Every Book I Bought-April 2021

Well, how did I do on my book buying ban this month?

I bought books, that’s how I did.

Welp. Here is the damage.

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her—but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he’s ever known.

Just the first couple of lines of the description had me sold on this book. That’s not the full description mind you. I do fully expect this book to wreck me.

The Black Gryphon by Mercedes Lackey

The story of Skandranon, the titular black gryphon, and his human best friend Amberdrake. Did I mention the Mage War? I already own this book, but I had read it so much it was falling apart, so I picked up a new copy at my local used book store. It’s in pretty good condition too!

The Return of Nightfall by Mickey Zucker Reichert

The story of the Nightfall continues. I’ll be honest, I’m not really sure what this is all about, but I bought it, because I have the first on, which I haven’t read yet. But I needed the second one before I could read the first one. That makes sense, right?

This Alien Shore by C.S. Friedman

A powerful guild has control over space travel, and the rest of the planets want to topple them. I love C.S. Friedman’s books. Well, the three I have read anyway. The Coldfire trilogy was amazing, so I have high hopes for this one.

Broken (in the best possible way) by Jenny Lawson

Jenny Lawson writes about mental illness amazingly and I have never felt so seen. This is her newest autobiography and I can’t wait to read it. In fact, I may start it to today!

So It’s not’s so bad. Could be worse. I say as I made it worse during May. You’ll see.

Everything I Read In April 2021

Short list, but I read something!

The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec

The story of Angrboda, who bears Loki three children, among other things. I didn’t finish this one. In fact, you can read all about it here.

I started two other books this month, but one of them got returned to the library before I could finish it. And the other I finished on May first, so I’m not counting that one.

On the plus side, I have already started anther book. No spoilers!

April 2021 Wrap Up

As always, it’s that time of the month when we look back at all the things that have been and we make a blog post about them! Which this month, is apparently not a lot. It seems I only wrote a few blog posts. Hey, at least I wrote.

Everything I Read in March 2021: This was a very short list of no books. I failed as a book blogger. Oh well.

Book Haul March 2021: The one where I haul some books for you. I may have bought over my self imposed limit.

Every New Release I Want- April 2021: A complete list of the books I may or may not buy eventually. I want the pretties!

The Witch’s Heart-A Book Review: In which I reviewed a book! Big shocker, I know.

And there it is, my shame. I only posted four things. Oh well. I posted, so it’s a win!

The Witch’s Heart- A Book Review

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve written one of these hasn’t it! Two months, at least!

I thought I’d dip my toe back in the reviewing pool by reading The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec.

It’s the story of Angrboda, a witch who was burned by Odin because she wouldn’t give him what he wanted, and who falls in love with Loki.

Here’s the thing, I didn’t like this book. I didn’t even finish it, but I think it may be that it’s a case of right book, wrong time.

See, I understand that Angrboda had been put through the ringer by Odin, but I just couldn’t connect with her. Don’t get me wrong, I love a heroine who has suffered just as much as the next person, but this character just didn’t resonate with me for some reason. And characters like this usually always resonate with me.

The writing style was fine, I have no problems with it. It wasn’t overly lyrical or particular forced, it was just there. Solid recommendation, I know.

I just, I don’t know. I struggled for two weeks to read the first one hundred pages before I finally just said “self, don’t do this, put it down and walk away.” And by “it” I mean my phone because I picked this book up through the Libby app. Thank you library.

I’m sad, because I really wanted to like this book. And I just didn’t.

What do you think, should I give this book a second chance?

One star…for now. I may come back to this later.

Every New Release I Want-April 2021

Another month, another spate of new releases to add to the ever growing TBR that I’m not supposed to buy any books for.

Like that’s actually going to happen.

On to the list!

Hummingbird Salamander by Jeff VanderMeer-April 6th

Security consultant “Jane Smith” receives an envelope with a key to a storage unit that holds a taxidermied hummingbird and clues leading her to a taxidermied salamander. Silvina, the dead woman who left the note, is a reputed ecoterrorist and the daughter of an Argentine industrialist. By taking the hummingbird from the storage unit, Jane sets in motion a series of events that quickly spin beyond her control.

Soon, Jane and her family are in danger, with few allies to help her make sense of the true scope of the peril. Is the only way to safety to follow in Silvina’s footsteps? Is it too late to stop? As she desperately seeks answers about why Silvina contacted her, time is running out—for her and possibly for the world.

I’m not usually drawn to big tech thrillers, but this one sounds good.

Broken (in the best possible way) by Jenny Lawson-April 6th

As Jenny Lawson’s hundreds of thousands of fans know, she suffers from depression. In Broken, Jenny brings readers along on her mental and physical health journey, offering heartbreaking and hilarious anecdotes along the way.

With people experiencing anxiety and depression now more than ever, Jenny humanizes what we all face in an all-too-real way, reassuring us that we’re not alone and making us laugh while doing it. From the business ideas that she wants to pitch to Shark Tank to the reason why Jenny can never go back to the post office, Broken leaves nothing to the imagination in the most satisfying way. And of course, Jenny’s long-suffering husband Victor―the Ricky to Jenny’s Lucille Ball―is present throughout.

I love Jenny Lawson and have all of her books, even the coloring book! I pre-ordered this one the day it was announced. I have much excite!

Malice: A Novel by Heather Walter-April 13th

Once upon a time, there was a wicked fairy who, in an act of vengeance, cursed a line of princesses to die. A curse that could only be broken by true love’s kiss.

You’ve heard this before, haven’t you? The handsome prince. The happily ever after.

Utter nonsense.

Let me tell you, no one in Briar actually cares about what happens to its princesses. Not the way they care about their jewels and elaborate parties and charm-granting elixirs. I thought I didn’t care, either.

Until I met her.

Princess Aurora. The last heir to Briar’s throne. Kind. Gracious. The future queen her realm needs. One who isn’t bothered that I am Alyce, the Dark Grace, abhorred and feared for the mysterious dark magic that runs in my veins. Humiliated and shamed by the same nobles who pay me to bottle hexes and then brand me a monster. Aurora says I should be proud of my gifts. That she . . . cares for me. Even though a power like mine was responsible for her curse.

But with less than a year until that curse will kill her, any future I might see with Aurora is swiftly disintegrating—and she can’t stand to kiss yet another insipid prince. I want to help her. If my power began her curse, perhaps it’s what can lift it. Perhaps together we could forge a new world.

Nonsense again. Because we all know how this story ends, don’t we? Aurora is the beautiful princess. And I—

I am the villain.

Well this sounds utterly delightful.

The Beautiful Ones by Silivia Moreno-Garcia-April 27th

They are the Beautiful Ones, Loisail’s most notable socialites, and this spring is Nina’s chance to join their ranks, courtesy of her well-connected cousin and his calculating wife. But the Grand Season has just begun, and already Nina’s debut has gone disastrously awry. She has always struggled to control her telekinesis—neighbors call her the Witch of Oldhouse—and the haphazard manifestations of her powers make her the subject of malicious gossip.

When entertainer Hector Auvray arrives to town, Nina is dazzled. A telekinetic like her, he has traveled the world performing his talents for admiring audiences. He sees Nina not as a witch, but ripe with potential to master her power under his tutelage. With Hector’s help, Nina’s talent blossoms, as does her love for him.

But great romances are for fairytales, and Hector is hiding a truth from Nina — and himself—that threatens to end their courtship before it truly begins.

I’m sorry, but a love story about two telekinetics? I’m in!

Meet Me In Another Life by Catriona Silvey-April 20th

Thora and Santi are strangers in a foreign city when a chance encounter intertwines their fates. At once, they recognize in each other a kindred spirit—someone who shares their insatiable curiosity, who is longing for more in life than the cards they’ve been dealt. Only days later, though, a tragic accident cuts their story short.

But this is only one of the many connections they share. Like satellites trapped in orbit around each other, Thora and Santi are destined to meet again: as a teacher and brilliant student; a caretaker and dying patient; a cynic and believer. In numerous lives they become friends, colleagues, lovers, and enemies. As blurred memories and strange patterns compound, Thora and Santi come to a shocking revelation—they must discover the truth of their mysterious attachment before their many lives come to one, final end.

Aww, a reincarnation love story! I’ll read that.

The Cleveland Heights LGBTQ Sci-Fi and Fantasy Role Playing Club by Doug Henderson-April 15th

On Thursday nights, the players assemble in the back of Readmore Comix and Games. Celeste is the dungeon master; Valerie, who works at the store, was roped in by default; Mooneyham, the banker, likes to argue; and Ben, sensitive, unemployed, and living at home, is still recovering from an unrequited love. In the real world they go about their days falling in love, coming out at work, and dealing with their family lives all with varying degrees of success. But in the world of their fantasy game, they are heroes and wizards fighting to stop an evil cult from waking a sleeping god.

But then a sexy new guy, Albert, joins the club, Ben’s character is killed, and Mooneyham’s boyfriend is accosted on the street. The connections and parallels between the real world and the fantasy one become stronger and more important than ever as Ben struggles to bring his character back to life and win Albert’s affection, and the group unites to organize a protest at a neighborhood bar. All the while the slighted and competing vampire role playing club, working secretly in the shadows, begins to make its move.

Just based on the title this book is a yes for me. Cause yeah, nerd things.

And there you have it, the six books I am looking forward to this month. What books are you most looking forward to?

Book Haul March 2021

Well, I may not have read anything in March, but I did buy some books! Cause I’m me and that’s how I roll.

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

An eighteenth century apothecary who makes poisons to help women with the men in their lives and a modern woman who stumbles across a mysterious bottle that unlocks the mystery of said apothecary. This was my Book of the Month pick in March.

Once & Future by Cori McCarthy and Ami Rose Capetta

Ari crash lands on old Earth and pulls an old sword from it’s resting place. This reveals her to be the newest reincarnation of the legendary king, Arthur. Y’all know I love my King Arthur retellings, so I had to pick this one up.

A Peculiar Peril by Jeff VanderMeer

Jonathan looks to inherit his grandfathers sprawling estate, once he and his friends catalog all of the curiosities that lie within. They soon discover it holds the way to an alt earth were a once deceased villain now lives. I’ve had this in my Amazon cart for months, so when I found it on Book Outlet I had to snatch it up.

The Autobiography of Santa Claus by Jeff Guinn

This heartwarming story is exactly what it says on the cover, the story of Santa. I reviewed it last year and absolutely loved it. Of course, I already own an e-book version of this, but when I saw the paperback was only $4 on Book Outlet I snatched it up.

30 Second Mythology by Robert A. Segal

This little book contains 50 of the most interesting Greek and Roman myths told in very short snip-its. I love the 30-Second series and am always excited to add new titles to my collection.

The Sign of Seven Trilogy by Nora Roberts

In the town of Hawkins Hollow, it’s called The Seven. Every seven years, on the seventh day of the seventh month, strange things happen. It began when three young boys—Caleb, Fox, and Gage—went on a camping trip to The Pagan Stone…

I love the books Nora Roberts writes as J.D. Robb, so i thought I would give some of her fantasy novels a chance. I have heard good things!

Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas

This modern day retelling of the Peter Pan story sounded very interesting. Also, I loved Cemetery Boys, so I had to pick this one up!

Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs

An entire town has disappeared, and it’s up to werewolves Charles and Anna to uncover what happened. This is book six set in this universe and what a great universe it is.

Also, I know I said I wasn’t going to buy more than three books, but I was weak. It happens. I mean, 10 isn’t a lot, is it?

Everything I Read in March 2021

Welp.

I read didly squat. Instead, I spent the entire month watching Bones on Amazon Prime.

I love that show. Even with all it’s terrible science and it’s cheesy everything. It always manages to bring a smile to my face.

The downside of spending an entire month trying to watch 12 seasons of a tv show is it doesn’t really leave time to read a whole lot of books. So I didn’t. I sacrificed book reading to the TV gods this month. Next month I plan to do better.

Of course, that’s what I said last month.

Oh well.

Monthly Wrap Up-March 2021

Well, what a month huh? It went by fast. Not real sure how that happened, but it did. I mean, one minute March was there, the next minute, it was April first!

Anyhoo…on to the wrap-up!

Everything I Read in February 2021: Well, that was a short list, wasn’t it?

Book Haul-February 2021: Speaking of short lists! I actually stuck to my book buying goals!

Every New Release I Want in March 2021: It might surprise you to learn this, but this is a list of the new releases that I want. Big shocker, I know.

We Got It!: This is the one where I exclaim our joy at the fact that the hubs and I got our vaccine!

Well, Here We Go Again: We’re going to Disney! Sorry, was that to loud? I’m just excited.

And there you have it. All the blog posts from the month of March! Huzzah!

Well, Here We Go Again

We are doing it this time! We are really going to do it!

What are we going to do? Well, once we are done being vaccinated (after our two week waiting period), we’re going to Disney World!!!

Huzzah!!

It only took a moment for us to decide to make the trip. And three and a half ours after that decision, I had contacted our original travel agent at Small World Vacations and we were booked! I even had plane tickets and restaurant reservations done. And parental visits scheduled for our days at Disney Springs and Epcot!

Trip planned!

Now I just have to take care of all the minor details, like planning cute outfits to wear and deciding whether or not to buy those cute mickey ears off of Etsy.

We Got It!

Well, we got it!

What did we get, you may ask?

We got the first dose of the Covid vaccine!

Go us! And by us, I mean me and the hubs.

We are very excited because it means going out in public and seeing people! People!

I miss people.