Book Blogger Hop: May 8 – 14

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


I currently use one that seems to be a mainstay for a lot of bloggers: WordPress. I’m going to be honest, I didn’t really shop around the various different platforms before setting up my blog. I had heard of WordPress frequently, most of the blogs I already read were on WordPress, and I was constantly seeing ads for it everywhere! Once I finally got off my butt and decided to Do The Thing, WordPress was the first place I went.

Currently, I’m making do with the free version and I’m enjoying the experience, so far! But, again, I have absolutely nothing with which to compare it 😅 I enjoy the ease of setting up blog posts and, if I have questions, I can typically find an answer pretty quickly from fellow bloggers. Because, again, just a TON of bloggers use WordPress and have been using it for a lot longer than I have.

Will I one day expand beyond this platform? Perhaps get a paid subscription? Or leave WordPress entirely? Who knows 🤷🏾‍♀️ But, for now, it works for me just fine!

Book Blogger Hop: Mar 27 – Apr 2

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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Sooooo… I have three bookshelves and a box filled with books that should have gone on my fourth bookshelf. That got broken during our cross-country move and I still haven’t replaced it. I have to get ready for work, so I don’t have time to get a picture of all of the bookshelves, so I had to pick one. Seeming as I’m trying to focus on reading my owned books this year, I decided to go with my TBR shelf.

There it is in all it’s over-burdened glory! I will say that the stack on top to the far right have been read. There just isn’t any room on my other bookshelves to move them, atm 😅 And I’ve read The Merciful Crow, but I wanted to keep that pretty edition in my bedroom so I could just gaze at whenever I felt the urge, lol. Other than that, every book on that shelf is a book I haven’t read.

Yikes.

And let’s not talk about the books I have downloaded to my Kindle app and the audiobooks waiting for me on my Audible account. I’m pretty well-stocked for this whole COVID-19 situation, at least when it comes to books!


How many bookshelves to you have? Have you read all the books on your shelves? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Goodreads Monday: Feb 10, 2020

Goodreads Monday

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by Lauren’s Page Turners and I stumbled across on The Pine-Scented Chronicles. It’s a simple task to start your week: simply pick a random book from your Goodreads TBR and explain why you want to read it. Easy!

This Week’s Book

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

Goodreads Synopsis:

Tyrants cut out hearts. Rulers sacrifice their own.

Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, but when her beloved father is murdered, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of an unstable kingdom. Determined to find her father’s killer, Hesina does something desperate: she engages the aid of a soothsayer—a treasonous act, punishable by death… because in Yan, magic was outlawed centuries ago.

Using the information illicitly provided by the sooth, and uncertain if she can trust even her family, Hesina turns to Akira—a brilliant investigator who’s also a convicted criminal with secrets of his own. With the future of her kingdom at stake, can Hesina find justice for her father? Or will the cost be too high?

In this shimmering Chinese-inspired fantasy, debut author Joan He introduces a determined and vulnerable young heroine struggling to do right in a world brimming with deception.

Why I Want To Read It:

I’m gonna be honest, the reason I wanted to read this originally was because the first Booktuber I ever started watching, Sassenach the Book Wizard, would not stop talking about this book! She raved about it and declared more people needed to read it so that the author would write a sequel. When someone loves a book so much that they are begging for a sequel, it definitely piques my interest.

That’s not to say that I didn’t find the premise interesting, of course! Political intrigue in fantasy settings is one of my favorite things! The fact that it was Chinese-inspired had me even more intrigued. And there is a strong female lead coming into her own as a young woman (and new empress)? Yes, please!

I’ve also been wanting to fit more Asian influenced stories and Asian authors on my TBR. I know I read a LOT of white authors and that’s not saying that I should stop, but I definitely need to be more conscientious of reading diverse books. I’ve already discovered a few amazing reads by diverse authors that I would’ve missed out on if I hadn’t been consciously trying to pick up books by POCs.

Now I just need to get off my butt and actually read this book!

Book Blogger Hop: Feb 7 – 13

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!

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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 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!

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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!

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My 2020 Reading Goals

2020 Main Reading Goal

It’s the end of December and the new year is knocking at the door. As happens every year, I’ve been reflecting about this past year and what I want to get out of next year. 2019 was the year that I really got back into reading. The year before, I could barely get through a book because my mind was just all over the place. In 2019, I actively decided that I wanted to rediscover my joy of reading and, I have to say, it has been a wonderful reading year! I read a lot of amazing books this year, I discovered the online bookish community, and I’m back to being excited by books!

Now that I’ve rekindled my love of the written word, I’ve decided to shift my focus for the next reading year. Our move this summer forced me to look through all my books and I realized just how many books I own that I haven’t even read. I filled an entire bookshelf with just unread books! And there’s still a box of books that I haven’t unpacked because one of bookcases was broken during the move, so there could be more unread books in there! Therefore, for 2020, I’ve decided my focus will be on digging into my owned TBR.

So what does this mean in practice? This means that I will only be reading books that I already own, whether that be physical books, e-books, or audiobooks. I will also be placing myself on a *dun dun DUN* book buying ban. The only way that I will be acquiring new books will be through Book of the Month club because I just can’t cancel my subscription, I love it too much! I will be limiting myself to limiting myself to picking one book and not getting add-ons which is gonna be freakin’ HARD, but I’m gonna try! The plan is that, by the end of the year, at least half of the books on my TBR bookshelf will no longer be unread. I want to make a significant dent in my owned TBR and I think I can do it!

Reading Challenges

Keeping in mind that I want to focus on reading books that I already own, I do want to attempt a couple of reading challenges, as well. First, I’m excited to do the PopSugar Reading Challenge again! I attempted this challenge in 2019 and did… okay? I finished quite a few of the prompts but kind of stopped keeping track so now I have no idea how many I actually finished, lol. But now ya girl has a blog where it will be much easier to track her challenges, so that shouldn’t be a problem *wink* The prompts can be seen below:

I’m also participating in the #StartOnYourShelfathon hosted by The Quiet Pond. It’s a readathon that is literally perfect for my 2020 reading goal! The purpose of the readathon is to focus on reading books that you already own. They can only be books you haven’t read before, though. No re-reads allowed! If you want to learn more about the #StartOnYourShelfathon, check out my post about it or head over to The Quiet Pond to get the real inside scoop.

I’m also planning on doing the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge for 2020. I found out about this challenge when I was browsing reading journals on Amazon and came across the one made my Book Riot for the 2019 Read Harder Challenge. I, however, didn’t realize that it was for 2019 and bought it, so I suppose if I finish the prompts for 2020, I can attempt the 2019 prompts as well, lol. For a list of the prompts, click here. It will take you to the website were you can get a downloadable and editable PDF of all the challenge tasks!

2020 Side Goals

In addition to my main goal, I do have a couple of side goals I would like to focus on for next year. The first side goal I have is to focus on my ARCs and reading them in a timely fashion. I’ve gotten so behind and I really want to bring my Netgalley rating back up. Not to mention the fact that I feel so privileged for being able to receive these ARCs that I feel equally guilty when I don’t read and review as soon as I should. So I’m going to focus on finishing/reviewing ARCs before their release date or, barring that, at least within the month they are released.

My next side goal is to utilize my local library more often. When we lived in New Mexico, our library was a nice little place, but the selection was less than stellar. Though I still used the library, I started relying more on buying books to get to ones I really wanted to read. When we moved, one of the first things I did was go to our local library and get us a card. I don’t know what I was expecting, but I know my expectations were low. Thankfully, my expectations were blown out of the water! The selection at our new library is OUTRAGEOUS! And they are part of a larger library network so even if they don’t have a book, they have no problem getting it. It’s amazing! That being said, I want to utilize the library more for books that I would usually buy, especially new releases. I do plan on keeping a list of books that I really loved and buying once my self-imposed ban is lifted, but this will be a good way to stick to my goal, support my local library, and still read the new books I want to read. It’s a win-win-win!

And my last very, very, VERY side goal is to try and read at least one classic a month. I say it’s a very side goal because classics and I don’t tend to get along very well. I want to try and change that, but I also don’t want to throw myself into a rut by trying to force my way through a book just because it’s a “classic”. What I’m going to attempt to do is pick out classics that are recommended to me by people who’s tastes I trust. Maybe then I can avoid picking anything up that will bore me to tears. I also won’t be upset if I don’t meet this goal, but I definitely want to give it a try!

Alright, that’s all my goals for 2020! I think it’s just the right amount of ambitious and I’m really excited to start cutting down on my owned TBR. I see a bright reading year up ahead!

Do you have any reading goals for 2020? Let me know about them in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Book Blogger Hop: Dec 27 – Jan 2

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!

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WWW Wednesday: Nov 27, 2019

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?

Current Reads

Fireborne by Rosaria Munda

So, I think I’m abandoning The Bone Ships, for now because I just… can’t with that book at the moment. I’ve decided to move on to another Netgalley book dealing with dragons and, so far, it is WAY better! I’m already hooked and I’ve just started! Hopefully this will get me out of my reading funk. And, bonus, I’ll check one more book off my Netgalley backlist.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

My library hold came in for the audiobook of Cinder. I’ve been wanting to check out this series for a long time, but it was always passed over for other books. I figured getting the audiobook from the library would be a good way to finally start reading the Lunar Chronicles. And then I’ll know if I want to continue!

Recently Finished

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I tore through this book and discovered that I am as much a fan of YA thrillers as adult ones! This kept me guessing until the very end!

What’s Next

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

This one got bumped up the list because on of my Goodreads groups chose this as the adult BOM and the group read starts December 2nd. So it’s time to dive into this dark and twisty tale! Not that I’m complaining.

I do still plan to start The Starless Sea and The Deep, but they will probably be read later in the month. And then, maybe… I’ll give The Bone Ships another shot. We shall see.

Anyways, have y’all read any of these books? What were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday!

And, as always, happy reading!