#5OnMyTBR – Translated

#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!

Welcome to the beginning of another week! The beginning of the week means it’s time for another 5 On My TBR post. This week’s theme focuses on translated books and I found that I have a lot more translated books on my TBR than I thought I did! I’ve always wanted to try and read more translated books, so it’s good to know I already have a few on the TBR from which to choose.

Now, let me show you which five made the list!


#1. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

This has been on my TBR for quite awhile because of a few reasons. The main reason, though, is that it’s a classic. If you’ve been around my blog for awhile, you’ll know that I have a strained relationship with classics, haha. Still, the premise is so intriguing that it stays on the TBR. I even bought a copy, so I’m clearly planning on reading this! Eventually… I’m hoping that I love this once I get around to reading it.

#2. Beartown by Fredrik Backman

I’ve only read one book by Fredrik Backman but that book made me want to read his entire backlist. I love his writing so much! At least, I love his writing in A Man Called Ove. I’m hoping that style carries over to the rest of his backlog! I have quite a few Backman books on my TBR, but Beartown is definitely the one I want to read the most. I’ve just heard so many great things about it and I’m excited to give it a go.

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Sundays In Bed With… The Dark Matter of Natasha by Matthew R. Davis

Sundays in Bed With… is a meme that dares to ask you what book has been in your bed this morning and is hosted by Midnight Book Girl. Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed with, or which book you wish you had time to read today!


Hello, reader!

It’s been quite the Sunday here. Our water heater is leaking so no hot water until it can get fixed. Should make showering tomorrow morning fun 😅 That is why this post is coming a little later in the day! Or evening, as it were.

Still, with all the headache today, I did manage to squeeze in some reading time. Let me tell you more about the book I’ve been toting around today.


My Sunday Read Is…

The Dark Matter of Natasha by Matthew R. Davis
I’m reading this for a blog tour hosted by The Write Reads. This novella is the definition of dark. The first chapter had me wondering how I was gonna feel about this book. Not gonna lie, I came out wondering WTF was going on 😂 As I’ve continued reading, though, I find myself completely absorbed by what is happening. I’m more than likely going to finish this one up before I climb into bed because I’m just so invested in the story! Look out for my review on the 22nd.

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Book Blogger Hop: Jun 17 – 23

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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Do you post your reviews before publication day or what until close to or on the publication date? 

Submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews.

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First Lines Friday #49

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 (I cheat a little bit here *cough*)
  • Finally… reveal the book!

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


Hello, reader!

We’ve made it to Friday and I, for one, am super happy about it. Things have been chaotic in the McBookNerd household and I need a couple of days to destress. In celebration of the weekend, let’s do another First Lines Friday post! The book I’m featuring this week is a library find that pulled me in with the cover and had me check it out after reading the synopsis.

Now, let’s see how the first few lines grab me!


The Line(s):

“My head is throbbing again, a white-hot line of pain from the back of my skull down to the right side of my jaw, and a dead man is signaling me from across the common room.”


The Hints:

This is a horror novel where space is heavily featured.

It follows a beacon-repair crew who stumble upon an incredible find.

It sounds like it’s going to be perfectly terrifying!


The Reveal:

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Down the TBR Hole #32

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’m back to try and trim my ridiculous TBR! Okay, it’s not that bad. I mean, if I read one book off my TBR a day, it would only take me a little under two years to clear it all 😅😂 That’s if I don’t add anymore books and we all know that’s not gonna happen. I’m currently sitting at 715 books on my Goodreads Want to Read shelf which is the same amount I ended with last round! I’m pretty proud that I didn’t add anymore in the interim.

Now, it’s time to trim it down a bit more!


Pop Travel by Tara Tyler

I know exactly why I added this book to my TBR. It was for a Popsugar Reading Challenge prompt years ago. Do I actually have any interest in this science fiction novel? Not in the slightest. The premise is alright, but it certainly doesn’t capture my interest.

Verdict: Remove


Bitter Harvest by Ann Rule

One day, I’m going to read an Ann Rule novel. One day! But that novel probably won’t be this one. I already have The Stranger Beside Me on my TBR and I’m far more interested in that one. I think, until I decided whether I like her writing style, I’ll stick with one of her books on my TBR. I can always add this back if I end up loving her style!

Verdict: Remove


Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This book sounds like it would be incredibly moving. It follows two Nigerians who leave their home country, one going to the USA and one heading to London. It follows their struggles and, then, their reunion years later. I feel like I would enjoy this one and I want to give it a chance.

Verdict: Keep

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WWW Wednesday: Jun 15, 2022

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

  • Fevered Star by Rebecca Roanhorse: I’ve finally started my most anticipated read of the year and, so far, I’m loving it! It’s just as gripping as the first installment, though I do find myself rolling my eyes already when I come to certain POVs. I gotta give them a chance! I’m hoping to love this one as much as I loved Black Sun. It seems promising so far!
  • The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec: I’ve only read the first chapter or so of this fantasy, but I’m already enjoying the Norse vibes. I can’t say much else about this yet as I haven’t gotten a real feel for it. So far, it’s caught my interest and makes me want to read more, so that’s good! Here’s hoping it continues to be as interesting as it is right now.
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ARC Review: Oneyka and the Academy of the Sun by Tọlá Okogwu

Title: Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun

Author: Tọlá Okogwu

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

Content/Trigger Warnings: Bullying, emesis, blood

Rating: ★★★★

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

Goodreads Synopsis

Black Panther meets X-Men in this action-packed and empowering middle grade adventure about a British Nigerian girl who learns that her Afro hair has psychokinetic powers—perfect for fans of Amari and the Night Brothers, The Marvellers, and Rick Riordan!

Onyeka has a lot of hair­—the kind that makes strangers stop in the street and her peers whisper behind her back. At least she has Cheyenne, her best friend, who couldn’t care less what other people think. Still, Onyeka has always felt insecure about her vibrant curls…until the day Cheyenne almost drowns and Onyeka’s hair takes on a life of its own, inexplicably pulling Cheyenne from the water.

At home, Onyeka’s mother tells her the shocking truth: Onyeka’s psycho-kinetic powers make her a Solari, one of a secret group of people with super powers unique to Nigeria. Her mother quickly whisks her off to the Academy of the Sun, a school in Nigeria where Solari are trained. But Onyeka and her new friends at the academy soon have to put their powers to the test as they find themselves embroiled in a momentous battle between truth and lies…

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#5OnMyTBR – Title Starting With ‘H’

#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!

Happy Monday to y’all! I’m currently waiting to do some hazardous waste training (THRILLING), so I figured I had time to do a quick 5 On My TBR post. Especially since this week’s theme is a pretty easy one. I had to find five books with titles that start with ‘H’ and that took no time at all! In fact, I spent more time paring my list of books down to five than I did finding them on my TBR, haha.

That being said, let me show you which books made it to the list!


#1. His Majesty’s Dragons by Naomi Novik

This choice wouldn’t work in the UK, as I’m fairly certain it’s just called Temeraire across the pond. Thankfully, and for reasons unknown, the US decided to go with a different title! I’m a big fan of Naomi Novik’s writing and have been wanting to try this alternate history series for ages. I mean… there are dragons! Why wouldn’t I want to read this? I’ve heard not many things about this series, but what I have heard has been great! I’m looking forward to picking this up eventually.

#2. His Hideous Heart edited by Dahlia Adler

This short story anthology mixes two of my favorite things: Edgar Allan Poe and retellings! I’ve always loved Poe’s macabre stories, so an anthology centered around retellings of said stories seems up my alley. I’m rather hit or miss when it comes to short story collections. It’s a mixture of feeling very lackluster about some stories and loving others but wanting more. Still, if a perfect anthology for my tastes existed, this would probably be it!

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Sundays In Bed With… Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun by Tọlá Okogwu

Sundays in Bed With… is a meme that dares to ask you what book has been in your bed this morning and is hosted by Midnight Book Girl. Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed with, or which book you wish you had time to read today!


Hello, reader!

After working last weekend, I’m being particularly lazy this lovely Sunday! So I thought I would tell you about what book I’ll be spending my Sunday curled up reading. This is a middle grade novel that I got as an ARC and have been eager to pick up! I’ve only just started it, but already, I’m finding myself drawn into the story.

Now, let me tell you more about my book for this lazy end of the weekend.


My Sunday Read Is…

Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun by Tọlá Okogwu

This middle grade fantasy is all about a young girl who discovers that her Afro hair contains superpowers. It’s billed as Black Panther meets X-Men, so I was pretty much immediately on-board. It’s also set in Nigeria and I do love books set in Africa. This promises a lot of Black Girl Magic and seems like a great book to kick off summer. Plus, I promised my son he could read it after I was done because he fell in love with the cover. I gotta get through it before he steals it 😂

Goodreads Synopsis

Black Panther meets X-Men in this action-packed and empowering middle grade adventure about a British Nigerian girl who learns that her Afro hair has psychokinetic powers—perfect for fans of Amari and the Night Brothers, The Marvellers, and Rick Riordan!

Onyeka has a lot of hair­—the kind that makes strangers stop in the street and her peers whisper behind her back. At least she has Cheyenne, her best friend, who couldn’t care less what other people think. Still, Onyeka has always felt insecure about her vibrant curls…until the day Cheyenne almost drowns and Onyeka’s hair takes on a life of its own, inexplicably pulling Cheyenne from the water.

At home, Onyeka’s mother tells her the shocking truth: Onyeka’s psycho-kinetic powers make her a Solari, one of a secret group of people with super powers unique to Nigeria. Her mother quickly whisks her off to the Academy of the Sun, a school in Nigeria where Solari are trained. But Onyeka and her new friends at the academy soon have to put their powers to the test as they find themselves embroiled in a momentous battle between truth and lies…


What are you reading this Sunday? Are you enjoying whatever you are reading? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Book Blogger Hop: Jun 10 – 16

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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Have you ever forgotten to post a review?

Submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer.

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