Book Blogger Hop: Feb 14 – 20

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Crazy-For-Books and is currently being hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a new question is posted for book bloggers to answer in the coming week. The purpose of the hop is connection and community. You can discover new blogs to follow, new books to read, and you may end up with some new followers, as well!

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Book Review: After the Flood

Title: After the Flood

Author: Kassandra Montag

Genre: Dystopia/Science Fiction

Source: Borrowed (library)

Rating: ★★★★

Book links:

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One Sentence Synopsis

After the world is covered in flood water, Myra takes her youngest daughter on a harrowing journey to try and rescue her oldest daughter who was taken by Myra’s husband.

Favorite Quote

“But I knew that was the kind of hope that betrays. The kind of hope that’s an illusion, that shackles you to your desire. I needed hope built on real possibilities.”

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Top Ten Tuesday: Love Freebie!

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish back in June 2010. It is currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and, as is stated on the blog, it was “born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”

With Valentine’s Day coming up this Friday, this week’s TTT is all about love! You would think it would be easy to come up with a topic centering around love and books, right? Not so much for me this week. I’ve been training in a new section at work and my brain has been mush by the time I get home. I can barely focus on reading, let alone being creative!

But I finally settled on a topic! I’m going to talk about the top themes or tropes I love in books! You may remember me mentioning that I’m still learning what I love in books, though, so this is list is going to stop way before ten, heh. I’ve got five things that, when done well, make me fall for a book every time. So, without further ado, here are my…

Top Five Book Tropes/Themes I Love

#1. Books about books

I mean, this one is probably pretty obvious because I’ve mentioned it quite a few times, but I love a good book about books! Or a book within a book! Unf, give me all of those. I think I connect with this theme so much because, usually, there is a character in the book that loves books just as much as I do. It’s amazing to be able to connect to character that shares a similar passion and hear them describe their love with far prettier words than I’m ever able to conjure. I feel very seen.

Some examples: The Starless Sea, The Great Library series, The Thirteenth Tale

#2. A game/puzzle aspect

If a book contains some type of game or puzzle aspect, it’s pretty much guaranteed that I’m going to read it. My enjoyment of the book depends on how fleshed out the game/puzzle becomes throughout the story. I don’t like when it’s just there for flash, but when it becomes an integral part of the story, it’s just… *chef’s kiss* Can’t get enough of it!

Some examples: Ready Player One, The Westing Game, SLAY

#3. QUESTS

I mean, who doesn’t love a good adventure? I love when someone (or, better yet, a group of someones who may or may not get along) has to go on a journey to find the thing/save the village/murder the big baddie. I get so invested in their quest and have a burning need to know how it ends! Because, at my core, I’m a big softie who loves a happy ending. Not to say that I’m going to hate a book with death and mayhem and no happily ever after. I just like when there’s at least hope after a long journey and I love following our questing protagonist to that point.

Some examples: Spin the Dawn, The Merciful Crow, Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series

#4. Magic and whimsy!

Seriously, I adore a book with a bit (or a lot) of magical or whimsical elements. I typically read books as a way to unwind at the end of the day and I feel like, the more fantastical, the easier it is for me to feel transported. I find myself falling into these worlds and pulling them around me like the warmest, comfiest blanket. I love getting lost in books that play with the world as we know it. Perhaps it is because it let’s me imagine that magic truly exists, if only for a little while.

Some examples: The Night Circus, Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance, In an Absent Dream

#5. Found family

You know when a group of misfits are shoved together for Reasons and they have to learn to work together and eventually come to think of each other as family?

Yeah… that’s that good sh*t.

I am fortunate to have grown up with a very loving family, but the found family trope still calls to me. I think it’s the concept that, even if you have no blood family or they treat you like crap, there are still people out there that can love you. Reading about someone finding their people just gives me all the feels and I can’t get enough of it.

Some examples: A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, Six of Crows, the Harry Potter series


There you have it; a short list of a few things I love in books! I’m sure with as much as I’ve been reading lately, this list will eventually be much longer.

In the meantime, why don’t you tell me about some tropes or themes that you love in books? Are any of these on your list? Talk to me in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Goodreads Monday: Feb 10, 2020

Goodreads Monday

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by Lauren’s Page Turners and I stumbled across on The Pine-Scented Chronicles. It’s a simple task to start your week: simply pick a random book from your Goodreads TBR and explain why you want to read it. Easy!

This Week’s Book

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

Goodreads Synopsis:

Tyrants cut out hearts. Rulers sacrifice their own.

Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, but when her beloved father is murdered, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of an unstable kingdom. Determined to find her father’s killer, Hesina does something desperate: she engages the aid of a soothsayer—a treasonous act, punishable by death… because in Yan, magic was outlawed centuries ago.

Using the information illicitly provided by the sooth, and uncertain if she can trust even her family, Hesina turns to Akira—a brilliant investigator who’s also a convicted criminal with secrets of his own. With the future of her kingdom at stake, can Hesina find justice for her father? Or will the cost be too high?

In this shimmering Chinese-inspired fantasy, debut author Joan He introduces a determined and vulnerable young heroine struggling to do right in a world brimming with deception.

Why I Want To Read It:

I’m gonna be honest, the reason I wanted to read this originally was because the first Booktuber I ever started watching, Sassenach the Book Wizard, would not stop talking about this book! She raved about it and declared more people needed to read it so that the author would write a sequel. When someone loves a book so much that they are begging for a sequel, it definitely piques my interest.

That’s not to say that I didn’t find the premise interesting, of course! Political intrigue in fantasy settings is one of my favorite things! The fact that it was Chinese-inspired had me even more intrigued. And there is a strong female lead coming into her own as a young woman (and new empress)? Yes, please!

I’ve also been wanting to fit more Asian influenced stories and Asian authors on my TBR. I know I read a LOT of white authors and that’s not saying that I should stop, but I definitely need to be more conscientious of reading diverse books. I’ve already discovered a few amazing reads by diverse authors that I would’ve missed out on if I hadn’t been consciously trying to pick up books by POCs.

Now I just need to get off my butt and actually read this book!

Book Blogger Hop: Feb 7 – 13

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Crazy-For-Books and is currently being hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a new question is posted for book bloggers to answer in the coming week. The purpose of the hop is connection and community. You can discover new blogs to follow, new books to read, and you may end up with some new followers, as well!

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Book Review: American Dirt

Title: American Dirt

Author: Jeanine Cummins

Genre: Contemporary

Publication Date: 21 Jan 2020

Source: ARC sent by Flatiron books

Rating: ★★

Book Links:

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One Sentence Synopsis

Lydia and her son, Luca, are the sole survivors after the local drug cartel murders their entire family and flee to the United States to escape.

Favorite Quote

Honestly, nothing. Continue reading to find out why.

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WWW Wednesday: Feb 5, 2020

It’s time for another WWW Wednesday! This is a bookish meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where bloggers answer the 3 Ws:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

If you’d like to learn more about any of these books, click on the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page.

Current Reads

After the Flood by Kassandra Montag: I picked this book after Jesse @ Bowties and Books gushed about it on their channel. It sounded like it was going to be an intense ride and, so far, it is definitely delivering on the intensity! I’m really enjoying the plot and the writing is engaging af. I’m excited to continue!

Recently Finished

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The Tenant by Katrine Engberg: Well, this was an alright mystery/crime novel and that’s about it *shrug* It had a great premise, but the execution left me feeling a bit meh. You can read my review here.

Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire: The fifth book in the Wayward Children series did NOT disappoint! I absolutely loved getting to see Jack and Jill again in their creepy world. You can read my review here.

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins: This book was a pile of problems and not just because of the terrible promotion that tried to make people believe it was own voices. There is so much going on with this book that it’s taking me awhile to wrap my head around it so I can write a review. But it is an ARC, so a review is forthcoming!

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert: UGH, I loved this! It was adorable and sexy and heartbreaking and I can’t wait to read the next Brown Sisters book! There will be a review soon.

What’s Next

Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia: I talked about this book a little bit in my Top Ten Tuesday post yesterday. I’m incredibly excited to read this! It’s also due back to the library soon, which seems to be my motivation for picking my next reads these past few months, lol.

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren: My last library romance pick and it’s the one that made me want to give adult romances a try in the first place. I’ve just heard about it (and the authors) EVERYWHERE and I want to know what’s with all the hype. Yes, I can be made to read a book simply because of hype. Also, shocker, it’s due back soon 😆


So what are you reading this week? Did you do a WWW Wednesday post? Talk to me/drop a link in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: My Five Star Predictions

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish back in June 2010. It is currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and, as is stated on the blog, it was “born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”

It’s another fresh week and time for another Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s theme made me exam my TBR shelf with one question in mind: Which of these books will end up being my favorites? I’m not one to throw out five stars, though I do hand out four stars left and right. Actually finding ten books I thought I would love so much that they would get the coveted 5/5 took some time, but I think this list captures the ones I think have a fighting chance. Since I’m still learning my reading tastes, it will be interesting to see whether or not these predictions are correct.

But enough chit-chatting, let’s get to the list!

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Book Blogger Hop: Jan 31 – Feb 6

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Crazy-For-Books and is currently being hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a new question is posted for book bloggers to answer in the coming week. The purpose of the hop is connection and community. You can discover new blogs to follow, new books to read, and you may end up with some new followers, as well!

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January 2020 Wrap Up

The first month of the year has come to a close. We are now solidly in the middle of winter and 31 days into the new year. Despite feeling like this month crawled by, I will say I am very happy with the reading I accomplished this past month! Last year, I wasn’t big on doing wrap ups, but I also wasn’t really tracking my reading beyond plugging it into Goodreads. This year, I have a reading journal, notebooks, and PLANS! Organization, FTW, y’all. So, without further ado, let’s see how my reading month shaped up.

Books Read

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