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’›


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Super Long Book Titles

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!

Hello friends! I hope all of you are doing well, staying hydrated, and enjoying the little things! I have another top ten Tuesday for you. This might be one of the hardest TTTs I have ever done. I wish I was joking, but I’m not. I stayed up till 3 a.m. going through my shelves, searching through my GoodReads, even consulting with my spouse in case they knew of any long titles. It was sooo gosh darn hard, but I some titles that are at least long in my opinion. So I hope you all enjoy the ones I’ve chosen!

πŸ‚ Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland πŸ‚

πŸ‚ How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow πŸ‚

πŸ‚ While the Earth Sleeps We Travel by Ahmed M. Badr πŸ‚

πŸ‚ Get A Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert πŸ‚

πŸ‚ This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone πŸ‚

πŸ‚ Sweet on You: A Filipino Christmas romance by Carla deΒ Guzman πŸ‚

πŸ‚ Wotakoi Love is Hard for Otaku, Vol. 1 byΒ Fujita πŸ‚

πŸ‚ Space Battle Luchtime Vol. 1 Lights, Camera, Snacktion by NatalieΒ Riess πŸ‚

πŸ‚ Down Among the Stick and Bones by SeananΒ McGuire πŸ‚

πŸ‚ There Are Things I Can’t Tell You by EdakoΒ Mofumofu πŸ‚

I feel like there are so many other titles out there that are far longer than these titles. I’m not sure about you, but I definitely feel that any title that is more than three words should be considered a long title, but that’s just me. Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed my picks! Do you know of some titles that are long or really, really long? Come chat about it in the comments below! Until next time, I hope your October has been super spooky, I love you! 🧑


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Book Covers with Fall Colors/Vibes

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!

Hello friends! I hope your spooky reading has been wonderful so far! I wanted to pop in and drop my Top Ten Tuesday for the week. This current week is packed to the brim with things happening in my personal life, so I won’t be going into extra details like I usually do. Fear not, I will return the following week with all my usual thoughts and excitement! Until then, I hope you still enjoy this post, I love you! 🧑

πŸŽƒ Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco πŸŽƒ

πŸŽƒ Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz πŸŽƒ

πŸŽƒ Among the Beasts & Briars by Ashley Poston πŸŽƒ

πŸŽƒ Blood & Honey (Serpent & Dove, #2) by Shelby Mahurin πŸŽƒ

πŸŽƒ Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power πŸŽƒ

πŸŽƒ We Free the Stars (Sands of Arawiya #2) by Hafsah Faizal πŸŽƒ

πŸŽƒ Horrid by Katrina Leno πŸŽƒ

πŸŽƒ Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao πŸŽƒ

πŸŽƒ Ghost Wood Song by Erica Waters πŸŽƒ

πŸŽƒ A Wicked Magic by Sasha Laurens πŸŽƒ


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Favorite Book Quotes

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

Salutations friends! I’m back with another top ten Tuesday! For those who have been following my content, I’m a quote junkie! I love quotes especially when one touches my heart. So these are just a small handful of some of my favorite quotes. Some are recent and some are not so recent, but I hope you still enjoy!

πŸ‚ Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden πŸ‚

β€œI don’t know when we’ll see each other again or what the world will be like when we do. We may both have seen many horrible things. But I will think of you every time I need to be reminded that there is beauty and goodness in the world.”

πŸ‚ The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum πŸ‚

β€œLove is not about holding people where you want them. It is about doing what’s best for them because you need them to be okay.”

πŸ‚ The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky πŸ‚

β€œSo, I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.”

πŸ‚ Blanca y Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore πŸ‚

β€œThey had seen in me the softest, weakest part of my heart where I held my sister. They knew I would do anything, give up anything, if it meant my sister keeping her own body. And now they wanted me to prove it.”

πŸ‚ Dragonhearts by Nikita Gill, Amanda Lovelace, and Trista Mateer πŸ‚

β€œI will not give up the flowers in my heart for stones just because the world is a hard place. The world is only hard because it needs more flower-hearted people.”

πŸ‚ Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin πŸ‚

β€œThere are some things that can’t be changed with words. Some things have to be seen. They have to be felt.”

πŸ‚ The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar πŸ‚

β€œWhat I want more than anything else in the world is to feel like being myself isn’t something that should be hidden and a secret.”

πŸ‚ An American Sunrise: Poems by Joy Harjo πŸ‚

β€œI was taught to give honor to the house of warriors. Which cannot exist without the house of the peacemakers.”

πŸ‚ Soul of the Sword (Shadows of the Fox #2) by Julie Kagawa πŸ‚

β€œMy master used to say, sometimes a whisper is all that is required to calm a storm, but when words fail, sometimes you need the thunder.”

πŸ‚ The Girl from the Other Side: Siuil A, Run Vol. 8 by NAGABE πŸ‚

β€œYou were like the light of a flickering candle flame. Too faint to illuminate the path ahead. You were so small, so slight and fragile. A breath could have extinguished you. And yet… You were all that I needed and more.”

Okay, Chapterlings! Those were some of my favorite quotes from books, I hope you all enjoyed this little break away from reviews and my usual posts. Do you have a favorite quote that you love with your whole heart? Come tell me in the comments below! Until next time, I hope you’re enjoying the fall weather, I love you! 🧑


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! 🧑


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Loved But Never Reviewed

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!

Salutation friends! I know I’ve been a bit of a ghost especially when it comes to T10T. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure I would return to doing T10T. I haven’t done one in months and I feel a bit rusty, but be patient with me. I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it again. But I wanted to do this one to share the books that I’ve loved with my whole heart, but never crafted a review for them. So I hope you enjoy this little list!

🌻 The Devil is a Handsome Man by Angle 🌻

🌻 Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden 🌻

🌻 More Starlight to Your Heart by Hiro Matsuba 🌻

🌻 The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury 🌻

🌻 The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo 🌻

🌻 Ten Count by Rihito Takarai 🌻

🌻 Naturally Tan by Tan France 🌻

🌻 Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura 🌻

🌻 Fables by Bill Willingham 🌻

🌻 The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 🌻

Okay, Chapterlings! I hope you enjoyed this week’s prompts! In some way or another, these book entered my life and left their memories with me. Truly feel like I don’t talk about them enough or give them enough credit on how they’ve shaped my reading. Feel free to tell me in the comments below some of the books you really loved, but don’t have a review for yet. Until next time, I hope August has been treating you kindly, I love you! πŸ’›


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Ten Signs You’re a Book Lover

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

Salutations friends! I know, I haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday in a hot minute. I’m sorry! Truth is, I have been really busy with so many things and I did mention that I was going to be coming back in April better than ever. Let this be the article of be me ending this month on a bang! Anyway, this is going to be a quick list of how you can tell I’m a book lover. These will be things specifically to point out my love for books and expose some of my obvious bookish habits. So let’s dive right into it, enjoy!

πŸ“š I have a book sleeve in every room, in every bag, in my home.

πŸ“š I have bookish themed candles scattered throughout my house.

πŸ“š My mug collection is just as big as my book collection.

πŸ“š If the multiple Harry Potter Funko Pops didn’t give it away then I don’t know what will!

πŸ“š Books everywhere.

πŸ“š Four glass containers filled with bookmarks.

πŸ“š My reading playlist is the only playlist ready in queue on any device.

πŸ“š Being caught sleeping, cuddling a book.

πŸ“š Having a set amount of time for need to gush or rant about a book to my partner.

πŸ“š If you open my wallet, you’ll find multiple library cards.

Okay, Chapterlings! Those are all my habits that let you know I’m a bookworm. The mugs are a little questionable, but trust me, majority of them are bookish or used when I’m reading. Regardless, I hope you all enjoyed this quick, little post! Feel free to tell me in the comments down below some of the ways someone can tell if you are a book lover. Until next time, I hope you’re getting your April TBRs ready, I love you! πŸ’•


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Books with Single-Word Titles

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! I know it has been a hot mute since I popped in with a Top Ten Tuesday, but I’m here now! This is just a quick list of books I have read that are one worded titles, well every book read except for Cinder. Oops! I hope you enjoy this list as much as I did creating it. Now onward to the books!

🌸 Tribute by Nora Roberts 🌸

🌸 Heartstopper by Alice Oseman 🌸

🌸 Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston 🌸

🌸 Fence, Vol. 1 by C.S. Pacat & Johanna the Mad 🌸

🌸 Eragon by Christopher Paolini 🌸

🌸 Dracula by Bram Stoker 🌸

🌸 Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson 🌸

🌸 Birdie by Tracey Lindberg 🌸

🌸 Pestilence by Laura Thalassa 🌸

🌸 Cinder by Marissa Myer 🌸

I know that was super short and fast, but I hope you enjoyed this list nonethless! And if you have some one-word titled books, please feel free to list some down below! I’m always looking for a new book to get swept up in! Until next time Chapertlings, may March bring fresh beginnings, I love you! πŸ’—


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Love but Need to Talk About More

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! I’m here to drop a quick Top Ten Tuesday before Valentine’s Day! I’m currently stuck being sick…again! We love that for me, might as well be my new brand. Anyway, I just wanted to share some books (okay, manga and graphic novels, mostly) that I love with my whole heart and soul, but never talk a whole lot about. I hope you find some new graphic novels or books to look into. Now onto the books!

❀️ The Devil Is A Handsome Man by Angle ❀️

I have been reading this webcomic for about a year and some change. I still can’t believe I haven’t talked about it on my blog. This was the first webcomic on WebToons I started reading and absolutely fell in love with it. From the art style all the way to the story-line, I was hooked and I encourage all of you to check it out as well!

❀️ Fables, Vol 1: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham ❀️

I think I’ve mentioned this series maybe once on my blog, but I absolutely love this series. I love the spinning of all out favorite fairy tales trying to survive from a war and make a living in the modern day, coexisting by the mundane. I currently have the deluxe editions volume five and six lined up to be read and my anticipation is at an all time high. Also, you know I’m a gamer and there’s actually a game called The Wolf Among Us that’s based from these comics. So if you game to, then I definitely recommend checking this series out!

❀️ Princess Jellyfish, Tome 1 by Akiko Higashimaru ❀️

From the anime, to the live action movie, to the very manga series, I adore Princess Jellyfish! One of my oldest friends had introduced me to this manga series and if she had never done that then I probably never would have even heard of Princess Jellyfish or even love it the way I do today. If you’re looking for a manga that shows the colliding of the rich and stylish meeting the quirky, nerdy girl style then you need to check out this series. Plus, the main character loves jellyfish with her whole heart and soul!

❀️ Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston ❀️

Where did my love for Ahsoka Tano come from? Well, it was full enforced when my spouse gave me this book as a birthday present one year. Clone Wars was great and all, but this book was everything I had wanted and so much more. This fills in the gaps of what happened to Ahsoka after the Clone Wars, but before Rebels. If you’re a Star Wars geek like me then this is going to be one book you want to read. I hear the audiobook is also really good!

❀️ Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden ❀️

A truly beautiful piece of work that I have wept over, felt drawn to, and still can’t get over. And I will say this, out of all the book to movie adaptations, this is one of the few adaptations that are actually done really well and right by the book. This is probably one of my most favorite adaptations so I can openly say that if you don’t feel like reading the book, then the movie will give the exact same details as the book.

❀️ More Starlight to Your Heart: Volume 1 by Hiro Matsuba ❀️

A manga series that was cut far too short! This manga was made into a duology and the way the second book ends…it’s a terrible cliffhanger and I still need answers! This series had so much potential and I truly wish that it didn’t end with only two volumes. Despite the two volumes, it’s very easy to fall in love with the main character and get swept away with the story-line. Hopefully one day this series will get picked up again!

❀️ The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky ❀️

What to say about a book that has a key to my heart? I’ve talked about this twice on my blog, but I never went into too much detail with it. This book came into my life in a very dark period of my life. And there’s contents of this book that touched my soul in ways that not many books do. In it’s own way, it helped me sort through a lot of feelings and come to terms with a lot of terrible things that happened in my life. This is a book in my own library that’s very quiet, but so very loud and I have read this book only twice. Once for the time when it entered my life to help sort through the chaos of my experiences and the second time when I was ready to be at peace, to come to terms with everything. I will never read this book more than those two times, but my love for this book is so great that it will never leave my library.

❀️ Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate ❀️

If I could put this book in every child’s hands, every parents’ hands, every teachers’ hands, I would. There are very few middle grade books that are realistic fiction that I talk about so fiercely and Crenshaw is one that I wish I could shout about all day, every day. There are some topics that I never addressed or voiced about especially from a child’s point of view. If I had this book when I was a child, I can’t even begin to explain how much that would have impacted me and how much it could have changed some things in my life. This book is the book to start an important conversation and a gateway to start making waves in the right way of making a difference in lives. I’m a firm believer that love and compassion are some of the strongest forces in the world and I truly believe this book has the power to spark that in people all over the world.

❀️ Dream Daddy comics ❀️

I’m breaking out the comics and showing my nerdy side….AGAIN! I don’t talk about this series enough as I want to. In case you didn’t know, these comics are based off the game Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator! I’m a little obsessed with them, just a little. I promise! But seriously, I really love the graphic novels because we see a whole new side to a lot of the characters in the game that we don’t get to see and I really loved that about this series. There’s five comics in total and each one is unique in it’s own way. In case you wanted to know, Dream Daddy comic #5 is my favorite out of all of them, but that shows more of my nerdy side.

❀️ The Girl from the Other Side: Siuil A Run by NAGABE ❀️

For those who have been here a hot minute, you know last year I fell in love with this manga series. It took me by storm and as I type this I’m counting down the clock till the next volume releases. To my knowledge, there’s not many people who are talking about this manga or even being vocally loud about it. Hi, my name is Autumn and I’m here to talk your ear off about how much I love this manga and how much you need to go read this series right now! This series is so good and each volume often ends on a cliffhanger that with have you death gripping your book. I love the characters and how they develop because they way they grow and develop alternate between the two of them. Plus, the way the story begins to unfold, it just gets darker and darker as you read along. I have recommended this series to all my friends and now I’m recommending it to you. If there’s one thing that you take away from this, this series is like a a painting and the more the paint is added the bigger the picture becomes. There’s no manga author out here doing it the way NAGABE is doing it. This is truly going to be a master piece when everything is said and done.

Okay, freinds! Those are all the books I have for you! I know, I know, graphic novels and manga, but they’re all pretty great and I hope you check some of them out! I truly wish I would talk more about these books, but there always seems to be new books to talk about! Anyway, let me know in the comments below if any of these captured your attention or if you would like to see some overall series reviews on any of these! Until next time, may your Valentine’s Day be a day full of self-love and treating yourself, I love you! πŸ’•


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Books On My 2020 TBR I Predict Will Be 5-Star Reads

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 Chapterlings! I’m returning with another Top Ten Tuesday and wouldn’t ya know that it’s a TBR, but also a 5-star prediction list! I’m super excited to share this list with all of you because I get to talk about some 2020 releases I’m really looking forward to! However, this is going to be a much longer list than some of my other TBR lists. This Top Ten Tuesday I will have an ‘honorable mentions’ and ‘bonus books’ added because there are so many books that I believe with my whole heart and soul will be five star reads for me this year.

With all of this being said, a lot of these books may look familiar from previous posts and you’re right. Some of these books have been taken from my 5 Star Predictions | A 2019 Backlist TBR, Top Ten Tuesday | Most Anticipated Books for the First Half of 2020, and you can also find a lot of these books on my GoodReads anticipated 2020 releases shelf! I have so many amazing and wonderful books I’d love to read this year, but this list right here is a solid ‘yes, this is happening’. And of course, I hope some of these books find their way onto your TBR sometime this year because they’re all unique, have incredible synopses, and I wish more readers were talking about them! So without any further delays, here is my 2020 TBR and 5-Star Predictions! I hope you all enjoy my picks!

Honorable Mentions!

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

June 25th, 2019 by Inkyard Press

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

September 10th, 2019 by JIMMY Patterson

The Top Ten 2020 5-Star Predictions!

❄️ All the Stars and Teeth (All the Stars and Teeth #1) by Adalyn Grace ❄️

February 4th, 2020 by Imprint

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

April 7th, 2020 by Wednesday Books

❄️ Heartstopper: Volume Three (Heartstopper #3) by Alice Oseman ❄️

February 6th, 2020 by Hodder Children’s Books

❄️ Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas ❄️

June 9th, 2020 by Swoon Reads

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

March 3rd, 2020 by Bloomsbury Publishing

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

March 3rd, 2020 by Sourcebooks Fire

❄️ Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry ❄️

March 24th, 2020 by Algonquin Young Readers

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

September 15th, 2020 by JIMMY Patterson

❄️ Forest of Souls (Shamanborn #1) by Lori M. Lee ❄️

June 23rd, 2020 by Page Street Kids

❄️ I Kissed Alice by Anna Birch ❄️

May 26th, 2020 by Macmillan/Imprint

Bonus Books!

❄️ Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse ❄️

January 14th, 2020 by Rick Riordan Presents

❄️ The Raven and the Dove by Kaitlyn Davis ❄️

March 9th, 2020 by Kaitlyn Davis Mosca

Okay, friends! Those are all the books I’m hoping to read to read this year that I think will be five stars! I know this list was super long, but I’m so excited for many of these books and they are at the very top of my list of books to read this year. So I truly can’t wait to have them all in my hands so I can read. If you really enjoyed this then please let me know in the comments below because I’m thinking about doing a part two to this article and I’d really love to hear the feedback. Until next time, I hope you have some amazing books on your TBR this month, I love you! πŸ’™