Monthly Wrap-Up | August 2022

Hello Lovely Readers!

Does anyone else feel like this year is just zooming by? I swear that August had just started!

August was filled with a lot of car fixes and am still dealing with it haha. It was also filled with chickens and cats like always! The baby chicks and kittens are already growing so fast. It’s crazy what can happen in a couple months.

My daughter started school and she is doing well. It’s sometimes hard to keep her attention but it just means a lot of breaks in-between.

The best part of the month was my reading. I have been getting back into the swing of things and read quite a bit!

This month I managed to read 15 books, 12 audiobooks, and 0 manga.
27 books in total!

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My favorite book of the month would be The Ballad of Never After (Once Upon a Broken Heart #2) by Stephanie Garber for obvious reasons!

My least favorite would be Falling for Korea by Piper Jean. It had too much drama.

  • I‚Äôm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy (ūüéß)
  • The Ballad of Never After (Once Upon a Broken Heart #2) by Stephanie Garber¬†(arc)
  • Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America by Susan Campbell Bartoletti (ūüéß)
  • Belladonna by Adalyn Grace¬†(arc) (4.5 stars)
  • The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon (ūüéß) (4.5 stars)
  • A Dreadful Splendor by B.R. Myers¬†(arc)
  • Ghostlight by Kenneth Oppel (arc)
  • The Second Blind Son by Amy Harmon (ūüéß)
  • Defend the Dawn by Brigid Kemmerer (arc)
  • Empty Smiles (Small Spaces #4) by Katherine Arden¬†(ūüéß)
  • Seoulmates by Susan Lee (arc)
  • Love Times Infinity¬†by Lane Clarke (ūüéß)
  • The Girl in White¬†by Lindsay Currie (arc)
  • The Darkening by Sunya Mara¬†(ūüéß) (3.5 stars)
  • Kit McBride Gets a Wife by Amy Barry (arc)
  • Long Live the Pumpkin Queen by Shea Ernshaw (ūüéß)
  • The Epic Story of Every Living Thing by Deb Caletti (arc)
  • Spells for Forgetting by Adrienne Young (arc)
  • A Venom So Dark and Sweet (The Book of Tea #2)¬†by Judy I. Lin (ūüéß)
  • The First Binding by R.R. Virdi¬†(arc) (2.5 stars)
  • Monsters Born and Made by Tanvi Berwah (arc)
  • The Make-Up Test by Jenny Howe (arc) (2.5 stars)
  • Funny Feelings by Tarah Dewitt
  • In the Weeds (Lovelight #2) by B.K. Borison¬†(arc/ūüéß)
  • Wild is the Witch by Rachel Griffin¬†(ūüéß)
  • The Liar’s Crown by Abigail Owen (arc/ūüéß)
  • Falling for Korea by Piper Jean¬†(arc)

How many books did you read in July? Did you have a favorite?
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Monthly Wrap-Up | July 2022

Hello Lovely Readers!

Does anyone else feel like this year is just zooming by? And apparently I have done one of these posts since March so that’s cool, haha. I guess we will pretend the months in between this one and that one didn’t count! It’s not like I got much reading done while moving anyways.

I honestly don’t remember what happened in July. It was a pretty good month and I did get some reading done. I did a lot of gardening as well and it’s been nice to get out more! The sun has definitely done wonders for me.

Hopefully you all had a great July as well!

This month I managed to read 14 books, 6 audiobooks, and 1 manga.

21 books in total!

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My favorite book of the month would be Bronze Drum by Phong Nguyen. It was a great audiobook!

My least favorite would be my one star read.

None This Month

  • A Tale of Three Sisters by Anika Fajardo
  • Bronze Drum by Phong Nguyen (arc / audio)
  • No One is Alone by Rachel Vincent (arc)
  • Lovelight Farms by B.K. Borison
  • Don’t Go to Sleep by Bryce Moore (arc)
  • Beasts of Ruin (Beasts of Prey) by Ayana gray (arc / 3.5 stars)
  • The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (arc / 3.5 stars)
  • American Royalty by Tracey Livesay (audio)
  • All Downhill With You by Julie Olivia
  • The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy by Megan Bannen (arc)
  • To Get to the Other Side by Kelly Ohlert (arc)
  • Just Another Love Song by Kerry Winfrey (arc)
  • A Disaster in Three Acts by Kelsey Rodkey (audio)
  • The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han (audio)
  • A Year to the Day by Robin Benway (audio)
  • No Funny Business by Amanda Aksel (arc)
  • We Made It All Up by Margot Harrison (arc)
  • Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku Vol. 1 by Fujita (manga)
  • The Weekend Away by Sarah Alderson (audio)
  • Nick and Noel’s Christmas Playlist by Codi Hall
  • No Way Home by Jody Feldman (arc)

How many books did you read in July? Did you have a favorite?

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Monthly Wrap-Up | March 2022

Hello Lovely Readers!

Does anyone else feel like this year is just zooming by? How are we into April already?

This month was pretty busy with travelling to see family and getting through school for my daughter as well as my husband finishing up. They both will finish in May and it will be here sooner than I know. I am not looking forward to everything that comes with it as we will be diving into the unknown. For that, my blogging, and even reading, may take a dip.

At the end of March I started watching Bridgerton and I am hooked! I honestly didn’t think I would like it as much as I have. It has made me cry and laugh out loud. It’s also nice having two computer screens so I can watch and type up blog posts, lol. It’s a win-win.

On another note, my husband and I celebrated 8 years of marriage this month. It’s wild to think it has been so long and yet I have known him for almost 13…Time goes by fast but I wouldn’t change the direction it has went.

I hope you all had a spectacular March as I have! And that April will be just as lovely. ‚̧

This month I managed to read 13 books, 5 audiobooks, and 6 mangas.

24 books in total!

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My favorite book of the month would probably be my 5 star reads! I liked finishing up the manga series.

My least favorite would be my one stars.

  • Waiting for Spring Vol. 11¬†by Anashin (manga)¬†
  • Waiting for Spring Vol. 12¬†by Anashin
  • Waiting for Spring Vol. 13¬†by Anashin
  • All My Rage¬†by Sabaa Tahir
  • The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea¬†by Axie Oh (4.5 stars)
  • Waiting for Spring¬†Vol. 14 by Anashin
  • Only a Monster¬†by Vanessa Len
  • Black Beauty¬†by Anna Sewell (audiobook)
  • League of Liars¬†by Astrid Scholte
  • A Warm Rainy Day in Tokyo¬†by Kana Wu (arc)
  • Once Upon a K-Prom¬†by Kat Cho (arc)
  • A Devil and Her Love Song¬†Vol. 1 by Miyoshi TŇćmori
  • A Proposal They Can’t Refuse by Natalie Cana
  • Cinder’s Adventure: Get Me To the Wedding! by Marissa Meyer
  • The Roommate Situation¬†by Katie Bailey
  • Hotel Magnifique¬†by Emily J. Taylor
  • The Call of the Wild¬†by Jack London (audiobook)
  • The Stars Between Us¬†by Cristin Terrill (arc)
  • An Illusion of Thieves¬†by Cate Glass (audiobook)
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow¬†by Washington Irving
  • Never Coming Home by Kate Williams
  • Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits, Vol. 1 by Waco Ioka
  • Gallant¬†by V.E. Schwab
  • Always Jane¬†by Jenn Bennett (arc)¬†

How many books did you read in February? Did you have a favorite?

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Monthly Wrap-Up | February 2022

Hello Lovely Readers!

Does anyone else feel like this year is just zooming by?

February was filled with a couple visits to the doctor and just getting back into the swing of things after having the plague in January. I have skipped more blog posts and hopping this month than any other for quite some time. It’s been hard to fit it all in when I have a lot of places to go and homeschooling my daughter. This weekend I have taken some time to write ahead, ones that are reviews. Hopefully I can get back into a schedule. ūü§ě

My reading has been about the same the last couple of months. I didn’t like a lot of the books I read in February though. I don’t know if it was because of my slump or just not actually enjoying the book. I’m hoping that March goes much better when it comes to ratings.

Other than that, it’s been playing a game here and there and just spending time with my husband and daughter.

This month I managed to read 9 books, 5 audiobooks, and 3 mangas.

17 books in total!

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My favorite book of the month would be White Fang by Jack London! I was very surprised with how much I liked it.

My least favorite would be what I dnfed.

None This Month

  • White Fang¬†by Jack London (audiobook)
  • One Hundred and One Dalmatians¬†by Dodie Smith (audiobook)
  • Waiting for Spring Vol. 10¬†by Anashin (manga)
  • Those Not-So-Sweet Boys Vol. 5¬†by Yoko Nogiri (manga) ‚≠ź‚≠ź‚≠ź‚≠ź
  • All the Right Reasons by Bethany Mangle (arc)¬†
  • Daughter of Redwinter¬†by Ed McDonald (arc)
  • The Bone Orchard¬†by Sara A. Mueller (arc)
  • The Giver¬†by Lois Lowry (audiobook)
  • Sadie on a Plate¬†by Amanda Elliot (arc)
  • How to Fake it in Hollywood¬†by Ava Wilder (arc) (3.5 stars)
  • The Hacienda¬†by Isabel Canas (arc)
  • A Sign of Affection Vol. 5¬†by Suu Morishita (manga)
  • The Angel Experiment¬†by James Patterson (audiobook)
  • The No-Show¬†by Beth O‚ÄôLeary (arc)
  • Little Lord Fauntleroy¬†by Frances Hodgson Burnett (audiobook) (2.5 stars)
  • A Rip Through Time¬†by Kelley Armstrong (arc)¬†
  • A Show for Two¬†by Tashie Bhuiyan (arc)

None This Month

  • The Lost Queen¬†by Signe Pike (audiobook)
  • This Woven Kingdom¬†by Taherah Mafi

How many books did you read in February? Did you have a favorite?

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Monthly Wrap-Up | January 2022

Hello Lovely Readers!

January has come and gone!

This month we went to the in-laws and got the dreaded plague in between, lol. I am still recovering and sometimes this leftover cough is insane! Other than that, everything is pretty much back to normal.

My reading was the same as December and if it wasn’t for audiobooks it wouldn’t have been. During the plague I didn’t read at all and so there was like a week of nothing. It is what it is. I’m glad that I also read some shorter things, haha.

This month I managed to read 8 books, 7 audiobooks, and 3 mangas.

18 books in total!

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My favorite book of the month would be The Traitor Queen by Danielle L. Jensen!

My least favorite would be what I rated one star, lol. Boring!

  • The Traitor Queen¬†(The Bridge Kingdom #2) by Danielle L. Jensen¬†
  • Yona of the Dawn¬†Vol. 31 by Mizuho Kusanagi¬†
  • Yona of the Dawn¬†Vol. 32 by Mizuho Kusanagi¬†
  • Yona of the Dawn¬†Vol. 33 by Mizuho Kusanagi¬†
  • Icefall¬†by Matthew J. Kirby (audiobook)¬†
  • Pinocchio¬†by Carlo Collodi (audiobook)
  • This Golden State¬†by Marit Weisenberg (arc)
  • Hatchet¬†by Gary Paulsen (audiobook)
  • Violet Made of Thorns¬†by Gina Chen (arc)
  • Queen of the Tiles by Hanna Alkaf
  • The Graveyard Book¬†by Neil Gaiman (audiobook)
  • Together We Burn¬†by Isabel Ibanez (arc)
  • The Matchbreaker Summer¬†by Annie Rains (arc)
  • How to Be the Best Third Wheel¬†by Loridee De Villa (arc)
  • What We Find¬†by Robyn Carr (audiobook)¬†(2.5 stars)
  • The Bitterwine Oath by Hannah West (2.5)
  • Treasure Island¬†by Robert Louis Stevenson (audiobook)
  • Twin Crowns¬†by Katherine Webber & Catherine Doyle (arc)
  • Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
  • Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  • The Lost Queen by Signe Pike
  • Echoes and Empires by Morgan Rhodes
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How many books did you read in December? Did you have a favorite?

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Monthly Wrap-Up | December 2021

Hello Lovely Readers!

Here is another monthly wrap-up! How is it already 2022? I will never know, lol.

December was a busy month! I did manage to read what I wanted to finish by the end of the year so that was good. My reading has definitely declined in the last few months but I do want to give it my all in the new year. Hopefully I can!

I did enjoy my time away from homeschooling my daughter but by next week we will be back at it. I can’t believe she is already halfway done with Kindergarten.

This month I managed to read 17 books and 1 manga.

18 books in total!

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My favorite book of the month would be my only 5 star read! It was so good!

My least favorite was¬†The Fixer Upper¬†by Lauren Forsythe (arc). I just couldn’t get into it and didn’t like the characters all that much.

  • Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan (arc)
  • Springhatch (Bridge of Legends #5)¬†by Sarah K.L. Wilson
  • Delphine and the Dark Thread (Delphine and the Silver Needle #2)¬†by Alyssa Moon (arc)
  • The Corpse Queen¬†by Heather Herrman
  • Wings of Shadow¬†(Crown of Feathers #3) by Nicki Pau Preto
  • The Counterclockwise Heart¬†by Brian Farrey (arc)¬†
  • Long Story Short¬†by Serena Kaylor (arc)¬†
  • The Eye of the World¬†by Robert Jordan
  • Midnight in Everwood¬†by M.A. Kuzniar (arc)
  • The Unexpected Fall¬†by Anna Salcedo (arc)
  • Heartless Prince¬†by Angela De Vito & Leigh Dragoon (graphic Novel)¬†
  • Homicide and Halo-Halo¬†(Tita Rosie‚Äôs Kitchen Mystery #2) by Mia P. Manansala (arc)
  • The Charmed List¬†by Julie Abe (arc) (3.5 stars)
  • As Good As Dead¬†(A Good Girl‚Äôs Guide to Murder #3) by Holly Jackson
  • Empress of Flames¬†(The Girl King #2) by Mimi Yu
  • Love at First Spite by Anna E. Collins (arc)
  • A Lullaby for Witches¬†by Hester Fox (arc)¬†(2.5 stars)
  • The Fixer Upper¬†by Lauren Forsythe (arc)

None This Month

None This Month

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How many books did you read in December? Did you have a favorite?

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Monthly Wrap-Up | November 2021

Hello Lovely Readers!

Here is another monthly wrap-up! Not sure how it is December already…

November was a very busy month! My husband has been going into work earlier and now working on weekends. My daughter is still going strong with school as well as my husband. I can tell school is coming to an end for the semester! I will be happy for a break though, but will still continue to do some things with my daughter.

I didn’t read as much as I wanted to, but that’s okay. I also didn’t have any 5 stars, although one came close! Hopefully December will be filled with all of the 5 stars to end the year right, haha.

This month I managed to read 12 books and 4 audiobooks.

16 books in total!

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My favorite book of the month would be Year of the Reaper by Makiia Lucier! It was a 4.5 star read and it will definitely be added to my shelf since I at first borrowed it from the library.

My least favorite was my dnfed books. I just couldn‚Äôt get into them.

None This Month

  • Castles in Their Bones¬†by Laura Sebastian (arc)
  • Dead Girls Can‚Äôt Tell Secrets¬†by Chelsea Ichaso (arc)
  • Aurora‚Äôs End (The Aurora Cycle #3)¬†by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (audiobook)¬†
  • Autumngale (Bridge of Legends #4)¬†by Sarah K.L. Wilson
  • Alex, Approximately¬†by Jenn Bennett (audiobook)
  • Winterfast (Bridge of Legends #4)¬†by Sarah K.L. Wilson
  • Year of the Reaper¬†by Makiia Lucier (4.5 stars)
  • Dreams Lie Beneath¬†by Rebecca Ross

  • Lease on Love¬†by Falon Ballard (arc)
  • Witchshadow (The Witchlands #4)¬†by Susan Dennard (audiobook)
  • A Psalm of Storms and Silence (A Song of Wraiths and Ruin #2)¬†by Roseanne A. Brown
  • If You Ask Me¬†by Libby Hubscher (arc) (3.5 stars)
  • The Singles Table¬†(Marriage Game #3) by Sara Desai (3.5 stars)

  • The New Girl¬†by Jesse Q Sutanto (arc)
  • When We Were Them¬†by Laura Taylor Namey (arc)
  • The Ivory Key¬†by Akshaya Raman (arc)

None This Month

  • Gilded by Marissa Meyer
  • The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne by Jonathan Stroud
  • Starling by Isabel Strychacz

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How many books did you read in November? Did you have a favorite?

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

October 2021 Monthly Wrap-Up

Hello Lovely Readers!

Here is another monthly wrap-up! I say this every time but each month goes by so quickly. I’m not sure where the time goes anymore.

This month was filled with a lot of reading and taking a break from World of Warcraft. I’m just not enjoying it as much as I was. I have went back to FFXIV. It is another MMORPG I have played before. It’s been fun! Here is a photo of my character and my husband’s:

School is going great for my daughter. She only puts up a fight sometimes, haha. I’m glad that she is enjoying learning and soon we will have another break when it comes to Thanksgiving.

Other than that, it’s the same as usual.

This month I managed to read 18 books, 2 audiobooks, and 4 mangas.

24 books in total!

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My favorite book of the month would be both of my 5 star reads! They were both really good and made me cry. I just wouldn’t be able to pick one over the other.

My least favorite was¬†my dnfed books. I just couldn’t get into them.

  • A River Enchanted by Rebecca Ross (arc) 
  • The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien (audiobook)
  • Love Me, Love Me Not Vol. 10 by Io Sakisaka (manga)
  • A Sign of Affection Vol. 4 by Suu Morishita (manga)
  • Four Aunties and a Wedding (Aunties #2) by Jesse Q. Sutanto (arc)
  • Emma: The Manga by Stacy King (manga)
  • Summernight (Bridge of Legends #1) by Sarah K.L. Wilson 
  • Under Lock & Skeleton Key by Gigi Pandian (arc) 
  • Dawnspell (Bridge of Legends #2) by Sarah K.L. Wilson
  • Usborne Graphic Novel: Dracula by Russel Punter
  • Bound by Firelight (Wickery #1) by Dana Swift (arc)
  • Shadow Grave by Marina Cohen (arc)
  • Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
  • Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen (arc) (3.5 stars)
  • Seoulmates (Seoul Series #2) by Jen Frederick (arc)
  • You‚Äôd Be Home Now by Kathleen Glasgow (3.5 stars)
  • Steelstriker (Skyhunter #2) by Marie Lu (3.5 stars)
  • The Summer We Forgot by Caroline George (arc) (3.5 stars)
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 
  • Those Not-So-Sweet Boys Vol. 4 by Yoko Nogiri (manga)
  • It Will End Like This by Kyra Leigh (arc)
  • Wake the Bones by Elizabeth Kilcoyne (arc)
  • Rising Like a Storm (Wrath of Ambar #2) by Tanaz Bhathena (2.5 stars)
  • Rise Up from the Embers (Set Fire to the Gods #2) by Sara Raasch and Kristen Simmons (2.5 stars)

None This Month

  • Goblins in the Castle by Bruce Coville
  • All These Bodies by Kendare Blake
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How many books did you read in October? Did you have a favorite?

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September 2021 Monthly Wrap-Up

Hello Lovely Readers!

Here is another monthly wrap-up! I say this every time but each month goes by so quickly.

This month has been another busy one with school for both my husband and daughter. I feel like I did get more reading done but maybe that’s because a lot of the books I read were great reads! It felt good to have a decent month when it comes to ratings.

Other than that, I was playing a lot of videogames at the beginning of the month but have been taking it slower the last couple of weeks. I’ve honestly just been a bit slumpy when it comes to general life things so it has caused me to just not want to do any of my usual hobbies which includes reading as well. I feel like it’s just the changing of seasons even though it’s my favorite season of all.

This month I managed to read 11 books and 6 mangas.

17 books in total!

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My favorite book of the month would have to be Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber. I just love Jacks, haha.

My least favorite was¬†Not Another Love Song¬†by Olivia Wildenstein. I couldn’t get behind the main character.

  • The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings #2) by J.R.R. Tolkien (audiobook)
  • Love Me, Love Me Not Vol. 7 by Io Sakisaka (manga)
  • Love Me, Love Me Not Vol. 8 by Io Sakisaka (manga)
  • The Lost Jewels of Nabooti by R.A. Montgomery
  • Yona of the Dawn Vol. 29 by Mizuho Kusanagi (manga) 
  • Yona of the Dawn Vol. 30 by Mizuho Kusanagi (manga)
  • Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber
  • We Were Kings by Court Stevens (arc)
  • Land of Sand and Song by Joyce Chua (arc)
  • Kill Joy by Holly Jackson
  • Love Me, Love Me Not Vol. 9 by Io Sakisaka (manga)
  • Frozen 2: The Manga by Arina Tanemura (manga)
  • What Lives in the Woods by Lindsay Currie (arc)
  • How We Fell Apart by Katie Zhao (3.5 stars)
  • The Suite Spot (Becks Sisters #2) by Trish Doller (arc)
  • Not Another Love Song by Olivia Wildenstein
  • The Shaadi Set-Up by Lillie Vale (2.5 stars)

None This Month

None This Month

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How many books did you read in September? Did you have a favorite?

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August 2021 Monthly Wrap-Up

Hello Lovely Readers!

Here is another monthly wrap-up! I say this every time but each month goes by so quickly.

August was filled with finding a routine for my daughter and schooling and just getting back into the swing of not having my husband around as much. It took a bit in the beginning but we have managed to finish a month of school so far! I’d say that’s pretty good, haha. I’m going to keep celebrating the small things when it comes to it. My daughter seems to be enjoying it for the most part and having little problems.

I’ve still been playing the usual game, World of Warcraft. It’s been fun and we’ve met a few new friends through it.

My reading wasn’t as great as it has been due to anxiety and just not feeling like it so it took a dip but that’s okay! I did manage to finish all of my arcs recently so I am solely focusing on mood reading through my tbr.

This month I managed to read 11 books and 3 mangas.

14 books in total!

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My favorite book of the month was both of my 5 star reads! It would be hard to pick between the two.

My least favorite was probably Prince Freya Vol. 5 by Keiko Ishihara. It was disappointing as the series just seems to get worse for me.

  • The Red Palace¬†by June Hur (arc)
  • Beasts of Prey¬†by Ayana Gray (arc)
  • Hooky¬†by Miriam Bonastre Tur (arc/graphic novel)¬†
  • Dark Waters (Small Spaces #3) by Katherine Arden
  • A Far Wilder Magic¬†by Allison Saft (arc)
  • A Fate of Wrath & Flame¬†by K.A. Tucker (3.5 stars)
  • When Night Breaks¬†(Kingdom of Cards #2) by Janella Angeles (arc)¬†
  • The Raven Heir¬†by Stephanie Burgis (arc) (3.5 stars)
  • A Song of Flight¬†(Warrior Bards #3) by Juliet Marillier (arc) (3.5 stars)
  • I Fell in Love After School Vol. 2¬†by Haruka Mitsui (manga)
  • You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria
  • Daughter of the Moon Goddess¬†by Sue Lynn Tan
  • Prince Freya Vol. 5¬†by Keiko Ishihara (manga/arc)
  • Love, Lists, and Fancy Ships¬†by Sarah Grunder Ruiz (arc)¬†

None This Month

None This Month

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How many books did you read in August? Did you have a favorite?

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)