Monday, January 20, 2020

Finna by Nino Cipri (ARC) - Review


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I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

When an elderly customer at a Swedish big box furniture store — but not that one — slips through a portal to another dimension, it’s up to two minimum-wage employees to track her across the multiverse and protect their company’s bottom line. Multi-dimensional swashbuckling would be hard enough, but those two unfortunate souls broke up a week ago. To find the missing granny, Ava and Jules will brave carnivorous furniture, swarms of identical furniture spokespeople, and the deep resentment simmering between them. Can friendship blossom from the ashes of their relationship? In infinite dimensions, all things are possible.

Finna by Nino Cipri is an all new favorite for me. Even though it's still only midway through the month of January I think this will be one of the best reads of 2020. The author's style and sense of humor is right up my alley. If you're looking for an epic and diverse sci-fi novella that you will want to devour in one afternoon, this is a perfect place to start. It was marvelous getting to spend time with Ava and Jules, but Captain Uzmala Nouresh was easily my favorite character. This novella is short and sweet, but it's more than worth your time.

Overall, if you're a fan of Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, and even Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix, I can't recommend picking up Finna enough. I need to see more of this multiverse and these characters in the future - and they could be doing anything at all just so we get to see them all again. I can't wait to see what Nino Cipri does next.



Finna by Nino Cipri will be available on February 25th, 2020 and my review can also be found on Goodreads.

Music Monday: French Cooking Music


Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to Music Monday! Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately!  If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up below.

Rules:

Every Monday share a few songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).

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Happy Monday everyone!  This week I'm spotlighting a couple of songs I heard that I loved on Pandora's French Cooking Music station.  My library happened to be playing this quietly playing this station in the adult fiction room and I just happened to catch these songs while I was working.  I'm going to have to look up more from these musicians. Give L'Indifference by Pearl Django and Vous Qui Passez Sans Me Voir by Chantal Chamberland a listen below:





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Friday, January 17, 2020

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Spellslinger (Spellslinger #1) by Sebastien de Castell + 50/50 Friday




On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by Freda's Voice, Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, and 50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up and it is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books. For The Friday 56, you choose a book, a book you have just finished, a book you are about to start, your current read, and share a line or a few lines that grab you (but don't spoil anything) from page 56 or 56% of the way through the ebook. Post it and share your post's url on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post. As for Book Beginnings, you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires, and then link up your post's url with Rose City Reader. Then, for 50/50 Friday, every week there's a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts blogs.


Happy Friday everyone!  This week I'm spotlighting one of my current reads, Spellslinger (Spellslinger #1) by Sebastien de Castell, which is one of my 2020 Popsugar Reading Challenge books.  I've had this on my tbr for years and I'm glad I'm finally getting around to it because it's pretty fantastic so far.

Beginning:

The old spellmasters like to say that magic has a taste.

56:

My father walked back to the door, picked up the card I'd hit him with and then slowly collecteed the others and placed the deck on the table.

50/50 Friday: Favorite/Least Favorite Review You've Written


Favorite - Vicious (Vicious #1) by V.E. Schwab - Still hands down one of my favorite books and favorite reviews!


Least - Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick - You know, sometimes I like going on a good rant, but reading this review even though somewhat entertaining still brings back memories.


What are you reading this week?  Have you read any of these books?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Top Ten Tuesdays: Best Authors I Discovered In 2019


Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is Best Bookish Discoveries of 2019, but I'm narrowing that down to Best Authors I Discovered In 2019.  Without further ado, here we go (in alphabetical order by author name):


Virginia Boecker


S.A. Chakraborty


Mike Chen


Jennifer Estep


Theodora Goss


Alix E. Harrow


Fonda Lee


Silvia Moreno-Garcia


Rebecca Roanhorse


Dan Stout


Who are some of your favorite new-to-you authors you read last year?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Monday, January 13, 2020

Music Monday: Star Wars, A Bad Lip Reading


Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to Music Monday! Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately!  If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up below.

Rules:

Every Monday share a few songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).

If you would like to participate in Music Monday, please join the link up by sharing your post's url.


Happy Monday everyone!  This week I'm spotlighting a couple of my favorite Star Wars Bad Lip Reading videos.  Check out "My Stick!" A Bad Lip Reading of The Last Jedi and "SEAGULLS! (Stop It Now)" A Bad Lip Reading of The Empire Strikes Back.  I'm pretty sure those seagulls are out to get Yoda!





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Friday, January 10, 2020

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Call Down the Hawk (The Dreamer Trilogy #1) by Maggie Stiefvater + 50/50 Friday




On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by Freda's Voice, Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, and 50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up and it is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books. For The Friday 56, you choose a book, a book you have just finished, a book you are about to start, your current read, and share a line or a few lines that grab you (but don't spoil anything) from page 56 or 56% of the way through the ebook. Post it and share your post's url on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post. As for Book Beginnings, you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires, and then link up your post's url with Rose City Reader. Then, for 50/50 Friday, every week there's a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts blogs.


Happy Friday everyone!  This week I'm spotlighting one of my current reads Call Down the Hawk (The Dreamer Trilogy #1) by Maggie Stiefvater which is one of my Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge books (it will fulfill the task to read a book in a rural setting).  I'm so happy to have just started in on a new Stiefvater book.  Ronan quickly became my favorite from The Raven Cycle and I can't wait to see where his story goes.

Beginning: 

This is going to be a story about the Lynch brothers.  There were three of them, and if you didn't like one, try another, because the Lynch brother others found too sour or too sweet might just be to your taste.  The Lynch brothers, the orphans Lynch.  All of them had been made by dreams, one way or another.  They were handsome devils, down to the last one.

56:

"I don't know if you're real or a figment of my imagination," Ronan said.  "But I'm trying to work here."

50/50 Friday: Best/ Worst Read of 2019


Best - Storm of Locusts (The Sixth World #2) by Rebecca Roanhorse - I read a lot of great books in 2019, but I think this sequel takes the cake.  This series has been brilliant and it deserves more than five stars.  I can't wait to see what happens next. 


Worst - A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell - I'm not sure about the absolute worst, but this was easily one of the most disappointing.  I absolutely loved the neo-noir crime comedy movie adaptation with an awesome soundtrack, then I tried to read the book and ended up DNF'ing it at only 20% in.


What are you reading this weekend?  Have you read any of these books?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!