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The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Kinslayer (The Lotus Wars #2) by Jay Kristoff

On Friday's I take part in two 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 (New Year's eve!!) everyone!  This week I'm spotlighting one of my  Reindeer Readathon  books,  Kinslayer  ( The Lotus Wars  #2) by Jay Kristoff .  I really ended up enjoying the first book in this series and I'm glad I've got the chance to jump into the sequel. Beginning:  Now witness the end of the b

PopCulture Readathon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Big Baddies Board TBR

This January I'll been participating in the next round of the  PopCulture Readathon , created and hosted by  Whitney @ bookswhitme  (with some assistance from  Lo @ Reading Parental ).   The theme is Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which is one of my all-time favorite tv shows, so I'll be starting the year off right!  There are 3 different boards - Slayer, Scooby Gang, and Big Baddies.  It was a tough choice, but I'm going to tackle the Bigg Baddies board  Without further ado, check out my Big Baddies TBR: The Mayor - Book w/a snake on the cover My choice: Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust - I've been eyeing this YA fantasy novel at my library for awhile now and it's time I finally get to it. Dark Willow - Book w/a power hungry character My choice: The Councillor ( The Councillor #1) by E.J. Beaton - This fantasy series opener sounds like it's going to be exactly up my alley. Principal Snyder - Book set in high school  My choice: Angelfire ( Angelfire #1)

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I Read In 2021

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by  That Artsy Reader Girl .  This week's topic is Best Books I Read In 2021.  This was a really difficult list to put together because I read a lot of great books this year, but these are the books that really stood out to me the most.  Here we go, in alphabetical order: All Creatures Great and Small ( All Creatures Great and Small #1-2) by James Herriot - I loved the tv adaptation of this, and I'm glad I decided to try the original memoir that it's based on.  It's a real treat and really hit the spot.  Plus, the audiobook is narrated by Nicholas Ralph, who plays James Herriot in the show. All of Us Villains ( All of Us Villains #1) by Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman - I loved the style of this novel and I absolutely can't wait to the sequel. The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey - Sarah Gailey is quickly becoming one of my favorites and this sci-fi thriller novel is not one to be missed! The Gala

Music Monday: Geoff Castellucci

        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 in honor of the season I'm sharing  Geoff Castellucci's low bass cover of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen .  Castellucci is also a member of VoicePlay and performs solo as well.  Either way, he's incredibly talented and has quite a voice.   You are invited to the Inlinkz link party! Click here to enter

2022 Popsugar Reading Challenge - Announcement & Potential TBR

Happy Sunday everyone!  I hope everyone had a merry Christmas!  This year and last year I took part in the Popsugar Reading Challenge, and I'll be back in 2022 for more fun.  Like before there are 40 regular prompts and an additional 10 advanced prompts.  Between this and  Book Riot's 2022 Read Harder Challenge , I think I'm going to have pretty great reading year!  Keep reading to see my TBR for the 2022 Popsugar Reading Challenge : 1. A book published in 2022 My choice:   Light Years From Home by Mike Chen - This will be released on January 25, 2022 and I can't wait to try it.  Mike Chen has been consistently pretty great so far! 2. A book set on a plane, train, or cruise ship My choice: Among the Red Stars by Gwen C. Katz - I've been eyeing this at my library for ages. It's inspired by the true story of the Night Witches and I think it could be right up my alley 3. A book about or set in a nonpatriarchal society My choice:  The Mercies  by Kiran Millwood