Categories
Book/Library Hauls

My Recent Library Haul

What are some of your favorite parts about going to the library?

Last week I made another spontaneous trip to the library to return a book and check out more. I’m starting to get the hang of how to manually find books in this new library.

I’ve been checking out a lot of picture books lately because they’re quick, easy reads that can be read in minutes. Plus, there are just so many cool stories and colorful art to explore that they’re hard to resist. They’re fun to read, review and recommend. I snagged a couple of graphic novels as well.

Here are what I got on my latest library run:

A History of Me

by Adrea Theodore, Illustrated by Erin Robinson

Image via Goodreads

I like what this story is about and can relate to the main character a little. The synopsis alone radiates so much love and empowerment that I’m already predicting it will be a 5-star read.

ABOUT: Who do you see when you look in the mirror? One mother’s account of her experience as the only Black child in school serves as an empowering message to her own daughter and children of color everywhere.

Life can be hard for the only brown girl in a classroom full of white students. When the teacher talks about slavery, she can feel all of her classmates staring at her. When they talk about civil rights, she is the one that other kids whisper about on the playground. In those moments, she wants to slip away or seep into the ground; and she wonders, is that all you see when you look at me?

What really matters is what she sees when she looks at herself. She is a reflection of the courage, strength, intelligence and creativity that’s been passed down from generation to generation through her ancestors.

Inspired by the author’s daughter’s experience in school as well as her own.

The Proudest Blue : A Story of Hijab and Family

by Ibtihaj Muhammad, with S.K. Ali, Illustrated by Hatem Aly

This story has been on my radar since its publication. I’m glad I finally was able to check it out of the library. I think it’s going to be a wonderful read with a lot to learn about.

Image via Goodreads

ABOUT: A powerful, vibrantly illustrated story about the first day of school–and two sisters on one’s first day of hijab–by Olympic medalist and social justice activist Ibtihaj Muhammad.

With her new backpack and light-up shoes, Faizah knows the first day of school is going to be special. It’s the start of a brand new year and, best of all, it’s her older sister Asiya’s first day of hijab–a hijab of beautiful blue fabric, like the ocean waving to the sky. But not everyone sees hijab as beautiful, and in the face of hurtful, confusing words, Faizah will find new ways to be strong.

Paired with Hatem Aly’s beautiful, whimsical art, Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad and Morris Award finalist S.K. Ali bring readers an uplifting, universal story of new experiences, the unbreakable bond between siblings, and of being proud of who you are.

Your Name Is a Song

by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, Illustrated by Luisa Uribe

Image via Goodreads

Names are important and hold so much power and meaning behind them. So I like that this book will explore that and more into an inspirational picture book that I can’t wait to read.

ABOUT: Frustrated by a day full of teachers and classmates mispronouncing her beautiful name, a little girl tells her mother she never wants to come back to school. In response, the girl’s mother teaches her about the musicality of African, Asian, Black-American, Latinx, and Middle Eastern names on their lyrical walk home through the city. Empowered by this newfound understanding, the young girl is ready to return the next day to share her knowledge with her class. Your Name is a Song is a celebration to remind all of us about the beauty, history, and magic behind names.

The Juneteenth Story: Celebrating the End of Slavery in the United States

by Alliah L. Agostini, Illustrated by Sawyer Cloud

Better late than never, as they say. I couldn’t find this book that last time I went. I just happened to walk by it while looking for another book.

Image via Goodreads

ABOUT: With colorful illustrations and a timeline, this introductory history of Juneteenth for kids details the evolution of the holiday commemorating the date the enslaved people of Texas first learned of their freedom​.

On June 19, 1865—more than two years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation—the enslaved people of Texas first learned of their freedom. That day became a day of remembrance and celebration that changed and grew from year to year.

Learn about the events that led to emancipation and why it took so long for the enslaved people in Texas to hear the news. The first Juneteenth began as “Jubilee Day,” where families celebrated and learned of their new rights as citizens. As Black Texans moved to other parts of the country, they brought their traditions along with them, and Juneteenth continued to grow and develop.

Today, Juneteenth’s powerful spirit has endured through the centuries to become an official holiday in the United States in 2021. The Juneteenth Story provides an accessible introduction for kids to learn about this important American holiday.

Check, Please! Book 1: #Hockey (vol. 1)

by Ngozi Ukazu

Image via Goodreads

This is the summer of graphic novels, another medium that doesn’t take too long to read. The cover is so cute as is the story it seems. This also seems in line with the kind of sports fiction I enjoy reading.

ABOUT: Helloooo, Internet Land. Bitty here!

Y’all… I might not be ready for this. I may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur pâtissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. It’s nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! First of all? There’s checking. And then, there is Jack—our very attractive but moody captain.

A collection of the first half of the megapopular webcomic series of the same name, Check, Please!: #Hockey is the first book of a hilarious and stirring two-volume coming-of-age story about hockey, bros, and trying to find yourself during the best four years of your life.

Fence (vol. 1)

by C.S. Pacat, Illustrated by Johanna the Mad

Another graphic novel series I’ve seen around the blog-sphere and bookstagram that I wanted to give it a try, especially with how thin of a read it is. It sounds interesting enough, so I’ll see how that goes.

Image via Goodreads

ABOUT: Nicholas, the illegitimate son of a retired fencing champion, is a scrappy fencing wunderkind, and dreams of getting the chance and the training to actually compete. After getting accepted to the prodigious Kings Row private school, Nicholas is thrust into a cut-throat world, and finds himself facing not only his golden-boy half-brother, but the unbeatable, mysterious Seiji Katayama…

Through clashes, rivalries, and romance between teammates, Nicholas and the boys of Kings Row will discover there’s much more to fencing than just foils and lunges. From acclaimed writer C.S. Pacat (The Captive Prince) and fan-favorite artist Johanna the Mad.


AS ALWAYS, HAPPY READING!!! CONNECT WITH ME | Goodreads | Instagram

Categories
Book/Library Hauls

Scholastic Book Fair Haul ❤📚

It’s the last book fair of the school year at work this week and, like all the many times before, I couldn’t help picking up a few new books.

If you ever had a Scholastic Book Fair at your school when you were a kid, it’s always an exciting time. Those are fond memories from my school days, browsing through the catalog and then later finding your order neatly packaged on your desk. Good times, good times! Now, as an adult who works in a school, that same excitement is still there.

There were a lot of great selections this time around that made it so hard to choose! But after much contemplation, I happily chose to get the three middle grade books pictured below:

@thebookshelfcorner

📖 ABOUT THE BOOKS 📖

Join the Club, Maggie Diaz by Nina Moreno, Illustrated by Courtney Lovett

"Join the Club, Maggie Diaz" by Nina Moreno, Illustrated by Courtney Lovett (cover)
Image via Goodreads

Everyone in Maggie Diaz’s life seems to be finding their true passion. The one thing that defines them as a person. Her best friends Zoey and Julian are too busy to spend time after school thanks to band and comics club. Mom is finishing her last semester in college. And of course, perfect older sister Caro has her sports and tutoring club.

So Maggie cooks up a plan to try all the clubs she can! But trying to fit in with type-A future leaders, gardening wizzes, and the fearless kids in woodshop is intimidating, exhausting, and seriously confusing. And when Maggie ends up disappointing her friends, she realizes that juggling school, friends, and all of her after-school activities isn’t what she expected. Finding herself might just require some surprising help and possibly a little magic from the bruja next door.

The Last Shadow Warrior by Sam Subity

"The Last Shadow Warrior" by Sam Subity (cover)
Image via Goodreads

Twelve-year-old Abby Beckett is proud to come from a long line of elite Viking warriors known as the Aesir. She’s spent her entire life training to hunt the horrific creatures known as Grendels – the ancient foe of the Aesir – just like her mother did before she died. But there’s just one, small problem: No one has seen a Grendel in centuries, and the Viking Council wants to disband the Aesir . . . forever.

When her father is injured in an attack that leaves him in a coma, Abby is forced to take refuge at Vale Hall, a mysterious school in Minnesota where nothing is quite as it seems. She soon discovers the tables have turned and a Grendel is hunting her, but when she tries to alert the Viking Council, they accuse her of making up stories for attention . . . just like her mother did.

Desperate to protect her father and clear her mother’s name, Abby goes on a dangerous quest to discover the truth–a journey that brings her face-to-face with some unlikely foes, including a Ping-Pong-playing sea monster with a wicked backhand, and a dark Valkyrie with a fondness for bingo. Abby quickly realizes that someone at the school is trying to stop her progress and destroy the Aesir for good. And only she can unravel the sinister plot before it’s too late.

Absolutely Nat by Maria Scrivan

"Nat Enough" by Maria Scrivan (cover)
Image via Goodreads

You can stay stuck or go forward, but you can’t go back.

Natalie has just arrived at summer camp and soon realizes it isn’t anything like the brochure. Instead of spending the summer with her best friends, Zoe and Flo, Natalie is stuck with her ex-BFF, Lily, and someone even more annoying than the endless mosquitoes: Millie Flatbottom. Even worse, she’s constantly pushed out of her comfort zone and forced to come face-to-face with some of her greatest fears. Although summer camp isn’t at all what Natalie expected, could it be exactly what she needs?


AS ALWAYS, HAPPY READING!!!
CONNECT WITH ME | Goodreads | Instagram

Categories
About Books

📚 Library Haul!!! 📚

When was the last time you went to the library? Do you currently have any library books checked out?

Happy Sunday!

Early last week I finally got to check out books from my new library home! I talked about this weeks ago as something I’ve been meaning to do for forever. It’s been over a year, which is just plain wrong, so I’m glad to have at last rectified this travesty.

I had a good time looking for books the old-fashioned way. This new library is way bigger than my old one. I’m still learning how to navigate it and locate different sections. I traveled up and down isles alternating between crouching and standing as I searched for books (and paused to admire ones I recognized).

I left the library with a few choice children’s books that I’ve been wanting to read for a while now that were high on my tbr list.

Here’s what I checked out:

@thebookshelfcorner

BLENDED by Sharon M. Draper

@thebookshelfcorner

FALLING SHORT by Ernesto Cisneros

@thebookshelfcorner

I AM PERFECTLY DESIGNED by Karamo Brown, with Jason “Rachel” Brown, Illustrated by Anoosha Syed

@thebookshelfcorner

DEAR LIBRARIAN by Lydia M. Sigwarth, Illustrated by Romina Galotta

@thebookshelfcorner

I’m happy to be reading physical copies of picture books again. It’s the best way to read and enjoy them. And I’m glad the library had the two middle grade books available. I had a list with me and was basically going to check out whatever I could find.

It was a pleasant trip and I can’t wait to go back for more books!


AS ALWAYS, HAPPY READING!!!
CONNECT WITH ME | Goodreads | Instagram

Categories
About Books Miscellaneous

📚🎁 A (sort-of) Christmas Book Haul 🎁📚

Christmas 2021 book haul

Happy First Friday of 2022! How has your year been going so far?

It’s been a bit topsy-turvy at work this week due to rising cases and weather. At the moment, my area is at high risk. So we are doing our best to keep calm and stay safe.

I haven’t made much progress in my current reads. One I’m really enjoying so far and the other I haven’t started but it’s all good. Trying not to rush getting reading done.

I got new books around Christmas and with Christmas money. The last of the books finally arrived yesterday, which put a big smile on my face.

Pictured above are all the physical books. I got:

  • Spy x Family by Tatsuya Endo (volumes 2-6), and
  • Lady Knight by Tamora Pierce

A few ebooks I got (not pictured):

  • Dark Alpha’s Caress by Donna Grant
  • Fire & Flood by Demitria Lunetta
  • Archangel’s Kiss by Anna Santos, and
  • The Watchmaker’s Daughter by C.J. Archer

You can surely guess how happy I am to have more books to add to my bookshelf and kindle.

Spy x Family – I hope to have time to set aside to binge read soon. Lady Knight – this is one of my all-time favorite books by one of my all-time favorite authors so a reread is incoming! Dark Alpha’s Caress – I’ve been meaning to get back to this series for a long time and when I saw the ebook was 99 cents I HAD to get it. Archangel’s Kiss – a freebie that was recommended in another author’s newsletter. Fire & Flood and The Watchmaker’s Daughter – other freebies that sounded interesting enough for me to want to try.

That’s it for today. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Stay safe! 💙


AS ALWAYS, HAPPY READING!!!
CONNECT WITH ME | Goodreads | Instagram

Categories
Book/Library Hauls

October Book Haul!

Different colored, illustrated pumpkins outline the image that says October Book Haul.
October Book Haul!

Happy Sunday!

Have you bought or received any new books recently?

October was a good bookish month for me. I found several free kindle ebooks on Amazon, I was pleasantly surprised to have won two giveaways, and I attended a book fair. What’s also exciting about this haul is that all of the books are by new-to-me authors.

The books I’m most looking forward to reading are Class Act, Turning, and Wildfire Griffin. Probably not this year but hopefully next year I can set aside a month to binge read some of the unread books on my Kindle because I have WAY too many and it’s easy for me to forget them. That’s the bookish life!

Here are the new additions to my bookshelves:

IG @thebookshelfcorner

 

Scholastic Book Fair

Class Act by Jerry Craft

Love Like Sky by Leslie C. Youngblood

Sunny Makes A Splash by Jennifer L. Holm

 

Goodreads Giveaway Wins

The Girl of Magic and Dreams by Charity Tober

Turning by Joy L. Smith

 

Image via Goodreads

Free Kindle Reads

Alien Lord’s Captive by Mina Carter

Before Dawn by Suzanne Halliday

Falling for Zeke by Sara Blackard

Meant to Be by Melody Grace

Seaside Summers Box Set (books 1-3) by Melissa Foster

Wait for Me by J.H. Croix

Wildfire Griffin by Zoe Chant


As Always, Happy Reading!!!

CONNECT WITH ME | Goodreads | Instagram

Categories
Book/Library Hauls

Ebook Haul!!!

Red plaid banner that says "Ebook Haul!!!".

Happy Friday!

How I feel about having gotten more books so soon: 😑

But also: 😆💕😆

Another book haul? Yes, indeed! In my humble bookish opinion, this ebook haul is overflowing with epic and awesome. I am ecstatic that I now own a copy of these stories. Did I go overboard? *pretends not to notice the many many many unread books* Nah! Especially since I saved a lot getting them as ebooks.

Here are the next books I’ve added to my e-bookshelf:

Image via Goodreads

At Summer’s End by Courtney Ellis

I know the author and I wanted to support her debut novel. Such a lovely cover too!

*      *     *

When an ambitious female artist accepts an unexpected commission at a powerful earl’s country estate in 1920s England, she finds his war-torn family crumbling under the weight of long-kept secrets. From debut author Courtney Ellis comes a captivating novel about finding the courage to heal after the ravages of war.

Alberta Preston accepts the commission of a lifetime when she receives an invitation from the Earl of Wakeford to spend a summer painting at His Lordship’s country home, Castle Braemore. Bertie imagines her residence at the prodigious estate will finally enable her to embark on a professional career and prove her worth as an artist, regardless of her gender.

Upon her arrival, however, Bertie finds the opulent Braemore and its inhabitants diminished by the Great War. The earl has been living in isolation since returning from the trenches, locked away in his rooms and hiding battle scars behind a prosthetic mask. While his younger siblings eagerly welcome Bertie into their world, she soon sees chips in that world’s gilded facade. As she and the earl develop an unexpected bond, Bertie becomes deeply entangled in the pain and secrets she discovers hidden within Castle Braemore and the hearts of its residents.

Threaded with hope, love, and loss, At Summer’s End delivers a portrait of a noble family–and a world–changed forever by the war to end all wars.

Image via Goodreads

Awakened by Moni Boyce

It’s been a long while since I’ve read books featuring vampires and witches. It’s a short read and was a free kindle book.

*      *     *

Secret lineage, a ruthless vampire, and forbidden love.

Willow Stevens dreams of stardom are eclipsed by the real nightmares of a sinister man haunting her dreams. Unbeknownst to her, Eli Walker, her hot but snobbish co-worker, may know the reason nightmares plague her, but their history shows he is more prone to reject her, than help her.

Then Willow passes out at work only to wake in Eli’s apartment. There she has her chance to learn more about her heritage. But, knowing why the vampire king stalks her doesn’t make the nightmares disappear. If anything, they become more real as she now faces off against a slew of creatures she’d always believed were myth.

That Eli is one of those creatures is just her luck. Secret witch guild or not, his natural ways are casting spells her heart can’t escape. As a Protector his only focus should be her safety. Anything else is forbidden. He plans to stay in task, but some women break a man, or tempt him to break the rules.

Can Eli keep Willow alive and safe from the vampires long enough for her to grow her own powers or will both cast aside rules for a reckless passion that will only lead to danger?

Image via Goodreads

Damaged Goods by Talia Hibbert

A free kindle read by an author I want to read more from.

*      *     *

Second chances shouldn’t be this sinful.

Laura Burne‘s husband is a monster, her diamond ring is a trap, and her pregnancy is the push she needs to finally escape. She runs away seeking safety… and finds Samir Bianchi, her long-lost teenage sweetheart.

With his kind eyes and dirty smile, Samir’s still hot as hell—and he still treats Laura like a goddess, baby bump and all. The wild boy she spent one magical summer with is every inch a man, and he’s more than ready to care for her tiny family.

But Laura’s been keeping a secret Samir might never forgive. When she finally confesses, will he remain by her side? Or is this fairytale ending too good to be true?

Image via Goodreads

Endure by Sara B. Larson

This concludes the trilogy and I’m already on the edge of my seat wondering how Alexa will prevail.

*      *     *

*SPOILERS BELOW*

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?

Image via Goodreads

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

I need more of the wonderful Brown sisters in my life. Plus this was an irresistible $1 that I saw by chance 😂

*      *     *

Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal, a plan, and a list. After almost—but not quite—dying, she’s come up with seven directives to help her “Get a Life”, and she’s already completed the first: finally moving out of her glamorous family’s mansion. The next items?

• Enjoy a drunken night out.
• Ride a motorcycle.
• Go camping.
• Have meaningless but thoroughly enjoyable sex.
• Travel the world with nothing but hand luggage.
• And… do something bad.

But it’s not easy being bad, even when you’ve written step-by-step guidelines on how to do it correctly. What Chloe needs is a teacher, and she knows just the man for the job.

Redford ‘Red’ Morgan is a handyman with tattoos, a motorcycle, and more sex appeal than ten-thousand Hollywood heartthrobs. He’s also an artist who paints at night and hides his work in the light of day, which Chloe knows because she spies on him occasionally. Just the teeniest, tiniest bit.

But when she enlists Red in her mission to rebel, she learns things about him that no spy session could teach her. Like why he clearly resents Chloe’s wealthy background. And why he never shows his art to anyone. And what really lies beneath his rough exterior…

Image via Goodreads

The Highlander’s Pirate Lass by Heather McCollum

This was a review buy after reading Julie @ One Book More’s review and Ashley @ Red-Haired Ash Reads’s review – thank you, thank you! 💙 – but also I’ve been wanting to read Heather McCollum’s books for a while.

*      *     *

Eliza Wentworth is no lady. After the notorious pirate Jandeau murdered her family, she vowed to spend the rest of her life at sea, saving others. She’d rather be firing cannons than embroidering pillows—or worse, bowing to the demands of a husband. But when she’s stranded on an island off the coast of Scotland, now she is the one in need of help. And, annoyingly, that help comes not only from a man, but a man she struggles to resist.

Highlander Beck Macquarie has never met a woman like Eliza. He hasn’t met many women, period, thanks to the blasted curse set upon Wolf Isle decades ago. To save the clan, he needs a wife and bairns, and rough-around-the edges Eliza is anything but wife material. She has no intention of staying once she’s able to set sail again. He should let her go. But the desire between them is impossible to ignore.

When she asks Beck to teach her the ways of the bedroom while she bides her time on his island, he can’t say no. As they learn more about each other, though, past trauma and secrets resurface. Now, Eliza must choose between the freedom and comfort of the only life she’s ever known and sacrificing it all to save the people she loves…including Beck.

Image via Goodreads

The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy

A free kindle title that I just had to get because the plot sounded super interesting – I might read it really soon. Also, the cover of this edition is glorious.

*      *     *

She never felt like she belonged…until magic pulled her into a world beyond her wildest imagination.

Sixteen-year-old Aurora wishes she were anyone else. Mistreated by her adopted family and bullied at school, she believes things can’t get any worse. But when she’s kidnapped and dragged through an ancient tapestry into the magical world of Avalonia, she soon discovers that some dreams can easily turn into nightmares.

Hunted by the evil tyrant Queen Morgana, who will stop at nothing to get rid of the last surviving heir to the powerful Firedrake dynasty, Aurora struggles to fit into her new life as a mage at the prestigious Academy of Evolon. Threatened by treachery at every turn and desperate to prove herself worthy, she uncovers a dark, complicated web of political intrigue that threatens the very existence of the seven kingdoms of Avalonia.

Aided by the powerful Duke of Silverthorne, a fae friend, and a handsome but mysterious outlaw called the Black Wolf, Aurora struggles to master her magic and get her rare powers under control before it’s too late.

If she fails, her new home and her family will be enslaved forever…

Image via Goodreads

Rise Up from the Embers by Sara Raasch & Kristen Simmons

A highly anticipated 2021 release and conclusion to a duology described as Avatar: The Last Airbender meets Gladiator.

*      *     *

*SPOILERS BELOW*

Two gods are dead. The Mother Goddess has returned. War is rising.

Fleeing the ruins of Deimos, Ash and Madoc sail across the ocean toward their only possible allies: the water and plant gods. But when Anathrasa attacks on the way, Ash leaps to the defense—by using a power she didn’t know she had.

When Madoc made the fire and earth gods mortal, he inadvertently transferred their magic to Ash. Now, if Ash can get energeias from the other four gods, she will be powerful enough to end Anathrasa once and for all.

But not all the gods want the Mother Goddess defeated. To stop her, Madoc will have to become the obedient son his mother always wanted, and Ash will have to take a merciless place among the gods.

To defeat an immortal, Ash and Madoc must fight like gods—even if it means sacrificing their humanity.


Have you recently added any new books to your shelves? Also, if you’ve read any of these, what were your thoughts?


As Always, Happy Reading!!!

CONNECT WITH ME | Goodreads | Instagram

Categories
Book/Library Hauls

(Unplanned) Book Haul!!!

Happy Wednesday, Bookworms!

Have you added any new books to your shelves recently?

I made an unplanned trip to the bookstore the other day. I was going to wait until after summer to buy more books but I couldn’t resist.

Here’s a picture of my haul:

Haikyu!! (vol. 4 & 5)
The Royal Tutor (vol. 15)
Restart by Gordon Korman
Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon
Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

It was a good trip to the bookstore and I’m happy with what I was able to find, half from my wish list. I spent a lot of time feeling giddy about all the books I recognized from my tbr and wishing I could take each and every preciously bound story home with me.

I’m finally starting my Haikyu!! collection! If you haven’t watched or read Haikyu!! I highly recommend it. There’s just something about the Karasuno volleyball team, actually all the characters, that really draws you into the story. Characters have such incredible depth and growth. The passion and drive of the players is so moving. Plus, short athletes are representing! I think there are 45 volumes total, so it’s gonna take me several years to acquire and finish.

This haul is somewhat an apt representation of the kind of reader I am. I read books of any age and most genres. I just love reading and absorbing all of these stories, ideas, and perspectives gives me life.

I’ve already placed these books within my bookshelves and they’re beautiful. Makes me happy to see them there.

Have you read any of these books? And, if so, what did you think of them?


As Always, Happy Reading!!!

CONNECT WITH ME | Goodreads | Instagram

Categories
About Books Book/Library Hauls

Recent Book Haul

Happy Monday, Bookworms!

I hope you all had a good weekend!

I recently acquired a wide mix of new books over the past couple of weeks. A few are from my tbr while others are upcoming releases. All ebooks except for one. All welcomed additions to my reading list.

Here’s what I got:

Goodreads Giveaway Win
Open Your Heart by Cheris Hodges (July 13, 2021) (review coming soon)

Image via Goodreads

Free Kindle Books
The Awakening of Ren Crown by Anne Zoelle
Loving Callie by Julia Jarrett
A Dark Guardian by Donna Grant

Image via Goodreads

ARCs
How to Love Your Neighbor by Sophie Sullivan (January 18, 2022)
You Can Go Your Own Way by Eric Smith (November 2, 2021)
Radha & Jai’s Recipe for Romance by Nisha Sharma (July 13, 2021) (currently reading)

Image via NetGalley

Bought
Tristan Strong Punches A Whole In The Sky by Kwame Mbalia
A Universe of Wishes: A We Need Diverse Books Anthology edited by Dhonielle Clayton

Image via Goodreads

From this list, I’m currently reading Radha & Jai’s Recipe for Romance and it’s really good so far. There’s a mix of dance and cooking that I’m liking and the main characters are really sweet people.

And as you saw, I bought the first Tristan Strong book, which I’ve been saying I’m going to read for the longest time. Here’s hoping I finally will now that I own the book.

Have a great week, everyone!


As Always, Happy Reading!!!

CONNECT WITH ME | Goodreads | Instagram

Categories
Book/Library Hauls

Mini Library Haul – April 15, 2021

Happy Thursday, Bookworms!

Do you read picture books? or What was the last book(s) you checked out from the library?

Today I’m sharing my most recent library haul.

But first I’d like to share last week’s that I didn’t have time to post about on my blog (I did on IG). Last week I checked out from the library:

A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin (review)
Drawn Together by Minh Lê, Illustrated by Dan Santat (review)
Unplugged by Gordon Korman (review coming soon)
When You Trap A Tiger by Tae Keller
Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George (review coming soon)

This was my first haul since my local library recently fully opened back up, so I got to go inside the library. I’ve since read all of these books except for the Keller book, which I decided to read another time.

Onward to the next mini haul! This week I checked out from the library 3 picture books:

My Monster and Me by Nadiya Hussain, Illustrated by Ella Bailey
Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho, Illustrated by Dung Ho
Llama Unleashes the Alpacalypse by Jonathan Stutzman, Illustrated by Heather Fox

I love reading picture books because they’re always fun to read. I admire the way authors and illustrators are able to capture full, engrossing stories with beautiful artwork within 32 pages.

That’s all for today. Thanks for stopping by!


As Always, Happy Reading!!!
CONNECT WITH ME | Goodreads | Instagram

Categories
Book/Library Hauls

Me + Free Kindle Books = Happy Bookworm 😄📚💙

Happy Sunday, Bookworms!

I found some great books to add to my tbr that I am super excited about, especially since they were all free Kindle books.

Last week I was scrolling through bookstagram and an author I followed posted that one of her books was free, so of course I headed straight to Amazon and bought it. Honestly, I meant to buy just that one book but then things quickly snowballed and I hauled away with 8. 😂

This haul includes fantasy, fantasy romance, and paranormal romances. A bonus was all of the absolutely gorgeous covers that are cover buy worthy.

I am one happy bookworm! 😊

Soulforge by Brian Zeeff

Image via Goodreads

In a quest for truth, two reluctant heroes reignite an ancient war, and discover a threat that may destroy all magic.

Five years after a mysterious explosion killed their fathers, Lord Draxian Kalenthos reunites with his lifelong friend, Prince Arros Nemendes, to discover the ‘real’ truth behind the tragic accident. However, when their search leads to the discovery of a portal to another world, hidden amongst an ancient ruin, reality disintegrates around them, transporting them from the peaceful, magic-fearing land of Ellandor, to the land of Kohr – a world without sun, and the nexus of all magic.

They must quickly learn to survive in a world pulled partially into the Realm of Shadow by a fallen god, and corrupted by the insidious touch of the Spirit Realm. They join forces with two deadly Hunters, a Blade Master of legendary skill, and Kyreena, an escaped slave with an unknown past. As the group navigates the horrors spawned by Kohr’s violent red storms, Draxian and Arros uncover dormant powers within themselves and the disturbing realization of their true destiny.

 

Prince of Desire by Donna Grant

Image via Goodreads

Lucian, a prince of a secret kingdom, must find his mate and return with her to Drahcir before time runs out. He’s unprepared for Isabelle and the insatiable appetite he has for her. But will the passion they feel be enough to convince her to venture to a hidden kingdom where magic is a way of life?

Isabelle has resigned herself to her life until a fascinating, devilishly handsome Lucian walks into her life. He shows her desire and adventure that shakes the foundations of her world. She can’t live without him, but can she give up the life she knows for one she can’t begin to imagine?

 

Love and Danger (box set)

Image via Goodreads

TEN dangerous books from bestselling suspense authors fill this limited-time boxed set! If you love powerful heroes and strong heroines, this one’s for you…

BOOKS INCLUDED:

The Defender by Donna Grant
Just Kidding by Lani Lynn Vale
Rescuing Emily by Susan Stoker
A Single Glance A Single Glance by Willow Winters
Bounty by Elise Sax
Resurrection by Katie Reus
Mr. Pink by TS Layne
Black List by Lynn Raye Harris
Dark Mafia Prince by Annika Martin
Diamond in the Rough by Skye Warren

LOVE AND DANGER will only be available for one month (February 2021).

 

Vampire Girl by Karpov Kinrade

Image via Goodreads

You think it’s safe to walk alone at night. It’s not.

You think the only threat is other humans. It’s not.

Monsters are real. Demons are real. Vampires are real.

And I’m about to become one of them.

My name is Arianna Spero. I was an ordinary girl, living an ordinary life, until my mother lapsed into a coma. Now, I am her only hope. She made a deal with the devil, and on my 18th birthday he came to collect. But there’s a way to save her. There’s something the princes of hell want more than my mother.

Me.

So I signed my soul away and promised to pick a prince to marry. I would take the blood oath, become one of them, and give them an heir. I would become a princess of hell, and my mother would live.

I expected fire and brimstone. I expected pain and misery. I didn’t expect beauty. I didn’t expect magic.

I didn’t expect love.

But the princes are keeping secrets from me.

Secrets that could shatter everything.

 

Blood Laws by Lexi C. Foss

Image via Goodreads

The lines between illusion and reality blur as a dark romance brews between two unlikely soulmates…

Stas isn’t your average human. She can bend others to her will, a psychic talent she’s kept hidden since the brutal murder of her parents.

Issac isn’t human at all. He’s an immortal masquerading as one of New York City’s most eligible bachelors while secretly seeking revenge against a former ally.

A fateful meeting ends in a seductive proposition. As their lives intertwine, secrets are exposed and passion ignites. It’s a bond built to last a lifetime, if they’re willing to risk everything to protect it.

 

Kiss of a Dragon by Alisa Woods

Image via Goodreads

LUCIAN
I am a Dragon Prince of the House of Smoke… and I am dying.
Five hundred years is truly enough for a man like me. A monster. Yet a ten-thousand-year treaty will die with me, if I don’t spawn a dragonling to take my place. My two brothers are no use in this task. It falls to me, the eldest by a hair’s breadth, and yet, I cannot face the horror of another sealing. Another death. Another woman’s blood on my hands.

ARABELLA
I was saved from death in a dark Seattle alley by an impossibly beautiful man who swooped in on golden wings. Now he’s taken me to his lair, opened my eyes to a world of immortals I didn’t know existed, and given me an impossible task—find him a mate. Then, and only then, will he set me free.

He needs her more than he wants; she wants him more than she should; and the fate of both the mortal and immortal worlds depends on not just repairing their hearts, but finding a Love that’s True…

 

Charm by J.A. Armitage

Image via Goodreads

You think you know the story of Cinderella… The kingdom needs an heir and Princess Charmaine is quite aware that the job rests solely upon her shoulders. When her elder sister dies, Charmaine has to take her place at the ball designed to find her a husband. With a hundred men to choose between and her wedding planned, all she has to do is pick one. But love can sometimes be found in the most unlikely of places and at the most inconvenient of times. Cynder knows about the impending war between the people of magic and those of his masters, but working as an underpaid servant in the palace kitchens leaves him with little power to do anything about it. On one hand, he’s a staunch supporter of equal rights for his own kind, but he can’t deny the attraction he feels for the daughter of the king and queen he works for. When the two meet, sparks fly and not just the magical kind… Charm is the first in the Reverse Fairytale series by USA Today bestselling author J.A.Armitage. Take everything you think you know about fairytales and turn it on its head.

 

Ruins on Stone Hill by F.P. Spirit

Image via Goodreads

What do you get when you mix a novice wizard, a reckless warrior, a sharp-tongued thief, & a saintly cleric? Swords, sorcery, & sarcasm.

Glolindir thought he knew all about magic until he came face to face with his very first monster. He only survived thanks to his new friends: a gallant warrior as talented as he is reckless, a mysterious halfling whose knives are nearly as sharp as his tongue, and a saintly gnome whose very touch can heal.

Unfortunately, that was just the beginning of their troubles. Strange things have been happening around the little town of Ravenford. Before they know it, they are up to their necks in monsters and worse.

From eerie ruins to underground caves to a ghostly forest devoid of life, they encounter the forces of darkness. Can they overcome their faults and work together to save the town, or will they die trying?

Enter a world of magic and adventure in this fun tale of heroes in the making.


As Always, Happy Reading!!!
CONNECT WITH ME | Goodreads | Instagram