TTT | Titles or Covers That Made Want to Read the Book

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’m a huge supporter of people who create book covers and think that they can make or break a book. Here are some of those covers that made me want to read the book.

Malice by Heather Walter

Kent State by Deborah Wiles

The Dead and The Dark by Courtney Gould

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Sadie by Courtney Summers

A Woman Without a Country by Eavan Boland

Happy Reading Darlings!

#FridayFives | Best Dads in Literature

I started #FridayFavorites back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. In December, I decided to change it to #FridayFives instead to have more room for topics. If anyone wants to join me, the list for future topics can be found here.

Dads in literature are some of the best characters. They can be there for their kids while also providing the comedy we need as readers to keep going. Here are some of the best dads in literature.

“It’s no so bad if I take a break from Avatar business. I’ll get to spend more time with you. We should go on vacation, the two of us, perhaps to see the Air Nomad sacred sites.”



“There are, he assures her, no such things as curses. There is luck, maybe, bad or good. A slight inclination of each day toward success or failure. But no curses.”

Daniel Leblanc


“Let me not have the grief of seeing you unable to respect your partner in life.”

Mr. Bennet


“Lastly, the Hubermanns. Hans. Papa. He was tall in the bed and I could see the silver through his eyelids. His soul sat up. It met me. Those kind of souls always do-the best ones. The Ones who rise up and say, ‘I know who you are and I am ready. Not that I want to go, of course, but I will come.’ Those souls are always light because more of them have been put out. . . . Liesel. His soul whispered it as I carried him.”

Death’s thoughts on Papa


“Logan, I let this thing out, but I don’t regret it. I would do it again. I would let it kill me to keep you alive.”

Brandon Ortiz-Woodley


Happy Reading Lovelies!

ARC Review | The Dead and the Dark

Title: The Dead and the Dark

Author: Courtney Gould

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Publication Date: 3 August 2021

Pages: 352

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Content Warnings: Homophobia, hate crime, death, murder, child death, biphobia

I received an eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Wow! I am blown away by how this all came together. The Dead and the Dark is about the things that lurk in dark corners, the past that cannot remain hidden, and about finding home in places you least expected.

Logan Ortiz-Woodley wants to live a normal life. She wants one place to call home instead of the many, many hotels she’s lived in, and she’d really like to make her own path. Her dads are the stars of TV’s most popular ghost hunters show ParaSpectors, so she’s spent most of her childhood going from one haunted place to another for her dad’s show.

Snakebite, Oregon is a typical small-town that everybody’s forgotten about. But something lurks there and teenagers are disappearing, some turning up dead, the whether is acting up and people point a finger at Logan’s dads, Alejo and Brandon.

Ashley Barton is a native of Snakebite, Oregon and her boyfriend is the first teen to go missing. She’s felt his presence ever since and refuses to believe he’s dead. With the Ortiz-Woodleys in town, his ghost following Ashley, the only person she can trust is the mysterious Logan. Ashley and Logan team up to figure out who is haunting Snakebite, their investigations reveals truths about the town, their families, and themselves that they may not be ready for.

Alejo and Brandon are so completely adorable that I cannot handle it. It does break my heart that Logan thinks Brandon hates her since she doesn’t know what actually happened. The enemies to friendship then to blossoming relationship between Ashley and Logan is so wonderful and heartwarming to see. I’m also a sucker for the enemies to love trope!

This was unique and mind-blowing book with twists and turns. I was actually shocked about what was going on in Snakebite and it was fascinating to see every couple of chapters these inside thoughts from this dark, terrifying thing that is haunting the town.

Truly, there is something that haunts the town but the beauty of Gould’s book is that it’s really the town itself, the people, the hatred, the prejudices. The more people hate and judge and discriminate the more the darkness grows and becomes more powerful. In our day and age, the message that comes across in this story is more important than ever to listen to and understand. We cannot let our own hatred become toxic, to sink so far into the soil that there is no escape.

Happy Reading Lovelies!

TTT | Books On My Spring 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 spring 2021 TBR list.

Yes, I know, I really need to finish this book! I keep getting distracted with life and school and other books. Plus, I’m wanting to take my time and really ruminate on each chapter after I finish it. It’s not a book that I want to miss stuff.


Super excited for the sequal to A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder! I preordered it and it arrived last week, so I can’t wait to dive into Pip’s new case.


I absolutely loved The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, which I was not planning on reading but many people mentioned it as their favorite for 2020. I’m super hopeful for the next in the Wayfarers series.


The university I work at is using this as the faculty and staff book read. I’m definitely excited to learn more and be better in my personal and work lives.


If there’s a book with a witch or on witches, then I’ll probably read it. I received an eArc of this from Netgalley and have started reading this this past Friday.


THIS COVER!! Ugh, so gorgeous and is what totally made me want to read to read this book! This is another eArc I received from Netgalley as well.


Another eArc that I received from Books Forward Friends. I’m interested to see what I think about it now that I know how low of a rating it has on Goodreads.


I’ve been wanting to read this since I heard about it in early 2020, but I have not been in the mindset for a nonfiction book. So, here we are in March of 2021 with me still not having it read.


This is another book that I want to take my time reading to truly understand what I need to do to be Anti-Racist. It’s also one were I know I’ll re-read it.


Life just loves to get in the way of my reading time! Another book that I bought in 2020 that I didn’t get to read.


Happy Reading Lovelies!