Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #104 - My Reading Wishlist

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist

Doctor Who: Time Lord Fairy Tales - I want this so bad but when I have a little $ it's out of stock. Every. Single. Time.
A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab - I'm pretty disappointed that I don't own this one yet because these books are soooo good!
Jim Kay's illustrated HP & the Prisoner of Azkaban - I've been getting these for Christmas each year so I'm obviously looking forward to this. 

The Graveyard Book (graphic novel) - I honestly don't even own the original Graveyard Book but I wish I did. 
Stardust (illustrated by Charles Vess) - I actually bought this once but it never actually made it to me and I couldn't get my money back. I still really want it though. Vess is one of my favorite artists as well. 
The Sleeper and the Spindle (artwork by Chris Riddell) - Another awesome artist. I read this one in Trigger Warning but I definitely want this illustrated version. 

The Cats of Ulthar by H.P. Lovecraft, told through the macabre art of Abigail Larson - Abigail has been one of my favorite budding artists for over a decade. I adore her stuff and was so excited when she came out with this since she usually just does covers. This might need to be a birthday present this year. 

And since the prompt was 'things', I also really want a nice long-lasting book light and a time turner necklace, to be honest. Alas, we'll see if I can fit them into the budget this Christmas. :)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday #11 - The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa @ Wishful Endings and spotlights the books we are excited about and have yet to read. This meme is based on Waiting on Wednesday which is hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine.

I Can't Wait For... The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

Expected Publication: July 18th, 2017
by Simon Pulse

Stop the Magician. 
Steal the book.
Save the future.

In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic--the Mageus--live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their ower--and often their lives.
Esta is a talented thief, and she's been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order  that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even knows she's there. And all of Esta's training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order--and the Brink--before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.
But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

Why I Can't Wait: 
Modern day magicians, a badass time-traveling female thief, and a diverse cast of characters very much makes me want to read this right now. Plus, that cover reminds me of AURYN (the intertwined snake necklace) from The Neverending Story so much that I was immediately interested in this book, even if it doesn't sound anything like The Neverending Story.
This honestly seems to have a little of everything I love though.
Fantasy. Urban fantasy. Historical fiction. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #103 - Detailed Covers

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Cover Theme Freebie! 

I was looking through my Goodreads TBR using the covers option and realized that I love intricate covers. Especially if they are illustrated. So I rounded up a bunch of my favorites.

I'm leaving this all 'big' so you can see the details! 

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman & illustrated by Chris Riddell - This is just gorgeous. Riddell is such an amazing artist and does an awesome job with Gaiman's work. 
Unnatural Creatures by Neil Gaiman - I love the border art on this. Both of these are on my wishlist because Gaiman is one of my top faves. 

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly - This cover drew me in a few years ago and I've been on the lookout for it ever since.

Summer and Bird by Katherine Catmull -  I love the swan and all of the other birds perched on the border. 
Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier - Lots of gorgeous swirls and whorls. 

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo - This one isn't out yet but gosh this cover makes me want to pre-order. 
Delphine by Richard Sula - This one is pretty simplistic in a way but I still love the vines.

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho - I'm not actually sure what this one is about but I love that cover.
The Marvels by Brian Selznick - I love the colors in this one. Plus, Selznick's books always have amazing artwork.

Have you read any of these? Do you like busy covers or do you like minimalist covers more? 

May 2017 Most Anticipated New Releases

May looks like it will be an awesome month for new releases!
Here are a few of the ones I'm most anticipating. 

May 2nd

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas - (YA/NA) 
I only just finished ACOMAF recently and really want to continue this story even though I'm not in love with it. 
The Black Witch by Laurie Forest - (Young Adult) I was originally psyched about this just by that title. A witch with no powers with powerful enemies? Yeah, I want to know how that turns out. 
Dreamfall by Amy Plum - (Young Adult) I basically love anything to do with dreams and nightmares so this sounds awesome.

The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey - (Adult) I loved The Girl With All the Gifts and am excited to read more from that world. 

May 16th

The Crown's Fate by Evelyn Skye - (Young Adult) I've been dying for this! The Crown's Game was really good so I'm hoping the sequel is even better!
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh - (Young Adult) 
This one sounds fantastic and I've seen so many people mention it!

May 30th

Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B. Larson - (Young Adult) 
This is another one that I've seen mentioned so many times that I'm purely interested from the pre-hype.
House of Furies by Madeleine Roux - (Young Adult)
I love a good horror story and Madeleine Roux seems to be pretty good with them so I definitely want to read this one! 

What books are you looking forward to?

Monday, May 1, 2017

May 2017 TBR

This is sort of a broken record of a TBR list since I didn't really get a chance to read any books in April. I'm hoping to catch up though. 

Struck out = Finished reading
CR = Currently Reading

For Review:
The Dragon of the Month Club by Iain Reading
2. Jorie and the Golden Key by A.H. Richardson
3. A Gathering of Ravens by Scott Oden

For Fun: 
1. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
2. And I Darken by Kiersten White
3. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Borrowed/Library Holds:
1. The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey
2. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Sunday Post #61 - Drought

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things you received, share news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead, and more.

I'm already behind this morning.
It's been hot hot hot this week. We're in the middle of a drought right now so it's been very disappointing every time rain clouds show up and just blow over. It's so bad that even the trees in my yard are drooping from the heat. Summer is going to be miserable.
Lovebug and I have been setting up an educational center in the house that contains her picture books, activity books, and all of the hands on learning toys and games I've been putting together. It's been great for keeping her entertained at least.

New To My Shelves

I may have shared some of these before but I gathered up my newer books for an instagram post and here it is. Doesn't include any thrift store purchases. Top row are arcs & giveaway books, bottom left are all the books I've purchased recently, and bottom right are books for the toddler that I will be reviewing soon (yes, I'm behind.)

What You Might Have Missed
Like I said, I'm behind, so I didn't get much posted on the blog this week. Just a Can't Wait Wednesday

Recently Read

Currently Reading

What I'm Listening To
Olafur Arnalds - Particles (ft. Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdottir)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday #10 - ROAR by Cora Carmack

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa @ Wishful Endings and spotlights the books we are excited about and have yet to read. This meme is based on Waiting on Wednesday which is hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine.

I can't wait for... Roar by Cora Carmack

Expected Publication: June 13th, 2017
by Tor Teen

Goodreads Synopsis:
In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them. 
Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world's deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora's been groomed to be the perfect queen. She's intelligent and brave and honorable. But she's yet to show any trace of the magic she'll need to protect her people. 
To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora's mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He'll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace on night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks--storm magic. And the people selling it? They're not Stormlings. They're storm hunters. 
Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born with magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there is a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage. 
She might not have magic now but she can steal it if she's brave enough. 

Why I Can't Wait:
Can I just be repetitive and say that I just love fantasy and that is why this appeals to me? Haha. The storm magic sounds awesome, actually. I'm looking forward to that. The whole magic system sounds fascinating and I'm curious as to how one steals magic or sells it on the black market.
I've yet to see any reviews on this one yet so I'll be keeping an eye out to see if this really is something I'd be interested in. 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Sunday Post #60 - Blogoversary, Earth Day, & More

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things you received, share news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead, and more.

Time for me to play catch up!
The past two weeks have been so full of birthdays and holidays. Between that and all the spring cleaning, gardening, and 'teaching' I've been doing, I haven't had a moment to blog (which probably isn't great considering that my blogoversary was last week and I have two giveaways open. I haven't had much time to get the word out.)
Easter was a lot of fun and we spent most of Earth Day in the garden planting seeds and watching the butterflies. We even made a bird feeder.  Most of my time is dedicated to my daughter these days so I don't have much time to read for myself but we spend a lot of time reading picture books and playing with fun learning toys.
I've also been writing a lot in my free time and have surpassed my goal for the month but my reading has suffered a lot from it. I'm hoping I can prioritize my time  better though to get more done next month. It's already rediculously hot so I have a feeling I'll be hiding inside a lot in the next few months for the rest of the year. 

New To My Shelves
I found the first 3 books in the Zom-B series for $1 at a Dollar Tree this past weekend! It's been too long since I read a good zombie novel.

What You Might Have Missed

My 4 year Blogoversary Giveaway Post

I shared Age of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan for my Can't Wait Wednesday this week. 

Coming Soon
Some overdue "Mommy Time" picture book reviews, mostly.

Recently Finished

Currently Reading

I know everyone loves these books but Feyre is so whiny and I'm not entirely digging it right now. 

Currently Watching
Anything and everything with dinosaurs. 
I finished Medici and started Strange Empire but haven't really had time to watch anything. 

What I'm Listening To
An Imaginal Space - Myths
Have a great week!