Happy Friday, Happy Reading #4

Hi friends! Happy Friday!

I’m loving this new series and I hope you are too! This week you’ll find some of my new favorite things, books I’ve finished recently + mini reviews, and my weekend plans.

What’s on your TBR or hopeful list this month? These are a few books that I’d really love to get to this month.
I did share my monthly goals on my blog today, and I’m not sure how much reading time I’ll have with my main goal + my next semester of school starts on the 14th, but I’m still gonna try and read these!

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New Favorites this week:

I mentioned last week how I just got The Productivity Planner. I already started using it and I am love with how this system works! I did Productivity Bootcamp (life-changing, and about to do it again!)

I also snagged this cute clutch/planner pouch from Simplified on Wednesday! There’s still time to ger $10 off your first order if you need a clutch or a planner or anything else!

My wallpaper from Indigo Design Co. I just keep staring at it. I will say that we did have a bit of a hard time putting it up, but I’m a huge fan of how it turned out.

Recently Read:

For the next little bit, instead of sharing a big monthly post with a few sentence reviews, I’ll share mini-reviews for the books I’ve finished that week on these Friday posts.

This week I’ve been focused a lot on edits for my own novel, so I haven’t finished anything yet. BUT I will be sharing two mini-reviews today from books I finished recently.

Atomic Love by Jennie Fields

Is there a genre that continues to surprise you?
A few years ago I sort of swore off most historical fiction books. A lot of the ones I picked up (then put down) I didn’t like! It’s been a hit or miss genre for me. But thanks to @mommaleighellensbooknook I’ve been reading more!
I just finished Atomic Love last week which I read as part of her book club! While this book was more romance heavy, and did leave me wanting more of the history, I really enjoyed Atomic Love!
We follow Rosalind who was a scientist during WWII. She’s now living with the guilt of what the bomb she helped create did. I haven’t read a book that takes place during the Cold War and I really enjoyed this post war history.
This book has FBI agents, ex-lovers, and a lot of mystery. I didn’t love some of the manipulation that took place and the ending was a little anti climatic for me, but it was still an enjoyable read overall.
I also liked how the PTSD representation was handled.
TW: war scenes(flashbacks), PTSD, and manipulation,

A Cold War romance novel. Rosiland helped create the bomb that ended the war, but now she lives in guilt with what she created. When the FBI approaches her about one of her old colleagues (and lovers) she’s thrown back into pieces of a world that she’d love to leave behind (at least the man).

There was romance (lots of it!) and a bit of a love triangle. I was left wanting a little more history than we got, as this is a time period I haven’t read much about. But I loved the spy aspect and the story overall. 4/5 stars.

TW: PTSD, war scenes, manipulation


All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson

I loved this YA memoir. This is written for Black, queer teens, but I do think it’s a read that everyone could appreciate. I loved the nostalgia that came as I read about George growing up, spending so much time with his family and loving school.

All Boys Aren’t Blue really dives into what it means to come to terms with yourself and your identity, and how that can change. And how the best way to support those around us who are struggling, is by showing love. THERE IS ONLY LOVE! and that was a big message in this book. 4/5 stars

TW: detailed first-time sex experience, racism, homophobia, sexual assault


Read with me!

This weekend I’m hoping to finish reading Uprooted by Naomi Novik and start reading The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune. My sister in law recommended Uprooted and I’m enjoying it so far and I keep seeing The House in the Cerulean Sea ALL OVER Bookstagram so I am ready to dive in and see what all of the hype is about!

About Uprooted

“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose

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About The House in the Cerulean Sea

A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret.

Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages.

When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he’s given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days.

But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn.

An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours.

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What are you reading and loving this week?

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  1. These looks like great reads! I’m currently listening to the audiobook of Anna Karenina. I haven’t read it before, but I’m loving it!

    1. That’s cool! I haven’t read Anna Karenina either, but my sister and I were both just talking about it yesterday!

  2. OOoo I haven’t read any Fantasy lately, I’m liking the look of The House in the Cerulean Sea! I’m reading lots of non fiction lately, mostly about gardening 🙂

    1. That sounds like so much fun! I just added a few gardening books to my holds list at the library thanks to your last post 😉 I’m really excited to read The House in the Cerulean Sea!

  3. These books all sound interesting, especially All Boys Aren’t Blue. I love that it’s a perspective and voice I haven’t read much from. The productivity planners looks so interesting, but almost too intimidating for me!

    1. Yes! It was a perspective I haven’t read much either, but I really enjoyed it! And I totally get the productivity planner looking intimidating. So far I’ve really loved it, but it works for what my brain needed!

  4. I love long weekends filled with reading. I finally got a copy of The Guest List from the library and an anxious to dive into it.

    1. Same! I hope you enjoy The Guest List! I read it earlier this year!

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