Authors I Haven’t Read but Want To

Hello beautiful people! The family has departed and I’m excited to be back to my normal routine, if there ever was such a thing. But hey, it’s Tuesday! That means it’s Top Ten Tuesday!

It’s Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and was originally created by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic, if you haven’t guessed from the title, is all about authors I haven’t gotten to yet, but want to.

Diana Gabaldon

I have yet to pick up this series, despite owning this book in three formats. And given that all she has really written is the Outlander series, I have to at least give these novels a try.

Naomi Novik

So despite owning three books set in three different worlds by this author, I have yet to read a single one. I need to work on that, I think.

Neal Shusterman

I also own a few books by this author and have read none. Are we noticing a pattern here?

Octavia E. Butler

I can’t believe I have never read any of her work! From what I understand, her writing was incredibly prophetic.

Sarah J. Maas

This is another example of “I own all the things and have never read them”. I have gotten several of her books, on sale because bargains, and just haven’t gotten around to them. I have problems.

N.K. Jemisin

We just picked up The Broken Earth trilogy a few days ago from our used book store (huzzah!) and The Hubs is reading it right now. He’s on book two, so I have high hopes.

Sara Douglass

So I bought this entire series based on the covers, and haven’t read them yet. I mean look at that art! I have no idea what to expect, of course, but that cover!

Fredrick Backman

I’ve heard amazing things about Backman’s writing. And I own Anxious People. I have high hopes based on everything I have heard about him.

Ta-Nehisi Coates

I have heard nothing but good things about this author’s writing. I need to get to it sooner rather than later.

Jennifer L. Armentrout

I own the first book in this particular series but haven’t read anything else by the author either.

And there is my list. What does your list look like?

Weekly Round-Up: April 9, 2022

Hello beautiful people! I’m running around having a rollicking good time with family right now, so here is my weekly wrap-up for you!

What I Read This Week:

So because I have been busy with family this week, I haven’t really been able to finish a book this week. I started several but finished not a one. Oh well. Life, it does happen.

Instagram Posts:

Blog Posts:

Monday came in hot with my March Reading Wrap-Up. I started off the month in a reading slump, so go see how I did!

Tuesday was a Top 5 Tuesday with my most anticipated reads for April through June. It was hard to narrow these down, but I did it. I’m so proud of me.

Wednesday saw a WWW Wednesday post. No one should be surprised by this.

In Other News:

Apparently, I’m late to the game on this one, but it just came across my TikTok FYP the other day. Should you return books to bookshops after you have read the entire thing? My personal stance is no. If I read an entire book and I don’t like it, I’m taking it either to the library to be donated, or to the local used bookstore.

Where do you stand on this issue?

WWW Wednesday: April 6, 2022

Hello beautiful people! It’s hump day! And I have to go to work! That being said, you probably won’t hear from me for the rest of the week, as the Hubs and I have family coming into town.

But it’s WWW Wednesday!  It’s the day when we answer the three W’s: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next? It’s hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words but was previously hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm.

What are you currently reading?

All The Feels by Olivia Dade

I started this as an audiobook, and I’m really enjoying the narrator, Kelsey Navarro. But I also have the physical copy should my need to finish it faster hit me. it’s really good.

So This is Ever After by F.T. Lukens

I just started this last night, so I can’t form an opinion yet, but I have high hopes! Also, they don’t tell you that the back of this book is just as stunning as the front!

What did you recently finish reading?

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

I really enjoyed listening to this entire series on audiobook. They were all so good, and I found a lot of things that I can relate to in this book. But I loved this entry into the series. It was such a good ending. TV Show writers wish they could end a series this well.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Divided in Death by J.D. Robb

This is the 18th book in the In Death series. Eve must solve a murder. Gasp!

And there ya go. My reads! What will you be reading next?

Top 5 Anticipated Reads for Apr-Jun 2022

Hello beautiful people! I apologize for the late post. Today got away from me. Also, there are cookies on my desk and YouTube videos about the Galatic StarCruiser that needed watching. Basically, the ADHD was strong with me.

Today I am doing Top 5 Tuesday! Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, and it is now hosted at Meeghan reads. You can find the list of topics for April thru June here!

This week it’s the most anticipated new reads of April through June of 2022!

Onward!

Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow- April 5th

Summer 1995: Ten-year-old Joan, her mother, and her younger sister flee her father’s explosive temper and seek refuge at her mother’s ancestral home in Memphis. This is not the first time violence has altered the course of the family’s trajectory. Half a century earlier, Joan’s grandfather built this majestic house in the historic Black neighborhood of Douglass—only to be lynched days after becoming the first Black detective in the city. Joan tries to settle into her new life, but family secrets cast a longer shadow than any of them expected.

As she grows up, Joan finds relief in her artwork, painting portraits of the community in Memphis. One of her subjects is their enigmatic neighbor Miss Dawn, who claims to know something about curses, and whose stories about the past help Joan see how her passion, imagination, and relentless hope are, in fact, the continuation of a long matrilineal tradition. Joan begins to understand that her mother, her mother’s mother, and the mothers before them persevered, made impossible choices, and put their dreams on hold so that her life would not have to be defined by loss and anger—that the sole instrument she needs for healing is her paintbrush.

I may already have this one in my possession.

Kaikeyi: A Novel by Vaishnavi Patel- April 26th

“I was born on the full moon under an auspicious constellation, the holiest of positions—much good it did me.”

So begins Kaikeyi’s story. The only daughter of the kingdom of Kekaya, she is raised on tales of the gods: how they churned the vast ocean to obtain the nectar of immortality, how they vanquish evil and ensure the land of Bharat prospers, and how they offer powerful boons to the devout and the wise. Yet she watches as her father unceremoniously banishes her mother, listens as her own worth is reduced to how great a marriage alliance she can secure. And when she calls upon the gods for help, they never seem to hear.

Desperate for some measure of independence, she turns to the texts she once read with her mother and discovers a magic that is hers alone. With this power, Kaikeyi transforms herself from an overlooked princess into a warrior, diplomat, and most favored queen, determined to carve a better world for herself and the women around her.

But as the evil from her childhood stories threatens the cosmic order, the path she has forged clashes with the destiny the gods have chosen for her family. And Kaikeyi must decide if resistance is worth the destruction it will wreak—and what legacy she intends to leave behind.

I might be getting this from Book of the Month. Maybe.

When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill-May 3rd

Alex Green is a young girl in a world much like ours, except for its most seminal event: the Mass Dragoning of 1955, when hundreds of thousands of ordinary wives and mothers sprouted wings, scales, and talons; left a trail of fiery destruction in their path; and took to the skies. Was it their choice? What will become of those left behind? Why did Alex’s beloved aunt Marla transform but her mother did not? Alex doesn’t know. It’s taboo to speak of.
 
Forced into silence, Alex nevertheless must face the consequences of this astonishing event: a mother more protective than ever; an absentee father; the upsetting insistence that her aunt never even existed; and watching her beloved cousin Bea become dangerously obsessed with the forbidden.

I have seen some great reviews for this online, and I am really looking forward to it.

The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah- May 17th

Neither here nor there, but long ago…

Loulie al-Nazari is the Midnight Merchant: a criminal who, with the help of her jinn bodyguard, hunts and sells illegal magic. When she saves the life of a cowardly prince, she draws the attention of his powerful father, the sultan, who blackmails her into finding an ancient lamp that has the power to revive the barren land—at the cost of sacrificing all jinn.

With no choice but to obey or be executed, Loulie journeys with the sultan’s oldest son to find the artifact. Aided by her bodyguard, who has secrets of his own, they must survive ghoul attacks, outwit a vengeful jinn queen, and confront a malicious killer from Loulie’s past. And, in a world where story is reality and illusion is truth, Loulie will discover that everything—her enemy, her magic, even her own past—is not what it seems, and she must decide who she will become in this new reality.

I’m not gonna lie, this one sounds really good.

From Bad to Cursed by Lana Harper- May 17th

Wild child Isidora Avramov is a thrill chaser, adept demon summoner, and—despite the whole sexy-evil-sorceress vibe—also a cuddly animal lover. When she’s not designing costumes and new storylines for the Arcane Emporium’s haunted house, Issa’s nursing a secret, conflicted dream of ditching her family’s witchy business to become an indie fashion designer in her own right. 

But when someone starts sabotaging the celebrations leading up to this year’s Beltane festival with dark, dangerous magic, a member of the rival Thorn family gets badly hurt—throwing immediate suspicion on the Avramovs. To clear the Avramov name and step up for her family when they need her the most, Issa agrees to serve as a co-investigator, helping none other than Rowan Thorn get to the bottom of things.

Rowan is the very definition of lawful good, so tragically noble and by-the-book he makes Issa’s teeth hurt. In accordance with their families’ complicated history, he and Issa have been archenemies for years and have grown to heartily loathe each other. But as the unlikely duo follow a perplexing trail of clues to a stunning conclusion, Issa and Rowan discover how little they really know each other… and stumble upon a maddening attraction that becomes harder to ignore by the day.

I loved Payback’s a Witch and I am really looking forward to the sequel!

These are not the only books I am looking forward to. I could make a much longer list. Seriously, a much, much longer list.

What would your list look like?

March 2022 Reading Wrap-Up

Well hello, beautiful people! Happy Monday! How was your weekend? I spent mine doing the glamorous work of errands and chores. Always fun.

Today is Monthly Reading Wrap-Up time!

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

I listened to the audiobook of this story and fell in love with Chloe and Red. Chloe has an invisible disability and Red is actively dealing with his mental health. I loved watching these two explore these aspects of their lives with each other. Four Stars.

Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi

A humorous story about a man who goes from food delivery driver to working for a mysterious organization that protects kaijus. If you want to see my full thought you can check out my review here. Four stars.

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

I also fell in love with Dani and Zaf in this second story about the Brown sisters. I seem to really love the fake dating trope, and this one has that. This one also deals with mental health, specifically anxiety and depression. Another fours star read. ‘

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

This story about a group of men who improve their relationships with the help of romance novels was so much fun to read. Four stars.

In Death Books 15 thru 17 by J.D. Robb

I managed to read three books in my In Death re-read. Purity in Death got four stars. Portrait in Death got five stars. and Imitation in Death got five stars.

I managed to read seven books this month! Not bad considering I was afraid I was going to be stuck in a reading slump after the beginning of the month.

On to the stats!

I know I say this every month, but I love looking at my stats. They bring me so much joy. You can get your stats, for free, on The Storygraph.

How did your reading go this month?

Weekly Round-Up: April 2, 2022

Well hello, beautiful people! And how was your week? Mine was chaos. I’m still trying to figure out the work/blogging balance. I’ll get there, I promise. I also need to make sure I can find more time to read. Scheduling out times to do things I had full freedom to do before is going to take some adjusting, but I will do it!

What I Read This Week:

Imitation In Death by J.D. Robb

This was a great entry into the In Death series. I really like the villain in this book. He was creepy. I enjoy a creepy bad guy.

Instagram Posts:

Move along. Nothing to see here.

Blog Posts:

I started off the week strong on Monday with Purging My TBR: Part One. This will be an ongoing series. Not a monthly series, but a regular one for sure.

As I neglected the rest of the week, the next post was on Friday. First Lines Friday to be precise.

In Other News:

Moon Knight debuted this week! The Hubs and I are very excited about this show. I’m curious to see how close to the comic books his power set is going to be. Do I have to catch up on What If…? and Hawkeye? Yes. Let’s not talk about that, okay.

Don’t forget to take time for yourself this weekend! I have chores to do, but I am also going to make time to read. Huzzah!

First Lines Friday: April 1, 2022

Well hello, beautiful people! Sorry for my absence this week. Life has been a little bit crazy. I picked up some extra hours at work and took some unexpected naps. Also, my cat was sick, so that was fun. Unfortunately, she’s not 100% better and will have to be on medication for the rest of her life, but as long as she is happy, it’s worth it.

But it does happen to be First Lines Friday!

First Lines Friday is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words, or, as her blog is going by now, Emma IRL. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author, or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Today’s book is one I’m really excited about and another recent addition to my TBR.

The Lines:

In the dim light of her desk’s single bulb lamp, the map nearly glowed. Fra Mauro, it was called.

Intrigued?

The Book:

The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd

Nell Young’s whole life and greatest passion is cartography. Her father, Dr. Daniel Young, is a legend in the field and Nell’s personal hero. But she hasn’t seen or spoken to him ever since he cruelly fired her and destroyed her reputation after an argument over an old, cheap gas station highway map.

But when Dr. Young is found dead in his office at the New York Public Library, with the very same seemingly worthless map hidden in his desk, Nell can’t resist investigating. To her surprise, she soon discovers that the map is incredibly valuable and exceedingly rare. In fact, she may now have the only copy left in existence . . . because a mysterious collector has been hunting down and destroying every last one—along with anyone who gets in the way.

But why?

To answer that question, Nell embarks on a dangerous journey to reveal a dark family secret and discovers the true power that lies in maps . . .

This one was a Book of the Month pick, and I was happy to see it as one of the selections!

What say you? Does it tickle your fancy, so to speak?

Purging My TBR: Part One

Well hello, beautiful people! How are you doing? Today I have been inspired by Kerri McBookNerd to do a TBR Purge. I have over 200 books on my Goodreads TBR and some of them have been there for years. Time to get rid of a few.

On to the Purge!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

So I actually bought this book back in 2013 and have tried to read it several times. I’ve always put it down with the reasoning that I was going to pick it back up again. I’m never going to pick it back up. I do love that cover though. But away with you!

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I know this book series is much loved. And I own the first book! I just never picked it up and I don’t think I ever will. I’m sorry cyberpunk Cinderella, you just aren’t for me.

Off to be the Wizard by Scott Meyer

This one has been on my TBR for soo long that I didn’t remember what it was about. It’s about a guy who can alter reality and he escapes persecution by traveling back to the middle ages. Apparently, you have to read it on a tablet, and not a kindle, as it’s got GIFS and other moving images. That’s just a little too much for me.

Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

I’ll be honest, I’m not sure why this classic sci-fi book has made its way onto my TBR. I don’t own it, and I try to only put books I own onto my TBR, so that’s out. A moment of weakness maybe? Perhaps it was on Kindle Unlimited for a short period of time? Who knows. All I know now is that it’s being removed.

Dark Highway by Lisa Gray

I read the first book in the series for book club two years ago, and while I thought it was just okay, I didn’t really like it enough to continue on with the series. And I’m not sure why, but I only had book three of the series on my TBR, not book two. Go figure.

Dune by Frank Herbert

Okay, so here’s the thing. I keep DNF’ing this book. But I also keep re-adding it to my TBR. I think this time I’m just going to remove it from my TBR and say that’s that. No more trying this book. I mean, after three attempts you have to say enough is enough.

Machinehood by S.B. Divya

So here is another one I do not own that is on my TBR. I’m removing it based on that criterion alone. Not that I’m not interested in this book, it’s just that I’ve also been discovering that hard sci-fi doesn’t interest me the way that it used to. Which is a shame, because I keep buying it!

Well, I think that’s enough purging for today. I actually have to go add books to my TBR today, as I have bought some physical books recently that need to be added. I’m sure the people that follow me on Goodreads hate me when I do that. I never add as I go. I need to work on that.

Weekly Round-Up: March 26, 2022

Well hello, beautiful people! How’s it going? Have you had a good week? I hope you are able to find time to relax this weekend. Today is weekly round-up time! It’s when I go over everything that has been happening in my little corner of bookland.

What I read this week:

Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi

This is the story of Jamie. Jamie, like a lot of folks, was forced to make a career change during the pandemic to food delivery driver. This led him to an old friend who led him to the KPS. This wild romp was a lot of fun to read and made me laugh a few times.

Portrait in Death by J.D. Robb

I’ve slowed down a little bit in my In Death re-read. But this was the 16th book in the series and it delved into Roarke’s past. Twas fascinating. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

After Dani gets rescued from an elevator during a drill by her friend Zafir, they go viral and then proceed to fake date so his charity can get more positive press. This, the second book in the Brown Sister’s trilogy, was another delight to read.

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

The premise of this series is pretty funny. A bunch of serious alpha male types reads romance books to teach them how to be better partners to their SO’s. This book is all about Gavin and Thea. And it is pretty funny, but also serious, as serious as Gavin is about saving his marriage. I really enjoyed this and may have added the next books to my wishlist.

Instagram Posts:

Blog Posts:

I started off the week on Monday with a different sort of post, a Life Update! It’s a job!

Tuesday was, as to be expected, a Top Ten Tuesday. It was all about books with adjectives in the title.

I managed to do a WWW Wednesday this week! You know, having skipped the last few weeks of this post.

I wrote a review for the Kaiju Preservation Society on Thursday. Spoiler alert, the book is great.

First Lines Friday was a book that I had just recently added to my TBR.

In Other News:

Do you happen to have a favorite Netflix show? Maybe Bridgerton or Sweet Magnolias? Did you know they were based on books? Let’s be honest, given that you are reading a book blog, you probably did. But Netflix has a book club! It is aptly named the Netflix Book Club! It’s hosted by Uzo Aduba and often features authors and other celebrity guests. You can follow the series on its website or on the YouTube channel.

I’m not gonna lie, I haven’t read any of the Bridgerton novels, nor have I watched the show. Should I change that? What do you think? Is it worth the time?

First Lines Friday: March 25, 2022

Well hello, beautiful people! How is everyone doing today? Me, I’ve been trying to deal with this crazy weather. It was in the 40s at one point this week, and now it is supposed to be 82 tomorrow. I suffer from migraines, and this nonsense is mostly why.

But on to happier things! It’s First Lines Friday!

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words, or, as her blog is going by now, Emma IRL. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author, or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Today’s book is one I just recently added to my TBR. Like, this week. It’s also a new release!

The Lines:

Kareena tore the eye mask off her forehead and straightened her Taylor Swift sleep shirt. She had secured her dream job at a company that developed women-owned businesses in the tri-state area before her thirtieth birthday. But of course, one text from a client and her boss energy dissipated like mist.

Intrigued?

The Book:

Dating Dr. Dil by Nisha Sharma

Hi! I’m Kareena Mann. As cheesy as it sounds, I’m looking for my soulmate. In four months. And he must gain the approval of my meddling aunties.

Kareena dreams of having a perfect love story like her parents did. That’s why on the morning of her thirtieth birthday, she’s decided to suit up and enter the dating arena. When her widowed father announces he’s retiring and selling their home after her sister’s engagement party, Kareena makes a deal with him. If she can find her soulmate by the date of the party, he’ll gift her the house, and she’ll be able to keep her mother’s legacy alive.

Hi, I’m Dr. Prem Verma, host of the Dr. Dil Show. Prem means love, Dil means heart, and I’m a cardiologist. Don’t let my name fool you. I only fix broken hearts in the literal sense.

Prem doesn’t have time for romance, which is why it’s no surprise when his first meeting with Kareena goes awry. Their second encounter is worse when their on-air debate about love goes viral. Now Prem’s largest community center donor is backing out because Prem’s reputation as a heart-health expert is at risk. To get back in his donor’s good graces, he needs to fix his image fast, and dating Kareena is his only option.

Even though they have warring interests, the more time Prem spends with Kareena, the more he thinks she’s might actually be the woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with. In this Taming of the Shrew re-imagination, for Prem and Kareena to find their happily ever after, they must admit that hate has turned into fate.

Now, I’ve never read The Taming of the Shrew, but given that I love every adaptation I have seen (Ten Things I Hate About You anyone?), I probably should. Also, this book just came out this month, March 15th to be precise.

What do you think, would you give this book a try?