Top 5 Tuesday || Bookish Resolutions for 2022

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January can only mean one thing: starting fresh.

And starting fresh here at Hail & Well Read means sharing bookish resolutions for 2022! Thankfully, Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads made that a T5T topic, saving me from making a million resolutions I’ll struggle to keep. This year, it’s going to be about steady simplicity, about taking one step at a time. And, most importantly, it’s going to be about having a good time. What could be better than that?

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Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves by Meg Long

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Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves by Meg Long

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After angering a local gangster, seventeen-year-old Sena Korhosen must flee with her prize fighting wolf, Iska, in tow. A team of scientists offer to pay her way off her frozen planet on one condition: she gets them to the finish line of the planet’s infamous sled race. Though Sena always swore she’d never race after it claimed both her mothers’ lives, it’s now her only option.

But the tundra is a treacherous place, and as the race unfolds and their lives are threatened at every turn, Sena starts to question her own abilities. She must discover whether she’s strong enough to survive the wild – whether she and Iska together are strong enough to get them all out alive.

DISCLAIMER: I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.



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Hail & Well Read is Joining the Pondathon II!

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Last year, the Pondathon was my favorite bookish event. Hosted by The Quiet Pond, it brought together bloggers from around the world to save the Pond from darkness with the power of books and friendship! Now, Hail & Well Read is officially joining the Pondathon II, where we’ll work to restore all that was hurt during the great battle, one little sprout at a time. 💚

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Weekly Wrap || January 1st, 2022

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January 1st, 2022

Happy New Year! I’d say this is going to be my year, but honestly, it’s 2022’s turn to shape up, not mine. Tired of minding my own business and getting body-slammed by the relentless passage of time and constant stream of news, y’know?

But hey, let’s start this year with a bang, right? And with a Weekly Wrap!

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The Excalibur Curse by Kiersten White

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The Excalibur Curse by Kiersten White

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While journeying north toward the Dark Queen, Guinevere falls into the hands of her enemies. Behind her are Lancelot, trapped on the other side of the magical barrier they created to protect Camelot, and Arthur, who has been led away from his kingdom, chasing after false promises. But the greatest danger isn’t what lies ahead of Guinevere—it’s what’s been buried inside her.

Vowing to unravel the truth of her past with or without Merlin’s help, Guinevere joins forces with the sorceress Morgana and her son, Mordred—and faces the confusing, forbidden feelings she still harbors for him. When Guinevere makes an agonizing discovery about who she is and how she came to be, she finds herself with an impossible choice: fix a terrible crime, or help prevent war.

Guinevere is determined to set things right, whatever the cost. To defeat a rising evil. To remake a kingdom. To undo the mistakes of the past…even if it means destroying herself.

Guinevere has been a changeling, a witch, a queen—but what does it mean to be just a girl?

DISCLAIMER: I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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Top 5 Tuesday || Books of 2021

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Goodreads Choice Awards? Not in this economy.

Okay, okay, I know the GR Choice Awards did happen. And I know they’re kind of a mess, as usual. But you know what clearly really matters? The best books of 2021. My best books of 2021, to be specific. 😤 That’s right, Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads clearly intended this to be all about my opinions here, and boy, do I have them prepared and ready to go!

Full disclosure: I will not be swayed on any of these selections, unlike most T5T posts. This is the definitive list. Just the way it is, folks!

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The River Has Teeth by Erica Waters

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The River Has Teeth by Erica Waters

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Natasha’s sister is missing.

Her car was found abandoned on the edge of a local nature preserve known as the Bend, but as the case goes cold, Natasha’s loss turns to burning anger.

She’ll do anything to find answers.

Della’s family has channeled magic from the Bend for generations, providing spells for the desperate. But when Natasha appears on her doorstep, Della knows it will take more than simple potions to help her.

But Della has her own secrets to hide.

Because Della thinks she knows the beast who’s responsible for the disappearance — her own mother, who was turned into a terrible monster by magic gone wrong.

Natasha is angry. Della has little to lose.

They are each other’s only hope.


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Top 5 Tuesday || New Authors of 2021

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It’s time to recognize the people behind the stories we love.

I mean, we kind of already do. There’s a lot of author appreciation that goes around! But today’s real Top 5 Tuesday prompt (as opposed to last week’s just posted a whole week late) is about putting the new authors of 2021 in the limelight. I think Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads has the right idea, celebrating them as the year comes to a close, and I have my fingers crossed we’ll see more of their work in the future!

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Top 5 Tuesday || Covers of 2021

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Sometimes, you just need to look at something pretty.

Seriously. Ever feel your blood pressure drop when you look at a picture of a cute animal? Or that moment of awe realizing a photo is actually a painting? Call me simple if you want, but I enjoy looking at nice things and taking a break. And technically, Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads gave me that opportunity last week, but I’m a little slow on the uptake. That means we’re exploring my favorite covers of 2021 today instead, followed by my favorite new authors a little later today.

The fun never ends! Pretty covers to look at! Authors with brand new works to read and explore! There’s literally nothing that can go wrong today. I refuse to believe otherwise. 😌

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