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12 Days of Reading Book Challenge TBR

12 Days of Christmas Reading Challenge*Image created by Bre over at Paws and Paperbacks.

Happy Holidays, fellow bloggers! 

I’m excited to announce a read-a-thon I have been planning. The holidays are great because school and jobs generally settle down and we are able to read our little (or large) hearts out! In the cold, when there isn’t as much to do, the holidays are the perfect time to cozy up next to a fire and…read! This challenge is a perfect way to cherish this time of the year and participate in a read-a-thon for 12 days leading up to Christmas.

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A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE

A BOOK FEATURING THE “CHOSEN ONE”

Children of Blood and Bone
Tomi Adeyemi


TWO TURTLE DOVES

A BOOK FEATURING A SWOON-WORTHY ROMANCE

Linger
Maggie Stiefvater


THREE FRENCH HENS

A BOOK FEATURING “FOREIGN” MYTHOLOGY

Echo North
Joanna Ruth Meyer


FOUR CALLING BIRDS

A BOOK WITH A BIRD NAME IN THE TITLE

The Raven Boys
Maggie Stiefvater


FIVE GOLDEN RINGS

A BOOK FEATURING A HEIST / THIEVERY

The Gilded Wolves
Roshani Chokshi


SIX GEESE-A-LAYING

A BOOK THAT “BRINGS THE HEAT” AND IS PERFECT FOR LAYING BY A FIRE

Shatter the Sky
Rebecca Kim Wells


SEVEN SWANS-A-SWIMMING

A BOOK FEATURING WATER

To Kill a Kingdom
Alexandra Christo


EIGHT MAID-A-MILKING

A BOOK FEATURING A “RAGS TO RICHES” PROTAGONIST

A Dress for the Wicked
Autumn Krause


NINE LADIES DANCING

A BOOK FEATURING A FIERCE FEMALE LEAD

Girls of Storm and Shadow
Natasha Ngan


TEN LORDS-A-LEAPING

A BOOK FEATURING A KING OR QUEEN

A River of Royal Blood
Amanda Joy


ELEVEN PIPERS PIPING

A BOOK FEATURING A “LYRICAL” WINTERY LANDSCAPE

Winterwood
Shea Ernshaw


TWELVE DRUMMERS DRUMMING

A BOOK FEATURING A CHARACTER WHO “DRUMS UP” NO GOOD

Foul is Fair
Hannah Capin


Questions?

I created a FAQ page that explains the entire read-a-thon which you can find HERE.

The sign-up link has all the information for the prompts/challenges. You can earn points by completing your prompts and recording how many pages you read each day.

If you have any other questions, Bre will be following the hashtag #12DaysofReading very closely on Twitter. You can always e-mail us, too, if you’re not on Twitter (*cough* *cough* ME). We hope you’ll join us!

The 12 Days of Christmas Reading Challenge officially kicks off December 13th so grab your furry friends, grab your human friends, grab a pumpkin spice or hot chocolate, and grab your books!
“May the odds be ever in your favor.”

Is anyone else joining? If so, what are you reading?

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Waiting on Wednesday – November 13, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao

blood heir

From Goodreads:

This hot debut is the first book in an epic new series about a princess hiding a dark secret and the con man she must trust to clear her name for her father’s murder.

In the Cyrilian Empire, Affinites are reviled. Their varied gifts to control the world around them are unnatural—dangerous. And Anastacya Mikhailov, the crown princess, has a terrifying secret. Her deadly Affinity to blood is her curse and the reason she has lived her life hidden behind palace walls.

When Ana’s father, the emperor, is murdered, her world is shattered. Framed as his killer, Ana must flee the palace to save her life. And to clear her name, she must find her father’s murderer on her own. But the Cyrilia beyond the palace walls is far different from the one she thought she knew. Corruption rules the land, and a greater conspiracy is at work—one that threatens the very balance of her world. And there is only one person corrupt enough to help Ana get to its core: Ramson Quicktongue.

A cunning crime lord of the Cyrilian underworld, Ramson has sinister plans—though he might have met his match in Ana. Because in this story, the princess might be the most dangerous player of all.

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Six for Sunday – November 10, 2019

#SixforSunday is a weekly meme hosted by Steph @ A Little But a Lot.

Books with Blue Covers


1. SPIN THE DAWN
Maia is the epitome of a strong, female character. Just like in Mulan, with no eligible male heir able to assist the emperor, Maia takes it upon herself to represent her family and restore honor to their name. In a time where women hold no power, she takes it upon herself to swallow her pride, dress like her brother, and hide her true identity from everyone else.

2. THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK
In a story of deceit, death, peace, and most importantly, family, The Girl the Sea Gave Back doesn’t disappoint! This novel left me wanting more and I can see so many more spin-offs that Young can grace us with (please, pretty please!).

3. SHIVER
What I loved most about this novel is the ending! There were two things that threw me off guard, although one was kind of predictable. Loves of Twilight will love this, however, it is completely different than Twilight. More like lovers of Jacob Black will love this.

4. HOUSE OF SALT AND SORROWS
Craig introduces readers to a place where ghosts roam freely, death could be the next step you take, and nothing is truly as it appears. The author does a great job of creating the creepy murder mystery atmosphere, but adds a touch of paranormal into the picture.

5. THE WICKED KING
The Wicked King gives readers the debauchery and treachery similar to that of George R.R. Martin’s works. The character development is phenomenal. I am pleasantly surprised by this second novel not being a fluffer and actually having a plot line. The last third of the book is sure to give readers a ride and leave them wanting more.

6. MISERY
King is one of the best authors out there and it is apparent in this work. Misery takes readers into the psychological mind of King where obsession, addiction, and overcoming adversity rules.

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First Lines Friday – November 8, 2019

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature hosted by Wandering Words. The meme is based on the idea that instead of judging a book by its cover, author, prestige, we judge it instead by its opening line(s). You can check out my review of the book here!

One way or another, we feed the Crows.

Saborian proverb

 

On nights you burn sinners, sleep with your sandals on.

— advice for a young Crow chief

 


ABOUT THE BOOK

The Merciful Crow

Title: The Merciful Crow (The Merciful Crow, #1)
Author: Margaret Owen
Rating: ★★★★★

A future chieftain.

Fie abides by one rule: look after your own. Her Crow caste of undertakers and mercy-killers takes more abuse than coin, but when they’re called to collect royal dead, she’s hoping they’ll find the payout of a lifetime.

A fugitive prince.

When Crown Prince Jasimir turns out to have faked his death, Fie’s ready to cut her losses—and perhaps his throat. But he offers a wager that she can’t refuse: protect him from a ruthless queen, and he’ll protect the Crows when he reigns.

A too-cunning bodyguard.

Hawk warrior Tavin has always put Jas’s life before his, magically assuming the prince’s appearance and shadowing his every step. But what happens when Tavin begins to want something to call his own?

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Misery by Stephen King

MiseryTitle: Misery
Author: Stephen King
Rating: ★★★★

The #1 national bestseller about a famous novelist held hostage by his “number one fan” and suffering a frightening case of writer’s block—that could prove fatal. One of “Stephen King’s best…genuinely scary” (USA TODAY).

Paul Sheldon is a bestselling novelist who has finally met his number one fan. Her name is Annie Wilkes, and she is more than a rabid reader—she is Paul’s nurse, tending his shattered body after an automobile accident. But she is also furious that the author has killed off her favorite character in his latest book. Annie becomes his captor, keeping him prisoner in her isolated house.

Annie wants Paul to write a book that brings Misery back to life—just for her. She has a lot of ways to spur him on. One is a needle. Another is an axe. And if they don’t work, she can get really nasty.

“Terrifying” (San Francisco Chronicle), “dazzlingly well-written” (The Indianapolis Star), and “truly gripping” (Publishers Weekly), Misery is “classic Stephen King…full of twists and turns and mounting suspense” (The Boston Globe).

Misery is a story of an author trapped in Stockholm syndrome with his #1 Fan. Author, Paul Sheldon, escaped away to focus on writing his newest piece of work when he was involved in an automobile accident. #1 Fan and former nurse, Annie Wilkes finds Sheldon after the accident and nurses him back to health. Body broken, Sheldon is held captive in an upset Wilkes’ house. His only way to stay alive is by writing Annie Wilkes’ favorite character Misery back alive after her death in the previous novel. Afraid to make the wrong, movie Sheldon is forced to do as Annie pleases or suffer the consequences.

The aspect I loved the most about the novel was that the reader was able to read Sheldon’s chapters on Misery, you know the “story inside a story”. I loved that! Compared to King’s other novels, this was a much faster read to me, quite possibly because it is more realistic than the other novels by the author that I have read.

Annie was such an interested and clever character. One second you think that Paul will get away with whatever plan he has next, and she was always a few steps ahead, but was very precise in when she would bring up Paul’s attempt at escape.

What is most interesting is that we were reading about an author. In some ways, it felt like we were inside King’s head in possibly how he “dreams up” his ideas on novels to write.

King is one of the best authors out there and it is apparent in this work. Misery takes readers into the psychological mind of King where obsession, addiction, and overcoming adversity rules. I’m so excited to watch the movie!

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Waiting on Wednesday – November 6, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

Tears of Frost by Bree Barton

Tears of Frost

From Goodreads:

The electric second book in the Heart of Thorns trilogy explores the effects of power in a dark magical kingdom—and the fierce courage it takes to claim your body as your own.

Mia Rose is back from the dead. Her memories are hazy, her body numb—but she won’t stop searching. Her only hope to save the boy she loves and the sister who destroyed her is to find the mother she can never forgive. Pilar is on a hunt of her own. Betrayed by her mother, and plagued by a painful secret, she’s determined to seek out the only person who can exact revenge. All goes according to plan… until she collides with Prince Quin, the boy whose sister she killed.

As Mia, Pilar, and Quin forge dangerous new alliances, they are bewitched by the snow kingdom’s promise of freedom and opportunity. But with the winter solstice drawing near, they must confront the truth beneath the glimmering ice, as lines between friend, foe, and lover vanish like snowflakes on a flame.

See my review for Heart of Thorns here.
See my review for Tears of Frost here.