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Music Monday: You're the baddest villain in the world

                    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!  Today, I'm featuring the playlist called  You're the baddest villain in the world .  It includes a lot of great music that totally fits the theme and the art that goes with it.  The art 100% makes me think of the cover of Starter Villain by John Scalzi !  Anyway, give it a listen below: You are invited to th
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Beat The Backlist 2024 - February Update

  Happy Sunday everyone! Today I'm sharing my second update for my February progress on the year long  Beat The Backlist 2024  reading challenge, hosted by  Austine Decker .  You can see my original tbr  here .  In January, I completed 11 books for a total of 14 books completed out of 52 books on my tbr.  Without further ado, keep reading to see my thoughts on the books I read in February: ❋   ❋  ❋  ❋ I'm lucky I just happened to find  Icebreaker  ( The Hidden  #1) by Lian Tanner  at a thrift shop. I loved just how much this series opener reminded me of Snowpiecer . I don't know if I'll continue with the series, but if you're looking for a fascinating dystopian set on a ship, you'll have to try it. My review is also on Goodreads .  ❋   ❋  ❋   ❋ I'm so glad I just happened to stumble on  The Black Veins  ( Dead Magic  #1) by Ashia Monet  was just the kind of YA urban fantasy I was looking for.  As much as I liked the magic system and the world-building, the c

2024 Popsugar Reading Challenge - Update #2

   Happy Saturday everyone and welcome to my second  2024 Popsugar Reading Challenge  update with mini reviews!   In February, I completed 6 books for a total of 14 so far this year out of 50 books.  Sounds like great progress to me.  Keep reading to see my thoughts on the books I read in February: ❋   ❋  ❋  ❋ I didn't realize just how much I needed this kind Western fairytale retelling.   Six-Gun Snow White  by Catherynne M. Valente  really worked for me.  It's short and sweet and it's easy to read it practically in one sitting.  I wouldn't mind seeing other fairy tales given this kind of treatment. My review is also on Goodreads . ❋   ❋  ❋  ❋ Sworn to Silence  ( Kate Burkholder  #1) by Linda Castillo  ended up being such a pleasant surprise.  I can't get over just how much I liked this series opener.  It's cool to be able to see so many real life towns and roads that I'm actually familiar with in fiction that rarely ever appear otherwise. It's primaril

For the Culture Readathon: Fave Characters Edition - Wrap Up & Mini Reviews

Happy Friday everyone!  Today, I'm sharing my wrap up and mini reviews for the For the Culture Readathon: Fave Characters Edition which ran the entire month of February!  You can check out the Twitter page for the challenge  here  and it was created by  @TyBooks .  You can also visit the challenge on The StoryGraph here (I've recently decided I'm going to get back into The StoryGraph again and you can visit my profile  here ).  Of the 12 prompts, I completed 7 of them - one of them utilized one of the bonus group books.  You can use one book for as many prompts as you like, and also applied one of the bonus group books.  If you would like to check out my original tbr you can see it here .  Without further ado, keep reading to see what books I'm planning to read for this challenge: 1. Isis/The Clovers: a book or author who has influenced many ❋   ❋  ❋   ❋  ❋   The Underground Railroad  by Colson Whitehead  was absolutely brilliant.  I honestly don't know why I put it

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

        On Friday's I take part in two weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by  Freda's Voice  ( Anne @ My Head Is Full of Books  is currently managing hosting duties), and Book Beginnings, hosted by  Rose City Reader .  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.  Happy Friday everyone!  This week I'm spotlighting one of my one of my  Beat The Backlist 2024  books,  Lessons in Chemistry  by Bonnie Garmus .  This has been recommended to me so many times and I'm glad I've finally decided to pick it up

Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge 2024 - February Update: Star-Crossed & Solitare

Happy Thursday (and Happy Leap Day) everyone!  I hope everyone's been doing well.  I've now completed four tasks for  Book Riot's 20243 Read Harder Challenge .  The tasks I completed this month required me to read a  middle grade book with an LGBTQIA main character and to read a romance with neurodivergent characters.   I selected  Star-Crossed  by Barbara Dee  and  Solitaire  ( Solitaire  #1) by Alice Oseman  respectively.   Read on to see my mini reviews and my plans for next month: ❋   ❋  ❋  ❋ I'm so glad I took a chance on  Star-Crossed  by Barbara Dee .  I don't say this often, but this book was just cute as heck.  Plus, it had some choice Shakespearean insults - and even reference for the Shakespearean plays where you can find those lines.  If you're looking for a clever MG contemporary LGBT+ story and are a fan of theater and Shakespeare, you can't miss this. My review is also on Goodreads . ❋   ❋  ❋  Solitaire  ( Solitaire  #1) by Alice Oseman  is a

Magical Readathon: Orilium - Choose Your Own Adventure: Year In Aeldia 2024 - February Update

    Happy Wednesday everyone! Today I'm sharing my thoughts on the book I read for February for the  Choose Your Own Adventure: Year In Adelia , an additional challenge to  G. @ Book Roast 's  Magical Readathon .  You can see my full tbr  here .  Without further ado, check out my mini review below. Go towards the maze - mystery/ thriller (February):  ❋   ❋  ❋   Suddenly A Murder  by Lauren Munoz  is a solid YA mystery thriller that will keep you guessing.   I think my expectations were slightly too high when I saw it compared to Knives Out .  That said I liked the 1920s theme, but I wish I cared about at least one of the characters.  I may try more from this author in the future.  My review is also on Goodreads . Are you participating in this challenge?  Have you read this book?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!