Sunday Post #5

The last time I did a Sunday Post was almost 3 months ago, and yes, I do feel bad about that. It’s not because I don’t want to post or have nothing to post about — because it’s actually the exact opposite. There’s so much to say and so, so many books that come my way that I want to share with you guys. SO. Let’s start this up again by covering the last two weeks, because I actually got a lot of reading, reviewing, and posting done despite my hectic offline commitments. I’ve come up with a couple of new features in the last week that I want to add to the blog in order to keep it interesting. When I decided to start blogging again, I never intended for it to be just straight book reviews. I want to do more: product reviews, lifestyle posts, other book-related things like scouring the net for deals, advice for other reviewers, bloggers, how to organize your books, etc. I have plans on plans on plans. But while I let those ideas marinate around in my brain…

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news — A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme.

Last (2) Week(s)

  • Blog Tour Review: In Place of Never by Julie Anne Lindsey. There’s also a giveaway with this blog tour. It ends in about a week, so get your entries in for a chance to win a copy of the book and some other goodies.
  • ARC Review: In Real Life by Jessica Love, which comes out on Tuesday, March 1.
  • NEW FEATURE – Product Review: Personalized Monogram Ex Libris Rubber Stamp that I use on every book I add to my personal collection.
  • Travel Diaries: Recapped the first part of my trip to New York.
  • ARC Review: The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman, which comes out on March 8.
  • Cover Reveal: Elastic Hearts by Claire Contreras, the final book in the Hearts trilogy that comes out this March.

This Week

  • ARC Review: Finding Hope by Colleen Nelson
  • Review: Paper Hearts by Claire Contreras
  • Travel Diaries: Part 2 of my trip to New York
  • ARC Review: Lucky Me by Saba Kapur

Book Haul

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I was having the worst day at work and came home to find that Raincoast Books graciously sent me an ARC for The Art of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander. Huge thanks to them and HMH Books for Young Readers. Can’t wait to start reading this one. The official release date for the book is on April 26th, so look out for it.

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This also showed up in my mailbox, courtesy of LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers program. Thanks to Candlewick Press for sending over a copy of Golden Boys by Sonya Harnett. From my understanding, this title has been out in Australia for a while now, but it’s being released in North America on April 12th, so again, be on the look-out for this one. Side note: I’m so in love with this cover.

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I ordered paperback copies of Kaleidoscope Hearts and Paper Hearts by Claire Contreras from Amazon, and I’m so happy they’re now in my possession. I’m such a huge fan of this series and while I own the e-books, I think most of us agree that it’s different when you have a physical copy. Plus I plan on buying the final installment, Elastic Hearts, when it comes out in March and need my collection to be complete. I was so ecstatic to be a part of the cover reveal for the last book, and I’ll be posting a review of Paper Hearts really soon, just to get myself even more hyped up for the conclusion of this amazing series. If you’re not on Claire’s mailing list or in her Facebook group, I highly suggest it (be sure to check out my post for links). She’s so lovely.

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ARCs, ARCs, and more ARCs! What a time to be alive. I just hope I don’t fall behind schedule in reviewing all of these, but that shouldn’t be a problem since I’m really looking forward to digging into all of these titles. There are a lot of great books coming out this year; these in particular are a good variety to pick from depending on your mood — I urge you all to put these ones on your TBR. Thanks to Sourcebooks for the copies of Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood (May 3rd) and My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul (April 5th); to Raincoast Books and Macmillan for The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood (May 3rd) and Summer Days and Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins (May 17th); ABRAMS Kids for Devil and the Bluebird by Jennifer Mason-Black (May 17th); and finally Atria/Emily Bestler Books for The Regulars by Georgia Clark (August 2nd).

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Dirty Pretty Things by Michael Faudet is my latest purchase from the bookstore. I had heard about this book a while ago and was always meaning to read it, but being that I’m not particularly huge on poetry, it was never really high up on my reading priorities list. But that cover! Love. Nevertheless, I’m pretty stoked to get through this one. I’ve heard fairly good things about it. It’s not my usual type of read (format and subject-wise), but I promised myself to step out of my comfort zone this year when it comes to the books I read.


What I’m Reading

  1. Golden Son by Pierce Brown (Red Rising, Book 2)
  2. Only by Helenkay Dimon (Holton Woods, Book 2)

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Life & Such

I’m only taking one library course right now because it’s all I have time for between work and other stuff, but it’s seriously kicking my ass. Like all the way to the eastern hemisphere. By far the hardest course I’ve taken in my program. I don’t know if it’s because I’m not able to put in as much time into studying as I want to because of work and the never-ending urge to read books instead, lol. It’s likely because this is the only online course in the entire program that uses set timelines; assignments are due on a certain date, exams need to be taken on specific dates. It’s not “at your own pace” like all of my other classes, so that’s definitely been making things a little difficult. But either way, I need to get it together for my midterms at the end of this week. Wish me luck!

Hope everyone has a fantastic week, and a great start to the month of March.

Friday Post: Happy New Year!

yearinbooks2015With 2015 being incredibly fast and full of changes, I wasn’t sure if I’d reach my goal of completing 50 books by the end of December, mainly because this past year and a half consisted of moving to a new city, working and going to school, moving back home and doing even more school and more and more work. I set my goal to be a bit lower than usual. Even then I didn’t think I’d even reach the half point. But to my surprise, I managed to surpass my end goal by 3 books. I always tend to read more around October to December — I’m pretty sure half my books were completed around this time. Now that I’m a bit more settled, I’m setting my goal higher at 100 books for 2016.

First Book of 2016

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The first book I’m reading in 2016 is Finding Hope by Colleen Nelson. Now, this book already resonates with me not just because of the story, but because the author is homegrown. One of the goals I’ve set this year is to read more local books, and I felt even more lucky to receive an ARC for Finding Hope after reading that Colleen is from Winnipeg. Ours is the little city that could; I strongly believe that. I’ve seen some of the most creative minds come from this place, and I’m excited to get the chance to read Colleen’s words.

Feature & Follow Friday

Hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read, today’s edition asks: What books are you most excited for in 2016? If you want to participate in the blog hop, check out both hosts and add your link.

  1. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare is undoubtedly at the top of my list. I’m sad that the Mortal Instruments series has ended, but I’m looking forward to see where the Dark Artifices takes the Shadowhunter world.
  2. I know people who follow me are probably sick of me blogging about Colleen Hoover, but… well it’s my blog, so It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover it is. I don’t have a hot clue what this book is about but considering that I constantly fawn over everything she writes, I’m excited.
  3. Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories by Stephanie Perkins features a slew of YA authors including Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, and Jennifer E. Smith. If that (partial) list doesn’t get you the least bit intrigued, then we have a serious problem here.
  4. I’ve been looking forward to He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker for quite a while now. It’s not my usual choice of genre, but the summary cemented it as one to look out for.
  5. Lastly, it’s not so much a book that I’m excited to read — I’m excited for it to be released so everyone can get a chance to read it. And honestly, so I can read it again in all its finalized glory. It’s Will You Won’t You Want Me? by Nora Zelevansky. It’s set for release in April, and I really wish the best success for this book — it’s well-deserved.

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Have you set a reading goal for the new year? What books are YOU most excited for? Do you already know what your first read of the year will be? But most importantly, have a happy, happy new year; stay safe, have fun, and best wishes for 2016!

Sunday Post #4

This past week was rough. I spent most of it sick with a cold and had to take a day off work earlier in the week because I couldn’t get out of bed. Then the following few days consisted of me playing catch-up on work stuff and sleeping as soon as I got home, which barely gave me any free time to do anything book-related. Still, here’s a short recap:

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news — A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme.

Last Week

This Week

  • Review: He Found Me by Whitney Barbetti
  • Review: Kaleidoscope Hearts by Claire Contreras

New Arrivals

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I confined myself indoors for most of the week to avoid worsening my already bad cold, so I didn’t get to browse for new books, sadly. Thank goodness for online shopping. Truly. I got Burying Water by K.A. Tucker, Paper Hearts by Claire Contreras, and Flat-Out Celeste by Jessica Park. The last two are sequels that I’ve been looking forward to getting, so I started reading as soon as I bought them.

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I downloaded this new app and it’s pretty damn awesome. Crave Romance is a new book-reading app that connects you to the latest romance novels in a new and innovative way. The app allows you to read the novel while giving you exclusive and interactive extras to enhance your reading experience. Right now, November 9 by Colleen Hoover is available. Yes, ladies. You get to not only read about Ben and Fallon’s story, but watch Ben talk about it. So cool. In addition to video footage, the books will also feature stuff like photos and quizzes. It’s a subscription-based app, sitting at $3.99 per month on iTunes (it’ll be available on the Android platform soon)– right now, you can get the first week free and start reading November 9. Upcoming titles are The Best Goodbye by Abbi Glines and He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker. Check out their website for more details.

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I love book merch. I spend more money on mugs and pillow cases than I really should, but I can’t help it. That said, how adorable is my new throw pillow?! Got this from Bookwormboutique‘s Society6 shop. Check out their website for more links to amazing stuff and maybe pick up some Christmas gifts for your fellow bookworms.


Life & Such

I went through more Kleenex boxes than did books this week. But I did take a lot of pictures of books… so that’s kind of the same, right? I know it’s not. At all. But here’s a gallery to make up for my severe lack of content this week. Follow me on Instagram (@arydwn) to see more photos. 🙂

Hope you all had a better week than I did (take your vitamins!), and happy reading!

Tuesday Post #3

I honestly didn’t realize it was already December. Can we just pause for a second? I haven’t even started my Christmas shopping yet! I hope everyone had a great November, though, quick as it seemed. And enjoy the rest of the year, because it ends in four weeks!!! Can’t get over it. So to kick off this month, I’m linking up at 3 different sites. Get in on the fun and check the host sites to participate.

Top Ten Tuesday

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, this week’s prompt is: Top Ten 2016 Debuts Novels We Are Looking Forward To. Looks I’m getting back to my YA roots, there are just so many great ones coming out next year. I definitely encourage you to click on the titles to see their Goodreads page and add them to your TBR list if any of them jump out at you.

  1. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
  2. The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright
  3. Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
  4. Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
  5. The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude
  6. In Another Life by Julie Christine Johnson
  7. Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira
  8. This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
  9. Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman
  10. The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

Tell Me Something Tuesday

Hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings. This week’s question: How many of the new series you started in 2015 will you continue?

A: This year, I started only a few series — and by a few, I mean two — but I liked them both enough to know that I’ll definitely be reading everything that follows. These include the Flat-Out Love books by Jessica Park. I just reviewed the first book last week and couldn’t praise it enough. I finished the novella, Flat-Out Matt after that, so I’m preparing to read Flat-Out Celeste really, really soon. The other is Paper Gods by Amanda Sun. I read Ink earlier this year and will be posting a review in a few days. I finished the sequel, Rain, shortly after and just have to go out and get Storm, as well as the novellas.


Teaser Tuesdays

Hosted by A Daily Rhythm. Grab your current read, flip to a random page, and post 2 spoiler-free sentences from that page. I literally just started Crossroads by Mary Ting, so I’m flipping to a page I haven’t reached yet. If you haven’t read this, just know I’m as clueless about the context of this as you are.

CHAPTER 14

Butterflies of every color, looking as if they were painted with patches of bold bright reds, oranges, blues, purples, and yellows, all intertwined, overlapping each other. As I continued to follow their path, I squinted at the brilliant sun in the cloudless sky. It blinded me for a split second, and then I saw that the butterflies were returning, circling around Michael and me–all of them dancing in the sky. Each knew its location and position with such precision, never colliding while reaching higher and higher to form a tunnel.

Crossroads by Mary Ting. 2011.

That was two sentences times two; sue me. I couldn’t not include the rest of the paragraph with that kind of visual.

What’s everyone reading this week? What debuts are you looking forward to in 2016? Leave me a comment! 🙂

Monday Post: Cyber Deals & Current Reads

Cyber Monday! This is probably one of my favourite times of the year (besides Christmas and my birthday, obviously). I love to shop, and if I can do that in the comfort of my own home without having to change out of my pajamas, then even better.

First off, please don’t mind if I do some shameless plugging. I’ve quietly started up my own Society6 shop a while back with plans of adding more and more to it over time. Right now, I have a few designs up and Society6 is offering 20% off + free worldwide shipping. Pretty sweet deal. So consider heading over to my shop called BOOKMRKD by clicking here.


Amazon.com is offering their Holiday Deal, which is an extra 30% off any book; just visit this page for full details and the promo code. Keep in mind this is for print books — Kindle editions and audiobooks are not included. Luckily, there are deals on those all over the place right now. Here are some that I found that I thought I’d share. These deals are good through November 30:

  1. Anomaly by Krista McGee: $1.49
  2. The Illusion of Annabella by Jessica Sorensen: $0.76
  3. Some Kind of Normal by Juliana Stone: $1.49
  4. The Color of Secrets by Lindsay Jayne Ashford: $1.49
  5. Midnight Train to Paris by Juliette Sobanet: $1.49
  6. Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini: $1.70
  7. Finding Rebecca by Eoin Dempsey: $1.50
  8. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli: $1.70
  9. The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato: $1.49
  10. Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park: $1.50
  11. Some Fine Day by Kat Ross: $1.49
  12. The Family by Marissa Kennerson: $1.49

Also available on Amazon is Letters Written in White by Kathryn Perez. You can now order the Kindle edition for just $2.89. Her fellow author and friend Colleen Hoover is giving away 20 signed copies of the book. Check out her post here, complete with an awesome interview with Kathryn. Have a look at the stunningly haunting cover and synopsis for the book, which officially releases tonight:

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Title: Letters Written in White
Author: Kathryn Perez
Format: Kindle eBook / Paperback
ISBN: 9781517280192
Publication Date: November 30, 2015
Synopsis: I’m dead. I’m cold and alone and I’m dead. There’s no air in my lungs. My chest is as cold and hollow as a cave on a snow-capped mountainside. My heart no longer beats there. Frigid winds whistle through my ribs and the sadness inside me weeps like my favorite tree. Days ago, I met with death face to face. The mirror, our meeting place. My two darkened green eyes stared deeply into hers. I tilted my head to the side. She did too. “It’s time,” I whispered. “It’s time,” she whispered. And with that I turned away from her, the woman in the mirror who knew all of my secrets and all of my pain. I walked away from her and yet we’d never been closer than we were at that moment. The inner struggle was over. No more arguing with the woman in the mirror. No more arguing with myself. The choice was made. She was the victor. Or was I? That was the day Riah Winter died.

Note From the Author:

Dear Readers,

This isn’t a romance novel written to sweep you off of your feet, nor is it a sexually infused fantasy laced with alpha males and six pack abs. You won’t find anything within the pages of this story comforting, at least not on the surface. Matter of fact, you’ll most likely feel uncomfortable during many of the scenes. But I will promise you this, once you delve beneath the surface, you’ll find comfort in many areas of Riah Winter’s layers of life and death. You may even find that you aren’t alone in your daily struggles as a mother, wife, single mom, stay at home mother, working mom or as a woman.

Riah Winter is YOU, YOU are Riah Winter. Beneath the mask we as women wear, is a person we rarely talk about or acknowledge. I’ve decided to bring her to life and say all of the dark and socially unacceptable things so many of us feel, go through, and fear.

We’re all wearing masks and we’re all drowning in something.

Riah has a message for us…she wants us not only to survive but to thrive because she knows what it feels like to die with regret.

I hope you’ll take a chance on a story that’s different from what you’re accustomed to reading. I look forward to sharing it with you.

-Kathryn

*Please be advised that this a 43K word book that may contain content which could possibly be triggering for some.*


Today I’m also taking part in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading, hosted by Book Date. I’m currently reading two novels at the moment:

The first is an ARC called I’ll See You in Paris by Michelle Gable, and the second Kaleidoscope Hearts by Claire Contreras. Both very different but I’m enjoying them immensely. Can’t wait to share my thoughts with you.

I hope you take advantage of the deals online if you’re able. Happy reading, all.

 

Sunday Post #3

So I completely didn’t stick to my reviewing schedule at all. I rarely ever do. It tends to happen when I’m reading books simultaneously and I finish one that I can’t not write about the second it’s done. This was one of those weeks. Regardless, I did find time to reflect on a lot; here’s what happened on the blog this past week:

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news — A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme.

Last Week

This Week

  • Review: Ink by Amanda Sun
  • Review: He Found Me by Whitney Barbetti

New Arrivals

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I picked up Hollow City by Ransom Riggs, because I own the first book which is on my TBR list. And as I mentioned before, I tend to spend money on books I’m missing from series. I’ve always thought ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ had such an interesting premise, and was pleasantly surprised to see that Riggs was continuing on with a series. I have some catching up to do!

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I’d never heard of any of these titles before, but an hour and a half of perusing, bargain hunting, and achy arms resulted in a haul of some worthwhile finds at the bookstore. I snagged China Dolls by Lisa See, Spare Brides by Adele Park, Heroes of Olympus by Philip Freeman/Laurie Calkhoven, Bleed Like Me by Christa Desir, Hideous Love: The Story of the Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein by Stephanie Hemphill, and Cain by the late and brilliant José Saramago.

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I received my first book subscription box over the past week, which was such a pleasure. I love getting packages in the mail, I really do. This one is from OwlCrate, a monthly YA subscription box. The November theme was Myths & Legends, so I just knew I had to sign up. This is what I got:

  • Soundless by Richelle Mead, which came with a bookmark and temporary tattoos from Vampire Academy
  • A mermaid pocket mirror from My Clockwork Castle
  • A Camp Half-Blood (Percy Jackson series) bracelet from The Colorful Geek
  • A castle locket necklace from The Geeky Cauldron
  • Sleeping Beauty tea from Adagio Teas (Note: I’m so in love with this tea. It smells incredible and is fantastic any time of the day)

Life & Such

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It’s very rare that I read non-fiction books unless they’re for school or a biography on someone whose work I enjoy. But lately, I’ve been reading more and more, especially books related to library operations, book publishing, and literature in general. I guess I got so used to being in school for this stuff full-time over the last year, and now that I’m doing it part-time and my school readings aren’t as piled up as usual, I found myself missing it. So I took a stroll down to the library a few days ago during lunch and checked out some books to fill that void. The first is called How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read by Pierre Bayard. I mainly picked it out because I thought the title was hilarious, and I thought about many conversations I’ve had with people about books they’ve liked that I’ve never even heard of. It’s pretty hard to do that if neither of you are — pardon the horrible pun — on the same page. I still haven’t read it, ironically enough. But I’m looking forward to what Bayard has to say. The second book is This is Not the End of the Book by Umberto Eco and Jean-Claude Carrière. This one I picked up because of it’s lovely cover. Then I read the synopsis and was extremely intrigued. Eco has always been such a fascinating person to me, so to be able to read a play-by-play conversation between him and Carrière, a screenwriter, actor, and fellow bibliophile, is a treat. The book is basically a conversation between the two (it literally reads as a huge transcript split into chapters) about books, the fate of books in this generation that relies heavily on technology, collecting books, and more. It talks about how physical books will survive and surpass the digital age, and Eco alludes to that theory really early on with this quote that I thought was brilliant: “The book is like the spoon: once invented, it cannot be bettered.

Do you agree with Eco? Disagree? I mean I think we all share the same answer, but I’d love to hear your thoughts. Also, how do you deal with conversations with people who talk about books you’ve never read?

Leave me a comment! And have a fantastic week. 🙂

Feature & Follow Friday #1

fridayHappy Friday, everyone! This week, I’m doing Feature & Follow, hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The point is to promote your blog by visiting and following other blogs to grow your network. Each week, the hosts will post a question on their blogs.

If you could write a book, what genre would it be?

As much as I love reading paranormal and fantasy, I don’t know if I’d be very good at writing it. If I could write under either of those genres, I’d go with a fairy tale retelling or a book very loosely based on one. I’ve always loved fairy tales growing up, and it’s fun to imagine where else the story can go or how one tiny factor can change everything. I say “if” and “could” because I’d be too obsessive over staying genuine to the source material and not smearing all over its good name. I know I’d have difficulties taking liberties with stories that I’ve grown up with and found personal connections with. But you never know until you try, right?

What I do dabble in is contemporary romance and historical romance. “Dabble” might be an understatement. I’ve written a handful of short stories and have been working on a novel that’s a contemporary romance over the last few years. Every single time I come up with a plot, it’s under either of these genres.

Black Friday Eve! You have $100 to spend on books. What are you going to buy?

I’d buy books that I’m missing from a series. Or I’d buy new editions of my favourites. One that I can think of off the top of my head is the Mortal Instruments series with the new covers. I currently only own ‘City of Bones’, so I’d dish out money to buy the rest of them all in one go.

What about you? What genres would you pick? Are any of you writers and what genres have you written in? I’d love to hear about it.

If you’re interested in participating in the feature, make sure to follow the hosts and visit their sites to link up. Or if you’ve already done that, leave me your link in a comment and check out the sidebar to follow me here on WordPress, as well as Bloglovin (which I just signed up for today); I’m also on Instagram at @arydwn. Hope everyone has a great weekend!