The Friday 56: A Crown of Wishes

The Friday 56The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’ve been reading.

Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

**Be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!**

“They can’t kill us,” said the vanara. He nodded to them. “Well, you, certainly. And her. There is no better food to a vishakanya than human desires. And don’t look at me like that, rude girl. You won’t meet your end with them. We’d rather save the pleasure of killing you ourselves.”

I have a new favorite 2017 book! Roshani Chokshi’s A Crown of Wishes had great world-building, well-rounded characters, a slow burn romance, and a story that just left me breathless. Read my glowing review of this one here. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

Goodreads Synopsis:

      “She is the princess of Bharata—captured by her kingdom’s enemies, a prisoner of war. Now that she faces a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. But should she trust Vikram, the notoriously cunning prince of a neighboring land? He promises her freedom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together they can team up and win the Tournament of Wishes, a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. It seems like a foolproof plan—until Gauri and Vikram arrive at the tournament and find that danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans, mischievous story birds, a feast of fears, and twisted fairy revels. New trials will test their devotion, strength, and wits. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t.” When I first saw this week’s topic, I thought that there couldn’t possibly be this many series I have on my TBR, but just haven’t started yet. But then I looked at my Goodreads To-Read shelf. It turns out there are a lot of series I’ve been meaning to pick up (an many on my shelf!), but just haven’t gotten around to. All I can say is someday…someday. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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Have you started/read any of these series? Do you have a favorite from my list that I must start yesterday? Are these also on your TBR? Let’s discuss in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Literary Fathers & Father-Figures

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Father’s Day related Freebiefavorite dads in literature, best father/daughter or son relationships, books to buy your dad, worst dads in literature, etc. etc.” Am I the only one who seriously struggles when it comes to buying a gift for the old man? My dad is one of those guys who never tells you if he wants anything, so I’m always at a loss. For this week’s topic, I’m sharing some of my favorite fathers and father-figures in fiction. I’d like to note that this list was easier to put together than the Mother’s Day one *side-eyes authors*. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Arthur Weasley from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

2. Mo Folchart from Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

3. Mr. Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

4. Hans Hubermann from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

5. Matthew Cuthbert from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

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6. Maverick Carter from The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

7. Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

8. Desi’s father in I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

9. Tom Imura from Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry 

10. Keith Mars from Veronica Mars

Are you a fan of any of these fathers or father-figures? Which fictional father on television is your favorite? Let me know in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

Have you signed up for the Summer 2017 Comment Challenge for July? If you’re looking for a fun summer challenge and are interested in meeting new bloggers, we’d love to have you join us. Each month (June-August), we’re pairing bloggers and encouraging them to comment on each other’s blogs all month long. Click the image to the left for all the details!

The Friday 56: American Street

The Friday 56The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’ve been reading.

Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

**Be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!**

“The fourth drawer,” she says. “You will see a book, a Bible. Bring it to me.”

I do as she says. She takes the Bible and pats the spot next to her on the bed. I sit beside her and feel her warm arm against mine. It almost feels like my mother’s. Almost.

Is it just me or the 2017 debuts really stellar so far? Ibi Zoboi’s American Street is no exception. If you’re looking for an emotionally-charged novel and engaging protagonist, be sure to check this one out. You can read my full review here. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life.
      But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.
      Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?

Have you signed up for the Summer 2017 Comment Challenge for July? If you’re looking for a fun summer challenge and are interested in meeting new bloggers, we’d love to have you join us. Each month (June-August), we’re pairing bloggers and encouraging them to comment on each other’s blogs all month long. Click the image to the left for all the details!

Summer 2017 Bookish Bingo

I’ve never participated in a bingo reading challenge before, but I’ve always found them to be really appealing. I think this challenge gives you a lot of room to work with and as a mood reader, this is really important to me. The Summer 2017 Bookish Bingo is hosted by Pretty Deadly Reviews. It takes place June through August and the goal is to get as many BINGOs as possible using the card above. I’ll be including an updated bingo card in my monthly wrap-ups just so I can keep track of my progress. There’s still time to join the fun if you’re interested. Also, I want to give a shout-out to Morgan @ The Bookish Beagle for bringing this challenge to my attention (thank you again!).

Have you taken part in a bingo reading challenge? Do you have a favorite challenge? Any strategy you use in order to ensure you get as many BINGOs as possible? Let’s discuss in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Fantasy Books Recently Added to My TBR

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “10 Books From X Genre That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List.” If asked what my favorite genre is, I’d probably say fantasy; but recently, I’ve been reading a wider variety of books. I’ve probably read more contemporary novels in the last six months than I have during the first couple of years of blogging. I joined the Flights of Fantasy challenge this year because I wanted to get back to reading more fantasy, but so far, I’m only doing so-so. Still, I love the genre and am hoping making a list of the last ten fantasy novels I’ve added to my TBR will motivate me to start picking up more fantasy. Covers are linked to Goodreads or titles if cover if unavailable.

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1. A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney – Can you love something without ever really enjoying it? I love the concept of a retelling of Alice of Wonderland, but have never actually read a retelling that I loved. Still, I’m always intrigued by the idea and am hoping this one ends up truly delighting me.

2. America, Vol. 1 by Gabby Rivera (illustrated by Joe Quinones) – You know that “shut up and take my money” meme? That was pretty much me when I first heard about this graphic novel.

3. The Queen and the Cure by Amy Harmon – I was pleasantly surprised when I picked up this author’s novel The Bird and the Sword. I’m beyond stoked that there’s a kind of sequel and will make time soon to read this one.

4. Broken Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin – I finished my first N.K. Jemisin novel not too long ago and can’t wait to continue the Inheritance Trilogy.

5. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – This doesn’t come out until next year, but I know I am not the only one who has heard that this novel is going to be epic. The anticipation is already killing me.

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6. The Blazing Star by Imani Josey – I haven’t heard much about this one, but several trusted bloggers have enjoyed it, so I think I’m going to give it a shot.

7. Mirage by Somaiya Daud – I haven’t heard much about this book, but every time I read the synopsis, I get excited.

8. The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan – This one may be more horror than fantasy, but it sounds like it has some fantastical elements, so I’m including it.

9. Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser – This is the last book I added to my TBR because of a review by fellow blogger Amber Elise @ Du Livre. Witty banter and enemies-to-lovers trope? Sign me up!

10. Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard – I just added this one a couple of days ago. I really enjoyed Susan Dennard’s previous books in this series and am eagerly awaiting the third installment.

What’s the last fantasy book you added to your TBR list? Which genre is your list based on this week? Let me know in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

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