Fun fantasy romance featuring Pokemon-like magical creatures, undead assassins, and plenty of action. Really enjoyed the read, especially all of the different creatures & their powers, and the very cool fantastical setting. Loved the characters, but wished the romance had more chemistry. Full review is up on my blog. Thanks so much to NetGalley & Sourcebooks Casa!
1. Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym M. Martineau, The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan (in a romance mood)
2. Honeybee by Trista Mateer, which is a lovely poetry book that made me feel so many things. Also, the male main character in Kingdom of Exiles is bi.
3. Axe throwing bar!
Ok Littens... #MakeMeReadIt ! I chose a bunch of books that have either made it to multiple tbrs or that I‘m afraid will get overlooked in favor of new books. Please vote for what you think I should pick up in July! I‘ll definitely read the winner, maybe the second place book as well. Thanks to @TheReadingMermaid for creating this fun challenge!
Do any Littens know of any readathons happening this week/this weekend/next week? I‘m behind on my tbr and readathons tend to help motivate me 😂
June TBR! Just kidding, but that would be impressive, wouldn‘t it? This is my final haul for #bookexpo & #bookcon . Had a lovely time learning about books, hearing from awesome authors, & meeting wonderful littens...now to decide what to read first...
Seriously amazing historical romance panel at #bookcon called Suffragettes, Sex Positivity, and Smashing the Patriarchy: Historical Romance as a Powerful Political Text with @ScientistSam ! Definitely one of the best panels of the week with a lot of funny and insightful dialogue.
May reading wrap-up! Had a lower reading month numbers-wise; I finished 6 books and unfortunately no 5-⭐️ reads! But still some good ones! (Also, not quite finished with The Astonishing Color of After but took the pic early 😂). Faves were Aurora Rising, a few of the stories from Mouthful of Birds, and oddly Lucky You, which a lot of people seem to have hated. Least fave was Severance. On to June reading!
#bookexpo Day 2 haul!! Today was fantastic—so many gorgeous arcs, plus getting to see Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor speak. She is so brilliant and inspirational; it was the highlight of my week so far. (They didn‘t allow any photos.)
Panel with Jenny Slate at #bookexpo ! Didn‘t manage to get a copy of her book, but she is awesome 😄
Hey Littens! I‘m going to BookExpo for the first time this year as a blogger (my day job‘s not book-related) and was wondering if any of you have any tips and tricks or suggestions for a first-timer! I‘ve been to BookCon twice before & loved it, but it sounds like BEA is a lot different. Hoping to see some of you Littens there! 💜📚 #bookexpo #bookcon
I bought this ebook on a whim having not really heard much about it until I was intrigued by @TracyReadsBooks ‘s posts about it. So glad I did! Great rec 😄 It‘s got the “band of misfits on a mission” trope that gets me every time, it‘s got a great mix of humor & action, & it‘s super fun to read. About 2/3 of the way through & I think it‘ll be one of my fav YA of 2019! #currentlyreading
Started this one today & honestly reading Helen Hoang‘s writing just made me so happy—esp with work stress things going on this was the perfect one to pick up for my mood. Also this salad was amazing—that‘s fried avocado on top 🥑 #botm
The reviews on Litsy & GR aren‘t great for this one, but I ended up loving it. Three friends, flawed & unlikable in different ways, find their lives on pause when they attempt to live a life “in health” in a house in rural Arkansas. We learn their self-destructive patterns even as they pretend to themselves that what they‘re doing has more meaning than it does. I found it incisive, darkly funny, and a fast read. #botm
April reading wrap-up! Despite a reading slump, I managed to finish 8 books this month: 4 physical books, 2 audiobooks, and 2 eARCs.
4⭐️: A Prince on Paper
Red, White, & Royal Blue
It Happened One Doomsday
The Rules & Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic
3.5⭐️: Wicked Saints
A Princess in Theory
3⭐️: Convenience Store Woman
Thank you so much to Pyr Books, @AvonBooks and @StMartinsPress for the opportunity to read review copies!
This was, hands down, my favorite book in the Reluctant Royals series so far. A Prince on Paper had all of the awesomeness from the first two books in the series--extremely supportive female friendships, political drama and intrigue, imaginary countries, etc--with the addition of a central romance that had, in my opinion, much more chemistry than the previous two books combined.
Full review on my blog/GR! Thanks #netgalley for the #earc 😄
Dewey‘s 24-hour readathon wrap-up! Def not my most productive readathon, but I still had a great relaxing day and was glad to make some reading progress. I started & finished the tagged book; finished an eARC that I was almost done with; and read about 1/3 of each of the bottom 2 books. Considering I hadn‘t read basically anything this month before Dewey‘s, I‘m pretty happy! #readathon
(I‘m not actually at the beach, this is an old photo 😂) but this was a cute/funny contemporary fantasy about Bridger navigating school and whether he‘s ready to come out as bisexual when two earth-shattering things happen: a cute boy moves into town and he gets a job assisting an intermediary between our world and the world of myth. Many supernatural and adorable shenanigans ensue. Great for fans of urban fantasy and/or rom-coms. #readathon
My TBR for April! The bottom row are my highest priority eARCs from #netgalley . I‘m currently reading the tagged book and it‘s super cute and funny!
March reading wrap-up! I finished 9 books, including one eARC from #netgalley. Hard to rank favorites bc I read a bunch of 4⭐️ books this month, but if I had to pick it‘d be Call Them by Their True Names, Never-Contented Things, and the Daisy Jones audiobook.
My #botm picks for April! Really loving all the add-ons this year and crossing my fingers that The Bride Test will be an option for May. (I‘m still technically on a book buying ban but I made botm the exception 😂).
I‘ve finally set up a #netgalley account and started requesting books! I‘ve been doing bookish things for so long but haven‘t really been using an ereader until recently so I never got on board! But it‘s so fun, and I made the rookie mistake of requesting many things at once thinking I‘d maybe get approved for 1 or 2. These are the books I‘ve been approved for so far; my ereader will be getting a workout for the bext few months 😂
Just finished what I think is the first science fiction romance I‘ve ever read. And it was so much fun! Tess, captain of a lovable crew of rebel-aiding misfits, is trying to outrun both the evil Dark Watch and also her mysterious past when she meets Shade, an intriguing space rogue. Recommend if you‘re looking for a fun romance with some action, adventure, and high stakes. @Sourcebooks
So, this is my March book haul (a combination of #botm picks and #bnbookhaul finds) and I‘ve decided to go on a #bookbuyingban until BEA/BookCon. Which might be tricky because I‘m terrible at book buying bans! I decided #botm would be an exception 😂
This has been a weirdly audiobook-heavy month for me, and I‘m so glad I read the book in this format, since the performance was fantastic and it was so easy to listen to (esp for someone like me who struggles with audio sometimes). The characters felt so real, and I‘m really glad the hype got me to pick it up. Will def check out more from this author. Is it bad that I want a physical copy now too?
I keep starting books but have been too crazy with work to finish any of them. But for the most part I‘m really loving all of these, so my being slow doesn‘t bother me quite as much 😂 Still would like to finish a few this weekend so that I can start reading new things!
Just started this one on audio after hearing that it‘s done with a full cast (and seeing about a million great reviews). I purposefully didn‘t order it as a #botm pick since I wanted to listen to it, and I‘m LOVING it so far. I‘m a sucker for an unconventional format/storytelling style. Also, this is my first Taylor Jenkins Reid book!
Sunday vibes with books & drinks & brunch & Captain Marvel 💫 I‘m #currentlyreading Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet, which is a science fiction romance following Tess, a rebel captain with a secret past who runs into space rogue Shade while fleeing the nefarious Dark Watch. So far it‘s a really fun read and exactly what I was in the mood for. I‘ve never really read a scifi romance before, but I‘ll have to pick up more after this.
March TBR! I really want to finally tackle A Little Life this month; I‘m just so curious to read the book that so many people love so much (and a few people hate). I‘ve gotten to the point where I‘m starting to feel very left out for not having read it yet! The other two books I‘ve already started, and I‘m not quite sure how I feel about either one yet. #tbr
My #botm picks for March! I was really excited about the selections for this month, especially considering how many months I skipped last year. I want to read all of these approximately right now 😄
February Reading Wrap-Up! I managed to read 9 books this month, including a new 5-star read that absolutely crushed me (The Underground Railroad) and three 2019 new releases. Other faves this month were Good and Mad and The Last Romantics.
Found some gorgeous books at the #bnbookhaul sale today! Pretty good selection, better than last time in my opinion. I mean, you get a free tote bag if you buy 3 books, so I kinda had to 😂 and the candle was 50% off too. Have you guys read any of these? #bookhaul
Really enjoyed this book! I read it so quickly, especially considering how long it is. It‘s action-packed from beginning to end, and has really powerful messages about discrimination. I loved Zelie and Amari, two of the main characters, although I really wasn‘t a fan of the third, Inan, and also disliked the romance. Can‘t wait for book 2!