TBR Thursday: My Lady Jane

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It’s a historical fiction novel with a comical twist about actually people a looooonnnnnggg time ago.  Quite frankly what else could you need in a book?  For myself personally not really anything else but it is a book that requires a certain craving behind it.  You know?

Like if I were looking to cry over a beautiful love story then I would assume that My Lady Jane wouldn’t be what I was looking for (though you know what they say when you assume…).

Basically what I’m getting at is I just haven’t found myself in the mood to read this book yet.  I’ve literally read the first 10 pages several times but then I usually end up reading something else because I know I want to read it I just haven’t been in the right mind space to do it yet.

But I will do it eventually.  Hopefully!

Happy Reading,

Meghan

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Caraval: Book Review

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“Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find yourself magic in this world.”
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Title:  Caraval

Series: Caraval Series

Author:  Stephanie Garber

Publish Date:  January 31, 2017

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Reading Format:  E-book

Publisher’s Summary:

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Review:

I was almost certain that I might not come across a book this year that I would truly enjoy, but Caraval may have saved the day!

Caraval has been on my want-to-read list ever since it came out last year and I’ve almost bought it a dozen times while in Books-a-Million, but for some reason would decide to go with something else.  However, Amazon came through (or I suppose the publishers of the book did) when it was a Kindle daily deal sometime back in January or February.  I immediately bought it and couldn’t wait to start reading because I knew by reading the description of the story that Caraval was just going to be a book I would love.

And I was right. This was exactly the type of story I like.  It’s fantasy with romance and a magical world to get lost in, which are all prefect elements to books I love to read.  I will admit though that the beginning was a little slow for me, however that isn’t very uncommon in fantasy novels because world building is apart of the genre and that usually takes up some of the plot.  It was easy to get over though because once the main characters were in Caraval the story really began to take off and I couldn’t put it down. T

There is so much mystery surrounding the game of Caraval and it’s creator, Legend, that as the reader you seem to get lost in this magical place as much as Scarlett does.  And I think this makes her as the narrator of the story  a great idea because you see Caraval through all of Scarlett’s first time experiences with the game.

Also the imagery that came to my mind while reading the book showed to myself at least how much I liked Stephanie Garber’s writing.  She brings Caraval’s world to life well by her descriptions of the places and people Scarlett meets while in the game. I didn’t feel overwhelmed at anytime by the magic in the story or the world building either, but I could tell while reading the book that there was so much more to explore in this world in future books.

Which I’m super excited for the next book in the series that I already pre-ordered.  When I finished the book and knew I had to pre-order the next one, that was the best way for me to tell I really liked Caraval.  Plus I don’t have to wait that long, as it comes out the end of this month. Yay!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Happy Reading,

Meghan

TBR Thursday: The Making of The Masters

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Alright so this weeks TBR Thursday pick is a bit strange I’ll admit, but I’m trying to read more nonfiction books.  And because the Masters is often watched by most people in my family (at least my grandfather, my mother, and myself) I want to understand more about why this particular golf tournament became the ultimate event in golf.  Granted I don’t usually watch any other golfing events except for the Masters, I was curious to learn more as I tuned in at the beginning of April to watch 2018 tournament.  When I went searching for a book to find out more, The Making of The Masters was one of the top choices.  While I’ll be rather surprised to finish this book if I do ever get to reading it, I do hope I might learn something along the way.

Happy Reading,

Meghan

April Wrap Up 2018

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How was everyone’s April?  Ours was pretty rainy here is Georgia and the weather kept fluctuating enough through out the month to make me confused on whether Winter was coming or going.  But thankfully it looks as though Spring has finally sprung and I cannot wait for the warmer weather, though with Summer quickly approaching I might be biting my tongue as the South’s summer often comes with 100% humidity everyday.

Okay enough about me and my complaints about the weather, here is what I read in April:

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I managed to read three books this week.  After spending most of March reading Historical fiction I made my way back to my first love YA fantasy.  I finally got around to continuing the Falling Kingdoms Series and I can’t wait to keep going, it truly is one of best YA Fantasy series out there in my opinion.

What did you read in the month of April?

I’d love to know in the comments below.

Happy Reading,

Meghan

TBR Thursday: Radio Girls

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Do you ever just get into a reading mood where you’re only in the mood to read a certain genre or story line over and over again?  Well mine lately has been books set in the early 19th century, both fictional and nonfictional that focus on women during that time.

While I’ve mostly been focusing on books set during World War II I’ve been wanting to find something a little different.  So when I was browsing through goodreads to decide what I should add to my to read list I was recommended Radio Girls.  This book is set during the very beginning of the BBC radio age in 1926.  It follows Maisie Musgraves as she navigates this new world of radio and the fast pace energy that comes with it.

I’ve never read anything like it and look forward to getting my hands on it soon.  I’m going on vacation for my birthday in June and think this will make a great book to bring with me.

Have you been in a reading mood lately?  Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Reading,

Meghan

TBR Thursday: I’m Bringing it Back!

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I’m bringing back TBR Thursday!

I had originally gotten rid of it because I was barely finding the time to get all my book reviews up, yet alone attempting to add anything else.  But I have decided it is time to get this post series back up and running again.

I miss being able to share books I’m anticipating to read and I love sharing it this way rather than attempting to make a list of what I plan to read within the next month.  This also feels like a unique way of showing my TBR list and explaining why I want to read each book.

Raise your hand if your excited for TBR Thursdays again and be on the lookout for the first one tomorrow!

Happy Reading,

Meghan

 

January 2018 Wrap Up

I was able to read 6 books this month!  It makes a great head start for my reading challenge this year.  I do feel as though I cheated a bit, however, two of the books I finished at the beginning of January were ones that I had started in December.

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My favorite book this month was Snowed In.  It’s one of my favorite guilty pleasure reads and while the beginning was rough I found it to be a delightful read and it helped me accomplish January reading challenge of a book set in winter.  If you haven’t checked out the reading challenge I created for this year there is a link to it above. It isn’t too late to join!

And the most disappointing book was A Discovery of Witches.  It’s incredibly long and has about a thousand plot lines all running at once with out really ever moving the story forward.

Happy Reading,

Meghan