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TBR Lists

TBR At A Glance – November 8, 2021

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CURRENTLY READING

  • Getting His Game Back by Gia de Cadenet (ARC)

 

READING NEXT

  • A Swift and Savage Tide by Chloe Neill (ARC)

  • The Suite Spot by Trish Doller (ARC)

  • Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

  • Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales

 

RECENT REVIEWS

 

REVIEWS COMING SOON

  • NOV 9 – You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao (ARC)

  • NOV 11 – A Flawed Scotsman by Hildie McQueen

  • NOV 15 – At Summer’s End by Courtney Ellis

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TBR Lists

TBR At A Glance – October 2, 2021

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CURRENTLY READING

  • You Can Go Your Own Way by Eric Smith (ARC)

  • Haikyu!! (Vol. 4 & 5)

 

READING NEXT

  • Trashlands by Alison Stine (ARC)

  • Getting His Game Back by Gia De Cadenet (ARC)

  • The Water Dragon’s Bride (Vol. 4 & 5)

 

RECENT REVIEWS

 

REVIEWS COMING SOON

  • OCT 5How to Love Your Neighbor by Sophie Sullivan (ARC)

  • OCT 7The Highlander’s Pirate Lass by Heather McCollum

  • OCT 19Home for a Cowboy Christmas by Donna Grant (ARC)

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Miscellaneous

Mystery Blogger Award #5

The Mystery Blogger Award was created by Okoto Enigma.


Happy Monday, Bookworms!

I hope you all had a great weekend!

Thank you Julie @ One More Book for nominating me for the Mystery Blogger Award. I recommend checking out her blog because I always find really interesting books to add to my tbr. You can read her responses to this award here.

It’s been a few years since I’ve done one of these – since 2017 according to my archives! That was a whole different world compared to now.

But first, let me tell you how it all works:

The Rules:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Nominate some other bloggers
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

3 Facts About Me:

  • I listen to Broadway soundtracks more than any other genre. 🎧
  • Being creative – through music, art, writing, etc. – is how I like to express myself. 🎨🎻🎵✏🎭
  • Taking naps are a necessity for me and a way of life. 🤣

Julie’s Questions:

Share an underrated book that you love.

The Blacksmith Queen by G.A. Aiken! This book was the highlight of 2019 for me and my #1 favorite read that year. I absolutely loved it. It was funny, magical, had strong women and a great plot. Not to mention a gorgeous red cover.

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Which book has been on your TBR for the longest amount of time?

I don’t know the exact answer and I’m too ashamed to find out. I can feel all my unread books judging me. But one book that’s been on my tbr for a long time is Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce, which is ironic since Pierce is one of my all-time favorite authors.

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Has a book ever inspired you to visit/travel anywhere?

Yes! I really want to visit Scotland and Ireland because of my deep love of Lynn Kurland books. My love of manga has also inspired the desire to travel to Japan. Someday I hope to go to those places.

What was your first read of 2021?

Strong, Silent Cowboy by Lora Leigh & Veronica Chadwick was my first read of 2021. It’s an adult contemporary cowboy romance that I gave 4 stars.

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Do you own any plants, and if so, do you name them? (My weird/fun question)

No but I hope to be a proud plant mama someday! 😂

My Questions:

  1. What genre do you want to read more of in 2021?
  2. Would you rather work in a bookstore, a library, or a publishing company?
  3. What’s another language you wish you could speak?
  4. What do you do for self-care?
  5. Waffles or pancakes? (fun question)

I Nominate:

The awkward turtle in me always finds this part hard to do. Therefore, feel free to try out this post yourself or you can leave answers to any of the questions I or Julie wrote in the comment section below.

My Best Posts:

My Weekend Writing Prompts seem to be doing well recently, so click here for the full list of prompts I’ve done on this blog.

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Monthly Wrap-Ups

July Wrap-Up

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TGIF, Bookworms!

July has been a surreal but decent reading month. There were several days this month that I spent 80% of the day reading because the books were that good! A lot of time was also spent on work and the remainder on self-care.

First off, how many of you watched Hamilton? I did! I social-distanced watched it with my best friend from our respective houses. It was so good and I was happy to have that chance to see the original cast perform. Hamilton gives me goosebumps and my writer heart sing. Everything is just so creatively, cleverly, and artistically put together!

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I’m ending July with 18 books read and 7 reviews posted – all 4 or 5 stars:

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Kamisama Kiss by Julietta Suzuki | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Haikyu!! by Haruichi Furudate | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Protecting What’s Mine by Lucy Score | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Rick by Alex Gino | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Scala by Christina Bauer | ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I binge-read a few outstanding books this month that left me with major book hangovers. My favorite July reads were Legendborn (ARC), Protecting What’s Mine, and Red, White & Royal Blue. I cannot even with these books they gave me all the feels. I highly recommend them!

Yesterday, I was curious about how many books I added to my tbr this month – because I have no shelf control – and wow. I underestimated that number greatly. I added 81 books throughout July. What was I thinking?! No wonder I never make any progress ahaha!

As for blog posts, I didn’t get to read as much as I wanted, but here are a few that I liked:

One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London | The actual most dramatic season ever. | Shruti @ This is Lit
Behind the Name: Why I Love Dragons | Marley @ Dragon On A Book
Last Year I Was Reading…. | Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books
SEO For Dummies | Pooja @ lifesfinewine

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Perhaps one of the most notable moments for me was winning an ARC copy of Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch & Kristen Simmons. I won it through Kristen‘s birthday giveaway on Instagram. I’m currently still reading it and as stated in yesterday’s post, hope to have my review post on Tuesday, August 4.

My summer reading list may never end if I don’t stop adding books to it. Currently, the list contains 23 books, 7 of which have been read. Usually, I end summer reading by early September but I think I’m going to continue with this list until Fall begins.

So that my July in a nutshell. August may be a little more chill just so I can recharge. This weekend I’m going to do some self-care, so I have that to look forward to.


Always choose kindness.

Please wear a mask.

Please social distance.

Please listen to science/health experts and facts.

Wash your hands thoroughly.


AS ALWAYS, HAPPY READING!!!

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TBR Lists

TBR At A Glance – 7/26/20

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CURRENTLY READING

  • Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

  • Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch & Kristen Simmons (ARC/Giveaway)

  • Kiss Him, Not Me (Vol. 1 & 2)

 

 

READING NEXT

  • Rose Petal Graves by Olivia Wildenstein (free ebook from author)

  • Entangled by J. S. Scott

 

 

RECENT REVIEWS

 

REVIEWS COMING

  • JULY 27Rick by Alex Gino

  • JULY 30  Scala by Christina Bauer

 

Be kind.

Stay safe.

Wear a mask.

Social distance.

Wash your hands.

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Bookish Memes Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Make Me Smile

Happy Tuesday, Bookworms!

This week’s prompt for Top Ten Tuesday is Books That Mae Me Smile. This is a tough prompt since all books make me smile. So I’m going to choose read books from my physical bookshelf.

Below are books that never fail to make me happy and smile whenever I see them.

Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce

Queen of Shadows by Dianne Sylvan

The Betrayal Knows My Name by Hotari Odagiri

Son of Shadows by Juliet Marillier

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Erak’s Ransom by John Flanagan

The Royal Tutor by Higasa Akai

The Queen’s Resistance by Rebecca Ross

The Last Battle of the Icemark by Stuart Hill

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Whenever I look at these books I’m filled with happiness and nostalgia. I think about all the great moments throughout each story and all the characters I got to known and all the epic journeys undertaken. The bookworm life is one of bliss.


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


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AS ALWAYS, HAPPY READING!!!

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About Books

Bookshelf Tour!

Happy Friday, Bookworms!

How do you rearrange your shelves?

Welcome fellow Bookworms to The Bookshelf Corner’s personal library tour!

I’ve rearranged my shelves a few times since quarantine and it probably won’t be the last. Bookworm problems, what can you do? But I don’t think I’ll have to rearrange again for a while (hopefully!).

 

Stop #1 – The Top Shelf Decor

On top of my one actual bookshelf is a mix of important things: beanie babies, Yu-Gi-Oh! cards, school memorabilia, figurines I painted, and an inside joke with a friend of mine.

 

Stop #2 – The Author Who Changed It All & Paperback Stack

Of course the top shelf went predominately to all my Tamora Pierce books – her books turned me into a reader – and then I filled the rest of the space with some favorite paperbacks.

 

Stop #3 – My Love For Books Grows

On this shelf are books from more of my favorite authors who also hold a specially place in my heart: (from left to right) John Flanagan, Melissa Marr, Maria V. Snyder, and Rachel Vincent.

 

Stop #4 – Romance Overload and Other Random Favorites

The bottom shelf holds all my Lynn Kurland books (my most owned author) and other recent and old favorites.

 

Stop #5 – Manga Towers

My slowly growing manga collection that I adore – a mighty 66 volumes and counting!

 

Stop 6 – More Books I Love & Middle Grade Goodness

This side hold other books I enjoyed, some fairy tale retellings and my primary middle grade collection.

 

Stop 7 – The Rest of My Books

This whole bottom shelf is a mix of books read and unread, and free books I got from work.

 

Stop 8 – My TBR

This little space is reserved for books on my TBR and new books I recieve.

 

And that is all! We have reached the end of the tour. Thank you for stopping by, hope you enjoyed it. Have a great weekend everyone!

HAPPY READING!!!

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About Books Spotlight

My 5-Star Reads of 2020: A Look Back

Happy Sunday, Bookworms!

What are some of your 5-star reads that you particularly enjoyed this year?

Blogging has gone fairly well for me this year. It’s been a good reading year and I’ve discovered and/or read some epic stories.

I’ve currently read 80 out of 125 books this year. 24 of those books I gave 5 stars to, which isn’t too bad considering the majority read have been 4 stars.

The books I’ve rated 5 stars exceed my expectations and have created wonderful, soul-crushing, long-lasting memories. I loved each one and recommend them all!

Here are my 5-star read of 2020 so far (with review links):

Heartsong by TJ Klune

Feather by Olivia Wildenstein

Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith

An Incurable Case of Love (Volumes 1 & 2)

Llama Destroys the World by Jonathan Stutzman, Illustrated by Heather Fox

Fire Dancer by Catherine Jones Payne

Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman

Black Butler (Volume 28)

Kamisama Kiss (Volumes 11 & 17)

Nat Enough by Maria Scrivan

The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross

Coronavirus: A Book For Kids

The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune

Dark Skies by Danielle L. Jensen

Breath Like Water by Anna Jarzab

Ashlords by Scott Reintgen

Raised By Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Thirteen Rising by Romina Russell

Becoming Brianna by Terri Libenson

The Queen’s Resistance by Rebecca Ross

By A Thread by Lucy Score (review TBA)

As Always, Happy Reading!

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About Books

How many books have you added to your TBR within the last month?

Happy Wednesday, Bookworms!

How many books have you added to your TBR within the last month (feel free to guesstimate)?

Which ones really caught your attention the most?

Within the last thirty days I’ve added 37 books to my tbr (I used Goodreads to figure out the exact number). A few books that really interested me were:

By The Thread by Lucy Score⚪; it sounded like a funny rom-com, which I’ve been craving. I also added 5 other books by this author whose niche is contemporary rom-coms.

🔴Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller🔴; after reading and loving Warrior of the Wild, I need more TL books in my life. A YA fantasy involving pirates seems like my kind of book!

🔵The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen🔵; this author has been slaying my soul with feelings with her storytelling. All her books sound so interesting with their complex characters and endearing romances.

AS ALWAYS, HAPPY READING!!!

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About Books

Popular Books I’ve Never Read (PART FOUR)

Note: only books that have been published at the time of this post are listed

 

Simon Snow series by Rainbow Rowell
Carry On | Wayward Son

I’m still on the fence about this series. It seems like my kind of book but I’m not sure. There’s something missing to really sell this book to me. I’ve enjoyed Rowell’s Pumpkinheads and Eleanor & Park. I also plan to read Fangirl. So maybe I’d try Simon Snow at some point but in the distant future.

 

Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi
Shatter Me | Unravel Me | Ignite Me |  Restore Me | Defy Me | Imagine Me

Bookstagram was a-buzz with the recent release of the final book of the Shatter Me series. This series has been years in the making and I remember seeing the covers in passing but never looked them up. I’m very picky with science fiction and am not much of a fan of dystopians. So I’m not interested in reading this series.

 

Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
Moon Called | Blood Bound | Iron Kissed | Bone Crossed | Silver Borne | River Marked | Frost Burned | Night Broken | Fire Touched | Silence Fallen | Storm Cursed | Smoke Bitten

I have been debating reading this series for YEARS I don’t even no why I still consider it anymore. I feel like I would like it because Briggs’ other series Alpha & Omega is set in the same world. I love those books so I feel I’d love Mercy Thompson as well. AND paranormal romances and shifters are my jam – so what am I waiting for?!?!

 

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas (Crescent City #1)

Bookstagram made me add this to my tbr. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book. The premise sounds really promising. I do plan to read this book but she is a thiccc so it’s more a matter of finding time to devote to just this book. House of Earth and Blood will be my first Sarah J. Maas book.

 

Heartstopper series by Alice Oseman (Volumes 1-3)

I’m hesitant but will likely read it at some point because I have been really into contemporary romances lately. I think this will be a cute romance to enjoy.

 

To All The Boys I’ve Loved series Before by Jenny Han
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before | P.S. I Still Love You | Always and Forever, Lara Jean

Another series I’ve seen featured a lot, especially given book 2’s recent movie release on Netflix. I’m going to try book 1 and see where that leads me.

 

Have you read any of these books? If so, did you like them? What are some popular books that you have never read?


Check out past posts of more popular books I’ve never read below!

PART ONE

PART TWO

PART THREE


AND, AS ALWAYS, HAPPY READING!!!