Top Ten Tuesday: May Reads

Good afternoon,

Hard to believe that it’s already the end of May. It seems to have flown by though the weather can’t seem to make up its mind whether to be pleasant or chilly. Good thing I’ve had plenty of books to keep me occupied and from climbing the walls. Also I’m very grateful we are past the threat of snow!

Speaking of books, I have a list of ten that really stuck out this month. I still have a few days left to read more books so I may do a wrap up of all the books read then or this just may be my version of a wrap up. I very much enjoyed all of these books and I’ve arranged them in the order that they were read though I seem to have slowed down quite a bit on the rate that I’m reading books this month. Hopefully I’m not on the verge of a reading slump! Hope you’ve had a wonderful May, a successful reading month and aren’t feeling on the verge of a reading slump either!

 

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The Calculating Stars (Lady Astronaut #1) by Mary Robinette Kowal

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A Pocketful of Crows by Joanne M. Harris, Bonnie Helen Hawkins (Illustrator)

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The Guest Book by Sarah Blake

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Lost Roses (Lilac Girls) by Martha Hall Kelly

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Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

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Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2) by Laini Taylor

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The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes (The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mysteries #1) by Leonard Goldberg

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The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson

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Escape from Lucien (Amulet #6) by Kazu Kibuishi

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The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson

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Well that wraps up my bookish ramblings for the time being. I had a lot of fun reading such a variety of different books and was able to get to some that I’d been meaning to for a while. Looking forward to what kinds of books I’ll read in June and the many worlds I may visit from the comfort of my chair! I will be back soon with more bookish thoughts so please feel free to drop in again!

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

 

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TBR Jar Readathon Has Arrived!

Happy Friday,

I’m so looking forward to a weekend of no work, hopefully squeezing in some reading and having fun.

Speaking of reading, I recently heard of a Readathon that starts today and I’m so excited to join in. There aren’t any challenges apart from picking books from whichever container you choose to use and reading those pics. Trying to figure out a TBR tends to be a struggle for me so this kind of Readathon is perfect for me! Before I go into what I’ve picked out, I’ve included all of the information that you may need to participate.

TBR Jar ReadAThon

May 24th-May 30th

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My Jar of Choice which came in an OwlCrate Box:

Physical TBR Possibilities

 

Kindle TBR Possibilities

 

I picked out six different kinds of books to choose from but I’m not expecting to get to them all. I like to think of them as possibilities because I tend to be a mood reader and sometimes there just isn’t enough hours in the day to read all of the books I plan to. I am planning to be optimistic and attempt to read at least three books and go from there. Oh the problems of a bookworm!

Well I had best stop my ramblings and get to reading because I have quite the variety to choose from and my first read is quite the chunky book. I’m looking forward to eventually finishing the series which has been a long time coming and seeing what next is in store for the Shadow Hunter world!

Have a wonderful weekend and happy reading!

Slainte

~Meg

P.S. Sorry that this post is going up a day late. I had it scheduled to go up on Friday but for some strange reason it was deleted and I was left with a draft. The joys of technology at times…. here’s hoping this one goes through just fine!

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Top 10 Tuesday: Library Books For Borrowathon

Good morning and happy Tuesday!

This week I have so many books that I want to read though I know I won’t get to them all because of work and other things going on. That doesn’t mean I won’t try though and see how far I can get!

I’m currently participating in a Readathon called Borrowathon which is one of my favorite Readathons because it’s centered around borrowing books usually from a Library. I love Libraries and borrowing Library books so it’s more than ideal for me! I’ll give you a brief rundown on the Readathon as well as links to find out more information!

Borrowathon

May 19th-26th

Challenges

📘A book featuring one of your bucket list items 

📘A book you’re in the mood for

📘Read a book completely outside of your home (in your back yard, at a cafe, in your car, at work, etc) 

📘A book in a non-traditional format (audiobook, ebook, graphic novel, etc)

📘A book set during your favorite time of year

📘A book featuring a Library

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My TBR Potentials

A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals #1) by Alyssa Cole

The Storm Keeper’s Island (Storm Keeper #1) by Catherine Doyle

Tin by Pádraig Kenny

A Host of Furious Fancies (Bedlam Bard #4-5) by Mercedes Lackey, Rosemary Edghill

Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley, Austin Siegemund-Broka

The Accidental Alchemist (An Accidental Alchemist Mystery #1) by Gigi Pandian

Moloka’i (Moloka’i #1) by Alan Brennert

Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

Death & Honey by Kevin Hearne, Lila Bowen, Delilah S. Dawson, Chuck Wendig, Galen Dara (Illustrator)

Hazards of Time Travel by Joyce Carol Oates

Honorable Mentions

The Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton

The Lost Plot (The Invisible Library #4) by Genevieve Cogman

 

Well that concludes my bookish ramblings for the time being. I am ridiculously excited to read as many Library books as possible particularly ones that I’ve been meaning to pick up for a while. Libraries really are such wonderful places and I’m so happy to be a frequent visitor who often comes home with quite the pile of books. Time to tackle my TBR possibilities!

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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A Review of The Guest Book

Good morning,

The weekend has just flown by and now it’s Monday again. Time seems to fly when I’m having fun and particularly when I’m reading, both of which I was able to do this weekend. I’ve been taking my time with a recent read because it’s quite chunky and I enjoy a good family drama from time to time. I just finished it and have attempted to order my thoughts while much of it is still fresh in my mind. This book is called The Guest Book by Sarah Blake and it took me on quite the adventure. I have done my best not to talk about any spoilers because it was just released this past Tuesday and I try not to give things away about books!

I would like to mention that I was generously sent an ARC from the publisher Flatiron Books though it doesn’t in any way influence my thoughts or opinions. So without further ado, I present to you my thoughts.

The Guest Book by Sarah Blake

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This book was amazing, mysterious, heartbreaking and full of surprises. It’s a saga that spans close to one hundred years that centers around a family called the Miltons that were well off in terms of money up until the 1970s and how they would come together every summer to the island that they owned until the 1980s. Ogden and Kitty Milton bought the island in the 1920s after a tragic accident in which Ogden worried that he may lose his wife due to the circumstances. He brings her to the island in the hope that it will help them to have a fresh start with their young kids and in a way it does become a big help but also eventually becomes a place full of painful memories. It is told in multiple perspectives from family members as well as those who aren’t family but each play an interesting part in the story over the span of three generations with the perspectives often jumping back and forth from the various generations.

There are also many secrets that are kept including the death of a child that will always leave a scar, two sisters become at odds with each other particularly in their later years and eventually the grandchildren of Kitty and Ogden will have to make the decision on whether to sell the place in the hopes of being able to walk away with a bit of money or continue to attempt to keep the island going once the trust fund put in place by Ogden runs out.

There are also snapshots shown of just how stubborn people wanted to remain to things not changing in the 1930s to the mid 1950s and just how rampant racism was attempted to be pushed under the rug particularly with the Jewish community and Blacks around the circles of those with money and who were raised to always try to keep the peace. Soon it’s realized that change will happen and they could choose to either stand up and acknowledge it or be swept along in the tide. Then tragedy strikes again to the family that will haunt the first and second generation of Miltons for many years to come.

I don’t know if I can fully accurately describe this amazing book which really pulled at my heartstrings and I was often shaking my head at some of the blindness that people chose to hide behind but it was such a fascinating tale that I found myself eagerly wanting to know what would happen next.

My heart hurt for the tragic accident that happened in the beginning, also for the terrible amounts of racism that many have had to suffer over the years and for the secrets that remained for many years.

I highly recommend reading this book because it was full of a lot of interesting points, so very many fascinating aspects of a family as time went on and just how harmful some secrets can be. I’m glad though that much of the truth was revealed in the end and that there was some peace to come of it. I can’t wait to read more by this author who really has a way with words and drawing me right in!

So that wraps up my bookish ramblings for the time being. I hope my thoughts have made some sense and I’m just bowled over with emotions over all that happened in the book and how much secrets can have an affect on families. Well I am off to do more reading and hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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Top 10 Tuesday: Books I’m In The Middle Of

Good morning,

Hard to believe that it’s May already and Summer is just around the corner! I’m not looking forward to the hotter months but I am looking forward to wearing shorts, the longer days and being grateful to have central air!

Another thing that I’m looking forward to is trying to take down my currently reading pile. I have finished a lot of books this year but I also have many that I’ve been in the middle of and was distracted by others whether due to readathons, library books needing to be read before their due date or just other books in general. So I’ve decided to start with the top ten that I hope to finish soon, most of whom I stopped past the halfway mark and really need to be finished so I can move on to others that have come across my radar. As per usual, I don’t have them arranged in any particular order.

 

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Inkheart (Inkworld #1) by Cornelia Funke, Anthea Bell (Translator)

 

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The Mermaids of Lake Michigan by Suzanne Kamata

 

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The Librarian (The Librarian Chronicles #1) by Christy Sloat

 

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The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders by Stuart Kells

 

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Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy #1) by Robin Hobb

 

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The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn

 

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Romancing the Scot (The Pennington Family #1) by May McGoldrick

 

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The Library of Light and Shadow (Daughters of La Lune #3) by M.J. Rose

 

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Wishing For a Highlander (Highland Wishes #1) by Jessi Gage

 

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The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown

Well that wraps up my bookish ramblings for the time being. I have quite the eclectic list of books that I’m hoping to finish soon which is part of the fun and several others that are on my radar. I’m looking forward to that great feeling of finishing books that I set aside for a bit and somehow didn’t pick back up. I will be back soon with more bookish ramblings and I hope that your reading is going great!

Happy Reading

Slainte

~Meg

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