Wyrd & Wonder Update Log #3

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Attempt #2, as something ate my first attempt. (Probably the dog.)(Or, as I don’t have a dog, maybe the cat. My cat eats a lot of weird stuff.)

May 11th
Reluctant hero(ine) #TropeTuesday

So…I don’t tend to like the reluctant heroes. I much prefer the jumped at the call trope. To me, they just seem much more fun and less ‘why me?’

May 12th
Desert island reads
Eight (audio)books, one more franchise or tv show and a luxury item – what are you taking? (fantasy choices only this month please!) TAG RULES

I have been dreading and excited for this prompt in almost equal measure.

Books

Whyborne & Griffin: The Complete Series by Jordan L. Hawk
Even though I literally just finished this series (this month!) I already kind of want to reread it. As an added bonus, this collection also contains the short stories and novella that I skipped. Over three thousand pages of creepy goodness. (Quick question, though: what kind of noises are on this island?)

Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas
This was such a good book the first time I read it and I think it would be a nice, rather undemanding reread. (About, basically, a STEM princess.)

The Tensorate Series by Neon (JY) Yang
This is interesting for me as I liked the first book, didn’t like the second and, honestly, wouldn’t mind trying the third and fourth. (And if they turn out badly, I can always shove them in the ocean.)

Blood of Thieves by Michael J. Sullivan
This is the bind-up of the first two books in the Riyria Chronicles which is the prequel to the Riyria Revelations. It’s been so long since I read these two books that I would love to see how it started for these guys again.

Unread Books

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Podcast, TV Show or Movie

This was the tough-y for me. As I think about my favorite shows, favorite movies and even the podcasts that I’ve really loved, the majority of them are sci-fi. Not even the sci-fi that can almost look like fantasy because there are spaceships to be had. I don’t know why this is. Anyway, this took a lot of thought and it wasn’t even until I was writing this that the proper show hit me. The Good Place. I’ve watched the first three seasons but haven’t seen the finale season yet (so, please, no spoilers!) but this is just the kind of show I was looking for.

Luxury Item

This was another one that took some thought. I thought about a nice soft blanket. I even thought about a writing set. Ultimately, I decided on: soap. That’s right, my luxury item is soap. I know that when I’m having a bad day, or don’t feel good, getting clean helps me more than probably anything else would. So I want a nice big vat of soap to wash ashore.

May 13th
Had me at hello
Amazing cover are or a perfect pitch – a book you wanted to read before you even saw the synopsis (or where you immediately NEEDED to read the synopsis because your interest had been piqued)

Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley
So, I’m a little on the fence about calling this a fantasy book – it seems to straddle that fantasy/sci-fi line perfectly. But, this is the only book I can think of that the synopsis didn’t matter. All that mattered was the author saying it was X meets X and X. Pacific Rim meets the Avengers with a Sailor Moon cast. Full disclosure: Sailor Moon is fine. The Avengers is tolerable. But you compare anything to Pacific Rim and I am there for it. Didn’t care what this book was. All I heard was ‘Pacific Rim’ and it was on my list.

May 14th
Fantasy voices from around the world
Fridays are all about celebrating fantasy from around the world – this week focuses on the authors rather than the setting (non US/UK born; bonus points for also non US/UK resident)

I’ll be honest with you: I have no idea. I don’t know where 98% of the authors I read are from, live or were born. This is not something I’ve ever looked at. Goodreads does have two lists that came up when I did a Google search and after going through about 125 books… I had read three of them, two of the three got a one star each and a ‘wish I hadn’t wasted my time’ and the third was Jules Verne. Do with that what you will.

May 15th
#StackSaturday

I don’t actually do much (any) social media. I used to. I wasn’t super active, or anything, but I’d pop in. But then I started getting stressed out and it was ratcheting up my anxiety – which I have enough problems there as it is. The point? I have no clue what this is. I looked on Google and … apparently it’s just a photograph of a stack of books that fit a certain theme. With that and Wyrd & Wonder in mind, I decided to photograph a stack of the fantasy books that I own a physical copy of that I want to reread.

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Not pictured: Theft of Sword by Michael J. Sullivan (because my brother is borrowing it)

… So… Looks like I’d better get on that, huh?

May 16th
Page to screen
What dramatization of a fantasy read have you loved (movie, tv, play, radio – anything goes) – and/or what would you really like to see get made?

I’m sorry, everyone. I actually do like the Shannara Chronicles show – though that might be because I’ve never read the books. (Don’t really intend to, either.) Beyond that (and being a little more serious) I love full cast audio books. I’ve gotten to listen to a couple – some that weren’t fantasy and I didn’t actually like the one fantasy I remember listening to like that. What is so awesome is that Michael J. Sullivan’s Riyria Revelations and Legends of the First Empire has gotten just such a treatment from Graphic Audio. I haven’t listened to them yet, but I’m thinking I might instead of rereading Riyria and to continue First Empire.

May 17th
Can’t wait to read
on your TBR or up and coming releases

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The Circus Rose by Betsy Cornwell

A queer retelling of “Snow White and Rose Red” in which teenage twins battle evil religious extremists to save their loves and their circus family.

Twins Rosie and Ivory have grown up at their ringmaster mother’s knee, and after years on the road, they’re returning to Port End, the closest place to home they know. Yet something has changed in the bustling city: fundamentalist flyers paper the walls and preachers fill the squares, warning of shadows falling over the land. The circus prepares a triumphant homecoming show, full of lights and spectacle that could chase away even the darkest shadow. But during Rosie’s tightrope act, disaster strikes.

In this lush, sensuous novel interwoven with themes of social justice and found family, it’s up to Ivory and her magician love—with the help of a dancing bear—to track down an evil priest and save their circus family before it’s too late.

 

The Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.

When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.

However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie up some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.

 

The Whitefire Crossing by Courtney Schafer

Dev is a smuggler with the perfect cover. He’s in high demand as a guide for the caravans that carry legitimate goods from the city of Ninavel into the country of Alathia. The route through the Whitefire Mountains is treacherous, and Dev is one of the few climbers who knows how to cross them safely. With his skill and connections, it’s easy enough to slip contraband charms from Ninavel – where any magic is fair game, no matter how dark – into Alathia, where most magic is outlawed.

But smuggling a few charms is one thing; smuggling a person through the warded Alathian border is near suicidal. Having made a promise to a dying friend, Dev is forced to take on a singularly dangerous cargo: Kiran. A young apprentice on the run from one of the most powerful mages in Ninavel, Kiran is desperate enough to pay a fortune to sneak into a country where discovery means certain execution – and he’ll do whatever it takes to prevent Dev from finding out the terrible truth behind his getaway.

Yet Kiran isn’t the only one harboring a deadly secret. Caught up in a web of subterfuge and dark magic, Dev and Kiran must find a way to trust each other – or face not only their own destruction, but that of the entire city of Ninavel.

 

Reading Update

I think I’ve finished one book since my last update. I mean, it was good, but it was long and sometimes it was a little stressful to read. I’ve got another one that I just need to drop a quick DNF review for and move on because I don’t think I’d ever get it finished. Besides that, I’m currently in the middle of a non Wyrd & Wonder read for a series I’m working on finishing. Really, just a quiet week for me.

 

Wyrd & Wonder Update Log #2

Wyrd & Wonder: celebrate the fantastic
Hosted by Imyril & Lisa & Jorie
Image Credit: Banner by Imyril | Images by Svetlana Alyuk on 123RF.com

And I’ve already had to go back to my previous two posts and straighten up the mistakes I made. You know, I don’t even surprise myself with how disorganized I am. I think I’ve got it right, now. (I hope.)

May 4th
I never knew my father #TropeTuesdays
This year, Tuesdays are all about fantasy tropes we love (to hate) #TropeTuesday
In honour of Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You) we’ll kick off with orphans, foundlings and other secret heirs to the throne / a grand inheritance / the magic in their blood

I…don’t actually like this trope much. At all. And I’ve been pretty lucky that I don’t come across it much in my reading. I think that’s probably because when I read a synopsis and it starts talking about a boy, raised on a farm, but with a mysterious destiny in his past…I tend to just give it a quick pass. Now, I have come across this a few times (most notably for me in The Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings – which I didn’t actually like) but I tend to gravitate towards groups and non-standard fantasy these days.

May 5th
I can do this all day
Underdogs or victory (in battle) against the odds (in honour of Cinco de Mayo)

You know, I saw this prompt and I really, really wanted to share a list of books with everyone. But I couldn’t think of a single book that stood out, because doesn’t this kind of describe every fantasy book. Probably 95 percent of the SFF books I read are either about someone that isn’t exactly the most…capable at the beginning of the story or features a battle that there is no way that our group should have won. I would like to feature The Legend of Eli Monpress series by Rachel Aaron, though. Our big final battle? We have to defeat a goddess. … Yeah.

May 6th
Fly my pretties
A book featuring any flying animal character or on the cover is fair game today, but bonus points if it’s a pegasus (our 2021 Wyrd and Wonder mythical mascot)

I – uh – oh dear. I really hate to say this, again.

Look, I have a very soft heart with animals. Sure, kill half our main cast and I won’t shed a tear, threaten the animal with slight injury and I will be angsting. I tend to not read animal books. (I am also inexplicably creeped out by talking animals, so…) I’m just very picky with the way animals are used in fantasy books. And the only pegasus I’m thinking of is from the Percy Jackson franchise by Rick Riordan.

May 7th
Fantasy from around the world
Fridays are all about celebrating fantasy from around the world – this week focuses on fantasy settings inspired by non-European cultures

This is something I’d love to find more of…but the ones I have found tend to be a real mixed bag for me. So, I tried with the current ‘big’ one, City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty, but didn’t like the feel of the romance, so I DNF’d it. Ditto with The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed was just depressing and misogynistic. Just didn’t like The Black God’s Drums by P. Djeli Clark or Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani. I read Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho which, the less said about, the better. I think my first ever attempt at this was Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear which seemed, as of the point I DNF’d it, to be a bog standard fantasy plot, only livened up by Mongol (?) inspiration. The ones I actually did like are Thorn by Intisar Khanani (which was why I tried Sunbolt) and The Black Tides of Heaven by Neon (J.Y.) Yang (but not the sequel. … It was not good for me). So, I am always on the look out for more, and will totally take suggestions, but I haven’t had the best luck here.

May 8th
Currently reading

As I type this (Saturday, the 8th at 3:50 PM) I am currently attempting to read Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim. This is serving as a lesson to me: do your proper research. Read the synopsis and then as yourself, is this something you actually think you will like, Amy? If the answer is no, put it back.

Anyway, yeah. I put this book on my TBR back in ’18, before it was even released, because I liked Sim’s Timekeeper trilogy. I saw the author, saw the cover and go, yeah, I’ll read it. … I thought it was sci-fi until I actually started reading it and when I realized I knew nothing about the book. Reading the dust jacket, finding out it’s a retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo … ugh. The worst of it is, this is my own fault. I… should have read the synopsis and the preview before I said, yeah, I’ll read it.

(Do you think I’ll finally learn? Because my last DNF was all my fault, too.)

May 9th
Spine poetry OR Mother’s Day
spine poetry (combine book titles into a poem)or celebrate fantasy mums (mother figures, female mentors etc) for international Mother’s Day

I should do a list of my favorite fantasy moms, but that sounds like too much work. *sigh* And I have been hit with the lazy this relaxing Sunday. So I’m doing Book Poetry instead. I’ve actually done this once before. And remember having fun with it.

Heart of ice,
Heart of steel,
Thorn
A tyranny of Queens,
Long may she reign

The siren depths,
Cruel beauty,
Salt magic, skin magic
Beneath the surface

 

May 10th
Mixed feelings
Maybe it didn’t meet your expectations, maybe you loved some bits but not others, maybe it made you both incredibly happy and very sad… but tell us why!

Welcome to my life. I don’t try to be, but I am incredibly picky – or, as my brother says, impossible to please. I can toss just about any reread onto this list, because most books do not hold up for me upon rereading. (And the ones that do are often romance, which we’re only talking about fantasy here.) First I am going to mention Goblin Quest by Jim C. Hines. I’m not sure I still consider him a favorite author, because of this book. The other books of his I didn’t care for were at least objectively decent books, this one was filled with a cast of possibly the most unlikable characters I’ve ever met. So that one didn’t meet expectations. I’m trying to come up with a book that I had actual mixed feelings on – something I liked parts of and disliked other parts – but I can’t think of one. Even going through my three star books isn’t helping because I either don’t remember anything about them, or I think I was too generous in rating them.

I think, though, Stranger by Rachel Manjia Brown and Sherwood Smith might fit here. (It’s kind of fantasy, but it’s also kind of sci-fi and it is dystopian, so I’m not sure I should be talking about it during fantasy month, but…) I mostly liked the characters, thought the world building was interesting, but the plot was more what you’d find in a romance novel. Because, for like the first 85%, it did read like a slice of life romance novel with the plot only dropping in for a final fight at the end. Even despite this, I could be encouraged to read the sequel, but it sounds like all my favorite characters won’t be in it. (Side note, slightly uncomfortable way of depicting an ace characters, but props for a poly date love triangle resolution.)

Reading Update

Well, the good news is, as predicted, I managed to make great headway through some of my TBR (even though I got a migraine this past week). I have finished four books that were on my Wyrd & Wonder TBR as well as DNFing two that were on my general May TBR. (That’s kind of par for the course for me, as I’ve DNF’d between three and five books every month so far this year.) What was so funny is I thought one of those books was a sci-fi book until I started reading it and discovered it was fantasy. So, it would have fit in for Wyrd & Wonder. (But I wasn’t feeling anything from it and DNF’d it anyway.)

The bad news: Yesterday (Sunday) I was having a lot of trouble picking a book to read. I finally decided to go for a reread that I’ve been wanting to get to for awhile. But then, with something I’m currently dealing with, it was causing me some trouble so I stopped it. (It was only supposed to be for a couple days, but I won’t have this issue solved by then and, emotionally, this is not what I need to be reading any time soon.) So I grabbed one of my TBR books, but wanted something soft and sweet to read instead before going to bed. So, now, I am knee deep in Dragon Age: Inquisition fanfiction. … Hopefully I’ll pull myself out of this black hole before the rest of my month is sucked into it but I have missed this game as I’ve been unable to play it (or any Dragon Age) for a year because my gaming computer died and I’m running an old one that can’t play much.

I’m excited for what this next week will bring. Though I’ve not been visiting other blogs like I wanted too, hopefully when my work slackens at the end of the week, I can catch up. Finally, I am kind of not looking forward to getting through my TBR as quickly as I am, because I don’t know what I’ll be reading next!

Wyrd & Wonder Update Log #1

Wyrd & Wonder: celebrate the fantastic
Hosted by Imyril & Lisa & Jorie
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Hey, everyone! So, looking at my calendar, I figured the best time to do weekly recaps would be on Monday. (Besides the last day of the month being a Monday, this will also allow me a couple days to work on this when I won’t be busy with too much other stuff.)

May 2nd
Pop this in your book bag of holding
What one fantasy book have you read since last Wyrd and Wonder that you want to put on the rest of the party’s radar?

So, I thought about this a lot. Probably more than I should have. The fact is that last year was a really bad time for my reading. There were a lot of reasons that you probably don’t really care about right now, but the fact is, the only five star books I read last year were rereads. I think I read like two fantasy books last year and didn’t much like either of them. But then, I remembered a fun book I read earlier this year.

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City of Strife by Claudie Arseneault

I was actually recommended this book over three years ago by one of my Goodreads groups. I was looking for a book with casual LGBT+ rep. You know, something that had the diversity, but it wasn’t about the diversity and the people were going around, doing stuff that didn’t really pertain to their diversity.

Honestly? This book is amazing and I so recommend it to everyone. It’s fun, the characters are great. There’s the solid building of friendship and trust and it is just such a great book. (And I am so excited to read the sequel this month!)

May 3rd
#MapMonday

I actually wasn’t even sure what this was at first. Then I did a quick Google search and… I never really realized how much people love their maps in fantasy books. I, personally, am distinctly indifferent towards them. I think part of the reason for that is because I don’t really like endless journey type stories. I like quest stories – though I’m starting to realize that I probably like them less than I thought I did – but I don’t really like reading about the characters traveling from point A to point B to EFG.

Also, most maps don’t look quite right to me. I don’t know what book it started with, but I’ve noticed a trend, specifically in YA fantasy, where the map looks backwards to me. So, the way the coastline is often drawn, my eyes immediately think that the water is the land and the land is the water. This doesn’t happen, ever I think, with adult fantasy, so I don’t quite know what it is about YA cartographers that seem determined to confuse me.

And no matter how neat I think maps are – they seldom are useful for me and even less seldom do I need them. … And now I’m suddenly wondering if I’m a very good fantasy reader because so many others love their maps. *shrug* Oh, well.

Reading Update

From the reading side of things…I’m already falling behind. So I’m like 20-30 pages into my first read this month, is all. Usually by now I’d be done or almost done with it. It’s just that the last 4-5 days have been really stressful and the next couple days are going to be really stressful – and when I’m stressing out and/or not feeling good (some of that, too) I only have enough bandwidth to read fanfiction. I’ve been doing a lot of that the past four days.

So, I’ve got a big job tomorrow and then a less stressful one on Wednesday (weather permitting!) but that’s just as long and hopefully by Wednesday evening, things will settle back to normal for me so I can blast through some of these books.

I hope to get a list post or two up this month, but looking at my schedule, it probably won’t be this week. If plans work out, I will be posting another update next Monday. I’m looking forward to that and hopefully I can tell you that I finished several books by then!

Wyrd & Wonder TBR (aka: the month I read all the fantasy)

Wyrd & Wonder: celebrate the fantastic
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Hi everyone! I am super excited because – for the first time ever – I am participating in Wyrd & Wonder this year! This is basically a celebration of all things fantasy and as fantasy is my favorite genre (though I’ve not been reading enough this year!) this sounded like the perfect fit for me. Honestly I had hoped that, by the time this would be going live, I’d have a bunch of nifty posts lined up. But life got in the way (and my usual procrastination, but, shh).

Now, I’m going to be honest. I don’t know what I’ll get posted. I don’t know what I’ll get read. (I have several book obligations in May that are not fantasy. Even for how much I stretched by usual definition of fantasy for my TBR.) As for the challenge prompts… They look lovely, but I find myself without much to say about them, so I’ll hopefully be visiting more than I’ll be posting. (Once a week would be the most I could probably manage to post anyway, with my schedule.)

Finally, before we get to the reason you’re here, I’ve been scanning through the planned posts. They look amazing, everyone! I have high hopes that I’ll be expanding my TBR this month!

Wyrd & Wonder TBR

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Deosil by Jordan L. Hawk

City of Betrayal by Claudie Arseneault

The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

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Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria

The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz (ReRead)

Mort by Terry Pratchett

April Wrap Up

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Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde – ***
Not thrilled with the book and it was essentially plotless and just a slice-of-life thing-y. … Really not for me.

It Takes Two to Tumble by Cat Sebastian – ***** (Reread)
Really liked this book the second time around. It’s a very mild book with no high emotions, about a romance between two adults that act like adults. What a novelty.

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan – *****
Probably my favorite Riordan to date. The plotting keeps getting better and better and I am loving the Romans.

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City of Strife by Claudie Arseneault – *****
This was a really, really lovely fantasy with a strong focus on bonds between people.

How to be a Normal Person by T.J. Klune – ****
Typical Klune humor and two sweetheart guys and I am a very, very happy person.

Defender by Janet Edwards – ****
Love the world building, love the case of the week, would love a little more depth to the secondary characters.

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The Stone Prince by Fiona Patton – DNF (Reread)
An attempt to reread a book whose writing style is very, very not for me anymore.

Gyrfalcon by Anna Butler – **** (ReRead)
Had so much fun rereading this book and I am super excited to continue the series.

Draakenwood by Jordan L. Hawk – ***
Probably my least favorite in the series to date. Still had a lot good in it, it just felt kind of repetitious.

Not on my TBR: But I Read it Anyway
Books I just randomly grabbed as inspiration struck.

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The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire by Michael Dante DiMartino
Book 1 && Book 2 && Book 3 – (all) *****
Kuvira is back. … That’s really all I need to say.

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Cancer Ships Aquarius by Anyta Sunday – **
Love interest is a lying liar that lies. If honesty isn’t a must for you in romance, I imagine the book is fine.

Running with Lions by Julian Winters – DNF
… Shallow and don’t like ‘enemies’ to lovers and I really don’t like the way the only girl is treated.

A Gentleman Never Keeps Score by Cat Sebastian – ***** (Reread)
Still loved it. Well, still love Hartley. Honestly, by this point with Sebastian books, there’s nothing new for me to say.

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Prudence by Gail Carriger – DNF (ReRead)
An attempted reread that worked so poorly for me that it set me off on all of Carriger’s work. (Side note: this was the first time I attempted a reread of anything by her.)

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan – **
Not thrilled with the amount of romance (and poorly written, at that) was in this book. And because of that, weaknesses in the story really showed.

Hurricane by Janet Edwards – DNF
I said I might try again at a later date, in a better mood, but this whole series goes beyond protagonist centered morality to protagonist centered universe.

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Balefire by Jordan L. Hawk – *****
After the previous lackluster one, this book was amazing! To me it felt the most horror of the bunch but the plot was just sooo good.

Two Rogues Make a Right by Cat Sebastian – *****
…It’s Sebastian. I loved it. These two go together quite often. … Can we just take a moment to appreciate the casual intimacy that is that cover, though?

Heart Scarab by Anna Butler – **
I could have ended the month on a better note. In a nutshell, my problems were a hatred for one of the characters and this book being much less action and much more drama than the previous.

For April
Books Read: 17
Pages Read: 5,567
Average Rating: 4.1

Over all, I am very happy with how much I read this month, and how good most of it was.

T5W: Books with Incorrect Goodreads Ratings

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Incorrect Ratings
Have you ever rated a book five stars, but when you went to check it on Goodreads it was rated really low? What about a book that you really didn’t like that has a high rating? This week, compare your ratings and the Goodreads average to find ratings that should be much higher or lower!

I believe this is one of my favorite topics ever. You see, I seldom love the books everyone else does and only occasionally hate the books everyone else does. So, you’re actually getting a double list this time, as I’m going to do five of each.

Continue reading “T5W: Books with Incorrect Goodreads Ratings”

April TBR

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Hey, everyone! Start of another month and I am really glad March is over. It was decent enough, but the last week-ten days of it I was run ragged. Had so much stuff I had to do, I was hardly at home and when I was I had stuff I had to catch up on there. Needless to say, I didn’t get a lot of reading done those last few days. But, it’s the start of a new month and I am super excited for so many of the books that’s on my TBR!

Continue reading “April TBR”

March Wrap Up

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – DNF
…I really couldn’t stand the characters that I stuck around long enough to meet. And I really couldn’t stand Kaz.

A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee – DNF
Arrogant, jerk-y boy that I just know is going to be the love interest.

The Black God’s Drums by P. Djeli Clark – **
Interesting enough idea, but because it’s a novella, everything seems very abrupt and not explained very well to me.

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A Delicate Deception by Cat Sebastian – *****
Three words: Sebastian is back! Whatever nonsense was the two previous books in this series, I am here to tell you, this is a great book.

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan – ****
Fun and I love the improving plotting. Though, I do think it stretched on rather too long.

Loki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee – DNF
…What fresh hell is this? There are no words. … Except for the thousand or so in my Goodreads review. … Maybe more of a Goodreads rant.

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Telepath by Janet Edwards – ***** (Reread)
It’s always nice when you reread a book and like it more the second time around than you did the first time. This book is a perfect example of great characters with amazing world building.

Terminal Uprising by Jim C. Hines – ***
I was actually a little disappointed in this book. It wasn’t bad…I just expected it to be better.

Fallow by Jordan L. Hawk – *****
Definitely my favorite book in this series to far. It’s got an amazing case and the characters gel so well in this one.

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Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee – ***
I… I really don’t know what to say about this book. I read it. This is something that happened. It’s something I was really looking forward to. I bought it when I’ve quit buying physical copies of books just so I could put it on my shelf with the first two. And I want to go back and pet Ninefox Gambit – you know, before this series left me an emotional wreck.

Not on my TBR: But I Read it Anyway
Books I just randomly grabbed as inspiration struck.

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Off Base by Annabeth Albert – **
An almost DNF because first impression of these two guys were seriously horrible. I mean, really bad. It turned out okay though.

On Point by Annabeth Albert – **
…I would love to find a friends to lovers romance that is actually friends to lovers not ‘secretly pining for you for how long? to lovers’ romance. That being said, pretty sure I’m done with this author because she focuses way too much on the sex for me.

The Rise of Kyoshi by F.C. Yee – DNF
And that’ll be my last attempt at a Yee book. Otherwise, not even close to the feel of anything Avatar, I thought. … And I disliked Kyoshi.

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Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston – DNF
There were just so many things I didn’t like. Really, I should have done my proper research and avoided the book from the start.

For March
Books Read: 9
Pages Read: 3,305
Average Rating: 3.4

Top Five Standalones that I Need More Of

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March 31: Give Me More!
There are some fantastic standalone books out there, but don’t you sometimes wish there was more? A sequel or even a companion novel? What are five books that you wish you got more of?

Even though the rest of the topics for the month sounded amazing, this is the first one I managed to do. It is also my first Top 5 Wednesday in…a very long time. (If I’ve done this right, clicking on the book cover should open the Goodreads page for that book.)

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