On my Nightstand…{3}

It may be Wednesday, but it’s back to the daily grind for me after four glorious days off for the holiday! I always find getting back into the groove of my day job such a chore after some time off. Is anyone else out there struggling to find some motivation too? Have no fear! Here’s another edition of On My Nightstand to brighten your day! I got some really great enthusiasm and feedback when I debuted this feature a few of months ago, so I figured it was time for another installment! So, what’s this feature all about?

I LOVE discovering what people are currently reading and adding it to my TBR! So, I decided that I’d create a feature here at What Sarah Read that highlights the books that are currently sitting on my nightstand (literally) and waiting to be read. What I really hope is that maybe you’ll discover a new book or two and add it to YOUR nightstand!

Here’s the six books currently sitting on my nightstand. It’s mostly upcoming releases I’m super excited for, but I also snuck in some back list books that I have been meaning to read for MONTHS! Check it out…

Reign the earth by AC Gaughen

Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands.

But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.

This intense, richly drawn high-fantasy by the author of Scarlet will hold readers spellbound.


I’m actually reading this one right now and LOVING IT! Seriously, I don’t want it to end. I absolutely loved AC Gaughen’s “Scarlet” trilogy and this one is shaping up to be another fave! Add this to your TBR now if you haven’t already!

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.


The Buzz around this one is INSANE and I can’t wait to find out for myself. I have pretty high expectations considering it has almost a perfect rating on Goodreads! I actually read a teaser of this one a little while ago and was immediately intrigued, so I can’t wait to read the rest soon!

Akata Witch by Nnedi okorafor

Sunny Nwazue lives in Nigeria, but she was born in New York City. Her features are West African, but she’s albino. She’s a terrific athlete, but can’t go out into the sun to play soccer. There seems to be no place where she fits in. And then she discovers something amazing—she is a “free agent” with latent magical power. And she has a lot of catching up to do.

Soon she’s part of a quartet of magic students, studying the visible and invisible, learning to change reality. But just as she’s finding her footing, Sunny and her friends are asked by the magical authorities to help track down a career criminal who knows magic, too. Will their training be enough to help them against a threat whose powers greatly outnumber theirs?




Akata Witch was actually published five years ago, but now that’s its sequel is just a few months away, it’s getting some renewed attention and a gorgeous repackage. It was described to me as the “Nigerian Harry Potter” so you KNOW I was dying to get my hands on it! Stay tuned later this month for my thoughts!

Hello, Sunshine by Leila Howland

A Prep School Girl with a Hollywood Dream

Becca Harrington is a reject. After being rebuffed by every college on her list, she needs a fresh start, so she packs up everything and moves to LA, giving herself one year to land an acting gig or kill herself trying.

Unfortunately, not everything turns out as planned, and after a few grueling months, LA is looking like the worst idea ever. As hard as she tries, Becca can’t land an agent, she’s running out of cash, and her mom is hounding her to apply to more schools. In an act of desperation, Becca and her friend Marisol start posting short videos online—with the help of their adorable filmmaker neighbor, Raj—and the videos catch the attention of a TV producer. Could this be it? Her big break? Or will she have to move back home with nothing but some bad head shots and a monstrous credit-card bill?

Becca may not get the Hollywood ending she was hoping for, but perhaps she’ll learn there’s more than one way to achieve her dream.

Readers will love every page of this funny, romantic, aspirational, and ultimately triumphant novel about a girl who just wants to make it on her own.


Hello, Sunshine seems like the perfect summer read, so I decided to add it to my fantasy heavy TBR to lighten things up a bit. Prep School, Hollywood…adorable neighbor! GIMME!

Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin

There would be blood. Blood for blood. Blood to pay. An entire world of it.

For the resistance in the Third Reich, the war may be over, but the fight has just begun. Death camp survivor Yael, who has the power to skinshift, is on the run: the world has just seen her shoot and kill Hitler. But the truth of what happened is far more complicated, and its consequences are deadly. Yael and her unlikely comrades dive into enemy territory to try to turn the tide against Hitler’s army, and there is no alternative but to see their mission through to the end, whatever the cost.

But in the midst of the chaos, Yael’s past and future collide when she comes face to face with a ghost from her past, and a spark with a fellow rider begins to grow into something more. Dark secrets reveal dark truths and one question hangs over them all—how far can you go for the ones you love?


From everything I’ve heard about this book, I’m fully expecting to have my heart ripped out, thrown on the floor and stomped on. I absolutely loved the first book in this duology, WOLf by WOLF, but have been putting this one off for fear of having my feels completely destroyed.

Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

In 1919, Ada Navarra—the intrepid daughter of immigrants—and Corinne Wells—a spunky, devil-may-care heiress—make an unlikely pair. But at the Cast Iron nightclub in Boston, anything and everything is possible. At night, on stage together, the two best friends, whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art, weave magic under the employ of Johnny Dervish, the club’s owner and a notorious gangster. By day, Ada and Corinne use these same skills to con the city’s elite in an attempt to keep the club afloat.

When a “job” goes awry and Ada is imprisoned, she realizes they’re on the precipice of danger. Only Corinne—her partner in crime—can break her out of Haversham Asylum. But once Ada is out, they face betrayal at every turn.



This is another one I have been meaning to read for months! Ever since I Saw the author, destiny soria, at the Boston teen author festival last year and heard her talk about the book, it’s been sitting on my reading shelf. I can’t wait to dive into this one soon! Bonus points for the fact that it takes place in Boston!

Have you read any of the books on my nightstand? I’d love to hear what you thought of them…spoiler free of course!!


One comment for “On my Nightstand…{3}

  1. So many books I want to read here! I also added a few to my TBR because they sound amazing. I still need to read Gaughen’s Scarlet series–it sounds fantastic. Happy reading!!

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