Top Ten Books Read in 2018

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I’ve been lucky enough this year to read a great number of books so trying to choose only ten favorites was incredibly difficult. But at last here we are. The year 2018 has come to an end and to reflect briefly on those months that have passed I’ve come up with my traditional list of the top ten books I read & reviewed this year along with some honorable mentions (because it really was too difficult to choose only ten!) all listed in alphabetical order. I say books I read as opposed to books released in 2018 because honestly then creating these yearly lists wouldn’t be as fun or hard. Let me know if you enjoyed any of these as well! What are some of your top books you read this year?  Continue reading

2018 Indie Spotlight

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This year I’ve decided that in addition to my usual end-of-year/new-year’s posts of my Top Books Read and Top Anticipated Reads, that I’d like to do a post that highlights some of my favorite self-published/indie author books that I’ve read this year. My blog is open to all submissions and this leads to quite the variety of reads (which I love!) and so this post will be a moment to promote and praise some of my Top 2018 Reads that you won’t find being pushed and flaunted in major bookstores. Hopefully something will catch your eye!

(This year’s post will be particularly long because I’m including some books from years past but the more the merrier!)  Continue reading

Bookish Naughty List Tag

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Melanie (@MNBernard Books) did this tag last year and it sounded like fun so I thought I’d give it a go. I would’ve posted it way sooner but I thought I’d just hold onto it for Christmas 😜 Be sure to check out Melanie’s blog, it’s always full of great reviews and interesting discussion posts! (Note: She’s taking a break from blogging in general to focus on her writing career but definitely check her out!) Continue reading

BRN #27: Long Time Reader, First Time Clubber

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So I’ve been reading books since I was a kid, I loved them before I could even walk, basically I’m your run of the mill bookworm. But I’ve oddly enough never joined a book club before. I didn’t even do Battle of the Books in school despite always scoring high for most books/pages read in class. I guess it was simply never something that really appealed to me? The most I do or have ever done is deliver an avalanche of my emotions and thoughts about whatever I’m reading lately to a friend who is politely (or sometimes genuinely lol) entertained by it. But now that’s changed… *cue dramatic music* (haha I’m kidding). Continue reading

Halloween Reads

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Happy Halloween!!! To celebrate I put together a list of books and TV shows that feature all sorts of spooky Halloween classics! Maybe you’ll find something that catches your eye! Regardless of what you have planned for today I hope you enjoy it. 👻
(I will say though that since I’m not a fan of horror movies or the like that none of these will be too terrifying haha)  Continue reading

Collector’s Editions! | Six of Crows & Red Rising

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Today I decided to share my latest acquirements: the collector’s editions for both Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows (fantasy) as well as Pierce Brown’s Red Rising (sci-fi). I don’t really have the money to splurge on multiple editions of books but I loved these stories so much and the editions looked so lovely that I had to go for it. Keep reading for more on the books, my reviews, and sneak peeks into the bonus content included in these editions!  Continue reading

NaNoWriMo 2018?!

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Yep it’s that time of year again! November 1st is just around the corner and with it kicks off National Novel Writing Month where participants are challenged to write a little bit every day with the crazy goal of finishing a first draft (or at least the first 50,000 words) for a novel you’ve always wanted to pen at the end of the 30 days.  Continue reading

BRN #25: Reading Indie Books

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Indie Books: hidden gems or not worth the time?

I’ve always been open to reading books from any publisher, from the Big Five to the self-pub. In fact when I first began this blog over three years ago and was first contacted by self-published authors to read/review their book I didn’t think about them being self-published at all (it was still a relatively new thing back then anyways so I wasn’t aware they’d be different from traditional books) I simply was bowled over that someone wanted my opinion and asked for it directly. Continue reading

BRN #24: Bookish Eating Habits

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They say reading feeds your brain (and soul) but I’ve been thinking about it lately and this really is a funnily accurate statement. Books are truly like food for the brain! Yes I mean that in the sense that you absorb information from them, you learn from them, you widen your world view via them, etc. But in an almost comical way they can also reflect our eating habits…sorta. 😜  Continue reading