Monday, June 3, 2024

May 2024 Wrap-Up + Book Haul


Well, May was a busy month. I worked 20 days straight and then had only a few days off sprinkled in. In light of that, I feel pretty accomplished with the number of books I got through. I read 8 books in May, though I ended up in a slump the last couple weeks of it so I potentially could have read even more. Still, an overall good reading month. I only hauled two books this month as well, so we're still on track for downsizing my book collection and saving money. But, without further ado, let's dive in! 


1. 
Title: Yellowface
Author: R.F. Kuang
Rating: 5 // 5 stars


2. 
Title: Pack Darling, Part One
Author: Lola Rock
Rating: 5 // 5 stars
-reread-

3. 
Title: Pack Darling, Part Two
Author: Lola Rock
Rating: 5 // 5 stars
-reread-

4. 
Title: Pucking Around
Author: Emily Rath
Rating: 3 // 5 stars

5. 
Title: The Scepter
Author: J. Bree
Rating: 5 // 5 stars
-reread-

6. 
Title: The Sword
Author: J. Bree
Rating: 4 // 5 stars
-reread-

7. 
Title: The Crown of Oaths and Curses
Author: J. Bree
Rating: 5 // 5 stars
-reread-

8. 
Title: The Throne of Honor and Blood
Author: J. Bree
Rating: 4 // 5 stars
Review TK 




The first of two books I got this month was Tourner by Jane Washington. This is the second book in her Ironside Academy series and one I absolutely adore. With the release of the fourth book at the end of May and the upcoming series cover change, I knew I wanted this book on my shelves. I love these covers and Tourner really is one of the more stunning ones in the series. Plus, the story is so much fun and very addicting. I'm just excited to have it and add the next two to my shelves later in the summer. 

Then I picked up the Stardew Valley Official Cookbook by ConcernedApe and Ryan Novak. I've become a huge Stardew Valley fan in the last six months and, being a huge foodie, I was so excited when this cookbook was announced. Cooking is a relatively big part of the game and having a lot of the recipes be represented in this cookbook to then get to try is a very fun prospect. I've had a couple cursory flip throughs so far but I'm pretty excited to dedicate some time soon to having a proper look. 



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xoxo
Lauren



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Friday, May 10, 2024

Review: "Pack Darling" Parts 1 & 2 by Lola Rock

Duology Title: Pack Darling
Author: Lola Rock
Genre: Adult Omegaverse Why Choose/RH
Individual Ratings:
  1. Part 1 - 5 // 5 stars
  2. Part 2 - 5 // 5 stars
Overall Rating: 5 // 5 stars

I have a new obsession and that obsession is miss Lilah Darling. Pack Darling is a duology that came to me at just the right time in my life when I needed something to fall into and completely get lost in. It helped me when I was low and I am so grateful to have found it when I needed it. Even apart from that, though, this duology is the best omegaverse I've ever read and one that I'm obsessed with and think about daily...enough to the point that I have already reread it. 

So I'm fairly new to the omegaverse genre. I've only read a handful of them so far but I do have to say that this duology is the best yet. It has a mixture of some of my favorite tropes (enemies/rivals to lovers, slow burn, angst, hurt/comfort, why choose, found family, etc). The plot is exciting and engaging. But more than anything, the characters are developed and multi-faceted. 

We've got a cast of six characters centered in this story: Lilah, Orion, Hunter, Finn, Jett, and Atlas. Sometimes, once the number of love interests go higher than three, it gets hard to differentiate between them and they no longer feel like their own person. That was not the case in this duology. Each character felt so unique and I could tell them apart on the page just by how they were narrating. That, for me, is the first test of great characters in a why-choose series. 

The characters were also just fun. Finn, especially, is one of my favorites. He's psycho but in a fun, endearing way....a character you just love to read about because they're wild. Of course, Lilah is my absolute favorite though. She's gone on such a journey, has dealt with so much, and is just badass throughout it all. I could read a million more books about her and her little domestic adventures (or thrilling escapades). More than anything, this duology is about a group of characters going on a journey of healing and learning to trust in each other. I'm a sucker for a found family trope and this duology does it so well.  

This duology won't be for everyone, but for me it was a perfect recipe of a lot of elements I love coming together into an addicting read. I've already read it twice in the span of four months and I anticipate rereading it many more times in the future. 



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xoxo
Lauren



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Monday, May 6, 2024

April 2024 Wrap-Up & Haul


Another month gone by, another wrap up to dive into! April was a pretty busy month for me and I didn't prioritize reading as much as other hobbies. I only read six books, with three of those being rereads. However, I loved all of what I read this month so I consider that to be a win. I'm anticipating May to be an even busier month but I also anticipate reading a lot more and a better work-life balance despite the increased schedule. But, for now, let's turn back to April and take a look at all things bookish. 


1. 
Title: The Way of the Househusband, Volume 8
Author: Kousuke Oono
Rating: 5 // 5 stars

2. 
Title: The Way of the Househusband, Volume 9
Author: Kousuke Oono
Rating: 4 // 5 stars

3. 
Title: Love, Theoretically
Author: Ali Hazelwood
Rating: 5 // 5 stars

4. 
Title: Charcoal Tears
Author: Jane Washington
Rating: 5 // 5 stars
-reread-

5. 
Title: Watercolour Smile
Author: Jane Washington
Rating: 5 // 5 stars
-reread-

6. 
Title: Lead Heart
Author: Jane Washington
Rating: 5 // 5 stars
-reread-







I only picked up one book this month and it was a complete surprise to me. I was sent an ARC of Five Broken Blades by Mai Corland and I'm pretty excited about it. This book was on my radar for upcoming fantasy romances and it just sounds so cool and right up my alley. Romance, found family, fantasy...I'm keen to see how this one goes. 



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xoxo
Lauren



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