Sunday Post July 14

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the Caffeinated Reviewer . It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, and showcase books and things you’ve received. The rules are here: The Sunday Post.

Once again, this week wasn’t very eventful. I did go to a book signing to see Brigid Kemmerer, which was a lot of fun. She and the other authors, Elizabeth Eulberg and Kasie West, were hilarious. I felt a little awkward, just because I was one of the oldest people there who didn’t personally know the authors, but I wanted to go so badly. There are never book signings around here and even though it was an hour away, it was totally worth it.

Yesterday, I met with my mom and dad, who live 300 miles away. We both drove to a point about halfway between our homes so I could see my dad for his 70th birthday (and also see him before his surgery in September). We had a lot of fun. I also gave them a copy of my book, which I wrote a few years ago and was always like, “I wonder why they haven’t read it?” Recently, I realized I never gave it to them to read and they probably thought I didn’t want them to read it. They were both really excited. I just hope they like it.

In other news, I don’t know if I’ll be posting at all in two weeks. I’m leaving for my vacation on Saturday and totally freaked out about it because I’m going to Canada and have never been to another country. I’m going all by myself and there are many steps in getting from the airport to my bed and breakfast that have been all stressed so I might just give myself a break and a chance to relax. As much as I can. Which is not very much.

Monday: The Magpie Lord by KJ Charles (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Tuesday

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Spellbound by Allie Therin (reivew)

Monday: Call it What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Tuesday

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: A Case of Possession by KJ Charles (review)

How was your week? Any great reads? Drop me a comment below and let me know!

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. Each week, you answer three questions:

What are you reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m currently reading A Case of Possession by K.J. Charles, which is the second in the Charm of Magpies books. I remember this book was a little more difficult to read than the first; the ending was a lot darker, but I still really love the characters and like seeing how they negotiate their relationship in such a restrictive environment.

I loved all three of these books. I read Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer in one evening. It was incredibly good and I just couldn’t put it down. Spellbound by Allie Therin was also very well done. It was an ARC from NetGalley and I cannot wait for it to come out. It’s a great story.

I have no idea. I’m leaving for a trip in about 13 days, and don’t really want to go to the library and check out a bunch of things. I’ll have time to read them, but it’ll be one less thing on my mind as to what I need to do. So, I’m playing it by ear. Any suggestions for Kindle books?

Top 5 Tuesday

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah at the Bionic Book Worm. Each week, she gives a topic and participants get to answer. This week the theme is books starting with F-G-H-I-J!

F is for Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I love stories about fans and online life, and I related hard with Cath and her world. Like Cath, I am a huge fangirl and got through college by writing fanfic. While I wasn’t as popular as she was, I had a strong following and had that same sense of obligation to get fic out. So, I loved reading Cath’s story and her life and really seeing myself in her.

G is for Good Night, Mr. Holmes by Carole Nelson Douglas. This book was formative for me. I discovered it either in high school or college when I was a huge Sherlock Holmes fan. I loved Irene in these books. She was dramatic, clever, a detective in her own right, independent, and stubborn. I also loved the narrator, Irene’s faithful friend Penelope, whom I saw myself in. I also appreciate that this is one of the few Irene Adler books that did not assume that her marriage with Godfrey was a shame or went bad quickly and all Irene really wanted to do was sleep with Sherlock Holmes. She was fascinated by him, but as a rival, not as a love interest, and that’s really refreshing.

H is for The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I think I’ve told the story before of first reading this book (I was at Disney’s California Adventures, we’d taken a short break, I pulled out the book, and walked around with my nose in it until the lights went out for World of Color), but I love, love this book. I’ve frequently told my sister that what I want more than anything is to read this book again for the first time. It was so engrossing and compelling, and I’ve never quite found a book that replicated that feeling.

I is for Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I almost didn’t finish this book. It was about a quarter of the way through and I didn’t know what was going on or who the characters were and was so confused. I was ready to give up, but everyone said it was so good and I wanted to like it. So, I went back into it and really paid attention to who was speaking or writing at any given time, and it was so worth it. This series is amazing. I love Kady and I love AIDAN to death. Seriously, I have never loved an AI as much as AIDAN, and I was Mary Sue married to Data for awhile. But AIDAN, I am obsessed with.

Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix is a wonderful kid’s book about what happens to Cinderella after the ball. She has to go through training to be considered a proper princess and she can’t seem to find the right fit. I like Ella and how she tries to hard and yet can’t make things work. I like how she tries with the prince, who is terrible. And I love the ending and the choices she makes. It’s a great read.

This was so much easier now that I know how to organize my GoodReads list by alphabetical order! It’s so cool to see all the great books I’ve read listed out like that.

Have you read any of the books on my list? What did you think?

Sunday Post July 7

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the Caffeinated Reviewer . It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, and showcase books and things you’ve received. The rules are here: The Sunday Post.

Not much went on this week. I went to therapy and did some work. Got some bad news about my dad’s health and then got a scare on my own health yesterday. But, despite that, I’m generally feeling okay.

I read a great book yesterday called Spellbound by Allie Therin that I really loved. It was an ARC from NetGalley and the first in the series. I’m already dying to read the next one, and the first technically isn’t out yet! But the characters were great, the plot was fun, and it had some tropes that I really enjoy.

This week will be more of the same. I just hope the gloom we’ve been having goes away and the sun decides to come back. It’s summer. The sun should be out. It’s the rule.

Monday: The One by Kiera Cass (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Tuesday (A-B-C-D-E)

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: On the Come Up by Angie Thomas (review)

Saturday: June Wrap-Up

Monday: The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Tuesday (F-G-H-I-J)

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Spellbound by Allie Therin (review)


What are you currently reading? How do you like it? Drop me a comment and let me know!

WWW Wednesday July 3

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. Each week, you answer three questions:

What are you reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m currently reading The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles, which is the first in the series A Charm of Magpies. This is actually a reread for me; I’ve read it twice before. It’s just such a fun book, and I need something lighter and fun. It’s about a man named Lucien Vaudrey who is under a curse and Stephen Day, the magic user who agrees to help break the curse.

I just finished On the Come Up by Angie Thomas. This book was so amazing! I loved Bri so much and really felt for her and her struggles. It tapped into some issues for me, and I found it hard to read at times, but the characters were so real and nuanced and the plot so good, that, despite having stress dreams, I couldn’t stop reading it.

I don’t know what I’m going to read next. I checked out stuff from the library, but I think they all might be too heavy for me right now. I’ll probably look for some m/m romance or just reread the ones I have. I also kind of want to read Let’s Talk about Love by Claire Kann, and the library does have it, so I might do that.

What are you reading this week? Drop a comment below and let me know!

Top Five Tuesday

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah @Bionic Book Worm. Each week, she gives a topic and people are invited to post and participate. This month, the topic is the alphabet and this week’s letters are A, B, C, D, E.

AAurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. This exciting sci-fi story is about a squad of misfits and the strange girl their commander Tyler Jones, rescued from cryo-sleep. On what they think is a routine and extremely dull mission, their lives turn on their heads when Aurora stows away and now some very powerful and very scary people want to get their hands on her. I loved this book so much and cannot wait to read the sequel.

B –Beauty by Robin McKinley. I’ve talked about this Beauty and the Beast retelling many, many times on my blog. It remains my favorite retelling after what feels like hundreds of years. It’s just magical.

C –A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer. Another Beauty and the Beast retelling, I loved the strength of the characters, especially Harper. I adore it when characters do what’s right because it’s the right thing to do and do it without a second thought, and that’s what Harper does.

D- Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I have to admit, at first I was skeptical of this book because I’d heard it was told in an interview format, and I didn’t think I’d like that. But I’d loved The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, so I though I’d give it a try. I was thoroughly engrossed by the book and found it really easy to follow. I loved the characters and their struggles. The women were awesome. It was a great book and very well done. One day, I’m going to listen to the audio, too.

E-Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. Okay, so this is another repeat from last week, but I don’t remember any other E books well enough to talk about them. I love this book so much. I love how strong Ella is and how rebellious. I love her and Char’s relationship and how it grows and matures throughout the book. I love the magic and her fairy godmother. And I love the ending. It’s just a great book.

All right, I made it! And I didn’t have to resort to putting a Sue Grafton novel, which I could have done for every letter except E. This was challenging, but a lot of fun. I can’t wait to see what books everyone chooses!

Sunday Post June 30

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the Caffeinated Reviewer . It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, and showcase books and things you’ve received. The rules are here: The Sunday Post.

Not a whole lot to report this week. Like I said on Wednesday, I’m in a therapy program (technically a partial hospitalization program for depression/anxiety) so my days are mostly sitting around talking and listening. Things got really intense Thursday, and I was exhausted and weepy all night. I haven’t felt much like writing. I did finish The Elite by Kiera Cass, but am struggling with On the Come Up. It’s very good, but it’s a little intense (and the chapters are long and I am tired).

Monday: H is for Homicide (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Fantasy

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Ever, Alice (review)

Monday: The Elite (review)

Tuesday: A-B-C-D-E (books titles that start with those letters)

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: On the Come Up (review)

Saturday: June Wrap-up

How was your week? Drop me a comment and let me know!