Mini Reviews: O.W.L.s Edition

Mini Reviews: O.W.L.s

Hello, readers!

Welcome to the last day of April! And we all know what that means.

Well… yes… tomorrow is May. But, more importantly, it’s the end of the Magical Readathon! You can read my initial announcement post here. This year, I was set on completing O.W.L.s that would put me on track for my chosen magical career: Trader of Magical Tomes. That meant I needed to read four books to “test for” four different O.W.L.s: Ancient Runes, Charms, History of Magic, and Transfiguration. It was touch-and-go for half the month but, I am happy to report, I completed all of my O.W.L.s! And now I can try and string my thoughts together about each book I read. Let’s get to it!

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WWW Wednesday: Apr 29, 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

Disenchanted by Brianna Sugalski: I’m about 20% into this book, but I’m enjoying it! I’m really liking the main character, Lilac. She’s pretty feisty and take charge, which I appreciate in my heroines. The setting is intriguing, as well. The pace seems a bit slow at the moment, but, again, I’m only 20% in! I’m excited to keep reading.

Recently Finished

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Whisper Man by Alex North: Maaaaaan, this book messed me up! I thought I knew what was going on, but NOPE. This was a fun, freaky journey and I really enjoyed it. I also loved the look at a single father raising his son. It made me think back to my single parent days and I remember feeling a lot of the same feelings as Tom. It was a connection I wasn’t expecting to find in a thriller!

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson: I read this graphic novel in one night. I stayed up way too late reading it. I couldn’t stop once I started! This was so. damn. GOOD! The art was superb. The story was engaging and incredible. And there were SO MANY FEELINGS! The book is still chilling on my bedside table and I have to talk myself out of picking it up and re-reading it every night. SO. GOOD.

What’s Next

Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis: I’m part of The Write Reads blog tour for this beauty and I’m pumped to start it! I’m in a real thriller mood and this sounds like it’s going to be right up that alley. Also, I’m a lover of horror movie, so the premise of this book just sucked me in! I’ll be starting this one this weekend so I can be prepared for my tour date.


So what books are you reading this week? Finished any new favorites? Did you do your own WWW Wednesday post? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wish I Read As A Child

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.”

Hello, readers!

I’ve been a pretty voracious reader since I was a child. I devoured books left and right! Between my brother and I, my parents must have spent a boatload on books to keep us entertained, heh. Although, I was much more of a re-reader when I was a kid. I would fixate on a book or series and just read them until they fell apart in my hands! Which means there are quite a few books from my childhood that I simply missed because I was too busy reading The Westing Game for the fifty-billionth time.

Which brings me to the topic of this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! This TTT is all about miss opportunities from the past. This list is comprised of books I wish I had read as a child. Let’s jump right in!


  • Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl: I read quite a few Roald Dahl books when I was a kid, but I somehow missed this one. Probably because I was re-reading Matilda, The Witches, and The B.F.G. over and over again. I’ve always been a fan of the worlds crafted by Dahl and I’m sure I would have loved this book. It’s still on my TBR so… one day!
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis: Okay, so, I have read the first book in this series, but I wished I had bothered finishing it. Honestly, I don’t think I even knew it was part of a series when I was younger. When I found out later in life, I remember noting the information and doing nothing with it, lol. I now own all the books and am planning to read them soon.
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White: This was actually the first book I thought of when I saw the theme for this week’s TTT. I absolutely adored the movie this book inspired when I was a kid! I am ashamed to admit that I didn’t know there was a book until I was well into my twenties. I probably would have devoured this as a young girl if I had any inkling it existed. Still, I would like to read it at some point.
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry: This is one of the books that I feel everyone else was made to read in school but never crossed my path. I’ve always been interested in the concept, though, and would like to read it eventually. I don’t think it’ll have the same impact on me as an adult as it would have back in the day. Still, I think it will be worth the read.
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum: Here’s a fun fact about me: I hated the movie The Wizard of Oz when I was a kid. Absolutely detested it! Honestly, I’m still not a fan. So, even though I knew that the movie was based on a book, I refused to read it. Now, as an adult who tends to prefer books over the movie when it comes to adaptations, my curiosity has grown about this novel and the others that follow. Now I’m just intimidated by how many there are!
  • Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie: I think this is another instance where I had no idea that the movie was inspired by a book. Though Peter Pan was never my favorite Disney movie, I did love the concept of a mysterious land where there was no adult supervision. And being able to fly sounded pretty alright, too! Again, this book will probably hit differently now that I’m an adult, but I still want to read it.
  • The Neverending Story by Michael Ende: The Neverending Story was one of my favorite movies as a kid. And, yet again, I had no idea that it was based on a book! For a kid who read as much as I did, I was woefully ignorant of a lot of stuff out there. Still, I think I would enjoy this book as an adult, as well. I’m still a fan of whimsical tales and books within books is one of my favorite things!
  • Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers: This is a book I actually knew about as a kid. I think my family may have even owned a copy of it. Yet I never read it. I don’t know why! I was probably on another Enchanted Forest binge and just forgot about this book entirely 😅 I would love to give this book a go, even if I may no longer be the target audience.
  • A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin: I honestly don’t know how my fantasy loving younger self didn’t find this series. It sounds like it would have been right up my alley! Sorcerers and dragons and magic? Sounds amazing! Seeming as this was first published in the 60s, I do wonder how it has stood up to the test of time. Still, I do plan on at least reading this first book, hopefully sooner rather than later.
  • The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander: This book is another one that I’m surprised I didn’t discover until recently. It’s a fantasy and it has a quest: young Kerri would have eaten this up. I didn’t discover the existence of this series until I was in my 30s, though. This is another one that was published in the 60s, but I’d still love to give it a go.

What books do you wish you had read as a child? Did you participate in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

#5OnMyTBR – Books in Verse

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#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook where you chose five books from your to-be-read pile that fit that week’s theme. If you’d like more info, head over to the announcement post!

Hello, readers!

It’s once again Monday, which means it’s time to pick #5OnMyTBR. I’ve been having a lot of fun doing this weekly bookish meme because it really makes me comb through the books I want to read. Usually I have quite a few to choose from that fit the week’s theme.

And then this week came up.

The theme for this week is poetry and… well… I don’t really care for poetry 😬 I suppose I should say that I don’t really care for the poetry I was forced to read in school. I know I’m not giving the genre a fair shake, but it’s just never really appealed to me. Perhaps one of you could suggest a collection of poetry that might change my mind?

In the meantime, though, seeming as I have exactly zero poetry books on my TBR, I decided to play with the theme a wee bit. And that’s why my list will consist of five books written in verse!


#1. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

I can’t have a list of books written in verse and not include this one. I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews for this book! This is a coming-of-age story of a young woman discovering her power and exploring her world through slam poetry. I’m thinking of actually getting the audiobook for this one because I’ve heard it’s incredible! I can’t wait to read it.

#2. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

I haven’t heard as much about this book but what I have heard has been intriguing. Everyone I’ve seen talk about this book says they cried and we’ve established that I like when books try to wreck me. This is a story that follows a young man on a ride down an elevator as he is on his way to take revenge against the person he believes killed his brother. On the way down, he encounters different visions of people who are somehow connected to his story. It sounds like it’s going to be powerful.

#3. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

This book has been on my radar for quite some time. I think, when I originally heard of it, I was put off because, ya know… poetry. But the more I read about it, the more I wanted to read it! It’s a memoir told in verse and seems like it will be incredibly inspiring. I also think it’s such an interesting way to write a memoir. I’m excited to pick it up and give it a go!

#4. White Rose by Kip Wilson

I have literally only ever heard Sam @ Sassenach the Book Wizard talk about this book, but the way she described it made me want to read it so much! I do enjoy historical fiction and this sounds like it’s going to be incredible. It’s the tale of a young German college student living during WWII who does what she can to fight against the Nazi regime. I’m sure there will be tears, but I’m excited to read it!

#5. Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

In this book told through verse, we follow young Jude, who has just moved to the United States from Syria. She is learning to adjust to her new life and the new label (“Middle Eastern”) that has been placed on her. This sounds like it’s going to be a beautiful story. I’ve heard mostly good things and I can definitely admit that my interest has been piqued! I’m looking forward to diving in.


What are some books in verse you’d like to read? Did you write your own #5OnMyTBR post? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Sunday By My Shelf: Apr 26, 2020

I’ve mentioned quite often the fact that I have an entire bookshelf dedicated to books I own, yet have not read. It’s the reason why I decided to participate in the #StartOnYourShelfathon. It’s my not-so-secret shame. But the even bigger shame?

…I often forget what books are even on that shelf 😬

I know, I know! How can I forget what books I’ve purchased over the years? Because ya girl has a pretty terrible memory, not gonna lie. And I’ve spent my past few reading years reading books I had recently purchased instead of books I already owned. Or, and this happened quite often, buying a bunch of books at once, only reading one or two, and stowing the rest on the TBR shelf to be forgotten.

But I have decided to change my ways! I’ve already made it a mission to reduce my owned TBR by at least 10% this year. And I’ve found something that I think will help to keep these poor, forgotten books in the forefront of my mind! Fiona @ Fi’s Bibliofiles has started a new bookish meme that is just perfect for me! It’s called Sunday By My Shelf and the purpose is to explore books sitting on your physical TBR as opposed to a virtual one. (We’ll not even talk about my Goodreads Want to Read shelf…) This is a bi-weekly meme with new topics to talk about each time. The schedule can be found on Fiona’s original post here. While you’re there, why not give her a follow, as well? She writes great, bookish posts!

For now, though, let’s get to this week’s theme, which is:

Series on my shelf I have started, but haven’t finished

#1. The Mistborn Series

I started the original Mistborn trilogy a long time ago. At least, it feels like it’s been a long time! I fell in love with the universe and the characters fairly quickly, yet it is taking me forever to get through the trilogy! It has nothing to do with the books. I tore through the first book and the second was as gripping, if not more so. I own The Hero of Ages and it sits on my bookshelf, judging me. It’s not as though I don’t want to read it… I just constantly skip over the book to read something shiny and new.

This is clearly a problem for me.

That being said, I’m planning on reading the last book of the original trilogy soon because I recently discovered there’s another Mistborn trilogy! It’s set in a more modern time frame and it sounds like it’s going to be incredible!

#2. The Girls of Paper and Fire Series

I read Girls of Paper and Fire last year and absolutely fell in love with everything about the book. The world-building, the writing, LEI AND WREN!! Everything combined in a perfect mix to knock my socks off. So, when the sequel came out, I had to snatch it up!

And now it sits on my shelf… gathering dust. This is another instance of me buying a bunch of books at once and getting distracted by another one. I think Ninth House was the culprit this time. I honestly forgot I bought this until I went to write this post and was looking through the books on my shelf! I have problems!

Either way, I’m still really eager to continue this series. I’m going to have to bump this one up the TBR list.

#3. The Strange the Dreamer Series

I started this duology an embarrassingly long time ago 😅 I would die for Lazlo and Sarai, not gonna lie. I just love them and this story so much! And Laini Taylor just has an incredible way with words. And yet, here I am, with Muse of Nightmares staring at me from my shelf as I pick up other, newer books. It’s silently judging me and I deserve it.

I think part of what’s stopping me is the fact that, once I read Muse of Nightmares… that’s it. The story is over. And I’m not sure I’m ready for this story to be over! Still, I do want to finish this series sooner rather than later.

Side note: I’ve also read the first book in Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series and haven’t finished that one, either. But I don’t own any of the other books in the series, so it’s getting an honorable mention.

#4. The Six of Crows Series

😬😬😬

Look. I’ve owned Crooked Kingdom for quite some time. I bought it almost as soon as it came out because I adored Six of Crows. Kaz! Inej! I needed more! But, once again, the sequel in this popular duology found itself gathering dust on my shelf as so many of it’s predecessors have.

I swear I buy these books with good intentions! I am going to read all of them at some point in time!

I’ve mentioned before that I think the reason I haven’t pick this one up is that I have… heard things. And I know it’s going to rip my heart out of my chest and laugh as it’s doing so. Which, honestly, I’m okay with. I love a book that can make me feel that much.

But I’m just not ready 😭

#5. The Kingkiller Chronicle Series

This is a series that I started more recently than some of the others on this list. My husband read the first book, The Name of the Wind, and convinced me that I would love it. I gave it a try and ended up completely wrapped up in Kvothe’s story! My husband has owned the second book for what seems like a really long time. I can feel a little better about myself, though, because he hasn’t read it either 😂

I suppose I can also tell myself that I’m waiting for the last book to come out before continuing on. Let’s ignore the fact that I’ve read every Game of Thrones book and have no idea if we’ll ever get the last books in that series. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!


What are some series you have yet to finish that are chilling on your physical bookshelf? Did you do your own version of Sunday By My Shelf? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Book Blogger Hop: Apr 24 – 30

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

This week’s prompt is submitted by Flora @ Flora’s Musings

Hmm… yes and no. Let’s go through the process of me deciding to buy a book, shall we?

  1. I spot a book floating about the interwebs and my curiosity kicks in. There are a few things that can tip kick it off: a beautiful cover, someone I know/trust raves about it, or THE HYPE TRAIN.
  2. I head over to Goodreads to read the synopsis. Sometimes, if a cover is pretty enough or the hype is real, I might skip this step. And, yes, this has bitten me in the butt before 😅
  3. If I like the synopsis, I check out the reviews. This is where I take a look at ratings. I tend to pay more attention to ratings from the people that I follow on Goodreads. If they haven’t read/rated the book yet, I’ll dive into the community ratings.
  4. If I like the synopsis and the ratings are off the charts, then I’ll stick it on my “I NEED THIS” list.

Now, even though ratings are a factor in this process, they are definitely the weakest link. If I really adore a synopsis and just have to have the book, I will most definitely ignore a less than stellar rating. I’ve read quite a few books that I loved but most people found to be rather meh. If I’m lukewarm about the book and the ratings are so-so, I’ll probably just borrow it from the library. Then, if I end up loving it, I’ll buy myself a copy.

I guess, in the grand scheme of things, ratings are semi-important, but not the end-all-be-all when I’m looking to buy a book.


Do ratings affect whether you buy a book or not? Did you do your own BBH? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

World Book Day 2020

World Book Day 2020

Happy World Book Day, readers!

Today is a day to celebrate the joy of reading and books. I mean, I do that pretty much every day, but it’s nice to have a dedicated day, too 😉 But there is something I love to do that, in the age of coronavirus, is just not an option: travel. I love discovering new countries and immersing myself in different cultures! I’ll be honest, I haven’t been able to travel in awhile what with adult life and “responsibilities” getting in the way.

As a reader, though, there is a way I can travel, even if I can’t leave the house. Reading offers a window into many different worlds and cultures. Though it may not be as thrilling as actual travel, it’s still a way to broaden my horizons. So I figured, for this World Book Day, I would talk about 5 different books I want to read that are set in 5 different places I want to go! This list is by no means the limits of where I want to travel, but we’d be here all night if I went that deep 😂

With that said, let’s dive in!


Destination #1: Australia

I’ve wanted to visit Australia for the longest time! Seriously, I think since high school, which I graduated from… 20 years ago.

Yikes…

Back on track! I’ve also wanted to read this book, though not for quite as long. The Light Between Oceans is a historical fiction set in Australia in the 1920s and it sounds like it will tear my heart out. Which I apparently love in my historical fictions 🤷🏾‍♀️

Destination #2: Ghana

One of my mentors in college, who was one of the few Black women in my college, used to work for the Peace Corps. She lived in Ghana for quite a few years and would always tell me wonderful stories about the country. It made me want to see it for myself!

Homegoing landed on my radar because of the setting and the fact that everyone was talking about it when it came out. Again, it’s a historical fiction that sounds heart-wrenching, so you know I’m in.

Destination #3: Japan

One of my high school friends ended up doing a study abroad in Japan in college. When she came back, she showed me pictures and told me stories that made me yearn to go there myself!

This book is set both in Japan and Korea, so I guess I’m kind of cheating. Though I would love to go to Korea, as well! And, yet again, we have a historical fiction that’s probably gonna destroy me. At this point, I’m waiting for someone to ask if I’m okay… (I am, it’s cool, I just like crying while I read, I guess?)

Destination #4: Spain

My Spanish teacher from sophomore to senior year of high school was from Spain. She was so much fun and would tell us a lot about her home country. I’ve wanted to visit ever since!

The Angel’s Game is the second book in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series. I really loved the first book, The Shadow of the Wind, so I’m already pumped for this book. I hope it’s as weird and creepy as the first one!

Destination #5: Ireland

Ireland has appealed to my sensibilities since I was a little kid. I love rolling, green fields and I all the pictures I’ve seen of Ireland just speak to my soul! My mom also went there recently and absolutely loved it. So now I want to visit even more!

Hey look, this isn’t a historical fiction! Progress 😂 It is, however, a thriller so I suppose it still has the potential to hurt me… I’ve been wanting to read Tana French for ages. She’s a thriller author that has always been on my radar. The fact that her books are set in Ireland make them that much more appealing!


What are some places you would love to travel? Do you have any other books to recommend set in these countries? How did you celebrate World Book Day? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

WWW Wednesday: Apr 22, 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 Whisper Man by Alex North: I just picked this one up today and I am already super curious as to what is going on. Definitely something incredibly messed up… I’ve heard that this one is pretty frightening, so I’m excited to get further into the story! I was a little thrown off that only one prospective is in first person, but I’m sure that will make sense later? Yeah, we’ll go with that.

Recently Finished

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne: This book took me what felt like forever to read and, honestly, I’m not sure why. I enjoyed it while I was reading it. It was humorous and touching and made me feel pretty much all the feelings. Yet, whenever I set it down, I had the hardest time making myself pick it back up! But at least I finally checked off one of my O.W.L.s for the Magical Readathon 😅

The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith: And this is counts as my second O.W.L. checked off! It was a fun read and definitely kept me on my toes. I loved the descriptions of the witchcraft and the vineyards! The romance, however, was… less than great. I’ll get into it more when I get around to my review!

What’s Next

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson: I’ve been wanting to read this graphic novel since it was released, but just never picked it up. Then, as I was looking for a book to finish my last O.W.L. (Transfiguration), I remembered that the main character was a shapeshifter. A book I’ve been wanting to read and my last O.W.L. checked off! The stars have aligned and now it’s time to finally pick this one up.

Disenchanted by Brianna Sugalski: I discovered this book through Storytellers On Tour. It sounded like it would be a fun, escapist fantasy read, so I signed up to be part of the blog tour. I’m so thankful that I was selected to participate! I’m excited to dig into this one and see what I think!


What are reading right now? Finished any new favorites recently? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Book Tag: Stay At Home

Stay At Home Book Tag

Hello, readers!

I hope everyone is safe and healthy this fine Tuesday. I have a rare day off and I’ve been spending it doing laundry and getting other chores done. Now I’m taking a break to do some blog posts. Typically, Tuesdays are when I participate in the weekly TTT, but I was tagged by the lovely Sarah @ The Book Whiskers for the Stay At Home book tag. It looked like fun, so I couldn’t resist! This tag was originally created by @PaperbackMary (aka Princess of Paperback on Youtube).


Q1. LAYING IN BED … the book you could or have read in a single day

I’ve been wanting to read the Murderbot series for quite some time now. It’s sci-fi, the main character sounds incredibly interesting, and it’s short. I can see myself curling up in bed and tearing through this in one sitting! As if through kismet, Tor.com is giving away free downloads of all the Murderbot e-books in anticipation of the release of the full-length novel, Network Effect. Which means I now own this and will be diving in soon!

Q2. SNACKING … pick a book that’s a guilty pleasure read

Ok, one sec… *climbs up on her soapbox*

I’m not a fan of the term “guilty pleasure” when it comes to reading, honestly. If you like to read something, just enjoy it! There’s no reason to feel guilty about it!

Mmkay… *scrambles back down*

Now that that’s out of the way, I’ll go with a genre I don’t read enough of and have been enjoying a lot recently: contemporary romance! And one of my recent faves is Get a Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert. This was just such a sweet yet steamy read and I loved all the representation in it!

Q3. NETFLIX … the book series you want to start

This series has been on my TBR for ages, it seems. I’ve heard a lot of great things about not only this series, but the author, as well. I’ve never read anything by Rin Chupeco but I’m definitely intrigued. I follow so many people that rave about their writing! Also, this just sounds like it’s going to be spooky and intense and I’m here for it.

Q4. DEEP CLEAN … the book that’s been on your TBR for ages

I’m going to admit this right now: this book terrifies me. Seriously, it’s been on my TBR for years and years. Every time I see it in the bookstore or at the library, I try to convince myself to finally pick it up. I usually scurry away with my tail tucked between my legs 😅 Why is it so intimidating? Beyond the fact that it’s THICC AF, I’m always slightly nervous when reading classics because they are very hit or miss for me. I either love ’em (Jane Eyre 😍) or hate ’em (Wuthering Heights 😒). I’m also going in with my love for the musical coloring my perception of the book, so it’s already got that going against it. One day, y’all… one day.

Q5. ANIMAL CROSSING … a book you recently bought because of the hype

I actually bought both of the books in this series that are currently out. Which is bold of me as I haven’t even read this one. So here’s hoping I don’t hate it! From what I know of this series, though, I don’t think I will. It sounds like it’s going to be a thrill ride of a book and I’m excited to finally dive in! Also, just look at that gorgeous cover 😍 Honestly, if you want me to buy your books, just make ’em pretty. I’m easy, lol.

Q6. PRODUCTIVITY … the book you learnt from, or that had a big impact on you

I read this book back in… high school, I believe? It definitely made me think and has stuck with me through the years. Maya Angelou was such an amazing author and her autobiography reflects that. It’s so heart-wrenching and poetic. It hits deep and is just fantastic. Definitely one that everyone should read!

Q7. FACETIME … a book you were gifted

My best friend gave me this book the last time we got together. She found it at a Little Free Library and said she thought it was something I would like. It was on my radar when it first came out but, I’ll admit, kind of fell by the wayside. There are just so many books and I have the attention span of a flea! Still, now that it’s in my possession, I’m excited to pick this one up. Eventually 😅

Q8. SELF CARE … what is the one thing you’ve done recently to look after yourself?

Ya girl is v. bad at self-care. I’m still working and I spend most of my time at home either cleaning or getting some adult thing done, like taxes 😵 But, the other day, I wanted brownies, so I made brownies! They were chocolatey and delicious and just what I needed. I sat and enjoyed them as I read before bed, too. It was one of the few nights where I did nothing but read and enjoy something just for me.

Well… I did share the brownies with the fam because I couldn’t hide them quick enough I’m not a monster!

BONUS … name an upcoming release that you’re looking forward to

I follow the author of this book on Twitter and, naturally, she keeps talking about this book. Every time she mentions A Song of Wraiths and Ruin, my urge to read this book multiplies tenfold. I neeeeed this book! It sounds like it’s going to be amazing. Also, the cover, just… look at it! As I’ve mentioned, I’m a sucker for a nice cover and this one is just drool-worthy. I can’t wait to read this!


If you enjoyed this post, feel free to join in on the tag! I had a ton of fun picking out titles to fit the questions. If you do decided to join in, drop me a link in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

#5OnMyTBR – Past Hyped Books

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#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook where you chose five books from your to-be-read pile that fit that week’s theme. If you’d like more info, head over to the announcement post!

Hello, readers!

It’s Monday once again, which means it’s time for another #5OnMyTBR. The theme this week is one that asks you to look back a few years. This week, the highlight is on hyped books from the past. I’ll have no issue finding books for this one because I always want to read a ridiculous amount of books each year and there’s no way I’m going to get to them all! I have quite a few hyped books that I was excited to read and just… never did 😅 That said, let’s get into it!


#1. Life of Pi by Yann Martel (Pub year: 2006)

This book has been on my TBR for ages. I remember when everyone was talking about it and the concept always intrigued me. All the talk about the book is what really made me pick it up. I mean, it even got a movie! I will eventually read it though I will admit that my desire to has waned a bit. This is what happens when I let books sit on my TBR too long!

#2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Pub year: 2006)

Another one that’s been on my TBR for ages but, unlike the last book, my interest in this one has only grown! A lot of people love this book and have been raving about it since it was published. I’ve heard so many great things about this book and do want to pick it up sooner than later. I feel as though it’s going to destroy me, but I’m okay with this.

#3. Legend by Marie Lu (Pub year: 2011)

I remember when everyone was reading/talking about this book. It was a Thing for quite some time and that’s how it landed on my TBR. And, yet, I still haven’t read it! Actually, I just read my first Marie Lu book this year and it has literally nothing to do with this series, lol. I did love The Kingdom of Back, though, which put this series right back on my radar. Hopefully I can get to it soon.

#4. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Pub year: 2015)

Yet another book where I jumped on the hype train and just… never got off? I was excited to read this book when it first came out and placed it on my TBR forever ago. And then I just never read the book, lol. I do actually own this book, as well, but it just sits on the shelf… silently judging me. I’ve heard mixed reviews on this series, but I’m still eager to read this one.

#5. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (Pub year: 2015)

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Soooooo, I don’t know if this strictly counts as a “past” hyped book because this book/series is still kind of everywhere. It was initially published in 2015, though, so I think it counts! It’s been on my radar since it was published and I do think it sounds interesting. But I’ve also heard a lot about the plot/writing that is less than favorable. Still, I like to judge books on my own, so I’m sure I’ll read at least this book in the series… eventually.


What are some hyped books from the past that you still want to read? Did you do your own #5OnMyTBR? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!