I Spy with My Little Eye…

… a Book Cover/Title with ____________

I was tagged by Vera (Unfiltered Tales)…oh gosh, too long ago!

As soon as I got the notification from her post I played along, but (as we know by now) my June presence on my blog has been lacking.

Here is how the game works:

The challenge: Find a book that contains (either on the cover or in the title) an example for each category. You must have a separate book for all 20, get as creative as you want and do it within five minutes!!

Here is how I played:

I wrote down all the I-Spy challenges, sat in front of my TBR shelves, and set a timer on my phone for 5 minutes.  Once the 5 minutes were over, I went ahead and finished whatever challenges I ran out of time for, pulling from either my TBR or Read shelves.


Here are the I-Spy challenges:

  1. Food
  2. Transportation
  3. Weapon
  4. Animal
  5. Number
  6. Something You Read
  7. Body of Water
  8. Product of Fire
  9. Royalty
  10. Architecture
  11. Clothing Item
  12. Family Member
  13. Time of Day
  14. Music
  15. Paranormal Being
  16. Occupation
  17. Season
  18. Color
  19. Celestial Body
  20. Something That Grows

Here is how I did in 5 minute time constraint:


And here are the rest of the I-Spy challenges fulfilled:


  • Food- Chocolat, by Joanne Harris
  • Transportation- Eileen, by Ottessa Moshfegh


  • Weapon- Scythe, by Neal Shusterman
  • Animal- A Dogs Purpose, by W. Bruce Cameron
  • Number- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne
  • Something You Read- Redwall, by Brian Jacques
  • Body of Water- Life of Pi, by Yann Martel
  • Product of Fire- The Library at Mount Char, by Scott Hawkins


  • Royalty- The Boleyn Inheritence, by Philippa Gregory
  • Architecture- The Battle of the Labyrinth, by Rick Riordan (the labyrinth was designed by Daedalus…the Greek architect, sooooo….counts)
  • Clothing Item- A Darker Shade of Magic, by VE Schwab (Kell’s coat)

A Darker Shade final for Irene

  • Family Member- The Sisters Brothers, by Patrick deWitt
  • Time of Day- Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, by John Berendt
  • Music- Shadowsong, by S. Jae-Jones
  • Paranormal Being- The Last Werewolf, by Glen Duncan
  • Occupation- The Gravedigger’s Son, by Patrick Moody
  • Season- Wintersong, by S. Jae-Jones
  • Color- Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, By Fannie Flagg
  • Celestial Body- Every Soul a Star, by Wendy Mass
  • Something That Grows- The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky (flowers grow….that counts right?)


Have you done this tag?  Are you going to?  Share your link with me so I can see how you did.

A VERY Late May Reading Wrap Up

Well, since June got away from me before I ever got to posting my May wrap up… I’m just going to list title, author, format and star rating in this post, I’ll hold back on my commentary this time, but you can check out my Goodreads where I’ve done my best to post a reaction upon finishing each book. Hopefully, I will be back soon to post my usual style wrap up for June.

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  1. Leah on the Offbeat, by Becky Albertalli (audiobook)🌟🌟🌟
  2. Children of Blood and Bone, by Toni Adeyemi (hardcover)🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  3. Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell (ebook) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  4. 1001 Nights of Snowfall, by Bill Willingham (graphic novel) 🌟🌟🌟 1/2
  5. Renegades, by Marissa Meyer (audiobook) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  6. Fables vol 9- Sons of Empire, by Bill Willingham (graphic novel) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  7. The Hobbit, by JRR Tolkien (paperback) continued in JuneScreen Shot 2018-06-22 at 4.00.45 PM
  8. Fortunately the Mill, by Neil Gaiman (hardcover) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  9. The Penderwicks at Last, by Jeanne Birdsall (hardcover) continued in June
  10. Saga vol 8, by Brian K Vaughan (digital graphic novel) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  11. Fables vol 10- the Good Prince, by Bill Willingham (graphic novel) 🌟🌟🌟 1/2
  12. The Princess Saves Herself in This One, by Amanda Lovelace (paperback) 🌟🌟🌟
  13. And Every Day the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer, by Fredrick Backman (audiobook) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Screen Shot 2018-06-22 at 4.00.35 PM
  14. Binti, by Nnedi Okorafor (audiobook) 🌟🌟🌟
  15. Fables vol 11- War and Pieces, by Bill Willingham (graphic novel) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  16. Home (Binti #2), by Nnedi Okorafor (audiobook) 🌟🌟


  1. The Ballad of Black Tom, by Victor LaValle (paperback)
  2. No Girls in the Clubhouse, by Marilyn Cohen (hardcover)
  3. Memoirs of a Polar Bear, by Yoko Tawada (paperback)

T5W: Top Five Wednesday- Summer Reads

Top 5 Wednesday is hosted by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes, check out the Goodreads group for the topic schedule.

This week’s topic is summer reads. I have decided to give to you the reads that remind me of summer…. not necessarily that the story is summery, but it may just be that I remember reading and loving them in the summertime.

1. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

I am currently re-reading the Hobbit and plan on moving on to re-read the rest of the books. This gives me all the summer feels because I remember reading these over the summer before my senior of high school- laying in the sun by the pool and listening to Simon and Garfunkel while I read. Aside from the memory of reading these in the summer, the adventure across Middle-Earth, any long journey really (unless it specifically says that the trek was during winter), reminds me of summer travels.

I want to get some more beautiful copies of these, without the movie covers…. but look at those gorgeous spine creases. Even the condition of these books reminds me of how much I enjoyed them that summer. I will never get rid of these books.

2. The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis

I suppose it’s kind of fitting, considering their friendship, that Tolkien and Lewis’ major works should give me similar feelings. I also read these over the summer. This time, it was the summer after my freshman year of college. I was visiting my booooyfriend (now husband of 9 years!) in New Hampshire. It was our first summer together. He was working two jobs and taking summer classes to transfer back to our school in Connecticut. I had taken the train up from New Jersey for what was supposed to be a week, but ended up being most of the summer. Because he was so busy, and I was spending just about the whole time with his family (parents, siblings, aunt, uncle, cousins grandparents) which I JUST MET, he bought me a bind up of the entire seven book series to devour in the sun at his family’s little lake house. That place holds so many amazing summer memories for me…. unfortunately we don’t go there any more…. ugh… anyway… Narnia = summer for me.


3. The Story of My Unbelievable Summer by Davide Cali and Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman



Yeah, my first two choices were series, and now I’m including two books… I fail at the whole 5 part of T5W. Oh well. Both of these books I have discovered with my kids and have somehow become summer (or at least first taste of warm weather) re reads for us. I should really buy copies of these by now. We take them out from the library over and over again.

4. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

There she goes with THIS book again…

I can just hear you thinking that! But yes… THIS BOOK! This book that sings to my soul. I actually read this for the first time in the winter, but it is a summer book if ever there was one, with most of the story taking place over two summers. I CANNOT WAIT for the sequel, There Will Be Other Summers.

5. The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall


I think this is my favorite of the Penderwicks series. These are middle grade books that I have listened to multiple times with my kids. My husband isn’t the biggest fan, but has been forced to listen along in the car. He thinks the books are boring. They are character driven for sure. They are just beautiful books about family. My kids love them. I love them. The first (and newly released fifth book) of the series also take place during summer, but this third one (Point Mouette) makes me want to summer on the coast of Maine (the book’s setting) so badly! It gives me an echo of those New Hampshire summers by the lake feeling.

Hello Blog, Long Time No See & A Glance at my Bookshelves

I have started so many blog posts in my head this month. And, believe me, they were good ones! For some reason though I just could not find the concentration to actually compose and post them.

***insert excuses here, there are many***

I hope to be back soon with a May wrap up. My kids don’t have baseball tonight, so maybe I will get to write it this evening. Maybe. No promises.

I thought I’d ease back into posting by sharing my bookshelves. This is a good time because they are freshly organized(ish) and dusted.

Let’s start with my TBR shelves. I’ve decided to pull books I own but haven’t read away from the rest and keep them all together in one area of my bedroom. The idea was that if I can see them standing apart I will grab and read them. Yeah, hasn’t happened. I’ve been adding and adding to these shelves, yet I seem to be re-reading or borrowing from the library.

On the other side of my bedroom is this bookcase I salvaged from the curb. I love her…dings, scrapes and all. My husband mentions how we are doing better financially now, and I don’t need a bookcase from the garbage… but I don’t know if I can get rid of her. Before she came into my life, my books were still in storage totes in the basement from when we had moved in several years prior.

Above that are these shadow boxes that house my Redwall collection and other knick-knacks.

In the living room, my newest bookshelf is this ladder shelf from Ikea. It’s more decorative, housing some antique books my husband’s grandparents gave me and large/pretty hardcovers. (Sorry the lighting in the photo is awful)

Also on the living room, this shelf used to be a lamp until our naughty puppy chewed the plug. Lost a lamp, gained an extra shelf. No loss really. Just had to take the paper shade off the top and remove the bulb socket. It’s been used for library books in the past, but I decided to put children’s chapter books there a) to free up space on my own shelf, and b) to keep them more visible so we are more likely to grab them.

There is also a shelf under our tv that currently houses my kids’ library books. We always have at least 35 things checked out…. not that we need to borrow books, there are more than enough at home we haven’t read as you can see!

When my kids’ room is in better shape I’ll have to share their book shelves, too. They have tons as well!