Happy Spring Storytellers! As we all know, this year has been a complete and utter whirlwind of bonkers. But if only one good thing could make it–it would be this event! If this is your first time here on my blog (hi! Hello! I’m Sam!) and you don’t already know what Bookending Spring is, its a month long event in April that was created by myself and Clo @ Cuppa Clo where we aspire to bring the bookish community closer together through the platform we love the most–blogging! Each day throughout the month, we have different prompts from different hosts that participants can replicate! I am so excited to check out everyone’s posts and prompts as we get more into the month as our hosts this year are dishing out quality content! You can also catch me smiling from ear to ear as I get to meet all of you on your blogs and on our Twitter (@bookend_events if you haven’t followed, you totally should!) page!

Today I begin my journey as the keyholder to the kingdom where–like Shang says in Mulan–we get down to business! Also, don’t forget that we have a blog hopping masterlist! The list features all of our participants and those who are participating in Bookending Spring can put their post links next to their name for easy blog hopping! Can’t wait to see all your amazing posts! And with that, let’s get into today’s prompt!


Knock Offs

Old books creating cobwebs and dust on your TBR? Create a list of backlists books you are attempting to finally get off your TBR this spring!


Back list books will forever be the bane of my TBR. As immortal as Edward Cullen, back lists books are books that are no longer considered new releases. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare? Backlist. Twilight by Stephenie Meyers? Backlist! Moby Dick?


But 2020 is my year of redemption and total takedown, as I waddle to tackling the spread of backlists in my TBR and finally getting the blasted list cleaned up and organized. So pull up your favorite foot rest, grab some popcorn and lets get to aspiring!

Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

Fix Her Up (Hot & Hammered, #1)A brand new romantic comedy from New York Times bestseller Tessa Bailey!

Georgette Castle’s family runs the best home renovation business in town, but she picked balloons instead of blueprints and they haven’t taken her seriously since. Frankly, she’s over it. Georgie loves planning children’s birthday parties and making people laugh, just not at her own expense. She’s determined to fix herself up into a Woman of the World… whatever that means.

Phase one: new framework for her business (a website from this decade, perhaps?)

Phase two: a gut-reno on her wardrobe (fyi, leggings are pants.)

Phase three: updates to her exterior (do people still wax?)

Phase four: put herself on the market (and stop crushing on Travis Ford!)

Living her best life means facing the truth: Georgie hasn’t been on a date since, well, ever. Nobody’s asking the town clown out for a night of hot sex, that’s for sure. Maybe if people think she’s having a steamy love affair, they’ll acknowledge she’s not just the “little sister” who paints faces for a living. And who better to help demolish that image than the resident sports star and tabloid favorite?

Travis Ford was major league baseball’s hottest rookie when an injury ended his career. Now he’s flipping houses to keep busy and trying to forget his glory days. But he can’t even cross the street without someone recapping his greatest hits. Or making a joke about his… bat. And then there’s Georgie, his best friend’s sister, who is not a kid anymore. When she proposes a wild scheme—that they pretend to date, to shock her family and help him land a new job—he agrees. What’s the harm? It’s not like it’s real. But the girl Travis used to tease is now a funny, full-of-life woman and there’s nothing fake about how much he wants her…

Tessa Bailey is the saint the world was given but doesn’t deserve. I love her work, and I really can’t believe it has taken me this long to grab this story already!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)Harry Potter is leaving Privet Drive for the last time. But as he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid’s motorbike and they take to the skies, he knows Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters will not be far behind.

The protective charm that has kept him safe until now is broken. But the Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything he loves. And he knows he can’t keep hiding.

To stop Voldemort, Harry knows he must find the remaining Horcruxes and destroy them.

He will have to face his enemy in one final battle.

It’s just getting ridiculous how long this sits on my TBR and I’ve yet to read it.

Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.


Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Fantasy Lover (Hunter Legends Series #1)Cursed into an eternity of slavery by his own brother, Julian of Macedon has spent centuries in hell, where the only respite he knows is measured in a handful of weeks whenever he’s summoned through an arcane spell. With the modern age, those summonings are becoming fewer and fewer, and he lives in fear of the day when they’ll stop for good.

Grace Alexander doesn’t believe in much of anything. But when her “psychic” girlfriend talks her into performing the spell as a joke on her birthday, the last thing she ever imagines is it working. But work it does. Now, she finds an ancient Greek general in her living room and trapped in her life for the next month. Worse, they learn too late that part of the spell means Grace will lose her sanity should he return to his captivity.

Now it’s a race against time to free him. Something much easier said than done, since it was the ancient gods who cursed him to his fate. And the last thing they want is to see him go free of the punishment the gods believe he deserves. It’s man against the gods, and a race against time.

Recently, I have gotten into the paranormal romance, and went kind of beserk earlier in October. This is a product of that beserk moment. I haven’t read anything from this author yet, but according to those who recommend it to me–I’m in for a treat!

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Honestly it’s been long enough with this gem of a book sitting on my shelves collecting dust. Nah fam, she gonna go.

Girl of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire #1)Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most demeaning. This year, there’s a ninth. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.

In this richly developed fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards for an unknown fate still haunts her. Now, the guards are back and this time it’s Lei they’re after — the girl with the golden eyes whose rumored beauty has piqued the king’s interest.

Over weeks of training in the opulent but oppressive palace, Lei and eight other girls learns the skills and charm that befit a king’s consort. There, she does the unthinkable — she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world’s entire way of life. Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.

Like with Tessa Bailey’s novel, I was told this was a treat that I have denied long enough.

What books are you looking forward to devouring?



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  1. Marley @ Dragon on a Book

    April 1, 2020 at 1:32 am

    I’ve also been meaning to read Girls of Paper and Fire, it sounds very promising!

    1. fictionallysam

      April 2, 2020 at 8:57 am

      Yes!!!! The cover alone has my swooning so I can’t wait to see if the inside is going to steal my heart as well! <3

  2. TBR Knockoffs – Bookending Spring 2020 – books and other adventures

    April 1, 2020 at 4:33 am

    […] Hello and welcome to my first Bookending Spring 2020 post! Bookending Spring is organised by Bookend Events to bring the book blogging community together. Today’s topic is TBR knockoffs, so I put together a list of five backlist books I want to finally read this spring. You can also check out this week’s host Sam @ Fictionally Sam’s post. […]

  3. Ruby's Books

    April 1, 2020 at 5:44 am

    SAMMY SAM!! stares at Julian being on this list and not a number one, but also approves of Tessa being number 1 😂 I’m conflicted in the books I want to read, I do know that the Caraval trilogy is on it.

    1. fictionallysam

      April 2, 2020 at 9:02 am

      LMAO The conflict of what would be numero uno was a STRUGGLE, but ultimately Tessa one simply because that book was closest to my bed (i.e. me lol) 🤣. OMG I too need to read that series because everyone and their mom screeeches about it! FOMO is super real with these backlists lol

  4. Clo @ Cuppa Clo

    April 1, 2020 at 6:09 am

    Yasssss paranormal romance swoons I still need to read Fantasy Lover but I read the book after it and it’s really good…I need to get back on that series so Ruby can stop shrieking at me. Ah I also need to read Girls of Paper and Fire still, I have so many to read still. Top 3 would be THUG, Bone Witch and Ace of Shades though as I’ve been meaning to read those 3 for years like since they came out years.

    1. fictionallysam

      April 2, 2020 at 9:03 am

      CLO YOU NEED TO READ THUG!!!!!!!!! like wow what a story, what a moment, what a time. 10/10

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    April 1, 2020 at 8:11 am

    […] I am following the prompt for April 1st from Sam (FictionallySam), which is “Knock Offs”, which is creating a TBR of backlist books for the spring. I have so […]

  6. northernplunder

    April 1, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    some surprising books here but i hope you enjoy them + i look forward to hearing your thoughts

  7. Kayla @ Books and Blends

    April 1, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    I hope you enjoy Fix Her Up and Throne of Glass! They are really good!

    1. fictionallysam

      April 2, 2020 at 9:04 am

      YAS! Thank you! I am really looking forward to them!

      1. Kayla @ Books and Blends

        April 2, 2020 at 4:20 pm

        Can’t wait for your thoughts!

  8. Kristina

    April 1, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    Good luck with your list ! I hope you’d get to them and of course enjoy them !!

    I really need to get to fix her up too – I’ve heard such good things about this book!

    1. fictionallysam

      April 2, 2020 at 9:05 am

      Thank you! And same, Tessa hasn’t steered me wrong yet, so I am hoping that the streak will continue!

  9. asianlibrareading

    April 1, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    I hope you’ll get to read Girls of Paper and Fire soon! I ended up liking that book when I read it. 💙 Here’s the list of my knock offs.

    1. fictionallysam

      April 2, 2020 at 9:06 am

      ooo awesome! I am loving that everyone liked this book so far! Now I am stoked to read it! waddles to read your list!

  10. Leelynn @ Sometimes Leelynn Reads

    April 1, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    SAM! DO NOT TELL ME YOU NEVER FINISHED HARRY POTTER BEFORE?!?!?!????!? OMGGGGG I hope you end up getting to that one at least!!!!

    1. fictionallysam

      April 2, 2020 at 9:08 am

      I know!!!!!! I got to the end of #6 and I couldn’t bear continuing without Dumbledore so I took a break during my binge and it turned out to be a 1.5 year break 😅 but soon I will say its complete!

  11. Mere

    April 2, 2020 at 6:39 am

    You’ve got so many awesome books on here! I liked Girls of Paper and Fire and I def liked TOG the further along in the series I got!

    1. fictionallysam

      April 2, 2020 at 9:12 am

      Hahah thank you! It was definitely hard picking just a few from off my shelves! 🤣 I am a lover of SJM so I’m excited to finally get into the series!

  12. Meeghan reads

    April 4, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    So many good books on here, Sam!! Can’t wait for you to read so many of them!!

  13. Jayati

    April 24, 2020 at 4:52 am

    I really need to read The Cruel Prince as well!!! Also, I need to read THUG and The Grisha Trilogy.
    I can’t believe you haven’t read Throne of Glass yet. Please tell me you’ve read ACOTAR, please.
    Also, you need to read the Deathly Hallows asap! Don’t you want to know how it all ends?

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