My Dream Reading Space

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For years I have been thinking about how awesome it would be to have a giant library in my house someday. I know it’s unlikely I’ll ever have enough money to actually build one quite as epic as I’ve always imagined, but I can still pretend, right? When I found out the folks over at Arhaus were interested in seeing people’s dream reading spaces, I thought it sounded like a lot of fun.

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The Fake Death Trope and Why I Hate It

The Fake Death Trope and Why I Hate It

I was recently watching The 100 and once again, the fake death trope made an appearance (don’t worry, I won’t say who it was and spoil it). You know the trope: a character dies some horrible death, you get really upset and mourn them, and then a little while later… SURPRISE. They aren’t really dead. They somehow survived that horrible death that we saw unfold.

I used to like this trope. But I truly hate it now.

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Book Madness 2017: Why I Love Katniss

Book Madness Katniss

A couple of weeks ago, Maggie contacted me and asked if I’d like to participate in this year’s Book Madness. Basically, Book Madness is a month-long event where people get to vote for their favorite characters based on what bloggers, bookstagrammers, and/or booktubers have said about those characters in their posts. There will be several rounds of voting and the first round goes through March 6th. I chose to represent Katniss from THG because Katniss is badass and I always have and always will love her. There’s a link at the bottom of the post for you to click on if you want to vote! If you do, you have the chance to win some awesome prizes like ARCs and Amazon gift cards! So let me tell you why I love Katniss and why you should vote for her.

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Why You Might Want To Be Careful With Backlist LGBTQIAP Books

Backlist LGBTQIAP Books Problems

I’m a reader who loves to read backlist books every once in awhile. Admittedly, now that I blog I don’t do it as often as I used to, but it’s still something I thoroughly enjoy. However, there are some issues that may come up with reading older books. I’ve talked before about how reading books that are a few decades old may lead you to feel that these books are unoriginal even though they are the original that inspired a proliferation of the genre. Something that I recently have been thinking about are the issues with reading backlist books that talk about issues within the LGBTQIAP community.

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2016 End of Year Survey

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I’ve seen quite a few bloggers posting this and even though it’s pretty long (and I’m not sure how many of you will actually read it all, haha), I decided to do it anyway since I think it’s a great way to wrap up my reading and blogging from 2016. For those of you who don’t know, this survey was put together by Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner. I’m going to try not to talk too much about each answer since, like I mentioned, this is already pretty long. But if you’re curious about anything I mention here, feel free to ask me about it in the comments 🙂

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Kourtni Reads is 1 Year Old! (+ Giveaway!)

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I honestly didn’t really think, back when I started blogging, that I’d make it this long. I have a bit of a problem with committing to time-consuming things and if there’s anything I’ve learned about blogging, it’s that it’s time-consuming. But today marks my one-year blogiversary. Exactly a year ago today, I started this blog and I can honestly say that it was a fantastic decision. I’ve loved blogging and talking to all of you so much more than I ever would have imagined. Over the past year, I’ve met so many amazing bloggers and have read so many amazing books, many of which I never would have even considered reading before I was a blogger.

I’ve been struggling for weeks trying to figure out how I should celebrate my blog turning a year old. I wanted to do something to not only celebrate my blog (and my rare show of commitment) but also to say thank you to all of you who have been following me and supporting me throughout the past year. No matter how long you’ve been here, I’m so grateful for all of my followers! I finally decided that a great way to do both of these things would be to give away a copy of one of my favorite books that I read during 2016. You may (or may not) have seen my post from last week about my top 10 favorite reads from this year. By entering my giveaway, you’ll have the chance to win one of those books.

The giveaway will run for the next week and close on 1/8/17 at midnight. This is open internationally if The Book Depository ships to you. If you aren’t sure whether or not they ship to you, you can check here. If you’re in the US, you can choose to have the book shipped either from Amazon or TBD – it’s up to you! If, for some reason, the book gets lost/damaged in the mail, I will not be responsible. Once I buy it, it’s out of my hands! I don’t expect this will be a problem, though. 🙂 If the winner is under 18, they must have permission to give out their address. I promise I won’t use your mailing info for anything besides mailing your prize! Okay, I think that covers it. So… here’s the link to the giveaway form!

Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor!

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Today’s Christmas! (Countdown to Christmas Week 8)


Because it’s my favorite holiday, I decided I wanted to do something to help celebrate Christmas here on my blog. So every Sunday for the past two months, I’ve been highlighting a book that’s Christmas-related and on my TBR! This is  If any of you have read the book, feel free to share your thoughts (but no spoilers, please!).

Today is FINALLY CHRISTMAS! You all know that I’ve been waiting for this day for months now, haha. To any of my followers who celebrate, merry Christmas! And to those of you who don’t… well, I guess you can celebrate that I’ll probably shut up about Christmas now hahaha

Be sure to also check out week 1week 2week 3, week 4week 5, week 6, and week 7.

This week’s pick is My True Love Gave to Me, a YA short story anthology edited by Stephanie Perkins that features several holiday-related stories.

20309175If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Year’s there’s something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love.

I’ve been such a slacker. I was planning on reading this either at the end of November or sometime this month, but I still don’t have the book so that’s clearly not happening, haha. I’ve heard great things about this anthology and I absolutely love that it features several different winter holidays instead of just Christmas ones. I swear I will read this before the end of 2017!

Is this something you’d read? What are some Christmas-themed books you have read or want to read?

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