The Groundhog Day Book Tag

I came across this tag through Emer A Little Haze Book Blog! This tag was originally created by Nina Testa on YouTube.

Many people gather for groundhog day but you don’t understand why……What is a book everyone gathers around hyping, but you don’t understand why?
Serpent and Dove‘. Just not interested!

The famous groundhog predicts the weather….. A book you find predictable?
Home for Christmas‘ by Catherine Lanigan. It was a cute story, but very predictable!

Phil the Groundhog is said to never die and have the power to predict weather….. A book dealing with a mythological creature
The Hobbit‘ by J.R.R. Tolkien. I love that story!

In the movie Groundhog Day Bill Murray relives the same day several times…….A book dealing with living a day over and over or time travel?
‘Time After Time’ by Lisa Grunwald. Great historical fiction, with a supernatural twist!

Punxsutawney Phil is from a tiny town in Pennsylvania….A book based in a small town?
‘Beach Read‘, set in a small town in Michigan!

If you would also like to do this, consider yourself tagged!

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April 2020 Reading Wrap Up

You know, I thought that April would slow to a crawl since all we could really do (at least here in New Jersey) was to sit home. But surprisingly it flew right on by! And I actually read quite a bit this month!

During April, I read eight books:
–5 digital books
–3 physical books

Genres read:
–4 Contemporary
–3 Fantasy
–1 book of poetry
–1 Historical Fiction

Physical Books

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Contemporary (5 Stars)
Purchased through Book of the Month

Silent Shadows (Harbored Secrets #3) by Natalie Waters
Contemporary/Romantic Suspense (4 Stars)
Received complimentary copy from Revell Reads

The Riot Grrrl Thing by Sara Larsen
Poetry (5 Stars)
Purchased at Labyrinth Books; Princeton, NJ

Digital Books

Lobizona by Romina Garber
YA Urban Fantasy/Contemporary (5 Stars)
Acquired through NetGalley

Story Magic by Laurel Gale
Middle Grade Fantasy (4 Stars)
Acquired through NetGalley and Jolly Fish Press

Magic by Mike Russell
Fantasy (4 Stars)
Acquired from the Publisher (Strange Books)

Things in Jars by Jess Kidd
Historical Fiction (5 Stars)
Acquired through Libby App

Formula For a Perfect Life by Christy Hayes
Contemporary (4 Stars)
Acquired complimentary copy from Prism Book Tours

I also began reading Sorcery of Thorns this week, but I will share more about this story in another post. I love the story so far!

What books did you read during April? Feel free to comment below!

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Anticipated Reads for April

Although 2020 has brought on many unexpected complications for everyone, I still take comfort in knowing that there are lots of people who turn to books for some escape. I know I’ve turned to reading during these chaotic times!

Here are some books that are being released this month:

April 7:

Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan

Ruthless Gods is the sequel to Duncan’s Wicked Saints. This continues Nadya’s journey to collaborate with the gods to conquer evil. I was fortunate to read an eARC of Ruthless Gods via Netgalley, and I loved the sudden turns the story takes!

Rules for Being a Girl by Candace Bushness & Katie Cotugno

Bushnell and Cotugno bring us a story of a young woman fighting to change the unwritten rule that girls are forced to abide by in life.

Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth

The bestselling author of the Divergent series is back with a new tale about five individuals struggling to redefine themselves from their daredevil indetities as teens.

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, by Grady Hendrix

This is a Southern supernatural thriller, set in the 90’s. Goodreads describes this as a blend of Steel Magnolias and Dracula. It so happens that I love both, so I’m excited!

April 28

If It Bleeds, by Stephen King

Stephen King brings us four new scary novellas for our enjoyment. He never runs out of exciting new material!

The Compton Cowboys: The New Generation of Cowboys in America’s Urban Heartland, by Walter Thompson-Hernandez

This story brings to light the history of black cowboys in this semi-rural area of L.A., providing African-American youth with a outlet to getting connected with the natural world.

OwlCrate March 2020 unboxing: Music of the Night

I received my March OwlCrate box a few days ago, and I’m so happy to share the items I received with you! This box marks OwlCrate’s 5th anniversary!

OwlCrate exclusive wireless speaker
Goblin Grove candle inspired by Wintersong, created by Flick the Wick
Phantom of the Opera poster print, illustrated by Anne Lambelet
OwlCrate exclusive Socks
Wooden art print inspired by Monsters of Verity, designed by Emilee Rudd
Bella’s Lullaby Lip Scrub, created by Fairytale Bath Company
ExLibris bookplates, designed by @veresknatasia_art
Monthly enamel pin, designed by Fable and Black
OwlCrate exclusive signed edition of Marie Lu’s The Kingdom of Back, with letter from the author!
This special edition book comes with sprayed silver foil edges!

Book Review: ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ by Delia Owens

Where the Crawdads Sing’ by Delia Owens
Genre: Historical Fiction
Length: 370 pages
Publisher: J.P. Putnam & Sons
Release Date: August 14, 2018

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.

Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

My Thoughts:
I received ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ through my local library, as their March book club selection. Sadly, the book club meeting is postponed, due to the library closing up (resulting from everyone social distancing/self-isolating). I can’t wait to discuss this story with the group though, since I greatly appreciated it!

Although I wasn’t completely blown away by ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’, I loved the setting of the North Carolina marshlands. I deeply appreciated the beauty of the natural environment that Kya was raised in. She learned to appreciate the stillness of nature, away from humanity’s distractions.

‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ was set in two timelines. The first timeline takes us through solving the murder mystery of Chase Andrews in 1969, while the second guides us through the life of Kya Clark, otherwise known as the ‘Marsh Girl’. Owens paints a picture of Kya as one yearning to discover her purpose in life. She’s a resilient human being, surviving by her wits and the compassion of kindred spirits. Kya experiences heartbreaking treatment from her community when she tries to venture out of her marshland home, so she retreats to the comfort of the wild: vast and serene, no judgements.

‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ was a lovely story about a girl coming of age within complicated circumstances. It’s a tale about discovering one’s true desires in the midst of complications. I very much appreciated this book!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

January 2020 Book Haul

I didn’t pick up a large amount of books last month, but I love the ones I purchased!

Here are the books I picked up last month:

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The Whispers by Greg Howard

Taina by Ernesto Quinonez

Those are the books I picked up last month! What stories did you get in January?

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!

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!

Reading Blog: Collateral Damage

I’m about a quarter of the way through Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason. I’m so happy that Revell Reads provided me a copy to review, since this is a eye-opening story about war-torn Afghanistan. Although this is a fiction story, I appreciate the fact that there are stories out there featuring people living their lives in times of war and conflict. There is also the issue of PTSD as a focal point in the main characters’ story arcs. I can’t wait to see what happens in this story as I continue to read it!

January 2020 New Releases

A new month always promises fun new books to discover and enjoy! Here is a short list of new book releases for the month of January:

January 7:

Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibanez

A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer

Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire

One Of Us Is Next by Karen M. McManus

January 14:

Infinity Son by Adam Silvera

The Conference of Birds by Ransom Riggs

January 21:

The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

January 28

Blood Countess by Lana Popovic

Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith

These are just a few of the wonderful titles coming out this month!