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#SixForSunday: Bookish Resolutions

Six for Sunday

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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#SixForSunday: Sequels I Can’t Wait For

Six for Sunday

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.

My picks for today’s prompt are sequels I can’t wait to read that I haven’t talked much about or at all. Some of these I’ve been trying to read for years but kept pushing off. I really want to finish/catch up on these series in 2022.

The books I chose are:

Husband Material by Alexis Hall (Boyfriend Material #2) (August 2, 2022)

In BOYFRIEND MATERIAL, Luc and Oliver met, pretended to fall in love, fell in love for real, dealt with heartbreak and disappointment and family and friends…and somehow figured out a way to make it work. Now it seems like everyone around them is getting married, and Luc’s feeling the social pressure to propose. But it’ll take more than four weddings, a funeral, and a bowl full of special curry to get these two from I don’t know what I’m doing to I do.

Good thing Oliver is such perfect HUSBAND MATERIAL.

This Summer 2022, you’re invited to the event(s) of the season.

 

Endure by Sara B. Larson (Defy #3)

At last, Alexa and King Damian are engaged to be married. But their lives are far from safe. The kingdom of Antion is under siege, and Rylan is a prisoner of the enemy. Even worse, Alexa remains at the mercy of the evil Dansiian Rafe, who controls her mind and can force Alexa to kill or harm Damian at any moment. Despite this, Alexa is determined to rescue Rylan, which soon leads her far from Damian and deep into enemy territory.

When she arrives, what awaits her is deadlier than anything she could have ever imagined: an army of black sorcerers and a horrifying plot to destroy the world as Alexa knows it. Will she be able to gather the strength to free herself, protect the love of her life, and save the land? Will there ever be true peace?

 

Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs (Alpha & Omega #6)

In the wilds of the Northern California mountains, all the inhabitants of a small town have gone missing. It’s as if the people picked up and left everything they owned behind. Fearing something supernatural might be going on, the FBI taps a source they’ve consulted in the past: the werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham. But Charles and Anna soon find a deserted town is the least of the mysteries they face.

Death sings in the forest, and when it calls, Charles and Anna must answer. Something has awakened in the heart of the California mountains, something old and dangerous — and it has met werewolves before.

 

Artificial Condition by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries #2)

It has a dark past – one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself “Murderbot”. But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more.

Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don’t want to know what the “A” stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue.

What it discovers will forever change the way it thinks…

 

Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen (The Malediction Trilogy #2)

Beneath the mountain, the king’s reign of tyranny is absolute; the one troll with the capacity to challenge him is imprisoned for treason. Cécile has escaped the darkness of Trollus, but she learns all too quickly that she is not beyond the reach of the king’s power. Or his manipulation.

Recovered from her injuries, she now lives with her mother in Trianon and graces the opera stage every night. But by day she searches for the witch who has eluded the trolls for five hundred years. Whether she succeeds or fails, the costs to those she cares about will be high.

To find Anushka, she must delve into magic that is both dark and deadly. But the witch is a clever creature. And Cécile might not just be the hunter. She might also be the hunted.

 

Jorundyr’s Path by Duncan M. Hamilton (Wolf of the North #2)

Jorundyr’s Path is walked only by the brave. It is survived only by the strong.

As Wulfric pursues Adalhaid’s Blood Debt, he soon learns that the path to revenge is never easy, and the desires of men and the will of gods rarely meet. Aethelman seeks answers to questions long ignored. Rodulf chases power and wealth.

From the streets of Elzburg to the dry plains of Darvaros, Wulfric walks Jorundyr’s Path and encounters a world larger than he could ever have dreamed of: filled with friends, enemies, and danger–the crucible from which heroes are forged.


Is there a series you started that you’ve been meaning to continue for forever?


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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.

*images via Goodreads*

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?


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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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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?


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Six for Sunday: Characters I’d Like to Swap Lives With

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!

Today’s Six for Sunday prompt had book lovers consider which characters they’d swap lives with.

I don’t often think about swapping lives with the characters I read about, but when I do I think I’d be happy to switch with these six characters:

1) DAINE (The Immortals series)

Daine has wild magic, which allows her to talk to animals and shape shift into other animals but I wouldn’t want to use the ability to control an animal’s free will.

2) BOB (Ranger’s Apprentice series)

Bob trains the horses used by Rangers, an elite group of highly trained individuals who protect the kingdom of Araluen. Ranger horses are also specially bred and trained in such areas as agility, endurance, and commands. They’re also my favorite animal companions in books.

3) JENNY (Ranger’s Apprentice series)

Jenny is a gifted chef and after her apprenticeship quickly gains notoriety for her amazing cooking. I can follow a receipt and push buttons on a microwave, but it’d be great to have better cooking skills to make yummy treats and delicious meals.

4) SAM (Tales From Verania series)

Sam of Wilds is an apprentice wizard with immense, untapped magical powers, and has the best family and friends and love anyone could ask for. Who wouldn’t want to be able to do magic? Plus, the deep love and support that can be found within found families is always beautiful.

5) CELIE (Castle Glower series)

Celie is a princess who lives in a magical, sentient castle that changes itself whenever it feels like it. I would have a lot of fun living in and exploring Castle Glower because I’d never be bored.

6) NARWHAL (Narwhal and Jelly series)

Narwhal is the most positive and happiest narwhal ever. Narwhal makes each book feel new and exciting. It looks like being a narwhal would be a lot of fun.


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Six for Sunday: 2021 Books I Will Reread (someday!)

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!

Which 2021 book releases do you want to reread?

Today’s Six for Sunday prompt is 2021 Books You Could/Will Reread.

I have a long list of books I want to reread, but it’s hard to find time for them (why I included “someday” in the title!). I enjoy a good reread and tend to choose books that hold a special meaning for me.

Of all the 2021 releases I’ve read so far, these six 5-star rereads I would want to reread (someday):

Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston

Be Dazzled by Ryan La Sala

 

Float Plan by Trish Doller

The Right Side of Reckless by Whitney D. Grandison

 

Set to Music by Negeen Papehn

Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

 

Honorable Mentions!: Unplugged by Gordon Korman & Thanks A Lot, Universe by Chad Lucas

If interested, here are links to my reviews for each book mentioned:

Amari and the Night Brothers
Be Dazzled
Float Plan
The Right Side of Reckless
Set to Music
Thanks A Lot, Universe
Under the Whispering Door
Unplugged


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Six for Sunday: 2021 Books On My TBR

Happy Sunday!

I’m trying something new today!

This is my first time doing a response for Steph @ A Little But A Lot‘s Six for Sunday blog posts. Six for Sunday is a weekly blog post that Steph created in June of 2017. Each week you get to share 6 books which fill a certain prompt. To learn more, click here.

I’ve seen other bloggers do this and the idea of making my own post for it has been rolling around in my head for a long while. I really like the ideas for these weekly prompts, so I’m diving head first into new uncharted waters!

This week’s Six for Sunday prompt is: 2021 Books On Your TBR.

Half my picks are being published this year. I figured it’d be okay to also add ones that were already on my tbr for this year as well.

How to Love Your Neighbor by Sophie Sullivan (arc)

Interior Design School? Check. Cute little house to fix up? Also check.

Sexy, grumpy neighbor who is going to get in the way of all your plans? Check. Unfortunately.

Grace Travis definitely has it all figured out. In between finishing interior design school and working a million odd jobs, she’ll get her degree. She’ll have her dream job. And most importantly, she’ll have a place to belong, something her cold, manipulative mother could never make for her. When an opportunity to fix up—and live in—an adorable little house on the beach comes along, Grace is all in. Until her biggest roadblock moves in next door.

Noah Jansen knows how to make a deal. A real estate developer with a knack for betting and winning big, he’s not one to let a good opportunity slip away. So when a beachside house with great bones is ripe for a remodel and flip, Noah doesn’t hesitate. Except in order to spruce it up properly (is it even a beach house if it doesn’t have a pool?), he’ll need to take over the house next door. The house with the willful and combative and way-too-intriguing woman living in it.

With the rules for being neighborly going out the window, Grace and Noah are in an all-out feud. But sometimes, your nemesis can turn out to be the person who shows you that home is always where the heart is.

 

The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen

A warrior princess trained in isolation, Lara is driven by two certainties. The first is that King Aren of the Bridge Kingdom is her enemy. And the second is that she’ll be the one to bring him to his knees.

The only route through a storm-ravaged world, the Bridge Kingdom enriches itself and deprives its rivals, including Lara’s homeland. So when she’s sent as a bride under the guise of peace, Lara is prepared to do whatever it takes to fracture its impenetrable defenses. And the defenses of its king.

Yet as she infiltrates her new home and gains a deeper understanding of the war to possess the bridge, Lara begins to question whether she’s the hero or the villain. And as her feelings for Aren transform from frosty hostility to fierce passion, Lara must choose which kingdom she’ll save… and which kingdom she’ll destroy.

 

You Can Go Your Own Way by Eric Smith (arc)

No one ever said love would be easy…but did they mention it would be freezing?

Adam Stillwater is in over his head. At least, that’s what his best friend would say. And his mom. And the guy who runs the hardware store down the street. But this pinball arcade is the only piece of his dad that Adam has left, and he’s determined to protect it from Philadelphia’s newest tech mogul, who wants to turn it into another one of his cold, lifeless gaming cafés.

Whitney Mitchell doesn’t know how she got here. Her parents split up. Her boyfriend dumped her. Her friends seem to have changed overnight. And now she’s spending her senior year running social media for her dad’s chain of super successful gaming cafés—which mostly consists of trading insults with that decrepit old pinball arcade across town.

But when a huge snowstorm hits, Adam and Whitney suddenly find themselves trapped inside the arcade. Cut off from their families, their worlds, and their responsibilities, the tension between them seems to melt away, leaving something else in its place. But what happens when the storm stops?

 

Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest

Following in the footsteps of her überfamous grandma, eighteen-year-old Evie Jones is poised to be Hollywood’s next big star. That is until a close friend’s betrayal leads to her being blacklisted . . .

Fortunately, Evie knows just the thing to save her floundering career: a public appearance with America’s most beloved actress—her grandma Gigi, aka the Evelyn Conaway. The only problem? Gigi is a recluse who’s been out of the limelight for almost twenty years. Days before Evie plans to present her grandma with an honorary award in front of Hollywood’s elite, Gigi does the unthinkable: she disappears.

With time running out and her comeback on the line, Evie reluctantly enlists the help of the last person to see Gigi before she vanished: Milo Williams, a cute musician Evie isn’t sure she can trust. As Evie and Milo conduct a wild manhunt across New York City, romance and adventure abound while Evie makes some surprising discoveries about her grandma—and herself.

 

A Princess In Theory by Alyssa Cole

Between grad school and multiple jobs, Naledi Smith doesn’t have time for fairy tales…or patience for the constant e-mails claiming she’s betrothed to an African prince. Sure. Right. Delete! As a former foster kid, she’s learned that the only things she can depend on are herself and the scientific method, and a silly e-mail won’t convince her otherwise.

Prince Thabiso is the sole heir to the throne of Thesolo, shouldering the hopes of his parents and his people. At the top of their list? His marriage. Ever dutiful, he tracks down his missing betrothed. When Naledi mistakes the prince for a pauper, Thabiso can’t resist the chance to experience life—and love—without the burden of his crown.

The chemistry between them is instant and irresistible, and flirty friendship quickly evolves into passionate nights. But when the truth is revealed, can a princess in theory become a princess ever after?

 

Home For A Christmas Cowboy by Donna Grant (arc)

Tis the season—for everyone except Emmy Garrett. She’s on the run after witnessing a crime. But when it becomes clear that trouble will continue following her, the US Marshal in charge takes her somewhere no one will think to look–Montana. Not only is Emmy in a new place for her protection, but now, she’s stuck with a handsome cowboy as her bodyguard…and she wants to do more than kiss him under the mistletoe.

Dwight Reynolds left behind his old career, but it’s still in his blood. When an old friend calls in a favor, Dwight opens his home to a woman on the run. He tries to keep his distance, but there’s something about Emmy he can’t resist. She stokes his passion and turns his cold nights into warm ones. When danger shows up looking for Emmy, Dwight risks everything to keep her safe.

 

All of the ARCs I plan to read and finish by mid/late October. They are by authors whose books I’ve enjoyed in the past. The Bridge Kingdom I’ve been meaning to read for the longest time! I’ve been so caught up in the heartbreaking splendor that is her Dark Shores series that I kept pushing it back – but no longer!

I remember when Now That I’ve Found You came out I really really wanted to read it. I bought the ebook on sale I think and ever since then somehow someway I just forgot I had it every time I went to make a tbr list. It got buried deep within my kindle. I need to read that book asap as well as A Princess in Theory. I think it will be sounds like a super sweet read that I hope to get to before the year is over.

If you liked this type of content and want to join in yourself, check out the Six for Sunday prompts for August and September.

 

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