Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Top Ten Tuesday #104: Top 10 Reasons Why I’m Thankful for Books (or why Books make me feel WHOLE)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme that was formerly created at The Broke and the Bookish but has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. 

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This week's top 10 Tuesday topic is Top 10 Reasons Why I'm Thankful for Books!

So, it's Thanksgiving week and that means that it's time to give thanks for all of the books in the world!  In this week's topic, I will be talking about why I'm thankful for books in general!

So, here are my top 10 Reasons Why I'm Thankful for Books (in no particular order of course) and NO PICTURES THIS TIME AROUND.....  πŸ˜₯πŸ˜₯πŸ˜₯πŸ˜₯

1. It helps me escape from the real world

So, we all know that the real world can be a cruddy place to be in at times.  So, whenever I want to escape from the drama of the real world, then I pick up a book and once I start reading, I start envisioning myself in the world of the book that I'm reading and it helps me deal with the drama of the real world.

2. It Makes Me Feel Better

Sometimes we have a bad day and we need something that will help us feel a lot better.  So, books really helped me whenever I had a bad day as I get to read about characters that I care about in books and be able to deal with a bad day that I had.

3. They Make my Bookshelf look Pretty!

So, I have a bookshelf and whenever I fill my bookshelf with books, I'm able to do a lot of creative things with my bookshelf, like arrange them in the color of the rainbow or put on some cute mugs to give it a more creative flair and it always makes me happy to rearrange my bookshelf in different and creative ways!

4. I Love the Worlds featured in the Books I read

So, whether I'm reading a book that takes place in a magical world or a realistic world, I'm always invested in the worlds that are featured in the books that I read and I usually wished that I lived in those worlds!

5. Being apart of the Book Community

Ever since I started reading lots of books, I've been connecting a lot with the book community and I have such a wonderful time talking about books with other book fans!

6. Gives me lots of creativity

The reason why I love being very creative with my content is because of books in general.  My book blog was the first thing I did as a content creator and when I started thinking of ways to make my book blog look more creative, it thankfully seeped into my YouTube and Twitch content and I've been thankful for this book blog ever since!

7. They expanded my worldviews

So, when I was younger, I didn't know that much about the world and my viewpoints on certain subjects were limited.  But, when I started reading more books, I started to learn more about teh world around me and be able to see the world in a lot of different perspectives.

8. They are always exciting

Whenever I'm reading books, I never once get bored and reading books really helped me get over my boredom!

9. They made me more comfortable with talking with people

Before I came into the book community, I was a quiet girl who barely talked to anyone in my classes.  But when I joined various book communities, I found out that I felt much more comfortable with talking with people who share the same common interests as I do.

10. They gave me inspiration

Books in general had helped me become much more inspired with my work and I became much more creative and confident with my work once I started reading books and creating a book blog that allowed me to talk about books in a funny and creative way!



Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Waiting on Wednesday #232: Betting on You by Lynn Painter and Every Time You Go Away by Abigail Johnson

Hello everyone! "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, that is hosted by Breaking the Spine and the purpose of this event is that we spotlight upcoming releases of books that we are excited for!  This will also tie into Wishful Ending's Can't Wait Wednesday post!

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This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selections are:

Betting on You

By: Lynn Painter

Expected Publication Date: November 28th, 2023

Buy on:   Amazon (Kindle)

When seventeen-year-old Bailey starts a new job at a hotel waterpark, she is less than thrilled to see an old acquaintance is one of her coworkers. Bailey met Charlie a year ago on the long flight to Omaha, where she moved after her parents’ divorce. Charlie’s cynicism didn’t mix well with Bailey’s carefully well-behaved temperament, and his endless commentary was the irritating cherry on top of an already emotionally fraught trip.

Now, Bailey and Charlie are still polar opposites, but instead of everything about him rubbing Bailey the wrong way, she starts to look forward to hanging out and gossiping about the waterpark guests and their coworkers—particularly two who keep flirting with each other. Bailey and Charlie make a bet on whether or not the cozy pair will actually get together. Charlie insists that members of the opposite sex can’t just be friends, and Bailey is determined to prove him wrong.

Bailey and Charlie keep close track of the romantic progress of others while Charlie works to deflect the growing feelings he’s developed for Bailey. Terrified to lose her if his crush becomes known, what doesn’t help his agenda is Bailey and Charlie “fake dating” in order to disrupt the annoying pleasantries between Bailey’s mom and her mom’s new boyfriend. Soon, what Charlie was hoping to avoid becomes a reality as Bailey starts to see him as not only a friend she can rely on in the midst of family drama—but someone who makes her hands shake and heart race. But Charlie has a secret—a secret that involves Bailey and another bet Charlie may have made. Can the two make a real go of things…or has Charlie’s secret doomed them before they could start?

Oooh!  This sounds like a cute little romance book that I need to read for the holidays ASAP!

Every Time You Go Away

By: Abigail Johnson

Expected Publication Date: December 5th, 2023

Buy on:  Amazon (Kindle)

Perfect for fans of Jennifer Niven, Abigail Johnson draws a searing and lyrical portrait of grief, forgiveness, and the kind of love that blooms in the aftermath.

Eight years ago, Ethan and Rebecca met, two trouble-making kids sharing secrets and first kisses in a treehouse, until Ethan’s mom returned to take him away. Each and every visit, his only goodbye was a flower on Rebecca’s windowsill.

Three years ago, Ethan left for the last time to take care of his mother, who’s struggled with addiction his whole life.

Two years ago, Rebecca was in a car accident that killed her father. She’s been learning to navigate life as a wheelchair user ever since.

Now, they discover if their hardships have torn them apart…or will bring them closer than ever.

Wow....a romance about two lovers going through so much hardships.  These types of stories always make me teary eyed and I would love to see how these two will survive through their hardships.

So, what upcoming books are you looking forward to?  Please respond below!



Saturday, November 11, 2023

[ARC REVIEW] The Coyote by David B. Bond


Title:  The Coyote

Author:  David B. Bond

Genre: Mystery

Year Published: 2023

Number of Pages: 234

Date Read: 

Publisher:   David B. Bond

Series: Young Detective Choo Murder Mystery #1

Source:   eARC (Publisher)

Content Rating:  Ages 16+ (Gory Violence)

Buy on:  Amazon 

I would like to thank Squeedeal for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

So, it has been a while since I last read a mystery novel and thankfully, author, David B. Bond, has given me an extremely intriguing mystery novel called “The Coyote” and man, was this such an interesting mystery novel to read!

The book starts off with a couple who were walking in the streets together when all of a sudden, the woman named Lana was murdered by a female passerby and Lana’s death ended up traumatizing her husband.  It was then that Lana’s husband decided to go on a murdering spree to avenge the death of his wife Lana and he ends up murdering any woman who has blonde hair.  This string of murders has attracted the attention of the police force and the police ended up hiring a young and capable detective named Choochai Sirisi, also known as Choo, and Detective Choo ends up spending most of the book trying to find out who has been murdering all of these innocent women.

David B. Bond has done a fantastic job at writing this book!  I loved the way that the characters are written, as each character are extremely interesting and I especially loved the main character Choochai Sirisi himself, as he is shown as being an intelligent and nice detective who tries his best to get the job done.  I also loved the fact that this story takes place in Thailand as I love reading books that take place in different countries and it was awesome seeing how the culture of Thailand is like.  Another thing that I loved about this book was just how exciting this book was.  David B. Bond has done a brilliant job at making the book both intense and exciting at the same time as we follow Choo’s determination in solving this murder case and trying not to get killed by the murderer.  I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat, hoping that Choo would not get killed by the murderer while he was solving the case.  I also loved the plot twist towards the end of this book as I did not see that coming and it really made the entire book even more enjoyable to read!

For anyone who does not like violent content, this book revolves around a murder and so, there are many graphic depictions of dead bodies, such as maggots crawling over the dead bodies, that might be a bit nauseating for some readers to handle.  Also, for me personally, I felt that the ending of this book was a bit rushed as there were some plot threads that were left hanging.  But, since this is the first book in the “Young Detective Choo Murder Mystery” series, it does make sense to leave some plot threads hanging in order to solve them in the next book.

Overall, “The Coyote” is a fantastic murder mystery that you should definitely read!  Even if the mention of dead bodies might be a bit much for some readers and the ending was a bit rushed, this murder mystery novel does a fantastic job at keeping readers entertained from beginning to end and it is definitely a murder mystery novel that is worth reading!


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