Books On My Summer 2019 TBR

Hey everyone! I’m back for another Top Ten Tuesday this week. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Girl. Each week there is a different topic. This week’s topic is Books On My Summer 2019 TBR. I went with eleven books this week because two of them go together. (Click the book cover to be taken to the Goodreads page for more info about each book.)

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  • Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa – I absolutely loved Shadow of the Fox last year so I was really excited to get an eARC of Soul of the Sword. I actually plan to read this one next after I finish the current review copy I’m reading.
  • DEV1AT3 by Jay Kristoff – I love everything and anything written by Jay Kristoff and the first book, LIFEL1K3, was awesome and DEV1AT3 is officially out today so I’ll be reading this one as soon as I possibly can.
  • Lock Every Door by Riley Sager – This one will be my first book by Riley Sager but I’ve heard nothing but great things so I’m really looking forward to reading this one. I have an eARC to review for it so I’ll be reading it fairly soon.

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  • The Darkest Time of Night by Jeremy Finley AND The Dark Above by Jeremy Finley  – The Darkest Time of Night is the first book in a series that has the sequel, The Dark Above, coming out in July. The publisher sent me copies of both. They’re being called a cross between The X-Files, The OA, Stranger Things, and Mr. Robot. Very much looking forward to reading these sci-fi thrillers.

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  • Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – This one is a no-brainer for me. I’m a little surprised that I didn’t read it right away already. I love the books these two write together.
  • Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – I LOVED her debut novel, An Enchantment of Ravens so I’ve been super stoked to read this one.
  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer – I picked this one up on a bit of a whim at Target. When I first heard about it, I loved the cover and synopsis but was planning to wait on it for awhile. But the more I saw it on the shelf at Target, the more I wanted it.

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  • The Handmaid’s Tale graphic novel by Margaret Atwood – I really enjoyed reading this book in high school as well as Hulu’s adaptation. I’m so glad that she is writing a sequel so I really want to read the graphic novel version of The Handmaid’s Tale.
  • The Steel Prince graphic novel by V.E. Schwab – I’m really interested in finding out more about Maxim Maresh before he became king of Red London. I loved the Shades of Magic series and I love graphic novels so this should be great.
  • Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson – The sequel is coming out soon so I think it’s finally time to read this one. I had a feeling I was going to need book 2 immediately after reading this one so I waited to start this one until closer to book 2’s release.

What books are on your summer TBR?

 

WWW Wednesday – June 19, 2019

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words.
Each week we answer the following three questions:
-What have you recently finished reading?
-What are you currently reading?
-What are you reading next?

Another slow month of reading so far. We’ve been working on a lot of projects around the house again so I haven’t had as much time to read outside of my lunch breaks. I’ve had some review copies piling up so I’ve mostly been working my way through those.

Recently Finished

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We Were Killers Once by Becky Masterman was a great thriller where the author explored a what-if scenario about the murders Truman Capote wrote about in In Cold Blood.  I just finished Mrs. Everything on Sunday and really enjoyed it. Lots of feels so prepare yourself.

Currently Reading

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I have a few on hold that I’ve been in the middle of for awhile but I haven’t been actively reading them for weeks (or months… oops). I am currently in the middle of The Summer Country by Lauren Willig. I got a finished copy from the publisher for review after loving her last book, The English Wife. I’m really enjoying this one even though I’m not very far into it yet. I have been reading way more historical fiction this year than I have the last couple of years so it’s fitting in perfectly with my mood.

Up Next

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The next two review copies on my list to read are Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa and Lock Every Door by Riley Sager.  Soul of the Sword is the sequel to The Shadow of the Fox, which was a 5 star read for me last year so I’m really excited to read this one.  Lock Every Door will be my first book by Riley Sager but I’ve heard great things about her previous books and I’ve also been really into mystery/thrillers this year.  I’ll probably start off with Soul of the Sword since that one publishes next week.


What have you been reading lately?

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

Top Ten Tuesday

Hey everyone! It’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these posts but I have so many anticipated releases for the rest of the year that this one came pretty easy to me. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Girl. Each week there is a different topic. This week’s topic is Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019. (Click the book cover to be taken to the Goodreads page for more info about each book.)

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  • Darkdawn by Jay KristoffSeptember 3 – This is my absolute #1 most anticipated read for the entire year. I can’t believe this trilogy is ending. It is seriously epic and if you haven’t started Nevernight yet, then I recommend you drop everything else and pick up a copy so you are ready for what is sure to be an insane series finisher.
  • The Queen of Nothing by Holly BlackNovember 19 – When Holly Black announced that QoN was going to be releasing months early AND on the day after my birthday, I flipped! Another series ender that I have been DYING to read since I read the previous book.
  • The Starless Sea by Erin MorgensternNovember 5 – I have been waiting and waiting for her to write another book after absolutely falling in love with her writing and creativity in The Night Circus. Really looking forward to what she creates in this new novel.
  • Ninth House by Leigh BardugoOctober 1 – I would read absolutely anything that Leigh Bardugo writes. She is pure magic.
  • The Wives by Tarryn FisherDecember 31 – This one barely makes the cut by publishing on the last day of the year but it is Tarryn Fisher and I can’t wait to read it. I have devoured every book she has ever written.

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  • Regretting You by Colleen HooverDecember 10 – Like with Tarryn Fisher books, I devour anything written by Colleen Hoover. I am not even sure what this book is about but I don’t care. CoHo forever!
  • The Turn of the Key by Ruth WareSeptember 9 – Another author I’ve enjoyed every book they’ve ever written. If you haven’t read any of her books and love thrillers and mysteries, I definitely recommend reading them. I’m super excited because Barnes & Noble has signed copies available for preorder.
  • DEV1AT3 by Jay KristoffJune 25 – Very much looking forward to reading this sequel to LIFEL1K3. Jay Kristoff is one of my favorite authors and 100% autobuy.
  • Call Down the Hawk by Maggie StiefvaterNovember 5 – Ronan was one of my favorite characters from The Raven Cycle series so I am so stoked that he is getting his own series.
  • Winterwood by Shea ErnshawNovember 5 – Man, my November 5th is going to be a great day for book releases as this one makes #3. I absolutely loved her first book, The Wicked Deep, so I knew I needed this one the second I heard about it.

And there you have it! Those are the ten books I am most anticipating for the rest of the year. I have two others also preordered for this year that deserve honorable mention. Warrior of Altaii by Robert Jordan and Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab.  Warrior of Altaii is the first book that Robert Jordan, author of The Wheel of Time series, wrote but never published. He passed away in 2007 so his wife (who was also his editor) is having it published finally. Tunnel of Bones is the sequel to City of Ghosts which is a great middle grade series about a girl who can see ghosts.

What book releases are you looking forward to during the rest of 2019?

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner

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Published June 11, 2019 by Atria Books

416 Pages

Goodreads Summary: From Jennifer Weiner, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Who Do You Love and In Her Shoes, comes a smart, thoughtful, and timely exploration of two sisters’ lives from the 1950s to the present as they struggle to find their places—and be true to themselves—in a rapidly evolving world. Mrs. Everything is an ambitious, richly textured journey through history—and herstory—as these two sisters navigate a changing America over the course of their lives.

Do we change or does the world change us?

Jo and Bethie Kaufman were born into a world full of promise.

Growing up in 1950s Detroit, they live in a perfect “Dick and Jane” house, where their roles in the family are clearly defined. Jo is the tomboy, the bookish rebel with a passion to make the world more fair; Bethie is the pretty, feminine good girl, a would-be star who enjoys the power her beauty confers and dreams of a traditional life.

But the truth ends up looking different from what the girls imagined. Jo and Bethie survive traumas and tragedies. As their lives unfold against the background of free love and Vietnam, Woodstock and women’s lib, Bethie becomes an adventure-loving wild child who dives headlong into the counterculture and is up for anything (except settling down). Meanwhile, Jo becomes a proper young mother in Connecticut, a witness to the changing world instead of a participant. Neither woman inhabits the world she dreams of, nor has a life that feels authentic or brings her joy. Is it too late for the women to finally stake a claim on happily ever after?

In her most ambitious novel yet, Jennifer Weiner tells a story of two sisters who, with their different dreams and different paths, offer answers to the question: How should a woman be in the world?

Review: I had never read a book by Jennifer Weiner before this but knew that she is a pretty popular author so I was pretty excited that the publisher asked me to review this one. The characters of Jo and Bethie felt like they were written in a way to represent all women. Each of them face individual struggles that break your heart as you read them. Jo isn’t your typical teenage girl. She has a secret that she is terrified of it getting out. But she also wants to be able to live the life she wants without people treating her differently. Bethie becomes a victim of abuse from a family member who should have been there to protect her. As both sisters grow up and experience various hardships, their biggest challenge is realizing who they are and figuring out what they want out of life. Are they going to settle for what’s easy or are they going to work for the life they want? Reading their journey, both individually and together as sisters, was really moving. One thing about this book that really impressed me was the whole scope of the book. The author managed to fit in so many issues including race, religion, and sexual assault. The characters participate in everything from the civil rights movement as Jo actively participates in weekly demonstrations for equality, all the way up to the current #metoo movement. The book spans several decades so there were times when it seemed to drag on a little too long but overall I really enjoyed this book. This story will stick with me for awhile.

4 Stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Movie Closet Project

Hey everyone, today I’m going to be talking about something other than books. As you may know if you’ve been following me for awhile, my husband and I bought my parent’s house over a year ago and we have been slowly doing projects around the house, making it our own. One of the most recent projects we just completed this past week and I am super excited about it. Besides books, I love and collect movies and tv seasons. I have a pretty large collection and they’ve been housed on mismatched old bookshelves which ended up making our downstairs living area look a little cluttered. Excuse the mess in the below BEFORE photo… this area has been a bit of a catch-all the last few months.

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There is a closet space in the downstairs that used to have an old fridge. We got rid of the fridge and started working on finishing the space to turn it into a movie closet. We started with just plain concrete floors and drywall. Ethan added these carpet squares and the baseboard trim. Eventually he will also be adding the trim around the closet opening. For now it’s just raw until he can get the last of the supplies.

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Originally I wanted to fill it with Ikea Billy shelves to match my library shelves but the closet wasn’t quite big enough for what I wanted to do so we came up with plan B: making our own shelves. We decided to go a little bit of the easy route and get the shelving racks you hang on the wall and then jazz up some wood boards to add to them.

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Our favorite way to add interest to plain pine is to sand them down, torch them to bring out the grain, and then stain and seal them. The above photo is after Ethan torched two of the boards. Once all of the boards were finished, we added some simple bookends to the ends of each board and mounted them on the brackets. We ended up having quite a bit of extra room at the bottom so we talked about adding another board to the bottom. But we ended up going with something we already had at the house that allowed us to add double the storage space.

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Here is a closeup of the awesome shelves. I seriously can’t stop looking at them and love how they turned out.

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I had so much fun filling the shelves up with all of our tv seasons, blurays, and dvds. Started to run out of room at the bottom so I’m really glad we had these other media shelves that fit perfectly underneath the last shelf. We also decided to add another full bookcase on one side of the closet to house some of the bigger special editions and all of our puzzles and board games.

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Here is the finished product! I’m really happy with how everything turned out and I love having them all in one place. Makes it so much easier to find something to watch. Mini tour: top three shelves are TV series, next two shelves are blurays, then DVDs. At the bottom in the media shelves, the left half area all kids movies, and the right half are the rest of the dvds.Not a great photo with the light glaring from above but hey, it’s a basement closet so that’s as good as it’ll get haha. If you’re interested in a more detailed tour of the shelves to check out my collection, let me know in the comments and I will do a more in depth post.

What are some of your favorite tv shows and/or movies?