T5W: Favorite Friend Groups

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. Visit the Goodreads group for the topic schedule and to share your link.

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I love this weeks topic of favorite friend groups. While I don’t always love multiple 1st person POVs, I do love ensemble casts with amazing chemistry.


Here are my favorites books with some kick-ass awesome crews: (featuring fanart I found on Pinterest/Google)

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Pretty sure this is on every T5W this week. There’s a reason- these characters are so well written and their chemistry is perfection. Every character has their own motivation in working toward a common goal, and they all have vices/issues to work through making them so real and dynamic.

Crooked Kingdom, though. Have I mentioned before what that book did to me? I think I may have brought it up once or twice.

***breaks down sobbing***

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

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This series is amazing…. I will accept no other opinions. I love it puts totally unique twists on fairy tale characters. I love all the ships. I love all the interactions. I love that their story continues in graphic novel format, and you get to see how close they all remain after all the crap they went through. Thorne and Cinder’s closeness is my absolute favorite. I also like the scenes with little Cress and Wolf interacting one on one. And Jacin is hilarious in the way that he doesn’t really fit into their group dynamic, but he is one of them anyway.

The Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan

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These kids are just too cute. I love the age that they are in this follow up series to Percy Jackson and the Olympians; it makes their relationships among the group that much more meaningful. They are at that point in life where they are figuring out where they want to end up (if they survive long enough that is), and they are still young enough not to take things too seriously. Percy and Leo are so good at breaking tension and lightening the mood.

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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I really loved the crew from this book. Leah on the Offbeat destroyed them, in my opinion. And I was so looking forward to more adorableness.

Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

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Maybe it’s just because it’s my most recent read… but I think these guys were great. If you can still find something to laugh about when planning on overthrowing an evil lord and are sure you won’t actually survive… then yeah, you have some good friends by your side.


Who are some of your favorite friend groups?

Let me know.

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Top Ten Tuesday- Binge Worthy TV Shows

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s topic is Top Ten Binge Worthy TV Shows.

This is pretty much the only way my husband and I watch TV.  We don’t have cable, and while I have a couple of shows I watch week to week on Hulu, we love having a series available on Netflix to veg out with once we finally get those tiny pirate monsters kids of ours to bed.

1. Marvel’s   (literally any one of the many shows)    

We are currently binging all the Marvel shows.  We got through all 5 seasons of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on Netflix (we followed this timeline for how to watch the seasons of this show along with the Marvel movies).  Then we went over to Hulu to watch Agent Carter.  Loved it.  And now we are back on Netflix for Daredevil.  Holy cow.  We actually tuck the kids in and tell them we are going to start our show…”DO NOT COME IN THE LIVING ROOM if you need to get out of bed for anything”.  Wow is it gory.  I’ve had to cover my eyes and the sounds are enough to gross me out.

2. How I Met Your Mother

We watched this entire show all at once on Netflix.  If we were to watch it over we would skip the last season.  The show’s ending actually made us so angry that we are hesitant to watch even the earlier seasons again because now we know where they are going.  But until that point…it was so funny and I loved all the running jokes.  When I think of how many years they kept a joke going (for those who weren’t binging the show), it’s really impressive that they were able to keep track of everything for so long.

3. Cheers

We are way too young to have watched Cheers back in its day… but I had seen enough of the show in syndication growing up to say ‘hey let’s put this one on’ when we saw it on Netflix.  I’m so glad we did.  It was great.  I was actually more familiar with Frasier and knew it was a spin off, but when we finished Cheers I found I couldn’t stand Frasier… he is not the same person he was in the original show.  And what a shock to go from watching young Ted Danson every night… and then to see a commercial for The Good Place.  I mean I know aging happens, obviously.  But when we are connecting to the character that is around our age for 11 seasons, and then to see him in the present…. it was kind of jarring.

4. Friends

duh.

5. Everybody Loves Raymond

I love this show so much.  And I got a kick out of Patricia Heaton’s character Deborah, and how different she is from Frankie Heck (her character in The Middle, which we mostly kept up with thanks to Hulu).

6. Impractical Jokers

On a Netflix lull, we turned to watching all the episodes of this stupid show.  It was a great show to watch when we didn’t have the energy to invest in a story line.  It is four guys from Long Island who come up with hilarious scenarios and try to out-embarass each other.  That’s it.  It’s hilarious.  Until you realize that you’ve just watched like 7 years worth of this show and these guys still have this juvenile sense of humor… it’s kind of sad.  But still so funny, who am I kidding?

7. The Goldbergs

Holy f*** is this show hilarious!  I love the crazy family dynamic and how the mom is so obsessed with her kids and always getting bleeped because she drops f bombs like it’s her job (what? that’s not me! oh wait…)

We had seen an episode here and there, because ABC is the one channel our rabbit ear antenna picked up and it came on after The Middle.  But then we put it on Hulu one day and very quickly watched 4 seasons worth.


The rest of my list is some Sci Fi/ Fantasy that I watched alone because they are soooooo not my husband’s cup of tea.

8. The Magicians

I binged the first season two seasons, and I think I’m going to rewatch them before I binge the third season.  I want to read the books but have hear they are meh.  I’ll probably love them.  The show gives me very adult Harry Potter/Narnia vibes that I am ALL ABOUT!

9. Being Human (BBC Version)

Oh man, I binged this so hard a few years ago. Never watched the US version though.  Is this still even on Netflix? probably not.  I kind of want to watch this over again.  Vampire, Werewolf, and Ghost BFFS?  YES!  The last season gave me anxiety though, because it dealt with the devil and I’m Hispanic and was raised Catholic…. so, even though I don’t vibe with Catholicism, I still have some hang ups when it comes to demons and spirits.

10. Merlin

Oh this show.  It took me a few episodes to be on board with Merlin and Arthur being the same age.  I guess I was hung up on the traditional image of Merlin being old and mentoring Arthur.  But yeah I got over that real quick!  MERTHUR is the best the ship that never happened.  I love this show so much.  Yeah some episodes are cheesy, but the show is still AMAZING! My one hang up with the show…  The chick who plays Morgana is the literal worst actress EVER. Oh and also, the last episode is too intense to watch ever again.  I skipped it the last time I watched the series through and went back to episode 1 instead.


Oh boy it’s so hard to stop here with only ten.  But I will….because otherwise I’ll go on forever.

What shows have you binged?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? vol. 2

Oh hi! I forgot today was Monday.  I’m so thrown off by my husband being home… yay three day weekends!!!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by The Book Date.

Last week I was able to meet my goal of finishing The Final Empire.  To get the second half of the book finished I ended up switching back and forth through e-book and graphic audio, and it made for a really immersive reading experience.  Once I started listening to it I was able to connect with the characters a little better- I heard the actors’ voices as I read on my own, and I picked up more on the humor and character interactions from listening to parts of it.

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I didn’t listen to or read anything else until I finished The Final Empire, but once I had that done I moved onto Fables vol. 18: Cubs in Toyland.  I really enjoyed reading this volume.  It did a better job at sticking to one story line than the previous volume did.  This was a very emotional and eerie installment.   I can’t recommend this graphic novel series highly enough. It got little ‘meh’ for a few volumes, but I really love the series overall.

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This morning I started The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw.  I have very high expectations for it as the kickoff of my fall/dark/witchy/spooky/Halloweeny TBR.  Afterwards, I plan on reading Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman.

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I also decided that I should go ahead and start the next Mistborn book, The Well of Ascension, and just take my time with it while reading some other things.  I know if I put it aside completely I am likely not to come back to it.

I also picked up Infidelity, a Memoir by Ann Pearlman from the library.  This sounded interesting, but I have a feeling it will be something I thumb through, not read cover to cover.  We’ll see what happens.


 

What have you been reading?  What will you be reading?

Make sure to visit the host page to check out more IMWAYR posts and to link up yours.

Have a great week!

The Relationshipper Book Tag

I was so excited to see that I was tagged to do this by the ladies at Fiction No Chaser.  I had every intention of getting this posted sooner….but….kids.  I haven’t gotten a chance to sit here and compose coherent thoughts until now.

This post is all about the ships.

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The Rules:

  1. Answer the eleven questions provided by the blogger who tagged you
  2. Come up with eleven new questions of your own!
  3. Tag 5 new bloggers!
  4. Mention the blogger who tagged you and have fun!!

 

This was harder than I thought it would be….

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What fictional character from a book would you date and why?

All of them.  For the sake of this tag I will pick Marko, from the Saga graphic novel series by Brian K Vaughn.  Because DAYUMMMMM can Fiona Staples draw one heck of a man! Yes I know he is a fictional character, but he is so hot! And sweet.  He loves so deeply and he’s a great dad, too….  Swoon…

What would your first date with this character look like? What would you do?

Bookshop and cuddle.  I’m also down for Netflix and chill.  Introvert dating.

What fictional characters would form your book significant other harem?

I want my harem to mesh well and have amazing chemistry, so I’m gonna make this easy on myself and say: you know The Lunar Chronicles? yeah…. that’s my harem now.

What’s your least favorite trope when it comes to book relationships?

Is miscommunication a trope?  Because I hate when that happens.  I hate when the characters are heart broken, fighting, or avoiding each other for no reason.  COME ONE GUYS!  Talk it out!   Stop jumping to conclusions!  You what they say: ‘when you assume….’

What’s your favorite ship?

How do I answer this?!  I feel like the ship in The Kiss Quotient is great.  It fell into that miscommunication trope I that I hate, but I feel like the respect and comfort that the relationship was built on was just…ugh… perrrrfect!  I will take Michael Phan over Christian Grey a hundred times over.

Also, Zuzana and Mik’s adorable relationship kind of steals the show in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy.  I haven’t read their novella, Night of Cake and Puppets, yet, but I expect great things and swoony feels.

What’s a ship you *hate*?

Let’s go with Ana and Christian in the 50 Shades books.  I loved these WHILE I was reading them, but as soon as I finished the series (which I binged while high on pregnancy hormones) and started discussing it, I quickly realized how many problems I had.  These two characters used sex as a weapon.

Also- Just like Jess and Teagan… I HAAAAATE Cal and Mare!

What’s a ship you’d like to third wheel with and why?

Simon and Bram (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli)- because they are so freaking adorable! I feel like I would get a giddy contact high off of their cuteness.  If I had to third wheel (cue prom weekend memories) it would totally be fun hanging out with these two love birds, I think.

If you could delete one ship from a book, who would it be and why?

That would be from my current read, The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson.  Vin and Elend do not need to be a thing.  I am always all for the romance in just about any story; and I am all for insta-love.  But no thanks.  Not this time.  My gosh the romance adds nothing to the story and it makes the character Vin ANNOYING!!!!

What two characters from different fandoms would you like to see together?

I don’t know, I’ve never really considered this…. hmmmm…..

Alucard Emery (Shades of Magic trilogy) and Jesper Fahey (Six of Crows duology).  Not only would this be a GORGEOUS couple.  Their playful personalities and hardcore flirtation would be electric!

What ship that ended are you still mourning?

I might break down and sob just thinking about this…. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo DESTROYED me.  I’ll leave it at that.

 Jacob or Edward?

Ok so… I was Team Edward…. BUT Team Taylor when it came to the actors.  If I read the books over now (I won’t) I have a feeling that I might just switch teams.


 

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My Questions:

  1. Who was your first book crush?
  2. Who was your most recent book crush?
  3. What popular ship do you sink?
  4. Which unpopular ship do you actually love?
  5. Do you have a favorite friends to lovers ship?
  6. What ship reminds you of your relationship? or the relationship you would like to have?
  7. What ship was just unnecessary?
  8. Imagine your favorite ship 10 years in the future (from when their book ends)… where are they now?
  9. Which book do you want to see adapted to tv/movie? Who would you cast to bring your ship to life?
  10. What is a relationship that you wish happened?
  11. What character(s) have broken your heart?

 

I tag:

Sara @ The Bibliophagist

Vikki @ My Mundane Life

Megan @ The Cozied Reader

And any one else who would like to play along.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Happy Monday, Reader Friends!

I hope you had a good weekend and managed to read a bit… or not… it’s your weekend, you do you.

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As for me- I got to do some reading at the park on Friday, the beach on Saturday, and I even got to sneak a few pages in at the baseball field on Sunday.


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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!

Last week I listened to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. The audiobook was very well done- there were multiple narrators for the two main characters/timelines and the tabloid articles.

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I had heard nothing but wonderful things about this book. I have to agree, it was fantastic! Evelyn is such an engaging character- you simply cannot help but fall in love with her. She’s a manipulative bitch in the best way, and she is proud of it. She built herself up from nothing, didn’t allow the men in her life to dictate her success, and even at her most selfish moments she felt the need to protect the people she loves. The racial and sexual diversity in the book was amazing. The relationships were all so real in that they were full of the good, the bad and the ugly.

One disappointment I have, and this is just me, is that I didn’t cry. Every reading vlog I watched that featured this book left the reader in tears at the ending. I thought the ending was beautiful and, while sad, didn’t wreck me the way I anticipated.

If you love books with dynamic characters…. this book is where it’s at. check it out.

Also last week: I made slow progress through The Final Empire. I am definitely enjoying it, but I am so discouraged by my own reading pace.

Which brings me into my reading plans for this week:

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FINISH THE FINAL EMPIRE!

My ebook actually contains the entire trilogy- a whopping (and intimidating) 2,045 page count. I think I’ve made it to the half way point of the first book so I am hoping to get it done by the end of the week, and with that, the end of the month.

The next question is: go right into book two, The Well of Ascension, or take a break from this world?

I am worried that if I don’t continue right away, I will take a long time to get back in and finish the trilogy. HOWEVER… as of right now, I feel like I need to move on to something different. I am very eager to start my fall/Halloween reading, and this series is not giving me those spooky vibes. I guess we will see how book one ends and if it leaves me needing more right away.


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Last week, with the kids, I read The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling. I vaguely remembered it as something I read in early elementary, and we picked up a copy from the thrift store to read together. It was a really fun read- the kids both loved it and always wanted me to “read the next chapter!”

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The kids also started listening to The Penderwicks at Last audiobook. We actually read about 90% of the book together but then never finished it (well they didn’t… I went ahead and read the last couple chapters myself).
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The kids also started reading some books on their own last week:
So the reading goals for the kids’ week will be for kid 1 to finish The Magic Tree House #10- Ghost Town at Sundown, and for the little brother to finish Frog and Toad All Year.

We also have a bag bursting of picture books and graphic novels from last week’s library trip. There is no shortage of books in our house!


What are your reading plans for the week?
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8.24.18 At the Moment

It is 8:15am on Friday. I slept really well, my husband made some exceptionally good coffee for me today, the kids are awake and watching some TV before we start our day.

We spent yesterday at the beach and the baseball field. Today will probably be park before baseball. I’m hoping to do some reading outside. I always bring a book, but end up watching the kids’ practice like an I’m an obsessed fan. Well, I kind of am, aren’t I?

I finished my audiobook (The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo) yesterday and I’m trying to decide if I should start another or focus all my energy on The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. I’ve made it to part 2 of the book and I’m hoping I can pick up speed from here. I have the graphic audio recording to try and help move me along, but I’m not sure how I feel about it. A regular audiobook might be better. Or no audio, just read it…cant quite decide on my own mood.

This post is really just a stall tactic- I don’t know why I’m not picking up my nook to continue The Final Empire. I will regret it later if I don’t read at least some before I start my day.

My weekend plans:

  • Clean the house…yeah right
  • Map out the kids’ fall ball schedules
  • Kid 1 has an away game
  • Read Fables vol 18
  • Make progress in The Final Empire

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T5W: Redemption Arcs

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes.  The topic schedule can be found in the Goodreads group.


This weeks topic is Redemption Arcs.

I feel like redemption arcs are more than just a case of learning some background that justifies a characters antagonistic actions.  I think that is a matter of insight rather than redemption.  When I consider redemption, I want it to be a character doing something big to make up for the horribleness that has defined them up to that point.  But that’s just me and what I’m thinking about this week as I make this list.  Whether or not that is the true definition of a redemption arc… I really have no idea.

#5- Holland (from: Shades of Magic trilogy)

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I’m kind of breaking my rule right off the bat.  We learn about Holland and his torture at the hands of the Dane Twins who force him to carry out their sinister wishes… but he lets himself be defeated and sent into Black London for the greater good.  Or so we think……….. I won’t spoil any further.

#4- Prince Robot IV (from: Saga)

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This dude is the worst.  Until he has something personal to fight for, and all of a sudden he is side by side with our favorite moony in the universe.  PLOT. TWIST.

#3- Prince Charming (from: Fables)

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He is introduced as a silver tongued womanizer who cares only about wealth and power- but a few volumes in you realize he is a strategical genius and the one to lead Fabletown to victory against the Adversary.  I remember the moment I paused my reading and realized: “Holy crap, I don’t hate him anymore.”

#2- Loki (from: Marvel Cinematic Universe)

We went from this slimy asshole in Avengers…

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Loki, I think I love you. No… I KNOW I do.

#1- Darth Vader (from: A Galaxy Far Far Away)

No explanation necessary.

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Shelf Control

I found this meme and thought… “Hey! I have TBR shelves I need to control!”

So here we are.

Welcome to Shelf Control — an original feature created and hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies.

Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out my introductory post, here.

I am beyond excited for fall… autumn (whatever, I’ve always called it fall).  It’s my favorite season for several reasons:

  1. Climate- I live in New England, so it’s kind of required I love fall
  2. Hot apple cider
  3. Pumpkins
  4. Spooky (NOT gory!) Halloween decorations
  5. Atmospheric reads

I have quite a few books I saved to read leading up to Halloween, and honestly they may end up taking up my entire fall season, which I am going to say is September through November.

My birthday was in June, and with the gift cards I received I ordered several 2018 releases that I anticipate will make good lead up to Halloween reads.

The first one I will talk about is:

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

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I am going to venture a guess that by now everyone has at least heard of this book, if not read it.  It was released in March, with much hype, and I made a promise to myself that I would save it for fall. I mean… it’s about witches!

An excerpt from the Goodreads description:

Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

The cover is gorgeous, the plot sounds perfect for this time of year, and I’ve seen enough good reviews for it, that I am more than eager to try it out for myself.  So far, I have gotten lucky and ended up loving books that have gotten mixed reviews.   The Goodreads rating is 3.86 and my prediction is that it will be 4 if not 5 stars from me.  We’ll see if I was right (I really hope so! I could use a 5 star book to kick off the season!)


If you want to participate in this meme, check out the post at Bookshelf Fantasies and join in the comments.  Don’t forget me know if you do!

Let’s take control of our shelves, one book at a time!  What book have you bought that you need to get to?

Summer Reading Wrap Up

So I guess, summer is almost done.  Why does it go so fast? Not fair!

My life was ruled by Baseball Mom-ing until the middle of July and I think it really slowed down my reading.  Also, I think was fighting off a reading slump for most of the summer.  I had a really hard time focusing, and ended up reading a lot of 3 star books.  I rate books on enjoyment, and I feel like I’m pretty generous with 5 stars, so I expected be throwing around more of them.

I do think I want to figure out a better way to rate books.  I recently watched this Book Roast video, and I love the idea of a rating formula.  As it stands, my current rating style is more similar to what Heather, from the Bookables channel, describes.

But I digress.


Here is what my summer reading looked like

(though not quite in this order):

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  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
    • Audiobook
    • 4 stars
  • Fables vol 12: The Dark Ages by Bill Willingham
    • Paperback- Graphoc Novel
    • 4 stars
  • The Night Masquerade (Binti 3) by Nnedi Okorafor
    • Audiobook
    • 2.5/5 stars

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  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
    • Audiobook
    • 3/5 stars
  • Bob by Wendy Mass
    • Hardcover
    • 3/5 stars
  • The Penderwicks at Last by Jeanne Birdsall
    • Harcover
    • 3/5 stars
  • Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
    • Audiobook
    • 4/5 stars
  • Wires and Nerve volume 2: Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer
    • Hardcover- Graphic Novel
    • 3/5 stars
  • Fables vol 14: Witches by Bill Willingham
    • Paperback- Graphic Novel
    • 3/5 stars
  • The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
    • Audiobook
    • 3/5 stars…. I don’t know…. I’m considering upping this to 4 stars since I can’t stop thinking about or referencing it.
  • Baba Yaga’s Assistant by Marika McCoola
    • Hardcover- Graphic Novel
    • 3 stars
  • Women in Baseball by Gai Ingham Berlage
    • Hardcover
    • 3 stars
  • Fables vol 13: The Great Fables Crossover by Bill Willingham
    • Paperback- Graphic Novel
    • 1/5 star
  • Beartown by Fredrik Backman
    • Audiobook
    • 5/5 stars
  • The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
    • Paperback & Audiobook
    • Re-read
    • 4/5 stars

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  • This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
    • Audiobook
    • 3/5 stars
  • Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
    • Audiobook
    • 1.5/5 stars
  • Fables vol 16: Superteam by Bill Willingham
    • Paperback- Graphic Novel
    • 4/5 stars
  • To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
    • Ebook
    • 3/5 stars
  • All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover
    • Audiobook
    • 5/5 stars
  • Dream Jumpers by Greg Grunberg
    • Harcover- Graphic Novel
    • 4/5 stars
  • Snow White by Matt Phelan
    • Harcover- Graphic Novel
    • 3/5 stars
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
    • Paperback
    • Re-read
    • 4/5 stars
  • Fables vol 15: Rose Red by Bill Willingham
    • Paperback- Graphic Novel
    • 4/5 stars
  • Us Against You by Fredrik Backman
    • Hardover
    • 5/5 stars
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
    • Paperback
    • 4.5/5 stars
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
    • Audiobook
    • 2.5/5 stars

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  • Fables vol 17: Inherit the Wind by Bill Willingham
    • Paperback- Graphic Novel
    • 3/5 stars
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
    • Audiobook
    • 5/5 stars
  • Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
    • Audiobook
    • 4/5 stars
  • Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
    • Audiobook
    • 4.5/5 stars
  • Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
    • Hardcover
    • 3/5 stars
  • The Summer List by Amy Mason Doan
    • Paperback
    • 3/5 stars

Book I DNF’d this summer

  • No Girls in the Clubhouse by Marilyn Cohen
  • Everland by Wendy Spinale
  • The Loving Spirit by Daphne Du Maurier
  • For Today I am a Boy by Kim Fu
  • Space Opera by Catherynne M Valente
  • The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M Valente
  • The Slave Players by Megan Allen (I read this first 120 or so pages in April, but decided in August that I was not picking this back up)

Currently Reading

I may be able to finish these before August is over:

  • The Final Empire (Mistborn 1) by Brandon Sanderson
  • Fables vol 18: Cubs in Toyland by Bill Willngham
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I feel like I had an okay summer as far as quality.  And now that I list it all out, I guess I read more than I felt like I did.  I am REALLY excited for fall and some spooky, witchy, thrilling reads.

Let me know how your summer went and if there are any books you would like more of my reaction/review on.

Happy Reading!

My First Pops!

I love Funko Pops. They are so stinking cute! But I’ve never bought any because…I don’t know, I guess feel like there are more responsible ways to spend money. Booo, adulting.

But I couldn’t pass these up.

I was only going to get Marko, but Alana is his soulmate…how dare I bring home one without the other?

And then my son handed me Ahsoka and they were a part of a ‘3 For’ deal (they actually turned out not to be, but it was actually slightly cheaper without the promo) so I took her home, too.

Now…. keep them in the box, or take them out?

I’ve always thought keeping them in boxes was dumb because I, personally, don’t collect things with the idea they’ll become more valuable in the future (is that even a thing with these?) and the cuteness of the pops cant be fully appreciated if they are still boxed.

But I dont know… for now, I like how i can stack them.

I feel like now that I’ve caved and bought some, I will be going back for more. I already know want a Prince Jareth and all the Gargoyles. Uh oh!