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My Weird (Possibly Deadly) Dinner Party List

The Dinner List

The Dinner List

By: Rebecca Serle

Grade: C

I picked up The Dinner List from Book of the Month. The story is about a girl whose birthday dinner actually becomes a living answer to that whole make a list of the 5 People You’d Most Want to Dine with. Audrey Hepburn included.

Honestly, the book was okay. Pretty meh. It’s got a love story and says some nice things about life and loss by the end. But I was just hoping for so much more. It does however give me a perfect excuse to the The Dinner Party Tag! Which I naturally couldn’t keep just literary.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Crooked Kingdom


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine all about upcoming book releases that you are highly anticipating.

I love anticipating books and movies and shows. Love it. There’s all the hopefulness before they break your heart. Crooked Kingdom (September 27th) is top of the book anticipation list for me this year. You know, unless a certain author who shall not be named drops a date on a certain winter and Westeros related tome. 🙂

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Favorites of 2016 (So Far…)


Top Ten Favorites of 2016

So far:

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

I realize a few of these might have been released last year but I read them in 2016 so hey, I’m counting it:

The City of Mirrors

Queen of Hearts

If I Was Your Girl


Rat Queens Volumes 1-3

(Although with this one I’d put volumes one and two in favorites and three somewhere decidedly down the list 🙂 )



This one was a lovely surprise how much I liked it and actually yeah, this is in my top three!

Leaving only:

Six of Crows

Wolf by Wolf

These two are definitely sitting on top my list of favorites. Beautifully written worlds, great characters and storylines with lots of depth and tension.

I was just thinking the other day how I’m getting so tired of series and how sometimes even when I enjoy the first book by the time the next one rolls around I feel like I’m over it or just not interested anymore.

Not these two. Sequels are coming this fall which I am eagerly awaiting!

I know that’s not ten but it’s definitely the best of the best on my list. But the second half of the year promises even more book goodies!


Six of Crows


Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Grade: A!

This book was on my list for the longest time and I was like, “I’ll get to it eventually. Probably.” And then for some reason I had to have the hard back edition with the black-lined edges on the paper. So pretty.

Kaz is the leader of a group of youths who undertake an impossible heist mission that will make their fortunes and get them out of some very dicey situations. This is a multiple point of view novel not just Kaz but also his right-hand girl Inej, Nina and Matthias who have an interesting and very frought story and Jesper, the troubled funny gambler of the group.

The stakes are high. The mission is intense enough to hold interest throughout. But it was the characters that I really loved. I liked every single one of them and wanted them all to succeed and live and get what they wanted and they all really want different things. This was also more my cup of tea in the romance department. Harsh reality and nothing shoved down your throat but people who actually seem to (at least try) to be accepting of the imperfections of the other and like each other for who they are. And they aren’t perfect.

This book is set in the same world as Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy which I’ve never so much as cracked the spine of and I don’t think you really have to. I understood everything. Excellent world-building- you can follow along more than easily enough. Though I did get the impression from the ending some elements could become more involved in future books.

I must admit my enjoyment of this book makes me want to check out the Grisha Trilogy. Also on the plus side not reading it right away means I only have to wait a couple of months for the next one!

Recommend: Yes. Great characters, world-builing and a fun heist that reminded me a little of the great Hollywood heist films. Butch and Sundance, Sneakers and Ocean’s Eleven being among my favorites.