Book Haul- September 2021

Well after August’s book buying extravaganza, you would think that I had no room for more books in my budget.

But books, much like life, find a way.

Mind you, I didn’t buy near as many books as I did in August. Praise be to Simon the god of hairdos.

On to the books!

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

What if Dr. Jekyll had a daughter? Oh, and Mr. Hyde too? And they teamed up with Watson and Holmes to solve some murders? That’s what this book is about, among other things. I picked it up for a book club pick.

Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender

I’m pretty sure this book about a woman whose family was murdered by colonizers is going to be great. Also, it was on sale for like, $2.99 on Kindle. Gotta love those sales.

The Sandman by Neil Gaiman

This audiobook, about Dream, who was imprisioned by a cult for decades, is free with an Audible membership until October 22, 2021. It features James McAvoy as the titular Dream, and a world class cast of other actors in these colorful roles. Get it now while you can!

Forever Young: A Memoir by Hayley Mills

I picked up this book with my audible credit. I love listening to memoirs, especially when the author reads them. They always inject little things into them that aren’t in the book.

How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas by Jeff Guinn

Using the true story of 1647 Puritanical England as it’s backdrop, this story tells how, well, Mrs. Claus saved Christmas. This is the sequel to the much loved (at least by me) The Autobiography of Santa Claus. I saw this on Thriftbooks for $3.00 and had to pick it up.

The Great Santa Search by Jeff Guinn

So this one is about Santa Claus getting fed up with all the fake Santas until he finally can’t take it anymore and enters a reality tv show to find the “real” Santa. I might be gearing up for my holiday reads. Can you tell? Also, this was on Thriftbooks for 4 bucks. I love when they have decent copies for cheap.

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

The authors story of her childhood and coming of age in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution. I’ve wanted to read it for a while, and when I saw it on the list of banned books for my banned books week post, I knew I had to have it.

The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling

Vivienne Jones cursed her ex. She knows she shouldn’t have, but she used a scented candle so it shouldn’t take, right? Of course, when Rhys comes back to town everything starts to go wrong for him. I honestly forgot I pre-ordered this one until I got the shipping notification. I have issues. Also, I laughed when I saw it on Book of the Month’s list for October reads and I had already purchased it!

Well, that wasn’t too bad. 8 books. Several of which I had gotten at discounts! Or for free! Huzzah!

WWW Wednesday-October 13th

Happy Wednesday everyone! How are y’ll doin’? Are you taking care of yourselves? Drinking lots of water, taking your meds, and practicing good self care?

As for me, well, I remembered to write this post last night, so that’s going great!

But enough about that, on to WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words but was previously hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. WWW Wednesday asks three simple questions: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

Vampires Never Get Old edited by Zoraida Cordova and Natalie C. Parker

A collection of short stories about vampires by such notable authors as Rebecca Roanhorse, V.E. Schwab, and Julie Murphy. It’s YA, so you can’t expect anything to gruesome out of it. I just started it, so I’ll let you know how it goes. Anthologies are always a toss up, aren’t they?

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

Immanuelle never fit in. And when she finds her mother’s diary in the forbidden woods around her village, it opens up new possibilities for her, but can she use that to save the village? This is a terrible description and I’ve only just started this one too. I keep bouncing back and forth between both books if I’m honest.

What did you recently finish reading?

Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs

Mercy just so happens to have a mystical artifact that belongs to the Fae. One of them will do anything to get it back. I’m really enjoying my re-read of this series. I’m trying very hard not to read eight books in eight days. I have stuff to do y’all!

What do you think you’ll read next?

Payback’s A Witch by Lana Harper

Emmy hasn’t been home in a long time, thanks in no small part to a broken heart. But when a spellcasting tourney her family oversees takes place, she must return home. Only once there she runs into Talia, who was also seeing her ex. Turns out, her best friend was also seeing said ex at the same time. Now the two want revenge, but is Emmy in? My library hold on this just came through last night, which is weird, since I wasn’t expecting it for another few months! That’s right, I said months.

And there it is. Another weeks worth of book reading! So exciting. What are you reading this week?

TTT-Favorite Book Settings

Hail and well met!

How are you doing this fine Tuesday? And why am I writing like this?

Honestly, I have no idea. I never do, really.

No, but seriously, how are you doing?

On to the bloggity things though. It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday! TTT is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and was originally created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday is all about our most favorite book settings. I have to say, I loved this topic. It really made me think about the worlds in which the characters I love inhabit. I really had to think about it this week.

Hogwarts from the Harry Potter Series

This one is pretty obvious. She-who-shall-not-be-named created a rich and vibrant world in Hogwarts and I would love to go visit. Maybe not live there. Too much crazy stuff happens.

Middle Earth From Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Just…all of it. Well, maybe not Mordor. But Tolkien created something lush and wonderous when he created Middle Earth, and I would love to go.

Sevenwaters from Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

Technically, there is an entire series set in Sevenwaters. Six books, to be precise. And they are all fabulous. And I absolutely love Sevenwaters itself. Its an enchanted keep! How cool is that! Terrible things always seem to happen to the people that live there, but I love the setting. It’s fabulous.

Tri-Cities Area from the Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs

The Tri-Cities is exactly what it sounds like. Three cities, Pasco, Kennewick, and Richland in Washington. Home to a Fae reservation, a Vampire seethe, and a Werewolf pack, there is no shortage of colorful characters. I especially want to see what Mercy has done to the car in her backyard.

Graves Glen from The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling

I loved the setting of The Ex Hex, which I will have a review up for later this month. Graves Glen reminds me of Stars Hollow, but, you know, in Georgia. The cover even has a gazebo on the cover of it, for crying out loud!

Lenfell from The Exiles Series by Melanie Rawn

This world has it’s terrifying places, like the Wastelands, but I still want to visit! I apparently like castles. And ruins of castles.

Valdemar in any of the Valdemar Series by Mercedes Lackey

I have loved reading about Valdemar since I was a teenager. I would love to go visit for a while. Why wouldn’t I want to go live in a place I love so much? No indoor plumbing.

The Five Kingdoms from the Dragonlord Trilogy by Joanne Bertin

Ignoring the fact that there are weredragons (weredragons!), there is a huge library in the second book (Dragon and Phoenix) that I would love to visit. Because, you know, bookworm. Also, weredragons.

Raverra from the Swords and Fire series by Melissa Caruso

Raverra sounds a bit like the Italian city of Venice, with it’s rivers and canals. Except for the whole built in a swamp thing that Venice has going for it.

2058 NYC from the In Death Series by J.D. Robb

I’ve been to New York City a couple of times, and I’d be curious to see how it looks in the future, what with all the FLYING CARS! Oh, and the colonies on the moon! Yeah, I wouldn’t want to see that city in the future at all.

There you have it. I have complied such a great list with utterly terrible descriptions of what the worlds are like.

Go me.

Did you make a TTT list? Share you link in the comments so we can go visit!

Child of Light-A Book Review

Thank you to Netgalley for providing this copy for review. I shall be honest in my review as a result!

Child of Light was written by the incomparable Terry Brooks and releases on October 12, 2021.

Update: The release date for Child of Light has, since I wrote this review, changed to October 19th.

Auris was a prisoner for as long as she could remember, which wasn’t long given her memory loss at the age of fifteen. She escapes the Goblin prison where she has been held and runs straight into the Fae, one of whom happens to think she might just be one of them.

I’m going to be honest with you, I didn’t like this book to the point where I DNF’d it.

Is that good for a reviewer? Probably not. But I told myself I wasn’t going to read things I don’t like.

Let me tell you why I don’t like it.

The writing was stiff and unwieldy. The author regularly used three words were one would do. And that wasn’t even when characters were speaking. Speaking of the dialogue, it had no flow to it. It was almost like the words for this book didn’t come easy to the author, and given that Terry Brooks has been writing good books for longer than I’ve been alive (I’m 41) this simply shouldn’t be the case.

So yes, my biggest complaint is with the writing. I just couldn’t get past it. I wasn’t enjoying myself at all. Which is not what I expected going into this book, as I loved the Landover series.

Now let’s talk about the other thing I have a problem with. Auris goes through something terrible at the beginning of the book, but what racks her brain when she’s rescued? How hot her rescuer is.

Sure, she thinks of the terrible thing now and again, but she thinks about how she is attracted to said rescuer more. Why does the author think this is something a 19-year-old girl fresh out of a traumatic experience needs to do?

Le sigh.

It bothered me a lot, okay?

It’s a 1 star DNF for me.

Every Book I Read- September 2021

Another month has gone by and it’s finally spooky season!

Let’s be honest, it’s been spooky season since September 1st, some of us (the Hubs) have just been in denial.

On to the books I read!

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

Mary Jekyll and other daughters of monsters team up with Holmes and Watson to bring down a secret society of scientists. I just found this to be okay. 3 stars.

Forgotten in Death by J.D. Robb

I finally got to this one! A homeless woman is found dead in the dumpster of a construction site and another body is found in an adjacent construction site. Eve and Roarke must do what they do to solve both murders. I really enjoyed this, the 53rd book in this series. I’m probably biased towards the books cause I’ve been reading them for twenty years, but I gave it 4 stars.

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

The first in a series about Mercy Thompson, a mechanic who just so happens to be a werecoyote surrounded by werewolves, vampires and fae. I love this series. It’s fast paced and fun to read. 5 stars.

The Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn

The story of Rohan, a prince of the desert, and Sioned a Sunrunner. It’s grand, it’s epic. And I love every minute of it. Oh, and it’s available on Kindle for $2.99. 5 Stars.

Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

The story of Wallace, who realizes he’s dead when he sees his body at his own funeral. I reviewed this heart warming story and couldn’t help but give it 5 stars. A new favorite book.

The Hike by Drew Magary

The story of a man who goes for a hike. And that’s pretty much when everything goes wrong in the most crazy and fantastical of ways. I did not like this book at all and DNF’d. Which is a shame, because I really enjoyed my last read by the author, The Postmortal. 1 Star.

Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs

Mercy owes a vampire a favor, and he calls to collect. This is the sequel to Moon Called, the first book in the series. And, as always with these books, I thoroughly enjoyed it! 5 stars!

Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs

The third in the Mercy Thompson series. When her mentor and former boss, Zee, asks for her help, Mercy doesn’t hesitate to give it. Of course this leads to all kinds of trouble. Naturally, I loved this book and gave it 5 stars.

Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs

The fourth in the Mercy Thompson series. Mercy goes to help her friend Amanda with a ghost. Of course, things go horribly wrong. I really enjoyed reading this. Ghost stories with a twist are always fun. 5 stars.

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

This is the story of a woman’s journey from childhood to her coming of age in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution. This story has great reviews, but I just didn’t like the writing style of this graphic novel. It didn’t land with me. I DNF’d it. 1 star.

I did okay with my TBR. I’m still working on The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan. I have about 8 hours left in the audiobook. And I started The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson, but starting a big, epic fantasy while I was in the middle of one and had just finished another didn’t really appeal to me. So I’m going to save that one for November. I am determined to read it this fall!

So, now comes one of my favorite parts, the stats!

Moods

As always, adventurous (8 books) were my most common mood, follow closely by mysterious (4 books) and emotional (also 4 books).

Pace

Since I read ten books, the pace stats kinda speaks for themselves. You know, if stats could speak.

Page Number

I wasn’t surprised by these stats. Chugging through those 4 Mercy Thompson books really edged the stats one way, for sure.

Genres

I read a lot of fantasy last month. Big shocker there. That’s usually all I read.

Star Rating

Don’t act surprised by all those 5 star ratings. You know I give those out like Halloween candy.

Average Pages

Storygraph added a new stat this month, how many pages you read between which days. I don’t think this is entirely accurate, but I like seeing it all laid out like this.

I have to say it was a great reading month, with ten books read! I hope I can keep up this momentum!

WWW Wednesday-October 6th!

Well, my mind is curiously devoid of a witty greeting this morning, as I usually write this particular post the night (or day) before it actually goes live.

What I’m trying to say is I am tired and the tea hasn’t kicked in yet.

But, we can’t let this distract us from the reason we are really here. You want to see WWW Wednesday. Or, more accurately, I want to write it.

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words but was previously hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm.

WWW Wednesday asks three simple questions: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?

What am I currently reading?

A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow

Zinnia will not live past 21. It’s not her fault, there was an industrial accident when she was a child, and no one involved has lived past 21. But when she pricks her finger on a spinning wheel, she finds herself transported to another realm, where another sleeping beauty is trying to escape her fate. I started this book way to late last night and made it about a quarter of the way through before it was past my bed time. Yup, I have a bed time otherwise I would stay up until three A.M. reading books every night!

What did you recently finish reading?

Child of Light by Terry Brooks

At 19 Auris escapes the only home she can remember since loosing her memory at 15. Of course that home happened to be a prison camp that she was desperate to flee. After narrowly escaping with her life, she makes her way to the land of the wood fae, where she discovers she may not be as human as she thought. I got this book as a ARC from NetGalley and the review will be up next week.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao

Zetain is seeking revenge against the Chrysalis pilot who is responsible for her sisters death. Especially because the system is set up to kill the girls involved in it. But when Zetain emerges victorious and her pilot dead, she is declared an Iron Widow, the most feared, and most silenced, of all concubine-pilots. This book sounds so good and I got is as a birthday gift from the hubs!

And there it is. My WWW Wednesday! I can’t tell you how many times I spelled Wednesday wrong today. I’ve really had problems with the tea not kicking in this morning.

TTT-Bookish Pet Peeves

Well, it’s Tuesday, so that must mean it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl but was started by The Broke and the Bookish.

This weeks TTT is all about Bookish Pet Peeves! And I wasn’t sure I even had ten, turns out, I do!

Dog Eared Pages

No, not when you do them. See, when I do them I noticed that I have a habit of stopping in the same places in books. And then the unthinkable will happen. I will rip the page!

Though I do believe they are a valid lifestyle choice, I don’t dog ear pages anymore.

Animals Sitting On Books

And no, I don’t mean in this cute, “I’m gonna read now way”. I mean in the “I’m gonna sit on this and maybe bend the pages way”! Okay, so it may still be cute, and we may not be able to move them right away based on the rule ( I don’t make them!) But I hates it!

When My Cat Gets Hair All Over My Books

I have a TBR Cart. It stands there, tall and proud.

But because of how it sits next to the couch my cat likes to rub her face all over it. Which means the books on top are regularly coated in fluffy cat hair. I’m always and forever cleaning the books off. The simple solution would be to just move the cart, but having the books there is just so handy.

When Books Get Wet

Um no, just no. Why is the world so cruel as to allow the pages of our sacred texts to get ruined in such a fashion?

Making Fun of Authors

This has become a big one for me. I’ve noticed a trend (is it really, or is it just my TikTok?) of people mocking authors who write weird or unusual things. Don’t mock the authors when your the ones buying and reading the material just to make fun of it and the writer.

Stickers That Are Printed on the Books

Ugh! Just no! Why do they do that? It’s to mess with us right? Especially for new releases. Take, for example, The Firekeeper’s Daughter. It was a Reese’s Book Club pick before it was released and every copy of that book that was printed comes with that stupid printed sticker!

Price Stickers on Books

Okay, so this one is a little weird, but I don’t like it when book stores put their own bar code stickers on top of the book’s original bar code. It’s very annoying! And I don’t know why it bothers me so much!

When Covers Change in the Middle of a Series

The most common example of this is ACOTAR. Now I don’t own any of these books myself, but it does try my patience. Like for real, how hard is it to continue to work in the same style?

Thriftbooks.com Being Wrong About the Condition of a Book!

I can’t tell you what a pain in the butt it is when I’ve ordered an the option was new or like new and what came was very much not either of those things. Dislike!

Someone Interrupting Me While I’m Reading

Just no. Don’t do it. Why would you do that? Who would do that? Monsters and serial killers, that’s who. Are you a serial killer? You must be if you are interrupting my book!

And there you have it. My ten bookish pet peeves. That last one though. That’s the big one! Zeesh.

More New October 2021 Releases

You thought I was done with new releases for the year, didn’t you?

To be fair, so did I. But I have since learned about/remembered some books that you might want to know about. I even double checked with my spreadsheet to make sure there are no duplicates!

Brace yourselves, because there are quite a few books here. It really would have taken two posts last month!

Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson- Oct 5th

The dead of Loraille do not rest.

Artemisia is training to be a Gray Sister, a nun who cleanses the bodies of the deceased so that their souls can pass on; otherwise, they will rise as spirits with a ravenous hunger for the living. She would rather deal with the dead than the living, who trade whispers about her scarred hands and troubled past.

When her convent is attacked by possessed soldiers, Artemisia defends it by awakening an ancient spirit bound to a saint’s relic. It is a revenant, a malevolent being that threatens to possess her the moment she drops her guard. Wielding its extraordinary power almost consumes her—but death has come to Loraille, and only a vespertine, a priestess trained to wield a high relic, has any chance of stopping it. With all knowledge of vespertines lost to time, Artemisia turns to the last remaining expert for help: the revenant itself.

As she unravels a sinister mystery of saints, secrets, and dark magic, her bond with the revenant grows. And when a hidden evil begins to surface, she discovers that facing this enemy might require her to betray everything she has been taught to believe—if the revenant doesn’t betray her first.

This book is getting a lot of buzz on booktok. Might be worth checking out.

Payback’s A Witch by Lana Harper- Oct 5th

Emmy Harlow is a witch but not a very powerful one—in part because she hasn’t been home to the magical town of Thistle Grove in years. Her self-imposed exile has a lot to do with a complicated family history and a desire to forge her own way in the world, and only the very tiniest bit to do with Gareth Blackmoore, heir to the most powerful magical family in town and casual breaker of hearts and destroyer of dreams.

But when a spellcasting tournament that her family serves as arbiters for approaches, it turns out the pull of tradition (or the truly impressive parental guilt trip that comes with it) is strong enough to bring Emmy back. She’s determined to do her familial duty; spend some quality time with her best friend, Linden Thorn; and get back to her real life in Chicago.

On her first night home, Emmy runs into Talia Avramov—an all-around badass adept in the darker magical arts—who is fresh off a bad breakup . . . with Gareth Blackmoore. Talia had let herself be charmed, only to discover that Gareth was also seeing Linden—unbeknownst to either of them. And now she and Linden want revenge. Only one question stands: Is Emmy in?

But most concerning of all: Why can’t she stop thinking about the terrifyingly competent, devastatingly gorgeous, wickedly charming Talia Avramov?

I’m sorry, but this little witchy romantic comedy sounds cute!

The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling- Oct 5th

Practical, unassuming Jane Shoringfield has done the calculations, and decided that the most secure path forward is this: a husband, in a marriage of convenience, who will allow her to remain independent and occupied with meaningful work. Her first choice, the dashing but reclusive doctor Augustine Lawrence, agrees to her proposal with only one condition: that she must never visit Lindridge Hall, his crumbling family manor outside of town.

Yet on their wedding night, an accident strands her at his door in a pitch-black rainstorm, and she finds him changed. Gone is the bold, courageous surgeon, and in his place is a terrified, paranoid man—one who cannot tell reality from nightmare, and fears Jane is an apparition, come to haunt him. By morning, Augustine is himself again, but Jane knows something is deeply wrong at Lindridge Hall, and with the man she has so hastily bound her safety to.

This is another book that has a lot of buzz around it. Like, a lot. I’ve seen a few reviews for it and they are all raving, but I haven’t read it, so go forth and seek out the reviews!

Sistersong by Lucy Holland- Oct 5th

My sister’s heart broke on the river—and the river took it and bore it away.

In the ancient kingdom of Dumnonia, there is old magic to be found in the whisper of the wind, the roots of the trees, and the curl of the grass. King Cador knew this once, but now the land has turned from him, calling instead to his three children. Riva can cure others, but can’t seem to heal her own deep scars. Keyne battles to be accepted for who he truly is—the king’s son. And Sinne dreams of seeing the world, of finding adventure.

All three fear a life of confinement within the walls of the hold, their people’s last bastion of strength against the invading Saxons. However, change comes on the day ash falls from the sky. It brings with it Myrdhin, meddler and magician. And Tristan, a warrior whose secrets will tear them apart.

Riva, Keyne and Sinne—three siblings entangled in a web of treachery and heartbreak, who must fight to forge their own paths. 

Their story will shape the destiny of Britain.

But why does this sound so good? Because it sounds great! I’m adding this to my Christmas wish list.

The Keeper of Night by Kylie Lee Baker- Oct 12th

Death is her destiny.

Half British Reaper, half Japanese Shinigami, Ren Scarborough has been collecting souls in the London streets for centuries. Expected to obey the harsh hierarchy of the Reapers who despise her, Ren conceals her emotions and avoids her tormentors as best she can.

When her failure to control her Shinigami abilities drives Ren out of London, she flees to Japan to seek the acceptance she’s never gotten from her fellow Reapers. Accompanied by her younger brother, the only being on earth to care for her, Ren enters the Japanese underworld to serve the Goddess of Death…only to learn that here, too, she must prove herself worthy. Determined to earn respect, Ren accepts an impossible task—find and eliminate three dangerous Yokai demons—and learns how far she’ll go to claim her place at Death’s side.

This sounds like a fantastic anime.

The Brides of Maracoor by Gregory Maguire- Oct 12th

Volume one, The Brides of Maracoor, finds Elphaba’s granddaughter, Rain, washing ashore on a foreign island. Comatose from crashing into the sea, Rain is taken in by a community of single women committed to obscure devotional practices.

As the mainland of Maracoor sustains an assault by a foreign navy, the island’s civil-servant overseer struggles to understand how an alien arriving on the shores of Maracoor could threaten the stability and wellbeing of an entire nation. Is it myth or magic at work, for good or for ill?

I never expected another book set in Oz and parts thereabout, but here we are. And I want it!

Jade Fire Gold by June CL Tan- Oct 12th

In an empire on the brink of war . . .

Ahn is no one, with no past and no family.

Altan is a lost heir, his future stolen away as a child.

When they meet, Altan sees in Ahn a path to reclaiming the throne. Ahn sees a way to finally unlock her past and understand her lethal magical abilities.

But they may have to pay a far deadlier price than either could have imagined.

But I want to know more about this YA adventure!

Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw- Oct 19th

A Heian-era mansion stands abandoned, its foundations resting on the bones of a bride and its walls packed with the remains of the girls sacrificed to keep her company. 

It’s the perfect venue for a group of thrill-seeking friends, brought back together to celebrate a wedding. 

A night of food, drinks, and games quickly spirals into a nightmare as secrets get dragged out and relationships are tested. 

But the house has secrets too. Lurking in the shadows is the ghost bride with a black smile and a hungry heart. 

And she gets lonely down there in the dirt. 

This sounds so creepy. Like a great Halloween read!

Femlandia by Christina Dalcher- Oct 19th

Miranda Reynolds always thought she would rather die than live in Femlandia. But that was before the country sank into total economic collapse and her husband walked out in the harshest, most permanent way, leaving her and her sixteen-year-old daughter with nothing. The streets are full of looting, robbing, and killing, and Miranda and Emma no longer have much choice—either starve and risk getting murdered, or find safety. And so they set off to Femlandia, the women-only colony Miranda’s mother, Win Somers, established decades ago.

Although Win is no longer in the spotlight, her protégé Jen Jones has taken Femlandia to new heights: The off-grid colonies are secluded, self-sufficient, and thriving—and Emma is instantly enchanted by this idea of a safe haven. But something is not right. There are no men allowed in the colony, but babies are being born—and they’re all girls. Miranda discovers just how the all-women community is capable of enduring, and it leads her to question how far her mother went to create this perfect, thriving, horrifying society.

This sci-fi ish dystopian sounds very intriguing.

Little Thieves by Margaret Owen- Oct 19th

Once upon a time, there was a horrible girl…

Vanja Schmidt knows that no gift is freely given, not even a mother’s love—and she’s on the hook for one hell of a debt. Vanja, the adopted goddaughter of Death and Fortune, was Princess Gisele’s dutiful servant up until a year ago. That was when Vanja’s otherworldly mothers demanded a terrible price for their care, and Vanja decided to steal her future back… by stealing Gisele’s life for herself.

The real Gisele is left a penniless nobody while Vanja uses an enchanted string of pearls to take her place. Now, Vanja leads a lonely but lucrative double life as princess and jewel thief, charming nobility while emptying their coffers to fund her great escape. Then, one heist away from freedom, Vanja crosses the wrong god and is cursed to an untimely end: turning into jewels, stone by stone, for her greed.

Vanja has just two weeks to figure out how to break her curse and make her getaway. And with a feral guardian half-god, Gisele’s sinister fiancé, and an overeager junior detective on Vanja’s tail, she’ll have to pull the biggest grift yet to save her own life.

This is also getting a lot of buzz on the interwebs, so go forth and seek out those reviews!

The Color of Dragons by R.A. Salvatore and Erika Lewis- Oct 19th

Magic needs a spark.

And Maggie’s powers are especially fickle. With no one to help her learn to control her magic, the life debt that she owes stretches eternally over her head, with no way to repay it.

Until she meets Griffin, the king’s champion, infamous for hunting down the draignochs that plague their kingdom.

Neither has any idea of the destiny that they both carry, or that their meeting will set off a chain of events that will alter every aspect of the life they know—and all of history thereafter.

I’m not gonna lie, I haven’t read a single R.A. Salvatore book, so why do I want this one so badly?

Well, there you go. Another list of October New Releases. There are quite a few new releases this month, so I hope this helps with making you Holiday wish lists/pre-order lists!

Have fun book shopping!

Monthly Wrap-Up: September 2021

Howdy do everyone! Are you enjoying Banned Books week? I’m avoiding reading a book that I started, Brandon Sanderson’s The Well of Ascension, by playing massive amounts of Animal Crossing and watching Lucifer.

Nothing wrong with the book, I just have ADHD that reared it’s ugly head this week and focusing on this long of a book seemed like an impossible task, so I just didn’t.

Anyway…on to the wrap up!

WWW Wednesday-Sep 1st: The first post of the month was a little different. It was a WWW Wednesday post! I’m really having fun doing these, you know, when I have books to share.

Every Book I Read (Sorta)-August 2021: I love sharing my monthly reads and stats with you. It makes me happy.

All The Books I Bought In August 2021: Um, I’m not gonna lie, this wasn’t a short list. But it sure was fun purchasing all of them. My pocketbook would disagree with me though.
TTT-Books Guaranteed To Put A Smile On Your Face: I’ve also really been enjoying the TTT Tuesday Meme This was a good list, if I do say so myself.

WWW Wednesday-September 8th: A nice list of what I was reading at the time.

What A Month For New Releases-September 2021: September was a great month for new books. Like, really good.

A Very Ambitious TBR-September 2021: Did I succeed or did I fail? Stay tuned to my “what I read” post in a couple of days to find out.

WWW Wednesday-Sep 15th: What was I reading this week? Click here to find out.

Under The Whispering Door-A Book Review: Did I love it, or did the author’s writing make me want to throw this book across the room? Read the review to learn more. Or, just look at the Instagram photo below.

A Word Of Warning For Holiday Book Shopping: I’m being ominous here, but avoid the shortage and get your pre-orders in now!

TTT-Books On My Fall To Read List: Yes, I made yet another TBR. But this one is for the entire Fall? Let’s see how this mood reader does.

WWW Wednesday-Sep 22nd: The first day of fall has arrived in this WWW Wednesday!

New Releases for October 2021: Due to the potential issues with books this year, I decided to get a jump on the new release lists for the rest of the year, starting with Octobers.

It’s Banned Books Week: I shared with you the book I was reading for Banned Books Week!

November (and December) 2021 New Releases: This post is also due to the potential shortage of books this year, but this time it’s November’s and December’s offerings!

TTT-Books I’d Gladly Throw Into The Ocean: This particular Top Ten Tuesday was a freebie, so I picked a previous topic. Boy was it fun picking ten books I would yeet off a boat.

WWW Wednesday-Sep 29th: I’ve enjoyed managing to do these all month, even if I didn’t stick to the “what will I read next” category as often as I’d like.

It’s always fun to look back at the month and see what I’ve accomplished in blogland. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a cup of tea to drink and some Animal Crossing to play…again.

WWW Wednesday-September 29th

Well hello happy people!

At least, I hope you’re happy. And if your not happy, remember it’s going to be okay (eventually), so drink some water and take your meds.

Apparently, I’m feeling deep today.

But, it is Wednesday, so that means it’s WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is a meme that was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived at Taking on a World of Words. It asks three questions: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?

On to the books!

What are you currently reading?

Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs

It’s the second in the Mercy Thompson series, and as to be expected, I am loving it. Basically, Mercy owes a vampire a favor, and he calls to collect it. Of course everything goes horribly wrong.

What did you recently finish reading?

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

The story of growing up during the Islamic Revolution and afterwards. It’s a graphic novel based on real events, and I loved the last one I read like that, but this one was a miss for me. And it wasn’t the story or the art, it was the writing style.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs

I am definitely on a Mercy Thompson kick. And the books are such a quick and easy read, for me at least. I wasn’t planning on reading so many of them right now, but what the hey.

Well, there you have it, my WWW Wednesday for this week. I’m off to get a much needed hair cut, which has me very excited!