Spring Fling Read-A-Thon

December Wrap UpI’m in full read-a-thon mode now! The Spring Fling Read-A-Thon is hosted by several lovely bloggers and begins on May 15. I actually stumbled across it on Twitter and loved the idea of it as well as the TBR prompts. I probably won’t read everything on my TBR, but I’m sure going to try! What’s great is that I’ve able to blend most of the books on my Bout of Book TBR with this read-a-thon. Yay for doubling up!

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Details:

  • The read-a-thon begins May 15 and ends June 15.
  • Use the sign-up link to officially participate (link to a read-a-thon intro post and include your TBR).
  • Read books according to the categories, listed below in any order you choose!
  • Post a weekly catch-up on your blog or elsewhere and link up!
  • There’s also the possibility of a random participant prize drawing.

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My TBR:

Flower Power: 

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Popping Daisies: 

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Blooming Time:

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May Flowers:

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Bird Song:

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Spring Clean:

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Nature Calls:

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Ice Cream:

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Spring Showers:

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Wild Beauty:

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Will you be participating in this read-a-thon? If so, which books will you be reading? ❤

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Bout of Books Sign-Up & TBR

December Wrap Up

It’s been a while since I did a read-a-thon so I’m very much looking forward to taking part in this round of Bout of Books. After previously posting that I was going to take a break, I all of a sudden felt like reading again. It’s funny how things happen like that. I’m trying to keep things simple and low pressure for this read-a-thon. Short stories, poetry and novels under 300ish words. I may add more but I feel that it’s better to start small and add if needed.


What is Bout of Books?

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 14th and runs through Sunday, May 20th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.


TBR:

Are you participating in Bout of Books? Have you read these books yet? 

January Wrap Up!

December Wrap Up

SOME THOUGHTS

Wow! This is the first time that I’ve posted a wrap up since June of last year!! I just can’t believe that. I’m trying to post more regularly now and I just want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has continued to support the blog. It’s been two years since I started it and I’m still filled with joy every time someone likes a post or leaves a comment. You are all amazing!!!


BOOKS HAULED


BOOKS READ

The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler | ♥♥♥
The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace | ♥♥♥♥♥
Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman | ♥♥♥♥
Monstress, Vol. 2: The Blood by Marjorie M. Liu & Sana Takeda| ♥♥♥♥♥
Nocturne by Kat Ross | ♥♥♥♥½


February TBR


POSTS

Reviews:

The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One · Between the Blade and the Heart · 27 Hours

Memes:

Top Ten Tuesday

Other:

Currently Reading Book Tag · Book Titles Tag · Must Have Books

Must Have Books: February Edition

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These are the books that I can’t wait to read in February! I really shouldn’t buy them, but I just can’t help myself. Just look at those covers!


344992161. Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller: Alosa’s mission is finally complete. Not only has she recovered all three pieces of the map to a legendary hidden treasure, but the pirates who originally took her captive are now prisoners on her ship. Still unfairly attractive and unexpectedly loyal, first mate Riden is a constant distraction, but now he’s under her orders. And she takes great comfort in knowing that the villainous Vordan will soon be facing her father’s justice.

When Vordan exposes a secret her father has kept for years, Alosa and her crew find themselves in a deadly race with the feared Pirate King. Despite the danger, Alosa knows they will recover the treasure first . . . after all, she is the daughter of the Siren Queen.

231978372. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton: Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.

But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision.

With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.

366932733. Solis by Kat Ross: Nazafareen’s path takes a twist, setting her on a journey into the heart of the maelstrom…

It’s been a thousand years since the Avas Vatras tried to burn the world to ashes. A thousand years since they were imprisoned in the brutal wasteland called the Kiln. But revenge is a dish best served cold—even, apparently, by the children of fire.

In Delphi, Nazafareen joins forces with the followers of Dionysius to rescue her friends from the Oracle’s dungeons and seek out the three talismans whose extraordinary powers stopped the Vatras before. With her own breaking magic growing stronger by the day, she must walk a razor’s edge to control her volatile temper. And if the Vatras find the talismans first, their last hope will die.

In the frozen wastes of the Valkirin range, Victor strikes an uneasy bargain with bitter enemies to keep his tenuous grip on the Maiden Keep. The other holdfasts are coming for him. But it’s a traitor within Val Moraine’s walls that may prove to be his downfall.

345069123. The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang: Paris, at the dawn of the modern age: Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances―one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend?


What are some of your must have books in February? Have you been lucky enough to read any of these already? What were your thoughts? ❤

Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic this week is: Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2018. I could have easily made this list with twenty or more books but these are the ones I am beyond excited to read next year!

Which books are you looking forward to in 2018?

Beat the Backlist: 2018 Edition!

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Beat the Backlist is a year-long reading challenge hosted by Novel Knight. It is “focused on knocking off titles that have been on your TBR for a while, or even ones that get pushed aside for new releases.” The challenge begins on January 1st and runs until December 31st.

I signed up for this challenge this year but completely failed at it. I totally blame NetGalley *shakes fist* and my long hiatus….but I’ve totally got this in 2018! Time to get to the books I’ve been meaning to read for a while or the ones I should have reviewed this year but ran out of time to.


Proposed TBR:


My Team:

Part of the challenge is to submit the books that read you in order to support your team. The team with the most points has the opportunity to win prizes! My team is…

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Will you be participating in the Beat the Backlist challenge? 

Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

34386617This week I’m looking forward to The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor. I stumbled upon this series while browsing through some diverse book blogs. It has become one of my absolute favourites – the world, the characters, the commentary on social issues such as race, culture, customs, etc. – everything is just so well done. And…the author does it in very few words. Binti and Home, the first two novellas in the series, were both quite short (under 200 pages). It blows me away with home much she can transmit with so few words. If you haven’t read this series seriously get on it! This book is set to be released on January 15th by Tor.

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Binti has returned to her home planet, believing that the violence of the Meduse has been left behind. Unfortunately, although her people are peaceful on the whole, the same cannot be said for the Khoush, who fan the flames of their ancient rivalry with the Meduse.

Far from her village when the conflicts start, Binti hurries home, but anger and resentment has already claimed the lives of many close to her.

Once again it is up to Binti, and her intriguing new friend Mwinyi, to intervene–though the elders of her people do not entirely trust her motives–and try to prevent a war that could wipe out her people, once and for all