MONTHLY WRAP UP – OCTOBER 2020

To close out each month, we’ll be posting a break down of everything we reviewed, beginning with the reads we loved.. and ending with the reads we didn’t. Not only does this compile all our reviews in one handy summary for you to peruse, or catch up on, it also gives us an interesting birds eye view of the month and our reads. And maybe, even, our moods.


☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ star reads

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christoper Paolini — see Micky’s review here
Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade — see Micky’s review here (!)

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ star reads

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab — see Hollis’ & Micky’s reviews here
Check, Please! Book Two : Sticks & Scones by Ngozi Ukazu — see Hollis’ review here
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen — see Hollis’ review here
The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen — see Hollis’ review here
The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen — see Hollis’ review here
Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews — see Hollis’ & Micky’s review here
Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia & Anna-Marie McLemore — see Hollis’ review here
On the move: Poems about migration by Michael Rosen — see Micky’s review here
The Winter Duke by Claire Eliza Bartlett — see Micky’s review here
Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade — see Hollis’ review here (!)
Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams — see Micky’s review here
The Wolf and the Water by Josie Jaffrey — see Micky’s review here
The Silent Wife by Karin Slaughter — see Hollis’ review here
Wolfsong by TJ Klune — see Micky’s review here
A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald by Natasha Lester — see Micky’s review here

☆ ☆ ☆ star reads

This Green and Pleasant Land by Ayisha Malik — see Micky’s review here
My Heart Underwater by Lauren Flores Fantauzzo — see Micky’s review here
As The Shadow Rises by Katy Rose Pool — see Hollis’ review here
Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson — see Hollis’ review here
Dragon Slayer by Lauren Gilley — see Hollis’ review here
Golden Eagle by Lauren Gilley — see Hollis’ review here
None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney — see Hollis’ review here
The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes — see Hollis’ review here
The Ippos King by Grace Draven — see Micky’s review here

☆ ☆ star reads

All This Time by Mikki Daughtry & Rachael Lippincott — see Micky’s review here
The Damned by Reneé Ahdieh — see Hollis’ (rounded up) review here
The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult — see Micky’s review here

star reads

u n r a t e d

DNF



additional reads not reviewed for blog : skyhunter, towerwood, things you save
total reads by Micky : eighteen
favourite read of the month : To Sleep in a Sea of Stars
least favourite read of the month : The Book of Two Ways
most read genre : Fantasy

total reviews by Hollis : sixteen
favourite read of the month : my Tearling series read but also Addie LaRue!
least favourite read of the month : The Damned
most read genre : fantasy

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY – OCTOBER 27, 2020

Happy “where’d all my money go?” new release Tuesday, everyone!

As you know, the most exciting day of the week in this community is the day that follows the one we all dread (Mondays for the nope) and today we’re going to highlight some of the new books chipping away at our bank accounts — but each one is so worth it.


Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams is the third in the Bromance Bookclub series. Check out Micky’s review here.

Missing Christmas by Kate Clayborn is a novella previously included in a Christmas anthology and features only one bed (!) and the friends to lovers trope. Anything Clayborn writes is a must for us!


Are there any titles out today you’re excited for? Let us know in the comments below!

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY – OCTOBER 20, 2020

Happy “where’d all my money go?” new release Tuesday, everyone!

As you know, the most exciting day of the week in this community is the day that follows the one we all dread (Mondays for the nope) and today we’re going to highlight some of the new books chipping away at our bank accounts — but each one is so worth it.


Plain Bad Heroines by Emily A. Danforth has been pitched as, “a story within a story within a story and featuring black-and-white period illustrations, Plain Bad Heroines is a devilishly haunting, modern masterwork of metafiction that manages to combine the ghostly sensibility of Sarah Waters with the dark imagination of Marisha Pessl and the sharp humor and incisive social commentary of Curtis Sittenfeld into one laugh-out-loud funny, spellbinding, and wonderfully luxuriant read.” Consider us intrigued!

Among the Beasts and Briars by Ashley Poston is a story we have no idea about. But it has a gorgeous cover and early reviews have thrown about UPROOTED and THE BONE HOUSES, two books we here at the blog loved.

The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult takes the themes of Egyptology and death weaving them into a heavy tale of two possibilities for the protagonist, Dawn.

My Heart Underwater by Laurel Flores Fantauzzo is a LGBTQ+ YA read set between the US and the Phillipines. This story has a number of tropes including a teacher-student connection. This is an own voices book and you should check some own voices reviews on this too.

The Winter Duke by Claire Eliza Bartlett is a another LGBTQ+ book but this time set in a YA fantasy world that felt rather fresh. Its full on magic and focuses on the premise that the family want to kill one another!


Are there any titles out today you’re excited for? Let us know in the comments below!

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY – OCTOBER 13, 2020

Happy “where’d all my money go?” new release Tuesday, everyone!

As you know, the most exciting day of the week in this community is the day that follows the one we all dread (Mondays for the nope) and today we’re going to highlight some of the new books chipping away at our bank accounts — but each one is so worth it.


BROTHERSONG by TJ Klune is the final book in the Green Creek series that so many have been (im)patiently awaiting. But it’s finally here! Packpackpack. Check out Hollis’ review.

THE ONCE AND FUTURE WITCHES by Alix E. Harrow is set in 1893, in New Salem, and it was this part of the summary that grabbed us, “Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote-and perhaps not even to live-the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive. There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be.”

BLACK SUN by Rebecca Roanhorse is a total cover-drew-me-in title and while the summary didn’t quite wow us, this bit? Intrigued. “Crafted with unforgettable characters, Rebecca Roanhorse has created an epic adventure exploring the decadence of power amidst the weight of history and the struggle of individuals swimming against the confines of society and their broken pasts in the most original series debut of the decade.”

THE DEEP BLUE BETWEEN by Ayesha Harruna Attah is a story of twins caught in a raid which dictates where their future goes. Told historically between West Africa and Brazil.


Are there any titles out today you’re excited for? Let us know in the comments below!

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY – OCTOBER 6, 2020

Happy “where’d all my money go?” new release Tuesday, everyone!

As you know, the most exciting day of the week in this community is the day that follows the one we all dread (Mondays for the nope) and today we’re going to highlight some of the new books chipping away at our bank accounts — but each one is so worth it.


THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE by V.E. Schwab is a story about a young woman, the Devil, and a desperate bargain that leaves her forgotten by the world. But today her story is finally told.

IN A HOLIDAZE by Christina Lauren is a Groundhog Day-style holiday story. And today you can live this day and the swoons over and over.

THE LIVES OF SAINTS by Leigh Bardugo is a book pulled from the pages of her Grishaverse series and features drawn illustrations alongside the tales of miracles and martyrdom. If it’s anything like her LANGUAGE OF THORNS release, this is going to be stunning.

THE TOWER OF NERO by Rick Riordan is the fifth and final book in the Trials of Apollo series.. but also the final in the Half-Blood Chronicles and we just don’t know what to do with that information.

SPOILER ALERT by Olivia Dade is a “delightfully fun romantic comedy set in the world of fanfiction, in which a devoted fan goes on an unexpected date with her celebrity crush, who’s secretly posting fanfiction of his own.” Sounds full of delicious tropes and have you seen that cover? Stunning! This romcom is out in the world on October 6, 2020.

THE WOLF AND THE WATER by Josie Jaffrey is a greek mythological type of tale. 16 year old Kala, ostracised by her society because of a disability, finds secrets among her grief and seeks to find answers. This YA historical fantasy is out on October 8, 2020.


Are there any titles out today you’re excited for? Let us know in the comments below!