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Favorite Books In Yellow

Feather by Olivia Wildenstein
Before Midnight: A Retelling of Cinderella by Cameron Dokey
Daja’s Book by Tamora Pierce
Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
Peanut Butter and Jelly by Ben Clanton (review link)
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
River Secrets by Shannon Hale
The Unteachable by Gordon Korman (review link)
The Will of the Empress by Tamora Pierce
Trickster’s Queen by Tamora Pierce
With All My Soul by Rachel Vincent

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Post-Christmas Book Haul

If you give a bookworm money, they will spend it all on books without shame or regret. Houston, we do not have a problem.

I received Barnes & Nobel gift cards, so of course I had to use it for another book haul – 10 books totals with 1 not pictured. Never mind I wasn’t supposed to be buying more books right now.
So because I gave myself the gift of books this season I’m going to try my hardest not to buy anymore books until I read what I just bought and at least 10 books from my 2020 TBR List.

Here’s what a got (with synopsis via Goodreads):

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Snow White with the Red Hair (Volumes 3-5) by Sorata Akiduki
A romantic retelling of a classic fairy tale about a beautiful herbalist and a lovestruck prince.

Shirayuki is an herbalist famous for her naturally bright-red hair, and the prince of Tanbarun wants her all to himself! Unwilling to become the prince’s possession, she seeks shelter in the woods of the neighboring kingdom, where she gains an unlikely ally—the prince of that kingdom! He rescues her from her plight, and thus begins the love story between a lovestruck prince and an unusual herbalist.


Yona of the Dawn (Volumes 1-3) by Mizuho Kusanagi
Princess Yona lives an ideal life as the only princess of her kingdom. Doted on by her father, the king, and protected by her faithful guard Hak, she cherishes the time spent with the man she loves, Soo-won. But everything changes on her 16th birthday when she witnesses her father’s murder!

Yona reels from the shock of witnessing a loved one’s murder and having to fight for her life. With Hak’s help, she flees the palace and struggles to survive while evading her enemy’s forces. But where will this displaced princess go when all the paths before her are uncertain?


Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman
Adorkable (ah-dor-kuh-bul): Descriptive term meaning to be equal parts dorky and adorable. For reference, see Sally Spitz.

Seventeen-year-old Sally Spitz is done with dating. Or at least, she’s done with the horrible blind dates/hookups/sneak attacks her matchmaking bestie, Hooker, sets her up on. There’s only so much one geek girl and Gryffindor supporter can take.

Her solution: She needs a fake boyfriend. And fast.

Enter Becks, soccer phenom, all-around hottie, and Sally’s best friend practically since birth. When Sally asks Becks to be her F.B.F. (fake boyfriend), Becks is only too happy to be used. He’d do anything for Sal—even if that means giving her PDA lessons in his bedroom, saying she’s “more than pretty,” and expertly kissing her at parties.

The problem: Sally’s been in love with Becks all her life—and he’s completely clueless.

This book features two best friends, one special-edition Yoda Snuggie, countless beneath-the-ear kisses, and begs the question:

Who wants a real boyfriend when faking it is so much more fun?


Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin (Serpent & Dove #1)
Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all.


Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller (Mask of Shadows #2)
As one of the Queen’s elite assassins, Sal finally has the power, prestige, and permission to hunt down the lords who killed their family. But Sal still has to figure out who the culprits are. They must enlist the help of some old friends and enemies while ignoring a growing distaste for the queen and that the charming Elise is being held prisoner by her father.

But there’s something terribly wrong in the north. Talk of the return of shadows, missing children, and magic abounds. As Sal takes out the people responsible for their ruined homeland, Sal learns secrets and truths that can’t be forgotten.


We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett
Two girls use forbidden magic to fly and fight–for their country and for themselves–in this riveting debut that’s part Shadow and Bone, part Code Name Verity.

Seventeen-year-old Revna is a factory worker, manufacturing war machines for the Union of the North. When she’s caught using illegal magic, she fears being branded a traitor and imprisoned. Meanwhile, on the front lines, Linné defied her father, a Union general, and disguised herself as a boy to join the army. They’re both offered a reprieve from punishment if they use their magic in a special women’s military flight unit and undertake terrifying, deadly missions under cover of darkness. Revna and Linné can hardly stand to be in the same cockpit, but if they can’t fly together, and if they can’t find a way to fly well, the enemy’s superior firepower will destroy them–if they don’t destroy each other first.

We Rule the Night is a powerful story about sacrifice, complicated friendships, and survival despite impossible odds.

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Reading 2019: Best Author, Book Cover, Series & Book of the Year

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Profile (via Goodreads): When TJ Klune was eight, he picked up a pen and paper and began to write his first story (which turned out to be his own sweeping epic version of the video game Super Metroid—he didn’t think the game ended very well and wanted to offer his own take on it. He never heard back from the video game company, much to his chagrin). Now, over two decades later, the cast of characters in his head have only gotten louder, wondering why he has to go to work as a claims examiner for an insurance company during the day when he could just stay home and write.

Since being published, TJ has won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Romance, fought off three lions that threatened to attack him and his village, and was chosen by Amazon as having written one of the best GLBT books of 2011.

And one of those things isn’t true.

(It’s the lion thing. The lion thing isn’t true.)



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Reading 2019: Best of Middle Grade, Young Adult, LGBTQIA+, Manga, ARCs





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Popular Books I’ve Never Read (PART THREE)

A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle
I don’t think I’d heard of this book until the 2018 movie came out. Everyone I’ve talked to about it had read and loved the book.

Caraval (series) by Stephanie Garber
So recently I’ve been thinking about reading this series. The titles are just so interesting and the plot sounds good. I’ve heard mostly good things about this series. I may give it a try in 2020.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
I did not read the book or see the movie because I just wasn’t interested even though I love YA contemporary romances.

Mortal Instruments (series) by Cassandra Claire
An old but timeless YA series that I thought about reading years ago because everyone was reading it but ultimately decided not to.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvator
I’ve known about this book/series but was never interested in reading it. I loved Stiefvator’s The Wolves of Mercy Falls series. Plus it was recently recommended by a fellow bookstagrammer that I read it. So book one may be on my 2020 list.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Just wasn’t interested in the story but the title is very intriguing.

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
Another YA contemporary romance to movie I had no interest in but also loved the title of.

Uglies (series) by Scott Westerfield
A throwback series that I just wasn’t into. While this series was being published the only books I’d read were fantasy books.

Have you read any of these books or series? Should I give some of these a read? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Check out past posts of more popular books I’ve never read below!




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2020 Books I’m Interested In Reading [Jan-June]

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Ashlords by Scott Reintgen


3Princess Ballot by Jaymin Eve & Tate James

7Snow White with the Red Hair (Vol. 5) by Sorata Akiduki

14The King’s Questioner by Nikki Katz

21Ashlords by Scott Reintgen

28Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith



11If You Only Knew by Prerna Pickett

25Rebelwing by Andrea Tang



3Havenfall by Sara Holland

3Snow White with the Red Hair (Vol. 6) by Sorata Akiduki

17The House In The Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune



7Kind of Famous by Mary Ann Marlowe

7It Sounded Better In My Head by Nina Kenwood

21Rick by Alex Gino



Dark Skies by Danielle L. Jensen

TBA – Becoming Briana by Terri Libenson

5Dark Skies by Danielle L. Jensen

12Forged in Fire and Stars by Andrea Robertson & Andrea Cremer

19The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune



2Again Again by E. Lockhart

30Flame by Donna Grant