Book Blogger Hop: Feb 28 – Mar 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 Question

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Ohh, interesting question! I’m not one who follows books that I don’t care to read. I have so many books that I’m desperately waiting to read and all my bookish energy goes to them, lol.

That being said, there are a few books that I’ve heard of just from being a part of the book community that I genuinely have ZERO interest in. Like Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas and Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare. I haven’t read any of these authors’ books and they aren’t really on my radar for anytime in the near future. I don’t know why, I’m just… not interested. But it’s not like I’m actively avoiding these books.

I just don’t care 🤷‍♀️


Are there any books you are NOT looking forward to? Should I try and give SJM and Cassandra Clare a go? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

TBR Book Tag

TBR Book Tag

While reading through various blogs, I stumbled upon this tag over at A Journey of Words. Though I’m not one to typically build monthly TBRs, I still have quite an extensive list of books I want to read! Besides, I thought the questions were intriguing, so why not give it a whirl?

With that said, let’s dive in!

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

Currently, I have an entire bookshelf in my bedroom dedicated to all my unread books! I’ve been meaning to focus on reading those books this year, though this past month has been filled with library books… oops. Still, it’s nice to have all my unread books in one spot.

Other than that, I have a Goodreads shelf dedicated to books I want to read. That shelf is much more full than my physical bookshelf, heh. I just want to read all the books, ya’ll.

Is your TBR mostly print or e-books?

Currently it is mostly print books. I tend to enjoy reading physical books more than e-books, so they make up more of my owned books. I do have a growing collection of e-books, though, and most of my ARCs are in e-book format. And I have a small Audible collection, as well. I just have books everywhere, lol.

A book that’s been on your TBR list the longest?

It used to be The Count of Monte Cristo but I finally finished that book last year! So now the one that has been there the longest would probably beeeee…

Are we seeing a trend? Most of the oldest books on my TBR are classics and ya girl has a tense relationship with classics. I did end up loving The Count of Monte Cristo, though, so perhaps it’s time to suck it up and finally read Les Mis. I mean, it’s only been on my TBR since *peeks* 2011?!

Yikes…

A book you recently added to your TBR?

I literally just added this book to my TBR yesterday! The author, Alix E. Harrow, posted the cover reveal on Twitter and… I mean… look at it! How could I not add it?! Also, I adored the author’s first book, The Ten Thousand Doors of January, and this book is about witches. I just want it now, please.

A book in your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover?

Like, all of them?

Hmm… what is the most recent book I picked just because of the cover? Let’s go with…

I distinctly remember seeing the cover of this book, not knowing a single thing about it, and thinking, “I must read this.” I LOVE this cover! And I own the book! But still haven’t read it because of who I am as a person!

Sigh…

Still, since randomly buying it because pretty, I have actually learned more about the book and I’m excited to actually read it!

A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading?

Well, the whole point of a TBR is that they are books I’m planning on reading at some point in time. I don’t think there are any books on my TBR that I’m actively planning on not reading. That being said, I’m sure there are quite a few books on my TBR that I won’t manage to get to in my lifetime. And, if I’m being honest with myself, one of the classics would be most likely to be forgotten.

An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for?

I just… really need this book. I need to know how Fie’s story ends. I need to know what’s up with that title! That title has me W O R R I E D.

A book on your TBR that basically everyone’s read but you?

I feel like everyone has read this book but me, heh 😅 It is definitely on my soon-to-read list. It’s currently chilling on my physical TBR bookshelf, judging me for ignoring it for so long. I just know I’m going to love this book, but I kept skipping it for shiny new releases. Mayhaps I’ll finally get to it in March.

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?

This was the book I heard the most about last year. Quite a few of the Booktubers I watched loved this, it was all over book Twitter… it was freakin’ everywhere! I found myself falling for the hype. So now it’s hanging out on my TBR bookshelf, waiting to be picked up. With as well as my recent foray into adult romances went, I’ll probably be reading this sooner than later.

A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

*grabby hands* GIMMIE!

…Please?

Seriously, though, I’m so excited to read this book. The cover! Harrow! More weird necromancy sh*t! My body is ready.

How many books are on your Goodreads shelf?

Hahahahahahaha, do we have to talk about it…?

Yes?

….Fine. It’s *cough*539*cough*

I have a problem, okay?


How many books are on your TBR? What are you most excited to read? Let me know in the comments! Feel free to snag this tag if you enjoyed it! I’d love to see your answers, so drop me a link if you decide to join the fun.

And, as always, happy reading!

WWW Wednesday: Feb 26, 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

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu: I won an ARC of this from BookishFirst after reading an excerpt. I’m enjoying the rest of the book as much as I enjoyed that small taste! This is the story of a young woman named Nannerl Mozart and her soon to be well known brother, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Both Nannerl and Wolfgang are musically talented, but she is still a young girl in eighteenth century Europe. She makes a wish to not be forgotten, a wish that is heard by a faerie princeling in a magical kingdom. This is part historical fiction, part fairytale and I’m absolutely loving it!

Recently Finished

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Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia: Ya’ll, I looooooved this dark, weird, funky book! It centers around a treasure hunt that is heavily influenced by the works of Edgar Allan Poe. It’s an amazing ride and I’m so glad I stumbled upon the synopsis on Goodreads. You can read my full review here.

What’s Next

The Last Human by Zack Jordan: My other March ARC that I want to read before it’s release date. This is a sci-fi that I talked about on my last WWW Wednesday and I’m excited to read it! Probably won’t be finishing it before the end of this month, but I’ll definitely have it done before the release date on March 24th.

The Deep by Rivers Solomon: I’ve been meaning to read this for MONTHS! It’s so short, I really have no excuse for why I’ve put this off for so long. So I’m picking it up next! No excuses!


So what are you reading this week? Did you do a WWW Wednesday post? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I Would Follow On Social Media

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 another TTT and I’m loving the theme for this week! Dive into your imagination and think of the top ten characters you would like to follow on social media. Just thinking of my faves having a Twitter or an Insta makes me wistful because it’s not gonna happen but I WANT IT TO!

*cough* Anyways. To the list!

#1. Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series

Can you imagine Hermione with a Twitter account? In a world where there is a magic-compatible Twitter? Calling out everyone’s bullsh*t and just generally being awesome.

#2. Zachary Ezra Rawlins from The Starless Sea

I bet Zachary would have an amazing book blog. He seems like the type that would be able to wax poetic about books that he loves. And Mirabel could help with the aesthetic! I would read it.

#3. Tuesday Mooney from Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts

If Tuesday decided to have a social media presence, I feel like she would have a super weird and Gothic Instagram that I would drool over. Or just a weird blog that features interesting obituaries. I’d be all over it!

#4. Olive Torres from The Unhoneymooners

Olive’s humor is my humor, so I’m sure I would be trying to stifle laughter at work as I casually scrolled through her Twitter. Her sarcasm is on point and Twitter is basically built on sarcasm, so I’m sure she would thrive.

#5. Gideon Nav from Gideon the Ninth

Gideon is hilarious. This is just facts. And her dark humor would fit so well onto Twitter! I would follow her to get a good chuckle throughout the day. Also, maybe she would post random sword-fighting videos! Ugh, I would die.

#6. Jack Wolcott from the Wayward Children series

I’m having difficulty deciding what type of social media Jack would go for. Probably a blog about the science of reanimation or some such thing. Perhaps a Pinterest with just a bunch of macabre pins. Whatever form her social media presence would take I would jump all over. She’s just so intensely interesting and I want to know more!

#7. January Scaller from The Ten Thousand Doors of January

I don’t know why, but I feel like January would have a beautiful Instagram. Especially if she’s travelling around between multiple doors and taking photos along the way. Can you imagine how amazing that would be?! Instant follow.

#8. Jess Brightwell from The Great Library series

I bet Jess would have a killer book blog. The man is obsessed with book! And he’s clever and funny, so I’m sure he’d have rather engaging posts. His love of books would shine on his blog. I can’t imagine not being drawn to that!

#9. Fie from The Merciful Crow

I just want to see Fie destroy anyone and everyone on a large, social platform. Probs Twitter. She is short and to the point, so Twitter would be perfect for her. And her dry wit would fit in so well. She would be a complete troll to all the privileged asses and I am here for it.

#10. Maia Tamarin from Spin the Dawn

Maia would have THE most amazing Instagram (and probably Etsy shop)! I want to see pictures of all the beautiful clothing that she sews. I mean, I have a visual in my head, but I want to actually see them. I would scroll through her Insta all the time and dream of being able to afford her clothing.


Are there any characters you would love to follow on social media? Did you do your own Top Ten Tuesday? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Book Review: Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts

Title: Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts

Author: Kate Racculia

Genre: Mystery/Contemporary

Source: Borrowed (library)

Rating: ★★★★★

Book Links:

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One Sentence Synopsis

Tuesday Mooney, a loner with an interest in the macabre, becomes embroiled in a treasure hunt across Boston when a wealthy eccentric dies.

Favorite Quote

“The point of a game is the experience of playing. The obstacles and the choices you make to get to the objective. The possibility of winning, the danger of loss, shapes the game. Risk and reward give the game suspense, a plot. But winning or losing is not the whole point.”

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Book Tag: Bookish Heavenly Virtues

Bookish Heavenly Virtues Tag

I realized the other day that I haven’t done a bookish tag in quite some time. Then I discovered this tag over at The Pine-Scented Chronicles and it looked really unique! So, ya know, I snagged it 😉 I do love a tag with interesting questions that really make me wrack my brain for books to match. Time to jump in!


CHASTITY: Which author/book/series you wish you had never read?

This book fills me with such a rage. I understand that characters in books don’t have to be likable, but dear LORD. These characters weren’t just “unlikable”, they were detestable! And the story itself was just completely uninteresting to me, so I really had nothing to enjoy. This is the book that put me off classics for a long, LONG time. Just… no thank you.

TEMPERANCE: Which book/series did you find so good, that you didn’t want to read it all at once, and you read it in doses just to make the pleasure last longer?

There are a few that fit this category, but I’ll pick the most recent one. I absolutely adored The Starless Sea and I definitely wanted to make it last as long as possible. I found myself finishing a chapter and purposely putting the book down because, if I didn’t, I would just tear through the entire book! It did help that I was reading it for a book club and we had a reading schedule. I could just tell myself I couldn’t read past a certain part because then I would be too far ahead! Either way, I already wish I could jump back into this world ❤

CHARITY: Which book/series/author do you tirelessly push to others, telling them about it or even giving away spare copies bought for that reason?

The Great Library series! If I could make everyone I know read this series, I would! I love this series so much and it just doesn’t get the attention it deserves. It’s bookish. It’s got the whole found family thing going on, which we know I love. And later books have a bit of a quest aspect, as well! This series just ticks a lot of boxes for me and I want to be able to gush about them to someone who has read them!

(Sidenote: this could work for TEMPERANCE, too, because I still haven’t read the final book in the series. I don’t want it to end!)

DILIGENCE: Which series/author you follow no matter what happens and how long you have to wait?

*deep sigh*

I want to believe that George R.R. Martin will give us the ending to this series before the end of time. I do. But even my eternally optimistic self is starting to doubt. I just want to read Winds of Winter, dammit! I’m too invested in this story to not know how it ends!

And we are most definitely ignoring the TV ending.

So, as much as it is a knock to my optimism every year, I will follow this series and this author until we finally get a conclusion or I die. Honestly might die first.

PATIENCE: Is there an author/book/series you’ve read that improved with time the most, starting out unpromising, but ultimately proving rewarding?

This book is exceedingly long. So. very. long! And, though it started on a fairly high note, it slowed down a fair bit fairly quickly. There were quite a few times that I thought about giving up… but I am SO glad I didn’t! This is one of the few classics that I ended up really loving! Even with the slog in the middle, this was still a wonderful book and it had a lot more going on than I had originally thought. I’m so glad I stuck with this one.

KINDNESS: Which fictitious character would you consider your role-model in the hassle of everyday life?

I know, I know… I already included The Starless Sea on this list, but it’s been a loooong time since I’ve connected with a character as much as I did with Zachary Ezra Rawlins! He is me as a book character. I don’t know if his homebody ways would be considered as a good thing to model my life after, but it’s the life I want to lead. Also, the way he reacts to all the strange circumstances of this book are way better than what I would have come up with… He’s a kind, smart person and that’s really all I’m striving to be in this world.

HUMILITY: Which book/series/author do you find most under-rated?

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles is another series I wish I could make everyone read. I read these books as a child and absolutely loved it. Actually, these were the only books I would read for about a year, heh. Once I read the first one, I had to have the subsequent books and I just read and re-read them over and over. I’m extremely sad that, during one of my family’s many moves, these books disappeared. I would love to re-read them again! I honestly don’t know how popular or not these books are or were, but I feel like I don’t hear about them nearly enough.


If you find this bookish tag as interesting as I did, consider yourself tagged! I’d love to see other readers’ answers to this questions. So, if you decide to join in on the fun, drop a link down below!

And, as always, happy reading!

WWW Wednesday: Feb 19, 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

Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia: This book is such a damn treat! I’ve mainly been reading this at work as my lunch break book and it’s made me late a couple of times, heh. It’s just, when I start reading, I don’t want to stop! I love the mystery, the game, the characters… this book is freakin’ wild in the best way.

Recently Finished

⭐⭐⭐⭐

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After the Flood by Kassandra Montag: This book was a surprise, tbh. I read it solely because of a Booktuber’s recommendation and wasn’t sure if I would actually like. I ended up loving it! You can read my review here.

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren: I jumped on the hype train with this one and was happily swept away. This was quite literally laugh-out-loud funny and just a fun ride! You can read my thoughts in my recent mini-review post all about romances.

What’s Next

The Last Human by Zack Jordan: Time to get to my March ARCs! This is a sci-fi that follows the last human in the solar system who has to keep the fact that they are human a secret. It sounds like it’s going to be interesting.

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu: I read an excerpt of this (and won a copy!) on BookishFirst. I absolutely loved the excerpt! This is the story of Mozart (but not the Mozart you’re thinking of) and a magical kingdom and I am here. for. it.


How is your reading week going? Have you finished any stunners lately? Let me know in the comments! Or drop a link to your own WWW Wednesday post!

And, as always, happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Hangovers

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.”

Tuesday has rolled around again and it’s time for another TTT. This week’s theme is book hangovers. As in your top ten books that left you so wrapped up in the world and the characters that it took you awhile to pick up anything else to read. Or, if you did pick up another book, you just couldn’t get into it.

I’ll be honest, this doesn’t happen to me as much as I would like it to! I tend to roll right along after finishing a book, even if I absolutely loved it. As I was going through my recent reads, though, I did find ten books that had this impact on me in varying degrees. After looking at the list, I think the common theme is that they were all beautifully descriptive and had interesting concepts in addition to characters I instantly loved.

So let’s take a look at my top ten last books that gave me a book hangover!

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Mini Reviews: Romance Edition

Though I tend to be a genre-hopper, there are two genres that I generally avoid. One is Westerns (I don’t like them in movie form, either) and the other is romance. Recently, however, I had noticed there were quite a few romance novels out there that actually sounded… interesting. I’d heard about them on Booktube, in Goodreads groups, or over on book Twitter. The more I heard about them, the more I thought that maybe it was time to lift my arbitrary and, frankly, silly ban on romances.

I ended up picking up three new adult romances that I had heard a lot about and found the most compelling: Well Met; Get a Life, Chloe Brown; and The Unhoneymooners. And, lo and behold, I liked all three of them! Let this be a lesson to myself. Don’t judge a genre by your preconceived notions!

(Although I’m still not sure about Westerns…)

Anyways, let’s get to the reviews!

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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!

This Week’s Question

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