Welcome to my new ‘weekend update’ post! It’s inspired by my love of formal afternoon tea where all the catching-ups, gossips, and giggles are had. I enjoy having tea alone with a good book, but I always look forward to afternoon tea with my mom and sister as we have the absolute best time together!
Here you’ll find what I finished reading within the past week, what I added to my GR TBR, what I posted on my blog, and what I’ve found interesting to read on other blogs. I am testing out this post in place of the WWW Wednesday meme so there is more balance on my blog throughout the week. It will also allow for more creativity down the road!
Ravenswood, Book 1
By Talia Hibbert
I read A Girl Like Her for Dragons & Tea Book Club. Last month, I DNF’d the ‘assigned’ book, so this month I was determined to finish. Unfortunately, I was underwhelmed and disappointed. You can read more on that on my comments on GR. I do, however, recommend this book simply because of the amazing #ownvoices representation of an autistic plus-sized WOC! I really wanted to love this book because so many of you do, but… we can’t all love the exact same books, right? Here’s looking at the next pick!
Veronica Speedwell, Book 2
By Deanna Raybourn
I’m so addicted to the Veronica Speedwell mysteries!! Ahhhh! They’re so captivating and fun, I can’t believe I get to read the 4th book this month as an ARC! Veronica is definitely on my list of all-time favorite heroines, and Stoker is a fantiastic counterbalance. How could I not possibly enjoy a Victorian era woman in STEM constantly challenging and being challenged by a gorgeous gruff of a man who might be asexual (me projecting, but I can dream…) all while solving murders?! 🔍🦋🔪
Added to my TBR
The Darkest Bloom by P.M. Freestone
Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud
A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison
Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson
The Fire Keeper by J.C. Cervantes
We Are Blood and Thunder by Kesia Lupo
Viper by Bex Hogan
Smash and Grab by Joe Albanese
Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry
Pretty in Punxsutawney by Laurie Boyle Crompton
On the Blog
Posts of the Week
I love seeing period positivity in books and I’m always baffled by SFF stories that have no mention of menstruation mishaps during extended adventures. (This may be a coincidence on the timing of the announcement of the period emoji, but either way I’m here for it!)
This is my favorite discussion post this week! Do you include trigger (content) warnings in your reviews? Is it the responsibility of the reviewer, authors, or publishers? Should there be warnings on book covers? Isn’t it obvious for some genres while helpful for certain age groups? Can they be spoilery?
I saw Uncle Rick tweet about the new anniversary covers for The Heroes of Olympus series a couple days ago, and I was so excited!! …until I opened the link, womp womp. This post talks about why a lot of mixed reaction is coming out of this announcement.
What did you read last week? What are you currently reading or hope to start this week?