Pokémon Book Tag | via The Book Window

Yes! I am back with another Pokémon book tag. Don’t act surprised and don’t roll your eyes either. You know you love these cute Pokémons as much as I do. 😉

This Pokémon book tag was created by the Book Window. I saw it, liked it, and told myself “gotta do it.” So let’s get to it!

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A Milestone: 500 SUBSCRIBERS!!!


I’m super excited to report that I hit my 500 SUBSCRIBERS count a few days ago. For me, that’s huge because I didn’t expect anyone to subscribe to my blog or read my posts when I started. Actually, I was so shy when I started blogging that my blog was private for a while and when I made it public, it took a couple months before I began interacting with other bloggers (i.e. visiting blogs and commenting).

I’m glad and grateful for this accomplishment and I thank you all for following along and liking and commenting and asking silly questions. I appreciate it.

Thank you! 😀

Pokémon Book Tag | via The Writing Hufflepuff

Long before Pokémon Go became all the rage and people started walking around even more glued to their phones and heedless of their surroundings, I discovered this Pokémon book tag on Michelle’s blog, the Writing Hufflepuff.

I enjoyed watching the Pokémon TV show and playing the games when I was younger. Last year when I couldn’t decide what to watch on Netflix while cooking, I decided to rewatch a couple of the old Pokémon episodes, which was fun and surprising because I’d forgotten much. These days, everyone’s playing Pokémon Go… except me. I’m already hooked on Sims Freeplay. I refuse to get hooked on another game, so I’ll hop in on the Pokémon fun by doing book tags instead. This will be the first of three (yea, I have time to kill). 😀

Your starter Pokémon — The first book you started your journey as a reader with.


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“salt.” by Nayyirah Waheed

SaltIt’s hard to talk about a powerful piece of work. It’s hard to give a comprehensive overview of it while also trying to impart the effect it had on me while reading. Such is the case with Nayyirah Waheed’s collection of poems, salt.

I call it a powerful piece of work because of how strongly I connected to it. It’s as if she was speaking to me, as if we had lived the same life and had the same experiences. Many facets of my life and personality is expressed in Waheed’s poems: my love of nature and art; my willingness to write; being Black and female; being an immigrant. It’s one of few books I’ve read and seen myself reflected back at me and for that I appreciate and treasure this collection of poems.

I must also thank Darkowaa, whose wonderful review of salt. drove me to pick it up and give it a try. I don’t regularly read poetry. In fact, I don’t like poems. My high-school AP classes scarred me in that regard. But I liked the poem Darkowaa highlighted in her review. It’s one of my favorites in the collection. Here it is:

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“Witches of East End” by Melissa de la Cruz

Witches of East EndThe TV adaptation of the Beauchamp Family series that aired on Lifetime made me want to read Witches of East End, the first book in the series. The show reminded me of Charmed at first but unlike Charmed, certain aspects of it irked me and eventually I lost interest. The series was cancelled after two seasons. I was curious to know if the book varied greatly from its TV adaptation so I gave it a try.

Quick summary:

Witches of East End is about Joanna Beauchamp and her daughters, Ingrid and Freya, powerful witches who live ordinary lives in North Hampton, a quiet town on Long Island. Ingrid is a quiet, introverted bookworm who works at the town library, and Freya, the younger of the two, is her opposite: an outgoing, extroverted bartender at the local pub. When the story begins, Freya is engaged to marry Bran Gardiner, a wealthy philanthropist, but when his dark, mysterious brother, Killian, pops up at her engagement party, she feels a strong yearning for him that’s hard to resist.

Though forbidden to practice magic, the Beauchamp women are sorely tempted to when mysterious events begin occurring in their town: a neighbor shows up dead, an odd illness spreads among the towns people, and an odd greyish substance appears in the sea. As the temptation to use magic gets stronger, they must decide if revealing what they are is worth saving their town.

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Exploring My Bookshelves: An Unsure Read & A Mythical Creature

Exploring My Bookshelves is a weekly meme created by Victoria at Addlepates and Book Nerds and co-hosted with Shannon at For the Love of Words. Visit either blog for the list of topics.

This week’s topic:

A book you weren’t sure about

Last week’s topic:

A mythical creature

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New Book: “New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean”

I just saw this on Repeating Islands and I had to share it. Click the link below to read more.

Edited by writer Karen Lord, New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean (July 2016) is the third publication of Peekash Press, an imprint of Akashic Books and Peepal Tree Press, com…

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Weekend Reads #53: Booktube Bites

Weekend Reads is a weekly discussion on a variety of topics. At the end of the post, I’ll include what I plan to read on the weekend.

This weekend I’m doing something a little different. I’m borrowing a feature from Rachel’s blog, Life of a Female Bibliophile, called Booktube Bites, a weekly post in which she features bookish videos she finds on the internet. Her most recent Booktube Bites post features a video by Winx & Ink (a booktuber I enjoy listening to) about reading as a form of self care.

The video I’m featuring in this post isn’t book related, but it is a story and as book lovers, one of the many things we love about books, and for many us is the main thing we love about books, is the story within them. I enjoyed listening to this one and watching the graphics and thought it best to share it with you all. Enjoy! 🙂

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Book Haul #25: Hooked on Comics

It’s been almost a month since I last posted a book haul, which is good. In that book haul, I said that I was burnt out from buying books. I didn’t feel the same excitement I usually do when I enter a bookstore to purchase them. It was a new feeling for me and I didn’t understand why I felt that way because I’m convinced I’m a book addict. But then I visited the comic book store and it was then I realized that my excitement for purchasing books had switched to comics. So here I am with a book haul that has a load of comics.

Batch 1

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“Assassin’s Apprentice” by Robin Hobb

Assassin's Apprentice 1I first heard of Robin Hobb years ago and placed her book on my Goodreads TBR, but then forgot her. Luckily, I discovered booktube and Samantha’s channel, Sam’s Nonsense, where I was reintroduced to Robin Hobb. If not for Samantha’s love of Hobb’s books or her recent, ongoing readalong for Robin Hobb’s books, I would have missed out on a new fantasy series to love.

Quick summary:

From Goodreads:

In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma.

Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chivalry Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals – the old art known as the Wit – gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility.

So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways and embrace a new life of weaponry, scribing, courtly manners; and how to kill a man secretly, as he trains to become a royal assassin.

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