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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?


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.
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
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


Pages: 496

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

Catherine    Taylor

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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below. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be
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Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or
over. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will
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Resources will delete the data. I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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.


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!

Jane Anonymous || Blog Tour

Happy new year everyone!! I can’t believe it is already 2020! I am so excited to continue working with The Fantastic Flying Book Club this year. Please make sure you check out the other posts on this blog tour by clicking the photo above. Now, let’s get into my first Blog Tour of 2020.

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Author: Laurie Faria Stolarz

Pub. Date: January 7th, 2020

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Genre: YA, Contemporary

Pages: 320

Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | Google Books | Books A Million

Author information

Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Laurie Faria Stolarz grew up in Salem, MA, attended Merrimack College, and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston

Laurie Faria Stolarz is an American author of young adult fiction novels, best known for her Blue is for Nightmares series. Her works, which feature teenage protagonists,blend elements found in mystery and romance novels. Stolarz found sales success with her first novel, Blue is for Nightmares, and followed it up with three more titles in the series, White is for Magic, Silver is for Secrets, and Red is for Remembrance, as well as a companion graphic novel, Black is for Beginnings. Stolarz is also the author of the Touch series (Deadly Little Secret,Deadly Little Lies, Deadly Little Games, Deadly Little Voices, and Deadly Little Lessons), as well as Bleed and Project 17. With more than two million books sold worldwide, Stolarz’s titles have been named on various awards list.

Bestselling author Laurie Faria Stolarz returns with Jane Anonymous, a gripping tale of a seventeen-year-old girl’s kidnapping and her struggle to fit back into her life after she escapes. Then, “Jane” was just your typical 17-year-old in a typical New England suburb getting ready to start her senior year. She had a part-time job she enjoyed, an awesome best friend, overbearing but loving parents, and a crush on a boy who was taking her to see her favorite band. She never would’ve imagined that in her town where nothing ever happens, a series of small coincidences would lead to a devastating turn of events that would forever change her life. Now, it’s been three months since “Jane” escaped captivity and returned home. Three months of being that girl who was kidnapped, the girl who was held by a“monster.” Three months of writing down everything she remembered from those seven months locked up in that stark white room. But, what if everything you thought you knew―everything you thought you experienced―turned out to be a lie?

I tend to enjoy when books switch back and forth with POV’s or times because you get background story as well as having a story to piece together. However because we know Jane survives, I wish we had a flat before and after as if we were with Jane when it happened and as she escaped instead of hearing about it later. I was still sucked into the story being worried for Jane but not as much as I could have been if I didn’t know she was going to escape and live. I prefered reading the “Then” parts of the book to the “Now” and I’m not sure why. I had some guesses about who the kidnapper but I wasn’t positive until we are told. All in all, the book was good even if it wasn’t my favorite.

Dream Cast

Maia Mitchell As Jane

Maia Mitchell in The Fosters (2013)

Bianca Santos as Shelley

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Nicholas Braun as Mason

Sandra Bullock as Jane’s Mom

Sandra Bullock

Colin Firth as Jane’s Dad

Colin Firth

Favorite quotes

I’ll be wishing on the brightest star in the sky tonight, hoping that we’ll always be this close

They all declare a safe space and tell me I can say whatever’s on my mind, but that’s only really true if what I have to say is what they’re prepared to hear. And so they furrow their foreheads, raise their brows, purse their lips, and shake their heads.

“Every heart can heal.”

An absence so deep, I can taste it on my tongue like the ashes of cremated bodies after a slow and painful death.

My tears have all been shed. If it weren’t for my writing, I’d have no voice either.

For now, I go through the motions of life, often surprised to find that people are still living theirs—

“Healing starts the moment we feel heard.”

You need to be kind to yourself—to allow yourself to be human.

Have you heard of Jane Anonymous? Do you think you will add it to your TBR? Let me know below. I love hearing from y’all.

Down the TBR || Part 12

Happy Saturday!! I’m back for another Down the TBR. This week my TBR is at 437 books. I have a ton more to add as I got through all your lovely posts about books you are excited for so I am trying to knock it down before I do that. However I know that a lot of books I am really looking forward to are in this round so I’m not so sure how it will go.

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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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When his dad is caught embezzling funds from half the town, Rob goes from popular lacrosse player to social pariah. Even worse, his father’s failed suicide attempt leaves Rob and his mother responsible for his care.

Everyone thinks of Maegan as a typical overachiever, but she has a secret of her own after the pressure got to her last year. And when her sister comes home from college pregnant, keeping it from her parents might be more than she can handle.

When Rob and Maegan are paired together for a calculus project, they’re both reluctant to let anyone through the walls they’ve built. But when Maegan learns of Rob’s plan to fix the damage caused by his father, it could ruin more than their fragile new friendship…

This captivating, heartfelt novel asks the question: Is it okay to do something wrong for the right reasons?

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After Zan’s best friend moves to California, she is baffled and crushed when Priya suddenly ghosts. Worse, Priya’s social media has turned into a stream of ungrammatical posts chronicling a sunny, vapid new life that doesn’t sound like her at all.

Everyone tells Zan not to be an idiot: Let Priya do her reinvention thing and move on. But until Zan hears Priya say it, she won’t be able to admit that their friendship is finished.

It’s only when she meets Logan, the compelling new guy in Spanish class, that Zan begins to open up about her sadness, her insecurity, her sense of total betrayal. And he’s just as willing as she is to throw himself into the investigation when everyone else thinks her suspicions are crazy.

Then a clue hidden in Priya’s latest selfie introduces a new, deeply disturbing possibility:

Maybe Priya isn’t just not answering Zan’s emails.

Maybe she can’t.

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When true love is shattered by tragedy—how much would you risk to save it all?

When Aggi Frank and Max Granger finally admitted their feelings for each other last December, it felt like love was beautiful and endless… until it wasn’t.

A fatal car accident involving their older siblings throws their lives into sudden chaos. And with a restraining order now in place between the two bitter households, Aggi and Max’s love runs cold. Being together again seems like a distant fantasy, even though they share the same driveway.

Still, Plum Lake is a small town, and staying apart can’t last forever. Aggi and Max eventually reunite at a lake-house party hosted by a mutual friend and break the ice after a year of silence. But just as they begin to rebuild their relationship, the unthinkable happens when Aggi’s little sister, Grace, flees from home after their father spirals into a fit of rage. With a support system of friends close by, Aggi and Max must confront each other and their families in the hopes of mending all the broken pieces.

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Five years ago, Lexie walked home from school after her older brother failed to pick her up. When she entered her house, her brother sat calmly, waiting for the police to come arrest him for the heinous crime he had just committed.

Treated like a criminal herself, Lexie now moves from school to school hiding who she is—who she’s related to. She struggles with loving her brother, the PTSD she now suffers from, and wanting to just live a normal life. But how can she be normal when she can’t even figure out how to just live?

This is a powerful look at the assumptions we make about people. Lexie’s emotional journey to separate her brother’s horrific act from herself is stunning and heartbreaking. This is Lexie’s story and journey—not her brother’s—and it will stay with you long after you turn the last page

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Ivy is the shy artist type and keeps a low profile—so low that she’s practically invisible to everyone at Belfry High School except for her best friend, Harold. As sophomore year begins, Harold takes up a hundred activities, leaving Ivy on her own. Luckily she’s found a distraction: the new anonymous art-sharing app, VEIL.

Soon Ivy realizes that one of her classmates is the VEIL user who needs new paintbrushes … and another is the one visiting the hospital every week … and another is the one dealing with their parents’ messy divorce. While she’s too scared to put her own creations on the app, Ivy thinks of an even better way to contribute—by making gifts for the artists she’s discovered. The acts of kindness give her such a rush that, when Ivy suspects Harold is keeping a secret, she decides to go all in. Forget gifts—Ivy wants to throw Harold a major party.

But when all those good intentions thrust her into the spotlight, Ivy’s carefully curated world is thrown into chaos. Now she has to find the courage to come out of the shadows—about her art, her secrets, and her mistakes—or risk losing everything and everyone she loves the most.


Emily Lonergan’s best friend died last year.

And Emily hasn’t stopped grieving. Lizzie Porter was lively, loud, and fun — Emily’s better half. Emily can’t accept that she’s gone.

When Lizzie’s parents and her sister come back to town to visit, Emily’s heartened to see them. The Porters understand her pain. They miss Lizzie desperately, too.

Desperately enough to do something crazy.

Something unthinkable.

Suddenly, Emily’s life is hurtling toward a very dark place — and she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to return to what she once knew was real.

From New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice comes a breathless, unputdownable story of suspense, secrets — and the strength that love gives us to survive even the most shocking of circumstances.

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In the tradition of Laurie Halse Anderson and Sara Zarr, one girl embraces the power of her voice: rules are meant to be broken and she won’t stay silent.

Seventeen-year-old Skye has her sights set on one thing: getting the heck out of Dodge. Art school is her ticket out and she’s already been accepted to her first choice, MICA. All she has to do is survive her senior year, not get too drunk at parties, and be there for her little sister, Emma. Sure, she’s usually battling a hangover when she drives to pick Emma up, but she has everything under control. Until he returns.

When her mom’s ex-boyfriend slithers his way back into her family, it’s all Skye can do to keep the walls of her world from crumbling. Her family has no idea Skye has been guarding a dark secret about her past–about him–and she never thought she would have to face him again. She knows she has to get away from him at all costs. But how can she abandon Emma? Skye’s heart is torn between escaping the man who hurt her years ago and protecting her loved ones from the monster in their midst. Running away from her fears isn’t an option. To save her sister–and herself–she’ll have to break all the rules.

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It’s been a year since fifteen-year-old Mia Hopkins was in the car crash that killed her older sister and left her terribly scarred. The doctors tell her she was lucky to survive. Her therapist says it will take time to heal. The police reports claim there were trace amounts of alcohol in her bloodstream. But no matter how much she tries to reconstruct the events of that fateful night, Mia’s memory is spotty at best. She’s left with accusations, rumors, and guilt so powerful it could consume her.

As the rest of Mia’s family struggles with their own grief, Mia is sent to New York City to spend the summer with a grandmother she’s never met. All Mia wants to do is hide from the world, but instead she’s stuck with a summer job in the bustling kitchens of the cafe down the street. There she meets Fig–blue-haired, friendly, and vivacious–who takes Mia under her wing. As Mia gets to know Fig and her friends–including Cooper, the artistic boy who is always on Mia’s mind–she realizes that she’s not the only one with a painful past.

Over the summer, Mia begins to learn that redemption isn’t as impossible as she once thought, but her scars inside run deep and aren’t nearly so simple to heal … especially when Mia finally pieces together her memories of the night Rachel died

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Last month, Elin tried to kill herself.

She knows she’s lucky that her parents found her in time. Lucky to be going to prom with her three best friends, like any other teen. Like it never happened. And if she has anything to say about it, no one but her best friends will ever know it did.

Jenna, Rosie, and Ket will do anything to keep Elin’s secret—and to make sure it never happens again. That’s why they’re determined to make prom the perfect night. The night that convinces Elin that life is worth living.

Except, at prom, Elin goes missing.

Now it’s up to her friends to find her. But each of the girls has her own demons to face. Ket is being blackmailed by an ex. Rosie is falling in love for the first time. And Jenna . . .

Jenna is falling apart.

And no one, not even her best friends, knows why.

Heart-wrenching and utterly impossible to put down, When the Truth Unravels follows four friends as they confront their greatest hopes and darkest secrets in one life-changing night.


Josie, Jack, Archie, Harrison, and Dayana were inseparable as preschoolers. But that was before high school, before parties and football and getting into the right college. Now, as senior year approaches, they’re basically strangers to each other.

Until they’re pulled back together when their parents die in a plane crash. These former friends are suddenly on their own. And they’re the only people who can really understand how that feels.

To survive, the group must face the issues that drove them apart, reveal secrets they’ve kept since childhood, and discover who they’re meant to be. And in the face of public scrutiny, they’ll confront mysteries their parents left behind–betrayals that threaten to break the friendships apart again.

A new family is forged in this heartbreaking, funny, and surprising book from award-winning storyteller David Kreizman. It’s a deeply felt, complex journey into adulthood, exploring issues of grief, sexual assault, racism, and trauma.

I think I did pretty well for as many books that I really want to read in this round. I am planning on reading a lot of these in the coming months. Let me know which one I should start with.

What If It’s Us || Book Review

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Author: Becky Albertalli  & Adam Silvera

Publisher: HarperTeen

Published on: October 9th 2018 

Number of Pages: 437

Bought, Borrowed or ARC: I bought this one from Books-A-Million in Nov with my membership discount.

Where can you get it?

Again, I make no money off of these links. These are simply for your convenience. These prices are accurate as of December 8th 2019.

Amazon: $11.60

Book Depository: $12.97

Books-A-Million: $17.09

Barnes and Noble: $17.09

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Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them? Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated. Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third? What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough? What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is?

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I was really excited for this book when I picked it up. I normally only buy bargain priced books but I splurged on this one and I wish I hadn’t. I never got into the story line and I didn’t ship the main couple at all. Everything from Ben and Arthur’s relationship to their friendships with others felt forced to me. I almost didn’t finish this book but did just because I had spent so much money on it. As soon as I finished however, I lent it to a coworker and I’m not too stressed about getting it back.

SCAVENGE THE STARS by Tara Sim Release Week Blitz

Rockstar Book Tours

I am so excited that SCAVENGE THE STARS by Tara Sim is available now and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Jewels Arthur, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for 3 finished copies of the book, courtesy of Disney Hyperion and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

About The Book:
Title: SCAVENGE THE STARS (Scavenge the Stars #1)
Author: Tara Sim
Pub. Date: January 7, 2020
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 336
Find it: Goodreads Amazon , Kindle Audible , B&N , iBooks , Kobo , TBD

When Amaya rescues a mysterious stranger from drowning, she fears her rash actions have earned her a longer sentence on the debtor ship where she’s been held captive for years. Instead, the man she saved offers her unimaginable riches and a new identity, setting Amaya on a perilous course through the coastal city-state of Moray, where old-world opulence and desperate gamblers collide.

Amaya wants one thing: revenge against the man who ruined her family and stole the life she once had. But the more entangled she becomes in this game of deception—and as her path intertwines with the son of the man she’s plotting to bring down—the more she uncovers about the truth of her past. And the more she realizes she must trust no one…

Packed with high-stakes adventure, romance, and dueling identities, this gender-swapped retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo is the first novel in an epic YA fantasy duology, perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Sabaa Tahir, and Leigh Bardugo.

About Tara:
Tara Sim is the author of SCAVENGE THE STARS (Disney-Hyperion) and the TIMEKEEPER trilogy (Sky Pony Press) and writer of all things magic. She can often be found in the wilds of the Bay Area, California.

When she’s not writing about mischievous boys in clock towers, Tara spends her time drinking tea, wrangling cats, and occasionally singing opera. Despite her bio-luminescent skin, she is half-Indian and eats way too many samosas.

Tara is represented by Victoria Marini at Irene Goodman Literary Agency.

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Revenge. It was a simple word when spoken out loud, but it was so much bigger, like the hidden city under the atoll. It was a word of fire and blood, of a knife’s whisper and the priming of a pistol.

It was a word that consumed her, filled her entire being until she knew that she could no longer be Silverfish. Silverfish’s will was to survive, to simply make it to the next day, and hopefully the day after that. But that was no longer her will.

Now it was revenge.

Captain Zharo. Kamon Mercado. Moray.

They would all pay.

Giveaway Details:
3 winners will receive a finished copy of SCAVENGE THE STARS, US only.
Giveaway ends February 14th at midnight EST.

Books I can’t wait for in 2020 || Part one

I have seen a ton of these kind of posts going around and my TBR is growing by the minute but I wanted to share what books I am looking forward to reading this year that are releasing between January and July. I am sure I’ve missed some but that’s okay!

Also this was this weeks TTT but I had too many to count it as 10 lmao.

January 7th

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Lie to Me

January 14th

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January 28th

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February 4th


February 18th

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March 3rd 

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March 10th

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March 17th


 April 7th 

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 April 21st 


May 5th

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May 12th 

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June 2nd


June 9th 

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July 7th

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Like I said, I am sure I missed some amazing upcoming releases but these are the ones that I found that stood out to me! Let me know what 2020 release you are most excited for!!

Down The TBR || Part 11

I am so glad I have finally an official schedule for these. In 2020, I will be doing these every Saturday in an attempt to keep up with my TBR and making sure I am reading the books I add.

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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?


In 1942, Europe remains in the relentless grip of war. Just beyond the tents of the Russian refugee camp she calls home, a young woman speaks her wedding vows. It’s a decision that will alter her destiny…and it’s a lie that will remain buried until the next century.

Since she was nine years old, Alina Dziak knew she would marry her best friend, Tomasz. Now fifteen and engaged, Alina is unconcerned by reports of Nazi soldiers at the Polish border, believing her neighbors that they pose no real threat, and dreams instead of the day Tomasz returns from college in Warsaw so they can be married. But little by little, injustice by brutal injustice, the Nazi occupation takes hold, and Alina’s tiny rural village, its families, are divided by fear and hate. Then, as the fabric of their lives is slowly picked apart, Tomasz disappears. Where Alina used to measure time between visits from her beloved, now she measures the spaces between hope and despair, waiting for word from Tomasz and avoiding the attentions of the soldiers who patrol her parents’ farm. But for now, even deafening silence is preferable to grief.

Slipping between Nazi-occupied Poland and the frenetic pace of modern life, Kelly Rimmer creates an emotional and finely wrought narrative that weaves together two women’s stories into a tapestry of perseverance, loyalty, love and honor. The Things We Cannot Say is an unshakable reminder of the devastation when truth is silenced…and how it can take a lifetime to find our voice before we learn to trust it.

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As I saw my new-born baby’s face for the first time I tried desperately to capture her face in my mind—to stamp it onto my eyelids. As she was taken from me I knew I might never see my daughter again.

38 years later…
‘You were adopted’. Three short words and Sabina’s life fractures. There would forever be a Before those words, and an After.

Pregnant with her own child, Sabina can’t understand how a mother could abandon her daughter, or why her parents have kept the past a secret.

Determined to find the woman who gave her away, what she discovers will change everything, not just for Sabina, but for the women who have loved her all these years.

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A story of how love can break our hearts – and heal them.

A year ago I met the love of my life. For two people who didn’t believe in love at first sight, we came pretty close.

Lilah MacDonald – beautiful, opinionated, stubborn and all kinds of wonderful in ways that words could never quite capture. The woman who taught me to live again.

My Lilah, who gave me so much, and yet kept from me a secret that she knew would break my heart.

My name is Callum Roberts, and this is our story.

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The 2:00 a.m. call is the first time Lexie Vidler has heard her sister’s voice in years. Annie is a drug addict, a thief, a liar—and in trouble, again. Lexie has always bailed Annie out, given her money, a place to sleep, sent her to every kind of rehab. But this time, she’s not just strung out—she’s pregnant and in premature labor. If she goes to the hospital, she’ll lose custody of her baby—maybe even go to prison. But the alternative is unthinkable.

As weeks unfold, Lexie finds herself caring for her fragile newborn niece while her carefully ordered life is collapsing around her. She’s in danger of losing her job, and her fiancé only has so much patience for Annie’s drama. In court-ordered rehab, Annie attempts to halt her downward spiral by confronting long-buried secrets from the sisters’ childhood, ghosts that Lexie doesn’t want to face. But will the journey heal Annie, or lead her down a darker path?

Both candid and compassionate, Before I Let You Go explores a hotly divisive topic and asks how far the ties of family love can be stretched before they finally break

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The spellbinding tale of six queer witches forging their own paths, shrouded in the mist, magic, and secrets of the ancient California redwoods.

Danny didn’t know what she was looking for when she and her mother spread out a map of the United States and Danny put her finger down on Tempest, California. What she finds are the Grays: a group of friends who throw around terms like queer and witch like they’re ordinary and everyday, though they feel like an earthquake to Danny. But Danny didn’t just find the Grays. They cast a spell that calls her halfway across the country, because she has something they need: she can bring back Imogen, the most powerful of the Grays, missing since the summer night she wandered into the woods alone. But before Danny can find Imogen, she finds a dead boy with a redwood branch through his heart. Something is very wrong amid the trees and fog of the Lost Coast, and whatever it is, it can kill. Lush, eerie, and imaginative, Amy Rose Capetta’s tale overflows with the perils and power of discovery — and what it means to find your home, yourself, and your way forward. 

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At forty, May Attaway is more at home with plants than people. Over the years, she’s turned inward, finding pleasure in language, her work as a gardener, and keeping her neighbors at arm’s length while keenly observing them. But when she is unexpectedly granted some leave from her job, May is inspired to reconnect with four once close friends. She knows they will never have a proper reunion, so she goes, one-by-one, to each of them. A student of the classics, May considers her journey a female Odyssey. What might the world have had if, instead of waiting, Penelope had set out on an adventure of her own?

RULES FOR VISITING is a woman’s exploration of friendship in the digital age. Deeply alert to the nobility and the ridiculousness of ordinary people, May savors the pleasures along the way–afternoon ice cream with a long-lost friend, surprise postcards from an unexpected crush, and a moving encounter with ancient beauty. Though she gets a taste of viral online fame, May chooses to bypass her friends’ perfectly cultivated online lives to instead meet them in their messy analog ones.

Ultimately, May learns that a best friend is someone who knows your story–and she inspires us all to master the art of visiting.


Remy Tsai used to know how her story would turn out. But now, she doesn’t even know what tomorrow will look like.

She was happy once. Remy had her boyfriend Jack, and Elise, her best friend—her soulmate—who understood her better than anyone else in the world.

But now Jack is dead, shot through the chest—

And it was Elise who pulled the trigger.

Was it self-defense? Or something deeper, darker than anything Remy could have imagined? As the police investigate, Remy does the same, sifting through her own memories, looking for a scrap of truth that could save the friendship that means everything to her.

Told in alternating timelines, Thelma and Louise meets Gone Girl in this twisted psychological thriller about the dark side of obsessive friendship

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Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they’re rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen’s relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and—finally—a reunion in the city where they first met.

A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith’s new novel shows that the center of the world isn’t necessarily a place. It can be a person, too

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Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. Having missed her flight, she’s stuck at JFK airport and late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s sitting in her row.

A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it

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10 00 p.m.: Lucky is the biggest K-pop star on the scene, and she’s just performed her hit song “Heartbeat” in Hong Kong to thousands of adoring fans. She’s about to debut on The Tonight Show in America, hopefully a breakout performance for her career. But right now? She’s in her fancy hotel, trying to fall asleep but dying for a hamburger.

11 00 p.m.: Jack is sneaking into a fancy hotel, on assignment for his tabloid job that he keeps secret from his parents. On his way out of the hotel, he runs into a girl wearing slippers, a girl who is single-mindedly determined to find a hamburger. She looks kind of familiar. She’s very cute. He’s maybe curious.

12:00 a.m.: Nothing will ever be the same. 

2/10 taken off. This one wasn’t so successful with cutting down but I am pretty interested in all of these so I am excited to finally get around to them.

2019 Wrap Up

Whew. What a year. It somehow feels like one of the shortest and yet longest years ever. So much has happened this year and I can’t wait to share it all with you.

Let’s start with some book stuff….

This year I read 98 out of 50 books with most them between August and December.

Across those books I read 34,671 pages (not including the book I am half through at the time I am writing this). This means my average book is 357 pages long.

The shortest book I read this year was 192 pages.


The longest book I read this year was 752 pages.

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My average book rating on Goodreads was 3.3 stars.

My favorite book of the year


Other favorite books

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Disappointing books of 2019 (2 stars or less)

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Now let’s get into some blogging stuff!!

This was my first year of blogging and I started in August so I have been blogging for about 5 months now. I have posted 85 posts and have gained 230 followers exactly which I am so happy about. I think that rounds out to about 45-50 people a month which is amazing. I am so lucky to have all of y’all.

Next I wanted to share some of my favorite posts I have done

Arc of a Scythe series review : Warning spoilers ahead

Upcoming Blog Changes in 2020

One Day at Disney || Blog Tour

Books about Modern Royals

Fairytale Retellings

The How & The Why Review and Favorite Quotes || Blog Tour

Books about Hamilton

Life stuff that happened this year

So much has changed for me this year and it is crazy to think about. I wanted to recap some of the bigger things that have happened so I can look later and see what was going in 2019. Unfortunately I have a pretty bad memory so I don’t remember much before August when I started keeping a journal/blogging with monthly wrap ups.

One of the most obvious things to y’all is that I started blogging!!! In August, one of my best friends, Britt, was sick and I was up with her a lot of nights. I am normally really talkative unless I am upset or falling asleep and one night to get me to talk, she asked me to tell her a story. My brain was completely blank so I couldn’t but the next day I started looking up books to read her and then it spiraled into books I could read normally.

I came across some of the blogs I follow now and decided I want to join the community. I am so glad I did. I have made some amazing friends and have felt nothing but support from everyone. I love interacting with y’all, seeing what you are reading and reading all of your posts. Around this time, I started my job at the same restaurant where my wife works and my wife turned 25!!!!

In a little bit sadder news, my grandfather got in a car accident this month while drinking and driving. I didn’t know how to feel about it then and I don’t know how to feel about it now. I am so disappointed that this happened and hope that he really turns over a new leaf.

In September, my best friend/sister, Amanda (my maid of honor) told me she was getting engaged in October and married in January. She wanted to let me know as soon as possible so that I could tell her if I could be a bridesmaid and to make sure that I had time to book a flight even if I couldn’t. Of course I said yes and even though money was tight, I was going to be there no matter what. I am so excited to go see her in just a few days (by the time this post goes up). I also upped my blogging game this month, reading more and writing more than I had in August but quickly became overwhelmed and had to back down.

In October, our Godson’s mom and Alice’s best friend, told us she was having another baby. We are so excited for her and her family to welcome their little princess in the spring! I reached 200 followers on my blog which I was so excited about and I continued to plan my wedding for November. My grandfather’s court date was pushed back from October to November.

November finally came and I was so excited. I couldn’t wait to get meet my best friend, get married and finally FINALLY take my wife to Disney World for the first time. Everything went amazingly and you can read a little more about it in my November wrap up if you want! We were gone for two weeks from the time we left home until the day we came back since we got married out of state so both blogging and reading were put on a huge back burner. I ended up being behind on blogging for the rest of the year.

On November 26th, I was calling my grandmother to find out if she had any silver shoes I could borrow to wear for Amanda’s wedding and found out that my grandfather had his trial and was going to jail. I found this out about 20 minutes before I had to work. I immediately texted my favorite coworker to let her know/see if she would be there and went to cry in the bathroom for a while. I am a firm believer that he got what he deserved but it is also hard because he is my grandfather and will be missing all holidays this year.

We spent Thanksgiving with Alice’s family and then drove up to my grandmother’s for some last minute black friday shopping.

December came and went so quickly that I am in utter disbelief that it is over. One big thing that happened this month was that Alice and I am came out at work. I don’t talk about it too much on this blog but Alice is a trans woman and had been using her deadname at work due to legal and personal reasons. Early in the month, she approached our favorite manager about coming out and we set up a meeting with her and our general manager. We all met on December 11th as well as one of our other managers who typically runs front of house (where I am) and decided that we would wait until the 21st to come out to coworkers as our general manager was going on vacation and wanted to be there when we started. I was and am a lot more nervous than Alice is about this but I have embraced it and things are going well so far. I came out to a lot of my closer coworkers first and then slowly spread to others at the holiday party. As of now, a manager walks us to our car every day until I know most/everyone at work knows and we don’t have any issues.

The only other big thing that isn’t Christmas (which wasn’t big this year) that happened in December was that my wife celebrated being two years sober. I talked about it a little in my December wrap up but on December 15th 2017, Alice stopped drinking and a few weeks later decided she wasn’t going to drink again. I am so, so proud that she made this decision on her own. It took me a long time to forgive her for the thing she did to me while drinking but I am so glad I did because I love her more than anything. The situation with my grandfather this year has truly made me so grateful that Alice stopped drinking before something like that happened to her.

All in all, this year has been a rollercoaster but I am so glad to be going through life with Alice no matter what is happening.

Sorry about the incredibly long post but thank you so much for reading all the way to the end! How was your year? What is your favorite book you read or favorite memory of the year??

Love, Dana