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NEVER Run Out Of Books To Read

Have you ever thought, “What book should I read next?”

Don’t have time to scan the New Releases at the bookstore or library?

None of your books on goodreads to-read shelf look appealing?

I’ve got the solution for you:

Book Bloggers!

 

Book Bloggers?

Yes, there are blogs out there that just talk about good books.

(I’m not just talking about my own – there are so many bloggers out there!)

Nobody has enough time to go through all the books coming out now-a-days. Why don’t you let other people do that for you!

You know that friend that you always go to for that delicious recipe she made last week? Or that other friend that keeps you up to-date on the celeb gossip?

Yea, these book bloggers could be THAT friend.

You’ll always know what book to pick up next that is going to hit the spot.

They’ll for sure know what book to read next.

 

Who To Follow

I’ve started my community on Goodreads. So we’ll start there:

  • Brittney ~ Her Bookish Things – follow on Goodreads
    • I found Brittney on goodreads because she reads and reviews just about everything I would.  We’d definitely would be friends in real life.
    • Interests: Matcha tea, Hand Lettering, Being outdoors and surrounded by trees, Reading until I fall asleep
    • Genres: fantasy, historical fiction
    • Goodreads profile
    • Blog
    • Instagram

 

  • Chelsea Humphrey  – follow on Goodreads
    • Chelsea also reads and reviews just about everything I would. She also shares what her and her kids are reading!
    • Interests: Reading (clearly), Roller Coasters, Traveling, Fitness
    • Genres: Thrillers, Mystery, Suspense and YA fiction
    • Goodreads profile
    • Blog
    • Instagram

 

  • Anas Attic Book Blog  – follow on Goodreads

    • Anas Attic Book Blog is your go-to for romance and erotica. Looking for one for 99 cents? She’s got you covered as well.
    • Interests:  Books, music and her kids
    • Genres: romantica, contemporary romance, erotic romance, chick lit, some paranormal
    • Goodreads profile
    • Blog
    • Instagram

 

There are also book reviewers I found via YouTube, such as:

  • Merphy Napier – follow on YouTube
    • Releases videos every Tuesday and Saturday! Want to fan girl with someone? This is your girl. (On top of her regular book videos, I’m following her journey of discovering classic books!)
    • Also side note, she just published her own book, Perfection.
    • Genres: Fiction, classics, fantasy
    • Goodreads profile
    • Youtube

 

  • gabbyreads – follow on YouTube
    • Gabby releases multiple videos a week and you can’t help but smile right along with her. She is also quite active on goodreads.
    • Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Thriller
    • Goodreads profile
    • YouTube


I

could go on and on about other book bloggers / bookstagrammers / goodreads reviewers.

The list is always expanding.

But these ladies are ones I know I can rely on to get me out of that reading slump.

NEVER Run Out Of Books To Read

Do you know of other people who you rely on for book suggestions? Let me know in the comments!

Book Review: The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle

Synopsis:

Title – The Glass Castle  (Goodreads)

Author – Jeannette Walls (Goodreads)

Published – January 17th 2006

Genre – Fiction, Memoir

Summary – The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family.

The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.

The Glass Castle is truly astonishing–a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family.

Where To Buy – Amazon • Audibe •Barnes & Noble

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Book Review: The Divinity Bureau

The Divinity Bureau

Synopsis:

Title – The Divinity Bureau  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Tessa Clare (Website, Goodreads)

Published – September 21st 2017

Genre – Fiction

Summary – Roman Irvine is a disgruntled IT Technician for the Divinity Bureau, a government agency that uses random selection to decide who lives and who dies. In a world where overpopulation has lead to pollution, a crippled economy, and a world in crisis, he’s accepted the bureau’s activities as a necessity… until he meets April McIntyre.

April has every reason to be suspicious of Roman. He works for the Divinity Bureau, which sent her father to an early grave. But he’s also sweet and loyal, and unbeknownst to her, he saved her life. As Roman and April fall deeper in love, the deeper they’re thrust into the politics of deciding who lives and who dies. Someone wants April dead. And the bureau’s process of random selection may not be so random after all…

Where To Buy – Amazon • Barnes & Noble

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July Reading Wrap-Up and Links

Hello all!

It’s me again and it is the end of July…

July 2017 Reading Wrap-Up and Links

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Reading Wrap-Up

So it doesn’t look like I published many blog posts this month. That is because I didn’t.

Because summer.

I did read lots of books I promise! Just didn’t have a block of time to write down my thoughts.

  • The one review I did publish was Rethinking Positive Thinking. But it wasn’t so much of a review as a book discussion. Check out the video and post where I break down why I wasn’t much of a fan of the book, and other books I recommend instead. Do you agree?
  • This month I did re-read two of my childhood books, though, and wrote little mini-reviews on goodreads about my nostalgia. The two books included The Luxe and The It Girl. Anybody else enjoy these as kids?
  • I did read many many good books this month, some of which include Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Glass Castle. Reviews to come!
  • July also seemed to be the month of good #libraryhauls. I go in to return a book or pick up a hold, and get sucked into the new releases stacks. I’m not the only one, right? Check out my instagram to see my hauls – like here and here. Many that is why I’m not making much of a dent in my 2017 Summer Reading List.

Anyway, many reviews to come – I promise!

Links I Love

  • The Entrepreneur Epidemic – msindependent.net published a well-worded and spot-on blog post about the #girlboss wave that seems to taking over. I am all about the entrepreneurship mindset and workethic, but I absolutely agree it is NOT for everybody. Thoughts?
  • Cnn.com published the 7 of the World’s Most Beautiful Libraries. These are beautiful! If you travel to any of these places, I’d love to see your pictures. (I personally don’t travel very often and am very contempt with the small local libraries and bookstores.)
  • My last month’s wrap-up included my excitement for The Glass Castle coming to the big screen. (I did re-read the book and the review is going to be hard to write.) Bustle.com published a wonderful post about Jeanette Walls’ struggle with talking about her past (before the book). After the book was published Jeanette found people to be empathic and the necessary wish for the movie to really impact people. Ugh I’m so excited!

What are you reading???

Read THIS Not THAT: Rethinking Positive Thinking Discussion

Hi all! Trying something a bit differently today.

Instead of doing a book review on Rethinking Positive Thinking by Gabriele Oettingen, I’d thought I’d do some other books I’d recommend instead.

The following books are like Rethinking Positive Thinking. But they are books that I felt I got more out of.

There are three themes that I’d like to pull out and discuss. For each one, I’ve suggested other nonfiction books that I liked reading more than Rethinking Positive Thinking.

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June Reading Wrap-Up and Links

Hi again.

June is over and we are officially into Summer (although we haven’t had much summer weather where I’m at…lots of rain).

Let’s get into it…

Fourth of July is around the corner. If you are looking for a good read, check out my recently published 2017 Summer Reading List of books that just released.


Links I Love

    • First of all, I’m a big fan of Myleik Teele, founder of curlBOX and one of my favorite podcasts. She’s not one to read lots of fiction, but I recently spotted her rave on twitter about one of my favorite books The Mothers. (my review can be found here.) Love it!
    • If you don’t know this already, I get many of my books from the library. If they are extra special to me, I may purchase them. I currently just have tell my money to go towards other things than books..as much as I wish to buy them all and support all the hardworking and wonderfully brilliant authors. Buuuuut, litreactor.com says checking out a book from the library is one way to support an author! Go me 🙂 Check out their article to see 13 Ways To Support An Author Without Spending A Dime. How many do you do?
    • Speaking of libraries, a 2016 Pew Research survey found, “Millennials in America are more likely to have visited a public library in the past year than any other adult generation.” Whoo hoo! Sorry, that gets me pretty pumped.
    • Have you seen the hit musical Hamilton? Did you know the audio book got won as audiobook of the year in the 2017 Audio Awards?! I don’t have the audio book, but I do have the physical book of Hamilton which I will be tackling next month.
  • Last link I’ll share with you this month is a podcast that I subscribe to called Creative Introvert. I’m going to share it here because I think it is safe to assume at least some of you reading this are either creative, introverted, or both, and want to always have motivation to do what you want. I recently listened to an episode called Make Your Own Motivation (The Introverted Way) and thought it was pretty good! Let me know what you think!

Reading Wrap-Up

    • I didn’t have an outstanding reading month. It was just okay. (I had a great month last month, including The Mothers and A Court of Thorns and Roses). I don’t like talking about books I don’t like, but I had quite a few these past few weeks that I published a video, quickly whisking through which ones I didn’t enjoy and why.
  • Last but not least, I finally published my 2017 Summer Reading List, including young adult, contemporary romance, and fiction books that have recently released (or will be in the next few weeks). These will be perfect to take on car rides, to the beach, and anything else I could be doing this summer! So excited. Let me know what you are planning to read!!

 

As always, let me know what you want to see here! Talk to you later!

Book Review: Love After All

Love After All

Synopsis:

Title – Love After All  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Jaci Burton (Website, Goodreads)

Published – March 31st 2015

Genre – Contemporary Romance

Summary – High school math teacher Chelsea Gardner has the perfect plan. She’s tired of dating all the wrong men, and after years of frustration, she’s developed a foolproof list of requirements for finding “The One.”

Bar owner Sebastian “Bash” Palmer finds Chelsea beautiful, smart and fun, but he thinks her list is ridiculous and unnecessary. Intent on proving Chelsea is looking for love in all the wrong ways, he offers to help her find the “perfect” man.

Chelsea knows Bash isn’t the right guy for her—he barely meets one of her criteria—but there’s something about the charismatic man that has her yearning for things that are most definitely not list approved.

Because sometimes, a relationship that looks totally wrong on paper can turn out incredibly right…

Where To Buy – Amazon • Audibe •Barnes & Noble • iTunes

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Book Review: The Sun Is Also A Star

The Sun Is Also A Star

Synopsis:

Title – The Sun Is Also A Star  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Nicola Yoon (Website, Goodreads)

Published – November 1st 2016

Genre – Young Adult

Summary – Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

Where To Buy – Amazon • Audibe • Barnes & Noble • Target • iTunes • Walmart

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Book Review: The Falconer

The Falconer

Synopsis:

Title – The Falconer  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Elizabeth May (Website, Goodreads)

Published – May 6th 2014

Genre – Young Adult Fantasty

Summary – Edinburgh, 1844. Beautiful Aileana Kameron only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. In fact, she’s spent the year since her mother died developing her ability to sense the presence of Sithichean, a faery race bent on slaughtering humans. She has a secret mission: to destroy the faery who murdered her mother. But when she learns she’s a Falconer, the last in a line of female warriors and the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity, her quest for revenge gets a whole lot more complicated. The first volume of a trilogy from an exciting new voice in young adult fantasy, this electrifying thriller blends romance and action with steampunk technology and Scottish lore in a deliciously addictive read.

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Where To Buy – Amazon • Audibe • Barnes & Noble • Walmart

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