Thursday, March 26, 2020

Tag: My Perfect Book


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to steal elements from your favorite books and mash them together to create one epically awesome book? That’s what this tag is about. Today, I’m the Dr. Frankenstein of literature. I’m going to cut pieces (body parts?) from different novels and stitch them together to create my perfect novel. It’s going to be . . . interesting. This tag was created by Sofii @ A Book. A Thought. Okay, let’s butcher some books.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Book Club Books



Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today, we’re talking about the best books for your book club. What makes a good book club pick? I think it’s a book that promotes lively discussion. The writing style may be unusual or challenging. The characters (or author) may make controversial choices. Or maybe the book is educational. Here are ten books that will give your book club something to chat about.

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

The Sunday Post #217





The Sunday Post is a chance to recap the past week, talk about next week, tell you what I’m reading, and share news. I’m linking up with The Caffeinated Book Reviewer, Readerbuzz, and Book Date. 

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Tag: Birthday Books




It’s my birthday today, so it seemed like a logical time to do The Birthday Book Tag. This tag was created by Antonia @ Always Books. Let’s get into it.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring Reading List




Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today I’m sharing my Spring reading list. Here are ten books I’m hoping to read in the next few months.

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

The Sunday Post #216



The Sunday Post is a chance to recap the past week, talk about next week, tell you what I’m reading, and share news. I’m linking up with The Caffeinated Book Reviewer, Readerbuzz, and Book Date. 

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Saturday, March 14, 2020

Book Haul: True Story


Welcome to Stacking the Shelves and Mailbox Monday, where I get to show off the books I’ve gotten recently. Here are a few nonfiction books that have turned up at my house in the last few months. I’ve already read some of them, so great job, Me. Also, I’m including Brooding YA Hero in a nonfiction haul because Broody is a real person. You can’t convince me otherwise.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Tag: Books I Want To Read . . . But Don’t Want To Read


You know those books you kind of want to read? The ones you think you’ll like, but you haven’t bought yet because you’re still on the fence? The books you just can’t commit to? This is a whole post about those books! These are the stories I want to read . . . but don’t want to read. Maybe you can push me off the fence? This tag was created by Jamieson @ Jamishelves. Let’s get into it.

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Sunday, March 8, 2020

The Sunday Post #215



The Sunday Post is a chance to recap the past week, talk about next week, tell you what I’m reading, and share news. I’m linking up with The Caffeinated Book Reviewer, Readerbuzz, and Book Date. 

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Can’t Wait Wednesday: More March 2020 Book Releases




Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings. I get to spotlight a few upcoming book releases that sound interesting to me. Here’s what’s coming out in the next few weeks.


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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Sunday, March 1, 2020

The Sunday Post #214



The Sunday Post is a chance to recap the past week, talk about next week, tell you what I’m reading, and share news. I’m linking up with The Caffeinated Book Reviewer, Readerbuzz, and Book Date. 

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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Book Haul: For Grown Ups


Welcome to Stacking the Shelves and Mailbox Monday, where I get to show off the books I’ve gotten recently. I’ve been acquiring a lot of books for children and teens lately, so I thought I’d balance it out with some grown-up stuff.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Can’t Wait Wednesday: March 2020 Book Releases




Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings. I get to spotlight a few upcoming book releases that sound interesting to me. Here’s what’s coming out in the next few weeks.

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

The Sunday Post #213



The Sunday Post is a chance to recap the past week, talk about next week, tell you what I’m reading, and share news. I’m linking up with The Caffeinated Book Reviewer, Readerbuzz, and Book Date. 

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Book Haul: Is The Hype Real?


Welcome to Stacking the Shelves and Mailbox Monday, where I get to show off the books I’ve gotten recently. I’m always skeptical of hyped books because they rarely live up to my expectations, but sometimes I get curious. Are they as good as everybody claims? I’m going to read these books and find out if the hype is real.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Unforgettable Books




Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, we’re talking about memorable books. Here are 10 books that I didn’t want to put down and then couldn’t stop thinking about when they were over.

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Discussion: What I Learned From Reading 200+ “Best Books Of 2019” Lists



It took me a solid three months of searching the blogosphere, Pinterest, YouTube, newspapers, magazines, award lists, and bookstore websites, but I finally did it. I read/watched every single “Best Books of 2019” list I could find. Why did I do it? Mostly FOMO. I don’t want to miss something amazing. Also, I have a book obsession (obviously) and insatiable curiosity about what people are reading. Which books are memorable? Which books are people buying? Which are the best of the best? I don’t think I can answer those questions, but I noticed some trends, and I found some under-hyped books that I want to read in 2020. Let’s get into it.

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Review: No True Believers by Rabiah York Lumbard


No True Believers by Rabiah York Lumbard


Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Pages: 304
Publication date: February 2020
Content warning: Islamaphobia, bullying, terrorist bombings, arrest, assault, marijuana use, illness, various non-lethal crimes
Available at: Amazon | Book Depository

Salma Bakkioui has always loved living in her suburban cul-de-sac, with her best friend Mariam next door, and her boyfriend Amir nearby. Then things start to change. Friends start to distance themselves. Mariam's family moves when her father's patients no longer want a Muslim chiropractor. Even trusted teachers look the other way when hostile students threaten Salma at school.

After a terrorist bombing nearby, Islamaphobia tightens its grip around Salma and her family. Shockingly, she and Amir find themselves with few allies as they come under suspicion for the bombing. As Salma starts to investigate who is framing them, she uncovers a deadly secret conspiracy with suspicious ties to her new neighbors--but no one believes her. Salma must use her coding talent, wits, and faith to expose the truth and protect the only home she's ever known--before it's too late.
Salma Bakkioui has always loved living in her suburban cul-de-sac, with her best friend Mariam next door, and her boyfriend Amir nearby. Then things start to change. Friends start to distance themselves. Mariam's family moves when her father's patients no longer want a Muslim chiropractor. Even trusted teachers look the other way when hostile students threaten Salma at school.

After a terrorist bombing nearby, Islamaphobia tightens its grip around Salma and her family. Shockingly, she and Amir find themselves with few allies as they come under suspicion for the bombing. As Salma starts to investigate who is framing them, she uncovers a deadly secret conspiracy with suspicious ties to her new neighbors—but no one believes her. Salma must use her coding talent, wits, and faith to expose the truth and protect the only home she's ever known—before it's too late.
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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Can’t Wait Wednesday: More February 2020 Book Releases




Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings. I get to spotlight a few upcoming book releases that sound interesting to me. Here’s what’s coming out in the next few weeks.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Five-Star TBR Predictions



Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, I’m making predictions. I currently have 50-something unread books on my to-be-read (TBR) shelf. I think all of them have the potential to earn a 5-star review from me. (They wouldn’t be on the shelf if I didn’t think I’d love them.) But, I’m extra excited about the books in this post because of the hype. They all have 100,000+ ratings and mostly positive reviews on Goodreads. I hope I love them as much as everybody else does.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Can’t Wait Wednesday: February 2020 Book Releases




Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings. I get to spotlight a few upcoming book releases that sound interesting to me. Here’s what’s coming out in the next few weeks.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Upcoming Middlegrade Book Releases




Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, I’m telling you about the intriguing middlegrade books coming out in the first half of 2020. These children’s books all sound like my kind of bizarre and beautiful. This is going to be a big post, so let’s get into it.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: My Christmas Book Haul




Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, we’re talking about the books I got for Christmas. I can hear you saying, “Aj, Christmas was a month ago. Why are you still blathering about it?” Because I’m freaking excited to read these books! I got a ton of books for Christmas. This isn’t even all of them. I’ll have to put the others in future hauls. These were all gifts from Lauren @ Shooting Stars Magazine or gifts from myself to myself. Since this is a book haul, I’m also linking up with Stacking the Shelves and Mailbox Monday.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Can’t Wait Wednesday: More January 2020 Book Releases




Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings. I get to spotlight a few upcoming book releases that sound interesting to me. Here’s what’s coming out in the next few weeks.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Upcoming Young Adult Book Releases




Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, I’m telling you about the intriguing young adult books coming out in the first half of 2020. This is going to be a big post, so let’s get into it.

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Wrap-Up: 2019 Reading Statistics



Welcome to my giant post of 2019 reading stats! I don’t know how interesting this post will be to other people, but these graphs help me figure out what I want to change about my reading. If you’re the kind of nerd who wants to know more about my reading year, check out my favorite books of 2019. Let’s get into this. Prepare your scrolling fingers. They are about to get a workout.






Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Upcoming Adult Book Releases



Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, I’m telling you about the intriguing adult books coming out in the first half of 2020. These books are my kind of weird and wonderful. I hope you like historical fiction and novels about cults because you’re about to see a lot of them. Let’s get into it.

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Can’t Wait Wednesday: January 2020 Book Releases




Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings. I get to spotlight a few upcoming book releases that sound interesting to me. Here’s what’s coming out in the next few weeks.

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