Top 5 Tuesday || Books on my Holiday Wishlist

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Looks like we’re taking a breather this week!

No admitting to overflowing TBRs or books that just won’t leave our shelves. Instead, Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads is embracing the holiday spirit and making us all look at which books crown everyone’s holiday wishlist!

In true T5T spirit, it’s nearly impossible to narrow it down to just five, but hey! This time, it’s extra fun, and filled with anticipation! Every year, I give my family a list of books and ask for next to nothing else for Christmas, which means I might just see some of these titles under the tree soon… đź‘€

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We Were Restless Things by Cole Nagamatsu

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We Were Restless Things by Cole Nagamatsu

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Last summer, Link Miller drowned on dry land in the woods, miles away from the nearest body of water. His death was ruled a strange accident, and in the months since, his friends and family have struggled to make sense of it. But Link’s close friend Noemi Amato knows the truth: Link drowned in an impossible lake that only she can find. And what’s more, someone claiming to be Link has been contacting her, warning Noemi to stay out of the forest.

As these secrets become too heavy for Noemi to shoulder on her own, she turns to Jonas, her new housemate, and Amberlyn, Link’s younger sister. All three are trying to find their place—and together, they start to unravel the truth: about themselves, about the world, and about what happened to Link.


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Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall

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Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall

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Once a year, the path appears in the forest and Lucy Gallows beckons. Who is brave enough to find her–and who won’t make it out of the woods?

It’s been exactly one year since Sara’s sister, Becca, disappeared, and high school life has far from settled back to normal. With her sister gone, Sara doesn’t know whether her former friends no longer like her…or are scared of her, and the days of eating alone at lunch have started to blend together. When a mysterious text message invites Sara and her estranged friends to “play the game” and find local ghost legend Lucy Gallows, Sara is sure this is the only way to find Becca–before she’s lost forever. And even though she’s hardly spoken with them for a year, Sara finds herself deep in the darkness of the forest, her friends–and their cameras–following her down the path. Together, they will have to draw on all of their strengths to survive. The road is rarely forgiving, and no one will be the same on the other side.


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Top 5 Tuesday || T5T Books I Haven’t Read in 2021

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It’s that time again: Meeghan Shames Meaghan!

I swear, Meeghan picks these topics specifically to make me admit that I’m behind on my Goodreads Challenge. And on my TBR in general. In today’s self-exposĂ©, take a look at the books I’ve most wanted to read in 2021, and still haven’t gotten to! Then thank Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads for making today’s topic “Books I Haven’t Read in 2021” (or shame her for it, if you’d like to take my side in this war).

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The Wednesday Pen || Why I’m Not Doing NaNoWriMo This Year

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Normally, I write a very different post in November.

I also write it at the beginning of the month, and it goes a little something like “I’m already 5k into NaNoWriMo!” or “Help me, I’m somehow 10k behind my word goal and we just started”. But this Wednesday Pen installment isn’t about celebrating the number of words I’ve written this month.

Honestly, it’s kind of celebrating not writing at all.

So here we are, halfway through NaNoWriMo 2021, and for the first time in seven years, I’m not participating. Knowing that, what comes next?

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Top 5 Tuesday || Tropes I Dislike

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It’s time to complain!

All in good fun, of course, though I think some of my complaints today are justified. Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads set last week’s T5T topic as “Tropes I Dislike,” and I’ll be tackling it today instead (mostly since I don’t feel like combing through books with bad tropes to find the shining example of a good subversion for today’s real topic).

Technical details aside, come join me in crabbing about tropes that fill me with dislike! Or even hate, in a couple cases. I know that’s a strong word to use, but trust me: there’s a couple tropes that don’t deserve anything less than my full animosity. Okay? Okay, cool.

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Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen

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Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen

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A way to survive.
A way to serve.
A way to save.

Simi prayed to the gods, once. Now she serves them as Mami Wata–a mermaid–collecting the souls of those who die at sea and blessing their journeys back home.

But when a living boy is thrown overboard, Simi does the unthinkable–she saves his life, going against an ancient decree. And punishment awaits those who dare to defy it.

To protect the other Mami Wata, Simi must journey to the Supreme Creator to make amends. But something is amiss. There’s the boy she rescued, who knows more than he should. And something is shadowing Simi, something that would rather see her fail. . . .

Danger lurks at every turn, and as Simi draws closer, she must brave vengeful gods, treacherous lands, and legendary creatures. Because if she doesn’t, then she risks not only the fate of all Mami Wata, but also the world as she knows it.

DISCLAIMER: I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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Top 5 Tuesday || Tropes I Can’t Get Enough Of

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Is it a book or is it fanfic?

You don’t have to answer that question. All you have to do is accept that some tropes are classic wherever they show up. Today, thanks to Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads making it the Top 5 Tuesday topic of the week, I’m sharing a few of the tropes I can’t get enough of, no matter what shape they come in!

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Lore by Alexandra Bracken

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Lore by Alexandra Bracken

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Every seven years, the Agon begins. As punishment for a past rebellion, nine Greek gods are forced to walk the earth as mortals, hunted by the descendants of ancient bloodlines, all eager to kill a god and seize their divine power and immortality.

Long ago, Lore Perseous fled that brutal world in the wake of her family’s sadistic murder by a rival line, turning her back on the hunt’s promises of eternal glory. For years she’s pushed away any thought of revenge against the man–now a god–responsible for their deaths.

Yet as the next hunt dawns over New York City, two participants seek out her help: Castor, a childhood friend of Lore believed long dead, and a gravely wounded Athena, among the last of the original gods.

The goddess offers an alliance against their mutual enemy and, at last, a way for Lore to leave the Agon behind forever. But Lore’s decision to bind her fate to Athena’s and rejoin the hunt will come at a deadly cost–and still may not be enough to stop the rise of a new god with the power to bring humanity to its knees.


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