Mount TBR Challenge 2021: Books read and reviewed

The Original Challenge post is on the blog. I have decided to maintain this separate post as a running post for the year to document the books read from my TBR and link their reviews.

My Goal: Pike’s Peak – Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s

January 2021:

  1. My Name Is Anton by Catherine Ryan Hyde
  2. Shelly’s Stocking Goes Missing by Anitha Rathod
  3. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Books to Read (TBR list) – January 2021

Hello All,

I am not normally in the habit of planning ahead with the books I read. I tend to read purely based on my mood and of course based on Blog Tour deadlines (if I have signed up or committed to an author).

However, this year, I decided to make some changes to the way I read, review and blog! Having signed up for so many different kinds of reading challenges, I am trying to be better organized (if I can manage it :P).

In this post, I have made a tentative list of books that I plan to read in January.

Here goes…. Don’t hesitate to share your thoughts, feedback or recommendations!

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  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1)

 

Genre: Fantasy Fiction

Having heard and read so much about this book, I bought it and downloaded it on my kindle in the hopes of joining everyone on this journey!

I am happy to say that it has finally been pulled out of the back of my long list of books on my kindle reader and is in progress! I hope to finish it soon!

 

 

  • Bricktown Boys by Pete Fanning

Bricktown Boys

 

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction

Release date: 12th Jan 2021

I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was intrigued by the concept and also enjoy reading MGLit!

 

 

  • The Conspiracy at Meru (Vikramaditya Veeragatha #2) by Shatrujeet Nath

The Conspiracy at Meru (Vikramaditya Veergatha, #2)

 

Genre: Mythology, Fiction

This is the second book in the series and the plot is starting to thicken! I am looking forward to reading the book!

 

 

 

  • Meet me in Bombay by Jenny Ashcroft

 

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Release date: 19th Jan 2021

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and am planning to read it before it’s release date this month!

The book sounded quite interesting and with references to Bombay, the story intrigued me more. I am from India and I would love to see how the author has portrayed the place in her story.

 

  • The Newlyweds by Arianne Richmonde

 

Genre: Mystery and Thriller

Release date: 19th Jan 2021

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and am planning to read it before it’s release date this month!

Having read so many fantasy fiction and historical fiction novels recently, I felt it was time to go back to some good old fashioned mysteries! Et voila, this book was available and it is on the verge of release! There is no better time to read it!

 

  • The Wraith’s Memory by Whitney R. Rines

The Wraith's Memory (Between Gods and Mortals Book II)

 

Genre: Fantasy fiction

I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

 

 

  • The Sigil by Shakail Kanish

The Sigil: A Novel - Part I

 

Genre: LGBTQ+ Dark Urban Fantasy

Release date: 4th March 2021

I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I was intrigued by the concept of the book and am looking forward to reading it!

 

 

  • Pawns Gambit by Rob J. Hayes

Pawn's Gambit (A Mortal Techniques novel)

 

Genre: Fantasy Fiction

Release date: 26th Jan 2021

I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

WWW WEDNESDAY – 06/01/2021

This is a fun weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

All you need to do is answer the following three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Also, do follow the host and other bloggers who participate!

It is wonderful to know what everyone is reading and recommendations are always welcome!

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What are you currently reading?

Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1)

 

This book has been on my TBR for quite some time now (probably more than a year).

This book is among those that is talked about a lot and now with the recent update about a TV series, I am taking my step into the Grishaverse!

 

 

 

What did you recently finish reading?

An American in Paris Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy: Based on a Hallmark Channel original movie

I recently finished reading An American In Paris by Siobhan Curham, a historical fiction novel set during WWII in Paris and Christmas in Evergreen: Tidings of Joy by Nancy Naigle which is a pleasant romance!

What do you think you’ll read next?

My TBR list is so big that I do not know where to start!

I am currently sorting through old books, new and upcoming releases and books for blog tours! Plus, I think my current read may take me a little more time to finish it!

Book Blitz: FREAK by Leslie Georgeson

Book Blurb:

Jealousy. Betrayal. Family secrets.

Appearances are everything in my family. We are the Strongs. Fame is our birthright. Music flows through our veins in a continuous harmony. Flaws are unacceptable.

When my parents got a good look at the freak they’d created, I was hidden away, my existence wiped out.

Until they discovered my secret.

Now I had something they wanted.

Taking it from me didn’t faze them. They believed they were entitled.

I was just a boy, unable to fight back.

So I did the only thing I could.

I vanished.

That was nine years ago.

Now they are back, and they want something from me again.

They send the sexy and oh-so-tempting Mia Bennett to persuade me, and I’m helpless to resist her.

Mia seems innocent in my family feud, but is she really?

I can’t be sure.

All I know is she makes me feel alive again. She gives me the courage to just be me. She’s the new inspiration behind my music, my heart’s own melody.

But something dark and twisted lurks close to home, and leaves me questioning who is friend and who is foe.

Now I am forced to make a decision that could well break me.

How far am I willing to go for the woman I love?

Freak book links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08NGNQ84W

Apple: https://books.apple.com/us/book/freak-something-real-1/id1540613481

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/2940164730635

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/freak-something-real-1

Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1054242

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50977985-freak

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/freak-romantic-suspense-something-real-book-1-by-leslie-georgeson

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Read an Excerpt:

I eyed the nearest “no trespassing” sign mounted on the fence about ten feet away. With all the surveillance cameras, he had to know I was out here. I was probably lucky the guy hadn’t had me arrested yet.

Another hour passed.

The sun was disappearing over the horizon now, darkness settling in. It didn’t look like I was going to be successful today.

With a heavy sigh, I gathered up my bag and rose to my feet, deciding to call it a day.

My skin prickled as something moved on the other side the fence.

I spun around, my heart smacking into my ribs.

The heavily-treed yard now deep in shadows, it took a moment for my eyes to take in what had appeared before me. Even then, I wasn’t entirely sure what I was looking at in the low light. He stood as still as the tree trunks surrounding him.

My hand flew to my throat, my eyes widening.

Gasping, I stumbled back, tripping over my own feet and falling into the underbrush, my bag landing beside me.

I tilted my head back, unable to tear my gaze away.

Ohmigod. Ohmigod. Oh. My. God.

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Author bio:

Leslie Georgeson writes a blend of romance and suspense, sometimes tossing in a dash of sci-fi or paranormal to make things more interesting. From genetically-altered super soldiers (The Dregs) to deceptive, daredevil rescuers (The Pact), her stories are laced with danger, action, and plenty of steam. Music and the mafia combine in her newly released romantic suspense series, Something Real. Book one, FREAK, is now available at all retailers. Look for the next book, SNITCH, in the spring of 2021.

Leslie is an avid reader, a nature and animal lover, a plant enthusiast, and enjoys spending time with her amazing family. She lives with her husband of 25+ years and her teenage daughter on a quiet country acreage in Idaho.

Author links:

Webpage: https://lesliegeorgeson.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorlesliegeorgeson/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lesliegeorgeson

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7827259.Leslie_Georgeson

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Leslie-Georgeson/e/B00I2T6QFO/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1

Bookbub:  https://www.bookbub.com/authors/leslie-georgeson

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Book Blitz organized by:

Book Promotion Directory by Deena Rae (2021 edition)

BOOK PROMOTION DIRECTORY INFORMATION

Book Description:

The Book Promotion Directory lists blogs and book promotion providers to help Indie Authors promote and market their books. Information included: 

  • Genre focus
  • Web address
  • Contact information 
  • Post types
  • Pricing range for on-blog promotion
  • Reviews offered
  • Turnaround time for reviews
  • And more….

Book Promotion companies show contact information, what genres they are equipped to promote, services offered and pricing range.

With more than 180 blogs and almost 40 book promotion companies, complete with live links to facilitate easy contact, this is a must-have for authors looking to promote their new releases and backlist titles. 

Bonus material of almost 200 other book promotion avenues as a starting point to help authors start building their own promotion blueprint.

Availability and Links:

The eBook is widely available at Amazon, iTunes, B&N, Kobo, etc.

Print Book is available on Amazon:  https://amzn.to/2MaFazF 

 

About the Author:

Deena Rae was born and raised in Texas — home of bluebonnets, boots, beef and big hair — into a family that was in the printing and publishing industries. Her father was a computer programmer for major newspapers when the equipment took up whole rooms and her mother has been a publisher for almost 30 years — trying, unsuccessfully, to bring her into the family business.

She was happily living her life, but then through a series of events (unfortunate and fortunate), she officially joined The Book Connection — her mother’s publishing and packaging company — as the Digital Director, to create the e-publishing division in 2011. Her computer skills, willingness to help authors, love of literature, no-nonsense attitude and quick wit has helped shepherd many authors through the maze of digital publishing.

Quickly deciding she wanted to offer her services to more authors than just the ones her mother represented, she branched out on her own, opening E-BookBuilders January of 2012. The rest is history.

Contact the Author:

 

Note: redpillows is listed in the Book Promotion Directory.

Book Blitz: The Secret of Plants in the Environment by Rishikesh Upadhyay

 

Book Title: The Secret of Plants in the Environment

Author: Rishikesh Upadhyay

Genre: Non-fiction, Botany, Environment, Nature 

Published in April, 2020

Amazon IN: https://www.amazon.in/dp/1648509207

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1648509207

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-secret-of-plants-in-the-environment-rishikeshupadhyay/1137179625

 

About the Book:

Plants are sessile organisms that are unable to move but face the challenge of everchanging or adverse environments. The study of the development of environmental changes in tolerant plants is fundamental for the maintenance and streamlining of high crop yields and plant adaptation in natural environments. The identification of genes that lead to changes or stress tolerance is urgently needed for the growth and development of plants in their natural environment.

The Secret of Plants in the Environment addresses environmental concerns such as the different types of stress situations and plant adaptation to changing environments, including the positive and negative effects of stress on the growth of crops, the beginning stages of plant life cycles, and plant output. This book seeks to discuss the impact of environmental changes or stress on plant life, environmental stress physiology, and adaptation mechanisms. It highlights the impact of environmental stresses on plants and crops under changing environments and gives a comprehensive overview of how plants respond to such environments.

In addition, it serves as a helpful guide to students and to all professionals engaged in teaching and research on environmental-related subjects. It dwells on some important aspects of environmental change or stress as the main issue affecting the survival of plants at the early stages of their life cycle. Hence, the author hopes that both early-career scientists and research scholars interested in pursuing environmental science to an advanced stage would also benefit from the important information discussed in this book.

 

About the Author:

Dr. Rishikesh Upadhyay, also known R K Upadhyay was born and grew up in a small Nepalis’ hamlet, just a few kilometres of Haflong, the district headquarters of North Cachar Hills, India, Rishikesh Upadhyay is an author, Assistant Professor and researcher. He loves learning and teaching to expand his horizons and ideas. Currently, he’s now teaching Plant Environmental Physiology and Chemistry at a local government college affiliated to Assam University, India.

Connect with the author:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RKUpadhy
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17275904.Rishikesh_Upadhyay
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/author/rishikeshupadhyay

First Lines Friday: 01/01/2021

 

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

 

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So, here goes! First lines:

Friday, August 24

Stoop-Sitting

The summer is made for stoop-sitting

and since it’s the last week before school starts,

Harlem is opening it’s eyes to September.

 

I scope out this block I’ve always called home.

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Do you have some idea about this book?

Hint: It was released in 2018 and gained quite a lot of praise for the way it is written….

 

Alrighty then! Here goes….

This is my current read and has been on my TBR forever! I have a paperback copy and for some reason have not gotten around to reading it!

The Poet X

 

Title: The Poet X

Author: Elizabeth Acevedo

About the Book:

A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.

So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.

New Year 2021: Reading Goals and Challenges

Hello All,

First off I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year!

With the start of a new year, I wanted to take a moment to try to define some simple reading goals for myself in addition to the Reading Challenges that I have signed-up for.

I have had the pleasure of interacting with so many wonderful bloggers, authors and publishers that I am further inspired to take both my reading journey and blog a step further. I look forward to further collaborations and book talks with everyone!

So without further ado, here are the proposed Reading Goals and Challenges:

Goodreads Reading Challenge – 100 Books

This is a challenge that I have been doing since 2016 and I hope to continue it. The challenge helps to keep track of the books I read in addition to providing a promotion in itself for the authors when the books are shelved and reviews are written.

What’s in a Name? Challenge 2021 – 6 categories

2021 Reading Challenge: Netgalley and Edelweiss – 25 Books

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2021 -10 Books

Mount TBR Challenge 2021 – 12 Books

Note: The number of books chosen for the challenges will also be included towards the Goodreads Reading challenge.

Don’t hesitate to comment and share your thoughts, goals and book recommendations on the post!

Round-up 2020! The year that was!

Hey guys!

Firstly I would like to thank everyone for the love and support shown to my blog. This blog has come quite far in the last seven years and this year has been the best by far in the terms of blog posts. I have connected with a lot of amazing bloggers over the last few months and I am truly grateful for the encouragement they have shown me!

In addition, it has been hard for everyone due to the pandemic, but I am grateful for the time spent with family and friends. I also got more time to read and this has helped pass the time.

In this post, I would just like to express my gratitude to all the authors and publishers who reached out to me and congratulate all the authors who had their book published this year!

I look forward to further collaborations with authors and bloggers alike!

On the books front, you can check out my posts which summarize the books read this year in terms of genre and based on the Goodreads Reading Challenge!

Wishing you a very Happy and Bookish New Year in advance!

Round-up of the Goodreads Reading Challenge 2020!

At the beginning of the year I had planned to read around 50 books (keeping in mind my work schedules and timelines). However, as a result of the pandemic and work from home situation, I was able to increase this number up to 74!

As per the Goodreads stats, the longest book I read was Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer (671 pages), Edwards take on the events that occur in Twilight.

The shortest book read, with just 24 pages was a delightful children’s book titled Dinosaur Adventure: A Field Trip to Remember (Let’s Learn While Playing #2) by Kelly Santana-Banks

It also turns out that my average rating is 3.5 stars!

I love how Goodreads has summarized the books and my year. Check out my list here.

MY 2020 BOOKS
The Tower Lord by Anthony RyanA Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid KemmererShadow Trials by Isla FrostFirstborn Academy by Isla FrostFirstborn Academy by Isla Frost
The Selection by Kiera CassThe One by Kiera CassThe Elite by Kiera CassHouse of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. MaasTwo Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus
Inebriated by Katey TaylorLegendary by Stephanie GarberDragon Connection by Ava RichardsonFinale by Stephanie GarberSunrise on Half Moon Bay by Robyn Carr
The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten WhiteQueen of Corvids by J.C. McKenzieRescuing Lord Inglewood by Sally BrittonPrejudice Meets Pride by Rachael AndersonA History of Hexing by Evie Wilde
Keep Forever by Alexa KingaardThe School for Good and Evil by Soman ChainaniThe Girl in the Corner by Amanda ProwseA Torch Against the Night by Sabaa TahirAn Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa TahirAsh Princess by Laura SebastianLady Smoke by Laura SebastianEmber Queen by Laura SebastianWrong Place, Right Time by E.B. Roshan
Summer at Hope Haven by Kristin HarperLucy's Last Chance by Elle SweetMidnight Sun by Stephenie MeyerWho Threw Draco Down the Chimney? by Smita BhattacharyaThe Damned by Renée Ahdieh
The Beautiful by Renée AhdiehThe Guilty Die Twice by Don HartshornThorne Bay by Jeanine CroftProject Hackathon by Arushi AggarwalTwo Murders Too Many by Bluette Matthey
Return to Virgin River by Robyn CarrThe Pigeon Whisperer by Motaz H MatarHinterland by L.M. BrownThe Tech by Mark RavineDinosaur Adventure by Kelly Santana-Banks
Aunt Ivy's Cottage by Kristin HarperPrism by Nina WalkerThe Pageant by Leigh WalkerThe Gala by Leigh WalkerFracture by Nina Walker
The Finale by Leigh Walker337 by M. Jonathan LeeTen Days with a Duke by Erica RidleyThe Guardians of the Halahala by Shatrujeet NathRed Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Winter of the Wolf by Martha Hunt HandlerBeyond Belief by Ronald CrouchThe Eye of Ra by Ben GartnerSol Invictus by Ben GartnerThe Case of the Smuggler’s Curse by F.S. Dawson
Murder at the Lakeside Library by Holly DanversThe Violinist of Auschwitz by Ellie MidwoodNever Say No by Elizabeth NeepA ​Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir58 Farm End by Natasha Murray
Across the Lake by Nancy LiPetriWedding Bells on Victory Street by Pam HowesForever Your Duke by Erica RidleyChronicles of a Spell Caster by J.J. SingletonSummer of L.U.C.K. by Laura Segal Stegman
Midnight Train to Prague by Carol WindleyThe Lost Village by Daniela SacerdotiAlessia in Atlantis: The Forbidden VialMurder in the Snow (A Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery #4)

Do share your thoughts on the books I’ve read and don’t hesitate to leave recommendations for books to read in 2021!