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Sunday Funday: 2021 Popsugar Reading Challenge - Update #1 & Mini Reviews

Happy Sunday everyone and welcome to my first 2021 Popsugar Reading Challenge update with mini  reviews!  So far I've completed 7 of 50 books for the  2021 Popsugar Reading Challenge .  I'd say I've made great progress and have read some pretty good books already.  Without further ado, here we go in the order I read them in: ❋  ❋  ❋  ❋ Horrid  by Katrina Leno  is a fantastic YA Horror novel with a dash of the paranormal.  It's incredibly atmospheric, creepy, and, dare I say, dreadful but in the best way. It's quite intense, complex, and emotional. Leno builds the level of unease until you can practically feel it pushing down on you.  I bet you'll love this if you're a fan of And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich and Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House .  I'm going to have to read more from Katrina Leno as soon as possible. My review is also on Goodreads . ❋  ❋  ❋  ❋   ❋ Shadowblack  ( Spellslinger  #2) by Sebastien de Castell  is such a great se

PopCulture Readathon, Round 2: Adventures In Babysitting Board Wrap Up & Mini Reviews

 Happy Saturday everyone! This month I've been participating in the second round of the  PopCulture Readathon , created and hosted by  Whitney @ bookswhitme  (with some assistance from  Lorryn @ Reading Parental ).  You can check out my original TBR post  here  and my mini reviews for my Elm Street Board and TBR for the Adventures in Babysitting board here , if you like.  I also met my goal of completing the Adventures in Babysitting board this month, for a grand total of finishing 18 books this month for this readathon. Without further ado, check out my thoughts on the books I read for the Adventures in Babysitting board: Ghostbusters - Ghosts ❋  ❋  ❋   ❋   ❋ Unnatural Acts  ( Dan Shamble, Zombie PI  #2) by Kevin J. Anderson  is a delightful follow up to Death Warmed Over .  It's just so much fun.  I can't resist noir meets urban fantasy with a healthy dash of humor and this really checked all the right boxes for me.  If you're a fan of the Black Box Inc. series by Ja

Book Riot's 2021 Read Harder Challenge - January Update: Vampires Never Grow Old & For A Muse Of Fire

Happy Saturday everyone!  I hope everyone's been staying healthy and happy.  I can't believe it's already the end of the first month of 2021.  It seems like it's been simultaneously extremely long and also quite short.  Anyway, that means that I've now completed the first 2 tasks of Book Riot's 2021 Read Harder Challenge .  The tasks I completed this month required me to read an SFF anthology edited by a person of color   and  an own voices book about disability  and I selected  Vampires Never Grow Old: Tales With Fresh Bite  edited by Zoraida Cordova  and  For a Muse of Fire  ( Shadow Players  #1) by Heidi Heilig  respectively.   Read on to see my mini reviews and what's coming up for February:   ❋  ❋  ❋   ❋ I can never resist a good vampire story and most of the stories featured in  Vampires Never Grow Old: Tales With Fresh Bite  edited by Zoraida Cordova  are pretty good. My favorites here are Seven Nights for Dying by Tessa Gratton, Senior Year Sucks by

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Ruin and Rising (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #3) by Leigh Bardugo

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 2021 Popsugar Reading Challenge  books,   Ruin and Rising  ( The Shadow and Bone Trilogy  #3) by Leigh Bardugo .  I've been meaning to finish of this trilogy for ages and now since the Netflix adaptation is coming this April I'm going to make sure I

We Could Be Heroes by Mike Chen - Blog Tour & ARC Review

Happy Tuesday everyone!   I'm very excited to welcome you all to my leg of the  We Could Be Heroes  blog tour !   Today, you'll find the details and summary for this novel,  my ARC review, and an about the author,  Mike Chen.  Thanks for visiting my stop on this b log tour! Title:  We Could Be Heroes Author:  Mike Chen ISBN:  9780778331391 Publication Date:  January 26, 2021 Pages:  336 Format: Hardcover Price:  $27.99 USD, $34.99 CAD Buy Links:  Bookshop.org , Barnes & Noble ,  Amazon , IndieBound ,  Google Books , Apple Books , & Kobo An emotional adventure about two misfits who have extraordinary powers, but have forgotten who they were before. The vigilante and the villain must team up to stop a mad scientist who threatens the city, while trying to figure out who they really are.  Jamie woke up two years ago in an empty apartment with no memory and only a few clues to who he might be, and also with the power to read other people's memories. In the meantime, he&

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2020

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by  That Artsy Reader Girl .  This week's topic is Favorite New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2020.  All of the authors I'm featuring today were published before 2020, but I picked up their work for the first time last year.  Without further ado, here we go in alphabetical order: A.J. Hackwith Akwaeke Emezi Connie Willis Drew Hayes Elsie Chapman Joanne M. Harris Lila Bowen  - Lila Bowen is also Delilah S. Dawson who I have read before, but 2020 is the first year I've read her work under this pseudonym. Mary Robinette Kowal Sebastien de Castell T.J. Klune Who are your favorite new-to-you authors that you read for the first time in 2020?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Music Monday: The McDades

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 a couple of songs from The McDades .  I've always enjoyed listening to Celtic music, but somehow I'd missed out on this band until recently.  Anyway, give a listen to Jonny's Flush/ The Boiling Hen and Valley of a Thousand Tears/ Hotel de Ville : You are invited to the Inlinkz link party! Click here to enter

Wayward-A-Thon - Announcement & TBR

Happy Sunday everyone!  This weekend I'm sharing my plans for round one of  Wayward-A-Thon which is hosted by @readingparent  and @lifewhitme .  Wayward-A-Thon will run the entire month of February and it's inspired by the first season of Supernatural .  Needless to say, I'm really excited for this readathon since it's based on one of my favorite tv shows.  My goal is to complete a blackout bingo of the entire board.  Without further ado, let's get to my tbr:  Pilot - First book in a series My choice: Undone ( Outcast Season #1) by Rachel Caine - I've had this sitting on my shelf for way too long.  It's time to give this a try. Skin - Read a book you're unsure about My choice: Ancient Images by Ramsey Campbell - I got this ages ago at a library book sale.  I'd never heard of it.  It sounded intriguing though since it's a horror novel that features a Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi movie.  Not sure about that cover though. Hell House - Paranormal