What’s Up Buttercup is an overview of the past, present and future here on Words in a Teacup, posted around the middle of the month.
- Ren did a bit of an overhaul of our review policy and added some explanations about our rating system.
- We’ve introduced badges to our reviews for easier visual representation of certain types of books! So far we’ve got badges for our Sequel Spring challenge reviews, Ren’s Avengers vs. X-Men challenge reviews, ARC reviews and our Pick-For-Me reviews:
This book is part of our ongoing Pick-For-Me challenge. Every month Isa picks two books for Ren to read out of Ren’s TBR pile, and vice versa.
This book is part of the Avengers vs. X-Men challenge, in which Ren reads books with certain characteristics to recruit superheroes and defeat villains.
This book is part of our Sequel Spring challenge, in which we try to do some spring cleaning in our TBR piles by reading lots of sequels between March 20th and June 20th.
This book was an ARC provided by the publisher (usually through NetGalley) in exchange for a fair review.
The badges link to the respective tags that those books are tagged with. :)
- Speaking of challenges and the like, April’s Pick-For-Me went up! Each month we choose two books for the other one to read and review. This month Ren chose a fairytale retelling and a genre Isa likes, while Isa’s choices were mostly for selfish reasons (and also because Ren likes pirates).
- In addition to our own personal challenge between the two of us, the Sequel Spring challenge was met with more enthusiasm than we anticipated and we’re very glad to have all the lovely people on board with us. Check out our first round-up for an overview of what’s been read for Sequel Spring so far! There are some very interesting books on the list, if we do say so ourselves.
- Top Ten Tuesday: Books on our Spring TBR lists. We divided the list into five each so we could both show off some of our spring TBRs!
- Thoughtful Thursday: How do you read series? Pam at Reading Is Fun Again asked how other people read book series – each book as it comes out, a marathon when it’s complete, rereading before a new one? Isa got a bit rambly in her answer, oops.
- Top Ten Tuesday: Things On My Bookish Bucket List. Ren doesn’t quite have and IRL bookish things she wants to have or do, so instead she listed the top ten things she’d want to do if she were a character in a fictional universe!
- Thoughtful Thursday: Do you DNF (do not finish) books? Isa likes to ramble, but in short: she does, despite often feeling some guilt over it.
- Top Ten Tuesday: “Gateway” Books or Authors In My Reading Journey. Isa had ~all the feels~ while reminiscing about some of the most influential books in her life. Literally nobody is surprised that Harry Potter made the list.
- Thoughtful Thursday: Do you need to like the protagonist to enjoy the book? Ren was quite open with her thoughts on this one!
- Top Ten Tuesday: Most Unique Books I’ve Read. It’s unsurprising really that Terry Pratchett made the list. Ren’s carrying a torch for him.
- Thoughtful Thursday: What do you do with the books that you have read? It appears we’ve got a book cannibal (bookibal?) in our midst!
- Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Things (That Aren’t Books) That I’d Like To Own. So. Many. Shiny. Things.
Isa: I actually have more than enough books on my TBR and in my shelves and on my kindle, but I just can’t stay away! A couple of years ago some dear friends online got me to watch The Room with them (a truly terrible film) and last year Greg Sestero, who plays Mark in the film, released The Disaster Artist, which chronicles the making of said film and the years he spent getting to know Tommy Wiseau. I actually got this book shortly after our last Buttercup post and I’ve been slowly getting through it ever since. Still not finished, I’m afraid. Tommy Wiseau’s kind of crazy is a tad overwhelming and I need to take breaks between reading or I’ll go mad. But it’s oh so entertaining! (And slightly terrifying. Just how did Greg Sestero actually survive being Tommy’s friend?!) Other than that, I also stumbled across Witch for Hire by N.E. Conneely. I don’t even remember how I found it, but the summary sounds very interesting!
Ren: Like Isa, I already have more than enough books on my TBR but when I see new titles I can’t resist. I completely missed this when listing April released in last month’s Buttercup post, but Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins came out last week. I liked Hawkins’ Hex Hall series and so I picked this up without even looking at the reviews. It’s a Paranormal YA so I’ll either love it or hate it… let’s hope it’s the former! I also got Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan because I needed a fix of epic fantasy and the idea of a fantasy set in the Industrial Era instead of the usual Middle Ages appealed to me. Now I just need to make time and read them…
Looking Forward To
That’s it for this month, buttercups. What’s going on with you? Feel free to share in the comments, we’d love to hear from you!