Quarterly Reading Wrap-Up: January-March 2018

Posted April 2, 2018 by Madalyn / 18 Comments

Welcome to my first quarterly reading wrap-up of 2018! In case you’re new here (hi!), I do one of these every three months. In this post, I’ll discuss all the books I read in January, February, and March; provide some reading statistics; and tell you all about my favorite and least favorite reads of this quarter. Sound good? Let’s talk about some books! reading statistics Total number of books read this quarter: 34 Rereads: 2 New reads: 32 Books DNFed: 2 (not counted in reading total above) A full third of the books I read this quarter were YA contemporaries, which isn’t surprising, since the majority of the review copies I receive fall into this genre. I also read a decent […]

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Monthly Novel Rewind: March 2018 | Hello, spring!

Posted March 31, 2018 by Madalyn / 15 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 april release Madalyn: I mean, duh. It’s Becky Albertalli. AND it features a bi, plus-sized, musician main character. A main character that happens to be my favorite side character from Simon. Sign me the heck up. (Also, I plan to be at the release event here in Atlanta on April 28th! Let me know if you’re going, too!) Bee: Becky is my queen and I love all her books so really I’m destined to read and love this one too. […]

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Blog Tour: The Window by Amelia Brunskill

Posted March 30, 2018 by Bee / 8 Comments
Blog Tour: The Window by Amelia Brunskill

Hello lovelies! Today I’m hosting the tour for The Window by Amelia Brunskill, in which I’m giving you my thoughts on the book as well as an awesome giveaway! About the Book Bee’s Thoughts I’m not sure what to think anymore right now. Not sure how to write this review in a coherent way. Upon finishing The Window, my mind is all over the place. My thoughts scrambled. And while I do have some things that irked me about this book, I still enjoyed it quite a bit. Honestly, more than I thought I would before picking it up. And I’m not sure where to go from here. The Window tells the story of Jess Cutter, who just lost her […]

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Madalyn’s Favorite Duologies | March Monthly Recommendations

Posted March 29, 2018 by Madalyn / 18 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. March’s topic is our favorite duologies. I wasn’t sure I’d have enough picks this month for an entire post, but once I started looking at my Goodreads, I realized that I’ve actually read and loved quite a few duologies! Duologies are one of my favorite series formats, and I’m excited to share some of my favorite completed and ongoing duologies with y’all. (Covers link to Goodreads) completed duologies Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle […]

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Waiting on Wednesday: Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore

Posted March 28, 2018 by Madalyn / 20 Comments
Waiting on Wednesday: Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. 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’m not usually one for retellings, but I WILL READ ANYTHING ANNA-MARIE MCLEMORE WRITES FOREVER AND EVER AMEN. Her books always feature fantastic Latinx and queer representation. I also really love stories that involve rivalries, so this one intrigues me. Have you read anything by Anna-Marie McLemore? What book are you waiting on this week?

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I Love These Books That Take Place In Foreign Countries!

Posted March 27, 2018 by Bee / 49 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  I love discovering and falling in love with new countries and cultures through books! That moment where an author perfectly captures the beauty of the country their story is set in, is pure magic. So today I’m going to share some of my favorite books that are set in another country than my own. Though technically ever book set in the USA is a book set in another country for me since I’m from Belgium, I’ll just choose one book set in the USA and keep the rest out of the list because there wouldn’t be much variety in it otherwise. Also I have to note that […]

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The Pro’s & Con’s of Being a Mood Reader

Posted March 23, 2018 by Bee / 24 Comments
The Pro’s & Con’s of Being a Mood Reader

It’s a well-established fact that there are two different types of readers. You have the organized reader that pick their next read according to priority (ARC release dates, blog tours, etc) and the mood reader. I like to think I’ve found the golden road between the two of them, but mostly I’m part of that second group. I choose my next book according to my mood. BUT I will always try to pick an ARC or review copy that fits in that mood first because those have priority. A mood reader often binges the same genre for a while because they’re in the mood for it and they won’t even look at other genres when that happens. Of course, this […]

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ARC Review: The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding

Posted March 22, 2018 by Madalyn / 4 Comments
ARC Review: The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding

Well, this was exactly the adorable f/f summer romance I needed to read! The Summer of Jordi Perez follows our protagonist, Abby, during the summer before her senior year of high school as she works to balance her internship at her favorite fashion designer, new and old friendships, and falling in love for the first time. First off, can I say how much this book means to me as a plus-size queer girl??? I got to read about a protagonist who looked like me and felt the same way about girls as me!!! I’ve seen these identities of mine represented well separately in many books, but never this intersection. I related SO SO much to Abby and her struggles with […]

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Waiting on Wednesday: Little Do We Know by Tamara Ireland Stone

Posted March 21, 2018 by Madalyn / 12 Comments
Waiting on Wednesday: Little Do We Know by Tamara Ireland Stone

 Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. 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 really enjoyed Tamara Ireland Stone’s Every Last Word, which I read a few years ago, and Little Do We Know sounds like such a Madalyn book(TM)! I adore best friend stories, and of course I love YA contemporary. This one sounds like it will be just the right balance between emotional and feel-good. I can’t wait to pick this one up when it releases! Are you also excited for Little Do We Know? What book are you waiting […]

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Do People Actually Read Reviews?

Posted March 20, 2018 by Bee / 55 Comments

Today’s topic is a question many of us have asked ourselves ever since we started blogging about books. It’s something we worry about and maybe even lose sleep over. The answer could either motivate us to read even more books and share our opinion until eternity, shouting it into the void. Or it could rob us of all that motivation and stomp us straight into a life-sucking slump. Do people actually read reviews? The truth is… I don’t know for sure. I can’t give you a straight answer and be 100% sure I’m right about it. And I think to know if people actually read reviews, we have to look at why we write them in the first place. We […]

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