Can’t Wait Wednesday – SHADOW OF THE FOX by Julie Kagawa


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll just be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa. I have actually never read one of Julie Kagawa’s books before, but I always hear such wonderful things about them.  When I saw that this one features shapeshifters, dragons, and Japanese folklore, it immediately became a most anticipated read for me. It sounds so exciting!


SHADOW OF THE FOX by Julie Kagawa

Publication Date:  October 2, 2018


From Goodreads:

Once Every Thousand Years…

Every millennium, one age ends and another age dawns…and whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers holds the power to call the great Kami Dragon from the sea and ask for any one wish. The time is near…and the missing pieces of the scroll will be sought throughout the land of Iwagoto. The holder of the first piece is a humble, unknown peasant girl with a dangerous secret.

Demons have burned the temple Yumeko was raised in to the ground, killing everyone within, including the master who trained her to both use and hide her kitsune shapeshifting powers. Yumeko escapes with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll. Fate thrusts her into the path of a mysterious samurai, Kage Tatsumi of the Shadow Clan. Yumeko knows he seeks what she has…and is under orders to kill anything and anyone who stands between him and the scroll.

A wish will be granted and a new age will dawn.

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday – July 4th Edition: Red, White, & Blue Book Covers


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Books with Red, White, & Blue Covers (In honor of the 4th of July in the USA. Choose covers with your own country’s colors if you prefer!)  I’m from the U.S. so I chose to stick with red, white, and blue covers.  I was impressed that I could actually think of ten covers that had all three colors in them.  Usually that’s one of those topics where I forget what color every book I’ve ever read is, lol.

Happy 4th of July to all who will be celebrating tomorrow!



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10 Books with Red, White, & Blue Covers



RED SISTER by Mark Lawrence

ROSEBLOOD by A.G. Howard

THE GIRLS by Emma Cline


DOROTHY MUST DIE by Danielle Page

WINTER by Marissa Meyer

CATCH-22 by Joseph Heller




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Summer Reading Challenge: Summer TBR Wipeout 2018 – Intro Post


I know I made a post not too long ago talking about challenge fatigue and about how I debating whether or not to continue with my challenges because I was struggling to keep up with the administrative aspects of challenges.  The Summer TBR Wipeout Challenge, hosted by The Candid Cover, however, is actually a challenge that I really enjoy.  It is designed so that there’s more focus on reading and less focus on the administrative side.  It’s win-win in that sense and so I love it!

Last year when I did this challenge, I was able to knock 12 books off my TBR, so I’m hoping to read 1 or 2 more this time around.  Below is the schedule for the challenge, along with the list of books I’m hoping to read.  It’s a mix of books that have been on my TBR for years, some ARCs that I want to get read for July and August, as well as a couple of 2018 releases that I’ve been meaning to get to and keep setting aside.  I started A Feast for Crows this weekend since it’s over 1,000 pages and probably the most challenging book on my list, and it’s also the one I’m least confident I’ll finish in time. I managed to read over 200 pages on July 1 though, so we’ll see how it goes. 🙂



June 3- July 5: Sign-ups open!

Week of July 1st: Introductory post- What books are you planning to read this summer?

Week of July 15th: Update post #1- Tell us how your reading has been going so far. What books have you read? Were they enjoyable? What’s next on your TBR? Etc.

Week of July 29th: Update post #2

Week of August 12th: Wrap-up post- How did your summer reading go? Did you wipeout some books from your summer TBR?





Are you looking to finally knock some backlisted books off your TBR this summer?  Maybe you should consider taking the Summer TBR Wipeout Challenge too.

Weekly Recap #59: Week of 6/24 – 6/30


It’s time for another weekly recap post of all things happening on and off the blog. This week I’ll be linking to the Sunday Post, which is hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer and to Stacking the Shelves, which is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

After all of the excitement last weekend of having my nephews around, we fell back into a pretty quiet routine this week.  We’re finally starting to get more sunshine in our forecasts so a lot of time has been spent sitting outside on the deck reading and relaxing.  It’s supposed to be nice tomorrow too so we’re planning to head out and catch Ocean’s 8 early in the day and then come back and cook on the grill and hang out outside for the rest of the day.  That was actually our original plan for Saturday, but in this week’s one burst of excitement, our oven nearly caught on fire yesterday.  I had set it to pre-heat to 400 degrees and when the oven beeped to let me know it was up to temperature, I opened the door to put the food inside and something just didn’t seem right.  Not that I know exactly what 400 degrees is supposed to feel like, but the heat coming out of the oven just felt way hotter than what I’m used to feeling when I open the door.   I went and got my husband and when he looked at it, he could see that the broiler was on even though I hadn’t touched it.  We turned the oven off, but it wouldn’t turn off. Instead, it just kept getting hotter and hotter and then smoke started coming out of it.  That set off the smoke detectors, of course, so then it was total chaos.  We ended up having to actually throw the circuit breaker to get it to shut off.  It got a little scary there for a minute, but needless to say, after 24 years, it’s time to get a new oven.  So my Saturday was spent shopping for ovens instead of lounging and grilling, lol!

Because it was so quiet otherwise, I did get a decent amount of reading done this week, including finishing a couple of backlist books that I’ll be reviewing later this week.  I also realized when I wrote my Top Ten Tuesday post last week that I was wrong about having read four books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series.  I’ve actually only read three of them, which has given me the kick in the pants I needed to finally start the fourth book.  It will probably take me the rest of the summer to read it since it’s nearly 1,000 pages, but it will happen.  I’ll also be signing up for the Summer TBR Wipeout Challenge because I have about 12-13 other books that I really want to get through this summer and even though I complained about challenges recently, I do really enjoy this challenge.  I’ll be doing my signup post and sharing my TBR in a couple of days.

I think that’s it for me. I hope everyone else has a great week! 🙂