In My Mailbox Monday

In My Mailbox Monday

June 28th – July 4th

Happy Monday! We had another great week of new books showing up on my front porch! One book is one that I have been waiting for forever, and I’m so happy it’s finally here!

The first thing I got during the week was my Book of the Month box! I decided to go a thriller/mystery route this month, hence the three books I chose! My main book was 56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard. I was intrigued by the synopsis and thought “why not?”. I’ve been anticipating the release of Riley Sager’s new book, Survive the Night, and could not pass up on the $10 addition to my cart! The last book, Pretty Little Wife, sounded good, so I also added it. I’m excited to read each of these and can’t wait to see what they’re all about!

This stack is a conglomeration of books I read via Kindle and wanted paper copies, and ones I just wanted. I read the Wicked Trilogy last month and needed it on my shelves! I was hoping to get it when the JLA Shop opened last week, but there were issues and by the time I could get on, everything was literally sold out. The Blood is Love is the second book in a duology and it was released July 1st. I wanted the physical copy to go with the first book. While I waited impatiently for delivery, I ended up reading it on my Kindle. It did not disappoint! Bright Midnight was released earlier in the year and I bought the ebook, but then it got pushed down my list by all the other books I’ve bought. I’ll get to it eventually, but wanted the physical copy to add to my Karina Halle shelf!

THIS IS THE ONE I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR!!!!! I read an ARC of this book before it was released last year and I LOVED it. It’s a fun YA fantasy that has great food imagery in it and made me fall in love with one of the deadly sins. The second book comes out later this year and is going to be New Adult and I am stoked for it! Anyway…This is the Fairyloot edition and when it first dropped, I wasn’t part of the Fairyloot club yet as I was on the waitlist. December 2020 I got an email saying January 21 I will be part of Fairyloot’s monthly boxes and I was ecstatic. FL said that early 2021, they would have this in their Fairy Trove restock and I waited and waited; thinking that FL and I had different ideas of what “early 2021” meant. Then, an announcement finally came and this was going to be the first day of the restock! I set an alarm and many reminders on my phone, waited for the email, and then finally bought it! Fast forward to July 1 and it finally came! I am blown away by how beautiful it is. The black edges, the stencils, the cover (not pictured is a foiled image on the hard cover under the sleeve). FL is doing a similar thing with the second book when it releases and you can bet I will buy it!

I’m very pleased with the goodies I got this week! I don’t know what I’ll get this coming week, as I don’t have anything planned, but who knows! The 13th I go to Vegas and then San Diego and plan on hitting up the Little Free Libraries in the areas…I may need a new suitcase just for books. Yikes!

Wrap-Ups

Monthly Wrap-Up: February 2021

I have been SLACKING with writing blog posts! It was a stressful month and I haven’t really been in the mood to write (I have read…A LOT though!). The only exciting-ish things that happened this month are that I got my first dose of the COVID vaccine and I turned 27. Other than that, it’s been business as usual. I did make the decision to delete my Booktube channel. I’m always comparing myself to others and was just not feeling the stress I was putting on myself. I’ll stick to Bookstagram and this. I love reading and sharing my love for books, and that’s that. I don’t need the drama or competition that I feel like I found myself falling into with booktube.

Anyway…this month I read 18 books (two being re-reads). EIGHTEEN BOOKS! For as busy as I felt this month, I am beyond impressed with the amount of books I was able to dive into. I’m going to just briefly explain what I rated them. If you’ve read any of them, let me know! I’d love to chat!

Books of February 2021

ACOFAS was originally 3/5 stars for me, but after re-reading it, I bumped it up to 4 stars! Not my favorite but I do have a newfound appreciation for the different perspectives. Come Alive may be my favorite in KH’s Experiment in Terror series. I’m a sucker for reading in Dex’s POV and will love him forever. 5/5 stars again!
4/5 stars – this light fantasy book was beautifully done. I loved the character, Fable, and can’t wait for the next book (what a cliffhanger!)
4/5 stars – this is a relatable YA contemporary that I couldn’t put down! Charlie is an insecure, plus size teen that I related to SO damn much. This book threw me into my high school years all over again!
4/5 stars – KH is so good at writing romance. I fell in love with the characters instantly and couldn’t stop reading this. I find myself loving KH’s writing more and more with each book I read of hers!

I came across Storm Song on TikTok and had to try out her books. I gave each of these books 3/5 stars because I went in thinking there was going to be a lot of smut and it didn’t really live up to they hype. I did enjoy the plot though! It’s like a vampire-esque Hunger Games and has quite some interesting plot points. They aren’t perfect, but I loved them enough!

4/5 stars – Katee might be my new favorite smut writer. She doesn’t hold back and I am HERE FOR IT! This is the second book in the series and it has lots of vampire deliciousness in it!
4/5 stars – this was an unexpected read! It was so cute and I read it in one sitting. The characters were loveable and I’m a sucker for strangers to lovers romances!
5/5 stars – I have a lot of feelings about this book, but I did love it. Cassian has stolen my heart and Nesta is a badass who is healing at her own pace. I have some qualms with a few things but I still enjoyed this book.
4/5 stars – this was an interesting read about a sex addict and an alcoholic and how they cope through college and being rich. It took a bit for me to find my footing with this one, but I ended up invested in the plot!
3/5 stars – this was an eARC I got to read and it’s a graphic novel about body image. I loved the premise, but felt it could have had more detail in it. The illustrations were beautiful, but I would have liked to see the ending bloom in a different way than it did. Relatable, but fell a little flat.
3/5 stars – I listened to the audiobook of this for 90% of the book and I didn’t love it. The plot had potential but I don’t think it was executed well. I liked the church vs. witch aspect and LOVED Lou, but most of the other characters were awful (not Coco or Ansel!).
4/5 stars – I need myself a Tourist Trap having, Alaskan raised, grumpy man ASAP! This was an adorable and light romance and I gobbled it up!
4/5 stars – I love this series so much. I never thought I would like a mob romance, but here I am…unable to get enough of these magnificent and sexy characters!
5/5 stars – this is the second book of the Ada Palomino series and I need more NOW! It was entirely too short! I could read these adventures (and the smut) forever! AND THE CLIFFHANGER UGH.

As you can see, it was a great reading month! We had some 3 star reads, some 5 star reads, and A LOT of awesome 4 star reads! I can’t wait to see what March will bring! I’m looking forward to Namesake coming out this month and can’t wait to see what else I can get my hands on. Maybe a thrifting trip will be in my future!

Thanks for hanging out with me, if you made it this far! So long, farewell, until we meet again!