Saturday, August 28, 2021

In My Mailbox #512

Another Saturday. Another week of me not reading anything. Ahh. I am so behind. And I am so bad. I want to read. I really do. Yet I am so lazy and cannot bring myself to start anything. Siigh. But this coming week. I will make myself start reading, at last :) I will force myself, ha. What I have done is taking it easy. Still healing from surgery. Not sure if it's going well or not. Less pain, at least. No blood any longer. My cold is almost gone too, thankfully. So I'm doing better :) I also watched all of Making a Murderer. Which was such a heartbreaking but good series. I cannot believe that they are both still in prison, as they are both so obviously innocent. It makes me angry and so sad. Gah. I hope there will be good news soon. I got a whole bunch of pretty mail this week, eee. Love it all. <3 And today I finally got some new photos taken too, ha :) I so badly miss my spa bath. But needed to wait two weeks. So still a few days left. Rude. I want my hot baths. Hmph. This week I'm waiting on In the Serpent's Wake. <3 Eee. I hope you are all doing good and staying safe :) The world is kind of sucky these days. I'm doing the best I can, though :)

Snowpiercer. I really loved this dark and sad and great movie. So I had to own this new stunning book :D
Animal Crossing. I couldn't help but order this older sticker book too, ha. Love Animal Crossing so much.
Gods & Monsters. I have only read book one, oops, but needed to own this too to read them all one day :)
Pop Figures. Love the Nightmare Before Christmas moment, eee. Finally Pikachu. <3 First Deadpool :D
Alien + Spyro. I had to try this game for my PS5, haha. Hope it's awesome. Did not own Spyro yet. Ack.
Pusheen Clock. Oh. Hahahaha. This was goddamn small. Siiigh. Thought it was a little bit bigger. Oops.
For the Wolf bookplate. Eee. Finally got my gorgeous pre-order gift from Hannah. <3 Thank you so much.
Swag. Thank you so much Kennedy for trading this swag with me. <3 I love the pins and everything else.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday #515

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

IN THE SERPENT'S WAKE (Tess of the Road #2)
BY RACHEL HARTMAN


Goodreads Description:

From the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of Seraphina comes a piercing new fantasy adventure that champions our resilience and humility.

MIND OF THE WORLD,
OPEN YOUR EYES.


At the bottom of the world lies a Serpent, the last of its kind.
Finding the Serpent will change lives.

Tess is a girl on a mission to save a friend.
Spira is a dragon seeking a new identity.
Marga is a woman staking her claim on a man’s world.
Jacomo is a priest searching for his soul.

There are those who would give their lives to keep it hidden.
And those who would destroy it.

But the only people who will truly find the Serpent are those who have awakened to the world around them—with eyes open to the wondrous, the terrible, and the just.

Hardcover, 496 pages
Expected publication: February 1st 2022 by Random House Children's Books
Pre-Order: Book Depository
and Amazon #ad

EEE! I am SO excited about this book :D And so in love with that cover. Gosh. It is stunning, eee. So happy about it. <3 SO happy that there is finally a cover and a release date, haha :D February cannot come fast enough. I loved the Seraphina duology so much. And the first Tess book was so so good. Sigh. I just cannot wait for this second book. Sounds so good. Looks so perfect. I know I will love it so much :)
What are you waiting for on this wondrous Wednesday?

Saturday, August 21, 2021

In My Mailbox #511

I am alive. Somewhat, haha. Surgery went well this past week :) And the pain has been minimal too, which I'm thankful about. Still healing, though, and will for a few weeks. So I'm taking it easy for a while. It seems like the surgery went fine, so I'm feeling hopeful and that it was worth it. Been bleeding a bunch, but getting better too. So yeah. I haven't done much this week. Just healing and relaxing, as much as I can :) Did get a bunch of lovely mail, though, so yay for that. Love it all. This week I'm waiting on Between Shades of Gray: The Graphic Novel :) Hope that you are all doing well and staying safe these days. <3


Luca. I couldn't resist buying this sticker album, eee. It looks so cute, haha. But also some fake stickers.
Shadow School 3: Phantoms. I need to catch up to this series soon, as I did adore book one. So pretty.
Rise Up From the Embers. One day I shall be reading this second and final book :) It do look gorgeous.
Luca. Another Luca book that I just had to get, ha. I so adored this most awesome movie. <3 So perfect.
Hotel Transylvania. I'm excited for movie four later this fall, eee :D This movie-tie-in looks so adorable.
Pop Figures. EEE! Thank you Funko Nordic for this most perfect gift. <3 Love. Bought Barbie myself :)
Lord of the Rings. Was so excited to buy this expensive steelbook set. <3 But box is damaged. Oh. Sobs.
Animal Crossing Amiibo. Eeeee. I am so in love with my new cards. <3 So so many. Thank you Megan :D

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday #514

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL
BY RUTA SEPETYS


Goodreads Description:

Just in time for the 10th anniversary of Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys's award-winning debut novel, and inspiration for the major motion picture Ashes in the Snow, is now a gorgeous graphic novel!

From #1 New York Times and international bestselling author and Carnegie Medal winner of Salt to the Sea comes a story of loss and of fear--and ultimately of survival--in a brand-new four-color format.

"Few books are beautifully written, fewer still are important; this novel is both." --The Washington Post


A New York Times notable book
An international bestseller
A Carnegie Medal nominee
A William C. Morris Award finalist
A Golden Kite Award winner

June, 1941. A knock comes at the door and the life of fifteen-year-old Lina Vilkas changes forever. She's arrested by the Soviet secret police and deported from Lithuania to Siberia with her mother and younger brother. The conditions are horrific and Lina must fight for her life and for the lives of those around her, including the boy that she loves. Risking everything, she secretly passes along clues in the form of drawings, hoping they will reach her father's prison camp. But will her messages, and her courage, be enough to reunite her family? Will they be enough to keep her alive?

A moving and haunting novel perfect for readers of The Book Thief, now available as a stunning graphic novel.

Paperback, 160 pages
Expected publication: October 12th 2021 by Philomel Books
Pre-Order: Book Depository
and Amazon #ad

I am pretty excited about this graphic novel :) I read the book years ago, and I remember liking it a lot. It was also all kinds of heartbreaking and sad. And I am excited about seeing it done as a graphic novel. <3
What are you waiting for on this haunting Wednesday?

Saturday, August 14, 2021

In My Mailbox #510

This week went by super fast. Gosh. I had planned on reading. That didn't happen. Sigh. Hoping this coming week will go better, haha :) I do want to read. I truly do. I just.. cannot make myself start. Which fully sucks. I'm also still exhausted all the time. Takes enough time to play Animal Crossing each day, haha, and Pokemon GO too :) But I love it so. But yeah, need to read soon too. Plus side, I finally took book photos for instagram this week too, so yay for that :D Bad side, my surgery is just a few days away. Help. I'm so nervous. I don't want it to be painful for ages. Fingers crossed it will go okay. Hoping to be well enough to write an update next week, after I have had my surgery this coming week. Shudders. Plus side, got some great mail this week, eee :D And next week will be even more amazing things. Sigh. I'm beyond excited. This week I'm waiting on Shadow School: Phantoms :) Hope you are all doing good. <3

Heartless Heirs. Eee. I'm excited about this second and final book. <3 Such a huge fan of MarcyKate :)
Graceling UK ARC. Ahh! Thank you Sian for trading this with me :D EEE! It is SO perfect. <3 Love it.
Pop Figures. Oh, help. I am buying too many, haha. Even a huge Stitch. Ahh! But I love them so much :D

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday #513

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

SHADOW SCHOOL #3: PHANTOMS BY J. A. WHITE

Goodreads Description:

Cordelia’s last year at Shadow School brings readers back for the finale in the spooky middle grade trilogy by J.A. White, the author of the acclaimed Thickety series and Nightbooks. Cordelia must complete her quest to save the world of the living from the ghosts, and dangerous phantoms, who terrorize them.

It’s her final year at Shadow School, and Cordelia Liu isn’t ready to move on. Which is funny, considering helping ghosts “move on” is sort of her thing. But Cordelia can’t bear to give up the rare ability to see and help ghosts.

A field trip brings Cordelia, Benji, and Agnes face-to-face with a dangerous phantom—a ghost capable of reanimating dead animals—and a team of professional ghost hunters that disappear right after they capture the phantom. Cordelia can’t help herself—she needs to know more about the ghost hunters and the phantom.

It’ll mean getting Agnes and Benji to join her and the ghost hunters at a strange village called Shady Rest where ghosts live peacefully in their own homes. But soon, Cordelia, Benji, and Agnes realize that Shady Rest is not quite what it seems. Ghosts are disappearing from their homes. Others start to glow and grow frighteningly long necks and extra teeth. And some of them look strangely familiar. Didn’t they save these ghosts already?

In the creepy conclusion to the Shadow School trilogy, author J. A. White says a final farewell to this unique world of ghosts and phantoms even though some friends—and fiends—never truly leave you.

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published August 10th 2021 by Katherine Tegen Books
Pre-Order: Book Depository
and Amazon #ad

This book came out yesterday, and I am so excited about it :D A little behind, as I haven't read book two, but I very much adored book one. <3 And so I cannot wait to catch up to this series soon. The covers are so pretty and I loved the story so very much. Ghost hunting is always awesome, haha :D I'm very excited.
What are you waiting for on this ghostly Wednesday?

Saturday, August 7, 2021

In My Mailbox #509

Whoops. Nothing done this week either. But I will be reading this coming week for sure. Been so busy playing Animal Crossing. <3 Took me a couple of long days to finally get Judy. Gah. But worth it. And today we finally got a warm summer day again. <3 And better tomorrow. I know, the heat is just around 20C, but that is a lot for us, haha :) So I'm busy spending all day outside. And just so exhausted these days too. Hmph. And mostly just dreading my upcoming surgery. Less than two weeks left. Shudders. Will hopefully go fine, though :) Only one new blog post. This week I'm waiting on Feather and Flame :) And some stunning mail. Maaany more pop figures. Oops. I love them too much, haha :) Stay safe. <3

Harry Potter Pop-Up book. I have wanted to buy this one for ages, finally did. And it is pretty amazing.
Small Favors. Eee! I am SO excited about reading this book soon :D Gosh. Such a huge fan of Erin. <3
Red Wolf. This one was pretty much amazing. <3 And the hardcover looks so very stunning. Sigh. Love.
Pop Figures. Eee! The Mummy ones are peeerfect :D LOVE that little reindeer, haha. And HDM too. <3

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday #512

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

FEATHER AND FLAME BY LIVIA BLACKBURNE

Goodreads Description:

She brought honor on the battlefield. Now comes a new kind of war...

Following the war that made her a hero, Mulan spends her days training a militia of female warriors to protect their homes and lands. But when Shang arrives in her village with an invitation to the Imperial City from the emperor himself, her relatively peaceful life is upended. Upon her arrival at the palace, the aging emperor decrees that, having proven herself a great leader in battle, Mulan will be his heir and take the throne. Mulan is unsure of this path for her future, but before she can decide whether to accept the responsibility, the emperor unexpectedly dies.

As soon as Mulan accepts the mantle of empress, it becomes clear that not everyone is on her side. Her ministers are working against her behind the scenes, and the Huns sense a weakness in the throne. When one of Mulan’s own militia members comes under suspicion as a traitor, Mulan has no idea whom she can trust. But the Queen’s Council helps Mulan uncover her true destiny. With renewed strength and the wisdom of those that came before her, Mulan will own her power, save her country, and prove once again that, crown or helmet, she was always meant to lead. This fierce reimagining of the girl who became a warrior blends fairy-tale lore and real history—with a Disney twist.

Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: November 9th 2021 by Disney Hyperion
Pre-Order: Book Depository
and Amazon #ad

I'm a little unsure about this book. I like the cover a lot. And I have been a fan of Livia for years :) And I do badly love Mulan too, so this book do seem like it will be pretty awesome. But I'm also kind of finding this summary to be a little.. dull? Oops. But I will still give this book a try :D And badly hoping to love it. <3
What are you waiting for on this twisted Wednesday?