Book Blogger Hop: Nov 29 – Dec 5

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 BBH ties in with American Thanksgiving and shopping. Let’s take a look at our question for the week.

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Book Review: The Raven Tower

Title: The Raven Tower

Author: Emma Miles

Genre: Fantasy

Source: e-ARC; BookSirens

Rating: ★★★★

One sentence synopsis

A magic-wielding, free-spirited woman is forced to marry a sorcerer dubbed the Dark Man in exchange for help fighting against evil necromancers.

Favorite quote

“Are you going to turn all the women in my hold into savages?”

“Just the best ones.”

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WWW Wednesday: Nov 27, 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

Fireborne by Rosaria Munda

So, I think I’m abandoning The Bone Ships, for now because I just… can’t with that book at the moment. I’ve decided to move on to another Netgalley book dealing with dragons and, so far, it is WAY better! I’m already hooked and I’ve just started! Hopefully this will get me out of my reading funk. And, bonus, I’ll check one more book off my Netgalley backlist.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

My library hold came in for the audiobook of Cinder. I’ve been wanting to check out this series for a long time, but it was always passed over for other books. I figured getting the audiobook from the library would be a good way to finally start reading the Lunar Chronicles. And then I’ll know if I want to continue!

Recently Finished

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I tore through this book and discovered that I am as much a fan of YA thrillers as adult ones! This kept me guessing until the very end!

What’s Next

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

This one got bumped up the list because on of my Goodreads groups chose this as the adult BOM and the group read starts December 2nd. So it’s time to dive into this dark and twisty tale! Not that I’m complaining.

I do still plan to start The Starless Sea and The Deep, but they will probably be read later in the month. And then, maybe… I’ll give The Bone Ships another shot. We shall see.

Anyways, have y’all read any of these books? What were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday!

And, as always, happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Thankful 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.”

It’s time for the last TTT of the month. The theme for this week is a “Thankful Freebie”, which, with American Thanksgiving being this Thursday, is very topical. This is the time of year when I start reminiscing about my past year and thinking about all the things for which I am thankful. And, let me tell you, it’s a lot! I could probably ramble on for ages about it, so I’ve decided to focus on bookish things. With that being said, here is my list!

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End of the Year Book Tag 2019

While I was at work today, I realized that December is literally next week! I’m honestly shocked that this year (and this decade!) is almost over. It was a busy year so that probably contributed to the fact that it feels like everything flew by.

It’s been a busy reading year for me, too. That was a big change for me after a year where I barely read two books. I’m currently sitting at 70 books on my Goodreads Reading Challenge, which blows my goal of 50 out of the water! It’s been a great reading year, y’all, but it’s not quite over. It’s time to look at what I’ll be doing for the last month of this decade.

I was tagged by the lovely Nikki @The Night is Dark and Full of Books! Thank you so much for the tag! Y’all should check her out because her blog is fantastic. This was originally created by Ariel @ArielBisset.

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Book Review: Into Thin Air

Title: Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster

Author: Jon Krakauer

Genre: Non-fiction

Source: Purchased (Book of the Month Club)

Rating: ★★★

One sentence synopsis

Jon Krakauer writes about his trip to the top of Mount Everest that ended in tragedy.

Favorite quote

“This forms the nub of a dilemma that every Everest climber eventually comes up against: in order to succeed you must be exceedingly driven, but if you’re too driven you’re likely to die.”

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Book Review: Gods of Jade and Shadow

Title: Gods of Jade and Shadow

Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Genre: Fantasy/Historical Fiction

Source: Purchased (Book of the Month Club)

Rating: ★★★

One sentence synopsis

Casiopea Tun, a young girl growing up in 1920’s Mexico, opens the wrong trunk and has to go a-questing with the Mayan god of death.

Favorite quote

“Words are seeds, Casiopea. With words you embroider narratives, and the narratives breed myths, and there’s power in the myth. Yes, the things you name have power.”

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WWW Wednesday: Nov 20th, 2019

We have hit the middle of the week, y’all! That means 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

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

I just started this one yesterday and I’m already almost done. So… yeah. Pretty good so far!

The Bone Ships by RJ Baker

Still working my way through this one. I started over (since I didn’t get very far when I first tried to read it) and it’s definitely interesting! I don’t know what’s stopping me from really getting into this.

Honorable mention to The Count of Monte Cristo which I promise to finish… one day…

Recently Finished

Warrior of the Altaii by Robert Jordan

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Finished up this manly man’s man book of manliness. Seriously, this book was dripping with testosterone and it was… a bit much. Still, a pretty solid story, especially considering it’s the first one he ever wrote.

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was incredibly creepy and twisted and I loved it. There were some bits that were a little overboard, imo, but I still think it was a great sequel.

What’s Next

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

I both reaaaaaally want to pick this up and am dreading picking it up. This is my most anticipated read for 2019! I want to savor it. And what if I hate it?! I’m skurred…

The Deep by Rivers Solomon

One of my Netgalley backlog books. Also, Daveed Diggs is involved and I am intrigued!

Fireborne by Rosaria Munda

Another of my Netgalley backlogs! I saw dragons and I needed it. I’ve heard good things about it, so I’m excited to finally get to it.

Have you read any of these? Any thoughts on which of my three upcoming books I should pick up first? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!