#5OnMyTBR – Royalty

#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!

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We’ve made it to the last Monday of March and that means it’s time for another 5 On My TBR! First, can we talk about how we’re almost done with March? Unlike March 2020, that took fifty years to be over, this one has flown by! It’s almost April and I’m just not ready, lol.

You know what I am ready for, though? Talking about five books featuring royalty that are on my to be read pile! (My transitions are smooth like butter 😂) There were quite a few I had to choose from, so I’ve picked five that I’m most likely to pick up sooner rather than later. So let’s see which books have made the list!

#1. A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth

Imma be honest and let you know I didn’t really know there was royalty involved until I read the synopsis. I got a beautiful copy of this book from Illumicrate and I really want to read it, lol. It works for this list, though, because one of the main characters is a fae prince and another is the outcast of the royal fae family! Which already sounds like a recipe for d r a m a. The author also shared a song playlist for the book which makes me want to read this even more!

#2. King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

Nikolai is one of my favorite characters from the Grishaverse, so it only makes sense that I would be excited to read a book centered around him. Of course, I say I’m excited and, yet, I haven’t even bought the book 😅 Probably because I haven’t read Crooked Kingdom either and I want to read that one first. Yeah… I’m terrible, I know! But, once I finally get myself in gear, I can’t wait to read about Nikolai as he maneuvers about being a king.

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#5OnMyTBR – Green Covers

#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!

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I’m back with another 5 On My TBR post! Today, we’re going to be focusing on books with green covers. I wasn’t sure if I would have a lot of green books from which to choose… at least none that immediately popped into my head. A lot of the covers I gravitate towards are either blue or black. Blue being my favorite color and black just being kind of ubiquitous on book covers, lol. After going through my TBR, however, there were a lot more than I was expecting! Here are the five that I’ve chosen as the ones I’m most excited to read. Let’s jump in!

#1. The Queen’s Gambit by Beth Brower

We’ll start this list with a fantasy novel that has been on my TBR for an embarrassing amount of time. So long, in fact, that I completely forgot what it was about 😅 It seems like it’s a classic fantasy tale of a kingdom at war with a leader who has to make tough choices. Throw in an enemy soldier who defects but may or may not be a spy and it sounds like something I’m going to enjoy! It also has an average rating of 4.36 on Goodreads, which is pretty impressive! I should pick this one up sooner than later.

#2. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This is probably the greenest of the green books on this list, lol. It’s also one of the ones I’m most excited to read. I’ve only read one book by Taylor Jenkins Reid, but I absolutely loved it. And I’ve heard nothing but incredible things about this one. It focuses on the titular Evelyn Hugo as she recounts her life story to a young journalist. There’s drama, there’s romance, and it has a LGBT aspect! It sounds like something I’m going to really enjoy.

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#5OnMyTBR – Mythology

#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!

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We’ve arrived at another 5 On My TBR Monday and I’m super excited about this one! Why? Because this week’s theme is mythology! I love mythology from all different cultures and I especially love mythological retellings. They are some of my favorite stories, so you can imagine that there are quite a few on my TBR. It was difficult picking just five to highlight today, but I’ve chosen the five that I’m the most eager to pick up. They are all retellings of or inspired by mythology from a variety of cultures and I can’t wait to read them!

#1. Star Daughter by Shevta Thakrar

I’ve been wanting to read this YA fantasy inspired by Hindu mythology for quite some time. I have to be honest that the cover drew me in first. I mean… just look at it! But the concept sounds like it would make for such a great story. A young woman who is part human, part star, has to appeal to her celestial mother to save her human father. I want to see how that unfolds!

#2. Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

I’ve had this adult fantasy on my TBR for quite some time. Since it was first announced, in fact! It is inspired by African mythology and sounds incredibly intriguing. There is a hunter who is contracted to track down a mysterious boy and finds himself entangled with a strange group along the way. I’ve heard it’s rather dark and to definitely check trigger warnings before going in. I’m looking forward to checking it out for myself.

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#5OnMyTBR – Retelling

#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!

Welcome to March! I do love when a month begins on a Monday. I don’t know why, it just feels ✨right✨. Today, I’m doing another 5 On My TBR because there was no way I was skipping this week’s theme. Why? Because we’ll be discussing five retellings on my to be read pile! I love retellings! It’s probably my second favorite trope after books about books. That means that I have tons to choose from, lol. After shifting through my TBR, though, I’ve picked out the five that I’m the most eager to read.

#1. The Wrath & the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

This is a retelling of One Thousand and One Nights that I’ve been eager to read for quite some time. I’ve read one book from this author before that I really loved and I love the concept of this! A woman that is seeking revenge on a prince and keeps in his good graces by telling him stories every night. It sounds like it’s going to be an intense time and I can’t wait!

#2. Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim

I’ve recently discovered that The Count of Monte Cristo is, perhaps, my favorite classic that I’ve ever read. So, when you pitch me a Monte Cristo retelling that stars a woman and is sapphic, you know I’m going to want to read it! This book sounds incredible! I know the sequel is set to come out this year, as well, so I now I can pick it up without having to worry about waiting too long for the conclusion. Give me all the revenge plots, yas!

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Trope-ical Readathon 2021 TBR

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If you’ve been around the blog for any amount of time, you know I’m not one for monthly TBRs. I’m a mood reader (when I haven’t overbooked myself on blog tours 😅) and rarely stick to a reading plan throughout the month. The exception to this rule is when I’m participating in a readathon, which is brings us to the reason for this post. Today, I’ll be sharing my TBR for the Trope-ical Readathon! I participated in this last year and had such a great time! This will be occurring throughout the month of March and I’m so excited to participate again 💖

The Trope-ical Readathon was created by the awesome Jenny @ JenJenReviews and her partner, Rob. It’s focused around reading books that fit into certain bookish tropes. This is also a team-based challenge, where you chose a side and earn points to try and bring your team out on top! The five teams you can chose from are:

  • Team Romance
  • Team Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Team Mystery/Horror/Thriller (the best team *coughcough*)
  • Team Contemporary/Literary/Historical Fiction
  • Team Non-Fiction/Poetry

Each team has a team book and team challenges and there are general challenges, as well. For all the relevant information, check out the Trope-ical Readathon info page!

The Challenges:

As mentioned above, there are five teams that you can chose to join when you register. I have stuck with my choice from last time and will be reading for Team Mystery/Horror/Thriller. The team books and challenges for the winning team *wink* are:

Note: All the challenge images were created by Jenny @ JenJenReviews.

Team Challenge 1: Read a book with the “Haunted House” trope
Team Challenge 2: Read a book with the “Whodunit” trope
New Team Book: The Obsession by Jesse Q. Sutanto
Old Team Book: Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones

To add to the individual team challenges, there are also 13 general challenges that you can read for extra points. The common challenges are:

  • Absent/Dead Parent(s) Trope: Read a book where the MC’s parents are either absent throughout the book or have passed away prior to the start of the book. Alternatively, read a book that has more than one “parent” (i.e. multiple authors).
  • War Setting Trope: Read a book centered around the theme of war. This works for real wars (like WWII) or for other types of wars (like ones you find in fantasy). Alternatively, read a book that you can use as a weapon. I.e. a book that is over 500 pages.
  • Small Town Trope: Read a book that takes place in a small town. Alternatively, read a book with a small (i.e. one-word) title.
  • Coming-of-Age Trope: Read a book where the protagonist goes through a process of self-discovery. Alternatively, (re)read a book that shaped who you are as a person/reader.
  • Dystopia Trope: Read a book that takes place in a dystopia. Alternatively, read a book that someone else has chosen for you.
  • Blast from the Past Trope: Read a book where the MC encounters someone from their past. Alternatively, read a book written before the year 2000.
  • Mixed Media Trope: Read a book that includes letters, texts, emails, etc. Alternatively, listen to an audiobook.
  • Artificial Intelligence Trope: Read a book that features an AI. Alternatively, read an ebook.
  • Boarding School Trope: Read a book that takes place in a boarding school. Alternatively, read a buddy-read with your friend(s).
  • Enemies to Lovers/Enemies to Friends Trope: Read a book that involves enemies learning to love/like each other. This includes hate-to-love/like as well. Alternatively, read a book that you previously DNFed.
  • Multiple POVs Trope: Read a book told through multiple points-of-view. Alternatively, read a book with multiple characters of color.
  • The New Kid in Town Trope: Read a book where the MC(s) have just moved to a new place. Alternatively, read a genre you don’t usually read.
  • Retelling Trope: Read a book that is a retelling. Alternatively, read a book that has been adapted to a TV show and/or film.
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Down the TBR Hole #8

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.

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It has been a minute since I’ve done a Down the TBR Hole post, hasn’t it? So let’s try not to judge me too harshly when we see the current state of my Goodreads ‘Want to Read’ shelf 😅 Last round, I ended with 615 books on my TBR. Since then, we’ve started an entire new year and the news about shiny, new books has been hitting me left and right! How am I to resist when there are so many fantastic sounding books just waiting to find their way onto my shelf? Well… at least my virtual one… #bookbuyingban.

That being said, there are now 628 books on my TBR and I’m sure that number will only grow over the coming months 😂 So let’s see if we can rein it in just a smidge by going through some of the books that have been hanging out there for what feels like eons. It’s time for round eight!

The Giver by Lois Lowry

I feel like I’m one of the few people that got through school without having to read this book. Not that I was assigned this book and never read it. I saved that for Dickens *glares at Great Expectations* No, I just never had an English class where this was require reading. The premise sounds interesting, though, and it’s only around 200 pages. It hits the sweet spot where I’m just intrigued enough and it’s just short enough, that it gets to stay on the TBR.

Verdict: Keep

Not on Fire, but Burning by Greg Hrbek

I have no idea why I added this book to my TBR. Having read the synopsis… I still have no idea why I added this book. For something that sounds like it could be a groundbreaking, genre-bending tale, the synopsis left me feel very meh. I dunno… it just doesn’t appeal to me and I can’t really put my finger on why. But, as it stands, I think it’s time for it to go.

Verdict: Remove

The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō

Look, the only reason this book gets to stay is because

  • I own it
  • I would, at some point, like to get my s*** together

This book seems like it could potentially help me with that later point, lol. Also, it’s super short, so why not?

Verdict: Keep

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#5OnMyTBR – Challenging Reads

#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!

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It feels like the weekend sped by, didn’t it? We’ve come to another Monday, which means it’s time for another 5 On My TBR! And today we’re talking about books that have been dogging my TBR for months, if not years. We’re talking about the chonky classics, the non-fiction novels, and all the challenging reads that have found their way to my to be read shelf. Well… not all of them. Just the five 😉

#1. It by Stephen King

This chonky classic horror novel has been on my TBR for longer than I can remember, tbh. I avoided it for a long time as the original movie scared the crap out of me when I was a kid! But, as I got more into reading horror, I knew that I wanted to read this. One day, at least. The main thing I fnd challenging about this book is it’s sheer size! It’s thicc and I never feel like I’m in a good place to dedicate that much time to reading through it. I’ll get to one day, though! Perhaps this year for Halloween?

#2. My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

In contrast, this contemporary novel is a fairly new addition to the TBR! I was intrigued by the premise and have heard a lot of great things about this book since it was released last year. The reason I consider this a “challenging” read isn’t because of it’s size, though. It’s because this sounds like it’s going to make me hurt. The story of a young woman coming to terms with the fact that she was groomed by her teacher definitely doesn’t make for light reading, I’d imagine. This is something you want to check trigger warnings for before diving in!

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WWW Wednesday: Jan 20, 2021

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

  • A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison: This is the January pick for Middle Grade Marvels and I’m so glad that it won the poll! I’ve been wanting to read this book for quite some time and now I get to read it with a bunch of great, bookish people 💕 So far, I’m really loving this book and especially our three main characters. I do love a book with a good family dynamic and the three Widdershins sisters are wonderful! I’m also enjoying that this book is a bit darker than I was originally anticipating. It makes for a great reading experience!
  • The Unadjusteds by Marisa Noelle: I’m reading this book for a blog tour hosted by The Write Reads cause I can’t say no to Dave 😂 I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this one beyond the fact that it was sci-fi and was being compared to The Hunger Games. So far, I can definitely where that comparison comes from! This is super fast-paced and I’m enjoying the ride!
  • The Darkwater Bride by Marty Ross: In attempt to actually listen to the many audiobooks I have downloaded through Audible, I randomly picked one and started listening. Thus discovering this interesting dramatization! I’m enjoying the story, so far, but the best thing about this book is definitely the cast. They are doing an incredible job! The main female character kinda makes me want to shake her, but perhaps that urge will lessen as the story goes on.

Recently Finished

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
  • The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang: I started the year with a strong one, y’all. Well, I technically started this in 2020, but I finished it in early January. And it was so gooooood 😭 I don’t know if it hurt me as much as The Poppy War, but it certainly made me want to fight a few characters! The writing was just as incredible and immersive as the first book. Now I just have one more book is this amazing trilogy to read and I’m nervous, y’all. It promises nothing but pain and I’m willingly gonna read it, lol.
  • Fly Free by Allison Rose: I read this book for my first blog tour of 2021! This one was with Storytellers on Tour and I found myself enjoying this interesting faerie story. It has a lot of politics and a lot of intrigue, which I really enjoyed. I wish there we delved a bit more into the magic of the world, but I still found myself having a good time. You can read my full review here!
  • Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert: My first romance of 2021 (a genre I’m slowly dipping into) and, y’all, I loved it so much! This was just as cute, if not cuter, than the first book in the series, Get a Life, Chloe Brown. I think I loved it even more because both of our main characters are bookish in one way or another and just, yes, give me more. It also had the perfect amount of steaminess for me. I can’t wait to read about the last Brown sisters love story in Act Your Age, Eve Brown, which comes out sometime this year.
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie: This was our Write Reads gang book club pick for January (well… one of them) and reading this with the group was so much fun! I super didn’t guess who the murder was and I think it was very cleverly wrought. The ending left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth, but this was still an intriguing read. It made me want to read more Christie, that’s for sure!

What’s Next

  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie: Speaking of wanting to read more Christie… I may have joined in a readalong because I have no self controoooool 😂 Honestly, though, I want to read more books with the ridiculous genius that is Poirot and now I have people to read along with me! I think it will make the experience that much more enjoyable.
  • Wench by Maxine Kaplan: This is a book I’ve been wanting to read for awhile and I was lucky enough to be accepted for the TBR & Beyond Tours blog tour for it! It features a tavern wench fighting to keep control of the tavern where she’s worked since she was a child. There’s a quest, there’s magic, and it sounds like it will be a Medieval good time! I’m highly looking forward to reading it.

That’s it for another WWW Wednesday! What have you read recently? What are some books up next on your TBR? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

#5OnMyTBR – White Cover

#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!

Happy Monday and Martin Luther King Jr day for those in the United States. I’ve spent the day with my family, playing with our puppy and generally relaxing as much as possible. It’s been really nice taking time to just unwind. Now it’s time to get to my 5 On My TBR post for the day! This week’s theme focuses on books with white covers. I have a surprising amount of white books on my TBR, so picking out five that I wanted to feature was… a bit tough, lol. But here are five books on my TBR with white covers that I can’t wait to pick up!

#1. The Burning God by R.F. Kuang

This one is kind of a no-brainer. After being destroyed in 2020 by The Poppy War and starting 2021 being destroyed by The Dragon Republic, this book is very high on my TBR! Because I like pain, apparently. Seriously, though, this series has been incredible, so far, and I can only imagine what this final installment has in store. Beyond heartbreak. I know there will be heartbreak. I’m sure to get to this one sooner rather than later.

#2. Among the Beasts & Briars by Ashley Poston

Though admittedly the cover that I actually own isn’t white, I had to include this book on my list! This is one of those “That cover is so pretty I have to read it” books, lol. It sounds like something I would love, though. There’s a mysterious woods and adventure, so I’m in! I haven’t really heard a lot about this book from my bookish friends, so I’m going into this not knowing what to expect, but I’m excited to give it a try!

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#5OnMyTBR – Graphic Novels

#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!

It’s time for my first 5 On My TBR of 2021 😁 I was pretty excited when I saw the theme for this week because it’s a genre that I’ve been getting into more and more lately. We’ll be talking about graphic novels! I was almost afraid I wouldn’t be able to do this post, though, because my TBR is woefully lacking. I literally only have five graphic novels currently on there, lol. I would like to blame the fact that, as I mentioned, I’m newer to the genre and I’m still getting a feel for what I like. That being said, I am totally up for any suggestions you all might have!

As it is, here are the five graphic novels that have already made the list.

#1. V for Vendetta by Alan Moore, David Lloyd (Illustrator)

I’ve definitely mentioned this graphic novel on the blog before. I’ve wanted to read it since seeing the movie and discovering that it existed! I had no idea it was a thing before the movie. I also enjoy the story and the art looks like something that will appeal to my tastes. I’m not really sure what’s prevented me from picking this up before now. Besides my massive TBR of books I can’t possibly get through before I die, lol. Perhaps I’ll try and make it more of a priority this year. I do want to delve into the graphic novel genre more!

#2. Bloom by Kevin Panetta, Savanna Ganucheau (Illustrator)

I will fully admit that I saw pictures of this on someone’s Booktube and immediately wanted to read it just because I liked the art! It’s just so cute and I love the blue tones. That aside, I’ve also heard great things about the story told in the novel. There’s a cute romance and the backdrop is a bakery! This is just built for me to love it. It looks summery, too, which is always a vibe I enjoy. Hopefully I’ll be getting to this one sooner than later.

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