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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.


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


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!


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.


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?


Well, the kid did it again. He woke up at 11:50, and wouldn’t go back to sleep until 2:50. Everyone is very tired at our House. Like…really, really tired. Someone send me some sleep in a cup?

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.


Two sisters.
One brutal murder.
A quest for vengeance that will unleash Hell itself…
And an intoxicating romance.

Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Vittoria misses dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin…desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to find her sister’s killer and to seek vengeance at any cost—even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.

Then Emilia meets Wrath, one of the Wicked—princes of Hell she has been warned against in tales since she was a child. Wrath claims to be on Emilia’s side, tasked by his master with solving the series of women’s murders on the island. But when it comes to the Wicked, nothing is as it seems… 

Kingdom of the Wicked has been recommended to me a few times as of late. It sounds like something I’ll like — witches and romance and dark magic. Have you read this one?


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.



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?


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.


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?

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It’s MONDAY! The start to a brand new week, full of chances to make things wonderful, full of chances to have great days. Why am I in such a great mood? Our son walked for the first time this weekend! He figured it out! He’s confident now! Annnnnnd this means we have to baby-proof for real now. ANYWAY — I hope you have an absolutely wonderful Monday, my dears.

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.


Seventeen-year-old Iris Hollow has always been strange. Something happened to her and her two older sisters when they were children, something they can’t quite remember but that left each of them with an identical half-moon scar at the base of their throats.

Iris has spent most of her teenage years trying to avoid the weirdness that sticks to her like tar. But when her eldest sister, Grey, goes missing under suspicious circumstances, Iris learns just how weird her life can get: horned men start shadowing her, a corpse falls out of her sister’s ceiling, and ugly, impossible memories start to twist their way to the forefront of her mind.

As Iris retraces Grey’s last known footsteps and follows the increasingly bizarre trail of breadcrumbs she left behind, it becomes apparent that the only way to save her sister is to decipher the mystery of what happened to them as children.

The closer Iris gets to the truth, the closer she comes to understanding that the answer is dark and dangerous – and that Grey has been keeping a terrible secret from her for years.

I saw House of Hollow reviewed not too long ago and was immediately intrigued. I added it to my never-ending TBR on Goodreads, and now I’m waiting for the time when I can actually get around to reading this. Have you read House of Hollow?


Good morning everyone! I hope you had a lovely weekend. It definitely wasn’t long enough for us — we saw John Mulaney on Saturday, and had friends over that morning. It felt like we really didn’t get a Saturday to relax at all. We were just busy all weekend! I hope you got to take a nice breather, at least!

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.


Life gets complicated when Death gets involved.

To be born into a family of royal assassins pretty much guarantees that your life is going to be… rather unusual. Especially if, like Miscellaneous “Lanie” Stones, you also have a vicious allergy to all forms of violence and bloodshed, and an uncanny affinity for bringing the dead back to life.

To make matters worse, family debt looms – a debt that will have to be paid sooner rather than later if Lanie and her sister are to retain ownership of the ancestral seat, Stones Manor. Lanie finds herself courted and threatened by powerful parties who would love to use her worryingly intimate relationship with the goddess of death for their own nefarious ends. But the goddess has other plans… 

I think I saw this book on someone else’s Goodreads Monday a long, long time ago and, well, it sounds like something right up my alley. I added to Goodreads, OBVIOUSLY, and there it has sat, waiting for 1. it to be released, and 2. for me to remember to go looking for it. Have you had the chance to read Saint Death’s Daughter yet? What did you think?


Good morning to you! It’s Monday, which means it’s back to work for everyone. Unfortunately. ANYWAY — I hope you had a fantastic weekend, and that your day today is EVEN BETTER. Thankfully, our son slept pretty good all weekend, so we’re all well-rested for a new week.

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 lyrical and dreamy reimagining of Dracula’s brides, A DOWRY OF BLOOD is a story of desire, obsession, and emancipation.

Saved from the brink of death by a mysterious stranger, Constanta is transformed from a medieval peasant into a bride fit for an undying king. But when Dracula draws a cunning aristocrat and a starving artist into his web of passion and deceit, Constanta realizes that her beloved is capable of terrible things. Finding comfort in the arms of her rival consorts, she begins to unravel their husband’s dark secrets.

With the lives of everyone she loves on the line, Constanta will have to choose between her own freedom and her love for her husband. But bonds forged by blood can only be broken by death.

I saw this book on Twitter a few weeks (or months?) ago and couldn’t help but be instantly intrigued. Have you heard of Dowry of Blood? Maybe you’ve read it? Let me know!


Hi everyone! It’s Memorial Day here in the great US of A (LOL – we stopped being great a long time ago.) so I probably won’t be around much today to blog-hop. (Hopefully I’m outside enjoying the weather, chasing my son around to keep him from pulling all the petals off my flowers…) But despite that, I hope you are having a fantastic Monday!

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.


Seventeen-year-old Aderyn (“Ryn”) only cares about two things: her family, and her family’s graveyard. And right now, both are in dire straits. Since the death of their parents, Ryn and her siblings have been scraping together a meager existence as gravediggers in the remote village of Colbren, which sits at the foot of a harsh and deadly mountain range that was once home to the fae. The problem with being a gravedigger in Colbren, though, is that the dead don’t always stay dead.

The risen corpses are known as “bone houses,” and legend says that they’re the result of a decades-old curse. When Ellis, an apprentice mapmaker with a mysterious past, arrives in town, the bone houses attack with new ferocity. What is it that draws them near? And more importantly, how can they be stopped for good?

Together, Ellis and Ryn embark on a journey that will take them deep into the heart of the mountains, where they will have to face both the curse and the long-hidden truths about themselves.

I just read Emily Lloyd-Jones’s new book last week and absolutely loved it. Now I need to get to this one! Have you read The Bone Houses?


It was another red-letter weekend in the Jordyn-Reads house. My husband is sick, and our kiddo is also not feeling the best. Last night was the worst night of the bunch, as little man woke up at 3:30 and did not go back to sleep until 5:30. My alarm goes off at 6:00. He wanted to be touching one of us at all times, so he eventually fell asleep with his head on my chest. Adorable, but uh…WHY COULDN’T YOU DO THAT AT 3:30???? God, I’m tired.

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.


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.

Have you been one of the lucky ones who’ve read this book already? What’s on your Goodreads Monday this week?