My Current Digital Library Checkouts

Sorry I’m a little late with my post today. This wasn’t what I planned to post, but to be honest I ran out of time to write anything else. We finished our move on Sunday and now I’m trying to get everything unpacked so I can find the things we need most. We’re still missing our toothbrushes! But we’re doing okay otherwise. Just so busy and sore and tired.

I thought I would share the current line up of what I’m reading on Overdrive through my library’s digital collection. Five checkouts and five holds. Pictures and book descriptions are from Goodreads.

Current Checkouts

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

One summer morning, twelve-year-old Edward Adler, his beloved older brother, his parents, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark headed for Los Angeles. Among them is a Wall Street wunderkind, a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy, an injured vet returning from Afghanistan, a septuagenarian business tycoon, and a free-spirited woman running away from her controlling husband. And then, tragically, the plane crashes. Edward is the sole survivor.

Edward’s story captures the attention of the nation, but he struggles to find a place for himself in a world without his family. He continues to feel that a piece of him has been left in the sky, forever tied to the plane and all of his fellow passengers. But then he makes an unexpected discovery–one that will lead him to the answers of some of life’s most profound questions: When you’ve lost everything, how do find yourself? How do you discover your purpose? What does it mean not just to survive, but to truly live?

Dear Edward is at once a transcendent coming-of-age story, a multidimensional portrait of an unforgettable cast of characters, and a breathtaking illustration of all the ways a broken heart learns to love again.

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

Mercedes Thompson, aka Mercy, is a talented Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. She also happens to be a walker, a magical being with the power to shift into a coyote at will. Mercy’s next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she’s fixing a bus for a vampire. This is the world of Mercy Thompson, one that looks a lot like ours but is populated by those things that go bump in the night. And Mercy’s connection to those things is about to get her into some serious hot water…

The City We Became by NK Jemisin

Five New Yorkers must come together in order to defend their city in the first book of a stunning new series by Hugo award-winning and NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin.

Every city has a soul. Some are as ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York City? She’s got five.

But every city also has a dark side. A roiling, ancient evil stirs beneath the earth, threatening to destroy the city and her five protectors unless they can come together and stop it once and for all.

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

A striking and surprising debut novel from an exhilarating new voice, Such a Fun Age is a page-turning and big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both.

Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living showing other women how to do the same. A mother to two small girls, she started out as a blogger and has quickly built herself into a confidence-driven brand. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains’ toddler one night. Seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, a security guard at their local high-end supermarket accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year-old Briar. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make it right.

But Emira herself is aimless, broke, and wary of Alix’s desire to help. At twenty-five, she is about to lose her health insurance and has no idea what to do with her life. When the video of Emira unearths someone from Alix’s past, both women find themselves on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know about themselves, and each other.

With empathy and piercing social commentary, Such a Fun Age explores the stickiness of transactional relationships, what it means to make someone “family,” the complicated reality of being a grown up, and the consequences of doing the right thing for the wrong reason.

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

When Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Cohan is asked this question at the most important interview of her career, she has a meticulously crafted answer at the ready. Later, after nailing her interview and accepting her boyfriend’s marriage proposal, Dannie goes to sleep knowing she is right on track to achieve her five-year plan.

But when she wakes up, she’s suddenly in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and beside a very different man. The television news is on in the background, and she can just make out the scrolling date. It’s the same night—December 15—but 2025, five years in the future.

After a very intense, shocking hour, Dannie wakes again, at the brink of midnight, back in 2020. She can’t shake what has happened. It certainly felt much more than merely a dream, but she isn’t the kind of person who believes in visions. That nonsense is only charming coming from free-spirited types, like her lifelong best friend, Bella. Determined to ignore the odd experience, she files it away in the back of her mind.

That is, until four-and-a-half years later, when by chance Dannie meets the very same man from her long-ago vision.

Brimming with joy and heartbreak, In Five Years is an unforgettable love story that reminds us of the power of loyalty, friendship, and the unpredictable nature of destiny.

On Hold

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas (10 weeks wait)

Bound by blood.
Tempted by desire.
Unleashed by destiny.

Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.

Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.

As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.

With unforgettable characters, sizzling romance, and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom—and the power of love.

A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler (10 weeks wait)

In Oak Knoll, a verdant, tight-knit North Carolina neighborhood, professor of forestry and ecology Valerie Alston-Holt is raising her bright and talented biracial son. Xavier is headed to college in the fall, and after years of single parenting, Valerie is facing the prospect of an empty nest. All is well until the Whitmans move in next door – an apparently traditional family with new money, ambition, and a secretly troubled teenaged daughter.

Thanks to his thriving local business, Brad Whitman is something of a celebrity around town, and he’s made a small fortune on his customer service and charm, while his wife, Julia, escaped her trailer park upbringing for the security of marriage and homemaking. Their new house is more than she ever imagined for herself, and who wouldn’t want to live in Oak Knoll? With little in common except a property line, these two very different families quickly find themselves at odds: first, over an historic oak tree in Valerie’s yard, and soon after, the blossoming romance between their two teenagers.

Told from multiple points of view, A Good Neighborhood asks big questions about life in America today―What does it mean to be a good neighbor? How do we live alongside each other when we don’t see eye to eye?―as it explores the effects of class, race, and heartrending star-crossed love in a story that’s as provocative as it is powerful.

The Glass Hotel by Emily St John Mandel (5 weeks wait)

From the award-winning author of Station Eleven, a captivating novel of money, beauty, white-collar crime, ghosts, and moral compromise in which a woman disappears from a container ship off the coast of Mauritania and a massive Ponzi scheme implodes in New York, dragging countless fortunes with it.

Vincent is a bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star glass and cedar palace on an island in British Columbia. Jonathan Alkaitis works in finance and owns the hotel. When he passes Vincent his card with a tip, it’s the beginning of their life together. That same day, Vincent’s half-brother, Paul, scrawls a note on the windowed wall of the hotel: “Why don’t you swallow broken glass.” Leon Prevant, a shipping executive for a company called Neptune-Avramidis, sees the note from the hotel bar and is shaken to his core. Thirteen years later Vincent mysteriously disappears from the deck of a Neptune-Avramidis ship. Weaving together the lives of these characters, The Glass Hotel moves between the ship, the skyscrapers of Manhattan, and the wilderness of northern Vancouver Island, painting a breathtaking picture of greed and guilt, fantasy and delusion, art and the ghosts of our pasts.

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins (3 week wait)

También de este lado hay sueños. On this side, too, there are dreams.

Lydia Quixano Pérez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable.

Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with a few books he would like to buy—two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same.

Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride la bestia—trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place Javier’s reach doesn’t extend. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to?

Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg (2 week wait)

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
The world’s leading expert on habit formation shows how you can have a happier, healthier life: by starting small. 

When it comes to change, TINY IS MIGHTY. Start with two pushups a day, not a two-hour workout; or five deep breaths each morning rather than an hour of meditation. In TINY HABITS, B.J. Fogg brings his experience coaching more than 40,000 people to help you lose weight, de-stress, sleep better, or achieve any goal of your choice.  You just need Fogg’s behavior formula: make it easy, make it fit your life, and make it rewarding. Whenever you get in your car, take one yoga breath. Smile.  Whenever you get in bed, turn off your phone. Give yourself a high five.

Change can be easy—once it starts, it grows.  Let B.J. Fogg show you exactly how.

 

 

 

My Bookish Week 04/04/20

I finally got some reading done this week. I was having so much trouble focusing on books with all of the moving and quarantine stuff going on, but this week I feel like I got some of my reading mojo back. Hooray! In two weeks I only finished one book, but in the past week I finished three more books in three days. The move will be finished tomorrow and then I can just focus on unpacking.

This week I finished reading

35. Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu ✰4✰

36. Perfect Little Children by Sophie Hannah ✰4✰

37. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon ✰5✰

This week I acquired

51. Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel

52. The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

53. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

54. My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

I am still in the middle of 15 books at the moment and hope to finish several of them over the next week. The one I should be finishing next is The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams.

 

2020 Reading Goals Check In- March

I’m looking at my goals to see how I’m doing so far.

  1. Read at least 100 books 37/100 Goodreads says I am 12 books ahead of schedule.
  2. Own fewer unread books at the end of the year than I have at the beginningCurrently I have purchased 31 more books than I’ve read from my physical TBR this year. 
  3. Only order books online when I’ve read 10 physical books that I owned in 2019 or earlier. This one just isn’t working for me so I’m dropping it for the rest of the year. 
  4. Finish reading all of the books I have records of for 2017Still just one done here, but I didn’t have my books for most of this month so I couldn’t access these titles. 
    1. Luka and the Fire of Life by Salaman Rushdie
    2. The Rules of the Tunnel by Ned Zeman
    3. While My Pretty One Sleeps by Mary Higgins Clark
    4. The Silver Star By Jeannette Walls
    5. The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox
    6. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
    7. Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett
    8. Rocket City by Cathryn Alpert
    9. Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
    10. Grave Peril by Jim Butcher
    11. Summer Knight by Jim Butcher
    12. Death Masks by Jim Butcher
    13. Blood Rites by Jim Butcher
    14. Dead Beat by Jim Butcher
  5. Read at least 14 tomes (books over 500 pages). Still 0 finished so far. Two in progress though. The same thing happened here. I didn’t have my books so I didn’t work on any of these books. 
    1. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
    2. Middlegame by Seanan McGuire
    3. Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
    4. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
    5. Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
    6. I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb
    7. Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann
    8. The Red pyramid by Rick Riordan
    9. Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames
    10. Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
    11. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
    12. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
    13. House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski
    14. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  6. Complete the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge for 202028/50
  7. Participate in Booktube Rereadathon 2020I finished January and am still working on February. I plan to catch up March and also complete April this month.

All in all I am satisfied with what I’m manged to complete so far. Between moving house and anxiety over quarantines and everything else going on, I think I’m doing pretty well. We will be finished moving on Sunday, then I can unpack and set up our new home and most importantly my library. I can’t wait!

April 2018 and 2019 Haul Revisit

These monthly posts are to remind myself of books I was so excited to read, but still haven’t gotten to a year or two after I purchased them. I’ve crossed out the ones I’ve read.

April 2018 (0/3)

  1. The Mahe Circle by Georges Simenon
  2. Dear Mr. President: Letters from a Southern Planter’s Son by Steven Kroll
  3. The Demon in the Trees by Ben Sanders

April 2019 ( 1/7)

  1. The Curse of the Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones
  2. Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames ✰5✰
  3. Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames
  4. Help Me! I’m Slipping by Phyllis R. Brown
  5. Wildflowerby Drew Barrymore
  6. The Fortress by Danielle Trussoni
  7. A Nearly Normal Family by M. T. Edvardsson

 

April is apparently not a big purchasing month for me. I’ve read just one of the books I’ve bought in April the past two years and am about half way through another. I wonder how my purchasing will be this year.

Are any of my remaining books from these months ones that you loved?

OWLs Magical Readathon April TBR

I really like readathons, they are so much fun! But I don’t like Harry Potter and this is a Harry Potter themed readathon, so the past two years I haven’t participated, but I need something to look forward too right now so I’m jumping in. This feels like a complicated readathon, another reason I haven’t participated in previous years, so I’ll just link the announcement video here. It’s created and hosted by Book Roast on Youtube.

As far as I understand the rules, you choose a job from the booklet she created and then read books to fit the prompts for the courses you need to pass to have that job. I chose to try for the career of Trader of Magical Tomes. To get that job I need to take four classes. Ancient Runes, Charms, History of Magic, and Transfiguration.

The last book I ordered from Amazon says it won’t be here until the end of June so I can’t purchase any new books to fit the prompts. I can’t use the library because it’s closed. And almost all of my owned books are at our new house already and we won’t be there until sometime in April. So I had some trouble trying to choose books I own that fit the prompts without being able to look at my books. So some of these may change once I get all of my books again. For the time being though, these are the books I’ve chosen to fill the four prompts I need for the challenge.

Ancient Runes- a book with a heart on the cover or in the title

The only book I could think of that I own with a heart on the cover is Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

Charms- A book with a white cover

For this I searched Google images for books with white covers and fount one I know I own: Dear Martin by Nic Stone

History of Magic- a book featuring witches or wizards

I can’t think of a book I own physically with witches or wizards, but I do own The All Souls Trilogy on my Kindle. I will try to read A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness for this prompt. 

Transfiguration- a book that features shapeshifting

This was definitely the hardest prompt for me. All I found was strange looking shifter romance and I don’t think that’s what I want to read. I found a book titled Moon Called by Patricia Briggs on my library app when I searched for books about shifters on Overdrive, so I’ll try to read this on ebook if I can get the hold in from the library before the month is over. 

 

Are you participating in this readathon? Do you have a recommendation for a book with shapeshifting?

First Sentence – March

I really like to look at the first sentences of books. It is wonderful when one sentence is enough to make you want to read the whole book. Here I share the first words of all of the books I started this month to see if the first line alone is enough to make you want to read them. I will be using the first sentence from the first chapter and not from an introduction or prologue.

Twenty-One Truths About Love by Matthew Dicks

Ways to keep Jill from getting pregnant

Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans by Russell Ginns

Samantha went searching for Uncle Paul.

The Number Devil by Hans Magnus Enzenberger

Robert was tired of dreaming.

Alias Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine

All the way up the stairs, the children fought not to carry the envelope.

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

They stand in line for blood.

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

The night it all ended, Vivian was alone.

Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin

Begin with an aerial view.

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

My English Teacher, Mr. Davies, rubs a hand over his military buzz cut.

People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins

You, yes, you.

Perfect Little Children by Sophie Hannah

Here we are, in the wrong place: Wyddial Lane.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Local teen accepts destiny, agrees to become doctor, stereotype

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

It took seven years to get the letter right. 

The Bear by Andrew Krivak

The last two were a girl and her father who lived along the old eastern range on the side of a mountain they called the mountain that stands alone. 

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

I didn’t stop giving hand jobs because I wasn’t good at it. 

Princeless by Jeremy Whitley

Once upon a time, in a faraway land, there lived a beautiful blonde-haired, blue-eyed princess. 

Of these 15 opening lines, how many intrigue you enough to want to pick them up?

Anxiety & Reading

My mental health is not doing great and it is significantly affecting my reading. Between anxiety and nightmares every night, mixed with the grief from my husband’s death and being in the middle of a move from our only home and all of the Corona Virus stuff going on, I can’t focus on books for long. Each week on my bookish check in here I find myself in the middle of more and more books. Even though I’m finishing things, 34 books so far this year, I’m in the middle 12 more books.  9 physical books and 3 ebooks.

In January I read 12 books, in February I read 17 books, and so far this month I’ve only finished 5 books.

Anxiety doesn’t usually effect me in this way. I am more likely to throw myself in to books then I am to not be able to focus on them. It makes me sad and that feeds in to the anxiety and depression and it’s a vicious cycle for me.

I always read multiple books at once and I love it. It’s so much fun for me, usually. But currently I’ve been doing a lot of sticker by number pictures and a lot of drawing with Pepper and I think I may need to look at the books I’m currently reading to see what I can pause for now so that they aren’t hanging over my head any longer.

Do you like to read multiple books at once? Or do you stick to just one book at a time? It’s not uncommon for my currently reading list to make it up to the low 20s.