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Music Monday: Dominique Charpentier

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 three songs I've been enjoying from  Dominique Charpentier .  I started hearing his piano music on Pandora and it's so soothing.  Something I've definitely needed these days.  Anyway, give a listen to Momentum , Lagune , and Ardent : You are invited to the Inlinkz link party! Click here to enter

Pride Month 2022 - Wrap Up & Mini Reviews

Happy Sunday everyone!  In honor of Pride Month in June, I celebrated the occasion by tackling some LGBTQIAP books that I already own and that I borrowed from the library.  You can check out my original TBR post here .  You can also check out what I read for Pride Month in  2018 ,  2019 ,  2020 , and  2021 .  I didn't make it to everything on my TBR, but overall I got in some great reads.  Keep reading to mini reviews of the books I read: ❋   ❋  ❋   ❋   The Atlas Six  ( The Atlas  #1) by Olivie Blake  mostly lives up to all the hype. I really enjoyed spending time with all of these characters regardless of how frustrating they could be. My favorites were easily Nico, Libby, and Reina. All of the characters were very unique and well developed but I wish we got to see a little more of Reina. The characters are where this book really succeeds, but I wish the world-building was just as great. Don't get me wrong, it's very good, but it didn't quite feel like it's own cha

Mid-Year Movie Freak Out 2022

Happy Saturday everyone!  Today, I'm sharing my Mid-Year Movie Freak Out 2022!  Last year I figured that I've been doing the  Mid-Year Book Freak Out  since 2015, I ought to showcase the movies I've watched for the first time in the first half of the year as well.  You can check out my 2021 list here , if you feel so inclined.  If anyone would like to link up with me and share their Mid-Year Movie Freak Out, I'd love to see your answers to the questions.  Without further ado, here we go: 1. Best movie you've watched so far in 2022. The Heiress (1949) - I had no idea what to expect from this movie, but this was excellent.  I was cheering by the end!  If you like Gaslight, The Heiress is a must watch. 2. Best sequel you've watched so far in 2022. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) - Stephen Strange and Wanda are quickly becoming a couple of my favorites - and it was cool to get to see Raimi get to do his thing with these characters. 3. New releas

Book Riot's 2022 Read Harder Challenge - June Update: Light From Uncommon Stars & Weetzie Bat

  Happy Friday everyone!  I hope everyone's been doing well.  June went by in a snap!  It's hard to believe it's already July!  I've now completed the 12 tasks of  Book Riot's 2022 Read Harder Challenge  which means I'm halfway through with this challenge already.  The tasks I completed this month required me to r ead a “Best _ Writing of the year” book for a topic and year of your choice  and  an award-winning book from the year you were born   and I selected  Light From Uncommon Stars  by Ryka Aoki  and  Weetzie Bat  ( Weetzie Bat  #1) by Francesca Lia Block  respectively.   Read on to see my mini reviews and what's coming up for July: ❋   ❋  ❋   ❋   They weren't kidding when they compared  Light From Uncommon Stars  by Ryka Aoki  to Good Omens meets The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet . This was pretty great and a delightful read.  I needed absolutely needed to read this incredibly original and creative standalone sci-fi fantasy novel.  I will have

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): The Patriot Witch (Traitor to the Crown #1) by C.C. Finlay

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 everyone! This week I'm spotlighting one of my  TrekAThon ,  The Patriot Witch  ( Traitor to the Crown  #1) by C.C. Finlay .  This historical fantasy novel set during the American Revolution has got a lot of potential to be a new favorite series.   Beginning: April 1775 Proctor Brown stopped in the middle of bus

Mid-Year Book Freak Out 2022

Welcome to the Mid-Year Book Freak Out of 2022 everyone!  I've been taking part in this since 2015 - if you like you can check out my previous posts from  2015 ,  2016 ,  2017 ,  2018 ,  2019 , 2020 , and 2021 .  It's always great to see what everyone else has been reading and enjoying via this tag and I know I'll be adding a lot of books to my already out of control TBR.  By the way, this tag was originally created by  ReadLikeWildFire  and  Earl Grey Books . Without further ado, let's get to it: 1. Best book you've read so far in 2022. Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse - The Teen Book Club I lead at my library selected this for our May read and it's easily one of the best books I've read of the year so far.  It's also one of my favorite YA historical fiction novels set during WWII.  I also really appreciated the mystery element too.  I really need to learn more about the Holland Resistance and Underground Camera. 2. Best sequel you've read so