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Jun 09

Sunday Post #12 – Speaking Organic

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Hey everyone! Back with another Sunday Post update, via Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s been a LONG time since I did a Sunday Post, but I’d like to get back into it regularly as a way to wrap up. I’m totally patterning mine off of Kimberly’s, at least for now.

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Not going to lie, folks, this week has been pure hell. I was braced for the onslaught that I knew would be a summer organic chem class, but I wasn’t truly prepared for the amount of homework and general feeling of flailing around and trying to cram SO MUCH information into my poor brain in such a short amount of time! I had time to read a grand total of ONE chapter in my book until last night, when I decided that after an exam I deserved a break. I finished it Saturday morning, and it was great…but now I have this mountain of homework to finish by Monday morning and…I’m seriously doubting my life choices right now.

Weekly Dose of Adorableness

Noah in a rare, brief – very brief – moment of snuggling with Tristan (the cat you can barely see here).

Last Week on Blog

Next Week on the Blog

  • The Bride Test – adult romance review
  • Aru Shah and the End of Time – MG review
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday

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Jun 05

Can’t Wait Wednesday #7 – Capturing the Devil

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I’m joining in the fun with a Can’t-Wait Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Usually the books are ones yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

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Can’t Wait Wednesday #7 – Capturing the DevilCapturing the Devil (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #4) by Kerri Maniscalco
Published by Jimmy Patterson on September 10, 2019
Pages: 448
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In the shocking finale to the bestselling series that began with Stalking Jack the Ripper, Audrey Rose and Thomas are on the hunt for the depraved, elusive killer known as the White City Devil. A deadly game of cat-and-mouse has them fighting to stay one step ahead of the brilliant serial killer---or see their fateful romance cut short by unspeakable tragedy.

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell have landed in America, a bold, brash land unlike the genteel streets of London they knew. But like London, the city of Chicago hides its dark secrets well. When the two attend the spectacular World's Fair, they find the once-in-a-lifetime event tainted with reports of missing people and unsolved murders.

Determined to help, Audrey Rose and Thomas begin their investigations, only to find themselves facing a serial killer unlike any they've heard of before. Identifying him is one thing, but capturing him---and getting dangerously lost in the infamous Murder Hotel he constructed as a terrifying torture device---is another.

Will Audrey Rose and Thomas see their last mystery to the end---together and in love---or will their fortunes finally run out when their most depraved adversary makes one final, devastating kill?

I’m pretty sure EVERYONE has heard of this series already and probably already seen the cover for the final, but I’m just so freaking excited for it!! Not only is it the conclusion of the Aubrey and Thomas story (and damn it, he had better be treated RIGHT in this one), but it’s about the Devil in the White City! I actually read a book about that awhile ago (book wasn’t great, but the story was super interesting), so I’m really eager to see how Kerri brings the events to life. And of course…AUBREY AND THOMAS. Oh my gosh. How am I going to survive until September?!?

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Jun 03

June 2019 New Releases

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Somehow, I only have four books to share for June pre-orders! My wallet is definitely heaving a huge sigh of relief. May seemed to be a GIGANTIC month in publishing, there were soooo many books coming out that I wanted to buy and read! This is just, as always, the books I have pre-ordered, it is by no means an exhaustive list of all the amazing books being published this month…just the ones I absolutely couldn’t live without!

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All covers link to GoodReads!

  • I Wanna Be Where You Are – this just sounds adorable and I need more diverse summer books in my life. A lot of the ones I’ve been finding are very, very white and only white and that’s sad.
  • Teeth in the Mist – IT’S A FAUST RETELLING GUYS!!!!! And it’s female driven. YES PLEASE TAKE MY FIRSTBORN.
  • The Girl in Red – Little Red Riding Hood told in Christina Henry’s epically creepy style (I hope). YES YES.
  • Wicked Fox – set in Seoul, with Korean legends and soul-stealing and immortality? This just sounds amazing, even more so since it’s the first of a duology (at least…there are two books listed on GR currently).

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What books are on your radar for this month? Drop me a note in the comments!

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Jun 02

Sunday Post #11 – I Demand a Recount

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Hey everyone! Back with another Sunday Post update, via Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s been a LONG time since I did a Sunday Post, but I’d like to get back into it regularly as a way to wrap up. I’m totally patterning mine off of Kimberly’s, at least for now.

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I’m demanding a recount…of the days allotted to May. I was promised 31 days and I’m pretty sure I only received about 10. I start my summer class – organic chemistry (EEEEEK!!!) – tomorrow. Someone please explain how that happened. My brain is not sufficiently recovered from the past semesters. On the bright side, I’ve discovered that I actually know two people who will be in class with me, which makes me extremely happy.

Since all the complaining I can do will NOT roll back the calendar on May, I did a quick count and I managed to finish quite a few books for May!

  • 12 physical copy books
  • 5 e-books
  • 1 audiobook

TOTAL: 18 books

That has to be some kind of record for me. Pretty happy about that. I’m at 70 books for the year, which is FABULOUS for me. I have no idea how the rest of the year will go but I am very happy with the books I’ve read so far.

I’ve been a lot more active on Instagram lately (not just for the Read a Series in a month challenge, which I failed because…I can only handle so much angst at a time…*side-eye at the Twilight Saga*), so if you have an account be sure to look me up!

Weekly Dose of Adorableness

My golden boy is almost one year old! He looks so GROWN.

Last Week on Blog

Next Week on the Blog

  • Stepsister – YA fantasy review
  • The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek – historical fiction review
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday #7

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I was absolutely HORRIBLE about blog hopping this week! If you saw something really awesome in the book world, leave me a link in the comments! <3

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May 29

Can’t Wait Wednesday #6 – All Eyes On Us

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I’m joining in the fun with a Can’t-Wait Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Usually the books are ones yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

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Can’t Wait Wednesday #6 – All Eyes On UsAll Eyes on Us by Kit Frick
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on June 4, 2019
Pages: 384
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Pretty Little Liars meets People Like Us in this taut, tense thriller about two teens who find their paths intertwined when an anonymous texter threatens to spill their secrets and uproot their lives.

PRIVATE NUMBER: Wouldn’t you look better without a cheater on your arm? AMANDA: Who is this?

The daughter of small town social climbers, Amanda Kelly is deeply invested in her boyfriend, real estate heir Carter Shaw. He’s kind, ambitious, the town golden boy—but he’s far from perfect. Because behind Amanda’s back, Carter is also dating Rosalie.

PRIVATE NUMBER: I’m watching you, Sweetheart. ROSALIE: Who IS this?

Rosalie Bell is fighting to remain true to herself and her girlfriend—while concealing her identity from her Christian fundamentalist parents. After years spent in and out of conversion “therapy,” her own safety is her top priority. But maintaining a fake, straight relationship is killing her from the inside.

When an anonymous texter ropes Amanda and Rosalie into a bid to take Carter down, the girls become collateral damage—and unlikely allies in a fight to unmask their stalker before Private uproots their lives.

PRIVATE NUMBER: You shouldn’t have ignored me. Now look what you made me do…

The mention of conversion therapy did it for me. I grew up in a home where that was considered THE ANSWER for non-hetero people, and I thought it sounded awful then and I am absolutely HORRIFIED now as a (hopefully) enlightened adult. Very interested in how it will be portrayed in this story.

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May 26

Sunday Post #10 – One More Week

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Hey everyone! Back with another Sunday Post update, via Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s been a LONG time since I did a Sunday Post, but I’d like to get back into it regularly as a way to wrap up. I’m totally patterning mine off of Kimberly’s, at least for now.

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This week I worked a lot of 3rd shifts at my job, which always completely throws me. My body just doesn’t re-program itself to deal with being awake at that time quickly – especially not for just a few days! I only have one more left though, and I won’t have any in June. I did a lot of reading and some writing during those shifts (campus safety during summer break is veeeeeery slow), so that was nice. It was just that once I got home, the puppers expected me to be on my usual daytime schedule instead of falling asleep on the couch!

Speaking of June, my organic chemistry summer class starts on June 3rd, and I’m absolutely terrified. I’m also anticipating I won’t have a whole lot of time for reading or blogging in June or July, so I’ve still been working on getting as many posts written and scheduled as I can.

Weekly Dose of Adorableness

This one has a thing for soft chairs and goofy faces.

Last Week on Blog

Next Week on the Blog

  • The Burning Chambers – historical fiction ARC review
  • No Place Like Here – YA contemporary review and tour
  • Two Like Me and You – YA contemporary review and tour
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday #6

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May 22

Can’t Wait Wednesday #5 – Reticence

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I’m joining in the fun with a Can’t-Wait Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Usually the books are ones yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

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Can’t Wait Wednesday #5 – ReticenceReticence (Custard Protocol, #4) by Gail Carriger
Published by Orbit on August 6, 2019
Pages: 368
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Bookish and proper Percival Tunstell finds himself out of his depth when floating cities, spirited plumbing, and soggy biscuits collide in this delightful conclusion to NYT bestselling author Gail Carriger's Custard Protocol series.

Percival Tunstell loves that his sister and her best friend are building themselves a family of misfits aboard their airship, the Spotted Custard. Of course, he'd never admit that he belongs among them. He's always been on the outside - dispassionate, aloof, and hatless. But accidental spies, a trip to Japan, and one smart and beautiful doctor may have him renegotiating his whole philosophy on life.

Except hats. He's done with hats. Thank you very much.

OMG! I am so so so SO excited for this book! I absolutely adore the entire Parasolverse Gail Carriger has written and since this appears to be THE LAST book in that world (*SOB*) I am so here for it. I guess I should probably get onto reading Book 3 before this one comes out in August…

Any other Gail Carriger fans out there?

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May 19

Sunday Post #9 – Seeing People

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Hey everyone! Back with another Sunday Post update, via Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s been a LONG time since I did a Sunday Post, but I’d like to get back into it regularly as a way to wrap up. I’m totally patterning mine off of Kimberly’s, at least for now.

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This week I actually got to spend some time with friends! Between school and work (for all of us, not just me) it seems like I mostly text or message my friends on social media, and it was great to get to spend a few hours with some lovely people in my life this week. Mary and Kayla, I’m looking at you. 🙂 I also worked on the yard, mainly the flower bed on the side of my house. I love gardening, digging in the dirt and trying to help things grow. I also worked more hours this week than I have in a long time, which was GREAT for reading, since I work at a college and there are only a very few students here for May term.

I’ve also been way more active on Instagram lately, so if you like following #bookstagram be sure to say hi! I’m BentBookworm over there as well. I’ve been documenting my journey through the Twilight Saga for “Can You Read a Series in a Month,” which has been…entertaining. I felt compelled to record my reactions to some parts in my stories, just so I could remember my feelings. 😉

Weekly Dose of Adorableness:

This big beautiful boy turned ONE YEAR OLD on Saturday! How is that possible?? Also HOW does he still have a year or more of growing left…when he already weighs over 100 lbs?!?

Last Week on Blog

  • A Perilous Undertaking (Veronica Speedwell #2) – historical mystery review
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday #4 – The Wise and the Wicked
  • A Treacherous Curse (Veronica Speedwell #3) – historical mystery review

Next Week on the Blog

  • The Bone Charmer – YA ARC review and tour
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • A Dangerous Collaboration (Veronica Speedwell #4) – historical mystery review

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May 15

Can’t Wait Wednesday #4 – The Wise and the Wicked

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I’m joining in the fun with a Can’t-Wait Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Usually the books are ones yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

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Can’t Wait Wednesday #4 – The Wise and the WickedThe Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos
Published by Balzer + Bray on May 28, 2019
Pages: 368
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Ruby Chernyavsky has been told the stories since she was a child: The women in her family, once possessed of great magical abilities to remake lives and stave off death itself, were forced to flee their Russian home for America in order to escape the fearful men who sought to destroy them. Such has it always been, Ruby’s been told, for powerful women. Today, these stories seem no more real to Ruby than folktales, except for the smallest bit of power left in their blood: when each of them comes of age, she will have a vision of who she will be when she dies—a destiny as inescapable as it is inevitable. Ruby is no exception, and neither is her mother, although she ran from her fate years ago, abandoning Ruby and her sisters. It’s a fool’s errand, because they all know the truth: there is no escaping one’s Time.

Until Ruby’s great-aunt Polina passes away, and, for the first time, a Chernyavsky’s death does not match her vision. Suddenly, things Ruby never thought she’d be allowed to hope for—life, love, time—seem possible. But as she and her cousin Cece begin to dig into the family’s history to find out whether they, too, can change their fates, they learn that nothing comes without a cost. Especially not hope.

This just sounds delightful. There’s nothing I can say to describe it better than the blurb – I’m just so excited! I didn’t get an ARC of this so I’m going to have to wait until the end of the month with the rest of the world…hehe. If you’ve read it let me know what you think!

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May 12

Sunday Post #8 – Trying to Get Ahead

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Hey everyone! Back with another Sunday Post update, via Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. I’m really trying to stay up with these! I’m totally patterning mine off of Kimberly’s, at least for now.

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This week I’ve mostly been focusing on getting my life organized! This includes the blog, since I know June and July will be CRAZY for me (taking an entire year of organic chemistry in those two months). I’m trying to get as many posts scheduled and lined up as possible – which also means I’ve been reading like crazy. This upcoming week is a little quiet, but I have a lot of new release reviews and tours coming up in the last half of the month and I’m super excited about them all!

Noah in one of his favorite spots! Mine too, though he seems to spend more time in that chair than I do…hmmm.

Last Week on Blog

Next Week on the Blog

  • A Perilous Undertaking (Veronica Speedwell #2) – historical mystery review
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • A Treacherous Curse (Veronica Speedwell #3) – historical mystery review

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