Announcement!!! Happy Readathin!

Hey guys! Welcome back and if you’re new, I’m Amanda from A Court of Books and Love.

Today I have an exciting announcement! If you couldn’t tell by the title, I’m announcing the next Readathin!

Let’s just get into this!


Alright. So first, what is Readathin?

Readathin is a readathon that is held by Jessica from JessicaMarie493, Chelsea from A Very Bookish Girl, and myself. The goal of this readathon is to read books that you own! That’s pretty much it. If you’re reading books you own, you’re winning.

This round there’s actually a challenge that isn’t for a book you own but I’ll explain that later.

We held the first round of Readathin in August and it was such a blast! I can’t wait to have the next one in….











November!!!! The next readathin will be held in November! I know if you are following the Twitter and were around the last day of the last round, this was already announced. But for those who didn’t know, here’s the announcement!

So, now that we know when, let’s talk about some challenges!

If you have any questions, feel free to comment down below or send one of us a message asking! We’re always happy to answer any you may have!

I will have a Google Doc linked on the Twitter (if you click here you can go to the Twitter account for Readathin) so you can find just this list without the explanations to make things easier when creating your TBR.

So let’s talk challenges.


1. Read a 2017 Release

This can be any book that was released in 2017. Pretty self-explanatory. But here are a few examples of books I own.


2. Read a Diverse Read

For this, you can read anything that would count as diverse. If you need some recommendations from your shelves, let us know and we can help!


3. Read a book that is related to your favorite emoji

Even I have a tough one with this. But that’s just because I change my emoji often. And none of my books seem to fit into it. But you can interpret this however you please.

4. Read a book with a fall-themed cover.

This is any book that is fall related. It could be fall colored, have leaves on it, etc.


5. Start and finish a series

This counts duologies,trilogies, or series. Whichever you think you can manage. I do recommend duologies or even a graphic novel series. Those would be easiest.

6. Read a book in 24 hours

This is pretty self explanatory. Start a book and finish it within the next 24 hours. Definitely go for a smaller book or a graphic novel.

7. Read a new to you author

Again. Easy. Read from an author you’ve never read from before.

8. Buddy read a book

Read a book along with someone else. Book clubs/buddy read groups DO count.

9. Read a horror/thriller

I wouldn’t really recommend reading Stephen King during this but it’s an example.


10. Read a book outside your favorite genre

Doesn’t have to be one you hate. Can even be a genre you love but it’s not your favorite. just something that is outside your favorite.

11. Read an eBook

Last time a lot of people were asking if eBooks were okay and of course they are! They are part of your TBR. So we decided to add it as a challenge!

12. Listen to the audiobook of a book you own

I love listening to audiobooks and it’s a good way to get through more books! So listen away!

13. Read a book  that counts toward another readathon

I know of two that are going on in November (possibly three) outside of Readathin. If you want to know about some, just Google it or ask one of us hosts.

14. Read the book that’s due back to the library the soonest

We wanted to incorporate some library books into this just because. So here’s one that counts towards the library. Whichever book you need to return the soonest, read that.

15. Read a book that you put down previously

In other words, a book you started but haven’t finished yet.

16. Read a book you got from a subscription box

I get OwlCrate every month and I’m so bad about reading the books I get. So November will be the one where I get to at least one of them.

17. Read a book you got for free (gift, ARC, giveaway, etc)

This could count toward so many different things from ARCs to free eBooks to library books to swap books. So many options here and make sure you go wild with it!

18. Read 4 books that count for at least 8 challenges

So for this one, you will read 4 books, each of which count toward 2 separate challenges. Here’s a little example:

Book 1: Challenge 1 and 2
Book 2: Challenge 8 and 4
Book 3: Challenge 12 and 16
Book 4: Challenge 6 and 3

We didn’t want to pressure you guys into reading a certain number of books so we made it a challenge to read that amount.

Just remember to have fun with this! It’s supposed to be fun and laid back. Let’s keep it that way.

We’re always open to questions or recommendations so make sure to let us know any that you have.

We’re unsure about the sprinting schedule right now but we will update the list if need be.

Thank you all so much for participating last time and don’t forget to use the hashtag #ReadathinNov17 to stay connected with everyone!

Share your TBRs on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag so we can see and share them!

Thanks again everyone! Hope you enjoyed! Make sure to like this post and follow me if you liked this post and want to see more in the future.

I’ll see you guys in the next one!

Happy reading! Bye!



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Tag Tuesday: Ruler of Books Tag

Hey everyone! Welcome back and if you’re new, I’m Amanda from A Court of Books and Love!

Today I have the Ruler of Books Tag!

This tag was created by Ariel Bissett and I found it on ValesBookshelf.

Here are some other people who have done the tag:

Let’s get into this!


1. What book would you make everyone read?

For this I had to go with The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. My current class is focusing on writing a persuasive essay and I am focusing mine on convincing young adults to read this book.

It’s so important and timely right now that I think everyone should read it. Anyone could learn something from this book and everyone should.

2. What would you abolish from book construction?



Not including an eBook or audiobook with the actual book!

3. What author would you commission to write you any book?

Julie Zantopoulos! I love her so much and her writing is just gorgeous. Please write me all the books Julie!

4. What book would you demote to the library basement to make room for other books?

The Mortal Instruments. Enough said.

5. What cover artist would you commission to make you a mural?

The artist of Nevernight and Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff. Holy crap those covers are beautiful.

6. What character’s face would you put on a coin?

Cassian from A Court of Mist and Fury. Holy crap he would make a gorgeous coin.


7. What book would you award the Ruler of Books 2017 award to?

Again, The Hate U Give. Such a gorgeous book.

That’s it! I hope you enjoyed.

Let me know down below what book you would send to the library basement.

Happy Reading! Bye!


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Owlcrate Check In

Hey everyone! Welcome back and if you’re new, I’m Amanda from A Court of Books and Love.

Today I have my OwlCrate Check-in.

I have been getting OwlCrate for a year now (I hit one year this month) so I figured I would do a check in with how my reading has been for each of the books received.

Let’s just get into this.

October 2016 – Once Upon a Dream

We got Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter in this box.

I tried to read it but I just couldn’t get into it. So I ended up DNFing it and it’s on my unhaul pile.

All I really know about it is that it’s about a girl who ends up getting stuck in a shop where they chop off the heads of people who have stolen from the shop. The writing style just wasn’t for me.


November 2016 – Wonderland

In this month’s box, we got Heartless by Marissa Meyer along with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

I read both and loved Heartless. Alice isn’t really for me but I adored Heartless.

Heartless is a kind of retelling of Alice in Wonderland. But instead of being a direct retelling, it’s more of a prequel about how the Queen of Hearts became who she was.
Cath just wants to be a baker and open a bakery with her best friend. But her parents want other things for her. They want her to marry the king.


December 2016 – Epic

This month we got Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst.

I was so nervous about going into this book but I ended up buddy reading it and I’m so grateful I did! I ended up loving this book.

This is a female/female romance about two princesses. One (Denna) is supposed to marry the other’s (Mare) brother. To make things harder on this relationship, Denna can do magic and Mare’s country is against the use of magic.


January 2017 – Classic Remix

This month we ended up getting Roseblood by AG Howard.

I haven’t read this yet but I plan on reading it this month for one of the readathons I’m doing!

All I know about this book is that it’s a retelling of Phantom of the Opera.


February 2017 – Run Away With the Circus

We got Caraval by Stephanie Garber with this box.

I read this and absolutely adored it. I can’t wait for the second one, Legendary.

This book is about a carnival that two sisters want to be invited to more than anything. Before one of the sisters ends up getting married, they get an invitation. But when they get there, the other sister gets kidnapped and the goal of the game is to find the sister.


March 2017 – Sailors, Ships and Sea

This month’s box came with Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller.

I haven’t read this book but I may end up reading it for Readathin in November.

All I really know about this book is that it’s about the daughter of, you guessed it, a pirate king. From what I know, she ends up getting purposely kidnapped for some reason and I believe there is a romance with the kidnapper.


April 2017 – Head Over Heels

We got Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli in this box.

I haven’t read it yet but I plan on it in November for Contemporaryathon.

This book is about a girl who has had many crushes on boys. I believe that this book is about her finding a boy who she thinks is going to be “the one.” But everything becomes a jumbled mess when her coworker, an unlikely candidate, makes things all sorts of confusing.

May 2017 – Comic Explosion

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia was included in this box.

I have read this and absolutely adored it. Once of my favorites of the year, I’d have to say.

This book is about a girl who writes one of the most popular webcomics online. But she keeps this a secrets from everyone in her life. When the new boy starts as school and reveals that he writes the most popular fanfiction for her webcomic, things get messy. They become even worse when our main character starts to fall for him and debates whether she should tell him who she is or not.

June 2017 – Make It Out Alive

This book was The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olsen and New World Rising by Jennifer Wilson.

This is probably the book that I’m least interested in out of all of the books I’ve gotten. I’m not even sure what it’s about so I can’t give a synopsis. Maybe I’ll do a try a chapter tag soon and include this one in there.


July 2017 – Wanderlust

Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

I am so disappointed in myself for not having read this yet. I started it and loved it but never continued.

This book is about a boy who loves getting drunk and partying. But to get his inheritance and take over his father’s business, he needs to go on a tour of Europe to help him sober up and stop partying. On this journey, he’s joined by his best friend… and his crush. So he needs to try to figure out how to get out from under his “babysitter” and have some fun, all while hiding his secret love.


August 2017 – Something Wicked This Way Comes

The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd Jones and Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

When  I first heard about this book while doing my new releases post, I was interested immediately. I can’t wait to get to this one, hopefully, soon. I haven’t read Sleepy Hollow either.

This is about a girl who ends up selling her heart to a demon in exchange for something (I can’t remember what). She meets someone who has also sold something to a demon and starts to fall for him. But can she do this and live without her heart?

September 2017 – Mythical Creatures

Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows

I haven’t read this yet but I am so interested in this even though I barely know anything about it. I have only read one book by Jodi Meadows and I ended up DNFing it. So I want to give her another try.

All I know about this is that it’s about dragons. That’s all I need to know. Dragons are cool (insert Matt Smith as the Doctor voice).

So to sum all of this up for you guys who didn’t want to read it:

I got 15 books!

I read 5 of them. Insert the shame now.

So I have a lot to catch up on. There is one that I DNFed and will be getting rid of but still.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know if you get OwlCrate!

Happy Reading! Bye!

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Tag Tuesday: Rapid Fire Book Tag… Again

Hey everyone! Welcome back and if you’re new I’m Amanda from A Court of Books and Love!

Today I have the Rapid Fire Book Tag… Again!

Let’s get into this!


This tag was created by GirlReading!

Here’s some other people who have done it!

Hailey in Bookland

Just Juan Reader


Donald Loves Literature

Booktubers under 100 subs!


Cassie Hall

A Book Between Worlds




If you know anyone who has done this tag or if you’ve done it yourself, leave a link down below and I’ll add you to the list!

I’m not tagging anyone because I’m being lazy. Oops. If you’re reading this, do it.

1. e-Book or Physical book?

Physical book! I like ebooks for adult romance but even then, I don’t usually read them.

2. Paperback or Hardback?

HARDCOVER!!! Yesss! All the way. I love hardcover books so much more.

3. Online or in-store Book Shopping?

Online. I don’t like dealing with people and I have more time to debate between the books. It is less of a chance of me impulse buying.

4. Trilogies or Series?

Ummm. Trilogies. Series mainly just seem to drag on for me.

5. Heroes or Villians?

Villians. They are so much more interesting.

6. A book you want everyone to read?

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Alway. I mean, I’m spending an 8 week course in school focusing on writing a persuasive essay to get young adults to read THUG.

7. Recommend an underrated book?

Caraval by Stephanie Garber. A lot of people don’t like this book or just don’t give it a shot because of the bad things they’ve heard. I went into it with low expectations and ended up loving it!

8. The last book you finished?

Alex Approximately by Jenn Bennett.

9. The last book you bought?

Ummm. A lot? I placed an order with Book Outlet. But as a little sneak peek to that, one of the books I got was The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.

10. Weirdest thing you’ve used as a bookmark?

My son’s butt. I had to text someone back so I flipped the book over an laid it flat on his butt while he was sleeping on me. Tis the life of a reading mother.

11. Used books: yes or no?

Yes! I don’t mind using used books.

12. Top three favorite genres?

Contemporary, fantasy, and romance?

13. Borrow or buy?

Buy. I like to own my books.

14. Characters or plot?

Both? I need a good mix of both. Sometimes I want more character driven books or plot driven books. But I, at least, need a fair balance.

15. Long or short books?

Depends on my mood. Generally, I like shorter books. Not too short but I’m always intimidated by tomes.

16. Long or short chapters?

Short. I like being able to read short chapters in short times.

17. Name the first three books you think of…

It by Stephen King

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales (I have no idea where this one came from. I haven’t read it yet xD)

18. Books that make you laugh or cry?

Both. I want a book that can make me laugh but also ball my eyes out.

19. Our world or fictional worlds?

Um, have you been under a rock? Fictional worlds. This world is garbage.

20. Audiobooks: yes or no?

Do you see my wrap ups? 100% yes to audiobooks. I adore them.

21. Do you ever judge a book by it’s cover?

Every time. I’m not going to lie.

22. Book to move or book to TV adaptations?

TV. I like TV more than movies in general.

23. A movie or TV-show you preferred to it’s book?

Full Metal Alchemist. I prefer the anime more. There’s more feeling in the anime than the manga to me.

24. Series or stand alones?

Series. There’s more anticipation if they are done correctly.

That’s it! That was quick! Hope you all enjoyed.

Let me know the last book you bought!

Happy Reading! Bye!


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October TBR, TBS, and Challenges

Hey everyone! Welcome back and if you’re new, I’m Amanda from A Court of Books and Love.

Today I have all of my plans for October.

But before we get into that. Let’s have a little talk.

I apologize once again that I haven’t been nearly as active as I used to be. If you don’t know, I’m back to college again. I’m only taking one course, but that course is only 8 weeks compared to the normal, what, 13-14 weeks? So everything is more intense. But that’s okay. It’s working better for me. I just don’t have the time I want to work on blogging and making videos.

So for October, I’m going to focus mainly on here. I will try to make some videos. I want to try to prefilm everything and edit as I go but we’ll see. Either way, I’m going to try to get as much done for October as I can ahead of time. So some of the posts won’t be the most updated when they actually go up. But that’s perfectly okay. It’s going to be what works for me.

So let’s explain the title. If you’re following me, you should know what TBR means. It’s To Be Read, so the books that I want to read this month. I’m going to be talking about the books I plan on reading, not counting my TBR for some readathons.

I plan on participating in 4 readathons this month. If you click on the titles below of the readathons you can get more information about them:


Spooky Shelfie



I’ll post my TBRs for #GetGraphic later on this week and Spookathon and Sbooktober later in the month, closer to the start date. I’ll explain how each of these books fit into Spooky Shelfie when I talk about them!


Itby Stephen King


I will be starting this book tonight and I’ll be listening to it on audio until I finish reading the next three books I have on my TBR then I’ll be reading this physically also.

If you don’t know, this book is about a clown that is taking children. It’s a horror book. It’s terrifying. I’m going to probably pee my pants at work while I’m listening. And I’m all for it. Let’s do this.

Spooky Shelfie Challenge: Read a book about something you’re afraid of

Diamondby JA Low


*I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher for my honest review*

I read this first book in this series (also received from NetGalley) and fell in immediate love with it. I talk praise about Sapphire to no end. You can read my full review here. There are a ton of trigger warnings for both of these books so be careful and check out my review to know what to watch out for.

This book is the continuation of that book and to prevent spoilers, I’m not going to include a synopsis. Just go check out the first book if you’re not triggered by anything mentioned in my review.

Spooky Shelfie Challenge: Read a book with a freakish character (all the bad guys in here. They are freaks to me)

The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts and The Girl Who Saved Ghosts by KC Tansley

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*I received both of these books from NetGalley and the Publisher for my honest review*

I will have my review for these two books out on Oct 14th so keep an eye out for that.

This book is about a girl who has spent her entire life ignoring the fact that she can see and hear ghosts. A school project leads her to an island with her research partner, Evan. Before the two of them know it, they are sent back in time to solve the mystery they were researching. And trying to get back to their own time.

I’m so very interested in these two books and I can’t wait to share my thoughts with you guys.

Spooky Shelfie Challenge: Read a book with a supernatural/paranormal aspect

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco


I read Stalking Jack the Ripper last year and loved every second of it. I can’t wait to get into this one. I won’t give much of a synopsis because it’s the second book and I don’t want to spoil anything.

Spooky Shelfie Challenge: Read a book with a serial killer

Scythe by Neal Shusterman


I’ve had this book for so long, but I haven’t gotten around to reading it. This WILL be the month! I need to get it done this month! It’s the perfect time to read this type of book.

This book takes place in a world where there is not sickness or death. So to keep things from getting out of control, there are people called scythes who are sent to kill people. We follow our main character who is a scythe.

Not counting the books that I’ve planned to read for the other readathons I’m doing, that’s it for reading. Let me know what books you plan on reading this month!

As of right now, I don’t know the reading challenges for Sbooktober so I haven’t made a TBR yet. So some of these books may be repeated.


TBS is something new that I’ve started so I decided to add it into here. It will include any movies, tv shows, Korean dramas, or anime that I would like to watch. So it’s pretty simple. It stands for To Be Seen. Let’s get into it!

I’m only going to mention shows that I’m either behind on and need to catch up on or shows that are done that I want to watch.



I’m currently on season 2 episode 14. There are 18 episodes in season 2 and season 3 will start sometime in October. I would like to catch up before the next season starts.

Strongest Deliveryman

This is a Korean drama. I’m on episode 7 of 16. I’m not super attached to this one but I’m still enjoying it and want to finish it.

Those are the only two I have planned right now. I want to do the try an episode tag for the anime and Kdramas I mention in their respective “ten I want to watch” posts. So that will decide which I continue on with after that.

The only challenges I’m doing is one Instagram challenge. I will post a picture of my screenshot down below so you can check it out also!

I hope you enjoyed! Let me know what you’re reading/watching down below!

Happy Reading/Watching! Bye!


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Top 10 Books I Want To Read This Fall

Hey everyone! Welcome back and if you’re new, I’m Amanda from A Court of Books and Love!

Today I have ten of the books I would like to read this Fall.

This list is in no particular order and may end up changing at some point. But as of right now, these are the 10 books I want to read this Fall.

1. Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

I have had this book preordered since January 2017. It came out yesterday and I couldn’t be more excited that I’m getting my copy today. That being said, I think I’m going to save it for October to read. So no spoilers.


2.  It by Stephen King

I decided to buy this book on a whim after seeing this magnificent cover. I had never had a plan of reading any Stephen King but as soon as I got this book, I knew I just had to. Then I ended up watching a video someone posted on YouTube and I got even more excited about more of his books. So this will be my first King novel and we’ll see how I feel after the over 1000 pages of this. I plan on reading this in October and switching between physically reading and the audiobook.


3. Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I will be reading these two along with Melissa over at The Written Adventure in (hopefully) November! (Yes I know I was holding the card upside down)

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4. The Girl in 6E by AR Torre

I started reading this book but ended up having to put it down for something else. I can’t wait to get back into this!


5. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

I’ve been wanting to read this book since it came out. I’m hopefully going to get to it in November for Contemporaryathon.


6. Night Film by Marisha Pessl

I don’t really have anything to say about this. I just know that it’s dark and perfect for Halloween time.


7. Scythe by Neal Shusterman


8. Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios


9. The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

I ended up getting this book from Jessica from JessicaMarie493! Thank you so much Jessica! I love you girl!


10. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This is one book that I NEED to get to. It’s one of the ones that everyone should read at least once in their lifetime. I’m ready to cry my eyes out.


So that’s it for this post! I hope you enjoyed! Let me know a book that you plan on reading this fall!

Happy Reading! Bye!

I’m always willing to read and review books. Contact me on my email if you would like me to review your book.

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Tag Tuesday: End of the Year Book Tag

Hey everyone! Welcome back and if you’re new, I’m Amanda from A Court of Books and Love!

Today I have the End of the Year Book Tag!

I saw this on Chelsea’s channel from ChelseaDollingReads and you can watch it here!

This was originally created by Ariel Bissett and you can watch her video here.

Some Videos I Love!

Brandi Janee’s Bookshelf

Meg Grehan

Just Juan Reader

Dan Amorim

On the Fritz

1. Are there any books that you started this year that you need to finish?

The Girl in 6E by AR Torre. I ended up putting this book down for some reason. I don’t even know why. I was loving it while I was reading it. I just think something else came along that I had to read first.


2. Do you have an autumnal book to transition to the end of the year?

Scythe by Neal Shusterman. I like reading fantasy during the fall/winter so I’m hoping that this book will be a good transition.


3. Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco. I recently heard about Dear Martin and I’m excited for that.


4. What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

I need to finish It by Stephen King, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, and A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin.

5. Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. It won’t be my favorite but I’m hoping it’ll be top 5!

6. Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?

I have! I have 3 planned definitely but I’m not going to spoil them but I will talk about the one I’m trying to fine out the details of.

I would like to limit my buying and read books I’ve had for the longest. I have been doing book haul revisits and TBR revisits.

I need to read 3 books that I’ve had for the longest then I can read 1 book I’ve gotten within the last 3 months.

And for every 5 books read from my shelves, I can buy 1 book. Whenever I complete all of the books in a haul AND a TBR, I will be able to buy books from Book Outlet.

So that’s it! I hope you enjoyed. Let me know what goals you have been thinking about for 2018!

Happy Reading! Bye!


I’m always willing to read and review books. Contact me on my email if you would like me to review your book.

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