Movies: MCU Movie Challenge

Hi there, bookworms and dragons! I’ve been talking about making some changes to my blog for a few months now. Adding movie related content is one of the changes I’m considering making. (Is this something you’re interested in seeing here? Let me know in the comments! 😊)

I realized recently that I haven’t watched most of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies, so I’m challenging myself to watch all existing MCU movies by the end of summer. 22 September 2020 is when summer will “officially” end so we’ll go with that for the official challenge end date. I’m planning to watch them in chronological order so I’ll list them below. I’d love for you to join me in this challenge!

I’m not going to give each movie its own full review post because I’m still not 100% sure this is something I want to do on this blog regularly. For now, I’ll add a “Movies Watched” section to my monthly wrap ups. I also use Letterboxd (it’s kind of like Goodreads but for movies) so you can see my progress/thoughts/reviews on the movies in this challenge (or whatever other movies I’m watching) there. I’ll try to remember to update this post and my wrap ups with the appropriate Letterboxd links and a rating.

A quick note before we dive into the list… I intentionally didn’t include any MCU movies that won’t be released before I’m hoping to finish watching this already massive list of movies.

Without further ado, the list of MCU Movies in chronological order is:

Have you seen any or all of the MCU movies? What are your thoughts on them? Are you up for taking the MCU movie challenge with me? Happy reading (and watching)!

Opening the Book: 20 Most Anticipated Books of 2020

2019 was definitely a year for books and 2020 is already gearing up with some amazing stories! As usual, my opinionated self has a few favourites I’m looking forward to. Here are my 20 most anticipated book releases for 2020 in alphabetical order based on the author’s last name.

Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed


Jamie Goldberg is cool with volunteering for his local state Senate candidate-as long as he’s behind the scenes. When it comes to speaking to strangers (or, let’s face it, speaking at all to almost anyone), Jamie’s a choke artist. There’s no way he’d ever knock on doors to ask people for their votes…until he meets Maya.


Maya Rehman’s having the worst Ramadan ever. Her best friend is too busy to hang out, her summer trip is canceled, and now her parents are separating. Why her mother thinks the solution to her problems is political canvassing-with some awkward dude she hardly knows-is beyond her.


Going door to door isn’t exactly glamorous, but maybe it’s not the worst thing in the world. After all, the polls are getting closer-and so are Maya and Jamie. Mastering local activism is one thing. Navigating the cross-cultural romance of the century is another thing entirely.

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Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown

Echo Brown is a wizard from the East Side, where apartments are small and parents suffer addictions to white rocks. Yet there is magic… everywhere. New portals begin to open when Echo transfers to the rich school on the West Side, and an insightful teacher becomes a pivotal mentor. Each day, Echo travels between two worlds, leaving her brothers, her friends, and a piece of herself behind on the East Side. There are dangers to leaving behind the place that made you. Echo soon realizes there is pain flowing through everyone around her, and a black veil of depression threatens to undo everything she’s worked for.

Heavily autobiographical and infused with magical realism, Black Girl Unlimited fearlessly explores the intersections of poverty, sexual violence, depression, racism, and sexism–all through the arc of a transcendent coming-of-age.

A powerful memoir for fans of Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson and American Street by Ibi Zoboi.

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Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

From Stonewall and Lambda Award-winning author Kacen Callender comes a revelatory YA novel about a transgender teen grappling with identity and self-discovery while falling in love for the first time.

Felix Love has never been in love–and, yes, he’s painfully aware of the irony. He desperately wants to know what it’s like and why it seems so easy for everyone but him to find someone. What’s worse is that, even though he is proud of his identity, Felix also secretly fears that he’s one marginalization too many–Black, queer, and transgender–to ever get his own happily-ever-after.

When an anonymous student begins sending him transphobic messages–after publicly posting Felix’s deadname alongside images of him before he transitioned–Felix comes up with a plan for revenge. What he didn’t count on: his catfish scenario landing him in a quasi-love triangle…

But as he navigates his complicated feelings, Felix begins a journey of questioning and self-discovery that helps redefine his most important relationship: how he feels about himself.

Felix Ever After is an honest and layered story about identity, falling in love, and recognizing the love you deserve.

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City of the Plague God by Sarwat Chadda

Inspired by Mesopotamian mythology, the story follows Sikander Aziz, a Muslim boy born and raised in New York City, as he teams up with legendary hero Gilgamesh to defeat the ancient god of plagues before the entire population of Manhattan is wiped out.

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The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

Séverin and his team members might have successfully thwarted the Fallen House, but victory came at a terrible cost — one that still haunts all of them. Desperate to make amends, Séverin pursues a dangerous lead to find a long lost artifact rumored to grant its possessor the power of God.

Their hunt lures them far from Paris, and into icy heart of Russia where crystalline ice animals stalk forgotten mansions, broken goddesses carry deadly secrets, and a string of unsolved murders makes the crew question whether an ancient myth is a myth after all.

As hidden secrets come to the light and the ghosts of the past catch up to them, the crew will discover new dimensions of themselves. But what they find out may lead them down paths they never imagined.

A tale of love and betrayal as the crew risks their lives for one last job.

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Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

Welcome to Edwardian London, a time of electric lights and long shadows, the celebration of artistic beauty and the wild pursuit of pleasure, with demons waiting in the dark. For years there has been peace in the Shadowhunter world. James and Lucie Herondale, children of the famous Will and Tessa, have grown up in an idyll with their loving friends and family, listening to stories of good defeating evil and love conquering all. But everything changes when the Blackthorn and Carstairs families come to London…and so does a remorseless and inescapable plague.

James Herondale longs for a great love, and thinks he has found it in the beautiful, mysterious Grace Blackthorn. Cordelia Carstairs is desperate to become a hero, save her family from ruin, and keep her secret love for James hidden. When disaster strikes the Shadowhunters, James, Cordelia and their friends are plunged into a wild adventure which will reveal dark and incredible powers, and the true cruel price of being a hero…and falling in love.

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will revisit the world of Panem sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games.

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The Ghosts We Keep by Mason Deaver

The Ghosts We Keep is the story of Liam Cooper who is a non-binary kid still trying to figure things out. So they’re still in the closet, but mostly because that’s where they’re most comfortable right now. They have a crush on their best friend Joel, and they’re desperately hoping that something will come of it and they’re trying to get the nerve to ask Joel out.

Things come crashing to a halt when Liam’s twin brother is killed in a tragic accident. Suddenly Liam sees their brother’s face in the mirror, and they have to contend with being half of a whole. The book is about grief, rejection, fear, dealing with PTSD. It comes from my own experience of losing my father in 2017 (in the exact way Liam loses their brother).

The book is dark, I’m not going to lie it may be difficult for a lot of readers. Liam goes through a lot, they deal with their own gender, losing the person they love the most, rejection from people around them. There is a scene (so far at least who knows what edits may do) where Liam considers taking their own life.

These are things both I and my mother experience after my father was killed. And this is my way of getting through that.”

–From the author

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Untitled Witchlands #4 by Susan Dennard

The fourth installment in The Witchlands Series.

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We Free The Stars by Hafsah Faizal

Zafira is the Hunter, braving the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those who defy his autocratic father, the sultan. She must hide her identity. He mustn’t display compassion. But when both embark on a quest to uncover a lost magic artifact, Zafira and Nasir encounter an ancient evil long thought destroyed–and discover that the prize they seek may be even more dangerous than any of their enemies. In We Free the Stars, Zafira and Nasir must conquer the darkness around–and inside of–them.

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Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents the sequel to the critically acclaimed Sal and Gabi Break the Universe, a brilliant sci-fi romp with Cuban influence. Among many other challenges, Sal and Gabi have to try to make everything right with our world when there is a rogue Gabi from another universe running loose.

Sal Vidon doesn’t want to live a Mami-free life. Pulling different versions of his mother from other universes is how he copes with missing his own, who died years ago. But Sal’s father, a calamity physicist, is trying to shut down all the wormholes Sal creates, because Papi thinks they are eroding the very fabric of our world. All of Papi’s efforts are in vain, however, because a Gabi from another universe has gone rogue and is popping up all over the place, seeking revenge for the fact that her world has been destroyed. While Sal and Gabi work together to keep both Papi and Rogue Gabi under control, they also have to solve the mystery of Yasmany, who has gone missing from school. Could it have something to do with the wormhole in the back of his locker?

Readers who enjoyed Sal and Gabi Break the Universe will relish being back in the world of Culeco Academy and the Coral Castle along with such unforgettable characters as American Stepmom, the Gabi-Dads, Principal Torres, and the sassy entropy sweeper. With multiple Sals and Gabis in charge, it’s no wonder this sequel offers even more hilarious weirdness and love than the first book.

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All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson

In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. From the memories of getting his teeth kicked out by bullies at age five, to flea marketing with his loving grandmother, to his first sexual relationships, this young-adult memoir weaves together the trials and triumphs faced by Black queer boys.

Both a primer for teens eager to be allies as well as a reassuring testimony for young queer men of color, All Boys Aren’t Blue covers topics such as gender identity, toxic masculinity, brotherhood, family, structural marginalization, consent, and Black joy. Johnson’s emotionally frank style of writing will appeal directly to young adults.

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The Serpent’s Curse by Lisa Maxwell

Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows meets Alexandra Bracken’s Passenger in this spellbinding conclusion to the “vivid and compelling” (BCCB), New York Times bestselling Last Magician series.

Bind the Book.
Stop the Order.
Save the Magic.

Esta is no stranger to high-stakes heists; she is a seasoned thief with no reservations about using her time traveling abilities to give her an edge. But saving Harte–and magic itself–will put her skills to the test. The Book of Mysteries threatens to tear through the world and change the shape of magic forever, and only Esta and Harte stand in its way.

They race through time and across the country to steal back the remaining elemental stones needed to bind the book’s power, stop the Order, and save the future of the Mageus.

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Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore

Summer, 1518. A strange sickness sweeps through Strasbourg: women dance in the streets, some until they fall down dead. As rumors of witchcraft spread, suspicion turns toward Lavinia and her family, and Lavinia may have to do the unimaginable to save herself and everyone she loves.

Five centuries later, a pair of red shoes seal to Rosella Oliva’s feet, making her dance uncontrollably. They draw her toward a boy who knows the dancing fever’s history better than anyone: Emil, whose family was blamed for the fever five hundred years ago. But there’s more to what happened in 1518 than even Emil knows, and discovering the truth may decide whether Rosella survives the red shoes.

With McLemore’s signature lush prose, Dark and Deepest Red pairs the forbidding magic of a fairy tale with a modern story of passion and betrayal.

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Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon

From the New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi comes the first novel in a brand-new series set at an elite international boarding school, that’s a contemporary spin on Beauty and the Beast.

Will the princess save the beast?

For Princess Jaya Rao, nothing is more important than family. When the loathsome Emerson clan steps up their centuries-old feud to target Jaya’s little sister, nothing will keep Jaya from exacting her revenge. Then Jaya finds out she’ll be attending the same elite boarding school as Grey Emerson, and it feels like the opportunity of a lifetime. She knows what she must do: Make Grey fall in love with her and break his heart. But much to Jaya’s annoyance, Grey’s brooding demeanor and lupine eyes have drawn her in. There’s simply no way she and her sworn enemy could find their fairy-tale ending…right?

His Lordship Grey Emerson is a misanthrope. Thanks to an ancient curse by a Rao matriarch, Grey knows he’s doomed once he turns eighteen. Sequestered away in the mountains at St. Rosetta’s International Academy, he’s lived an isolated existence–until Jaya Rao bursts into his life, but he can’t shake the feeling that she’s hiding something. Something that might just have to do with the rose-shaped ruby pendant around her neck…

As the stars conspire to keep them apart, Jaya and Grey grapple with questions of love, loyalty, and whether it’s possible to write your own happy ending.

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Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega

Coco meets Stranger Things with a hint of Ghostbusters in this action-packed supernatural fantasy. For Lucely Luna, ghosts are more than just the family business.

Shortly before Halloween, Lucely and her best friend, Syd, cast a spell that accidentally awakens malicious spirits, wreaking havoc through St. Augustine. Together, they must join forces with Syd’s witch grandmother, Babette, and her tubby tabby, Chunk, to fight the haunting head-on and reverse the curse to save the town and Lucely’s firefly spirits before it’s too late.

With the family dynamics of Coco and action-packed adventure of Ghostbusters, Claribel A. Ortega delivers both a thrillingly spooky and delightfully sweet debut novel.

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Girls Save the World in This One by Ash Parsins

Shaun of the Dead meets Clueless in this hilarious YA horror comedy set at a local zombie convention–featuring a teenage girl gang that has to save the world from a horde of actual zombies. Perfect for fans of Geekerella, Undead Girl Gang, and Anna and the Apocalypse.

June’s whole life has been leading up to this: ZombieCon, the fan convention celebrating all things zombies. She and her two best friends plan on hitting all the panels, photo ops, and meeting the heartthrob lead of their favorite zombie apocalypse show Human Wasteland.

And when they arrive everything seems perfect, though June has to shrug off some weirdness from other fans–people shambling a little too much, and someone actually biting a cast member. Then all hell breaks loose and June and her friends discover the truth: real zombies are taking over the con. Now June must do whatever it takes to survive a horde of actual brain-eating zombies–and save the world. This is a hilarious and heartfelt horror comedy, an ode to zombies, friendship, and girl power that readers are going to love.

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Infinity Son by Adam Silvera

Balancing epic and intensely personal stakes, bestselling author Adam Silvera’s Infinity Son is a gritty, fast-paced adventure about two brothers caught up in a magical war generations in the making.

Growing up in New York, brothers Emil and Brighton always idolized the Spell Walkers–a vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. While the Spell Walkers and other celestials are born with powers, specters take them, violently stealing the essence of endangered magical creatures.

Brighton wishes he had a power so he could join the fray. Emil just wants the fighting to stop. The cycle of violence has taken a toll, making it harder for anyone with a power to live peacefully and openly. In this climate of fear, a gang of specters has been growing bolder by the day.

Then, in a brawl after a protest, Emil manifests a power of his own–one that puts him right at the heart of the conflict and sets him up to be the heroic Spell Walker Brighton always wanted to be. Brotherhood, love, and loyalty will be put to the test, and no one will escape the fight unscathed.

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We Used To Be Friends by Amy Spalding

Two best friends grow up–and grow apart–in this innovative contemporary YA novel

Told in dual timelines–half of the chapters moving forward in time and half moving backward–We Used To Be Friends explores the most traumatic breakup of all: that of childhood besties. At the start of their senior year in high school, James (a girl with a boy’s name) and Kat are inseparable, but by graduation, they’re no longer friends. James prepares to head off to college as she reflects on the dissolution of her friendship with Kat while, in alternating chapters, Kat thinks about being newly in love with her first girlfriend and having a future that feels wide open. Over the course of senior year, Kat wants nothing more than James to continue being her steady rock, as James worries that everything she believes about love and her future is a lie when her high-school sweetheart parents announce they’re getting a divorce. Funny, honest, and full of heart, We Used To Be Friends tells of the pains of growing up and growing apart.

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The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper

As a successful social media journalist with half a million followers, seventeen-year-old Cal is used to sharing his life online. But when his pilot father is selected for a highly publicized NASA mission to Mars, Cal and his family relocate from Brooklyn to Houston and are thrust into a media circus.

Amidst the chaos, Cal meets sensitive and mysterious Leon, another “Astrokid,” and finds himself falling head over heels–fast. As the frenzy around the mission grows, so does their connection. But when secrets about the program are uncovered, Cal must find a way to reveal the truth without hurting the people who have become most important to him.

Expertly capturing the thrill of first love and the self-doubt all teens feel, debut author Phil Stamper is a new talent to watch.

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What are a few of your most anticipated 2020 releases?

Closing the Book: 19 Best Books of 2019

Hi there, bookworms and dragons! Can you believe 2019 is basically over? It’s been such a great year for books! This list is of books I read during the year, regardless of when they were published. It’s a mix of Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Adult books but they’re all novels or graphic novels. Let’s dive in!

Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson

I listened to the audiobook version of Harbor Me back in January. It’s not often that I remember the format so long after consuming the book unless there was something I disliked about it (like a series using different narrators for different books in the series). This one though… it’s the story. The opening line comes back to me at random and rips me open anew. I love this book so much and I’m looking forward to rereading it with my nibling and monsters.

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The Inkworld series by Cornelia Funke

I really enjoyed the immersive world, the characters, and the story of the Inkworld series. It is one of the series I didn’t like the narration for (they changed narrators between books 😬) but I’m already planning to reread the physical or digital version with my nibling and monsters.

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The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

I read The Crossover as part of an outreach book club for work and loved it. Kwame Alexander talks about some difficult topics during this, relating life to basketball. This really helped the group be able to discuss those topics together because basketball was something they can all relate to.

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On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

I read On The Come Up a while ago but I still remember loving it. Angie’s writing style is a bit like having a conversation. It’s really easy to fully immerse yourself in the novel, which was extra awesome because I will literally never be a rapper in real life. Literally never.

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Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard

I love this entire series, but each book is better than the last. So, it’s no surprise that Bloodwitch is one of my fave 19 books this year. The story from the previous Witchlands novels and novella is continued beautifully and I cannot talk much about it without giving spoilers so… just know that I highly recommend it.

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What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

I remember going into reading What If It’s Us with a good bit of curiosity because Becky Albertalli is known for queer Happily Ever After and Adam Silvera is a name I associate with intense emotional pain. I wasn’t sure how this novel would go since they cowrote it. Turns out, you can be happily anguished. Really though it’s a wonderful and somewhat bittersweet novel that fans of either author’s other works will enjoy.

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The Fullmetal Alchemist series by Hiromu Arakawa

This is the only graphic novel on the list and really it’s quite a few graphic novels but… I reread the entire series while I was on medical leave from work earlier this year and it was an excellent introduction back to the world of manga. Which is good because now the monsters are getting into manga now and we can read them together! 😁 While we’re currently reading a different series, I’m planning to introduce them to Fullmetal Alchemist next.

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I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver

It should come as no surprise that I Wish You All The Best is on this list. A POV character who is non-binary written by a non-binary author? Yes, please! This novel was one of my most anticipated releases of 2019 and it exceeded my already high expectations for it. Read it!! 🥰

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Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

I had not even heard of this book until my friend started talking about how awesome Casey McQuiston is on social media. It’s warm and fluffy but also painful and strong and so very queer and I love it SO MUCH. Related: I need to figure out how to get people to put me into their phone as “IRL Chaos Demon” but I’m still working on that…

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The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

This book… y’all. I listened to the audiobook because one of the YouTubers I’ve been watching for years narrated it and I thought it’d be nice to support her while also enjoying a book. Also, the premise of the book is pretty great. I was not expecting this to be such a cathartic read or to have such perfect representation of experiencing and escaping psychological abuse from a romantic partner. It’s… just read it. 🖤

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The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

The Grace Year has a fairly dark premise and I read it at just the right time when I was in just the right mood and I finished reading it faster than I’ve finished probably any other novel this year. It has a lot of The Handmaid’s Tale and M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village vibes and I can’t recommend it enough.

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Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Ninth House was another very cathartic read for me because it openly discusses the trauma Alex has lived through. It is a book I can’t recommend to everyone because the list of triggers is long and they’re all very graphically portrayed. I listed all the ones I noticed while reading in my review. It’s quite a dark story and I’m impatiently awaiting the sequel now because…. cliff hanger.

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The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

I went into reading The Starless Sea with high expectations because The Night Circus is one of my all-time favorite books. It’s just as magical and wonderful as I was expecting, though I’m still on the fence about the ending. I loved the world of it especially and I’ll probably reread it a time or two in the future.

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The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

The Poppy War is such a huge and intimidating book that it took me ages to pick it up but wow am I glad I did. This story hurt me in the best way and I’m still just not emotionally ready to read the sequel. After reading, I found out this is R. F. Kuang’s debut novel and I just can not imagine having this level of skill in a debut.

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The Arc of a Scythe series by Neal Shusterman

I know, I know. I read this entire series over the course of a month and I couldn’t just pick one of the books for this list so… It’s really interesting and immersive and well written. I also love the idea of socially accepted murder as a method of population control? In a novel setting anyway.

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I love that Lazlo is a reader. Through the beginning of this novel he does something that I do pretty frequently… he becomes so fixated on the city of Weep that it’s all he wants to talk about. He learns everything he possibly can and reads everything, whether he’s supposed to or not. It was incredibly relatable. I also love how lush and immersive the writing is and I’m looking forward to reading the sequel.

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Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

As one of my most anticipated books this year, I was so very excited to be able to read Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky early and even more excited to have been able to meet Kwame Mbalia. The book is a blend of West African and African American folk tales come to life together in the modern age. I loved it so much and I can’t wait to share it with kids at work for my summer book club.

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Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

I pre-ordered Children of Virtue and Vengeance the moment I finished reading the first book in the series, Children of Blood and Bone, so you know it was at the top of my most anticipated list for this year. It blew my expectations way out of the water! It must have been incredibly painful to write because I cried quite a lot. In fact, the entire epilogue was just me sitting in my car in a parking lot with tears streaming down my face. #VengeanceOnTheseHeauxs

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The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart

I listened to the audiobook of The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise with my monsters on our winter road trip. I also gave my nibling a copy so they read it too. It’s such an incredibly written story. It touches on the different ways that different people process grief, the difficulty of making friends, the joy that can be found in having a pet. It’s a book about adventure and relationships that’s brilliantly written for a Middle Grade audience.

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What are a few of your favourite reads from 2019?

Opening Chapter 11: November 2019 TBR & To Do


Hey there, bookworms and dragons! I’m so incredibly ready for November, which is good because it’s already here! 😅 Let’s just dive right in…


Books I Hope To Read

I’ve got a lot of big projects for school coming up so I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to read. I’m going to try to keep this list modest.


Things I Hope To Do

I’m hoping to actually finish watching Good Omens this month but… we’ll see, I guess.

I would really like to get ahead in some of my school work because lately it seems like I’m always racing to finish assignments to submit them on time and I kinda hate it.

I’d really like for this chest cold to go away. Like right now.

I’m going to finish “planning” for my trip next month and ordering all of the things I don’t have but will need. Like… a decent coat. And boots. 😅


November Book Releases I’m Excited For

Here’s at least most of the book releases I’m excited for this month in order of release date (and author’s last name when necessary).

5 – A Constellation of Roses by Miranda Asebedo

5 – Tears of Frost by Bree Barton

5 – Song of the Crimson Flower by Julie C. Dao

5 – Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

5 – The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

5 – Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan

5 – The Toll by Neal Shusterman

5 – Unnatural Magic by C. M. Waggoner

5 – The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

12 – Color Outside the Lines anthology by Sangu Mandanna, Anna-Marie McLemore, Elsie Chapman, Karuna Riazi, Lydia Kang, L. L. McKinney, Lauren Gibaldi, Tara Sim, Caroline Tung Richmond, Kelly Zekas, Tarun Shanker, Samira Ahmed, Adam Silvera, Eric Smith, Lori M. Lee, Michelle Ruiz Keil

12 – Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender

12 – Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher

12 – All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney

12 – Coral by Sara Ella

12 – Crown of Oblivion by Julie Eshbaugh

19 – The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

19 – Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao

What are some November releases you’re excited for? Happy reading!

Opening Chapter 9: September 2019 TBR & To Do


Hey there, bookworms and dragons! I’m not entirely ready for September, but apparently it’s here so let’s just dive right in. 🙂


Books I Hope To Read

It’ll be mostly audiobooks this month because school but here’s my modest TBR anyway.


Things I Hope To Do

SCHOOL. I would like to not fail. Or get so overwhelmed that I forget how to function properly. That would be great. I also want to be able to gauge if I’ll be able to handle taking three classes next semester instead of two because there’s no way I can ever again handle taking two classes during a summer semester and I don’t want to slow down graduation too much. I’d like to finish my degree ASAP thanks. 😎

I want to finish watching Good Omens because it’s only six episodes and I keep somehow managing to not watch them.

I’m hoping to keep planning my book club programs for next summer. I’m really having fun pulling together ideas to be sorted later so why not keep on doing it? 🙂

I’m going to start putting together more of the playlist we’ll listen to during our road trip this winter. I’ve already got one started, but any song kid-friendly song recommendations for road trip are welcome! 😀


September Book Releases I’m Excited For

Here’s at least most of the book releases I’m excited for this month in order of release date (and author’s last name when necessary).

3 – The Everything I Have Lost by Sylvia Aguilar-Zéleny

3 – The Fire Keeper by J. C. Cervantes

3 – Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly

3 – More To The Story by Hena Khan

3 – Loki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee

3 – Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

3 – Some Places More Than Others by Renée Watson

17 – The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams

What are some September releases you’re excited for?

Opening Chapter 8: August 2019 TBR & To Do


Hey there, bookworms and dragons! I’m so incredibly ready for August, so let’s just dive right into this post. 🙂


Books I Hope To Read

I really only have two weeks before I have to start working on school stuff, so let’s keep this TBR a bit modest…. Most of these are books I’ve already started reading so I feel like it’ll be easier to make sure I finish them. 😂


Things I Hope To Do

I’m going to work a bit on my thesis project before the semester starts later this month. I feel like if I don’t work on it a bit between each semester I won’t be able to finish it properly. Also, the biggest problem I’m having right now is figuring how exactly to start it so… this is a good thing. I think.

I get to have a few movie watching programs at work. It’ll be different and I’m kinda excited for them. Also, I get to pick the movies, which is double awesome.

I’m going to finish watching Good Omens because it’s only six episodes so I feel like I don’t have much of an excuse.

I’m hoping to get a head start on planning my book club programs for next summer. This year, it seemed like I was planning right up until the hour before the program because I just didn’t know what I would do or if it would work. I just can’t do that again so I figure I should start now. It’ll help that I won’t be writing a six week systemwide program this year, but I figure… I guess August is just going to be the month of getting ahead before I get behind.


August Book Releases I’m Excited For

Here’s at least most of the book releases I’m excited for this month in order of release date (and author’s last name when necessary).

1 – They Could Have Named Her Anything by Stephanie Jimenez

6 – Ziggy, Stardust and Me by James Brandon

6 – House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

6 – I’m Not Dying With You Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal

6 – The Dragon Republic by R. F. Kuang

13 – Of Ice and Shadows by Audrey Coulthurst

13 – Midnight Beauties by Megan Shepherd

27 – Count Me In by Versha Bajaj

27 – Rage by Cora Carmack

27 – All The Bad Apples by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

27 – The Battle by Karuna Riazi

27 – Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford

27 – My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich by Ibi Zoboi

What are some August releases you’re excited for? Happy reading!

Opening Chapter 7: July 2019 TBR & To Do

Hey there, bookworms and dragons! Are you ready for July? Yeah, me either but it’s been here for like a week so let’s dive into this post and kick it off somewhat right.


Books I Hope To Read

So, I’m still doing the grad school thing, which means not much time for pleasure reading. Especially with finals coming up soon and needing to study for them. I’ll definitely continue my audiobook listening though and I have a week or two at the end of the month to read so here’s my slightly ambitious TBR for the month.


Things I Hope To Do

Well… I have a lot of programs this month at work. Not as many as last month, thank goodness, but still a lot more than anyone should ever consider doing in a single month, let alone a month during the summer learning program.

I’m hoping to finish plotting my current writing project during my off weeks between semesters. I’m not ready to share much yet because a lot of it is still up in the air but… I’m really excited for it! 😁

I get to continue planning my trip for this winter. I am definitely a planner, though often my plans get tossed out and I wing things anyway. Because impulsivity. It’s a thing.

I will (hopefully) actually stock up on some bookstagram pictures because it’s a bit too hot to take them frequently.

What are some July releases you’re excited for? Happy reading!

Opening Chapter 6: June 2019 TBR & To Do

Hey there, bookworms and dragons! Are you ready for June? I’m totally ready for June. Well, at least 50% ready. Well, maybe 20%. Okay I’m at least a little bit ready and that’s what I’m holding on to. I’m 110% ready for Pride Month so I’m pretty sure it evens out. 😂 Let’s kick this month off right, shall we?


Books I Hope To Read

So, I’m still tophat deep in grad school and I don’t think I’ll get much reading in aside from the bit of audiobook listening I might be able to squeeze in when motion sickness doesn’t allow me to read my textbooks on the bus? So my TBR list reflects that.


Things I Hope To Do

Well… I have a lot of programs this month at work. Like… a LOT. I’m presenting between five and eight programs a week all month long. I’m excited for the most part about this because one of the programs is chemistry based and one is a book club based around diverse mythology and I’M SO EXCITED FOR THEM BOTH but also I’m tired just thinking about it? It’s a strange feeling but there it is.

I have a million and a half assignments due in June and I’m just hoping not to fail. Failing is always a huge fear of mine so I know it’ll always be there, pushing me to work harder than I thought would be possible. I’ve just kind of learned to live with it a bit, I guess? But I don’t know that I’ll ever feel used to the nearly crippling fear of screwing it all up. So, hopefully, June will be full of successfully completing assignments and low on failure or the fear of it.

I’m going to the ALA Annual in Washington DC? That’s… not actually a question, but I’m having trouble processing this as a reality so the question mark is necessary. I’m really excited because there are so many amazing programs I’ll get to sit in, though honestly I want to go to ALL OF THEM. I’m really looking forward to learning a lot. And also, BOOKS. And I’m fairly certain I’ve managed to work it out to where I’ll be able to see Tomi Adeyemi and Leigh Bardugo

speak and just *flails in librarian*.

I’ve been doing alright about posting on bookstagram later. Maybe (fingers crossed) I’ll get better about doing that regularly. Who knows?

I’m signed up for a blog tour for later this month. I signed up before realizing that it was right in the middle of my semester. Luckily, the publisher was really quick about getting the eARC out and I was able to finish reading the book and writing at least most of the post before the semester started. I’m really looking forward to this one! 😀


June Book Releases I’m Excited For

Here’s at least most of the book releases I’m excited for this month in order of release date (and author’s last name when necessary).

4 – Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare

4 – Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok

4 – The Chosen by Taran Matharu

4 – The Beyond by Chloe Neill

4 – Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

4 – This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sagiura

11 – Recursion by Blake Crouch

11 – Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi

18 – Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa

25 – Wicked Fox by Kat Cho

25 – The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter

What are some June releases you’re excited for? Happy Pride and happy reading!

Opening Chapter 5: May 2019 TBR & To Do

Happy humpback whale day, bookworms and dragons! I’m not sure how it’s May already and I know it’s a bit later than I usually post but let’s start this baby off right anyway. 😀

Books I Hope To Read

I’m actually not going to read much this month for reasons I’ll lay out in the next section. For that reason, this list will be a short one.

Other Things I Hope To Do

I am starting my grad school courses this month! 😀 This will keep me from reading much for pleasure (I might be able to slide audiobooks in, but we’ll see). I’m beside myself with excitement for this new beginning though and I’m ready to jump in!

I get to finally go back to work at the end of the month! It’s only been two weeks so far and I’m already missing my job and my work family so much. I miss the toddlers who come for storytime. I miss the teens who talk with me about books, manga, comics, and movies. I miss the kids telling me all about their latest reads and giving them recommendations for what to read next. I just… let me stop before I start crying.

I am going to try to participate in May, Myself, & I, which is a month-long challenge by Carrie Hope Fletcher, who is one of my favourite YouTubers and has been for years. I’ll probably be all over the place with it just like with everything else, but there’s prompts for each day so it should be fun! 🙂

I’m signed up for at least one blog tour this month and I’m REALLY excited for it!!

May Releases I’m Excited For

Here’s at least most of the book releases I’m excited for this month in order of release date (and author’s last name when necessary).

7 – Romanov by Nadine Brandes

7 – Nexus by Sasha Alsburg and Lindsay Cummings

7 – The Killer Across The Table: Unlocking the Secrets of Serial Killers and Predators with the FBI’s Original Mindhunter by John Edward Douglas

7 – Finale by Stephanie Garber

7 – Ask Me Anything by Molly E. Lee

14 – The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad

14 – I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver

14 – We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal

14 – Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

14 – There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

21 – Vessel by Lisa A. Nichols

21 – Birthday by Meredith Russo

30 – The Summer of Ellen by Agnete Friis

What are some May releases you’re looking forward to?

Opening Chapter 4: April 2019 TBR & To Do

Hi there and happy Monday, bookworms and dragons! I hate April Fools Day so we’re going to pretend it doesn’t exist, cool? Cool. Let’s dive right in. 🙂

Books I Hope To Read

I’m going to try to devote a good chunk of my reading this month to novel research because I’d like to at least have an outline set before my classes start in mid-May. I’m not adding research books to this list because I’m not widely talking about the theme of this one just yet, but I should be able to chuck in a couple audiobooks so here goes that.

Things I Want To Do

April is going to be an incredibly hectic month so I don’t think I’ll set out to get a lot done or I’ll feel like I’ve failed at the end.

I would like to post at least one review this month. I know I can manage that simply because I’ve already written it and just need to edit and format the post. Cheating, you say? Nonsense. It still counts.

I would like to at least have a skeleton outline of my upcoming WIP. I have characters and fragments in my head and they won’t let me rest so I think it’s time to at least prepare them a bit for the page.

April Book Releases I’m Excited For

Here’s a list of most of the book releases I’m excited for this month in order of release date (and author’s last name when necessary).

1 – I’m Fine and Neither Are You by Camille Pagán

2 – Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

2 – You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn

2 – Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi

2 – Mera: Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige

2 – The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

9 – In the Neighborhood of True by Susan Kaplan Carlton

9 – The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare

9 – Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

16 – Starworld by Audrey Coulthurst and Paula Garner

16 – Sugar Rebels by Nick Makrides

16 – Nyxia Uprising by Scott Reintgen

16 – The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters

23 – The Book of Flora by Meg Elison

30 – Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi

30 – King of Fools by Amanda Foody

What are some April releases you’re excited for?