Top Five Snacks For Reading

Hello beautiful people! It’s a cloudy, dreary day here in my neck of the woods. So naturally, I have to do some grocery shopping. At least it’s not raining. It could be raining.

It’s 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!

Today’s topic is all about your favorite snacks to consume whilst you are reading!

Buc-ee’s Bagel Seasoning Cashews

This savory snack doesn’t last very long while it’s in the house as I usually eat the whole bag in one sitting. They are that good. If you have a Buc-ee’s near you, I highly recommend trying them.

Salt and Pepper Kettle Chips

These are the best. The pepper makes them slightly spicey and the crunch cannot be denied. These are purely for snacking with the e-book so you don’t get greasy fingers all over your pages.

Orange Cranberry Cookies from Costco

These sugary sweets are a recent discovery for me and I am so happy I found them. They are so, so good. The orange flavor is so sweet and they have dried cranberries in them! And you get a large amount of them because Costco! They last several days so I can snack for a while and not worry about running out.

Crunchy Cheetos

Forgive the orange fingers, but crunchy Cheetos are a guilty pleasure. I don’t actually eat these while I am actively reading. I take a small break to cover myself in Cheeto dust, clean my hands, and then restart my reading pursuits.

Oreos

Um…yeah. We always have Oreos in our house. I usually only eat two at a time and that keeps me happy. Huzzah!

Honorable mention to something that is not food…Tea. A good cup of tea. I’m always drinking tea while I read.

Do you snack while you read?

April Reading Wrap Up

Well hello, beautiful people! It’s been a minute, hasn’t it? Sorry about that. But I am here now, and that’s all that matters! Today I bring you my reading wrap up and stats for April 2022!

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

This last book in the Brown Sisters trilogy was great! I had a lot of fun seeing how Eve and Jacob interacted. I really loved their dynamic and the bit with the ducks! I laughed out loud! Four stars.

So This is Ever After by F.T. Lukens

I loved this story. It’s wholesome and fantastical and made me smile. It also made me laugh out loud quite a few times. Now listen, I know it is the miscommunication trope done again, but it was so good! Five stars.

The Impossible Us by Sarah Lotz

Um…I have complicated feels about this one. On one had, its really well written. On the other had, the synopsis spoiled something for me and I could get past it. I DNF’d it but I guess if I had to give it a rating I would give it two stars? Cause again, good writing.

All The Feels by Olivia Dade

This book is the follow up to Spoiler Alert, which was one of my favorite books this year, so it had some pretty big shoes to fill. And it did! It was great. I could totally relate to Alex and his struggles with ADHD and bonus, the female protagonist is named Lauren! Five stars.

Divided In Death, Survivor In Death, Visions In Death by J.D. Robb

Trigger warnings for…everything. My re-read of this series is still going, though it has slowed down a little bit. Survivor In Death is one of my favorite books in the whole series. DID got four stars, VID also got four stars, and SID got and enthusiastic five stars.

Stats!

It’s weird to see that every book I read this month could be considered a romance book, but I can see that. Oh how we grow. Also you can see the weeks where I wasn’t really finishing any books. It happens. Life goes on. We reset our Animal Crossing island and hope no one notices. Because that’s what I did. I reset my Animal Crossing island.

How was your week?

Weekly Round-Up: April 23, 2022

Hello beautiful people! It’s been a week. Not a bad week. Just an “I left the guest sheets in the washer” kind of week. Yup, I did that.

What I read this week:

Visions In Death by J.D. Robb

The 19th book in the In Death series. As to be expected, I enjoyed myself reading this. It has been pointed out that I have been remiss in mentioning that this excellent series takes place in the near future. Like the 2050s and 2060s. In all seriousness, thanks for pointing that out Janette! By the way, you should check out her blog. It’s great! By the way, check trigger warnings for this book, for all the books in this series really.

The Impossible Us by Sarah Lotz

I had complicated feelings about this book. It’s about two people who meet online after one of them sends a rather scathing email to the wrong email address.

All The Feels by Olivia Dade

I loved this sequel to Spoiler Alert. This one is about Alex, an actor who gets into trouble and finds himself assigned a minder in the form of Lauren (name twins!). I listened to the first half of this as an audiobook and for the other half, I read the paperback. I recommend both forms of reading this book, I just got impatient and wanted to know how it was going to end.

Survivor In Death by J.D. Robb

This is, so far, my favorite book in the In Death series. When Nixie is the sole survivor of her family’s brutal slaughter, and only witness, Eve takes the 9 year-old into her protection. It was a blast watching Eve and Roarke be so completely out of their element.

Instagram Posts:

Blog Posts:

Tuesday was a Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s topic was all about Bookish Items I’d Love to Own. I had fun sharing with you the things on my bookish wish lists.

WWW Wednesday was a hit with, my various books I had chosen to read. I managed to finish three of them. And, you’ll be happy to know I sent the damaged book back for replacement so I can finish reading it now!

Thursday saw the publication of my review for The Impossible Us. You can see my full feelings here.

First Lines Friday was a book that got picked for book club next month. Let’s see if I actually read this one!

In Other News:

One of my fave book series has been optioned by Amazon Prime for a TV series! That’s right, the Mercy Thompson book series may be turned into a Prime show! Squee!! I’m so excited. I hope it actually gets made. There is a lot of lore in the Mercy-verse that they can use, and it would be awesome to see an indigenous person as the lead of their own show.

How was your week?

First Lines Friday: April 22, 2022

Hello beautiful people! It’s Friday! Huzzah! That means the weekend is upon us. We just have to get through whatever today brings then we are free! To do what, that is entirely up to you. Me, I’m going to hang with some cool people and maybe read a book.

And seeing as how it’s Friday, it’s 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 came out five years ago, is the first in a series, and was picked by one of my book clubs as their pick for May!

The Lines:

Ragnvald danced on the oars, leaping from one to the next as the crew rowed. Some kept their oars just to make it easier on him; some tried to jostle Ragnvald off when he landed on them.

Intrigued?

The Book:

The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker

Ragnvald Eysteinsson, the son and grandson of kings, grew up believing that he would one day take his dead father’s place as chief of his family’s lands. But, sailing home from a raiding trip to Ireland, the young warrior is betrayed and left for dead by men in the pay of his greedy stepfather, Olaf. Rescued by a fisherman, Ragnvald is determined to have revenge for his stepfather’s betrayal, claim his birthright and the woman he loves, and rescue his beloved sister Svanhild. Opportunity may lie with Harald of Vestfold, the strong young Norse warrior rumored to be the prophesied king. Ragnvald pledges his sword to King Harald, a choice that will hold enormous consequences in the years to come.

While Ragnvald’s duty is to fight—and even die—for his honor, Svanhild must make an advantageous marriage, though her adventurous spirit yearns to see the world. Her stepfather, Olaf, has arranged a husband for her—a hard old man she neither loves nor desires. When the chance to escape Olaf’s cruelty comes at the hands of her brother’s arch-rival, the shrewd young woman is forced to make a heartbreaking choice: family or freedom.

WWW Wednesday: April 20, 2022

Hello beautiful people! It’s the middle of the week! How is yours going so far? Mine is going pretty well. I’ve gotten some work done at home and I am excited for the rest of the week. Possibly trying to go see Everything Everywhere All At Once again. That movie is absurd but amazing. I loved it.

Anyway, 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?

Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldtree

Okay, so I started this book yesterday, and it’s good. It’s a cozy fantasy story about an Orc who decides she’s had enough of her life and just wants to open a café. The only problem is that my copy of the book has holes in it! It’s a self published book and I don’t want to hurt the authors sales, but I don’t want to keep a damaged copy. I know it’s available on Kindle Unlimited, but I want to own this one. Oh well…the moral dilemma.

What did you recently finish reading?

The Impossible Us by Sarah Lotz

So I have a review of this one coming up tomorrow. This book is complicated for me. Very complicated.

Visions in Death by J.D. Robb

This marks book nineteen and month four of the re-read. I’m really having a lot of fun with the re-read, and I’m glad I’m not trying to keep such a brutal pace like I was back in February.

What will you read next?

Survivor In Death by J.D. Robb

I remember this being on of my favorites in the series, so it has that to live up to. Here’s hoping!

What are you reading right now?

Bookish Merchandise I’d Love to Own

Hello beautiful people! It’s a beautiful day outside today in the Dallas area and I have been out running errands on this blue sky day. But 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. This week is all about bookish merch I would love to own…hence the title.

This T-Shirt from TeeTurtle

I think it accurately displays how we all feel after the end of a good book. We get the sads cause it’s over. Sometimes we get the sads becuase it really made us cry! You can find the shirt here.

This T-Shirt from Out of Print

This book sparked a love of Greek mythology that still lives inside of me. You can find the shirt here. Bonus points to Out of Print for using the sales of their shirts to fund literacy programs across the country.

This T-Shirt from Etsy

I really want this one, given where I now work. You can find it here.

This Book Sleeve

I found this one whilst scrolling the interwebs a while ago. I feel it rings true. You can find it here.

This Sticky Tab Set

I really want to try to annotate my books, especially those I want to review that aren’t on my Kindle. This seem like good tabs to use for that. Also, there is about 480 of them. You can find them here.

This Bookish Puzzle

This pretty puzzle looks as frustrating as it does fun. it would look great spread out on my coffee table. Until my cat knocks it over. You can pick it up here.

This Bookish Embroidery

Embroidery is one of those hobbies you can do while listening to an audiobook. I love it. And I want this kit. You can find it here.

This Car Decal

I just got a new car, so I’m a little hesitant about this one, but it looks like something I would have on my vehicle. It’s available here.

This Unique and Adorable Bookmark

I love the way this adorable little bookmark looks. And you get eight of them! You can pick them up here.

This Magnet

I want this for my TBR cart, not my fridge. But I love it so much! You can find it on ETSY here.

Is it cheating that three of my bookish things are t-shirts? I don’t think so, as I want them all. What’s really funny is there were a few things I went to go add and I realized I had already purchased them. Oh well.

Weekly Round-Up: April 16, 2022

Hello beautiful people! Happy Saturday! Today is book club day for me, but I haven’t read the book. Oops.

What I read this week:

So This is Ever After by F.T. Lukens

So this YA book is about what happens after the chosen one kills the bad guy and takes up the crown…only to find out that the crown has a magical spell on it that means he has to be married by the time he’s 18 or he dies. It was so good! I laughed out loud in a few places and really got into this character-driven story.

Divided In Death by J.D. Robb

This is the eighteenth book in the In Death series. I really enjoyed the story about a woman who finds out that her husband has been cheating on her only to wind up framed for the murders of both him and his lover.

Instagram Posts:

You know, I put this here to help motivate me to post more to Instagram… it’s not working.

Blog Posts:

Tuesday was all about Authors I Haven’t Read Yet, but that I Want To. Gotta love those Top Ten Tuesday Posts.

Wednesday brought us WWW Wednesday. I really enjoyed one of the books I read. See above.

Friday was another First Lines Friday Post. It’s a hefty book this week.

In Other News:

So I decided that I had to find a new way to store my TBR pile. Well, piles. They were all over the place. I have a TBR cart, a unit by the front door that was piled high, and there were books shoved haphazardly under the TV.

So yeah. I had to buy a bookcase to hold my TBR. Right now it’s organized by genre. But that may change. I may switch to alphabetical or something else. I will say this, I still have my TBR cart, it’s where my YA books live, and under the TV is where all my Book of the Month editions will go. The space at the bottom of the bookcase is just room to grow. And we all need room to grow, right?

What I don’t need is more books. Seeing it all laid out like this makes me think I have a problem. What do you think? Do I have a problem?

First Line Friday: April 15, 2022

Hello beautiful people! What a fine Friday it’s turning out to be. I say that, having just woken up and not had any tea yet. But at least the Hubs and I are both off of work and get to spend some quality time together today! Huzzah for Friday!

And since it’s Friday, It’s 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 just came out this year and I have high hopes for it.

The Lines:

She gives birth in mud and mire. She squats and strains under the fog-shrowded bower of a gnarled cottongum.

Intrigued?

The Book:

The Starless Crown by James Rollins

A gifted student foretells an apocalypse. Her reward is a sentence of death.

Fleeing into the unknown she is drawn into a team of outcasts:

A broken soldier, who once again takes up the weapons he’s forbidden to wield and carves a trail back home.

A drunken prince, who steps out from his beloved brother’s shadow and claims a purpose of his own.

An imprisoned thief, who escapes the crushing dark and discovers a gleaming artifact – one that will ignite a power struggle across the globe.

On the run, hunted by enemies old and new, they must learn to trust each other in order to survive in a world evolved in strange, beautiful, and deadly ways, and uncover ancient secrets that hold the key to their salvation.

But with each passing moment, doom draws closer.

WHO WILL CLAIM THE STARLESS CROWN?

Sounds good, doesn’t it? What do you think? Would you pick up this book?

WWW Wednesday: April 13, 2022

Hello beautiful people! How are we this fine Wednesday? I’m constantly being interrupted by my cat. She keeps walking on the keyboard. I’m going to need to get her her own computer to sit at so she won’t sit at mine.

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?

Divided In Death by J.D. Robb

I just started this yesterday! I’m excited to get back to the In Death re-read with this, the eighteenth book in the series.

What did you recently finish?

So This is Ever After by F.T. Lukens

I finished this a few days ago and if I may say, what a treat this was! I fully enjoyed getting swept up in the story. This tale asks the question “what happens after the prophecy is fulfilled?”.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Saint Death’s Daughter by C.S.E. Cooney

I received this arc a while ago and haven’t read it yet. My bad. I’m starting it this week!

What are you reading right now?

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?