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September Wrap Up: I guess that month happened

~reading

How many books that I planned did I read?

I didn’t plan too many for September: a modest five. And I guess I should stick to that habit because I read 4 of those 5! Plus another… whole bunch!

The Plan:

Hello (From Here) was one I was waiting on as an advanced copy, but it ended up taking a while so I got it just after the publish date. I still read it right away, so there was no surprise with that one! Bad Luck Bridesmaid was a surprise ARC that I had to grab because it sounded so perfectly wonderful, and happily, it was even better than I had hoped. 😍 Keep an eye out for that review & publish date early next year!

The Result:

The Never Tilting World is going to get read… eventually. But for now it’s pushed out to the October tbr (and to be honest… probably will continue to be pushed out haha).

I ended up reading a BUNCH more books. One fast forward friday title that was actually pretty disappointing; one k-pop read that was also kind of disappointing; one romance book club pick that I ADORED; and two graphic novels that perfectly suited my taste for Titans universe material right now. 😍

Rock Paper Scissors has also been a very slow-going read for me. If it weren’t a BOTM that I paid for I’d be ditching this one. 😪

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How I Predicted the Twist in “Rock Paper Scissors” From the First Few Chapters (LOTS O’ SPOILERS!)

(I’ll give a clear warning before any spoilers begin!!)

Hey y’all! I finished the recent release Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney this week, a mystery with lots of secrets and various people scheming against each other. The ending was completely unsurprising because from early on I had a thought of what the “twist” would be, which proved correct. There were some clues along the way that backed me up, and I wanted to walk through a few of them as well as partially review the book itself altogether.

On a related note, I recently watched the 2004 movie The Village for the first time at my boyfriend’s excited suggestion. He fully expected it would blow my mind to discover towards the end (okay, spoiler for this 17 year old movie…) that it was not 1800s as the setting implied, but modern day with cars, medicine, wifi, and all that. So when he looked over at the reveal moment and I was just regularly watching, unfazed, he was pretty disappointed. 😅 Sorry love! But I think some of the reasons I saw that twist coming from VERY early on are the same reasons I nailed Rock Paper Scissors.

I’m not much of a detective, but I am an English major and voracious lifelong reader, so let’s put those skills to work!

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October 2021 TBR: A Scary Good Month!

Hey y’all! I’m looking into October with may more books on my list than I will actually read, but that’s fine. xD Because of it, I have plenty of choices! It’s definitely a month where I try to read some thriller-type things outside my usual genres, and I have a few ideas for this month to continue that!

Plus when I say it’s planned to be a scary good month I mean that… pretty literally. 😁 In a sense that can be very cheesy and varied!

Scary

I know I took a few liberties with calling some of these “scary.” Or… calling probably any of them scary. But! They all have at least a slightly spooky thing about the name, cover, or plot!

Golden Boys Beware is a tricky one, because it’s actually one of my favorite books, Foul is Fair, but as a re-release with a new name and cover. Probably because the original cover is hideous, but either way I read this book at least once a year and usually in October because of the magnificent Macbeth-y mood of malignant witchy maidens.

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Beast Boy & my Teen Titans obsession

Hey y’all,

If you missed my recent Fast Forward Friday about it, Beast Boy Loves Raven came out yesterday! Oddly though, I actually hadn’t yet read Beast Boy, the second in the series. I’ve had a line on it from the library since it came out last year. I’ve looked at it multiple times and thought, I’m so excited to read this. I read a sample of it in Raven and couldn’t wait, yet once I had the chance, I WAITED!

I’m so glad I did though. 🥰 I finished Beast Boy this morning and was 100% in love with Gar. I hated that I had turned the last page because I desperately wanted to continue on the journey with him!

So THANK GOODNESS that Beast Boy Loves Raven had just become available! I dove immediately into it and plowed through in one sitting. One l o n g sitting, because I kept going back pages to check out the details, or examining all the background elements and characters. If you loved the others, you will preeeetty much definitely love this one. I really hope we see more of Tank and Stella from Beast Boy because I kind of fell in love with them too. Yet the monkey sticks around??

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Fast Forward Friday: No Words (9/28)

Hey y’all! In contrast to Throwback Thursday, I like to use Fridays to look forward to an upcoming release that I’m excited about! Today’s is No Words by Meg Cabot.
Expected Release: September 28, 2021

Why wait on this one?

  • Alright, a lot of what drew me in (besides the cover) is MEG CABOT!! That is a name from my childhood and teen years and twenties and still. It’s just such a comfortable thought, to read a Meg Cabot book. It’ll be something familiar, that I can trust to entertain me, without much possibility of breaking my heart.
  • It also doesn’t hurt that this sounds very much like Beach Read by Emily Henry, which was fab. Authors, and a book about books, and a warm sunny beachy destination, and two people with a past. Wait, which book am I describing again?
  • But seriously, lovers with a history. I adore that! I love getting to know their tidbits of how they knew each other, and watching it get fit into who they see now, and the decision of whether or not they want to learn more in the future. I don’t even know if they’ll end up being lovers! But it’s Meg Cabot. So I keep the faith. ^.^

Summary

Jo Wright always swore she’d never step foot on Little Bridge Island—not as long as her nemesis, bestselling author Will Price, is living there.

Then Jo’s given an offer she can’t refuse: an all-expense-paid trip to speak and sign at the island’s first-ever book festival.

Even though arrogant Will is the last person Jo wants to see, she could really use the festival’s more-than-generous speaking fee. She’s suffering from a crippling case of writer’s block on the next installment of her bestselling children’s series, and her father needs financial help as well.

Then Jo hears that Will is off-island on the set of the film of his next book. Hallelujah!

But when she arrives on Little Bridge, Jo is in for a shock: Will is not only at the book festival, but seems genuinely sorry for his past actions—and more than willing not only to make amends but prove to Jo that he’s a changed man.

Things seem to be looking up—until disaster strikes, causing Jo to wonder: Do any of us ever really know anyone?

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A Picture’s Worth: Paper Cranes

Hey y’all! Anyone remember the Picture’s Worth series last seen, oh, about a year ago? To be honest…. I totally didn’t. 🤣 But saw one pop up in my past posts and thought “OH YEAH those were fun why did I stop doing those!” And couldn’t think of any good reason, so here we go. 😊

Words have always carried more weight with me than images – give me a book over its movie any day – but I do love to see the beautiful images other people create when they’re in love with a book. That’s not my strength, but I can certainly appreciate it in others! So here’s a few of my faves based on what I’ve been reading recently.

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

So, Descendant of the Crane is an older title by a few years that is totally new to me. What a fool I am for missing it! I’m about halfway through and quite intrigued by the world. It’s been a slower build, but I think the payoff will definitely be worth it. I have no idea if this is a series, but I hope so, because I think there’s a lot of exploring that could be done with it. So let’s check out how beautiful the cover is to match the book so far!! Descendant of the Crane here we come —

WHOOPS, that’s Descendants of the Sun, which my brain typed into Instagram on autopilot. 😂 Guess it might be time for a re-watch?

Back to our regularly scheduled programming…

@bookishwondergoth made use of the related decorative fan that came in an Illumicrate box, of which I am extremely envious. They did it better than I ever could have, though. xD

@agalaxyofpages has playing cards of the characters!!! Or just, decorative cards of the characters? And I think this was done with a digital cover, which makes this even more impressive to me.

@theseviciousdelights probably just casually has this lovely robe, but daaaaang did it perfectly complement the cover and aesthetic of the book!!

Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney

Rock Paper Scissors is not a book I would have picked up if it weren’t for BOTM (judging by the editions in the photos, this is true for many people). The jury is still out on whether that instinct to avoid was correct or if BOTM will prove me wrong. Sadly… BOTM rarely delivers for me. Nonetheless, I’m a little ways into this and the setting is incredibly well established. Days are getting cooler here, and I deliberately read this one any time it’s under 65 F / 18 C just to help embrace that.

@myschedulesbooked created a definite mood with the colors and contrast here. I adore the very literal representation of the title ^.^ Even the rock is like, a very pretty rock. The rocks around my yard look more… rockish.

@read_with_lynne got the scissors just right! I love the way they obscure their eyes because I feel like that is representative of the way everyone in this book is hiding something. Or many somethings. Or maybe even their whole existence. And it took me three tries to spell “scissors” correctly even though I’ve written and read it 50 times in the making of this post. 😊

@completely_bookt took this thriller set during a blizzard in a remote church in Scotland… for a beach read. 😂 That’s one way to combat it! I wonder if the sunshine helped keep the chill from creeping over them while they read through this eerie book? They even mention wishing they’d read it when it was cold to set the mood so I guess I’m doing it wrong as well. Whoops!!

Judging by the covers, would y’all read either of these books? Or if you already did, do the insides match the outsides for you?

Ps I remembered why I stopped doing these. Embedding an Instagram post into WordPress is a nightmare. Bookstagrammers like to write very lengthy captions, which is great except for when you can’t hide the caption. 😅 I tried so many other workaround and custom code options, but it seems like they still crap out and default to showing a message saying “view this on Instagram” which… sort of ruins the point. Ah well. I think I found a workaround, and I really hope that they stay visible! I’ll check in on this and see what happens, which will probably determine if these truly continue or not.

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September TBR: ABCs and ARCs!

Hey y’all!

I’m starting off this month really excited about a couple of books! No real reason, to be honest… they just sound good and I’m enjoying having time to read them as my house work dwindles. 😊Last month I had a few ARCs on the list, and this month is following suit. To balance it out, there are also a few backlist books that are new to me. My other main goal is reading a few books to finish up my alphabet reading challenge for the year. Up this month: J and N!

More ARCs!

Bad Luck Bridesmaid is about a woman who’s curse always ends up in a failed wedding if she’s in the wedding party. When it’s her best friend heading to the altar, she’s determined to find a way to break her “curse.” Also, SCOTLAND! ^.^

Hello (From Here) is a COVID-19 YA love story. For some people, reading stories set during covid is basically never going to be ok. For me, it’s actually quite welcome. Example: 56 Days!

And Lupina is a comic that looks fascinating. Young girl is orphaned by violence — taken in by a wolf — and seeks revenge. That was enough for me!

My alphabet challenge books!

I love doing the a-z title challenge, and I’m wrapping up two more letters for this year with The Jade Bones and The Never Tilting World. The Jade Bones is the sequel to The Seventh Sun, so I’m excited for that. The Never Tilting World is an older book that I think has floated through my brain before and somehow gotten lost. I don’t know how I forgot about it though, because it sounds awesome!

That’s it for September! Have y’all read any of these books? Which one should I be most excited to start?

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Trimming the TBR: B-tier, identity, and a forgotten gem?? (8/23/21)

Hey y’all!

I’m sure there’s a book tag for this but I cannot find the one I was envisioning! So first off, if anyone happens to know of one, please send it my way. 🙂

My goal here is to check out some books on my TBR (currently ~760) that I have 100% forgotten about. Titles that I see and think “Wow, I could have sworn I had never heard of this book before.” But I’m the one who added it so clearly, I have. Things like that. 😅I want to remind myself about books I was excited to read, and maybe cut some off this list to remove the clutter!

I used Goodreads for this, by sorting my To Read shelf into a random gallery mode and scrolling through covers, making note of ones where I scratched my head trying to remember it. To start, here are six!

How She Died, How I Lived by Mary Crockett

2 sentence summary:
A girl lives with guilt over the random chance of another girl dying instead of her. As she sorts through this, she also starts a maybe relationship with the dead girl’s boyfriend, which is maybe kind of weird and maybe just a “you know what I’m going through” thing.

This cover reminded me of one I read when I was probably 12 or 13, so I thought it was SUPER OLD at first, but it actually published in 2018. The plot, while pretty grim, also sounds pretty intriguing. I’m curious in the crime part of it — the guy who killed that girl, what happened?? But I’m also curious to the aftermath that it focuses on. The navigation of survivor’s guilt. I probably don’t want that right now, but sometime for sure.

keep 📚

Behind the Fan by Caroline Walken

2 sentence summary: An old woman’s family packs up her life to move her into a nursing home. They learn a lot more of her secrets than ever expected.

This sounds kind of like The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and that book was so good that I don’t feel the need to read anything similar to it again, because nothing will top it. The blurb also started off sounding like bad erotica, and the overall writing of the blurb wasn’t very compelling. If the book itself is like that, I’m out. The reviews were all GLOWING, which almost compelled me to give it a try, but they were SO good that it made me suspicious. Like only the author’s friends wrote them or something.

cut 🗡

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This series is hot!! 24 sequels with “Fire” in the title

Hey y’all!

I was just messing around today searching book results by random words, and one of them struck me: fire. For some reason, fire seems to be in a lot of titles of books within a series. In particular, books later in a series seem to have the word fire in the title more often than the first book of the series. And, of course, I have a theory as to why. But first: check out how many there are!!!

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2 books down today!

Hey y’all!

I had a day of a lot of reading today for the first time in a while. I have a few ARCs that I’ve been approved for and wanted to get down, and I did wrap up one that’s coming out in November.

You’ve Reached Sam it’s a story of grief and recovery, and boy was it sad. I’ve been trying to finish this for months since I got approved, but it’s so painful that I couldn’t read much of it at once.

I broke that up with Skyhunter which was actually an ARC I won last year but received very late due to COVID-19. I finally got around to it and was pleasantly surprised! Nothing in this war fantasy really blew me away with originality, but it read pretty quickly once I got into it.

I’m looking forward to having some more time to read tomorrow! We’re expecting a big storm here, so if we lose power, that’s definitely what I’ll be doing for the day. Wish me luck!