What We’ve Been Reading While the World Falls Apart Around Us

What we've been reading during quarantine

A couple of weeks ago, Midnight Sun rocked our worlds and we realized how much we missed you guys. So even though the world is still falling apart, we think there’s nothing better to brighten things up than spending time with your favorite friendly neighborhood swoony boys and the girls who love to bring them to you! Our podcast episodes are back, beginning this Thursday with a fun interview featuring Kristen Simmons and Sara Raasch who will be telling us all the things about their new book, Set Fire to the Gods. In the meantime, we thought we’d let you know some of what we’ve been reading lately. Be sure to leave us a comment and let us know what you’ve been up to, too, even if it’s been laying on the couch, binge-watching Gossip Girl, Great British Baking Show, and Tiger King (no judgment from us 🤣).

What We’ve Been Reading

Though not as much as usual because of everything going on, we’ve still been reading lots. Here are some of our faves:

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

This one is dark and twisty, and we loved it. It’s an amazing mythological take inspired by a classic, but it is 100% it’s own unique being. We don’t want to spoil anything, but we can say that after reading this one we want to go back and read her other book and anything else she publishes as well!

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

To be honest we weren’t really sure what to expect, but we were also ridiculously excited to enter the world of Panem again. Seeing the beginning of “the games” and a young Snow was terrifying and thrilling all at the same time. We definitely think this one is worth a read and we hope that it will encourage more people to read the original series as well!

Little Universes by Heather Demetrios

Little Universes by Heather Demetrios

There is nothing Heather Demetrios could write that we wouldn’t immediately pick up to read. And they are all worthy of that praise, including this one. It’s a tough read, full of a lot of real-life struggles, but that’s one of the things that we love most about her books, she doesn’t sugar coat it. It’s real, raw, and beautiful.

The Book of Ivy Series by Amy Engel

The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel  The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel

Our beloved Erin is always going on about this series and how much she loves Bishop–he’s her spreadsheet-official book boyfriend after all. We finally hunkered down and read this duology and oh. my. God. Bishop totally lives up to everything she said. Action-packed and filled with swoon and a story you’ll never forget, this series is must read material.

Throw Like a Girl by Sarah Henning

Throw Like a Girl by Sarah Henning

Mix together football and a super swoony boy, and you’ve got the stuff of our dreams. This was a quick read with relatable characters and a great story. So amazing! 😍

The Malediction Trilogy by Danielle L. Jensen

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen  Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen  Warrior Witch by Danielle L. Jensen

So remember back when Erin made us read Stolen Songbird and we were all like, “ew! trolls!”? And then when we talked about it, we were all like, “yay! Trolls!” 🤔Well it might not have gone exactly like that, but suffice it to say, we really liked Stolen Songbird when it was a book club pick and we decided to finish the series. Though some things happened that we didn’t love, we thoroughly enjoyed the series. You might be like us, thinking you don’t want to read about

Trolls on a train gif

We get it. But trust us when we say, you do. *nods*

The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff  Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff  Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

We read the first book in this series as homework a few months back and thought there was no better time to blast through the rest of the series than when faced with endless hours of nowhere to go. Listening to it on audiobook was an experience like no other. We love this series and can’t recommend it enough!

Serpent & Dove Series by Shelby Mahurin

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin  Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin

In anticipation of Blood & Honey, which hits shelves and e-readers tomorrow, we did a re-read of Serpent & Dove. Of course we loved it just as much as the first time around. And though Blood & Honey wasn’t our favorite, we can’t wait to read the last book in the series and can’t believe we have to wait foreverrrr for it!

Meet Me at Midnight by Jessica Pennington

Meet Me at Midnight by Jessica Pennington

We love love love Jessica Pennington and this one brought us the perfect balance of funny, amazing character banter, and some fun pranks. It’s a great light-hearted summer read that will live you with a smile on your face!

The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski

The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski

Marie Rutkoski is one of those writers who just grabs you with the first line and takes you on an unexpected journey from page to page. The Midnight Lie ends in a way that has us BEGGING for the next book, but let’s be honest that’s not a surprise. This one is full of romance and compelling characters–give it a read!

If you’re looking for adult romance, we’ve got you covered there, too. At the end of last year, we discovered how much we’re obsessed with Kennedy Ryan and a few months ago, we jumped on the Hoops series. Wow. These books are 🔥🔥🔥 and like all of Ryan’s books, deal with all kinds of issues that are relevant and important. We loved them all, including the latest Queen Move.

Our love of sports romances continued with:

So tell us, what have you been up to? Let us know the boys you’ve been swooning over and if you’ve got any recipes or gardening tips you want to share with us. Until next time, stay safe, pretties.

xo- Meg & Kassiah

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