2021 Reading Challenge: Bookish Jay and the Reading Mermaid

Here it is...The Scented Library and The Redolent Mermaid's fourth annual reading challenge! We've almost made it to 2021, *small sigh of relief, hearts full of hope and fingers crossed. If you, like myself, didn't complete 2020's challenge, no judgement. It turns out I'm not a pandemic reader and I'm ok with that. We all... Continue Reading →

2020 Reading Challenge: Bookish Jay and the Reading Mermaid

Thank you for joining The Scented Library and The Redolent Mermaid for our third reading challenge! Julie and I enjoy reading and even better, reading with friends. Below are the prompts we created as a guide to reading outside the box. Feel free to join us in challenging ourselves to read them all or simply... Continue Reading →

TTT: Winter TBR

10. The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke Okay, listing this title has become an inside joke due to the fact it's filled a tbr spot every month since January. I've put off this Beowulf reimaging all year, but must check off the "retelling" prompt for my reading challenge. It's now or never. And the... Continue Reading →

Top Ten Tuesday: Wintry reads

Cozy holiday novels could be popular titles for today's topic, but I don't read them. Depressing literary fiction is more in my wheelhouse, however, I chose to bridge the gap by listing books with wintry settings that I recommend. [Only a few qualify as bleak and literary]. The Snow Child by Eown Ivey. Bittersweet magical... Continue Reading →

Top Ten Tuesday- Spooky Reads

Halloween approaches and I'm back to share ten of my most beloved scary books. Some contemporary, others classic, all bring moments of fright and delight to this hallowed time of year. 10. Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural, haven't read all of these yet, but had to feature it. Isn't that cover chilling? The artwork... Continue Reading →

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Besties

I have a weird quirk that I pride myself on and it's this: somehow I've managed to surround myself with the loveliest people whom I'm lucky enough to call friends. In thinking of this week's topic, not many characters could compete, so I had to go big. 10. Richard Gansey III- The Raven Boys. Up... Continue Reading →

Top Ten Tuesday: Auto-borrow Authors

Hey, this gal works in a public library and must endorse borrowing with every given chance. Truthfully, I rarely buy any new releases. Most of my book pennies go to thrifted classics and childhood favorites. My personal library is eclectic, full of mismatched sets and spines that possess names of long-dead writers. If I were... Continue Reading →

Top Ten Tuesday: Beloved Children’s books

I truly love this week's prompt, but I'll be honest--I did no soul-searching to dig up my childhood favorites. Instead, I listed the first few that came to mind. I limited the list to legitimate childhood years-strictly below age thirteen. I recommend them all. The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes- by DuBose Heyward, Marjorie... Continue Reading →

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