Friday Finds #75.

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Hey!

I haven’t done one of these posts in almost a year, but I always love sharing the books that I add to my Goodreads TBR; so I want to get back into doing just that this year. Since I haven’t done this series in such a long time, I have so many books to share. There won’t be book descriptions this time since I am posting ten books, but I will link them all to Goodreads, so you can check them out! You can see more of my TBR over on my Goodreads account over here and feel free to add me as a friend.

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The Test by Sylvain Neuvel
The Summer of ’69 by Todd Strasser
The Black Coats by Colleen Oakes
Wilder Girls by Rory Power
Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta, Cori McCarthy

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Recursion by Blake Crouch
Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy
Rules We’re Meant to Break by Natalie Williamson
Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan
How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow

Have you added any new books to your TBR? Have you read any of these? Feel free to link me to your posts if you have one or leave a comment letting me know what new books you added to your TBR.

In case you  missed it;
Review|| Comics Will Break Your Heart.
Random|| Life Update – New House!

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

ashleyblack

Review|| Comics Will Break Your Heart.

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Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks
4 out of 5 stars.

Goodreads Description: Miriam’s family should be rich. After all, her grandfather was the co-creator of smash-hit comics series The TomorrowMen. But he sold his rights to the series to his co-creator in the 1960s for practically nothing, and now that’s what Miriam has: practically nothing. And practically nothing to look forward to either-how can she afford college when her family can barely keep a roof above their heads? As if she didn’t have enough to worry about, Miriam’s life gets much more complicated when a cute boy shows up in town . . . and turns out to be the grandson of the man who defrauded Miriam’s grandfather, and heir to the TomorrowMen fortune. In her endearing debut novel, cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks pens a sensitive and funny Romeo and Juliet tale about modern romance, geek royalty, and what it takes to heal the long-festering scars of the past (Spoiler Alert: love).


I received an ARC of Comics Will Break Your Heart from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Release date: Today, February 12, 2019.

I don’t read a lot of comics and I’m not really into the whole superhero thing either (I feel like everyone is except me, haha). I weirdly was really into Comics Will Break Your Heart though! There’s a lot of comic story talk because of TomorrowMen and the characters in the book being into the comics/series and also because of the family history with the comic as well. Comics Will Break Your Heart is more than just about superheroes and comics though, which I really liked.

I felt like the characters were really relatable and different aspects of the story itself was as well. Miriam struggled with what to do after high school and Weldon had to deal with two mostly absent parents in his life; his dad obsessed with his business and his mom just seemed really unstable. I liked the friendship that Miriam and Weldon eventually grew into. They weren’t sure if they should be friends or how it would all work out with the family drama between their two families.

Overall, I really liked Comics Will Break Your Heart. There were a couple things that I wasn’t that into though, one being that I felt the ending was left unfinished because there was no real resolution to the whole TomorrowMen situation between the families.  I still had questions regarding that situation. That aspect of the story just didn’t feel resolved to me. Everything else in the story was great though. It was a cute, fun, geeky, and even had it’s emotional moments. I really liked the characters and friendships. Great story and I would recommend.

In case you missed it;
Random|| Life Update – New House!
WWW Wednesday #56.
Wrap Up|| January.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Random|| Life Update – New House!

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Hey!

Exciting news….the hubby and I did a thing…we bought a house on Friday (2/8)! We pretty much kept it secret and didn’t talk about it that much to anyone. I didn’t want to jinx things, because we really wanted this to work out! AND WELL….it did!

We are super stoked about it! We took a bunch of our stuff up there that we don’t use often. Funny story…so we brought an air mattress to sleep on, but forgot the air pump to blow it up. So I was like, okay, that’s okay. We have a big comforter we can lay on the the floor with….yeah, forgot that too. LMAO! So we had a ton of sheets and throw blankets to sleep on. Not the best sleep, but it is what it is. HAHA. We aren’t bringing our bed or other furniture until next weekend or the weekend after that.

My mom and aunt ended up coming on Saturday afternoon though and we went out to Walmart to get some stuff. She ended up buying us a couch/futon. It’s a futon, but when folded up it looks like a couch. It is really comfy and it’s really cute. She also bought a couple of air mattresses too, so next time we are good to go until we get all of our stuff up there! It’s currently about 3.5-4 hours from where we currently live.  Don’t mind the mess, we are moving in HAHA. 😛 We spent pretty much all Saturday morning cleaning and doing other things around the house until my mom and aunt got there.

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I haven’t taken any inside pictures yet (besides the one above), but I will probably do that once we are settled in. The weekend was just just crazy busy doing a ton of different things and I guess just taking it all in, because it’s like a huge step in our lives. It’s super cool though! We have SO MUCH space. It’s three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and there’s a bonus room (which we will use like a second living room/family room). The “bonus room” is actually pictured above. We already have a list of things we want to do, haha. That’ll be fun. 😛 We ate lunch on a piece of cardboard Sunday hahah, so we wouldn’t get the floor messy and because we wanted to watch TV. My mom left her hot spot for us to watch TV until we got our own internet setup on Sunday.

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We’ll be going back up Friday night to do some more cleaning and hopefully more organizing of things. The living room when you walk into our house currently has so many boxes, so hopefully we get some things put away and more organized before we bring in the rest of our stuff in the next week or two.

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I took my smaller lens ball with me and got this pretty awesome picture of our house. I’m kind of obsessed with how great this picture turned out. We also have this HUGE tree in our backyard and I’m totally living for it. I already have plans to hang a hammock chair from it. Perfect reading spot while the pup runs around the yard, haha. The yard is fenced in, but we’ll be eventually getting a privacy fence, but for now it’s fine.

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Our house is more in the country side of town, which we actually like. Lots of good picture taking opportunities in the future, haha. Also, there are cows, goats, and horses and lots of woods too. One house across the street before turning into our neighborhood has three goats in their front yard, LOL. The next few pictures aren’t the best quality because we were driving and I didn’t have my zoom lens on my Nikon or the correct setting, but here is some of the area. I definitely plan to get more later this week.

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So we’re now homeowners which is pretty neat! This year is going to be pretty crazy for us. New house, new city, but we’re super stoked to see what happens. We have so much work to do with packing, moving, unpacking so I may not be around too much like I mentioned previously. I apologize in advance! I didn’t even get to read that much this week, which sucked! Hopefully I can finish at least one book this week. I’m halfway through Crooked Kingdom, so I would love to be able to finish that one this week. Guess we’ll see what happens!

In case you  missed it;
WWW Wednesday #56.
Wrap Up|| January.
Book Haul|| January.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

WWW Wednesday #56.

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WWW Wednesday 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.


Hey!

I haven’t done one of these posts since October of last year, YIKES! 😛 I figured I might as well get back into them, because it’s fun to share my reading progress throughout the month and to check out everyone else’s! Here are the books that I’ve been reading this week and ones that I hope to read really soon.

Currently Reading:

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
A Soldier and a Liar by Caitlin Lochner

Trying to stay on top of series this year by continuing them instead of putting them to the side after reading the first book, so I picked up Crooked Kingdom ASAP after reading Six of Crows. So far I really like it. I was sent an ARC of A Soldier and a Liar, so I am reading that one as well. It’s being released this month, so I want to get it read and reviewed ASAP. So far it’s pretty interesting. I’m only about 60 pages into it.


Recently Finished:

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The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

I read Rupi’s book Milk and Honey last year, so I wanted to check out more of her work. I flew through the poems in The Sun and Her Flowers. They were good and I liked them. I really liked the illustrations that went along with some of the poems as well.


Reading Next:

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Just for Clicks by Kara McDowell
The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena

These are both ARCs that are releasing this month, so I want to get them read and reviewed. I am really looking forward to the both of them. I don’t know exactly when I will get to them since I am really busy this month with other life things, but I will for sure be reading these two next as soon as I finish my two current reads.

What are you currently reading? Recently finished? Reading next? Have you read any of these books? Feel free to link me to your posts, so I can check them out!

I mentioned in my wrap up post how this month was going to be crazy busy with packing and moving, so I am pretty much just trying to fit in reading and blogging when I can. It’s going to be a little hectic this month, sigh. Hopefully things get back to normal in March though.

In case you missed it;
Wrap Up|| January.
Book Haul|| January.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Giveaway Winners!

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Hey!

Thank you to everyone that entered my giveaway and for supporting me and my blog! It means a lot to me that I’ve met so many awesome people on here and that so many of you love my blog. 🙂 I so badly wish I could buy everyone a book, but sadly I can’t. If you didn’t win this time, don’t worry though! I’ll have another giveaway again later this year. I used a website that randomly chooses a name for you called “comment picker” and the winners are:

Marie from Drizzle & Hurricane Books
Ashley from Part Time Book Nerd

Congrats! 🙂

I will definitely be having a another book giveaway soon, so be on the look out. Thank you again for entering my giveaway and following my blog. It means a lot to me!

In case you missed it;
Wrap Up|| January.
Book Haul|| January.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

ashleyblack

Wrap Up|| January.

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Hey!

January was a good month. I had a lot going on in January in my personal life, but I still managed to read a lot (10 books)! I read a few ARCs and was able to get some reviews up for those. I even read two books toward my Reading the Alphabet challenge. I put an “ABC” next to the titles below that indicate which ones I read for my Reading the Alphabet challenge. I think I actually had a really good month as far as reading and blogging goes with being busy at home with other life happenings. February might not be as great with reading (more about this later in the post), so I am glad I was able to read so much this month. You can find a full list of these books and the other books I read this year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review.

Physically Read Books:
These are the books that I read myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of January.

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George by Alex Gino – 4 out of 5 stars. (ABC)
I’ve had George on my TBR for awhile, so I finally picked it up for my Reading the Alphabet challenge. I am so glad that I finally read it, because I really liked it a lot. I liked the story and the characters. It’s also an important read and I highly recommend.

The Wicked King by Holly Black – 3 out of 5 stars – Review.
I was so stoked when I received an ARC of The Wicked King. It was good and I liked it, but it was not anywhere near as amazing as The Cruel Prince was, sadly. There wasn’t as much excitement like TCP. The first 60-70% of the book there just wasn’t enough happening and it got boring at times. Everything crazy and exciting happened right at the end of the book. You can check out my review for more about that.

Famous In A Small Town by Emma Mills – 4 out of 5 stars – Review.
Famous in a Small Town was a cute and fun read. I really liked it and it was my first Emma Mills book. It centered around friendship more than romance, which was nice. Great characters and store. Feel free to check out my review for more.

The Perfect Girlfriend by – 3 out of 5 stars – Review.
I had some mixed feelings about The Perfect Girlfriend. I thought it was good and I liked it, but it was also really slow to start and I really didn’t care for the ending. Feel free to check out my review for more.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – 4 out of 5 stars. (ABC)
YOU GUYS!!! LOOK! I finally did it! I finally read Six of Crows after saying I would for over three years. It didn’t completely blow me away enough to get five stars, but I did really like it a lot and it was a lot of fun to read. I am really looking forward to reading the sequel hopefully in February or early March. Waiting on a copy from the library since my physical copy is packed away right now.

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The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah – 5 out of 5 stars.
The Great Alone wrecked me. Ripped my heart into a million pieces. I can’t count how many times I cried throughout this story. I don’t think I ever stopped crying. It was so heartbreaking and hard to read. It was also everything and forever has a piece of my heart now. Hands down already calling it as one of my favorites of the year and it’s only been less than a month in the new year.

Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks – 4 out of 5 stars. – Review to come.
I read Comics Will Break You Heart pretty quickly, which was awesome. I actually liked it way more than I originally thought I would because I’m not that huge into comics or superheroes. Although, the book is way more than just about those things! It was cute and fun to read. It was also a little heartbreaking at times. I haven’t had the chance to write my review yet, but it will be coming soon.

Circe by Madeline Miller – 3 out of 5 stars.
I started Circe at some point last year and got about 60% through it and was just so bored so I put it down. I was still on the fence if I even wanted to actually finish the book or not. I decided to finish it this month since I had already got through so much of it and a lot of people said the ending was good. So did I like the last 40% of Circe? The last 40% wasn’t that bad. It was definitely a lot more entertaining. I’m glad that I decided to finish it instead of DNFing it.

Bloom by Kevin Panetta – 4 out of 5 stars.
I thought Bloom was so great! I really liked it. I loved the illustrations and color theme of them. The story itself was so cute and fun to read. I really enjoyed the characters, except Cameron. He was a total jerk and had me rolling my eyes quite a bit. I loved Ari and Hector together. The story had me craving bread and cupcakes the entire time too. At the end the author even included a recipe from one of the things the characters baked and a playlist!

Release by Patrick Ness – 3 out of 5 stars.
At the time of posting this I am not finished with Release, but I will have it finished later today so I wanted to include it in my wrap up. I am about 60% into the book right now and it’s pretty interesting. For the most part I like it, but it is a little strange. I always find Ness’ books strange though. I’ll add another update about this book in a future post with my final thoughts and rating. EDIT: I just finished Release and added my rating. Overall, I liked it. It wasn’t mind blowing, but it was still pretty good.

What books did you read in January? Have you read any of the ones that I read? Feel free to link me to your post, so I can check it out!

I don’t know how much reading I will actually get to do in February, because I am FINALLY moving at the end February, so I will be spending a lot of time packing and trying to stay organized with that so I don’t lose my mind. Also, Kingdom Hearts 3 just released at the end of January!! I’ve been waiting so long for this, SO LONG! I’ve been a fan of the games since they first came out many many years ago on Playstation 2 when I was a kid, lol. So it’s been years waiting for a new game. I have a feeling that KH3 will be taking over my life for awhile….it has already started! 😛

I figured if I read at least five books a month, I will be able to reach my Goodreads challenge goal at the end of the year. I read two months worth in one month (!!!), so I feel pretty good going into February knowing that I probably won’t get a chance to read that much. February is going to be so busy for me with the move. We’re moving 3.5-4 hours away from where we currently are, so it’s a lot to do. I am apologizing in advance if I can’t hop on here as often in the coming weeks.

And it’s the last time I can say this, but I have a book giveaway happening on my blog and this is the last day to enter. I am picking two winners tomorrow (2/1). It’s international as long as Book Depository ships to you. Feel free to check it out if you want to enter.

In case you  missed it;
Book Haul|| January.
2 Star Reads of 2018.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Book Haul|| January.

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I actually wanted and planned to take pictures of my books this month, but I packed them before I had the chance to. I completely forgot and realized after I packed them, OOPS! Haha. Goodreads cover it is. I can’t wait until March when I can finally see all of my books again. Anyway, onto my January book haul! You can check out all the books I own over here. There’s also links on that page to pages for my kindle books and my physical books.

Physical Books:

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The Wicked King by Holly Black
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

I pre-ordered The Wicked King from Barnes & Noble, so my cover is black! My Cruel Prince is also the B&N edition too, so I wanted them both to match. I am really excited to have it even if I didn’t enjoy the story as much as TCP. I can’t wait for that third book though, because that ending was pretty crazy. Of course I had to get King of Scars, because NIKOLAI! The book cover is so gold and so shiny, heart eyes for days. I also got The Language of Thorns, because I didn’t have it yet and I pretty much need all of Leigh Bardugo’s books. There was also a short story I seen the e-book for on Amazon that I wanted to read, but I noticed it was in this book so I just got it so I can read all of the short stories.


Books from Publishers/Authors:

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We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlette
Bloom by Kevin Panetta

I was sent We Rule the Night from The Novl. I was so stoked when I opened my mail and seen this book in the package! It sounds so amazing and like something I would really like and I can’t wait to read and review it. Also, that cover is amazing! I hope I love it, so I can buy a finished copy when it releases in April. I won a giveaway for Bloom on Goodreads, which I was so stoked about. I am currently reading it now and it’s pretty good so far.

Netgalley:

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Just for Clicks by Kara McDowell
Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
Happy Messy Scary Love by Leah Konen
How to Hack a Heartbreak by Kristin Rockaway

There was one week in the month that I went request crazy on Netgalley, which I RARELY ever do. It resulted in four new eARCs (that I am super stoked to read and review) and a few that I am still waiting to hear back on. I think I am hands down the most excited about Spin the Dawn!! These others sound great and right up my alley too though, so I am of course looking forward to reading those too.


E-Books:

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Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills
Meet Cute by Jennifer L Armentrout + Others
Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

I also got a few e-books as well this month. I managed to not go overboard for once? HAHA. 😛 I’ve been really wanting to check these out, so I couldn’t pass up the deals. I am so stoked for Bridge of Clay. I was really happy when I seen that one on sale for $1.99.

Wrap up coming soon. I’m crossing my fingers I can finish Bloom before the end of the month, so I’m waiting on posting my wrap up until I see if I can finish it. It’s a graphic novel, so maybe a good possibility. Tomorrow is the last day to enter the book giveaway on my blog! It’s for a book of your choice and it’s international as long as Book Depository ships to you. I’m picking two winners on February 1st! 😀

In case you missed it;
2 Star Reads of 2018.
3 Star Reads of 2018.
Thoughts|| The Perfect Girlfriend.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack