WWW WEDNESDAY — JULY 6

Hi everyone! Hopefully, your Wednesday is off to a fantastic start! I don’t have much to say today, so we’ll just jump right into the meme, okay?

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?

As of right now, I’m almost done with Book Lovers, and I am absolutely LOVING this book. I adore the banter between the two leads so, so much. I finished up Nettle & Bone over the weekend — my review will be up tomorrow. Another book I really, really enjoyed by T. Kingfisher. She never disappoints. I’m torn on what book I read next — it has to be an ARC as they’re piling up — do I go with the vampire book, Day Boy or Notorious Sorcerer? Any suggestions?

What are you currently reading?

TOP TEN TUESDAY – ANTICIPATED BOOKS FROM SECOND HALF OF 2022

Hi everyone! I hope you had a good holiday — if you celebrate / happen to be American / happen to have July 4th off. I wouldn’t say we celebrated — we were just outside all day to my toddler’s extreme happiness. Now that we’re all exhausted from being in the sun, well, here’s my Top Ten Tuesday post!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS COMING OUT IN THE SECOND HALF OF 2022. That’s a mouthful of a topic this week, but one that’s rather easy to fill out, honestly.

Most of these I haven’t read yet, but the first three I have! My review for The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy will be out later this week, so keep an eye out for it. I absolutely adored that book. I’m stupidly excited for The Lost Metal — it’s a Sanderson book set on my favorite world of his! And don’t even get me started on A Dowry of Blood. I’m desperately hoping for an ARC of it, still, but who knows. I probably won’t get one. The rest of these books, well… I’M JUST REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THESE, OKAY? Do we share any of the same books? Let me know!

GOODREADS MONDAY – JULY 4

HELLO ALL. As you can tell from the date, it is July 4th, which means I will not be blog hopping today. I will be chasing my toddler around to keep him away from hot grills and fireworks. I hope, if you are off today, that you enjoy the day!

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Budget Tales Book Blog. You choose a book from your TBR and show it off, so here we go.

YOU AND ME ON VACATION BY EMILY HENRY

TWO FRIENDS
TEN SUMMER TRIPS
THEIR LAST CHANCE TO FALL IN LOVE

12 SUMMERS AGO: Poppy and Alex meet. They hate each other, and are pretty confident they’ll never speak again.

11 SUMMERS AGO: They’re forced to share a ride home from college and by the end of it a friendship is formed. And a pact: every year, one vacation together.

10 SUMMERS AGO: Alex discovers his fear of flying on the way to Vancouver.

Poppy holds his hand the whole way.

7 SUMMERS AGO: They get far too drunk and narrowly avoid getting matching tattoos in New Orleans.

2 SUMMERS AGO: It all goes wrong.

THIS SUMMER: Poppy asks Alex to join her on one last trip. A trip that will determine the rest of their lives.

You and Me on Vacation is a love story for fans of When Harry Met Sally and One Day. Get ready to travel the world, snort with laughter and – most of all – lose your heart to Poppy and Alex.

I have yet to read an Emily Henry book, but I am looking forward to two of them — Book Lovers and You and Me on Vacation. Both of these sound so far up my alley, I might as well buy a vacation home. Have you read this book?

MONTHLY TBR – JULY

IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN — time to pick out a TBR for the upcoming month. Can you believe it’s already July? I sure can’t. I don’t really want to think about that, honestly. Time is going by way, way too fast. ANYWAY — the following is my TBR for the month. You’ll notice its a little shorter than the last couple TBRs bc I know I’ll end up mood reading something that’s not on this list.

The top four books are ARCs that I need to get to, the bottom are backlist titles that I’m looking forward to reading! Hopefully, I can get around to them this month!

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

MONTHLY WRAP-UP: JUNE 2022

Well, it’s time to wrap-up the month of June! Not a lot happened at our house — we mostly stuck to home, with a few ventures out into the great wild world. We went to the zoo one weekend, which was nice bc it was an absolutely gorgeous day out. Though by the time we were done, our toddler was basically falling asleep in our arms. Adorable, and inconvenient as it was almost naptime. We spent another day out in our backyard on all of our water stuff — water tables, swimming pools, splash pads, etc. That was fun, too!

I am doing my absolute best not to think of the awfulness that is the country I live in this month. I’ve donated. I’m wearing buttons every day, and I’m doing what I can to help. But I need a mental break, too. It’s so hard caring about everything all of the time. Which is why I read. Anyway, time to wrap up this, and get on to the rest of the wrap up.

BOOKS I READ IN JUNE:

I read ELEVEN books in June, most of which were actually on my TBR for the month, go figure.

BOOK REVIEWS:

✨ = ARC

RECOMMENDATION LISTS & SPOTLIGHTS:

I wrote up a recommendation list of my favorite time travel books, and an author spotlight this past month. I need recommendations of who you’d like to see spotlighted next!

BOOK MAIL & ARCS RECEIVED THIS MONTH:

Keep an eye out for reviews of these next month!

BOOK TAGS I DID:

I did two tags this past month — more coming soon, I know! I love these things.

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 June?

BOOK REVIEW: HOUSE OF SKY AND BREATH BY SARAH J. MAAS

the book cover for House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J Maas
  • STAR RATING:  5 stars
    PAGE LENGTH: 805 pages
  • WHAT SERIES? The Crescent City Series
  • WHAT BOOK DO I START WITH? House of Earth and Blood
  • HOW MANY BOOKS IN THE SERIES? Currently unknown, but I’m betting 4.
  • DATE PUBLISHED: February 15th 2022
  • PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury Publishing
    CONTENT WARNINGS: Sexual content, violence, death, slavery, torture, war

  • IF YOU LIKED THIS, TRY: A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas, The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas, or the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs

SYNOPSIS

Bryce Quinlan and Hunt Athalar are trying to get back to normal―they may have saved Crescent City, but with so much upheaval in their lives lately, they mostly want a chance to relax. Slow down. Figure out what the future holds.

The Asteri have kept their word so far, leaving Bryce and Hunt alone. But with the rebels chipping away at the Asteri’s power, the threat the rulers pose is growing. As Bryce, Hunt, and their friends get pulled into the rebels’ plans, the choice becomes clear: stay silent while others are oppressed, or fight for what’s right. And they’ve never been very good at staying silent.

In this sexy, action-packed sequel to the #1 bestseller House of Earth and Blood, Sarah J. Maas weaves a captivating story of a world about to explode―and the people who will do anything to save it. 

My hold at the library came in for this book on Sunday, and I couldn’t help but literally leap at the chance to read this. I had been EXTREMELY ANXIOUS picking House of Sky and Breath up, because I’d seen everyone else’s reactions to the ending of this book. I was so, so sure that something awful happened to one of the main characters, that Maas had broken her usual MO and done something horrible. While bad stuff does happen, the ending isn’t at ALL what I thought was going to happen.

Holy sh*t, guys.

That’s all I’m going to say, but if you’ve read this and are looking for someone else to scream at, PLEASE COME FIND ME ON TWITTER.

ANYWAY, I fell into House of Sky and Breath much easier than I did the first book in the series, House of Earth and Blood. I had a harder time with that one, because it wasn’t like anything by Maas I had ever read before, and the world-building was somewhat of a shock. Not so with House of Sky and Breath! It was like crawling home at night — I knew where we were, what was happening, I knew the characters, etc. I loved watching Hunt and Bryce circle each other, and I love that they finally just gave in. They are adorable (and extremely, steaming hot) together!!!

The plot itself was interesting, too. A rebel boy goes missing, and literally everyone under the sun is looking for him. I felt horrible for the kid, because no one cared about him, personally, only what he could do for the rebel cause. Bryce was the only one in the whole book who wanted him to be safe for who he was, not what he was. Sewn into that plot are more mysteries about Danika, which I’m torn on. Half of me thinks its super interesting to have books wrapped all up in a dead character, the other half of me thinks its sort of a cop out? Like because Danika is dead Maas can say all sorts of things about her, because we’ve never really seen her on page. I’ll reserve my judgement until the end of the series, I think, because it worked pretty well on page in this book.

The reveal about the Asteri was…whoo boy. Something, huh? I can’t wait to see where that plotline goes.

Overall, I’d say House of Sky and Breath is another five star read from Maas for me. I love how she weaves incredible storylines together, and I love how much romance she pours into all her books.

Add to your Goodreads, or preorder at at the following links:

GOODREADS | BOOKSHOP.ORG | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

THE MID-YEAR BOOK FREAK OUT TAG

Alright, we’ve all seen it, we’ve probably all done it at least once, so you all know the drill by now. It’s time for the MID-YEAR BOOK FREAK OUT TAG. I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but I stole it off of Kaya’s page. ONWARD TO MY ANSWERS!!! Sidenote — if you want to see all my pretty formatting, check it out on my blog, not in the reader! 💜

HOW MUCH HAVE YOU READ?

At the time of writing this, I have read 56 out of the 100 books I’m aiming for. I anticipate needing to bump my end of year goal up later this year, but we’ll see if I actually need to or not! According to Goodreads, I’m 7 books ahead of schedule!

Best book you’ve read so far in 2021

It is, quite literally, impossible for me to pick my favorite book of the year. I’ve read way too many good books this year to pick ONE. So, if you’d like a top four they are: The Drowned Woods, A Taste of Gold and Iron, A Marvellous Light, and The Shadow of the Gods. All were five star reads, and I will be going back to read these again at some point.

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2021

the book cover for The Hunger of the Gods by John Gwynne

It’s rare when a sequel completely lives up to the first book in a series, but boy did The Hunger of the Gods do so. I need everyone to pick this series up immediately, because I need more people to talk to about this one. I can’t wait to find out what happens next with the Bloodsworn, but more importantly, what happens with my girl, Orka. TOO BAD I’LL HAVE TO WAIT AT LEAST A YEAR FOR MORE. 😞

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2021

I’ve seen all these books around the book blogging scene as of late, and they all have caught my attention. My hold finally came up at the library for Nettle & Bone, so I’ll be getting to that one before the week is out. I cannot wait to read it!!

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

I have my fingers crossed a million times over for ARCs of The Lost Metal and A Restless Truth. But the other two I have read, and you’ve seen me crow about them over and over. I can’t wait for more people to get their hands on The Drowned Woods, and A Taste of Gold and Iron.

Biggest disappointment

the book cover for Locklands by Robert Jackson Bennett

Locklands. Oh, Locklands. You broke my heart. 💔 I adore the first two books in this series — Foundryside, and Shorefall. But Locklands is just…an on-fire garbage can of mess. It was jumbled together, didn’t make sense in parts, and felt completely separate to the first two books of the series.

Biggest surprise

The book cover for Dark Earth by Rebecca Stott

I had requested an ARC of Dark Earth completely on a whim, and well, it was so, so good. I wasn’t sure what I expected, but it wasn’t a surprisingly detailed view of post-Roman Londinium.

Favorite new author (debut or new to you)

I think I’m going to give this one to Freya Marske and Emily Lloyd-Jones! I haven’t read more than one book by either, but I am DESPERATE to get to the other books by both of these women. They are so creative, and talented, holy crap.

Newest fictional crush

The book cover for House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

Hunt Athalar, enough said.

Newest favorite character

the book cover for The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah

Qadir!!! What a fascinating character. I loved watching layer after layer peel off of him as the story went on in The Stardust Thief! I hope we learn more about his history in the next books in this series, because I am enthralled.

Book that made you cry

the book cover for The Hunger of the Gods by John Gwynne

I really don’t want to spoil anything, but uh, The Hunger of the Gods hurt. Am I anxiously awaiting the next book? Yes, 100%. Is it probably going to be a couple of years? Yeah. I’m upset about it.

Book that made you happy

the book cover for The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna

The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches was such a delightful novel. It has the same cozy sort of feeling as The House in the Cerulean Sea, which I know a lot of people point towards as a comfort novel. I hope people get the same sort of vibe here, I know I sure did!

The most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

I haven’t bought many physical books this year — I only buy books that are 1. pretty and 2. I really, really loved as we just don’t have room. Earlier this spring, my husband bought us leather-bound editions of all the Mistborn books. So far, we’ve only received the first book, but it is a STUNNER.

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

So, so many. So many that I don’t actually have a list? I’m going to keep chugging away at my ARCs, and catch up on some backlist titles. As long as I don’t let my Netgalley rating dip down too much, I think I’ll be in a great spot.

Favorite book to movie adaptation you’ve seen this year?

With a toddler, it’s not often I find time to actually binge anything. So, really, the only book-to-film adaptations I’ve seen this year are Bridgerton’s season 2, which I liked, and The Expanse‘s last season. I am a huge fan of The Expanse tv show, and I hope more people pick it up soon! (I don’t even want to say how long it took me to watch either of these. Way, way too long.)

FAVORITE POST YOU’VE WRITTEN SO FAR THIS YEAR?

I think this probably goes to all my recommendation or spotlight posts! In particular, my spotlight on Brandon Sanderson, or my recommendation list for beginner fantasy reads.

Now that I’ve formatted this post to heaven and back…here it is, my Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag! I’m not really freaking out — I think I’m in a great place for this time of year! I hope you are, too. Consider yourself tagged, if you haven’t done this already!

WWW WEDNESDAY — JUNE 29

Today is my husband and I’s third anniversary! How are we celebrating, you ask? By going to work. 😩 Not much we can do today, in the middle of the week, when we both work full time, AND we have a toddler. So we’ll probably order in dinner or something, and call it done! I hope you have a lovely day, though!

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?

I’m buddy reading The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy with Becky — we’re close to 50% of the way through! I’m also – shocker – reading House of Sky and Breath at the same time. Who am I, reading two books at once? Usually I can’t do that. I finished up Paradise Lost & Found last week. It was just alright. Next, I’ll FINALLY be picking up Nettle & Bone, as my hold is up at the library!

What are you currently reading?

TOP TEN TUESDAY – SUMMER 2022 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is BOOKS ON MY SUMMER 2022 TBR. I have quite a few, but these are the ones I’m really dying to read. Most of these (six of them, to be exact) are actually ARCs or copies publishers have sent to me to get me ready for other books to be released.

Have you read any of my TBR? What are you looking to read this summer?

Wondering who the heck I am? Check out my announcement.

GOODREADS MONDAY – JUNE 27

GOOD MORNING, GOOD MORNING, GOOD MORNING, my friends. I hope you had a fantastic weekend — I had an exhausting one! Toddlers really take it out of you, don’t they? Our son is really testing his limits right now, so he’s doing a lot of things he shouldn’t be. AKA — messing with the cats, knocking lamps over, and touching the TV. He got told NO a lot this weekend, and oh the tempter tantrums. 🤦🏻‍♀️

ANYWAY, onto the meme — Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Budget Tales Book Blog. You choose a book from your TBR and show it off, so here we go.

AN ALCHEMY OF MASQUES AND MIRRORS BY CURTIS CRADDOCK

In a world of soaring continents and bottomless skies, where a burgeoning new science lifts skyships into the cloud-strewn heights and ancient blood-borne sorceries cling to a fading glory, Princess Isabelle des Zephyrs is about to be married to a man she has barely heard of, the second son of a dying king in an empire collapsing into civil war.

Born without the sorcery that is her birthright but with a perspicacious intellect, Isabelle believes her marriage will stave off disastrous conflict and bring her opportunity and influence. But the last two women betrothed to this prince were murdered, and a sorcerer-assassin is bent on making Isabelle the third. Aided and defended by her loyal musketeer, Jean-Claude, Isabelle plunges into a great maze of prophecy, intrigue, and betrayal, where everyone wears masks of glamour and lies. Step by dangerous step, she unravels the lies of her enemies and discovers a truth more perilous than any deception.

An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors has been described as The Three Musketeers meets Sci-fi/Fantasy, so uh, hell yeah sign me up? Have you read this book?

Wondering who the heck I am? Check out my announcement.