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#TomeTopple Read-A-Thon | TBR

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This is definitely quite belated, but I am going to be participating in the #TomeTopple, which was created by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes! The read-a-thon runs from August 4th to August 17th, and is all about reading big books (those with 500+ pages). I am so excited to participate!! I am always a fan of big books and I am always looking for excuses to read more! 🙂

This read-a-thon has some challenges:

  • Read more than one Tome (500+ pages)
  • Read a graphic novel
  • Read a tome that is part of a series
  • Read an adult novel
  • Buddy-read a tome

I will not be able to complete all of these challenges, but I do hope to complete most of the challenges. With that, here is my TBR for this read-a-thon:

  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (532 pages)
  • A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab (512 pages)
  • Full Metal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa (576 pages)

These are all books that I am excited to get to, so why not use this read-a-thon as an excuse to finally read these books? 🙂 I do have another tentative audiobook that I am thinking about getting to – but I’ll update y’all at the end of the read-a-thon if I even get to it.

So, there’s that! 🙂 Are any of you going to be participating in the #TomeTopple read-a-thon? If so, then what will you be reading? Good luck to everyone who will be participating in the read-a-thon! 😀

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2017 BookTube-A-Thon TBR


Look! It’s back! Back again! BookTube-A-Thon 2017!!!! The BookTube-A-Thon is running this year from July 24th-30th and I am so excited to get started!! I participated, just barely, in the BookTube-A-Thon last year and I didn’t do quite as well as I had hoped. I am definitely hoping for better this year! I definitely have quite the TBR for the week, but before I get into that, let me link the main video with the “Reading Challenges” for the week below!

And now for my overly ambitious TBR for the 2017 BookTube-A-Thon!! booktubeathon2017

  1. Read a book with a person on the cover
    • For this challenge, I will be reading “Windwitch” by Susan Dennard! I am so excited to finally be back in this series again!!
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Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag ;)

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It’s July. Of 2017. Already. Commence freak out! 

I don’t know about y’all, but I am still so confounded about how it’s already half way through the year! 2017 has been a great year of reading so far for me and I’m happy to share that I’m about halfway to my reading goal! So I thought this would be a fun way to look behind at the reading that I’ve done and look ahead to what I’m still exciting to read!

I’ve seen this tag circulating around the BookTube for a little while now, so I decided to bring it to our little blog home! I’ll link below a few videos that I enjoyed watching and inspired me to do this tag. With that being said, let’s get on with the questions!

  1. Best book of 2017 so far // I think I’m going to have to go with Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. I’ve reviewed this book here on the blog already, but let me tell you…this was stunning, it made me feel all the feels and I think everyone needs to read this!! 
  2. Best sequel of 2017 // I think hands down it’s going to have to be Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. This was incredible for so many reasons, I’ve reviewed this book here too! This was such a huge sophisticated jump for Cassandra Clare and I adored it! 
  3. A new release I haven’t read yet // I think this has to go to Strange the strange the dreamerDreamer by Laini Taylor. I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews, so I definitely know I need to get to this ASAP! 
  4. Your most anticipated release for the second half of the year // Most of my most anticipated releases have already come out and I’ve read them, but I am also really excited for Warcross by Marie Lu. I’ve just started reading Marie Lu’s other books and have been really enjoying them, so I cannot wait to pick up another one of hers later this year. 

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Happy 20th Anniversary to Harry Potter!!

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It’s beyond difficult to comprehend and wrap my head around this whole thing. This means that I read the first Harry Potter when I was roughly 7/8, which is beyond crazy to think about. I’ll truly never forget the memories of my mom bringing me home the next Harry Potter book, running up to my room and savoring every single word of the next beautifully written book. I have loved this series from the first read of the first book all the way to today…and I know that I will continue to love this series for many years to come. In order to commemorate this incredible series, I thought I would do something fun here and share the 20 lessons that Harry Potter taught me. Both in what the stories taught me and what being a real Potterhead has taught me over these past 20 years.

  1. Cherish your family always. While family may drive you crazy, when things really hit the fan…they are going to be the ones to be there to protect you no matter what.
  2. With that being said, there is also value and beauty in the family that we choose for ourselves.
  3. Be proud of who you are, no matter what other people may say about you. Hufflepuff pride!! Continue reading
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24 Bookish Facts About ARMW

Hello readers! Happy Valentine’s Day! What could be better than to share our one true love with our readers! We thought it might be fun to share  a few bookish facts about ourselves, and why we LOVE books, and how nerdy we really are at heart. It doesn’t always have to be about the books, sometimes, we can brag about ourselves a little bit. Okay, okay, only if it related to books somehow! 🙂

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Val’s Top 5 of 2016

Yes, I am terribly late at this, and if you haven’t read many of my posts let me tell you… grad school is a B. For your pleasure, these are my top 5 of 2016:

  1. All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda – Classic murder mystery, told backwards day by day. Most amazing end of novel surprise I have read in a LONG time.
  2. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica – Sooo… I love mysteries….this one tugged on my heart strings, real good.
  3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – I accidentally turned on HBO and watched the movie one day and became completely obsessed with what the book must be like. Spoiler Alert: It didn’t disappoint.
  4. The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
  5. Relief Map by Rosalie Knecht
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Val’s 2017 TBR

Hi all! I’m alive!

Reading in my spare time has been a challenge lately; spare time is kind of a joke when you work full time, go to graduate school, have a consulting internship, and volunteer on committees and panels for your workplace. HOWEVER, in the meantime I have become addicted to BookBub, and in the process have purchased several books I am excited to read. Don’t get me wrong, I basically purchase 1 e-book/day (although I still like real books better)

Here are some books newly on my Kindle that I am excited to read:

  1. The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
  2. Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
  3. Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
  4. Room by Emma Donaghue
  5. Yes Please by Amy Pohler
  6. Losing Gemma by Kay Gardner
  7. The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer
  8. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
  9. Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica
  10. The Woman Next Door by Cass Green
  11. I am Having So Much Fun Without You by Courtney Maum
  12. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
  13. The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight
  14. What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan
  15. Ahab’s Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund

Let’s all hope I get through at least one of these this year 🙂

P.S. I cataloged all the book I own years ago, but that list died with my old laptop, however over break I finally started the process over again. I can’t wait to finally have that project completed again!

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