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Top 10 Tuesday: Underrated Books I Loved

This is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week, there’s a theme and you choose ten books that fit it. Check out upcoming topics here.

This week, the prompt is for books we loved with fewer than 2k ratings on Goodreads. I had to stretch the definition of “love” just a little, and instead went more with books I very much enjoyed, that I think deserve more love. (These were all 4-5 stars for me, though.)

In no particular order, as usual…

Mad Woman

Mad Woman by Kat Savage– I love Kat Savage’s poetry, so far, and I really think her work deserves more attention. Mad Woman (reviewed here) was the first of her books I read, and I’ve since then read a couple more, and I highly recommend her books.

Buzz: A Stimulating History of the Sex Toy

Buzz: A Stimulating History of the Sex Toy by Hallie Lieberman– I reviewed this one last year, and I really enjoyed it. It covers such a broad range of topics, and was a truly fascinating read if you’re looking for something feminist (I think this one is also intersectional) and/or a micro-history, that reads very easily.

Tell Me Where It Hurts

Tell Me Where it Hurts by J.R. Rogue-– Another poetry recommendation. All I remember for sure about this one is feeling like my heart had been ripped out. It was raw and painful, and probably not one I’ll revisit, but I loved it.

The Rose Master (The Rose Master, #1)

The Rose Master by Valentina Cano– This wasn’t a 5 star for me (reviewed here), but I really enjoyed it when I read it a few years ago, and I think Cano has real talent for gothic fiction. This was like a Beauty and the Beast/Jane Eyre retelling, and I can’t wait to read more of her stuff.

Everything Must Go

Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis– This book is so, so underrated! I really loved this one, and I highly recommend it. (Also, for anyone doing a reading challenge that has the task to read an epistolary, this one counts for that!) I also reviewed it, if you want to see more of my thoughts.

Modern Tarot: Connecting with Your Higher Self through the Wisdom of the Cards

Modern Tarot: Connecting With Your Higher Self Through the Wisdom of the Cards by Michelle Tea– Okay, despite the kind of new-agey, hokey title, I freaking loved this book. It has been the absolute best thing I’ve ever found for helping me with reading tarot more intuitively, and I highly recommend it if you’re sick of the hetero-normative and gender binary things in most tarot sources, because that’s not really a thing in this book.

The Witching Pen (The Witching Pen series, #1)

The Witching Pen novellas by Dianna Hardy– This is very much an adult series (sexual content, and maybe violence? It’s been a while…), and maaaybe I wouldn’t love it as much now, I don’t know. But I think Dianna Hardy is a great writer, and I’ve loved everything of hers I’ve read.


DROPKICKromance by Cyrus Parker– That’s right, a third poetry book. I love poetry, and this debut was fantastic (reviewed here). If you like modern poetry like Amanda Lovelace, Michael Faudet, Lang Leav, Rupi Kaur, etc., check out Cyrus Parker.

27 Hours (The Nightside Saga, #1)

27 Hours by Tristina Wright– This series has been cancelled, and I have a lot of feelings about that, but…because I obviously can’t know the full story, I’m not getting into it. I’ll just say that I’m sad, because I was anxiously awaiting the sequel to this book, which I really enjoyed. (Reviewed here)

The Suffering (The Girl from the Well, #2)

The Suffering by Rin Chupeco– This is the sequel to The Girl From the Well, and I can’t believe it has less than 2k reviews. The first book was a 4-4.5 star read for me, but this one… ❤ It was so freaking good, and if you enjoyed the first book, but never read this one, I highly recommend it.

What are some of your favorite underrated books?

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Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Book Couples

This is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week, there’s a theme and you choose ten books that fit it. Check out upcoming topics here.

This was so hard. I don’t care a ton about romantic relationships in books, usually. I mean, I care, but…the romance is way less important to me than world-building, individual characters, etc.

After searching my shelves for days, and going through some of my old reviews, I finally came up with 10, whoo! (I kind of cheated by using 10 books/series, so there are actually 12 couples, shhhh.)

In no particular order, as usual…

Under the Lights (Daylight Falls, #2)

Bri and Van from Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler– I barely remember this book now, but I do remember absolutely freaking loving Bri because she was a bi girl, she was out, and also spoke about bi-erasure.

The Shades of Magic Series (Shades of Magic, #1-3)

Two couples from the Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab– I’m not naming these two, just in case there are people who haven’t read them/been spoiled for the couples. I loved both of them, but loved one more than the other.

Six of Crows Boxed Set: Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom

Two from the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo– Pretty much everyone probably already knows who these are. But I’ve been spoiled for pairings from posts like this before, so I’m trying to not do that to someone else. I loved both of these couples, together and as individual characters. Well, I didn’t necessarily love one, but that character grew on me.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, #1)

Ari and Dante from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz– It’s been a few years since I read this one, but I still love these two nerds. Do I really need to say more about it? I feel like everyone was talking about this book a few years ago, so I’m not sure what I could add.

Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)

Alexia Tarabotti and Lord Maccon from The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger– Ok, these two had some issues at one point, and I’m still pissed about that thing that Maccon did because he’s a moron. But, overall, I loved these two so freaking much. (I almost went with a different couple from this series, but it’s still too painful.)

The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy

Mik and Zuzana from the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor– Yep, that’s right. I’m not going for the main couple from this trilogy, but a couple of side characters. Why? Because they’re better. I was fully invested in their relationship, their happiness, etc. throughout the entire trilogy. They. Are. Perfect.

Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse, #4)

Sookie and Eric from the Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris– I have been Team Eric from day one, sorry (not sorry). Yes, Eric is an asshole. I love him anyway, and I wanted Sookie to end up with him from the first time they really interacted with one another.

Pride and Prejudice

Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy from Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen– Even though I didn’t absolutely love P&P when I read it, how can I not include these two? The evolution of their relationship is just great.

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)

Rose and Dimitri from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead– I was so, so late to the party with these books, but they are so freaking good! I love the relationships (platonic and romantic) in them, and Rose and Dimitri are probably one of my favorite couples ever.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)

A pairing from The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers– I’m not naming this couple because spoilers? Maybe? But holy crap, I loved it so freaking much ❤ So. Damn. Cute! I was shipping it way before it actually happened, which was a little weird for me because I’m not really a shipper.

Who are some of your favorite couples from books?

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Top 10 Tuesday: 2019 Releases I’m On the Fence About

This is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week, there’s a theme and you choose ten books that fit it. Check out upcoming topics here.

There was a book I had on my original list, but because of the…drama…on twitter, I’m not even sure if the book will still be published. I’m not joining that discussion at all because I missed most of what went down so I’m not totally informed about it. All I’ll say is that I was on the fence about the book, but only because I read a sample and thought whether I decided to read it eventually or not would totally depend on my mood when it was available to me.

With that random thing out of the way, here’s my list, in no particular order.

Finale (Caraval, #3)

Finale by Stephanie Garber– I’m cheating so bad by using this one haha. I still haven’t started this series, but I own the first two books and I’m hoping to start Caraval soon(ish). I’m on the fence about this third book because of what (little) I’ve heard about the second book. So, I might read it and decide to not continue the series.

Descendant of the Crane

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He– This is on my TBR, but it’s on there so I don’t forget to check the library. I’m just not totally sure if I want to read it. It doesn’t sound bad or anything. I just think it’s a book I’ll have to be in a particular mood to pick up.

Four Dead Queens

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte– Everything I said above applies to this one, too. I could be into it, but I’d have to be in the right mood.

(no cover art for this one yet) Loki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee I love Mackenzi Lee’s writing, so I want to read everything by her. But, as a hard polytheist, I have a weird relationship with things like Marvel’s Loki, Rick Riordan’s books, etc.

Courting Darkness (Courting Darkness Duology, #1)

Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers– (This might be cheating, too, since it comes out the same day this post goes up, but oh well.) I haven’t read anything by Robin LaFevers, but I’ve heard that you can read this one without having read the others. I’m kind of interested, but I’m not rushing out to get it.

Sorcery of Thorns

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson– This one is also on my goodreads TBR, but I’m not totally sure about it yet. I think I’ll check the library eventually, or maybe Scribd, and give it a shot.


Enchantée by Gita Trelease– (This one also comes out on the 5th :/) I heard about this one at the end of 2018 and was intrigued, but not super excited. I think I could like it, but I’m in no rush to read it.


Middlegame by Seanan McGuire– I don’t even know how I feel about this one. It’s Seanan McGuire, and sounds really weird, like it could be my kind of thing, but…I could also really not like it.

We Set the Dark on Fire (We Set the Dark on Fire #1)

We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia– I’ve been hearing about this one for a couple of months, and I’m intrigued. But, I’m not sure if I’ll actually pick it up anytime soon. It sounds like something I would have loved a few years ago, but right now it’s probably not the kind of book I would find myself reaching for.

The Invited

The Invited by Jennifer McMahon– I’ve read a couple of Jennifer McMahon’s books and enjoyed them, but this one I’m still not sure about. I almost requested an eARC, but changed my mind because something about the description gave me second thoughts.

What are some 2019 books you’re not about?

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Top 10 Tuesday: Newest Additions to my TBR

This is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week, there’s a theme and you choose ten books that fit it. Check out upcoming topics here.

This one is pretty straight forward, so I didn’t add any commentary. These are in order with the most recent addition first, and (as usual) the covers are linked to the goodreads page for the book.

We Rule the Night

We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett

If, Then

If, Then by Kate Hope Day

The Story Keeper

The Story Keeper by Anna Mazzola

Descendant of the Crane

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

The Ten Thousand Doors of January

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

Sky Without Stars (System Divine, #1)

Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell


Sherwood by Meagan Spooner

The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe

The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie


Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova


Finder by Suzanne Palmer

What are some of the latest additions to your TBR?

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Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Didn’t Get to in 2018

This is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week, there’s a theme and you choose ten books that fit it. Check out upcoming topics here.

So. Many. I don’t really do TBRs because I’m doomed to fail at them, but there were so many books I wanted (and intended) to read last year, and I just didn’t get around to them. I’m pretty sure most (if not all) of these books have been on TBR-like lists more than once :/

In no particular order, as usual.

A Map of Days (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #4)

A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs– This is probably the only book on this list that I really wanted to read (it was one of my most-anticipated 2018 books), but was pretty sure I wouldn’t get to it because of when it was released. The last three months of the year are always busy for me, and I don’t get as much reading done as I’d like. Soooooon! (I hope.)


Uprooted by Naomi Novik– I know! I can’t believe I still haven’t read this one, ugh. It’s pretty much at the top of my TBR now, though, so hopefully in the next few weeks I’ll finally read this one.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo– I intentionally put this one off until closer to the release of King of Scars, so I wouldn’t run out of Leigh Bardugo books, but then I never got to it. (Which is probably a good thing, because I’m not sure how long it will take me to get King of Scars :/ )

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas– Ugh. I want to read it, I really do, but I’ve just not been in a contemporary mood at all. I think I’ve read maybe 2 in since this book came out :/

Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard– I wanted to finish the Red Queen series last year, but it didn’t happen. I’m hoping to get through it during the first half of this year, though.

I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After

I Hate Fairyland vol. 1 by Skottie Young– Last year, I started trying to make myself stop hoarding my comics and such until I could get the next volume/issue, but I didn’t get around to this one 😦 I’m possibly going to start it this month, though.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers– I finally actually did read this one, hurrah! I just didn’t get to it last year, like I’d planned. (And, I just reviewed it.)

Spellbook of the Lost and Found

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle– I still haven’t read this one, ugh. I’m such a bad reader. But, at least I’m still super excited about this one, even though I’ve had it for a million years already.

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor– Because the sequel was coming out, I’d planned to read this one. I didn’t, which is probably good, because I still don’t have Muse of Nightmares. (I’m getting my Laini Taylor fix by re-reading DOSAB, DOBAS, and then finally reading DOGAM, though.)

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab– I have both of the Monsters of Verity books, and yet… *dramatic sigh* At least I did actually finally read (and review) Vicious 😛

What are some books you didn’t get to last year?