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Hello, my friends! This weekend was an average one, but dang did it get COLD. It actually snowed pretty good yesterday, though none of it stuck to the ground. Our house is always freezing in the winter, so I’m not looking forward to that, but I am looking forward to the weather picking a theme and sticking with it. This back and forth nonsense just kicks up my asthma and makes me miserable. I hope you had a great weekend, and that your week to come is even better!

I saw this cover and immediately needed to read this book. The reviews are middling to bad, though, so I’m not sure when I’ll actually pick this up. Let’s hope it’s as good as the cover…


Since time immemorial the warriors of the Paladin Order have harnessed arcane powers to protect their rulers. For Balen, who has given up his chance at love and fought his way to the top of the Paladin Order, there can be no greater honor than to serve his king. But when assassins annihilate the royal family, Balen suddenly finds himself sworn to serve the very man he abandoned.

Now with their nation threatened by enemies both within and outside the kingdom, Balen must fight hidden traitors and unnatural assassins, while also contending with the biting wit and dangerous charm of young King Zavrius. To save themselves and their nation they will have to put aside their past and reforge that trust they lost so long ago.

Have a wonderful week!


Hi everyone! I did a little better with reading this weekend ,so I’m cautiously hopeful that way may be turning a bit of a corner! I dipped into The Foxglove King by Hannah Whitten and I’m absolutely loving it so far. It’s my first book of hers, but it’s really making me want to pick up her other ones!

This weekend was probably our last brush with really nice weather for the season — it hit close to 80 on Saturday, so we were out at the playground having a great time. I think we were outside most of the weekend, to be honest. Will had a great time, but he’s started to hit us which is really not great. It’s developmentally normal for his age, but its really hard to know how to deal with it. Right now we’re just ignoring him completely when he does it, as it’s almost certainly just for attention. Anyway, I hope you had a great weekend, and that your week to come is even better!

I saw this spotlighted on another blog and thought it sounded like something right up my alley. Not sure when I’ll get around to it, but it is on Kindle Unlimited so I’ll be able to snatch it right up when I feel like it!


An action-packed and unique fantasy adventure, featuring General Floré and a quest to save her abducted daughter, by debut Scottish author, Ian Green.

Fight the Storm.

Protect your people. The endless rotstorm rages over the ruins of the Ferron Empire. Floré would never let the slavers of the Empire rise again. As a warrior of the Stormguard Commandos, she wrought horrors in the rotstorm to protect her people. She did her duty and left the bloodshed behind.

Fight for your family. Floré’s peace is shattered when blazing orbs of light cut through the night sky and descend on her village. Her daughter is abducted and Floré is forced into a chase across a land of twisted monsters and ancient gods. She must pursue the mysterious orbs, whose presence could herald the return of the Empire she spent her entire life fighting.

Destroy your enemies. Now, Floré must take up the role she had sworn to put aside and become the weapon the Stormguard trained her to be, to save not only her daughter, but her people…

Have a wonderful week!


Good morning everyone! I hope you’re having a great day so far. We had a great weekend — got loads of stuff done, and managed to play outside without a big heavy jacket for probably one of the last times this year. We also put Will in his Halloween costume for the first time — he’s a dragon — and he while he originally hated it, he eventually forgot he had it on. It is hilarious watching a little dragon push cars around on the floor.

Anyway, I hope your week is a good one, friends!

I’m a sucker for werewolves – as you all know – and I saw this one on someone else’s blog last week and immediately added it to my TBR. Anything with werewolves, and I’M IN.


A young woman in need of a transformation finds herself in touch with the animal inside in this gripping, incisive novel from the author of Cackle and The Return.

Rory Morris isn’t thrilled to be moving back to her hometown, even if it is temporary. There are bad memories there. But her twin sister, Scarlett, is pregnant, estranged from the baby’s father, and needs support, so Rory returns to the place she thought she’d put in her rearview. After a night out at a bar where she runs into an old almost-flame, she hits a large animal with her car. And when she gets out to investigate, she’s attacked.

Rory survives, miraculously, but life begins to look and feel different. She’s unnaturally strong, with an aversion to silver—and suddenly the moon has her in its thrall. She’s changing into someone else—something else, maybe even a monster. But does that mean she’s putting those close to her in danger? Or is embracing the wildness inside of her the key to acceptance?

This darkly comedic love story is a brilliantly layered portrait of trauma, rage, and vulnerability.

Have a wonderful week!


Good morning, my darlings! We’re about halfway through October, already, and damn is time just flying by. I haven’t read ANYTHING all the way through this month (halfway through A Restless Truth) and I feel awful about it. It’s a true slump, friends. I can barely get myself to pick up this book I’m actually excited about, and it STINKS. Part of it is my head still being on vaca, and another part of it is that I think I burnt myself out reading too much. I’m still going to read, but dang. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Our weekend was decent — kiddo slept through the night Friday into Saturday, but absolutely did not Saturday into Sunday. We’re all very, very tired, and well…life. Will is climbing on everything, testing his boundaries, and generally being a toddler. It’s exhausting — especially when sleep is barely there. Anyway, I hope you had a great weekend, and that your week is fantastic.

You all know how I feel about Emily Henry — when I saw this one announced, I really didn’t have to think about it before slapping it on the ol’ TBR. It looks SO good, and I’m in love with that bright pink cover!


A couple who broke up months ago make a pact to pretend to still be together for their annual weeklong vacation with their best friends in this glittering and wise new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Emily Henry.

Harriet and Wyn have been the perfect couple since they met in college—they go together like salt and pepper, honey and tea, lobster and rolls. Except, now—for reasons they’re still not discussing—they don’t.

They broke up six months ago. And still haven’t told their best friends.

Which is how they find themselves sharing the largest bedroom at the Maine cottage that has been their friend group’s yearly getaway for the last decade. Their annual respite from the world, where for one vibrant, blue week they leave behind their daily lives; have copious amounts of cheese, wine, and seafood; and soak up the salty coastal air with the people who understand them most.

Only this year, Harriet and Wyn are lying through their teeth while trying not to notice how desperately they still want each other. Because the cottage is for sale and this is the last week they’ll all have together in this place. They can’t stand to break their friends’ hearts, and so they’ll play their parts. Harriet will be the driven surgical resident who never starts a fight, and Wyn will be the laid-back charmer who never lets the cracks show. It’s a flawless plan (if you look at it from a great distance and through a pair of sunscreen-smeared sunglasses). After years of being in love, how hard can it be to fake it for one week…in front of those who know you best?

I hope you have a fantastic week, friends!


Good morning, my dears! It is OCTOBER now, so how about that. Actually, today is my dad’s birthday, so Happy Birthday, Dad! We’ll see you tomorrow, so we’ll celebrate then!! (Oh god, we’re flying TOMORROW.) This weekend was spent packing, gathering things we can’t pack just yet, and stressing about travelling. Oh and chasing an absolutely unruly toddler around. He’s like a tornado these days, I swear. We also put up some more Halloween decorations outside, and it finally looks actually finished, and not like…half-assed, so I’m happy about that! I hope you all had a great weekend, friends!

I saw someone else review this recently on Goodreads, and it sounded SO interesting, so I shoved it on my TBR. No idea when I’ll get to it, but I’ll get to it some day!!


Long ago, The Lord Aiduel emerged from the deserts of the Holy Land, possessed with divine powers. He used these to forcibly unite the peoples of Angall, before His ascension to heaven.

Over eight hundred years later, in a medieval world which is threatened by war and religious persecution, four young men and women begin to develop supernatural abilities. These forbidden and secret powers will shatter the lives that they have known, and will force each of them to confront the mystery of the ethereal Gate which haunts their dreams. What does the dream mean, and how is it connected to their burgeoning abilities?

As they experience conflict, love, lust and betrayal, in lands which are being overtaken by war, they must try to stay ahead of and to survive the sinister forces which are now pursuing them. For they are being hunted…

ILLBORN is Daniel T. Jackson’s powerful and gritty debut novel, and is the thrilling opening chapter in the epic fantasy story of The Illborn Saga.

I hope you have a fantastic week, friends!


Hi everyone! I’m so sorry I was MIA on Thursday and Friday last week! My husband oh-so-generously shared his cold and I was down for the count. My asthma started flaring up on Sunday, too, so generally I just feel like crap! Hopefully, things will get better as the week goes on, but it is my bad season for breathing, so we’ll see. This weekend was just sort of a clusterf*ck of absolutely everything. I didn’t feel good, Will just wanted to party and play and do everything outside! Saturday, we took him to the park and he had a blast. But it rained allllll Sunday, so we were stuck inside. He has so much energy these days. 😵 Anyway, dears, I hope you all are feeling much better than I am today!

A note — I will be taking a break from my blog starting October 5, and ending on October 12. We’re travelling and I won’t have any time to check the blog or blog hop while we’re away. I do have a few posts scheduled already, but for the most part, I won’t be here!

Today, I’m spotlighting a novella I’m desperately waiting for. I adore all of Margaret Rogerson’s books, and the fact that she’s dipping her toes back into the world of Sorcery of Thorns makes me endlessly excited.


In this sequel novella to Sorcery of Thorns, Elisabeth, Nathaniel, and Silas must unravel the magical trap keeping them inside Thorn Manor in time for their Midwinter Ball!

Elisabeth Scrivener is finally settling into her new life with sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn. Now that their demon companion Silas has returned, so has scrutiny from nosy reporters hungry for gossip about the city’s most powerful sorcerer and the librarian who stole his heart. But something strange is afoot at Thorn Manor: the estate’s wards, which are meant to keep their home safe, are acting up and forcibly trapping the Manor’s occupants inside. Surely it must be a coincidence that this happened just as Nathaniel and Elisabeth started getting closer to one another…

With no access to the outside world, Elisabeth, Nathaniel, and Silas – along with their new maid Mercy – will have to work together to discover the source of the magic behind the malfunctioning wards before they’re due to host the city’s Midwinter Ball. Not an easy task when the house is filled with unexpected secrets, and all Elisabeth can think about is kissing Nathaniel in peace. But when it becomes clear that the house, influenced by the magic of Nathaniel’s ancestors, requires a price for its obedience, Elisabeth and Nathaniel will have to lean on their connection like never before to set things right. 

I hope you have a fantastic week, friends!


We’re back to no sleep at the Birdie’s Book Nook house. Will is working on his bottom set of molars, plus two more teeth. I think I got maybe 5 hours of sleep last night, maybe. He woke up right when his Motrin wore off, and then couldn’t settle until it had really kicked in. I don’t blame him at all — his mouth has to be so sore with so many new teeth coming in! The rest of the weekend was just…miserable. No sleep, fussy, cranky toddler. I’m tired. My husband is tired. Will is tired. It’s a lot, y’all. I hope your Monday is going better than mine!

FOR this week’s peek at my never-ending TBR, I’ve chosen a book that I really need to get to! I actually own it, I just haven’t gotten around to reading it yet! I’m sure many of you are surprised, considering how much I adore The Old Kingdom series!


Garth Nix returns to the Old Kingdom for the never-before-told love story of Sabriel’s parents, Terciel and Elinor, and the charter magic that brought them together—and threatened to tear them apart. A long-awaited prequel to a classic fantasy series.

In the Old Kingdom, a land of ancient and often terrible magics, eighteen year-old orphan Terciel learns the art of necromancy from his great-aunt Tizanael. But not to raise the Dead, rather to lay them to rest. He is the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, and Tizanael is the Abhorsen, the latest in a long line of people whose task it is to make sure the Dead do not return to Life.

Across the Wall in Ancelstierre, a steam-age country where magic usually does not work, nineteen year-old Elinor lives a secluded life. Her only friends an old governess and an even older groom who was once a famous circus performer. Her mother is a tyrant, who is feared by all despite her sickness and impending death . . . but perhaps there is even more to fear from that.

Elinor does not know she is deeply connected to the Old Kingdom, nor that magic can sometimes come across the Wall, until a plot by an ancient enemy of the Abhorsens brings Terciel and Tizanael to Ancelstierre. In a single day of fire and death and loss, Elinor finds herself set on a path which will take her into the Old Kingdom, into Terciel’s life, and will embroil her in the struggle of the Abhorsens against the Dead who will not stay dead.

Anyway, my darlings, here’s hoping you and yours have a great week!


HELLO, my glorious friends! I hope you are having a lovely day so far. I had quite the busy weekend. Busy only in that our toddler did not want to stop moving. Ever. Will was so busy this weekend. He wanted to do ALL THE THINGS. He wanted to play outside, he wanted to play inside, he wanted to chase the dog, he wanted to go up and down the stairs, etc. He was a lot. All weekend. Made worse only because my husband and I both got our COVID boosters on Saturday and whooo those wear you out VERY QUICKLY. We were exhausted. BUT now we’re boosted, and we should be feeling all better by tomorrow. How was your weekend, my friends?

This one comes highly recommended from a fellow reviewer! I love books set in Scotland (cough Outlander cough) so anything remotely revolving around that country I’m all for.


For a merry widow and a stoic major, it’s a bumpy road to love…

Adjusting to life in peacetime isn’t easy for Major Duncan McCameron. Escorting a lady on her journey north seems like the perfect chance to give him some much-needed purpose. That is, until he learns the woman in question is the beautiful, bold, reckless Lady Farris. She makes his head spin and being alone together will surely end in disaster.

Beatrice, the Dowager Countess of Farris, is finally free of a stifling marriage and she has no plans to shackle herself to any other man. Ready to live life to the fullest, she’s headed to a week-long bacchanal and the journey should be half the fun. Except she’s confined to a carriage with a young, rule-abiding, irritatingly handsome Scottish soldier who wouldn’t know a good time if it landed in his lap. But maybe a madcap escapade will loosen him up…

Between carriage crashes, secret barn dances, robbers, and an inn with only one bed, their initial tension dissolves into a passion that neither expected. But is there a future for an adventure-loving lady and a duty-bound soldier, or will their differences tear them apart?

Here’s hoping you and yours have a great week!


Gooood morning, my darlings. It’s Monday. Brand new start to the week! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend — we went to a wedding of one of my husband’s friends this weekend and we’re still recovering. It’s been a while since we drank that much and stayed up that late. Thankfully, my MIL watched Will so we could stay at a hotel! The wedding was just far enough away that we didn’t want to drive home afterwards. It was a lot of fun, though! Now we all just need to catch up on some sleep.

This book came out fairly recently, so many of you will have seen it around! I currently have it on hold at the library — here’s hoping my turn will come up on it soon!


“Stolen me? As soon to say a caged bird can be stolen by the sky.”

Velasin vin Aaro never planned to marry at all, let alone a girl from neighboring Tithena. When an ugly confrontation reveals his preference for men, Vel fears he’s ruined the diplomatic union before it can even begin. But while his family is ready to disown him, the Tithenai envoy has a different solution: for Vel to marry his former intended’s brother instead.

Caethari Aeduria always knew he might end up in a political marriage, but his sudden betrothal to a man from Ralia, where such relationships are forbidden, comes as a shock.

With an unknown faction willing to kill to end their new alliance, Vel and Cae have no choice but to trust each other. Survival is one thing, but love—as both will learn—is quite another.

Byzantine politics, lush sexual energy, and a queer love story that is by turns sweet and sultry. A Strange and Stubborn Endurance is an exploration of gender, identity, and self-worth. It is a book that will live in your heart long after you turn the last page.

Here’s hoping you and yours have a great week!


Helllooo my darlings, it’s Monday! I don’t have much to report other than this — Will is not sleeping well again. He’s sleeping through the night, but he’ll wake up at 4:30 am and not want to go back to sleep. No one in the Birdie’s Book Nook house slept well this weekend. Didn’t do much. Went to the playground, did some errands, bought the kiddo new shoes (his feet have grown up almost two sizes from May to now!!!) and a cute little cow plushie that he fell in love with at the pharmacy. He’s been carrying the cow around all weekend and giving her kisses while he plays. It’s adorable.

I sincerely hope that you are more well-rested than we are! Have a great Monday, and here’s to a great week ahead!

I asked for an ARC of this week’s TBR book, but never heard back from the publisher. The request is now sitting in limbo, basically, as the book comes out tomorrow! I really loved The Ex Hex when I read it last year, and this one uses that book as a comp. It sounds fun, and delightfully witchy!


the book cover for Small Town, Big Magic by Hazel Beck

For fans of THE EX HEX and PAYBACK’S A WITCH, a fun, witchy rom-com in which a bookstore owner who is fighting to revitalize a small midwestern town clashes with her rival, the mayor, and uncovers not only a clandestine group that wields a dark magic to control the idyllic river hamlet, but hidden powers she never knew she possessed.

Witches aren’t real. Right?

No one has civic pride quite like Emerson Wilde. As a local indie bookstore owner and youngest-ever Chamber of Commerce president, she’d do anything for her hometown of St. Cyprian, Missouri. After all, Midwest is best! She may be descended from a witch who was hanged in 1692 during the Salem Witch Trials, but there’s no sorcery in doing your best for the town you love.

Or is there?

As she preps Main Street for an annual festival, Emerson notices strange things happening around St. Cyprian. Strange things that culminate in a showdown with her lifelong arch-rival, Mayor Skip Simon. He seems to have sent impossible, paranormal creatures after her. Creatures that Emerson dispatches with ease, though she has no idea how she’s done it. Is Skip Simon…a witch? Is Emerson?

It turns out witches are real, and Emerson is one of them. She failed a coming-of-age test at age eighteen—the only test she’s ever failed!—and now, as an adult, her powers have come roaring back.

But she has little time to explore those powers, or her blossoming relationship with her childhood friend, cranky-yet-gorgeous local farmer Jacob North: an ancient evil has awakened in St. Cyprian, and it’s up to Emerson and her friends—maybe even Emerson herself—to save everything she loves.

Like a king.

Here’s hoping you and yours have a great week!