April 2019 Wrap-Up

Hi everyone! So! How about that month of April, eh? It was pretty crazy here! They say that March is the month that comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb but no, that was April here. Or maybe it was in like a lamb and out like a lion? Or lions in and out and a lamb in the middle? I don’t know, but it was a whirlwind. And that’s just the weather. Don’t even get me started on my worklife (mandatory overtime) or small business life (1-year anniversary happening) or pop culture whatever (OMG, Game of Thrones you guys!)….

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But the point of this post is my April wrap-up. More specifically, my haul and my accomplishments. So once again, I don’t feel that it was one of my best months but I did get some variety in! Here’s what I added to my ‘finished’ list this month:

Sadie … 4/2/19 … ★★★☆ –
Girl Wash Your Face
 4/6/19 … ★★★☆ –
Lumberjanes Vol 1. … 4/13/19 … ★★★★☆ –
An Anonymous Girl … 4/29/19 … ★★★☆☆-

– Book Haul –

image1 (4)From subscription boxes:
– Wicked Saints
– Sky Without Stars
Book Outlet haul:
The Light We Lost
The Problem With Forever
Baby Teeth
The Traitor’s Ruin
Strange Grace
A Stranger Kind of Fate
Love Letters to the Dead
The Girls
This Mortal Coil
Daughter of the Siren Queen
Barnes and Noble trips:
Once and Future
Community Buys/Trades:
We Set the Dark on Fire

So that was my April! As you can tell, I had a huge haul from Book Outlet owing to a Groupon I purchased, on top of a sale they had going on! So that was pretty awesome! And I hadn’t bought from Book Outlet in a long time so it was perfect for stocking up!

What was the best book you read in April? Did you haul any good books?

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Bookending Spring: You’d Be Better As A Book

bookending-spring-1Today is day 17 of Bookending Spring, and today’s topic is hosted by the awesome Clo @ Book Dragons. I haven’t been able to get to all of the prompts this month but there have been some good ones and if you can, I really recommend checking out the hashtag #BEspring19 on Twitter to view some of the blog posts that have gone up. These hosts know how to put on a great event! So now, let’s get to our prompt for today:

You’d Be Better As A Book
Films/TV Shows which aren’t based off of books nor have any books based off of them that in your opinion would be better as books. Maybe the film lacked something, but you feel like it could flourish as a book series? Or you think a certain aspect of the Show/Film would work better in book form.

headshots_1500987999985.0I don’t necessarily think that this movie could be any better as a book, because honestly, it was an amazing movie in my opinion….but I think that The Prestige would make an incredible book! Every time I watch that movie it stuns me and I think that the plot, the characters, the mystery, the setting…I just think it would make an amazing book! Really, I think any Christopher Nolan movie would make an excellent book. My next choice would be Inception. Oh man, I LOVE that movie as well! And Interstellar??? I would own about twelve editions of that.

9781435162761A show I would like to see as a book? Netflix’s Penny Dreadful series. I absolutely LOVED that entire series and I would love to read that in a book! There are so many characters woven into one incredible story line, we would just be wrapped up in it for hours and hours and never be bored. Do you know the history of real life penny dreadfuls? (yes, they are real things) Penny dreadfuls were serial stories popular in the nineteenth century that sold for literally a penny each. Their content typically was of dark and mysterious topics…think vampires and murderers. Sweeny Todd was written into one of the first penny dreadfuls! So that being said, I would love to see the amazing Netflix series as a book series. I would definitely devour that. I love that genre, the history, the time period….awesome.

What do you think — any movies or shows you think would be better as books, or seem like they could have originally been books?

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Review: Sadie by Courtney Summers

34810320I received Sadie in a subscription box right after its release last September and at the time, I didn’t know anything about it and wasn’t very excited about it. But then came the hype. Followed by more and more hype. Everyone was excited about this book. I heard all about how heart-wrenching the story is and how excellent the audio book is. Well, I will grant that the audio book definitely is appropriate for the book, since it is half-formatted as a podcast. The other half is told from Sadie’s point of view in her timeline just after her younger sister disappears. From how the book world made it sound, this was going to be a read that would make me sob and lose myself; it would make me angry and curious. Yes, it was pretty heavy and had its tough stuff for sure, but I didn’t fully connect with it as I had hoped that I would.

elly-filho-1562-unsplashAllow me to back up a bit and give some detail about the book. As I mentioned, Sadie is the central character and in her timeline, her younger sister Mattie was killed. Sadie sets out on a mission to kill the person who murdered her sister and the trail of clues she follows are quite sinister. Meanwhile, in the present, West McCray is a radio personality who picks up on Sadie’s story in a gas station and wants to cover it on his own show. He decides to start his own podcast, pursuing his own clues by interviewing family members and trying to find Sadie who, to the town she ran away from, seems is missing.

I think that the best thing about this book is the way that its set up. Its amazing how the book is set up in two different timelines and two different points of view, yet they match up so well. There are some very intriguing twists and turns to keep you reading, and Sadie herself actually is a solid character. Of course, she is strong and stubborn to a fault but that’s also where her bravery has to step in too, to some extent. So take this all as you will. If you need some tough drama to read, this is the book for you.

Book soundtrack: “Runnin’ Red Lights” by The Cadillac Three

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Anticipated April Books!

There must be something in the water because seriously, books this year are absolutely phenomenal. I mean, I can’t read them all of course, but from the sounds and looks of them, there is just so much good writing and publishing happening right now in the book world! But let’s hold up a second, celebrate the arrival of spring, and kick off the start of Bookending Spring 2019 with some of my most anticipated released for this spring!

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39950808Wicked Saints – Yes, I have read this one! Yes, my copy was free in exchange for a review but at the same time yes, I still need a hard copy! Remember when there was all that hype about The Hunger Games being a bloodbath for killing tributes in the arena? Ha! The Hunger Games has nothing on the blood in this book! I promise I am not a psychopath, nor do I have a blood obsession by any means, but as I said in my review for this book, it is dark and violent (but oh, so good!) so be warned!

39725622The Princess and the Fangirl – And now for something totally different! I wasn’t sure how I would feel about Geekarella the first time ’round and of course, I ended up loving it! Now I can’t wait to see what Ashley Poston does with book 2. Princess Amara is about to be removed from the Starfield series and superfans like Imogen Lovelace are frantic over the idea. At the big Comic Con, a script leak has Imogen and Jess (the actress who plays Amara on the show) actually switching places and the girls have to come together to figure out who is truly behind the crime.

40645166Lovely Little Things – If you have been tagging along with me on this blog journey, you know I love myself a good thriller…and this one looks SO GOOD! Its about Claire, who is a medical resident and mother of two. She has a severe allergic reaction on the way in for her rounds and wakes up without her car or her children on the floor of the bathroom of a gas station. Now if that doesn’t sound like a terrifying way to start out a book, I don’t know what does. I am ready to read this one now!

Of course there are more. I just wanted to narrow it down and have a little variety. ‘Tis the spice of life and library afterall. *wink* So now tell me…

Are any of these on your TBR? What are you looking forward to getting your hands on this spring?

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O.W.L.s Readathon 2019! Opening Post

Its here! The magical time of year when we read for our O.W.L.s. This time around, we’re really striving for something big…careers! Our wonderful creator and host BOOK ROAST has made up an entire list of magical careers and ‘exams’ to fulfill the necessary requirements for them. To watch the full informational video on this year’s exams, you can head over to the video here. So without further ado, here are my plans for the readathon, including my lofty aspirations for careers and my TBR:

9ff414f9e72ee3ccb22cae33732f4fd0First up, I’m going to go for Curse Breaker. I can just see myself traveling around, removing jinxes, hexes, and curses from objects or buildings. I love the challenge, the mystery, the precision, and the adventure of it. My requirements for this career are:
Ancient Runes(Retelling) …. Brightly Burning
Arithmancy(Book written by more than one author) …. Lumberjanes Vol. 1
Charms(Adult book) …. Girl, Wash Your Face
Defense Against the Dark Arts(Reducto: book starting with an ‘r’) …. The Raven’s Tale
Potions(Next in series) …. Darken the Stars
Transfiguration(Sprayed edges or a red cover) …. The Hummingbird Dagger

4b91f492858df9b2bd8701cc9aa599d4My second and side career is going to be a Seer. I would love to seek out (or have come to me) mystical glimpses into the future! Pretty mystical! And who knows, maybe I could figure out some of those hexes before they strike?! O.W.L. requirements for this career path include:
Ancient Runes(another retelling…I’m really not that into retellings) …. The Sleeper and the Spindle
Astronomy(‘Star’ in the title) …. The Chaos of Stars
Divination(Set in the future) …. V for Vendetta

And if I am really kicking ass, I am going for a third career: Aurologist. So for this one I need to dive into these subjects:
Astronomy(‘Star’ in the title) …. Lost Stars
Divination(Set in the future) …. Watchmen
History of Magic(published at least 10 years ago) …. Pippi Longstocking

So that’s where I’m at right now. Time to start reading!

Are you participating in the O.W.L. exams? What career(s) did you choose?

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Reading recs for National Puppy Day!!

As you may know from a few posts back, our family dog recently had a litter of puppies. It has been a complete adventure over the past 6 weeks, watching these little babies grow from tiny, palm-sized newborns to rambunctious, feisty pups. So how fitting is it that they go to their new homes today, on National Puppy Day?! Its so bittersweet! Believe it or not, we do actually have one puppy left to sell and ironically, he was the first puppy born. We “named” him Rizzo after our favorite Chicago Cubs player. We are enjoying him while we still have him but I’m sure he will be off soon. Again, it has been an amazing experience. So now, to keep the puppy/dog fix going, I’m researching all the dog reads for the upcoming weeks. I need all the puppy love!

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The Incredible Journey – I always loved this movie and the book has been on my TBR for a long time! A cat, a lab, and a bull terrier face the wild terrain of the Canadian wilderness to make their way back home. Separately, they would have died. But together, they face near starvation, wild animals, and exposure to the elements to find their family and their home.

The Art of Racing in the Rain – This book is told from the point of view of the dog, Enzo, and right off the bat, I’m already reminded of the YouTube videos where dog owners have GoPro cameras on dog toys or collars and you’re watching everything from the dog’s POV. Those can be so fun. But anyway. Enzo is a philosopher who sees that life isn’t simply about going fast.

Marley and Me: Life With the World’s Worst Dog – I love this title because aren’t there just moments where, as a pet owner, you just get mad as your fur baby and think they’re the worst?? But of course, 5 minutes later they’re your pride and joy again. Well, Marley actually was the worst. John & Jenny were newlyweds in a perfect, new white-picket fence of a house. They bought Marley as a puppy and he grew into 97-pounds of lab who chewed, bit, ate, tore, drooled, and stole everything he possibly could. But yet for all of his faults, of course, he was still loved.

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So those are just a couple that are on my TBR that I have heard good things about. I am so cautious to read dog books and watch dog movies. I am so sensitive because I hate bad endings–they just upset me so much!! Seriously, they stick with me and I take them so personally!! But anyway. If you are a dog person, or just a pet person in general, give your fur baby an extra squeeze today!

Do you have a dog? What is his/her name? OR, If you had a pet, what would you name it?

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WWW Wednesday ~ 3.20.19

Hi everyone! Its Wednesday again! As I think you all know,  Waiting on Wednesday is brought to you by Taking on a World of Words, who revived this weekly meme for us book bloggers to use at our will. As always, the three W’s are:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What will you be reading next?

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15728452What did I recently finish reading?
I just finished reading (literally….as in my lunch break!) The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1: The Apocalypse Suite! Of course, I started off with the Netflix series and now I am diving into the comic book trilogy, the third of which is actually set to release this July! Little known fact about the series (at least I had no clue about it): the author, Gerard Way, is actually the frontman and co-founder of the band My Chemical Romance (get out your hair gel, nose ring, sk8 shoes, and let’s go back to the ’00s and rock out with these guys!). Once I get through volume 2 as well, I will write my thoughts on the comics so check back soon!

36337550What am I currently reading?
I have two books in progress currently. The first one I am trying so hard to get through as quick as possible because I have been stuck in it for too long, and that would be The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. I am listening to the audiobook on this and I think I might enjoy it so much more if I was reading a hard copy. I’ve heard great things about this book but ugh, it is painstaking to listen to this! 😫 Also, I am reading an ARC of Wicked Saints. I am so in love! You better believe a review of this is coming up soon!! I am seeing a lot of mixed reviews for this book coming out so far but honestly, I am really enjoying it so far. I hope that as more people read it, the ratings go up because I think…well, I really don’t want to say anything until I write up my review.

28186322What will I be reading next?
Well, as I mentioned, I am continuing on in the Umbrella Academy Suite. My next audiobook will be a group read of A Curious Beginning, which was recommended to me by a friend who knows my sense of humor. I am pretty excited to read this YA historical mystery since I recently finished up the Jackaby series. And for a physical next-up, I am moving on to an ARC of The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters. If you haven’t heard of this one yet, its actually a story of a young Edgar Allen Poe meeting his Muse. The synopsis doesn’t give too much more detail than that, but still, its another book I am really looking forward to checking out!

If you participate in this on your blog, drop me a link in the comments below! Or just answer any or all of the questions and let me know what book your nose is in because I always like to know what people are reading. I look forward to hearing all the deets!

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What would your book nook look like?

I was just browsing Pinterest today (a dangerous past time, I know) and I ended up looking through cozy reading nooks. Now I am designing my dream space and I’m just all warm and fuzzy and excited inside! So here are a couple spaces I am in love with:

42635117935_d508793f5a_nThis one is sheltered, but outdoors, which I love. Can we say ‘ambiance’? I love the candlelight. Plus the mattress and ALL.THE.PILLOWS.!!!! So snug. I can just hear the crickets and the wind blowing in the trees and envision ALL the reading I would get done. OMG, its heaven. I am so sold! This is my dream!

tumblr_inline_nfipm43cax1s7b3jyOk, this next one is just great. Doesn’t everyone need this?? Unfortunately, I don’t have a proper tub for baths right now but I absolutely wish that I did. I get so many bath bombs in book boxes so obviously baths + books go together! Plus, heaven knows that we all need more bookshelves. So basically, this setting pretty much has it all! Also the toilet is there too so you’ll never be bored while taking care of that business either. All bases are covered.

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And finally, for my grand finale, I had to choose my musical library. This baby is grand. Its got high ceilings, natural light, comfy seating (I might switch it out for something a little classier later on, but in the mean time I’ll take what I can get), a fire place, and of course books, books, and more books!!  I can only hope that some of those taller windows are doors. Maybe there is also a window seat somewhere around there? Oh, how perfect! I’m in heaven, you guys!

Have you thought about your dream library? What would your ideal book nook look like? Spill the tea in the comments!

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Review: Slayer by Kiersten White

34723130Into every generation a Slayer is born…

Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic.

Until the day Nina’s life changes forever.

Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period.

As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams…

But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested—because someone she loves might be next.

One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard.

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This was my second book by Kiersten White and this one was a completely different (and much better) experience than the first. I really enjoyed this book! I listened to the audiobook version, which is read by Madeleine Maby. She actually happens to be one of my favorite audiobook narrators simply because she also reads the Colleen Hoover books! She did an excellent job as she always does, at bringing the book to life. Seriously, her voice was absolutely perfect for this character and story! But let me go into detail regarding the rest of the book.

BfyAside from that, though, I went into Slayer pretty blind and distant. It was one of the first anticipated releases of 2019 I was reading, I didn’t like the last K-White book I read, and I’m not really a Buffy follower. I thought the book was literally ‘about’ Buffy, the vampire slayer, but instead, I was pleasantly surprised to find a kind of spin off who rather despised Buffy. Don’t get me wrong–the book isn’t about disliking Buffy or anything, but the concept is that our MC, Nina, comes from a line of Watchers. Her father was Buffy’s Watcher–or one of them–and she is the reason her father was killed, as well as the reason the world is ending, and the reason for this and that and the other and, well, you get the point.

wloSo anyway, what I loved about this book: Nina was a great female character. She went from weakling (the clumsiest, first aid geek and Watcher flunkie we could ever imagine) through a progression towards slayer-in-training throughout this book. And it really was a progression. She had her ups and downs, she made her mistakes, she trusted the wrong people at times, and I thought that was all realistic and relatable enough for me. Well, as relatable enough as a PRN fantasy can be. The side characters were pretty fun. There wasn’t really romance but–surprise!–there was a f/f relationship in the book. So take that for what you will! Lastly, I really enjoyed Nina’s sense of humor and sarcasm. Maybe its not for everyone and maybe its something that was brought out more in the audiobook, but I absolutely thought that that was a fantastic addition to the book!

And there you have it, folks. Slayer was my first 5-star rating of the year 2019 and I was in no way expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. I am so glad that I picked it up, and even more happy that I went for the audiobook.

So what do you think–have you read it? What do you think? Are you anti-Buffy like Nina is? Post your thoughts in the comments!

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February Wrap-up

Hi everyone! February was insane and I am so happy its a short month! My posting was pretty sporadic due to my work imposing mandatory overtime, my dog having puppies, the midwest deciding we are going to try out arctic temperatures and weather patterns, and of course, my business is running and I’m trying to maintain my sanity all the while. So that’s that! I have been doing my best to post and read and keep up but…like I said, its crazy! Hopefully March will be better. My fingers are crossed.

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo …. 2/6/19 …. ★★★★★
The Dreamers …. 2/18/19 …. ★
Dread Nation …. 2/23/19 …. ★★★★

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feb haulGodsgrave – signed! – by Jay Kristoff
Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer
Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok
The Cerulean by Amy Ewing
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

And that, my friends, was my February! I had a severe case of I-can’t-decide-what-to-read-itis so I started and stopped a couple of different books. And I’m super-mad because the book I’m reading now didn’t quite meet the February reading cut-off. I didn’t quite finish it in time to count it for February. Oh well. I have a good TBR line-up for March with some awesome ARCs to read that are releasing in April and I am really looking forward to them. How was your February? Did you read or haul anything really great? Any flops? Let me know!

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