Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Spring TBR


Until I started blogging, I never wrote down my To Be Read List.  I did for the first time this winter, and I was actually pretty good at sticking to it (with a few additions depending on my mood).  I made a good dent in my pile, and read a bunch of books that have been on my list for a long time.  This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme from That Artsy Reader Girl is Books on my Spring TBR, so here are my first 10 additions to my Spring TBR, a good mix of Review Requests, ARC’s, and books from my overall TBR list!


Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch


War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

Daisy Jones by Mack Mama

Practicing Normal by Cara Sue Achterberg

We Other by Sue Bentley

Full Circle by Regina Timothy

Strange Secrets by Mike Russell

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah Review

the-great-alone-kristin-hannahGoodreads Summary:  Alaska, 1974.
Unpredictable. Unforgiving. Untamed.
For a family in crisis, the ultimate test of survival.

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if it means following him into the unknown

At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers. In a wild, remote corner of the state, they find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the Allbrights’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources.

But as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves.

In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty and resilience, Kristin Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer and the spirit of a vanishing Alaska―a place of incomparable beauty and danger. The Great Alone is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love and loss, the fight for survival, and the wildness that lives in both man and nature.

My Thoughts: She does it again.  This book is fabulous.  I went into it having no idea what to expect, other than that I have loved every other book by Kristin Hannah.  I was captivated by the premise, and as soon as they made it to Alaska, I was hooked. The way Hannah has of creating real and flawed characters that burrow their way into your heart is unparalleled for me.  I immediately connected with Leni and her family, and felt for their struggles.  I think her mother, Cora, was my favorite.  She was so complex, and I really think that Hannah did an amazing job in creating a vessel for this extremely complicated and difficult subject matter.  All of the characters were wonderfully vivid and unique, and helped to establish the vibrancy of Alaska, which might as well have been a character itself.  The setting was so beautifully fleshed out in great detail and it felt alive.  The time period played such a huge role in the development of the story, from the small pop culture references to the bigger issues, like a woman not being able to get a credit card without her father or husband to sign off on it, or the lack of diagnosis for PTSD.  In another time, the story would have played out very differently.  There was a deep intensity and an underlying sense of foreboding throughout the entire book, and it kept me riveted all the way to the final page, where I was sobbing like a little baby (as her books tend to make me do).  So thank you Kristin Hannah for once again grabbing  hold of my heart and pulling it into your story, where I feel a part of it still is.

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Book Blogger Insider Tag

Happy Thursday bookworms! I was tagged by the lovely Jessica at Reading With Jessica to do the Book Blogger Insider Tag!  Make sure you check out her answers and her blog too! ❤

1. Answer the questions below
2. Credit the creator Jamie @ALittleSliceofJamie
3. Tag at least 5 people
4. Have fun!

1. Where do you typically write your blog posts?

On my lap top, usually either in bed or in my living room.

2. How long does it generally take you to write a book review? 

Probably between 30-60 minutes depending on the book.  Some books are easy to gush/complain about.  It’s the middle grounders that take a little more thought.

3. When did you start your book blog? 

April 2017- I was feeling in a bit of a rut during audition season in NYC, and I needed a creative outlet other than theatre to put some positive energy and thought into.

4. What is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion? 

Feeling pressured to read certain books that have a lot of hype, even though they don’t appeal to me at all.

5. What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion? 

The book blogging community is incredible.  I love seeing what every one says and thinks, and I have discovered so many books that I never would have known about without blogging.

6. What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far? 

My 2017 Bookish Overview.  2017 was my first year of blogging, and I had so much fun looking over the whole year and everything I accomplished.

7. What is your favorite type of blog post to write? 

I love doing my monthly Broadway Book Chat.  It’s always fun to see what my friends are reading and get some insight into their show shenanigans.  I also really do enjoy writing book reviews.

8. When do you typically write? 

I’m all over the place.  Lately since I’m doing a show, I write at night in bed, but usually it’s just whenever I can find some time to sit down and focus.

9. Do you review every book you read? 

No.  I got to a point where I just wanted to be able to enjoy reading for the sake of reading, so I only review books where I feel like I actually have something to say.

10. How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled with your fur baby? 

I almost always have coffee or tea (usually coffee) with me while I write, and when I’m home in NYC, I usually have my roommate next to me to bounce ideas off of and to tell me when I sound stupid.  Thanks Joey ❤

11. When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the book? Two weeks after finishing the book? 

It depends.  I usually let my thoughts marinate a bit before writing a review.  There have been a few times where I hastily review something and then after thinking about it change my mind.  I try to keep a good log of notes while reading so that I have things to look back on when I decide to write the reviews.

12. How often do you post? 

Since this past December, I post every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.  I found it was a lot harder to stick to my schedule when I started working on another show, but I was able to do it with the exception of one missed Saturday (that I still feel guilty about).


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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Surprised Me


Today is my 100th post on Reading in the Wings! Yay! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme from That Artsy Reader Girl is: Ten Books That Surprised Me.  Here are my picks:


I was given a copy of Prism by Nina Walker in return for an honest review, and I was surprised by how much LOVED it.  I can’t get enough of these characters and this series, and I’m dying for the next book.


I had heard good things about this book before reading it, but I honestly didn’t know what to expect.  It floored me.  I am obsessed with it, and everyone needs to read it right now.


I was so luke-warm about Practical Magic, so I was definitely surprised by how much I fell in love with this prequel.


The ending of this book PUT ME THROUGH IT.  I had no idea what was going to happen and it was sooooo good.


I was excited about this book, but it was so much better than I expected.  I was surprised by its world building, character development, and exciting, well-written plot.  I’m a huge fan.


When I read what happened in this book, I literally threw it across the room in anger.  I’m glad I kept reading, but I was NOT expecting that plot twist.


Speaking of plot twists… this book had my jaw on the floor. No words.


I still can’t believe how much this book surprised me.  I expected it to be a dumb fluffy YA book, but I ended up crying and loving every minute of it.


I was very underwhelmed by A Court of Thorns and Roses, so I had lower expectations for this one…. boy was I wrong.  It ended up being my favorite book of the year.


I don’t normally read Sci-fi, I tend to stick to the fantasy side of the genre, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this one.

What were your biggest book surprises? Let me know in the comments! Happy Top Ten Tuesday!

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell Review

23734628Goodreads Summary: Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On – The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story – but far, far more monsters.

My Thoughts: This book was everything I wanted and more.  I had heard great things about it, but it surpassed my expectations.  I started reading it late at night before bed which was a huge mistake, because I could not stop reading.  I loved how it poked fun at Harry Potter, and almost seemed like fan-fiction, but in the best way.  The world of magic was so creative, clever, and hilarious, and everything was incredibly developed and fresh.  It made so much sense to me and was really realistic.  (Words have power. DUH!)  It was interesting to join them in their final year at school, instead of in the beginning like most other stories.  Learning about everything that had happened up to that point was fun and surprising, and added so much character development.  I fell in love with the characters, Baz especially, and each of their voices in narration were specific, witty, and just plain enjoyable.  The different points of view worked really well in moving the story along.  The plot was addicting, and I sped through to find out what was going to happen to my favorite characters.  I could gush about this book forever.  The minute it was over I wanted to re-read it.  It was funny, sweet, exciting and magical in every possible way.

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Currently Reading Tag

I saw The Currently Reading Tag on Boston Book Reader’s blog, and it looked like fun.  I love seeing other people’s reading habits!

How many books do you usually read at once?

I’ve been trying to stick to one at a time, but I’m usually always reading Harry Potter in addition to my current read…

If you’re reading more than one book at a time, how do you decide when to switch books?

I’m such a mood reader, so whatever I feel like reading at a certain time.

Do you ever switch bookmarks while you’re partway through a book?

Only if I lose my current one.

Where do you keep the book(s) you’re currently reading?

Either in my backpack/purse or next to my bed.

What time of day do you spend the most time reading? 

During my commute on the subway.  I’m on the train for AT LEAST 2 hours every day, if not more.  Otherwise I read at night in the bath tub.

How long do you typically read in one sitting?

It changes.  I would say typically about an hour.

Do you read hardbacks with the dust jacket on or off?

Mostly off, especially since I read in the bath tub a lot.

What position do you mainly use to read?

I am constantly moving to get comfortable.

Do you take the book you’re currently reading with you everywhere you go?

Yes.  I never leave home without a book.

How often do you update your Goodreads progress on the book you’re currently reading? 

Pretty much after every reading session.  I’m kind of hooked on it.

I tag anyone who hasn’t already done this tag 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Favorite Book Quotes


It’s our favorite time of the week, Top Ten Tuesday!  This week’s theme from That Artsy Reader Girl is Favorite Book Quotes.  I probably could have done an entire post of Harry Potter quotes, but I limited myself to three 🙂 Here are 10 of my favorite book quotes.  Most inspire me, some just really affected me when I read them.

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” — Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

“I would always rather be happy than dignified.” Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

“Know that the only remedy for love is to love more.” The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.”Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

“Perhaps the most dangerous people in the world are the ones who believe in right and wrong but what they ascribe to as “right” and “wrong” is completely insane. They are bad with the conviction that they are good. That idea is the impetus behind evil.” The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill

“After all, tomorrow is another day!” Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

“If you’re serious about changing your life, you’ll find a way. If you’re not, you’ll find an excuse.” You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling

“We’ve all got both light and dark inside us.  What matters most is the part we choose to act on.  That’s who we really are.” Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling

What are your favorite quotes? Do you agree with my choices? Let me know in the comments! 🙂


Blog Tour: The Torcian Chronicles: Defiance by P.J. Reed

Torcian Chronicle

TorcianChronicles_CVR_LRGSummary: Mesham sits dejectedly in a tiny garret above an inn, as the lands of Torcia fall to the magically-enhanced army of the infamous Mivirian Horde. One of the last surviving ancient warlocks of Torcia, Mesham knows he is marked for death.

The Torcian king knocks on Mesham’s door later that evening and offers him the chance of rejuvenation in return for a seemingly impossible mission into the heart of Mivir. Mesham reluctantly agrees, only to realise the evil of Mivir has spread to the very top of the Torcian government.

As Mesham undertakes his quest to complete the mission, he finds himself hunted by his king, by the mighty Torcian warbands, and by the Horde.

But he cannot fail, for the fate of Mesham’s beloved Torcia rests in his hands.

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About the Author

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P.J. Reed

P.J. Reed – Writer of warlocks and other magical creatures.

P.J. Reed is a writer and poet from England. She holds a BAEd from Canterbury Christ Church University and an MA from Bradford University. She has been widely published in anthologies and collections.

P.J. Reed currently lives in Devon, with a handful of teenagers, one feral cat and a dog called Fizz.

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Monthly Wrap-Ups

February 2018 Wrap-Up

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February was a crazy month for me! I started rehearsals for Guys and Dolls at the Fulton Theatre in Pennsylvania! Due to the fact that I’ve been super busy learning a new show and bonding with my amazing new cast mates, my reading and blogging has slowed down a bit.  I still managed to read a few books, and only missed one Saturday post!

Books Read:


Favorite Book of the Month:


Currently Reading:


Challenge Updates:

Goodreads Challenge: 11 of 50

A to Z Challenge: 5 of 26 (O, N)

Classics Club: 2 of 50 (Once again failed to read anything for this one…)

Broadway Book Chat: Synthia Link from Frozen on Broadway


February Reviews

 • The Oathing Stone by J.Z.N. McCauley • The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill • Nature of the Witch by Helen T. Noorwood Blog Tour •

February Posts

Top 10 Tuesday: Books That Have Been on my TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t ReadDreams Do Come True-Meeting My Favorite Author • Top 10 Tuesday: Literary Couples I Love to Love • Superlatives Book Tag • Top 10 Tuesday: Books I’m No Longer Interested in Reading • Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Could Re-read Forever •

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Could Re-Read Forever


These past two weeks have been crazy! I am in rehearsal for Guys and Dolls at The Fulton Theatre, so I haven’t had much reading or blogging time.  I didn’t have a chance to get a review out on Saturday, but hopefully I’ll be able to get back on track with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday from That Artsy Reader Girl: Books I Could Re-Read Forever!  I am not a big re-reader, but there are a select few books that I could read a million times.


All of the Harry Potter books.  They’re really the only books I re-read, and I usually read them every year.  This year will be the 8th time I’ve read the series, and I never plan on stopping.


Immediately after finishing this book, I knew that I would want to re-read it.  I’m sad that I read it as a library book and don’t own it.


I love Shel Silverstein and his poems just make my heart happy.


My favorite book of all time (Harry Potter not included).  I gave it to my boyfriend for Christmas last year, and I secretly would steal it to re-read some chapters.  I definitely need to give this one a full re-read soon.


The Sookie Stackhouse series.  I have one book left, and I am not ready for it to be over… but I can tell you that I will definitely re-read this series.


This book made me like classic literature, and I am definitely due for a re-read.  One of my favorites.


These books just fill my soul up.  I love the characters so much.


I just fell in love with this book.  It gave me a book hangover, and the feeling of love and hope it gave me, lets me know that I could re-read it over and over and it would still give me the same feelings.


When Meg Cabot released Royal Wedding in 2015, I freaked out.  I was so excited to get back to Mia’s life.  This series makes me feel so warm and fuzzy, and I will never get tired of it.


The theatre business kicks your butt, and this book always helps me to get back on track.


What are your favorite re-reads?  Let me know in the comments 🙂 Happy Top Ten Tuesday everybody!