Harry Potter Fandom (Top Ten Tuesday #21)

Harry Potter

When it comes to fandom, which is this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic, there is really only one series that gets me fired up. I’m talking of course about Harry Potter. It’s no secret that I’m a Potterhead. As is my husband and our young son. There is no shortage of amazing Harry Potter items on Etsy, so that’s where I’ll focus my post today. Harry Potter items from Etsy I wouldn’t mind owning Hogwarts Watercolor Picture by ArtQuality Tea Mug by MoonChildCraftsShop Harry Potter and Hedwig Keychain by SogniDiFimoShop Gryffindor Quidditch Hoodie by ahhTEES Hogwarts Bookends by KnobCreekMetalArts Harry Potter Bookmark by BigNerdWolf Stemless Wineglass Set by […]

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TBR List: April 2017

TBR List: April 2017

I picked up a HUGE stack of books from the library last week, so I’m once again feeling a little overwhelmed by my TBR list. However, I did get through almost all of my books from March, so I’m at least caught up on what I’d planned to read. Books I’ll be reading in April 2017 A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes #1) by Brittany Cavallaro How I got it: I borrowed the Playaway Audio version from the library. (This is my first experience with these pre-loaded devices.) Why I got it: I’ve heard so many great things, and now that the second book is out too, I […]

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10 Books on my Spring TBR (Top Ten Tuesday #20)

Spring TBR List 2017

Since I already do a monthly TBR list post, I thought I’d use today’s Top Ten Tuesday to share the review copies I’ve received that I really need to read this spring. I am still so behind on my NetGalley queue (and other review copies I’ve received by email), and I don’t always list those books on my monthly TBR posts. Review copies I need to read this spring One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel Ashes by Steven Manchester Setting Free the Kites by Alex George Sisters One, Two, Three by Nancy Star Thanks a Lot, John Leclair by Johanna Parkhurst Of Stillness and Storm by Michèle Phoenix To Capture […]

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TV to Book Recommendations: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

TV to Book Recommendations: Sci-Fi / Fantasy, Opinionated Book Lover

I love a good sci-fi or fantasy TV series, perhaps more than I like those genres of books. If you’re in a similar boat but looking for a good book, check out these recommendations based on some beloved TV series. Sherlock/Penny Dreadful…Stalking Jack the Ripper I admit I haven’t watched all of Penny Dreadful. My husband didn’t like it as much as I did, so it kind of feel by the wayside. I don’t watch much TV alone these days because usually I’d rather be reading. But we both love Sherlock, although we have 2 episodes to go in the latest season. When I read Stalking Jack the […]

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TBR List: March 2017

TBR List: March 2017

I am feeling rather caught up on books right now. I only have 2 books sitting on my nightstand, so of course I need to go to the library to pick up my next batch. My TBR list this month includes a good amount of YA fiction, which is odd given my recent post on shifting preferences. It’s mostly because of old NetGalley requests I made and my prioritization of books I wanted to read for 2016 that I didn’t get to. I’m hoping to find some other great reads. I only have one 5-star read so far this year. I need more! Books I’ll be […]

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Books I liked More or Less than I expected (Top Ten Tuesday #19)

Books I Liked More or Less Than Expected

I almost always have expectations going into reading a book. Usually I’ve read other reviews of the book, or I’ve at least read (and remember) the summary, and I have formed an opinion one way or the other. And most of the time, books meet my expectations. But sometimes they do not. Today I’m sharing 10 books that either exceeded my expectations or left me feeling disappointed. Books I liked more than I expected We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen (review coming next week) The Best Possible Answer by E. Katherine Kottaras Valley of the Moon by Melanie Gideon Stuck in Neutral […]

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Purging My TBR List

Purging My TBR List

At the beginning of 2017 my Goodreads “To Read” list had over 600 books on it. That’s a lot of book! It was starting to get a little overwhelming. So much so that I had stopped reading reviews towards the end of 2016 because I didn’t want to feel compelled to add anything to my TBR list. In late January, I went through my TBR list book by book and removed anything I didn’t recognize by title, cover image, or author. I ended up getting it down to only 116 books. I read 163 books in 2016, so that number seems completely doable. Ha! Not […]

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Valentine’s Book Covers (Top Ten Tuesday #18)

Valentine's Book Covers

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is Valentine’s Day themed of course. It was supposed to be All About Romance Tropes/Types, but I instead decided to go with a Valentine’s Book Covers theme. Each of these 9 books (I couldn’t find a 10th) have either red and/or hearts on the cover. I have read and loved all of these books although they are not all traditional romance stories. Valentine’s Book Covers Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay Me Before You by Jojo Moyes The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett Eligible (The Austen Project) by Curtis Sittenfeld Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway The Best […]

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Favorite Books from 2016

I’m a little late with this list, but I didn’t want to skip posting it. I read 163 books in 2016 – 141 new books, 22 re-reads. Here are some stats from Goodreads: I rated 19 of those book 5 stars, but not all of them have stuck with me. These 10 did. My Favorite Reads from 2016 George by Alex Gino (read in January) Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (read in January) The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord (read in March) Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino (read in March) I Will Always Write Back by […]

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TBR List: February 2017

TBR List: February 2017

I’ve been struggling with reading (and blogging) lately for two reasons: I’m newly obsessed with Downton Abbey. I’ve been re-watching all of the episodes and that’s sucking up my reading time. I’m having a hard time reading fiction right now. The political climate in the country right now is distracting me. I’m trying to resist where I can, and reading isn’t feeling like a good escape. It’s sometimes feeling like a wasted effort. Nevertheless, I do have a stack of books that I will be attempting to read (or just finish – because I have started some of these books already) this month. 10 books I plan to […]

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