WWW WEDNESDAY September 2, 2020

Hey everyone! It’s has been a long time since I’ve posted lol Life, reading slump, work, etc., but I’m back again with another WWW Wednesday hosted by Taking on a World Of Words. WWW Wednesday is where you answer the following questions: What are you currently reading? What have you recently finished? What do you plan on reading next? Let’s get into it!

What are you currently reading?

Taking part in Becca’s Bookoplathon this month so this is some of my TBR. Probably going to pick up Beautiful Redemption first so I finish out that series.

What have you recently finished?

I hit a reading slump hard in June, so my reading was terrible. However, in August my picked up tremendously! Here’s how:

June: only finished one book and that was Wayward Son.

July: did a reread of Saga Book One and also finished Aru Shah and the End of Time.

August: August could be called either audiobook August or adult August lol I did a reread of Written in Red and Murder of Crows, and followed it up by reading Visions in Silver and Marked in Flesh (books 3&4) in the same series. I also finally finished The Edge series by Ilona Andrews by reading book 4 Steel’s Edge. Sticking with Ilona Andrews, I read Magic Bleeds and the Curran POV Collection. Couple more rereads I did were We Set the Dark on Fire and Darkfever (on the fence about continuing this series). Read a small Divergent novella I found, plus I finally decided to check out Every Heart a Doorway. (mind you this is not in the order I read all these. Just was easier to group them together like this)

First book of September finished: Nevernight

What do you plan on reading next?

I plan to finish out more series. I will definitely continue with The Others series by Anne Bishop (on book 5) as well as the Kate Daniels and Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews (also on book 5 for both of these). Plus will pick up We Unleash the Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia to conclude that duology. So apparently it will be series September lol

Hope everyone is keeping safe and well!! Hope everyone has been enjoying their reading, and I hope to get back to blogging regularly!! Happy reading everyone 💚

WWW WEDNESDAY July 9, 2020

Hey everyone! Back again with another WWW Wednesday hosted by Taking on a World Of Words. WWW Wednesday is where you answer the following questions: What are you currently reading? What have you recently finished? What do you plan on reading next? Let’s get into it!

What are you currently reading?

What have you recently finished?

What do you plan on reading next?

Nevernight is planned for this weekend since it’s Becca’s 48-hr Bookoplathon 😊

Well that’s it for me today!! Happy reading everyone 💚

July 2020 reading plans

Hey everyone! First things first: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!! Today, on July 1st, I turn 29. I have no idea what I’m doing today (besides maybe a trip to Michaels since I got a gift card from my parents), but I’m hoping to get back into the reading groove.

Speaking of reading, I plan on participating in two month long readathons, as well as my first 48 hr readathon. The first readathon is round 2 of the To Be Continued readathon that I did in February. However, the changed it up this round and there are less prompts which makes it so much easier to manage in my opinion.

I also plan on participating in the Pop Culture Readathon: 90s edition. There are four different themed bingo boards, and you can choose one or more to try and get a bingo from. I couldn’t chose just one to focus on so I’m going to just see if I can get a bingo on them all lol

The 48 hour readathon is from my favorite booktuber Becca at Becca and the books. It’s called Becca’s Bookoplathon, and it’s based on her tbr game Becca’s Bookopoly. It runs July 11-12, and she will have roll drops at certain times so we will know what prompts off her boards (last year and this year) that we can choose from to read. I’m excited for it.

I’m also planning on doing some buddy reads with the book club I’m in (even thought I’m super bad at keeping up with them lol) I know we are still reading the Lord of the Rings series so I can catch up with that since I own them all. Anything else is up in the air.

What are your reading plans for July? Any books you’re hoping to get to? Any releases you’re excited for? Let me know!! Happy reading everyone 💚

Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag 2020 (and also happy one year of this blog 💚)

Hey everyone!! Today I’m bringing you the Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag. I did it last year and enjoyed it. So I figured I would do it again this year. Also…I’ve officially been a book blogger for a year now! June 9 was my one year anniversary and honestly I’m surprised I’ve stuck with it lol I still have to work on not stressing out when I don’t post on time (or at all for awhile) as well as come up with some sort of schedule for myself. All of this will come with time though so I’m happy 😊 now…onto the tag!!

Best book you’ve read in 2020 so far

Book 2 is out now and I need it!!

Best sequel you’ve read in 2020

HANDS. DOWN.

New release you haven’t read yet but want to

yes I own book 6. No I haven’t read book 5 yet lol this came out June 2 and I need the conclusion but I also don’t want it to end.

Most anticipated book for the second half of the year

I have two for this answer. There might be more, but these two came to mind first.

Emerald Blaze is the next Hidden Legacy book by Ilona Andrews that releases in August. One of my favorite authors so of course I’m excited!!

The Cousins releases in December. I want to read it to see if I actually do like Karen M. McManus’ work since I thoroughly enjoyed the One of Us is Lying series.

Most disappointing read of 2020

Going with this one only because I hyped it up so good in my head and I only got 100 pages in. I almost had to force myself to read it. Unfortunately it was a DNF

Most surprising read of 2020

The amount of times I heard that this book was bad…omg. I literally thought it would be a DNF and such a let down. However. This book here made me ugly cry soo hard!! I knew it was coming, but it hit with a one two combination and boy did I need some time to myself afterwards. I actually enjoyed this book. Not as much as the first two, but I didn’t feel like it brought down the series at all.

Favorite new author

Marie Lu and Talia Hibbert. I haven’t even read much by either one, yet they both being such strong reactions out of me (mostly tears lol) plus their characters feel so real!! Yes these two will keep me coming back.

Newest fictional crush

Kal ❤️

Newest favorite character

Amma, Ethan, Macon, Link, and Lena. They are all in one series so they count as one 😎 plus I need to finish this series as well

Book that made you cry

Hmmm let’s see:

Yes all of these lol

Book that made you happy

Most beautiful book you bought/received

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I want to finish out more series this year. I want to end the year with a lot finished so I can enter next year able to read more series lol

Unexpected Hiatus

Hello everyone! So I ended up taking an unexpected hiatus from the blog this month. I had no plans to, but with everything happening in the world I needed to take a step back from social media. Especially with me being a black woman, the entire Black Lives Matter movement hit me hard. I would literally get panic attacks every single time a family member or myself left the house. It got so bad that I unintentionally made myself physically sick. Also with COVID-19 still around it’s just been a really stressful month.

Reading wise, nothing to report there. I’ve only read one book this month and that was Wayward Son. I’ve tried multiple times to read, but I kept finding myself on Twitter mostly. That right there played a huge part in why I was so stressed with everything. Taking the app off my phone actually helped. I didn’t fully delete my account, but I made it so I would have to actually log on online. Today was the first day I actually did it and that was only for a readathon next month that will strictly be on Twitter for this round.

Speaking of readathons, I failed all the ones I wanted to participate in this month. I’m thinking of just doing them on my own next month, but I’ve already committed to two so who knows. Hopefully my birthday month brings me back to my reading.

*Side note* this is what I’ve been doing instead of reading:

First picture is where I started at the beginning of the month, and the second picture is where I currently am. Cross stitch and YouTube (mainly Pokémon card videos lol) has helped me this month.

Here’s to July and to much more reading!! Happy reading everyone!! 💚

First Line Fridays 6/12/2020

Hey everyone! I’m back with another First Line Fridays, hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author, or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page.
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first!
  • Finally…..reveal the book.
  • I would have lived in peace. But my enemies brought me war.

    This book is….

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    PSA: I’m currently in a sort of reading slump. I want to read, badly, yet when I pick up a book I get a few chapters or pages in and then I’m done. I’m probably currently reading like 6 books lol I’ve only finished one this month. Hopefully my reading picks up soon because I miss it.

    WWW WEDNESDAY 6/3/2020

    Hey everyone! Back again with another WWW Wednesday hosted by Taking on a World Of Words. WWW Wednesday is where you answer the following questions: What are you currently reading? What have you recently finished? What do you plan on reading next? Let’s get into it!

    What are you currently reading

    I’m playing Bookopoly with the book club I’m in for this month and next month. My first roll landed on Dystopian, so I chose Red Rising by Pierce Brown. Not that far in so I can’t really give you my thoughts yet.

    This summer we are also reading the entire Middle Earth series starting with The Hobbit so I am about to start that.

    The Last Namsara is next on my Myth Taker TBR so that will be another I pick up shortly.

    What have you recently finished

    Finally finished this book. My first book finished this month.

    What do you plan on reading next

    It’s all up to Bookopoly lol whatever I roll next after I finish Red Rising will be next read along with my readathon TBRs.

    Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff book review

    THIS BOOK BROKE ME!!

    I’ve been seeing all the posts they’ve made on their Instagram stories from other readers saying things similar, but I didn’t think it would be that bad. I mean, they were saying similar things with Aurora Rising and I only gave that book a 3 star rating. So I should be good right?

    WRONG! SO. VERY. WRONG.

    This is the third book this year to make me actually cry. Not just sniffle or tear up, but actually shed tears. Then, when I think I’m in the clear….BAM big reveal. I swear I dropped so many F-bombs reading this lol

    I love a good character book. Don’t get me wrong…this has a great plot (damn does it ever), but these characters have worked their way into my heart and now I must protect them all. Which is impossible considering we are talking about Amie and Jay here. Gemina hit me this hard as well, so it must be something about their sequels that just kills me. Also like Gemina, I read this book in one day. Not the brightest idea, but I couldn’t stop turning the pages.

    Not only do I want to meet the authors, I want to meet the audiobook narrators as well. They did such an amazing job in my opinion.

    I could go on and on about this, but I may venture off into spoilers so I will stop here. I do however need someone to vent to. I NEED someone who has read this and felt like I do to talk to about this. I have thoughts and questions and feelings that need out. So if you have read this, and would like to talk more about it, let me know.

    Happy reading 💚

    Make Your Myth Taker

    Hello there! Today I am bringing you my TBR for this exciting readathon. It is brought to you by Ashleigh from A Frolic Through Fiction. It is highly involved so I’ve linked the announcement video.

    The main thing is that we have to create a character from one of the four main categories (Royal Court, Sorcerers, Warriors, and Rogues). However, each category has 4 characters. I have gone for the Goddess path with a secondary path of Mercenary.

    Meet Severé. She’s always been that sweet, shy girl that loves to help out. Growing up the only daughter of a witch and knight, she always knew she was destined to be someone special someday. However, she didn’t want to follow in either of her parents footsteps. So, one random day at dinner, she declares “I’m going to be a Goddess.” Her brothers (like all siblings) tease her, her father is slightly worried, and her mother is over the moon.

    After a nice long talk, they decide she will take the training when she gets a little older. A few years go by, and now Severé is ready to train. Her first task is learning that she is more than these mere humans walking around.

    For this I have to read a book featuring a non-human MC. So I have chosen:

    Mr. Baz here is a vampire.

    The next lesson she will have to learn is to let her magic shine through.

    For this I have to read a book with a foiled cover. I have chosen:

    Severé can’t seem to get these words out of her head: “It’s clear you were meant to rule. Your divine presence puts you at the top of the hierarchy.” She tells her father one day, and to her surprise he agrees. After all, he always did say she could be Queen someday. Severé thinks about it, but ultimately decides to stay on her path to become a Goddess.

    For this I have to read my highest rated book on Goodreads, and that turns out to be Saga book 3. I’m going with Book 2 though since I haven’t read that yet lol

    The last lesson for Severé to learn is divine intervention.

    For this I had to randomize my TBR. So I did a random number generator and the book it selected was:

    She finally did it!! She is now the Goddess she always dreamed she would be. Severé has some great years too. Until she finds out someone is coming after her. She wasn’t supposed to hear that though. So she goes to her brother Lucien. Why does she go to him you ask? Why, he’s a mercenary of course.

    Lucien will do whatever it takes to protect his baby sister, but he also knows she needs to learn other ways to protect herself. Especially when she’s alone. He also knows that Severé is more than just that sweet shy girl she portrays. He knows just how to bring out that fighter he knows is in her.

    The first lesson he teaches her is that a mercenary is always awaiting their next mission.

    For this I need to read an anticipated read. For that I chose:

    “The most important lesson I’m going to teach you, Severé, is that a warrior should always have their weapon!”

    As you might have guessed, I need to read a book with a weapon on the cover. So I’ve chosen:

    The next lesson she learned from her brother is that on journeys through forgotten, she may stumble across pure magic on her mission.

    For this I have to read a book featuring a magic battle. I’m going with:

    One day at her home, Severé thinks about what her brother told her during one of their final lessons. He said that mercenaries were so common, but now only seem to be legends. She asked him why that was, but he couldn’t give her an answer because he didn’t know himself.

    For this I have to read a book inspired by history or legend. I chose:

    Will Severé be able to become that mercenary she needs to be in order to protect herself? Or will she just rely on her sorcery to get her through things? Will she even become that Goddess she always dreamed about? Or will it be just that- a dream? We shall find out when June is over 😊

    June 2020: the month of three readathons and my blog’s one year birthday 💚

    Hello everyone 😊 first things first: my blog turns one on June 9th!! I don’t know what I’m going to do for that though. I need some ideas on what are good posts for blog anniversaries. Any recommendations are welcomed!!

    Just like last summer, it’s readathon heavy and I love it!! I’ve finally figured out how to do multiple readathons so I will be less stressed. I’m also low key participating in Queer Lit because it’s only a week long challenge, and I want to spread it out throughout the entire month. I’ve been trying to read more LGBTQIA+ books throughout the year, but I especially want to read a lot during Pride month. I’m also putting the third readathon in a separate post because I have more I want to say about it.

    The Readathon Diaries

    Yes this is a readathon based on The Vampire Diaries, and I am so in!! Here is one of the announcement videos for this readathon. You can either be Team Witch, Team Werewolf, or Team Vampire. My team is….

    Can you guess what book I’m reading for most of these prompts?? Yup it’s Twilight. It fits: Salvatore, Daylight Ring, Damon (using Rosalie as my snarky character), and Sirelines. For Vervain, I’ll be reading Circe by Madeline Miller. The group book may or may not be read. Haven’t decided.

    Olympic Games

    This readathon is based on the Percy Jackson series. Now I’ve only read the first book, and yes I’ve seen the movies. However, I’m super excited to participate in this readathon. The announcement video for this is here.

    I had a funny little thing happen when I checked this out. All I knew was that you have a Patron or godly parent that you are playing for. So I went through and selected Poseidon (because I’ve always felt connected to him for some reason). I gathered all my books for the prompts….only to watch a video of someone’s TBR mentioning a quiz. So I went back and took the quiz and what do you know?

    My prompts for Poseidon are:

    Set at sea/coast:

    MC uses a sword:

    Non-human MC:

    Finish a book in 3 days:

    Not heard much about:

    Advanced challenges- Canoeing (blue cover)

    Monster fighting (magical creatures):

    Pegasus riding (published in the last 5 years):