Hey peeps! I cannot believe it is Sunday already. The weekend flew by too quick! I just wanted to take a quick moment to give Christie a shout out! I haven’t had the energy, time, or desire to keep up with reading, the blog, and bookstagram and just went on a sabbatical of sort. Christie has been picking up my slack, and I am so thankful for such a supportive and understanding friend. With that being said, I am slowly getting back in the swing of things and have been looking forward to today’s meme, “Sundays in bed with..” hosted by Midnight Book Girl
Since I have been in a bit of reading rut, most of the books I’ve read so far I have been buddy reading with Christie, as it helps to push me to finish reading if I have someone to keep up with. So without further to do- I present you the books on my night stand! 🙂
This week, Christie and I are buddy reading book 2 of the Renegades trilogy, Archenemies by Marissa Meyer. We both read Renegades (Book 1) and really enjoyed it, so I’m super stoked we are finally diving into this book. If you’re wondering if you should pick it up- the answer is YES! It’s villians vs superheroes- you can’t go wrong with that!!
The Renegades Trilogy continues, in this fiercely awaited second installment after the New York Times-bestselling Renegades by Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles.
Time is running out. Together, they can save the world. But they each other’s worst nightmare.
In Renegades, Nova and Adrian (aka Insomnia and Sketch) fought the battle of their lives against the Anarchist known as the Detonator. It was a short-lived victory.
The Anarchists still have a secret weapon, one that Nova believes will protect her. The Renegades also have a strategy for overpowering the Anarchists, but both Nova and Adrian understand that it could mean the end of Gatlon City – and the world – as they know it.
This book has been on my stand for a few nights. I feel like I’m going to wake up one morning (soon) and be in the mood for a thriller, so I’m waiting for that morning to hit!
A gripping new thriller about a man’s quest for the daughter no one else believes is still alive, from the acclaimed author of The Chalk Man and The Hiding Place.
Driving home one night, stuck behind a rusty old car, Gabe sees a little girl’s face appear in the rear window. She mouths one word: ‘Daddy.’ It’s his five-year-old daughter, Izzy.
He never sees her again. Three years later, Gabe spends his days and nights travelling up and down the motorway, searching for the car that took his daughter, refusing to give up hope, even though most people believe that Izzy is dead.
Fran and her daughter, Alice, also put in a lot of miles on the motorway. Not searching. But running. Trying to keep one step ahead of the people who want to hurt them. Because Fran knows the truth. She knows what really happened to Gabe’s daughter.
Then, the car that Gabe saw driving away that night is found, in a lake, with a body inside and Gabe is forced to confront events, not just from the night his daughter disappeared, but from far deeper in his past.
His search leads him to a group called The Other People.
If you have lost a loved one, The Other Peoplewant to help. Because they know what loss is like. They know what pain is like. They know what death is like.
There’s just one problem . . . they want other people to know it too.
My kindle has also been staring at me for a while, and I keep avoiding eye contact. I have what feels like a mile long list of eARCs on my Kindle I really need to get through. Hopefully I will get out of this rut soon and pick up my reading speed. Do you have a go to book, genre, or general advice when you are in a reading rut? If so, drop a comment below and let me know what you do to get out of it! As always, thank you so much for checking our blog out! We’re super excited to have you. Stay safe and happy, friends!
Happy Thursday book friends!! We hope everyone is having a good week and has read lots of good books!
This is our first ever BOOK TAG and we could not be more excited!!!
Thank you so so so much to Jenna @Bookmark Your Thoughts for tagging us!!! We are excited to get more of these types of tags in the future, as they are a lot of fun! Jenna has a beautiful blog, so do yourself a favor and go check it out for yourself!
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This cover is stunning and truly captures what this story is about! The darkness on the cover truly encompasses the dark magic within the pages. This series is really well written, and highly recommended!
“Dark and Lovely” A book cover that is creepalicious you just want to eat it up
We are actually quite shocked that with our buying tendencies that neither one of us has purchased this book, solely just from this stunning cover. We cannot promise that we won’t have purchased this by the time this blog post has been published though!
“Traveling abroad” A beautiful book cover featuring a country outside of your own
This book first introduced me to prejudice and feminism. For a book written in the 1850s, I loved how he wrote Hester as a character. She was honest with herself and owned up to her actions. I absolutely love the Barnes and Noble cover for this book and highly recommend
I chose The Hobbit as my favorite classic. I use to reread this every year back in middle school and high school. It has been awhile, I think it might be time for another reread! And how gorgeous is this anniversary edition?
“And the Winner is…” Which book cover mentioned above is your favorite?
This was such a fun book tag for us to do on our first go at this!!! So now we want to pass the fun along!
Is it really Wednesday already? Where has the week gone? I missed WWW Wednesday last week as I can’t seem to get myself together these days! But I am feeling a bit more put together this week, so I have taken this opportunity to update the blog!
With all that being said, lets get to it!!!
WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. If you want to join in on the fun, be sure to tag the original post in the link above. Or feel free to answer the questions in the comment section below! And please feel free to leave your link in the comments as well.
What are the three Ws:
What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?
I am continuing along on my yearly re-read of Harry Potter, and I have made it to the Goblet of Fire. This is the last illustrated edition that is out currently, so I am going to enjoy it while it lasts!
I have also made it to the last book in the Darker Shade of Magic series. This series is quickly becoming one of my favorites!! I am trying to finish up A Conjuring of Light by the end of this week for my local book club as we are planning on having a virtual meeting!
Well, seeing as how I missed last weeks WWW Wednesday, I have a bit more books that were added to my recently finished list!
First, I read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which is by far my FAVORITE book from the series! I read the illustrated edition and I cannot even begin to form thoughts on how magnificent this version is. Also, in the wizarding world, I read The Tales of Beetle the Bard and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I thoroughly enjoyed all the short stores in Tales of Beetle the Bard. Fantastic Beasts was a lot of fun, but I also felt like I was just reading a textbook, which I suppose was the point.
Valentine was a very well written book and was such a break from my normal read. I really enjoyed reading this story from multiple different women’s view points. The book does not have quotation marks, which irritated some people. However, I did not feel that this slowed my reading or the context of the story.
I just finished The Glass Hotel last night, and I have yet to post a rating on Goodreads. I am having trouble with this one since Goodreads doesn’t allow 1/2 stars. This book for me was a solid 3.5 star rating. The beginning of the book was a bit slow, but the overall writing and the second half of the book was so good. The beginning of the book doesn’t quite reach 4 stars, but the writing and the second half of the book doesn’t deserve 3 stars. It is a dilemma I must sort out at some point.
I have been in a rom com mood lately and If I Never Met You fit that so well. I absolutely loved this book and devoured the book in just 3 sittings. I loved the book so much that I am now off in search of more of Mhairi McFarlane’s novels!!
Lastly, A Conjuring of Light and the whole Darker Shade of Magic trilogy is quickly becoming one of my favorite series. The characters are so intriguing and the dark magic draws me in to this world. I cannot say enough good things about Kell and Rhy, I just love them!
I am finally getting around to reading book two in the Renegades trilogy. I read book one last year and Thi has finally convinced me to do a buddy read with her for Archenemies.
To continue on my mood of rom coms, I have been recommended Meet Cute by a few people, so I have high hopes!
It took me awhile, but I did get around to reading Stalking Jack the Ripper and I thought it was fantastic. I loved the setting and the main character was probably one of my favorite female leads. So with that being said, I think I am going to enjoy the next book in the series, Hunting Prince Dracula.
Thank you for stopping by the blog and a bit longer post this time around since I missed last week. We appreciate your support! Have you read any of these books? What are you currently reading? Let’s have a chat in the comments below!!
I am quickly becoming a lover of anything Rainbow Rowell writes, and this book was no exception. I loved the writing and I loved the characters. After reading this and the two books in the Carry On series and absolutely adoring them, I need to start reading any and everything that she writes!!
I am adding this book to the list because I don’t feel like I have given it enough of a voice. I am generally a sucker for a good rom-com book and have been let down too many times by over controlling/jealous male love interests. This book was such a breath of fresh air! I really enjoyed the chemistry of the characters and was full on rooting for them throughout the book!
I should be giving this book way more attention than I have been. I need to be recommending it to EVERYONE! I read this book last month and it was a solid 5 star read for me and will likely make an appearance on my Top 10 list for 2020.
This book will not be for all readers due to some hard hitting topics. However, this is such a beautifully written book that tackles serious issues that I feel need to be discussed. It was a tough read at times, but one that I would highly recommend.
This is another book, like Beartown, that I should be shouting from the rooftops for people to read. The Starless Sea will no doubt be making the top ten list for 2020. I read this book back in January and I am still in awe of this beautifully written and well crafted novel.
I am putting this entire trilogy on the list. If you enjoy a well written, action packed dystopian then this trilogy is for you! I absolutely loved the first book and thought there was no way it could get any better. What a pleasant surprise when the series got even better with each book!
So this is another book that I need to be shouting about! I am now learning while making this list that I need to start talking to more people about books and sending out all the recommendations. These Witches Don’t Burn surprised me with how much I loved it and the content within. I am now not so patiently waiting until May for book two to come out!
Naked truth: this book is beautifully raw and heart wrenching. If you have never read a Colleen Hoover book, I cannot recommend this one enough! She has a way of dragging your heart through joy, sadness, love and heartbreak all within the same page. This book shed light on a hard topic, but was done some beautifully.
Lets finish off this list with another rom-com! This book made me laugh and fall in love, while also speaking to the raw insecurities and scary things that being in love can do to a person. If you are looking for a good, steamy romance book, look no further!
What are some books you have read that you don’t give enough attention? Have you read any of these books and agree/disagree with my thoughts? If you have a Top Ten Tuesday post, feel free to link it down in the comments!
Happy Easter everybody! I hope you all are staying safe on this lovely Sunday holiday. I have been a little MIA the past few days as I celebrated my birthday on Wednesday. It was a little different this year with all the craziness happening. It was still a wonderful time with a Zoom birthday party with my family and topped off with a delicious ice cream cake from my husband!
I have also had loads of time to work on my prompts for the O.W.Ls readathon and I am having so much fun with the instagram prompts as well! So with all of this in mind, I currently have two books waiting for me to complete on my nightstand and I am adding them to this weekly meme ‘Sundays in Bed With’ hosted by Midnight Book Girl
I am reading this book as part of a local book club. I have absolutely fallen in love with this series from the start. I read the second book in two days and had to tell myself not to dive straight into the third book. I wanted to give myself time to collect my thoughts and not rush to finish this series, since I know I will be sad when it is all over. With that being said, I might have waited a little too long and now I need to finish this whopping 640 page book by Thursday. WISH ME LUCK!
Witness the fate of beloved heroes – and enemies.
THE BALANCE OF POWER HAS FINALLY TIPPED… The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.
WHO WILL CRUMBLE? Kell – once assumed to be the last surviving Antari – begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive?
WHO WILL RISE? Lila Bard, once a commonplace – but never common – thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.
WHO WILL TAKE CONTROL? And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.
I chose this book for a few reasons. One, it fit into one of my O.W.Ls readathon prompts and as a new release it seemed like something I would enjoy. Secondly, Thi also wanted to read this book so it seemed like it would be a good time to have another buddy read. The last book that we did a buddy read on was Havenfall, which is generally my favorite genre. Where as this book sounds like it should be right up Thi’s alley. So as she stated last time, I will do my best to keep up and try not to hold her back from living her best life!
From the award-winning author of Station Eleven, a captivating novel of money, beauty, white-collar crime, ghosts, and moral compromise in which a woman disappears from a container ship off the coast of Mauritania and a massive Ponzi scheme implodes in New York, dragging countless fortunes with it.
Vincent is a bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star glass and cedar palace on an island in British Columbia. Jonathan Alkaitis works in finance and owns the hotel. When he passes Vincent his card with a tip, it’s the beginning of their life together. That same day, Vincent’s half-brother, Paul, scrawls a note on the windowed wall of the hotel: “Why don’t you swallow broken glass.” Leon Prevant, a shipping executive for a company called Neptune-Avramidis, sees the note from the hotel bar and is shaken to his core. Thirteen years later Vincent mysteriously disappears from the deck of a Neptune-Avramidis ship. Weaving together the lives of these characters, The Glass Hotel moves between the ship, the skyscrapers of Manhattan, and the wilderness of northern Vancouver Island, painting a breathtaking picture of greed and guilt, fantasy and delusion, art and the ghosts of our pasts.
What book(s) do you have on your night stand? Have you read either of these books? Leave me your thoughts down below!
I first learned about the Magical Readathon back in Fall of 2019 during the N.E.W.Ts and I was a little overwhelmed with the amount of information that was provided. I also realized that the 2019 readathon had actually begun in April of 2019 with the OWLs, so while I was interested I figured it was best to wait until the next readathon began.
As you can tell, I am late making this post because I seemed to have completely forgotten all about it until yesterday!
The Magical Readathon was created and is hosted by Book Roast on Booktube! You can find her announcement and extra information from that link. You can also click here for a direct link official readathon website!
The readathon takes place from April 1st through the 30th. All you need to do is select a career path and then follow all the prompts in order to pass your OWLs!!
Now time to get into the how I plan on tackling this readathon!
Choosing a Career
This was a tough one for me, as I wanted more than just one (which is acceptable) However, I was not prepared to take on the task of multiple prompts for multiple careers.
After much thought, I finally decided on the Journalist or Writer career. I thought it fit well with my personality and the prompts definitely looked achievable.
The Hogwarts subjects required for Journalist or Writer are: History of Magic Muggle Studies Arithmancy
Muggle Studies: Prompt: Book from the perspective of a muggle (contemporary) Planned Read: The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
Arithmancy: Prompt: Magical qualities number 2: balance/opposites- read something outside your favorite genre Planned Read: Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel
Courses, Seminars and Training
This section of the Careers Guide is not mandatory. It is a little something extra if you want to add some extracurriculars to your course load!
When I first looked at the list I thought for sure that I wanted to do the Dragon Tamer Training. While I still think that would be a fun training to take, it has a prerequisite of Magizoologist career. So that cancels out that for me, but there is always next year!
So after crossing off all the ones I was not quite wanting or didn’t have the requirements for, I finally settled on two:
Arithmancy: Prompt: Magical qualities number 2: balance/opposites- read something outside your favorite genre Planned Read: Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalo Potions: Prompt: Shrinking Solution: Book under 150 pages Planned Read:Tales of Beetle the Bard by J.K. Rowling Transfiguration: Prompt: Animagus lecture: Book/series that includes shapeshifting Planned Read: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Magical Shop Management
Arithmancy: Prompt: Magical qualities number 2: balance/opposites- read something outside your favorite genre Planned Read:The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker
I am excited to join this Magical Readathon! I saw everyone else having all the fun last year, so I can’t wait to dive in.
Are you doing the Readathon this year? If so, what career(s) and training(s) did you choose?
Happy Sunday, friends! Hope you’re all stay healthy and safe! I’ve had such a productive three day weekend! I ordered a new bookshelf that will be here soon, rearranged my entire room, and knocked a couple of books off my TBR, so I’m pretty stoked! Unfortunately, I’ll be back at work tomorrow and will be on a long stretch too, bleh. Therefore, I am trying to make the most of today!
I wake up around 0500 for work, and my body has decided even on my off days- it’s the best time to wake up. That being said- I generally always keep a couple of books by my bedside so I can have options, so I figured it’s time I partook in a ‘Sundays in Bed With’ meme, hosted by Midnight Book Girl.
Christie and I are buddy reading this. While YA/ Fantasy is Christie’s go-to genre, it is not mine, so I feel like I’m holding her back from living her best life as I have been babysitting this book all week, BUT we’re in the homestretch now. The goal is to finish by Tuesday, so we can wrap up our monthly reads. So far, it is holding my attention and it does read fairly fast (faster if I can just buckle down and focus, lol).
A safe haven between four realms. The girl sworn to protect it — at any cost.
Hidden deep in the mountains of Colorado lies the Inn at Havenfall, a sanctuary that connects ancient worlds — each with their own magic — together. For generations, the inn has protected all who seek refuge within its walls, and any who disrupt the peace can never return.
For Maddie Morrow, summers at the inn are more than a chance to experience this magic first-hand. Havenfall is an escape from reality, where her mother sits on death row accused of murdering Maddie’s brother. It’s where Maddie fell in love with handsome Fiorden soldier Brekken. And it’s where one day she hopes to inherit the role of Innkeeper from her beloved uncle.
But this summer, the impossible happens–a dead body is found, shattering everything the inn stands for. With Brekken missing, her uncle gravely injured, and a dangerous creature on the loose, Maddie suddenly finds herself responsible for the safety of everyone in Havenfall. She’ll do anything to uncover the truth, even if it means working together with an alluring new staffer Taya, who seems to know more than she’s letting on. As dark secrets are revealed about the inn itself, one thing becomes clear to Maddie–no one can be trusted, and no one is safe.
I chose this book on a whim. I honestly have not heard too much about this book and the reviews on Goodreads aren’t too convincing; however, I made some new year resolutions for reading that I am determine to keep. I’ll only mention the ones pertaining my decision to keep this book on my TBR:
Read books by authors of various backgrounds;
Don’t rely too heavily on GR ratings.
Pulitzer Finalist Susan Choi’s narrative-upending novel about what happens when a first love between high school students is interrupted by the attentions of a charismatic teacher
In an American suburb in the early 1980s, students at a highly competitive performing arts high school struggle and thrive in a rarified bubble, ambitiously pursuing music, movement, Shakespeare, and, particularly, their acting classes. When within this striving “Brotherhood of the Arts,” two freshmen, David and Sarah, fall headlong into love, their passion does not go unnoticed—or untoyed with—by anyone, especially not by their charismatic acting teacher, Mr. Kingsley.
The outside world of family life and economic status, of academic pressure and of their future adult lives, fails to penetrate this school’s walls—until it does, in a shocking spiral of events that catapults the action forward in time and flips the premise upside-down. What the reader believes to have happened to David and Sarah and their friends is not entirely true—though it’s not false, either. It takes until the book’s stunning coda for the final piece of the puzzle to fall into place—revealing truths that will resonate long after the final sentence.
As captivating and tender as it is surprising, Trust Exercise will incite heated conversations about fiction and truth, friendships and loyalties, and will leave readers with wiser understandings of the true capacities of adolescents and of the powers and responsibilities of adults.
What book(s) are you currently reading? Are you hoping to get in anymore before the moth is over?
Welcome back, y’all! This week, I thought I would join in on a fun prompt called First Line Friday to get our minds off all current affairs. First Line Friday is a weekly feature hosted by Hoarding Books. I’ll be featuring the first lines from two books (one closest to me and one from a book on my TBR). See if you can guess what they are! 🙂
Everyone wants new followers…until they follow you home.
Audrey Miller has an enviable new job at the Smithsonian, a body by reformer Pilates, an apartment door with a broken lock, and hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers to bear witness to it all. Having just moved to Washington, DC, Audrey busies herself impressing her new boss, interacting with her online fan base, and staving off a creepy upstairs neighbor with the help of the only two people she knows in town: an ex-boyfriend she can’t stay away from and a sorority sister with a high-powered job and a mysterious past.
But Audrey’s faulty door may be the least of her security concerns. Unbeknownst to her, her move has brought her within striking distance of someone who’s obsessively followed her social media presence for years—from her first WordPress blog to her most recent Instagram Story. No longer content to simply follow her carefully curated life from a distance, he consults the dark web for advice on how to make Audrey his and his alone. In his quest to win her heart, nothing is off-limits—and nothing is private.
Book Two: “I have stopped loving you.”
Any guesses? (Hint: This book releases May 15, 2020)
Nina can never forgive Maggie for what she did. And she can never let her leave.
They say every house has its secrets, and the house that Maggie and Nina have shared for so long is no different. Except that these secrets are not buried in the past.
Every other night, Maggie and Nina have dinner together. When they are finished, Nina helps Maggie back to her room in the attic, and into the heavy chain that keeps her there. Because Maggie has done things to Nina that can’t ever be forgiven, and now she is paying the price.
But there are many things about the past that Nina doesn’t know, and Maggie is going to keep it that way—even if it kills her.
Because in this house, the truth is more dangerous than lies.
Let me know the first line in the book closest to you or your favorite book in the comments, so I can add some new books to my never ending TBR! 🙂
It is that time of the week again! I have been working from home for about a week and a half now and have had plenty of time to try and tackle my ever growing TBR pile.
WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. If you want to join in on the fun, be sure to tag the original post in the link above. Or feel free to answer the questions in the comment section below!
What are the three Ws:
What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?
It may come as quite a surprise that I am currently only reading two books! I do a yearly re-read of Harry Potter, and this year is no exception! I decided this time around to read the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I just recently got this edition and it is absolutely GORGEOUS! For anyone who enjoys Harry Potter, these editions are a must! This week I have also started Havenfall and buddy reading it with Thi! I haven’t made it too far in, but so far it has a promising start!
Since last Wednesday, I have completed FIVE books! To be fair, I started Salt to the Sea at the beginning of the month and finally finished it up yesterday. All I can say is, if you haven’t read any of Ruta Sepetys’ books, I highly suggest you do. This is my second novel by her and I can honestly say she has become one of my favorite historical fiction authors. She gives voices to many events in history that should never be forgotten.
Can we stop and talk about Beartown for a moment? This book is likely to end up in my top ten pile for 2020. I really don’t have adequate words to describe my love for this book. It is such a well written book that tugs at your heartstrings and drags you into this small hockey town in the woods.
I did end up finishing Little Fires Everywhere just in time to check out the show! I binged watched the first three episodes and ready to keep going. The book was really well done and the tv show adaptation so far is living up to the hype.
Sadie was a book I completed on audio and I cannot recommend that format enough for this book. Since this book is written in part podcast form, the audiobook felt like I was really listening in on a true crime podcast. It is a unique experience and one I really enjoyed!
Lastly, I finished up a buddy read of The Downstairs Girl with some book friends and it was quite the read. I have not read many historical fictions written in Atlanta in the 1890s. I loved the writing style and found the story to be uniquely entertaining.
All in all, I highly recommend all five books! I had a very good reading week and here’s to hoping the trend continues!
Ok, I know that Stalking Jack the Ripper was on my What’s Next from last Wednesday, and I had all intentions of starting it. This will be the week that I get it done! Darling Rose Gold and The Glass Hotel are both newly released books that I have been looking forward to and can’t wait to see if they live up to all of their hype!
As always, thanks for stopping by our blog! Please feel free to join in on the fun of WWW Wednesday on your own blog and leave a link for it so we can check it out, or comment your answers down below!