TTT | So this is how my TBR gets so long…

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

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Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

If you want to know what makes me add a book to my TBR, it’s usually at least one (perhaps even a combination) of the following things.

Pretty Cover

Yes, of COURSE I judge books by their covers. Of COURSE.

One of my auto-read authors

Sarah Dessen, Jennifer E Smith, Morgan Matson, Malcolm Gladwell, Victoria Schwab. Welcome.

Interesting premise

This might sound like a no-brainer, but once the pretty cover catches my eye, if it doesn’t sound interesting then I’m going to put it back down.

Recommended by someone I trust/good reviews

If people I trust are raving about a book, I’m a lot more likely to move it up my TBR. Same if it has a rating higher than 4 stars on Goodreads.

I have to/assigned reading

Either it’s the book for one of my book clubs, or I have to read something in that genre for work.

Next in a series

I’m a lot better at quitting mid-series than I used to be. That being said, I’m also always hopeful that the next book in the series will be better–especially if I really enjoyed one of the first ones.

It’s a classic

This is a little different from assigned reading because no one is expecting me to read it. Lately, I’ve felt like I’ve been wanting to read more classics in order to feel more well-rounded in my reading life.

Just happens to catch my eye

Working at a library is simultaneously the best and worst thing for my reading life. I’m tempted by so many books every day!

That’s all I could come up with for this Tuesday!

What do you think of my list? Link your TTT in the comments!
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April TBR

March was an AMAZING reading month for me and I’m not expecting to have the same thing happen this month. There are, however, a few things that I NEED to read this month, so I’ll be prioritizing those things.

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Honestly, I doubt that I’ll get to all of these, but I’m going to try!

What books are you planning on reading this month? Link your April TBRs in the comments!

March Wrap-up & TBR Update

YOU GUYS. I had such a good reading month! I’m blown away by how much I was able to read. Not only did I complete my entire TBR (which never happens) but I read other books in addition! Now, a lot of these were graphic novels which read much quicker, but even with all of those, this has still been my biggest reading month for a while!

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Also read/reading:

*I didn’t review each of the Lumberjanes volumes individually, instead, I wrote this Lumberjanes overview.

Books finished this month: 20 (11 graphic novels)
Books currently reading: 3

Overall TBR:

TBR at the beginning of the year = 383
TBR at the beginning of March = 444
Books added to TBR = 23
Books read/deleted from TBR = 18
Total on TBR now = 449

How did your reading go this month?

Bemused vs Amused: Do you know the difference?

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This is such a huge pet peeve of mine. Authors use the word “bemused” when they really mean “amused” all. the. TIME. Let’s review definitions, shall we?

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I read a book recently where the author used the word bemused TWICE. Now, I’ll say giving the author the benefit of the doubt, bemused could hypothetically have fit the situation. However, in the context of the story, amused would have made much more sense. And here I am, as a reader, wondering how nobody knows the difference between these two words! Not the author, not the editor, not anyone else who read this book before it got published.

But to be completely transparent with you, when I looked up bemused on Dictionary.com, this is something else that popped up:

The verb bemuse (usually as the adjective bemused)is similar in sound to amuse, and has in fact taken on the meaning “to cause to be mildly amused.” Many usage experts and traditionalists consider this a misuse of bemuse, pointing out that its proper meaning is “to bewilder or confuse.” However, the history and use of bemuse has shown that is meaning is often ambiguous. It’s often the case that one’s feelings are a combination of bewilderment and amusement: Their customs bemuse most Americans. Even when it clearly means “to bewilder or confuse,” bemuse usually retains a lighthearted tone: one would not typically say: I was bemused by his motive for the murder.

So apparently, because everyone keeps using this word wrong, it’s starting to mean what everyone has been using it to mean. Isn’t that weird? It’s just so…frustrating to me, because it’s wrong! Just because people keep getting a math answer wrong doesn’t change what the answer actually is, right?

I was telling my husband about this strange phenomenon and he told me that the same thing happens with travesty vs tragedy. A lot of people use the word travesty to mean an even bigger tragedy, when in reality it means: “a false, absurd, or distorted representation of something.”

Anyway, there’s my rant for the day. Are there any words that you’ve noticed authors (or other people) consistently get wrong? Why do you think editors don’t catch that kind of thing?

7 best YA couples of all time (this is completely subjective)

My little brother’s getting married today! Obviously, I’m not writing this on his wedding day, though. Like a good blogger, I have pre-scheduled content for this weekend including yesterday’s review of Bloodwitch. But I’m getting away from myself. In honor of my baby brother’s wedding day, I wanted to post my top 7 (he was born on the 7th) YA couples of all time! (In my opinion). Happy wedding day, B! (He doesn’t read this blog, but whatever).

Best YA Couples

1) Amy and Roger from Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

This is such an ultimate road trip book and I love it! Roger is super respectful of Amy the entire trip and when they finally get together it’s so satisfying. I love all the different playlists throughout and it’s so fun to watch them get to know each other and fall in love.

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2) August and Kate from the Monsters of Verity duology by Victoria Schwab

These two never really get together, but I still love them as a couple. I feel like they’re really well-suited for each other–I have a hard time imagining anyone else being able to understand either of them. They just seem really perfect.

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3) Blue and Gansey from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue and Gansey spend so much time in this series not actually together and while it can be frustrating at times, it also makes their inevitable relationship that much more satisfying. We know they’re fated to be with each other right from the beginning and I loved watching their relationship grow over the four books.

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4) Dario and Khalila from The Great Library series by Rachel Caine

These two! What a pair! Dario is so ridiculous, but he shows an unexpected tender side whenever Khalila is involved. And Khalila, for her part, doesn’t put up with any of Dario’s crap. She loves him, but she’s not going to let him get away with ANYTHING.

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5) Eril-Fane and Azareen from the Strange the Dreamer duology by Laini Taylor

I almost chose Lazlo and Sarai from this book, but then I remembered Eril-Fane and Azareen. While Lazlo and Sarai have a sweet new love, Eril-Fane and Azareen have a deep and tragic love. Reading about their relationship throughout the two books is so heartbreaking. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but I love the way this mature relationship is portrayed in these books.

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6) Cress and Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

One of my OTPs. These guys are definitely perfect for each other. They compliment each other so nicely and I love how tender Thorne is with Cress. She needs someone who will be gentle with her, but also acknowledge all the ways in which she is strong–Thorne is able to do that perfectly.

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7) Remy and Dexter from This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

You knew there was going to be a Sarah Dessen couple on here, right?!? I wanted to pick Macy and Wes so bad, but in the end I had to go with Remy and Dexter. They are the ultimate example of opposites attracting. I love the way Dexter brings out the less serious side of Remy while Remy does a good job of being an anchor to the relationship.

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Any of your guys’ favorite couples make it on my list? Anyone you think I missed?

My top 10 fave bookstagrammers rn

While I have a bookstagram account, I don’t ever post anything (I just cannot keep up with the photos, etc.) But I keep it so that I can follow all of these other super talented people! Here are my top 10 favorite bookstagrammers right now!

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Everyone was talking about “The Silent Patient” and even though it sounded intriguing, I had already kind of written it off as one that I wouldn’t get around to over all the other books I was dying to read. But after trying to listen to like five different audiobooks and just not feeling any of them, I decided to listen to “The Silent Patient” as kind of my “oh alright, I’ll pick this one.” (Thank you to @macmillan.audio for providing me a review copy) AND OMG! This is going to be a top contender for my Top 10 of 2019 for sure. . 🤫 I don’t read thrillers all that often, and I feel like I’ve been disappointed in enough of the ones I’ve read lately (no matter how hype) that I went in with low expectations. Because I don’t read thrillers that often, it’s not as easy for me to pick up on the twists. I can spot a red herring a mile away, but I usually don’t get the twist right. Even still, I can’t think of one that has left me delighted by the twist the way this one did. . 🤫 I listened to “The Silent Patient” nonstop for the entire day because I was so completely drawn in. And I’m laughing at myself because I had a couple specific questions while I was listening and never realized that they would be the thing to lead me to the conclusion.🤷🏻‍♀️ . 🤫 Basically this story is about a woman who kills her husband and then never speaks a word again. Years go by and no one can find out her motives or what happened because she will not speak. Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has always been interested in her case and is determined to get her to speak and unravel the mystery. And I’m not going to mince words here when I say I thought this was brilliant. Maybe some of you more seasoned thriller readers will see the ending coming, but I did not and I had the most pleasurable experience of being totally surprised and freaking out about how wonderful the feeling of being totally surprised was. I was not disappointed in the ending, all the clues, in retrospect, were suddenly clear and made sense, and I immediately wanted to shove this book into the hands of all my friends. . 🤫 So, if you have not read “The Silent Patient”, I totally recommend!

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I jumped on the bandwagon.⁣ ⁣ ☆☆☆Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens has been making its rounds in the bookstagram community for awhile now and I get it. The story is sweet with a hint of danger and that otherworldly touch thanks to the brilliantly painted marsh in which it takes place. ⁣ ⁣ The story follows the life of Kya, a girl who grows privately, secluded and abandoned by her family. Left alone to survive, she takes refuge from the discrimination and cruelty of the community in the only home she's ever known – the marsh. Resilient, brave and fiery, Kya grows into a beauty that catches the key of two boys from the community she's come to avoid. As strong as her instincts for self-preservation are, her ache for contact and love is stronger. ⁣ But when one of the boy's bodies is found swollen and lifeless in the swamp, all heads turn to Kya, and without a moment's hesitation, the community that's shunned her for years, will point its finger at her in angry accusation. ⁣ ⁣ A fun read that had me practically feeling the mud between my toes, Owens tells a beautiful story of love and loss while staying true to the character flaws bred of heartbreaking neglect. I'd have enjoyed this read for the description of the marsh alone, but the story of Kya was a nice treat. ☆☆☆⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #wherethecrawdadssing⁣ #read #deliaowens #review #bookreview #reccomendation #bookrecommendation #readersofinstagram

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What are some of your favorite love stories? . I am so excited to be teaming up with @storygramtours and @thenovl to celebrate Izzy and Tristan by Shannon Dunlap. This is her debut novel and it is a modern day retelling of the 800 year old tale of Tristan and Isolde (which I love!) This releases on March 12 and I will leave the synopsis below! To learn more or to order a copy of the book click on the link in my bio! . I have partnered with @TheNovl to giveaway one copy of the book. Check out the details below: ❤️GIVEAWAY Enter to win a copy of Izzy + Tristan ❤️TO ENTER – Follow me, @TheNovl and @storygramtours – Tag a friend you think will be interested ❤️For EXTRA entry – Visit @darkfaerietales_ tomorrow and repeat these steps ❤️RULES – Giveaway will end March 25th at midnight EST – US ONLY – Not affiliated with Instagram – Must be 18 or have parents permission – Must be a public account so entries can be verified #IzzyandTristantour #IzzyandTristan #ShannonDunlap #TheNovl #storygramtours #giveaway #bookgiveaway #bookishgiveaway ____________________________________________ Izzy, a practical-minded teen who intends to become a doctor, isn't happy about her recent move from the Lower East Side across the river to Brooklyn. She feels distanced from her family, especially her increasingly incomprehensible twin brother, as well as her new neighborhood. . And then she meets Tristan. . Tristan is a chess prodigy who lives with his aunt and looks up to his cousin, Marcus. He and Izzy meet one moonlit night, and together they tumble into a story as old and unstoppable as love itself. . In debut author Shannon Dunlap's capable hands, the romance that has enthralled for 800 years is spun new. Told from several points of view, this is a love story for the ages and a love story for this very moment. This fast-paced novel is at once a gripping tale of first love and a sprawling epic about the bonds that tie us together and pull us apart and the different cultures and tensions that fill the contemporary American landscape. #bookaesthetic #bookstagram #bibliophile #bookworm #flatlay #bookflatlay #flatlaybooks #flatlayoftheday #booksandflowers #cozyvibes #warmandcozy

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Hey everyone, I hope you’re having a wonderful day. My day started off good and then I had to pick up some packages and send some at the post office and felt super sick. I’m so mad cause the lines are literally 2 hours long at my post office and I was 4th in line and I had to run home cause I felt like I was gonna pass out. Now I’m gonna have to go again tomorrow or Thursday 😩 On another note, King of Scars is one of the books I finished this month and I’m so happy I read it. I loved being back in the Grishaverse and especially reading more of Nikolai. His character did sound a little different to me compared to the Grisha series but I still really enjoyed reading it. QOTD: have you read King of Scars yet? Did you like it? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #bookstagram #bokstagrammers #bookstagrammer #bookstagramfeatures #bookish #bookishpost #bookfeaturepage #booknerds #bookbloggers #blogger #bookcover #mybeigelife #booknerdigans #epicreads #ya #youngadultbooks #fantasybooks #bookishcandles #aesthetics #fallaesthetics #autumn #cosygram #cozygram #fallaesthetic #whitefeed #kingofscars #grishaverse #leighbardugo

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Who are some of your favorite bookstagrammers? Leave links in the comments! I’d love to follow more people.

TTT | Springing into Spring reads for 2019

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

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Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

These are books I hope to read this Spring (April-June). Fingers crossed I can get to them all!

Normal releases:
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.

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The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen

Emma Saylor doesn’t remember a lot about her mother, who died when she was ten. But she does remember the stories her mom told her about the big lake that went on forever, with cold, clear water and mossy trees at the edges.

Now it’s just Emma and her dad, and life is good, if a little predictable…until Emma is unexpectedly sent to spend the summer with her mother’s family—her grandmother and cousins she hasn’t seen since she was a little girl.

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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

Stiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. For two thousand years, cadavers—some willingly, some unwittingly—have been involved in science’s boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. In this fascinating account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries and tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them.

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Legendary by Stephanie Garber

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister, Scarlett, from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

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Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.

So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.

And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . .

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ARCs:
Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

After an awkward first encounter, Birdie and Daniel are forced to work together in a Seattle hotel where a famous author leads a mysterious and secluded life in this romantic contemporary novel from the author of Alex, Approximately.

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The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters

Seventeen-year-old Edgar Poe counts down the days until he can escape his foster family—the wealthy Allans of Richmond, Virginia. He hungers for his upcoming life as a student at the prestigious new university, almost as much as he longs to marry his beloved Elmira Royster. However, on the brink of his departure, all his plans go awry when a macabre Muse named Lenore appears to him. Muses are frightful creatures that lead Artists down a path of ruin and disgrace, and no respectable person could possibly understand or accept them. But Lenore steps out of the shadows with one request: “Let them see me!”

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King of Fools by Amanda Foody

On the quest to find her missing mother, prim and proper Enne Salta became reluctant allies with Levi Glaisyer, the city’s most famous con man. Saving his life in the Shadow Game forced Enne to assume the identity of Seance, a mysterious underworld figure. Now, with the Chancellor of the Republic dead and bounties on both their heads, she and Levi must play a dangerous game of crime and politics…with the very fate of New Reynes at stake.

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Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno

Rosa Santos is cursed by the sea-at least, that’s what they say. Dating her is bad news, especially if you’re a boy with a boat.

But Rosa feels more caught than cursed. Caught between cultures and choices. Between her abuela, a beloved healer and pillar of their community, and her mother, an artist who crashes in and out of her life like a hurricane. Between Port Coral, the quirky South Florida town they call home, and Cuba, the island her abuela refuses to talk about. As her college decision looms, Rosa collides-literally-with Alex Aquino, the mysterious boy with tattoos of the ocean whose family owns the marina. With her heart, her family, and her future on the line, can Rosa break a curse and find her place beyond the horizon?

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Happy Messy Scary Love by Leah Konen

As everyone at her Brooklyn high school announces their summer adventures, Olivia harbors a dirty secret: Her plan is to binge-watch horror movies and chat with her online friend, Elm. Olivia and Elm have never shared personal details, apart from their ages and the fact that Elm’s aunt is a low-budget horror filmmaker. Then Elm pushes Olivia to share her identity and sends her a selfie of his own. Olivia is shocked by how cute he is! In a moment of panic, assuming she and Elm will never meet in real life, she sends a photo of her gorgeous friend Katie. But things are about to get even more complicated when Olivia’s parents send her to the Catskills, and she runs into the one person she never thought she would see.

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What do you think of my list? Link your TTT in the comments!