Book Blogger Hop: Jan 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

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If I saw a stranger reading a book that I had read and loved, I would have a full and in-depth conversation with them!

…In my head.

Though I can be a bit of a chatterbox, I tend to only be that way around people I know. I have to be comfortable before I really open up. And though I love talking about books and especially about books I love, I’m not brave enough to just dive into a conversation with a complete stranger.

Also, I absolutely HATE being interrupted while I’m reading and I can only imagine other readers are the same way.

Now, if the stranger is the one that initiates the conversation, then that’s a different story. Basically, as long as I don’t have to make the first move and I don’t feel like I’m interrupting, then I’m totally down for long book conversations with randos!

Book Review: The Starless Sea

Title: The Starless Sea

Author: Erin Morgenstern

Genre: Contemporary fantasy

Source: Purchased (local bookstore)

Rating: ★★★★★

Book Links:

Amazon::B&N::Indiebound::Goodreads

One Sentence Synopsis

Zachary Ezra Rawlins, a young college student who enjoys books and video games more than the company of most people, comes across a very real story from his past in an ancient looking book of fairy-tales.

Favorite Quote

“Not all stories speak to all listeners, but all listeners can find a story that does, somewhere, sometime. In one form or another.”

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WWW Wednesday: Jan 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 Tenant by Katrine Engberg: Yup, still reading this one. I’ll have it done by tonight but it has been a bit of slog, tbh. Which, considering it’s a murder mystery, is quite the let-down.

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins: I’ve just started this book and have been enjoying the writing. Unfortunately, I’ve recently learned about a lot of controversy surrounding this book. Many reviewers have brought up the fact that there is bad representation of Mexico and immigrants. They’ve also brought up that there are so many own voices books out there that are being ignored while this book is getting all the press. I plan on finishing it because I did get it for free in exchange for an honest review, but I’m definitely reading it with a more critical eye.

Recently Finished

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Well Met by Jen DeLuca: Y’all, this was the cutest thing I’ve read in awhile! Which, I guess isn’t saying much since I don’t tend to read romances, but still! My curiosity about the genre has been growing lately and I finally decided to give it a go. I’m so glad I started with this one because it was delightful and fun and just the perfect amount of steamy. If this is what I’ve been missing by avoiding reading romance, then I can’t wait to dive into more!

What’s Next

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert: Another romance I’ve been wanting to give a go. I plan on starting it once I’m done with all my ARCs! Also, it’s due back to the library soon, soooo….

Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire: I mean, it’s a miracle I didn’t devour this book as soon as I picked it up at the library. I’m really trying to focus on the ARCs, but I’m dying to finally read this one!


What are you reading this week? Anything so incredible you can’t stop thinking about it? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Time for a Library Haul!

In my effort to read more of my owned TBR, I have been spending a lot of time on my library’s app putting books on hold!

…Wait.

Look, I have a problem and the first step is to admit it *shrug*

A side effect of spending too much time on my library’s app is that I now have a stack of library holds that all came available around the same time, heh. So I figured, why not do a library haul! I’ve quite a mix of books in there and I’m excited about all of them.

The Stack

Click the cover to go to the book’s Goodreads page

Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren: In my random quest to delve into a genre I don’t often read (adult romance), I decided to check out one of the big names in romance, Christina Lauren. And what better way to start than with their insanely popular 2019 release? Two people who hate each other end up sharing a super romantic honeymoon in a tropical setting. Sounds like it’s going to be a wild ride!

Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire: Definitely the most exciting book in my stack! This is the next installment in the Wayward Children series which features children returning from portal worlds and trying to readjust to the real world. Or, more accurately, trying to find a way back to their true homes. I’m mostly excited because my favorite character, Jack, is back!

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert: Another romance that I’ve been wanting to read after reading/hearing several rave reviews! Honestly, this book is probably the reason that I decided to give romance a shot. The fact that it took FOREVER for my hold to come in tells me there may be something to all the hype! The story of a young black woman living with a chronic illness who decides to live it up after a near-death experience. It sounds like there’s a lot to love in this book!

After the Flood by Kassandra Montag: Honestly, the only reason I picked this up was because Jesse over at Bowties & Books has been raving about it in many of their videos. I love their reviews (so damn smart and funny!) and I’ve been interested in trying one of their faves, so when I spotted it on display at the library while picking up my holds, I snagged it. It sounds intense: the story of a mother risking it all to find her eldest daughter while also taking care of her youngest in a world transformed by rising floodwaters.

Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia: Have you ever read a synopsis that ticks almost all your boxes and just knew you had to read the book ASAP? That is what happened when I stumbled upon the Goodreads page for this book. A citywide treasure hunt? Check! Set in Boston with clues inspired by Edgar Allan Poe? Check! A “rag-tag” crew? Check! References to The Westing Game, my childhood favorite?! ALL THE CHECKS, GIVE ME THIS BOOK!


Do any of these books sound interesting? Have you read any of these? Which should I pick up first? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Book Blogger Hop: Jan 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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WWW Wednesday: Jan 15, 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 Tenant by Katrine Engberg: I just started this mystery and I’m still feeling it out. One of the detectives in our case-cracking duo is annoying af, but I’m only on Chapter 4, so maybe I’ll adjust to her abrasiveness? Hopefully?

Well Met by Jen DeLuca: I’ve been randomly interested in checking out a genre I don’t often pick up, which is romance. Especially contemporary romances. A lot of Booktubers I watch were talking about this book last year and I was intrigued. It involves a Reniassaince Faire, too, so at least I knew there was going to be something I would enjoy. So far, I’m really enjoying it!

Recently Finished

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As you can see, 2020 has really kicked off with a bang! So many four star reads and my first favorite of the year! Though, let’s be honest, I knew I was going to love The Starless Sea. I would have been pretty bummed if it was anything less than at least four stars. I’m glad it lived up to my expectations!

I haven’t done a review for The Starless Sea yet, but you can find my reviews for A Heart so Fierce and Broken and Nameless Queen by clicking here.

What’s Next

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins: I’m FINALLY going to pick up American Dirt! I’ve been wanting to read it since I got the ARC, but other books kept edging it out. But it’s releasing next Tuesday, I believe, so it is firmly at the top of the list!

Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren: Continuing my exploration into adult romance, I’m gonna give this one a go. Christina Lauren is one of the most talked about authors in romance and this one seemed pretty popular last year. It’s also due back to the library soon, heh.


What are y’all reading this week? Any recommendations for my new foray into the romance realm? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Book Reveiw: Nameless Queen

Title: Nameless Queen

Author: Rebecca McLaughlin

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publication Date: Jan 7th, 2020

Source: e-ARC (Netgalley)

Rating: ★★★★

Book Links:

Amazon::B&N::Indiebound::Goodreads

One Sentence Synopsis

Coin, a thief and grifter from the lowest class of Seriden society, the Nameless, suddenly finds herself queen when she inherits a magical tattoo.

Favorite Quote

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

“When you tell the truth, don’t ever look down. Don’t be ashamed and don’t be afraid. The truth isn’t something you control. It’s something you live with, and if you want to let it make you stronger, it has to be something you own.”

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In Other Words #8

Hello, book lovers! It’s been a bit since I’ve done one of these. Mostly because I was recovering from the holidays, lol. It’s a new year and, so far, it’s looking to be a good reading year! Before I start rambling on, though, let’s take a look back at my posts from this past week.

Last Week’s Posts

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Book Blogger Hop: Jan 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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