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!

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?

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!

WWW WEDNESDAY — JULY 27

Well, back to another night of absolutely no sleep thanks to our toddler. Will woke up at 11:45, and did not go back to sleep until after 4:00. He only slept when he was touching me, so we had to make use of our spare bed. Which was fine. It’s fine. It’s all fine. God, I’m tired. I hope your night went much better than mine, friends.

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 am finally reading What Moves the Dead! My turn at the library came up, and well, it’s a short book. I should knock this out in a matter of hours. I finished up Deadbeat Druid last, and found it…interesting. I’m not sure how I feel about this book yet. It’s extremely different than the first two in this series, which is why I’m having a hard time deciding. Next, I think I’ll dive into my ARC of Husband Material, as it comes out next week!

What are you currently reading?

TOP TEN TUESDAY – BOOKS FROM PAST SEASONAL TBRS I STILL HAVEN’T READ

HE SLEPT THROUGH THE NIGHT LAST NIGHT. Thank the gods. The gods, Children’s Motrin, and getting bumped up to the next dosage because he weighs more now. 🙌🏻 HALLELUJAH FOR SLEEP. 🙌🏻 Will’s still miserable, but at least the Motrin should actually nip the pain in the bud before it gets bad.

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 FROM PAST SEASONAL TBRS I STILL HAVEN’T READ. I’m guessing I’m going to have way more than 10, but we’ll see. Also as a note — I’m pulling these books from my monthly TBRs as well as seasonal TBRs. So, let’s take a look and see what we’ve got:

Okay, so there really isn’t that many. I’m honestly surprised. I’ve been doing better than I thought! Someone get me a prize! There’s a few arcs (Small Angels, Deadbeat Druid, The Kiss Curse) and a bunch of already released books I need to get to!

How many books do you still need to get to from past TBRs?

GOODREADS MONDAY – JULY 26

Our son woke up at 11:40 last night, and did not go back to sleep until after 4 am. The entire Birdie’s Book Nook household is exhausted. Please let this child’s teeth magically be all the way out today, because we are tired. (They are not all the way out. He let me feel this morning, only the outline of the molars are out.) I hope you got more sleep than we did, friends.

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.

A WIZARD’S GUIDE TO DEFENSIVE BAKING BY T KINGFISHER

the cover for A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher

2021 LODESTAR AWARD for BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOK

Fourteen-year-old Mona isn’t like the wizards charged with defending the city. She can’t control lightning or speak to water. Her familiar is a sourdough starter and her magic only works on bread. She has a comfortable life in her aunt’s bakery making gingerbread men dance.

But Mona’s life is turned upside down when she finds a dead body on the bakery floor. An assassin is stalking the streets of Mona’s city, preying on magic folk, and it appears that Mona is his next target. And in an embattled city suddenly bereft of wizards, the assassin may be the least of Mona’s worries…

Have you heard me wax poetic about T. Kingfisher’s work enough yet? I really need to pick up the books by her that I haven’t read yet – A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking being one of those!

WWW WEDNESDAY — JULY 20

Good morning, my friends! It is Wednesday already! We’re halfway through the week! The weather is supposed to be stupid-hot and humid today, so that’ll be fun. My asthma always kicks up when its hot and humid, so I’m fully expecting another attack today. Thankfully, I have everything I need with me, so I’ll be fine if one does come about. I hope you are staying cool wherever you are!

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 am currently reading the last book in the Captive Prince trilogy and dreading the end of it. I need someone to talk to about this series, because it is way, way, way better than I thought it was going to be. I am loving it. I last finished Prince’s Gambit, which was phenomenal. I think I’ll be picking up Day Boy next, so I can knock an ARC off my list.

What are you currently reading?

TOP TEN TUESDAY – BOOKS WITH GREAT ENDINGS

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is a freebie, and my brain is dead, so Pages Unbound helped me on Twitter. My topic this week is BOOKS WITH GREAT ENDINGS. I won’t spoil anything in my post — and PLEASE DO NOT in the comments, either. Vague statements are fine. I don’t want to ruin anyone’s enjoyment of these books!

Special shoutout to my favorite endings of this group – Mistborn era 1 (THAT SANDERLANCHE, people, THE SANDERLANCHE.), House of Sky and Breath, and Abhorsen. WHAT ENDINGS THESE BOOKS HAVE. How much is it killing me not to be to discuss them. Omg.

GOODREADS MONDAY – JULY 18

Good morning my darlings, I hope you are having a fantastic start to your week! My husband is finally home from going to a bachelor party weekend with his friends, so I am much more relaxed. It is hard work taking care of a toddler, a dog, and two cats all by yourself. IDK how single moms do it, tbh. They have strength that I do not, holy crap. ANYWAY, it’s Monday. I hope you have a great 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.

THE LIBRARY OF THE UNWRITTEN BY AJ HACKWITH

In the first book in a brilliant new fantasy series, books that aren’t finished by their authors reside in the Library of the Unwritten in Hell, and it is up to the Librarian to track down any restless characters who emerge from those unfinished stories.

Many years ago, Claire was named Head Librarian of the Unwritten Wing—a neutral space in Hell where all the stories unfinished by their authors reside. Her job consists mainly of repairing and organizing books, but also of keeping an eye on restless stories that risk materializing as characters and escaping the library. When a Hero escapes from his book and goes in search of his author, Claire must track and capture him with the help of former muse and current assistant Brevity and nervous demon courier Leto.

But what should have been a simple retrieval goes horrifyingly wrong when the terrifyingly angelic Ramiel attacks them, convinced that they hold the Devil’s Bible. The text of the Devil’s Bible is a powerful weapon in the power struggle between Heaven and Hell, so it falls to the librarians to find a book with the power to reshape the boundaries between Heaven, Hell … and Earth.

If you know me at all, you know I can’t resist a magical library. The Library of the Unwritten sounds like something I’m going to enjoy very much. I just bought it on sale last week, so I’m looking forward to getting the chance to read this! Have you read this one before?