Sunday, July 14, 2024

The Sunday Post #370

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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.



Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Best Books Of 2024 (So Far)

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Welcome to my favorite blog post of the year! These are the best books I've read so far in 2024. It's a short list because I've only read 34 books, so I'm just going to show off my top-top-top favorites, and I'm not going to include rereads. For extra drama, I organized the list countdown style.

Drumroll please . . . .


Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Mid-Year Reading Check-In

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The year is half over! Can you believe it? How's everybody holding up? Are you doing okay?

If you're reading this on the day it's posted, I'm in the middle of Hell week(s) at work. July 4th is the busiest day of the year at parks. July 5th is a governor's holiday in Colorado, so lots of state employees who aren't me will be off work. Then it's the weekend, which is always chaotic at parks. Also, the fiscal year is ending, and I work in the revenue department when I'm not dealing with traffic, customers, problems, whatever. Basically, the world is conspiring to kill me.

Speaking of death: I passed the prerequisite class and got accepted to EMT school. I guess that'll be happening in August. Somehow.

Let's talk about books! I've read 33 of them so far this year. That's not a lot, but a large chunk of them have been massive. My goal for the year is to read all the big books I've been procrastinating. I think I'm doing pretty well.

Here are the highlights (and lowlights) of my reading year so far.

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Best July - December 2024 Young Adult Book Releases

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Are you ready for your to-be-read list to explode? Here are some 2024 young adult book releases that need to be on your bookish radar.


Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Books To Read In Summer

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I've been on a book buying ban since August 2022, and I'm slightly running out of books to read. Here are the final 11 unread books on my shelf. Do you think I can finish all of them this summer? I'm not optimistic because a few of them are massive.


Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Recent Additions To My Must-Read List

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I'm on a book-buying ban, so I haven't been purchasing any books, but that hasn't stopped me from adding them to my must-read list. I'm pretty sure I learned about most of these books from award committees. Let me know if you've read any of them!


Sunday, June 9, 2024

The Sunday Post #369

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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.

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Best Plot Twists

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Have you ever read a plot twist that left you speechless? You were innocently reading along, and then something happened that completely blindsided you? Then you stared at the book, stunned?

That's what we're talking about today! Here are 10 books with twists, reveals, or endings that blew my mind. I'm going to give a synopsis of the book and not give commentary because how am I supposed to talk about plot twists? Just trust me that they're good. Or bad. A few of them are devastating.


Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Best Nonfiction Books

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In the last few weeks, we've talked about the best memoirs and the best biographies. Now we're talking about the best general nonfiction. These books are about topics, events, or groups of people. I tried to pick a variety of subjects for you!


Sunday, May 26, 2024

The Sunday Post #368

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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.


Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Best Biographies

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about my favorite memoirs. Let's stick with the nonfiction theme and talk about the best biographies I've read in the last few years. I promise these aren't the dry, boring Famous Historical War Hero books your grandpa loved! (Maybe that was just my grandpa?) These biographies will hook you from page 1 and keep you up past bedtime.


Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Best Quotes From Happy Books

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At the beginning of the year, I asked my bookish friends to recommend happy, quirky, funny books to me. I wanted to get out of my depressing reading comfort zone. However, I was worried that the happy books would be frivolous, and I'd get bored with them because they wouldn't give me anything to think about.

Luckily, that hasn't been true! Even quirky books have thought-provoking lines. In this post, I'm sharing a few of my favorite quotes.

Sunday, May 12, 2024

The Sunday Post #367






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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.


Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Best Memoirs

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I love a good memoir. For some reason, true stories stick in my mind better than fictional ones. Here are 10 memoirs I've read and loved recently. I tried to pick books about a variety of people, so hopefully there's something here for every reader.


Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Petty Reasons I've Given Books Low Ratings

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I thought this would be an easy topic for a blog post. I thought I was a petty bitch! Turns out, I'm not as petty as I thought. Most of the reasons I dislike books are completely normal. Flat characters, predictable plots, saggy middles. Perfectly reasonable stuff to dislike.

After digging through tons of old reviews, I found a few petty reasons why I knocked stars off my ratings. This post was hard!


Sunday, April 28, 2024

The Sunday Post #366

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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.


Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Convince Me To Read These Books

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Do you ever buy a book and not read it right away? Then it sits on your shelf for weeks because there are so many books and so little time. It keeps getting bumped down your reading priority list. Years pass. Then you forget why you bought this particular book and start losing interest in reading it. 

Today, I'm going to look at the books that have been sitting on my shelf the longest. I'm trying to get myself reenergized to read them.


Tuesday, April 16, 2024

A Beginner's Guide To Reviewing Books

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Recently, I met a person, and this conversation happened:


Her: "What did you study in college?"

Me: "My BA is in English literature. My MFA is in children's literature."

Her: "So you like reading?"

Me: "Yep. I read books and talk about them on the internet."

Her: "I like books, but I sound stupid when I talk about them."

Me: "Me too, but that's never stopped me."


The conversation made me wonder what goes on inside my head while I'm writing a book review. What do I look for in fiction? What do I say in reviews?


Sunday, April 14, 2024

The Sunday Post #365

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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.


Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Quarter Year Reading Check In

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The first quarter of the year is over! How'd it go for everybody? Have you accomplished anything awesome? Did you get a lot of reading done? I've read 21 books so far in 2024. Let's talk about the best and worst of them.


Tuesday, April 2, 2024

April 2024 Book Releases

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April is a great month for books! I'm looking forward to reading all of these.

Note: Some of the release dates may change or be different in your part of the world. Don't come for me if they're wrong. I'm trying to keep up!


Sunday, March 31, 2024

The Sunday Post #364

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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.


Tuesday, March 26, 2024

What To Watch On TV Right Now

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In 2023, I kept a list of all the TV shows and movies I watched. Today, I'm sharing the highlights of the list! Here's some delightful trash to rot your brain. I enjoyed the heck out of these things.

Sunday, March 24, 2024

The Sunday Post #363

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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.


Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Books To Read In Spring

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I've been on a book buying ban since August 2022, and I'm slightly running out of books to read. I think I own 17 unread books right now. Most of the stuff I've read lately came from the library.

This Spring, I want to stay away from the library and prioritize the books I already own. Here are 7 books I will most definitely (probably, maybe) read in the next few weeks.


Sunday, March 17, 2024

The Sunday Post #362


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.


Tuesday, March 12, 2024

I Read The Highest Rated Books On My Shelf. Were They Good?

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Way back in March 2023, I made a 5-star TBR predictions post. I picked a variety of popular books that I hadn’t read yet. They sounded like my kind of stories, so I thought I’d love them and give them all 5 stars.

During the adventure that was 2023 (and January 2024), I read the books. Did I give them 5 stars? Let’s find out.


Sunday, March 10, 2024

The Sunday Post #361

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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.


Tuesday, March 5, 2024

March 2024 Book Releases

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March is a great month for books! I'm looking forward to reading all of these spring babies.

Note: Some of the release dates may change or be different in your part of the world. Don't come for me if they're wrong. I'm trying to keep up!


Sunday, March 3, 2024

The Sunday Post #360

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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.


Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Beautiful Text-Only Book Covers

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Today, we're taking about book covers. I always kind of dread talking about covers because I know nothing about art. I have opinions about art, but I don't have the vocabulary to express those opinions.

Here are 10 text-only covers that I think are beautiful. However, I suspect calling them "text-only" is wrong because a few of them have a tiny bit more than just text. Maybe they're minimalist covers? Text-focused covers? They're covers where "the artist uses font, color, and shapes to show a book's essence." That is too many words to fit in a blog post title, so we're calling these "text-only" covers.

Sunday, February 25, 2024

The Sunday Post #359

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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.


Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Recent Additions To My To-Be-Read List

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A few weeks ago, I posted about how I read/watched/listened to over 200 "Best Books Of 2023" lists. In that post, I talked about the most popular books of last year. But, what about the books that are less popular? The books I saw on a few "Best" lists instead of on dozens of lists?

There are a bunch of intriguing books that (possibly) aren't getting the hype they deserve. Here are 18 books I discovered on "Best" lists and really want to read.


Sunday, February 18, 2024

The Sunday Post #358

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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.


Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Best Short Novels

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Do you want to read but don't feel ready to tackle a fat bastard book? Then this list is for you! Here are 10 books that are under 250 pages and won't waste your time or break your wrists. All of these books are for an adult target audience because choosing children's novels felt like cheating. (There are a ton of awesome children's books under 250 pages, though.)

Let's get into it.


Sunday, February 11, 2024

The Sunday Post #357

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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.


Tuesday, February 6, 2024

February 2024 Book Releases

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February is an excellent time for book releases! So many books are coming out this month. It was hard to narrow down my list to a reasonable number. Here are the ones I'm looking forward to reading the most.

Note: Some of the release dates may change or be different in your part of the world. Don't come for me if they're wrong. I'm trying to keep up!


Sunday, February 4, 2024

The Sunday Post #356

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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.


Tuesday, January 30, 2024

I Read 200+ "Best Books Of 2023" Lists

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It took nearly a month, but I have searched the Internet and read, watched, or listened to over 200 "Best Books Of 2023" lists. Why would I waste my time doing this? Because I'm insufferably nosy and want to know what everybody is reading. I also have a bad case of FOMO. What if there's an awesome book in the world that everybody knows about except me? I can't let that happen!

While I was perusing the lists, I jotted down the titles of books I saw multiple times. Then I looked them up on Goodreads and picked 16 that I want to read. That's what I'm going to show you today.

There was one book that I saw more than any other. It was Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros. That's definitely the favorite book of 2023, especially on TikTok. I have no interest in reading it, but I'm happy that so many people enjoyed it.


Sunday, January 28, 2024

The Sunday Post #355

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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.


Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Best January - June 2024 Young Adult Book Releases

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It's time to build your 2024 reading list. Here are the upcoming young adult book releases that caught my attention.

Note: Publishing is notorious for changing release dates. Don't blame me if these are wrong! I tried.


Sunday, January 21, 2024

The Sunday Post #354

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Best January - June 2024 Book Releases

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Welcome to 2024, bookworms! Here are all the weird and wonderful upcoming book releases that caught my attention.

Note: Publishing is notorious for changing release dates. Don't blame me if these are wrong! I tried.

Sunday, January 14, 2024

The Sunday Post #353

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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.


Tuesday, January 9, 2024

2023 Reading Statistics


Welcome to my 2023 reading stats post! It was a pretty good reading year. Much better than 2022. I finished 78 books and enjoyed the majority of them.

I tracked fewer stats last year than I normally do. I didn't bother with blog stats because nearly all of my traffic comes from Pinterest. My blog traffic graph would look like this:



I didn't bother with money graphs because I only bought 4 books in 2023. I spent around $70 on them. I don't need a graph for that.

Okay. Let's make graphs! I mostly make these graphs because I like to see how my reading changes from year to year. I don’t know how interesting the graphs will be to people who aren't me, but I decorated them for you! I even used a cottagecore color palette because that feels very 2023.

If you’re the kind of nerd who wants to know more about my reading year, check out my favorite books of 2023.