Top 5 Wednesday: Second Book is Best

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey on Youtube) as a way for book reviewers and lovers to share their love of lists every Wednesday. Check out the Goodreads group.

  1. Siege and Storm
  2. A Court of Mist and Fury
  3. Catching Fire
  4. The Dream Thieves
  5. The Winner’s Crime

There’s not much that can be said for this week’s Top 5. It’s Second Book is Best and all five of these titles speak for themselves by shining above the rest of their counterparts. Some considerably more than others though.

Do you agree with my choices? What would make your list?

Let me know in the comments below!

The Reading Quest ~ TBR

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Once again Aentee from Read at Midnight has crafted an enthralling readathon for book lovers far and wide to be a part of. It’s a video game inspired adventure called The Reading Quest that runs from August 13 through September 10. Check out the sign up post HERE and join in on all the fun!


There are two important things to note for this challenge. First there are four different paths to follow within the game and the one you follow is determined by character class. The four options are knight, bard, rogue, and mage and only you can choose which one suits your fancy.


The descriptions for each character are listed above and their color coordinated paths can be found below on the bingo board. Also note that the central blue squares are side quests that can be completed as well.


The other big thing to note is that points can be accumulated while reading/participating in the challenge. This allows you to gain experience and eventually level up your character. All those details can be found in the sign up post. I’ve chosen to begin my journey as a mage so check out what I’m reading below!


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Let me know in the comments if you’re participating too!

P.S. Huge shout out to Aentee for the wonderful graphics and CW at Read Think Ponder for the character art.

Book Review: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

DaughteroftheBurningCityDaughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

Published by Harlequin Teen on July 25, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 384 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear.

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Book Review: The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana

libraryoffatesThe Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana

Published by Razorbill on July 18, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Mythology

Pages: 354 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn’t enough.

The palace is soon under siege, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.

Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?

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Two Years Tackled: A Blogaversary & Giveaway


Guess what?

Hopeful Reads turns two today!

Can you believe it?

Two years of blogging fun and the book community have brought me so much joy at Hopeful Reads. As far as stats go there are 370 wonderful people following across WordPress, Email, and Bloglovin and I’ve made 510 posts with 11,728 total views. I’m truly so grateful for all the support.


My second year of blogging has brought on more challenges but just as much excitement. I truly love what I do here on this blog and don’t see myself giving it up anytime soon. Even going full time at the library hasn’t deterred me from posting regularly and I’m constantly in a literary loving mindset. I’ve even been putting more time into my Instagram and taking lots of pretty pictures.


I just want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for supporting the blog. The bookish community is an amazing place and I love being involved here. I appreciate all the feedback, interaction, comments, etc. that have been shared on my site and hope that it continues in the future. As a way of showing my unending gratitude check out the giveaway below.


For my two year blogaversary I’m offering up one book from Book Depository under $15. It’s INT if BD ships to you. I’ll also be hosting another giveaway on Twitter.


Thanks again for stopping by and supporting the blog!

P.S. Leave me your fave book recommendations in the comments below!

Waiting on Wednesday: Hunting Prince Dracula

“Waiting on” Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that highlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

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by Kerri Maniscalco

Publisher: Little, Brown & Company

Expected Date: September 19, 2017

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.

After reading Kerri Maniscalco’s debut, Stalking Jack the Ripper last year, I absolutely need Hunting Prince Dracula. It’s thrilling historical mystery with a heroine that’s smart and shrugs the status quo and I’m super pumped that this sequel is heading to Romania. Who wouldn’t be intrigued by Dracula? Also I totally need more swoon worthy moments with the one and only Thomas Cresswell!

Are you excited for Hunting Prince Dracula?

Let me know in the comments below!

July in Review ~ 2017


Welcome to my Month in Review!

Books I Read

(Including my vacation at the end of June)




Top Pick



Goodreads: 105/100

Rock My TBR: 10

Flights of Fantasy: 34/45

Diverse Reads: 23

PopSugar: 25/40

Pirate/Seafaring Related Books (just for fun): 9

Life, Etc.

I started July straight off a relaxing and enjoyable vacation visiting relatives and this feel good vibe carried throughout the entire month. Work continues to be busy with summer programming in full swing and there were quite a few tech driven programs that I got to be a part of. Plus plenty of changes are in the works which makes it an exciting time for our library.

I’m also super pumped as I’ve decided to attend BookNet Fest in Orlando at the beginning of September. I’ve never been to HP World and I cannot wait to get down there. Reading was pretty consistent throughout all of July and I was able to knock out a couple of backlist books. In terms of television, I’ve been rewatching Avatar: The Last Airbender and really need to catch up on all my shows before they return in the fall.

Next month I’ll be participating in ARC August and The Reading Quest!

So, how was your July? Are you attending BookNet Fest?

Let me know in the comments below!