January Wrap-up

The first month of 2020 felt so long and yet so short.

About halfway through the month, I fell into a reading slump which I am still not out of. But here’s what I did manage to read…

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Click the photos to be taken to the Goodreads page

This month I read 7 books with no DNF’s

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I was terrible at keeping up others from everyone this month which is SO disappointing to me because one of my goals was to do better with this.

How To Choose The Perfect Color Palette For Your Blog By Kat @ Novels&Waffles

My Unpopular Harry Potter Opinions By Laura @ thebookcorps

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During my reading slump, I did a lot of TV watching, especially on Netflix. I watched season 6 of Grace and Frankie which I adore and then I rejoined a group chat to celebrate part 3 of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina coming out! Let me know if you are interested in joining the chat, it is a lot of fun and like a little family.

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This month felt SO long and I can’t believe it hasn’t even been a month since I flew out to Vegas to celebrate my Best Friend getting married. The wedding was beautiful and I am so glad that Amanda asked me to be a part of it. I’m not going to lie and say that I had the best time because I struggled a lot but overall it was a good trip and I am glad I went.

The only other big thing to happen this month is that Alison bought us Wicked tickets for when it comes to Baltimore in March. I am beyond excited about it because I have loved Wicked for YEARS and it is my dream show so finally getting to see it is marking something off of my bucket list.

This month seemed super boring and I didn’t get much done so hopefully next month will be better. How was your first month of 2020?

What I Want You to See || Blog Tour

As always, I am super thankful to the FFBC and all who were involved in allowing me to read an ARC of this book and to be a part of the tour. Please click the banner above to see the other stops!

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Author: Catherine Linka

Pub. Date: February 4th 2020

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Genre: YA

Pages: 384

Find it: Book Depository | Apple Books | B&N | Amazon | Goodreads

Author information

Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Catherine Linka is the author of the young adult novel WHAT I WANT YOU TO SEE as well as the dystopian series A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS and A GIRL UNDONE. A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS was an ABA Indie Next Pick and won the Young Adult Novel Award 2014 from the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association. A frequent speaker at writing and teen conferences, Catherine received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and worked as a young adult book buyer for an independent bookstore for seven years. Prior to pursuing a career in publishing, she studied international politics at Georgetown University followed by a master’s degree in business at the University of North Carolina.Catherine is married and lives with her husband in the San Gabriel foothills. Visit her at http://www.catherlinelinka.com

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Winning a scholarship to California’s most prestigious art school seems like a fairy tale ending to Sabine Reye’s awful senior year. After losing both her mother and her home, Sabine longs for a place where she belongs.

But the cutthroat world of visual arts is nothing like what Sabine had imagined. Colin Krell, the renowned faculty member whom she had hoped would mentor her, seems to take merciless delight in tearing down her best work—and warns her that she’ll lose the merit-based award if she doesn’t improve.

Desperate and humiliated, Sabine doesn’t know where to turn. Then she meets Adam, a grad student who understands better than anyone the pressures of art school. He even helps Sabine get insight on Krell by showing her the modern master’s work in progress, a portrait that’s sold for a million dollars sight unseen.

Sabine is enthralled by the portrait; within those swirling, colorful layers of paint is the key to winning her inscrutable teacher’s approval. Krell did advise her to improve her craft by copying a painting she connects with . . . but what would he think of Sabine secretly painting her own version of his masterpiece? And what should she do when she accidentally becomes party to a crime so well -plotted that no one knows about it but her?

Complex and utterly original, What I Want You to See is a gripping tale of deception, attraction, and moral ambiguity.

For the blog tour portion of my post, I was chosen to do both favorite quotes and a dream cast.

I love doing favorite quotes because I really connect with words and have an entire journal filled with quotes I love. For this book I picked out three quotes.

Dream cast

Kevin

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Adam

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Sabine

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Krell

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Rachel

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Thanks for joining me on this blog tour and make sure you check out everyone else’s posts!

February TBR

This month and in the following months, I am going to focus on ARCs and books I own. I am trying to go through and cut down on the books I own which is been pretty hard. I think I might do an unhaul post later February or early March.

Let’s start off like always talking about what ARCS I need to read for the coming weeks/month.

ARCS

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Pub date: February 11th

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Pub date: March 10th

Books I own

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I am only going to do six books as I have been struggling to keep up with my larger TBRs less last two months.

TTT: Recent adds to my TBR

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Just as a reminder, here is how Top Ten Tuesday works!

Jana assigns each Tuesday a topic and then we all post our top ten list that fits that topic. Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.

You’ll find the schedule of upcoming TTT topics here you can plan ahead.If you don’t have a blog, post your picks in the comment section below! Have tons of fun talking books and getting to know your fellow bloggers!

As with the end of last year, I am still drifting in and out on TTT. I really only do the prompt if I am interested and feel that I can fulfill it properly. The last one I did, I think I changed the prompt which I hate doing so I decided to wait to come back until I found one I liked. I keep track of my TBR on Goodreads so that’s what I’m basing this off of.

This morning I went through and added a lot of LGBT based books from a list about 2019 releases so that’s what most of these are. Sorry there isn’t more variety.

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I can’t wait to see what y’all have added recently so that I can add more to my TBR. Let me know if you’ll be adding any of these to yours!

Down the TBR || Part 13

Happy Saturday!! I’m back for another Down the TBR. This week my TBR is at 480 books which means I have been adding a lot more books than I thought. Whoops. But it’s the start of the year and everyone has such great “books I’m looking forward to in 2020” that I can’t help myself. I am currently working through books I added around this time last year so I hope I can at least get rid of 3-5 out of 10.

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Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.

Order on ascending date added.

Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time

Read the synopses of the books

Decide: keep it or should it go?

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It started when she was served a soft drink laced with LSD in a dangerous party game. Within months, she was hooked, trapped in a downward spiral that took her from her comfortable home and loving family to the mean streets of an unforgiving city. It was a journey that would rob her of her innocence, her youth — and ultimately her life.

Read her diary.

Enter her world.

You will never forget her.

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Some people wait their whole lives to find their soul mates. But not Holly and Gerry.

Childhood sweethearts, they could finish each other’s sentences and even when they fought, they laughed. No one could imagine Holly and Gerry without each other.

Until the unthinkable happens. Gerry’s death devastates Holly. But as her 30th birthday looms, Gerry comes back to her. He’s left her a bundle of notes, gently guiding Holly into her new life without him, each note signed ‘PS, I Love You’.

As the notes are gradually opened, and as they year unfolds, Holly is both cheered up and challenged. The man who knows her better than anyone sets out to teach her that life goes on. With some help from her friends, and her noisy and loving family, Holly finds herself laughing, crying, singing, dancing — and being braver than ever before.

Life is for living, she realizes — but it always helps if there’s an angel watching over you

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Stealing is bad.
Yeah.
I know.
But my brother Levi is always so sick, and his medicine is always so expensive.

I didn’t think anyone would notice,
if I took that credit card,
if, in one stolen second,
I bought Levi’s medicine.

But someone did notice.
Now I have to prove I’m not a delinquent, I’m not a total bonehead.

That one quick second turned into
juvie
a judge
a year of house arrest,
a year of this court-ordered journal,
a year to avoid messing up
and being sent back to juvie
so fast my head will spin.

It’s only 1 year.
Only 52 weeks.
Only 365 days.
Only 8,760 hours.
Only 525,600 minutes.

What could go wrong?

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed.

But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh.

As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

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Calling My Name is a striking, luminous, and literary exploration of family, spirituality, and self—ideal for readers of Jacqueline Woodson, Jandy Nelson, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Sandra Cisneros.

This unforgettable novel tells a universal coming-of-age story about Taja Brown, a young African American girl growing up in Houston, Texas, and deftly and beautifully explores the universal struggles of growing up, battling family expectations, discovering a sense of self, and finding a unique voice and purpose.

Told in fifty-three short, episodic, moving, and iridescent chapters, Calling My Name follows Taja on her journey from middle school to high school. Literary and noteworthy, this is a beauty of a novel that captures the multifaceted struggle of finding where you belong and why you matter.

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Seventeen-year-old Lacey Burke is the last person on the planet who should be doling out sex advice. For starters, she’s never even kissed anyone, and she hates breaking the rules. Up until now, she’s been a straight-A music geek that no one even notices. All she cares about is jamming out with her best friends, Theo and Evita.

But then everything changes.

When Lacey sees first-hand how much damage the abstinence-only sex-ed curriculum of her school can do, she decides to take a stand and starts doling out wisdom and contraception to anyone who seeks her out in the girls’ restroom. But things with Theo become complicated quickly, and Lacey is soon not just keeping everyone else’s secrets, but hers as well. 

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`Child experts will tell you that I’m way too young to carry such a burden of responsibility on my tender shoulders. But really, what do they know?’ Who is Bobby Seed? He’s just your average sixteen-year-old – same wants, same fears, same hang-ups. Dull, dull, dull. But then there’s the Bobby Seed who’s a world away from average. The Bobby Seed who has to wipe his mum’s backside, sponge her clean three times a week, try to soothe her pain. The Bobby Seed whose job it is to provide for his younger brother, Danny, to rub his back when he’s stressed and can only groan and rock instead of speak. That’s Bobby Seed. Same, same, same, yet different, different, different …

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Meet ten amazing young women who were so inspired by Barack Obama’s inclusive feminist politics that they decided to join his White House. Although they were technically the lowest ranked members—and all in their early to mid-twenties at the time—their high levels of responsibility will surprise you.

There’s Kalisha Dessources, policy advisor to the White House Council on Women and Girls, who recounts the day she brought a group of African American girls (and world-renowned choreographer Debbie Allen) to the White House for Black History Month to dance for Michelle Obama; Molly Dillon, who describes organizing and hosting an event for foster care reform with Vice President Biden, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, and a hundred foster kids; Jenna Brayton, one of the members of the first White House digital team, who talks about an Obama initiative to bring together students of all backgrounds and ages from across the country to showcase their vision for the future through cinema; and more.

Full of never-before-told stories, here is an intimate look at Obama’s presidency, as seen through the eyes of the smart, successful young women who (literally) helped rule the world—and they did it right out of college, too.

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It’s been three years since the Virgil County High School Massacre. Three years since my best friend, Sarah, was killed in a bathroom stall during the mass shooting. Everyone knows Sarah’s story–that she died proclaiming her faith.

But it’s not true.

I know because I was with her when she died. I didn’t say anything then, and people got hurt because of it. Now Sarah’s parents are publishing a book about her, so this might be my last chance to set the record straight . . . but I’m not the only survivor with a story to tell about what did–and didn’t–happen that day.

Except Sarah’s martyrdom is important to a lot of people, people who don’t take kindly to what I’m trying to do. And the more I learn, the less certain I am about what’s right. I don’t know what will be worse: the guilt of staying silent or the consequences of speaking up

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A young, street-savvy runaway looking for a place to call home realizes he might have conned his way into the wrong family in this fast-paced and thrilling novel from award-winning author Cristin Terrill.

When ten-year-old Daniel Tate went missing from one of California’s most elite communities, he left no trace. He simply vanished.

Six years later, when he resurfaces on a snowy street in Vancouver, he’s no longer the same boy. His sandy hair is darker, the freckles are gone, and he’s initially too traumatized to speak, but he’s alive. His overjoyed family brings him home to a world of luxury and comfort he can barely remember. In time, they assure him, he’ll recover his memories; all that matters now is they’re together again.

It’s perfect. A miracle. Except for one thing.

He isn’t Daniel Tate.

He’s a petty con artist who accidentally stumbled into the scam of a lifetime, and he soon learns he’s not the only one in the Tate household with something to hide. The family has as many secrets as they have millions in the bank, and one of them might be ready to kill to keep the worst one buried.

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For now I am keeping 5/10 of these though there are a few I am on the fence about and may decide to take off later. That brings me down to 475 books on my TBR (for the moment anyway). Thanks for joining me y’all and I’ll talk to you soon!

Beyond the Moon || Promo Post

Today I’m going to be sharing a promo post with y’all for Beyond the Moon. Make sure to check out everyone else on the blog tour to read their reviews on this book!

Thanks to Rachel from Rachelsrandomresources and the author for gifting me with a ecopy of this book,

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Author: Catherine Taylor

Pub. Date: June 25th 2019

Publisher:   The Cameo Press Ltd

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Pages: 496

Find it: Goodreads | Amazon (US) | Amazon (UK)

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Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram

Catherine Taylor was born and grew up on the island of Guernsey in the British Channel Islands. She
is a former journalist, most recently for Dow Jones News and The Wall Street Journal in London.
Beyond The Moon is her first novel. She lives in Ealing, London with her husband and two children.

Giveaway to Win 5 x PB Copies of Beyond The Moon (Open INT)

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Let me know what you think of this book! Have you read it?

Anonymous Bookaholics Tag

Hey y’all and welcome to what I am pretty sure is my first actual tag of 2020. I grabbed this from Sahi over at ksahitya even though I technically wasn’t tagged. Anyway I’m super excited so let’s get into it!

What do you like about buying new books?

My favorite thing about buying new books is that there is a whole world wrapped up in it’s pages and it can often help me step away from my own life.

How often do you buy new books?

I don’t really plan it. Honestly, it just kind of depends on how I feel, when I’m near a bookstore and if I have money. We often go to malls with books-a-millions in them so I always make sure to stop check out the bargain area since that is where I get most of my books.

Bookstore or online book shopping: which do you prefer?

Because I prefer to buy bargain priced books (I’m broke sue me), I like to shop in store at BAM because they often have a wider selection of bargain books in store compared to online.

Do you have a favorite bookshop?

I will shop at just about any bookstore, local or big brand, but I most often go to BAM because that is what’s around me and I also have a membership with them so it makes it worth it.

Do you pre-order books?

I have only ever preorded one book which was Conceal, Don’t Feel from the Twisted Tales and I may be ordering the next book in the series here soon.

Do you have a monthly buying limit?

I don’t have a price one but I try not to buy more than 2-3 books a month because I know that I constantly am taking from the library and getting in ARCs plus my backlist of books I want to read.

How big is your wish list?

I don’t actually keep a wishlist. Sure I have a few books in mind that I would love to own but sometimes I struggle with spending money on a book that I will read within a few days at most and then likely not touch for another year or so.

Which three books from your wish list do you wish to own right now?

So even though I just said I don’t keep a wishlist, here are three books I would love to call my own.

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I’m not too sure which of my bookish friends are still doing tags so if you see this, comment if I can tag you in posts and consider yourself tagged if you’d like to do this one!