Top 5 Tuesday: drinks for reading

Hey, guys!
It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a bookish favorites post. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan over on Meeghan Reads and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
After talking about my favorite snacks for reading last week, today we’re going to tackle my favorite drinks!

#1 chai-latte

I swear, I could drink chai-latte all day, every day. So, it comes as no surprise that it’s also one of my go-tos to sip on while reading.

#2 hot cocoa

A classic. What’s better to hold in your hands on a cold winter night as you are buried under a pile of blankets reading a novel?

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Top 5 Tuesday: snacks for reading

Hey, guys!
It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a bookish favorites post. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan over on Meeghan Reads and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
This month, we’ve got some topics covering all my favorite things related to reading. To kick off this mini-series we’re going to talk about my favorite snacks for reading!

#1 popcorn

Popcorn is one of my all-time favorite snacks, whether it’s while watching a movie or reading. Oh, and it has to be salty popcorn. I’m really not a fan of the sweet and buttery versions.

#2 chocolate

Ever since I got an e-reader, I can snack on whatever I want without having to worry about staining the pages of the book my nose is buried in. You can never go wrong with chocolate no matter which kind. And even if my fingers get covered now, it’s no biggie ’cause the e-reader is easy to wipe down. 😅

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Top 5 Tuesday: books about a death

Hey, guys!
It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a bookish favorites post. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan over on Meeghan Reads and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
For April’s final T5T post, we’re going to talk about some books that feature a death in their story!

#1 The Lovely Bones

Some of you might have seen the movie based on this book, which is a feast for the eyes. To be honest, I didn’t really like much about the film other than that, but Saoirse Ronan did an amazing job playing the young girl who was murdered. You can probably guess that the book is quite intense!

#2 We have always lived in the Castle

Another day, another murder. The two sisters in We have always lived in the Castle are shunned by the other residents of their quaint little town as the older sister is believed to have murdered the rest of their family.

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Top 5 Tuesday: books about a wedding

Hey, guys!
It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a bookish favorites post. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan over on Meeghan Reads and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
This week, we will be talking about books that feature a wedding. However, romance is probably the genre I have read the least amount of novels in. So, I couldn’t really find many interesting picks in my list of previously read books. Instead, I went to find some new, intriguing-sounding novels, that feature weddings and are now on my tbr pile. Since I haven’t read any of them yet though, I’ll leave you with the blurb from Goodreads so we all can get an idea of what they are about!

#1 The Princess Bride

What happens when the most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince of all time and he turns out to be…well…a lot less than the man of her dreams?

As a boy, William Goldman claims, he loved to hear his father read the S. Morgenstern classic, The Princess Bride. But as a grown-up he discovered that the boring parts were left out of good old Dad’s recitation, and only the “good parts” reached his ears.

Now Goldman does Dad one better. He’s reconstructed the “Good Parts Version” to delight wise kids and wide-eyed grownups everywhere.

What’s it about? Fencing. Fighting. True Love. Strong Hate. Harsh Revenge. A Few Giants. Lots of Bad Men. Lots of Good Men. Five or Six Beautiful Women. Beasties Monstrous and Gentle. Some Swell Escapes and Captures. Death, Lies, Truth, Miracles, and a Little Sex.

In short, it’s about everything.

#2 The People We Hate at the Wedding

Paul and Alice’s half-sister Eloise is getting married! In London! There will be fancy hotels, dinners at “it” restaurants and a reception at a country estate complete with tea lights and embroidered cloth napkins.
They couldn’t hate it more.

The People We Hate at the Wedding is the story of a less than perfect family. Donna, the clan’s mother, is now a widow living in the Chicago suburbs with a penchant for the occasional joint and more than one glass of wine with her best friend while watching House Hunters International. Alice is in her thirties, single, smart, beautiful, stuck in a dead-end job where she is mired in a rather predictable, though enjoyable, affair with her married boss. Her brother Paul lives in Philadelphia with his older, handsomer, tenured track professor boyfriend who’s recently been saying things like “monogamy is an oppressive heteronormative construct,” while eyeing undergrads. And then there’s Eloise. Perfect, gorgeous, cultured Eloise. The product of Donna’s first marriage to a dashing Frenchman, Eloise has spent her school years at the best private boarding schools, her winter holidays in St. John and a post-college life cushioned by a fat, endless trust fund. To top it off, she’s infuriatingly kind and decent.

As this estranged clan gathers together, and Eloise’s walk down the aisle approaches, Grant Ginder brings to vivid, hilarious life the power of family, and the complicated ways we hate the ones we love the most in the most bitingly funny, slyly witty and surprisingly tender novel you’ll read this year. 

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Top 5 Tuesday: books about a birth

Hey, guys!
It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a bookish favorites post. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan over on Meeghan Reads and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
Today we’re talking about books in which the story features an important birth. Coming up with enough picks was a bit of a challenge and Google certainly wasn’t helpful either as it only kept suggesting books about giving birth. 😅 So, please excuse my less than creative picks this week!

#1 Good Omens

What better birth to start off with than the one of the antichrist? While I wasn’t blown away by the book version of Good Omens, I loved the adaptation. Especially the scenes where the birth is impending are iconic!

#2 A Dirty Job

Okay, so this pick is a bit of a stretch. First of all, I read this book in 2016 and I can’t remember all too much about it. But I dimly recall that it does feature the protagonist’s infant daughter, and she must have been born at some point, right? Also, the tiny baby grim reaper on the cover is so adorable, I had to include A Dirty Job.

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Top 5 Tuesday: anticipated reads for Apr-Jun 2022

Hey, guys!
It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a bookish favorites post. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan over on Meeghan Reads and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
Today we’re looking at some books coming out soon that I am very excited about. Since I obviously haven’t read any of them yet, I’ll leave you with the blurb from Goodreads, so we can all get an idea of what these novels are about!

#1 Book of Night – Holly Black (May 3rd 2022)

In Charlie Hall’s world, shadows can be altered, for entertainment and cosmetic preferences—but also to increase power and influence. You can alter someone’s feelings—and memories—but manipulating shadows has a cost, with the potential to take hours or days from your life. Your shadow holds all the parts of you that you want to keep hidden—a second self, standing just to your left, walking behind you into lit rooms. And sometimes, it has a life of its own.

Charlie is a low-level con artist, working as a bartender while trying to distance herself from the powerful and dangerous underground world of shadow trading. She gets by doing odd jobs for her patrons and the naive new money in her town at the edge of the Berkshires. But when a terrible figure from her past returns, Charlie’s present life is thrown into chaos, and her future seems at best, unclear—and at worst, non-existent. Determined to survive, Charlie throws herself into a maelstrom of secrets and murder, setting her against a cast of doppelgangers, mercurial billionaires, shadow thieves, and her own sister—all desperate to control the magic of the shadows.

With sharp angles and prose, and a sinister bent, Holly Black is a master of shadow and story stitching. Remember while you read, light isn’t playing tricks in Book of Night, the people are.

#2 Glorious Poison (Battalion of the Dead #3) – Kat Dunn (June 9th 2022)

Robespierre is dead. The Reign of Terror is over.

As Royalist strength grows, the Duc de L’Aubespine plots a coup that will consign the revolution to history. With Olympe in his clutches, he believes nothing can stop him. But he’s reckoned without the intrepid Battalion of the Dead!

Reunited in Paris, Ada is poised for action – but if she plays her hand too soon, everything she’s sacrificed to gain his trust will be lost. Meanwhile, an unlikely alliance with an old enemy might be Camille’s only option to save Olympe and stop the duc in his tracks.

The glittering and macabre bals des victimes and the eerie catacombs make the perfect backdrop for the final episode of the Battalion’s tale.

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