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Library Audiobook Haul

Hey Everyone! So I’ve decided to do something a bit different. Lately I’ve been doing a lot of my reading with audiobooks, and I wanted to share how I’ve been doing it. I use both Overdrive and Hoopla through my library to check out Audiobooks that match mostly books that I own, and some that I check out physical books from the library too. So I took some pictures of the books that I have from the library in audiobook form so I can show you all a bit of the variety that libraries have to offer and also show how I read so much in a month. The first two will be from Overdrive. I have 5 I can check out at a time from my old library and 10 from my current library. Then I will show you Hoopla which I can check out 20 total for an entire month, which I just did for the month of April because the month is coming to an end and my rentals will reset to 20 but I’ll keep the stuff checked out that I have checked out at the time.

 

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The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Marked by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

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I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
Lost Stars by Claudia Gray
Half Bad by Sally Green

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The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
Nerve by Jeanne Ryan
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

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The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Marie Griffin
Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch

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I Found You by Lisa Jewell
The Traitor’s Game by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Radium Girls by Kate Moore
Carve The Mark by Veronica Roth

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The Alienist by Caleb Carr
The Good Daughter by Karen Slaughter
Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
Everless by Sara Holland

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Stacking The Shelves

Stacking The Shelves {23}

Happy Saturday everyone! So I made a mid week trip to Barnes and Noble. Razz jumped in my lap while I was reading with coffee and happened to spill it all over my book. Of course when I got there they had a sale going on buy 2 get 1 free on paperbacks, so of course that turned this in to a way bigger haul then needed. I also filmed a Youtube video and uploaded it so I’ll embed it below then show off the books in the post as well in case you don’t want to watch!

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The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth
Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

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The Girls by Emma Cline
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

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Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant
Folded Notes From High School by Matt Boren

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The Book Of Dust by Philip Pullman

So Eliza of course was a rebuy because I messed up the other one with coffee, but the rest of them are newer. If you’ve read them and have thoughts on them let me know below! I know that I will be picking some of these up shortly!
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Read-a-Thin Round 4 Announcement

After a lot of work, I got my iMovie to work! I’m so happy because now I can share the new Read-a-thin Round 4 for you guys and to give you the challenges. So let me share the video and I’ll add stuff below it for you!

Challenges
1. Read 3 books or complete 6 challenges
2. Buddy Read a book or read the group book (Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West)
3. Read a book with a Super Hero Theme
4. Read a Retelling
5. Read a book featuring a Mental Illness
6. Read a new release
7. Read a manga/graphic novel (or read a short story/poetry collection)
8. Read a book out of your comfort zone
9. Read one of the books recommended by the hosts
Chelsea: Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Amanda: Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Jessica: Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
10. Read a book with your favorite color on the cover
11. Read a book that is a part of a series
12. Read a book you’ve been meaning to get to but haven’t
13. Read a book you started but ended up putting down
14. Read a book with a MC that is the opposite of you
15. Read a book that was either gifted to you by your mother/grandmother or a book that is related to a mother in some way

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What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

Well, sorry for the super late post tonight. I was hoping to have Read-a-Thin Round 4 Announcement to share with you guys but apparently my iMovie doesn’t want to work with my tonight and I can’t upload to Youtube. So Instead of leaving you postless….yes I just made that word up, I’m sneaking in a quick Monday post!

What did I read last?

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I am completely straying from my TBR for the rest of the month, because I am feeling very slumpy coming on and I want to combat that as much as possible. So the last book I read I finished yesterday and the was American Panda. This is about a Chinese-American teenager who is having to deal with trying to fit in with social norms as well as trying to fit the mold of what her parents have in mind for her as well as their traditions. This was very much a light fluffy novel that I was able to finish in just a couple days. It does touch on some serious things like disownment and anxiety as well as OCD. I thought it did a really great job, although I am just white so I can’t fully speak for everyone, but it was a fun read and I’m glad I was finally able to get to it!

What am I currently reading?

That is the question huh. I honestly have no idea what I am in the mood for right now so I do not have anything picked up at the moment. I did make a trip to the library to return some things and pick up some holds so hopefully something will call to me over the next couple days.

What do I plan to read next?

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This was one of my holds at the library, and I am pretty excited to read it when I am finally in the mood. This is reimagining of the civil war, involving Zombies. So the main character is born with colored skin, and since that is the case she is sent to a combat school to learn essentially how to kill zombies. Basically the main girl has no interest in what she is learning and just wants to return to her home state to be with her family. Then families around the area that her school is start to go missing, and she somehow becomes entangled in the entire mess. I have heard nothing but great things, even the librarian that checked me out said she just finished and loved it, so I have high hopes for this ones!

 

Again, sorry for such a late post, hopefully I can get Youtube to work for me and I can tell you guys all about Read-A-Thin in May. Let me know what you’re reading in the comments, and Happy Monday!!
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library loans

Library Loans {11}

Hey guys! So It’s been a minute since I’ve done a Library Loans post, and well I went to the library this past weekend and picked up some stuff to read. But instead of making a post I’m going to share my Youtube video with you, because I’m going to really be working hard to record and upload Youtube videos, so here’s my Library Loans video!!

I hope you all enjoyed it and I’ll be sharing a lot more Youtube stuff in the future so I hope you’re ok with it! I’ll see you all soon with more bookish stuff.
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What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

Yet another Monday, my most dreaded day of the week yet it seems to come so quickly. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend though, I never feel like I get everything done that I need to but that is life. So this week my reading is going to be a bit more tame but I’m still working my way through a lot of things, so let’s just get in to the books!

What did I finish last?

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I did it guys! I finally started and finished Renegades. Where have I been is basically my final thoughts. This is the first book I’ve finished by Marissa Meyer and now I know I will need to pick up the Lunar Chronicles before Archenemies comes out later this year. The book was so great and the flow of the story was done so well. There were lots of little swift plot twists but you could follow so quickly. I do think I am going to be in limbo until the next book comes out because I am just left with so many darn questions. Like I knew the ending was going to happen, and I knew the secret that was revealed at the end was also going to happen, but now to see what’s actually going to follow.

What are you currently reading?

Again, this week I have more than one book going. One is a Buddy Read that will be finished later today, and the other is one I just really wanted to read so I picked it up.

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What am I going to read next?

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So the next book to be started on my list is one of my TBR jar picks. Thankfully for me I was able to check the audiobook out from the library, because honestly, that’s how Ido most of my reading lately. This one seems to be the shortest of the three of the trilogy, and honestly now I’m super apprehensive about actually starting it. People have been talking recently how the series doesn’t end well and how most of the second and third books are written purely because she wasn’t sure how to finish the series. So I am going in to this book with not the greatest of expectations, but I am going to finally jump on the train and read it like the rest of the darn book community already has!

 

So those are my plans for the week. What do you think about that upcoming book? If you have any feels on it let me know in the comments, or just let me know what you plan to read! See y’all soon!
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Stacking The Shelves

Stacking The Shelves {22}

Happy Saturday! So I haven’t made a big order of books in some time, so today I have a picture of an older Book Outlet order that I’m gonna share with you. Of course I have a problem with that website and am trying my hardest not to go look at what they have while I type this, because I’m about a month clean! But let me share my last purchase with you guys, which of course was around 35 bucks because I like to get my free shipping but not spend much more than that! I also have my February Owlcrate book and a book trade I made in this as well.

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Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer
Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs
The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

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The Nerdy and the Dirty by B.T. Gottfred
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
Vassa In The Night by Sarah Porter

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Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
When We Collided by Emery Lord
Revealed by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

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The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle
The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Nothing Bad Is Going to Happen by Kathleen Hale

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No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale

Have any of you read any of these? Some of these are parts of series that I need to work on this year so hopefully I get to them at some point. Let me know what you think if you have read them!?
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Galley Haul · Stacking The Shelves

Arc Haul {3}

So I’ve done it again somehow. I’ve gotten extremely lucky and been approved for a handful of new books that I don’t know how I got them but I am beyond excited to read them. I think I may have to make next month a full month of ARCs just so I can catch up on all these new books! Since there are so few I’m going to add the Goodreads description of each book so you can check them out as well, and give release dates!

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The Art of French Kissing by Brianna Shrum
June 5th 2018

Seventeen-year-old Carter Lane has wanted to be a chef since she was old enough to ignore her mom’s warnings to stay away from the hot stove. And now she has the chance of a lifetime: a prestigious scholarship competition in Savannah, where students compete all summer in Chopped style challenges for a full-ride to one of the best culinary schools in the country. The only impossible challenge ingredient in her basket: Reid Yamada.

After Reid, her cute but unbearably cocky opponent, goes out of his way to screw her over on day one, Carter vows revenge, and soon they’re involved in a full-fledged culinary war. Just as the tension between them reaches its boiling point, Carter and Reid are forced to work together if they want to win, and Carter begins to wonder if Reid’s constant presence in her brain is about more than rivalry. And if maybe her desire to smack his mouth doesn’t necessarily cancel out her desire to kiss it.

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Mirage by Somaiya Daud
August 28th 2018

In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon.

But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.

As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection…because one wrong move could lead to her death.

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Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch
May 8th 2018

Addie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding, and hoping she can stop thinking about the one horrible thing she did that left her miserable and heartbroken—and threatens her future. But her brother, Ian, isn’t about to let her forget, and his constant needling leads to arguments and even a fistfight between the two once inseparable siblings. Miserable, Addie can’t wait to visit her friend in Italy and leave her brother—and her problems—behind.

So when Addie discovers an unusual guidebook, Ireland for the Heartbroken, hidden in the dusty shelves of the hotel library, she’s able to finally escape her anxious mind and Ian’s criticism.

And then their travel plans change. Suddenly Addie finds herself on a whirlwind tour of the Emerald Isle, trapped in the world’s smallest vehicle with Ian and his admittedly cute, Irish-accented friend Rowan. As the trio journeys over breathtaking green hills, past countless castles, and through a number of fairy-tale forests, Addie hopes her guidebook will heal not only her broken heart, but also her shattered relationship with her brother.

That is if they don’t get completely lost along the way.

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All The Little Lights by Jamie McGuire
May 29th 2018

The first time Elliott Youngblood spots Catherine Calhoun, he’s just a boy with a camera, and he’s never seen a sadder and more beautiful sight. Both Elliott and Catherine feel like outcasts, yet they find an easy friendship with each other. But when Catherine needs him most, Elliott is forced to leave town.

Elliott finally returns, but he and Catherine are now different people. He’s a star high school athlete, and she spends all her free time working at her mother’s mysterious bed-and-breakfast. Catherine hasn’t forgiven Elliott for abandoning her, but he’s determined to win back her friendship…and her heart.

Just when Catherine is ready to fully trust Elliott, he becomes the prime suspect in a local tragedy. Despite the town’s growing suspicions, Catherine clings to her love for Elliott. But a devastating secret that Catherine has buried could destroy whatever chance of happiness they have left.

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From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon
May 22nd 2018

Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.

When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.

Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?

Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.

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Furyborn by Claire Legrand
May 22nd 2018

When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.

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Bonjour Girl by Isabelle Lafleche
August 25th 2018

When Clementine Liu arrives in New York City to study at the Parsons School of Design, she knows that she’s found
her place. It isn’t long before she meets her fashionista soulmate, the loud and charismatic Jake, and Jonathan, a dreamy fashion photographer that turns her world upside down.

Between schoolwork and glitzy fashion shows, Clementine launches a blog, Bonjour Girl, and her wit, originality, and flair quickly catapult the site to cult status. Unfortunately, this comes with a price: Clementine is faced with online abuse and public humiliation. In the midst of all the drama, she finds out that a classmate is not what she seems, and Clementine has to find a way to save both her reputation and Jake’s fashion collection.

So many great books such little time. I can’t wait to get to these and let you know about them! Have you heard of any of these and if so are you excited for them too?
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What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

Another Monday, Another Week. Today we’re having a bit of a late post, because I figure a late post is better than no post, right! So this week is going to be a little crazy for me because I am currently trying to finish so many books because apparently all of my library holds decided to come in at the same time. So this week’s post will be a little different, but let’s get in to the books!

What did I read last?

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So this is the last book that I finished and I finished it over the weekend. This is a new 2018 release and I went out on release day to pick it up, so I am so happy that I did because I was very much anticipating this book, and I was not disappointed with it. This book follows Penny and Sam who both live in Texas and have their own problems going on in their life and happen to have a somewhat Meet Cute where they exchange numbers to become each other’s “Emergency Contact” We then follow as they get to know each other and their relationship changes and man did I love every moment of this and so totally connected with them even though I’m not a boy, I still felt connected to Sam. I would HIGHLY recommend picking this up if you haven’t picked it up or adding it to your TBR if it hasn’t been on your radar.

What are you Currently Reading?

So I’m going to be honest, I have way too many books going at one time right now, BUT I am going to show you the main three that I’m reading and NOT talk about them just yet.

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What do I plan to read next?

So I actually have my whole month of reading planned out to a T because of all of my audiobooks coming in, so I actually know what I want to read next!

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Yes, yes. I know. I’m way behind on reading this but at least I’m going to make an attempt now. This one I did check the audiobook out from the library so I can get through the physical book. It’s been one I’ve been interested in reading for awhile but also very hesitant about reading as well. So later this week I plan to pick this up and get all the way through it for once. I think maybe then I’ll check out some of the casting and picks for the movie since I’ve tried to stay fairly clear of that just in case there may be any spoilers, but I’m sure I have a good idea of how this book is going to turn out.

So that’s it for my Monday, let me know how your reading is going in the comments, I always love to hear even if I’m super slow at replying to them. Hopefully I will see you all tomorrow with a new post!
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Wrap Up

March ’18 Wrap Up

Hello Hello, I know I’ve been gone for some time and I apologize. Life is always crazy. But I have a reading update for the month of March. I’ve worked a lot and read a lot so I finished a total of 19 books this month and man I am proud! I finished a lot of books that I’d had on my Currently Reading for some time, and also read a whole bunch that hadn’t been on my radar thanks to getting a kindle this month. So let’s just go ahead and get in to the books!

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Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
Rating: ★★★★✩

An approved textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, Newt Scamander’s masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the Wizarding World. Scamander’s years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance. Some of the beasts will be familiar to readers of the Harry Potter books – the Hippogriff, the Basilisk, the Hungarian Horntail

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13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
Rating: ★★★✩✩

Inside little blue envelope 1 are $1,000 and instructions to buy a plane ticket.

In envelope 2 are directions to a specific London flat.

The note in envelope 3 tells Ginny: Find a starving artist.

Because of envelope 4, Ginny and a playwright/thief/ bloke–about–town called Keith go to Scotland together, with somewhat disastrous–though utterly romantic–results. But will she ever see him again?

Everything about Ginny will change this summer, and it’s all because of the 13 little blue envelopes.

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The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
Rating: ★★★★✩

The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan’s amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a “half blood” whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan’s series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment.
In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book’s drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come.

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Fantastic Beasts Screenplay
Rating: ★★★★★

J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut is captured in this exciting hardcover edition of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay.

When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone…

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Love The One You’re With by Lauren Layne
Rating: ★★★★✩

As a leading columnist for Stiletto, Grace Brighton has built a career warning women about rotten, cheating liars. She just never suspected her fiancé would be one of them. After Grace takes a heart-mending hiatus, her first assignment is to go on a couple of dates with a counterpart from the men’s magazine Oxford and report her impressions. Grace 1.0 may have been instantly smitten with the gorgeous correspondent, but Grace 2.0 has sworn off relationships for six months, and she’s not falling for his outstanding bod and trophy-winning kisses . . . or is she?

Jake Malone wants to get back to the fly-by-night, who-knows-what’s-next guy he used to be, and he knows exactly how to do it. Oxford is adding a travel section, and Jake—with no wife and no kids and a willingness to live anywhere, eat anything, do everything—is perfect for the job . . . except that his playboy reputation makes his new editor nervous. To get the gig, he must agree to a fluffy joint article with Stiletto. But after just one date with snooty, sumptuous, sensational Grace Brighton, Jake starts taking this assignment a whole lot more seriously.

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Turn It Up by Jen Calonita
Rating: ★★✩✩✩✩

The Nightingales are in a serious funk. Bradley Academy’s all-girl a cappella group used to be the pride and joy of the sunshine state, but the Nightingales have fallen out of harmony. Best friends and co-captains Lidia Sato and Sydney Marino aren’t speaking. A boy has come between them — none other than Griffin Mancini, the obnoxious lead singer of Bradley’s smug all-boy a capella group, the Kingfishers. The Nightingales have no chance at winning the big state final if their captains are at each other’s throats. Their only hope is new girl Julianna Ramirez. She’s super shy, but she has some serious pipes. The three girls — and the whole group — will have to come together if they want to beat the Kingfishers and their rivals from Julianna’s old school. Told from alternating points of view, this novel explores the ups and downs of friendship, romance, competition, and finding the perfect song!

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Far From The Tree by Robin Benway
Rating: ★★★★★

Being the middle child has its ups and downs.

But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including—

Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. Having grown up the snarky brunette in a house full of chipper redheads, she’s quick to search for traces of herself among these not-quite-strangers. And when her adopted family’s long-buried problems begin to explode to the surface, Maya can’t help but wonder where exactly it is that she belongs.

And Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, who has no interest in bonding over their shared biological mother. After seventeen years in the foster care system, he’s learned that there are no heroes, and secrets and fears are best kept close to the vest, where they can’t hurt anyone but him.

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Meet Cute
Rating: ★★★✩✩

Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of “how they first met” from some of today’s most popular YA authors.

Readers will experience Nina LaCour’s beautifully written piece about two Bay Area girls meeting via a cranky customer service Tweet, Sara Shepard’s glossy tale about a magazine intern and a young rock star, Nicola Yoon’s imaginative take on break-ups and make-ups, Katie Cotugno’s story of two teens hiding out from the police at a house party, and Huntley Fitzpatrick’s charming love story that begins over iced teas at a diner. There’s futuristic flirting from Kass Morgan and Katharine McGee, a riveting transgender heroine from Meredith Russo, a subway missed connection moment from Jocelyn Davies, and a girl determined to get out of her small town from Ibi Zoboi. Jennifer Armentrout writes a sweet story about finding love from a missing library book, Emery Lord has a heartwarming and funny tale of two girls stuck in an airport, Dhonielle Clayton takes a thoughtful, speculate approach to pre-destined love, and Julie Murphy dreams up a fun twist on reality dating show contestants.

This incredibly talented group of authors brings us a collection of stories that are at turns romantic and witty, epic and everyday, heartbreaking and real.

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A Study In Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
Rating: ★★★★✩

The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.

From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.

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Right Text Wrong Number by Natalie Decker
Rating: ★★★★★

High school juniors Layla and Tyler are complete opposites. Sure she’s a cheerleader and he’s a football player, but she thinks he’s the biggest jerk in the school and he thinks she is too high on her horse to even be worthy of a second glance from him. And when the two of them are near one another, sparks fly in all the wrong directions. They are NOT interested in speaking to one another, let alone date.

But when Layla unknowingly sends Tyler a smack-down text meant for the girl sending naked photos to her then-boyfriend, Adam, Tyler has no idea it’s Layla and decides to play along. After all, Tyler cannot resist messing with the pissed off girl firing off texts about junk pictures, cheating, and girl code.

As the fallout from Adam’s sexting scandal plays out in front of the entire school, Tyler and Layla secretly continue to text one another using fake names. But as days and weeks pass, things take a turn for the serious between them, and suddenly, their texts mean more. They both begin to consider revealing their true identity to the other and taking the relationship from texts to dates, then kissing and maybe more.

They say there’s a thin line between love and hate. Can reality live up to the fantasy, or will Layla and Tyler be forever offsides?

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Right Gift Wrong Day by Natalie Decker
Rating: ★★★✩✩

Tyler Richardson is freaking out! Not only did he invite his new girlfriend to meet his entire family, this is also the day they will exchange gifts. But what do you get a girl after dating for only two weeks? Should he listen to his friends and just give her a card, or should he ask for a second opinion?

Layla can’t believe she agreed to have dinner with Tyler and his family. What if they don’t like her? To make matter’s worse, they agreed to exchange Christmas gifts. The boy already has everything. And what if she gets him something that’s nicer than what he gets her? That would be really awkward. Asking him what he would like is completely out of the question. Maybe she should ask his friends for help.

After a rocky start, Tyler and Layla’s relationship is everybody’s relationship goals. But can Tyler and Layla survive the holidays without losing their cool?

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Paper Princess by Erin Watt
Rating: ★★★★✩

From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.

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Broken Prince by Erin Watt
Rating: ★★★★★

These Royals will ruin you…

From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.

Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

She might be right.

Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.

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Wonder Woman Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
Rating:★★★✩✩

Daughter of immortals.

Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that she has rescued no ordinary girl, and that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world.

Daughter of death.

Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together.

Two girls will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. Tested beyond the bounds of their abilities, Diana and Alia must find a way to unleash hidden strengths and forge an unlikely alliance. Because if they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

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Twisted Palace by Erin Watt
Rating: ★★★★★

Twisted Palace was an awesome conclusion to the Royals trilogy. Readers are in for an absolute treat. I eagerly await the next book from Erin Watt. —New York Times Bestselling Author Samantha Towle

“Erin Watt’s words are addictive brilliance. If you haven’t let these Royals ruin you yet, what are you waiting for?”—USA Today Bestselling Author Meghan March

These Royals will ruin you…

From mortal enemies to unexpected allies, two teenagers try to protect everything that matters most.

Ella Harper has met every challenge that life has thrown her way. She’s tough, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to defend the people she loves, but the challenge of a long-lost father and a boyfriend whose life is on the line might be too much for even Ella to overcome.

Reed Royal has a quick temper and even faster fists. But his tendency to meet every obstacle with violence has finally caught up with him. If he wants to save himself and the girl he loves, he’ll need to rise above his tortured past and tarnished reputation.

No one believes Ella can survive the Royals. Everyone is sure Reed will destroy them all.

They may be right.

With everything and everyone conspiring to keep them apart, Ella and Reed must find a way to beat the law, save their families, and unravel all the secrets in their Twisted Palace.

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The Glass Spare by Lauren Destefano
Rating: ★★★★✩

A banished princess.
A deadly curse.
A kingdom at war.

Wil Heidle, the only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father—whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war—Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance.

Until one night Wil is attacked, and she discovers a dangerous secret. Her touch turns people into gemstone. At first Wil is horrified—but as she tests its limits, she’s drawn more and more to the strange and volatile ability. When it leads to tragedy, Wil is forced to face the destructive power within her and finally leave her home to seek the truth and a cure.

But finding the key to her redemption puts her in the path of a cursed prince who has his own ideas for what to do with her power.

With a world on the brink of war and a power of ultimate destruction, can Wil find a way to help the kingdom that’s turned its back on her, or will she betray her past and her family forever?

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 Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Rating: ★★★★★

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

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Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
Rating: ★★★★✩

For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.

Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him.

When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.

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Capital Gaines by Chip Gaines
Rating: ★★★★✩

The funny and talented Chip Gaines is well known to millions of people as a TV star, renovation expert, bestselling author, husband to Joanna, and father of 4 in Waco, Texas. But long before the world took notice, Chip was a serial entrepreneur who was always ready for the next challenge, even if it didn’t quite work out as planned. Whether it was buying a neighborhood laundromat or talking a bank into a loan for some equipment to start a lawn-mowing service, Chip always knew that the most important thing was to take that first step.

In Capital Gaines, we walk alongside him as he relives some of his craziest antics and the lessons learned along the way. His mentors taught him to never give up and his family showed him what it meant to always have a positive attitude despite your circumstances. Throw in a natural daredevil personality and a willingness to do (or eat!) just about anything, and you have the life and daily activity of Chip Gaines.

So that is everything that I read this past month. It helped me to make a big dent in my Goodreads Goal, but let’s look and see what Pop Sugar challenges I was able to do this month.
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× A Book w/ Your Favorite Color in the Title – 13 Little Blue Envelopes

So I only did one challenge, which stinks, but that’s ok. So I’m at 12 completed challenges out of 50 which for being a quarter of the way through the year, I’m happy with that! I’ll have to work harder on the coming months!!
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