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August 2020 New Book Release

Happy Wednesday, Bookworms!

What August book releases are you most excited for?

There’s a pretty great lineup of amazing sounding book being published. This summer has been packed to the brim with them.

Today I’m spotlight my most anticipated August book releases that I think you may also be interested in reading.

*Images via Goodreads*


The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds
Young Adult Fiction, Historical Fiction

Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch & Kristen Simmons
Young Adult Fantasy



A Gentle Noble’s Vacation Recommendation by Momochi, Misaki, Sando
Manga, Graphic Novel, Fantasy

Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar
Young Adult Fantasy



Black Butler by Yana Toboso (Volume 29)
Manga, Graphic Novel, Dark Fantasy

Six Angry Girls by Adrienne Kisner
Young Adult Contemporary



The Blood King by Abigail Owens
Paranormal Romance

Inferno by Donna Grant
Paranormal Romance

Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest
Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Be kind.

Stay safe.

Wear a mask.

Social distance.

Wash your hands.


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Wednesday Wish List – 7/29/20

Happy Wednesday, Bookworms!

It’s been a few months since I last did this post and so much of life has changed because of covid. A lot of decisions are up in the air again – including book buying – because there is virtually no national plan to combat this virus.

But a girl can still dream and think happy thoughts and make wishes upon stars.

Looking back on my last Wednesday Wish List, I actually was able to buy and read a decent portion from that list, which I’m super happy about!

On this Wednesday’s wish list:

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales

The Damned by Renée Ahdieh

One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London

Inferno by Donna Grant

Yona of the Dawn (Vol. 7-10)

Days (Vol. 8-9)

The Royal Tutor (Vol. 13)

Seven Days: Monday–Sunday by Venio Tachibana

Be kind.

Stay safe.

Wear a mask.

Social distance.

Wash your hands.


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Summer 2020 Anticipated Book Releases


  • 30Flame by Donna Grant (ARC)




    • The Damned by Renée Ahdieh

    • Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

    • One To Watch by Kate Strayman-London

    • Snow White with the Read Hair (Volume 8)

    • An Incurable Case of Love (Volume 4)

    • Entangled Secret by Pat Esden (ARC)

  • 14The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune

  • 21Double the Tuesday

    • Fire Mage by Catherine Jones Payne

    • 10 Things I Hate About Pinky by Sandhya Menon



  • 4Set Fire To The Gods by Sara Raasch & Kristen Simmons

  • 11Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar

  • 18Black Butler (Volume 29)

  • 25Inferno by Donna Grant



  • 1Triple-play Tuesday

    • Snow White with the Red Hair (Volume 9)

    • Forget Me Nat by Maria Scrivan

    • The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

  • 8Happy Narwhalidays by Ben Clanton

  • 15 – Legendborn by Tracy Deonn (ARC)

  • 22 – Smash It! by Fancina Simone (ARC)

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Free Kindle Mini Book Haul

Happy Wednesday, Bookworms!

What was the last book(s) you bought?

I’m still on a book buying ban, which has been excruciating. BUT I figured it’d be okay (though it’s hard-core cheatsiedoodling) if I bought books that didn’t cost any money. Last month I browsed through Kindle books for who knows how long and found a few that sounded appealing.

Here’s my belated April mini haul:


#TheRealCinderella by Yesenia Vargas

A modern-day teenage Cinderella. An all-star varsity basketball player. Will the chemistry disappear when they go from anonymous to face-to-face?

Geeky Ella Reyes is at the bottom of the totem pole at Westwood High. Her ultra-popular stepsisters refuse to be seen with her at school, and every day she comes home to a mountain of chores.

Ella’s only friend (and maybe crush) lives on the other side of her phone’s screen. She and Baller929 know everything about each other, except their real names.

When they have a chance to meet at her school’s Halloween ball, Ella must figure out a way to get there without her stepmom or stepsisters finding out.

Is revealing her identity to Baller929 worth risking the one good thing left in her life? Or is he too good to be true?


Believe In Me by Amy Sparling (Jett #1)

Jett Adams is the fastest sixteen-year-old motocross racer in the state. Growing up as the kid prodigy of famous racer Jace Adams, Jett has lived in a world of dirt bikes, money, and everything he could ever want. With more than enough girls to choose from, Jett prefers to stay single and live in the moment.

Keanna Byrd’s life has been one broken home after another. When her mom dumps her with the Parks for the weekend, Keanna is pretty sure her mom may never come back. Now she’s stuck overstaying her welcome with Park and Becca, who are nice enough, but she doesn’t exactly know them.

The Parks own a dirt bike track with the Adams and while Keanna is waiting on her mom to return, she spends a lot of time hanging out alone. Jett is under strict orders to make her feel welcome, but they’re from two different worlds and everything he does seems to get under her skin. Keanna has known guys like Jett before and she’s smart enough to stay away from someone whose looks can get him anything he wants. After just a few days, Jett can’t stop thinking about her. But if he wants her to see him as anything other than some cocky rich guy, he’ll have to show her his true feelings and make her believe in him.


Alpha by Regan Ure (Forever #1)

Seventeen-year-old Scarlett Hayes is living her life by her own rules. Losing her parents at a young age has made her strong and fiercely independent. She knows exactly who she is and nothing is going to change that. Everything starts to change for her when she moves to a new town. She meets Cade Presley. He is domineering and arrogant which makes her detest him at first sight. She learns a secret that will unravel her perfect life and lead her into a world she never knew existed. Embracing her new life is difficult when it pulls her closer to Cade. Finding out you are destined to be with someone forever is hard to handle especially when you want to throttle them every time you see them. The attraction she feels for him is undeniable and there is no fighting destiny.


Deception by Stacy Claflin (The Transformed #1)

What if your whole life was a lie?

Alexis Ferguson thinks she has everything figured out, but has no idea how wrong she is. Set up on a blind date, she meets a gorgeous stranger and feels that she’s known him her entire life, but she has never seen him before.

He awakens in her long-forgotten dark memories, and now she must face the one who ordered her death years ago. Will she learn to use her strange new powers in time to save herself? Will she let him help her? Should she trust him?

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Wednesday Wish List – 4/22/20

Snow White with the Read Hair (Volumes 6 & 7)

The Royal Tutor (Vol. 13)

Yona of the Dawn (Volumes 4-6)

Days (Complete series)

An Incurable Case of Love (Volumes 2-3)

The Queen’s Resistance by Rebecca Ross

Kill The Queen by Jennifer Estep

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales

Becoming Brianna by Terri Libenson

Rick by Alex Gino

Wink by Rob Harrell

Fae Curse by Eve A. Hunt

Call It Magic by Janet Chapman

What books are you looking to buy next?

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14 Kick-Ass-Warrior-Queen-like Heroines I Love

Happy Sunday, Bookworms!

What are some of your fav kick-ass-warrior-queen-like heroines ???

I love a books with such MCs; they’re my favorite type of female leads. Each uses their strengths to help others and protect their loved ones. At the same time, they find an even inner strength they didn’t think was possible.

I have several standout heroines that fit this description either literally or figuratively. They are:


🔵Keeley Smyth🔵
The Blacksmith Queen by G. A. Aiken

🔵Alanna of Trebond🔵
Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce

🔵Kel (Keladry) of Mindelan🔵
Protector of the Small series by Tamora Pierce

Nine Kingdoms series by Lynn Kurland

🔵Thirrin Freer Strong-in-the-Arm Lindenshield🔵
The Cry of the Icemark by Stuart Hill

🔵Miranda Grey🔵
Shadow World series by Dianne Sylvan

🔵Ness Clark🔵
The Boulder Wolves series by Olivia Wildenstein

🔵Celine Rousseau🔵
The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

🔵Rho (Rhoma) Grace🔵
Zodiac series by Romina Russell

Snow Like Ashes series by Sara Raasch

Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen

Alpha & Omega series by Patricia Briggs

🔵McKenzie Lewis🔵
Shadow Reader series by Sandy Williams

Dragon Slippers series by Jessica Day George

I hope you all enjoy your Sunday! Happy Reading!



Stay home. Save lives.

We’re all in this together.


Bookstagram Book Finds!

Happy Saturday, Bookworms!

I hope you all have been well and your current reads amazing. It’s Day 25 of Stay Home-Save Lives for me and things are all good here.

Today, I’m listing the most recent books I’ve added to my TBR thanks to Bookstagram. I’ve discovered some really neat goodies and must-reads. All are by authors I’ve never read from except for one, Fangirl. Some are even outside my usual reads. But I’m happy to have all of these new possibilities to explore!


A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

Daughters of Nri by Reni K. Amayo

Defy by Sara B. Larson

Fae Curse by Eve A. Hunt

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Frankly In Love by David Yoon

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

House of Earth And Blood by Sarah J. Maas

My Brother’s Name Is Jessica by Alex Light

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales

Seventh Sun by Lani Forbes

Storm And Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

The Princess Will Save You by Sarah Henning

The Shadow Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

The Time Traveler’s Guide to Modern Romance by Madeline J. Reynolds

The Upside of Falling by Alex Light

Throw Like A Girl by Sarah Henning

What Stars Are Made Of by Sarah Allen


What do you think of my list? Have you read any of these titles? See a favorite book or one that completely surprised you?


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My Most Anticipated Spring 2020 Book Releases


  • 7 – It Sounded Better In My Head by Nina Kenwood

  • 14 – This Is My Brain On Love by I. W. Gregorio

  • 21 – Rick by Alex Gino

  • 28 – Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova



    • Becoming Briana by Terri Libenson

    • Dark Skies by Danielle L. Jensen (ARC)

    • Forged In Fire & Stars by Andrea Robertson

    • The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler

    • Call It Magic by Janet Chapman

    • Snow White with the Red Hair (Volume 7) by Sorata Akiduki

    • Turtle Boy by M. Evan Wolkenstein

  • 12Alpha Erased by Aileen Erin

  • 19 – Breath Like Water by Anna Jarzab (ARC)


  • 2 – The Damned by Renée Ahdieh

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My Most Read Authors Of All Time

Happy Monday, Bookworms!

How are you doing today?

Today’s post was really fun to do. I was inspired by Angelica @ The Book Cover Girl. It was such a neat idea that I asked her if I could do one of my own. Here’s her post, for further reading.

I’m not surprised by the list I’ve made but I am surprised by the numbers. Not only are those listed my most read authors but some of my favorite authors as well. They shaped me as the avid reader I am today.

Additionally, I’ll feature a few books that are my favorites from each author, including links to my reviews I’ve posted on this blog where applicable. This list does not include any manga.


Timothy Zahn12

Favorites: Dragon and Thief (Dragonback #1) | Judgement At Proteus (Quadrail #5) |
The Green and the Gray


Maria V. Snyder12

Favorites: Fire Study (Study #3) | Storm Glass (Glass #1) | Touch of Power (Healer #1)


P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast13

Favorites: Hunted (House of Night #5) | Redeemed (House of Night #12)


John Flanagan22

Favorites: The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger’s Apprentice #1) |
The Battle For Skandia (Ranger’s Apprentice #4) | Erak’s Ranson (Ranger’s Apprentice #7) |
The Emperor of Nihon-Ja (Ranger’s Apprentice #10) |
The Royal Ranger (Ranger’s Apprentice #12) | The Outcasts (Brotherband Chronicles #1)


Tamora Pierce29

Favorites: Lioness Rampant | Wild Magic | Daja’s Book | Magic Steps |
The Will of the Empress | Trickster’s Queen | Mastiff | Lady Knight


Lynn Kurland33

Favorites: Dreams of Stardust | The More I See You | A Dance Through Time |
From This Moment On | When I Fall In Love |
Star Of The Morning | Princess of the Sword


Honorable Mentions: Rachel Vincent [8] | TJ Klune, Donna Grant, Juliet Marillier [7 each]

Who are some of your most read authors of all time?

As always, happy reading!!!



Stay safe. Stay home. Wash your hands.

Stronger Together.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Spring 2020 TBR

Happy Tuesday, Bookworms!

Spring is two days away and I am looking forward to the sunny days ahead and beautiful flowers blooming. Also cooler weather!

Let’s make today a great day and do things we enjoy most!

Today’s blog post is a Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is now run by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Today’s prompt is: Spring 2020 TBR



NOTE: a star (*) = priority reads

Also Also: I know this is supposed to be a Top 10 list but I wanted to include all the books on my Spring TBR.


Kamisama Kiss (Volumes 19-25) by Julietta Suzuki*
Days by Tsuyoshi Yasuda (Volumes 1-15)


Spark by Sarah Beth Durst
The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez
Escape To The Mesa by StacyPlays
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty


Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly*
Nat Enough by Maria Scrivan
We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett*
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin*
The Never Tilting World
 by Rin Chupeco*
The Queen’s Rising
by Rebecca Ross*
These Rebel Waves
by Sara Raasch*
Stolen Songbird
by Danielle L. Jensen*
Thirteen Rising
by Romina Russell*
Dragon Mount
by Jennifer M. Eaton*


Cub by Cynthia L. Copeland*
Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima
Infinity Son by Adam Silvera*
Damsel by Elana K. Arnold*
The Unspoken Name by A. K. Larkwood*
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han


Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Seafire by Natalie C. Parker
Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes*
The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh*
Ashlords by Scott Reintgen*
Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco*
by Christina Bauer*



The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
The Christmas Cowboy Hero by Donna Grant*
Cowboy, Cross My Heart by Donna Grant*
The Bridal Suite by Donna Grant*


Hot Blooded by Donna Grant (Dark Kings #1)
Firestorm by Donna Grant (Dark Kings #4)
The Demon Lover Juliet Dark


Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames*
The Starless Sea by Eric Morgenstern


LGBTQ YA/Adult – Fiction/Fantasy/Paranormal/Romance
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston*
Sebastian by Sam Argent
The Doctor’s Secret by Heidi Cullinan*
The Wolf At The Door by Charlie Adhara*
Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller


Strands of Truth by Colleen Coble


Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff
All Systems Red by Martha Wells

I really tried to condense my original tbr to books I really want to read and get through before summer. It’s an impossible list but if I can get through at least half that’s listed, I will count that as a win. A major win in reducing my tbr.

See any books you’ve read and like? or any books you’re also planning to read?

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