TBR Thursday: Book Club, October 2022
Find out what Halloween read the book club has settled on for October (another witch book!), and maybe read along with us this month?
Book Club Review: The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna
Want a book with big “Cerulean Sea” vibes? Find out why we’d all recommend our book club selection for September in this week’s post!
TBR Thursday: Book Club, September 2022
Welcome to another Book Club edition of TBR Thursday! As you’ll remember from prior months, we each bring suggestions and decide together what we’re going to read next. This month we had two books on the table that had been previously suggested, one of which published on August 23rd, and our choice seemed really easy, … Read More
TBR Thursday: Jaelithe, 8/11/22
In this week’s TBR, Jaelithe has somehow ended up with a wide variety of YA and adult romance books, as well as a few fantasy and contemporary, plus one graphic novel.
Book Review: The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
Check out Jaelithe’s review of The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood, a delightful, slow-burn, contemporary romance with a bit of a science twist.
TBR Thursday: Book Club, August 2022
Happy TBR Thursday! We’ve followed our usual pattern this month by choosing our next Book Club book by consensus. Each month we bring suggestions and decide together what we’re going to read next. We enjoyed the witchy July book, but rejected another witchy book for August. We discussed possibly delving into a deep SciFi, but … Read More
Book Club Review: All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline O’Donoghue
Find out what we thought about our Book Club selection this month, All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline O’Donoghue. Hint: If you’re into witchy stuff, this might be a good book for you…
TBR Thursday: Jaelithe, 7/14/22
In this week’s TBR, Jaelithe expounds upon the “variety” of books (all with at least some fantasy element if they’re not just outright fantasy; all with a female protagonist) she’s reading. Give her your recommendations in the comments!
TBR Thursday: Jaelithe, 6/23/22
In Jaelithe’s TBR for the next few weeks you’ll find fantasy, historical fiction, and contemporary romance, among other things. Head over to the blog to find out more, and to share your TBR!
TBR Thursday: Book Club July 2022
Find out what ‘witchy’ story our book club is reading for July, and let us know in the comments if you are going to read along with us!
Book Club Review: Book Lovers by Emily Henry
Find out what the book club thought of Book Lovers by Emily Henry, and be sure to share your thoughts in the comments if you read along with us this month!
Book Review: Spy x Family manga by Tatsuya Endo
Take a journey with Jaelithe as she reviews a slightly different type of book series — the Spy x Family manga! Also, let her know in the comments if you have any manga series to recommend.
TBR Thursday: Book Club June 2022
Our Book Club TBR for June is Book Lovers by Emily Henry. Check out our post to find out more about the book, and if you’re interested in a relatively light read that is likely to be moderately full of romance, read along with us this month!
TBR Thursday: Jaelithe, 5/19/22
Lots of fantasy mythology books on Jaelithe’s TBR (no surprise there), a couple of contemporary retellings, and a few choices that might surprise you! Head over to the blog to find out, and to let us know what you’re reading this week!
Book Review: Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell
Check out another space opera that Jaelithe loved in this week’s book review post. And while you’re there, drop your space opera recommendations in the comments — she’s always looking for more!
TBR Thursday: Book Club May 2022
Check out what the book club is reading for May in this TBR Thursday post!
Book Club Review: The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake
Head over to the blog to find out what we thought of our book club read for April, The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake. And while you’re there, let us know who you’d pick for elimination if you were one of the six…
TBR Thursday: Jaelithe, 4/21/22
Quite a few second, third, or seventh books in a series on Jaelithe’s TBR this week, along with some books in worlds to which she is completely new. Head over to the blog to check out the sci-fi, fantasy, and alternate history that she has on tap for the next few weeks…
Series Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
In this review of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco, Jaelithe makes her case and asks you to decide: should she read the fourth book or not? Head over to the comments section to cast your vote!
TBR Thursday: Book Club April 2022
Happy TBR Thursday! As we’ve mentioned in other book club TBR posts, we choose our books by consensus — we each bring suggestions and decide together what we’re going to read next. This time, we had a clear winner in our selection because we all love a good secret society magic tournament. Our book club … Read More
Book Club Review: These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan
Head over to the blog to find out what we thought of our March book club read, These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan, and let us know what you thought in the comments!
TBR Thursday: Jaelithe, 3/24/22
Weighing in with a surprisingly light (for her) list, Jaelithe shares the fantasy, sci-fi, and even more fantasy books she has currently queued up in this week’s TBR Thursday.
“Enemies to Lovers” Trope
Head over to the blog to find out why Jaelithe has been reading enemies to lovers books this week, and to learn some of her favorites. While you’re there, share your favorites in the comments!
TBR Thursday: Jaelithe, 3/3/22
Find out what’s on Jaelithe’s TBR this week (mostly mystery, fantasy, and sci-fi, to no one’s surprise), and drop a comment to let us know what you’re reading right now!
TBR Thursday: Book Club March 2022
Find out what “sexy, action-packed” fantasy book is our book club pick for March in this week’s TBR Thursday. You’ll also find out which book we almost picked, literally based on the toss of a coin…
Book Club Review: The Lighthouse Witches by C. J. Cooke
Our book club read for February was The Lighthouse Witches by C.J. Cooke. Head over to the blog to find out what we all thought of it, and let us know in the comments if you’ve read it as well!
Book Review: Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
Head over to the blog to find out what Jaelithe thought of Skyward by Brandon Sanderson in this (mostly) spoiler-free review. If you’ve already read this one, hop into the comments section — she needs someone to discuss it with!
TBR Thursday: Jaelithe, 2/3/22
Head over to the blog to take bets on whether Jaelithe can actually finish her TBR in the next three weeks — it’s full of fantasy, mystery, historical fiction, contemporary, and non-fiction selections. And let us know in the comments what you’re reading this week!
Book Review: Fortune Favors the Dead by Stephen Spotswood
Do you love detective stories? Check out Jaelithe’s review of Fortune Favors the Dead by Stephen Spotswood, where she compares this new series to an updated Nero Wolfe while enjoying the 1940s atmosphere.
TBR Thursday: Book Club February 2022
Find out what our book club has chosen for our February read in this week’s TBR Thursday. If you like, you can read along with us and put in your two cents in the comments when we post the book club discussion wrap up!
Book Club Review: Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
For our January book club, we read Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor. In this spoiler-free post we discussed why we loved it, or not, and whether we’re going to read the next book in the series.
TBR Thursday: Jaelithe, 1/6/22
What is Jaelithe reading to start off the new year? Check out her TBR list, full of fantasy, sci-fi, non-fiction, historical fiction, and even a neo-western, in this post, and let us know what’s on your TBR list in the comments!
2021 Top 3 Book lists
What were your favorite books of 2021? Check out this week’s post to find out Amy’s, Aubrie’s, and Jaelithe’s top 3 (ish) books that they read in 2021, and let us know your picks in the comments!
Reasons NOT to Use a Thesaurus
If he’s not even a king, how did they choose that title? Head over to the blog to find out what Jaelithe discovered about the use of a thesaurus while reading a cheesy romance holiday gift!
TBR Thursday: Jaelithe, 12/9/21
Determined to finish her 2021 book challenge, Jaelithe has two dragon books and two social justice books on this week’s TBR, plus some fantasy, some mystery, and some romance. Head over to the blog to check it out, and let us know what’s on your TBR this week!
2021 Book Challenge December Check-in: Jaelithe
With December upon us, Jaelithe takes the opportunity for another check in on her 2021 Reading Challenge progress. Will you be surprised by the two she still has left to finish? Head over to let us know how you’re doing on your reading challenge list for the year!
TBR Thursday: Jaelithe, 11/18/21
Even though she’s in a last minute scramble to finish a book before book club, Jaelithe has still managed to fill her TBR with a bunch of audiobooks and graphic novels. Check out her list in this week’s TBR Thursday!
Book Review: Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao
This week, Jaelithe shares her thoughts on Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao (a book about which the author said “ENFORCE YOUR LAST PATHETIC GENDER ROLE, PATRIARCHY”). Head over to the blog to read all about it!
TBR Thursday: Jaelithe, 10/28/21
On her TBR this week, Jaelithe has a variety of fantasy, space opera, and nonfiction, most with strong themes of female power. Head over to the blog to find out what she’s reading, and to share your own TBR list!
Spoiler-Free Series Review: Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend
This week, Jaelithe explains why she thinks everyone who loves fantasy should read the middle-grade Nevermoor series (Morrigan Crow), even if you usually behave like an adult.
TBR Thursday: Jaelithe, 10/07/21
In this week’s TBR, Jaelithe once again bites off more than she can chew with mysteries, fantasy, contemporaries, and a classic. Come check it out, and let us know in the comments what you’re reading this week!
Spoiler-free Review: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
What? Jaelithe actually read a historical fiction about WWI / WWII? Find out what she thought about this surprising (for her) non-fantasy read in this week’s spoiler-free review.
TBR Thursday: Jaelithe, 9/16/21
On her TBR this week, Jaelithe has a wide range including fantasy, sci-fi, non-fiction, historical fiction, romance, and contemporary, with a surprising amount of King Arthur. (And some of them aren’t even YA!)
Confessions of an eReader Convert
Can it be? Is Jaelithe actually reading…ebooks? Come find out why, and why she’ll never entirely give up print books, in this week’s post.
TBR Thursday: Jaelithe, 8/26/21
Jaelithe is ‘booked’ for the next few weeks with a long TBR featuring fantasy (vampires, fae, and storm singers, oh my!), historical fiction (world wars, anyone?), and murder mystery (because, of course). Any of these on your list?
Book Review: It Ends in Fire by Andrew Shvarts
Magical boarding school with a dark academia aesthetic? That is a firm ‘yes’ from Jaelithe. Head over to the blog to find out what she thought of It Ends in Fire by Andrew Shvarts.
TBR Thursday: Jaelithe, 8/5/21
Lots of magic, not so much murder this week in Jaelithe’s TBR. Okay, a little murder. Come check out what she’s reading, and let us know what’s on your TBR this week!
Those pesky stars again
More on star ratings this week, as Jaelithe takes a deeper dive into why she never gives a book just one star. How about you? Come talk to us in the comments about your feelings on star ratings.
TBR Thursday: Jaelithe, 7/15/21
This week, Jaelithe’s TBR is full of fantasy and sci fi (no surprise there), plus some great writing advice. Head over to the blog to check it out, and let us know what you’re reading this week!
Spoiler-free Review: The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
In a spoiler-free review of The Thursday Murder Club, Jaelithe geeks out about character, mystery, and Britishness, all while passive-aggressively responding to Goodreads comments. Come check it out!
TBR Thursday: Jaelithe, 6/24/21
Though she’s still on a mystery kick this week, Jaelithe’s TBR also includes a few fantasies. Come find out what’s on her list for the next few weeks, and let us know what you’re reading!
2021 Book Challenge Check-in: Jaelithe
How are you doing on the 2021 Book Challenge? Head over to the blog to see Jaelithe’s mid-year check-in and offer some recommendations for the categories she’s still missing…
TBR Thursday: Jaelithe, 06/03/21
Jaelithe’s TBR this week is so full of mystery and murder that she might literally turn into an Agatha Christie character. Head over to the blog to find out which ones, as well as what sci-fi and contemporary books made the list.
How to make a reader cringe in just a few short words
Do you have a particular squick when it comes to reading? Maybe it’s a character stereotype or an overused plot device? For some readers, it’s the way the words in the story are put together. Head over to the blog to find out what cliched words and phrases make Jaelithe cringe, and to enjoy her completely invented examples of same…
TBR Thursday: Jaelithe, 5/13/21
If you’re as sad as Jaelithe that she finished the Vorkosigan Saga, there’s no need to worry. Between the stack on her bedside table and the Overdrive holds that have come in, she has quite a variety of books to keep her going for the next few weeks…
Book Review: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
Check out Jaelithe’s review of a fantasy novel about a younger son who finds himself inheriting the throne in chapter one. Have you read this one? Head over to the blog to find out more…
TBR Thursday: Jaelithe, 4/22/21
In this week’s TBR, Jaelithe justifies her reading slow down with a Thanksgiving analogy, and produces an unusually short (for her) list. Head over to the blog to find out what she’s reading this week!
Book Review: A Complicated Love Story Set in Space by Shaun David Hutchinson
Looking for gay teen romance in space, but with even more complications? Look no further! Find out more about this brilliant book and why Jaelithe thinks you should read it in her spoiler-free review.
TBR Thursday: Jaelithe, 4/1/21
Is it an April Fool’s joke? Or did Jaelithe select ALL teen romance on her TBR this week? Check out the list and judge for yourself.
I just started reading a new Space Opera series and I can’t stop talking about it.
She’s done it again. Jaelithe is reading a new series and she’s on a tear about how great it is. Come on over to the blog to find out what space opera she’s reading, and why she thinks you might like to try it…
TBR Thursday: Jaelithe, 3/11/21
In her TBR this week, Jaelithe has two leftovers, three new graphic novels, and six audiobooks. Will she ever read any more non-fiction? Which sci-fi will she choose first? Did any fantasy books make the list? Come on over to the blog to find out!
Book Review: Midwinter Murder by Agatha Christie
Looking for a good mystery? Jump over to the blog to find out what Jaelithe thought of a new collection of short mystery stories by the queen of the genre.
TBR Thursday: Jaelithe, 2/18/21
Though she swears she is not only reading second books in series’ this week, Jaelithe certainly has a bunch on her TBR. Pop over to the blog to find out which fantasy books and series made the list, as well as what historical fiction book is on her TBR this week!
Book Review: The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
Step back in time to a childhood favorite that Jaelithe is currently re-reading with her own children. Will it surprise you to learn that it involves a woman with a sword who fights dragons? Head over to the blog to read more about this Newberry Medal winner you may have missed.
TBR Thursday: Jaelithe, 1/28/2021
This week, Jaelithe’s TBR includes finishing a couple of books she has been putting off, and moving forward on a few exciting series that she has been anticipating. Come find out which ones over at the blog!
Book Review: A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
Will you be surprised to hear that Jaelithe is reading another book set at a boarding school? Head over to the blog to find out what she thought about A Deadly Education (Scholomance #1) by Naomi Novik.
TBR Thursday: Jaelithe, 1/7/21
On Jaelithe’s TBR this week you’ll find more fantasy, contemporary and historical, as well as mystery, and even a romance. Come find out what Netflix series inspired one of her reading choices this week!
My Book Year in Review: Jaelithe
One of the reasons Goodreads is so delightful is that they compile a great ‘year in review’ for you. This week, Jaelithe shares highlights from her reading year in our third year in review post.
TBR Thursday: Jaelithe, 12/17/20
Check out Jaelithe’s TBR this week to find out what contemporary fantasy has finally made it into her hands, where she is in a couple of series, what YA mystery/thriller is on her list, and why she’s reading a history book. (Yep, history!)
Book Review: Ink & Sigil by Kevin Hearne
Check out Jaelithe’s review of a book she won in a Goodreads giveaway (turns out, people actually do win those!), Ink & Sigil by Kevin Hearne.
TBR Thursday: Jaelithe, 11/26/20
One of the great things about Thanksgiving is that it makes it a lovely long weekend for book reading! Come check out what’s on Jaelithe’s TBR for the week. (Fantasy, contemporary, and even a non-fiction!)
Thanks, Penguin! For real, though… thanks.
When Jaelithe got a package in the mail from @penguinrandom this week, her heart beating in happy anticipation, it was the end of a giveaway that turned into a bit of a journey. Find out why over on the blog!
TBR Thursday: Jaelithe, 11/5/20
On her current TBR, Jaelithe is finishing a couple of trilogies, rereading a quadrilogy, and is excited about a couple of standalones. Come check out what she’s reading during NaNoWriMo month!
Spoiler-free Book Review: Invictus by Ryan Graudin
Come find out why Jaelithe just HAD to read Invictus by Ryan Graudin in this spoiler-free book review. (Hint: it has something to do with #NaNoWriMo…)
TBR Thursday: Jaelithe, 10/15/20
Though she has met her Goodreads goal for the year, that’s not slowing Jaelithe down. Come check out what’s on her TBR stack (physical and virtual) this week!
Book Review: Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon
No surprise to say that Jaelithe has been reading YA this week, and she has a a few ideas to share about contemporary YA romance Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon.
TBR Thursday: Jaelithe, 9/24/20
Lots of book twos and threes in this week’s TBR as Jaelithe catches up on a few series she’s been following, as well as a couple of standalones, with a mix of Middle Grade, YA, and Adult stories in a variety of genres. Head over to the blog to let her know if you’ve read any of them, and what you thought!
Happy Anniversary, Infinite Distractions!
To celebrate the first anniversary of Infinite Distractions, Amy, Aubrie, and Jaelithe reflect on some of their favorites out of the 80+ posts they wrote this past year.
Series Review: The LIFEL1K3 Trilogy by Jay Kristoff
Sci-fi? Check. Battle between mega-corporations that represent nature and robotics? Check. Written by Jay Kristoff? Count Jaelithe in. Find out what she loved, and what she didn’t, about the Lifel1k3 trilogy.
TBR Thursday: Jaelithe, 8/27/20
This week, Jaelithe is reading fantasy (no surprise) and contemporary, and she’s just gotten hold of a book she can’t wait to start! Come find out what it is…
Book Review: Shadow Falls Series by C.C. Hunter
Ghosts and werewolves and vampires, oh my! Get the low down on the first couple of books in the Shadow Falls series by C.C. Hunter. Will Jaelithe continue with the series into book 3? Read the post to find out!
TBR Thursday: Jaelithe, 08/06/20
This week, in addition to assorted other books, Jaelithe is plowing through The Great Library series, plus she’s reading three non-fiction books. Surprised? So were we. Check out the post to find out what non-fantasy books have captured her attention.
Book Review: Beach Read by Emily Henry
Saw all the hype about Beach Read by Emily Henry and you’re wondering if it’s for you? Or maybe you’ve read it and want to see what someone else thought? Come check out Jaelithe’s (mostly spoiler-free) review of this love letter to writing, women’s fiction, and happy endings.
TBR Thursday: Jaelithe, 7/16/20
This week, Jaelithe reveals the physical books, audiobooks, and even a graphic novel that are stacked on her TBR pile. There’s the usual fantasy contingent, but you may be surprised by some of her other choices…
Graphic Novels for Middle Grade Readers and Beyond
Do you know any middle grade / YA readers who love graphic novels? Or maybe any who don’t love reading, but haven’t tried graphic novels? Check out this list, compiled by Jaelithe’s middle grade children.
All The Dads
This week, in honor of the holiday, we’ve ruminated on dads, books, and book dads. Happy Father’s Day to all dads out there, readers and non-readers alike.
TBR Thursday: Jaelithe, 6/11/20
Jaelithe didn’t realize just how many books the library would give her once they reopened, and she’s enjoying the heck out of this massive TBR stack! Thanks to the staff at @smfpl for getting things moving again.
Spoiler-free Book Review: Royals by Rachel Hawkins
Need a light, fun read to keep you going? Jaelithe has a recommendation for you in this week’s spoiler-free review. As a bonus, find out some of the best lines she texted to Amy and Aubrie while she was reading…
TBR Thursday: Jaelithe, 5/21/20
This week, Jaelithe will be listening to a bunch of books ranging from dystopian YA to contemporary romance to fantasy. Plus one bonus ebook. Check it out!
Literary Moms That We Love
In honor of mother’s day this week, we’re celebrating some of our favorite literary moms (hint: Molly Weasly features pretty heavily in the discussion).
Book Review: Books of Babel series by Josiah Bancroft
She finally did it! Jaelithe checked The Hod King, one of her long(ish)-standing TBRs, off of the list and she’s ready to share her thoughts. TL;DR: Totally worth it!
TBR Thursday: Jaelithe, 4/23/20
Got any long-term TBR books that you just can’t seem to finish? In this week’s TBR Thursday Jaelithe reveals her list and makes a bunch of excuses for why they’ve been on her Goodreads “currently reading” list for so long.
The Capsule Episode
Have you missed a few of our weekly posts? No worries. Instead of your regularly scheduled TBR Thursday, today we’re bringing you a capsule episode full of flashbacks and fun commentary! [Fade in on computer screen where three faces seem to be enjoying a video conference. Sure, you want to see a big, beautiful set, … Read More
You Can’t Love ’em All
Ever thought you should love a book because everyone else does, but when you finally picked it up you didn’t understand the hype? In this week’s post Amy, Aubrie, and Jaelithe share some of the books they just couldn’t love.
Spoiler-free Book Review: Fred the Vampire Accountant series by Drew Hayes
Not your typical vampire story! Find out what Jaelithe loved about the Fred the Vampire Accountant series by Drew Hayes, and why she is now picturing David Sedaris as a vampire.
TBR Thursday: Jaelithe, 3/26/20
On Jaelithe’s TBR this week you’ll find fantasy, fantasy, and more fantasy! Check out which trilogies and quadrilogies she’s working through at the moment…
Book Review: The Diviners by Libba Bray
Creepy? Yes. In a good way? Absolutely! Find out what Jaelithe thought of The Diviners by Libba Bray, the first in a creeptastic series set in the roaring 20s that makes delightful use of mysticism, cults, boogeymen, and more!
TBR Thursday: Jaelithe, 3/5/20
Fantasy and SciFi abound in this week’s TBR Thursday, where Jaelithe shares what she’s currently reading (and listening to), and what’s next on her list.
Series Review: Once Upon a Con by Ashley Poston
“Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.” Raise your hand if, like Jaelithe, you have a soft spot for a great fairy tale retelling. Find out what made these stories extra enjoyable in this spoiler-free review!