Month: December 2018

Top 10 of 2018: Anticipated 2019 Releases

Posted December 31, 2018 by Madalyn / 20 Comments

Friends, we have officially made it to the LAST post of Top 10 of 2018! Top 10 of 2018 is a week-long blog event hosted by KimberlyFaye Reads that gives us the chance to look back on bookish favorites from the past year. We’re finishing things off today by talking about our most-anticipated releases of 2019. Let me tell you, I had THE HARDEST TIME narrowing this list down to only ten books. I could have listed 70. (Incidentally, here is my full “2019 releases” Goodreads shelf, which is currently sitting at 77 books!) However, without further ado, I present to you… the ten 2019 releases I’m *most* excited about! madalyn’s top ten All covers link to Goodreads.   Night […]

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Top 10 of 2018: I Ship It!

Posted December 29, 2018 by Madalyn / 7 Comments

Hi, friends! Welcome back to another day of Top 10 of 2018! Top 10 of 2018 is a week-long blog event hosted by KimberlyFaye Reads that gives us the chance to look back on bookish favorites from the past year. Today’s topic is “favorite couples,” and I had a lot of fun coming up with this list. Let’s get into all of my 2018 OTPs! All of these books were released in 2018, as well. madalyn’s top ten Fantasy/Paranormal Cardan/Jude, The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King by Holly Black | Talk about a slow burn, dude. These two can’t decide if they love or hate each other, and I live for it. (Although lowkey, I really need them to bang in The […]

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Top 10 of 2018: Cover Love

Posted December 28, 2018 by Madalyn / 14 Comments

Hi, everyone, and welcome back for another Top 10 of 2018 post! Top 10 of 2018 is a week-long blog event hosted by KimberlyFaye Reads that gives us the chance to look back on bookish favorites from the past year. Today’s prompt is “cover love,” and I’m excited to share my favorite gorgeous covers from this year! madalyn’s top ten   There’s honestly no rhyme, reason, or commonality within my list of favorite covers this year, tbh, except that I love all of these. I’ve also read all of these, and I feel like the covers truly represent the stories within the books. What are some of your favorite covers of 2018? Did any of my favorites make your list?

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Top 10 of 2018: Captivating Characters

Posted December 27, 2018 by Madalyn / 10 Comments

Hi, everyone, and welcome back for day three of my Top 10 of 2018 posts! Top 10 of 2018 is a week-long blog event hosted by KimberlyFaye Reads that gives us the chance to look back on bookish favorites from the past year. Today’s prompt is “captivating characters,” and I’m excited to discuss the characters that captured my heart this year! madalyn’s top ten Megan Harper, Always Never Yours // My loud, outspoken, brash YA heroine queen. Annabelle, A Heart in a Body in the World // Annabelle’s story is one that will stick with me forever. Her journey overcoming tremendous grief and loss and trauma was heartbreaking and beautiful. Circe, Circe // Miller’s characterization of Circe is so multifaceted and feminist and […]

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Top 10 of 2018: Debut and New-to-Me Authors

Posted December 26, 2018 by Madalyn / 11 Comments

Hi, y’all! I hope you had the best Christmas yesterday. Welcome back for day two of Top 10 of 2018! Top 10 of 2018 is a week-long blog event hosted by KimberlyFaye Reads that gives us the chance to look back on bookish favorites from the past year. Today’s topic is our top ten new or new-to-us authors. I discovered a lot of new author favorites this year, and I can’t wait to share them with you! madalyn’s top ten Debut Authors Author: Hank Green | Book read: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing I had been anticipating Hank’s debut for a while, but I was also apprehensive about it. Sci-fi isn’t a genre I typically pick up, and there weren’t many […]

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Top 10 of 2018: Books I Wish I’d Made Time to Read

Posted December 25, 2018 by Madalyn / 16 Comments

Hello, friends– and Merry Christmas! Today is the first day of the Top 10 of 2018 event! Top 10 of 2018 is a week-long blog event hosted by KimberlyFaye Reads that gives us the chance to look back on bookish favorites from the past year. Today, we’re kicking things off by discussing the top ten books we wish we’d made time to read in 2018, AKA all the books that somehow slipped through the TBR cracks this year. These are all priorities for me going into the New Year! madalyn’s top ten Backlist Books That Have Languished on My TBR Shelf for Too Long Titles I’ve Checked Out MULTIPLE TIMES from the Library, but Never Picked Up (why do I […]

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Top Ten of 2018: Announcement & Sign-Up!

Posted December 18, 2018 by Madalyn / 4 Comments

Hi, everyone! Today’s post will be a quick one. I just wanted to officially announce that I’ll be participating in the Top 10 of 2018 blog event next week, hosted by KimberlyFaye Reads! I did this in 2016 and 2017 and loved participating both years, so I’ve been anxiously awaiting this year’s event. You can find out all about the different prompts in the announcement post. Check back next week for a week of bookish year-end fun during the seven days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve! I hope you’ll join us! Are you participating in Top Ten of 2018?

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Books to Reread in 2019!

Posted December 17, 2018 by Madalyn / 18 Comments

I wrote a post last January about books I wanted to reread in 2018 (which was, in turn, inspired by Lauren’s post), and my rereading this year ended up being so successful that I decided to make a similar list of books I want to reread in 2019! (In case you’re wondering, I got to 4/5 of the books on my 2018 list!) I already have fairly concrete plans for a few of these, and the rest are some I’d love to get to if time and my TBR permit! Let’s get into the rereads I have on deck for next year.  potential 2019 rereads (Covers link to Goodreads.) the series: The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (series) // Okay, […]

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Holiday Gift Guide: Gryffindor Stories

Posted December 14, 2018 by Madalyn / 6 Comments
Holiday Gift Guide: Gryffindor Stories

Hi, everyone! As I’m sure you all have noticed, the holiday season is upon us. I always try to do some sort of bookish holiday gift guide on the blog, and for this year’s, I decided to recommend books to each Hogwarts House that I feel fit the characteristics of that House. I’ve wanted to do a series of book recommendations based on Hogwarts Houses for a while, and what better time than now, when you can add these to your holiday wishlist? (This was partially inspired by Rachel @ Rec-It Rachel’s holiday gift guide this year, which I’ve been loving.) Here are my recommendations for Ravenclaw, Slytherin, and Hufflepuff, in case you missed them! Today, I’m wrapping up my Hogwarts House Gift Guide […]

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Waiting on Wednesday: I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver

Posted December 12, 2018 by Madalyn / 8 Comments
Waiting on Wednesday: I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver

Waiting on Wednesday was created by Breaking the Spine, and is now hosted by Wishful Endings (as Can’t Wait Wednesday). 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’ve followed Mason on Twitter for years, and it’s been such a joy watching their journey to publication. I cannot wait to read their book– y’all know queer YA contemporary is My Brand(TM), and I Wish You All the Best features a nonbinary MC, which is hard to find! And if all of that weren’t enough, it was blurbed by my queen, Becky Albertalli. CAN’T WAIT. Are you […]

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