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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


As Always, Happy Reading!!!
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#PubDayTuesday

#SuperTuesday: “Gilded Serpent”, “A Cowboy Kind of Love” & More New Releases

Happy Super Tuesday, Bookworms!

Super Tuesdays (as I like to call them) are thrilling days for me because a ton of awesome new books are being released all at once! *bookish swoon* It only happens a few times a year, which makes them extra extra special.

Happy #PubDayTuesday to the following titles and authors:


Gilded Serpent was devastatingly good! Jensen has wowed me once again with her intense and complex storytelling skills that made me feel all the feels and then some. This book will not go as you think it will….Tense, sad and depressing but incredibly captivating with wonderful moments of brevity sprinkled within. You could not have asked for a better book or outcome before the conclusion.”

Full Review https://thebookshelfcorner.wordpress.com/2021/04/15/arc-review-gilded-serpent-by-danielle-l-jensen/


“…I loved Jace in the last book, so I was looking forward to reading this book…A Cowboy Kind of Love was a quick, enjoyable read.”

Full Review https://thebookshelfcorner.wordpress.com/2021/03/29/arc-review-a-cowboy-kind-of-love-by-donna-grant/

Fairytales from Verania by TJ Klune (read more)
The Seat Filler by Sariah Wilson (read more)
Witching Moon by K. E. Bonner (read more)
The Squire by Duncan M. Hamilton (read more)
The Hate Project by Kris Ripper (read more)
The Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin (read more)

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As Always, Happy Reading!!!

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#PubDayTuesday: “These Feathered Flames” & More New Releases


These Feathered Flames is a queer, #OwnVoices retelling of a Russian folktale, “The Firebird”…I did not expect the bit of romance to happen in such a bleak place! And all the huge revelations were mind-blowing! Those scenes were intense, pivotal changes to the plot that really spiced things up.The climax was amazing and the fallout left me with tons of questions (in a good way!)…I think it will only get better as the series progresses.”

Full Review https://thebookshelfcorner.wordpress.com/2021/04/13/blog-tour-arc-review-these-feathered-flames-by-alexandra-overy/

What’s Not to Love by Emily Wibberly & Austin Siegemund-Broka
Nightingale by Deva Fagan

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Books of the Month

[April 2021] Book of the Month: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

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Title: Graceling
Series: Graceling Realm #1
Author: Kristin Cashore
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Graphia
Recommended?: Yes

Goodreads Summary: Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po.

She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace—or the terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, debut author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will consume you, hold you captive, and leave you wanting more.

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TBC Happenings

April Happenings!

Gooooooals!!!

For the most part I accomplished my March goals, so I have good feeling I’ll be able to put forth the same effort again this month. My goals for April are:

  • finish all received arcs
  • reach my target reading goal
  • draft at least 5 new content posts
  • draft new graphics for summer, the blog, future posts

Immediate TBR Focus….

As stated in some of my most recent post I’m making a concerted effort to read books I own because it’s been long overdue. The best thing about my spring tbr is that most of it contains physical books, which I’m excited about as my eyes could use a break.

My target reading goal is at minimum 8 books:

  • Gilded Serpent by Danielle L. Jensen (currently reading)
  • A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin
  • Drawn Together by Minh Lê
  • One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston (arc)
  • The Right Side of Reckless by Whitney D. Grandison (arc)
  • Roar by Cora Carmack
  • Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
  • Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
  • Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune (arc)
  • Unplugged by Gordan Korman

Change Is Hard Sometimes…

So I don’t know when this happened but when I logged on the other day my dashboard and everything else had change.

I can’t use the classic editor anymore (or maybe it’s hiding from me like everything else). I can only get to the dashboard through the address bar. Trying to do the micro editing I do (like working in html) was a challenge. There’s so many buttons!

This is the first post I’m writing with the block editor. I’m hoping that this post will still look like all the others in this recurring post.

Did this change happen to anyone else? I know some have had to switch to block editing. Mine did too but I could still use the classic editor and WordPress itself didn’t change.

Everything is so…block-y. *insert dramatic sigh*

It’s going to be slow learning, but I’ll make it work somehow.


As Always, Happy Reading!!!

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Anticipated Book Releases Bookish Lists

April New Book Releases

Happy Thursday, Bookworms!

Which April releases are you most looking forward to?

April has always been a great month for releases and this year doesn’t disappoint. There’s a little something forever: tales in which characters must overcome challenging obstacles, plots that draw you in from the get-go, heroes in the making, and love that conquers all.

Below are my most anticipated April releases:

 

April 6

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Life’s Too Short by Abby Jimenez

An Incurable Case of Love (volume 7)

Yona of the Dawn (volume 29)

 

April 13

Hot Copy by Ruby Barrett

A Tale of Ashes by Arin Dayleview

 

April 20

These Feathered Flames by Alexandra Overy

What’s Not to Love by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka

Nightingale by Deva Fagan

 

April 21

Dark Alpha’s Obsession by Donna Grant

 

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April 27

Gilded Serpent by Danielle L. Jensen

A Cowboy Kind of Love by Donna Grant (arc review)

Fairytales from Verania by TJ Klune

The Seat Filler by Sariah Wilson

Witching Moon by K. E. Bonner

The Squire by Duncan M. Hamilton

 

April 29

A Pack of Storms and Stars by Olivia Wildenstein


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