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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Midnight Tease

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Happy 2020, bookworms!

I hope you’ve all had a great New Year! This is the first Midnight Tease of the year! For those of you new to my little book blog, the Midnight Tease is where I tell you all about what’s coming up on my TBR for the month as well as what I’m currently reading and reviewing. Pretty simple.

And, if you’re up at this late hour, reading this, then you’re a night owl just like me. Grab a midnight snack—personally, I love tortilla chips and queso—and take look at what’s coming up for the month.

 

Coming Soon…

Coming Soon

 

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Children of Virtue and Vengeance
Author: Tomi Adeyemi

 

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Widow’s Web
Author: Jennifer Estep

 

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Morganville Vampires: Glass Houses & The Dead Girls Dance
Author: Rachel Caine

 

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Newspaper Blackout
Author: Austin Kleon

 

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The Host
Author: Stephanie Meyer

 

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The Song of Susannah (The Dark Tower #6)
Author: Stephen King

Up For Review…

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The X-Files: Ground Zero
Author: Kevin Anderson

 

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A Touch of Death
Author: Rebecca Crunden

 

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Legendary
Author: Stephanie Garber

My Bookish New Year’s Resolution is coming soon so keep a lookout for it!

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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The Christmas Carol Book Tag

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Merry merry, book lovers!

Here is my festive Christmas-y book tag, but it’s not the ordinary type. This is a wish list!  While strolling through some amazing Christmas songs sure to get stuck in your head, here’s my Christmas wish list according to the carols/songs. This may be the closest I come to going caroling.

 

Jingle Bells

A book you’re incredibly excited about.

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Storm and Fury
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

I’ve been so stoked for this book since I heard it was coming. It also connects to Armentrout’s diagnosis of retinitis pigmentosa which results in loss of vision because her character in the series is going blind even though the character can communicate with ghosts and spirits. I have yet to meet a piece of work I hate by Armentrout and am doubting I ever will. I love the spunk she brings to her stories and this is one I can’t WAIT to read. If anyone wants to get it for me I won’t object whatsoever! C’mon Santa! I’ve been pretty good(ish) this year!

 

Carol of the Bells

A horror or thriller book you really want.

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The Sun Down Motel
Author: Simone St. James

I’m not typically and mystery girl, but crazy things happen at motels and I refer back to the movie Joyride when I say this. A creepy and thrilling classic starring Paul Walker and Steve Zahn. This one seems odd and intriguing and I’m curious to read from the perspective of someone who works at a place like this and witnesses what goes on.

 

Feliz Navidad

A diverse book, whether culturally, sexuality, or other that has really captured your attention.

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Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas #1)
Author: Zoraida Cordova

This one has been on my wish list for about a year and a half now. It’s got magic, adventure, and family. The exploration of Latino/a culture has always been a fascinating one for me. I love the way the dead is celebrated, how big the families are, and the beautiful traditions. I know I don’t nearly enough to consider myself completely cultured, but I love learning more and more about it. Getting a chance to experience the magic of the culture, if only just a drop, through this paranormal YA and also enjoy my favorite genre would be epic.

 

Last Christmas

A romance you want though you know it may just break your heart.

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Finale (Caraval #3)
Author: Stephanie Garber

You totally know there is romance mixed into this trilogy. While I haven’t gotten to Legendary just yet, I already know it’s going to be great and definitely need the final part of this gorgeous and intense adventure. Desperate! LOL.

 

Little Drummer Boy

An epic journey or series you want to start or need the next volume to.

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Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orisha #2)
Author: Tomi Adeyemi

I loved Children of Blood and Bone and have been waiting with so much anticipation for the next one! I’m so fecking excited about it! Just a phenomenal and magic driven series. If anyone wants to get it for me I will not say no, but be totally grateful. I totally recommend reading this series if you haven’t.

 

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

A coming of age book.

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Speak
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson

This isn’t a typical feel-good coming-of-age book, but one of struggle and overcoming of hardship and pain after something utterly tragic and life-shattering happens to a girl that causes her to go mute and be shunned by her friends. My best friend has told me how powerful and groundbreaking this story is so, of course, it’s one that’s on my wish list.

 

Silent Night

A heartwarming, inspiring book.

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Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell

I know what it’s like to fangirl. You should see me live-tweet when a favorite show is on. This one stuck out to me for that reason and because of how growth seems to be a theme. That and discovery. I’ve heard so many good things about this book so it’s going on the wish list!

 

What’s This? (Nightmare Before Christmas)

A book that’s not what you’d typically read, but you really want it to freshen up your book pile.

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The Glittering Court
Author: Richelle Mead

I’ve read the first in Mead’s Bloodline’s series and it wasn’t half bad. I look forward to finishing one day and decided that this one might be interesting too. I’m still not that into Vampire Academy and I think it’s because if feels over-hyped to me. Mead approaches the supernatural from an angle I’ve never read so I feel reproachful yet intrigued about it.

 

Deck the Halls

In the spirit of joy and the Fa Lalas, what’s a book you put on your wish list because everyone else is recommending it?

 

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After We Collided (After #2)
Author: Anna Todd

So, I’ve read the first one already, which is why I’m opting for the second book. If you’ve read my review then you know I wasn’t a big fan, but with a few people around me really amped over this series and its intense chemistry and back-and-forth romance that’ll drive you insane apparently.

 

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

A wintery splendor you want to read with some hot cocoa while snuggling by the fireplace.

 

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Lovely, Dark and Deep
Author: Amy McNamara

This is a recent addition to my wish list. About a girl still dealing with the loss of her boyfriend from a car accident and the fact that she survived it. Heart-aching and tragic. Loss is not easy and this one sounds like it’ll put me through an emotional wringer. That’s part of the reason it’s on my list. That, and I’m a sucker for reading about overcoming such loss and moving on.

 

What books are on your Christmas list? Tell me in this Fa La La tag! I’m not tagging any blogs on this one, but I truly hope you tag me if you do this one because I’d love to see your wish list! Maybe you even have a few different songs or carols to stick to books on your wishlist. Let me know!

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Midnight Tease

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Hello, book delinquents!

Tis the season to be merry, cheery, and joyful! Also, —in my case—very cold. LOL. I do enjoy the Christmas season. With epic Christmas movies like Black Christmas, Gremlins, and
Krampus, and then epic Christmas decorating. I have to be honest, I’m not big on Christmas songs, though I do have a couple favorites. I love making Christmas treats though! It’s something mum and I do and I love spending time with her. I believe Rice Crispy treats are on the list this year along with fudge and gingerbread.

Aside from Christmas cheer, I do have quite a bit to read up on this month. I’m excited to be moving forward with my TBR. While there are a few that are on my list from the last two months, there are some new ones as well. So, not to keep you waiting, here we go, the last Midnight Tease of the year!

If you’re up this late then you’re a night owl like me. Since you’re up and probably munching on a midnight burrito (which sounds delicious) here’s what’s coming up this month!

 

Coming Soon…

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The X-Files: Ground Zero
Author: Kevin J. Anderson

Okay, guys, I don’t know if I told you this, but I’m a MASSIVE X-Files fan. It goes on my list next to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Teen Wolf, The Walking Dead, and Planet Earth. From the theme song to the epic storytelling of the unexplained, it’s a home for me. I love believing in the things that science can’t explain because sometimes it’s like that. So, I’m quite excited to read this one.

 

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The Host
Author: Stephanie Meyer

How many times have I put this on my TBR this year? LOL. I’m so determined to at least get started on it.

 

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Widow’s Web
Author: Jennifer Estep

This is a part of a mass-market series. There’s some paranormal juju dealing with assassins that have some powers related to the arachnid family. While I get creepy shudders about it, I’m also super intrigued.

 

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Song of Susannah (The Dark Tower #6)
Author: Stephen King

 

Zom-B: Baby & Gladiator
Author: Darren Shan

 

Up For Review…

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The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus #5)
Author: Rick Riordan

 

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Abandon
Author: Meg Cabot

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Midnight Tease

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Hey there, book nerds!

It’s the witching hour and if you’re up, like me, then you’re a night owl too! Since you’re up, I give you the Midnight Tease. Every month I like to showcase what I’ll be reading and reviewing during its duration. There’s a little bit of everything, but my main focus this month is to get some heavy-duty work done on my New Year’s Resolution. I know with working so much and other personal projects on top of major changes that I won’t be able to complete it, but I want to get as close as possible. I mostly take up a New Year’s Resolution to challenge myself and get into some new reads. Soon enough it’ll be time for the 2020 New Year’s Resolution.

Back on the point! Let’s see what’s going on in the land of books this month, eh? (Don’t worry, I promise to make it quick. LOL.) Maybe you’ve read a couple of these or they’re on your TBR too.

 

Coming Soon…

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Stargazing at Noon
Author: Amanda Torroni
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Zom-B: Baby & Zom-B: Gladiator
Author: Darren Shan
The Blood of Olympus
Author: Rick Riordan

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The Song of Susannah
Author: Stephen King
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Wicked Saints
Author: Emily A. Duncan
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The House of Hades
Author: Rick Riordan

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Abandon
Author: Meg Cabot
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The Wolves of Calla
Author: Stephen King

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The Mark of Athena
Author: Rick Riordan
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Lots to read, just the way I like it. A little bit of supernatural, some poetry, and all of them I’ve excited to get to. What books are you tackling this month? I love recommendations!

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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There’s Not Dead and Then There’s Not-Dead (The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried)

The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried
Author: Shaun David Hutchinson
Published: 2019

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Rated N for not-dead people not dying because of unsettled teen drama.

 

A good friend will bury your body, a best friend will dig you back up.

Dino is used to spending time around dead bodies. His family runs a funeral home, so death is the family business. In all the time he’s helped out though, he’s never had a dead body talk back to him, until now.

Dino’s ex-best friend July died suddenly, but when she awakens screaming, there’s a lot of confusion. She’s not really alive, but not really either. Even stranger, nobody else is dying either. It seems like death has come to a standstill. While Dino and July work together to figure out why this happened, they also confront why their friendship ended in the ugly way it did. As they do, they discover a lot more than they expected, changing what they knew and understood about each other.

 

This book was phenomenal. Spectacularly written. If ever you wondered or wished to get that closure and moment to say goodbye before losing someone then here you go. Just the right amount of wit, humor, honesty, and selfishness. This wasn’t just a paranormal YA with zombies. There were no zombies actually. In fact, it was just a lot of not-dead. The POVS alternated between Dino and July. They’re both so different, but I was hooked on them. I related to Dino the most because I’m not very good at being courageous. For others, yes. For myself, no. Their dynamic is off the wall and I can see how they were best friends, yet it surprises me because of how different they are. My bookworm senses went wild with this story. I laughed, I swooned, I was shocked, and I got my dose of the paranormal.

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The not-dead gave way to some real themes and subjects today. Personally, since I don’t know what to call something like this I’m going with para-realism because it was just that. While Dino struggled to be confident, something I think a lot of people can’t relate to, there was also his struggle to try and figure out who he is. That is so difficult, and the fact that he was feeling that kind of pressure at sixteen…wow. It’s also a reminder that no one’s perfect and no one has it figured out and THAT’S OKAY.

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The LGBTQ of this made my stomach swim. Dino and Rafi literally ooze adorableness with the way they care so much for each other. I couldn’t get enough of this couple. This relationship not only showed those cutesy aspects but the other angles as well: the worry, and insecurity. The way they actually talked through their issues and recognized their worth and worried over whether or not they were good enough. That’s it, guys, This. Right here. Major fucking goals!

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A heck of a good time filled with real-talk, unexpected advice that is hella useful and wisdom that seriously blew my mind. Love and Death may be the primary subjects here, but there is so much else in-between all of that. This story resonated with me deeply and I seriously recommend it. However, if you’re looking for some crazy Paranormal with the end of the world vibes, this isn’t for you. This is a book of friendship, trying to handle life, and being not-dead. Some say this is bizarre, but I think this is just what we need.

 

Quotables:

“That’s the family you were born into. We’re the family you chose.” (Rafi to Dino, p. 4)

“Love’s only gross when you’re not in it.” (Delilah to Dino, p. 13)

“We don’t get to control how people feel. The only thing we get to control is how we feel…” (Rafi, p. 127)

“Friendship with someone you love isn’t a consolation prize.” (Rafi, p. 127)

“Funerals are our last opportunity to show the world how much we cared about the person who died.” (Dino, p. 159)

“Humor can shine a light on truths that make us uncomfortable, and we all know how painful facing the truth is, but that humor doesn’t have to come from another person or group’s pain.” (Dino to July, p. 205)

“Some people deal with breakups by watching sappy movies and crying it out; I deal by watching crappy horror movies and rooting for the killers.” (Rafi to Dino, p. 234)

“Don’t ever apologize for being happy, Dino. Not to me. Not to anyone.” (July to Dino, p. 241)

“Love isn’t obvious until you’re in it. It’s not a punch in the face that leaves you reeling, Love is gradual and sneaky. It grows like weeds between the cracks of a hundred average moments.” (July, p. 243)

 

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Ironic by Alanis Morissette.

 

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