Rogue & Gambit: Ring of Fire by Kelly Thompson – A Review

Rogue & Gambit: Ring of Fire by Kelly Thompson Art by Pere Pérez Comic Book Published by Marvel Released July 17, 2018 Goodreads | Amazon Rating: Remember a couple of weeks ago when I talked about my top 10 favorite X-Men characters? Number one on that list was Gambit, aka Remy LeBeau. As soon as I […]

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Down the TBR Hole #3

In my ongoing mission to reduce my massive TBR list on Goodreads, here is another Down the TBR Hole Challenge. As far as I can tell, this challenge was created by the writer at the literary blog, Lost in a Story, but it appears that the domain is no longer valid. Here are the rules: […]

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Kindle Deals for June 15, 2019

None of these Amazon 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 grab it! I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you purchase any books through the links provided here I […]

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The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick – A Review

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick Contemporary Fiction | Romance Published by Sarah Crichton Books Released September 2, 2008 Goodreads | Amazon Rating: When I was diagnosed as having bipolar disorder, I wanted to understand more about it. Since I’m obsessed with books, that resulted in trying to find books with bipolar characters. I typed […]

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Friday Wrap-Up

Thoughts This past week, my blog hit 10,000 overall views since I started it back in September. I’m also nearing 1,000 subscribers, and my mind is absolutely blown by all of this. It’s surreal. I started Read Yourself Happy because I was lonely and didn’t have any bookish friends to talk to in the city […]

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Kindle Deals for June 14, 2019

None of these Amazon 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 grab it! I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you purchase any books through the links provided here I […]

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Quick Note: Posting Schedule Change

Hey friends! I just wanted to let you know that I will not be able to post any content on Thursday, June 13. I’m working a 9am-11pm at my day job, and as such will not have any time to log onto the blog. Instead, I’ll be posting content on Saturday of this week to […]

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Death of Wolverine by Charles Soule – A Review

Death of Wolverine by Charles Soule Art by Steve McNiven Comic Book Published by Marvel Released September 3, 2014 Goodreads | Amazon Rating: Wolverine is undoubtedly one of the most popular Marvel characters. In 2014, Marvel killed off Wolverine in 4 issues, titled Death of Wolverine. The story of Death of Wolverine is about exactly what you think it […]

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Best Comic Book Covers of the Week

One of my favorite things about comic book release day is seeing all of the wonderful cover art. Here are the five best covers of the week. Star Wars Vader Dark Visions #5 Art by Greg Smallwood Venom Vol 4 #15   Art by Kyle Hotz Wonder Woman Vol 5 #72 Art by Jenny Frison Sonata #1 […]

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New Comic Book Releases for June 12, 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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Kindle Daily Deals for June 12, 2019

None of these Amazon 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 grab it! I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you purchase any books through the links provided here I […]

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Why You Should Declutter Your Digital Life

In today’s society, it feels like we’re expected to be on top of everything – from the best new bands to current events to all the new book releases coming out. There’s so much going on around us, however, that it’s easy to get lost in all of the digital noise. The first time I […]

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Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi Middle Grade | Fantasy Published by Dutton Released April 30, 2016 Goodreads | Amazon Rating: The first Tahereh Mafi book I read was A Very Large Expanse of Sea, which I rated 3.5 stars and really enjoyed. One of the things that struck me about that novel was how gorgeous Tahereh Mafi’s writing […]

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New Book Releases for June 11, 2019

It’s Tuesday! Here are the new books coming out today! Bunny by Mona Awad The Good Sister by Gillian McAllister Honestly, We Meant Well by Grant Ginder The Paper Wasp by Lauren Acampora Recursion by Blake Crouch Song for the Unraveling of the World by Brian Evenson The Book of Disappearance by Ibtisam Azem Bunny by Mona Awad Call Your Daughter Home by Deb […]

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Kindle Deals for June 11, 2019

None of these Amazon 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 grab it! I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you purchase any books through the links provided here I […]

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – A Review

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Classic Literature | Romance Released January 28, 1813 Goodreads | Amazon Rating: Pride and Prejudice is the most well-known of Jane Austen’s novels, and the sort of book that most people read in high school. For whatever reason, I didn’t read any of Austen’s novels in school, though, after reading it […]

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Kindle Deals for June 10, 2019

None of these Amazon 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 grab it! I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you purchase any books through the links provided here I […]

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Kathy Kimbray, author of “A Shifting of Stars” – Friday Favorites

For our last Friday Favorites interview, we spoke to Hanna Jameson, author of The Last! This week we’re talking to author Kathy Kimbray, author of A Shifting of Stars.  I reviewed this new release earlier in the week. Here’s my review. Tell us a bit about yourself. My name is Kathy, and I live with my husband in […]

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Down the TBR Hole – #2

When I did the first iteration of this challenge I got rid of 2 out of ten books on my TBR. Currently, my TBR on Goodreads has 3,851 books on it. Which, distressingly, is even more than I had on my TBR at the end of part one of this challenge. In case you didn’t […]

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Full Tilt by Neal Shusterman – A Review

Full Tilt by Neal Shusterman YA | Horror Released January 11, 2003 Published by Simon Pulse Goodreads | Amazon Rating: How many of us judge a book by its cover? As much as I hate to admit it, I do. Frequently, actually. This is one of those occasions where I needed to remind myself that I’m not supposed […]

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Kindle Deals for June 6, 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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Comic Book Covers of the Week

One of my favorite things about comic book release day is seeing all of the wonderful cover art. Here are the five best covers of the week. Black Cat #1 Art by Stanley Artgerm Lau Green Lantern Vol 6 #8 Toni Infante Witchblade Vol 2 #14 Art by Roberta Ingranata Man-Eaters #9 Art by Lia […]

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Comic Book Releases for June 5, 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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Kindle Deals for June 5, 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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New Book Releases for June 4, 2019

It’s Tuesday! Here are the new books coming out today! Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong Oval by Elvia Wilk Patsy by Nicole Y. Dennis-Benn The Summer Country by Lauren Willig This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura Wild and Crooked by Leah […]

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Kindle Deals for June 4, 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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June Plans & TBR

More than likely, June is going to be a very busy month for me. There’s a chance I’m moving at the end of the month (we are possibly extending our lease, but we haven’t decided yet). If we do end up moving, I’m fairly certain that I won’t be getting much reading done. However, if […]

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May 2019 Wrap-Up

The month of May went by extraordinarily fast! I can’t believe it’s already June. I didn’t read as much as I would have liked this month, as you can see below. Out of the books I read, the worst was definitely Stephen King’s Elevation. I was so disappointed with that book, and it’s the worst Stephen King […]

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Kindle Deals for June 3, 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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Hanna Jameson, author of “The Last” – Friday Favorites

Hanna Jameson - The Last - Friday Favorites - Interview

For our last Friday Favorites interview, we spoke to Carolyn at Sew Happy Stitch Happy! This week we’re talking to author Hanna Jameson, author of the post-apocalyptic mystery novel, The Last.  I reviewed this amazing novel earlier in the week. Here’s my five-star review. What was your inspiration for The Last, specifically in regards to telling a mystery […]

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Friday Wrap-Up

Thoughts I’m not sure what I want to talk about here this week. This past week has been a mental struggle for me. The thing that drives me crazy about being bipolar and that has driven me nuts long before my diagnosis, is the inconsistencies of my mood. It’s exhausting to wake up and not […]

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10 Small Things You Can Do To Make Yourself Feel Instantly Happier

We all have days when we feel down in the dumps, or frustrated, or angry. Most of us don’t have the luxury of taking mental health days and calling out of work or canceling all of our plans when we have days like that. There are small things you can do in the moment to […]

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A Shifting of Stars (Of Stars, #1) by Kathy Kimbray – A Review

A Shifting of Stars (Of Stars, #1) by Kathy Kimbray Fantasy | Young Adult Self-Published Released May 28, 2019 Goodreads | Amazon Rating: I was fortunate enough to be sent a free e-ARC of A Shifting of Stars from the author, along with the opportunity to participate in her cover reveal. A Shifting of Stars is the first book in […]

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New Comic Book Releases for May 29th

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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Down the TBR Hole (Again) – #1

This challenge is something that I did a couple of times when I first started this blog. The idea behind it is to reduce the number of books on your TBR list. As far as I can tell, this challenge was created by the writer at the literary blog, Lost in a Story, but it […]

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New Book Releases for May 28, 2019

It’s Tuesday! Here are the new books coming out today! How Not to Die Alone by Richard Roper Some Choose Darkness by Charlie Donlea The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane How Not to Die Alone by Richard Roper Last Day by Domenica Ruta The Learning Curve by Mandy Berman Other Words for Home by […]

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Do You Have Job-Related Burnout?

Feeling burned out at work is something that many of us will feel at one point or another. Our society forces us to work, mostly in jobs that mean nothing to us, for long hours, low pay, and mediocre benefits. It’s no wonder that people’s mental health can begin to decline in those circumstances. According […]

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The Last by Hanna Jameson – A Review

The Last by Hanna Jameson Post-Apocalyptic | Mystery Published by Atria Books Released April 9, 2019 Goodreads | Amazon Rating: If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you’ll know that my favorite genre is post-apocalyptic, and it has been for as long as I can remember. I’m fascinated by the end of […]

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Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days by Chris Guillebeau – A Review

Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days by Chris Guillebeau Non-Fiction | Self-Help | Personal Finance Published by Crown Business Released September 19, 2017 Goodreads | Amazon Rating: My number one goal in life is to work for myself. I’ve never been a fan of corporate 9-5 desk jobs or customer service jobs. It […]

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Friday Wrap-up

Thoughts If you noticed that I didn’t post too much this week, I really apologize for that. Despite finally being on medication for bipolar disorder, this week my moods have been all over the place, and my anxiety has been super high. My job is really stressful and I had a hard time dealing with […]

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[Updated] Everything We Know About the Star Trek Picard Series So Far

Breaking News Update: 5/24/19 CBS has released the first trailer for the new Picard series! Here you go: As many of you who are long-term readers know, I’m a huge Star Trek fan. As such, I’m eagerly looking forward to the bevy of new shows that CBS is creating after the success of Star Trek: Discovery. The show that I’m […]

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New Comic Book Releases for May 22, 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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New Book Releases for May 21, 2019

Here are the books coming out today, May 21st! The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins How to Forget: A Daughter’s Memoir by Kate Mulgrew Kingsbane (Empirium, #2) by Clarie Legrand The Organs of Sense by Adam Ehrlich Sachs Amelia Westlake was Never Here by Erin Gough Biloxi by Mary Miller Birthday by Meredith Russo Bright Burning Stars by A.K. Small The […]

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The Five Best Adult Magical Realism Books

Magical realism is a genre that creates a bridge between reality and the slightly whimsical. It differs from genres such as fantasy and science fiction by being firmly planted in our world, our reality. In magical realism, we recognize the world in which the story takes place, but there’s an element that is slightly unusual or magical. […]

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Do I Have That Book? Challenge

I first came across this book tag after watching Hannah and Hailey’s Booktube channels. The Challenge was originally created by Tabby at the YouTube channel Keeping Tabs. As you know, I don’t have a YouTube channel (yet), so we’ll do this the blogger way. Let’s get right into it. 1. Do you have a book […]

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Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples – A Review

Saga, Volume One by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples Science Fiction Published by Image Comics Released October 23, 2012 Goodreads | Amazon Rating: The Saga series has been on my radar for years, so I’m not sure why I didn’t start reading it before now. There’s quite a bit of hype surrounding this series, so that […]

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Carolyn at Sew Happy Stitch Happy – Friday Favorites

Last week for Friday Favorites we revisited Becca. This week we’re talking to Carolyn at Sew Happy Stitch Happy! I recently purchased one of Carolyn’s book sleeves and I am so impressed by the quality of it! If you haven’t checked out her shop, I highly recommend doing so! Tell us a bit about yourself. […]

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New Comic Book Releases for May 15

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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New Releases for May 14, 2019

Here are the new releases for May 14, 2019! There are some truly amazing titles coming out this week! I’m personally most excited about The Unhoneymooners and We Hunt the Flame! The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips Home Remedies by Xuan Juliana Wang The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta Orange World and Other Stories by […]

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My Top 10 Favorite X-Men Characters

According to Twitter, today is X-Men Day. I’m game for that. I’m a fairly serious comic book collector, and the majority of what I read and collect are Marvel comics (with a bunch of Star Trek stuff thrown in). The X-Men have always been one of my favorite superhero groups. There are so many interesting mutant characters, […]

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Remembering My Mother on Mother’s Day

My amazing mother passed away on Memorial Day, 2010. She had been sick, but her death was still unexpected. The guy I was dating at the time drove me (while I was weeping uncontrollably) nine hours to be by her side, but she wasn’t conscious by the time I got there. She died shortly after […]

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Please Stop Praising Danielle Steel’s Writing Schedule

On May 9th, Glamour published an interview with prolific author Danielle Steel. In it, Steel admits that it’s normal for her to work 20-22 hours per day, even pulling entire 24-hour shifts writing from time to time. According to Steel, getting four hours of sleep is the most she usually has, and that’s on a […]

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The Farm by Joanne Ramos – A Review

The Farm by Joanne Ramos Fiction | Speculative Fiction Published by Random House Released May 7, 2019 Goodreads | Amazon Rating: Synopsis Nestled in the Hudson Valley is a sumptuous retreat boasting every amenity: organic meals, private fitness trainers, daily massages—and all of it for free. In fact, you get paid big money—more than you’ve ever […]

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Is Your Anxiety Harming Your Relationships?

I read this amazing article on the blog Wit & Delight today, written by Jackie Saffert. It made me reflect on my past relationships and how I reacted to the failure of those relationships. Jackie Saffert writes about her own relationships and personal issues with anxiety, It wasn’t until a week later that I understood […]

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Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone – A Review

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone Young Adult | Contemporary Published by Disney-Hyperion Released June 16, 2015 Goodreads | Amazon Rating: Synopsis Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never […]

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Becca: Friday Favorites

Last week, we talked to Tori. This week, we’re revisiting Becca. This post was originally published on October 5, 2018. Tell us a bit about yourself! I’ve always been a book nerd so it was no surprise that I became an English teacher. When most people find out that I’m an English teacher, they picture […]

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New Releases for May 7, 2019

Here are the new releases for May 7, 2019! Again, but Better by Christina Riccio Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff The Bride Test by Helen Hoang Exhalation: Stories by Ted Chiang The Farm by Joanne Ramos Finale: A Caraval Novel by Stephanie Garber Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins Juliet the Maniac by Juliet Escoria Light From […]

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May Book of the Month Selections

Book of the Month is one of my favorite book subscription boxes. Every month, they offer five new releases that you can pick from for just $14.99. If you want to add more than one book, you can add an additional two books per month for just $9.99 each. If you want to read budget new […]

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Elevation by Stephen King – A Review

Elevation by Stephen King Fiction Published by Scribner Released October 30, 2018 Goodreads | Amazon Rating: First of all, Elevation won the 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards in the horror category, and I have no idea how. This is most definitely not a horror book. Second, this book is godawful. I grew up reading Stephen King’s books, as my […]

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Sunday Wrap-up – May 5, 2019

Thoughts Yesterday I took a long drive down to the town where I grew up. It’s probably been close to two years since the last time I was there, despite the fact that I currently live just 45 minutes away. Part of the reason it took me so long was that I have such a […]

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May the Fourth Be With You – Star Wars Stuff for Star Wars Day

Who would have thought that a science fiction film released in 1977 would end up becoming one of the biggest franchises and fandoms in the world, still wildly popular over forty years later?! To celebrate Star Wars Day, here are some awesome loot and books to help you embrace the force! Journey to Star Wars: […]

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Why Freedom of the Press is Vital

Today is World Press Freedom Day. This annual event was created by the United Nations and is meant to remind people and governments of the importance of a free press. Freedom of the Press has always been vital to democracy, but these days it seems like we need to constantly remind ourselves of it. I […]

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Tori: Friday Favorites

For last week’s Friday Favorites, we talked to Taylor from Working Classless. This week we’re talking to Tori! Tell us a bit about yourself. Hello, I’m Tori! I love books, tacos, cats, fashion, and baking. I love posting about the books I’m reading on my personal Instagram (@itstorihalligan). What types of books are you drawn […]

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May 2019 Plans & TBR

I can’t believe it’s May already. 2019 is moving by at an extraordinary pace. This month, I want to focus on reading books I already own. I have a tendency to max out my library card constantly, which means I’m practically always reading a borrowed book while I have hundreds of books that sat unread […]

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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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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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