Author: The Comfy Reader

Netgalley Update – June 2020

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Hey friends! How is everyone’s Netgalley tbr going? Mine is…… well, lets just say it could be better 😂 So, heres the thing… I like to think I can get through books somewhat quickly BUT that is obviously a lie I tell myself to feel better about all the unread and newly requested books on my Netgalley!!! Its a problem and you know what? I am not going to change because I cant help that I love books!

Last month I showed a list of all the books I have on my Netgalley tbr and ones that I was still waiting to get an answer from. So, since its been a whole month I figured lets do a little update here and show you all that I made almost NO progress LOL.

Lets start first with the books I recently added to my tbr!

Newly Accepted ARCS:

  • The Code for Love and Heartbreak by Jillian Cantor
  • The Village Shop for Lonely Hearts by Alison Sherlock
  • Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston

SO if you have been following me for a bit you would know that in the last 2 Netgalley updates I’ve done Bookish and the Beast has been pending for LIKE EVER. Well, as you now see…. IT WAS ACCEPTED! Yes, I am so excited for that!!

I am happy to have those 3 added to my list. They all seem fantastic and I’m very excited for them 😊

Now I’m going to list the ARCS that have been on my list for a while that I just haven’t read yet!

Waiting to be read ARCS:

  • Love Sold Separately by Ellen Mesiter
  • The Cabin on Souder Hill by Lonnie Busch
  • After All I’ve Done by Mina Hardy
  • Mortmain Hall by Martin Edwards
  • Grace Secrets by Alice James
  • All Stirred Up by Brianne Moore
  • Throwaway Girls by Andrea Contos

So really not a ton has changed since last time… still lots of my reading list. I need more hours in the day you guys! I also know that this list is TINY to some of you who have like 60 books on your Netgalley… which let me say is insane and you need to get on that ASAP.

Finally, lets talk about the ones that I have read!!

ARCS I Read:

  • Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth
  • The Little Bookshop of Love Stories by Jaimie Admans
  • The Last to Know by Jo Furniss

So I only read 3 ARCS since last month…. I guess that isn’t bad! But I need to get on the others since they are adding up!!


Well that is it for today’s blog post!!

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Let me know if you’ve read any of these ones and what you think!! What should I read first on my list of ARCS I need to read??

Summer Vibes Book Tag [An Original Tag]

Hey bookish peeps! I love doing book tags so much that I decided to make one myself. It is summer time and that is one of my most favorite times of the year so I figured what better to make the book tag about?? Summer is just a fab time full of adventures, sunshine, ice cream, and vacations (usually, not this year though). I hope you all enjoy summer as much as I do!!

Summer and reading goes together so well! When I was younger I used to participate in my local libraries summer reading challenge. I remember having to keep track of all the books I read on this sheet and then at the end of the summer submit it to the library. The best part was that depending on how many books you read, you received a cute little reading medal! I always thought that was such a fun time and was probably a big contributing factor to my love of reading as an adult!

So without further ado…. here is my Summer Vibes Book Tag ☀


Rules:

  • Mention the creator and link back to the original post! (Deanna @ The Comfy Reader)
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you
  • Answer all the prompts below however you see fit
  • Tag some friends!
  • Feel free to use the graphics
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The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren just give me instant summer feels. First off – look at that cover! If that doesn’t scream summer and tropical getaway, I’m not sure what does!

More than just the cover – this book is set in Hawaii which is the pinnacle of tropical vacations. So yeah, this is the perfect summer, tropical book in my opinion!

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The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow comes to mind right away for me. This story has a focus on both books and music but the music aspect stands out more! It is about an alien who comes across “human music” and loves it. He then steals all the music and keeps it for himself. He then meets a real live human girl and they find a common interest, music.

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Verity by Colleen Hoover!!! If you have not read this book yet, what are you waiting for?? This book is FULL of super juicy secrets. Even juicer than the juiciest watermelon. Can I possibly say juicy anymore? Seriously, if you’ve read this book you know what I mean! Fantastic thriller with so many twists and turns and DEEP DARK secrets!

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

I don’t really know why this book of all books comes to mind when I think of a book set near water… but it does. It is set on an island which is obviously near the ocean! There are 2 separate parts in the book where the characters find themselves on boats as well. Its been so long since I’ve read this book but I remember the shipwreck and the fight at the end on the boat so clearly!

Middle Grade! I LOVE middle grade books and I feel like its still kind of a taboo thing for adults to enjoy. I’m seeing more and more people saying they like middle grade books which is fantastic but its still a guilty pleasure for me!

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So I want to use the most cliche book EVER which is obviously The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants but you guys it feel wrong to use SUCH an overused book LOL. So Instead I am going to use In Five Years by Rebecca Serle. This is not the most obvious choice but the underlying lesson in the book is to love your friends and make time for them. The ending is sad but it sure makes you realize how important an amazing friend is!

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The Maze Runner series by James Dashner! This quite literally is just one large trip the characters go on to solve their trouble. Each book is set in a different place on their journey and there is so much adventure. I’m sure most of you have read these books (or at least seen the movies) so you know what I’m saying!

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The Dark Continent by Scott Reardon. I feel like I use this book for most prompts about a book that was no good or boring or whatever! I just didn’t like this book very much and felt let down. It was also kinda long and I pushed through it making me feel like I wasted a lot of my time. So yeah, it is a regret!

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The Little Bookshop of Love Stories by Jaimie Admans! SUCH A CUTE BOOK YOU GUYS! I loved this story of a super adorable woman who has the worst of luck who WINS a bookshop. The story then follows her running her very own bookshop and the romantic relationship that ensues! It is cute and sweet and a light happy read! Perfect for any book lover and fab for the summer time! Would make a good beach read.

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The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

Kiersten (our MC’s arc enemy during the whole story) IS THE MOST FRUSTRATING CHARACTER. I just did not like her the entire story. She was constantly starting problems and was the most impossible person. Every time you think things are getting better for the Grace Year girls, Kiersten just wrecks everything. Anyone feel the same way about her??


Tags:

Becky | Kristin | Emer | Nikita | Meghan | Ashlee


I tagged a few people but anyone feel free to join it on this summer tag!

ARC Review: The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles


Based on the true World War II story of the American Library in Paris, an unforgettable novel about the power of books and the bonds of friendship—and the ordinary heroes who can be found in the most perilous times and the quietest places. – Simon & Schuster

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Title: The Paris Library

Author: Janet Skeslien Charles

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Genre: Historical fiction

Format: eARC from Netgalley

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Pub date: February 2, 2021


SYNOPSIS:

Paris, 1939. Odile Souchet is obsessed with books and the Dewey Decimal System, which makes order out of chaos. She soon has it all – a handsome police officer beau, an English best friend, a beloved twin, and a job at the American Library in Paris, a thriving community of students, writers, diplomats, and book lovers. Yet when war is declared, there’s also a war on words.

Montana, 1983. Widowed and alone, Odile suffers the solitary confinement of small-town life. Though most adults are cowed by her, the neighbor girl will not let her be. Lily, a lonely teenager yearning to break free of Froid is obsessed by the older French woman who lives next door and wants to know her secrets.

As the two become friends, Odile sees herself in Lily – the same love of language, the same longings, the same lethal jealousy. The Paris Library’s dual narratives explore the relationships that make us who we are – family and friends, first loves and favorite authors – in the fairy tale setting of the City of Light. It also explores the geography of resentment, the consequences of unspeakable betrayal, and what happens when the people we count on for understanding and protection fail us.


MY REVIEW:

The Paris Library was an outstanding book. I fell in love with every piece of it! I loved the characters, the setting, the drama, and all the love.

First off, the book is interesting because it not only shifts between characters but it also shifts between time. Some chapters are in WWII Paris and some are in 1980’s Montana. I loved it! The story was serious and kind of sad at times but there was sprinkled in humor too!

Odile is the main character. She is a strong young woman who works in the American Library in Paris. I enjoyed her absolute love for books and the library. Lily, is a young girl living in Montana next door to Odile as an old woman. Lily experiences loss and Odile ends up being the person that helps her through it. I really enjoyed the characters and how different but similar they were. I liked how the author flipped back and forth and intertwined the stories so it all fit together like a beautiful masterpiece.

When I put the book down I couldn’t help but reflect on my own life. It opened my eyes to things I’ve done and things I’ve overlooked because of the hustle and bustle of everyday life. I feel that if a story makes you reflect so deeply it must be an amazing book written by an outstanding author. That is what this book was. It was amazing, heartfelt, full of despair and hope, eye opening, and thoughtful. I loved this book with all my heart as I knew I would when I read the synopsis originally. Odile and her friends are the type of people I wish I knew and aspire to be. This story reminded me that not everyone is as they seem and that people change and grow throughout their lives.

The setting of the American Library is the best. It felt like home and it was a home to the characters in the book. I loved that part. Every time the library is mentioned or Odile was working there it just felt so whimsical and full of wonder. It’s a place I would love to see. Something from a dream.

I have always been interested in history which is a reason I was excited for this book! I found the writing to be so good that when the first bombs were dropped and I was reading about the peoples fear and uncertainty, I too felt that way. My heart rate increased, I was holding onto every word, I could not stop reading. This story opened my eyes to the struggles of war. How people had to do things they didn’t want to or thought were wrong just so they could survive. How people turned on each other. How there was so much hidden racism and discrimination! Odile is such a hero throughout the book. Living during that time is unfathomable. Unreal.

Finally, this story is full of love and loss. Odile suffered much loss throughout her life and Lily is lucky to have such a role model. Lily suffered loss as well and in the end it was very heartwarming that they were able to help each other and have such a great relationship! I sure enjoyed the romance and true love expressed in this book. It filled my heart many times. This story is worth the read. It is really something special that I thoroughly enjoyed!

** Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest review!


Do you like historical fiction? Chat with me in the comments!

8 Mystery Books I Want To Read

I am a huge mood and seasonal reader! Anyone else out there like me?

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I love to match the types of books I read to the type of weather that is outside haha I don’t know if this is common or if I am just crazy…. but for me, the weather influences a lot! I tend to read happy, romantic, light books during the summer. I love to read thrillers and mysteries in the fall. During the spring I read more intense fantasy and sci-fi books. Winter I like to read holiday themed stories and cute romantic books. Obviously, I am up to read anything but those are what I seem to go to during those times!!

So, I am already thinking ahead to September and into fall because time is FLYING BY ME and I figured I should maybe think about what Ill be looking forward to reading! I already have a long list of books for the summer and I’m trying to catch up with my Netgalley books so for the most part my summer is planned!

I thought if anyone else is like me and goes for more mysterious, spooky, and thrilling stories in the fall, you may like this list and maybe even add some to your fall reading list this year 😊


First on my list is Mydworth Mysteries by Neil Richards and Matthew Costello. So this is a series of mystery books and they just look fabulous! These mysteries push together 2 of my favourite genres (historical fiction and mystery) so really this is a must read for me! The first book is called ‘A Shot in the Dark’ and takes place in 1929 England… NOTHING BETTER THAN THAT TIME!

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Synopsis: Sussex, England, 1929. Mydworth is a sleepy English market town just 50 miles from London. But things are about to liven up there, when young and handsome Sir Harry Mortimer returns home from his diplomatic posting in Cairo, with his beautiful and unconventional American wife, Kat. No sooner have the two arrived, when a jewel robbery occurs at Harry’s aunt’s home – Mydworth Manor. The police are baffled and overwhelmed with the case. But Harry and Kat have an edge in the hunt for the dangerous culprit: not only do they have certain useful “skills” they’ve both picked up in service of King, President and Country, they also have access to parts of English society that your average bobby can’t reach …


Good Girls Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson!!! I’m a little late to the game with this one but it has been on my TBR for so long! Since. It. Was. Released. What is wrong with me you might ask? I wish I knew. I need this book in my life you guys. So many people have loved it and the reviews are great!

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Synopsis: The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it.

But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the murder, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final year project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth?


Felicity Carrol Mysteries by Patricia Marcantonio – so there are currently 2 books and I’m hoping there will be more because they seem fantastic! Not only are the covers very pretty and intriguing, but the stories are again twisted with historical fiction!! Te first book is called ‘Felicity Carrol and the Perilous Pursuit’ which just sounds so fun!

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Synopsis: Felicity Carrol is interested in everything—except being a proper young matron of Victorian society. Brilliant and resourceful, Felicity took refuge in science and education after her mother died and her father abandoned her to servants. Now, all he wants is for her to marry into a family of status and money.

Felicity has other ambitions—but her plans shudder to a halt when her mentor is murdered at the British Museum and his priceless manuscript of King Arthur lore is stolen. Tapping into her photographic memory and the latest in the burgeoning field of forensic detection, Felicity launches an investigation. Handsome Scotland Yard Inspector Jackson Davies is also on the case, and finds Felicity as meddlesome as she is intelligent. But when more nobles are murdered and their King Arthur relics stolen, Felicity must journey on her own into the dark underworld of antiquity theft, where she uncovers a motive far more nefarious than simple profit. As the killer sets his sights on a new victim—a charismatic duke who has captured Felicity’s imagination—the stakes rise to impossible heights.


Countess of Harleigh Mystery series by Dianne Freeman. Okay so maybe it’s clear there is a theme to the types of mysteries I feel like reading right now lol. This is ANOTHER mystery with historical fiction. I am so drawn to these!!

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Synopsis: Frances Wynn, the American-born Countess of Harleigh, enjoys more freedom as a widow than she did as a wife. After an obligatory year spent mourning her philandering husband, Reggie, she puts aside her drab black gowns, leaving the countryside and her money-grubbing in-laws behind. With her young daughter in tow, Frances rents a home in Belgravia and prepares to welcome her sister, Lily, arriving from New York—for her first London season.

No sooner has Frances begun her new life than the ghosts of her old one make an unwelcome appearance. The Metropolitan police receive an anonymous letter implicating Frances in her husband’s death. Frances assures Inspector Delaney of her innocence, but she’s also keen to keep him from learning the scandalous circumstances of Reggie’s demise. As fate would have it, her dashing new neighbor, George Hazelton, is one of only two other people aware of the full story.

While busy with social engagements on Lily’s behalf, and worrying if Reggie really was murdered, Frances learns of mysterious burglaries plaguing London’s elite. The investigation brings death to her doorstep, and Frances rallies her wits, a circle of gossips, and the ever-chivalrous Mr. Hazelton to uncover the truth. A killer is in their midst, perhaps even among her sister’s suitors. And Frances must unmask the villain before Lily’s season—and their lives—come to a most unseemly end . . . 


One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus. Sooooooooo, again, I’m really late to this one and need to read this one AND the second one! So much reading to do!! When I heard this is like Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars I was like YUP say no more I need that!

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Synopsis: Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
AndSimon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.


The June Boys by Courtney C. Stevens! I just came across this one when I was watching a booktuber (cannot remember who because all I do now is watch all these booktubers lol). I love me a good mystery where everyone ends up being involved!! So juicy!

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Synopsis: The Gemini Thief could be anyone. Your father, your mother, your best friend’s crazy uncle. Some country music star’s deranged sister. Anyone.

The Gemini Thief is a serial kidnapper, who takes three boys and holds them captive from June 1st to June 30th of the following year. The June Boys endure thirteen months of being stolen, hidden, observed, and fed before they are released, unharmed, by their masked captor. The Thief is a pro, having eluded authorities for nearly a decade and taken at least twelve boys.

Now Thea Delacroix has reason to believe the Gemini Thief took a thirteenth victim: her cousin, Aulus McClaghen.

But the game changes when one of the kidnapped boys turns up dead. Together with her boyfriend Nick and her best friends, Thea is determined to find the Gemini Thief and the remaining boys before it’s too late. Only she’s beginning to wonder something sinister, something repulsive, something unbelievable, and yet, not impossible:

What if her father is the Gemini Thief?


This is a Bookstagram made me do it pick!! The Guest List by Lucy Foley is HIGH on my list of mysteries I need in my life. I have seen this book everywhere and it wasn’t really on my list at first but then I just decided I needed to jump on the bandwagon and now here we are!

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Synopsis: The bride ‧ The plus one ‧ The best man ‧ The wedding planner ‧ The bridesmaid ‧ The body

On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed.

But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. The groomsmen begin the drinking game from their school days. The bridesmaid not-so-accidentally ruins her dress. The bride’s oldest (male) friend gives an uncomfortably caring toast.

And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?


Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson. TALK ABOUT A GOOD MYSTERY! This has everything you need. I love a good amateur sleuth type mystery and I love when the main character is a suspect of the mystery! Always SO interesting!

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Synopsis: Years ago, bookseller and mystery aficionado Malcolm Kershaw compiled a list of the genre’s most unsolvable murders, those that are almost impossible to crack—which he titled “Eight Perfect Murders”—chosen from among the best of the best including Agatha Christie’s A. B. C. Murders, Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train, Ira Levin’s Death Trap, A. A. Milne’s Red House Mystery, Anthony Berkeley Cox’s Malice Aforethought, James M. Cain’s Double Indemnity, John D. Macdonald’s The Drowner, and Donna Tartt’s A Secret History.

But no one is more surprised than Mal, now the owner of the Old Devils Bookshop in Boston, when an FBI agent comes knocking on his door one snowy day in February. She’s looking for information about a series of unsolved murders that look eerily similar to the killings on Mal’s old list. And the FBI agent isn’t the only one interested in this bookseller who spends almost every night at home reading. The killer is out there, watching his every move—a diabolical threat who knows way too much about Mal’s personal history, especially the secrets he’s never told anyone, even his recently deceased wife.

To protect himself, Mal begins looking into possible suspects—and sees a killer in everyone around him. But Mal doesn’t count on the investigation leaving a trail of death in its wake. Suddenly, a series of shocking twists leaves more victims dead—and the noose around Mal’s neck grows so tight he might never escape.


What are some other mysteries I should check out?? Are there any on this list you want to read too? Chat with me in the comments!

ARC Review: Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth


Five twenty-something heroes famous for saving the world when they were teenagers must face even greater demons–and reconsider what it means to be a hero . . . by destiny or by choice. – Goodreads

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Title: Chosen Ones

Author: Veronica Roth

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Genre: Fantasy

Format: eARC from Netgalley

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5


SYNOPSIS:

A decade ago near Chicago, five teenagers defeated the otherworldly enemy known as the Dark One, whose reign of terror brought widespread destruction and death. The seemingly un-extraordinary teens—Sloane, Matt, Ines, Albie, and Esther—had been brought together by a clandestine government agency because one of them was fated to be the “Chosen One,” prophesized to save the world. With the goal achieved, humankind celebrated the victors and began to mourn their lost loved ones.

Ten years later, though the champions remain celebrities, the world has moved forward and a whole, younger generation doesn’t seem to recall the days of endless fear. But Sloane remembers. It’s impossible for her to forget when the paparazzi haunt her every step just as the Dark One still haunts her dreams. Unlike everyone else, she hasn’t moved on; she’s adrift—no direction, no goals, no purpose. On the eve of the Ten Year Celebration of Peace, a new trauma hits the Chosen: the death of one of their own. And when they gather for the funeral at the enshrined site of their triumph, they discover to their horror that the Dark One’s reign never really ended.


MY REVIEW:

Chosen Ones gave me all sorts of feelings from good to bad to mixed and confused. I will start by saying that I enjoyed this book but I also feel a little let down 🤷🏼‍♀️ here is why:

The first like 200 pages is slow. It was SAD as all heck you guys. It drags. I was bored and honestly didn’t want to read it. Just a warning as well – some of the topics discussed during the first half of the book are tough. There is trauma, PTSD, flashbacks, drug use, addiction, death… some dark things! Which is a big reason to why I said the first half is sad. I felt there was nothing positive happening and just bad after bad thing was happening.

BUT after 200 pages this book is fantastic! Its fast paced, full of mystery and adventure, has magic and zombies and alternate dimensions!!

I really liked the characters! Sloane is a fabulous character full of flaws which make her so special and relatable. I especially enjoy Mox! He was tall, dark, and mysterious! I’d say as soon as he came in I was like ‘oooooo here we go this the story I want to know’ haha.

I was torn between giving this book a 3 or 4 star rating. I felt 3 star was fitting because how slow it was and how it took me a bit to get into it. However, once it got going I actually loved the story and felt that it was well written and enjoyable…. so giving it 3 overall felt wrong. So, I gave it 4 stars because of how it picked up. That being said, if you don’t like a slow start to a book then maybe this isn’t for you! You might not agree with my 4 star rating.

However, if you like a interesting fantasy with magic, war, the undead, plot twists, and a touch of cute romance then I think you will enjoy this!


What do you think of this one? Have you read it?

Do you like books by Veronica Roth?

Matching Books To My Favourite Songs | #1

Hey there my bookish loving friends! How is everyone doing lately? I have been enjoying getting back outside and seeing some friends. It has added some normalcy to this crazy world.

I have been finding that my creativity has been pretty high lately and I’ve had so many ideas for blog posts and IG posts and pictures. However, for some reason my motivation is low. I don’t know why!! Anyways, I’m sure it will blow over and Ill be able to follow through with some of my ideas and see how they are!

I tend to list a couple of my favourite songs of the month during my monthly wrap up but for me – I find that I will have a favourite song for much longer than a month. Sometimes I always love a song and always think of it when I list my favourite songs but that is NO FUN when I want to give updates to my life and the answers are always the same!!! Does anyone else feel this way? I know some people get so sick of songs after a couple weeks and I do too sometimes, but not all the time! So I saw this kind of post a long time ago. Someone matched books to one of Taylor Swifts albums which I thought was super entertaining. So finally I decided to give it a go myself and let me tell you… this was harder than I thought!!

Now on to the post – I picked 5 of my favourites songs right now and matched them to a book I’ve read!

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Rain On Me by Lady Gaga (with Ariana Grande) // The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Living in a world where no one’s innocent
Oh, but at least we try

I’d rather be dry, but at least I’m alive
Rain on me, rain, rain

So, when I first heard this song I didnt like it lol I thought it was weird and I just wasnt into it. Flash forward to hearing it a few more time and I decided it is a JAM.

The reason I paired it with The Hunger Games is because its gives me fashion show vibes lol I don’t know why… something about the beat and the parts with the deep voice… I don’t know you guys its just what I think of. This then made me think of the people in the Capitol and how extra they are, especially when it comes to beauty and fashion!

The lyric that I added her made me think of the actual games and how the person who wins the games would be thinking things could be way better but at least they are alive!


Blinding Lights by The Weekend // Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

I’m running out of time
‘Cause I can see the sun light up the sky
So I hit the road in overdrive, baby

Okay so I may be WAY OFF here but this song just reminds me of Twilight. It makes me think of songs that played in the movies lol so my mind just jumped there right away. (I also think of Stranger Things when I hear this song too… anyone else?).

For some reason I just think of Edward Cullen and the wolf pack when I see the lyrics I posted above. Something about running out of time… they always seemed to be racing against the clock to solve some sort of issue. Also – vampires and the sun… I know Edward and the Cullen’s could be in the sun without dying but the lyric the sun lights up the sky so I hit the road in overdrive makes me think vampires moving quickly during the day to avoid the sun!


Lose Somebody by Kygo & OneRepublic // The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel

Sometimes you gotta lose somebody
Just to find out you really love someone

So for this pairing I went with the idea of lost love. The Book of Lost Names came to my mind right away!! The relationship between the main character and her love interest fits this perfectly and just the fact that she knew she liked him but wouldn’t admit it and then OF COURSE waits too long to act on it. I wont say much more because this is a new book and I don’t want to spoil anything but lets just say it fits with this song!!


Look At Her Now by Selena Gomez // Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

Of course she was sad
But now she’s glad she dodged a bullet (mm)
Took a few years to soak up the tears
But look at her now, watch her go

Okay so anyone who has read this book knows that Hazel is the most crazy, wacky, hilarious character with a wild history!! I thought this fit SO PERFECT because the song basically is saying a past relationship didn’t work out but it was for the best and know see how good things are!! This is totally Hazel! Her past love interest left her in pieces BUT he was shitty and she made it out better without him!

This could also be seen from Josh’s eyes when he thinks about Hazel from the past but I mean…. we all know how that turned out hahah!


The Man by Taylor Swift // The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

I’m so sick of running as fast as I can
Wondering if I’d get there quicker if I was a man

So maybe this is a stretch but I don’t think so! The Grace Year follows this story of girls being sent away for a year to “rid their magic” which essentially means the men think as soon as the girls get their periods they work some sort of magic on the men and make the men do bad things…. TYPICAL MEN AM I RIGHT? So I thought of this book because the girls are punished for being female… for having biological body parts that do different things than male body parts. They are punished because MEN cannot control themselves (is this sounding like real life because it is to me!!).

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So the lyric “wondering if I’d get there quicker if I was a man” kind of spoke to me and I thought that in the terms of The Grace Year it would be more like ‘wondering if I would be treated better if I was a man’ lol I don’t know!! Maybe I’m pulling at strings but I do think this pairs well!


What do you guys think? Do you have a better book pairing for any of these songs?? Chat with me in the comments!

If you liked… You might like… [Truly Devious edition]

Hey everyone, welcome back to my blog! I have been seeing a lot of book rec posts on here and also booktube. I always love seeing what people recommend based on other books. It opens up my eyes to SO many other fantastic reads and also makes me think about how books are linked or why someone may like a book based on another book if they don’t seem to have a lot in common. I just love how people think and how people link things in their brains. It is is always such a great way to pass time and get a lot of new books to add to my TBR that is never ever going to end!

I decided to start this series (I guess I will call it a series because I plan on doing these a few times a month… but any-who…). I decided to start with Truly Devious because I really enjoyed that book and I’ve seen it pop up around the internet. I have to say I’ve only read the first book of the series but I do have the second one (Vanishing Stair) on my bookshelf. I have yet to purchase the last book in the series but I will be doing that as soon as I start the second book.

A little bit of a tangent but I used to always get the WHOLE series right from the start. Like if I knew I was interested in a book that was part of a series I would just grab them all. I did this for the Gone series. Its like 6 or 7 books lol I bought them all. Luckily I enjoyed the books or else I wold have had a lot of unread books on my shelf. I tend to only buy the first book of the series now. But I find that I normally finish a series regardless of how much I really enjoy the first book…. I just need the closure 😂

So anyways, back to the post you came here for…. I am going to recommend 5 books you might like, if you liked Truly Devious!

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Truly Devious – some themes/ vibes I got from the book that I will be using as links to the other book recs:

  • Murder mystery
  • Dual time periods
  • Set at a boarding school
  • Sherlock style mystery
  • MC is a true crime expert
  • Kids end up solving a mystery for the adults

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

I will start this one off by saying I may be a little bias because I LOVE THIS BOOK AND SERIES. It is fantastic and if you have been around my blog/ IG for any time at all you will know I talk about this book any chance I can get… sorry (but I’m not really).

Why you might like this book:

  • It follows two characters who are decedents from Sherlock Holmes and John Watson
  • This is a Sherlock retelling
  • The main characters end up solving a murder mystery that happens at the boarding school they are at (another one of those kids save the day style stories)
  • There is a lot of blackmail, multiple generations involved, and power families with lots of secrets!

Deadly Curious by Cindy Anstey

This book is set in 1834 and follows a female main character who desperately wants to be part of a group called “Bow Street Runners” which is a very elite group of detectives in London! Of course, this is looked down upon because she is a lady and during that time there is no way a lady would be a detective. HOWEVER, she ends up being involved in a mystery and gets to prove herself.

Why you might like this book:

  • It is set in the Victornia Era London which is so famous for detective mysteries
  • The female main character goes againist the statuts-quo
  • This is a murder mystery
  • Possible romance
  • A deep twisted family secret

Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett

If you are like me, you enjoy a good cozy mystery. This story is about a town full of bookstores. All the bookstores are different genres and the main character opens up her own mystery bookstore. There is a suspicious death of another bookstores owner and it seems to be linked back to the main character!

Why you might like this book:

  • Amateur sleuth – the main character has to solve the mystery to clear her name (very similar to Truly Devious)
  • Book about a town full of bookstores (whats not to like about that)
  • Town secrets that make it hard to trust anyone
  • Bookish cozy mystery

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

This is a paranormal story following a main character who comes from a family full of psychics. The main character meets a group of boys that she is supposed to stay away from BUT obviously she doesn’t! She goes on this quest with them to solve some sort of magically mystery and starts to unravel a lot of secrets and also finds out things about herself and her powers in the meantime. There is so much more about this book but I would be here all day to explain it!

Why you might like this book:

  • Mysterious private school boys
  • A quest to solve a mystery + a murder is discovered which is quite a shock
  • A prophecy
  • The main character is stubborn and does what she is not supposed to do
  • Magic, secrets, paranormal

This one is less like Truly Devious but I feel like the mystery solving aspect is still there and with the added magic and prophecies, it takes this on a darker turn.


Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson

This story is super interesting!! This is about a bookseller who writes up a list of the most perfect, unsolvable murders from the books hes read which he titled “Eight Perfect Murders.” He later becomes a suspect of a series of murders that are exactly like the ones from the list. Oh no!

Why you might like this book:

  • The main character is framed and has to do some mystery solving to clear their name
  • FBI involvement
  • Ultimate mystery story as the author ties in iconic mysteries to the book
  • Suspenseful – the killer seems to know so much about the main character that no one can be trusted!

What do you think? Would you read any of these books? Have you read any of them?

I know these lists can be a bit subjective, so let me know if you have any book rec’s that are similar to Truly Devious!

Bookish Baking Book Tag

Hey there everyone! Does anyone else love to bake and have found that they are baking like way more than usual right now?? I LOVE to bake. I especially like making cookies and cupcakes. I also like muffins but cupcakes can be decorated all cute so I really like that part!

I came across this book tag on The Reading Fairy and loved it and figured I would give it a go! I also feel super inspired to create my own book tag so I will be working on that for the next little bit! I will keep you all updated 😊


Rules:

  • Thank whoever tagged you
  • Link back to them and the original creator (Kay @ Hammock of Books)
  • Answer the 12 prompts, and feel free to use these graphics
  • Tag 5+ friends to share the sweetness 

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Josh and Hazels Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

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I thought this book was SO funny and the beginning had me laughing and cringing and feeling so many things so quickly! I was hooked at the beginning of the book and all the way through! Hazel is such a lovable character and her insane personality shines right from the start!

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For some reason whenever I think of a holiday book I always go to Christmas… but to be honest I don’t have any Christmas book rec’s that I have actually read myself. So instead I’m doing to do a Halloween book!

The Lantern’s Ember by Colleen Houck!

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This would be the perfect Halloween read. It is a little spooky, deals with magic, has a crazy unbelievable world, AND the main character is a witch. So yeah, defs a good Halloween read!

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Terraformer by Colleen Houck

2 Colleen Houck books back to back??? What!!

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Astra is the main character in this story and I just loved her. I felt so nervous for her throughout the story because she was in SUCH a compromising situation and also her health was not good so I worried about her in that sense too! The ending is fabulous and I felt so much better about her and her situation!

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The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

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This book LOOKS super summery and just a must read for summer time! Not only is it a lighter, cuter read – it also takes place in Hawaii which to me, seems like the land of summer time!

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I mean other than the obvious answer of a children’s book or something… I would say the Twilight series as a whole. I read this series when I was much younger and it feels honestly like a life time ago! It really takes me back when I think about those books.

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Sooooooo, I’ve only actually read 1 classic (Pride and Prejudice) and I didn’t really like it, However, I am currently reading Treasure Island and that is shaping out to be pretty good. So, Ill go with that, Treasure Island

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I will say this book/ series EVERY TIME! The Charlotte Holmes series is fantastic! Everyone should read it. I loved all the books, it is just so under rated! I don’t see it pop up too much but when I do I GET SO EXCITED! I love sharing this one with the world! Go read it.

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The Little Bookshop of Love Stories by Jaimie Admans

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This is such a cute book! Its a total chick-lit style book that focuses on the main character who wins a bookshop and basically follows her new life and a new love interest! Such a fun, fluffy read!

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The House on the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

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This book was so interesting!! I loved it and the message it has is powerful. Its mostly about advocating for people and sticking up for what is right. Also a little bit of not judging people before knowing them and protecting children! Its a great read with some social work themes! (Also, there’s magic in this book!!)

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The Institute by Stephen King

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I say this book because first off, it was my first King read.. and second, the book is quite big and I was worried it would take me forever to read!

It was fantastic and I was intimidated for no reason! It was not scary like I thought it would be and I flew through it because it was a great story!

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The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass by Adan Jerreat-Poole

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I will start off by saying I did not really enjoy this book because it was so slow BUT it had very diverse characters which was awesome!

There was at least 2 trans characters, a gay character, and a non-binary relationship!

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

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Obviously this is a big book with lots of hype right now! Hunger Games was such a well known, amazing book series so it is not surprising that the newest installment is very popular!!


Thats it everyone!

Do you agree with my answers? If you like this book tag, feel free to join in! I’m not going to tag anyone so consider yourself tagged if you want to do it!

Book Review: The Leveller by Julia Durango

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Title: The Leveller

Author: Julia Durango

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genre: YA, Sci-fi

Format: Physical copy

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Buy it here!


SYNOPSIS:

Nixy Bauer is a self-made Leveller. Her job? Dragging kids out of virtual reality and back to their parents in the real world. It’s normally easy cash, but Nixy’s latest mission is fraught with real danger, intrigue, and romance.

Nixy Bauer is used to her classmates being very, very unhappy to see her. After all, she’s a bounty hunter in a virtual reality gaming world. Kids in the MEEP, as they call it, play entirely with their minds, while their bodies languish in a sleeplike state on the couch. Irritated parents, looking to wrench their kids back to reality, hire Nixy to jump into the game and retrieve them.

But when the game’s billionaire developer loses track of his own son in the MEEP, Nixy is in for the biggest challenge of her bounty-hunting career. Wyn Salvador isn’t some lazy kid looking to escape his homework: Wyn does not want to be found. And he’s left behind a suicide note. Nixy takes the job but quickly discovers that Wyn’s not hiding—he’s being held inside the game against his will. But who is holding him captive, and why?

Nixy and Wyn attempt to fight their way out of a mind game unlike any they’ve encountered, and the battle brings them closer than either could have imagined. But when the whole world is virtual, how can Nixy possibly know if her feelings are real?


MY REVIEW:

I really enjoyed The Leveller! It was one of those books that start out and you are like “oooooo why did I want to read this??” But then it turns around and is super enjoyable!

I have to say the writing is a little young? Like its not a middle grade or anything but at times it felt a little immature. But like I said, I still really enjoyed this one!

Here are 5 reasons you should read this book:
🎮 Its based in a video game virtual world and its fast paced and exciting

💁‍♀️ The main character (Nixy) is so smart and witty, and pretty badass – she is basically a virtual reality bounty hunter

🔪 There is a major betrayal and a couple good plot twists

✨ Fun, light, with a little romance, quite a bit of action, and a lot of imagination

📚 This is a decently short book so definitely could be read in one go! If you like virtual reality and YA books then I’m sure you would enjoy this one!


If you like virtual reality books or books with video game worlds, check out these books!

Ready Player OneBuy it here!

The Eye of MindsBuy it here!

WarcrossBuy it here!


Do you like books with video game settings? I feel like these types of books are becoming bigger now. What is your fav part about a book set in a virtual reality world? Chat with me in the comments!

Recent Reads | Veronica Roth, Hunger Games, and Other Thoughts

Hello friends, hope you all had a great weekend and were able to read lots and just relax! The state of the world is honestly unbelievable and I feel so deeply for everyone right now.

In other bookish news – I have been getting a decent amount of reading done and I’m feeling happy about that! So I wanted to start doing a recent reads blog post every couple weeks just to give an update on what I’m reading and my thoughts. I love doing WWW Wednesday but I want to get a little deeper into the recent reads than just list them! So, I’m going to give this a go and see how it goes!! Let me know if this is an idea you like? I see others doing weekly reading wrap ups and whatnot but I don’t think I read fast enough to do it weekly. We will see though!!

So, first off, I have recently finished Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth.

I LOVED Veronica Roth ever since Divergent.. I feel like that is like everyone else 😂 I’m definitely not a unique opinion when it comes to that LOL but I loved her writing style and loved the story. Since then I know she has come out with other books like Carve the Mark and the sequal to Carve the Mark (cannot remember the name right now). BUT for some reason I didn’t pick those ones up? Like what the heck Deanna? Anyways, they are on my long long list of books I should read one day. Will I get to them? That is a the age old mystery that I do not know the answer to!! All I can say is, I like Veronica Roth and I hope to get to those books sometime soon.

So, to Chosen Ones! I have a full review to post so Ill just go into it a little bit here. The book follows 5 characters called the “chosen ones” who are picked based on a prophecy that states the “dark one” will destroy the world. They go through this whole war with the dark one and you find out the dark one was DEFEATED. Now, that is NOT a spoiler (it is in the synopsis). The book then starts in the present and the reader finds out about the dark one and the war through flashbacks and other means of the characters going into the past! The characters are then taken on a new adventure when a new “dark one” (actually the same dark one) comes around and they have to save the world AGAIN. Obviously!

This book is entertaining. There is some magic, action, YA romance, zombies even make an appearance! There is also some sci-fi aspects to the story that I really enjoyed! Overall, it was a good read.


I am reading two books right now – Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson & The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins.

Treasure Island is my 2nd ever classic. The only other classic I have read was Pride and Prejudice in college and to be honest…. I did not like it. Don’t @ me 😂 I know, its an unpopular opinion BUT I just did not enjoy the book and I felt forced to read it which made it so much worse.

However, I’m feeling different about Treasure Island. Its a little hard to read I wont lie. The English is very old!! Like the book was published in the 1800’s and that is what the English is like. SO I’m having a hard time with that a bit. The story itself though is entertaining. I like the adventure and the pirates! I’m at the part where they get to the island and some of the crew gets off the ship and some stays! Some murder ensues on the island and now I’m feeling SUPER sketchy about some of the characters!

So that is that! Will update you more when I get further in the book 😊

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is so far so good! I’m about 100 pages in and I’m happy with the story. I never liked President Snow in the other Hunger Games books but I’m liking this take on his character. Basically if you don’t already know – this book is a prequel to the Hunger Games series. It follows President Snow, before he is President, when he is still a kid and the Hunger Games are only 10 years in. He is a mentor to a tribute and basically it goes from there!

I wont lie to you.. I didn’t want to read this book when I first heard about it. It was all over the internet, people were freaking out, fan girling all over again for this book franchise! I LOVED the Hunger Games and also the movies when they came out. I was all for Gale and didn’t want Katniss and Peeta to be together, I was THAT girl 😂 but, I felt that I left the Hunger Games in the past. I read the stories when I was in high school and while I loved them and they were a turning point for my reading life, I just didn’t want to bring it back. If that makes sense. Anyone else feel that way?

HOWEVER, I will say that the more I saw it on IG, the more I needed to be on that hype train with everyone else. Then, on this past weekend, my parents stopped by my house and what did they bring you may ask??? THEY BROUGHT THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS AND SNAKES. This is where my journey on the hype train began! Thanks mom and dad!

The story is fab so far. Loving it! The book is large and so I feel it will take me some time to get through but you know what? I’m cool with it. Ill ride this train for a while and when I have more solid thoughts and feelings about this (because like I said, I’m only about 100 pages in) I will let you all know!


My last reading update is what I am hoping to read next but am unsure about.

I will for sure be picking up a Netgalley title because as you guys know I have about 10 books waiting for me on there LOL. I’m thinking I will pick up The Second Chance Hotel by Rachel Dove. It looks so cute and I just want to read some more fluffy books after I finish my current reads (or even during… maybe Ill try to read 3 books at once?) 🤷‍♀️

I also bought the whole series of Harry Potter books and LET ME TELL YOU I’m excited!! I wanted to start them the second they showed up at my house but I didn’t because I just cant drop a book I’m reading half way through, it feels WRONG. I am hoping to get to Harry Potter and the whole wizarding world soon but I also am torn because a part of me feels that Harry Potter should be read in the Fall/Winter. What do you guys think??


Well that’s all for today folks! That was more in depth than my WWW Wednesday and it was more fun to get some thoughts out about what I’m reading instead of just telling you all the titles with no real updates.

Let me know what you think of this post in the comments below. Do you like it? Is it too long? Do you simply not care about what I’m reading? I need to know so please tell all 😊

Stay safe out there everyone and talk soon!