Saturday, December 30, 2023

Recent Updates and Currently Reading | December 30

Happy New Year! I have no idea where this holiday went. I was able to read quite a bit this past week. We finally watched the Barbie movie, and my son and I have been playing the new Super Mario Bros Wonder game. It's quirky and it's fun. I hope you all have an amazing weekend.

What book will be your first of the year?

Finished Reading

I managed to read the books I said I wanted to read this week!

Lovelight Farms by B.K. Borison The September House by Carissa Orlando Where the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire

Lovelight Farms by B.K. Borison [dnf] - I'm in my romance learning phase. Lovelight Farms is supposed to be a "fake dating" romance, but it's really more of a "friends to lovers" book. This didn't work for me, but I'm getting to know my tastes in romance.

The September House by Carissa Orlando ⭐⭐⭐★★- Aw, man. This book took a big turn in tone halfway through, and I'm not sure how I feel about it. I did feel disappointed that it went from a really unique, cozy, humorous horror story to a trigger filled, quite typical horror story. I'm pretty bummed.

Where the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire ⭐⭐⭐⭐★ - I'm so glad I decided to reread this series this year. I knew this book would hit differently the second time around.

Edgedancer by Brandon Sanderson (⭐⭐⭐★★) is #2.5 in the Stormlight Archive series. I'm so glad I checked to see if there were any novellas between Words of Radiance and Oathbringer. This was an OK read for me. Sanderson says this novella gives some important backstory for Oathbringer. I'm glad to have read it since I plan on reading Oathbringer in 2024.

Lost in the Moment and Found by Seanan McGuire ⭐⭐⭐⭐★ - This was the most heartbreaking of the series so far. I need a good ending for Antsy at some point in this series! I'm all caught up and ready for the new one in January!

Currently Reading

I'm hoping to finish reading Iron Flame before the end of the year. This book is too long, and I refuse to carry it over into 2024.

This post is being shared as part of The Sunday Salon at ReaderbuzzBook Date’s It's Monday! What Are You Reading? and Caffeinated Book Reviewer's The Sunday Post.


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  1. Glad to hear you are enjoying your time off. I hope you have a wonderful New Year's and cheers to great things in 2024.

  2. I don't usually read romance either, and gave Lovelight Farms a try. I didn't end up finishing it. :( I wanted to like it though!

  3. If you read Mislaid in Parts Half Known, I think you'll like the way Antsy's story wraps up:-) Have a happy New Year, Jen!

  4. I also have no idea where the holiday went. Holidays take so much preparation, and then we just blast through them. Now I have so much cleaning to do!

  5. The holidays do go fast, don't they?

    I watched the Barbie movie again last night while my husband was out of town. I feel like it was a richer experience the second time around.

  6. Yay for a good holiday with reading. Good luck with Iron Flame. I really enjoyed it and what a twist at the end. Happy New Year!

    Anne - Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

  7. I play Mario Wonder this week too. My husband gave it to me for Christmas. It's so fun. I'm glad you and your son are enjoying it. I hope you have a great new year celebration!

  8. I have Iron Flame sitting on my shelf! I so enjoyed the first one, so I'm not sure why I keep putting book 2 off!

  9. I'm sorry you didn't like Lovelight Farms or The September House. It's so disappointing when it seems like it was going to be a good story only to cop out at the end. I hope you manage to finish Iron Flame. I enjoyed it and I hope you will too! Happy New Year!

  10. I need to start McGuire's series this year.

    Happy New Year!!!

  11. I want to read the first book in the Yarros book. In fact I have the audiobook of it so I have no excuse.

    Happy New Year!

    My end of the year post about favorite books and blog posts

  12. Happy New Year to you too! I got the Barbie movie for Christmas and I can't wait to watch it soon!

    Here’s my Sunday Post

    Rabbit Ears Book Blog: WORLD’S WEIRDEST BOOK BLOG!

  13. I'm rereading the Wayward Children series too! I forgot how much I loved them!
    My Sunday Post :)

  14. I liked Iron Flame and am looking forward to more in the series. I have never read Seanan McGuire though I keep meaning to start. Come see my week here. Happy reading and Happy New Year!

  15. I loved Iron Flame - yes it was long but really I didn't mind. Some said it could do with a good edit but as I say I was happy. Hope your reading is great for 2024. Happy New Year.

  16. I hope you were able to finish your book in time!

  17. I just started Iron Flame myself! Enjoy your reading this year!


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