Thank you so much to Inkyard Press for having me as a part of their blog tour for The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa! I haven’t read any of her other books and even though I knew this was the beginning of a spin off series from her earlier books, I figured that I would read it anyway and if I liked it, then I’d give the earlier books a chance… well it looks like my TBR just got longer because I’m definitely about to read all of the other books set in this world! It’s got everything I love in it- how the heck have I not already read them???
Happy Friday y’all! Man, I have been so bad at updating on here, and I want to say it’s because I’ve been feverishly reading… but I haven’t. Tik Tok has taken over my life again and I’m doing some part time consulting for my cycling studio (I’m helping them with their marketing, and I honestly love it so much) and I’m helping one of my aunt’s friends’ daughters in her job search (she just graduated from college and wants a job in marketing but has no idea how to get one and I’ve worked in marketing since 2015, so Avni to the rescue), so busy busy. I’m hoping things will calm down a little so I can read and post more starting next week, but we’ll see. (Also, cuffing season is about to start, so of course I’m all over the dating apps 🤦♀️ We need more hours in the day.)
Thank you so much to Netgalley and Fierce Reads/Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Macmillan Children’s Publishing for making Black Wings Beating “Read Now” on Negalley for 24 hours back in either late July or early August! This book came out in 2018 and I’ve been meaning to read it ever since then but just never got around to it, so this forced me to finally get around to it and man am I glad I did! I also checked out book 2 from the library already and I’m SO ready to read it and to read book 3 (which released on September 1st!).
Thank you so much to Wednesday Books for asking me to be a part of the blog tour for Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles (and thank you to both Wednesday books and NetGalley for the free early review copy)! I first heard of this book via Roshani Chokshi’s instagram stories earlier this year (I think… it could have been last year too… time is an interesting concept right now) and it sounded so interesting- a mix of Moulin Rouge and the Phantom of the Opera with magicians- so I put it on my list ASAP and kept my eyes peeled for any way to read the ARC. I’m so glad I was able to because this book was freaking amazing and is one of my favorites of the year! This book came out yesterday, August 25th, so make sure you pick it up!
Happy Wednesday! It’s Blast from the Past time! Woop Woop! Today, we’re going to be talking about some of the books that I was not the biggest fan of in 2018.
In 2018, I actually don’t have any recorded DNFs, which is way better than 2017! I think that’s because I was pickier about what I was reading, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have some least favorite reads of the year. Once again, putting this disclaimer on here- this does not mean that these books aren’t great books, they just were not for me and I have definitely seen other people enjoy them, so don’t let me not enjoying them keep you from picking them up! (And, as always, feel free to let me know if some of my least favorites are some of your favorites- I always love seeing other people’s perspectives!)Read More »
Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond Tours for including me as a part of their tour for Ignite the Sun by Hanna Howard! And thank you so much to Blink and Netgalley for giving me a copy of the book to read and review! I’m so excited about being a part of this tour!!! This is my first tour with TBR and Beyond tours and it was such a great tour to be a part of, so I’m super excited about more tours with them in the future! And happy release day to this great book!!!! Yayyy for Ignite the Sun being out in the world for everyone to enjoy!
Also! There’s an incredible giveaway (US only, unfortunately, so I’m sorry to my wonderful international followers) for a signed finished copy of Ignite the Sun as well as an exclusive mug swag pack. Like just look at how great this looks! Enter here! This giveaway ends today, August 18, so make sure you go enter ASAP!
Hey y’all! I’m so excited that I got to be a part of the book tour for Star Daughter by Hear Our Voices Book Tours! This is my first tour with them and they’re such a great company to work with, so I really hope to do more tours with them in the future! So, for my post, not only am I going to write a review for y’all, I’m also going to give y’all 15 thoughts I had while reading the book, so I’ll try to keep it as spoiler free as possible in that section. I’m thinking that format wise, I’m going to give you my rating first, then the summary from Goodreads, my review, and then end with my 15 thoughts. Also, thank you so much to Hear Our Voices and the publisher, Harper Teen, for giving me a free ARC to read and review for this!
Happy Wednesday! Another Wednesday, another edition of Blast from the Past! Today, we’re moving to 2018.
2018 was a pretty solid year- I had my golden birthday and my family went to Maui to celebrate it, which was amazing. I also got to co-lead the planning and execution for the biggest conference of the year for my team and while it was a ridiculous amount of work, it was the coolest thing I’ve ever done and me and my co-worker ended up beating every expectation and leading the company revenue wise post event, so that was amazing. And it was in Vegas, so that was also really, really fun- and all of this was only done by the end of March, so there was so much more of the year left to go. In the rest of 2018, I experienced major burnout at work, almost quit my job a couple of times, got a promotion, participated in a Spartan race and subsequently screwed up my knee, went to my first author signing with Renee and Roshani, went to LA, went to a Fall Out Boy concert, and went on a Europe trip for my dad’s 60th birthday, which when I write everything out like that seems nuts, especially since I somehow managed to read 113 books on top of that! What the heck!
It was really hard to narrow it down to a top 5 this time, so I made a top 6, because 2018 was the year that Kingdom of Ash came out and I’m a Sarah J Maas junkie, so of course I reread all of those books and Kingdom of Ash is on that list, so it wouldn’t have been fair to just have a top 5. Read More »
Happy August y’all! I haven’t written a wrap up post in so long but this month I was like you know what, I read so many great books in July- I have to talk about them! I’m going to have reviews going out about some of these books later this month, so keep an eye out for those (I’ll make sure to call them out). Let’s get started!Read More »
Happy Friday y’all! Can you believe that we’re already at the end of July?! What the heck!!! Let’s see, what all has been going on with me since my last First Line Friday- I went on a socially distant date with a new guy from a dating app last weekend and that went well! I don’t know if it’s going to go anywhere with him (we haven’t even planned a second date yet), but it’s nice to know that after being ghosted by the last two guys I was really interested in, people are still into me. Besides that, I’ve finished 4 books this week and all of them were really good! That’s it for my weekly update!
First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?
Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first