Mini Reviews: Simon, Dimple And Monty

mini review simon dimple and montyToday’s review is going to be a bit different as I’m going to be reviewing three books at the same time! Woop! Mainly, I didn’t feel like writing full out reviews because I think they might end up sounding similar and no one wants to read or write that, so we’re doing mini reviews of some of my most recent reads!

But before I fully jump into this post, I wanted to ask you guys a quick question: Do you prefer reading full on reviews or do you prefer reading quick mini reviews of multiple books in one post? I’ve made it my goal to review more books this year and I’m currently trying to decide how to best do that without posting too many reviews! You guys’ input would be highly appreciated! Now, let’s get into these reviews!


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Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

If you’ve been following our blog for a couple of months, you might remember that I read and reviewed Becky Albertalli’s most recent release The Upside Of Unrequited earlier this year. Unlike so many other people, I didn’t love the book and I was pretty sure that I wouldn’t pick up another book by Albertalli because of it, but then I randomly decided to get the audiobook of Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda at the beginning of the month and I pretty much listened to the entire thing in one night. I seriously couldn’t stop!

Becky’s writing was so great in Simon VS and I loved how she included social media in this book – I feel like if you set a book in today’s day and age you can’t really get around social media, especially in contemporary novels! I was also a big fan of Simon’s and Blue’s emails that they were sending each other throughout the novel! I kept trying to figure out who Blue was, just like Simon and didn’t get it until pretty late. Even though I had been spoiled a bit by the movie.

I feel like this is a great book to be reading while laying out in the sun or to listen to while you’re out and about soaking in that summer air and sunshine! I’m pretty sure that I’m going to go back to this audiobook whenever I want something fun and quick to read/listen to!

After finishing this book, I am also 100% ready for more of Becky’s book and actually can’t wait for her next release all about the character Leah!


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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Since I had just finished and really enjoyed a contemporary novel, I figured I might as well chose another one as my next read and went with When Dimple Met Rishi which has been on my TBR for quite a while now and I’m so glad I finally got to it!

This book is a fun rom-com in book form and I couldn’t have been happier listening to this! As with Simon VS, I pretty much finished this in one night.

I really enjoyed getting a look into two characters different views on their shared culture and expectations put upon them. Dimple and Rishi have such contrasting opinions on the expectations put on them by their parents and I loved seeing them come together and explore those differences while also growing as individuals!

Another little aspect of this book I really loved was the references to Bollywood! I used to watch any and all of the Bollywood movies they would air here in Germany and I absolutely loved them, so to see them included in this book was really fun! I feel like pretty much everyone knows who Shah Rukh Khan is, so seeing him mentioned wasn’t as exciting as seeing Priyanka Chopra’s name pop – I’ve come to really love her since watching Quantico!

If you’re a big rom-com fan and want to read or listen to something that is gonna bring you all of the feelings a rom-com movie would check this book out!


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The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue by Mackenzie Lee

The last book we’re going to talk about today is Mackenzie Lee’s The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue! I feel like this book has been pretty much everywhere since it was released late last month and everyone was reading it and fangirling over Monty and Percy – naturally I had to check out what the hype was all about!

And I did really, really enjoy this book from pretty much the get-go and Monty had me laughing out loud with his dramatics from the very beginning! And I don’t usually laugh out loud when I read books. Nope. I will cry, but not laugh so that’s definitely something!

Monty, his friend Percy and sister Felicity go off on a Grand Tour of the European continent and get themselves into quite the situations throughout the entire book and even though things are constantly happening, I found myself enjoying the book less and less the closer to the end I got. Which really sucked, because it started off so well and I was sure I would love this book so much more! And I honestly still don’t quite know what didn’t work for me?

I’ve started to wonder if maybe I wasn’t entirely in the right mood to read this book? Because even though I finished reading this within four days, something seems to have changed towards the end of those four days which lead me to not enjoy this book as much anymore. I am most definitely going to give this another try though because the majority of this was absolutely up my alley!


And with that, I wrap up my thoughts on three of my recent reads that I’m really happy with overall because I quite enjoyed myself while reading them and they have definitely made me excited for all of these authors upcoming books which is always a great feeling! I’ve already added Leah On The Offbeat, When Ashish Met Sweetie, From Twinkle, With Love and The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy to my ‘Not-Released-Yet’ shelf on Goodreads and I’m most definitely ready for all of them!


Have you guys read any or all of these books? What were your thoughts on them? And do you ever find yourself not enjoying a book as much anymore but having no idea why? Let’s discuss in the comments below!


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The Liebster Award | Take #2

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Hello, Everyone! Here are with another edition of this lovely award! We were tagged by NutFreeNerd. Thank you so much for tagging us!

I’ve taken the liberty of answering the questions! Hope you enjoy reading it 🙂


 

Rules:

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions they gave you.
  • Nominate 11 blogs and let them know they’ve been tagged.
  • Give them 11 questions to answer.

Questions!

If you were to stop blogging, what would be the reason?

That’s a very interesting question because if I were to stop doing this there would have to be a big reason for it like not having the time for it anymore, or simply not feeling like I enjoy it any longer and I’d have to talk to Swetlana about it. But fear not, I won’t be doing that anytime soon! I have a lot of fun interacting with everyone here and I’d miss out on writing these fun posts together for our readers.

What are some hobbies you have?

Aside from reading (which is one of my biggest hobbies), I love blogging about my favorite TV Shows/Characters on my Tumblr. I’ve been on there for years now and I just couldn’t imagine not doing that anymore.

Would you rather be dead or die? (Yes, there’s a difference.)

I would rather be dead so I didn’t have to experience inevitable pain of dying. So, yeah that’s what I’d choose. Neither of these are particularly nice options though.

Do you like mangoes?

I do like them yeah. I just don’t eat them really. Maybe I should eat more fruit.

What book would you not feel guilty about stomping on, tearing, and burning in a fire?

Every book I buy I spend quite a bit of money on so even if I didn’t like it very much, I wouldn’t burn it but if I had to do it, I’d go for my old TMI copies because I now own the box set with the new covers and I don’t really have them in my room anymore anyway so burning them wouldn’t hurt me that much.

What blogs do you ALWAYS look forward to reading? (Or, if you’re afraid your dear readers might feel bad: What type of blogs do you tend to follow? ie. book blogs, lifestyle blogs, writing blogs, etc.)

I’m so bad at keeping up with the reader’s section… (I KNOW). However, I don’t really have any particular list of things I look for as long as you post persistently, are nice to your readers, interact with people and post both book and original content – I’m game for your blog!

What’s one moment in your life you’d choose to play over and over again (aka re-experience over and over again?)

The moment I found out I passed my exams. Such a heavy weight lifted off my chest and knowing I achieved this goal I’d been working towards for the past two years just felt really really good.

You have the choice of reading a book you HATE, every single day or reading one good book per year. Which do you choose?

I’d rather read one good book every year because if I don’t enjoy reading the books what’s the point? I don’t want reading to feel like a chore and choosing to read books I’d hate seems a lot like a chore. However, I don’t think I’d ever pick up a book I know I’d hate because I usually read up reviews and look at the general opinion people have of the book(s) before I even pick up a copy.

What’s one food you will never get tired of eating??? (ONE food, people, ONE.)

There’s so much food that I love but my mother makes such good salads and I don’t think I’d get tired of that ever. As long as I don’t eat it every day cause then even the best food becomes annoying.

What would you do if someone walked up to you and gave you 100 bucks?

Obviously, I’d thank them and ask them how I have come to deserve this.

How are you right now? ❤

I’m good, thank you 🙂

This time I’m going to choose some of our followers!

I’m going to pass along these questions as well! I can’t wait to see your answers.

Let me know what you would have answered regarding some of the questions!


 

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New Releases: August 2017

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Can you guys believe that we’re already talking about August releases??? We’re more than halfway through 2017 already and I have no idea where all that time went? Seriously, the older you get the faster time seems to be moving along!

August also marks the release of one of my most anticipated releases for the second half of 2017 and the start of some ridiculously exciting releases yet to come (I swear, my September and October releases posts will be HUGE) and I’m already trying to figure out how I’m going to read all the books while also making sure to eat, sleep and spend time with the people I love. But it’s gonna be difficult.

But enough chit-chat, let’s get into what you guys are all here for: the upcoming releases!

Release Date: 1st August


the listThe List by Patricia Forde

I first saw the cover of The List on NetGalley and was immediately drawn in and had to check out what this book was all about. The List is a Dystopian Middle-Grade novel about a world where speech is constricted to 500 words and only the Wordsmith and his apprentice Letta are excluded from these restrictions. When the Wordsmith dies and Letta has to fill his shoes, she realizes there is a plan in play to suppress language and rob the citizens of their power of speech. 

This is such an interesting premise and I honestly can’t wait to read this book – hopefully, sooner rather than later! There is another book on this month’s list with a similar premise – apparently, that really intrigued me this month!

Release Date: 8th August


little & lionLittle & Lion by Brandy Colbert

Little & Lion tells the story of Suzette, a girl who just got home from boarding school and her step-brother Lionel who has recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. As Suzette settles into her old life she quickly finds herself falling for the same girl that her brother has a crush on. When Lionel’s disorder spirals out of control, Suzette has to face her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself.

I haven’t really hurt too much about this book so far, but when I first saw it on NetGalley I was definitely interested so I added it to my Goodreads shelf for August releases. I’m definitely curious to see how this story plays out!

Release Date: 22nd August


wings unseenWings Unseen by Rebecca Gomez Farrell

To be honest with you guys, I have no idea how to summarize the plot of Wings Unseen? There’s political intrigue, magic and people being forced to work together to save the world from an unknown danger. I got this off NetGalley’s Read Now section, hoping to read it before the release but haven’t had a chance to get to it yet – but I’m hoping on reading and reviewing it before it’s release to give you guys more of an idea what this is all about! 

Release Date: 29th August


wonder womanWonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

I feel like everyone in the book community has probably already heard about Wonder Woman: Warbringer a million times and might even be sick and tired of hearing about it, but guess what? You’ll have to hear about it on my blog too! I love Leigh Bardugo and will read pretty much anything she releases and with the recent release of the Wonder Woman movie and all the hype surrounding it, my excitement for this book just went through the god damn roof! I can’t wait to see how Leigh writes Diana’s story and she once again features a bigger girl in her cast of characters and I am freaking excited and ready to read all about Nim and the rest of Diana’s crew!

mask of shadowsMask Of Shadows by Linsey Miller

Mask Of Shadows features a genderfluid main character, Sal, who is a thief and one day steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand – a group of assassins. Sal’s previous experience hasn’t prepared them for the audition but as Sal succeeds in these trials, they realize that they want a different kind of life which they can only get close to by staying alive.

This book is marketed towards fans of both Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo and with the synopsis of Mask Of Shadows I can definitely see the references to SJM books, so I’m definitely interested in checking this out! I wish I was accepted for this eARC so I could’ve read it early! 😦

all rights reservedAll Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis

Remember how I said there was a second book on this month’s list with a similar premise to The List? Well, All Rights Reserved is that book! I’m just going to include a short description from Goodreads here to let you guys know what this is all about:

In a world where every word and gesture is copyrighted, patented or trademarked, one girl elects to remain silent rather than pay to speak, and her defiant and unexpected silence threatens to unravel the very fabric of society.

The synopsis for this book sounds so freaking interesting and the idea of defying everything your world is built upon by staying silent is so intriguing. I need this book as soon as possible. Why do I have to wait so much longer for this???


How about you guys? What are some of your upcoming August releases that you’re really excited about? Are some of these books on your lists too? Or have you had the chance to read any of them early and can share thoughts? The comment section is awaiting you guys! 😉


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Tropes I Will Read Over And Again

tropes i never get tired ofDo you ever read a book or multiple books in a row and find yourself thinking ‘I will read this exact trope forever and not get tired of it!’? I know I often find myself thinking just that – especially with fanfiction!

There is no way for me to count how many different fanfictions I’ve read featuring the same exact trope and it just never gets old? I am a sucker for tropes. Truly, I am. And whenever I know that a certain trope is part of a book? I am even more excited about it! And if we mix pairings/ships into things? Boy, do I have a pattern – but that’s better suited for a post of its own. I can’t be trusted to stop at a reasonable post length if I get into ships. This is a favor to you guys as much as it’s a favor to myself. But anyways, let’s get back on track: tropes I love to read about!


Trope #1: The Non-Date

The amount of times that I have read about characters having gone out together and pretended it wasn’t a date is a bit ridiculous at this point. And yet, I am still not tired of it! I live for the moment in the conversation when the non-date comes up and our lovely characters are trying to figure out whether it was a date or not (in some instances) or they both straight out agree that it is not a date. Absolutely not. And as the reader I’m just sitting here like ‘Oh, you’ve got it coming!’. When Dimple and Rishi went out together and talked about how they weren’t going on a date I was so excited! It’s my type of content!

Trope #2: Promises Not To Fall In Love

Hands down, this is probably my favorite trope. There is nothing I love more than watching characters come to the realization that they are actually falling for the other person even though they were so certain that it wouldn’t happen. And if things are going really well, person A might’ve already been a bit in love with person B before person B asks person A not to fall in love and then it’s this whole thing of person A suppressing their feelings while person B realizes that they might actually be falling for person A which is horrible, because no way is person A feeling the same way about them! It’s so glorious. I will read a million books all about this.

Trope #3: One Room, One Bed, Two People

This is definitely a trope I come across more often in the fanfictions I read rather than books (unless they are written by Sarah J Maas) but I don’t mind. I live for this trope. Whenever a potential pair is traveling together and they finally come across an inn or something, you can almost bet money on the fact that there is only going to be one room available and that room will, of course, have a small bed that our two characters will have to share. And they will go to bed promising not to let things get #awkward which is exactly what happens come morning because one of them will find themselves all wrapped up in the other, trying to get away without waking the other and does just that and things definitely get #awkward. Give me ten different possible pairings and I will read about all of them. 

Trope #4: Hate To Love

I don’t know how many of you guys know about my love for the broody/’mysterious’ type of character (I know, I should probably be done with them by now but I just can’t seem to escape???) who meets their love interest and they just do not get along what so ever. They might even hate each other. And then slowly, very slowly (preferably, I love my angst too) they start realizing that they are developing feelings for each other and if everything goes according to plan this is going to be combined with any and all of the tropes mentioned above (in whatever combination) and it’s going to be an explosion of awesome!


If I read the romance heavier New Adult novels, I might have gotten a bit tired of reading all these tropes but since they aren’t as heavily featured (usually) in the books I do read, I find that I’m still really excited about stumbling across them.

How do you guys feel about any of these tropes? Do you really like or dislike any of them? Are they tropes you find yourself gravitating towards? What are some of the tropes you love to read about? Let’s discuss in the comments below!


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Down the TBR hole #18

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Hey, Everyone! Hope your week has been great and that the book you’re currently reading is really good! Next week there’s going to be a readathon and I’m really excited about it.


Every week I go through my TBR and decide which books to take off or keep. This meme is hosted by Lia over at imaginaryplacesonpaper. You should check out her blog!

Without further ado, let’s get into it.


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  • If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo definitely has to stay on my TBR because this book has a transgender character and not only that, it’s also written by a transgender author, which an even bigger plus for me. When I finally do get to read it, I think I’m really going to enjoy diving into a character that is trans and how that affects them as a whole.
  • All The Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater is going to stay as well. I know I said that TRC might be the only books of hers I’m gonna read but finishing that series really changed my mind because I kind of fell in love with it. It just took me a while to get into her writing style because it was so unfamiliar to me.

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  • A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes – This is a spin-off from her series Falling Kingdoms and I’m interested in reading this as well once I read FK. That series sounds really great and you all know how much I love Fantasy so this is right up my alley.
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline sounds like such a cool retro vibe kind of thing and I really like that! The idea of combining virtual reality with a heist is a great concept and people have enjoyed this book a lot so I’m thinking I’m gonna enjoy it since I do love an occasional game so I kind of relate to liking games.

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  • City Of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson is a murder mystery that’s been promoted as Gone Girl meets The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and that sounds very interesting because those two are quite unique stories on their own and to combine elements of both definitely has me intrigued. It can stay for now.
  • The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco has gotten quite the mixed response. I have heard bad things about it mostly though. Having said that, I think I’m gonna drop this one because I feel like if a lot of people did not like this book, I’m going to leave it for now and maybe in the future come back to it, although that might be unlikely.

That’s it for part 18, I hope you enjoyed it! As always let me know what you think about the books mentioned here, knowing what you guys think of them definitely helps me.


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Tag: US vs. UK Covers – Part 2!

us vs uk coverWhen we first started this blog, I had asked my sister if she would be interested in participating in a blog post where she’d be deciding between US and UK covers and she agreed – you can check out that post here! For today’s post, I figured I would do a part two except for this time it’s just me choosing between covers but I definitely want you guys to get involved and vote too! I think that would be a lot of fun.

PS: For the entirety of this post, the US cover is on the left while the UK cover is on the right side!


A Skinful Of Shadows

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With this one, I actually tweeted about how amazing the UK cover for Frances Hardinge’s A Skinful Of Shadows was and why anyone would want to go with the US cover when they could have the UK one. Because just look at that stunner of a cover! The colors, the illustrated animals. I am in love. The UK cover wins hands down!


Daughter Of Smoke And Bone

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Here we have Laini Taylor’s Daughter Of Smoke And Bone and while I did originally really like the US cover after seeing the UK covers for the entire trilogy, I have been swayed and have fallen in love with them quite a lot! And I feel like with the tagline on the UK cover ‘Do you belong here or Elsewhere?‘ the image of the door fits rather perfectly!


Daughter Of The Burning City

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The first time Amanda Foody’s Daughter Of The Burning City caught my attention it was the US cover because so many booktubers were showing the book of in their BEA/BookCon hauls and I was definitely intrigued. But then. Then I saw the UK cover and I have been in love with it ever since? For me, the UK wins this round hands down! 

PS: Daughter Of The Burning City releases on the 25th so make sure you are heading out there and grabbing this book!


Ink And Bone

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Here we have a very recent addition to my TBR: Rachel Caine’s Ink And Bone! And again, the US edition is absolutely beautiful and wins for me! I have noticed recently that I really like the combination of blues, reds, oranges and yellows on covers – be it as prominent as it is on here or more of a background like on The Librarian Of Auschwitz. I am drawn to those colors like a moth to a flame!


Now I Rise

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And last, but not least, we have Kiersten White’s Now I Rise! I read this book early last month and really loved it and ever since I read it, I started to see both these covers pop up more often and while I do like the way Lada looks on the UK cover (I am positively terrified), I much prefer the design of the US cover for this one!


Strange The Dreamer

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Another Laini Taylor book! This time we’ve got the oh so stunning Strange The Dreamer! And honestly, I think in this case I really can’t decide because both editions have things going for them! I really love the shiny-ness of the US edition and I love the blue edged pages of the UK edition! I feel like I would be 100% happy with either of these copies! It’s a tie!


The Bear And The Nightingale

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The Bear And The Nightingale by Katherine Arden has been sitting on my TBR for a few months now after seeing the UK cover for the first time, being really intrigued and checking the book out. I still haven’t read this book so I don’t know if any of the covers represent the story better but the UK cover design just really speaks to me on an aesthetic level! 


The Thousandth Floor

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To be honest with you guys, if I walked by the UK edition of Katharine McGee’s The Thousandth Floor I would probably walk right by it after taking a quick glance. The cover kind of looks like it might be about this girl that is being thrown into life with the rich or something like that? I don’t know what it is, but it’s not appealing to me at all. I definitely prefer the US edition of this one!


The Wrath & The Dawn

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Up next, we have Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath & The Dawn and again, I just have to give it to the UK for this one as well! I am in love with the much bigger font showing off the title and the colors are stunning too and just grab your attention! The cover for the sequel is really pretty too!


I ended up giving 5 wins to the UK cover, 3 wins to the US cover and since I just absolutely couldn’t choose between the US and UK cover for Strange The Dreamer that one ended in a tie!

How would you have chosen? Leave your answers in the comments below and let’s see which covers end up winning for any of these books! And remember, head out there and get your hands on Daughter Of The Burning City on the 25th!


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BookTube-A-Thon 2017 TBR

2017 booktubeatonI always see so many challenges and readathons in the book community and I often wonder if maybe I should participate in them too. Maybe just do it once to see if I enjoy the feeling of knowing that you’re doing this with so many other people around the world and on different platforms! When I saw the announcement video for the 2017 BookTube-A-Thon (which is happening from Monday, 24th of July to the Sunday, 30th of July) go up, I got excited but I wasn’t sure what the challenges were going to be, so I waited until I had more information.

Well, Ariel posted the seven challenges for the readathon and I am actually going to participate and find out how I feel about readathons and maybe if I like it, I’ll join more of them in the future too! Here are the challenges and what I hope to be reading to complete them:

  1. Read a book with a person on the cover – I recently got The Scorpio Races and since I really want to read another Maggie Stiefvater book before her newest release comes out this would be perfect!
  2. Read a hyped book.
  3. Finish a book in one day. For this challenge, I’ll probably go with Down Among The Sticks And Bones by Seanan McGuire! I recently finished the first book and definitely want to continue with the series and this feels like the perfect book to read in a day!
  4. Read about a character that is very different from you. I’ll probably just go ahead and count Down Among The Sticks And Bones for this challenge too! Neither of the twins is much like me, so it fits!
  5. Finish a book completely outdoors. I definitely need to get out of the house more often, so I’ll probably try and get an audiobook for this one! I don’t know what I will go for yet though. I want to decide on the spot once it’s time for the readathon!
  6. Read a book you bought because of the cover. I don’t have any unread cover buys on my shelves right now, BUT I do kind of want to re-read I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson which was definitely a cover buy back in the day! I wonder if I’ll end up enjoying this book more the second time around!
  7. Read seven books. There is no way I will manage to read seven books – I think. And honestly, I will be super excited if I finish reading the books I talked about above – which would be FOUR books. That’s a lot for a week.

 

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Are any of you guys planning on participating in the BookTube-A-Thon this year? Or were you not aware that it was happening this month? Am I getting myself into something I will come to regret soon? Do you guys have any tips for me to make sure I get through that week? Please let me know in the comments below!


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