TTT | Books Guaranteed to Put a Smile On Your Face

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

Sometimes we just need to read something fun, something that makes us smile. Here are some of my favorites!

Ada Twist, Scientist is probably my favorite children’s book right now! It’s so completely adorable and each time I read it (by myself or to my niblings) I have a smile on my face.

P.S. There’s a Netflix show being made of this book and the Obamas are the producers! Eeeek I’m so excited!

This reminds me of the TV show Firefly so much! It does have it’s tense moments, but overall this book is completely wonderful with such a great cast of characters!

I absolutely love the story of Elizabeth & Darcy, so having that same love story but with a murder just puts a smile on my face….I realize how bad that makes me sound, and I don’t how to explain this any better.

Luc & Oliver are relationship goals!! These two are so adorable and lovable and I couldn’t not smile while reading this book!

Monty is such an adorable doofus that I can’t help but love! Along with Percy and Felicity! This book has everything grand trips, useless gays, an annoying but usually right sister, and some bad guys trying to chase you down!

This book is so much fun!! I absolutely love this whole series! Sophronia and her group of friends are just delightful, as are the secondary characters and the plot is actually quite well done.

Again, this is gonna make me sound like a horrible person, but I can’t not smile/laugh when I read this book! It’s funny and punny!

A reimagined tale of Jane Eyre as a serial murderer, I mean what’s not to love!? This is such a fun and delightful read. While staying pretty true to the original text of Bronte’s novel, Faye also does a great job in creating her own novel and story.

Emi & Ava are so completely adorable, as well as being such useless lesbians! I also love this story for the fact that coming out was never the point of the novel nor was there anyone who was against them for being gay.

Another adorable romance novel that just brings a smile to my face! Anna & Étienne are so cute, and I just love how this novel plays out. It’s a fun, young adult novel with no high stakes!

Happy Reading Darlings!

TTT | Colorful Book Covers

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

I love a good book cover! I pick up a book by the cover first, so I think they’re one of the most important aspect of marketing. Here are some of my favorite colorful book covers.

A Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price

We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib

Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession and the Natural History Heist of the Century by Kirk Wallace Johnson

Little Gods by Meng Jin

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

The Thirty Names of Night by Zeyn Joukhadar

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

Happy Reading Lovelies!

TTT | Purple, Yellow, and/or Green Book Covers

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

In honor of Mardis Gras, today’s topic is book covers that are purple, yellow, or green.

We Used to be Friends by Amy Spalding

Manners and Mutiny by Gail Carriger

Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price

The Black Swan of Paris by Karen Robards

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Case for Jamie by Brittany Cavallaro

A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

Happy Reading Lovelies!

eARC Review | Pride and Premeditation

Title: Pride and Premeditation

Author: Tirzah Price

Publisher: HarperTeen

Published: 6 April 2021

Pages: 368

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Oh my word, this was such a fun read! I’m a huge Jane Austen fan and combining Jane Austen and murder was right up my alley. Lizzie Bennet is an aspiring lawyer who helps out in her dad’s law firm and wants her dad to hire her as an actual lawyer. An opportunity comes along that may just help prove her worth, the murder of Charles Bingley’s brother-in-law, his little sister’s husband. He has motive, means, and opportunity, seems like an open and shut case. Lizzie believes he’s innocent.

Yet, Lizzie comes up against Fitzwilliam Darcy, the stern young heir to the prestigious firm Pemberley Associates. Throughout the book the usual characters come and go. Charlotte works as the secretary at Mr. Bennet’s law firm. Mrs. Bennet is still trying to marry off all of her daughters. Mr. Collins is still an annoying little creep. There are some characters that have an appearance but their roles are slightly different than in the original. This is the genius of this book is that Price didn’t just transplant all of the characters into a different story with the exact same lines and story line practically. In this one, Price changes it up.

We are still given the famous opening line, with a twist, “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a brilliant idea, conceived and executed by a clever young woman, must be claimed by a man.”

Lizzie’s stubbornness and Bingley’s hopefulness means that Darcy and Lizzie start working together. They begin to like each other, of course. The case has many twists and turns and is beautifully executed. Mr. Wickham in this story is a criminal and kills a young maid who worked in the victim’s house. At first, the assumption is that he is the one who killed the brother-in-law, until Lizzie pieces all the bits of evidence together. This wasn’t just a murder mystery but a whole conspiracy that is wrapped up with Lizzie not given one offer of employment but two: one from her father and another from Mr. Darcy. Of course, Lizzie takes her father’s offer. Not only has Lizzie realized she misjudged Darcy but she’s grown to realize that there are more injustices in the world that she can uncover by being a solicitor not a barrister.

Again, this was such a fun book but more than that it was a great mystery to uncover as I read. I loved seeing all the characters I love in a different setting and different storyline. I can definitely say I cannot wait for Price’s next addition in this series. Yes, you heard that right! Tirzah Price will be turning 2 more Jane Austen stories into murder mysteries, who’s excited?

2020 Wrap-Up

The Year

The Year of Covid was such a strange and wild year, and one I’m likely not to forget. Personally, not much changed in my life. The university library I work at didn’t close, we were allowed the option to work from home, yet the work I do buying and processing the books that come to the library along with weeding our collection which isn’t really possible to work from home. Thankfully, my office is in an area that social distancing is possible and the library was implementing all the social distancing and masking guidelines.

A Year in Reading

I did manage to read 50 books, which was my goal for the year. However, I was worried that I wouldn’t manage it, especially during the later months of the year. The most read genres for the year were young adult, fantasy, and mystery. Not surprising considering I was wanting to have escapism throughout the year.

Total Books Read – 53

Total Pages Read – 17,993

Average Rating – 4.04

Top Rated Books

Least Favorite Books

A Year in Blogging

One of my goals for 2021 is to post 4 times a week. When I first brought back my blog in the spring of 2020, I had myself post 3 times a week. I follow a good number of blogs but hope to have more interactions with other bloggers and to be more intentional about keeping up with the blogs I follow. Thank you all who follow this blog and have liked or commented on my posts. It definitely made this year (in general) better!

Happy Reading and New Year Lovelies!

TTT | Books On My Winter 2020-2021 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

Today’s topic is books that are on my winter TBR. I’m super excited because my Christmas break starts tomorrow, and I’ll have 18 uninterrupted days of reading (this does include weekends).

Just checked this out from the library today and will probably start reading it tonight.

I’ve had a difficult time trying to read this. I’ve read about 70 pages, but I absolutely hate what my baby (Aelin) is going through. But I’m hoping to get through this over the break, and then start reading Sarah J. Maas’s new novel House of Earth and Blood.

An advanced ebook I have that I am super excited to read!

Another eARC that I need to read. I actually have started it just need to finish it. This month has just been too busy.

I checked this out from the library as well tonight, and I cannot wait to read it!! Sci-fi western with lesbians, yes please!

At the library I work at, some of us review books for the Heart of Texas Literature Quarterly. This is one of the books I’m reviewing. It’s about when American troops killed four American students protesting the Vietnam War. From what I can tell flipping through the pages, it’s mostly told through poems and free verse.

As with Kent State, this is also a book I’m reviewing for the Heart of Texas Literature.

I really need to get on top of my eARC’s. Here’s another one I’ll be reading over the winter season.

A book that I’ve placed on hold and hope to be able to pick up before the library closes.

Last week this was on my TTT Holiday themed TBR, this week I remembered that I actually own it. So, I’ll definitely be reading this.

TTT | Books On My Fall 2020 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

Today’s topic is books on my TBR for the fall. Many of these will be ones I have advanced copies of.

I mean I’m reading it right now, but haven’t finished, so it still counts right? Right!

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An atmospheric contemporary fantasy about three teens coming of age in the wake of a mysterious death.

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A murder on the high seas. A detective duo. A demon who may or may not exist.

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Based on the true World War II story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris, this is an unforgettable story of romance, friendship, family, and the power of literature to bring us together.

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a young woman who desires a law career must be in want of a case.

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Need to read before the movie comes out.

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I also need to read the 4th in this series, but I want to re-read the first two as a refresher. Technically, this could count for 4 books.

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A sweeping, multi-layered romance with a divine twist, by the Printz Honor-winning author of The Passion of Dolssa, set in the perilous days of World Wars I and II.

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Award-winning journalist Delphine Minoui recounts the true story of a band of young rebels in a besieged Syrian town, who find hope and connection making an underground library from the rubble of war.

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Fantasy, female/female romance, and girls reclaiming their own narrative after horrible sexual violence. What more can you ask for?

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Happy Reading, Lovelies!