Top 5 Books For Slytherin Souls

The Good: Clever. Ambitious. Resourceful. Loyal. Cunning.

The Bad: Possessing a bad reputation based on a few choice members never knowing the potential to do good. Read this myth-breaking article (Slytherins Aren’t So Bad!). We’re good. Honest!

If you follow Harry Potter’s world, Slytherin happens to be one of four houses. Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, and Ravenclaw exists as the other three. But, enough of them.

I’m a Slytherin without shame. There’s something awesome about seeing other people shiver (literally, lol) when you tell them what house Pottermore and other quizzes – many, many, many quizzes – place you. I’m proud of my house and I wear my badge with honor. Without those good qualities, I would not have attained my two degrees (Ravenclaws would snicker), my loving husband and children (Hush, Hufflepuffs!), and many of the courageous moves in my life (Don’t start, Gryffindors!).

I’m a good Slytherin. But, I do have my moments. When my family’s threatened or when my book order’s late, don’t test me. Enough said.

To keep like-minded Slytherins on the straight and narrow, I’ve composed a list of five books I’ve read that speaks to our hearts and souls. Fierce reads, indeed.

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It’s Monday. What Cha’ Reading?

Good Monday, Everyone!

How did your weekend go? Fast? Exciting? Slow? Wakey. Wakey. Time to experience another week.

Can you believe there’s two weeks left in July? Where does time fly? Seriously. I locked my school year down last month and that seemed like yesterday. Before I know it, my alarm will strike 5:45 and I’m fixing a thermos filled with tea to take to work. No time to complain. Summer beckons more time to enjoy reading.

What I Read Last Week

The Mothers The Mothers

What We Lose What We Lose

What I’m Reading This Week

The Address

With a century between them, two women, drawn to The Dakota Apartments (Yes. THAT Dakota!), experience love, loss, pain, and pleasure. This story’s set in 1884 and 1985, so I’m ready to journey through each woman’s life behind the walls of this famous New York City apartment complex. This arc’s a gift from Penguin’s First Reads. I cannot wait to deep drive into its fascinating story.

All aboard this drama train…

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Top 5 Tuesday!

Happy Tuesday! What are your plans today? Are you in the middle of a slump? I hope not. For some, summer poses a problem. We have more distractions with the sunny days, road trips, camp, and nights out wandering. We find reading difficult.

However, I vow to complete five bookish activities this summer to keep my reading mojo revved and to enjoy the warm sun.

  • Every Tuesday I participate in a meme called “Top Ten Tuesday” with The Broke and Bookish. But, since that site’s on vacation until mid-August, I will do a quick Top 5 on Tuesdays about literary topics. With the summer, sometimes you need a quick list to get through the day.

  • Wearing Bookish Items. Sue me. I disliked the concept of bookish shirts. Why spend $25 for a t-shirt about books instead of using that money for actual books? Ugh. #trialsofabookdragon I admit some t-shirts catch my eye, though. Okay. Okay. Snap me. I’ll rock a shirt or two this summer. Why not share your literary love on your body and not just your hands alone?

  • Visit either a new or favorite bookstore weekly. L.A. doesn’t suffer from a bookstore lack (Okay, maybe in the deserts). With the Metrolink and a lot of gas in a car, I have two transportation options to hightail my butt to a bookstore and explore. Will I buy? Maybe not. I have three book pre-orders coming through this summer. Budget’s tight. Maybe I’ll snatch a bookmark or two. Gotta support the stores, you know?

  • Listen to an audiobook. I’m a hybrid reader. Though I prefer printed books, I can’t lie. I use e-books every now and then (ARCs for the win!). Yet, I found myself sticking my nose at audiobooks. To me, listening did not equate to reading. I know. I know. Smugness never looks good, especially when my earliest memories of reading included someone else reading to me. I adored story time in school. What’s the difference now? Absolutely nothing. I’m a fool, and with Youtube providing some audiobooks (Does it still count?), I have no excuses.

  • Explore a former genre you liked. For me, I like what I like. Psychological thrillers. Some, not all young adult fiction. Contemporary reads.  I miss reading children’s books. Not quite a new genre, since I teach, but because I teach teens (My early teaching years found myself in kindergarten and first grade. I survived). Since my children are growing (One in college and one hitting the fifth grade), I don’t get to read them anymore. The summer’s a fine time to reconnect.

So, if you find yourself in a reading slump, or you wish to merge your reading love with creative activities to keep you busy, there’s plenty to do.

Don’t know how to start? Here are some sites to kickstart ideas.

Why are you still here? Get moving.

Best Books I’ve Read in 2017 So Far…

Thanks to The Broke and The Bookish for hosting this weekly meme! This week’s theme: Best Books I’ve Read in 2017.

Torture. I tell ya. Creating this week’s theme evokes torture. But, I’m treading lightly as best as I can. I guess I’ll practice for my inevitable 2017 end-of-year top 20! Ugh.

How will I create my list? Genre breakdown? Debut authors? Veteran? How about a giant love fest of whatever raised my spirits so far this year? Yeah. That’s the ticket.

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Worst Dads in Literature

Thanks to The Broke and The Bookish for hosting this weekly meme! This week: The Worst Dads in literature (Plus, two dads well-deserving of being the best!)

Father’s Day is this Sunday. My husband looks forward to spending time with our children with his feet up and his favorite Mexican dish by his side. No questions asked. He’s a good husband and father. So, I have no issue paying tribute to him. I almost hate putting him anywhere near the list I’m making. But, I’ve known him for over twenty years and he serves as a total opposite to the “men” listed.


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10 Books From X Genre That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List

(Thanks to The Broke and The Bookish for hosting this weekly meme on Tuesdays!)

Books Glorious Books!

As a Book Dragon living without shame, I come across various books in a myriad of genres piquing my interest. Do I grab all of them? I wish. However, some of them find their place on my TBR eventually.

More books. Do they know me at all?

Here are ten with a new placement on my list:

Story of O Adult/Erotica – Everybody has their kink.

Akata Witch (Akata Witch, #1) Fantasy (I’m not a Fantasy fan, but when a title moves me, I read the book)

Out of the Easy Historical Fiction (I’m more of a modern historical fiction – 1950s to 1990s. This is set in 1950s New Orleans)

The Hearts We Sold Paranormal Fantasy (Girl makes deal with Devil. Sold)

The Summer that Melted Everything

Magical Realism (Boy comes to town and claims to be the Devil. I’m noticing a trend)

Bad Romance


The Gallery of Unfinished Girls

Magical Realism

The Boy in the Black Suit

Young Adult (Male protagonist. I don’t venture into the male point of view often)

I See London, I See France (I See London, I See France, #1)

New Adult (I don’t venture into this demographic category. New territory)

There's Someone Inside Your House

Young Adult/Horror

Well, these ten books seek to feed my addiction. Some I’ll read this summer and others I’ll get to eventually. We all have our favorite genres (Mine: Contemporary/Psychological Thrillers/YA). Branching out helps discover great stories and push our minds into uncharted territory.

What are ten books of any genre have you added to your TBR list?

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Top Ten Book Releases for 2017’s Second Half

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme I participate and created by The Broke and The Bookish. Today’s conversational topic: Your Top Ten Anticipated Releases during 2017’s Second Half.

I am an unapologetic . I create this list while I scan my summer’s TBR, staring me in the eye and laughing as it threatens to topple onto my floor. First-world problems.

Nevertheless, I plan to add to the book avalanche from the corner of my eye with the following releases. I possess no shame.

 I have no idea other than the cover. Yes, I did the unthinkable. I judged by cover alone. Release Date: July 25th

 I adore Ms. Senna’s previous works, I’ll follow her to the moon. Release date: August 1 (On pre-order)

 Based on Ms. Slaughter’s previous works and reputation, I plan to read this thriller. Release date: August 20th

 I have an ARC awaiting me. It looks suspenseful. Release date: August 22nd. 

 That title! Have I been there before? Release date: August 29th.

 Another title grabber! Release date: August 29th.

 Milly’s mother is a serial killer. Enough said. Where do I buy? Release date: September 5th.

 Last year, I read Ms Ng’s Everything I Never Told You, and while not the biggest fan (3/5), I’m willing to follow her to the next book. I sense more suburban and cultural isolation. Release September 12th.

 Three women and a car accident’s aftermath. Drama unfolds. Release date: September 12th.

 If you remember my top 10 about what makes me snatch a book, anything London grabs me. Along with the title, yeah, the location’s a winner. Release date: November 1st.

Looks like August takes the cake in anticipated releases. Will they pan out? My wallet and calendar hopes so. What are you anticipating during 2017’s second half? Share your list down below.

Do I share this fear? Impossible.

If you like the meme, feel free to share your link with The Broke and The Bookish and join the fun.

Happy Reading!