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

behudd

Joined June 2018

Administrative Assistant at a University // I love books!
quote
behudd
Kingdom of Copper | S A Chakraborty
post image

“Alizayd al Qahtani didn‘t make it a month with his caravan.”

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

review
behudd
City of Brass | S A Chakraborty
post image
Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 I loved the beginning of this fantasy series! Set in a Middle Eastern-esque setting, I loved the nods to the culture & Arabic - I spent a semester in university studying in Cairo. I did have some difficulty following some of the political maneuvering & names of different groups, but a lot of that could be from how on & off I had to read.Lots of interruptions leads to less comprehension. I think there are a lot of twists to come!

blurb
behudd
City of Brass | S A Chakraborty
post image
quote
behudd
City of Brass | S A Chakraborty
post image

“He was an easy mark.”

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

review
behudd
Well Matched | Jen DeLuca
post image
Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️This is my favorite in this Ren Faire romance series so far. I love the fake dating trope, and I found April relatable as a main character. It was nice to see an older female protagonist who was, realistically, prickly & set in her ways.
Also it‘s always nice to learn the backstory of someone who always seems happy & self-confident, and, of course, it was fun to catch up with the other people we know from previous books in Willow Haven.

behudd @TheAromaofBooks this was my November #bookspin book! 1w
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1w
30 likes2 comments
review
behudd
One Last Stop | Casey McQuiston
post image
Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️This is probably, actually, a 5 star book, but McQuiston‘s Red, White, & Royal Blue was such an absolute favorite for me, I knew her second work would be hard pressed to live up to it.This one was funny & sweet, the found family was *chef‘s kiss*, &the diversity of sexuality, gender, & race was perfectly done.The “time traveling” aspect was weird, &though well explained, I never really fully bought into it. All in all-definitely recommend.

quote
behudd
One Last Stop | Casey McQuiston
post image

“Can I touch you?”

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

review
behudd
post image
Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I don‘t often read books like this, but this one makes me want to! Finishing it at work was hilarious as multiple coworkers asked me if I was ok as the story wrapped up 😂 Ware crafts a lot of twists - some I guessed & some I did not - and I enjoyed the ride for sure! This is a book club book, and I‘m glad, as always, for the push to read different genres.Also, the audiobook was incredible. Highly recommend experiencing the book that way.

review
behudd
The Bronzed Beasts | Roshani Chokshi
post image
Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️It‘s hard to talk about this book as the story, characters, & setting felt so unique. The story itself never caught me as strongly as I thought it would, but I found myself thinking about the characters often when I wasn‘t reading, & I think their construction is where Chokshi shines. The ending had so much hope & heart - I think this will be one that the feeling stays with me even if the details fade. Beautifully written.

quote
behudd
The Bronzed Beasts | Roshani Chokshi
post image

“Kahina sang to the boy as he slept.”
(Not a very exciting one, but really liking the book so far)

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

blurb
behudd
post image
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 4w
BkClubCare I loved Code Name Verity 3w
25 likes2 comments
review
behudd
The Silvered Serpents | Roshani Chokshi
post image
Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I liked the plot & pacing a lot more in this book than I did the first book. The characters continue to be very fleshed out & intriguing, even tho some of their choices/reasons can be frustrating. And Chokshi continues to use her beautiful writing style to construct realistic, magical settings.
Definitely looking forward to book 3!

review
behudd
post image
Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 I was a bit disappointed in the plot. I love a good heist, but for some reason this didn‘t draw me in until maybe the last 50 pages.
What did draw me in were her amazing characters & settings - the characters felt fully fleshed out very early in the book, and I was interested to continue reading just to see how they would grow.
I am excited to go into book 2 since this one had a strong ending!

Johanna414 I was just talking with a coworker about this one - she was on the fence about book one and absolutely loved book 2, so it sounds like the series is getting stronger as it goes 1mo
behudd @Johanna414 good to know! Book 1 definitely got stronger by the end so I‘m looking forward to seeing how she continues! 1mo
29 likes1 stack add2 comments
quote
behudd
post image

“The matriarch of House Kore was running late for a dinner.”

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

review
behudd
My Oxford Year | Julia Whelan
post image
Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️This book was supposed to be one I slowly listened to on the side as I focused on my book club book, but seeing as how I finished this one just 2 hours after the other, that‘s not how it worked out. Whelan drew me in with her easy storytelling & her perfect depictions of England, especially Oxford.The story took turns I wasn‘t expecting, but I liked it all the more for that. Whelan‘s reading of the audiobook was fantastic, too!

behudd @TheAromaofBooks This was my October #bookspin book! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
31 likes1 stack add2 comments
review
behudd
post image
Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️This was a book club pick, & honestly not one I would have chosen on my own, but - and this is why I love book clubs - I loved it. Harrow‘s writing is beautiful, & I found myself often wishing I owned the copy I was reading instead of it being a library book just so I could highlight her words. It was a slower read for me, so I was glad I gave myself time to really sink into it &enjoy it. Feminist suffragette witches? It‘s a yes from me.

33 likes2 stack adds
quote
behudd
My Oxford Year | Julia Whelan
post image

“Next!”
The customs agent beckons the person in front of me and I approach the big red line, absently toeing the curling tape, resting my hand on the gleaming pipe railing.

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

quote
behudd
post image

“There‘s no such thing as witches, but there used to be.”

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

23 likes2 stack adds
review
behudd
Bringing Down the Duke | Evie Dunmore
post image
Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Well, I read this in a day & a half, so I think that tells you all you need to know.
I loved this one just as much on the re-read, and I think it‘s probably the perfect historical romance for me.
Also fun to see the beginnings of Lucie & Hattie‘s stories now that I know how they continue.

quote
behudd
Bringing Down the Duke | Evie Dunmore
post image

“Absolutely not. What an utterly harebrained idea, Annabelle.”

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

review
behudd
Portrait of a Scotsman | Evie Dunmore
post image
Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️I loved this book!
There was brooding, character development, slow burn with a big payoff, and Scotland. What more could I ask?I enjoyed Hattie‘s character & how she was such a foil to Lucian without seeming overly silly. &I loved how Dunmore chose to end the story - I didn‘t see it coming, but it was very satisfying. After being disappointed by book 2, this was a great read, and I‘ll still continue to read all Dunmore writes.

23 likes1 stack add
blurb
behudd
Portrait of a Scotsman | Evie Dunmore
post image
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2mo
26 likes1 comment
review
behudd
Together at Midnight | Jennifer Castle
post image
Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
This was an enjoyable, quick read about two teenagers at a turning point, a few days they spend together, and how they come together (at midnight 😏). If you‘re looking for a quick, Christmas/New Years read, this is a good one for that.
This was my September #bookspin book @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
29 likes1 comment
blurb
behudd
Vacation | Blexbolex
post image

Vacation #tbr stack!
📚🌊☺️

quote
behudd
Together at Midnight | Jennifer Castle
post image

“Here now, a list:
Things to do to make next year perfect.”

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

ShyBookOwl 1. Eradicate COVID 😕😅 2mo
behudd @ShyBookOwl ha no kidding! 2mo
19 likes2 comments
review
behudd
Kingdom of Ash | Sarah J. Maas
post image
Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫This book is an emotional roller coaster, and at over 980 pages, it has a lot of opportunities for you to be to be stressed, sad, surprised, excited, etc.
Maas does an incredible job wrapping up so many story lines. There‘s *a lot* of fighting & feeling like all is lost, which gets a bit wearing. But overall it‘s a wonderful ending to a great series.

quote
behudd
Kingdom of Ash | Sarah J. Maas
post image

“He had been hunting for her since the moment she had been taken from him.”

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

review
behudd
The Duke And I | Julia Quinn
post image
Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️💫This was a book club pick, which was fun because I wouldn‘t have chosen to read this on my own. I‘ve seen & enjoyed the show, but had no desire to pick up the book. I most enjoyed how funny it was - there were multiple moments where I laughed out loud, and that definitely helped draw me in. I‘m not sure I‘ll continue with the series, but I‘m glad I read this one.
Cameo by my dog, Bo 🤗

review
behudd
Tower of Dawn | Sarah J Maas
post image
Pickpick

I know people have lots of feelings about Chaol &breaking away from the main story to follow him in this book, but all my feelings on it are very positive. Aside from the final book in the series, this is my favorite, &Yrene one of the best characters Maas writes. It did take me about 50 pages to get into it, but then I was like”Aelin, who?”Love this story, Chaol‘s growth, Yrene & the all the southern continent brings, &all of Maas‘ crazy twists.

quote
behudd
Tower of Dawn | Sarah J Maas
post image

“Chaol Westfall, former Captain of the Royal Guard and now Hand to the newly crowned King of Adarlan had discovered that he hated one sound above all others.”

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

review
behudd
Empire of Storms | Sarah J Maas
post image
Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
So much comes to a head in this one, and honestly I got half way through and couldn‘t remember another thing that happened, so it was a wild ride til the end. Ending in perhaps one of the worst cliffhangers, I‘m jumping into book 6!

quote
behudd
The Duke And I | Julia Quinn
post image

“The birth of Simon Arthur Henry Fitzranulph Basset, Earl Clyvedon, was met with great celebration.”

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

review
behudd
post image
Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Acho has such a gift to invite you in, tell it like it is, give you no room to be wishy-washy, but also respect where you are & where you're moving to next.
The best part of this book was how concisely he is able to give the history of so many interconnected, nuanced topics - every single topic comes with a history lesson that I found so powerful & easy to understand.
Highly, highly recommend.

blurb
behudd
The Duke And I | Julia Quinn
post image
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
28 likes1 comment
review
behudd
post image
Bailedbailed

To be honest, I didn‘t get very far in this one before deciding not to finish. About a Scandinavian woman who travels to middle-of-nowhere Iowa to meet her book loving pen pal, I think it‘s one that at a different time could be a fun, easy read, but right now was just not that time for me. Originally written in Swedish, I could definitely be underselling this one. If you‘ve read it, let me know in the comments!

behudd @TheAromaofBooks this was my August #bookspin book 3mo
BookNAround I should have loved this one but ended up really disappointed by it. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks This one has gone off & on my list a few times because I see such mixed reviews! 😂 3mo
31 likes3 comments
review
behudd
Queen of Shadows | Sarah J. Maas
post image
Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
So much happens in this book, & I found myself literally shouting out loud with some of the twists at the end (yes, I‘ve read this series before, & yes, my memory is bad enough that it basically feels new 😂).
We‘ve had a really stressful couple of weeks at home, and this series is such good, fun comfort reading. On to the next!

quote
behudd
Empire of Storms | Sarah J Maas
post image

“The bone drums had been pounding across the jagged slopes of the Black Mountains since sundown.”

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

review
behudd
Heir of Fire | Sarah J Maas
post image
Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I think this is the book in the series I remember the most about because it is where Maas turns this whole series on it‘s head, & the first time I read it, I remember being stunned.
There also is just a lot of training in the woods 😂 but overall I love this one & how it sets us up for the wild ride that comes next! Such a good series!

26 likes1 stack add
review
behudd
Crown of Midnight | Sarah J. Maas
post image
Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
So book one was good, but this one is really where the series starts gaining ground. So much happens in this book, a lot earlier in the series that I remembered. It was a blast to reread, & I‘m definitely ready to jump into book 3!

quote
behudd
Crown of Midnight | Sarah J Maas
post image

“The shutters swinging in the storm winds were the only sign of her entry.”

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

review
behudd
post image
Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫This was very good & very violent. Similar in some ways to Jemisin‘s Broken Earth series, but not quite up to her level of mastery.
It features all Black characters - something certainly missing in mainstream fantasy - and the audiobook narrator does a great job creating the characters to fit their setting.
If you can stomach the violence, I highly recommend it.

32 likes1 stack add
review
behudd
On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
post image
Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫This was a reread for me for my Novels at Night book club, and I remember really enjoying it the first time I read it, and I think I liked it even more this time around! Angie Thomas is a must-read author for me, and I highly recommend this book! The audiobook was great, especially to hear the raps instead of just read them. There is also a Spotify playlist that Thomas made for this book which is definitely worth checking out!

30 likes1 stack add
review
behudd
Throne of Glass | Sarah J Maas
post image
Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 This reread was really fun, remembering how this epic series begins, and it‘s always great to reread Maas‘ works and realize how much she gives away from the very beginning if you know where to look.

35 likes1 stack add
blurb
behudd
On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
post image
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
27 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
behudd
post image
Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️I have been singing Gyasi‘s praises since Homegoing came out in 2016,& I have been anticipating her next work since.This is not as intensely, immediately striking as Homegoing, but it is a deep, relatable story impeccably told.The tug between science &religion, the difficulty in relationships, the own voices represented in the first generation American - it‘s all written with care,talent &strength. I will always read anything she writes.

quote
behudd
post image

“Whenever I think of my mother, I picture a queen-sized bed with her lying in it, a practiced stillness filling the room.”

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

review
behudd
post image
Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️This was interesting because 2 chapters in, I was ready to quit.But I had friends who encouraged me to stick with it&by the end, I couldn‘t put it down.I‘m impressed with the character development we get to see, especially Liya -&honestly found some of her issues relatable to how I felt about romance&marriage in my early 20s(happy to say a decade into marriage that I was wrong 😅). So some stuff to get past/get used to, but then it‘s good!

behudd @TheAromaofBooks this was my July #bookspin book! 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
31 likes2 comments
blurb
behudd
post image

Back in March I read the tagged book,& it was like she flipped a switch on how I approached antiracism &just loving and knowing people in general. I wanted to find a way to memorialize everything I learned while reading her book: to continue learning, to engage with people one on one over coffee, to approach antiracism work with equal parts grit&grace. I am thrilled with this artwork&the way I will be able to take these lessons with me everywhere.

BeaG That‘s beautiful! 4mo
behudd @BeaG thank you! I‘m so happy with it! 4mo
32 likes2 comments
review
behudd
While We Were Dating | Jasmine Guillory
post image
Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 I really enjoyed the new installment in Guillory‘s Wedding Date series! This one follows Theo‘s brother, Ben, and Anna, a movie star. It was fun to have that celebrity element, and there was great focus on mental health in this one as well.
Guillory definitely stepped the spice level up on this one, which did make sense for the characters & was well written as always. Definitely glad I found this series & is one I‘ll always recommend!

review
behudd
The Road Trip | Beth O'Leary
post image
Panpan

I had very high expectations for this one because I love O‘Leary‘s other works,&I know people loved this, but it‘s not for me. I didn‘t like a single character,was completely unmoved with their falling in love flashbacks,&very stressed out thinking of all these people in a very hot, small car running very late for a wedding. I did like the ending & the focus on mental health. O‘Leary will continue to be a must read for me, though.