Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Things to Eat/Drink While Reading


Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is Favorite Things to Eat/Drink While Reading (submitted by Jana’s mom).

Apples

Arnold Palmer Half and Half

Grapes

Orange Vanilla Coke

Popcorn

Pretzels

String cheese

Swedish Fish

Toast

Tortilla chips


What are some of your favorite snacks and drinks to have while reading?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Music Monday: oneboredjeu Mashups


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 oneboredjeu Mashup videos that really work together more than you might expect - It's A Little Complicated which is a mashup of Complicated by Avril Lavigne and High Hopes by Panic! At The Disco & Old Crown Road which is a combo of you should see me in a crown by Billie Eilish and Old Town Road (Diplo Remix) by Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus.  What are some of your favorite mashup songs?





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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sunday Funday: Mini Reviews - Craven Street (ARC), The Witchkin Murders (ARC), & Dark Magic



Happy Sunday everyone!  Today I'm sharing three mini reviews with you: Craven Street (Whitechapel Paranormal Society #0.5) by E.J. Stevens (released June 25th, 2019), The Witchkin Murders (Magicfall #1) by Diana Pharaoh Francis (available June 7th, 2019), and Dark Magic (Online Kingdom #2) by Jakob Tanner (released February 5th, 2019).  Thank you very much to NetGalley for providing me with ARCs of Craven Street and The Witchkin Murders and Jakob Tanner for Dark Magic in exchange for my honest reviews.  Read on to see my thoughts on these two books:


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Craven Street (Whitechapel Paranormal Society #0.5) by E.J. Stevens is a good little novella for fans of gothic mysteries with a dash of fantasy. It goes quick and the world that Stevens has created is very atmospheric, but I have to admit I felt somewhat out of the loop. There's much more I'd like to know about the world the characters inhabit. This is my first time reading anything by the author and this has gotten me interested enough to come back for more in the future.

My review can also be found on Goodreads.



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The Witchkin Murders (Magicfall #1) by Diana Pharaoh Francis is a cool urban fantasy series opener. I especially loved getting to know the new rules of our world since the event called Magicfall when the supernatural world declared war on humans and rained down magic on them changing everything up in a massive way. Kayla used to be a great detective, but now she is a scavenger and a witchkin who's no longer quite human. The magic system that the author has created is very cool and I liked seeing how it blended into the human world, especially when it comes to the technomages. Overall, I couldn't get enough of this addictive series opener. It's my first book from Francis and it certainly won't be my last.

My review can also be found on Goodreads.



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Dark Magic (Arcane Kingdom Online #2) by Jakob Tanner is a great follow up to The Chosen. I'm so glad I started this LitRPG series because Clay's story has really hooked me. This installment takes up right after book one ends and it does a good job of expanding the world of the game that Clay now calls home particularly through the quests he, Serena, and Shade take on for the king. It's quite similar to book one, but we begin to learn more and more background on the game itself and its developers. Overall, though, the author's style flows a little better and we already know the cast and the key points of their world. If you enjoyed The Chosen, Radioactive Evolution by Richard Hummel, and Aaru by David Meredith, you'll have to continue this series. I can't wait to read continue this The Fallen City after that ending. I can't wait to see where it's going to all go. Thanks again, Mr. Tanner!

My review can also be found on Goodreads.


Have you read any of these books, or have I piqued your interest?  What did you read this weekend?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Friday, September 13, 2019

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Reaper Man (Discworld #11) by Terry Pratchett + 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.



This week I'm spotlighting one of my Beat the Backlist reads, Reaper Man (Discworld #11) by Terry Pratchett.  I'm so glad to be visiting Discworld again and spending some more time with Death!

Beginnings:

The Morris Dance is common to all inhabited worlds in the multiverse.

56:

"And now I'm going to have a lie down," he said.  "It's been a long day."

50/50 Friday: Character Most/Least Likely to Have a Drunk Night of Karaoke



Most - Adam from If I Stay by Gayle Forman - This is the first book that came into my mind for this prompt.  I've only read book one in this duology, but I could see Adam doing this based only on what we know about him from Mia.  Probably wouldn't even have to be drunk to do karaoke since he's an up and coming rock star.

Least - Mia from If I Stay by Gayle Forman - I have a feeling Mia just wouldn't what with her potential future as a cellist at the Juilliard.


What are you reading this weekend?  Have you read either of these books?  Do you agree with my picks for this week's prompt for the 50/50 Friday?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps evening commenting down below!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why


Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why (maybe you’re scared of it, worried it won’t live up to the hype, etc.) (submitted by Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea).  Here we go, in alphabetical order by title:


The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho - This has been recommended to me so many times, but I'm half afraid it won't live up to the hype.  That many people can't go wrong can they?


Brave New World by Aldous Huxley - I'm so nervous yet excited to read such a classic, but I know there has to be a reason it's such a classic.


The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - I need to read this, but the thought of meeting the angsty Holden Caulfield for the first time is unnerving.


The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials #1) by Philip Pullman - I have no idea why I'm putting this off, but I will say that the trailer for the new adaptation looks pretty great.


The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt - This sounds so cool, but have you seen how massive it is? 


It by Stephen King - I know 100% why I'm avoiding this one - I saw the original miniseries when I was way too young and Tim Curry's Pennywise absolutely terrified me.


Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden - I actually own a copy of this, but it's been sitting on my shelf for ages because I'm afraid it won't live up to everything.


Les Miserables by Victor Hugo - I've seen a lot of adaptations of this book, but for some reason I haven't actually read the source material and it's definitely because it's such a huge tome.


The Silence of the Lambs (Hannibal Lecter #2) by Thomas Harris - Like with It, I saw the movie at way to young and it scared the crap out of me. 


Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut - Somehow I've never actually read a Vonnegut book, but I'm going to have to even it I'm concerned they won't live up to the hype.


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

Monday, September 9, 2019

Music Monday: Rocketman (2019)


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 my three favorite songs from the soundtrack of Rocketman (2019) starring Taron Egerton as Elton John - I'm Still Standing, Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting), and Crocodile Rock.  I finally had the opportunity to see the movie last week and I was really impressed.  I know almost nothing about Elton John's life aside from the songs themselves, so I have no idea how historically accurate the movie is or not.  I do know that Taron Egerton is incredibly talented as is Kit Connor who portrays older Reggie.  Have you seen this movie or do you want to see it in the future?  What were your favorite songs from it?






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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Sunday Funday: Disney-a-Thon Team Aladdin - Mini Reviews & Wrap Up


Happy Sunday everyone!  In August I took part in the Disney-a-Thon, a Disney themed month long readathon created by @izcurrentlyread and co-hosted by @natureofpages@TheFranciscoMP, and @celebrityreadsh.  I completed the Team Aladdin (with @izcurrentlyread as the team leader) challenge and I enjoyed most all of the books I read for the readathon.  I earned all 105 points!  Yay me!  Keep reading to see my thoughts on the books I read for the Disney-a-thon:



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I don't know how Sarah J. Maas does it, but this series just keeps getting better and better.  It's a real roller coaster and I was there for every second.  It's one of those books that I just absolutely devoured from beginning to end because it's so addicting I didn't want to put it down.  The world-building is great and the characters are so well developed.  I've even started to take more of a liking to Manon Blackbeak this time around.  As for new characters, I really liked getting to know Lysandra.  Overall, I'm beyond excited to read Empire of Storms!

Jasmine: Read a book that features royalty (10) - You can also find my review of Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas on Goodreads.



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What the heck kind of ending was that?! Did Helprin just give up or what? You know wht made this marginally more interesting? Skimming it while listening to the Avengers: Edngame soundtrack.

Aladdin: Read a book that contains romance (10) - You can also find my review of Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin on Goodreads.


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Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse is a brilliant follow up to Trail of Lightning.  It definitely deserves more than just five stars.  Maggie is hands down one of my all time favorite characters.  Kai pretty great too, as is Ben, a new addition this time around.  I'd go so far as to say it's all very metal.  I very much agree with the blurb from the New York Times, "Give us at least five [T.V.] seasons of this indigenous monster-hunter and her silver-tongued sidekick."  I can't wait to see what happens next!

The Magic Carpet: Read a fantasy book (10) - You can also find my review of  Storm of Locusts (The Sixth World #2) by Rebecca Roanhorse on Goodreads.



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Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco is a brilliant continuation of this YA historical mystery thriller series.  I'm thoroughly addicted to the world Maniscalco has created along with her characters.  I can't wait for Capturing the Devil and I'm excited to see how the author handles H.H. Holmes!  Wadsworth and Cresswell are currently one of my favorite couples - they make a marvelous team.  If you like this series, I also recommend Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok.

Jafar: Read a book that will suck you into its world, as if in a trance - this book must only be read at dark (25) - You can also find my review of Escaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper #3) by Kerri Maniscalco on Goodreads.



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I'm so glad this underrated gem was selected as the Team Aladdin group book for the Disney-a-thon.  The Last Magician is quite the doorstop, but it's totally worth diving into if you're interested in historical fantasy and also time travel.  Maxwell's world-building is perfectly detailed and the pace moves quickly.  I'm not a New Yorker, but this is the kind of book that almost makes me feel like I could be a native of the city.  I also loved getting to know her cast of characters.  Esta has got to be a new-to-me favorite - she has guts and her confidence and skills are admirable.  Overall, I highly recommend The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell.  If you're a fan of both The Diviners and Six of Crows, I expect you will enjoy this as well.  This series opener also is a great YA Adult crossover novel as well, so fans of adult fantasy may also love it.  I can't wait to continue this series with The Devil's Thief!

Abu: Read the group book (50) -  You can also find my review of The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell on Goodreads.


Have you read any of these books?  Did you take part in this readathon?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!