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Let’s Talk | Try a Chapter May 2019

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Hello and welcome to me realizing that my reading tastes have changes a ton in the last 6 months. I feel like every time I turn around my reading tastes have taken a 180 and I am DNFing books left and right. When this happens I sit in front of my shelves and do an unhaul. This round I was able to easily get rid of 10 books with no problem, but there were 4 books I was very much on the fence about keeping. Due to this I decided to do a try a chapter post. Without more of a delay, here are the books.

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His Perfect Wife by Natasha Bell, I feel like I would like this book, but I have not reached for it since receiving it from the publisher. I have not really been fully in the mood for a thriller as of late so that is why I want to read it before unhauling. I feel like I may really like her writing style.

The opening narration kinda had the vibe of someone who is watching from above and I can’t figure out if the wife was already dead or just being the narrator for kicks. Well, I read a little more and it turns out she is not dead and just said she just made those things up. I am kinda still on the fence about this book. I am think I am going to keep it for now and see if I am in the mood for it when I want to read a thriller.


Image result for An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat HowardAn Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard, this was a very last min. edition to my bookoutlet order in the new year. I really need to stay away from that site, I end up buying books that don’t really call to me in the first place. 

I have no idea why, but the opening sentence of the book made me laugh and I cannot take it seriously. I did not really enjoy the set up to the story so I am going to have to let this one go. 


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3.The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay, this was my BOTM pick for December. I mainly picked it because it was set in Southern India and travels around various counties within Asia not because of its synopsis. I want to read more books set around the world, but I want to like the idea of the plot as well. I am hoping that this will surprise me and I end up wanting to keep it

I already want to know more after reading the first chapter. I know about her parents kinda, I know that someone is dead and it might be connected to her. I want to know how her family dynamic is tied to the fate of a man from a small village on a mountain.  I am going to keep this book and read it!


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Searching for the Amazons by John Man, I love learning about the amazons the only problem is I forgot this book was sitting on my shelf, which means I am not thinking about it in the slightest. Which, is a but concerning if you ask me. I am hoping that reading the first chapter will lead me to wanting to read it.

I did not enjoy the narrators voice, for some reason I was very bored by it. I don’t see myself picking it up again in the near future if ever so I am going to have to let this one go. 

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So I decided to unhaul 2 books, I am still iffy about 1, and I am really excited to read another. Talk about being all over the place! Anyway, thanks for reading and are there any books on this list you think I am wrong about? Should I give any a second chance with chapter 2?

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Annotating My Bookshelves

Annotating My Bookshelf | May 2019

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Hello everyone, I am here to share the books on the two bookshelves I own. This time around I am going to do them all in one post instead of once a week. Like last time I am going to share a picture and comment on it. The only difference is I will have dividers between sections. Without more rambling, onto the shelves!

This is my most loved classics, I have The Hobbit, 3 editions of Little Women, it is my all time favorite novel/series if you didn’t know that already. I also have The Complete Sherlock Holmes and A Little Princess.


This is a continuation of classics, but these are more modern classics. I have a total of 7 Shirley Jackson novels/short stories. I have The Missing Girl, The Haunting of Hill House, Hangsaman, We Have Always Lived in the Castle,  The Lottery and Other Stories, The Sundial, and The Bird’s Nest. Following that I have quite a few Christopher Isherwood books as well. I have A Single Man, Prater Violet, Meeting by the River, Christopher and His Kind, Down There on a Visit, and Kathleen and Frank. The last book on this shelf is Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. The last one didn’t quite fit on the classic shelf.


This is where my shelf kinda looses it’s organization. I have book one in the Lord of the Ring series, The Fellowship of the Ring. Following that is The Butchering Art, Washington Black, Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Catapult, Peter Green and the Unliving Academy, which I received from the publisher. That is followed by Every Heart a Doorway and Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire. Then I have Elevation, An Unkindness of Magicians, and lastly The Good People.


Next I have a few non-fiction novels, Bringing Down the Colonel and Stalin’s Daughter. Then I have a few historical fiction novels, The Sielnce of the Girls, The Clockmakers Daughter. Then a few general fiction novels and thrillers, The 71/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcase, The Overstory, and The Mars Room.


This is my Harry Potter shelf, I have my original copies of the books. On top, which is hard to see, I have a copy of the guide from the British Library’s Exhibit. Not pictured, because they are not on my bookshelves, I have the first two books of the series in the hardcover Hufflepuff editions.


This is my mostly Book of the Month shelf. I have Daisy Jones and the Six, The Dar Field, Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstances, Circe, The Wicked King (Not BOTM), The Stranger in the Woods, Death in the Air (Not BOTM), and lastly Miracle Creek.


This shelf is my favorite horror novels. 11/22/63, Bag of Bones, and The Outsiders by Stephen King. Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King, and Strange Weather by Joe Hill.


Here is a mixture of a shelf! I have the first 3 illustrated editions of the Harry Potter Series. Then I have a few cloth bound classics which include, Jane Eyre, Little Women again ( I know I have many copies, but it is my favorite!), Pride and Prejudice, and The Women in White.


Here is another mix of a shelf. I have a few non-fictions, Irena’s Children and Romanovs. Then I have The Glass Castle, The Thing Around Your Neck, His Perfect Wife ( A gift from the publisher), The UK edition of Skin Deep, and it is kind of hard to make out, but the last book is a reading guide to Lord of the Rings where there are reflection questions and such.  I plan on using it during my reread this year.


Moving onto my second shelf, here you can see most of my white books. I have 3 of the Doctor Strange bind ups, and well as 3 of Loki: Agent of Asgard. Following those I have The Year of Cozy, Broken Monsters,  The Book Thief, The Cruel Prince, Joyland, Gwendy’s Button Box, The Wolf Wilder, Peace and Turmoil, It, The Grownup A Very Large Expanse of Sea, Matilda, The Night Trilogy, The Snow Child, Eleanor and Park, and The Alienist.


Moving onto the second half of this shelf I have Finding Jake, In the Days of Rain, See What I Have Done, Cycle of the Werewolf, Salem’s Witch. House, Lincoln in the Bardo, The Witches, The Shining, Theordor Rex, Colonial Roosevelt, ‘Salems Lot, Doctor Sleep, Bruja Born, The Hazel Wood, Christine, Down Among the Sticks and Bones, If We Were Villains, Lying in Wait, A Delusion of Satan, A. Gentleman in Moscow, Son of Hitler (Which is really weird and I still don’t think I like it), House of Leaves, The Ordinary Spaceman, The. Darkest Part of the Forest, Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy, and lastly The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt.


Next I have graphic novel retellings in Shivers, Wishes, and Wolves, I also have Doctor Who retellings of fairytale boxset, I have a bind-up of Death Note, then I have Your Soul is a River, Carry On, Enchanted Islands, Save the Date, A Merry Christmas, Murder on the Orient Express, The Rosie Project, The Dire King, The Nazi Doctors, The Escape Artist,  A Court of Thorns and Roses, The Shining Girls, and The Underground Railroad.


The next section of this shelf I have Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Fangirl, The Things I Would Tell You, an old nook, Pet Semetary, Ignite the Stars from Bookcon 2018, Vol. 2 Eleanor Roosevelt, an ARC of The Song Rising, Vol. 1 Eleanor Roosevelt, a finished edition of The Song Rising, Early Riser, Vol. 3 Eleanor Roosevelt, Great Expectations, The Way I See It, The First Tycoon, 50 Children, and lastly The Sun is Also a Star.


Next ending the yellow section with Carry On, Wonder Women, Mr. Penumbrun’s 24-Hour Bookstore. Then starting the green section with an ARC of the Unexpected Everything, Robert Graves, A Clockwork Orange, The Life Changing Manga of Tiding Up, Mythago Woodm The Secret Life of Bees, the finished copy of The Unexpected Everything, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, A Court of Wings and Ruin, and The Girl on the Train.


Right away on the left I have a very old edition of A Study in Scarlet I found in a antique store when on vacation with my mom. Then I have From Here to Eternity, The Wellness Mama Cookbook, Joyous Health, and Joyous Detox. Then vertically from the top I have The. Count. of Monte Cristo, World Without End, Born on a Blue Day, Not f I See You First, The Rosie Effect, Jackaby, Finding Audrey, All THe. Light. We Cannot See, The Women in Cabin 20 and Uncommon Type.


The last section of my bookshelf I have a copy of Caleb’s Window I was given by the author, Almost Midnight, A Court of Mist and Fury, Ghostly Echos, Labyrinth Lost, an old Kindle, The House of the Seven Gables, An Enchantment of Ravens, Searching for the Amazons, and lastly The Lying Game.


Thanks for looking and reading!

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Tag | The Liebster Award Vol. 5

TagTimel12:17I was tagged by Kim over at Bookish Kimberly, her blog is a lot of fun to read. She is very kind and her reading taste is wonderful and her reviews are done very well. I highly suggest you checking her blog out.

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Previous installments: The Liebster Award | 2018, TAG|The Liebster Award #2, Tag | The Liebster Award #3, and Liebster Award | Vol. 4.

Rules

  • Answer the 11 questions you’ve been asked
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers
  • Ask your nominees 11 questions
  • Let them know you’ve nominated them

Questions

  1. What is your Top 3 book category and genre?
    • My top three currently would be non-fiction, horror, and thriller
  2. Who is your favorite fictional love team?
    • Hum, this is hard I normally don’t pay too much attention to this, but if I had to pick Jo March and Professor Bhaer because they are so supportive of one another and help each other follow their dreams.
  3. What is your all-time favorite fiction book?
    • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  4. Which quote (from a book) you like best?
    • I think the etsy shop BookQuoteDecor did a wonderful job embodying my favorite quote. Image result for I;d rather have tea than compliments
  5. Which book character would you like to meet and why?
    • I feel like I would love to meet Molly Weasley. She is a very smart witch and I feel like she would have some great advice and would be very kind.
  6. Are there any book series that you REALLY want to read and finish this year? What are those?
    • I would love to reread the Lord of the Rings series this year. I bought the first book a month or so ago to get my butt going.
  7. Which book character reminds you of a living person in your life and why?
    • I honestly have no idea I don’t really ever come across a character that made me think “This is just like so and so”
  8. What is your favorite nonfiction book?
    • My favorite non-fiction read would have to be The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T. J. Stiles. It is a very interesting look into early American politics, business, and also a look at one of the most important men when it comes to industry. While this books focus is on a man, it dives into a lot of the culture and the surrounding world. The First Tycoon - Cornelius Vanderbilt (book cover).jpg
  9. Which book is your least favorite among the mainstream/popular books?
    • I think one of the most “main stream” books I did not enjoy was the Shatter Me series? I read half of the first book and I just could not do it anymore.
  10. If you had to swap places with any book character, who would you choose? Why?
    • I don’t think I would ever do this, you never know what is outside the scope of the story.
  11. Which book would you like to recommend the most and why?
    • The book I recommend the most kinda of changes depending on who I am talking to, but my go to books are; Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, The Haunting of Kill House of Shirley Jackson, 11/22/64 by Stephen King, The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware, Strange Weather by Joe Hill and Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent.

My Questions

  1. What book is your go to recommendation?
  2. What was the last 5 star book you read?
  3. Goodreads challenge/reading goal for this year?
  4. Where do you do most of your reading?
  5. How often do you use the library?
  6. What genre do you read the most of?
  7. What genre do you read the least of?
  8. Do you dog ear pages?
  9. Do you drink tea or coffee?
  10. What was the last book you you acquired?
  11. What book do you dislike that everyone seems to love?

I Tag

Kathy @  booksandmunches.com

Victoria @ lattenightsreviews.com

Steffy Jay @ littlebooknooksite.wordpress.com

Liz @ travelinretrospect.com

Lara @ https://naijabookbae.com

Emma @ https://twitter.com/askirmishofwit

JJ Crafts @ https://everthecrafter.wordpress.com

Adrianna @ https://romancebookbinge.com

Zo•E @ http://nuggetstumpblog.com

And as always anyone else who wants to answer these questions!

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Wrap Up

Middle Mark | May 2019

Middle Mark

So, this month I am reading big books, but also reading some smaller books in-between to keep up my momentum. I always need to pause a big book and finish a quick read or I end up getting bogged down, am I the only one who feels this way from time to time?

Anyway, this Middle Mark is mainly going to be a few of the small books, hopfully my monthly wrap up will have some of the larger books. Fingers crossed.

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Read 2

Ask Baba Yaga: Otherworldly Advice for Everyday TroublesAsk Baba Yaga: Otherworldly Advice for Everyday Troubles by Taisia Kitaiskaia

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very adorable and helpful book. This advice centered book is a mixture of fun, thoughtfulness, and folklore. I plan on reading more from this author because the writing was lyrical, but not annoying. The advice was useful, but not full of itself.

I see myself picking it up again from time to time.

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Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women WritersLiterary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers by Taisia Kitaiskaia

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a very cute and quick read. I really enjoyed how each section was set up. A little story create by the author, a little non-fiction blurb about the “literary witch” and then recommenced reading for each one. This truly is a wonderful celebration of women writers from a wide array of backgrounds and time.

This little blurb and short little story really gets you in the mood to explore these women and it is so wonderful that she gives you 3 or more recommendations. On top of that the illustrator, Katy Horon, has a wonderful style and you can see how individualized and meaningful each of the pieces are.

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Currently Reading 2

Stalin’s Daughter by Rosemary Sullivan

Stalin's Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva

I picked up this novel while at my local indie bookstore. I am ashamed to say and admit I never knew Stalin has a daughter. I honestly just through he was so evil that I cannot fathom that he could be a father. I am currently about 74 pages into the book and I think is he is a horrible husband, horrible person, and I think he was a messed up dad already. Mainly because of foreshadowing and some comments here and there, but I am interested in seeing just how low he goes in his personal life.


The Stand by Stephen King

The Stand

I have finally started this huge book, I am not too far into it, but I can already see why it is a beloved book of his. It has a very interesting start and I normally don’t like apocalyptic  dystopian writings, mainly because YA was/is just pushed them way to much for me, but I will say that this one seems very different and I am curious to see how he pictures a world after our world collapses.

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What are you currently reading?

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Uncategorized

May TBR | 2019

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Hello and welcome to a new month! May is my favorite month of the year. The first being that the trees and flowers are finally fully alive, but pollen is no longer kicking my butt. The second is that it is my birthday month! I have always loved my birthday, it is a great excuse to have a fun experience with my friends and family. I love organizing fun things for us all to do, one year I planned a tour, another I planned a wonderful dinner. I just love spending time with those who are important to me. What is one thing you love doing on or for your birthday? Do you have a favorite birthday memory?

Anyway, with this month being my birthday month I am not quite sure how much reading I am going to actually be doing, but I know I want to get to a few reads for sure. Without more rambling, her is my TBR!


-The Books-

The Stand by Stephen King

The Stand

This is the book that has been on my phsyical TBR for the longest. I meant to read it a few months ago, but life became a bit crazy and I did not have the time to dedicate a great deal of time to this novel. It is 1327 pages, so this might take me some time. I am excited to read it though. I am also really interested to see how Stephen King handles a post apocalyptic world that dealt with an illness. I have read a few King books that had an apocalyptic theme and I am curious how different they are.

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

The Mars Room

This is the next book I plan on reading for my Reading Goals | Reading a Shortlist. I am very interested in reading this novel. This fiction novel deals with the idea of women in prison and the hardships they face, both a physical and mental. I am very curious to find out what placed the main character in prison when she has a young child, said in description. I am also curious to see how this subject is handled. I am unsure of how graphic this read will be, but I am very much intrigued.


-TBR Jar Pick-

This month I want to bring back using my TBR Jar to pick at least one read a month like I have in the past. The past few months I have fallen away from it, but I miss the mini challenge of sorts.

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

The Silence of the Girls

I added this book to my TBR in September of last year. It was my Book of the Month pick, I was really interested in this fictional novel that follows women on the sidelines of wars. It goes into detail of these important and often forgotten individuals who have to give up much, fight in their own way, and often be belittled and pushed to the side. I love history and I can tell you that one of my favorite quote is ” For most of history Anonymous was a woman”. I wish I knew who said it, but it is very true and I am excited to read this novel that give those anonymous women a voice and a story, even if it is historical fiction.


What are you reading this month?

Have you read any of these books? What do you think of my choices?

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Wrap Up

Wrap Up | #OWLsReadathon2019

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The OWLS are complete! I am both very happy and very bummed out. I truly had a wonderful time reading for this readathon, G did a wonderful job creating it. I am happy because I am very happy with the OWLs that I have passed. In total I passed 7, which I did not expect to happen in the slightest because the last few months I have not been reading like I normally do. It seems like this readathon was the kick in the butt I needed.


-My Results-

OWLs Passed: 7

Required OWLs:

  • Potions: Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
  • Herbology: The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Care of Magical Creatures: Fierce Fairytales by Nikita Gill

Bonus OWLs:

  • Muggle Studies: Elevation by Stephen King
  • Charms: My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
  • Transfiguration: The Things I Would Tell You edited by Sabrina Mahfouz
  • Arithmancy: Classic Penguin

Final Score: Exceeded Expectations


Read 2
Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children, #3)Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This being the third book in a series I adore, I was expecting to finally hit a point where the story was going a little blah. I finally found that point in the series. I am not saying that this is a bad book, I still enjoyed it quite a lot. I just found it very different from the others and not in a good way. I would rather explore a single world specifically not see a glimpse of a few without really seeing anything.

The timeline used was interesting and I was happy about what happened to a particular character. Thew writing like the others was very poetic and the story was fast paced as the others. I just kinda found myself not as invested because we were jumping around so much.

Like I said, still a good reads, but so far is a “low” point in the series.

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Classic Penguin: Cover to CoverClassic Penguin: Cover to Cover by Paul Buckley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a very lovely look at all of the editions penguins has come out with for the classics. Not only did I enjoy looking at all of the artwork, but I also really enjoyed hearing the backstory behind design elements and the creators thoughts in some cases.

I think my favorite section was a look behind Penguin Threads. I loved seeing what the other side of the cover was in the original needle point/embroidery.

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The Priory of the Orange TreeThe Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While I did enjoy reading this book, I was very neutral about it. I am having a hard time pinpointing why I am so neutral about it. The plot was fun, I enjoyed the characters, and while it is large it is not slow paced.

Maybe it is just because I am not in a fantasy mood like I thought I was?

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Middle Mark Books 2

If you want to see my reviews in full, please see the post, Middle Mark | #OWLsReadathon2019 Update. On that post I detailed the books I read in the first half of the month. 


Beat the Backlist 2

Current TBR: 30 books

Current Backlist TBR: 11 books


What was your favorite book you read this month?

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Tags

Tag | My Good Reading Habits

TagTimel12:17If you have not noticed, I am finally catching up on a bunch of tags I have been slacking on. This weeks tag is a fun one and I was really happy to get tagged by Meeghan over at Meeghan Reads. I really love this tag because it is so different for each person who does it.

Rules:

  • Pingback to this post or the creator!
  • List some of your good reading habits, the things you think you do well.
  • Nominate some of your blogging friends

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My Good Reading Habits

DNFing Books

As I have learned that if I am not enjoying a book I need to put it aside. If I force myself to read something that is not my cup of tea I will either read it very slowly, get into a reading slump, or I will justify end up not liking everything. It kind of ruins my reading mood in general. So, I have realized it is okay to DNF a book, I can always try again in the future if I feel the need to.

Setting Realistic Reading Goals

While goals are important, I have to say that making them realistic is important. I try to make my reading goals difficult, but always achievable when I put in effort. You can see my most recent reading goals here: Reading & Blog Goals | 2019 First Quarter Check In.

Setting Reading Time Aside

I always my a point to set time aside almost every day if not every day to read. I know for me, making this a priority really helps me relax at the end of the day or after a really stressful event or day.

Using the Library

I use my local library at least a few times a month. I think it is really important to support them as well. Due to the fact that I read so much I support them by donating books when they accept them as well as buying books from the library sale. I also do my best to help them during fund raisers.


I Tag:

Read by Tiffany

Travel in Retrospect

Thrifty Bibliophile

Bookish Kimberly

Northern Plunder

And anyone who wants to jump in!

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Tag | Sunshine Blogger Award

TagTimel12:17I was tagged by Renée over at Global Bookworm, she has some great posts on her blog such as why you should become a global bookworm. I hope you check out her blog and see what she is up to.

Also, the next few Tuesday will be filled with fun tags that I need to get caught up on. I hope you all enjoy reading my answers and also consider yourself tagged!

RULES:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and ask them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post/or on your blog

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TAG | Sunshine Blogger Award Vol. 3

TAG | The Sunshine Blogger Award Vol. 2

THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD


The Questions

  1. Why did you start a book blog?
    • I wanted to have a place where I could share my love of reading as well as talk with others who have the same love of books. Since a lot of my friends aren’t readers like myself I wanted to find some new ones online.
  2. What is the best book which has been written in your country?
    • Oh, this is a hard one. I think my favorite book Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. There are so many wonderful stories though.
  3. Which book is you guilty pleasure?
    • I don’t think any books I read I would consider “guilty pleasures”.
  4. What is your favorite non-fiction book?
    • My favorite non-fiction would be The Witches: Salem, 1692. I highly recommend it since it reads more like a narrative and the content is very interesting.
  5. When would you say that your blog is a (big) success?
    • I would say my blog is a big success every time I have a wonderful interaction with one of my readers since that was the reason why I created it in the first place.
  6. Which book do you believe should be mandatory to read at all schools worldwide?
    • I don’t know if I could answer this because a book that would be useful, relevant, and meaningful in every country, state, and town.
  7. Do you rather buy your books or get them from the library?
    • I really enjoy using my library for books I am iffy about, but I enjoy buying books that I really loved.
  8. Which mistakes did you make when you started blogging?
    • I think the biggest mistake I made was that I went a little over the top when I got started, which led to getting burned out quickly and then not posting again for months. I eventually redid everything and tried again.
  9. How do you take care of yourself and you mental health?
    • I make sure I have me time, which could be me just hanging out by myself, doing something I have wanted to do, or just eating my favorite meal. I realized that I need to set time aside to do things I feel like doing and it goes a long way.
  10. From which country would you like to read a book?
    • I would love to read a book that takes place in Egypt. I loved reading non-fiction books about the country, but I can say I never read a fiction set in the country. Any recommendations are welcome!
  11. If you could give advice to a blogger who starts today, what would it be?
    • Write about what you love, those who share those interests will come. Do not write what you think others want to hear.

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Wrap Up

Middle Mark | #OWLsReadathon2019 Update

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So I have been blown away at my progress with the OWLs Readathon so far. I am not complaining in anyway, but I had no idea I would have read so much already. I think taking part in the Magical All Nighter really helped me make a lot of progress as well. Anyway, I am going to hurry and tell you the OWLs I have passed, ones I am working on, and the ones I still need for my profession of choice. Then, underneath will be my mini reviews. Also, if you have no idea what I am talking about, you can read about the readathon and my goals here: April TBR | OWLs Magical Readathon 2019.

-Passed-

  • Charms
  • Herbology
  • Care of Magical Creatures
  • Muggle Studies
  • Transfiguration

-In Progress-

  • Potions

-Magical All Nighter-

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Read 2

The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women WriteThe Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write by Sabrina Mahfouz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed the wide array of perspectives that were present in this book. Not did the editor bring together a wonderful collection of writings, the writings were created by an assortment of women of different ages as well. I felt like that created a very interesting dynamic in the writing, but also illustrated that deep feelings can be felt at any age. I felt passion and many deep emotions while reading this book. All the writers are very talented. I think my favorite, if I had to pick, would be Islamic Tinder by Triska Hamid.

On top of the quality of writing, I also enjoyed that there were different forms of writing present; short stories, poetry, and plays as well.

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Fierce Fairytales: Poems and Stories to Stir Your SoulFierce Fairytales: Poems and Stories to Stir Your Soul by Nikita Gill

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the second collection I am reading from this author, I am happy to say that I still love her work. Her theme throughout this book was wonderfully represented, but I also liked how the classic fairytales were shifted to tell a unique story as well. The illustrations throughout were very complimentary as well. If the description interests you or you want to try a collection of poems and stories I highly recommend.

My favorites were Lost Boy, The Step Mothers Tale, Shoemakers Son.

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The Virgin SuicidesThe Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

From the title you can tell that this book deals with the very difficult topic of suicide. If any discussion of this topic is a trigger for you, I do not recommend you picking it up. If this is not a triggering topic, I highly suggest you read it.

Having personally dealt with a family member who has gone through this, I went into this book a bit worried that it would handle the topic badly. I was very pleasantly surprised that it handled not only the girls well, but also those left behind very well. I don’t really want to say much about the story itself, but I thought the writing was well done, the characters done well, and I was very much enthralled by the plot.

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My Sister, the Serial KillerMy Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a page turner with twists I did not expect. I read this in one sitting and I will be looking out to read more from this author in the future. If you want a fast paced family centric thriller I highly suggest this one.

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ElevationElevation by Stephen King

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a really wonderful science fiction novella. I will openly admit I teared up at the end, which surprised me because I did not expect to become attached to any of the characters in the slightest. The novella is so short I expected it to be a good story, but not one that made me feel. This was a very interesting idea and done very well. But, please know this is not a horror, it is science fiction.

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The Englishman who Posted Himself and Other Curious ObjectsThe Englishman who Posted Himself and Other Curious Objects by John Tingey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a well written and feel good fun story of a man who wanted to test the mail system. He ended up being known for this hobby and being one of the “fathers” of mail. The story was fun to read and I found it very interesting and fast paced. The images thorugh the book were beautifully copied added and great detail could be seen.

If you like reading about “oddities” and want a fast paced and interesting non-fiction to read, I highly suggest.

I will say I was drawn to this at first because I collect postcards from around the world, but I feel like anyone would enjoy reading this. It truly is about a man following his hobby and having fun.

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Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children, #3)

I just started reading the third book in the Wayward Children series, I don’t want to say too much for fear I will spoil something, but I am excited to continue with this series and see what world we are taken to next. The book will cover the requirement for Potions, my last required OWL for Herbology.

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Tag | The Wanderlust Book Tag

TagTimel12:17I was tagged by the wonderful creator of this tag Lexie who has a wonderful blog called Reading by Starlight. She is kind and is really creative with her blog posts, I highly suggest you checking out her blog when you can. I really enjoy how she created this blog to mirror her love and want of traveling around the world and you can see how creative she was. Anyway, on to the tag!

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

Little Women

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott takes place in a small sleepy town, but it is very rich in history as well as the occasional coming of age party. This novel takes place in Concord, Massachusetts. This is one of my favorite books of all time, I have given it 5 stars every time I have read it.

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

Of Poseidon (The Syrena Legacy, #1)

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks, the main thing that stood out to me with this book is the main character lives right on the beach, she is always looking at it and around it. It must be a really beautiful sight to be able to look out your window and see it. When I read this book I ended up giving it 4 stars. 

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

The Woman in Cabin 10

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware, this book is certainly a trip. There is a murder in the middle of the sea while there are a bunch of reporters traveling in international waters. If that is now a voyage, I don’t know what it. I ended up giving this book 5 stars when I read it. 

Tread lightly: a book set down a murky river or a jungle

Euphoria

Euphoria by Lily King, this book is about a group of anthropologist going into the jungle of either Central or South America, I will be honest it has been a long time since reading it so I forgot which country it took place in. Anyway, I really enjoyed the story, which I remember I promise. It was not only about the communities they visit, but also their personal interactions with one another. I gave this book 4 stars while reading it. 

Frozen wastes: a book with a frost bitten atmosphere

The Snow Child

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey takes place in the very cold state of Alaska. It takes place in the middle of the very cold winter, everything is covered in snow. I loved this book so much, I gave it 5 stars.

The boonies: a book with ruff or isolated terrain

Storm of the Century: An Original Screenplay

Storm of the Century: An Original Screenplay by Stephen King, now this is an isolated area for two reasons. First, it take place on an island off the coast of Maine, so getting to it on a normal day requires a boat. But, this is also during a very horrible storm so there is no way to get to the main land, or to communicate with them because communication is cut off. I really enjoyed this story, it was both scary in a real life way, but also a supernatural way. I gave it 4 stars. 

Hinterlands and cowboys: a book with a western-esque setting

Vengeance Road (Vengeance Road, #1)

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman, this is the only book I had read that took place in a western setting. A lot of people read this a enjoyed it very much, but I don’t think westerns are for me or its writing style. I ended up giving it a low rating because the writing was kinda infuriating for me. I also realized, I don’t like westerns. 

Look lively: a book set across sweeping desert sands

The Gunslinger

The Gunslinger by Stephen King, this is honestly the only book I have read that stands out to me as taking place in a desert like area. As you can see from the cover, in the book you get there at a point in the book. I ended up enjoying this book much more than I thought I would. I gave it 3 stars. 

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

The Wolf Wilder

The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell, I loved this book so much and it takes place in the mainly in the wood during winter time is Russia. It is a heart breaking novel in a few ways, but I really enjoyed it. I gave it 5 stars because the families commitment to making sure the wolves can live in the wilderness, but also the girls dedication and love for her mother. 

Wildest dreams: a whimsical book shrouded in magic

Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy (Lumberjanes, Vol. 1)

Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle StevensonGrace EllisFaith Hicks, I read this a long time ago, but I kind of remember there being a bit of magic throne into this all girl awesome camp. I think I gave it a solid 4 stars when I read it. 


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