Can’t Wait Wednesday: Oct 20, 2021

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.


Hello, reader!

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…

Goodreads Synopsis

🚨 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.

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Down the TBR Hole #13

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!

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.

Verdict: Keep


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…

Verdict: Remove


Around the World in Eighty Days with Michael Palin by Michael Palin

I love travel books.

And I love Michael Palin.

‘nough said!

Verdict: Keep

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WWW Wednesday: Oct 13, 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

  • 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.
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Down the TBR Hole #12

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’m back with another round of Down the TBR Hole! I think I’ve done well with not adding a bunch of books this week. I ended the last round having whittled my Goodreads Want to Read shelf down to 654 books! And I’m currently sitting at… 658 books. Which is the number of books I started with last round. Oops 😂

In my defense, there are so many great books coming out! And we’re closing in on the end of 2021. It’s time to start thinking about those 2022 books I might want to check out. Although, typing that made me panic just a teensy bit. How are there only three months left of 2021?!

Alright, let’s focus! In anticipation of all the books I’ll probably be adding soon, let’s see if we can’t shove a few off the list this week, yeah?


The Final Conflict by Colin Duffy

Not gonna lie, kinda hate this cover. It’s doing less than nothing for me. The synopsis, however, has me intrigued. A historian finds an ancient document chronicling the near-end-of-the-world. It kind of makes me think of World War Z and it’s on 92 pages. So it gets to stay, ugly cover and all!

Verdict: Keep


The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

And here we have the completely opposite reaction: love this cover but the synopsis is a snooze-fest. I’m very hit or miss with historical fiction. Most of the ones I’ve read, I’ve loved, but there have been a couple that just didn’t do it for me. This book, unfortunately, sounds like one that I wouldn’t really enjoy. So, despite the beautiful cover, I think it’s time to say goodbye.

Verdict: Remove


The Next Pandemic by Dr. Ali S. Khan

Hahaha… haaaaa… Definitely not ready to read this one any time soon! That being said, I am interested in what this book has to say about past pandemics. I used to work in clinical virology and I currently work in clinical microbiology, so this kind of stuff is fascinating to me. Which means it’s staying! I’ll get to it one day.

Verdict: Keep

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WWW Wednesday: Oct 6, 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

  • 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.
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#5OnMyTBR – Characters in Their 20s

#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 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.

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Down the TBR Hole #11

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!

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.

Verdict: Remove


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!

Verdict: Keep


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…

Verdict: Remove

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WWW Wednesday: Sep 29, 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 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!
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#5OnMyTBR – Epistolary

#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 another 5 On My TBR! And today’s theme is something I don’t talk about nearly enough for how much I love them… epistolary books! What are epistolary books, you ask? According to Google, it is a work of fiction that is written in the form of letters or other documents. I do love a novel that is written in an unconventional format, so these books are right up my alley! Which means I had quite a few on my TBR to choose from, lol.

Let’s see who made the list!


#1. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This book has been on my TBR for what feels like forever. I’ve even stuck it on a couple of readathon TBRs and, yet, it remains firmly unread. It’s told through a series of emails and all different types of documents, which is what originally caught my interest. The fact that everyone seems to love it has kept it around this long. I am going to read this, and hopefully soon!

#2. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

This is one of those books I’m embarrassed I haven’t read yet. I gotta be in the right headspace to read the journal of this young Jewish girl hiding in Holland during WWII. To think what she and her family must have endured… it’s a tragic but important story and I will read it one day. I even have a copy on one of these bookshelves, so I’ll hopefully be picking this one up sooner rather than later.

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Down the TBR Hole #10

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!

Look at me knocking out another Down the TBR Hole in less than a week! You would think that would mean I haven’t had time to add any more books to my Want to Read shelf, right?

Hahahaha… ha… *sigh*

To be fair, the shelf was down to 664 books and I’ve only added two more! Yeah… there are currently 666 books on my Goodreads Want to Read shelf. So let’s adjust that before I mistakenly summon a demon or something 😂


Graceling by Kristin Cashore

This one is definitely staying. I’ve been wanting to give the Graceling Realm series a go for ages! Yet it keeps getting pushed to the back for other, newer series. I am going to read this one day, though, because the premise is so intriguing. A girl who has a unique ability to kill? Sounds incredible!

Verdict: Keep


Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

I distinctly remember adding this book around the time I was trying to get myself to read more non-fiction. And, while I have heard great things about this book centered around a soldier’s experiences in WWII, it’s not something I’m going to read unless someone literally shoves it in my hands and takes all my other books. So, it’s time to part ways… for now.

Verdict: Remove


Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire

One day, I’m going to finish this freakin’ series! I’ve enjoyed all the other books, so far, though Son of the Witch is clearly the best book of the bunch. I’m just nervous that I won’t remember a thing from the previous three and I don’t have the time to reread them. But it still gets to stay because I will read it! Someday…

Verdict: Keep

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