2020 Most Anticipated Releases

January 7th: Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire, Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim, We Used to be friends by Amy Spalding & One of Us is next by Karen M. McManus

January 14th: Lucky Caller by Emma Mills

February 4th: Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers, Hollowpox by Jessica Townsend & The Queen’s Assassin by Melissa De La Cruz

January 6th: Heartstopper: Volume 3 by Alice Oseman

February 25: The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

March 3rd: Wild at Heart by K.A. Tucker, House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas, The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski & Havenfall by Sarah Holland

March 10th: Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie

March 17th: Girls with Razor Hearts by Suzanne Young

March 24th: The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren, The City we Became by N.K. Jemisin

April 7th: Check Please: Book 2: Sticks and Scones by Ngozi Ukazu

April 14: The Colt of the Clouds by Kallie George

April 21st: Time of Our Lives by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siefemund-Broka

April 30th: Loveless by Alice Oseman

May 5th: Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff, Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett & The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune

May 12th: Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender & House of Dragons by Jessica Cluess

May 26th: I Kissed Alice by Anna Birch

June 2nd: Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir & I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick

June 9th: Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

June 16: Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon

July 7th: The Princess Will Save You by Sarah Henning & The Crow Rider by Kalyn Josephson

July 21st: Ghost Wood Song by Erica Waters

August 11th: Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar

August 25th: Reign by Cora Carmack

September 3rd: Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

September 29th: The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan

No books being released in October that I am super keen on yet

November 19th: The Burning God by R.F. Kuang

No books that I am currently really excited for in December.

What books are you looking forward to in 2020?

2019 Reading Challenge Wrap Up

During 2019 I decided to take part in the 2019 Reading Challenge created by The Perks of Being Noura.

To sum it up the challenge is a list of 52 prompts to read throughout 2019.

Of these 50 prompts I managed to read 50 of them! Madness. The only two that I had trouble fulfilling is prompt 26 and prompt 30. I was able to complete all the rest though which makes me still feel as though I completed the challenge. Here are the books I read for each prompt…

It definitely looks like a lot more books than it felt like when I was reading them!

January 2020 TBR

2020 is here! I want to begin the new year and decade off on the right note and get some serious reading done while I still have the time. Here is what I’m looking at reading in January.

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The Complete Poems of Emily Dickenson Skyward Chasing River Forever, Interrupted Kingdom of Ash Legacy Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone The Pretenders The Tyrant’s Tomb The Odyssey: A Graphic Novel This is Where it Ends New Moon

I think I’ve got a pretty broad range of books for the month, which should mean that there will constantly be something on my TBR that I am eager to pick up… Fingers crossed!

What are your January reading plans?

December Book Haul: Last Book Haul of the Decade

December was a month where I picked up a few more books then I should of but here we are and I am so excited about a lot of these books.

‘The Queen of Nothing’
by Holly Black

Hardcover

He will be destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne.

Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power.

Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.

Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics.

And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity…

‘Kiki’s Delivery Service’
by Hayao Miyazaki

3 Volumes
Paperback

Kiki, a young witch-in-training, has reached the age of 13. According to tradition, all witches of that age must leave home for one year, so that they can learn how to live on their own. Kiki, along with her talking cat Jiji, fly away to live in the seaside town of Korico. After starting her own delivery service (using her broom as the delivery vehicle), Kiki must learn how to deal with her new life, especially after she loses the power to fly.

’10 Blind Dates’
by Ashley Elston

Hardcover

Sophie wants one thing for Christmas-a little freedom from her overprotective parents. So when they decide to spend Christmas in South Louisiana with her very pregnant older sister, Sophie is looking forward to some much needed private (read: make-out) time with her long-term boyfriend, Griffin. Except it turns out that Griffin wants a little freedom from their relationship. Cue devastation.

Heartbroken, Sophie flees to her grandparents’ house, where the rest of her boisterous extended family is gathered for the holiday. That’s when her nonna devises a (not so) brilliant plan: Over the next ten days, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. Like her sweet cousin Sara, who sets her up with a hot guy at an exclusive underground party. Or her crazy aunt Patrice, who signs Sophie up for a lead role in a living nativity. With a boy who barely reaches her shoulder. And a screaming baby.

When Griffin turns up unexpectedly and begs for a second chance, Sophie feels more confused than ever. Because maybe, just maybe, she’s started to have feelings for someone else . . . Someone who is definitely not available.

This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever… or is it?

‘Unpregnant’
by Jenni Hendricks & Ted Caplan

Hardcover

Seventeen-year-old Veronica Clarke never thought she would wish she’d failed a test until she finds herself holding a thick piece of plastic in her hands and staring at two solid pink lines. Even the most consistent use of condoms won’t prevent pregnancy when your boyfriend secretly pokes holes in them to keep you from going out-of-state for college.

Veronica needs an abortion, but the closest place she can legally get one is over nine hundred miles away—and Veronica doesn’t have a car. Too ashamed to ask her friends or family for help, Veronica turns to the one person she believes won’t judge her: Bailey Butler, Jefferson High’s own little black cloud of anger and snark—and Veronica’s ex-best friend. Once on the road, Veronica quickly remembers nothing with Bailey is ever simple and that means two days of stolen cars, shotguns, crazed ex-boyfriends, truck stop strippers with pro-life agendas, and a limo driver named Bob. But the pain and betrayal of their broken friendship can’t be outrun. When their fighting leads to a brutal moment of truth, Bailey abandons Veronica. Now Veronica must risk everything in order to repair the hurt she’s caused.

‘Always Never Yours’
by Emily Wibberly and Austin Siegemund-Broka

Hardcover

Seventeen-year-old Megan Harper is about due for her next sweeping romance. It’s inevitable—each of her relationships starts with the perfect guy and ends with him falling in love . . . with someone else. But instead of feeling sorry for herself, Megan focuses on pursuing her next fling, directing theater, and fulfilling her dream college’s acting requirement in the smallest role possible.

So when she’s cast as Juliet (yes, that Juliet) in her high school’s production, it’s a complete nightmare. Megan’s not an actress, and she’s used to being upstaged—both in and out of the theater. In fact, with her mom off in Texas and her dad remarried and on to baby #2 with his new wife, Megan worries that, just like her exes, her family is moving on without her.

Then she meets Owen Okita, an aspiring playwright inspired by Rosaline from Shakespeare’s R+J. A character who, like Megan, knows a thing or two about short-lived relationships. Megan agrees to help Owen with his play in exchange for help catching the eye of a sexy stagehand/potential new boyfriend. Yet Megan finds herself growing closer to Owen, and wonders if he could be the Romeo she never expected.

In their fresh and funny debut, Emily Wibberly and Austin Siegemund-Broka break down the high school drama to find there’s always room for familial love, romantic love, and—most importantly—self-love.

‘I Hope you Get This Message’
by Farah Naz Rishi

Hardcover

Seven days. Seven days. The Earth might end in seven days.

When news stations start reporting that Earth has been contacted by a planet named Alma, the world is abuzz with rumors that the alien entity is giving mankind only few days to live before they hit the kill switch on civilization.

For high school truant Jesse Hewitt, though, nothing has ever felt permanent. Not the guys he hooks up with. Not the jobs his underpaid mom works so hard to hold down. Life has dealt him one bad blow after another — so what does it matter if it all ends now? Cate Collins, on the other hand, is desperate to use this time to find the father she’s never met, the man she grew up hearing wild stories about, most of which she didn’t believe. And then there’s Adeem Khan. While coding and computer programming have always come easily to him, forgiveness doesn’t. He can’t seem to forgive his sister for leaving, even though it’s his last chance.

With only seven days to face their truths and right their wrongs, Jesse, Cate, and Adeem’s paths collide even as their worlds are pulled apart.

‘The Forest Feast: Simple Vegetarian Recipes from my Cabin in the Woods’
by Erin Gleeson

Hardcover

Erin Gleeson made her dream a reality when she left New York City and moved into a tiny cabin in a California forest in order to be closer to nature. The natural beauty of her surroundings and the abundance of local produce serve as the inspiration for The Forest Feast, based on her popular blog. Most of the book’s 100 wholly vegetarian recipes call for only three or four ingredients and require very few steps, resulting in dishes that are fresh, wholesome, delicious, and stunning. Among the delightful recipes are eggplant tacos with brie and cilantro, rosemary shortbread, and blackberry negroni. Vibrant photographs, complemented by Erin’s own fanciful watercolor illustrations and hand lettering, showcase the rustic simplicity of the dishes. Part cookbook, part art book, The Forest Feast will be as comfortable in the kitchen as on the coffee table.

‘More: More recipes with more veg for more Joy’
by Matt Preston
Paperback

‘Of Gods and Men: 100 Stories From Ancient Greece and Rome’
Edited by Daisy Dunn

Hardcover

Daisy Dunn offers a deeply researched collection of stories reflecting the eclectic richness and depth of the classical literary canon.

Striking a balance between the ‘classic classic’ (such as Dryden’s translation of the Aeneid) and the less familiar or expected, Of Gods and Men ranges from the epic poetry of Homer to the histories of Arrian and Diodorus Siculus and the sprawling Theogony of Hesiod; from the tragedies of Aeschylus and Euripides to the biographies of Suetonius and Plutarch and the pen portraits of Theophrastus; and from the comedies of Plautus to the the fictions of Petronius and Apuleius.

Of Gods and Men is embellished by translations from writers as diverse as Queen Elizabeth I (Boethius), Percy Bysshe Shelley (Plato), Walter Pater (Apuleius’s Golden Ass), Lawrence of Arabia (Homer’s Odyssey), Louis MacNeice (Aeschylus’s Agamemnon) and Ted Hughes (Ovid’s Pygmalion), as well as a number of accomplished translations by Daisy herself.

‘The Iliad’
by Gareth Hinds

Paperback

In a companion volume to his award-winning adaptation of The Odyssey, the incomparable graphic novelist Gareth Hinds masterfully adapts Homer’s classic wartime epic.

More than three thousand years ago, two armies faced each other in an epic battle that rewrote history and came to be known as the Trojan War. The Iliad, Homer’s legendary account of this nine-year ordeal, is considered the greatest war story of all time and one of the most important works of Western literature. In this stunning graphic novel adaptation — a thoroughly researched and artfully rendered masterwork — renowned illustrator Gareth Hinds captures all the grim glory of Homer’s epic. Dynamic illustrations take readers directly to the plains of Troy, into the battle itself, and lay bare the complex emotions of the men, women, and gods whose struggles fueled the war and determined its outcome. This companion volume to Hinds’s award-winning adaptation of The Odyssey features notes, maps, a cast of characters, and other tools to help readers understand all the action and drama of Homer’s epic.

‘Darkdawn’
by Jay Kristoff

Hardcover

A ruthless young assassin’s journey for revenge comes to a stunning end in the conclusion of this acclaimed epic fantasy trilogy.

The Republic of Itreya is in chaos. Mia Corvere has assassinated Cardinal Duomo and rumors of Consul Scaeva’s death ripple through the street of Godsgrave like wildfire. But buried beneath those same streets, deep in the ancient city’s bones, lies a secret that will change the Republic forever.

Mia and her brother Jonnen must journey through the depths of the ancient metropolis. Their quest will take them through the Godsgrave underdark, across the Sea of Swords, back to the library of the Quiet Mountain and the poisoned blades of Mia’s old mentors, and at last the fabled Crown of the Moon. There, Mia will at last discover the origins of the darkin, and learn the destiny that lies in store for her and her world. But with the three suns now in descent, and Truedark on the horizon, will she survive?

‘Starsight’
by Brandon Sanderson

Hardcover

All her life, Spensa has dreamed of becoming a pilot. Of proving she’s a hero like her father. She made it to the sky, but the truths she learned about her father were crushing.

Spensa is sure there’s more to the story. And she’s sure that whatever happened to her father in his starship could happen to her. When she made it outside the protective shell of her planet, she heard the stars–and it was terrifying. Everything Spensa has been taught about her world is a lie.

But Spensa also discovered a few other things about herself–and she’ll travel to the end of the galaxy to save humankind if she needs too.

‘The Hunger Games’
by Suzanne Collins

Paperback

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don’t live to see the morning?

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before – and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Collins delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in this searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present.

‘The Pretenders’
by Rebecca Hanover

Hardcover

In this conclusion to The Similars duology, Emma must figure out who she really is, decide between two boys with the same face, and stop a dangerous plan based on revenge.

Emma is still reeling from the events of her junior year at Darkwood. Not only is her best friend, Oliver, shockingly alive, but the boy she loves—his Similar, Levi—is still on the island where he grew up, stranded with his deranged creator.

More importantly, she is grappling with who she really is. Emma can’t accept the hard truths she learned last year and refuses to share her secrets with anyone, isolating herself from her friends and Ollie.

But when more of the Similars’ creator’s plot is revealed, Emma and her friends will have to try to stop him from putting a plan into motion that could destroy everyone she loves. 

‘The Inflammation Spectrum: Find Your Food Triggers and Reset Your System’
by Dr. Will Cole

hardcover

In Dr. Will Cole’s game-changing new book, readers will discover how inflammation is at the core of most common health woes. What’s more, it exists on a continuum: from mild symptoms such as weight gain and fatigue on one end, to hormone imbalance and autoimmune conditions on the other. How you feel is being influenced by every meal. Every food you eat is either feeding inflammation or fighting it. Because no one else is you, the foods that work well for someone else may not be right for your body. At heart, The Inflammation Spectrum is about learning to love your body enough to nourish it with delicious, healing foods. You’ll find insightful quizzes and empowering advice to put you on a path toward food freedom and overall healing, once and for all. 

‘The Poppy War’
by R.F. Kuang

Hardcover

When Rin aced the Keju—the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies—it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard—the most elite military school in Nikan—was even more surprising.

But surprises aren’t always good.

Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers she possesses a lethal, unearthly power—an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive—and that mastering control over those powers could mean more than just surviving school.

For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The militarily advanced Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most of the people are complacent to go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away . . .

Rin’s shamanic powers may be the only way to save her people. But as she finds out more about the god that has chosen her, the vengeful Phoenix, she fears that winning the war may cost her humanity . . . and that it may already be too late. 

‘The Dragon Republic’
by R.F. Kuang

Hardcover

The searing follow-up to 2018’s most celebrated fantasy debut – THE POPPY WAR.

In the aftermath of the Third Poppy War, shaman and warrior Rin is on the run: haunted by the atrocity she committed to end the war, addicted to opium, and hiding from the murderous commands of her vengeful god, the fiery Phoenix. Her only reason for living is to get revenge on the traitorous Empress who sold out Nikan to their enemies.

With no other options, Rin joins forces with the powerful Dragon Warlord, who has a plan to conquer Nikan, unseat the Empress, and create a new Republic. Rin throws herself into his war. After all, making war is all she knows how to do.

But the Empress is a more powerful foe than she appears, and the Dragon Warlord’s motivations are not as democratic as they seem. The more Rin learns, the more she fears her love for Nikan will drive her away from every ally and lead her to rely more and more on the Phoenix’s deadly power. Because there is nothing she won’t sacrifice for her country and her vengeance.

The sequel to R.F. Kuang’s acclaimed debut THE POPPY WAR, THE DRAGON REPUBLIC combines the history of 20th-century China with a gripping world of gods and monsters, to devastating effect.

‘Chi’s Sweet Home’
by Kanata Konami

4 Volumes
Paperback

Chi is a mischievous newborn kitten who, while on a leisurely stroll with her family, finds herself lost. Separated from the warmth and protection of her mother, feels distraught. Overcome with loneliness she breaks into tears in a large urban park meadow., when she is suddenly rescued by a young boy named Yohei and his mother. The kitty is then quickly and quietly whisked away into the warm and inviting Yamada family apartment…where pets are strictly not permitted.

‘Slay’
by Brittney Morris

Paperback

By day, seventeen-year-old Kiera Johnson is an honors student, a math tutor, and one of the only Black kids at Jefferson Academy. But at home, she joins hundreds of thousands of Black gamers who duel worldwide as Nubian personas in the secret multiplayer online role-playing card game, SLAY. No one knows Kiera is the game developer, not her friends, her family, not even her boyfriend, Malcolm, who believes video games are partially responsible for the “downfall of the Black man.”

But when a teen in Kansas City is murdered over a dispute in the SLAY world, news of the game reaches mainstream media, and SLAY is labeled a racist, exclusionist, violent hub for thugs and criminals. Even worse, an anonymous troll infiltrates the game, threatening to sue Kiera for “anti-white discrimination.”

Driven to save the only world in which she can be herself, Kiera must preserve her secret identity and harness what it means to be unapologetically Black in a world intimidated by Blackness. But can she protect her game without losing herself in the process?

‘Eclipse’
by Stephenie Meyer

Hardcover

As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob – knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?

November Book Haul

I know its practically the end of December and the end of the year but I wanted to still post my haul from November. I didn’t pick up too many books during the month of November but here is what I did get…

‘Chasing River’
by K.A. Tucker

Paperback

Armed with two years’ worth of savings and the need to experience life outside the bubble of her Oregon small town, twenty-five-year old Amber Welles is prepared for anything. Except dying in Dublin. Had it not been for the bravery of a stranger, she might have. But he takes off before she has the chance to offer her gratitude.

Twenty-four-year-old River Delaney is rattled. No one was supposed to get hurt. But then that American tourist showed up. He couldn’t let her die, but he also couldn’t risk being identified at the scene—so, he ran. Back to his everyday life of running his family’s pub. Only, everyday life is getting more and more complicated, thanks to his brother, Aengus, and his criminal associations. When the American girl tracks River down, he quickly realises how much he likes her, how wrong she is for him. And how dangerous it is to have her around. Chasing her off would be the smart move.

Maybe it’s because he saved her life, or maybe it’s because he’s completely different from everything she’s left behind, but Amber finds herself chasing after River Delaney. Amber isn’t the kind of girl to chase after anyone.

And River isn’t the kind of guy she’d want to catch.

Fence
Volume Three
C.S. Pacat

Paperback

As Nicholas works to become a better fencer, Seiji takes an unexpected interest in his journey.

Nevernight
by Jay Kristoff

Hardcover

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

‘Gideon the Ninth’
by Tamsyn Muir

Hardcover

The Emperor needs necromancers.

The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman.

Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead bullshit.

Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth unveils a solar system of swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers. Her characters leap off the page, as skillfully animated as necromantic skeletons. The result is a heart-pounding epic science fantasy.

Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won’t set her free without a service.

Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds she will become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection, but no necromancer can ascend without their cavalier. Without Gideon’s sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die.

Of course, some things are better left dead.

‘They Both Die at the End’
by Adam Silvera

Hardcover

Adam Silvera reminds us that there’s no life without death and no love without loss in this devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day.

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.

Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.

‘Scythe’
By Neal Shusterman

Hardcover

Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

‘Waiting for Spring’
Volume 3

by Anashin
Paperback

COURTING ON THE COURT Mitsuki overcomes some hiccups in her friendship with Towa, and the two grow even closer! But before Mitsuki can celebrate, her old friend Aya is on the offense, vying for her attention. Mitsuki meets a new rival as well, and every day is as busy as every play. Meanwhile, with the Inter-High prelims just around the corner, Towa and his team must train hard to go up against the prestigious Hōjō High School’s star-player: Aya!

‘Until it Fades’
by K.A. Tucker

Paperback

Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season.

And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realises exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works.

For a time.

But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust.

Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?

‘The Tea Dragon Society’
by Katie O’Neill

Hardcover

From the award-winning author of Princess Princess Ever After comes The Tea Dragon Society, a charming all-ages book that follows the story of Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, and the people she meets as she becomes entwined in the enchanting world of tea dragons.

After discovering a lost tea dragon in the marketplace, Greta learns about the dying art form of tea dragon care-taking from the kind tea shop owners, Hesekiel and Erik. As she befriends them and their shy ward, Minette, Greta sees how the craft enriches their lives—and eventually her own.

‘The Tea Dragon Festival’
by Katie O’Neill

Hardcover

Rinn has grown up with the Tea Dragons that inhabit their village, but stumbling across a real dragon turns out to be a different matter entirely! Aedhan is a young dragon who was appointed to protect the village but fell asleep in the forest eighty years ago. With the aid of Rinn’s adventuring uncle Erik and his partner Hesekiel, they investigate the mystery of his enchanted sleep, but Rinn’s real challenge is to help Aedhan come to terms with feeling that he cannot get back the time he has lost.

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow

In Real Life
By Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang

Publisher: First Second
Date: 2014
Pages: 175
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Contemporary
Days to Read: 1
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role-playing game where she spends most of her free time. It’s a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It’s a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends.

But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer–a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person’s real livelihood is at stake.

From acclaimed teen author (Little Brother, For the Win) and Boing Boing editor Cory Doctorow and Koko Be Good creator Jen Wang, In Real Life is a perceptive and high-stakes look at adolescence, gaming, poverty, and culture clash.

In Real Life follows Anda as she begins to experience an online game. She is instantly in love with the world and wants to be a part of a guild more than anything. However Guild life may not be everything its cracked up to be as the desire to belong and the desire to do the right thing clash and it begins to get more difficult for Anda within and out of the game.

Anda as a character seemed to embody many of the gamer teens, in that she is expierencing a desire to try somthing new online but has parents that do not quite understand the world of the online game. I liked how she was represented as well as her interactions with her mother who was a bit more clueless about online games but at the heart of it wanted to keep her daughter safe.

I really enjoyed the art style between the game and the real world and how the characters were more vivid in the game.

The overall message of the story was one that I feel is important, especially when the online platform is one that more and more teens and tweens are exposed to.

Plot: 6/10
Ease of reading: 10/10
Character Development: 7/10
World Building: 7/10
Quality of Writing: 7/10
Overall:2/5

12 days of Christmas Book Tag

I saw this tag over on Paper Fury’s Blog and thought it was perfect for the holiday season!

Definitely ‘Daisy Jones and the Six’ by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This book honestly changed my reading habits in 2019.

Achilles and Patroclus from the song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. I was genuinely in tears by the end of this story. They are one of the best pairings ever!

I recently finished reading the ‘Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard’ series by Rick Rirodan and I absolutely fell in love. I love the peak of characters from other Rick Riordan stories as well as the representation that all three books have.

Always.

I love other series but my go to all the time would have to be the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

Nova from the ‘Renegades’ Trilogy by Marissa Meyer.

She’s probably one of the only anti hero type characters I can think of who I really enjoy reading about.

I would say Harry Potter but I want to have a different answer for each question so behind Harry Potter would be the ‘Keeper of Lost Cities’ Series by Shannon Messenger.

The elf world is expansive and so interesting. I absolutely adore this series.

The Tea Dragons from ‘The Tea Dragon Society’ by Katie O’Neill.

They are honestly the cutest things!

I want a Tea Dragon

I think the food from ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ by Kevin Kwan would be amazing!

From both the description in the book and what we see in the movie everything looks absolutely delicious!

Celaena Sardothian from the ‘Throne of Glass’ series by Sarah J. Maas.

She is legitimately a total badass and I really enjoy reading about her as a character. I genuinely find that she works hard to do things that people don’t expect from her and that is a really interesting quality to read about.

Lazlo Strange from the ‘Strange the Dreamer’ Duology by Laini Taylor.

He is honestly such a caring character and really shows his strength through atypical means.

I love my little harry potter music box that I got from my friend Kim. It is so cute and plays Hegwid’s Theme when you wind it.

The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker is definitely one of my favourite books that I’ve read this year. I am obsessed and I really want to reerad it, even though I only read it in October.

I tag everyone, this is such a fun Christmasy tag!

December TBR

My TBR for December is a little less set in stone than I usually like. Not only am I still participating in the Triwizard Tournament as well as starting the Winter Magical Readathon hosted by Gee from BookRoast.

In the Winter Magical Readathon we are given a prompt as well finish the previous one. Each prompt is based on how we answer a series of questions based on scenarios in the second book. Its kinda really fun!

Anyway, with that it means that my TBR can’t really be 100% set as a prompt may come up that none of my books fit into, however here’s what I plan to read this month around all the unpredictability.

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The Last Magician Little Women Skyward Kingdom of Ash Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Flashback Legacy This is where it Ends Radio Silence A Darker Shade of Magic Chasing River The Tea Dragons Society

What are you reading this month?