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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Becca: 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! 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 […]

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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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Book Review: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

The Book The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee Amazon | Goodreads Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books Published: 2017 Genre: Young adult, historical fiction, adventure, LGBT Author Links: Website | Twitter | Pinterest | Facebook | Youtube | Instagram What It Is Set in the 1700s, the story follows Henry Montague (“Monty”), his sister […]

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Sunday Links – September 16th

Literature: Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell on why we need libraries – The Guardian 13 Reasons Why Libraries are Holding Us All Together – Read It Forward “Bitches” by Melissa Lozada-Oliva Bob Woodward’s Fear Sells more than 750,000 Copies in First Day – The Guardian BBC Short Story Prize Selects All-Female Shortlist for Fifth Time […]

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Book Review: The Realm by Seth M. Peck & Jeremy Haun

“Funny how quickly you can get used to some things, and how quickly you can forget others. One day you’re worrying about passing your algebra final and the next thing you know, you’re trying not to get eaten by trolls.” The Book The Realm, Volume 1 (plus issues 6 and 7) by Seth M. Peck […]

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The Great American Read, Part 2

A couple of days ago, I shared my 10 Picks from the Great American Read, a new TV show and campaign from PBS. I had a few more thoughts on the list that I wanted to share with you. Something I realized from reading through this list was how many classics I haven’t yet had […]

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Book Review: Invincible Living by Guru Jagat

We’re in a new trajectory on the planet. This is a new time with new challenges, requirements, and rules of engagement than even five years ago. And part of what’s happening is that the entire psychomagnetic field of the Earth is changing. As a result of this shift in the Earth’s psychomagnetic field, there’s a […]

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2018 National Book Awards Longlist for Poetry, Nonfiction, and Fiction

The National Book Foundation has released more longlists for their 2018 National Book Awards! I’ve already shared their lists for translated literature and young people’s literature. Here are their newest lists: Poetry Wobble by Rae Armantrout feeld by Jos Charles Be With by Forrest Gander American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin by Terrance […]

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Print Books vs Ebooks – My Perspective

The most common debate in the bookish community seems to be print books versus digital books. Everyone has a strong opinion one way or the other, even if they use both methods of reading. Earlier today, I read an article from Lifehacker entitled, “You Don’t Own the Music, Movies, or Ebooks You ‘Buy’ on Amazon or […]

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10 Picks from the Great American Read

PBS is hosting a new series centered around the 100 most-loved American novels, The Great American Read. The first episode is already available, and it’s running through October 23rd. The list is full of different genres, and everyone will be able to find some books on here that they’ll love. Here are my top 10 picks […]

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2018 National Book Awards Longlist for Young People’s Literature

The National Book Foundation announced their longlist for young people’s literature. There are some obvious names on the list, like Tahereh Mafi, but a few others you may not have heard of yet. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin We’ll Fly Away by Bryan […]

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10 Things You Should Know about Roald Dahl on his Birthday

Today is legendary children’s author Roald Dahl’s birthday. Not surprisingly, it’s also Roald Dahl day. When I was in fifth grade, I had a teacher who adored Dahl, and for at least fifteen minutes every day, she would read to us from one of his books. It was my introduction to his work, and I […]

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2018 National Book Awards Translated Literature Longlist Released!

The National Book Foundation has released its longlist for translated literature. I hadn’t heard of any of these books before, but they all sound so great. Disoriental by Negar Djavadi Amazon | Goodreads Comemadre by Roque Larraquy Amazon | Goodreads The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq – Dunya Mikhail Amazon | Goodreads One […]

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Tuesday Temptations: New Releases for the Week of September 11, 2018

“Discovering the ‘impossible’ ending to a new book makes me sick with joy and relief.” – Chuck Palahniuk I apologize for this being a day late. I’ve been distracted by the massive hurricane heading this way and having a cold. There are so many amazing books coming out this week. Here are a few of […]

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10 Books about the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001

When the terrorist attacks in America happened on September 11, 2001, I was in the ninth grade, and in my current events class. We had the news turned on in the background as we always did, and we were taking turns talking about interesting news articles we had found. The classroom’s phone rang, and our […]

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Book Review: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

We were determined to ignore whatever needed to be ignored, to build a new world from nothing if nothing in our world could be salvaged. The Book Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer Goodreads What It Is Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is am an ambitious child, spending his time inventing, learning, acting, making […]

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5 Books About Suicide for World Suicide Prevention Day

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. According to the World Health Organization, someone takes their own life every 40 seconds. Here are five books that deal with suicide. If you or a loved one are at risk, please act before it’s too late. In the United States, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline […]

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Book Review: The Water Knife – Paolo Bacigalupi

Toomie sighed. “I used to know this Indian guy. Skinny dude, came over from India. Didn’t have a wife or family anymore. Maybe they were back there in India, I can’t remember. Anyway, the thing he said that stuck with me was that people are alone here in America. They’re all alone. And they don’t […]

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Bookish Loot: The Hobbit

I have found that it is the small everyday deed of ordinary folks that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love. – Gandalf, The Hobbit The Hobbit has been my favorite book since I was a child. My mother had a gorgeous green leather-bound edition of it, and I always loved […]

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Sunday Links

“Sunday is the golden clasp that binds together the volume of the week.” ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Literature The Wind Cave – Haruki Murakami – a short story about a young boy losing his sister. It’s a great piece. September Midnight – a poem by Sara Teasdale My Grandmother Washes Her Feet in the Sink of […]

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Book Review: The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway

He looked across the sea and knew how alone he was now. But he could see the prisms in the deep dark water and the line stretching ahead and the strange undulation of the calm. The clouds were building up now for the trade wind and he looked ahead and saw a flight of wild […]

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White is for Witching – Helen Oyeyemi

“Dear Miranda Silver, This house is bigger than you know! There are extra floors, with lots of people in them. They are looking people. They look at you, and they never move. We do not like them. We do not like this house, and we are glad to be going away. This is the end of […]

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Week of 9/4/18: Exciting New Books

“Tuesday is neither here nor there in the hierarchy of the week.” ― Anthony T. Hincks So, I know it’s a little late, but there are a ton of books coming out this week that I’m so ready for. Let’s get right to it. I’d Rather Be Reading – Anne Bogel Non-fiction/Memoir Goodreads I love Anne Bogel’s […]

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Chapter One

Welcome to Read Yourself Happy! My entire life has been heavily influenced by books. Both of my parents were avid readers. My mom preferred romance novels and popular contemporary fiction, while my father exclusively reads historical non-fiction, biographies, and memoirs. My brother is a huge Ernest Hemingway fan and got me hooked on his writing […]

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