In Other Words #5

Another Sunday and another weekend closer to Christmas! This was a pretty busy, yet enjoyable week, but I’m definitely getting into my pre-holiday scramble mode. This is why I shouldn’t wait til the last minute to get all my Christmas stuff done…

But, before my brain is consumed by all the things I still need to get done, let’s get to this wrap-up!

Last Week’s Posts

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Let's Do A Book Haul

Through various methods, I have picked up quite a few books recently. I figured it was about time to talk about them! As we get close to the end of year and I realize that my upcoming 2020 book buying ban is fast approaching, I find myself buying ALL THE BOOKS!

Because I have a problem, y’all.

So I’ve got quite a list! I’ll break it down by where I acquired said books.

Library Books

  • The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill: This is a graphic novel that is about these adorable little dragons that grow tea leaves and I just want to devour it. It looks so cute!
  • Binti: The Complete Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor: A sci-fi trilogy that I’ve been wanting to read for quite some time. Black women in space… yes, please!
  • Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks: A graphic novel that I’ve heard a lot about and just sounds super cute. It’s about two friends who are working their last season at the local pumpkin patch and have decided to live it up!
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang: I’m gonna admit that I’m not 100% sure what this one is about, but it just looked so pretty!

Book of the Month

  • The Water Dancer by Ta-nehisi Coates: I’ve been curious about this book for awhile, so I snatched it up as an add on. I really enjoyed Coates’ nonfiction… perhaps that will carry over.
  • When the Stars Lead to You by Ronni Davis: Alright, the only reason I added this book on was because my best friend knows the author and I wanted to support her, lol. But! It does sound interesting and I’m excited to read it.
  • The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell: This was my pick for November because I love me a good thriller. Also, I didn’t like any of the other picks and I wanted add-ons sooooo *shrug*
  • Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston: I finally caved after hearing about this book literally EVERYWHERE. It was my pick for my December BotM box.
  • Fate of the Fallen by Kel Kade: A book about the guy that is not the Chosen One, but has to go on the quest with him just sounds like it’s gonna be a lot of fun. And it’s pretty short, so I’m interested to see what the author can accomplish.
  • Reverie by Ryan La Sala: I added this book on solely because I follow the author on Twitter and he is HILARIOUS xD I make interesting book purchasing choices.

Bookstore Purchases

  • Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan: I finally own the sequel to Girls of Paper and Fire and I am r e a d y! (Probably still won’t be reading this til 2020, tho)
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman: I love Neil Gaiman and I love reading his young adult/children’s books. Coraline is one of my favorites. I’m excited to dig into this one.

Free (to me) Books

  • The Institute by Stephen King: My Stephen King collection grows!! I got this book in a holiday exchange along with a pair of super cozy winter socks. I’m excited about this book but, ngl, the socks are currently winning for best. gift. EVER.

Alright! That’s all my new books and, man, it is a stack. This is why my TBR will never shrink. Though I will be working on that next year! I’m really curious to see how well I manage to stick to my buying ban… I just want all the books, y’all.

So, have you read any of these books? Are there any I should prioritize in 2020? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Book Blogger Hop: Dec 13 – 19

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!

This Week’s Question

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Book Review: Wilder Girls

Title: Wilder Girls

Author: Rory Power

Genre: YA Horror

CW: Gore

Rating: ★★★★

One Sentence Synopsis

A strange disease has hit the Raxter School for Girls but, when Hettie’s best friend goes missing, the main thing she cares about is finding out where she’s gone.

Favorite Quote

“Some days it’s fine. Others it nearly breaks me. The emptiness of the horizon, and the hunger in my body, and how will we ever survive this if we can’t survive each other?”

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WWW Wednesday: Dec 11, 2019

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?

Current Reads

Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey

I’ve been slowly getting through this chonky boy. I probably would have been farther along by now, but a certain book sucked all my energy and made it hard for me to pick up anything else. We’ll talk about that book next…

I’ve also just downloaded Scarlet by Marissa Meyer from my library, so I’ll be picking that up soon!

Recently Finished

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

⭐⭐⭐

…Sigh. This book. This book was so underwhelming. I know three stars isn’t a bad rating. It’s middle of the road, it’s nothing terrible. But I was honestly expecting to be blown away by this book! It was less of a tempest and more of a light, spring breeze and that fact just sucked all my energy.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

⭐⭐⭐⭐

This, however, was a delight! I only picked this book up because I hear about it everywhere. I finally decided to see what all the hype was about. I’m happy to say that I fell for it hard! So hard, in fact, that I put a hold on the second book as soon as I was done with the first.

What’s Next

The Deep by Rivers Solomon

I meant to start this last week, I truly did, but, as I said, my book reading energy was being sapped. But I’m done with Ninth House now and I’m ready to dig into this.

Alright, time to get some more reading done before bed time. I’m coming for ya, Leviathan Wakes!

Have you read any of these books? Loved/hated any in particular? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: 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.”

Another TTT and it’s a freebie! Since we get to choose our topic this week, I figured I would use this Top Ten Tuesday to talk about the books I am most looking forward to in 2020. I’ll make sure that there is a link to all their Goodreads pages so that, if they sound interesting to you, it’ll be easy to add them to your TBR!

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Book Review: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

Title: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

Author: Becky Chambers

Genre: Science Fiction

Source: Borrowed (library)

Rating: ★★★★

One Sentence Synopsis

Rosemary Harper takes a job as a clerk on a wormhole tunneling spaceship to run away from her family and ends up finding a new one.

Favorite Quote:

“All you can do, Rosemary – all any of us can do – is work to be something positive instead. That is a choice that every sapient must make every day of their life. The universe is what we make of it. It’s up to you to decide what part you will play.”

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Book Blogger Hop: Dec 6 – 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!

And the question of the week iiiissss…

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Book Review: SLAY

Title: SLAY

Author: Brittney Morris

Genre: Contemporary YA

Source: Won! (Twitter Giveaway)

Rating: ★★★★★

One sentence synopsis

Keira Johnson, a seventeen year old honor student and secret game designer, has to deal with the fallout when her game, SLAY, comes under attack.

Favorite Quote

“As we duel, as we chat, there’s an understanding that “your black is not my black” and “your weird is not my weird” and “your beautiful is not my beautiful,” and that’s okay. It brings tears to my eyes if I think about it too long.”

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