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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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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March Wrap-Up!

March was a very fun and exciting month for Amanda’s Nose in a Book!


This blog reached 100 WordPress followers and was nominated for three Liebster Blog Awards. I successfully blogged nearly every day (giving myself only a handful of much-needed days off) and read and commented on many blog posts written by other book bloggers.

I reviewed the following books:

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Paper Towns by John Green

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

I started a new feature, called “Confessions of  a Book Blogger”

I went on a book buying ban (and have failed thus far— 4 books bought since then), dished on why i hate spoilers, and explained why i no longer rate books.


I also committed myself to two writing challenges for the month of April.

1. Camp NaNoWriMo

2. The A-Z Challenge

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

  • Lots of A-Z challenge posts that discuss bookish topics from A-Z
  • Posts about Camp NaNoWriMo and my progress
  • Posts about my trip to visit my friend Tracy in Poughkeepsie (which I am doing later on this week!)
  • A couple of book reviews or discussions

I am going to be focusing on writing this coming month, so I will talk a lot about that, but there will be some other bookish surprises thrown in there as well.

What would you like to see in April from Amanda’s Nose in a Book?

February Flashback (Wrap-up)

This past month has been the best I have ever had on Amanda’s Nose in a book. I’ve had a busy month full of books, writing, and getting to know the book blogging community a little bit better. I’m really enjoying myself and it’s great to talk about something that I am really passionate about.

Let’s take a peek back at what went on during February.

I read quite a few books, more than I even planned on,

(Click on a title to be brought to a synopsis and review of that book.)

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan (re-read)
House of Hades by Rick Riordan

I talked about,

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Books that give me the feels,
Books & characters that make me swoon,
Reasons I love being a blogger and reader,
and  Awesome secondary characters


(click on the name to be brought to that post)

Author, Laura Beege
Book Blogger- Chrissi Reads
Book Blogger- Catch Kelly’s Fancy

And so much more!

Next month, my goal is to read 4 or 5 books, get a read handle on the revisions for my novel (working on closing up those pesky plot holes), post here at least 5 times a week, and *hopefully* start a crafting/DIY blog.

What kinds of things would you like to see from Amanda’s Nose in a Book?