Top Ten Tuesday-Books I hope Santa Brings me, or books I want pre-order with gift cards from the Holidays

Hi! Jana hosts Top Ten Tuesday @that artsy reader girl. This weekly meme was born out of a love of lists and bringing the book blogging community together. Each week, Jana will post a prompt, and we readers will make a list based on that prompt. We also have the option of doing our own thing if we don’t have any ideas for the topic that week. This week, our topic is Books I hope Santa Brings me. I am expanding this to books that I want to preorder with gift cards I get from the Holidays.

1- Reggie and Deliah’s Year of Falling by Elise Bryant

2- Critical Role-The Mighty Nine: The Nine Eyes of Lucian by Madeline Roux

3- Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

4- Nona the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

5- Comixlogy Unlimted Subscription

6- A Whole song and Dance by Savenaz Tash

7- Where Do You See Yourself by Claire Forest

8- Out of Character by Jenna Miller

9- The Love Match by Pryanka Taslim

10-Love Letters for Joy by Melissa See

Top Ten (Fourteen) Tuesday-Books on my January TBR

Hi! Jana hosts Top Ten Tuesday @thatartsyreadergirl. This weekly meme is inspired by our love of lists and bringing the book blogging community together. Each week, Jana will post a prompt, and we readers will write our list based on that prompt. We also have the option of doing our own thing if we don’t have any ideas for that topic that week. This week’s topic is Books on our winter 2023 TBR, and this works out perfectly for me, because I am trying to be good, and plan my January TBR early. Here are the books I hope to read next month. 

Physical Books

1-The Wicked King by Holly Black

I’m going to be reading the second book in the Folk of Air Trilogy so I can continue the series with the third book, and novella next year. This will be a buddy read with a bunch of members of the Bookish Reality Discord Server. I’m excited to continue the story and finish the series next year. 

2-Loathe to Love You (ARC) by Ali Hazelwood

I got this ARC as a Goodreads Giveaway win. It comes out next month, and after reading The Love Hypothesis this year, I’m excited to see what these novellas have in store. There’s just something about reading a romance in the winter that really hits the vibes for me. 

3&4Here There Be Gerblins and Murder on the Rockport Express (The Adventure Zone Graphic Novels  1 & 2) by Clint, Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy 

I love The Adventure Zone Podcast, and I loved these novels. I’m going to reread all of them in preparation of the fifth comic coming out next year. I’m excited to revisit this comic series based on the first campaign of The Adventure Zone podcast. 

5-Harrow the Ninth? (I need to make sure I can get a copy)

I’m reading Gideon the Ninth right now, and I’m loving it. I want to grab the rest of the books out now. I wasn’t sure if this series was going to be for me, but I’m loving it a lot and it’s a welcomed change from my usual genre. 

6-Begin  Again by Emma Lord (Out 1/24)

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I pre-order every new Emma Lord book that comes out. I’m very excited to read Emma Lord’s debut in the NA genre, and I’m wondering how she will write a story about college students. 

7-Reggie and Delilah’s Year of Falling  (out 1/31) by Elise Bryant

I’ve been meaning to read this author’s books for a few years, as they all seem to be books I would enjoy. This one follows a Punk Rock singer and a D&D DM. I am so excited about this book, and will be pre-ordering the book before its release! 

Ebooks (Owned)

8-Well Met- 

Well Met is a book that has been sitting in my kindle for years. The COYER community book club will be reading this in January, so it’s the perfect opportunity to finally read it. 

Library Books(Ebooks) 

I have so many Libary books coming in the next few weeks, luckily some of these are graphic novels that can be read in a week. That’s why you don’t see many owned Ebooks on my TBR for next month. 

9-Drama by Rania Telegemeir -4 weeks

I’ve wanted to read this Graphic Novel for years. 

10-Dungeons & Dragons Roll Call by Molly Knox Ostertag-4 weeks

I saw this advertised on Goodreads a few weeks ago, and I joined the list as quickly as I could. I’m trying to do a challenge where I read more manga, comics, and Graphic Novels next year. 

11-The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani- 4 weeks

I’m going to try and read this book before I watch the show! I’m excited to read it. 

12-The Book Wanders  by Anna James -4 weeks

This book has been on my TBR for years, and I’m finally going to read it! 

13-Twelfth Grade Night by Molly Horton Booth-4 weeks

A modern retelling of Twelfth Night?! Sign me up! I’m so excited to read this. 

14-Tomorrow Tomorrow Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin-5 weeks 

I’ve heard fantastic things about this book. I’m also a gamer, so I’m excited to read this book about the video game industry. 

Top Ten Tuesday-Best Books of 2022-11-21

Hi! Jana hosts Top Ten Tuesday @thatartsyreadergirl. This meme was born out of a love of lists and bringing the book blogging community together. Each week, Jana will post a prompt, and we readers will write our response based on that prompt. We also have the option of doing our own thing if we’re not feeling that topic that week. This week is a freebie, so I’m doing my top reads of the year 11-21! 

Middle-Grade

11-Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga 

12- Boulevard of Dreams by Mandy Gonzalez 

13-From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks

14- Growing Pangs-Kathryn Ormsbee

YA

14- A Scatter of Light by Malinda Lo

15- Demon in the Wood by Leigh Bardugo

16-Blackout by Various 

17- Concreate Rose by Angie Thomas

18- Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

19- Loveless by Alice Oseman

Adult 

20- Mistakes Were Made by Meryl Wilsner 

21- Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins by Matthew Mercer, Matthew Colville (Goodreads Author), Olivia Samson, Chris Northrop

Top Ten Tuesday- Cozy Read Recommendations

Hi! I’m back with the weekly blogging meme Top Ten Tuesday. Jana hosts this meme on @thatartsyreadergirl. This weekly meme was born out of a love of lists and bringing the book blogging community together. Each week, Jana will post a prompt, and we readers will make a list based on that topic. We also have the option of doing our own thing. I love our topic this week, and I can’t wait to talk about the books. I feel like I can talk about cozy books for ages, and with the winter coming, I’ll definitely be adding some of these to my TBR. I’ll put the books in sections to make it easy to find what you’re looking for. I define a cozy book as a book with wonderful characters, and a plot that has light and fun elements, as well as hard-hitting life situations. 

Adult

1- One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston (Romance)

One Last Stop is on this list because it’s one of my favorite cozy romances. The vibes of the book are cozy for me because you spend time with the characters, and you get to see how they live their lives. Jane and Augest have such a sweet romance. 

2- Deiliah Green Doesn’t Care  by Ashley Herring Blake (Romance)

Delilah Green Doesn’t Care is on this list for a similar reason One Last Stop is on this list. It’s queer, and it slaps. Delilah Green Doesn’t Care has a story that I really enjoyed, and the characters are messy, but they also had a fantastic romance. This was my favorite romance of the year because of these elements, and it had everything I look for in a cozy book. 

3-Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldree (Fantasy)

I feel like this book defines a cozy book for many, and I believe it will be on many lists this week. The characters in this book are fantastic and the vibes of the book are cozy. You follow Viv as she opens a cafe, and builds her menu, along with building new friendships. I want to get an ebook of this just to relive the cozy vibes. 

4- The Adventure Zone Series by Clint, Justin Travis, and Griffin McElroy (Comics)

This is a series of comics that I loved. They’re based on a podcast, and they have cozy vibes for me because of the characters, the story, and the art. This series is fantastic, and I feel like not a lot of people read them, or know about them. 

5- Critical Role- Vox Machina: Kith & Kin by Marieke Nijkamp (Fanatsy)

I read this book earlier this year, and it blew me away by how much I loved it, and how coz the vibes of this book were. Vex and her twin brother Vax take you on their adventures and meet the people they come across along the way. I believe this book was cozy for me because there was no romance, and it was just a fun fantasy adventure. 

YA

6- When You Get the Chance by Emma Lord (Contemporary)

This is one of those books that might just be cozy for me, but I love it. Emma Lord is an author who writes it of cozy books, with characters and stories that make you feel cozy. Millie is a fanatic character, and she has surrounded by characters that enhance the cozy vibes. 

7- All For One for Lilli Lainoff (Fantasy)

I wanted YA Fantasy to go with Legends and Lattes. I read both books at the same time, and this retelling of The Three Musketeers is perfect for the cozy vibes. The friendship is perfect, and I really enjoyed this book. 

8- Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (Contemporary)

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I love Becky Albertalli. I find this book cozy because of the characters and the story. 

Middle-Grade

9- Scout is Not A Bandkid by Jade Armstrong (Graphic Novel)

This is a cozy Middle-Grade Graphic Novel that I was on the blog tour for. I loved it and found it cozy because like The Adventure Zone, the art style, characters, and story. 

10- Fearless by Mandy Gonzalez (Mystery)

I recommend this book to everyone when it came out a few years ago. I loved it, and It’s cozy for kids because the characters are fun, the story is interesting, and the theater is a cozy place to have a mystery. 

End of the Year Book Tag 2022!

Hi! With the end of the year coming, I wanted to join in on the End of the Year Book tag! I copied all the questions from –yourwordsmyink

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

Yes! I have a TBR made for December already. I’ll post about it in a few days, but I’m trying to keep it light and fun for the holidays. 

Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

No, I like to read season reads when I can, and this year, I have a reread planned. I also read fantasy in the winter, because for me, winter means fantasy. I like having fun with my reading and not have a tbr that’s all that seasonal. 

Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

The new Sophie Gonzales maybe, but that depends on the wait at the library as well. 

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir, Straight on Till Morning by Liz Braswell, and an audiobook of The Atlas Paradox by Olivie Blake. I have other books on my TBR, but they’re the books I’m ok with going into the new year. 

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?

I will be saving a slot in my top reads of the year for Gideon the Ninth, I just don’t know where. I need ot get more into the book, but it will be in my top 20m books of the year list. The Atlas Paradox could sneak into my best books of the year as well. 

Have you already started making reading plans for 2023?

Oh yes! I have a year-long goal to read more comics, Graphic Novels, and Manga. I’m a member of various bookish spaces, and I’m going to be joining, but I don’t know their prompts yet! 

Critical Role-Vox Machina-Kith& Kin

fun gif I found from Campaign 1^^^^^

Hi! I recently read Critical Role- Vox Machina- Kith &Kin by Marieke Nikamp. I wanted to review the book because I enjoyed it so much. 

CAWPLIE Breakdown

Rating-9.57

Star Rating- 5 stars 

Characters- 9

Atmosphere- 10

Writing-10

Plot-8

Intrigue -10

Logic-10

Enjoyment-10 

Characters

The characters in this story were two characters I knew from watching Critical Role, but I loved seeing them in a new story. Vex and Vax are both fantastic characters who come to life in this new story. The supporting cast was full of vivid characters that added an additional element to the story. While Vex was my favorite character, I also really enjoyed Vax, Aswin, and Trinket. 

Plot

A plot is something I need in a Fantasy because I’m one of those Fantasy readers who prefers a story in addition to the world-building. Critical Role: Vox Machia- Kith & Kin had a great story in addition to the world-building. Having a duel timeline for the stories also was fantastic because you got to see Vex and Vax through the years, and see their journeys. The characters and story elements were also interesting across both plots. 

Writing

I loved the writing of Critical Role: Vox Machina-Kith & Kin. The light-hearted scenes were perfect because they showed Vex & Vax having fun with their friends and exploring the world they lived in. This novel also has heavy scenes, which show that Vex and Vax are human, and they have a rich story, along with being multi-layered as human beings. World Building is something that comes into play in a Fantasy, and Critical Role: Vox Machina -Kith &Kin is the perfect mix of world-building, characters, and story which I loved. 

Recommend for and Enjoyment 

This is a fantasy novel that I have not seen talked about as much. If you love Fantasy, one that is a little off the beaten path, consider this one. I enjoyed this novel immensely. 

Gamer Girls:Gnat Vs Spyder by Andrea Towers (ARC Review)


Gamer Girls: Gnat Vs Spyder by Andrea Towers

Thank you Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for the E-ARC of Gamer Girls. A few months back, I was in the mood for a new book, so I started browsing Netgalley Read now. I stumbled upon this book and being a gamer as well, I wanted to see what kind of story this was. 

Book info

Title: Gamer Girls: Gnat vs Spyder

Author: Andrea Towers

Genre: Middle-Grade Contemporary

Expected Publication: January 31st, 2023 by Andrew McMeel Publishing

Add to Goodreads:here

Star Rating: 4 stars

Cawpile breakdown Cawpile is a book rating system that lets you look at books in a more analytical way. I love it because it adds a little more to ratings and reviews than just a number. I’ll be using it for my book reviews now to look at stories more analytically and share more about why I enjoyed or didn’t enjoy a book. 

Characters:7

Atmospehere:6

Writing:8

Plot:7

Intriuge:7

Logic:7

Enjoyment:8

Total:7.14

Characters

The characters were why I wanted to read this novel. I enjoyed getting to know them, and they all had unique story to tell. Each of them had their own hobby and passions, but that’s what made the book interesting to me. Together as a friend group, the characters were interesting because they were a mix of personalities. Natalie was my favorite character, but I also really enjoyed Lucy. 

Plot

Here’s the thing, I kind of guessed the big twist to the story about halfway through, but I still really enjoyed the end of the book. Gamer Girls: Gnat Vs Spyder followed two gamers who compete when they play a game called Alienlord. Alienlord is a game set in space, and it’s a two-player game where one person is the alien, and the other person is the hunter. Both characters took turns doing both roles as the book progresses. Lucy moves next door to Nat. Judging by context clues, it’s clear that Lucy is Spyder. Another plot element to Gamer Girls: Gnat Vs Spyder is the fact that Nat’s sister Dylan is moving out, and how she deals with that. There’s a friendship in this novel that plays a part in the story which was fun. 

Writing 

Middle-Grade a whole is filled with writing that is both light and heavy in tone depending on the scene. Gamer Girls: Gnat Vs Spyder has a similar style of storytelling to the rest of the genre. The fun scenes are told with a light and fun tone. Heavier topics, such as keeping things from friends, and hiding your hobbies and passions, are told with passion and care. Andrea Towers is a writer that I will read more from. 

Friendship 

Friendship plays a role in Gamer Girls: Gnat Vs Spyder, and I loved the journey the group went on. The story started with some tension because Nat was keeping things from her friends, and you could tell that she wanted to tell her friends, she just didn’t know how they would react. Once Lucy moves and joins their group, things become a little better because Lucy is a gamer, who is confident about gaming. By the end of the novel, all four girls know about Nat and her gaming, and they all support each other by letting them all know they support them, and they all play a role in their streams. 

Enjoyment/ Recommend for 

I really enjoyed this book! It was fun and each of the characters had an interesting story. If you enjoy Middle-Grade Novels, or novels about friendships, and growing, similar to The Baby-Sitters Club, you will enjoy this novel as well. I believe that any fan of gaming and Middle-Grade Novels would enjoy this book just based on the vibes of the story.

Terry’s Crew by Terry Crews Blog Tour-(ARC Review)


Hello! Thank you to TBR and Beyond Book Tours and NetGalley for giving me a copy of this book for the blog tour.

About the book

Genre: Middle-Grade Graphic Novel
Publishing date: November 8, 2022

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Synopsis:

Actor-author-athlete Terry Crews digs into his childhood in Flint, Michigan, to tell a story of fitting in and finding your place in his showstopping debut middle-grade graphic novel, the start of a series.

Terry’s Crew is a true delight from beginning to end. It’s sure to provide a much-needed mirror and sliding glass door for countless kids.” —Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give

“A delightful, powerful, readable retelling of Terry Crews’s adolescence. Readers young and old will be captivated.”
—Sharon M. Draper, author of Out of My Mind

“A must-read for all those kids who allow themselves to dream in a variety of big ways. Bravo!” —Pablo Cartaya, author of The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

Young Terry Crews has a Big Dream Plan: He wants to become a MULTIHYPHENATE. That means he wants to be an artist. And a football player. And a musician. And maybe a NASA scientist, too! OK, maybe it’s ambitious, but his parents worked hard so he could go to a new school—Rock City Academy, a prestigious institution (read: rich kids go there) where he’s sure he can make his mark at the talent show. He plans an elaborate performance with his new friends, Rani, a passionate engineer, and Xander, a shy kid with a head like an encyclopedia.

Along the way, Terry’s plan is threatened by his grades, which slip below Mom-and-Dad-approved levels, as well as the schemes of the school’s football star, Rick, who won’t stop until Terry quits the talent show altogether. No matter what challenges he faces, though, Terry knows that he always has his crew to back him up. 

Terry’s Crew by Terry Crews review

Rating: 3 stars

Characters

Even in a Graphic Novel, I still need compelling characters to enjoy a book. Terry’s Crew featured Terry and his friends, and all of them were amazing. I loved how well fleshed out each character was, even though they were people that Terry grew up with and went to school with. One of my favorite things about the book was how Terry, Rani, and Xander came together for the talent show. Each character in this book went on a journey, even Rick, and I was so excited to see how much they grew at the end of the novel. 

Plot

One of my favorite parts of this novel was the story. The primary focus is Terry starting a new school, the times he has there, and how it can help him when he grows older. As someone who used to do talent shows in school as well, I related to the talent show section the most, and this was my favorite story element. My other favorite element was Terry finding out who his loyal friends were at his new school. 

Writing  and Art

Terry’s crew is told with heart, and you can tell how much passion Terry has for the story being told. Sure, it’s mostly inspired by his life, and what happened in his childhood, but it’s told in an interesting way from other books in the genre. Art is very important to a graphic novel, and the art in this book is fantastic. I love how the art worked with the story and enhanced the story. Art Style comes into play when looking at the art of a graphic novel, and the style of art used is one that works well for the story being told. 

Friendship

This book doesn’t have romance, but the novel has a lovely friendship. Terry and Rani meet when Rani is showing Terry his school when he is a new student. Xander meets them a little later in the story, but he’s a welcome member of the trio. Terry, Rani, And Xander support each other when needed, and they also help each other through the heavier topics discussed in the story. Rick is one that starts off as a bully, and he wants Terry to join him in his act for the talent show. By the end of the novel, even Rick is a character that you want to root for. 

Recommend for/ Enjoyment 

This was an enjoyable read for me, as someone who is trying to read more Middle-Grade Books and is also trying to get into graphic novels more. The story is fun, however, there are also some lessons in the novel that readers young and adults can grow from. I recommend this for people that enjoy the genre, and those that are looking for a fun memoir, 

About the Author

Terry Alan Crews (born July 30, 1968) is an American actor and former American football player. He is best known for playing Julius on the UPN/CW sitcom Everybody Hates Chris, Sergeant Terry Jeffords on the NBC comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and for his appearances in Old Spice commercials, as well as films such as Friday After NextIdiocracy, and The Expendables series. He is a host of America’s Got Talent.

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