WWW Wednesday – September 22nd, 2021

Welcome to WWW Wednesday which is currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s really just a place to do little update on what all you’ve been reading lately. Anyone is welcome to join, just leave a link to your post in the comments and be sure to give the appropriate credit to Sam!


Currently Reading

  • The Mime Order (The Bone Season, #2)  by Samantha Shannon – audiobook, reread
  • The Hawthorne Legacy (The Hawthorne Games, #2)  by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – ebook, buddy read
  • Empress of a Thousand Skies (Empress of a Thousand Skies, #1)  by Rhoda Belleza – physical book

I’ve finally reached the halfway point of Mime Order and things are really starting to pick up. This is my third time reading this one and it’s still solidly my favorite book in the series so far. I’m also halfway into Legacy but I have to slow down some so Britt @ Geronimo Reads can catch up with me. I ALWAYS finish a buddy read before she does and then I get yelled at for it, hahahaha. So I picked up Empress to help give me something else to focus on as well. I’m only a few chapters into it so far but it’s really interesting. I haven’t read scifi in a while and I forget how much I love it.

What did you recently finish reading?

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  • Under the Whispering Door  by TJ Klune – ebook, ARC

If you read my review yesterday, you’ll know that I absolutely adored this book. It was beautiful and sad and peaceful. Basically, it was all the things that I’d hoped it would be. I also want to open a tea shop now because of it.

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • Cazadora (Wolves of No World, #2) by Romina Garber – ebook
  • Tilly and the Bookwanderers (Pages & Co., #1)  by Anna James – physical book
  • Little Thieves  by Margaret Owens – ebook, ARC

What are you currently reading? What books did you finish this week? What are you planning on reading next? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think of them? Leave a link to your WWW Wednesday post in the comments below!

My Recent TBR Adds That You Might Not Have Heard Of, Part 6

Since it has been such a long time since I’ve added a new addition to one of my favorite post series, I thought today would be the perfect moment to share an update. What chases away the Monday blues better than sharing new books with each other?! I can’t think of one thing… except maybe caffeine. That’s always important!

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The 55835466Silver Blonde by Elizabeth Ross

A historical mystery set in post-World War II America against the backdrop of Hollywood’s film studios about a murder that threatens to unearth the ghosts of a young German immigrant’s past.

Hollywood, 1946. The war is over, and eighteen-year-old Clara Berg spends her days shelving reels as a vault girl at Silver Pacific Studios, with all her dreams pinned on getting a break in film editing. That and a real date with handsome yet unpredictable screenwriter Gil. But when she returns a reel of film to storage one night, Clara stumbles across the lifeless body of a woman in Vault 5. The costume, the makeup, the ash-blond hair are unmistakable–it has to be Babe Bannon, A-list star. And it looks like murder.

Suddenly Clara’s world is in free-fall, her future in movies upended–not to mention that her refugee parents are planning to return to Germany and don’t want her to set foot on the studio lot again. As the Silver Blonde murder ignites Tinseltown, rumors and accusations swirl. The studio wants a quick solve, but the facts of the case keep shifting. Nothing is what it seems–not even the victim.

Clara finds herself drawn, inevitably, to the murder investigation, and the dark side of Hollywood. But how far is she willing to go to find the truth?

I love Old Hollywood and knowing that there’s a new noir thriller book set right smack in the middle of it? Someone has heard my unspoken prayers! I’m getting some Black Dahlia vibes from this synopsis and I’m here for it.

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League of Liars by Astrid Scholte

In this fantasy thriller, four teens charged with murder and the illegal use of magic band together to devise the ultimate jailbreak. Perfect for fans of Six of Crows and How to Get Away with Murder.

Ever since his mother was killed, seventeen-year-old Cayder Broduck has had one goal–to see illegal users of magic brought to justice. People who carelessly use extradimensional magic for their own self-interest, without a care to the damage it does to society or those around them, deserve the worst kind of punishment as far as Cayder is concerned. Because magic always has a price. So when Cayder lands a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to apprentice under a premier public defender, he takes it. If he can learn all the tricks of public defense, the better he’ll be able to dismantle defense arguments when he’s a prosecutor. Then he’ll finally be able to punish the guilty without mercy.

But when he meets the three criminals he’s supposed to defend, it no longer seems so black and white. They’re teenagers, like him, and their stories are . . . complicated, like his. Vardean, the prison where Cayder’s new clients are incarcerated, also happens to be at the very heart of the horrible tear in the veil between their world and another dimension–where all magic comes from.

League of Liars is a dark and twisty mystery set in a richly-drawn world where nothing is as it seems, rife with magic, villains and danger.

I love that this book follows the defendant and not the actual criminals. That adds a new twist to the heist and mystery sub-genre that is so popular right now in YA. I also love that this one adds a magical element as well which ups the ante even further.

55276648The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams

An unforgettable and heartwarming debut about how a chance encounter with a list of library books helps forge an unlikely friendship between two very different people in a London suburb.

Widower Mukesh lives a quiet life in the London Borough of Ealing after losing his beloved wife. He shops every Wednesday, goes to Temple, and worries about his granddaughter, Priya, who hides in her room reading while he spends his evenings watching nature documentaries.

Aleisha is a bright but anxious teenager working at the local library for the summer when she discovers a crumpled-up piece of paper in the back of To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s a list of novels that she’s never heard of before. Intrigued, and a little bored with her slow job at the checkout desk, she impulsively decides to read every book on the list, one after the other. As each story gives up its magic, the books transport Aleisha from the painful realities she’s facing at home.

When Mukesh arrives at the library, desperate to forge a connection with his bookworm granddaughter, Aleisha passes along the reading list…hoping that it will be a lifeline for him too. Slowly, the shared books create a connection between two lonely souls, as fiction helps them escape their grief and everyday troubles and find joy again.

As readers, I know we all love books about books. And I really like that this one is about how books connect too very different people, especially two people who are struggling. I’m prepared to bust out the tissues for this one!

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Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo

Andrew and Eddie did everything together, best friends bonded more deeply than brothers, until Eddie left Andrew behind to start his graduate program at Vanderbilt. Six months later, only days before Andrew was to join him in Nashville, Eddie dies of an apparent suicide. He leaves Andrew a horrible inheritance: a roommate he doesn’t know, friends he never asked for, and a gruesome phantom with bleeding wrists that mutters of revenge.

As Andrew searches for the truth of Eddie’s death, he uncovers the lies and secrets left behind by the person he trusted most, discovering a family history soaked in blood and death. Whirling between the backstabbing academic world where Eddie spent his days and the circle of hot boys, fast cars, and hard drugs that ruled Eddie’s nights, the walls Andrew has built against the world begin to crumble, letting in the phantom that hungers for him.

I’m sure most of you are aware that I don’t read many horror novels. I don’t really enjoy feeling tense the entire time I’m reading, it’s a bit too much for me. I also don’t watch horror films for the same reason. However, something about this book’s synopsis just grabbed me from the get go. It sounds dark but also super compelling and exciting.

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The Big Reveal by Jen Larsen

A dazzling YA novel about a girl who isn’t afraid to be big and sexy and dance her heart out, and a discussion-provoking exploration of the mixed messages our society gives young women about their bodies and sexuality.

Addie is a talented dancer, a true-blue friend, fat, fierce, and driven. When she’s accepted into the prestigious dance program of her dreams, she thinks nothing can bring her down—until she realizes she doesn’t have enough money to go. Refusing to give up, Addie and her friends decide to put on a top-secret, invitation-only burlesque show to raise funds. But word soon gets out, and the slut- and body-shaming begin. Has Addie been resisting the patriarchy, or playing right into its hands?

Perfect for fans of Jennifer Mathieu and E. Lockhart, The Big Reveal asks hard-hitting feminist questions while reveling in some of life’s greatest joys: chasing your passions, falling in love, and embracing yourself exactly as you are.

If this is anything like Dumplin’ (fun fact: I only watched the film and LOVED it), then I am all in. I love that this book tackles some hard questions about female sexuality and embracing our bodies. Addie sounds like such a badass!

53175322Root Magic by Eden Royce

A historical ghost story set in South Carolina in the 1960s—a tale of courage, friendship, and Black Girl Magic.

It’s 1963, and things are changing for Jezebel Turner. Her beloved grandmother has just passed away. The local police deputy won’t stop harassing her family. With school integration arriving in South Carolina, Jez and her twin brother, Jay, are about to begin the school year with a bunch of new kids. But the biggest change comes when Jez and Jay turn eleven—and their uncle, Doc, tells them he’s going train them in rootwork.

Jez and Jay have always been fascinated by the African American folk magic that has been the legacy of her family for generations—especially the curious potions and powders Doc and Gran would make for the people on their island. But Jez soon finds out that her family’s true power goes far beyond small charms and elixirs…and not a moment too soon. Because when evil both natural and supernatural comes to show itself in town, it’s going to take every bit of the magic she has inside her to see her through.

I absolutely love that we’re getting more and more diverse books, especially at the middle grade level when children become more aware of the wider world and their place within it. I’ve also always been really interested in learning about root and its history/mythology. What a powerful and fun combination in a children’s book!

 


Have you added any interesting books to your TBR lately? If so, what were they? Have you read any of the ones on my list?

WWW Wednesday – September 15th, 2021

Welcome to WWW Wednesday which is currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s really just a place to do little update on what all you’ve been reading lately. Anyone is welcome to join, just leave a link to your post in the comments and be sure to give the appropriate credit to Sam!


Currently Reading

  • Under the Whispering Door  by TJ Klune – ebook, ARC
  • The Mime Order (The Bone Season, #2)  by Samantha Shannon – audiobook, reread

I’m not very far into either of these yet, as I just started on them yesterday. However, I can say with complete confidence that I will love Whispering Door and fall in love AGAIN with Mime Order. I’ve been reading a lot of paranormal lately without even realizing it.. I don’t hate it!

What did you recently finish reading?

  • The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)  by Samantha Shannon – audiobook, reread
  • Water’s Wrath (Air Awakens, #4)  by Elise Kova – ebook
  • Vespertine  by Margaret Rogerson – ebook, ARC

I have had a hell of a reading time the past couple of weeks. Finally finishing multiple books at once after having a bit of reading slump during my recent visit back home to Texas. You would think you would get more done on vacation, but I guess not. I won’t be doing reviews of Bone Season or Water’s Wrath, but I will have a full review up for Vespertine  closer to its release date at the beginning of October.

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • Crystal Crowned (Air Awakens, #5)  by Elise Kova – ebook
  • Cazadora (Wolves of No World, #2) by Romina Garber – ebook
  • Tilly and the Bookwanderers (Pages & Co., #1)  by Anna James – physical book

What are you currently reading? What books did you finish this week? What are you planning on reading next? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think of them? Leave a link to your WWW Wednesday post in the comments below!

WWW Wednesday – August 25th, 2021

Welcome to WWW Wednesday which is currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s really just a place to do little update on what all you’ve been reading lately. Anyone is welcome to join, just leave a link to your post in the comments and be sure to give the appropriate credit to Sam!


Currently Reading

  • The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)  by Samantha Shannon – audiobook, reread
  • Water’s Wrath (Air Awakens, #4)  by Elise Kova – ebook

I have about 25% left of Bone Season and I’m loving it just as much as I did the first two times I read it, haha. The audiobook does lend something new to the story so I’m really glad I chose to go that route this time around. And I’ve finally picked Wrath up again and making some progress in it. This series keeps taking new turns with each book so I’m ready to see where this one goes!

What did you recently finish reading?

  • All of Us Villains (All of Us Villains, #1)  by Amanda Foody & Christine Lynne Herman – ebook, ARC
  • So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix (Reimagined Classics, #2)  by Bethany C. Morrow – ebook, ARC

I’m really glad that I spent the past week reading through some of my ARCs. And that I loved them both!! Villains was so fantastically dark and violent. I especially loved the family drama parts the most. I found their history and relationships to be almost as interesting and engrossing as the action of the curse. As for Beginnings, I don’t know what I was expecting but I do know that I wasn’t prepared to love it as much as I did. Little Women is one of my all-time favorites so I was a little worried, but I didn’t need to be. Morrow did such a fantastic time transforming it into an important story tackling the lives of the March family as newly freed slaves. I’ll have full reviews for both being posted over the next week.

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • Crystal Crowned (Air Awakens, #5)  by Elise Kova – ebook
  • Cazadora (Wolves of No World, #2) by Romina Garber – ebook
  • Under the Whispering Door  by TJ Klune – ebook, ARC

What are you currently reading? What books did you finish this week? What are you planning on reading next? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think of them? Leave a link to your WWW Wednesday post in the comments below!

WWW Wednesday – August 18th, 2021

Welcome to WWW Wednesday which is currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s really just a place to do little update on what all you’ve been reading lately. Anyone is welcome to join, just leave a link to your post in the comments and be sure to give the appropriate credit to Sam!


Currently Reading

  • All of Us Villains (All of Us Villains, #1)  by Amanda Foody & Christine Lynne Herman – ebook, ARC
  • The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)  by Samantha Shannon – audiobook, reread

I’m a little over halfway through Villains and am LOVING it! This book is dark with so many different layers to it. I love how the different families are all super complicated and interesting in different ways. It also has a creepiness factor that would make for the perfect Halloween read… Hint Hint!

I’m also about a third of the way through the audio for The Bone Season. This is my third reread of the series, but I always have to do this when a new sequel comes out as there’s such a long time between releases. Ya girl needs a refresh!

What did you recently finish reading?

  • The Witch Haven by Sasha Peyton Smith – ebook, ARC
  • The Guncle by Steven Rowley – audiobook
  • Covet (Crush, #3)  by Tracy Wolff – physical book

I really enjoyed every single of these! You could say I definitely had a really good reading week last week. If you want to know more about The Witch Haven before its release on the 30th, please check out my full review that I posted yesterday!

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • Crystal Crowned (Air Awakens, #5)  by Elise Kova – ebook
  • The Iron Queen (The Iron Fey, #3)  by Julie Kagawa – physical book
  • Tilly and the Bookwanderers (Pages & Co., #1)  by Anna James – physical book

What are you currently reading? What books did you finish this week? What are you planning on reading next? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think of them? Leave a link to your WWW Wednesday post in the comments below!

WWW Wednesday – August 4th, 2021

Welcome to WWW Wednesday which is currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s really just a place to do little update on what all you’ve been reading lately. Anyone is welcome to join, just leave a link to your post in the comments and be sure to give the appropriate credit to Sam!


Currently Reading

  • The Guncle by Steven Rowley – audiobook
  • Water’s Wrath (Air Awakens, #4) by Elisa Kova – ebook
  • Covet (Crush, #3)  by Tracy Wolff – physical book

Not much reading has taken place over the past week. However, I have the house to myself this weekend so I plan to do nothing but read and enjoy the silence!

What did you recently finish reading?

Nothing. How freaking depressing is that?!

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • Crystal Crowned (Air Awakens, #5)  by Elise Kova – ebook
  • The Witch Haven by Sasha Peyton Smith – ebook, ARC
  • The Serpent’s Curse (The Last Magician, #3)  by Lisa Maxwell – physical book

What are you currently reading? What books did you finish this week? What are you planning on reading next? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think of them? Leave a link to your WWW Wednesday post in the comments below!

WWW Wednesday – July 28th, 2021

Welcome to WWW Wednesday which is currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s really just a place to do little update on what all you’ve been reading lately. Anyone is welcome to join, just leave a link to your post in the comments and be sure to give the appropriate credit to Sam!


Currently Reading

  • The Guncle by Steven Rowley – audiobook
  • Water’s Wrath (Air Awakens, #4) by Elisa Kova – ebook

I’ve finally been listening to Guncle a little bit each night over the past couple of days. I’m really enjoying this book, I just wish I wasn’t so busy at work so I could listen to it more. It’s such a cute and funny book!

I only started Wrath last night so I’m not very far into at all but I’m of course enjoying it so far. Bingeing this series has been a nice palate cleanser and I’m so glad I’m able to read them all via Kindle Unlimited. I don’t think I ever would’ve gotten around to this popular series if it wasn’t for that.

What did you recently finish reading?

  • Air Awakens (Air Awakens, #1) by Elisa Kova – ebook
  • Fire Falling (Air Awakens, #2) by Elisa Kova – ebook
  • Earth’s End (Air Awakens, #3) by Elisa Kova – ebook

I told y’all I was bingeing this series, haha! Seriously, it’s captured all of my attention at the moment so I haven’t really read anything else. It’s a really fun story so far, even I am a little annoyed by the “short heroine” trope. Is it just me or does it seem like almost all heroines are labelled as short? Maybe as a taller than average female, I’m just bitter hahahaha.

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • Covet (Crush, #3) by Tracy Wolff – physical book
  • Crystal Crowned (Air Awakens, #5)  by Elise Kova – ebook
  • The Witch Haven by Sasha Peyton Smith – ebook, ARC

I’m finally going to actually start on Covet soon… I already made a promise to myself!


What are you currently reading? What books did you finish this week? What are you planning on reading next? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think of them? Leave a link to your WWW Wednesday post in the comments below!

My Book Outlet Book Haul

I finally got book buying itch recently during Book Outlet’s July sale and so I finally pulled the trigger and ordered a nice little box full of goodies. If you aren’t familiar with Book Outlet, it’s an online bookseller that sells new and used book at serious discounts. They focus on selling overstock, bargain bin, etc. books so you’re always getting a really great deal. They also have special sales all of the time which lowers their crazy prices even further. I think I usually average around $7 for a brand new hardback… Yep, you read that right! The only downfall to Book Outlet is that they currently only ship to Canada and the U.S. But if you are able, I highly recommend checking them out!


Book Haul

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Hush (Hush, #1) by Dylan Farrow

I haven’t seen much on this book since its release, but I’ve had it on my radar ever since that cover was first revealed. It’s so pretty, right?!

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Layoverland  by Gabby Noone

The synopsis of this book sounds like so much fun. I am here for a little bit of purgatory!

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Seasons of the Storm (Seasons of the Storm, #1)  by Elle Cosimano

A Jack Frost retelling?? Yes, you heard that right!

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Decline and Fall  by Evelyn Waugh

This is apparently an English classic and humorous tale about 1920’s high society. I had never heard of until recently but it does sound like a lot of fun!

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Tilly and the Bookwanderers (Pages & Co., #1)  by Anna James

I have been on the biggest middle grade kick recently and this book sounds like it has everything that I love about that genre. Whimsical fun set amongst classic children’s novels coming to life sounds like the makings of a new favorite to me.

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The Girl and the Witch’s Garden  by Erin Bowman

I find Bowman to be such a good author. She had me hooked from her debut novel so I’m really excited what she can do with her first foray into middle grade.

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Pachinko  by Min Jin Lee

I feel like I’ve put off this award-winning novel for far too long.

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Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite  edited by Zoraida Cordova & Natalie C. Parker

I will fully admit to still loving any story to do with vampires. I feel like there’s something that will never not be badass about those bloodsuckers. I also know that Schwab’s story is currently being filmed as a new show for Netflix, so you know I have to check out the original before it arrives!

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From Unseen Fire (Aven Cycle, #1)  by Cass Morris

I am very much into a fantastical alternate history version of Ancient Rome. Reviews say this book focuses a lot of the plot on political intrigue which makes me very excited!

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A Tale of Magic… (Tale of Magic, #1)  by Chris Colfer

Another middle grade that I’ve heard some pretty good things about!

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The Luxe (The Luxe, #1)  by Anna Godbersen

I actually read this series back when I was in high school but I don’t remember much about it except that I really enjoyed it. I plan on doing a buddy reread for it with Geronimo Reads soon to see if we both still enjoy it this second time around… Controversial Opinion (for me): I actually prefer the original covers with the dresses, as they definitely reflected the Gilded Age setting much more.

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French Exit  by Patrick DeWitt

This sounds like such a funny, weird and quirky story that would be nice palate cleanser from my usual fantasy novels. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy a novel set in Paris?

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My Calamity Jane (The Lady Janies, #3)  by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows

I read the first book about Jane Grey but haven’t read the second one on Jane Eyre but I do own it, so I hope to pick them both up soon to finish out the series.

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The First Man in Rome (Masters of Rome, #1)  by Colleen McCullough

I’ve read some of Colleen’s other books and enjoyed them so I’m glad to pick up this one. It’s another Ancient Rome setting.. I’m sort of sensing a theme here. Haha!


What books have you recently purchased?  Have you read any of the books I just ordered?  If so, what did you think of it?

WWW Wednesday – July 14th, 2021

Welcome to WWW Wednesday which is currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s really just a place to do little update on what all you’ve been reading lately. Anyone is welcome to join, just leave a link to your post in the comments and be sure to give the appropriate credit to Sam!


Currently Reading

  • The Guncle by Steven Rowley – audiobook
  • Covet (Crush, #3) by Tracy Wolff – physical book
  • Air Awakens (Air Awakens, #1) by Elisa Kova – ebook

So no progress on The Guncle over the past weekI really thought I’d get around to listening to it over the weekend but just never found the time. Hopefully soon though!

I only just started the other two books today so I don’t have many thoughts on them just yet but I am very excited for them!

What did you recently finish reading?

  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – ebook
  • The Broken Lands (The Boneshaker, #0.5) by Kate Milford – ebook

I want to just rave and rave about Kate Milford. I only just recently learned of her and started with her middle grade novel, Greenglass House. I want to rave about her work now! This book was even more amazing if that’s possible. It was dark and creepy but also heartwarming. I can’t even explain it but I loved it so much. I think Milford has solidified her place as an insta-buy author for me.

January was also a good book. It did have a really slow start for me (partially why I sat it aside for over 6 months) but I am glad that I continued with it. There are some really great quotes in this book that I would even consider tattooing on my body… FOR REAL.

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • The Iron Queen (The Iron Fey, #1) by Julie Kagawa – physical book
  • The Serpent’s Curse (The Last Magician, #3) by Lisa Maxwell – physical book
  • The Crown of Gilded Bones (From Blood and Ash, #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – physical book

What are you currently reading? What books did you finish this week? What are you planning on reading next? Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think of them? Leave a link to your WWW Wednesday post in the comments below!

My July TBR

Yes, technically we’re already a week into July but I think it counts because we still have 3 weeks left this month and I plan to do a lot of reading. I also am joining the TBR Smash Readathon on bookstagram next week so why not take the time now to figure out what to read! It’s also my blog and I can do what I want. So let’s talk books, eh?!


July TBR

  • The Guncle by Steven Rowley – audiobook, currently reading
  • A Gathering of Ravens (Grimnir, #1) by Scott Oden – physical book, currently reading
  • The Broken Lands (Arcana, #1) by Kate Milford – ebook, currently reading
  • Lightbringer (Empirium, #3) by Claire Legrand – physical book
  • The Iron Queen (The Iron Fey, #3) by Julie Kagawa – physical book
  • The Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood and Ash, #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – physical book
  • The Serpent’s Curse (The Last Magician, #3)  by Lisa Maxwell – physical book
  • Covet (Crave, #3) by Tracy Wolff – physical book
  • Blessed Monsters (Something Dark and Holy, #3) by Emily A. Duncan – physical book

What do you plan on reading in July? Do you have a lot of sequels or series that you haven’t caught up on yet? Have you read any of the books on my TBR? If so, what did you think of it?