March 2017 Wrap-Up

March was a little bit better for reading, but I made it through some BIG books. So, March was made of 20 books for me. As of the end of March, I am at 64 of my goal of 200 — 33% of the way there!

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Here’s what I read:

  1. My Secret: A PostSecret Book by Frank Warren*
  2. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
  3. Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
  4. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
  7. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones*
  8. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  10. Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
  11. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
  12. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander
  13. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
  14. Legend by Marie Lu
  15. A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
  16. Prodigy by Marie Lu
  17. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  18. Champion by Marie Lu

*Indicates a book not pictured because I read it via library book, ebook, or audiobook.
Does not include 2 books read for work that do not fall in the scope of this blog.

What did you read in March? What are you looking forward to in April?

“Baby Doll” by Hollie Overton

27415371.jpg★★★★☆ — New release Tuesday!

When I was at BEA, one of the people in the Hachette booth looked at me and said, “This is like Room, but darker.” And I was in. I was so in.

Lily was kidnapped eight years ago. Since then, she has endured serious torture, sexual abuse, and a pregnancy. But then one day, her kidnapper forgets to lock the door. And Baby Doll runs, runs, runs all the way home.

To spoil anything in this book would be a crime. So I will quote what the synopsis says, “This is what happens next…to her twin sister, to her mother, to her daughter…and to her captor.”

This book is dark, scary, sad, and twisty. Much like Room, it captures the escape from the kidnapper and the hard adjustment after the horror. But on a different (and in my opinion, better) note, Baby Doll is told from multiple different viewpoints, instead of just the child’s. This brings in different feelings, different perspectives, and I think that makes the story more impactful.

Purchase the book here.

Thank you to the publisher for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

BEA & BookCon Haul

Just a quick update on BEA and BookCon — still trying to recover, and you’re about to see why!

I brought home a total of 119 books, ARC and finished, as well as 8 samplers.

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The important thing to note here is that I purchased FOUR of these. Only four. The rest were given to me for free!
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All the “goodies” I got — samplers, pins, bookmarks, stickers, and more.

I hope to update you with another post about my most exciting grabs of the week. Stay tuned!

Quick Update

Hi all!

Sorry for my lack of posts lately. I’ve been building up content to give you a more consistent feed of new and interesting books, giveaways, and bookish news.

Some exciting news: Next week, I’ll be attending BookExpo America, the country’s largest book-related conference, as well as BookCon! I hope to bring back lots of interesting new ideas and content, including some of the most anticipated books of the year.
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Thanks for hanging in there with me, and stay tuned for the scoop on what I’m reading.

 

Reading now:

61dQyRrqSsL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg715wJzWbkqL.jpgWhere They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight (Audible) – Pick this one up now!

The Bullet by Mary Louise Kelly – waiting for the wow factor, but stay tuned for the final verdict.

 

Judging Books By Covers

Unpopular opinion: I do judge books by their covers.

It comes down to one simple reason. If you (or your publisher) didn’t care enough or didn’t want to spend the money to come up with an intriguing, beautiful, genre-appropriate cover, what are the chances that you (or they) cared enough or wanted to spend the money to develop and edit to make the story as perfect and engaging as possible?

In my career and my free time, I spend an enormous amount of time around books.

However, this is not always true — sometimes there’s a crap cover on an amazing book, and sometimes there’s a beautiful cover on a turd of a book — but it usually is a good guideline to follow.

Here’s some book covers that I’m loving lately:

The Girl on the TrainThe Husband's SecretThe Rocks

Becoming RainUnabrowEverybody Rise