April Wrap Up

Oh boy, you guys. Personally, April was a crazy month for me, so I didn’t have a ton of extra time. Mentally, I was in such a SLUMP. I didn’t feel like reading, and I didn’t feel like writing reviews or blogging (sorry I’ve been so absent!). I’m hoping to turn that around in May, but for now, here’s the smallest wrap-up I’ve had in over a year.

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  1. The Goodbye Summer by Sarah Van Name: 
  2. Lover Unleashed by JR Ward (audio, reread): 
  3. When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore ((Dragons & Tea Book Club):
  4. Lover Reborn by JR Ward (audio, reread):
  5. The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie Sue Hitchcock (my birthday buddy read pick!):
  6. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (buddy read with Amy @ A Court of Crowns and Quills): unrated since I’m just PRAYING I finish this by May
  7. Lover at Last by JR Ward (audio, reread):

Yikes guys. Only 7 books down, and only one of them reviewed. YIKES. Here’s hoping I get back on track in May?

I hope you guys all had a great April, happy reading!

xoxo

Jen

April Haul

This month was my BIRTHDAY MONTH, so I will warn you guys, the haul is a little wild. HOWEVER we are really cracking down on finances around here, so from this point forward, besides BOTM, I’m allowing myself one book purchase per week – HOPEFULLY I can stick to it and these hauls will get smaller with time.

BOOK BOXES

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I’m still doing Book of the Month and Fairyloot, but I’ve actually canceled my Fairyloot subscription so the next few months will be my last ones 😦 Like I said, downsizing.

  1. Normal People by Sally Rooney (Book of the Month)
  2. Beyond the Point by Claire Gibson (Book of the Month)
  3. Nocturna by Maya Motayne (Fairyloot)

BIRTHDAY BOOKS

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For my birthday, my husband took me to this GINORMOUS used bookstore in downtown Detroit called John King Used & Rare Books. I’m not kidding, this place is huge. I could have been there for years. It’s a big warehouse and is 4 stories, and every square inch is packed with books. Some of the rows were so narrow that you could barely scoot down them because they kept adding more shelves. So obviously, I went a little wild.

  1. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  2. McKettrick’s Choice by Linda Lael Miller
  3. She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb
  4. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  5. After You by Jojo Moyes
  6. Still Me by Jojo Moyes
  7. The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

MISCELLANEOUS

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The rest of these are from publishers, giveaways, birthday gifts, or preorders!

  1. Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
  2. The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  3. Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
  4. Meet Cute by Helena Hunting: thank you so much Amy!
  5. Bright Burning Stars by A.K. Small – Algonquin and Goodreads
  6. Dragon Pearl by Noon Ha Lee

 

In retrospect, 16 books in my birthday month probably isn’t all that bad, but like I mentioned above, HOPEFULLY these hauls will get smaller. I hope you all had a great April, and if you’ve read any of these and loved them, let me know!

xoxo

Jen

Down the TBR Hole #29

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Down the TBR Hole was created by Lost in a Story. Its purpose is to help narrow down your TBR list on Goodreads by selecting 5 titles each week and deciding if you want to keep it on your TBR or get rid of it! I was inspired by Melanie @ Meltotheany and Amy @ A Court of Crowns and Quills to start this series. If you haven’t checked out any of these lovely blogs, do it NOW!

How it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Here’s what’s on the chopping block this week:

ONE: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

This is another book I have heard fantastic things about. I haven’t read anything by Sanderson, but this is definitely the one I see being praised most often. I’m keeping this one on the list for sure.

VERDICT: KEEP

TWO: Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

This book is actually sitting on my shelf right this very minute. I am definitely going to read it, but may save it for October with the whole necromancy thing. You guys know I like to stockpile for that spooky season…

VERDICT: KEEP

THREE: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

I am actually embarrassed this is on the list. Again, a book I have sitting on my shelf upstairs. I will most definitely be making an effort to read this book when Finale comes out – I’ll just do the whole series at once. I guess the up side is I don’t have to wait in case there’s any cliff hangers?

VERDICT: KEEP

FOUR: The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

Ok I’m on the fence about this one. I’ve heard good things, but I read the synopsis and I’ll be honest, it just doesn’t really appeal to me. I’m probably going to pass on this one for now.

VERDICT: DELETE

FIVE: Eversong by A.C. Salter

Meh. Pass.

VERDICT: DELETE

This is the first time I’ve looked at a couple of the books on this list and actually been embarrassed. HOW HAVE I NOT READ THESE YET? Help, friends. Make me read these books!

xoxo

Jen

Top Ten Tuesday: First 10 Books I Reviewed (on my blog)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. Check out her blog for more info!

This week’s topic was the first 10 books I reviewed … but I’m actually not sure which ones those were. SO. I’m linking the first ten books I reviewed on my blog! Which… cringe. Reading these reviews I’m like YIKES I have come a long way. Which is good, I guess? Progress, yay! Anyway, enjoy!

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ONE: Everless by Sara Holland

Rating: ★★★★.5

 

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TWO: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Rating: ★★★★.5

 

THREE: Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

Rating: ★★★★

 

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FOUR: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Rating: ★★★.5

 

FIVE: A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Rating: Rating: ★★★.5

 

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SIX: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Rating: ★★★★★

 

SEVEN: All the Ever Afters by Danielle Teller

Rating: ★★.5

 

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EIGHT: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Rating: ★★★★★

 

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NINE: To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Rating: ★★★★

 

TEN: My Whole Truth by Mischa Thrace

Rating: ★★★★

 

Thoughts I had while looking back on these reviews:

  • Wow my pictures really sucked in the beginning
  • I’m so glad my reviews have gotten better and I can now form (somewhat) coherent sentences
  • Did that book REALLY deserve 4 stars?

This was a super fun one, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did! Happy Tuesday, bookworms!

xoxo

Jen

Easter Book Tag

This tag was originally created by Rosie at Rosie the Reader over on YouTube, but I’ll be honest: I googled it and found it on Book Hooked Nook’s page. Thanks for letting me borrow it! 

Happy Easter, everybody! I decided to do a little book tag for the holiday, and it was definitely a fun one! I hope you guys enjoy it as well. Here we go!

Rabbits: A Book You Wish Would Multiply

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ANYTHING by K. Ancrum. I loved both The Wicker King and The Weight of the Stars, and will forever and always immediately buy everything this author puts out. EVERYTHING.

Egg: A Book that Surprised You

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If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio. We read this as one of our FridayFrightAThon books last October, and I hadn’t heard anything about it. I ended up absolutely loving it – it’s so unique, and if you love Shakespeare I highly recommend picking this one up.

Hunt: A Book That Was Hard For You To Get Your Hands On

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I was looking for this UK edition of Strange the Dreamer forever – and got lucky when Illumicrate did a special edition release when Muse of Nightmares came out. I immediately snatched them up, paying way too much for shipping and loving every second of it.

Lambs: A Children’s Book You Still Enjoy

I’m definitely going to go with Misty of Chincoteague on this one. If you’re a horse lover, give this book a shot. I loved it when I was little and still love it today. Someday, I’ll make it to Chincoteague!

Spring: A Book’s Cover That Makes You Think Spring

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Descendant of the Crane by Joan He. I’m not quite sure why, as the storyline isn’t really spring-y, but the artwork on the cover for some reason makes me think spring. Maybe it’s the flowers?

Baskets: A Book That’s In Your Amazon Cart/Wishlist

There are a LOT of books on my Amazon wishlist, but probably the one I’m most anxious to get my hands on is the Books of Babel series. I keep hearing great things about these books, even though it isn’t as well-known, and I am a sucker for under-hyped books.

Candy: A Book That’s Sweet

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You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn was hands down one of the sweetest YA contemporary romances I’ve ever read. If you like Johnny and June stories, the show Nashville, or the movie A Star is Born, pick this book up. It was adorable and I absolutely loved it. Does anybody know where I can get myself a country star?

 

And that’s it! Whether you celebrate Easter or not, I hope everyone has a great weekend and gets to eat some chocolate! Now I tag YOU! Enjoy!

Lilly @ Lair of Dreams | Amy @ A Court of Crowns and Quills |  Kaleena @ Reader Voracious | Tammy @ Books, Bones, & Buffy | Kayla @ Books and Blends |Mel @ Meltotheany

April Pick: Book of the Month

Hello everybody! Happy April! As it’s my birthday month, I fully intended to be loading up my BOTM box, and just assumed I’d be getting more than one. And have you guys seen that new YA section they have?? I kind of want… all of them… BUT a lot I had already preordered. I ended up going with two books:

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Beyond the Point by Claire Gibson

Goodreads Synopsis:

Duty. Honor. Country. That’s West Point’s motto, and every cadet who passes through its stone gates vows to live it. But on the eve of 9/11, as Dani, Hannah and Avery face four grueling years ahead, they realize they’ll only survive if they do it together.

Everyone knows Dani is going places. With athletic talent and a brilliant mind, she navigates West Point’s predominantly male environment with wit and confidence, breaking stereotypes and embracing new friends.

Hannah’s grandfather, a legendary Army general, offers a stark warning about the dangers that lie ahead, but she moves forward anyway, letting faith guide her path. When she meets her soul mate at West Point, the future looks perfect, just as planned.

Wild child Avery moves fast and doesn’t mind breaking a few rules (and hearts) along the way. But she can’t outpace her self-doubt, and the harder she tries, the further it leads her down a treacherous path.

The world—of business, of love, and of war—awaits Dani, Hannah, and Avery beyond the gates of West Point. These three women know that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. But soon, that adage no longer rings true—for their future, or their friendship. As they’re pulled in different directions, will their hard-forged bond prevail or shatter?

Beyond the Point is a heartfelt look at how our closest friends can become our fiercest battle buddies. After all, the greatest battles we fight rarely require a uniform.

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Goodreads Synopsis:

At school Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He’s popular and well-adjusted, star of the school soccer team while she is lonely, proud, and intensely private. But when Connell comes to pick his mother up from her housekeeping job at Marianne’s house, a strange and indelible connection grows between the two teenagers—one they are determined to conceal.

A year later, they’re both studying at Trinity College in Dublin. Marianne has found her feet in a new social world while Connell hangs at the sidelines, shy and uncertain. Throughout their years in college, Marianne and Connell circle one another, straying toward other people and possibilities but always magnetically, irresistibly drawn back together. Then, as she veers into self-destruction and he begins to search for meaning elsewhere, each must confront how far they are willing to go to save the other.

Sally Rooney brings her brilliant psychological acuity and perfectly spare prose to a story that explores the subtleties of class, the electricity of first love, and the complex entanglements of family and friendship.

Why I Picked Them:

Normal People was an easy pick for me – I’m in such a contemporary kick that it doesn’t take much to convince me to add to my collection. I’m not really sure why that is, but I am really struggling with fantasy right now, an contemporary seems to be the only cure. As for Beyond the Point, the synopsis was all it took – it really captured my interest and I immediately added it to my cart. There isn’t more to it than that.

As for why I didn’t go with a third option, two of the other available books were a memoir and a thriller. I’m not huge on memoirs, and as I’ve probably mentioned, I have a bad habit of stocking up on thrillers that I never read, and I’m trying to break that. The third book just didn’t really hold my attention much.

What books did you pick from BOTM in March? If you haven’t tried BOTM yet but have been thinking about it, here’s a link that I believe gets you a free book with your first try!

xoxo

Jen

BLOG TOUR: In The Neighborhood of True

In The Neighborhood of TrueTitle: In The Neighborhood of True

Author: Susan Kaplan Carlton

Release Date: April 9, 2019

Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers

Pages: 320

My Rating: ★★★★

 

Goodreads Synopsis:

A powerful story of love, identity, and the price of fitting in or speaking out.

After her father’s death, Ruth Robb and her family transplant themselves in the summer of 1958 from New York City to Atlanta—the land of debutantes, sweet tea, and the Ku Klux Klan. In her new hometown, Ruth quickly figures out she can be Jewish or she can be popular, but she can’t be both. Eager to fit in with the blond girls in the “pastel posse,” Ruth decides to hide her religion. Before she knows it, she is falling for the handsome and charming Davis and sipping Cokes with him and his friends at the all-white, all-Christian Club.

Does it matter that Ruth’s mother makes her attend services at the local synagogue every week? Not as long as nobody outside her family knows the truth. At temple Ruth meets Max, who is serious and intense about the fight for social justice, and now she is caught between two worlds, two religions, and two boys. But when a violent hate crime brings the different parts of Ruth’s life into sharp conflict, she will have to choose between all she’s come to love about her new life and standing up for what she believes.

Review:

ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

“We’re sometimes fooled into thinking hatred doesn’t happen here because the magnolias are in bloom. But hatred cannot be hidden.”

Set in 1958, In the Neighborhood of True is told from the perspective of high school junior Ruth Robb. After her father’s death, Ruth’s mother moves their family from New York City to Atlanta – from a big city to a small town with big prejudices. In the time of the KKK and following the “War of Northern Aggression”, as the schools in the south were calling the Civil War, antisemitism is front and center, and Ruth and her family are very Jewish. Still grieving for her father and learning to navigate a world without him in it, Ruth now has to learn how to navigate a whole new world entirely: one filled with debutantes and balls, and where her religion is not only unwelcome, it is hated. Wanting to fit in and attend balls of her own, Ruth decides to keep her religion a secret. This works out fine – until hated hits a little too close to home. Now Ruth will have to decide who she really is and if she’s going to be true to herself. She will have to learn the difference between doing what’s right and doing what’s easy, and the difference between the truth, and being “in the neighborhood of true”.

I’ll be honest: this book took me a little bit by surprise. As a rule, I am not huge on historical fiction, but the description of this one captured my interest, so I decided to take a chance. I was pleasantly surprised! Loosely based on the 1958 Atlanta Temple Bombing, Carlton manages to tell an important story in a beautiful way. I absolutely adored her writing – I felt like it really transported me back to the times of debutante balls and magnolias. But I think what I loved most about her writing was how subtle it was. This book carries some heavy topics and events, but the book itself is so quiet: it really creeps up on you, weaving its way into your heart and tugging on the strings.

“Constellations were just a bunch of separate stars. They didn’t become constellations until you connected them, one to another. Like families, like sisters, like friendships, like prayers.”

I really enjoyed Ruth as a main character. She was very likable, and above all she was believable. As a teenager in high school, the battle between wanting to be popular and wanting to be yourself is something everyone can relate to in some way or another. I could really feel her internal struggles, even if I sometimes wanted to shake her. Her relationship with Davis is sweet and a typical first-love type of romance, even if it was a little insta-love. I will admit, however, that I never really shipped these two – he rubbed me the wrong way from the very first page. Too smooth, I guess? But what I can appreciate about these two together is how swept away Ruth was by him. As a teenage girl, your first love feels like the most important thing in the world, and I think that was portrayed really well. It’s easy to relate with the choices Ruth made and why she made them, even if they weren’t the choices I wanted for her.

Racism and antisemitism are up front and center in this book, and while I wish I could say these topics were dated, I can’t. These topics and issues are still so important and relevant in today’s world. I am not Jewish. I cannot speak for what it is like to grow up experiencing that prejudice. Which is why I think it’s so important for me to read books like this. In today’s world, where racism and antisemitism and hatred are still so prevalent, we need to learn and understand and spread acceptance and love wherever we go. And that will never stop being important, making this book, and the topics it discusses, so timeless.

“He reminded us that we were a small part of a larger story of hate, that all along, the clock had been ticking. And now the alarm rang for us.”

I did have some minor issues with this book. I already mentioned how I didn’t really go for Ruth and Davis’ relationship, but that’s a minor thing. The bigger issue I had was that I felt like the emotions were all just scratching the surface. These topics are so big and important and vital, and I cannot begin to imagine being Ruth and having to deal with the death of her father, moving across the country, hiding who she is, and having to make life-altering decisions about who she is and what she stands for. But I can imagine there would be a lot of fear, and anxiety, and stress, and a lot of that didn’t come through. I just wish the emotions had played a little big bigger role in the story.

That being said, I really enjoyed this book. I think it is such a beautiful read about such important topics. I don’t know if the writing style will be for everyone, but I really loved the quiet and descriptive tone the author used to tell Ruth’s story. I hope you read this, and love it, and pay attention. And then go out into the world and spread acceptance and understanding and love. And always give others the space to be themselves and tell their own story.

Trigger warnings for racism/racist comments (never in a positive light), hate crimes/terrorist acts, mention of death of a parent.

In The Neighborhood of True was published on April 9, 2019.

*All quotations are taken from an eARC and are subject to change prior to publication.

ARC Review: The Goodbye Summer

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Title: The Goodbye Summer

Author: Sarah Van Name

Release Date: May 7, 2019

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Pages: 352

Rating: ★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Caroline can’t wait for summer to end so that she and her older boyfriend, Jake, can run away together. She decides to spend her last summer at home saving money working at the local aquarium gift shop–and spending all the rest of her time hanging with Jake.

Then she meets Georgia, a counselor at the aquarium camp. Georgia weaves her way into Caroline’s life and suddenly the summer feels a lot less lonely.

The stronger Georgia and Caroline’s bond grows, the more uneasy Caroline becomes about her plans to leave. When summer comes to a close, she will have to say goodbye to someone… but who is she willing to lose?

Review:

ARC provided by the publisher, Sourcebooks Fire, in exchange for an honest review.

“You would think with the days so long, the nights would feel shorter. But they have a weight and a depth to them that isn’t there the rest of the year.”

Growing up, did you guys have a go-to author in the summer? For me, that author was Sarah Dessen. As soon as I saw a new book hit the shelves, I’d have to have it..but I’d hoard it until the summer months. Those were when those stories felt the most real to me, the most relatable, and the most honest. For me, reading The Goodbye Summer felt like stepping back into those days. This book has serious Dessen vibes, and I loved every single second of it.

In The Goodbye Summer, we follow seventeen-year-old Caroline during the summer between her junior and senior year. But instead of counting down until that last year of high school, she’s counting down to when she’ll split town with Jake, her older boyfriend. To save up money for all the grand adventures they dream of having, Caroline gets a summer job at the local aquarium. Everything’s going as planned, until she meets Georgia, a counselor at the aquarium camp. As their friendship grows, Caroline begins to wonder if maybe she was a bit too hasty in making her plans with Jake, and starts to realize how much she’s missed out on by making him her entire life. As September draws closer, Caroline is going to have to make a choice: who is she willing to live without?

This book feels so nostalgic in every way – it feels like being out of school for 3 months, and the possibility that brings. It feels like finding your first love and imagining everything you’d love to do together. It feels like spending long summer night sleepovers and secrets and gossip with your best friend. And just like those Sarah Dessen books, this read brought me back to when those things were all part of my life.

In typical YA fashion, there’s some definite lessons attached to this summer story, and the reader feels them almost as harshly as Carline does. But through all the lessons and the angst and the hard decisions, The Goodbye Summer ultimately centers around friendship, and I absolutely loved that. In fact, Georgia and Caroline’s friendship was hands-down my favorite part of the book, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t hoping for something more to spring up between them…

“There’s value in having a community around you. A community of friends.”

Caroline as a main character was so believable and relatable. It was easy to put myself in her place, experiencing my first love and making our grand plans together, or feeling pressure from a mom about the decisions ahead. That being said, while Caroline was relatable, she wasn’t always likable – but that felt real, too. After all, have you ever met a 17 year old girl who was likable 100% of the time? Her development throughout the book was so well done. I liked watching her world grow from just Jake to include Georgia and other friends, and even her parents. I liked watching as she grew up and realized that she might be making a mistake. And I loved watching her become strong enough to make the decision for herself of what her future would hold – not basing it off a guy and what would make him happy, or off her parents and what would make them proud, but off of what she needed and wanted.

“I try to imagine myself into the future: Jake’s arms around me and the cool of the truck bed on my legs as we rest together somewhere in the desert. But it’s like finding the last puzzle piece when it’s fallen under the table. I know what it should look like, but I can’t place it.”

I did have some minor issues with this book. While I already mentioned I liked watching Caroline’s character development, in the beginning of the book, I was grinding my teeth a lot at her inner monologues. One of my biggest pet peeves, in books or real life, is a smart girl throwing everything away over a guy, or making her decisions solely based on him. Because of that, I found the first portions of the book a bit hard to swallow. However, my biggest issue with this book is a little bit more problematic. It becomes pretty obvious throughout the story that Caroline has some disordered eating. HOWEVER, while it is briefly mentioned or thrown into the story several times, I feel like it’s never addressed or dealt with, either by her friends, her parents, or herself. It’s essentially used as a plot device to show how stressed she is about her decisions, but it’s obvious that she has these issues prior to all of the drama. As someone who’s experienced and had issues with disordered eating, I really wanted to see these problems acknowledged. More than anything, this is probably what dropped my rating to 3 stars.

All that aside, I really enjoyed this book. It was the perfect taste of summer during a (too long) Michigan winter, and really transported me back in time. It is the ideal quick, easy beach read for the summer, and if you loved Sarah Dessen I promise you’ll enjoy this one.

The Goodbye Summer is releasing on May 7, 2019.

*All quotations are taken from an ARC and are subject to change prior to publication.

xoxo

Jen

Down the TBR Hole #28

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Down the TBR Hole was created by Lost in a Story. Its purpose is to help narrow down your TBR list on Goodreads by selecting 5 titles each week and deciding if you want to keep it on your TBR or get rid of it! I was inspired by Melanie @ Meltotheany and Amy @ A Court of Crowns and Quills to start this series. If you haven’t checked out any of these lovely blogs, do it NOW!

How it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Here’s what’s on the chopping block this week:

ONE: Everything That Makes You by Moriah McStay

The premise of this one sounds interesting, but the reviews are definitely lack luster. I’ll probably pass on this one for now.

VERDICT: DELETE

TWO: Relentless by Karen Lynch

The synopsis of this one didn’t interest me all that much, so I’m actually a little surprised this even ended up on my want to read shelf. I probably won’t be reading this one anytime soon.

VERDICT: DELETE

THREE: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

I keep seeing this book everywhere, and I just haven’t managed to pick it up yet. The synopsis sounds super intriguing and something that I’d definitely enjoy… so I guess I’ll be hanging on to this one.

VERDICT: KEEP

FOUR: Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews

I actually probably wouldn’t have ended up reading this, EXCEPT Jennifer Lawrence was cast in the movie, and I love her. I’ve probably mentioned this in the past, but I’m a stickler for reading the book before seeing the movie…which means this one probably has to stay on the list.

VERDICT: KEEP

FIVE: Paper Princess by Erin Watt

I don’t know much about this series, except that Amy @ A Court of Crowns and Quills likes it, which honestly is good enough for me. Plus the synopsis sounds so fun!

VERDICT: KEEP

I’m not sure I’m really grasping the point of this exercise…I keep holding on to more than I ditch. Have you read any of these? Let me know!

xoxo

Jen

Top Ten Tuesday: Rainy Day Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. Check out her blog for more info!

Happy Tuesday, everyone! This week’s actual prompts were crazy things I’ve done for the love of books, but I liked next week’s prompt better, and I’m taking part in a blog tour on that day, so I bumped it to this week! Here are my top recommendations for rainy day reads, in no particular order:

 

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The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

One of my favorite things to read on a rainy day is a good mystery. This was one we read for our #FridayFrightAThon last year, and I really loved the twist! This will keep you on the edge of your seat all day.

 

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Sometimes on a rainy day, I just want to read a book that I know is going to give me a good cry. Look no further than this fantastic five star read. I felt ALL the feels reading Evelyn Hugo, and I can say with absolute certainty that it is one of the best books I’ve ever read. Keep your tissues close.

Sadie by Courtney Summers

If you’re looking for a book that’s easy to read in one sitting, this book’s for you. It has the added bonus of being a mystery in it’s own right, being told in a unique format using podcast segments, AND it’s absolutely fantastic.

 

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The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum

If you feel like being transported away from your rainy atmosphere, pick up this masterpiece. It’ll take you far, far away – to space, in fact. It’s a quick read, so you can probably do it in one day. But it’s definitely an emotional read – make sure you have tissues handy.

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Sometimes on a rainy day, all I want is a good angsty romance. This is one of my favorites. It’s a quick read, and it’s a series if you want to continue down the rabbit hole.

 

What are your favorite day reads? Let me know and give me some recommendations!

xoxo

Jen