Top Ten Tuesday: Covers That Make Me Want to Read/Buy the Book (8/3/21)

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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 Titles or Covers That Made Me Want to Read/Buy the Book but I’ve change the made to make. I love prompts like this because I get to go through my tbr pile once again and see what the heck I have on it, haha. Usually it’s because of the cover or title anyways so it works.

1.) Always Jane by Jenn Bennett

2.) Queen of the Tiles by Hanna Alkaf

3.) All the Right Reasons by Bethany Mangle

4.) A Lair of Bones by Helen Scheuerer

5.) God of Neverland by Gama Ray Martinez

6.) That Dark Infinity by Kate Pentecost

7.) Lease On Love by Falon Ballard

8.) The Girl with the Hickory Heart by Lauren Nicolle Taylor

9.) Song of the Forever Rains by E.J. Mellow

10.) Escape to Witch City by E. Latimer

Are any of these on your tbr? What one would you read based on the cover?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Want With Me While Stranded On a Deserted Island (7/27/21)

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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 Want With Me While Stranded On a Deserted Island. I know there are a lot of books on my tbr I would like to get to and being on a deserted island would do the trick!

1.) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

2.) The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

3.) Lion of Ireland by Morgan Llywelyn

4.) Year One by Nora Roberts

5.) The Darkdeep by Ally Condie Brendan Reichs

6.) Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

7.) We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

8.) An Illusion of Thieves by Cate Glass

9.) Coraline by Neil Gaiman

10.) Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

Have you read any of these? What book would you take to a deserted island?

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read In One Sitting

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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 Read In One Sitting. There have been so many times I’ve lost track of time just to finish a book, haha. Sometimes it’s just so hard to put a book down!

1.) Caraval by Stephanie Garber

2.) House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

3.) Meet Me in Paradise by Libby Hubscher

4.) The Last Words We Said by Leah Scheier

5.) Well Met by Jen DeLuca

6.) Aurora Burning by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

7.) The Bone Charmer by Breeana Shields

8.) Well Matched by Jen Deluca

9.) Fae Hunter by Sarah K.L. Wilson

10.) Finale by Stephanie Garber

Have you read any of these? What’s a book you read in one sitting?

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles That are Questions

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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 are Questions. This may be a hard one! I know of one off the top of my head, haha. I guess I either don’t notice it, they aren’t common, or I just don’t read any with them. Let’s see what I can come up with!

Edit: After going through I have found a lot I have read to my daughter and a couple that I have read at one point in my life, haha.

1.) Isn’t It Bromantic?

2.) Are You My Mother?

3.) Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

4.) Mama, Do You Love Me?

5.) Got Religion? How Churches, Mosques, and Synagogues, Can Bring Young People Back

6.) Who Killed Mr. Boddy?

7.) Where’s Waldo?

8.) How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?

9.) What is a Princess?

10.) What’s Wrong With My Pony?

Have you read any of these? Is there a book title that is a question you have read?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons Why I Love Reading (7/4/21)

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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 Reasons Why I Love Reading. I won’t be doing a list like I usually do because I just don’t have that many to write down, haha. So this will be one giant paragraph. Enjoy!

I’ve been reading since a very, very young age. It’s what helped me make friends and I loved being able to go to the library and explore all of the books available to me. I have stopped reading in the past and got back into it as an adult. It’s been fun to explore new worlds again which is one of the reasons I love reading. It’s an escape. The world has been difficult lately, especially with Covid last year. It was all the more reason to have an escape into a new world. I think that is why I enjoy Fantasy the most because it’s usually quite different from our own and involves magic!

Another reason I love reading is the connection I have with my sister, daughter, and husband. Sometimes we do buddy reads and I have been going through The Magic Treehouse books with my daughter. It’s nice to be able to talk about the things I love with those close to me. I’ve also been connecting with others because of instagram and my blog.

My last reaon for reading, that I can think of at least haha, is being able to also explore cultures whether that be through their daily life or myths.

Why do you love reading?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2021 (6/29/21)

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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 Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2021! There are so many books I am looking forward to so it will be hard to narrow it down, haha.

1.) Well Matched by Jen DeLuca

2.) Aurora’s End by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristaff

3.) The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik

4.) Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber

5.) A Psalms of Storms and Silence by Roseanne A. Brown

6.) Dark Waters by Katherine Arden

7.) Steelstriker by Marie Lu

8.) When We Were Them by Laura Taylor Namey

9.) It All Comes Back To You by Farah Naz Rishi

10.) Cast in Secrets and Shadow by Andrea Robertson

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Are any of these on your tbr? What’s a book you are looking forward to this year?

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Summer 2021 TBR

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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 On My Summer 2021 TBR. There are a lot of books I would like to get to but I am honestly just trying to focus on my arcs right now. I have 8 left so I will share those and then add two books that are on my physical shelf at home!

1.) Luminous by Mara Rutherford

2.) Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer

3.) You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao

4.) Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood

5.) The Keeper of Night by Kylie Lee Baker

6.) Stalking Shadows by Cyla Panin

7.) Bright Ruined Things by Samantha Cohoe

8.) This May End Badly by Samantha Markum

9.) Not Another Love Song by Olivia Wildenstein

10.) The Princess Bride by William Goldman

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Are any of these on your tbr? What’s a book you are looking to read this summer?

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved that Made Me Want More Books Like Them

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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 Loved that Made Me Want More Books Like Them. I’ve been loving the prompts lately and I’m really excited about this one! The wheels have been turning in my head since reading what today’s would be. I know I can get to ten to here we go!

P.S. Most of my choices would be the whole series/duology. They were all just so good!

1.) The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

2.) The Traitor’s Circle by Erin Beaty

3.) The Bone Charmer by Breeana Shields

4.) The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

5.) House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

6.) Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan

7.) Caraval by Stephanie Garber

8.) The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden

9.) Scritch Scratch by Lindsay Currie

10.) The Kinder Poison by Natalie Mae

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What’s a book you want more like? Have you read any of these and felt the same?

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Radar (6/1/21)

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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 a freebie so I am going with Books On My Radar. The books listed are ones that have been recently added to my tbr and I can’t wait to learn more about! Maybe you will find some books to add to your tbr too, haha.

1.) She Who Rides the Storm by Caitlin Sangster

In this atmospheric YA fantasy that is Wicked Saints meets There Will Come a Darkness, four teens are drawn into a high-stakes heist in the perilous tomb of an ancient shapeshifter king.

Long ago, shapeshifting monsters ruled the Commonwealth using blasphemous magic that fed on the souls of their subjects. Now, hundreds of years later, a new tomb has been uncovered, and despite the legends that disturbing a shapeshifter’s final resting place will wake them once again, the Warlord is determined to dig it up.

But it isn’t just the Warlord who means to brave the traps and pitfalls guarding the crypt.

A healer obsessed with tracking down the man who murdered her twin brother.

A runaway member of the Warlord’s Devoted order, haunted by his sister’s ghost.

A snotty archaeologist bent on finding the cure to his magical wasting disease.

A girl desperate to escape the cloistered life she didn’t choose.

All four are out to steal the same cursed sword rumored to be at the very bottom of the tomb. But of course, some treasures should never see the light of day, and some secrets are best left buried…” (Goodreads)

2.) Luminous by Mara Rutherford

From the author of Crown of Coral and Pearl comes an immersive new fantasy about a witch who must learn to harness her power–or risk losing her loved ones forever.

Liora has spent her life in hiding, knowing discovery could mean falling prey to the king’s warlock, Darius, who uses mages’ magic to grow his own power. But when her worst nightmare comes to pass, Darius doesn’t take her. Instead, he demands that her younger sister return to the capital with him. To make matters worse, Evran, Liora’s childhood friend and the only one who knows her secret, goes missing following Darius’s visit, leaving her without anyone to turn to.

To find Evran and to save her sister, Liora must embrace the power she has always feared. But the greatest danger she’ll face is yet to come, for Darius has plans in motion that will cause the world to fall into chaos–and Liora and Evran may be the only ones who can stop him.” (Goodreads)

3.) Sway With Me by Syed M. Masood

She’s All That goes desi in this hilarious, affecting, and sweetly romantic comedy by the author of More Than Just a Pretty Face.

Arsalan has learned everything he knows from Nana, his 100-year-old great-grandfather. This includes the fact that when Nana dies, Arsalan will be completely alone in the world, except for his estranged and abusive father. So he turns to Beenish, the step-daughter of a prominent matchmaker, to find him a future life partner. Beenish’s request in return? That Arsalan help her ruin her older sister’s wedding with a spectacular dance she’s been forbidden to perform.

Despite knowing as little about dancing as he does about girls, Arsalan wades into Beenish’s chaotic world to discover friends and family he never expected. And though Arsalan’s old-school manners and Beenish’s take-no-prisoners attitude clash every minute, they find themselves getting closer and closer—literally. All that’s left to realize is that the thing they both really want is each other, if only they can get in step.

At turns laugh-out-loud funny, poignant, and sincerely heartfelt, Sway With Me is a coming-of-age story for anyone trying to find their place in the world.” (Goodreads)

4.) The Last Words We Said by Leah Scheier

“Nine months ago, Danny disappeared and everything changed for his friends. Rae’s pouring herself into rage-baking. Deenie’s deepening her commitment to Orthodox Judaism. And Ellie—Danny’s best friend and girlfriend—is the only one who doesn’t believe he’s dead.

Because she still sees him.

Moving back and forth between past and present, the story of Ellie and Danny unspools, from their serendipitous meeting to Danny and Ellie falling for each other. In the past, they were the perfect couple—until it all went wrong. In the present, Ellie’s looking for answers. Her friends are worried about her mental health, but Ellie’s certain that the tragedy that’s rocked their modern Orthodox community isn’t as simple as they all believe. She’s determined to uncover the truth about what happened to the love of her life. But to do that, she’ll have to be more honest with herself.” (Goodreads)

5.) A Far Wilder Magic by Allison Saft

“When Margaret Welty spots the legendary hala, the last living mythical creature, she knows the Halfmoon Hunt will soon follow. Whoever is able to kill the hala will earn fame and riches, and unlock an ancient magical secret. If Margaret wins the hunt, it may finally bring her mother home. While Margaret is the best sharpshooter in town, only teams of two can register, and she needs an alchemist.

Weston Winters isn’t an alchemist–yet. Fired from every apprenticeship he’s landed, his last chance hinges on Master Welty taking him in. But when Wes arrives at Welty Manor, he finds only Margaret and her bloodhound Trouble. Margaret begrudgingly allows him to stay, but on one condition: he must join the hunt with her.

Although they make an unlikely team, Wes is in awe of the girl who has endured alone on the outskirts of a town that doesn’t want her, in this creaking house of ghosts and sorrow. And even though Wes disrupts every aspect of her life, Margaret is drawn to him. He, too, knows what it’s like to be an outsider. As the hunt looms closer and tensions rise, Margaret and Wes uncover dark magic that could be the key to winning the hunt – if they survive tht long. In A Far Wilder Magic, Allison Saft has written an achingly tender love story set against a deadly hunt in an atmospheric, rich fantasy world that will sweep you away.” (Goodreads)

6.) The Suite Spot by Trish Doller

“Rachel Beck has hit a brick wall. She’s a single mom, still living at home and trying to keep a dying relationship alive. Aside from her daughter, the one bright light in Rachel’s life is her job as the night reservations manager at a luxury hotel in Miami Beach—until the night she is fired for something she didn’t do.

On impulse, Rachel inquires about a management position at a brewery hotel on an island in Lake Erie called Kelleys Island. When she’s offered the job, Rachel packs up her daughter and makes the cross country move.

What she finds on Kelleys Island is Mason, a handsome, moody man who knows everything about brewing beer and nothing about running a hotel. Especially one that’s barely more than foundation and studs. It’s not the job Rachel was looking for, but Mason offers her a chance to help build a hotel—and rebuild her own life—from the ground up.

The big hearted companion to Float Plan, Trish Doller’s The Suite Spot is about taking a chance on a new life and a new love.” (Goodreads)

7.) Echoes and Empires by Morgan Rhodes

A snarky seventeen-year-old must team up with an enigmatic criminal to cure herself of dangerous forbidden magic in the first book of a new fantasy duology from Morgan Rhodes, the New York Times bestselling author of the Falling Kingdoms series.

Josslyn Drake knows only three things about magic: it’s rare, illegal, and always deadly. So when she’s caught up in a robbery gone wrong at the Queen’s Gala and infected by a dangerous piece of magic—one that allows her to step into the memories of an infamously evil warlock—she finds herself living her worst nightmare. Joss needs the magic removed before it corrupts her soul and kills her. But in Ironport, the cost of doing magic is death, and seeking help might mean scheduling her own execution. There’s nobody she can trust.

Nobody, that is, except wanted criminal Jericho Nox, who offers her a deal: his help extracting the magic in exchange for the magic itself. And though she’s not thrilled to be working with a thief, especially one as infuriating (and infuriatingly handsome) as Jericho, Joss is desperate enough to accept.

But Jericho is nothing like Joss expects. The closer she grows with Jericho and the more she sees of the world outside her pampered life in the city, the more Joss begins to question the beliefs she’s always taken for granted—beliefs about right and wrong, about power and magic, and even about herself.

In an empire built on lies, the truth may be her greatest weapon.” (Goodreads)

8.) Wendy, Darling by A.C. Wise

A lush, feminist re-imagining on what happened to Wendy after Neverland, for fans of Circe and The Mere Wife.

For those that lived there, Neverland was a children’s paradise. No rules, no adults, only endless adventure and enchanted forests – all led by the charismatic boy who would never grow old.

But Wendy Darling grew up. She left Neverland and became a woman, a mother, a patient, and a survivor. Because Neverland isn’t as perfect as she remembers. There’s darkness at the heart of the island, and now Peter Pan has returned to claim a new Wendy for his lost boys…” (Goodreads)

9.) Song of the Forever Rains by E.J. Mellows

From the award-winning author of the Dreamland series comes a new dark romantic fantasy about a young woman finding hope in her powers of destruction.

The Thief Kingdom is a place hidden within the world of Aadlior. Many whisper of its existence, but few have found this place, where magic and pleasure abound. There, the mysterious Thief King reigns supreme with the help of the Mousai, a trio of revered and feared sorceresses.

Larkyra Bassette may be the youngest of the Mousai, but when she sings her voice has the power to slay monsters. When it’s discovered the Duke of Lachlan is siphoning a poisonous drug from the Thief Kingdom and using it to abuse his tenants, Larkyra is offered her first solo mission to stop the duke. Eager to prove herself, Larkyra accepts by posing as the duke’s potential bride. But her plans grow complicated when she finds herself drawn to Lord Darius Mekenna, Lachlan’s rightful heir. Soon she suspects Darius has his own motivations for ridding Lachlan of the corrupt duke. Larkyra and Darius must learn to trust each other if there is to be any hope of saving the people of Lachlan—and themselves.

Welcome to the world of Aadilor, where lords and ladies can be murderers and thieves, and the most alluring notes are often the deadliest. Dare to listen?” (Goodreads)

10.) The Bones of Ruin by Sarah Raughley

An African tightrope walker who can’t die gets embroiled in a secret society’s deadly gladiatorial tournament in this thrilling historical fantasy set in an alternate 1880s London, perfect for fans of The Last Magician and The Gilded Wolves.

As an African tightrope dancer in Victorian London, Iris is used to being strange. She is certainly a strange sight for leering British audiences always eager for the spectacle of colonial curiosity. But Iris also has a secret that even “strange” doesn’t capture…​

She cannot die.

Haunted by her unnatural power and with no memories of her past, Iris is obsessed with discovering who she is. But that mission gets more complicated when she meets the dark and alluring Adam Temple, a member of a mysterious order called the Enlightenment Committee. Adam seems to know much more about her than he lets on, and he shares with her a terrifying revelation: the world is ending, and the Committee will decide who lives…and who doesn’t.

To help them choose a leader for the upcoming apocalypse, the Committee is holding the Tournament of Freaks, a macabre competition made up of vicious fighters with fantastical abilities. Adam wants Iris to be his champion, and in return he promises her the one thing she wants most: the truth about who she really is.

If Iris wants to learn about her shadowy past, she has no choice but to fight. But the further she gets in the grisly tournament, the more she begins to remember—and the more she wonders if the truth is something best left forgotten.” (Goodreads)

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Would you add any of these to your tbr? What’s a book that is on your radar?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Quotes that I Love (5/25/21)

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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 Quotes that I Love. It’s really up to the blogger what quotes they will include and a theme. I’m just going with the simple favorite quotes, haha. Hopefully you like the ones I have picked out to share!

1.) “You are lightning made flesh. Colder than falling snow. Unstoppable as the desert sands riding the wind. You are Stormling, Aurora Pavan. Believe it. Believe it, and others will too.” – Roar by Cora Carmack

2.) “”Murders don’t normally happen at the end of a book,” she said.” – Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson

3.) “Without hello, you couldn’t mark a beginning. To avoid an ending, of course you went without goodbye.” – Mistwalker by Saundra Mitchell

4.) “Only his face remained the same, half-masked and haunting. Like a prince who relished the bloody crown on his head, and the ghosts that came with it.” – Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

5.) “No ones fate is written in stone, child.” – Silence of Bones by June Hur

6.) “The people you love weren’t algebra: to be calculated, subtracted, or held at arm’s length across a decimal point.” – A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

7.) “What is a life if we have to spend it in fear, anyway?” – Son of the Storm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

8.) “Your father gave me life. But you were the one who made me live.” Lifelike by Jay Kristoff

9.) “Whether I have a love tattoo or I don’t is irrelevant. My path could split a thousand times, and I’d find you and love you on all of them.” – The Bone Thief by Breeana Shields

10.) “I would have burned the forest to the ground to find you. I would have driven a knife into the witch’s heart. I would have ended all the world before I lost you.” – Into the Heartless Wood by Joanna Ruth Meyer

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Would you read any of these books based on the quote? Have you read any of these?

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