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A Map for Wrecked Girls

Author: Jessica Taylor

A Map for Wrecked Girls is 50% deserted island, 50% contemporary LA, but dangerous pitfalls in both worlds make for a 100% survival story. An explosion on the boat is what threw Emma, Henri and Alex together in a pitched fight for survival, but that wasn’t the start of their troubles. Alex holds his secrets close to his chest, and Emma and Henri’s family was already falling apart around them. But at least the sisters always had each other – until that fell apart, too. Continue reading “A Map for Wrecked Girls”

T5W: When Silver Trumps Gold

We can all agree that Second Book Syndrome is a real thing – a series explodes onto the scene with a fabulous first installment, maybe races to the top of the NYT bestseller list, cheers cheers applause applause, only to have book 2 not quite hit the mark. But before we beat that dead horse into further submission, rest assured that this week’s Top Five Wednesday is exactly the opposite. This week, we’re toasting middle of the series books that topped out the bell curve on quality. Here’s to second (first?) place! Continue reading “T5W: When Silver Trumps Gold”

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Author: Gail Honeyman

If you’re looking for the humorous pragmatism of A Man Called Ove mixed with the heartfelt bumbling relationships of The Rosie Project, Eleanor Oliphant is exactly that. Eleanor requires very little from life: a job with minimal coworker interactions, a weekend indulgence of vodka and frozen pizza, and a Tesco loyalty card. Her weekly phone calls with her mother are trying, but unavoidable. She doesn’t care to understand why society at large deigns to engage in idle chit-chat, much less participate herself.

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24 in 48 July 2017 Recap

Bum. Bum. Bum. Another book bites the dust! My third 24 in 48 Readathon has come and gone, taking with it the excitement of connecting with other readers, the stress of a heavily scratched audiobook CD, and the half-crazed mania that rears its head whenever my sense of perfectionism meets a deadline and a lack of sleep. Every time has proven to be a little bit different, and while I wouldn’t say reading for this length of time necessarily gets easier, I learn a little more each time about how to better prepare for it.

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24 in 48 July 2017

Has it already been six months? Seems like just yesterday I was barricading myself inside for the January 24 in 48 readathon, and here we are again, preparing for another glorious weekend of reading reading reading and you guessed it more reading. I’m going for a 6:30pm Friday night to 6:30pm Sunday night time frame, and am hoping to cram more hours in on the front end than my previous two readathons, because – full disclosure – there’s a church pool party on Sunday night, and since today’s high was 106 degrees there’s no way I’m missing that bizniz. I’ve got lots of books and lots of Diet Pepsi, so here we goooooo!!!!!

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ALA 2017 aka Wow I’m Tired

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference is sooooooo fuuuuuuun!!! This was my 4th go-round, hitting up The Windy City June 23-26 for an extended weekend of pure bookish awesomeness with The Mother Unit. After being drafted as a literary pack mule in Orlando last year, The Husband Unit exhibited a strange recalcitrance toward attending again. Go figure. Every conference really is better than the last one, as I pick up new strategies for maximizing fun and book picking-upping. This post is about the trip in general; if you’d like a more in-depth look at the ARCs I picked up, that post is currently marinating in my brain and will likely spill forth in the next couple of days.

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A Darker Shade of Magic

Author: V.E. Schwab*

I thought about trying to come up with a clever intro statement for this review, but I kept coming back to “it’s really really really good,” so that’s what y’all get. Eloquence has always been one of my defining traits. At any rate, it’s true – A Darker Shade of Magic brings together multiple magical Londons, an infinite coat, a weapon-laden thief girl and some psycho villains to create a tantalizingly complex story full of adventure and escapades.

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The YA Chronicles Unboxing: ACOWAR

Many book boxes are monthly subscriptions that feature a surprise title. And while The YA Chronicles, based out of Australia, does have a monthly service like that, they also occasionally offer one-time boxes for highly anticipated titles, allowing readers to know they’re getting a preorder of what they want plus additional swag. So despite the wallet-draining experience of shipping something from Australia to the US, I jumped on the one-time A Court of Wings and Ruin (by the lovely Sarah J. Maas) box back in February, waited an interminable length of time for the May 2 book release, then waited some more for my box to make its way around the world. BUT IT FINALLY GOT HERE.  Continue reading “The YA Chronicles Unboxing: ACOWAR”

Rec Roundup: SJM Hangover

Sarah J. Maas fans, if you’re not in this position already, you probably soon will be. You finished A Court of Wings and Ruin. All 70 million billion Bible-thin pages of it. And it was utterly fabulous, and now the whole world looks dull by comparison.

What to read next? I just had a friend message me in dire need of SJM-equivalent recs, and I figured she can’t be the only one in this position. So if you’re looking for something that stands a chance of holding up to the glory of ACOWAR, I think the following titles just might do it for you.

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