May 7, 2021

Book Blogger Hop


This meme is hosted by Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addict!
This week's question is: Do you collect bookmarks? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews
Short answer, YES!!
Long answer: Yes! I collect a variety, mostly usable ones. There are a few that I've obtained that are fancy but not practical for bookmark usage. Others may be cute and fun, but again, not practical. 
So I'm too lazy to take them all out because my collection has seriously grown sine the last time I laid them all out! I've now separated them into two boxes based on size! Some of those smaller ones--the ones that they don't make anymore size wise--are from my childhood days. I can remember with a few of them where I got them, mainly whether they came from Book Fair days or not! Lol!
Basically I like these laminated styled ones that are easy to grab and tuck into the pages! I especially like the smaller ones for my mass market paperbacks!


May 6, 2021

Random Thursday

I'm finding it harder every week how to introduce us back to Shane Carley's True Facts That Sound Like Bull$#*t! It's hard trying to cycle back in a way that's entertaining. Lol.

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Astronauts grow plants in space and one in particular, Don Pettit, found that his dirty underwear helped plants grow too!

Oh that's just weird!

(image borrowed from Bruker)

Metal can fuse together in space, it's called "cold welding" and it's actually done in some processes on Earth too. Though, when in space, it's important to keep pieces of the same type of metal apart.

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The Ardbeg Distillery has aged whiskey in space and naturally, was named Supernova!

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Neutron starts are one of the most densest objects in the universe and they can spin over 700 times per second. A lot of force is generated by their rapid movements.

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Did you know that Russian cosmonauts used to carry weapons when they went into space in case they landed in the wilderness? They'd carry knives, machetes and even guns to protect themselves from terrestrial wildlife!

Dude. That's insanely brilliant!

May 5, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.


With her indomitable style, New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder returns with an electric new fantasy series that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Through her courage and tenacity, Shyla Sun-Kissed has awoken the power of The Eyes of Tamburah. But this feat only marks the beginning of the challenges that the magical order, the Invisible Sword, faces to free the underground city of Zirdai.

Though they have allies among the monks and splinter cells inside the city, Shyla knows the Invisible Sword doesn't have the strength to win. With the group fracturing due to the strain of losses from their latest ordeal, thinly veiled suspicions and endless disagreements, it's up to Shyla to forge a new united order.

When both the draconian Water Prince and brutal Heliacal Priestess learn of Shyla's new powers, life becomes even more complicated as they will stop at nothing to capture Shyla and take the magic of The Eyes for themselves. Hunted at every turn and unable to hide, Shyla and the Invisible Sword must use every resource at their command - and unearth new ones - in their race to save the city from destruction. But their enemies always seem to be one step ahead. And the cost to win the battle may be more than Shyla would ever be willing to pay...


Super excited for this one! Love Maria's books and reading one is always like coming home for me! Lol.


TITLE: The City of Zirdai
AUTHOR: Maria V. Snyder

PUBLISHER: Harlequin Teen (Aus)
GENRE: YA Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: June 2, 2021 






May 4, 2021

Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Purple Princess of The Purple Booker

Here are the rules:

1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a page
3. Pick out 2 lines that are SPOILER FREE
4. Name the title, author, etc.


"'Yeah, let's go someplace less populated so they can murder us in complete peace and quiet,' Flynn muttered. But he followed her, and Rapunzel after him." p 174*


*Quote comes from the ARC, therefore it and its location are not final.






TITLE: What Once Was Mine
AUTHOR: Liz Braswell

PUBLISHER: Disney-Hyperion
GENRE: Disney Retellings
RELEASE DATE: September 7, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


This week's topic is: My Ten Most Recent Reads


*in ascending order to most recent
**left out the last most recent read since it was more picture book with a few words to it...and the fact that this post was already written and new Blogger has made it a pain to try to edit posts.


by Brigid Kemmerer--Review here
9. SMALL FAVORS by Erin A. Craig--Review to come at a later date
8. IN THE SHADOWS by Jill Nolan--Review here

7. GRACE AND GLORY by Jennifer L. Armentrout--Review to come at a later date
6. SHADOW KISS by Alyssa Rose Ivy--Review here
5. SHADOW DANCE by Alyssa Rose Ivy--Review here

4. MILLION DOLLAR DEMON by Kim Harrison--Review to come at a later date
3. LOOKING GLASS by Christina Henry--Review here
2. DARLING by K. Ancrum--Review to come at a later date

1. MIRROR, MIRROR by Jen Calonita--Review here

May 3, 2021

It's Monday! What are You Reading?


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It's a fun meme where we gather to share what we've read last week and our reading plans for this week.


Last Week I Read:

Looking Glass by Christina Henry (4 stars)
Darling by K. Ancrum (ARC)--Review to come at a later date
Mirror, Mirror by Jen Calonita (3.5 stars)
Disney Maps by The Walt Disney Company (4 stars)


Reviews That Were Posted:

Blade of Secrets by Tricia Levenseller (ARC) (5 stars)
Ember of Night by Molly E. Lee (ARC) (5 stars)
Shadowed Steel by Chloe Neill (ARC) (4.5 stars)

Currently Reading:

What Once Was Mine by Liz Braswell (ARC)

What I Plan to Read Next:

Dreaming Darkly by Caitlin Kittredge

Other Posts of Interest:

Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays
Waiting on Wednesday
Random Thursday
Book Blogger Hop
Challenges Monthly Wrap-up
Let's Discuss: Bookish Candles
Stacking the Shelves


May 2, 2021

Mini Review--Disney Maps by The Walt Disney Company


From the fairytale forest of Snow White to the contemporary world of Toy Story, Disney and Pixar movies do an amazing job of introducing unique worlds. Those worlds have now been mapped out. Each of the twenty-four beautifully illustrated maps brings to life the movies we know and love, and each comes with further information about the movie and the characters. This is a book of maps that will please fans young and old!







Since I between reads last night I decided to pick up the Disney Maps book from the Walt Disney Company! This was a very quick little read but an intriguing read that no Disney lover should be without. It's a collection of specially drawn maps for 24 Disney movies. Some places we know well, some not as much. But the illustrations were just darling and it was fun to see the stretch of land where the well-known characters traveled on their movie journeys.

The maps were of a simple variety that showed all the key places the characters encountered during the movie. But it wasn't just a book of colorful maps, there was also a page that would give you the "blurb" for the movie, plus a short summary of key points, and then a column of something fun and interesting! This tended to vary upon the movie, like items you might have seen in Ariel's grotto, or fun facts about the Sydney Harbour from Finding Nemo. Then of course there was a page that was a key of characters. 

Beauty and the Beast was one of my favorites naturally! Just seeing the familiar village and castle, it was an enjoyable read. Now I find myself wanting Disney to create a similar book but one that maps out the Disney princess' castles! Like getting a picture of the castle from the inside that maps out where the library is, the ballroom, the kitchen, dining room, etc. Of course I'm thinking Beauty and the Beast with that one, but the other castles would be fun too! Like even detailing where the secret corridor is that the hypnotized Aurora traveled to find the spinning wheel. Of course this book doesn't exist. I just want it to!

All in all, this is a super quick little read and is meant for the true Disney lover who likes that little inside look into their favorite movies! The added "fun facts" from each map were a delight to read as they sometimes gave you something new to see or learn about a beloved movie.


Overall Rating 4/5 stars






Stacking the Shelves


Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! The meme is now hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality.


I'm still trying to survive the week from hell. My parents went out of town so I had to take care of their old dog. He's deaf and likes to bark...a lot. So I've pretty much have had a headache all week long, was sick on Wednesday post 2nd Covid shot and trying to "attend" to the dog when being vertical for more than two minutes had me wanting to pass out. They come back sometime today, so my good deed is almost done...though I'm writing this yesterday so it still seems so far away. Work was super stressful and I had to work from home in the afternoon because of said dog, and trying to concentrate on work with him barking was not easy. It was not a good week. Let's just say that. I need a vacation for myself now. One that doesn't involve dogs...

Oddly I didn't really add too much to my TBR this week. Really it was just the Fairy Loot book which I might give a whirl at some point. So it wasn't too shabby.


Then I also ordered this gorgeous wooden sign from Glitter & Gleam Co. on Etsy! As you know, I love Caraval and when I saw my friend had this I decided I wanted to add it to my Caraval stack as well!

 The details are truly amazing on this!!

Then I won the monthly giveaway for the Series Enders Reading Challenge from Holly @ Words Fueled by Love


And that was it for me this week! What did you get this week?

May 1, 2021

Let's Discuss: Bookish Candles


So in recent years I've noticed that bookish candles have gotten really popular and I love that! Truly! But am I the only one that finds it hard to shop for candles online?

Bookish Candles

Firstly, I guess I should ask, do you buy bookish candles? How do you determine which ones to purchase? I notice lots of people buy their favorite fandoms, which is awesome! But then I notice it seems they never burn you burn you bookish candles if you buy them? I guess I don't understand buying a candle and not burning it.

For me, I love burning candles! Of course, I can usually only do it when it's not "ceiling fan" season...which can start in March and last until yeah, not many months where I can burn one. St. Louis is perpetually hot all year round apparently! Or my house is at least!

I like to buy candles that have fragrances I like, because I like to burn them. I won't buy a candle if it's a fragrance I can't stand...even if it represents a fandom that I love. I've plenty of other knickknacks that take up room, I can't fathom buying a candle I can't burn. 

Then there's the matter that I can't always buy a candle scent unsmelled--you know, like sight unseen. I mean, yeah there are fragrance indicators but it's hard to tell even with that. Like will one scent outweigh another? Is one just a hint? Then you get the fragrance titles that are purely for aesthetic purposes. I mean, I love seeing things like smells like darkness...but what does darkness smell like? Or what does this shop owner feel like darkness smells like? I don't see those too often anymore, in the beginning days I did. I mean the title is cool and all, but when you're trying to figure out what a candle will smell like scent's hard not to have the full picture.

Of course, again, this is just me. I like burning my candles, I don't keep them as keepsakes of my favorite books/fandoms. But I know we're all different and we all collect different things! I've got tons of other stuff I collect that takes up room, perhaps that's why I can't fathom the idea of adding another "item" to collect! Lol!

So what about you? What do you think of bookish candles? Do you like em, love em? How do you determine which ones you buy? Are you a fragrance or fandom shopper? Do you burn them or collect them?

Challenges Monthly Wrap-up: April

CHALLENGE 1: 2021 New Release Challenge

Shadow Dance by Alyssa Rose Ivy (4/12/21)
Million Dollar Demon by Kim Harrison (6/15/21)--Review to come at a later date
Darling by K. Ancrum (6/22/21)--Review to come at a later date

17/20 I'm crushing this!

CHALLENGE 2: Beat the Backlist 2021 Reading Challenge

In the Shadows by Jill Nolan (4/8/19)
Shadow Kiss by Alyssa Rose Ivy (2/6/20)
Looking Glass by Christina Henry (4/21/20)
Mirror, Mirror by Jen Calonita (4/2/19)


Halfway there!

CHALLENGE 3: 2021 Series Enders Reading Challenge

Looking Glass by Christina Henry (Chronicles of Alice)

2 more to go!

CHALLENGE 4: 2021 Discussion Challenge

Disney Princess' Castles
Guilty Pleasures

11/25 this one is not going so well. This was a rough month.