Wanderlust Book Tag

This book tag was created by Alexandra from Reading by Starlight. I came across it through Zezee from Zezee with Books.

Secrets and lies: a book set in a sleepy small town

Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser

This book is set in the small town of Yellow Springs, Ohio. A close-knit community with a close group of friends, until someone from their circle disappears.

Salt and sand: a book with a beach-side community

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
This haunting fairy tale retelling is set in a manor by the ocean, featuring plenty of scenes with journeys by the beach.

Here there be dragons: a book with a voyage on the high seas

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Siege and Storm features a quest for a sacred object found in the high seas. This section of the story was one of the few things interesting in this novel!


Tread lightly: a book set down a murky river or a jungle
I’m at a loss for this one!

Frozen wastes: a book with a frost-bitten atmosphere

No Exit by Taylor Adams
A thriller that features people trapped in a blizzard. My kind of story!

The boonies: a book with ruff or isolated terrain

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
House sitters forbidden to have guests in the apartment, and barred from socializing with anyone in the building. A perfect formula for danger!

Hinterlands and cowboys: a book with a western-esque setting
I don’t read that many western novels, so I have nothing!

Look lively: a book set across sweeping desert sands

Dune by Frank Herbert
I really enjoyed reading Dune. It’s set in quite the dry, desert landscape!

Wild and untamed: a book set in the heart of the woods

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
I loved this adventurous novel that takes a sedentary figure out into the wild world!

Wildest dreams: a whimsical book shrouded in magic

An urban fantasy tale filled with magic and adventure!

WWW Wednesday: January 29

WWW Wednesday was originally hosted by A Daily Rhythm, and now maintained by Taking on a World of Words.

There are three prompts for WWW Wednesday:
–What are you currently reading?
–What did you finish recently reading?
–What do you think you’ll read next?

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Yup, I’m still reading The Night Circus! If I wasn’t experiencing lots of stress from life at the moment, I would’ve finished it by now. It’s such a wonderful book!

Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
This is my next read for my library’s book club. From what I hear about this story, it’s a very popular story. I can’t wait to start reading it!

Reading Blog: January 28

Happy Book Birthday to ‘Don’t Read the Comments’ by Eric Smith! You can catch my review of the story here!

I’m still deep into ‘The Night Circus’ by Erin Morgenstern. It’s highly enjoyable, yet recent events have prevented me from finishing it as quickly as I would’ve wanted. Life brings surprising events at your door, and you just need to accept that level of unpredictability.

Will I finish the story? Of course! I love it a great deal. It has such a wide cast of characters.

Life will continue to be unpredictable, but I’m hanging in there. I just need to remember to breathe.

Sunday Sentence: January 26

I’m participating in David Abrams’s ‘Sunday Sentence‘ project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, ‘out of context and without commentary’.

“Recently, instead, there has been a contrasting obsession with authenticity, even though the specificity of an accent might only be noticeable to the community from which it comes”.

Source: ‘Are Authentic Accents Important in Film and TV’? by Rachael Sigee

Friday Reads: January 24

I’m about 40 percent into ‘The Night Circus’ by Erin Morgenstern. I find it very curious that each chapter does a time jump. Considering that the book only focuses on a small cast of characters, the time jump holds some significance in the story. I also love the circus setting, and the thread of Celia and her lineage.

I have memories of an old relationship, in which this other person had a fascination with magicians. He would watch films and television shows that featured magicians highlighting their craft. Although that relationship ended a few years ago, I’m glad that those past experiences didn’t dull my interest in magic!

Reading Blog: January 23

This week I began reading ‘The Night Circus’ by Erin Morgenstern. I’m nearly 100 pages in the story, and I’m really liking it. The development of the characters Celia and Marco is being performed very meticulously, as their life paths were orchestrated to play a part in an intricate game. So far the story jumps from a firmly established entity, to one just beginning to take shape through midnight discussions.

I’m also waiting on a copy of ‘Little Fires Everywhere’, by Celeste Ng. This is the next selected read for the book club at my local library. I’m hopeful to have this book in my hands by the end of the week. I also borrowed a cozy mystery novel, ‘Kneaded to Death’, which I hope to begin very soon!

WWW Wednesday: January 22

WWW Wednesday was originally hosted by A Daily Rhythm, and now maintained by Taking on a World of Words.

There are three prompts for WWW Wednesday:
–What are you currently reading?
–What did you finish recently reading?
–What do you think you’ll read next?

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Yes, I’m finally reading The Night Circus! So far I’m really loving what I’m reading!

Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason
A story that has a soldier and an Army counselor solving a murder mystery. The real life issue of veterans grappling with PTSD is described in vivid detail!

Kneaded to Death by Winnie Archer
I’m looking forward to reading this cozy mystery novel!

OwlCrate January 2020 unboxing/Vengence Will Be Mine

I received my January OwlCrate box over the weekend, and I was thrilled with the goodies it contains! Spoiler pics are shown at the second image!
January’s theme is called ‘Vengence Will Be Mine’!

Harry Potter inspired mug, designed by Cara Kozik

Crooked Kingdom inspired socks, designed by Out of Print clothing
Candle inspired by ‘Children of Blood and Bone’ (random selection of 5)

Pin banner with a map inspired by ‘The Hobbit’, designed by ‘In the Reads’
–OwlCrate exclusive mirror/pill container

–OwlCrate exclusive edition of ‘Scavenge the Stars’ by Tara Sim, with a letter from the author
–OwlCrate xclusive monthly pin designed by Forensic and Flowers

What is your favorite item from this box? My personal favorite is the Harry Potter mug, since I adore Order of the Phoenix!

Goodreads Monday: January 20

I’m taking part in Goodreads Monday. This was started by Lauren’s Page Turners, in which you choose a book listed on your Goodreads TBR and talk about it.

This week’s post:

When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago

Synopsis:
Esmeralda Santiago’s story begins in rural Puerto Rico, where her childhood was full of both tenderness and domestic strife, tropical sounds and sights as well as poverty. Growing up, she learned the proper way to eat a guava, the sound of tree frogs in the mango groves at night, the taste of the delectable sausage called morcilla, and the formula for ushering a dead baby’s soul to heaven. As she enters school we see the clash, both hilarious and fierce, of Puerto Rican and Yankee culture. When her mother, Mami, a force of nature, takes off to New York with her seven, soon to be eleven children, Esmeralda, the oldest, must learn new rules, a new language, and eventually take on a new identity. In this first volume of her much-praised, bestselling trilogy, Santiago brilliantly recreates the idyllic landscape and tumultuous family life of her earliest years and her tremendous journey from the barrio to Brooklyn, from translating for her mother at the welfare office to high honors at Harvard.

Why I Want to Read It:
Along time ago, when I began reaching out to like-minded people who shared my interests, a wonderful soul named Johanna introduced me to When I Was Puerto Rican. We were the only Latina members in this group, and she recommended this story to me since I was seeking out new material. I felt eternally grateful to Johanna! Now that I finally picked up Esmeralda Santiago’s book a couple months ago, I hope to finally read it soon!

Sunday Sentence: January 19

I’m participating in David Abrams’s ‘Sunday Sentence‘ project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, ‘out of context and without commentary’.

‘People see what they wish to see. And in most cases, what they are told that they see’.

Source: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.