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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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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The Four Chinese Classics

This is part of Read Yourself Happy’s #readtheworld series. Every other month, a new country will be selected, and we’ll examine literature and culture for that location. If you would like to participate this month, use the hashtag #readtheworldchina. When you start learning about Chinese literature, you will undoubtedly come across the Four Chinese Classics […]

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Carl Sagan Day

Carl Sagan should be remembered for a number of reasons, but most importantly for how he made average, non-scientist citizens care deeply for the sciences of astronomy and physics. The television series based on his book, Cosmos, was ground-breaking and is still important today. Since Carl Sagan was born on November 9th, 1934, the date has […]

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The Five Ws Book Tag

It’s been a while since I’ve done a book tag, and this one looked like fun! This tag was created by Shyla at Words & Stitches, and I found it via The Bibliophagist. WHO | WHO IS AN AUTHOR YOU’D LOVE TO HAVE A ONE-ON-ONE WITH? This one is easy: Neil Gaiman. He’s been one […]

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A Quick Life Update

For the past couple of weeks, you may have noticed that I haven’t been posting as much as I normally would. My goal for this blog was to post something at least once a day since there are always things to talk about in the book world. That is still my goal, and one that […]

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Foundations of Chinese Civilization by Jing Liu – A Review

“After 17,434 disasters, 3,791 wars, 663 emperors, and 95 dynasties, the 5,000-year-old Chinese civilization marches on.” The Book Foundations of Chinese Civilization: The Yellow Emperor to the Han Dynasty (2697 BCE – 220 CE) by Jing Liu Released May 31, 2016 Published by Stone Bridge Press Goodreads Author links: Facebook Synopsis Foundations of Chinese Civilizations is the history […]

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Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson – A Review

The Book Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson, with art by Emily Carroll Published by Farrar Straus Giroux Released February 6, 2018 Goodreads Author Links: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Tumblr Artist Links: Website | Twitter | Synopsis This book is the graphic novel adaptation of the novel, Speak. It’s about a […]

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A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir – A Review

“When the fear takes over, use the only thing more powerful, more indestructible, to fight it: your spirit. Your heart.” The Book A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir Published by Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Released August 30, 2016 Goodreads Author: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr | Goodreads | Facebook | Pinterest Read My Review of An Ember in the Ashes Synopsis A Torch Against the […]

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Read the World Challenge: China

I’ve been looking for a massive reading challenge to undertake. A few months ago, I decided that I wanted to read a book from every country, which in itself is pretty daunting, as there are 195 officially recognized countries in the world. I’m taking it a little further though. One of the personality traits that […]

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October Wrap-Up

Here’s a quick run-down of Read Yourself Happy during the month of October. Books Here is the list of books I finished in October. Some of the books at the top of the list I actually started in September but finished in October. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – Probably the best book I […]

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October OwlCrate Unboxing!

October was the first month in my subscription of OwlCrate, and it was a wonderful surprise! I loved every single item I received, and I can’t wait to read both of the books that were included. In case you haven’t heard of OwlCrate, it is a monthly young adult book subscription box. Each box includes […]

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12 Exciting New Book Releases for the Week of October 30, 2018

Elevation by Stephen King I grew up loving Stephen King’s books, so anytime a new one is released (which is often) I immediately add it to my TBR list. This one is about a man named Scott Carey, who has a mysterious affliction. He’s losing weight, although he doesn’t look any different on the outside. How […]

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10 Books to Help You Celebrate Cat Day

October 29th is National Cat Day, a day to celebrate our purr-fect furry friends and promote adoption and anti-cruelty campaigns. I’ve got a cat myself and she’s the most adorable critter in my life. Her name is Layla, and here she is in all of her glory: To help you celebrate National Cat Day, here are […]

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Battlestar Suburbia by Chris McCrudden – A Review

“‘You know,’ added Alma, ‘the older I get, the more I think it’s not war or politics or all that stuff that makes history what it is. From what I can see, it’s all about the house prices.’” The Book Battlestar Suburbia by Chris McCrudden Published by Farrago Release Date: September 20, 2018 Goodreads Author Links: […]

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Short Reviews

I’m almost always reading multiple books or comics at one time, and many of the smaller books I read are too short to warrant a long review. Therefore, I’ve gathered those books to review in one post! Note: All of these books were obtained through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Good Night, Kitty […]

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Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl – A Review

The Book Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl Published by Alfred A Knopf Released in 1970 Goodreads Author Links: Website | Twitter Synopsis Fantastic Mr. Fox is a children’s book about Mr. Fox and his family. Every night, Mr. Fox goes to one of the three farms surrounding the hole they live in and steals food for […]

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My Five Favorite Booktube Videos of the Week

I don’t watch much television unless it’s Star Trek or Doctor Who, but I binge-watch booktube. If you’re not familiar with booktube, it’s essentially hundreds of YouTube channels about books. Here are five of my favorite videos that I watched this week: Funny One Star Reviews: An Ember in the Ashes – Elliot Brooks Halloween Reading Recommendations – A […]

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – A Review

“I look up at the stars hanging low in a sky that makes me think I’m seeing the infinite. But beneath their cold gaze, I feel small. All the beauty of the stars means nothing when life here on earth is so ugly.” The Book An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir Published by Razorbill, […]

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10 Fun Adult Coloring Books You Need To See

Coloring books aren’t just for children. Sitting down to relax and color can reduce your anxiety and practice mindfulness. I usually color while I’m listening to audiobooks, and it’s become a favorite past time of mine. There are so many amazing coloring books out there, so I wanted to share a few of my favorites. […]

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9 Great Comic Books Coming Out Today – October 24, 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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Tuesday Temptations: 12 Great Books Coming Out Today

There are so many great books coming out this week, including the final book in the Throne of Glass series. Here are my top twelve picks for the week. Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass) by Sarah J. Maas Amazon | Goodreads The much-anticipated conclusion to Sarah J. Maas’ bestselling Throne of Glass series is finally here. I’m not going […]

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Doctor Strange: The Oath – A Comic Series Review

“The firm footing of rational thought has its place, Watson, but when dealing with the enchanted one must take the occasional leap of faith.” The Series   Doctor Strange: The Oath by Brian K. Vaughn, art by Marcos Martin Published in 2007 by Marvel Read through Marvel Unlimited Amazon | Goodreads What It Is The Oath is a […]

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Down the TBR Hole #2; or, How to Fail at Reducing Your TBR List

My TBR list is seriously out of control. Every time I see or hear of a new book that sounds even remotely interesting to me, I immediately add it to my Want To Read list on Goodreads. It can be intimidating when it comes time to choose a new book because the list is so […]

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Daisy’s Run by Scott Baron

The Book Daisy’s Run by Scott Baron Part One of The Clockwork Chimera series Amazon | Goodreads Published by Curiouser Release Date: November 15, 2018 Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter Obtained through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review What It Is Daisy’s Run is the first in a five-part science fiction series focused […]

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The 10 Most Exciting Comic Books Released This Week

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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12 Amazing Books That Came Out This Week

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi Amazon | Goodreads Although I haven’t read any of Tahereh Mafi’s books (yet…), I feel like I’ve been hearing about this one for at least a year. The story takes place in 2002, a year after the events of 9/11, and follows Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim […]

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Bunnicula by Deborah & James Howe

Bunnicula review; james and deborah howe; read yourself happy; halloween books, children books

The Book Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe, illustrated by Alan Daniel Amazon | Goodreads Published by Scholastic Released 1979 Author Links: Website What It Is Bunnicula is a children’s book told from the point of view of two of a family’s pets: Harold, a dog who loves to eat, and his best friend Chester, a […]

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The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

Book Review of The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee; historical fiction; best books of 2018; what should i read next; great feminist books

“Everyone has heared stories of women like us – cautionary tales, morality plays, warning of what will befall you if you are a girl too wild for this world, a girl who asks too many questions or wants too much. If you set off into the world alone.  “Everyone has heard stories of women like […]

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Sunday Links: October 14, 2018

On the Blog How to Read Great Books Without Spending Your Entire Paycheck  The Witches by Roald Dahl Chloe: Friday Favorites 10 Exciting Comic Books Being Released Today Tuesday Temptations: New Releases for the Week of October 9, 2018 5 Books to Read on Indigenous Peoples’ Day Tales from The Warming by Lorin R Robinson […]

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How to Read Great Books Without Spending Your Entire Paycheck

Here’s a basic truth that all readers know: books are expensive. With single books costing between $15-$20, sometimes more, catching up on your favorite series can be a pricey endeavor. Goodness knows I spend far too much on books, to the point where my boyfriend has to frequently remind me that we have bills to […]

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The Witches by Roald Dahl

The Book The Witches by Roald Dahl Amazon | Goodreads Published by Jonathan Cape, a division of Penguin Random House Released 1983 Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter 10 Things You Should Know About Roald Dahl on His Birthday What Is It About? The Witches is a children’s book about a little boy that goes […]

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Chloe: Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites is a new weekly feature that asks readers to share their favorite books. If you would like to contribute just shoot me a message! Tell us a bit about yourself! My first love is knitting! Above anything else, I love the tranquility and meditative peace it brings me, and also having something I created to […]

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10 Exciting Comic Books Being Released Today

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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Tuesday Temptations: New Releases for the Week of October 9th, 2018

This list is going to be quite a bit longer than the last few because there are so many amazing books coming out. I’m so excited. Let’s get right to it! November Road by Lou Berney (Goodreads) A crime novel that takes place in America in the 1960s, this book follows the story of Frank […]

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5 Books to Read on Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Every year, more and more people are choosing to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day rather than Columbus Day, and it’s about damn time. Here are five books that celebrate Native American culture: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie Amazon | Goodreads In this young adult novel, Junior spends his time on […]

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Book Review: Tales from The Warming by Lorin R. Robinson

“Without taking her eyes off the emerald waters of the island’s central lagoon, she said: ‘This is unbearably lovely. What a tragedy that the people who contributed least to the causes of the warming are the ones who bear its greatest burdens.’” The Book Tales from The Warming: 10 Near-Future Stories Envisioning the Human Impact […]

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Book Review: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

The Book Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi Amazon | Goodreads Published by Henry Holt, part of Macmillan Publishing Group Released: March 6, 2018 Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram They killed my mother. They took our magic. They tried to bury us. Now we rise. What […]

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Why You Should Shop for Books at Thrift Stores

I had a doctor’s appointment this morning that I was really anxious about, so to cheer myself up I decided to swing by Goodwill on my way home for some (discount) retail therapy. I intended to try to find some new work clothes but ended up leaving with two bags full of books, and a […]

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New Comic Book Releases for October 3, 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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Tuesday Temptations: New Releases for the Week of October 2, 2018

I’m not a very patient person, so it’s been hard waiting for The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy to finally be released. I’m reading it the day it’s delivered to me. Aside from that novel that is obviously going to be incredible, there are so many great books coming out this week.   The Lady’s Guide […]

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Book Review: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

“Every time I get nervous or scared, I remind myself that every good story needs twists and turns. Every heroine needs an adventure.” The Book City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab Amazon | Goodreads Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Tumblr Publisher: Scholastic, 2018 What It Is Cassidy Blake is a young […]

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October TBR

It’s finally October! I love this month so much. Pumpkin everything, the leaves changing color, spooky stuff everywhere, cooler weather… there’s just so much to love. The fall is a time when I always feel rejuvenated and at my happiest. Since it’s the first day of the month, that means it’s time to put together […]

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Sunday Links – September 30, 2018

Literature So You Want to Read American Gothic? Here’s Where to Start – Unbound Worlds Weird and Weirder: An Interview with Jeff Vandermeer – BookRiot Dystopia is Realism: The Future is Here If You Look Closely – Literary Hub 21 Best Books on Prisons, Incarceration, and the Justice System – Signature Reads A Guide to […]

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Should You Read Multiple Books At Once?

Here is a list of books that I’m currently reading: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson Tales from the Warming by Lorin R. Robinson The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron Structuring Your Novel by K.M. Weiland (because, yes I am!) various […]

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September Book Hauls – Book Outlet & Book of the Month!

I was fortunate enough to obtain some really great books in the month of September, most of them from Book Outlet, as well as a couple from my first Book of the Month box. Book Outlet I just recently learned about the discount book website Book Outlet, and I’m officially obsessed. I spent at least […]

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Banned Books, Part Seven

September 23-29 is Banned Books Week, a week that promotes the freedom to read. Every day this week, I’ll be sharing three banned books that you should add to your TBR lists. Part One Part Two Part Three Part Four Part Five Part Six Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell While many people remember the […]

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10 Books to Celebrate Hug a Vegetarian Day!

Since today is Hug a Vegetarian Day, I thought I’d share some books that celebrate vegetarian and vegan lifestyles. I was vegan for eleven years before I started having severe health issues that caused me to start consuming animal products again (which I’m still upset about0. The first five books on this list are books […]

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Banned Books, Part Six

September 23-29 is Banned Books Week, a week that promotes the freedom to read. Every day this week, I’ll be sharing three banned books that you should add to your TBR lists. Part One Part Two Part Three Part Four Part Five     Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Bloom When I […]

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Banned Books, Part Five

September 23-29 is Banned Books Week, a week that promotes the freedom to read. Every day this week, I’ll be sharing three banned books that you should add to your TBR lists. Part One Part Two Part Three Part Four     The Witches by Roald Dahl Beloved children’s authors are not exempt from having books […]

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Banned Books, Part Four

September 23-29 is Banned Books Week, a week that promotes the freedom to read. Every day this week, I’ll be sharing three banned books that you should add to your TBR lists. Part One Part Two Part Three     Carrie by Stephen King Stephen King’s first published novel, Carrie was banned in some places due to people […]

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New Comic Book Releases for September 26, 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, […]

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Comic Book Review: Black Bolt by Saladin Ahmed & Christian Ward

The Comic Book Black Bolt (Issues 1-12), collected in Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 Written by Saladin Ahmed (Twitter | Patreon) Art by Christian Ward (Website |Twitter | Tumblr) & Frazer Irving (Tumblr |Instagram) Goodreads (Vol. 1 & Vol. 2) Marvel Unlimited Published by Marvel, 2018 What It Is Black Bolt is the King of […]

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Book Review: Mortals and Immortals of Greek Mythology by Francoise Rachmuhl

The Book Mortals and Immortals of Greek Mythology by Francoise Rachmuhl, illustrations by Charlotte Gastaut Amazon | Goodreads Children’s literature, mythology Published by Lion Forge, 2018 I received an ARC of this book for review through NetGalley What It Is This is a children’s book about the most important figures in Greek mythology. Each page […]

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Banned Books: Part Three

September 23-29 is Banned Books Week, a week that promotes the freedom to read. Every day this week, I’ll be sharing three banned books that you should add to your TBR lists. Part One Part Two   The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain This may be one of the most well-known banned books in […]

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Tuesday Temptations: New Releases for the week of September 25, 2018

A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney Amazon | Goodreads Fantasy, retelling This is an urban fantasy retelling of Alice in Wonderland, and L.L. McKinney’s debut novel. It takes place in Atlanta, GA, and tells the story of Alice as she fights magical, monstrous creatures in Wonderland. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green Amazon | Goodreads […]

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Banned Books, Part Two

September 23-29 is Banned Books Week, a week that promotes the freedom to read. Every day this week, I’ll be sharing three banned books that you should add to your TBR lists. Part One       1984 by George Orwell George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel has been banned and challenged all over the U.S. for […]

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Banned Books, Part One

September 23-29 is Banned Books Week, a week that promotes the freedom to read. Every day this week, I’ll be sharing three banned books that you should add to your TBR lists. (Since I didn’t get a chance to post yesterday, parts one and two will be posted today.)   A Light in the Attic by […]

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Book Review: I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel

“We are readers. Books are an essential part of our lives and of our life stories. For us, reading isn’t just a hobby or a pastime; it’s a lifestyle.” The Book I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life by Anne Bogel Amazon | Goodreads Author Links: Website | Facebook | […]

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Sunday Links – September 23, 2018

Book News Author Interview: Mackenzi Lee – Libro.FM blog Also, read my review of Mackenzi Lee’s The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue Why You Need a Reading Plan – The Art of Manliness A look at famous writers’ desks and writing areas – The Paris Review Wizards, Moomins, and Pirates: The magic and mystery of […]

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3 Videos to Help You Celebrate Hobbit Day 2018!

J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are incredible fantasy and adventure stories, and also some of my favorite books of all time. In the books, both Frodo and Bilbo Baggins share the same birthday – September 22! To celebrate, here are three videos you might enjoy. Also be sure to check out my list […]

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Book Review: People of the Sun by Jason Parent

“So you’re a space camel vampire that derives superpowers from water? That’s not nearly as terrifying as your appearance suggests.” The Book People of the Sun by Jason Parent Author links: Website | Facebook | Twitter Publisher: Sinister Grin Press Science fiction Amazon | Goodreads Obtained from NetGalley What Is It About? Jason Parent’s People […]

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5 Books for International Day of Peace 2018

Today is the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, “a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.” To celebrate, here are five books that promote peace and non-violence in our world. Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict by Erica Chenoweth and Maria […]

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Friday Favorites: Penny W

Friday Favorites is a new weekly feature that asks readers to share their favorite books. My boyfriend convinced me to start with my own, so here we are. If you would like to contribute just shoot me a message! Tell us a bit about yourself I’m an avid reader and book blogger, when I’m not […]

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Anonymous Bookaholics Tag

I’ve seen this book tag on a few blogs now, such as Red Rocket Panda and Life and Other Disasters, and it seemed fun, so I figured I’d play along since I love any excuse to talk about books. Here are the questions: What Do You Like About Buying a New Book? Oh, so much. […]

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Down the TBR Hole #1

My TBR list is seriously out of control. Every time I see or hear of a new book that sounds even remotely interesting to me, I immediately add it to my Want To Read list on Goodreads. It can be intimidating when it comes time to choose a new book because the list is so […]

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Tuesday Temptations: New Releases for the Week of September 18, 2018

Pride – Ibi Zoboi Amazon | Goodreads Publisher: Balzer + Bray This is a modern re-telling of the classic Pride and Prejudice, taking place in Brooklyn. There have been a ton of amazing reviews of this book. Sea Prayer – Khaled Hosseini Amazon | Goodreads Publisher: Riverhead Books From the author of The Kite Runner, Hosseini’s new book is […]

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Book Review: Flora and the Shooting Stars by Chantal Van den Heuvel

The Book Flora and the Shooting Stars by Chantal Van den Heuvel, art by Daphne Collignon Amazon | Goodreads Graphic novel | Romance Published by Europe Comics Obtained through Netgalley What It Is Flora is a 40-something divorcee looking for romance after her marriage fails disastrously. She and her friends meet up frequently to talk about […]

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