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Sunday Post (#26)

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The Sunday Post
Hosted by:  Caffeinated Book Reviewer
Description:  The Sunday Post is a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. This is your news post, so personalize it! Include as much as you want or as little. Be creative, it can be a vlog or just a showcase of your goodies.

Find their latest post here!

I feel super icky today, penguins.  All the stress of late has manifested itself into nausea and high blood sugars and pure emotional exhaustion, which means all I REALLY want to do it burrow beneath a bunch of soft, warm blankets and hide from the world.  Unfortunately, life goes on, and so must I.

Due to this, I’m going to keep this post soopah short.  Besides, there’s nothing new to report about my life–I did that in yesterday’s post.  SO!

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Shanti @ Virtually Read wants to know, Is YA Unsophisticated?

Tonyalee @ Lilybloombooks wants to discuss the Common Misconceptions About Book Bloggers

Cait @ Paper Fury wants to tell you How to Appropriately and Effectively Recommend Books

Jenn The Bookavid gives you Book Blogging Tips: How often should YOU post per week?

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The Duchess Quest (Jordinia #1)

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Stacking the Shelves AND Sunday Post

Bookmark Monday (#33)

Villainous Love Songs (#18)

Blog Tour (Review) and Giveaway: How to Keep Rolling After a Fall

Friday Finds (#33)

Stacking the Shelves (#29)

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Fire Bound, by Christine Feehan

Future Shock, by Elizabeth Briggs

AND THAT’S A WRAP!

Have any fun stories you’d like to share?  How about book recs?  Music?  Funny Disney spoof videos?  Adorable animals doing adorable things?!  Feel free to share down below–or link me to your own weekly wrap up!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Bookish (and Not-so-Bookish) Thoughts [#1]

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Hosted by: Bookishly Boisterous
Description: Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts is a chance for book bloggers to dabble in areas besides books (but those are welcome too). Share your plans for the weekend, a rant on people not using their turn signals in parking lots, or your love of Sunday morning mimosas.

See their latest post here!

1. All books should come with an “inspiration playlist.”  Not because I want to read while listening to the music (I can’t do quite that many things at once!) but because I just think it’s so cool to read a book and then be able to go through and listen to the music that inspired each scene (especially my favorite ones!)

2. I wish I had more people to talk books with in my life.  If you follow me and ever want to rant, rave, obsess over, or share anything bookish-related with me, PLEASE feel free!  You can find all my “find me” links in the sidebar.

3. I am currently reading Queen Mab…and LOVING it.  Click the cover below to go check out the goodreads page:
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4. I am sort of frustrated at how little reading I’ve actually been doing lately.  I read SO MUCH last year; this year, I’m sort of…ehhh?  I don’t know what happened.

5. Criminal Minds (the most recent episode, from last night)–HOW. DARE. YOU!  You monster, you broke my heart into about a bajillion pieces.  Now I’m all nervous about next week.

6. I really need to get back into the swing of blogging consistently.  Like reading, my blogs the last few months have drastically fallen off the face of the map.  Whoops.

7. I really need a vacation.  Too bad traveling is expensive and our car is unreliable.

8. The husband is sick today (he had a fever of 102 when we woke up this morning! YEESH!) so I’m playing nursemaid.  Here’s hoping I don’t ALSO catch it.

9. Confession:  I don’t know what I’m doing half the time.  Which is why I always seem like I’m all over the place.

10. I’m ALWAYS seeking book recs and new music to listen to–so feel free to shoot some my way!

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I have a question…

About book tours.

Or…maybe it’s more like, I have ALL THE QUESTIONS about book tours.  That sounds better.

Basically, what I want to know is:

  1. How do you find out about them?  Is there some sort of awesome-tastic, always being updated list somewhere, or…?
  2. What ARE they?
  3. How do they work?
  4. What are THE RULES of participating in them?

Answers, anybody?  Everybody?  Someone help this poor confused soul out and leave explanations, please?!

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The “Book Monsters” Tag

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The “Book Monsters” Tag

created by Betwixt these Pages

I created this post the other day and decided I wanted to see what others’ came up with for their pairings!  Also, it was suggested to me I make this into a tag, so here we go!

The Rules:

–Have fun with this!  I used mythological creatures in my post, but you are free to use any monsters or beasties you’d like!
–Be sure to put a link to each artwork in your post somewhere, so the artists get recognition.
–You don’t HAVE to state why you picked each pair, but I’d love to know your reasons (if you have any)!
–Tag people at the end or don’t, it’s up to you!  Though I’d love if you did, to keep this tag going.
–Make sure you link back to Betwixt these Pages, so I can see your posts!

Let’s do this thing!
(covers take you to Goodreads; artwork takes you to their respective pages/sources)

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The Griffin

Because it’s masquerading as one thing…with something entirely different inside!  You don’t quite know what you’re getting just looking at the cover.

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The Pegasus

There’s something magical about reading this verse novel–and “watching” the main character come to terms with everything she experiences.

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The Dragon

So pretty to look at…but so, so dangerous!  They’ve both got spikes and power behind their punches, so be careful!

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The Hell Hound

This book has bite…and is bound to drag you to depths as yet unknown, if you let it!

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 Father Time

Wait, this isn’t a mythological creature!?  What the heck, Beth?!  But I PROMISE, once you read this, you’ll understand–the play on time is just so awesome in this book!

I Tag:

Eve Messenger

Jackie @ fallinlovewiththesoundofwords

Kiwi @ Kiwi Reads

Morgan @ Bookenstein

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Kim @ By Hook or By Book

Yvo @ It’s All About Books

Shealea Iral @ that bookshelf bitch

Millie Schmidt

Calliope the Book Goddess

Kendra @ readsandtreats

Until next time, happy book-ing…and thanks for playing!

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#DiverseReads Challenge 2016

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I’m throwing in my hat for this AWESOME 2016 reading challenge!

I discovered this (with huge thanks to Lila @ thebookkeeperssecrets) via THIS POST HERE!

Check out all the juicy details:

  •    Read books that are diverse.
  • The Main Character must bepart of a diverse group*

Defined by We Need Diverse Books:  We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIApeople of colorgender diversitypeople with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.                          

*We subscribe to a broad definition of disability, which includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction). Furthermore, we subscribe to a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization.

  • The book can be set in a diverse setting, but not necessarily.

( But, note that books set in a different country, but features a white MC won’t be considered as diverse here. Eg : Ink by Amanda Sun, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins )

  • #Ownvoices stories(stories about marginalized groups written by a member of that marginalized group) are widely encouraged as well! Promoting diverse books by diverse authors is important.
  • If the book is afantasy it can be based on/inspired by a diverse mythology or folklore

( E.g. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh)

  • If the book is sci fi or dystopia, it has to be based on a dystopian country that’s not USA.

( E.g. Cinder by Marissa Meyer)

  • Intersectionalityis encouraged.

( Eg :- A book featuring a person of colour with a disability )

  • The novels don’t have to be YA, but as we are YA bloggers, those are probably the novels we are more likely to read
The Logistics
  • This challenge will run from the 1st of January 2016 to the 31st of December 2016.
  • You can join in anytime you want.
  • This challenge is meant to be a personal goal challengeto help find more diverse novels and to read more diversely.
  • There are no levels/points!You can read as much or as little as you’d like, this is a personal goal and is mainly individualized
  • To join the challenge, add your sign up post to the link up at the bottom of the post.You can include your TBR for the challenge if you want, but it’s not a requirement. Your sign up post can be a separate post or a part of a giant list of all your 2016 reading challenges. Anything is fine.
  • If you don’t have a blog, you may use a twitter handle or instagram profileand share this post with the hashtag #DiverseReads2016 that you’re participating! But add that link to the sign up link below.
  • If you want to share why you joined the challenge or why you want to read more diverse books, you can tweet us using #Iwanttoreaddivesitybecause…and we can discuss there. This is optional, just adding your blog to the bottom of this post is enough for this requirement!
  • There are themesfor every couple of months, with different features and posts for each month:

o   January to March : Ethnic Diversity

o   April to June :  LGBTQIA +Diversity

o   July to September : Religious Diversity

o   October to December : Mental and physical health and disabilities.

  • But this doesn’t mean that you have to only read books with the particular theme of the season.Your selection of books can be your choice. This is more of a fun way to help you  categorize your reads, if you’d like.
  • We’ll have a link up on our blogsby the end of each season, where you can add your reviews of diverse books. We also welcome you to post non review posts on diversity and diverse books such as discussion posts, a list of recommendations etc., and you can add such posts on the link up as well.
  • We have a list of diverse novelshere on this google docs. It’s on Read Only mode so if you have recommendations, please tweet us!
  • Spread the word! Share this challenge on twitter, instagram, pinterest or any social media you want. Grab the banner and add it to your sidebar!

So…are you in, or what?!

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The Seasons of Book Blogging (Tag)

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THE SEASONS OF BOOK BLOGGING TAG

RULES:

  • Thank the creator and the person who tagged you
  • Begin with the month in which you were tagged and move forward from there!
  • State the best gift you’ve ever been given after you answer the question for your birthday month
  • Tag whomever you like when you’re finished… or else you’ll be ‘it’ forever
  • Have fun, of course!

SO! The Seasons of Book Blogging Tag was created by Jordyn @ J. Bookish and I was tagged by the awesome-tastic The Bookkeeper’s Secrets !  Thanks, sweets!

December is a time when friends and families come together and celebrate. Name one book you would give as a gift.

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I mean, I just… This might not be EVERYONE’s cup of tea, but I feel like the message is one more people need to discover.  Also, the prose is absolutely gorgeous. So…not the best idea perhaps, but I’m giving it anyway!

Januarybegins a new year. Name a resolution you made this year and if you’ve kept it or not!

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My goal was to read AT LEAST 50 books this year.  I think I hit it?  I mean, I dunno, I might be wrong, but…No, wait.  Not wrong.  See the proof above. XD

Februaryis the month for relationships. Name your favorite book relationship: romantic, platonic, or familial, your choice!

How about I give you one of each!?

Romantic:

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Familial:

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Marchis the month for luck and new beginnings. Name a book or series that you would like to re-experience as if you’d never read it.

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The wonder and adoration I felt reading this book?  Gaaaah.  I want to experience that again.

Birthday Bonus:  The best gift I’ve ever been given was self-bought.  Thanks, self, for the Kindle!  I don’t know what I’d do without it!

April is a spectacularly ordinary month. Name a book that was so over-hyped that it just could not live up to your expectations.

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I just finished this one, and while it wasn’t BAD…I did compare the first 1/2 of the book to Twilight.  So…it just wasn’t as good as the hype made it seem.

May is the month when the flowers start to bloom. Name a book that was a pleasant surprise to you.

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I don’t usually read books with detectives/cops for main characters, but was required to read this one for a read to review exchange.  I will forever read detective main characters from this author now!

June is the time to take a break. Name a book or genre that you like to read when you just need to check out.

It’s going to seem weird, but…I seem to turn to paranormal romance/new adult when I most need to “check out” from reality.  Please, someone explain?

July is the time to celebrate your independence! Name a book that made you see fireworks. (Figuratively. Please don’t light books on fire.)

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Fireworks…in the form of FEELS!  All the feels, ever.  If you’re going to give just ONE retelling a try, make it this one.  I promise you won’t regret it.

August is the hottest month of the year. Pick an up-and-coming author that you think will be the next hottest thing.

Therin Knite/Clara Coulson!  I mean… I dunno, maybe this is just personal bias, but… I think she’s going to make it big someday soon.

September is time for students to go back to school! Pick a book you read for school that you actually enjoyed.

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And thus began my obsession!  No, seriously…I have a huge problem when it comes to this book! (and movie…and characters…and youtube series…and everything even close!)

October is time to celebrate Halloween! Pick one character that you would love to dress up as for Halloween.

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Raven!  Because she’s just the kick-ass sort of woman I’ve always wanted to be!

November is the month when we’re reminded of how much we have to be thankful for. Choose one book you’re grateful for having read and give a shout-out to the person who recommended it!

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I will never see Barbies the same way again!  Huge thanks to my husband for recommending I read it.

I Tag:

Eve Messenger
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