April 2019 Wrap-Up

Although autumn will always be my favorite season, spring is beautiful as well. I love the thunderstorms we’ve begun having in the mid-Atlantic, and the blooming flowers are beautiful, even if I’m having trouble breathing as a result of the pollen. April has felt nuts to me, and like it flew by in a flash. […]

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New Releases for the Week of April 30, 2019

Here are the new releases for April 30, 2019! Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan Little Darklings by Melanie Golding Strangers Assume My Girlfriend is My Nurse by Shane Burcaw The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal Waste Tide by Chen Qiufan Cape May by Chip Cheek Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan Let’s Tell This Story Properly: […]

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April 30 – International Jazz Day

April 30th is International Jazz Day, which started in 2011 as a way to celebrate the influence Jazz has had on the world. Jazz has long been my musical genre of choice. I’ll take Coltrane’s saxophone over anything on the top 100 any day. If you’ve watched any amount of Star Trek: TNG, you’ll also know that […]

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Kindle Deals for April 30, 2019

None of these ebooks will be over $5 and most of them are under $3. Some of the deals expire at the end of the day, so if you see something you really want, be sure to buy it! I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you purchase any books through the links provided here I receive […]

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Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur – A Review

milk and honey by Rupi Kaur Poetry Self Published Released November 4, 2014 Goodreads | Amazon Rating: I own very few poetry collections, but I purchased an ebook version of milk and honey due to the enormous amount of hype surrounding it. It’s been sitting in my Kindle for months and months, but since April is National […]

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Kindle Deals for April 29, 2019

None of these ebooks will be over $5 and most of them are under $3. Some of the deals expire at the end of the day, so if you see something you really want, be sure to buy it! I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you purchase any books through the links provided here I receive […]

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Mystery Blogger Award

I was nominated by Shyla at the wonderful blog, Words & Stitches, to do this. Thank you so much, Shyla! The Mystery Blogger Award was started at Okoto Enigma’s Blog. Rules: Put the award logo/image on your blog Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog. Mention the creator of the award […]

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Sunday Wrap-Up

Around the Web If you love both literature and fashion, this list of books from Electric Literature will intrigue you. Austine at Novel Knight has an informative post about supporting underrated and midlist authors on Instagram. If you are a Bookstagrammer, you need to read this. Apartment Therapy put together a list of book-inspired Airbnb […]

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Kindle Deals for April 28, 2019

None of these ebooks will be over $5 and most of them are under $3. Some of the deals expire at the end of the day, so if you see something you really want, be sure to buy it! I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you purchase any books through the links provided here I receive […]

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The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas – A Review

The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas Science Fiction | Mystery Published by Crooked Lane Books Released August 9, 2018 Goodreads | Amazon Rating: I didn’t know too much about this book before starting it. I saw it at my local library, and thought to myself, “Wow, that’s a cool cover. And I love time […]

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First, Second, & Third POV – What’s the Difference?

The way in which a story is told is just as important as what story is told. Some narrators are better choices than others to portray emotions to the reader. Writers have four choices when it comes to a story’s point of view: First, second, third (limited), and third (omniscient). What are the differences between those points […]

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Kindle Deals for April 27, 2019

None of these ebooks will be over $5 and most of them are under $3. Some of the deals expire at the end of the day, so if you see something you really want, be sure to buy it! I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you purchase any books through the links provided here I receive […]

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2019 Edgar Award Winners Announced

The Edgar Awards are an annual award given to the best mystery books of the year. The lists are put together by Mystery Writers of America. Here are the 2019 winners. If you’d like a full list of the nominees, click here. Book synopses are courtesy of the publishers and Goodreads. Best Novel Down the […]

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Taylor from Working Classless – Friday Favorites

For last week’s Friday Favorites, we talked to Thia from the podcast Working Classless. This week, we are speaking to the other host of that wonderful podcast, Taylor! Tell us a bit about yourself I’m Taylor: a hopeful pessimist, a killjoy, and one of the hosts of Working Classless! Every week I get to talk […]

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Kindle Deals for April 26, 2019

None of these ebooks will be over $5 and most of them are under $3. Some of the deals expire at the end of the day, so if you see something you really want, be sure to buy it! I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you purchase any books through the links provided here I receive […]

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Kindle Deals for April 24, 2019

None of these ebooks will be over $5 and most of them are under $3. Some of the deals expire at the end of the day, so if you see something you really want, be sure to buy it! I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you purchase any books through the links provided here I receive […]

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7 Organizations Bringing Books to Underprivileged Communities

April 23, 2019, is World Book Day, which was started by UNESCO in order to bring books to children and underprivileged people. There are plenty of great organizations and charities that share in that mission. Those of us in the book community might often take for granted that not everyone in the world has access […]

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New Releases for April 23, 2019

Here are the new releases for the week of April 23, 2019! A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher The Domestic Geek’s Meals Made Easy: A Fresh, Fuss-Free Approach to Healthy Cooking by Sara Lynn Cauchon The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates The […]

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Kindle Deals for April 23, 2019

None of these ebooks will be over $5 and most of them are under $3. Some of the deals expire at the end of the day, so if you see something you really want, be sure to buy it! I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you purchase any books through the links provided here I receive […]

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Books I Want to Read – Book Tag

I found this tag this morning on Bookishly Rebecca, and it was originally created by Jamishelves. A book that you feel you need to read because everyone talks about it Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas I feel like I might be the only person left in the world who hasn’t read any Sarah J. […]

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Kindle Deals for April 22, 2019

None of these ebooks will be over $5 and most of them are under $3. Some of the deals expire at the end of the day, so if you see something you really want, be sure to buy it! I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you purchase any books through the links provided here I receive […]

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Sunday Wrap-Up

Around the Web Moving to a new city can be hard, especially when it comes to making new friends. Well + Good has a great article with tips on how to make friends when you’re naturally introverted. Renowned novelist Gene Wolfe has died. The Guardian has an amazing article about the stigma surrounding science fiction and […]

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Kindle Deals for April 21, 2019

None of these ebooks will be over $5 and most of them are under $3. Some of the deals expire at the end of the day, so if you see something you really want, be sure to buy it! I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you purchase any books through the links provided here I receive […]

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Puff Puff Pass: 10 Books About Marijuana for 420

Now that recreational marijuana is legal in nine states, weed is becoming more mainstream. April 20th, or 420 as enthusiasts refer to it, is a day that celebrates weed culture. What began with some teenagers meeting at 4:20 PM behind their high school has become embraced by a number of people who enjoy getting a […]

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Kindle Deals for April 20, 2019

None of these ebooks will be over $5 and most of them are under $3. Some of the deals expire at the end of the day, so if you see something you really want, be sure to buy it! I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you purchase any books through the links provided here I receive […]

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Becoming by Michelle Obama – A Review

Becoming by Michelle Obama Non-Fiction | Memoir Published by Crown Released November 13, 2018 Goodreads | Amazon Rating: I feel the need to preface this review by admitting a bit of bias. I have a massive crush on Michelle Obama. When Barack Obama ran for the presidency in 2008, I was in college studying political science. […]

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Thia from Working Classless – Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites was something I started early on that never caught on, simply because it was difficult to find people who wanted to participate. I’m trying to bring it back though. I love hearing about other people’s reading habits, and I suspect that many of you do as well. Today we’re featuring Thia from the […]

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Kindle Deals for April 19, 2019

None of these ebooks will be over $5 and, honestly, most of them are under $3. Some of the deals expire at the end of the day, so if you see something you really want, be sure to buy it! I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you purchase any books through the links provided here I […]

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Game of Thrones: Bookish Loot

Now that the last season of Game of Thrones is here, it’s time to celebrate the wonder that is that world. Here are a few neat things to help you do that. Dragon Egg Candles GoT Sigil Tankard Two-Sided Fleece Throw I Drink and I Know Things Beer Glass Game of Thrones Risk Board Game A Feast of […]

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Kindle Deals for April 18, 2019

None of these ebooks will be over $5 and, honestly, most of them are under $3. Some of the deals expire at the end of the day, so if you see something you really want, be sure to buy it! I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you purchase any books through the links provided here I […]

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These Books Will Help You Get Your Finances Straight

Just because tax day is behind us (you did do your taxes, right??), that doesn’t mean you should stop thinking about your finances. The first step to adulting is getting your finances in order. These books will help you do just that! Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin & Joe Dominguez You Are a Badass at […]

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Kindle Deals for April 17, 2019

None of these ebooks will be over $5 and, honestly, most of them are under $3. Some of the deals expire at the end of the day, so if you see something you really want, be sure to buy it! I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you purchase any books through the links provided here I […]

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New Releases for April 16, 2019

Here are the new releases for April 16, 2019! There are so many great books coming out this week. I’m particularly excited about Upon a Burning Throne.  City of Flickering Light by Juliette Fay (Amazon) Earth to Charlie by Justin Olson (Amazon) Feast Your Eyes by Myla Goldberg (Amazon) The Limits of the World by Jennifer Acker (Amazon) The Meaning […]

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Kindle Deals for April 16, 2019

None of these ebooks will be over $5 and, honestly, most of them are under $3. Some of the deals expire at the end of the day, so if you see something you really want, be sure to buy it! I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you purchase any books through the links provided here I […]

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The Book Addiction Tag

It’s been a while since I did my last book tag post and this one I spotted at Sepia Reads looked fun. Let’s get right into it. What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book? A few hours, at most. Even when I’m at work, I have […]

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The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker – A Review

The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker Romance | Contemporary | New Adult Published by Atria Books Released August 7, 2018 Goodreads | Amazon Rating: I’ve always prided myself on reading a very wide range of literary genres, from fantasy to contemporary to horror. However, there has always been one genre that I tended to avoid – […]

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Kindle Deals for April 15, 2019

None of these ebooks will be over $5 and, honestly, most of them are under $3. Some of the deals expire at the end of the day, so if you see something you really want, be sure to buy it! I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you purchase any books through the links provided here I […]

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Sunday Wrap-Up

Around the Web Cristina over at Girl in the Pages has an amazing article on how “clean” young adult literature can be problematic as it often includes depictions of violence, yet leaves out other mature content. It’s a really fantastic post a must-read for YA readers. Need some ideas for your next book club pick? […]

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Kindle Deals for April 14, 2019

None of these ebooks will be over $5 and, honestly, most of them are under $3. Some of the deals expire at the end of the day, so if you see something you really want, be sure to buy it! I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you purchase any books through the links provided here I […]

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Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer – A Review

Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer Young Adult | Fantasy | Fairy Tales Published by Page Street Publishing Released January 15, 2019 Goodreads | Amazon Rating: The only two things I knew about this book when I added it to my Goodreads TBR list were that it has an absolutely amazing cover and that it’s a fairy tale […]

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Why You Should Embrace DNF-ing Books

I understand the desire to finish every book you start. I was one of those people for so long. I felt a sense of failure when I put down a book without finishing it, even when I disliked every moment of reading it. Sometimes, too, I would start reading a book that everybody else seemed […]

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Kindle Deals for April 13, 2019

None of these ebooks will be over $5 and, honestly, most of them are under $3. Some of the deals expire at the end of the day, so if you see something you really want, be sure to buy it! I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you purchase any books through the links provided here I […]

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Infection by Scott Sigler – A Review

Infected by Scott Sigler Horror | Science Fiction Published by Crown Released April 1, 2008 Goodreads | Amazon Rating: Scott Sigler’s Infected was one of the first books I ever purchased when I received my Amazon Kindle as a gift in 2014. As part of my obsession with all things apocalyptic and disastrous, I enjoy stories about […]

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10 Perfect Bookmarks to Save Your Page

I’m obsessed with bookmarks. I end up buying a new one pretty much any time I buy a book in a physical store rather than online. I keep them in a coffee mug on my bookshelf. Here are some of my favorite bookmarks right now. Magnetic Sloth Bookmarks I love magnetic bookmarks. I have some […]

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Kindle Deals for April 12, 2019

None of these ebooks will be over $5 and, honestly, most of them are under $3. Some of the deals expire at the end of the day, so if you see something you really want, be sure to buy it! I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you purchase any books through the links provided here I […]

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Kindle Deals for April 11, 2019

None of these ebooks will be over $5 and, honestly, most of them are under $3. Some of the deals expire at the end of the day, so if you see something you really want, be sure to buy it! I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you purchase any books through the links provided here I […]

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Kindle Deals for April 9, 2019

None of these ebooks will be over $5 and, honestly, most of them are under $3. Some of the deals expire at the end of the day, so if you see something you really want, be sure to buy it! I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you purchase any books through the links provided here […]

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8 Memoirs Written by People Living with a Disability

While great strides have been made for equality over the last several decades, things are far from perfect. In 2010, the US Census reported that 19% of Americans lived with some sort of disability. The official definition of disability in the United States includes any mental or physical impairment that limits one or more major […]

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Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett – A Review

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett Humor | Fantasy Published by William Marrow Released May 1, 1990 Goodreads | Amazon Rating: I’m furious at myself for not reading this book sooner! It’s been on my TBR for years, and despite Neil Gaiman being one of my favorite authors, for some reason unknown to me, I […]

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Kindle Deals for April 8, 2018

None of these ebooks will be over $5 and, honestly, most of them are under $3. Some of the deals expire at the end of the day, so if you see something you really want, be sure to buy it! I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you purchase any books through the links provided here […]

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Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson – A Review

Words of Radiance (Book Two of the Stormlight Archive) by Brandon Sanderson Fantasy Published by Tor Books Released March 4, 2014 Goodreads | Amazon Rating: Read my review of Book One of the Stormlight Archive, The Way of Kings, here. Note: This review contains spoilers. If you haven’t read Words of Radiance yet, you might want to save the page […]

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Kindle Deals for April 7, 2019

None of these ebooks will be over $5 and, honestly, most of them are under $3. Some of the deals expire at the end of the day, so if you see something you really want, be sure to buy it! I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you purchase any books through the links provided here […]

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Trigger Warnings: What are they, and do we need them?

Requesting trigger warnings for content is nothing new, but I’ve seen it discussed more often lately than I had before. It’s not something I’ve discussed on Read Yourself Happy before, so I wanted to give my thoughts some space here. A trigger warning is intended to let readers or consumers know ahead of time if […]

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X-23: Family Album by Mariko Tamaki – A Review

X-23: Family Album by Mariko Tamaki Art by Juann Cabal Comics | Superhero Published by Marvel Released January 22, 2019 Goodreads | Amazon Rating: Once my boyfriend introduced me to comic books, and Marvel Comics in particular, two characters that quickly became some of my favorites were Laura Kinney (X-23) and her little sister/clone Gabby. The […]

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Kindle Deals for April 6, 2019

None of these ebooks will be over $5 and, honestly, most of them are under $3. Some of the deals expire at the end of the day, so if you see something you really want, be sure to buy it! I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you purchase any books through the links provided here […]

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Bookish Merch to Add to Your Wishlist

There’s one thing I love almost as much as books: bookish merch. Whether it’s a product with a favorite quote, gorgeous fandom-inspired art, or just a scarf with a bunch of books on it – I want it. Here are some adorable bookish products available on Amazon right now. I am an Amazon Affiliate, which means that […]

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Dark Energy by Robert Morgan – A Review

Dark Energy by Robert Morgan Poetry Published by Penguin Books Released May 26, 2015 Goodreads | Amazon Rating: Let me preface this review by saying that I’m not very knowledgeable about the poetry world. I’ve read very little of it (unless you count Shel Silverstein) and sometimes the meanings are simply lost on me. April is […]

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling – A Review

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling Middle Grade | Fantasy | Classic Literature Goodreads | Amazon Published by Scholastic Released June 26, 1997 Rating: I was eleven years old when the first Harry Potter book came out in the United States. I grew up with the series, eagerly awaiting each next book. When the 800+ […]

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Kindle Deals for April 5, 2019

None of these ebooks will be over $5 and, honestly, most of them are under $3. Some of the deals expire at the end of the day, so if you see something you really want, be sure to buy it! I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you purchase any books through the links provided here […]

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Kindle Deals for April 4, 2019

None of these ebooks will be over $5 and, honestly, most of them are under $3. Some of the deals expire at the end of the day, so if you see something you really want, be sure to buy it! I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you purchase any books through the links provided here […]

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Kindle Deals for April 3, 2019

After a bit of consideration and some requests from you guys, I decided to start doing Kindle Deals again. Therefore, each morning I’ll post twenty-five of the best Kindle deals on Amazon. None of these ebooks will be over $5 and, honestly, most of them are under $3. Some of the deals expire at the […]

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Comic Book Releases – April 3, 2019

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s comic book release day! Here are some of the most exciting issues coming out. For a complete list, head over to Midtown Comics. Not sure where to buy your comics? Check out Comic Shop Locator for shops near you. If you don’t live in an area with a local shop, you can purchase […]

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20 Classic Books for Children’s Book Day

Today is Children’s Book Day, which was started by the International Board on Books for Young People in 1967. I still remember my favorite books from childhood, as I imagine most people do. The books we read as children can stick with us through adulthood. Here are twenty classic children’s books to celebrate today. Is […]

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2019 Hugo Award Finalists

The finalists for the 2019 Hugo Awards were announced today at the Dublin 2019 sci-fi convention. Here are the lists for best novel, novella, and graphic novel, with links to their Goodreads pages. For the full list of award finalists, click here. Best Novel The Calculating Stars, by Mary Robinette Kowal Record of a Spaceborn […]

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New Book Releases – April 2, 2019

It’s Tuesday again – which means new books are being released today! Here’s some of what’s coming out today. If you know of a new release that I missed, let me know in the comments! Brute: Poems by Emily Skaja Descendant of the Crane by Joan He Soft Science by Franny Choi Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy, […]

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April TBR & Plans

I have big reading plans for April. I want to finish thirty books this month, several of which are graphic novels or poetry collections that I want to get to. For funsies, I set myself a ridiculously high Goodreads yearly goal of 225 books, and I fully intend to reach it. I got a bit […]

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March Wrap-Up

I had high hopes for my reading plans in March, but when I got sick halfway through the month, those plans started to slip. Whenever I get sick, especially if it involves a headache, I find it hard to focus on reading. My initial goal was to read twenty books this month, but I ended […]

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