At just over the 18 hour mark, I’ve finished My Lady Jane and am on to book #4!!
At just over the 18 hour mark, I’ve finished My Lady Jane and am on to book #4!!
At the 10.5 hour mark, I’m starting book number 3!
Just under 6 hours in to 24in48 Readathon and I’ve finished The Silent Patient! It was great! Now, I’m on to book #2:
I’m beginning the readathon with The Silent Patient! Have any of you read this one yet?!
I’ve got my book stack all ready to start 24in48, and my weekend of reading to benefit the Colorectal Cancer Alliance! I’ll be starting bright and early in the morning, since I’ve been up since 5:00 this morning. Good luck to those starting over night!! Happy reading!!
It’s release day for one of my most anticipated books of 2019: Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye!!!
Here is where I’ll admit that I got my hands on it a bit early, and have already started to make my way through it. You guys, it’s even better than I was hoping for! Plus, the cover is beautiful!!
Happy book birthday, Evelyn!!
It’s hard to believe that I am actually typing these words, but we have received the final installment in the Charley Davidson series by the ever talented Darynda Jones. All good things must come to an end sometime, but as book lovers we hate to see favorite series’ end and miss out on new adventures with our friends. It’s especially hard when they’re as well written as these characters (and when you can see yourself so clearly in them, at times). The time has come, though, and the beautiful final book is here:
I have had the privilege to meet and speak with Darynda on several occasions over the past few years, at a few signings here in my hometown and the one time I was able to make it to RT. I can honestly say that she is one of the nicest and most genuine people that I have met. We chatted about tattoos, life in the little NM towns that we both know so well, and of course- books. I was lucky enough to be able to see her again for a signing of Thirteenth Grave this past weekend, and have a brief chat (and get a Darynda hug!).
Fear not, fellow Grimlets, there is more work from Mrs. Jones on the horizon!! I hear that there is a trilogy that has already been picked up & that we may even see a spin-off of our beloved Charley series at some point in the future!
So, for now, just re-read and enjoy this lovely series again. Maybe listen on audio if you haven’t already (Lorelei King is a treasure!). I’ll be sure to let you know when the next gem is announced!
Thank you, Darynda, for all of the adventures with Charley, Reyes, Cookie and the gang!
The Best of 2018!!!
I can’t believe that we are already at the end of 2018! It feels like this year has been extraordinarily long, but has gone by in a flash at the same time, if that makes sense. This year has certainly seen its share of highs and lows, but I hope that your year in books has been one of the highlights! Despite reading quite a bit less than I did last year, thanks to a marked uptick in work and several reading slumps, I can say that my literary journey was definitely a high note of the year. I read so many wonderful books this year from many, many wonderful authors- from old favorites to debuts. It was very difficult to narrow down my favorite reads of the year, so much so that I had to choose a fiction a non-fiction as I couldn’t decide between the final two! So, without further ado- my favorite books of 2018:
Favorite Fiction of 2018: For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig
This book, the first in a new series by the amazing author of The Girl from Everywhere duology (another favorite of mine!), was released at the end of September of this year. It is a hefty book at a little over 500 pages (hardback edition), but I got so absorbed in it and it read so quickly that I read it while on a weekend trip. The world building was so phenomenal and the writing so lyrical (literally at times!), that it was easy to get swept away in the novel. I loved the strong female lead, and that this was an own voices novel so the writing was true to the character. This is technically YA Fantasy, but anyone who is a fan of well written fantasy would enjoy this. You can find the full review here: For a Muse of Fire (For a Muse of Fire, Book 1)
Favorite Non-Fiction of 2018: Becoming by Michelle Obama
After the review that was posted yesterday, this may come as no surprise, but this is definitely the bet non-fiction that I read this year. This memoir was published in mid November, and I read it while I was on vacation. It took me a bit to write my review, because there was so much that I wanted to say about it, but I didn’t want to just summarize the entire book. I find Michelle Obama so inspirational, and this book made her even more so. She was open, witty, honest, funny, and relatable. This book left me with a feeling of hope. If you’re looking to add more memoirs to your reading list this year and haven’t read this one yet, I highly recommend it! Find my initial review here: Becoming
I hope that you guys enjoy these as much as I did! What were your favorite reads of 2018? Anything that I should check out? I’ll be spending the next couple of days attempting to get together some semblance of a reading list for the first part of 2019. There are some exciting new books coming out this year!!
I wish you all an amazing new year!!!!
I don’t know about you guys, but I can be a serious mood reader. I can have the most amazing book of the year in my hands, but if that isn’t the genre that I’m in the mood for I won’t be able to make it through it (or I won’t enjoy it if I try). In the deep part of winter, I tend to want to read more thrillers and fantasy (to be fair, I can read fantasy most of the time), in the summer I want some lighter reads. Right now, though, I am in the mood for cozy reads. You know the ones I’m talking about? The books that make you absolutely fall in love with the people and the places they feature, and make you want to move there and live with them. The ones that feel like they could be (or have been, in some cases!) made in to a Hallmark or Lifetime movie. That’s what I’m feeling right now. I’ve had some fellow readers recommend the Winter Street series by Elin Hilderbrand. Joanne Fluke has a new one out this year- Christmas Cake Murder, and Debbie Macomber has been recommended, of course. I always love Janet Evanovich, so I’ll read Visions of Sugar Plums. I would love any suggestions from you guys!! Are you mood readers, too? Leave me your thoughts or recommendations in the comments!
Ok, like I’m sure at least some of you did, I grew up watching Sabrina the Teenage Witch. I adored Melissa Joan Hart (still do), had watched her on Nickelodeon as Clarissa, so when she had a new show I had to watch it! I loved her as Sabrina, as well! If you never saw Sabrina, here’s the breakdown of the original story (based off of the original Archie comic): Sabrina Spellman is a teenage girl who lives with her two wacky aunts. On her 16th birthday, she finds out that she is a witch & must learn to use and control her powers. Of course, she doesn’t believe it at first, but once she does she screws up a lot trying to figure out & use her powers appropriately (because what teenage girl wouldn’t overuse powers, if she had them?!). Her aunts are funny and loving, and they have a talking cat named Salem, who is actually a warlock that was turned in to a cat for trying to take over the world (because, cats). She also has a crush who turns in to a boyfriend named Harvey (who I may also have had a crush on). The series basically just follows her life and is quirky and family friendly.
All of that has changed, and I need to talk about this!! So, a friend told me about the graphic novel The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and I had to get the first volume. It is awesome and a bananas departure from the original! It’s so much darker & leans more to the creepy/horror side of what the story could have been. I love it! There’s a totally different backstory to Sabrina and the Spellman family than what is hinted at or told on the show, and as someone who grew to love creepy/horror reads I really appreciate it. Now, Netflix had created an original show based off of the new graphic novels. It looks wonderful! (Hello next binge watch!) It premiered on 10/26, but I haven’t had a chance to watch yet. I’ll keep you posted!
Any other Sabrina lovers out there?! What are your thoughts on the graphic novels or the show, if you’ve had a chance to watch?
I know I never talk about graphic novels, but I do love them! Anyone else? Any recommendations for ones that I should pick up? Would you like for me to discuss them? Let me hear your thoughts!!