Official Hiatus Warning and TBR!


Hello there! As you may have noticed, I’ve been sort of back this week after a few weeks of battling a reading slump, blogging slump, and an accidental hiatus. However, I am officially back in the game, I think! Now, you’re sitting there, going, then why does it say that you’re going on an official hiatus then?

Welllllllllllllllllllllll, I have a few days off from my work, and with those days, I’m going to be doing some things and going a few places that I’ve been meaning to do forever. Since I’m going to be super busy with these things, I don’t think that I’ll have time to sit down and get on here whether or it will be blog hopping, commenting, or putting up new content. I have a few things already scheduled up, and I will try and drop in, but I should not be back officially on the blog until Sept. 22nd (maybe a little bit before or so – we’ll see).

Now, while I am off doing magical real-life things, I do have a TBR that I want to try and tackle, since hopefully I will have some free time as well. Here are a few books that are on that TBR:

Magnolia by Kristi Cook (reread)


In Magnolia Branch, Mississippi, the Cafferty and Marsden families are southern royalty. Neighbors since the Civil War, the families have shared vacations, holidays, backyard barbecues, and the overwhelming desire to unite their two clans by marriage. So when a baby boy and girl were born to the families at the same time, the perfect opportunity seemed to have finally arrived.

Jemma Cafferty and Ryder Marsden have no intention of giving in to their parents’ wishes. They’re only seventeen, for goodness’ sake, not to mention that one little problem: They hate each other! Jemma can’t stand Ryder’s nauseating golden-boy persona, and Ryder would like nothing better than to pretend stubborn Jemma doesn’t exist.

But when a violent storm ravages Magnolia Branch, it unearths Jemma’s and Ryder’s true feelings for each other as the two discover that the line between love and hate may be thin enough to risk crossing over.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

the picture of dorian gray

Written in his distinctively dazzling manner, Oscar Wilde’s story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is the author’s most popular work. The tale of Dorian Gray’s moral disintegration caused a scandal when it first appeared in 1890, but though Wilde was attacked for the novel’s corrupting influence, he responded that there is, in fact, “a terrible moral in Dorian Gray.” Just a few years later, the book and the aesthetic/moral dilemma it presented became issues in the trials occasioned by Wilde’s homosexual liaisons, which resulted in his imprisonment. Of Dorian Gray’s relationship to autobiography, Wilde noted in a letter, “Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be—in other ages, perhaps.”

Devil’s Advocate by Jonathan Maberry

devil's advocate

How did Fox Mulder become a believer? How did Dana Scully become a skeptic? The X-Files Origins has the answers in this young adult origin story.

The X-Files Origins: Devil’s Advocate will explore the teen years of Dana Scully, the beloved character depicted in the cult-favorite TV show The X-Files. Her story is set in the spring of 1979, when serial murder, the occult, and government conspiracy were highlighted in the news.

The book will follow Scully as she experiences life-changing events that set her on the path to becoming an FBI agent.

Don’t miss The X-Files Origins: Agent of Chaos, by Kami Garcia, about 17-year-old Fox Mulder.

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter (reread)

id tell you

Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school-that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses but it’s really a school for spies. Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, or track him through town with the skill of a real “pavement artist”-but can she maneuver a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her?

Cammie Morgan may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she’s on her most dangerous mission-falling in love.

Obviously, I probably will not get to these and honestly they might change because I’m a total mood reader, but these are books that I totally want to make a dent in. I’m hoping to get some new fall reads in there, too, and probably some more e-arcs I have as well. Let’s see what I actually end up getting to. XD

And I will see everyone in a few days! ❤ If you need me for anything, Goodreads will probably be the best way to reach me. 🙂

Have you read any of these? What did you think? Let’s discuss in the comments below!

45 thoughts on “Official Hiatus Warning and TBR!

    1. Yes! I remember reading it forever ago, but I can’t remember a thing about it. And I heard a long time ago that it was optioned for a movie but I guess nothing ever happened with it because you’re so right. XD


  1. Dorian Gray has been one of my favorites since high school. Hope you enjoy your time off! I’m taking a short trip this weekend and taking some (much needed) time off also.

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      1. It’s definitely darker and more different than his plays (The Importance of Being Ernest ❤ ❤ <3) BUT it's got some great thinking points!!!

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  2. Ooh Magnolia I read that I thought I was the only one! Did you know it’s a series???? There’s a second one about Jemma and Ryder in college or something. That book is kinda guilty pleasure read for me I think it’s so much fun! Also I love the whole natural disaster trope (yet another unrealistic expectation YA gave me… no cute boy coming to save me from natural disasters 🙃) and Jemma and Ryder are so cute together! Although I definitely think she was overreacting when she decided she hated Ryder.

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    1. OMIGOSH, I DIDN’T KNOW YOU LOVED IT TOO. My friend just told me about the second book! I’ve patiently waiting to get a full cart on Amazon to get the second book because I have to have it. But I SO agree – such a guilty pleasure read. So much fun and you’re so right about the natural disaster thing. But I SO agree. Such an overreaction but it was pretty great. XD You haven’t read the second book yet, have you?

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  3. I read the Gallagher Girls book. It was adorable, and I hope to read more of this series. I have been wanting to read Magnolia for a while, but I don’t have it, so that’s an obstacle. I hope you have a great hiatus!

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    1. Yes! I will admit that it got better for me as the series went on. The first one was super cute but there are a few new characters that get introduced along the way that are a lot of fun. And oh no! Definitely a bit of an obstacle. It’s super cute, though. And thanks so much! 🙂

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  4. Ooooh these are some interesting choices! Like, your entire TBR is so diverse, I can’t xD The first book sounds incredibly adorable and cheesy. I really hope you enjoy the others as well, they sound just like you 😛
    Sad to see you go, Mandy, but I’m glad you’ll be super busy and (hopefully) having tons of fun! I, too, have been on and off blogging/reading and it really sucks. But I think we all go through it at some point… Also,”accidental hiatus” is truly the best description ever hahaha
    Come back soon, hon ❤

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    1. Ahahahaha. It really is, Sophie. Classic mood reading at its finest. And omigosh, Magnolia isssssssss. But it is super adorable.
      But yes! I think breaks really help us get in the mood to come back here and get excited to get back into the world. BUT SO TRUE. They happen so accidentally.

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    1. Yes! I really enjoyed his plays, and this book just sounds so intriguing. And I think so! It’s not revolutionary or anything, but it has some good funnies, adorable romances, and some great empowering female friendships. It’s just a fun read.
      And thanks so much! ❤

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