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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 Bookish Box: June Unboxing

I know I usually post on Wednesday, but my father had surgery yesterday. Since it took longer than expected I just decided to post today. The good news is everything went great! So today I’m celebrating with a June unboxing. It is The Bookish Box June box. I know it’s August. The company contacted us an let us know that there was a glitch in their system and the July boxes were delayed. They kept us super informed during the delay. I ordered adult box, but I ended up with the young adult box. I was a little bummed at first, until I saw that it was A Court of Thorns and Roses themed. So even through the mistakes, I loved the box that I received.

The Goodies

Alchemy and Ink designed this beautiful bookmark. It is inspired by Elain and Lucien.

These tarot cards were designed by Dark and Beautiful Art. They are gorgeous depictions of Lucien, Tamlin, and Rhysand.

This candle is AMAZING. It smells so good. It was made by The Bookish Shop.

Dust and Pages designed this gorgeous enamel pin. It features the Cauldron of the Blessed.

This pendant is my favorite item in the whole box. It is so delicate and perfect.

I love this picture of Rhysand and Feyre. I really want to frame it. It was designed by Diana Dworak.

The picture does not capture the beauty of this mug. It is so iridescent. I can’t wait to use it.

I love this Prythian tapestery designed by In the Reads.

The Book

The exclusive Bookish Box dust jacket designed by @katja.perez

Synopsis:

One cold, crisp night, Jack Sommers was faced with a choice—live forever according to the ancient, magical rules of Gaia, or die.

Jack chose to live, and in exchange, he became a Winter—an immortal physical embodiment of the season on Earth. Every year, he must hunt the Season who comes before him. Summer kills Spring. Autumn kills Summer. Winter kills Autumn. And Spring kills Winter.

Jack and Fleur, a Winter and a Spring, fall for each other against all odds. To be together, they’ll have to escape the cycle that’s been forcing them apart. But their creator won’t let them go without a fight

This book sounds so interesting. I am really excited to read it. I want to love fantasy again.

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I hope you enjoyed this late June unboxing. As always, I love the quality that The Bookish Box offers.

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Fall of Giants by Ken Follett Review

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I finished Fall if Giants….finally. It is a beast of a book, but it is worth the read. It took me the entire month of July to read it. I have read books of this length in a shorter amount of time, but it is so detailed. You have to pay attention.

Fall of Giants follows five families through WWI, the Russian Revolution, and women’s right to vote. Five families from different countries are connected in unlikely ways. The Williams’ are a family of coal miners that works in the Fitzherberts’ family coal mines. Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with a German spy named Walter. Gus Dewar, an ambitious young aid to president Wilson, becomes entangles in their secret affair. Two orphaned Russian brothers dream of the freedom that America offers. Nobody’s life will remain the same.

My Thoughts

My first thought on Fall of Giants is wow. That’s it. Wow. But I know I would be a horrible book reviewer if I left it at that. Let me get my thoughts together. The character development is probably that best I have ever experienced. Each character is so diverse. They all have lengthy back stories and characteristics. You couldn’t convince me that these aren’t real people.

My next thought is the range of emotion that each character felt is amazing. Just like real life, each character had high moments and low moments. Follett captured the nuances of everyday life flawlessly.

Sitting at a page count of 985, Fall of Giants is dense. For the most part it kept my attention the entire time. Toward the middle I hit a couple of spots that lost my attention. That quickly shifted as major events developed.

Lastly, some of my favorite scenes happened toward the end. We see the end of WWI and the events slowly shift to the prohibition era. I loved how Follett used that change to transition into the next book. If it continues in the direction Follett pointed then I believe I might like Winter of the World even more.

My Rating: 5/5

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