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Blogmas Tag Time | Naughty or Nice Tag

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Hello and welcome to another tag! I am so excited to be doing this tag for the second time this year. If you are curious to see how I did last year, you can check that out here: Tag Time | Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag. This tag was created by Jenn and I was tagged by Jenna and Leah, you should check them all out.


Rules

  • Tag & link the person who tagged you
  • Tag and link me/this post (if you would be so kind, I love reading your answers!)
  • Tick/cross off the ones you’ve done
  • Tag another 10 people!

Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag

1. Received an ARC and not reviewed it

I currently have about 5 books waiting for review, I am hoping to get them done by January of next year. Fingers crossed.

2. Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley

I am actually happy to say that mine is currently at 86%

3. Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did) 

I have one that says it right now, but I am waiting for my review on my blog to go live first then I am going to add it to my goodreads. I have made it a goal this year to write even a sentence about a book.

4. Folded down the page of a book

Hope, I have not. I personally can’t do that, I normally just stick whatever is around me to hold my page. This could be a receipt, paper, my pen/pencil, another book.

5. Accidentally spilled on a book 

Thankfully, knock on wood, that has not happened to me this year!

6. DNF a book this year

Yes, I am pretty cut throat when it comes to DNFing a book I am not enjoying. There are too many books in the world to waste time on one I am not enjoying.

7. Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it 

A pretty cover might pull me in, but I need to like the description as well.

8. Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework) 

Nope, I have to admit I get what I need to get done so I can relax while I am reading.

9. Skim read a book 

Nope, I have in the past, but I don’t remember doing this in 2019.

10. Completely missed your Goodreads goal 

I set my goal at 50 every year, I figure a little under a book a week is a good goal to have incase life gets a little out of hand. I want to enjoy reading, not be stressed by it. At this point I have read 95 books and I am hoping to read a few more before the end of the year.

11. Borrowed a book and not returned it to the library 

I have always returned the books I have borrowed, maybe a day late here and there, but I have always returned them.

12. Broke a book buying ban

Yeah, a few months ago my Read 5, Buy 1 went out the window, Read 5, Buy 1 | September 2019 Fail. I am going to be jumping back into it come December.

13. Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about 

Nope, I have not done this in 2019 as well. Any review I started to write I finished it.

14. Wrote in a book you were reading

I annotate the books I have for review, I notice I pay more attention and notice even more.

15. Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads 

Nope, all the books I have read this year have been added to my goodreads account.

16. Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend

Just as earlier, I have returned everything I have borrowed.

17. Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book 

I think my friends and family know I don’t really let people borrow books, but I am always trying to pass on books for them to keep. It makes me so happy to be able to pass on great stories to others.

18. Broke the spine of someone else’s book

If someone lets me borrow a book, I sure as anything am not going to break the spine on them.

19. Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged 

Thankfully, I have not had any book jacket related incidents this year. I hope 2020 is just the same.

20. Sat on a book accidentally

Yeah, I have a habit of leaving my current read on my bed or on my reading chair and forget. Thankfully, no damage has been done!

Final Score: 5/20, down 2 from last year!


I Tag

Misty

Paige

Rae & Jen

Lauren

Adrianna

Evelyn

Meeghan

Sarah

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& anyone who wants to join in on the fun!


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Reviews

Book Review | Ogre Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

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*Book given for review by Wunderkind PR*

Ogre Enchanted (Ella Enchanted, #0.5)Description: 

Evie is happiest when she is healing people, diagnosing symptoms, and prescribing medications, with the help of her devoted friend (and test subject) Wormy. So when Wormy unexpectedly proposes to her, she kindly turns him down; she has far too much to do to be marrying anyone. And besides, she simply isn’t in love with him.

But a certain meddling fairy named Lucinda has been listening in, and she doesn’t approve of Evie’s rejection. Suddenly, Evie finds herself transformed from a girl into a hideous, hungry ogre. Evie now has only sixty-two days to accept another proposal—or else be stuck as an ogre forever. –goodreads.com


What I Liked

I want to start off by saying I have not read Ella Enchanted, which I know many love. This is my first time reading a book set in this world and also by this author, so please keep that in mind. I will say, I found Gail Carson Levine writing enjoyable. It flowed nicely and when I did pick up the book to read I was pulled in a usually for long chunks of time. The world is one you fall into.

Outside of Levine’s writing style I really enjoyed the world she created as well as the characters. When it came to the main character, Evie, I really liked how she wrote a character that was very much herself. While this book has a beauty and the beast type feeling with a marriage proposal leads to someone being turned into a monster. I felt that Evie turning down her proposal due to her dedication to healing much more interesting and compelling instead of just being interested in physical appearance. I found it to be a really interesting turn on the idea. It also added a lot to the characters personality in my eyes.

While Evie is young, she has a passion, and at times she read a bit older due to this. Even after she is cursed the fairy, she has graphic thoughts, which come with being an ogre. The other side of the coin is that at times she does very much read like a young girl, which makes sense. At times this could be jarring, but it never took me out of the story too much. It was more like, “Oh, right”.

When it came to the idea of what an Ogre is I really like the way Levine handled it. I feel like she could have taken the same route as shriek and hidden a lot of the cruel side of an ogre. In Shrek an idea of what an orge was more lent itself as a cover to keep humans away. Instead I feel like Levine showed the more traditional, at least in my eyes, view of an ogre. Where they like to eat humans or are overly hairy among other grotesque things. I appreciated the author being more aligned to this idea.


What I Didn’t Like

While I did read this book in only a few sittings, I will say that there were points in the book that dragged. Nothing that was too bad, but they were there. On top of that, as I stated earlier, there were times where the main character acted older than she was and this could be a tad bit jarring if you are sensitive to that. This point really comes down to preference.


Overall Thoughts

Overall, I really have to say I enjoyed this book. I really like the twist on the fairytale of declined marriage proposal where someone turns into a  monster. I also really like the writing style and the main character and her protrayed as an ogre. I feel like the author did an amazing job merging the idea of the ogre with such a dedicated, self assured character. In my eyes if you read and were interested by the description you should give this book a try. It is an interesting story in a really interesting world created by a talented writer.

4stars


Author Links

Gail Carson Levine


Book Information

Publication Date:  October 16th 2018

Publisher: HarperCollins

List Price: $17.99

ISBN: 9780062561213

Pages: 352 pages

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Lets Talk

Let’s Talk | Try a Chapter November 2019

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So, earlier this month I posted an unhaul where I got rid of a huge number of books from my shelf. Well, now I am going to be doing a try a chapter to really target the books on my TBR shelf. Now, I have noticed that my reading taste is changing again and stuff I normally feel I would like, I am not enjoying anymore. So, I thought I would read the first chapter of a couple of books and decide if I want to keep them or add them to the donation pile.


The Bone House by Emily Lloyd-Jones (standalone)

The start was pretty interesting, but already had a cliche that kinda lost me. I really liked the idea of this book, but big sister who has to take care of family after an event is played out in my eyes and I bores me. I think I am going to pass on this, unhaul. 

Peace and Turmoil by Elliot Brooks (series)

I read the preface and the first chapter since the preface was only a few pages. I have to say I am intrigued as to what is going to happen, but there seems to be interesting family dynamics in here that I hope the author explores more. I am a little torn on this, because the writing style isn’t really mine. I decided to unhaul this book after reading the first chapter of the others. 

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (series)

I think I am going to like this one, I really liked how the story started with folklore of sorts, but also a bit of grim foreshadowing. It seems like it is going to be very interesting and atmospheric. While it is promising, it didn’t really pull me in too much, but I am intrigued. After reading the others, I decided to unhaul. 

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore (standalone)

I think this is the one  I am most interested in and I think I am going to be jumping into this a reading it right away. I really like the personality of the main character and the fact it is a historical fiction is just a wonderful bonus. Keeping

The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson (series)

This book seems so unique and really started with a bang. This is another one I know I wont be able to put down long. The writing is amazing and from what I read in the prologue (13 pages) is very imaginative and unafraid to be emotional. Keeping

Dear Haiti, Love Aline by Mika and Maritza Moulite (standalone, BookCon was 2019 Gift)

I really like Alaine’s voice, she seems like a really awesome character. I also had no idea this book was written in a diary type format, which I am totally here for. I ended up reading 21 pages, I didn’t stop at the first chapter oops. Keeping

Middlemarch by George Eliot (standalone)

It is really hard to tell if I am going to like this book or not, the main reason being the formatting and mistypes I already found in the first chapter. It made it a but hard to read. I am going to give this another try, but with an audiobook. Keeping


Keeping: 4

Unhauling: 3


Have you read any of these books?

Should I give any of them a second chance?

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Goals

Challenges | Reading 64 Pages a Day

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Hello everyone! Today I wanted to share a little challenge with you that I came across when I fell down the booktube hole instead of being a good bookworm and reading. I started reading Books and Lala’s video where she read the same number of pages each day, based upon her average for the previous month or so. If you would like to watch her video, you can find that here: reading 116 pages every day for a month. If you don’t know her channel, you are missing out she is one of the most creative youtubers I know of. Anyway, I really loved the idea and wanted to give it a try and see if this helps to keep my stress levels down while my life gets more chaotic.

Anyway, I did not want to just steal her number of pages a day, so I decided to do what she did. I looked at the previous month at the time of planning this, July 2019, and saw that I read a total of 1984 pages (hello George Orwell!) then divided it by 31 days, the number of days in that particular month. This simple little equation gave me 64 pages a day. So, I am planning on reading 64 pages a day for the first half of September! I am happy with this number, it is neither too much or too little.


-Reading/Page Log-

♣ = Completed on time,  > = Read more,  =Read Less

  • ♣1: 1-64 of Tin Man by Sarah Winman
  • ♣2: 65-128 of Tin Man by Sarah Winman
  • ♣3:129-192 of Tin Man by Sarah Winman
  • ♣4: 192-224 of Tin Man by Sarah Winman, 1-32 of The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
  • ♣5: 33-96 of The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
  • ♣6: 1-64 of The Tea Dragon Society byKatie O’Neill 
  • ♣7: 97- 160 of The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
  • ♣8: 161- 224 of The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
  • ♣9: 225-270 of The Salt Path by Raynor Winn, 1-18 of Coffey’s Hands (The Green Mile #3) by Stephen King 
  • ♣10: 19-82 Coffey’s Hands (Green Mile Part 3) by Stephen King 
  • ♣11:83-90 Coffey’s Hands (Green Mile Part 3) by Stephen King, 1-56 of The Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix (The Green Mile #4) by Stephen King
  • >12: 1-96…oops I went over my 64 pages a day limit gah! Aquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neill
  • 13:(34) 57- 90 of The Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix (The Green Mile #4) by Stephen King, (30) 1-30 of Night Journey(The Green Mile #5) by Stephen King
  • 14: (60) 31-90 Night Journey(The Green Mile #5) by Stephen King,  (4) 1-4 of Coffey on the Mile (The Green Mile #6) by Stephen King
  • 15: (64) 5-68 of Coffey on the Mile (The Green Mile #6) by Stephen King

-Reflection- 

Okay, even though I only did this challenge for half of the month, I feel like I have some interesting things I realized. Some of these were more of an impact than others, but they all were notable things. Some had to do with my sleep, productivity, and readalongs/buddyreads.

The first one was, some nights I had things I needed to get done so reading had to take a back seat. Sadly, this meant I ended up staying up late to do my required reading and I was not happy when I had to wake up early the next morning.  Sometimes I don’t read for a day or so because life gets in the way and even though 64 pages isn’t a ton it feels like it when you start reading at 10 at night.

The second thing that this really affected was my buddy reads. I really had a hard time planning my reading ahead of time so I could read what I wanted to read, but also make sure I was prepared for my discussions and such. So, I kinda got stressed I was not going to be able to fit everything in, but also not read it to far in advance where I would forget everything.

Lastly, I would say it made me feel very productive. It was nice to check something off my check list all day that was a challenge, but kinda easy and very enjoyable at the same time.

I don’t think I would ever read like this again, but it was really interesting to see how I would do with reading my average every day.


Do you ever take part in a reading challenge?

What youtuber or book blogger inspires you?

Would you try a challenge like this?

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Let’s Talk | “Testing” Books for a Taurus Article

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Hello everyone! A few months ago I came across an article by Read It Forward that was called 2019 Book Horoscopes: The Grounded Taurus and being a Taurus myself, I needed to give it a bit more of a read. So I clicked the link and dove right in.

This article listed 8 books that they thought would be a perfect fit for a Taurus. It gave you a bit of a yearly horoscope and then connected each book to a yearly horoscope, which was really interesting. I was kinda bummed out by the first book, Rich People Problems, not because it is a bad book or anything, but it is the 3rd book in a series. I don’t know about you, but for me it is irksome to be recommended a book in a series that is not the first one. Now, if I find any of them interesting I need go over to good reads and make sure they aren’t in the middle of the series. Anyway, here are all of the books mentioned and my thoughts on them.

Stars, Universe, Sky, Scorpio, Space, Taurus, Zodiac

Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan, 3rd in a series so I can’t be reading this currently. Maybe I will try the first one.

In Intimate Detail by Cora Harrington, this just is not something I am interested in at all. I don’t want to read a book about picking fancy underwear…

Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl, this is a memoir of a women who was living the life of a hippie and ends up being a big wig in the publishing game and is questioning if she is a sell out. This isn’t something that interests me.

The Very Worst Missionary by Jamie Wright is another memoir following a blogger who converted to Christianity and became a missionary in Central America. She talks about the failures and shortcomings her and her fellow missionaries fall into. This is something I would read because I am curious as to what she vocaizes are her shortcomings and shortcomings of missionaries around the world. It also seems like she may talk about how to actually help others in a meaningful way, which would be great to hear. Yay, finally a win for this article.

Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One by Raphaëlle Giordano, this novel revolves around a 30 something year old lady who is feel like she has missed out on happiness. Throughout the book she follows the advice of a routinologist, which apparently is a time management coach, to find happiness. This book is not something I am interested in, I feel like it is going to preach to me about balance instead of being a novel if that makes sense? 

Blockchain Revolution by Don Tapscott, is a nonfiction book discussing bitcoin, which crypto currency doesn’t really interest me, so another pass.

Autumn by Ali Smith seems to be a general contemporary of sorts that is about a women getting to know her neighbor? I will be honest the desciption I found on goodreads told me little to nothing about this book so I am passing.

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang is the one of two books I have heard about on this list previously, the first was Rich People Problems. Anyway, I have had this book on my radar and I have been waiting for the time when I want something quirky and cute to pick this up. So, this is the second book I would read on this list.


So out of the eight books in this article that is meant for Taurus readers, I have 2 books I might actually read. I have to say that is kind of abysmal if you ask me. That is a 25% success rate for me personally. I am curious though if fellow Taurus’ (not sure of the plural) would find more luck with this list. Maybe it is just me personally, am I a fake Taurus?! I did wish the article gave the descriptions of the books instead of just tying them to the horoscope, I had to go on goodreads to find them all.

Would you read any of these books? What do you think of the recommendations they gave us Taurus’?

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Hauls

Unboxing | Coffee and a Classic August 2019

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Hello and welcome to another unboxing of Coffee and a Classic! I am so excited about this months box, because it is a book I loved and wanted to reread in the future. I don’t want to type too much and ruin the surprise so I am just going to be jumping into the unboxing and then gush about why I really loved this book.


Here is the first thing I saw when I opened the box. I loved this color of blue that popped out at me. Also, I saw a really beautiful cover peaking through. It gave me 1920s/Great Gatsby vibes I am not sure why now that I know the book.

I opened it up and I saw that it was a hand printed kitchen towel with the quote “All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow”― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina. Which, I love this quote the only bummer is that my kitchen is not this color, but if it was this would be on display somewhere. The other items I picked out was a ribbon bookmark, which is cute and goes with the book for sure. I have never used a ribbon bookmark so using this will be a new experience. Another goodie I got was a hand poured candle, I did not LOVE the smell of this personally, but my friend did so I gave it to them. It is apparently very fragrant and burns nicely.


Now, here is the coffee and the classic! This month the book is Anna Karenina. I read this book last year and I have to say at first I gave it only 3 stars. Since reading it I keep moving the rating up because I always think back to this book and I realize how relatable this classic is even today, which is hard to come by. The characters were also just so out there at times and it was just a blast to read and I realized more and more after putting it down. I normally have the opposite experience with a classic, I like it less or I don’t ever think about it again. This months coffee smelled so yummy, I cannot wait to have a cup of it. I just wanted to finish up my coffee from last month before jumping into this one.

Now, can we just take a moment to appreciate the beauty of this edition. It is much a beautiful cream color and the details are just magnificent. I am so excited to reread this book with this edition. I am going to feel like such a fancy reader with a ribbon bookmark.


What did you think of this book box?

Have you ever read Anna Karenina? If you haven’t I recommend you give it a try! 

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TBR

NEWTs Readathon 2019| August TBR

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I am so excited that it is finally August and the Magical Readathons continue once again! This is my second year doing these readathons and I have to say Book Roast does an amazing job. Earlier this year I participated in the Owls, you can find those posts here: Wrap Up | #OWLsReadathon2019 , Middle Mark | #OWLsReadathon2019 Update and April TBR | OWLs Magical Readathon 2019. This year I decided to go for Herbology since I have been loving gardening and flowers this year on top of the fact that I am a proud Hufflepuff. I plan on continuing this journey to becoming a herbologist with these exams. Without more ramblings, here are my exams and the books I am planning on reading. Divider 2

-Mandatory-

Herbology

  • A: Audiobook: Emma by Jane Austen 
  • E: Between 350-390 pages: Bringing Down the Colonial by Patricia Miller
  • O: Flowers on the Cover: Everything Under by Daisy Johnson 

Potions

  • A: Friends Fav: Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman *cough* Jenna, Reg *cough*
  • E: Yellow on the Cover, Yay Hufflepuff!: Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon 

Care of Magical Creatures

  • A: Book that stars with A: The Alienist by Caleb Carr


-Bonus-

Arithmancy

  • A: Ends in an even number: Endless Night by Agatha Christie

Just like last year, my most up to date NEWTs News will be over on twitter, but I will be updating half way through the month of August via my Middle Mark post. The readathon will be using the hashtag I know that the readathons official tag is #NEWTsReadathon2019 and the readathon also has a twitter of their own, you can find that here: is @MagicalReadthn.

Best of luck on your exams everyone!

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What NEWTs are you taking? Which profession are you trying to become qualified in? Any fun books you picked to read?

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Writing and More

Bullet Journal | July 2019

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Hello again! Welcome to my monthly peek into my bullet journal. This month, much like last month I took a lot of inspiration from Plant Based Bride over on youtube and her blog, http://plantbasedbride.com. I took her theme and quote and then added in my own style to it and my spreads that work from me. If you have never seen her stuff before, I suggest taking a look. She is very talented.


First off I loved her use of peaches for July, I know I am eating a ton of fruit this time of year so I loved this. I drew her images on my into page and then used my stamps for the month. I also decided to keep my spreads mainly monotone, but with a splash of peach. Which, you can see on my calendar overview.

I absolutely loved this quote that she used this month, so I decided to add it to mine as well. If I am not mistaken it is a quote from Dita Von Teese. I changed the font to just my hand writing and added in a little pop of color instead of going all out with the coloring. In the past I have noticed when I add color I tend to ruin my spreads by over doing it. I really loved this new social media calendar that I tried last month so I added it again. I wish I had used this spread sooner to track by blog and insta posts.

Next is my much loved book tracker. I have used this tracker through two different bullet journals and I am going to keep it for a long while I think. It is just really satisfying to see how long it takes to read a book and how often I actually read.

Here is my TBR for the month of July. You may have seen my TBR post, if you have you will notice I added another book in there. Since I loved Good Omens so much when I read it last month I wanted to read more works by Terry Pratchett so on the guidance of quite a few people I decided to start with Mort.

Last, but the most useful to me on a daily basis would be my weekly spreads. At this time I have not added the hours in the little squares on the left side of the day because my schedule has recently changed and I need to find a new balance with that.


What Bujo spread is the most used by you?

Do you track your reading outside of goodreads?

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TBR

TBR | July 2019

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We are officially in the second half of the year, I can’t get over it. But, I am excited to share another TBR with you. This month I am reading a few books by adored authors, continuing a reread of a series I love, and then throwing in a few books written by new to me authors. In other words I am reading a little bit of everything. Without a huge introduction, here are the books I am going to do my best to read this upcoming month.


-The Books-

The Bird’s Nest by Shirley Jackson

Each month I have been trying to read the book I have had on my owned TBR the longest. At this point in the that would be The Bird’s Nest. I picked it up in July, so this would be a year so it is time to read it because I don’t really keep books over a year because I have not read it by then I am never going to read it. I do love Jackson’s work, I just know I read a lot of them last year and that is most likely why I have put this one off.

The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

Last month I started my reread of the LOTR series and this month I wanted to continue along with that. I feel like reading one a month leaves me at a good pace while not neglecting the rest of my TBR.

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

I was lucky enough to get this as an eARC via netgalley. Ruth Ware is one of my top thriller writers so I am very excited to get to this and review it for all of you. Thank-you Gallery Books!


-TBR Jar Pick-

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

This is a fairly recent addition to my TBR I got it as my bonus book of the month book in May since I was gifted a free book from them since I have been a member for so long. I am very interested to see where this novel goes because I opened the inside flap and it says “A Girl…A Prince…A Monster” in large type, how could I not want to know how these three fair together?


What are you reading this month?

Have you read any of these books before or are they on your TBR?

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Hauls

Book Haul | April & May 2019

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Hello everyone, it has been some time since I posted a bookhaul. I didn’t realize it has been two months until I ran out of room on my cart where I put the books I need to haul officially. Then, I realized I put some on my shelves without actually hauling them… oops. It turns out I acquired more books that I thought I did between treating myself and my birthday this month. The good news is I already read some of the books I hauled and some are replacement copies. So my overall TBR isn’t being completely bogged down.

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-The Books-

Literary Witches by Taisia Kitaiskaia, birthday gift and read.

You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman, unread.

If Walls Could Talk by Lucy Worsley, unread.

Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides, unread.

That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston, Thank-you Reg! Unread.

Blaze by Richard Bachman aka Stephen King, unread.

The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien, replacement copy and gift

The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien, replacement copy and gift.

The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick, unread.

Peace and Turmoil by Elliot Brooks, unread.

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan, gift and unread.

The Flight Portfolio by Julie Orringer, unread.

Classic Penguin by various editors, read.

The Englishman Who Posted Himself and Other Curious Objects by John Tingey, read.

The Things I Would Tell You edited by Sabrina Mahfouz, read.

Fierce Fairytales by Nikita Gill, read.

Ask Baba Yaga by Taisia Kitaiskaia, birthday gift and read.

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Have you read any of these books? Which one should I read first?

What book have you acquired or borrowed this month?

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