I'm Jessica, a small town bookworm who loves books, her son, her dog, and the great outdoors! I make youtube videos about books and I blog about them too. You'll find review, rants, bookhauls and discussions about the books I read and book related topics. In my cup you will find coffee, on my shelves you will find mostly YA. I do read some adult fiction as well as the occasional non-fiction related to the most recent hobby I have picked up. I have an interest in writing, geocaching, DIY and all things magical.
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These are my nine goals for 2019. Goals like one classic, finish three series and reading 52 books may seem simple enough but I wanted to take the pressure off this year. My main focus is reading books I own and buying less. I bought a lot less last year and as a result, I ended up using the library a lot. I think using the library is great and a good way to decide if it’s a book you like enough to own but it meant my physical TBR didn’t change much. Rather than pick an exact number I decided to go with a percentage so that it didn’t matter if I read 10 books or 100 I could still achieve 60%. I’m still in school this year and I’ll be working this summer so I have no idea how much reading time I’ll have. I think I’ll do a mid-year update as well as one at the end of the year so look for that at the end of June. Until then, I would love to hear all about your goals for the year, book-related or otherwise. Happy Reading!
I totally chose this one for its cover so, I went into this knowing very little. It’s a Beowulf retelling, a story I’m unfamiliar with anyway. It’s all about a group of girls who perform mercy kills, taking the lives of the old and the sick upon request. They live a somber, nomadic life and have thought more than once about a change of career. So, when they hear of a beast terrorizing and taking people into the night, they decide to hunt it down. It had a very Norse-like setting and lore (which I LOVED) and so it makes sense that the girls aspire to glory in combat.
The story felt like it was shrouded in fog, damp and a little mysterious but also sad. The plot wasn’t incredibly strong, it wandered like the characters did. Don’t expect a lot of action or a fast-paced read although, there are a couple of epic action scenes. I might not be painting it in the best light but despite its quietness, these girls captured my heart. I instantly felt like I could be one of them and became very attached to their story. I smiled wide when they found moments of happiness and sobbed at their loss. It felt like we only saw a little glimpse of the world and it’s history by the time it was over so I sincerely hope there are sequels or companion novels.
If you enjoy a book about fearless women taking charge, witches, monsters, mythology, and an incredible atmosphere that lingers well beyond the last page – this is for you.
Thank you for reading my review of The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke, and also to Raincoast Books for this review opportunity. I hope you enjoyed my insights and look forward to more reviews from me in the future.
These are the books at the very top of my TBR in 2019, aside from any ARCs I review. They are all books that are in a series I love or wanted to read for a while and have been recommended to me and praised over and over again. No more excuses! I will update you as the year goes on about my progress, keep me accountable you guys!
What about you? What books are on your must-read list? Backlists? New Releases? Do you make a yearly or quarterly TBR? This curious mind wants to know.
I want to start out by saying these are the covers of books I READ in 2018. If I had done a list of the best covers of 2018 releases I would never have been able to choose When I decided to make this list I was both excited and apprehensive, normally there are so many beautiful covers it’s hard to pick a top ten. But, when I looked back at what I read last year I was surprised by how few covers I liked. Even more surprising is how many covers with people on the cover made it onto the top ten. They didn’t make the list because there weren’t many I liked, I genuinely love the art on these covers despite the fact that I normally dislike covers with faces.
As you can see, my favorites without faces on the cover are ones where the font is the main focus and the backgrounds are usually very detailed. I just realized even When My Heart Joins The Thousand also has people on it! I love it mostly for its watercolor font and simple design but again, surprising even myself, I love the character silhouettes as well.
What covers will make the 2019 list I wonder? I have already seen so many beautiful reveals.
Legendary was a truly unexpected gem as stunning as it’s cover. I’m glad I read Caraval right before this because think I would have forgotten many details otherwise. I felt pretty meh about Scarlet and her story but Legendary is all about Tella and I loved her! I wasn’t expecting to become as invested in her and her love interest (I am so onboard this ship!!) but, I was quickly entranced and couldn’t stop turning the pages. It goes without saying that the writing was just as beautiful as her first book but I think Garber improved upon the world in Legendary. It felt so much more alive and I really experienced every description. The only reason I didn’t give it five stars was for the relationships between the sisters- there hardly was one. I found it very unbelievable that Scarlet would risk everything, even Julian, to save her sister in Caraval and then be so distant in Legendary. I think that the author wanted a scenario where Tella was as alone as Scarlet was in the first book but it felt too contrived. That said, the ending of Legendary left me desperate for the third book, Finale. I can’t wait to see if we will get a dual perspective and how the story wraps up.
Thank you for reading my review of Legendary by Stephanie Garber, and also to Raincoast Books for this review opportunity. I hope you enjoyed my thoughts and look forward to more reviews from me in the future.