Saturday, July 22, 2017

[Book Review] Blessedly Bound by Lucretia Stanhope

Book Review of Blessedly Bound by Lucretia Stanhope

This book was such a fun read! I really enjoyed it right from the very first page. I loved the characters, the storyline, and the fun paranormal and witchy elements!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Blessedly Bound by Lucretia Stanhope book photo

Friday, July 21, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1: The Apocalypse Suite by Gerard Way

Graphic Novel Review of The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1: The Apocalypse Suite by Gerard Way

Wow. This is the first comic that I’ve really disliked.

So let’s just dive in...

The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1: The Apocalypse Suite by Gerard Way review

Thursday, July 20, 2017

[Book Tag] Mid-Year Freak Out 2017

Mid-Year Freak Out 2017 Book Tag

Phew, I cannot believe how quickly this year has flow by! I've been meaning to do this tag for awhile now, and finally had the time to sit down and write it up.

I haven't been able to track down the original creator, so if anyone knows who it is, please let me know in the comments section below.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

[Book Blogger Hop] July 14th - 20th


Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another. 

For this week's question, Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte asks: 
What is your go-to drink and/or snack while reading?

Saturday, July 15, 2017

[Book Review] The Limpet Syndrome by Tony Moyle

Book Review of The Limpet Syndrome by Tony Moyle

Oh my gosh. I had so much fun reading this book!

When I first read the book synopsis, I thought it would be a bit out of my wheelhouse. But I was very happily proved wrong! I mean, just from this passage, I should have known that this author's humor was going to be a hit with me:

"If you love books about reincarnation, corruption, the human condition, OCD and talking pigeons then this is the book for you. OK, you've never read a book like that before... here's your chance!"

Seriously, give this book a chance! :)

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

The Limpet Syndrome by Tony Moyle book photo

Friday, July 14, 2017

[Bookish Discussion] 7 Books That Lived Up To The Hype

Bookish Discussion 7 Books That Lived Up To The Hype

Book hype always makes me a bit nervous. I really try to distance myself a bit and start a book only when my expectations of it have leveled out. Sometimes this works, but of course, sometimes it doesn't.

The following are seven books (in no particular order) that I thought totally lived up to the hype.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

[Book Tour] Even Halos Can Be Crooked by L.M. Schukraft


I am so excited to be taking part in the book tour for Even Halos Can Be Crooked! I read this book back in March when the author approached me for an honest review exchange. I really enjoyed it! If you're looking for a hysterical paranormal romance, you need to check this one out!


Book cover of Even Halos Can Be Crooked by L.M. Schukraft

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Announcing the Giveaway Winners of The End Diary by R.A. Desilets

Announcing the Giveaway Winners of The End Diary by R.A. Desilets

I'm so excited to announce the winners of the giveaway I hosted with author R.A. Desilets!

If you missed the original post with the interview, click here!

Now, without further delay, let's get to the winners!!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Bookish Facts About Me (According To My Fiancé)

Bookish Facts About Me (According To My Fiancé)


I've been slowing adding to this blog post whenever Alex said something fitting ever since I wrote 25 Bookish Facts About Me. So it has been quite a while! When I was drafting it up, it was called, "Bookish Facts About Me (According To My Boyfriend)," but yesterday, my boyfriend proposed!

It was so incredibly perfect! Our friends who recently had a baby invited us over to take photos, so we were all dressed up! I took shots of the new family, all the boys with the baby, each friend with the baby... and then one of our friends said, "Okay, now let's get a photo of you two!" So Alex and I posed... and then he was dropping down to one knee.

Our incredible friends were not only there for love and support, but they also caught it all on camera!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

[Bookish Discussion] My Star Rating System For Books

Bookish Discussion My Star Rating System For Books

I'm often asked how I decide to rate a book. While there is a LOT that goes into each and every specific rating, I do stick to a general star rating system.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

[FLYTIP] How To Find And Create Perfect Images For Your Blog


WELCOME to my third FLYTIP post!

FLYTIP is an original feature hosted by FLYLēF. The purpose is to share blog design graphics and advice, as well as encourage related discussions.

The topic for Saturday, July 8th is:
FLYTIP: Image Creation || What are some of your favorite tools to create images for your blog?


Thursday, July 6, 2017

[Book Review] Don't Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon

Book Review of Don't Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon

Don't Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon was one of the books that I couldn't wait to get my hands on of the month of July (if you missed that post, click here!). When I received a copy in the mail from Goodreads, I was beyond thrilled!

I'm so happy to say that this book did not disappoint.

Don't Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon book selfie

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] Five Ghosts Vol. 3: Monsters and Men

Graphic Novel Review of Five Ghosts Vol. 3: Monsters and Men

With many thanks to my local library, I was able to get my hands on this third volume. If you missed my reviews for the previous books in the series, click the links below.

My review of Five Ghosts, Volume One: The Haunting of Fabian Gray.
My review of Five Ghosts, Volume Two: Lost Coastlines.

Cover of Five Ghosts Vol. 3: Monsters and Men

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July!


Happy 4th of July!

Celebrate safely. 
Celebrate smart. 
Keep your dogs and pets safe. 
And be mindful of the veterans that are affected by fireworks.

Monday, July 3, 2017

[Wrap-Up] June 2017

Reading Wrap-Up for June 2017

Phew! I thought for sure that June was going to be a slow month because my calendar was packed.  I didn't realize what a great reading month I had until I put together this post!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

[Book Review] The Bone Feud by Wynne McLaughlin

A book review of The Bone Feud by Wynne McLaughlin

Before we dive in, I would like to thank Wynne McLaughlin again for both responding to one of my tweets about Dragon Teeth to let me know about this book, and for sending me a wonderful paperback copy! I am so thrilled to put a copy of this book on my shelves!

Click here to check out my review of Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton if you missed it. In that review, I discuss a few of the characters that appear in The Bone Feud.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

[Book Tour] We Have Lost The Coffee

We Have Lost The Coffee Book Tour

Obsessed with coffee? If so, this is the post for you!

We Have Lost The Coffee by Paul Mathews is the third book in the We Have Lost series. However, you do not need to read the books in order. Continue on to learn more about the book and even read Chapter 1!


Friday, June 30, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] Edward Scissorhands Volume 2: Whole Again

Graphic Novel Review of Edward Scissorhands Volume 2: Whole Again

I'm so happy that I was able to read this second volume so close to the first. If you can, I highly recommend getting your hands on both and binge reading them!

Missed my review of the first volume? No worries!

Click here to read my review for Volume 1: Parts Unknown

Edward Scissorhands Volume 2: Whole Again book cover

Thursday, June 29, 2017

H & E Bookish Chat: Eliza And Her Monsters

H & E Bookish Chat: Eliza And Her Monsters

Heather (of Heather's Reading Hideaway) and I recently buddy-read Eliza And Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. After messaging one another to say that we had each completed the book, this happened:

H: I’m not even sure how to review this book. I immediately revert into caveman Heather, "IT GOOD. READ. NOW.”

E: Ah, right??!?! That’s how I started my review!!! I was like: I don't even know where to start... I just kept typing “I LOVE THIS BOOK!”

Needless to say, we agreed that this would be the perfect book to roll out an idea we have had for a while now; H & E Bookish Chats!

But first, if you missed either of our reviews, feel free to check them out by clicking below:

Erica’s Review

Heather’s Review

THERE WILL BE SPOILERS IN THIS CHAT. 
Please do not continue on if you have not yet read this book.

This is part one of our discussion. At the end of this post I will link you to part two :)

Now, let’s jump into the discussion!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

[Feature] AllWithBooks: Children's Books inspired by a Mayan Community

Reading is the foundation of education. Nevertheless, there are more than 100 million children around the world who don’t have access to books or who can’t read.
Here is the good news - AllWithBooks is a new social enterprise that creates children’s books with the help of people living in communities in need to build them libraries with every book set purchase.

AWB Reading children

3 July Book Releases I Can’t Wait To Read

3 July Book Releases I Can’t Wait To Read

I'm going to be taking a stay-cation in July, so I cannot wait to do a ton of reading during that time!

Here are the books I am most looking forward to in the month of July.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] Edward Scissorhands Volume 1: Parts Unknown

Graphic Novel Review of Edward Scissorhands Volume 1: Parts Unknown

This was a fun and very quick read! For fans of Edward Scissorhands that have wondered if that little girl that was lying in bed, listening to her grandmother's tale, ever went up to the castle on her own... Well, now you have your answer!

Edward Scissorhands Volume 1: Parts Unknown book cover

[Book Review] Inbound Marketing: Attract, Engage, and Delight Customers Online by Brian Halligan & Dharmesh Shah

Book Review of Inbound Marketing: Attract, Engage, and Delight Customers Online by Brian Halligan & Dharmesh Shah

Phew! This book took me a long time to finally complete because I would pick it up and read a chapter here and there very sporadically. I picked it up again one day recently and started over, finally completing the entire read in just a few sittings.

Whether you are just getting started with Inbound Marketing, or consider yourself more seasoned, this book is a must-read!

Book cover of Inbound Marketing: Attract, Engage, and Delight Customers Online by Brian Halligan & Dharmesh Shah

Monday, June 26, 2017

[Book Review] Eliza And Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Book review of Eliza And Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

It has been a very, very long time since a book has had this much of an impact on me. Most of it was such a light and fun read! But there was also a very serious and raw emotional edge that made me totally fall in love with this book. 

Seriously, this is quite the read! I laughed, I got nervous, I scowled, I held my breath, I cried, but most importantly, I cheered! 

I loved absolutely everything about this book, and I highly recommend picking it up and giving it a read. 

BUT!! 

If you have not read this book, I urge you NOT to continue on with this review OR read the goodreads synopsis OF the inside book flap. It all gives too much away! This is really a book that you need to go into totally blind so you can get the absolute most out of it!



Eliza And Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia book cover

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Interview with R.A. Desilets (and a giveaway!)

Interview with R.A. Desilets and a giveaway The End Diary!

I am so thrilled to post this interview and giveaway today! Major thanks to R.A. Desilets for giving me the opportunity to host this!

Who is Rachel A. Desilets?
Rachel A. Desilets was born in southern New Hampshire. She graduated from Emerson College with a B.A. in Writing, Literature, and Publishing. She lived in southern California for a bit and then decided it was too hot. She currently resides in the rainy side of Oregon with her husband and cats.

R.A. Desilets author image
Image courtesy of the author.

Let's jump into the interview!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

[FLYTIP] Creating A Color Palette For Your Blog


WELCOME to my second FLYTIP post!

FLYTIP is an original feature hosted by FLYLēF. The purpose is to share blog design graphics and advice, as well as encourage related discussions.

The topic for Saturday, June 24th is:
FLYTIP: Open Topic || Discuss anything bloggish or bookish from a creative point of view.

Friday, June 23, 2017

[Book Blogger Hop] June 23rd - 29th


Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another. 

For this week's question, Elizabeth at Silver's Reviews asks: 
If you are at a really good point in a book and the phone rings or the door bell rings, do you stop reading or let the phone or door bell go unanswered?

Thursday, June 22, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] Five Ghosts Vol. 2: Lost Coastlines by Frank J. Barbiere, Chris Mooneyham

Graphic Novel Review of Five Ghosts Vol. 2: Lost Coastlines by Frank J. Barbiere, Chris Mooneyham

Immediately after reading Vol. 1: The Haunting of Fabian Gray, I had to dive right into Volume Two!

Graphic Novel Review by Five Ghosts Vol. 2: Lost Coastlines by Frank J. Barbiere, Chris Mooneyham

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] Five Ghosts Vol. 1: The Haunting of Fabian Gray by Frank J. Barbiere, Chris Mooneyham

Five Ghosts Vol. 1: The Haunting of Fabian Gray by Frank J. Barbiere review

This graphic novel was recently suggested to me, and I am SO glad that I was able to get my hands on it so quickly! What a read!

Five Ghosts Vol. 1: The Haunting of Fabian Gray by Frank J. Barbiere cover

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Big Blogger, Little Blogger Project

Big Blogger, Little Blogger Project

When I saw Mikaela of The Well-Thumbed Reader first post about this Big Blogger, Little Blogger project, I signed up immediately!

What is the Big Blogger, Little Blogger Project?

The idea behind this project was to pair up two bloggers; one Little Blogger that has fewer than 100 followers, and one Big Blogger that has more than 100 followers. The Big Blogger was then to support the Little Blogger in various ways throughout the course of a month. At the end of the month, the Bigger Blogger will dedicated a whole blog post to their Little Blogger.

Once every Big Blogger participating has posted their blog posts, Mikaela will compile them all in a master post. So stay tuned to her blog for more details about that!

[Book Review] Realm of Night by L.D. Goffigan

Book Review of Realm of Night by L.D. Goffigan

After absolutely loving The Beast of London, but feeling lukewarm about Fortress of Blood, I was a little nervous going into this one. But of course I was absolutely thrilled to have received an ARC (thanks again to L.D. Goffigan!). So after cruising through the short story collection, I immediately jumped into this one.

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

If you haven't read my other reviews for the Mina Murray series, click the links below:
The Beast of London (Mina Murray Book 1)
Fortress of Blood (Mina Murray Book 2)
Shadows of Night (A collection of short stories)

Monday, June 19, 2017

[Book Review] A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman

Book Review of A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman

A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman is an incredible novella full of both charm and horror.

If you're looking for an incredibly creepy read, I would highly recommend this! I was hooked immediately and absolutely could not stop reading.

Shout-out to my local library for ordering a copy of this book for me!