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Book Challenge: Darkly humorousย 

For #grimdragon They’re all gonna laugh at you! Darkly humorous books! When our hosts for #grimdragon Holly @the_infinite_book_dragon and Corey @grimdark_dad rave about a book, take note of it for future reference. When they rave about a book and post about it several times, that means get off your arse and read it which is what happened with Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames @thebookofeames. Holly and Corey have never led me astray so I was excited to read this one!.

If you like epic fantasy quests, you’ll enjoy this. If you like bands made up of likable, imperfect characters you will enjoy this. If you like richly detailed, unique world building, you will enjoy this. But what you will love is how these old, retired band of friends (bands of mercenaries are treated like rock stars in this story) get back together to save the daughter of one of the band members against impossible odds–one being they’re old (in comparison to the other bands) and the other being in order to save her, they have to go to a place that would give Mordor a run for its money. Despite all these issues, there is sardonic humor on nearly every page and also conveyed through the main character Clay Cooper–a member of the band who had a fierce reputation as being one of the deadliest mercenaries of all time but when the band broke up, he became a sentry guard and started a family. Needless to say, because of this attitude, Clay’s observations during the quest are both endearing and humorous at the same time.

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This was one of my favorite reads this year! What are some darkly humorous books you enjoyed? What are some of your favorites this year?

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A virus has infiltrated our house. I thought I escaped it but I’ve been fighting off a sore throat and the urge to just bury myself under blankets and sleep. If mom goes down, this whole ship will sink!

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Monday (bookish) challenges!

Yes! It’s Monday, said no one ever.๐Ÿ˜‘ ๐Ÿ˜The only times I look forward to Mondays is when it’s a holiday. Or if donuts are involved. ๐Ÿฉ.

I hope your day is going well! I picked up the Unofficial Cookbook for Harry Potter Food at Costco today. I don’t know if the recipes are good but the pictures are stunning. I’ll share a post about it later this week! Anyone have this and try any of the recipes yet?

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For #watermelanerdsseptember, How quickly do you usually finish a book? Hmm. It really depends on what kind of book it is and if I can get it on audio. It also depends on how much I’m enjoying it. But I don’t read in long blocks anymore because kids so sometimes it takes a little longer. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ YA Contemporaries can take a day or two. Literary fiction can take a month or more, depending if I want to revel in the words. YA fantasy can take a couple weeks but less if I really like it. Adult fantasy can be 2-3 weeks again depending on how much I like the story. Graphic novels usually take a couple days but sometimes I drag them out when I really like the story and there aren’t any new issues out yet. How about you? How quickly can you finish a book?

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For #grimdragon A picture you never used–I actually have quite a few! ๐Ÿ˜…

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For #writerswhobookstagramsept National Comic Book Day–Any of these on your TBR?

Book Challenge: Sentimental Value

Do you ever feel like the shortened weeks with a holiday feel longer than ones without a holiday? Maybe it’s just harder getting back into a routine after having a holiday. I can’t wait until Friday!.

For #grimdragon Sentimental Favorites! Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is my all time favorite. It’s a fantastic story but if I’m honest, it has great sentimental value. I discovered Pride and Prejudice my first year teaching when BBC was showing the mini-series. It was the perfect escape from the rigors of teaching for the first time and after I watched the series, I read the book which I loved too. During that time, my father passed away and rereading/rewatching and eventually writing fanfic helped me get through the rest of that year! And later inspired me to write my own novel.

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For #watermelanerdsseptember What are you currently worrying about? I don’t know if this counts as a worry. Maybe just being anxious? My sons and my daughter are starting their first ballet lesson tonight while my husband and I attend back to school night. We’ll be there at the start but we’ll have to leave right away. My SILs will be there to take over and bring them home. I’m mostly worried that they think it’s going to be like how we have “dance parties” at home which pretty much means a free for all whenever Dance, Dance, Dance by Justin Timberlake comes on and when they learn it’s not what they thought, there will be tears of fury and promises to never go again. Fingers crossed that it goes well!

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Book Challenge: Naked Book

Friends, going back to school is no joke! My kids are in and getting back into the school grind is hard when your body and mind are still on summer break time. ๐Ÿ˜ณ Anyone else struggling? Or are you happy to be back in school?.

For #writerswhobookstagramsept, Fight Procrastination Day: a book you’ve been putting off? For me, it’s actually an author. I haven’t read any Stephen King books.๐Ÿ™ˆ I’m hoping to remedy that soon this month.

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For #watermelanerdsseptember, What book release are you most excited for? (Read a Book Day) There’s so many new books coming out this month! It’s hard to choose! I’ll mention ones that I haven’t seen mentioned yet: Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore, The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken @alexbracken, and Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh @axieoh. I’m also looking forward to reading Dark Tower Book 1: The Gunslinger by Stephen King with @zoetzure.

For #grimdragon, Get naked! Ditch the dust jackets! I found this lovely book today on the used book shelf at my library for $1. It is a Stephen King book! When I checked under the dust cover, I found this beauty and it happened to fit the prompt. Some of you Stephen King fans will already know what book this is. I’ve heard it described as a love story but in Stephen King style. I was intrigued by the summary and if you swipe to the next panel you can see the Goodreads summary and title.

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What’s a book or author you’ve been putting off? What new books are you excited for this fall?

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Book Challenge: Too Many Damn Charactersย 

When you recommend books, do ever worry that other people will hate it? I do but here I am pushing books on you because I might actually recommend something you like! Case in point this series: The First Law books. I knew he would like these books. He loved the Wheel of Time, Mistborn, and is a white-gold wielder (points to you if you know what series that is from!) Long story short, i finally got him to start The Blade Itself and he seems to be enjoying it (he’s 200 pages in). Go me!.

For #grimdragon challenge, too many damn characters! What this prompt really should be is too many damn MAGNIFICENT characters! I finished The First Law series by Joe Abercrombie right before summer and I’m still thinking about these books!

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Like most epic fantasies, there are a lot of characters to keep track of but as the story progresses, you get invested in what happens to them and make offerings to the book gods that they don’t die. But, you have to be realistic about these things. No one is safe from Mr. Abercrombie’s pen because he does not hold back and you just have to pray that he doesn’t kill them too much.

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What’s a book that you recommended that others liked? What’s a book that you enjoyed that had too many magnificent damn characters?

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I hope you all had a great Monday! Kids are back to school Wednesday and will be welcomed back with 90 degree weather. With no A/C. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

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: 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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