Top 5 Tuesday: August 30th 2022

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Shanah @the Bionic Bookworm and is now being hosted by Meeghan @Meeghan Reads. This weeks is: Top 5 books with bones.

Again I struggled with this one, I only had a few books with bones on the cover and most were pretty boring so I picked some on my tbr that looked pretty! I don’t think I could pick a favorite!

  • The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd Jones – YA Fantasy, love the design of the skull with this one.
  • The Bone Maker by Sarah Beth Durst – Adult Fantasy
  • Gideon The Ninth by Tamsyn Muir – Adult Fantasy/Horror, I love the feeling this cover conveys.
  • Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover – Contemporary Romance, love the coloring mixed with the flowers and the simple skulls.
  • The Liar’s Crown by Abigail Owen – YA Fanatsy, this cover speaks to me!! I don’t really read YA but this one has me intrigued because of the cover.

Where are some of your favorite books with bones on the cover?

Blog Tour: Kit McBride Gets A Wife by Amy Berry

The four McBride brothers have their worlds turned upside down when their precocious younger sister secretly places an advertisement for a mail-order bride.

Kit McBride knows that Buck’s Creek, Montana, is no place to find a wife. Between him and his three brothers—plus little Junebug—they manage all right on their own, thank you very much. But unbeknownst to Kit, his sister is sick to death of cleaning, cooking, and mending for her big brothers, so she places an ad in The Matrimonial News to get them hitched.
 
After Maddy Mooney emigrated from Ireland, she found employment with an eccentric but poor widow. When her mistress decides to answer an ad for a mail-order bride, Madd​y is dragged along for the ride to Montana. But en route to the West, Maddy is suddenly abandoned and left to assume the widow’s name, position, and matrimonial prospects….
 
With no other recourse in the wilderness, Maddy must convince Kit not only is she who she says she is, but she’s the wife he never knew he needed.

My Thoughts

I struggled to connect with this one when I first started it. I was coming off of a book hangover for a sci-fi series and going straight into a historical romance probably wasn’t the best choice. That being said the second half of this book really picked up for me and I enjoyed how the story ended. I also had a hard time connecting to the character of Junebug who is the main characters unruly little sister. Junebug is raised by four older brothers and is tired of being treated like a “wife” her words, and decides to get Kit a real wife through a mail order catalogue. This however backfires and Junebug is left cleaning up the mess she made. I thought the writing was really good and the story entertained me I just got lost when reading from a child’s perspective. This was definitely a laugh out loud book at times and Willabelle was something else! At times her character was too much to handle but I loved all of the scenes with her. If you are a fan of historical romance that has rugged Montana men then I would look into this one, or if you want a fun laugh out loud romance this one would work for that too. Im curious to see how the next book goes, especially if we get Morgan’s story who is Kit and Junebug’s oldest brother. Thank you Berkley for my gifted copy for review!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Amy Barry writes sweeping historical stories about love. She’s fascinated with the landscapes of the American West and their complex long history, and she’s even more fascinated with people in all their weird tangled glory. Amy also writes under the names Amy T Matthews and Tess LeSue, and is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Flinders University in Australia. To learn more, visit: https://amy-barry.com/.

August Round Up: Part 4

Hello Friends! How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was fun, we had a soccer game on Saturday and then Sunday was spent with friends ice skating and going out to eat. I didn’t get a ton of reading in this weekend but I did work on a few different blog posts so Im happy with that. Hope everyone has a great week!

Age of Deception by T.A. White – 5 Stars I don’t have a lot to add about this book other than it continues the story of Kira as she tries to adjust to her new surroundings.

Threshold of Annihilation by T.A. White – 5 Stars Same for book 3 in the series, it continues on with Kira and I still love all the action and romance that this series offers.

Kit McBride Gets A Wife by Amy Berry – 3 Stars Blog Tour post will be coming out later with my thoughts on this one. Thank you Berkley for my gifted copy!

Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenking Reid – 5 Stars This was only my second book by TJR, I have tried a few others by her only to have put them aside because they didn’t hold my attention. This one though was fantastic and I am not even a tennis fan! I loved the full cast audio narration and highly recommend going that way if you are able to. This story follows Carrie Soto as she rises to fame in Tennis and then comes out of retirement to try and win another Slam. I will say this book does deal with heavier topics at times and if you need content warnings than I would look into those. Thank you LibroFM for my gifted influencer copy.

The Godparent Trap by Rachel van Dyken – DNF not sure how far I was into this as I was listening to the audio from my library. This story just wasn’t working for me, I found it really sad and the characters were coming across as very immature.

Husband Material by Alexis Hall – DNF at 20%, I loved Boyfriend Material and all the other books that I have read by Alexis Hall, so I was really excited to pick this one up. Unfortunately it was just not working for me in my current reading state. I am a very moody reader and some books just don’t work in my current mood. This book starts off a couple of years after Boyfriend Material and I enjoyed seeing Oliver and Luc still together and with their friends but I could tell that this book was going to be a bit heavier than what I was wanting. I know I will eventually get back to this one when I am more in the mood for this kind of romance and I know Alexis will make me fall in love with these two characters even more! Thank you Sourcebooks Casablanca for my gifted copy for review.

Dark Horse by Michelle Diener – DNFat 36%, after loving the Firebird Chronicles by T.A. White I knew I wanted more space books but sadly this one just did not meet my expectations.

September (Maybe) TBR

Hello friends! I am here today with my TBR for September! These are just some of the books that I have high on my list to get to but I never know where my reading will go. This month I went off the rails and dived into a bunch of sci-fi books and I do not regret it! What books are you hoping to read this month?

For my back list books (which is any book I bought prior to January 1st 2022)

  • The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher
  • Dark Things I Adore by Katie Lattari

ARC’s For September that I need to read.

  • The Blame Game by Sandie Jones – August 16th – Need to read from last month
  • The Make Up Test by Jenny L. Howe – September 13th – started this one but haven’t made any progress in awhile.
  • A Cat Cafe Christmas by Codi Gary – October release I would like to get a head start on.

For Kayla’s Buzzword – This month’s buzzword is the words with light and dark.

  • Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney
  • Dark Things I Adore by Katie Lattari
  • Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

These are just a few possibilities I have on my TBR that would fir the prompt.

Other Books I Would Like To Read in September

  • Kill The Queen by Jennifer Estep – Fantasy series that I don’t know a lot about but I enjoy her books.
  • The Paris Secret by Natasha Lester – Historical fiction about WWII female pilots and Dior fashion.
  • Trapper Road by Rachel Caine and Carrie Ryan – Would really like to finish this series
  • The Last Housewife by Ashley Winstead – I think this is coming in a book box this month and I am excited to get to it.
  • This Vicious Grace by Emily Thiede – YA fantasy that I picked up and I would like to get to.

Again these are all books that I would like to read soon but I know I probably won’t get to most of these. What are you reading this month? Are you participating in any fun reading challenges?

Reading Round Up: August Part 3

Hello Friends! I can’t believe the month is almost over! I have not read most of the books that I wanted to get to this month as I got into a reading slump and the only books I wanted to read were ones set in space. Hopefully your reading is going well! What books are you hoping to finish by the end of the month?

The It Girl by Ruth Ware – 4 Stars I really enjoyed this one by Ruth Ware especially with the previous books I have read by her being just ok for me. This is dual timeline where present day we are following Hannah as she is preparing to have a baby with her husband Will when she finds out the her friend’s killer has just died in jail. Hannah is then sent down a spiral when she learns that he was once again trying to appeal for his innocence. In the second timeline we go back 10 years to when Hannah met April and the days leading up to her murder. I enjoyed the pace of this one and liked how the mystery unfolded. One of my only complaints about this story is I really would have liked a little bit more from Will’s perspective. We know a little bit about him from both timelines but I feel like there was a little more we could have had from him.

Everything For You by Chloe Liese – Reread – 5 Stars I was in the mood for Oliver and just needed to reread this one. It was just as good as the first time!

Rules of Redemption by T.A. White – 4 Stars I loved this book and it started me down a rabbit hole of space operas! I have been a fan of space operas for years and after reading Jessie Mihalik’s new series it got me wanting to find more so I found a good reads list and picked Rules of Redemption. I am so glad I picked this one up as it was just what I wanted. Kira has been living as a scavenger on the outskirts of space when she runs into trouble that sets her down a path she never wanted to go back too. This book was the perfect blend of space politics and fighting as well as romance and I was here for it! Can’t wait for book 4 to come out next month.

Below Zero by Ali Hazelwood – 4 Stars Rounded up from 3.5 – This was the last of the three stem novellas and it was my second favorite of them. These stories are not great but they were still entertaining to listen too.

Things We Do In The Dark by Jennifer Hillier – 3 Stars This story is a little hard to describe as we have a woman convicted of her husband’s murder but she says she is innocent but we soon learn that in her previous life she may have killed a friend of hers as well. The book is broken up into sections and this is a time where I found them distracting. I really enjoyed the first part where we follow Paris as she is arrested and we learn her history with her husband. But then in part 2 we not only go back in time but we also have a different point of view taking up the story. The going back and forth between timelines and perspectives really took me out of the story at times and I wold find it hard to pick it back up. Overall I liked the story that was told just not the style of it. Jennifer Hillier is still a fantastic writer and I highly recommend her books if you are looking for a thriller but her books do not shy away from heavy topics or descriptions so look into trigger warnings if they are needed.

WWW Wednesday – 8/31

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

What are you currently reading?

  • The Paris Secret by Natasha Lester Started this one on audio but never far yet.
  • This Vicious Grace by Emily Thiede – About 25% into this and I am intrigued so far with it.


What did you recently finish reading?

  • Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach – 4 Stars
  • Honor’s Knight by Rachel Bach – 3 Stars
  • Heaven’s Queen by Rachel Bach – 4 Stars
  • Bitter Sweet Heart by H. Hunting – 3.5 Stars Rounded up to a 4 on goodreads.
  • The Getaway by Emily March – 3 Stars

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • The Blame Game by Sandie Jones – August ARC I need to get too
  • Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney – I have been sitting on this one since it came in my Book of the Month box and I am just about ready to start it!
  • The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher – I have been wanting to read this for awhile so I am hoping I get to it soon.

What are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments below!

Let’s Talk Bookish – August 26th

Friday’s are for The Let’s Talk Bookish Meme which is a weekly meme created by Rukky@EternityBooks and is now hosted by Aria @Booknookbits.

Todays topic is Balancing blogging and life (Me-Aria).

How do you manage balancing blogging and life? Sometimes not very well, if I get too over whelmed or stressed then my blog will take a back seat. But I still try to post at least once or twice a week.

In what ways do school and work get in the way of blogging? Right now none as I am a stay at home mom so I usually have time to get my posts done. My problem is that sometimes I have no ideas or words and that is usually when my blog suffers a little.

Are there certain times of year when blogging becomes harder or more overwhelming? Only when my kids are home too much and not in school!

What are your thoughts on this? Let me know in the comments below!

WWW Wednesday – 8/24

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

What are you currently reading?

  • Forever Protected by Kathleen Brooks – I am about 25% in and Im struggling with this one, I normally binge this series in a day and I have been reading this one for a few weeks and it is just not grabbing me.
  • Dark Horse by Michelle Diener – 36% into this one, was trying to fill the void from the T.A. White books but this one isn’t quite as good.
  • Husband Material by Alexis Hall – Finally getting to this one and am about 18% into it but Im not sure I am going to like it very much. It seems rather heavy already.


What did you recently finish reading?

  • Rules of Redemption by T.A. White – 4 Stars
  • Below Zero by Ali Hazelwood – 4 Stars
  • Things We Do In The Dark by Jennifer Hillier – 3 Stars
  • Age of Deception by T.A. White – 5 Stars
  • Threshold of Annihilation by T.A. White – 5 Stars
  • Kit McBride Gets A Wife by Amy Barry – 3 Stars
  • Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • The Blame Game by Sandie Jones – August ARC I need to get too
  • The Getaway by Emily March – September ARC I would like to start
  • Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney – I have wanted to pick this one up since it came in my Book of the Month box but am trying to get some other books read first.

What are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments below!

Top 5 Tuesday: August 23rd 2022

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Shanah @the Bionic Bookworm and is now being hosted by Meeghan @Meeghan Reads. This weeks is: Top 5 books with shields.

Alright friends, Meeghan stumped me this week and I had such a hard time finding books with shields on the cover! You would think with all the swords there would be more with shields but nope. I had to start physically looking through my physical books one by one because I couldn’t find any more by searching on goodreads. So here are my 5 books!

The Serpent Bride by Sara Douglass – I thought one of her books would have a shield on the cover but I honestly thought it would be on one of Axis’s books.

A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin – Pretty easy with this one

Sam Wilson Captain America: Civil War II – I knew I could pick any comic with CaptainAmerica but I wanted to choose one I had read so I went with Sam’s.

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – Not your typical shield but it still works.

Crown of Vengence by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory – This is the book that I found while physically going through my shelves. I honestly forgot I have it because I picked it up on a whim and still have not read it.

Where are some of your favorite books with shields on the cover?

Reading Round Up: August Part 2

Hello Friends! Here is my second round up for August and I read some pretty good books!

In The Shadow Garden by Liz Parker – 5 Stars I’m not sure where to begin with this one except to say that I loved it! I love stories that have a little speculative magic in them and this one really fit the mood that I was in. This story follows three generations of Haywood family who tend to the town’s shadow garden where its produce can help cure different ailments. It also supplies some of the ingredients for the town’s locally made bourbon which if drank on a certain day of the year can erase your worst memory and 20 years ago an entire summer was forgot by everyone in the town. Now the secrets are finally starting to be revealed and the people of the town may not ever be the same. I loved this story of family and friendships, it was filled with so much love. If you enjoy light magic in your contemporary reads about family than I would highly recommend this one! Thank you Forever Publishing for my gifted copy for review! All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Things You Save In A Fire by Katherine Center – 4 Stars – ReRead I kept seeing some friends on Instagram reading this one so I decided to pick it up again. I love Rookie and this book might get better with every read.

The Captain and Miss Winter by Sally Britton – 3 Stars This historical romance which was also a retelling of Snow White and Rose Red and I thought it was just ok. It is a short story but I just felt like it was very rushed and never connected with the characters.

Storm Echo by Nalini Singh – 4 Stars This is still one of my favorite series and while I really enjoyed this one it wasn’t a new favorite. We have a Psy and Changeling in this one which are my favorite pairings! It reminded me so much of Ivy and Vasic’s story from Shield of Winter but just not as lovable which is why I think it didn’t quite hit the hit spot. Still great story and love seeing the world progress.

Riley Thorn and The Dead Guy Next Door by Lucy Score – 5 Stars After having this one one my shelf for almost 2 years I am so happy I finally got to it! Now I just need to read the next two in the series. This follows Riley who has been suppressing her psychic gifts her entire life until she sees the murder of her neighbor. With the help of her elderly roommates as well as a good looking PI, Riley learns to develop her gifts to help catch a murderer. If you are a fan of the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich than I think you will like this one. It reminded a lot of that series with it’s funny side characters and goofy shenanigans.