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  • State of the ARC, 18-Feb-19

    State of the ARC, created by Evelina @ Avalina’s Books, is a monthly meme where you share your ARC progress, challenges, wins, woes, and mishaps. You can also join the Goodreads group ARCs Anonymous!       Welcome to February’s State of the ARC! Last year, the only ARCs I had my hands on were the ‘Read Now’ selections on NetGalley. By the end of November, I started to go on a requesting spree across different platforms thinking I would simply be denied… and of course to my complete suprise and delight, a handful of approvals unexpectedly stormed through! Whoops!! While I’m super excited to have been approved, I’ve been stressing…

  • Afternoon Tea: Chatter of the Week, 17-Feb-19

    Welcome back to my ‘weekend update’ post!   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.     {Almost} Finished Reading   A Treacherous Curse Veronica Speedwell, Book 3 By Deanna Raybourn     I hope to…

  • Afternoon Tea: Chatter of the Week, 10-Feb-19

    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…

  • Talk Nerdy To Me: Jan’19 Wrap Up

    Happy Weekend & Welcome to February! After dipping down to -32°F (-35°C) and up to +40°F (4°C) within the past two days, I’m ecstatic that Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow yesterday!! 🌷 Bring on an early spring! 🌷 But first… I need to wrap up January! I’m really happy with how much I accomplished last month, even with a slow reading start during the first week of the year. (A little perspective: I read 1 book in Jan’18 for a YTY comparison, and 3 Short-a-thon books in Dec’18 for a MTM comparison.)   Reading Challenges   🌸 Devour Your TBR: January Jam Jar 🌸 Hosted by Kathy @ Books and…

  • January Book Haul

    Welcome to my first ever ‘Book Haul’! I am an avid library patron, so I won’t ever have a tall stack of newly purchased books. I do however, dabble every once in a while! I believe you can be a reader, a blogger, and a reviewer without needing to own very many books, or even a proper bookshelf. (Any surface with a book on it is automatically a ‘bookshelf’, right?!) 😉   Physical Haul ~ ☀️ indicates an ARC ~     ☀️ The Princess and the Fangirl By Ashley Poston   Match Me If You Can By Tiana Smith     eBook Haul ~ ☀️ indicates an ARC ~    A…

  • Fantastic February TBR

    ‘Fantastic February’ is part of ‘Devour Your TBR’   A monthly themed reading challenge to reduce that mountainous pile of unread gems, without all of the stress.   Hosted by Kathy @ Books and Munches   I bit off wayyy more than I could chew for my #JanJamJar, so I’m going to take a simplified approach to #FantasticFeb! (Don’t worry, I’ll post my mortifying wrap-up for January soonish!) 😬 In February, I’m only going to dedicate ONE book to this challenge! Yes, I can definitely manage just one fantasy along with the Potterhead Readalong, Dragons & Tea Book Club, my daunting pile of ARCs, and my tendency to mood read… Ya sure,…

  • Ringing in the New Year Book Tag

    Welcome to Tag Thursday! I thought this tag would be a good opportunity to link up all of the New Year’s posts on my blog. I hope you enjoy! Thank you, Michaela @ Journey into Books for tagging me!! 💕   Rules Link to the person who tagged you Link to the creator of the tag (Rae @ Bookmark Chronicles) Answer the questions below Tag friends (or not if you don’t feel like it)     BEST BOOK AND/OR SERIES THAT YOU’VE READ IN 2018? Check out my Top 18 of 2018 post! I’m now simply an apparition of my former self catching up on the TBR I left in this…

  • WWW Wednesday, 23-Jan-19

    Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB @ A Daily Rhythm and revived by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.     The Three Ws are: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?     Currently Reading   Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Harry Potter, Book 1 By J.K. Rowling I’m still catching up on the Potterhead Readalong! “Harry — yer a wizard.” Ahhhh! All the feels are back!! ⚡️     A Curious Beginning Veronica Speedwell, Book 1 By Deanna Raybourn I’m getting back to this after putting it down during my mini…

  • WWW Wednesday, 16-Jan-19

    Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB @ A Daily Rhythm and revived by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.     The Three Ws are: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?     Currently Reading   Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Harry Potter, Book 1 By J.K. Rowling I had to delay this post until I could  finally include starting the Potterhead Readalong! I wanted to make sure I could read the beautiful illustrated edition while listening to the audiobook, and I had a chance to begin it today. It’s something…

  • WWW Wednesday, 9-Jan-19

    Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB @ A Daily Rhythm and revived by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.     The Three Ws are: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?     Currently Reading A Duke by Default Reluctant Royals, Book 2 By Alyssa Cole I’m absolutely in love with the Reluctant Royals series! The second book follows Portia, Ledi’s best friend from A Princess in Theory. If you didn’t like her before, she’ll grow on you immediately in this with her Project: New Portia. Oh my, did I fail…

  • January Jam Jar / Late-a-thon TBR

    ‘January Jam Jar’ is part of ‘Devour Your TBR’ A monthly themed reading challenge to reduce that mountainous pile of unread gems, without all of the stress. Hosted by Kathy @ Books and Munches   In a brilliantly paired duo, the ‘Late-a-thon’ can fit perfectly into ‘January Jam Jar’! Hosted by Destiny @ Howling Libraries   If you’d like to learn more about either, click on the images or tags. I can’t believe I’m getting behind and it’s less than a week into the new year, but good news: I finally put together my #JanJamJar!! I wrote down about a half a dozen books, folded them into tiny paper aeroplanes…

  • Short-a-thon Wrap Up

    Co-hosted by Destiny @ Howling Libraries and Kathy @ Books and Munchies Twitter: @Shortathon & #shortathon18   It’s difficult to admit that I was in a {slump} in December. I hadn’t finished a book since the last week of November, so I thought that the Short-a-thon was just the key! Simply pick out the shortest books on my shelf and read up!! Super easy-peasy. I had been looking forward to the readathon for a while, I was so pumped! Sooo… I’m completely shocked that I didn’t make it through my TBR that I had so much fun creating.   What I Read: Harry Potter Shorts ✧ Quidditch Through the Ages ✧ ✧…

  • Bookish 2019: Looking Forward

    In my previous two posts I reflected on the books I read in 2018. Now I’m looking to 2019 with anticipation for what the year will bring! You can call this post what you like: goals // resolutions // motivations. There’s a stigma of failure (an element of stress) for me if I personally refer to them as anything but simply: Things I’m Looking Forward This Year.   12 Books to Read (A-Z) ~ Released Prior to 2019 ~     1. All Systems Red by Martha Wells   2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir   3. Circe by Madeline Miller   4. A Duke by Default by…