Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Books To Read In Fall


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, we’re talking about my autumn reading list! I’m ecstatic for my upcoming reads because fall is my favorite season. (Yes, I’m a basic American White girl stereotype. I love comfy fall clothes, cute spooky decorations, cold weather, and all the pumpkin junk. Feel free to judge me.) Here’s what I’ll be reading while devouring my Halloween candy.

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Sunday, September 20, 2020

The Sunday Post #242



The Sunday Post is a chance to recap the past week, talk about next week, tell you what I’m reading, and share news. It’s hosted by The Caffeinated Book ReviewerReaderbuzz, and Book Date.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Illustrated Blue Nature Covers


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, we’re talking about covers. I was looking through my book wish list Pinterest board, and I noticed that I’m drawn to books with a very particular type of cover. Since I am clueless about art, I call them “illustrated blue nature” covers. They’re startlingly blue, and they feature weeds or critters. Here are 10 of my favorites.

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

The Sunday Post #241

The Sunday Post is a chance to recap the past week, talk about next week, tell you what I’m reading, and share news. It’s hosted by The Caffeinated Book ReviewerReaderbuzz, and Book Date.

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Sunday, September 6, 2020

The Sunday Post #240


The Sunday Post is a chance to recap the past week, talk about next week, tell you what I’m reading, and share news. It’s hosted by The Caffeinated Book ReviewerReaderbuzz, and Book Date.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Can’t Wait Wednesday: September 2020 Book Releases




Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings. I get to show off intriguing upcoming book releases. Check them out and tell me which new books you’re excited to read.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Wrap Up: August 2020

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Sunday, August 30, 2020

The Sunday Post #239


The Sunday Post is a chance to recap the past week, talk about next week, tell you what I’m reading, and share news. It’s hosted by The Caffeinated Book ReviewerReaderbuzz, and Book Date.

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Saturday, August 29, 2020

Book Haul: August 2020



Welcome to Stacking the Shelves and Mailbox Monday, where I get to show off the books I’ve gotten recently. I’ve already read two of them, so *pats self on back.* I’ll give tiny reviews of those.

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Sunday, August 23, 2020

The Sunday Post #238



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 ReviewerReaderbuzz, and Book Date.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Series That Should Be TV Series


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today, we’re talking about book series that would translate well to TV. I really hope I see these books on my screen someday.

I’m only going to include the synopsis for the first book in each series because nobody wants spoilers.

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Sunday, August 16, 2020

The Sunday Post #237


The Sunday Post is a chance to recap the past week, talk about next week, tell you what I’m reading, and share news. It’s hosted by The Caffeinated Book ReviewerReaderbuzz, and Book Date.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Classic Books That Are Worth Reading


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is books I love but haven’t reviewed or talked about. That’s a slight problem because I’m not shy about pimping my favorite books. If you come here often, you know what I like. To find favorites that I don’t scream about in every post, I had to cast my mind way back to before I started blogging. Before the blog, I was in school and mostly read classics. That’s how I ended up with this list of the best classic books I’ve read.

Before I could write the list, I had to figure out how I’m defining “classic.” Should my list only include old stuff, like Beowulf? Or should I include modern classics, like The Handmaid’s Tale? Since I have a lot of modern classic favorites, and I blather about them constantly, I decided to make a list of not-modern classics. So . . . what’s “not modern”? My college literature professors defined “modern” as “anything after WWII.” I’m running with their definition.

Basically, this introduction was a long-winded way of saying, “I made a list of books published before 1945 that I think are readable and culturally relevant.” I put them in order by publication date. Let me know which ones you loved and hated.

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Sunday, August 9, 2020

The Sunday Post #236



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

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Can’t Wait Wednesday: August 2020 Book Releases



Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings. I get to show off intriguing upcoming book releases. Check them out and tell me which new releases you’re excited to read.

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Sunday, August 2, 2020

The Sunday Post #235


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 ReviewerReaderbuzz, and Book Date.

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Wrap Up: July 2020

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Discussion: Best Crime Novels For Young Adults



A few weeks ago, I made a list of the best crime fiction for adults. I guess my twisted brain had so much fun reminiscing about fictional arson and murder that I decided to make a second list. This one focuses on books for teens, tweens, and young adults. Bring on crime novels, part 2!

I love reading about crime. Characters with loose morals are fascinating, and criminals add tons of tension to a narrative. Will they get caught? Will they commit another crime? Are they even guilty of the crime everyone thinks they committed? I want to know!

Even though I enjoy crime fiction, I’m super picky about it. I feel ambivalent about modern thrillers. I hate most detective stories. I’d rather eat disgusting kale than read a traditional courtroom drama. I like a very specific type of crime fiction. I’d call it “literary crime.” It has to be atmospheric with complicated characters and a surprising plot. A well-developed setting doesn’t hurt either.

Here are 15 young adult fiction books that fit my definition of a compelling novel about crime.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books Of 2020 (So Far)


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, I’m writing one of my all-time-favorite blog posts. We’re talking about the best books of 2020 (so far). In 2020, I’ve read 61 books. Choosing favorites was difficult, but I did it because I love making these lists. I love looking at other people’s best books lists, too. If you’ve made one, please leave a link in the comments. I’ll come visit you. I need to know what to read. I can't decide on my own!

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Sunday, July 26, 2020

The Sunday Post #234



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 ReviewerReaderbuzz, and Book Date.

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Saturday, July 25, 2020

Book Haul: July 2020



Welcome to Stacking the Shelves and Mailbox Monday, where I get to show off the books I’ve gotten recently. Here’s what I’m hopefully going to be reading in the next few months.

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Sunday, July 19, 2020

The Sunday Post #233


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 ReviewerReaderbuzz, and Book Date.

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Discussion: Best Crime Novels For Adults



I love reading about crime. Characters with loose morals are fascinating, and criminals add tons of tension to a narrative. Will they get caught? Will they commit another crime? Are they even guilty of the crime everyone thinks they committed? I want to know!

Even though I enjoy crime fiction, I’m super picky about it. I feel ambivalent about modern thrillers. I hate most detective stories. I’d rather eat disgusting kale than read a traditional courtroom drama. I like a very specific type of crime fiction. I’d call it “literary crime.” It has to be atmospheric with complicated characters and a surprising plot. A well-developed setting doesn’t hurt either.

Here are 15 adult fiction books that fit my definition of a compelling novel about crime.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Will Make You Happy



Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, we’re talking about happy books. Admittedly, I’m not the biggest aficionado of happy books. I’m more of a chaos and destruction kind of reader, but I do occasionally read books that make me laugh. Here are 10 of my favorite happy books. I hope they make you smile.

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Sunday, July 12, 2020

The Sunday Post #232



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 ReviewerReaderbuzz, and Book Date.

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’ve Read The Most


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, we’re talking about the authors I’ve read the most. This was a surprisingly challenging topic because I’d rather read a debut author than return to an old favorite. I have a tendency to read one or two books by an author and then never read that author again. That’s because there are so many books and so little time! I love discovering innovative creators and fresh ideas. I usually don’t want to read the same person’s stuff over and over.

This post took a lot of scrolling through Goodreads and counting books on my shelves, but I think I’ve figured out which authors I’ve read the most. (This is one of those moments when having my books shelved by author would have been very helpful . . . .)

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Sunday, July 5, 2020

The Sunday Post #231

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 ReviewerReaderbuzz, and Book Date.


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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Tag: Mid-Year Freak Out


Welcome to the Mid-Year Freak Out Tag! Can you believe we’re exactly halfway through 2020? It’s been . . . interesting, right? Today, we’re going to look backward and forward. I’m going to freak out about the books I’ve read and the books I still need to read in 2020.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Wrap Up: June 2020

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Upcoming 2020 Adult Book Releases


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today, we’re talking about some of the adult books that are coming out between July and December 2020. Here’s what I’m looking forward to reading.

If you are interested in 2020 young adult and middlegrade releases, I have a post for that!

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Sunday, June 28, 2020

The Sunday Post #230


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 ReviewerReaderbuzz, and Book Date.

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Book Haul: June 2020


Welcome to Stacking the Shelves and Mailbox Monday, where I get to show off the books I’ve gotten recently. These are the books I acquired in June. I’ve already read two of them. (Nicely done, me.) Hopefully I’ll get to the rest in the next few months.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Upcoming 2020 Young Adult Book Releases



Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today, we’re talking about the intriguing young adult and middlegrade books that are coming out between July and December 2020. Here’s what I’m looking forward to reading.

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Sunday, June 21, 2020

The Sunday Post #229



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 ReviewerReaderbuzz, and Book Date.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer Reading List



Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today, we’re talking about the books I want to read this summer. Here are 10 books I can’t wait to get into my summer-sweaty little hands.

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Sunday, June 14, 2020

The Sunday Post #228




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 ReviewerReaderbuzz, and Book Date.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Discussion: Books For People Who Are Alone, Together


So, this Coronavirus lockdown thing has been interesting. For me, it’s been lonely and stressful, even though I’m stuck inside with my family. Being trapped with other people is challenging for a hardcore introvert like me. It’s bizarre to miss Target and burrito restaurants while simultaneously feeling overwhelmed by my fellow humans. Since I use books to understand the world, I thought I’d make a list of stories that capture the “isolated with others” experience.

When I first came up with this idea, I was tempted to fill my list with dystopias, cults, wars, prisons, and The Shining, but the world probably doesn’t need that list right now. I tried to think outside the apocalypse box. I chose books about remote communities or people who have to lean on their friends or family to survive. All of these characters are alone, but they’re not really alone. They’re alone, together.

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Sunday, June 7, 2020

The Sunday Post #227



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 ReviewerReaderbuzz, and Book Date.

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Wrap Up: May 2020

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Can’t Wait Wednesday: June 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 was supposed to be coming out in the next few weeks. Due to Coronavirus, some of the release dates may have changed.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Summer Vibes


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today, we’re talking about “summer vibes.” When I think of summer, I imagine time off school, heat waves, camping trips, adventures with friends, vegetable gardens, BBQs, backyard parties, fireworks, bugs, beaches, and being too sweaty to sleep at night. I think about books that are quick to read or are easy to pick up between dips in the pool. Here are 10 excellent books that capture the flavor of summer. I tried to pick stories for every age group.

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Sunday, May 31, 2020

The Sunday Post #226


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 ReviewerReaderbuzz, and Book Date.

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Saturday, May 30, 2020

Book Haul: May 2020



Welcome to Stacking the Shelves and Mailbox Monday, where I get to show off the books I’ve gotten recently. I haven’t done a haul since March. So . . . oops. Here’s what I’ve added to my shelves in the past two+ months. As you can see, I’ve been acquiring a lot of fantasy / horror / speculative fiction because I’d really like to escape from the world right now.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Opening Paragraphs In Novels



Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today, we’re talking about opening paragraphs in novels. What makes a good one? I think a perfect starting paragraph introduces a problem, sets the scene, establishes the atmosphere, and/or introduces an intriguing character. Here are 10 first paragraphs that hooked me immediately.

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

The Sunday Post #225




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 ReviewerReaderbuzz, and Book Date.

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Discussion: What To Read For Mental Health Awareness Month


May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the US. This is appropriate because everyone in the world is currently living through a stressful situation. When you’re living in isolation, it’s super important to pay attention to your mental health and get help if you need it. One in five people will develop a mental illness at some point in their life, so you’re definitely not alone.

If you want to learn more about what it’s like to live with a mental illness, I have book recommendations for you! I’ve had depression for most of my life. These ten books made me go, “Wow, this author really gets it.”

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons To Read Historical Fiction


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today, we’re talking about why readers love historical fiction. History has always been one of my favorite topics. Even as a young reader, I was drawn to historical books. (Though I preferred historical nonfiction as a kid. I read everything about Arctic exploration.)

I’ve noticed that there are a lot of historical fiction fans on Twitter, so I asked them to chime in on this post. Here’s a list of reasons why I (and Twitter) think you should give historical fiction a try.

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