Sundays in Bed With… #MyWeeklyWrapUp

We’re back with another Sundays in Bed With… meme! This meme dares to ask you what book has been in your bed this morning and is hosted by Midnight Book Girl. Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed with, or which book you wish you had time to read today!

I spent a good majority of my Sunday reading Dark and Shallow Lies by Ginny Myers Sain. Can we take a moment to appreciate how gorgeous and creepy this cover is? I wanted to get this done during the day time as I thought this would be a rather spooky paranormal read and I managed to finish it in a couple of hours! This was a pretty atmospheric read and it definitely took me to places that I did not expect after reading the synopsis. Wednesday is my stop on the blog tour so I’ll be posting my review (and a journal spread!) then.

A teen girl disappears from her small town deep in the bayou, where magic festers beneath the surface of the swamp like water rot, in this chilling debut supernatural thriller for fans of Natasha Preston, Karen McManus, and Rory Power.

La Cachette, Louisiana, is the worst place to be if you have something to hide.

This tiny town, where seventeen-year-old Grey spends her summers, is the self-proclaimed Psychic Capital of the World–and the place where Elora Pellerin, Grey’s best friend, disappeared six months earlier.

Grey can’t believe that Elora vanished into thin air any more than she can believe that nobody in a town full of psychics knows what happened. But as she digs into the night that Elora went missing, she begins to realize that everybody in town is hiding something – her grandmother Honey; her childhood crush Hart; and even her late mother, whose secrets continue to call to Grey from beyond the grave.

When a mysterious stranger emerges from the bayou – a stormy-eyed boy with links to Elora and the town’s bloody history – Grey realizes that La Cachette’s past is far more present and dangerous than she’d ever understood. Suddenly, she doesn’t know who she can trust. In a town where secrets lurk just below the surface, and where a murderer is on the loose, nobody can be presumed innocent–and La Cachette’s dark and shallow lies may just rip the town apart.

What are you currently reading?

This week passed in a quiet blur and I honestly can’t believe that we’re already moving into another new month next week! Someone wanna tell me where August went? Lol. I had grand plans to do some baking and more drill diamond painting this weekend but… None of that happened! 😂 I’ve been making steady progress on the web development and graphic design courses I’m taking though so I’m quite proud of getting those things done. In lieu of baking and crafting, I’ve been watching Netflix with my sister and cousin.

The Half of It was a re-watch for me but my sister wanted to check it out and we all loved it (and I cried, again). We finished season 1 of Midnight Diner, which is a great show about a Japanese diner that’s open from midnight-7am and follows the lives of its various patrons. It’s hilarious, heartwarming, heartbreaking and weirdly beautiful. We also started Kotaro Lives Alone, a J-Drama about a 5yo boy who lives alone and who brings his apartment neighbours together to create a ‘found family’. We learn about why this precocious and sweet boy came to live by himself and it covers some pretty heavy topics (cw: domestic violence) but oh my, it’s bittersweet, heartwarming and we have almost finished the first season already.

Over the past week I’ve been reading a lot of romance novellas and surprisingly, I’ve been enjoying pretty much all of them? Some of them are quite short but all of them have such enjoyable characters and growth, as well as fun romance plots that they don’t read like novellas, and I love it! I’ve always struggled with novellas/shorts but they’ve been fun palette cleansers lately and I’m looking forward to reading more. Do you have any novella recommendations?

On the blogging front, I’ve been toying with the idea of moving to self-hosted WP site lately. I’ve been thinking of purchasing my own domain over the last few months but it’s only recently that I’ve thought about going self-hosted. I’m kinda scared because it seems like a lot of work and while I have some ideas of where to start, I’m still pretty intimidated by the thought—not to mention that I would ‘lose’ the smol community I’ve built over the last (almost) three years. For any of you self-hosted folks out there: would you recommend going in this direction and do you have any good tips or starting points for me if I decide to go for it? Any help would be super appreciated (even if it’s just names of helpful sites)!

Here’s a quick recap of what I’ve posted this week:

Book Review: Sing Anyway by Anita Kelly
Top 5 Saturday: People on the Cover
Let’s Talk Bookish: A Blogger Identity Crisis
Book Review: Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
Book Review: The Sugared Game by K.J. Charles
#WWWWednesday: 25 August 2021
#TopTenTuesday: Re-reading 5-Star Books Like It Was the First Time!
Book Review: Slippery Creatures by K.J. Charles

WEEKLY TRACK HIGHLIGHT

This song was just released a few days ago and I’ve loved it from my first listen! Griff is so underrated ❤️

maybe there’s something in the midnight hours ya know
maybe there’s something in the dead of night
when i’m sleeping alone.

I hope you’ve all had a good weekend and that you have a great week ahead! Take care of yourselves and of each other, friends 🖤

9 thoughts on “Sundays in Bed With… #MyWeeklyWrapUp

  1. Romance novella rec that I recently read would be Meghan Quinn’s Date Night. And I love that cover on Dark and Shallow Lies. I’m anxious to see your review!

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  2. I read and reviewed Dark and Shallow Lies this weekend as well! I really enjoyed the atmospheric vibes and basically flew through it too. Can’t wait to hear more of your thoughts on it!
    The Half of It – I’ve seen it so many times now and I always love it. Such a good movie!

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  3. Good luck if you go self-hosted. I tried that once and was just too lazy to see it through though. Lol. But, I know a lot of people who it’s worked out great for.

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  4. If you’re looking for a fantasy-romance novella, Nancy O’Toole’s The Rose and the Claw is great. It’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling. And Kristen Brand’s Dark and Otherworldly trilogy is great! It’s an urban fantasy with an enemies-to-lovers romance.

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  5. I really love the look of Dark and Shallow Lies! Anything creepy tends to end up on my tbr and pretty covers like that I cannot resist!

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