Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge for August 10, 2022

Each Wednesday, Long and Short Reviews hosts a weekly “blog hop”. For more details on how to participate, please click here.

Today’s topic is: Thoughts on Fan Fiction

Top Ten Tuesday: Hilarious Book Titles


Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

I love humorous book titles, especially if they’re zany! Here are some great ones.

1. Everything I Needed to Know about Women I Learned by Reading Twilight: A Vampire’s Guide to Eternal Love by Jim Lee

2. Fancy Coffins to Make Yourself by Dale Power

3. Zombie Sharks with Metal Teeth by Stephen Graham Jones

4. Whatever You Do, Don’t Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide by Peter Allison

5. Death by Haggis by Jay Cutts

6. How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf (Naked Werewolf, #1) by Molly Harper

7. Unicorns Are Jerks: A Coloring Book Exposing the Cold, Hard, Sparkly Truth by Theo Nicole Lorenz

8. It Ended Badly: Thirteen of the Worst Breakups in History by Jennifer Wright

9. How to Hold a Crocodile by Firefly Books

10. Reusing Old Graves: A Report on Popular British Attitudes by Douglas J. Davies

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge for August 3, 2022

Each Wednesday, Long and Short Reviews hosts a weekly “blog hop”. For more details on how to participate, please click here.

Today’s topic is: Weirdest Food you Love

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set In a Place I’d Love to Visit (real places or fictional)

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

Since traveling isn’t possible for me at the moment (kids, pets, COVID, the usual), I’ll stick to traveling via the books I’m reading.

Places I’d like to visit that I discovered in books:

The Continent from Andrezej Sapkowski’s The Witcher series.  I’d love to meet elves, dwarves, and of course, Jaskier!

Icewind Dale, home to Drizzt Do’Urden, Bruenor Battlehammer, and more interesting characters.

Romania.  This has been featured in many books, but Mark Edwards’ Follow You Home really reawakened the urge to visit.  Just as long as nothing insane happens to me, thanks.

This is a two-fer: Charlotte, North Carolina and Montréal, Quebec, Canada. Kathy Reich’s Temperance Brennan series has really made me want to explore both cities.

The futuristic version of the US and Canada as depicted in Sean Grigsby’s Smoke Eaters.  I mean, dragons exist in that world!

Not exactly a place, but I’d love to take a trip on The Heart of Gold – the ship from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.  I want to know what it’s like to experience the improbability drive for myself.

Dublin, Ireland.  Although, in Catherine Ryan Howard’s book 56 Days, the country is in COVID lockdown, it’s still high on my list of places to visit someday.

Burning Lake, NY, a small, but exciting little town featured in the Natalie Lockhart novels by Alice Blanchard.

North Devon as it appears in Ann Cleeves’ Two Rivers series.  Although, I’m not sure I’d survive the cold!

Bellamy Bay, the bustling little coastal town in Esme Addison’s Enchanted Bay series.  A town where mermaid magic is alive and thriving?  Count me in.

What are some places you’d like to visit, either in real life or through the pages of a good book?

Book of the Month Poll Winner ~ Blowin’ My Mind Like a Summer Breeze by Benjamin Roech


Blowin’ My Mind Like a Summer Breeze by Benjamin Roech
Publisher: Deep Hearts YA
Genre: Young Adult (14 – 18 y.o.), Romance, LGBTQ, Contemporary
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Voted BoM by LASR Readers 2013 copy

Fifteen-year-old Rainey Cobb never thought meeting someone could actually change her life. But, then again, she’s never met anyone like Juliet.

It’s 1995 and The Cobb Family Band, led by Rainey’s rock star parents, has arrived for a week-long gig at the Midwestern resort owned by Juliet’s family. Dazzled by Juliet’s carpe diem attitude, DIY tattoos, and passion for grunge, Rainey falls hard. And when Juliet gives Rainey a mixtape that unlocks her heart’s secret yearnings, Rainey starts seeing herself-and her vagabond, show-biz life-through new eyes.

If Rainey quits the band, her parents’ fading career might never recover. But if she doesn’t leap now, she might be stuck forever in a life she didn’t choose…and always wonder who she could have been.

READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE!

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge for July 27, 2022

Each Wednesday, Long and Short Reviews hosts a weekly “blog hop”. For more details on how to participate, please click here.

Today’s topic is: Show us your bookcase(s)

Top Ten Tuesday: Books From My Past Seasonal TBR Posts I STILL Haven’t Read


Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

I must confess that I’ve barely read anything from my last few seasonal TBR posts due to a million other things going on in my life at the moment. Here are ten books I still need to pick up. If you’ve read any of these titles, I’d love to hear your thoughts on them.

1. This Wicked Fate (This Poison Heart, #2) by Kalynn Bayron

 

2. TJ Powar Has Something to Prove  by Jesmeen Kaur Deo

 

3. Gallant by V.E. Schwab

 

4. A Lot Like Adios  by Alexis Daria

 

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5. Unearthed: A Jessica Cruz Story by Lilliam Rivera

 

6. If This Gets Out  by Sophie Gonzales

 

7. Death of a Knit Wit by Peggy Ehrart

 

8. Coming Clean: A true story of love, addiction and recovery  by Liz Fraser

 

9. Rosie the Truffle Hound by Jessie Hartland

 

10. History Comics: The Stonewall Riots: Making a Stand for LGBTQ Rights by Archie Bongiovanni

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge for July 20, 2022

Each Wednesday, Long and Short Reviews hosts a weekly “blog hop”. For more details on how to participate, please click here.

Today’s topic is: Describe a perfect weekend getaway

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer Books We’ve Reviewed


Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

I wrote this post in advance for scheduling reasons, so there may be a summer-themed title or two that squeaks through before this post goes live. With that being said, these are ten recent books we’ve reviewed that are set during the summer, have covers that remind me of this season, or are otherwise related to the theme in general.

This time of year makes me think of watching thunderstorms while I stand safely indoors near a window, spending time at the beach, eating a little more ice cream than my dentist would probably recommend, going swimming, and enjoying the beauty of nature wherever I can find it.

Isn’t summer a wonderful season?

Double Dipped by Terry Korth Fischer

Genre: Romance

 

Head In The Sand by Damien Boyd

Genre: Mystery

 

The Heat Is On: An Anthology by Jill Shalvis, Natalie Anderson

Genre: Romance, Mystery

 

The Marsh Bird by Anne Brooker

Genre: Mainstream Fiction

 

Wish List by Amanda Pampuro

Genre: Science Fiction, Horror

 

The Lightning Rod by Ged Gillmore

Genre: Mystery

 

With Love From Rose Bend by Naima Simone

Genre: Romance

 

Hello Puddle by Anita Sanchez

Genre: Children’s picture book

 

Oona by Kelly Dipucchio

Genre: Children’s picture book

 

Love and Lavender Ice Cream by Sara Freeze

Genre: Romance

 

 

 

Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge for July 13, 2022

Each Wednesday, Long and Short Reviews hosts a weekly “blog hop”. For more details on how to participate, please click here.

Today’s topic is: Character in a book you’d like to meet and why