The Newest Additions to My TBR!

It’s been a while since I’ve done a post that wasn’t a review, I know, but as soon as February starst I’ll be much more active! But for now, here’s a late Top Ten Tuesday! I saw everyone doing these yesterday and I wished I had found out about this prompt sooner!

I want to make a separate post for my recent book hauls when all the books actually arrive (some are rather late…) so here are the newest additions to my TBR!

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ARC Review: Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Synopsis: Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming ― mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account.

Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time...

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Review: Once & Future

A new King Arthur has risen and she’s got a universe to save.
Coming to terms with your identity is always difficult. But for Ari, as the reincarnation of King Arthur, it just got a lot more complicated. What on Earth (or anywhere in space) can she hope to achieve with a rusty spaceship and an adolescent wizard called Merlin?
Gender-bending royalty, caustic wit and a galaxy-wide fight for peace and equality all collide in this brilliant reinvention of the Arthurian legend.

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Review: The Book of Essie

Esther Ann Hicks—Essie—is the youngest child on Six for Hicks, a reality television phenomenon. She’s grown up in the spotlight, both idolized and despised for her family’s fire-and-brimstone brand of faith. When Essie’s mother, Celia, discovers that Essie is pregnant, she arranges an emergency meeting with the show’s producers: Do they sneak Essie out of the country for an abortion? Do they pass the child off as Celia’s? Or do they try to arrange a marriage—and a ratings-blockbuster wedding? Meanwhile, Essie is quietly pairing herself up with Roarke Richards, a senior at her school with a secret of his own to protect. As the newly formed couple attempt to sell their fabricated love story to the media—through exclusive interviews with an infamously conservative reporter named Liberty Bell—Essie finds she has questions of her own: What was the real reason for her older sister leaving home? Who can she trust with the truth about her family? And how much is she willing to sacrifice to win her own freedom?

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December Reading Wrap Up 2019

my new funko key chain of Rhaegal I love it!

A late December Wrap Up because I was struggling to finish books right until the very last day of 2019. December was exhausting mentally and physically, but also very fun.

I spent most of the first two weeks sick and I just didn’t feel like reading all that much. I started and dropped a lot of books just a few pages in because they simply didn’t pull me in, but I’m certain I’ll give them a chance later. I was also nearly at all times reading four or five books at the same time. (Most of them just didn’t pull me in enough, I guess?)

Book Haul

I only purchased one physical book for myself – The Friend of the Desert by Pablo d’Ors, and I have a bunch of cool new ebooks to read during the holidays (that I’m dying to read they really are that great).

And I received two books for Christmas (plus some money to choose my own books*) – The Institute by Stephen King and Manual do Bom Fascista do Rui Zink. *I chose:

  • Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi
  • Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
  • Captive Prince, Prince’s Gambit, and Kings Rising by C. S. Pacat (paperback version, already read)
  • The Foxhole Court, The Raven King, and The King’s Men by Nora Sakavic (paperback version, already read)

Books read:

  • Sleep by Haruki Murakami – 2.5 stars
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (reread)
  • The Friend of the Desert by Pablo d’Ors – 3 stars
  • The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez – 5 STARS
  • (finally finished) The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas – 3 stars
  • The Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra Clare and others – 3 stars
    • Bleach vols. 25 + 26 by Tite Kubo
    • Fullmetal Alchemist vol. 09 by Hiromu Arakawa
    • Honey So Sweet vol. 01 by Amu Meguro
    • The Water Dragon’s Bride vols. 01 – 06 by Rei Toma

This wasn’t the greatest reading month for me. What I enjoyed the most was definitely The Friend Zone which made my 2019 favorites, rereading ACOMAF and ACOWAR, and the manga. Everything else was meh.

Book News! Chain of Gold Excerpt Available Online

Chain of Gold is without a doubt my most anticipated read of the past two years and I was very disappointed when the release date was pushed back to March 2020! But it’s only two more months until then!

In the mean time, for those of you who are unaware of this, Riveted by Simon & Schuster has published an excert of the prologue and first chapter of Chain of Gold on their website!

*I’m not sure if you need an account to view this excerpt or not because I’m logged into my account anyway. Still, Riveted offers a few free books and excerpts every month so I recommend getting an account anyway.

The Excerpt .

Cordelia Carstairs is a Shadowhunter, a warrior trained since childhood to battle demons. When her father is accused of a terrible crime, she and her brother travel to Edwardian London in hopes of preventing the family’s ruin. Cordelia’s mother wants to marry her off, but Cordelia is determined to be a hero rather than a bride. Soon Cordelia encounters childhood friends James and Lucie Herondale and is drawn into their world of glittering ballrooms, secret assignations, and supernatural salons, where vampires and warlocks mingle with mermaids and magicians. All the while, she must hide her secret love for James, who is sworn to marry someone else.

But Cordelia’s new life is blown apart when a shocking series of demon attacks devastate London. These monsters are nothing like those Shadowhunters have fought before—these demons walk in daylight, strike down the unwary with incurable poison, and seem impossible to kill. London is immediately quarantined. Trapped in the city, Cordelia and her friends discover that their own connection to an dark legacy has gifted them with incredible powers — and force a brutal choice that will reveal the true cruel price of being a hero.

Series I Want To Finish in 2020 [#seriestf2020]

The goal for this challenge is to finish series. You can finish as many series as you want, whether you’ve started them last year or this year. There are buddy reads, discussions and readathons to do every month and it’s just a very fun challenge. This challenge will run from January 1st 2020 to December 31st 2020 and you can join at any time.

This challenge is hosted by Anna @ Reader and Proud and Tiffany @tiffthebooknerd. The challenge blog is Series To Finish 2020, and there is also a Goodreads page.

This year I’m setting a goal of 10 series to finish which leads a total of 35 books. You can find my tbr at the goodreads page here

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