Saturday, July 2, 2022

Recent Updates and Currently Reading | July 2

Happy July, everyone! And Happy 4th of July to those of you who are celebrating and/or getting a long weekend this weekend.

Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards

In case you missed it, the 2021 Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards have been announced. Be sure to check it out because the books are incredible as always.

Horror Spotlight - Read Diverse Horror

This month we are closing the doors on the Ladies of Horror Fiction and rebranding our team as Horror Spotlight in order to broaden our mission of spotlighting diverse voices in horror. Lots of exciting things are happening.


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Books On My Summer 2022 To-Read List

Our Share of Night by by Mariana Enríquez, Megan McDowell (Translator)

On My Wishlist | Our Share of Night by by Mariana Enríquez, Megan McDowell (Translator)


Finished Reading


Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree One Piece, Volume 3: Don't Get Fooled Again by by Eiichiro Oda, Andy Nakatani (Translator)

Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree ⭐⭐⭐⭐★ - I loved Legends & Lattes. Such a cozy, wonderful read. I'll try to have a review out this week for it!

One Piece, Volume 3: Don't Get Fooled Again by Eiichiro Oda, Andy Nakatani (Translator) ⭐⭐⭐★★ - This manga continues to be so fun. The only reason I gave it 3 stars is because it can't stand alone. But if you are binging through these - it doesn't matter.


Currently Reading


The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James - This is good so far.

Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky - This is a reread so I'm picking it up and enjoying it as the mood strikes.

Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafón - This continues to be so wonderful. I may have to put the pause on it because of the next book below. It might be tough to focus on two books in Spanish at the same time. We'll see!


Mandíbula by Mónica Ojeda Jawbone by Mónica Ojeda, Sarah Booker (Goodreads Author) (Translator)

The Horror Spotlight group read for July is Jawbone by Mónica Ojeda, Sarah Booker (Translator). I realized when I started reading it yesterday that it was a translated novel. I was excited to find out my library had a copy of Mandíbula so I switched over to reading the Spanish version. I'm happy to also have the English copy from my library because the writing has a strange quality to it. I think the whole book is going to be weird, but I'm looking forward to it. If you would like to join us - you can find the link to our discord in our linktree.

Added to the TBR


The Midnighters by Hana Tooke Our Crooked Hearts by Melissa Albert

The Midnighters by Hana Tooke

Our Crooked Hearts by Melissa Albert


What I've Been Watching


Lightyear Moon Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi Ms. Marvel Stranger Things Season 4 Jose Altuve

I meant to mention Lightyear last week! We went to see it on Father's Day, and we all loved it. Have you seen it?

I wound up enjoying Moon Knight by the end. I think I was the opposite of most people in that I didn't enjoy the beginning, but I found the ending where everying sort of, mostly came together to be the best part. You have to pay attention to this one as they do not give you the answers. You have to look for them and figure out what you think is happening on your own.

Kenobi. Oof. I love Star Wars so much, but I hate Vader and somehow I now hate Kenobi even more. This series was rough for me.

My entire family is enjoying Ms. Marvel so much! Definitely start watching this one if you haven't yet.

Yesterday was Stranger Things day! We loved the whole season. We started back over from the beginning before season 4 came out, and I hope we do it again before season 5.

Baseball. Lots and lots of baseball. My two favorite teams are the Astros and the Mets, and if they actually make it to the World Series together this year, I'm going to lose my mind.

 Have a great weekend and stay safe!



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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Wishlist | Our Share of Night by Mariana Enríquez, Megan McDowell (Translator)

Our Share of Night by Mariana Enríquez (translated by Megan McDowell) is a chunky, epic horror spanning decades, and I can't wait to read it.


His father could find what was lost. His father knew when someone was going to die. His father had talked to him about the dead who rode in on the wind. The dead travel fast.

Gaspar is six years old when the Order first come for him.

For years, they have exploited his father’s ability to commune with the dead and the demonic, presiding over macabre rituals where the unwanted and the disappeared are tortured and executed, sacrificed to the Darkness. Now they want a successor.

Nothing will stop the Order, nothing is beyond them. Surrounded by horrors, can Gaspar break free?

Spanning the brutal decades of Argentina’s military dictatorship and its aftermath, Our Share of Night is a haunting, thrilling novel of broken families, cursed inheritances, and the sacrifices a father will make to help his son escape his destiny.


I have Our Share of Night preordered, and I'm looking forward to getting lost in this one in the fall.

Have you read anything by Mariana Enríquez? Will you be reading Our Share of Night?



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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Books On My Summer 2022 To-Read List

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl


These are some of the books releasing in Summer 2022 that I hope to read!

A Prayer for the Crown-Shy (Monk and Robot #2) by Becky Chambers

Babel by R.F. Kuang

This Appearing House by Ally Malinenko

The First Binding (Tales of Tremaine #1) by R.R. Virdi

The Midnighters by Hana Tooke

The Lies I Tell by Julie Clark

Upgrade by Blake Crouch

Things We Do in the Dark by Jennifer Hillier

Our Crooked Hearts by Melissa Albert

These Fleeting Shadows by Kate Alice Marshall

The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager

Amari and the Great Game (Supernatural Investigations #2) by B.B. Alston

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Saturday, June 25, 2022

Recent Updates and Currently Reading | June 25

Happy weekend! My family spent the last half of the week on a little bit of a vacation. It was nice to get away and spend a few days together.

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Recent Updates | 2022 Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag


Finished Reading


Sundial by Catriona Ward One Piece, Volume 1: Romance Dawn by by Eiichiro Oda, Andy Nakatani (Translator) One Piece, Volume 2: Buggy the Clown by by Eiichiro Oda, Andy Nakatani (Translator)

Sundial by Catriona Ward ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - Sundial was so good! I hope I can get some reviewing mojo back because this one was great.

One Piece, Volume 1: Romance Dawn by Eiichiro Oda, Andy Nakatani (Translator) ⭐⭐⭐⭐★ - I started reading One Piece, and now I'm addicted.

One Piece, Volume 2: Buggy the Clown by Eiichiro Oda, Andy Nakatani (Translator) ⭐⭐⭐★★ - I immediately had to read the next volume.


Currently Reading


Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafón One Piece, Volume 3: Don't Get Fooled Again by by Eiichiro Oda, Andy Nakatani (Translator)

Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky - I have been in such a mood to reread Children of Time so that's exactly what I'm doing.

Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafón - I started reading Marina last summer but didn't finish. I was happy to start it over from the beginning. Zafón's writing is possibly the most beautiful I have ever read. I'm reading it in Spanish and hoping I don't burn out again.

One Piece, Volume 3: Don't Get Fooled Again by Eiichiro Oda, Andy Nakatani (Translator) - I'm planning to start volume 3 tonight, and then I have to figure out how I'm going to read the next 100 volumes 😭


Added to the TBR


Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky One Piece. Omnibus, Vol. 1 by by Eiichiro Oda, Andy Nakatani (Translator)

Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky - The first time I read this it was on Audible so I picked up a print copy to read this time.

Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky - I'm hoping to finally continue on with Children of Ruin soon!

One Piece. Omnibus, Vol. 1 by Eiichiro Oda, Andy Nakatani (Translator) - When I came across this omnibus, I knew it was time to finally start my journey with One Piece - but now I have to figure out how to afford the rest. I really hate to read them on my computer, but I think that's what I'm going to have to do since my library (thankfully!) appears to have all 100+ volumes.


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Sunday, June 19, 2022

Recent Updates | 2022 Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Hi everyone! I'm going to do something a bit different today. I haven't been around this year for a whole host of reasons, but long covid and too many commitments have been at the top of that list. Things are improving in both of those areas, and I'd love to get back to updating this space. I've decided to do the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag because I think it's a great way to catch up on my bookish year so far, and also I just really like this tag so I'm happy to have it motivate me today!

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2022?

Bad Witch Burning by Jessica LewisBad Witch Burning by Jessica Lewis - This book had such an emotional impact on me. It was fantastic.
 

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2022?

The Collectors (Fright Watch #2) by Lorien Lawrence

The Collectors (Fright Watch #2) by Lorien Lawrence - Fright Watch is such a fun series. It's kids who are like the neighborhood watch combating evil neighbors.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to?

My goal as I try to get some of my personal time back is to be able to read new releases as I get them. I'm trying to catch up right now so I can get to that point. The book I probably want to read most from my 2022 purchases is The Hunger of the Gods by John Gwynne, but I will need to read The Shadow of the Gods first!

The Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne The Hunger of the Gods by John Gwynne

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of 2022?

This was a tough one because there are several books I'm super excited about this year, but I'm going to have to say the upcoming fantasy book from Stephen King is probably at the top of the list.

Fairy Tale by Stephen King

Fairy Tale by Stephen King

5. Biggest disappointment?

Mine by Delilah S. Dawson

I'm going to have to go with Mine by Delilah S. Dawson. It just didn't have the heart of a middle grade horror so it was a miss for me. It's highly rated on Goodreads so it's probably not a bad book, but it wasn't what makes me tick when I pick up a middle grade so I was disappointed.

6. Biggest surprise?

White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson

I'm struggling with how to phrase this because I don't want to sound like I'm bashing YA. You guys know I read a lot of YA, but it's my least favorite age level because I'm often not interested in the themes of this age range. However - I've read so many great YA horror books lately including White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson. I highly recommend it.

7. New favorite author?

Hands down - Catriona Ward. I read The Last House on Needless Street last year, and while it wasn't my favorite book of the year, it was definitely my favorite reading experience of the year. I'm in the middle of reading Sundial by Catriona Ward right now, and it has solidified her as a new favorite must read author.

Sundial by Catriona Ward

8. Newest fictional crush?

I don't think I read the right type of books for this question. Lots of horror and thrillers I really shouldn't be crushing on so I'm happy to report no one.

9. Newest favorite character?

As I was scrolling through my books, Ophie popped out as the most memorable character in the list. I hope we get more books with Ophie in the future.

Ophie's Ghosts by Justina Ireland

Ophie's Ghosts by Justina Ireland

10. Book that made you cry?

Girl in the Walls by Katy Michelle Quinn

Girl in the Walls by Katy Michelle Quinn - This is a heartbreaking and wonderful tale of self-discovery.

11. Book that made you happy?

Never Say You Can't Survive by Charlie Jane Anders

I'm currently reading Never Say You Can't Survive: How to Get Through Hard Times by Making Up Stories by Charlie Jane Anders, and it is making me really happy. There's a lot about creating whatever it is you need to create in that moment for your own wellbeing.

12. Favorite book to movie adaptation you’ve seen so far this year?

Doctor Sleep

I finally watched Doctor Sleep recently, and it was so good. I'm looking forward to watching Where the Crawdads Sing very soon, too.

13. Favorite review you’ve written this year?

Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls by Kaela Rivera

Probably my review of Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls by Kaela Rivera

14. Most beautiful book you bought this year?

I'm having trouble finding any pictures online but my family got me a gorgeous anniversary edition of The Princess Bride for Mother's Day this year. It's beautiful.

15. What books do you really need to read by the end of this year?

I already mentioned my goal of getting to the point where I can read books as they are released. These are the my top 3 2022 I've already purchased but have not yet read (not including Hunger of the Gods that I mentioned earlier).

Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd

Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree

The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James

The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd

Thank you so much for letting me somewhat catch up today. If you want to do this tag as well, consider yourself tagged!



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