Month: August 2017

Review: Spinning by Tillie Walden | #ARCAugust

Posted August 31, 2017 by Madalyn / 2 Comments
Review: Spinning by Tillie Walden | #ARCAugust

I was so excited to receive an ARC of Spinning! I have been reading tons of graphic novels this summer, and a YA graphic novel memoir about ice skating and coming to terms with your sexuality sounded too amazing to pass up. However, while I appreciate what this book brought to the table, the narrative structure was a bit too all over the place for my personal taste. Spinning chronicles author Tillie Walden’s adolescent years in the world of competitive figure skating. While ice skating is inarguably a huge focus of this memoir, the story covers a lot more than simply the ice skating part of Walden’s life. It shows her dealing with coming out as a lesbian, struggling with […]

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Waiting on Wednesday: Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

Posted August 30, 2017 by Madalyn / 6 Comments
Waiting on Wednesday: Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. It’s a feature where we show off one of our most anticipated upcoming releases. Where we tend to add more books to your never-ending TBR. madalyn’s waiting on… why i’m waiting The Wayward Children series is one of my favorite series of all time! It’s so imaginative, and each book fills me with such a peculiar, melancholy sense of longing. But, like, in the best way. They’re truly something special. Beneath the Sugar Sky takes place at Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, just like Every Heart a Doorway. I can’t wait to learn more about the school and to meet new characters (and get introduced to those new characters’ worlds)! […]

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Madalyn’s Favorite “Oldies” | August Monthly Recommendations

Posted August 28, 2017 by Madalyn / 13 Comments

Monthly Recommendations is a Goodreads group created and hosted by Kayla Rayne @ Kayla Rayne and Trina @ Between Chapters. I used to do these videos when I was on BookTube, and I really miss them, so I’ve decided to try to do them on the blog every month from now on! August’s topic is our favorite “oldies,” AKA our favorite books published before 2010. In recent years, I tend to read mostly recent releases, so I had a fun time going down memory lane and thinking about some of my favorite books I read years ago, way before I was on the bookish internet. I’ve decided to split my list into two categories: old favorites, and classics (because, like, they’re […]

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Weekly Novel Rewind (10) + Madalyn’s Going to BookNet Fest!

Posted August 27, 2017 by Madalyn / 16 Comments

Novel Rewind is our version of a weekly wrap-up post. We will be linking up to Stacking the Shelves and The Sunday Post. Life Updates Madalyn: I survived my first week of this semester! I had a really fantastic first week, actually; I’m so excited to be back on campus with my friends, and I love all my classes so far. This is super cheesy, but my heart was full to bursting after our first choir rehearsal Friday. It’s so great to be back with my favorite choir in the world. I also managed to squeeze in time between classes for a lot of fun social things with friends this week! On Monday, my friends and I all went up […]

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Bee is Back from Being MIA!

Posted August 25, 2017 by Bee / 3 Comments

Hello my darlings! Yes, it’s me, dear old Bee. Back from being MIA for the past… almost two months? Yeesh, it’s been a while. But I’m trying to make my comeback now. I might still post a bit irregularly at times, but I’m trying my hardest to give you guys some content from yours truly once more. But first, let me explain what’s been going on, okay? This post will be cross-posted on Novel Ink because I’m lazy and I don’t want to make two different posts for the same thing… So, many of you don’t know this, but at the start of July I began a new treatment at the hospital. It’s something that we have here in Belgium […]

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Mini Reviews: Recent Romance Reads! (2)

Posted August 24, 2017 by Madalyn / 1 Comment
Mini Reviews: Recent Romance Reads! (2)

Hello hello! Today, I’m bringing y’all another edition of mini reviews of a couple of the romance novels I’ve recently read (and really enjoyed!). Without further ado, let’s get into some of my thoughts!   The Queen of Dauphine Street was SUCH a pleasant surprise for me! It’s book two in the NOLA Nights series of companion novels. I enjoyed the first book, The King of Bourbon Street (which I featured in a mini reviews post a few months ago), but I was hesitant to go into this second book because it centers around a character I hadn’t particularly cared for in the first book. However, I ended up LOVING Maddy in this book. We learn so much more about […]

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Waiting on Wednesday: Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

Posted August 23, 2017 by Madalyn / 3 Comments
Waiting on Wednesday: Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. It’s a feature where we show off one of our most anticipated reads of the year. Where we tend to add more books to your never-ending TBR. madalyn’s waiting on… why i’m waiting I heard Mackenzi Lee talk about this book on the Literati podcast a couple weeks ago, and it sounds amazing! I love historical fiction, and I also love books that feature protagonists who are artists of any sort. Plus, this story is told in verse! It sounds super feminist, too. This one just generally intrigues me! One of my most-anticipated 2018 releases, for sure. What book are you waiting on this week? What are some of your anticipated […]

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Discussion: Madalyn’s Favorite Bookstores Around the World

Posted August 21, 2017 by Madalyn / 15 Comments

Hi, friends! As some of you who know me might know, my dad works for a major US airline, so I travel quite a lot. And, like any respectable bibliophile, I always seek out bookstores in the cities I visit. Today, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite bookstores I’ve visited around the world! This is by no means a comprehensive list (either of the bookstores I’ve been to, OR of all the amazing bookstores out there), but these are some of my most memorable. I’d love to do a part two to this discussion in the future about my wishlist of worldwide bookstores I’d like to visit! little shop of stories | atlanta, ga, usa Of course, I couldn’t […]

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Weekly Novel Rewind (9)

Posted August 19, 2017 by Madalyn / 19 Comments

Novel Rewind is our version of a weekly wrap-up post. We will be linking up to Stacking the Shelves and The Sunday Post. Life Updates Well, friends, I’m coming to you with the last novel rewind of the summer. I start my fall semester on Monday. *cries* I’d be lying if I said I was ready to go back, but I am excited about my schedule this semester. And, god, I can’t wait to be back in choir rehearsals. I’ve missed choir SO much. This week was pretty uneventful– I worked five days in a row (my feet are about to fall off my body, lol) and spent some time getting ready for the new semester. Wednesday night, I won […]

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Review: I See You by Clare Mackintosh | #ARCAugust

Posted August 17, 2017 by Madalyn / 2 Comments
Review: I See You by Clare Mackintosh | #ARCAugust

 I See You is definitely one of the better thrillers I’ve read in a while. I don’t know why it took me so long to get around to this book, but I’m so glad I finally did, because I forgot how much I love mystery/thrillers! I don’t think I can say much without this review getting spoilery, so I’ll just focus on what the book did well and what I think it could improve on. This book primarily follows a woman named Zoe Walker, who lives in London and who, one day on her commute, sees a photo of herself in a classified ad in the newspaper for a website called FindTheOne.com. She begins monitoring the classifieds section and soon […]

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