Hello everyone. How are you doing? Today I want to talk about all the book series that I started and want to finish. Mind you I started a lot of series and I’m probably going to forget some series, but I’m going to try to remember them all. I’m not going to tell you what they are all about because there’s a lot. This is part one in a three part blog post series about all the series that I want to finish, catch up on, and start.
The Diviners Series by Libba Bray: I only read the first two books in the series, but I really did enjoy every bit of it. Though I do wish we get a little bit more of Memphis. The Diviners is about a group of teenagers that have some ‘magical’ powers that need to join forces to defeat an unknown enemy (well I guess he’s known as the Stovetop hat man)
The Lady Janies Series by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton: Three books that are about three different Jane’s throughout history (Jane Grey, Jane Eyre, and Calamity Jane.) I still haven’t read Calamity Jane yet; even though they’re not connected what’s so every (that I can I tell) I want to reread the series anyways.
The Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff: I read the first 2 books in the series and once again I want to reread the first two before I pick up Darkdawn because I forgot somethings that had happened. Nevernight is about a girl named Mia who goes to an assassin school to get revenge against a man who killed her family.
Hello everyone! How are you doing? I bought a lot of books this month...again (I really do need to work on that, but Kindle sales always get to me.) Let's get straight into it:
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas: About a trans boy wanting to be a brujo (male witch) and finding love...possibly. This book was hyped up a lot and I felt left out (need to work on that). Jess from Peaceluvbooks on YouTube read this and loved it.
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: I read this when it first came out, I wasn’t following any traditionally published authors on any social media, so I didn’t know how publishing worked. I loved it when I read it, but I gave up on the series before a second book was announced because she didn’t know if she was going to be able to write a second book. Yes, that was stupid, again I didn’t know how publishing worked at the time and I was only following and reading Indie romances at the time. So I’m giving it another chance.
The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin: This is my first book by this author and I admit I’m so nervous because there’s a lot of hype surrounding her and her books and I’m scared that I won’t like her writing. I’m not going to dive into The Fifth Season yet. The description is a little confusing, but I think it’s about Manhattan coming alive and everyone can sense it.
Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly: A Cinderella retelling but following one of the stepsisters but the original darker version of it. I haven’t heard a lot of people mention it, but it has good ratings.
Hello everyone! How are you doing? This month I read 12 books and I didn’t put it off until the end of the month like I did last month. That’s a total of 2,937 pages. I’m not going to do stats because I’m not good at that, but I may try it out next year or next month. On to the reading wrap up:
The first book that I read this month was You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson and I gave that 4 stars, you can check out my review for it here where I wrapped up 2 other books.
Snowflakes by Ruth Ware: 3 Stars. This was a kindle short and I decided to listen to it instead of reading even though it was short. This is my first Ruth Ware ‘book’ and I liked her writing so I can’t wait to read more. I really can’t say what it’s about since it’s so short. It does take place on an island with a father and his four kids.
Ikigai by Hector Garcia Puigcerver, Franscesc Miralles: 2.5 Stars. It was okay and had some great insights, but wouldn't reread again.
The Train to Impossible Places by P.G. Bell: 3 Stars. It was really enjoyable and I will definitely continue on with the series. The second one is out now, but I want to get the paperback when it comes out in January.
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry: 3.5 Stars. I finally, after years, continued on with the Giver Quartet. It was slow, I forgot how slow and I guess boring The Giver was, because Gathering Blue is just like that. For some reason I thought it was going to start off from where The Giver left off, but we met Kira instead. Kira has a twisted leg and her mother died four days before the book started. I liked Kira a lot and her cute friendship with Matt. I don’t know what else to say besides that I liked despite how slow and slightly boring it was until the end.
Broken Wish by Julie C. Dao: 4 Stars. You can see my full thoughts about it here in my 3 book wrap up post. This book was such an easy and fast read.
The Green Witch and The House Witch by Arin Murphy-Hiscock: Both got 3 stars. After reading Self-care for witches, I really thought I was going to love these two like I did with that one, but sadly I didn’t. I found both of them informative and still would get a physical copy of both for references in the future.
The Sun Will Rise and So Will We by Jennae Cecelia: 3 Stars. A poetry book. I read a lot of this author's works hoping I would end up loving it and I’m finally realizing that she’s not for me sadly.
That Monster on the Block by Sue Ganz-Schmitt: Stars. This was one of September's First Reads picks and none of the books interested me enough so I just picked up this children book instead.
The Girl and The Goddess by Nikita Gill: 5 Stars. Ahh! That’s how I feel about this book. This is the first book I ever read written in verse and I’m going to pick up more in the future (looking at you Elizabeth Acevedo.) I can’t form words properly on how much I love this book. I cried like three times reading this. To say I devoured this in one go would be an understatement; I need to do a reread soon. You can check out my favorite quotes here.
Hello everyone! How are you doing? One would think I would stop with the TBR’s since I rarely stick to them, but I need the somewhat structured in my life with reading. If I don’t make a TBR then I don’t read anything; I’m just going to wing it. Hopefully in the future I stop making TBR’s and just read without needing a push. Anyways on to my October TBR
Horrid by Katrina Leno: This was OwlCrate’s September pick (sorry if I spoiled that for you.) I really don’t read my OwlCrate books in a timely manner (I still have books from a year or so that I haven’t even touched yet.) So when I receive an OwlCrate I want to read the book either that month or the next month. Horrid luckily fit for October since it’s a spooky month. I really don’t know much about it besides a girl and her mother moves back to her mother's childhood town after her father passes away and strange things start to happen.
Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson: My first Tiffany D. Jackson book that I’m reading. It’s about a girl named Enchanted and what happens when she meets a famous singer/rapper at a young age who takes advantage of her. We see the fall out and go through an investigation. Oh boy I’m really bad at summarizing a book.
Small Spaces by Katherine Arden: A middle grade scary book about a group of students running away from a creature from a book they weren’t supposed to read.
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill: I really don’t know anything about this book besides a witch who takes orphans and feeds them starlight, but she ends up giving a girl moonlight and the witch keeps her.
The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley: Again I don’t know anything about this thriller, I heard that’s a good thing going into thrillers and mysteries. I know her recent release, The Guest List, is really popular right now. I want to see if I like her writing in this one before I think about getting the new book.
Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray: I still need to Lair of Dreams (even though I already read it before, I need a refresher to remember some bits.) I’m hoping to read this near the end of the month.
As you can see I didn’t add A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Mass. As of today (September 28) I haven’t picked A Court of Thorns and Roses up yet, so I’m behind my own read along, I’m hoping to read it in the beginning of the month and if I can somehow squeeze in ACOMAF then I’ll read it. I have a few books that are not included in the TBR that I want to read as well, but we see if I get to those in October.
I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the ELEANOR, ALICE, AND THE ROOSEVELT GHOSTS by Dianne K. Salerni Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!
About the Book:
Title: ELEANOR, ALICE, AND THE ROOSEVELT GHOSTS
Authors: Dianne K. Salerni
Pub. Date: September 1, 2020
Publisher: Holiday House
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle, Audible, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org
Murderous ghosts and buried family secrets threaten young Eleanor and Alice Roosevelt in this thrilling middle-grade novel that puts a supernatural spin on alternate history.
It's 1898 in New York City and ghosts exist among humans.
When an unusual spirit takes up residence at the Roosevelt house, thirteen-year-old Eleanor and fourteen-year-old Alice are suspicious. The cousins don't get along, but they know something is not right. This ghost is more than a pesky nuisance. The authorities claim he's safe to be around, even as his mischievous behavior grows stranger and more menacing. It's almost like he wants to scare the Roosevelts out of their home - and no one seems to care!
Meanwhile, Eleanor and Alice discover a dangerous ghost in the house where Alice was born and her mother died. Is someone else haunting the family? Introverted Eleanor and unruly Alice develop an unlikely friendship as they explore the family's dark, complicated history. It's up to them to destroy both ghosts and come to terms with their family's losses.
Told from alternating perspectives, thrills and chills abound in Dianne K. Salerni's imaginative novel about a legendary family and the ghosts that haunt their secrets.
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
"A spooky, fast-paced, and inventive tale. Salerni expertly blends fact and fiction, providing a glimpse of Eleanor and Alice Roosevelt's childhood that is so compelling, you almost wish the ghost parts were true."—Erin Bowman, Edgar Award–nominated author of Contagion and The Girl and the Witch's Garden
"This mix of history and fantasy creates a nifty setting for a middle-grade mystery" --Kirkus Reviews
Hello everyone! How are you doing? Seeing how I’m not that good at doing reviews for books, I decided to show you all my favorite quotes from The Girl and The Goddess. It’s written in verse, my first ever book that I read like that and I’m looking forward to reading more like it (Elizabeth Acevedo comes to mind.)
So when magic comes to stay,
It brings with it
A firestorm of emotions.
The colour of blood reminding them all that women are used to violence from birth; we are fierce in ways they can never understand.
Because men who are used to power do not know how to be gracious losers.
No woman is an object, even when they treat her as one. We belong to ourselves; our fate is a destination mapped by our hands. Not fathers or husbands or men at all.
Girlhood is confronting the parts of you that you think are too dark for anyone to love.
Comparison is a form of violence against yourself
It’s strange how much ourparents moulds us,
Even in the trauma of their absence.
Women do this - we are able to resurrect ourselves from the ashes of what others do to us.
We can be a war cry and a violence. We can be as ugly as we want to be. Hard to swallow. Unsettling to look at. A fire in the bone. A macabre they fear.
You must burn brighter than ever
Because you are a Daughter of the Divine
And you belong only to yourself, not to this world.
That’s all because I was reading frantically because it’s been forever since I read something from Nikita Gill and this one is such a long one compared to her other works. I’m sure there will be more once I do a reread.
Hello everyone! How are you doing? All I ask for you is not to judge me for this crazy TBR that I’m hoping that I actually follow through with and hopefully not read at least 2 of them. I will not be telling you what the books are about because I suck at giving summaries, but I always link to the Goodreads page.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas: I’m rereading this and reading the rest of the books in the ACOTAR series in prep for the fifth book in the series that’s coming out in January and I want to catch up with everyone else. I haven’t read ACOMAF (A Court of Mist and Fury) yet and I want to see what all the hype is about with that book.
Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko: I won this in a Twitter giveaway and bought the UK copy because I thought I wasn’t going to win the Twitter giveaway. Since this was a gift I want to read it immediately.
Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco: Last year I reread Stalking Jack the Ripper thinking I’m just going to read the other books each month until I was finished, LOL. I didn’t. A year later I’m finally getting to this book.
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown: This is the Unfriendly Black Hotties book club pick for September and I thought it would be a good time to read instead of putting it off until the last minute like I usually do when it comes to hyped up books.
From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon: Besides reading all of the ACOTAR books, I’m also doing a reread and new reading of all Sandhya’s books, because she’s my favorite YA contemporary/romance author. I also can’t wait for her adult romance book to come out early next year; February I think.
Broken Wish by Julie C. Dao: One of three ARCs that I need to read (okay granted not need to, because I won them in giveaways, but I want to review them in time before they are out. This book is part of a series that is being written by different authors by Disney.
This Earl of Mine and To Catch an Earl by Kate Bateman: I only got two chapters in This Earl of Mine in August, but stopped because I was so tired from all the soccer games last weekend. So I want to read both of these this month.
Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse: NetGalley was having the first 500 or so reviewers can read this now without requesting it and luckily enough I got it. This is one of my most anticipated books of the years.
In A Holidaze by Christina Lauren: Again NetGalley was doing the first 200 people can read this now and I didn’t want to request it and get denied. Both books and Broken Wish come out in October. I think this is Christina Lauren’s first holiday book and I can’t wait to read it, even though I’m a little nervous. Their books lately haven’t been receiving well.
There Will Come A Darkness by Katy Rose Pool: I entered a Goodreads giveaway way back for the second book that came out today (Sept.1) and I thought I would've read this before the second book came out. Now that I won the giveaway I definitely need to read this book.
You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson: I DNF’d this the last day in August because I only got 30 pages in and the main character, Liz, repeatedly mentioned how poor and black she was all the time. I’m giving it a second chance this month, hoping that it will surprise me like The Belles did.
A Deadly Inside Scoop by Abby Collette: I’ve been reading this off and on for months and I want to finally finish it off and since it’s a cozy mystery it shouldn’t take that long.
Lair of Dream by Libba Bray: Last year everyone was doing a read-a-thon of the series in prep for the last book, King of Crows, but like always I fell behind and just gave up on it. So now I’m finally ready to finish the series out this year. This is also a reread so it should fly by this time.
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas: This will be the first YA transgender own voices books that I’m reading and I’m excited and a little nervous, I don’t know why. This comes out today as well (Sept.1)
Alas I’m finished with all the books that I want to read this month. I legit forgot about the last four books and I’m pretty sure that I forgot some. If by some chance that I finish all of these before the month ends I have a few books that I want to squeeze in.
Hello everyone! How are you? So...I didn't read all four books on my TBR for the simple fact that I didn't want to put myself in a reading slump that I always get into after doing a read-a-thon. So I just stuck with 2 and I gave one 5 stars and the other 4 stars. So let's get into it:
I was actually going to start at midnight, but I was so tired, not like that mattered because I woke up at 1:21 AM. Instead of reading, I decided to catch up on YouTube videos. Around 7:30, I went downstairs and made breakfast and picked up my first read.
Not Your Idol Vol.1 by Aoi Makino was freaking good. TW/CW: Sexual assault mention, assault mentioned and showed. I'm so glad that the second volume comes out next month, because that ending was so good.
After finishing Not Your Idol I decided to create a wannabe bookmark for my September TBR. It ended up being a mess because I misspelled September in a rush. I will be making a TBR for September (oh boy).
Now starting my second book of the day while catching up on last night hockey game that I missed. If you're wondering why I'm not reading the shorter books, it's because I'm scared of them, especially Kim JiYoung.
I got about 75% into The Winterhouse Mysteries before mom and I went to a new to Target. We tried the Pumpkin Cheesecake cookies and they were 'eh'.
The Winterhouse Mysteries by Ben Guterson, Illustrated by Chloe Bristol: Another 4 stars in the series, this is an overall a high 3 stars 4 star read series for me. I think the second book, The Secrets of Winterhouse, is my favorite book in the series. It did leave on a good note, but I wouldn't be upset if we got more books in the series or set in Winterhouse in the future.
Overall it was a great reading day, I actually read this month when I thought I wasn't going to. I found a new favorite manga series that I will able to keep up with (I'm hoping it's more than just 2 volumes though.) And I also completed The Winterhouse Trilogy.
Hello everyone! How are you? I just found out yesterday about a 24 hour read-a-thon on the 22nd of this month, hosted by Clara from The Bookworm of Notre Dame over on Instagram (check out her highlight readathon for the templates that she made just for it.) So I decided to participate since I haven't read a thing this month (I've been in a bad reading slump for a while) and I'm hoping that this will get me out it.
My TBR is composed of short books and one average size middle grade. It's only four but I'm hoping I can squeeze in at least one more.
On to the TBR:
Not Your Idol Vol.1 by Aoi Makino: This is about a girl who use to be in a girl group called Pure Club (I think) and was assaulted by a fan so she decided to quit being an idol and started dressing as a boy. At her new school one classmate recognizes her. I'm hoping that I liked this because the second volume comes out on September 1st.
Thief of Dreams by Bec McMaster: I really don't know what this is about besides it being a novella and a girl having to steal the heart of a prince from the Court of Dreams (I think). To be honest it sounds like ACOTAR kind of and I liked that book a lot (mind you I only read the first book.)
Kim JiYoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo: Again I don't know anything about this, but it's raved a lot over on Bookstagram and I wanted to break out of my safe YA bubble and read some Literary Fiction. It's a short book, under 200 pages.
The Winterhouse Mysteries by Ben Guterson: The third and last book in the Winterhouse series (I'm sad, I don't want this series to end). We follow a young girl name Elizabeth investigating different mysteries that tie back into on main one, at the Winterhouse Hotel. Since it's the third book I don't want to spoil things from the first book.
So that's it for now, I'm going to document my 24 hour read-a-thon, see you then!
Hello everyone! Long time no talk huh? I haven't made a blog post in three so-ish months and for that I'm sorry. With everything going on in the world I just couldn't put much effort into doing anything. I was barely reading anything and every time I tried to write a blog post I just couldn't find the words to write.
In the middle of July I was thinking about coming back, but I was just so overwhelmed with wanting to be like other book bloggers out here. Even though in the beginning of the year I said I want to switch up my blog, I really didn't. To be truthful my life is very boring, and since the pandemic my life is even more boring. I don't read enough books to talk about and I don't have the most interesting life and I didn't know what to do with this blog.
During my break I decided to to just go with the flow and no longer care about how uninteresting my personal life and just post what I want.
I bought too many books the last few months and I don't know if I want to do a haul and just talk bout the books that I'm most excited about or not. Yes, the amount of books that I bought, both physically or electronically, is really that bad. And if you're wondering, no I haven't read any of them, please judge me lightly.
As for the books that I read...um I don't remember them that much, besides me rereading When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon and is still a 4.5 star read. I was reading the Vox Machina short graphic novels on Kindle Unlimited because I was briefly watching Critical Role. I gave it up because there's so much episodes to watch in just one campaign/season. Like almost 200 and I only made it to episode 21 before I just threw in the towel.
I've been watching a lot of gameplays on YouTube because they make me happy and I've been playing a lot of The Sims 4 and downloading a lot of custom content for it.
It's good to be back. See you soon!
Hi, I'm Le'Nissa, but you can call me Nissa. I'm 29 years old aspiring author with a love for reading. Even though I was born in the Spring, Autumn is my favorite season.