Mini B&N Book Haul #BookHaul #MiddleGrade #YA #Poetry #Books

Hey, friends! It’s Friday, and I couldn’t be happier. I had a good week, but it was quite stressful. I’m looking forward to resting and reading this weekend. How did your week go? Did you read any good books?

Today I thought I’d share a quick video of our book haul for this week. This was mainly a book haul for my kids, but I did manage to squeeze two books in for myself as well. I ordered from Barnes & Noble on Wednesday, and the box came on Thursday, which is faster than Amazon! With that said, this is only part of the order. I’ll do another post next week with the books that are still on the way. I’m trying to spend our book money with booksellers other than Amazon whenever possible. It’s also a guarantee that my books will ship in a box and not a bubble mailer.

Hope you enjoy ❤

The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh

Blurb:

Deadly storms have ravaged Mina’s homeland for generations. Floods sweep away entire villages, while bloody wars are waged over the few remaining resources. Her people believe the Sea God, once their protector, now curses them with death and despair. In an attempt to appease him, each year a beautiful maiden is thrown into the sea to serve as the Sea God’s bride, in the hopes that one day the “true bride” will be chosen and end the suffering.

Many believe that Shim Cheong, the most beautiful girl in the village—and the beloved of Mina’s older brother Joon—may be the legendary true bride. But on the night Cheong is to be sacrificed, Joon follows Cheong out to sea, even knowing that to interfere is a death sentence. To save her brother, Mina throws herself into the water in Cheong’s stead.

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Book Review: Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales by Soman Chainani #Book Review #Retelling #Fairytale

Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales

by Soman Chainani

Blurb:

You think you know these stories, don’t you? 

You are wrong. 

You don’t know them at all. 

Twelve tales, twelve dangerous tales of mystery, magic, and rebellious hearts. Each twists like a spindle to reveal truths full of warning and triumph, truths that capture hearts long kept tame and set them free, truths that explore life . . . and death.

A prince has a surprising awakening . . .                           

A beauty fights like a beast . . .

A boy refuses to become prey . . .

A path to happiness is lost. . . . then found again.

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This Week’s Reads and Updates: Beasts and Beauty – The Christmas Pig – A Christmas in the Alps and more… #AmReading #Books #Reads

Hey, everyone! I hope you’re all doing well this week. I’m starting to make my way back to posting at least a few times a week. It’s been really nice chatting with everyone and seeing what you have all been up to. If I missed anything big or if there are any particular posts of yours you want me to get caught up on, please feel free to link them below!

In the reading world, I’ve finally finished Shadowsong over the weekend. You can see my review for that one here. This book was on my retelling challenge list. I’m trying with all my might to get caught up with the Retelling Reading Challenge before the year is up. There are only a few more, but sadly one or two may not make the list. It’s definitely not a failure; in fact, I’ve read a total of fourteen retellings this year alone, which is quite good because the original number was ten. I’ll do an update soon on my plans to finish out the challenge. As of now, I’m not sure which book I’ll be grabbing next in the challenge, but it looks like it will either be Circe, or East by Edith Pattou. Check out the link above to see my progress, and feel free to give me recommendations on which one should come next.

We also finished all three books of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. These get five stars from all the kids and me.



This week I’m reading a ton of middle-grade books–two are NetGalley/Edelweiss reads I’m behind on.

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This Week’s Reads: The Princess Bride – Smoke and Mirrors – The Graveyard Book – Horses & Ponies #amreading #books #bookblog

Hello all! How’s life going? I’m pleased to announce that this week has been easier for all of us. My daughter is feeling better after contracting Covid-19; although, she does still have some strange symptoms. Luckily, they haven’t been debilitating. What she’s dealing with now seems to be lingering headaches, lack of taste and smell, fatigue, and coldness. She should be able to be free of quarantine in the next few days. I’d like to thank everyone who commented and offered well wishes last week. It was much-needed.

Because my daughter was feeling good enough to get back to reading a few days ago, they’re just about to finish up The Graveyard Book.

The kids have enjoyed this book. Unfortunately, I was distracted and lost and therefore gave up on it. I’m still trying to listen in to see what’s happening. They’re reading the audio along with the physical. The story is basically about a boy who’s dropped off at a graveyard by his dying mother, and he’s left to be raised by the ghosts who reside there. A very interesting story, but one that requires attention I couldn’t give this week.

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