Top 5 Tuesday #9: F – G – H – I – J

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm.

This week’s topic:

F – G – H – I – J

(books with titles that start with the featured letters)

F is for…

Forty Rooms by Olga Grushin

I own this book. I bought it because I love the cover, but I haven’t yet read it, and I’ve since forgotten what it’s about. I seriously need to do a year of reading books I own. I’ve “tried” to do so before, but it didn’t work out.

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Comics Roundup #29: Zodiac Starforce | Elves | Monstress

Sadly, I’ve fallen so far behind on reviews that I’m still writing reviews of books I completed in April now. Today I have for you comic book reviews.

The first one, Zodiac Starforce, #1, I read for the O.W.L. Magical Readathon that was held in April. This review should have already been up, but no. I procrastinated, and now I’m posting it a month before the follow up readathon — N.E.W.T.s Magical Readathon — begins. The other two — Elves, Vol. 1 and Monstress, Vol. 2: The Blood — were both read for the Wyrd & Wonder readathon, which is a month-long readathon in May of all things fantasy.

Anyway, my intention this week is to clear out my review queue; so fingers crossed that I’ll actually achieve this.

Zodiac Starforce, #1 by Kevin Panetta, illus. by Paulina Ganucheau with colors by Savanna Ganucheau


YA Fantasy


Zodiac Starforce, issue 1


August 2015

Quick summary:

The series is about a group of teenage girls who possess magical powers and use them to protect their planet from dark creatures. This issue opens with the group disbanded and one of the members, Kim, hoping to get everyone back together again. While doing so, she’s also investigating a student’s disappearance and later learns, along with her group of superpower friends, that one of the group members is infected with dark energy. (Goodreads)

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Half Year Book Tag: 2019

I know I just did the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag, but I still want to do this one as well because the questions are a little different, and I just love doing book tags.

The Half Year Book Tag was created by BexnBookx.

Favorite standalone book hauled and read so far in 2019:

To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer

This was included in a library haul. It’s a middle-grade contemporary novel that’s reminiscent of the Parent Trap movies. It’s about two girls whose dads are dating. The dads want their daughters to meet and get along, so they send the girls to summer camp. But the girls have no intention of being friends or allowing their dads to date each other. The story was quick and fun and sweet. I enjoyed it and couldn’t put it down once I started reading.

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag: 2019

It’s that time of year again when I do the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag, which was created by ReadLikeWildFire (a booktuber) and Ely Jayne (a blogger).

Best book I’ve read so far:

Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy
Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

It’s impossible for me to select just one, so I grabbed my two best. Dopesick is a nonfiction book about how the opiod epidemic began in America. I listened to the audio book, which is narrated by the author, and thought it was great. It’s well written and very informative. I highly recommend it.

Wundersmith is the second novel in a middle-grade fantasy series about a girl who everyone believes is cursed. I’m so glad I read this and the first book, Nevermoor. They both carry the charm of the Harry Potter books, but I love Wundersmith more because we learn more about the amazing world in this installment.

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Top 5 Tuesday #8: A – B – C – D – E

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm.

This week’s topic:

A – B – C – D – E

(books with titles that start with the featured letters)

A is for…

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit

I haven’t thought about this book in a while, but it’s one I love. It’s a YA historical fiction novel with a touch of magical realism about a girl growing up during World War II. Anna was separated from her father and adopted by a mysterious man who can communicate with birds. The man teaches her how to survive and cares for her until he’s unable to continue doing so. It’s a wonderful story but a heartbreaking one too, and is very well written.

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2019 Reading Wrap-Up: Second Quarter

The second quarter of the year has drawn to a close. I’ve read more books, compared to my first reading quarter, and have enjoyed more books. I guess this was expected since in this quarter I participated in 2 readathons, one of which focused solely on fantasy novels — my favorite genre. All around, this quarter was a great one for reading and bookish events, but not so much for blogging. I’m way behind on reviews and such.

Books | Audio Books | Comics

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Let’s Rewind: June 2019

June was great and filled with fun times with friends. 🙂 It was a great start for summer.

Let’s Rewind is my version of a monthly wrap up but instead of talking about only books, I include all types of other stuff, like articles… bookish news… commercials… random-ass links… movies… art… podcasts… cartoons… and whatever the hell happened to me in the month. You know, the usual stuff that people talk about in monthly wrap ups. So read on to see what I did and read this month. You might stumble upon something that interests you.

June was wonderful! I had fun and even managed to relax a bit despite my jobs. In my personal life, I attended a Caribbean music festival, which was loads of fun and got a little crazy toward its end, but I enjoyed it all. 😛

I traveled to Denver for work and was surprised how much I loved it there. It was my first time visiting the city and I was beyond excited. I was excited to get a window seat on the plane so I can observe how the American land changes as I fly west. I was excited when I touched down in Denver and felt the dry heat. It was my first time experiencing that. Being from Jamaica and living technically in U.S. south (the DMV is basically the border between northern and southern U.S.), I’ve only ever experienced tropical climate or whatever it is Washington, D.C., has. The dry heat was a nice change. If Denver didn’t get so cold in the winter and receive so much snowfall, I would seriously consider moving there. The air was also lighter and easier to breathe, and it was easy to navigate the city as well. I didn’t expect it to be so flat, though, and the mountains were a breathtaking view. I just kept staring at them.

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