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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I was pumped to get but… still haven’t read πŸ˜…

Hey y’all! Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish question idea that was originally created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, from way back in June 2010! Since January 2018, Top Ten Tuesday has been hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Thanks for taking it over! The idea is to make a list of ten books or bookish things on different topics each week. Check out her site for details on how to join and what the upcoming prompts are. 😊 You can also see all the posts from other bloggers linked on each weekly post on their main site.

This week’s prompt is about books that you bought and were super excited about and just HAD to get your hands on a copy of your own because you were desperate to start it T H A T S E C O N D and now it has been many, many seconds and you have not read it.

I don’t do this often because I don’t buy that many physical copies of books. When I do, it’s typically used and it’s typically books I haven’t heard of before the moment I buy them. That means I’m hyped to read it because I have barely actually heard of it. When I DO buy new books, it’s usually one I’ve already read and would like to have a copy of for re-reads. So I already know the story. xD I don’t have a lot to work with on this prompt, but here are a few I could think of, arranged from most recently added to furthest back added.

The List of Shame

The Excuses…

The Elder Scrolls Online: Tales of Tamriel – December 20, 2021

I didn’t read it yet because it’s too pretty to take out of the package.

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May TBR: MAYbe I’ll read these! πŸ˜

Hey y’all! It’s about a week into the month, so of course my TBR is now becoming my ABR (already been read? no?) as I finish books early. Still, here’s the plan I came in to the month with… even though some of these are already checked off. πŸ˜‚ I do have a habit of this after all…

Those ARCs I said I wouldn’t request

Look. I usually have very good self control with ARCs and am always sure to only request ones I genuinely think I’ll enjoy and can commit to reading and reviewing before the publish date if it’s not out yet. This time… well, I’ll still do all those things, but I was trying to clear out my shelf books that haven’t been read yet. πŸ˜‚

Of these, I’ve, uh, actually already finished A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting by Sophie Irwin (FABULOUS, pub Jul 12 2022) and A Hundred Silent Ways by Mari Jojie (also FABULOUS). Luckily for you, A Hundred Silent Ways is actually already published, so you can go get a copy yourself which you totally should. I’m in progress with The Olympus Trinity!

The books I said I’d finish

And this is my batch of books that I’ve been in the middle of reading — some for a bafflingly long time that I planned to finish and… didn’t.

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Top Ten Tuesday: One Word Reviews for my Last Ten Books

Hey y’all! Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish question idea that was originally created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, from way back in June 2010! Since January 2018, Top Ten Tuesday has been hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Thanks for taking it over! The idea is to make a list of ten books or bookish things on different topics each week. Check out her site for details on how to join and what the upcoming prompts are. 😊 You can also see all the posts from other bloggers linked on each weekly post on their main site.

This week’s prompt is One-Word Reviews for the Last Ten Books I Read (submitted by Susan @ Bloggin’ ’bout Books)! This is perfectly timed, because I read a good chunk of books in April but slouched on actually writing my reviews for them. πŸ˜… So here I can at least get some super tiny reviews done for them!

Last 10 Finished Books, from least recent to most!

Entrancing

This book was weird, in a good way. I didn’t always know what was going on, and I just trusted it would help me find my way. Akin to wandering through a foggy dim forest and hoping I’ll make my way out. (Full review!)

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Top Ten Tuesday: 19 Books With Animals On the Cover (That I’ve Read!)

Hey y’all! Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish question idea that was originally created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, from way back in June 2010! Since January 2018, Top Ten Tuesday has been hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Thanks for taking it over! The idea is to make a list of ten books or bookish things on different topics each week. Check out her site for details on how to join and what the upcoming prompts are. 😊 You can also see all the posts from other bloggers linked on each weekly post on their main site.

This week’s post theme is ten books with something on the cover, with each person choosing what thing they want to focus on! I originally thought water, and ended up being super surprised at how few books I had with actual water on the cover. And then also being surprised at how many had animals on the cover.

I ended up pivoting, and I found so many animals that this week’s post is books I’ve actually read before that have animals on the cover, while I’ll do another one later on with books I want to read that have animals on the cover. I’m also trying not to duplicate animals, just to make it more fun! πŸ™‚

The books

  • SCORPION – The Kinder Poison by Natalie Mae
  • FOX – The Fox & Little Tanuki, Vol. 1 by Mi Tagawa
  • CAT – The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa
  • CAT – The Cat I Never Named by Amra Sabic-El-Rayess,
  • DOG – China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
  • SQUIRREL – The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 3: Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now by Ryan North & Erica Henderson
  • WHALE – The Whale Library by Zidrou
  • MANTICORE – A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony
  • MOUSE – Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
  • MOUSE – Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman
  • BIRD (CROW) – Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi
  • BIRD (HUMMINGBIRD) – Island Affair by Priscilla Oliveras
  • RACCOON – Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
  • OCTOPUS – The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery
  • BULL – Bull by David Elliott
  • HORSE – The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • SWANS – Sapphique by Catherine Fisher
  • BUTTERFLY – Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr
  • PENGUINS – Bleaker House: Chasing My Novel to the End of the World by Nell Stevens
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Top Ten Tuesday: Books by an Author Named Jennifer (like me!)

Hey y’all! Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish question idea that was originally created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, from way back in June 2010! Since January 2018, Top Ten Tuesday has been hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Thanks for taking it over! The idea is to make a list of ten books or bookish things on different topics each week. Check out her site for details on how to join and what the upcoming prompts are. 😊

This week’s prompt is a freebie for folks to come up with their own. I’m extremely tired, but I wanted to get one out there. So today I’m looking at books that are written by an author with the name “Jennifer” to see who I’ve read and want to read! My name is also Jennifer, and I feel a small kinship whenever I read a great book by someone also named Jennifer. πŸ™‚

Jennifer Weiner – Big Summer

Come on, she’s a hit. Not only does she have a memorable name, but she’s churning out those fabulous books like no one’s business!

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April TBR: no longer gathering dust

Hey y’all!

Finally, I’m not posting my TBR when the date is twenty-something of that month already! xD The reason for that is because I’m just generally excited about this month. I don’t have many ARC or other “obligation” reads, so I just lounged around my room and library pages to see what ones I want to settle into for the month. πŸ™‚ My reads this month are primary books I already own and haven’t read yet. Here’s the plan!

I own it, but I haven’t read it

Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs by Jennifer Finney Boylan is a memoir of a woman told in segments based on the dog(s) she had in her life at each point. Now that I have a puppy for the first time ever, and live with a pet for the first time as an adult, I think I’ll be especially able to relate to this. It’s also a book I pegged in my Fast Forward Friday series a while ago, so it’s about time I started it! πŸ™‚

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books with an adjective in the title!

Hey y’all! I know, I know… I’m pretty late to the game with this being my first book meme / top ten Tuesday post even after running the blog for almost three years now! I’ve seen Dini @ dinipandareads do these often and always enjoyed reading them, so I thought I’d finally give it a try!

This bookish question idea was originally created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, from way back in June 2010! Since January 2018, Top Ten Tuesday has been hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Thanks for taking it over! Check out her site for details on how to join and what the upcoming prompts are. 😊

This week’s is books with adjectives in the title. This was interesting because as I read through my books, I kept doubting myself and wondering if something was actually functioning as an adjective or not. I’m pretty confident in these now, but hey, whatever if not, they’re all still great books! I chose books from my highest rated reads for this list.

My top 10 books with an adjective in the title!

Why I love each one…

the funniest, sweetest superhero to ever remain canon

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Spine Poetry: Books I Gave Up On

Hey y’all! It’s been a while since I did some poetry inspired by book titles, but I was feeling the need for something other and creative today. This allowed me to let me thoughts flow and wander, and it felt really nice. Below is what I came up with, based on all the books I’ve DNF’d over the years. I took disappointment and made it pride.

Six, mother knows best
Happy dreams
For peculiar children
No need to make friends with the dark

the wolf undercover
bleaker
darker

You never told me
Life is about the ridiculous
The job
The paid sounds
What you told me was mostly true

like me, looking for zen
like me, in love
like me, after the break up
like me, the collective madness
like me, gone

the risk of the end
becomes the wolf at the end
a memorial, an inheritance
i, lucifer allegiant
friend of crows and the dead

My take

I ended up going fairly dark with this one, which I feel like has happened before too. I guess that’s why artists are so often making dark, grim material even when they’re cheerful, happy people. There’s something a bit compelling about it, no?

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Top 5 Books with “Serpent” in the title!

Hey y’all! I’ve done a few of these posts before, and they’ve been pretty fun! At one point, I commented on how “Crow” was the hot animal for YA fantasy titles. Now I’m thinking Serpent might have taken over the mantle as crow/raven books become more scarce.

5. The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

Top 5 genre tags for this title:
fantasy, romance, young adult, historical fiction, lgbtq

2 Sentence Summary:
Book two in a story about a quirky group of treasure hunters in France (or something like that). They probably succeeded the first time and are ready to get back to it!

Have I heard of / read this before?
I have heard of this one before! Unfortunately that’s because I tried to read the first one and it was extremely boring and not for me at all. I abandoned the first one pretty early on, maybe 25% – 30% in at most.

Do I like the cover?
It’s fine, but it’s also pretty generic now because we’ve had a lot of books with covers like this (vines on gate framing a thing but especially a castle) in the past few years.

Will I read it?
Almost certainly not. I couldn’t even stand the first one — historical France bores me, and the quirky cast of characters was not for me. Sorry about my lackluster summary above… can you tell my drab impression of it colored that? πŸ˜…

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Library Love Challenge 2022!

Hey y’all! A couple years ago, I learned of a challenge that was able to wholeheartedly embrace, despite my usual struggles with reading challenges! My impulsiveness will not hinder me for this one, since it’s the 2022 Library Love challenge! Hosted by Angel’s Guilty Pleasures & Books of My Heart, the goal is simple: read books from the library!

Who doesn’t love the library? When I move to a new place, I always go to the library to check it out and get a card within a day or two of moving in. Usually before I’m even fully unpacked. Priorities, right? πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ

So this year I’m joining the 2022 Library Love challenge and going to shoot for at least 36 books (the middle tier). I’ve learned my lesson:, in 2020 I blew that goal out of the water, and the same happened in 2021! So I’m finally seeing that I just read a lot more than I ever thought I would, and almost half of that reading comes from the library! So I’ll set my goal a little higher this year. ☺


Progress!

If you’re interested as well, go see the full post and sign up link from the hosts! The levels for the challenge are:

  • Dewey Decimal: Read 12 books
  • Thrifty Reader: Read 24 books
  • Overdrive Junkie: Read 36 books
  • Library Addict: Read 48 books
  • Library Card on Fire: Read 60+ books

My reads:

  1. How to Be Interesting by Jessica Hagy
  2. We Are All Birds of Uganda by Hafsa Zayyan
  3. My Inner Sky by Mari Andrew
  4. 30 Things I Love About Myself by Radhika Sanghani
  5. Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Wen Hing
  6. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
  7. You Truly Assumed by Sabreen Laila
  8. People Like Her by Ellery Lloyd
  9. The Bone Orchard by Sara A Mueller
  10. Well-Behaved Indian Women by Saumya Dave
  11. Just Haven’t Met You Yet by Sophie Cousens
  12. So This is Ever After by F.T. Lukens
  13. I Am Margaret Moore by Hannah Capin
  14. Dava Shastri’s Last Day by Kirthana Ramisetti