Friday, April 21, 2017

[Book Blogger Hop] April 21st - 27th


Book Blogger Hop

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

This Week's Question:
Would you stop reading a book if an element of the plot strongly clashed with your personal beliefs, or would you continue reading until you finished finished the book?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

[Top 5 Wednesday] Favorite LGBTQ+ Reads



Favorite LGBTQ+ Reads Top 5 Wednesday

This is another prompt that I had a hard time narrowing down to just five! Without further ado, let's dive in!

Top Five Wednesday is hosted by Thoughts on Tomes. For those of you that are interested in taking part, check out the Goodreads group here: Top 5 Wednesday.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

[Top 10 Tuesday] Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book

[Top 10 Tuesday] Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book

I never really thought about what made me want to read a book until I read this prompt. And I have to admit... I struggled to come up with this list! I'm just not a picky reader. So the littlest thing could convince me to add a book to my TBR.

However, while thinking about this prompt, I realized that there are a few cases where I would add a book to the very top of my TBR.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] Locke & Key, Vol. 2: Head Games by Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez

Locke & Key, Vol. 2: Head Games by Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez Graphic Novel Review

I am SO glad that I checked out both Volume 1 and Volume 2 of this series from the library at one time so I could immediately jump into this second volume after finishing the first. I'm officially hooked!

Click here if you missed my review of Volume 1: Welcome to Lovecraft.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez

Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez graphic novel review

I cannot believe it took me this long to finally check out this series. I think Joe Hill's books are absolutely incredible! I'm so ecstatic that he has ventured into comics!

If you've been waiting to check this series out, don't wait any longer! Go grab it today!

Friday, April 14, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection by Kate Beaton

Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection by Kate Beaton Graphic Novel review

A couple of weeks ago, my reading buddy sent me a photo of this book's cover and I was immediately interested. Within seconds I was on my local library's website seeing if they had it in the system. I am very thankful that they did because this was such a fun read!

[Book Blogger Hop] April 14th - 20th


Book Blogger Hop

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

This Week's Question:
When you feature a book in your posts, do you include a book cover?

Thursday, April 13, 2017

[Book Review] Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman book review

I've been interested in Norse Mythology for quite a while now. Of course the Marvel stories helped to really boost that interest when I started getting into the movies and comics! But I've also read a number of other works about these tales. So in this collection, many of the stories were familiar, but others were not.

Reading Neil Gaiman's renditions of these myths was such a treat! I would definitely recommend checking this out!

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman


10 Things In The Book World That I Am Tired Of

bookish rant 10 Things In The Book World That I Am Tired Of

As you can see from the title, this post is going to be quite negative. I debated whether or not I actually wanted to post it…but I decided to just go for it.

So first things first: I think the book community overall is a very amazing place! There are so many incredible people out there that are positive, fun, and really work to create a wonderful atmosphere.

In the last few years, I have made more of an effort to get involved. To do this, I created this blog on Blogger, followed a number of other blogs using platforms such as Bloglovin’, joined numerous groups on Facebook, followed many accounts on Twitter, and other such things.

But of course… with any type of community, there are some downfalls and things that irk me personally.

Before continuing on, please keep in mind that these are all things that I personally do not like. They are in no particular order.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] ApocalyptiGirl: An Aria for the End Times by Andrew MacLean

ApocalyptiGirl: An Aria for the End Times by Andrew MacLean book review

Shout-out to Heather over at Heather's Reading Hideaway for recommending this one to me! I hadn't even heard of it until she showed it to me.

This was such a fun read! My only "complaint" is that it went SO fast and I wanted more! 😀

So if you're looking for a graphic novel with a deep storyline, you should probably look elsewhere. But if you want something quick and fun, I would highly recommend this.

[Top 5 Wednesday] Books That Would Make Good Video Games

Books That Would Make Good Video Games Top 5 Wednesday

What a fun topic! I wanted to go more in-depth here, but I just didn't have the steam this week. 


Top Five Wednesday is hosted by Thoughts on Tomes. For those of you that are interested in taking part, check out the Goodreads group here: Top 5 Wednesday.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

[Top 10 Tuesday] Unique Sounding Books On My TBR

Top 10 Tuesday: Unique Sounding Books On My TBR

Technically this week's prompt is "Top Ten Of The Most Unique Books I've Read," but I've decided to go with one of the other suggested topics.

I can't wait to give all of these books a try sometime soon!

[Book Review] Appetite for Innocence by Lucinda Berry

Appetite for Innocence by Lucinda Berry book review

Phew, this was quite a read. Right from page one I was hooked. I had such a hard time putting it down so I could go to work! I'd highly recommend picking this up on a day when you don't have any other plans because you'll certainly want to read the entire book in one sitting!

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.

Monday, April 10, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg

The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg graphic novel review

The first work by Isabel Greenberg that I read was The One Hundred Nights of Hero (check out my review by clicking here), and I really loved it! As soon as I finished that book, I went to my library database to see what other works I could request.

I had to wait quite some time to get my hands on The Encyclopedia of Early Earth, but it was definitely worth the wait!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

[Book Review] Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough book review

Very early on I debated DNFing this book...but yet again, I pushed through because I had high hopes that it would get suspenseful and intense. It didn't. I thought that this entire book was incredibly boring.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

[Book Review] The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finked book review

Because I am a born and raised Mainer, I followed the story about the "North Pond Hermit" in the news pretty closely when he was found. When I heard there was a book being written, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it! I was seriously like a little kid that was about to be handed a giant ice cream cone when I heard it was available at my local library.

Unfortunately, I did not like this book at all. Reading it actually made me angry. So angry that I've been sitting on this review for a while so I could cool off.

It didn't help.

My Reading Story

My Reading Story

Phew, I cannot believe that this is already my 100th blog post!

Thank you so much for following this blog. I really, truly appreciate it. I hope you will continue to enjoy my content as much as I enjoy writing it.

In honor of this milestone, I thought I would discuss my reading story. I also put together a few top five lists that I thought you would find interesting.

Enjoy!

Friday, April 7, 2017

[Book Blogger Hop] April 7th - 13th


Book Blogger Hop

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

This Week's Question:
If you could meet one author, dead or alive, who would it be?

Thursday, April 6, 2017

[Book Review] None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio book review

I picked up this book after seeing that The Rainbow Library picked it as their first book of the month. So shout out to their channel for steering me in this books direction! It was such an incredible read! Definitely another must read for all.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

[Top 5 Wednesday] Fantasy & Sci-Fi Books To Read ASAP

Fantasy & Sci-Fi Books To Read ASAP Top 5 Wednesday

Each of the books on my list this week are books that I keep telling myself I am going to read ASAP, but I keep bumping them. I own three of them... so really just need to get a move on!

Top Five Wednesday is hosted by Thoughts on Tomes. For those of you that are interested in taking part, check out the Goodreads group here: Top 5 Wednesday.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

[Top 10 Tuesday] My Favorite Harry Potter Merch

My Favorite Harry Potter Merch

The first fandom that I really felt ties to is the wonderful world of Harry Potter. So for this edition of Top 10 Tuesday, I have decided to share my favorite Harry Potter related merch.

Enjoy!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Sunday, April 2, 2017

[Wrap-Up] March 2017

[Wrap-Up] March 2017

March was a really good reading month for me! Though I am feeling a bit slumpish... So fingers crossed that I snap out of it soon!

[Graphic Novel Review] The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi graphic novel review

What a neat way to write a memoir! Unfortunately, it fell very flat with me. If it wasn't written as a graphic novel, there is no way that I would have finished reading it.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] Snow White by Matt Phelan

Snow White by Matt Phelan Graphic Novel Review

I picked up Snow White by Matt Phelan simply because someone commented on one of my posts told me to check it out. So if that was you, and you are reading this, please let me know! I'd like to thank you personally.

Needless to say, I had no idea what the storyline would be about, though of course I assumed it was a Snow White retelling. I also had no idea what the artwork would be like. But I was excited to dive in!

Friday, March 31, 2017

[Book Blogger Hop] March 31st - April 6th


Book Blogger Hop

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

This Week's Question:
Do you visit every listed blog in the linky list when you are participating in a meme?

Thursday, March 30, 2017

[Comic Review] Cartoon Cart by Shekhar Bhattacharya

Cartoon Cart by Shekhar Bhattacharya review

Unfortunately, this comic collection wasn't really my style. I can definitely see where other readers would enjoy it, so please do NOT let my meh-review deter you from reading it.

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.

[Book Review] Web Analytics: An Hour a Day by Avinash Kaushik

Web Analytics: An Hour a Day by Avinash Kaushik book review

I know this isn't my typical book review, but I wanted to post and see what the interest levels are anyway.

For months now, I have been very slowly reading through this Web Analytics book. This book took me so long to read for two reasons.

The first was that I read it mainly during my company allotted 2-hours per week of professional development time.

The second was because if I came across something I wanted to actually try and not just read about, I jumped onto the computer and sometimes got distracted for the remainder of my professional development time for that day.

So let's dive into my full review!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

[Top 5 Wednesday] Future Classics

Top 5 Wednesday Future Classics

I understand that "Classics" are usually novels that achieve both critical acclaim as well as popularity.

However, my list is simply five books that I consider must-reads that I would like to see become classics regardless of critical acclaim or popularity.

Top Five Wednesday is hosted by Thoughts on Tomes. For those of you that are interested in taking part, check out the Goodreads group here: Top 5 Wednesday.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

[Top 10 Tuesday] Ten Authors I'd Love To Meet

Top 10 Tuesday Ten Authors I'd Love To Meet

I've had the wonderful opportunity to meet a few authors in the past! Some were local authors, while others were more "mainstream." Though as far as I can remember, I have only met seven which doesn't exactly fit in to the "Top 10" prompt. Man, I gotta get out to book signings more often!

So instead, I have created a list of ten authors that I would love to meet. In this list, I have added authors that are still with us as well as a couple that have passed, complete with their Goodreads links if you would like to check out the books that they have published.

Please note: these are in no particular order!

Enjoy!

[Book Review] The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti book review

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti is one of the 2017 releases that I was most looking forward to reading this year. When I got an email letting me know that I had won a copy from a Goodreads giveaway, I was so excited! And I am very happy to say that this book did not disappoint!

In honor of this book being released today (March 28th, 2017), here is my review!

Enjoy!


Monday, March 27, 2017

[Book Review] The Otto Digmore Difference by Brent Hartinger

The Otto Digmore Difference by Brent Hartinger book review

Unfortunately this book was just not for me. I can definitely see where other readers would really enjoy it, so please do NOT let my negative review deter you from reading it. This book just hit on all of my personal reading irks.

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.

[Book Tag] The Fantastic Beasts Book Tag

fantastic beasts book tag created by PeterClarkTheWriter

The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them DVD comes out tomorrow! WAHOO! Not going to lie, I've been counting down the days. I was so impressed by this movie and the screenplay. My boyfriend absolutely loved it too. When we left the theater, he actually announced that it was the best movie that he has seen in a long time.

So in honor of the DVD release tomorrow, I thought it would be appropriate to repost this book tag. I originally posted it on my books amino account, but it is new to this blog.

Enjoy!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

My Favorite Bookish Podcasts

My Favorite Bookish Podcasts- Erica Robyn Reads

I'll admit it- I'm a bit obsessed with podcasts! However, I am incredibly picky about the shows that I subscribe to. There are a number of reasons why I will not subscribe to a podcast; the biggest being poor audio quality.

Over the past few years, I have checked out a number of bookish shows, but only ended up subscribing to a handful. So I would happily accept any recommendations in the comments section below!

The following are my five favorite bookish podcasts.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

[Book Review] Halfway by Lokesh Sharma

Halfway by Lokesh Sharma book review

Now this is my kind of fantasy! I was hooked right from page one. Now that I have finished reading, I'm wicked antsy for book two!

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

Friday, March 24, 2017

[Book Blogger Hop] March 24th - 30th


Book Blogger Hop

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

This Week's Question:
How do you handle negative comments left on your blog?

Thursday, March 23, 2017

[Book Review] Tinkers by Paul Harding

Tinkers by Paul Harding Book Review

I was on such a roll this year! Sure, I had a few DNF's. But then this book happened... I was temped to DNF, but I was reading it for a book club at work so I pushed through. Boy, it was brutal.

Beware, this entire review is negative.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

[Top 5 Wednesday] Favorite Angsty Romances


Romance is a genre that I am incredibly picky about. The relationship in a romance novel needs to be cute and heartwarming for me. I have a blog post where I discuss my favorite romance tropes, but there are a ton more that I absolutely cannot stand. For example, I can no longer read a book when there is cheating or other poor treatment of either character involved.

And to be clear, I am picking from all kinds of angst here; some is "classic" angst, some high school level angst, while others are simply the type of angst that makes me want to scream "JUST TALK TO EACH OTHER" at the characters.

So, that being said, in this post I have included five of my favorite romances that have a healthy dash of angst.

Top Five Wednesday is hosted by Thoughts on Tomes. For those of you that are interested in taking part, check out the Goodreads group here: Top 5 Wednesday.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

[Top 10 Tuesday] Ten Books I Read In One Sitting

Top 10 Tuesday Ten Books I Read In One Sitting

If you've been following this blog, you already know that I read a bunch of comics and graphic novels. Most of these I do read in one sitting. However, for this prompt I decided that I only wanted to focus on novels. So below are my picks that are organized in order of page number, starting with the longest book in the list at number 10, moving up to the shortest book.

Monday, March 20, 2017

[Book Tag] The Hufflepuff Appreciation Book Tag

The Hufflepuff Appreciation Book Tag

In honor of Hufflepuff house pride day (March 20th), I thought I'd put together a book tag. While this post is mainly dedicated to my fellow 'Puffs, other Potterheads are more than welcome to take part!

Enjoy!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

[Book Review] Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie

Forgotten by Catherine McKenzie book review

I received this book in the mail months ago. For some reason, it wound up on my shelf where it just sat getting bumped by the other books on my TBR. Today, I finally picked it up and oh my goodness. I am absolutely kicking myself for taking this long to read it!

Full disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in a Goodreads giveaway. In no way does that affect my review.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

[Book Review] Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin, Megan McDowell

Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin, Megan McDowell book review

Readers beware!! If you are looking for a rational book where everything is fully explained by the end, this is not the book for you.

That being said, I thought that this book was incredible. I was hooked from the very first page and absolutely could not put this book down! This will definitely be in my top 5 list of books published in 2017!

Friday, March 17, 2017

[Book Blogger Hop] March 17th - 23rd


Book Blogger Hop

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

This Week's Question:
Do you read a lot of diverse or own voices books? Why or why not?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

[Book Tag] Beauty and the Beast Tag

beauty and the beast book tag

I grew up on an island off the coast of Maine. It was lovely there, but technology seemed to take quite a while to reach us. I mean, it's 2017, and the town still doesn't have broadband internet.

My family didn't have cable until I was eight or nine. So to keep my brother and I occupied, my mom would go to "the mainland" and buy us the latest Disney VHS. We watched them over and over again. I loved so many of them, but Beauty and the Beast was always one of my favorites. I still have the lovely music "boxes" my family bought for me:


In honor of the live action film being released in theaters tomorrow, I wanted to post this book tag. (Thanks for tagging me, Heather's Reading Hideaway!)