Category Archives: Book Birthdays

Book Birthdays : November 5 (+ Mid-October / Other Late Fall Releases)

Welcome to another installment of Book Birthdays, where I spotlight books on their release date along with other relatively recent releases. While many books were released last month on October 1st; for some reason, the main titles of note in this post are seeing release today- November 5th. Go figure. I hope this post is helpful in informing you of what’s new and finding some new titles to TBR. (Note : Title links are Amazon Affiliate links, if you have plans to purchase would greatly appreciate the use of them.)

First I’ll start with three books I was lucky enough to be approved for on Netgalley, all of which are released today. Reviews will be coming soon.

1.) Songs from the Deep by Kelly Powell

A dark-seeming YA Fantasy about sirens. I love this cover, it’s just beautiful. Summary – Moira Alexander has always been fascinated by the deadly sirens who lurk along the shores of her island town. Even though their haunting songs can lure anyone to a swift and watery grave, she gets as close to them as she can, playing her violin on the edge of the enchanted sea. When a young boy is found dead on the beach, the islanders assume that he’s one of the sirens’ victims. Moira isn’t so sure.

2.) Unnatural Magic by C.M. Waggoner

Almost done with this one. VERY unique novel. I’d file it under just-plain-fantasy, not quite YA, not heavily fixated on romance- though there is romance. Heavily descriptive and realized world-building where trolls and humans are the foremost races and have interestingly contrasting social norms. Summary : Onna can write the parameters of a spell faster than any of the young men in her village school. But despite her incredible abilities, she’s denied a place at the nation’s premier arcane academy.  Tsira is a troll who never quite fit into her clan, despite being the leader’s daughter. She decides to strike out on her own and look for work in a human city, but on her way she stumbles upon the body of a half-dead human soldier in the snow. As she slowly nurses him back to health, an unlikely bond forms between them.

3.) The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

So excited for this one! I love fairytale reimaginings that invert the original tellings or explore characters in new ways. Summary : Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom’s borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution–send in Guinevere to be Arthur’s wife . . . and his protector from those who want to see the young king’s idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere’s real name–and her true identity–is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot. To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old–including Arthur’s own family–demand things continue as they have been, and the new–those drawn by the dream of Camelot–fight for a better way to live.

4. The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco

Release Date : October 15th, 2019

My heartfelt thanks goes out to Leelynn of Sometimes Leelynn Reads <- Click there for a recent post on her wonderful book blog. She gave me an extra copy (a hardcover moreover) that she had of this book when we were chatting about it on her blog. So happy and excited to have received it, very much looking forward to reading it this month. You’re amazing, Leelynn! ❤

Now time for even more November 5 releases. Note to self for 2020 : beware of the 5th day of the 11th month of its propensity for wondrous-looking book releases.

5. Call Down The Hawk by Maggie Stiefvator

Release Date : November 5th, 2019

I don’t know if Amazon is having some sort of sale on hardcovers right now or if this is targeted pricing but these pretty huge releases are $13.99 USD right now, Call Down The Hawk and even Holly Black’s Queen of Nothing. Very tempted to bite even though my reading month is already wonderfully crowded. I’m still planning to finish The Raven Cycle but Call Down The Hawk sounds like a fun character-driven title.

6. The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

Release Date : November 5th, 2019

Love books about mysterious, dark family secrets and creepy mansions. This title has all of that. I’ve checked out many reviews and luckily its plot twists have not been spoiled for me yet.

7. Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

This book had me at haunted woods. I might be an easy-to-please reader but seriously, combine woods + haunted, I will want to read it.

Summary – Be careful of the dark, dark wood… Especially the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven. Some say these woods are magical. Haunted, even. Rumored to be a witch, only Nora Walker knows the truth. She and the Walker women before her have always shared a special connection with the woods. And it’s this special connection that leads Nora to Oliver Huntsman—the same boy who disappeared from the Camp for Wayward Boys weeks ago—and in the middle of the worst snowstorm in years. He should be dead, but here he is alive, and left in the woods with no memory of the time he’d been missing.

To round this out is a Kindle Unlimited paranormal pick released a few days ago (October 31st) 8. Heist by Kezzy Sparks, and two titles on my TBR from October, 9. Tarnished Are The Stars by Rosiee Thor and 10. Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao. I was lucky enough to win those two in a Twitter giveaway last month. They were both released on October 15th.

And that is it for this ten-entry list of titles that came out (or are coming out) in mid-to-late October and early-to-mid November. It could be much longer but I only have the strength to cover 10 for now, lol. Are you interested in reading any of these titles, or have read them? Are you familiar with work by any of the authors mentioned? Thanks so much for checking out this post. ~ Kitty

Book Birthday : Depths Awakened by Persephone Autumn

Since I’ve been reading so many new releases lately, this is a new post series detailing books that are just released. The criteria are 1. It’s their birthday 2. I’m reading or have read them. 3. Am planning to read them for real, not in TBR limbo.

This week’s entry is.. Depths Awakened by Persephone Autumn.

Title : Depths Awakened
Author : Persephone Autumn
Release Date : October 9th, 2019
Genre : Romance, Contemporary
Formats : Paperback, eBook
# of Pages : 252 (paperback)


One look in his eyes and every heartache I’d suffered vanished.

From the second I saw her, my heart stirred to life.

He is my serotonin. She is my cure. But the past threatens to tear us apart.



Barnes & Noble


Google Play



I love the cover, it’s so gorgeous. Definitely makes me want to read it. Let me know in the comments if you’ve read or plan to read Depths Awakened, curious as always about your thoughts. Thanks for reading! ~ Kitty

Book Birthdays – Three October 1st, 2019 Releases + 3 Anticipated Titles

I noticed that a lot of books are released on the first of the month so today’s post is a heads up to any who are interested in the newest of new releases to check out these titles. Will also throw in two October 8 releases I’m looking forward to because why not. 🙂 (Note : Title links are Amazon Affiliate links, if you have plans to purchase would greatly appreciate the use of them.)

I finished the first three books and have reviews up for them. Before book blogging I was always that person super late to the party, so it’s interesting to be on top of newly released stuff for once.

1. Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky – Out Now, October 1st

Review Here. Will go into more detail on this one in my monthly reading wrap-up but to sum it up in three sentences. Really good if super long horror/thriller novel. / Very weird and creepy atmosphere. / Perfect for Halloween. If you’ve reviewed this title let me know, would love to read your thoughts.

2. Bakemonogatari volume 1 by NISIOISIN – Out Now, October 1st

See my Goodreads review, here. Try to say this author’s name 3x fast. This is a shounen (basically, guy-oriented) romance/action manga. Not my usual sub-genres of interest but the imagery is super weird in a unique way and the art style is undeniably gorgeous and detailed. Recommended if you’re an avid fan of the medium. But if you’re new, there are more inviting works to try. Note to self : Idea for a future post, starter manga recommendations.

3. Resurrection Girls by Ava Morgyn – Out Now, October 1st

Review Here. Not much of a horror-themed book, but a very touching and effective contemporary. One of the best YA novels I’ve read concerning loss, mourning, and the effects on family. Very fast-paced and readable, definitely a good consideration for the under-300-pages factor too in our time of long TBRs and giant tome novels.

Anticipated titles

1. The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys – October 1st

Doing a blog tour for this title this month. I have the ARC on hand and am super excited to read it! A close friend of mine is a Ruta Sepetys stan and I’ve put this author of great renown on hold for way too long. Looks to be a gorgeous, lengthy, intense and compelling work of historical fiction. Also the hardcover of this title is fat and seeing fat books makes me happy. ^^”

2. The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh – October 8th

This one had me at vampires. Also love the cover. Trying not to look up too much about it since it’s fun to go into YA blindly when you already know it’s going to have themes you like.

3. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo – October 8th

I am trying not to fangirl, trying not to fangirl.. who knows, maybe I won’t like it. (Lies!! I have to love it.) For real though, I went through Six of Crows and the Grisha trilogy thinking the whole time “I wish Leigh Bardugo would write an adult novel someday but that probably won’t happen.” Here we are, and I can’t believe it’s so close at hand.

Thanks for checking out today’s post! Are you reading, have read, or want to read any of these titles? Curious as to your thoughts. Any October releases you are eagerly anticipating? Thanks as always for your comments, likes, and just being here. Much appreciation your way. ~ Kitty