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Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge - November Update: Little Brother & Murder Among Friends

Happy Wednesday everyone!  I hope everyone's been doing well.  How is it already almost December?  Anyway, I've now competed twenty-two tasks of  Book Riot's 2023 Read Harder Challenge .  The tasks I completed this month required me to read a book about activism and read a  book with under 500 Goodreads ratings  and I selected  Little Brother  ( Little Brother  #1) by Cory Doctorow  and  Murder Among Friends: How Leopold and Loeb Tried to Commit the Perfect Crime  by Candace Fleming  respectively.   Read on to see my mini reviews and my plans for next month: ❋   ❋  ❋  ❋ Little Brother  ( Little Brother  #1) by Cory Doctorow  is one of those novels I wish I had read back when it was new in 2008.  I've really been missing out for the last 15 years!  Plus, Kirby Heyborn is one of my favorite narrators and he gives a great performance here.  That said, it does get bogged down a bit with explanations of tech related things which slows down the whole thing.  Regardless, I'
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Sci-Fi Month 2023 - Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set On Other Planets

  Happy Tuesday everyone!  For today's  Top Ten Tuesday  hosted by  That Artsy Reader Girl , in honor of  Sci-Fi Month  which is hosted by Lisa @  Dear Geek Place  and Imyril @  One More  (Image credit: Artwork by  Yosua Bungaran Cahya Putra ), my list is going to take advantage of the  Sci-Fi Month Challenge  which fits in perfectly with the TTT theme of Books Set In X, so today I'm featuring Books Set On Other Planets.  Without further ado, here are 5 recent favorites (from the last 5 years) and 5 I want to read in alphabetical order by title: Favorites: Aurora's End ( The Aurora Cycle #3) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff   Dead Silence by S.A. Barnes The Galaxy and the Ground Within ( Wayfarers #4) by Becky Chambers   Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir   Saga, Volume 10  by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples   Want To Read: Artificial Condition ( The Murderbot Diaries #2) by Martha Wells Chaos Terminal ( The Midsolar Murders #2) by Mur Lafferty Hunt the Stars ( Starlight'

Sci-Fi Month 2023 - Music Monday: Loki, Season 2 (2023)

Happy Music Monday everyone!  In honor of  Sci-Fi Month 2023 , all this November  I'm sharing some sci-fi inspired music.  (Image credit: Artwork by  Yosua Bungaran Cahya Putra ) .  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 featuring some of my favorite pieces of music from Loki , Season 2 (2023).  I don't know if you've watched this most recent season, but for me it firmly cemented the series as my favorite MCU Disney+ show.  Anyway, Natalie Holt's music is so good, and they got to do some really fun stuff with it this season!  Give a listen to Chicago 1892  (as a trombo

Sci-Fi Month 2023 - Sunday Funday: Week 4 Update

Happy Sunday everyone and welcome to my fourth weekly update for  Sci-Fi Month 2023 !  Sci-Fi Month is a month long celebration of all things sci-fi and it's hosted by Lisa @  Dear Geek Place  and Imyril @  One More .  (Image credit: Artwork by  Yosua Bungaran Cahya Putra ) .  I hope everyone that celebrates Thanksgiving had a good holiday!  Anyway, I've made some progress on my tbr and watchlist this week.  Keep reading to see what I got up to since this monthly event began: My Sci-Fi Month Posts This Week: Sunday Funday: Week 3 Update Music Monday: Orctimus Prime Top Ten Tuesday: New Releases & Coming Soon The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings):  Escaping Eleven ( Eleven Trilogy #1) by Jerri Chisholm   What I Watched This Week : ❋   ❋  ❋   ❋.5 I'm really surprised just how much I ended up enjoying  The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes  (2023). I definitely prefer this film adaptation to the original novel. I'd go so far as to say this is just abou

2023 Popsugar Reading Challenge - Update #11

Happy Sunday everyone and welcome to my eleventh and final 2023 Popsugar Reading Challenge update with mini reviews!  In November, I read 2 books for a total of 50 books completed out of 50 books. for the  2023 Popsugar Reading Challenge .  I can't believe I've finally finished this reading challenge!  Keep reading to see my thoughts on the books I read in November: ❋   ❋  ❋   ❋ Vampires of El Norte  by Isabel   Cañas   was one of my most anticipated reads.  It's incredibly vivid, atmospheric, and creepy.  If my library copy had come in earlier, it would have been a perfect read for October.  I wouldn't quite say that this quite hit the same heights as her debut novel, The Hacienda , for me, but it's still a must read if you enjoyed her style there.  I loved getting to know all of the characters, especially our two POV characters Nena and Néstor.  The vampires in the story are scary which I really appreciated.  I also appreciated the Mexican history featured in the

Reindeer Readathon 2023 - Announcement & TBR

Happy Saturday everyone!  Today I'm sharing my TBR for the  Reindeer Readathon  which will run for the entire month of December.  It is hosted by  Erik @ Breakeven Books  with some help from  Noelle ,  Christine & Mo ,  Kristin , Hannah , and Vanessa .  I'm on Team Nutcracker which is hosted by Christine & Mo.  I really enjoyed participating in this for the last couple of years, and I think I've got a awesome reading list put together for this December.  Without further ado, let's get to my tbr:  DASHER - 15 PTS - Read a book where the title contains one of the first 5 words you see in the word grid on page 4. Must be a word from the list. My choice: Bookshops & Bonedust ( Legends & Lattes #0) by Travis Baldree - I'm so excited to read this given how much I loved Legends & Lattes . DANCER - 15 PTS - Read a book with a title that has at least 5 words in it. My choice: The Circus of Stolen Dreams by Lorelei Savaryn - This MG fantasy sounds like i

Sci-Fi Month 2023 - The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Escaping Eleven (Eleven Trilogy #1) by Jerri Chisholm

              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  Sci-Fi Month 2023  reads,  Escaping Eleven  ( Eleven Trilogy  #1) by Jerri Chisholm .  By the way, Sci-Fi Month is a month long celebration of all things sci-fi and it's hoste