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Book Riot's 2018 Read Harder Challenge - July Update: Supernatural and Philosophy & Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

It's already the end of July - meaning 14 of the 24 tasks for Book Riot's 2018 Read Harder Challenge are complete!  The tasks I completed required me to read an essay anthology and a book of social science.   For the tasks, I selected Supernatural and Philosophy: Metaphysics and Monsters... For Idjits edited by Galen A. Foreman and Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty respectively.  Read on to see my mini reviews and what's next for August:

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Supernatural and Philosophy: Metaphysics and Monsters... for Idjits edited by Galen A Foresman is an entry of The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series that I needed to get my hands on as soon as I heard of it. While I was in college, I had to read a few entries in this series for class assignments and they were fun and accessible ways to approach a variety of philosophical theories. Overall, this installment featuring one of my all time favorite tv series wasn't bad in the lea…

Top Ten Tuesday: Popular Books That Lived Up To The Hype

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the first Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is Popular Books That Lived Up To The Hype.  Here we go, in alphabetical order by title:

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

The Martian by Andy Weir

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

What popular books do you think lived up to the hype?  Have you read any of the books on my list?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Make Me Read It Readathon 2018 - Announcement & Poll

Welcome to my sign up post for the 2018 Make Me Read It Readathon, hosted by Ely @ Of Wonderland and Val @ The Innocent Smiley.  I took part in this readathon for the first time last year and I enjoyed the challenge so much that I just had to come back this year.  It begins midnight wherever you are on August 6th and goes through to August 13th.

Look at the books you own, either physical, e-book or ones you've borrowed from the library and pick out a few you really want to read, or feel like you should read. It’s up to you how many you pick, personally I'd pick a few more than you expect to be able to read in a week. Example: if you think you’ll only read two, pick out five books or if you think you can read seven, pick out ten.

Make a list of these books on your blog, or make a video, or a Goodreads shelf or post a picture on Instagram—whatever is easiest for you. Then get friends, other bloggers/ booktubers/ bookstagrammers etc. to vote on which books you HAVE to read…

Music Monday: Snow White, Cinderella, Peter Pan

Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to Music Monday! Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately!  If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up below.


Every Monday share a few songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).

If you would like to participate in Music Monday, please join the link up by sharing your post's url.

This week I'm sharing some of my favorite classic Disney songs.  I've picked one song from each from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937),Cinderella (1950), and Peter Pan (1953).  You might have noticed, but the princess songs from the first two movies aren't my favorites from their movies.  What are your favorite songs from these movies?

See All The Stars by Kit Frick (ARC) - Review

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I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

THEN - They were four—Bex, Jenni, Ellory, Ret. Electric, headstrong young women; Ellory’s whole solar system. Lazy summer days. A party. A beautiful boy. Ellory met Matthias and fell into the beginning of a spectacular, bright love. NOW - Ellory is alone, her once inseparable group of friends torn apart by secrets, deception, and a shocking incident that changed their lives forever. Ellory returns to Pine Brook to navigate senior year after a two-month suspension and summer away—no boyfriend, no friends. No going back. Tormented by some and sought out by others, troubled by a mysterious note-writer who won’t let Ellory forget, and consumed by guilt over her not entirely innocent role in everything and everyone she’s lost, Ellory finds that even in the present, the past is everywhere.

I was really hoping to like See All the Stars by Kit Frick more than I did. I've seen so many glowing reviews for it and it'…

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra Bracken + 50/50 Friday

On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by Freda's Voice, Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, and 50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up and it is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books. For The Friday 56, you choose a book, a book you have just finished, a book you are about to start, your current read, and share a line or a few lines that grab you (but don't spoil anything) from page 56 or 56% of the way through the ebook. Post it and share your post's url on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post. As for Book Beginnings, you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires, and then link up your post's url with Rose City Reader. Then, for 50/50 Friday, every week there's a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts blogs.

This week I'm spotlighting one of my current …

Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black (ARC) - Review

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I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

No matter what Valentine does she cannot get away from her mother's grim legacy. When a new string of murders occurs in her small town, all signs seemingly point to the daughter of a murderer. Interestingly enough the son of her mother's victim is the only person on Valentine's side. Valentine plans on uncovering the real killer, but when she discovers the truth she will have to come to terms with her own secrets, even if it means losing those she cares about.

Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black is a debut Gothic-tinged YA historical mystery thriller. It was one of my more anticipated books of the season and while it was decent, it didn't quite live up to my expectations. My favorite aspect of the novel is Valentine herself. She hasn't exactly had an easy life, but that's shaped her into the independent and decisive character that she is. The only thing that she isn't decisive about…

The Point by John Dixon (ARC) - Review

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I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Scarlett Winter has always been an outsider as a daredevil and troublemaker, but she's hiding special powers she doesn't understand. She has no choice after graduation - either go to West Point or jail. She expects that she'll just be joining the army like her father before her, but she's actually joining a special unit of others with powers like her. Scarlett and her fellow students are learning to more accurately use their abilities, from telekinetic combat to running recon missions through strangers' dreamscapes, for eventual government service. Scarlett may have the strongest ability in her year with her power to control energy and use it as a weapon, she's a bomb waiting to explode, and she's not sure she can control herself for much longer. When a dangerous threat arises from the school's dark past, Scarlett will need to decide if she can truly step up and be a hero.

The Poin…

Birthday Giveaway (INT) - A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes #3) by Sabaa Tahir

If you haven't already guessed, today's my birthday - happy birthday to me!  There's plenty of virtual cake and ice cream, balloons, and confetti to go around!  

Let's get to what you all came for - the giveaway (int).  Since I haven't hosted my own giveaway in ages, I thought I'd do up my birthday in awesome bookish fashion with an international giveaway of one of my favorite sequels of released this summer, A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes #3) by Sabaa Tahir - here is my review, if you're interested in seeing my thoughts.

This giveaway will last until Midnight (ET), Tuesday, July 31st, 2018.  I will alert the winner via email and they will have 48 hours to respond or I will have to select another winner.  Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor!

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Thank you for celebrating my special day with me and as always, thank you for visiting my blog and perhaps commenting down below.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Sensory Reading Memories

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the first Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is Books With Sensory Reading Memories (where I was, what time of year it was, who I was with, what I was eating, etc.) which was submitted as a topic by Jessica @ A Cocoon of Books.  Here we go, in no particular order:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling - I took this with me on a family vacation in 2002 to Virginia.  It got so hot that the spine glue melted - I still have that copy, at least I can say it looks unique and well loved!

The Final Descent by Rick Yancey - I have no idea why I remember this, but I can remember eating White Castle cheeseburgers and onion chips back when I was reading this.

The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare by Lilian Jackson Braun - Technically, this is just before I started reading it, but when I bought it at a yard sale the original owner talked to me about how much she loved the series.

Up The Down Staircase by Bel Kaufm…

Mini Reviews: Children of Blood and Bone, Daughter of the Pirate King, Hunting Prince Dracula, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, & A Reaper at the Gates

Happy Monday everyone!  Today I'm sharing mini reviews of some recent five star reads - Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomi AdeyemiDaughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King #1) by Tricia LevensellerHunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2) by Kerri ManiscalcoMr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, and A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes #3) by Sabaa Tahir.  Without further ado, here we go:

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Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi is one of the most hyped up books of 2018. Luckily, it totally lives up to the hype and is one of my favorite reads of 2018. This is honestly one of the best debut YA fantasy novels I've ever had the pleasure of picking up. Adeyemi's prose is downright stunning, the world-building and magic system is a breath of fresh air, and the characters are well-drawn. Zélie is a fantastic leading character and I love her narration, but the other charact…