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Links To Love

It’s finally Friday!! After another long weekend, it’ll be nice to have a couple days to¬† finish off our packing and moving check list. There’s so much left to do!!

July has been incredibly fun and stressful at the same time, meaning more reading, more reality TV, and even more late-night YouTube viewing.

Here’s what I’ve been loving this month:

The Bachelorette is Ending!

With the end of the Bachelorette comes the “Tell All” episode – not always my favorite, but man, so much drama this season! I was so excited to see one of my old favorites, Wells, join the Here to Make Friends podcast to give the inside scoop on everything that happened behind the scenes in the mansion. Who else is Team Robby!?

What an Awesome Idea!

A loving husband posted an album of his wife’s handiwork on Reddit this month – showing off her amazing Book Stairs!! While she didn’t start the trend, her new “shelf” is right on point with many beloved fantasy novels.

New Obsession:

I am in love with Aloe Juice! It’s amazing and delicious, and seriously my new favorite trend. Especially with all the health benefits, you’d be crazy not to try it! I love Aloe King’s mango flavor!

New Recipes:

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for fall! Summer is nice and all, but I’m ready for some cozy-weather comfort food. This month I’ve been making Chicken and Rice soup and a copy-cat recipe for Boston Market’s Squash Casserole. Yum!!

On the YouTube:

I absolutely LOVE Houston based beauty vlogger, Leighann Says. Her style is similar to my own and she’ll never lead you astray with her recommendations or reviews. Her new look is one of my new favorites, and using almost ALL Wet N’ Wild!

What have you been loving lately?

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Weekly Reads: Week 29

**Welcome to Weekly Reads! Each Monday I’ll share reviews for my most recent reads. For more reviews, please visit my page, The Reads: From A to Z.**

We’re moving! We still have another 2 weeks, but packing is¬†already in full force.

These guys are really going to miss each other!

This week’s Weekly Reads will be a little bit of a catch up post. I’ve been on a reading spree lately, and they’ve all been amazing!!

Luckily I still found a little time over the weekend to catch up on some reading, and finally finished a book I’m still not sure what to make of – Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt. I’m planning on posting a stand alone review on this one – there’s a lot to break down and plenty to discuss! Have you read it? What was your opinion of it?

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My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

My Lady Jane is the magical fairy tale ending we all wish could have been for the real Lady Jane Grey, a girl used by family and foe in a political game she couldn’t escape. In the novel, Lady Jane, best friend and play-mate ¬†to young King Edward, is set to marry Lord Gilford Dudley, the son of the King’s adviser. Under the impression her betrothed is nothing but a callous womanizer, she’ll soon find out he’s anything but, well, a steed. Yes, her husband is a horse. In this version of Grey’s life, the kingdom is not battling matters of religion, but matters of the body. The Edians (pronounced Ethians) can magically shape-shift into an animal – take King Henry VIII for instance, he can turn into a lion! Whether a curse or a gift, no one is certain, but those known as the Verites (who can’t shape-shift) are certainly not going to stand by and wait for an answer. Caught between a war of country and moral right, Lady Jane must navigate the trials of marriage and hypocrisy to save the kingdom from itself.

“He pretended to stretch his arms, in order to shift even closer to her. (this isn’t in the history books, of course, but we’d like to point out that this was the first time a young man had ever tried that particular arm-stretch move on a young woman. Edward was the inventor of the arm stretch, a tactic that teenage boys have been using for centuries).”

“Who on Earth could feel comfortable enough to sleep in a room with no books?”

A little bit of YA, a little bit of fantasy and historical fiction, and a whole lot of comedy – My Lady Jane is an amazing read! I listened to the audio version of the novel – by far, one of the best audiobooks I’ve listened to yet, just perfectly performed.¬†The middle-grade, kind of cheesy, humor sets a perfect tone for a story of young people trying to find their way in life and love. A true pleasure and so much fun to read, I couldn’t help but laugh out loud the entire way through!¬†¬†Lady Jane is whip-smart and a total bibliophile, but easily overcome by emotions, making her an easy target for political manipulation. Little do her enemies know she’s also incredibly brave, unafraid to face¬†unbeknownst dangers and the most challenging of feats,¬†i.e. being married to a horse.¬†While Gilford is another stand-out character, my favorite by far is Edward! I love his story and character development, giving a¬†relatably funny voice to a¬†too-often forgotten figure of history.¬†Romance, comedy, fantastical beings, there’s nothing you won’t love about My Lady Jane!

Rating: 4 Stars      Goodreads      Amazon

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Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

Part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series, Vinegar Girl is a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s heralded The Taming of the Shrew. Kate is stuck in a rut. After being thrown out of college for disagreeing with a professor, she’s spent the last few years caring for her younger sister and crazy-scientist dad. While her sister, Bunny, is bubbly, happy-go-lucky, and an absolute charmer, Kate is rough around the edges, a little sullen, and awkward. So, when her father’s lab assistant’s visa is about to expire, it’s only natural they ask her to wed – who else is going to marry her?

“Beware against the sweet person, for sugar has no nutrition.”

Vinegar Girl was one of my most anticipated reads for the summer – and boy, did it disappoint. Boring from the start, the story was fuddled with lack-luster characters with little ambition. We’re obviously supposed to admire Kate – she’s so smart, she’s just misunderstood, she’s unique…but I don’t buy it. She leaves college after insulting an esteemed academic in the most unprofessional manner, and we’re just supposed to agree it’s all his fault her life is messed up?? She’s trapped herself in a rut, running the household and coddling an insane scientist with his own delusions while¬†settling for a job at an elementary school as a teaching assistant (a job she got via a family member). She’s lost all her ambition, and while her relationship with Pyotr (the strange and equally awkward, very Russian, research assistant) does develop somewhat naturally, she’s only settled for the easy way out, once again. Instead of pushing the boundaries of life, or finding her own way, she finds Pyotr’s way, she agrees, she doesn’t question, and she does as she’s told. Perhaps it does work out for her in the end, but she could have chosen so much more if she tried. Granted I’ve never actually read The Taming of the Shrew, but it is a modern retelling after all!

Rating: 3 Stars      Goodreads      Amazon

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The Great American Dust Bowl by Don Brown

Sharing the heartbreaking and shocking details of one of the most difficult times in American history, The Great American Dust Bowl is the perfect mix of art and education. It’s illustrations are detailed, horrifying, and beautiful, giving the reader a more personal learning experience by visually outlining each difficulty overcome during the Dirty Thirties – from the health hazards to the devastation of the land. I was quite surprised to learn how far-reaching the effects of the Dust Bowl, spanning not just across the Great Plains but the entire U.S. to even the East Coast! For history lovers and illustrative readers alike, this is not one to miss!

Rating: 4 Stars      Goodreads      Amazon

What have you been reading lately?

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Shelfspiration: Finding the Perfect Feel-Better Read

Recently, I’ve taken on more than I could chew. Between work, blogging, getting ready to move, and just general life annoyances – it was time to take a break! I felt my time was better spent this week just reading and letting myself relax a bit more than usual. So, after quite a few novels and a couple coloring books, I finally feel inspired to blog again!

The following recommendations are for anyone going through a tough time right now. Be it too much stress, a break-up, or all the crazy things going on in the world¬† – we can all use a little shelfspiration from time to time! I realize the perfect feel-better read is different for everyone – take my best friend and me for instance, she wants something happy that will make her laugh, while I like to start out with a tear jerker and work my way to the humor. We all find inspiration from different places! I hope you’ll find one or two titles that will make you smile or make your day a little brighter while you read. ūüôā

Pure Inspiration – Feel the Power!

Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West

I am absolutely loving her spirit! Not just for the curvy girls like myself, Shrill perfectly encompasses what it is to be a woman. From body issues to love and heartbreak, she covers it all sharing uproarious personal stories that will have you laughing in no time!

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

I’m going to use¬†first names here, after reading Wild and listening to her podcast, Dear Sugar,¬†for so long, I feel like I kind of know her – Cheryl is an amazing writer who brought herself back to life with the help of the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2,659 mile long trail across California. Her story is nothing short of amazing. If she can win life, so can we!

For Laughter:

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

This novel is a perfect mix of middle grade humor, historical fiction, and YA fantasy. A strange mix, yes, but it totally works! Their retelling of Lady Jane Grey might not be entirely true, but it is definitely entertaining. Told more like a fairy tale, Lady Jane will rise against the conspiracy to save herself and those she loves dear, all while married to a horse. (You seriously have to read this book!)

Anything by Tom Robbins

I’m pretty sure I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again – Tom Robbins is an absolute literary genius! He’s been one of my favorite writers for several years now, and I don’t see that changing any time soon. He writes between the lines of philosophy and satire that will have you thinking and laughing all the while. Try out Still Life with Woodpecker for a healthy dose of weird, humor, and romance.

The Martian by Andy Weir

Yes, he’s stuck on Mars, but the man is absolutely hysterical! Between the science, near-deaths, and crazy McGyver moves, Watney’s still able to find the humor in his situation. If he can beat the odds and still laugh about it – so can we!

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett, Neil Gayman

I’m currently listening to the audio version, and it was definitely the way to go. Hilarious and down-right ridiculous, this¬†novel is the perfect feel-better novel for me. With the end of the world approaching and a misplaced Antichrist – things are going to get weird!

If You Need a Good Cry:

The Fault in Our Stars by John Greene

I remember reading this with a box of tissues…and then I immediately watched the movie via Amazon to cry even more. If you need a good cry, need to get all the emotions out to move on, this is a safe bet.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

The DVD release date is set for August 30th – you can pretty much guarantee that’s when I’ll be reading this book.

For Distraction:

Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Set in a utopia called the Tearling, Kelsea Raleigh must risk it all to claim her kingdom, but once crowned Queen, she’ll inadvertently declare war on the sorceress queen of Mortmesne. Full of intrigue, daring betrayals, treacherous battles, and mystical jewels, The Queen of the Tearling will definitely distract you from your troubles as you try to piece together the mystery¬†that is¬†the Tearling! Bonus: no major romances in the first book!

For Comfort:

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

What’s better than an old childhood favorite to make you feel better!? Every time I read from this series, it’s like coming home to a big hug!

What are your feel-better reads?

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Film Adaptations: Summer 2016

Here we are, the middle of summer, and can you believe I STILL haven’t seen Me Before You!? I may need to work on that, but now, there’s a whole new sweep of film adaptations for the summer, including one I’ve been waiting months and months for! I can’t wait!

July

The BFG by Roald Dahl: July 1st

The classic childhood tale is brought to life on the big screen by Disney and director Steven Spielberg, so you know it’s going to be amazing! Sophie is a young orphan who’s stolen away by the Big Friendly (and elderly) Giant, entering his magical world full of magical dreams.

The Legend of Tarzan: July 1st

Based on the classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Legend of Tarzan reveals Tarzan’s new life after leaving the jungle for an ordinary life in London, but of course, the jungle calls when the tribe he left behind is threatened. Starring¬†Alexander Skarsgard and Margo Robbie, there should be plenty of romance and drama in this epic adventure.

August

Ben-Hur: August 19th

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace is brought to the screen again for a modern update and an all-star cast, including Morgan Freeman. The nobleman, Ben-Hur, is falsely accused of an assassination attempt and thrown into slavery. Years later, after suffering hard labor and abuse, he returns for revenge by challenging his adoptive brother in a dangerous chariot race. I’m not sure of Morgan Freeman’s part in the story, but It’ll be interesting to see if he changes his acting for the role, nothing like a good ol’ Roman with a southern accent.

The Infiltrator: August 31st

Starring Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad, The Infiltrator is the true story of Federal Agent Robert Mazur and the perilous 5 years he spent investigating the international underworld. Slowly, he worked his way to the top of the ladder, exposing the world’s most dangerous and powerful criminals – culminating to a rigged wedding where over 40 high-ranked criminals were taken down. An incredible story you’ll have to read to believe, I can’t wait to see Cranston in action again!

September

Light Between Oceans: September 2nd

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman is a beautifully written, heart-wrenching tale of life, love, and motherhood. Tom Sherbourne and his wife Isabel keep a lighthouse on a small¬†island off the coast of Australia. Isolated and devastated after a series of miscarriages, Isabel persuades Tom to keep the mysterious child that has washed ashore. But their secret cannot be kept forever, as their new-found happiness has caused great loss for another. I can’t wait to see this story on screen, starring two of my favorites, Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander. Get your tissues ready!

Bridget Jones’s Baby: September 16th

Oh Bridget Jones… While I have yet to read the latest installment of the series which the film is loosely based on, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding, I’m much more excited for the movie. The story told by the synopses seems a better match for the beloved heroine than the novel, filled with new comedic mishaps and the fact that Mark Darcy is still alive!

What will you be watching this summer?

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Breaking Up With a Book…Again

Ugghh…I really don’t like giving up on a book, but man, June was really chalk full of break ups! A few were due to bad audiobook narrators, some were just plain bad timing, and one in particular was just not my kind of book.

The Good:

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Jackaby by William Ritter

Set in the late 1800s, young Abigail Rook has just arrived in New England. While asking around for a job, she runs into a mysteriously callous young gentleman. Lucky for her, she made quite the impression, so when she seeks him out (unbeknownst to her) for a position as an assistant, he surprisingly gives her a shot. But, little does she know, Jackaby is a daring detective on the hunt for a serial killer.

The premise of this series is completely intriguing and I hope to read it someday, but for now, it’s on the back-burner. Why? I just couldn’t stand the audiobook narrator, Nicola Barber. Her intonation was too mellow and her voice a little too high pitched for my tastes. There was no way I could listen to her for even an hour.

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 We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen

We, the Drowned is an epic adventure, full of harrowing courage and passion for one’s country as a group of Danish soldiers set sail to defend their nation against the Germans. Along the journey, a few of the men decide to remain at high seas, seeking a life of adventure and anonymity – one of the men, Laurids Madsen, leaves behind a young family, spurring a global search for a missing father once his eldest son is of age. Spanning nations and years, the novel is an epic historical adventure filled with mystery and intrigue.

What a beautiful cover! Even now, I’m still super excited to read this book! Unfortunately, there are way too many characters to keep track of and¬†the narrator’s voice (Simon Vance) is very soothing = I kind of zoned out. At 688 pages, it’ll be some time before I’m able to get back to it, but it’s definitely on the list to finish!

The Bad:

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Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

A debut novel by Stephanie Danler, Tess has just graduated from college, looking for something bigger and better she makes the big move to New York City to chase a dream she hopes will appear. With a little luck, and her good looks, she lands a highly coveted job at one of the City’s premier restaurants as a back-waiter, and in no time at all she falls for the bad-boy bartender.

Or so that’s what I presumed. What I found was something else entirely. Read around the same time as Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins, I was foolishly expecting a new adult novel about a young woman’s journey to the big city and the mistakes she’ll make on the road to success, but instead I met with a whiney, over-privileged girl who hopes everyone is there to make the big decisions for her.¬†While the descriptions of life and food are beautiful, chalk full of quotes like:

“You’re only beginning to learn what you don’t know. First you must learn senses, your senses are never inaccurate – it’s your ideas that can be false.”

Endless comparisons between the art of wine and the mysteries of life, lyrical descriptions of foods, the dramatic ease with which waiters must learn to function – I loved these portions of the novel, but the lack of plot and an annoying lead character. She doesn’t even have a real relationship with the bartender, spending almost the entirety¬†of the novel obsessing over him and each of the other waiters and how she’s perceived by them. I made it half-way and skimmed the rest of the novel, and you know what? I don’t think I even missed that much.

What books have you broken ties with recently? Did you like Sweetbitter?

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Weekly Reads: Weeks 26 and 27

**Welcome to Weekly Reads! Each Monday I’ll share reviews for my most recent reads. For more reviews, please visit my page, The Reads: From A to Z.**

Hi friends! I hope y’all had a great weekend!

While our weekend was relaxing, we’ve been traveling/visiting with family pretty much every weekend for the last few weeks and it’s finally catching up with me.¬†These days a short paragraph is all it takes and I’m out! That and Orange is the New Black = no productivity.

No wonder I’m a few books short on my reading challenge! But no biggie, it’s only a handful – nothing a few fast-paced thrillers can’t solve. The only real issue (besides the lack of time) is my library stack – I have way too many options and I just can’t make a decision!

¬†Maybe y’all can help a girl out,¬†what should I read next!?

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Of course I want to read them all, but at my current pace that’s highly unlikely. Plus, even at my normal pace there are bound to be stragglers. And, surprise, surprise, I have even MORE books to pick up this week!! But really, I’m pretty excited, I have all the books I’ve been waiting for and that’s an AMAZING thing in itself. Right now I’m finishing up Zero K by Don Delillo (a little too out there for me, thus taking an eternity to read) and juggling between Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Modern Lovers by Emma Straub.

But, more on that later. It’s time for the reviews:

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The Tea Book by Nick Kilby and Louise Cheadle

An excellent new book all about tea! What’s not to love!? The Tea Book is a highly engaging book with beautiful, full page info-graphics covering every aspect of the beloved beverage. The book starts on a visual journey across the world, exploring the different traditions for serving and drinking teas, as well as the traditional types of teas for each region. For every country explored, they also list a few recommendations for tea houses to visit on your next trip!¬†The book also discusses the history of tea, the growing and processing of tea, and finally, the different ways to brew and drink tea, along with delicious recipes! I learned so much from this book, from the cultural differences between tea drinkers to new teas to try. If you’re a tea lover, you have to check this out!

Rating: 5 Stars       Goodreads       Amazon

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The Queen of the Tearling (#1 and #2) by Erika Johnansen

After her mother’s death, Kelsea Raleigh was taken into hiding, raised by two devoted servants who have pledged their lives to protect her from harm. Living in isolation, Kelsea spent many happy years in the small forest cottage, learning everything she could from her adoptive parents and devouring as many books as possible, knowing one day she would grow into her right as queen. But that day has come too soon, now in her nineteenth year the Queen’s Guard has returned to escort her to the capital and reclaim her throne – a feat much simpler said than done as both her uncle Regent and the neighboring Red Queen of Mortmesne are out for blood. In her quest to save the Tearling, Queen Kelsea will spur a treacherous¬†rebellion against¬†the sorceress queen of Mortmesne, a trial riddled with betrayal, magic, and mystery.

‚ÄúCarlin always said that most men were dogs, and Kelsea had never taken her seriously; there were too many good books written by men.‚ÄĚ

After reading the first installment, I wasn’t sure what to think about The Queen of the Tearling. I absolutely love Kelsea, her innocence, her establishment as a non-beauty in a traditionally feminine role, her intelligence – there’s little lacking in her personality and growth as a character, but the Tearling, itself, was a complete mystery. What is “the crossing”, what kind of utopia establishes itself without medicine, without religion, leaving behind every technological advancement of the 21st century? Really, I was beyond frazzled. Luckily, all of my questions about the Tearling and the crossing were answered in second installment – a big OOOOH moment, if there ever was one! I absolutely loved Kelsea in the first book, but wow, did she change in the second – she lets herself be overwhelmed by her magical family jewels, a pair of mystical sapphire necklaces passed from generation to generation. She becomes darker, dancing the line between right and wrong, justice and mercy, becoming an entirely different person physically and emotionally. She wonders so far, you doubt her ability to come back to herself when her country needs her the most, but she does! Her personal journey throughout the novel is extremely relatable for those in our twenties, we’re still learning who we are and who we want to be, and what’s more, learning if who we want to be is who we should be.

‚ÄúEven small gestures of kindness have the potential to reap enormous rewards. Only the shortsighted man believes otherwise.‚ÄĚ

I don’t really want to get into the Fetch or who Kelsea’s father might be (although, in all seriousness it could be the Fetch, who she’s kind of romantically attracted to), this is still a mystery after the second book. But man oh man, let’s talk about Pen! How amazing is he!? He’s always there for her, ready to defend whatever action she might take, no matter the consequences. He will always follow her lead, knowing she may need to be caught, but more than that, he’s head over heals in love with her, and I just can’t wait for her to see that too! Of course, the most amazing part of the series is the lack of romance. There is absolutely no romance in the first book – her journey is not about finding a prince to whisk her off in the sunset and magically solve all her problems. Kelsea is there to solve the Tearling’s problems, on her own, with all the authority¬†of the crown¬†– this is what the series is about! I love that romance is a side story, at best, and not the main focus of the story just because the lead character is a woman.

Please, do yourself a favor, and read this series!

Rating: 4 and 5 Stars      Goodreads       Amazon

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How to Start a Fire by Lisa Lutz

Like many friendships, theirs started after a random party in college. Kate and Anna, already inseparable, rescue a boozed out Georgiana and practically steal her away on their weekend camping adventure the next day, solidifying a long-life friendship from that day forward. Together, they’ll face the everyday atrocities of life, but apart, they’ll deal with the overwhelming consequences of one seemingly innocent mistake, resulting in a tragedy that will haunt them for the next twenty years. Whether together or apart, their friendship is unyielding, a true testament to female friendship in modern times.

‚ÄúSometimes it‚Äôs not the truth itself but the surprise that feels like a blow.‚ÄĚ

Though the novel lacks the suspense of her latest novel The Passenger, How to Start a Fire is an absolute treasure to read. Each chapter is set in a different year, presenting the story out of its chronological context but still centering around one tragic event that effects each girl differently. Told over the course of twenty years, each of them will face unimaginable consequences as they struggle to overcome their fears and regrets of the past. While I really enjoyed the audiobook, the novel was a slow start as I tried to get a handle on the jumps in time and who was who – nothing made much sense until I started making a list a third of the way through. But, difficulty aside, this was an amazing story,¬†full of love and friendship and all the heartbreak that comes with any kind of relationship. While the characters are a little extreme for real life, their growth comes natural, exposing the raw emotion a tragedy can spark and the different reactions a person can experience. For anyone who’s ever fallen out with an old friend, or who has a best friend now, this is a great story to read.

Rating: 3 Stars      Goodreads      Amazon

What have you been reading lately?

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June Recap and July Releases!

This month has lasted FOREVER! Between looking back on past readings so far this year, and then ahead to upcoming releases to finish out the year, June is almost doomed to feel extra long – not to mention the general business in actual life this month. That said, July has a lot to live up to right now!

Dallas was an amazing city to visit – so much to do and see (and eat!). The picture above is from the Wild Detective, a local bookstore – bar – coffee house combo of pure heaven. If you’re in the neighborhood, you gotta check it out! Later, we headed to the Dallas World Aquarium where we met the little critter below. You guys, they have sloths at just about every corner!

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The obvious stand out read of the month is, of course, A Court of Mist and Fury¬†¬†by Sarah J. Maas- this could easily be my¬†favorite¬†read of the year! For those who haven’t ridden the ACOTAR train yet, it¬†is so much more than your average young adult fantasy series. Feyre is a bad-ass leading lady, though emotionally vulnerable after years of poverty and starvation, she’s incredibly smart and courageous enough to follow her own inner voice – whether it leads to trouble or triumph.

For my least favorite, I think I have to go with Rebel of the Sands¬†by Alwyn Hamilton. I know, I know, how is this even possible!? But, honestly, the novel didn’t live up to expectations. It read like a badly crafted spaghetti western from the very start, something I couldn’t shake as the story slowly shifted from gunslingers to genies (and then back to more gun-slinging). The mix of cheesy western culture and the Middle Eastern mythology distracted from the core story, which I totally expect to be better explained in the coming sequel. I need more of a backstory for this crazy new world!

Now to the July releases!

There aren’t too many releases that peak my interest this month, so hopefully this will be the chance I need to take on my TBR list and knock off a few long awaited reads. (like The Nest!)

A World Without You by Beth Revis: July 19th

From publishers:¬†“A painfully brilliant and transporting read. This novel has the rare superpower to change and save lives.” Bo isn’t a normal kid, he has the ability to travel in time, but when he finds himself on a Civil War battlefield surrounded by bodies, the gift becomes too much to bare and his parents reluctantly send him to Berkshire Academy for the gifted. However, nothing is at it seems, and when Bo befriends a troubled girl at the school, he’ll have to come to terms that he is not at a school for the gifted, but for the troubled. The novel has received several poor reviews on Goodreads, but the premise is absolutely intriguing, especially after reading Challenger Deep by Neil Shusterman. (384 pages)

A Grave Prediction by Victoria Laurie: July 26th

It’s July – and that means a new installment of my favorite guilty pleasure, the Psychic Eye series by Victoria Laurie. This novel follows Abby Cooper, psychic eye detective, to San Diego where she’s leading a class to train FBI agents to use their intuition – an already impossible task. But, when putting the class to action, her intuition leads not to the bank robbers, but to buried potter from an American Indian Tribe, her credibility is tested to the max. Can she solve the mystery before it’s too late!? (320 pages)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling: July 31st

Huzzah! There’s a new Harry Potter book! I loved going to the Harry Potter premier nights at my local Barnes and Noble,¬†and now we can go as adults! Though be warned, this is a play, not a novel. Harry, now an adult, is overworked and overlooked as a regular ol’ employee at the Ministry of Magic, trying to raise his children the best he can without letting his past overshadow his future. Meanwhile, his youngest son Albus is just learning the ways of the world, discovering the hidden truths behind dark magic and its shocking origins. (320 pages)

What will you be reading this month?