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Long Time No Post

Hello! Hi, its been a long time since I’ve wrote one of these and I may have forgotten how to do this😞 I had every intention to post monthly since I was doing my reading bingo boards but life had other plans.

I won’t bore you with the details but everything is okay-ish now.

This has been a really difficult year and I wasn’t prepared for that. I’m sorry for such a long absence both in posting and reading and responding to your posts. I just couldn’t find time and energy to do all those things while maintaining the chaos that has been my life.

In all honesty, even if I had been able to keep up with posting semi regular I still wouldn’t have been posting bookish content since reading has also been something I haven’t been able to do either. This pains me the most as its always been my go to when stressed.

I’m not back, back. I can’t make promises on when or if I do. I feel bad for just ghosting when I never meant to do that.

I wanted to come back and post then last half of the reading bingo boards. I put in the work for these and then couldn’t share them or use them myself. These are timeless so even if you missed out you can use them in the upcoming year or for a way to have fun with reading. That was the original purpose and goal.

I have really really missed this amazing community! I can’t wait to fawn over fictional crushes and rage with despair of waiting for the next book in the series again! Tell me what books you’ve been enjoying in the comments!

The Colorful Biblio Bingo reading boards are below

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

Do you have a favorite?

I love all of them. What a big surprise😆

I wish I had a better update on what I’ve been reading and just blogging in general but I don’t.

Thanks for being here and reading this. It means the world to me!

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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.

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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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BREAKING NEWS: A Special Announcement

I have a fun announcement.

I wanted to do something that we could all participate in together and have fun while reading. As great as buddy reading is it’s hard for me to do LOL I get stressed I’m reading to slow and then end up reading the whole thing too quick. There is no in-between.

I wanted it to be accessible and easy for everyone.

The Bingo Card.

This isn’t exactly revolutionary but I like it & it works for what I wanted.

You have all month to check things off. This will be monthly, and they’ll be tailored to the month & around read-a-thons and the like. You can participate every month or every other month.

One Rule: One book counts for 3 squares. 

I just want all of our TBR piles to shrink lol

And that’s it. I really hope you participate no hard feelings if you don’t.

If you run a readathon or a reading challenge & would like me to spotlight it let me know in the comments.


January’s Spotlight is:

“Just Read” an Audiobook Readathon

 This is a reading and Dyslexia Awareness Program to support all modes of reading.

This program wants to highlight the importance audiobooks have in the community. It promotes listening to books while raising money to support the programs of Dreaming Dyslexic.

They also include recommendations to books & characters with dyslexia

To learn more about this program & participate click -> Dreaming Dyslexic


And here it is

Please share this on your Blog, Instagram, or Twitter all I ask is you link back to this post.

Use the hashtag #BiblioBingo

I hope you participate and it helps cull down that massive pile of unread books for you. Tag me if you do I really want to see them 🙂


Will you be joining me? What readathons or reading challenges do you participate in?


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Alphabet Reading Challenge Q-Z

The Alphabet Reading Challenge for 2020 is finally over for me!

Its a fun yet stressing event that I task myself with every year. I might have to get more creative with certain letters. I feel Z should be like X where if it’s in the title you’re good.

Now we’ve come to the difficult letters of this portion. If you have any suggestions for Q , U, and Z I would love to hear it.

Next year these posts will be done differently.


Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is a more in depth look into her TED Talk on the history of introverts and how the world works for and against them. She goes over how society and Western culture is shaped to uplift and reward extroverts.


RWBY : Vol 1 The Fall of Beacon Arc  by Bunta Kinami

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This is the manga of the first volume of the show. This is a great format for new comers. I thought it was really nice to revisit this story in a new art form. My only problem was confusion over who was talking. I read an ARC and hope that the final version cleared this up.  


Small Spaces by Katherina Arden

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Spooky Middle Grade. This was a delight! I haven’t read to my knowledge a scary middle grade novel and I think it’s better than some YA, or Adult. This was entertaining and creepy. I highly recommend for Goosebump fans.  


Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This was incredible & powerful. This has Native American folklore where a girl hunts down and kills monsters. She lives far away from her community and refuses to make attachments after being hurt in the recent past. It has the angry one paired with the soft one trope. LOVE to see it.


Under the Lilacs by Louisa May Alcott

Rating: 2 out of 5.

For one delirious moment I thought this was going to be a horror starring two mystery solving lesbians.  I hate to report that this is not that story. If you know a story like that please leave a comment. Thank you 🙂

The beginning set it up nicely for a lovely thriller mystery solving duo who possibly are more than friends but sadly that is not the case. Honestly I have no idea what this story is about. This was droll as all hell and I don’t recommend. Sorry.   


Vow of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This duology was a disappointment after having loved the Remnant Chronicles. This duology focused heavily on the romance which was big mistake. This last book tries to over correct this but it didn’t fix the issues.


Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This was a delightful & fierce reading experience. I honestly loved everything about this gorgeously written tale. We have hate to love, magic, & tyranny.

For this to be a standalone the pacing was amazing. That’s usually thing that I notice the most to be off with a lot of fantasy but this one pulls it off.

I wish the magical elements were more or at least the world building/ lore in that area was more. Also the fight at the end could have been better.

There is a companion novel Written in Starlight out in January.


The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is a bridger book. A lot is being built for the rest of the series to build off which can slow the progression. This was still fantastic just not as heavy on the action but of the politics which is prevalent throughout the series.


You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is the rom-com I’ve been needing! This was a feel good story that I needed to read. I couldn’t stop grinning while reading this just exudes good vibes. There are some super cringe things like with our Mean Girl© & the high stakes prom elements which I can over look for scholarship reasons buuut its still a mighty stretch. Either I’m old or I went to a low cal school but prom was never important. In any case this didn’t spoil or ruin my fun. I really LOVE friendships between siblings and M/F platonic friendships as well. I need more. Also, I’m glad to see lighthearted fun stories center Black characters. More of this immediately!


Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I read this without every reading his fiction pieces. I’m aware of them and after having read this I’m even more interested in picking them up. This was interesting to read just for the insight into the world of writing back in the 50’s and how much and how little has actually changed. This focuses on his own work and how he writes. It’s always fascinating to see the behind the scenes of writers.

Have you read any of these? How would you like to see these posts done differently?


Previous Challenge Posts:

Reading Challenge A

Reading Challenge B

Reading Challenge C

Reading Challenge D- F

Reading Challenge G – K

Reading Challenge L- P

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Reading Challenge L-P

The Alphabet Reading Challenge post for L, M, N, O, P. We aren’t to the hard to find letters just yet.


The Lady or the Tiger by Frank R. Stockton

The Lady, or the Tiger? - Kindle edition by Stockton, Frank R. . Mystery,  Thriller & Suspense Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is a very short story that leaves an ambiguous ending for the reader to decide how this story ends. After sitting with this story for many months my answer has changed for how I perceived this story to end. Originally, I claimed she fed him to the tiger but, now I think it’s written in a way to lean into that direction. It heavily focuses on her jealousy of the woman who’s behind the door and she is the daughter of a barbaric king.


Magic of Writing Creating Stories that Fly by Gail Carson Levine

Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly: Levine, Gail Carson:  9780060519612: Amazon.com: Books

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This is an interactive book to help teenagers or newbies in writing. It has tips and tricks with prompts and antecedents of her own writing. This is a great place to start or even for those getting back into the practice to help with warm-ups with a look at basics.


Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor, #1)

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This was a fun Middle Grade adventure. I never knew where this story was going or what would happen next which I love a ton about middle grade. There’s just a whimsy that you can’t find anywhere else. I loved the characters and the strange world. I look forward to the rest of the series.    


The Obsidian Tower by Melissa Caruso

The Obsidian Tower (Rooks and Ruin, #1)

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Did you ever run in circles as a kid and then immediately regret it?

That’s how reading this felt like. Round & round the same conversations with the same people in the same room. It was dizzying to say the least and not at all entertaining. Characters had potential but they couldn’t even save this.


Pursuing Madness by Stacey Rourke

Pursuing Madness (Unfortunate Soul Chronicles, #3)

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

The last in the Unfortunate Soul Chronicles & it left on a disappointing note. The resolution of our main characters happens off the page ??? Isn’t the whole point of a story is to be on page. This is the third book & every book has a different main character but all 3 are introduced in the first book. I’m just confused & disheartened to end the story this way. This series had so much potential because they were interesting and entertaining until the end.   

Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments!

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This one focuses on G, H, I , J, K


The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima

The Gray Wolf Throne (Seven Realms, #3)

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Book 3 of the seven realms series. There was so much pay off in this book. I really love and adore this series and I’m glad we’re finally seeing things come together.  It was thrilling. I can’t talk in details because spoilers. So just go read this series if you haven’t yet.


House of Dragons by Jessica Cluess

House of Dragons (House of Dragons, #1)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A new series with Dragons! Our main characters are humans who are bonded to a dragon. Only households of the elites have access to dragon eggs and are thus given a dragon of their own. The story starts with the day people will be chosen to compete for Emperor/ Empress  but things don’t’ go according to plan, of course. Our cast of 5 characters are so messy and it was a delight to read about them. Some are more memorable than others but they all had distinct voices & desires which makes it easy to distinguish between them. I believe this is a duology so I’m interested regardless but even more so to see how this story wraps up, what with that ending. There is definitely one character that will enrage you. If you are at all interested in this I highly recommend. It’s a big book but its quick paced and switching amongst five POV’s kind of helps. The world building for the lore doesn’t happen until the last third of the book. I believe that the next book will dive more into that.   


Into the Bright Unknown by Rae Carson

Into the Bright Unknown (The Gold Seer Trilogy, #3)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is the conclusion to the Gold Seer series following a girl who can sense the presence of gold. Set during the Gold Rush where this extraordinary power is helpful but in the wrong hands a curse. There is way more world building in the case of the magical element than in all the other books. For most of the series the magical element is very minimum. Our Main character Lee doesn’t know much about her gift or if there are even other’s out there like her. More light is shed on this in this book. I really hope we get more of this world with different characters and their different gifts & time periods. The possibilities are endless.  


The Jump Rope Rhyme by Jo Walton

Nevertheless, She Persisted: Flash Fiction Project

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Flash fiction in Nevertheless, She Persisted, a collection of very short accounts of times when someone persisted in their pursuit regardless of how daunting or how many obstacles obstruct their way. In the face of hardships they hold the line or in some cases pave the way for others to get an opportunity. In this particular story is told through rhyme hence the name.


The King of Crows by Libba Bray

The King of Crows (The Diviners, #4)

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The final book in the Diviner series and I have to say I was disappointed. All the books leading up were wonderfully spooky & just fantastic. I was prepared for the worst (best) endings having read other series by this author and knowing what she is capable of (pain, lots of heartache) However that isn’t what I recieved in the way that I was hoping for. (Who doesn’t wish for painful heartache when reading??) This didn’t go out in a BRUTAL way but with a whimper. This was a BIG, Long Yawn. It’s been over half a year but I recall next to nothing about this last book. Maybe it’s for the best. It was unremarkable for such a looong book.

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ABC Reading Challenge “D, E, F”

Going forward these will be grouped together as these are short snippet reviews.


A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn

A Dangerous Collaboration (Veronica Speedwell, #4)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Agatha Christie meets Edgar Allen Poe in the fourth installment to the Veronica Speedwell Series.

This is an adult mystery historical series that takes place in Victorian London where our main characters solve crime as a side hobby.

Technically you can read this in any order but I HIGHLY recommend you read all of them to really appreciate the slow burn element.

I absolutely adore these characters and seeing them on the outskirts of each other and learning to navigate that they may indeed actually have feelings all the while denying it!!!

In this book we see more of Stoker’s oldest brother and why he is the way he is today. It was nice to get away from Veronica’s estranged highly public family drama and delve into a spooky atmospheric mystery.

This was an incredible ride. I think this might be my favorite tied with the first book. It’s darker and I really really loved it.

We also get a confession that has nothing to do with a murder.

I have read the fifth book and my review can be found at this link

We are getting at least two more books but I will take a hundred please and thank you


Empire of Dreams by Rae Carson

The Empire of Dreams (Fire and Thorns, #4)

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I really enjoyed being back with in this world with these characters. I will say I went in thinking this was going to be a spin off series, not a standalone. I also for some reason was under the impression that the other formed kingdoms, or Queendom’s would feature more prominently. I don’t know why I thought this.

Too many people slept on this series. The original trilogy centered around religion, magic and politics. This series masterly crafts amazing character development and has the MOST amazing relationship to ever exist, between a straight couple. It deals with sex and birth control in a fantasy world. Its practically unheard of in most books. All I’m saying is pick up Girl of Fire and Thorns.

Now back to Empire of Dreams, I adore Red. We finally see where she comes from and how she ended up where she did when Elisa finds her. Her backstory is heartbreaking and sometimes hard to read. She deals with PTSD, which in the book is called soldier’s sickness.

I liked Rosario and Red’s sibling relationship. There is no romance in this story which I found refreshing but I know that’s not everyone’s feelings. The message of love in this story wasn’t romantic it was about the bonds of family. They don’t have a traditional looking family which is all more the realistic and fantastic to see depicted.

My only complaints are small like some predictability, and the rushed ending. I would have loved more flashbacks or time spent with Elisa and Hector and their family times.

Overall, I think if you’re a fan of the series and you’ve always been curious as to Red’s story pick this up. I definitely think it’s important to read the series first to better understand things.


Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

Foundryside (The Founders Trilogy #1)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was fantastic and just what I needed. The world building is amazing just such wonderful unique magic system. I really liked the characters and their interactions. My only complaint is the made up curse words. I just personally really hate that.

Links to the previous Reading Challenge Posts:

The first Reading Challenge Post

Reading Challenge “B”

ABC Reading Challenge “C”

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C

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

I was unsure of when I would pick this up because it wasn’t high on my list. However, a bunch of homophobic trolls convinced me to pick this up sooner rather than later.

I am so glad I did even though I am dying for the next books in the series. (The next book is going to have a huge cliffhanger, I’m calling it now.)

I really needed a family tree desperately because I couldn’t keep track of who’s kids were who and who was related to who. SO Many Characters!

I loved this ensemble cast of dorky teenagers. My favorites are Cordelia, Matthew, Thomas and Anna. I love large groups of characters all trying to do their best while still being deeply flawed.

Her writing and stories are getting better and better than the last. I’m so nervous and excited to see where this story goes from here.

Chain of Gold (The Last Hours, #1)

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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Alphabet Reading Challenge “B”

B


Belle Révolte by Linsey Miller

Synopsis:

Emilie des Marais is more at home holding scalpels than embroidery needles and is desperate to escape her noble roots to serve her country as a physician. But society dictates a noble lady cannot perform such gruesome work.

Annette Boucher, overlooked and overworked by her family, wants more from life than her humble beginnings and is desperate to be trained in magic. So when a strange noble girl offers Annette the chance of a lifetime, she accepts.

Emilie and Annette swap lives—Annette attends finishing school as a noble lady to be trained in the ways of divination, while Emilie enrolls to be a physician’s assistant, using her natural magical talent to save lives.

But when their nation instigates a terrible war, Emilie and Annette come together to help the rebellion unearth the truth before it’s too late.

My thoughts:

This was an interesting and surprising read. I love the Biromantic Ace rep which is rare to find in a fantasy. There is also a Trans side character and a wlw romance.

The story focuses on our two main girls, Emilie and Annette who both want more from the life they have. An opportunity presents itself and they take a chance to switch identities to pursue their dreams.

This has French Revolution vibes with the separation of magic into to two sides, one being Daytime Arts and the other being Nighttime Arts. These have subsequently have been even more segregated by genders.

One wants to practice the Daytime Arts while the other just wants to desperately change their life around and practice magic.


This is a standalone fantasy which was breath of fresh air. My only problem though is with the pacing. Being that it is a standalone things move incredibly fast and trying to learn about the magic of this world alongside the history of the rebels and kingdom could and would become a bit confusing.

Other than that the characters were very dynamic and interesting especially side characters.

I recommend it.

Belle Révolte

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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the ABC Reading Challenge

I’m reading a book for every letter of the alphabet.

I’ve been doing this challenge for three years now. This year I have read all of them except Y. I’m hoping by the time I get to that letter I’ll already have read something lol

These will be short posts

A

Artificial Condition by Martha Wells

Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries, #2)

Book Two of the Murderbot diaries series that follows an AI robot that was built to protect humans on dig missions. This particular AI though is hijacked by an outside party and ends up killing their group. They want answers and to find those that used them as a weapon. Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don’t want to know what the “A” stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue.

Murderbot is an awesome character to follow and with the addition of ART it just made this experience even better.

The most socially awkward dorks. It’s a freaking delight!!

My only complaint of these is it never feels enough because they’re short stories. However that is the thrill of wanting the next one.  

I have the rest just waiting for me to read them. I’m glad I can binge them whenever I do pick them up.

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