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Forge’s 2023 Instagram Highlights!

With the end of the year getting near and as a way to spread some cheer, we wanted to do a roundup of some of our best Instagram highlights from 2023! It has been such a joy sharing photos and videos of Forge books we love so much. If you’re on Instagram, make sure you’re following us @ForgeReads because we post some pretty awesome book content and we’d love to hear your thoughts on the things you’ve been reading! So, without further ado, here is a Forge Insta recap of some favorite posts from this year:

Raw Dog

This was our first post featuring Raw Dog by Jamie Loftus: a delicious tale of a cross-country road trip in the summer of 2021, and what the creation, culture, and class influence of hot dogs says about America now. What a treat!

The House Guest

Hank Phillippi Ryan’s books are always mysterious, glamorous, and thrilling, which is the same vibes we strived to encapsulate in this post that featured The House Guest!

The Last Beekeeper

This post made by @PieLadyBooks featuring The Last Beekeeper by Julie Carrick Dalton was such a sweet treat! It was a totally breathtaking pie and we had to get a “slice” of the action by reposting her beautiful creation!

Barbie-themed post

We were tickled pink to share this timely Barbie-themed post! Everyone seemed to be in their pink era this year, and Forge was no exception! We have some beautiful pink covers and we were very proud to showcase them here.


We absolutely love when we get to share cover moments with our readers, and this post featuring the cover for Masquerade by O.O. Sangoyomi was completely dazzling. We can’t wait for it’s release on 7.02.24!

bringing a book to the beach

Nothing beats bringing a book to the beach! We loved our Forge-filled beach day this past summer.

scary good BOOks

We were so excited to gear up for spooky season (and throwing in a good pun, of course!). Our scary good BOOks reel was a highlight for sure!


Tangentially, here is a reel of books for the bookworms who aren’t big on spooky reads!


One Blood

We loved seeing One Blood by Denene Millner featured in People Magazine! Such a wonderful and exciting moment!

cinnamon roll

No tricks, just treats in our Halloween post this year, featuring an assortment of sweet books by Heather Webber! Also, peep that cute ghost on the cinnamon roll!

The Bell in the Fog1

Getting super cozy in this post with The Bell in the Fog by Lev AC Rosen!

The Bell in the Fog

And last but certainly not least, a well-decorated reel featuring our list of books to get you in the holiday spirit!


Holiday Bookish Photo Ops: Tor Edition

We get it. We like shoving books into festive shrubbery too. We’ve seen all the glorious holiday book displays you’ve tagged us in and we think they’re pretty spiffy. Here are some of our faves:



Pinecones are a classic of the seasonal book display.


Who needs ornaments?


You could also pose your books in front of your fun dead tree displays.

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It's been a while since I've read a book that was so controversial, as in readers either love this book or they hate it. I, myself, really enjoyed this read, although I will admit it was rather strange at times and I'm not convinced that I fully understood it.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Before I go off on too much of a tangent, let me just say that I really enjoy epic fantasy. I have to be in the right mindset for it, though, and thankfully, this time of year lends itself to the genre. With this book especially, I felt like I was just along for the ride, and I had a very good time. Where it got strange was the unreliable narrator, Able. Don't get me wrong, I loved his character. I thought he was great. His youthful persona trapped in a fully grown man's body was at times comical and at others endearing. Where this gets tricky is in his telling of events or in his explanation of the world he finds himself in. Much like when a child tells a story, the story isn't always linear and there are usually gaps, which might be filled in after the fact, if you're lucky. I can see how this could be off-putting to readers, but I kinda liked it. It was certainly different.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Mostly, I enjoyed this book because it was a good, old romping adventure, with an entire cast of characters I grew to love. I was able to look past some of the odd aspects of the narration and simply enjoy a good story. Like I mentioned before, I'm sure a lot of the "deep" stuff here went over my head, but that just warrants a future re-read, which I don't mind. I'm always up for a great epic fantasy.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #readersofinstagram #currentlyreading #bookaddict #books #igreads #booklover #fiction #instabook #instaread #bibliophile #reading #igbooks #bookworm #bookish #ilovebooks #booklove #ilovereading #bookreview #bookblog #fantasy #GeneWolfe ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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Deliciously wintry and festive.

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I’ve been slowly gathering books from the Iskryne series by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette. I haven’t read it yet, but I’m really exited to eventually dive in! I’ve mentioned before that I’m kind of skeptical about werewolf stories, but I think if anyone can pull it off it would be these two authors. I’ve heard great things about Elizabeth Bear and I already know I love Sarah Monette’s gorgeous writing style from reading Doctrine of Labyrinths. 🐺 • • • ❓Have you ever read books by multiple authors? I read Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett and I wasn’t as into it as most other people seem to be. Maybe I need to give multi-author books another chance! 💻 • • CHALLENGES! 📚 #allthebooksdec18 “Book & tree” 🎄 #decinbooks18 “Book with snow on the cover” ❄️ • • #iskryneworld #acompaniontowolves #anapprenticetoelves #sarahmonette #elizabethbear #queerbooks #lgbtbooks #fantasy #yafantasy #magic #werewolf #book #bookstack #bookstagram #bookish #bibliophile #booklover #booknerd #booklove #igreads #bookphotography #ilovereading

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All. The. Sanderson.


There were a lot of Schwab photos — and we get it. Red, black and white go with everything.

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⚙️”They crashed into each other as if propelled by gravity, and he didn't know which one of them was the object and which the earth, only that they were colliding. The kiss was Lila pressed into a single gesture. Her brazen pride and her stubborn resolve, her recklessness and her daring and her hunger for freedom. It was all those things, and it took Kell's breath away.” | V.E. Schwab, A Gathering of Shadows⚙️ • ❤️We are halfway through the week and I can’t believe there are only 13 more sleeps until Christmas Day!❤️ • ⚙️QOTD: If you could travel anywhere in the world and in any point in history with a little blood and a single spell, where would you go?⚙️AOTD: I would be heading straight to Victorian London!⚙️ • ❤️#DeckTheReads: Favorite Romance | Kell/Lila & Jude/Cardan #AllTheBooksDec18: Fave Series of 2018 | A Darker Shade of Magic #BookstagramTogetherDec: Favorite Holiday Movies | The Holiday, Love Actually and every Hallmark Christmas movie!❤️ • #bookstagram #adarkershadeofmagic #agatheringofshadows #aconjuringoflight #veschwab #adsomfeatures #kellandlila #astravars #bibliophile #booksarelife #bookphotography #fantasy #bookish #igreads #booknerd #alwaysreading

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