MONDAY MORNING – AUGUST 8

Good morning, my dears! I sincerely hope that you all slept well, and that you’re ready to greet the new week with a smile!

FRIDAY, AFTER WORK – I picked up Will from my Aunt’s, and we went straight home. Nothing particularly exciting happened this night, though I think we did start Sandman on Netflix — after Will went to bed, of course. We enjoyed the first two episodes, and just haven’t had the chance to get to the rest of them!

SATURDAY – Will slept until 6:30 with no wakeups. We cannot complain about that. With no real plans for this weekend, but an urgent need to wear out a toddler, we put our Zoo membership to use and went to see the animals. It quickly got brutally hot, though, so we didn’t stay long. (Not that our zoo is incredibly large to begin with…) Will did not go down for his nap easy, because nothing can ever just go smoothly with this kid. (😵) But down he did go, and then the rest of the day went pretty good. We went out in the yard and played in our tiny little blowup pool and splash pad! After he went to bed, I got to read, and enjoyed the quiet!

SUNDAY – Will, once again, slept until 6:30 with no wakeups. It was glorious. Sunday, we didn’t do anything much. I took Will with me to go grocery shopping, and he loved pointing at…well, everything. So much is new and fascinating to him, it’s so much fun to watch. He went down for a nap without a fuss, and then, well, nothing much happened after he woke up.

It was finally a mostly relaxing weekend! I hope yours was too!

I’m spot lighting Ashes of the Sun by Django Wexler today! Orbit was kind enough to send me copies of the first two books in this series, and I’m so excited to dive into them. I have heard nothing but good things about both of these books!

ASHES OF THE SUN BY DJANGO WEXLER
the book cover for Ashes of the Sun by Django Wexler

Long ago, a magical war destroyed an empire, and a new one was built in its ashes. But still the old grudges simmer, and two siblings will fight on opposite sides to save their world, in the start of Django Wexler’s new epic fantasy trilogy

Gyre hasn’t seen his beloved sister since their parents sold her to the mysterious Twilight Order. Now, twelve years after her disappearance, Gyre’s sole focus is revenge, and he’s willing to risk anything and anyone to claim enough power to destroy the Order.

Chasing rumors of a fabled city protecting a powerful artifact, Gyre comes face-to-face with his lost sister. But she isn’t who she once was. Trained to be a warrior, Maya wields magic for the Twilight Order’s cause. Standing on opposite sides of a looming civil war, the two siblings will learn that not even the ties of blood will keep them from splitting the world in two.

I hope you have a fantastic week, my friends!

ARC REVIEW: HALF A SOUL BY OLIVIA ATWATER

the book cover for Half A Soul by Olivia Atwater
  • STAR RATING:  4 stars
    PAGE LENGTH: 304 pages
  • DATE PUBLISHED: April 5th 2022 
  • PUBLISHER: Orbit 
    WHAT SERIES?  The Regency Faerie Tales series
  • WHAT BOOK DO I START WITH? Half A Soul
  • HOW MANY BOOKS IN THE SERIES? 3
  • CONTENT WARNINGS: Emotional abuse, ableism, child abuse, blood
  • IF YOU LIKED THIS, TRY:  A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske

Thank you to Netgalley and Orbit Books for providing an ARC copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

SYNOPSIS

It’s difficult to find a husband in Regency England when you’re a young lady with only half a soul.

Ever since she was cursed by a faerie, Theodora Ettings has had no sense of fear or embarrassment – a condition which makes her prone to accidental scandal. Dora hopes to be a quiet, sensible wallflower during the London Season – but when the strange, handsome and utterly uncouth Lord Sorcier discovers her condition, she is instead drawn into dangerous and peculiar faerie affairs.

If Dora’s reputation can survive both her curse and her sudden connection with the least-liked man in all of high society, then she may yet reclaim her normal place in the world. . . but the longer Dora spends with Elias Wilder, the more she begins to suspect that one may indeed fall in love, even with only half a soul.

Bridgerton meets Howl’s Moving Castle in this enchanting historical fantasy, where the only thing more meddlesome than faeries is a marriage-minded mother.

Half a Soul pushed so many of my buttons in the best way. I love a good historical romance, and when you throw any element of fantasy romance in a book, too? You have my attention. Half a Soul had been recommended to me about a million times recently, by fantastic reviews written by other bloggers, to people just basically shoving the book in my face going, YOU WOULD REALLY LIKE THIS, I PROMISE. Well, you were right, people.

You were right.

I thoroughly enjoyed Half a Soul, and have plans to continue right along on to the next book in the series. How could I not, when this one was so good? I adored Dora, and her practicality, and complete disregard for the societal rules. She did what she wanted to, and rarely let anyone else make her feel bad about it. (I guess that’s a pro to having half a soul? You don’t really care what anyone else thinks.) Vanessa, Dora’s cousin, bothered me a bit as she was so very concerned about fixing Dora, instead of loving her for who she was. But it was Elias that I loved most of all.

Elias is the Lord Sorcier, a young man who was so very Angry with a capital A at society. I loved him. He was uncouth, he was mean, a tiny bit cruel, and well, he was so different than any other romantic hero I’d ever read before. And beneath all that rough, gruff exterior, well, Elias was spending his time trying to help the poorest, most unfortunate children. He is not a bad man, the complete opposite, in fact.

I loved watching these two navigate their blossoming relationship. Neither one of them really let the other get away with anything, which I really liked. Elias and Dora were perfect for each other. Four stars because there was just a little something missing. I’m not sure what, but there you go.

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: T. KINGFISHER

So, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve done one of these. I thought I’d fall right back into it with one of my favorite authors: T. Kingfisher. I just adore how she writes — sarcastic, self-aware, and hilarious. She’s mostly in the fantasy genre, though she does write horror (that I do not read, because I like sleeping at night without any lights on, thank you.) If you’re ever looking for short books (most of hers fall into the under 300 pages category) that will make you laugh and lighten your heart a little, I highly recommend her fantasy work. Her heroines are usually around 30 years of age, and they’re all hilarious in their own ways. Plus there’s usually some form of animal as a companion, which is always one of my favorite tropes.

By the way, if you aren’t following Ursula on Twitter, you’re really missing out.

T. KINGFISHER aka URSULA VERNON

  • WHAT’S SHE KNOWN FOR? Sarcastic heroines, fantastical worlds with a bit of scare in them, and wildly hilarious banter
  • HOW MANY BOOKS HAVE I READ BY HER? Eight, but she’s written way more than that
  • WHAT GENRES DOES SHE WRITE? Fantasy, mostly, but she also dips her toes quite frequently into the horror genre.
  • WHERE CAN WE FIND HER? Twitter | Her website

“I fear that I am not the best possible person for this, but I am the best possible person available at this time, which is much the same thing.”
― T. Kingfisher, Paladin’s Grace

The book cover for Swordheart by T. Kingfisher

SWORDHEART

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Halla is a housekeeper who has suddenly inherited her great-uncle’s estate… and, unfortunately, his relatives. Sarkis is an immortal swordsman trapped in a prison of enchanted steel. When Halla draws the sword that imprisons him, Sarkis finds himself attempting to defend his new wielder against everything from bandits and roving inquisitors to her own in-laws… and the sword itself may prove to be the greatest threat of all. 

WHY DID I LOVE SWORDHEART?

Swordheart was my first foray into T. Kingfisher’s writing. Someone on /r/fantasy had suggested her work to me as a refreshing take on the fantasy genre. How right they were. None of Kingfisher’s work (that I’ve read, anyway) takes itself too seriously, and that is one of the reasons I love it so much. Swordheart is a prime example of this — a man is stuck a sword, and the heroine needs to figure out how to get him unstuck and how to save herself from awful family members. There’s a scene in which everyone discusses what happens to Sarkis’s pee once he goes back into the sword that made me laugh so hard I was crying.

  • CW: Death, suicide attempt, sexual content, confinement
the cover for a compilation of The Mistborn Series by Brandon Sanderson

THE SAINT OF STEEL SERIES

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Stephen’s god died on the longest day of the year…

Three years later, Stephen is a broken paladin, living only for the chance to be useful before he dies. But all that changes when he encounters a fugitive named Grace in an alley and witnesses an assassination attempt gone wrong. Now the pair must navigate a web of treachery, beset on all sides by spies and poisoners, while a cryptic killer stalks one step behind…

From the Hugo and Nebula Award winning author of Swordheart and The Twisted Ones comes a saga of murder, magic, and love on the far side of despair.

WHY DID I LOVE THE SAINT OF STEEL SERIES?

The Saint of Steel Series is another entry into Kingfisher’s fantasy romance books. These books are both hilarious, and slightly terrifying. It’s the overarching plot that makes them terrifying, in case you were wondering. You’ll see if you dive into them. ANYWAY — all three books feature different paladins as the main character, but these aren’t standalone novels. You’ll need to read all three to get the conclusion to the overarching plot I mentioned before. They’re 100% worth the slight scares bc the romance and banter in these books is top notch. My absolute favorite book of the bunch is Paladin’s Strength, which just like Swordheart, has scenes that make me laugh so hard I cry a little.

  • HOW MANY BOOKS IN THE SERIES? At the moment, there are three: Paladin’s Grace, Paladin’s Strength, Paladin’s Hope, but I believe she has at least two more planned.
  • WHAT BOOK DO I START WITH? Paladin’s Grace
  • CW: Confinement, murder, domestic abuse, emotional abuse, panic attacks, body horror
the book cover for The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson

THE CLOCKTAUR WAR SERIES

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A paladin, an assassin, a forger, and a scholar ride out of town. It’s not the start of a joke, but rather an espionage mission with deadly serious stakes. T. Kingfisher’s new novel begins the tale of a murderous band of criminals (and a scholar), thrown together in an attempt to unravel the secret of the Clockwork Boys, mechanical soldiers from a neighboring kingdom that promise ruin to the Dowager’s city.

If they succeed, rewards and pardons await, but that requires a long journey through enemy territory, directly into the capital. It also requires them to refrain from killing each other along the way! At turns darkly comic and touching, Clockwork Boys puts together a broken group of people trying to make the most of the rest of their lives as they drive forward on their suicide mission.

WHY DID I LOVE THE CLOCKTAUR WAR SERIES?

I have no idea how to describe this book other than it is entirely fantastical, fun, totally hilarious ride. There’s extremely dark moments, but this is a wildly unique fantasy duology that I can’t recommend enough. The villains of the piece are a clockwork army, if that tells you anything. This was released as two parts, so they’re not really individual novels rather than one big one that got split into two. Either way, you gotta give this one a go.

  • HOW MANY BOOKS IN THE SERIES? Two: Clockwork Boys and The Wonder Engine.
  • WHAT BOOK DO I START WITH? Clockwork Boys
  • CW: Violence, animal death, death, sexism, body horror
the book cover for Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher

NETTLE & BONE

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After years of seeing her sisters suffer at the hands of an abusive prince, Marra—the shy, convent-raised, third-born daughter—has finally realized that no one is coming to their rescue. No one, except for Marra herself.

Seeking help from a powerful gravewitch, Marra is offered the tools to kill a prince—if she can complete three impossible tasks. But, as is the way in tales of princes, witches, and daughters, the impossible is only the beginning.

On her quest, Marra is joined by the gravewitch, a reluctant fairy godmother, a strapping former knight, and a chicken possessed by a demon. Together, the five of them intend to be the hand that closes around the throat of the prince and frees Marra’s family and their kingdom from its tyrannous ruler at last.

WHY DID I LOVE NETTLE & BONE?

This is the first traditionally published work of Kingfisher’s that I’ve read, and honestly, it’s just as good as her self-published stuff. Nettle & Bone is a questing novel — Marra, the main character — sets off on a journey to save her sister from a terribly abusive husband. The only problem is — her sister’s husband is the Prince. You can read my full review of this book right here. Long story short — this is a wild ride, with laughs, amazing characters, and the feel of a classic fairy tale.

  • CW: Domestic abuse, pregnancy, miscarriage, child death, death, physical abuse
the book cover for What Moves the Dead by T Kingfisher

WHAT MOVES THE DEAD

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From the award-winning author of The Twisted Ones comes a gripping and atmospheric retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic “The Fall of the House of Usher.”

When Alex Easton, a retired soldier, receives word that their childhood friend Madeline Usher is dying, they race to the ancestral home of the Ushers in the remote countryside of Ruritania.

What they find there is a nightmare of fungal growths and possessed wildlife, surrounding a dark, pulsing lake. Madeline sleepwalks and speaks in strange voices at night, and her brother Roderick is consumed with a mysterious malady of the nerves.

Aided by a redoubtable British mycologist and a baffled American doctor, Alex must unravel the secret of the House of Usher before it consumes them all.

WHY DID I LOVE WHAT MOVES THE DEAD?

Soooo, What Moves the Dead was my first adventure into Kingfisher’s horror work. I’m a big whimp, but I really enjoyed this book. You can read my full review for this one here. The characters, just like always, are what made this book work for me. That, and the slowly creeping dread running through the entire book. You can guess what’s happening, you can see it go right before your eyes, but once you get to the reveal, its just UGH. Ugh ugh ugh. So good. And gross.

  • CW:  Body horror, animal death, death, off-page suicide

I know you all are tired of me singing T. Kingfisher’s praises, but I really do hope that you’ll pick up one of her books because of this post. I can’t recommend them enough, especially if you’re looking for something brief between other reads that will make you laugh. Have you read any of these? Are you adding any to your TBR? Let me know!

BOOK REVIEW: NOT YOUR AVERAGE HOT GUY BY GWENDA BOND

the book cover for Not Your Average Hot Guy by Gwenda Bond
  • STAR RATING:  4 stars
    PAGE LENGTH: 320 pages
  • DATE PUBLISHED: October 5th 2021
  • PUBLISHER:  St. Martin’s Griffin
    CONTENT WARNINGS: Confinement, panic attacks, fire

  • IF YOU LIKED THIS, TRY: The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling

SYNOPSIS

A paranormal romantic comedy at the (possible) end of the world.

All Callie wanted was a quiet weekend with her best friend. She promised her mom she could handle running her family’s escape room business while her mom is out of town. Instead a Satanic cult shows up, claiming that the prop spell book in one of the rooms is the real deal, and they need it to summon the right hand of the devil. Naturally they take Callie and her friend, Mag, along with them. But when the summoning reveals a handsome demon in a leather jacket named Luke who offers to help Callie stop the cult from destroying the world, her night goes from weird to completely strange.

As the group tries to stay one step ahead of the cult, Callie finds herself drawn to the annoying (and annoyingly handsome) Luke. But what Callie doesn’t know is that Luke is none other than Luke Morningstar, Prince of Hell and son of the Devil himself. Callie never had time for love, and with the apocalypse coming closer, is there room for romance when all hell’s about to break loose?

From New York Times bestselling author Gwenda Bond, Not Your Average Hot Guy is a hilarious romantic comedy about two people falling in love, while the fate of the world rests on their shoulders. 

Not Your Average Hot Guy is a delightfully silly romp of paranormal romance book. For a book about the possible end of the world, starring the son of the literal devil, it does not take itself seriously. If you go in knowing that, then you’re going to have a helluva good time. (Did I make a Hell pun? I did. Sorry.) Callie’s mom runs an escape room business, and Callie helps her set the rooms up, find the props, etc. Its in doing these particular jobs that she finds (and buys) a legitimate grimoire. Without spoiling anything too important, the grimoire ends up being used to summon a demon…only…Luke shows up instead.

Luke is Lucifier Morningstar’s son, and he’s not a very good demon. Or devil. Or uh…bad at all, actually. He’s tempting, handsome, and has a sense of humor. Its really almost as if he doesn’t belong in Hell at all. Callie is a legitimately good person, and because of that, is a giant cinnamon roll of a person. Her, and her friend, Mag, are enormous nerds, which I very much appreciated. (As someone who self-identifies as a nerd, it always makes me happy to see a book about a nerd that has very clearly been written by someone who is also nerdy. You can tell, I promise.) Sidenote — Mag is non-binary. It’s brought up once, and then never made a big deal of the rest of the book. It is excellent representation. I loved it.

Luke and Callie are fantastic together. They pick on each other a little bit, but oh do they prop the other up when they really need support. It is a bit insta-love for my usual tastes, but they are way too cute for me to care too much about it one way or the other. My one real complaint, though, is that there are no real sex scenes! It’s a fade-to-black book, my friends. Still enjoyable, but not quite what I want from a romance book. For that, I’ve docked one star, but the rest of the book is too much fun not to recommend.

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WWW WEDNESDAY — AUGUST 3

We had a great night last night, and a decent-ish morning this morning! The garbage truck came down our street way, way earlier than they usually do so Will and I got to watch it. He was FASCINATED by it, and it was so, so cute to see. I actually got to read before bed last night, too, which was REALLY nice. I’m over half-way through my latest book!

This meme is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. It’s super simple — all you do is answer the following questions.

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

My hold on Not Your Average Hot Guy came in like…the same day I posted my TBR, so here I am finally reading it. I’m really enjoying it. It’s a little tiny bit cheesy, but without being ridiculous. It’s also Insta-love, which is not my favorite, but the characters are cute and interesting enough that I’m letting it slide. I finished up All Systems Red on Monday — I’ll be compiling a bunch of these books into one big review bc they’re so short. Next, I think I’ll finally read Half a Soul after having it on…the last two TBRs? Whoops.

What are you currently reading?

TOP TEN TUESDAY – BOOKS SET IN A PLACE I’D LOVE TO VISIT

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. The topic this week is BOOKS SET IN A PLACE I’D LOVE TO VISIT. So my problem with today’s topic is that most of the books I read aren’t set in peaceful times. Quite the opposite, sooo, there’s not that many that I’d actually want to visit. I picked through my books and these are the ones I’ve found with settings I actually want to go to.

VELARIS — Okay, who wouldn’t want to visit Velaris? It sounds like paradise on earth — an artist’s quarter, outdoor markets, restaurants with outdoor seating, an enormous library, a river running through the actual city…it all sounds perfect.

THE SHIRE — I maintain that if I had to pick a fictional fantasy place to live, it would 100% be The Shire as a hobbit. PROVIDED it is during peaceful times. It looks so pretty there.

CRESCENT CITY — Who wouldn’t want to visit Crescent City? Even with all the shenanigans that have happened there, it still sounds like it would be an awesome place to visit. So many different types of people, such different ways of living, it sounds awesome.

WILLOW CREEK RENAISSANCE FAIRE — I’ve been to a Ren Faire twice in my life and had a BLAST both times. I hope to go to our local one this year, but if I don’t get to, maybe I’ll just reread Well Met. EITHER WAY, I’d love to visit the Willow Creek Ren Faire. Maybe get a glimpse of Simon as a pirate…

CABESWATER — This is another one of those it sounds so pretty kind of places. Cabeswater sounds so fascinating in The Raven Cycle, but I definitely would just want to visit. For a tiny bit. Before things got creepy or scary or weird.

HOGWARTS / HOGSMEADE — C’mon, who, to this day, does not want to visit Hogwarts? I know Rowling is awful, and I am never giving her my money again, but Hogwarts will always have a small special part of my heart.

Where would you want to visit?

MONTHLY TBR – AUGUST

Hello my darlings!

Somehow it is already August, so that means it’s time for my MONTHLY TBR that I probably won’t get to. I’m bad at these, aren’t I? I only read FOUR books on my TBR last month. Whoops. Anyway — my hold on Not Your Average Hot Guy will come up at the library this month. Most of the rest of these are ARCs, tbh. I’ll catch up on these somehow, I know I will! I’m hoping to buddy read Small Angels with Becky, and Kingdom of the Wicked with Destiny!

What are you going to read this month? Do you have any of the same books on your TBR?

MONDAY MORNING – AUGUST 1

Hi everyone! I thought I’d try out a slightly different format for my Monday posts, going forward. Instead of just show-casing a book on my Goodreads TBR, I thought I’d do a little round up of my weekend, and then, obviously, continue to showoff a book on my TBR. I gotta do that somewhere, right? ANYWAY —

FRIDAY, AFTER WORK – I went and got Will from my Aunt’s — she watches him during the week, along with my MIL. (They split the week so he doesn’t have to go to daycare.) He’s still working on those teeth, so he was being quite the little clinger all day for her. But they did go the playground and had some fun while I worked! That night, he…refused to go to bed on time. Will’s normally asleep by 7:20. Friday, he didn’t conk out until after 9. He was so wiggly, and refused to settle.

SATURDAY – Thankfully, Will slept until 5:45 without any wake ups, so we got some solid sleep, at least. I woke up with him, we cuddled in our spare room until he was too wiggly again. Then we started our day! Lots of playing with our toy cars this weekend. I did the grocery shopping while Will napped, and then once I got home, he was awake! Again, that night, he did not want to go to sleep on time. My husband and I got zero time to ourselves after Will went to sleep this weekend. I didn’t read at all on Saturday.

SUNDAY – Will slept until after 6:30! I got to sleep in, as my husband was very nice and got up with him. I took Will out on errands with me, and whoo boy was he not a happy camper for most of the trip. Once we got home, though, it was nap time, and he conked right out. After his nap, we took him to the playground in hopes that we could wear him out for a regular bedtime. Our hopes were not to be realized, though, as he still fought bedtime hardcore. But my husband managed to get him down after some snuggles at 8:30ish. We got a little reading time before sleep!

All in all, not really a relaxing weekend. I hope yours was better!

Today, I’m spotlighting The Other Side of the Sky. This book has been on my TBR for a few months at this point, after I saw it on someone else’s blog. They mentioned there’s a cat in the book, and well, I’m a sucker for anything involving cats. Who knows when I’ll get around to reading this, but my library, fortunately, does have at least one copy!

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SKY BY AMIE KAUFMAN & MEAGAN SPOONER

New York Times bestselling author duo Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner have crafted a gripping tale of magic and logic, fate and choice, and a deadly love. Perfect for fans of Laini Taylor and Brandon Sanderson.

Prince North’s home is in the sky, in a gleaming city held aloft by intricate engines, powered by technology. Nimh is the living goddess of her people on the Surface, responsible for providing answers, direction—hope.

North’s and Nimh’s lives are entwined—though their hearts can never be. Linked by a terrifying prophecy and caught between duty and fate, they must choose between saving their people or succumbing to the bond that is forbidden between them.

Sooooo, new post format, thoughts? Might be incredibly boring most of the time, but I like having a way to recap what we did this weekend. I hope you have a fantastic week, my friends!

MONTHLY WRAP-UP: JULY 2022

Hi, my darlings!

July pretty much went by in the blink of an eye. What happened to the rest of the month, I ask you? Not much has changed in House Birdie’s Book Nook. Our toddler is still working on cutting three teeth, so we’re all miserable and not getting enough sleep. He’s a happy boy when he’s awake, but at night the pain just cuts right through Motrin/Tylenol and other such things. It stinks, but the only way out is through.

My mom and sister are coming to visit in August, so I am looking forward to seeing them! We haven’t seen them in person since January! Will has changed a lot since then — crawling, walking, saying Mama/Dada, and just generally turning into a little person instead of a baby-shaped log. Hopefully we have some fun when they’re here, but I know posts will be fewer when they are. Definitely will have to concentrate on having guests, yeah?

Here’s hoping August is a fantastic month, and that you and yours stay happy and healthy.

BOOKS I READ IN JULY:

I read THIRTEEN books in July, and only four of them were on my TBR. That’s a big whoops. Oh well — I enjoyed most of these.

BOOK REVIEWS:

✨ = ARC

A Dowry of Blood’s review will be out closer to the release date.

RECOMMENDATION LISTS & SPOTLIGHTS:

I didn’t write a whole lot of rec lists or spotlights this month, I’m sorry. I wrote one on the Fae, and another on the new Kindle Paperwhite!

BOOK MAIL & ARCS RECEIVED THIS MONTH:

Keep an eye out for reviews of these next month!

BOOK TAGS I DID:

I did just one tag this month!

AROUND THE BOOK BLOG WORLD:

I love reading other book bloggers’ posts, so here’s a few highlights from the past month!

That’s all I got for you this month. How was your reading in July?

IS IT TIME TO UPGRADE YOUR KINDLE?

If you’ve been following me for even a little bit, then you’ll know I read pretty much exclusively on my Kindle. I was a late adopter of the e-reader technology, but since I got my original Paperwhite back in early 2019, I’ve definitely converted. The past few months, however, my Kindle had been a pain, though. It wouldn’t turn on when I wanted it to, I had to restart it multiple times a day, and it even completely wiped itself a couple months ago. (That was such a hassle.) Still, I wasn’t going to give up on the technology, as I loved my Kindle when it did deign to work. So on Prime Day this year, I upgraded to a new Kindle Paperwhite. With the Prime Day deals, I got my new Kindle for $95. It’s normally about $140 — but Amazon does have pay monthly options available!

This post is not an ad. I did not get paid for this. I just really love my new Kindle.

Because I’m loving my upgrade, let’s look at the differences between the 2018 model of the Paperwhite, and the 2021 Paperwhite. Maybe you’ll want to upgrade too!

Paperwhite 2018 vs Paperwhite 2021

The newer model is 0.8th of an inch bigger than the old version. You wouldn’t think that small of an increase would make a difference, but to me, the size increase makes the reading experience feel even more similar to holding an actual book. You can also see in my picture how much more text is displayed with the newer screen. (I read at size 5 font. The Kindle does have font sizes that are much smaller and larger, too.) This means you’re turning pages just a little bit less!

Another view of the size increase

The new Paperwhite has been upgraded to a USB-C charging port. This makes a huge difference as it now takes much less time for the device to reach a full charge. It also means I don’t have to use a dinky ancient USB-mini charging cable anymore. Woo! Sadly, they kept the power button on the bottom. I still think this is the stupidest possible place for it, but whatever. I don’t actually hit it all that often.

The newer version is so much quicker, too. I thought the original was fast enough — a slight miniscule delay in switching pages never really bothered me! With the new Paperwhite, though, there is no delay at all. It’s just instantaneous. Bam, new page!

Look at the difference between the brightest light options!

However the best part of this upgrade, in my opinion, is the inclusion of a warm light feature. This means I can read at night without completely destroying my sleep. The warm light is definitely easier on the eyes, and so, so much nicer than the harsh white of the original version. This warm light feature is available on a slider, so you can choose just how warm you want the screen to be.

The picture above showcases both Kindles on 100% brightness, with the new version on 100% warm light, as well.

Dark mode options!

Dark mode is usually how I read at night — but now with the warm light, it’s just so much nicer on my eyes. The picture above shows the old Kindle on dark mode, with 100% brightness, and the newer version on 100% brightness with some warm light turned on. I forgot to turn the warm light on all the way for this picture, and just left it to what I found comfortable when I read. Sorry!

Some other things about the Kindle Paperwhite in general, in case you aren’t aware:

  • It weighs less than a pound.
  • It can hold literally thousands of books — I have over 250 on mine right now, and I still have over 5 gigs free.
  • It is waterproof to a certain depth, and to a certain length of time. I think it’s something like an hour in water, but I’m not sure how deep it can go. This means you can read in the bath without worrying!
  • It has a built-in dictionary, so if you don’t know a word, you just tap it, and it’ll give you a definition right there on screen.
  • The battery life will literally last you weeks.

There you have it — everything you need to know on the new Paperwhite!

Do you think you’ll upgrade soon?