Step 1 in getting ready for fall: Re-do my bookcase with fall/spooky TBR books. This doesn‘t show a 4th shelf full of books nor the stack I have in my side room with other potential spooky season reading candidates. Can‘t wait to get started on some of these and decrease my owned TBR.
I am so excited for September and the cooler weather it brings. Hopefully with it will come more reading time. In any case, here‘s my #bookspin list for the month. Got a mix of library and owned books. I feel like I‘ve been trying to get through all my library books for months now and still haven‘t quite managed it 😅 @TheAromaofBooks
Clearly “taking it easy” is something I don‘t know how to do. My goal for #20in4 is to get through as many of these as possible while working two out of the four readathon days and while having my brother visit😅 My library recently lowered the renewal limit so I need to get through these ASAP. @Andrew65
Sigh. Made an online appointment for an oil change. Showed up and found out that their online appointment system doesn‘t actually work and that there was no record of my booking. So my half hour oil change has turned into an hour and a half because of the amount of people here 😪 At least I brought a book. Though at the rate I‘m getting through this I should have brought two!
Great British Bake Off but make it murdery. Very quick read and relatively entertaining. I think fans of Bake Off would enjoy this more than murder mystery fans. There are some good plot pieces but I think the book was too short to really give them any sort of weight. Feels a little more like a cozy mystery than anything else. Overall not amazing, but entertaining for a lazy day. Low Pick.
Beautiful art style and love the mythology coming into play here. But for being the first volume, it feels like I was dropped into the middle of volume 2 or 3. A lot of plot points weren‘t really explained. There‘s cool side characters, but they‘re just there. No info given about them at all. Overall great premise, but ended up being really confused and feeling like I‘ve missed several volumes leading up to this.
Long time no post 😅 I‘m still alive.Took an unintended social media break. I‘ve been reading, just haven‘t had energy to post on here. In any case I‘m hoping to get back to posting on here now that my life has calmed down a bit. I really need to get caught up with all the #bookspin #roll100 #tbrtarot reads I‘ve been going through 😅 But first it‘s back to the garden with me. Enjoy this picture of Delilah whose favorite place to sit is the dirt.
A little late posting my stack but I guess better late than never? My goal for the #MarvellousMarch readathon is to get through as many of these as I can. Some of these are library books, some are for #TBRTarot, some for #Bookspin but I‘ve started all and gotten into them at varying degrees. Life has been rough and my ability to focus even more so. So here‘s hoping that I can focus well enough to get through at least a couple of these @Andrew65
Question for those that have read this…does it get better? I‘m about 100 pages into it and I just…don‘t…care? It‘s not really grabbing me and I‘m not sure whether it‘s worth it to keep going or to just DNF it and move on to something else.
Now that it‘s my day off, I can finally start the #JoyousJanuary Readathon! My goal is to finish A Haunted History of Invisible Women which I‘m halfway through at the moment. Start and finish both The Cottage Fairy Companion and My Hygge Home and finally to make a decent dent into my #bookspin pick Theft of Swords. It‘s a chonker, but technically it‘s two books in one so…if I get halfway through book one I‘ll be happy. @Andrew65 @TheAromaofBooks
This was so fascinating! Not only is it an excellent look at cemeteries in America, but a look back at parts of our history that gets overlooked. Cemeteries can inform us of our past & the treatment of others more than you would think. Melville provides a lot of food for thought regarding the things we as a country/society are still reckoning with today that are often reflected in our cemeteries. I need to get my own copy!
I‘m a sucker for anything that remotely resembles And Then There Were None, even though I‘ve been severely disappointed in the past. I was utterly surprised by how much I enjoyed this! Even with the unlikeable characters that usually kills thrillers for me, this was compulsively readable and I got invested quickly. I‘m not sure how I feel about the ending, but it was a good time getting there!
This was fine. Not mind blowing but entertaining for what it is. Though it would have been better if I hadn‘t read the synopsis since it gives away a major plot point that I think would have made me more invested in the mystery if I hadn‘t known about it. If you like classic crime and manor mysteries full of unlikeable rich people with a murderous holiday twist, you‘d probably enjoy this one.
This was surprisingly entertaining! Narrated by the murderer and the police trying to catch them, this was a rather fun and murderous holiday read. This was written in the 70s and I‘m not sure that some of the comments or depictions of certain characters has aged well. But overall I didn‘t see the ending coming and thoroughly enjoyed my time with it. This is my #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks
My January #bookspin list! Fingers crossed I do better at actually reading my #bookspin and #doublespin books in 2023 than I did this year 😅 I don‘t really know what I‘m in the mood for, so I chose a random array of recently acquired books, book box books and titles that just jumped out at me after perusing my shelves. Fingers crossed January will be off to a good start! @TheAromaofBooks
My first three picks for #roll100 😁 I didn‘t really know what to pick up come January, and now I‘ve got 3 perfect options to get started with. A steampunk fantasy, a revenge sci-fi and a historical supernatural mystery. Looks like I‘ve got my work cut out for me. @PuddleJumper
For today‘s #WinterReadathonDailyChallenge I present to you Delilah and the legs of Rufus 🤣 This was the best picture I managed to get. Rufus was too content being curled up with me while I read the tagged book to even look at the camera, and Delilah couldn‘t be bothered to wake up 🤷🏼♀️ I‘ll see if I can get a better one tomorrow. They‘re both rescues! Delilah is a lab/hound mix and Rufus is a retriever/shepherd mix…we think. #WinterReadathon
Had an unexpected snow day today. I thought I‘d take advantage of my sudden day off by getting some reading time in. Made some progress in the tagged book before the dogs decided that I‘d been staring at the book and not them for far too long. #WinterReadathonDailyChallenge #WinterReadathon
Here‘s what I‘ve got for the #WinterReadathon this time around! I‘m trying to wean myself off of books from the library in order to get through books I actually own. These have been languishing on my shelves for a while now waiting for the winter season and now their time has come! Some are Christmas themed, most are just set during Winter/in snowy places. We‘ll see how many I get through!
It‘s the most wonderful time of the year! Spooky season 😈 Though I find myself woefully unprepared in most aspects of my life, I am not lacking in things to read for the season! This is just my #bookspinbingo list, but there are others aside from these that I have my eye on. Fingers crossed I can get through a good chunk of these this month! @TheAromaofBooks
I can see the appeal of this. It reads quick and it has the creep factor. But it really missed the mark for me. This is basically a supernatural retelling of the actual true crime case of Elisa Lam and the similarities between that and this book are too close for comfort for me 👇🏻
New favorite! As someone who got a very America centric education regarding WWII, I enjoyed this immensely. Giving personal stories of those that survived The Blitz, depicting life while at war, providing glimpses into the life and family of Churchill, it made this book difficult to put down. It still includes major events involving Britain and Germany, but it focuses on the human element that is so easily missed when looking back at history.
Alright I‘m calling it. I‘ve made it 60% through this and I have no desire to continue. The beginning had me but now…I‘m bored. It reads quickly but I don‘t feel compelled to pick it up. It‘s unfortunate because I really loved the previous books I‘ve read by this author! But this is really underwhelming and just not working for me. I might try to get it from the library again in the future and finish it…but for right now it‘s a DNF.
Hoping to get through a handful of titles. We‘re almost halfway through the month and I feel like I haven‘t finished anything 😪 Hoping to finish:
-Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand
-Elder Race by Adrian Tchaikovsky
-Monstress Vol. 2 by Marjorie Liu
-American Afterlives by Shannon Lee Dawdy
-Activation Degradation by Marina J. Lostetter
I‘ll have some down time at work so hopefully that‘ll help me get through the list.
Here are my #roll100 #tbrdeckofcards and #bookspin picks for the month. A Shadow in Summer and King‘s Dragon are both for #roll100. You Bet Your Life and American Afterlives are my #bookspin and #doublespin and Illuminae is fulfilling the ‘big book‘ prompt I pulled this month for #tbrdeckofcards. I also pulled a card for a Kindle book, but haven‘t decided which one I‘m going to read yet. @TheAromaofBooks @Clwojick @PuddleJumper
Well, I‘m back on my library book bullshit 😅 All these are books I‘ve got out at the moment and I am attempting to get through these and then return to reading books I own…that‘s the hope at least. So far the library books have been wining 🤣 #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks
Not for me. While I love a locked room mystery, I wasn‘t a big fan of the main character we are supposed to be following. She had none of the charm I‘ve come to expect from cozy mysteries and I don‘t see myself rooting for her which (at least for me) is important. So off the TBR it goes! #bookspinbingo #tbrdeckofcards @TheAromaofBooks @Clwojick
Between #tbrdeckofcards #bookspinbingo and #roll100 I‘ve got quite the stack for the month. The Bone Season and The Goblin Emperor are my #roll100 picks. Among Thieves and Half Lives are my #bookspin and #doublespin for the month and finally for #tbrdeckofcards I have Hyde for ‘Retelling‘ and Proof of Murder for ‘Mystery/Thriller‘. @Clwojick @TheAromaofBooks @PuddleJumper
Low pick. I enjoyed my time with this one, but not sure I‘d call it a new favorite. But I‘ll probably continue on with the series just so long as Agent Nichol isn‘t in them because she was awful and I hated reading the scenes she was involved in. Gamache is charming and while I guessed the killer early on, I had the wrong reason. Overall not a bad mystery with engaging characters. #NewYearWhoDis @monalyisha @lou.reads.a.lot
1st book down for #20in4 and it‘s a new favorite! Full of mini essays regarding some of society‘s more gross and taboo topics (like eating bugs, autopsies etc.) if you‘re a fan of micro histories, medical history, or stuff that‘s just plain weird, highly recommend. #bookspinbingo #tbrdeckofcards Mood Read @TheAromaofBooks @Clwojick @Andrew65
I‘m still not sure how I feel about this. I enjoyed the second half more than the first. The characters are engaging and I love the dynamic, but I wish there was a little more explanation for the world because it sounds so cool! This is very much a larger story shoved into a novella (complete with time jumps). I wish this was a full length book! There‘s a lot of really wonderful things in this, just not enough to make it a favorite. Low pick.
I really enjoyed this! I think having seen the film before reading this helped me visualize what was going on. It‘s a little heavier on technical jargon than I can normally comprehend, but it didn‘t detract from my enjoyment of it. So glad I finally got around to reading this one! #NewYearWhoDis Also a #roll100 title for January. @monalyisha @lou.reads.a.lot @PuddleJumper
Getting in on this a little late since work has been a little extra this week. So I‘ll be doing this Saturday once I‘m off through Tuesday as @Andrew65 wonderfully suggested. I‘m hoping, at the very least, to read 20 chapters. Though I‘m going to be aiming for finishing:
The Savage Kind
And both starting & finishing:
The Man Who Died Twice.
Ambitious, and way more than 20 chapters, but we‘ll see how I do. #20in4
I work part of this weekend, so most of my reading will be confined to one day. But I‘m hoping to finish the tagged novella for #bookspin and either finish The Martian or start and finish The Man Who Died Twice. Not sure which I‘m going to go for. Funny how even though I work surrounded by books, I have so little time to actually read them now 😅
What a ride this was! Short chapters, multiple povs, with a plot that moved along at breakneck speed made it hard to put this down! While the ending was a little abrupt,there is room for a sequel, though this books story arc is complete at the end. Though there were a few plot points that were confusing/unnecessary, I enjoyed reading this too much to truly care. The world is fascinating and I enjoyed the characters, particularly Shell and Salvo.
This was a book I didn‘t know I needed to read. Written plainly in an easy to understand style, this book was mind opening, well thought out and humorous at times. I‘ll definitely be looking into more titles regarding mindfulness. I really enjoyed how every point that was brought up in this book was backed up by science and scientific studies. First book finished from my #NewYearWhoDis list and it‘s a hit! #NYWD @monalyisha @lou.reads.a.lot
It‘s finally my weekend! I‘m hoping to finish the tagged book at the very least and make some progress on one of my #bookspin/doublespin options. I‘m not going to be super ambitious because I‘m getting my booster shot tomorrow and I got really ill with the 2nd dose. Fingers crossed I don‘t get nearly as sick this time and can get some reading in. @Andrew65
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I don‘t know how I feel about this. I guess I was expecting something different. The characters were flat and the writing was unclear at times. The plot seemed to be going one way but ultimately doesn‘t make sense. Seemed like it couldn‘t decide what to be, a ghost story or a comment on horror movie tropes. The whole story was just meh.Loved the idea and use of Japanese mythology, but fell flat otherwise. #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks
This was quite fun! I really enjoy Val and Grandad as main characters, they feel like real people which can be hard to do at times with cozies. The mystery was intriguing and the ending solution surprised me. Definitely one of the higher quality cozies I‘ve read. Looking forward to the next installment! #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks
My first #bookspin and #doublespin of 2022 are The Black Tides of Heaven and Assassin‘s Orbit! I also pulled the first 2 cards from my TBR Deck of Cards and wound up with Mood Read and 1st in a series. Overall, not a bad start. I‘ll probably focus on the card prompts the second half of the month since nothing is immediately jumping out to me for either prompt. @TheAromaofBooks @Clwojick
It was hard to narrow down, but I‘ve managed to pick some reads for #NewYearWhoDis 😁 I already owned Killers of the Flower Moon, Queen of the Tearling and The Martian. So I‘m taking it as a sign that now is the time to read them since they appeared on the list! I‘ve got the tagged book out from the library and have Still Life by Louise Penny on hold! Can‘t wait to get started! @lou.reads.a.lot @monalyisha