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Fall 2019 TBR [PREVIEW]

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ARCs
Fever by Donna Grant (Dark Kings, book 16) (October 29, 2019)

 

MANGA
Dawn of the Arcana (Volumes 4-13) by Rei Toma
The Demon Prince of Momochi House (Volumes 2-12) by Aya Shouoto
Vampire Knight (Volumes 12-19) by Matsuri Hino, Translated by Tomo Kimura

 

MIDDLE GRADE
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty
Awkward by Svetlana Chmahora
A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban
Save Me A Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan
Smile by Raina Telgemeier (Smile, book 1)
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier (Smile, book 2)
Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm, Illustrated by Matthew Holm (Sunny, book 1)

 

YOUNG ADULT FANTASY
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Furyborn by Claire Legrand (Empirium, book 1)
Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff (The Aurora Cycle, book 1)
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Angelbound by Christina Bauer (Angelbound Origins, book 1)
The Werewolf Queen by Brandi Elledge (Wheel of Crowns, book 1)
Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
Seafire by Natalie C. Parker (Seafire, book 1)
Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau-Preto (Crown of Feathers, book 1)
Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody (The Shadow Game, book 1)
Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen (The Malediction Trilogy, book 1)
The Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier (Warrior Bards, book 1)
Starling by Lesley Livingston
Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve (The Hungry City Chronicles, book 1)
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Siege of Shadows by Sarah Raughley (Effigies, book 2)
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen, book 2)
So You Want To Be A Wizard by Diane Duane (Young Wizards, book 1)
Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, book 1)

 

ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

 

PARANORMAL ROMANCE
Hot Blooded by Donna Grant (A Dark Kings Novel, book 4)
Firestorm by Donna Grant (A Dark Kings Novel, book 10)
Blaze by Donna Grant (A Dark Kings Novel, book 11)

 

FANTASY
Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames (The Band, book 1)
Dragon Mount by Jennifer M. Eaton
Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb (Farseer Trilogy, book 1)


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This or That? – 10 Bookish Questions

Below are 10 questions asking which of the two mentioned things would you prefer (or neither, or both). All of these questions have to do with bookish preferences. I tried to think way outside the box for some of these.

I’d love to hear what you think. Leave a comment down below. Let’s geek out together like the booknerds we are!


Do you prefer…

1)Hardcover or Paperback books?

2)Multiple POVs or One POV?

3)organize your books Genre or Rainbow order?

4)Contemporary Romance or Paranormal Romance?

5)Standalone novels or Book Series?

6)reading Inside or Outside?

7)read when it’s Quiet or Noisy/With White Noise?

8)Love-Triangles in books or Enemies to Friends/Couple?

9)Short Chapters or Long Chapters?

10)Buddy Reads or to Read Alone?

I prefer paperback but I don’t mind hardcovers. I prefer to following one POV through a story. I would prefer to organize my books in rainbow order because it would make more sense to me. I love book seriesI’d much rather read inside. I need to read in a quiet space. If it’s done right, I prefer books where the two MCs go from enemies to becoming a couple. I like short chapters because I feel like I’m reading the book faster and I tend to read more in one sitting when they’re short. I’m very picky about what I read so I prefer to read alone.

How about you? What bookish things do you prefer?


AS ALWAYS, HAPPY READING!!!


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Mid-Year Look Back 2019: Favorite New Authors & Books (so far)

Favorite New Authors

 

Favorite Books Read


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Coming Up With Story Ideas

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One of the most fantastic things about writing stories is that ideas can come from just about anywhere. Ideas have the ability to take an infinite number of shapes and sizes. The possibilities, as they say, are endless.

For me, ideas come from random thoughts, while reading, music, movies, musicals, and other related arts. One bit a fascination sparks a minute thought. The daydream unfurls and I am lost in an unknown world I need to create into a story.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

It’s such an exhilarating feeling. Sometimes I follow the thread. Sometimes I don’t. Sometimes it’s just fun to imagine then.

The worst feeling is when inspiration comes during that sleep/wake state at night. And if you don’t find the energy to get up and write the idea down you more than likely forget it in the morning. Crushing but reality.

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Of course, with endless sources to pull from and directions to travel it’s that much harder to simplify the tale you want to tell. Also known as writer’s block. But that’s the thrill of writing.

“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” – Anne Frank

The writing process is one big tiring, exhilarating adventure. It is liberating and I love it. The idea stage is just as exciting as the writing stage.

My question for you: where do you get your writing ideas? how do you come up with them? I’d love to read your thoughts on this.

And, as always, happy writing!


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Reading 2018: Best of Manga

Today’s the final day spotlighting my favorite books of 2018.

A large portion of the books I read this year were of this genre. But the titles below have had a big impact on me and my reading experience. I feel like the world of books just got ten times bigger.

It behooved me to pick just one as the best. I loved them all so I picked them all as the best.


 

BLACK BUTLER (Volumes 1-26) by Yana Toboso
Series Review (so far)

FRUITS BASKET (Volumes 1-23) by Natsuki Takaya
Series Review

S●A – SPECIAL A (Volumes 1-17) by Maki Minami
Series Review

THE BETRAYAL KNOWS MY NAME (Volumes 1-8) by Hotaru Odagiri
Series Review

 


See Which Books Took Home The Gold Last Year In 2017

Reading 2017: Best of Picture Books
Reading 2017: Best of Young Adult & Young Adult Fantasy
Reading 2017: Best of Fantasy
Reading 2017: Best of Romance
Reading 2017: Best of Middle Grade & My Favorite Book of the Year


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Books I’m Thankful To Have Read

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Daja’s Book by Tamora Pierce
(Circle of Magic, book 3)

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This was the book that began my love of reading. I needed a book for a school project and picked this one – silly-ly not knowing it was book 3 of 4 (ahaha). I truly believe I’d be a different person if I hadn’t found this book. Or perhaps my love of books would have mearly been delayed? Regardless, this is one of my favorite and most treasured books.

 

The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
(The Heir Chronicles, book 1)

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I am thankful for The Warrior Heir because it made me look forward to summer reading for school. I mostly didn’t enjoy the books the school would specially select or gave you the option to select. But this one…wow! It was just too amazing. It expanded the circle of authors I was discovering at the time.

 

All Things New by Lauren Miller
MY REVIEW

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This excerpt from my review of All Things New sums up best why I’m thankful for this book: “I am so thankful Lauren Miller wrote this story and that it will be shared with the world as it shares an important message. The story and writing is beautiful. The characters are raw and real. You will feel all the feels.”

 

Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori
MY REVIEW (Volumes 1-18)

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Really, I could have put any manga I’ve read and reviewed on this blog so far, but this was the first so I decided to feature it. I never thought I would enjoy reading graphic novels. I didn’t think it was my thing as far as reading went. But I had watched all these anime shows and discovered that my library had books for some of my favorites. I fell in love with the genre and I don’t see myself stopping any time soon. So thankful for the world manga has opened up to me.

 

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea! by Ben Clanton
(A Narwhal and Jelly Book, book 1)
MY REVIEW

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I am thankful for the Narwhal and Jelly books because they are so cute and adorable and honestly the best thing ever.

 

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
MY REVIEW

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I am thankful for Turtles All The Way Down because I can relate to it and it just is a great depiction of anxiety. I had written in my review: “Turtles All the Way Down is a heart-warming and real representation of the infinity-like state of being that is anxiety and the irresistible, automatic rituals of obsessive compulsive disorders. John Green offers a unique prospective, awareness and approach to these mental health disorders that Aza, the main character, experiences.” I’m also thankful for this book because I think it will help those who have anxiety.

 

Mustaches for Maddie by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown
MY REVIEW

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I am thankful for Mustaches for Maddie because of the compassion and kindness that emanates from the story. And also because of mustaches.