Posted in Weekly Updates

Weekly Update: May 18-24, 2020

Happy Sunday, everyone!

I’m finally back on my semi-regular schedule after finals week, and now it’s finally summer! REJOICE!

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Other than that, my week’s been alright. Besides my return to blogging, I’ve been doing a lot of drawing, I got to re-read a good book that I haven’t picked up in a few years, I listened to a lot of good music, and I also watched Pan’s Labyrinth. [gross sobbing] The weather’s been warming up, and even though we’re still inside, it’s shaping up to be a good summer, I think. Plus, not one, but TWO of my library holds came in yesterday, so I think next week should be a productive reading week as well! (And, I got two people to read Aurora Rising, so that’s always a success.)

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WHAT I READ THIS WEEK:

Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas, #1)–Zoraida Córdova (⭐️⭐️)

Amazon.com: Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas) (0760789253713 ...

I Capture the Castle–Dodie Smith (re-read) (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

Amazon.com: I Capture the Castle: Young Adult Edition: Young Adult ...

The Memory Book–Lara Avery (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

Amazon.com: The Memory Book (9780316283748): Avery, Lara: Books

Born of Illusion (Born of Illusion, #1)–Teri Brown (⭐️⭐️.5)

Amazon.com: Born of Illusion (9780062187550): Teri Brown: Books

POSTS AND SUCH:

SONGS:

CURRENTLY READING/TO READ NEXT WEEK:

A Gentleman in Moscow–Amor Towles

A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel: Towles, Amor: 9780670026197 ...

Furyborn–Claire Legrand

Amazon.com: Furyborn (The Empirium Trilogy) (9781432855789 ...

Today’s song:

Thanks to my dad for sending me this glorious video…

That’s it for this week three days or so of blogging! Have a wonderful rest of your day, and take care of yourselves!

Posted in Books

A Feel-Good Read or Two for Quarantine

Happy Wednesday, bibliophiles!

I’m fully aware that I’m fairly late on this bandwagon of sorts, but I figured that we could all use a few book recommendations for when we’re feeling low and lonely. I haven’t been able to find any good fluff lately, and even though I’m personally feeling okay with the quarantine situation, I still want a nice, fluffy, low-drama book to raise my spirits. And I figured that you would all need something similar. So, I’ve compiled a few feel-good book recs for your casual viewing and reading. 🙂

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Get it? Feel Good? Feel Good Inc.? (Why am I like this…)

 

I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith

Amazon.com: I Capture the Castle: Young Adult Edition ...

I have particularly fond memories of this one; my mom got it for me one day when I was sick and confined to the couch for most of the day. Since we’re all holed up at home (at least, I hope you are…please stay home…), we could all benefit from channeling our inner Cassandra Mortmain.

 

Pumpkinheads, Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks 

Amazon.com: Pumpkinheads (9781626721623): Rowell, Rainbow, Hicks ...

I know. Seasonally, this choice is way out of whack. But emotionally, I can’t think of a better novel–or graphic novel, I should say–to lift you out of any kind of sour, sad, or lonely mood. So cute 💗

Read my full review here! 

 

Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet, Jennifer L. Armentrout et. al. (anthology)

Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Though not all of the stories here are the greatest, there’s enough adorable fluff and sweet love stories to make up for the ones that don’t shine as bright. My personal favorite, from what I can remember, was Emery Lord’s Oomph. (And not just because of the Marvel references.)

 

The Prince and the Dressmaker, Jen Wang 

Amazon.com: The Prince and the Dressmaker (9781626723634): Wang ...

Come for the adorable art style, stay for the equally adorable story and the LGBTQ+ representation. 🏳️‍🌈💗

 

What If It’s Us, Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera 

Amazon.com: What If It's Us (9780062795250): Albertalli, Becky ...

If the premise of a sweet, mlm romance with lots of pop culture references doesn’t convince you, then I give you the GLORIOUS first line of this novel…

“I am not a New Yorker, and I want to go home.” 

If that isn’t a massive mood, that I don’t know what is.

 

Today’s song:

Sorry for putting two David Byrne & St. Vincent songs in a row, but I’m kind of obsessed with Love This Giant right now…

 

Do you have any favorite feel-good reads? Let me know down in the comments!

 

 

That’s it for this post! Have a wonderful rest of your day, and take care of yourselves!

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Posted in Book Tags, Books

Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt Book Tag

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Happy Wednesday, bibliophiles!

I found this tag over at The Comfy Reader, and I thought it would be super fun to give it a go! I’m not sure who created it, so please let me know, if you can. 👍

FIND AN AUTHOR NAME OR TITLE WITH A ‘Z’ IN IT 

Amazon.com: Kat and Meg Conquer the World (9780062560803): Anna ...

Kat and Meg Conquer the World–Anna Priemaza 

Hey, Anna Priemaza!

FIND A CLASSIC

The Illustrated Man: Amazon.ca: Bradbury, Ray: Books

The Illustrated Man–Ray Bradbury

FIND A BOOK WITH A KEY ON IT

Spirit's Key by Edith Cohn

Spirit’s Key–Edith Cohn

BOOM. Key necklace!

FIND SOMETHING ON YOUR BOOKSHELF THAT’S NOT A BOOK

Lots of things…I have host of random trinkets, action figures, mementos, and Pop! Figures, as well as my Universal Studios Harry Potter Wand, on my bookshelves. 🙂

FIND THE OLDEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELF

Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

Cannery Row–John Steinbeck 

I think this one takes the prize…published in 1945!

FIND A BOOK WITH A WOMAN ON IT

Amazon.com: Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle) (9781524720964 ...

Aurora Rising–Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

AURI! SPACE ROGUE!

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FIND A BOOK THAT HAS AN ANIMAL ON IT

Serafina and the Twisted Staff (Serafina (2)): Robert Beatty ...

Serafina and the Twisted Staff–Robert Beatty

There’s quite a few books that might fit the bill here–I was big into animal stories for a while–but this was the first book that came to mind.

FIND A BOOK WITH A MALE PROTAGONIST

Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet): Card, Orson Scott: 8601401251873 ...

Ender’s Game–Orson Scott Card

My school library was giving out free copies of books that were in low circulation last year, so I snagged a copy of this one.

FIND A BOOK WITH ONLY WORDS ON THE COVER

Amazon.com: LIFEL1K3 (Lifelike) (9781524713928): Kristoff, Jay: Books

LIFEL1K3–Jay Kristoff

FIND A BOOK WITH ILLUSTRATIONS IN IT

The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi

The Search for WondLa–Tony DiTerlizzi

Not only is Tony DiTerlizzi a writing god, he’s an art god, too…

Millenia's review of The Search for WondLa
Case in point…

FIND A BOOK WITH GOLD LETTERING

Amazon.com: The Smoke Thieves (9780425290217): Green, Sally: Books

The Smoke Thieves–Sally Green

FIND A DIARY, TRUE OR FICTIONAL

Ooo…I don’t think I have any diaries…gonna have to skip this one…

FIND A BOOK WRITTEN BY AN AUTHOR WITH A COMMON SURNAME 

Amazon.com: I Capture the Castle: Young Adult Edition ...

I Capture the Castle–Dodie Smith

This one will always hold a special place in my heart. My mom got it for me when I had a sick day a few years back 💗

FIND A FAVORITE CHILDHOOD BOOK

Warriors Super Edition: Yellowfang's Secret: Erin Hunter, James L ...

Yellowfang’s Secret–Erin Hunter

I’ve since made room for more books on my shelf and taken this one off (the sheer amount of Warriors books…), but this was one of my favorite of the Warriors books.

FIND A BOOK BASED IN THE EARLIEST TIME PERIOD 

Their Eyes Were Watching God: Zora Neale Hurston: 9780061470370 ...

Their Eyes Were Watching God–Zora Neale Hurston

…whoops, I think this one was published earlier than Cannery Row…just ignore that…you saw nothing…

FIND A HARDCOVER WITHOUT A JACKET

Gonna have to skip this one, too…I don’t take the jackets off of hardcovers!

FIND A TEAL/TURQUOISE COLORED BOOK

Amazon.com: Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad) (9780399556791): Reintgen ...

Nyxia–Scott Reintgen

FIND A BOOK WITH STARS ON IT

The Final Six | Alexandra Monir

The Final Six–Alexandra Monir

So many stars…

FIND A NON-YA BOOK

Alistair Grim's Odditorium (Alistair Grim (1)): Gregory Funaro ...

Alistair Grim’s Odditorium–Gregory Funaro 

I feel like I have a fair balance of MG and YA books on my shelf at this point. There’s a lot leftover from middle school, and some books from even before that time.

FIND A BOOK WITH A BEAUTIFUL COVER 

Amazon.com: Soul of Stars (9780062847331): Poston, Ashley: Books

Soul of Stars–Ashley Poston

Am I wrong?

I tag anyone who’d like to participate! 

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Today’s song:

CLASSIC. CLAAAAAAASSIC. And their new album comes out in…almost a week? AAH!

That’s it for this book tag! Have a wonderful rest of your day, and take care of yourselves!

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Posted in Books, Goodreads Monday

Goodreads Monday (10/21/19)–The Devil’s Revolver

Hi again, fellow bibliophiles! 😀

 

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme created by Lauren’s Page Turners. All you have to do to participate is pick a book from your Goodreads TBR, and explain why you want to read it.

 

Without further ado, let’s begin?

 

GOODREADS MONDAY (10/21/19)–THE DEVIL’S REVOLVER by V.S. Grath 

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Blurb from Goodreads:

She is Hettie Alabama — unlikely, scarred, single-minded, and blood bound to a revolver forged by a demon.

The first book in an epic, magic-clad series featuring the Wild West reimagined as a crosscultural stereoscope of interdimensional magic and hardship, The Devil’s Revolver opens with a shooting competition and takes off across the landscape after a brutal double murder and kidnapping — to which revenge is the only answer. Hettie Alabama, only seventeen years old, leads her crew of underdogs with her father’s cursed revolver, magicked to take a year off her life each time she fires it. It’s no way for a ranch girl to grow up, but grow up she does, her scars and determination to rescue her vulnerable younger sister deepening with every year of life she loses.

A sweeping and high-stakes saga that gilds familiar Western adventure with powerful magic and panoramic fantasy, The Devil’s Revolver is the last word and the blackest hat in the Weird West.

 

So why do I want to read this? 

I forget exactly what book it was that I read that made Goodreads recommend this one. I’m usually not one for historical fiction (I Capture the Castle and Like a Love Story are some of the rare exceptions), but the twist of magic hooked me in. I’m really interested to see how McGrath executes the concept of this cursed revolver; if done right, I’ll be head-over-heels in love with this concept. And if you’ve gotten to know my taste in books, you know I’m all for a scrappy crew of misfits and underdogs.

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It looks like The Devil’s Revolver is only available on Kindle and in paperback (more of an indie publisher, I think), so hopefully I can get it on my Kindle one of these days. If all goes as planned, this one looks like it’ll be a wild ride.

 

Thank you so much for reading this post! Have a great rest of your day, and take care of yourselves!