January TBR

The beginning of a new month (and a new year!) is upon us! This means another TBR post from me! I’m really excited to read all of these books (some of them I’m bringing in from 2020, but nevertheless, I’m excited to read them. What are some books that you are excited to read?

What are some of your January reads? Have you read any of the ones that I’ve read? What were your thoughts?

~Cam

First Line Friday: 12/18/2020



“On the second Sabbat of Twelfthmoon, in the city of Weep, a girl fell from the sky.”

This is going to be a First Line Friday post hosted by Hoarding Books!

I loved this book. It’s one of my favorites and is an ode to the love of books, magic and loss. I highly recommend this one to anyone who loves fantasy, books and magic. It starts off with such a powerful scene and when everything comes together it breaks you in two.

Have you read this? What did you think? Did you post a First Line Friday, and if so, can you share here?


~Cam

Mini Reviews: ARCs #2

*I received all of these books from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

1. Fable- Adrienne Young

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is the story about Fable, daughter of the most powerful trader of the Narrows. She has only known the sea as her home. It has been four years since her mother died, and four years since she watched her father leave her on the legendary island of Jeval, full of thieves and little food. Here she struggles to make a life for herself with only herself and the skills her mother taught her when she was still alive. Fable enlists the help of a young trader named West to get her off the island and across the Narrows to her father.

I wasn’t a HUGE fan of this one at first. I struggled to get into it and to care at all about the characters. I found Fable to be naive and ignorant about the ways of the world, especially seeing as she had literally been relying on her and only herself to survive. She was an annoying perspective to read from and I felt like the side characters were more enjoyable to hear about. That being said, they weren’t really fleshed out at first and felt rather flat. This definitely changed as the story went on and as we learned more about them. I feel like part of it was that the characters were unwilling to open up to Fable, so we only learned as much as she did. I liked how there was that found family aspect as well. The romance came a little bit out of nowhere and I don’t feel like there was much development in that regard either. I’m interested to see how this will develop later on in the series.

That being said, about 75% into the book I really started to care for the characters and for Fable. She really grew into her role as the protagonist. The ending really had me curious for the next book and I plan on reading the rest of the series. I also really appreciated the pirate stories. Also, the cover is gorgeous. This book should be released on September 1st, and I highly recommend you check it out if you love found family and pirate stories!

Places to Buy: Amazon || Bookshop (support local bookstores!)

2. A Curse of Ash & Embers- Jo Spurrier

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This book was certainly unexpected. Not necessarily in a bad way. I didn’t love this one too much, but I didn’t hate it. I felt like there is a romance that was starting up, but it kind of came out of nowhere? There was no real… development of that relationship. The conflict fell a little flat for me, at least until the very end. That being said, there were some twists and turns that left me reeling in a good way. I mentioned the conflict being flat until the end, because the book felt like there was no pacing until the last 30% or so.

The characters were okay. I didn’t feel one way or another about them. I felt like the main character, Elodie was a little bit… naive. That being said, I think she was SUPPOSED to be naive. This is a girl who has never left the family home, leaving home and being thrust into this new world that was very very unexpected, and new to her. The witch in the story, Aleida Blackbone can step on me. I would LET her step on me and thank her for it.

All that being said, if I get the opportunity to read the sequel, I will. I think that the story has some potential!

Places to Buy: Amazon

3. Firefrost- Camille Longley

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I’ll be honest here, I wasn’t expecting to love this one. Especially in the beginning, the writing felt a little clunky, but as it went on, it got SOOO much better. The writing isn’t super flowery, but it’s also not clinical. It’s that perfect mix of poetic and descriptive.

The pacing was good and the plot felt real and believable. The romance was also paced well. I don’t feel like it was over the top rushed or anything. The magic was also really interesting. The idea was something that I had never really seen before and it was nice to see a new concept being implemented the way that Firefrost did.

The characters, Kelan and Sol were interesting to read the perspective from and I loved them as a couple. The changes that they underwent together and their falling in love was wonderful to read about. The romance is an enemies to lovers and it had some angst and build up that I was 100000% here for. This is a prequel to the first book in the Flameskin Chronicles and I plan on reading the next in the series, Flameskin.

Places to Buy: Amazon || Bookshop (support local bookstores!)

4. Black Sun – Rebecca Roanhorse

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Black Sun is the first book in the Between Earth and Sky series by author Rebecca Roanhorse. Her prose and writing is gorgeous and impeccable. It’s beautiful and lyrical without taking itself too seriously. This is a book that takes place in pre-Columbus America (Fuck Christopher Columbus to Hell) with rich cultures and even richer people. The characters are all so multi-faceted and fun to read from the perspective of. We follow the perspectives of Naranpa, the Sun Priest in the city of Tova. We also follow Xiala, a disgraced Teek, a sea captain who can calm the waters with her voice and Serapio, a young blind man who is seeking passage on Xiala’s ship, they make their way to the city of Tova, days before a holy celestial event that is set to change the course of the world. Once these characters collide, everything changes. The journey getting there was beautiful and heartbreaking. Roanhorse writes unforgettable characters with clear and undeniable skill. I highly recommend this one and cannot wait to read the next book in the series.

Places to Buy: Amazon || Bookshop (support local bookstores!)

5. Ignite the Sun- Hanna C. Howard

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book. This F–KING book. Ignite the Sun by Hanna C. Howard was amazing. When I first started this I was unsure. The writing felt clunky, but the world building was amazing. My God, it was so great. The world and culture and subsequent magic system was amazing. It was all so well written and built in such a way that it made me love the world that much more. The magic really made this world and was new and the fact that it had it’s limitations made me love it all that much. That being said, there were moments where this deviated away from that, but I could ignore that mostly because of how much I loved the characters. Each nymph and magical species had their own strengths or weaknesses and I was here for it.

The characters were also pretty wonderful and varied. There was definitely a degree of found family here which is another of my favorite tropes. The romance was always enjoyable to read and I was rooting for them to be together from the start.

The plot was believable and woven in a way where it felt real. Nothing there felt like it was out of the norm for the world and I was having a really good time while reading it. I did have to suspend my sense of belief alot more than I usually do in fantasies, but this was a wonderful book filled with magic, hope and found families and the power of friendship and light.

The one thing that kind of detracted from my enjoyment of this was that the formatting for the e-book that I received was not good. I had a hard time reading it at times due to the formatting. This is probably just a me thing and is not something that affects the finished copy! (I checked with Amazon’s e-book preview.

Places to Buy: Amazon || Bookshop (support local bookstores!)

Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Super Long Titles

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl

A short list of books that have super long titles! These are all books that I have NOT read yet! I’m super excited to get to all these 🙂

The invisible life of addie Larue- V.e. Schwab

house of salt and sorrows- Erin A. Craig

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark- Michelle McNamara

a long petal of the sea- isabel allende

To sleep in a sea of stars- Christopher Paolini

an unkindness of magicians – Kat howard

When No one is watching- Alyssa Cole

The Space between worlds- Micah Johnson

The City where we once lived- Eric Barnes

A house at the bottom of the lake- Josh malerman

What are some books that you want to read that have long titles?

~Cam

September Wrap-up

September was a wild and crazy month. Between work and school I didn’t have much time to read, but these are all the books I read. I finished Wanderers on the first of October, but I’m including it here since I read the majority of it in September.

Cemetery Boys- Aiden Thomas

Rating: 5 out of 5.
My Riot- Rick Spears

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Red Sister- Mark Lawrence

Rating: 4 out of 5.
A Curse of Ash & Embers- Jo Spurrier

Rating: 3 out of 5.
If We Were Villians- M. L. Rio

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
Firefrost- Camille Longley

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Wanderers – Chuck
Wendig

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Black Sun – Rebecca
Roanhorse

What have you been reading this month? Are you staying safe and healthy? I hope that you and your loved ones are safe.

That being said, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE stay HOME. Stay home and quarantine. When you go out, wear a mask. Don’t leave for things that aren’t necessities. Wash your hands and think of others.

I’m going to include the bit that I posted in my wrap up last month here with links included:

As crazy as the world has been, I hope that everyone knows how much their lives matter. With that being said, all lives will not matter until black lives matter. I was incredibly saddened by the murder of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor that occurred what feels like many months ago. That doesn’t change how important it is for them to get justice. Breonna Taylor still have not gotten justice. Her killers, Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove are still free and she has not seen justice. If you haven’t please sign the petitions here:

Petition for George Floyd
Petition for Breonna Taylor
Petition for Tony McDade
Petition for Ahmuad Arbery
Petition to Stop the use of rubber bullets (Graphic Content Warning for the image associated with this petition.)
Defund the Police Petition
Life Sentence for Police Brutality
Hands Up Act
More Petitions

Find ways to speak up about senseless violence, racism and police brutality in your communities, and in your social networks. Don’t let this pass us by with nothing changing. This has gone on for long enough. I hope for the safety of all the protesters and activists who are on the front lines. Use your voices to make a change. If you can, there are ways that you can help monetarily, but obviously this is not something that everyone can do, but if you are able, I have included links to many different organizations and the GoFundMe for the families of three of the victims below. (I couldn’t find one for Tony McDade).

GoFundMe for George’s Family || GoFundMe for Breonna (and Legal Representation) || GoFundMe for Ahmaud || Minnesota Freedom Fund (Helps pay for bail for those who cannot afford it) || ACLU || The Bail Project || To The Protestors || Black Owned Businesses || Organizations || To the Victims || Other Ways to Help

Want to donate, but can’t afford to? Watch the video linked here. Watch the ads, as the ad revenue will be donated to Black Lives Matter, and many other charities who are helping Black people and helping protesters.

Like I said, not everyone can donate, and not everyone is in a position to protest, especially given the fact we are in the middle of a pandemic, but please know that there are many things you can do to help. I am using my platform here to talk about it. If you can do nothing else, talk about it, and vote for politicians who abhor police brutality and violence. Stand up against racism when you see it. Don’t let this be something that continues past out generation. That being said:

Have a wonderful day, stay safe and healthy,

~Cam

Mini Reviews: ARCs #1

***All of these books were provided to me through Netgalley for free in exchange for a review. I want to thank Netgalley and the authors for this opportunity.***

1. DRAGONFLY MAID- D.D. CROIX

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.


The e-book to this had some formatting issues that made reading it difficult. There were sentences that were repeated (I think due to the formatting). This is nothing against the book itself, as this is a review copy.

D.D. Croix makes you care about the characters and makes you rather invested in what happens to them. The characters all have their own voices and are complex. Jane can be too trusting at times, but overall, I enjoyed reading from her perspective.

The world feels real, and Victorian England has always interested me.

That being said, I don’t feel like the action in the book takes place until I had gotten about 60% into the book. Once the pace of the book picked up though I felt like it progressed nicely. I plan on reading more books in this series.

I want to thank Net Galley for allowing me to review this book!

Places to Buy: Amazon


2. THIS ETERNITY OF MASKS AND SHADOWS- KARSTEN KNIGHT

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Representation: Queer characters, Inuit characters (I’m not sure about how valid the representation is, so you may want to check out Inuit reviewers)

This was an interesting read.

Gods and goddesses walk the Earth, reincarnated every few hundred years. This book follows Cairn, the daughter of Sedna, Inuit goddess of the Sea.

The story follows her as she is trying to discover what, or who killed her mother. She discovers that her mother went on a voyage that ended in unspeakable tragedy and that every member that went on that voyage, one by one, is dying. Cairn with the help of Detective Nanook, Inuit Master of Polar Bears, they try to find who, or what is killing off Gods and Goddesses.

When I first started this, I was worried that it would not keep my attention, but boy was I wrong. This book is a wonderful blend of myth, superhero tale, and urban fantasy. The world here is so similar to our own but the world-building here was amazing.

The characters were all varied and complex and the villain didn’t seem like a caricature either. I would highly recommend this!

Also, there is LGBT rep, and I loved the main couple. The casually queer relationship was so wonderful to read about. It didn’t overtake the story, it just…existed. It wasn’t a main plot point, it was just a part of the characters and who they were. I loved the way that it was done. It wasn’t a struggle to overcome or anything. It was widely accepted and wasn’t questioned.

Places to Buy: Amazon


3. SPRING GIRLS- KAREN KATCHUR

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Another Spring. Another Dead Girl.

This was a thrilling read that followed Detectives Geena and Parker as they attempt to find the serial killer that has been terrorizing their hometown. Every Spring a new body is found in a nearby lake. The killer has come to be known as the Spring Strangler, and his victims? Spring Girls.

This is the third book in the Northampton County mystery series, but it can be read as a stand-alone.

While we get the point of view from the detectives, we also get the point of view from Janey Montgomery, the first victim. The one who survived. The characters were interesting to read from the perspective of. I liked the main characters, which were mainly Geena and Janey. I liked how they interacted together and I liked how Janey handled herself. She was very obviously a victim of a horrific crime and she acted in a way that a victim would act. By the end of the book she was much stronger and was more sure of herself and she had a lot of character growth.

Overall, I enjoyed this. It was certainly thrilling and took some very unexpected twists and turns. The plot kept me engaged and had me on the edge of my seat. It kept me guessing and led to places that I didn’t expect it to.

The conclusion was good and it didn’t pull any punches. Neither was it totally out of left lane. It was like being in a Criminal Minds episode and I would highly recommend it.

Places to Buy: Amazon


4. ODESSA- JONATHAN HILL

Rating: 3 out of 5.

A story about 3 siblings, Virginia, Wes and Harry as they traverse a post apocalyptic United States. Eight years ago, a major earthquake destroyed much of the Western U.S. But, for Vietnamese-American, Virginia Crane, her life changed shortly after the earthquake, when her mother left the family and never returned.

This story follows the siblings years later while they go in search of their mother and meet many other characters along the way.

I liked this book, but I didn’t love it. I expected it to be…more. The bad guys didn’t have any real reason to be bad other than the fact that they just were? Their motivations felt a little non-existent to me. There was more action at the end of the novel, so the rest felt slow moving.

The relationships in here felt like true sibling relationships. They bickered and fought just like siblings do, and they also had some heartwarming moments, which I appreciated.

The art style was okay? It wasn’t for me, but it definitely fits with the narrative of the story and the rough nature of the world that the story takes place in.

It looks like this might be the first book in a series, so there was definitely a lot of set up that is going to lead up to future plot lines. I would be interested to see where this goes.

This book is going to be released November 10th! Pre-order below!

Places to Buy: Amazon


5. THE HOUSE OF STYX- DEREK KÜNSKEN

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Representation: Queer, Trans, Autistic characters

This book was… not for me. Don’t get me wrong, the idea was soooo interesting, but this book could have been 300 pages shorter. It went in LABORIOUS amounts of detail in describing the different things about living on Venus.

The characters were interesting to read about and varied. You really felt for them and wanted them to succeed. A lot of that was hidden behind the fact that I didn’t want to keep reading the long winded text that could have been simplified. That being said, I appreciated that there were some very diverse characters, along with some neuro-divergent characters.

The plot was good, I really wanted the d’Aquillon family to prevail over the “enemy” of the story, but I felt like this was -A LOT- of build up for following stories and I had a lot of periods of being kind of bored throughout reading. That being said, just because I didn’t love this one does not mean that others won’t! If you like family sagas with lots of science and details, you’ll love this one!

This book comes out August 20th! Pre-order below!

Places to Buy: Amazon


These are just some of the ARCs that I’ve had the pleasure of reading over the last few weeks! What are some anticipated reads for you for the months of August and September?

~Cam

Book Review: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms


Rating: 5 out of 5.

  • Author: N.K. Jemisin
  • Genre: Fantasy/ Science Fiction
  • Page Count: 398
  • Date Started: June 20th
  • Date Finished: July 2nd

A Brief Description

After her mother’s mysterious death, a young woman is summoned to the floating city of Sky in order to claim a royal inheritance she never knew existed in the first book in this award-winning fantasy trilogy from the NYT bestselling author of The Fifth Season.

Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother’s death and her family’s bloody history.

With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Yeine will learn how perilous it can be when love and hate – and gods and mortals – are bound inseparably together.

Goodreads || Amazon


Men who served anyone could be trusted by no one.

N.K. Jemisin

My review

I picked up this book after hearing so many good things about it on Book Twitter. This book was amazing.

It was so different than anything I’ve ever read before. It wasn’t the story that was different really, no. This is one that you’ve probably read before. Orphaned girl is thrust into the political intrigue of a world unknown to her when she is named the heir to her once estranged grandfather’s kingdom. She struggles with court life and tries to carve a place for herself, meanwhile, falling in love with a God. She struggles with finding out who she is and the dark secrets that have been kept from her, and that are just coming to light. Yeah, I’ve read this one before.

The thing that made this book so different was the way it was told. N.K. Jemisin has such a unique and innovative way of telling a story. The narrative was unusual. Not in a bad way. It was a little choppy, and had many transitions in time. This certainly added to it’s novelty. Not only that, but the book challenges what fantasy books were. It shows how power corrupts and challenges the ruling class. It threatens ordered society and threatens to turn it over.

The world of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is different and brings something new to the table. Yeine, the granddaughter of the ruler, a product of a biracial marriage. Her mother, an Amn (the rulers) married a Black man for love, and was disinherited. After being summoned to the palace, you see the struggles that Yeine faces as a half-Black woman in a world where that is not accepted. She is locked in a battle with her two cousins, who have experience in the ways of court life. Yeine gains allies in the form of the Enefadah, enslaved gods who were enslaved by the Amn after they lost the Gods War against the Lord of Light, the patron God of Sky.

Speaking of Sky, the setting was amazing! Sky is a castle in the…. well…. sky. This is where most of our story takes place. This is a treacherous palace of court rules and backstabbing royals looking to claim more power and Gods who become unstable at sunset. A world of a class structure that makes it impossible to lay claim to anything if you are not of the elite. A ruling family that is hated by it’s people. And here we have Yeine, from a far flung territory, navigating it all. I really loved her character. Her internal dialogue and the way she handles conflict was amazing. She was really easy to root for. I loved to uncover all the secrets and family drama. I also loved the romance, this book was downright steamy!

One last thing is that this ending broke me. Once I finished this book, I immediately ordered the second in the series and plan to read it very soon. All of this being said, please read this book. At first, I was a little confused as you are just thrown into the world and expected to know what is going on, but once I got the hang of thing and cultural references, I was in love. PLEASE give this book a chance. I promise you won’t regret it.

~Have a nice day, stay safe and healthy, and as always, keep reading!

~Cam

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

SOOOOOO, I can’t believe that 2020 is already half over! This year has simultaneously flown by while also lasting forever. I’ve read a lot of books so I had some trouble choosing these books, but I hope you enjoy my Mid Year Book Freak Out post!

You can click any of the photos of the books below and be linked to the GoodReads page for the book!

WHAT IS THE BEST BOOK THAT YOU HAVE READ SO FAR IN 2020?

These were some of my favorites. This list is non-exhaustive, as I have soooo many good reads this year. I can’t just pick one. I’m sure many can relate to that feeling!

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE SEQUEL OF THE FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR?

I love a good story with gray morality and none of the characters here are objectively -good.- They all think they are good and doing the right thing and they all do bad things for their own reasons. I highly recommend this series if you haven’t read it already. You can read my thoughts on this sequel here. (There are spoilers for the first book in the series, Vicious, so if you have not read that one, I would recommend staying away from my review until you have read the first one)

IS THERE A NEW RELEASE THAT YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT YOU’RE REALLY EXCITED TO?

This book came out in March, and I’ve been putting it off for whatever reason. This is a book about the Bone Crier’s who ferry the souls of the dead. It follows Ailesse, who is prepared to become the matriarch of the Bone Criers. To become a Bone Crier, she must first kill the boy who she is destined to love. It also follows Bastien, who is looking to capture a Bone Crier and have vengeance for the death of his father, killed by a B.C years earlier. I’m really looking forward to this one and will probably read it in October or the Fall season 🙂

WHAT IS YOUR MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR?

Coming out August 11th

Coming out October 6th

Coming out August 4th

Coming out September 29th

Coming out November 17th

Coming out October 13th

I could not just choose one here. There are so many amazing books that are being released in the second half of 2020, and I couldn’t even include them all here. These are some of the ones I’m most excited for though! If you one more info, click the photos for the GoodReads page! (It will open in a new tab.)

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT SO FAR?

I was really disappointed with these. I didn’t review Soulless, but it was disappointing and overall boring. As far as The Deep goes, I was just disappointed with the ending and the way that the paranormal aspects were handled. I had a bunch of ideas of what this was going to be and all of those were better than this book. Like I said, I was disappointed. It just wasn’t for me. If you want to read my review, click here.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SURPRISE SO FAR?

When I was told that this world had a very soft magic system I was ready to be disappointed. When there is a soft magic system I am generally disappointed because I definitely like structure and rules, especially when it come to magic. While this world had a magic system that was soft and fluid and I feel like the author definitely took some liberties, I genuinely enjoyed this world. The writing was beautiful and the fairy tale elements were some of my favorites.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE NEW TO YOU OR DEBUT AUTHOR?

This was such a good and beautiful book. This is not Lori M. Lee’s first book, but it was my first book that I read by her. I loved it so much and definitely plan to read more from her and any future books that she puts out. I really can’t wait for the next book in this series!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FICTIONAL CRUSH FROM THIS YEAR?

Sirscha Ashwyn from Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee. I’ve included a link to the artist who drew the art included above. Their name is Dimary on Deviantart. This particular piece of art can be found here.

WHO IS YOUR NEW FAVORITE CHARACTER?

What can I say, I’m a girl of simple tastes. Again, the artist is Dimary on Deviantart and can be found here, or by clicking on the beautiful art above. Oh, also read Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee.

A BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY?

Okay, so this nonfiction book about the death of democracy did not make me CRY necessarily, but it made me VERY sad. I read through this and saw the parallels between the US state of politics and the state of politics of many countries before us and the similarities were chilling. While this book is a little out of date (and things have gotten WORSE since it has been written) I would still recommend this. It was incredibly eye opening and informative.

A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY?

I recognize that Sarah J Maas has some problematic aspects. I’ll say that first and foremost. That being said, I’m SJM trash. I really liked this book. It was typical SJM writing and love interest, but I really liked this romance. The last 200 pages were so fast-paced and the ending made me so incredibly happy. When I finished this book, I NEEDED the sequel. I’ll be honest, I still do.

YOUR FAVORITE BOOK TO MOVIE/TV SHOW THAT YOU’VE SEEN SO FAR?

I’ll be honest, I haven’t been watching a lot of book to movie/tv shows lately. For one, movie theaters are closed due to COVID and two, I haven’t really kept up to date with the releases for TV shows. I know for a fact that I’ll watch Shadow and Bone when it comes out later this year though!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE POST THAT YOU HAVE WRITTEN SO FAR THIS YEAR?

This is a tough one! I’ve been so meh about writing and only really started to actively write posts recently. I’d say some of my favorites are:

How to Be A Better Ally: Books on How to Be AntiRacist
Books Set on the Ocean
Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2020
Forest of Souls Book Tour

WHAT IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK THAT YOU HAVE BOUGHT?

There are SOOO many beautiful books out there. I again…. can’t choose just one. These are some of the books that I have bought this year. There are going to be so many more that come out in the coming months, so keep an eye on my Instagram: cosmiclattesandbooks for more pics of some of the beautiful books that I acquire in the rest of 2020.

WHAT ARE 6 BOOKS THAT YOU WANT TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?

There are just a few of the books that I have been meaning to read this year, but haven’t gotten to quite yet. I’m really excited for all of these and will hopefully get to them. Have you read any of them? What did you think?

Anyway, that’s it for me. That is my Mid Year Book Freakout post for 2020. I have read a lot of good books, some bad ones, but many great ones! I hope to read many more awesome books with the time left in 2020? What about you? Link your MYBFO posts in the comments below or tell me some of your favorite books!
Have a wonderful day, stay safe, healthy, and as always, keep reading,

~Cam

July TBR

I cannot believe that the year 2020 is half over! This year has simultaneously lasted forever while also going by way too quickly. I have a lot more time on my hands now that I’m only in one class, so I have a lot of plans for reading. About half of these are ARCS or review copies that I was given by the author in exchange for an honest review. I’m really looking forward to reading all of these books this month. What are you planning on reading this month?

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms- N.K. Jemisin
A People’s History of the United States- Howard Zinn
The Eternity of Masks and Shadows- Karsten Knight
Spring Girls- Karen Katchur
The House of Styx- Derek Künsken
Voice of War- Zack Argyle
The Hollow Gods- A.J. Vrana

Foundryside- Robert Jackson Bennett

The Angel’s Game- Carlos Ruiz Zafón
A Curse of Ash and Embers- Jo Spurrier
Shp of Magic- Robin Hobb
Upon a Burning Throne- Ashok K. Banker

What are you planning on reading in July? Are you staying safe and healthy? I hope that you and your loved ones are safe.

I’m going to include the bit that I posted in my wrap up last month here with links included:

As crazy as the world has been, I hope that everyone knows how much their lives matter. With that being said, all lives will not matter until black lives matter. I was incredibly saddened by the murder of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor that occurred over the last month or so. If you haven’t please sign the petitions here:

Petition for George Floyd
Petition for Breonna Taylor
Petition for Tony McDade
Petition for Ahmuad Arbery
Petition to Stop the use of rubber bullets (Graphic Content Warning for the image associated with this petition.)
Defund the Police Petition
Life Sentence for Police Brutality
Hands Up Act
More Petitions

Find ways to speak up about senseless violence, racism and police brutality in your communities, and in your social networks. Don’t let this pass us by with nothing changing. This has gone on for long enough. I hope for the safety of all the protesters and activists who are on the front lines. Use your voices to make a change. If you can, there are ways that you can help monetarily, but obviously this is not something that everyone can do, but if you are able, I have included links to many different organizations and the GoFundMe for the families of three of the victims below. (I couldn’t find one for Tony McDade).

GoFundMe for George’s Family || GoFundMe for Breonna (and Legal Representation) || GoFundMe for Ahmaud || Minnesota Freedom Fund (Helps pay for bail for those who cannot afford it) || ACLU || The Bail Project || To The Protestors || Black Owned Businesses || Organizations || To the Victims || Other Ways to Help

Want to donate, but can’t afford to? Watch the video linked here. Watch the ads, as the ad revenue will be donated to Black Lives Matter, and many other charities who are helping Black people and helping protesters.

Like I said, not everyone can donate, and not everyone is in a position to protest, especially given the fact we are in the middle of a pandemic, but please know that there are many things you can do to help. I am using my platform here to talk about it. If you can do nothing else, talk about it, and vote for politicians who abhor police brutality and violence. Stand up against racism when you see it. Don’t let this be something that continues past out generation. That being said:

Have a wonderful day, stay safe and healthy,

~Cam

June Wrap-up

June has been….busy to say the least. I finished a class that was keeping me crazy busy, so I had a lot of time to read at the end of the month! I’ll have so much more time to read in July and I’m excited for some of the books that I have in mind for July! 🙂

I started The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms at the very end of the month, so I do not have a rating or review for it quite yet, but I’m pretty sure that it’s going to be a 5 star book. All of the other books that have reviews are linked below. You can click the links provided to read them if you want more of my thoughts!

Between The World and Me- Ta-Nehisi Coates

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Inkheart- Cornelia Funke
Read my review here!

Rating: 3 out of 5.
White Fragility- Robin DiAngelo

Rating: 5 out of 5.
In the Woods- Tana French
Read my review here!

Rating: 3 out of 5.
White Rage- Carol Anderson, Ph.D

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Guild of Tokens- Jon Auerbach
See my Book Tour Stop post here!

Rating: 5 out of 5.
A People’s History of the United States- Howard Zinn

Currently reading this!

Dragonfly Maid- D.D. Croix
Review to come!

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Paragon- Shauna Alderson
Look at my book tour post here!

Rating: 4 out of 5.
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms- N.K. Jemisin
Review to come!
Forest of Souls- Lori M. Lee
Check out my review here!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What have you been reading this month? Are you staying safe and healthy? I hope that you and your loved ones are safe.

I’m going to include the bit that I posted in my wrap up last month here with links included:

As crazy as the world has been, I hope that everyone knows how much their lives matter. With that being said, all lives will not matter until black lives matter. I was incredibly saddened by the murder of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor that occurred over the last month or so. If you haven’t please sign the petitions here:

Petition for George Floyd
Petition for Breonna Taylor
Petition for Tony McDade
Petition for Ahmuad Arbery
Petition to Stop the use of rubber bullets (Graphic Content Warning for the image associated with this petition.)
Defund the Police Petition
Life Sentence for Police Brutality
Hands Up Act
More Petitions

Find ways to speak up about senseless violence, racism and police brutality in your communities, and in your social networks. Don’t let this pass us by with nothing changing. This has gone on for long enough. I hope for the safety of all the protesters and activists who are on the front lines. Use your voices to make a change. If you can, there are ways that you can help monetarily, but obviously this is not something that everyone can do, but if you are able, I have included links to many different organizations and the GoFundMe for the families of three of the victims below. (I couldn’t find one for Tony McDade).

GoFundMe for George’s Family || GoFundMe for Breonna (and Legal Representation) || GoFundMe for Ahmaud || Minnesota Freedom Fund (Helps pay for bail for those who cannot afford it) || ACLU || The Bail Project || To The Protestors || Black Owned Businesses || Organizations || To the Victims || Other Ways to Help

Want to donate, but can’t afford to? Watch the video linked here. Watch the ads, as the ad revenue will be donated to Black Lives Matter, and many other charities who are helping Black people and helping protesters.

Like I said, not everyone can donate, and not everyone is in a position to protest, especially given the fact we are in the middle of a pandemic, but please know that there are many things you can do to help. I am using my platform here to talk about it. If you can do nothing else, talk about it, and vote for politicians who abhor police brutality and violence. Stand up against racism when you see it. Don’t let this be something that continues past out generation. That being said:

Have a wonderful day, stay safe and healthy,

~Cam