Skip to main content

Posts

Showing posts from April, 2019

Book Riot's 2019 Read Harder Challenge - April Update: Lumberjanes, Vol. 2: Friendship to the Max & Le Morte d'Arthur

How is April already over?  Anyway, now that means that I've completed 8 out of 24 books of Book Riot's 2019 Read Harder Challenge!  The tasks I completed  this month required me to read acomic by an LGBTQIA creator and a book written in prison.  For the tasks, I selected Lumberjanes, Vol. 2: Friendship to the Max by Noelle Stevenson andLe Morte d'Arthur by Thomas Mallory.  Read on to see my mini reviews and what's next for May:


❋ ❋ ❋ ❋

Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson is absolutely delightful. The sense of humor, rollicking adventure, and air of mystery is a real treat. I cannot wait to continue on with this series - I honestly don't know why I haven't already. I also think I need to read everything from Stevenson ever. Thank you to Book Riot's 2019 Read Harder Challenge for giving me the opportunity to read this.



❋ ❋ ❋ ❋

King Arthur and Merlin are some of my favorite characters yet somehow I had never read this book. Now I can officially say that it's de…

Top Ten Tuesday: Inspirational Book Quotes

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is Inspirational Book Quotes.  A few of these aren't from books, but I still decided to include them.  Here we go, in no particular order:

“Don't think or judge, just listen.” ― Sarah Dessen, Just Listen

“We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.” ― Veronica Roth, Divergent

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

“Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.” ― R.J. Palacio, Wonder

“For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.” ― Michelle Obama, Becoming

“Difficult" and "impossible" are cousins often…

Music Monday: Shaed

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.

This week I'm spotlighting the music of SHAED.  And yes, I totally started listening to them because of that Apple commercial.  I'm just glad I've started hearing them on the radio.  The songs I'm sharing today are Trampoline and Melt.  Have you listened to this band before?





You are invited to the Inlinkz link party! Click here to enter

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Double Down (Lois Lane #2) by Gwenda Bond + 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!  Today, I'm sharing se…

Devour Your TBR - ContemporApril Wrap Up & Moody May TBR

Happy Thursday everyone!  This year I've decided to take part in Devour Your TBR which is hosted by Kathy @ Books and Munches and destiny.  Each month the Goodreads Group for the challenge dedicated to knocking out our ever growing TBRs comes up with a themed challenge.  For April the theme was ContemporApril (all about adult or YA contemporary novels) and I selected six books which you can see in the photo above.  Keep reading to see my thoughts on the books in the order that I read them, and also my potential TBR for Moody May (all about mood reading).


❋ ❋ ❋❋

All the Rage by Courtney Summers is one of the rawest novels I've read in a long time.  It tackles intense and dark topics, but it is more than worth your time.  Courtney Summers' writing is very natural and flows well.  On top of everything else, I also appreciated the core mystery.  A fair warning, you may need a stress ball to squeeze and a paper bag to breathe into during your read and after you complete it.  Now…

Top Ten Tuesday: First Books I Reviewed On Goodreads

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is First Books I Reviewed.  I'm narrowing the topic down further to first ten books I reviewed on Goodreads.  The titles are linked to my Goodreads review.  Here we go, in alphabetical order:


City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare


Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare


Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth


Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman


The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman


The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan


The Road by Cormac McCarthy


The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater


Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate #1) by Gail Carriger


Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

Have you read any of these books?  What are some of the first books you've reviewed?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Music Monday: Young The Giant

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.

This week I'm spotlighting the music of one of my recent favorite bands, Young The Giant.  I don't remember where I first heard their music, but I know I fell in love with their sound right away.  Have you heard Superposition or Tightrope?




You are invited to the Inlinkz link party! Click here to enter

Sunday Funday: ARC Mini Reviews - Soul Remains & D-Day Girls

Happy Sunday everyone!  Today I'm sharing three ARC mini reviews with you: Soul Remains (Terribly Serious Darkness Series #2) by Sam Hooker (ARC) - Review (available April 23rd, 2019) and D-Day Girls by Sarah Rose  (available April 23rd, 2019).  Thank you very much to NetGalley for providing me with these ARCs in exchange for my honest reviews.  Read on to see my thoughts on these two books:


❋ ❋ ❋

Soul Remains by Sam Hooker is a good follow up to Peril in the Old Country. This time the Old Country is in danger and Sloot just might be the hero the people deserve. There's just one small thing before Sloot can begin his adventures - he's a ghost. That's right Sloot is dead, but he's still just as willing (but incompetent) to save his home. Just like in the previous installment my favorite aspect is the absurd sense of humor that's totally worthy of Monty Python, Douglas Adams, and Terry Pratchett. It's definitely not for everyone, but I thought it mostly hit al…

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): All The Crooked Saints 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!  Today, I'm sharing fi…

The Hierophant's Daughter by M.F. Sullivan - Blog Tour, Excerpt, and Giveaway

I'm very excited to welcome you all to my leg of the The Hierophant's Daughterblog tour, hosted by Rockstar Book Tours!  Today, you'll find the details and summary for this novel, an excerpt, an about the author, M.F. Sullivan, a giveaway, and the blog tour schedule.  Thanks for visiting my stop on this blog tour!


About The Book: Title: THE HIEROPHANT'S DAUGHTER (The Disgraced Martyr Trilogy #1) Author: M.F. Sullivan Pub. Date: May 19, 2019 Publisher: Painted Blind Publishing Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook Pages: 286 Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle, B&N, TBD
NOT FOR YOUNG ADULTS, THE FAINT OF HEART, OR THOSE WITH WEAK WILLSRace through the bloodbath in this first volume of a horrific cyberpunk tahgmahr you can't afford to miss. What would you sacrifice to survive? By 4042 CE, the Hierophant and his Church have risen to political dominance with his cannibalistic army of genetically modified humans: martyrs. In an era when mankind's intergenerational cold wa…

Top Ten Tuesday: Rainy Day Reads

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is Rainy Day Reads (submitted by Shayna @ Clockwork Bibliotheca).  After each title I'm sharing the best type of rain for each title.  Here we go, in no particular order:


Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë - just misting


Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë - raging thunderstorm


Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle - raining cats and dogs


Twilight by Stephenie Meyer - overcast with a light rain


The Shining by Stephen King - fat raindrops to a freezing rain


The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe - a dreary downpour


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli - a light drizzle


The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - rain pelting down along the windows


The Merciless by Danielle Vega - a thunderstorm with hail and a tornado


The Help by Kathryn Stockett - a sunshower

Have you read any of these books?  What books do you think are perfect for a rainy day?  As always …