ARC Review: Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Posted September 7, 2017 by Madalyn / 5 Comments
ARC Review: Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Trigger warnings for rape/sexual assault Well, this was a fun, feminist read! Upon finishing it, my first thought was, “man, I wish Moxie had existed when I was in high school.” I wish I could go back in time and give a copy of this book to every girl in my rural-small-town, conservative high school who told me feminism equated to hating men, or that they “believed in equal rights, but didn’t consider themselves feminists.” Moxie follows our protagonist, Viv, as she, fed up with the casual sexism at her high school and inspired by memorabilia from her mom’s Riot Grrrl days, decides to write and anonymously distribute a feminist zine to all the girls in her high school. This is a […]

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Event Recap: BookNet Fest 2017

Posted September 5, 2017 by Madalyn / 14 Comments

Hi everyone! In case you missed it, I attended the first annual BookNet Fest in Orlando, FL over Labor Day Weekend. BookNet Fest is the brainchild of two wonderful women (and two of my personal favorite creators)– Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and Marines @ MyNameIsMarines. The idea behind the event was to celebrate the bookish internet in all its forms– BookTube, book blogs, bookstagram, book twitter, etc. It was open to both creators as well as consumers of bookish online content (so, anyone can attend!). I knew because of who created BookNet Fest that it would be fantastic, but you guys, I think this event is truly, truly special. It offers something totally new to this community that we […]

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Monthly Novel Rewind: August 2017 | Goodbye, summer!

Posted September 2, 2017 by Madalyn / 8 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 september release Madalyn: Ah, September. The month where we’ll all go bankrupt from new releases. venturing around the blogosphere Check out these posts from other bloggers we loved this month! <3 Molly @ Molly’s Book Nook shares a helpful list of ways to clear up some shelf space Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks writes a beautiful post on why we need diverse books Austine @ Novel Knight provides a guide to getting bloggers to review your book Cam @ […]

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Review: Spinning by Tillie Walden | #ARCAugust

Posted August 31, 2017 by Madalyn / 2 Comments
Review: Spinning by Tillie Walden | #ARCAugust

I was so excited to receive an ARC of Spinning! I have been reading tons of graphic novels this summer, and a YA graphic novel memoir about ice skating and coming to terms with your sexuality sounded too amazing to pass up. However, while I appreciate what this book brought to the table, the narrative structure was a bit too all over the place for my personal taste. Spinning chronicles author Tillie Walden’s adolescent years in the world of competitive figure skating. While ice skating is inarguably a huge focus of this memoir, the story covers a lot more than simply the ice skating part of Walden’s life. It shows her dealing with coming out as a lesbian, struggling with […]

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Waiting on Wednesday: Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

Posted August 30, 2017 by Madalyn / 6 Comments
Waiting on Wednesday: Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. It’s a feature where we show off one of our most anticipated upcoming releases. Where we tend to add more books to your never-ending TBR. madalyn’s waiting on… why i’m waiting The Wayward Children series is one of my favorite series of all time! It’s so imaginative, and each book fills me with such a peculiar, melancholy sense of longing. But, like, in the best way. They’re truly something special. Beneath the Sugar Sky takes place at Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, just like Every Heart a Doorway. I can’t wait to learn more about the school and to meet new characters (and get introduced to those new characters’ worlds)! […]

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Madalyn’s Favorite “Oldies” | August Monthly Recommendations

Posted August 28, 2017 by Madalyn / 13 Comments

Monthly Recommendations is a Goodreads group created and hosted by Kayla Rayne @ Kayla Rayne and Trina @ Between Chapters. I used to do these videos when I was on BookTube, and I really miss them, so I’ve decided to try to do them on the blog every month from now on! August’s topic is our favorite “oldies,” AKA our favorite books published before 2010. In recent years, I tend to read mostly recent releases, so I had a fun time going down memory lane and thinking about some of my favorite books I read years ago, way before I was on the bookish internet. I’ve decided to split my list into two categories: old favorites, and classics (because, like, they’re […]

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Weekly Novel Rewind (10) + Madalyn’s Going to BookNet Fest!

Posted August 27, 2017 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 Madalyn: I survived my first week of this semester! I had a really fantastic first week, actually; I’m so excited to be back on campus with my friends, and I love all my classes so far. This is super cheesy, but my heart was full to bursting after our first choir rehearsal Friday. It’s so great to be back with my favorite choir in the world. I also managed to squeeze in time between classes for a lot of fun social things with friends this week! On Monday, my friends and I all went up […]

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Bee is Back from Being MIA!

Posted August 25, 2017 by Bee / 3 Comments

Hello my darlings! Yes, it’s me, dear old Bee. Back from being MIA for the past… almost two months? Yeesh, it’s been a while. But I’m trying to make my comeback now. I might still post a bit irregularly at times, but I’m trying my hardest to give you guys some content from yours truly once more. But first, let me explain what’s been going on, okay? This post will be cross-posted on Novel Ink because I’m lazy and I don’t want to make two different posts for the same thing… So, many of you don’t know this, but at the start of July I began a new treatment at the hospital. It’s something that we have here in Belgium […]

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Mini Reviews: Recent Romance Reads! (2)

Posted August 24, 2017 by Madalyn / 0 Comments
Mini Reviews: Recent Romance Reads! (2)

Hello hello! Today, I’m bringing y’all another edition of mini reviews of a couple of the romance novels I’ve recently read (and really enjoyed!). Without further ado, let’s get into some of my thoughts!   The Queen of Dauphine Street was SUCH a pleasant surprise for me! It’s book two in the NOLA Nights series of companion novels. I enjoyed the first book, The King of Bourbon Street (which I featured in a mini reviews post a few months ago), but I was hesitant to go into this second book because it centers around a character I hadn’t particularly cared for in the first book. However, I ended up LOVING Maddy in this book. We learn so much more about […]

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Waiting on Wednesday: Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

Posted August 23, 2017 by Madalyn / 3 Comments
Waiting on Wednesday: Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

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 I heard Mackenzi Lee talk about this book on the Literati podcast a couple weeks ago, and it sounds amazing! I love historical fiction, and I also love books that feature protagonists who are artists of any sort. Plus, this story is told in verse! It sounds super feminist, too. This one just generally intrigues me! One of my most-anticipated 2018 releases, for sure. What book are you waiting on this week? What are some of your anticipated […]

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