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Must-Read Books I Need To Read Soon

I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart

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Genre: Biography | Published: June 6th 2017 | Publisher: Atria Books

I love Kevin Hart. From what I know about him, I feel this will be a very interesting, very funny, very inspirational book. And the cover is amazingly adorable.


Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

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Genre: Young Adult Fiction | (To Be) Published: October 10, 2017 | Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers

I know this one isn’t out for another two months but I’m very interested in reading it. The title, synopsis, and author are what make me want to read this. I have a feeling it’s going to be a great read.


Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

Image via Goodreads | Ed Published March 29, 2005 by Penguin Books

Genre: Biography | (First) Published: April 26, 2004

You know I love the Hamilton musical. Biographies are definitely not a genre I like to read – even though I love history. But I’m too curious about this book. I loved the musical so much and the story is just so fascinating that I want to read the inspiration behind it.


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Book Blogger Test

Thank you to Pooja @ lifesfinewhine for nominating me! She’s a wonderful person with a wonderful blog that I highly recommend you checking out. If you’d like to read her responses, click here.


Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog
  2. Answer the ten questions asked on this post (there was only eight?)
  3. Nominate at least five people to do it also
  4. Let your nominees know you nominated them

QUESTIONS:

Describe your perfect reading spot.
That’s a tough one! As long as it’s quiet and comfy any spot will do.

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Tell us Three book confessions
I’ll do you one better! Here are links to posts where I talk about Popular Books I’ve Never Read – Part 1  |  Part 2

When was the last time you cried during a book?
Never. Although, I nearly cried while reading Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier (Sevenwaters, book 3). So many feels in that book.

How many books are on your bedside table?
3 beside me. 16 behind me.

What’s your favourite snack to eat while you’re reading?
I don’t eat while reading. Too risky lol.

Name Three books you would recommend to Everyone
Any book by Tamora Pierce, John Flanagan or Lynn Kurland!

Show us a picture of your favourite bookcase on a bookshelf
Not sure if I understand what this question is asking. But I currently don’t have books on any shelves. Summer cleaning.

Describe how much books mean to you in just three words
Books are life.


I really liked this test and enjoyed answering the questions. If you’d like to take this test, feel free to do so. As always, happy reading!


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August Happenings!

Happy August, everyone!

It still kind of feels like it’s June but, no, it’s legit August 3, 2017 – which is just mind-blowing. We have 5 whole months left of 2017 and there’s still so much to accomplish! There’s not a whole lot happening this month but I will be engaged in try-hard mode to get stuff done. I’m really behind in a lot of things.

Here’s what’s happening this month:

 

The Blog
I will be posting Tues/Thurs/Sat for the next two weeks, then every day from the 19th to 26th. Afterwards, I will be taking a personal no-obligations vacation until September 1st.

The Bookshelf Corner was nominated for three awards this month – very exciting! Thank you, thank you to Laura @ thebookcorps and Mischenko @ ReadRantRock&Roll for nominating me. That was very kind of you. In case you missed those posts, you can check out the awards I was nominated by Mischenko here and by Laura here.

The blog also reached a huge milestone of publishing its 200th post and did its first interview with new author Hannah Bucchin, whose debut novel, Paintbrush, was released last month!

 

The TBR List + Novel Updates
I have made no progress with either which is really disappointing. Work has been tough, that is, I’m more often than not very tired afterwards. I am going to do my best (try-hard mode!) to make substantial progress by next month.

Once I finish my summer reading, I have an exciting Fall TBR list (sneak peek) planned that I can’t wait to get started on.

 

Book Recommendation of the Month

The More I See You by Lynn Kurland
(de Piaget, book 7)
Published by Berkley Publishing, October 1, 1999

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As always, happy reading and happy writing!


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Double Book Release Day!!!

HAPPY BOOK RELEASE DAY! to two wonderful new books:

A Pattern for Pepper by Julie Kraulis and All Things New by Lauren Miller


Thank you again to NetGalley, Tundra Books, and Three Saints Press for providing me with e-ARCs to read and review.

*title/author links lead to my book review of each book*


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A Pattern for Pepper by Julie Kraulis

Publisher: Tundra Books
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Picture Book
Rating: 5/5
Recommend to Others?: Yes

 

Book Summary (via NetGalley):
Pepper is getting a dress made for a special occasion. It’s the first dress that has ever been made just for her, and she wants it to be perfect. But what pattern is right for her? Pepper is particular, and nothing works at first. Dotted Swiss? Too plain. Houndstooth? Not enough color. Pinstripe? Too glum. As Pepper learns about each fabric, she finds a reason why it’s just not the one. Will Pepper ever be able to find the perfect pattern? 
Julie Kraulis takes readers on a journey through gorgeous patterns and their origins–from the mountains of Switzerland to the green grass of Scotland–in search of Pepper’s ideal pattern. The incredible illustrations make for a dress, a character and a book that are impossible to forget.


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All Things New by Lauren Miller

Publisher: Three Saints Press
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Rating: 5/5
Recommend to Others?: Yes

 

Book Summary (via NetGalley):
From the author of Parallel and Free to Fall comes a novel about how it feels to be broken and what it means to be real.

Seventeen-year-old Jessa Gray has always felt broken inside, but she’s gotten very good at hiding it. No one at school knows about the panic attacks, the therapy that didn’t help, the meds that haven’t worked. But when a severe accident leaves her with a brain injury and noticeable scars, Jessa’s efforts to convince the world that she’s okay finally crumble—now she looks as shattered as she feels.

Fleeing from her old life in Los Angeles, Jessa moves to Colorado to live with her dad, but her anxiety only gets worse in the wake of the accident.  That is, until she meets Marshall, a boy with a heart defect whose kindness and generous spirit slowly draw Jessa out of her walled-off shell and into the broken, beautiful, real world—a place where souls get hurt just as badly as bodies, and we all need each other to heal.

All Things New is a love story about perception and truth, physical and emotional pain, and the messy, complicated people we are behind the masks we put on for the world.


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Fall 2017 TBR List – SNEAK PEEK!!!

I’m super excited about the books I have planned to read this coming fall (that is, want to get through). Each month – September to December – has a “theme” I guess (but not really). There will likely be a few NetGalley books randomly throughout. Grouping the books this way just made sense and felt organized. It took away some of the pressure I usually feel when compiling a TBR list. Below you’ll find a TBR list for each month (note: this isn’t the official list; it’s still a work in progress):


September – Books by Tamora Pierce
She has so many great books that it was hard to make this list. Spending a month reading her books is going to be so much fun!

Magic Steps (The Circle Opens, book 1)
The Will of the Empress (Circle Reforged, book 1)
Lioness Rampant (Song of the Lioness, book 4)
Lady Knight (Protector of the Small, book 4)


October – Catch-Up On Book Series
I have a lot of book series I need to catch up on since I won’t have time for them this summer.

Dreamer’s Daughter by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 9)
Scorpion Mountain by John Flanagan (Brotherband Chronicles, book 5)
The Ghostfaces by John Flanagan (Brotherband Chronicles, book 6)
Forever by Maggie Stiefvater (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, book 3)
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen, book 2)


November – Picture Books
This month will be all about picture books. I really enjoyed all the ones I read earlier this year that I wanted to make time to read some more.

How To Babysit A Grandma by Jean Reagan, Illus. Lee Wildish
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
Press Here by Hervé Tuliet
The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin
Lilly’s Big Day by Kevin Henkes
Chicken in Space by Adam Lehrhaupt, Illus. Shahar Kober
Dragons Love Tacos 2 by Adam Rubin, Illus. Daniel Salmieri
Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty, Illus. David Roberts
If You Give a Mouse a Brownie by Laura Numeroff, Illus. Felicia Bond
Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman, Illus. Zachariah OHora
The Pigeon Wants A Puppy by Mo Willems


December – Newly Released Books
These are all books that have already been released this year but I haven’t had a chance to read/acquire yet. This may or may not happen but I won’t know until it gets closer to this month.

Shadowstorm by Dianne Slyvan (Shadow World, book 6)
Thirteen Rising by Romina Russell (Zodiac, book 4)
Siege of Shadows by Sarah Raughley (Effigies, book 2)


That’s all for today!

Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think of them? If you have any book recommendations, let me know in the comments below; I’m always on the hunt for new books to read.

And, as always, happy reading!


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Update: Summer Reading List

This summer has been super busy for me, which has left me more often than not really tired and with little time or energy to focus on reading. So I’ve decided to shorten my summer reading list to something that works better with my schedule this summer. The books that were on this list previously I’ll save for the Fall season.

Currently Reading: Slaves of Socorro by John Flanagan (Brotherband Chronicles, book 4)

Currently Reading: (ARC) Blood Guard by Megan Erickson (Mission, book 1)

Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce (The Circle Reforged, book 3)

(2nd Read) Mastiff by Tamora Pierce (Beka Cooper, book 3)

River of Dreams by Lynn Kurland (A Novel of the Nine Kingdoms, book 8)

As always, happy reading!

 


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Popular Books I’ve Never Read (PART TWO)

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I did this post earlier this year – which you can check out here – and I really enjoyed writing it. I’ve been discovering so many books this years and recalling old books that I thought I’d do a Part Two. Again, I have no ill will towards any of the books listed. I either just wasn’t interested or never got around to reading them.

Anyway, I hope you all like today’s post!

 

A Song of Fire and Ice, series by George R. R. Martin (1996, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2011)
I know Game of Thrones is a hugely popular television series and I really want to watch it but I think I need to read the books first. I know the books haven’t caught up with the TV series but I’d like to read the original texts before I try watching its TV adaptation. I don’t know what the series is entirely about. My knowledge is very limited to what I’ve heard from over people about the TV series: don’t get too attached to characters cause they may unexpectedly die, John Snow, “winter is coming”, the spectacle of the “Red Wedding” episode, and the prince no one likes (Joffrey?).

Percy Jackson and the Olympians, series by Rick Riordan (2005-2009)
I saw the first two books as movies – they were okay. I’ve thought about for years whether or not I should read Percy Jackson and I don’t think I ever will. I don’t think I have enough interest to read these books.

The Martian by Andy Weir (2011)
I really loved the movie but I don’t know if I’ll like reading the book because I saw the movie first. I’d have to give this one some thought.

A Court of Thorns and Roses, series (2015-2017) and Throne of Glass, series (2012-2017) by Sarah J. Maas
I’ve seen these series all over the book blogisphere and inter-webs for years but I’ve never been interested in reading them. I don’t think these books are for me, which is okay. The covers are interesting and pretty, though.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany (2016)
I’m actually curious to see what this is about – I’ve just never gotten around to reading it. I’d like to after I get through the list of books I wanted to read this summer (which has been very slow progress). I’ve heard good things about it, so this is one book I’d definitely like to try reading.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (2017)
I know, this book’s been only out for a few months but I’ve heard a lot of great things about it and have seen praise about it all over the internet. I’m currently on the fence about reading it. The plot is certainly an intriguing one and it touches upon an important conversation needed to be had. But I’m just not sure if I want to read it. (Strong) Maybe.

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That’s all for today!

What popular books have you not read or gotten a chance to read yet? What book(s) should I make a point of reading? Let me know in the comments below.

As always, happy reading!