#ARCtober week 2 ending update and week 3 promises

Alas! Another week has left us. Before we know it, October will be over and Christmas music will be upon us all. I don’t want that. I can only handle about half a day of Christmas music before I lose my mind.

Anyway! I have been naughty and didn’t read what I said I was going. I was kind of in a book hangover after the Wife Between Us, which was incredible! Seriously, one of the best thrillers I’ve read. I haven’t read a lot of thrillers but it’s whatever.

We all know what books I’m going to read, from what I posted last week. But I got a new addition from Entangled Teen, which I’m excited about! I can’t wait to read it. I love a good contemporary.


ARCs read and reviewed

the murders of molly s   the wife between us

Entangled Teen Approval

saving it


I will read my ARCs that I said I would. Someone hold me to that! I hope everybody else has been successful with #ARCtober so far. I have a 77% on my Netgalley, which I think is pretty damn good. I’ve been liking all the books that I have read so far.

Here’s to hoping everyone has a good #ARCtober week!

 

xxlacy

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down the tbr hole #2

In light of not having a review because I have book hangover from The Wife Between Us, here is another down the tbr hole.

I’m having way too much fun doing this. So I’m going to keep the fun rolling and continue to do this until y’all get sick of this. #sorrynotsorry

I was also thinking of doing a tag that consists of those books I kept in my tbr and doing like a mini review post. Maybe featuring like three books that I read from my tbr. Would that be something you guys would like to see? I’ll plot it out further.

I also want to apologize right now. Most of these books are historical fiction, which is probably going to result with me keeping most of them because I’m like that.


how it works:

  • go to your goodreads to be read shelf.
  • put the order on ascending date added. (it’s at the bottom with a scroll bar)
  • take the first 5 or 10 books, depending on how much you want to do.
  • read the synopsis of the book. (obviously)
  • make the ultimate decision: does it stay or go?
  • keep track of where you left off so you can finish it next week or however many times you want to do this.

the next 5 books:

the kingmakers daughter

This book is part of the Tudor/Plantagenet series that I mentioned in my last post. This will most like be kept because for one, I need to finish that series. And two, that cover is absolutely stunning.

Decision: Keep


the children of king henry

At first, I was going to keep this no questions asked. But then I read the synopsis and saw what year it was published and I wavered. I really do want to read this but I think there is a newer book about King Henry’s children that I would like to read more.

Decision: Remove


the life of elizabeth

This is another older Alison Weir book. I added this one because I had just finished a book about Queen Elizabeth from Philippa Gregory and I was fascinated with her and wanted to learn more about her. However, this is another old one, like I mentioned and I have more current historical fiction that I would like to read.

Decision: Remove


midnight in the garden

I added this one for my mom. I only skimmed the synopsis when I had first added it and thought it was about the different haunted placed in Savannah. I have actually been to Savannah and did the haunted walk tour (hated it, but that’s because I’m terrified of ghosts). However, I don’t really have any intention of reading it and I think it’s time to let it go.

Decision: Remove


dream dark

This is a short story abou Link from the Beautiful Creatures series. I absolutely adored that series and Link was such a fun character. He was a great friend to Ethan and I enjoyed his banter with Ridley. This is a keeper, no question about it.

Decision: Keep


Well that is the next five books in my tbr pile. Don’t worry, friends. There is plenty more where that came from. And by plenty I mean about 455 more books. There might be a couple of times where I do 10 books instead of five so you are not completely overburdened with all these posts. I got to post reviews too!

 

xxlacy

down the tbr hole #1

I’ve been seeing this float around for awhile now and it has me intrigued. I would love to be able to sort out my TBR and get it down to a reasonable amount. Right now, it’s currently at 465, which I think is quite a bit. I always feel so overwhelmed looking at my TBR and trying to find something to read. I want to get things under control. And that’s exactly what this tag will do!

Props, as always, goes to the original creator. I’m not sure sure who it is but if someone would let me know so I can tag them and give them the credit they deserve.


how it works:

  • go to your goodreads to be read shelf.
  • put the order on ascending date added. (it’s at the bottom with a scroll bar)
  • take the first 5 or 10 books, depending on how much you want to do.
  • read the synopsis of the book. (obviously)
  • make the ultimate decision: does it stay or go?
  • keep track of where you left off so you can finish it next week or however many times you want to do this.

the first 5 books:

wwz This is the first book I ever added to my TBR. It was added January 11, 2016. It has survived several purges, surprisingly. But I think it might be time to let it go. I added it when I was in a zombie phase and I think, for now I have outgrown that phase. Perhaps it will be re added again.

Decision: Remove


carrie

So I actually think I own this. I might have bought it on my thrift store shopping sprees. I originally added it because my boyfriend loves Stephen King and I’ve seen all the Carrie movies with the Chloe Grace Moretz one being my favorite. I think I will keep it because this seems like a good segue into starting Stephen King.

Decision: Keep


the lost tudor princess

I went on a I’m going to add every since Alison Weir book to my TBR phase. I really did think I added every since book of hers (we’ll find out when I do more of these). Sad thing is, I don’t remember who Lady Margaret Douglas is. So I think for now, I will remove this book. There are other historical fiction books that I want to get to first.

Decision: Remove


the queens fool

This is a book I added after I found out that Philippa Gregory had a whole Tudor/Plantagenet series. I had been reading the series completely out of order and I wanted to make sure that I had every book of this series read. This is going to stay because it’s part of that series.

Decision: Keep


the lady of the rivers

This is the beginning of the series that I mentioned in the book above. There has been many mentions of this Lady of the Rivers in the books following this series but because I read it out of order, I really didn’t know what they were talking about. This definitely needs to be a keep because it’s one step closer to me finishing this series.

Decision: Keep


Well that concludes this first segment of Down the TBR hole. I removed two and kept three, which I think was a fair trade. This was a really good idea and I’m going to keep up with it for a while. At least until my TBR is down to a reasonable amount again. That means I won’t be adding anymore books on the shelf for a long time. Fingers crossed I can actually do it!

 

xxlacy

sunshine blogger award

I haven’t done a tag in forever. I’ve been receiving a lot of ARCs and that has taken up a lot of my time and energy. So I decided to do a little fun tag/award that I was nominated for by Elise. Which, if you haven’t, you guys got to check out her blog. She is also so honest. I always look to her reviews when I read LGBTQIA+ books to make sure they aren’t harmful to the community.

Now without further ado, here is the sunshine blogger award!


rules:

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you and link back to their blog(s)
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person(s) who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs and write 11 questions for them
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post (I…uh…don’t have the logo. Just picture the sun. No one will notice!)

questions:

a book you love from a genre you don’t read?

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I didn’t actually expect to like this book. I found it on Kindle Unlimited and thought sure why not? It has such a beautiful cover and I thought it was going to be more creepy than mystery. But I’m glad it was a mystery instead.


favorite netflix original series?

orange is the new black

So when I read this question I thought it just said netflix series so I was going to put Supernatural because I’m obsessed. Then I saw that it said Netflix original. I thought okay, that’ll be easy. I watch a lot of Netflix. Fun fact of the day: the shows I watch are not Netflix original shows. This is literally the only one out of the huge list I found that I watch. Sad, I know.


most anticipated debuts?

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I know this says debuts but I think I will pick just one since there are 11 questions. I didn’t know this was a debut book, I was just generally excited to see a book about Lizzie Borden. I found that case to be really fascinating. I have read mixed reviews on it, so I’m hesitant but I still can’t wait to read this for myself.


a few series you’re not sure about continuing?

caraval    beautiful disaster    crowns games

I picked these three because they were the most disappointing to me. I couldn’t stand Tella in Caraval and the second book is about her, so we will see if I go through with reading the second book. Abby was a manipulative b word in Beautiful Disaster and treated Jamie really poorly. The second book is his side of the story so I might read it. The Crown’s Game premise was really cool but just fell flat plus it had a really weird love triangle that I didn’t think need to be in there.


best format for book-to-screen adaptations?

the perks of being a wallflower book   the perks of being a wallflower movie

I watched the movie first before I read the book. I was instantly in love and when I found out that it was a book, I was ecstatic. I then promptly read the book and fell even more in love with both book and movie. I will forever state that everybody needs to read the book and watch the movie. Charlie is a precious human and needs to be protected at all cost.

note: while editing this, I realized the question said best format for book to screen adaptations. this is what I get for not reading clearly. I already put in a lot of work for this question so the short answer is movies because I have only ever seen one play of a short story that we didn’t even finish in school so I’m not counting it. 


character you like that everyone hates?

gale from the hunger games

I may be wrong here but I think there is a general consensus that Gale isn’t well liked in The Hunger Games trilogy. I think because of the way he acted toward Katniss when she had to pretend to love Peeta. True, he did act like a child but I still think he was a really good thing in Katniss’ life. He taught her how to be an actual human instead of an ice queen. And I can appreciate that.


villain that deserves redemption?

the darkling

I didn’t really get a chance to know the Darkling in the Grisha universe because I spent too much time being irritated with Alina and Mal. I think he really wasn’t the villain and having a redemption story would be awesome to see.


fave noncanon ship?

draminione

You can’t tell me that this coupling of Draco and Hermione has never crossed your mind! Really? Am I the only one who shipped them together? They were perfect for each other in every way. Hermione could soothe Draco’s rough edges and teach Draco that blood status isn’t everything. In turn, Draco could teach Hermione to be proud of who she was and how to not let people get to her.


favorite snack?

Honestly, any sort of candy and a Monster energy drink. Unhealthy? Yes. They are called snacks for a reason, people!


underrated fave booktuber?

Uh oh. Honesty time. I don’t watch booktubers. It was one of the things I could never really get into. When I go on Youtube, I use it to watch gamers like TheRadBrad and Markiplier and the Game Grumps.


delightfully evil villain?

voldemort

This one I kind of struggled with this one. Lately a lot of the books that I’ve been reading don’t have any villains or they are morally grey, which really doesn’t make them a villain. So I decided to go with the ole standby of Voldemort. He’s a villain that really is just pure evil.


my questions:

  1. that one series you hate to love?
  2. do you read fanfiction?
  3. what is one character you think would be cool to have in another book that isn’t their own?
  4. what is one book you are proud to like even though it’s bashed on?
  5. favorite youtuber that isn’t a booktuber?
  6. what’s one genre you didn’t think you would like that you ended up liking?
  7. what is something else, besides reading, that you like to do?
  8. you only get to take one book with you on a trip, what is it?
  9. what do you collect? besides books of course.
  10. do you use bookmarks on your books?
  11. ebook or physical?

tag:

Oh no. I now have to tag 11 people. And since this is an award, I can’t cop out and just say everybody do this if you want. The struggle is real. So I apologize for those that have already been tagged in this or don’t want to do it. Honestly, no hard feelings if you want don’t.

  1. Susy at Susy’s Cozy World
  2. Jenn at Bound to Writing
  3. May at Forever and Everly
  4. Rimpy at Rimpy’s Reads
  5. Chelsea at A Very Bookish Girl
  6. May at My First Chapter
  7. Lauren at Wonderless Reviews
  8. Lola at Hit or Miss Books
  9. Emma at Emma Reads
  10. Raven and Beez at Raven & Beez
  11. Warhawke at Warhawke’s Vault Book Blog

Well, I do hope you enjoyed this tag and getting to know me a little bit better. These tags are always so much fun to do!

 

xxlacy

the book blogger insider tag

I was looking at all the blogs that I follow for tag ideas/post ideas and I happened to see this one, which is called the book blogger insider tag. I saw it on May’s blog, Forever and Everly. Which, if you haven’t checked out, is a pretty awesome blog. It’s very bright and colorful and I feel while I’m reading it, that I’m listening to an old friend.

I thought that this would be kind of a fun tag to do and it would give you all a chance to get to know me a little better. Plus I need to mix it up with what I’m sure will be a lot of reviews this week.


where do you typically write your blog posts?

Usually, I write them at work. It’s where I spend a lot of my time. I work overnights and they encourage us to keep busy and active so we don’t fall asleep. This is one of the ways I try and stay awake. I, of course, do my job but writing blog posts certainly helps!


how long does it generally take you to write a book review?

It kind of depends on the book. If I adored it, I often find it hard to reign in the feelings enough to write a cohesive review. Same for if I didn’t like the book. I always try and find the positive so it takes me a little bit to find the words to make it positive so I’m not completely trashing the book. The normal time for writing a review can be anywhere from 10 minutes to half an hour.


when did you start your book blog?

I believe I started this blog around June or July. I’m not 100% certain. And I’m kind of too lazy to look and officially verify this.


what is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

I think the worst thing about having one is the pressure to always post something, even if you have intense writer’s block. Sure, you can post reviews all the time. But what if you are going through a reading slump and haven’t written a review in a few days? Then you have to find a book related topic to post about. Then you might have writer’s block. It’s a vicious cycle really.


what is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

I think the best thing is the freedom to basically write whatever you want, however you want it. You want to wax eloquent about how much Snape didn’t deserve  that character redemption story? Go for it! Want to write exclusively YA book reviews? The power is in your hands! That, my friends, t is the awesome power of having a book blog.


what blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?

I think my favorite blog post was Far From You. I really struggled with writing it because it spoke to me in such volumes but I think it was one of the best posts I did. I just really loved that book and I really loved writing about it.


what is your favorite type of blog post to write?

I like writing good ol’ reviews. It’s the reason I started my blog. Nothing beats talking about a book that excites/disappoints me. Although, I have been having fun writing my weekly wrap ups, for some reason.


when do you typically write?

I usually write at night. As for the days of when I post, it’s really just whenever I finish a book or finish a post. I have made a permanent time, which is 2pm CST. That way I have some sort of consistency, even when I can’t be consistent about anything.


do you review every book you read?

On Goodreads, I do review every book I read. It helps me to remember what I liked or didn’t like about the book. But I don’t always post every book I’ve read on my blog. I’ve been posting a lot of books reviews on here and it seems to be going well so I might continue with the trend of adding more and more reviews.


how do you write your book reviews? with a cup of coffee or tea? with netflix? cuddled with your fur baby?

I just chill at work with Forensic Files in the background. I usually have whatever drink I brought with me off the side. That’s really about it. Nice and simple because I’m a simple gal.


when do you write your book reviews? right after finishing the book? two weeks after finishing the book?

I always try and review after I finish the book. If I leave it for too long, I tend to forget a lot of what happened and my emotions during the book. I like to write about my feels that I experienced in the book and reviewing right after helps with that. Otherwise, my horrible memory fails me and I’m stuck trying to recall anything about the book.


how often do you post?

I usually try and post every day except for Tuesday nights and every other weekend. If I have a full week, I’ll schedule posts during those days. It also depends on writer’s block, if I finished a book, etc etc.


Well that is it. I hope you all enjoyed that and got to know my blogging habits a little bit better! As for tagging anybody in this, I’ll stick by my old stand by and say if you want to do this tag, go for it! Tag me in it so I can look at your answers.

 

xxlacy

hogwarts tag

Of course, I couldn’t just ignore this tag. I mean hello, I am the ravenclaw library. I live and breathe everything Harry Potter. I often compare books I do read to Harry Potter and often wonder what House they are. I just love Harry Potter a lot, okay?

I saw this on Destiny‘s blog and I knew I had to do it. You all should go check her blog out. Her graphics are very cool and she is just a fair and honest reviewer. I love that she tries to find the positive in every book she reads. She is truly a great reviewer and she is mega kind. Go check her blog out!


am I a pureblood, half-blood, or muggle born?

Muggle born. I found out about Harry Potter from a friend. I was over at their house and they had the Chamber of Secrets on. I asked about it and they told me it was Harry Potter. Somehow I acquired the books and I read them, thus starting my obsession.

My mom hasn’t read any of the books but she has seen all the movies at least four times each. Of course, she has to text me and ask me questions about EVERY SINGLE THING. My dad has tried to read the books but he really couldn’t get into them. He totally supports my obsession with them though. So that’s a plus.

which wand chose me?

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This is Hawthorn wand. It has a Phoenix feather core and it’s 10 3/4″ in length and quite bendy, in case you couldn’t read the really tiny font. Hawthorn wands are complex and intriguing in nature, much like their owners, according to Pottermore. I find this to be true and it pertains to me immensely. Hawthorn wands can be dangerous and their spells can backfire, which is kind of a negative but oh well.

did I take an owl, cat, rat, or toad with me?

I would have probably taken an owl with me. They are incredibly useful, delivering letters and whatnot. However, I wouldn’t have minded taking a cat with me either just so I have some to hug. Can’t really hug an owl. I’m afraid of toads so those are out of the questions and rats are just plain icky to me.

where did the sorting hat put me?

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I feel like this doesn’t really need an explanation.

what house did I want to be in?

To be honest, I always wanted to be in Ravenclaw. I thought that Ravenclaw’s traits were something that fit me. I didn’t want to be in any other House. Even though Hermione is my favorite character.

what lessons are my favorites and least favorites?

I’m one of those nerds that would have loved to take every single class and I would have loved them all. I think History of Magic would have been my absolute favorite. I love History and everything about it.

the form my patronus takes:

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Yeah, I know. I don’t want to talk about it.

what does a boggart look like to me?

My family and close dear friends telling me I’m not good enough for them and leaving me.

do I partake in any magical hobbies or school sports?

If I was more cordinated, I would take up Quidditch. But let’s be real, I wouldn’t be that great at it. So I would probably just spend all my time in the library despite the mean librarian.

where would I find myself in my free time?

Like I said above, probably the library. Or I would be in the Ravenclaw Tower a lot too. It’s so dang pretty!

what would I most likely get detention for?

Knowing me and how I operate, I would get in trouble for being in a place I shouldn’t be and not knowing that it isn’t a place I’m supposed to be in. Because that is how I live my life.

what career do I want after leaving Hogwarts?

I would probably want to do something at Hogwarts, like running the library or teaching History of Magic. I wouldn’t mind finding a book related job at the Ministry of Magic as well.

tags

Copping out on tags again. Because it takes forever to tag people. If this seems like something up your alley, give it a shot and ping me back so I can see your answers. I love learning about fellow Ravenclaws or any House.

 

xxlacy

wonder woman book tag

So I love Wonder Woman, not as much as Batman but still. I don’t know that much about her but I love her. I love how strong she is and how she doesn’t take crap from anyone. Like, I wish I could be her. She is an excellent role model for young girls everywhere.

I have yet to see the movie and I want to get my hands on the book but I got to wait. So I’ll do this tag instead while I wait for forever. Miss May tagged me in this. Go check her blog out. She recently redesigned it and it looks really good!


wonder woman: your favorite badass female book character

I got to go with my girl, Hermione. Surprise surprise. But honestly she is like the ultimate badass. She keeps Ron and Harry in line while managing to save the Wizarding world. I really could just go on and on about how amazing she is but there are other questions that I should really get too.

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fantasy island: a book setting you want to escape to

I’m going to say the Kingfountain setting from the Kingfountain series. I have always wanted to live in a medieval world and what better place then one that offers powers. Granted the king is pretty awful but hey, can’t have everything right?

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london: a hyped book that let you down

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye. Okay, so I did rate this three stars and it really wasn’t that bad. But I expected badass dueling and more of Russia. Instead I got a weird love triangle and a couple of teenagers who didn’t even try. I’m hoping the second book is better but I’m not holding my breath.

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steve trevor: a book that has a beautiful cover and a great story (ex- great personality)

Project Pandora by Aden Polydoros. The cover is just gorgeous in real life. I mean just stunning. And the story itself was incredible. Sleeper children agents with wicked code names based on Greek mythology. Count me in. Plus Hades, my poor misunderstood child. Ugh. I need to re-read this book again.

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lasso of truth: a book you hated

The Last Star by Rick Yancey. The first two of this series was incredible. I mean just out of this world. It was my first real taste of science fiction and I was hooked. And then this book came along. I was 90% confused and 10% pissed. I really didn’t think I had forgotten that much from the Infinite Sea and this one. The ending is what really pissed me off. I still don’t know what actually happened. I might have to do an entire re-read of the series in one sitting to see if it makes more sense.

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wonder woman’s shield: a book so sad you need a shield

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. This book isn’t exactly sad, per se but goddamn, it ripped my soul apart. All I wanted to do was protect Charlie. He is such a good and gentle human and he needed all the love. So the book made me sad in that sense.

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ares: a villain that is scary, but you can’t seem to hate

The Darkling from the Grisha trilogy. I have a bit of a confusing relationship when it comes to this character. He seems so dark and evil. But then you learn about his past and you realize is that you can’t hate him as much as you want too. But boy, how I wanted to hate him.

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the amazons: a book that you wish had more/better LGBT+ representation

Captive Prince by C.S Pacat. I was recommended this book and overall I really did like it. It reminded me a lot of Beauty by Anne Rice. But really I was just annoyed by the back and forth that Damen and Laurent had. Did they like each other or did they hate each other? It didn’t seem like a M/M romance to me. But I haven’t finished the series yet so maybe it gets better.

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Tag:

Well, I’m one of those people that cops out and don’t tag anybody. Because honestly, I don’t know who’s been tagged in it and who hasn’t. So I’m going to say, go ahead and do this. Just ping me back so I can see your answers!

 

xxlacy