Saturday, July 02, 2022

Weekly Mews: Hanging In There (Help Me Choose My Next Read--Vote in My July TBR Poll)

I am linking up to the Sunday Post hosted by Kim of Caffeinated Book Reviewer and The Sunday Salon (TSS) hosted by Deb Nance of Readerbuzz  where participants recap our week, talk about what we are reading, share any new books that have come our way, and whatever else we want to talk about. I am also linking It's Monday! What Are you Reading? hosted by Kathryn of Book Date where readers talk about what they have been, are and will be reading.

I am linking up Stacking the Shelves hosted by Team Tynga's Reviews and Marlene of Reading Reality a meme in which participants share what new books came their way recently. 



Can I have a do-over for 2022? Or maybe a fast forward to a part of the year that will not suck. It has been a very trying time for my family--and for the U.S. for that matter. I admit my reading and blogging has suffered quite a bit as a result. Nothing much is holding my interest for long. I am just taking one day at a time.


Reading Now

I currently am reading Dead Silence by S.A. Barnes as well as Ever After (The Hollows, #11) by Kim Harrison. 


What are you reading right now? 

Up Next

I could use your help in choosing my next read. These three recently caught my eye as I was browsing through my e-reader. Which one do you think I should read next? 


Enchanting Sarah Greenberg
by Jennifer Inglis

Food critic Sarah Greenberg is a normal thirty-nine-year-old content with her ordinary life. In fact, the only real excitement she has is the occasional hand she lends at her family's Chicago magic shop.

Until one day when the ordinary becomes extraordinary and a simple introduction to her boyfriend's teenage daughter unearths a family trait long dormant in Sarah.

Without even trying, she can do magic.

Her newfound, though late-blooming abilities make her part of a world she never imaged and her family's long lineage of Magycians unravels Sarah's world. 

But when she discovers her family’s store is danger of being taken away by an old acquaintance named Zondra Bex, Sarah is forced to face an enemy more skilled and decades older than she.

Sarah must learn to develop her skills to protect her family from a foe that wants to wield the power embedded in the store’s location and rule the Magyckal world. But will embracing her newly discovered abilities eradicate everything she believed herself to be?

Part rom-com, part
The Dresden Files with a dash of Jewish mythology, Enchanting Sarah Greenberg is a funny, fantastical look into a woman’s struggle to find herself, believe in herself, and prove to everyone that she is extraordinary in her own way. [Goodreads Summary]


Grave Reservations
(The Booking Agents #1) by Cherie Priest

A psychic travel agent and a Seattle PD detective solve a murder in this quirky mystery in the vein of Lisa Lutz’s The Spellman Files and Charlaine Harris’s Aurora Teagarden series.

Meet Leda Foley: devoted friend, struggling travel agent, and inconsistent psychic. When Leda, sole proprietor of Foley's Flights of Fancy, impulsively re-books Seattle PD detective Grady Merritt’s flight, her life changes in ways she couldn’t have predicted.

After watching his original plane blow up from the safety of the airport, Grady realizes that Leda’s special abilities could help him with a cold case he just can’t crack.

Despite her scattershot premonitions, she agrees for a secret reason: her fiancé’s murder remains unsolved. Leda’s psychic abilities couldn’t help the case several years before, but she’s been honing her skills and drawing a crowd at her favorite bar’s open-mic nights, where she performs Klairvoyant Karaoke—singing whatever song comes to mind when she holds people’s personal effects. Now joined by a rag-tag group of bar patrons and pals alike, Leda and Grady set out to catch a killer—and learn how the two cases that haunt them have more in common than they ever suspected. 
[Goodreads Summary]


Bait and Witch
(Witch Way Librarian Mysteries #1) by Angela M. Sanders

Librarian Josie Way moved to small-town Oregon to lay low. Instead, thanks to newfound magic abilities—and a killer on the loose—she’s leapt out of the frying pan and into a cauldron of trouble . . .

Josie Way loved working among the Library of Congress’s leather-scented stacks—until she uncovered corruption and made herself a target. As Wilfred, Oregon’s new librarian, Josie can stay undercover until the case goes to court. But life in this little town isn’t as subdued as she expected. The library, housed in a a Victorian mansion, is slated to be bulldozed. Still digesting the news that her safe haven is about to become scrap lumber, Josie discovers a body in the woods . . .

Almost as shocking, Josie learns that she’s descended from a long line of witches—and her powers have suddenly sprung to life. With help from a spoiled alley cat who just may be her familiar, Josie’s thumbing through a catalog of suspects, hoping she can conjure a way to save her library—and her life. . .
[Goodreads Summary]



Thank you for voting! What will you be reading next?

My TBR List is hosted by the awesome Michelle at Because Reading. It’s a fun way to choose a book from your TBR pile to read. The 1st Saturday of every month, I will list 3 books I am considering reading and let you vote for my next read during that month. My review will follow (unfortunately, not likely in the same month, but eventually--that's all I can promise). 


New to the Shelves

Mouse and I added more books to our bookshelves in June.  Let's take a look!


Séance Tea Party by Reimena Yee
Hicotea (Nightlights #2) by Lorena Alvarez Gomez
Sleepless Domain - Book One: The Price of Magic Vol. 1 by Mary Cagle


Fevered Star (Between Earth and Sky, #2) by Rebecca Roanhorse
Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson


Mapmakers and the Lost Magic by Cameron Chittock, illustrated by Amanda Castillo 
 The Legend of Brightblade by Ethan M. Aldridge 
 The Dream Book: A Young Person's Guide to Understanding Dreams by Patricia Garfield 
 Girl Giant and the Monkey King (Girl Giant and the Monkey King #1) by Van Hoang


Pandora's Jar: Women in the Greek Myths by Natalie Haynes
Falling by T.J. Newman


Trouble with the Cursed (The Hollows, #16) by Kim Harrison
and a fitting quote from her second book in the series, The Good, the Bad and the Undead
as a dedication in her latest novel:


What new books made it onto your shelf recently? 


I hope you have a great week and month of July! Let me know what you have been reading!



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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Where Is Your Bookmark: Scoundrels and Pirates & Hot Cocoa




A weekly meme where readers share the first sentence of the book they are reading and say what they think. Hosted by the amazing Gillion Dumas of Rose City Reader.


There was no possibility of walking to the library that day. [opening of The Wisteria Lady of Lady Scoundrels]



A weekly meme in which readers share a random sentence or two from page 56 or 56% of the book they are reading. Hosted by the wonderful Freda of Freda's Voice.


"Arithmetic," the captain had scoffed. "What nonsense! I won't allow it. You need to live your life like wild poetry!"

He'd snatched the book, tossed it on the hearth fire, and given her a toy gun instead.

The memory tugged on her as she tried to haul herself out of drugged unconsciousness toward a familiar smell of old dusty wood. [excerpt from 56% of The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels]

I only recently started reading India Holton's The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels and so am not too far in yet. It's silly and fun. It wasn't quite what I was expecting even having read the synopsis. I look forward to reading more. 

A prim and proper lady thief must save her aunt from a crazed pirate and his dangerously charming henchman in this fantastical historical romance.

Cecilia Bassingwaite is the ideal Victorian lady. She's also a thief. Like the other members of the Wisteria Society crime sorority, she flies around England drinking tea, blackmailing friends, and acquiring treasure by interesting means. Sure, she has a dark and traumatic past and an overbearing aunt, but all things considered, it's a pleasant existence. Until the men show up.

Ned Lightbourne is a sometimes assassin who is smitten with Cecilia from the moment they meet. Unfortunately, that happens to be while he's under direct orders to kill her. His employer, Captain Morvath, who possesses a gothic abbey bristling with cannons and an unbridled hate for the world, intends to rid England of all its presumptuous women, starting with the Wisteria Society. Ned has plans of his own. But both men have made one grave mistake. Never underestimate a woman.

When Morvath imperils the Wisteria Society, Cecilia is forced to team up with her handsome would-be assassin to save the women who raised her--hopefully proving, once and for all, that she's as much of a scoundrel as the rest of them. [Goodreads Summary]


Have you read this book? Does it sound like something you would enjoy?


Every Friday Coffee Addicted Writer from Coffee Addicted Writer poses a question which participants respond on their own blogs within the week (Friday through Thursday). They then share their links at the main site and visit other participants blogs.
Do you drink tea or coffee while reading? (submitted by Billy of Coffee Addicted Writer)

 

I am not a tea or coffee drinker. More likely than not, you will find me drinking water while I read and occasionally hot cocoa, preferably with whipped cream on top (but marshmallows will do in a pinch). 

What better way to drink hot cocoa than in a bookish themed mug? For Connect Five Friday, I thought I would share 5 mugs that I wouldn't mind adding to my mug collection: 







Connect Five Friday is a weekly meme where readers share a list of five books, 
read or unread, or bookish things, that share a common theme. 
Hosted by the  Kathryn of of Book Date.


What is your preferred drink while reading? 


 I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Be sure and tell me what you are reading and are up to!


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Monday, May 16, 2022

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Was SO EXCITED to Get to When They First Came Out, but Still Haven’t Read

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely Jana at The Artsy Reader Girl.


This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic is the Books I Was SO EXCITED to Get to When They First Came Out, but Still Haven’t Read.


Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow


China Dolls by Lisa See


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot


The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern


Three Souls by Janie Chang


Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy #1) by Ilona Andrews


Station Eleven by Emily St, John Mandel


Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender


Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande


Have you read any of these books? What did you think? What books were you excited to read when they first came out but still haven't managed to get to? 



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Sunday, May 15, 2022

Weekly Mews: Middle of May

I am linking up to the Sunday Post hosted by Kim of Caffeinated Book Reviewer and The Sunday Salon (TSS) hosted by Deb Nance of Readerbuzz  where participants recap our week, talk about what we are reading, share any new books that have come our way, and whatever else we want to talk about. I am also linking It's Monday! What Are you Reading? hosted by Kathryn of Book Date where readers talk about what they have been, are and will be reading.






What a weekend. I was angry and saddened when I heard about the mass shooting in Buffalo--all those lives lost because of one person's hatred and idiotic ideology. And then to have it followed up by other shootings so soon after. These are just in a long line of other ones. I have no words right now.  My ballot came in the mail this past week for the June election. You can bet I will be voting. 

This post would have been up sooner but it's been kind of hectic around here. Late nights Mouse finishing up school reports and me putting in overtime due to staff shortages. Then on Friday, Mouse and my mom were in a car accident. They are both fine, my mom with a minor injury and Mouse a bit sore after (the other driver is okay too). Hopefully they won't develop any further symptoms as the week wears on. It was quite a scare though, getting that call about the accident and for them having been in the middle of it. I am so glad they are okay and weren't seriously hurt. 

I hope you had a nice weekend!


Reading Now

I am still reading A Botanist's Guide to Parties and Poisons by Kate Khavari, the first in a new historical mystery series set in London, 1923. I am really enjoying it and hope to finish it in the next day or so. 


What are you reading now? 


Up Next

The votes are in! Thank you to everyone who voted and helped me choose my next book to read. The Old Woman with the Knife by Gu Byeong-mo got four votes. A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab and The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels (Dangerous Damsels #1) by India Holton were tied for much of the week, each with nine votes. The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels won in the end, however, with ten votes. 



Thank you for voting! What will you be reading next?

My TBR List is hosted by the awesome Michelle at Because Reading. It’s a fun way to choose a book from your TBR pile to read. The 1st Saturday of every month, I will list 3 books I am considering reading and let you vote for my next read during that month. My review will follow (unfortunately, not likely in the same month, but eventually--that's all I can promise). 


I hope you have a great week! Happy reading!


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Monday, May 09, 2022

Top Ten Tuesday: My Top Eleven Bookish Characters

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely Jana at The Artsy Reader Girl.


This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic is favorite Bookish Characters and here are some of mine: 


Even Hell has a library and Claire is the head of the Unwritten Library in this first book in A.J. Hackworth's series, The Library of the Unwritten


Lindsey Norris is the Director of the Briar Creek Public Library in the Library Lover's cozy mystery series by Jenn McKinLay. 


Liesel is more than just a book thief in this moving novel by Markus Zusak set in World War II. 


Carrie Singleton is in charge of programs and events at the local public library in the Haunted Library cozy mystery series, which also features a ghost!



Down on her luck Carmen is tasked with helping turn a failing bookstore around in Jenny Colgan's The Christmas Bookshop.


Librarian Amy Webber has her hands full in Victoria Gilbert's Blue Ridge Library cozy mystery series. 


Jess Brightwell, whose family has a long history of stealing and selling books on the black market, gets a position with the Great Library and must work extra hard to hold onto it in this fantasy series by  Rachel Caine. 


Brooklyn Wainwright is a rare book expert in San Francisco in the Bibliophile cozy mystery series by Kate Carlisle. 


Bookstore salesclerk Nina Hill wants more in life but doubts her life will ever live up to the fiction she enjoys reading in Abbi Waxman's The Bookish Life of Nina Hill.


Trudell Beckett is a librarian who takes matters into her own hands when her library goes book-less by creating a secret library in the basement for patrons who aren't ready to give up their physical books in the Beloved Bookroom cozy mystery series by Dorothy St. James. 


Irene
is my favorite spy and librarian in the Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman that combines fantasy and mystery. 


Who are some of your favorite bookish characters? 


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