent a few days in a weird fog and the only thing my brain could really handle was playing Stardew Valley. Anyway, onward we march to the tbr!


❄️ Currently Reading ❄️

➸  The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
March 17th 2020 by Tor Books 

I’ve really been enjoying this book so much! I have two pages worth of notes, quotes, and so many thoughts, feelings. I think my favorite character thus far has to be Theodore. And Sal is absolutely precious. Okay, all the kids are freaking precious!


Playing Cupid (The Mythical Creatures Collection#1) by S.C. Alban
February 23rd 2021 by The Parliament House Press

“For the past five years, seventeen-year-old Megan Cooper has built a wall around her heart with little room to experience true feelings. Her mother’s passing has left her family fractured, driving a wedge between her and her father that has only gotten deeper with time. The only solution: graduate high school early and get out of Dodge. With one final standing between her and the rest of her life, Megan is paired with a Home Economics partner who seems destined to dump all the work on her. Constantly bailing at the last minute, with more excuses than she can keep track of, Jay Michaels seems determined to ruin her plan. That is, until she hits Cupid with her car. With his shooting arm is significantly injured, Megan has no choice but to take his place. As she races to find Cupid’s final three love matches in order to meet his quota by the start of the new year, she comes face to face with the very emotions she’s been pushing away for so long. Caught between what her head is saying and what her heart longs for, Megan must face old wounds, find forgiveness, and track down the perfect match for the one boy with all the excuses.”

Once Upon A K-Prom by Kat Cho
May 17th 2022 by Disney
Arc was given by Disney Publishing Worldwide & NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

“Elena Soo has always felt overshadowed. Whether by her more successful older sisters, her more popular twin brother, or her more outgoing best friend, everyone except Elena seems to know exactly who they are and what they want. But she is certain about one thing – she has no interest in going to prom. While the rest of the school is giddy over corsages and dresses, Elena would rather spend her time working to save the local community center, the one place that’s always made her feel like she belonged. So when international K-pop superstar Robbie Choi shows up at her house to ask her to prom, Elena is more confused than ever. Because the one person who always accepted Elena as she is? Her childhood best friend, Robbie Choi. And the one thing she maybe, possibly, secretly wants more than anything? For the two of them to keep the promise they made each other as kids: to go to prom together. But that was seven years ago, and with this new K-pop persona, pink hair, and stylish clothes, Robbie is nothing like the sweet, goofy boy she remembers. The boy she shared all her secrets with. The boy she used to love. Besides, prom with a guy who comes with hordes of screaming fans, online haters, and relentless paparazzi is the last thing Elena wants – even if she can’t stop thinking about Robbie’s smile…right?”

Together We Burn by Isabel Ibañez
May 31st 2022 by Wednesday Books
Arc was given by Wednesday Books & NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

“Eighteen-year-old Zarela Zalvidar is a talented flamenco dancer and daughter of the most famous Dragonador in Hispalia. People come for miles to see him fight in their arena, which will one day be hers. But disaster strikes during their five hundredth anniversary show, and in the carnage, Zarela’s father is horribly injured. Facing punishment from the Dragon Guild, Zarela must keep the arena—her ancestral home and inheritance —safe from their greedy hands. She has no choice but to take her father’s place as the next Dragonador. When the infuriatingly handsome dragon hunter, Arturo Díaz de Montserrat, withholds his help, she refuses to take no for an answer. But even if he agrees, there’s someone out to ruin the Zalvidar family, and Zarela will have to do whatever it takes in order to prevent the Dragon Guild from taking away her birthright.”

My Boss’s Kitten, Vol 1 by Yumi Hisawa
October 15th 2019 by Kodansha

“Aya was deserted right before her marriage and was left without a place to live. One day, she finds herself wandering back into the house she was supposed to own after her wedding. To her surprise, the cold-blooded boss she hates from work had moved in as the new owner! A dangerous love ignites under one roof between the girl who lost love and her sadistic boss!”


What’s on your tbr for February?

That’s a wrap of the February tbr friend! I’m really hoping to get all of these read for this month and definitely finishing up my January read! What are you planning to read for February? And books you’re excited to read? Come chat about in the comments below! Until next time chapterlings; remember to hydrate, I love you! 💚

P.S. I totally forgot a book to put on here, but its fine! You can check it out on my 12 Challenge post!

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Monthly TBR

January 2022 TBR

It’s TBR time again!

Salutations book dragons! It’s that time again where I tell you what has found it’s way into my tbr pile and myself, once again, praying to the gods that nothing (and I do mean nothing) comes to stop me from completing my tbr for this month. Frankly, I tried to keep it small because I’m trying to ease my way back into reading the way I used to, but doing it in a more healthier way, with way less burnout and more satisfaction. A sense of completion, in it’s own way. And who knows, maybe a few extra books will find it’s way onto the this list without me actually listing them. So if you don’t mind short tbrs, stick around and maybe you’ll find something you’re excited for!


Tiger Honor (Thousand Worlds #2) by Yoon Ha Lee
January 4th 2022 by Rick Riordan Presents
Arc was given by Disney Hyperion & NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

“Sebin, a young tiger spirit from the Juhwang Clan, wants nothing more than to join the Thousand World Space Forces and, like their Uncle Hwan, captain a battle cruiser someday. But when Sebin’s acceptance letter finally arrives, it’s accompanied by the shocking news that Hwan has been declared a traitor. Apparently the captain abandoned his duty to steal a magical artifact, the Dragon Pearl, and his whereabouts are still unknown. Sebin hopes to help clear their hero’s name and restore honor to the clan. Nothing goes according to plan, however. As soon as Sebin arrives for orientation, they are met by a special investigator named Yi and his assistant, a girl named Min. Yi informs Sebin that they must immediately report to the ship Haetae and await further instructions. Sebin finds this highly unusual, but soon all protocol is forgotten when there’s an explosion on the ship, the crew is knocked out, and the communication system goes down. It’s up to Sebin, three other cadets, and Yi and Min to determine who is sabotaging the battle cruiser. When Sebin is suddenly accused of collaborating with the enemy, the cadet realizes that Min is the most dangerous foe of all…”

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
March 17th 2020 by Tor Books 

“Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages. When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he’s given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days. But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn. An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours.”

Reclaim the Stars: 17 Tales Across Realms & Space by Zoraida Córdova
February 15th 2022 by Wednesday Books
Arc was given by St. Martin’s Press & NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

“Reclaim the Stars is a collection of bestselling and acclaimed YA authors that take the Latin American diaspora to places fantastical and out of this world. From princesses warring in space, to the all too-near devastation of climate change, to haunting ghost stories in Argentina, and mermaids off the coast of the Caribbean. This is science fiction and fantasy that breaks borders and realms, and proves that stories are truly universal.”

Authors include Vita Ayala, David Bowles, Daniel José Older, J.C. Cervantes, Sara Faring, Romina Garber, Isabel Ibañez, Anna-Marie McLemore, Yamile Saied Méndez, Nina Moreno, Circe Moskowitz, Maya Motayne, Linda Raquel Nieves Pérez, Claribel A. Ortega, Mark Oshiro, Lilliam Rivera and Zoraida Córdova.


New year means all the new releases!

And with that, this article is finished! Truly, this will be the year where I’m catching up on 2021 releases and trying to include 2022 releases into tbrs. Again, I love my backlist of titles I need to read (there’s so many titles), but I truly want to focus on titles I missed last year and the titles I’m excited for this year. Hopefully, I’ll be able to read everything I want to read and maybe if I’m feeling good, more reviews or wrap up will pop up with more titles than the tbr for that month stated. Do you have any titles you’re hoping to read this month that you want to share? Tell me about them down below or if you have a tbr list you want me to check out, link it in the comments. Until next time friends, sending you all my well wishes, luck, and of course, love! 💚

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Monthly TBR

September 2021 TBR

Who am I to think I can have an actual tbr?! And why did I decide September of all months to attempt my tbr’s return?!

Salutations book lovers! I have been gone for a very long time. I think the last time I made a tbr was… back in December 2020. Time has flown. Literally. Almost half a year has flown by and I’ve barely uttered a word about my reading (outside of webcomics that is). Well, when I felt that first crisp breeze in the air, I knew it was time. The time to kind of… sort of… make an attempt at reading tbr piles again. However…

Currently I’m in a bit of a pickle because the majority of my books have been packed up due to planning to move. So right now I only have ebooks and audiobooks (which I don’t have many of either) are currently more available at my finger tips. It also means I’m prioritizing certain books over others as well. So for dipping my toes back into the tbr pool, I wanted to keep things… small.

Anyway, per usual, chaos is always coming from my finger tips or trailing in my wake. So I hope you don’t mind this small tbr. I’m actually really proud of myself and slowly crawling out of the reading burnout. I mean it, reading burnout is the worst and you should take care of yourselves if you think you’re starting to get it!


Horrid by Katrina Leno
Pub. Date: September 15th, 2020 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Buddy Read with Destiny 💜

Darling by K. Ancrum
Pub. Date: June 22nd 2021 by Imprint

The Simple Wild (The Simple Wild #1) by K. A. Tucker
Pub. Date: August 7th 2018 by Atria Books


I know this was a really short list, but I really am trying to slowly ease my way back into reading. Trying to recover from reading burnout and life has been a real challenge. Though, I can honestly say I missed reading and I’ve missed reading like I used to. So it feels really nice to slowly be easing my way back intro things. And I have a few great titles selected for October, as well. I truly am hoping I can get these three titles read in this month though, but you know, if it overlaps into October… I’d be okay with it. 🧡

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Monthly TBR

December 2020 TBR

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

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


☃️ Currently Reading ☃️

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

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


☃️ December TBR ☃️

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Monthly TBR

August 2020 TBR

Salutations Chapterlings! August is here and with August comes a new tbr, and an update. This month will hopefully be an easy going month. Usually, I make my tbr packed with books I want to read or accomplish reading for the month, but I’m deciding to be more gentle with myself. And more gentle with my tbr. Hopefully I’ll be able to read all of these books! Also, in the month of August there are two big readathons happening right now, ARC August and A-spec August. I hope you end up participating in some of these and I can’t wait to see your tbrs!

As for the update, let’s rip the band-aid right off. Honestly, I was hoping to feel comfortable to come back into the book community stronger and better, but… that’s just not the case. I’m still going to be on lock down for the month of August and might even extend it into September. There’s a lot of things happening that have made me very unsafe, uncomfortable in the book community, and I’m not in a position where I feel comfortable talking about it right now. So as of right now, I’m taking it one day at a time and hopefully I’ll return. I also realize there are so many wonderful new people here in my little corner of the book community. I’m so glad you’re here and I appreciate you so, so much for supporting me. It truly means a lot. I promise, when I come back into the community, brighter and better, that I’ll have an introduction to the content creator post. For now, I love you all so much, I’m so happy you’re here, now let’s get into my tbr for August!


🌻 August TBR 🌻

🌻 Stormrise by Jillian Boehme

September 24th, 2019 by Tor Teen

🌻 Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land by Toni Jensen

September 8th, 2020 by Ballantine Books

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

January 8th, 2019 by Tor

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

January 7th, 2020 by Tor

🌻 Unbirthday by Liz Braswell

September 1st, 2020 by Disney-Hyperion

Thank you NetGalley & Disney-Hyperion for an ARC! 💕


🌻 Buddy Reads 🌻

🌻 Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline

September 17th 2019 by Penguin Random House

Buddy Read with Destiny at Howling Libraries 💜


🌻 Book Club Reads 🌻

🌻 The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

May 12th 2020 by Page Street Kids

The Dragons & Tea August Book 🐲

🌻 Movie: Thunderheart

OMG She’s Indigenous August Pick! 🏹

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I feel like this list should’ve reflected my desire for spooky season just a little bit more. I’m just ready for fall to be here already, but for now we have to get through August. I’m so excited for my August tbr. As I’m making this post, I’ve started the audiobook of Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall. Most of the books I’m reading for this month are arcs and some of them come out really soon. But that wraps everything up for my August tbr. I hope you enjoyed this list, maybe some of these books caught your eye. Let me know down in the comments below what you’re reading for the month of August or link your tbrs. Until the next time we chat, may the month of August bring you wonderful reading, I hope you continue to stay safe and healthy, I love you! 💛

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Monthly TBR

January 2020 TBR

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


❄️ January TBR ❄️

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

January 14th, 2020 by Simon & Schuster

❄️ Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

November 5th, 2019 by Simon Pulse

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

January 8th, 2019 by Wednesday Books

❄️ 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

October 1st, 2019 by Disney-Hyperion

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

January 8th, 2019 by Little, Brown Books


❄️ Buddy Reads ❄️

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

January 16th, 2018 by HarperCollins

Buddy Read with Kayla from Books and Blends


❄️Dragons & Tea Book Club Buddy Read ❄️

❄️ The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum

March 19th, 2019 by Imprint

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

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


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

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Monthly TBR

December 2019 TBR

Salutations friends! We have finally landed in the month of December! I’m still in awe that we’re at the end of the year already. Where did the time go?! I guess time really does go by fast when you’re reading a good book. Anyway, we’re in December and that means a whole new TBR has come at last. Now, picking this TBR was not so easy and I think my brain ending up subconsciously picking books that had shades of blue in them. I did mention this before, but I’ll say it again… This is the time of year where I get really busy and very family and home-bound focused. What that means is even though I have this wonderful and amazing TBR, it doesn’t mean I’m going to read all these books and there’s a very high chance that I will pick up books more centered around going home, friends and family, or books about finding family. It’s just my sentimental and homesick nature around this time of year. But I will do my absolute best to stick to my TBR because there’s some really great books that I’ve been itching to read!

On that note and before we jump into the books, you’ve probably noticed a new change to the theme. I briefly showed a sneak peek of this on my Instagram stories and today in the big winter theme reveal! If you’ve been here awhile then you probably know this, but I’m very sentimental about my spouse. So I will have them help me out with coming up with new designs and I just get very soft that they’ve been supporting me through this whole blogging journey. The new design and theme for winter is all thanks to them! And I’m so thankful and grateful for their help, for them wanting to support this blogging journey, and for them being them! ❤️ Okay, now that I got all sappy and mushy, on to the books and a very special announcement!


❄️ Currently Reading ❄️

❄️ The Wold Wilder by Katherine Rundell
September 6, 2016 by Simon & Schuuster for Young Readers


❄️ December TBR ❄️

❄️ The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie
March 26, 2019 by Dutton Books for Young Readers

❄️ White Stag by Kara Barbieri
January 8, 2019 by Wednesday Books

❄️ The Wicked King by Holly Black
January 8, 2019 by Little Brown Books for Young Readers

❄️ The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
November 19, 2019 by Little Brown Books for Young Readers

❄️ Winterwood by Shae Ernshaw
November 5, 2019 by Simon Pulse

❄️ The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro
March 6, 2018 by Feiwel & Friends

❄️ An Alaskan Christmas by Jennifer Snow
September 24, 2019 by HQN Books

❄️ My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins
October 25, 2016 by St. Martin’s Griffin

❄️ Silver Town Wolf: Home for the Holidays by Terry Spear
September 24, 2019 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

❄️ 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston
October 1, 2019 by Disney-Hyperion


❄️ Buddy Reads ❄️

So now for the important announcement! So Kayla from Books and Blends and I have decided we’re going to be doing a monthly manga reading together! As well as having at least a minimum of one buddy read a month! I’m excited for this and if you didn’t know already, I love this woman with my whole heart and soul. She makes me smile and laugh, she’s a pocket of sunshine in my life, and I just love her a whole lot. If you haven’t checked out her blog, please do so! And yes, these are the three books we have chosen for the month of December! I’m excited, she’s excited, and I hope you all are excited because it’s going to be a really fun time!

❄️ In/spectre Vol. 1 by Kyo Shirodaira & Chashiba Katase
October 16, 2019 by Kodansha Comics

❄️ Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
September 3, 2019 by HarperTeen

❄️ Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
January 16, 2019 by HarperCollins


Okay, Chapterlings! That wraps up all the books are on my TBR for the month of December. There’s a lot more coming this month in the terms of surprises and announcements! I can’t wait to share it all with you, but for right now it has to be a secret. But that’s everything on my TBR for December. Let me know in the comments some of the books you’re hoping to read for the month of December or tell me about some of the read-a-thons you’re hoping to participate in this month! Until next time, may this wintery month bring you lots of joy and blessings, I love you! ❤️

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Monthly TBR

November 2019 Mini TBR

Salutations Chapterlings! I feel like it’s been a hot minute since I’ve talked about books I’m reading or plan to read. October was definitely a crazy time for my reading and just the mood of everything. The whole thing just took a nose-dive. Honestly, I’m probably in the worst reading slump right now from severe burn out. October was a month of high levels of stress and my reading has really suffered for it. Now we’re in November and I’m currently sick so I haven’t been getting a lot of reading done. I’ve mostly been trying to recover and get better as soon as possible. However, I promise an October book haul soon and an October wrap up as well. So be patient, I promise, they’re coming!

However, we’re in November and you probably want to hear about all the books that are making it onto my November. Well, I’m actually not planning to read a whole lot this month. As I mentioned, I’m in a really bad reading slump from burn out, stress, and from being sick. Plus, as we get closer to the end of the year I get very homesick and crave wanting to be around my family. So my focus does tend to shift around this time and knowing that it does shift helped me plan this tbr. It’s a small list and if more books make it into my reading, then that’s a win. But as for right now, I just have five books lined up for this month. Two of these books I’m currently reading and will hopefully be finishing soon. So, without any further jibber-jabber, here’s my November mini tbr!


🍁Currently Reading🍁

🍁 The Witch’s Book of Self-Care by Arin Murphy-Hiscock
December 11, 2018 by Adams Media

🍁 No Tricks, Just Treats by Tijan, J. Daniels, Helena Hunting, and Tara Sivec
September 24, 2019 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks


🍁November TBR🍁

🍁 House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
August 6, 2019 by Delacorte Press

🍁 Almost Home by Joan Bauer
August 29, 2013 by Puffin Books

🍁 The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
February 21, 2017 by Ember


I told you that was going to be a quick tbr! Compared to October, November is a baby tbr. This is probably my smallest tbr I’ve done all year. There is a chance that this will change, but who knows what will happen this month! Anyway, that’s all to my November TBR! I hope you found some books you’re interested in and I hope you enjoyed this tbr/life update bit! As always, may November be kind to you, I love you! 🧡

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