August/September 2022 Reading Wrap Up

It’s already mid-September?? And I’m just now putting up my reading wrap up?
Shhhh, nobody has to know I’m late.
Let me just sneak into the back row. The teacher will never know…

AUGUST READING WRAP UP

Check out my review >HERE<

Old Country by Matt & Harrison Query

My first read of August was a horror book! Man, I should’ve saved this one for Spooktober! I didn’t like the main characters much (at all), but found the plot to be very intriguing and unique with all of the rituals. I may not have loved the book, but I often think about it. As October comes around, it’s not leaving my mind anytime soon. Especially when I see anything about the very very rural quiet country life.

Silent Prey by John Sandford

Generally, I don’t anticipate seeing the same villain again in Sandford’s books. It rarely happens, but Bekker’s unique. But I guess, of course he would be. This was a great thrill, though the change in setting threw me off just a bit. Bekker however, as interesting as he was in Eyes of Prey, is not so interesting here. Not much of anything, he’s so desperate. This downward plummet was amazing to read.

Check out my review >HERE<
Check out my review >HERE<

The 6:20 Man by David Baldacci

For my third August read, I gave Baldacci a try. I see his books often, but have yet to have cracked one open until now. The 6:20 Man was thrilling in a way where I couldn’t put the book down. Travis is such a great character to read and many of the side characters around him were just as well-developed. I liked how explosively thrilling this one was and enjoyed the ending.

Winter Prey by John Sandford

Lastly, I know I’m going to jump ahead and read the latest Prey book soon. I’ve been waiting and waiting to get started on Righteous Prey and am so extremely excited for its release in October. Before that, I wanted to at least clear my shelf of every Prey book I already have on hand and that ends with Winter Prey. Absolutely hated the plot, and what the villains were doing to the children, but I got to meet Weather for the first time as I only really knew her from her cameos from the Virgil Flowers side of things. Damn satisfying end though.

Check out my review >HERE<

SEPTEMBER TBR HOPEFULS

OK, seeing as it’s already mid-month, I know half of these aren’t really “hopefuls” anymore, but I’m happy to report I’m at least on track and so far, some of these “hopefuls” have been happily read.

Review to come: Sept 2022

Glittering a Turd by Kris Hallenga

This was a nonfiction I’ve picked up from NetGalley on a whim. I saw the pink peach-colored cover and the boobie dotted “i”s and couldn’t resist. A phenomenal read of strength and humor as Kris Hallenga takes us through her cancer journey and what it is like to live with terminal breast cancer. A great story with some pretty important information. I definitely make sure to check my breasts more often now.

The Frederick Sisters Are Living The Dream by Jeannie Zusy

I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway ages ago and never got around to it. There was nothing wrong with it other than it suffering from the same thing that ails the rest of my books(…TBR mountain!). I can’t believe I put it off so long either. It was a wonderful read that was refreshingly real. The tone is serious but mixed in with just enough humor to lighten up the mood. I really really enjoyed this book and, if you pick it up, hope you will too. The Frederick Sisters Are Living The Dream by Jeannie Zusy comes out September 20th!

Check out my review >HERE<

E.R. Nurses: Walk My Rounds with Me: True Stories from America’s Greatest Unsung Heroes by James Patterson, Matt Eversmann, and Chris Mooney

This was sent to me by Grand Central Publishing and is my current read. It reminds me of the Chicken Soup books with how it’s formatted. Very small pieces and stories from all different nurses. Enjoying it with all of the absolutely insane stories and experiences that the nurses go through. Some stories have made me gasp, some laugh, and I’ve already cried some tears too. I look forward to reviewing this one.

Righteous Prey by John Sandford

Ohhhkay, so my MOST anticipated read of the month and year. I know if I mention that Sandford is my favorite author ONE MORE TIME, someone’s going to punch me, but just like Ocean Prey was my most anticipated read last year so is Righteous Prey. I have high expectations for this one. I will say though, after finishing my fifth Lucas Davenport book, I know for sure that my bias lies with Virgil Flowers now. I simply like how Virgil handles matters more than Davenport and I think part of my high expectations for Righteous Prey is Virgil continuing to work with Davenport, especially seeing that his side of the duo series have come to a close as I see no more solo-Virgil adventures and I’m nibbling on any new Virgil Flowers crumbs there are *sob*. 

Black Run by D.L. Marshall

My last read of the month will undoubtedly slip into the next month. Just like with The Frederick Sisters Are Living The Dream, Black Run is far overdue for a review. I came across this one while on NetGalley and simply never got into it, for the exact same reason, with the addition of the fact that it’s actually the second book of the series and I’m a little nervous that I might be missing something important. None-the-less, just like I told myself I’m DEFINITELY reading The Frederick Sisters Are Living The Dream this month, I’m doing the same for Black Run. It’s not escaping from me this time.

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July/August Reading Wrap Up

It’s August! July went by entirely too quickly, and I think part of that is because of the summer Fridays at work, effectively giving me 4 & 1/2 days of work a week.

Between the extreme excitement I have over all the new game releases lately (I’ve been binge watching Xenoblade 3 and Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes plays on Youtube!) and swimming in fandom communities (some people can draw and write SO fast, I swear!) I’m surprised that I got any books in at all! Still, I think it was a pretty good reading month, and I managed to read three books in July.

(Click on the covers for their Goodreads pages)

JULY WRAP UP

The Bookshop on Primrose Hill by Sarah Jio

The book to have kick-started me back up on my NetGalley ratio. I’ll be honest, I picked this book just for the pastel cover because those are my favorite colors. I ended up really enjoying the book and had a good sob through it too. The ending made my heart warm and fuzzy. The characters were the highlight of the book, but I really enjoyed the writing and back and forth POVs between Valentina and her mother, Eloise, as we got to know both (and the people around them) through these stories despite being in two different timelines (Valentine – Modern Day, Eloise – Past). Read my review for it >HERE<

Song of Kitaba by Mark Everglade

This book’s plot was a really neat concept and the review is coming up this month, in August. I enjoyed the writing right away, and the characters themselves were fun to read. The idea that there’s oppression for the same reasons (to prevent rebellion) but on the opposite extremes from each other was interesting to read. Two worlds: one that shows the world your every thought via sentiscreens and implants so that the thoughts in your brain displays on the screen next to you vs the village that bans writing and writing instruments from pen, ink, and crayons down to carved messages on rocks and even recipes for ink can get you in trouble! I look forward to sharing my thoughts on this soon!

The Noise by James Patterson & J.D. Barker

This gave me a bookish hangover; the concept and ending was so wild! I’m still reeling from it and trying to process everything, but this may have been my favorite July read so far. A noise sweeps through a remote mountain village and on the surface side, it looks like a massive tornado has gone through, obliterating everything in the village; gutting horses, flattening land, and bringing ruin to even solid structures like homes. Survivors (physically) may be alright, but seem to be possessed and running towards…something. I just finished this book on Sunday and need to put my thoughts to paper on it soon. I look forward to reviewing this one too, and it’ll be part of the August reviews to come!

AUGUST TBR HOPEFULS

Old Country by Matt & Harrison Query

One of the two gift copies from Grand Central Publishing (The 6:20 Man being the other) I picked this one up because I’ve been in a bit of a spooky mood. I’m no horror fan, never was and never will be, but some part of me has me intrigued at things that make me scared at night. It sounds like a good read though, and I’m always down for spooky and paranormal stuff, even if I’m probably hiding beneath the covers as I read it. Old Country is actually my current read this week.

Silent Prey & Winter Prey by John Sandford

I’ll be back and riding with Lucas Davenport this month in anticipation for Righteous Prey that comes out later this year. I do have a NetGalley copy of it, but I want to get a little closer to the release date before reading and posting anything about it. Another part of me is, though I am up-to-date on the Virgil Flowers series (which is one of the two series that has joined together to form the last two Prey books), I am FAR from up to date with the Prey side. I want to get as many Prey books in before I start Righteous Prey despite it (technically) can be read out of order like many police procedural books (at the cost of missed Easter eggs, mentions, and relationships/interactions and spoilers).

The 6:20 Man by David Baldacci

*squints* I’m pretty sure I’ve read a David Baldacci book sometime before this, but not wanting to start mid-series, I decided that the start of a new one might be the perfect place to get started, in the case that I haven’t read any of his books before. I’m very picky with my mystery thrillers (well…books in general), despite being my favorite genre, but this one was right up my alley and sounded really good. The summary was intriguing, and I need to know more, so here we are. This is my pick for August’s “most anticipated read” of the four books.

May 2022 Wrap Up

Hello, my lovely peeps🐥!
It’s the 1st of June and though typically I’d have a WWW Wednesday up for you, since it’s the new month, we’re going to be doing a May wrap up instead.

I read fewer books than I did back in April, but one of them was pretty lengthy, considering I typically go for 350-450 page books. Overall, it was a lovely reading month, and I’d even found myself a new author to follow!

How about you? Did you read anything good last month?

The Knaves of Secrets by Alex Livingston ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Read Review Here: Blog Tour Book Review: The Knave of Secrets by Alex Livingston
A fantastic read that had me hungry for more thievery/conmen/heist books. Beautiful magic system.

A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Read Review Here: Book Review: A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen
Came for the cat, stayed for how eye-opening the book was about homelessness and drug addiction.

#Rejected Goddesses by Natalie Watson & Nina Holmes ⭐⭐⭐⭐
As someone who doesn’t typically read romance, this was a really good read. In this, reads like a movie rom-com, the characters really shine with their personalities. A good book to curl up with.

Perdido Street Station by China Miéville ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫
I just finished this over the weekend and my mind is still reeling. Superb writing and brilliant world-building, Miéville is now the latest add to my list of favorite authors.

April 2022 Reading Wrap Up

Happy Hump Day, my lovely peeps 🐣!
2022 feels like it’s flying by and while I want to say the same goes for April, I actually felt like this past month went by at a normal pace for once. I got a decent amount of reading in and was even able to devour a book in as little as two days (granted, I was on vacation then)! It’s been a fantastic month and I’m looking forward to summer now.

This past month, I read six books!

Dreaming of Flight by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A great read full of emotion and lessons. I picked this up on a whim while clicking around NetGalley. I didn’t know what to expect going in other than from the other reviews, that I’d merely glanced through. It turned out to be a beautiful read full of insight. I smiled some and I definitely had a few tears.

Full Review: >HERE<

Cancer, You Picked The Wrong Girl by Shormistha Mukherjee

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Picked up from Libby when I was also mindlessly scrolling for my next read, one day. Picked it up because I enjoyed the sampler and loved the cover. An enjoyable nonfiction that brought humor to a very tough situation. There was lots of love and support to go around and the writing was well done, informative and upbeat considering the topic.

Full Review: >RTC: May 5th, 2022 Thursday<

Vampyre Lawyer by George Parker

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Picked it up from NetGalley because comedic vampire stories seems to be a fun little sub-genre/corner of the bookish world that I’ve come to enjoy lately. The story didn’t even majorly revolve around the vampire, but a newbie lawyer instead. The most bizarre book I’ve read this year; it felt like a sitcom. Left me with a big ol’ grin though.

Full Review: >HERE<

Style of Love by AJ Sherwood

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Soft and fluffy, this book was my pick for the week-long vacation I had towards the end of April. Didn’t even last me a full three days, I ate through this so quick. Fun and smooth writing, it doesn’t get fluffier (and cheesier) and this. No jealousy, no scandals, no rivalry drama. Just friends to lovers, gay for you, romance between two best friends that could put old married couples to shame. So painfully obvious, the entire town has a betting pool between these two.

Full Review >HERE<

Making Rounds with Oscar by David Dosa, M.D.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

A nonfiction book I picked up because I’d once again come across the clip about Oscar on Youtube. I remembered seeing the clip a good handful of years ago and recalled there being a book about Oscar too. It’s mostly an interview, told in a story format, done by Dr. David Dosa as he goes back to and visits/calls family members of patients who have lived in the nursing home that he worked at to see if his nurse’s story of “Oscar’s special talent” was really true.

Turns out. He’s as extraordinary as they say he is.

Full Review: >RTC: May 19th, 2022 Thursday<

The Sun Dog by Stephen King

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

My first Stephen King book and it was relatively enjoyable. I got the goosebumps I was looking for, though it did become less scary towards the end, as it became more intense and exciting. It was like, the long moment I had been waiting for had finally arrived. A slowish burn of 198 pages, it probably could have been so much shorter, but it kept dragging on and on. Still though…I kicked out that Fujifilm Instax cam off my wishlist…so the book did it’s job.

Full Review: >RTC: May 26th, 2022 Thursday<

Overall, I thought it was a pretty fantastic reading month! I read some new things, tried out Stephen King for the first time, and even gave romance another whirl.

Have you read any of these? Did you enjoy them?

February 2022 Wrap Up

For February, I didn’t get to do much of anything other than work and maybe squeeze a read in every night. One of my goals for New Years had been to “read every day” and that didn’t come with a number goal or threshold, only that I read. It could be 100 pages, 50 pages, or even three sentences as long as I pick up a book and read it!

And guess what? Once I do sit down to read, I never stop at just three sentences. I always make it through at least 20 or so pages. So, maybe the key to reading a lot is not setting goals like “read 30 books a year” or “read 50 pages a day” or “you must read this, this, and this book” but simply, “As long as you sit and read for three seconds every single day, I don’t care what you do.”

And once I get started.
It doesn’t often stop anywhere near the “reading minimum” (which I’ve set to as a single measley sentence).

For February I read Five Books

Deep Freeze (Virgil Flowers #10) by John Sandford

Not much of a mystery with the killer’s name right there as the book’s second word, but a thriller nonetheless. You get to play hot and cold with Virgil Flowers as he tries to find the person whom you, the reader, are already aware of.

Bloody Genius (Virgil Flowers #12) by John Sandford

Terrifying towards the end, adrenaline rushing and heart pounding. I didn’t really realize until Ocean Prey, but this may be the last Virgil Flowers solo. At least that’s what it’s looking like.

The Way Out: 40 Empowering Stories by Laura Stamps

A sweet read with some good stories. 39 different flash fictions that gave me a new appreciation of them. Cried some, laughed some. A pretty heartwarming book with a review coming up soon.

Ocean Prey (Lucas Davenport #31) by John Sandford

Hell, this one was so good that it left me speechless and with a book hangover. I’m loving U.S. Marshal Virgil Flowers and can’t wait for more of him, Lucas, and Rae.

Sisters Behaving Badly by Maddie Please

A surprisingly good read full of humor, family love, and self-discovery (and self-love!). There’s bits of romance in it, but the meat and potatoes of the plot revolved two sisters healing through the rift that’s grown between the them. A warm read with some infuriating moments. The review is also set to be posted soon.

January 2022 Reading Wrap Up

Hello my lovely peeps!
I can’t believe it’s finally February!
January felt so long that I’m just glad to see the turn of a new month!

This means it’s time for a wrap up post! Considering how little spare time I had in January, I think it’s a miracle I made it through even a single book, but 6 is pretty mind-blowing.

This past month was a little special too. January’s original TBR had only audiobooks, seeing as I had anticipated the lack of time, but I ended up blowing through those three books pretty quick and found myself with about a week and half of extra time. With there being a whole week, later this month, dedicated to retro-reviews for the Virgil Flowers series and with me essentially forgetting all plots and events of those six books, I took the opportunity to have a week-long Virgil Flowers reread binge session, managing to squeeze the last of the rereads in on the 30th.

The Planned Books Read

The Burning by Jonathan & Jesse Kellerman

My first Clay Edison book that I kind of enjoyed. I may very well check out the other books in the series, as I’d read this one out of order.

Review: >HERE<

The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes

This was a unique read in that it was such a fluffy and cozy read considering the very ordinary and totally boring adventures our protagonist finds himself in. I thought it was a light and good breather after the tense previous read.

Review: >HERE<

I’ve pretty much fallen in love with audiobook nonfiction by now, specifically memoirs and autobiographies. This was my nonfiction pick of the month and was both a heartwarming and heartbreaking read.

Review: >HERE<

Unplanned Additions to January

The Houseplant by Jeremy Ray

My first short story of the month was a shocker. I wasn’t expecting to cry over a plant, but if you considered the last one to be unique, get a load of this book! The protagonist…is a plant! You get to read from the perspective of George the fern!

Review: >HERE<

Not A Drill by Lee Child

I realized that between Cookie Cure and my first February read, I had no planned books (besides the rereads whose own set of reviews were slated for the end of February). I looked around for a nice read for this upcoming Thursday’s review post, but simply couldn’t find a good one before giving up and started to look for some short stories. This wasn’t the typical Jack that I’m used to, but an alright read in itself.

Review: RTC 03 Feb 2022 Thursday

The Reread Binge Session (Full Cover to Cover Reread)

Shock Wave by John Sandford

There were six books up for reread and this was the only that I read from cover to cover again. Can you blame me? It was and still is my favorite book in the series so far!

I won’t spoil the upcoming review, but let’s just say that there were enough twists to give me whiplash!

Review: RTC 25 February 2022 Friday

The Reread Binge Session (~90% Reread)

These books I mostly reread from cover to cover but didn’t include them in the January “books read” count because I did skim/skip anywhere from one to three chapters each.

Heat Lightning by John Sandford

Review: RTC 22 February 2022 Tuesday

Rough Country by John Sandford

Review: RTC 23 February 2022 Wednesday

Holy Ghost by John Sandford

Review: RTC 26 February 2022 Saturday

The Reread Binge Session (Skims & Partial Rereads)

These were rereads that I either partially read or skimmed because I simply couldn’t stomach a reread (i.e. disturbing themes/cases) or because I already knew all of the events and didn’t need to reread the book to write a review.

Dark of the Moon by John Sandford

Review: RTC 21 February 2022 Monday

Bad Blood by John Sandford

Review: RTC 24 February 2022 Thursday

Week’s Wrap Up

Ahh, yesterday was a terribly exhausting day! I’m not sure if I have errands to run today too, but we’ll see.
Things always seem to randomly pop up for me!

This week in life…

Life wise, there wasn’t much to this week. I did end up going to the mall with my college buddy last weekend and it was a blast! I walked out with two books (it was almost three) and my very first Build-a-Bear plush~

It’s a dinosaur. My emotional support dinosaur named Theo, short for Theodore [Roosevelt] because…I got it in a teddy store… I love Theo and even got him a dragon outfit!

Yesterday, I’d gone out to visit my grams again but did have a little shopping trip with my brother and mother, midday, right after a grocery run. I’ve been looking for cute little purses for a while now and my standards are very low. I simply needed something to put my Kindle, wallet, and phone in whenever I make a quick run out to stores or appointments. My work bag is HUGE and I sure as heck am not using that!

I finally found a decent looking bag yesterday and it was cute, had faux leather handles (but also backpack straps), and the perfect size. I didn’t know it at the time because the store was dark, but when I’d opened it again later that day, I discovered it was actually a lunchbox! Cutest lunchbox/purse ever. And yes, tons of pockets.

This week in blogging… (we hit 10K views yesterday!)

Monday: I started this week off with the usual Monday review. Last week, I had a dentist appointment and the wait was so long that I ate through the remainder of Shadow Prey by John Sandford. Threw my opinions onto a doc as soon as I got home, edited it the following day and bam, the review was up by Monday morning.

Tuesday: For Tuesday, I had my usual Teaser Tuesday post, but by then I’d nearly run dry on current reads. I had three books for last week’s WWW Wednesday, though by the time the following Tuesday rolled around, I’d knocked out two of the three books, leaving only one that was still good for a Teaser post.

Wednesday: Speaking of WWW Wednesday, that was exactly Wednesday’s post! Last week, I finished two books (Dragon Mage by M.L. Spencer and Shadow Prey by John Sandford), was left with one current read for the week (Murder in the Village by Lisa Cutts) and my next book was to be Neo Cyberpunk an anthology. A quick Sunday update: I’d finished Murder in the Village on Thursday and am now making my way through Neo Cyberpunk.

Thursday: Instead of a tag, on Thursday I ended September (and summer) with a little post where I talked about my summer reading. I was in a massive reading slump for most of the year and when July had rolled around, something just clicked inside me and a switch was flipped. I went from reading one to two books a month to a book (or sometimes even two) a week in July, August, and September!

Friday: Since we’re starting a new month, Friday’s post isn’t the usual First Lines Friday, but instead my September 2021 Wrap Up. I had a fantastic and diverse reading month in September and last month I’d read six books with a new focus on physicals. My favorite book of the month was Dragon Mage by M.L. Spencer with Tier One by Andrews & Wilson coming in at second place.

Saturday: Finally, again with the new month, yesterday’s October TBR Hopefuls post replaced the new weekly segment of Chatty Saturdays. I’ve never done seasonal or themed reading months before, and while I had considered a horror month for October, I’m quite the chicken and decided that instead of a month full of scary books, I’d go for a different theme. I chose cyberpunk, inspired by a Twitter account I’d come across a while back called “Cyberpunk Day.” I doubt I’ll make it through all these books, but I do intend to at least get through Neo Cyberpunk and Snow Crash.

Did you have a good week? My wallet took pretty big blow last weekend and yesterday, but hey…books and tiny purses (and it was $20, come on) are a life necessity, okay??? 😂

September 2021 Wrap Up

Oh joy! What better way to greet the new month than it being a lovely Friday?!?
September is over and for once, the month didn’t seem to fly by. There were multiple times I looked up at a calendar expecting it to be October 1st already, but no, still September. Considering how fast the previous few months had gone, I’m a little shocked!

I thoroughly enjoyed September. Not only was it a fine month with good weather, where it didn’t feel like the sun was trying to kill you every three seconds, I also had my first week long vacation from work and read some amazing books! Finishing off my final book literally less than 5 minutes ago (right before I started this post), I finished a total of 6 books in September. It’s been a good month alright and I’m excited to share them!

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September 2021 Books
(click on the covers for the Goodreads pages)

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Being Mortal by Atul Gawande ⭐⭐⭐⭐

My first read of the month was a nonfiction. It was a book I’ve been looking forward to reading for a while since I learned a lot from its documentary version with the same name. However, I don’t really think the best term for it was “looking forward” because death is a subject that I’ve feared to learn and talk about since my youth (and to this day). This book was actually kind of dry, but in the end, it was very informative and it was an important topic, at least to me. There was a lot to take from it.

My review: “Book Review: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

Tier One by Andrews & Wilson ⭐⭐⭐⭐

My second read of the month that I half read and half listened to was Tier One by Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson. The first I’d come across these authors was when I’d picked up their Sons of Valor book off of NetGalley. I loved it so much that I needed to fill in the gap, while I waited for book two, so I went and sought out their previous series (in the same world as Sons of Valor). It was an exciting read, less so than SoV, but thrilling in it’s own way nonetheless.

My review: “Book Review: Tier One by Brian Andrews & Jeffrey Wilson

Dome City Blues by Jeff Edwards ⭐⭐⭐.5

One of my most anticipated reads of the year was Dome City Blues. I’ve been looking forward to a cyberpunk read for a long time so I was deeply excited over this one. It was also long overdue for a review after having lost in, years ago, after one of many home moves. Recently uncovered again, I made it a point to have it on my September TBR. It was an alright book, plot and character-wise, but the world was fascinating!

My review: “Book Review: Dome City Blues by Jeff Edwards

Shadow Prey by John Sandford ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Since Ocean Prey is a collab between John Sandford’s two main series (one of which I’m about 70% way through) I wanted to get in as many of both Prey books and Virgil Flowers books as possible before I dive into Ocean Prey; to get a more solid feel on each main character first. There’s about 30 some odd books in the Prey series and eventually I won’t be able to resist it anymore and start reading Ocean Prey, but the more books in the better.

I thought that Shadow Prey was a pretty good book. I mostly know Lucas Davenport as an older and calmer man (from Virgil’s books) so it’s pretty cool, scary, and strange to see him in his younger and more wild days. It was already intense in the beginning but by the middle, things really heat up and it’s highway speed by the time we get to the last third of the book.

My review: “Book Review: Shadow Prey by John Sandford

Dragon Mage by M.L. Spencer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

My best read of the month, of the year, maybe of the last few years! I simply can’t talk about it without crying. Dragon Mage was a book I’d won in a Twitter giveaway hosted by a tour group. I took one look at the blurb and cover and was already beyond excited about it’s arrival. My gut feelings proved me right because the experience I had with it couldn’t be explained in a quick wrap up text. I just know that it’s a book that left me with joy that I haven’t felt from books since maybe middle school. It was jaw-droppingly amazing and I can’t wait to share my review next Monday.

The book hangover was astronomical and it’ll be a read that I’ll think about for a long time to come.

My review: “RTC: October 4th, 2021

Murder in the Village by Lisa Cutts (⭐s??)

My last book of the month, finished in the last hour of September, and moments before I started this post, is my first cozy mystery (that I can recall). There was a nice twist in here and it was a good story involving dog-napping and murder but it didn’t really catch with me. I wasn’t particularly drawn in and I didn’t much like Belinda, one of the two main characters. I’ll have to brew on this one for a bit so thoughts and ratings are still pending.

My review: “RTC: October 11th, 2021

August 2021 Wrap up

Happy Saturday everybody!
It’s the first weekend to the new month. I can’t believe it’s already September!
It’s as if August barely even existed.

With a new month comes a wrap up of the old. Today’s post is going to be my monthly wrap up for the books I read in August. I find it to be an amazing feeling. I barely read in the first half of the year and just managed to scrap together some three books for a July wrap up.

Now, a month later, I’m sitting down to do a wrap up for the 7 books I read in August. I think the most I’ve ever read, in any given month, was back in December one year as I just managed to finish my fourth book in time to complete my Goodreads goal. That was maybe…four books? I never managed to pull more than that so this wrap up is a bit of a celebration for beating my personal high score!

(click on the book covers for their Goodreads pages)


Review: >HERE<

Tomorrow’s End by G.R. Morris

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Strange but good book that’s heavy with philosophy and themed around free will and choices.

My first read of the month. I thought it was pretty good and every other paragraph felt like it was dripping in some wild topic that’s enough to keep you thinking. There is plenty of gore and nonstop events going on. The ending threw me for a loop because I wasn’t expecting that to happen. Overall, it was a good start to the month and the cover is fantastic. I couldn’t stop thinking about or looking at it.

Breaking the Lore by Andy Redsmith

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A cozy mystery with an urban fantasy twist to it.

This was my first audiobook of the month and I thought it was a fascinatingly quirky and fun read. Even the protagonist probably couldn’t help but shake his head at the events unfolding around him. Poor guy needs a drink! I thought this book was very amusing and as someone who doesn’t tend to read cozy mysteries and as someone who just came off of Tomorrow’s End and all its insane level of gore, this was a nice breather. It’s light and even the ending had me rolling with giggles.

Review: >HERE<
Review: >HERE<

Twice a Daughter, A Search for Identity, Family, and Belonging by Julie Ryan McGue

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A beautiful and wonderfully written memoir about a twin’s journey and search in looking for her birth parents. She runs into plenty of challenges along the way, but at the same time, there’s no shortage of love, comfort, and support either.

One of my favorite books from August, this book had me in tears! The narrator and the writing was amazing and so beautiful. I have been reading more non-fictions this year but haven’t had one that had me bawling (River Queens did have me shedding a few drops of tears). I adored this entire book and absolutely loved the ending.

Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw

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A short horror story where a group of five friends come up with the dumbest plan to host their private wedding party in a haunted mansion built on the bones of thousands of girls and a bride, all of whom were buried alive.

I picked this book up from NetGalley because of its creepy cover but then comes the ironic moment where I literally dread making any post about this book (including this one) because I’d have to stare at the cover until I finish the final edit and post. The cover art is honestly fantastic and has one of those draws where the subject is just horrific but you simply can’t stop staring.

The plot was alright, I laughed because it was cliché and characters even remarked how similar their situation was to a horror movie. The cast is pretty diverse too! While somewhat intriguing and easy to fly through, I thought the prose was a little too purple for my taste and it became distracting. Overall, a good book.

Review: >HERE<
Review: >HERE<

Deadline by John Sandford

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In the 8th Virgil Flowers book, Virgil investigates a dognapping case only to fall into two more cases (an embezzlement case and meth case). Eventually, both the dognapping and drug case fall behind into more of a subplot when a murder investigating turns deadly.

Another great book in August and another solid one from John Sandford. I feel like I can always count on Sandford to never let me down on a good time. This was full of adrenaline as VF eventually juggles three different cases, some more urgent than the others. I loved the appearance of old characters and the crossover references into another of Sandford’s series (this one is one I’ve read!) Might not have been one of my favorite VF books, but still loved it.

Kill Me Tomorrow by Britney King

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A good book with a very dedicated and amazing narrator. The writing was pretty good and there was a fantastic hook in the beginning.

A quick read from NetGalley, while the book was alright and kept me reading, it was starting to lose me midway through. I didn’t care for the sexual scenes and the amount of times the protagonist was practically drooling over Ava was annoying me. Sure, both the sex and mentioning her amazing body were relevant to the storyline, but after awhile, it just becomes one too many times. The ending annoyed me but the climax did have me raising a brow. Sure, I had my suspicions but it was still a nice little shock. I actually liked that the beginning was a preview of a chapter later on. It was pretty neat.

Review: >HERE<
Review and Tour Post: >HERE<

Lies Like Wildfire by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez

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A group of five teenager’s carelessness leads to a massive and fatal forest fire that caused casualties, destroyed towns, and eventually begins to destroy them too.

A fantastic, intense, and extremely gripping read. I had actually scheduled to read this throughout a month but easily finished it ahead of time. If it wasn’t for the fact that I was running around with errands and work, I probably could have finished this in a day. There was always something that made you NEED to find out what happened next. Great book with some dislikable kids that made a poor choice but then continued to make poor choices throughout. Honestly terrifying in a sticky and uncomfortable way. So well written, it felt like I did the crime!

Week’s Wrap Up

Happy Sunday my lovelies!
With that, here is this week’s Sunday wrap up post!

This week in life…

…has been long! I was so completely exhausted, by the time I got off of work on Friday, that I took a big ol’ nap afterwards. Yesterday, I took a trip to Chinatown. The party consisted of my mom, brother, and I and we had split up (mom running her errands, my brother and I shopping). It’s been a while since I last headed to the cities and there was somehow both more and less people than I had expected. While I didn’t exactly do much shopping, I did land myself a cute binder notebook from Elizabeth Center and 2 whole boxes of matcha latte powder. My tea cabinet, once again, feels fully stocked! Afterwards, we’d all gone back to my grams house where we stayed for dinner.

I did the darndest thing too. As we were midway traveling to Chinatown, we were talking about Metrocards and I said, “Eh, I can’t find my MetroCard, but it’s okay, just use the OMNI reader and your phone.” As I reached down to pat my pocket, to emphasize “phone”, I went 😳 “Guys…I left my phone at home.” We didn’t end up going back for it.

But I did have my Kindle…

I had made sure to grab my Kindle and my notebook and pen

…but forgot my phone…

So I guess…reading is more important than my phone 😂 I stayed glued to my brother (who had his) in case my mom called to meet back up. I would have been bored to tears without my Kindle, but at least I got a lot of reading done!

This week in blogging…

MONDAY: Book Review: Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw

Started out with the usual Monday review. It’ll be the first of two reviews for the week and boy was I glad to be done with it. Yes, I know it was I who requested it in the first place, and yes, it was I who was drawn in by cover art in the first place, but that doesn’t make me less scared of it! The book was actually really good, albeit kind of purple. The poetics seemed to fit the theme though so overall, it was a nice read. Not as scary as the cover implied, but still had me going to my brother’s room to continue reading because I didn’t want to be alone in mine 😫

TUESDAY: Teaser Tuesday No. 9

Most of 2021 revolved around tours, a few indies and self-published books, and other series. If you know me, you would know that back in 2020 (and prior) I would have only stuck with the same author, series, or genre with my favorite being John Sandford, the Virgil Flowers series, and mystery thrillers respectively. But, ever since I started to branch out to different genres and series I haven’t really been back to my favorite series. Another reason was that, being the 8th book in a [currently] 13 book series, I had also wanted to drag out the inevitable “caught up to the latest book and now it’s a waiting game” moment…

But…now that I’m finally back, I’ve been having an amazing time with the book. My current read for the week, this week’s Teaser Tuesday features lines from my latest Virgil Flowers read, Deadline by John Sandford.

WEDNESDAY: WWW Wednesday No. 8

For Wednesday, I had another WWW Wednesday up and was pretty happy with my reading week; both the one that just passed and the current one. I had finished reading both Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw and Twice a Daughter by Julie McGue making last week one of my most productive reading weeks…maybe ever! I’m back down to a single [main] current read this week, but I’m flying by faster than expected in Lies Like Wildfire and can’t wait to finish both. They have been A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. so far!

THURSDAY: Book Review: Twice a Daughter: A Search for Identity, Family, and Belonging by Julie Ryan McGue

Last week was a great reading week because I somehow managed to finish both my weekly reads. So, for Thursday, I had a second review up instead of the usual Book Tag Thursday post. The book was great and maybe one of the top reads this year in both the nonfiction category (in which there wasn’t really much to begin with) and all the other 2021 books. I cried, I laughed, I was disappointed, and then I was hopeful. There were happy tears and sad tears and the entire journey was just amazing, very nearly unbelievable in terms of the multiple coincidences and the movie like ending. A beautiful book that I can’t stop thinking about.

FRIDAY: First Lines Friday No. 6

Friday came another First Lines Friday and this book came from my walk around Chinatown and the Lower East Side of New York City. I wasn’t expecting a bookstore there because every time I had checked the map for local bookstores, near Chinatown, it was a bit of a walk (and we didn’t want to go too far because Chinatown usually meant group errands). It’s a cute little bookstore and I had walked out with a small bag of four books. It was the first time I’d stepped into a bookstore in maybe 2 years! Even before the pandemic, the last time I had gone in one was Barnes and Nobles before we moved houses…

SATURDAY: TBR Game: The TBR Bucket

A little while back, I’d made a quick reel (and TikTok video) featuring my TBR bucket. It’s been a while (WHILE WHILE) since I last sat down to play with crafting materials. So for yesterday’s post, I threw up the post and written version of the video. As a kid, I used to love the Wednesday Public Library [hosted] craft events and the Highlights magazine crafts page. Putting my bucket together and writing up the post really gave me nostalgic feeling.