Book Blogger Hop: January 12th-18th

Book Blogger Hop


This weekly hop is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, featuring a question about books each week. The purpose is to bring bookish bloggers together, basically. To participate, write a post about the question for that week and add your link.

The question this week is: What upcoming titles are looking forward to reading in 2018?

I feel like I could make a really long list if I paid more attention or looked some up. But, one of my 2018 reading resolutions is to read more from my shelves, and not obsessively looking for upcoming releases I even might be interested in kinda goes along with that.

However, there are a few I’ve been anticipating since last year that will be released in the next few months:


The Defiant
by Lesley Livingston– I had an ARC of The Valiant last year, and I loved it so much I got the hardcover as soon as it came out. I’ve been anxiously awaiting this sequel, which comes out on January 23rd, ever since ❤



The Belles
by Dhonielle Clayton– This one, which hits shelves February 6th, has been on my radar for quite a while, and I’ve only heard good things so far, so I’m really excited.




The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace– The second book in the Women Are Some Kind of Magic poetry series (the first being The Princess Saves Herself in This One), comes out March 6th.



DROPKICKromance by Cyrus Parker– Debut poetry collection from Amanda’s husband, which is also released on March 6th!



by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff–
I still haven’t read Gemina (oops), but I’m very much looking forward to getting my hands on the third Illuminae Files book, which comes out March 13th.


From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon– Last year, I read When Dimple Met Rishi and really enjoyed it (I’m not usually a lover of contemporaries), so I’ll definitely be looking out for this one, which has an expected release date of May 22nd.



There are probably more that I’ve heard about and thought, “Oh, I want to read that!” but these are the ones that have stuck in my mind the most (and the ones that haven’t already been released this year, because I had 1-2 in mind that have come out this month so far).

What are some books you’re anticipating this year?

Are you looking forward to any of these?


T5W: Books I Didn’t Get to in 2017

T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.


January 10th: Books You Didn’t Get to In 2017 
–These are books you didn’t end up getting to in 2017, but really want to prioritize in 2018.

This week, I decided to limit this to 2017 released books that are on my physical shelves. It was still tough to narrow down to just 5 books, though :/

In reverse release date order (most recent first)…


The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo– I waited all year for this, anxiously counting down the days left before release day. Then I ended up just staring at it and  internally screaming/sobbing while I tortured myself doing NaNoWriMo -_- Soooon, though.



Spellbook of the Lost and Found
by Moïra Fowley-Doyle–
This is another one I waited all year for (well, half the year, anyway). I think I talked about this book a ton last year, too. I just got distracted from it because of the surgery BS.




Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor– Oh look, another book I waited ages for then never read *sigh* Last year was a problem.




The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco– I think this one was actual an impulse buy, before I heard anything about it. I still don’t really know anything about it :/ But it’s pretty and I love the title and I can’t wait to read it in the next 5,000 years.



The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas– *sigh* I wanted to read this one. I really, really did. It just didn’t happen. But as soon as I’m in the mood for something contemporary-ish/realistic fic, I’ll be reaching for it.



The theme for last year was basically, “Hey! Buy these books you really want to read, then stare at them and cry because you’re not reading them! Doesn’t that sound like fun?”

In case you’re wondering, the answer is


Also, hey, look! I actually put my list in an order for once! *gasp*

And I’m gonna shamelessly (well, only slightly shamefully) mention that I finally did some work making featured images. Anyone want to offer an opinion on that? (I welcome criticism!)

What are some books you missed last year, but want to try to read ASAP?

Which of my 5 do you think I should read first?

If you’ve read these, which was your favorite? Least favorite?

Halloween Read-a-thon Sign Up + TBR!

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I just found out about this read a thon yesterday or the 10th, but I’m excited! I wish I’d found it sooner, though, because I could have used my last read (Bird Box) for my choice between like 3 or 4 prompts 😛 Oh well, it’s fine. This will just (hopefully) motivate me to read more of the books I want to read this month anyway.

I’m notoriously awful at sticking to a TBR, so who knows what will happen. These are just the books I’m considering and hoping to read. (The book covers link to goodreads.)

Ok, before I dive in, can I just say how freaking great Lauren’s images are for this challenge? You don’t have to use these, but they’re just too cute not to ❤

About the Read-A-Thon:

(Check out Lauren’s post for all the details.)

💀 The read-a-thon is going to run from the 10th October – 31st October.  

💀 You can join in at any time until the end of the read-a-thon. 

💀 You can read as many or as little books as you want!!!

💀 The books HAVE to be horror, thriller and/or have some kind of supernatural element!! Except for one challenge, but more on that below. I’m sorry if these genres aren’t your cup of tea, but it wouldn’t really be a Halloween themed read-a-thon otherwise.

💀 When posting your TBR link back to this post so other people can join in!! Share the spooky love!! If you don’t have a blog that’s okay!! You can post your TBR on Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, YouTube – ANYWHERE!!

💀 Use the hashtag #HalloweenWR to share your progress on social media!!

The Challenges/My TBR:




I’m thinking Abberations (edited by Jeremy C. Shipp) for this one. It’s a collection of short stories from different writers, and I love the cover. Or, I might read Outcast: Vol. 1 by Robert Kirkman because I’d forgotten the cover was creepy until now.





So. Many. Choices! But I’m considering Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill.





I actually don’t have a lot of books on my shelves that would work for this, but I’m thinking of reading The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin.



I do about 90% of my reading at night, so I’m counting pretty much whatever for this one. But, I might add an extra bit of challenge to it and read one of the Goosebumps books I got last month in one night.

Oh this is soooo easy, and I’ve kind of already done it. In October, I marathon horror and thriller movies every single day. (Not loads every day, but at least one.) But, I’m thinking of doing the extra challenge and reading a book then watching the movie. Possibly The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty.


I think I’m going with Trick for this, but I’m not sure what I’ll read. I’m thinking about This House is Haunted by John Boyne because it’s been on my Kindle for at least a year or two. (If I don’t read and watch The Exorcist, I might use it for this one.)



I might read 7 books, but I’m not sure I’ll manage 7 that fit this read-a-thon :/ I’m going to try, though!

Let me know if you’re participating in this read-a-thon, too!

Do you have any book recs that would fit any of these challenge categories? I’d love to hear about them 🙂

Top 10 Tuesday: Autumn TBR

This is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week, there’s a theme and you choose ten books that fit it. Check out the upcoming topics (or browse past topics) here.

I’ve wanted to participate in TTT for a long time, but for some reason I always forget about it until later in the week :/ This time, I happened to remember and I love the topic! (I was actually considering posting about my autumn TBR soon.)

These are almost all tentative because I’m totally a mood reader. If I’m not in the right mood, no matter how much I want to read it, I just can’t. But, these are books I’m really hoping to get to this autumn. (Click the covers to go to the goodreads pages.)

In no particular order…




27 Hours
by Tristina Wright– This one was on my list of most anticipated 2017 releases, and I am so excited because I was approved for an eARC from Net Galley!


Fever by Deon Meyer– I won this one in a goodreads giveaway, which I entered after reading the excerpt in Buzz Books sampler. I’ve not been feeling dystopians and post-apocalyptic stories for a while, but I liked what I read.


Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle– The Accident Season was one of my favorite books of 2015, and I’ve been anxiously awaiting a new book from Moira, so I’m really excited about this one.




Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis– This was another goodreads giveaway win that I entered for because it sounded like something different from things I usually read.


The Exorcist
by William Peter Blatty– That’s right, I still have’t read this :/ (And I call myself a horror-fan. Shame on me.)


The Martian by Andy Weir– I can’t believe I still haven’t read this one. I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately, and it’s one of the books of the month for a goodreads group I’m in, so I think I’m moving it up on my TBR.

Outcast, vol. 1
by Robert Kirkman (writer), Paul Azaceta (illustrator), and Elizabeth Breitweiser (colorist)– I’ve heard good things about these comics, so I’m looking forward to reading this one. (It also satisfies “A book recommended by a librarian” for the Pop Sugar reading challenge.)


Origin by Dan Brown– *sigh* I can’t help it. I’ve been reading his books since early high school. They’re the closest thing I have to a guilty pleasure (because I’ve been harassed for not hating his books), but I don’t quite feel guilty.



The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle– I’ve read the first two novels, and I’ve been meaning to get back to reading Sherlock for a while, so I’m looking forward to diving into this.

Heart Shaped Box
by Joe Hill– I read Horns last year and loved it, so I’m curious to see what I think of this one.



Have you read any of these?

Any suggestions for which one(s) I should bump to the top of my TBR pile?

What are some books you’re hoping to read this autumn?

First Lines Fridays: June 9th


First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

The Rules:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first

Finally… reveal the book!


I remember being born.

In fact, I remember a time before that. There was no light, but there was music: joints creaking, blood rushing, the heart’s staccato lullaby, a rich symphony of indigestion. Sound enfolded me. I was safe. 



Interested? Keep reading to find out which book this is from.



Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

16054806What it’s about:

In the kingdom of Goredd, dragons and humans live and work side by side – while below the surface, tensions and hostility simmer.

The newest member of the royal court, a uniquely gifted musician named Seraphina, holds a deep secret of her own. One that she guards with all of her being.

When a member of the royal family is brutally murdered, Seraphina is drawn into the investigation alongside the dangerously perceptive—and dashing—Prince Lucien. But as the two uncover a sinister plot to destroy the wavering peace of the kingdom, Seraphina’s struggle to protect her secret becomes increasingly difficult… while its discovery could mean her very life.

(Cover links to goodreads)


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This book has been on my TBR so long I can’t even remember where I heard about it first. I’m guessing either booktube or booklr, but I’m really not sure. Anyway, the gorgeous cover and dragons caught my attention right away, and I’m hoping to maybe read it soon(ish).

Have you read it? What did you think of it?


First Lines Fridays: May 26th


First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

The Rules:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first

Finally… reveal the book!


“A thick drizzle from the sky, like a curtain’s sudden sweeping. The seabirds stopped their tuning, the ocean went mute. Houselights over the water dimmed to gray. 


Interested? Keep reading to find out which book this is from.



Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

24612118What it’s about:

Every story has two sides. Every relationship has two perspectives. And sometimes, it turns out, the key to a great marriage is not its truths but its secrets. At the core of this rich, expansive, layered novel, Lauren Groff presents the story of one such marriage over the course of twenty-four years.

At age twenty-two, Lotto and Mathilde are tall, glamorous, madly in love, and destined for greatness. A decade later, their marriage is still the envy of their friends, but with an electric thrill we understand that things are even more complicated and remarkable than they have seemed.



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Oops I’m late again. It’s just been one of those weeks and I’ve been fighting with WordPress a lot for some reason ~dramatic sigh~ Anyone else having any issues?

I remember finding this in a Buzz Books and instantly falling under its thrall. First there’s the cover. I mean, have you seen this book? Maybe I’m weird in liking it so much, but I think it’s gorgeous. And then there’s the writing, holy crap. It’s not the type of thing I would normally reach for, as far as the genre, subject matter, and writing style are concerned, but I’ve been a woman obsessed and I finally have it! I’m excited to read this and also terrified that I’ve hyped it up too much in my head :/

Have you read this one, or any of Lauren Groff’s other books?


First Lines Fridays: May 5th


First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

The Rules:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first

Finally… reveal the book!


“The drought had lasted now for ten million years, and the reign of the terrible lizards had long since ended. Here on the Equator, in the continent which would one day be known as Africa, the battle for existence had reached a new climax of ferocity, and the victor was not yet in sight.” 


Interested? Keep reading to find out which book this is from.



2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

29889254 What it’s about:

Written when landing on the moon was still a dream, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a science-fiction classic that has changed the way we look at the stars–and ourselves. On the moon, an enigma is uncovered. So great are the implications that, for the first time, men are sent deep into our solar system. But before they can reach their destination, things begin to go very wrong. From the savannas of Africa at the dawn of mankind to the rings of Saturn at the turn of the 21st century, Arthur C. Clarke takes us on a journey unlike any other. Brilliant, compulsive, and prophetic, and the basis for the immensely influential Stanley Kubrick film, 2001: A Space Odyssey tackles the enduring theme of man’s–and technology’s–place in the universe and lives on as a landmark achievement in storytelling.


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Confession time: I haven’t even seen the movie. I’m not even sure I knew it was a book until about 10 years ago, but still, I should have either seen or read this by now. I think we might even own the movie *facepalm* On the bright side, I’ve been in the mood for some sci-fi recently, and I just got the kindle edition of this on sale today ($1.99!), so maybe I’ll actually, finally, read it soon. (The edition up there is the Penguin Galaxy edition, and it’s pretty and shiny and I want it.)

If you read the book or saw the movie, did you like it? (And if you’ve done both, was the book better?)