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Top Ten Favorite Reads of 2016

December 28, 2016

I completed my Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge by 148%, reading 37 of 25 books this year. Go me! I read a mixture of books this year including some highly anticipated new releases by my favorite authors, debut authors, independent authors, diverse authors and stories, and so on. I also completed my first audiobook and my first graphic novel. This year I really wanted to explore books that were outside of my usual picks (especially trying to read more grounded and contemporary fiction), and for the most part, I ended up loving every second. Without further ado, here are my Top Ten Favorite Reads of 2016.

Book Blog, Misc

I’m still here.

December 11, 2016

I know I haven’t posted a blog, Instagram picture, or even to Twitter in over a month now, but I’m still here. Things have been going… I officially moved back to Phoenix almost two weeks ago now. I started my new old job–same job title and same district, just at a different school site. It has been a rough start. The schedule was a mess because the previous case managers wrote IEPs with absurd and ridiculous minutes. As if that wasn’t enough stress, I got a transfer student on my very 1st day with a severe emotional disturbance. But I don’t know… Phoenix has grown on me. I don’t hate it. It’s not my first choice, but I…

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Book Tour: Review + Giveaway of Flashfall by Jenny Moyer

November 17, 2016

I am a whole day late with this review. My deepest apologies to Jenny Moyer and the lovely tour hosts! No excuses other than not planning and scheduling this post on time, then being swept away by life so I couldn’t do it the day of. Without further ado, I present my tour stop on the Flashfall Book Tour. Check out the absolutely amazing trailer first! TRAILER:

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Discussion: The Popularity Principle

November 7, 2016

I recently finished reading the second novel in an extremely popular series. Despite my general boredom and in spite of my infuriation with the characters the entirety of both books, I decided to keep reading. Only a very small part of the decision was because I  genuinely wanted to know what comes next in the story. (I do have a problem with never DNFing that I need to get over.) But the majority of the decision was made because I feel compelled to read popular series and books.

Book Blog, Monthly Rewind

October Rewind: Book Haul, Reviews, & Recap

November 1, 2016

Omari and the People by Stephen Whitfield Iron Cast by Destiny Soria I only finished two books in October, both were for blog tours or else I probably wouldn’t have struggled to finish those either. Iron Cast was my favorite of the two. I really loved the characters, the early 1900s setting, and the gritty crime noir feel. I also started A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. I’m a little over 50% done as of writing this post. I’m still having mixed feelings about this series overall. I liked ACOTAR in the end, but I’m having the same trouble with ACOMAF that I had with that one, which is just that…

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Blood For Blood Release Blitz + Giveaway!

November 1, 2016

I am so excited that BLOOD FOR BLOOD by Ryan Graudin releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an awesome giveaway! If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Ryan, be sure to check out all the details below. This blitz also includes a giveaway for 5 finished copies of book 1, WOLF BY WOLF! US only. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post. About The Book: Title: BLOOD FOR BLOOD Author: Ryan Graudin Pub. Date: November 1, 2016 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Format: Hardcover, paperback, eBook Find it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Goodreads  The action-packed, thrilling sequel to Ryan Graudin’s Wolf…

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Blog Tour: Omari and the People

October 13, 2016

Original Tittle: Omari and the People by Stephen Whitfield Narrator: Curt Simmons Length: 11h 17m Publisher: June 20th, 2016 by Shirley Castle Press Links: Goodreads, Audible, Amazon Rating: 4 out of 5 Synopsis: In a squalid ancient city on the edge of a desert (based in part on the African Sahara’s Empty Quarter) a weary, thrill-seeking thief named Omari sets his home afire to start anew and to cover his many crimes. When the entire city is unintentionally destroyed by the flames, the cornered thief tells the displaced people a lie about a better place which only he can lead them to, across the desert. With the help of an aged, mysterious woman who knows a…

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Halloween Read-A-Thon TBR Pile

October 9, 2016

The Halloween Read-A-Thon is a Halloween themed reading challenge running October 10th-October 31st and hosted by the wonderful Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews. If you are a regular reader, then you will recognize most of these from my October TBR. Keep reading for the full list!

Book Blog, Book Tours

Blog Tour: Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

October 7, 2016

I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy of Iron Cast from the publisher via Netgalley in association with The Fantastic Flying Book Club in exchange for an honest review. Original Title: Iron Cast by Destiny Soria Edition: e-ARC, 384 pages Published: October 11th, 2016 by Amulet Books Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | iTunes |Book Depository | Kobo Key Characters: Ada Navarro, Corrine Wells Rating: 4 out of 5 Synopsis: It’s Boston, 1919, and the Cast Iron club is packed. On stage, hemopaths—whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art—captivate their audience. Corinne and Ada have been best friends ever since infamous gangster Johnny Dervish recruited them into his circle. By night they perform for Johnny’s crowds, and by day they…

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September Rewind: Book Haul, Reviews, & Recap

October 1, 2016

I was in a major reading slump in September. Seriously, almost nothing could hold my attention. In spite of it, I did manage to finish 4 books: To All the Boy I’ve Love Before by Jenny Han Going Geek by Charlotte Huang We Awaken by Calista Lynne Illuminae by Aime Kaufman and Jay Kristoff