Let’s Do a Reading Update/Book Chat

My kitty, Spark.

It slipped my mind that I needed to do a post tonight. Since I haven’t planned anything, I thought we could just chat. I get a lot of reading done in the afternoon after work. Recently, I have been reading in my hammock. But obviously, my cat Spark wanted attention. I probably won’t get any reading done any time soon.

August has been a decent reading month. I have definitely read more than I did in July. However, about halfway in I couldn’t focus on a book. I started reading Midnight Sun. Unfortunately, I found myself getting incredibly bored. I stopped reading it for now, but hope to pick it up again later. If you’ve read it, tell me what you thought. I was a massive Twilight fan, so I really wanted to love it.

So what are you guys reading right now? I have started Winter of the World. I really wasn’t planning to read it right now, but after jumping back and forth between books I knew I had to pick it up. I’m only about 200 pages in, so I’m going to be with it for a while.

I’m so glad that it is getting close to September. I absolutely love the fall. My husband and I are having a breakfast date tomorrow at a local café. I am dying for some pancakes. After that, we are going to head to Michael’s to get some decorations for my friend’s drive-through bridal shower. Of course, I am going to have to step into the bookstore next door. I’m also going to get my first pumpkin spice latte of the year. What are you guys looking forward to this fall? Is there any specific fall content that you want to see? Let me know in the comments. Let’s chat.

I Wish I Was at BookNet Fest Tag + Giveaway

BookNet Fest is an event made for bookish content creators. It was co-founded by two Booktubers, Samantha and Marines, when they noticed that most bookish events centered around publishers. Obviously, this is my first year of being a content creator. I was planning to go to BookNet Fest this year, but for obvious reason they have decided to make it virtual. I am still excited to participate in that. Hoping to go in person in 2021!

This tag was created by Kathy Trithardt. It’s such a fun tag and I am so excited to participate in it. Also, stick to the end for some giveaway details.

1. Staying home is the best right now, but doesn’t cure wanderlust. What is a book you love that deals with travel.

Naptown Blues is the perfect book for anyone looking for adventure. I absolutely love it.

2. Internet friends are even more important now that we are physically isolated. Name a book with excellent friendships.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children has some of the best friendships. It really is a found family.

3. Book club reads can be a powerful way to bring people together to discuss important topics or themes. What is a book you would love to read with a club?

Where the Crawdads Sing has been a book club pick for so many. There are so many great elements to discuss. I want to talk about it constantly.

4. Bibliophilic venders are a great support to the event, and now small businesses need our support in return. Name a vender you’ve purchased bookish items from or would like to hype up because what they make is fantastic.

I love Alchemy and Ink. Everything they make is gorgeous.

5. Panels are a great way to hear a discussion between various voices. If you could put together a panel for a future BookNet Fest, what would be the topic and who would you invite.

For some reason this topic keeps coming to mind. I would title it, “So You Love a Content Creator.” I think it would be a fun discussion on how to balance our jobs, dreams, and futures with the people who love us. Creating content is time consuming. There is a balance you have to maintain. I think it would be interesting to hear from other content creators, and their loved ones, on how they maintain that balance. I would invite the spouses, partners, and loved ones of content creators to join in.

6. Workshops are an excellent hands on approach to learning new skills. Name a book that has taught you something you’re interested in.

Dreyer’s English taught me so many great skills. It teaches you to be more concise in your writing. The author is witty and hilarious.

Giveaway

I promised my Instagram family that I would do a giveaway when I reached 3K followers. Since we discussed book clubs in the tag today, I am giving away a copy of The Book Club by Mary Alice Monroe. To enter:

1. Leave your favorite book title in the comments.

For extra entries:

1. Subscribe to the blog. +3

2. Like and follow on Instagram. +2 entries

3. Like, follow, and retweet on Twitter. +3 entries

I will pick a winner randomly on Wednesday, September 2, 2020.

As always, thanks so much for all the support! I love you guys!


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Fiona’s Guardians by Dan Klefstad Review

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You guys already know about my love of vampires. I am here for all the vampire stories. The author reached out to me about a unique vampire story, and I had to say yes. I received an arc in exchange for my honest review. Here is what I thought about Fiona’s Guardians.

Daniel dedicated his life to his job. He is the guardian of a 250 year old vampire named Fiona. Daniel’s main duty is to supply Fiona with 10 pints of blood a day. In his spare time, he manages an investment portfolio to fund her need for blood. Then, Daniel’s job gets harder when Mors Strigae sets their sight on Fiona. Their main goal is to exterminate vampires. With the imminent threat to vampires, Daniel realizes he may never retire.

My Thought on Fiona’s Guardians

The concept of this story is awesome. Of course I want to read about the daily life of a vampire’s assistant. Daniel’s job was well defined. I knew exactly what his purpose was. Daniel as a character was not as well defined, but that was on purpose. He had very few thoughts or actions outside of his role in Fiona’s world. When he had a section of time on his own he wandered aimlessly. The author did an awesome job depicting how consumed Daniel was by his job.

The main conflict of the story was interesting. However, I didn’t love the execution. The perspectives’ of different members of Mors Strigae was included. Usually, I enjoy a story with multiple perspectives, but I am not sure that it was necessary in this case. It seemed to cloud the story. Therefore, I began losing track of who was speaking. The switch between perspectives and time periods made the story feel disjointed. It didn’t flow as easily as it could have. It moved the focus away from the main characters, which were the guardians.

With all that being said, I still really enjoyed it. It is fun and unique. All in all, it just needs a little polishing, in my opinion. And like I normally say, reviews are opinions. We all have different reading tastes.

My Rating: 3/5

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The Shadows by Alex North Review

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The Shadows was fantastic. Alex North’s writing was reminiscent of Stephen King. Considering King was mentioned, I imagine he was influential to North.

Twenty five years ago, Charlie Crabtree murdered a fellow classmate. The motive of the murder was shocking. The murderer went down in infamy, sparking several copy cat killers to act. Paul Adams has tried to block that day from his mind. Charlie Crabtree-and his victim- were his friends. But now Paul’s mother is sick and it’s time to go home. All is not well. His distressed mother insists that there is something in the house. And something is following Paul. Then Paul reads that another copy cat killer has struck. The memories of that awful day begin to resurface, including the fears. After all, Charlie Crabtree didn’t just commit a murder that day, he disappeared as well.

My Thoughts on The Shadows

This is the best thriller that I have read in a while. I loved Alex North’s writing style. It leaned slightly to the paranormal side of things. A local myth motivated Charlie to murder his classmate. Then the author directly connected Charlie to the origin of the myth. It was brilliant.

An interesting aspect that I noticed was the fact that the identity of the person murdered is not disclosed at first. As a reader, you know that someone is murdered, but you don’t know who. I just assumed that I knew who it was. Then I realized that the narrator might not be all that reliable. There are missing pieces that are filled in along the way.

Like many thrillers, The Shadows jumps from past to present. I love this sort of formatting. Seeing the actions of the past clears up so much uncertainty in the present timeline. It was interesting to watch Charlie manipulate and brain wash his friends. He was completely self motivated.

I really enjoyed The Shadows. I highly recommend it. The Whisper MAn by Alex North has received a lot of good reviews as well. I may have to give it a try. I have a feeling he might be a new favorite author.

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The Magnolia League by Katie Crouch Review

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I read The Magnolia League to complete my Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge prompt. I had to read a re-read. I read The Magnolia League when it first released. This books is pure comfort food. It was exactly what I needed after completing Fall of Giants.

When Alexandria Lee’s mother dies in a car crash her wealthy grandmother becomes her guardian. She has to move from her home in California to Savannah, Georgia. Alex learns that she is a member of a debutante society, The Magnolia League, by birth. When Alex begins to question the society’s intentions, she learns that they have hidden secrets. The Magnolia’s are tired to a hoodoo family called the Buzzards. The Magnolia’s have a dark past that is brought into the present.

My Thoughts on The Magnolia League

The Magnolia League is very 2011 YA typical, which is why I love it. It brings back great memories for me. The re-read transported me back to the summer when I first read it.

Of course, as an adult there are things I noticed that I didn’t then. There are a lot of stereotypes within the cast of characters. It’s also filled with tropes. The female lead is not is “not like the other girls.”

However, I still love the portrayal of Savannah. The author done a perfect job of capturing the ambiance of the town. I loved how she mentioned E. Shaver, Forsyth Park, and Bonaventure Cemetery. It made me want to go back.

The Buzzards are also an awesome addition. I loved the mystery that surrounds them. They seem like the coolest people. I would love a book based solely on them. However, I am not familiar with hoodoo culture, so I can’t attest that the portrayal is accurate.

I was interested to see if I still enjoyed this. I’m glad that I did. It was nostalgic for me. I had actually forgotten a lot about it. Specifically, I forgot it ended on a cliff hanger. I actually discovered that there is a second book. I want to check it out, but also I don’t want to ruin my fond memories if I don’t love it.

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