Harry Potter Book Night & The Week Ahead

So, I’m dead tired, I’m actually leaning back in the recliner and my head is dangling off the side of it as I type this. Does it sound uncomfortable? Well, it is.

Today at our library was Harry Potter Book Night, and the event was so much fun for my daughter! They had a man come in to explain some creatures, and she got to pet the cutest and largest snake I’ve ever seen in my life, and I was so proud of her as she is usually the type to shy away from anything not fluffy [she was even excited to see the tarantula!]. She also got make a winged key and a dragon egg and spent probably two hours doing everything so it was a nice Sunday for us. I wish her school would have done something for it as well but I’m super happy that our library did and I basically screamed ‘take my money’ at them when they announced they were.

I’m chugging along with bookstagram, the blog, and still….still progressing through the ARCs.

I’ve got two ARCs for this week plus The Priory of The Orange Tree extract I got from NetGalley, and then that’s it I’m taking a week break so I can go through my monthly Agatha Christie and reading the follow-up book to The Axeman’s Jazz; Dead Man’s Blues.

There’ll be at least one review post this week, and I’ll do a list of my top Dystopia picks tomorrow. Speaking of Dystopia novels, anyone have a favorite in that genre?

That’s it, there’s my post, I’m going to go to bed now, lol toodles everyone!

#YARC 2019

[***That Featured Image is not mine, holy cow I can’t do anything with graphics, credit goes to the hosts, all of whom I’ve linked below***]

I honestly don’t even know what I’m doing with my life anymore but after preordering Descendant of the Crane and then wanting to read Not Your Sidekick…I, I just realized I might as well at this point. Besides, it’s not like there’s any downside to joining such an amazing challenge!

Year of the Asian Reading Challenge is hosted by these lovely people:

What’s my current progress? 1! I finally got my first read done and it was so amazing and beautiful and wonderful. -Sob-

Current Badge:
Green and blue award badge with a brown Phillipines Tarsier in the center, and with one gold star above the award.

My Goal: 10!

I know that’s the lowest badge that little adorable Philippine Tarsier, but I’ve got so many reading goals that I don’t want to set myself up for failure.

What books am I hoping to read? (this=read)
The Night Tiger (I LOVED LOVED LOVED The Ghost Bride)
Descendant of the Crane
Not Your Sidekick
Not Your Villain
Not Your Backup
Brothers (I started this book a long time ago, but lost my place so, redo!)
Mao’s Last Dancer (I’ve had it for ages, it’s time)
Ignite the Stars
Jade City
Jade War
Want
-Spin the Dawn
-We Hunt the Flame
-Miracle Creek
-Enlightenment
-Shadow of the Fox
-Soul of the Sword
-The Girl Who Became A Goddess
-The Chosen
-Thirteen Months of Sunrise
-In Truth, Madness
-A Spark of White Fire
– A House of Rage and Sorrow
-Legend
-Prodigy
-Champion
-Girls of Paper and Fire
-Girls of Storm and Shadow
-Blood Heir

Total: 19

I will be keeping track of what I want to read and what I’ve read via a GoodReads shelf, but this will not be limited to this challenge, so I’ll not link it but if you have me on GoodReads feel free to check out the shelf!

Toodles!

UPDATE: I reached my goal of 10 but I will keep going as I did not get to most of the books on my premade list, so, I’ll keep on trucking!

Top Ten, er FIVE, Tuesday!

This meme is brought to you once again by ThatArtsyReaderGirl. And the theme is FIVE (I’m sure there are those that could come up with ten, but I’ll stick to five like her)upcoming releases, that we may be on the fence about.

Okay so, for upcoming releases, I have some books I got via Netgalley and other places that I’m not sure about. I’ve already had to cancel one The Murder Theory and it wasn’t because I thought it was going to be bad, but it just had too much competition on other things I’m reading as well.

Alright, let’s get this party started! I’ll go from the one I’m least skeptical about to the one where I’m like ‘Nah mate.’

5.  Off Planet

Blurb: From USA Today Bestselling Author Aileen Erin 

In an all-too-plausible future where corporate conglomerates have left the world’s governments in shambles, anyone with means has left the polluted Earth for the promise of a better life on a SpaceTech owned colony among the stars.

Maité Martinez is the daughter of an Earther Latina and a powerful Aunare man, an alien race that SpaceTech sees as a threat to their dominion. When tensions turn violent, Maité finds herself trapped on Earth and forced into hiding.

For over ten years, Maité has stayed hidden, but every minute Maité stays on Earth is one closer to getting caught.

She’s lived on the streets. Gone hungry. And found a way to fight through it all. But one night, while waitressing in a greasy diner, a customer gets handsy with her. She reacts without thinking.

Covered in blood, Maité runs, but it’s not long before SpaceTech finds her…

Arrested and forced into dangerous work detail on a volcano planet, Maité waits for SpaceTech to make their move against the Aunare. She knows that if she can’t somehow find a way to stop them, there will be an interstellar war big enough to end all life in the universe.

There’s only one question: Can Maité prevent the total annihilation of humanity without getting herself killed in the process?

-Seems legit, but I may have been scared off sci-fi eARCs after the last one.
-I feel like most novels this has great potential…to go in either direction either I’ll love it or I’ll be weeping under a pile of blankets at my decision to pick it up.
– Forever skeptical of these USA Today’s best sellers

4. In Search of a Witch’s Soul

Blurb: Human, private detective Anna Caill isn’t keen on the prohibition of magic enacted by the 18th Amendment, but she won’t deny it’s good for business. The coppers couldn’t care less about the witches’ problems, giving her any number of clients to choose from.

When mysterious witch Jesse Hunt saunters into her office, he and his case will test her limits. While a killer stalks the magical underworld, Anna is hired to find Jesse’s friend, the high priest of an ancient coven.

As her case unravels, Anna is forced to confront her addiction to a dark spell in this urban fantasy noir.

-It is a freakin’ noir Witch mystery novel. How could this not be perfect for me?
-For the love of god, there’s so much room for error lol, especially with mystery novels if the writer’s voice is tragically bad there’s no room for sympathy. [Not like Eragon where you know…it just kept coming out and making more money. *Drops mic*]

3. The Parlor Girl’s Guide

Blurb: A cynical country girl enlists the living and the dead to guide her past family tragedy and forge her escape from a secluded Southern brothel. After her father’s murder and mother’s abonnement, a merciless landowner forces Molly Lingo to work in a rural Alabama hunting lodge that doubles as an exclusive whorehouse. Molly, the feisty tough teenage daughter of a hand-to-mouth tobacco farmer, employs a troubled gambler and a mysterious specter to assist her in breaking away from the unrelenting grip of the sharecropper culture. Set at the beginning of the Jazz Age’s promising sweep across America, Molly’s story depicts both the shocking brutality of the landlord class and a young woman’s determination not to be treated as a second-class citizen. This energetic historical fiction offers supernatural thrills and the poignant transformation of a metaphysical coming-of-age tale.

– Idk guys, this could be another Audrey Rose. I’m like paranoid about that at this point.

2. Betty Church and the Suffolk Vampire

Blurb:  September 1939.
As Britain readies for war, Inspector Betty Church must battle a ruthless killer…

Inspector Betty Church – one of the few female officers on the force – has arrived from London to fill a vacancy at Sackwater police station. But Betty isn’t new here. This is the place she grew up. The place she thought she’d left for good.

After a slow start, Betty’s called to the train station to investigate a stolen bench. But though there’s no bench, there is a body. A smartly dressed man, murdered in broad daylight, with two distinctive puncture wounds in his throat.

While the locals gossip about the Suffolk Vampire, Betty Church steels herself to hunt a dangerous killer.

I am actually currently reading this one, only three chapters in but I’m not sure yet how I feel or if I’ll finish it. I read the first chapter, set it down, read the next two, had me suspiciously looking at it. Betty Church as of right now has no voice yet, she’s floating around and I hope that I’ll enjoy it but I’m not, not yet!

1. Hashtag Authentic

Blurb: Instagram is the fastest growing social media platform, with 400 million monthly active users worldwide, half of them under 25. While some of these people use the app as a personal tool, many also use it to build their creative business endeavours, from food and drink to fashion and lifestyle.

Sara Tasker has tapped into this as an Instagram coach, an iPhoneographer and social media influencer. Her chronicle of authentic everyday life and her mindful Me and Orla blog has developed into a business in which she allows access to free insta-tips, alongside some hugely popular paid for e-courses for independent creatives.

One of her followers, Emma Mitchell a jewellery designer and artist, took her Instagram following (silverpebble2) from several hundred to 87k and gained a book commission within a year.

Idk why I got this, it was my first review to be approved and I got so excited and I thought it would be a book of photography mostly, and now that I’ve flicked through the beginning it doesn’t look that way. What have I done? Who knows, it doesn’t sound like a bad read, just not the sort I typically end up with when picking a book.

If you’ve done this week’s topic too, let me know what you’re unsure about or if you’ve got some great ones to review!

Toodles!

Going forward into February

Hey guys!

Okay first, I’ll do a sum up of my January!

Also, I’ll have The Parisians review up tomorrow!

What I read:
(Oh what’s that, you’d like some blurbs, hahahahaha. No. But! If you look on my Reviews page you’ll see most of these on there and I’ve linked Goodreads if you click on the titles)

1. The Prince’s Boy

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Genre: [Gay] Romance (light/fluffy not erotic)/Historical Fiction
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2. The Light Blue Book: 500 Years of Gaelic Love and Transgressive Verse


Genre: Poetry
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(I rate poetry on a different scale)

 

3. This Side of Paradise


Genre: Classics
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4. The Crystal Cave


Genre: Fantasy
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5. Lord Edgware Dies


Genre: Murder Mystery
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6. Danger on the Downs (eARC)


Genre: Murder Mystery
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7. The Axeman’s Jazz


Genre: Murder Mystery/Thriller (I am sensing a pattern here)
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8. The Memory of Lost Dreams (e’ARC’)


Genre: Sci-fi
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9. The Alienist


Genre: Murder Mystery/Thriller
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10. The Parisians (eARC)


Genre: Historical Fiction/Espionage
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Also Read:
1. Bedknob and Broomstick (Mini Me’s read aloud pick)


Genre: Children’s Classic
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2. Doctor Who The Twelfth Doctor Vol. 5 The Twist (Comic)


Genre: Comic-Dr.Who
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Total Tally: 12

**What have I got for February?**

Currently Reading:

1. Stalking Jack the Ripper

 

2. Betty Church and the Suffolk Vampire (e’ARC’)

Looking A little Ahead:

1. Eden Chip (e’ARC’) (”< Means it’s just really a free reading copy but is listed as an ARC)


Genre: Sci-fi

 

2. The Book of Dust


Genre: Fantasy

 

3.  Dead Man’s blues


Genre: Murder Mystery/Thriller

 

4. The Hound of Death


Genre: Murder Mystery

I also have Becoming Michelle Obama, Ready Player One, Metro 2034 (may be pushed back to March) and so many others to hopefully get through in February!

What are you all planning on reading? What was your January total??

WWW Wednesday

I’ve decided to do another meme today, I JUST finished The Alienist and wrote down some thoughts on it so I’ll have that review up tomorrow, give you all a few hours, this is mainly more for me to do right now to keep up with my own goal of blogging. Today’s meme is brought to you by Taking on a World of Words!

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The 3 Ws this week?
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

  1. Current Read: The Parisians by Marius Gabriel40607584
    I got The Parisians as a free reader copy off NetGalley and I am thoroughly enjoying it, I really think it’ll be one of my better reads this month! We have a very different and diverse set of women in this book, young and naive, self-confident actress (who has a very emotional lover in a Countess), and even Coco Chanel herself, all set during WWII in Paris with a lot of the Ritz for a setting. It’s been really interesting but only about 30% through [26% to be precise!].
  2. Recently Finished: The Alienist By Caleb Carr



    I finished this about oh say….40 min ago? It only took me as long as it did because I had recently just seen this show on Netflix and had been thoroughly distracted by eARCs. I’ll have a review of this one up tomorrow, I freakin’ loved it. It was a great read for me personally! (Extremely graphic though so I will be putting a trigger warning, which I haven’t thought anything I’d reviewed so far needed one but I will double check and make updates/changes where needed!)
  3. What I’ll Read Next: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

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    I was supposed to start this two weeks ago, then I checked out The Alienist and got all those eARCs and I went nuts, like, kid in a candy store nuts. I’m actually about to start this right now…because who needs sleep? Amiright?

    So! Thursday expect The Alienist review (probably in less than 12 hours it’ll be up actually) Friday? HELL IF I KNOW, possibly another review [if not then, than maybe Saturday night, I got the Opera and Strictly Come Dancing Live to go to this weekend]

    Did you do the WWW Wednesday Meme? Share it in the comments! If not, feel free to tell me what your answers would be anyhow!

Top Ten Tuesday

Hi there everyone! Look at me, joining a meme, it’s like watching a foal standing for the first time lol.

Anyway this meme, Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you from ThatArtsyReaderGirl

I’m excited, I feel like I’m learning so many new things and meeting so many neat people, who I will call my friend against their wills probably, #creepy but #sorrynotsorry.

This has really been a crash course for me this week and there are so many things to try out and explore in this book blogging community. I’m so grateful to not be doing this all on my own! I’m getting mushy. Please make it stop. I’m ginger, I have no soul, this is painful.

ANYWAY. AGAIN.

Top Ten Tuesday, here are my top 10 on my TBR, in no particular order and with no guarantee that I will get to then in the next six months lol.

1. Dead Man’s Blues
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This is the sequel to The Axeman’s Jazz
It’s in Chicago this time, and Louis Armstrong makes an appearance again, I’m excited. End story.

2.Stalking Jack the Ripper
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I may have maybe should have already….read this. I will! I swear it! I have till February 21!

3.Le Belle Sauvage
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-Uhhhh His Dark Materials. ‘Nough said. But really, I loved that series so I’m SUPER looking forward to this one

4. Metro 2034
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-If you’ve read my review on Metro 2033, you know how much I loved it and this one has my fave character as the main focus, yaaaaas.

5. The Hobbit

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-It’s time to get my Tolkien on.

6. An Autobiography, Agatha Christie

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-The last nonfiction I read about her sucked marbles, so, I need this, this year lol.

7. The List

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-Seems interesting, but the reviews are super varied, someone help me out, I was excited but is it worth it? (This is why I try not to read reviews on Goodreads beforehand lol)

8. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Original Screenplay

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-It’s on my shelf staring at me every day. Besides, at least I know what to expect lol

9. Good Omens

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-My husband gets to pick a book for me to read every so often and he thought I would like this one (actually he picked it 2 years ago, I’m that bad at procrastinating)

10. The Book of M

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-It had a pretty cover and the blurb about it really caught my attention. Another one though with some tepid ratings.

And that’s it for me, time to actually go read now, bahaha jk food first.

Have you read these? Anything I should know about them if you have? What are some of your TBRs you’re hyped for? Have a TTT list? Post it in the comments so I can see it!

I don’t know if there’ll be a post from me tomorrow as it’s the Hub-bub’s birthday [Oh yea, I call him that, it’s his name for me in his phone unless he pisses me off, then I change it to Heathcliff]

Thanks to ThatArtsyReaderGirl for the meme!