The Reading Rush 2020

It is my favorite time of the year when the reading rush rolls around because July is usually my best reading month. It is the last month of the summer (for me) which means I am usually skipping away on holiday. Things are a little different this year with the virus and staying at home. I found that at the beginning of lockdown I was less motivated to do much of anything. Well June was kind of a bad month with everything going on (It was my birthday month though) so when the reading rush announcement dropped I was excited. I feel like I’m finally getting back into reading (aka stay tuned for some book reviews) over the past month which has me more than excited for The Reading Rush.

I have included the list of prompts which can be found on their website here. Prompt four will be decided the day of the readathon! It’ll be the pick I decide to pick up first.

I definitely plan to double up where I can on books simply because I do not want to overdo it. Are you guys taking part in the reading rush? Are we reading any of the same books? I’d love to have a buddy read or two during the reading rush to keep me motivated!

Pride Month : What to Read

It is Pride Month which means that a lot of people are looking to read books with LGBT+ elements. I was going to make a list of books that I have read over the years that are LGBT+, but I realized that a lot of new releases feature these elements. This list showcases some of the new releases that have ever already came out or are coming out in the following months. These are the ones that are on the top of my radar.

  • Felix Ever After by Kacen Callendar
    • First of all the cover is gorgeous! This book came out May 5th so you can get your hands on this book. The book features a Trans MC, slow burn romance with mutual pining, and it’s full of self love. Please follow the author on twitter if you are interested in the book.
  • Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
    • Where do I need to sell my soul to get my hands on an early copy? This comes out on September 1st which is like eons away. Please consider pre-ordering this book though if you have the chance. The book features a Trans MC, magic, and ghosts.
  • The Fascinators by Andrew Eliopulos
    • This book came out on May 12th so go read it! Magic, first love, friendships, and more? It is not often we get queer rep in fantasy so this already has me sold. It sounds like it might be a little messy which is right up my alley.
  • The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar
    • I saw this floating around Twitter which intrigued me. It came out on May 12th so please get your hands on a copy. I honestly have not read too many books with lesbian rep in them. This book looks amazing and it’s on my radar to read soon!

Is there any other books I should include? Did you know about the ones I suggested? Please feel free to leave them in the comments!

Speak Out : BLM and Transphobia

My blog and my social media platforms have always been a safe space for POC and LGBT+ communities. It honestly astounds me how little some people care about what is going on in the world. I took to instagram the other day explaining why the #blackout posts were only clogging the hashtags that protestors and supporters needed for information. I saw so many that I knew posting these blackout squares, but they had been silent on the matter. Some of them are still silent on the matter even days after they posted that square. Where is your voice in this cause that you decided to take part in for a day? Protests are scary and can be dangerous, but there is other methods to support BLM. Share informational posts on your social media accounts, sign petitions, and BE LOUD! Your voice matters. You will find several links at the end of this blog post of ways you can help!

I think that really rubbed me the wrong way was the Rowling incident on twitter that happened yesterday. I spoke vocally about it on my twitter as well as shared other perspectives on the matter. This is not the first time she has acted like this and it will not be the last time she acts like a transphobic and homophobic person. I got on twitter today and saw that there is a hashtag in honor of backing her up. I was disappointed to see that so many people still supported her after all that she has done. Please feel free to unfollow me if our point of views do not line up. I want people to know that this is a safe place. If you need to vent or rant please DM me on twitter @ bookswithemmie.

Links to Check Out

If this blog post offends you then please leave because this blog will not support racist, homophobic, transphobic, or trash people.

The Future of Blogging

I used to love blogging before it became more of a chore than a hobby. I realized that I did not have the same drive as I did when I started this blog. I was primarily a book blog with some posts on other things that I am passionate about like sustainable living. Honestly, I do not read as much as I used to which is not a bad thing. It is just hard to run a book blog when you don’t read as much. That is why Tea With Mermaids is going to be more of a lifestyle blog with a major focus on books.

What does that mean? You will still get the same content like book reviews, book tags, readathons, and etc. The main change is that I will start including music playlists, what I am currently watching, games I enjoy, and sustainable living. That Is what I am passionate about so I hope you guys are okay with the change.

  • Where can you find me?
  • Instagram: @bookswithemmie
  • Twitter: @bookswithemmie and @bookcryptids
  • Discord Server: The Book Cryptids (

I plan to post on a Tuesday and Thursday for now so expect my new post on Tuesday! I mostly hang around my book server these days so feel free to join us! I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Animal Crossing + Readathon = My Life

Hello! I am slowly trying to get back into blogging since my rather long hiatus. School and research has honestly been eating up most of my time preventing me from reading, but spring break is rapidly approaching. That also means more reading time. I probably squealed out loud when I saw there was an animal crossing themed readathon in honor of the new game. I knew I had to take part in some way, shape, or form. You can follow their twitter at acrossingread.

  • Resetti: I don’t really have a book for this because it will be whatever else I’m reading at the time of this readathon!
  • KK Slider: My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
  • Able Sisters: Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
  • Tom Nook: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
  • Animal Crossing Gamecube: Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
  • Isabelle: If I can get my hands on the Tea Dragon Society that is probably what I’ll read, but if not I’ll skip the bonus prompt!

Are you guys excited for the new Animal Crossing game? I already have it preordered and ready to go!

Bookish Challenge: Reading 30 Minutes

I have been away from the blogging and book community for a hot minute. Life took me by a whirlwind and left me a little rough for wear. The book server I run as honestly kept a bit grounded. I noticed that I’m not making the time to read anymore even though it is something I enjoyed. Emma over at emmmabooks made a recent video where she read everyday before 8 am. This video is what sparked this idea to read 30 minutes everyday in October.

I wanted to sort of give you some background on the idea before I dove into the topic. It is the 9th of October as I am writing this and so far I have read maybe 2-3 days out of the month. I am not upset at myself because hey I’m still making that effort. I plan to check in at the end of the month to let you know how I did! Feel free to join in and keep tally of how many days you read for the month. I think it’s a good way to set aside time to read even if you feel like your schedule doesn’t allow for it.

Will you take part or have you done something similar in the past?

October TBR

Hello! I know that I keep falling off the radar due to college so I appreciate the people who are still around. I want to normalize reading a little bit everyday like I used to do when I was younger. I feel like I’ll get through books faster if I just read a little bit each day. I bet you are dying (no pun intended) to know what I plan to tackle in the month of October. I am keeping my TBR a bit short due to one of the books being over a thousand pages.

  • It by Stephen King – This is one of three of the readalong books for my book server over at The Book Cryptids
  • Others Words for Smoke by Sarah Maria Griffin – I need to finish this book! I started it back in June and was in love with the writing. I think it’s perfect for October.

What are you guys reading for October? I am going to try and blog more regularly, but you can usually find me on my socials or on the server,

The Reading Rush TBR

Okay, you may remember that I loved the Booktubeathon! It was the first ever readathon for me and the first time I read more than 2 books in a week. Well they got a rebrand into The Reading Rush. I am beyond stoked for this new change because it comes with a website where you can track how many pages you have read, chat in the forums, and earn badges. I finally figured out what I am going to read so here is my tentative TBR for the Reading Rush.

  1. Read a book with purple on the cover Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  2. Read a book in the same spot the entire timeVersailles of the Dead Vol 1 by Kumiko Suekane
  3. Read a book you meant to read last yearAll the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
  4. Read an author’s first book City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (re-read)
  5. Read a book with a non-human main character – Same as above
  6. Read a book with five or more words in the titleThe Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
  7. Read and watch a book to movie adaptationTo All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

What are you guys planning to read for the readathon? Are you taking part?

Secondhand vs Brand New Books

Hi, I am going to give you guys a mini update on myself and my life. I’m currently on summer break, I turned 22 back in June, and I missed blogging. I have been running a book server over at The Book Cryptids. It’s kind of my home away from home in a way. Over the past few months I have asked members daily book questions. One of those questions is secondhand books vs brand new books. We all love the smell of a brand new book on the shelf of our favorite chain bookstore. There’s nothing quite like rushing out on release day to pick it up or to have it arrive on our doorstep. Secondhand books have the certain smell to them that often reminds us why we love reading so much. Is there a reason why someone should pick one over the other? No! I am personally someone who swings both ways. I’m gonna share some reasons why I think dipping the toe in both is a good idea.

  • Secondhand books are typically cheaper! We all love to save money and also read good books so we look at secondhand shops whether they are local or chainstores.
  • New releases = new books! Wanting that new release by your favorite author is something we all go through several times a year. Buying the new release helps support that author! You should really try and buy those new releases day of release and not before.
  • Some secondhand books share a story! I got one at a library book sale that had a vintage postcard stuck between the pages. Finding that was such a gem for me.

So whether you buy secondhand or brand new, you are still a book lover! You might prefer one method over the other and that’s okay! Tell me what you guys prefer down below and your reasoning behind it!

The Book Cryptids + Read-a-thon

Okay, you might have seen my sneaky little promotion for this server over the past few months over social media and blog posts. The Book Cryptids is my little home of book nerds. As you may know I’m a huge cryptid believer from mothman to bigfoot so I wanted a book server that represented my love for all things weird. The book server itself is your generic run of the mill book server where everyone gets to pick what cryptid role they want to be from the get go. I honestly never really expected it to grow as much as it has over the past few months. My little home for weird bookworms was actually growing? That was surprising for me. I want to get into what to expect from the book cryptids to see if it’s the right fit for you if you are looking for a bookish server.

  • We are an 18+ LGBT+ friendly server where we talk about primarily books though we do have channels set up for bloggers, tv-talk, and etc.
  • Every one gets a chance to pick what cryptid role they want via their introductions.
  • We have now introduced monthly read-a-thons that will happen twice a month on the weekends.
  • Read-a-longs are a thing as long as you let a staff member know that you want to do one like for example we have a Harry Potter read-a-long planned.

We are still a really small server, but we want to eventually grow into something bigger. I decided that it was time to properly make a blog post addressing it. We do have a readathon going on this weekend if you are interested. You can find an invite link to the server here. You can also view the graphic below for a general gist of what to expect~ I hope to see you on the server!