Thursday, October 22, 2020

My Thoughts: The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare (Audiobook)

 

The Lost Book of the White
(The Eldest Curses #2) by Cassandra Clare
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Publication Date: September 1st 2020
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 400
Book ISBN: 9781471162091
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Audiobook Pub: Simon & Schuster Audio
Audio Length: 13hrs 14min
Narrated By: BD Wong
Audio ISBN: 9781508232278
Source: Own

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From #1 New York Times bestselling authors Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu comes the second book in the Eldest Curses series and a thrilling new adventure for High Warlock Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood, for whom a death-defying mission into the heart of evil is not just a job, it’s also a romantic getaway. The Lost Book of the White is a Shadowhunters novel.

Life is good for Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood. They’re living together in a fabulous loft, their warlock son, Max, has started learning to walk, and the streets of New York are peaceful and quiet—as peaceful and quiet as they ever are, anyway.

Until the night that two old acquaintances break into Magnus’s apartment and steal the powerful Book of the White. Now Magnus and Alec will have to drop everything to get it back. They need to follow the thieves to Shanghai, they need to call some backup to accompany them, and they need a babysitter.

Also, someone has stabbed Magnus with a strange magical weapon and the wound is glowing, so they have that to worry about too.

Fortunately, their backup consists of Clary, Jace, Isabelle, and newly minted Shadowhunter Simon. In Shanghai, they learn that a much darker threat awaits them. Magnus’s magic is growing unstable, and if they can’t stop the demons flooding into the city, they might have to follow them all the way back to the source—to the very realm of the dead. Can they stop the threat to the world? Will they make it back home before their kid completely wears out Alec’s mom?
(Goodreads)


The Lost Book of the White, the second book in the Eldest Curses series by Cassandra Clare, was one of my most anticipated reads for 2020! Cassandra is one of my most favorite authors, so I am always up for reading something new by her, and this year, we got TWO books! Chain of Gold was fantastic and left me wanting more, and so did The Lost Book of the White!

As I mentioned above, The Lost Book of the White is the sequel to The Red Scrolls of Magic, which is Magnus and Alec’s story. Let me just say that I loved pretty much everything about this book. Magnus and Alec are adorable, and I love getting to see them together as a family. They are both such great parents, and it’s so fun getting to see them in more adult roles. I also really, really love getting to see the characters from the previous books also. It’s so fun to catch up and see them grow as well!

I also really love the setting and storyline for the book. The storyline picks up where Red Scrolls leaves off, and follows along the same lines. The setting of the book is awesome. I LOVE being back in the Shadowhunter world! Also, some of the places they visited in the story sounded fantastic. I want to go there!

And one more thing… I opted to listen to the audio for this book, since that is what I did for Red Scrolls, and I’m so glad I did! The story is once again narrated by DB Wong, who has such a fantastic storytelling voice! I could listen to him all day long… which I basically did! I hope he’s the narrator for book 3 as well.

Overall; though I kept this review short and sweet, I am guessing that if you read this far you can totally tell how much I loved The Lost Book of the White. It was just what I needed to read at the moment, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book, The Black Volume of the Dead, when it’s released next year!

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday: Kingdom of the Wicked & The Cousins

Kingdom of the Wicked
(Kingdom of the Wicked #1)
by Kerri Maniscalco
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Publication Date: October 27th 2020
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
ISBN: 9781549184055

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Kerri Maniscalco introduces her next series, a dark tale of a beautiful young witch, a troubled demon, and their epic romance, set against a 19th century Italian backdrop.

Emilia and her twin sister Victoria are streghe - witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Victoria misses dinner service at the family's renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin...desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to discover who did this, and to seek vengeance at any cost—even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.

Then Emilia meets Wrath, the outlier among the seven demon brethren, always choosing duty over pleasure. He’s been tasked by his master with investigating a series of women’s murders on the island. When Emilia and Wrath’s fates collide, it’s clear this disturbing mystery will take a bewitching turn...
(Goodreads)

You guuuuuuuys!
A new book by Kerri Maniscalco!
I enjoyed her Stalking Jack the Ripper series so much...
I can't wait to see what she has in store with this new book!




The Cousins
by Karen M. McManus
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Publication Date: December 1st 2020
Publisher: Delacorte Press
ISBN: 9780525708018

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying comes your next obsession. You'll never feel the same about family again.

Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are cousins, but they barely know each another, and they've never even met their grandmother. Rich and reclusive, she disinherited their parents before they were born. So when they each receive a letter inviting them to work at her island resort for the summer, they're surprised . . . and curious.

Their parents are all clear on one point--not going is not an option. This could be the opportunity to get back into Grandmother's good graces. But when the cousins arrive on the island, it's immediately clear that she has different plans for them. And the longer they stay, the more they realize how mysterious--and dark--their family's past is.

The entire Story family has secrets. Whatever pulled them apart years ago isn't over--and this summer, the cousins will learn everything. (Goodreads)

And another book that I'm super excited for!
I have read all of Karen's books, and this new one sounds fantastic.
I can't wait to check it out!

**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**


Friday, October 16, 2020

My Thoughts: Well Played by Jen DeLuca

Well Played
(Well Met #2) by Jen DeLuca
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Publication Date: September 22nd 2020
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781984805409
Genre: Adult Fiction , Romance, RomCom

Audiobook Pub: Penguin Random House Audio
Audio Length: 9hrs 59mins
Narrated By: Brittany Pressley
Audio ISBN: 9780593291313
Source: Own

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Stacey is jolted when her friends Simon and Emily get engaged. She knew she was putting her life on hold when she stayed in Willow Creek to care for her sick mother, but it's been years now, and even though Stacey loves spending her summers pouring drinks and flirting with patrons at the local Renaissance Faire, she wants more out of life. Stacey vows to have her life figured out by the time her friends get hitched at Faire next summer. Maybe she'll even find The One.

When Stacey imagined "The One," it never occurred to her that her summertime Faire fling, Dex MacLean, might fit the bill. While Dex is easy on the eyes onstage with his band The Dueling Kilts, Stacey has never felt an emotional connection with him. So when she receives a tender email from the typically monosyllabic hunk, she's not sure what to make of it.

Faire returns to Willow Creek, and Stacey comes face-to-face with the man with whom she’s exchanged hundreds of online messages over the past nine months. To Stacey's shock, it isn't Dex—she's been falling in love with a man she barely knows.

Another laugh-out-loud romantic comedy featuring kilted musicians, Renaissance Faire tavern wenches, and an unlikely love story. (Goodreads)



Well Played by Jen DeLuca was high on my list of books to read this fall, especially after reading, (and loving), Well Met earlier this year. I am ALL about the happy books at the moment, and this book definitely left me with a smile on my face. I loved it so much!

In Well Met, we got to read Emily and Simon’s story, but in Well Played we get Stacey’s story! I love Stacey. She’s so upbeat and fun, definitely the kind of person I wish I could be. I love how much she loved the Faire, and her cat, and her family. And she’s such a good friend to Emily. Her love interest in the story, (who I am not going to mention by name), is perfect for her. They are so cute together! (Despite their relationship getting off to an interesting start.) I very much enjoyed watching their relationship grow. I also loved the secondary characters in the story! A lot of them we met in the first book, and some we get to meet for the first time. Fans of Emily and Simon will be thrilled to see what they’ve been up to since the end of the last book!

The storyline and setting for this book is much the same as the previous book. I LOVE the setting! I have never actually been to a Renaissance Faire before, but they sound so fascinating, and I would LOVE to go to one. (I definitely should find one!) I loved the descriptions of everything from the clothing to the acts and just everything. It’s so fun to read about!

For this book I read both the print copy and listened to the audiobook, often times doing both at the same time. The narrator for the book, Brittany Pressley, also narrated the first book as well, and I was very happy to have her tell me the story once again. She’s fantastic, so if you have the opportunity to listen to the audio for this series, do check it out!

Overall; If you can’t already tell, I really, really enjoyed this book! Now I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book, Well Matched, which is Mitch and April’s book, and is currently set to release in 2021!

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday: Crazy Stupid Bromance & Snapped

Crazy Stupid Bromance
(Bromance Book Club #3)
by Lyssa Kay Adams
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Publication Date: October 27th 2020
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 9781984806130

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A hacktivist and a cat café owner decode the friend zone in this romantic comedy from the author of Undercover Bromance.

Alexis Carlisle and her cat café, ToeBeans, have shot to fame after she came forward as a victim of a celebrity chef’s sexual harassment. When a new customer approaches to confide in her, the last thing Alexis expects is for the woman to claim they’re sisters. Unsure what to do, Alexis turns to the only man she trusts—her best friend, Noah Logan.

Computer genius Noah left his rebellious teenage hacker past behind to become a computer security expert. Now he only uses his old skills for the right cause. But Noah’s got a secret: He’s madly in love with Alexis. When she asks for his help, he wonders if the timing will ever be right to confess his crush.

Noah’s pals in The Bromance Book Club are more than willing to share their beloved “manuals” to help him go from bud to boyfriend. But he must decide if telling the truth is worth risking the best friendship he’s ever had. (Goodreads)

YOU GUYS!!
I am so excited for this new book! I love the Bromance Book Club,
and I absolutely can't wait to devour this new story.
If you haven't read this series yet, you totally should!



Snapped
(Playbook #4)
by Alexa Martin
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Publication Date: October 20th 2020
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 9780593102503

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With the stakes this high, it’s no longer just a game for the quarterback in this romance by the author of Blitzed.

Elliot Reed is living her best life—or pretending to. She owes it to her dad’s memory to be happy and make the most of her new job as Strategic Communications Manager for the Denver Mustangs. Things are going well until star quarterback Quinton Howard Jr. decides to use the field as his stage and becomes the first player to take a knee during the national anthem.

As the son of a former professional athlete, Quinton knows the good, the bad, and the ugly about football. He's worked his entire life to gain recognition in the sport, and now that he has it, he’s not about to waste his chance to change the league for better. Not even the brilliant but infuriating Elliot, who the Mustangs assign to manage him, will get Quinton back in line.

A rocky initial meeting only leads to more tension between Quinton and Elliot. But as her new job forces them to spend time together, she realizes they may have more in common than she could've ever imagined. With her job and his integrity on the line, this is one coin toss that nobody can win. (Goodreads)

And here is yet ANOTHER book I can't wait to read!
I adore this series, and was super surprised to find out there would be a fourth book.
I absolutely can't wait to start it!

**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

My Thoughts: The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan (Audiobook)

The Tower of Nero
(The Trials of Apollo #5) by Rick Riordan
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Publication Date: October 6th 2020
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9781484746455
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Mythology

Audio Publisher: Recorded Books
Audio Length: 12 hrs 20 min
Narrated By: Robbie Daymond
Audio ISBN: 9780593290965
Source: Own

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At last, the breathtaking, action-packed finale of the #1 bestselling Trials of Apollo series is here! Will the Greek god Apollo, cast down to earth in the pathetic moral form of a teenager named Lester Papadopoulos, finally regain his place on Mount Olympus? Lester's demigod friends at Camp Jupiter just helped him survive attacks from bloodthirsty ghouls, an evil Roman king and his army of the undead, and the lethal emperors Caligula and Commodus. Now the former god and his demigod master Meg must follow a prophecy uncovered by Ella the harpy. Lester's final challenge will be at the Tower of Nero, back in New York. Will Meg have a last showdown with her father? Will this helpless form of Apollo have to face his arch nemesis, Python? Who will be on hand at Camp Half-Blood to assist? These questions and more will be answered in this book that all demigods are eagerly awaiting. (Goodreads)


The Tower of Nero is the fifth and final book in the Trials of Apollo series by Rick Riordan, and it’s also one of my most anticipated reads of 2020! I have been a huge fan of this series since I read the very first book, and I was super curious to know how it was going to end. Even though I didn’t want the story to end at all, because I’m not ready to say goodbye to this fantastic series. But, all good things come to an end. Right? Right.

Leading up to the release of this final book, I decided to do a re-read of all of the previous books in the series, and I’m so glad I did. Not only did it refresh my brain on what happened in the story, but it also made reminded me why I loved the series so much. Not only does the series have a fantastic storyline, but it also has so many great characters. Some characters that we know from previous books, and some we are meeting for the first time in this series, but regardless of when and how we’ve met, I love them all. It’s such a wonderful, diverse group of characters, and I love them all.

When I started reading the first book back in 2018, I did not expect to completely love Lester/Apollo by the end of this series. He starts as such an entitled, selfish God, literally, and by the end of the series, he’s a completely different person. There was so much amazing character growth for Lester/Apollo over the course of the series, and I appreciated watching it so much. Meg was another fantastic character. Though young, she was fierce, and I loved that about her. I hated all the things that she had to go through at the hands of Nero, but she was a tough cookie, and the perfect heroine in this story. I also love getting to check in with all our old favorites again as well, as one last goodbye. (For now, I hope.)

And as I mentioned above, the storyline is fantastic. I always feel like I’ve learned something new whenever I read one of Rick’s books. The mythology is fascinating, and I definitely need more of it. Luckily for me, there are still a few books by Rick that I haven’t checked out yet, so I plan to devour those soon. (Greek Gods and Greek Heroes, I’m coming for you!) I should also add that some things in the book are left wide open at the end, and I’m hoping there will be a lot more stories to come in the future.

I had originally pre-ordered both the hardcover and audio version of the book, and I had a wonderful plan to read along with the book while listening to the audiobook. (If you’ve never done this before, you should definitely try it sometime.) Unfortunately, my hardcover didn’t arrive on time, and I was too impatient to wait, so I opted to go ahead with the audiobook. (A great decision, I might add.) The narrator for The Tower of Nero was once again Robbie Daymond, who has narrated all of the books in the Trials of Apollo series, and he once again did a FANTASTIC job telling us the story. It’s always a pleasure to listen to something narrated by him.

Overall; If you can’t tell by this super gushy review, I really, really enjoyed The Tower of Nero. While I didn’t want the story to end AT ALL, I couldn’t have asked for a better ending. I can’t wait to read the series again, hopefully soon! And I’m very excited to see what Uncle Rick has in store for us once he returns from his much deserved break.

Friday, October 2, 2020

My Most Anticipated October 2020 Book Releases

October has finally arrived, and a new month means new BOOKS!

September was a FANTASTIC month for new books, and October looks like it's going to be a great one as well. SO many books are releasing that I'm excited to get my hands on.

Here are just a few!
The Tower of Nero
*The Trials of Apollo #5*
by Rick Riordan

At last, the breathtaking, action-packed finale of the #1 bestselling Trials of Apollo series is here! Will the Greek god Apollo, cast down to earth in the pathetic moral form of a teenager named Lester Papadopoulos, finally regain his place on Mount Olympus? Lester's demigod friends at Camp Jupiter just helped him survive attacks from bloodthirsty ghouls, an evil Roman king and his army of the undead, and the lethal emperors Caligula and Commodus. Now the former god and his demigod master Meg must follow a prophecy uncovered by Ella the harpy. Lester's final challenge will be at the Tower of Nero, back in New York. Will Meg have a last showdown with her father? Will this helpless form of Apollo have to face his arch nemesis, Python? Who will be on hand at Camp Half-Blood to assist? These questions and more will be answered in this book that all demigods are eagerly awaiting.

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Kingdom of the Wicked
*Kingdom of the Wicked #1*
by Kerri Maniscalco

From the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series comes a new blockbuster series…

Two sisters.

One brutal murder.

A quest for vengeance that will unleash Hell itself…

And an intoxicating romance.


Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Vittoria misses dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin…desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to find her sister’s killer and to seek vengeance at any cost-even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.

Then Emilia meets Wrath, one of the Wicked-princes of Hell she has been warned against in tales since she was a child. Wrath claims to be on Emilia’s side, tasked by his master with solving the series of women’s murders on the island. But when it comes to the Wicked, nothing is as it seems…

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Crazy Stupid Bromance
*Bromance Book Club #3*
by Lyssa Kay Adams

A hacktivist and a cat café owner decode the friend zone in this romantic comedy from the author of Undercover Bromance.

Alexis Carlisle and her cat café, ToeBeans, have shot to fame after she came forward as a victim of a celebrity chef’s sexual harassment. When a new customer approaches to confide in her, the last thing Alexis expects is for the woman to claim they’re sisters. Unsure what to do, Alexis turns to the only man she trusts—her best friend, Noah Logan.

Computer genius Noah left his rebellious teenage hacker past behind to become a computer security expert. Now he only uses his old skills for the right cause. But Noah’s got a secret: He’s madly in love with Alexis. When she asks for his help, he wonders if the timing will ever be right to confess his crush.

Noah’s pals in The Bromance Book Club are more than willing to share their beloved “manuals” to help him go from bud to boyfriend. But he must decide if telling the truth is worth risking the best friendship he’s ever had.

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In a Holidaze
by Christina Lauren

One Christmas wish, two brothers, and a lifetime of hope are on the line for hapless Maelyn Jones in In a Holidaze, the quintessential holiday romantic novel by Christina Lauren, the New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but not for Maelyn Jones. She’s living with her parents, hates her going-nowhere job, and has just made a romantic error of epic proportions.

But perhaps worst of all, this is the last Christmas Mae will be at her favorite place in the world—the snowy Utah cabin where she and her family have spent every holiday since she was born, along with two other beloved families. Mentally melting down as she drives away from the cabin for the final time, Mae throws out what she thinks is a simple plea to the universe: Please. Show me what will make me happy.

The next thing she knows, tires screech and metal collides, everything goes black. But when Mae gasps awake…she’s on an airplane bound for Utah, where she begins the same holiday all over again. With one hilarious disaster after another sending her back to the plane, Mae must figure out how to break free of the strange time loop—and finally get her true love under the mistletoe.

Jam-packed with yuletide cheer, an unforgettable cast of characters, and Christina Lauren’s trademark “downright hilarious” (Helen Hoang, author of The Bride Test) hijinks, this swoon-worthy romantic read will make you believe in the power of wishes and the magic of the holidays.


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Lightbringer
*Empirium #3*
by Claire Legrand

The incredible conclusion to the trilogy that started with the instant New York Times bestsellers Furyborn and Kingsbane!

In this epic finale to the Empirium Trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claire Legrand, two queens, separated by a thousand years must face their ultimate destinies.

Queen Rielle, pushed away from everything she loves, turns to Corien and his promises of glory. Meanwhile, whispers from the empirium slowly drive her mad, urging her to open the Gate. Separated from Audric and Ludivine, she embraces the role of Blood Queen and her place by Corien’s side, determined to become the monster the world believes her to be.

In the future, Eliana arrives in the Empire’s capital as a broken shell of herself. Betrayed and abandoned, she fights to keep her power at bay—and away from Corien, who will stop at nothing to travel back in time to Rielle, even if that means destroying her daughter.

But when the mysterious Prophet reveals themselves at last, everything changes, giving Rielle and Eliana a second chance for salvation—or the destruction their world has been dreading.

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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
by V.E. Schwab

A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.

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The Once and Future Witches
by Alix E. Harrow

In 1893, there's no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.

But when the Eastwood sisters--James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna--join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women's movement into the witch's movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote-and perhaps not even to live-the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.

There's no such thing as witches. But there will be.

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Among the Beasts & Briars
by Ashley Poston

Cerys is safe in the kingdom of Aloriya.

Here there are no droughts, disease, or famine, and peace is everlasting. It has been this way for hundreds of years, since the first king made a bargain with the Lady who ruled the forest that borders the kingdom. But as Aloriya prospered, the woods grew dark, cursed, and forbidden. Cerys knows this all too well: when she was young, she barely escaped as the woods killed her friends and her mother. Now Cerys carries a small bit of the curse—the magic—in her blood, a reminder of the day she lost everything. The most danger she faces now, as a gardener’s daughter, is the annoying fox who stalks the royal gardens and won’t leave her alone.

As a new queen is crowned, however, things long hidden in the woods descend on the kingdom itself. Cerys is forced on the run, her only companions the small fox from the garden, a strange and powerful bear, and the magic in her veins. It’s up to her to find the legendary Lady of the Wilds and beg for a way to save her home. But the road is darker and more dangerous than she knows, and as secrets from the past are uncovered amid the teeth and roots of the forest, it’s going to take everything she has just to survive.


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Ah! It's going to be SUCH a great month for books!
I can't wait to dive into these.

:)

What October releases are you looking forward to??

Thursday, October 1, 2020

My October 2020 TBR!

October has officially arrived, Bookworms!
And I'm SO excited for it!

Did you know that October is probably my most favorite month of the year? I love everything about it. It's basically the beginning of fall here in the south, so the weather is getting cooler, and the colors are turning beautiful, and, of course, there's HALLOWEEN! It's definitely my most favorite holiday. :)

I had a really good reading month in September, and I feel like I am definitely starting to get over this reading slump. Not only that, but I'm starting to feel more like myself physically and mentally again, now that I have my meds sorted out, and have started exercising again. (All these things are great, and take my mind off the dumpster fire that the world is for just a moment.)

I have lots of creepy, spooky, mysterious reads picked out to read this October, and I'm REALLY hoping that I can get to them all!

Here's what I'm hoping to read:

Books I'm Reading:

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
(Determined to *finally* start this one this month.)

When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole
(I have been waiting to read this one, and it's killing me! SO excited to get started on it.)

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
(Sounds like a fun fall read.)

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James
(Also hoping to read The Sun Down Motel!)

A Discover of Witches by Deborah Harkness
(I have been trying to read this one for YEARS now.)

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
(Because reading The Priory of the Orange Tree made me want to start this.)

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
(Starting this over because I never finished the series.)

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron
(Because this sounds fantastic!)

These Witches Don't Burn by Isabel Sterling
(Sounds like another great Halloween-y read to me.)

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
(Bookstagram recommended this one!)

Sawkill Girls by Claire LeGrand
(This one is a re-read, and I'm thinking of making it a yearly thing!)

The Damned by Renee Ahdieh
(Been waiting to read this one for a while now!)

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
(Seems like a great time to start this one as well!)

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New Releases and Library Borrows include:

The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
Snapped by Alexa Martin
Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda
One by One by Ruth Ware
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Cemetery Boys by Aidan Thomas
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

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Those are some of the books I am hoping to read this month! I have my fingers and toes crossed that I have a REALLY good month. :)

What books are you hoping to read in October??

31 Bookish Blog Post Ideas for October (And Blogtober)


Happy October, Bookworms!!

Today I'm sharing another a list of bookish blog post ideas for October! I started doing this a few months back to try to inspire myself to post more, and I've really had fun with it. (Though my curse seems to be coming up with great blog post ideas, but never having the time or energy to post them. lol) I decided to share again this month because it really has inspired me to post more, and I'm starting to enjoy blogging again.

So if you need some blog post ideas for October, pictured above is a list that may help!
(And I included 31 in case anyone participating in Blogtober needs ideas!)

Happy Posting!

(*Some prompts were borrowed from this month and previous October Bookstagram challanges I do with Lori! (@lorriimagination) Check out her Blog and Instagram!)

Saturday, September 26, 2020

October Book Challenge • #AlltheBooksOct20

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🎃 Bookworms & Bookstagrammers!! @loriimagination and I are so excited to share #AlltheBooksOct20, our October Book Challenge!! It’s going to be month of spooky fun, and we’d love for you to join us!! . October is right around the corner, Bookworms, and it’s my most favorite time of year! Lori and I have a fun, Halloween themed challenge for this month, and we’d love to see your photos for our prompts! (But you can totally participate even if you’re not a Halloween fan!) . Why join along?? Book challenges are a great way to fill your feed full of lots of bookish awesomeness, and are also great way to discover new books, and new book friends as well! AND you get to talk about the best things ever... BOOKS! Sound like fun? It will be! . To join along, just share a photo for each daily photo prompt and use the hashtag #AlltheBooksOct20. Check the hashtag often to see all the photos that have been shared for the challenge. And, feel free to interact and/or post as little or as often as you’d like. You can also follow both @loriimagination and myself as well to see our daily photo shares and more! (**Tagging us in your photo or stories is not necessary!**) - 📚 Helpful Bookstagram Tips: • Take a few days worth of photos at one time! It helps to plan a few days ahead in case you get busy. • Natural light is your friend! Grab your book and head to the nearest window or door. It's amazing what natural lighting can do for your photos. • Interact! Bookstagramming is a great way to meet new friends who love books just as much as you do, so get out there and interact with others in the challenge. - 📚 If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!! We hope you'll join us, and we can't wait to share all the bookish things in August!! - And, shout out to @loriimagination for once again making us another ADORABLE graphic for the challenge! I love it so much! 🥰 . . . #bookphotochallenge #bookchallenge #photochallenge #photoaday #octoberchallenge #octoberberbookchallenge #bookstagramchallenge #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookstagramfeature #yabooks #bookphotography #AlltheBooksSept20

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday: Skyhunter & Among the Beasts & Briars

Skyhunter
(Skyhunter #1)
by Marie Lu
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Publication Date: September 29th 2020
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
ISBN: 9781250221681

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A broken world.
An overwhelming evil.
A team of warriors ready to strike back.


Talin is a Striker, a member of an elite fighting force that stands as the last defense for the only free nation in the world: Mara.

A refugee, Talin knows firsthand the horrors of the Federation, a world-dominating war machine responsible for destroying nation after nation with its terrifying army of mutant beasts known only as Ghosts.

But when a mysterious prisoner is brought from the front to Mara's capital, Talin senses there’s more to him than meets the eye. Is he a spy from the Federation? What secrets is he hiding?

Only one thing is clear: Talin is ready to fight to the death alongside her fellow Strikers for the only homeland she has left . . . with or without the boy who might just be the weapon to save—or destroy—them all.

Loyalty is life.

#1 New York Times-bestselling author Marie Lu is back with an adrenaline-laced novel about the lengths one warrior will go to fight for freedom and those she loves.
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Ahhhh, a new book by Marie Lu?!
Count me in! This one sounds fantastic!
I'm definitely enjoying fantasy books at the moment, so I'm excited to check this out.


Among The Beasts & Briars
by Ashley Poston
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Publication Date: October 20th 2020
Publisher: Balzar + Bray
ISBN: 9780062847362

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Cerys is safe in the kingdom of Aloriya.

Here there are no droughts, disease, or famine, and peace is everlasting. It has been this way for hundreds of years, since the first king made a bargain with the Lady who ruled the forest that borders the kingdom. But as Aloriya prospered, the woods grew dark, cursed, and forbidden. Cerys knows this all too well: when she was young, she barely escaped as the woods killed her friends and her mother. Now Cerys carries a small bit of the curse—the magic—in her blood, a reminder of the day she lost everything. The most danger she faces now, as a gardener’s daughter, is the annoying fox who stalks the royal gardens and won’t leave her alone.

As a new queen is crowned, however, things long hidden in the woods descend on the kingdom itself. Cerys is forced on the run, her only companions the small fox from the garden, a strange and powerful bear, and the magic in her veins. It’s up to her to find the legendary Lady of the Wilds and beg for a way to save her home. But the road is darker and more dangerous than she knows, and as secrets from the past are uncovered amid the teeth and roots of the forest, it’s going to take everything she has just to survive. (Goodreads)

And here is yet another book that sounds fantastic!
I have only read one of Ashley's books so far,
but I am really excited to read something new by her!
**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**


Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books On My Fall 2020 TBR


September 22: Books On My Fall 2020 TBR

Happy First Day of Fall, Bookworms!!
Are you as ready as I am to tackle your Fall TBR??
There are so many awesome books that just came out,
or are coming out this fall, and I can't wait to read them all.

Here are just a few that I'm excited to read!



The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan
Legendborn by Tracy Deonn



Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco



A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir
Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer



When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole
One by One by Ruth Ware



Well Played by Jen DeLuca
Tools of Engagement by Tessa Bailey

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Those are just a few of the many, many books that I am hoping to read this fall!
It's really going to be a great season. I hope!

What books are on your fall tbr??

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