Month: January 2018

Weekly Novel Rewind (22)

Posted January 21, 2018 by Madalyn / 5 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 What an interesting week! I only had two days of class this week because of the MLK holiday on Monday and the not one, but two snow days we got on Wednesday and Thursday. It was nice at first, but Thursday I started feeling a little stir-crazy from being trapped inside (not only was it icy outside, but this whole city basically shuts down and everything closes when it snows). Two of my best friends had birthdays this weekend– one on Friday and one on Saturday. We had parties both nights for them, which was […]

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How I Read 170 Books in a Year (Or, Tips on How to Read More)

Posted January 19, 2018 by Madalyn / 13 Comments

Hello everyone! Today, I’m here with a bit of a different post. When reviewing my reading in 2017, the thing that stands out to me most is how much more I read last year than in any other previous (recorded) year. I normally average between 60 and 80 books per year, but last year I read 170. That’s 100 MORE books than I typically read in a year. I did notice changes in the way I read that I think led to this dramatic increase, so today, I thought I’d share some of the tips and tricks I, a full-time student with two part-time jobs, have successfully employed to help me read more. Now, two disclaimers before we get into […]

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Waiting on Wednesday: Bygone Badass Broads by Mackenzi Lee

Posted January 17, 2018 by Madalyn / 8 Comments
Waiting on Wednesday: Bygone Badass Broads by Mackenzi Lee

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. It’s a feature where we show off one of our most anticipated upcoming book releases. Where we tend to add more books to your never-ending TBR. madalyn’s waiting on… why i’m waiting A nonfiction book about forgotten women who shaped history? Count me in! And, I mean, I could always use more of Mackenzi Lee’s writing. This started out as a series on Mackenzi Lee’s Twitter, and every week I look forward to reading about another kickass lady through #BygoneBadassBroads. Plus, it seems like this collection will be intersectional… here’s hoping! What book are you waiting on this week? Are you also excited for Bygone Badass Broads?

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Weekly Novel Rewind (21)

Posted January 14, 2018 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 Hello from my first Novel Rewind post of 2018! I hope your new years are off to a wonderful start. I don’t have too many exciting things to report… I started the spring semester last week (after getting Monday off because of “winter weather,” which in the South basically equates to “it was really cold and there was a very tiny chance of icy roads”), and I think my classes this semester will be good. I also worked a lot– I didn’t get to work much over the holidays because of travel, so it’s nice […]

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ARC Review: Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Posted January 12, 2018 by Madalyn / 10 Comments
ARC Review: Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

New Maureen Johnson book? New Maureen Johnson book!!! I was ecstatic to receive an ARC of Truly Devious, because I have been reading Johnson’s books since middle school and I religiously keep up with new releases from her. Plus, a mystery set at a boarding school?! Those are two of my favorite things. Luckily, Truly Devious delivered on my expectations! Fellow fans of Johnson’s writing will be happy to know that Truly Devious has no shortage of her trademark smart writing. First off, I think she truly has found her calling as an author in writing mysteries. Secondly, she’s great at writing female characters who are witty and driven, but who also feel very true-to-life and relatable. Stevie is one […]

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace

Posted January 10, 2018 by Madalyn / 2 Comments
Waiting on Wednesday: The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. It’s a feature where we show off one of our most anticipated upcoming book releases. Where we tend to add more books to your never-ending TBR. madalyn’s waiting on… why i’m waiting I really enjoyed Amanda Lovelace’s debut poetry collection, so I’m excited for this sequel of sorts! Plus, that title is AMAZING. What book are you waiting on this week?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I meant to read in 2017, but didn’t (oops)

Posted January 9, 2018 by Madalyn / 12 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is the top ten books we meant to get to in 2017, but didn’t (but totally will this year!). Without further ado, here are the ten books that slipped by the wayside for me last year for whatever reason, but that I really want to read. madalyn’s top ten (Covers link to Goodreads) We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates // HOW have I not read the new Ta-Nehisi Coates yet?! It was one of my most-anticipated releases of last fall. In all fairness, I didn’t own a copy of this book until Christmas, but I could have easily checked it […]

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Monthly Novel Rewind: December 2017 | Hello, 2018!

Posted January 6, 2018 by Madalyn / 6 Comments

Novel Rewind is our version of a wrap-up post, where we discuss what we read and what we’ve been up to during the past month, as well as what’s ahead in the coming month. new on the blog our most anticipated january release venturing around the blogosphere Check out these posts from other creators we loved this month! <3 Michelle @ Writing Between Pauses offers four tips for blogging during the holiday season Holly @ Nut Free Nerd lists ten fictional books that she’d love to receive as gifts Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks provides a masterlist of diverse YA books releasing in the first half of 2018 Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction compiles a comprehensive list of blogging […]

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ARC Review | Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet

Posted January 4, 2018 by Madalyn / 12 Comments
ARC Review | Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet

I’ll admit, after seeing subpar reviews of this anthology from reviewers I trust, I was quite hesitant when I cracked open this book. However, overall, I ended up enjoying these short stories much more than expected! I’ve been pretty disappointed by YA anthologies recently, but Meet Cute definitely surprised me in a good way. My average rating for the stories was 3.5, so I’ve rated the overall anthology 3.5 stars to reflect that (although I rounded up to a 4 stars on Goodreads, because I really did love the stories I enjoyed from this collection). I appreciated that quite a few stories in this collection featured LGBTQIAP+ rep (although I do reeeeeaaalllly wish there had been some ace rep, considering […]

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2018 Reading Goals + Challenges!

Posted January 2, 2018 by Madalyn / 16 Comments

Happy New Year, friends! I hope January is off to a great start for you. Today, I’m here to share with you my reading and blogging goals for the year, as well as chat about the challenges I’ll be participating in! reading goals Read my owned TBR books. This is a simple goal, but I’d love to read all my owned (backlist) TBR books this year. I counted, and I have 27 total unread owned books at the moment– 18 physical, and 9 ebook/audiobook. If I read at least two of these books per month this year, this goal should be easily achievable! Plus, I’m in a Twitter group chat with two of my friends who have the same goal, […]

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