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Top Ten Tuesday: My Most Recent 5 Star Reads

Happy Tuesday everyone and welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week's theme is My Most Recent 5 Star Reads.  Below, I've listed my most recent five star reads beginning with the most recent and I've linked the titles either to my review, or the book's Goodreads page.  


The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen #1) by Alison Goodman


Magritte's Marvelous Hat by D.B. Johnson


Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer


Black Heart (The Curse Workers #3) by Holly Black


Unstoppable (Un... #2) by Bill Nye


Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses by Kimberly Dean


Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman




The Walking Dead, Volume 18, 19, and 20 by Robert Kirkman


The Shadow Throne (The Ascendance Trilogy #3) by Jennifer A. Nielsen


Lumberjanes, Volume 1 by Noelle Stevenson


So, what do you think of my list?  Have you read any of these and did you enjoy them as much as me by any chance (it's okay if you didn't)?  Do you have…

Black Heart (The Curse Workers #3) by Holly Black - Review

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The Feds are willing to forgive Cassel's past crimes if he'll leave his family behind and go straight - and work for them, of course. They want him to get rid of a powerful man who is spiraling out of control. What separates the bad guys from the good guys if they want him to use his ability to hurt people. Now all of that puts Cassel on the wrong side of the law from Lila, the girl he loves, the daughter of a mob boss who can probably never love him back anyway given their history. That alone would be bad enough, if her father wasn't holding his mother hostage until she returns the priceless diamond she took from him years ago - now she just needs to remember what she did with it.

Black Heart by Holly Black is the perfect conclusion to The Curse Workers series. Although it isn't the most fast moving story, I was still fully invested in every moment. I couldn't get enough, and honestly, I wouldn't say no to more adventures with these characters. Each m…

Starting Sparks: March Edition

Welcome back to the March edition of Starting Sparks, a monthly writing link-up hosted by Emily @ Ink, Inc. and Ashley G. @ [insert title here].  The idea behind it is to spark your creativity and write on a theme posted at the first of the month by the co-hosts.  You can write whatever you like be it a short story, a scene, a poem, a piece of dialogue, or simply an exploration of an idea.  This month the selected theme is the following:


It took me a while to decide on what I wanted to write about this month.  Then I thought - wouldn't it be interesting to write about dreamcatchers for a topic like this?  The answer - yes.


Dreamcatcher
I never remember my dreams.  I take that back - on the rare occasion that I do, they are always strange and horrible.  I can't remember any of the details when I wake, but I'm left with a worrying sense of foreboding.  Within a week afterward, I see something bad happen.  It could be anything - like a friend getting the news that a loved o…

Music Monday: 1994 Releases

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 one or two of 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 at the bottom of this post by sharing your post's url.

This week I'm spotlighting two favorites that both happened to be released in 1994.  I knew both of these songs had been around for awhile, but I didn't realize that they were released 22 years ago.

"Run-Around" by Blues Traveler - I never knew who performed this song until recently.  Recently this song has…

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The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Last Rites by Perry Michael Smith

Welcome to The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice.

These are the rules: 1. Grab a book, any book. 2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader. 3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you. 4. Post it. 5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.

I'm also taking part in Book Beginnings, a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader.  The rules are pretty simple - you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires.  Don't forget to link up your post's url with Rose City Reader.



This week I'm spotlighting one of my current reads, Last Rites by Perry Michael Smith.  I picked this up this past Saturday at the Scott Antique Market.  The vendor I purchased this from was quite interesting and he had a very wide selection from gigantic history books about the Marquis de Lafeyette to 1970s sci-fi (like Last Rites, published in 1971) to classic 1990s kids book…

Bookish Siblings Tag

I've been tagged by Sam @ Tsundoku to complete the Bookish Siblings Tag!  Thanks very much, Sam!  If you're not familiar with her blog, I have to recommend that you check it out!

Rules:

1. Answer all questions.  Repetitions are fine.
2. You can put yourself in any of the categories.
3. Tag others!
4. Fill in the categories with bookish characters.  These characters don't have to feel sibling-esque.  If you don't know, you can say, for example, "A character that... I can't stand is____"

The Questions:

1. Your Older Brother?


Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

2. Your Younger Brother?


Max Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

3. Your Sister?


Hermione Granger from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

4. The Popular One?


Levi

5. Parent's Favorite?

Me - most likely!

6. The Little Rebel?


Max

7. Your Twin?


Hermione

8. The One You Can't Stand?


Juliette from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

9. The One You Could Prank The World With?


Fred and George We…

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven't Talked About In A While

Happy Tuesday everyone and welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  The theme this week is Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven't Talked About In A While.  The titles in my list are in no particular order, but some of them have come into my life more recently than others.  Three of them have linked reviews that appeared on Goodreads and/ or here on my blog.  Those that do not have linked reviews are linked up with the respective Goodreads page.



Doubt (Among Us Trilogy #1) by Anne-Rae Vasquez - I've read the first two books in this series which are both absolutely amazing, and I currently have the honor of assisting Anne-Rae Vasquez beta read the final book in the trilogy (as I also did with the second book).  Think Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor + City of Bones by Cassandra Clare + Fringe  + Medium + Supernatural.



Half My Facebook Friends Are Ferrets by J.A. Buckle - This was a real hidden gem!  If you like Ryan Dea…

Music Monday: I've Been Everywhere

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 one or two of 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 at the bottom of this post by sharing your post's url.

"I've Been Everywhere" by Lucky Starr (1962), Hank Snow (1962), Johnny Cash (1966) - This week I'm spotlighting three versions of the song "I've Been Everywhere".  Originally, the song was made popular by Lucky Starr and featured Australian place names.  Lucky Starr's original version has a…

Sunday Funday: Dragon Loyalty Award Answers and Book Haul

A couple of weeks ago Emily @ Ink, Inc. nominated me for the Dragon Loyalty Award: The Great Game and I posted my nine "facts" - which if you remember four were true and five were false, or five were true and four were false.  Now, it's high time to reveal the answers!


1. A personal life goal is to amass a personal library to rival the Beast's library from Beauty and the Beast.  TRUE - Isn't this every bookworms goal?



2. Every week I take part in four separate memes, two of which I host on my own blog. FALSE - I take part in four weekly memes (Music Monday, Top Ten Tuesday, The Friday 56, and Book Beginnings) and I host Music Monday on my blog.  Every now and then I also do a Sunday Funday post, but not weekly.


3. I live in middle of a bustling city in the state of Ohio in the U.S. FALSE - I do live in Ohio, but out in the country.


4. I recently had myself resorted on Pottermore - originally I was a Gryffindor, but now I am a Hufflepuff. TRUE - When Pottermore …