Carolyn at Sew Happy Stitch Happy – Friday Favorites

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

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Kindle Deals for May 17, 2019

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

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New Comic Book Releases for May 15

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

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Kindle Deals for May 15, 2019

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

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Kindle Deals for May 14, 2019

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

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New Releases for May 14, 2019

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

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Kindle Deals for May 13, 2019

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

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Please Stop Praising Danielle Steel’s Writing Schedule

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

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Kindle Deals for May 12, 2019

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

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The Farm by Joanne Ramos – A Review

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

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Kindle Deals for May 11, 2019

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

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Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone – A Review

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

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Becca: Friday Favorites

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

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Kindle Deals for May 10, 2019

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

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New Releases for May 7, 2019

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

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Kindle Deals for May 7, 2019

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

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May Book of the Month Selections

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

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Elevation by Stephen King – A Review

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

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Kindle Deals for May 6, 2019

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

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Sunday Wrap-up – May 5, 2019

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

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Kindle Deals for May 5, 2019

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

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

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

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Kindle Deals for May 4, 2019

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

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Kindle Deals for May 3, 2019

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

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May 2019 Plans & TBR

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

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Kindle Deals for May 2, 2019

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

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April 2019 Wrap-Up

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

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New Releases for the Week of April 30, 2019

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

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April 30 – International Jazz Day

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

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Kindle Deals for April 30, 2019

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

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Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur – A Review

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

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Kindle Deals for April 29, 2019

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

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Mystery Blogger Award

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

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Kindle Deals for April 28, 2019

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

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The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas – A Review

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

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

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

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Kindle Deals for April 27, 2019

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

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2019 Edgar Award Winners Announced

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

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Taylor from Working Classless – Friday Favorites

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

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Kindle Deals for April 26, 2019

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

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Kindle Deals for April 24, 2019

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

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7 Organizations Bringing Books to Underprivileged Communities

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

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New Releases for April 23, 2019

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

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Kindle Deals for April 23, 2019

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

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Books I Want to Read – Book Tag

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

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Kindle Deals for April 22, 2019

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

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Sunday Wrap-Up

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

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Kindle Deals for April 21, 2019

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

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Puff Puff Pass: 10 Books About Marijuana for 420

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

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Kindle Deals for April 20, 2019

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

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Becoming by Michelle Obama – A Review

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

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Thia from Working Classless – Friday Favorites

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

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Kindle Deals for April 19, 2019

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

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Game of Thrones: Bookish Loot

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

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These Books Will Help You Get Your Finances Straight

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

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Kindle Deals for April 17, 2019

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

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New Releases for April 16, 2019

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

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Kindle Deals for April 16, 2019

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

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The Book Addiction Tag

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

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

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

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Kindle Deals for April 15, 2019

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

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Kindle Deals for April 14, 2019

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

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Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer – A Review

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

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Why You Should Embrace DNF-ing Books

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

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Kindle Deals for April 13, 2019

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

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Infection by Scott Sigler – A Review

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

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10 Perfect Bookmarks to Save Your Page

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

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Kindle Deals for April 12, 2019

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

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Kindle Deals for April 11, 2019

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

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Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett – A Review

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

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Kindle Deals for April 8, 2018

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

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Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson – A Review

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

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Kindle Deals for April 7, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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Kindle Deals for April 6, 2019

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

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Bookish Merch to Add to Your Wishlist

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

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Dark Energy by Robert Morgan – A Review

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

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

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

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Kindle Deals for April 5, 2019

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

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Comic Book Releases – April 3, 2019

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

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20 Classic Books for Children’s Book Day

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

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2019 Hugo Award Finalists

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

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New Book Releases – April 2, 2019

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

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April TBR & Plans

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

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March Wrap-Up

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

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48 Hours by William R. Forstchen – A Review

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

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When Love of Literature Becomes Book Buying Obsession

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

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Not My Bag by Sina Grace – A Review

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

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The J.K. Rowling Controversy, Explained

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

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The 2019 Man Booker International Longlist

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

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Beowulf – A Review

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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