Down the TBR Hole #17

It’s time for a new round of Down the TBR Hole! This is where I go through my Goodreads ‘Want to Read’ shelf and do a bit of cleaning up. If you want to see the full description of what this post is all about, check out my first round HERE.


Hello, reader!

It’s been an eventful weekend, so this post is coming to you a little later in the day. My best friend took me to see Hadestown and now I’m kind of obsessed 👀 It was incredible! And then I had to go into work today and I am a tired bean. But not too tired to do another round of Down the TBR Hole!

Let’s see… last round, we ended with 643 books on my Want to Read shelf. Currently, I’m sitting at… the exact same number! How am I accomplishing this feat of self-restraint?! And can I apply this to other aspects of my life? That aside, let’s see if I can pare down this number even more.


A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Even though I’ve yet to read any Sherlock Holmes, this reimagining sounds like something I could love. We’re following the great-great-granddaughter of Holmes himself as she does some detective work of her own. It sounds intriguing, and I actually own a copy, so it definitely gets to stay.

Verdict: Keep


Hanover House by Brenda Novak

I’m fairly certain this isn’t the only Brenda Novak novel on my Want to Read shelf. Having read the synopsis, let’s hope the other one can capture my interest more. I mean, this sounds like a decent thriller, but it doesn’t sound like my cup of tea. Better luck next time!

Verdict: Remove


The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

I remember adding this book because it was a friend’s favorite childhood book series. And then I found out there was a magical pig involved. It’s frankly shocking that I haven’t already read this! This is an older fantasy series, so who knows how it’s held up to time, but I’m certainly still intrigued.

Verdict: Keep

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Book Blogger Hop: Nov 12 – 18

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

What is your favorite part about the book blogging community?

Submitted by Julie @ Stepping Stones Book Reviews.

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First Lines Friday #25

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! We’ve made it to the end of another work week. Well… unless you work this weekend. Then, I feel your pain. How ’bout I try and cheer you up with a First Lines Friday post! The book I’m featuring today is one I’m actually in the middle of reading. I’m part of a blog tour for it and, so far, it’s incredible! I was immediately sucked into the story from page one.

Now, let’s see if the first line is enough to pull you in, as well.


The Line:

“I respect a good checklist, but I’m beginning to think my mother went overboard.”


The Hints:

This is a young adult thriller…

… by the “Queen of Teen Crime”…

… and is billed as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off but with murder.


The Reveal:

Click the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page

Goodreads Synopsis

“Ivy, Mateo, and Cal used to be close. Now all they have in common is Carlton High and the beginning of a very bad day.

Type A Ivy lost a student council election to the class clown, and now she has to face the school, humiliated. Heartthrob Mateo is burned out–he’s been working two jobs since his family’s business failed. And outsider Cal just got stood up…. again.

So when Cal pulls into campus late for class and runs into Ivy and Mateo, it seems like the perfect opportunity to turn a bad day around. They’ll ditch and go into the city. Just the three of them, like old times. Except they’ve barely left the parking lot before they run out of things to say…

Until they spot another Carlton High student skipping school–and follow him to the scene of his own murder. In one chance move, their day turns from dull to deadly. And it’s about to get worse.

It turns out Ivy, Mateo, and Cal still have some things in common. They all have a connection to the dead kid. And they’re all hiding something.

Now they’re all wondering–could it be that their chance reconnection wasn’t by chance after all?

From the author of One of Us Is Lying comes a brand-new pulse-pounding thriller. It’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with murder when three old friends relive an epic ditch day, and it goes horribly–and fatally–wrong.


Did that first line capture your attention? Did it make you want to read the rest of the story? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

The Greek Gods Book Tag

Hello, reader!

Today, I’m bringing you a book tag that I’m so excited to do! I’m a big fan of Greek mythology (any mythology, really) and a big fan of book tags, so the Greek Gods Book Tag is the perfect combination for me. I’m hoping you have as much fun reading it as I do writing it!

First, I want to thank the lovely Erika @ And On She Reads for the tag ❤ Erika is an incredible blogger who writes fabulous bookish posts. You should definitely go check out her blog when you get the chance.

Alright, let’s get to the post!


The Rules:

  • Pingback to Zuky here so she can read all your posts!
  • You can use her graphics if you like, but you don’t have to if you don’t want to.
  • Tag as many people as you want, but please share the love.

The Prompts:

Zeus, King of the Gods: Your favorite book

This is an unfair question! How am I supposed to just pick one?! To play along, I’ve decided to pick one of my favorite books that I’ve re-read the most: Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko. It’s a beautiful story with lush world-building and a main character you can’t help but love. The fact that the main character is an idealistic Black young woman certainly helps! I love this story and am always eager to fall back into the world of Aritsar, so this gets the top spot for now!

Hera, Queen of the Gods: A badass female character

The main character from Little Thieves by Margaret Owen immediately came to mind! Vanja is the goddaughter of Death and Fortune, a unrepentant thief, and a young woman bent on living her own life. She’s such an incredible character and I loved watching her work! Her growth throughout the story was wonderful to see, as well.

Janus, Good of Beginnings: Your favorite debut(s)

I’ve read a lot of fantastic debuts lately. I decided to go with one that I just read this year: The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna. This book blew. my. MIND! It was a stunning novel that felt like I was reading a movie. It’s vibrant, action-packed, and features a strong, Black character growing into her own. I absolutely loved this book and I can’t wait for the sequel!

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WWW Wednesday: Nov 10, 2021

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

  • You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus: When The Write Reads sent out tour sign-ups for the newest McManus book, you know I jumped all over that! I’ve loved every thriller she’s ever written and, so far, I’m loving this one, as well. She has a way of building her characters where I connect with them almost immediately, even if I don’t particularly like them. And I’m already curious about what is going on in this more murder-y take of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: I’m re-reading this for the book-club-that-isn’t-a-book club and, y’all, I forgot how much I love this book. I mean, I knew it’s one of my favorites. It was so good that I added Erin Morgenstern to my “favorite authors” list on the strength of this book alone. But I forgot just how incredible and immersive this story is! I’m falling in love all over again and I ain’t mad about it.
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October 2021 Wrap Up

Hello, reader!

Now that we are solidly into November, I figured it was time to do my October wrap up. October was a pretty decent reading month, though my lack of horror reads is truly disappointing! Still, there were quite a few books I read that had proper spooky vibes, so I’m not too mad about it. I also picked up and finished a duology that I has been on my radar for awhile and I loved it. And I read a new favorite that will most likely end up in my top ten books of the year, so bonus!

That being said, why don’t we dive into my wrap up.


Books Read


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

Book: Shadow-Stained by Rachel Hobbs

Rating: ★★★

Thoughts: I read this book for a The Write Reads blog tour. I enjoyed my time with it, though it didn’t blow my mind. It was a paranormal romance that did slow burn in the best way. I also loved Drayvex, the main male character who was a sarcastic legend. You can read my full review here.


Book: Lord Edgware Dies by Agatha Christie

Rating: ★★★

Thoughts: Slowly catching up with an Agatha Christie readalong I’m participating in with some bookish friends! I do enjoy her Hercule Poirot stories, though I always have to remind myself of the time period they were written in. Especially when two separate racial slurs are dropped on one page. Still, this was an interesting mystery and I loved the twist.


Book: The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah

Rating: ★★★★

Thoughts: I read this book because I was on a blog tour for the sequel. It had also been on my TBR for a minute since watching a rave review about it. I think this is an underrated YA gem! I had such fun reading this exciting and beautiful book. And I enjoyed the sequel just as much!

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#5OnMyTBR – Grey Cover

#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 the beginning of another week and time for another 5 On My TBR! The theme this week is books with grey covers. I honestly can’t think of many books I own with grey covers, but there were certainly plenty on my Want to Read shelf. So here are five that I’m super excited to get to. Eventually 😅


#1. Deity by Matt Wesolowski

I’ve really been enjoying the Six Stories series. This is the fifth book and, if it’s anything like the others, I’m sure it’ll be a twisty ride. I really want to listen to at least one of this books as an audiobook because I’ve heard great things about them! Perhaps I’ll try it with this one. I’m so glad this series was picked for a book club because I probably would never have read it otherwise.

#2. Shiver by Allie Reynolds

This cover is probably more white in person… but it looks grey on Goodreads, so I’m counting it! I received this thriller in an Once Upon a Book Club box. I still haven’t read it, but I’m eager to get into not only the story, but the goodies included in the box! This is the perfect time of year to read this one, too, since it’s set in the French Alps.

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Down the TBR Hole #16

It’s time for a new round of Down the TBR Hole! This is where I go through my Goodreads ‘Want to Read’ shelf and do a bit of cleaning up. If you want to see the full description of what this post is all about, check out my first round HERE.


Hello, reader!

I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. I had to work both Saturday and Sunday, so I’m just getting a moment to sit down and do my Down the TBR Hole post! Prepare yourself for a shock, though. Last round, I ended with 647 books on my Want to Read shelf and I’m currently sitting at… 646 books. I know, surprising, right? I’m not sure how I managed to reduce the amount of books on my TBR (albeit only by one, lol), but I’m fairly certain that won’t last long.

That being said, let’s get into round sixteen!


Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard

Buckle up, y’all, because I apparently went on a non-fiction adding spree back in 2016. Which is strange because I’m not a huge fan of non-fiction. Case in point, this book doesn’t sound appealing at all. I think the “medicine” in the title is what caught my interest? Maybe? Whatever it was, it’s doing nothing for me now.

Verdict: Remove


The Killer of Little Shepherds by Douglas Starr

This, however, sounds fascinating. I’m a big fan of true crime and forensic science, so this sounds like my perfect non-fiction! I want to know all the nitty-gritty of how forensic science got its start and this seems like a good book for that. It has decent ratings, as well, so my interest is still piqued.

Verdict: Keep


Missoula by Jon Krakauer

I’ve read non-fiction by this author before, which is why I originally added this to my TBR. I enjoy how he approaches writing about his topics because it doesn’t read like a textbook. The other reason I added this was because of the topic. I’m intrigued to see how he handles such a sensitive subject.

Verdict: Keep

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Book Blogger Hop: Nov 5 – 11

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

What is your least favorite social media app, and why?

Submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews.


When I first read this question, I thought it was going to be a tough one.

Then I remembered that Facebook exists.

Don’t get me wrong, I still have and maintain my Facebook, but it is solely to keep in touch with my family. We’re scattered throughout the States and none of us are really big on phone calls. So I have my Facebook to share photos of the kids and keep up with my family. To be fair, there are also a couple of groups that I follow, mostly bookish ones. And one for Lore Olympus because I’m obsessed with that Webtoon.

But I don’t like Facebook. I don’t like their lack of customer service. I don’t like their seemingly arbitrary blocking/flagging rules. And I especially don’t like their CEO.

That being said, the only social media I use religiously (too much, actually…) is Twitter and it’ll probably stay that way for a long time 😂

First Lines Friday #24

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!

We’ve made it to another Friday and, for once, I don’t have a blog tour post to share. You know what that means? We’re doing First Lines Friday! Today’s featured book is one I snagged from the library recently. I’ve heard so many great things about it and have been curious, so when I spotted it in the new book section, I had to grab it!

Now, let’s see if the first few lines can grab my attention.


The Line(s):

“A boy is coming down a flight of stairs.
The passage is narrow and twists back on itself. He takes each step slowly, sliding himself along the wall, his boots meeting each tread with a thud.”


The Hints:

This book is an award-winner, having won the Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2020 (among others).

It’s a historical fiction where The Bard himself makes an appearance.

The title is interchangeable with my favorite Shakespeare play.

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