Top 10 Tuesday: April Reads

Good morning,

It’s hard to believe that this is the last day of April. The month seems to have flown by and I read many books. I’m hoping by the end of today I’ll have read even more books than expected because apparently I enjoy being on a reading deadline or maybe I just like the thrill of marathon reading.

Speaking of reading, I’m excited to share with you my top ten books that I’ve read for April. I will also leave links to my reviews on them which I’ll admit are shorter than I usual but sometimes I am so stunned by the book that I’m lucky to string together a couple of sentences to attempt to mention what I thought of the story. I’ve sorted them in the order that I read as I enjoyed them all equally! So on to the books!

 

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The Sea of Monsters: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels, #2) by Robert Venditti (adaptor), Rick Riordan, Attila Futaki, Tamas Gaspar

Review

 

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Jim Henson’s The Power of the Dark Crystal, Vol. 2 (The Power of the Dark Crystal #5-8) by Simon Spurrier, Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Jim Henson (Creator), Kelly Matthews (Illustrator), Nichole Matthews (Illustrator)

Review

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The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

Review

 

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Dragonsworn (Dark-Hunter #26) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Review

 

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A Hero’s Guide to Deadly Dragons (How to Train Your Dragon #6) by Cressida Cowell

Review

 

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The Serpent’s Shadow (Elemental Masters #1) by Mercedes Lackey

Review

 

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The Glass Sentence (The Mapmakers Trilogy #1) by S.E. Grove

Review

 

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A Grave Matter (Lady Darby Mystery #3) by Anna Lee Huber

Review

 

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Emma (Jane Austen: Marvel Adaptations) by Nancy Butler (Text), Janet Lee

Review

 

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In the Region of the Summer Stars (Eirlandia #1) by Stephen R. Lawhead

Review

 

So that wraps up my bookish ramblings for the time being. I will try my best to do a wrap up soon of all the books that I read and maybe even a post about the books that I’ve hauled this month. Either way, I will be back soon! Hope you’ve had a wonderful April and may you have an even better May!

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

 

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Top 10 Tuesday: May Releases

Good evening,

This month has flown by and I’m looking forward to May as hopefully it will be much warmer than the last month has been. I’m also looking forward to reading more of what suits my mood and less so of many readathons at once. I love readathons but I also enjoy taking a break and my list of to be read books seems to keep growing.

Speaking of books, I have managed to narrow down ten that I’m looking forward to next month and I’m excited to have in my hands! I’m looking forward to them all equally!

1. Again But Better by Christine Riccio (May 7th)

2. Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle #1) by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman (May 7th)

3. Romanov by Nadine Brandes (May 7th)

4. Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors (The Rajes #1) by Sonali Dev (May 7th)

5. The Guest Book by Sarah Blake (May 7th)

6. A Bend In The Stars by Rachel Barenbaum (May 14th)

7. The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay (May 14th)

8. Kingsbane (Empirium #2) by Claire Legrand (May 21st)

9. Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini (May 28th)

10. The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary (May 28th)

So that wraps up my bookish ramblings for the time being. There will be several reviews coming soon to please feel free to stay tuned. It’s shaping up to be a great reading month and I can’t wait to share my excitement!

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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Top 5 Romance Books I Want To Read Soon

Good morning,

Hard to believe it’s almost the middle of April especially with the recent snow fall here. Eventually Spring will arrive and in the meantime, it’s giving me the perfect excuse to attempt to read more books. I may be in the middle of a few readathons but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to attempt to plan what to read when I’m not under pressure to read many books in a short amount of time. I enjoy the pressure but I also enjoy when I can get back to reading what strikes my fancy. So I’ve decided to start with a relatively short list and see how it goes.

 

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Day of the Dragon (Dragon Hunter Book 2) by Katie MacAlister (Released 3/5/19)

Blurb:

Real scholars know that supernatural beings don’t exist. But the moment I meet Archer Andras of the Storm Dragons, all my academic training goes out the window. Thanks to Mr. Tall, Dark, And Infuriating, I’m learning that I really should worry about those things that go bump in the night. . . and that dragons like Archer are 100 percent pure trouble.

Now I’m caught in the middle of a war. On one side is Archer. On the other is his twin brother. And I am the key to translating an ancient text that could bring balance-or deadly ruin-to our world. But none of that is as dangerous as the seriously sexy sparks between Archer and me. He’s too tempting to be real. Too gorgeous to trust. And when it comes to dragons, there’s no smoke without deadly fire.

Includes the novel WOLF’S MATE by Celia Kyle: When Abby Carter is threatened by an anti-shifter organization, werewolf shifter Declan Reed will have to convince her that there’s no safer place in the world than in the arms of a big bad werewolf.

I was kindly sent a review copy as well as a finished copy from the Forever Publisher which was so very sweet and will not affect my thoughts towards the material.

Buy Links:

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Meet Cute by Helena Hunting (Released 4/9/19)

Blurb:

Kailyn Flowers was always calm, rational, and controlled-until she ended up sprawled all over Daxton Hughes, the former actor she totally crushed on as a teenager. Then she did the unthinkable: She became a mortifying fangirl in five seconds flat, which may or may not have included professing her undying love. And oddly, he didn’t run away. In fact, their meet cute led to a friendship she never saw coming. Of course, she never saw his betrayal coming, either…
Now Dax needs her help. As guardian to his thirteen-year-old sister, he’s in way over his head. And though Kailyn hasn’t forgiven Dax, she isn’t heartless enough to make him fend for himself, either. Soon their friendly meetings turn into flirty dinner dates, and Kailyn can feel their chemistry is as explosive as ever. But how can she possibly let down her guard again to a guy who has heartbreak written all over him?

 

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Please note: I was kindly sent a review copy from the Forever Publisher though it will not affect my thoughts towards the material. I have read about forty pages of this lovely book and I am very much enjoying it!

 

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The Summer House by Jenny Hale (Releases 5/7/19)

Blurb:

Callie Weaver and best friend Olivia Dixon have finally done it: put their life savings into the beach house they admired through childhood summers, on the dazzling white sand of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. They’re going to buff the salt from its windows, paint its sun-bleached sidings, and open it as a bed and breakfast.

Callie’s too busy to think about her love life, but when she catches the attention of local heartthrob Luke Sullivan, his blue eyes and easy smile make it hard to say no. He’s heir to his father’s property empire, and the papers say he’s just another playboy, but as they laugh in the ocean waves, Callie realizes there’s more to this man than money and good looks.

Just when true happiness seems within reach, Callie and Olivia find a diary full of secrets… secrets that stretch across the island, and have the power to turn lives upside down. As Callie reads, she unravels a mystery that makes her heart drop through the floor.

Will Callie and Luke be pulled apart by the storm it unleashes, or can true love save them?

Pre-order Links:

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Please note: I was kindly sent a review copy from the Forever Publisher though it will not affect my thoughts towards the material. 

 

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My One And Only Duke (Rogues To Riches #1) by Grace Burrowes (Released 11/06/2018)

Blurb:
One minute, London banker Quinn Wentworth is facing execution. The next, he’s declared the long-lost heir to a dukedom. Quinn has fought his way up from the worst slums, and now he’s ready to use every dirty trick he knows to find the enemy who schemed against him.
Jane Winston, widowed and pregnant, crosses paths with Quinn while her father is preaching to the prisoners. Believing his days are numbered, Quinn offers her marriage as a way to guarantee her independence and provide for her child. Neither thinks they’ll actually have a future together.
He’s a wealthy gutter rat out for vengeance. She’s a minister’s daughter who must turn a marriage of desperation into a proper ducal union. Are they doomed from the start or destined for a happily-ever-after?
Also includes the bonus novella Once Upon a Christmas Eve from New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Hoyt!

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Please note: I was kindly sent a finished copy by Forever Pub but it will not affect my thoughts on the material.

 

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Blurb:
Wendy Liu should be delighted to be her best friend’s maid of honor. But after years spent avoiding the bride’s brother – aka the boy who once broke her heart – she’s now trapped with him during an endless amount of wedding festivities. Luckily she’s had time to perfect her poker face, and engaging Noah Denning in a little friendly competition might just prove that she’s over him for good…
Noah Denning is determined to make his little sister’s wedding memorable. But it seems Wendy is trying to outdo him at every turn. Challenging each other was always something he and Wendy did right, so when she proposes they compete to see who can throw the best bachelor or bachelorette party in Sin City, Noah takes the bait – and ups the stakes. Because this time around, he wants Wendy for keeps. And when you’re fighting for love, all bets are off.
Buy Links:
Please note: I was kindly sent a finished copy by Forever Pub but it will not affect my thoughts on the material.

Well that wraps up my bookish ramblings for the time being. I’m so excited to have these books in my hands and to dive into the stories! Day of the Dragon is one of my most anticipated releases of this year and the only reason I can think that I haven’t dived in yet is because I don’t want it to be over with all ready but I need to just take a deep breath and read because I know I’ll love it and will just have to wait patiently for the next book to come out in the series. I will let you know how I have done with these books but I can’t promise as to when I’ll get to them. For now, I am off to my current bookish adventures.

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

 

 

 

 

April Readathons

Good afternoon,

I promised myself that I wouldn’t do more than one readathon for the month of April which is OWLs because that was my main focus. Pretty sure my inner bookworm is laughing her head off at me. I have been attempting to combine books for multiple readathons and the OWLs is month long so that’s a plus.

I recently learn that there is another readathon going on which I am really excited about because it’s all about reading the books you want with no challenges other than to be on social media as little as possible and it’s happening this weekend. I have some plans on Saturday but I am looking forward to participating. Before I go into that particular readathon, I will give you a brief rundown of the other readathons I have mentioned or hinted at.

April 1st- April 30th

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Announcement Video

TBR:

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☑-Herbology-The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djeli Clark
-Charms- Queen of Sea and Stars (Daughter of Light and Shadows #2) by Anna McKerrow
-Defense Against The Dark Arts-Rings of Anubis (A Folley & Mallory Adventure #1) by E. Catherine Tobler
☑-Potions-Jim Henson’s The Power of the Dark Crystal #2 (The Power of the Dark Crystal #2) by Simon Spurrier, Kelly Matthews (Illustrator), Nichole Matthews (Illustrator)
☑-Transfiguration-Dragonsworn (Dark-Hunter #26) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
-Magical Creatures- The Serpent’s Shadow (Elemental Masters #1) by Mercedes Lackey
-Astronomy- In the Region of the Summer Stars (Eirlandia, #1) by Stephen R. Lawhead
-Ancient Runes- Abandon (Abandon #1) by Meg Cabot

Optional Subjects:

☑Muggle Studies- The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
-History of Magic-Brida by Paulo Coelho
☑Arithmancy- The Sea of Monsters: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #2) by Robert Venditti (Goodreads Author) (adaptor), Rick Riordan (Goodreads Author), Attila Futaki, Tamas Gaspar,
-Divination- The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

April 5th-15th

Announcement Video

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TBR:

1. Read a diverse fantasy- Before She Ignites (Fallen Isles #1)by Jodi Meadows
2. Read a debut OR backlist fantasy- The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
3. Start OR continue on in a series- The Glass Sentence (The Mapmakers Trilogy #1) by S.E. Grove
4. Read a hype train fantasy- Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
5. Give a book you set aside a second chance-Rings of Anubis (A Folley & Mallory Adventure #1) by E. Catherine Tobler
6. Read a fantasy in a genre/format you don’t normally –Jim Henson’s The Power of the Dark Crystal #3 (The Power of the Dark Crystal #3) by Simon Spurrier, Kelly Matthews (Illustrator), Nichole Matthews (Illustrator)
(i.e. middle grade/adult/ya or ebook, audio, graphic novel)
7. Immerse yourself in the novel with a pampering you time block of reading time. Light a candle, take a bath, grab a drink, eat a treat, snuggle with a blanket and lose yourself in the world.

April 13th-26th

Announcement Video

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TBR:

-Read an Adult Tome- Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2) by Laini Taylor
-Read The Tome That’s Been On Your TBR The Longest- The Glass Sentence (The Mapmakers Trilogy #1) by S.E. Grove
-Read a tome in a genre you don’t usually read-The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
-Read a tome that is part of a series-Stygian (Dark-Hunter #27) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
-Read more than one tome

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April 12th-14th

Announcement Video

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TBR Possibilities:

Rings of Anubis (A Folley & Mallory Adventure #1) by E. Catherine Tobler

-Brida by Paulo Coelho

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

The Glass Sentence (The Mapmakers Trilogy #1) by S.E. Grove

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

Well that wraps up my bookish ramblings for the time being. I am off to work so I can continue to afford my reading habit and other things.

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

P.S. Go home Winter, it’s time for Spring to arrive!

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Top 10 Tuesday: Library Books

Good afternoon,

I’ve had a busy couple of weeks between work and family so took a break from blogging but now I’m back and happy to be here!

I have been a frequent user of the Library whether I school or a public one since I was a kid. My first taste of a public Library was in Elementary school where a teacher took myself and some of my classmates to an old building in the small town that we lived in and I immediately loved it. From then on, I spent as much time as possible in the Library at my school and any public Library I could visit within a thirty mile radius which just happened to be two others.

My second apartment that I moved into was so near a Library that I could see it out my Livingroom window which was very ideal for me and I was there almost every day. My third apartment was within a mile of an even bigger Library that I went to quite a bit and I had my Library card memorized.

Where I currently live, I’m a couple of blocks from a Library though my favorite one in the area is about a fifteen minutes to drive and visit quite a bit.

Some day I would love to work at a Library but for now I’ll enjoy visiting as many Libraries as I can. I even have a bucket list of Libraries to visit which is nearly as long as my bucket list of Bookstores to visit. So since I’ve rambled on about my love of Libraries, it should come as no surprise that my list of books I want to read soon are ones that I’ve checked out from the Library and are due this month. Plus it’s National Library week so the perfect reason to talk about these books!

Code Girls: The Untold Story of The American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy

Exile: Keeper of The Lost Cities #2 by Shannon Messenger

A Pocketful of Crows by Joanne M. Harris

The Irishman’s Daughter by V.S. Alexander

I recently listened to a You’re Never Going To Read This Podcast which is hosted by Justine and her sister Julia where this book was mentioned and it sounded interesting (This cover is the UK edition which I prefer to the U.S. edition)

The Familiars by Stacey Halls

Dreamer’s Pool (Blackthorn & Grim #1) by Juliet Marillier

The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie

In Another Time by Jillian Cantor

Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

Phoenix Unbound (Fallen Empire #1) by Grace Draven

So that wraps up my ramblings for the time being. I will be back soon with more bookish content soon. I can’t wait to dive into all of these books and maybe find a new favorite or several!

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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