Saturday Reading Blog | July 11

Saturday Reading Blog
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

I’m currently reading ‘The Dutch House’ by Ann Patchett. I’m glad to have this opportunity to read one of her stories! Patchett recently made a visit to my area (before the virus hit), and it was a packed crowd! I can’t recall which book store it was, but it’s one I regularly visit.

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Owl Diaries: Eva's Treetop Festival by Rebecca Elliott

I also read ‘The Owl Diaries’, Books 1 & 2! This is definitely a relaxation read! Owl Diaries is on my district’s list for students entering 1st grade. Since my niece is entering 1st grade this year, I thought it would be perfect to check it out before passing it along. I love owls!

What books are you reading this weekend? Feel free to share down in the comments!

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Sunday Sentence: May 10

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’.

‘I’ll never know, because it wasn’t a story she ever told.’

Source: ‘Years after my mother’s death, I finally understand what she was trying to say‘, by Jeanette Marantos. Los Angeles Times; May 6, 2020.

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April 2020 Book Haul

Last month I received four books! I’m very happy with my selections!

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
Genre: Contemporary
Publisher: Harper Teen
Purchased through

Beach Read by Emily Henry
Publisher: Berkeley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Purchased through Book of the Month

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Publisher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Genre: Contemporary
Purchased through

Starfish Pier by Irene Hannon
Hope Harbor #6
Publisher: Revell
Genre: Romance
Received a copy through Revell Reads Blogger Program

Did you order any books last month? Feel free to share in the comments!

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February 2020 Book Haul

We are truly living in such a crazy time! Next week I begin 2 weeks of staying home, my school shut down due to the corona virus. It’s unbelievable how fast it’s spread around the world. I hope that everyone is staying safe!

Today I’m ready to share my bookish findings. Sometimes stress places a pause in my creativity, which is very stifling.

I’m posting my book haul from February! I purchased 6 books last month, and I’m so excited to share them with you:

The Stationary Shop by Marjan Kamali

Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown

All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

All the Days Past, All the Days to Come by Mildred D. Taylor

You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi

Weekend Reads: March 7

This weekend I began reading ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’. I’m at Chapter 5, and I could see that this story is building up the character of Kya as a girl coming from very, very little. Another central character is also introduced, one who grew up with Kya (so it seems). I’m pretty interested in seeing where this story goes!

I’m also 3 hours into ‘The AI Who Loved Me’ by Alyssa Cole. That audiobook is getting pretty interesting, as it clearly sets up the romantic tension between Trinity and Wei!

My Disappointing Reads of 2019

These are the books I read during 2019, but wasn’t too crazy about. They are as follows:

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Out of all the books in the Grisha trilogy, this is the book that I liked the least. It consisted of lots of talking about Alina gathering the Second Army, but very little action!

Minion by L.A. Banks
This book is the first in the Vampire Huntress series. While I was so excited in reading about a powerful female huntress, it follows the prescribed ‘setting up the plotline for the rest of the series’ layout that many First Books in a series contain.

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
This story carries lots of nostalgia for those loving the Scooby Gang, but I personally couldn’t get myself to enjoy it. I think it was the blending of humor and horror elements throughout the story that was difficult for me to love.

Kingdom Soul (Book 2) by Brittni Chenelle
I read Book 1 of the Kingdom Cold series, and it was quite entertaining. However, Book 2 left me wanting a little more than characters figuring out their feelings for one another. I’m hopeful that Book 3 will provide that!

Those were my disappointing reads! I’ll share my anticipated releases in my next post.

Paranormal Romance/Blogtober Day 19

I’m participating in The Library Looter & Anniek’s Library Blogtober challenge.

Paranormal romance is such a popular storyline in many books, and I love diving into them! Here are some of my favorite stories within this genre:

Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Minion by L.A. Banks

Zombie Ohio: A Tale of the Undead by Scott Kenemore

The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod Series by Z. Brewer

Feel free to add your favorite paranormal romance tale in the comments!

Weekend Reads

I’m reading two books this weekend. The first I’m taking on is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I’ve never watched the successful television show of the same name, yet I’ve heard many great things about it from my friends. I’ve decided to give the book a try. It’s a very long read (over 800 pages), but I’ve read books that long before, so I’m up for the task!

So far I’m about a quarter of the way into the story. I really love the historical information of Scotland in the 1740s. The main character, Claire Randall, has forced to become acclimated into 18th century Scottish living. She doesn’t really have a choice! Claire also lends her 20th century wisdom to people surrounding her, with amusing outcomes. It’s interesting to see how this story progresses.

I’m also reading Again, but Better by Christine Riccio through audiobook. It’s also a good read, an NA (New Adult) contemporary novel. It’s a definite switch from the historical fiction content I’m consuming these past couple weeks (Outlander and The Tea Girl From Hummingbird Lane ), but I don’t mind reading the light-hearted story!

Reading Rush Wrap-Up

During The Reading Rush, my goal was to read 4 books:
–The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
–Small Country
–The Tea Dragon Society
–Sorcery of Thorns

I will list each book below and which challenges I fulfilled:

For the challenge ‘Read a book with at least 5 words on the cover’:
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See. I found this story to be very touching and heartwarming. I’m currently on page 195 on this book. I love the historical facts that Lisa See weaves into her tale as she describes Li-Yan’s complicated life journey in China.

For the challenges ‘Read a book you meant to read last year’ and ‘Read an author’s debut novel’:
Small Country by Gael Faye. This was the first book I read during The Reading Rush. It was a tragic story detailing the life of Gaby, a 10 year old boy living in an expatriate community in Burundi. I loved every page of this riveting tale!

For the challenges ‘Read a book with a non-human main character’ and ‘Read a book in the same spot the entire time’
The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill. This is a graphic novel that told the story about Greta, a goblin who learns about the value of adorable Tea Dragons. I read this story while sitting at my family’s kitchen table, and I didn’t want it to end!

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson. I didn’t get a chance to read this story in time, but I look forward to when I’m finished with my Lisa See book.