Top Ten Tuesday: Autumn TBR

Ah, Autumn! That wonderful time of year when the temperature drops, and I can finally start wearing my vast collection of sweaters. *looks at outdoor thermometer and sees it is 98 degrees* Well, heck! At least I can read autumnally until the weather decides to cooperate.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Auto Buy Authors

Hello. hello and welcome to Tuesday! The topic for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is Auto Buy Authors! So let’s dive straight into my list of awesome authors that I just can’t say no to.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books from My Favorite Genre

Hello and Happy Tuesday, my dear bookish people! I hope your week has had a fantastic start. I’m happy to be here with a Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s topic is the top ten books from your favorite genre. Now, you might not know this about be, considering how fantasy heavy my blog and bookstagram is, but Sci-Fi is actually my favorite genre. I just find it harder to find Sci-Fi books that click with me. Fantasy is easier for me, but my heart lies in space.

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Top Ten Tuesday: (First Ten) Books I Reviewed

The theme of this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is the first ten book I’ve reviewed. Considering my one year anniversary of book blogging is this week (the 24th, if my terrible memory isn’t lying to me), this topic is an awesome one. I never knew that consumer reviews were so important to authors before I found #bookstagram and the book blogging community. And now that I’m here, I live for reviewing. Even though I may scream about how hard it can be sometimes…but that’s a whole different post for later. So, without further ado, my first ten reviews on this blog:

  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber – I’m actually about to start read Legendary tomorrow! I’m hoping for more sumptuous writing from Garber.
  • Kingdom of Ruins by D.C. Marino – I’m actually due for a reread of this one! The author is re-releasing the book soon, so I’ll probably pick it up again then.
  • Rule by Ellen Goodlett – This was my first ever ARC! I still remember losing my damn mind when I got the package with this book.
  • The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell – I just reread this book and damn do I LOVE IT! I need to read the sequel, The Devil’s Thief soon.
  • Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young – This book was good…but not that good. But I might have a slight bias against this one so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • The Wicked King by Holly Black – To this day, this is still my most popular review. For a few months, I was getting 2-5 views of it a day. I loved being able to review this one!
  • The Confectioner’s Guild by Claire Luana – This was my most favorite review to write! Not only did I love this book, but the review has Great British Bake Off gifs sprinkled through the whole thing and it MAKES ME HAPPY!
  • Secrets of the Tally by Halie Feweks – This is one of the first books I ever reviewed for an indie author! It was such an interesting concept!
  • Sea Witch by Shelley Henning – Oh boy, this book is infamous in my #bookstagram book club. #teamkingwhale forever!!
  • The Backlist: Jay Kristoff – So, with my new knowledge of the importance of book reviews, I started a thing where I do short reviews of books I’ve read in the past but never reviewed. I kinda love that Jay Kristoff books were my first Backlist reviews.

Cheers to a year of book reviews and book blogging and buying more books than I’ll ever be able to read!

Top Ten Tuesday: Rainy Day Reads

Happy Tuesday, my dear bookish people! The topic of this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) is Rain Day Reads, which is perfect because as I write this we are having what is likely the last rainy evening of the season. Really, to me any book is a rainy day read, because there is nothing better than reading as the rain falls, but I’m gonna list books I can picture myself reading as a storm rages outside my window.

  • Dark Visions trilogy by LJ Smith
  • Mistborn Era Two books by Brandon Sanderson
  • North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Storm Front by Jim Butcher
  • Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
  • Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

I am so sad the rainy season is coming to an end.

Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

Happy Tuesday, my dear bookish people! The theme for today’s Top Ten Tuesday (Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) is Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book. So I’ll be hitting you with my top ten book synopsis trigger words/phrases. Basically the words in a synopsis that’ll make me put a book into my cart IMMEDIATELY.

  • Grumpy – Does your book have a grumpy side kick and/or main character? Or even a grumpy pet cat? Then I’m buying it.
  • Assassin – If there are people being paid to kill other people, particularly in a fantasy setting, then I am happy.
  • Magical school/training – I blame Hogwarts for my love of magic schools.
  • Betrayal – Especially if it’s touted as heartbreaking betrayal.
  • Rag tag crew – Or crew of misfits. Or crew thrown together that hates each other. Well, it is usually better written than that in a book synopsis, but you get the point.
  • Hate to love – GIMMIE ALL THE ENEMIES TO LOVERS PLEASE AND THANK YOU.
  • “Who can they trust?” – I don’t know, but I sure as heck want to find out.
  • Supernatural threat – The Buffy and Supernatural fan girl can’t walk away from books with this.
  • Revenge – Hello, my name is Kibby Montoya. Someone killed your father. And I want to read about it.
  • Tragic – What can I say? I like when a book makes me ugly cry.

What words or phrases make you want to buy a book?

Top Ten Tuesday: Audio Rereads

Happy Tuesday, y’all! Today is Tuesday and that means a Top Ten Tuesday post (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl). It’s going to be a quick post today because I didn’t get to pre-write this last night and I’m am frantically typing this up on my laptop during my work break.

So, this week’s topic was an audio freebie and I have decided to give you the list of audiobook rereads I’m looking forward to this year. I mostly do rereads via audiobook because then my rereads don’t cut into my regular reading time.

  • A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab
  • Mistborn Era 2 by Brandon Sanderson (these books are some of the few I’ve only ever read via audio. Michael Kramer is a master narrator and you should 100% check out the Mistborn series, audio or physical book. Just. Read. Mistborn.)
  • Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
  • Nevernight and Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
  • Harry Potter by JK Rowling (it’s been 2+ years since I last reread this series and that makes me sad)
  • A Song of Fire and Ice by George RR Martin
  • Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Mass (the narrator for this book is perfection)
  • The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare (because it’s been a while since I ugly cried)
  • The Illumine Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (because it is the greatest audiobook OF ALL TIME!)

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With

Happy Tuesday, my bookish peoples! This week for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, the topic is characters I’d like to switch places with. Considering, as I write this on Monday night, I am bone tired from a crappy day at work and my back is absolutely killing me, I’d really trade places with any fictional characters right now.

So, in no particular order, here are the characters I’d willing trade places with…

Arwen (Lord of the Rings) – I mean…this should be obvious. Homegirl is ethereally pretty and has the best man in all of Middle Earth. That’s the dream.

Delilah Bard (A Darker Shade of Magic) – I have a chronic issue of overthinking and caring too damn much, which I really wish I could get rid of sometimes. Lilah does NOT have this issue and I definitely wouldn’t mind some adventures with Kell.

Nina Zenik (Six of Crows) – Waffles and Matthias. Enough said.

Esta (The Last Magician) – Snarky time traveler? Yeah, I could settle into that role.

Kaz Brekker (Six of Crows) – Sometimes I just want to drop it all and become a criminal mastermind.

Magnus Bane (Shadowhunter books) – Yes, hi, I would like to be a wonderfully, wickedly awesome high warlock. I would mostly use my magic for good. Mostly.

Kady Grant (The Illuminae Files) – Okay, I could definitely do without the intensely traumatic space adventure she went on, but I’ve always wanted super awesome computer hacker skills. And I look really good with pink hair.

Steris Harms (Mistborn Era 2) – Steris really is straight up about her personality in a way that I admire and wish I could achieve. Also, she gets to hang out with Wax and Wayne, so…

Margaret Hale (North & South) – This stictly boils down to to her fortune and the fact that she gets Mr. Thornton. Sorry, sometimes I just want a crap ton of money and a grumpy man to love me ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Hermione Granger (Harry Potter) – Do I even need to explain this one?

If you got to drop into a character’s shoes, who would you choose?

Friday Favorites: TBR Books

I have been told that it is Friday and honestly I’m not sure I believe it. For reasons unknown to me, I have been totally off with my days all week. I was convinced that yesterday was Friday and Monday was Wednesday and I’m just confused at this point. I suspect the nargles are behind.

But since it is Friday, we get FRIDAY FAVORITES! This week’s topic was the one I had so many issues with my wording on. But you know those books that have been on your TBR for aaaaaaaaaaaaages and you know you’ll love them but you just don’t find yourself reading them? I call them my favorite TBR books.


The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
I KNOW! The fact that I haven’t yet read this series is shocking to numerous of my bookish friends. For the longest time I refused to pick the book up because the cover just seemed a little cheesy to me (I am insufferable cover snob sometimes and it is stupid of me). But during my time on bookstagram I have been told that I am daft and I need to pick up this fun, easy read. I wont lie, I keep hearing about this Thorne character and I am quite intrigued.

The Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima
I have owned the first book in this series since at least September 22, 2012 (Thanks Facebook Memories). DAMN NEAR 7 YEARS and I haven’t so much as opened the book. This is not a widely known series but the few that I know who have read it, RAVE about it. Because I am who I am…I’ve bought the rest of the books in the series. And…the books for the 2nd series in this world. AND I STILL HAVEN’T READ THEM. I have problems, y’all. But I have been told I’ll love the series *fingers crossed*

Rivers of London Series by Ben Aaronovitch
I cannot even begin to describe how much I want to read these books. But have I? NOPE. Which makes zero sense because the blurb on the front of this book says “What would happen if Harry Potter grew up and joined the Fuzz”. Like…YES, PLEASE! I have a deep appreciation for cop procedural TV series (my most recent favorite is The Rookie with Nathan Fillion!), so I know this book will be well loved by me considering it has magic too. I’m sure once I start this series I’ll be singing my usual tune of “OMG WHY DIDN’T I START THIS SOONER?!?”

Keiko Series by Mike Brooks
Everything about this series screams “READ ME NOW, KIBBY! DO THE THING!” Readers, I have not done the thing. It has smugglers, a ship captain with the name Ichabod Drift, secret pasts, con artists, and Old Earth. What’s not to love about all that?? This is another series that I bought all the books to before even reading one word. I have a tendency to do this because I lack SELF CONTROL and probably a huge emotional void that I try to fill with pretty books I can post on bookstagram. At the end of the day, this series sounds like it could easily crash land its way straight to my heart…if only I’d actually read it.

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
Apparently, the trees speak Latin. I want to know how this is possible. Hell, I want to know what this book is about. Because it sounds all whimsical and dark and fun. I’ve never read a book by Stiefvater and I am quite looking forward to it. Many people on bookstagram have yelled at me to read this series and I’m thinking this might be the year. Granted…I said that last year.

So what books have you had on your TBR for ages that you know you’ll love?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Places Mentioned In Books That I’d Like to Visit

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) is all about fictional places we’d like to visit. I don’t know about you, but there are some places I definitely would not want to visit (Panem and Westeros come to mind). However, on the flipside, there are a TON of places I’d love to visit.

MY ALL TIME NUMBER ONE FICTIONAL LAND TO VISIT: THE SHIRE!

Hi, my name is Kibby and I want to be a hobbit. Everything about The Shire makes me happy. The green AF grass, the hobbit holes, just everything. When I dream of a place to hang my hat for the rest of my life, Hobbiton is what immediately comes to mind. I have intentions to open up a Second Breakfast pub/restaurant. If that goes well, I’ll be opening up a little bookstore/coffee house too. *sigh* If only…

Alright, everything else is in no particular order because nothing trumps The Shire to me.

  • Hogwarts (I mean, duh!)
  • Pemberly (gotta get me a rich English brooding man)
  • Tortall (I wanna fight with Lady Knights and find a snarky pirate man to make my own)
  • Terrasen (I want to find Chaol, to slap him and Aedion, to party with)
  • The Londons of A Darker Shade of Magic (I want to do like a pub crawl of all the Londons)
  • Ketterdam (just to walk down the streets and hopefully run into Kaz)
  • Elendel (I want to join the crew of Wax and Wayne!)
  • The world in The Confectioner’s Guild (Okay, I can’t remember the name and I’m not near by books right now so I can’t look it up. But y’all, MAGICAL BAKED GOODS!)
  • The lands of Fae, from basically any book. Yes, I know. Fae are not exactly nice and some seriously bad stuff could happen. But also, I want fairy wine at least once in my life.

What fictional places would you like to visit?