2020 Reading Goals

Hello my dear Friends! I can hardly believe that we just said goodbye to 2019 and welcomed in the new year and a new decade!

With a new year comes new goals and resolutions and that is what I am going to be sharing you with today.

I’m just going to go ahead and jump right into it!

1. Goodreads Reading Challenge

Iv’e been on Goodreads since high school and I love the Goodreads Reading Challenge. There is just something about the little progress bar and comparing how many books I’ve read to that of my Goodreads friends that just gets me reading. Nothing like some good friendly competition.

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This year I decided that I want to read 50 books.

Last year my goal was to read 35 books and I beat my goal and read 45 books!

I decided on 50 books because I wanted to give myself some wiggle room if I somehow become super busy or can’t read for a couple weeks. Basically I gave myself some room to let life happen. That’s important when you are setting new goals. Make sure they are actually obtainable even if life happens.

2. Review Every Book I Read

Well, well, well….this is where you my dear friends come in.

Since I am planning on reading 50 books this year and I want to review every book that I read that means that you will be getting at least 1 new book review from me a week!

I want you to hold me accountable. Go ahead and reach out to me on my Facebook page, DM me on Insta or whatever it is that you folks do and tell me that I suck and didn’t post a review that week. Well, maybe don’t tell me that I suck, but you get the picture.

You will be able to find my full reviews here, mini reviews on my instagram (@wine.tea._and_paper), and every month I will be doing a review video (or two) on my YouTube Channel (BookTube).

3. Read One Non-Fiction Book A Month

I was inspired by Non-Fiction November last year and decided that I need to read more of it in the new year!

So here I am, first month of January with no Non-Fiction read in sight…

So, If you lovely people have any recommendations leave them for me in the comments!

4. Read One Classic A Month

When I was in College I was reading Classics all the time. I was in several British literature classes and we read many many classics.

I feel empty now, being a college graduate and not reading these beloved books.

To fix this hole that has grown in my heart I will be reading one classic a month. Starting with one of my all time favorites, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

5. Get My NetGalley Rating to 80%

Currently my NetGalley rating is a sad and measly 18% and I have 34 titles that need reviewed…

Enough Said

6. Read Books that I Already Own/Book Buying Ban

This is probably going to be the hardest out of all of my goals which is why I saved it for last.

I have a lot of unread books both psychical and digital.

So, for the first quarter of the year (Jan – March) I will be on a book buying ban to force myself to read books that I already own.

At the end of March I will re-evaluate and see if I should continue my ban or not.

What are your reading goals this year? Let me know in the comments!

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WWW Wednesday 9/11

Welcome back to Another WWW Wednesday!

As always our wonderful host is Sam over at Taking on a World of Words

This is pretty simple, all you have to do is answer the following three questions:

What did you just finish reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you plan on reading next?


What did you just finish reading?

After the Flood by Kassandra Montag

Click the pic for my review 😘

After the Flood takes place in the future after the Hundred Year Flood leaves most of the Earth covered in water. The story follows Myra as she tries to find her eldest daughter by navigating the new seas while still protecting her youngest.

What are you currently reading?

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

I’m not going to give you a synopsis because I feel like everyone knows about this book 😂

I just got to Page 142 and I wish I could have kept reading! I feel like something new happens in every chapter and I am never bored with what is happening. I am LOVING this book.

What do I plan on reading next?

This is such a hard question for me because I am a mood reader and like to plan BIG TBR lists. Which, if you read my September tbr post you understand 😂

But, I would like to read…

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.

Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unravelling events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant.

It was everything.

She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty—at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.

What are you currently reading? Let me know or post the link to your WWW Wednesday below!

Happy Wednesday and happy reading!

XO, Shannon

WWW Wednesday

Welcome back!!

Today I am participating in WWW Wednesday hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

Basically you answer these 3 questions:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Let’s dive right in!

What are you currently reading?

I have a couple books that I am currently reading so bear with me 😂

First, I’m starting Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell. I know absolutely nothing about this book. I’m reading it for the N.E.W.T.s group read. I have until the end of the month to finish it up.

Second, I’m reading an e-ARC of the Twenty-Ninth Day: Surviving a Grizzly Attack in the Canadian Tundra by Alex Messenger. I received this e-ARC from NetGalley and is an anticipated read for me. Messenger writes about his personal encounter with a grizzly bear while out in the Canadian Tundra with a few buddies on a kayak/hiking trip. To be published November 12!

Third, I started reading some of the stories in His Hideous Heart edited by Dahlia Adler. I also received this book as an ARC. His Hideous Heart is a collection of Edgar Allen Poe retellings. To be published September 10!

What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished a re-read of The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. My 5/5 star review from the first time reading still stands.

Last night I finished reading Three Women by Lisa Taddeo. While, I do think the book is over hyped right now, I will be giving it 5/5 stars when I post my review this week. I felt with the women in this book. Like I said in my IG teaser review, this book is a must read for all women!

What do you think you’ll read next?

This is such a hard question for me. I really haven’t committed to a solid September TBR yet even though I am participating in SEVERAL reading challenges (please pray for me).

However, I think I want to begin Stolen Things by R. H. Herron next. I received an ARC from the publisher on the date of publication 😂 so I want to read it and review it ASAP.


Please feel free to link your own WWW Wednesday post in the comments!

Remember to go check out the original post for this challenge (linked above) AND check out other posts in the community. We truly have a very supportive community and it’s important to be a part of that. Happy reading!

Xoxo, Shannon

Book Review – Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Book 11 of 2019

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Stats:

352 Pages

Publication Date: July 23, 2019

Published by Del Rey

Average Goodreads Rating: 4.03⭐️

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36510722-gods-of-jade-and-shadow

Buy it on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2HnK8UH

Rating breakdown:

Storyline: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Characters: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Writing: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Emotion: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

Synopsis: (book blurb)

The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather’s house to listen to any fast tunes. Nevertheless, she dreams of a life far from her dusty small town in southern Mexico. A life she can call her own.

Yet this new life seems as distant as the stars, until the day she finds a curious wooden box in her grandfather’s room. She opens it—and accidentally frees the spirit of the Mayan god of death, who requests her help in recovering his throne from his treacherous brother. Failure will mean Casiopea’s demise, but success could make her dreams come true.

In the company of the strangely alluring god and armed with her wits, Casiopea begins an adventure that will take her on a cross-country odyssey from the jungles of Yucatán to the bright lights of Mexico City—and deep into the darkness of the Mayan underworld.

review:

She smiled. In return, he gave her a smidgen of a smile, so tiny she felt she might have to cup it in her hands to keep it safe, or the wind might blow it away.”

Page 129

When I added Gods of Jade and Shadow to my Book of the Month Club box I was completely sold.

✔︎ Mayan Death Gods

✔︎ The Jazz Age

✔ Cinderella Vibes

B︎OY was I disappointed when I realized that two of these things are just *barely* mentioned throughout the novel.

In the beginning of the story we get MAJOR Cinderella Vibes.

Casiopea Tun lives with her mean grandfather and cousin, Martin, who make her clean the house and do all of the chores to basically earn her keep.

She lives with them because her father passed away.

Her grandfather and Martin are mean to her and do not let her go to an outing.

And then, that’s really it. 😦 I had high hopes considering on page 4 it reads, “Had Casiopea possessed her father’s pronounced romantic leanings, perhaps she might have seen herself as a Cinderella-like figure.”

SO disappointed that it wasn’t more of a retelling of Cinderella. Instead we just get a taste of what could have been a Cinderella retelling.

Next, the Jazz Age.

I was expecting swing dancing, flappers, intense jazz music and speakeasys.

But, the mention of the Jazz Age served more of background information and setting purposes than plot purposes.

While Casiopea does get a flapper-esque bob, it really isn’t from her own choosing and we only see whispers of prohibition and the magical music in the background as Casiopea continues on with her adventures without really paying them any mind at all. Again, disappointing.

However, I did give this book a 4.5 star rating and you may be wondering why since all I have talked about so far is what I disliked about the book…

WELL WAIT NO LONGER!

I LOVED THIS BOOK!

And, I am so sad that it is over.

(Please, please Ms. Moreno-Garcia, I NEED a sequel. I need it like I need coffee in the morning and I need air to breathe.)

First off let me tell you why I loved this story so much. At first, I thought this read was going to take forever. Then, Casiopea and Hun-Kamé (The Mayan Death God *drools*) start going on an adventure, but it is like a scavenger hunt.

  1. I love adventures in storylines.
  2. I love a good scavenger hunt.

And then I was like okay this is going to be the driving point for the plot, this adventure-scavenger hunt. And it was. BUT we also get a blooming friendship and dare I say romance between Casiopea and Hun-Kamé. And that my friends is what kept me reading, kept my interest going.

Let’s take a step back for a second.

Now think about opening a crate and unleashing a MAYAN DEATH GOD and then becoming friends with him, like best buds, while also slowly, and I mean SLOWLY falling in love with him. DAMN. YES. I love it.

This slooooow burn of a friendship/romance is what really makes me want a sequel. If you read this book and agree with me that there needs to be a sequel COMMENT BELOW I need to know I am not alone here.

Moreno-Garcia’s character development was sooo good. I loved all of the characters that we are supposed to love and hated all the characters we are supposed to hate. Even the characters that we meet for one chapter are well thought out and robust.

Casiopea is a wonderful character and made my heart feel BIG things. I was sad when all she wanted was to leave and have freedom.

I was happy when she found friendship in a Mayan Death God

And my heart ACHED when the ending came around. I literally do not even want to HINT at what happened because it is so good and so sad and so wonderful. OMG PLEASE I NEED MORE!

I would absolutely re-read this book and I would without a doubt buy a sequel (please).

Such a great read and I reccomend this book to everyone!!

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Thanks for reading!

XOXO, Shannon