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.
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.
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!
We’re on the cusp of a brand new week and I thought this would be a great time to check out the new Book Blogger Hop question! I’d forgotten how much I enjoy doing this meme because it’s a chance to just ramble about whatever bookish topic is on the table. And some people come up with the most interesting questions! The one we have this week is case in point…
This is actually a tough one! There have been quite a few books that have made me crave food, but chocolate in particular? The obvious answer would be Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, but I’ve heard some dubious things about him lately, so I decided to dig a little deeper into my read books. And that’s when I remembered the wonderful book Tilly and the Bookwanderers by Anna James!
Though this book doesn’t focus around a magical chocolate factory, it does take place in a magical bookstore. And that bookstore has a cafe that sells some incredible treats! The descriptions of the pastries that Tilly gets to sample honestly had me drooling. Why this book popped into my mind for this question, though, was the hot chocolate. The hot chocolate sounded so good! Just thinking about it right now makes me want a mug 😋
Now I haven’t continued this series, so I don’t know if the wonderful food descriptions are in the later books, but I certainly hope so! I love a book that has such descriptive writing that you can almost taste the brownies as they are described.
And now I want a brownie…
Are there any books or book series that make you crave some chocolate? Let me know in the comments!
Welcome to another monthly wrap up! September was a fairly good month when it comes to reading, though there was definitely a stressful vibe for yours truly. I went into the month with a TBR for the Magical Readathon and thinking I would be okay if I didn’t actually read all the books on it. And then I got really wrapped up in the story that G @ Book Roast created and I needed to complete it! Seeming as I had stuck quite a few bigger books on the original TBR, there were some swaps as the month came to a close 😅 Still, in the end, I enjoyed what I read and I’m happy I completed my revised Magical Readathon TBR.
So, let’s talk about what I read in the month of September!
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Book: The Meeting Point by Olivia Lara
Thoughts: This was such a sweet, fun romance! I loved the beginning of the book, where we get to see the town of Carmel through the main character’s eyes. And I loved the eventual romance that occurred between her and our mysterious Lift driver. You can read my full review here.
Book: Rivers of London: Detective Stories by Ben Aaronovitch/Lee Sullivan (Illustrator)
Thoughts: I jumped back on the ROL graphic novel train last month, starting with this one. Though I’ll forever love these graphic novels for the beautiful art, this one was just okay for me. I think it’s because it was a bunch of little stories about Peter’s work in the force as opposed to just focusing on one. Still, it was a fun and quick read.
Book: The Girls Are Never Gone by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Thoughts: I read this book for a blog tour hosted by TBR & Beyond Tours and I’m so glad I signed up! This was such a creepy, atmospheric read! I loved the writing, the characters, and the fact that this one actually gave me the shivers. You can read my full review here.
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.
It’s time for another round of Down the TBR Hole! I ended last week at a total of 660 books and, somehow, will be starting this round at… 658 books 🤔 I know one of the missing books is because I started reading A Deadly Education, but I have no idea where the other one disappeared, lol. Still, I’m already starting out lower than last week, so this round is off to a good start!
That being said, let’s get to round eleven!
All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
We’re entering thriller territory! Which, though it is the perfect season for some thriller reads, I’m not sure I’ll be keeping this one on the TBR. The premise just isn’t my jam. A girl who has been sexually assaulted is given a drug so that she’ll forget everything. Like… what? No thank you.
Hospital Hill by Katherine Anderson
This thriller, however, definitely has me intrigued! It’s a historical fiction and mystery all rolled up into one. A nurse at an asylum who is weeks away from retirement starts to believe that some of the female patients are being murdered. It sounds like it would be dark with lots of twists. I’m certainly still interested!
Girl in the Red Hood by Brittany Fichter
Though this isn’t a thriller, we’re sticking with the darker vibes. It’s a fairytale retelling of Little Red Riding Hood that seems like it would have a touch of the creepy. Though it sounds interesting, I’ve just learned that it’s the fourth book in a series! So, perhaps if I read the other books, this one will find it’s way back on the list, but… for now…
If you’d like to learn more about any of these books, click on the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page.
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik: This is the only book I’ve started since I’ve last updated y’all, though I don’t think I’ll be finishing it before the end of tomorrow. But it’s got the perfect vibes for going into October, so I guess it works! So far, I’m really enjoying the writing style and the world-building. It’s almost stream-of-consciousness, which I don’t usually enjoy, but I’m vibing with it right now. Hopefully I continue to enjoy it!
Another Monday has arrived, which means that’s time for 5 On My TBR! And there was no way I was missing this one. Why? Because our theme today is all about magical schools! This is one of my favorite bookish tropes, though I haven’t read a ton lately. That just means there is plenty on my TBR from which to choose.
That being said, let’s get to the post!
#1. Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
I can’t talk about books with magical schools (or Wundrous Societies) and not include this book. I fell in love with this series when the Middle Grade Marvels group read as one of our monthly books. I’ve been meaning to continue the story for quite some time, but I just haven’t gotten around to it. I need more Morrigan, Jupiter, and Fenestra!
#2. The Black Witch by Laurie Forest
This book has been on my TBR for quite some time, so I honestly forgot that it was set at a school! The premise captured my interest, but I recall there was some controversy about it that made me put it on the back-burner TBR. Still, a book about a young woman who is trying to get from under the shadow of her famous, witchy grandmother sounds intriguing.
I have another BBNYA spotlight for y’all today! This time, the semi-finalist I’ll be featuring a fantasy that is all about family and secrets: Esme’s Wish by Elizabeth Foster! But before we get into the post, let’s talk more about this spotlight tour and BBNYA in general.
This year, the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award (BBNYA) is celebrating the 65 books that made it into Round Two with a mini spotlight blitz tour for each title. BBNYA is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors, ending with 10 finalists and one overall winner.
If you want some more information about BBNYA, check out the BBNYA Website https://www.bbnya.com/ or take a peek over on Twitter @BBNYA_Official. BBNYA is brought to you in association with the @Foliosociety (if you love beautiful books, you NEED to check out their website!) and the book blogger support group @The_WriteReads.
Title: Esme’s Wish
Author: Elizabeth Foster
Publication date: December 1st, 2019
Age group: Middle Grade
Content/Trigger Warnings: For a list of potential content and trigger warnings, check out this book’s page on BookTriggerWarnings.com
Guess who just had her best reading month (both in quantity and quality) in August?? Yup! This girl! Not only did I read a whopping 16 books (!!), but I read not one, not two, but four 5 star reads! Let’s take a moment to appreciate this because it won’t be happening again 😂 I have to give props to the Trope-ical Readathon and my competitive nature for bumping them numbers, lol. Though I didn’t finish all the books on my TBR, I read more prompts than I ever have before! After a kind of lackluster July, I’m happy that August really brought its A game. I read so many incredible books (and a couple of duds…) and found a couple of new favorites.
But enough chit-chat, let’s get to what I read in August!
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Book: The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch
Thoughts: The Rivers of London readalong continues and, this time, I went with an audiobook! Which, I have to say, I really loved. The narrator was top-notch! This is a novella that I quite enjoyed, especially since we get to see a lot of Abigail. She’s quickly becoming one of my favorite characters in this series.
Book: The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Thoughts: This one hurt, I have to say. This was one of my favorite books when I was younger. The adventure! The love story! I remember falling for this book so hard. And then I re-read it with TWR book club and yiiiiikes. The fatphobia! The sexism! It was just… not it. Nostalgia is the main reason this got a two star instead of a one. I think I’ll just stick with the movie 😅
Book: The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo
Thoughts: And then came my first five star read of the month! My goodness, this book was incredible! This is the first book in the Singing Hills Cycle and it completely captured my imagination. Nghi Vo has beautiful writing that pulls you into the story in the best way. I loved the cleric and their talking bird and I loved hearing Rabbit’s story. This book made me want to read everything Nghi Vo ever writes!
It’s time for another The Write Reads blog tour! This time, I’ll be talking about a debut middle grade fantasy that absolutely captured my imagination: Fireborn by Aisling Fowler! I had so much fun reading this and now I’m extra excited to talk about it.
But, before I get to the review, I want to thank Dave @ The Write Reads, the publisher, Harper Collins, and Netgalley for providing me with a free e-ARC in exchange for my participation with this tour. As always, it is very much appreciated!
Now, let’s get to the post 😁
“Lyra. Lucy. Percy. Once in a generation, a hero emerges whose story enthralls readers worldwide.
Fireborn is an epic quest, perfect for fans of the His Dark Materials and The School for Good and Evil series, that will spin readers into a magical world like no other–and introduce them to an unforgettable new heroine named Twelve.
Ember is full of monsters.
Twelve gave up her name and identity to train in the art of hunting them–so she says. The truth is much more deadly: she trains to take revenge on those who took her family from her.
But when Twelve’s new home is attacked, she’ll find herself on an unexpected journey, where her hidden past is inescapably intertwined with her destiny–and the very fate of her world.”