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Laying in Bed – book you could/have read in a day
My pick for this is Only Mostly Devastated. While I didn’t read this in a day, I could have. It was funny, relatable, and overall easy to read because it was so relatable. I couldn’t help but want to know what would happen next and I was rooting for all of the characters.

Snacking – guilty pleasure book
I recently participated in a big Twitter/blog conversation about not believing in ‘guilty pleasure’ books because, hell, we should all read what we want without feeling guilty. But if I have to answer for the sake of a tag, I do enjoy a good paranormal romance every now and again.

Netflix – series you want to start
The weather has been a little ominous  and dreary as of late so I have been craving some London. As such, the Darker Shade of Magic trilogy is calling to me. I have been wanting to read this for forever and just haven’t gotten to it but everyone raves about it and there’s so much merch to collect (just what I need, right?? lol).

Deep Clean – been on your TBR for ages
I have finally started reading Glass Sword (book 2 in the Red Queen series…I read book 1 about two years ago), and I am thinking of finally picking up This Savage Song or Illuminae. I know, I know…I am so behind on the times!

Animal Crossing – book you recently bought because of hype
I mean, books get hype because they are ‘good,’ right? Maybe? No? Okay. I just bought a copy of Shatter Me. Not that I don’t want to read it of my own volition, but I have SO many other thing on my TBR, I am overwhelmed and this is another series with a TON of hype so….there was a daily deal on it and I already have a hard copy and I snatched up the ebook version copy for cheap as well.

Productivity – book you learnt or had an impact on you
The Hunger Games trilogy is one that has always resonated with me. I have always loved Katniss as a character and the rebellion of the districts is so powerful. Honestly, I have a hard time putting into words everything that I feel about this trilogy, I feel so strongly about it.

Facetime – A book you were gifted
So far this round I have been gifted two great books by my ‘Secret Sister,’ alias Luna Lovegood: Well Met by Jen DeLuca and Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. Well Met was a 4.5-star read for me and RW&RB was a solid 5-star read!! Two great books!

sub-buzz-689-1590635315-1Self Care – what is one thing you have done recently to look after yourself
I’ve started taking my pup on short walks in the morning and it has been so nice! First, it is good for Obi because he has so much energy I like starting to burn that out early in the day (HA! I wish!). Then for me I move so much less in my work from home environment I just have to start getting out more. The little bit of fresh air in the morning is great for my attitude and energy so I’m proud of this accomplishment!

✨BONUS✨ – name a book coming out soon
The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson. I just found this one today and it sounds super spooky-cool. It releases July 21st and went straight to my TBR.

So there you have it! If you are interested in this tag, please feel free to borrow and tag me in your post so I can read your answers! And definitely refer back to Princess of Paperback for the original tag!

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March Wrap-up & April Goals

Happy Friday, all! Another shelter-in-place week in the books. Did you survive? We are hanging in there. Still settling in to the work at home routine–my husband and I have our shared studio-cubicles all set up. I think it is driving our puppy crazier than anybody.

Please don’t judge our mess!

The thing about working from home is that even though you’re still at home, you still have to put in the time and do the same amount of work. I still haven’t quite found my vibe to relax and get back into my reading yet and as a result, this month was DISMAL. I finished ONE book. I can’t even make a list. I have been stuck trying to get through the same rom-com since February. I have picked up and cast aside at least 2-3 books, at least one of them was an ARC (yes, I paid tribute to the author and publisher). And my concentration in general is just garbage. There has just been so much to do and so little time to focus–its all been toilet paper and germ-X and office set-up and is the family safe and are the bills paid and…you all know how it is. Complete flip side? I did haul a lot of books! Lots of deals taking place! both online for ebooks, for stores doing pickups or delivery, and even audiobook deals if you know where to find them.  So let’s take a look:

hoopeBook deals:
Survival of the Richest by Skye Warren
The One by John Marrs
Verity by Colleen Hoover
Twisted Fate by Ace Grey
Never Never (Complete Series) by Colleen Hoover
Nocturna by Maya Motayna
Killing November by Adriana Mather
Wasted Words by Staci Hart
Fight or Flight by  Samantha Young

Physical books:
* The Darkest Star & The Burning Shadow by Jennifer Armentrout
Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills
The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas
The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen
There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool
The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young
When the Sky Fell on Splendor by Emily Henry

My goal for April is obviously to get back on track with my reading. I am in the middle of three books right now and that will help set me on the right track (in my own mind, at least). From there I have at least 2 arc’s with deadlines to read this month. And, as always, social media and blogging maintenance. I have a couple of other lofty dreams, but I’m keeping them secret for now. I’m off to blog hop and see what accomplishments and goals everyone else has been up to. Drop your links or let me know below what you have been reading, or how you have been doing. I hope you are all safe and content as can be.

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First Line Friday : Bone Crier’s Moon

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Bone Criers are the last descendants of an ancient famille charged with using the magic they draw from animal bones to shepherd the dead into the afterlife—lest they drain the light from the living.

Ailesse has been prepared since birth to become their matriarch, but first she must complete her rite of passage: to kill the boy she’s destined to love.

Bastien’s father was slain by a Bone Crier and he’s been seeking revenge ever since. Now his vengeance must wait, as Ailesse’s ritual has begun and their fates are entwined—in life and in death.

Author : Kathryn Purdie ~ Release Date : March 3, 2020 ~ Publusher : Katherine Tegen Books

Its a good day for shark hunting. At least that’s what Ailesse keeps telling me.

46249012If I didn’t already want to pick up this book for the beautiful cover or the heart-wrenching premise of the story, the first line is a prelude to shark-hunting!! Uhm, I just ordered my copy!

Have you read this? Do you recommend it, or is it on your TBR?

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February 13: WWW (shhh! Its actually Thursday!)

For those of you who don’t know, this meme is hosted by Taking on a World of Words, and it involves three simple questions which are as follows:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

~ The Currents ~

41021973._sy475_Mood (and seasonal) readers out there represent!! I, for one, am one of those readers so my hand is way up in the air! I am not a huge romance reader–I tend to like more of the rom com genre but once in a while I do crave a little heat. Nevertheless though, my February needed a little bit of love I thought, which is why I am currently reading Get A Life, Chloe Brown. I’m about 75 pages in and so far its a quick read. Stubborn MC’s aren’t my favorite so I don’t know how much I will end up loving the book, but thus far I like it ok. I am also listening to the audiobook of A Constellation of Stars, which is YA magical realism. I love magical realism, and I used to read a lot of women’s fiction/magical realism. To be completely honest, I’ve really been missing it, so I am eating this book right up!

43565384~ The Recents ~

So far this year, for everything crazy that has been going on with me, I actually have been reading at a relatively steady pace. The book I finished most recently was The Night Country by Melissa Albers. That’s right. The sequel to The Hazel Wood. Here’s my little blurb for that one: YIKES! Not bad, for sure. But AHHH!!! That really tells you a lot, right? I am still gathering my thoughts on this one but basically it is even more scary than book one and I think I did like it more too.

~ The Upcoming ~

I have a bit of a stack checked out from the library at this time–I always get a little ambitious–but I will do my best to crack down it. So who knows which of these JUST MAY be next!: Hope and Other Punch Lines (I am pretty sure this was a recommendation from someone’s blog or social media), Izzy + Tristan, No Judgements, The Handmaids Tale (when I don’t feel like reading full books, I check out graphic novels! 😛 ), and Beyond the Black Door. Stay tuned to see what turns up in my February wrap-up at the end of the month!

What are you reading?

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Review: Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

Screen Shot 2020-01-23 at 6.49.08 PMTitle: Things You Save in a Fire
Author: Katherine Center
Page Count: 320 pages – Hardcover edition, but I listened to the audiobook
Release Date: August 13, 2019


Cassie Hanwell was born for emergencies. As one of the only female firefighters in her Texas firehouse, she’s seen her fair share of them, and she’s excellent at dealing with other people’s tragedies. But when her estranged and ailing mother asks her to uproot her life and move to Boston, it’s an emergency of a kind Cassie never anticipated.

The tough, old-school Boston firehouse is as different from Cassie’s old job as it could possibly be. Hazing, a lack of funding, and poor facilities mean that the firemen aren’t exactly thrilled to have a “lady” on the crew, even one as competent and smart as Cassie. Except for the handsome rookie, who doesn’t seem to mind having Cassie around. But she can’t think about that. Because she doesn’t fall in love. And because of the advice her old captain gave her: don’t date firefighters. Cassie can feel her resolve slipping…but will she jeopardize her place in a career where she’s worked so hard to be taken seriously?


This book was nominated for the Romance category for 2019 Goodreads Choice award, which sort of inspired me to pick it up, but it is so much more than just a romance novel! I love TV sitcoms like Grey’s Anatomy, Chicago Fire, etc. and I think its hard to find good books with characters who are doctors, firefighters, or paramedics. Things You Save in a Fire revolves around veteran firefighter Cassandra and rookie firefighter Owen.  The reason Cassie and Owen meet is because Cassie has just moved to Boston from Texas after a very public mauling of a councilman at an awards ceremony. Granted, he groped her–but no one saw that behind the scenes. But Cassie makes the move to save her career and moves in with her mother sort of against her will at her mother’s desperate request. It is this move that will change Cassie’s life and teach her lessons about love, forgiveness, and moving on.

Cassie was a super stubborn character and at times I got sick of how she treated her mom or how she shunned some of the men around her, but I get it. She is a woman in a “man’s profession.” She has to have rules and boundaries, and really, she is a badass. She has earned her way up and she will not let anything take her back down. Owen is probably my new bookish McDreamy. Seriously, this guy is the funniest, sweetest book boyfriend. And he’s a fire fighter so….what’s up! I even loved how he handled the conflict in this book and thought he was an all-around great fit for Cassie. Last but not least, the story overall was just so charming and well-written, I absolutely recommend it. I don’t always read contemporary romances but when I do, this is what I want to read!

Did you read any of the Goodreads Choice 2019 books last year? What were your faves?


Tag Tuesday: New Year Book Tag

Happy 2020 everyone! Dorka over at Berries & Books is keeping this tag alive–she’s done it for three years straight now so hats off girl! I think this is my second year doing this one so here goes!

Question #1: How many books do you plan to read in 2020?
I set my goal at 50 this year, after falling just short of my goal of 75 for the past two years straight. This year I want to go a little bit more low-key and exceed it and just feel good about things. I feel good about that.

Question #2: Name five books you didn’t get to read last year but wanna make a priority in 2020.
The biggest two that I didn’t get to were the Six of Crows duology. I really want to prioritize them this year because–hello–Grishaverse coming to Netflix. Also on my list are Serpent and Dove, A Sorcery of Thorns, and

Question #3: Name a genre you want to read more of.
I always try to keep a good balance of genres but I want to get back into urban and paranormal fantasy. That’s sort of what got me back into reading a while back, ironically.

Question #4: Three non book related goals for 2020?
Start a bullet journal, pick up my ukelele, and manage my finances better (eek!)

Question #5: What’s a book you’ve had forever that you still need to read?
My brother and (now) sister-in-law bought me the Darker Shades of Magic trilogy four, maybe even five Christmases ago now? And I need to read those! Not just for that reason, but I want to read them too, of course!

Question #6: One word you’re hoping 2020 will be?
Stress-free! (that’s one, hyphenated word, right??)

As for tagging, I think you should all do this one if you haven’t for 2020 yet. I know January is scooting along quickly but there is always time to collect your thoughts and gain some shelf control. Happy reading!

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January 8: WWW

Halfway through the week! I love it! Life has been so nice having shortened weeks for almost a month now but here we are, back to the full grind. *sigh* For those of you who don’t know, this meme is hosted by Taking on a World of Words, and it involves three simple questions which are as follows:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

~ The Currents ~

I am so close to finishing 2 books at the moment: the comic vol. 1 of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as well as a really good YA fantasy called Unspoken. On top of those, I am about a third of the way through the audiobook of Ninth House so I have quite the reading load going on here.

~ The Recents ~

Honestly nothing was too terribly recent, I hate to say. I did sneak in one last holiday read just as we were finishing up our Christmas celebrating and that was Christmas Camp. Other than that though, I hope to have much more to report on this question next time around!

~ The Upcoming ~

This is where the fun really is. I have a couple anticipated reads from the library that I am looking forward to getting to plus a couple egalley/ARCs to get to soon. First off I need to read The Night Country by Melissa Albert, which released yesterday. I am really excited for that one. I need to see how the sequel to The Hazel Wood  turns out!

What is one current, recent, or upcoming read that you have on your list?

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The Sunday Review: Christmas Camp by Karen Schaler

39893648Title: Christmas Camp
Author: Karen Schaler
Page Count: 336 pages – ebook edition
Release Date: September 3, 2019


I thought this looked and sounded (from the synopsis) like a cute holiday book that I would skate through quickly and enjoy immensely. Plus with the word “Camp” in the title, I had to read it! I’m a sucker for camps and retreats! Apparently though, Hallmark/Lifetime/Netflix mushy writers should stick to their screenplays. At least for me. Reading the author’s bio, “Christmas Karen” Schaler has also written screenplays for Netflix’s THE CHRISTMAS PRINCE (which I did enjoy!), Hallmark Channel’s Christmas Camp (I haven’t seen this), and Lifetime’s Every Day is Christmas (also never heart of it). While the idea of this book was classic holiday family and romance cozy, it fell a little short for me. Here is why:

In this book, Haley Hansen’s Christmas is booked–in the Caribbean. And that’s the way she likes it. She prefers to take her laptop, her work and her parents and avoid the holiday hustle and just relax on the warm beach. This year is different because her advertising company is trying to land a deal with a huge toy company. Big problem though. The theme of the ad campaign? Christmas spirit, and Haley has none. What’s more is that landing this campaign could earn her a spot as partner in the company. She would do anything–even head to Christmas Camp–to get this deal.

brooke-cagle-czbB0aPh_V0-unsplashMeanwhile Jeff is the oh-so-handsome, successful architect in Boston and son of the owner of Christmas Camp. He recently lost his mother and his aging father, Ben, is now running Christmas Camp basically on his own. I’ll let the rest of the details here unfold themselves for you all.

Christmas Camp is, I think, just about the first book ever where I didn’t find the male love interest charming or very interesting. He almost seemed sort of villainous for most of the book. I guess that’s what made it even more refreshing for Haley to be a hard-working girl (woman) throughout the book. She really did have some good growth and that really was heart-warming. From the very beginning I didn’t think she was a bad character…so what if she didn’t love Christmas?? I mean, everyone can choose to celebrate, or not, in their own way. Isn’t it kind of bogus (illegal?) for a company to basically require her to have Christmas Spirit?? I guess that’s a whole different debate. But anyway. The book was decent. Obviously several different ways to look at things so if you’re into that, go for it!! One last thing I will add is that there are a couple of good side characters, but the dog is probably the best character in the book.

Book soundtrack: The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole

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#Blogmas :December is the month for ebook bargains!

Hi everyone! So I have noticed that I have been grabbing up bargain after bargain ebook on Amazon and I have actually had to hold myself back because there are more that I sort of want, but I know that I just won’t get to for a long while. I thought I would go ahead and post a list of what I have picked up so far in December:

1533de298cd56ff91657319fdc1e13abThe Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

purchased 12/2/19 for $0.99

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

purchased 12/2/19 for $2.99

Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao

purchased 12/14/19 for $5.99

The Beholder by Anna Bright

purchased 12/21/19 for $2.99

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

purchased 12/25/19 for $2.99

The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy

purchased 12/25/19 for $1.99

So that’s about $18 for six books this month! I am completely happy with that! The couple of other titles I am still looking at snagging for a good deal and maybe you’d like to consider too: Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan (currently $1.99), Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron (currently $1.99), Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford (currently $2.99), Shadow Frost by Coco Ma (currently $0.99),  Final Girls by Riley Sager (currently $1.99), and Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye (currently $1.99). Just to say again, all of these deals were found on Amazon and may not still be valid, but if you’re interested, its always worth checking, right?

That being said, hope you found yourself a deal on a new read today also! Or maybe you know of a bargain going on to share. Any recommendations? I’d love to know about it! Thanks in advance!

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#BEWinter19 : A Very Potter Christmas

Today’s prompt for Bookending Winter is “A Very Potter Christmas,” hosted by Broken Soul Reviews, and who am I to pass up a Potter prompt?? If you’d like to join in on this amazing quarterly event hosted by Cuppa Clo and Fictionally Sam, you can check out the event main page here. But enough chit-chat. On to the prompt!

Question #1
Which Harry Potter book was your favorite and why?

originalI have always said that Prisoner of Azkaban was my favorite because of the Marauders and the details left out of the movie about their backgrounds and stories. I just love meeting Sirius and all of the intricacies of that book. However, I am re-reading the series as an adult and I just finished book 5 and so far I am surprised to say that Order of the Phoenix is my new favorite. Talk about details and little humors that I have never appreciated before! There are so many characters in this book that really shine–the Weasely twins, Luna, Ron…unfortunately almost everyone but Harry.

Question #2
Which Harry Potter characters are your favorites and why?

Not necessarily in specific order I love Dumbledore and I hate hearing when people give him grief. Since the very beginning (and now, with ‘Fantastic Beasts,’ apparently before the beginning even! what?!) Dumbledore was the man with the plan. He always made sure Harry was taken care of, he was always doing his research, he was always doing his best to stay five steps ahead, and he was incredibly criticized all throughout. Next up is Molly Weasley for being a badass mum to her own children and anyone/everyone her kids brought home. She has the biggest, warmest heart but also is so strong and and kick butt when she needs to be. She is everything I would want to be as a mother. A lot of similarities here with Minerva Mcgonagall. Not only is she a softie for her students at heart, she is incredibly brave, wise, and strong. Honorable mentions for other favorites go to Harry, book Luna, Hagrid, and Lupin.

Question #3
Who are you taking to the Yule Ball?


Thanks for stopping by today! Feel free to share any of your answers in the comments! I want to know especially who your date to the ball would be–either pre- of post- puberty, lol!!

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