Top 5 Tuesday: Anticipated Reads for Oct – Dec 2022


Top 5 Tuesday is a fun, weekly meme that asks you to pick 5 books that fit that week’s theme. It was created by Bionic Bookworm and is currently being hosted by Meeghan Reads. You should check out their wonderful blog for more details and the list of prompts!


Hello, reader!

It’s time for another Top 5 Tuesday! I’m excited for this week’s topic because I get to shout about upcoming books that I’m dying to read. That’s right, I’m picking my top five most anticipated new releases from October through December! I always feel like there are less books that come out as the year winds down but it was an easy task to pick out five I’m awaiting with bated breath.

So let’s jump on into the list!


#1. Tread of Angels by Rebecca Roanhorse

Anticipated Release: November 15th

Rebecca Roanhorse has swiftly become one of my favorite authors. That means, when I found out she was releasing another fantasy this year, I swiftly added it to my TBR! I didn’t even read the synopsis, haha. Having the read the synopsis now, I want to read it even more. It features siblings fighting for each other against a strange society known as the Order of the Archangel. Count me in!


#2. Reforged by Seth Haddon

Anticipated Release: October 4th

I’m not gonna lie, the cover is what drew me to this book. I saw it on some Goodreads list or another and instantly wanted to more. After reading the synopsis, this book quickly found itself on my TBR. There’s a bodyguard and the royal he’s sworn to protect who he also might loooooove. It sounds so good! I was sorely disappointed that this book wasn’t already out when I first stumbled across it 😂

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Blog Tour Spotlight: Rising Shadow by Phillip Blackwater

Hello, reader!

It’s time for another blog tour hosted by the ever wonderful The Write Reads! This time, I’m featuring an epic fantasy that sounds like it has a little bit of everything: threats from the past, two sides warring against one another, and, of course, ✨magic✨. Rising Shadows by Phillip Blackwater has a lot of promise and I’m happy to be able to shine some light on it today!

Before I begin, though, I want to thank  Dave @ The Write Reads and all the lovely people behind the scenes for allowing me to participate in this tour! It is, as always, very much appreciated. If you’re a book blogger looking to participate in book tours, you can’t go wrong with The Write Reads.

Now, let’s get to the post!



  • Title: Rising Shadows
  • Author: Phillip Blackwater
  • Publication date: August 14th, 2020
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Age group: Adult

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Sundays In Bed With… Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


Sundays in Bed With… is a meme that dares to ask you what book has been in your bed this morning and is hosted by Midnight Book Girl. Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed with, or which book you wish you had time to read today!


Hello, reader!

My head cold has finally left the roost and I can breathe again! There’s still some lingering snot, but I can finally think again. That means that reading is back on the table! I have quite a few books leftover from my September reads that I would love to finish up because I was really enjoying them. One of those books happens to be the book I’m planning on curling up with this evening.

I’m sure most people have already read this book, but let me tell y’all more about it!


My Sunday Read Is…

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Starting this book made me realize that I need to read more mixed media books because I always love them! It’s just so visually stimulating and fun. I’m also loving the relationship between Kady and Ezra. Both of their personalities really shine through in all these snippets of chats and case files. I find it incredible that the tension and plot can shine through just as well when we’re not even getting full paragraphs. I’m definitely hooked and I can’t wait to read more now that my brain can finally process things again!

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Book Blogger Hop: Sep 30 – Oct 6


The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Crazy-For-Books and is currently being hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a new question is posted for book bloggers to answer in the coming week. The purpose of the hop is connection and community. You can discover new blogs to follow, new books to read, and you may end up with some new followers, as well!


This Week’s Question

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Have you ever skipped ahead to read the ending?

Submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer.

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Blog Tour First Impressions: Soul of the Deep by Natasha Bowen


Hello, reader!

It’s time, once again, for another blog tour post. This time, it’s for one of my most anticipated reads of 2022! Soul of the Deep by Natasha Bowen is the thrilling sequel to Skin of the Sea, a book filled with stunning descriptions and Black mermaids. You can read my full review for that here. I was completely enraptured with the first book in this series, so you can imagine my excitement when I got to be on the tour for the sequel! Unfortunately, a pretty nasty head cold has slowed my reading to a near stop, but I still wanted to be able to shout about this book because what I’ve read so far has been incredible.

Fair warning: If you haven’t read Skin of the Sea, you might want to avoid reading further as there might be spoilers.

Before I get more into my stop, though, there are people I need to thank. First, all the wonderful people at TBR & Beyond Tours for giving me a spot! Second, to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free e-ARC so that I could participate and (eventually) review the book! All opinions contained within this tour stop and my inevitable review are my own. One last but very important thing, make sure y’all check out the other incredible bloggers and bookstagrammers that will be participating in the Soul of the Deep tour! You can find the full schedule here.

Now, let’s dive in!



  • Title: Soul of the Deep
  • Author: Natasha Bowen
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: September 27th, 2022
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Age group: Young Adult
  • Content/Trigger Warnings: Depictions of violence, enslavement, and death

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The highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller Skin of the Sea, in which the world must pay the price for one mermaid’s choice, and a dark force reverberates across realms. Perfect for fans of Children of Blood and Bone and those eagerly anticipating the live-action film adaptation of The Little Mermaid.

One life.
One choice.
One sacrifice.

To save those closest to her, Simi traded away everything: her freedom, her family, and the boy she loves. Now she is sworn to serve a new god, watching over the Land of the Dead at the bottom of the ocean.

But when signs of demons begin to appear, it’s clear there are deeper consequences of Simi’s trade. These demons spell the world’s ruin . . . and because of Simi, they now have a way into the human realm.

With the fate of the world at stake, Simi must break her promise and team up with a scheming trickster of a god. And if they succeed, perhaps Simi can also unbreak her heart along the way, and find herself again.

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Down the TBR Hole #42


It’s time for a new round of Down the TBR Hole! This is where I go through my Goodreads ‘Want to Read’ shelf and do a bit of cleaning up. If you want to see the full description of what this post is all about, check out my first round HERE.


Hello, reader!

Happy Thursday, y’all. To celebrate the almost-end of the work week, I’m gonna do another round of Down the TBR Hole! I’m pretty impressed with the fact that I’ve managed to decrease my TBR instead of increasing it 😂 I went from 698 books on my ‘Want to Read’ shelf down to 697 books. I mean… it’s only one book, but I’m counting it as a win.

Now it’s time to continue the trimming!


The Unwilling by Kelly Braffet

Imma be honest… I have no memory of this book or adding it to my TBR. The cover is definitely drawing me in! The synopsis, however, has me feeling better meh. Couple that with the top two reviews being one star and saying this is 500+ pages of trauma without plot… and I think I’m gonna give this one a pass.

Verdict: Remove


Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown

This book sounds like such an experience, I’m not gonna lie. It’s a fantasy, but it’s also heavily autobiographical. I think it would be fascinating to see how the author navigates her past through the lens of a fantasy world. I’ve heard great things about this book, too, so that makes me more even willing to keep it on the TBR. Who knows when I’ll actually get to it, though.

Verdict: Keep

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WWW Wednesday: Sep 28, 2022


It’s time for another WWW Wednesday! This is a bookish meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where bloggers answer the 3 Ws:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

If you’d like to learn more about any of these books, click on the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page.


Current Reads

Soul of the Deep by Natasha Bowen

So I’ve been sick for the last few days and that means my reading has taken a nosedive. I hate when a head cold gives me brain fog because I can’t focus on anything. That being said, though, the one book I’ve been trying to read through the haze is one. It’s the sequel to Skin of the Sea and, so far, it’s just as enthralling as the first book! I’m loving the development we’ve had so far and I’m eager to continue to see how it ends.

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#5OnMyTBR – Cozy


#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook where you chose five books from your to-be-read pile that fit that week’s theme. If you’d like more info, head over to the announcement post!


Hello, reader!

I hope you’ve had a great Monday so far. I’m currently sitting at my son’s soccer practice and enjoying the beautiful weather. We’re at the beginning of Fall, so it’s not too cold and not too warm. Just perfect! Soon, we’re gonna get into the colder weather, though, and that means cozy times. Which makes today’s 5 On My TBR topic very apropos because we’re talking all about cozy books!

I do love a cozy read, so I have quite a few on my TBR. It made picking just five quite a chore, but I got there! So let’s jump on in.


#1. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

I figured I would start with a classic. If this book is anything like the movie I loved as a kid, then it is the definition of ‘cozy’. I loved this movie when I was a kid and I watched it whenever I needed cheering up. That is part of what makes a book cozy to me, so I’m hoping this one has that same feel.


#2. A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers

Becky Chambers is one of the authors I immediately think of when I think of cozy reads. The first book in this series features a tea monk that travels around bringing comfort to people. It was one of the coziest books I’ve read in awhile! I’m hoping that this book is more of the same. I really need to get to this one soon because I’m in the mood for a book that’s gonna give me all the good feels.

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Sundays In Bed With… The Midnight Guardians by Ross Montgomery


Sundays in Bed With… is a meme that dares to ask you what book has been in your bed this morning and is hosted by Midnight Book Girl. Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed with, or which book you wish you had time to read today!


Hello, reader!

I hope you’re having a wonderful Sunday. I’ve spent the weekend celebrating my best friend at her bachelorette party, which consisted of chilling at a hotel pool and getting drunk 😂 It was great times! Now, however, I’m ready to relax and recharge before the impending work week. That means it’s time to curl up with one of my current reads!


My Sunday Read Is…

The Midnight Guardians by Ross Montgomery

This is such a cute middle grade fantasy! There is a lot going on in this book. There’s a Spirit World, imaginary friends that come to life, and a frightening bad guy that gives me the chills. And it’s all set on the backdrop of WWII, so there are definitely some intense moments. Still, it’s wonderful watching Col fight for his sister and his friends as he goes on this adventure. I love the Guardians and can’t wait to continue this story!

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Book Blogger Hop: Sep 23 – 29


The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Crazy-For-Books and is currently being hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a new question is posted for book bloggers to answer in the coming week. The purpose of the hop is connection and community. You can discover new blogs to follow, new books to read, and you may end up with some new followers, as well!


This Week’s Question

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Have you ever reread a book? If so, why did you decide to reread it?

Submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer.

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