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The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): A Longer Fall (Gunnie Rose #2) by Charlaine Harris

On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by  Freda's Voice , 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 Name-a-Thon  reads,  A Longer Fall  ( Gunnie Rose  #2) by Charlaine Harris .  I've already finished this one and it just gets better as it goes along.  Plus, it's always fun to read Charlaine Harris. Beginning:  It had been a long time since I was on a trai

Book Riot's 2021 Read Harder Challenge - July Update: The West End Horror & History Is All You Left Me

Happy Wednesday everyone!  I hope everyone's been staying healthy and happy.  June is already on the way out and it feels like it practically just started.  Anyway, that means that I've now completed 14 tasks of  Book Riot's 2021 Read Harder Challenge  - I'm already more than half way through.  The tasks I completed this month required me to read a fanfic and  a book that demystifies a common mental illness.   I selected  The West End Horror  ( Nicholas Meyer Holmes Pastiches  #2) by Nicholas Meyer  and  History is All You Left Me  by Adam Silvera .   Read on to see my mini reviews and what's coming up for August: ❋  ❋  ❋ The West End Horror: A Posthumous Memoir of John H. Watson, MD  ( Nicholas Meyer Holmes Pastiches Series #2) by Nicholas Meyer is my least favorite of the series that I've read so far.  It's still a solid read and the author definitely does just to the characters and the original tone.  Plus, it was fun to see Holmes and Watson interact wi

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Want With Me While Stranded On a Deserted Island

 Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by  That Artsy Reader Girl .  This week's topic is Books I’d Want With Me While Stranded On a Deserted Island.  I hope all of these books would in some way help me make it through until I was either rescued or managed to save myself.  Here we go, in alphabetical order by title: Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis Beauty Queens by Libba Bray Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman Hatchet ( Brian's Saga  #1) by Gary Paulsen The Hunger Games ( The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins Life of Pi by Yann Martell Lord of the Flies by William Golding My Side of the Mountain ( Mountain #1)   by Jean Craighead George Spill Zone ( Spill Zone #1) by Scott Westerfeld This Mortal Coil ( This Mortal Coil #1) by Emily Suvada What would you you want to have if you were stranded on a deserted island?  Have you read any of these books?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Music Monday: O Willow Waly

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 sharing O Willow Waly  as featured in the movie  The Innocents (1961) and the Netflix series  The Haunting of Bly Manor   (2020) .  Both the movie and the show are based on The Turn of the Screw by Henry James.  I just recently watched The Innocents for the first time and was really impressed - I feel like I should rewatch The Haunting of Bly

Sunday Funday: Birthday Month Book Haul

  Happy Sunday everyone!  I hope everyone's staying safe and healthy.  Today, I thought I'd share some of the new-to-me books I've recently added to my collection.  July is my birthday month after all!  Yesterday was the big day actually.  Anyway, this is what happens when I get the chance to go to a Friends of the Library book sale when they have stuff a bag full for $5 promotion going, when I go to Half Priced Books, and put those gift cards to good use.  I think I'm set for awhile!   Keep reading the check out what I've picked up this month: To Ride Hell's Chasm  by Janny Wurts  - I'm not at all familiar with this author, but this standalone fantasy sounds pretty good. Plus, the cover is certainly eye catching. Pride of Kings by Judith Tarr - This is another author I wasn't at all familiar with, but I saw a whole group of her works at the Friends of the Library book sale and thought I'd give it a try.  Her brand of historical fantasy sounds like

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Murder of Crows (The Others #2) by Anne Bishop

On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by  Freda's Voice , 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 current  Name-a-Thon  reads,  Murder of Crows  ( The Others  #2) by Anne Bishop .  I loved the first book in this series and I'm so happy to jump back into this world. Beginning:  Nudged awake by his bedmate's restless movements, Simon Wolfgard yawned, roll

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read In One Sitting

  Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by  That Artsy Reader Girl .  This week's topic is Books I Read In One Sitting.  All of the books on my list this week totally had me hooked.  Here we go in alphabetical order by title: The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky Doctor Who: The Empty House ( BBC Doctor Who: New Series Audio Adventures #19) by Simon Guerrier Heartstopper, Volume One  ( Heartstopper #1)   by Alice Oseman Lady Killer, Vol. 2 ( Lady Killer #2) by Joelle Jones The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales of Dangerous Magic ( Grishaverse ) by Leigh Bardugo The Old Guard, Vol. 2: Force Multiplied by Greg Rucka Magic For Liars by Sarah Gailey Marie Antoinette's Head: The Royal Hairdresser, The Queen, and the Revolution by Will Bashor Sunder of Time  ( Sunder #1) by Kristin McTiernan What are some books that you read in one sitting?  Have you read any of these books?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and p

Music Monday: Charade (1963)

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 sharing my favorite songs from the soundtrack of Charade (1963) which was composed by Henry Mancini.  Mancini is one of my favorite movie composers and pretty much all the songs in the movie are great on their own.  Check out the  Main Titles , Bateau Mouche , Orange Tamoure , Mambo Parisienne , and Punch and Judy : You are invited to the Inl

Trope-ical Readathon - Team Fantasy Announcement & TBR

Hello everyone!  Today I'm sharing my plans for my second round of the  Trope-ical Readathon  which is hosted by  @jenjenreviews  and  @bookrob13 .  It will run the entire month of August and I'm joining Team Fantasy this time around.  There are fifteen total challenges to complete - two team challenges and thirteen common challenges (you either read a book that fits the given trope or one that fits the alternate prompt).  Each team also has two Team Book options to read as well.  For each challenge you complete, team book you read, and each page you read, you earn points for your team  You can also follow the official Trope-ical Readathon on  Twitter  and with the hashtag  #TropeicalReadathon .  Without further ado, let's get to my tbr:  Team Book: My choice: The Extraordinaries ( The Extraordinaries #1) by T.J. Klune - I've only read one of Klune's books so far, but he's already become one of my favorites.  I need more!   Team Challenges: 1. There Be Dragons!