Apr 30, 2024

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.


"Ozroth was distracted by the energy pouring off of her to care about her mother. To his demon senses, her magic glowed like a small sun in her chest. The witch burned with possibility." p 21








TITLE: A Witch's Guide to Fake Dating a Demon
AUTHOR: Sarah Hawley

GENRE: Paranormal Romance
RELEASE DATE: March 7, 2023

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: Top 5 Petty Reasons You've DNF'd a Book

*in no particular order

5. SPEECH--sometimes if a character talks in a certain way, constantly, in a way too repetitive way. It gets on my nerves and I will either reduce the rating or DNF it if it becomes too extreme.
if the book is just moving way, way too slowly, I will more than likely just DNF it. If it's taking forever to get to the actual plot, I'm out.
I don't see this too often, but if the hero/heroine is just too stupid to live and making increasingly bad choices, I'm likely to reduce the rating. Possibly DNF or I might fast forward just to see if they get offed! Unlikely if it is first person POV.
if the hero/heroine is just too arrogant, I'm likely to DNF it right then and there. Sure, a little boasting or bragging is fine. But if it keeps continuing on, I'm out.
if something gets constantly repeated I may DNF it, if not, a greatly reduced rating would be happening. I read a book once where a character made the same noise like 3 times on one page and it was something like laughter or hiccups and it just grated on my nerves!

I couldn't think of much for this one, but I am likely to find 5 more things after I read everyone else's posts! Lol.

Apr 29, 2024

Deck of Cards Book Challenge


So I saw this challenge on Instagram from @NurseKendraReads and thought it looked like fun! Not sure where it originated as it was an Instagram post and I didn't want to limit myself to the TBR books I had on hand, so I thought I'd just make it a blog post!



a big book

I decided to go with "read" books and I chose the longest book I've read to date which was Winter by Marissa Meyer! It clocks in at 827 pages! Now I could've read something longer pre-Goodreads records, I think The Count of Monte Cristo was 1000+ but that sometimes depends on which edition you've read. Apparently my ebook of Oblivion was 1,000+ pages, but that's ebook pages and I don't know what that equates to in real book pages...so I'm sticking with real books as well! Lol.

a pretty book

I think I will always be in love with the cover of 13 to Life by Shannon Delany! It just captivated me! I remember seeing it on swag tables at my first RT Conference and I had to know more! I found that author on "signing day," and even though the book wasn't set to release until the following month, I still got a ton of signed swag from her with the cover art all over! I just loved the colors, the moon, the woods...just that feeling you knew you were getting a werewolf book!

a book I thought I'd love, but didn't

Well, that one took digging! So I basically went to Goodreads and browsed through my 1 star reviews and found The Missing Season by Gillian French. I went into this one thinking it would be an eerie thriller, maybe with a supernatural twist. I didn't get any of that. Based on my review, it took 200 pages of contemporary nonsense before anything exciting happened in a 304 page book! So yeah, this was definitely a disappointment.

a short book

So for this one, I didn't want to choose a novella, as I feel like that's "cheating," so to speak. I mean, yes, it's a story in bookish form...but the novellas I read were always "bonus" ebook stories. So, again, I feel like the page number is skewed. I don't know. It's one of the issues I have with ebooks, I like knowing my actual page number and ebooks and physical books don't tend to line up. At least not the ones I've dealt with! So as I was scrolling and scrolling through Goodreads, I was encountering a LOT of novellas, lots! Tons! Then there were the graphic novels I've read and comic books...again, don't really want to count those, because that's a different story format entirely! So I ended up with Demon in My View by Amelia Atwater Rhodes from my youth! This was SO short compared to YA books of today! It came in at 176 pages according to Goodreads and I do remember it was under 200 in real life. Goodreads doesn't always have accurate numbers. But obviously for this challenge, I am relying on them for said numbers!

a romance book

So I'm not a big "romance" reader, but I like books with romance in it! Lol. So yes, readers know the difference when one says that! One book I loved and loved the romance of was Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost! One of my favorite vampire books and still is to date! I need to get going on those Bones' books from his pov. 

a book outside my usual genre

Well, at first glance, The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy by Megan Bannen doesn't really sound like my kind of read. But it was one of the first Fairy Loot Adult picks and I ended up getting it before I canceled my subscription. I thought it sounded interesting enough so I thought why not. It was actually pretty cute all things considered. There was still enough paranormally goodness in the story with the cute romance happening that I was pretty well entertained! You can bet I'll be ordering the spinoff as well!

a predicted 5 star read

Without a doubt in my mind do I think Stephanie Garber's Spectacular will be anything less than a 5 star read! If you know me at all you know how much I LOVE this world Stephanie has created!

a book with nature on the cover

So ironically when I was scrolling for another book I left the page right near Foxglove by Adalyn Grace! Not only does it have flowers on the cover, but the title itself is naturey. I still need to read this one, hopefully soon since the final book comes out this year as well!

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:

Against the Darkness by Kendare Blake (5 stars)



Currently Reading:

A Witch's Guide to Fake Dating a Demon by Sarah Hawley



What I Plan to Read Next:

Twisted Fates by Danielle Rollins

Other Posts of Interest:

Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays
Let's Discuss: Missing the Author Cons
Can't Wait Wednesday
Books from the Backlog #80
Book Blogger Hop #303
Stacking the Shelves