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#SixForSunday: Bookish Resolutions

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Six for Sunday is a weekly blog post by Steph @ A Little But A Lot where you share 6 books that to share to go with that Sunday’s prompt. To learn more, click here.


Do you have any bookish resolutions this year?

A while ago, I listed all my bookish resolutions in my January Happenings post. I wasn’t teetering on whether to do a Six for Sunday post as well. But I like doing these posts, so I’ll just list the top 6 that are imperative for me to accomplish.

  1. Read more books I own (before buying a boat-load more!)
  2. Go to the library more often (because it’s my happy place)
  3. Be a more active blogger (because talking about books is fun)
  4. Donate books (and share the joy of reading)
  5. Finish that first draft of WIP I keep talking about (because if not now then when?)
  6. Read more back-listed titles (and not push them back again and again)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


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Top Ten Tuesday: My Most Anticipated Books Releasing In 2022

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is now run by That Artsy Reader Girl.


Which 2022 releases are you most looking forward to reading?

For today’s Top Ten Tuesday, I want to list my Top 10 for the whole year as I recently did a post about every new release I’m anticipating in the first half of it.

Some of these books I wish I had like yesterday but also I don’t think I’m emotionally ready for yet because the previous book was devastatingly good – so many feels! Others are by new-to-me authors I’m excited to try.

My Top 10 Most Anticipated 2022 Releases are (in A-Z order):

1. Amari and the Great Game by B.B. Alston (February 1)

Amari and the Great Game by B.B. Alston cover

2. Bloodmarked by Tracy Deonn (November 8)

Bloodmarked by Tracy Deonn cover

3. A Brush with Love by Mazey Eddings (March 1)

4. This Cursed Crown by Alexandra Overy (December 6)

This Cursed Crown by Alexandra Overy cover

5. Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan (January 11)

Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan cover

6. Falling Short by Ernesto Cisneros (March 15)

Falling Short by Ernesto Cisnero cover

7. The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh (February 22)

The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh cover

8. The Heretic Royal by G.A. Aiken (October 25)

The Heretic Royal by G.A. Aiken cover

9. Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez (April 19)

Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez cover

 

10. Remarkable Ruby by Terri Libenson (May 3)

*No cover on Goodreads yet but you can see it on the author’s Instagram*


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Six for Sunday: Books You Wish For Under Your Christmas Tree

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Six for Sunday is a weekly blog post by Steph @ A Little But A Lot where you share 6 books that to share to go with that Sunday’s prompt. To learn more, click here.

Happy Sunday!

T minus six days until Christmas! I do low-key, chill Christmases these days. I usually do a post-Christmas/New Year haul but I might – with every ounce of bookish strength I have! – hold off on buying more books. One, I bough so many this year and, two, I’m saving up for Six tickets. (More free kindle books are okay though 😄.)

BUT if I was in a bookish mood this Christmas, five of the six books I’d hope would be under my tree are the rest of the Spy x Family by Tatsuya Endo volumes that are currently available in English.

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I read Spy x Family volume 1 this year and it was one of my top favorite reads of 2021. Hysterical, bloody, action-packed, heartwarming. It’s been a long time since a manga series has enthralled me so. I’m also super excited for the anime to come out in 2022 😭💙.

My sixth pick for this prompt would be Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams.

Cover of "Undercover Bromance" by Lyssa Kay Adams.

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I enjoyed the first book and have been meaning to get back to this series for a while now. I feel so behind but I know the rest will sure to be great as well.


If you celebrate Christmas, what books are you hoping will be under your tree this year?

OR If you don’t celebrate Christmas, what must-have books do you want to get in 2022?


As Always, Happy Reading!!!

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Six for Sunday: Red and Green Books

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Six for Sunday is a weekly blog post by Steph @ A Little But A Lot where you share 6 books that to share to go with that Sunday’s prompt. To learn more, click here.

Happy Sunday!

‘Tis the season to swoon over beautiful RED and GREEN book covers, which is the topic of today’s Six for Sunday. I love doing any kind of prompt where the theme is a color. This Sunday, I’m sharing covers that I love from six of my favorite books ever.

First up is The Blacksmith Queen by G.A. Aiken (hilarious and utterly captivating!) and Mastiff by Tamora Pierce (so many feels! and those plot twists!).

 

Next, I had to include Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson (magical library with talk grimoires? yes, please!) and Fire by Maria V. Snyder (that ending, wow!).

 

And, finally, Blade of Fire by Stuart Hill (epic, magical goodness!) and A Wish Upon the Stars by TJ Klune (excuse me while I ugly cry in a glass case of emotions!).

 

If you like these Six for Sunday posts and want to join in on the fun, check out the rest of December’s prompts.


What color books do you wish you owned more of?


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Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Love An Update On

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is now run by That Artsy Reader Girl.


Happy Tuesday!

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt has us wondering about beloved characters and their lives post-story.

Have you ever read a story that you just didn’t want to end? That you wish there were just a few pages more to learn what characters have been up to after all is said and done? This feeling of longing is a tale as old as time.

Here are characters I’d love an update on (spoiler free):

1. Sandry, Tris, Daja, and Briar
Circle of Magic

2. Kel
Protector of the Small

3. Dove
Daughter of the Lioness

4. Alex and Henry
Red, White, & Royal Blue

5. Beka
Provost’s Dog/Beka Cooper

6. Thirrin
The Cry Of The Icemark

7. Rho
Zodiac

8. Brienna
The Queen’s Rising

9. Bennett pack
Green Creek

10. Roger and Caroline Whittier
The Green and the Gray

A good story never truly ends, does it? It replays over and over in the mind and heart. It’s fun to imagine where these characters are now. You hope they’re deliriously happy and content, and can now enjoy the fruits of their labors. A much-earned HEA.

What are some characters that you would love an update on? What do you think life has been like for them after their story has ended?


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Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Read If You Love Middle Grade

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is now run by That Artsy Reader Girl.


Happy Tuesday!

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday. I like that we could customize today’s prompt – Books to Read If You Love/Loved X. I chose middle grade because it’s a genre I enjoy reading and one I want to make more time for. There’s always something fun to read.

So if you love Middle Grade or have been looking to venture within, maybe check out some these great titles:

Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston
Ana on the Edge by A. J. Sass
Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
Maya and the Rising Dark by Rena Barron
Muffled by Jennifer Gennari

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Mustaches for Maddie by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, Illustrated by Patricia Castelao
Positively Izzy by Terri Libenson
Thanks A Lot, Universe by Chad Lucas
Unplugged by Gordon Korman

What are some of your favorite middle grade books?


AS ALWAYS, HAPPY READING!!!
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Six for Sunday: Orange Books

Six for Sunday is a weekly blog post by Steph @ A Little But A Lot where you share 6 books that to share to go with that Sunday’s prompt. To learn more, click here.

Happy Sunday!

I hope your weekend has been going well and that you enjoyed an extra hour of sleep!

The prompt for today’s Six for Sunday is Orange Books, which is actually harder to find books for than other colors. The ones I did find I struggled choosing which to feature. I ended up with one favorite and five books I want to read.

Here’s my list of 6:

(1) The Queen’s Resistance by Rebecca Ross (review)

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(2) Restart by Gordon Korman

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(3) Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams

Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams cover

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(4) Haikyu (vol. 9) by Haruichi Furudate

Haikyu!! (volume 33) by Haruichi Furudate

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(5) Wink by Rob Harrell

Wink by Rob Harrell cover

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(6) The Dating Playbook by Farrah Rochon

The Dating Playbook by Farrah Rochon

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Have you read any of these books? What were your thoughts? What are some of your favorite orange-colored books?


As Always, Happy Reading!!!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Settings

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is now run by That Artsy Reader Girl.


Happy Tuesday!

And welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s prompt is favorite book settings, which I didn’t think I really had.

I enjoy fantastical fantasy worlds because I love the idea that anything is possible when building such worlds. I also like fictionalized places in Ireland or Scotland. Specific settings I’ve come to know and love are:

(1) Tortall (a kingdom)

(2) Winding Circle (a temple community and place of magical learning)

(3) Karasuno High School (a fictional school in the Miyagi Prefecture in Japan)

(4) Araluen (a kingdom)

(5) Phantomhive manor (home of the Phantomhive family in a “mist-covered forest on the outskirts” of Victorian London, England)

(6) Clarines (a kingdom)

(7) Verania (a kingdom)

(8) Green Creek (small town & home of the Bennett pack)

(9) Sevenwaters (a fictional place in 9th century northern Ireland; “based on an area called the Ring of Gullion in County Armagh”)

(10) House of Night (one of many schools for vampyres; Tulsa, Oklahoma, US)

 

What are some of your favorite book settings? Do you prefer real locations or fictional ones?


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Top Ten Tuesday: Older Reads I Loved and Will Always Recommend

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is now run by That Artsy Reader Girl.


Happy Tuesday!

Today is a freebie prompt, so I chose to do older reads that I loved and will always recommend.

Alanna: the First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

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Alanna takes control over her own life by convincing her twin brother two swap places with her: she would go and become a knight and he would go to study magic. Alanna’s story is an alluring epic adventure. She easily became one of my top favorite characters of all time.

 

The Cry of the Icemark by Stuart Hill

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A young warrior with the best (and longest) name ever becomes queen after her father falls in battle and works hard to keep her kingdom together and safe. She meets different magical and supernatural beings, which was a lot of fun. It was a cool trilogy that I really enjoyed.

 

Dragon and Thief by Timothy Zahn

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My first foray into science fiction and it was indeed an epic adventure. I loved the way the story was told. I was hooked from the beginning. The concept is really cool. Jack (the thief) forms a symbiotic relationship with Draycos (the dragon) who takes refuge on Jack’s body – kind of like a tattoo, though can at times take a partial corporeal form. Along their space adventure, a friendship/bond forms.

 

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

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I didn’t know this was based on a fairytale when I first read this book. It sounded interesting and I ended up devouring the rest of the books in the series – it was so good! This story was so charming and I loved the characters. I also loved the relationship that blossoms between her and her intended, even though he doesn’t know she is the real princess he is supposed to marry. The book’s a good rainy day or beach read. Quick, fun, and pleasant.

 

The Green and the Gray by Timothy Zahn

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I read this standalone a long time ago and I remember being wowed by it. It’s one of the few books I’ve managed to reread over my long years as an avid reader. A couple whose relationship seems to be kindling out suddenly become the character of an unusual young girl. Little did they know that they would somehow become involved in a long-standing feud between two alien races: the Greens and the Gray. It’s a great sci-fi story that I would love to reread again someday.

 

Marked by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

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I love this book and series – cringe and all. I was really into vampires and werewolves around the time I first started this series (thank you, Twilight). I just loved the world-building and the characters. I liked how the main character, Zoey, went from ordinary human to over-powered, goddess-touched, vampire priestess. There were a lot of cringy moments that were just too much. And I do think the series was 12 books too long. But House of Night will always hold a special place in my heart. Marked is the only book of the series I don’t own a physical copy of – one day!

 

Mister Monday by Garth Nix

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I don’t remember why I decided to read this book (I read the whole series forever ago). But what I liked most about this series is that the antagonists were named after a day of the week and embody one of the seven deadly sins. Teen me thought that was a really cool idea for a fantasy story.

 

My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent

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This along with Twilight were my first introduction to the love triangle trope. I didn’t mind it in this book. I was too interested in the fantasy elements, how the MC was a banshee whose scream signified that someone was about to die. Her boyfriend’s brother Todd was still around, dead but a reaper. I really enjoyed this series and the covers are gorgeous.

 

Sandry’s Book by Tamora Pierce

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This is the first book in the series but I accidentally read the third book first. My world changed forever. I love all the books equally and all of the characters. I could probably talk about all this for days. This series means a lot to me.

 

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

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I attribute my love of faeries to this book/series. It was as richly magical as it was sometimes decadently dark. I’m not one for dark fantasy – or dark anything – but this book drew me in. It’s one of my all-time favorite books. Love it!


Did you make a list for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday? What’s a book you read long ago that you absolutely loved and why?


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Waiting On Wednesday – September 15, 2021

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where you spotlight a highly anticipated book.


Happy Wednesday!

This Wednesday I’m anticipating the release of You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao.

I’m not sure which If I Stay book this one is being compared to but I’ve watched Your Name, which destroyed my heart with how good it was. You’ve Reached Sam reminds me of those same overwhelming feelings of joy and pain and romance, but distinct in  a way that interests me. I think this will be a good, if not heartbreaking, story, so I’d like to give this one a try.

You’ve Reached Sam is set to be published November 9, 2021.

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ABOUT: If I Stay meets Your Name in this heartfelt novel about love, loss, and what it means to say goodbye.

Seventeen-year-old Julie has her future all planned out—move out of her small town with her boyfriend Sam, attend college in the city, spend a summer in Japan. But then Sam dies. And everything changes.

Heartbroken, Julie skips his funeral, throws out his things, and tries everything to forget him and the tragic way he died. But a message Sam left behind in her yearbook forces back memories. Desperate to hear his voice one more time, Julie calls Sam’s cellphone just to listen to his voicemail.

And Sam picks up the phone.

In a miraculous turn of events, Julie’s been given a second chance at goodbye. The connection is temporary. But hearing Sam’s voice makes her fall for him all over again, and with each call it becomes harder to let him go. However, keeping her otherworldly calls with Sam a secret isn’t easy, especially when Julie witnesses the suffering Sam’s family is going through. Unable to stand by the sidelines and watch their shared loved ones in pain, Julie is torn between spilling the truth about her calls with Sam and risking their connection and losing him forever.


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