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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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2022: January Happenings!

 

January Happenings at The Bookshelf Corner blog

Hello, again! I hope you all had a good weekend and you’re ready to kickstart the new year into high gear. I know I am. Here’s what’s happening this month at The Bookshelf Corner:

Eyes on the Prize: 2022 Bookish Goals

Hello, 2022! There are several goals I want to accomplish this year, but today I’ll just focus on the ones of the bookish variety. I want to:

    • Visit the library regularly
    • Be a more active blogger
    • Donate books I’m no longer interested in reading
    • Reduce the number of unread owned books on my shelves
    • Read more back-listed titles
    • Finish the first draft of WIP
    • Participate NaNoWriMo for the first time
    • Read and/or acquire my very most anticipated 2022 releases
    • Buy more books

The 2022 Reading Challenge I Almost Got Carried Away With

Feeling energized after last year’s success I was toying with the idea of challenging myself to read 200 books this year, but at the last minute decided 150 is more reasonable given my overall 2022 plans.

I don’t have a tbr for this month – there are certain books I should really get done this month, but for the most part I’m just continuing with the winter tbr and going with the flow.

To start the new year, I’m currently reading Bend Toward the Sun by Jen Devon and Starlight by Olivia Wildenstein. The former I’m hoping to finish this week. The latter is around 600 pages so that’ll be a month long read unless I totally becomes unputdownable (which is 100% likely).

Rebranding the Blog for a Better Experience

Lately, I’ve been working on major rebranding for the blog. Some changes have already begun to be implemented, but there are still additional things to figure out, such as choosing a fresh, more modern theme, changing my approach to writing posts, creating a new logo, and designing for accessibility. More on that later once it’s all complete.

Have a great first full week of 2022!

 


 

“Everybody needs a passion. That’s what keeps life interesting. If you live without passion, you can go through life without leaving any footprints.”
– Betty White,
If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t)

 


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2021 Wrap-Up + The Book, Cover, and Author of the Year

Happy Friday & Happy New Year’s Eve!

Whew! We did it. We made it to the end of 2021. I am forever grateful to books for getting me through this challenging year. I had a lot of great and profound reading experiences throughout the year. Good times I’ll remember fondly. Plus, the blog has grown and achieved a few new milestones, which I’m very happy about.

Without further delay, here’s my 2021 wrap-up along with my top favorite reads of 2021 and the cover/author/book of the year.

2021: Goodreads Reading Challenge

As of this post I’ve read 132 books (maybe 133 if I can finish this final read – A Dragon for Christmas by Zoe Chant – before the ball drops).

Screenshot of completed Goodreads Reading Challenge widget of 132 books of 100 goal for 2021.

December Reviews Posted

I posted 26 reviews this month of mostly 4-star reads. All in all, a good month for books.

Getting His Game Back  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Wife by Wednesday  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I Am Enough  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Good Egg  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Cool Bean  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Sunny Makes A Splash  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Only Mostly Devastated  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Introvert Doodles  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Strictly No Elephants  | ⭐⭐⭐
The Suite Spot  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2
Falling for Zeke  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2
Welcome to the Ballroom (Volume 1)  | ⭐⭐⭐1/2
Gratitude is My Superpower  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Red: A Crayon’s Story  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Garden We Share  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
House of Beating Wings (excerpt)  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I Am (Not) Scared  | ⭐⭐⭐
We Are (Not) Friends |  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Awakened  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Damaged Goods  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Dragon’s Breath  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I’ve Loved You Since Forever  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Goodnight Moon  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Wildfire Griffin  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
All Systems Red  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Restart  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Favorite December Reads

My favorite December reads were Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales, The Suite Spot by Trish Doller, and All Systems Red by Martha Wells.

Favorite Blog Posts I Wrote

Below are posts I wrote from the past year that I had a lot of fun making and sharing.

Top Ten Tuesday: Purple, Gold, and/or Green Book Covers (Happy Mardi Gras!)
Book to Movie Adaptations I’d Love To See
Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Whose Job I Wish I Had
Top Ten Tuesday: Colorful Book Covers
Outfits On Book Covers I Want In My Closet
My Favorite Book Mentors
Top Ten Tuesday: Older Reads I Loved and Will Always Recommend
Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Love An Update On

Top 12 Favorite Reads of 2021

My top 12 favorite reads of 2021 were Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune, At Summer’s End by Courtney Ellis, Set to Music by Negeen Papehn, Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston, Float Plan by Trish Doller, The Right Side of Reckless by Whitney D. Grandison, Brothersong by TJ Klune, Celestial by Olivia Wildenstein, Spy x Family (volume 1) by Tatsuya Endo, Thanks A Lot, Universe by Chad Lucas, Rock Hard by Nalini Singh, and Feel the Fire by Annabeth Albert.

I highly recommend all of these 5-star titles!

Honorable Mentions:
Bloodsworn  ●  Unplugged  ●  Drawn Together

Covers of the Year

I chose Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune, You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao, and Bloodsworn by Scott Reintgen. for Cover of the Year. These stunning, beautiful covers took my breath away. I would gladly have these as wall art decor in my house.

Authors of the Year

For this category, I chose authors whose works I especially enjoyed and really want to read more from.

B.B. Alston  ●  TJ Klune  ●  Whitney D. Grandison

Nalini Singh  ●  Trish Doller  ●  Danielle L. Jensen

Courtney Ellis  ●  Annabeth Albert  ●  Chad Lucas

Book of the Year

This was probably the toughest choice I had to make this year but I chose two books that really wowed me, left a huge impression on me that still lingers, and brought me to tears. Book of the Year went to Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune and At Summer’s End by Courtney Ellis!

Final Thoughts – Farewell 2021

While 2021 was a good reading year for me, it’s also put into perspective what I want for myself and this blog going forward. I’ve been slowly making changes in all aspects of my life and 2022 will see the beginning of those wishes implemented. But more on that in an upcoming January Happenings post.

I want to thank you all for reading, commenting, and liking my posts. I am so happy to be in this space, blogging and gushing and reminiscing about all things books. You are the best!

I hope you all have a splendid weekend and a happy New Year!

 

Sincerely,

Christina


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The Best of the Best Books of 2021: here are my favorites

Hello, again! Happy New Year’s Eve Eve! It’s been a busy while relaxing, reading, and just enjoying my time off work. This break was much needed for everyone.

Today’s post is a rewind, reminiscing about all the books I read this year and sharing the ones that stood out and left big impressions on me.

This year seems harder than past ones because I read so many good books! It was difficult to choose just one for some of the categories I’m using below. But we’re book lovers. Choosing just one book rarely is an option.

In 2021, I surpassed my reading goal of 100 books and read 27,146 pages across 131 books.

I’m still reading “Operation Sisterhood” but will be able to finish before the year is over. That review will be posted January 4 (its release day).

Through much deliberation, here are the best of the best books of 2021:

Best Picture Book was:

Drawn Together by Minh Lê, Illustrated by Dan Santat

Honorable Mentions:
Eyes That Kiss In The Corners Bedtime Bonnet

Best Middle Grade was:

Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston

Honorable Mentions:
Thanks A Lot, Universe ● Unplugged

Best LGBTQIAP+ Fiction was:

Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

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Honorable Mentions:
Ana on the EdgeBat BoyBrothersong Feel the FireOnly Mostly DevastatedOne Last StopThanks A Lot, Universe

Best Young Adult Romance was:

The Right Side of Reckless by Whitney D. Grandison

Honorable Mentions:
Radha & Jai’s Recipe for RomanceYou’ve Reached SamOnly Mostly Devastated

Best New Adult Romance was:

Celestial by Olivia Wildenstein

Honorable Mention:
Bat Boy One Last Stop

Best Adult Romance was:

Set to Music by Negeen Papehn &
At Summer’s End by Courtney Ellis

Honorable Mentions:
Feel the FireRock HardFloat PlanA Lowcountry BrideHome to MeWaiting for YouAll Night Long with a CowboyGetting His Game Back

Best Paranormal Romance was:

Brothersong by TJ Klune

Honorable Mentions:
Wildfire Griffin The Boss

Best Fantasy was:

Bloodsworn by Scott Reintgen,
Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston, &
Celestial by Olivia Wildenstein

Honorable Mentions:
Roar A Swift and Savage Tide These Feathered Flames Gilded Serpent

Best Manga Volume was:

Spy x Family by Tatsuya Endo (Vol. 1)

Honorable Mention:
An Incurable Case of Love

Best Standalone Novel was:

At Summer’s End by Courtney Ellis
Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune, &
Set to Music by Negeen Papehn

Best 2021 Release was:

*For this, I’m listing all my favorites because there were too many new releases that I absolutely loved. This year I read more new releases than any other year.*

All Night Long with a Cowboy    Amari and the Night Brothers  ●  Ana on the Edge  ●  Be Dazzled  ●  Bloodsworn  ●  Celestial    Eyes that Kiss in the Corners  ●  Float Plan  ●  Gilded Serpent  ●  Home For A Cowboy Christmas  ●  A Lowcountry Bride  ●  My City Speaks  ●  One Last Stop  ●  Open Your Heart  ●  Radha & Jai’s Recipe for Romance  ●  The Right Side of Reckless  ●  Set to Music  ●  The Squire  ●  At Summer’s End   ●  A Swift and Savage Tide  ●  Thanks A Lot, Universe  ●  These Feathered Flames  ●  Trashlands  ●  Truly Tyler  ●  Unplugged  ●  Under the Whispering Door  ●  Wednesday Wilson Gets Down to Business  ●  You Can Go Your Own Way  ●  You’ve Reached Sam

 

So those were some of my top favorite reads from the year. It’s been another amazing reading journey that I’m going to remember fondly. Tomorrow I’ll be posting my wrap up along with my favorite book, cover, and author of 2021.

See you then!


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2021: November Wrap-Up

Happy Tuesday!

Another month down; one more to go. November was a whirlwind for sure. This is the first time in three months I had the energy to make a wrap-up post for various reasons, but I wanted to get back to doing posts like this and other content.

Reviews Posted

Reviews this month were a mixed bag, averaging a rating of 3.9 collectively.

You Can Go Your Own Way by Eric Smith | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Dragon Released by Terry Bolryder2 | ⭐⭐
Wolves’ Queen by Jen L. Grey | ⭐⭐⭐
You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
A Flawed Scotsman by Hildie McQueen | ⭐⭐⭐1/2
At Summer’s End by Courtney Ellis | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
A Swift and Savage Tide by Chloe Neill | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Speaking of reviews! Tomorrow I start 25 Days of Book Reviews. It’s year 3 of posting a review every day from December 1 to December 25. Challenging but worth it. If you’d like to learn how it all began, check out this post from year 1.

25 Days of Book Reviews logo.

This year’s logo for 25 Days of Book Review (2021).

Favorite Read

Kindle unlimited got me again (in a good, bookish way, of course)! I binged read a lot of short reads over the month, so only got through 4 books from my tbr. And because I only read so few I don’t really have a favorite read from this month. These enjoyable, high-rated reads were:

  • You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao (heartbreaking!)
  • Getting His Game Back by Gia de Cadenet (emotional!)
  • A Swift and Savage Tide by Chloe Neill (thrilling!)
  • Wife by Wednesday by Catherine Bybee (charming!)

Blog Milestone

Achievement unlocked! I posted my 400th book review (You’ve Reached Sam) in November. Reviews are the core content I feature on my blog. I like writing them and sharing my thoughts even when I struggle with putting complex feelings into words. I don’t post a review for every book I read, mainly manga because I go through volumes way faster than I can write reviews for. And there are A LOT of volumes in just one story. So I stick with novels for the most part and it’s worked out best.

Birthday Haul

Birthdays are a great reason to get more books even when you have a gazillion other ones sitting on your shelves.

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert
The Becoming by Nora Roberts
The Fastest Way to Fall by Denise Williams
The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
Maya and the Return of the Godlings by Rena Barron

Some were from a wish-list I keep and others I didn’t plan to get so soon but that’s the reader’s life.

But wait! There’s more! Other reads not pictured:

  • While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory
  • Blackout edited by Dhonielle Clayton
  • The Water Dragon’s Bride (vol. 6-8)

If you’ve read any of these books, what did you think of them?


That’s all I have for today. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my post. As always, much appreciated!

How was your reading month? Was there a book that surprised you? Any 5-star reads you’d recommend to others?


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Currently Reading – October 11, 2021

Happy Monday!

What is the genre of your current read?

I’m stepping outside my comfort zone and am reading a speculative cli-fi novel, Trashlands by Alison Stine, that I was invited to participate in a blog tour for. Speculative fiction and dystopian aren’t genres I actively seek out. But I’m intrigued.

There’s something in the synopsis that draws me in. Perhaps it’s the main character able to make art in a despondent place (a light in the darkness). Perhaps it’s because the setting isn’t a not so impossible future. I also didn’t know cli-fi (climate fiction) was a thing, but totally worth exploring. All in all, I think it’ll be a good read.


Image via NetGalley

ABOUT: A few generations from now, the coastlines of the continent have been redrawn by floods and tides. Global powers have agreed to not produce any new plastics, and what is left has become valuable: garbage is currency.

In the region-wide junkyard that Appalachia has become, Coral is a “plucker,” pulling plastic from the rivers and woods. She’s stuck in Trashlands, a dump named for the strip club at its edge, where the local women dance for an endless loop of strangers and the club’s violent owner rules as unofficial mayor.

Amid the polluted landscape, Coral works desperately to save up enough to rescue her child from the recycling factories, where he is forced to work. In her stolen free hours, she does something that seems impossible in this place: Coral makes art.

When a reporter from a struggling city on the coast arrives in Trashlands, Coral is presented with an opportunity to change her life. But is it possible to choose a future for herself?

Told in shifting perspectives, Trashlands is a beautifully drawn and wildly imaginative tale of a parent’s journey, a story of community and humanity in a changed world.


As Always, Happy Reading!!!

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Bookish Things I Do When I Can’t Sleep

A bed with pillows, a closed book, and glasses on it that says "Bookish Things I Do When I Can't Sleep" in teal text outlined in white.

Sleep and I kind of have a love-hate relationship. Sometimes I have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. On those nights, if I can’t get back to sleep right away, I’ll find something to do to occupy my time until I start feeling ready again to go back to sleep. More often than not I’ll engage in bookish activities.

One bookish thing I do when I can’t sleep is (of course) read whatever I’m currently reading. It helps make progress, especially if I’m behind.

I’m a list maker by nature, so I’ll ponder bookish thoughts of future TBRs I want to. I love to plan and it’s fun to think about upcoming reads I’m excited for.

Speaking of planning ahead, if an idea strikes, I’ll try to come up with blog post ideas or work on drafts of posts.

Can’t sleep? Behind in writing reviews? Now is as good of a time as any to get those done!

And, finally, when I can’t sleep, I do what I do best: look up new books to read and add to my never-ending tbr.

So when sleep eludes me I try to make the most of my time and get things done. Or, you know, just lay there and hope to get back to sleep soon.


What do you do when you can’t sleep? What’s your routine for a good night’s sleep?


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Currently Reading – September 13, 2021

Happy Monday!

What are you currently reading?

Hello, everyone! I hope you had a nice weekend! I spent most of the time reading and recharging and just doing whatever. I meant to post this reading update on Saturday, but I was so tired and mentally occupied from work I completely forgot about writing it.

Image via NetGalley

This week I’ll be reading an arc I received a couple months ago called How to Love Your Neighbor by Sophie Sullivan. I’m 38% through at the time I’m writing this post and, so far, it’s been a good read.

This is a fun enemies to lovers story. Grace and Noah have already clashed several times. Their “good neighborly” feud and attraction is really entertaining to watch unfold.

What I didn’t know was that Noah is one of Chris’s older brothers from Sullivan’s previous book, Ten Rules For Faking It, so that was a nice surprise connection. I really enjoyed that story, so I’m even more excited for this current one.

I’m also liking all the side characters, especially Morty (an elderly man Grace was living with at the start of the novel), Josh (who is Noah’s assistant), and Rosie, (Grace’s best friend and fellow student designer). And it’s been nice reuniting with Chris and Everly (other MC from previous book).

It’s gonna be a good reading week.


ABOUT: 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.


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2021: September Happenings!

School Is Back In Session…

I’ve been trying all month to get back on my work sleep schedule so that I’m ready for the first day of school. Results have varied in success, but I’m getting there.

While I’ve enjoyed my first official summer off in many many years (no work, no commitments), I am ready to get back to work. I’m not sure how this school year will go with all students in the building and covid cases rising in my area. On the upside, I’m working with some awesome people this year, so I’m looking forward to that.

I expect this month will be busy, tiring, overwhelming maybe, as we make the adjustment back to a mostly normal school life. I remain ever hopeful but practical. We got this!

New Theme Incoming…

I have a new theme ready to go for autumn that I can’t wait to show you. I’ve also been thinking about re-branding lately, changing much of the visuals for posts, and redoing my About page. You may see a few of those changes before the end of the year.

I like to periodically change the appearance of my blog because it keeps things fresh (at least for me) and it gives me a chance to do something artistic. Plus, the blog will be turning 6 years old in January and it’ll be a brand new year. I want to do something different for the occasion.

September TBR

I’m nearly done Blade of Secrets and will be able to start on my (tentative) September tbr over the weekend. Right now on my tbr I have:

  • How to Love Your Neighbor by Sophie Sullivan (arc)
  • You Can Go Your Own Way by Eric Smith (arc)
  • Servant of the Crown by Duncan M. Hamilton
  • At Summer’s End by Courtney Ellis

This is the minimum I want to get through since I’ll be going back to work soon. If there’s time for more, great! But everything left over from summer reading is being moved to my fall tbr.


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2021: August Wrap-Up

Reviews Posted

I’m now all caught up with writing reviews. I was way behind before due to procrastinating and struggling to find the right words to say. So half of this month’s reviews ended up being of books I read in July. But the good news is I’ll be back on track come September.

Forged in Fire and Stars by Andrea Robertson | ⭐⭐
Ignite by Sara B. Larson | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Wolf of the North by Duncan M. Hamilton | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
All Night Long with a Cowboy by Caitlin Crews | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Bad Seed by Jory John, Illustrated by Pete Oswald | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Bird Hugs by Ged Adamson | ⭐⭐⭐1/2
The Squire by Duncan M. Hamilton | ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2
I Promise by LeBron James, Illustrated by Nina Matta | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Favorite Read

August reading was so so. There were some good bookish moments but also frustrating ones. So imagine my surprise when All Night Long with a Cowboy by Caitlin Crews stole the show as my favorite read August.

The previous book of hers I read last year was good but really frustrating, so I was somewhat hesitant to read this book yet still drawn to do so because of Crews’ storytelling capabilities. This turned into a great read with a beautiful enchanting romance.

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Blog Posts to Check Out

Here are some great posts from fellow book bloggers you may be interested in reading. These are fun, thoughtful, and informative content that stood out to me and particularly enjoyed.

Blogging Struggles: How Do Bloggers Stay Motivated? | Eleanor @ Not-So-Modern Girl

4 THINGS THAT MAKE ME DNF A BOOK written by Briana | Briana & Krysta @ Pages Unbound
SHOULD LIBRARIES GO FINE FREE? written by Krysta | Briana & Krysta @ Pages Unbound

Sunday Smiles ~ Sister Act Spectacular | Kim @ By Hook Or By Book
Lyrical Lines | Kim @ By Hook Or By Book
Black Cat Appreciation Day | Kim @ By Hook Or By Book

10+ ESSENTIAL (AND FREE!) BLOGGING TOOLS TO GROW A SUCCESSFUL BLOG written by Marie | Marie & Nyx @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books

New Bookshelf

I finally around to rearranging furniture to make space for another bookshelf. I really like the finishing of this one; it’s so smooth and sturdy. My books look great on it. Nearly all my books now have a home. It’s wonderful.

More Paintings

I’ve been trying to get back into painting because it’s really fun and relaxing.

This month I painted a fictional character I like named Rimuru in his slime form from the manga/anime That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (a great reincarnated in another world fantasy).

An acrylic fan art painting on white 9 x 12 canvas of Rimuru from That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime in his slime form blushing.
I also made a Hamilton painting accompanied with a jam sessions to the soundtrack. Both are going on my wall. It turned out better than I thought it would and now I want to try doing more silhouette paintings.

Acrylic fan art painting on an 9 x 12 canvas of the Hamilton musical logo.

More Book Hauls

I did not one but two book hauls all within a month or so, which is not the norm for me. One was all physical books (my preferred way to read) and the other all ebooks. All of which I have not read any of as I’m saving them for the upcoming fall season. While I’m constantly finding new intriguing books that I really want to read, I mostly was able to stick to books from my tbr than new book finds.


How was your month? What books did you read and which were your favorites?


As Always, Happy Reading!!!

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