Betwixt the Books Buddy Reading Challenge 2023 Announcement | We Created Our Own Reading Challenge

Wherein Michaela and Gretchen talk about the challenges that they chose for themselves to help guide their buddy reads in 2023. Are half of them failed challenges from last year … yep … but that’s okay. We are just going to try again until we succeed! You can join the challenge or see some of the books we have tentatively planned for these challenges here:…

If you just want to know what our challenges are they are also listed below. If you want more information or clarification on any of these challenges we talk a bit about them in the video or you can visit the storygraph page where we describe them in a bit more detail as well!

1. Read an antiracist nonfiction book.

2. Read a book featuring an Ace protagonist.

3. Read a book that has been translated into English.

4. Read an entire series.

5. Read a second chance book.

6. Read an ARC and review it on time.

7. Read a queer romance.

8. Read an adult book written by a traditionally YA author.

9. Reread a book we have already read and reviewed.

10. Listen to a full cast audio book.

Bonus Challenges

1. Read a book recommended by one of Gretchen’s favorite authors.

2. Read a book recommended by one of Michaela’s favorite authors.


A Taste of Gold and Iron | Betwixt the Books Review | Queer Fantasy Books

Wherein Michaela and I review a book we had ARCs of and were meant to talk about at least two weeks ago but Michaela was once again stricken with plague and it all went to hell. Might be a little late, but it is still here and for that we can rejoice.

What Moves the Dead | Horror Novella ARC Review | Betwixt the Books

Wherein Michaela and I review the wonderful retelling of Poe’s Fall of the House of Usher by T. Kingfisher and surprisingly I liked a horror book??

Heartstopper Vol. 1 | The Best Way to Read Heartstopper | Betwixt the Books Reviews

Wherein Michaela says the name of the app where you can read this great ya graphic novel wrong every freaking time and I discuss a bit about my qualms with graphic novels in general but overall we discuss Heartstopper vol. 1 and why we liked it!

Betwixt the Books Discuss: Editing | Why do we feel betrayed by our favorite authors lately?

Wherein Michaela and I speculate about a trend we have noticed and ask the publishing industry to maybe, possibly, just slow down a minute and really make the best possible books.

Betwixt the Books Do a Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt | Recorded Live

Wherein we have a bit of fun, and mess around with our shelves. There is a high likelihood that we have not read the books we will pick up as we are using primarily our unread shelves and thus are kind of making this a try a chapter tag type thing as well. This will also perhaps remind us of some of the things we have picked up over time. Just a bit of fun.