Books I Loved with Less Than 2000 Ratings on Goodreads

I was surprised at how many books I’ve read that have low amounts of ratings on Goodreads! Per the Top Ten Tuesday prompt, here are books I loved with less than 2000 ratings on Goodreads. A couple of them are series that I rated highly, instead of just single books.

(Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by ThatArtsyReaderGirl, and I would have linked there if I had finished this post in time!)

Maya Davis series by Erynn Magnum

Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland

Only Everything by Kieren Scott

The Hermux Tantamoq Adventures by Michael Hoeye

The Warrior Maids of Rivenloch by Glynnis Campbell

The Secret Life of Samantha McGregor by Melody Carlson

Bachelors of Buttermilk Falls by Robyn Neeley

The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction by Jeff Gerke

Meet Your Match series by Rachael Anderson

Love and Chocolate series by Beverly Farr

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Book Review: Ms. Marvel Volume 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Book 2 in the Ms. Marvel Collected Editions

Summary

Kamala is finally getting a hang of her powers as Ms. Marvel, just in time to face a new enemy. 

What I Liked

  • You get to see more of her culture. I mentioned this in my review of the first book, but I really like it for two reasons: 
    1. It’s different than my culture 
    2. It’s refreshingly not the same as pretty much everything else I’ve read. (Which is sort of sad really….) 

What I Didn’t Like

  • The message of the story was very in-your-face this time. If you have to explicitly state the moral of the story, then you didn’t do a good enough job showing it as an author. It should be obvious without being said. (To be honest, it would  have been obvious without being said, but it was said anyways. Blech.) 

In Conclusion

Another great edition to the Ms. Marvel series. 

Find it on: Goodreads | Amazon (affiliate link)

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Five Beautiful Bookish Quotes

Hi all! Sorry for the intermittent posts! I’m working to become more consistent. 🙂

Today I have for you five bookish quotes that I think are very pretty/printable. I had fun playing with different fonts and formatting while making them. I hope you enjoy!

(If you want a list of 100 bookish quotes, you can check out this post.)

_I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book._With freedom, books, fowers, and the moon, who could not be happy_Everyone is a reader... Some just haven't found their favorite book yetBe our new copywriter.Beach Vibes 2020

Which one is your favorite?

❤ Annette

1 year ago: 5 Awesome Crochet Books and 5 More I Want to Read

Book Club Around a Bonfire!

Depending on the weather where you live, now may be the perfect time of year to have an outdoor book club. Around a bonfire! If it’s still too chilly in your locale, you can hold on to this idea until the time is right.

For a while my friends and I held a book club once a month. We used it as a way to pick up books just slightly outside of our comfort zone, or books that a lot of people seemed to enjoy, but we never got around to. We read books like And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, Snowflower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, and The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisburger. We found it best if we chose books no one had read before and books that may have book club questions already existing online. For some, we also enjoyed watching the movie after we discussed the book. Plus, getting together with friends and perhaps eating some yummy snacks was always fun.

One of my favorite book club nights took place around a firepit. My friends have a nice gas fire pit that we could all huddle around while discussing our latest read.

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If you need ideas for s’mores, we’ve done some experimenting with those as well. Here are some suggestions for different ingredients you can use:

Graham Substitutions:
Wafer cookies
Just use chocolate and put the marshmallow in the middle
Oreos
Chocolate Substitutions:
Dark chocolate
Fancy chocolates
Reeses
Nutella
Cookie Butter

Our favorite combo is Graham Cracker+Reeses Peanut Butter Cup+Marshmallow (this is so good!)

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(The s’mores ideas and pictures were originally published on my personal blog, musicmicetro.blogspot.com on March 27, 2017)

What’s your favorite way to discuss books with your friends?

❤ Annette

Book Review: Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Book 1 in the Ms. Marvel Collected Editions 

Summary

Ms. Marvel is a normal Muslim teenager in Jersey City – until something happens. Now she has to figure out what is going on, and without tipping off her very protective parents. 

What I Liked

  • This is a great starter comic series if you have no prior knowledge of the comic universes. I tried reading other comics that were hard to get into because I had no idea what was going on. And while different characters do pop up throughout the series, you don’t have to have any prior knowledge to follow and understand the story line. 
  • I loved how being Muslim was just a part of the main character’s life. It wasn’t a central focus and it wasn’t in-your-face, but it was there as an influence in her life. It was neat to see the religion from the every day point of view instead of the large scale religions 101 definition. 
  • I really like the character. She’s emotionally strong and isn’t afraid of being herself, but not in an unrealistic way. 
  • I like the side characters in this series as well. They seem supportive of her and her ambitions, even if they accidentally find out she has super powers. 

What I Didn’t Like 

  • Not much 

In Conclusion

If you’re looking for a way to delve into the comic book world, or if you’re just looking for a comic about a kick-butt teenager, this is the book for you. 

Find it on: Goodreads | Amazon (affiliate link) 

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1 Year Ago: Book Review: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Top 5 Books of 2018

Here are my top five favorite books that I read in 2018 (regardless of when they were published). I know I’m a month or so late, but better late than never! Two of my top five are actually graphic novels, because I got into those last year quite a bit.

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Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland

Looking back over the year, this one just stands out as a nice, solid read. It was outside my normal pool of books, but was enjoyable. I think it also helps that I read the “Young Readers Edition” which made it a quick read, which, to be honest, I missed. This book is the story of the ballerina, Misty Copeland, and how she got into the art even though she started later than some other children usually do. The dance world is one I’m not familiar with on a personal level, so it was great to get the chance to look into it through this book.

Blameless by Gail Carriger

The more I read Gail Carriger, the more I love her books. I read the first three of the Parasol Protectorate series in 2018. Each book got more and more suspenseful, which is why the third book is the one that made it to the top five list. This story follow’s Alexia, preternatural, as she navigates through steampunk Victorian England. There are werewolves, vampires, ghosts, normal humans, mechanical ladybugs, and so much more! Read it!

Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson

This book was quite refreshing. Of the comic books/comic book compilations I picked up last year, this one was definitely my favorite. We get to follow Kamala Khan as she develops and learns how to use her powers.

Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge

This is such a beautiful graphic novel! Both the story and the artwork are great.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

I know I’m a little late to the party on this one. But I quite enjoyed this one. Unfortunately I haven’t actually used her policies (yet) but there are a lot of great ideas to be found in this book. If you’re not familiar, Marie Kondo has different methods of decluttering your house (once, not forever) and advocates choosing what to keep by how much joy you get from a particular item. (As a side note, some of her principles are similar to corporate principles such as Six Sigma.)

So there are my top five. What were your top reads of 2018?

❤ Annette

1 year ago: Top 5 Books of 2017

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Ten Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List

I’m probably cheating with this one a little. I’m writing this post during National Novel Writing Month in November 2018. (Hi future me!) So here are the ten most recent additions to my list as of 11/3/18.

  1. This Dog for Hire by Carol Benjamin
    I just added this to my to-read list while writing Ten New to Me Authors I Read in 2018. (And yes, I pre-wrote that post too!) This is a cozy mystery with a dog involved, which is pretty much all I need to know to want to pick it up.
  2. Pointe by Brandy Colbert
    I also just added this to my list while writing Ten New to Me Authors I Read in 2018. This author wrote Life in Motion with Misty Copeland, and I enjoyed reading that. Pointe sounds a lot darker and heavier than Life in Motion, but also seems like a very interesting story about a ballet dancer.
  3. Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes by Joanne DeMaio
    I’m a sucker for Christmas and winter themed books, what can I say? I recently went through and added a bunch of Christmas themed books to my list, after discovering that Goodreads lists Christmas as a category that you can browse!So you’ll probably see some more coming up.
  4. Max’s Christmas by Rosemary Wells
    I love Christmas books, and picture books count too!
  5. The Assistant’s Christmas Wish by Lexi Ostrow
    This romance sounds very cozy. Two people who are attracted to each other, but unwilling to admit it, get snowed into a chalet together for a weekend. Yes. Please.
  6. The Art of Fixing Things, Principles of Machines, and How to Repair Them: 150 Tips and Tricks to Make Things Last Longer, and Save You Money by Lawrence Pierce
    I think the title says it all. I’ve always wanted to know how to repair things on my own, but never took the time to actually figure out how. This book sounds like a great way to learn! I found this while browsing a Christmas gift idea list on dodoburd, which advertised everywhere on Pinterest.
  7. The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
    I was watching an interview of Captain Scott Kelly and he mentioned this book as one of the main reasons he wanted to become an astronaut. So of course I need to read it too!
  8. Santa Clauses: Short Poems from the North Pole by Bob Raczka
    How can you not want to read this book after it’s very clever title?
  9. Santa’s Favorite Story by HisakoAoiki
    I heard about this book via a blog post by the Dating Divas about books that keep Christ in Christmas.
  10. Itsy Bitsy Christmas by Max Lucado
    I also got this one from the Dating Divas post referenced in number 9. I love Max Lucado’s You Are Special, so I’m hoping this one is just as great as well!

So there are my ten most recently added books. I found it quite interesting to recall where I heard of each book and why I chose to add it to my list. I got ideas from websites, YouTube videos, Goodreads lists, and while researching for my blog!

What books did you just add to your TBR? And where to you get your ideas for books to read?

❤ Annette

1 Year Ago: Guide to 2018 Book Challenges

Bookish Happenings February 2019

Movie Releases

(images from imdb.com)

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February 14 – Alita: Battle Angel
February 22 – How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World  

Book Releases

(The Novel Knight keeps track of pre-order swag here.)
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February 5

A Danger to Herself and Others by Alyssa Sheinmel
The Deceivers by Kristen Simmons
The Last Life of Prince Alastor by Alexandra Bracken
Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers
Enchantee by Gita Trelease
The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf

February 12

Dark Age by Pierce Brown
The Blood Spell by C.J. Redwine
Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard

February 19

Immoral Code by Lillian Clark

February 26

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte
California Girls by Susan Mallery
The Deciever’s Heart by Jennifer Nielsen
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon 

Events

All Month – Library Lover’s Month
February 1 – World Read Aloud Day
February 2 – African-American Children’s Book Fair
February 2 – Take Your Child to the Library Day
February 1-7 – Children’s Illustrators and Authors Week
February 7 – Harry Potter Book Night
February 9-10 – VNSA
February 14 – Library Lover’s Day
Feburary 21 – Card Reading Day
Febraury 26 – Tell a Fairy Tale Day

Let me know if you go to any of these events, I’d love to hear about them! What bookish happenings are you most looking forward to?

❤ Annette

jan 2019

Book Review: Blameless by Gail Carriger

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
(Book 3 in the Parasol Protectorate series) 

(Contains spoilers for the first two books in this series. You can check out those reviews here  and here.) 

Summary

Almost everyone has abandoned Alexia now that her “news” is public knowledge, including her husband, her family, and even the Queen. Thankfully, she’s strong enough to face almost everything on her own. Now she has to figure out how to escape the vampires hunting her, fight off mechanical ladybugs, and find out more about her condition (and maybe why the vampires want to kill her.) 

What I Liked 

  • This is my favorite book in the series so far. I started reading it on a weekday, so I spent well over a day on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next. I read during every break, during lunch, in my car after work, before meeting with my friends after work, and more. And when I was doing stuff (like pricing french fries or hanging out with my friends) I was lamenting the fact that I wasn’t reading. Would Alexia’s life fall back together? What answers to what mysteries was she going to reveal? Can any more things really go wrong in her life? 
  • We get to see more characters that were introduced in her young adult Finishing School series. So that was pretty cool. 
  • Last minute escapes! Cool underground laboratories! More travelling with eccentric friends! Homicidal mechanical ladybugs! Pesto! 

What I Didn’t Like 

  • That I didn’t have the opportunity to read this all in one sitting! 😛

In Conclusion 

Seriously, go read this series! It’s so amazingly complex and interesting. 

Find it on: Goodreads | Amazon (affiliate link) 

 

1 year ago: Book Review: Accidentally Hers by Jamie Beck

Books I Meant to Read in 2018 But Didn’t

When it comes to books, my desire to read is often much larger than my ability to read. So just like I never got around to some books in 2017, here are ten books I meant to read in 2018 but didn’t. 

This post is part of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. I will be linking up there! 

  1. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
    When will I finally read this one?! It’s traveled with to me to more apartments than I can count, and yet I still have not managed to read it. 
  2. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
    I loved Illuminae so so so much, and yet never took time to read it’s sequel.  
  3. Meatloaf and Mistletoe by Katie Mettner
    I forgot about this book until I was looking through my old TBRs for this post. But gosh darn, it sounds cute. 
  4. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
    I’m a sucker for a pretty cover, and this book is no exception. Except all I’ve done is look at the cover, and I haven’t yet delved inside. Which needs to be remedied. 
  5. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
    This has been on my TBR forever, what’s wrong with me?! I even own it so it’s not like I need to track it down to buy or borrow it!! 
  6. The Best Friend by Melody Carlson
    I re-read the first book in this series so I could read this one and have some idea what was going on. Then I purchased this ebook. And yet… I still didn’t read it. So many books, so little time. 
  7. Fast Food Genocide by Joel Furhman and Robert Phillips
    To be fair, I did start reading this one last year. And it was super interesting, but it was also taking forever to read since it is so chock full of information. So I returned it to the library and now feel bad for not finishing it. I’ll have to check it out again soon! 
  8. See How They Run by Ally Carter
    I tried to get caught up on different series last year and while I succeeded with some, I failed with others. This would be one of the “failures”. 
  9. The Psycopath Test by Jon Ronson
    I thought this would be a great book to read a year after reading So You’ve Been Publicly ShamedIt sat on my shelf for a while and I got super psyched to read it, but never did. I so want to know more about the psychopath test, especially after watching Jon Ronson’s TED Talk. 
  10. Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce
    I love (and have read!) almost all of Tamora Pierce’s books! This is another one I checked out of the library but then just sat on my shelf for a while. I really need to read this one before the next book in the series comes out! 

What books did you mean to read in 2018 but didn’t get around to? 

❤ Annette 

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