🧐Flashback Friday: Oldie Greek Mythology Retellings💙

Happy Friday, everyone!
Flashback Friday is a weekly meme hosted here @HerBookishDesires that focuses on older novels with the hopes of bringing them back into the spotlight. For more information and upcoming topics, see the information page here. In addition, you can also find the upcoming topics in my weekly Sunday Post, which is a meme hosted by Kimberly @CaffeinatedReviewer!

Today’s topic is Greek mythology-or rather, retellings of Greek myths. I have always loved these types of books! I really should re-read the ones I have and pick up some new ones. What books of this kind would you recommend? New or old!

Here are my top choices of oldie but goodie modern takes on Greek mythology! I have included the links to Goodreads if you want to read their synopses. 🥰

While I still need to finish these series, I had to include it! Anyone else excited for the upcoming TV series?!

What are some of your favorite oldie books that retell Greek myths? Let me know in the comments below!

-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🌹

🧐 Flashback Friday: Oldie Bookish Pet Peeves😬

Hi my bookish friends,

It is finally Friday. 🎉 And you know what that means?! It is 🧐 Flashback Friday! In the spirit of April Fool’s Day, the topic is bookish pet peeves😬. Flashback Friday is a meme hosted here at HerBookishDesires which highlights older novels with the hopes of bringing them back into the spotlight. Anyone can partake in this meme. For rules and more information, click here.

  1. Cover changes midway through the series
    Example: Titan series by JLA
    I really like the cool tones of the first two covers, but the color scheme of the last two covers just do NOT go with the first two… and that really bugs me. Uniformity pleaseeeee!😫 (I would have included the ACOTAR series with the newest release ACOSF not matching the previous books, but I am really not sure if it was intended to be different because ACOSF is somewhat separate from the others. Although, it still did bug me just a little bit😂)

2. Books that do not share the same dimensions within a series
I can’t think of any off the top of my head but I have definitely come across this before and it really irks me😂

3. Really tall/wide books
I am sure this is just a “me” thing, but Ender’s Game, at least the copy I have is literally huge and I don’t like it. Its dimensions are: 6.08 x 0.75 x 9.24.

What are some of your bookish pet peeves? Let me know in the comments below.

-Maya🌹

🧐Flashback Friday: St. Patrick’s Day Edition☘️

Happy Friday, friends!

Today’s post is Flashback Friday. Flashback Friday is a meme here at HerBookishDesires that seeks to bring oldie but goodie novels back into the spotlight. It is my hope that, through this meme, we will discover – and re-discover – oldie but goodie books together.

The topic for today is in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day☘️. I made this one sort of a freebie because I really couldn’t choose between specific SPD topics so I included a little bit of everything. Here are the books I chose to highlight:

Books with Irish Themes/Written by an Irish Author

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Published: May 1, 2001

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
Published: September 11, 2012

This one is on my TBR!

Books with Green Covers

Dragon’s Keep by Janet Lee Carey
Published: April 1, 2007

I read this several years ago and enjoyed it!

Matched by Ally Condie
Published: November 30, 2010

This was a wonderful read!

What are some oldie books with green covers that you have read/discovered? Let me know in the comments below! Feel free to join in on the Flashback Friday fun! For more details see here.

-Maya🌹

🧐Flashback Friday: Oldie books I DNFed

Good morning, everyone, and happy Friday! TGIF!

It feels so long since I last posted. I think my last post was Top Ten Tuesday. I thought it was busy before but now that I am also applying to med school, it is even more busy 😂 There is so much that goes into applying to medical school these days… it is insane! Because I have been so busy, I have not had the time to read at all.😔 So I am now 4 books behind scheduled.😳

Anyway, today’s post is Flashback Friday! Flashback Friday is a weekly meme here at HerBookishDesires that seeks to bring oldie but goodie novels back into the spotlight. It is my hope that, through this meme, we will discover – and re-discover – oldie but goodie books together. The topic for today is: Oldie Books I DNFed. I will say that I have not really DNFed a lot of books so this will definitely be a shorter post. Also do you consider books you DNFed as part of the books you read in the year? Let me know in the comments below!

Oldie books I DNFed

Immortal Beloved (Immortal Beloved, #1)

Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan
-I stopped this book very early on because I just was not feeling it. I think I was just not in the mood for that book when I started reading it. However, I am willing to try it again!

The Stand

The Stand by Stephen King
-I tried, but I just found that the prose is too long and drawn out for my liking. Maybe I will be able to pick it up again in the future!

Every Day (Every Day, #1)

Every Day by David Leviathan
-I just did not like this book very much! It was an interestig concept but I found myself bored.

What are some old books that you DNFed? Let me know in the comments below. I hope you all have a wonderful Friday!

-Maya🌹

🧐Flashback Friday: Oldie books with new beginnings

Good afternoon, bookworms!

Happy Friday! I hope you are all having a lovely week. Are you ready for the weekend?! Tomorrow is my dad’s birthday🥳 I am excited to celebrate with him. I can’t put much of any details in here about what we are doing because he is subscribed. 😂 But it is going to be a great day and I am really happy that he is here so we can celebrate in person together. I even got to take the day off, which is nice! I have not had a Saturday off in weeks so I am going to really enjoy it😊

Flashback Friday is a weekly meme hosted here @HerBookishDesires that seeks to highlight oldie but goodie novels with the goal of brining them back into the spotlight. It is my hope that, through this meme, we can discover – and rediscover – oldie but goodie novels together. Each week, there is a new topic which can be found here.

This week’s topic is Oldie Books with New Beginnings.

Obsidian (Lux, #1)

Synopsis:

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

Moonglass

Synopsis:

I read once that water is a symbol for emotions. And for a while now, I’ve thought maybe my mother drowned in both.

Anna’s life is upended when her father accepts a job transfer the summer before her junior year. It’s bad enough that she has to leave her friends and her life behind, but her dad is moving them to the beach where her parents first met and fell in love–a place awash in memories that Anna would just as soon leave under the surface.

While life on the beach is pretty great, with ocean views and one adorable lifeguard in particular, there are also family secrets that were buried along the shore years ago. And the ebb and flow of the ocean’s tide means that nothing–not the sea glass that she collects on the sand and not the truths behind Anna’s mother’s death–stays buried forever.

Dangerous Lies

A teen is forced to make a fresh start after witnessing a violent crime—but love and danger find her anyway in this novel from Becca Fitzpatrick, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga.

Stella Gordon is not her real name. Thunder Basin, Nebraska, is not her real home. This is not her real life.

After witnessing a lethal crime, Stella Gordon is sent to the middle of nowhere for her own safety before she testifies against the man she saw kill her mother’s drug dealer.

But Stella was about to start her senior year with the boyfriend she loves. How can she be pulled away from the only life she knows and expected to start a new one in Nebraska? Stella chafes at her protection and is rude to everyone she meets. She’s not planning on staying long, so why be friendly? Then she meets Chet Falconer and it becomes harder to keep her guard up, even as her guilt about having to lie to him grows.

As Stella starts to feel safer, the real threat to her life increases—because her enemies are actually closer than she thinks…

Haven (Winterhaven, #1)

Synopsis:

Violet McKenna thought she was crazy when she had a vivid vision of her dad’s murder—but when her premonition came true, her life fell apart. Then she found a new school: Winterhaven. There, Violet fits right in. All the students have special “gifts” like her own, and she quickly finds a close group of friends. But Violet’s attraction to an alluring boy becomes problematic when intense visions of his death start to haunt her. In her premonitions, the secret he is unwilling to share begins to reveal itself—and the unbelievable becomes reality. To Violet’s horror, she learns that their destinies are intertwined in a critical—and deadly—way

What books have you read that involve new beginnings? Let me know in the comments below!

-Maya🌹

🧐Flashback Friday: Old Sci-Fi Novels🤖

Good morning, everyone! Happy Friday!😁
TGIF, am I right? 😂 Event hough I am working all weekend, Friday still hits different 😂 What are your weekend plans? I hoping to squeeze in some good reading time between work, grocery shopping and meal prepping… We will see!

Flashback Friday is a weekly meme hosted here at HerBookishDesires that focuses on old novels with the hopes of bringing them back into the spotlight. It is my hope that, through this meme, we will discover–and rediscover–oldie but goodie novels together. Each week, there is a new topic. The list of topics and more information about the meme can be found here. This week’s topic is: Old Sci Fi Novels (those you have read, want to read, or a combination of both). I decided to do a combination of both. As always, I encourage you to be creative with the topics and put your own spin on it!

Old Sci-Fi Novels that I want to Read:

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

1984 by George Orwell

Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The Foundation series by Isaac Asimov

Old Sci Novels/Short Stories I have Read:

The Pebble in the Sky by Isaac Asimov

Harrison Bergergon by Kurt Vonnegut

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson

What are some oldie science fiction novels that you have read? Or those that you want to read? Let me know in the comments below. 😊 Feel free to join in on the Flashback Friday fun!

-Maya🌹

🧐Flashback Friday: Favorite oldie book covers😍

Happy Friday, everyone!😊
How was your week this week? Mine was busy as usual, but it was really nice to have Monday and Tuesday off. I really need to take a weekend off one of these days. I miss having those days to catch up on stuff like grocery shopping and chores… and relaxing. 😂 Alas, this weekend will not be one of those weekends as I will be working both Saturday and Sunday again. I can only blame myself 😂 .

Flashback Friday is a weekly meme hosted here at HerBookishDesires that focuses on older books with the hopes of bringing them back into the spotlight. Hopefully, through this meme, we can discover – and rediscover- older books together! Each week, there is a new topic. The list of topics and more information about the meme can be found here. If you have any topic suggestions, feel free to drop your suggestions in the comments! I will be more than happy to take your suggestions and add them to the meme schedule.

This week’s topic is Favorite oldie book covers!

Favorite oldie book covers

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (I love all of them 😂)

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Obtained from here

Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Landgon

Doon (Doon, #1)

I think that the cover of the very first book in the series is my favorite, but they are all beautiful!

What are some of your favorite oldie book covers? Let me know in the comments below! Feel free to join in on the Flashback Friday meme and even modify the topic to your interpretation (creativity is always encouraged here!). I will catch up with you guys over the weekend for The Sunday Post!

-Maya🌹

🧐Flashback Friday: Old Novels Still on my TBR📚

Happy Friday, everyone!😊
How was your week? I hope it went well! I don’t know about you all, but I feel like this week went by really fast. I feel like I blinked and then it was Friday!👀

Flashback Friday is a weekly meme here at HerBookishDesires that highlights older novels. Each week there is a new topic, which can be found here. It is my hope that, through this meme, we can discover – and rediscover – old novels together!

This week’s topic is Old Novels Still on my TBR! Let me tell you, there are quite a few! I was thinking actually making it my goal to read at least 5 of the older novels that I still have on my TBR this year.

The Siren

Published 2016 (First published in 2009)

Defiance (Defiance, #1)

Published: 2012

Splintered (Splintered, #1)

Published: 2013

Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1)

Published: 2011

The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court, #1)

Published 2016

The Chemist

Published: 2016

RoseBlood

Published: 2017

What are some older novels that you still have on your TBR? Let me know in the comments below!

I hope you all have a wonderful Friday!🥰

-Maya🌹

🧐Flashback Friday: April Fools – Trickster Characters

Hello, hello and happy Friday!

Today is Good Friday, which I find to always be a very somber, solemn day due to the nature of Good Friday itself. I am hoping to watch mass and do Stations of the Cross virtually because 1. I don’t have a church near me (at least, not one I am familiar with) and 2. I am working today and 3. because of COVID! I am pretty sure my church at home (back in California) will have a virtual something for my sister and me to watch after work.

Today’s post is Flashback Friday, a weekly meme that highlights older novels. Each week, there is a new topic, which can be found here along with more information about the meme itself. Through this meme, it is my hope that we will bring the spotlight back onto these older novels so that they are not forgotten. We can discover and re-discover oldie but goodie books together.

The topic for today’s FBF is in the spirit of April Fools Day: Books with Trickster Character. As always, I encourage you to change up the topic by adding your own interpretation to it. For example, if you want to do books with trickery in it, go ahead! I am 100 percent, absolutely okay with you spinning the topic a bit. It makes it even more fun to read!

Puck – Iron Fey series


The Keeper – Entwined

Entwined

Julian – The Forbidden Game

What are some books that you have read with tricky characters? Let me know in the comments below!

-Maya🌹