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September Monthly Reading Recap Mini Reviews

I’ve had some problems with reading this month guys.  I have some things going on personally that sucked all my motivation to read out.  I did finish a few books though so let’s see. . . 


How to Stop Time by Matt Haig  (audio) – A bit of a slow start and I was very worried towards the end but it came back around.  A delightful read, can’t wait to read more from this author.  4/5


Kill Joy by Holly Jackson (novella) – I liked the murder mystery story and it was entertaining enough for me to request the first book via audio (though I haven’t started it yet). 3/5


Hook, Line, and Sinker by Tess Bailey – Boy did I like the first book in this series so I was super excited to get to read this one early!!  If you’ve read the first one this one holds up though a lot less sexy times and a lot more emotional growth.  I will definitely be looking for more of Ms Bailey’s books to read.  4/5

Birthright Vol 9:  War of the Worlds by Joshua Williamson – I honestly don’t know what is happening.  I forgot so many of the characters it felt like I was starting over.  3/5


Birthright Vol 10:  Epilogue by Joshua Williamson – Another graphic novel ends.  I liked the ending but I didn’t love the ending ya know?  I guess everyone can’t get a happy ending.  3/5

What did you read this month?  Hopefully I’ll have a much larger list to report back on next month!  Happy reading!!

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Bout of Books

Hey guys!  I know it has been a minute but we decided we are officially participating in this round of Bout of Books!


Let’s get right to the point, reading goals.  We are both extreme mood readers so no titles will be listed but we do have ideas on how many books we want to complete during the bout!


Daph’s goals for the week:


4 Books Total


1 library book

1 book owned

2 audio books


I’m not going to make myself feel bad for not meeting anything I’m listing below but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try!


I’d like to clear at least two, preferably three audiobooks.  I’d also like to clear 2-3 books from my 12 in 12 (but really 13) friend recs for the year.  We are supposed to read one a month and I’m a bit behind so I’m trying to play catch up here since I’ve already met my goodreads reading goal for the year (yay!).  I’d also like to clear 2-3 books off my own shelf, as well as read one ebook (I have a free trial on kindle unlimited right now) AND finish at least one series.


Please note this sounds like A LOT of books but I can think of at least two in my TBR that can cover almost all of these options.  LOL.


Kristina’s Goals:


2-3 audio books

2-3 12/12 friend rec books

2-3 books owned


1 ebook already downloaded

finish one series – can be something already started or a full series in the week


What about you guys?  What are you trying to read for this bout?  I can’t wait to see and I wish you luck on all your goals!

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Top Ten Tuesday: 06/22/2021

Today’s Top Ten list?


List the top 10 books you’d love to own and include a link to a wishlist so that people can grant your wish. 

First, happy birthday Jana!! Thank you for all you do with exchanges and hosting TTT.

I’m going to list 10 physical books/series I’d love to own/read but there are also several ebooks on my wishlist that I’m just as excited for.  


Link: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2V4JZCCNFOAA2?ref_=wl_share


Darling by K. Ancrum – second Peter Pan retelling that came out this month and I’m here for it!


The Second:  Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America – The older I get the more nonfiction I read.  There are so many aspects of life so many of us have remained ignorant to and it is time to learn and be a part of change.  

The Burning:  The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 by Tim Madigan – I’m still floored that we didn’t learn about this in school and I want to learn more about it.


The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin – I heard about this on a podcast and frankly after 2020 we could all use all the happiness we can get.


The Poe Estate by Polly Shulman – I’ve read the first book in the series, though I don’t own it and I would love to finally finish it this year!


The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso – Really the entire Swords and Fire series.  I’m not sure how I stumbled across these books but this sound like a fantastic fantasy world.


The King of Bones and Ashes by J.D. Horn – A series (Witches of New Orleans) set in my state?  Yes please!


Circe & Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – They’ve been on my TBR forever but booktok and made me want to bump them up on the TBR list.


The Kingdom of Grit series by Tyler Whitesides – Again, another I don’t know how I stumbled across it but it sounds epic!!


The Broken Earth series by N. K. Jemisin – These sound great and I do not know why I haven’t already read them!

What about you? I can’t wait to see what some of you have listed and maybe add more to wishlist! Thanks for stopping by!!!

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The Year of Reading

First let me start with the elephant in the room.  Yes, we haven’t been posting in quite a bit. We know.  We were burned out, work/life got in the way, etc there are just so many reasons why we took a hiatus but hopefully you won’t mind seeing us around.  Daphne started a blog insta (@kiki.daphne) but we are a bit behind the times on the bookstagram and booktok.  While I love both, we are just a bit of dinosaurs I guess when it comes to posting and though we are going to work on changing the way we post we will probably still post here first and foremost. 


So. . . .with that out of the way, let’s talk about my year of reading!


Though I seem to live in an area that is pretending the pandemic didn’t happen (and still is really – though most restrictions have eased) and all is well I’ve done my best to stay home as much as possible.  Though at times very boring and slightly claustrophobic it has been a huge help for my reading schedule.  As I write this I’ve almost completed my 2021 goodreads challenge and we aren’t even halfway through the year!  I’m over 40 books ahead of schedule and I’m so proud of myself! A big thing for me is starting and/or completing multiple series this year. I have huge issues with letting go of series and another thing I’ve had to do because of that is rereads.  When I hold off on completing a series I tend to forget what happened and have to go back and read the entire series again and that is just making the TBR grow MORE.  I literally am at almost 900 books TBR and that is after I took off almost 100 in a goodreads purge last month so things are getting serious.  I just wanted to share what I’ve been able to complete so far and what I’m hoping to complete in the rest of the year.  I want to look back in December and be able to say this was DONE.


Series I’ve completed/caught up on in 2021 so far:


The Bridgertons by Julia Quinn 


The Queen’s Thief by Magen Walen Turner 


Fable by Adrienne Young


The Brown Sisters by Talia Hibbert


Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (reread for the show)

The Smythe-Smiths by Julia Quinn


Moose Springs, Alaska by Sarah Morgenthaler

Well Met by Jen Deluca (caught up, waiting on the next book!)


The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (part reread part finishing series)  

Caraval by Stephanie Garber (part reread, part finishing series)  

Series I’m hoping to complete/catch up on during 2021:

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Sands of Arawiya by Hafsah FAizal (part reread, part finishing series)

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (reread 1-3 took place in 2020, reading Raven King now so in progress!)

The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E Pearson (part reread, part finishing)

Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson

Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers (reread His Fair Assassin in 2020)

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Now is this list complete?  NO!  I plan on still mood reading my way through this and any other book I might come across and it is highly possible I won’t get to everything or MAYBE I’ll get through all of them and add more?  Hmmm. . . though if you believe I can do all that, I might have some ocean front property in Arizona for sale. . . .


What about you guys?  Has the pandemic helped you in the reading department?  If you have more suggestions for me please email me, suggest it on goodreads, or even find me on twitter!!

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In a Nutshell 02/29/20

 

Hey guys!!  Sorry – I’m a day late getting this posted. . . as you will see below it wasn’t a highly productive week. . .

Read

audio: Husband Material by Emily Belden (3.5/5)

Watched

TV:

Started Season 4 of The Good Place and Series 9 of Doctor Who

Watched Season 3 and started Season 4 of Schitt’s Creek (the kids were off of school and I work part time, don’t judge!)

Movies:

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (3.5/5) (hoping it was more about Mr. Rogers, eh)

Knives Out (5/5) SO GOOD. It was a rollercoaster ride and unpredictable and just amazing. Damn, is Chris Evans so fine. Love him so much. His eyes match is sweater. (heart eyes emoji)

 

See?

 

 

Guys.  I didn’t read a single thing book wise.  I’ve been having a lot of sinus issues this week so I took FOUR naps last weekend.  Now don’t think this is bragging because I assure you it is not.  I literally didn’t have the energy to get off the sofa.

I did finish a magazine I bought, World’s Scariest Places.  Not much but that was my week.  I picked up Jojo Rabbit and IT Chapter 2 from the library though so maybe I will have a couple of movies to chat about next week?

What about you?  How was your week?  I hope you enjoy your leap year day!

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In a Nutshell 02/21/20

 

Want to know what we were up to this week??

 

I listened to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and read Paper Girls 3.

For shows I finished series 8 of Doctor Who and watched PS I Still Love You

Well this wasn’t a  big reading week for me.  Work was crazy so I didn’t get much lunch break time to read so instead I listened to A LOT of podcasts while working.  Listened to all current episodes for the same podcasts I mentioned last week, chiseled away a few more backlog episodes of Dark Poutine and I found a couple more podcasts to try soon.  I subscribed to A Single Serving Podcast and Why Won’t You Date Me? with Nicole Byer.  Both seem great but haven’t started either.

It was a tv week for me which is rare nowadays.  I also watched PS I Still Love You and it was adorable.  I also watched all three seasons of Atypical on Netflix – such a good show!  I don’t know if anyone has watched but it follows a teen who is autistic and his family as he tries to have his own life and become independent.  It looks like there will be a season four and can’t wait!  Another show I watched the entire run of was Gavin and Stacey on Hulu.  It was expiring soon and I’d been meaning to watch it for awhile now.  Didn’t love it as much as Atypical but still great and I even watched the Christmas special from 2019.  THAT ENDING?!  I unfortunately didn’t get to The Farewell so I’ll have to request that one again later. I’m hoping to watch Hunters this weekend, another show I’ve been looking forward to.

I did read one book, my interlibrary loan The Plucker by Brom.  Based on the story it seems to follow some African folk tales of sort though I’m not sure if that is also made up or actually true (I’m not familiar with many tales from other countries yet though they are on my to get to list!) but for the sake of a quick explanation it is a very dark and disturbing Toy Story like tale. Interesting read!

I did get book mail.  I received Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles and Grown Ups by Emma Jane Unsworth.  Very excited to read both!  I also picked up Jessica Simpson’s bio from the library.  I didn’t read any of The Raven King this week like I planned but as it is Mardi Gras time here and I have no plans in going my hope is to stay in this weekend, save some money, and do a bit of catch up in reading.  I do have five audio books from the library right now and the max I can have is six so I definitely need to get those cleared up because I’m sure more will come in soon as is always the case with my audio requests.  (Audios I currently have:  Caraval by Stephanie Garber (reread for possible review and to continue series), Daring Greatly by Brene Brown (third time listening, hoping for the lessons to stick soon), Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (reread so I can start The Night Country), and The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern.

A reminder that Daph started a Gone Pecan instagram so please give us a follow. You can find us @kiki.daphne Thanks!

What are you reading now?  Listening to?  Watching?  Let me know so I can add more to the list.

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In a Nutshell 02/14/20

Hello!!

We know we’ve been gone for a bit but thought it was time to get back out there and connect with everyone.  Life seems to get in the way of our reading and bookish tendencies so we are going to try to add “check in” posts once a week of what we have been up to all week.  This could be reading, watching tv, or just taking naps because sometimes that is what we might need.

Let’s see what Daph was up to. . .

In the last week I have read:

You Were There Too by Colleen Oakley (review forthcoming)

Hunting Prince Dracula (audio & paperback) by Kerri Maniscalco

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (audio) by JK Rowling

The Grave Robber by Mark Batterson

In the last week I’ve watched:

Late Night (Mindy Kaling & Emma Thompson, Amazon Prime), Mindy and Emma are not in enough things! rating 4.5/5

Harriet (Cynthia Erivo & Leslie Odom, Jr) — my boys and I have been wanting to watch this movie and it was certainly a worthwhile and entertaining movie, keeping us all on the edge of our seats. Very illuminating about Harriet Tubman’s life and the life of a slave and the pre-civil war life in general. Cynthia Erivo was a revelation! Very well deserved Oscar nomination. Also, I didn’t know that Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles was in it & that was a nice surprise! I mean, yes, she was a shrill, racist slaveowner, but she did a great job. 5/5

Last Christmas (Emilia Clarke & Henry Golding) — what a sweet movie. I knew going in what was really going on (because internet) but I was really surprised by the depth of the movie and how much I was moved by these characters. Particularly loved Michelle Yeoh & Emma Thompson’s characters. 4/5

Doctor Who Series 8 (Peter Capaldi & Jenna Coleman) — I previously got only as far as season 7, so I never met the 12th Doctor so when I introduced my boys to Doctor Who this summer, I was looking forward to getting to this season. I am really enjoying this season, Clara, and Danny. Not finished with the season yet so I’m not going to rate it.

That’s it for me!

So what happened this week?

First, Daph started a Gone Pecan instagram!  Yes, I know we are 5 years behind but if you are so inclined feel free to follow, we’d appreciate your support!  You can find us @kiki.daphne and she will be posting photos of books we are reading, reviewing, or just random stuff – who knows what might pop up on the feed (I’m betting on puppies at some point.)

I finished a series!!  I read the third book of the Truly Devious series A Hand in the Hall by Maureen Johnson.  It was a fun series and I enjoyed the past story line quite a lot.

I read the latest in the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire, Come Tumbling Down which is about Jack and Jill who are by far my favorites.  God this series is so much fun!  I don’t think it is the last in the series, or at least I hope it isn’t.

I got back to The Raven King which I started last month but abandoned.  As I’ve said approximately 1,000 times I have issues letting go of series and never read the last book of The Raven Cycle so over the last few months I’ve reread the first three books to finally be able to finish the last.  Once I got to it though I needed a break as binging books for me isn’t as easy as a show on Netflix.  I’m hoping to finish it up this weekend and finally move on to Call Down the Hawk so I can start yet another reread of a different series I need to finish – there are A LOT.  You may be seeing a review for this one soon, but don’t hold me to that.

I stopped by the library and picked up my holds.  I still have a couple of library books checked out already and even though I’m TRYING to make myself read books I own to clear out and make room for new ones (or at least get the stacks off the floor) I picked up Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (casting news made me break) and A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. I’ve had several friends pick this up over the last few years but seeing it pop up again on Jamie’s insta (Perpetual Page Turner) I decided it was time to try it out for myself.  I’m always in for a good cry when reading – note to self DO NOT READ AT WORK.  I also picked up The Farewell (starring Awkafina) to watch.

I caught up on some podcasts!  I listen to a lot of podcasts while I work (it helps drown out coworkers and background noise) and listened to the latest episodes of My Favorite Murder, Lore, The Office Ladies, The Murder Squad, and Do You Need a Ride?.  I also listened to several of Dark Poutine though I’m only about halfway through the entire backlog of their podcast.  Do you have an recs?  Let me know!  I’m always looking for a new one to dive in to.  I’m REALLY excited for Brene Brown’s Unlocking Us which starts next month.

Today is Valentine’s Day and I’ve decided I’m buying myself flowers.  In my entire 37 years I have never gotten flowers from anyone and I’ve decided today I will and I’m getting them for myself because why not?

How was your week?

 

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Book Avengers: Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

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Hello and welcome to our April Book Avengers post!  Today we are featuring Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen.  This is book one of Jersen’s Malediction trilogy.  What did we think?  Keep reading to find out what we thought and what we selected to pick from for May!

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Book Avengers: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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Hello and welcome to our February Book Avengers post!  Today we are featuring The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.  As you know we are at a crossroads in America with the amount protests, election questions, etc.  Now I personally cannot discuss candidates or say anything that is for or against someone due to my IRL work but I can discuss books!  What better way to keep our nation’s current turmoil fresh in both my mind and others by reading books that show the strength of persons when they are limited in their rights?  Keep reading to find out what we thought of The Handmaid’s Tale and what we selected to pick from for March!

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Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…

 

 

 

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