Book Blog Hop

Time to Hop!

One of the things I’ve been trying to do a lot of since starting this blog is check out other awesome book review blogs and get involved in some of the weekly challenges and prompts they use.

Today I’m going to be taking part in the Book Blogger Hop! This is currently active over at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer and bloggers all over the sphere get involved to answer the prompt, visit some of the other responses, and make new connections!

This week’s prompt comes from Billy @ The Coffee Addicted Writer and they asked:  “Have you ever been called a “book nerd?” If so, how did you react?

And my answer is: I…don’t know? But I’m cracking up at myself for that answer. I’m sure that I have, but apparently I was either too dense to be offended or it was so insignificant that I don’t even remember. I hate that people are made fun of for reading, it is literally the stupidest thing to make fun of someone for. And no one should feel bad about it. Ah, in a perfect world.

What about you? Tell me in the comments!

WWW

Its “What are you reading?” Wednesday!

I’ve seen a lot of bookish memes and list ideas here on the book-blogging circuit, and I wish I could do all of them! One of my favorites has been a trend of bloggers posting their current reads on Wednesdays.

This week I’ll be taking inspiration from Taking On a World of Words, and trying out their “WWW Wednesday!”

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What I’m reading now:

The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

It’s time! I read and reviewed the first book in this series, Truly Devious, last month and enjoyed it a lot. I’m buddy-reading this one with a friend (hey, girl!) and I’m really looking forward to diving back into this mystery. Fingers crossed that we get to find out a little more about who might be comitting these murders! Look for my review soon.

The Divorce by Victoria Jenkins

This is an ARC sent to me through Netgalley and so far it is really riveting. Told through a couple’s meetings with their marriage counselor, it’s been fascinating to read their story from only an “hour” of conflict every week. This book has been all about reading between the lines so far and I expect it to get crazy, it feels like there’s a twist coming. Look for my review of this book in a week or two, and check it out on shelves on July 4th!

David Mogo, Godhunter by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

I’ve only just started, but I am so excited to read this. This is an ARC sent to me through Netgalley and I’ve heard it described more than once as Harry Dresden meets Nigerian mythology. I’m sold! Look for my review of this book in the next few weeks, and check it out on shelves on July 9th!

What I’ve recently finished:

The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

This book was a trip! I loved Head Full of Ghosts, another horror novel by Paul Tremblay, and this one did not disappoint. Set in a secluded cabin in the woods, as scary stories usually are, the terror and confusion that descends upon this home is as eerie as it is bizarre. The Cabin at the End of the World took some crazy turns. I was left wondering “what??” at so many points during my reading and I had a lot of fun.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Wow. This YA historical fiction novel follows a multitude of characters who board the ship Wilhelm Gustloff, headed to sea with more than 10,000 refugees, and how she tragically sank. I was floored by this story. I can’t believe that I had never heard of this happening! The author uses various POVs to tell this story, all youth, and the voices she chose were powerful and heartbreaking.

Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgraff and Georgia Hardstark

This book was SO much fun. I loved all of it, the funny and heartbreaking parts. If you don’t follow their extraordinarily popular podcast “My Favorite Murder,” you should check it out. This is the story of how these authors met, how their podcast got started, and some of the key philosophies and important stories behind those events. It was great, and I hope to review it soon.

What I think I’ll read next:

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

This YA Fantasy has been on my TBR list since it was released! I’m so excited to read it and even more excited because I just won this in a giveaway in my book club! (If you haven’t heard me talk about how amazing my book club is, check out my book bingo page for more info about The Book Democracy!) This book looks dark, full of intrigue, and hopefully some fantasy and romance. I’m in.

The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

I’m really looking forward to this one. This is an ARC sent to me by Penguin Random House through BookishFirst, and I am so lucky to have snagged a copy! I enjoyed Ahdieh’s other series, The Wrath and the Dawn, and this one looks completely different and just as good. Set in New Orleans in 1872, The Beautiful looks like it will be filled with magic, intrigue, and the darkest creatures of the night.

What are you reading this week?? Drop me a line in the comments!

ARC Reviews

Sink

Sink by Desireé Dallagiacomo is a raw, passionate, and adventurous exploration into the state of our world and our minds.

This wasn’t my first introduction to Desireé Dallagiacomo, I’ve seen her perform her poetry on Button Poetry’s channel on Youtube. While I missed her powerful performances, I still very much enjoyed this tender and emotional addition to her work.

Sink dances between tough topics with a lack of inhibition that is rare and special in the world of Poetry. Between love, grief, addiction, self-image, and smashing the patriarchy, Dallagiacomo alights on these subjects with deep empathy and a heart laid bare.

I read a lot of poetry and would recommend this to most of my poetry-loving friends and followers, as well as those who are looking to try it out. Dallagiacomo’s poems are relatable, brave and uplifting, a little meandering, and an ultimately a very enjoyable collection.

This book was provided to me through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Blog Hop

Time to Hop!

One of the things I’ve been trying to do a lot of since starting this blog is check out other awesome book review blogs and get involved in some of the weekly challenges and prompts they use.

Today I’m going to be taking part in the Book Blogger Hop! This is currently active over at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer and bloggers all over the sphere get involved to answer the prompt, visit some of the other responses, and make new connections!

This week’s prompt comes from Nicki @ Nicki J. Markus/Asta Idonea and they asked: “What’s the oldest book (by publication date) that you’ve read?”

And my answer is: Maybe The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins? Or The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. Or like…a bunch of old Greek plays I read in High School, but I’m not going to count those.

What’s the oldest work you’ve ever read? Why’d you read it? Did you love it? Hate it? Tell me in the comments below!

WWW

Its “What Are You Reading?” Wednesday!

I’ve seen a lot of bookish memes and list ideas here on the book-blogging circuit, and I wish I could do all of them! One of my favorites has been a trend of bloggers posting their current reads on Wednesdays.

This week I’ll be taking inspiration from Taking On a World of Words, and trying out their “WWW Wednesday!”

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What I’m reading now:

A lot of Sci-fi and Fantasy this week! And a lot of sequels!

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I LOVE this series! I don’t want it to be over, but I’m almost done with this book and it’s the last in the Illuminae trilogy. To anyone who likes Science Fiction, action-packed and movie-like writing, or are interesting in an extremely creative format in both written and audio form, I recommend this series with all of my heart. I wish I could read it again for the first time, but I’ll just have to settle for reading it again.

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

Another sequel! I read Mistborn, the first in this triology, last month and I loved it so much. A good friend recommended it and then went on to gush about how good the series was, so I have to read the rest of it and find out. This world is so original and complex! I’ve read a lot of Fantasy in my lifetime and this isn’t really like anything else I’ve read before, in the greatest way. I’m enjoying the second installment in this series a lot so far, even though I’ve only just started it.

Kingsbane by Claire Legrand

I don’t know why this book is taking me so long! I’m enjoying it a lot, to be honest, but there are so many books on my radar right now that I’m excited about and currently enjoying that I’m having a little trouble concentrating. I wonder why! I loved Furyborn, the book that precedes this one in its trilogy, and I’ve been waiting patiently for Kingsbane to release! So far its great, and look for a review on my blog soon.

What I’ve recently finished:

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

I haven’t read as much this week because I’ve been traveling! But I did finish this gem, and I loved it. With the Fire on High was musical, poetic, colorful, and delicious. I was highly anticipating this sophomore novel by Acevedo and she did not disappoint. Look for this review on my blog this week!

What I think I’ll read next:

I can’t decide! There are too many options and I’m excited about all of them. Here are a few of my choices:

The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

This is the sequel to Truly Devious, which I reviewed last week. I’m really excited to jump into this one, I want to know more about solving these murders! This being the second one in the series, I’m looking forward to a deepening of the story that was begun in Truly Devious and I can’t wait to see what Johnson has to offer.

The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

This looks sooo interesting! I’m so eager to start this one. I loved A Head Full of Ghosts, another adult horror novel by Paul Tremblay, and if this is half as good I expect to be happy. Plus, I haven’t read a horror novel in a long time! It’ll be fun to jump back into that world for a while, and I’ll review it here when I’m done!

Splinters are Children of Wood by Leia Penina Wilson

This is a DRC I’m reading voluntarily for its publisher. It’s a short, delightful collection of poems and I haven’t read a lot of poetry lately, so I’m excited to pick it back up.

What are you reading this week? What are you excited about? What should I read next?!

ARC Reviews

The She Book

“Come, sisters, let us sit around the fire.”

In The She Book, Tanya Markul delivers 114 short, emotive little poems that come together to create something greater than the sum of its parts. Reminiscent of Rupi Kaur or Lang Leav, The She Book was empowering, brave, soulful, and utterly readable.

I love the feminist women’s poetry trend that’s happening now and this book is another great addition. From her elegant and tender way of combing through the layers of emotions, to her modern and fierce declarations of womanhood, to her fun and powerful descriptions of women from each star sign, these poems made me want more.

Markul’s collection bounces playfully between poems about her own wounds and pain in life to the inspiring revelations they’ve brought her. She equally soothes and calls the reader to action. Her writing is responsive and relatable, making the reader feel as if she might be the “she” the book talks about instead. The author of this delightful collection uses repetition and simplicity with a masterful hand.

The She Book is about change and grief and self-love and healing and is written with so much heart. I will definitely be picking up a copy once this one hits shelves.

“What they thought  was a phoenix

 rising from the ashes, 

was really a woman.”