Can’t Wait Wednesday – Spotlight on BRUJA BORN by Zoraida Cordova

 

“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 BRUJA BORN by Zoraida Cordova.  Labyrinth Lost, the first book in this series, was such an amazing read that I just can’t wait to get my hands on the second book in the series, which follows one of the other sisters in the Mortiz family.  I remember reading last year that the author created this series because she wanted a Latina version of the TV series Charmed so I like the idea that each book will focus on a different sister.

 

BRUJA BORN by Zoraida Cordova

Publication Date:   June 5, 2018

 

 

From Goodreads:

Three sisters. One spell. Countless dead.

Lula Mortiz feels like an outsider. Her sister’s newfound Encantrix powers have wounded her in ways that Lula’s bruja healing powers can’t fix, and she longs for the comfort her family once brought her. Thank the Deos for Maks, her sweet, steady boyfriend who sees the beauty within her and brings light to her life.

Then a bus crash turns Lula’s world upside down. Her classmates are all dead, including Maks. But Lula was born to heal, to fix. She can bring Maks back, even if it means seeking help from her sisters and defying Death herself. But magic that defies the laws of the deos is dangerous. Unpredictable. And when the dust settles, Maks isn’t the only one who’s been brought back…

 

 

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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 – 10 Books I Really Liked When I Read Them…But Remember Nothing About Now

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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 I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Anything/Much About.  Scrolling back through all of the books I’ve read over the years, it was actually a little disturbing how many of them I have no recollection of reading.  Sure, there are plenty of books that I’ve read and re-read and could probably quote passages from memory, but there are far more that I just draw a complete blank on when I look at them and even when I read the synopsis.

The ones I decided to mention today were especially surprising to me because I rated each of them at least 4 stars when I read them and also saved copies of them for my library, which I never do unless I love a book. So I know I loved them when I read them, but if you were to ask me what any of these were about, I couldn’t begin to tell you.

 

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10 BOOKS I REALLY LIKED WHEN I READ THEM BUT CAN’T REMEMBER ANYTHING ABOUT NOW

 

ONE PLUS ONE by Jojo Moyes

MUDBOUND by Hillary Jordan

THE THIRTEENTH TALE by Diane Setterfield

THE POISONWOOD BIBLE by Barbara Kingsolver

THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE by Thomas Hardy

DECEPTION POINT by Dan Brown

PAPER TOWNS by John Green

THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE by Neil Gaiman

CUTTING FOR STONE by Abraham Verghese

THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS by M.L. Stedman

 

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Question:  Does it bother you when you can’t remember anything about a book you know you read and loved?

Can’t Wait Wednesday: Spotlight on GOODBYE, PERFECT from Sara Barnard

 

“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 Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard.  I’m excited for this book because I just finished my first book from Sara Barnard last week, A Quiet Kind of Thunder, and fell in love with the way she develops such amazingly realistic characters and with the way she writes about friendships.  I was ecstatic to learn that she has another book coming out and that I only have to wait a few weeks to get my hands on it!

 

GOODBYE, PERFECT by Sara Barnard

Publication Date:   February 8, 2018

 

From Goodreads:

When I was wild, you were steady . . .
Now you are wild – what am I? 

Eden McKinley knows she can’t count on much in this world, but she can depend on Bonnie, her solid, steady, straight-A best friend. So it’s a bit of a surprise when Bonnie runs away with the boyfriend Eden knows nothing about five days before the start of their GCSEs. Especially when the police arrive on her doorstep and Eden finds out that the boyfriend is actually their music teacher, Mr Cohn.

Sworn to secrecy and bound by loyalty, only Eden knows Bonnie’s location, and that’s the way it has to stay. There’s no way she’s betraying her best friend. Not even when she’s faced with police questioning, suspicious parents and her own growing doubts.

As the days pass and things begin to unravel, Eden is forced to question everything she thought she knew about the world, her best friend and herself.

 

 

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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 – My Top 10 Bookish Goals & Resolutions for 2018

 

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 Bookish Resolutions/Goals for 2018.  This is a topic that has been on my mind a lot lately since we’re at the start of a new year. I did pretty well with most of my goals last year, but there’s definitely always room for improvement.

Here are some areas that I hope to work on for the upcoming year…

 

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MY TOP TEN BOOKISH RESOLUTIONS/GOALS FOR 2018

 

1.  GET BETTER ABOUT SCHEDULING AHEAD (I.E. STOP PROCRASTINATING!)

Procrastinating is probably one of my worst habits as a blogger and it’s something I really need to work on.  I finally started using the built-in Schedule Posts feature on my blog late last year, but thus far, I’ve not been very good at scheduling more than a few days ahead.  I’d like to work toward having at least 2 weeks’ worth of posts scheduled at all times.  I’m a procrastinator at heart but if I can improve on this, it will make my life so much easier.

 

2.  MAKE A DENT IN THE ENORMOUS PILE OF UNREAD BOOKS THAT I ALREADY OWN.

Between the physical books in my house and the e-books on my Kindle, I probably have enough unread books to keep me busy for at least a couple of years.  It’s time to really do something about that, both in terms of reading more of them and in purging the ones I’m just not interested in reading anymore.  I’ve joined the Beat the Backlist Challenge again this year in hopes that it will keep me motivated to achieve this goal.

 

3.  WRITE MORE DISCUSSION POSTS.

This was one of my goals last year as well and while I did okay with it, I’d like to do better this year.  Part of my issue last year in addition to the eternal struggle to come up with topics to write about is that because of my extreme procrastination (see Goal 1), I never seem to have enough time to actually sit down and write discussion posts.  If I can get Goal 1 under control, hopefully there will be more time to work on discussion posts.  I also joined a discussion challenge in hopes of facilitating this goal.

 

4.  FINISH MORE SERIES.

This goal kind of ties in with Goal 2.  I have so many series where I read the first book, loved it, purchased the next books, and then nothing…  Since I am also constantly starting new series, it’s time to finish up some of those that have been lingering for ages.

 

5.  REQUEST ARCS MORE SELECTIVELY.

Now that I’ve been consistently reviewing for almost 2 years, I have been getting approved for a lot more ARCs than I used to.  I’m starting to reach that point where I have too many sitting in my queue waiting to be read and because I don’t want my ARCs to turn into the same problem I have with older books, I want to work on being more selective about the ARCs I request.  I’d love to be able to keep my Netgalley percentage at 80% for more than 10 minutes, lol.

 

6.  READ AND PROMOTE MORE DEBUT AUTHORS.

I guess this one is self-explanatory but I also signed up for a challenge to motivate me to achieve this goal.  I’m hoping to read at least 12 debut authors this year.

 

7.  CONSISTENTLY POST AT LEAST 5 TIMES A WEEK.

I’m pretty confident that I will never be one of those bloggers who is able to post everyday.  I’m just not a good enough planner for that, and I know I’d be setting myself up for failure to even attempt it.  I managed to post at least 4 times a week all last year and sometimes even made it up to 5 or 6 posts on weeks where life wasn’t too chaotic.  I’m aiming for 5 posts every week this year. Fingers crossed!

 

8.  STOP COMPARING MYSELF TO OTHER BLOGGERS.

This is probably as much a mental health goal as it is a blogging goal, but I want to really focus on just doing my own thing and not comparing myself to other bloggers.  My favorite part about blogging, aside from the community itself, is that there really is no right or wrong way to blog.  When I first started blogging, I remember reading comments out on social media from fellow bloggers “I don’t understand why some bloggers do __________.” (fill in the blink with the nitpick of your choice).   Comments like that used to stress me out and make me second guess everything I was posting and feel like a failure.  After almost two years of blogging, however, I’m getting better about ignoring comments like that.  Once I was able to do that, I started enjoying blogging so much more.  I want to continue that trend this year.

 

9.  REMEMBER REAL LIFE IS GOING TO GET IN THE WAY OF BLOGGING SOMETIMES & THAT’S OKAY.

This goal ties in with Goal 8 and not stressing over my blog.   Even though I know real life comes first and that it’s occasionally going to get in the way of whatever I’m doing with my blog, I still have those freak out moments when I don’t get to post as often as I had planned or if it takes me a few extra days to visit all of the blogs I want to visit.  My goal for this year is to really stay mindful of the fact that blogging is a hobby.  If I have to step away from it to attend to real-life issues that come up, it will still be here when I come back.  The blogging community isn’t going to forget I exist because I had to take a few days off.

 

10. EMBRACE MY INNER MOOD READER.

I had a few moments last year where reading felt like a bit of chore.  I won’t call it a slump because I was still okay with the books I was reading, but even though I enjoyed them, sometimes I felt like I was forcing myself to read popular books even if I wasn’t really into them at the moment.  This year I want to make a point to listen to my inner mood reader.  If my inner mood reader has no interest in reading a popular book that has been super-hyped, but would rather I pick up my old copy of Pride and Prejudice and re-read that instead, then I’m going listen to the mood reader rather than force myself to read something I’m just not feeling at the moment.

 

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Question:  What are some of your bookish goals for 2018?

Can’t Wait Wednesday: Spotlight on TO KILL A KINGDOM by Alexandra Christo

 

“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 To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo.  This one caught my eye because of that amazing cover and because it sounds so much like The Little Mermaid with a twist and The Little Mermaid is one of my favorite tales.

 

TO KILL A KINGDOM by Alexandra Christo

Publication Date:   March 6, 2018

 

From Goodreads:

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

 

 

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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 – Top Ten Books I Totally Meant to Read in 2017…But Didn’t

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Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week’s topic is Ten Books We Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn’t Get To (and totallyyyy plan to get to in 2018!!)

Boy, this had the potential to be a VERY long list since I always have such great intentions of reading all of the books on my TBR each year.  So many books, so little reading time!  Anyway, to make the list a little more manageable, I decided to limit it to 2017 releases that I had fully planned to read in 2017 but somehow just didn’t quite make it happen.  Rest assured though…they are all on my reading list for the Beat the Backlist Challenge and I will read them this year no matter what!

On a bittersweet note, this is also the last week that Top Ten Tuesday will be hosted at The Broke and the Bookish as they will be closing their doors (hopefully not forever).  Thanks for all of the effort you ladies put into hosting TTT each week.  It has been one of my favorite features ever since I started blogging.  That said, on a much happier note, starting next week Top Ten Tuesday will start being hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl.  Thanks so much to Jana for taking on the hosting duties!

Now, without further ado, here’s my list…

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Top Ten Books I Totally Meant to Read in 2017…But Didn’t

 

OUR DARK DUET BY VICTORIA SCHWAB

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE BY CELESTE NG

TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN BY JOHN GREEN

THE DRY BY JANE HARPER

SPEAK EASY, SPEAK LOVE

HISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT ME

GIRL OUT OF WATER BY LAURA SILVERMAN

THE CHILD BY FIONA BARTON

DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING BY TRICIA LEVENSELLER

THE PERFECT STRANGER BY MEGAN MIRANDA

 

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Question:  What are some books that you totally meant to read last year but didn’t quite get around to?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – Spotlight on THE SMOKE THIEVES by Sally Green

 

“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 The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green.  The cover on this book is what first grabbed my attention, but then what really hooked me was the blurb “Perfect for Game of Thrones fans.”  That’s all I needed to see:  sign me up!

 

THE SMOKE THIEVES by Sally Green

Publication Date:   May 1, 2018

 

 

From Goodreads:

The beginning to an epic medieval fantasy trilogy, perfect for Game of Thrones fans.

A shrewd princess whose father is plotting against her. A brave soldier turned traitor. A loyal servant on a quest to avenge his family. A streetwise demon smoke hunter in desperate need of money. A charming thief with no clue about his true identity. Their lives would never intersect, until a war between kingdoms bubbles up, and the dangerous truth about demon smoke intertwines all their fates. Welcome to The Smoke Thieves, a tangled web of political intrigue, shifting alliances, and forbidden love, in a world where sometimes no amount of magic can keep you safe.

 

 

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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 – Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017

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Welcome to the first Top Ten Tuesday of 2018, everyone!  Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week’s topic is Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017.  This was an easy topic for me because I read so many amazing authors for the first time this year.  I’m probably the last person on the planet to have read a few of these, but late to the party or not, I thoroughly enjoyed their works in 2017 and look forward to reading more from them in the coming year.

 

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Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017

 

LEIGH BARDUGO

LAINI TAYLOR

MARIE LU

EMERY LORD

PATRICK NESS

TAYLOR JENKINS REID

CLAUDIA GRAY

MINDY MCGINNIS

CATH CROWLEY

JANE GREEN

 

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Question:  Who are some of your favorite new-to-you authors from 2017?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – Spotlight on LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT by Becky Albertalli

 

“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 LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT by Becky Albertalli.  Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is one of my all time favorite contemporary reads so I’m over the moon at the idea that we’re getting another book in the series.  I’m especially excited to see that it is focused on Leah, who is seriously one of the coolest characters in the first book.  I love Albertalli’s writing style and I also love her characters.  I can’t wait to see Simon again and I also can’t wait to learn more about Leah.

 

LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT by Becky Albertalli

Publication Date:   April 24, 2018

 

From Goodreads:

Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

 

 

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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 Books I Resolve to Read in 2018

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Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward to In 2018 (These could be new releases, or books you resolve to read, ten debuts we are looking forward to, etc.)

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Now that the end of the year is upon us, it’s time to start thinking about those New Year’s resolutions.  Normally I don’t make many because I almost always fail at them, but I’m thinking I might actually have a good chance of succeeding at a bookish-themed resolution.

In that spirit, I’ve come up with a list of Top 10 Books I Resolve to Read in 2018.  These are all books that I have heard nothing but wonderful things about but somehow still have not managed to make the time to read them.  It’s actually embarrassing how long some of them have been on my TBR and how long I’ve talked about how much I’m dying to read them but then never following through.  So now it’s time to make a real effort to do something about it.

 

TOP 10 BOOKS I RESOLVE TO READ IN 2018

 

1. SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo

(Find out what it’s about…)

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2. EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU by Celeste Ng

(Find out what it’s about…)

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3.  NEVERNIGHT by Jay Kristoff

(Find out what it’s about…)

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4. A FEAST FOR CROWS by George R.R. Martin

(Find out what it’s about…)

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5. REBEL OF THE SANDS by Alwyn Hamilton

(Find out what it’s about…)

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6. DARK MATTER by Blake Crouch

(Find out what it’s about…)

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7. INK AND BONE by Rachel Caine

(Find out what it’s about…)

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8. THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater

(Find out what it’s about…)

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9. SALT TO THE SEA by Ruth Sepetys

(Find out what it’s about…)

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10. TO THE BRIGHT EDGE OF THE WORLD by Eowyn Ivey


(Find out what it’s about…)

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Question:  Do you have any books that you are determined to get off your TBR list in 2018?