#5OnMyTBR – Cozy


#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!

I hope you’ve had a great Monday so far. I’m currently sitting at my son’s soccer practice and enjoying the beautiful weather. We’re at the beginning of Fall, so it’s not too cold and not too warm. Just perfect! Soon, we’re gonna get into the colder weather, though, and that means cozy times. Which makes today’s 5 On My TBR topic very apropos because we’re talking all about cozy books!

I do love a cozy read, so I have quite a few on my TBR. It made picking just five quite a chore, but I got there! So let’s jump on in.


#1. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

I figured I would start with a classic. If this book is anything like the movie I loved as a kid, then it is the definition of ‘cozy’. I loved this movie when I was a kid and I watched it whenever I needed cheering up. That is part of what makes a book cozy to me, so I’m hoping this one has that same feel.


#2. A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers

Becky Chambers is one of the authors I immediately think of when I think of cozy reads. The first book in this series features a tea monk that travels around bringing comfort to people. It was one of the coziest books I’ve read in awhile! I’m hoping that this book is more of the same. I really need to get to this one soon because I’m in the mood for a book that’s gonna give me all the good feels.

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Sundays In Bed With… The Midnight Guardians by Ross Montgomery


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!

I hope you’re having a wonderful Sunday. I’ve spent the weekend celebrating my best friend at her bachelorette party, which consisted of chilling at a hotel pool and getting drunk 😂 It was great times! Now, however, I’m ready to relax and recharge before the impending work week. That means it’s time to curl up with one of my current reads!


My Sunday Read Is…

The Midnight Guardians by Ross Montgomery

This is such a cute middle grade fantasy! There is a lot going on in this book. There’s a Spirit World, imaginary friends that come to life, and a frightening bad guy that gives me the chills. And it’s all set on the backdrop of WWII, so there are definitely some intense moments. Still, it’s wonderful watching Col fight for his sister and his friends as he goes on this adventure. I love the Guardians and can’t wait to continue this story!

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Book Blogger Hop: Sep 23 – 29


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 reread a book? If so, why did you decide to reread it?

Submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer.

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First Lines Friday #62


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!

Happy Friday! For this week’s First Lines Friday post, I’m featuring a fantasy sequel that I have been eagerly anticipating. It’s got a gorgeous cover and I’m hoping the insides match the outsides! Now it’s time to see if the first few lines can get me even more pumped.


The Line(s):

“The bones are buried deep, white against the velvet dark water.


The Hints:

This is a young adult fantasy that is the sequel to one of my top reads last year.

The cover is even more stunning than the first book!

Two words: Black. Mermaids.


The Reveal:

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Encanto Book Tag


Hello, reader!

It’s been a minute since I’ve done a book tag, hasn’t it? Let me remedy that real quick and do one that speaks to my Disney-loving soul! The Encanto Book Tag is exactly what it sounds like… a tag focused on the songs of the incredible Disney movie, Encanto. How many times have I seen it? Probably too many. How many times have I cried while watching it? Pretty much every time 😂 It’s a beautiful movie and the songs are absolute perfection, so this was an easy choice when looking for a tag to do today!

Before I jump in, I want to thank Danni @ _ForBooksSake for tagging me! You should definitely check out her blog if you’re a fan of thrillers. Even if you aren’t, Danni’s blog is a great, bookish spot on the internet! This tag was originally created by Passport To Eden.

With that said, let’s get to it!


The Family Madrigal

Name a book that explores multiple family generations

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray

This is a book I don’t talk about often, but one I thoroughly enjoyed. It’s a contemporary novel about a group of sisters who return home after their parents are arrested. There’s drama, there’s heart-wrenching emotion, and there’s a lot to unpack. It’s all told in such a tender way, though, that you can’t help but love it.


Waiting On A Miracle

What Is A Book You Enjoyed But Took Longer Than Expected To Finish

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

I ended up giving this book five stars because it was absolutely incredible. And yet it took me months to read it! Sure, most of those months I wasn’t actively trying to read it. I got distracted by blog tours and review copies. Once I buckled down and devoted my attention to this book, though, I knew it was something special. Definitely worth a read!


Surface Pressure

Name A Character Who Has To Do It All

Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

Gwen Proctor is probably one of the more badass characters I’ve read recently! I suppose, in the end, she doesn’t do everything by herself, but for most of the book she is struggling to keep herself and her kids hidden and safe all on her own. It’s freakin’ intense! I think Gwen would relate to this song on a deep, personal level, haha.

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WWW Wednesday: Sep 21, 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

  • This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone: I picked this book up because I needed a quick read involving time travel. Now I’m mad that I never thought to read this book before because, y’all, it has me in a chokehold. I need Blue and Red to meet each other and run away together immediately. The tension! The banter! The weirdly hidden missives! Also the audiobook is *chef’s kiss* A++.
  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: I have literally only read a few pages so I can’t give you a firm grasp of whether or not I’m liking it. I will say that I’m loving the format! I always forget how much I love mixed media format until I pick up a mixed media book. Again, I haven’t read enough to give a true update of how I feel about it, but I’m getting good vibes so far.
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Down the TBR Hole #41


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 y’all had a great Tuesday. It’s almost 8:30 pm here in Massachusetts and I just got home from work. So, to wind down, I figured why not do a Down the TBR Hole post? I’ve got a posting streak going on and I don’t want to break it! Also, I’ve been, err, acquiring books on the TBR recently. Not a lot! I’m still at around 700 books on my ‘Want to Read’ shelf (701 books, to be exact), but I know I’m going to be adding more and more as 2023 releases get announced.

That said, let’s get to trimming!


Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson

I’ve wanted to read a Swanson mystery for awhile and this one is at the top of my list. But I’ve heard it also contains spoilers for some mysteries that I haven’t read yet. I definitely still want to read this, though, as it centers around books. So I guess it gets to stick around for now. Unless I read another Peter Swanson and find I don’t enjoy his writing 🤷🏾‍♀️

Verdict: Keep


Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison

Hahaha, I don’t even remember adding this book to my ‘Want to Read’ shelf. Which happens more frequently than it should. According to the synopsis, this is a thriller set at a boarding school. There’s lies and popular kids and it sounds… kind of dull. I have so many thrillers on my TBR that I don’t have room for ones that don’t get me excited when I read the synopsis. So this one has to go.

Verdict: Remove

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#5OnMyTBR – Borrowed


#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!

I hope everyone has had a great Monday. Mine has been especially busy, which is why I’m just now sitting down to write this post. After rushing around and feeling kind of crabby, I was pumped to find out that the 5 On My TBR prompts had been updated! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done one of these posts and I have to say, I’ve missed them.

Today’s prompt is borrowed books which I honestly don’t have any I can think. Mostly because I avoid borrowing books from friends because I take forever to read them. So I’m going to pick five books that I would love to borrow from my library some time soon!


#1. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

This is a book that has been on my TBR for years. It’s also a book by an author that I’ve never read from before. I don’t always do this, but when I think about, I do like to try authors out before I commit to having them on my shelves. So for this book, which definitely intrigues me, but not enough to buy it, I’m definitely going to get it from my local library. Ya know, when I can remember I want it and not get distracted by the shiny, new books right at the front of the building, haha.

#2. Flamefall by Rosaria Munda

This is the second book in the Aurelian Cycle series, which is criminally underrated! I mean… I’ve only read the first book, Fireborne, so I suppose I don’t know if the entire series is underrated. All I know is that the first book was incredible and no one ever seems to talk about it! That being said, I don’t own the first book and I don’t need to be buying an entire series any time soon, so this seems like a good ‘borrow from the library’ choice. Then, if I love this one as much as I love the first, I’ll probably cave and get the whole set 😂

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Sundays In Bed With… Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card


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!

Happy Sunday and I hope you’re having a relaxing one! The family and I are about to head out to go apple picking for my birthday because I grew up in the Midwest and apple picking is one of my favorite fall activities! There’s also the promise of delicious apple cider donuts, so I’m excited 🤤 Once we get back, though, I plan to spend the rest of the day curled up with a book!

The book I’ll be reading today is a classic that I somehow managed to get through all of my school career without reading. I’ve already started it and, I have to say, I’m having a great time! Now it’s time to tell you more about it.


My Sunday Read Is…

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

First of all, can I just say I had no idea that this was the start to a series? I always thought this book was a standalone! That makes me a little nervous because now I know all this tension and angst won’t be wrapped up at the end of this novel. At least I’m enjoying all the drama in the meantime, though, haha. This book is, first and foremost, a character study and I am absolutely loving it. Ender is such a fascinating character and what he’s being put through is awful. Maybe it’s because I used to be in the military, but I am not at all surprised by the tactics these officers are using to make him “the best of the best”. I’m eager to watch it blow up in their faces. (Please let it blow up in their faces…)

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Book Blogger Hop: Sep 16 – 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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What are your favorite characteristics of a main character?

Submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer.

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