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21 Books I Want to Read in 2021 🎄 Blogmas Day 27

Today I am going to talk about 21 books I really want to read in 2021. All of these are books I already own and have had them for a while & really need to read them! I won’t go into why these books are on this list as I will be just constantly repeating that I hadn’t gotten to them yet or that they are sequels I still need to get to. So here is simply a list. Let’s jump in!

1. This Vicious Cure by Emily Suvada

This Vicious Cure by Emily Suvada

2. Kingdom of Sea and Stone by Mara Rutherford

Kingdom of Sea and Stone by Mara Rutherford

3. Nyxia Uprising by Scott Reintgen

Nyxia Uprising by Scott Reintgen

4. The Cousins by Karen M. McManus

The Cousins by Karen M. McManus

5. God Storm by Coco Ma

God Storm by Coco Ma

6. Soulswift by Megan Bannen

Soulswift by Megan Bannen

7. The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

8. Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston

Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston

9. Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold

Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold

10. To be Taught If Fortunate by Becky Chambers

To be Taught If Fortunate by Becky Chambers

11. The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

12. Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller

Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller

13. Soul of Stars by Ashley Poston

Soul of Stars by Ashley Poston

14. The Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman

The Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman

15. Belle Révolte by Linsey Miller

16. The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken

17. The Devil’s Thief by Lisa Maxwell

The Devil’s Thief by Lisa Maxwell

18. Black Wings Beating by Alex London

Black Wings Beating by Alex London

19. Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

20. Mark of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

Mark of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

21. A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
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🎄 Blogmas 🎅🏼 Monthly Releases

January 2021 Anticipated Releases 🎄 Blogmas Day 26

Today I will be talking about the January releases I’m keen for! Of course I already mentioned a couple in my 21 Most Anticipated Releases of 2021 but I will be talking about more that I’m keen for in this post! Ones that didn’t quite make it to my 21 overall. Let’s jump in!

5th January

Lore by Alexandra Bracken

Lore is a YA fantasy retelling of Greek Mythology. I love The Darkest Minds so much so I can’t wait to get to Lore!
Lore is about the Agon. 9 Greek Gods are forced to walk the earth as punishment for their pasts. These gods are hunted by the descendants of ancient bloodlines so they can kill and capture their divine talents.

7th January

Last One to Die by Cynthia Murphy

Last One to Die is described as One of Us is Lying meets This Lie Will Kill You with paranormal aspects! An I’m sold! I’m not going to describe this one any further as I don’t want to know anymore myself! I love One of us is Lying & This Lie Will Kill You has been on my radar. Also the combination of Fantasy & Mystery is my favourite so I am totally down!

12th January

Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire

Across the Green Grass Fields is the last book in the Wayward Children series and is set to release January 12th 2021! I love this series so much, so I’m keen to see what’s next but I’m also sad that this will be the last book in this series. I feel like this series could go on forever and I would read every one!
I haven’t read what Across the Green Grass Fields is about but Every Heart a Doorway, book 1 is set in at Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children which is a home for those that have returned from portal fantasy worlds and can’t fit into the real world. Each book since has been focused on a particular character & the portal world they belong to!

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

Concrete Rose is a prequel to The Hate U Give which is amazing! . I can’t wait for this as I loved Maverick in The Hate U Give & Concrete Rose follow Maverick! I am so freaking keen!!! I haven’t read what this is about as I want to go in knowing nothing!

21st January

The Island by C.L. Taylor

The Island is a YA Thriller that sounds really good! It’s described as Lost meets The Hunger Games which sounds amazing! Lost was such a good TV show & I love The Hunger Games so this sounds amazing! I don’t like know anything going into Thriller so I can’t tell you more than that! But I’m so keen.

26th January

A Vow so Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer

A Vow so Bold and Deadly is the last book in the A Curse so Dark and Lonely series. I loved A Curse so Dark and Lonely & A Heart so Fierce and Broken so I am very keen for this one! A Curse so Dark and Lonely is a Beauty in the Beast retelling. Rhen is cursed to relive the same season over and over again until he finds his true love. Harper attempts to save a stranger being attacked & ends up being dragged into a magical world where she meets Rhen.

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Youtube Channels I loved in 2020! 🎄 Blogmas Day 25

Merry Christmas everyone! Today I will be talking about YouTube channels I have loved this year. These aren’t necessarily ones I am still avidly watching as I tend to only focus on a couple channels at a time. So they change fairly regularly. I’ll talk about BookTube channels first & then talk about other random channels.

Booktube

Books with Chloe

Books with Chloe has been a go to for a long time & I also support her on Patreon, so I do watch most of her videos over there rather than actually on YouTube but of course I had to include her! She is a fellow Aussie & I just love her vibe! I have especially loved her recent Moving Vlogs as they have been making me so excited & hyped to move out early next year. I also especially love her vlogs!

Recent favourite video posted:

Books with Chloe

BookswithEmilyFox

I love Emily so freaking much! I have been watching her channel for years & I just love every video she puts out. We have the same views on romance in YA books so that is awesome & I also have a pretty similar taste to her, especially when it comes to Sci-Fi books. I also love how genuine and brutally honest she is! Videos where she is ranting about books are my favourites by her!

Recent favourite video posted:

BooksWithEmilyFox

BooksAndLaLa

I go in and out of interest with this channel. I binge watch a heap of her videos in a week and then don’t watch anything for like a month! I still go back though… I recently watched an hour & a half video she posted reading horror books… I don’t even read adult horror & had heard of like 2 of them & didn’t even add any to my TBR BUT I still watched the video!

Recent favourite video posted:

BooksandLaLa

Background noise for when I’m reading

ASMR Rooms

I love listening to Background music while reading and ASMR Rooms has been my go to for a long time! I love all the Harry Potter & LOTR inspired ones. They are all so beautifully done! I’ll share my favourite below but honourable mentions are Hufflepuff Common Room (original, not remake), Hogwarts Library REMAKE, Waking up in Shell Cottage & Mirkwood

My favourite:

ASMR Rooms

Autumn Cozy

My other go to is Autumn Cozy & while these aren’t HP inspired they are still gorgeous!

My favourite:

Autumn Cozy

Bullet Journalling

AmandaRachLee

This is hands down my favourite Bullet Journalling channel. I watch others on occasion but this is the one I go to for inspiration. I love her spreads & the little doodles she does. I also just like her voice. Which is kinda of random but when you are watching a video that is mostly voice overs, that’s important!

Recent favourite video:

AmandaRachLee

Life Style/Beauty type channels

Safiya Nygaard

There isn’t a time since I discovered Safiya that I haven’t watched Safiya.Even though she doesn’t post as often as she used to I still am always on the look out for her latest video & I occasionally binge rewatch her older stuff.

Recent favourite video:

Safiya Nygaard

Molly Burke

Another one I have been watching for a fair while! I really enjoy Molly’s personality & all her videos. I do love her normal (none blind girl) videos just as much as the videos that are more centred around her being blind & her educating people on blindness. I really enjoy that her videos are fun but also educational & I’ve learnt a lot about blindness & the blind community since I started watching her channel.

Recent favourite:

Molly Burke

SimplyPodLogical/Simply Nailogical

I will talk about these together for obvious reasons. I love Cristine and enjoy every one of the video she puts out on her main channel! But I also love her Podcast style channel. I can just turn it on and have it playing in the background and just listen for hours. I love that it’s somewhat educational as well as just talking about their lives. I really enjoy listening to this one!

Recent favourite from SimplyPodLogical:

SimplyPodLogical

Recent favourite from Simply Nailogical:

Simply Nailogical

Bailey Sarian

Okay yes this is a make up channel, however, I don’t really watch for the make up, though she is good! I 100% watch this channel for her Murder, Mystery & Makeup Monday series! Every Monday she does her make up while talking about a true crime story. Which I find fascinating. I love true crime stories and Bailey just has a way of telling these stories that I really enjoy. I’ve only just discovered this channel is recent months, so I have just been making my way through the playlist.

Recent favourite:

Bailey Sarian

Doesn’t fit any of the above categories!

Royalty Soaps

I love Katie, I love Kenny, I love this channel! I find watching soap making videos very calming but also this channel is super fun! Katie always has such a good time making these soaps & it comes across in the videos! I also love her brother Kenny, he is just hilarious!

Recent favourite:

Royalty Soaps
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What’s your recent go to YouTube channel?! Also if you have any true crime channel recommendations please let me know!


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🎄 Blogmas 🎅🏼 Last Year I Was Reading...

Last Year I Was Reading… #14 🎄 Blogmas Day 24

So, I’m joining a weekly feature that is kind of like a Throwback Thursday! Last Year I Was Reading… was created by ReadingMaria!

Take your current read and compare it to what you reading this exact time last year. Which one do you like better? What is different about the books? Any special facts/things you want to make note of or bring attention to? Be sure to link it back to my blog so I can see them!

This Year I Am Reading…

The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

This series is actually so good & I don’t know why I have left it so long to read something else by Maureen Johnson. I’m glad I finally have! The Madness Underneath is book 2 in the Shades of London series and I’m really enjoying it! I love the mix of fantasy & mystery. It’s my two favourite genres so it’s amazing when they are combined & it is done well.

Last Year I Was Reading…

The Crimes of Grindelwald: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

It’s hard to judge this one when it’s a Screenplay script & not an actual novel. I did enjoy it. Especially reading it after I saw the movie because I could visualise everything & even hear some of the things being said in the actors voices. It’s also a stunning edition, so bonus points for that.


I’m going to have to go with The Madness Underneath. The Crimes of Grindelwald is amazing but it still isn’t a novel and it’s hard to say that the book on it’s own is better than The Madness Underneath. The movie/screen play in it’s entirety sure but the book as it is, no. If you are a fan of the movie I definitely recommend giving it a go though!

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End of Year Book Survey 🎄 Blogmas Day 23

So, today’s post was meant to be the End of Year Book Tag because I’ve never actually done it before but then I read the questions and it’s not exactly what I thought and most of the questions I simply don’t have answers to because that’s just not how I work. So instead I discovered the End of Year Book Survey which I believe was created by Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner so I decided to give it a go instead as this is more what I thought The End of Year Book Tag would be. However, I am skipping the ‘My Blogging/Bookish Life’ section of the questions as I mainly want to talk about books and not my blog posts… Let’s jump in!

2020 Reading Stats

1. Number of Books you read?

As of today, 23rd Dec I am sitting on 150 books read. Hoping to finish at least 2 more before the end of the month.

2. Number of re-reads?

36 & you can see my post about rereads HERE if you are curious what books I reread.

3. Genre you read the most from?

Easily Fantasy with 68 of the books I read in the fantasy genre.

Best in Books

4. Best Book you read in 2020?

Really?! Just one? I haven’t even written my top 10 post yet! Having a quick look through my 2020 reading tracking I am going with The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson.

5. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

I’m going to have to go with Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody. I did still enjoy it but it didn’t quite live up to the first two books in the series & I was left a little disappointed.

6. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? 

There were two that came instantly to mind when I read this question & those are The Strange Case of the Alchemists Daughter by Theodora Goss & The Girl in Red by Christina Henry. Both of these I went into with no idea what they were about & also having not heard anyone else’s opinions and having no idea if these books were meant to be good or not. Then I discovered they were both really good!

7. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read?

I’ve been pushing people all year to read The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club series by Theodora Goss as it’s amazing!

8. Best series you started in 2020?

I’m reading this question as series I’ve started but haven’t finished in 2020. So, I’m going to go with the Shades of London series by Maureen Johnson & The Inheritance Games duology by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I am currently reading book 2 in the Shades of London series & really enjoying it, so I might even get it & book 3 finished by the end of the year! The Inheritance Games is a book I read fairly recently & is the first book in a new duology and I can’t wait for book 2!

9. Best sequel of 2020?

I’m going to go with 3 this time & they are Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire, The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson & The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerising Girl by Theodora Goss. All of these are amazing sequels! I also think The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerising Girl is the best book in the series!

10. Best series ender of 2020?

Well I’ll have to mention The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerising Girl again but also The Bone Thief by Breeana Shields which is the conclusion to The Bone Charmer duology!

11. Favourite new author you discovered in 2020?

I don’t really have an answer to this one. There are authors whose books I’ve read and loved this year but I’ve only read 1 book by them because that’s all that’s out and I don’t think reading 1 book is enough to say they are a new favourite. That’s more like someone who is now on my radar. All the other authors I ‘discovered’ in a previous year but just read more of their amazing books this year. So yeah, I don’t have an answer for this one.

12. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I’m choosing two books again but who cares! For this one I’m going for They Called Us Enemy by George Takei which is a non-fiction, which is not a genre I read basically at all. I’m also choosing Even if We Break by Marieke Nijkamp which is a YA Thriller I loved! I’m only really getting into Thriller’s this year, so at the time it was not a genre I read often.

13.  Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

For this one I’m going with All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban & Fable by Adrienne Young both of which were amazing & gripping! I didn’t want to put either down and they were very action packed.

14. Book You Read In 2020 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Easily The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club by Theodora Goss! I am so keen to reread that one! But also, Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline! I’ve already reread Ready Player One, so if I reread it again of course I’m going to reread Ready Player Two as well!

15. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2019?

Two that come to mind are Fable by Adrienne Young & Over the Woodward Wall by A. Deborah Baker!

16. Most memorable character of 2019?

As soon as I read this question I instantly thought of Catherin Moreau from The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club by Theodora Goss! Catherin is actually based off Catherine from The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells.

17. Most beautifully written book in 2020?

I know a lot of people discuss how ‘beautifully written’ or flowery books are written but that’s just not my thing. I want a book that is written with heaps of detail, that’s atmospheric & fast paced. So for me, what comes to mind is Fawkes by Nadine Brandes.

18. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2019?

This is more an answer for most thought-provoking but I’m going with They Called Us Enemy by George Takei.

19. Book you can’t believe you waited until 2020 to finally read?

I’m going with Sherwood by Megan Spooner! This book had always been on my radar but I finally picked it up this year & really enjoyed it.

20. Favourite passage/quote from a book you read in 2020?

The wonderful thing about reality is that it is highly flexible. One minute, all is doom; the next, everything is abloom with possibility.

The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson

21. Shortest and longest book you read in 2020

Shortest is Harry Potter: Exploring Hogwarts which is 47 pages & longest is European Travels for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss which is 720 pages.

22. Book that shocked you the most

I feel like shocked & surprised is basically the same in this case, so I have already answered this in question 6.

23. OTP of the year (you will go down with this r-ship)

Yeah I don’t do the whole OTP thing as I don’t generally care for romances…

24. Favourite non-romantic relationship of the year.

The friend group in The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club is awesome! So have to go for them!

25. Favourite book you read in 2020 from an author you’ve read previously?

I’m going with both Loveless & Nick and Charlie for this as they are both by the same author & both good! Alice Oseman never fails to impress. I have previously read & loved I Was Born for This, Radio Silence & Heartstopper in recent years!

26. Best book you read in 2020 that you read based solely on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure?

I’m going with Skyward by Brandon Sanderson and it’s not because of a specific persons recommendation but because everyone and their dog has been recommending this book!

27. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2020?

Again, not my thing.

28. Best 2020 debut you read?

It was actually difficult to find a debut I read that I can actually recommend! I didn’t read many debuts this year apparently. But I’m going with The Silence of Bones by June Hur which is her debut & I really enjoyed it! I can’t wait for her next release The Forest of Stolen Girl which is coming out in 2021.

29. Best world-building/most vivid setting you read this year?

I kinda already answered this one with question 17 but Fawkes by Nadine Brandes is very atmospheric & has a very vivid setting.

30. Book that put a smile on your face/ was the most FUN to read?

This is actually a reread but I love it every time & that is the audiobook for Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling. The audiobook features bonus content and it’s narrated by Bonnie Wright & it’s just amazing.

31. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2020?

I don’t think there is any new books I’ve read this year that made me cry but there is a reread that fits & that is Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel.

32. Hidden gem of the year?

Nocturna by Maya Motayne as I really didn’t expect this one to be as amazing as it was and not many people have been talking about it!

33. Book that crushed you soul?

There isn’t any that come to mind for this one!

34. Most unique book you read in 2020?

I’m going with The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club by Theodora Goss because of the format of the book! You can find more books with an interesting format in yesterdays post!

35. Book that made you the most mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

I’m going with Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare because this book was going so well & they they reveal the motive and it was like what, are you freaking kidding me?……… Still enjoyed it overall but the motive makes no sense.

Looking Ahead

36. One book you didn’t get to in 2020 but will be your number 1 priority in 2021?

This Vicious Cure by Emily Suvada! This has been on so many TBRs this year but when I sat down to read it earlier in the month i realised I don’t remember enough about book 2 in the series to follow what’s going on. So I want to do a reread of the first two books before reading this one! I’m hoping to do it very soon!

37. Book you are most anticipating in 2021 (non-debut)

I have a whole post about anticipated releases & you can find that HERE. I can’t decide which one is my MOST anticipated. So here is three.
The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni (April 13th)
The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon (Feb 16th)
The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson (June 15th)

38. 2021 debut you are most anticipating?

The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould (August 3rd)

39. Series ending/a sequel you are most anticipating in 2021?

I’ve already mentioned the Mask Falling & The Box in the Woods so I won’t mention them again even though they fit this perfectly.
Red tigress by Amélie Wen Zhao (March 2nd)
Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire (Jan 12th)

40. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2021?

Review more audiobooks. I tend to forget to review audiobooks, so I want to get more in a habit of reviewing audiobooks as well as physical/eBooks.

41. A 2021 release you’ve already read and recommended to everyone (if applicable)?

I haven’t been requesting ARCs so I haven’t read any.

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What is your favourite book of 2020?


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🎄 Blogmas 🎅🏼 Top 8 Recommendations!

Top 8 📚 Books with Interesting Formats 🎄 Blogmas Day 22

Welcome to another top 8! Today’s post isn’t about specific genres/age ranges but instead I am talking about unusual formats. These are books that aren’t just a standard novel. They have other interesting features within like letters, pictures & more! These things make for a really interesting reading experience. So, let’s jump in!

1. Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Firstly, I am mainly only recommending the original trilogy as latest 2 novels that are out in the new part of the series are good but not as good as the original trilogy. It would have made things a lot easier if the author made the new ones a companion series rather than a direct continuation. But oh well.
So if you don’t know the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children books feature unique images throughout. Similar to those on the covers. These images are old & creepy & are legit (not photoshopped). Most are optical illusions or miss prints of some kind but all of them are very hard to explain exactly how they came to be. Ransom Riggs collected these images mostly from other peoples collections. You can check out THIS article on HuffPost by Ransom Riggs himself if you would like some more info! These creepy images are what inspired Ransom Riggs writing. Which I think is very interesting and makes for a unique reading experience. Also the story is really unique and interesting, so that’s also a bonus.

2. The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Yall knew this series would be on this list! The format of The Illuminae Files is just so unique. It is a full on dossier of files and includes everything from drawings, emails, interviews, maps & more. It is amazingly done & I love every moment of it. I especially love the audiobook as it is full cast narration and it’s basically a full on production of its own. I feel like you need to both read & listen to this one if you enjoy it as the experiences are completely different even though it’s the same story.

3. The Themis Files by Sylvain Neuvel

The Themis Files is an adult Sci-Fi that is written entirely in interviews/conversations. This on its own is an interesting read but it also has a hint of mystery because the majority of the time you have no idea who the interviewer/person the characters are talking to is. You spend the whole first book trying to figure it out. Which adds to the weirdness of the book! These books are intense but absolutely amazing! I cried multiple times just in the first book. It hooks you in very quickly and you can’t help rooting for these characters. Just amazingly written & also the audiobook is amazingly done too. Another one with full cast narration.

4. Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

This one is a bit lower on the interesting format level as it’s only things scattered throughout but this one features little info pages I guess you could call them. These info pages can be about certain characters or species or places in this world. Which I find fascinating. It’s like when you are reading and come to a place you aren’t familiar with & you think ‘I’m going to go research that’ but realise you can’t because it’s fictional. Well this book gives you that! I think it’s a really awesome addition and just gives you a little more info/background on this world.

5. The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club by Theodora Goss

Firstly, this series is amazing but also I love the format of this one. Not only is this a standard novel but it also has conversations between that characters throughout. This book is written as if a certain character is writing the story after the events happen. So these conversations are as if the other characters are reading along while she writes and occasionally throwing their two cents in. I loved it! It gave you more insight into who these characters are & their personalities.

6. MAUS by Art Speigelmann

This one isn’t necessarily a format per se, it’s more the art style chosen. This one is a non-fiction set during WWII & the author decided to represent each of the different groups/races by different animals. Which I loved! It made it unique but it also made it very easy to figure out who everyone was. I’ve read 1 other war based graphic novel and I did at times have trouble figuring out whether the people in the image were ‘bad guys’ or not. This made it a lot easier to follow & more reader friendly.

7. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

You could argue that this isn’t necessarily a format thing exactly as this is simply how screen plays are written. Which totally understand, but how many screen plays in the YA genre are actually published books you can read?? So I think it’s interesting. I loved that I am able to picture the movies perfectly when reading the screen play & can even hear the actors saying certain lines. I just think it makes for a fun reading experience & I really enjoy it.

8. Dear Martin by Nic Stone

I am yet to read book 2 in order to recommend it so we are just talking about Dear Martin but I assume this format continues into Dear Justyce. In Dear Martin at the start of (i think only some) chapters the MC is writing a letter to Martin Luther King Jr. Hence the name of the book. I found this fascinating as it allows you to dive into the main characters thoughts & frame of mind as he is spilling this to Martin Luther King Jr. on paper. Added such an interesting aspect.

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21 Most Anticipated Releases of 2021 🎄 Blogmas Day 21

Today I am going to talk about my 21 most anticipated releases of 2021! Let’s jump in!

January 2021

Lore by Alexandra Bracken

Lore is set to release 5th January 2021 & is a YA fantasy retelling of Greek Mythology. I love The Darkest Minds so much so I can’t wait to get to Lore!

Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire

Across the Green Grass Fields is the last book in the Wayward Children series and is set to release January 12th 2021! I love this series so much, so I’m keen to see what’s next but I’m also sad that this will be the last book in this series. I feel like this series could go on forever and I would read every one!

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

Concrete Rose is a prequel to The Hate U Give and is set to release January 12th. I can’t wait for this as I loved Maverick in The Hate U Give & Concrete Rose follow Maverick! I am so freaking keen!!!

A Vow so Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer

A Vow so Bold and Deadly is the last book in the A Curse so Dark and Lonely and will release Jan 26th. I loved A Curse so Dark and Lonely & A Heart so Fierce and Broken so I am very keen for this one!

February 2021

Liberté by Gita Trelease

Liberté, also known as Everything that Burns, is book 2 in a historical fantasy series and it’s set to release Feb 2nd. Enchanteé was really good & I’m so keen for book 2, even if I’m really not keen for that name change! I’m really hoping I get a copy that say Liberté as that is what I pre-ordered… Either way I’m really excited for this one!

Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken, Leigh Dragoon & Kit Seaton

Another from Alexandra Bracken but this time a Graphic Novel. Brightly Woven is a graphic novel adaptation by Leigh Dragoon, of a YA novel Bracken released backed in 2010! Brightly Woven is set to release Feb 2nd. While I haven’t read the book I am still keen to check out this graphic novel and the are done by Kit Seaton looks so good!

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

Next I have The Gilded Ones which is a YA fantasy set to release Feb 19th! I have heard amazing things about this book and the cover is stunning!

The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers

The Galaxy, and the Ground Within is the 4th book in an Adult Sci-Fi Companion series called Wayfarers. This one is set to release Feb 16th. I have loved the last 3 books in this companion series so I am so keen to get to this one. This series is so diverse, wholesome & the world is very detailed! Amazingly written.

The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon

FINALLY!! This is the 4th book in The Bone Season series & is finally releasing Feb 16th! I am SO FREAKING KEEN!

March 2021

Red Tigress by Amélie Wen Zhao

Blood Heir was absolutely amazing, so I am so keen for the sequel, Red Tigress which is set to release March 2nd.

Our Last Echoes by Kate Alice Marshall

Our Last Echoes is a YA Thriller that is set to release March 16th. While I still haven’t read anything by Kate Alice Marshall I am hoping to get to Rules for Vanishing & I Am Still Alive soon as I’m on a huge thriller kick! So I’m also super keen for this one.

Namesake by Adrienne Young

Namesake is the sequel to Fable which was book 1 in a YA fantasy series and Namesake is set to release in March 16th. I absolutely loved Fable so I’m highly anticipating Namesake!

April 2021

The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni

New Lynette Noni?! HELL YEAH! I love The Medoran Chronicles & Whisper by Lynette Noni so I can’t wait for her newest book which is set to release Apr 13th.

The Forest of Stolen Girls by June Hur

I recently read The Silence of Bones and it was really good so I’m keen for this authors newest release which is coming out April 20th! Like The Silence of Bones, The Forest of Stolen Girls is also a YA historical mystery and it sounds so freaking good!

Dustborn by Erin Bowman

Dustborn is a standalone YA Sci-Fi book set to release April 20th. I read Contagion by Erin Bowman and absolutely loved it so I’m very curious to see what the author releases next!

May 2021

Blade of Secrets by Tricia Levenseller

Another Tricia Levenseller? I’m keen! I have read 4 of Tricia Levensellers books & have rated all of them 4 or 5 stars, so I am definitely going to pick up her newest one which sounds amazing! Blade of Secrets is set to release May 4th.

The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He

While I still haven’t read Descendant of the Crane by Joan He but I am curious about it. However, The Ones We’re Meant to Find sounds even more up my alley at the moment as I’m really into YA mystery’s, especially a Mystery Sci-Fi combo! This one is set to release May 4th.

June 2021

The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson

Is this my most highly anticipated along side The Mask Falling? Ahhh yep! I am SO freaking keen for book 4 in the Truly Devious series! This one is coming out June 15th.

August 2021

The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould

A YA Fantasy Horror with LGBT rep? I’m sold! This one sounds really fascinating & the cover is stunning! The Dead and the Dark is set to release August 3rd.

September 2021

Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmemer

Why did I not know this was even a thing until going through 2021 release list to make sure I didn’t miss anything?! I love A Curse so Dark and Lonely and this is another YA fantasy & I’m keen. This one is set to release September 7th.

November 2021

All of us Villains by Amanda Foody & Christine Lynn Herman

I am so freaking excited for this author combo! I have loved both the Ace of Shades series & Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody as well as book 1, The Devouring Gray but Christine Lynn Herman! So this is a dream. I am so curious to see what these two dark fantasy authors come up with! All of us Villains is set to release November 9th!

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Books I Reread in 2020 🎄 Blogmas Day 20

Today I’m going to show you guys all the books I reread in 2020 & what format I reread them in!

Audiobooks

Graphic Novels

Physical/eBook

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
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🎄 Blogmas 🎅🏼 Top 8 Recommendations!

Top 8 📚 Adult Books 🎄 Blogmas Day 19

I don’t read adult too too often so I wanted to feature adult books on their own. These are books that I think are good for a YA reader! Let’s jump in.

1. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Also known as The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is an adult mystery & is about Evelyn Hardcastle being killed at her families gala party. We follow Aiden Bishop who relives the day of Evelyn’s death over and over but he is always too late to save her. He thinks the only way to save her and escape is to solve the crime but he has no idea who to trust.
This book is AMAZING! It is such an interesting and unique concept. I had no idea who the killer was until it was revealed and it was edge of your seat thrilling at times. This is such an awesome book and I really need to give it a reread!

2. The Themis Files by Sylvain Neuvel

The Themis Files is a Sci-Fi that follows Rosie who, as a young girl, fell into a hole and woke up sitting on a giant metal hand buried in the earth. Seventeen years later it is still and unsolved mystery & Rosie is hired, as a physicist, to uncover the secrets.
Another really unique concept. I also love the format in which this one is written. It is written as interviews between the characters who are researching it & this mysterious stranger. It’s both a mystery about the hand and also a mystery as to who this man is. It’s absolutely fascinating and I was invested in this after the first chapter! I even cried a couple times in this series. It is beautifully written!

3. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a Historical Fiction set in April 1942 and follows Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, who is taken to a concentration camp. We follow him whilst in the camp and as he is put to work tattooing the ID numbers on thousands of prisoners who entered the camps.
This is such a beautiful story and it’s also based on the real experiences of Lale Sokolov who tattooed thousands of prisoners. I loved immersing myself in this story. It was both heartbreaking and powerful. It truly shows how much we can go through and still survive and love and live. It’ absolutely amazing.

4. Wayfarers by Becky Chambers

The Wayfarers series is a sci-fi series & is actually companion novels. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet follows Rosemary Harper who joins the crew of the Wayfarer to escape her past and experience new corners of the the galaxy. She did not, however, predict the oddball crew she would be living with. As she gets to know the crew & starts to feel like a family isn’t the worst thing she could find out here, the crew is given the offer of a lifetime. Tunnelling wormholes through space. Risking her life wasn’t exactly part of Rosemary’s plan though.
This series is just so wholesome to read. It is FILLED with diverse characters of all different species. This world is so well developed including so many new & unique species that get mentioned along the way! I love that these are companion novels but characters from other ones can sometimes pop up. I am so keen for the 4th book which is coming in 2021! This is just so amazingly written and I really need to give them a reread before book 4 comes out!

5. The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen

The Wicked + The Divine is a fantasy Graphic Novel series where every 19 years 12 gods are incarnate as humans. After 2 years they will all be dead.
This series is actually 9 Volumes that are currently out & I’ve read 7 of them. Firstly the artwork in these are stunning & super colourful! I love getting to know these characters & see all the chaos that goes down. These ones are pretty vulgar/violent at times, so just be warned of that. Highly recommend.

6. The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts

The Flower Girls is an Adult Thriller and the synopsis for this is SUPER vague, & I don’t want to spoil anything, so here is the synopsis.

YOU’LL NEVER FORGET THE FLOWER GIRLS
The Flower Girls. Laurel and Primrose.
One convicted of murder, the other given a new identity.
Now, nineteen years later, another child has gone missing.
And The Flower Girls are about to hit the headlines all over again…

Goodreads Synopsis for The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts

The Flower Girls was very thrilling & gripping! I was on the edge of my seat & I loved the mystery of it. Highly recommend.

7. Hercule Poirot by Agatha Christie

I don’t think I really need to describe the Hercule Poirot series! We follow Hercule Poirot, an eccentric Belgian detective as he solves murders. There is 45 books in the Hercule Poirot series & I’ve read 40 of them!
Absolutely amazing and mysterious! There is very rarely a time that I guess who did it before the reveal and I just love Hercule Poirot as a character!

8. The Complete MAUS by Art Spiegelman

Another Historical book set in WWII but this one is not just based on a true person. It is the true story in graphic novel form. MAUS follows Art Spiegelman as he describes what his grandfather, Vladek, and his wife endured during WWII as a Jewish family.
This is harrowing, heartbreaking and just amazingly done. I also loved that Art used different animals to represent the different groups in the graphic novel. I Highly recommend reading this one but just know that it is a hard book to read.

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Books on my Christmas Wish List 🎄 Blogmas Day 18

Today I will be showing all the books on my Christmas Wish List! Let’s jump in!

Fantasy Books

Mystery/Thriller

Sci-Fi

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