Where I Find Books I Want to Read

As I’m sure you all can understand, books pretty much take up my life. I’ve also been thinking a lot about my career in library science.

One of the areas of library science that is high on my list is reader’s advisory. This has gotten me thinking about where I get my own reading recommendations. This was probably one of the easiest lists I ever made.



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I joined Goodreads in high school, the Facebook for bookworms. To this day, it’s the only social media I can actually say I like. I’m constantly adding books to my TBR on that site. I read the lists people make as well as the recommendations Goodreads gives based on other books I added. I know Goodreads has gotten a bad rep over the years, but I can’t shake my loyalty. I would forget so many potentially great books if it were not for Goodreads.


Book of the Month and other subscription boxes I can’t afford

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This one is kind of random, I’ll admit. I signed up on their website, though I technically have not subscribed to the service. Despite this, I look forward to the Book of the Month selections, as well as the Book of the Month YA selections, each month. Most times, they have books I probably would not have found on my own. And they cover a multitude of genres. I’ve gotten some interesting recommendations since I started following Book of the Month on their website. The same goes for services like Owlcrate, which I was subscribed to years ago but sadly had to cancel due to lack of funds.


Browsing bookstores, libraries, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble and Books a Million online

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I have found some really good (and not so good) recommendations while casually browsing my local library. I spend my lunch breaks browsing the bookstores near my work (one of which has a great café, by the way). There are books that I found I’m really interested in reading, so much so I have had to refrain myself from buying them all at once. Particularly since I would have to carry them all on the train, then walking to the bus, and then walking home after getting off the bus.

I also spend a lot of time browsing on Amazon and the websites for Barnes & Noble and Books a Million. Amazon gives me recommendations based on books I have bought as well as books I added to my wish list. Barnes & Noble has a lot of backlist titles on sale and I keep up with new releases on there as well. Books a Million somehow finds all these new releases that no one else knows about, introducing me to cool books to add to my TBR.


Watching BookTube videos and reading book reviews on blogs

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Nowadays, BookTube is where I get the bulk of my book recommendations. While browsing the library and bookstores in person as well as online introduce me to more hidden gems, BookTube keeps me up-to-date with the popular releases, as well as somehow manages to hype up books I might not have picked up otherwise. I even recommended BookTube as a source of finding book recommendations in my reference services class last fall.

The same can be said about book blogs. Many of you guys have a knack for finding those hidden gems. BookTube, as well as book blogs, have also introduced me to genres I thought I would read. Mainly, adult romance. Watching Smut-a-thon vlogs and reading romance reviews, listening to people rave about Christina Lauren and Tessa Dare and the Reluctant Royals series has convinced me to give the genre a chance. Enough that, the next time I’m at the bookstore, I might just stock up on those romance mass market paperbacks.


Where do you guys mainly find your recommendations?


Round Two of Summer 2019 Book Haul

Fun fact about library school: part-time jobs and internships are hard to come by.

While the field is expanding, it is also super competitive. I learned that the hard way this past spring, when my once shiny resume lost its sheen. Then, when I got this temp job for the summer, I threw myself headfirst into the work, not bothering to take any sort of break until now.

To be honest, at first I was looking forward to the end of this assignment and taking a much-needed break. Then, we started a new project two weeks before my contract was supposed to end. My overwhelming need to be helpful, combined with the panic I felt after being turned down for a paid internship I applied for, I offered to stay longer until said project is completed.

Under the terms and conditions regarding temps, I can only stay as a “light” worker, which means working no more than fourteen hours a week. With a new semester a few weeks away, this works out well in my favor. Best part, I still have easy access to great bookstores.

Well, great for me. Not so sure about my wallet.

Since the last round of my summer book haul, I’ve bought fourteen books. And, I must admit, I’m running out of steam—and space. Like I said, these bookstores are awesome. My wish list is huge, and only getting bigger. Deciding what to buy next has become a problem. This will likely be the last round of my summer book haul. I don’t know when the next one will be either. Especially since I’m taking a week off at my new boss’s insistence, I have the itch to utilize my local library again.

We will see how long that lasts. Take your bets now.

In the past few weeks, I bought:


We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson


I know everyone and their mother was obsessed with Netflix’s adaption of Shirley Jackson’s novel The Haunting of Hill House when it came out. I have read her short story The Lottery, only it’s not my favorite. Of all her works, We Have Always Lived in the Castle was the one I was most intrigued by. From my knowledge, it is about two odd sisters living with their odd uncle in the family’s mansion and the younger sister is accused of killing the rest of the other members of the family.


A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith


A good friend, one who does not read a lot, told me she loved A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. All I knew about it was that it was one of those “modern classics.” Admittedly, I bought it after seeing it on the “top 100” something books on Goodreads. I do want to read more classics, though.


I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith


Another modern classic, I Capture the Castle is set in 1934 and told through the diary entries of seventeen-year-old Cassandra. She lives with her eccentric family in their dilapidated castle. It takes place over the course of six months, covering major changes within the family, including Cassandra’s first love. I only expect great things from a book J.K. Rowling blurbed.


Fierce Fairytales by Nikita Gill


Fierce Fairytales is a book I had my eye on for a while. I was further enticed to pick it up after reading snippets of Nikita Gill’s writing in The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One by Amanda Lovelace. You can imagine my surprise and delight when I found it randomly at Target, while looking for another book.


Kingsbane by Claire Legrand


Kingsbane is the sequel to Furyborn, which I have not read yet. So, naturally, I don’t know anything, since it’s a second book.


Shadow & Flame by Mindee Arnett


Shadow & Flame is another sequel, this one to Onyx & Ivory. I don’t know much about this one, either, besides the first book not getting the best reviews.


Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


I read Aurora Rising from the library a couple of months ago. I had to get my own copy because I liked it so much. I actually have this book facing front on my bookshelves.


A Darker Shade of Magic

A Gathering of Shadows

A Conjuring of Light

by V.E. Schwab

After reading Vicious and Vengeful this year, I asked myself why I was waiting on the Shades of Magic trilogy. It is like one of V.E./Victoria Schwab’s most popular works, after Vicious. When Barnes & Noble had an online sale, I bought the boxed set.


The Merciless II: The Exorcism of Sofia Flores

The Merciless III: Origins of Evil

The Merciless IV: Last Rites

By Danielle Vega

I bought The Merciless by Danielle Vega a few years ago, during a phase of love for young adult horror. It’s about teenaged girls performing an exorcism on a classmate they think is possessed. Three more books came out of it. I’m not sure if I made the right choice buying all the books before having read the first book. We will find out.


13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad


This book practically shouted my name from the display table at the bookstore. It is a collection of short stories following a plus size woman as she works through body issues and deals with not-so-helpful advice from loved ones. It’s all about coming into her own and embracing herself, and her body, for what it is.


Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

Favorite Bookmarks

Apparently, I can’t function without posting a Top 5 Tuesday anymore. Since Shanah is on vacation, there was no topic provided for this week. You would think that would mean a little less extra work (if you consider blogging work). Then, I had this somewhat random idea.

I probably have as many bookmarks as I do books. When I start a new book, one of my favorite things is matching a bookmark to it before I begin reading. It’s a whole process. Often times, I know exactly which bookmark I want to use for a book. Other times, I will literally dump all my bookmarks on my bed, then shift through them until I find the one I deem perfect.

I almost did a bookmark collection—I still could, in the future, if you guys are interested—but for now, I stuck to some of my favorites.


My collection of Happy Hello Art bookmarks from Etsy


I learned about the Happy Hello Art store on BookTube and, late last year, finally caved in. Not only are these bookmarks super cute, they are good quality and affordable. Happy Hello Art covers a variety of fandoms. Most of what I own are bookmarks inspired by Sarah J Maas and Disney characters, as well as a few other favorites. I plan to add to my collection soon enough—once I figure out which ones I want next.





Harry Potter quote bookmarks


These in particular are recent additions to my bookmark collection. I found these at one of the bookstores near my work. Do I really need to explain why I love these?


Free bookmarks from the library


Aside from the fact I didn’t have to spend money on these and the librarians didn’t bat an eye to how many I took, these bookmarks are super cute. They are made of slightly cheap paper, but so far, they have withstood the abuse that comes with being inside a book that gets moved around a lot in a cramped purse. And can we just take a moment to appreciate the cats?


Magnetic bookmarks


I really, really like magnetic bookmarks. They stay where they are in your book and there is zero chance of them falling out or getting caught in between pages. I have a lot of them—two little boxes worth. My favorites are these cupcakes, butterflies, puppies, and owls.


Metal bookmarks


These metal bookmarks are a more recent discovery. Up until now, the only one I had was this silver hook with butterfly charms my friend gave me for my birthday a few years ago. Then, at one of the bookstores near my work, they had a beautiful selection that I found myself drawn to. My favorite that I’ve bought so far is this green one with a dragonfly charm on the green ribbon. On the front is a quote by Josephine Billings (whoever that is): “To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.”


What is your favorite bookmark that you own or favorite kind of bookmark?

Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Books Under 300 Pages

I have to say Shanah, this topic was a little random. I almost didn’t do it. I was too lazy to have to go through my bookshelves to find books under 300 pages. Turns out, there is a handy little feature on the Goodreads phone app to organize your books by page numbers. Good old Goodreads….

I picked five books I don’t talk about often. Some of these I don’t think I have ever mentioned on my blog. Five books under 300 pages are:


Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller (117 pages)

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I read Death of a Salesman for the first time junior year of high school. We were supposed to read Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, but the school didn’t have enough copies for all the English classes. The teachers were allowed to pick whatever book they wanted to teach the rest of the semester. Mine chose Death of a Salesman, which is a play about a struggling salesman, Willy, whose two grown sons come home for a visit and the family starts to unravel as Willy’s sanity does.


Animal Farm by George Orwell (122 pages)

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I read Animal Farm right after reading 1984, also by George Orwell, for my Banned Books and Dangerous Ideas class junior year of college. Between the two, I enjoyed Animal Farm more. George Orwell got his point across while still providing an entertaining read. I also had this book stolen from my dorm room that year. I still don’t know how or by who, but I could not find it. Thus, I’m convinced my junior year dorm room was haunted. In addition to the disappearance of my first copy of Animal Farm, my best friend and I heard weird noises in that room. When I got another copy of Animal Farm, I kept it in my desk until I brought it home one vacation.


The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling (128 pages)

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I’ve never mentioned The Tales of Beedle the Bard on this blog. Until this Top 5 Tuesday, I didn’t see any reason to. While I enjoyed the wizard fairy tales, I am of the belief that J.K. Rowling needs to retire any and all things related to Harry Potter. I would much rather she focus on her Cormoran Strike series or do something else.


Prey by Lurlene McDaniel (196 pages)

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Prey is one of the books I unhauled a few months ago. It is an older work, published in the early 2000s. It centers on an illicit relationship between a fifteen-year-old boy and his beautiful new history teacher. It is told from three perspectives: the boy, Ryan; his best friend Honey; and the teacher, Lori. Lori is without a doubt a predator and, the thing I remember most about reading Prey, was that reading the teacher’s chapters made me deeply uncomfortable.


Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red by Joyce Reardon (277 pages)

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I read Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red long before I started my blog. It is told through the diary of a fictional heiress, Ellen, whose sinfully wealthy and unfaithful husband built her a huge, glamourous estate called Rose Red. Strange, frightening events happen throughout the years at Rose Red, including several disappearances and unexplained deaths. Through the diary, Ellen is shown slowly going insane, believing the house is protecting her from those that want to do her or her family harm. It’s been weird since I read it, though I do remember it being extremely weird.


Have you read any of these books?

Book Bucket List Tag

Thank the almighty bookish gods and goddesses for book tags! And Kristin Kraves books, though she did not tag me. I was struggling to come up with content….

Side note: I really don’t like making bucket lists. They cause me an irrational sense of anxiety. But this tag still looked like fun, because books are always fun (and safe) to talk about.

On to the tag!


What books or series that intimidate you (because of length, density, subject) would feel like an accomplishment to finish?

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I have quite a few books on my bookshelves, namely certain classics, that I would consider an accomplishment to finish. A book that fits this category is Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman. I attempted to read it a while back, got about 90 pages in, then set it aside for another time.


What author would you like to co-author a book with?

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No idea. I don’t think I want to co-author a book. I’m such a control freak over my own work.


If you could interview any author for your blog, who would it be? What’s one question you would ask?

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I think I would like to interview Francesca Zappia, a very good author that is very underrated. One question I would ask her is if she would ever write a magical realism novel. With her writing style, I think she would be good at it. I think she would also do a good job writing a magical realism novel featuring a character that has a mental illness.


As a writer, what genre is out of your comfort zone that you would like to conquer someday and write within?

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Science fiction is a genre generally out of my comfort zone, as anything scientific tends to go right over my head. I love fantasy and contemporary so much I’m not sure if I would ever write anything else.


What specific edition of a book would you like to own someday? It could be a rare, a first edition, an anniversary edition, signed, or one with a cover special to you, etc.?

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Not sure. I don’t pay attention to anniversary or special editions. I own graphic novel adaptions of some of my favorite books, like The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, but do those count? If I already have a copy, I can’t justify it to myself to spend money on another copy of the exact same book if the old one is perfectly fine. I might consider getting the special collector’s edition of A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas since it is one of my all-time favorites. Only that is a hard maybe.


Are there any books or bookish items that you like to collect?

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I likely have as many bookmarks as I do books. Lately, I have been getting into collecting graphic novel adaptions of classic novels, like The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood or well-known works, like Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.


Name one bookish place you’d like to visit. (Not somewhere you’d like to visit because of a book and not a fictional place within a book, a library, bookstore, etc.)

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Easy: Shakespeare and Company in Paris.


Name a bookish event you’d like to attend (a festival, signing, book fair, etc.)

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If I ever get the chance, to attend BookCon/Book Expo, Yallfest, or the American Library Association (ALA) Conference, I doubt I would turn it down. Problem is, crowds make me anxious.


Your WIP is getting published and designing the cover is solely up to you. What does it look like?

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Truth be told, since right before my mom went on hospice towards the end of 2017, I have done next to nothing on any of my works in progress. But an idea I always thought about was a young adult fantasy novel, with darker primary colors and a girl on the cover in a flowing dress.


What’s one thing you’d like to accomplish within the bookish world? As a writer, reader, blogger, whatever you want.

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At the moment, that would be getting back into writing overall. Like I said, I have not done any work on any of my creative writing projects since before my mom died. Besides, having story ADD, she constantly needed my attention. I tried to get back into it, but writing suddenly became too hard. Blogging was just easier. I would like to write and publish a book someday. Graduate school is holding a lot of my attention now, but the urge to be creative is slowly coming back.


I tag:






Top 5 Tuesday: UVWXYZ Books

Of all the letters in the alphabet, I think these are the most hated.

I know we were allowed to turn to Goodreads for each week’s Top 5 Tuesday. Only I have so many books on there that it’s too time-consuming to scroll through them all. To keep things simple, I stuck to books I own. And, for this week’s letters, I did something different.

This week, I chose my three favorite letters in this group: U, V, and W. Forget about finding anything beginning with X. I have titles for Y, only not as many as I want. I don’t own any books beginning with the letter Z. At least, not last time I checked. But these are the books I wanted to talk about the most.



Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (read)

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Another underrated paranormal young adult trilogy that came out around the same time as Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead and City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. This one also has angels and angst, yet I know so few people that have read it.



Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter (unread)

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A modern-day retelling of Baba Yaga set in an alternative fantastical Brooklyn neighborhood. This has been on my TBR for far too long.



(A) Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi (unread)

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At this point, I still have not read anything by Tahereh Mafi. I checked out the entire Shatter Me series currently out from the library and didn’t get to read it. However, A Very Large Expanse of Sea is her one book I am most interested in reading anyway.



What They Don’t Know by Nicole Maggi (unread)

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A book I bought a few months ago on impulse. What They Don’t Know follows two girls who are brought together by tragic events. One is harboring a terrible secret while the other knows something that could ruin lives but save her new friend. It reminds me a lot of Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston.



Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke (read)

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Three words to describe this book: lyrical, magical, and strange. It felt like a modern-day fairy tale, turning all sorts of tropes on their heads. Yet again, an underrated book.


Does anyone know any book titles beginning with the letter X?

Top 5 Tuesday: PQRST Books

I have to say, I was kind of excited for this week’s Top 5 Tuesday letters. There are books on my TBR as well as read books I don’t mention often. Even though I stare at them on my bookshelves. Plus, these are amazing anyway.



P.S. I Like You by Kasie West (read)

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This book I received in an Owlcrate box made me want to give lighter, cuter young adult contemporary novels a chance. For which, I am grateful.



(The) Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (read)

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I first read The Queen of the Tearling right as I was getting into high fantasy. Although, I don’t think I was ready for it yet. Now that my feet are adequately soaked in the high fantasy genre, I want to finally complete the trilogy.



Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy (unread)

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Julie Murphy is an author I have wanted to read for so long. Besides Dumplin’, I’m most excited to read her book Ramona Blue, as it follows a teenaged girl who thinks she’s a lesbian until her childhood friend returns home after Hurricane Katrina.



Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (read)

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Salt to the Sea is a book I want to reread for its glorious beauty, inside and out. Unfortunately, I am terrified of getting back on that emotional roller coaster.



They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera (unread)

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I don’t know when I will be ready for this one. History is All You Left Me pulled a little too hard at my heartstrings. I can’t imagine what They Both Die at the End will do to my mental health.


Is a book you are nervous to reread for whatever reason?


Top 5 Tuesday: KLMNO Books

Remember when I said the alphabet theme was fun and easy? I take it all back. This week’s Top 5 Tuesday was tricky. Turns out, I don’t like some of these letters in my book titles. I could turn to Goodreads, but I currently have 39, 225 or something books on there. Who has the time to scroll through all that?

Here are the ones I found on my bookshelves:



(The) Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (unread)

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The first and only book I thought of first the letter K. It also helps that no one shuts up about it on social media.



(The) Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle (unread)

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Two neurologically diverse teens meet in detention, then bond and fall in love over a medieval love story. Need I say more?



Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender (read?)

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Back in the day, I had a bad habit of reading too many books at once. I would get bored with them, then mark them as read without actually having finished them. Thing is, I distinctly remember liking this book, so I don’t know why I did not finish it.



Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken (read)

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Turns out, I have more unread books beginning with the letter N than read ones. Hmmmm….



Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen (unread)

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I don’t have a lot of read books beginning with the letter O, but that’s fine. Orphan Monster Spy is a book I’m looking forward to reading.


What letter doesn’t appear on your TBR very often? 

Round One of Summer 2019 Book Haul

I said I was going to cut back on the book-buying this summer.

I say a lot of things.

Turns out, the issue of the student health insurance worked out (yay for student loans!). Which means, I have more money now for new clothes, textbooks…and, you know, books. Still, this job is only going at least until August. So, every paycheck, I put money into my savings account. Whether or not I have anything left for books after that is a bonus.

I’m calling this book haul “round one” for two reasons. First, I know I’m going to buy more books later. It’s a guarantee I accepted. Second is, if I wait until the end of summer break to post a haul, I’m not going to have a lot of time to write about all the books I bought.

In hindsight, buying ten books over a course of two and a half months is actually not a bad thing. Given that, in the past, that would be the amount I’d buy in a single trip to the bookstore….A sign I am on my way to becoming a full-fledged adult. (Now all I need is to move out of my dad’s house….)

Between May and the first two weeks of July, I bought:


The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon


Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season is on my Goodreads, yet so low on my radar I forget it’s there. The Priory of the Orange Tree immediately got my attention, though. I don’t know much about it, other than it’s about two warring kingdoms ruled by queens and there are dragons. And I bought this book online from Barnes & Noble—you better believe I wasn’t lugging this behemoth on my arm, on a bus or a train.


Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James


Black Leopard, Red Wolf is advertised as an “African Game of Thrones.” Despite not being a GOT fan, the idea behind this novel did intrigue me. Plus, the cover always caught my attention whenever I was in a bookstore. It’s gorgeous and, of course, expensive. Even on Amazon. Thankfully, a sale at Barnes & Noble came to my rescue.


Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Kelly Link, and Robin Wasserman


The latest of Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter Chronicles novella bind-ups, it is low on my priority list at the moment. If I don’t read Ghosts of the Shadow Market before the end of 2019, I have no problem leaving it for my Chain of Gold hangover cure. I did not love Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy and I keep forgetting The Bane Chronicles exists. Ghosts of the Shadow Market is allegedly best read before Queen of Air and Darkness, as it explains certain things that happened. But the two new novellas also include spoilers, so I think I better not.


Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich


One of my most anticipated releases of the year, Teeth in the Mist is a young adult horror novel following three girls in three time periods. I want to know as little as possible before I read this book. If it is anything like Dawn Kurtagich’s previous works, I expect a dark fantasy storyline, an unsettling atmosphere, and a twisty plot.


Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson


Another of my anticipated releases of the year, Sorcery of Thorns follows a young librarian, Elizabeth, charged with protecting magical books inside a library. When the demons contained in the books get out, she is held responsible and must turn to her mortal enemy, a sorcerer named Nathaniel, along with his demonic sidekick to clear her name. Even though I have not read Margaret Rogerson’s debut novel, An Enchantment of Ravens, I have a feeling I will like her books. And the covers are gorgeous.


The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer


I found The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu while browsing one of the bookstores near my work. It took me a couple of trips, but eventually I cracked. The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu is set in Africa when the Al Qaeda invaded in the 1980s. To protect the country’s valuable documents, librarians smuggled them out to safety to preserve their homeland’s history.


Anne Frank’s Diary graphic novel adaption by Ari Feldman and illustrated by David Polonsky


After reading the graphic novel adaptions of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, classic or popular novels adapted into graphic novels have become my new favorite thing. I read the original Anne Frank’s Diary, or at least excerpts of it, in middle school. I’ve wanted to reread it for years, though.


To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and illustrated by Fred Fordham


I love To Kill a Mockingbird. The cover and a flip through of the book showed some gorgeous artwork. I want to read this book right now. I might, hopefully, at the end of the year when I’m looking for lighter reading material.


Sabrina by Nick Drnaso


I can’t begin to describe the synopsis of Sabrina. It’s a mystery graphic novel revolved a missing woman in a futuristic modern society where technology has taken over. Or that’s my interpretation of it anyway. I’m starting to wonder if Sabrina is a book I’m better off not knowing anything about it before reading.


Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett


Good Omens is an adult urban fantasy where an angel and a demon are charged with finding the misplaced Antichrist before apocalypse happens. I bought this book because I enjoyed the show. This is the second Neil Gaiman book I own; the first being American Gods (which I have not read). But after watching the Amazon Prime adaption of Good Omens and reading The Sleeper and the Spindle from the library earlier this year, his books are slowly working their way higher up on my TBR pile.


What books have you bought because of their TV show or movie adaptions?

Top 5 Tuesday: FGHIJ Books

I don’t know about you all, but this month’s Top 5 Tuesday alphabet theme was more fun than I was expecting. It’s been nice talking about books I haven’t in a while, or shining light on TBR books I might have forgotten about. So far, coming up with answers has been pretty easy. I’m sure that will change as we go along.



(The) First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter (read)

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The first book I ever reviewed on my blog. It’s one of those books I want to reread, but at a special time, so I can relive all the feels.



Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black (unread)

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Set in an unspecified time period, a teenaged girl tries to solve murders in a town that hates her because of her mother’s crimes. Helping her is the son of the man her mother allegedly killed. Sounds like it’s going to be fun.



Half-Bad by Sally Green (read)

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An extremely underrated paranormal trilogy with witches and dark magic. Also, the main character is bisexual, however refuses to use a label. Enough said.



In Search of Us by Ava Dellaira (unread)

Screenshot_2019-07-07 In Search Of Us

Ever find a book you enjoyed very much, then get excited when the author announces a new book after so long? Then buy it almost immediately and not read it?



Jinx by Meg Cabot

Screenshot_2019-07-07 Jinx

I read this in high school during the height of my Meg Cabot obsession. Besides The Mediator series and Avalon High, this is one of my favorite books by her.


Can anyone recommend any good books beginning with the letter J?