I Participated In Dewey’s Spring 24 Hour Readathon!

Happy Sunday!
I had so much fun challenging myself to actively participate in reading for Dewey’s Readathon . This was the first time since learning about the readathon that I’ve been able to participate more than a couple of sporadic hours because I didn’t have to work and no other plans were made.

I am for sure feeling a book hangover which makes me want to sleep all day now but also I want to keep reading so I can finish a book I almost completed during the readathon and also see how much more I can read today. Oh the problems of a bookworm!

Reading Stats:

Books Read: 2 1/2 (I read the last half of a book I started before the readathon)
Books Started but didn’t finish: 2
Total pages: 1000
Total Time: 9 hrs 20 min

Favorite Book: The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

I also finished a book for my O.W.L.s as I’m participating in a Magical Readathon and I am almost done with another book! I can then say I’ve completed the initial tests to become Trader of Magical Tomes! I still have two challenges I want to complete for the optional Seminars because choosing just one seemed impossible. Sometimes challenging myself to read so many books in a short amount of time takes on a whole new level!

Hope you’ve had a relaxing reading weekend whether you chose to participate in the readathon or not! Looking forward to hopefully participating in the next one and challenge myself to read even more!

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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A Stolen Heart Blog Tour

Happy Saturday!

It’s a beautiful day here in the Midwest and I’m so glad to be able to have a porch to sit on and enjoy a bit of fresh air.

Recently I was asked if I’d like to join in on a blog tour of an author who I haven’t read before and a book I hadn’t heard of until recently. I’m always up for new bookish experiences and the premise sounded very interesting.

I was sent an ARC though please note that all thoughts and opinions are my own.

A Stolen Heart by Kayelle Allen

Where To Pre-Order (available May 11th)

Amazon

My Thoughts:

Luc Saint-Cyr is an Immortal has been exiled from his home planet Sempervia over thirty-four hundred years ago and has many regenerations since then. He has spent a good portion of his lives being local to his king Pietas who also used to be his lover and no matter where he goes, is always willing to be of service even when halfway across the galaxy. He’s established himself as a successful businessman, having several fleets and feels as though things may slowly be falling into place.

When Pietas requests that Luc locate a special missing child whose parents are powerful Scientists, he knows he can’t say no despite several reservations because loyalty is something that he has always tried to take seriously. Pietas stresses how important it is to find the child as soon as possible before the parents get out of hand and could have consequences. There is also the lure that if Luc is successful, Pietas will attempt to mostly leave him be.

Luc has no idea what kind of adventure he’s in for nor just how much this mission could change his life once he lays eyes on a very special child which may be just the thing that Luc needs. Sometimes life takes a person down different paths and life can be full of surprises.

This book was a fascinating mix of adventure, sci-fi, a dash of romance, intrigue, mystery and so many surprises. I’m glad to have a chance to read this book and am looking forward to reading more about this Universe.

Well that wraps up my bookish ramblings for the time being. I hope that your Saturday is going well and may you have many hobbies to be a welcome distraction during these strange times. I will return soon for more bookish content.

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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Magical Readathon April 2020

Happy Wednesday,

It’s hard to believe that it’s already April and that Spring is just about here. Every morning I love to hear the birds sing particularly ones that I’ve heard since I was a little girl though I couldn’t tell you what the names of those birds are.

Speaking of being young. one of my favorite readathons of the year starts today which is inspired by Harry Potter which I have been reading since I was around the same age as Harry. The books have a very nostalgic spot in my heart and now so does this readathon as it’s the third year of running. I was so excited that I even brought out my book journal (Ravenclaw pride for the win!) and had some fun with using letter stamps as well as stickers and a bit of digital manipulation. I’m not artistically inclined when it comes to sketching so have to be creative with using items that were designed by people who are! If anyone happens to know of a lovely bookstack rubber stamp and bookish stickers, please let me know. So enough about my artistic skills, it’s time to get to the more exciting parts!

O.W.L.s

April 1st- April 30th

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Announcement Video

Magical Career Choice: Trader of Tomes

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Wizard Studies

Ancient Runes- The Looking Glass Wars (The Looking Glass Wars #1) by Frank Beddor

Charms- In the Labyrinth of Drakes (The Memoirs of Lady Trent #4) by Marie Brennan

History of Magic- The Wizards of Once (The Wizards of Once #1) by Cressida Cowell

Transfiguration- Shadowshaper (Shadowshaper #1) by Daniel José Older

Seminars

Dragon Tamer- Stygian (Dark-Hunter #27) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Merpeople Linguistics- Dragon on Trial (Menagerie #2) by Tui T. Sutherland, Kari Sutherland

Legal Defense of Fantastic Beasts- Phoenix and Ashes (Elemental Masters #3) by Mercedes Lackey

 

Well that wraps up my bookish ramblings for the time being. At the present, I plan to just concentrate on this readathon but who knows what kind of readathons may pop up that catch my interest. I hope you have a wonderful reading month and may they bring you comfort particularly during these difficult times.

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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Rainy March Sunday

Happy Sunday!

It’s a cold rainy day which I love because it just gives me more of an excuse to stay inside curled up with a good book or several.

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Today I’m hoping to get a good chunk read of Shadowhunter Academy and Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell for Conker A Chonker weekend edition which was created by Asha

I’m also hoping to finish Buried In A Bog for the Irish Readathon (created by Aoife , Leanne and Elaine ) and the Bookie Trials weekend challenge edition (go Team Scribe!) .

Went to town for groceries with my boyfriend then treated myself to a London Fog Latte and a piece of pumpkin bread to share via Starbucks drive through. I don’t drink much for Earl Grey as the Bergamot is really overpowering but I’ve been meaning to try a London Fog for some time and I’ve found that it’s very tasty.

Well I’m off to eat cookies I just baked and getting some reading in. Hope you’ve enjoyed my bookish ramblings and I will be back soon with more bookish content.

 

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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The Highland Rogue Review

Good morning,

I hope your week is going good, that being inside is not stressful for you and that you are all well. I am normally someone who can spend hours indoors though as the weather slowly starts to turn, soon there will be inspiration to get outside for some fresh air.

Speaking of inspiration, I was able to get a bit ahead of reading a book that I received as a review copy and am so glad that I didn’t put off closer to the release date because resisting reading books by a certain author are very hard for me to resist.

You are probably wondering what the name of this book is and who the author is. Well I won’t keep you in suspense any more though I would like to mention that I received a digital ARC of a book via Netgalley from the publisher though all thoughts are my own. So now on to the really good stuff and the book was just released today!

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The Highland Rogue (Lords of the Highlands #7) by Amy Jarecki

Buy Links:

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

My Thoughts:

Everytime Amy has another book in her Highlander series, all of which can be read as standalones, I get excited because I know it will be another grand adventure of a book and I do have a soft spot for Highlander romance!

This is the story of Divana and Kennan who come from completely different parts of society and yet are really a wonderful match.

Kennan is the heir to Clan Cameron of Lochiel and is more comfortable sailing the seas, looking for treasure than spending much time on Land though he knows eventually he’ll need to settle down, marry and take over being Laird once his Father steps down or dies.

Divana comes from a very poor family of the Campbells whose clan exiled her and her small family to a small remote island in the Hebrides when an illness broke out. Alas everyone but her died from the sickness and she’s spent the last two years surviving without seeing another person.

When Kennan washes ashore near her island, she has no idea just how much her world is about the change and that life is about to get a lot more interesting.

Full of high seas adventure, sexy Highlanders in kilts, humor, several steamy scenes, the power of love, friendship, a dash of pirates and surprises, it was such a wonderful read and I can’t wait to see which Highlander is next to find his happily ever after

I also recommend this book because it’s a great way to get your mind off of current events plus who doesn’t like reading about Scotsmen who are proud to wear kilts and speak about their homeland?!

Well that wraps up my bookish ramblings for the time being. May you get in lots of reading if you so choose and may it bring you comfort during such a difficult time. I will be back soon with more bookish content and I see lots more bookish adventures in store for me!

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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🍀🍀🍀March Reading Plans🍀🍀🍀

Happy Thursday,

I hope you’re having a wonderful week and that March is also going well for you. I had planned to get this TBR up sooner but it has taken longer than I expected and work has certainly kept me busy. Better late than never though, right?

March is one of my favorite months because it’s a time when Spring is not that far away plus there’s St. Patrick’s Day which I enjoy celebrating every year and get to nerd out more than usual about the Irish culture. I am very close to fully reading at my normal speed which is equal parts exciting and overwhelming as lately I seem to want to read all of the books at once.

Speaking of reading, there are several readathons as well as a few book clubs that I would like to join in on and looking forward to see whether I can combine books for different readathons as that would certainly tone down the stress and I would be multi tasking at the same time. Realistically, I most likely won’t be able to fully participate all of the readathons that interest me this month but the attempt will be half the fun and I’ll hopefully find some new favorite books.

🍀Irish Readathon🍀

🍀When🍀: March 1st- 31st

🍀Announcement Video🍀

🍀Hosted By🍀:

🍀Leanne from LeanneRose

🍀Elaine from  Elaine Howlin

🍀Aoife from Fred Weasley Died Laughing

🍀Challenges🍀

🍀Green Cover

🍀Irish Award Winner

🍀Less than 150 pages

🍀LGBTQ+ rep

🍀Released between 2018 & 2020

🍀TBR Potentials🍀

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Pictured here is all the books that I would like to get to but realistically will only get to a handful so I’ve narrowed down the ones that are most on my radar and added a few extras.

Buried In A Bog (County Cork #1) by Sheila Connolly

The Radiant Road by Katherine Catmull

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Postscript (P.S. I Love You #2) by Cecelia Ahern

Song of Ireland by Juilene Osborne-McKnight

The Good People by Hannah Kent

The Return Journey by Maeve Binchy

The Library at the Edge of the World (Finfarran Peninsula #1) by Felicity Hayes-McCoy

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

The Book of Kells by R.A. MacAvoy

Quentins by Maeve Binchy

Tara Road by Maeve Binchy

Jewels of the Sun (Gallaghers of Ardmore #1) by Nora Roberts (reread)

Ronan Boyle and the Swamp of Certain Death (Ronan Boyle Series #2) by Thomas Lennon

In Search of Ancient Ireland: The Origins of the Irish from Neolithic Times to the Coming of the English by Carmel McCaffrey(Nonfiction)

The Celts: A History by Peter Berresford Ellis(Nonfiction)

📚Middle Grade March📚

📚When: March 1st- 31st

Announcement Video

📚Hosted By📚:

📚Katie from Life Between Words

📚Challenges📚:

📚A book with illustrations

📚A book about books or stories

📚A mystery

📚A book set in another country

📚A book to screen adaptation

📚GROUP READ: The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

📚TBR Potentials📚

The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech

The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire #1) by Tui T. Sutherland

A Tale of Magic… (A Tale of Magic #1) by Chris Colfer

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

Serafina and the Black Cloak (Serafina #1) by Robert Beatty

Dragon on Trial (Menagerie #2) by Tui T. Sutherland, Kari Sutherland

Wild Magic (The Immortals #1) by Tamora Pierce (it’s found in the middle grade section at my Library)

The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Song of the Lioness #3) by Tamora Pierce (it’s found in the middle grade section at my Library)

The Basilisk’s Lair (Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist #2) by R.L. LaFevers

The Wyverns’ Treasure (Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist #3) by R.L. LaFevers

FemmeFantale Readathon Round 3

When: March 8th-15th

Announcement Video

Hosted By:

Jean from Jean Bookishthoughts

Challenges:

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TBR:

Phoenix and Ashes (Elemental Masters #3) by Mercedes Lackey (romance, inspired by myth, fairytale retelling, historical fantasy and adult

Legacy: The House of Night Graphic Novel by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (BAME author, YA)

Jewels of the Sun (Gallaghers of Ardmore #1) by Nora Roberts (reread and published pre-2000)

📚Backlist Readathon📚

📚When📚: March 9th- March 15th

📚Hosted By📚

Melanie from meltotheany 

Gabby from gabbyreads

Chan from chandlerainsley

Jacqueline from webebookn

Emily from alittlewriterem

Zoë from Zoë Delaney

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📚Challenges📚:

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📚TBR Potentials📚:

📚 Legacy: The House of Night Graphic Novel by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

📚 Forgotten by Cat Patrick (recommended and borrowed from my cousin who doesn’t have a Youtube or Blog)

📚 Phoenix and Ashes (Elemental Masters #3) by Mercedes Lackey

📚 The Golden City (The Golden City #1) by J. Kathleen Cheney(reread)

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

Book Club Books

Book Owl (My local Library Book Group)

The Canterbury Sisters by Kim Wright

Muggle Studies Book Club (March and April) (created by Gabby from GabsAboutBooks and Hannah from TheRainyReader) 

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J. Maas

Big Ass Book Club (March and April) (created by Cass from What Cass Read )

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Dragons & Tea Book Club (starts March 16th) (created by Melanie from meltotheany and several others)

Malice by Pintip Dunn

Well that wraps up my bookish ramblings for the time being. I realize that my March TBR is very ambitious and most likely I won’t get to all of the books but I do enjoy having a variety to choose from and seeing how much I can challenge myself. Hope you’re having a wonderful month so far and I will return soon with more ramblings.

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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The Bermondsey Bookshop Blog Tour

Good morning,

I was recently asked if I would like to read a book that is set in the U.K. and there’s a bookstore involved which I couldn’t pass up because it’s always a fascinating combination to read about.

Before I give you my thoughts on the book, I would like to mention that I was given a digital ARC via Netgalley through the publisher but it doesn’t influence my thoughts on the book itself.

 

Buy Links:

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

 

My Thoughts:

This is the story of a young woman named Kate who has grown up in a small run down town called Bermondsey, at the mercy of her cruel Aunt Sylvie and cousins who have done their best to make her life miserable and treated her as a proverbial physical and emotional punching bag.

Her Aunt forces her to get a job at the young age of fourteen and takes most of her wages, leaving an amount left that she couldn’t survive on if she were to attempt to get her own place. A few years later, she is still working at the same place, though has received a bit of a raise. When her cousin said something cruel about her mother who died tragically, she responds back by walloping her a good one and then her Aunt proceeds to stab her with a knife. Shortly after being bandaged up, her Aunt essentially throws her out with barely the clothes on her back and Kate is left scrambling to figure out where to live.

Kate has learned a thing or two while being under the rule of her Aunt and one of those is that she knows she’s tough and will find a way to survive even if she has to take multiple jobs. When she happens to land a job at the Bermondsey Bookshop for cleaning, she has no idea at the time of just how much it will change her life and how it just may set her on the path that she’s always dreamed of.

She may even have a chance to be reunited with the Father that has been absent a good chunk of her life though her Father isn’t quite the loving person that he would have many people believe and there could be a darker meaning behind much of his actions.

This story was quite the adventure and my heart ached for Kate who has been through so much and yet continues to get up to carry on no matter how often she gets knocked down. Life has been far from easy for her but she’s determined to make her way in the world and along the way she could very likely meet the love of her life as well as become friends with unexpected people.

I really enjoyed reading about Kate’s determination and how she really is a sweetheart who’s had some tough hurtles to overcome but hasn’t let that turn her bitter or into a mean person. She shows quite the growth throughout the story and finds herself caught between two different worlds. She didn’t graduate but that doesn’t take away from what a smart young woman she is and is talented in a number of different ways.

This is a book I highly recommend particularly if you’re one that enjoys a story set in the early to mid-1920s, has a bookstore in it and shows just how powerful friendship can be. I really hope that there will be a sequel to this book at some point!

Please be aware of possible trigger warnings for death of parents, alcoholism, domestic abuse, child abuse and other forms of violence.

Well that wraps up my bookish ramblings for the time being. I hope you’ve found my views interesting and if any of the themes above interest you, please feel free to check out the book which has only recently been released. I will be back shortly with more bookish thoughts and I hope you’re having a wonderful week!

Happy Reading!

Slainte

~Meg

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