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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Pinterest & Blogging

When I first started this blog almost four years ago, that was kind of all you did–blog. Now, I’ve noticed that bloggers are also using Twitter, bookstagram, booktube, and Pinterest to promote their blogs. So, as one does, I’ve decided to give Pinterest a shot. If any of you would like to follow me, I’m just over at www.pinterest.com/whatsshereading. I created a board for my monthly TBRs (all two haha) and then another where I pinned a bunch of cool/cute/amazing book nooks (so jealous of all the home-owning people who can create something like that).

But now, I’m looking for tips (because I, honestly, have no idea what I’m doing). Do any of you guys use Pinterest for your blog? What type of boards do you suggest? Do you find it difficult to keep up with? I’m a little intimidated by the number of graphics I feel like I’ll need to create. Is there anything you wish you knew before you started using Pinterest for your blog? Please give me all your advice in the comments!

Celeb romance with a psychological twist | Tell Me No Lies by A.V. Geiger [ARC]

Note: This is the second book in a duology and may contain spoilers for the first book. For my review on the first book, Follow Me Back, please click here.

Tell Me No LiesTessa is obsessed with Eric Thorn and now her wildest fangirl dreams are coming true–they’re officially dating. It’s not quite the fairytale she imagined, however, as she just had to frame herself for Eric’s murder. Now she and Eric are in hiding, but when another celebrity outs Eric’s death as #fakenews, he’s forced to go back to work for his label and they’re working him harder than ever. Tessa barely gets to see him and she starts to wonder if Eric really still cares for her.

TL;DR – Not as good as the first book in the duology. The author spreads herself over too many minor plot points and the main plot suffers.

I don’t remember really having an issue with the main characters in the last book, but man, in this book both Tessa and Eric are kind of annoying. All of the sudden they both just seemed really young to me. I mean, I think they’re both supposed to be like 17? And they’ve run off together? Um, no. Just no. Their interactions with each other as well as with other characters just seemed kind of immature.

Something I did like is that this book kind of takes a look at social media and some of the potentially damaging effects of it. However, I didn’t feel like it was always seamlessly integrated. I also liked the mental health representation. I liked the fact that it was there, but I did find myself wondering every once in a while about the authenticity of it. I just felt like a lot of Tessa’s actions and reactions didn’t make much sense to me, but that’s coming from someone without an anxiety disorder. So if anyone has any input on how authentic they felt Tessa’s anxiety disorder was portrayed, please let me know.

The plot in this book was just not as good as the last book was. I felt like the author spread herself a little thin with her other minor plot points like Tessa’s relationship with her mom and the other thing that happens that I don’t want to mention because of spoilers. These other plot points, while potentially interesting, just seemed kind of random and unnecessary. I wish the author had spent more time developing the main plot. While the book still had me guessing who was behind everything, I don’t feel like it was as twisty-turny as the first book and that’s something that I really loved.

Overall, this book isn’t awful, but I also didn’t think it was that good. I just remember feeling really amazed and confused at the end of the first book and this one did not leave me with that same feeling.

Overall Rating: 3
Language: None
Violence: Mild
Smoking/Drinking: None
Sexual Content: Mild

Note: I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A book that proves fans of YouTubers are the worst | At First Blush by Beth Ellyn Summer [ARC]

25613996Lacey (known on YouTube as LaceyBlushes) is passionate about two things: makeup and her subscribers. When she lands a coveted summer internship at a top fashion magazine, she welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with fellow YouTubers and expand her audience. There’s also the added bonus of working closely with the subject of the magazine’s August cover story–ex-boy band member Tyler Lance. Unfortunately, working at the magazine isn’t all that she expected and Lacey will have to decide who she really is: Lacey or LaceyBlushes?

I was not expecting much from this book but it totally blew me away! I am a full-blown convert to the YA Celeb Romance genre and this book totally delivered on that front. I liked the main characters quite a bit right from the start. Lacey seems like a really sweet girl and I love how she’s always thinking about her fans and subscribers. Tyler is a good character as well though we don’t really get to know him on as deep a level as we get to know Lacey since the book is in her POV. Their relationship was mostly good, but I didn’t feel that it was developed from Tyler’s side at all. He likes her almost right away but it’s never really explained why. Lacey’s a sweet girl and all, but how did she grab his attention? What drew him to her? He can have literally any girl he wants, so why did he choose Lacey? That’s not a knock on her, I just felt like I needed that additional information to fully believe their relationship.

The secondary characters were fine but were definitely secondary. Lacey’s fellow YouTubers helped to flesh out the story and made her time at the magazine more interesting. I really liked the make-up girl that Lacey ended up working with sometimes…I feel like her name was maybe Reagan? But I don’t remember. Sorry. Anyway, she was cool. Most of the secondary characters including the ones listed plus Lacey’s parents, Cynth, and Tyler’s bandmates all seemed pretty one-note, but that wasn’t too big of a deal since Tyler and Lacey really were the main focus of the book.

Plotwise, I saw some things coming and the main story line wasn’t anything mind-blowingly original. I thought that it was awesome how supportive Lacey’s parents were with her YouTubing, but the part of the plot that involved them at the end was a little much. It just didn’t feel all the way thought out or incorporated with the rest of the story. Then there was all the drama with Cynth too–I didn’t really like that. I didn’t feel that Cynth and Lacey’s relationship was that well developed in the first place, so then the drama just felt like too much when it happened.

Overall, I thought this book was really cute and fun! It made me a lot more interested in watching makeup tutorials on YouTube. On another note, I also had the realization that viewers, followers, subscribers, etc. are the worst. When Lacey starts doing things that her subscribers don’t like, they turn on her SO FAST. Even though this is just a story, that kind of thing definitely happens in real life all the time. I mean, just because a YouTuber chooses to put some of their life on the internet for our viewing pleasure does not give us the right to try to dictate how they choose to actually live. Do people realize that? Anyway…rant over. I just felt really sick about some of the people on the internet these days after reading this book. With that being said, this book is awesome and I definitely recommend it if you need something cute and light to read.

Overall Rating: 4
Language: None
Violence: Mild
Smoking/Drinking: Mild
Sexual Content: Mild

Note: I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

NEED by Joelle Charbonneau

Over winter break a new social media site crops up exclusively for students of Nottawa High School in Wisconsin. It asks one question: What do you need?
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Okay. This book was seriously trippy. Throughout the book, the reader has this unsettling feeling. Who is behind NEED? What is their endgame? Why are they doing this? You’re just asking yourself these questions the whole time and that fact that I had no idea who or why really creeped me out. Overall this story really reminded me of the short story Button, Button by Richard Matheson (or the movie The Box based on the same story). If you like books about human psychology and human nature and that kind of thing, I think you’ll like this.

Our initial (and primary) narrator is Kaylee whose brother needs a kidney transplant. The book uses several different narrators to tell the story and that can definitely get confusing–I found it difficult to remember who was who especially since some narrators only have two or three chapters. Even though it was difficult to keep names straight, I thought the book really benefited from having so many different perspectives. Obviously no two people are going to react to this website the same way. Some people just like getting “free” stuff, some people don’t think it’s worth it, some people have real needs that they’re hoping to get, and some people just like doing the tasks. It was also really interesting because none of the characters new how their tasks were connected, but as the reader we can see more of the bigger picture and can anticipate how things might turn out.

Charbonneau was really able to create this great atmosphere by setting the story over winter break. It’s cold outside, there’s snow on the ground–really it feels like anything could happen and you wouldn’t be surprised. It also creates the feeling that the people of this town can’t escape or get away. It’s too difficult to really drive anywhere with the snow on the ground so everyone is essentially trapped.

Overall, I thought this book was really good. There were a few things that I didn’t quite enjoy which is why it didn’t get five stars. The ending was a little weird…But even with that, I would definitely recommend it. It’s so different from The Testing series, it’s honestly amazing that it came from the same author. The book definitely had an overall message: You can’t get something for nothing. There are always consequences.

Overall Rating: 4
Language: None (that I remember at least)
Violence: Heavy. No overly explicit descriptions.
Sexual Content: Mild
Smoking/Drinking: Mild