Top 10 of 2020

HOLY SMOKES! What a great year for books I’ve had! This is, hands’ down, the best reading year I have ever had. Ever. I know I say that every year, but there are eight, count ’em, EIGHT five-star books on this list. YOWZAH!

In all seriousness, I’m so excited to share this list with you all.

1. The Mirror & the Light

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Utterly brilliant historical fiction. Captivating and compelling.

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The Anonymous Bookaholics Tag

I like this tag because it’s a little different, asking questions about my bookish preferences rather than giving me prompts in which I will, let’s be honest, probably choose the same books I always pick. This gives me a chance to tell you all a little about me, perfect since I don’t think I’ve done anything like this in a while.

Thanks to Em at Ember Revision for tagging me. She’s relatively new around here, so take a minute to check out her blog. 🙂

1. Do you have a favorite bookshop?

No, not really. There aren’t a lot of indies around here (two, to be exact) and they aren’t anywhere near me. If I go to the book store it’s usually Barnes & Noble, mostly because my mom is always sending gift cards. I have been buying from The Dock Bookshop in Fort Worth as much as possible, but they have a very small stock that doesn’t align much with what I read (mostly YA and SF/F), so everything I get from there has to be ordered.

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The Beatles Book Tag

My friend and very favorite blogger, The Orangutan Librarian, recently created The Beatles Book Tag. Little known fact, The Beatles are my all-time favorite band, and my favorite song in the whole world and all styles of music is a Beatles song. So I was so excited to get tagged and would have tagged myself if she didn’t. *smiles*

Rules:

  1. Tag back to the original creator Orang-utan Librarian (me)
  2. Thank whoever tagged you
  3. Tag people and keep it going!

Love Me Do

A book with a character you wish would love you

It’s pretty hard to go wrong with The Orangutan Librarian’s original answer, Mr. Knightly. I would also be okay if Faramir came knocking on my door.

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folklore Book Tag

Star at Star is All Book Up created this tag waaaay back when the folklore album first came out, and I saw her posting about it all over her Instagram but I was catching up on the tags that I was tagged in literally a year ago. So I’m only just now getting to it!

Full disclosure, I’m still not 100% sure how I feel about folklore. All of Taylor Swift’s albums sound so different, but post-rock isn’t my favorite style. Still, I said the same thing about both Reputation and Lover, so I’m sure I’ll come around. 🙂


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a book you grew out of

I don’t usually grow out of books, I’m usually capable of reading a book from my past self’s perspective, especially my kids’ books. But I definitely don’t care for Eragon and the rest of the Inheritance Cycle as much as I did in my teen years. Part of it is because the last two books were so lackluster, but also I think because I’ve discovered SO MANY great books since then. Don’t get me wrong, I still like Eragon, just not as much as I used to.

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Review: You Should See Me in a Crown

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

Genre: Young Adult
Maturity Level: 4
(Content Warning: public outing, chronic illness)
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Rating: ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆

Liz Lighty has always believed she’s too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But it’s okay — Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor.

But when the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz’s plans come crashing down . . . until she’s reminded of her school’s scholarship for prom king and queen. There’s nothing Liz wants to do less than endure a gauntlet of social media trolls, catty competitors, and humiliating public events, but despite her devastating fear of the spotlight she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get to Pennington.

The only thing that makes it halfway bearable is the new girl in school, Mack. She’s smart, funny, and just as much of an outsider as Liz. But Mack is also in the running for queen. Will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams . . . or make them come true?


“Miss Lizzie, why are you looking at the white girl like that?”
“Like what, P?”
She rolls her eyes and tries again. “Uh duh, like Tiana looked at Naveen?”

Reading You Should See Me in a Crown was exactly like watching a 90s teen rom-com, if 90s teen rom-coms were diverse and queer.

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My 500th Book

Good day friends!

I’ve been using Goodreads for a long time now. Since 2014 according to my profile. And while I’m well aware that many of the books I read when I was a kid aren’t on there, nearly everything I’ve read in my adult life is. And today. Well. Today I hit a milestone.

I’ve read my 500th book.

To those of you who regularly read 200 books a year that might not seem like such a big deal. But whatever, I’m in to numbers and this is a fun one.

So what was it? The 500th book? I’m glad you asked. Drumroll please!!!

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