Author: Madalyn

ARC Review: Aftercare Instructions by Bonnie Pipkin

Posted June 22, 2017 by Madalyn / 3 Comments
ARC Review: Aftercare Instructions by Bonnie Pipkin

Aftercare Instructions is one of those books that, in the days since I finished it, keeps creeping into my thoughts time and time again. I can’t stop thinking about this book. On one hand, it wasn’t at all the book I expected. On the other, I think it represents a vastly important addition to YA lit. I apologize in advance if my review seems jumbled– I’m finding it incredibly hard to pinpoint what exactly makes this book so special. I also believe this is the type of story you need to go into a bit blind; knowing too much about the plot could ruin the reading experience for you. Therefore, I’ll try not to say too much about the actual events […]

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More Queer Book Recommendations! | Pride 2017

Posted June 19, 2017 by Madalyn / 7 Comments

Hello, friends, and welcome to post number two in a series of posts I have planned for Pride Month! In case you missed the first post, I recommended books that feature f/f romances. Today, I thought I’d expand off of that and recommend some more books that feature LGBTQIAP+ characters. If a book title has an * next to it, that means it’s #ownvoices (the author shares the same gender identity or sexuality as the character). I highly recommend prioritizing #ownvoices stories in your reading when it comes to buying and reading books about people on the LGBTQIAP+ spectrum. Without further ado, let’s talk about some books! Just a note: while I have plenty of favorite LGBTQIAP+ side characters/romances (Rhy from […]

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Weekly Novel Rewind (4)

Posted June 17, 2017 by Madalyn / 6 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: Hello! Long time, no talk. I am happy to report that I have returned from Europe, and, even better, I have returned a WINNER OF A PRESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL CHORAL COMPETITION! I If you keep up with me anywhere, you’ll know that I was in Austria and Germany with my university choir, touring and competing in the 15th International Chamber Choir Competition in Marktoberdorf. We started our tour in Salzburg (one of my new favorite cities), then traveled to Marktoberdorf for the competition. I stayed with the most wonderful host family, met (and partied in […]

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Favorite Books that Feature F/F Romances | Pride 2017

Posted June 15, 2017 by Madalyn / 14 Comments

Hi, friends! Happy Pride Month to all my fellow queer babes out there, and welcome to the first in a series of posts I have planned relating to Pride Month. Today, I thought I’d recommend some of my favorite books that feature f/f romances– whether you like YA, New Adult, or Adult, I have you covered! I feel that f/f ships definitely deserve LOTS more love in the blogging and bookish community, so this post is my attempt at remedying that. Without further ado, let’s get into the recommendations! young adult Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde // One of my favorites of the year so far!! It’s blown up the blogosphere, and with good reason. This book was just full of […]

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Recs for the Father Figures in My Life

Posted June 13, 2017 by Madalyn / 4 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is a Father’s Day freebie, so I decided to go along similar lines to what I did with the Mother’s Day freebie last month and recommend books to the father figures in my life! You might notice that “father figures” is plural. That’s because I wanted to recommend books to both my dad and my stepdad. Without getting too personal, my relationship with both of these men in my life is very different, but they both played a huge role in growing my lifelong love of reading. Let’s get into the recs, shall we? madalyn’s top ten For my dad:   A History of the World […]

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My Life in Books | Book Tag

Posted June 8, 2017 by Madalyn / 8 Comments

Hi, guys! I haven’t done a book tag in what feels like forever. I wasn’t tagged to do this, but I saw the “My Life in Books” tag over on Sydney’s blog, and it looked like a lot of fun. Let’s get into the questions! find a book for each of your initials. M: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera M: Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit H: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi count your age along your bookshelf. what book is it? This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab // One of my favorites of last year. I can’t wait for the sequel, which comes out this summer! pick a book set in your city/state. Simon vs. the […]

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Monthly Novel Rewind: May 2017

Posted June 3, 2017 by Madalyn / 1 Comment

Another month gone! Summer, here we come. Read on to see what we’ve been up to in reading and life in May! new on the blog our most anticipated june release(s) Madalyn: Bee: venturing around the blogosphere Check out these posts from other bloggers we loved this month! <3 Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads makes an excellent argument in favor of trigger warnings in books Ariel @ Ariel Bissett takes us on a tour of her favorite bookshops in London Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner writes a stunning, heartfelt review of The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord Trisha @ Paperback Primadonna ponders the “three-star graveyard” Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog discusses the ARC conundrum all book bloggers face Avery @ The […]

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ARC Review: I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

Posted June 1, 2017 by Madalyn / 0 Comments
ARC Review: I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

Well, this was a lot of fun! I Believe in a Thing Called Love features a bit of a ridiculous premise, but it makes for a thoroughly enjoyable reading experience, and, of course, a pretty swoonworthy romance. The plot of this one is simple: our main character, Desi, hatches a plan to win the heart of a hot new guy at her high school. She bases this “foolproof” plan on the formulaic plots of the Korean dramas she grew up watching with her dad. As you might imagine, sheer hilarity ensues. Let’s start with the characters. Desi was a main character that I found really easy to root for. There were so many moments throughout the course of this book where […]

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Top Ten Tuesday: Anticipated Upcoming Releases!

Posted May 30, 2017 by Madalyn / 7 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks topic is our top ten most anticipated releases for the second half of 2017. I can’t wait to share my ten thirteen most anticipated releases for the rest of the year with you all (I couldn’t narrow it down to just ten, okay?)! madalyn’s top “ten” Are you as excited about any of these as I am?! What’s your most anticipated release for the remainder of 2017?

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Weekly Novel Rewind (3)

Posted May 27, 2017 by Madalyn / 4 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 Hey, everyone! It’s just me on the rewind this week– Bee is currently at the beach. This week was pretty busy! On Monday, my roommate and I went to a local farmer’s market and bought a ton of delicious food– highlights include some AMAZING coffee and garlic bagels (which are really hard to find in the South). I also took a bunch of books to Half Price Books to sell! That HPB location is pretty new, so it was my first time there. It definitely will not be my last! My choir also had our […]

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