new on the blog
- [3 Jan] By Your Side by Kasie West ★★★★½
- [5 Jan] Aftermath by Clara Kensie ★★★★
- [6 Jan] In the Hope of Memories by Olivia Rivers ★★★★★
- [12 Jan] RoseBlood by A.G. Howard ★★
- [13 Jan] With Malice by Eileen Cook ★★★½
- [17 Jan] Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven ★★★★
- [19 Jan] History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera ★★★★
- [25 Jan] A List of Cages by Robin Roe ★★★★½
- [30 Jan] Caraval (Caraval, #1) by Stephanie Garber ★★★★★
our most anticipated February release
SO MANY ANTICIPATED RELEASES THIS MONTH, OMG
venturing around the blogosphere
Check out these posts we loved this month! <3
- Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight discusses “organization” in the New Year
- The Bookavid tells us why it’s time to unabashedly call out racist books in 2017
- Puput @ Sparkling Letters talks about the struggle of writing a coherent positive review
- Lauren @ Bookmark Lit discusses the impact of audio, the first of three posts in her Impact of Book Format series
- CW @ Read, Think, Ponder recommends four fantasy books by Asian authors
- Tasya @ The Literary Huntress tells us about her changing tastes in YA love interests
- Neyreda @ Nick & Neyreda’s Infinite Booklist shares ways to support books if you don’t buy books
- Amanda @ Latte Nights Reviews opens up about her mental health journey for #BellLetsTalk Day
every book read this month
What Madalyn Read:
I had such a wonderful reading month! I didn’t read anything this month that I rated below three stars– yay!! In fact, I LOVED the majority of these and gave out more five star ratings this month than I did, like, the entire first half of last year.
life & what’s happening
Honestly, on a national and global scale, this year has gotten off to a rocky start, to put it very, very mildly. I’ve been continuing to call my reps, go to protests, and generally make it known that I won’t stand for the kind of intolerance and injustice promoted by our new president and our largely Republican Congress. It kinda makes me feel guilty, because things in my personal life are going strangely well. My semester is off to a great start– I’m liking my classes and professors so far, and my mental health is 194838642738x better than it was last semester. My choir was invited to perform at the Georgia Music Educators Association’s annual conference last week, and we absolutely KILLED it. Reading-wise, I participated in the second #DiverseAThon and loved it.
I had a blast with Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli at their event/signing last month! (Though, I refuse to pick sides in The Great Oreo Debate.)
Madalyn’s Look Ahead:
Next month is looking to be pretty busy– my university’s choirs are contracted by the Atlanta Ballet to sing Carmina Burana for their performances the next two weeks. I also have a kinda big audition coming up in a couple weeks, so good vibes would be appreciated! Oh, and I’ll probably be getting another tattoo this month! 🙂 Look out for pictures on Twitter when that happens. In the bookish world, I’m planning on participating in the Bookentine Readathon, hosted by Ely & Michelle @ Tea & Titles. I also just joined my first round of the #OTSPSecretSister project, so I’m excited to get things going on that front, as well!
king of the month:
Madalyn’s Top Pick:
Noteworthy was the book of my heart. A cross-dressing, bisexual MC + choir + a boarding school setting + the most lovable cast of characters on the freakin’ planet. I adored it SO much! I will be posting a review closer to release date, but for now, GO PREORDER THIS BOOK!
How was your month? Did you read anything good? Anything exciting coming up? Let’s chat in the comments; we’d love to know!
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