Sunday Post: August 18, 2019

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.

I survived the first week of school! Oooh, boy, is this year going to be interesting. I have a very rambunctious group of kiddos this year. They are imaginative, bright, enthusiastic, and loud. They are definitely going to keep me on my toes.

Yesterday, I got to see Wicked, which was completely awesome. I’ve seen it once before, but there was a lot that I’d forgotten. The best part was I didn’t miss any of it, which I was sure I was. A comic con was going on nearby, and I left later than I meant to so I struggled to find parking. I finally got into my usual parking lot right when the curtain was supposed to go up. Luckily, they held the curtain (just for me?), so I was there from the beginning. The performers were wonderful, and I love the story. I had a wonderful time.

In other news, ThriftBooks is sending me another copy of Mistress of Nothing, so I’ll be able to finish it soonish.

Monday: Fledgling by Molly Harper (ARC review)

Tuesday: I need a break

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce (review)

Friday: Summer Sweat-along Book Tag

Saturday: Review Delayed Indefinitely?

Monday: TBD

Tuesday: Top 5 Dystopian

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

The Rest of the Week: TBD

I’m a little behind on reading and reviewing. Oops!

And that’s my Sunday post. I better get to reading!

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 am currently reading Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger. I started it on my trip after I finished Eat, Pray, Love and then had to leave it behind in Canada because it wasn’t my book. Luckily, I found it on Thrift Books and now have it in my hot little hands.

I’m still reading Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, which is due next week, so I think I’ll have to renew it.

I also just started listening to Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly, which is really good. The narrator, Jayne Entwistle, sounds a lot like Judi Dench, and it took me a long time to figure out who she sounds like. I’m highly enjoying the story.

I just finished A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce, and I need to get off my butt and review it already. Spoiler alert: I loved it. It was just wonderful.

I feel like I actually have a lot of books I’m supposed to get to, but this one will be next. I know last week I said I’d read Changeling by Molly Harper, but that was before I actually got Treacherous is the Night by Anna Lee Huber, and I said I was going to read this book months ago. I need to start writing down the books I want to read because I know I had a list of five or so, but I can’t remember what they are now. Teacher brain has started early this year.

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

Sunday Post: August 11, 2019

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.

Okay, where the heck did the summer go? It seems like yesterday I was counting down the last days of school, and now I’m going back tomorrow. Keeping busy certainty made the summer go by quickly, and while I can’t complain, I do wish I had more time to kick back, relax, and read. However, I am looking forward to starting up again and meeting my new kiddos.

Monday: Heart of Iron (review)

Tuesday: Top 5 Books Under 300 Pages

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Eat, Pray, Love (review)

Saturday: All the Better Part of Me (ARC review)

Monday: Fledgling (ARC review)

Tuesday: TBD

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: A Curse Dark as Gold (review)

Saturday: TBD

What wonderful things have you read this week? Drop 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 Daring Greatly by Brene Brown and A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C Bunce. I’m especially liking the second; it’s really well written and has great world building. It reminds me a little of Beauty by Robin McKinley, but slightly more sophisticated.

I just finished All the Better Part of Me by Molly Ringle and Fledgling by Molly Harper. I really liked both. Reviews will be up soon.

I think next I’ll read Changeling by Molly Harper, which is the first in the series. After that, I’m not sure. I see another trip to the library in my future!

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

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’s topic is Top 5 Books Under 300 Pages.

My first book under 300 pages is The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles. At just 200 pages, this book packs a lot in it. There’s intrigue, magic, romance, sex, ghosts, and tattoos. It’s a great book that I’ve read multiple times. Each time, it makes me smile. If you are at all interested in m/m paranormal romance, I highly recommend this one.

I first read The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle I think when I was in middle school. I was deeply into pirates and all things nautical. This book hit the sweet spot. It’s about a girl who is traveling by boat from England to America to be with her family. The crew is out for revenge on their cruel captain and Charlotte gets caught in the middle. She ends up joining the crew and changing her life. I love it.

The Stone Rainbow by Liane Shaw will be published on September 17. It’s about a boy who’s gay and struggling when another boy moves to town and is open about his sexuality. They become friends and decide to plan a Pride parade in their small town. It was so sweet and made me cry tears of joy. I can’t wait for more people to discover this gem.

I’ve talked many, many times about Beauty by Robin McKinley on my blog, so I won’t say much about it. Only, there is just something so comforting and magical about this book. I love the character of Beauty so much.

The last best book under 300 pages is Any Old Diamonds by K.J. Charles. This is a heist book, and I wasn’t sure I was going to like it at first because one of the characters was not such a good guy. But he turned out to be a very romantic guy and won me over with his declaration of love for the other character. Seriously, I melted. K.J. Charles is a genius for writing wonderfully romantic love declarations. This book was a lot of fun and I can’t wait for more in the series.

So, those are my top 5 books under 300 pages. It wasn’t easy, but I genuinely do love all the books on this list.

What’s one of your top books under 300 pages? Drop a comment below and let me know!

Sunday Post, August 4

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.

This week was rather laid back after my whirlwind trip. I went on the Whales, Wilderness, and Glamping trip through Spirit of the West Adventures and had an absolutely amazing time. I’ve always enjoyed kayaking, and I got plenty of it here. We went out every day, and the second day, we went out all day. I really though I wouldn’t be able to do an all day kayak, but the guides were really good about taking breaks, so it wasn’t hard. The best part is I was able to fulfill my lifelong dream of seeing an orca in the wild. I got to kayak in the water while they swam, and the next day, I saw them close up on a boat. It was magical.

The other wonderful part of the trip was hearing the humpbacks in the bay. I’d be lying in my tent at night and hear them breathing. It was so neat.

In other news, I’m starting school again next week. Well, I go back next week, and the kids come back the following week. I hope to keep on a normal posting schedule, but you never know what will happen. Life is unpredictable like that.

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Jack of Thorns (review)

Friday: Reader Confession Tag

Saturday: July Wrap-Up

Monday: Heart of Iron (review)

Tuesday: Top Books under 300 Pages

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday

Thursday: Eat, Pray, Love (review)

Friday: TBD

Saturday: All the Better Part of Me (review)

Have you fulfilled a dream lately? Or what dream do you have that you hope to fulfill one day?

WWW Wednesday July 31

Hi everyone! It’s been a bit longer than I was intending. Last week, I had my dream vacation of kayaking with killer whales up in British Columbia. I first read about it when I was in high school and when the company I had targeted to do it through added a tour called “Whales, Wilderness, and Glamping”, I knew it was time to bite the bullet. I meant to get back to my regular posting schedule on Sunday, but, honestly, the trip wiped me out and I am exhausted. All I want to do is sit on my couch and watch YouTube videos. I’m almost too tired to read.

However, I want to try and get back to some semblance of normalcy, so, since it’s Wednesday, I’d figure I’d dive back in.

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 am currently reading The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll. I’ve kept a bullet journal for about two years now, but have been a little burned out on it lately. I thought it might help to go back to the basics and read about the how and why from the creator himself.

I’m also reading Fledgling by Molly Harper. I requested the eARC from NetGalley, not realizing that it’s the second in a series. I do plan to go back and read the first, but I’m not lost because there’s a lot of exposition and backstory that keeps me afloat. It’s a cute story about a girl who was born into a non-magical family only to discover that she has magic. She’s sent to an exclusive finishing school for girls with magic and shenanigans happen. I’m really enjoying it.

The most recent book I finished was Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston, which I was listening to on audio. I’m not sure audio format was the best way for me to digest the story, because I kept forgetting minor characters, but I really enjoyed the story a lot. I can’t wait for the next book.

I also read Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert because my Kindle broke while I was in Canada and I lost everything I had brought to read. Luckily, my B&B had a little library and this book was on the shelf. I can’t say I would have ever read it had I not been desperate, but I enjoyed it. It didn’t change my life and I definitely don’t want to follow her journey across the world, but it was an interesting read.

On the plane to Canada, I finished the book Jack of Thorn: Inheritance by Amelia Faulkner, which was an eARC from NetGalley. I really liked this book. One of the characters, Quentin, was just so interesting. Weird and unearthly, but interesting. I’ll post my review soon.

So, technically, I’m almost done with All the Better Part of Me by Molly Ringle, but it was lost in the Great Kindle Disaster of 2019. What happened was my water bottle came open in my purse and soaked my Kindle. It has since dried out and rebooted and works. I have all my books, except anything I transferred over to my Kindle via the cable. I also lost all my collections. The publisher sent me this book directly because she accidentally deleted my request but wanted me to read it. So, I need to redownload it and then swipe until I get to where I was. But, it’s an excellent book, so I will definitely do that. When I have some energy.

I also am going to read A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce, which is a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin and Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, because I love her books.

How is your week going? Read anything good while I was gone? Drop me a comment below and let me know!