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2022: April Wrap–Up

Happy Saturday, bookworms! How’s you’re weekend going?

April reading was different. I read books from my tbr and those not on it that were just for fun. Page lengths were on the shorter side but still made for an eventful reading month.

From my tbr, I read 7 books, soon to be 8 as I finish up one more read today. I didn’t get to read any backlisted titles, but I did get to read library books, so I’m still a happy bookworm.

Reviews Posted

I posted 6 reviews in April, all wonderful four or five star reads!

The Fastest Way to Fall | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
That Cowboy of Mine | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I Am Perfectly Designed | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Dear Librarian | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Blended | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Falling Short | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Favorite Read

"Falling Short" by Ernesto Cisneros (cover)
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Falling Short by Ernesto Cisneros was my favorite April read largely due to the beautiful friendship between the main characters, Issac and Marco. The story as a whole was enjoyable and easily a five-star read. This is a middle grade story to add to your tbrs!


I hope everyone had a great reading month! May is looking to be bookishly wonderful as well 💜

What were some of your memorable April reads? What book are you most looking forward to reading next month?


AS ALWAYS, HAPPY READING!!!
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2022: February Wrap-Up

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I’m pretty satisfied with how my February reading month went. I’m slowly getting into a good reading rhythm. I also wrote down a lot of ideas for blog posts I want to post in March – but hopefully no more spontaneous late night brainstorm sessions!

Reviews Posted

I posted 5 book reviews in February (more on the way!).

Abuelita and Me | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Iron Sword | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug | ⭐⭐
The Brazen Bluestocking | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Turning | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Favorite Read

"The Brazen Bluestocking" by Tracy Sumner (cover)
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Again, this month it was very clear what my standout read was. The Brazen Bluestocking by Tracy Sumner was an excellent historical romance! I loved this book and will be reading book 2 this spring because feelings.

Community Posts

Here are some of the blog posts you may also find enjoyable to read:

Be Still My Heart: Romance Recommendations | Vol. 1 | Nicole @ Sorry, I’m Booked
Romance Books I’m Highly Anticipating This Year | 2022 | Nicole @ Sorry, I’m Booked

5 WAYS BOOK BLOGGING HAS AFFECTED MY READING (AND IS IT FOR THE BEST?) (written by Marie) | Marie & Nyx @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books
A RAINY DATE WITH: JOY L. SMITH, TURNING (written by Marie) | Marie & Nyx @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books

Book Review: The Bachelor Betrayal by Maddison Michaels | Julie @ One Book More

ARE LIBRARIES ESSENTIAL SERVICES? THE ANSWER MAY BE COMPLICATED. (written by Krysta) | Briana & Krysta @ Pages Unbound
10 NEW-TO-ME BLOGGERS I RECOMMEND: #BOOKBLOGGERSUPPORT22 (written by Briana) | Briana & Krysta @ Pages Unbound


That was my February that was filled with plenty of bookish feels. I feel settled now in 2022 and ready to keep on going strong. I’m looking forward to warmer temperatures soon even though spring’s not my favorite season. Books and new releases make it better though.

I hope you all had a fantastic February and an even better March!


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2022: January Wrap-Up

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New monthly wrap-up image woo-hoo (⇑)!

Happy Tuesday, book people! What was your most memorable bookish moment of January?

A very belated January wrap-up. I considered combining this with February’s wrap-up because I found time I didn’t think I had to fit this in now than later.

2022 is off to a different start than I’d planned but I’ve adapted and remain hopeful for the months to come. Life plans are progressing, new books are being released. What more could I ask for?

Here’s a bit of what went down in January:

Reviews Posted

The first month of the new year was a slow but admirable start given how busy I was. I read and reviewed 6 books, mostly arcs and children’s fiction but all either 4 or 5 stars.

Operation Sisterhood | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
A Home Again | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Bend Toward the Sun | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Just Right Jillian | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Bharatanatyam in Ballet Shoes | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Favorite Read

Just Right Jillian by Nicole D. Collier
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Hands-down no questions asked what my favorite January read was. Just Right Jillian was amazing and heartfelt and so relatable and moving. I loved this book with all my heart!

Great Posts From the Book Blogging Community

Book Review & Giveaway: The Brazen Bluestocking by Tracy Sumner | Julie @ One Book More

5 QUICK AND EASY WAYS TO SUPPORT BOOK BLOGGERS IN 2022 (by Briana) | Briana & Krysta @ Pages Unbound

HOW TO WRITE COMPELLING DISCUSSION QUESTIONS THAT PEOPLE–INCLUDING YOURSELF!–WILL WANT TO ANSWER! (by Krysta) | Briana & Krysta @ Pages Unbound

New Shelf Arrangement

Thanks again for helping me rearrange my shelves! They look great!

Read detailed tour here.

Miscellaneous Accomplishments

I posted my 100th writing prompt (view more here), finished my UX Design program after seven long months, and added the finishing touches towards re-branding the blog.


One month down. Eleven more to go. I think February will probably move at the same pace for me in terms of reading and blogging. My goal is to finish up arcs and read at least 1 backlisted title from my tbr.

Have a great day, everybody! Until next time!


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2021 Wrap-Up + The Book, Cover, and Author of the Year

Happy Friday & Happy New Year’s Eve!

Whew! We did it. We made it to the end of 2021. I am forever grateful to books for getting me through this challenging year. I had a lot of great and profound reading experiences throughout the year. Good times I’ll remember fondly. Plus, the blog has grown and achieved a few new milestones, which I’m very happy about.

Without further delay, here’s my 2021 wrap-up along with my top favorite reads of 2021 and the cover/author/book of the year.

2021: Goodreads Reading Challenge

As of this post I’ve read 132 books (maybe 133 if I can finish this final read – A Dragon for Christmas by Zoe Chant – before the ball drops).

Screenshot of completed Goodreads Reading Challenge widget of 132 books of 100 goal for 2021.

December Reviews Posted

I posted 26 reviews this month of mostly 4-star reads. All in all, a good month for books.

Getting His Game Back  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Wife by Wednesday  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I Am Enough  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Good Egg  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Cool Bean  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Sunny Makes A Splash  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Only Mostly Devastated  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Introvert Doodles  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Strictly No Elephants  | ⭐⭐⭐
The Suite Spot  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2
Falling for Zeke  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2
Welcome to the Ballroom (Volume 1)  | ⭐⭐⭐1/2
Gratitude is My Superpower  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Red: A Crayon’s Story  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Garden We Share  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
House of Beating Wings (excerpt)  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I Am (Not) Scared  | ⭐⭐⭐
We Are (Not) Friends |  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Awakened  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Damaged Goods  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Dragon’s Breath  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I’ve Loved You Since Forever  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Goodnight Moon  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Wildfire Griffin  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
All Systems Red  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Restart  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Favorite December Reads

My favorite December reads were Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales, The Suite Spot by Trish Doller, and All Systems Red by Martha Wells.

Favorite Blog Posts I Wrote

Below are posts I wrote from the past year that I had a lot of fun making and sharing.

Top Ten Tuesday: Purple, Gold, and/or Green Book Covers (Happy Mardi Gras!)
Book to Movie Adaptations I’d Love To See
Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Whose Job I Wish I Had
Top Ten Tuesday: Colorful Book Covers
Outfits On Book Covers I Want In My Closet
My Favorite Book Mentors
Top Ten Tuesday: Older Reads I Loved and Will Always Recommend
Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Love An Update On

Top 12 Favorite Reads of 2021

My top 12 favorite reads of 2021 were Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune, At Summer’s End by Courtney Ellis, Set to Music by Negeen Papehn, Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston, Float Plan by Trish Doller, The Right Side of Reckless by Whitney D. Grandison, Brothersong by TJ Klune, Celestial by Olivia Wildenstein, Spy x Family (volume 1) by Tatsuya Endo, Thanks A Lot, Universe by Chad Lucas, Rock Hard by Nalini Singh, and Feel the Fire by Annabeth Albert.

I highly recommend all of these 5-star titles!

Honorable Mentions:
Bloodsworn  ●  Unplugged  ●  Drawn Together

Covers of the Year

I chose Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune, You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao, and Bloodsworn by Scott Reintgen. for Cover of the Year. These stunning, beautiful covers took my breath away. I would gladly have these as wall art decor in my house.

Authors of the Year

For this category, I chose authors whose works I especially enjoyed and really want to read more from.

B.B. Alston  ●  TJ Klune  ●  Whitney D. Grandison

Nalini Singh  ●  Trish Doller  ●  Danielle L. Jensen

Courtney Ellis  ●  Annabeth Albert  ●  Chad Lucas

Book of the Year

This was probably the toughest choice I had to make this year but I chose two books that really wowed me, left a huge impression on me that still lingers, and brought me to tears. Book of the Year went to Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune and At Summer’s End by Courtney Ellis!

Final Thoughts – Farewell 2021

While 2021 was a good reading year for me, it’s also put into perspective what I want for myself and this blog going forward. I’ve been slowly making changes in all aspects of my life and 2022 will see the beginning of those wishes implemented. But more on that in an upcoming January Happenings post.

I want to thank you all for reading, commenting, and liking my posts. I am so happy to be in this space, blogging and gushing and reminiscing about all things books. You are the best!

I hope you all have a splendid weekend and a happy New Year!

 

Sincerely,

Christina


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2021: November Wrap-Up

Happy Tuesday!

Another month down; one more to go. November was a whirlwind for sure. This is the first time in three months I had the energy to make a wrap-up post for various reasons, but I wanted to get back to doing posts like this and other content.

Reviews Posted

Reviews this month were a mixed bag, averaging a rating of 3.9 collectively.

You Can Go Your Own Way by Eric Smith | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Dragon Released by Terry Bolryder2 | ⭐⭐
Wolves’ Queen by Jen L. Grey | ⭐⭐⭐
You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
A Flawed Scotsman by Hildie McQueen | ⭐⭐⭐1/2
At Summer’s End by Courtney Ellis | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
A Swift and Savage Tide by Chloe Neill | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Speaking of reviews! Tomorrow I start 25 Days of Book Reviews. It’s year 3 of posting a review every day from December 1 to December 25. Challenging but worth it. If you’d like to learn how it all began, check out this post from year 1.

25 Days of Book Reviews logo.
This year’s logo for 25 Days of Book Review (2021).

Favorite Read

Kindle unlimited got me again (in a good, bookish way, of course)! I binged read a lot of short reads over the month, so only got through 4 books from my tbr. And because I only read so few I don’t really have a favorite read from this month. These enjoyable, high-rated reads were:

  • You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao (heartbreaking!)
  • Getting His Game Back by Gia de Cadenet (emotional!)
  • A Swift and Savage Tide by Chloe Neill (thrilling!)
  • Wife by Wednesday by Catherine Bybee (charming!)

Blog Milestone

Achievement unlocked! I posted my 400th book review (You’ve Reached Sam) in November. Reviews are the core content I feature on my blog. I like writing them and sharing my thoughts even when I struggle with putting complex feelings into words. I don’t post a review for every book I read, mainly manga because I go through volumes way faster than I can write reviews for. And there are A LOT of volumes in just one story. So I stick with novels for the most part and it’s worked out best.

Birthday Haul

Birthdays are a great reason to get more books even when you have a gazillion other ones sitting on your shelves.

Birthday book haul.
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Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert
The Becoming by Nora Roberts
The Fastest Way to Fall by Denise Williams
The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
Maya and the Return of the Godlings by Rena Barron

Some were from a wish-list I keep and others I didn’t plan to get so soon but that’s the reader’s life.

But wait! There’s more! Other reads not pictured:

  • While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory
  • Blackout edited by Dhonielle Clayton
  • The Water Dragon’s Bride (vol. 6-8)

If you’ve read any of these books, what did you think of them?


That’s all I have for today. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my post. As always, much appreciated!

How was your reading month? Was there a book that surprised you? Any 5-star reads you’d recommend to others?


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2021: August Wrap-Up

Reviews Posted

I’m now all caught up with writing reviews. I was way behind before due to procrastinating and struggling to find the right words to say. So half of this month’s reviews ended up being of books I read in July. But the good news is I’ll be back on track come September.

Forged in Fire and Stars by Andrea Robertson | ⭐⭐
Ignite by Sara B. Larson | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Wolf of the North by Duncan M. Hamilton | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
All Night Long with a Cowboy by Caitlin Crews | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Bad Seed by Jory John, Illustrated by Pete Oswald | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Bird Hugs by Ged Adamson | ⭐⭐⭐1/2
The Squire by Duncan M. Hamilton | ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2
I Promise by LeBron James, Illustrated by Nina Matta | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Favorite Read

August reading was so so. There were some good bookish moments but also frustrating ones. So imagine my surprise when All Night Long with a Cowboy by Caitlin Crews stole the show as my favorite read August.

The previous book of hers I read last year was good but really frustrating, so I was somewhat hesitant to read this book yet still drawn to do so because of Crews’ storytelling capabilities. This turned into a great read with a beautiful enchanting romance.

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Blog Posts to Check Out

Here are some great posts from fellow book bloggers you may be interested in reading. These are fun, thoughtful, and informative content that stood out to me and particularly enjoyed.

Blogging Struggles: How Do Bloggers Stay Motivated? | Eleanor @ Not-So-Modern Girl

4 THINGS THAT MAKE ME DNF A BOOK written by Briana | Briana & Krysta @ Pages Unbound
SHOULD LIBRARIES GO FINE FREE? written by Krysta | Briana & Krysta @ Pages Unbound

Sunday Smiles ~ Sister Act Spectacular | Kim @ By Hook Or By Book
Lyrical Lines | Kim @ By Hook Or By Book
Black Cat Appreciation Day | Kim @ By Hook Or By Book

10+ ESSENTIAL (AND FREE!) BLOGGING TOOLS TO GROW A SUCCESSFUL BLOG written by Marie | Marie & Nyx @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books

New Bookshelf

I finally around to rearranging furniture to make space for another bookshelf. I really like the finishing of this one; it’s so smooth and sturdy. My books look great on it. Nearly all my books now have a home. It’s wonderful.

More Paintings

I’ve been trying to get back into painting because it’s really fun and relaxing.

This month I painted a fictional character I like named Rimuru in his slime form from the manga/anime That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (a great reincarnated in another world fantasy).

An acrylic fan art painting on white 9 x 12 canvas of Rimuru from That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime in his slime form blushing.
I also made a Hamilton painting accompanied with a jam sessions to the soundtrack. Both are going on my wall. It turned out better than I thought it would and now I want to try doing more silhouette paintings.

Acrylic fan art painting on an 9 x 12 canvas of the Hamilton musical logo.

More Book Hauls

I did not one but two book hauls all within a month or so, which is not the norm for me. One was all physical books (my preferred way to read) and the other all ebooks. All of which I have not read any of as I’m saving them for the upcoming fall season. While I’m constantly finding new intriguing books that I really want to read, I mostly was able to stick to books from my tbr than new book finds.


How was your month? What books did you read and which were your favorites?


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July 2021 Wrap-Up

Reviews Posted

Waiting For You by Claudia Connor | ⭐⭐⭐⭐

My City Speaks by Darren Lebeuf, Illustrated by Ashley Barron | ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2

He’s My Mom!: A Story for Children Who Have a Transgender Parent or Relative by Sarah Savage, Illustrated by Joules Garcia | ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Right Side of Reckless by Whitney D. Grandison | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Usha and the Big Digger by Amitha Jagannath Knight, Illustrated by Sandhya Prabhat | ⭐⭐⭐

Radha & Jai’s Recipe for Romance by Nisha Sharma | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Her Renegade Cowboy by Lora Leigh | ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Ana on the Edge by A. J. Sass | ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Bat Boy by Christina Lee | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Open Your Heart by Cheris Hodges | ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Truly Tyler by Terri Libenson | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

My Favorite Reads

My favorite July read was Radha & Jai’s Recipe for Romance by Nisha Sharma. It was a fun and captivating story that combined two things I love: food and dance).

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Bloggers’ Posts I Liked

Let’s Talk Bookish: Prologues & Epilogues: Are they necessary? written by Missy – Tay & Missy @ Frayed Books
Let’s Talk Bookish: Positive Message = Good Book? (written by Missy) – Tay & Missy @ Frayed Books

10 Reader Stereotypes (And Why They’re Wrong)Marie & Nyx @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books

HOW TO GET OUT OF A READING SLUMPKristin @ Kristin Kraves Books


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June Wrap-Up

Reviews Posted

Roar by Cora Carmack | ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2
A Gentle Noble’s Vacation Recommendation (Vol. 3) | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Spy x Family by Tatsuya Endo | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Flash Fire by TJ Klune | ⭐⭐⭐

***reviewed only on Goodreads***

Snow White with the Red Hair (Volume 12) | ⭐⭐⭐
Snow White with the Red Hair (Volume 13) | ⭐⭐⭐⭐

My Favorite Read

I actually read a fair amount of books in June. Hands-down my favorite was Spy x Family. It was funny, endearing, and made my heart oh-so happy. I can’t wait to read more!

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A very close second was Under the Whispering Door. This novel was good in a profound way. By the end I was crying and my heart was overflowing with all the feels. Definitely a worthwhile read though I do think one’s view of life and death will dictate your experience and opinion of the book.

Achievement Unlocked!: NetGalley Milestone

I turned in my 100th review to NetGalley! I have been on NetGalley since 2017. Way back in my early blogging days. I’m so thankful for all the books I’ve been able to read or do blog tours for. Here’s to 100 more!

Musical Theater Obsessions

100 Book ReviewsMost of June was spent listening to musicals. When I wasn’t stressing I was playing on repeat musical soundtracks, such as Hamilton, The Color Purple, Rent, Dreamgirls, The Greatest Showman, In The Heights, and Legally Blonde. I also wanted to share in this wrap-up a few songs that I was really obsessed with listening to:

I’M HERE – The Color Purple

 

96,000 – In The Heights

 

SEASONS OF LOVE – Rent


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May Wrap-Up

Happy Saturday, Bookworms!

How did your May reading month go?

I struggled with reading. Either I was too mentally tired from work, too busy, or just didn’t feel like reading. I thought I’d be able to complete my tbr for May because it was so short – only 6 books and all highly anticipated reads. But some books took longer than others to finish and life was what it was. So whatever I didn’t finish last month will be my tbr for June or I may just start on my summer reading early (which I already have planned out).

May wasn’t all weariness and woes! There was some good sprinkled throughout. Here’s my May wrap-up in a nutshell:

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BOOK REVIEWS POSTED

An Incurable Case of Love by Maki Enjoji (Vol. 1-7) | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Eyes That Kiss In The Corners by Joanna Ho, Illustrated by Dung Ho | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Wolf Kissed by Heather Renee | ⭐⭐⭐1/2
Llama Unleashes the Alpacalypse by Jonathan Stutzman, Illustrated by Heather Fox | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Heart of Ice by T.B. Markinson & Miranda MacLeod | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
My Monster and Me by Nadiya Hussain, Illustrated by Ella Bailey | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Roar by Cora Carmack | ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2
A Gentle Noble’s Vacation Recommendation (vol. 3) | ⭐⭐⭐⭐

MY FAVORITE MAY READS

An Incurable Case of Love (vol. 7) (series review) and Roar (review)

MEGA MAY BOOK HAUL

GREAT POST by BOOK BLOGGERS

There are a couple posts from April that I didn’t get to spotlight last month so I’m doing so in this month’s wrap-up.

Emblems on Book Covers: Good or Bad? #BookCovers #Opinions – Mischenko @ ReadRantRock&Roll

Happy World Penguin Day!Kim @ By Hook Or By Book
SpamKim @ By Hook Or By Book

Loving the Lines: Gilded Serpent by Danielle L. JensenJulie @ One Book More
The Ideal Inspiration Blogger AwardJulie @ One Book More

Let’s Talk Bookish: What makes you pick up YA/middle grade still? – Tay & Missy @ Frayed Books

WHY I WISH TEACHERS WOULD STOP ASKING QUESTIONS LIKE “WHAT IS THE THEME OF THIS NOVEL?” written by Briana – Briana & Krysta @ Pages Unbound

SERIES I AM GIVING UP ON – Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books

MY CURRENT MUSIC OBSESSIONS

I also wanted to share in this wrap-up two of my favorite Glee covers that I’ve been listening to on repeat recently:

🎶 Defying Gravity – Wicked 🎶

🎶 Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey 🎶


As Always, Happy Reading!!!

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April Wrap-Up

Happy Saturday, Bookworms!

What was your favorite read last month?

Hello! I hope everyone had a good reading month. Mine was pretty good. I did get distracted a lot by reading books not on my April TBR, which means I didn’t really accomplish any of my bookish/blog goals. Sadness but I can only try my best again for May.

Here’s what I did get to post reviews for:

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Reviews Posted

Cowboy Dragon by Terry Bolryder | ⭐⭐⭐
Rock Courtship by Nalini Singh | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Drawn Together by Minh Lê, Illustrated by Dan Santat | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
A BIG Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
These Feathered Flames by Alexandra Overy | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Gilded Serpent by Danielle L. Jensen | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Unplugged by Gordon Korman | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Home to Me by Catherine Bybee | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

***reviewed only on Goodreads***

Hearts in Darkness by Laura Kaye | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Prince of Darkness by Donna Grant | ⭐⭐⭐
The Specialist by Anna Hackett | ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This was an interesting mix of reads but the majority were really enjoyable.

 

My Favorite Reads

I had several favorite reads I really loved: The Right Side of Reckless by Whitney D. Grandison (deep and realistic), Gilded Serpent (devastation and so many feels), Unplugged (an awesome camp mystery), Drawn Together (a beautiful story between a boy and his grandfather), and Home to Me (sweet and heartbreaking).

 

Currently Reading

I’m currently reading two books at once: Roar by Cora Carmack and Wolf Kissed by Heather Renee.

So far, Roar has my full attention as Rora (MC) tries to find her place in the world as the new heir while still maintaining her secret.

Wolf Kissed was recommended in an author’s newsletter. It’s been going good. I’m as intrigued as other characters in the book by the mysterious mark on Cait (MC) and what it could mean for both her, Roman (alpha), and all of wolf kind.

 

Library Hauls

One good thing that happened this month was the library reopening fully. Here are the books I checked out:

In the left picture, I read everything but When You Trap A Tiger, which I decided to read another time. The pictures book on the right I plan to read this weekend.

 

Book Mail & Spontaneous Book Hauls

I welcomed several new books to my Kindle and physical shelves:

Ignite by Sara B. Larson
An Incurable Case of Love (vol. 7) by Maki Enjoji
Call It Magic by Janet Chapman

 

One Jar of Magic by Corey Ann Haydu
Cathedral of Bones by A. J. Steiger

Out of all of these, I’m most looking forward to reading IgniteOne Jar of Magic, and An Incurable Case of Love (vol. 7).

Ignite is the second book of the Defy trilogy. The story so far has been fantastical, leaving me wanting more. I wonder how book 2 will test Alex, a woman disguised as a man and member of the prince’s elite guard, especially as her body becomes harder to conceal. Not only that but she is in a love triangle that I am highly invested in.

One Jar of Magic has been on my radar for a while. It sounds like a sweet, unique middle grade fantasy story.

I’m excited but sad to read the final volume of An Incurable Case of Love. It’s been an up and down series but on the whole enjoyable. My hope is that Sakura and Tendo end up together, happy and secure in their relationship.

 

One Year Later

The end of April marks a little over a year Lance has been gone. I miss his adorkable self and wish he was still here. I think him and Kobe would have been the best of friends and brothers.

My time with Lance was a blessing. I hope he’s happy wherever he is over that rainbow bridge, running, playing, barking, and eating to his heart’s content.

 

Marvelous Musical Moments

I’d like to end this post with a musical moment I didn’t know I needed in my life. You may have seen this already. I recently found this gem on Instagram.

Below is an a Capella Hamilton cover sung in a sea shanty style and I am in love with it! Enjoy!

The Show Shanties | Hamilton Medley | Sea Shanty Style | Musical Theatre | West End | A Capella |

Source: JP Talent & Events


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