Audiobook Tag!

I have been loving audiobooks for quite some time now, so I want to share my love of them with you guys through this tag! I just stumbled across it today on Kristin’s blog, so be sure to check out her answers as well.

Have you always listened to audiobooks or when did you begin?

I have not always listened to audiobooks. I began around my junior year of high school, so about 2.5/3 years ago. I discovered the Overdrive app where I could listen to audiobooks from my library on my phone. I have been listening ever since, but have expanded my platforms- I’ve tried Audible, Scribd, etc., but my favorite is Libby.

What is your favorite audiobook?

The Woman in the Window: This is such a good thriller, and hearing the story rather than listening to it really added to my enjoyment. I think this one is perfect for audio listening.

Daisy Jones and the Six: Full cast, great story. Do I need to say more?

What is your least favorite thing about audiobooks?

I listen at 2.5 speed, so if I lose focus for even a couple of seconds, I miss so much of the story. With audiobooks, you can multitask, but it can be easy to get distracted as well. Sometimes I have to rewind the audiobook because I missed a huge chunk of the chapter.

What do you think is the difference in experience between physically reading a book and listening to it?

There was actually a study done that showed that there is no difference in the way you process the story when you either listen to a book or read it physically. However, your experience is different. An audiobook narrator can either make or break the story for you. Some people listen to a book and hate it, but when they physically read it, they like it a lot more. So the difference is really in the way you experience the story. Sometimes one format doesn’t click with you the way another would.

How and when do you listen?

I listen on my phone through the libby app, as I mentioned before. I listen pretty much whenever I have time- between classes, while cleaning/cooking, before bed, in the bath, etc.

What style/genre do you prefer?

Anything but fantasy. I love contemporary romances and thrillers the most, but I can not do audiobooks for fantasy novels. There is just too much to pay attention to, so I need to take my time and see the actual words on the page. Otherwise, it can get very confusing.

What are some audiobook/narrator recommendations?

Talking as Fast as I Can: If you like Gilmore Girls, you will love this. It was funny, fast-paced, and really interesting.

Turtles All the Way Down: This is another one of those books where I am glad I listened to the audiobook. It really enhanced the experience for me. Very well done.

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I hope you enjoyed this tag! If you like audiobooks, I suggest doing this tag yourself! I would love to see your answers :)

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2019- (I am actually freaking out)

Hey loves! Can you believe we are already halfway through the year? I am so proud of myself for all of the reading I’ve done so far (59 books!!) and I can’t wait to see where the rest of the year takes me.

Today I am doing the mid-year book freakout tag, and let me tell you, I really did freak out while picking my answers to these. It’s so hard to choose, ok?

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1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2019?
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  • Daisy Jones and the Six: I read this book twice in one month and I am already planning another re-read, so I think that explains it all.
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019?
  • Catching Fire: I haven’t read too many sequels this year, but my re-read of Catching Fire was probably my favorite. It brought back so many memories, and I love that feeling of nostalgia.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to?

 

  • I Wish You All the Best: This one came to mind first because I’ve been eyeing it for so long. I hope to pick it up before the year is over!
  • The Unhoneymooners: Everyone has been raving about this one, and I love me a good romance.
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?
  • The Starless Sea: This was my most-wanted ARC at Bookcon, and I am so happy to say that I got it (I’m sorry I will take every chance to brag about that because I EARNED IT after getting up at 4am!!)
  • The Library of Lost Things: This is a book I sadly did not get at Bookcon, but I will be buying it on release date for sure.
  • The Tenth Girl: I’ve talked about this book so much, I need it in my hands like NOW.
5. Biggest disappointment?
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  • The Cruel Prince: Ok, I didn’t hate this one, but I also didn’t love it. Everyone hyped it up too much, and I think that ruined it a bit for me (still going to read Queen of Nothing, though, duh).
6. Biggest surprise?
  • The Thing About Jellyfish: I do not read middle grade, like, ever. But I picked this one up because I did a project for one of my English classes in the Fall semester where I had to create my own book club for children, and this one caught my eye. I really, really loved it.
7. Favorite new author (Debut or new to you)?
  • Taylore Jenkins Reid: I read Daisy Jones and Evelyn Hugo this year, which were both 5 star reads, so I definitely need to read more by TJR ASAP.
  • Casey McQuiston: Debut author of Red, White, and Royal Blue which was INCREDIBLE. I highly recommend reading it if you haven’t yet!!
8. Newest fictional crush?
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  • Kevin Day – Foxhole Court: He has a soft spot in my heart, ok?
9. Newest favorite character?
  • The whole group of friends – Red, White, and Royal Blue: I would die for them. There is nothing else to say.
10. Book that made you cry?
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  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: It was beautiful, it was sapphic, it was so well written.
11. Book that made you happy?
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama: It just made me feel so empowered and it really uplifted me. I love the Obama family so much.
12. Favorite book to film adaptation that you’ve seen this year? 
  • The Hate You Give: This movie came out in 2018, but I didn’t see it until this year because I suck. But it was just as good as I imagined it would be, and I am so happy that such an important book was brought to life on the big screen.
13. Favorite review you’ve written (Booktube or written)?
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  • Again, But Better: I’ve really been working on my reviews this year and trying to do more. This one was a good one, in my opinion, and you should go check it out ;)
14. The most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)?
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  • Wild Beauty: This cover is stunning
  • With the Fire on High: HAVE YOU SEEN THIS NAKED BOOK? Stunning. (I’m in the process of reading this right now, but it’s probably going to be up there with Daisy Jones).
15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
  • The Lady Rogue: I was sent an ARC of this book (which I will forever be grateful for). If you didn’t know, Jenn Bennett is one of my favorite contemporary authors of all time. I will definitely read this before release date.
  • Wilder Girls: This actually comes out very soon (in a few weeks), and I’m in the middle of it now. I love it so much already, so you all should add it to your TBRs.
  • Grisha Trilogy and SOC duology: A tv show adaptation is coming out for both of these pretty soon, and I have actually not read either of them yet. I know, it’s hard to believe. I just felt like it was too late for me to read it because of how long I’ve read it, but I decided I still want to.

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Thanks for reading this post! If you do this tag yourself, be sure to let me know so I can check it out :)

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Inside and Out / Book Tag

Hey, loves! Today I felt like doing a tag because I haven’t done one in a few months and they’re always fun. I am not sure who started this one because I’ve had the questions saved for months on the notes app, but didn’t save the post I saw it on by accident. I tried looking for it but wasn’t able to, unfortunately.

If you do know, please leave a comment and I will be sure to add that!

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1. Inside flap/Back of the book summaries: Too much info? Or not enough?

I think that the synopsis on the book itself is usually just enough or not enough. It is rarely “too much” because then it would reveal the entire book and no one would read it. I personally prefer when it’s not enough because I like to go into my books blind, so I don’t want to know more than a few lines describing it.

2. New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest: Audiobook, E-Book, Paperback, or Hardcover?

I am a paperback person. Always have been. However, I also love listening to audiobooks, but those I typically borrow from my library. Therefore, if I’m getting a new book, I would like it in paperback!

3. Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in your books, take notes, make comments, or do you keep your books clean clean clean?

I definitely write in my books, and if you’ve been following me for a while you know that I do. I used to use a lot of colors- highlighters, rainbow pens, post-it flags, etc. More recently, I’ve stuck to black pen and the occassional yellow post-it note. I’ve always loved the look of a well-worn book. I do the same to many of my books.

4. Does it matter to you whether the author is male or female when you’re deciding on a book? What if you’re unsure of the author’s gender?

I prefer to read books by female authors, especially if the main character is female, but I don’t really pay that much attention to who the author is when deciding on if I’m going to read a book or not.

5.  Ever read ahead? or have you ever read the last page way before you got there? 

Sometimes when I’m reading a scene with a lot of action or dialogue, I skim read it because I want to know what’s going to happen next, but I always go back after the scene and re-read the sentences I skimmed. I never read the last page first, though.

6.  Organized bookshelves, or outrageous bookshelves?

Organized shelves- Sometimes they can be a bit messy when I run out of space (I end up cramming books everywhere). They are currently organized by genre and then alphabetically by the author’s last name.

7.  Have you ever bought a book based on the cover (alone)?

Yes, 100%. I think most people have done that.

8. Take it outside to read, or stay in?

I do both. It obviously depends on the weather, but also on my mood. Some days I don’t want to get dressed up to go outside, so I stay in. Sometimes I can’t stand to be inside anymore so I go out to a nice park. I like both equally, though.

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That is all for this tag! I tag anyone who wants to do it- if you do, be sure to leave the link for me so I can check it out :) See you on Tuesday!

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ARCs I Own But Haven’t Read Yet

I’ll be the first to admit it- I am awful at reading ARCs before release day. Sometimes it’s not my fault because the publisher doesn’t approve/send it until just a few days before it’s published (not putting the blame on them either, it happens). But other times, I’m just not in the mood for a certain ARC, so I push it off until I don’t have the time to read it before it comes out.

However, I am so SO grateful for being given the opportunity to read and review early copies of some amazing books.

Today I thought I would share with you all which ARCs I own but haven’t read yet- some are very past pub date, but many were gifted to me by friends, so the publisher wasn’t expecting a review from me- I swear, I’m not a horrible blogger.

Netgalley:

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Wilder Girls by Rory Power: This one does not come out until July, so I have some time left to read it, and it is one that I am expecting to be a 4 or 5 star read. I am hoping to get to it in the next month!

100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons: I actually just got approved for this one a few days ago. It is a debut novel from Abbie who actually has a Youtube channel! That is how I found this book, and I was so excited that she chose me to ARC read it!

The Night Before by Wendy Walker: This came out this month, but because I had 2 other books to read for May, I fell a little behind. I am hoping to finish it ASAP and get my review up!

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin: This is another one that comes out in July, so, again, I have time to read it! I don’t know much about it other than the fact that it’s a thriller.

Instructions for a Funeral by David Means: This is a short story collection, I believe, that came out in March. I am behind on this one because I just wasn’t in the mood to read it. I feel awful about it, but hopefully I will get to it soon.

Surviving Myself by Dina Pestonji: I was in a strange nonfiction mood when I requested this one, but since then it has ended. That is why I have not gotten around to it yet.

Edelweiss:

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The Paper Wasp by Lauren Acampora: This also comes out in July, and it’s actually only the 2nd book I was approved for on Edelweiss. I have only requested a total of about 5 books on there because I’m not as familiar with it. However, I do want to get better at using it, and I plan to in the future.

Physical:

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A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti: I got this at Bookcon last year, but I just never got around to reading it. I saw a few good reviews of it, so I do want to read it as soon as I get a chance.

The Year of Living Awkwardly by Emma Chastain: This was sent to me by the publisher, but I had never read the first book, so I couldn’t read this one before the pub date. However, I just recently read the first book, so I will be reading this one soon!

Dive Smack by Demetra Brodsky: This was one of a few books that I won in a giveaway, so I did not prioritize it. I know that eventually, I will read it, but I just haven’t been in the mood yet.

Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover: This book was sent to me by someone on Twitter, which was so nice! Eventually, I will read it, I’m just not sure when.

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver: This book is high on my TBR right now, and I do want to get to it soon. I’m pretty sure it’s a YA mystery/thriller, but aside from that, I don’t know too much.

The Impossibility of Us by Katy Upperman: This is another book I won in a giveaway (actually, the next few are all from the same giveaway).

Furyborn by Claire Legrand: The cover for this ARC is actually really cool and I’m obsessed with it, but I have to be in a specific mood to read fantasy.

The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke: Again, fantasy is something I don’t pick up very often.

Bright We Burn by Kiersten White: This book is actually the third in a series that I have not yet read, but I won it in a giveaway, so I will eventually read it. I’m just not sure when.

The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett: This is one of the first ARCs that was sent to me, and because I was excited for the opportunity, I accepted it without really thinking about if I would want to read it. I do want to at some point, but for now it is being held off (can you tell I’m a hoarder).

My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand et al.: I Have not read the My Lady Jane, which is the first book in this series. You don’t have to read the first one in order to read the second,  but I want to follow publication order.

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee: I have not yet read The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, which is why I haven’t picked this one up yet.

From a Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan: I won this in a giveaway by Ariel Bissett which was super cool. She had talked about one of his other books before which made me interested in this one. It’s a short book, but it’s just not a high priority right now.

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So that is it for my unread ARCs! How many unread ARCs do you have? Please leave a comment letting me know so I feel less alone! Anyways, see you next week!

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TBR Alphabet Tag // I’m back !

Hello loves! It’s been two weeks since my last post. I took an unexpected hiatus because school was taking over my life and I just didn’t have the time to dedicate to a post.

But I’m back to regular posting, so you can expect a new post (at least) once a week!

I saw this tag over on Wonderland of Books, and I wanted to do it myself because it looks like a lot of fun :)

Rules

  • Name a book title from your TBR for every letter of the alphabet (can exclude words like ‘the’ if need be) these must be books that you have physical/e-book copies of and not ones you intend on getting but haven’t yet.
  • Try and include different authors for every single one
  • At the bottom of your list put how many you could fill in (out of 26)
  • Tag other people to join in and link back to the person who tagged you!

A B C

D E F

G H I

J K L

M N O

P Q R

S T U

V W X

Y Z

 

Total: 21/26

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This is a pretty good number, I think! I scrolled through my “Owned TBR” shelf on Goodreads for a good 45 minutes trying to find them all! Out of 91 books, I think this is a good number.

I tag all of you who want to do this! It was a lot of fun :)

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More Pretty Book Covers! // Blogmas Day 24

It’s already day 24 of Blogmas! Merry Christmas Eve :)

I just wrote this post recently, but I have so many more book covers that I want to talk about, so here is part two!

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This cover is just so pretty to me because it’s simple and clean, but different. There’s just something about it that always catches my eye, even if I don’t necessarily think I’ll like the book. It was just done really well.

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I think everyone agrees that this is a nice book cover. The gold compliments the flowers so nicely, and makes it pop. I am usually fan of simple covers, but I love how this one looks a lot.

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The reason that I love this one so much is because I didn’t even notice that the “mountain” in the back is a face. It’s just so subtle and nice. I’m obsessed with it.

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This cover. I don’t even know where to begin. It is gorgeous. Jellyfish are my favorite sea creatures, so this definitely caught my eye from the beginning. Also, the background is so nice and I love the font of the title.

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This has been one of my favorite book covers ever for a long time because it’s just so aesthetically pleasing. If I wrote a book, this is the type of cover I would want. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy the book as much. The cover makes up for it a little bit.

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Once again, Merry Christmas Eve! I’ll see you guys for the last day of Blogmas tomorrow! Enjoy the holidays :)

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Top 5 Favorite Book Covers // Blogmas Day 18

Happy Tuesday! I finished my last final today, and I’m finally back at home! I will have so much more time for reading/writing/blogging for the next 5 weeks, and I’m so happy about that.

Today I want to talk about some of my favorite book covers because I am all about aesthetic. I am very particular about book covers, and I definitely have a style that I prefer over others.

Here are some of my five favorites (although there are so many more- i will definitely do a part 2!).

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This first cover is one that I do not own unfortunately, but I am absolutely obsessed with. It’s pretty simple, but the vibe I get from it is so nice. It is so aesthetically pleasing, and I am just obsessed with it, okay?

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I thought this cover was absolutely gorgeous the day I got it, and I am still obsessed with it! In person it is really shiny and reflective, which adds even more to it! The U.K. cover is also so amazing, and so are the other books in the trilogy. The little details all come together so nicely, and the font of the title fits so well.

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THIS BOOK IS SO GORGEOUS!!! In person, the entire thing is glittery and so pretty! I am so in love with it. It’s literally the tiniest book ever but just so so stunning. Unfortunately, this was not a favorite of mine writing wise, but the cover makes up for that a little bit.

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Okay, can we talk about this cover? How beautiful is this?? This is definitely one of my favorite books of the year, and I think the cover definitely added so much to this story. It fits so, so well with the book. I think it captures the beautiful writing of this story so well.

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This cover was just revealed today and I’m already in love with it! The design is so sleek yet I feel like it captures the books essence perfectly (even though I have not read it yet). It just seems really fitting, and I am in love with it! I am going to buy a copy ASAP, and you all should, too :)

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What are some of your favorite book covers? Be sure to let me know in the comments :)

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Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag // Blogmas Day 15

Hello everyone! If you read my last post, you know that I missed 2 blogmas days, so I’m making up for them today! One more post will go up a little later today :)

I saw this tag that Kelly did, and I really wanted to do it, too! Check out her post here :)

1. Received an ARC and not reviewed it  ✅

I have like 12 ARCs right now on Netgalley that I have not read and reviewed yet (oops). Plus I have some physical ARCs that I’ve won so I don’t technically need to review them, but I have not read them yet. I am dedicating the beginning of 2019 to finishing as many as I can, though. The guilt is killing me.

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2. Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley ❌

I have a 65% right now, which is not great, but it’s above 65! I used to have a much higher rating, but then I requested and got approved for a bunch of ARCs and I’m OVERWHELMED. I’m working on it, I promise.

3. Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did) ✅

I’ve definitely done this, but I also know I will never post those reviews now. It’s too late and I don’t even remember which books they are.

4. Folded down the page of a book ✅

Yes, I dog-ear pages all the time. It doesn’t bother me at all, haha.

5. Accidentally spilled on a book ❌

My cousin dropped one of my books into the ocean one time, but I never spilled anything on them.

6. DNF a book this year ✅

Yes, I think I DNF’d two this year, and I can’t even remember what they were.

7. Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it ❌

I buy a lot of books solely for their covers, but I still plan on reading them!

8. Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework) ✅

Oh, definitely! I am a huge procrastinator.

9. Skim read a book ✅

I did this for school all the time.

10. Completely missed your Goodreads goal ❌

I set my goal to one book this year, so that I could focus on quality over quantity, so I did obviously reach that. For the past 2 years that I have been seriously using goodreads, I also reached both of my goals.

11. Borrowed a book and not returned it ❌

I don’t think I’ve ever not returned a book, but I’ve definitely had people not return books to me.

12. Broke a book buying ban ✅

Oh, 100%. I do this all the time, it’s so bad. But 2019 is the year of no book buying!

13. Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about ✅

This goes along with #3. I usually say I will do a review, then start it, but completely forget to finish. By the time I remember, it’s too late because the book is no longer fresh in my mind.

14. Wrote in a book you were reading ✅

Yes, I love to annotate my books and I do this all the time. I just love to record my thoughts and be able to look back on them :)

15. Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads ❌

I’m pretty good about doing this, I don’t think I’ve forgotten to add a book unless if it was something I read before using goodreads.

16. Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend ❌

Nope, I also return the books to their owners!

17. Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book ✅

Yes, I hate letting people borrow my books unless if I absolutely trust them. I’ve had multiple people not return books to me, so I am very careful about this.

18. Broke the spine of someone else’s book ❌

No, I am very careful with other people’s books, but I don’t borrow a lot of books from other people to begin with.

19. Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged ❌

I never really take the jacket off of books, I usually leave it on.

20. Sat on a book accidentally ✅

I can’t remember a specific incidence but I’m sure this has happened at least once.

Total Score: 11/20

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I tag everyone who wants to do this! It was a lot of fun :)

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2018 Anticipated Reads I Didn’t Get To // Blogmas Day 11

So many amazing books came out this year, but I unfortunately wasn’t able to get to that many of them. I’m going to give you a guys a list of five that hopefully I can get to in 2019!

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

I love John Green. I’ve talked about so many of his books before, and I’m sure you all know how I feel by now. Obviously I want to pick up Hank’s debut novel, too! I’m positive it’s going to be just as amazing, and possibly a new favorite of mine as well! I’ve heard nothing but good things, and I am so excited about it.

Sadie by Courtney Summers

I purchased this book recently because everyone has been talking about it, and it sounds right up my alley. The synopsis is so interesting, and I’ve heard nothing but good things about it. And apparently the ending will make me WEEP which is what I need right now. I plan on reading it early in 2019.

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

This book is a romance that I’ve heard nothing but good things about. I have been in a romance mood recently, and so I hope to get to this early in 2019. Everyone loves Christina Lauren books (if you don’t know, it’s two co-authors), and I own another one of their books but haven’t gotten around to it yet either. I’m terrible and my TBR pile is huge, sorry.

Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart by Alice Walker

This is a poetry collection by Alice Walker that not many people have talked about. I am a huge fan of poetry though, and I would absolutely love to read this ASAP. Alice Walker is the author of The Color Purple (which I have not read but also really want to), and everyone who’s read it loves that book. I feel like her poetry would just be so beautiful.

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

I haven’t read a lot of YA mysteries/thrillers but I really want to give them a chance. Something has drawn me to this book since I first heard of it, and I really want to read it. Again, I’ve heard many good things, and I just feel like I’ll really like it.

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Please leave a comment letting me know if you’ve read any of these books and which one I should get to ASAP! See you tomorrow :)

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More 5 Star Predictions // Blogmas Day 9

I made this post a little while ago, and it was a lot of fun! It’s interesting to look back on and see whether you made correct predictions or not. I haven’t read all of the books on that initial list, but once I do, I will definitely do an update post to let you know how close I was!

Here are 5 more books that I believe I will give 5 stars to, and that I’m so excited to read soon :)

 

The Diviners by Libba Bray

I got this book a while ago, and I’ve been dying to read it for ages! I definitely think I’m going to love it, but it’s really long which makes it a bit intimidating for me. I am the worst at starting big books, which is why I don’t bother buying many of them that often to begin with! I am determined to get to this one soon, though!

Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham

I love Lauren Graham. She is the sweetest person ever, she’s so funny, and she’s such a talented actress. I read her memoire and I absolutely adored it. I loved everything about her writing style, and I’m sure that most of that is similar to this novel. I’ve owned the e-book for such a long time, but just haven’t gotten around to it yet, but I’m planning on getting to it early on in the new year!

 

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

This book gets so much hype, but I’m sure it’s for good reason. I’ve only seen a couple of people say they didn’t like it, and even then they still gave it around 3 stars. I’m not a huge fantasy reader to begin with (I’m surprised I have to fantasy novels on my list), but I really think I’m going to love this one.

If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

This is a book I just bought recently and was featured in my last haul! I am so excited to read it because I have been loving thrillers/mysteries recently. I know so many booktubers who have recommended this one, so I have really high hopes for it. I will be super disappointed if I don’t enjoy it.

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

I also hauled this one a few days ago, and I am so so excited about it. If I don’t give this one 5 stars then I will probably stop reading for a good 2 weeks because I want to love this so bad. I am obsessed with Summer Bird Blue by Akemi, and if this one is even 1/4 like that, then I know I will love it.

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I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Let me know if you’ve read any of these and what your ratings were :)

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