WWW❓Wednesday: 4/27

Hello, hello my bookish friends!
WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @TakingOnAWorldOfWords, in which we answer the three Ws:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently Reading
Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning
–65% progress. I am thinking I should be able to finish by the end of this week.

Recently Finished
The Traitor Queen by Danielle Jensen
–I really enjoyed this book! I was seriously wondering where the author was going to take the ending for Lara and Aren. Without being spoilery, I will just say that I was quite satisfied. Also, never thought I would say this but thank goodness for the 🦈 in Ithicana!

Reading Next
The War of Two Queens
–I believe I will be buddy reading this, but I am not quite sure exactly when in May we will be starting! I am excited though. I was supposed to re-read the FBAA and then ASITE, butttttt I definitely did not get the chance to do that so I hope my memory is good enough to remember everything for TWOTQ.

Other than TWOTQ, I am unsure what to read next. So I have included a poll because I am an indecisive mood reader. 😂 Please help me choose what I should read next by voting in the poll below!

What are you currently reading? What have you recently finished? Let me know in the comments! I love chatting with you all. 💛

-Maya🌹

📚Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Crowns on the Cover👑

Hello, all! Happy Top Ten Tuesday.📚 For those of you who are not familiar, TTT is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl. Each week, there is a new topic for which participants list 10 related items. For more information and a list of topics, click here.

This week’s topic is a freebie of sorts: Books with [___] on their cover. I chose crowns! Let’s get started.😁👸🏽

What was your favorite cover from above? What is your favorite cover with a crown that is not listed? Be sure to let me know in the comments below! Be sure to also link your TTT so I don’t miss it!❤️

-Maya🌹

💭Mini Review: The Bridge Kingdom🌁

Hello everyone! 👋🏼
Last week, I finished buddy reading The Bridge Kingdom with Leslie @BooksAreTheNewBlack and Dini @DiniPandaReads (casual re-read for Dini). I believe this was my first time buddy “reading” with Leslie as well as Dini. Leslie and I have buddy “watched” Shadow and Bone on Netflix though. That was incredibly fun — and this buddy read was wonderful! It is so nice to be able to discuss a book with someone else concurrently with reading the book! Buddy reads are just so much fun. I am very excited for our buddy read of The War of Two Queens coming up in May. 🌼

⚠️Note: This review does not contain spoilers, but as always, read at your discretion.⚠️

👀Synopsis from Goodreads:
“A warrior princess trained in isolation, Lara is driven by two certainties. The first is that King Aren of the Bridge Kingdom is her enemy. And the second is that she’ll be the one to bring him to his knees.

The only route through a storm-ravaged world, the Bridge Kingdom enriches itself and deprives its rivals, including Lara’s homeland. So when she’s sent as a bride under the guise of peace, Lara is prepared to do whatever it takes to fracture its impenetrable defenses. And the defenses of its king.

Yet as she infiltrates her new home and gains a deeper understanding of the war to possess the bridge, Lara begins to question whether she’s the hero or the villain. And as her feelings for Aren transform from frosty hostility to fierce passion, Lara must choose which kingdom she’ll save… and which kingdom she’ll destroy.”

💭Thoughts
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I thought that, while it was enemies to lovers, the story and characters still managed to be unique. Is it the classic lady assassin trained to kill “evil” man/prince/king? Yes. However, Danielle Jensen allows the reader to see the conflict (or rather, read) in Lara. You get an in depth view into the struggle between the Lara created by her father and the Lara that she has found in Ithicana. Generally, when I read these enemies to lovers, I find that there is not enough inner conflict for the story of be believable- or perhaps the conflict is just not as impactful as I feel it could be. That was not the case with this book! Jensen did a wonderful job displaying this to the reader.

I really did enjoy the banter between Lara and Aren. It added a great dimension to their relationship and it livened things up. I only wish that there had been more of it!

There was one thing I wish was written better in the book, in that I found it hard to envision the bridge. Now, this could totally just be a “me” thing and, while the map did help, I just found it difficult to conjure up an image. While I would not normally be too bothered by that, the book, in some ways, is quite technical with war/attacking/defending strategies. Sometimes, I felt a bit lost in how parts of the bridge were supposed to look like. Again, this could just be a “me” thing. 🤷🏽‍♀️

Rating
4.5-5⭐️

Have you read The Bridge Kingdom? What were your thoughts on the novel?

-Maya🌹

🌞The Sunday Post: Easter 2022✝️

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Good morning, all! Happy Easter. ✝️ I hope you are all having a beautiful day. The weather has been a bit chilly and it started as sunny, but the clouds have taken over😭. However, I am used to it as the weather is always like this at this point in the year! Do any of you have any fun plans for Easter? My plans are to hang out, read, and study for an upcoming interview. Nothing too fun, I am afraid! I always miss spending Easter with my family. Not only was the company great, but the food was amazinggggg. Because my dad is from India, we would have Indian food and American food at our table – the best of both worlds! What is your favorite dish that you have on Easter?

🌞The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @CaffeinatedReviewer. Per Kimberly, “It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead.”

📖Currently Reading
The Traitor Queen by Danielle Jensen
From Blood and Ash by Jennifer Armentrout

My progress with reading has been slow just because I have been pretty busy, but I am going to try and finish Traitor Queen either today or tomorrow. Then, I will focus more on FBAA. I am trying to read all the books that have been published so far so I can be fresh on the details for when I read The War of Two Queens, but I am not sure that will happen in time for my buddy read for TWOTQ!

📋Last Week’s Posts
Flashback Friday: Oldies with the Chosen One Trope
Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Haven’t Read Yet, but Want To

👩🏽‍💻Upcoming Posts
Monday- Mini Review: The Bridge Kingdom
Tuesday – Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Merchandise I’d Love to Own (weekly meme hosted by Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl)
Wednesday – WWW Wednesday (hosted by Sam @TakingOnAWorldOfWords)

How was your week? What books did you read? Let me know in the comments below. I love chatting with you all.

-Maya🌹

🧐Flashback Friday: Oldie Books with the Chosen One Trope💜

Good afternoon, my bookish friends!
I hope you are all having a “good” Friday so far. Ha-ha. Get it? Because it is Good Friday?! Speaking of which, while I am Catholic, I actually was just wondering why it is called “Good” Friday. Why Good and not another adjective? So I did a little bit of research. There are different thoughts on why it is termed so, with the main one deriving from the sacrifice of Jesus, but I found a particular tidbit of information to be interesting: Good is derived from the word holy, in that, holy “traditionally means to dedicate or consecrate a day on or a season in which religious observance is held” (Christian.net). Maybe you will find that interesting, as well!

Anyway. Today’s post is Flashback Friday. This post highlights oldie but goodie novels. It is my hope that, through this meme, we can bring older books back into the spotlight and that we can discover – and rediscover – old novels together! In the spirit of Good Friday, I decided to highlight oldie books with the Chosen One trope. However, this topic could be expanded upon!

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Published: 1997

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Published: 2008

Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
Published: 2005

The Giver by Lois Lowry
Published: 1993

What are some of your favorite oldie Chosen One novels? Let me know in the comments below! I love chatting with you all. 🥰

-Maya🌹

📚Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Haven’t Read, But Want To🙈

Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl

Hello, hello everyone!
How are you doing today? Today seems to be off to a lovely start; the sun is shining, the birds are singing their happy songs… 🕊☀️ I couldn’t ask for a more peaceful morning. I hope your day is off to a nice start as wekk, but if not… fear not! Thing can only get better. 🥰 “You don’t need a new day to start over, you only need a new mindset.” – Hazel Hira Ozbek

Today’s post is Top Ten Tuesday, which is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl. Each week, there is a new topic for which we list ten related items. Today’s topic is: Authors I Haven’t Read, But Want To submitted by Deanna @NovelGlimpse. 😁

Elise Kova (A Deal with the Elf King)
John Gwyne (Bloodsworn Saga)
Amelia Hutchins (Legacy of Nine Realms)
Colleen Hoover (It Ends with Us, Ugly Love)
Maggie Stiefvater (The Shiver trilogy, The Raven Cycle)
Diana Gabaldon (Outlander series)
Elly Blake (Frostblood)
Laura Sebastian (Ash Princess)
Hannah Whitten (For the Wolf)
Sarah Rees Brennan (The Lynburn Legacy)

What are you authors that you have not yet read, but would like to? Have you read any of these authors?Let me know in the comments! Be sure to link your TTT as well so I don’t miss it!

-Maya🌹

🌞The Sunday Post: 4/10/2022

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Happy Sunday, friends. 🌞 I hope your day is off to a sunny, relaxing start. I am currently sitting on the couch with fluffy blankets, a cup of tea in hand, and Chillhop Lofi music playing in the background. I almost forgot that today is Palm Sunday.🌴 I must say, it really does not feel like Easter is just next week!

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @CaffeinatedReviewer. Per Kimberly, “It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead.”

I would say that this week was a decent week overall. Life has been hectic lately with getting everything in order to start medical school in the summer. I have to set up student loans, find housing, coordinate my current housing, etc. The biggest hurdle has been housing because of limited availability.

Reading wise, I thoroughly enjoyed by buddy read of The Bridge Kingdom with Leslie and Dini. I will be posting my thoughts on the book tomorrow, most likely! Be on the look out for that post if you want to hear my thoughts on the story.

📌Currently Reading
From Blood and Ash by JLA (re-read in preparation for The War of Two Queens)
The Traitor Queen by Danielle Jensen – buddy read with Leslie @BooksAreTheNewBlack
(currently pausing on Ender’s Game)

I have somewhat deviated from my TBR as I started The Traitor Queen… It is alllll Leslie’s fault 😂 She convinced my to veer off the path of my TBR. (fellow TBR strays unite) 😂 Totally kidding. We both wanted to read the next book right after we finished TBK!

Book Haul
The Obsession by Jesse Sutano
Synopsis: Nobody knows Delilah like Logan does. Nobody. He makes sure of it by learning everything he can through her social media and watching her through a hidden camera he has trained on her house. Some might call him a stalker. Logan prefers to be called “romantic.”
But after Logan sees Delilah killing her abusive stepfather, he realizes there’s still more about her to discover. His sweet, perfect Delilah isn’t so perfect after all.
Delilah knows she should feel guilty, but all she feels is free. She’s so over the men in her life controlling her. Except Logan saw what she did, and he won’t let her forget it.
Delilah is done being the victim. And she refuses to be a character in Logan’s twisted fantasy. If Logan won’t let her go… she’ll make him.

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
Synopsis: The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it.
But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the murder, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final year project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth?

Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

📋Recent Posts
Monthly Wrap Up: March
Gif-y Book Tag

👩🏽‍💻Upcoming Posts
Mini Review: The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle Jensen
Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Haven’t Read, But Want To (Submitted by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse)
–Weekly meme hosted by Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl.
Flashback Friday: Oldie Books with the Chosen One Trope

What are your plans for today? How was your reading week? Let me know in the comments below. Be sure to link your Sunday post in the comments as well!

-Maya🌹

Monthly Wrap Up: March 2022☘️

Well, another month has come to an end. I was debating on whether or not I should put together a Monthly Wrap Up for March. If you are reading this, then you can see that I decided to post one!…. Last minute given that March ended just a bit over a week ago. 😂 Better late than never, as my dad has always said!

I always find Monthly Wrap Up posts quite intimidating, not only because of the amount of information that goes into the post, but also because…. I want to include interesting information. Or, include information in an interesting way (still working on that 😂). I am trying to improve my blogging so any tips (in general, or on this specific type of post) would be welcomed.

🤔Reflection

Looking at March as a whole, it month was a “big” month for me in the sense that I made the decision to restart blogging. While it might seem like an easy decision on the surface, it was actually a difficult one for me. Why you might ask? Because I did not want to start up this blog yet again and then disappear once medical school starts this summer. However, I realized a few things. 1: It is something that I really enjoy doing and time should be spent doing things one loves. Life is short, you know? 2: Medical school is hard in many ways, so hobbies are important to prevent burnout or a plummeting mental health. With these things in mind, I decided to return to blogging. Shout out to Leslie @BooksAreTheNewBlack who was so kind and supportive when I entertained returning to blogging! Be sure to check out her blog – I always enjoy reading her posts.

I recently read a quote that really spoke to me and summed up my feelings about March:

Don’t Just
Don’t just learn, experience.
Don’t just read, absorb.
Don’t just change, transform.
Don’t just relate, advocate.
Don’t just promise, prove.
Don’t just criticize, encourage.
Don’t just think, ponder.
Don’t just take, give.
Don’t just see, feel.
Don’t just dream, do.
Don’t just hear, listen.
Don’t just talk, act.
Don’t just tell, show.
Don’t just exist, live.

Roy T Bennett

For me, I feel that it is really easy to get lost in the “what if”, the “let’s just get through this” mentality. This has been especially true over the past couple of years with graduating from college and applying to medical school. However, that mindset is not one of presence and one can wish their life away with that perspective. Life is short and I don’t want to spend it that way! While it is tough sometimes, I want to live more consciously, more presently, and more purposefully. One of my figure skating coaches taught me “mindfulness” and it is something I want to return to. To be more purposeful is this practice, I recently purchased a book called “Mindfulness: A Practical Guide” by Tessa Watt. I will let you know how I like it once I begin reading it 😂.

Okay, enough of my musings. Here is the monthly wrap up:

📚Books Read: 4
The Return by JLA
The Power by JLA
The Struggle by JLA
The Prophecy by JLA

(Yes, I read only JLA books in March. I have no regrets.)

After finishing the Covenant series by JLA, I just had to dive right into the Titan series, a spin off of Covenant. It is rare that I find a series where I find myself totally consumed, but this one was definitely it. Jennifer Armentrout has yet to disappoint me! I feel that she provides her readers with new perspectives, comfort, and knowledge. I say knowledge because, through her Covenant series, I found out that Athens, OH is very haunted. Living in OH and being accepted into Ohio University’s Heritage College of Medicine, I was very interested in this tidbit. So I looked it up. Um. Yes, it is indeed haunted. Here is the link that made me shake in my boots 👻💀

📋March Posts
Top Ten Tuesday: 21st Century Books I Think Will Become Classics
Monday Music Match Up: The Kiss of Deception (Remnant Chronicles)
Tentative Spring TBR
Monday Music Match Up: Covenant Series
Flashback Friday: St. Patrick’s Day Edition

🎥TV I Enjoyed This Month:
Is it Cake? on Netflix
Baking Impossible on Netflix
Reacher on Amazon Prime Video

Favorite memory of March
I had the opportunity to visit my grandmother’s two sisters, who I rarely ever get the chance to see due to us living in different states. I had never actually seen the three sisters together so it was such a joy to witness how much they love each other and how excited they were to be finally reunited after several years apart. It made me cherish my close relationship with my twin sister, Lauren, just that much more. ❤️

What books did you read this month? What was your most memorable part of March? Let me know in the comments below.🥰

-Maya🌹

✨The Gif-Y Book Tag✨

Hello my lovelies!
I have been less active this week than usual because I was completely sucked in my the second season of Bridgerton💐 as well as my current buddy read. I have stayed up quite late watching Bridgerton and, after 1.5 days of watching it, I have finished the second season. 😂 SO GOOD. This season definitely had me hooked!

Regarding the book I am reading, The Bridge Kingdom🌁, I am also enjoying it very much and I am looking forward to sharing my thoughts on it with you all here very soon.

I waas tagged in this Gif-Y Book Tag by the lovely V @TheSassyLibrary Fox🦊. V literally made my DAY when I saw my nomination.🥰 Thank you, V!!

Rules

  1. Thank the person who tagged you and leave a link to their blog.
  2. Mention the creators (Tiction and Nehal).
  3. Make a post, do list the rules.
  4. Use the tag #gif-y-love and choose a GIF you love for each of the provided prompts.
  5. Tag at least 5 people.
  6. That’s it! Make sure you laugh a lot in the process too.

The Prompts!

I’m Bored 

Current Mood

I have been feeling a bit groggy this morning!

Reading 

For *those* chapters
I have the tendency to laugh out loud, often times earning looks from either family, friends or random people.

Sarcastic

I love Ryan Reynolds’ humor/the roles he plays.

Spongebob 

Angry

My favorite GIF ever 😂

Scared

Winnie the Pooh is my favorite

Laughing

This is my sister and me laughing😂

I Nominate:
Leslie @BooksAreTheNewBlack
Dini @DiniPandaReads
Sofi @ABook.AThought.
Kristin @KristinKravesBooks
Kyla @Kyla’sLibrary

This was such a fun book tag. Thank you so much to V @TheSassyLibraryFox for nominating me. What were some of your favorite GIFs that I included in my post?

-Maya🌹

🌞The Sunday Post: 4/3/2022

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Happy Sunday, all.
Welcome to my Sunday Post, a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @CaffeinatedReviewer. Per Kimberly, “It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead.”

How was your week? Overall, mine was pretty decent but, towards the end of the week, some things went sour. 😕🥀 It’s okay, though. As my mom would say, too much sweet will give you cavities. I would say that the bookish highlight of my week was getting a Barnes and Noble gift card. It was more so the thought behind the gift card rather than the gift card itself, but I sure did have a fantastic time at B&N selecting books to buy. 😂

📚Book Haul
Rage and Ruin by Jennifer L Armentrout (Storm and Fury #2)
The Darkest Star by Jennifer L Armentrout (Origin #1)
The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L Armentrout (Origin #2)

So the books I bought at the bookstore are all JLA books, but my reasoning behind that was they never have her books in stock and I am planning on continuing her Storm and Fury series as well as planning to read the Origin series and since the opportunity to buy them presented itself, I took it!😊

🔖Currently Reading
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
*This is going quite slowly. When it comes to these genres/types of books, I tend to read them very, very slowly. 😂
The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle Jensen (buddy read with Leslie @BooksAreTheNewBlack and Dini @DiniPandaReads)
*Loving it so far!

📋Recent Blog Posts
🧐 Flashback Friday: Oldie Bookish Pet Peeves😬
📚Top Ten Tuesday: 21st Century Books I Think Will Become Classics
📖+🎵Monday Music Match Up: The Kiss of Deception💋 ⚔️

🎬TV I’ve Been Enjoying
Is It Cake? on Netflix
Baking Impossible on Netflix
March Madness
(Poor Nova got their butts kicked. AND – can you believe that Duke is OUT?!)

I hope you all have a lovely Sunday. Be sure to link your Sunday Post in the comments below!

P.S. – I am so grateful for you all and your viewership🥰

-Maya🌹