Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag.

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Hi 🙂

I was nominated by Ana from Ana’s Lair for the Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag. Go check out her blog! Thank you Ana for the nomination!

1. How long have you been a blogger?

+ I started my blog back in 2011, but I never really kept up with it and I only had my bestie following me. I officially started this new blog 6-7 months ago; in January.

2. At what point do you think you will stop?

+ I’m not sure when I will stop or if I ever will! I love doing it and as love as I love doing it, I will keep with it!

3. What is the best thing?

+ One of the best things is getting to meet and talk to fellow bloggers! It’s been fun to share my love for books and talk with others that love them just as much as I do.

4. What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?

+ I guess not being able to come up with posts to do! Tags and weekly memes help with that most of the time.

5. How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?

+ Most of the time I use pictures that I personally took myself. Sometimes I’ll search for gifs to use in my blog posts and it doesn’t usually take too long.

6. Who is your book crush?

+ OMG…I have so many book crushes! This year my really big book crush would have to be Raffe from the Penyrn and the End of Days series. Go check out the series! Angelfall is the first book!

7. What author would you like to have on your blog?

+ ALL OF THEM!? If I had to choose, I would probably go with Becky Albertalli (author of Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda). She’s such a cool person and we’ve tweeted a bunch of times and it’s always been fun.

8. What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

+ It all depends on where I’m at, to be honest. I mostly do them in the morning after I get dressed for work though, so I’m usually just wearing pants and a t-shirt, lol. Nothing fancy, haha.

9. How long does it take you to prepare?

+ Sometimes I do my posts in advanced and then over the days leading up to when I plan to post, I’ll tweak them a bit. If I don’t do it in advanced, then it probably takes me about 30 minutes. Sometimes I’ll type up things on my phone to save for later for my blog.

10. How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?

+ I love the book blogger community and I am so excited that I created this blog and have been able to be apart of it! There are so many awesome bloggers and it’s exciting to meet you all and talk to you all!

11. What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

+ Post at least a few times a week, use pictures (even if it’s just book covers), use tags (tags are wonderful things and it gets your posts out there to everyone), and engage with other bloggers. It’s fun getting likes and it’s also great getting comments. You engage better that way and you get to know other bloggers better.

I nominate you all to do this! It’s a fun little tag to have on your blog and it may be helpful to other bloggers as well. I would love to see your answers, so link me to your posts if you choose to do it! 🙂


I have some random pictures to share with you from 4th of July weekend. You may have seen these on Instagram if you follow me.

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I tried to get ColbyJack (my cat, if you’re new to my blog) a picture with the little hat on as well, but he was not having it! It’s hard enough to get him in his little birthday hat on his birthday, so trying with this hat was a huge fail. I got Dax and Bella to do it though! 😛

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So I don’t leave him out of the post though, here is ColbyJack doing what he does best! 😛

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Here are a couple recent posts I’ve done:
Thoughts: We Were Liars.
Blogger Recognition Award.

I hope everyone had a great weekend and has an amazing Monday! I am so tired today, so hopefully this day goes by fast! BYE! ❤

Blogger Recognition Award.

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Hi 🙂

I was nominated by my totally awesome friend Shelbie over at Lu-Lu’s Rants & Reads for the Blogger Recognition Award. It was originally created by was originally created by Eve over at Edge of Night. Thank you, Shelbie! You guys should go over and check out her blog! She’s super cool, loves Doctor Who, and has great taste in books!

Rules:

  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
  • Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post. Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image above).
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.
  • Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing!

My Story:

I originally started this blog back in 2011 with my bestie over at The Art of Failing. We both made a blog to do 30 day writing challenges. That went good for awhile and then I neglected my blog and we tried again a year or two ago. I bought both of us a book called “642 Things to Write About” and we were going to start blogging about the topics from the book. Failed again, sigh.

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Eventually, I just didn’t even look at it much anymore until January of this year. I decided to start over; so I erased all my old entries, renamed my blog, updated the look of it, and here I am! I enjoy reading and I’ve been doing a lot of it this year. I think having this blog really got me back into reading. Last year I read a total of 26 books, but this year I am already at 75 (that’s including audiobooks too). HUGE DIFFERENCE!

That’s basically how all this got started. It’s been nice getting to know so many awesome people and I’m sure this has made my boyfriend a little happier not having to listen to my constant book talk! I still try to make him read, 😛 – always fail, lol. He’s been cool about my craziness with books, especially this year. He puts up with bookstore and thrift store trips.

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My advice to new bloggers is to have fun! Write things that you love to write about and do it for yourself! I know some things can start to feel like a chore and it isn’t fun anymore, so do the posts for you before anything else. Go crazy with it! Blogging is fun and the more you do it, the better you get. I know at first I was kind of lost with it all, but slowly I’ve been getting better and I’m always striving to do better with my blog even now.

Don’t be afraid to meet new people and follow other blogs! Engage with others too. Likes are cool, but comments are where you actually get to know the person and talk with them. I’ve also talked to so many of you guys outside of this blog and that’s awesome! It’s nice to share other little aspects of my life outside of books too. I have tons of my blogger friends on Instagram, Twitter, and Goodreads too. It’s nice to connect other places as well. It makes you really feel closer to them outside of just books. You form really good friendships.

Shelbie mentioned how we originally met on Pinterest and then became friends on here over on her blog post. It’s been totally awesome talking to her outside of just the blogoverse. We pretty much talk almost every single day now through all social media outlets and even texting. You form amazing friendships like what happened with her and I this way and it’s great! It’s always exciting to talk to others outside of here! So go meet new friends and it’ll make the blogging experience so much more exciting and rewarding!

I nominate:

Stefani @ Caught Read Handed
Yvo @ It’s All About Books
Emily @ The Diary of a Bibliophile 
Alina @ Radiant Reads
Josie @ Josie’s Book Corner
Nicole @ Awayinneverland
Analee @ Book Snacks
Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks
Claire @ Art and Soul
Stephanie & Taylor @ Bibliophile Gathering

I also nominate everyone else too! I would love to hear your story and meet new friends on here! Link me to your posts! 🙂 If you’ve already done this award, ignore and feel free to link me to your posts if I haven’t already checked them out!

And if you want to become friends outside of here, feel free to add me to the following and let me know in the comments and I’ll make sure to add you back!

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In case you missed them, here are a few posts I’ve done recently linked below! 🙂
Friday Finds #21. – Books I added to my TBR this week. Just did this post a few hours ago.
June Recap & July TBR. – Books I read in June and books I hope to read this month.
Top Ten Tuesday. – Top books I read so far in 2015.

I hope everyone has an awesome day! BYE!

Top Ten Tuesday||Summer TBR.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Books On My TBR For Summer 2015.


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There are so many books that I own that I want to get to ASAP! Making this list was kind of difficult because of that. They may not all be summer type books, but, that’s okay! 🙂 Some of these books I’ve had on my bookshelf for awhile and definitely want to get to them soon!

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Anything Could Happen by Will Walton
We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

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Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz

I tend not to stick to lists as far as reading goes and I sometimes use my TBR jar too, so we’ll see what happens with these books!

What is on your Summer TBR? Are any of these on your list? Comment below and link me to your posts! 

Before I go, here are a couple recent posts I’ve done.

I hope everyone has an awesome Tuesday! Bye!

June Read Along: A Court of Thorns and Roses.

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A Court of Thorns and Roses
by Sarah J. Maas
4 OUT OF 5 STARS.

“I was as unburdened as a piece of dandelion fluff, and he was the wind that stirred me about the world.” 

I joined in with Josie at Josie’s Book Corner and Stephanie & Taylor at Bibliophile Gathering to read ACOTAR throughout the month of June. It’s still going on, so if you want to join in then you can see more information about it over here.

I was kind of worried about whether I was going to even like the book, because I wasn’t that big a fan of Throne of Glass by Maas. I wanted to give this a chance though, because it sounded really good. I also love retellings, so I wanted to read it. I loved the book!  I love Beauty and the Beast and I love faeries, so this was definitely awesome!

I loved that it instantly grabbed my attention and got right into the good stuff and I was pretty much hooked from the first page. I love Sarah’s writing style and the way she explained things in this book. It was more fast paced than Throne of Glass, that’s for sure. I love fast paced books, so this was perfect.

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There was the perfect amount of action and romance, so the romance was not at all overpowering, which I really like. Also, a big thing that I loved was there wasn’t a love triangle! I’m kind of over love triangles, so it was nice reading a book without one! I really loved the worldbuilding in this book and I could really picture everything perfectly. I wanted to jump right in!

There are so many awesome characters in this book; so many! I instantly fell in love with Lucien. I wasn’t sure how I felt about Tamlin in the beginning, but he grew on me and I definitely love him. I can’t forget about Feyre though! She was definitely an awesome character and I felt she grew throughout the book. Rhysand, I wasn’t sure about him. I had a love/hate for him. Sometimes I wasn’t sure if I hated him or loved him.

I was pretty happy with the way that the book ended and I definitely can’t wait to read more of the story!

“Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.” 

Goodreads Description: When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world. As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

“We need hope, or else we cannot endure.”

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I would love to write about some other stuff in this post, but I must get to work! I hope everyone has a great day! Bye!

The Book Courtship Tag.

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This photo is originally from simplybookishthings.blogspot.com

Hey! 🙂
I was tagged by Josie at Josies Book Corner to do the Book Courtship Tag; love her and her blog! This tag looks like a lot of fun, so let’s get started! FYI: All will be linked to Goodreads.

Phase One: Initial Attraction: A book you bought because of the cover

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A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray. I haven’t had the chance to read the book yet, but as soon as I seen this book cover I knew I had to own the book. It’s so pretty and the next book in the series has a pretty amazing book cover too!

Phase Two: First Impressions: A book you got because of the summary

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Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King. The cover wasn’t that appealing to me, but the summary of the book was. Here is the summary from Goodreads:
“Vera’s spent her whole life secretly in love with her best friend, Charlie Kahn. And over the years she’s kept a lot of his secrets. Even after he betrayed her. Even after he ruined everything. So when Charlie dies in dark circumstances, Vera knows a lot more than anyone—the kids at school, his family, even the police. But will she emerge to clear his name? Does she even want to?”

Phase Three: Sweet Talk: A book with great writing

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The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom. I am a HUGE fan of Mitch Albom and I loved this book so much. I loved the way that it was written and it felt unique to me and the style made it so easy to read and want to continue to read. The story itself was so great!

Phase Four: First Date: A first book of a series which made you want to pursue the rest of the series

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Before reading The Hunger Games, I wasn’t always big into reading. I definitely wasn’t into reading things that weren’t non-fiction. This book made me want to continue the series and it made me appreciate all kinds of books and jump started my love for reading again, especially series books!

Phase Five: Late night phone calls: A book that kept you up all night long

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. This book had me up until 4AM. It was one of the most amazing books I’ve read in a long time. I was up until 3AM reading it and then I was up an hour after just thinking about the book, the characters, and doing a blog post about it! Highly recommend this book!

Fangirl Moment:
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Phase Six: Always on my mind: A book that you could not stop thinking about

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. Since I can’t choose Everything, Everything again (LOL!), I am going with Red Queen. I loved this book SO MUCH! I still think about it now and again. It was such an great read and I can’t wait for more!

Phase Seven: Getting Physical: A book in which you love the way it feels

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. This was kind of a weird question, lol. After going and feeling all of my books, I decided to go with Simon vs. It’s rough on some places and smooth on others and that kind of how the book felt as I was reading it. I also really love this book so much and it needed to be included in this post. 😛

Phase Eight: Meeting the Parents: A book in which you would recommend to your friends and family

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. I love this book so much. The story was so great. The characters were great. The love these sisters have for each other were amazing. I highly recommend this book.

Phase Nine: Thinking about the future: A book or series that you know you’ll re-read many times in the future

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The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. This series was PERFECT. I loved every single book and all of the characters. It had me laughing, crying, getting angry, I felt every emotion reading this series. I know I will continue to read it over and over again. I also can’t wait to get my nephew into reading these books and Percy Jackson and The Olympians.

Phase Ten: Share the love! Here’s who I am tagging . . .

I tag every single one of you, because I want to see your answers! This is a really fun tag and I think you all should do it if you haven’t already! Also, please link me to your posts if you do it! I want to see your answers! GO GO GO!


Due to unfortunate circumstances, the boyfriend had an entire weekend off with me! It’s so rare that this happens, but it’s been nice. Our car needed fixed, so he’s been trying to fix it and the person that was supposed to fix it on Friday couldn’t finish it and then he never showed up Saturday or today. UGHHHH! But, we’ve had the entire weekend off together and that never really happens.

Also, do to this situation…I barely got much reading done! We’ve been watching Orange Is The New Black and Orphan Black all weekend. Oooops! I do plan to finish A Court of Thorns and Roses today as I only have 100 pages left to go. I also plan to at some point today start my book club book (The Shock of the Fall). I haven’t started that and the month is almost half over, oops!

Anyway, I should probably get back to reading ACOTAR! I really want to finish it soon, so I can start my next book. I kind of feel a reading slump coming on though and that’s not a good sign. 😦

I hope everyone is having a great weekend! Bye!

Friday Finds #18 & Kindle E-books.

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased). Hosted by A Daily Rhythm.


Happy Friday! 🙂

Once again I added a bunch of books to my TBR this week, but I’ll share just ten of those with you all! I also got some e-books to share with you as well. I’ll just get right to it…

TBR FINDS:

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The Day We Disappeared by Lucy Robinson
When We Collided by Emery Lord
Nearly Almost Somebody by Caroline Batten
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
Bruiser by Neal Shusterman

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Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas
This Raging Light by Estelle Laure
Beastly by Alex Flinn
Denton Little’s Deathdate by Lance Rubin
The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

I actually just received an ARC that I won of Because You’ll Never Meet Me and I was so excited to see that I received that book! I also won some other ARCs too and I’ll share those at another time. Lots of awesome books this week though and I am really excited about all of them. I can’t wait to get to reading these books. I really wish there was more time in the day and I had a bigger bank account! Sigh.

What are some of the books that you added to your TBR this week? Link me to your posts or leave a comment below!


KINDLE ADDS:

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The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Edgewood by Karen McQuestion
The Water Travelers by Daniel Waltz
Dissonance by Mariella Hunt

The Orphan Queen and Clockwork Angel were both on sale ($1.99-2.99) this week, so I had to jump on that! I’m not sure when I’ll read Clockwork Angel, since I ended up not liking TMI so much toward the end of the series, but I couldn’t pass up $2.99 and it’s still $2.99 right now if you’re interested! Sadly, The Orphan Queen is no longer on sale. Edgewood is currently free right now.

The Water Travelers is currently free on Kindle until tonight, so you should totally go get it! I’ve had it on my TBR since February and I was asked recently if I would review it by Daniel Waltz (check out his blog here), so I am definitely excited to read it and do a review!

One of my other blogger friends just self-published her book Dissonance and it sounds like such a good read! I definitely plan to also do a review on her book once I read it. You can check out her blog here. Also, it’s currently only $2.99 on Amazon right now!

Any awesome e-book deals I should know about? Let me know!

In case you missed them, you can check out some of my recent posts from this week linked below!

I hope everyone has a great Friday! Bye! ❤

WWW Wednesdays #10.

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions. 🙂)

 The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

*Goodreads linked below.


Currently:

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Partials by Dan Wells

I am still reading ACOTAR, but it’s so good! I’ve just had tons of distractions, so I haven’t been able to finish it as fast as I would have liked. I should hopefully have it finished this week. I am starting the audiobook of Partials today and I’m pretty excited about it.

Finished:

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Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
The Wedding Virus and Other Snippets by Natalie Shell
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I’ve actually finished a lot of books since my last WWW post, but here are just a few of those books. Belzhar, it was okay, but I didn’t really like it that much. The Wedding Virus was a really good read. Everything, Everything was SO AMAZING!

Reading Next:

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The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

I still have to get around to The Shock of the Fall for the book club. It’s taking me longer than expected to get to it. Hopefully by Monday. My next audiobooks will be The Selection and the 4th Harry Potter; depending on which the library gets first will be what is next. I am really excited about them.

What are you currently reading? Finished reading? Reading next? Leave a comment and link me to your posts! 🙂

Here are some posts that I have recently done and then I am off to work! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday||Most Anticipated 2015 Releases. – 2015 releases I am excited about. & a few new books I got.
The I Am More Happy Than Not Tag. – Tags are fun. This one was fun.
Everything, Everything. – My thoughts on the book Everything, Everything.

I hope everyone has a great day! Bye! ❤

Top Ten Tuesday||Most Anticipated 2015 Releases.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For the Rest of 2015.


HI! 🙂

I am really excited about the topic for this Top Ten Tuesday, because there are SO MANY books that I am dying to read that will be released this year. Tons have already been released, but there are tons more! Narrowing the list was actually not at all easy! Here are some of the books I am really looking forward to and all linked to Goodreads.

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Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid – August.
A Whole New World by Liz Braswell – September.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – October.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman – October.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness – August.

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It’s a Wonderful Death by Sarah J. Schmitt – October.
Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway – June.
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy – September.
A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston – October.
Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa – September.

I am beyond excited about all of these books and of course so many more! This is just a glimpse of the books that are due to come out the rest of this year. I think I am most excited about Carry On, A Whole New World, The Rest of Us Just Live Here, and Dumplin’. Super stoked about them all though! 🙂 There are tons that have already been released this year that I am also really looking forward to reading.

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What new releases are you looking forward to? Leave a comment and link me to your posts!


Some Other Stuff:

I was able to get a few books so far this month. I’ve been trying my hardest to stay away from buying tons of books like I have been over the last few months. So far kind of good with that. Here are the books that I got:

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Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein

I got the first two from Target a few days ago. The Target I went to kind of sucks, so they didn’t really have many books that I really wanted. I’m happy with those though; they are on my TBR. There is like a really good Target (which is a little further away from me) and then the crappy Target that’s close by, sigh. Kind of a good thing though, because I probably would have spent a lot of money had there been all the books I’ve been looking for, lol. Becoming Jinn I won in a giveaway on Twitter and I just received it today. The book cover is pretty and it sounds like it’ll be a good read. There are lots of mixed reviews of it though, so we’ll see! 🙂

I’ll leave you with a few recent posts that I have done, in case you missed them and then it’s off to work for me!

I hope everyone has a great day! Bye!

The I Am More Happy Than Not Tag.

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Hi 🙂

I was tagged by Stefani at Caught Read Handed and Josie at Josies Book Corner to do the I Am More Happy Than Not Tag. Go check out their blogs, because they are totally awesome and I love their posts!

The tag was adapted by Shelumiel @ Bookish and Awesome as a companion to Adam Silvera’s upcoming novel More Happy Than Not. The book sounds like it’ll be a really great read, so I definitely plan to pick it up as soon possible!

For this tag you just have to highlight ways you’ve been able to express happiness from the things—big and small—in your life.


It makes me more happy than not when I receive book mail! Other mail is cool too though.

I’m more happy than not when new music is released from my favorite bands.

Going to a bunch of concerts definitely makes me more happy than not! I think I went to eight last year; counting Warped Tour and I seen a BUNCH of bands there too.

That time I seen The Maine at Warped Tour.
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I am totally more happy than not when my two furbabies actually want to cuddle with me. They are loners most of the time.

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Binge watching my favorite TV shows always makes me more happy than not.

Falling in love with a new book makes me more happy than not.

When Target has new stuff in their dollar bins it makes me more happy than not. I always go straight there first.

My little family makes me more happy than not.

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I live in Florida, so I am more happy than not when it’s not extremely hot outside! It can get pretty bad.

Taking pictures (especially of nature and sunsets) makes me more happy than not. I also have a thing for taking macro shots of snails.

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When the boyfriend and I go on movie and dinner dates makes me more happy than not.

PINTEREST! Pinterest always makes me more happy than not. Hours and hours of happiness.

ALSO TEA! Tea always makes me more happy than not!

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I am always more happy than not when I have freshly painted nails.

I am more happy than not when I go on random road trips (long or short).

I believe this was when we were on our way home from visiting the boyfriend’s parents in Cape Coral and there is my sunset picture taking again.
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The boyfriend and I being huge geeks makes me more happy than not and the fact that we both love Doctor Who so much. 😛

We have a lot of matching stuff, haha.

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I could probably go on forever, but I think this is good for now. 🙂 I am tagging:

If you weren’t tagged, you should still do it! It’s a really fun tag to do! Also, feel free to skip if you don’t want to do it! 🙂

Busy day at work today, so I better go! Bye! ❤

Everything, Everything.

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
5 OUT OF 5 STARS

“Sometimes you do things for the right reasons and sometimes for the wrong ones and sometimes it’s impossible to tell the difference.”

I stayed up until 3am reading this book. I couldn’t stop reading it and it didn’t feel right going to sleep leaving it unfinished. I absolutely loved this book more than words can even explain! It was EVERYTHING and more if there was more than everything. I love Maddy with every piece of my heart and she was such an awesome character and such a strong person. I instantly fell in love with Olly and Carla too.

Nicola Yoon did such an amazing job writing this book and it was uniquely written and I guarantee you won’t be able to put it down! I laughed. I cried. I got angry. I felt everything. I am so glad that I was able to read this book and be apart of this amazing story. I highly recommend this book!

I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review. It will be released in September and I do hope you all give it a chance! “Life is a gift.” I could talk about this book forever and it wouldn’t be enough. It was definitely such an amazing and beautiful story. I think I’ll end it here though, because I don’t want to give anything away. Just know, it’s amazing and it’ll shock you and make you fall in love; with Maddy, the world, and your own life.

“But it’s never just one moment. It’s a series of them. And your life can branch out from each one in a thousand different ways. Maybe there’s a version of your life for all the choices you make and all the choices you don’t.”

Goodreads Description: My disease is as rare as it is famous. It’s a form of Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, but basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in fifteen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck arrives. New next door neighbors. I look out the window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black t-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. I want to learn everything about him, and I do. I learn that he is funny and fierce. I learn that his eyes are Atlantic Ocean-blue and that his vice is stealing silverware. I learn that when I talk to him, my whole world opens up, and I feel myself starting to change—starting to want things. To want out of my bubble. To want everything, everything the world has to offer.

“Love is worth everything. Everything.” 

Since I was up until after 4AM and I am up four hours later, I think I’ll be heading back to sleep (or at least attempting to). I hope everyone is having a great weekend! Bye!

I Hunt Killers. 

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
5 OUT OF 5 STARS

“Sometimes hope could be the most frightening thing in the world.”

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I love books, TV shows, documentaries, movies, etc. about murder and serial killers. If I’m not reading or catching up on my DVR, then my TV always has the Investigation Discovery channel on. So I of course wanted to read (well listen in this case) this book as soon as I read the description. It was so easy to follow along with the story and it was so good! Throughout the entire book I was trying to figure out who the killer was along with Jasper, his friends, and the police. Turns out, I was wrong the entire time and I never would have guessed! It was so fun trying though! Lots of “Oh my gosh” moments and “WHAAAAT!?” moments.

I loved Jasper and his girlfriend Connie and best friend Howie. Jasper had some pretty awesome friends to help him with some of the things he wanted to do. It was interesting getting an idea about how a child was raised by a serial killer. It was also heartbreaking that Jasper had to go through and deal with so much even after his father was arrested. It was really dark at times, but it was an interesting and really good read. I loved the book so much and the surprise ending was crazy! I really can’t wait to get the next book in the series! I’m disappointed that my library doesn’t have it 😦

I definitely recommend this book and especially if you’re into this type of thing; and mysteries and thrillers. It was so good!

“This is why I forgive, but I don’t forget. When you forget someone, the forgiveness doesn’t mean anything anymore.”

Goodreads Description: What if the world’s worst serial killer…was your dad? Jasper “Jazz” Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say. But he’s also the son of the world’s most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could—from the criminal’s point of view. And now bodies are piling up in Lobo’s Nod. In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret—could he be more like his father than anyone knows?

“We humans have the capacity to wreak horrors on each other. But we also have the capacity to survive those horrors.”

What are you currently reading right now? Any book recommendations?

Here are some posts from this week:

  • Friday Finds #17. – Some of the books I added to my TBR and Kindle this week.
  • WWW Wednesdays #9. – Books I’m currently reading, recently finished, and reading next.
  • May Reads Recap. – A look at all the books that I was able to get through in May.

I sadly didn’t do as many posts as I wanted to do, but I still have some tags I need to get to. Hopefully soon! I’ve been distracted with either reading or TV. Hannibal returned!! And I mentioned before how I’ve been obsessed with Orphan Black and have been watching that. Next Friday Orange Is the New Black returns, so I’m pretty sure I’ll be binge watching that. I actually told my boyfriend that he better ask for the day off work, because I would be watching it without him if he didn’t. 😛

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I do have some exciting news…I reached 200 followers and I am so excited about it! 🙂 Thank you all for being amazing and following me and liking my stuff! It’s been so fun having this blog and being able to share my love for books (and other things) with you all! I’ve met some really awesome people through doing this blog and I’m excited about all the people I will continue to meet! ❤

I hope everyone is having a great weekend! I have to eventually this weekend move everything off my computer, so I can completely wipe it and my bedroom is kind of a disaster 😦 … But for now I’m going to go read! I’m really getting into A Court of Thorns and Roses! It’s so good! Bye! ❤

Friday Finds #17.

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased). Hosted by A Daily Rhythm.


Hey 🙂

This week I went a little crazy with adding books to my TBR. I’ve added probably over 30 books! I’m obviously not going to show you 30 books, but I’ll share 10 of them. Choosing which ones to share was such a hard decision! If you want to see other books that I added to my TBR, you can add me over on Goodreads over here. Let’s get started…

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Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
Flywheel by Erin Gough
Emancipated by M.G. Reyes
The Devil You Know by Trish Doller
Dance in Shadow and Whisper by Sarah Godfrey

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Stung by Bethany Wiggins
Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn
After the Woods by Kim Savage
These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

I am super excited about all of these recent adds! They all sound awesome and I am hoping when I do eventually get to them that they are as good as they sound! I also love all of these books overs! I am most excited about Dumplin’ and Emancipated. 🙂

I also got a couple e-books and a couple approvals for some books from Netgalley this week. Below are the e-books and Netgalley approvals.

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The Wedding Virus and Other Snippets by Natalie Shell
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
The Flying Circus by Susan Crandall – Netgalley
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – Netgalley

I already mentioned Everything, Everything in my last post, but figured I would share again since it goes with this post. I started to read The Wedding Virus a little bit to see what it was like before buying and it’s pretty funny and interesting; it is currently 99 cents on Kindle right now. I got Afterworlds when it was on sale for $1.99 and I was so happy about that, because now it’s back to $10.99! I can’t wait to read The Flying Circus, it sounds really good.

What are some of the books that you added to your TBR this week? Link me to your posts or leave a comment below!

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I am so excited that it’s Friday, because I have lots of books that I want to read and I feel like I haven’t really gotten much reading done throughout this week. For now though, it’s off to work for me! I hope everyone has a great Friday! Bye! ❤

WWW Wednesdays #9.

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions. 🙂)

 The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

*Goodreads linked below.


Currently Reading:

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’89 Walls by Katie Pierson
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
The Looking Glass Wars by  Frank Beddor

I know, I know…I’m still reading ’89 Walls and it’s been like a month almost? Sigh. I’m just not sure how I feel about it and I’ve been getting distracted with other books, oops. I am trying to finish it in the next couple days. I’m about 45% through with it, so hopefully soon! I’ve been switching between ACOTAR and so far it’s good. I’m not really that far into it, just a few chapters, but I’m not bored at all…so that’s a good sign. My audiobook is The Looking Glass Wars and I really love this! I’m almost done and I’ll most likely have it finished today.

Recently Finished:

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Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold by Katie Finn
The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

I’ve talked about Revenge, Ice Cream a lot, so I am sure that you all know how much I love this book and the entire series so far. I’m sure you all also know that you should NOT read the description to this book without reading the first book (Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend) first! lol…I know I said that a million times and I purposely did not link to the Goodreads page for that reason, lol. The Infinite Sea was definitely really good and I can’t wait for the next book! You’ll see these books in my recap post, which I will link at the end of this entry in case you missed it.

Reading Next:

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The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

The Shock of the Fall is my read for the book club I’m in and I know I’ve mentioned that before. It was my choice, so I hope I like it. I know some people didn’t like it, but others absolutely loved it…so we’ll see how I feel once I get it started! I Hunt Killers is going to be my next audiobook. It sounds really good and can’t wait to get started with it.

What are you currently reading? Finished reading? Reading next? Or link me to your post! 🙂


Other random things:

  • I was approved for Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon on Netgalley and I am SO SO SO excited about this! It’s been one of the books that I’m most excited about releasing this year! I will definitely be trying to read it this month or in July if I can’t get to it this month. Also, isn’t the cover so pretty?! 🙂

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  • I’ve been tagged to do a bunch of stuff, which I will be getting to ASAP! I’ve just been busy…well obsessed and binge watching Orphan Black. The show is so crazy and ahhhhhh I love it!
  • There are so many new releases that just came out and it’s seriously killing me that I can’t buy them all RIGHT NOW! I’m trying to hold myself back from spending ridiculous amounts of money that I don’t have right now. It’s probably a good thing I don’t have any credit cards. 😛
  • Over the weekend I have to completely wipe my new computer and restart it. I am NOT happy about this. I’ve been having problems since the day I bought it and took it out of the box. I’m just waiting on a flash drive, so I can move all my pictures and music off it. Sigh.

I guess that’s all for this post. In case you missed it, you can see my May Recap post over hereAll the books I read or listened to in May. I will end this post with a picture of my furbaby ColbyJack trying to harass my younger sister’s gerbils, lol.

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I hope everyone has a great day! Bye!

May Reads Recap.

Hi 🙂

I am so happy with how my month of May with reading went. I managed to get through 13 books. I am actually pretty happy with all of the books that I read and loved them all! I did have one book that I didn’t finish and I don’t think I ever will. I’m not including it in the 13 books, but if you’re curious it was The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard. I couldn’t get into it and I didn’t want to keep trying and forcing it.

These are books I physically read myself or the audiobooks that I listened to at work. These aren’t really in the order that I read them (at least not completely in the order), but you can find them also listed over here along with all the other books that I have read so far this year. All will be linked to Goodreads below. Shall we get started?

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
5 OUT OF 5 STARS.
Blog post about this book over here.

Pretty much read my blog post about this book, because it was SO GOOD! I also explained my feelings throughout the book with gifs! Gifs are cool! This book was really good though and it was good from the start. I instantly fell in love and I loved the whole concept of the book and it was just a great read.

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House of Secrets by Chris Columbus
4 OUT OF 5 STARS.

This was a fun read and I really liked the adventure throughout. I definitely plan on continuing the series. It was fun to get away and jump into some crazy adventures.

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
4 OUT OF 5 STARS.
The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
4 OUT OF 5 STARS.

I really enjoyed these books a lot and I don’t know why it took me so long to get to them! I know I was so iffy about whether I wanted to read The 5th Wave, but so glad I gave it a chance! Definitely a good series so far.

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
5 OUT OF 5 STARS.
Blog post about this book over here.

I think my blog post says it all! I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH, OMG! Ari and Dante are such great characters and the story itself was so good. I highly recommend reading this book!

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End of Days by Susan Ee
5 OUT OF 5 STARS.
Blog post about this book over here.

End of Days! End of Days! Ahhhhhh! I loved this book so much and this entire series is perfect and I want to give Susan Ee a million hugs and a million high fives! Her twist on angels was totally awesome and cool. Read this series if you haven’t already! Like…GO NOW! Starting with Angelfall of course!

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
5 OUT OF 5 STARS.

I really loved this book in the Harry Potter series the best so far. I’ve obviously only read the first three books, but right now it’s my favorite. I definitely plan on reading the next book once the library gets it back! It was a fun book and it made me more excited about the series.

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Broke Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn
5 OUT OF 5 STARS.
Hallie Hath No Fury… by Katie Finn
4 OUT OF 5 STARS.
Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold by Katie Finn
5 OUT OF 5 STARS.
Blog post about the first two books over here.

The Broken Hearts & Revenge series is SO good so far! I am really loving it and even though you’ll get angry a million times and want to throw the book at the wall…it’s GOOD! I’m so excited about the next book. Because this is VERY important I will say it again:  Do NOT read the book descriptions of any of these books (besides obviously Broken Hearts) until after you read Broken Hearts. You WILL spoil the book and I promise you that you do NOT want to spoil it! Twists, shockers, fun…love this series!

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Rogue by Julie Kagawa
4 OUT OF 5 STARS.

I am so excited about the Talon series, but I will say this…I couldn’t give Talon or Rogue five stars, because I really don’t like the main character Ember. She’s so annoying and I really can’t stand her. Everything else in the book is pretty much awesome. Dragons are awesome…dragons that can be human are awesome. This series so far is awesome…except Ember, she’s not awesome. I can’t wait for the next book.

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Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
4 OUT OF 5 STARS.
Blog post about this book over here.

When I first got this audiobook, I wasn’t sure about it. I wasn’t even sure I wanted to continue to listen to it. OMG am I glad that I continued. It was such a good book. It was also such a fun read! There was some pretty crazy things going on in this book, but it was HILARIOUS! I was cracking up (and sometimes out loud at work). Great book!

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
4 OUT OF 5 STARS.
Blog post about this book over here.

An Ember in the Ashes was so great! There were tons of characters in the book, but so many awesome ones! There were also some that you will hate and want to strangle to death…but you know…it happens. There is also action right away…no time is wasted. You get right into it and that’s awesome! Tons of craziness and surprises.


There you have it! Those are the books that I was able to get through in May. So many good books and I am very excited about June. I’m not entirely sure what all books I am going to read in June, but here are the ones that I know for sure that I will be reading (or listening to):

I know there are some others that I recently bought (and some from previous months) that I really want to get to, so depending if I decide to stick with my book jar or just automatically grab for those is still undetermined! I guess we’ll see how the month goes!

I will leave you with a picture of the last two books I bought in May. I am really excited about both of these books. In May I bought 26 books physical books and I got 10 e-books. I wasn’t as bad as I was last month, that’s for sure!

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The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer – already linked above
Anything Could Happen by Will Walton

What were some the books that you read in the month of May? What books are you excited about for June? If you have a recap/wrap up post link me to it! 🙂

Goodnight! ❤

Friday Finds #16.

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased). Hosted by A Daily Rhythm.


Hi 🙂

This post has to kind of be a rush post, because I’m doing it late and I have to leave for work in like 20 minutes! I actually surprisingly didn’t add that many books to my TBR this week. Below are the ones I added:

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The Legacy Human by Susan Kay Quinn
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Break or Survive? by Alina Cirstea

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The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen
The Big Summer by Jamie B. Laurie
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

I was actually tagged to do that More Happy Than Not Tag that was inspired by the book. I’ll have that posted over the weekend. Even though I didn’t add lots of books to my TBR (probably a good idea lol), I’m still happy with the ones that I did find! They all sound like potentially great reads!

What are some of the books that you added to your TBR this week? Comment below or link me to your posts!

Last day of work and then it’s the weekend! I really want to finish my current read, so it can make it to my May Recap post. I’ll have that posted Sunday or Monday. Yesterday at work I tried to listen to some audiobooks, but ended up not being able to get into them. 😦 I think I am burned out on audiobooks for the rest of this month. We’ll see what happens today.

Here are some of the other posts that I did this week:

  • Random Update – I did this post yesterday and just posted random things going on with me and pictures to go with some things.
  • An Ember in the Ashes – A post about how I felt about this book. Such a great read!

That’s all for this post! I am going to read a few of your posts before I have to leave for work and then catch up on the rest later or throughout the day! BYE! ❤

random update with pictures.

I am kind of wide awake, so here is a blog post about random stuff and some pictures to go with.

I ordered a couple books today. One for the book club and then another that I’ve been waiting for and was just released. They will be the last books I buy in May. I’ll share once I receive them Friday. 🙂

Add me on Goodreads OVER HERE if you like.

I’ve been looking at cute packaging and letter stuff on Pinterest. I think it’ll be fun to find a pen pal. I love finding cute things, so it’ll be cool to share them!

Add me on Pinterest OVER HERE if you like.

I am currently reading Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold by Katie Finn. So far I am really liking it. It’s the second book in the Broken Hearts & Revenge series. I am so excited about this book. FYI: do NOT read the description to this book before reading the first book Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things To Mend or you’ll spoil the first book and I promise you that you do NOT want to spoil the first book!!

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The boyfriend and I started Orphan Black today and so far we really like it. We also got froyo and it was so good as always. I actually did not get too many toppings this time and it came out really colorful and cute, lol. I get cheesecake bites every single time.

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I finally got around to getting some new music for my iPod. I’ve been so focused on my blog and reading so many books that I kind of neglected getting new music. I finally got The Maine’s new album (which I LOVE), the new The Story So Far and Mumford & Sons.

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I’ve kind of been slacking with my Popsugar reading challenge, which is kind of depressing! I really thought I could do this, but I feel like I am slowly (well maybe quickly) running out of time! Ahhhhhh! See! Not that many checked off!

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I found a cute yellow flower when I went on a walk. I also found some wheat pennies when I was counting my money in my piggy bank. The boyfriend started to fill my piggy bank with all his change (which is now up to like $45!!), so I can buy books! I love that he supports my craziness.

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And here is my boyfriend and I doing what we do best. He plays likes to play xbox and I obviously love to read. Right now he is pretty addicted to Halo. He took a break from Call of Duty.

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Last but not least…here are some furbaby pictures! Dax, I don’t think he’s ever sad! And ColbyJack, just hugging the Tide while he sleeps; it must be so comfy! Strange guy.

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OH! I almost have 200 followers (10 or 11 short from 200!) on my blog and it’s so exciting! I’ve only been really doing this blog for a little close to five months, so that’s pretty awesome! So thank you all for following me and liking my posts! I definitely would not be where I am without you guys! HIGH FIVE FOR YOU ALL! ❤

You can check out my last post about An Ember in the Ashes OVER HERE! The book was so good and I am so glad that I decided not to wait to draw it from my book jar before reading it! I have some other things I want to update on, but I will save it for another post. I will be back Friday with Friday Finds and then my May recap of all the books I read sometime on Sunday or Monday. I should probably go to sleep now though. Goodnight!

An Ember in the Ashes.

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
4 OUT OF 5 STARS.

“Life is made of so many moments that mean nothing. Then one day, a single moment comes along to define every second that comes after.”

I decided not to wait until I drew it from my book jar and grabbed this book to read. I’m so glad that I did, because it was such a great book. I actually prolonged finishing this book all day yesterday, because I didn’t want it to end! Since I did that, I ended up finishing it at 12:30AM. I was dead tired, oops!

Right away there was action and I loved that. Sabaa Tahir wasted no time with getting into the action! I was instantly loving it and excited about what was to come. Lots of craziness and surprises throughout the book and it definitely kept my attention throughout.

So many awesome characters that it was hard to decide who I loved most! Laia was instantly one of my favorites; the last book I finished I hated the main character, so I was glad when I didn’t hate Laia. She really grew throughout the book. I loved how Elias was so different than the other Masks and I really loved his character. Marcus…I wanted to punch Marcus throughout the entire book. Anytime he opened his mouth. There were times where Helene annoyed me so much and I didn’t like her, but then times she actually surprised me. There will be lots of characters you love and then lots you will hate. There were tons of characters in this book.

I love Sabaa’s writing style and I loved that the way the story was written, it made you want to read more. I definitely recommend reading this book. Lots of actions and some cute romantic type stuff too. Not too much, which I really liked. It was an awesome read! I can’t wait until the next book in the series. I HAVE to know what happens next!

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YES, YES I DID! 🙂

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Goodreads Description: Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear. It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

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Have you read An Ember in the Ashes? What did you think about it? What are you currently reading now?

Here are a couple posts I did over the weekend:

  • Photo Dump – A bunch of pictures I took over the last few days.
  • A Funny Book – Dead End in Norvelt – book for the Popsugar reading challenge.

Super busy day at work today, so I should go! I hope everyone had a great weekend! Bye! ❤

photo dump, because pictures are cool.

Hi 🙂

I hope everyone has been having a good weekend and getting lots of reading done! Yesterday I wrote how I planned on reading all weekend, but I’ve kind of failed at that so far this weekend. Ooops! I got busy with other stuff, so I probably only got maybe 50 pages read in my current read all weekend. Blehhh…lame, I know. Anyway…I decided to just do a random photo dump post with random pictures I’ve taken over the last few days. You may have seen some of these already if you follow me on Instagram (heyyitsashley – If you follow me…let me know and I’ll follow you back.)

So yesterday (Saturday) my mom, older sister, and aunt took the niece and nephew fishing. My nephew really loves fishing, so that was extra fun for him. They both caught a lot of fish. My older sister and I laid on a blanket and read our books. Below are some pictures from that day.

Grace & Jackson fishing.

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Me reading by the water and then a picture of the water.

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So my sister and I were laying on this blanket reading and I decided to look over my shoulder and saw this, which put an end to our reading. We spent the entire time keeping an eye on it, lol.

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IGUANA! – He eventually climbed the tree, but then came back down. Ughhh.

Here are some other random pictures from the park we were fishing at.

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Niece, Nephew, and my mom fishing.

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And these are just other random pictures from throughout the week that I’ve taken.
The pup Dax and random selfie.

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ColbyJack using my book to clean himself. He wouldn’t let me have it either. He basically switched to attack mode when I tried to take it away. He’s been kind of mean today. Here is a random pretty flower.

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Ice cream and ice cream shaped lollipops.

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I think I’ll go read some now. An Ember in the Ashes has been so good so far and it’s getting even better. I’m about halfway through it, so I definitely want to read more! I have some laundry and stuff to eventually get to. The plus side, I don’t work tomorrow! 🙂

Recent posts from the week:
A Funny Book.
Friday Finds #15.
Small Book Haul.

I’ll leave you with Coals by Modern Baseball, because I love this song so much and that’s the song I am currently listening to as I finish this post. 😛

“I’m alright and I’m always getting better.”

BYE!

Dead End in Norvelt.

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
4 OUT OF 5 STARS

“Don’t ever forget your history,” she sang, “or any wicked soul can lie to you and get away with it.”

I wasn’t really sure how I was going to feel about this book and at first I almost stopped listening to it. I decided to continue and I am so glad that I did. This book was really great and it was so hilarious. Jack was such a funny kid and all the things he got into ended up being funny and sometimes pretty crazy. So many crazy things happened to Jack in the summer. Miss Volker was hilarious too! She was also kind of crazy, but it was cool. I really enjoyed reading this book and the characters were fantastic.

It was a fun book and will definitely have you cracking up! I was laughing so much throughout work. I loved that lots of the things in the story were true. Jack Gantos took part of his life and turned it into a fictional book, but lots of things that happened in the book really happened to Jack in real life. I also loved that there was a lot of history in the book and it was fun hearing about things that happened long ago. Jack Gantos actually read his own book for the audiobook and that was cool. I definitely recommend this book.

“You don’t have to do what your parents want, or what your boyfriend wants, for you to be happy. You just have to be yourself, for there is no love greater than self love.”

Goodreads Description: Melding the entirely true and the wildly fictional, Dead End in Norvelt is a novel about an incredible two months for a kid named Jack Gantos, whose plans for vacation excitement are shot down when he is “grounded for life” by his feuding parents, and whose nose spews bad blood at every little shock he gets.  But plenty of excitement (and shocks) are coming Jack’s way once his mom loans him out to help a feisty old neighbor with a most unusual chore—typewriting obituaries filled with stories about the people who founded his Utopian town. As one obituary leads to another, Jack is launched on a strange adventure involving molten wax, Eleanor Roosevelt, twisted promises, a homemade airplane, Girl Scout cookies, a man on a trike, a dancing plague, voices from the past, Hells Angels . . . and possibly murder. 


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I plan to read as much as possible this weekend, because I really want to get An Ember in the Ashes read. I also need to finally really read ’89 Walls for review. Anyway, that’s all for this post! I hope everyone is having a great weekend! Bye! ❤

Friday Finds #15.

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased). Hosted by A Daily Rhythm.


Hi!

So apparently this is my 100th post! That’s pretty exciting and I am actually pretty proud of it, because last time I tried to use this blog I gave up. I tried it again and failed again. This time I have not failed! 🙂

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Anyway, on to the books! Below are the books that I added to my TBR this week:

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Antigoddess by Kendare Blake
Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

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The Secret of the Emerald Sea by Heather Matthews
Once Every Never by Lesley Livingston
Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall
Nocte by Courtney Cole

I didn’t really add many books this week. I usually add a ton more than this! I’m sure that’s not a bad thing though, because my TBR is already out of control as it is! I didn’t get any e-books, but I bought some other books this week. I’ll link you to my book haul post below in case you missed it.

Recent Posts from the Week:

Let me know what books you added to your TBR this week in the comments or link me to your post! Bye!

Small Book Haul & Other Things.

Hi 🙂

I bought some books this week and thought I would share them with you! I was getting packages back to back and it was pretty crazy, but fun! 🙂 I don’t think I’ll be able to do that again though, lol. I decided to get a free trial of Amazon Prime (to see if I will use it much and whether to keep it) and I wanted to take advantage of the two day shipping, but that also meant I took advantage of my bank account too! OOOOPS!

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Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold by Katie Finn

I decided to get Crown of Midnight, because I really wanted to see what happened next after Throne of Glass. I’m sure you all seen that I wasn’t that huge of a fan of Throne of Glass, but I still wanted to give the series a chance. I did start really liking it at the end and enough to make me want to continue with the series.

Revenge, Ice Cream, I had to order right after I finished reading Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend. I am totally loving the Broken Hearts & Revenge series so far! I am also excited that there will be a third book! I do need to eventually repurchase Broken Hearts though, because it has a new cover and it matches the Revenge, Ice Cream book and not the original cover that I have. I want the book covers to match, lol! I am so excited to read this book though. I plan to read it after the book I am currently reading.

The Wrath and the Dawn sounds like such a great book and it has a cool book cover, that’s exciting! Made You Up also has such an awesome book cover and I really can’t wait to read it, because it sounds so good! I am definitely excited about these two books and they were books on the top of my TBR that I really want to read. I really hope I love them!

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Random Bookish Stuff:

  • I won some ARCs in a giveaway on Twitter, which is exciting! I can’t wait to get them. This is the third time I’ve won a giveaway on Twitter. 🙂
  • I pre-ordered Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and I can’t wait to get it. It’s releasing in the middle of June. He’s one of my favorite comedians and I loved his character on Parks & Rec. It’s probably the most expensive book I bought so far this year (a little over $20 including shipping, etc.), but I decided to…

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  • I finished the book Rogue by Julie Kagawa and it was SO GOOD! It’s the second book in the Talon series. I’m not sure if I’ll do a review on it since it’s a sequel and I’m always scared I’ll give something away. It was definitely an awesome read though. Now the wait for Soldier...ahhhh. 😦
  • I am currently reading An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir and so far it’s really good. I decided to skip drawing from my book jar and pick this one up. I’m glad I did! Also found out this week that it will be a series.

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To end this post, here is a picture of ColbyJack and Dax. 🙂

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BYE! 

Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend.

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Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn
5 out of 5 stars.
Hallie Hath No Fury… by Katie Finn
4 out of 5 stars.

“I don’t think you have to let yourself be defined by your past.”

Honestly, I bought Broken Hearts because the cover was really cute. I had no idea I would even really like it as much as I did. I actually loved the book! This book had my heart racing and probably caused me to have almost a million heart attacks, lol. So many times I was nervous for Gemma and felt all the things she was feeling, hence the mini-heart attacks. It was SO hilarious a lot of the time and I was cracking up so much. I thought it was well written and it was a really fast read. The way that it was written made you want to keep reading more of it. I flew through the book and as soon as I finished it, I went and ordered the second book in the series! I really liked the characters in the book, especially Gemma and Josh. The ending was a COMPLETE SHOCKER….OMG!!! I never would have seen that coming and I was pissed off….which brings me to…

Hallie Hath No Fury… When I seen that there was a little novella e-book for this series, I bought it right away and finished it in an hour. It was definitely interesting to see another side of the story. It was actually awesome that I found this, because I needed  to know WHY and HOW! I really liked the series so far having just read Broken Hearts and Hallie Hath. I am actually expecting the second book in the series today in the mail, so yay! I plan to read that as soon as I finish the current book I am reading; if I can hold out that long!

“Sometimes people have reasons for not telling the truth about who they are.”

I really love the Broken Hearts & Revenge series so far. I do recommend it if you want a fun read! It was definitely fun, hilarious, and lots of surprises! It could also be a good summer read too. The book titles are so great too! Can’t wait to jump into the next book: Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold. <— PS: DO NOT READ THE DESCRIPTION FOR THIS SECOND BOOK OR YOU’ll RUIN THE CRAZY ENDING OF BROKEN HEARTS😛

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Goodreads Description for Broken Hearts: Hot sun. Blue waves. New romances. Old secrets. Gemma had her summer all planned out, but it takes a sharp turn when she gets dumped and finds herself back in the Hamptons after a five-year absence. Being there puts her at risk of bumping into Hallie, her former best friends (that is, before Gemma ruined her life). But people don’t hold grudges forever. Do they? Gemma intends on making amends, but a small case of mistaken identity causes the people she knew years ago—including Hallie and her dreamy brother, Josh—to believe she’s someone else. As though the summer wasn’t complicated enough already.

Have you read Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend? If so, what did you think about it?

In case you missed it; I did a Top Ten Tuesday post earlier this morning about series that I want to read, but haven’t started yet. You can check that out OVER HERE. Bye! ❤

Top Ten Tuesday Freebie||Series I Haven’t Read Yet.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Tuesday Freebie – YOUR CHOICE OF TOPIC.

This week’s TTT is a freebie, so I decided to go with the series that I want to start, but haven’t yet. There are SO many series that I would like to read, but just haven’t started them yet. I’ve been wanting to read these for awhile now. Since I add so many books to my TBR, they all just seem to get lost and forgotten about. I will share some of the book covers in the series (I know some may have more books than what I actually put in this post) and link the first book in the series to Goodreads. Below are some of the series that I want to eventually read and these aren’t in any order.


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The Darkest Minds.

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The Lunar Chronicles.

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The Mortality Doctrine.

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The Grisha.

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Shatter Me.

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Legend.

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The Selection.

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Mara Dyer.

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Outlander.

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The Taking.

So these are the series that I really want to read, but haven’t read them yet! Now that I finished this post and look at all these books, it’s kind of disappointing that I haven’t started them yet! Hopefully I can get around to some of them soon! I have a love/hate toward series. There are SO MANY series that it can get overwhelming. I know I have tons of series that I started, but haven’t finished yet. I’m thinking of making a list of them, so I can finally get them done or at least progress more into them if books in the series aren’t published yet. I should probably make a list of when next books in them get released. I’ll save that for another day though!

Have you read any of these series? If so, were they any good? Also, link me to your TTT posts! 🙂

Until next time! It is off to work for me. Bye! ❤

would you rather book tag.

Hi 🙂

I seen this tag over at Marie’s (drizzle and hurricane books) blog and I thought it looked like a lot of fun! I’m also killing time before the party we are having starts! What better way than a fun book tag? 🙂

>>Would you rather only read trilogies or only read standalones?

+ I think I would probably go with standalones! I love a good trilogy, but I have started so many trilogies and series that I am kind of overwhelmed with it! I know there also so many unfinished ones that I started that I really need to finish! It can get kind of chaotic!

>>Would you rather only read male or female authors?

+ This is kind of hard to answer! I love books by all, but I guess if I really had to choose than I guess I would choose female. There have been amazing books that I read by females that you would probably think a male would have written.

>>Would you rather shop at Barnes and Noble or Amazon?

+ Although Barnes & Noble is more convenient, because you can have the books right away…I would choose Amazon. It’s so much cheaper to order books on Amazon and it always helps that you can get books even cheaper when you get e-books too.

>>Would you rather books were made into TV shows or movies?

+ I was just talking to my boyfriend about this the other day! Well, me talk and he being “tortured” to listen to my book talk, haha. I was telling him how I rather books be made into TV shows, because I feel like you can get more of the book if it was a TV show and it wouldn’t be as rushed and as many things taken out. With a movie, I feel like it’s always rushed and sometimes so many things are different….*cough* Percy Jackson *cough*

>>Would you rather read only 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?

+ Five books per week, DUUUUUHHHH! There are just too many books that need to be read to only read five pages a day! That’s insane! GIVE ME ALL THE BOOKS!

>>Would you rather be a professional author or reviewer?

+ I would rather be a professional reviewer. I suck at writing anything, so I rather just enjoy the books instead of writing them.

>>Would you rather be a librarian or a bookseller?

+ Hmmm…I think I would choose bookseller. I would love to meet people that buy books and collect books. I would be able to share my love for collecting and buying. It would also be fun recommending books that they HAVE to own. High five to all the librarians though. I would probably talk people into buying the books if I was a librarian too. Any job surrounded by books would be amazing to me.

>>Would you rather read only your favorite genre, or every other genre but your favorite?

+ OMG! This is a horrible question! I love so many different genres. I don’t even know what my favorite is anymore!I One of my favorites is dystopia, but I think I will just go with every other genre, because well….maybe I’ll learn to love them even more.

>>Would you rather only read ebooks or physical books?

+ TOUGH question! I love them both, but lately I really love physical books. So I guess I would go with physical books.

I want everyone that is following me to do this tag and then link me to your posts! This is such a fun tag and you should not skip over it! 😛


Other bookish stuff;

I won this ARC in a giveaway on Twitter and I received it yesterday! I am really excited about it and can’t wait to read it! 🙂 *picture is linked to Goodreads*

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I am currently reading Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend and I found this in the book and thought it was hilarious. **by the way, this book is SO good**

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Basically, Sergeant Which is a Doctor Who spinoff in this book. HAHAHAHA. I thought it was pretty hilarious, but I guess that’s because I am a hardcore Doctor Who fan. I’m sure you’ve seen how much I’ve mentioned it and I also own so much Doctor Who stuff, SO MUCH. Here’s my mini Sonic Screwdriver. & remember that time my kitten was the fourth Doctor? 😛

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Anyway! I have tons more pictures to share with you, but I’ll save those for another time or you can check out my instagram (heyyitsashley) and you can see them over there! 🙂

Here are a couple of my recent posts if you missed them and want to check them out!

I am off to go to this party! I hope everyone is having a great weekend! BYE! ❤

Friday Finds #14.

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased). Hosted by A Daily Rhythm.


Hi 🙂 Happy Friday!

Below are the books that I added to my TBR this week:

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Anyone? by Angela Scott
The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi
Balloon Animals by Jonathan Dunne
The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

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The Potion Diaries by Amy Alward
The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard
Orphan Number Eight by Kim van Alkemade
Ghost Story by Peter Straub
A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

I am VERY excited about The Wrath & the Dawn and I need to get a copy ASAP! These others sound like they will be very good too. I think that Orphan Number Eight and Balloon Animals especially sound like they will be really great reads. I am in love with the covers for all of these books! I really need to win the lottery like NOW! I want all of these books and all the other 365 books on my TBR! Blehhh….there are just so many books! I need more time and more money. Sigh.

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Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

I bought these two books on Kindle for $1.99 each and I am really excited about them. They both sound like they will be good reads, so I can’t wait to read them. They are still $1.99 on Kindle right now. 🙂

Let me know what books you added to your TBR list this week in the comments or link me to your post!

You can check out some of my other posts from this week all linked below! 🙂

It’s about time for me to leave for work, so I hope you have a great Friday! Bye! ❤