Book Blogger Hop: Aug 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

 How often do you visit your local library?

This week’s prompt submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer.


…. 😭😭😭😭

I used to go to my local library at least once a week! I miss it so much!

Well… I suppose I should say I miss my old library. We’ve moved to a new town which means a new local library! Which is usually one of my first stops after moving. Honestly, when we moved to Boston, I was at our local library the first week we were there getting a library card.

Now, with all the precautions due to Covid, I haven’t even seen our new library, let alone been able to get a library card! I did sign up for an e-card so I can access their electronic collection, but I really miss the experience of browsing the stacks. I can do without eating in a restaurant again for the rest of my life. I don’t think I’ll do as well if the libraries stay closed 😩

Still, I would much rather everyone stay safe. I am thankfully that things like Overdrive and Libby are available so I can still borrow books, even if I don’t get the browsing experience to go with it.


Are you (or were you) a frequent visitor to your local library? How have you been faring with libraries being closed down? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

WWW Wednesday: Aug 12, 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

  • Small Spaces by Katherine Arden: I just started this spooky little middle grade and I’m really enjoying it so far! Ollie is such an interesting character and her gut instinct to rescue a book speaks to my soul 😂 And it’s already pretty spooky even though I’ve only read the first five chapters. I’m ready for the real scares to begin!
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: Yup. I’m one of those bookish people who claims to love thrillers yet has never read Gone Girl. Honestly, I have no real reason. It just kept getting pushed back on my TBR! But, now, it’s on my Trope-ical Readathon TBR, so it was time. It’s an easy read, so far. I’m completely engrossed even though I more or less know how this book ends, which is pretty impressive.
  • The Black Sky by Timothy D. Minneci: This is a book that the author approached me about a few months back. It’s a dystopian tale which has pulled me in pretty quickly. There’s some weird shenanigans going on which require our protagonist to battle his way through gang-held Boston, so I’m extra interested! I can’t wait to see how it all turns out.

Recently Finished

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
  • The Beast and the Bethany by Jack Meggitt-Phillips: This book was so much fun! I haven’t laughed out loud because of a book in awhile, but this book produced more than one chuckle. The main characters are so terrible and so relatable all at the same time, lol. I can’t wait for my stop on the tour for #TheWriteReads!
  • A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown: AHHHHHHH, THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD! It was atmospheric and rich and made me feel a lot of feelings! And the descriptions of all the beautiful, brown people in here, y’all… it made my heart so happy. My review will be coming once I can make my mind put into words the love my heart has for this story.

What’s Next

  • The Faithless Hawk by Margaret Owen: I’m doing that thing where I keep not picking up a highly anticipated book because I’m S C A R E D. I want it to be as amazing as I’m dreaming it would be and I’m scared it won’t live up to my expectations! But I’m gonna be reading this one next and I know I’m gonna love it.
  • Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: This is the group book for Team Mystery/Horror/Thriller for the Trope-ical Readathon. It’s also a book I’ve had my eye on for awhile. The cover is gorgeous and the fact that it’s a gothic horror novel has me eager to pick this up! It’s almost spooky season, after all 👻👻👻

What are you currently reading? Read any new favorites lately? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

#5OnMyTBR – Mysteries

#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, reader!

We’ve arrived at Monday yet again and it’s time for another #5OnMyTBR! I’m pretty excited about this week’s prompt, as well. Why, you may ask? Because it focuses on one of my favorite genres: mysteries! Time to talk about five twisty, creepy mysteries on my TBR that I can’t wait to pick up.


#1. The Guest List by Lucy Foley

This is a mystery that has recently jumped onto my radar. Someone likened it to Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, which I really enjoyed. And it’s set on a creepy island, which is a random thing that I love in books. It just had to go on my TBR! Also, the cover is just perfectly spooky, ugh. I’m excited to sink my teeth into this one.

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ARC Review: Crossings by Alex Landragin

Title: Crossings

Author: Alex Landragin

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publication Date: July 28th, 2020

Source: e-ARC (Netgalley)

Rating: ★★★★

Book Links: Bookshop::Indiebound::TBD::B&N::Amazon::Goodreads

One Sentence Synopsis

A twisting tale that follows three seemingly very different people through seven generations and strange circumstances.

Favorite Quote

This quote is from an uncorrected copy and may change in the final version

“Perhaps there is a natural limit to remembering, beyond which it is simply impossible to bear the weight of all that remembrance.”


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July 2020 Wrap Up

Hello, reader!

It’s that time once again to take a look back at what I read over the past month. Now, before I sat down to write up this post, I was under the impression that I really didn’t read a lot in July. It just felt like a slower reading month to me, especially since we were busy with moving to our new home at the very beginning of the month.

Y’all… I read eight books last month. Which, though not a huge number, is a big deal for someone like me! My average is typically five books a month, so I was floored when I counted up my July reads. And I’m not even sure how it happened. I honestly felt like I barely read last month and, yet, it was my most productive reading month of the entire year! It’s a mystery 😂

That being said, let’s take a look at what I read in July.


Books Read

Click on the covers to be taken to the book’s Goodreads page

  1. Fire and Vengeance by Robert McCaw::★★★★::My review
  2. Voice of War by Zack Argyle::★★★::My review
  3. The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar::★★★★★::My review
  4. Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall::★★★★::My review
  5. The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste::★★★★::My review
  6. The Bone Ships by R.J. Barker::★★★::My review
  7. The Call of the Wild by Jack London::★★★::Review to come
  8. Thomas Wildus and the Book of Shadows by J.M. Bergen::★★★::Review to come
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WWW Wednesday: Aug 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

  • No Truth Left to Tell by Michael McAuliffe: Y’all, I’m never going to finish this book 😫 I swear, every time I pick it up, I can only get through a few chapters before I want to read something else! Courtroom thrillers just might not be my thing… But I got this book from the publisher so I am going to finish it.
  • A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown: Remember how I said every time I started reading the last book, I wanted to pick up something else? It’s because of this book. THIS BOOK IS SO. GOOD! I just want to hide from all my responsibilities until I’m done reading this beautiful thing! I would fight for both Karina and Malik. Seriously. Just throw down with whomever. I can’t wait to finish this one!
  • The Three Muskateers by Alexandre Dumas: I downloaded this audiobook after finishing The Count of Monte Cristo because A) I really loved that book and this one is by the same author and B) the same narrator performs this audiobook and his voice is just *chef’s kiss* I’ve been listening to it at work, so I’m not terribly far into it, but I’m liking it!

Recently Finished

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
  • The Bone Ships by R.J. Barker: I FINALLY FINISHED THIS! How pumped are we?! Well… I’m super excited. This book was a bit of a slog at the beginning and I ended up giving up on the e-book. Once I picked up the audiobook, however, I was completely sucked in! You can read my full review HERE.
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London: This was another audiobook I downloaded mostly because of the narrator. Hint: it’s the same guy who narrated The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Muskateers. It’s a short, little classic which was compelling but, holy shit, the animal abuse 😬 Still, it kept my interest and I ended up enjoying the experience.
  • Thomas Wildus and the Book of Sorrows by J.M. Bergen: This book has a super fun premise that I was instantly drawn to. It was a good book, but it definitely wasn’t as engaging as I had hoped. There were a lot of conveniences that I had a hard time getting past! My full review will be up soon.
  • Crossings by Alex Landragin: This was such a weird, interesting book! I love the fact that there is an alternate way to experience the story: you can read it from front to back or follow the Baroness reading, which skips you around the various stories. I read it the traditional way, but I think I might try it again reading it as the Baroness intended. My full review will be up soon!

What’s Next

  • The Beast and the Bethany by Jack Meggitt-Phillips: I’m on a #TheWriteReads blog tour for this middle grade novel. I honestly don’t know much about it, but it looks and sounds like it’s going to be a fun time! I’m excited to pick it up.
  • The Faithless Hawk by Margaret Owen: MY MOST ANTICIPATED SEQUEL OF THE YEEEEEAAAARRRR! And I’m on the TBR and Beyond Tours book tour for it!! I am both excited and scared to read this. Excited because I know I’m going to devour it. Scared because the author keeps hinting at THINGS on Twitter and my heart can’t take it!
  • Small Spaces by Katherine Arden: I’ll be reading this spooky middle grade for the Middle Grade Marvels book club in August and I’m so pumped! This book has been on my TBR for months and I’m eager to dig in. Plus, how often do you get to read middle grade horror?

What are you currently reading? Read any new favorites lately? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

ARC Review: The Bone Ships by R.J. Barker

Title: The Bone Ships (The Tide Child #1)

Author: R.J. Barker

Genre: Fantasy

Publication Date: September 24th, 2019

Source: e-ARC (Netgalley)

Content/Trigger Warnings: Child sacrifice (off-page), gore, violence

Rating: ★★★

Book Links: Bookshop::Indiebound::TBD::B&N::Amazon::Goodreads

One Sentence Synopsis

The crew of the Tide Child, a black ship made of dragon bones and manned by convicted criminals, are sent on a dangerous mission to seek out the last known sea dragon to end a centuries-long war.

Favorite Quote

“We fight in the hope that others will not have to, and we fight to keep those we have come to care about safe. We fight even for those who do not deserve it. There is no honour or greatness in what we do, except among fools. I fight, in the end, because I have no other choice” – she held his gaze with hers – “and neither do you. So remember this, if you hear tales of bravery and greatness, they are nearly always told by people who have only watched battle from afar.”


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Book Blogger Hop: Jul 31 – Aug 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!

This Week’s Question

 If you haven’t read a book in awhile and someone asks about a character or the plot, can you recall the details?

This week’s prompt submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews.


Dig, if you will, this picture…

Friend: Oh, hey, I’ve been thinking of reading *insert book*

Me, an avid reader: Oh! I absolutely loved that book!

Friend: Yeah? Tell me about your favorite character!

Me:

This is why I take notes while I read! If I have any hope of writing a semi-comprehensible review, I need the notes to remember what the hell I just read 😂 I have a terrible memory when it comes to recalling details.

Which is super strange to me as I’m a very detail-oriented person…

But, when it comes to books, it’s like I completely brain dump after I turn that last page. It’s especially bad if the book is a part of a long series! I will get events all confused and think something that happens in book five actually took place in book two 😅 I will say, since I’ve started taking notes, my memory has gotten a little better! If there is a significant space between someone asking me about a book and when I read it, though, I’ll probably still draw a blank.

You’d think someone who reads so much would be better able to retain information, right? That’s why my little reading notebook is my BFF!


What about you? Are you better able to remember plot points and characters even if it’s been awhile since you’ve read the book? Did you do your own BBH? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!