Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
CharissaWeaksAuthor

CharissaWeaksAuthor

Joined May 2016

Writer. Reader. Traveler. Books make me happy 😀
reading now icon
Fifth Season by N K Jemisin
reading now icon
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
reading now icon
Lovely War by Julie Berry
reading now icon
Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
reading now icon
An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon
blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
Recursion | Blake Crouch
post image

I‘m too beat tonight, but I fully intend to dig into this over the weekend.

mcipher It is so good- enjoy!! 4d
69 likes4 stack adds1 comment
blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
Once Upon an Enchanted Forest: An Anthology of Romantic Witchcraft Stories | Juliet Marillier, Bethany Adams, Alisha Klapheke, Angela J. Ford, Emma Hamm, Charissa Weaks, Elva Birch, Morgan Jensen, Michelle Tang, Autumn Shelley
post image

Hey all! As editor and a contributor to this anthology, I have 5 eARC‘s to give away if anyone is interested in reading and giving an honest review. This book has 10 stories, a total of 130k words. It‘s fantasy romance. I have a novella in the book called The Witch Collector and Juliet Marillier has a new novelette titled In Wraithwood. Just comment below if interested! Please feel free to share!

Maude That cover is lovely and the description sounds intriguing!! I'd love a chance to read and review :) 5d
CharissaWeaksAuthor @Maude Thank you!! Just shoot me an email to charissaweaksauthor {at} gmail {dot} com and I‘ll send you a link. 5d
Maude Thank you! I will send email now. 5d
CharissaWeaksAuthor @Maude Awesome, I‘ll send you the link via Bookfunnel in the morning. I‘m shutting down for the night! Thanks again! ❤️ 5d
36 likes1 stack add4 comments
blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
Nevernight | Jay Kristoff
post image

Current listen. Awesome narrator. I‘m quite intrigued by this story.

CourtSmall FANTASTIC SERIES...CURRENTLY ON THE COUNTDOWN UNTIL THE FINAL BOOK DROPS IN SEPTEMBER 1mo
55 likes1 comment
blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
post image

In my inbox. I‘m looking forward to this!

blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
Silver in the Wood | Emily Tesh
post image

This isn‘t what I‘m supposed to be reading 😬 but I kinda took a look at page one and now I can‘t stop. 🤷🏻‍♀️ So good. Update: I really loved the premise and characters but I didn‘t realize this was a novella, and oh how I wanted the story to be longer and slower. Sigh. Still recommend if you‘re looking for a short fantasy read.

Cathythoughts Beautiful cover 3mo
58 likes2 stack adds1 comment
blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
Pan's Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun | Cornelia Funke, Guillermo Del Toro
post image

Don‘t you love it when a book interrupts all your reading plans??! 🤦🏻‍♀️ I loved this movie.

Gissy Me too! 2mo
47 likes2 stack adds1 comment
blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
The Lady Rogue | Jenn Bennett
post image

This book releases in September. I‘ll be digging in after my book club read of Gentleman in Moscow is finished. Hailed as The Last Magician meets A Gentleman‘s Guide to Vice and Virtue. How could I pass that up???

44 likes1 stack add
blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
The Bear | Andrew Krivak
post image

Much thanks to NetGalley and Bellevue Books for this advanced copy of The Bear. I loved The Road to which this has been compared. It releases in February 2020.

39 likes2 stack adds
blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
Silver in the Wood | Emily Tesh
post image

YAY. I‘m excited about this one.

blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
Gentleman in Moscow | Amor Towles
post image

My next listen.

Laura317 This audiobook is all kinds of wonderful. 3mo
57 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
CharissaWeaksAuthor
Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
post image
Pickpick

Well, I absolutely loved this book. It‘s funny, adorable, emotional, smart, deeply romantic, and just sweet. Highly recommend. ❤️(I listened to the audio)

Lovesbooks87 Loved, loved, loved this book! 3mo
rachelsbrittain Such a good one! 3mo
CarolynM I'm doing a reread already😌😌 3mo
LouBeth Sold! Just placed audio book on hold. 3mo
66 likes3 stack adds4 comments
blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
post image

This book is hilarious!

HOTPock3tt I‘m listening to the audiobook now and lmao!! 🤣 3mo
CharissaWeaksAuthor @HOTPock3tt Same. Cracking me up! 3mo
Lovesbooks87 It really is! Loved it! 3mo
CarolynM It's a delight🙂 3mo
67 likes1 stack add4 comments
review
CharissaWeaksAuthor
Hunger Games | Suzanne Collins
post image
Pickpick

Did everyone see? How do we feel?

jpmcwisemorgan Kind of meh. It‘s Mags story so we kind of know what to expect. It also feels like it‘s so long after the books/movies that it‘s just for attention/money rather than still having a story to tell. I get kind of cynical about this sort of thing though. 3mo
Bklover Prequels always disturb me for some reason. It‘s like knowing the ending already. Hope this is a good one! 3mo
CharissaWeaksAuthor @jpmcwisemorgan @BKlover I did wonder “why now?” when it‘s a decade later, but I also have a writer brain and know crazier things have happened. I‘m not sure I‘m interested in the story line yet, but we shall see, I suppose. 3mo
See All 21 Comments
Ashley_Nicoletto I feel like I would read Suzanne Collins shopping list so I‘m in. 🤣 3mo
jpmcwisemorgan I just read a thread on Twitter that points out if this book does well it could generate interest in more YA dystopian because it‘s been long enough that it‘s a new generation of readers. And this is almost definitely a movie so it‘s going to bring a lot of attention to YA and possibly MG, which is good for a lot of people. So if you‘re writing YA or dystopian, or YA dystopian, there might be a larger market for you very soon. 3mo
TheBookDream I feel like it should be a current events book, since it‘s billed as a Hunger Games prequel 3mo
CharissaWeaksAuthor @Ashley_Nicoletto 😂 I was all in when the books came out, so I understand. I‘m totally curious but I think time has dampened my excitement. 3mo
CharissaWeaksAuthor @jpmcwisemorgan I love dystopian so I hope that happens. 3mo
OrangeMooseReads I was hoping that it would go back to before the games began but I‘m still interested in reading it. 3mo
MoonWitch94 I only want it if it can seamlessly fit into the world of Panem & makes sense. Otherwise, no thanks. 3mo
LibrarianRyan I'm excited. I am a major fan of the books (movies not so much) . I find it interestig that she is going back 64 years, which would be 10 years of hunger games, instead of to the civil war that started it. But I cant wait to read it. 3mo
jpmcwisemorgan @LibrarianRyan Yes, I liked the books better. I don‘t know if I‘d want a book about the cause, starting toward the beginning seems ok but I don‘t know if it‘s going to work for a character we already met. Unless maybe we find out she was part of some sort of resistance for all the years leading up to Katniss. That could be interesting. 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m actually an outlier here... I‘m pretty excited! The fact that she waited years to write a prequel, to me at least, means she thought of a great story that she needed to tell... instead of just pressured to write something in the same world ASAP. Unlike some people who are off writing prequels before they finish their main series (George R.R. Martin) sorry I‘m still annoyed at him for that... that felt like a 💰 move to sell another series. 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘ll also say, I‘m excited to learn its Mags... she was a great character who had no voice in the original story... so to give her a voice now appeals to me. I‘m more interested now that it‘s her, than say Hamish‘s story or the same story from Gale‘s POV. To me that means it‘s something completely new and not a rehash of one of the stories we already know. 3mo
LibrarianRyan @jpmcwisemorgan But do you think we will actually see any of the characters we already know? 64 years is a big difference. Maybe President Snow as a teenager, but most of the characters in the original books are not that old. 3mo
LibrarianRyan @jpmcwisemorgan Okay, I hadn't read the other entry that the book was about Mags. Now that I know that, hummmmmm 3mo
LibrarianRyan @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yes, I agree. and to go back so far, a lot can change in 64 years. The Hunger Games may look completely different then to how they did during the original series timeline. 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @LibrarianRyan I know, I hadn‘t heard that either until I saw it in the comments....I hope that intel is good, that‘s interesting. 3mo
jpmcwisemorgan @LibrarianRyan I saw elsewhere it‘s about Mags but maybe it‘s not. It does have to do with a failed rebellion. 3mo
enidkeaner I enjoyed the series but all I can think is: why and why now? 3mo
69 likes21 comments
blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
post image

I loved The Lost City of Z. And I‘m loving this. I think I have a thing for reading about people who are brave enough to walk into jungles and rainforests that are literally designed to kill anything foreign that happens to tread on their grounds.

47 likes1 stack add
blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
Heart's Blood | Juliet Marillier
post image

What I‘m reading/listening to. ❤️

46 likes1 stack add
review
CharissaWeaksAuthor
The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
post image
Pickpick

I loved this book! Considering a re-read before her next book, The Starless Sea. And its $2.99 right now! Go grab it.

TheFunkyBookworm Ohh when does the new one come out?! 3mo
62 likes2 comments
blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
The Passion of Dolssa | Julie Berry
post image

Tonight‘s read.

53 likes1 stack add
blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
Recursion | Blake Crouch
post image

I couldn‘t NOT choose this one. I loved Dark Matter.

46 likes1 stack add
blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
Lovely War | Julie Berry
post image

Thank you @sprainedbrain for this recommendation! This book is so me 💗

sprainedbrain I loved it so much! 💕 4mo
61 likes1 stack add1 comment
blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
post image

An Audible credit is burning a hole in my virtual pocket. I need recs!

Prairiegirl_reading Homegoing and the heart‘s invisible furies. Not new but I haven‘t been blown away by anything lately. I hope these help anyway. 4mo
CharissaWeaksAuthor @Prairiegirl_reading Thank you! I‘m struggling to hang with any audio since The Lost Queen and The Secret History of Witches, both of which I loved. 4mo
Melissa_J I‘m not a fan of audiobooks (I can‘t stay focused on them), but I had a bad bout of vertigo a few years back and couldn‘t read. Audiobooks were my only option. I listened to this one and absolutely loved it - the narrators were perfect 4mo
See All 25 Comments
IamIamIam I've had a lot of great listens recently! I liked The Shape of Water, Station Eleven, Killers of the Flower Moon, Slade House and The Wonder. 4mo
IamIamIam If you're into middle grade, the Mr. Lemoncello series is spectacular! I also adored the Lunar Chronicles and the Underland Chronicled. Lol 4mo
Lindy Great in audio: 4mo
emtobiasz The oral history format of this made it great for audio: 4mo
kgriffith I did a quick look through your picks and think you‘d enjoy 4mo
sprainedbrain I second @kgriffith (those are read by my favorite narrator)... best audio I‘ve heard this month was this one, though! 4mo
CharissaWeaksAuthor @IamIamIam I read pretty much everything lol. Thanks for the recs!! 4mo
CharissaWeaksAuthor @RamsFan1963 Oh goodness. I‘m not sure I can do Chernobyl. I remember when that happened. Everyone‘s talking about the show but 🙈 Human suffering is tough for me. 4mo
CharissaWeaksAuthor @Lindy Oh wow. That sounds cool. 4mo
CharissaWeaksAuthor @emtobiasz I have this hardback. I‘ll have to take a listen! 4mo
CharissaWeaksAuthor @kgriffith Oooh. I love Laini Taylor. I‘ll admit...I struggled with Strange and didn‘t finish it. Maybe the audio would help. I think I was expecting something like DOSAB. 4mo
CharissaWeaksAuthor @Dragon I have this ebook. I‘ve yet to read it but it‘s right up my alley. I‘ll have to check out the audio! 4mo
CharissaWeaksAuthor @sprainedbrain Oh wow. I actually haven‘t seen this one. Thanks! 4mo
IamIamIam LOL, great minds think alike! For non fiction, I loved The Disappearing Spoon, Killers of the Flower Moon and The Johnstown Flood. 4mo
BrittanyReads Currently listening to this and loving it! The narrator is fantastic. She sounds like a cast of people on her own without sounding cheesy. 4mo
CharissaWeaksAuthor @BrittanyReads I know! I can‘t believe she hasn‘t done more audiobooks! I could listen to her all day. 4mo
50 likes25 comments
blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
Fifth Season | N K Jemisin
post image

Tonight‘s listen :)

readordierachel So good. Enjoy 💕 4mo
GypsyKat Great series! 4mo
Lady_Tigana_20 Just started this one. Sad beginning. 😢 4mo
ReadWithAJ This is on my TBR along with (edited) 4mo
72 likes3 stack adds4 comments
blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
Shadow and Bone | Leigh Bardugo
post image

Here we go.

57 likes2 stack adds
blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
post image

Sooooo, I‘m going to have a novelette in Once Upon an Enchanted Forest, an anthology of romantic witchcraft stories, with the lovely Juliet Marillier. *yayyyy* It releases in September. Once Upon Anthologies is taking story submissions through 5/15 (and that date may be extended). If interested, check out the Submittable link.
https://onceuponanthologies.submittable.com/submit

LeahBergen Congratulations! 👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
tammysue Congrats! 💐 5mo
GondorGirl Very cool! 5mo
Suet624 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 5mo
53 likes5 comments
blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
post image

Eek. Sharing this book by my friend, Alisha Klapheke. It‘s on Kindle Unlimited but also $.99 today. Check it out!

42 likes3 stack adds
blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
post image

Getting this book in during my morning reading. So much to read, so little time!

55 likes2 stack adds
blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
post image

Look at me reading sagas. Who knew?

review
CharissaWeaksAuthor
post image
Pickpick

Okay. I can understand why some don‘t like this book. If you need plot or rising action, a story that naturally leads to a climactic end, this is not that book. This is a generational tale of witches. No more. I still loved it, & I‘m a plotter, so 🤷🏻‍♀️. Some of the tales really stuck with me, and I wanted more. The writing is beautiful. The family connections in the end got to my heart. Also, the audio is lovely.

Mdargusch Great review! 👍🏼 6mo
readingjedi Nice review. I loved this also. 6mo
JSW I want to read this now, since I read and enjoyed 6mo
See All 6 Comments
CharissaWeaksAuthor @JSW I bought the hardback. I‘ll be reading it soon, for sure. 6mo
79 likes6 comments
blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
The Witch's Kind | Louisa Morgan
post image

New book :)

blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
Cutting for Stone: A Novel | Abraham Verghese
post image

I just bought this audio, and I‘m very excited. 😬

Wannabe_Quijote One of my absolute favorites 6mo
CharissaWeaksAuthor @Wannabe_Quijote YAY. I can‘t wait to dig in. I have a couple books to finish first, but then it‘s on. 6mo
65 likes2 comments
blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
post image

Uhm, I am loving this so far. It‘s a completely different time period/setting but the storytelling is reminiscent of Circe for me for some reason. The pacing is nice and steady, the narrator perfection. I hope it stays this good.

C.Perone I really wanted to like this book; but I just couldn't 😣 6mo
MoonWitch94 I felt that way, too. But in the end I had totally changed my mind. 6mo
CharissaWeaksAuthor @MoonWitch94 I‘m still good so far. Curious about how it ends. 6mo
72 likes3 stack adds3 comments
blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
post image

Currently listening. :)

blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
What the Wind Knows | Amy Harmon
post image

❤️❤️❤️ I‘m REALLY enjoying this so far. Can‘t wait to see where it goes. Amy Harmon is so good.

60 likes1 stack add
blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
post image

I‘m currently listening to Evelyn and wanted the hardback. Also excited to read about Daisy!

NovelGirl82 Evelyn is one of my faves!! I'm so excited for Daisy Jones!! I'm kind of sad that I cancelled my BOTM now. 7mo
Lovesbooks87 Both books were amazing! But I think Evelyn is my favorite of the two! 💚💚💚 7mo
CharissaWeaksAuthor @Lovesbooks87 I‘m really enjoying it :) 7mo
CharissaWeaksAuthor @NovelGirl82 I can‘t let go of it 😬 7mo
51 likes4 comments
blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
post image

It was a good day.

Redwritinghood A really good day, it seems! 7mo
Ashley_Nicoletto Very very good. 😍 7mo
75 likes1 stack add3 comments
blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
Winter Soldier | Daniel Mason
post image

Bought this from the B&N sale. Sounds amazing!

39 likes1 stack add
review
CharissaWeaksAuthor
post image
Pickpick

Barnes and Noble is having a book sale. Soooo many good books! Let me know if you buy any. 😊

blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
post image

Current listen.

Tianarose Love this one. Such a unique story. 7mo
57 likes1 stack add1 comment
blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
Fortune Teller | Gwendolyn Womack
post image

Currently listening :)

61 likes2 stack adds
review
CharissaWeaksAuthor
Unbound: (InterMix) | Cara McKenna
post image
Pickpick

I was in the mood for something sexy. I listened to the audio. 1) The writing is really beautifully done. 2) Unique romantic situation. But...3) The narration. Everything was great except for the way the lady read the man. I still listened, tho! And it‘s still a recommendation.

blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
Once Upon the Longest Night: An Anthology of Romantic Vampire Stories | Elizabeth Vaughan, Sara Dobie Bauer, Dan Stout
post image

Look, it‘s me 🥰 Just a heads up that Once Upon Anthologies is taking submissions for their next anthology. If you‘re interested and want more info, let me know. Submission info should go live this next week. Book title: Once Upon an Enchanted Forest. Theme: Magic/Witchcraft Length: 7-15k. Payment: $75 flat fee plus 2 print copies of the book and several ebooks to give away. Deadline is 5/15. This paperback and ebook is available on Amazon now :)

49 likes1 stack add
blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
Circe | Madeline Miller
post image

Loved this book. Go grab it!

63 likes1 stack add
blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
American Queen | Sierra Simone
post image

This might be a little risqué. ?

58 likes2 stack adds
review
CharissaWeaksAuthor
post image
Pickpick

I really really loved this book. Highly recommend.

49 likes2 stack adds
blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
post image

Early Christmas gift from the hubs. Pretty excited!

DarcysMom I just finished it on audio and loved it! 9mo
98 likes2 stack adds1 comment
blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
Warprize | Elizabeth Vaughan
post image

I keep trying to get Litsy to add this book to no avail 🙁. It‘s 8 novelettes with a vampire & winter solstice/longest night theme. Heat levels are sweet to erotic. I have a 19k word historical fantasy romance included. Elizabeth Vaughan, author of Warprize, is our headliner. If you‘re interested, you can find us on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo. Paperback happens in February 🥰

Bookzombie Are you using the link or the app? Let me see if I can find the link again. I added it below in case you hadn‘t seen it. 🙂 (edited) 9mo
CharissaWeaksAuthor @Bookzombie Aw thank you! I‘ve done one form I found online and another through Litsy, but not this. 9mo
59 likes3 comments
blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
The Book of Life | Deborah Harkness
post image

Struggling to get into anything since reading The Lost Queen. Having book hangover, I guess. Trying to jump back in where I left off on this one.

blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
The Whispers | Greg Howard
post image

Next read is by my friend Greg Howard. Watch for this one!! Coming in January!

SassyBookworm The cover is beautiful 9mo
69 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
CharissaWeaksAuthor
post image
Pickpick

This was AMAZING. It‘s a huge story, and I felt the need of the author to condense things at the end, but even still, this is an achievement. I loved the characters. I loved the emotion. This is historical fiction with a slight fantasy feel, simply because the magic of that time seems so fantastical to us now. But the people then believed, and the author shows that so well with these characters. Highly recommend.

Penny_LiteraryHoarders Great!! I bought this one because it sounded like it would be great! 9mo
CharissaWeaksAuthor @Penny_LiteraryHoarders The audio is soooo good. I had the ARC but listened to the audio, lol. I‘ll also buy the hardback. That‘s how much I liked it. 9mo
tonyahoswalt I'm reading this now. I put it off for a while, because based on the character names, I was expecting it to be a dense time-consuming read. But it's actually going pretty fast. 9mo
CharissaWeaksAuthor @tonyahoswalt It‘s a really big story. I recommend the audio over the print at first, if possible. Not having to struggle with the words helps it flow much faster. 9mo
67 likes2 stack adds4 comments
blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
post image

This is mainly to get my head in the right place for a writing project, but witchcraft and herbs and the effects of moon phases are always so interesting to me.

59 likes1 stack add
blurb
CharissaWeaksAuthor
Becoming | Michelle Obama
post image

I have to finish The Lost Queen, The City of Brass, and Timekeeper, but then, I get to listen to this. 💕💕

BarbaraTheBibliophage That‘s my situation too. I really want to listen. But I also really want to meet my challenge goals for the year. Argh! 9mo
71 likes2 stack adds2 comments