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Monthly Mariana! May- Kulti

Monthly Mariana! May- Kulti

Hi All!! This month I will be doing a re-read of Kulti. ⚽ I remember this as being one of my favorites! I'm excited to see if it still is! It was the first sports romance that I have ever read. I wasn't sure if I would like a sports romance because, even though I watch a lot of football and basketball, I am not huge into sports. But Mariana Zapata writes a great sports romance. This one is also an enemies to lovers romance, which I love! As always it is a super slow burn, as are all of her
MAY The Force Read With you Read a Thon

MAY The Force Read With you Read a Thon

Happy May the 4th! ✨ I LOVE a read-a-thon and am excited to participate in this year's May the force read with you read-a-thon. THIS is the youtube video that lured me to the dark side! Thank you to @Lezlie for sharing this! It is going to be so much fun! If you want to join I don't think it is too late. Lezlie provides the information for the discord with this video.   Like I said before, I chose the DARK SIDE/ Sith Order! Really, how could I not?!
April Wrap Up and Updated TBR List

April Wrap Up and Updated TBR List

Happy May!! 🌸 Last month I posted my rolling TBR list and new way of managing what I read. So far it is working pretty well for me. In this blog post I will share with you all what I read from my list in the month of April with some of my thoughts. Also my new list. It is a little big. But this month I am participating in the "May the Force Read With you Read-A-Thon" (stay tuned tomorrow for my blog about that) I will be taking books from my list to fill the prompts in that read-a-thon.
The Winter Road by Adrian Selby

The Winter Road by Adrian Selby

I had high expectations for this book, it's been one I've been looking forward to for a while.  But I didn't expect it to have this much of an impact on me. This is one of the few books I didn't mind reading the synopsis, it gives you just enough detail to tell you about the story without spoiling anything.  We follow Teyr, who is on a mission to travel through the Circle, which is an untamed land full of warlords and warring clans she used to call home.  This book starts off with a ba

Steve

Steve

April TBR- New Format

April TBR- New Format

Hi Everyone! 💦 I have been meaning to make a blog about how I have been doing my TBR lately. I really wanted to get away from doing a monthly TBR. So what I have had for the past few months is just a list. I try to keep it about 20-25 books long. I do have group reads that take priority but the list just kind of revolves to the next month and each time I remove a book, I add another carrying over what I didn't get to. I am liking this so much better. It gives me a chance to have m
Monthly Mariana! April- Under Locke

Monthly Mariana! April- Under Locke

Hi Friends!! My Monthly Mariana read for April is going to be Under Locke! 🏍️ I remember before reading this the first time, just seeing the words "tattoo shop" and saying "sign me up!" It has been exactly a year since I have read this one but I do remember really loving it. I am not sure when I will start it, I have quite a few group reads to get through before I can. But I will be reading it before the month ends. Please check back here for updates with my thoughts as I re-read
Monthly Mariana! March- Lingus

Monthly Mariana! March- Lingus

Hi Friends!! In my previous blog I posted that I am doing a re-read of all of the Mariana Zapata books. One per month, starting last month in March. This post, along with a post from each other book that I read by Zapata, will remain up so that even if you don't jump in when I am reading, the discussion will be here when you do! Just be sure to use the spoiler function and chapter references in the comments, if you plan to discuss spoilers! The book for March was Lingus! This
Monthly Mariana!

Monthly Mariana!

Hi Everyone!! I just finished reading through all of the Mariana Zapata books in February. I loved them all so much and she has become my favorite author. SO..... I decided to go back through and RE-READ all of them! This is big for me, I don't often read books again. She is my favorite for many reasons. First, I love a slow burn. I know sometimes slow burns can be frustrating. But Zapata is just great at making it worth the wait. I also love that she has a way to make me love all of t
Mark Lawrence Interview

Mark Lawrence Interview

Mark Lawrence was kind enough to answer a few questions for us.  Thanks to those of you who submitted questions:   11.)    In your bio it mentions you were surprised after a half hearted attempt to find an agent turned into a publishing deal.  What was your reaction at the time to that offer so suddenly?  How did that change your perspective?   Well, I was very pleased. It was a lot of money!     As far as changing perspective … well, I suddenly had 2 more

Steve

Steve

Edge of the Breach by Halo Scot

Edge of the Breach by Halo Scot

Before I started Edge of the Breach, I heard about how dark and brutal it is.  That piqued my interest.  I don't put much stock into reviews but when a book has been described as grimdark and has a high rating average it's pretty unusual.  Usually a book that's really dark will have some lower ratings because people can't stomach it.  Then I found author Halo Scot on Twitter and it's the funniest account I follow.  So, what gives? This is a post apocalyptic world where the season of your bi

Steve

Steve

 

Future Planning

I don't know how many of you are planners, but I am.  I think I started planning in a rebellious way because I grew up in a house that had no plan.  My mother worked as a beautician out of our house, so she was able to pretty much set her hours, but that also meant that she didn't have a set time to start and end work.  She just worked when she had clients (which was pretty much all the time).  Anyway, so we had no real schedule.  We didn't plan for big trips because we didn't take any.  We didn

Amanda Feeser

Amanda Feeser

The Hay Bale by Priscilla Bettis

The Hay Bale by Priscilla Bettis

The Hay Bale is written by Priscilla Bettis, who is a huge supporter of many booktube channels including mine. The Hay Bale is 42 pages, but reads like 20.  I flew through this story.  Because it's very short, I can't give too many details without ruining the story but I found a lot of meaning in the choices made here. Our main character's history hit close to home for me.  The objects in the story and the memories the main character experiences represented emotional and physical scars

Steve

Steve

Gunmetal Gods by Zamil Akhtar

Gunmetal Gods by Zamil Akhtar

On rare occasions I start a book and immediately feel like the book was written for me.  When I started Gunmetal Gods I felt like I was home.  Too often in fantasy characters are one dimensional.  This is the hero.  This is the villain.  Here are reasons to love the hero and hate the villain.  In Gunmetal Gods the characters are complex and leave you questioning who you should be rooting for or against.  Wait, can you be rooting for all of them?  They do evil things, good things, terrible t

Steve

Steve

Happy New Year! Reading Goals for 2022

Happy New Year! Reading Goals for 2022

Hi All! Happy New Year! Although according to Larry David, it may be a little too late to be able to say that! We did start the year off with covid, so that was it's own adventure and I haven't done much of anything yet. Technically my year starts now. Take that Larry David!  😂 We are all doing much better and on the upswing, by the way.   My main New Year's resolution for 2021 was to READ MORE. More specifically read more romance, because that was always my ge

BrandieNoel

BrandieNoel

Stone & Shield by Thomas J. Devens

Stone & Shield by Thomas J. Devens

Stone and Shield is the first entry in the Fall of Emros series and a good way to describe the genre would be grimdark adjacent.  It rides the line between fantasy and grimdark but I would say leans more into grimdark territory maybe if it's just a little bit. The first half or so of the book is setting up the world, establishing the players and giving you a feel for how everything works.  In the second half the action really ramps up and there are some fun battle scenes.  The battle scenes

Steve

Steve

GhostCityGirl by Simon Paul Wilson

GhostCityGirl by Simon Paul Wilson

GhostCityGirl is part cyberpunk and part horror, mixing them together seamlessly. In a relatively short book, Simon Paul Wilson manages to do quite a bit of world building.  Now I know what some people think when they hear world building.  Oh no, here come the info dumps!  Not here.  The information we do get is sprinkled throughout the book and in a way that keeps you wondering what the hell is going on but still answering enough questions to keep you hooked.  The bits and pieces we do get

Steve

Steve

Dark Sea's End by Richard Nell

Dark Sea's End by Richard Nell

Two things before I share my thoughts on Dark Sea's End: The Ash and Sand trilogy is my all-time favorite series. I like going into books totally blind, not knowing anything if possible. Excited to start Dark Sea's End, I tried to avoid any spoilers.  I watched a YouTube video that named this book as one of their favorites and during that quick mention the YouTuber gave away parts of the story that I wish I didn't know going into it.  It's not a huge deal, but I would have

Steve

Steve

Fear Farm No Trespassers by S.J. Krandall

Fear Farm No Trespassers by S.J. Krandall

Fear Farm No Trespassers is a quick and addictive read. I'm not the fastest reader but I devoured this book in about two hours over two days. Each story is a piece of a larger story being told.  The points of view are very immersive.  The writing is clean and crisp and the stories are exactly what you'd hear around a campfire. There are some gruesome and terrifying moments without it being graphic or gratuitous.  A story or two felt like you're reading a 80's slasher flick. 

Steve

Steve

Seasons of Albadone by Élan Marché & Christopher Warman

Seasons of Albadone by Élan Marché & Christopher Warman

We've all walked past NPC's in a video game while playing. They walk around saying unimportant things and living their little lives. We never pay much attention to them, but they are there. We have more important side quests to complete, like collecting 20 mushrooms from a certain area of the map. Sadly, all but a few of us would be considered useless NPC's in real life. We have our own lives and struggles, but we're on the sidelines watching the really big events happen that shape our lives.

Steve

Steve

Malice by John Gwynne

Malice by John Gwynne

The Faithful and the Fallen series seems to be beloved by many in the fantasy community.  After hearing so much about it I went out and bought the entire series, confident I was going to love it. I was wrong. The characters are all cardboard cutouts of exactly what you'd expect in a story like this.  They do exactly what you'd expect them to do.  They say exactly what you'd expect them to say when you expect them to say it.  There are no surprises here.  Nothing is ever in doubt.  The

Steve

Steve

Birthday Treat by Anthony Self

Birthday Treat by Anthony Self

Think about The Purge and The Running Man in a sandwich together without bread. The story and world were more fleshed out than I expected it to be and the characters all had their own identities and clear motivations. The scary part this world isn’t as unbelievable as it would have been a couple of years ago.  Between some chapters there are some posts from imaginary social media platforms that don't sound all that far off and some TV show ideas that I wondered if they've already been made

Steve

Steve

Beguiled by Night by Nicole Eigener

Beguiled by Night by Nicole Eigener

This book is hard to describe. It's part horror, vampire tale, paranormal, drama, with some romance sprinkled in. It's one of those books you can't dive into much detail without spoiling the story. I went into this one blind (as I normally do) and had fun with the story unraveling and learning about the characters. It's the story about a vampire and his life, the good and the bad. There's plenty of vampire lore here for vampire and horror lovers but heart and passion to satisfy those who love dr

Steve

Steve

Cannibal Creator by Chad Lutzke

Cannibal Creator by Chad Lutzke

Read the title and undoubtedly one word stands out. Cannibal.  Your mind probably goes to dark places immediately. It's easy to see the title and think it's a just story about cannibals that's aim is to shock and disturb.  It's much more than that.  There's a lot of themes at play and I always appreciate when an author throws them at you in a subtle way, just enough for them to peek out at you but not shoving them down your throat.  I love when stories like this don't waste any ti

Steve

Steve

  • Blog Entries

    • By BrandieNoel in Brandie Babbles 2
      Happy May!! 🌸
      Last month I posted my rolling TBR list and new way of managing what I read. So far it is working pretty well for me. In this blog post I will share with you all what I read from my list in the month of April with some of my thoughts. Also my new list. It is a little big. But this month I am participating in the "May the Force Read With you Read-A-Thon" (stay tuned tomorrow for my blog about that) I will be taking books from my list to fill the prompts in that read-a-thon.
      So here are the books that I checked of my list in April:

      ⭐ 
      This was so hard to get through. I was determined to finish because This was book nine out of nine books in the series. Every three books in this series is about a different couple within this Carrero family. The first six were great and I found them to be a lot of fun. I was skeptical about the Alexi and Camilla books because Camilla was already established as a hated character in previous books. She does some pretty nasty stuff. You do get a little insight into why Camilla is the way she is but it is repeated over and over and over. These last three books could have been just one book. The author repeated herself way too much. It just dragged on and on and took forever for anything exciting to happen.  Not a fan of this one.
       

      ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
      I am reading Tolkien with my teenagers. We did the Hobbit a couple months ago and then watched all of the movies. We are all reading on our own. I have been listening to the audio books for these because ... Andy Serkis! He is great! He sings all of the songs and as you can imagine his voices for all of the characters are just amazing. I have never read Tolkien and I am having a blast so far reading these and discussing them with my kids and finally getting to experience the magic that is Tolkien. I am seeing why he is so beloved. Excited for The Two Towers. Patiently waiting for my kiddos to finish before I move on.
       

      ⭐⭐⭐⭐
      I had a great time reading this with my hubby, @Steve , @Jolien Reads and @MaedBetweenthePages . They had a fun and thoughtful discussion on Jolien's channel and I was there to participate in the chat.
      I really enjoyed hearing their thoughts. The conversation makes things interesting and helped me pick up on some things I missed. This book, you could tell, was heavily inspired by the show Peaky Blinders, I liked that feel of it because I love that show. I didn't feel like it was too on the nose. It was just a great balance of a Peaky Blinders feel with some fantasy and magical elements. We are going to keep going with the next book Priest of Lies. These are rather short books as far as fantasy goes so anyone could totally catch up to us for the next one and join in.
       

      ⭐⭐⭐
      This one I am also reading with @Steve. I liked this one too. It was a fun short fantasy read also. It has some strong Sons of Anarchy parallels but with orcs and fantasy elements. I felt in this one that the SOA parallels were a little too on the nose and not at all subtle. But I had a good time with it. I enjoyed the humor, the action, and the darkness of the story.
       

      ⭐⭐⭐
      This was my first time reading a true crime book. I liked it. I read it because @Lezlie started a Crime and Wine book club and this was the first pick! Reading it with others and hearing everyone's thoughts and theories made it so fun! I liked the crime aspect of this with some paranormal elements. Here is the fun discussion from Lezlie's channel, there are spoilers.  I am so glad I added this fun club to my months and I am looking forward to the next one, Insomnia by Sarah Pinborough.
       

      ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
      THIS BOOK! The Dark Tower broke my heart, it made me cry tears of anger and tears of joy. It was bitter sweet. I really loved this one, it may be my favorite book in the series. I know that this book can be a little controversial with some people loving it and some people angry with it. But I thought it was a perfect way to end this journey. My only complaint is that it spoiled both the Cujo book and movie for me, but I suppose that can be forgiven. I would recommend reading some of the books connected before reading this book, it really adds to the enjoyment of the series. @Amanda Feeser has a great video on her channel about reading some of the books connected to the Dark Tower books. (link below)
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFWVfvs74JM&t=23s
      I cannot wait to discuss this with the Ka-Tet and see what everyone else thinks. Right now it is planned for May the 7th and will be on @Joseph Carrel's new youtube channel. It will be spoiler filled. Keep an eye on the calendar post for updates on that discussion.
      https://www.pagechewing.com/forum/index.php?/calendar/event/75-the-dark-tower-discussion/
      Here is the link to Joseph's channel, he has some fun stuff going on over there if you haven't checked it out yet!
      https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3ndLlcAOal-Chxf8y202qw/videos
       

      ⭐⭐
      This book was OK. I felt like it was a bunch of fantasy romance tropes mashed into one book. Things moved so fast that I didn't feel I had time to be invested in any of the characters and had trouble rooting for them because of that. This was book one in a series, I am not too sure if I will keep going yet. Even though I didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would, it was the pick for The High Court Ladies monthly read-a-thon. No matter what the book is, the read-a-thon is always a blast! I was unable to be on camera this month for the live midnight kick off, but I was in the chat. It is always a great time with these ladies and I always try to finish the book by the end of the weekend.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZKDqSAZV4M

      ⭐⭐⭐⭐
      This book was a gift from @Stacyejaye and I read it to attempt to catch up with @Jolien Reads so that I can read the next one when she reads it. Jolien had great things to say about this book and she or Stacey have never steered me wrong. This book had a very interesting premise. I enjoyed the world building, the political intrigue, and cultural and religious aspects of it. The only thing I didn't enjoy as much is some of the action and fighting parts that went on a little too long, but that's never really been my thing. I will go on to the next one Kushiel's Chosen and have added it to my new TBR list.

      ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
      This is a book that was not on my list. I have been dealing with some autoimmune and health issues. My functional medicine doctor wanted me to read this as part of the healing journey that I am on. It was very good and had so much information that I really needed. Before I read the book I watched the TEDX talk that Dr. Wahls gave and was just so inspired to learn more. I am going to link that video below because I just found it to be very informative and inspirational and can be for everyone.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLjgBLwH3Wc&t=16s
       
      So that was everything that I got to in April! I am behind on my Monthly Marianna for April- Under Locke. I didn't end up starting my re-read of that until May 1st. But I will be updating that post as I finish my re-read and creating a new one for May- Kulti!
      Here is my new list. Stay tuned tomorrow (May the 4th) Star Wars day, for my blog about the read-a-thon!
      The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince (May)
      Little Women- Louisa May Alcott (classic)
          Under Locke- Mariana Zapata (romance)
          The Healing Mindset (1 chapter a day)
      Shadow of Night- Deborah Harkness (paranormal romance)
          The Bone Shard Daughter (Read a thon May)
          Kushiels Chosen- Jaqueline Carey (fantasy romance)
          Kulti- Monthly Marianna May
          Child of the Prophecy- Juliet Marillier (fantasy romance)
          Priest of Lies
          Insomnia (wine and crime)
          The wind through the keyhole
          Well Met- Jen DeLuca (romance)
          The Dead Inside- Laurel Hightower (horror)
          A Court of Frost and Starlight- Sarah J. Maas (fantasy romance)
          A Court of Silver Flames- Sarah J. Maas (fantasy romance)
          What He Never Knew- Kandi Steiner (romance)
          Bad Liar- Lauren Rowe (romance)
          Lover Awakened- J.R. Ward (paranormal romance)
          The Wreckage of Us- Britainy C. Cherry (romance)
          Shadow of the Wind- Carlos Ruiz Zafon (fantasy?)
          Fools Errand- Robin Hobb (fantasy) (june)
          Lady of the Lake- Adrej Sapkowski (grimdark fantasy)
          The Only Good Indians- Stephen Graham Jones (horror)
          The Darkness that Comes Before (june)
       
      What did you all read in April? What's everyone reading in May? Have you all read any of these books? I always look forward to any discussion about things that I am reading!
      Hope everyone has a good month!
      Hugs 🤗
       
    • By BrandieNoel in Brandie Babbles 2
      Happy May the 4th! ✨

      I LOVE a read-a-thon and am excited to participate in this year's May the force read with you read-a-thon.
      THIS is the youtube video that lured me to the dark side! Thank you to @Lezlie for sharing this! It is going to be so much fun! If you want to join I don't think it is too late. Lezlie provides the information for the discord with this video.
       

      Like I said before, I chose the DARK SIDE/ Sith Order! Really, how could I not?!

      Here is my list that will help me achieve level 5 Dark Lord of the Sith:
      Lightning- A book you think will shock you- Kushiel's Chosen by Jaqueline Carey ⭐⭐⭐
      Seduction- a book with a pretty cover- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott ⭐⭐⭐⭐
      Force Fear- a horror/thriller book- Insomnia by Sarah Pinborough
      Corruption- start a series- The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart
      Mind Control- pets or people chose the book for you- Priest of Lies by Peter McClean (picked by my hubs) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
      Force Sensitive- neutral ability- dark side reads this book only at night- Under Locke by Marianna Zapata ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

      Lightsaber- A book with your favorite color on the cover- Healing Mindset by Eileen Laird (pink)
      Blasters- take another shot at a previous ability prompt- force sensitive- Kulti by Marianna Zapata
      Space Ships- a book that has a sky or space/stars on the cover- Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

      Partners- I plan to be Neutral
      Bounty Hunters- read a book at the top of your list- The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince by Robin Hobb
      Droids- audiobook/ebook- The Wind Through The Keyhole by Stephen King ⭐⭐⭐⭐
       

       
      This is quite an ambitious list I have created for myself! I think it will be a blast trying to achieve it! Is anyone else joining?! What side did you choose? Share your lists below! I will come back and update this blog post with star ratings as I check all the books of my list.
      Let's go team Dark Side! 🤩
      Hugs! 🤗
    • By BrandieNoel in Brandie Babbles 0
      Hi All!! This month I will be doing a re-read of Kulti. ⚽
      I remember this as being one of my favorites! I'm excited to see if it still is! It was the first sports romance that I have ever read. I wasn't sure if I would like a sports romance because, even though I watch a lot of football and basketball, I am not huge into sports. But Mariana Zapata writes a great sports romance. This one is also an enemies to lovers romance, which I love! As always it is a super slow burn, as are all of her books! I found the main character to be so hard working and very likeable. She is also pretty funny. As usual there is some great banter in this one. I also love the side characters, the father of the heroine just absolutely cracked me up.
      Looking forward to re-reading this one! Let me know what you all think if you read it. As always don't forget to use the spoiler function if you are talking spoilers below.
      Feel free to jump in anytime! These posts will remain, so whether you read these books now or later I will always be here to discuss with you!
      Hugs! 🤗
    • By BrandieNoel in Brandie Babbles 5
      Hi Friends!!
      My Monthly Mariana read for April is going to be Under Locke! 🏍️
      I remember before reading this the first time, just seeing the words "tattoo shop" and saying "sign me up!" It has been exactly a year since I have read this one but I do remember really loving it.
      I am not sure when I will start it, I have quite a few group reads to get through before I can. But I will be reading it before the month ends. Please check back here for updates with my thoughts as I re-read it.
      Also if you plan to read it with me let me know!  If you do read it please post your thoughts in the comments. Just use the spoiler function and mark the chapter you are referring to if you plan on discussing spoilery thoughts!
      As always this post will stay here and the discussion will be ongoing for anyone who can't jump in this month. Feel free to join me any time!
      Hugs! 🤗
    • By BrandieNoel in Brandie Babbles 8
      Hi Everyone! 💦
      I have been meaning to make a blog about how I have been doing my TBR lately.
      I really wanted to get away from doing a monthly TBR. So what I have had for the past few months is just a list. I try to keep it about 20-25 books long. I do have group reads that take priority but the list just kind of revolves to the next month and each time I remove a book, I add another carrying over what I didn't get to.
      I am liking this so much better. It gives me a chance to have multiple genres on the list and I can have that flexibility to read something that I am in the mood for.
      My plan is to post my list here and next month I will update it. I'll let you know what I read and what new books have been added.
      Here is THE LIST as of April 9th:
      The Carrero Contract #9 Finding Freedom- L.T. Marshall (romance)- CURRENTLY READING- I have been reading this for about a month and I am not loving it. I'm actually close to DNFing it. I'm trying to hang in there. But it is book 9 and I just really want to finish out this series. I loved the first 6 books, but these last 3 have been rough. The author repeats herself so much, and I feel like these 3 books could have just been done in one. I'll keep you posted.
      The Book of Cold Cases- Simone St. James (thriller)- CURRENTLY READING
      The Dark Tower- Stephen King (fantasy?)- CURRENTLY READING
      The Grey Bastards- Jonathan French (grimdark fantasy)
      The True Bastards- Jonathan French (grimdark fantasy)
      Kushiels Dart- Jaqueline Carey (fantasy romance)
      Kushiels Chosen- Jaqueline Carey (fantasy romance)
      Priest of Bones- Peter Mclean (grimdark?)
      Well Met- Jen DeLuca (romance)
      Little Women- Louisa May Alcott (classic)
      Fortuna Sworn- K.J. Sutton (fantasy romance)
      Under Locke- Mariana Zapata (romance)
      The Dead Inside- Laurel Hightower (horror)
      A Court of Frost and Starlight- Sarah J. Maas (fantasy romance)
      A Court of Silver Flames- Sarah J. Maas (fantasy romance)
      What He Never Knew- Kandi Steiner (romance)
      Bad Liar- Lauren Rowe (romance)
      Lover Awakened- J.R. Ward (paranormal romance)
      The Wreckage of Us- Britainy C. Cherry (romance)
      Child of the Prophecy- Juliet Marillier (fantasy romance)
      Shadow of the Wind- Carlos Ruiz Zafon (fantasy?)
      Fools Errand- Robin Hobb (fantasy)
      Lady of the Lake- Adrej Sapkowski (grimdark fantasy)
      The Only Good Indians- Stephen Graham Jones (horror)
      Shadow of Night- Deborah Harkness (paranormal romance)
      Ok whew! That is a long list, and no, I am not going to read them all in April. But I will let you all know what gets checked off the list for sure. I am pretty excited about this list. They are all books I really want to get to!
      What are you all planning to read?
      Hugs! 🤗
       
  • Blog Comments


    • 2 hours ago, Stacyejaye said:

      So, my son started reading The Hobbit a few days ago. He is doing immersion reading with the Serkis audiobook. I have never seen him this excited about a book. He loves to read and he has many favorites, but this one I think is special because he has been a big fan of LOTR, but had struggled to read it in the past. He was only 6 or 7 at the time. We tried the audiobooks before, but he didn't like the narrator. Now with Andy Serkis, it is fun and he brings the story to life. Even the songs are fun to listen to!

      I read a lot of the books you have on here lol, but I want to share my thoughts on The Dark Tower. This book also wrecked me. I sobbed, SOBBED, while reading it. Maybe it was hormones, but I like to give credit to the author who made characters that felt so real that I genuinely mourned the end of this series. I am very seriously considering re-reading this whole series, but this time reading the connected books along the way. I have been wanted to re-read The Stand, but the original version. So maybe I will start there.

      I love how the Council of High Ladies has evolved. Our readathons have always been fun and I look forward to them every month. What do you think about us going back and doing check in shows and sprints? Maybe just on discord?

      I can't say enough how amazing Andy Serkis is. My daughter is listening too. My son has a strong aversion to audio books. He is almost done with fellowship.

      I am thinking that I will definitely go through Amanda's list and at the very least read all of the connected books that I missed. I too was so invested in all of the characters. He really made us love them all even the ones we are supposed to hate.

      I am up for anything as far as the read a thons go. I sometimes have trouble doing youtube check ins if Steve has other stuff going on and I can't use his set up. But I personally try to make myself available all weekend to discuss and read and hopefully finish the entire book. I do look forward to it every month. It is my one thing that everybody in my house knows I'm checked out for the weekend. It's my mom break every month! HA HA


    • 2 hours ago, Stacyejaye said:

      This is an impressive list. A lot of long books. Are you reading just Little Women or are you reading the bind up that includes Little Wives? 

      I also picked the Dark Side. I thought the prompts were more fun (what does that say about me?). I tried to fit in all the books I already planned to read for the month of May, but I will probably have to change my TBR as library books become available. For example, Nettle & Bone is waiting for me to pick it up now. This was a surprise, because I thought I was far down the list, but YAY!

      The one book I didn't find room for was Memories of Ice which is the next Malazan book. I thought if I put it in this TBR I would be forced to finish it by the end of the month. But now @Steve wants to have the show the first Sunday of June, so I might as well put it into this readathon lol. It would be perfect for the Galactic Empire prompt: a book that intimidates you.

      The good news is that more than half of the books I plan to read are less than 350 pages. So, the pressure isn't so bad.  I am trying to figure out a fun way to put this TBR into my bullet journal. Do I make a whole spread or just put the TBR into my monthly spread. What are you doing?

      So here is my list as of today:

      Comprehend Speech - neutral ability - A translated novel - The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami (reading this for Asian and Pacific Islander Month)

      Seduction- a book with a pretty cover- The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince by Robin Hobb

      Force Fear- a horror/thriller book- The Cipher by Isabella Maldonado

      Corruption- start a series- The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart

      Mind Control- pets or people chose the book for you- Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (picked by my son, he picked a Star Wars book first, but I asked him to pick something shorter lol)

      Weapons:

      Lightsaber- a book with your favorite color on the cover- Book Lovers by Emily Henry (blue)

      Blasters- take another shot at a previous ability prompt- comprehend speech - City of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

      Space Ships- a book that has a sky or space/stars on the cover- Kulti by Mariana Zapata

      Partners:

      First Order - a book with a compelling first line - Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher

      Droids- audiobook/ebook- The Wind Through The Keyhole by Stephen King

      Great List!

      I did just read Little Women and that was it. I may go on in the future, but it was a buzzword book for April, of course I am behind on that. But I'm thinking as long as I do those prompts through out the year and not specifically in the month they are assigned, I will complete them all at some point. I think you said you were doing it that way too?

      I do hope to make a spread in my journal for the read-a-thon, I am so behind in my journal. I need to catch up. I'm hoping to catch up and do a blog post about that, plus add a book-oply board at some point!

      I read Hatchet with my son when he was probably about G's age. It was fun and then we watched the movie. I think the movie is called A Cry in the Wild?

      I don't have FOMO about Malazan. Maybe one day I will change my mind and read it. Just not feeling it these days.

      Excited to read Hobb and Kulti with you!! Oh and Boneshard and Keyhole too!


    • This is an impressive list. A lot of long books. Are you reading just Little Women or are you reading the bind up that includes Little Wives? 

      I also picked the Dark Side. I thought the prompts were more fun (what does that say about me?). I tried to fit in all the books I already planned to read for the month of May, but I will probably have to change my TBR as library books become available. For example, Nettle & Bone is waiting for me to pick it up now. This was a surprise, because I thought I was far down the list, but YAY!

      The one book I didn't find room for was Memories of Ice which is the next Malazan book. I thought if I put it in this TBR I would be forced to finish it by the end of the month. But now @Steve wants to have the show the first Sunday of June, so I might as well put it into this readathon lol. It would be perfect for the Galactic Empire prompt: a book that intimidates you.

      The good news is that more than half of the books I plan to read are less than 350 pages. So, the pressure isn't so bad.  I am trying to figure out a fun way to put this TBR into my bullet journal. Do I make a whole spread or just put the TBR into my monthly spread. What are you doing?

      So here is my list as of today:

      Comprehend Speech - neutral ability - A translated novel - The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami (reading this for Asian and Pacific Islander Month)

      Seduction- a book with a pretty cover- The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince by Robin Hobb

      Force Fear- a horror/thriller book- The Cipher by Isabella Maldonado

      Corruption- start a series- The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart

      Mind Control- pets or people chose the book for you- Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (picked by my son, he picked a Star Wars book first, but I asked him to pick something shorter lol)

      Weapons:

      Lightsaber- a book with your favorite color on the cover- Book Lovers by Emily Henry (blue)

      Blasters- take another shot at a previous ability prompt- comprehend speech - City of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

      Space Ships- a book that has a sky or space/stars on the cover- Kulti by Mariana Zapata

      Partners:

      First Order - a book with a compelling first line - Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher

      Droids- audiobook/ebook- The Wind Through The Keyhole by Stephen King


    • So, my son started reading The Hobbit a few days ago. He is doing immersion reading with the Serkis audiobook. I have never seen him this excited about a book. He loves to read and he has many favorites, but this one I think is special because he has been a big fan of LOTR, but had struggled to read it in the past. He was only 6 or 7 at the time. We tried the audiobooks before, but he didn't like the narrator. Now with Andy Serkis, it is fun and he brings the story to life. Even the songs are fun to listen to!

      I read a lot of the books you have on here lol, but I want to share my thoughts on The Dark Tower. This book also wrecked me. I sobbed, SOBBED, while reading it. Maybe it was hormones, but I like to give credit to the author who made characters that felt so real that I genuinely mourned the end of this series. I am very seriously considering re-reading this whole series, but this time reading the connected books along the way. I have been wanted to re-read The Stand, but the original version. So maybe I will start there.

      I love how the Council of High Ladies has evolved. Our readathons have always been fun and I look forward to them every month. What do you think about us going back and doing check in shows and sprints? Maybe just on discord?


    • 7 hours ago, BrandieNoel said:

      how was the audiobook? I'm thinking I might listen to some of it.

      I liked the audiobook. The narrator is the same for all Zapata's books.

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