Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer 2020 Releases I Want To Read


Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is Books That Make Me Smile, but I'm going to do something different by sharing Summer 2020 Releases I Want To Read that are going to be released between now and the last day of Summer.  Here we go, in order by release date:


Peace Talks (The Dresden Files #16) by Jim Butcher - Release date: July 14th


A Summoning of Souls (Spectral City #3) by Leanna Renee Hieber - Release date: July 21st


Deal With the Devil (Mercenary Librarians #1) by Kit Rocha - Release date: July 28th


Court of Lions (Mirage #2) by Somaiya Daud - Release date: August 4th


Harrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb #2) by Tamsyn Muir - Release date: August 4th


Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar - Release date: August 11th


Ink & Sigil (Ink & Sigil #1) by Kevin Hearne - Release date: August 25th


Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas - Release date: September 1st


The Other Side of the Sky (The Other Side of the Sky #1) by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner - Release date: September 8th


Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro - Release date: September 15th


Are any of these books on your TBR?  What upcoming releases are you looking forward to reading?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Monday, July 13, 2020

Music Monday: Peter Hollens


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).

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Happy Monday and welcome to Music Monday everyone!  This week I'm spotlighting a couple of new favorites from Peter Hollens.  I've shared quite a bit of his music in the past and I'm always delighted to see his new videos appear on YouTube.  Here are a couple of fun ones he's put out in the last couple of months: Epic Dreamworks Impressions Medley - Peter Hollens ft. Brian Hull and Shiny - (Disney A Cappella Version) ~ Moana Cover by Peter Hollens.





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Friday, July 10, 2020

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte + 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 spotlighting one of my current reads for the PopCulture ReadathonFour Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte.  I'm going for a blackout bingo on the Thrill Ride bingo board and this will fulfill the prompt I Know What You Did Last Summer - Read a 2019 release.  This YA fantasy sounds like it's going to be exactly my thing and I'm enjoying it so far.

Beginning:

Keralie

The morning sun caught the palace's golden dome, flooding the Concord with light.

56:

"You're a thief," he said, disgust dripping from his words.

"The best," I added with a grin.

50/50 Friday: Best Sequel/ Sequel That Let You Down



Best Sequel - Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2) by Seanan McGuire - Seanan McGuire is quickly becoming a favorite of mine.  While I liked Every Heart A Doorway quite a bit, I absolutely loved this one.  I really need to catch up on this series.


Sequel That Let You Down - A Map of Days (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #4) by Ransom Riggs - I loved the first three books in this series back when it was a trilogy, but to continue it as it has been here kind of feels like a cheat after how the original finale ended.  I still liked it, but I'm not exactly in a hurry to pick up The Conference of Birds.  I definitely will just not soon.


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

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I've Read The Most Books By


Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is Authors I've Read The Most Books By.  As far as I know my counts on these authors are up to date.  Here we go, starting with the author I've read the least from to the most from:


Terry Brooks - 15


Lemony Snicket/ Daniel Handler - 16


Brian K. Vaughan - 16


Cassandra Clare - 18


Charlaine Harris - 19


Robert Kirkman - 20


Jim Butcher - 22


R.A. Salvatore - 24


Stephen King - 42


R.L. Stine - 73


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

Monday, July 6, 2020

Music Monday: Sub Urban


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 Sub Urban's songs - Freak and Cradles.  One of my local radio stations has started playing his stuff and I like his style - very Billie Eilish meets early Panic! at the Disc particularly in Freak.  




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Saturday, July 4, 2020

Visit Hogsmeade: A Mini Magical Readathon - Wrap Up & Mini Reviews


Happy 4th of July!  Today, I'm sharing my wrap up and mini reviews of the books I completed for G. @ Book Roast's Mini Magical Readathon: Visit Hogsmeade which ran from June 22nd through June 28th.  You can check out my original tbr post here.  There were ten total prompts for this readathon and I managed to read five of them (one of those ended up as a DNF).  Keep reading to check out my thoughts on these books:

The Marauder's Map - Read a book with a map (the only required task for the readathon)


❋ ❋ 

I've never read this author before, but this sounds like it could be a great YA fantasy. Court of Fives (Court of Fives #1) by Kate Elliott has so much potential to become a favorite YA fantasy.  Unfortunately, I never quite managed to get as invested or as sucked in to the story, world, or characters as I hoped to be. It was a little too flat for me when it shouldn't have been.  There's so much more I would have liked to see than what we ended up getting.  I don't think I'll be coming back for the sequel.

My review is also on Goodreads.


Three Broomsticks Inn - Read a book that's part of a trilogy


❋ ❋ 

I didn't enjoy The Defiant (The Valiant #2) by Lesley Livington quite as much as the first book, but it's still a solid YA historical action adventure story. I have a feeling I would have enjoyed the audiobook production a little more since it's narrated by Fiona Hardingham who is one of my favorite voices. I'm still looking forward to the picking up the finale.  I would certainly like to read more books set in this time period in the future.

My review is also on Goodreads.


Madam Puddifoot's Tea & Cakes - Start a read with a cup of tea (I had an Arnold Palmer, half iced tea, half lemonade so I hope that counts!)


❋ ❋  ❋ 

I loved every second of The Counterfeit Detective (The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes) by Stuart Douglas.  The whole scene where Holmes and Watson talk to Mrs. van Raalte, the landlady of his imposter, is comedy gold.  When Holmes has no choice but to come up with an alias on the spot when she catches them trying to break in (because they assume no one is at home and Holmes has to think fast and tells her they were just admiring the quality of an antique doorknob), he manages John Murray for Watson and in a moment of panic Mr. Lestrade for himself. Watson, obviously, has a hard time keeping it together when he hears that and doesn't plan on letting Holmes forget it.  Later, he asks Holmes "I have one question, however. Will that remain your name of choice for the entirety of our time in the Americas, or should I expect to find strangers addressing you as Athelney Jones or Tobias Grayson in the near future?" Both of them have a good chuckle after that.


My review is also on Goodreads.


Honeydukes - Pink or green cover, or has sweets/ baked goods on the cover




DNF'd @ page 55


I wanted to love Walk the Wild With Me by Rachel Atwood , but unfortunately it just wasn't working at all for me.  I mean, it's a historical fantasy retelling that combines Robin Hood with faeries.  The potential for this is outstanding, but it was way too dull and boring for my tastes.


My review is also on Goodreads.


The Shrieking Shack - Read a horror or a thriller


Wax by Gina Damico  is a delightful YA fantasy horror comedy.  I'm so glad I decided to give this a chance.  As a fan of House of Wax (1953) with Vincent Price, this was a lot of fun to see a modern fantasy twist on that kind of story.  Damico's characters make the story - they are all unique and quirky and the dialog Damico has written for them is clever.  Dud is my favorite - a lot of fun comedic moments stem from him.  As funny as this is, the doesn't shy away from the creepy stuff either and it does it very well.  Finally, there was one very unlikely scene that really stood out to me and that's when Poppy, her family, and Dud went to eat at Friendly's.  My hometown used to have one of those until it closed several years ago and I still miss it.  Now, there aren't even any more in the state of Ohio.


My review is also on Goodreads.


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

Friday, July 3, 2020

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox + 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 spotlighting one of my current reads for the PopCulture Readathon, The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox .  I'm going for a blackout bingo on the Thrill Ride bingo board and this will fulfill the prompt "Light As A Feather, Stiff As A Board" - Book with a creepy or haunted feel.  I've had this on my shelf for quite awhile now and I'm glad to finally be jumping into it.

Beginning: 

1811

It was the Bishop boy who started it all.

56:

Unperturbed by my ghastly manners, Mr. Barrett tips his head to see the title.  "The Monk".


50/50 Friday: Favorite/ Least Favorite Read Of June





Favorite - I read three amazing books in June and I can't decide between them - The Empire of Gold (The Daevabad Trilogy #3) by S.A. Chakraborty, Sword and Pen (The Great Library #5) by Rachel Caine, and Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (Tristan Strong #1) by Kwame Mbalia.  I can't recommend them all enough!


Least Favorite - Night Call by Brenden Carlson - I was approved for an ARC via NetGalley and it sounded right up my alley as an alternate 1930s sci-fi noir, but unfortunately I ended up DNF'ing it.  The world-building and characters were incredibly flat and it just wasn't working for me.


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