October Book Boyfriend Box Unboxing!

photo-oct-22-12-56-49Last month, I was asked to be a rep for a brand new subscription box company called The Book Boyfriend Box!  You all should know by now how much I adore subscription boxes, so this was such an honor and I am so excited to be working with Bailey and Taylor on this project for the next couple of months!

The Book Boyfriend Box is a bi-monthly subscription box that features items based on some of our favorite book boyfriends!  In addition to the items, there will be a newly released YA novel included in the box that goes with the theme (but not necessarily the boyfriend featured).

October’s theme was “To the Stars” and was a wonderfully well curated inaugural box!  So, without further rambling, let’s get to the goods!

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Six of Crows

Leigh Bardugo

Published September 29th, 2015

Six of Crows #1

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I am so late to the party here, it really isn’t even funny.  But with the release of Crooked Kingdom last month, and my blog post (top ten books to read before the end of the year) I decided it was finally time to hold myself accountable for buying this gorgeous book and not reading it.

The problem, is the hype.  It is always the hype.  When everyone and their dog tells me how much I am going to love this (insert title here) book, I start to back away slowly.  There is just this awful feeling about reading a book and being undecided about my feelings:  Am I enjoying the book because I am supposed to like it based on popular opinion, OR, do I want to rate the book 5 stars because it actually blew me away?

Six of Crows left me with no questions: it absolutely deserves the hype, and 5 stars.

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Top 5 Tuesday

Happy Tuesday my friends!  It’s been too long since I have done a Top 5 Tuesday, but I really liked today’s prompt, so here we are! Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Broke and Bookish where book bloggers are provided with a prompt so they can make LISTS of books in a specific category.  And if you have stuck around this blog for any amount of time you should know that I really love writing lists.  LOVE LISTS.

Today, the Top 10 prompt is “ten characters I’d name my child/dog/cat/fish etc. after.”  While my boyfriend and I have no plans to have any mini me’s running around any time, new puppies are always on the horizon for us.  If we didn’t live in an apartment we may already have an army of dogs running around.  I love thinking about my new, imaginary pups and what I am going to name them, so let’s get to it!  (Please forgive my Top 10 actually being a Top 5… to each their own eh?)

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TBR Book Tag!

june-haul-mysteryI don’t often get tagged in the blog-o-sphere to participate in blog tag memes, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to them!  (HINT HINT TAG ME PEOPLE)  When I saw Sophie, from book wishpost the TBR tag a few weeks (maybe a few months now IDK 😐 ) ago, I desperately wanted to participate.

I am an ardent abuser of the Goodreads “want to read” button, I admit this.  So, here I am, tagging myself to write about my absurd TBR list.  Enjoy! Continue reading “TBR Book Tag!”

The Bone Season

Samantha Shannon

Published August 20th, 2013 by Bloomsbury

The Bone Season #1

17199504I don’t often give myself the luxury of re-reading a book, I mean, there are SO MANY UNREAD BOOKS THAT I OWN.  However, as a Bone Season Advocate, I wanted to re-read the first two books in The Bone Season series in preparation of the third book being released in March 2017.

And, while I enjoyed The Bone Season last April when I read it for the first time, reading it again this month I can walk away and say I loved this book!  The depth of this story is downright amazing, and while there are some parts that I would classify “information overload”, the world/underworld of Scion London is fascinating and addicting.

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Books on Dragonwings Unboxing!

I love trying out new book subscription boxes. So, when I stumbled upon @booksondragonwings Instagram account a few months ago, I knew I had to give this one a shot.

Books on Dragonwings is a fairly new-ish quarterly subscription box that differs slightly from other book subscriptions in that the book featured is announced and not a surprise. books-on-dragonwings-box  I love this idea; it takes away the anxiety of purchasing multiple book boxes and having either duplicate books sent to you, OR receiving a book you have already bought.  In addition, all of the items in the box are curated to fit the book chosen, rather than a general theme.  I assume this would make for a fun and presumably more interactive reading experience.  (I haven’t actually gotten to read the book yet, so I cannot say for certain this is true)  But, I am a huge sucker for all things fantasy and science-fiction (the two genre’s this book box is centered around), plus the logo is just so cute!

The book that was featured in the September Books on Dragonwings box was The Reader, by Traci Chee!  The Reader was getting wonderful reviews pre-release, so I was pretty excited to purchase this box.  And without further ado: September’s Books on Dragonwings unboxing!

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Countryside: The Book of the Wise

J.T. Cope IV

Published August 14th, 2014 by Tiner Publishers

Countryside #1

23058600It is interesting that when I was young enough to be classified as a middle-grade reader, I hardly ever read anything at that age level.  Now as an adult, I have been reading less adult fiction than ever before, and instead exploring the young adult and middle grade genres more and more.

When J.T. Cope IV, the author of the Countryside series, contacted me and asked me if I would be interested in reviewing his books, I jumped at the chance.  You all know how much of a sucker I am for good covers, and after seeing pictures of the series floating around on #bookstagram, my interest was piqued.  Props to your cover designers Mr. Cope, they did their job well! Continue reading “Countryside: The Book of the Wise”

September Haul!

I love that I start off every month with really great intentions, yet I epically fail.  I img_5453told myself at the end of August that I was going to only buy Empire of Storms in September, and then use the rest of the month to catch up on books that I have bought only to stack by my bedside.

The most obnoxious thing about this haul too, is that most of the books I bought for full price from Barnes & Noble.  No Book Outlet books, or discounted Amazon books, just membership priced books from B&N.  But when B&N sends you an email that says “DOUBLE DISCOUNT WEEKEND FOR MEMBERS” you go.  And you go all four of those days too.  (I am ashamed.) (Kind-of.)

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September Wrap Up!

Considering how much Empire of Storms destroyed my life, I had a really good reading month in September!  I read six books, and listened to one, which is above average for me.  I think after I finished EoS, I just kept grabbing books, trying to devour everything in sight to erase/drown my feelings in.  (For the record, this certainly increased my reading count in September, but was not successful in erasing the feelings).

I even managed to review 5 of the 6 books I read, so the full posts are linked if you are interested!

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Three Dark Crowns

Kendare Blake

Published September 20th, 2016 by HarperTeen 

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When my sister and I went to BookCon back in May of this year, we played a Plinko game at the Epic Reads booth to win ARCs!  I got something that i couldn’t have been less interested in (I am/was so uninterested that I cannot for the life of me remember what I even won), and my sister scored a copy of Three Dark Crowns – and refused to trade.

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But the great news is that Three Dark Crowns was the book that was included in the September OwlCrate, so I didn’t have to even leave my apartment to get my hands on it! (I mean, except to walk to the apartment office, but that doesn’t count).  Obviously, this was one of my more anticipated reads of the year since I have coveted this book since May, so, I discarded my usual habit of tossing subscription box books into my TBR pile to ‘await their turn’, and immediately started reading. Continue reading “Three Dark Crowns”