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  • Top 10 Tuesday: Underhyped Books

    Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.     Welcome to this week’s Top 10 Tuesday: Underhyped Books! It’s no suprise that I’m bending the rules again! (Aren’t you expecting it by now?! 😉) I quickly found out that I haven’t actually read 10 books that have less than 2,000 reviews on Goodreads. Hahahaha WOW, I feel like this should have been super easy… instead I’m kinda ashamed??? Soooo, my TTT…

  • 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…

  • Tine’s for the Rest of Us

    “Won’t You Be My Villaintine?”     Between Galentine’s and now Villaintine’s I’m finally on board this week! If you saw my TTT: Favorite Bookish OTPs post, you’ll recall my distain for Valentine’s Day. 😈  All of the alternative celebrations (there’s more, I just have hearteyes for my two faves) are like “Festivus for the rest of us” during this lovers’ season—and I’M HERE FOR IT!!! 🖤 Naturally, I’ve decided to do a bookish favorites mash-up list for Galentine’s and Villaintine’s. Here’s the run down of my favorite morally ambiguous villains / antiheroes / misunderstood heroes. (Yes, I’ve been asking myself the villain-hero question for years before I read Vicious…

  • Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Bookish OTPs

    Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.     Welcome to this week’s Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Bookish OTPs! We’re told that love is in the air this week. While I hate Valentine’s Day, I do adore a good love story. I like flowers on a Tuesday for no reason whatsoever, a kiss without strings attached, and an unconditional ‘I love you’. I’ll take the other 364 days of the year…

  • 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…

  • Top 10 Tuesday: On-the-Fence New Releases

    Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.     Welcome to this week’s Top 10 Tuesday: On-the-Fence New Releases! There’s over 100 books already on my 2019 New Releases Goodreads shelf, but I could only come up with 6 that I’m truly on the fence over. Well, that’s definitely proof I have fomo or just need to practice the art of letting go. Sooooo I’m bending the rules again and…

  • 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…

  • Mini Reviews: Coffee Table Essentials

    PLUS+: Style Inspiration for Everyone By Bethany Rutter Release Date: February 5, 2019 Plus+ is a must-have for everyone’s coffee table! It’s full of life, joy, and fashion. I couldn’t stop smiling and I had to read it twice in a row because it’s so fun and uplifting. If you want to see body positivity at it’s best, you need this book! It’s filled to the brim with stunning photos and inspiring quotes from the fashionistas themselves. It also includes all artist Instagram handles so you can follow your favorites to be motivated every day! Here’s some of the quotes that really hit a sweet spot with me:   I…

  • 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…

  • Top 10 Tuesday: Most Recent Additions to My TBR

    Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.     A massive ‘Thank you!!’ to everyone that voted in last week’s Top 10 Tuesday: Books That Have Been on My TBR the Longest! I posted a poll on my Twitter page over the weekend, so there are two results and two books I’ll be reading this year!   The results are… ✨🥁 Drumroll, please! 🥁✨     Blog Winner: The Cuckoo’s…

  • 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…

  • Top 10 Tuesday: Books That Have Been on My TBR the Longest

    Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.     Welcome to my second round of Top 10 Tuesday: Books That Have Been on My TBR the Longest! The suggested topic of Books I Meant to Read in 2018 was already covered in my Bookish 2019: Looking Forward post, and I’ll be updating my progress throughout the year. I joined Goodreads in December 2016, and the following are the first books…

  • Book Review: Once Ghosted, Twice Shy

    Once Ghosted, Twice Shy Reluctant Royals, Book 2.5 By Alyssa Cole Released: January 2019   Alyssa Cole returns with a fun, sexy romance novella in the Reluctant Royals series! While her boss the prince was busy wooing his betrothed, Likotsi had her own love affair after swiping right on a dating app. But her romance had ended in heartbreak, and now, back in NYC again, she’s determined to rediscover her joy—so of course she runs into the woman who broke her heart. When Likotsi and Fabiola meet again on a stalled subway train months later, Fab asks for just one cup of tea. Likotsi, hoping to know why she was…

  • Book Review: A Duke by Default

    A Duke by Default Reluctant Royals, Book 2 By Alyssa Cole Released: July 2018   Award-winning author Alyssa Cole’s Reluctant Royals series continues with a woman on a quest to be the heroine of her own story and the duke in shining armor she rescues along the way… New York City socialite and perpetual hot mess Portia Hobbs is tired of disappointing her family, friends, and—most importantly—herself. An apprenticeship with a struggling swordmaker in Scotland is a chance to use her expertise and discover what she’s capable of. Turns out she excels at aggravating her gruff silver fox boss…when she’s not having inappropriate fantasies about his sexy Scottish burr. Tavish…

  • 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…

  • Top 10 Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2018

    Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.     I love discovering new bookish things, and I’ve seen the TTT (T10T) meme for a while and continue to enjoy the content and lists that all of you put out there, so I figure it’s about time I join! I’m an organized mess, so according to anyone else a tornado hit my room but I know *exactly* where everything is. This…

  • 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…

  • 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…