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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48 Hours by William R. Forstchen – A Review

48 Hours by William R. Forstchen Adult Fiction | Post-Apocalyptic Published by Forge Released January 8, 2019 Received free copy courtesy of the publisher Goodreads | Amazon Rating: My favorite genre in literature, television, film, and video games are all the same:  Post-apocalyptic. I seek out any novel I can find that involves the world ending. […]

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When Love of Literature Becomes Book Buying Obsession

I’ve written about my issues with anxiety and depression on this blog before, but I want to talk about a specific problem that arose out of my depression that I wasn’t aware of until recently. I’m a bit ashamed of it, but I’m proud of myself for being aware of the issue so that I […]

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Not My Bag by Sina Grace – A Review

Not My Bag by Sina Grace Graphic Novel | Fiction | LGBT Published by Image Comics Released October 30, 2012 Goodreads | Amazon Rating: Working in retail, or any type of customer service, is difficult. You have to deal with the messiest, rudest people imaginable, and the work is rarely fulfilling. I worked in retail for […]

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The Tea-Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill – A Review

The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill Graphic Novel | Fantasy Published by Oni Press Released in January 2019 Received in an Owlcrate Box Goodreads | Amazon Rating: This short graphic novel is probably one of my favorite items that I’ve ever received in a subscription box. I had never heard of Katie O’Neill before, but […]

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Doctor Strange: The Fate of Dreams by Devin Grayson – A Review

Doctor Strange: The Fate of Dreams by Devin Grayson Young adult | Supernatural | Superhero Published by Marvel Released October 18, 2016 Goodreads | Amazon Rating: While I knew that DC Comics had published various novels based on their iconic comic book characters (such as Catwoman, Batman, and Wonder Woman), I wasn’t aware that Marvel had […]

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The J.K. Rowling Controversy, Explained

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has been all over the news and social media sites this week due to statements she’s made regarding a sexual relationship between her characters Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald. Here’s a quick rundown on what exactly is happening. The Statement In a special feature for the Blu-ray release of Fantastic Beasts: The […]

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The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke – A Review

The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke Young Adult | Fantasy | Historical Fiction Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux Released October 2, 2018 Goodreads | Amazon Rating: I was intrigued by this book after hearing it described numerous times as a gender-bent retelling of Beowulf. I thought that was a really awesome idea, so I decided […]

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The 2019 Man Booker International Longlist

The longlist for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize was released today, and there are some great titles to add to your TBR. Before we get into those books though, I want to point out a few cool things about this year’s list. First, only two of these novels are from large conglomerate publishing houses; […]

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A Quick Update

It’s been a while since I posted anything, and I just wanted to give you guys a quick update. I’ve been sick for nearly a week and as a result, far too fatigued to sit down and write. More distressing, I’ve been too tired to read. Thankfully, I appear to be on the mend, so […]

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Beowulf – A Review

Beowulf Unknown author Epic Poetry | Classics | Fantasy First written around 975 Goodreads | Amazon Rating: I’m not sure what kept me from reading the epic poem Beowulf. It’s sort, it’s metal, it’s based on Norse legends, there’s a dragon – those are all elements that usually make me love a story. Whatever the reason […]

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – A Review

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han Young Adult | Contemporary | Romance Published by Simon & Schuster Released April 15, 2014 Goodreads | Amazon Rating: I’m usually pretty good at avoiding the hype surrounding books, but To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is one that I chose to read because of that hype. […]

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My March TBR

March is going to be a bit of a busy month. My birthday and a corresponding trip to Washington D.C. falls about half-way through the month, I’m participating in the Re-Read-a-Thon, and I want to spend more time working on some personal goals and projects. I also want to have a great reading month. I’m […]

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Re-Read-A-Thon 2019

I first heard about this readathon through Elliot Brooks’ Youtube channel, and since I’ve been wanting to reread some old favorites, decided I am going to participate. (As a side note, if you aren’t already subscribed to Elliot Brooks’ youtube channel, I recommend you check it out. She’s one of the best booktubers, in my opinion, […]

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Top Ten Anticipated Releases for the Week of February 26, 2019

Here are my ten most anticipated releases for the week of February 26, 2019. Let me know what books you’re excited about this week! The italicized synopses are courtesy of the publisher. 1. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon Goodreads | Amazon I will never have enough novels that feature dragons. This is […]

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The Willow Woman by Laurence Westwood – A Review

The Willow Woman: A Philip Ye Novel by Laurence Westwood Mystery Published by Shikra Press Released January 7, 2019 Goodreads | Amazon Rating: I received a free paperback of this novel in exchange for an honest review. I tend to mostly read fantasy or science fiction, so I’ve been trying to make a conscious effort to […]

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The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton – A Review

The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton Paranormal| Magical Realism | Young Adult Goodreads | Amazon Published by Candlewick Press Released March 13, 2018 Rating: Leslye Walton’s The Price Guide to the Occult follows the Blackburn women on an island in the Pacific Northwest. Eight generations of this family have lived on Anathema Island, founded by […]

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Shelf Life by Suzanne Strempek Shea – A Review

Shelf Life: Romance, Mystery, Drama, and Other Page-Turning Adventures from a Year in a Bookstore by Suzanne Strempek Shea Non-Fiction | Memoir Goodreads | Amazon Published by Beacon Press Released May 15, 2004 Rating: As a book lover, I take a lot of pleasure in hearing other people talk about their love of books, which is […]

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Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle – A Review

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle Memoir | Non-Fiction Goodreads | Amazon Published by Crown Archetype Released October 2, 2018 Rating: I don’t remember how old I was when I was first introduced to Monty Python, but I’ve been a fan for a very long time. Flying Circus, Life of […]

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If We Had Known by Elise Juska – A Review

If We Had Known by Elise Juska Contemporary Fiction Published by Grand Central Publishing Released April 17, 2018 Goodreads | Amazon Rating: If We Had Known by Elise Juska is a book surrounding a mass shooting in a mall in a small college town in Maine. We primarily follow Maggie, a writing professor at that college, who […]

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The Secret Token by Andrew Lawler – A Review

The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke by Andrew Lawler History | American History | Nonfiction Goodreads | Amazon Published by Doubleday Released June 5, 2018 Rating: My father has always read non-fiction history books and has a vast collection on a wide variety of topics. While I was […]

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – A Review

  The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Contemporary | Young Adult Published by Balzer + Bray Released February 28, 2017 Goodreads | Amazon Rating: Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give deserves all the hype surrounding it. It’s a well-written, thoughtful, important book that deals with difficult topics, and I’m certain this book is going to be read […]

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Our Forest – A Short Story

Our Forest by Penny Wright This short story was inspired by a photograph I saw of a pair of children walking into a forest together.  Our parents were arguing in the kitchen again. It was starting to seem as though this was becoming a nightly routine. Father would come home from work, already upset at something […]

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – A Review

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern Goodreads | Amazon Fantasy | Historical Fiction | Magical Realism Published by Doubleday Released September 13, 2011 Rating: I first heard of Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus through one of the videos of my favorite booktuber, Hannah at A Clockwork Reader. Since I seem to have very similar reading tastes to her, […]

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January 2019 Wrapup

January just disappeared. One second it was New Year’s, and suddenly I’m sitting at my desk writing a wrapup post. Where’d it all go? Anyway, this was a busy month, and I didn’t get the chance to post as frequently as I’ve wanted to. One of the aspects of the blog that I’ve been focusing […]

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10 Books to Celebrate Black History Month

Black History Month begins today, February 1st, and is a celebration of the history and culture of African Americans. First proposed by students and teachers at Kent State University in 1969, it’s now celebrated in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. Here are ten books to help you celebrate Black History Month. The Color Purple by […]

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Trouble No Man by Brian Hart – A Review

Note: This review was originally published in December 2018, but I wanted to repost it in honor it being released today. It was one of my favorite books from 2018, and now that it’s finally out, I definitely recommend picking it up.  Trouble No Man by Brian Hart Fiction | Post-Apocalyptic Goodreads Published by Harper Perennial […]

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New Releases for January 29, 2019

Here are some of the new releases for January 29, 2019. As always, the synopses are courtesy of the publishers. Trouble No Man by Brian Hart Fiction | Post-Apocalyptic Goodreads | Amazon Read my Review of Trouble No Man American War meets Into the Wild in Brian Hart’s epic saga of one man’s struggle to survive a hostile world—tracing his path from […]

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I Should Have Read That Book Tag

I saw this tag over at Books Nest. If you’d like to participate here are the rules: Rules: Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post Link to the creator’s blog (booksnest.co.uk) in your post Answer the questions below Tag 10 others to take part ENJOY THE TAG! The Questions A […]

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Sunday Links

It’s Sunday again, which means another roundup of things I’ve loved around the web! Five SFF Books That Subvert Gender Roles – Tor.com: Author Amy Ewing takes a look of five books that feature non-traditional gender roles. Out of the five she selects, the only one I’ve read is Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of […]

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A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi – A Review

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi Young Adult | Contemporary Goodreads | Amazon Published by HarperTeen Released October 16, 2018 Rating: A Very Large Expanse of Sea is Tahereh Mafi’s first contemporary novel, and it’s a good one. Mafi is known mostly for Shatter Me, which is a young adult fantasy series. In this […]

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Introducing My Bookstagram!

I’ve been wanting to set up a book-centric Instagram account for a while, and I finally dived in this week! Read Yourself Happy – Instagram It’s just getting started, but I’ll be posting around two to three bookish pictures per day! I’ll also be hosting a giveaway when I get to 1000 Instagram subscribers. I’m […]

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The Light Between Worlds by Laura Weymouth – A Review

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth Young Adult | Fantasy | Portal Fantasy Goodreads | Amazon Published by Harper Teen Released October 23, 2018 Rating: I remember the first time I heard of The Light Between Worlds – it was in a booktube video about new releases. As soon as I heard the premise I […]

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New Releases for January 22, 2019

It’s Tuesday, which means new book release day! There are so many coming out today, of which the titles below are just a small percentage. As always, the synopses are courtesy of the publisher. What books are you most excited about this week? Let me know in the comments! Kingdom of Copper (The Daevabad Trilogy #2) by […]

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The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson – A Review

The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive Book One) Written by Brandon Sanderson High Fantasy Goodreads | Amazon Published by Tor Books Released August 31, 2010 Rating: “I understood in a moment of stillness. Those candle flames were like the lives of men. So fragile. So deadly. Left alone, they lit and warmed. Let run […]

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Tonoharu by Lars Martinson – A Review

Tonoharu by Lars Martinson Graphic Novel Goodreads | Amazon Published by Pliant Press Released May 1, 2008 Rating: Whenever I’m at my local library, I always try to search out a couple of books I’ve never heard of before to check out. I’ll walk down random aisles, grabbing books off the shelf until I find something […]

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Sunday Reading

Here’s a quick round-up of interesting things I found this week. Got a link you want to share? Leave it in the comments below!   A Labyrinth in the Shape of a Book – Electric Literature: Reina Hardy takes a deep look at Maze, a puzzle book from her childhood. How to Get On Top of […]

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The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes

The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes Non-Fiction | Nutrition Goodreads | Amazon Published by Anchor Books Released December 27, 2016 Rating: I’ve mentioned several times on my blog now that I gave up sugar for the month of January in an attempt to be healthier and to try to get my body to stop craving […]

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Sadie by Courtney Summers – A Review

Sadie by Courtney Summers Young Adult | Contemporary | Mystery Goodreads Published by Wednesday Books Released September 4, 2018 Purchase: Amazon Rating: Sadie was everywhere in the latter half of 2018. It was being talked about on booktube, popping up all over bookstagram, positive reviews filling up my RSS reader. I don’t read a lot of contemporary […]

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Sugar-Free January – Week Two

At the beginning of the month, I announced that I would be going sugar-free for the month of January in an attempt to detox a bit from all the sugar I’d starting eating. Last week, I shared my thoughts at the end of the first week, which can basically be summed up with: I noticed […]

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The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch by Neil Gaiman – A Review

The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch Written by Neil Gaiman Art by Michael Zulli Graphic Novel Goodreads Released April 1, 2008 Published by Dark Horse Books Purchase: Amazon Rating: I had never heard of this Neil Gaiman graphic novel until I came across it while perusing the comic book shelves […]

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Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse Series is Coming to Netflix!

If you’re a fan of Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows duology or her Grishaverse series, prepare to be excited… Netflix is going to be making an eight-episode series based on Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows! I literally squealed when I heard the noise. The show is going to be written and produced by Eric Heisserer, who is behind […]

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Skyward Volume 1 by Joe Henderson – A Review

Skyward Volume 1 by Joe Henderson Art by Lee Garbett and Antonio Fabela Comic Books | Sci-Fi Goodreads Published by Image Comics Released September 25, 2018 Purchase: Amazon Rating: I would like to preface this review by mentioning Hoopla, a website that allows you to check out all sorts of books, comics, films and television shows, […]

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Best Variant Comic Book Covers for the Week of January 9th

One of my favorite parts of comic book collecting is seeking out the variant covers of my favorite issues. For those of you who are either not familiar with or new to the comic book world, variant covers are essentially special or limited edition covers. These are the best for the week of January 2, […]

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New Comic Book Releases for the Week of January 9th

I apologize for this being a few days late! 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 […]

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Sugar-Free January – Week One

Last week, I shared that I was participating in Sugar-Free January and that I would be posting weekly updates about my progress. To sum the first week up, I’m craving all the sugar. I had expected to have sugar cravings the first few days, but I wasn’t expecting to literally be dreaming about sugar. The third night […]

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New Releases for January 8, 2019

Here are some of the most anticipated new released for January 8, 2019. All summaries are courtesy of the publisher. The Wicked King by Holly Black Fantasy | Young Adult Goodreads | Amazon You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring. The first lesson is to make yourself strong. After […]

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I Have a Speech Impediment

I’ve been wondering for a while if this is something that I wanted to write about on my blog. Even though Read Yourself Happy is a blog about books and wellness, the way I talk has had a very large impact on my life and is one of the things that made me fall in […]

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10 Books About Nutrition & Healthy Living

Since many people have a New Year’s resolution or goal of eating better or getting healthy, I thought now would be a good time to compile a list of nutrition and food books to help guide you on your journey. Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating by Walter C. […]

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The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand – A Review

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand Young adult | Retellings | Holiday Published by Harper Teen Released October 24, 2017 Goodreads Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-a-Million | Thriftbooks Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook Rating: I kept seeing Cynthia Hand’s The Afterlife of Holly Chase on Bookstagram and Booktube, recommended by people […]

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My Love/Hate Relationship with Audiobooks

Until recently, I only read physical books or ebooks. The few times I’d attempted to listen to audiobooks were disastrous, and within a few chapters I’d give up on it entirely. It baffled me a bit – after all, I love podcasts and audiobooks aren’t that different. For whatever reason, however, I found that I […]

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The Age of the Vikings by Anders Winroth – A Review

The Age of the Vikings by Anders Winroth Non-Fiction | History | Scandinavian History Published by Princeton University Press Released September 7, 2014 Goodreads Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-a-Million | Thriftbooks Author Links: Twitter Rating: History was always one of my favorite classes at school, and I miss a lot of the assigned […]

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Gorgeous Book Covers to Swoon Over

Like most book lovers, I am an absolute sucker for gorgeous books. As much as I don’t want to admit it, sometimes I can’t help but judge a book by its cover. Here are ten of the most beautiful covers I’ve seen recently. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert Goodreads Amazon | Barnes & Noble | […]

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – A Review

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo Young Adult | Fantasy Published by Orion Children’s Books Released September 27, 2016 Goodreads Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-a-Million | Thriftbooks Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Tumblr Rating: Crooked Kingdom is the second book in the Six of Crows duology. As such, I won’t be able […]

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Lady Killer Vol 1 by Joelle Jones & Jamie S. Rich – A Review

Lady Killer, Vol 1 by Joëlle Jones & Jamie S. Rich Graphic Novel | Thriller Published by Dark Horse Released September 15, 2015 Goodreads Purchase: Amazon | Books-a-Million Jamie S. Rich Links: Website Joëlle Jones Links: Website | Twitter | Tumblr Rating: The first book/graphic novel I finished in 2019 ended up being a re-read for me. […]

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10 Self-Help Books to Help with Your New Year’s Resolutions

The book market is inundated with so many self-help books these days that it can be hard to figure out which ones are worth reading. In the spirit of all the New Year’s resolutions being made this week, here are ten of the best to help you make 2019 your best year yet! You Are […]

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey Young Adult | Science-Fiction Goodreads Published by G.P Putnam’s Sons Released May 7, 2013 Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-a-Million | Thriftbooks Synopsis The 5th Wave is a young adult science fiction novel about an extraterrestrial invasion of earth. The […]

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Best Variant Comic Book Covers for January 2, 2019

One of my favorite parts of comic book collecting is seeking out the variant covers of my favorite issues. For those of you who are either not familiar with or new to the comic book world, variant covers are essentially special or limited edition covers. These are the best for the week of January 2, […]

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Comic Book Releases for January 2, 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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The Best Books I Read in 2018

2018 was a great year for reading and one in which I read things I normally would not have, thanks to wanting more variety for this blog. There were so many great books that I read, and these are the best. For this list, I’m only including books that I read for the first time […]

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Sugar-Free January

I have never been a sweet-tooth sort of person – I’ve always much preferred salty treats such as chips and pretzels. I could easily go weeks without consuming a piece of candy or a cookie. That has changed in the last couple of years, as I have found myself rediscovering my sweet tooth to the point […]

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The Worst Books I Read in 2018

Unfortunately, it’s impossible to read nothing but amazing books. Occasionally you’re going to read one that you dislike or that you just don’t get. Here are the books I’ve read this year that are like that for me. A quick disclaimer: If you love a book that I dislike, no worries! Everyone has different tastes, […]

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20 Self-Reflective Journal Prompts for 2019

January is a perfect time to set new intentions and focus on your goals for the rest of the year. I’ve always found that doing a beginning-of-the-year journal entry helps me lay out my plans for the coming year. Here are twenty journal prompts to help you set your intentions for 2019. Where do you […]

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New Releases for January 1, 2019

It’s Tuesday, and that means new book releases are out! There’s no better way to start off the new year! What books are you most excited about this week? Note: All synopses are courtesy of the publisher.   Bear No Malice by Clarissa Harwood History Fiction | Mystery Goodreads Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble Beaten […]

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A Look Back on 2018 and My Goals for 2019

2018 has been an exciting year for me. I moved in with the love of my life, Ian, and living with him has been even more fun than I could have imagined. I started Read Yourself Happy which has given me a hobby and community that I never want to do without. I started a new job […]

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See You On January 1st!

A quick note: Read Yourself Happy will be on a holiday hiatus through the end of 2018. I’ll be back on January 1st with plenty of new reviews, new blog features, and more! I hope all of you are having an amazing end to your year! See you soon!

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10 Short Books to Help You Get to Your Reading Goal

If you’re trying to meet your yearly Goodreads or reading goal during the final week of 2018, no worries: there are plenty of short books, novellas, and graphic novels that you can finish in under a day! Here are ten of my favorites. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway 128 pages I read […]

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6 Ways to Help You Get a Better Night’s Sleep

It seems like I’ve always had some kind of issue with sleeping. When I was a teenager it was sleep paralysis (which is absolutely terrifying). When I was in my early twenties I had long bouts of insomnia, and it my later twenties I would occasionally sleepwalk. The last few months, I have been having […]

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The 5 Best Planners for 2019

A popular New Year’s resolution is to be more organized and stay on top of your busy lifestyle. Having a fancy new planner will help with that. I love planners. If I’m being honest, I really just love anything involving paper, stickers, writing, and scrapbooking. I’m all about the paper life. I’ve never been one […]

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How a Single Trip to the Library Changed My Life

I had a really rough time in high school, as do many people. I was horribly depressed, had crippling social anxiety, felt like an epic loser, and fantasized about suicide. At a time when I really should have been in therapy or on anti-depressants, I had no outlet for my building stress and no one […]

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Best Variant Comic Book Covers This Week

One of my favorite parts of comic book collecting is seeking out the variant covers of my favorite issues. For those of you who are either not familiar with or new to the comic book world, variant covers are essentially special or limited edition covers. These are the best for the week of December 12, […]

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New Comic Book Releases for December 12, 2018

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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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – A Review

“It’s like the people who believe they’ll be happy if they go and live somewhere else, but who learn it doesn’t work that way. Wherever you go, you take yourself with you.” The Book The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman Middle-Grade | Magical Realism | Supernatural | Fantasy Published by HarperCollins Released September 30, 2008 Goodreads […]

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Reader Survey: Help Me Improve Read Yourself Happy

The end of the year is always a time of reflection, and as such it’s a great time for me to reflect back on the first several months of Read Yourself Happy and where I want the blog to head in the next year and beyond. My original goal for the blog was to combine […]

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Heavenward by Olga Gibbs – Blog Tour

I was invited to participate in a blog tour for Olga Gibbs’s Heavenward hosted by Melanie at  Fraser’s Fun House and I jumped on the opportunity. If you would like to read Heavenward, you can do so for free just by signing up to the Celestial Club. You’ll then receive a free e-copy of this book. You can go […]

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New Releases for December 4, 2018

There are a ton of books coming out today! Here are just a few: Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3) by Cassandra Clare Young adult | Fantasy   This is the much-anticipated final novel in the Dark Artifices trilogy. The very survival of the Shadowhunters is threatened, and Emma and Julien try to save their world. […]

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Book Drama: Nora Roberts & Tomi Adeyemi

It seems as though there’s so much drama happening in the book community lately. I wanted to take a moment to talk about the latest, involving the author of one of my favorite books of 2018: Tomi Adeyemi, author of Children of Blood and Bone, and Nora Roberts, a prolific and well-known author that you’ve probably heard […]

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A Look at the 35 Over 35 List

For the past five years, the 35 Over 35 list has been examing books written by debut authors 35 years old or older. The collection includes books that are both fiction and non-fiction. I love that they highlight authors who published in their mid-thirties or beyond. The creators originally started the list as a response to the […]

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End of the Year Book Tag

I saw this book tag over at Reading Under the Blankie. I’m not sure who created this tag, so if you know please leave that information in the comments below! Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish? I’m still only on volume one of Outlaws of the Marsh. I had […]

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December TBR and Plans

I’m planning on getting quite a bit of reading done in December. Here are the ten books I want to get to this month: Read the World Books As I stated in a previous post, I’m updating the rules of my #readtheworld challenge. Each month, I’m pulling three countries out of a bowl and reading […]

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The Road by Cormac McCarthy

On this road there are no godspoke men. They are gone and I am left and they have taken with them the world. Query: How does the never to be differ from what never was? The Book The Road by Cormac McCarthy Post-Apocalyptic | Adult Fiction Published by Knopf Released September 26, 2006 Goodreads Author Links: […]

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An Update on the #readtheworld Challenge

At the beginning of the month, I announced the Read The World Challenge, where each month I would pick a different country and read books in translation from that country or non-fiction books about that country. In November, I chose China, and there were some great posts. See the November Wrap-Up for more info on […]

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November 2018 Wrap-Up

November was a bit of a stressful month for me. As I mentioned in a post at the beginning of the month, the anxiety and depression medication I was on was making things significantly worse and I was really struggling with staying motivated and positive. Fortunately, I’m currently on a different type of medicine and […]

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – A Review

No Mourners. No Funerals. The Book Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo Fantasy | Young adult Published by Henry Holt & Co Released September 29, 2015 Goodreads Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Tumblr Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-a-Million | ThriftBooks Synopsis Six of Crows is a young adult fantasy […]

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Our Frail Disordered Lives by Mary M. Schmidt – A Review

The Book Our Frail Disordered Lives by Mary M. Schmidt Horror | Supernatural Published by Lulu Released May 16, 2018 Goodreads Author Links: Website | Twitter | Instagram Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review Synopsis Roach is […]

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GUEST POST: 7 Chinese Books in the Last 70 Years from Meonicorn

For the #readtheworldchina challenge, the amazing Meonicorn of The Bookish Land has written a guest post about 7 Chinese Books of the past 70 years. I love Meonicorn’s blog and Youtube channel, so definitely go check her out for some amazing content and book recommendations.  The Bookish Land YouTube Twitter Instagram 7 Chinese Books in […]

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Tom Baker has written a new Doctor Who novel!

Are you a Doctor Who fan? Are you ready for some very exciting news? Tom Baker, aka the Fourth Doctor, has written a new Doctor Who novel based on an idea he’s had since the 1970s! It’s called Scratchman and it’s due to be released on January 24, 2019. You best believe I already have this thing pre-ordered! After […]

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Amazon Kindle Cyber Monday Deals

Holy cow, today is the perfect day to fill up your Amazon Kindle. For Cyber Monday, Amazon has marked down over 350(!) titles up to 80% off, and there are some gems. Here are some of the best: Favorites Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi American Gods by Neil Gaiman The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu […]

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Why Journaling is Good for You and Tips for Getting Started

I recently had a doctor’s appointment regarding my severe anxiety and worsening depression, and the doctor suggested something I’ve heard a billion times: keeping a daily journal. Over the course of my thirty-one years, I’ve tried so many times to get into the habit of keeping a diary, but I inevitably stop doing it after […]

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Mystery Blogger Award

Thank you to Lori for tagging me to do this! WHAT IS MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD? “Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also […]

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Grimenna by N.K. Blazevic – A Review

The Book Grimenna by N.K. Blazevic Goodreads Published by EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing Released March 5, 2018 Obtained through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble Synopsis It was in the great forest Grimenna that the first spirits were born, created from the beliefs of men and nourished […]

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The Early Chinese Empires: Qin and Han by Mark Edward Lewis – A Review

The Book The Early Chinese Empires – Qin and Han (History of Imperial China Book 1) by Mark Edward Lewis Goodreads Published by Harvard University Press Released June 30, 2009 Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | ThriftBooks | Books-a-Million Synopsis This book focuses on the history of the Qin and Han dynasties in early Chinese […]

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My Book Bucket List

There are a lot of books that have been on my To-Be-Read list for years, but I haven’t been able to bring myself to actually reading them yet. In most cases, my procrastination in getting around to them is due to size or the number of books in the series, or just the sheer density […]

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Holiday Gift Guide – Harry Potter Edition

The holidays are coming up fast, and so many people are already starting their gift shopping. Shopping for your bookish friends (and yourself!) is fun, so here are some great gift ideas for the Harry Potter lover in your life! A Gryffindor Scarf  to keep you cozy this winter The Harry Potter Illustrated Collection These […]

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New Releases for the Week of November 13, 2018

There are so many interesting books coming out today, so the list is a wee bit longer than normal. Let’s get right into it: Becoming by Michelle Obama I’ve been eagerly anticipating this memoir by our former First Lady. I’m not afraid to admit that I was a Michelle Obama fangirl while Barack was in office. […]

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A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir – A Review

“Curse this world for what it does to the mothers, for what it does to the daughters. Curse it for making us strong through loss and pain, our hearts torn from our chests again and again. Curse it for forcing us to endure.”  The Book A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir Published by Razorbill, […]

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The Greek Gods Book Tag

Time for another book tag! This one was created by Zuky at Book Bum, and I first saw it on Lori’s Bookshelf Reads. The images used are from Book Bum with Zuky’s permission. ZEUS: KING OF THE GODS – YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK Although I generally consider my favorite book to be Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, I […]

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