Thursday, July 30, 2020

My Summer 2020 TBR

Hi everyone! Because I've been so MIA lately, I completely missed posting my summer TBR for Top Ten Tuesday. Since I love these lists so much I decided I'm just going to post it now anyway! I've been reading a lot more backlist books since the pandemic began, or at least fewer ARCs and new releases than normal. That being said, none of those are going to be on this list! These are books releasing this summer (or that have already released) that I can't wait to get my hands on!

A Peculiar Peril by Jeff VanderMeer
As the Shadow Rises by Katy Rose Pool
Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin
The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska
When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
The Other Side of the Sky by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Shielded by Kaylynn Flanders
Sisters of Sword and Song by Rebecca Ross
Yellow Jessamine by Caitlin Starling

What book are you excited for?
Have you read any of these?
Let me know in the comments!

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Weekly Recap: 7/19 - 7/25


Hi, everyone! I'm back after some much needed time away to process everything that's happened. For the last few weeks I've been watching reality TV and DNFing books, but I'm staying busy, so I guess that's what matters. I did get a sewing machine this week! Hurray! Now I just have to learn to thread it... I've also taken on the project of organizing and cleaning up my linen closet. Riveting, I know. What are you guys doing to stay sane during this time? 






On Wednesday I posted the Retellings Challenge second quarter update


I'm linking up to Stacking the Shelves & The Sunday Post!
Friday, July 24, 2020

Book Blogger Hop #2: Top TBR

This week's topic:
What are the top books on your TBR pile?

Happy Friday, bookworms! This week I'm back to participating in Book Blogger Hop hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. I have to get back into the swing of things somehow, so a meme seemed in order. Now, onto this week's topic. 

How am I supposed to narrow down the top books on my TBR when it's SO long? Alas, I'll try. Here are three (already published) books I'm dying to get to:


It's sooo hard to choose, but these are three sequels I've want to read soon! While My Calamity Jane isn't technically a sequel, I've loved the other books in this series and I can't wait to see what hilarity ensues this time. The Girl in the Tower is one I've been meaning to read after enjoying the first, but wanting more of adult Vasya. And finally, I NEED to know what happens after The Poppy War! 

What books do you need to get to sooner rather than later? 

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

2020 Retellings Challenge Second Quarter Update

Hi, bookworms! Welcome to the (very late) second quarter update and link-up of the 2020 Retellings Reading Challenge! I hope you've all made some great progress and read some amazing retellings so far this year! As a reminder, this challenge is still open to join! To get started, I'll share my progress for this quarter:



This quarter I didn't get a ton of reading done and most of what I did read were re-reads, as often happens in stressful times. Although the ACOTAR series is not my favorite and I really didn't care for the last book, the first in the series is the book I've reread most. I don't know why, but it's super comforting to me! I also read the conclusion of Sweet Black Waves, which was fine, but not as great as I'd hoped. My review for that will be coming soon!


In case you missed it, we also have a group on Goodreads where we discuss books we've been reading, share suggestions to fill bingo spaces, and do a group read each month. You can join the group HERE if you haven't already! This quarter was a bit different! We did a group read-a-thon in May instead of a group read and we skipped July altogether. Here's what we read in April and June: 


Each month the group nominates a bingo topic to group read, then we nominate books based on that topic. Finally, we vote on which book to read and discuss throughout the month. For April, we voted to read Heartless to fill the Villain Origin Story space. The Wrath and the Dawn was our June read and filled the One Thousand and One Nights Retelling space. In August we'll be reading a King Arthur retelling and voting is going on now!


Now it's your turn! Link up to your reviews for the challenge to get an extra entry in the year-end giveaway! As a reminder, you can also get extra entries for getting bingo or filling your bingo card completely. Do NOT share your quarterly updates in this link-up! This is for reviews only. Instead, share links to your updates in the comments! 

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Weekly Recap: an update


This week's recap serves more as an update on why I haven't been around despite saying I was going to be back and REALLY wanting to follow through. Since my last update in which Kovu had a new diagnosis, he received yet another diagnosis of diabetes. We started him on insulin for a little over a week and he was doing really well. Then, this past Wednesday, I took him in at 7:30am after he had been sick on Tuesday. We got a diagnosis of pancreatitis and I had to make the hard decision to say goodbye to him after months and months and thousands of dollars battling different medical conditions. I'm updating here because he has been a constant presence on the blog since he came home a little over three years ago. He was the sweetest, happiest, weirdest puppy I've been lucky enough to call my own. He fought really hard, but in the end his bad genes won. I've been taking time to process everything and hopefully I'll be back soon. 

I'm linking up to Stacking the Shelves & The Sunday Post!