Author: Madalyn

A Very Arc-ish Readathon TBR!

Posted March 23, 2017 by Madalyn / 3 Comments

I’m excited to participate in A Very Arc-ish Readathon, hosted by Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks.  This readathon runs throughout the month of April, and the only goal is to read as many ARCs as possible. Personally, I plan on using the readathon to catch up on my Netgalley e-ARCs. I’ve fallen behind on those recently, and as such, my feedback ratio is not so great at the moment. Without further ado, let’s get into the books on my TBR! madalyn’s tbr Are you participating in this readathon? If so, what are you reading? Have you read any of the books on my TBR?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read in One Sitting

Posted March 21, 2017 by Madalyn / 11 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is a “read in one sitting” theme, so today, I’ll be sharing with you my top ten books I’ve read in one sitting! I read books in one sitting quite often, especially contemporaries. They’re just so easy to fly through, and I love the closure that reading a book in a single sitting lends me. Also, I’ve noticed since I started college that the majority of my reading tends to be books I read in one sitting, because it’s somehow easier for me to set aside a couple hours on my days off to binge read a book (or two, or three) than to gradually read […]

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Mini Reviews: Contemporary Edition!

Posted March 20, 2017 by Madalyn / 14 Comments
Mini Reviews: Contemporary Edition!

Hey guys! So, for today’s post, I thought I’d switch it up and write a series of mini-reviews for some of the books I’ve read recently. I’ve read a decent amount of contemporaries lately that I don’t have a *ton* of things to say about, but that I still want to discuss with you guys! Without further ado, let’s talk about the books. This was such a pleasant surprise! Romance isn’t usually my genre of choice, but sometimes I get a craving for a romance novel, and this one didn’t disappoint. Quite frankly, my aversion to romance usually stems from the misogyny and heteronormativity that run rampant in that genre, so The King of Bourbon Street was super refreshing on […]

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Madalyn’s Novel Rewind (10) + Blog News

Posted March 18, 2017 by Madalyn / 10 Comments

Novel Rewind is our version of a weekly wrap up post.  The three of us will be alternating weeks. We will be linking up to Stacking the Shelves and The Sunday Post. Life Happenings *taps microphone* Is this thing on? Long time no talk, guys! I’ve been super busy over the past couple weeks. Last week, I was in Minneapolis for five days at the national conference of the American Choral Directors Association– ACDA is always my favorite week of every year, and this year was SO EPIC. I met some famous composers and conductors, went to some fascinating interest sessions, and heard countless fantastic choirs. I also got to hang out in a new city with my friends for a week, plus […]

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ARC Review: Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

Posted March 17, 2017 by Madalyn / 6 Comments
ARC Review: Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

 You know those occasional books you go into with a ~feeling~ about? Those books you just know you’re going to love, even before you’ve read a single page? Well, friends, Noteworthy was that book for me, and I am happy to report that it didn’t disappoint. In fact, it blew my (already-high) expectations out of the water! I mean, a bisexual MC + cross-dressing + a capella choir + boarding school setting?! Yeah, no wonder this was the book of my dreams. Obviously, being the choir nerd that I am, I adored the plot of Noteworthy immensely. Jordan Sun, a junior at the prestigious Kensington-Blaine Academy (an arts school), runs out of options when she isn’t cast in the school […]

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Waiting on Wednesday: 27 Hours by Tristina Wright

Posted March 15, 2017 by Madalyn / 15 Comments
Waiting on Wednesday: 27 Hours by Tristina Wright

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 Sci-fi isn’t usually my genre of choice, but I will definitely make an exception for this book! On Twitter, I’ve seen the author describe 27 Hours as “queer teens in space.” SIGN ME THE HECK UP. What book are you waiting on this week? Are you as excited for this one as I am?

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ARC Review: Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Posted March 9, 2017 by Madalyn / 17 Comments
ARC Review: Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Oh, my heart! Queens of Geek was exactly the delightfully geeky, adorable contemporary I didn’t know I needed. The story follows three Australian best friends, Charlie, Taylor, and Jamie, who travel to the US together to fulfill their collective dream of attending SupaCon (think Comic-Con, but fictional). For such a short book, Queens of Geek managed to fill every page with fandom, romance, friendship, and self-discovery. I devoured it in one sitting. The book is told through two POVs: Charlie and Taylor. I thought Jen Wilde pulled off the multiple perspectives really well! Charlie is a YouTube star with an impressive three million subscribers, and she’s also on the verge of being a breakout star due to her role in an Australian […]

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ARC Review: The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Posted March 2, 2017 by Madalyn / 4 Comments
ARC Review: The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz

After (finally) picking up Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe earlier last year, I fell deeply in love with Benjamin Alire Saenz’s prose. So, of course, I was thrilled to receive an e-arc of his latest book, The Inexplicable Logic of My Life. I’ll be honest: in a lot of ways, these two stories felt like the exact same book, just with a different cast of characters. The Inexplicable Logic of My Life, like Aristotle and Dante, focuses heavily on themes of grief, loss, family, friendships, and growing up. I think Saenz tackles these tricky themes exceptionally well. He seriously has a gift for writing the teenage experience like no other author I’ve ever read. I think this is due to […]

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Monthly Novel Rewind: February 2017

Posted February 28, 2017 by Madalyn / 12 Comments

Another month, another monthly rewind post! We can’t believe it’s March already. Here’s what we’ve been up to in reading and life over the past month! new on the blog our most anticipated March release Madalyn: venturing around the blogosphere Check out these posts we loved this month! <3 Anissa @ Of Wonderland shares nine v. helpful reading hacks Ava @ Bookishness and Tea discusses the importance of diverse YA romances and shares some of her favorite diverse couples in YA CW @ Read, Think, Ponder re-rates past reads and discusses why her ratings may have changed Jen @ Pop! Goes the Reader interviews Nina Lacour about her newest release, We Are Okay Reg @ She Latitude brings us a book […]

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Madalyn’s Novel Rewind (9)

Posted February 25, 2017 by Madalyn / 8 Comments

Novel Rewind is our version of a weekly wrap up post.  The three of us will be alternating weeks. We will be linking up to Stacking the Shelves and The Sunday Post. Life Happenings The craziness that has been my life as of late is finally starting to slow down a bit! I’ve been super busy with choir stuff (including wrapping our run of Carmina Burana with the Atlanta Ballet and singing a Valentine’s Day concert with Andrea Bocelli and special guest USHER). I’ve had a bit of an existential crisis this week– I’m starting to freak out about next year, since I’ll be student teaching, finishing college, and applying for grad school in just a few short months. I’M NOT READY […]

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