WWW Wednesday – Week Ending 9/26

I took a few weeks off, sorry about that. I had a loss in the family and it suddenly became almost impossible for me to do things that brought me joy. But I’m back to reading so it’s the perfect time to check in!

What are you currently reading?

I just started From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I’ve heard nothing but good things from my friends that have read it (and the people on smutty booktok), so I’m hoping it will be an addicting read. It’s a good mix of tropes I love (unwilling chosen one, romance with a bodyguard, and vampires), and spicy books tend to be so much fun to read. It’s a hopeful combination.

This month hasn’t been the best, reading wise, so I need to keep up the momentum!

What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli last night. It was insanely cute, and gave me a lot of high school theater nostalgia. Kate and her best friend usually have communal crushes, and it’s always been fun for them until it suddenly gets too real and people start getting hurt. Albertalli does a really good job at inclusive books, and she’s getting better and better at her books having damn good family dynamics to make all readers feel seen. The romance was beyond adorable too. I gave it four stars.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I have a couple of options, but it will mainly depend on where my friends land when I’m done with From Blood and Ash. I love buddy reading with my friends, and if they’re ready for Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore I’ll start that, if not I’ll probably read the new Tessa Bailey book or Majesty by Katharine Mcgee (I didn’t like the first book but I need to know how it ends).

That is, unless I get off track like ALWAYS and end up reading something insanely off-mark just because I can’t help being a mood reader 😉

I hope you’re all having an amazing week, and if you’re having a good reading week I’d love to talk about it!

September 2020 Book Releases I’m Excited About!

September is a really heavy release month for books, so instead of posting all the books coming out, I’m gonna post the ones on my radar that I’m really excited about. It’s a lot of fun to look through new, shiny releases and ignore my TBR, so let’s go 😉

September 1

September 8

September 15

September 29

And that’s September! Some of these I know nothing about other than the cover/summary, and a couple of them I’ve read and I’m just excited for my friends to get to them

Are there any books coming out this month you’re hyped up about? Lemme know!

August Wrap Up!

July was a pretty hard month for me, reading wise, so I’m finding myself relieved that I managed to read a good amount this month! This was, of course, the month of Midnight Sun, and it was the kick in the butt I needed to just sit down and read.

I read ten books, eight of which were arcs (I should try for a more even balance from now on), and my average rating for the month was 3.8! That’s pretty good, anything above a 3 means I can’t complain at ALL – and I had a lot of five star reads this month!

Axiom’s End by Lindsay Ellis – 5/5 stars

I love Lindsay’s channel and have for years. It’s no secret that any commitment I have to science fiction usually requires some space wizards, but I absolutely loved this, and did a sneaky reread of this while I was waiting for new books. Ellis worked on this book for years and it shines as a debut. It’s perfect for people who love character driven stories but also can’t stop thinking about movies like Arrival (or The Shape of Water i said what i said)

My Review | Goodreads | Amazon

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer – 5/5 pomegranate seeds

If you’ve been on Twilight Tiktok this month you’ll basically know where my head has been at since I read this book. This was kind of… exactly what I needed this month? With everything so chaotic and stressful, I really needed a book that took me right back to the moments in my teens where all I wanted was the next Twilight book. It delivered such good nostalgia and I loved reading how much of an emo creep Edward was.

My Review | Goodreads | Amazon

Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett – 4/5 stars

This was cute and quick, just what I need from a YA romcom sometimes. I liked the overall message Bennett had about the toxicity that small towns can have, and Bennett does have a satisfyingly blunt way of writing that lets me zoom through her books in one or two sittings. I would say it’s good that I read her books at release, because I do feel like they come across similarly when I think back on them.

My Review | Goodreads | Amazon

Fable by Adrienne Young – 4/5 stars

I’d read Young’s debut and it hadn’t worked for me, it was merely plot choices I didn’t like. So I told myself I’d try her other books, and I’m glad I tried this one. Piracy feels like a character in the story with how it’s actually utilized (I’ve been hurt by pirate books before), and I was impressed by the main character in this book. She stood for something, was malleable under pressure, and took hold of her own destiny. I’m hopefully reading the ARC of the sequel this month, and I’m actually posting this on this book’s release day. If you guys get it, I hope you like it!

My Review | Goodreads | Amazon

Shipped by Angie Hockman – 5/5 stars

You know those books that you can TELL it might be hit or miss with your friends, but you can’t keep your mouth shut and not recommend it? This is like that for me. It sated a desire I had for books like The Hating Game, and I loved the pacing and characters, as well as the fun setting of a cruise. I worry that as a debut it might not work for everyone, but I can only hope that people like it at least half as much as I do, because it’s really cute!

My Review | Goodreads | Amazon

The Project by Courtney Summers – 5/5 stars

Let me tell you, if you’ve read books by Summers and you think you’re prepared for this book, you are NOT. With that, you better preorder it and be ready with lots of tissues and water to re-hydrate. There’s something really special about books that break us open so that we feel so much in such a short span of time. It’s almost therapeutic, the release this book gave me. I guess we just have to be grateful that Summers is evil enough to write them for us.

My Review | Goodreads | Amazon

A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe – 4/5 stars

What a relief to read a witchy fantasy debut and love it! I always have more trepidation with fantasy debuts, just because I feel like there’s more that can go wrong, but Cohoe wrote something here that not only worked but got my brain thinking about the true power of autonomy, and the roles control and freedom have played in the history of women’s lives. This book is out in October and I hope it gives you dark witchy vibes just in time for Halloween.

My Review | Goodreads | Amazon

These three books were all 2 stars for me, but all for vastly different reasons. If you click the book covers they’ll take you to my reviews on Goodreads, but I refrained from reviewing them here because, at least for this month, I wanted to prop up the books I liked and try to have a more positive mindset when I’m blogging. I’m new to this, so I just wanted to keep the momentum going. I’m sure I’ll get into the swing of it and I’ll be posting everything here, good and bad (and I’m not just talking about my review writing ability ;D), but for now I have the reviews just on Goodreads.

And that’s August! I have BIG reading plans for September, so I hope my goals can pan out the way I want and I can read even more (if I’m not ahead of my Goodreads challenge by at least five books I feel like I’m behind).

Did you have a good reading month this month? Did you read anything I did? If I had to pick one recommendation from these, it would be Axiom’s End, but that’s because I’m such a Lindsay fangirl.

I hope you have an amazing month ahead of you.

Hamilton Book Bingo!

Hey Guys! So, every month I work with the other mods in my book club to make a bingo board for everyone. We love making incentives for our members/friends to read, and every month we give away a book randomly to someone who completes a row. I figured it might be fun to share it here, in case you’re like me and love planning out books to read in bingo boards! The prompts are all based on songs from Hamilton:

for the “3+ coven members” part, feel free to just have it be 3 people you know or follow! That’s just what we call our book club members in the Discord (we’re very quirky I know 😉 )

I also make a template on google sheets if you’d like to fill out a board that way! You can find it here. You just make a copy of the sheet and get to planning!

Here’s what I have for my board!

I’m starting The Boyfriend Project first, and I’m really excited since a few of my friends have rated it highly and have nothing bad to say about it! I’m excited and scared at the same time to see how I do this month.
I’d love to say I can fill the board but I think the goal I’m gonna make for myself is three rows, which means a minimum of 13 books if my math is correct.

Feel free to print or use this however you want, there are no rules, it’s just here in case you want it! I don’t think you need to have listened to or heard the show, this is just a fun way to frame bingo.

Let’s have an amazing month reading!

Axiom’s End by Lindsay Ellis

384 pages – July 21 2020

“A near-infinite universe, and they were practically next-door neighbors. Looking into his eyes was like looking into ten billion years of history, like she could see the particles and rocks and gasses coalesce over eons, until somehow, impossibly, here they both were.”

5 moons

We have no choice but to stan.

I’ve been watching Lindsay’s video essays for a few years now, and I think I’ve cycled through them all at least three times – they’re really high quality and I learn a lot. But what I didn’t count on was learning Lindsay’s “brand” so well that when I got this book on release day I was able to know where we were going on this wild ride pretty early on and get so HYPED for it that I was almost scared she wouldn’t go there.

But oh yes, she goes there, and it’s amazing.

Cora Sabino(formerly Ortega) is doing her best to avoid anything tied to her father, Nils Ortega, who currently resides in Germany and updates a website consistently “exposing” the U.S. government. On top of being embarrassed of his particular brand of conspiracy theorist, she’s now terrified that he’s going to get her arrested by the CIA after a meteor strikes nearby and he mentions her on the website. When a second meteor lands in the exact. same. spot. and Nils conspiracies start sounding a bit more fact than fiction, Cora finds herself at the center of what has been a decades old cover up with an extremely unlikely job as alien interpreter.

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A Golden Fury – Samantha Cohoe

320 pages – October 13 2020

The word escaped, a low hiss through my violently clenched jaw.
“What claim do any of you have on me?”

ARC, subject to change

(Thank you to Netgalley and Wednesday Books for the review copy)

Content Warning: This book contains talk of madness throughout, a moment of self-harm during madness, and a single implied threat of sexual assault.

First, I do have to give my compliments to the cover designer of this book. It really stuck out to me, and it’s a large reason I decided to read this.

Thea’s mother is a famous alchemist who made imbibed armor for the King of France. Now, as France faces rebellion, English born Thea and her mother must flee just as her mother gets impossibly close to finishing the legendary Philosopher’s stone. Promising to grant health, immortality, and wealth to the one who finishes it, the stone is the end goal for all alchemists. The problem lies in the stone’s curse, unknown to anyone, that drives anyone who gets close to madness unless they prove themselves worthy. Thea’s mother falls into the madness like a stone into water, and Thea must travel to England to visit her (also an alchemist) father and try to finish the stone to save her mother’s life.

Now, this book is one of the most technically impressive debuts I’ve ever read, and I think it’s due largely to how adeptly I think Cohoe sticks to her themes. She clearly has something to say with this book, and it gave a life to sections where I would otherwise have been more frustrated (mainly just the pacing, which is incredibly subjective).

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folklore book tag

folklore came out of nowhere for me even though I am a shameless Taylor stan. When I was taking care of my mom back in 2011, a friend introduced me to The National and my music taste was forever changed for the better. This past month I’ve been tossed around different moods all centering around nostalgia and storytelling, content to just sit back and enjoy the ride. This combination of songwriters was just what I needed to face some bad memories, work through my writer’s block, and gave me something to listen to without skipping a single song (except maybe epiphany sometimes I’M SORRY I’M WEAK).

Doing a tag like this seems perfect since I’ve been reading so much thanks to the album, so I’m glad some people made them for me! The one I’m using is from Star is All Booked Up, so let’s go!

the 1: a book you grew out of

Long before miss Joanne decided she wanted to use twitter dot com for evil, I decided on a reread of the Harry Potter series. I had… the most conflicted time, because these were stories I LOVED when I was a child, and my adult eyes weren’t seeing the pure joy and magic I remembered. I was seeing anti-Muslim imagery, Chinese and Jewish stereotypes, a conservative mindset about change and equality, and a victim blaming mindset for slavery, not to mention the intense fat shaming at every turn. These had to be exclusive to the new editions, correct? There was no way I grew up accepting this without question! But, of course, JKR’s bigotry and hate has always been there, we just didn’t question themes and allegories in our books when we were seven. Hell, Rita Skeeter is basically described as a caricature of a woman who can change appearance in order to sneak around where she doesn’t belong. It’s a reach, but the mindset is there and once seen, I can’t go back. Her attacking the safety of an entire group of people who just want to live their authentic lives is just… something a putrid hobgoblin would do, and it was the push I needed to yeet her merch out of my house.

cardigan: a book you keep coming back to

This is a weird one, but I’m gonna go with Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson. I was assigned this book in an English course a couple of years back, and I think I skim through and reread sections every couple of weeks. It deals with such visceral feelings of abandonment and loneliness, the peace that comes with heartbreak, and the weight of drowning under an empty sky. I let myself drift into the pages, into the melancholy realization that someone else has felt these feelings, that I’ve been truly seen, and it’s like a ginger shot of catharsis whenever I need the reminder. I’ll just leave you guys with a quote:

“To crave and to have are as like as a thing and its shadow. For when does a berry break upon the tongue as sweetly as when one longs to taste it, and when is the taste refracted into so many hues and savors of ripeness and earth, and when do our senses know any thing so utterly as when we lack it? And here again is a foreshadowing — the world will be made whole. For to wish for a hand on one’s hair is all but to feel it. So whatever we may lose, very craving gives it back to us again.”

the last great american dynasty: a book where everything goes wrong (in the best way)

I think I’m gonna go with Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. Nothing goes right for Alex and it almost seems like the galaxy (heh) has it out for her at times. From ghosts constantly messing with her to secret societies (that she’s tasked with monitoring) trying to do anything to keep her from finding out what they’re really up to, she has few friends and even fewer clean shirts. It’s anxious to read her journey, but worth it completely in how strong and no-bullshit she is.

Alex is one of my favorite women of all time, and she says it best:

“I want to survive this world that keeps trying to destroy me.”

exile: ending you didn’t like (ship that sank)

Second Bardugo in a row, and I can EXPLAIN myself.

I know, I KNOW, that this was the right ending for Alina and for this part of the Grishaverse. But knowing that and LIKING that are two different things. I wanted Alina to be able to have it all, to not have to sacrifice because of what she’d experienced. I wanted her true power to not be in living her old dream after such power, such influence, but in constantly raising higher. I know I’m wrong, but I loved her and it wouldn’t have been the choice I’d have made for her. Which is why it’s good Leigh wrote the books, because I’m getting so much more out of her universe this way, and she gave me new dreams again with Nikolai and Zoya.

my tears ricochet: broke your heart

Anything by Courtney Summers at this point. Especially The Project. She knows what she did.

mirrorball: a book that speaks to your soul

For this, I’ll go with The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski. Nirrim grows up in what is essentially a foster home, having lost her mother and knowing nothing but memories of her.

There are a lot of important conversations that can be had about Nirrim’s upbringing and the conditioning people of lower classes can go through to ask no questions of what they deserve or want out of their life, and I feel a strong connection to Nirrim for that.

seven: character you want to take home and protect

Lehabah from House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

Listen, I couldn’t remember how to spell her name, so I searched a quote she says in my ebook copy, and I’m basically sobbing now just from that one page with all the love and fierce protectiveness I feel for her. Little fire spites who just want to be matchmakers and have fun with their friends should exist in MANY more fantasy novels, and I’ll be hoping for more of this kind of content in book two, Sarah.

august: summer love

Alex, Approximately really hits every beat of a summer romance in a satisfying way. I’ve only had one friend of mine dislike this book, and it just sits very solidly in my mind when I think of a cute book to read by the beach.

“The entire time they’re talking, I can’t tear my eyes away from Porter. What I’m feeling for him now is like drowning and floating at the same time.”

this is me trying: mental illness rep

This book really fucked me up, honestly. It’s got a lot of trigger warnings, so please be mindful.

The premise, essentially, is that once of Mara’s closest friends has accused her brother of raping her, and the fallout of this knowledge really fucks with Mara and pulls a lot of doubts, fears, and memories from where she’d been trying to keep them hidden. It isn’t an easy book to read, but it’s an important one, and I think about it a lot.

illicit affairs: forbidden romance

This book deserves so much more love! Sally Thorne writes such good romances, and this one features a unique heroine that seems to rub readers the wrong way, but I’d love for her to step on me. She’s awkward and brutish, and she verbally attacks first and asks questions later as a defense mechanism. The forbidden aspect here? Tom has been her twin brother’s best friend since they were children, and he’s often warned Darcy to leave him be. When she ends up in close quarters with him when he’s fixing up her grandmother’s house, she finds her brother’s warnings start fading away the more she remembers about Tom. IT’S SO GOOD, just give it a shot!

invisible string: soulmates

Lazlo and Sarai are the purest, softest beans and I will live and die for them!!! If any book I’ve read has ever contained genuine soulmates without it actually being a trope in the book, it’s these two. Nothing could stop them from fighting for each other, and they are stronger together than they ever could have been apart. I’ll let them say it best:

“Once upon a time there was a silence that dreamed of becoming a song, and then I found you, and now everything is music.”

mad woman: vengeful woman

If I’m murdered and all signs point to Jude Duarte, mind your business, I definitely consented to it. She’s wise above her years even excluding that the chessboard she’s playing on is stacked against her in almost every way. The sheer amount of plotting and outmaneuvering she manages in a world she was never supposed to belong to is awe inspiring, and I would like her to stomp on my throat. When she’s hurt, she comes back with a vengeance that makes immortals quake in their bloodied boots. Every single person that strikes against Jude is dealt with in ways both cunning and droolworthy.

“Mortals are fragile,’ I say.
‘Not you,’ he says in a way that sounds a little like a lament. ‘You never break.”

epiphany: a loss you’re not over

There is a certain death in A Conjuring of Light by Victoria Schwab that I still tear up thinking about. I don’t know if the series as a whole still stands up to time (i know it’s been like two years don’t @ me), but the loss of that character fucks with me.

betty: love triangle, f/f romance

I don’t think I need to say much more than just IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THIS WHAT ARE YOU DOING. It’s one of the books that was so hyped on booktube and was completely worth the hype. I will forever love Evelyn and this story.

“I’m bisexual. Don’t ignore half of me so you can fit me into a box.”


peace:found family

I scrolled through my books on Goodreads for a few minutes convinced I couldn’t find a found family other than Six of Crows. But Blue and her boys are SUCH a good example of the found family trope I almost can’t believe I scrolled past them. I feel a lot of shame.

“In that moment, Blue was a little in love with all of them.
Their magic. Their quest. Their awfulness and strangeness.
Her raven boys.”

hoax: character that fooled you

I couldn’t think of anything for this so you’re getting this CLASSIC answer. I’m sorry but THIS SHIT is bananas – I watched the movie before the book and when I tell you I GASPED and clung to my partner’s arm. I usually pride myself on guessing twists and looking back MAYBE I COULD HAVE, but that’s not what matters. I was staring, mouth agape, with this story.

I will say nothing more because if you haven’t read / watched IT IS SOMETHING TO BE EXPERIENCED.

the lakes: a story about stories

Yeah I just wanted a prompt that was an excuse to screech about this book again. I’ll likely use this book in every prompt for ten years, so I’ll just put a quote and yeet myself.

“Strange, isn’t it? To love a book. When the words on the pages become so precious that they feel like part of your own history because they are. It’s nice to finally have someone read stories I know so intimately.”

And there we have it, the folklore tag! I loved doing this and I really love things inspired by music, since it’s what shapes my reading so much.

If you guys have any answers for these, please lemme know!

WWW Wednesday – Week Ending

Another week, another check in! I met my reading goals for the week, but I’m a little up in the air for what to do NOW, so let’s see if I can figure it out while typing this.

What are you currently reading?

I was supposed to read Namesake by Adrienne Young, the sequel to Fable, last week, and never got around to it. I’m going to give it a shot for sometime soon, but for now I’m going to be reading A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe. Netgalley had sent a teaser email about it and I just ate up the premise like it was chocolate. Philosopher’s stone story where making it is cursed to cause madness? Sign me UP. I’m very excited for this.

Also, that cover? STUNNING.

What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished Misleading a Duke by A.S. Fenichel, and I’m sad to report I did not love it. I wish I had, regency novels aren’t my favorites exactly, but when I’m in the mood for them they can make me happy in a way typical romances do not.

If the premise of this book sounds intriguing, definitely give it a try, and I’d also recommend Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore, it’s one of my favorites and is so well done, especially for a debut.

What do you think you’ll read next?

After A Golden Fury, I’m actually caught up on arcs! Who knew I was capable of such DRIVE, right?

So I think I’ll be looking towards reading Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles. My friend Sam got an ARC and it’s out now, so it seems perfect! The cover is gorgeous and the author’s name stood out to me ( 😉 ) so I’m pretty excited.

I also think I’ll try reading The Foxhole Court with my friend Jaye. She has been wanting to try the book to understand all the EXTREMELY conflicting opinions on it, and I can agree that it is a curious divide among readers. At least it should be interesting!

And that’s it for this week! I hope you all are bundled up with lots of sweets and not letting anything get you down ❤

I can’t wait for… – August 25th

This meme was started by Tressa over at wishfulendings, so thank you to Tressa for giving me another meme to add to my collection c:

The point is to post about an upcoming book that you simply can NOT wait to dig into, and I only have one answer for this week.

Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo

592 pages – March 30 2021

I mean, LOOK AT IT! This cover strips any pretense we had of gilded royalty from King of Scars and leaves us with the exposed wood beneath. The engravings are different, but I think that’s very purposeful to show the impact on Nikolai shifting. There’s also a certain tree that I remember from LoT (I think I saw Leigh confirm this, so I have MANY THEORIES).

I was hoping to try to pick things closer in release, and maybe in future weeks I’ll be able to, but we JUST had the cover and title for this one drop, so I can’t pretend my excitement lies elsewhere. I was really hoping for “Queen of Flames” as a title but I do love this one (and I feel like Nina would like it too).

It’s gonna be sad, knowing Leigh views this as the grand finale of the Grishaverse. The thing that consoles me is knowing she COULD drag it on until we all hated it, and she won’t. That gives me peace…. somewhat.

Plus that… fairytale… ending… >.> gib.

See you next Wednesday with hopefully a book that I don’t have to wait 7 months for!

Hamilton Book Tag!

Hey all! My friend Jaye found the Hamilton book tag (started by maurenkeavy on youtube, check her out!) and we thought it would be fun to do on our blogs. I have been very obsessed with Hamilton since it came out on Disney+ in July (Wait For It has been on my Spotify repeats ever since). I was never one of those people who could listen to the soundtracks for musicals without seeing them, so I missed the boat for YEARS. But now I’m in love with all the women, trying to pretend my white ass can rap like Daveed Diggs, and heading the “Aaron Burr Did Nothing Wrong” campaign in my book club. It’s such good storytelling, so it makes perfect sense to do a tag with it, so here we go!

The Room Where It Happens: Book world you would put yourself in

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

The book isn’t out until the end of September, but I’m just gonna leave this here and let you guys learn how insane I am when you read it ;D

I think we’ve all daydreamed about ourselves at Hogwarts (Trans women are women, Joanne), but this book offers so much more than just a VERY fun twist on a magic school. Plus, the main character is named Galadriel, so I was meant to stan.

Goodreads | Amazon

The Schuyler Sisters: Underrated Female Character

Zara from Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre

This book has been out for far too long to have less than 5,000 ratings on Goodreads. It’s weird, but it’s such a GOOD weird, and Zara is EVERYTHING. She starts off feeling like your typical dystopian heroine, but the ways her selflessness and resilience shine through in this series is worthy of applause. So many good aspects of this book could have been taken out, and as long as Zara was still there I’d still love the book. Nadim would have to stay though. And Beatriz 😉

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My Shot: A character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anything stop them

My friend Jaye hates this book and I will forever not understand: Spinning Silver is amazing, and the women in this book are UNSTOPPABLE. I was going to try to think of which woman best suits this prompt, but in reality Miryem, Irina, and Wanda are all determined and in control of their destinies in situations where men try to twist them for their own means. There isn’t a moment where I wouldn’t jump in front of a bullet for any of them, and they could teach Hamilton a thing or two about getting what you want without ruining your life ;D

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Stay Alive: A character you wish was still alive


Prologue character from Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I don’t like spoiling things for anyone, so I’m going to do my best not to here, but there’s a character death in the prologue that happens unnamed, and then the book begins a couple of months in the past and leads up to that day. It’s a perfect beginning in how curious it makes you to reach that moment, and it’s all the more powerful when the character dies and you feel the breath get knocked out of you.

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Burn: The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you’ve ever read

Am I allowed to pour one out to the entire Harry Potter fandom’s relationship with its author? I don’t really have another bookish answer, so I’m meme-ing and I will NOT apologize.

You’ll Be Back: Sassiest villain

The Villain in Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard

This took me a bit to think of, but I really have to go with this villain. She isn’t really named until the end of book two, and while she is present in Truthwitch I don’t feel comfortable spoiling her name. She’s just… perfect for this series. She’s aloof, charming almost, and the right portions of crazy and calculated. I was so proud of Susan when I got to this book and saw threads from book one coming to fruition, and this character is one of the best threads.

Goodreads | Amazon

The Reynolds Pamphlet – A book with a twist that you didn’t see coming

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

I was RUSHING to read this because a few bloggers got their copies early and kept saying “WTF” next to a 5 star rating and I had to know what they were talking about.

Now, I’ll be honest, I should have known Leigh would be that wild, I should have known she’d chug some wine in her bathtub and DO WHAT NEEDED TO BE DONE, but it was still shocking, and I’m beyond excited to see where it goes when the sequel comes in March.

Goodreads | Amazon

Non-stop: A series you marathoned

Lately all I see on Tiktok is people marathoning the movies, and you bet your ass I did the same thing recently, but last year I read the books again with friends because I wanted to look at them with fresh eyes that KNEW Stephenie Meyer deserved better for what she got for writing these books.

And, surprise surprise, they’re not bad people were just on a bandwagon of hatred because it was popular with women. They’re such a fun ride (when it’s not Jacob’s POV) and there’s nothing in them that other books don’t include in worse ways. I have no shame and even if they’re just fun books I read for nostalgia, I won’t be tricked into shitting on them again just to feel included.

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Satisfied: Favorite book with multiple POVs

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

At some point, I’m going to seem like I’m really Erin in a mask promoting this book (but without the writing talent ofc). This book is just so amazing, and each point of view does exactly what it should: they take the story, turn it on its head with their viewpoint, and show us everything in dynamic ways that make it impossible to not stay up late pondering everything we’ve seen.

I’m eternally grateful to Erin for writing this book, and even though I have my favorite character overall, I can’t choose a favorite POV because they’re all so well done and integral.

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Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: A book/series you feel like will be remembered throughout history

Madeline Miller is one of the most talented writers of our time, and she deserves every iota of praise thrown her way. She has a prose that is both mortally wounding in its beauty and awe-inspiring in how effortless it seems for her. She takes millennia old tales and gives them such soul that I can hardly imagine these as retellings – she is the proper keeper of these stories and characters, and I dream of one day knowing a character as completely as she knows hers.

Plus, who doesn’t wanna read books about powerful women turning evil men into pigs for the rest of history? 😉

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And that’s that! I swear I read a lot of books, but I hold my favorites near and dear, and I can’t help praising them. I’m hoping to find plenty of new books to love and hoard, so if you have any interesting picks for this, let me know!