Saying Goodbye to NetGalley

Well hello beautiful people. As you might have guessed from the title, this post is going to be a little different from my others. Because yes, I am saying goodbye to Netgalley and all the lovely ARCs…for now.

But why am I doing this? The reasons are simple.

Reason one: I have discovered that I don’t really read well with a deadline. Anytime I pick up a book with the singular thought that I am going to review it by such and such date, I get hit by some pretty fun anxiety and that makes me not want to read the book. I think it also colors my review of the book because a lot of the NetGalley books fill me with dread, and I don’t want that.

Reason two: My TBR takes up an entire bookcase. I need to whittle it down a little bit (doesn’t help that I keep adding to it) and reading a bunch of ARCs won’t help with that.

That being said, I still have two ARCs left on my NetGalley list that are up for review, so I’m hoping to get those done soon, and then I will be finished for a while. I’m not giving up entirely, this is just a for-now type of situation. I hope to return to NetGalley with renewed vigor and a new strategy on how to handle book reviews that don’t fill me with dread.

But yeah, so long for now NetGalley.

First Lines Friday: June 17, 2022

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!

Well hello beautiful people! It’s Friday and what a pretty one it is. That being said, it is extremely hot outside, so make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids and staying cool if you are able!

The Lines:

I like a good happily ever after as much as the next girl, but after sitting through forty-eight different iterations of the same one- forty-nine if you count my (former) best friend’s wedding- I have to say the shine is wearing off a little.

Intrigued?

The Book:

A Mirror Mended by Alix E. Harrow

Zinnia Gray, professional fairy-tale fixer and lapsed Sleeping Beauty is over rescuing snoring princesses. Once you’ve rescued a dozen damsels and burned fifty spindles, once you’ve gotten drunk with twenty good fairies and made out with one too many members of the royal family, you start to wish some of these girls would just get a grip and try solving their own narrative issues.

Just when Zinnia’s beginning to think she can’t handle one more princess, she glances into a mirror and sees another face looking back at her: the shockingly gorgeous face of evil, asking for her help. Because there’s more than one person trapped in a story they didn’t choose. Snow White’s Evil Queen has found out how her story ends and she’s desperate for a better ending. She wants Zinnia to help her before it’s too late for everyone.

Will Zinnia accept the Queen’s poisonous request, and save them both from the hot iron shoes that wait for them, or will she try another path?

This is a sequel to A Spindle Splintered, and I am very much looking forward to reading this one.

But what do you think, will you add this to your TBR?

Mid-Year Freak Out Tag

Well hello beautiful people! And how are we doing this fine Thursday? I thought I would try this tag out that I have seen all over booktube. I promise they won’t all be from the In Death series…I hope.

I’ve managed to track down the original creator! It’s by Earl Grey Books. Off we go!

Best Book You’ve Read So Far?

Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade

I wrote a full review on this back in February, but I loved it. I loved the plus-sized representation. I also loved the fact that fanfiction plays such a huge role in the story. Because I am both plus-sized and a nerd who reads fanfiction. The character dynamics were great and I loved the way the side characters got their own book! Huzzah! And yes, I have pre-ordered the third book in the series!

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far?

All The Feels by Olivia Dade

This sequel to Spoiler Alert dealt with more plus-sized rep but also had ADHD rep. Again, things I am! These books just speak to me in a way I wasn’t expecting from a rom-com and I am very happy to have read them. They will be re-reads for sure.

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To?

When Women Where Dragons by Kelly Barnhill

The story of the aftermath of the day that hundreds of thousands of women turned into dragons and left a path of destruction in their wake. Yes, I do believe I am going to try and read this before the end of the year. I also love the cover of this book. It is very pleasing to the eye.

Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year?

Babel by R.F. Kuang

This story sounds so interesting. A section of Oxford (the school) that is utilized entirely for magically translating texts. And then Britain turns around and uses that information to colonize the world. Given what a huge fan of The Poppy War I was, I have pre-ordered this book.

Biggest Disappointment?

The Impossible Us by Sarah Lotz

This one disappointed me because one of the best plot points was spoiled by the synopsis. I disliked that enough that it made me DNF the book. It was well written though.

Biggest Suprise?

Spear by Nicola Griffith

I loved this book, and that surprised me, as this isn’t a writing style I usually go for. But it was so well written and the characters were rich and dynamic. The author packed a lot in there for a novella. I was really impressed.

New Favorite Author?

Olivia Dade

Olivia Dade, Picture from her website.

Since I loved both the books I read by her so much, it stands to reason that she would be a new favorite author for me. I’m so excited to dig into her backlog and also to see what she does next!

Newest Fictional Crush?

I haven’t really crushed on anyone fictional this year. I mean, the Hubs seems too good to be real sometimes. Is that how you get brownie points?

Newest Favorite Character?

Basically all the men in this series. I’ve only read two books so far, but the men seem really genuine and kind. They want to be the best possible versions of themselves for their significant others so they read romance books and that brings me so much joy.

Book That Made You Cry?

Nothing has made me cry this year, and that is a failing on the part of, well, me. I keep reading murder books and romance books!

Book That Made You Happy?

So This is Ever After by F T Lukens

It’s about a chosen one who takes up the crown after he and his friends defeat the evil king. The only catch is he has to get married by his 18th birthday or he dies. This book is filled with heart. I loved how it used the miscommunication trope. Bonus points, there is magic!

Favorite Book To Movie Adaptation That You Have Seen So Far?

Sorry folks. I haven’t really watched anything. My life consists of Marvel movies, book-tube, and books.

Favorite Review You’ve Written This Year?

Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi

This book was wonderful, and I don’t think my review did it justice. But here it is if you would like to peruse it.

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year?

The Starless Crown by James Rollins

I love the way the colors were used and how the lone figure is just standing there. I know it doesn’t seem like the most beautiful cover to some, but I love it.

What Books Do You Really Need to Read By the End of the Year?

The rest of the In Death Series by J.D. Robb

You know I had to get an In Death book in here somehow. But in all seriousness, these books are the only ones I am looking to get to by the end of the year. Anything else would just be a TBR that I will eventually not do.

Favorite Community Member?

I’m sorry, I just don’t have a favorite. I love you all!

But that’s the tag! As far as tagging people, I would challenge you to try it for yourself. It’s harder than you think!

WWW Wednesday: June 15, 2022

Well hello beautiful people! Is it hot where you are? It’s been roasting here the last couple of days, and naturally, it shall be roasting until October. Cuz Texas.

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?

Calculated in Death by J.D. Robb

This is the 36th book in the In Death series. This particular story is about a woman who is murdered and our plucky (Eve could never be considered plucky) detective can’t quite figure out why this particular woman. I’m only a few chapters in as I started it last night and it’s going good so far. What else would I expect from this series?

What did you recently finish reading?

Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

This is the second book in the Bromance Book Club series. This particular one is about Mack, who enjoys the espionage romance trope most of all. Of course, he gets caught up in a plot to help his love interest. I really enjoyed this story and had a fun time reading it. It did have some tense moments, because espionage.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Beach Read by Emily Henry

I have to read this one for my book club next week, and I haven’t picked it up yet! Woe is me! I have had issues with the last two books I read by this author so I’m going to go into this with low expectations.

What are you reading?

Weekly Round-Up: June 12, 2022

Well hello beautiful people! It’s Saturday! I was planning on spending the day reading, but I can’t pick a book out to save my life. I’ve started three and none of them are right. Sigh.

What I Read This Week:

Delusions In Death by J.D. Robb

This is the 35th entry into the In Death series. This one is about mass murder due to hallucinations. It’s got some gruesome stuff in there so I would check trigger warnings before you read it. I did enjoy the gruesome stuff, but I have to wonder what that says about me?

Spear by Nicola Griffith

This novella is a queer retelling of the King Arthur story, and you know I love a good King Arthur story. This time it’s about a young woman who grows up with her mother, hidden from the world, until she chooses to leave and join King Arthur’s court. It was such a good read and managed to pack quite a lot into such a short story.

Instagram Posts:

Blog Posts:

Monday started off with a May reading wrap-up. I mention it every month, but I really like seeing my statistics each month. brings me joy.

WWW Wednesday was next, because for some reason I skipped Tuesday? No idea why.

Thursday was a book haul. I might have bought a few things over the last couple of months. Maybe.

Friday was First Lines Friday and I enjoyed this one. I do find the book listed to be a little intimidating though.

In Other News:

People are real upset about this picture.

In case you are wondering who that is, that is Celebrimbor from the Rings of Power series. I’m still withholding judgement until Ii can actually see the show. But yeah, folks be angry.

How was your week?

First Lines Friday: June 10, 2022

Welll hello beautiful people! It’s First Lines Friday today.

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!

The Lines:

” Death is a part if life,” Orka whispered in her son’s ear. Even though Breca’s arm was drawn back, the ash-spear gripper tight in his small, white-knuckled fist and the spearhead aimed at the reindeer in front of them, she could see the hesitation in his eyes, in the set of his jaw.

Intrigued?

The Book:

The Shadow of the Gods by John Gwyne

A century has passed since the gods fought and drove themselves to extinction. Now only their bones remain, promising great power to those brave enough to seek them out.

As whispers of war echo across the land of Vigrid, fate follows in the footsteps of three warriors: a huntress on a dangerous quest, a noblewoman pursuing battle fame, and a thrall seeking vengeance among the mercenaries known as the Bloodsworn.

All three will shape the fate of the world as it once more falls under the shadow of the gods.

I’m not gonna lie, part of why I got this book was that amazing cover. The premise doesn’t sound that bad either. I haven’t read a big epic fantasy in a while and I’ve heard great things about this one. What do you think?

A Little Book Haul

Well hello beautiful people! I thought I’d share with you a book haul as I haven’t done one since March! What? Well, we shall rectify that today. I’ve elected to share with you only a portion of the books that I have acquired over the last few months. Trust me, you want me to condense the list.

I may have a book rescuing problem.

Spear by Nicola Griffith

She left all she knew to find who she could be . . .

She grows up in the wild wood, in a cave with her mother, but visions of a faraway lake drift to her on the spring breeze, scented with promise. And when she hears a traveler speak of Artos, king of Caer Leon, she decides her future lies at his court. So, brimming with magic and eager to test her strength, she breaks her covenant with her mother and sets out on her bony gelding for Caer Leon.

With her stolen hunting spear and mended armour, she is an unlikely hero, not a chosen one, but one who forges her own bright path. Aflame with determination, she begins a journey of magic and mystery, love, lust and fights to death. On her adventures, she will steal the hearts of beautiful women, fight warriors and sorcerers, and make a place to call home.

I just started reading this this morning and I am hooked. It appears to be a queer story set in the world of King Arthur, which, love!

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuistson

What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?

When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius―his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There’s only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.

Heads of family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instragramable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations and begs the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to be? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through? Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue proves: true love isn’t always diplomatic.

Now, I know what you’re saying. Yes, I already own an e-book copy of this book. But when I heard they were turning it into a movie, I had to get a copy of the book before it got those stupid “soon to be a film by Amazon Prime” not-stickers on it. I hate those things.

Chef’s Kiss by TJ Alexander

Simone Larkspur is a perfectionist pastry expert with a dream job at The Discerning Chef, a venerable cookbook publisher in New York City. All she wants to do is create the perfect loaf of sourdough and develop recipes, but when The Discerning Chef decides to bring their brand into the 21st century by pivoting to video, Simone is thrust into the spotlight and finds herself failing at something for the first time in her life.

To make matters worse, Simone has to deal with Ray Lyton, the new test kitchen manager, whose obnoxious cheer and outgoing personality are like oil to Simone’s water. When Ray accidentally becomes a viral YouTube sensation with a series of homebrewing videos, their eccentric editor in chief forces Simone to work alongside the chipper upstart or else risk her beloved job. But the more they work together, the more Simone realizes her heart may be softening like butter for Ray.

Things get even more complicated when Ray comes out at work as nonbinary to mixed reactions—and Simone must choose between the career she fought so hard for and the person who just might take the cake (and her heart).

You don’t see a lot of non-binary rep in romance books, so I’m curious to see how this will play out. I am very excited for it.

The Change by Kirsten Miller

In the Long Island oceanfront community of Mattauk, three different women discover that midlife changes bring a whole new type of empowerment…

After Nessa James’s husband dies and her twin daughters leave for college, she’s left all alone in a trim white house not far from the ocean. In the quiet of her late forties, the former nurse begins to hear voices. It doesn’t take long for Nessa to realize that the voices calling out to her belong to the dead—a gift she’s inherited from her grandmother, which comes with special responsibilities.

On the cusp of 50, suave advertising director Harriett Osborne has just witnessed the implosion of her lucrative career and her marriage. She hasn’t left her house in months, and from the outside, it appears as if she and her garden have both gone to seed. But Harriett’s life is far from over—in fact, she’s undergone a stunning and very welcome metamorphosis.

Ambitious former executive Jo Levison has spent thirty long years at war with her body. The free-floating rage and hot flashes that arrive with the beginning of menopause feel like the very last straw—until she realizes she has the ability to channel them, and finally comes into her power.

Guided by voices only Nessa can hear, the trio of women discover a teenage girl whose body was abandoned beside a remote beach. The police have written the victim off as a drug-addicted sex worker, but the women refuse to buy into the official narrative. Their investigation into the girl’s murder leads to more bodies, and to the town’s most exclusive and isolated enclave, a world of stupendous wealth where the rules don’t apply. With their newfound powers, Jo, Nessa, and Harriett will take matters into their own hands…

I’m sorry, but this book sounds amazing. Amazing!

When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill

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’m really intrigued by the premise of this story. I absolutely love the idea of a “Mass Dragoning” and what comes after. I’m really hoping I enjoy this one.

The Library of the Dead by T.L. Huchu

WHEN GHOSTS TALK
SHE WILL LISTEN


Ropa dropped out of school to become a ghostalker – and they sure do love to talk. Now she speaks to Edinburgh’s dead, carrying messages to those they left behind. A girl’s gotta earn a living, and it seems harmless enough. Until, that is, the dead whisper that someone’s bewitching children – leaving them husks, empty of joy and strength. It’s on Ropa’s patch, so she feels honor-bound to investigate. But what she learns will rock her world.

Ropa will dice with death as she calls on Zimbabwean magic and Scottish pragmatism to hunt down clues. And although underground Edinburgh hides a wealth of dark secrets, she also discovers an occult library, a magical mentor and some unexpected allies.

Yet as shadows lengthen, will the hunter become the hunted?

This book grabbed my attention when I saw it in the store…all 15 times I walked past it and never picked it up. Apparently I had to wait for it to come out in paperback for me to actually want it? I have no idea. My mind is a weird place.

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St John Mandel

Edwin St. Andrew is eighteen years old when he crosses the Atlantic by steamship, exiled from polite society following an ill-conceived diatribe at a dinner party. He enters the forest, spellbound by the beauty of the Canadian wilderness, and suddenly hears the notes of a violin echoing in an airship terminal—an experience that shocks him to his core. 
 
Two centuries later a famous writer named Olive Llewellyn is on a book tour. She’s traveling all over Earth, but her home is the second moon colony, a place of white stone, spired towers, and artificial beauty. Within the text of Olive’s best-selling pandemic novel lies a strange passage: a man plays his violin for change in the echoing corridor of an airship terminal as the trees of a forest rise around him. 

 
When Gaspery-Jacques Roberts, a detective in the black-skied Night City, is hired to investigate an anomaly in the North American wilderness, he uncovers a series of lives upended: The exiled son of an earl driven to madness, a writer trapped far from home as a pandemic ravages Earth, and a childhood friend from the Night City who, like Gaspery himself, has glimpsed the chance to do something extraordinary that will disrupt the timeline of the universe.

I have never read a book by this author and I’ll be honest, I picked it up on a whim. I don’t do well with post apocalyptic/dystopian books and this one seems to have, at the very least, some of that. So we shall see what the future holds for me with this story.

From Bad to Cursed by Lana Harper

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 the first book in this series, Payback’s a Witch. Naturally, I’m really excited to see how the sequel plays out.

Well Met by Jen DeLuca

Emily knew there would be strings attached when she relocated to the small town of Willow Creek, Maryland, for the summer to help her sister recover from an accident, but who could anticipate getting roped into volunteering for the local Renaissance Faire alongside her teenaged niece? Or that the irritating and inscrutable schoolteacher in charge of the volunteers would be so annoying that she finds it impossible to stop thinking about him?

The faire is Simon’s family legacy and from the start he makes clear he doesn’t have time for Emily’s lighthearted approach to life, her oddball Shakespeare conspiracy theories, or her endless suggestions for new acts to shake things up. Yet on the faire grounds he becomes a different person, flirting freely with Emily when she’s in her revealing wench’s costume. But is this attraction real, or just part of the characters they’re portraying?

This summer was only ever supposed to be a pit stop on the way to somewhere else for Emily, but soon she can’t seem to shake the fantasy of establishing something more with Simon or a permanent home of her own in Willow Creek.

I’m sorry, a Ren-Faire romance series? When I tell you that the day after I heard about this I went out and bought it. So fast. And. And! It’s a series! There are three of these books! Hopefully the first one is good so I can pick up the others.

By The Book by Jasmine Guillory

Isabelle is completely lost. When she first began her career in publishing after college, she did not expect to be twenty-five, still living at home, and one of the few Black employees at her publishing house. Overworked and underpaid, constantly torn between speaking up or stifling herself, Izzy thinks there must be more to this publishing life. So when she overhears her boss complaining about a beastly high-profile author who has failed to deliver his long-awaited manuscript, Isabelle sees an opportunity to prove her worth and finally get the recognition she deserves.

All she has to do is go to the author’s Santa Barbara mansion and give him a quick pep talk or three. How hard could it be?

But Izzy quickly finds out she is in over her head. Beau Towers is not some celebrity lightweight writing a tell-all memoir. He is jaded and withdrawn and—it turns out—just as lost as Izzy. But despite his standoffishness, Izzy needs Beau to deliver, and with her encouragement, his story begins to spill onto the page. They soon discover they have more in common than either of them expected, and as their deadline nears, Izzy and Beau begin to realize there may be something there that wasn’t there before.

It’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling, but with writers! I’m very much looking forward to digging into the world the author creates, as beauty in the beast is one of my favorite fairytales.

Heartstopper Vol 1 by Alice Oseman

Shy and softhearted Charlie Spring sits next to rugby player Nick Nelson in class one morning. A warm and intimate friendship follows, and that soon develops into something more for Charlie, who doesn’t think he has a chance.

But Nick is struggling with feelings of his own, and as the two grow closer and take on the ups and downs of high school, they come to understand the surprising and delightful ways in which love works.

So I was going to wait until the library got this book back, but the reserve list is long. So yeah, I bought it. Everything I’ve heard about this story says it’s amazing and I had to have it!

Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake

Delilah Green swore she would never go back to Bright Falls—nothing is there for her but memories of a lonely childhood where she was little more than a burden to her cold and distant stepfamily. Her life is in New York, with her photography career finally gaining steam and her bed never empty. Sure, it’s a different woman every night, but that’s just fine with her.
 
When Delilah’s estranged stepsister, Astrid, pressures her into photographing her wedding with a guilt trip and a five-figure check, Delilah finds herself back in the godforsaken town that she used to call home. She plans to breeze in and out, but then she sees Claire Sutherland, one of Astrid’s stuck-up besties, and decides that maybe there’s some fun (and a little retribution) to be had in Bright Falls, after all.
 
Having raised her eleven-year-old daughter mostly on her own while dealing with her unreliable ex and running a bookstore, Claire Sutherland depends upon a life without surprises. And Delilah Green is an unwelcome surprise…at first. Though they’ve known each other for years, they don’t really know each other—so Claire is unsettled when Delilah figures out exactly what buttons to push. When they’re forced together during a gauntlet of wedding preparations—including a plot to save Astrid from her horrible fiancé—Claire isn’t sure she has the strength to resist Delilah’s charms. Even worse, she’s starting to think she doesn’t want to…

I have heard nothing but good things about this story so I’m excited to give it a read!

And there you go. 12 of the probably 5 million books I’ve bought over the last few months. Okay, so I’m exaggerating, I did not buy 5 million books. I have bought a fair few though. Do any of the these book sound good to you? What books have you picked up recently?

WWW Wednesday: June 8, 2022

Hello beautiful people! How are you doing this fine Wednesday? Me, I am doing great! I get to go to work and be surrounded by books! I know, I can’t bring them all home with me, and that’s okay. But it’s awesome to see so many people be so enthusiastic about books! Especially since summer reading has started.

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?

The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer

I only just started it last night and I am only a few pages into the story and it’s due back today. I found the audiobook on Scribd though, so I’m going to switch to that. I loved the start of the story so I am excited to continue. Also, the ship’s operating system sounds like our protagonist’s mom. Yeah, that’s disturbing.

What did you recently finish reading?

Delusion In Death by J.D. Robb

The 35th book in the In Death series. This one is about a killer who decides that mass murder through hallucinations is the way to go. It’s very gruesome so you’ll want to check trigger warnings.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Calculated In Death by J.D. Robb

I’m going to try to make an In Death book for every other book that I read this month. Should be an interesting experiment.

What is your current read?

May Reading Wrap-Up

Well hello, beautiful people! I hope you had a good weekend! Mine was very, very busy, and yet I feel like I accomplished nothing at home. It was one of those weekends. But we are starting the week off right with a Reading Wrap-Up! In May I read 17 books for a total of 6,010 pages. I will not be repeating that this month, I can tell you that!

Books 22 thru 34 of the In Death Series by J.D. Robb

I read 14 In Death books last month, which is nuts. But that put me up to book 34 in the series! Only 22 (some haven’t been released yet!) to go! Naturally, I loved them all, some more than others. New York to Dallas was an exceptional entry in the series. As always, check trigger warnings. 4-5 stars to all of them!

Garlic and the Vampire by Bree Paulsen

This adorable middle-grade graphic novel is about Garlic, who is tasked by the other vegetables in the Witch’s garden to go and slay the vampire that is moved into the castle. It was such a cute read and I really enjoyed seeing how it played out! I dislike Carrot, obvs. 4 stars.

Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Okay, full disclosure. I gave this book two stars, which sucks because it’s fantastic. But why give it two stars if it’s so good? Well, the main character does something that reminded me of someone I knew, and I just couldn’t get that image out of my head, so I had to stop reading it. The writing was fantastic and the plot was great, I just couldn’t get past that one thing. So yeah, two stars.

Electric Idol by Katee Robert

I really enjoyed the second entry into the Dark Olympus series. This one is all about Psyche and Eros and I loved their character dynamics and Eros’ mom! Woosh. Not a person you’d like to meet in a dark alley. 4 stars.

Stats

I like that mystery and crime are two separate genres. That’s hilarious. At least in context to the In Death books. You’d want to keep your true crime novels separate from your basic mystery novels, naturally.

But that is my reading wrap-up for May! What did your May reading wrap-up look like?

First Lines Friday: June 3, 2022

Well hello! It’s Friday! I’m actually looking forward to tomorrow as it’s the start of the library’s Summer Reading Program! I’m going to be so busy, but it will be a lot of fun.

Happy First Lines Friday, by the way.

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!

The Lines

No one had seen the woman who lived at 256 Woodland Drive since early November. Now it was late April and the house looked abandoned. A modern masterpiece, set back from the road and surrounded by gardens, it had once been the neighborhood’s biggest attraction.

Intrigued?

The Book:

The Change by Kirsten Miller

In the Long Island oceanfront community of Mattauk, three different women discover that midlife changes bring a whole new type of empowerment…

After Nessa James’s husband dies and her twin daughters leave for college, she’s left all alone in a trim white house not far from the ocean. In the quiet of her late forties, the former nurse begins to hear voices. It doesn’t take long for Nessa to realize that the voices calling out to her belong to the dead—a gift she’s inherited from her grandmother, which comes with special responsibilities.

On the cusp of 50, suave advertising director Harriett Osborne has just witnessed the implosion of her lucrative career and her marriage. She hasn’t left her house in months, and from the outside, it appears as if she and her garden have both gone to seed. But Harriett’s life is far from over—in fact, she’s undergone a stunning and very welcome metamorphosis.

Ambitious former executive Jo Levison has spent thirty long years at war with her body. The free-floating rage and hot flashes that arrive with the beginning of menopause feel like the very last straw—until she realizes she has the ability to channel them, and finally comes into her power.

Guided by voices only Nessa can hear, the trio of women discover a teenage girl whose body was abandoned beside a remote beach. The police have written the victim off as a drug-addicted sex worker, but the women refuse to buy into the official narrative. Their investigation into the girl’s murder leads to more bodies, and to the town’s most exclusive and isolated enclave, a world of stupendous wealth where the rules don’t apply. With their newfound powers, Jo, Nessa, and Harriett will take matters into their own hands…

This book sounds so good and I picked it up on release day. I couldn’t help myself. Also that cover!

So, what will you be doing this weekend? Reading The Change? Searching the shelves at your local library? Or playing board games with friends?