Book Blogger Hop: Bookmarks

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Billy @ Rambling’s Of A Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 

Weekly Question ~ May 7 – 13: Do you collect bookmarks?

I wouldn’t say I “collect” them, but I do have a bunch of bookmarks. I normally use a bookmark to mark my place in a book when I am done reading. I have used a receipt, a tissue, a scrap of paper… pretty much anything flat should I not be able to find a proper bookmark. In the last almost two years (about the time I joined Bookstagram) I have bought a few, and some came with books I ordered.

Shout out to a local company called Charming Book Clips (who I bought my Harry Potter ribbon bookmark from *last picture above*)

Do you have a lot of bookmarks?

Mailbox Monday – April 12, 2021

I honestly do not get a lot of book mail. But when I do get book mail I always post about it! My magical subscription box from Litjoy Crate came in the mail the other day, titled The Big 7! And everyone knows I love me some Harry Potter!

How amazing are all these items! This is my third magical box from Litjoy Crate and I’m very happy with their quality of products in their boxes.

To join Litjoy Crate please use my special referral link http://rwrd.io/jfxehs2

If you would like to send me book mail, this is my Amazon Wishlist.

The Sunday Post #15

Good morning! HAPPY MOTHERS DAY to all the moms out there!

My parents came up (from NC) last weekend, so I haven’t gotten too much reading in while they were here. I cannot find an audiobook that strikes my fancy (I’m waiting for my library to let me know when it’s my turn for the next book in the series I am into), so it’s been weirdly quiet in the house while I am doing housework. May is also my busiest month as far as wife and mother duties go. Work has been a zoo also, so it makes life just extra hectic right now. I hope to get at least five books in this month… it’s less than what I’ve normally been reading a month (for this year) but I’m having a hard time deciding on what to read lol.


Last week on my blog I posted:
Top Ten Tuesday
WWW Wednesday

Mailbox Goodies: I received my magical subscription box from LitJoy Crate. I will have a post up tomorrow showing off all the items I got in the box! Also, I am waiting to hear back from a company called Dart Frog who is shipping me out a book to read and review.

Library Haul: I haven’t made a real run to the library lately. I will request one book that I want and they’ll let me know when it’s ready, then I’ll swing by and grab it. But I haven’t walked in and just browsed the shelves in at least two months. It happens. I have two library books, The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman & A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie. I will definitely get to the Christie novel before this month is over (it’s for a challenge), but I am not sure about the Cogman one. While I do want to read that series, I think I am just tired of constantly reading series books at the moment.
Recommend to me some stand alone books in the comments please?

Next Week On The Blog: Mailbox Monday, Book Blogger Hop and WWW Wednesday will be posted. And I think a review might make its way in there if I finish the book before the week is over.

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. 

WWW Wednesday – May 5, 2021

This is my 100th post on this blog! #milestone

The three W’s are: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you plan to read next?



I’m using my Kindle to read Daughter of the Pirate King. I wanted to read more books by Tricia Levenseller and I heard this duology was a good read!

I requested Ready Player Two on audiobook from my library MONTHS ago. The other day it landed on my shelf, ready for me to listen to. I loved the first book (Ready Player One) so I was excited to get into this one. But I listened to the first chapter and I’m just not in the mood. We will see how long I listen to this one….

Broken Hearts is book two in the Hearts duology that was just released. I want to finish up the series and see how Ronan & Poppy’s story ends.


I just finished the audiobook of book two in the Michael Bennett series, Run For Your Life by James Patterson. My mind wandered a little bit in some parts, but for the most part it was a good read. I plan to listen to the next book when it’s available from my library. Bobby Cannavale and Dallas Roberts did a pretty good job as narrators. Their voices are so different and I think it made a difference in the story. I love multiple narrators in books.

I also finished Stolen Hearts. I feel like nothing happened in the book yet I really liked the book. Weird? Yes I am, lol! Broody Irishman with a shady past and a naïve girl who is way in over her head starts to fall for said Irishman… sign me up!

If I enjoy Daughter of the Pirate King I will read the next book, Daughter of the Siren Queen. And this month’s Read Christie 2021 read is A Pocket Full of Rye. I haven’t read any Miss Marple books, and this is book 7 in the series, but I am gonna try it out and see how it goes.

Have you read any of these? Share in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday – Most Recent 5 Star Reads

This week’s topic is to talk about your top ten most recent five star reads!

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
His & Hers by Alice Feeney
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte
Butterfly In Frost by Sylvia Day
The Wizard of Time by GL Breedon
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Have you read any of these? Do you agree with my five star rating?

The Sunday Post #14

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. 

May is here! April ended on a good note… seven books read the entire month. My parents came up for the weekend so I haven’t gotten any reading in (and apparently my post never posted yesterday, lol). May is also my busiest month as far as wife and mother duties go. I hope to get at least five books in this month.

Last week on my blog I posted:
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Harry Potter book tag
WWW Wednesday
April 2021 Monthly Wrap Up

Mailbox Goodies: No book mail this week.

Library Haul: I haven’t made a real run to the library lately. I will request one book that I want and they’ll let me know when it’s ready, then I’ll swing by and grab it. But I haven’t walked in and just browsed the shelves in over a month. It happens because, life. I have two library books, The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman & A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie.

Next Week On The Blog: No plans as of yet. I’m sure a review and a meme/link up will happen.

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April 2021 Monthly Wrap Up

April was such a crazy month for me! My work schedule became more hectic because the dynamics of school had changed. The kids schedules started to get busy with spring after school activities so that makes my schedule nuts, too. I just felt like I had no time for actually sitting with a book and reading. I mostly did listening to books this time month. I read/listen to six books this month!

Lets see what I read/listen…

2021 Audiobook ChallengeBlog/Instagram ~ 18/25
Beat The Backlist 2021 ChallengeBlog/Instagram ~ 27/40
2021 Goodreads Yearly ChallengeGoodreads ~ 30/50
Finishing The Series ChallengeBlog/Instagram ~ 4/5
Netgalley/Edelweiss ChallengeBlog ~ 4/5
Read Christie 2021Blog ~ 4/12
What’s In A Name ChallengeBlog ~ 2/6

We3 was an erotica MFF book I found on Netgalley. 1st To Die is a book I own, and I was gonna read the whole series (to get caught up) but ended up nixing that plan right now so I could get caught up on the Michael Bennett’s series… the first book being Step On A Crack. Final Girls, The Shadows Between Us, All The Tides of Fate and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd were all blogged about previously.

I read 547 pages. I listened to books for 45.87 hours.

WWW Wednesday – April 27, 2021

The three W’s are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you plan to read next?

I am currently reading Stolen Hearts by M. O’Keefe, a book I got from my Dangerous Romance subscription box. I’m only forty pages in and I am totally hooked!

From Goodreads: “The flare of a cigarette, the sound of a stranger’s voice, and the handsome Irishman in the shadows–I wanted it all, but I wasn’t allowed to want. Ronan was danger and beauty, murder and mercy. To me, he was a mystery, but he was also the only man who ever knew me. In that single stolen moment before I had to give my life to someone else, I imagined myself with him, the man with scars and bruises. The one who knew what hurting meant far more than I did at that time. Instead I was given to another man, one who broke my soul right along with my bones. Through it all, there was always that memory of the man in the shadows, the one who said–not in words–that I was strong, that I could endure, that I was more than just a princess in a ballgown. Now Ronan is the only man who could keep me safe from two warring families that wanted my blood. The spark that started two years ago burned brighter with each touch, each glance, each kiss. He woke me from the nightmare, giving me life with soft touches and sharp words. Two years ago, Ronan gave me strength, but he took something in return. I never gave him my heart, but hearts like mine are made to be stolen.”

I just finished The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. I did the audiobook version (thanks to Scribd) of the book I own. I enjoyed hearing Hugh Fraser, as I think he did a great job of Hercule Poirot’s accent. I did get a little lost in the middle of the story (I got into doing something and was like half listening to the book, which was my mistake). But that ending! I liked it so much! I’m sure for the times the book was written it was a huge shock. Three stars.

Next up is Step On A Crack by James Patterson. I am trying to finish up the Michael Bennett series, so I’m starting from the beginning to refresh myself. It’s been ten years since I read the first three books (that were published at the time). I usually blow through Patterson books so I’m sure I’ll be all caught up real soon. Who doesn’t love a NY detective story? This Jersey girl does!

Have you read any of these? Share in the comments!

Harry Potter Book Tag

I love me some Harry Potter. My mother gifted me the first book in the summer of 1997. She actually judged the book by the cover and thought I’d like to read about a magical boy flying on a broomstick. And she was one hundred percent right! (But I never admit my mother is right, lmao). I’m a HUGE Potterhead, and always will be (no matter the authors stance on anything in the news, past, present or future). With that being said, a book tag about Harry Potter is right up my alley!

I do not know who started this book tag, but I’m giving a shoutout to Emma U. at BookVines, the blog where I found this.

Lets get to it!

What house are you in?

I am in Slytherin. The official test put me in Slytherin when I did it forever ago. I do not feel like I have the attributes of a typical Slytherin: Cunning, Ambition, Resourcefulness, Fraternity, Pride, Determination, Leadership, Self-Preservation & Lineage. I really identify myself as an introvert. I like to have fun, but don’t like to cause trouble. And I’m definitely not a leader, lol. Maybe I am also a Ravenclaw. Aren’t two houses a thing, a Slytherclaw or something? But, I can’t go back now as I have tons of Slytherin paraphernalia at this point.

What is your Patronus?

My Patronus is a Badger. A Badger? Google tells me that a badger represents determination. Connected to the earth, the badger is grounded and celebrates individuality.

What is your wand?

My wand is an Elm wood with a dragon heartstring core, 12.5″ and brittle flexibility.

What would your Boggart be?

I guess my boggart would be a clown. Clowns creep me out!

What position would you play in Quidditch?

I played soccer for many, many years and I was a forward. If I played Quidditch I think I would be a chaser. They seem the same position to me.

Would you be a pure-blood, half-blood, or muggle born?

Slytherin’s are (mostly) only pure-bloods.

What job would you like to have after leaving Hogwarts?

I would be something obscure, like a Broom Maker or something.

Which of the Deathly Hallows would you choose?

I would pick the invisibility cloak. I already have a wand that I got at the Wizarding World in Orlando, FL. The wand chose me! And people who are brought back to life aren’t who they were when they were alive, so I’ll just wait to see them when I get to Heaven. So definitely the invisibility cloak!

Favorite book?

The Order of The Phoenix. The dynamic of the books changed and since I too was going through some dark stuff when I was reading the book for the first time, it just sat with me. When the ending of the book came to be I was utterly crushed and that also just stayed with me because of the stuff I was going through as a teenager.

Least favorite book?

The Prisoner of Azkaban, probably. Listen, it’s been FOREVER since I read it (I only read each book once) but I just remember skipping pages left and right wanting this book to be over.

Favorite Film?

Again The Order of The Phoenix. David Yates did a fantastic job on the movie!

Least favorite film?

Again, The Prisoner of Azkaban. Probably because I do not care for the book.

Favorite character?

Professor Lupin. When he showed up on the scene I thought he was a bit sketch. Turns out he was hiding being a werewolf. It happens, lol. As we get to know Remus longer I stated to like his personality. I also like the relationship Harry and him have. Protector but not overbearing. Just good old friends. This article I found says it way better than I ever could.

Least favorite/most hated character?

In the books I hated Umbridge. Pure hatred.

Favorite teacher?

I’d say Lupin, but since I used him I’m gonna go with Snape. In the movies when he pulls at his wrists to move up my shirt some and then smacks Harry and Ron on the heads to get them to do their work… priceless!

Least favorite teacher at Hogwarts?

None of them really bother me.

Do you have any unpopular opinions about the series?

I haven’t read The Cursed Child and I am not sure that I will. I own it, but it’s just sitting there. Was it REALLY needed? I don’t think so.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

Photo is mine, from my Instagram page.

Title: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Author: Agatha Christie
Published: “spring 1926
Pages: 286 (paperback)
Rating: Three (out of five)
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I always feel like these Agatha Christie books are hard to review. The books are older, of course, so they’re written in a different style than newer books. I sometimes get lost in what I am doing and am only half listening to the story. Such was the case with this one. I thought parts of the middle of the story dragged on. I mean, there was a whole conversation between four people while they played Mah Jong. The conversation went with the story, but it just felt like it dragged on forever. I am a Hercule Poirot fan and Hugh Fraser (narrator) did a great job of reading the story and Poirot’s Belgian accent. I really enjoyed the ending, which I feel would of been a huge shocker back in the day, and this is why I gave it three stars on Goodreads.

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