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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? 😅

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Top 5 Books with Valentine in the Title

Hey y’all!

Today is Valentine’s Day, and mine if looking a little different this year: we just got a puppy over the weekend, so we’ve been focusing entirely on her, and are definitely not going out tonight!

I was also thinking about dressing up my Valentine’s day this year with some themed reads. Admittedly, I didn’t think there would be many books with the word Valentine in the title, but I was quickly proven wrong! I was proven even more wrong when I (happily) discovered that they aren’t all erotica, either. An impressively wide range, actually! So take a peek below at some of the most popular books with the word Valentine in the title!

5. Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani

Top 5 genre tags for this title:
Chick lit, romance, Italy, contemporary, family

2 Sentence Summary:
Shoe-maker’s-apprentice Valentine is hoping to help save one of the last local business in busy New York City. She travels to Italy to find the answers they need to up their game, and maybe find love along the way!

Have I heard of / read this before?
Definitely haven’t heard of this one before!

Do I like the cover?
Okay, I’ll admit, I chose an edition with a cover I do like, because the one for the more common cover is really weird to me. It makes it look like a light erotica, and it sounds like it’s more of a warm-hearted coming of age kind of story. So I like *this* cover, but not this one.

Will I read it?
I mean, maybe? I’m certainly not rushing off to pick it up, but it does have travels in Italy, and I’m always down for a story that will take me elsewhere. It sounds like it would be a cute read, maybe something I’d take to the beach in the summer! If nothing else, it’s a good “V” title, right? 🙂

4. Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff

Top 5 genre tags for this title:
young adult, mystery, paranormal, horror ghosts

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August Wrap Up: oh, hi there

Hey y’all! It’s been a little bit, but here’s a small update about how things are going. 🙂


How many books that I planned did I read?

I planned 8 books and read 5 of those, plus one other that I added during the month.

The Plan:

The Result:

The book that I attempted was one I found, tried, and quickly hated. That’s all I’ll say, because it’s not worth any more time.

The Inheritance of Orquidea Divina didn’t really pull me in because it seems to be told in the perspective of about thirty different people, and that is REALLY not what I wanted any time recently. So I might go back to this, but at the moment I’m just reading a chapter here and there. The Land of Big Numbers was similarly vignette-ish, so same story: even though they were interesting and compelling, that’s probably a later thing.

I *did* however finally finish Skyhunter a year after I learned that I had won it from Goodreads! For real, I got the memory reminder this week. I just made it. 😂


Still some health stuff keeping things limited in August, but getting better. On top of that, work was pretty hectic so there were some long days in there.


I didn’t do a whole lot of posting myself, but I did read some fabulous ones from other folks! Take a look and check them out. 😊

Here are some of my favorite posts I worked on this month, in case you missed them!

And here are some of my favorite posts by other bloggers!

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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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May Wrap Up (that was fast)


How many books that I planned did I read?

I planned 11, fully confident that it would NOT happen, and indeed I got 8 completed, 3 of which weren’t even in my planned list. Nothing new there!

The Plan:

My plan was all books from my shelf, more or less: books I got from Book of the Month and hadn’t yet read, and books I bought from my fav local charity bookstore for Bookstore day. My goal was to clean up my shelves a little bit!!

The Result:

BOTM books: 4/6

Books I bought recently: 1/3

Books I requested an ARC of instead of reading what I already had…. 2/2 😁

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Barnes & Noble’s beach read recos are spot on!

Hey y’all!

I was just perusing Barnes and Noble’s website for my friends’ registry when I saw their recommended beach reads list. I had to laugh, because several of them are ones I have read (though not necessarily at the beach) and definitely agreed with!

The list

Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee

One of the few on this list that I haven’t already heard of! Judging 100% by the title and cover this might be a little too saccharine sweet for me right now, but does have a quick read beach book feel to it. ^.^

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Well, I definitely read this one! I think I was actually a little late to the party when it came out, but daaaang did I love it! This is a slightly chunky read but it goes by super fast because of how much you love the characters. Just be aware that it does get, ah, somewhat steamy at points, so if you do read it on the beach be warned! xD

That Summer by Jennifer Weiner

I haven’t read this but it’s on my list. After reading Big Summer by her last year, I knew to go for it when I saw her name!

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

I just read this from BOTM and it was WAY better than I expected. It had a lot more character depth than I anticipated, and the main conflict is one that’s a true problem and says a lot about the insight and aspects of the characters as they navigate it.

Beach Read by Emily Henry

It should be no surprise to avid chick-lit or beach-book readers to see Emily Henry on here twice! And it should be no surprise to ANYONE to see that a book titled “Beach Read” is on a list about books to read at the beach. No brainer. This one definitely fits the mold though, and I quite enjoyed it when I read it. I preferred People We Meet on Vacation, but maybe just because I’ve read it more recently. 😅

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

My only qualm with calling this a beach read is that it starts out with a bang. A literal one. Of the bedroom variety. You can probably guess that it doesn’t lighten up from there, so be prepared for some steam if you’re reading this on a hot beach!

The Layover by Lacie Waldon

The only other title on this list I haven’t already heard of! Judging this one as well by it’s title and cover, I’m probably going to be adding it to my tbr. If it’s anything to do with locations far from home, I’ll all about it!

Are any of these books in your bag to pack for the beach this summer? ⛱

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May TBR: I bought it, so I should read it

Hey y’all! I have a very clear theme for my reading this month. If last month was recommendations, then this month is books I’ve bought recently. I haven’t been buying books for a while in part to save money and in part because my bookshelf is full and I don’t have the library set up yet. Last week though, I went on a bit of a splurge for independent bookstore day and got 8 new books from my favorite local store(s). And then yesterday I also happened to order 3 books from Book of the Month. AND, I have one or two from last month that I’m in the middle of. You see where I’m going with this? 😅

I have a lot of books on my shelves that I should read!!! Especially all the newly purchased ones; especially all of the ones I purchased a while ago and haven’t got around to reading yet. So, here I go for the month!

Whoops, they’re done already by the time I’m posting this


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April Wrap Up (a happy month!)


How many books that I planned did I read?

I planed to read 7 books, and I read 5 with one in progress still because it’s really long. The one I skipped was my own additional, funny enough. The recommendations I got from everyone got read though, and WHEW WERE THEY GOOD RECOMMENDATIONS! 🥰 I read 13 in total though, as my usual mood-reader-ness whims kicked in during the month as well.

The Plan:

My plan was mostly recommendations from y’all, and they were fabulous.

The Result:

Not only did I post twice about books I gave up on this year, I added another to the list shortly after with Undercover Bromance. I still can’t believe how immediately I hated that one. My responses aren’t typically so aggressively bad, but dang did this just rub me the wrong way (not ideal for a romance novel 😏).

BUT, with that out of the way, the rest of my reading was so so good! The recommendations I got from y’all were fabulous, and I enjoyed all of them quite a lot! I really should post some reviews of Head Full Of Ghosts and Legendborn because I certainly have a lot to say about them. We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a book I feel like I want to talk to people about to discuss interpretations and ideas. There’s so much more waiting for me in it, but I need others in order to get it.

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April TBR: Thanks for the recommendations!!

Hey y’all!

I have a plan again this month, for the first time in what feels like a long time. ^.^ And it’s mostly thanks to all of y’all! I got so many great recommendations from people when I was asking where all the good books have gone, since I’ve mostly okay reads this year… but nothing outstanding.


Because now I have a list of books to read through that are promised by at least some people to be great! (Plus they’re mostly books already on my shelves, so even better 🤣)

Thanks for the suggestions ^.^

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay: recommended by Jyvur Entropy
(in all honesty I already finished this one because yeah it was that good)

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson: recommended by Sam
(this one has been on my shelf for years and I just never got far enough into it!!)

Dune by Frank Herbert: recommended by Kevin Hall
(maybe it’s time I finally commit to this classic!)

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn: recommended by Mei-Mei
(a book I was excited for but still haven’t read yet)

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What I read while sick on the couch

Hey y’all! While this day was supposed to be time to work on the house (as always) I instead have spent it feeling terribly sick and unable to stand since the wee hours of the morning. And so instead, I remained on the couch distracting myself with fake worlds. Here’s what I read to escape my body in the past 18 hours.

1am – the well-timed end of a binge read

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