The Archer by Paulo Coelho

I really needed this book right now. Its not just about bow, arrows, and target. It is metaphorically deeper then that. I absolutely enjoyed and recommend this book.

And its short enough to read in one sitting.
The illustrations were simple and beautiful.

4.5/5 stars
This is the second book I have read by this author and I look forward to more.
Happy reading 📚

Janurary 2021 Wrap up

I realize that I do not have a wrap up for each book this month, however on the plus side, I was able to get through 7 books so far this month and there is time for me to finish one more.

The books I have read this month is:

The Prince and the Troll by Rainbow Rowell

The Waking Land by Callie Bates

Zucchini- The Ultimate Recipe Guide by Daniel Tyler

Daises on Graves by Naley Gonzales

Essential Oil Recipes by Joy Louis

Night Dragon by Julie Kagawa

and hopefully finishing:

The Ninth house by Leigh Bardugo

Hazel and Grey by Nic Stone

Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes.

All 3 of the ones I want to finish are 40-50% through already so its possible.

Thanks for stopping by and here is to another month of good reading.

The Walking Land by Callie Bates -Book review

Another book that was not very memorable, but here is the book description to start:

“Lady Elanna Valtai is fiercely devoted to the King who raised her like a daughter. But when he dies under mysterious circumstances, Elanna is accused of his murder and must flee for her life.

Returning to the homeland of magical legends she has forsaken, Elanna is forced to reckon with her despised, estranged father, branded a traitor long ago. Feeling a strange, deep connection to the natural world, she also must face the truth about the forces she has always denied or disdained as superstition powers that suddenly stir within her.

But an all-too-human threat is drawing near, determined to exact vengeance. Now Elanna has no choice but to lead a rebellion against the kingdom to which she once gave her allegiance. Trapped between divided loyalties, she must summon the courage to confront a destiny that could tear her apart.”

I did think the magic she had that had to do with plants was cool. But seems part of the “secret powers til 16th birthday” trope. Also the love interest was not really that interesting, I was uninterested in following. Probably won’t be continuing this series and that is a little disappointing because I had high hopes. It sounded good.

This makes this the second book of the year to give a barely 3 star rating to and hoping for a better reading review the next time I post.

Thanks for stopping by

The Prince and the Troll by Rainbow Rowell- book review

This short story is part of an Amazon Prime Reading type series. I have read other books part of that same concept but have been all the same author where this set has all different authors. This is book two and I don’t think they are connected in any way. I listened to this (as well as the first one, and will the rest of them), but nothing really stood out to me about it. I guess its kinda hard to grasp too much in a short story? lol

It was not a bad read, but the description is as such:

“Its fate when a man accidently drops his phone off the bridge. Its fortune when its retrieved by a friendly shape sloshing in the muck underneath. From that day forward, as they share a coffee every morning, an unlikely friendship blooms. Considering the reality for the man above, where life seems perfect, and that of a sharp witted creature below, how forever after can a happy ending be?”

It honestly felt really.. meh in a way.. it seemed he was doing the whole ..its not as bad as you make it sound.. and then she was just.. negative. I could be wrong but that’s what I gather from it and I was not really impressed.

I have not read anything by this author before, and I kept any feedback on their writing out of my mind til I sat to write this review. And in hindsight I have noticed their writing is polarizing. You hate it or love it. I must admit I can’t say I am a fan.

I will be giving this short story barely 3 stars, and will be going on to the next book in the set.

Thanks for stopping by and here is to a better year in 2021.

Happy New Year

I’m trying ♡

Its been so long. I know. I am super behind on my reading goal but I’m not giving myself grief.
2020 has been a rough year!

The library had some books I really want to read and I’m hoping to complete another 5 books before 2021 but will see what happens.

I’ve started books and I am enjoying them but I lose my ability to focus or stay with it. I blame this year. Honestly.

Well, hang in there everyone. Sending positive vibes to you and your family and friends

Let’s be real

I don’t like the new WordPress very much… part of the reason I haven’t been using it. Another factor is I’m hardly reading. I have read maybe 10 books this year. Very unlike me.

I’m grieving. I lost my grandpa whom I was close to and I’m just kinda really struggling. This virus has been no help even though we have stayed inside unless needed for groceries or apts though most have been through the phone/video.

Life is just rough right now but I’m hanging in there. Got a Nintendo switch lite in April and got animal crossing, minecraft and spyro. Has really kinda helped keep my mind busy when I need it.

Kids are well, husband is good, my mom is struggling with her health and coping with my grandpa (her dad) being gone.

Hoping 2021 is less chaotic and challenging to get through.

Sending positive vibes to you and yours. ♡

The obsidian Throne (Book 1 of the midnight kingdom) by Lavender Ocean – DNF

I have come to the appreciation of the “preview” button goodreads sometimes offers on books. It’s not all of them so I’m guessing it’s by choice or the author.

I decided to hop on the laptop and give a browse.

So far:

The Obsidian Throne: Book one of the midnight kingdom by Lavender Ocean.

The synopsis was interesting already mentioning Greek mythology and then the credits mentioned the P.O box for the Author was in SLC, UT which is my state. So I’m totally vamped and putting some hype into a book I know next to nothing about.

I’m not sure if these are short stories by music artists or other artists really. Or if they title of the chapter is inspired by a song…I have no idea what’s going on right now, but I do know the Hades like figure in this first chapter..is rough to like. “Don’t mind my wife, shes practically a teenager. We married when she was incredibly young. I like to keep things spicy “.

Um…ew. I kinda threw up in my mouth a little.

The attitude of the main character is not likeable to me.

I just dont think I’m going t be able to enjoy this book. I’m glad it’s just a preview and not a purchase. I’d be upset.

Y’all… I’m still struggling

With getting into a reading groove.

I have tried reading a chapter of books I get for free from amazon.

I have tried to start books I have that I am still so excited to read.

I don’t reread books

I don’t read classics.

Everything and nothing sounds good to read at the same time.

I even has book mail and an ARC sent to me to review by july and a couple approved through netgalley.

Is animal crossing part to blame? Yes, but only for the last 2 weeks.

Not for 6 months to a year. I love reading and I love the feel, smell, and adventure.. but it’s not where my head is at.

In trying to not stress it because that wont help.

Anyone else struggling?

Reading slump blues

I’ve been super struggling with reading lately. I don’t re-read books, I don’t read classics. I’ve tried to read a chapter or two of books in and out of my comfort zone. Of most any genre. And frankly I have tried all formats available to me.

It’s kinda frustrating and discouraging but hopefully it doesn’t last. Especially being stuck in the house.

I did not finish a single book in February or March.. but I’ve decided to start late on the O.W.L.S Readathon hoping it helps to get me out of this funk.

My career I picked is Astronomer so I need 3 classes. Arithamcy, history of magic, and astronomy. A book that’s not my favorite genre, a book with witches, and read mostly at night. So far I have picked a book that I think might have a witch that’s not specifically called a witch, and I have read it mostly at night.. I’m about 20% and that’s actually the most I have read in so long.

Here is to hoping it works and I can get back to reading.

Happy reading