Friday, January 31, 2020

January 2020: Wrap-Up


A follower on my Instagram recently chided me (gently) for complaining about the small number of books I seemed to be finishing, and being disappointed in myself about it. I had intended to start this January wrap-up post on a much more negative note, but since that interaction, I've truly come to realize (and excuse my cliché here) that it's the journey that counts. It's the books I DO manage to finish, and the experiences I had while reading them. Reading 2 truly meaningful books should matter just as much as getting through 10 mediocre ones. What I mean to say is, every book matters, and I should immediately stop seeing quantity as the one true accomplishment, and start focusing on the great content I'm consuming. 

With that said, I read 7 out the 10 books I intended to read in January AND THAT'S OKAY. Here they are in the order that I read them:

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

REVIEW: The First Mistake by Sandie Jones

Title: The First Mistake
Author: Sandie Jones
Genre: Adult Thriller/Suspense
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Release Date: June 11, 2019
Acquired: Print copy sent for review
Goodreads: ADD

From Sandie Jones, the author of the Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick and New York Times bestseller The Other Woman, comes an addictively readable new domestic suspense about a wife, her husband, and the woman who is supposedly her best friend.

THE WIFE: For Alice, life has never been better. With her second husband, she has a successful business, two children, and a beautiful house.

HER HUSBAND: Alice knows that life could have been different if her first husband had lived, but Nathan's arrival into her life gave her back the happiness she craved.

HER BEST FRIEND: Through the ups and downs of life, from celebratory nights out to comforting each other through loss, Alice knows that with her best friend Beth by her side, they can survive anything together. So when Nathan starts acting strangely, Alice turns to Beth for help. But soon, Alice begins to wonder whether her trust has been misplaced...

The first mistake could be her last.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Beat the Backlist 2020 Reading Challenge

Welcome to the detail and progress page for the 2021 Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge that I'm participating in this year 

I will list each book as I read it, along with the date read and the link for my review. Click the logo above to join the challenge yourself!

☐ More than one author: Fire with Fire - Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian | 3★ 
☐ Dragons and lizards: 
☐ It's on a ship!:
☐ Set in a major city:
☐ Book you forgot you had: Everything I Never Told You - Celeste Ng | 4.5★ 
☐ Caused a major book hangover:
☐ Multiple points of view: Local Girl Missing - Claire Douglas | 3★ 
☐ A quest to find a last/hidden object:
☐ Chapter title page has art: Stalking Jack the Ripper - Kerri Maniscalco | 3★ 
☐ Kept you up late reading:
☐ Picked by a friend/trusted reviewer:
☐ Non-human character: Island of the Sequined Love Nun - Christopher Moore | 4★ 
☐ First line is less than 10 words:
☐ Cover features your favourite colour prominently: Small Spaces - Katherine Arden | 4★ 
☐ All about music:
☐ Character lets out a breath they didn't know they were holding:
☐ Genre you never/rarely read:
☐ Standalone:
☐ Cover with your country's flag colours:
☐ Written in letters or diary entries:
☐ Book centred around politics:
☐ Features a carnival or circus:
☐ Snake on the cover:
☐ On the Indie bestseller list in 2020 or earlier: 
☐ Historical with a twist:
☐ Character has a dream scene: Dreamland - Sarah Dessen | 4★ 
☐ Set in autumn:
☐ Based on non-Greek/Roman mythology:
☐ Non-binary protagonist:
☐ A book with illustrations:
☐ WTF plot twist:
☐ Second book in a duology:
☐ From your 2020 backlist TBR:
☐ Book where the woods/forest are important: The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater | 3★ 
☐ Black and white:
☐ Novella:
☐ Person on the cover: Burn for Burn - Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian | 3★ 
☐ Anthology:
☐ Has a map:
☐ Book about bones or 'bones' in the title:
☐ Good book/bad cover:
☐ Brings out the geek in you:

Sunday, January 19, 2020

REVIEW: A Curse So Dark & Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Title: A Curse So Dark and Lonely
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Retelling
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Release Date: January 29, 2019
Acquired: Purchased for my collection
Goodreads: ADD

Fall in love, break the curse.

Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she's pulled into a magical world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

Harper doesn't know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? As she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what's at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The Nerd Daily 2021 Reading Challenge

Welcome to the detail and progress page for The Nerd Daily's 2021 Reading Challenge that I'm participating in this year! 

I will list each prompt, and then the book I read that fulfilled that prompt. I will also leave links to the reviews I write for each book. Click on the image above if you would like to participate in this reading challenge yourself!

POPSUGAR 2021 Reading Challenge

Welcome to the detail and progress page for the 2021 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

I will list each prompt, and then the book I read that fulfilled that prompt. I will also leave links to the reviews I write for each book. Click on the image above if you would like to participate in this reading challenge yourself!

Sunday, January 12, 2020

REVIEW: Lucky Caller by Emma Mills

Title: Lucky Caller
Author: Emma Mills
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Release Date: January 14, 2020
Acquired: Edelweiss Approved
Goodreads: ADD

With the warmth, wit, intimate friendships, and heart-melting romance she brings to all her books, Emma Mills crafts a story about believing in yourself, owning your mistakes, and trusting in human connection in Lucky Caller.

When Nina decides to take a radio broadcasting class her senior year, she expects it to be a walk in the park. Instead, it’s a complete disaster.

The members of Nina's haphazardly formed radio team have approximately nothing in common. And to maximize the awkwardness her group includes Jamie, a childhood friend she'd hoped to basically avoid for the rest of her life.

The show is a mess, internet rumors threaten to bring the wrath of two fandoms down on their heads, and to top it all off Nina's family is on the brink of some major upheaval.

Everything feels like it's spiraling out of control―but maybe control is overrated?

Thursday, January 2, 2020

January 2020: To Be Read

I'm already so gosh darn proud of myself this year, and it's only been 2 days.  I prepped real hard pre-January, and because of that, I'm on track to finish TWO books in this first week. I also poured my entire creative soul into a reading bullet journal this year, and I can't wait to show you all the finished beginning pages *happy sigh.

I'm also super excited to announce that I will be bringing back GIVEAWAYS to this blog! I'm going big this year guys, going big but also staying very much snug and warm and comfy at home. Going big FROM home! Haaa. 

Keep an eye on my blog at the end of the month for the January giveaway announcement!