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Revealing April’s Bingo Board

How’s March going for you? I’m taking mine day by day which is easier said than done.

Did you know there’s a National Unicorn day? I didn’t but apparently it’s April 9. I don’t know why exactly that day but it sounds really cool.

I only know this for researching for these posts xD

Readathon Spotlight

The Disability Readathon celebrates and amplifies disabled authors and content creators.

The hosts are Anna @Nymeria941 & Erin @geekygimp

This is a month long readathon and it’s simple to join. For additional information on challenges or live events check out their website www.disabilityreadathon.com

Use the #DisabilityReadathon on your socials to showcase your TBR.  

Now for the April bingo board:

What do you think? Will you be joining me in April?

What are looking forward to in April?

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Reveal: February Bingo || Monthly Bingo



How’s everyone’s month going? I hope it’s going better than mine ❤ I’m going to be honest I thought I’d have read more so far but haha nope. In any case, I’m here to bring you next month’s Bingo Board.

I’m highlighting two readathon’s because it’s my blog and I’ll do what I want. February is short but the readathon’s are a-plenty. So if none of these interest you I highly suggest checking out Caz @Little Book Owl’s video discussing a vast array of others to choose from.


February Spotlight

The Black Lit Challenge is a month long readathon that celebrates and uplifts Black voices and stories. This is hosted by Seji @TheArtisanGeek. Even if you don’t participate in this you should still check out The Black Literature Compendium: This is the most in-depth list I’ve ever seen compiled. Follow the twitter account @BlackLitChal for more sprints and news.

Shrekathon  a two week long readathon centering around Shrek and the gang. This is Round 3 and will be dedicated to Donkey. It starts on the 14 and goes until the 28. Hosted by Kathryn @books2kathryn. Follow on twitter @Shrekathon for more details on challenges & sprints.

GIF shrek donkey - animated GIF on GIFER

I was blown away by the support and love shown last month for this hefty project! I can’t thank you enough!! ❤

If you have any questions let me know.

Please feel free to share this wherever & link back to this post 🙂

The Board


I hope this helps you in either creating your TBR or cutting into that big stack of unread books. In any case I hope you have fun!! ❤

I hope you can participate but no worries as there will be next month.

Let me know if you are participating and tag me so I can cheer you on!!



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Longest Books on my TBR Shelf



One way I’m trying to dismember erm, cut down on my mountain of a TBR is to start with the oldest. I’m using Goodreads for this as I don’t actually keep good records otherwise, opps. I’m then discerning if I actually still want to read it because it’s been years so taste and energy has changed. Also, I’m just generally very curious as to what I still haven’t read in all this time.

I should also add that I will be skipping over the classics, like Persuasion by Jane Austin, Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë, & Villette by Charlotte Brontë. Classics are not something I can easily pickup whenever and the goal of this is to read these books sooner rather than later.

These are ranked from oldest to still pretty old. For additional info on synopsis or to add to your shelves the image will take you directly to their Goodreads page.

I’ve rambled long enough on to the books



Prophecy by Ellen Oh

Prophecy (The Dragon King Chronicles, #1)

I would never have guessed this to be my longest held book but who can remember all the way back to 2012??

Judging from the reviews not many enjoyed this story. I have yet to try it to my knowledge plus the book that people say this reminds them of is something I haven’t read. So, I’m taking that as a good sign and hoping that I’ll actually like this story even though it has the chosen one trope.


The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

The Summer Prince

This I would have guessed as being one of the oldest. I’ve been “meaning” to get to it since its release.

This is a post-apocalyptic novel set in what used to be Brazil. A king is sacrificed every year. I think it also leans Science Fiction which also makes me intrigued. This has art, politics and mythology.


The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

The Queen of Attolia (The Queen's Thief, #2)

This is the first and I believe only book on this list that I have actually started, just never finished. I’m honestly questioning everyone who recommended this to me. I don’t know if this is a product of its time ( I make it sound like its ancient) It’s just that modern YA is quicker paced.

This series so far has made me want to quit reading. It is so freaking boring I can’t handle it. There is so much love and hype for this beloved series but I’m struggling to find what everyone else is seeing.


The Fifth Doll by Charlie N. Holmberg

The Fifth Doll

Usually, her books would be at a higher priority and wouldn’t even be on this list except her books of late have not been great. She’s very original in concept but the last two books from her just fell flat.

I really like how fresh her stories always feel and this one in particular. I’m just having cold feet.


Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game, #1)

Why have I not picked this up??? This is a frequent question I ask myself. But I’m more perplexed than usual. This seems to be like everything I would enjoy and yet…it just sits there unread. unbelievable. Is this book negligence?? In any case, now that I’m writing this I feel more compelled to pick this up.


Jade City by Fonda Lee

Jade City (The Green Bone Saga, #1)

Speaking of negligence……………… *hangs head in shame* This haunts me. I think this is a case of intimidation, I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things paired with the size of this tome and I just can’t bring myself to commit.


Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers #3)

I’m currently reading this book, YAY! One down a bajillion more to go. I don’t know why it is taking me so loooong to finish this book. While I’m reading it I’m enjoying it but the minute I have to put it down I find it incredibly difficult to pick it back up. LOL WHY??

My mind never ceases to confound me.


Veins of Gold by Charlie N. Holmberg

Veins of Gold

Welp, like I mentioned earlier this author has a tendency to be a hit or a miss and the last few books have been a huge miss.

This kind of reminds me of Rae Carson’s The Gold Seer trilogy


Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury

Last of Her Name

This has me at Anastasia retelling in space. That animate movie left a big impression on me as a kid, okay.

Anyway, I loved Khoury’s Forbidden Wish, an Aladdin retelling. So I picked this up and it has been waiting to be read ever since.




Have you read any of these? Did you like them? Let me know.


Thanks for reading! ❤


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Mystery Blogger Award

MY GREATEST CREATION YET: THE MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD – Okoto Enigma's Blog

I’ve been nominated by Pilar @ The Bookworm Shelf. Thank YOU

Rules:

  • Display the award logo on your blog.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention Okoto Enigma, the creator of the award.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Answer 5 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 10 – 20 bloggers.
  • Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, including 1 weird or funny question.
  • Share the link to your best post.

3 things about me

  • I hate coffee
  • I arrange my books by color that’s right I separate series because I’m a monster who likes rainbows :0
  • I don’t understand the point of golf lol

Pilar’s Questions:

1. What is your fatal flaw? (Yes, you can take a quiz to find out)

I got Curiosity. You want, no need, to know everything about everything. You need to know every possible outcome, fact, and person. If you don’t already know than you need to find out, which can get you in big trouble. I do like knowing stuff that will impact me or the very least have as much possible knowledge to make an inform decision. I wouldn’t have considered this a flaw.

2. What is your worst reading habit?

Picking up books when I don’t know what I’m in the mod for and end up starting and stopping 50 books. It’s beyond frustrating!

3. Who is your godly parent?

I always get Athena when I take those quizzes. I guess this goes back to my fatal flaw LOL

4. Share one of the most boring books you have ever read.

Death of the Necromancer by Martha Wells. I love her Murderbot Diaries so I picked up one of her earlier works, whew don’t do it. This was 400/500 pages of bore. This could have been really amazing but it dragged a ton. Also, mysteries should never exceed 250 pages, just saying, the payout is never satisfying.

5. Who is your favorite book villain?

I really like who turns out to be the villain in the Foundryside series by Robert Jackson Bennett. I can’t say much because spoiler city but the villain(s) aren’t who you or what you think they are. I love it!


My best posts:

Movies vs Books

My Life in Books

A Roast to Me


I nominate:

Tiction @ Books and Words

Sam @ Literary Delirium

Emma @ Turn Another Page

Ashmita @ The Fictional Journal

Rebecca @ Bex the Bibliophile


My questions:

1. You’re visited by future you how do they prove to current you it’s really you?

2. You inherited a curse, what is it?

3. What would you do if you could be Karma for a day?

4. You are a nature witch that means you grow magic like plants, there’s a season for different kinds of spells, what season would harvest dreaming droughts?

5. You’re a space pirate hunting down lost treasure, what do you do with the items you recover?

As always no worries if you can’t or don’t want to participate 🙂


Thanks for reading 🙂

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evermore book tag

In honor of Taylor Swift’s birthday I’m doing a tag of her new album evermore.

I love both folklore & evermore the same but obviously there’s a special place in my heart for folklore. I love the story telling aspect in both of these albums they speak to my story loving heart.

This tag was made by Star is All Booked Up who also made the folklore book tag.


willow- character you’d follow anywhere

Iseult from the Witchlands series by Susan Dennard. Honestly, any character from this series I would follow anywhere. The world and the characters are amazing!

champagne problems- dual POV

We Used to Be Friends by Amy Spalding, not enough stories with the ending of friendships. Often times the hardest breakups are friendships.

gold rush- anticipated release

Witchshadow by Susan Dennard. I have waited soooo long and I can’t wait to devour this story!!

’tis the damn season- small town romance

Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton, this is more small village but same concept. The romance surprised me but fans of Maggie Stiefvater will like this.

tolerate it- lost love, failed relationship

You Say it First by Katie Cotugno, if you’ve read this than you know the relationship in this was horrendous and it was difficult to root for them.

no body, no crime- character who’d get away with murder

Kaz Brekker, Is this cheating?? It feels like it but it’s also the only one my brain can come up with.

happiness- a book that makes you suffer but you find comforting

Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty, this is a bittersweet kind of song and book. I feel this song really relates to a particular character in this series.

dorothea- nostalgic read

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa, These are such a good time for me. I haven’t re-read them in a while but they’re just a great escape. I’m happy a new spin off in this world is coming next year.

coney island- star crossed lovers

A Song of Wraiths & Ruin by Rosanne A. Brown, I hope they can get a happy ending even if its not with each other but I know only pain awaits.

ivy- crept up on you

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke, this story starts off in a direction of hazy confusion for the reader and slowly begins unfolding its layers to reveal things that I’m still left pondering months after finishing the book. The writing in the song reminds me of this story.

cowboy like me- cat and mouse games

Fallen Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes. This whole series is a big cat and mouse game and everyone is trying to outsmart the others. Its very entertaining.

long story short- never read it again, painful experience

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, I’m grateful I read it the first half of the book is basically all highlighted because it just spoke literally of how my depression was like. It was tough to read it the first time in fact I had to put it down because I was worried of it triggering a relapse. SO as great as it is to find some solace in the words of someone who understood its also too painful to be reminded.

marjorie- book with a beautiful message

The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill, This entire series just delivers in every way. From the cute illustrations to the wonderful characters and the messages of each book of family, love, grief, & finding ones self.

closure- a book with bad rep (a betrayal)

A House of Salt & Sorrow by Erin A. Craig, this isn’t a spoiler that obviously someone is going to betray the MC because its a horror and people are dying.

evermore- a journey of self discovery

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta, this story is just wonderful and you get so much of the characters especially Micheal even though it’s written in verse. We watch him grow up and find his footing in the world and the too often difficulties for someone gay and mixed race.


If you are a Swiftie than consider yourself tagged by me 🙂

What’s your favorite song from evermore?

My top 5 as of right now is no body, no crime; ivy; long story short; willow; & ’tis the damn season


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GIF-Y LOVE Tag

Tiction and Nehal were doing these fun Gif’s as a weekly fun post but they’ve now turned into a full blown tag. I love these so much 🙂

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who tagged you and leave a link to their blog.
  2. Mention the creators (Tiction and Nehal).
  3. Make a post, do list the rules.
  4. Use the tag #gif-y-love and choose a GIF you love for each of the provided prompts.
  5. Tag at least 5 people.
  6. That’s it! Make sure you laugh a lot in the process too.

Here are the prompts:

  1. I’m Bored
  2. Current Mood
  3. Reading
  4. Sarcastic
  5. Spongebob
  6. Angry
  7. Scared
  8. Laughing

1. I’m Bored

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Maybe & what of it??

2. Current Mood

I Cry a Little : Hello I'm Flawed
Me listening to Evermore for the 100th time today

3. Reading

reading-gif-17 - Fumble
When you get to That plot twist

4. Sarcastic

400+ Golden girls ideas in 2020 | golden girls, golden girl, golden girls  quotes
I aspire to be this level of sass

5. Spongebob

Flower Petals GIF by SpongeBob SquarePants - Find & Share on GIPHY
I LOVE the Sunshine character with the Grump

6. Angry

The Golden Girls Gif Find Share On Giphy Animated Drunk People - LowGif
I LOVE these ladies SO much 🙂

7. Scared

Ahhhhhh GIF - TheLionKing Timon Pumbaa - Discover & Share GIFs
When you realize you don’t have a clue what you’re doing

8. Laughing

Being inspiring robin GIF on GIFER - by Maridar
Miss these infectious laughs and jokes

I tag:

Pilar @ The Bookworm Shelf

Soph @ Soph’s Book World

As always don’t feel pressured if you don’t or can’t participate 🙂

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GIF-y Love #6

GIF-y Love is a weekly meme/tag hosted by Tiction and Nehal. To know more click here.

Here are the rules-

  • Every Wednesday, a prompt will be given on their blogs.
  • You have to find your favorite GIF related to that prompt and post it any day of the week you want along with your most recent emoji on your blog under the tag name- GIF-y Love. We too would share our weird favorite GIFs
  • You must tag both the creators of the tag- Tiction and Nehal.
  • The next week, we’ll give a shout out to our favorite GIF among all of yours.

The prompt this week is Blogger


This is how I feel when I’m required to write a review Lol

MRW my boss walks by and I alt-tab quickly off imgur and pretend to be  furiously working hard. - GIF on Imgur

After reading it over:

How to Find the Perfect Animated Gif for Your Next Blog Post | by Ryan  Hanley | Medium

It’s so hard to write reviews especially if I LOVED the book. Why can’t I just fjdahfujeh my way through a review and have everyone know exactly what I mean??


My thanks to Tiction and Nehal for doing these posts they’re so fun! 🙂

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Liebester Award

Huge Thank You to Rebecca @ Bex the Bibliophile for nominating me!!

Go check her out & give her a follow if you haven’t already.

Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you
  • Nominate 11 bloggers
  • Ask your nominees 11 questions
  • Notify your 11 nominees

Rebecca’s Questions:

1. What is the one thing you like about my blog? What is the one thing you don’t?

Your blog is so pretty. I love the aesthetic. I also enjoy your reviews!  There isn’t anything I don’t like.

2. What was your dream job growing up?

I had many LOL. But the one I frequently ‘practiced’ was photographer. I do it as a hobby now. So in a way I’m still practicing lol

3. If you could go and visit any book for a day, which one would you pick?

The Night Circus. The Food, the Entertainment!! I just want to experience it all!

4. What is your favorite thing to do outside reading?

Arts & Crafts. I love designing and making things. It’s such a relaxing fun thing to do.

5. What book do you most remember from childhood?

There are several but I was really obsessed with the Mary-Kate and Ashley Mystery Adventure series.  

6. What was your inspiration behind your blog?

My Instagram account. I used to have one and then I got locked out so I took it as a sign to start a blog. I needed to talk about my books. I love this community so much!!

7. If you could only ever read one genre, which would you pick and why?

Fantasy. It’s my most read genre because it’s my favorite. There’s just such a variety and I love the escapism of it.

8. What is your go to reading drink and snack?

I don’t have one. I only drink water, boring, I know. And I’m not much of a snacker while reading. However, I do enjoy eating Peanut M&M’s  in general

9. If you could swap places with any character, who would you pick?

Meghan from The Iron King by Julie Kagawa. She’s fae, she has summer powers along with something else but that’s spoilers 😉

10. What book do you plan to pick up after your current read?

I’m such a mood reader so who knows but I would really like to pick up Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse. I should have already read this a month ago but didn’t. Story of my life -.-

11. Which song best describes your current read?

I’m currently not reading anything but a jam I’ve been listening to a lot lately is Mad Woman by Taylor Swift.

I Nominate:

Sam @ Literary Delirium

Lilly @ Lilly’s Little Library

Blue @ Writers Book Shelf

Soph @ Soph’s Book World

Catherine @ Catherine Ellen

Nehal Jain @ Books and Words

Becca @ Toastie Books

April Lee @ Booked Till Midnight

My Questions::

  1. Which book character would make a good blogger, and why?
  2. You have 24 hours with your favorite character in our world, what is on the itinerary?
  3. What book title would you use to describe your mood or personality?
  4. What are two books you would mash together, and why?
  5. What characters would you form a band with?
  6. What mythological creature would you want as a familiar?
  7. Which will you choose : Wondering off to live in a cottage in the woods where you learn to grow your magic or live in an abandon seaside mansion where there’s a room for everything you need but your roommate is a feral ghost.
  8. A witch, a siren, & a fairy godmother are all in need of an apprentice who are you choosing to go with?
  9. You’ve been cursed by an evil enchantress to sing one song for the rest of your life, what song is it? (You can still listen to new songs but you can only sing this one)
  10. If you had the choice to live in the sky, space, or under the ocean, which would you choose?
  11. A habitable planet has been located & you’ve been tasked to inspect it, what do you find?

Please feel no pressure if you don’t or can’t participate.


My question for you is who are you apprenticing with a Witch, a Siren, or a Fairy Godmother? And Why?

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A Roast 2 Me part 2

This is a follow up on my Roast to Me post. If you haven’t read it please do so here, It’s a grand ole time.

Basically, I’m trying to see if I made any progress on those books.

Let’s find out.


First up, Jade City by Fonda Lee, Ah, darkness my old friend, this beast still sits wondering when it’ll see the light of day. & I wonder when I’m going to stop lying to myself that I’ll get to it soon.

The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang, I guess I’m still planning to die waiting to read this.

Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett, I actually read this. Yay me! One down and oh, too many to go.

The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard, Well, that victory was short lived. This story is as short as that victory and yet…

Artificial Condition; Rogue Protocol; and Exit Strategy by Martha Wells, Since writing the previous post I believe another was released and to no one’s surprise I haven’t read any of them.

The Thief series by Megan Whalen Tuner, I have read 1 ½ books in this 6? book series. So half a point for doing bare minimum effort. To be fair, I absolutely hated the first book and I put down the second one at the halfway point because it was a booore.

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale, I actually forgot I had this so, nope, haven’t read it. Go Me for buying and not reading. Oh, wait, that isn’t the goal? Darn.

Lirael & Abhorsen by Garth Nix, Hey, hey, hey add two points to my net negative because I have read these two. I don’t know if this is a win since I didn’t enjoy these much 😦

Scooby- Doo! I have read a few of these comics but not all of the ones I have. I think I have 3 more to go. These are fun and I love the Scooby Gang so this is a win either way.

The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli, A dragon better not eat me now because I finally read this and freaking LOVED it! Now to just read the last book in the series.

Fairest of All: A Tale of the Evil Queen by Serena Valentino, I wave at this one as I scroll on by. Shame, my name be thy.

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal, By my calculations I’m still in the red. Hopefully, I’ll get to this before people start colonizing Mars.

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna, One of my Favorite books of the year!! Also Past me was right to be super jealous. I am so glad I picked this up. Now if I could do that with the rest of these.


So, what have we learned? I buy books and then never read them, check. I then go on to roast myself over this in not one but two posts, check.

I’m only sorry for the books that languish in the ether of my kindle or on a shelf, you deserve better!

I guess the upside is they have each other for comfort in these trying times. I too, have them to turn to if only I remembered to do that.


Are any of these books on your never ending tbr pile? Let’s commiserate in the comments.

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Books I Want to Re-Read

Look @ me acting as if I don’t have a load of books to read for the first time. I do enjoy re-reading favorites because I miss these places I called home for a time and the friends I made along the way (could I be any cheesier?? Yes, but I’ll try to contain it.)  I’m a big fan of re-reads but it does get in the way of the mountainous tbr that’s always threatening to crush me. I have noticed that I do better & feel better when I’ve re-read something so I don’t like to deny myself good things, if I can help it.

All but one are books I have only read once. So, it will be nice to see what I remember and new things I’ll find along the way.


The first book I want to re-read (I swear I’ll stop using that word now) is Blood Heir by Amélia Wen Zhao.

I read it months ago but I’ve already forgotten some details and want to see if I still like it.

It’s dark and action packed.

Blood Heir (Blood Heir Trilogy, #1)

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson.

This will be my third time reading it.

Look, I love the characters & atmosphere. I wished more of this could have been fleshed out in parts and wasn’t so predictable in the end but I love it despite these things.

Sorcery of Thorns

Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

This is a spinoff series to the Seven Realms quartet set after those events with the children as the protagonists. Now I need to preface this with I only just read the quartet this year but I read this a few years ago. It was a Big Yikes, on my part because I spoiled things for myself. That being said I still want to give this series a chance & in order to do that I need to read this again.

I know it’s going to hurt because [redacted] [redacted] in the first couple of chapters and it’s going to suck reading it after having read the original.

This one isn’t a top priority just on that alone.  

Flamecaster (Shattered Realms, #1)

 

Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri.

This is another I read this year but only remember pieces of it. This year has really taken a lot from me & my memory is one of them.

I did enjoy this not as much as I thought but maybe upon a second look I’ll like it more. If nothing else I’ll hopefully remember it.

Empire of Sand (The Books of Ambha, #1)

I don’t know when I’ll get to these or any of my other books my mood changes like the wind.


Do you re-read books? Which are your favorites to rediscover?