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Currently Reading – June 27, 2022

What are you reading this week?

This week I’m finishing up The Becoming by Nora Roberts (The Dragon Heart Legacy #2). I made a lot of progress over a productive weekend. With less than 200 pages to go I should finish in about another two days.

"The Becoming" by Nora Roberts (cover)
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ABOUT: The world of magick and the world of man have long been estranged from one another. But some can walk between the two–including Breen Siobhan Kelly. She has just returned to Talamh, with her friend, Marco, who’s dazzled and disoriented by this realm–a place filled with dragons and faeries and mermaids (but no WiFi, to his chagrin). In Talamh, Breen is not the ordinary young schoolteacher he knew her as. Here she is learning to embrace the powers of her true identity. Marco is welcomed kindly by her people–and by Keegan, leader of the Fey. Keegan has trained Breen as a warrior, and his yearning for her has grown along with his admiration of her strength and skills.

But one member of Breen’s bloodline is not there to embrace her. Her grandfather, the outcast god Odran, plots to destroy Talamh–and now all must unite to defeat his dark forces. There will be losses and sorrows, betrayal and bloodshed. But through it, Breen Siobhan Kelly will take the next step on the journey to becoming all that she was born to be.

Summer is here and it’s time to get a start on my summer reading. So today, I’m also going to start House of Beating Wings by Olivia Wildenstein (The Kingdom of Crows #1), which now has an amazing cover to go with it! It’s the start of a brand new, new adult fantasy series and close to 500 pages!

Way back in December I got to read and review an early excerpt of the prologue and first chapter – I was hooked! So I’m excited to begin a bit of it today.

"House of Beating Wings" by Olivia Wildenstein (cover)
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ABOUT: Free the crows, Fallon, and they will make you queen.

Until an oracle predicted my regal future, I’d never imagined myself rising above the curve of my round ears. After all, I was the magicless halfling loved by beasts but loathed by every pure-blooded faerie at court. Well . . . by all but one.

Dante Regio, prince of Luce, had owned my heart since he gave me my first kiss. If gathering a slew of iron relics could help me overthrow the current monarch and crown his brother to rule at my side, then treasure hunting I’d go.

If only the oracle had warned me what winged demon I was releasing into the world.

And that I’d become this demon’s obsession.

And, as you may recall, I’m starting Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs (Alpha & Omega #6). This installment has been out for over a year now, but I borrowed it from the library, so it’s only now that I’ve found the right time to read it.

I’ve enjoyed the series thus far and continue to love Anna and Charles. I’ve read all the books with huge chunks of time in between that I don’t remember a lot of details nor can guess what the end game is for this series. But you can’t go wrong with werewolf shifters, especially ones by this long-time author.

"Wild Sign" by Patricia Briggs (cover)
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ABOUT: Mated werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham must discover what could make an entire community disappear — before it’s too late — in this thrilling entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling Alpha and Omega series.

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.

Those are my reading plans this week. Should be interesting trying to read three books at once. Busy as a bee I will be. But this busy bookish bee shall persevere!

Have a great week, everyone!


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Currently Reading – June 13, 2022

What are you currently reading?

Starting the week with my last read of the spring season, The Becoming by Nora Roberts. This was one of my top, TOP anticipated 2021 releases, but I never got around to reading it…until now!

I cannot begin to describe how excited I am to finally be reading this sequel. Book 1, The Awakening, was in my top 10 favorite reads of 2020. It was also the first book I’d ever read by Nora Roberts and it blew me away! So now I have probably too high expectations for book 2. That’s okay. I’m just thrilled about what may lie ahead. 5-star prediction.

"The Becoming" by Nora Roberts (cover)
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ABOUT: The world of magick and the world of man have long been estranged from one another. But some can walk between the two–including Breen Siobhan Kelly. She has just returned to Talamh, with her friend, Marco, who’s dazzled and disoriented by this realm–a place filled with dragons and faeries and mermaids (but no WiFi, to his chagrin). In Talamh, Breen is not the ordinary young schoolteacher he knew her as. Here she is learning to embrace the powers of her true identity. Marco is welcomed kindly by her people–and by Keegan, leader of the Fey. Keegan has trained Breen as a warrior, and his yearning for her has grown along with his admiration of her strength and skills.

But one member of Breen’s bloodline is not there to embrace her. Her grandfather, the outcast god Odran, plots to destroy Talamh–and now all must unite to defeat his dark forces. There will be losses and sorrows, betrayal and bloodshed. But through it, Breen Siobhan Kelly will take the next step on the journey to becoming all that she was born to be.


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TBR At A Glance – June 6, 2022

TBR At A Glance

[Edited repost from the weekend.]

My June tbr is small for the last couple weeks of spring. I chose just 3 books, one of which I’ve already finished.

I made my tbr small so that I wouldn’t have to delay starting on my summer reading list. I doubt there will even be time for more before then, but, you know, wishful bookish thinking.

Once summer comes, I’ll have a new tbr to share. Not sure what book I’ll start with but the full list is set.

Here’s today’s reading snapshot:

 

CURRENTLY READING

  • Heat Wave by TJ Klune

 

READING NEXT

  • The Becoming by Nora Roberts

 

RECENT REVIEWS

 

REVIEWS COMING SOON

  • JUNE 9 – The Bodyguard by Katherine Center
  • JUNE 10 – These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch
  • JUNE 12Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry, Illustrated by Vashti Harrison
  • JUNE 13The Power of Her Pen: The Story of Groundbreaking Journalist Ethel L. Payne by Lesa Cline-Ransome, Illustrated by John Parra
  • JUNE 17All Because You Matter by Tami Charles, Illustrated by Bryan Collier

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TBR At A Glance – May 12, 2022

TBR At A Glance

I’ve fortunately had a lot of time this week so far to get a lot of reading done, which is fantastic. Currently, I’m reading two historical romances. One is for work and one is for home. I’m loving both stories and can’t wait to continue on today. I should be able to finish both by the end of this week and start fresh Monday.

Here’s today’s reading snapshot:

 

CURRENTLY READING

  • The Scandalous Vixen by Tracy Sumner
  • Marquess of Menace by Tammy Andresen

 

READING NEXT (tentative)

  • The Bodyguard by Katherine Center
  • Dark Alpha’s Caress by Donna Grant
  • These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

 

RECENT REVIEWS

 

REVIEWS COMING SOON

  • MAY 14 – The Library Book by Tom Chapin & Michael Mark, Illustrated by Chuck Groenink
  • MAY 15 – The Couch Potato by Jory John, Illustrated by Pete Oswald
  • MAY 16 – Built to Last by Erin Hahn
  • MAY 31Finding Jupiter by Kelis Rowe

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Currently Reading – May 6, 2022

Do you have any bookish plans for the weekend?

I don’t know about you but thank goodness it’s Friday! It’s been a long week during which I’ve managed to squeeze in a lot of reading. I like when I get to start a new book just in time for the weekend. This weekend I’ll be reading Finding Jupiter by Kelis Rowe (arc).

Black love stories are always in my top reads-to-find and this particular story was too good to pass up when I saw this NetGalley invite in my inbox. I’ve never heard of “found poetry,” but I think this will be a cool blend of prose and poetry with an intriguing-sounding plot.

Kelis Rowe’s debut novel, Finding Jupiter, releases May 31, 2022.

"Finding Jupiter" by Kelis Rowe (cover)
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ABOUT: Sparks fly when Orion and Ray meet for the first time at a roller rink in Memphis. But these star-crossed souls have a past filled with secrets that threaten to tear them apart before their love story even begins. Found poetry, grief, and fate collide in this powerful debut.

Ray: Just once I’d like my birthday to be about me, and not the day my father died. I want to be Ray Jr., the tall girl from Memphis with the poetry beats and the braids that stay poppin’. And when I meet Orion at the skating rink, that’s exactly who I am. He pulls my hand, and instead of being defined by my past, he races me toward my future.

Orion: When I dive into the pool, it’s just me and my heartbeat. There’s no dad, no dead sister, and no distracting noises. But I can’t hold my breath forever. And since I met Ray, I don’t want to. The closer we get, though, the more I see I’m not the only one caught in her wake.

With a lyrical blend of found poetry and poignant prose, this stunning debut captures young Black love and a decades-old family secret that may shatter a romance that feels written in the stars.


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TBR At A Glance – April 4, 2022

TBR At A Glance

What will be your first read of April?

Happy April, everyone! I hope you had a great weekend and that your reading has been going well.

Yesterday, I finished my last March read just in time to start the week off fresh with a new book. To start of April, I’ve decided to split my time between two books, Blended (middle grade contemporary) and That Cowboy of Mine (adult cowboy romance). Usually, when I do double reads I’ll pick two completely different books for variety and to keep my reading mood up.

My reading goals this month are to stay focused on my spring tbr and read at least 4 books. Is this doable? I’m going to make it so.

Below is a snapshot of where I’m at with my reading:

 

CURRENTLY READING

  • Blended by Sharon M. Draper
  • That Cowboy of Mine by Donna Grant (arc)

 

READING NEXT (tentative)

  • Falling Short by Ernesto Cisneros
  • Built to Last by Erin Hahn (arc)
  • The Scandalous Vixen by Tracy Sumner

 

RECENT REVIEWS

 

REVIEWS COMING SOON

  • APRIL 8The Fastest Way to Fall by Denise Williams

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Currently Reading – March 28, 2022

What will be your last read(s) of March?

Happy Monday, bookworms!

After much distracted binge-reading of kindle unlimited books (just kidding, I am still reading KU novellas), I am now currently reading The Fastest Way to Fall by Denise Williams and it is going swimmingly.

Britta and Wes are good people who genuinely want to be their best food forward when it comes to who they are and their jobs. I’ve made decent progress over the weekend. They haven’t even met in person yet and the slow burn already has me on the edge of my seat. Even through email their chemistry is palpable. I also like that the story is told through mixed media.

If you’ve read this book, please share your thoughts! I really enjoy Williams’ previous title. I have a good feeling this will be another five-star read.

"The Fastest Way to Fall" by Denise Williams (cover)
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ABOUT: Britta didn’t plan on falling for her personal trainer, and Wes didn’t plan on Britta. Plans change and it’s unclear if love, career, or both will meet them at the finish line.

Britta Colby works for a lifestyle website, and when tasked to write about her experience with a hot new body-positive fitness app that includes personal coaching, she knows it’s a major opportunity to prove she should write for the site full-time.

As CEO of the FitMe app, Wes Lawson finally has the financial security he grew up without, but despite his success, his floundering love life and complicated family situation leaves him feeling isolated and unfulfilled. He decides to get back to what he loves—coaching. Britta’s his first new client and they click immediately.

As weeks pass, she’s surprised at how much she enjoys experimenting with her exercise routine. He’s surprised at how much he looks forward to talking to her every day. They convince themselves their attraction is harmless, but when they start working out in person, Wes and Britta find it increasingly challenging to deny their chemistry and maintain a professional distance.

Wes isn’t supposed to be training clients, much less meeting with them, and Britta’s credibility will be sunk if the lifestyle site finds out she’s practically dating the fitness coach she’s reviewing. Walking away from each other is the smartest thing to do, but running side by side feels like the start of something big.


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Currently Reading – March 7, 2022

What is the genre of your current read(s)?

Over the weekend, I finished reading Summer Nights with a Cowboy and Wednesday Wilson Will Fix All Your Problems. Now I’m reading a middle grade fantasy called The Girl of Magic and Dreams by Charity Tober.

I won an e-copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway last Fall, but haven’t had a chance to read it until now. The cover is really pretty and I like the idea of a Dream Realm that’s protected by Dream Watchers. I’m interested in this character’s journey and how she might overcome internal and external conflicts. This title is also currently available on kindle unlimited if you have that.


"The Girl of Magic and Dreams" by Charity Tober
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ABOUT: Twelve-year-old Sophia Warner comes from a long line of Dream Watchers, humans possessing magical abilities from the Sandman himself and entrusted with protecting the Dream Realm. Frustrated by her slowly evolving powers and the continuous disapproval of the Council of Dreamers, Sophia becomes more and more reckless as she tries to force her full abilities to manifest in a desperate quest to locate her mom—who went missing in the Dream Realm four years earlier.

But things take a dangerous turn when Watchers begin to go missing and the ruler of the nightmares, the Shadow Queen, is to blame. Trapped on a dark island in the world of dreams by the Sandman long ago, the evil queen craves to find enough magic to finally break free from her prison and take over the Dream Realm.

As the only child Dream Watcher, Sophia is told to stay out of it. But when tragedy strikes her family, and the Council of Dreamers hesitates to intervene, Sophia is forced to make a choice. With the help of her best friend, a magical cat named Cosmo, can Sophia not only conquer her own fears and learn to control her magic, but also stop the Shadow Queen’s evil plans before all is lost?


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2022: March Happenings!

 

March Happenings at The Bookshelf Corner blog

Going Home…And By Home I Mean The Library…

You’re not going to believe this, but I haven’t checked out a library book in over a year. Gasp! What?! Say it ain’t so!

Not through lack of trying. I mostly didn’t have time or I was reading ebooks galore. The least I did was go in to finally get a library card for my area.

But the long awaited return is here! I’m going back to my home away from home. I don’t know what day it’ll be, but I’m gonna go to the library and check out some books.

Less And More…

I’m keeping my TBR low this month so that I have time for other things I need to do. First, I want to finish up my current read, Summer Nights with a Cowboy. Then, move on to the 4 books I have planned for March:

  • The Becoming by Nora Roberts
  • The Fastest Way to Fall by Denise Williams
  • The Girl of Magic and Dreams by Charity Tober
  • Wednesday Wilson Fixes All Your Problems by Bree Galbraith, Illustrated by Morgan Goble (arc)


What books are you going to read this month?


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Currently Reading – February 14, 2022

What are you reading and what do you think of it so far?

New week, new book. Just the way I like it. I finished both my previous reads over the weekend. They were both fantastic and I can’t wait to share my reviews with you later this week.

I’m starting the week off reading Bet on It by Jodie Slaughter (arc). Only a few chapters in but I feel invested in the story and the main characters. It’s gonna be a heavy story but worth it in the end. Aja and Walker (MCs) both suffer from panic attacks. They have a lot more issues to work through. I think together and separately they’ll be able to bring out the best in each other and then some.

This is a new-to-me author, so I’m excited to continue on.


"Bet on It" by Jodie Slaughter (cover)
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ABOUT: The first time Aja Owens encounters the man of her dreams, she’s having a panic attack in the frozen foods section of the Piggly Wiggly. The second time, he’s being introduced to her as her favorite bingo buddy’s semi-estranged grandson. From there, all it takes is one game for her to realize that he’s definitely going to be a problem. And if there’s anything she already has a surplus of, it’s problems.

In Walker Abbott’s mind, there are only two worthwhile things in Greenbelt, South Carolina. The peach cobbler at his old favorite diner and his ailing grandmother. Dragging himself back after more than a decade away, he’s counting down the days until Gram heals and he can get back to his real life. Far away from the trauma inside of those city limits. Just when he thinks his plan is solid, enter Aja to shake everything up.

A hastily made bingo-based sex pact is supposed to keep this…thing between them from getting out of hand. Especially when submitting to their feelings means disrupting their carefully balanced lives. But emotions are just like bingo callers—they refuse to be ignored.

Jodie Slaughter’s Bet on It is a heart-stoppingly fun, emotional romance that will have readers falling in love until long after the last page is turned.


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