Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a meme where you get to flail about whatever upcoming book you’re excited to read. Though it is generally a new release, it certainly can be any book that’s on your TBR! This meme is currently hosted by Wishful Endings and it’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.
It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Can’t Wait Wednesday post, hasn’t it? I’d thought I’d switch it up this week! And then, as soon as I had this thought, I realized there really aren’t a lot of my most anticipated 2021 releases that aren’t already out. It seems like not a lot of books get published in the tail-end of the year. Well… at least not a lot of books that have ended up on my Want to Read shelf.
But then I remembered that one of my most anticipated sequels has yet to be released! I loved the first book when I read it in 2020, so much so that as soon as it was available, I pre-ordered the second one. Which is saying something because I don’t pre-order a lot of books. I really should, though… it’s like a little present to future-Kerri 😂 This particular present features:
World-changing magic ✨
Complicated relationships 💔
A beautiful, African-inspired setting 🌍
The book I’m talking about is…
🚨 WARNING!! 🚨 If you have not read the first book in this series, A Song of Wraiths and Ruin, this synopsis WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS! So you might wanna skip it.
Welcome to another lovely Monday! Or, if it’s not so lovely, welcome to end of another Monday! I’ve just had a long day at work and now I’m ready to unwind with a book. Before I get to that, though, it’s time for another 5 On My TBR. I’m actually pretty excited about this week’s theme. It’s monsters living among us, which has been left open to interpretation. Which means I’m gonna play fast and loose with it 😂
That being said, let’s see which five books from my TBR I can pick out!
#1. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
I suppose this is more so a person living among monsters… but I told ya I was playing fast and loose! I love Neil Gaiman’s writing and I seem to be a particular fan of his middle grade. That’s why I’ve been dying (see what I did there?) to read this creepy tale about a boy who is raised by ghosts. There’s something about a dark and spooky middle grade that I just love. I’m sure this book with be no exception!
#2. Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
We’re going with a more human monster with this one. This is the first book in the Hannibal Lecter series and Hannibal, if you didn’t know, is a cannibal. He’s also a respected forensic psychiatrist before people realize that he’s also a serial killer with a taste for his fellow humans. So I think that qualifies as “living among us”. Either way, I’m intrigued to see how his story, and this series, begins.
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!
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We’ve arrived at the end of the week, which means it’s time to kick back, relax, and enjoy another First Lines Friday post! This time, I’m bringing you one of my most anticipated reads of 2021. It releases next Tuesday and I’m participating in a blog tour for it (hosted by TBR & Beyond Tours!) on Friday. I’m so excited to start this one this weekend cause I feel like I’m gonna love it.
That being said, let’s see if the first few lines can make me even more eager to read!
“Once upon a time, on the coldest night of midwinter, in the darkest heart of the forest, Death and Fortune came to a crossroads.
They stood tall and unfathomable in the glass-smooth snow, Death in her shroud of pyre-smoke and shadows, and Fortune in her gown of gold and bones. More than that cannot be said, for no two souls see Death and Fortune the same way; yet we all know when we meet them.”
This is a dark retelling of The Goose Girl fairytale.
It is written by the author of The Merciful Crow duology.
The cover is giving me all the wintery folktale vibes and I’m LOVING IT!
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.
Today, I’m doing another round of Down the TBR Hole! At the end of round twelve, my Goodreads Want to Read shelf had been (re)narrowed down to 654 books. Where am I standing currently? 655 books. Only one added! It’s some kind of miracle 😂
I think we’re diving into the part of my Goodreads TBR that I genuinely remember adding all the books I’m coming across. Which makes me wonder if the amount I remove is gonna start dropping. After all, if I remember adding the book, it’s probably because I added it for a good reason, right? Of course, I’m sure there will be some that I’m just no longer interested in after adding them years ago. We shall see!
Now, let’s get into round thirteen.
Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
Though I remember adding this book, I certainly didn’t remember the synopsis! Upon reading, however, I know this one will be staying. A book about characters from all the plays acted on stage that are bound to a magical theater? And it more than likely has various references to the works of Shakespeare? Sign me up! This sounds absolutely magical.
Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey
This is one of those books that I was interested in at one point, but the interest has waned. It sounds like it could be epic, featuring an courtesan assassin who discovers a plot that could change her entire world. But I’m really not looking to start yet another series and this book is… not small. She thicc. So, I might pick this up at some point in the distant future, but, for now…
Around the World in Eighty Days with Michael Palin by Michael Palin
If you’d like to learn more about any of these books, click on the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page.
The Book of Uriel by Elyse Hoffman: I’m reading this book for a tour hosted by The Write Reads. It’s a historical fantasy set in Nazi occupied Poland. I can say that it doesn’t shy away from the brutality of WWII, that’s for sure. It’s dark and frightening, but I’m really enjoying what I’ve read of the story. It’s a quick read and the plot is interesting. I’m also loving all the references to Jewish culture. The writing can be a bit repetitive, but, so far, I’m having a good time.
Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart: I have an embarrassing amount of books that I’m in the middle of reading, so I’ve made a decision that I need to get through them before starting anything new. Not including blog tour books, of course! This book is the oldest one I’ve started and had finished, which makes me sad, honestly. I was so hyped for this book and it’s just… so… slow! I’ve heard it gets better in the second half, so I’m gonna push through and see.
Yadriel, a young trans teen desperately trying to prove himself as a brujo, accidently summons the recently deceased spirit of the local bad boy, Julian, and must figure what is behind his sudden loss of corporeal form.
“Why do you have to prove anything to anyone?”
“It’s just how it is, how it’s always been. In order for them to let me be a brujo—”
“You don’t need anyone’s permission to be you, Yads”
As we are firmly settling into the fall season, I thought this would the perfect time to do the Fall Bucket List Book Tag! Not only does it remind me of all the things I love about this season, but I get to talk about books at the same time. Win-win! This tag was created by Read With Tiffany and it looks like a lot of fun.
First, I have to say thank you to itsKoo Reviews for tagging me! Definitely go check out her blog when you get the chance. Not only is it beautiful (love the colors!), but there’s always something interesting to read.
Alright, let’s jump in!
Light a Scented Candle – A Book That’s Lighthearted
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell/Faith Erin Hicks (illustrator)
This works doubly because not only is it light-hearted, but the fall vibes are immaculate! It is set at a pumpkin patch, after all. This was such a cute, fun read that left me aching for a chill in the air and a warm drink in my hand. The end was fairly predictable, but I still found myself loving every moment of this. It helps that the art is gorgeous!
Drink Pumpkin Spiced Lattes – A Book That Has a Lot of Hype
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
The hype was real for this book. So much so that I was nervous going into it. Well… that and the fact that I had heard about how brutal this book could be. I was happy when this story not only lived up to the hype, but surpassed it! I still haven’t finished the series because I’m just not ready to part with these characters 😩 I also suspect it’s going to rip my heart out…
Go Apple Picking – A Book That Has Fun Friendships
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
I loved Cassidy’s relationship with her ghostly BFF, Jacob, in this book! And, once again, we have a read that fits well with the fall theme. It was spooky and atmospheric and incredible! The highlight, though, was definitely the friendship Cassidy and Jacob share and seeing how much they care about one another. That and the copious amount of ghosts.
As you may or may not have picked up on, I’m participating in a relaxed readalong for the Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch. I had honestly never heard of this series before one of the TWR gang suggested this readalong, but the premise pulled me in. It’s a police procedural and a fantasy all wrapped up into one incredible package!
I’ve been thoroughly enjoying this series, but I’m woefully behind on my reviews. Which is why I’m doing another installment of my mini reviews! Let’s go ahead and dive in.
The first book in the Rivers of London series was a great starter. I loved getting to know Peter Grant, our sarcastic main character who is a PC for the Metropolitan in London that discovers that magic is very real. Not only is magic real, but there’s an entire division of the Met that is dedicated to taking care of “the weird stuff”. I mean… there was only one person assigned to the unit before Peter, but it still exists! The build up of this world that is very like and unlike our own was wonderful and definitely got me invested in the series.
Though there is a lot of set up in this book, it still has a gripping plot that completely sucked me into the book. I also loved the characters though I will admit that I found Peter a tad frustrating in this first story. Not to the point where I thought he was annoying or anything. No, I was just worried about his reckless self, lol. Peter’s tone of voice makes this story such a fun and engaging read. And the magical elements gave it an ominous feel that I love!
As first books in a series go, this one was pretty stellar.
If you’d like to learn more about any of these books, click on the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page.
Lord Edgware Dies by Agatha Christie: That’s right, I’m finally reading the Poirot book I was supposed to read last month 😂 Our boy Hastings is in this one and I always tend to enjoy Poirot books more when he’s around. There were two different racial slurs on page 20, so that was a yikes, but I’m still having a good time. Will I guess whodunit? Probably not but I’m gonna enjoy the ride!
The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah: I remember when this book came out and was floating around in my periphery. I was intrigued, but ended up never picking it up. Now I’ve signed up for a blog tour for the second book, so I figured it was about time I read this one, right? I’m currently listening to the audiobook and loving it! The descriptions of this underwater London are otherworldly and so vivid, I can picture myself there. I’m eager to finish this one and move on to the next.
It’s time for another 5 On My TBR though not on my usual day. I had a blog tour stop yesterday and I like those posts to have their own 24 hours on the blog before posting new stuff. Thus, the 5 On My TBR was pushed back to today! The theme for this week is books with characters in their 20s. Ngl, I had to look up a Goodreads list to see what books on my TBR featured 20 year olds 😂 And who knows how accurate it is, but I’m sticking with my choices!
That being said, let’s see what’s made the list!
#1. Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
I’ve been meaning to read this book for quite awhile. Why haven’t I read it yet? Mostly because it’s in a genre that is very hit or miss for me. It takes a lot for me to really love a contemporary, but I think this book has what it takes! I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews, but I’m eager to follow Queenie’s journey as she tries to figure who she is and who she wants to be. Also, I freakin’ love the cover!
#2. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Sticking with the orange theme, here’s a book that has been on my TBR for a long time for a very different reason. I mean, she thicc and I’m scared. But, there are dragons, sooooo… I’ve heard so many great things about this book and I do love the fact that it’s a standalone. I have so many series going right now, y’all, I don’t need another one in my life. Still, I’m excited to get to this one once I can suck it up and get over the page count.