Sunday, June 4, 2023

Recent Updates and Currently Reading | June 4

Do you have a TBR jar? I have a vase filled with colored papers containing a lot of my unread books. Each color represents a genre so I can still select based on my mood. I don't get to use my jar very often, but I try my best to keep it filled with books I've purchased.

We started watching Silo on Apple TV. I'm enjoying it so far. The actors are great, and it's cool getting to revisit the series. It feels a little weird to be in a dystopian world since we don't get many stories like this one any more.

This week's update is super short since I still have a lot of work stress that is occupying my mind. We set up a new bird feeder yesterday so I'm hoping to sit outside today, calm the mind, and enjoy some reading.

Posted Last Week

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Book Review | City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
⭐⭐⭐⭐★ - I enjoyed this middle grade horror - recommended!

Finished Reading

56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard

56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard [dnf] - I was really in the mood for a thriller this week so I pulled a thriller paper out of my TBR jar. For some reason I didn't realize this book was set during COVID. I knew there was a lockdown but I didn't realize it was THE lockdown. Anyway. I only made it 40 pages. There were references to other things like the Challenger explosion and 9/11, and that wasn't the mood I was going for at all. I need fictional escapes right now. I was worried about what else the author was going to rely on so I noped out.

Currently Reading

Night's Edge by Liz Kerin Below by Laurel Hightower

Night's Edge by Liz Kerin - I'm enjoying this! This is actually a pandemic book, too, but it's vampires - not COVID - so it's all good! The blurb on the cover says it's going to break my heart into pieces, but for now my heart is happy.

Below by Laurel Hightower - We are reading this over on the Horror Spotlight discord. This is my first Laurel Hightower book - I'm excited about it!

Added to the TBR

The Frugal Wizard’s Handbook for Surviving Medieval England by Brandon Sanderson Below by Laurel Hightower

The Frugal Wizard’s Handbook for Surviving Medieval England by Brandon Sanderson - My beautiful kickstarter edition of The Frugal Wizard's Handbook for Surviving Medieval England has arrived. It's so colorful throughout the whole book!

Below by Laurel Hightower - I'm trying to be a frugal wizard as well right now so I grabbed the ebook of this novella. Already regretting not having a physical copy. :)

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


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  1. My daughter did that TBR jar at some point. That's kind of smart to code by genre. Not totally random. I hope things get less stressful at work, or that you at least can get it out of your head when you are home.

    1. Thank you! I'm trying to meditate more to help with focusing my thoughts. The color coding in my TBR jar definitely helps with picking by mood!

  2. I am a mood reader so I don't have a TBR jar LOL

    1. That's why I color code my papers. It definitely helps with mood reading! But I can certainly understand wanting to be very specific with what you pick up.

  3. I love the idea of a tbr jar and if I ever get back to reading them again, I think I'll make one.

  4. I used to have a TBR jar, but I never thought of color-coding the papers inside according to genre. What a good idea!

  5. I'm hoping to check out Night's Edge. Vampire books are so hit or miss but I have a really good feeling about this one!

  6. I never thought of a tbr jar. I like the idea though. I usually just read whatever ebook is next on the first page of my Kindle. Or whatever book is on top of my print books on the shelf.

  7. Below was so much fun!! I just re-read City of Ghosts and loved it the second time around, hoping to continue the series soon. :) And yes to TBR jars! I love mine!!

    1. Yay! I had fun reading Below. I need to continue on with the City of Ghosts series. I want to start using my TBR jar a lot more.


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