2023 Reading Challenge: Bookish Jay and the Reading Mermaid

Hello all, It's year no. 6 (!) of our Reading Challenge. Julie and I derive great fun and pleasure from composing, and in Julie's case, completing, these yearly challenges. I do try, but I'm the worst reading procrastinator. You do not want to meet my TBR in a dark alley, it's a beast. If you... Continue Reading →

Reading Challenge year 5! Bookish Jay and the Reading Mermaid

Hello bookish buddies. I'm back to celebrate year number 5(!) of the Bookish Jay and Reading Mermaid challenge with Julie from The Redolent Mermaid. Our collaboration has outlasted many a celebrity marriage, and I'd argue, possesses more substance than most. We look forward to generating these lists for you, and for us, every year. What... Continue Reading →

Top Ten Tuesday: 2020 releases

Surely, scores of lovely new titles will grace the shelves in 2020, but for the life of me, I struggled to find any I want to read. The top one is a must, while the others are possible contenders. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins. Prequels are hit-or-miss, yet, I'm admittedly intrigued... Continue Reading →

Top Ten Tuesday: Best books of 2019

After wading through my reading highs and lows, these 10 titles floated to the top. A weirdly eclectic mix, I gotta say, a byproduct of my reading co-challenge. Just for fun, I included my star ratings. *Note that I'm not the most generous 5-star giver, but three books this year captured my heart. I bumped... 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 reimagining 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 →

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