Monday, June 29, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2020

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish,
Now, hosted by Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl 
To take part, just pick your top ten, and add the link here.

I had to do a bit of research to find books. I have been really out of the loop for new releases for the past couple of years. Catching up on my backlog has taken a lot of my focus, I'm now on track enough that I can start looking at new books. I actually ended up needing to narrow this down by a lot. There are books coming out in July, but they aren't books I've been super excited for since I just found out about them.
This list is in order of release date, soonest to latest.
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August 11th, 2020

August 18th, 2020

September 15th, 2020

September 10th, 2020

September 22nd, 2020

September 29th, 2020

October 13th, 2020

November 10th, 2020

November 26th, 2020

November 2020  
(No complete date, yet, it seems. But I've been looking forward to this book since I finished book one last year.)

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Tag : Mid-Year Freak Out 2020

  I don't know if I did this last year. Honestly, at this point, most of 2019 was a blur. I'm currently reading two books that are nearly 1k each, so I haven't had anything to review in a while and I am procrastinating on reading them because they are books I own so I'm not on a time limit the way I am when I read library books. But that leads me to not really having much of anything to post. So I figured what the heck, I'll just do this tag. It's been a while since I've done one, this is something easy(ish) and fun. 
  This tag was originally created by ReadLikeWildFire (She seems to have removed her original video though, so I just linked her channel.) and Earl Grey Books.

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2020. 

There is so much that can be said about this book, and I don't know if I have the words for it. Even in my review, I was kind of incoherent. It just blew me away. It's not the "biggest surprise" because from the synopsis I knew it was going to be something I was going to love.

2. Best sequel you've read so far in 2020.

This is me not picking the obvious sequel to Poppy War, I mean that was also fantastic, but I've been wanting this sequel/continuation to Legend since I finished Champion. I loved being Daniel(Day) again, and this time his younger brother Eden got to be the other POV with Day. 

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

I just got the Kindle version a couple days ago. But as I am already two really long books I'll have to wait.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

November 26th, 2020
 I try not to have multiple books from the same series on tags, but OH MAN, am I looking forward to this book.

5. Biggest disappointment.

So, my not review (since I didn't finish it) says it all. But also after thinking about it more, this felt like a third book, and that a second book was needed between them. I just loved book one so much and was hoping that the sequel was going to be just as good. But it let me down across the board.

6. Biggest surprise.

I may have requested this book, but Vampire books have been more miss than hit for a long time. And this one was actually really good and brought something new to it, for me. It might also be unfair that I compare all vampire books against Interview with a Vampire. Not saying that this one is anything like it, just that it doesn't romanticize vampires the way they have been in recent years.

7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)

Both the Poppy War and Dragon Republic nearly destroyed me in the best way. Her characters are just so real in every way.

8. Newest fictional crush.

I don't have one.

9. Newest favorite character.

Kitay, from The Poppy War series. He just deserves to be protected and kept safe. He was a voice of reason Rin needs and I would protect him at all costs.

10. A book that made you cry.

Not the book as a whole, since it's short stories, parts of it made me cry.

11. A book that made you happy.

But in a weird way. It was a really good conclusion to this story, and I really felt like it ended in a way that sets things up for a sequel series or something. It might just be hopeful thinking though. 

12. The most beautiful book you've bought so far this year (or received)

I haven't read it yet, but physically it's a gorgeous book, regardless of how many people seem to dislike it. 

13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

   Oof... um... a lot of books. I've already read more than half the number of books I wanted to read this year, but I still feel like I haven't really read anything. I want to get through the rest of my owned books, which isn't that many any more (yay!). 
  I want to finish up the Witcher series, but those take forever from the library. I want to get through at least one more Song of Ice and Fire books, those are all available from my library (ebooks) with no wait time.
  Basically, more books than there are weeks left in the year. 

Monday, June 22, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday Turns 10! | Ten Books I Could Re-read Forever

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish,
Now, hosted by Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl 
To take part, just pick your top ten, and add the link here.

There are options! Option 1: pick a past TTT topic you’ve done and re-do/update it Option 2: pick a past TTT topic you wish you’d done but didn’t get a chance to. 
I'm gonna do an update on one I've done in the past.
I did this topic just over 2 years ago, and the books I would re-read forever has changed a bit, and there are more.
Even though I haven't had a chance to re-read any of these yet, they are books I would 100% re-read.

It's just one of those books, that has such an atmosphere to it. It instantly draws you in. Not to mention the characters and their relationships with each other is the best part of the book.
The whole trilogy really. This is the kind of book where I think every time you read it, you pick up on something new.
The whole trilogy with this one too. I really love the use of Scottish Mythology in this series.
The first time I read this, it was as an eBook, so I missed out on all the footnotes. I don't know if they add anything to the story, but I just feel like I missed out on something, and I'd like to read them.

I just love this trilogy so much. The writing is so beautiful, and the setting is so magical.
This one series I desperately need to re-read. In my opinion, this is Marie Lu's best work. I love the characters, I love that the main character is an anti-hero. I love that it's a young woman.

I semi-recently re-read this, and I want to do it again.

The characters in this book are honestly some of my favorites. There's just a lot to love about this book.

I finally finished the series, I think late last year, maybe early this year. (Honestly, I barely remember what day of the week it is half the time)
And I want to start over and binge-read it.

I finished the first two books barely a couple weeks ago, and I can already tell this is a series that I will come back to time and time again.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Music Monday: Dzivia

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to Music Monday! This weekly meme was created by Lauren @Always Me. Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately! If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up

So, here's some more music that inspires me to pick up a battleax and go to war.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Book Beginning | Friday 56 | Friday 50/50 | Blogger Hop || Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7) by Sarah J. Maas || Best/Worst Read of the Year.... So Far

Please join us over at RoseCityReader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

This is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice
These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.

   Aelin Galathynius has vowed to save her people ― but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. The knowledge that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, but her resolve is unraveling with each passing day…
   With Aelin captured, friends and allies are scattered to different fates. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever. As destinies weave together at last, all must fight if Erilea is to have any hope of salvation.

Book Beginning:
He had been hunting for her since the moment she was taken from him. 
His mate.

Friday 56:
Elide let out a soft, vicious laugh. "Of course you didn't. Why would you have intended for your wonderous queen to sever the blood oath?"

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50/50 Friday is a new weekly link-up hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books.  Every week they have a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts' blogs.

This week's topic is Best/Worst Read of the Year.... So Far

The best of the year is a tie between 
I read them, basically, back to back. Both are phenomenal. 

The worst is more of a huge letdown
I just had really high expectations, that weren't met even a little bit. 
I loved book one so much, and this one failed me across the board (of what I read)

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Book Blogger Hop
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Q: Do you visit indie and/or used bookstores? Also, have you ever worked in any?

   A: Does Powells count as an Indie-bookstore? Because I've shopped there. And, unfortunately, no I've never worked in one.