Saturday, October 7, 2017

October + Spookathon TBR

Happy October! I am so excited for so many things this month including my October TBR! Once again, my TBR is not set in stone, but these are the books that I am most excited to read this month!

October TBR

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore 
Bad Girls with Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten
The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
A Million Junes by Emily Henry
All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry
Far From the Tree by Robin Benway

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Spookathon TBR
For more information about the Spookathon click here.
Readathon runs from October 16th through the 22nd

Challenges
1. Read a Thriller
-This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis
2. Read a Book With a Spooky Word in the Title
-If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio
3. Read a Book Based on your Childhood Fear
-There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
4. Read a Book with Orange on the Cover
-Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina

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5. Read a Book That Has a Spooky Setting
-Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

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Monday, August 28, 2017

#LookWhatYouMadeMeDo Book Recommendations

I hope you guys are excited as I am about the release of Taylor Swift's new song #LookWhatYouMadeMeDo! Below I have created a list of books that have similar themes to Look What You Made Me Do. This themes include darkness, lies, suspense, revenge, deception, power, feasts, kingdoms, drama, trust, and good vs. evil.

1. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

This book is all about girl power and rising up against society's expectations of how girls show act and dress. This relates to the song in the way that Taylor is taking a stand against the way people and society have treated her. I absolutely love Stalking Jack the Ripper and I think it is the perfect read if you are in need of a strong example of girl power.

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2.  Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
This book is definitely not for everyone because it is incredibly DARK. This is definitely a touchy subject, but very well written and it definitely keeps you on your toes. This follows a girl who lives in a group home because she killed a baby--but believes she was falsely accused, but is too young to remember. This is all about a teenage girl fighting for justice and standing up for herself. Definitely an interesting book and it is worth the read.

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3. A Madness So Discreet by  Mindy McGinnis
This book is about a girl sent away by her family to an insane asylum in the 1800s because she is an unmarried, pregnant teenager. The conditions in this asylum are absolutely HORRIFYING, but sadly accurate for the time period. In this book, Grace does not accept her fate, instead she fights back against society's view of her and uses her intelligence to escape. This book is full of feminism and girl power and I would highly recommend reading this alongside Stalking Jack the Ripper.

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4. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
This book follows three sisters as they ascend to rule their kingdom, except the catch is that only one can rule, the others have to die. This book is full of deception and revenge and backstabbing all while set in a kingdom full of magic. I LOVED this book so much and found so much relation between Taylor's new single and this book. I do not want to say anymore because you just HAVE to go pick this one up. (Plus a feast is featured in this book).

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I really love all of these books, and I highly recommend each and every one. If you enjoyed this post please sign up for #TaylorSwiftTix using my referral link here: tswft.co/njoh-1

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

#TaylorSwiftTix

Hello Everyone! I hope you are all enjoying your summer. I know I am especially since Taylor Swift is back releasing new music! The post I have for you today is completely unrelated to books, but I would like to ask you guys a huge favor.

Below I have a link that will take you to my twitter account and show you my post about #TaylorSwiftTix with a referral link. If you sign up for #TaylorSwiftTix using my link, I will get a boost or an increased opportunity on getting Taylor Swift tickets. If you love Taylor Swift like me, I would love it if you could sign up using my referral link. Even if you are not a fan, please at least create an account and I will still get the boost! 


https://twitter.com/soul_clever/status/901547376451694592

Thank you so much! I promise there will be book related posts soon. 



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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

What I Read in July

Imagine Wanting Only This by Kristen Radtke
  • Graphic memoir
  • Themes of loss and grief
  • Focus on abandoned ruins
  • American Midwest, Iceland, NYC, Philippines 
  • Great illustrations 
  • Poetic
  • Overall: 4 stars 
Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
  • Great sequel to This Savage Song
  • Well fleshed out characters
  • Beautiful world-building
  • Unique--the idea that our violence breeds monsters
  • Dual perspective
  • Overall: 5 stars
Who Killed Christopher Goodman? by Allan Wolf
  • Multiple POVs
  • Based on a true story from the author's life
  • Set in 1970's Virginia
  • Realistic--but not well executed
  • Wasn't a fan of the writing
  • Warning for sexist content 
  • Overall: 2 stars  
Giant Days Volume 5 by John Allison
  • College
  • Adulting
  • Fun, Quirky
  • Feminism
  • LGBT
  • Overall: 5 stars

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Lace Bone Beast by N.L. Shompole
  • Poetry Collection
  • Adult
  • Forgiveness, self-worth, healing, grief
  • Great Imagery
  • Emotional
  • Unique
  • Overall: 4 stars
This Is What a Librarian Looks Like by Kyle Cassidy
  • Nonfiction
  • Photography
  • Love of reading
  • Tribute to libraries
  • Essays
  • Recommend to all library workers and library lovers
  • Overall: 5 stars
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
  • Graphic novel
  • Young Adult
  • Coming of age
  • Banned book
  • Great artwork
  • Overall: 4 stars
Posted by John David Anderson
  • Middle grade
  • Friendship 
  • Quirky
  • Bullying
  • What it means to be different
  • Coming of age
  • Overall: 5 stars    
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Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson
  •  Historical/Science Fiction
  • 3 POVs
  • Kansas--2065--Journey to Mars
  • Oklahoma--1934--Dust Bowl
  • England--1919--WWI
  • Intertwined fates
  • Family
  • Overall: 5 stars 
Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate
  • Contemporary
  • 7 POVs
  • Seven deadly sins
  • LGBT+ (Pansexual and Ace spectrum rep)
  • Super diverse and great representation
  • Great characters
  • Great plot 
  • Great exploration of teacher vs. student power imbalance
  • LOVE LOVE LOVE
  • Overall: 5 stars
Aftercare Instructions by Bonnie Pipkin
  • Contemporary 
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Relationships
  • Flashbacks between past and present (past told in script format)
  • Engaging (I flew through this one)
  • Well executed
  • Overall: 5 stars

Trish Trash #1: Rollergirl of Mars by Jessica Abel

  • Graphic novel
  • Science Fiction
  • Sports
  • Mars
  • Feminism 
  • Great story lines
  • Can't wait to read the next volume
  • Overall: 5 stars 
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Goldie Vance Volume 5 by Hope Larson
  • Graphic novel
  • Fiction
  • LGBT+
  • Young Adult
  • Mystery
  • LOVED
  • Overall: 5 stars 
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
  •  Fantasy
  • Feminism 
  • Strong Female Protagonist
  • Slow plot
  • Diverse
  • Did not love it as much as I wanted to 
  • Overall: 4 stars
Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngoz Adichie
  • Nonfiction
  • Essays
  • Feminism 
  • Powerful statement 
  • Must read for everyone 
  • Favorite author 
  • LOVE LOVE LOVE 
  • Overall: 5 stars 
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Total Books: 15
Total Pages Read: 3,740
Favorite: Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
Least Favorite: Who Killed Christopher Goodman?




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