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12 Challenge | 12 Months to Read 12 Books

This challenge was originally created by shadowbooker on Instagram.


Hi, it’s me! Back with setting myself up for struggles with tbrs… again!

Salutations Chapterlings! As I’m sure you’ve seen floating around on Instagram and possibly book Twitter, there’s a new challenge in town! Yes, it’s true, this lovely challenge was brought to us by the lovely Shadowbooker (who’s link you can click above, directly under the image for this post) who crafted this stunning template. After a lovely friend reached out to me asking to give them a recommendation for this challenge, I was easily persuaded into doing this challenge myself.

Thanks to friends, family, and some amazing peeps in the book community, I was finally able to gather all 12 books onto this list. And then I had a thought, “Let’s make a post dedicating it to this challenge and essentially holding myself to this challenge.” So, let me introduce to you the 12 books recommended to me for this challenge.


P.S. To everyone who reached out and recommend Elatsoe by Darcy Little Badger: Thank you for recommending that book to me. Yes, I have already read it and yes, I need to do a reread to actually take some darn notes and write a full review, but I have read it. You can find a statement from me on GoodReads HERE!


The 12 Books

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
Garlic and the Vampire by Bree Paulsen
Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao
This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron
I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn
Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon
Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Healer of the Water Monster by Brian Young
Legacy by Whiti Hereaka
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
The Adventure Zone: Petals to the Metal by Clint McElroy


And now the nerves kick in!

Honestly, I’m really nervous about this list of books. Some of them I’m really excited for because many friends have been recommending certain titles to me for a hot minute, but I definitely have some worries. If I pick up a book and don’t like it, that’s on me because I should know my reading preference, but when others recommend books and I don’t like it… oh, I’ll feel bad for days if I didn’t enjoy the book. Even more so due to three books on this list being overly hyped to me and anytime someone overhypes something, I get very weary about if I’ll actually feel the same. So I’m definitely nervous, but excited to do this challenge.
Are you participating in the 12 Challenge this year? If so, what books do you have on your list or if you have a similar post, post a link in the comments. Until next time chapterlings, sending you all of my love for this new year of reading! 💚

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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

December 2021 TBR

Honestly, I must have lost a few marbles, not going to lie. I haven’t done a tbr since September and well… that didn’t go so well. Maybe there’s a part of me that really misses doing tbrs piles or maybe I just miss telling you all what I’m hoping to read, hoping to consume. And if I’m being honest, 2021 has been a weird, stressful year especially when it comes to attempting to read. Look, there’s just been a lot of things that have prevented me from picking up books or even thinking about writing articles. But I digress!

It’s not a big tbr, no it’s far from that. With my current situation of feeling under the weather and then on top of that the stress of packing, house renovations, and the holidays looming around the corner, I didn’t want this to be a very large list. You know the ones, those end of the year tbr crunching kind of piles to squeeze in as many books as possible before the year is over? Yeah, those kind of tbr piles. I didn’t want this to be that. So, I put together a kind of casual reading list for this month and if I don’t read everything, then I think that’s okay!


☃️ December TBR ☃️

For the Wolf (The Wilderwood, #1) by Hannah Whitten
June 1st 2021 by Orbit
Buddy read with Destiny at Howling Libraries 💜

As the only Second Daughter born in centuries, Red has one purpose-to be sacrificed to the Wolf in the Wood in the hope he’ll return the world’s captured gods. Red is almost relieved to go. Plagued by a dangerous power she can’t control, at least she knows that in the Wilderwood, she can’t hurt those she loves. Again. But the legends lie. The Wolf is a man, not a monster. Her magic is a calling, not a curse. And if she doesn’t learn how to use it, the monsters the gods have become will swallow the Wilderwood-and her world-whole.

When Snowflakes Fall (The Graysons, #1) by Tara Wyatt
 September 9th 2019 by Tara Wyatt

Divorced single dad Luke Grayson isn’t looking for love. Nope. Not at all what he’d planned on asking Santa for this year. Love is off the table for Luke and has been ever since he had his heart broken when the mother of his son walked out on him without a backward glance. Ignoring the hurt and the loneliness, he’s spent the past several years focused on providing a good, stable life for Ethan while growing his successful carpentry business. But then Dr. Christie Harmon moves to Cheyenne, Wyoming and has Luke wanting all kinds of things he shouldn’t want from the gorgeous pediatrician. Things like long nights, sweet mornings, and whispered promises. Soon, Luke finds himself only wanting Christie under his Christmas tree this year. But Christie’s running from a secret—one that could completely change how Luke sees her.

Merry Inkmas by Talia Hibbert
November 28th 2019 by Nixon House

Cash Evans has come a long way since his troubled childhood, but all the wealth he’s earned as a tattoo artist can’t fix the hole in his heart. He knows that the sweet barista who haunts his dreams is off-limits… But life doesn’t always go to plan. Bailey Cooper is determined to learn from her mother’s mistakes. She’s seen how cruel love can be, and she’s not about to sacrifice her self-respect for a relationship. But when a bad boy with a heart of gold comes to her rescue, she finds herself wondering if this beast might just be her Prince Charming.

Immortal Souls (Immortal Souls, #1) by Phoenix Viera
December 12th 2021 by Koa Tales

A fallen Empire. A forbidden royal romance. An ancient treaty with the Fae. In a world tainted by greed and rebellion, death prowls the shadows of the once glorious Sun Empire, waiting to devour those who dare fight back. Corvus, heir to the most powerful House, is a threat to the Emperor, despite being the dearest friend of Crown Princess Saphyr. When the Emperor forbids their friendship, Corvus forms an Alliance to overthrow him, until betrayal forces Corvus into exile. After the lethal Queen of the Sirens emerges from the secret realm of Sirenibus, Corvus is tempted by an irresistible deal at a dangerous price. Caught up in a conspiracy and a war between light and darkness, can he and Saphyr save the people from a terrible destiny and restore the Empire to its former glory? Or will Corvus have to sacrifice more than he is willing to give? Will his life be enough, or will it also demand his soul?


Okay friends, that’s about all the books for this tbr. As I said, not a very big list of books to read for this month. However, I’m excited to read these and tell you my thoughts on them. What books do you plan on reading for the month of December? Do you have any must reads immediately? Tell me your thoughts in the comments! Until next time; stay cozy and stay bookish! I love you! 💚

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Monthly TBR

November 2020 TBR

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

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


🍂 Currently Reading 🍂

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

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


🍂 November TBR 🍂

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


🍂 Readathons 🍂

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

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


🍂 Indigenous Content Creators 🍂

🍂 Erin

🍂 Dani

🍂 Neil

🍂 Sasha

🍂 Mallory

🍂 Michelle

🍂 Brody

🍂 Colleen

🍂 Gretchen

🍂 Lelah

🍂 Gabby

🍂 Merinda & at the Blackfulla Bookclub

🍂 Ren

🍂 Emery

🍂 Bridget

🍂 Rob

🍂 Chris

🍂 Megan

🍂 Alyssa

🍂 Claudine

🍂 Moriah

🍂 Melitta

🍂 Stephanie

🍂 Alexis

🍂 Destiny

🍂 Sam

🍂 Victoria

🍂 Kae

🍂 Kim

🍂 Vanessa & Betsy

🍂 Tasha

🍂 Gare

🍂 Cass

🍂 Chloe

🍂 Zeeta

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


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

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Monthly TBR

October 2020 TBR

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


🍁 Currently Reading 🍁

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

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


🍁 October TBR 🍁

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


🍁 Readathons 🍁

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

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


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

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Monthly TBR

September 2020 TBR

Salutations Chapterlings! Did you notice? Yes, the fall theme has returned! I put a poll up to see when everyone would like see a change in the theme and a lot of people voted for September. And here we are! In September with the fall theme kicking in the door! Seriously though, August was a great month for reading just a lot of roughness. I’m hoping in September that things will start to turn around for me. I feel like September is going to be a chaotic month especially for reading (my tbr feels ambitious, to say the least). But I really hope I’ll be able to read all of these, maybe participate in a readathon or two, and if I get really lucky, maybe squeeze in a few extras!


🍁Currently Reading🍁

🍁 Black Sun (Beneath Earth and Sky, #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse
October 13th, 2020 by Saga Press

I’m truly excited to be reading this. I have a fun little project that’s in the works for my physical arc (so stay tuned for that). I can’t wait to see everyone pick this book up this fall so we can discuss it together!


🍁September TBR🍁

🍁 The Storm Crow (The Storm Crow, #1) by Kalyn Josephson
July 9th, 2019 by SourcebooksFire

I’m making this pact now, I will get this book read before 2020 is over. I’m making it my mission, my goal of 2020. I had wanted to read this book so badly last year and never got the chance to do so. Now, it’s at the top of my list.

🍁 Scorpio Hates Virgo (Signs in Love, #2) by Anyta Sunday
August 30th, 2017 by Anyta Sunday

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Leo Loves Aries. Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect going into this series. However, after the first book, I’m excited to continue reading on. Also, this is a self-published author. So I highly recommend look at the work this author has available!

🍁 A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals, #1) by Alyssa Cole
February 27th, 2018 by Avon

I have heard nothing but the highest praise for this series! I picked up the two and a half books in this series after hearing one of my dear friends gushing about it. Now, I’m making sure I’m setting aside the time to get this series started! I hear there’s a new one coming out in the series soon, too!

🍁 Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore
October 9th 2018 by Feiwel & Friends

For too long, this book has sat upon my invisible book shelf, waiting to be read. I’ve had this book for two years now and never got around to reading it. Well that’s changing now! So many people have told me I’m going to fall in love with this book. So I’m making this book a priority for this month and hopefully I can get this read for the Latinx Book Bingo!

🍁 Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
September 1st 2020 by Swoon Reads
Buddy Read with Robin at Paperbacks and Planners 🧡

I have been waiting for this book to release. I mean, it feels like an eternity waiting. That’s okay! As soon as I have my copy, my dear friend Robin and I will be prepping for our buddy read of this book. I’m so excited to meet Yadriel and Julian. Also, I highly recommend checking out Adri’s vlog of Cemetery Boys and their interview with Aiden Thomas, as well. They hyped me up just as much as Aiden did for this book!

🍁 Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
August 11th, 2020 by Simon & Schuster Audio

I’m so very grateful to have an ALC of this book. Surprisingly enough, I haven’t heard many readers talking about this book yet. So I’m hoping that will start changing soon especially because this book is ownvoices for the Mexican-American representation. It also talks about important topics such as immigration.

🍁 Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry
March 24th 2020 by Algonquin Young Readers

Finally, I’ll be sitting down to read this book! I haven’t heard many readers talking about this book and this has been on my anticipated books of 2020 since December of last year. I’m truly hope I fall madly in love with this book. I think my expectations might be a little bit high, but I’m so excited!

🍁 Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku , Vol. 1 (Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku #1-2) by Fujita
April 17th 2018 by Kodansha Comics
Buddy Read with Kayla at Books and Blends 🧡

I’m looking forward to this manga so, so much! I get to read it with one of my dearest friends, Kayla! She’s such a wonderful being and I feel so lucky to call her my friend. She has some of the best romance recommendations and with how our schedules have been, we both agreed we needed something that was light, fluffy, and something we know we’ll enjoy. Plus, there’s an anime series and we’ve already been plotting with that!


🍁Readathons🍁

This month is also bringing so many readathons! First, if you haven’t heard that September is also #SapphicSeptember which is being hosted by Landice at Manic Femme, go check that out. I’m sadly not participating this time around, but if you’re able to, definitely try to participate.

🍁  Latinxathon
🍁 Latinx Book Club
🍁 Latinx Book Bingo

September 15th is the start of Latinx Heritage Month! I believe this runs all the way to October 24th. I’m hoping to try and fit some of the books I’m reading into the Latinx Book Bingo. We shall see how that goes. I have a feeling I’ll get more accomplished during October than September, but fingers crossed, wish me luck!


September is going to be a busy month and I’m still hoping to leave room for any arcs/alcs that might come through. As well as leaving room for some books on my side tbr. Are you planning on participating in any readathons this month? Or what’s the book you’re looking forward to reading the most this September? Also, the fall theme is back and I’m so happy about it. I hope you all are happy to see it too! Until next time, I hope you’re staying safe, I love you so, so much! 🧡

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Monthly TBR

June 2020 TBR | Pride 2020 & Much More

Salutations Chapterlings! For starters, Happy Pride Month! For those of you who are new here, I’m a bisexual, half Native American woman. I’m very proud in my sexual orientation and heritage. If anyone has a problem with that, don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Now that we got that out of the way, to those of you have stayed, welcome to my chaos. But seriously, welcome to this little corner of mine. We have A LOT to talk about.

First off, I’m going to participate in Pride as much as I can this month. All of the books shown in this article aren’t all of the books I have planned. I have to place an order because like the genius that I am, I forgot to preorder certain books. So here we are. In the chaos that is my planning. Like usual, this TBR will most likely change. Not only will I list the books I’m planning to read, but somewhere in this article, I’m going to link some wonderful content creators of the LGBTQIAP+ community that I hope you will all check out and follow their content.

With that being said, it’s time we got serious and talk about real world issues. By now, I’m sure you have heard about the injustice happening in the black community, you have heard about George Floyd, you have heard about the protests, and if you follow my social media, you have probably come to the conclusion that I stand with the protesters and the black community. With all of this happening, this month I’m taking it upon myself to read and prioritize books by Black authors. I’m also going to be leaving links at the beginning of this article with sources of how you can donate, petitions to sign, places to support, etc… Silence is not an option. We all need to come together, take a stand, and support the black community especially if you are white or white passing. We need to do better, we HAVE to do better. If you think otherwise, if you have hatred and racism in your heart, or you choose to be silent on this matter… Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!
*Side note: I added the information for David McAtee. The whole story broke my heart and I wanted to make sure to share his story, the petition, and the gofundme to support his family. If you can contribute, please help in any way you can.*

➡️ Ways to Help

➡️ Black Owned Book Stores to Support

➡️ Amazing Black Booktubers to Support

➡️ Black Artists to Support

➡️ Black Owned Businesses to Support

➡️ Official George Floyd Memorial Fund

➡️ Official Justice for David McAtee Fund

➡️ Help Rebuild Mpls Scores Sports Bar

➡️ Help Rebuild Minneapolis Native Organization MIGIZI

➡️ Petition: Justice for George Floyd

➡️ Petition: Charge Minneapolis Police

➡️ Petition: Justice for David McAtee

➡️ Petition: Justice for Cameron Green

➡️ More Petitions to Sign

➡️ More Places to Donate

➡️ A Guide to Anti-Racist Resources

Okay, friends! The links are there for you to go check out, support, and contribute if you can. Please do what you can to be vocal about this matter, be the ally the black community deserves, do better! Now without any further delays or possible rants, let’s get into the books!


🏳️‍🌈 Pride Month 🏳️‍🌈

🌈 The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake 🌈

October 1st, 2019 by Disney-Hyperion

🌈 Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman 🌈

September 11th, 2018 by Simon Pulse

🌈 Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children #3) by Seanan McGuire 🌈

January 9th, 2018 by Tor


🏳️‍🌈 LGBTQIAP+ Content Creators 🏳️‍🌈

🌈 Fadwa from Word Wonders & YouTube

🌈 Mel from Meltotheany & YouTube

🌈 Brody from Et Tu Brody

🌈 Adriana from PerpetualPages

🌈 Nijeri from ONYX Pages

🌈 Paola from Guerrerawr

🌈 Destiny from Howling Libraries & YouTube

🌈 Maëlys from MaelysReads

🌈 Lea from Drums of Autumn

🌈 Madalyn from NovelInk

🌈 Jeese from Bowties and Books

🌈 Starlah from Starlah Reads

🌈 Michelle from Thor Wants Another Letter


🖤 Supporting Black Authors 🖤

🖤 The Beauty that Remains by Ashley Woodfolk 🖤

March 6th, 2018 by Delacorte Press

🖤 The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow 🖤

February 25th, 2020 by Inkyard Press

🖤 Get A Life Chloe Brown (The Brown Sisters, #1) by Talia Hibbert 🖤

November 5th, 2019 by Avon

🖤 The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon 🖤

June 9th, 2020 by Forever

🖤 Once Ghosted, Twice Shy (Reluctant Royals #2.5) by Alyssa Cole 🖤

January 8th, 2019 by Avon Impulse


🖤 Other Black Authors to Support Right Now 🖤

🖤 The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

🖤 Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

🖤 You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson

🖤 How Long Till Black Future Month?: Stories by N. K. Jemisin

🖤 Given by Nandi Taylor

🖤 A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

🖤 A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

🖤 Twins (Twins #1), Volume 1 by Varian Johnson, Shannon Wright


Okay, fellow readers! I know that was a super long list, but this information needed to be shared. As I mentioned above, help any way that you can. Sign petitions, donate, if you’re protesting then white and white passing protesters need to step up and protect your fellow black protesters, make sure you are educating yourself, friends, and family, just do your part! I also want to say that there is a Blackout Buddy Read happening this month as well and there’s an announcement video that you can watch. Shae is such a beautiful mind and she is an incredible content creator. So make sure you check that out, support Shae on her channel, and join in! Boost and uplift the voices of black content creators in our community! Don’t let their voices go unheard! Also, I hope you’re able to go check out some of the amazing LGBTQIAP+ content creators I listed above. There are so, so many more to follow, boost, and support. With all of that said, stay safe and protect one another, stay healthy, continue to fight against injustice, I love you.

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Monthly TBR

April 2020 TBR

Salutations Chapterlings! Finally April has come and I am back! So back in March I made a Life Update which is very unusual for my blog, but I felt is was necessary to make that post. In that post I got very personal and opened up a little about the things that was happening behind the scenes in my life. Even though I was posting reviews, I stepped back with posting any articles on my blog (aside from that life update) that felt personal. Even my other social media platform forms suffered a little from what was happening. With everything happening in the world right now, I made sure that I finished up the few books I wanted to read for March and took the rest of the month off from reading. Now we’re in April and there’s been so much happening! There’s also so many exciting things happening this month and I can’t wait for you all to be a part of it!

So I’m officially back! April is going to be a very busy month for me! Make sure you check out my blog post about Supporting Authors while in Self-Isolation because I go into a little detail in that article of the things happening later this month. All of that aside, I have some amazing books lined up for this month, but I have a feeling some of them are going to be put aside for other books I’m excited for. And I had one last minute addition added on. Regardless, this month is sure to be an exciting one for reading and other bookish things! Now without any further delays, let’s get to the books!


🌸 Well Met by Jen DeLuca

September 3rd, 2019 by Berkley

🌸 The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

September 10th, 2019 by Redhook

🌸 The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson

July 9th, 2019 by SourcebooksFire

🌸 Then, Now, Always by Mona Shroff

January 28th, 2020 by HQN Books


🌸 Desperate Measures (Wicked Villains #1) by Katee Robert

May 28th, 2019 by Trinkets and Tales LLC

🌸 Where Dreams Descend (Kingdom of Cards #1) by Janella Angeles

June 2nd, 2020 by Wednesday Books

🌸 Scandal (Ladies of Infamy, #1) by Navessa Allen

January 28th, 2019 (first published August 2014)


🌸 The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow

February 25th, 2020 by Inkyard Press

Content/Trigger Warnings: colonization, violence, execution, oppression, brainwashing and mind control, anxiety, panic attacks, alcoholism, discrimination, .


🌸 Always Human by Ari North

May 19th, 2020 by little bee books

This is the April 2020 pick for the Dragons and Tea Book Club!

Breakdown:
April 6th: #1 – #17
April 7th: #18 – #34
April 8th: #35 – #51
April 9th: #52 – #68
April 10th: #69 – end

Content/Trigger Warnings: eating disorder & discussion of body image


Okay, friends! Those are all the books I want to read for April. Of course, there’s a chance that this will change or I will end up reading more than anticipated. No matter which way the wind blows, I’m excited for this month. As always, feel free to tell me in the comments some of the books you’re hoping to read this month! Until next time, I hope you all are staying safe, drinking plenty of water, have a tbr full of five star reads, and of course, I love you! 💕

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Monthly TBR

February 2020 TBR

Salutation friends! Okay! I thought I was going to be done with overdoing it with my TBRs in 2020, but apparently I just can’t help myself! February is going to be wild and my schedule is going to be jam packed. So I’m going to be pretty busy especially with my family coming to visit. It’s going to be crazy, but I will hopefully be getting to all these books this month. It’s going to be wild, it’s going to be fun, and I can’t wait to read all of these books!

February is also Black History Month in the United States, and I always want to boost ownvoices Black books and media, but I especially want to boost Black voices for February! And some amazing creators have made the  Blackathon (hosted by FrancinaLauren, & Jesse!). So if you haven’t checked out that readathon yet, please do! While I’m not participating in the readathon this year, I have made sure that I included a few books with characters of color or have been written by authors of color, or both!


💗 February TBR 💗

💗 Get A Life Chloe Brown (The Brown Sisters #1) by Talia Hibbert

November 5th, 2019 by Avon

💗 Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

February 4th, 2020 by Balzer + Bray

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

March 3rd, 2020 by Sourcebooks Fire

💗 If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane

March 4th, 2020 by William Marrow Paperbacks


💗 Buddy Reads 💗

💗 The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones

August 8th, 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Buddy Read with Kayla at Books and Blends

💗 The Guinevere Deception (Camelot Rising #1) by Kiersten White

November 5th, 2019 by Delacorte Press

Buddy Read with Drew, Lori, & Kat

💗 A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers #1) by Brigid Kemmerer

January 29th, 2019 by Bloomsbury YA

Buddy Read with Donna at Moms Book Collection


Yeah, I think that about covers it! I’m so excited for this month and this month’s books to be read! I can’t wait to read these books and I’m even more excited to share my thoughts with all of you! But let me know in the comments below some of the books you’re hoping to read this month and what readathons you’re participating in! Until next time friends, may February be a month full of great books, I love you! 💕

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Didn’t Read in 2019 but Want to Read in 2020

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 Chapterlings! Can you believe that we made it to 2020?! I still can’t believe that 2019 is done and gone and a new year has already brought so much to us already! Anyway, you’re here because it’s a new year and you want to hear about how I’m going to resolves the mistakes made in 2019. So 2019 was…chaos. It was a wild ride of a year and I’m still processing everything that has happened up until the new year. The second half of 2019 was extremely wild and very intense. Unfortunately, my reading suffered greatly in the last few months of 2019 which means a lot of the books I wanted to read last year just never got read. To make sure I hold myself accountable and so all of you hold me accountable, I will be listing only ten of the many books I have on my 2019 backlist that I absolutely have to read in 2020. My goal is to make sure I read them in the first half of the year.

Now, these books are ones that I’m most excited and they’re in no specific order. These are all books I really want to get to and live on the top tier of my tbr cart. These have to get read and there’s no room for excuses. It’s time to read!


❄️ Capturing the Devil (Stalking Jack the Ripper #4) by Kerri Maniscalco


❄️ The Storm Crow (The Storm Crow, #1) by Kalyn Josephson


❄️Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson


❄️ Storm and Fury (The Harbinger, #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout


❄️ Stormrise by Jillian Boehme


❄️ Ninth House (Alex Stern, #1) by Leigh Bardugo


❄️ Well Met (Well Met, #1) by Jen DeLuca


❄️ Get A Life Chloe Brown (The Brown Sisters #1) by Talia Hibbert


❄️ Soul of the Sword (Shadow of the Fox, #2) by Julie Kagawa


❄️ The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren


Okay, friends! Those are all the books I want to read this year. I truly think it’s doable especially now that my schedule won’t be so intense. Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed this article as much as I did! I loved going through my tbr pile and really thinking about the books I absolutely have to read. But please feel free to leave me a comment below on some of the books you didn’t get to read in 2019, but you want to change in 2020. And until next time, may this new year bring you many good things, I love you! 💙

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