NEW YEAR’S BOOK TAG

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So, I discovered this tag from Beverley A. Baird and it looked like a lovely tag and way too connect with people and their goals. I know January is half over, but It’s still the new year, so here’s a tag to commemorate it.


 1. How many books are you planning to read in 2020?

So, last year I tried for 145. In the end, I wasn’t able to complete it. There were a lot of life changes that threw askew, but that’s okay. This year I’m shooting a bit lower. I’m shooting to read at least 60 books this year.


2. Name 5 books that you didn’t get to this past year but want to make a priority in 2020.

Not only did I not reach my goal in 2019, but I didn’t complete my Book-ish New Year’s Resolution to read 5 book series. So I want to finish the rest of the series I started, but there are plenty of other books I’d love to tackle. Too bad I can only choose 5. LOL.

The Book of Life (All Soul’s Trilogy #3)
Author: Deborah Harkness
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Amazon

It’s a phenomenal trilogy and I am determined to complete it. Such magical and visionary work of art.

The Stand
Author: Stephen King
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Goodreads

I mentioned this one a lot last year, hoping to get to it, but it just didn’t happen! I’ve been working on it for over five years and this year I am going to finish it.

 

The Thing on the Doorstep
Author: H. P. Lovecraft
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Penguin Random House

I have yet to read a piece of work by the writer. I hear such great things when he’s brought and I’m excited to have one of his books.

 

Don Quixote
Author: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
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Simon & Schuster

This is a classic I can’t wait to read!

 

The Burning Shadow
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Burning Shadow

Amazon

I’m thrilled to finally own this book and I’m even happier to get to read it. Armentrout has always left me satisfied and greedy-feeling for more. The next book to the Origin series, a spin-off of the LUX series, is going to be fantastic. I can just feel it.


3. What genre do you want to read more of?

There are genres I can get into and some I can’t. Mystery has never been my strong-suit unless another genre is heavily tied in or overshadowing it. Memoirs are a rarity because I get enough real-life with my own life. But, it there was a genre I’d like to get into a little more this year it’s good old-fashioned fiction. No magic or sci-fi or romance, but some plain fiction.


4. Name 3 not-related-to-book goals for 2020.

I’m not super big on goals outside of books because I just live day-to-day, but here is a couple I can work on.

Buy a new phone. (So, not a massive goal, but I do need to replace my old one. It’ll be an all year saving adventure since I have many other things: bills, bills, books, bills, to pay for. Plus, I hate the idea of going through a phone service and prefer paying for it all at once and having a pay-as-you-go service. Fewer strings that way. So, yep. New phone.)

Do Yoga 3-4 times a week. (I do not athlete well. At all. Trust me, I’m pathetic. But I love doing yoga for exercise. I’ve fallen by the wayside a bit with it and really want to get a regular schedule going again.)

Remain in better contact with those I value in my life. (I know that it’s up to others to keep in touch, but it’s also up to me too. I’ve been out of touch with a few people and have a bit of a heavy heart about it. I want to be in touch more because though those I love and care about aren’t nearby, I still think about them like crazy.)


5. What’s a book you have had forever and are determined to read?

Clan of the Cave Bear
Author: Jean M. Auel
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USA Today

Whether I get to it this year or next, it’s getting put on the queue line AKA the back of my couch where I put the books I want to read next. It’s one that I’ve heard is so beautiful and magnificent.


6. One word that you’re hoping 2020 will be.

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Maybe it’s cheesy, but I have been quite productive and have been working pretty hard on some projects and I hope to seem them come to fruition. I hope to see it all pay off. Not only my work though, but my everyday life. I hope to get out and do more in my everyday life as well. Living like a couch potato does nobody any good, sadly, and even though I enjoy it. Last year was hard and not that great. There were many struggles that really knocked me on my ass and tested my resolve personally. So while 2019 had been productive and full of change, it was also extremely stressful. This year, I am hoping it will be much better.


7. Tag a friend.
Tagging everyone! What is 2020 for you?


More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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What’s Coming in 2020 – A Book List

Hey there, book addicts!

Every month I enjoy doing a book list. Not only does it give me more books to add to my TBR but it gives you some as well! Plus, I get the awesome opportunity to hear from you if you’ve read them!

It’s the beginning of a new year so I’m doing a list on books coming out this year. In particular, I’m focusing on Young Adult because that’s my jam. I’m not saying I don’t enjoy other genres because I do. It’s just that YA is my favorite. So here are the YA books being released this year that I’m really looking forward to!

 

The Twin

Author: Natasha Preston

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Emmy and Iris were split up after their parents’ divorce—Emmy with her dad and Iris with their mom. Years pass and their mom is lost in a tragic accident so Iris now comes to live with Emmy and their dad. Emmy quickly finds out that her twin sister, Iris, is trying to push her out of her own life—and might be responsible for their mother’s death.

 

All the Stars and Teeth

Author: Adalyn Grace

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Goodreads

Fans of Caraval and Throne of Glass, get hooked on the story of a girl that fights to prove her worthiness of being heir to the throne of Visidia only to be forced to flee after it goes wrong. With the help of unexpected allies, she is determined to conquer the destructive magic on the rise and take her place as heir to the throne.

 

Hood

Author: Jenny Elder Moke

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Goodreads

A twist on Robin Hood, the daughter of the vigilante will have to seek out her father while avoiding the bounty hunter and right-hand man to the king, Wolf. She’s thrust into a life of thieves and mercenaries so different from the quiet one of the convent she’s always known. Getting the adventure of a lifetime, she’ll get to know the father she’s never known.

 

Spellhacker

Author: M.K. England

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Goodreads

When magic becomes a commodity after a deadly plague, Diz takes advantage in an illegal siphoning gig. When it turns up a powerful strain of magic, she and her friends make a discovery that could save the world.

 

The Serpent’s Curse

Author: Lisa Maxwell

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Goodreads

The epic conclusion of The Last Magician, Esta and Hart race through time and across the country to steal the remaining elemental stone to stop the Order and save the future, but what will that mean for them in the end, two people that are separated by time.

 

The Mall

Author: Megan McCafferty

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Goodreads

It’s 1991. Scrunchies, mixtapes, and 90210 are, like, totally fresh. Cassie Worthy is spending he summer before college working at the Parkway Center Mall. Though she plans to have an amazing summer and then go to college with her boyfriend, best-laid plans don’t always work out. A complete tribute to the era of when malls were at the height of their game, friendship, love and discoveries in the most unexpected places.

 

Wonderland

Author: Juno Dawson

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Goodreads

Discovering an invitation to “Wonderland”, the most epic party of parties—three days of hedonistic excess to which only the elite are welcome, Alice hopes to find her missing friend, Bunny. Without her medication, which she desperately needs, Alice hopes to avoid Paisley Hart, who is determined to uncover her secrets no matter what, and find her best friend.

 

Sanctuary Highway

Author: Ellen Hopkins

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Goodreads

The United States government, now called the Confederation has redefined what it means to be “American”. Two teens are on the run when they fall outside the parameters of the Confederation. Their survival means relying on strangers and not everyone is trustworthy. One wrong whisper is the difference between freedom and imprisonment, life and death.

 

The Dark In-Between

Author: Elizabeth Hrib

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Goodreads

After dying and then coming back, Casey is haunted by the drowning of her best friend. Feeling like she’s going mad, especially after seeing a boy fall from the sky, she meets Red. The boy that fell. He’s an angel fallen to earth to regain his wings and he’ll help Casey to walk the path of Limbo: the place between life and death so that she won’t lose Liddy to something worse than death.

 

The Unleashed

Author: Danielle Vega

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Goodreads

Sequel to The Haunted, Hendricks and her friends are still trying to return to normal after the Steele house, but the hauntings of Drearfield are not even close to over. Prom is coming up and Hendricks is trying to focus on that, but she can’t stop thinking about Eddie and thinking he may still be out there somewhere. Together with her friends, she tries to summon his spirit and gets more than she bargained for. Things start happening again. Lights flickering in the school library. Mysterious girls roaming the halls. Hendricks discovers they might not have summoned Eddie at all but something more dangerous than anything they’ve ever seen.

 

I’m so excited about these releases and I can’t wait to get my hands on them. Some are a part of a couple series that I’ve unbelievably enjoyed. Others just have me smitten and excited to read. What books are you looking forward to this year?

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Summer Booklist—2019: Nonfiction Edition

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Heya, Book cult!

As promised, here’s the Nonfiction booklist to go along with the Summer Booklist: YA Edition & Summer Booklist: Fiction Edition! Summertime is the perfect time to travel through great books.

Here are my top 10 choices for some great nonfiction reading. I came across these while perusing the bookstore and Goodreads!

 

The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Author: Heather Morris
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Amazon

The tale of Lale Sokolov, a Jew, and how it was discovered that he could speak many languages and was thus tasked with permanently tattooing Jews that came into Auschwitz and how he also met the trembling Gita, a woman that he comforted, who stood in line. In that moment, he vowed to not only survive the camp but marry her once this war was over.

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
Author: Mark Manson
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Barnes & Noble

Described as an honest look at the truth about life-that it sucks sometimes, and you just have to say it sucks. There are only so many f*cks that can be given.

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The Diary of a Young Girl
Author: Anne Frank
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Goodreads

Considered a beautifully tragic classic follow the diary of a young girl and how she, her family, and another family hid from Nazis during WWII.

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Orange is the New Black
Author: Piper Kerman
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Goodreads

The final season of the hit Netflix show is coming soon. Take a chance to read about Piper Kerman’s time in prison because she’d delivered a suitcase filled with drugs and was caught. Honest and eye-opening.

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Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders
Author: Vincent Bugliosi
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Amazon

Get a unique inside perspective from the prosecuting attorney himself of one of the most horrifying murders-the Tate-LaBianca murder, carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers.

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Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops
Author: Jen Campbell
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Amazon

Inspired by a tweet comes a book of some of the strangest and funniest things customers have asked or said in bookstores across the globe, like “Did Beatrix Potter ever write a book about dinosaurs?”

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Era of Ignition: coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution
Author: Amber Tamblyn
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Amazon

Personal essays, anecdotes, and opinions from the point of view of well-known actress and feminist, Amber Tamblyn (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Joan of Arcadia). She comes to the front lines to tackle the struggles of womanhood such as sexual assault, reproductive rights, pay parity, and many more.

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Girl, Wash Your Face
Author: Rachel Hollis
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Amazon

Inspiring women to stop living lies they thought they had to, Rachel Hollis shares her own and how she broke the barriers and gives advice on how to help women break theirs and help them move forward into their most freeing and happy lives.

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Gold Dust Woman: A Biography of Stevie Nicks
Author: Stephen Davis
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Barnes & Noble

A rock-n-roll legend both with Fleetwood Mac and as a solo artist, at 69, Stevie Nicks is one of the most iconic and glamorous women that rock has known. GEt an inside look on how she, Fleetwood Mac, and her music rose to the top and how her life had and effect.

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Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries
Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson
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Amazon

Fun for those science brains, Tyson compiles some amazing essays about the mysterious cosmos and the intriguing search of life in the universe and so much more. Well known for his accessibility and humor with his writing, Tyson doesn’t hide his excitement about our universe.

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And, maybe you’ve read a few of these or you’ve thought about it and forgot. Who knows, you could be adding some new books to your TBR list! I know I am. LOL. Happy reading!

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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A Spring Book Tag!

Hello, epic readers!

Spring is upon us! Lots of green, flowers, and rebirth! With that, I have a book tag here just for the season. Inspired not only by spring but other book tags, I swung this one together. I love sharing books I’ve read and/or will be reading and I think this is a fun way to do it. It’s thematic, reflecting, and also anticipating. An all-in-one!

So let’s get to tagging!

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1. A leafy book!

The Hazel Wood

Author: Melissa Albert

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Goodreads

I guess I kind of stretched this one. It’s more of one that’s got the twists of branches more than leaves. Still, pretty curious and I’m still debating on whether I should read this book or not. Dark fairytales that may or may not be real. Mom is stolen into the Hazel Wood, where these tales come from and now begins the journey to go get her.


2. A flowery book!

Beastly

Author: Alex Flinn

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Goodreads

A modern-day twist on Beauty and the Beast. Definitely a read I would recommend for those who enjoy the fairytales. The cruel and popular boy gets turned into the beast and only has so long before his curse is permanent.


3. A green book!

The Tommyknockers

Author: Stephen King

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Goodreads

People of Haven are all but selling their souls for deadly, and nearly alien, rewards. It’s turning the town into something out of this world and it all started when Bobbi Anderson stumbled across something metal, strange, and mysterious in the woods. Now it’s taking over her hometown.


4. A book you’re excited to read this spring!

After

Author: Anna Todd

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Amazon

I’m pretty stoked to read this book! The movie trailer turned me on to it and it’s been a little while since I’ve read a steamy, knot-twisting, toe-curling romance. I’ve heard from a few readers that this one is pretty good! Stubborn girl meets an intense, mysterious guy and there are no sparks. It’s straight up fire between them.


5. A new release you’d recommend to others!

Wicked Saints

Author: Emily A. Duncan

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Goodreads

A war that’s gone on forever, an unorthodox group comes together. A girl who converses with the gods, a prince with trust issues, and a boy with a barely containable secret. Amid a forbidden romance, they must assassinate their king. Will it end the war or cause more devastation to their world?

I haven’t read this yet, but the description is amazing and totally alluring. I’m very excited to read it. So much so my fingers are tingling. I’m ignoring reviews so that I can’t be swayed one way or the other.


6. A book beautiful on the inside and a book with a beautiful cover!

The Life and Death of Charlie St. Cloud

Author: Ben Sherwood

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Goodreads

This book was so incredibly moving and beautiful. I believe it’s so underrated and highly recommend reading if you haven’t. Haunting, yet charming, this story about a man still struggling years after losing his brother in a car accident was unforgettable. Every day at sunset he goes to see the spirit of his brother at sunset to play catch with him. Then suddenly, he meets Tess and he may begin to see the light that could help him move on.

Ink and Bone

Author: Rachel Caine

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Amazon

This book cover has to be one of my utmost favorites. If a book cover can come across as wise and magical, it’s right here. I was so drawn to this for how it represented the way the vivid colors blended creating something bold and ancient. I can’t get enough of it. The books on the cover all worn and well-read and the way the title strike out at me…I’m so in love with it.


7. A book that changed you!

A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares

Author: Krystal Sutherland

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Goodreads

Personally, A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares did a number on me. While a fun and compelling story with adventure and tragedy and MAJOR feels, it approaches mental illness in a unique light that I think can give people a glimpse at how it can be. That and how helpless feels to be both on the outside looking in and the inside looking out.


8. A book that inspired you!

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Author: Stephen King

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Amazon

While at times I find the King-man to be a little over the top, he has some top-notch writing and I learned so much from this memoir. One of those things was to calm the fuck down and stop freaking out because I’m going to find my groove. My groove will also get destroyed and I’ll find a better groove. I also don’t have to completely compromise my style and who I am. For any genre writer, I suggest this book. Inspiring on mass levels.


For this book tag, I’m tagging:

JenAcideBibliophile

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A Court of Coffee and Books

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And anyone else looking for a little spring fun with books!

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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On Valentine’s Day We Wear Pink

My lovers of books!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you that enjoy this little holiday. Not my thing, but I don’t dare stand in the way those who love V-Day. What do I do instead? Create an awesome book list!

For your reading pleasure, here are some recommendations.

 

Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
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Penguin Random House

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Jinx
Author: Meg Cabot
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Pan Macmillian

Goodreads       Barnes & Noble          Amazon

 

The Merciless
Author: Danielle Vega
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Amazon

Goodreads       Barnes & Noble          Amazon

 

Keeping the Moon
Author: Sarah Dessen
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Amazon

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Jenna & Jonah’s Fauxmance
Author: Emily Franklin
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Goodreads

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Broken Beautiful Hearts
Author: Kami Garcia
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Goodreads

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More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Under the Stars – A Book List

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“Sometimes while gazing at the night’s sky, I imagine stars looking down making wishes on the brightest of us.”

Richelle E. Goodrich, Making Wishes

 

Hey bookworms!

Hope you’re having an amazing day.

I want to dedicate this list to the beautiful stars that we live under and the wishes we make on them, as gushy as that sounds. I came up with this theme one night after work. It was freezing cold on my way out to the car. I can see my frosty breath and there’s a coat of frost on the patches of grass and the glisten of potential ice on the asphalt across the parking lot. Then I pause in the middle of the pothole road after glancing up, muttering about this ridiculous cold making me shiver painfully. The stars are out. I realize how crisp the air is when I breathe in through my nose and smile, taking this moment to appreciate that I can see Orion. He’s cool. I wish I had an awesome belt like his.

Here are some recommendations from the stars.

 

All the Little Lights
Author: Jamie McGuire

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“Falling is easy. The hard part is getting back up.”

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Under the Never Sky
Author: Veronica Rossi

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“People can be cruelest to those they love.”

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The Darkest Star
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

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“There’s nothing we can do other than live with the promise of tomorrow while knowing it may not come.”

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Secondhand Charm
Author: Julie Berry

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“Oh, why do good things have to end while tedious things go on forever?”

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Autoboyography
Author: Christina Lauren

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“This is how we reveal ourselves: these tiny flashes of discomfort, the reactions we can’t hide.”

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Honor Among Thieves
Author: Rachel Caine and Ann Aguire

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“Someday, the stars will reach back.”

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Zodiac
Author: Romina Russell

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“And in a universe of people that spend their todays searching for tomorrows, hope is the most powerful weapon you can have.”

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A Room Away from the Wolves
Author: Nora Ren Suma

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“An exhilarating sense of power twisted its way through me. This was what it felt like to make your life your own.”

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Starry Eyes
Author: Jenn Bennett

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“Uncertainty isn’t always a bad thing. Sometimes it can even be filled with extraordinary potential.”

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The Names They Gave Us
Author: Emery Lord

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“Human hearts are like noble little ants, able to carry so much more weight than you’d expect.”

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Add them to your TBR list and get lost in these interesting reads.

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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