Happy Mother’s Day!

I hope you’re all having a great Sunday! So many blessings to be grateful for. This print inspired by Moana from the Disney @nerdy.post captures my life right now! I’m pursuing my dream to be a writer, but I could not do it without the love and support of my husband and kids. 
What are your plans for the day? I’m going out to have some me time and will come back to celebrate with my family. 

Have a great day and Happy Mother’s Day!

Book Challenge: Fantastic Beasts

Hey! How are you all doing? It’s been so crazy! Spent time recovering from the book festivals I attended, battled with allergies (I lost), and I’ve been trying to catch up with reading and writing too! I’m finally watching Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them! I’m enjoying it so much. (NOTE: I loved it!) I admit, I bought these Funkos before I saw the movie and now I need Tina, Newt, and Jacob! Do you all have some fun plans this weekend? I’m looking forward to Mother’s Day. I’ve got part of the morning and afternoon to myself and I’m so excited!.
For #squeakybookishlibrary You’re over me? I like Newt a lot, but I will never be over Harry Potter. 😭

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For #grimdragon Why is this a thing? Maps and Funkos? I was chatting about maps with Cici @rusticwindow and how before bookstagram, we never really thought about maps. Now, it’s like maps all day, erreday. And then Funkos! I never even heard of Funkos until bookstagram! And then I got my first Funko in an Owlcrate—Snape. I still don’t have that many, but my collection is growing! 

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What did you guys think of Fantastic Beasts? What things do you want all of? 

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Jacob’s quote was from the Fantastic Beasts @nerdy.post. 

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April: Middle Earth @nerdy.post

This is a bit late, but I’m pretty sure no one will be spoiled for the April: Middle Earth @nerdy.post unboxing. 😁.

I can’t even tell you guys how much I loved this box. I don’t know how Alexis does it every time, but I’m so impressed with how much thought and how much detail goes into each item. From the selected quotes right down to the Gondor penny, Alexis really poured her heart into this box. 

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I loved every item, but my favorites were the poster print of Gandalf’s very famous quote–I used to have it posted in my classroom when I was teaching. 😄 And, of course, the one washi tape to rule them all! It’s gold washi with the One ring runes printed on it. If you don’t know, I’m obsessed with washi tape and this was perfect! 

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Please make sure to scroll down to see close-ups and the flip sides of the bookmarks. Everything was stunning! 

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Also, the theme for May is MAAS! You don’t want to miss it! Check out my girl Kori @_livelaughread for a discount code on your first box! 

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May the 4th be with you!

May the 4th be with you! Hope your Thursday is awesome!.

I can’t help looking at this picture and wanting more of Jyn. I loved her character in Rogue One and I wish we could have more movies with her. Catalyst is the prequel to Rogue One. Sad to read though because you know the characters’ fates already. 😰

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What are you all up to today? For me, chores and an ortho appointment for my oldest. 😐

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For #grimdragon, May the 4th be with you! Star Wars day!

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Rogue One print and Death Star coaster from the Star Wars @nerdy.post. 

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#jynerso #rogueone #starwars #starwarscatalyst #nerdypost 

Book Challenge: Worthy Author Follow-Ups

It’s Wednesday and I’m almost recovered from Y’all West. I seriously need to condition for book festivals next year! I had such a fun time, but I nearly died! .

For #grimdragon Worthy Author Follow-ups: Rick Riordan! Friends, if you haven’t read the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, for the love of Zeus, please do! Then read The Heroes of Olympus series and then you can start this one! The Trials of Apollo is a new series where the god Apollo is sent down to earth in mortal form as punishment for things in the previous books. Apollo is arrogant and selfish (which is no surprise for a former god), but the limitations of being human has forced him to take a more deeper look into people’s personalities and his relationship with them. But, this has Rick Riordan’s trademark humor and combined with a former god’s personality–you’ll be laughing through the whole book!

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The Dark Prophecy, book 2 in The Trials of Apollo was released Tuesday! 

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Both of these were exclusive editions from Costco. 

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May TBR

I’m a lister, planner, tracker and an unapologetic notebook and pen addict. What does this have to do with books and reading? WELLLLL, I love making TBR lists and using my notebook to plan and track what I read. (If you saw my previous post, I included my disc bound notebook and Genre Tracker layout.) I usually post my reading tracker for the month with my TBR, but I still have to make mine for May. 😅 But I do have my TBR to share! .

Most of these are books from April that I didn’t get to finish. If you saw my previous post for my April Wrap-up, I really pushed myself to finish books before attending the LA Times FOB and Y’all West and meeting the authors. I did finish some books, but started many, so I hope to finish them this month. Top books to finish for this month are Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor and I Darken by Kiersten White @authorkierstenwhite. (Both stories are fantastic so far and both authors are amazing humans! I highly recommend reading both of them!)

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I also added to my TBR some ARCs that I received at Y’all West @yallwest. The first two I hope to finish are I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo @mauxbot (out May 30) and A Poison Dark and Drowning Book 2 in the Kingdom of Fire series (out September 19) by Jessica Clues @jesscluess. I can’t wait to read these! I met both authors at Y’all West and they were both so nice! Thank you to Fierce Reads @fiercereads and Random House Kids @randomhousekids for the copies!

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And don’t despair! I will share my Current Reads tracker layout once I’ve set it up! 

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This fabulous wood bookmark is made by my girl Mary @markedbymary. Check out the lovely Andie’s @_halfbloodprincess profile for a rep code! (And really, you should be following both of these amazing humans!)

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(And YES, I will also be reading ACOWAR. But my copy won’t be hear until Saturday! 😨)

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For #grimdragon, May Day! TBR

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April Wrap-Up

My April wrap-up! I managed to finish reading eight books and two graphic novels. Four of the books were in preparation for meeting the authors at Y’all West. The other four were because I’m awesome. 😏.

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Books I read because I’m awesome:

A Court of Mist and Fury ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ For the record, I loved Rhysand in ACOTAR (for myself). 

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The Blood of Olympus ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Spectacular ending to this series! 

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Of Beauty and Beast ⭐️⭐️⭐️ So much potential but I could not connect with the characters. The second half of the story was good though. 

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Emperor of Thorns ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Still reeling over that ending! My first dark fantasy series and I loved it! 
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Graphic Novels (not pictured because they were library books): Ms. Marvel volumes 4 and 5. I’m so ready for volume 6! 

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Y’all West reading list: 

A Crown of Wishes ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Vikram and Gauri are my new OTP. 

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Wintersong ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Gorgeous writing and I loved how it was atmospheric. 

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A Shadow Bright and Burning ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Victorian London under attack by magical monsters and young lady orphan is supposed to be the chosen one? YES PLEASE. Also, Henrietta Howel is named after Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle. ❤️

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Shadowshaper ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Puerta Rican spiritual magic with a strong female character from Brooklyn–need I say more?

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If you watched my stories, you saw what shenanigans I got into at Y’all West. I’ll do a debriefing post when my brain has recovered from such an amazing weekend. 

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For #squeakybookishlibrary, How you doin’? If you saw my other story about this bookstagram hack in the picture, you know how excited I am! Can you guess what it is? You’ll be seeing more of it in future posts. But, hey, what are you reading? BESIDES ACOWAR.