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New Year, New Reading Goals

I wish you all a very happy & safe new year! ❤

I hope your holidays were good to you 🙂

December Wrap Up

This first part is my December wrap up. It’s small and I didn’t want to dedicate a whole post to it. The first three stories I read were from Tor.. They’re short stories that you can read on their website

St. Valentine, St. Abigail, St. Brigid by C.L. Polk

Rating: 4 out of 5.
St. Valentine, St. Abigail, St. Brigid by C.L. Polk

“Magic comes with a price” This is a hard hitting very short story. Our main character lives a shelter life and is lonely and just wants to befriend Lucille the only other person in her school who is her academic equal. However as they grow close a terrible dark secret is exposed. I thought this was too short. I would have loved for this to be a full length standalone novel. Love the magic of the bees.

Exile’s End by Carolyn Ives Gilman

Rating: 4 out of 5. Exile's End: A Original eBook: Gilman, Carolyn Ives:  Kindle Store

This science fiction story is an examination of artifact repatriation and cultural appropriation. This is a very big and much needed topic that can’t be completely achieved in such a small structure however it does convey the unease that should come from objects and artifacts being on display in another country or place that doesn’t have the same connection to the piece.

The Little Witch by M. Rickert

Rating: 4 out of 5.
The Little Witch by M. Rickert

This has such an eerie undercurrent running through it. The illustration will make you believe this is a fun lighthearted tale but it’s not. This in fact encompasses the story perfectly. All is not what it seems, is what i mean.

An Unexpected Peril by Deanna Raybourn

An Unexpected Peril by Deanna Raybourn: 9780593197264 | Books

This was an ARC

I’ll review it closer to it’s release on March 2, 2021

This is the Sixth book in the Veronica Speedwell Mystery series

The Nutcracker & the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffman

Rating: 1 out of 5.
Nutcracker and Mouse-King: Hoffmann, E.T.A., Kruger, Sydni, Templeton,  Alexander S.: 9780998246413: Books

I watched this a ton as a kid and I did have a copy of this story back then too but it’s been lost to time. So, this was an overdue re-read.

And all I have to say is watch the movie.

Now for why we’re really here:

As for my plans this year I’m still keeping goals relatively small for my stress and sanity.

I like to make small goals otherwise I won’t do it. Reading to me is a stress reliever. However, I do want to stretch out of my comfort zone every now and then. Last year though I didn’t for good reasons and I’m not going to beat myself up over it. But now I’m feeling that itch to try something new, we’ll see how this goes lol

For me this means reading the rest of the books I’ve seen the movies of but haven’t read the original. Unfortunately, with this ‘goal‘ its more of finding the right mood lol I hate being a mood reader.

I always do the Alphabet Reading Challenge which is a great as its manageable yet difficult, hence the challenge LOL. I’ve accomplished this three years in a row but it’s become increasingly more difficult for finding titles that start with Z.

I strive to read debut and new authors because that early support is so important. It’s also important to me to finish the series I’ve started, I’m pretty good about this so long as it’s a series that I LOVE. I notice that books/series that I’m only sort of interested in tend to fall to the back.

As far as blog goals go, I don’t have many besides make content. Terrible, I know but I never expected anyone to actually subscribe and follow me.  There’s just so much great content out there that I’d be lucky to have one person read my stuff. All this to say THANK YOU to YOU who is reading this. I’m so happy you’re here! I do hope its fun probably not insightful but hopefully it’s a good time. 🙂  

I eventually want to spruce this place up but until then it’s just going to look like this lol

If you hadn’t seen in my post Breaking News then you might not know that I’m making a Monthly Bingo board to help cull mine & your TBR mountain. Colorful Biblio Bingo is in full swing. It’s been a lot of research going in but I hope its fun for everyone. Here is the board

All I ask is if you share this to pingback to my post Breaking News

As for my Store updates I’m temporarily on hiatus. Some unforeseen things have come up and I’ve had to hold off on launching my bookmarks and some new content as well. I’m hoping to have at least the bookmarks up by the first of February. When I do get those up I’ll release a post detailing all the things 🙂

What kind of reading goals do you have or do you set goals?

I want to know 🙂   

Thanks for reading 🙂

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My 5 Star Predictions

I’m stealing this from Kayla @ Booksandlala on Youtube. I don’t know if she originated this or not but watching her video inspired me to do this.

Let me start off by saying that I don’t read books that I think I’ll hate. If I pick up a book it’s because it has things about it that I know I’ll love now whether I will is entirely up to the book. I do try to not put expectations on books but the hype and the hope are just too strong lol

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by Victoria Schwab

I was sitting on the fence with this one and still hesitant to pick it up because one I might become obsessed and two, I might completely hate it. I never know what I’m going to get from Schwab’s writing. I LOVED Vicious it’s my favorite. But the Different London series and the sequel to Vicious were awful. I did somewhat enjoy the Verity Duology. So, this book could go in either direction. I’m hoping from 5 stars based off others who have similar reading tastes to mine.

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

I’ve forgotten what this story is about but I don’t care I want to read this SOOOO BAD. I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews from trusted friends and I need to be one of the screaming fans.

Tarnished are the Stars by Rosiee Thor

Quirky fun space crew shenanigans, sign me up! This sounds like such a fun science fiction romp and I am here for it.  

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

I’ve been sitting on this one waiting until I get the nerve to pick this up and let it devour me. The first chapter killed me and I just know that if I ever get the function of my brain to full power again I’m taking the day off to read this bad boy.

The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang

~ I still haven’t read this ~  That’s my national anthem. Two months ago I wrote a post roasting myself over the books I had but haven’t read and this was one of them. I think the biggest reason this sits waiting for the day to be chosen is because I know I’m going to love it. I’m scared of the cost of that love, so I let it sit and collect dust.

A Record Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

Every time I think I’m ready it turns out I’m not lol I’m not ready for the emotional connections I’m going to make with the characters and then disaster will strike leaving everyone an emotional wreck and I just. can’t.  I will read this when I seek out the wizard for courage.

Someday I’ll read these books and then I’ll do a follow up post to see how this all goes.  

Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them?

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