Checking in: We’re back to the real world

Howdy there! I have returned from vacation and I have to say, it was wonderful! I went to Scotland with my best friend and we had a blast. The stand outs were definitely Dunnottar Castle and the Isle of Skye, though admittedly we wish we had more time to spend on Skye. Of course we had to take a boat ride down Loch Ness… how do you skip that? And in all honesty, the highlands were just beautiful everywhere we went. It didn’t hurt that the heather was in bloom so all of the hills and mountains had this purply/blue coloring to them. We had some other adventures as well like quadding in the Cairngorms and we went hunting for street art in Aberdeen (and we’re pretending this day went EXACTLY as planned… you’ll never get me to confess otherwise!). I’ll share some photos below. 🙂

Reading wise: Very happily I did start reading Mistborn on vacation and I’m so mad I waited. I am LOVING this book. I have about 150 pages left, so I’m hoping to finish it this weekend. I’m not sure what I’ll read next, I’ll have to see what I’m in the mood for, but for right now I’m just going to enjoy the book I’ve got going.

Without further adieu, here are some Scotland photos!

Nothing like a boat ride on Loch Ness. The closest we got to finding Nessie is….
This bit of artwork along the Caledonian Canal.
The universe was nice enough to give us a beautiful evening sky on our last night in Edinburgh.

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer 2022 Reading List

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday is ten books on our Summer 2022 to read list. I am very much a mood reader, so this is hardly a 100% TBR list, but these are all books that I would like to read during this summer.

1. The Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan: Getting cheaty right at number one, but I started reading The Wheel of Time series last month and I plan to keep reading them throughout the summer.
2. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor: I recently heard about this book from a booktuber and was instantly intrigued by the premise and cannot wait to pick this up.
3. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson: I picked up a copy of this a while back and recently saw a gushing review on booktube which has put this one firmly back onto my priority category.
4. Gild by Raven Kennedy: A friend of mine has been on me to read this series for a few months now so I’m planning to read it this summer so we can discuss.
5. The Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne: This is a norse inspired fantasy series that I am so intrigued by since hearing about it recently.
6. Radiance by Grace Draven: I heard about this some time ago, bought it immediately, and if I recall correctly this is a fantasy/romance between two people from warring factions which is very up my alley.
7. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson: I talked a couple of weeks ago about wanting to read Brandon Sanderson and never having done it, which has me pushing myself to finally read Mistborn this summer.
8. Written in Red by Anne Bishop: This is fantasy I picked up a couple of years ago about a blood prophet. I’m quite intrigued.
9. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare: I recently decided on a whim that I was going to read these books even though I was unimpressed by the movie, so we will see how it goes.
10. In a Garden Burning Gold by Rory Power: I stumbled across this during a recent trip to the bookstore, and the cover caught my eye and the book came home with me.

These are some of the books that I would like to read sooner rather than later, preferably this summer. It’s entirely possible some other shiny book will get me first, but these are on my mind. What are some of the books you’re planning to read this summer?

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Wishes

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday and this weeks topic is bookish wishes, so ten books that I want to own. Part of the prompt mentions including a link to our wishlist in case someone wants to make a wish come true, however I’d rather anyone who wants to do that donate a book to your local school system or library in need. …And because it’s important to practice what you preach, I made my donation to one of the city library systems in my state. 🙂

Without further adieu, here are ten (plus) books that I want to acquire.

1. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones: I keep hearing about this book lately and ended up checking out the synopsis out of curiosity, now it’s constantly in my brain and I have to have it.
2. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: I don’t know a ton about this book because I want to go in it knowing as little as possible, but I always hear great things about it and I need a copy of it for myself to read.
3. Harry Potter Hardcover trunk box set: As if I need another set of the Harry Potter series, but seriously, the trunk of hardcover HP books is beautiful and I’d love to have it in my collection!
4. The Weight of a Thousand Oceans by Jillian Webster: I’d be lying if I said the cover of this book isn’t what originally brought it to my attention, however the synopsis is quite intriguing as well and I do want to acquire a copy of this for my collection.

5. To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini: Speaking of books with beautiful covers and an intriguing synopsis…

6. The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter: This sounds like the ultimate underdog going for the big move fantasy series and I can’t wait to pick up a copy.
7. The Perfect Predator by Steffanie Strathdee: This is a non-fiction that I’ve been wanting to pick up for some time. The authors husband picked up a horrible multi-drug antibiotic-resistant bacteria while they where on vacation and her determination to save him, which she managed to make happen via phage therapy – which for the record is amazing in its own right.
8. A Pleasure and A Calling by Phil Hogan: This is a mystery/thriller where the realtor who was super helpful when buying your house helped himself too… to a third key to the home he sold you… that he keeps. Totally creepy and I am here for it.
9. Penguin Clothbound Classics: I have some of the Clothbound classics, but I am far from having a full collection, but they are gorgeous and I’d love to have a full set someday… you know when I’m not paying student loans and the like anymore.
10. Penguin Drop Caps: I think everyone knows about the drop caps at this point, and they are beautiful books, but I won’t let myself buy any because once I start I will be determined to acquire the full collection.

What are some of the books that you really want to have? Are there any on this list that I should buy before the others?

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Want To Read, but Haven’t

Happy Tuesday y’all! This weeks Top Ten Tuesday is books I wish had an epilogue, but in general I am finicky about epilogues and could only come up with one title. So, in light of my failure at that topic I’m picking a previous weeks topic: Authors I haven’t read, but want to.

1. Brandon Sanderson: I keep buying Brandon Sanderson books, but haven’t actually read any of them yet much to my own dismay.
2. Stephen King: This is probably one of my biggest shames, but I have never read a Stephen King novel. I think a big part of it is that I have such high expectations that I’m worried about being disappointed if I do pick one up and don’t end up enjoying it.
3. N.K. Jemisin: I purchased the Inheritance Trilogy after hearing many great things about it and Jemisin’s other books.
4. Tana French: I’ve had my eye on the Dublin Murder Squad books for a while.
5. Jo Nesbø: A friend of mine swears by the Harry Hole books and one of these days I will read them.
6. Kim Harrison: Fantasy, paranormal, romance… by all reports her books have it all. What more could I want?
7. Andrzej Sapkowski: 100% this is because I watched The Witcher without reading the books, and I really like the show. If these books follow the normal trend of being better than the show, I imagine I’ll be infatuated.
8. Madeline Miller: I haven’t heard a bad word about any of Miller’s books and really want to pick them up.
9. Michael Chabon: I’m so intrigued by the blurbs of Chabon’s books, particularly The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.
10. Isaac Asimov: Asimov is probably one of the most classic and well known sci-fi authors out there. I’ve been collecting books for some time, but have yet to read any of them.

Are there any authors you want to read, but haven’t yet?

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Titles of Time

Happy Tuesday! This weeks Top Ten Tuesday is books with a measure of time in the title. For this week I am going to share five books on my To Be Read list with units of time in the title.

1. In Five Years by Rebecca Serle: This is the story of a woman who goes to sleep, wakes up five years in the future to see a very different life, but wakes again an hour later back in her normal life and follows the aftermath of that hour glimpse into her future.
2. Day for Night by Frederick Reiken: This one was a surprise to me because it’s on my TBR on Goodreads, but honestly I don’t remember putting it there! That said, having read the synopsis again, it sounds intriguing. This is the story of a woman who as a child fled Europe with her mother during World War II, who years later believes she may have found her father who was believed to have been killed during the war.
3. Our Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon: This is another book that I don’t actually remember putting on my TBR on Goodreads, but sounds intriguing. When Sophie finds out that she is a match to donate a kidney to her best friend she doesn’t think twice, but life after Peter’s transplant doesn’t turn out quite how the two thought it would.
4. For Two Thousand Years by Mihail Sebastian: For Two Thousand Years is the story of a Romanian Jew as he faces growing anti-semitic messages and finds that his place in the world may not be so sure.
5. The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg: I have this thing where I buy Elizabeth Berg novels because they sound SO good, but I haven’t ready any of them… much to my shame. This one is the story of a woman recently widowed who relocates and tries to reclaim the small joys of life.
6. The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood: This is the follow up to Oryx and Crake which I have not read yet, but takes place in some type of dystopian/post apocalyptic world if I’m not mistaken. I’ve purposely stayed away from too many details on this one as I’d like to go in blind.
7. Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink: Five Days at Memorial is the story of the five days following Hurricane Katrina and the challenges faced at Memorial Medical Center prior to being evacuated.
8. One Moment Please by Amy Daws: This is part of a series of rom-com style romances that are slightly awkward, but quite endearing!
The last two I’m bending the rules for for two very different reasons!
9. The Weekend by Bernhard Schlink: I wanted to mention this one because I’ve only read one book by Bernhard Schlink (The Reader) which was AMAZING and I really want to read more of his books. Also a weekend does technically amount to a set amount of time!
10. The Map of Time by Félix J. Palma: Admittedly, I don’t know much about these books, they are fantasy, but that is all that I know other than the books themselves are gorgeous. I’ve had this book on my shelves for a criminal amount of time without having read it, but I look at it all the time, because it really is a gorgeous book. And, time is in the title!

Have you read any of these, or do you have any favorite books with units of time in the title?

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Weekend Reading Teaser: May 29th

It’s a holiday weekend which means that I have a whopping two days off so I’m planning to dig into The Dragon Reborn and see how much I can read over these next two days. Here’s to more Wheel of Time.

“I know why people think Aes Sedai are puppetmasters. I can almost feel the strings on my arms and legs. Whatever they do, it will be what they decide is good for the White Tower, not what is good or fair for us.
But you still want to be Aes Sedai. Don’t you?”

from page 149 of The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan

Happy Reading!

Weekend Reading Teaser

Once upon a time there was a meme in the book blogosphere (which may still exist somewhere, but I don’t know because I am out of touch) called Teaser Tuesday where we opened to a random page and shared teasers from our current reads. Well it’s a thrilling Friday night here (books and my last night of covid isolation, yah!) and so that means I’m sharing a teaser of my main read for this weekend.

The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan. We’re just gonna plug right along in this series!

“And once the Trollocs were dead, he did not think he could interest the wolves in tracking the humans even if he had any idea which of them to track. He had a running argument with them, and sweat covered his forehead long before he got the first flash of images that turned his stomach.” From page 241

Happy Reading!

I Won a Standoff With a Tarantula… Or Did I?

The reader might not stick with the blog, but she is always a reader. Also, there’s nothing like being stuck at home with covid to get you to take the time to think about the things you enjoy and do the things you can. So me and my day 2 covid brain are here to talk books and life.

Since I was last here I’ve (shocker!) read some books. I also finished my master’s program – whoo! I travelled all the way to the west coast for the first time and fell in love with Big Sur and the Redwoods! I also had a standoff with a tarantula in Arizona. Photo evidence:

Basically it’s been fun. Minus the covid.

The big thing driving me back here, aside from always wanting to reclaim my place to talk books is I just completed a very epic first step in ANY fantasy lovers reading journey. I finished The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan. And I have opinions and also questions, though I suspect they will be answered in time. If they aren’t I’ll just have more opinions.

Right now I’m debating whether I want to jump right into The Great Hunt, book two of The Wheel of Time, or if I want to give it all a couple of days to marinate before moving on in the series. But I really do have questions I want answered. In the meantime I’m working on turning my thoughts of book one into a review whilst considering my other reading options. Ever the lover of the romance genre, I have a couple of books going that I can read tonight if I should decide to put off more Robert Jordan. I’ve also read the first few chapters of The Dragon’s Path by Daniel Abraham recently which seems to be quite promising though I only have an ecopy that I’ve been reading on my phone. I tend to struggle reading these more dense fantasy novels as ebooks so I might need to acquire a physical copy for this one.

Anywhoodle, I’m off to overthink The Wheel of Time some more. I hope you’re well and stay healthy ya’ll!

Read-a-thonning for Vacation: Bout of Books 29

Hi bloggy world! I’ve disappeared for a while because work was insane and school was whooping my ass, but I made it! I finished my last final of the summer semester this past Friday. This next week is the one week in between my summer and fall semester so I did a smart thing and took it off from both of my jobs for an actual week off from all responsibility. 🙂

As the universe would have it, this week is also the Bout of Books read-a-thon which I loved doing in the past, but haven’t participated in for years. So…. I’m gonna do it! I don’t have much going on this week, so I should be able to read a goodly amount, the one thing I am doing is painting, so my books are all over the house right now and I have little clue where many of them are so it’ll be fun to see what I manage to find.

Grab button for Bout of Books

The Bout of Books readathon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd in YOUR time zone. Bout of Books is low-pressure. All reading-in-place times, Twitter chats, and exclusive Instagram challenges are completely optional. For Bout of Books 29 information and updates, visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

The first book I’ll be reading is The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith. I started this book back in June and it is so so so good and I can’t stop thinking about it and what’s going to happen. Unfortunately the aforementioned school and work took priority, but now I can finally give this book the attention it deserves and finish it. From there… who knows.

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Among Stories: Six+ Years Later

Hey y’all’s! I’m ba-ack!

Back in the year 2010 I thought about blogging, and I eventually just told myself to stop thinking about it and do it. Over the last year or so I’ve been thinking about where it all started and about how much I miss the blogging community and engaging with others about all things bookish. Yet, aside from lurking a bit at some of my favorite blogs, I haven’t come back.

A lot of my hesitancy stems from not being sure what I have to say at this point and whether or not I can generate enough content to justify coming back here. However, at the end of the day, this is simply my space to say what I want or need to say. There is also no rule that says that this blog can’t grow with me or reflect the person I’ve become over the course of the last 6 odd years. So perhaps I’m not reading 130 books a year anymore, or I want to talk about something that’s not, gasp!, books. It’s allowed. There isn’t anything at all wrong with that. I really do miss having this outlet though, so even if I only manage to use it once a month, so be it.

Change is one of the realities of life, and if I can change as a person, I think this blog can change a little with me. So instead of thinking about coming back here and missing the blogging community, I am just going to do it.