Ten Top Tuesday

Tuesday, November 22nd 2016

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Hello Lovelies!

It’s a very cold Tuesday here in Minot, North Dakota. It’s only about 20 to 40 degrees, depending on what time of the day you’re reading this but the point is, it’s cold. So cold that I am actually typing this post with a $10 space heater pointing directly at my feet. You might be thinking I’m using the cheap space heater since I’m trying to save energy. Actually, no that’s not the reason at all, for some strange reason my apartment heater is not working. I looked online and apparently there has to be physical snow on the ground in order for the landlord to put the heater on. Of course this makes me extremely testy but then again Wal-Mart/Amazon are always available for the weary apartment owners like me and my family. While I sit here waiting for my love to come home I realize that I am very thankful to many people this upcoming American Thanksgiving holiday, so let the thank you begin! (more…)

Ten Top Tuesday: Fall TBR Pile

Tuesday, September 27th 2016

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Hello Fellow Booklovers!

It’s official Fall! The wonderful season of Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte and sweet potato pies for days. This is the season that I am going to try my hardest to stick to my dietary plan but as soon as my mother sends me a fresh batch of Fall theme cookies I might as well reorder all my clothes to cuddle blanket large. None the less, Fall is a wonderful time to enjoy the changing of the seasons, even here in always freezing Minot North Dakota. I could really feel the chang of the season this last Sunday when I took my wolf  pup to the dog park.We manage to arrive at the dark park before it became very busy which gave me a great opportunity to take some amazing videos/photos of my pup enjoying the season. Honestly, I wish I could enjoy the season as much as he did but I do not have a double coat. Overtime the wind blew I felt like I was being stripped breeze by breeze. The sun was out, so my foolish self believed that with the son being out that I would be able to enjoy a small cool, not freezing but cool breeze, that would allow me to read. Well of course I forgot that I live in Minot North Dakota where nothing is what it should be let alone what you would expect it to be.Thus why I am truly excited to show off all my TBR Fall books I am going to read while drinking large amounts of tea and possibly alcohol, sweet ginger beer I have missed you dearly!

First up on my TBR pile book list is of course the remaining books of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Series. So far I have read Outlander, Dragon in AMber, Voyager, and currently reading Drums of Autumn which means the books The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, An Echo In The Bone, along with Written In My Own Heart’s Blood are on  my Fall TBR Pile!

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Next is Sarah J Maas Empire of Storms. I actually have this book available in my bookcase right now, I’m just so invested in the Outlander series that I just didn’t want to stop reading to read about the adventures of Aelin Galathynius. Another reason why I wasn’t jumping for joy when my signed copy of Maas’s Empire of Storms arrive is because I notice how every small the book is compared to the previous book of the series Queen of Shadows and Heir of Fire. I was really hoping to have another long read similar to her A Court of Must and Fury trilogy. That is really the reason why I have been pushing off the continues reading of the Throne of Glass series, I’m quite sadden about  how small the particular book installment is thus it earning it’s spot on the Fall TBR pile.

I also am wanting to read a few  of my romance and contemporary  novels that I have stashed away in my library that are in much need for some attention. These include but not limited to:

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The Witch of Cologne by Tobsha Learner

I found this book at a free book shop, and then I saw it again while I was wasting available academic time on Goodreads when I should have been working on my Uni Thesis. Of course this book as spent a large amount of time hidden in the back of my book cause. This novel is also a historical fantasy, historical fiction novel which I am really starting to enjoy at this moment.

Continuing the historical fictional novels that I need to read is the Girl With A Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier. I have seen the movie for this book, and it’s a historical novel hat surrounds my favorite patients of all time. Honestly I am not sure why it took me os long to read this book. I have had the same copy of this novel for more than ten years but I have not actually committed to reading it, thus earning it’s spot on my determined Fall TBR pile.

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Since Fall is also the season for mystery, magic, and eerie bone chilling stories I am going to be reading The Cassette Girls by Alys Arden. I have this novel sine RT Los Vegas 2016. Overtime I tried to read my daughter has taken this book and hidden it because she love to the colors of the book. Thankfully she is no longer interested in the color purple, only taking colors of greens and hiding them in her room. Leaving me to finally read this book without my daughter taking my bookmarked or the book away from me.

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I am also going to finally conquer the book The Thief by Megean Turner. I have this series and desperately need to read it. I promised so many people that I was going to read it and it keeps staying on my TBR pile instead of actually being read. Hopefully with the cold weather quickly approaching I’ll actually be able to read it without any interruptions that have occurred in the past.

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I also have Maggive Stiefvater’s  The Scorpio Races to read. along with Lamet and Ballad novels as well to read. I am great fan of the style of writing. Maggie Stiefvater has a great way creating environment that are both informative but also eerie. I really enjoy reading her novels but not all the time do I enjoy the endings of her novels. I really enjoyed reading the Raven Cycle series however I really di not enjoy the series ending however I did like the ending of the characters within The Wolves of Mercyfall series. I  am honestly hoping that maybe Stiefvater might write an edition book for The Raven Cycle. None the less, this author is amazing when it comes to creating emotional bonding characters that really touch you in ways that not only are you falling madly in love with her fictional characters but you’re also re-learning about yourself as you turn the pages of the plot twist and turns.

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The last book that is only Fall TBR pile is  The Witches Pyre by Josephine Angelini. I love this trilogy so much that I am not sure I want to read it just yet. I love this series! Why on Why does it have to end! Ohhhhh what am I going to do! I’m not sure I’m ready to end the wonderful witchy adventure, but of course I must! I have to know what happens next even if it means saying goodbye to these amazing characters.

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The last book on my Fall TBR pile is actually Leigh Bardugo’s Crooked Kingdom. I am currently waiting for my virtual signed copy to arrive then I will finally figure out what happen! I am in no way doubting the power of the Bardugo but I am really questioning how is she going to make this amazing story into a true duo-logy! I can’t wait to see what happens!

Well this is my Fall TBR pile. Hopefully I will stay true to my words and be able to actually start and finish all the books that I have set out for this fall season. I wish I could read more but school within itself has me reading it’s own set of novels that I have to read and anaylize. As much as I  complain about the work load of my Masters English Degree, I do love all the different ways we get to read a variety of books or authors we get to explore in class. Speaking of class, I should start working on my final thesis essay before I get to carried away. I hope you all have a wonderful Fall reading season. Let me know what books you’re are reading.I’m also attempting to drink as much Pumpkin Spice Latte’s or Pumpkin flavored food that will make my entire kitchen smell like a great bakery or pumpkin patch.

Happy Pumpkin Spice Latte!

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books Perfect for Reading Around Halloween

Tuesday, August 9th 2016

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Hello Ladies and Gents, it’s Tuesday and the lovely ladies over at  The Broke and the Bookish decided to switch up the weekly Top Ten Tuesday REWINDThat’s right. We had the options to choose from an extremely long, and I do mean L-O-N-G list of all the past prompts that were used on Top Ten Tuesday listening. I struggled through the list of what I want to be choose but then of course I saw it. My entire life waits for the cool breeze of the changing seasons of Fall. Blissful.Wonderful.Fall. Everything magical happens in the mystical weather change of Fall. So here is my Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books Perfect for Reading around Halloween.

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It took no time for me to create this list because I ABSOLUTELY LOVE Halloween!

On this list is:

1018832Christopher Moore’s Dirty Jobs

20613491Trials by Fire by Josephine Angelini
(If you haven’t read this book you are keeping yourself away from a really good book. Honestly, the first chapter will grip your heart in such an emotional heartache that you will be wishing you read this book sooner).

5194Yo0pYDLThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

27171931The Spirit Chaser by my girl Kat.M. Montemayor,
who I am currently stalking until I received the ARC copy of the  The Spirit Chaser #2

27969081Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Burjas, #1) by Zoraida Còrdova
You already heard me talk about this book for months!

7728889The Diviners by Libba Bray
This book is amazing but the audiobook is even more amazing! its creepy, lovely, and theatrical!

23299512The Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
I’m reading this book right now. I obtain this haunting story by the powers of  OwlCrateHonestly this book is haunting, creepy, magical, mystical, weird. Honestly it just a great book. I’m already on chapter 13 and I’m seriously wishing I read this book sooner. I’ve seen so many bloggers talk about this book, but I really love this book.

25917801The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden

51RcI9QlinL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

24376529A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

Alright you guys these are all the books I would read, or re-read for  my favorite season of Halloween!
I hope you enjoy my list!
Happy Reading!

Ten Top Tuesday!

Tuesday, August 2nd 2016

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Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, today it Tuesday, where the bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish, always manage to created the very BEST creative features for their Ten Top Tuesday every single week. I think this is a great way to connect with bloggers, and fellow readers about the ten top featured themes that excite us. I really L-O-V-E this concept because it helps me connect with other bloggers, an especially readers while sharing fun facts about yourself to all. This is just a a fun way to get to know each other, bloggers and readers alike! Today is no expect because today’s feature is about . . .*drum roll please*

Shopping!

Well not really. It’s actually about, “Ten Books You’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card”, that kinda sounds like SHOPPING TO ME! So let’s begin!
If I had a fully loaded gift card I would instantly buy . . .

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 and 11
by J.k Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne.

I know everyone is talking about this book since it’s release earlier in the week. However I did not buy it yet nor did I preorder it. I know [insert gasp]. Why haven’t I preordered it or bought it? Honestly I thought it was already released. The way everyone was talking about it, I thought it was already not he self weeks ago. That’s what happens when a book is so popular, you might think it’s release when actually it’s not! Hopefully I’ll buy Harry Potter theme haul to make up for my mistake.

Continuing with with Harry Potter theme, I would also buy Butterbeer from Amazon

Funny thing about Butterbeer, it’s actually not a magical concoction that J.K. Rowling invited. Butterbeer has been around for years.When I mean years, I mean YEARS! Even the famous Tudor family of the 1588 have had a taste of the Bettered Beere. We can all agree 1588 is pushing the phrases way back when. However many people are being introduced to it for the very first time because of the magical world of Harry Potter. Here is a little article about it if you like.
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I would also buy Harry Potter: Sorcerer’s Stone Illustrated Edition for my daughter. . . lol
Totally for me! I promise I would share though

Next is a book I actually own but I need the final copy.
Please cover lust with me the amazing . . .

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge
Take a moment to just lust over this cover please!

I just finish reading the ARC of this book. My official review of this book won’t be released until September 16th. But let me tell you this,I have read so many William Shakespeare’s Rome & Juliet retelling, and sometimes they can be irritatingly predictable, since they usually focus on the romance between Rome and Juliet. If you have read Rainbow Rowell’s  Eleanor & Park, there is a scene in which the English teachers talks about the love between Rome & Juliet. It’s in that scene that Eleanor states what many don’t realize, the love between Romeo and Juliet isn’t truly love an infatuation since Act 1 of the play shows both characters already in relations with another character. These characters are unseen however they place an important wrong in the play itself. This novel is just simply amazing, since it focuses on the clan war between the two main characters. It also showcases the characters of Paris and Rosalyn. Did I mention that it features necromancy, trust, love, betrayal, blood . . .lots of blood, BLOOD EVERYWHERE! It’s a great novel. I’m actually really upset with myself that I read the ARC, I feel like my wait is twice as long for the sequel to be released.

Second book I would buy is the companion book of
E.K. Johnston’s A Thousand Nights, Spindle.

I read E.K. Johnston’s book A Thousand Nights. I haven’t posted a review of it yet, because I am still waiting for my emotions to calm down so I can give you a readable review. The first book is a retelling of the classic Arabian Night’s, however this book is written in the linguistic structure of the way the  speaker. It was extremely hard to feel comfortable in which the book as written, however since the structure of the sentences helped set the tone about the book being a tale that is order than time. Since the book is based on a Middle Eastern fantasy, it makes sense that the structure of the book represents the language. English is based on the Latin structure of communication since Latin, is the root of the English Language. The way E.K. Johnston really creates the environment of being told a story in complete different language while being written in English. I really hope that makes sense. It think my course in linguistics is truly showing now. Anyway this is companion to the first book which is what I feel will help create my final thoughts on the tale itself.
I really need this book!

Next is Armada by Ernest Cline


I actually tried to see if I could buy it with a Barnes & Nobles coupon, the last time I had patiences to go into that store but the cashier did not know how to apply the discount coupon. I was so fustrated that I just left the store. This is why I buy most of my books  from, Bookout.com, and yes that was a shameless plug in. I’m actually not afflicted with them, lorde knows I wish I were, but they are a great online store for those who do not have the patiences to deal with new cashier, when you have a tired toddler in your mist. Despite that I really forogt about this book until my husband mentioned that he wanted to read it himself. I really love it when we managed to have the same books on our TBR pile! Thus I truly need to buy this book so we can read it together!
I heard so many mix reviews about this book that I’ve been meaning to buy it, so I can read it for myself. It seems like such an inter

I had this book before but I gave it to my nephew to have, so he could read it. I love this book so much, of course I heard about it from my mom, then Studio Ghibli made the animated movie. I will say this as much as I love Studio Ghibli for it’s animation, nothing is better than the book. I’m really happy that Diana Wynne Jones was able to see the movie, giving her approval as well as her admiration at the way the animated her characters to life

If you didn’t know that Howl’s Moving Castle is an epic fantasy novel, they I think you should give yourself a treat and read the book. Then watch the movie and see what you like the most. I have to say that, even though I hate how books are turned into movies, these two works of art truly are great in their own way. I assure you, you’ll have room for both of them in your heart!

Studio Ghibli’s Howl’s Moving Castle animated movie

The Guardian: Hayao Miyazaki’s interview with Xan Brooks

This is another novel that I keep seeing but honestly need to just buy!
It’s The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough


Here is the book synopsis for you if you haven’t heard of this book before.’

Antony and Cleopatra. Helen of Troy and Paris. Romeo and Juliet. And now… Henry and Flora.

For centuries Love and Death have chosen their players. They have set the rules, rolled the dice, and kept close, ready to influence, angling for supremacy. And Death has always won. Always.

Could there ever be one time, one place, one pair whose love would truly tip the balance?

Meet Flora Saudade, an African-American girl who dreams of becoming the next Amelia Earhart by day and sings in the smoky jazz clubs of Seattle by night. Meet Henry Bishop, born a few blocks and a million worlds away, a white boy with his future assured—a wealthy adoptive family in the midst of the Great Depression, a college scholarship, and all the opportunities in the world seemingly available to him.

The players have been chosen. The dice have been rolled. But when human beings make moves of their own, what happens next is anyone’s guess.

Achingly romantic and brilliantly imagined, The Game of Love and Death is a love story you will never forget.”
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The Wall Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

This books is haunting me. I need to buy it super soon, but I keep getting side track by less important things like bills and food. I have heard so many wonderful, if not interesting things about this book that I really need to take a moment and read it for myself. I don’t even understand why I waste them eating food since I only need protein bar and water to survived. Honestly I would actually make my weight lost goals if  my husband wasn’t such an amazing book. But enough about my foodie husband, whose absolutely A-M-A-Z-I-N-G, let’s talk about this book, here’s the synopsis.

”  On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement.

On the inside, within the walls of the Aurora Hills juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom.

Tying their two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries…

What really happened on the night Orianna stepped between Violet and her tormentors? What really happened on two strange nights at Aurora Hills? Will Amber and Violet and Orianna ever get the justice they deserve—in this life or in another one?

In prose that sings from line to line, Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and of innocence, and of what happens when one is mistaken for the other.”

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Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Còrdova

I’ve talked about this book over and over again! I still need the final copy in my life!
I wrote an entire review about it right here on my blog! This series is going to be amazing. I had the pleasure of hearing Còrdova speak about diversity, she is really passionate about having readers see themselves in the book their reading. I love the culture she’s created. The community that she infused between the pages of this book. It’s all about the different aspects of love and family. It’s just amazing. I can’t wait to own the final copy! Read more about my thoughts about it by click the link below!
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 The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

I’ll have to admit that I am totally wanting this book out of jealous and of course cover lust. I am a sucker when it comes with books about witches. I am all about the witches, especially since I swore my mother was a with when she made her holiday fruit cake! What is a kid to think when she walks into the kitchen, seeing her mother stir a pot (5 gallon bucket of fruit cake mix with a wooden spoon the size of a wooden broom handle) every holiday seasons! I still think she might have a little West Indies magic about her! Never the less, I really became in lust with this book after seeing my fave diversity speaking author Zoraida Còrdova take a picture of it on her Instagram.
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This picture just makes my heart burst with tears! I want all those lovelies!
Maybe one day Sourcebooks will love me long time!

Last but not least is this book that I am curious about! I thought the first book was complete interesting but I didn’t realize how much I need to know what happens next until I saw Amazon recommending  to read it! I listen to the first book through audio, now I feel that it truly earned a spoke on my loving bookcase! I’m talking about Rachel Cain’s The Great Library  series.

What would you buy if you had a gift card ready for the swiping?
And remember, shopping counts as cardio!

Happy Reading Ya’ll
~Lia