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Tag Time |The Greek Gods Book Tag

TagTimel12:17This tag is way overdo and I apologies for that. I was tagged by the wonderful Zoë, go check her out. I was really excited about being tagged because I have always loved mythology and I have read many stories about the Greek Gods since I was little. I remember always going to the library and eyeing up the books always wanting to take the same one out.

The Rules

  • Pingback to Zuky here so she can read all your posts!
  • You can use her graphics if you like, but you don’t have to if you don’t want to.
  • Tag as many people as you want, but please share the love.

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Little Women

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott has been my favorite book for some time. I remember reading it for the first time when I was about 10, maybe even younger. But, I really

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I think one of the most strong badass female characters would have to be Professor Minerva McGonagall. She has no problem standing up to anyone and does not take anyones nonsense. She is smart, strong, and a you can tell she really cares about her students.

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The Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood, #1)The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert was one of the best books I have read this year. It took few turns I didn’t expects and it was truly a roller coaster ride. I loved how the author incorporated the fairytale elements and blended them together very well. I read this book in a single day.

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The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles is my favorite nonfiction that I recommend to those who really love US History, History of Economics, or just a story of someone who was able to go against the status quo and build their lives up to something amazing. It is well written and throughout. I like how it talked about what was going on in the country and the world at the time to give his story more context.

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Jackaby (Jackaby, #1)

One book I always recommend to people is Jackaby by William Ritter. It is a wonderfully magical story filled with monsters, ghouls, and other creatures. Ritter entwines aspects of Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes to create a wonderful main character who is helped by a smart and strong woman who is extremely brave.

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The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan, this book was pretentious and badly written. I even passed it on to someone else to see if it was just me. My friend read it as well and they couldn’t even manage to finish it.

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Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge, it was one of the best books I have read. It is brutally honest in a way that I think a lot of people could benefit from reading. I highly recommend this book to anyone.

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Lincoln in the Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders is one of the most beautiful book covers I have on my shelf. The picture is a beautiful landscape and the colors used are a wonderful array of blues. It is almost calming even though this is a beautifully treat breaking story.

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Lying in Wait

Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent is a book I devoured in a day. Liz Nugent is one of my favorite authors, her thrillers will leave you on the edge of your seat even though you know exactly where some of her story are going because she tells you right at the beginning. Not only are the plot twists great, but the entire story line has been amazing.

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TAG |The Sunshine Award Vol. 5

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First off I would like to thank Regina over at bookishinbed for the tag! This is my 5th time getting this award and it s truly amazing. I would have never though I would be nominated for these awards when I first started my blog and here we are. You guys are all amazing, thanks for continuing to support me!

For this nomination there are 4 rules to follow:

1.) Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you for the blog post and link back to their blog.

2.) Answer the 11 questions that the blogger asked you.

3.) Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 questions.

4.) List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or blog.

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Previous Sunshine Blogger Award Posts

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1.) Why did you start your blog?

I started my blog because I wanted a place I could have to discuss the things that I loved. While it is mostly books, you may have seen a few of my others posts about DIYs, cooking, and hobbies. While I write mostly about books and such I like to spread into other things I enjoy as well. You never know what you will have in common with someone unless you share it.

2.) What is some advice you have for other bloggers?

Just write about what makes you happy. Everything else will fall into place as long as you remember that this is meant to be fun and enjoyable.

3.) What fictional place would you travel to if you could?

If I could travel to a fictional place it would be Bag End or Hobbiton. I love the Hobbit and I always wanted to see what the little town and home would be like if I was truly there.

4.) What author do you wish you could be friends with?

I would love to be friends with Louisa May Alcott, I think she would be supportive, but would put you in your place if needed.

5.) Whose your favorite author that you’ve met?

I honestly have not met any authors at book signing or anything. I am hoping to change that in the future.

6.) What author would you trust to write your biography?

Gah, I have no idea. I think I would go with Stacy Schiff, she did a great job writing The Witches so I think she would do a great job.

7.) What is your favorite book to movie adaptation?

Harry Potter of course, but if I had to name a different one it would be The Shining by Stephen King. I love the 6 hour edition, yes there is a 6 hour edition.

8.) Which book to movie adaptation do you wish never happened?

I honestly cannot answer this. When I go to see a movie adaptation I go into it seeing it as something completely different. There is no way to make a perfect adaptation.

9.) What book do you wish would be turned into a movie?

I think I would love to see Jackaby by William Ritter make into a movie. It has adventure, lovable characters, and mystery. It is my second favorite series, only beaten by Harry Potter.

10.) What book do you wish had a cookbook for it?

I think I would love it if there was a cookbook based off of a biography. That way I can try all the foods that person loved. I mean if I am reading a book about them I would be interested in them so why not have a meal like them at least one time?

11.) What is your most anticipated release of 2018?

I think my most anticipated release for this year was The Hazel Wood, I did a full review which you can find here: Review | The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. I was looking forward to this the moment I saw the description and it did not disappoint. If I had to pick one that is not yet released it would be Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft by Tess Sharpe or The Honey Farm by Harriet Alida Lye.

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Lets Talk

Lets Talk | Preordering Books

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Hello and welcome to the March discussion post. I have been loving these the past few months. Being able to hear your options and talk about books just makes me want to blog more. I started bookishluna because I wanted to talk books and to see all the support through comments and taking part in my polls has been great. Thank-you for talking books with me. If you want to read my previous discussion post you can find them here; Lets Talk | Reading Formats Lets Talk | Big Books.

Last month we talked about big books, this month lets talk about preordering books. But, before we move on to this months discussion topic I want to go over the poll results.

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The Results


The poll this month shows that most people like big books. I will admit I was thinking that more people would say no because they can be intimidating. Either way, if you like big books or not, we can all agree that books are amazing.

What do you think about the poll results?

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When you preorder a book, you are taking a chance, it could work out in your favor or not. A big fear of mine is preordering a book and absolutely hating it. We have all been there, we read a book description or review on a fell bloggers page and thought, “This book is for me”.  We preorder it and wait. When it finally arrived we happily open it and maybe share our bookmail on our social media accounts. Then when we go to read the book it falls flat for one reason or another. This is large con when it comes to preordering books. There is no guarantee we are going to like the book.

The pros to preordering are numerous. Sometimes there are preorder goodies, I know when I preordered The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon I was sent a beautiful full colored map of the world. I still have it displayed. Other times there may be exclusive covers, extra art, stickers, and other bookish goodies. Another bonus of preordering books is they are sometimes cheaper. This is not guaranteed, but in some cases if you preorder in advance online they prices may be cheaper. But, I will admit I am an advocate of preordering at a physical books store, chain or independent if you have access to that. When you do this, chances are you will not get a discount.

Another pro, which I find the most powerful is that it supports the author. It helps them get better release day/week numbers which helps them gain support for publishing another book. Now obviously, you can do this by going to the store on opening day, but I am horrible about remember release days. This way you don’t need to remember, it either shows up at your door or you get a phone call saying you can pick up your book.

If you want to hear it from an author you can see that Melissa Albert herself says the best says to support an author when you preorder or buy it in store on the appropriate date. Buying them before release date  does not support authors. So if you see a book out before their release date, it does not help their numbers. If you want to ensure you get a copy asap preorder it online or at a bookshop. I myself have seen them out before their date and have gotten super excited because I feel like I have found buried treasure. After realizing it does not help authors I will no longer buy books early.

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Now I want to take a moment to say that you can support authors by requesting their books at the library, I don’t always have money for book and I know a lot of people are also in the same boat. Now, I did a bit of reading and the amount of financial support authors get from library sales differ from author to author. I recently read a great post on the topic, How do authors make money from library books? I was curious because I wanted to know that these authors still get the support they deserve when I put a book on hold. It seems that they do, but in different ways. Divider

For me preordering books is something I do when it meets my criteria. For me to preorder a book it has to hit at least 2 of the following; I have read 1 or more of the authors works already and enjoyed them, the description of the books pulls me in, and/or I read a review by someones I trust or know I have similar tastes too. Having this criteria has helped me greatly. I am very rarely disappointed by books I preorder anymore.

Of course there is an exception, if I have read the book as an ARC and I loved it, I am going to preorder it as well. While I do want to support authors, I want to be as sure as I can be before spending money on a book. They can be expensive and sometimes my disposable income in limited.

(Some) Books I have Pre-Ordered and the Criteria They Met

  • Illustrated editions of Harry Potter: I read them all in original format
  • The Hazel Wood By Melissa Albert: Received as an ARC and reviewed
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  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black: I read 2 books by her and the description sounded amazing.
  • The Dire King: A Jackaby Novel by William Ritter: I read the other books in the series and loved it, plus the description sounded like it was going to continue being amazing. (P.S this series is one where I loved every book) 
  •  I currently have Stephen Kings newest book The Outsider that comes out May 22nd, 2018 preordered. I have read at least 8 of his books and really enjoyed them. On top of that the description gave me the creeps, which is the point of a Stephen King book.

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What do you think about preordering books?

Do you preorder books? Let me know in the poll below.

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Lists & Recommendations

January 2018 | Books I Am Excited About

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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Release Date: January 2nd, 2018

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict

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Release Date: January 16th, 2018

In the industrial 1860s at the dawn of the Carnegie empire, Irish immigrant Clara Kelly finds herself in desperate circumstances. Looking for a way out, she seeks employment as a lady’s maid in the home of the prominent businessman Andrew Carnegie. Soon, the bond between Clara and her employer deepens into love. But when Clara goes missing, Carnegie’s search for her unearths secrets and revelations that lay the foundation for his lasting legacy. With captivating insight and stunning heart, Carnegie’s Maid tells the story of one lost woman who may have spurred Andrew Carnegie’s transformation from ruthless industrialist into the world’s first true philanthropist.

The Outcasts of Time by Ian Mortimer

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Release Date: January 2nd, 2018

December 1348. What if you had just six days to save your soul?

With the country in the grip of the Black Death, brothers John and William fear that they will shortly die and suffer in the afterlife. But as the end draws near, they are given an unexpected choice: either to go home and spend their last six days in their familiar world, or to search for salvation across the forthcoming centuries – living each one of their remaining days ninety-nine years after the last.

John and William choose the future and find themselves in 1447, ignorant of almost everything going on around them. The year 1546 brings no more comfort, and 1645 challenges them in further unexpected ways. It is not just that technology is changing: things they have taken for granted all their lives prove to be short-lived.

As they find themselves in stranger and stranger times, the reader travels with them, seeing the world through their eyes as it shifts through disease, progress, enlightenment, and war. But their time is running out—can they do something to redeem themselves before the six days are up?

Jefferson’s Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black by Catherine Kerrison

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Release Date: January 2nd, 2018

My Review: REVIEW | Jefferson’s Daughters by Catherine Kerrison

Thomas Jefferson fathered three girls: two white and free, one black and a slave. This book about Martha, Maria, and Harriet tells the fascinating story of their very different lives at Monticello and beyond, as daughters of one of our most brilliant and complicated Founding Fathers.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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Release Date: January 30th, 2018

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.


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Review | The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Book Review

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Description

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

What I Liked

First off I will say that The Hazel Wood is nothing like I have read previously. I was expecting a generic fairytale laced story turned evil, but I got something different…better. I will add that the fairy tale aspect does not overly come out to play right away. I know for some people who have read the description are under the impression this will happen, but I enjoyed the slow build. For me this made the story better. The way the story was structure I was waiting for it, waiting for those who live at The Hazel Wood to strike. The suspense I felt throughout this book was immense.

Another thing I enjoyed were the characters and their relationships. I felt like the characters stayed true to themselves even when the plot took twists and turn down the rabbit hole. When I was surprised by their actions or their reactions, it still felt like something the character would do. I also enjoyed the relationships and dynamics between Alice, her mother, Finch, and many more characters  I don’t want to spoil. The relationships felt real because they showed their faults and everything wasn’t perfect. I find that sometimes relationships are not realistic in books because they are just so perfect. But this book showed dynamic relationships, both over all positive ones and negative ones. I will admit I found myself hating a particular character and I was not expecting myself to feel that strongly.

Lastly, Writing was beautiful – I could picture everything. I could picture Alice riding in cars, sleeping in motels and bedroom. I could see The Hazel Wood and all the normal and magical twisted places she visits. Her writing was laced with imagery and it worked very well. A nice little bonus is that Melissa Albert makes references to many literary works, both modern and classic works. I appreciated each ones of these from Harry Potter to Wilkie Collins.

What I Didn’t Like

One of the negatives of this book was there were a few times I felt that things were a little to easy, but I felt it did not take away from the story in any way. This was the only fault I found and as you can see, it is a pretty minor one.

Overall Thoughts

This was one of my favorite fairytale inspired stories. I ended up staying up past midnight to finish it and I have not done that in a long time. The writing was beautiful, the build up was perfect, and the characters and dynamics were done very well. If you are even slightly interested in this book I suggest you pick it up either from the store or your local library once it comes out. I would be surprised if you ended up disappointed.


I loved this book so much I actually made my first aesthetic for a book.


Book Information

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Publication Date: January 30th 2018

List Price: $16.99

ISBN: 9781250147905

Pages: 368


*I received this book through netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

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