November Book Haul ~ 2017

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November was a hefty month on the buying front. With collector’s editions being released and Black Friday shopping, I knew this would make for a massive haul. I’m still waiting for a package so the stack above may look small. Don’t let it fool you.

I picked up quite a few special editions this month including the B&N A Darker Shade of Magic, the City of Bones 10th Anniversary edition, and B&N hardcover edition of The Princess Saves Herself In This One which is signed. I also grabbed some new releases in Renegades, The City of Brass, Into the Black, and The Mortal Instruments graphic novel. Plus the OwlCrate book of the month was The Glass Spare.

I managed to snag eight titles in the Book Outlet Black Friday sale. Hopefully Lost Stars, Radiance, The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home, The Refrigerator Monologues, The Valiant, Tiger Lily, The Artifact Vault, and The Invasion of the Tearling will arrive at my house soon.

Did you pick up any books in November? Have you read any of the titles I mentioned?

Let me know in the comments below!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Sightwitch

“Waiting on” Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that highlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.



SightwitchSightwitch 
by Susan Dennard

Publisher: Tor Teen

Expected Date: February 13, 2018

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Set a year before Truthwitch, Sightwitch follows Ryber Fortiza, the last Sightwitch Sister as she treks deep underground to rescue her missing best friend. While there, she encounters a young Nubrevnan named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he wound up inside the mountain. As the two journey ever deeper in search of answers, and as they brave one close call after another, a tentative friendship forms between them—one that might one day grow into something more.

Sightwitch is told through Ryber’s journal entries and her sketches, as well as through supplementary materials (such as other journals, pieces of songs, clippings from history books, flashbacks, etc.). Though meant as a companion novella, this story serves as a set up to Bloodwitch as well as an expansion of the world.


I am so here for more books from Susan Dennard especially when it will be expanding the Truthwitch universe. Plus Sightwitch will be a change of pace in terms of storytelling as well as give more backstory for two characters I really like. This one really cannot come soon enough!

Are you excited for Sightwitch? Do you enjoy companion novels?

Let me know in the comments below!

Teaser Tuesday: Love, Hate & Other Filters

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Hosted by A Daily Rhythm, Teaser Tuesday is a bookish meme meant to highlight passages from books you are currently reading.

Here are the rules (as described by A Daily Rhythm):

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week’s teasers comes from Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed which I just started. I’ve heard lots of great things about this upcoming contemporary that takes on Islamophobia and cannot wait to dive deeper in. Check out the sneak peaks below!

Destiny sucks.

Sure, it can be all heart bursting and undeniable and Bollywood dance numbers and meet me at the Empire State Building. Except when someone else wants to decide who I’m going to sleep with for the rest of my life. Then destiny is a bloodsucker, and not the swoony, sparkly vampire kind. 

And another:

It’s bad enough I can’t go to actual prom, but missing MORP, too, is death by paper cuts.

Do these quotes have you intrigued? Are you looking forward to Love, Hate & Other Filters?

ARC Review: Chainbreaker by Tara Sim

ChainbreakerChainbreaker by Tara Sim

Published by Sky Pony Press on January 2, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Steampunk

Pages: 308 Format: eARC Source: EW

5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

I acquired this ARC from the publisher through Edelweiss. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

Clock mechanic Danny Hart knows he’s being watched. But by whom, or what, remains a mystery. To make matters worse, clock towers have begun falling in India, though time hasn’t Stopped yet. He’d hoped after reuniting with his father and exploring his relationship with Colton, he’d have some time to settle into his new life. Instead, he’s asked to investigate the attacks.

After inspecting some of the fallen Indian towers, he realizes the British occupation may be sparking more than just attacks. And as Danny and Colton unravel more secrets about their past, they find themselves on a dark and dangerous path–one from which they may never return.


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Book Review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

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Published by Penguin Press on September 12, 2017

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Literary

Pages: 338 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned — from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. 

Enter Mia Warren — an enigmatic artist and single mother — who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community. 

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.


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November in Review ~ 2017

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Welcome to my Month in Review!

Books I Read

Top Pick

LittleFiresEverywhere

Challenges

Goodreads: 155/100

Rock My TBR: 13

Flights of Fantasy: 53/45

Diverse Reads: 38

PopSugar: 26/40

Pirate/Seafaring Related Books (just for fun): 9

Life, Etc.

Was November draining for anyone else? Honestly it was one thing after another. From back pain, to sinus headaches, to eye infections. I spent what was going to be a staycation, miserable on the couch. Despite my misery I was still able to read a bunch, knocking out some eBooks and graphic novels. It clearly helped having some time off though.

Now the holiday season is upon us and I’m getting super hyped! I had a nice, relaxing Thanksgiving and our house has been fully decorated for Christmas. In terms of TV/Movie consumption I just saw Thor: Ragnarok this weekend and absolutely loved it. I’m hoping to see Coco soon as well. I still need to catch up on a bunch of TV shows but I feel no urgency on that front.

How did your November go? Any exciting events?

Let me know in the comments below!

Top 5 Wednesday: Authors I’d Want To Write Like

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey on Youtube) as a way for book reviewers and lovers to share their love of lists every Wednesday. Check out the Goodreads group.

  1. Leigh Bardugo
  2. Victoria Schwab
  3. Anna-Marie McLemore
  4. Roshani Chokshi
  5. Alisha Rai

This week’s Top 5 is all about the authors I’d want to write like. I’ve chosen five fiercely inspiring female writers that I would absolutely love to emulate. The two at the top are, not surprisingly, Leigh Bardugo and Victoria Schwab. These ladies are my fave authors ever, crafting detailed worlds and distinct characters with immense talent. Next are Anna-Marie McLemore and Roshani Chokshi who write the most delectable descriptions with such heart and emotion infused into every word. My final pick is Alisha Rai authoring some of the most splendid romance with plenty of angst and depth woven together.

Have you read any of these authors’ work? Who would make your Top 5?

Let me know in the comments below!