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Last Year I Was Read… 📚 #2

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…

Misfit City: Vol 2 by Kirsten Smith, Kurt Lustgarten & Naomi Franquiz

This year I am reading Misfit City: Vol 2 and loved it! The Misfit City Graphic Novels are so fun, kinda creepy and full of action. I have loved the whole thing and just had so much fun reading them!

Last Year I Was Reading…

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

This time last year I was listening to the audiobook of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. This was of course a reread for me and I obviously love this book!


It’s hard to compare anything to Harry Potter, so while I did love Misfit City, of course I loved Harry Potter more. Harry Potter is my all time favourite series, so it doesn’t really compare. I do highly recommend Misfit City though!!

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Top Ten Tuesday 💫 Upcoming Releases with Gorgeous Covers

Yes, I am jumping back on the Top Ten Tuesday band wagon but it may not be every week. I’m just planning on jumping in when I enjoy the prompt of the week. So these will be pretty random.

Top Ten Tuesday is a monthly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish but now lives at The Artsy Reader Girl and you can find all the info and upcoming prompts Here.

Prompt: Cover Freebie (choose your own topic, centered on book covers or cover art)

These books aren’t all ones I’ve read or even ones I’m interested in reading. They are simply gorgeous covers!


1. Belle Révolte by Linsey Miller

2. The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow

3. A Phoenix First Must Burn (Anthology) edited by Patrice Caldwell

4. Fable by Adrienne Young

5. Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore

6. Dating Makes Perfect by Pintip Dunn

7. Dust by Kara Swanson

8. Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

9. Traitor by Amanda McCrina

10. Goddess in the Machine by Lora Beth Johnson

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Graphic Novel Recommendations

Today we are going to be talking about 10 Graphic Novels that I think you should check out!
All of these except 1 I have read more than 1 volume of (except the ones that are just one book) so I feel like I have read enough to give you are proper recommendation!
So, let’s jump in!

1. The Backstagers

I have read Vol 1 & Vol 2 of The Backstagers but am yet to read Vol 3. The backstagers is a fun action packed contemporary with a hidden magical world behind the curtains! Our main character transfers to an all boys school where he doesn’t feel like he fits in. Until he finds his place as part of the Backstagers and discovers this hidden underground world.
Highly recommend if you are after a fun & fantasy read!

2. Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

I have read Heartstopper Volume 1, Volume 2 & Volume 3. Volume 4 is set to release Feb 2021!
This is a cute LGBT+ romance and it is just such a fun and wholesome read! This also follows characters that feature in some of Alice Oseman’s other books, so if you love her other books then it’s definitely worth checking it out!
Highly recommend if you are looking for a cute & very quick Graphic Novel.

3. Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu

Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu

Mooncakes is such a gorgeous stand alone Graphic Novel! This one is a YA Fantasy and features a tonne of representation. The main character lives with her Lesbian Witch Grandmothers and wears a hearing aid. There is also a female/female romance featured! So plenty of rep for such a short story!
Mooncakes follows Nova who lives and works at her grandmothers bookshop. She goes to investigate sightings of a white wolf in the woods only to discover her childhood crush, Tam, a werewolf, battling a horse demon. Tam turns to Nova for help against dark forces which are after her wolf magic.
I highly recommend checking out Mooncakes if you are after a LGBT+ witchy fantasy book!

4. Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks

Pumpkinheards by Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks

This is another super fun read! Pumpkinheads is a standalone contemporary and perfect for the autumn (fall) season.
This one follows Deja & Josiah on their last shift at the Pumpkin Patch where they have been working every autumn of high school. Josiah wants to spend the night feeling melancholy about it being their last shift but Deja comes up with a plan that involves seeing every sight & tasting every snack!
If you are looking for a fun, wholesome & autumn feeling read then this is definitely the one for you!

5. Misfit City

I have read Misfit City: Vol 1 and loved it and I’m hoping to read Vol 2 this month!
Misfit City is a kinda creepy adventure story where the characters go on the hunt to find pirate treasure.
I highly recommend this if you need an adventure which is a little creepy. This is another one that would be good for the autumn season as it’s got those creepy elements!

6. Heavy Vinyl

I have read Heavy Vinyl: Riot on the Radio but I didn’t know until brainstorming for this video that there is actually now a follow up book called Heavy Vinyl: Y2K-0!. So I will be going and reading that one soon! I do highly recommend the first one though!
This one follows Chris who has just joined the staff of a local record store. The staff’s favourite singer mysteriously disappears the night before a big show in town and Chris learns that the record shore is just a front for a teen girl vigilante fight club!
This is just such a cool idea and I loved every minute. This is a mystery and is super action packed & fun to read.

7. Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise

I don’t think I need to describe this one. As far as I know this follows the events of the TV show, so if you love the Avatar Show then I highly recommend picking this one up!

8. The Wicked + The Divine

This one is an Adult Fantasy series that is a tad brutal & intense.
The Wicked + The Divine follows 12 gods incarnate as humans. That is literally all you need to know! This series is amazing but as it is adult it has some sexual and gory content that could be troubling for some readers, so be careful.

9. Giant Days

Giant Days is a Fun YA Contemporary that is about three girls that make fast friends when they start University. This series follows the chaos that is their life in university. It’s funny, action packed and crazy.

10. The Complete MAUS by Art Spiegelman

MAUS is a Historical Non-Fiction story that follows the life of Art Spiegelman’s grandfather during the Holocaust as a Jewish man. This is a hard hitting but amazing story but it’s definitely not an easy read. There is no sugar coating things in the story and I love that about it. I also love the art style and that the illustrator used different animals to represent different groups (jews, Germans, Pols, Russians, etc.). This made it easy to follow and understand.
I highly recommend this book if you are a looking for a WWII Historical book!

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The Shadows Between Us 💫 Spoiler Free Review

Title: The Shadows Between Us
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: February 25th, 2020
Pages: 326
Publishers: Feiwel & Friends
Rating:

4.5 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:

1) Woo the Shadow King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.

No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King’s power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and she’s going to do everything within her power to get it.

But Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queen—all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen?

The Shadows Between Us book cover – Silver sword in the centre with red stones in the handle surrounded by a black design & a red background.

Firstly I want to address the romance in this book. As yall may know I am not a fan of romance in books and I went into this book literally knowing NOTHING about it. So by the time I realised this was going to be a romance I was already fully hooked on this story! In the end the romance actually didn’t worry me at all. So that was a bit different for me. Anyway onto the actual review!

This book hooked me from the very beginning! After the first chapter I knew I was going to enjoy this book. I was already so invested in Alessandra’s story & this world.

I love that this is a standalone as standalone fantasy is rare to find, especially good ones that don’t feel like they are missing something. I also kinda wish there was a second book because I wanna know what goes down after the events of The Shadows Between Us. I am happy with how it ended but I love this world and characters so of course I want more.

As I have already mentioned I really enjoyed the characters. Alessandra was a super interesting character and I loved seeing her grow throughout the book. She was also a bit of a badass which I really enjoyed too. Kallais was also interesting and mysterious and I enjoyed seeing him grow and open up to Alessandra. Both characters were very well written and developed really well. The side characters were also very well written and fleshed out! No one felt two dimensional which was great.

This book was very unpredictable except for the overall outcome of the romance. I guessed that pretty early but how we got to that point was unexpected. The plot was super well written and I enjoyed it the whole time. I was hooked and couldn’t wait to see what would happen next.

Overall I really enjoyed this one and can highly recommend it to anyone looking for a fun, intense & interesting romance. I am definitely looking forward to seeing what Tricia Levenseller comes out with next as so far I have been a fan!

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NEWTs Edition – Magical ReadAThon TBR

My second TBR of the day! Don’t worry, there will be a 3rd too, just maybe not today

ReadAThon Announcement!

If you don’t know already Magical ReadAThon is a 2 part ReadAThon that occurs in April & August. The first part is your OWLs. In this round you read books to receive grades in Hogwarts Subjects. The NEWTs is similar but each subject has three grades you can receive.
A: Acceptable
E: Exceeds Expectations
O: Outstanding
The overall goal of the ReadAThon is to aim for a wizarding Career. There are specific subjects during the OWLs & NEWTs that you need to complete to get specific careers. I am aiming for Magizoologist!

So, for NEWTs I need to get an O in Care of Magical Creatures, E in Charms & E in Herbology. I have chosen books for more than just those subjects though. I am participating in the Beat the Bingo ReadAThon as well. So I just kinda made books fit into the NEWTs challenges!

Ancient Runes

A: Ehwaz (partnership) – Read recommended by a friend
E: Book written in past tense

Not chosen

O: Book that has been on your TBR of ages

Arithmancy

A: Book that ends on an even number
E: Read a standalone
O: Book that’s longer than 350 pages

Astronomy

A: Moon on the cover or anywhere in the title

Not Chosen

E: Word “night” in book title or series name
O: Read a Sci-Fi book (or book with stars on the cover)

Care of Magical Creatures

A: Follow the spiders! Why couldn’t it be follow the butterflies! Book title that starts with a letter A, for Aragog!
E: Book under 300 pages
O: Grab onto Fawke’s tail! Read a book with a bird on the cover

Charms

A: Read a book that you think has a gorgeous cover
E: Read a comic/graphic novel/manga (or book under 150 pages)
O: Spongify (softening charm) – read a paperback book

Defence Against the Dark Arts

A: Book that’s black under the dust jacket

Not Chosen

E: Gilderoy’s memory charm – (grab a pen!) first book that you remembered just now from your TBR!
O: Cornish Pixie! Swat it away with a book written by an English author or set in England

Not Chosen

Divination

A: Read a white book

Not Chosen

E: Read a short story or a collection of short stories
O: Read the last book you bought/took from your library

This one will depend on what arrives in the mail. But I just placed an order that included 4 books. So this is a possibility

Herbology

A: Mandrake! Quick, put your headphones on! Listen to an audiobook (if not – green cover)
E: Read a book between 350-390 pages
O: Read a book with a flower on the cover

History of Magic

A: Read a fantasy
E: Read a book that includes a map
O: Tom Riddle’s diary: find memory – reread a favourite (or read a classic)

Muggle Studies

A: Cover that includes an actual photo element

Not Chosen

E: Book set in our real world

Not Chosen

O: Book written by a person of cover

Not Chosen

Potions

A: Polyjuice potion: Read your friend’s favourite book!

Not Chosen

E: House Ingredient: book with a cover in your Hogwarts house colour
O: Book that starts with a Prologue

Not Chosen

Transfiguration

A: Read a book with LGBTQIA+ representation
E: Read a book that’s not a first in the series
O: McGonagall does not mess around! Read a book over 500 pages

Not Chosen

Have you read any of these books? Did you love them? Hate them? Let me know! 
Also, let me know if you’re participating as well! And what career are you aiming for?!

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Beat the Bingo ReadAThon TBR!

So, I’ve been extremely inactive on my blog lately. Between Biannual Bibliothon, MedievalAThon & The Reading Rush I have been super busy & next month is probably going to be the same. I will be participating in NEWTs Edition of Magical ReadAThon (Month long), Beat the Bingo ReadAThon (Month long) & the Harry Potter Edition of Fantasy JourneyAThon (10th – 19th)!

Beat the Bingo ReadAThon is taking place over in the Facebook Group The YA Book Nerds which I run. You can join the group HERE!

I have chosen books for all the challenges except for the ‘Previous YA Book Nerds BOTM’ because as the organiser of the group I have read all the Group Books as I was the one that choose them & made the discussion questions. So I’ve just left this as a free choice for myself.

Read a book with a Male MC

Reread a Favourite

Read a book with a blue cover

Listen to an Audiobook

Read a fantasy book

Read a book with a plant on the cover

Read a Sci-Fi

Read a Graphic Novel

Read a book with multiple POV

Read a book under 250 pages

Read a Diverse Book

Read a book with gold on the cover

Read the Group Book

Read a Dystopian Book

Read a book set in the future

Read a book with red on the cover

Read a mystery book

Read a book by an Author of colour

Read an Own Voices book

Read a 2019 release

Read a book over 300 pages

Read a Historical Book

Read a book with yellow on the cover

Read a Middle Grade book

My TBR is a bit ambitious but I tried to choose a decent amount of Graphic Novels & Audiobooks! There are 14 books, 7 Audiobooks & 3 Graphic Novels! So fingers crossed I can complete as many as possible!

Have you read any of these books? Did you love them? Hate them? Let me know!
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Massive Book Haul! I’m back on YouTube!!!

Just though I would let you all know that I am back on youtube and am hoping to post at least once a week! 

Here is my latest video which is a HUGE book haul!

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I started a BookTube Channel!

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I have mentioned wanting to start a channel on my blog a couple times and I have finally done it!

It would be great if you checked out my first video, gave it a like and subscribed!

If you are a booktuber, please leave your link in the comments! I have been watching the same people for ages and have watched basically all their videos, I need new people to watch!!

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