Tackling My TBR During a Reading Slump

I am not going to lie, I have had an extremely hard time reading these past few weeks. I started out June reading the entire Folk of the Air trilogy in only 5 days! After that I have hit a rough patch and have had so much going on in my personal life that reading kind of took a back seat. Good thing this is a co-owned blog, because Thi has really picked up my slack this month and I cannot thank her enough!!

I have slowly worked through the issues I was having and I feel like I am ready to tackle my TBR pile again. However, my TBR stack is now completely out of control and I am not quite sure where to start!

I recently started Love at First Like since I feel like rom coms are generally light hearted, quick reads. And so far it has been a quick read, I am just not finding myself connected to the female main character.

So with all this being said, I thought maybe I would try something a little different to get myself back into reading and create a fun way to tackle my TBR.

We all know about creating a TBR jar, or joining reading challenges. I have done these things before and have really enjoyed them, but this time I wanted to add a little more interaction with my book friends to help me out of this slump!

July 2020 Reading Slump TBR Challenge

So my goal for my July TBR is to post a stack of 10 books and let my online reading family choose my TBR. I would love for all of you to join in on helping me decide, and I will take the top 4-5 books that are recommended and read those next month! I will post here (obviously) as well as my bookstagram and see what happens!

So without further ado, here are the choices for my July TBR!

The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker
The Diviners by Libba Bray
Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lin
American Royals by Katharine McGee
One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

I am excited to see what everyone recommends and try out a fun way to tackle my TBR and hopefully get out of this reading slump! So please leave your recommendations down below!!

And as always, thank you so much for stopping by our blog! We appreciate all of you!



#WWW Wednesday

April 29, 2020

We have made it to the last Wednesday of April!! This month has flown by and I have been all over the place even though I haven’t left my house 😉 I missed WWW Wednesday last week as I my husband and I have been dealing with trying to buy a house! But I am really going to do my best to make a routine!

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. If you want to join in on the fun, be sure to tag the original post in the link above. Or feel free to answer the questions in the comment section below! And please feel free to leave your link in the comments as well.

What are the three Ws:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

I just started the audiobook for The Library of Lost and Found yesterday and I am now about halfway through. It was recommended to me by a friend when I said I was looking for a book about books!

Lately I have been on a real rom com kick and decided I would try to squeeze one more in. So I decided on Would Like to Meet and I am really enjoying it so far!!

Darling Rose Gold is a buddy read I am doing with Thi. We have actually done quite a few buddy reads this month, and it has been fun having someone to discuss with along the way.

Recently Finished

I absolutely adored Meet Cute. It came recommended from a few of my friends and with my recent obsession of rom coms, it was just what I needed!

I continued the story of Audrey Rose in Hunting Prince Dracula. I think I enjoyed the first book in the series a little more, but this one was still very interesting and makes me want to start the next book very soon!

Archenemies was a buddy read with Thi and it was fantastic. An excellent continuation of the series. If you are looking for a good superhero/villian series, I cannot recommend this one more!

Best Laid Plans was yet another buddy read with Thi 😛 This is definitely a YA contemporary romance and I found at times part of it was a little immature. However, I think the overall story was really well done and I would definitely recommend.

Lastly, Eleanor & Park was recommended to me by Thi and I shall never forgive her for not warning me about certain parts. She states that she had no warning, so I was to go in blind as well..

What’s Next

I am not planning much of my reading for the month of May. I have a busy month ahead with getting back into work, as well as, packing and moving into our first home!

These are the only two books I have made plans to read next month, as they are going to be buddy reads with…. you guessed it, THI!

As always, thank you all so much for stopping by our blog! We appreciate all the support and reading our thoughts! Have you read any of these books? What are your current reads? Let’s have a chat down in the comments!!

#WWW Wednesday

April 15, 2020

Is it really Wednesday already? Where has the week gone? I missed WWW Wednesday last week as I can’t seem to get myself together these days! But I am feeling a bit more put together this week, so I have taken this opportunity to update the blog!

With all that being said, lets get to it!!!

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. If you want to join in on the fun, be sure to tag the original post in the link above. Or feel free to answer the questions in the comment section below! And please feel free to leave your link in the comments as well.

What are the three Ws:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

I am continuing along on my yearly re-read of Harry Potter, and I have made it to the Goblet of Fire. This is the last illustrated edition that is out currently, so I am going to enjoy it while it lasts!

I have also made it to the last book in the Darker Shade of Magic series. This series is quickly becoming one of my favorites!! I am trying to finish up A Conjuring of Light by the end of this week for my local book club as we are planning on having a virtual meeting!

Recently Finished

Well, seeing as how I missed last weeks WWW Wednesday, I have a bit more books that were added to my recently finished list!

First, I read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which is by far my FAVORITE book from the series! I read the illustrated edition and I cannot even begin to form thoughts on how magnificent this version is. Also, in the wizarding world, I read The Tales of Beetle the Bard and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I thoroughly enjoyed all the short stores in Tales of Beetle the Bard. Fantastic Beasts was a lot of fun, but I also felt like I was just reading a textbook, which I suppose was the point.

Valentine was a very well written book and was such a break from my normal read. I really enjoyed reading this story from multiple different women’s view points. The book does not have quotation marks, which irritated some people. However, I did not feel that this slowed my reading or the context of the story.

I just finished The Glass Hotel last night, and I have yet to post a rating on Goodreads. I am having trouble with this one since Goodreads doesn’t allow 1/2 stars. This book for me was a solid 3.5 star rating. The beginning of the book was a bit slow, but the overall writing and the second half of the book was so good. The beginning of the book doesn’t quite reach 4 stars, but the writing and the second half of the book doesn’t deserve 3 stars. It is a dilemma I must sort out at some point.

I have been in a rom com mood lately and If I Never Met You fit that so well. I absolutely loved this book and devoured the book in just 3 sittings. I loved the book so much that I am now off in search of more of Mhairi McFarlane’s novels!!

Lastly, A Conjuring of Light and the whole Darker Shade of Magic trilogy is quickly becoming one of my favorite series. The characters are so intriguing and the dark magic draws me in to this world. I cannot say enough good things about Kell and Rhy, I just love them!

What’s Next:

I am finally getting around to reading book two in the Renegades trilogy. I read book one last year and Thi has finally convinced me to do a buddy read with her for Archenemies.

To continue on my mood of rom coms, I have been recommended Meet Cute by a few people, so I have high hopes!

It took me awhile, but I did get around to reading Stalking Jack the Ripper and I thought it was fantastic. I loved the setting and the main character was probably one of my favorite female leads. So with that being said, I think I am going to enjoy the next book in the series, Hunting Prince Dracula.

Thank you for stopping by the blog and a bit longer post this time around since I missed last week. We appreciate your support! Have you read any of these books? What are you currently reading? Let’s have a chat in the comments below!!

Christie

Sundays in Bed with…

April 12, 2020

Happy Easter everybody! I hope you all are staying safe on this lovely Sunday holiday. I have been a little MIA the past few days as I celebrated my birthday on Wednesday. It was a little different this year with all the craziness happening. It was still a wonderful time with a Zoom birthday party with my family and topped off with a delicious ice cream cake from my husband!

I have also had loads of time to work on my prompts for the O.W.Ls readathon and I am having so much fun with the instagram prompts as well! So with all of this in mind, I currently have two books waiting for me to complete on my nightstand and I am adding them to this weekly meme ‘Sundays in Bed With’ hosted by Midnight Book Girl

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A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

I am reading this book as part of a local book club. I have absolutely fallen in love with this series from the start. I read the second book in two days and had to tell myself not to dive straight into the third book. I wanted to give myself time to collect my thoughts and not rush to finish this series, since I know I will be sad when it is all over. With that being said, I might have waited a little too long and now I need to finish this whopping 640 page book by Thursday. WISH ME LUCK!

Synopsis:

Witness the fate of beloved heroes – and enemies.

THE BALANCE OF POWER HAS FINALLY TIPPED…

The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.

WHO WILL CRUMBLE?
Kell – once assumed to be the last surviving Antari – begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive?

WHO WILL RISE?
Lila Bard, once a commonplace – but never common – thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.

WHO WILL TAKE CONTROL?
And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

I chose this book for a few reasons. One, it fit into one of my O.W.Ls readathon prompts and as a new release it seemed like something I would enjoy. Secondly, Thi also wanted to read this book so it seemed like it would be a good time to have another buddy read. The last book that we did a buddy read on was Havenfall, which is generally my favorite genre. Where as this book sounds like it should be right up Thi’s alley. So as she stated last time, I will do my best to keep up and try not to hold her back from living her best life!

Synopsis:

From the award-winning author of Station Eleven, a captivating novel of money, beauty, white-collar crime, ghosts, and moral compromise in which a woman disappears from a container ship off the coast of Mauritania and a massive Ponzi scheme implodes in New York, dragging countless fortunes with it.

Vincent is a bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star glass and cedar palace on an island in British Columbia. Jonathan Alkaitis works in finance and owns the hotel. When he passes Vincent his card with a tip, it’s the beginning of their life together. That same day, Vincent’s half-brother, Paul, scrawls a note on the windowed wall of the hotel: “Why don’t you swallow broken glass.” Leon Prevant, a shipping executive for a company called Neptune-Avramidis, sees the note from the hotel bar and is shaken to his core. Thirteen years later Vincent mysteriously disappears from the deck of a Neptune-Avramidis ship. Weaving together the lives of these characters, The Glass Hotel moves between the ship, the skyscrapers of Manhattan, and the wilderness of northern Vancouver Island, painting a breathtaking picture of greed and guilt, fantasy and delusion, art and the ghosts of our pasts.

What book(s) do you have on your night stand? Have you read either of these books? Leave me your thoughts down below!

Christie

Magical Readathon O.W.L.s 2020

MAgical Readathon O.W.L.s 2020

INFO & TBR

I first learned about the Magical Readathon back in Fall of 2019 during the N.E.W.Ts and I was a little overwhelmed with the amount of information that was provided. I also realized that the 2019 readathon had actually begun in April of 2019 with the OWLs, so while I was interested I figured it was best to wait until the next readathon began.

As you can tell, I am late making this post because I seemed to have completely forgotten all about it until yesterday!

The Magical Readathon was created and is hosted by Book Roast on Booktube! You can find her announcement and extra information from that link. You can also click here for a direct link official readathon website!

The readathon takes place from April 1st through the 30th. All you need to do is select a career path and then follow all the prompts in order to pass your OWLs!!

Now time to get into the how I plan on tackling this readathon!

Choosing a Career

This was a tough one for me, as I wanted more than just one (which is acceptable) However, I was not prepared to take on the task of multiple prompts for multiple careers.

After much thought, I finally decided on the Journalist or Writer career. I thought it fit well with my personality and the prompts definitely looked achievable.

The Hogwarts subjects required for Journalist or Writer are:
History of Magic
Muggle Studies
Arithmancy

Classes

Journalist or Writer

History of Magic:
Prompt: Witch Hunts: Book featuring witches/wizards
Planned Read: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Muggle Studies:
Prompt: Book from the perspective of a muggle (contemporary)
Planned Read: The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

Arithmancy:
Prompt: Magical qualities number 2: balance/opposites- read something outside your favorite genre
Planned Read: Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel

Courses, Seminars and Training

This section of the Careers Guide is not mandatory. It is a little something extra if you want to add some extracurriculars to your course load!

When I first looked at the list I thought for sure that I wanted to do the Dragon Tamer Training. While I still think that would be a fun training to take, it has a prerequisite of Magizoologist career. So that cancels out that for me, but there is always next year!

So after crossing off all the ones I was not quite wanting or didn’t have the requirements for, I finally settled on two:

Animagus Training

Arithmancy:
Prompt: Magical qualities number 2: balance/opposites- read something outside your favorite genre
Planned Read: Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalo
Potions:
Prompt: Shrinking Solution: Book under 150 pages
Planned Read: Tales of Beetle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
Transfiguration:
Prompt: Animagus lecture: Book/series that includes shapeshifting
Planned Read: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Magical Shop Management

Arithmancy:
Prompt: Magical qualities number 2: balance/opposites- read something outside your favorite genre
Planned Read: The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

I am excited to join this Magical Readathon! I saw everyone else having all the fun last year, so I can’t wait to dive in.

Are you doing the Readathon this year? If so, what career(s) and training(s) did you choose?

Magical Readathon Links:
Book Roast Booktube: Announcement Video
Magical Readathon: Official Website
Twitter: Challenges, Quizzes, House Points, and MORE!

Christie

First Line Friday

Welcome back, y’all! This week, I thought I would join in on a fun prompt called First Line Friday to get our minds off all current affairs. First Line Friday is a weekly feature hosted by Hoarding Books. I’ll be featuring the first lines from two books (one closest to me and one from a book on my TBR). See if you can guess what they are! 🙂

Book One:
“Everyone on the internet is a liar.”

Hint: This is the author’s second novel.

Book: Follow Me by Kathleen Barber

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About the book:

Everyone wants new followers…until they follow you home.

Audrey Miller has an enviable new job at the Smithsonian, a body by reformer Pilates, an apartment door with a broken lock, and hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers to bear witness to it all. Having just moved to Washington, DC, Audrey busies herself impressing her new boss, interacting with her online fan base, and staving off a creepy upstairs neighbor with the help of the only two people she knows in town: an ex-boyfriend she can’t stay away from and a sorority sister with a high-powered job and a mysterious past.

But Audrey’s faulty door may be the least of her security concerns. Unbeknownst to her, her move has brought her within striking distance of someone who’s obsessively followed her social media presence for years—from her first WordPress blog to her most recent Instagram Story. No longer content to simply follow her carefully curated life from a distance, he consults the dark web for advice on how to make Audrey his and his alone. In his quest to win her heart, nothing is off-limits—and nothing is private.

Book Two:
“I have stopped loving you.”

Any guesses? (Hint: This book releases May 15, 2020)

Book: What Lies Between Us by John Marrs

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About the book:

Nina can never forgive Maggie for what she did. And she can never let her leave.

They say every house has its secrets, and the house that Maggie and Nina have shared for so long is no different. Except that these secrets are not buried in the past.

Every other night, Maggie and Nina have dinner together. When they are finished, Nina helps Maggie back to her room in the attic, and into the heavy chain that keeps her there. Because Maggie has done things to Nina that can’t ever be forgiven, and now she is paying the price.

But there are many things about the past that Nina doesn’t know, and Maggie is going to keep it that way—even if it kills her.

Because in this house, the truth is more dangerous than lies.

Let me know the first line in the book closest to you or your favorite book in the comments, so I can add some new books to my never ending TBR! 🙂

xoxo,
Thi