Goodreads Monday – In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens

Welcome back to Goodreads Monday! It’s been a very hot minute since I did one but I figured I might as well get back into it! This weekly meme was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners and it invites you to pick a book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it. Easy enough, right? Feel free to join in if you want to! I’ll be using a random number generator to pick my books from my insanely long GR Want-to-read list.*

*Sorry if a book has been featured twice. I need to make better note of which ones I’ve done already!

This week’s featured book is In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens. This is a YA historical fantasy that comes out mid-April 2021!

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Goodreads Monday – The Songbook of Benny Lament by Amy Harmon

Welcome back to Goodreads Monday! It’s been a very hot minute since I did one but I figured I might as well get back into it! This weekly meme was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners and it invites you to pick a book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it. Easy enough, right? Feel free to join in if you want to! I’ll be using a random number generator to pick my books from my insanely long GR Want-to-read list.*

*Sorry if a book has been featured twice. I need to make better note of which ones I’ve done already!

This week’s featured book is The Songbook of Benny Lament by Amy Harmon. This is a historical fiction that comes out tomorrow (16 March)!

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The Song Request Tag

Once upon a time, a long long time ago, Emer @ A Little Haze Book Blog tagged me in this awesome book tag that I put aside because I found it too difficult to do right away. I really suck at choosing books to fit the songs and I think that’s pretty clear given my choices 😂 My imagination is limited (lol) but I thought I’d go ahead and give it my best shot anyway!

Rules:

  • Thank and link back to the person that tagged you. Thanks again, Emer! 💜
  • Credit the Tag creatorDaniel @ Page to Page
  • Listen to your tagger’s song requests. After you’ve finished listening to the three songs the person who tagged you has chosen, choose a book that you think marries well with each of the songs and give the reason as to why you selected those book titles.
  • Request 3 songs of your own. Give any three songs (and your corresponding book choices that you think go well with said song) that you want for your taggers to listen and respond to!
  • Tag 5 people! !

emer’s song selections

Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac

It’s a classic and I really enjoy this song but it was a struggle to pick a book to match this (because obviously my mind blanked on all the books I’ve ever read the minute I started writing this post 🙃). I know this is a break up song but when I listen to it I actually think of The Simple Wild.

Breathe – Rhodes

I’d never heard of this song before but it’s beautiful–a little painful but also filled with comfort. This song and even the black and white music video really made me think of A Little Life. As mentioned by many, many people, it can be considered quite a traumatic and depressing book with many triggers. But the story is really about the friendship between four characters, and dealing with all the really bad things that life throws at you, but finding a little comfort in our close friendships.

Brand New Day – Joshua Radin

Although I know a few songs by Joshua Radin, I’d never heard of this one before. When I listened to it and thought about what book had a hopeful message that looks forward and says “everything’s going to be alright”, I thought of The Perks of Being A Wallflower. The song wouldn’t fit the whole book but it would definitely fit towards the end!

MY song selections

Don’t Delete the Kisses – Wolf Alice

The first book that came to my mind when I thought about the tone of the song and the lyrics, was Daisy Jones and the Six. I mean, I know the music in the book won’t really be like this but this has such an oddly melancholy and whimsical tune that I can imagine it clearly playing in my head while thinking about Daisy Jones.

Good Lord – Birds of Tokyo

Yeah, I’ve never been married but I have been through a very rough break up when I found out my partner cheated on me. Not to sound dramatic but it was one of the toughest emotional periods I’ve lived through. It’s that whole can’t eat, can’t sleep thing and it was truly awful. This song has that kind of pain which reminded me of the The Ingredients of Us. It’s about a broken down marriage and the infidelity that caused it and it was one of my most emotionally painful reads this year! Funnily enough, he mentions Fleetwood in the song!

Take Me to Church – Hozier

Okay, this one might seem a little obvious but when this song came on my playlist a few weeks ago, I immediately thought of Autoboyography. I hadn’t listened to this song in ages, but I thought it was very fitting. The music video is an critique of Russia’s anti-LGBTQ+ policy and Hozier said this song is not just about sex, but sexuality and sexual orientation, regardless of orientation, is natural. This song is about asserting yourself and reclaiming yourself through love. I thought it fit so perfectly with Autoboyography, especially Seb’s journey.

And that’s it for the Song Request Tag! I tag five people below but if I don’t tag you and you want to do it, feel free to! I’d love to see what your answers and songs would be too so don’t forget to tag me back so I can check it out 🙂

Leelynn | Sammie | Alex | Joanna | Jess

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 been you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed with, or which book you wish you had time to read today!

This Sunday I would’ve liked to spend the day in bed with Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy #1) by Emily A. Duncan. I’m about 100+ pages into the story and while I’ve found it interesting while reading it, it’s taking a bit more time than I anticipated to get into it. The one “complaint” that many have mentioned about this book are the names and I have to agree that it can be quite confusing/trying. I thought there would be a glossary for how to say the names but apparently not… To be honest, I find myself going over the names repeatedly trying to sound them out in my head which sidetracks me from the actual story 😂 I do like it so far though, but hopefully I’ll get more into it tonight! I have a feeling once the action really picks up I won’t be able to put it down! Let’s see if my gut proves right on this… I really hope I like it because I got granted the second book as an e-ARC last month! 🙈

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.
A prince in danger must decide who to trust.
A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war. In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light.

Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy..

What are you currently reading?

Holy wow, it’s the first Sunday of November already! I feel like I’ve been sounding like a broken record every time I say this, but it’s absolutely true. I can’t believe the whole year has gone so quickly–where has the time all gone?! I can already feel all the October energy draining out of me and so I’m hoping that means I’ll be able to really settle into my routine from this week onwards. I’ve spent a portion of this weekend working (unfortunately) since the week had been frustrating with my brand new laptop breaking down (again) and pissing me right off. I regret moving on from my old laptop, which despite slowing down after 6 years of use, never actually gave me much trouble. Unlike this new one 🙄 I know it seems so trivial but I need a fast, functioning laptop for work as I design materials and the office laptops just can’t handle the design programs. *Le Super Sigh* but… not going to dwell on that. It is what it is, right?!

I went to watch Joker today and wow, friends. The movie doesn’t have the best ratings on Rotten Tomatoes but I still really enjoyed it! I thought Joaquin Phoenix gave such an incredible performance and (once again), I can’t imagine the impact getting into a role such as this would have on someone’s psyche. It was such a dark movie. But what can you expect when it’s a movie about how the Joker becomes the Joker? It was pretty heartbreaking? I mean, he’s definitely a psychopath but the system (and everyone in his life) really failed him and while I obviously don’t jam with all the killing, I really sympathized with his character. If you’re up for watching a movie that focuses more on character development and a little less on plot, and of course a story that’s psychologically dark, then I’d recommend it!

Reading & Blogging Recap

Although this week was a lot more chill compared to the previous weeks, I still only managed to finish two books during the week. I haven’t been doing much book reading this week but I have become obsessed with Webtoons. Some of these webtoons are damn amazing and whenever I discover a new one, I always get sucked right in and don’t stop reading until I find that I’ve devoured over 100 episodes in about two nights? Yeah, I definitely got sucked down the Webtoons Vortex this week and I have no regrets! Do any of you read Webtoons? Any favorites I should check out ASAP?

I think I’ve been doing better on the blogging front this week although I still ended up skipping two fo my weekly memes on Friday and Saturday. I was just not feeling inspired and knew I would struggle too much to write something so I just passed on them, but maybe I will catch up in the future! I’m still trying to get back into engaging more with other bloggers. Damn, that one week really sent me tripping huh? I’m sorry that I haven’t been as active with likes and comments on here as I was before. I don’t know what’s wrong with me–my brain just feels extra fried at the end of every work day and I don’t have the energy to spend more time behind the screen. I’ve definitely felt the loss to my blog though (and honestly I do feel a small part of me has fallen flat from not engaging) but I’m really trying my best to get back into the groove! For now, in case you missed any of my posts from this week, you can check them out below!

Review: Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas
November Possibility Pile
October Monthly Wrap Up
First Lines Friday: 01 November
Review: The Dugout (Brentwood Baseball #2) by Meghan Quinn
The Book Blogger Memory Tag
Review: Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
#WWWWednesday: 30 October
#TopTenTuesday: Spooky Books I’d Read If I Wasn’t A Chicken (Halloween Freebie)
Down the TBR Hole – 05
Goodreads Monday: 28 October

I’m leaving you with one of my favorite songs of the moment: Graveyard by Halsey. Serious girl crush.

How has your week been? Hope everyone has/had a great weekend!
Let me know how you’re doing in the comments and let’s chat, friends 🙂