Weekly Round-Up: June 25, 2022

Well hello beautiful humans. How is your Saturday going? Mine is going pretty well. I’m trying to finish a book from the stack that is sitting next to me on the couch. There are about six of them there. I’m not saying I have a problem…but yeah, it’s a problem.

It is time for the weekly round-up though, so let’s get to it!

What I Read This Week:

The Time I Got Drunk and Yeeted a Love Potion at a Werewolf by Kimberly Lemming

Um, yeah. Thanks TikTok. This story is about exactly what it says on the cover. This was a romance novel set very much in a fantasy world, but it was filled with subtle pop culture references. Plus, dragons. It’s a shorty, but be forewarned, there are some…tentacles. I skipped that part.

Faking with Benefits by Lily Gold

So this was my first reverse harem romance book. First of all, it was all spice, so this kind of book just really wasn’t for me. But I kept reading for some reason. It did have an interesting plot, a woman’s love life is terrible and her neighbors decide they are going to fake date her to teach her how to achieve a relationship. I’m reading another book by this author because it was free on Kindle Unlimited, but I’m not enjoying it and am probably going to DNF it. Reverse Harems just aren’t my jam.

A Mirror Mended by Alix E. Harrow

The continuing story of Zinnia Gray from A Spindle Splintered. This one involves a Evil Queen. I enjoyed this story and had a lot of fun reading this Novella. Be warned, it’s only around 130 pages, and some of those are taken up by art, which shortens it even more. I like the art though, it doesn’t detract from the story. I did write a review on this which you will be able to see linked down below.

Instagram Posts:

I had one that I forgot to actually post, so that doesn’t count. It will go up tomorrow…I hope.

Blog Posts:

On Monday I explained why I was choosing to say goodbye to NetGalley. It’s going to be interesting.

Tuesday was an unexpected post as I got locked out of my blog…sorta. I could still get into it on my mobile device, thankfully. That has now been resolved.

Wednesday was a WWW Wednesday. As usual I went over what I was planning on reading. Eh. It never works out the way I plan.

Thursday was the review for A Mirror Mended. Spoiler alert, I liked this book.

In Other News:

On top of everything else I’m reading I picked up this short title:

I have been asked to DM an all women gathering of Dungeons and Dragons. Luckily my husband has what is basically the DM starter pack so we can play in person. I’m very excited. I’m either going to do really well, or suck so hard. Oh well, its everyone’s first campaign, so we will have a good time either way. And if I need tips, I can always watch Critical Role to feel completely inadequate.

How was your week?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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!

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?

Weekly Round-Up: March 19, 2022

Well hello, beautiful people! How was your week? Mine has been insane (hence this being posted on a Sunday!). I have been running all over the greater Dallas area like a chicken with its head cut off all week. And I still have stuff I need to do! Does anyone want to come over and clean my house for me?

What I Read This Week

Get a Life, Cloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

I thoroughly enjoyed my time listening to this audiobook. The narrator for this, Adjoa Andoh, did a great job. It helped to fill the time I spent in the car this week and kept my spirits up while I was running my errands at the beginning of the week. I also really liked how they portrayed each character’s mental health journey in this book. Chloe is actually a disabled person, so I think I am going to look up reviews featuring own voices to see how well the author portrayed that aspect.

Instagram Posts

My Instagram has been very neglected these past few weeks. Sigh.

Blog Posts

I missed Monday due to the need for a Mental Health break. Sometimes a woman has to look out for herself, you know?

Tuesday saw my return to the blog with a Top Ten Tuesday post all about my Spring TBR. Let’s see how well I do with that, shall we?

I skipped Wednesday. Honestly, I just ran out of time to write anything. This week has been utterly chaotic, and Wednesday paid the price for it. Sorry Wednesday.

Thursday I did a post that was all about Audiobook resources. Basically different places where you can find audiobooks. I also gave you my favorite places of the few I did list.

Friday was First Lines Friday. It’s a book that has been on my TBR since 2014. I’m clearly doing well with this TBR thing.

In Other News

So we know Brandon Sanderson launched a Kickstarter. But did you know that fantasy author Will Wight launched a Kickstarter too? His is a smaller following, but they are loyal. He was only asking for $10,000 and got over $500,000!

The Hubs loves his writing, so we couldn’t help but back this one. If you want to back it, there are only 5 days left to go on this one!

How was your week last week?

Weekly Round-Up: March 5, 2022

Well hello! I hope you’re doing well. Me, well I’m going to go see The Batman with the Hubs today! I’m excited. Our movie theater is also one of our favorite restaurants and we love going there. It’s a fun time out and about!

What I Read This Week

So, you know how I was popping out almost a book and a half every two days last month? Yeah, I needed some time off. I have started reading three books, but haven’t finished any of them. And that’s okay. I’m starting the reading up again either tonight or tomorrow!

Instagram Posts

That’s a big nope. Since I didn’t read, I didn’t post. That’s how it works for me. Next week! Maybe. If I can remember.

Blog Posts

Since I did blog last week, here we go!

Monday started off with a review for Mickey7 by Edward Ashton. You’ll have to read the review for my full thoughts. Look at me being all mysterious.

This Tuesday was a Top 5 Tuesday all about books with doorways. I love how different people interpreted this topic. It was fun to do.

Wednesday I brought to you my March TBR! I’m not gonna lie, it’s a short list.

Thursday was my February Reading Wrap-Up. I read 19 books last month. 19! Now you see why I needed a week off.

Yesterday was First Lines Friday. It’s a book I’ve had on my TBR shelf for a while. No idea why I haven’t read it yet though.

In Other News

In case you missed it, and how could you, the publishing industry got turned on its head this week.

That’s right, Brandon Sanderson wrote 5 books, launched a Kickstarter for four of them, and then raised, as of writing this, almost $23,000,000. For books! That no one knows anything about! Until yesterday when he released the name and first few chapters of the first book.

This is so cool! It broke pretty much every record Kickstarter had when it launched, including becoming the number one backed project in Kickstarter history. And that number is still growing. If you are interested in backing this project, click here. And if you wondering, yes, we totally backed it. The Hubs is a huge Brandon Sanderson fan and he is really excited about this project.

How did your week go?

Weekly Round-Up: February 19, 2022

Well hello! Happy Saturday! I’m excited because I have an in person Book Club meeting tonight. Of course I need to read the book, because, as of the time of writing this, I haven’t even started it yet. That’s a small problem. But just a small one.

What I Read This Week

Neon Gods by Katee Robert

This retelling of the Hades and Persephone myth was top notch and makes me want to read more of them. I wrote a full review of the book here.

The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren

Huzzah! I finished a book on my actual TBR! I can’t believe it. It only took till the middle of the month to do it, but still, I did it! I listened to the audiobook and it was really cute. It might be my new favorite in the romance genre. Also, it made me laugh a few times.

Loyalty in Death by J.D. Robb

The ninth book in the In Death series. I am slowly making my way through this world and I am loving every minute of it. I’ve mentioned it before, but this is one of my favorite endings in the series. It stuck with me even after the first time I read it.

Witness in Death by J.D. Robb

I finished this one last night when I should have been reading the book club book. Go figure. Of course it was great, but the twist in this one is superb. I would say check the trigger warnings for this one before reading, because yeah. Ew.

Instagram Posts

Blog Posts

The start of the week saw the delivery of the monthly New Releases post. I do this post every month, and really have a lot of fun putting this list together.

Tuesday was Top Ten Tuesday! This week was all about books that were too good to review. This one took some digging, because I tend to review my favorite books.

Wednesday brought an interesting WWW Wednesday. Or is it getting predictable?

Thursday was my Neon Gods review. I stepped out of my comfort zone with this one. Go give it a read. The post, not the book. Thought you could read the book.

Friday’s First Lines Friday was a book I might add to my TBR next month. Maybe. We shall see.

In Other News

So the Super Bowl happened on Sunday. Go sportsball! But our house was talking about The Commercial. You know the one.

We haven’t determined how we feel about it yet. And also I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to go re-read The Silmarillion. The one thing I do know is that I can’t wait to see what Amazon brings to the world. And given the money they are spending on it, it should be a lot.

How do you feel about the new LOTR trailer?