SUMMERATHON ANNOUNCEMENT!

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Hi, friends! I’m so excited to announce that I will be co-hosting a summer-themed readathon called Summerathon! We wanted to do a readathon that’s going to be fun and laid back, while giving us an excuse to read all things summery. It’s going to start on the summer solstice, and we would be so honored if you joined us!


The Dates:

June 21 – 27, 2019


The Hosts:

Melanie @ Meltotheany

Jen @ Pinot and Pages

Heather @ Bookables

Aimee @ Aimee Reads

Amy @ A Court of Crowns and Quills


The Challenges:

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1) Read a “beachy” book: This can be any book you’d want to take with you to the beach/poolside! Or it can take place on a beach (however you want to interpret it!)

2) Read a book with sunrise colors on the cover: The book can have ANY of the colors in a sunrise, such as orange, yellow, blue, pink, purple, etc.

3) Read a book that has a road trip, traveling, or vacation: The book doesn’t have to take place only on a vacation or roadtrip; it can include any scenes that involve traveling, going on a trip, etc.

4) Read a book set in the summer: The book doesn’t have to only be in the summer, but at least have a portion of it take place in summer.

5) Read a book with food on the cover: We love summer time grilling! Any kind of food/beverage on the cover will do!

6) Read a book while drinking your favorite summery beverage: This is more of a freebie but thought it would be fun! Choose any drink of your choice to sip while enjoying your book!

The challenges are vague and open to interpretation; read however many you want to fit the challenges or feel free to double up! You can also read any genre you want! There’s no pressure to finish all the challenges. We also want to encourage you to pick up a book by an LGBTQIAP+ author in honor of Pride month!


Follow Us:

We want to see all your Summerathon photos, so please tag us @summerathon on instagram and twitter and use (hashtag) #summerathon. We’ll also repost your photos on our instagram!


We hope you’ll join us this June to celebrate the summer solstice!

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Dragons & Tea Book Club: April Book Announcement!

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Hello, friends! How is this year already flying by so fast!? I can’t believe we are already announcing our fourth book club pick of 2019! Melanie and I are so excited to announce this Latinx author who has written some of our favorite books! We hope you’ll be able to join us for this round.


Our April book will be:

WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore:

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The Dates & Breakdown:

April 8th — Pages 1 – 56 “Bay of Trust”

April 9th — Pages 57 – 107 “Sea of Waves”

April 10th — Pages 108 – 156 “Sea of Tranquility”

April 11th — Pages 157 – 217 “Bay of Dew”

April 12th — Pages 218 – End

Why we chose this book:

Anna-Marie McLemore writes such beautiful, lyrical prose, where she weaves magical realism with so much diversity. This ownvoices book follows the romance between a Latina girl and a trans boy (McLemore is married to a trans man), but they must stay away from four beautiful sisters who are rumored to be witches.

Also, I highly recommend checking out Chaima’s review!


Don’t forget to join our Goodreads Group!

And we will also follow discussions/your reading journey on Twitter and Instagram using the (hashtag) #DragonsAndTeaBookClub!


See you then! ❀

πŸ‰β˜• Melanie: Instagram | Twitter | Goodreads
πŸ‰β˜• Amy: Instagram | Twitter | Goodreads

Dragons & Tea Book Club: March Book Announcement!

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Hi, friends! I’m back with another book club announcement! Melanie and I had such a great time reading A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert with you all. Thank you so much for joining us! We hope our next read will be a hit, too!


Our March book will be:

LAST CALL AT THE NIGHTSHADE LOUNGE by Paul Krueger:

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The Dates & Breakdown:

March 4th — Ch. 1 – 2

March 5th — Ch. 3 – 6

March 6th — Ch. 7 – 10

March 7th — Ch. 11 – 14

March 8th — Ch. 15 – End

(Approximately 50 pages per day)

Why we chose this book:

A sharp and funny urban fantasy for β€œnew adults” about a secret society of bartenders who fight monsters with alcohol fueled magic.”Β  <– I mean, that line sold me already. This is a new adult, urban fantasy that we hope will be a fun, yet dark, read! Also, author Paul Krueger is Asian-American, and the main character, Bailey Chen, is Asian-American, too! So this is an own-voices story we’re very excited about. πŸ™‚

As of today this book is available in paperback on Book Outlet for $1.29. (This is not an affiliate link. I just want to let you know in case you want a physical copy for cheap!)


Don’t forget to join our Goodreads Group!

And we will also follow discussions/your reading journey on Twitter and Instagram using the (hashtag) #DragonsAndTeaBookClub!


See you then! ❀

πŸ‰β˜• Melanie: Instagram | Twitter | Goodreads
πŸ‰β˜• Amy: Instagram | Twitter | Goodreads


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ContemporaryAThon 2019 TBR: Round 4

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Hi, friends! Are you planning to participate in this round of ContemporaryAThon? ContemporaryAThon is a weeklong readathon taking place February 11-17 (host information below!) I didn’t do so well last year but I have high hopes I’ll do better this time! Below are the challenges and the books I chose for each one! I’m not sure if I’ll read all 7 books… so… wish me luck! Hahaha.


CHALLENGES:

1. Read your most recently purchased or acquired contemporary

Fence Vol. 2

2. Read a contemporary with blurple (blue or purple) on the cover

99 Percent Mine

3. Read a diverse contemporary (keeping in mind that it is Black History Month!)

The Bride Test

4. Read a dark, taboo, or emotional book

Forever, Interrupted

5. Read a contemporary you meant to read in 2018 but didn’t get to

Radio Silence

6. Read a contemporary in a non-traditional format (ebook, audio, graphic novel etc)

The Legend of the Golden Raven

7. Read a contemporary with a picture on the spine (not a color or pattern but an image)

Check, Please!

(Double up and make as many of them work for as many books as you want!)


LIVE-SHOW: 2/16 on Chelsea’s Channel (Time TBA!)

THE HOSTS:

CHELSEA

JULIE

NATASHA

MELANIE

FOLLOW CONTEMPORARYATHON:

CONTEMPORARYATHON INSTA: https://www.instagram.com/contemporar…Β  CONTEMPORARYATHON TWITTER: https://twitter.com/bookhangover_


And in case you missed it, here’s my YouTube video of me discussing each book I picked!


xx,

Amy

I Joined Booktube!

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Hi, friends! I wanted to officially announce that I joined the booktube community! It’s been something I’ve been thinking about doing since 2016 (but I never uploaded those videos because… yikes… haha.) I finally made it a goal for 2019 and am so glad I did!

Click here to subscribe! πŸ™‚

I’m still learning so much, so please pardon my rambling, awkwardness, or if I leave out pertinent info in my videos. I sometimes have a lot of trouble gathering my thoughts, but I hope I’ll feel more comfortable over time. Also, this past week I have been in iMovie hell. So if my blog seems quiet, it’s because I’m still learning how to edit and manage my time between blogging, bookstagram, reading, reviewing, and doing book club, all while still engaging with everyone! πŸ™‚ I will still write reviews here and (for now) I’m still going to do Top Ten Tuesdays!

So if you’re a fan of videos instead of blog posts, I’d be so honored if you subscribed to my channel! At the moment I’ve uploaded some “typical” booktuber videos such as TBRs, hauls, and wrap ups. But I’m planning to expand more and offer book recommendations, mash up reviews, and the occasional reading vlog!

I’m so humbled and grateful for all the support I’ve already received over the past week. Your kind words of encouragement have meant so much to me.

I hope you will give my channel a chance, and if there are any video ideas you would like to see me do, please leave me a comment! ❀

xx,

Amy

My 2019 Bookish Goals

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Hi, everyone! I know goals are a popular topic of discussion so I wanted to share some of mine with you. I started reviewing books in December 2017 and it was such a huge learning experience for me. I loved getting to work with publishers, participating in blog tours, and overall getting to know so many wonderful people in the book community. I am so inspired by every single one of you and I believe you all have helped shape my goals for 2019.

So here’s my list. I don’t know if I’ll accomplish them all but I’m going to try!


ONE: Request Fewer ARCs

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This is the biggest one I wanted to get out of the way first and explain why. You’re probably thinking, “But Amy, you just said you love reviewing and working with publishers.” This is still true. However, in the early stages of my reviewing days I went a little too “click-happy” on NetGalley and requested so many titles that I eventually got too overwhelmed. I make ARCs a priority and review everything I request. But then other backlist titles on my TBR took a hit, and I don’t want to neglect it this year. I also want to buddy read more with my friends. I know I am very privileged to live in the US where ARCs are easier to come by, and I am truly thankful and fortunate for these opportunities. I’ll still review ARCs and participate in blog tours, but I just won’t be requesting as many this year!


TWO: Start a BookTube Channel

I’m extra nervous about this one. Mainly because I remembered how it felt when I first started a Bookstagram account; building my content and aesthetic, networking, actively posting every day, interacting and engaging with everyone. It’s fun but sometimes it can feel like work. And I have so much damn respect for people who create content, especially on YouTube. I know it’s no easy task to come up with creative content week after week and editing, all while promoting your work, engaging with your followers, and trying to make new friends, too. So this is my long-winded way of saying that I really want to dive into the BookTube world! I’ve failed (twice) so far at starting my own channel. Over the past two years I’ve filmed some videos but never uploaded them. They were seriously so cringe. But now I think I’m ready and feel more confident about it. I just need to refresh my editing skills and work on not saying “umm” 5,000 times! LOL.


THREE: Read Big Books

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I have a few hefty sized fantasy novels on my shelf that I want to read this year, and I’m going to make it a goal to get to them! I consider anything over 500 pages a “big” book.


FOUR: Read More Adult Books

I still love YA with my whole heart, but I want to make it a priority to read more adult titles, specifically in the thriller and contemporary romance genres, and own-voices books. I obviously still love fantasy but I noticed that thrillers and romances help get me out of reading slumps so I am all for that! I think it’s important to acknowledge that our reading preferences and tastes can change over time, and that’s totally okay!


FIVE: Read More Backlist Titles

I know I briefly mentioned this above, but I want to read more books on my TBR, and they all happen to be backlist titles. I’ll still review them, too, because I am hoping to buddy read them and generate discussions. It’s another reason why Melanie and I created the Dragons and Tea Book Club. We wanted to bring attention to backlist titles, but more importantly, titles from own-voices and/or marginalized authors. (More on that next.)


SIX: Host a Book Club & Readathons

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January 1, 2019 kicked off our very first book club buddy read: The Wicker King by K. Ancrum! I am so excited to go on this book club journey with Melanie, and we hope you’ll be able to join us, too. My goal this year is to continue hosting the Dragons and Tea Book Club while helping to boost own-voices authors. (Psst! Our book club is a featured book club on Goodreads!)

Also I want to continue co-hosting two readathons we did last year: FridayFrightAThon and TistheSeasonAThon. I’m not sure of the exact dates yet, and there may be some changes after hearing your feedback, but I’ll definitely post announcements about it here.

On a similar note, I also want to participate in other readathons hosted by my lovely friends and fellow bloggers/booktubers!


SEVEN: Continue Bookstagram

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In my heart I’ll always prioritize Bookstagram first. I love sharing photos and book recommendations there. It is also where I’ve met some of my dearest friends. So my activity on Bookstagram will not change. It is my favorite platform.


EIGHT: Continue Reviewing on My Blog and Goodreads

Even if I start a BookTube channel, I still plan to share my reviews here and on Goodreads! I’m sure it will take me eons to even have a following on BookTube (and let’s face it, not very many people will probably care about my opinion hahaha) so I’m going to still stick to blogging!


That’s it for my 2019 goals so far! I’m sure things will change as the year goes on, but I am excited to see what will unfold for me. You may have noticed I haven’t mentioned a Goodreads Reading Challenge goal yet… and that’s because I haven’t decided what goal I want to set yet. It’ll probably be 75? But we’ll see!

I’m also really excited to continue building friendships with all of you, and I am so thankful for what this community has given me!

xx,

Amy

Dragons and Tea Book Club: February Book Announcement!

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Hi, friends! Melanie and I want to thank each and every one of you who joined our book club ever since we announced it in December. I’m amazed at all the discussions we generated on Goodreads and that we were so lucky to have K. Ancrum answer our questions! The Wicker King was such a unique, tragic, and beautiful book that will stick with me forever.

I know you’re all probably curious about our next buddy read book. So without further ado…


Our February book will be:

A GIRL LIKE HER by Talia Hibbert:

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The Dates & Breakdown:

February 4th — Ch. 1-7 (p. 1-68)

February 5th — Ch. 8-15 (p. 69-134)

February 6th — Ch. 16-22 (p. 135-201)

February 7th — Ch. 23-28 (p. 202-256)

February 8th — Ch. 29-end (p. 527-end)

Why we chose this book:

February is Black History Month and we thought it’d be the perfect way to boost this ownvoices, diverse contemporary romance (and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner)! Even if contemporary isn’t your jam, we hope you’ll give this a chance as we’ve heard nothing but amazing things about it. (Also the ebook is only $2.99 on Amazon US!)


Don’t forget to join our Goodreads Group!

And we will also follow discussions/your reading journey on Twitter and Instagram using the (hashtag) #DragonsAndTeaBookClub!


See you then! ❀

πŸ‰β˜• Melanie: Instagram | Twitter | Goodreads
πŸ‰β˜• Amy: Instagram | Twitter | Goodreads

My 2018 Reading Year in Review

Hi, all! I thought it would be fun to share with you all the books I read in 2018. In total I read 110 books (not sure why it says 109, but that’s ok!). I read so many great books, and also some not so great ones. But I’m so happy I got to share my reading journey with you and I hope to continue to do it again this year!

All data and images are courtesy of Goodreads. If we aren’t friends yet I’d be honored if you added me! ❀


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I feel so privileged that a large portion of these books were ARCs, and that I got to buddy read a lot of them with some of my dearest friends. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of my bookish life over the past year. I love you all!

xx,

Amy

My Top 5 Backlist Books Read in 2018

Hello, friends! Since I decided to only share my top ten favorite books that were published in 2018, I also wanted to share my favorite books that weren’t published in 2018. I chose five that I loved so much, and I highly recommend!


5. Scythe by Neal Shusterman (2016)

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This is the type of morbid dystopian (er, utopian?) that I’ve always wanted. I was immediately captivated by this complex/controversial system.


4. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (2017)

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I wish I read this book the year it came out. The world, characters, magic system, the writing. OH THE WRITING. Such a beautiful masterpiece!


3. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson (2009)

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This was the first Brandon Sanderson book I’ve ever read and I’m so glad I chose this one. I am in awe of how complex this world was and how I was able to find so much humor in it, too!


2. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (2017)

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If I were to put this in my top 2018 list, this would be number two. This book hit me so hard and I cannot ever stop gushing about it.


1. The Wicked King by Holly Black (2019)

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Okay, I’m cheating. This is NOT a backlist title. It’s due to release on January 8, 2019. However, I HAD to include it because this book ties with The Cruel Prince for the number one spot. No book has quite devastated me like this one did.


I only kept it at five because it just felt right. πŸ™‚ Out of all the books I read in 2018, I really wanted to give these books a boost because they really are so fantastic and mean so much to me!

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I hope you’re all having a happy new year so far! ❀

xx,

Amy

Disappointing Reads of 2018

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Let’s spill some tea!

But, okay, really. I do want to talk about some of my most disappointing reads of 2018. I want to preface this by saying I am not trying to offend anyone and if you ended up loving these books on my list then I think that’s great! Unfortunately these just weren’t for me or I really expected more.

The following were books I rated between 1-3 stars. In my opinion 3-star books are good. In fact, it means I still enjoyed them and recommend them. However, the books on this list mean I had some issues with certain aspects of the book, or it just didn’t live up to my expectations (especially when it’s the last book in a 7-part series!)

All of my reviews are linked below, too!

Alright. Here we go.


The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert β˜…β˜…

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This book was marketed as a dark fairytale for fans of A Court of Thorns and Roses and… it was basically the total opposite. I was also not a fan of the main character or how the plot was handled at all.


Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer β˜…β˜…

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I had the highest hopes for this book since I kept hearing it was perfect for Dexter fans. But really it reminded me of Hostel where there’s just a bunch of unnecessary gore for pure shock value. I felt like none of it contributed to the story and the plot went nowhere.


Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd β˜…

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From the get-go this book, in my opinion, had weak world building and a weak magic system. Not only were both not well fleshed out, but the characters were also boring. And don’t even get me started on the “bury your gays” trope. I just cannot deal with that.


Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young β˜…β˜…β˜…

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Okay, I DID LIKE THIS BOOK but I was not a fan of how slow everything progressed. And the romance was so hyped up but it was very minimal. Nothing great stood out to me. It was just… average. I expected more, I’m sorry!


City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare β˜…β˜…

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Yikes. Okay. Hear me out. I’m a fan of the Shadowhunters books, but I really didn’t love the first book (City of Bones) when I read it last year. But I’m glad I continued on with the series because it’s been such a fun journey. However, I really didn’t think anything could be as bad as book 1… but I guess it was possible… because book 4 was awful. You can read my ranty review (I’m so sorry) but let’s just say I was pretty much angry with everyone.


The Dark Beneath the Ice by Amelinda BΓ©rubΓ© β˜…β˜…

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You know it’s bad if you can’t even remember why you didn’t like this book. But the horror elements did not grip me. It was all just… so boring. Also there was an unreliable narrator which completely kills a story for me.


A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer β˜…β˜…β˜…

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Again, this is one of those books that I enjoyed reading but in the end I just didn’t feel fulfilled. The opening scene was quite a mess, and then the once the kidnapped girl ended up with the beast I kind of stopped caring. I will say I did love the cerebral palsy rep and the secondary characters were great. But I didn’t love the “beast” and it was just a mediocre story. (Please don’t hate me.)


Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas β˜…β˜…β˜…

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Sigh. Y’all. I did like this story and the ending was fine. And I will always love my favorite characters. But there were so many things that just rubbed me the wrong way. I really did love the battle scenes. Truly, I did. I just think this book could’ve been SO much shorter in order to get the same emotional affect from us. And some of my favorite characters got the shaft, so there’s that. Bummer.


That’s it! I hope I didn’t offend anyone. These are just my feelings about these books. I know some of my opinions are controversial and that maybe we, as reviewers, shouldn’t let our high expectations get in the way of rating a book. But I have to rate a book honestly despite what everyone else thinks. I hope that makes sense! πŸ™‚ I’d love to hear what books you didn’t end up loving, too!

xx,

Amy