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TOME Topple, Round 5 TBR!!


Hello everybody!!

I am here to participate in the TOME Topple, yet again!! Now, I tried participating last time and I failed miserably. Le sigh. I had a lot going on, so attempting to read multiple 500+ pages books was just definitely not a good idea. This time around, I’m definitely feeling way more motivated!! 🙂

Here are some details about the read-a-thon:

  • Duration: November 17-30th
  • Parameters: Read tomes – books that are 500+ pages
  • Challenges:
    • Read more than 1 tome
    • Read a graphic novel (still over 500 pages)
    • Read a tome that is part of a series
    • Buddy read a tome
    • Read an adult novel

Now…with all that in mind, I aim to read…3 tomes!! Ambitious? Maybe? We’ll see! Here is what I will be aiming to read over the next two weeks!

  1. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (audiobook)
  2. The Ask & the Answer (#2) by Patrick Ness (Note: I do have to read the first one still, so we’ll actually see if this happens)
  3. Full Metal Alchemist (Vol 2) by Hiromu Arakawa

With these three books, I am hoping to complete 3 challenges: read more than 1 tome, read a graphic novel and read a tome that is part of a series! 🙂

Now…will I actually make it through these books? We’ll see! I’m pretty hopeful seeing as how one is an audiobook and one is a graphic novel, so I’m really only reading one full physical tome, haha!! But, with the Thanksgiving holiday and needing to read the first book in the Chaos Walking trilogy first, we’ll have to see…haha!!

If any of you are participation, let me know in the comments! I’d love some community love and cheering one another on as we conquer our tomes! 🙂

Happy reading all!!

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Presenting: Hits & Misses, March Edition!

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Hello readers! Happy April! 

So alas, this is usually the time of the month where we share our thoughts on our most recent monthly TBR book and share our TBR’s for the coming month. We have had a lot of fun doing this this past year, but I was thinking that we were in need of a bit of a change.

So I present to you…our new “Hits & Misses” series! This will be a simple way for any of us to share what our “hits” and what our “misses” from the past month have been, hopefully giving you a glimpse into what we read in that month and give you some recommendations!

Now without further ado, here are my March Hits & Misses!! 🙂


By far, the greatest hits of this month had to have been “The Sun Is Also A Star” and “The Hate U Give”!!! Both novels were stunning in their own right and made me feel all the feels!! Both conveyed incredibly important and much needed messages about race; one focusing on the Black Lives Matter movement and one focusing on the perils of immigration in this country. Both definitely should be read by everyone…like now!



Now…I didn’t necessarily read any “misses” this past month. I’ll just share the read that maybe felt like the most let down? And that let down this month, unfortunately, was “Truthwitch”. Now…don’t get me wrong, I didn’t hate it. I liked it!! I’m continuing with the series. It just let down in the high-fantasy aspect of this first book. I was looking forward to more world-building, as I felt slightly confused and left behind as I was reading. I’m hoping that the second book does more in that department!!

There you have it! My first set of monthly hits & misses!! I hope y’all enjoy the new monthly wrap-up format!! Happy reading everyone!!

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February TBR Wrap Up/March TBR Challenge


Hello readers!! I don’t know about y’all, but I am definitely over winter, so I’m very ready for March and the spring that this month will bring!! It’s been a very strange winter for me (Christina) on the West Coast, so I’m pretty stoked for spring. Bring it on! With that…it’s time for our monthly wrap ups/TBR challenges!! Due to this post being a little late, we decided to combine them into one!

We’ll begin with our February Wrap Ups:

Christina: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes     four-star-rating-black-hi Continue reading

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February TBR Challenge


Hello readers! Happy February! We hope all of your New Years Resolutions are still going strong! 😉 All joking aside, we know that February being a shorter month can make a more ambitious TBR more difficult. Anyone attempting a longer TBR this month? Well, with a new month comes a new TBR challenge and here is some of our TBR’s for the month!


  • February Reading Challenge: Read a bestseller from 2016
    • February Pick: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon


  • February Reading Challenge: A story within a story
    • February Pick: Tree of Codes by Jonathan Saffran Foer

What is on your TBR for this short month? Any rom-com readers out there? Happy reading!

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ARMW TBR 2017 Challenge!!


Hello ARMW readers! Welcome to a new year, which means a whole new year of reading!! Bring on the books! 🙂

If you followed us throughout the year last year, you would’ve seen our 2016 TBR Jar Challenge. We drew from the jar each month and we each picked a book that fit whatever we drew out of the jar. It was definitely fun and diversified our reading.

However, we are looking for a bit more freedom with our TBR Challenge for this new year. So, we will be pulling from the 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge!! The change up this year with our TBR challenges will be that each of us will pick a reading challenge a book that corresponds with it, resulting in potentially 3 different reading challenges each month! We’re excited to not only give ourselves a bit more freedom (especially with Val and Rachel both in grad school), but to also give you all more reading options!

Without further ado, here is what each of us will be reading for the month of January! 🙂


  • January Reading Challenge: a book by a person of color
    • January Pick: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi


  • January Reading Challenge: a book that’s been on your TBR for way too long. 
    • January Pick: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (highly doubt I’ll finish it, but a girl can dream!)

What are all of your reading plans for the new year and the month of January? Do you have reading resolutions that you have made for yourself? Let us know! And let us know what you’re planning on reading for the month of January! 🙂 Happy reading!

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ARMW Turns 2!!


Happy 2nd birthday to our wonderful ARMW community!!! We definitely had no idea that two years ago when we came up with this idea over dinner, froyo and a walk through an Old Navy, that it would still be up and going two years later.

Just for something a little different, we thought it’d be fun to share some stats with you all! 🙂

  • Over the last two years, we have written 186 posts!! How crazy is that?!
  • Our most popular view date has been Tuesday – random, maybe? Does this mean we possibly need a weekly reoccurring post on Tuesdays? Thoughts? 🙂

Thank you to all of our readers and followers for enjoying our posts and all of your lovely comments! We are so excited to head into another year!

-Rachel, Christina, and Val

Top 5 Books of 2016



We hope you’ve all had a wonderful holiday season and a great ringing in of the New Year! What better way to start a new year of reading than to look back on our favorite reads of the last year!! So without further ado, here is what made each of our lists!


This list is in no particular order 🙂

  1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: I cannot believe that it has taken me this long to read this book, but I finally did and I am so happy that I did! This book was captivating and heartbreaking in the best way possible.
  2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline: This was such a fun read! This was super action packed, full of geeky wonderfulness and the world that was created was so immersive!
  3. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare: This was the year that I finally read The Mortal Instruments series and The Infernal Device trilogy by Cassandra Clare and I am quite happy that I did! I absolutely favored The Infernal Devices trilogy – the writing, the characters and the story – all of it was definitely so much fun to read!
  4. milk and honey by Rupi Kaur: By far, the best book that I’ve read this year. Everyone needs to read this incredibly beautiful piece of work. This is the most authentic and vulnerable piece that I’ve read in a very long time.
  5. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys: Who knew that two historical fiction books would end up on my top 5 list? 🙂 Another heartbreaking account built beautifully through different POVs and a beautiful story.


Also in no particular order!

  1. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo: if this sequel ended up being just as good as Six of Crows, I would have been happy. Somehow it was even better than the first! Hang tight for a double review in the coming weeks from Mina and I!
  2. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab: Another great sequel! Thankfully, it doesn’t suffer from middle book syndrome. Although the plot felt a little more predictable, that didn’t take away from the great storyline!
  3. Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon: a man writes of his travels throughout the United States. He takes only the small, blue-colored roads found on his map. What follows are unique stories that could only come from the smallest of towns.
  4. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates: I listened to an incredible podcast on racism in America (multiple times), which led me to this book.  I can’t explain how mind-blowing this was. My jaw was literally dropping. Read to get #woke.
  5. Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt: A heart-warming/wrenching story you can (and should!) read in one sitting. Marketed for younger ages, but it’s a story all could enjoy.

Hoping to write out some actual reviews for the first four soon!! Going to throw out my tried and true excuse of Grad school ruining my life and keeping me from this blog!


What a great year of reading we had here in our little blog community! Now, we want to hear from you all! What were some of your top reads of the past year? Leave them in the comments for us! 🙂

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