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Book Riot's 2020 Read Harder Challenge - February Update: Empire of Storms & Down Among the Sticks and Bones

February 2020 has already come to a close?  It doesn't seem like it could be!  That means that I've completed 4 out of 24 books of Book Riot's 2020 Read Harder Challenge!  The tasks I completed required me to read a doorstopper (over 500 pages) published after 1950, written by a woman and a sci-fi/fantasy novella (under 120 pages).  For the tasks, I selected Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas and Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Waiyward Children #2) by Seanan McGuire.  Read on to see my mini reviews and what's next for March:


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I don't know how but the Throne of Glass series just keeps getting better and Empire of Storms, the fifth installment,is no exception.  I was concerned since the previous novels had been so amazing I didn't know how this could compete, but it's just as much fun.  It's great to see Aelin and company really come into their own.  Epic is an understatement to describe it.  I tried to savor the story, but …

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Ghosts of the Shadow Market (Ghosts of the Shadow Market #1-10) by Cassandra Clare + 50/50

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 spotli…

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Follow On Social Media

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is Characters I’d Follow On Social Media (submitted by Tilly @thebiblioshelf).  I'm not only focusing on book characters, but also a few from tv shows.  Here we go, in no particular order:


Mark Watney from The Martian by Andy Weir


Gansey from The Raven Cycle  series by Maggie Stiefvater


Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling


Mo Folchart from Inkheart by Cornelia Funke


Kell and Rhy from the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab


Lila Bard from the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab


Malcolm Bright from Prodigal Son


Donna and The Doctor from Doctor Who


Klaus and Ben from The Umbrella Academy


Magus Bane from The Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare


What fictional characters would you love to follow on social media?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting on my blog.

Music Monday: 42nd Street (1933)

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 numbers from 42nd Street (1933).  I don't know if I've ever mentioned it, but I love this movie.  It's just so much fun!  Check out "Come and Meet Those Dancing Feet" and "Shuffle Off to Buffalo":





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The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Mr. Mercedes (Bill Hodges Trilogy #1) by Stephen King + 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 spotli…

Top Ten Tuesday: The Last Ten Books That Gave Me a Book Hangover

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is The Last Ten Books That Gave Me a Book Hangover (submitted by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse).  I've read a lot of great books lately and there have been many books that really stuck with me that made it difficult to jump into another world.  Without further ado, here we go in alphabetical order:


Call Down the Hawk (Dreamer Trilogy #1) by Maggie Stiefvater


A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers #1) by Brigid Kemmerer


Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicles #3) by Jay Kristoff


Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas


Inkheart (Inkworld #1) by Cornelia Funke


Jade War (The Green Bone Saga #2) by Fonda Lee


Locke & Key by Joe Hill


Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3) by Cassandra Clare


Spellslinger (Spellslinger #1) by Sebastien de Castell


The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H.G. Parry


What are some books that you couldn't get out of your heard?  A…

Music Monday: The Prince of Egypt (1998)

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 songs from The Prince of Egypt (1998)which is one of my all time favorite movies.  The animation is excellent and the music is marvelous.  I remember when I had this on VHS I totally wore out my copy I watched it so many times.  If you haven't seen this, what are you waiting for…

Made of Darkness (Lunis Kendall #1) by Erica M. Kim - Review

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I received an ecopy of this book from Reedsy in exchange for an honest review.

Made of Darkness (Lunis Kendall #1) by Erica M. Kim is a fantastic way to kick off a brand new paranormal romance urban fantasy series. Urban fantasy is one of my favorite sub-genres of fantasy and I always have my eyes peeled for unique new additions to the genre that really stand out from the crowd. Luckily for me, I had the opportunity to read this new release courtesy of Reedsy and it hit almost exactly the right notes for me.

Made of Darkness follows Lunis, a woman who runs her own dog grooming business who during the full moon turns into a monster. She doesn't physically change into a werewolf or anything like that, but it's more like her state of mind changes and she becomes a fiercely violent, bloodthirsty, stone cold killer. She uses her dark side to moonlight as an assassin. Let's just say that she has become very good at what she does and she gets paid well for her skills…

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas + 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 spotli…

Top Ten Tuesday: Classic Romance Movies I Want To Watch

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is a Love Freebie, and I've decided to share Classic Romance Movies I Want To Watch.  The movies on my list range from 1932 to 1956.  Here we go, in order by release date:


Merrily We Go To Hell (1932)


Red-Headed Woman(1932)


No Man of Her Own(1932)


Footlight Parade(1932)


Only Angels Have Wings(1939)


I Married A Witch(1942)


Now, Voyager(1942)


Cover Girl(1944)


People Will Talk(1951)


A Kiss Before Dying(1956)


What are some of your favorite classic romance movies?  Have you seen any of these movies?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!