Top 10 Witchy Books to Read this October

witchy books Ahhh it’s finally fall! It’s the season of fresh apples (and apple cider) and pumpkin spice (and everything nice). And– October is here, which means Halloween!!! So what better time than to start reading books to get you into that Autumn and Halloween spirit? Here are my Top 10 Witchy Books to Read this October.

1. The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassell by Alyssa Palombowitchy books

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a beloved tale, told countless times in film, television, and cartoon form. It’s always been told from the point of view of Ichabod Crane, a school teacher. Never before have we seen the story through the heroine, Katrina Van Tassel’s eyes. In the new release The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel, author Alyssa Palombo has done just that.

witchy books2. The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a New Orleans teen discovers that her family has magic in their blood. Adele discovers that her ancestor was part of a coven of witches that trapped vampires in the attic of an old convent hundreds of years before. But Adele has accidentally set them free, and they’re coming after her to break the curse the coven placed upon them.

3. The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Foxwitchy books

While this is one of the few books I haven’t read on this list, today is The Witch of Willow Hall’s book birthday! This book begins two hundred years after the Salem Witch Trials and the three Montrose sisters find a darkness calling to them in their new home, Willow Hall. Continue reading

September 2018 Wrap Up

September 2018 Wrap Up

Hello and Happy October, friends! We’re finally to my favorite time of the year, Halloween! September was a difficult month reading-wise. I only read and finished three books, started some others, and set them aside because I just didn’t have the focus to read. Going back to work in the beginning of the month, and all of the responsibilities associated with that put a cramp in my reading style.

But I did read some awesome books this past month, so check out my September 2018 Wrap-Up.

Books I read last month

1.The Casquette Girls by Alys ArdenSeptember 2018 Wrap Up

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a New Orleans teen discovers that her family has magic in their blood. Adele discovers that her ancestor was part of a coven of witches that trapped vampires in the attic of an old convent hundreds of years before. But Adele has accidentally set them free, and they’re coming after her to break the curse the coven placed upon them.

Keep an eye out for my review of The Casquette Girls coming next Monday!

September 2018 Wrap Up2. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Jude and her twin sister Taryn were stolen from the mortal lands when they were young, after their mother’s former husband (and father to their sister) killed their parents and stole them away to the faerie lands. Having grown up with the faeries, Jude wants to be just like them, brutal and beautiful. She dreams of being a knight in the king’s court. But the youngest prince, Cardan has it out for Jude, and will stop at nothing to make sure she never achieves her goal.

Might you be interested in reading my thoughts on this title? Make sure to tell me in the comments!

 

3. The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel by Alyssa PalomboSeptember 2018 Wrap Up

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a beloved tale, told countless times in film, television, and cartoon form. It’s always been told from the point of view of Ichabod Crane, a school teacher. Never before have we seen the story through the heroine, Katrina Van Tassel’s eyes. In the new release The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel, author Alyssa Palombo has done just that.

Want to read my thoughts of The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel? Check out my review on Creating Herstory before this book is released tomorrow!

These three books bring my total books read for 2018 to 42 so far. I only need to read 8 more to reach my goal (which shouldn’t be a problem).  
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Top Ten Books on My Autumn TBR

My Autumn TBR I’m not going to lie, I’m downright awful at making monthly TBRs. I never stick to them. But it does make more sense for me to choose ten or so titles that I’d like to read over a longer period of time. Some I might get to this autumn, others in the winter.

So here’s my Autumn TBR!

1. The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden

I love pretty much anything and everything with witches, so when I saw The Casquette Girls and it’s sequel on Kindle Unlimited with the audiobooks I had to borrow them! I’ll probably listen to them as audiobooks on my walks this fall!

2. Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

Excuse me while I Fangirl and flip out because the sequel to Strange the Dreamer is coming out so soon! I love Laini Taylor’s writing and the worlds she creates so I’m super excited to read this book. Continue reading

What you can expect from Amanda’s Nose in a Book!

So in all honesty, I’ve been trying (and not trying) to get this blog back up and running for a while now. A friend suggested that I try a posting schedule to help me stay focused and organized, so I figured that would be a great way to get me posting and talking to all of you lovelies again! I’ve missed you!

Here’s my weekly schedule!

Monday

Mondays can be rough for people, so I’ve decided that Mondays will be a great day to start off the week with a book review, a book chat, or something fun and bookish. Let’s not hate Mondays together!

Tuesday

This is my day to share Top Ten lists. This might be a Top Ten Tuesday feature. Or it might be a list of my own making. Either way, this is a great day to find fun, new reads for yourself. Continue reading

Bookish Holiday Gift Guide- Part 1

Bookish Holiday Gift Guide

Are you unsure what to get a your bookworm friend as a gift this holiday season?

Look no further because I’ve come up with a Bookish Holiday Gift guide.

Just for you. Complete with suggestions, links to some amazing bookish shops, and photos for inspiration. Through Small Business Saturday, I will be sharing a couple of categories with you each day to help you pick out that special something for the special bookworm in your life.

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Reading in 2017

Reading in 2017

As you know I set a quarterly goal to read one book a week from January  through March of 2017. However, what will I be reading in 2017?

My overall goal for reading in 2017 is 50 books.

But I like to break down those books a little bit. So here are the reading challenges I’ve set for myself.

1. Re-read the entire Harry Potter series

I got the illustrated editions of Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of secrets for Christmas, so I’m going to start there. Continue reading

Top 10 Books of 2016

Top 10 Books of 2016In 2016, I set out with a goal of reading 100 books. Ten of those books would be re-reads for me, another 12 to be contemporary, and 5 to be non-fiction. My Top 10 bOOKS OF 2016 ARE A NICE MIX OF ALL OF THOSE GOALS.

Not long into the year, I knew that reading 2 books a week would be difficult, if not impossible and the goal of 100 books was cut in half.  That was a much more manageable goal. I reached and surpassed 50 books easily.

I read a total of 73 books in 2016!

  • 12 of them were contemporary novels (goal achieved!)
  • 8 of them were re-reads (goal not quite achieved, but close!)
  •  2 were non-fiction (wah wahhhh– fail)

But so many of them were incredible. Here are my top 10 books of 2016 (in no particular order)!

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Top Ten Books I’d Buy in a Second with a Fully Loaded Gift Card

toptentuesdayHello! Today is Top Ten Tuesday, one of my favorite bookish memes in the blog world. This feature is brought to us by the wonderful people over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is the Ten Books I’d Buy Right This Second if I had  A Fully Loaded Gift Card. And oh goodness, there would be wayyy more than 10. But in keeping with the theme…

Here are a couple books that haven’t been released yet. But with a fully-loaded gift card, maybe I could get them a little early? Let’s go with it.

  1. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

I feel like I have been waiting around for Empire of Storms forever, but really it’s only been since I finished Queen of Shadows last fall. Is anyone re-reading this series (or part of it before this book comes out?

2. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Since I read Six of Crows earlier this year I’ve been dying for this book to come out. It’s another Fall release that I already have on pre-order.

3. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes left me wanting more and so impatient to find out what happens next. Continue reading

What I’m Reading & Writing Wednesday

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What I’m Reading…

So, this section is becoming more and more chaotic by the day, but I’m reading quite a bit right now. Some of it is for school (things that my students are or will be reading), and some of it is for my own personal reading. So until the end of the school year, I’m going to break it down and let you know what titles I’m reading in both areas of my life! Continue reading

March Wrap Up!

March Wrap UpI didn’t post at all in March, but I did read a lot of books. Eight books to be exact! So since I have been too crazy and busy to post full length reviews, check out these awesome mini-reviews in my March Wrap Up!

My rating system works as follows: a scale of 1-5 hearts, 5 being the highest meaning I absolutely loved the book, and 1 being the lowest meaning I didn’t like the book at all.

  1. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

14061957I read the first two books in this trilogy last year and finally picked up the last book. I found Ruin and Rising to be an interesting ending to this fantasy adventure. While Alina sometimes grated on my nerves, I really liked the emotional journey that she undertook in this book. It wasn’t my favorite in the trilogy (#1 was) but I really liked it.

Rating:  ♥♥♥♥

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