Weekly Update (5/23/21)

Hello Lovely Bookworms!

This week has been full of good things minus Monday. Monday was just a bad, bad day.

I’m still doing the same things as usual World of Warcraft and reading. I also took a week off from teaching when it comes to my daughter and told her it was summer vacation, haha. She is doing really well and should be ready for Kindergarten. Lately she has been learning her sounds and knows all of them plus is able to tell you the name of the letter when you hold up flashcards. She does know how to write quite a bit of them too.

Other than that, my mom had surgery on Monday. She is still recovering at home and feels like a bus hit her but we are hoping that her surgery will have fixed her health issues when it comes to her calcium levels and kidney stones.

I’ve been away this weekend to visit my husband’s mom and so I will be catching up on here tomorrow.

I hope you all have been having a fantastic weekend!❤

  • Incendiary (Hollow Crown #1) by Zoraida Córdova (audiobook) ⭐⭐⭐✨
  • Forest of Souls (Shamanborn #1) by Lori M. Lee (reread) ⭐⭐⭐
  • Broken Web (Shamanborn #2) by Lori M. Lee (arc) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle ⭐⭐
  • Daughter of Sparta by Claire M. Andrews (arc) ⭐⭐⭐
  • The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary (arc) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Isn’t It Bromantic? (Bromance Book Club #4) by Lyssa Kay Adams (arc) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Redemptor (Raybearer #2) by Jordan Ifueko (arc) ⭐⭐⭐
  • Shipped by Meredith Tate ⭐⭐⭐
  • The Emperor’s Blade by Brian Staveley
  • The Endless Skies by Shannon Price (arc)
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How was your week? Did you do anything fun over the weekend? Read anything good this week? Let me know in the comments!

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Arc Review: Heart and Seoul by Jen Frederick

Title: Heart and Seoul
Author: Jen Frederick
Genre: Adult Contemporary / Romance
Publication Date: May 25th, 2021
Publisher: Berkley Books
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for an earc to read in exchange for a review!

From USA Today bestselling author Jen Frederick comes a heart-wrenching yet hopeful romance that shows that the price of belonging is often steeper than expected.

As a Korean adoptee, Hara Wilson doesn’t need anyone telling her she looks different from her white parents. She knows. Every time Hara looks in the mirror, she’s reminded that she doesn’t look like anyone else in her family—not her loving mother, Ellen; not her jerk of a father, Pat; and certainly not like Pat’s new wife and new “real” son.

At the age of twenty-five, she thought she had come to terms with it all, but when her father suddenly dies, an offhand comment at his funeral triggers an identity crisis that has her running off to Seoul in search of her roots.

What Hara finds there has all the makings of a classic K-drama: a tall, mysterious stranger who greets her at the airport, spontaneous adventures across the city, and a mess of familial ties, along with a red string of destiny that winds its way around her heart and soul. Hara goes to Korea looking for answers, but what she gets instead is love—a forbidden love that will either welcome Hara home…or destroy her chance of finding one.” (Goodreads)

I was really excited to be approved for this one as I have been reading quite a few books set in Korea and the blurb just hooked me. I did like a lot of aspects of the book but the ending is really what made the rating a 3 star instead of 4.

Hara is Korean but she hasn’t grown up feeling like it as she was adopted and moved to America when she was young. I couldn’t relate to her on either level as I am white and not adopted but I do like reading about others experiences. It was easy to read and understand why she felt a certain way towards the situations of growing up in an all white community, being adopted, and just all of the not so great comments she got because of it. The topics in the book definitely resemble what is being spoken about now when it comes to the Asian community.

The setting is mostly in Seoul with just the first few chapters being in Iowa which setup the plot and her great escape. I really liked the setting of the book and the author does a great job including information about Seoul or even the language/customs of the people from there. One example of this is the difference between an American and Korean funeral.

I did enjoy most of the side characters but they are also pretty minor. A couple do play a bigger role than the rest but their development was still a bit lacking.

There is romance but if you don’t like slow-burn then it most likely wouldn’t be for you. I did find it to be to my liking and it very much resembles a K-Drama. He was just so nice and perfect!

As with any contemporary/romance book, there is drama. This one had quite a bit but it didn’t turn me off. It kept me engaged and I liked the reveals of the twist as the book went on. I honestly wasn’t expecting half of them! It really kept me on my toes.

My only complaint about this book was the ending. If it’s labeled as a hopeful romance then I would like more closure at the end. I want an HEA. This had such an open-ended ending that I couldn’t look past it and it really affected my rating.

Overall, this was good. I did like a majority of it but that ending just really screwed over the whole book.

Weekly Update (4/25/21)

Hello Lovely Bookworms!

I have been reading a bit more this week than last week although most of the books I have picked up have been average which disappoints me. At least the first half of the month had great ratings! Gotta look at the positives, haha.

As far as life, it’s been a struggle. I got kicked in the eye by my daughter yesterday. It was an accident but it still hurt nonetheless, ha. My mom has been in the hospital twice now for kidney stones which have been causing blockage. It’s hard to live in a different state at times like this. There are siblings that live there but some are just too preoccupied with themselves that they don’t actually do much. It’s frustrating. She will be having surgery sometime soon to hopefully help her situation.

Other than that, my husband will be finishing up college this coming week and then we will have a month until summer classes. My daughter turns five in two months and I am just not prepared for that either. I’m just going to continue on with my motto, it is what it is.

A positive is that I am 9 days free of binge eating and I have been working out 3-4 times a week for the last two weeks. It feels good to have a routine going and feel like I am accomplishing something for myself.

I hope you all have been doing well! ❤

  • Bone Crier’s Dawn (Bone Grace #2) by Kathryn Purdie 3 stars
  • My Epic Spring Break (Up) by Kristin Rockaway (audiobook) 3.5 stars
  • Plot Twist by Bethany Turner (arc) 2 stars
  • The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid (arc) 3 stars
  • Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart 3 stars
  • Faking Reality by Sara Fujimura (arc)
  • The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson (audiobook)
  • The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon
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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

WWW Wednesday (4/21/21)

Hello, My Lovely Bookworms!

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and is now hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

It consists of answering these three questions:

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

I am currently reading Plot Twist by Bethany Turner. It is an arc I have from Netgalley and honestly, I’m not feeling it. It’s too dramatic and not enough romance although it tries to be a rom-com but without the two only meeting once so far.

I am listening to The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. I wouldn’t say it’s bad but I’m also not loving it either. I am still going to continue on as I am not very far into it.

Today I am also going to be starting The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon. I am doing it as a buddy read and looking forward to it!

  • Bone Crier’s Dawn (Bone Grace #2) by Kathryn Purdie 3 stars
  • My Epic Spring Break (Up) by Kristin Rockaway (audiobook) 3.5 stars

If I continue on with my feelings for The Kiss of Deception then I will pick up The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles #2) by Mary E. Pearson.

I will read another arc and it’s called Faking Reality by Sara Fujimura.

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What is your current read? Are you loving it? Have you read or want to read any that I have listed? Let me know in the comments!

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Weekly Update (4/18/21)

Hello Lovely Bookworms!

This week has been an average week.

I didn’t get much reading done but I still managed to finish four. I guess my priority hasn’t really been to sit down but I also haven’t been listening to audiobooks as often as I was, haha. Maybe it’s a reading slump, who knows. Most of the books I have been reading have been high ratings so I can’t be too upset! That doesn’t happen often for me.

Today will be a day of yard work and finishing up some cleaning in my house. I have laundry to put away but it’s just one of those things I dislike doing, haha. Anyone else hate laundry?

I hope you all have had a great week and an amazing weekend!❤

  • The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War #2) by R.F. Kuang (audiobook) 5 stars
  • Gilded Serpent (Dark Shores #3) by Danielle L. Jensen (arc) 5 stars
  • 11 Paper Hearts by Kelsey Hartwell 4 stars
  • The Layover by Lacie Waldon (arc) 2.5 stars
  • Bone Crier’s Dawn (Bone Grace #2) by Kathryn Purdie
  • My Epic Spring Break (Up) by Kristin Rockaway (audiobook)
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How was your week? Did you do anything fun over the weekend? Read anything good this week? Let me know in the comments!

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles That Sound Like They Could Be Crayola Crayon Colors (4/13/21)

Hello Bookworms!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

Today’s prompt is Book Titles That Sound Like They Could Be Crayola Crayon Colors. This is a very interesting topic and one that I have never thought of before! There are so pretty wild names for colors so this should be fun! Hopefully, haha.

1.) Tin

2.) Red Tigress

3.) Nightshade

4.) Black Dawn

5.) Midnight Sun

6.) Frozen Tides

7.) Splinters of Scarlet

8.) The Silver Chair

9.) Royal Blood

10.) A Touch of Gold

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What book do you think would make a great color for a crayon?

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Weekly Update (4/11/21)

Hello Lovely Bookworms!

This week has been a week.

Every day felt like a Monday and the weekend has been the only thing that has gone right. Well, minus the rain when we were supposed to do yard work, haha.

I haven’t been listening to my audiobook much but I did get some reading done. I have enjoyed a couple YA Contemporary / Romance arcs! They did make me teary-eyed though, ha! But for good reasons.

Other than that, playing some videogames here and there as well as cleaning my house. It’s been pretty average when things are going right.

  • The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang (audiobook) 5 stars
  • Tarnished Empire (Dark Shores #0.5) by Danielle L. Jensen 5 stars
  • Bridge of Souls (Cassidy Blake #3) by Victoria Schwab 4 stars
  • The Return of the Sorceress by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (arc) 4 stars
  • XOXO by Axie Oh (arc) 5 stars
  • Kind of Sort of Fine by Spencer Hall (arc) 4 stars
  • The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War #2) by R.F. Kuang (audiobook)
  • Gilded Serpent (Dark Shores #3) by Danielle L. Jensen (arc)
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How was your week? Did you do anything fun over the weekend? Read anything good this week? Let me know in the comments!

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

WWW Wednesday (4/7/21)

Hello, My Lovely Bookworms!

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and is now hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

It consists of answering these three questions:

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

I am listening to The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War #2) by R.F. Kuang. I am trying to listen to at least 18% a day so I can finish in the next 5 days since it is so long!

My current ebook is an arc called The Return of the Sorceress by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. I haven’t started it yet but it shouldn’t take long to get through because I believe it is a novella.

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang (audiobook) 5 stars

Tarnished Empire (Dark Shores #0.5) by Danielle L. Jensen 5 stars

Bridge of Souls (Cassidy Blake #3) by Victoria Schwab 4 stars

I haven’t decided if I want to read or listen to The Burning God (The Poppy War #3) by R.F. Kuang. I may read it just to be able to jot down things since I haven’t read it before.

My next read will be Gilded Serpent (Dark Shores #3) by Danielle L. Jensen. I am really excited to start it after the cliffhanger of the prequel!

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What is your current read? Are you loving it? Have you read or want to read any that I have listed? Let me know in the comments!

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Gladly Throw Into the Ocean (4/6/21)

Hello Bookworms!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

Today’s prompt is Books I’d Gladly Throw Into the Ocean. There are definitely some books I can think of throwing in the ocean even if I don’t like the idea of ruining books, haha. These are just the worst of the worst for me. Sorry if a book you like is on this list!

1.) White Stag by Kara Barbieri

2.) Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter

3.) Shadowfrost by Coco Ma

4.) Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin

5.) Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco

6.) Crave by Tracy Wolff

7.) The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

8.) Beau and Bett by Kathryn Berla

9.) Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Series

10.) Fractured by Shay Siegel

Extras!

11.) Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

12.) The Second Home by Christina Clancy

13.) Regretting You by Colleen Hoover

14.) When Life Gives You Lemons Instead of Lattes by Rayna York

15.) We Met in December by Rosie Curtis

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What book would you throw in the sea?

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Weekly Update (4/4/21)

Hello Lovely Bookworms!

It’s me again!

This week has been fine, heh. I talked about the bad news with my husband’s schooling in my monthly wrap-up. Other than that, It’s been a slow and anxious week. It’s probably why I have been putting off calling the dermatologist because it will make me more anxious, haha.

This weekend I have spent time with my husband’s family for Easter. Many of them I haven’t seen for a couple years now due to the pandemic. My daughter has been really excited because apparently she is a social butterfly but my husband and I are not. 🤣 I guess at least she makes me get out of my comfort zone.

World of Warcraft has been played a few times and my youngest brother has joined in. It’s been nice to talk to him more even if it is over a mic. Usually he is so busy with work.

I hope you all had a great week and a better weekend! ❤

  • Son of the Storm (The Nameless Republic #1) by Suyi Davies Okungbowa (arc) 4 stars
  • These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan (arc) 1 star
  • Nyxia Uprising (The Nyxia Triad #3) by Scott Reintgen (audiobook) 3 stars
  • Shipped by Angie Hockman 3 stars
  • The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang (audiobook)
  • Tarnished Empire (Dark Shores #0.5) by Danielle L. Jensen
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How was your week? Did you do anything fun over the weekend? Read anything good this week? Let me know in the comments!

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)