#5OnMyTBR – Light Reads

#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!

After being sick last weekend and having no motivation for the rest of the week, I’m back! I swear, having a cold as an adult knocks you out way more than when you’re a kid. I had zero energy even after I started feeling better! But that’s neither here nor there… we’re here for another 5 On My TBR. This one was a bit of a struggle for me because the theme is light reads. Going through my Goodreads TBR, I realized I apparently enjoy dark books that are going to hurt my soul because picking a few that I thought counted as “light” took… awhile 😅 But I finally founds five light reads that I can’t wait to pick up!

#1. Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

I’ve actually just picked this book up for an upcoming The Write Reads blog tour, but I’ve only just started so I’m cheating a little. This sounds like it’s going to be a quick and lively read, with some interesting twists. We’re following Evie Thomas, who no longer believes in love because she has somehow developed the ability to see how a couple’s love story begins… and ends. This sounds like a light contemporary with a hint of the fantastic and I am here for it! Also, this cover is super cute. Also also, I’ve been wanting to give Nicola Yoon a try for ages! Here’s hoping I love it as much as I think I will.

#2. Lucky Girl by Jamie Pacton

I adored this author’s debut, The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly, so when I heard about her sophomore novel, I knew I was going to want to read it! It follows a teenager who, illegally, plays the lottery… and wins. Now she has to figure out how she’s going to claim her winnings when no one she knows even realizes she’s the lucky winner. It sounds like it’s going to have a lot of interesting themes and a look at how something like winning the lottery may not be all it’s cracked up to be. I’ve heard nothing but great things so far and I can’t wait to get to it! I also love this cover, like, young adult contemporary covers are just killing it lately.

#3. Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar

Speaking of young adult contemporary covers that are killing it, can we just appreciate the one for Adiba Jaigirdar’s sophomore novel? Because 😍 This book is following our titular characters after they land in a fake dating scheme so that Hani’s friends will stop invalidating her bisexuality and Ishu has a hope to be elected head girl. It sounds like it’s gonna have pining and lots of awkward but sweet moments, which I plan on eating up. This is the kind of book that definitely strikes me as a lovely, light read that will leave me floating on air. Here’s hoping I’m right!

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First Lines Friday #11

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!

Hello, reader!

Happy Friday! As we arrive at the end of another week, it’s time for another First Lines Friday. This time, I’m bringing you a newer release that I’ve been wanting to read for sometime. It also happens to be on my Netgalley backlog, which is why it’s very high on my TBR! Let’s see if you can guess the young adult thriller I’m talking about from just the first few lines and some hints.

The Line(s):

“She’s at Mrs. Ruthie’s house, eating one of Mrs. Ruthie’s peanut butter cookies, staring out Mrs. Ruthie’s living room window and waiting for her parents to come home.
From here, Bea can see her house with all its lights off and tree in the front door locked. The wooden swing hanging from the tree in the front yard rocks idly in the summer breeze. The driveway is empty. All of this makes her stomach hurt, but not enough to abandon the cookie, so yummy and so soft.”

The Hints:

This thriller is written by the same author of Sadie.

It was just published this year.

There is a cult (?) at the center of this story.

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Book Review: The Dragon Republic

Title: The Dragon Republic

Author: R.F. Kuang

Genre: Fantasy

Source: Borrowed (library)

Content/Trigger Warnings: For a full list of potential content and trigger warnings, check out this book’s page on BookTriggerWarnings.com

Rating: ★★★★★

Book Links:

One Sentence Synopsis

After the catastrophic events of The Poppy War, Rin finds herself hunted by the Empress and throwing her lot in with the powerful Dragon Warlord, who envisions a new republic for Nikan.

Favorite Quote

“But eventually, you’ll have to ask yourself precisely what you’re fighting for. And you’ll have to find a reason to live past vengeance.”

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#5OnMyTBR – Literary Fiction

#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!

It’s been a minute since I’ve done a 5 On My TBR, hasn’t it? This week, I had to dig through my pile of books to find five literary fictions that I’m looking forward to reading. I don’t delve into literary fiction too much, but I have quite a few that are hanging out in the limbo that is my TBR. And quite a few that I’m very interested in! It’s just… my fantasy-centric brain definitely shifts me away from them, lol. Still, the five books I’ve picked are at the top of the list when it comes to literary fiction I would like to read soon!

#1. The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Daré

I got this book through Book of the Month because of severe FOMO. Everyone I knew who had picked this one up was raving about it! It sounds like it will be a difficult, but compelling read as it follows a young Nigerian girl and her struggles to find her voice. I’m not the best when it comes to getting on with literary fiction, but the premise sounds great and I want to know why everyone has loved it so much.

Plus, like, look at that cover! Gorgeous 😍

#2. Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Funnily enough, this is another book I got through Book of the Month, haha. I read my first Backman a couple of years ago and instantly fell in love with his writing. I still think about A Man Called Ove to this day! So when I saw this book, which tells the story of people meeting during a bank heist/hostage situation, I knew I was going to want to read it. I’ve heard great things about this one, as well! I imagine it will be fun, quirky, and strangely dark, and I am here for it.

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First Lines Friday #10

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!

Hello, reader!

It’s ✨Friday✨ and I’m happy to share with you another First Lines Friday! Today, I’m bringing you something a little different from my norm. It’s a nonfiction book that I’ve been wanting to read for ages and finally picked up thanks to the lovely folks in the TWR book-club-that’s-not-a-book-club. Which is my favorite book club 😉 We’ve only just started at the beginning of May, but I’m absolutely loving the book, so far! It’s written in a fashion that doesn’t immediately bring to mind an old textbook, which I always appreciate in my nonfiction.

But enough of my rambling. Let’s see if you can guess which book I’m talking about from the first few lines and a hint or two!

The Line(s):

“The cylinders turned. The belts moved, and gears clicked and whirred, as type and ink pressed against paper. Floors rattled; lights burned at all hours. In some rooms, lengthy sheets of words hung from ceilings on drying racks; in other stood towers of wooden boxes filled with tiny pieces of metal type.”

The Hints:

This is a true crime book that focuses on the victims more than the crime.

The backdrop is Victorian London.

It has a numerical title.

The Reveal:

Click the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page

Goodreads Synopsis

Five devastating human stories and a dark and moving portrait of Victorian London – the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper.

Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffee houses, lived on country estates, they breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers. What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888. The person responsible was never identified, but the character created by the press to fill that gap has become far more famous than any of these five women.

For more than a century, newspapers have been keen to tell us that ‘the Ripper’ preyed on prostitutes. Not only is this untrue, as historian Hallie Rubenhold has discovered, it has prevented the real stories of these fascinating women from being told. Now, in this devastating narrative of five lives, Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, revealing a world not just of Dickens and Queen Victoria, but of poverty, homelessness and rampant misogyny. They died because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time – but their greatest misfortune was to be born a woman.”

Did those first few lines capture your attention? Did they make you want to read the rest of the story? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Meet the Book Blogger Tag

Hello, reader!

It’s time for another lovely tag. This time, I’ll be doing the Meet the Book Blogger tag, which I was tagged for by the wonderful Becky @ Becky’s Book Blog! Thank you so much for the tag, Becky. I’m sorry it’s taken me forever to get to it 😅 Becky has an incredible blog where she talks about all things bookish. If you haven’t checked her out, you definitely should! And maybe give her a follow when you drop by.

So, as I’m sure you can imagine, this tag will teach you a little bit more about me, your friendly neighborhood McBookNerd! I always love doing tags like these because the questions are usually a lot of fun. This particular one was created by  Samantha and Amber @Bibliomavens. They came up with some great questions, too!

That being said, let’s jump in, shall we?

The Rules:

  • Nominated bloggers can nominate ten other bloggers.
  • Use the same questions from the tag.

The Questions:

Who is your all-time favourite book character?

Okay, so we’re not starting off easy, huh? Ummm… I’m going to go with a recent favorite in an attempt to not talk about the same book for all of these questions 😂 So I’m picking Xiala from Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse! She’s a Teek sailor that is tasked with transporting a “harmless” man across the sea. She’s everything I love in a main character! She’s sarcastic, she’s flawed, and she has a heart that is both bold and caring. I loved all the POVs in this book, but Xiala was far and away my favorite.

If you were stranded on a desert island, which book would you take with you? (Survival books do not count)

Hahahaha, WHY U DO THIS?! This is tough because a lot of books I love are parts of series and there’s no way I’m trying to exist on a desert island with only part of a well-loved series! So now I gotta think of all the standalones I’ve loved… Okay. Okay okay okay. This was a tough decision, but I’m going with The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern for a couple of reasons. One, I adore Morgenstern’s writing, so I don’t think I would ever get tired of reading it. And, two, it’s the kind of book that hits differently each time you pick it up, so I wouldn’t get bored!

What’s your most unpopular book opinion?

Um… hmm. I don’t know if this counts, but probably the way I have my bookshelves set up? Or, rather, the complete lack of organization that is my bookshelves. I just throw the books on there are pray for more room, at this point, lol. The only other thing I can think of is that I’m very lukewarm about fae books. I dunno… they just don’t really capture my interest 🤷🏾‍♀️

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Blog Tour: Oathbreaker by A.J. Rettger

Hello, reader!

It’s my stop on another Storytellers On Tour blog tour today. I’m excited to talk to you about a fantasy novel that captured my attention called Oathbreaker by A.J. Rettger! This book features knights, elves, and a heaping helping of intrigue.

Before I continue, I want to thank the wonderful folks at Storytellers On Tour and the author for providing me with a free e-book in exchange for my participation with this tour! I always appreciate being able to help promote books and that’s especially true for indie authors. Also, if you’d like to visit any of the other stops on this fabulous tour, click the banner below to go to the tour schedule:

Now, let’s get to the post! Oh, and keep reading til the end for a surprise!


“For thousands of years, elves and non-humans alike had lived freely until humans colonized their land and forced them into hiding and subjugation. After years of living as slaves or second-class citizens, the elves rebelled, but their uprising failed, and humans remained victorious.

Mario Deschamps, a new graduate of the Knight’s College, sets off to complete his first deed, an accomplishment that will grant him knighthood and into the ordo equestris. But he has huge boots to fill. His late father, a famous knight and considered the Scourge of Bandits, single-handedly ended the Elven Uprising. Mario’s youthful confidence, vanity, and naivety don’t get him far in the real world, and he quickly finds himself trapped in a political climate where tensions are on the rise and war is inevitable.

In a world filled with monsters, outlaws, bounty hunters, demons, and murderous bandits, Mario is forced to make tough moral decisions. In a world fuelled by violence, hate, and bigotry, things are not as clear cut as he once thought. Lines have been drawn, but to complete his task, he must cross them all. With every choice, the consequences weigh greatly on him, leaving him full of guilt and doubting his path . . . and all the while, in the darkness, someone-or something-is waiting for him to break . . ..

A.J. Rettger weaves an epic tale of politics and prejudice, war and depravity, and legacy and destiny in his action-packed debut fantasy Oathbreaker….”

Book Details

  • Author: A.J. Rettger
  • Publisher: Friesen Press
  • Publication date: November 7th, 2020
  • Genre: Dark Fantasy
  • Age group: Adult
  • Content/Trigger Warnings: Violence, gore, sexual assault, rape, coarse language, torture

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Blog Tour: Things to Do Before the End of the World by Emily Barr

Hello, reader!

I’m back again with another blog tour stop for a tour hosted by The Write Reads! Today, I’ll be talking about a book that caught me off-guard, a YA thriller called Things to Do Before the End of the World by Emily Barr!

But, before I continue, I want to make sure to thank Dave @ The Write Reads, for giving me a spot on this tour and Penguin, for providing the free e-ARC in exchange for my participation. It is appreciated, as always!

Now, let’s get to my stop on this tour!


“A timely and powerful coming-of-age thriller from the bestselling author of The One Memory of Flora Banks.

What would you do when you hear the news that humans have done such damage to the earth that there might only be a limited amount of safe air left – a year’s worth at most?
You’d work through your bucket list, heal rifts, do everything you’ve never been brave enough to do before?

Olivia is struggling to do any of this. What it is she truly wants to do? Who do she wants to be?

Then out of the blue comes contact from a long-lost cousin Olivia didn’t even know existed. Natasha is everything Olivia wants to be and more. And as the girls meet up for a long, hot last summer, Olivia finds Natasha’s ease and self-confidence having an effect on her.

But Natasha definitely isn’t everything she first appears to be . . .”

Book Details

  • Author: Emily Barr
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • Publication date: May 6th, 2021
  • Genre: Thriller/Contemporary
  • Age group: Young Adult
  • Content/Trigger Warnings: To see a full list of this books possible content and trigger warnings, check out it’s page on BookTriggerWarnings.com

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April 2021 Wrap Up

Hello, reader!

It’s time once again for another monthly wrap up. Which makes no sense because didn’t April just start? I swear, I blinked and it was May! This year is already going much faster than 2020 which, hey, I appreciate it. April was a pretty stellar reading month, with most of the books I read being four stars. I even found a new favorite book! I’m excited to share with you all the books I managed to read and some thoughts, so let’s jump right in!

Books Read

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

Book: Karolina Dalca, Dark Eyes by M.R. Noble

Rating: ★★★

Thoughts: I read this book for a blog tour and, for the most part, I had a good time! It was an intriguing and fast-paced paranormal romance that definitely kept my interest! I wasn’t a huge fan of the romance and I would have appreciated a little more world-building, but I still had a fun time reading it. You can read my full review here!

Book: What Beauty There Is by Cory Anderson

Rating: ★★★★

Thoughts: What an absolutely beautiful book! I wasn’t sure what to expect when I went into this novel for a blog tour and I was blown away! This is a dark and enthralling young adult thriller that will chill you to the bones. The writing was my favorite part, it was so lyrical and hit me in the feels. You can read my full review here!

Book: Fireborne by Rosaria Munda

Rating: ★★★★

Thoughts: In April, I was trying to bring my Netgalley ratio back up after getting a bit behind on reviews. Which meant I need to re-read this book because I never got around to reviewing it when I read it the first time. I didn’t mind, though, because this book about two dragonriders with a lot of secrets was incredible! I adored our two main characters, Annie and Lee, and the world-building was *chef’s kiss* You can read my full review here!

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