Unboxing May @nerdypost: Maas themeย 

I’m late, but here’s my unboxing for the May @nerdy.post! (I post my unboxings late bc I hate to spoil it for others.) The theme was MAAS and Alexis captured her books so well! Scroll down to see close-ups of the prints, buttons, and pin! .

So many goodies! My favorite is the ACOMAF bookmark done by guest artist Brittney @reverieandink. I love this quote! We also had a special surprise–a second poster from Tahira @tjlubrano of Abraxos. I love her work! Both of these ladies have their work for sale! Check out their profiles to see more!

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The June Nerdy post was Alexis’s 1 year anniversary box with multiple fandoms represented. It was amazing! I can’t wait to share that with you guys! And did you hear July’s theme? It’s Alice in Wonderland. I know there are big fans of this book in this community, so make sure you sign up! 

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I hope you’re all have a fantastic Thursday! What’s your favorite box subscription? What fandom merchandise can you not live without? 

Words Deep in Blue by Cath Crowleyย 

When I read the synopsis for Words Deep in Blue by Cath Crowley @cathcrowleybooks, I was expecting a cute contemporary read. I got that and more! It’s a story about missed chances, dealing with loss, and friendship. I also love stories about childhood friends growing up to have feelings for each other, but something goes amiss, they lose touch, and they find each other again, but there’s a Pride and Prejudice vibe going on between them (I love Jane Austen! If you’re not familiar with P&P, it’s the hate turns into love trope!).

Another aspect that I loved about this story was that Henry’s family owns a used bookstore. They have a section called the Letter Library. People are welcome to use the books there to write notes in the books or leave hand written notes in certain books for others to pick up. It’s such a fantastic part of the story but becomes even more exciting when the characters use it themselves to write notes to each other. 

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Childhood friends? Coming to terms with loss? Bookstores? Cute letters? Pride and Prejudice vibes? Pretty much the perfect recipe for a summer read for me. I included the Goodreads summary below

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First day of summer, but it’s been summer vacation here for the past few days. We’re enjoying our time off but it’s quite an adjustment having everyone home! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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QOTD: What kind of stories do you like to read during the summer? 

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Happy Father’s Day!

I met my husband when we were still in college. We started off as friends and I learned he was a reader too, but I learned he was a big Sci-Fi/Fantasy reader. I had not really read any SFF. (I was a Lit major, so Classics were my jam.) But I wanted him to like me, so I asked what his favorite book was which was Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, but he had me read Monkey Sonatas first. When I did, I wasn’t sure if I’d like SF. ๐Ÿ˜… Then he had me read Ender’s Game and I loved it. .

Fast forward seven years after we met, we got married. He let me plan our wedding but insisted on only one thing: his wedding ring had to be white-gold. He said it was because of the Thomas Covenant series by Stephen R. Donaldson.

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When coming up with a name for our oldest son, we decided to name him after one of my husband’s favorite authors Isaac Asimov. 

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Last year, he finished the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and I felt bad that he had to say goodbye to a story and characters that were in his life for nearly twenty years. 

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Happy Father’s Day to my husband! I’m so lucky to have a partner who enjoys reading and also who puts up with my book hoarding and bookstagramming shenanigans. โค๏ธ

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#grimdragon Happy Father’s Day! 

Book Challenge: Violent Books

For #grimdragon Challenge, Violent books, Mark Lawrence’s Broken Empire series pretty much wins this prompt imo. I read this series earlier this year and I’m still thinking about that ending! It was tragic, bananas, and pretty much had me questioning what I just read! But I enjoyed it mostly because of Jorg Ancrath. He is unapologetically ruthless and will double cross you without hesitation, but I could not stop myself from hoping he would succeed in his impossible quests. This was also my introduction into grimdark fantasy and it was quite an intro! .

Thank you to Holly @the_infinite_book_dragon and Corey @grimdark_dad for hosting this challenge and introducing me to books I would not have picked for myself! Check out their tag #grimdragon for more SFF recs and if you’re not following them, you definitely should! 

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Saturday! I’m so glad it’s the weekend! Hope you’re having a great weekend so far! What books have read lately outside your usual genre? 

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Book Challenge: Bookstagram made me do it!ย 

Happy Friday! I can not believe it’s Friday and it’s summer vacation! First day on vacation, we went to the library and went to the park. We’re off to a great start. I just hope I can keep up the momentum! ๐Ÿ˜.

So confession: Before bookstagram, I had never heard of Funko Pops! I knowww. I don’t really have an excuse, if you count living in a cave. ๐Ÿ˜… And I admit, I was resistant to getting them, rationalizing that I didn’t really need them and I didn’t have room. ๐Ÿ˜‚ But then I got my first Funko from @owlcrate and it was Snape and eventually I also received Luna Lovegood too! I loved them! Then I won more in Juli’s Anniversary @riddlesteashoppe giveaway last year. One of them was Hermione (and she sent tea too!). And pretty much from there, I started collecting them but I’ve noticed the few that I have collected are becoming part of a really awesome girl squad. Hmm. Perhaps I should do a squad post? ๐Ÿค”

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Pictured are the House inspired Ravenclaw Wisdom and Gryffindor Bravery teas from @riddlesteashoppe which I highly recommend! Check out Rebecca @bibliosophy_ rep for her discount rep code! Thank you Juli for the Funkos and teas!

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I hope you’re having a great Friday! What was something bookstagram made you do?

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#grimdragon Bookstagram made me do it!
#livelaughbooksjune Fandom Friday

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June TBRย 

Jumping in real quick to share my June TBR! Better late than never right? ๐Ÿ˜†.

I’ve actually gotten through The Hate U Give, Tell Me Three Things, Thick as Thieves and The Song of Achilles. I’m making great progress on the others! 

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Featured also is my reading tracker. I want to read diversely but also consistently on a daily basis. Having it tracked like this helps with seeing my progress for the month and also which books I gravitate toward. I also included a close-up of my layout, if you’d like a better look. Or you can check out my tag #jennfscurrentreadstracker!

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It’s the last day of school! Yaaas! But I also realized my kids will be home and so I need to take pictures!! ๐Ÿ˜†

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Do you have any favorite reads for this month so far? Do you have vacation plans for the summer? 

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Book Challenge: The hype is real!

Wednesday๐Ÿช๐Ÿช๐Ÿช! Anyone else feel like it’s the weekend but then you realize, oh hey, it’s not. ๐Ÿ˜ฉ .

For today’s #grimdragon Challenge, the prompt is The hype is real! I’m trash for Laini Taylor and I loved the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series so much. I was excited to hear that Laini Taylor was coming out with a new series but I’ll admit, I wasn’t sure if Strange the Dreamer would be as good as DoSaB. I love Karou and Akiva. I thought, how can Laini Taylor top them?

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Friends, I should not have doubted my Queen! It was so good to be immersed in her words again in a new world with new characters. Lazlo and Sarai has made it on to my list of favorite OTPs and the writing! ๐Ÿ˜ Laini Taylor is a skillful word smith and if you like lyrical writing, you’ll love her books. 

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I highly recommend Laini Taylor! If you read it, what did you think? What are some books you’ve read that lived up to the hype? 

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Also, I’ve included a picture and a couple of videos of that time I met Laini Taylor at the LA Times Book Festival and died. One video is of me giving the letter I wrote to her and the other is of me talking to her and her agent about my book. One of the greatest moments of my life! 

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