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2022 Popsugar Reading Challenge - Update #9

   Happy Saturday everyone and welcome to my ninth 2022 Popsugar Reading Challenge update with mini  reviews!  In August I completed 3 books for a total of 46 of 50 books for the  2022 Popsugar Reading Challenge .  Keep reading to see my thoughts on the books I read in September: ❋   ❋  ❋   ❋  ❋ I've always heard how great  A Good Girl's Guide to Murder  ( A Good Girl's Guide to Murder  #1) by Holly Jackson  is and now I can officially say that it totally lives up to the hype.  This novel had me hooked from beginning to end and I found myself very attached.  What I really loved is that it kept me guessing throughout.  My only gripe is that I had to keep reminding myself that it isn't set in the UK (or at least the US edition I read is set in Connecticut, but a lot of phrases and things come across as very English), but either way the story was still a lot of fun.  I can't wait to continue the series. My review is also on  Goodreads  and on my Mythothon Wrap Up &

Book Riot's 2022 Read Harder Challenge - September Update: Tash Hearts Tolstoy & New Ohio Review

  Happy Saturday everyone!  I hope everyone's been doing well.  How is it already near the end of September already?  Anyway, I've now completed the 18 tasks of  Book Riot's 2022 Read Harder Challenge .  The tasks I completed this month required me to r ead a book with an asexual and/or aromantic main character  and new-to-you literary magazine (print or digital)  and I selected  Tash Hearts Tolstoy  by Kathryn Ormsbee  and  New Ohio Review, Issue #26: Poems and Poets Onscreen  respectively.   Read on to see my mini reviews and what's coming up for October: ❋   ❋  ❋ Tash Hearts Tolstoy  by Kathryn Ormsbee  is a YA Contemporary that I've been putting off for way too long.  It's a tough one to review and I wish I could have rated it higher, but I'm still very glad I finally tried it.  It's not very often that I get to see ace characters and I'm especially glad to see that representation.  By the way, there's quite a bit of variety when it comes to

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Prisoner of the Daleks (Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #33) by Trevor Baxendale

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  Mythothon  books,  Prisoner of the Daleks  ( Doctor Who: New Series Adventures  #33) by Trevor Baxendale .  You can't go wrong with the 10th Doctor! Beginning:  It was a forgotten world. 56: "Anyone there?" Have you read this book or are you participa

The Upside Down Readathon - Wrap Up & Mini Reviews

  Happy Thursday everyone!  Today I'm featuring my wrap up and mini reviews for The Upside Down Readathon (you can check out my original TBR here ).  It was hosted by  Liv @ Liv's Library , and co-hosted by @ bookphoria  @ Laurenlovereads , @ PrideandPaperback , @ Sorry, Booked Solid,  @N ahomy's Library  and was held from September 5th-September 11th.  Of my original five prompts, I managed to complete two.  Keep reading to check out my thoughts on them: Read a book with lights on the cover. ❋   ❋ CyberStorm  ( CyberStorm  #1) by Matthew Mather  sounded like it had a lot of potential, but it never quite worked out for me.  My main issue with it is that I didn't care about any of the characters at all. But, one of them shares the same first name as me so that's a plus! My review is also on Goodreads .  Read a book that includes a game/competition. ❋   ❋  ❋   ❋  ❋   Lucas on the Line  ( Stranger Things  #5) by Suyi Davies  is easily my favorite of the Stranger Things

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall 2022 TBR

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday which is hosted by  That Artsy Reader Girl .  This week's topic is Books On My Fall 2022 TBR.  Without further ado, here we go: October The Empress of Time ( The Keeper of Night #2) by Kylie Lee Baker - I loved the first book in this series and I'm so excited that I was approved for an ARC via NetGalley.  It will be released on October 4th. The Good House by Tananarive Due - I'll be reading this for Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge.  I think I picked he perfect time to read this one. Lore Olympus: Volume Three ( Lore Olympus Volumes #3) by Rachel Smythe - These have been amazing and I need to know what's next!  It will be released on October 11th. Nightbooks ( Nightbooks #1) by J.A. White - I'll be reading this for Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge.  I loved the Netflix adaptation and I'm really looking forward to reading the original novel.  Plus, it's the perfect season to tackle it. Saga, Vo

Music Monday: From Up On Poppy Hill (2011)

                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 few of my favorite songs from the soundtrack of From Up On Poppy Hill (2011).  I don't know about you, but this Studio Ghibli movie has a marvelous soundtrack - and the movie is brilliant overall as well.  Give a listen to Reminisce , Hatsukoi no Koro (When I Was First in Love) , Summer of Goodbye,  and Asagohan no

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Hide by Kiersten White

  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  Mythothon  books,  Hide  by Kiersten White .  I don't know about you, but this sounds right up my alley! Beginning:  The Amazement Park opened in 1953. 56: "I've never been so bored or missed my phone more.  Worst day of my life , and xix more to go!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Geographical Terms In The Title

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday which is hosted by  That Artsy Reader Girl .  This week's topic is Books With Geographical Terms In The Title.  Without further ado, here we go in alphabetical order by title: Battle Hill Bolero ( Bone Street Rumba #3) by Daniel José Older Come Back to the Swamp by Laura Morris The Girl From Felony Bay ( Felony Bay #1) by J.E. Thompson The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune The Isle of Gold ( Daughters Gold Trilogy #1) by Seven Jane Anders The Lady From the Black Lagoon by Mallory O'Meara The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman Sea Witch ( Sea Witch #1) by Sarah Henning Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderath Have you read any of these books?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Music Monday: Taylor Davis

                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 some of my favorite covers from Taylor Davis . Davis is an incredibly talented violinist and I'm so glad I just happened to find her music on Pandora. Give a listen to Go the Distance , A Whole New World , Toss a Coin to Your Witcher , and The Avengers Theme : You are invited to the Inlinkz link party! Click her

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Lucas on the Line (Stranger Things #5) by Suyi Davies

  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 books for The Upside Down Readathon ,  Lucas on the Line  ( Stranger Things  #5) by Suyi Davies .  I'm really getting into the spirit with this one. Beginning:  I stand in front of my bedroom mirror and hold up two bandanas. 56: Extracurricular sign-ups , they

Trope-ical Readathon - Team Fantasy - August 2022 Round Wrap Up & Mini Reviews

  Hello everyone!  Today I'm sharing my wrap up and mini reviews for the August 2022 round of the  Trope-ical Readathon  which is hosted by  @jenjenreviews  and  @bookrob13 .  It ran for the entire month of August and I was on Team Fantasy. There were fifteen total challenges to complete - two team challenges and thirteen common challenges.  Each team also had two choices for your Team Book read as well.  I completed 12 total books for a grand total of 4,527 points.  You can check out my original TBR here .  Without further ado, let's get to my thoughts on the book I completed:  Team Book: ❋   ❋  ❋   ❋   Elatsoe  by Darcie Little Badger  is really cool and I can't wait to read more from this author in the future.  My favorite aspect of this novel is easily the world-building - and the representation is also a standout.  I would love to revisit the world sometime in the future.  The hype surrounding this book is very well deserved.  I don't know about you, but this reall