Tuesday, October 2, 2018

September 2018 Recap

Hello, friends! Can you believe it's OCTOBER????? Like, where did this year go???

Although there's Halloween stuff everywhere (with the occasional sighting of Christmas stuff), it is still IN THE 90'S HERE. The humidity has gone down a bit, but really! With every year I've been in Florida, I've missed crisp fall air and the trees changing colors more and more.

I've been reading and blogging on and off lately. It just always seems like there are higher priority things going on, I'm too tired by the time I do have a few minutes to spare, etc. I should probably really give audiobooks a try because I could listen while doing things like cleaning, but as with any new thing, I have to get over my initial skepticism, which is no small challenge, lol.

I hope you all have a spook-tacular October! If I weren't such a wimp, lol, I'd read some scary books this month. Instead my contribution to Halloween 2018 will be eating lots of Reese's peanut butter pumpkins, bats, and the like. :D

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Book Loot (33)

I haven't been reading a lot lately, but that hasn't stopped me from continuing to buy books, lol. I really need to stay away from the bargain/clearance bins; they're my weakness!

I'd seen this Pride and Prejudice quote shirt a few months ago but didn't want to part with my cash then. This time, the shirt was on clearance, and I didn't think twice about forking over my money.


The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox
Thanks to Graydon House Books for the giveaway!


The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy by Alexandra Bracken
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

I love Star Wars, and I love Alexandra Bracken's books, so I was thrilled to finally get a copy of The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy. Victoria Schwab is an auto-buy author for me, so City of Ghosts was totally on pre-order, lol. I admit that buying To All the Boys I've Loved Before was 100% prompted by all of the rave reviews for the Netflix adaptation. I'm such a nerd about trying to read the book before the movie, but I gotta tell ya, my curiosity about the movie is really, really, really starting to get the better of me! :D

Have you read any of these? What did you think of them?

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week's topic is:
Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

1. The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas

I feel like I'm the only person in the world who STILL hasn't read the Throne of Glass novellas, lol.

2. The Archived by Victoria Schwab

I love Victoria/V.E. Schwab, so I'm really surprised I've left this sitting on my Kindle unread for so long.

3. Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger

This is the last book in Gail Carriger's YA Finishing School series, and somehow I haven't gotten around to reading it.

4. Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta

Melina Marchetta blew me away with her YA works such as Jellicoe Road and The Lumatere Chronicles, but I've yet to give this mystery/thriller a go.

5. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

I LOVE Tahereh Mafi's YA Shatter Me series, but I've put off reading her middle grade fantasy for forever.

6. The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

Same with this middle grade novel from Alexandra Bracken. I love her YA books, just haven't read anything outside of those.

7. Storm Born by Richelle Mead

I've only read Richelle Mead's YA vampire series. I'm curious to check out this adult PNR.

8. Lament by Maggie Stiefvater

A Maggie Stiefvater book I haven't read yet? Yep.

9. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows

I've seen so many bloggers mention how hilarious this novel is, and I really, really need to check it out for myself!

10. Henry IV, Part I by William Shakespeare

If there's a Shakespearean play that I feel I should have read by now, it's this one.

What books are on your list this week?

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Fall 2018 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week's topic is:
Books on My Fall 2018 TBR

My list this week is a mix of fall releases and some not as new titles that I've just been meaning to get around to reading.

1. Vengeful by V.E. Schwab


2. City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

I just might read Schwab books back-to-back.

3. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Yikes—this is still sitting unread on my shelf.

4. Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

Maybe I'll read two Maas books back-to-back, too, lol.

5. A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Very, very much looking forward to this.

6. The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken

I loved the original trilogy and hope that this new entry in the series is just as good.

7. The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman

With the third and final book in the series coming out in November, I should probably read book two, lol.

8. To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

With all the buzz surrounding the Netflix adaptation, I must read this soon.

9. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

This book has gotten so much love around the blogosphere, and I feel like the only person in the world who hasn't read it yet.

10. Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder

I still need to find out how this series ends, lol.

What books made your fall TBR?

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set in School

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

It's a back to school themed freebie this week, so I went with:
Books Set in School

I didn't really care for most of the books I had to read for school, so I decided to make a list (a little shy of 10) of some of my favorite books set in a school.

1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

I. Just. Want. To. Go. To. HOGWARTS.

2. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

I heart this series so much!

3. Finishing School by Gail Carriger

Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality focuses on teaching its students fine arts such as spying, poisoning, and weapons concealment. I definitely wish those courses had been available when I was in school, lol.

4. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Still one of my all-time favorite vampire series.

5. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

My favorite Melina Marchetta book after her Lumatere Chronicles trilogy.

6. Shades of London by Maureen Johnson

I love how this series mixes paranormal, suspense, and humor. Hoping that there'll be a 4th book one day.

7. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

I don't read a lot of contemporary, but this one, set in a boarding school in Paris, was a winner.

8. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

I loved the blend of historical fiction/supernatural in this book, which takes place in a boarding school in Victorian England.

What books made your list this week?

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