Top 5 Books to Read without the Synopsis

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Top 5 Wednesday is currently being hosted by Sam at ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to learn more about the group or are considering joining in, check out the Goodreads group. Each week has a different topic and you just post 5 books that fit that topic. This week’s topic is top 5 books to read without reading the synopsis: we all know that some synopsis writers spoil events that happen halfway through the book or have heard reviewers say “its best to go into this one blind.” Discuss those books. 

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Top Ten Books I Read Years Ago That I Want To Reread

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week features a different theme or prompt for which you come up with a list of ten books or ideas. This week’s theme is a throwback freebie so we have quite a bit of room to do what we’d like this week. I decided to talk about some books that I read quite awhile ago that I’d like to reread. I’m not a big rereader because I have so many books waiting for me to read them for the first time, but there are still several books/series that I want to take another look at. Some are old favorites while others are books that I loved at the time, but have a feeling I would feel differently about now. So without further delay, here are some books that I read years ago that I’d like to reread!

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Blog Tour Review: The Smallest Thing by Lisa Manterfield (+ Giveaway!)

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Today starts the blog tour for The Smallest Thing by Lisa Manterfield. This is a young adult contemporary novel about a small village that gets put under quarantine after an unknown deadly virus breaks out. I have a review for you, but please be sure to check in with the other tour stops throughout the week! A big thank you to Xpresso book tours for having me on the tour. 🙂

Make sure you also enter the giveaway at the bottom – you have the chance to win a copy of the book and a $50 Amazon gift card!

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August Book Haul

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Friends, I’m so proud of myself!! I finally have a monthly book haul that’s in the SINGLE DIGITS. I’m amazed!! Many of you probably know how ridiculous I can be with book buying, but I’ve really been trying to control myself recently. I still have so many books to read already plus I’m unemployed at the moment. It seems I was finally able to stick with that goal, haha. But, of course, I still managed to acquire a few books, so let’s take a look at them.

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4 Common Barriers To Blog Engagement

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One of my favorite things to do when I have some free time is blog hop and try to find some new blogs to follow and keep up with. There are always new blogs popping up and each blogger brings something new to the table, so it’s only natural that I want to find some great voices to follow and listen to in the community. However, it’s not uncommon for me to want to read, comment on, or follow a blog, but not be able to for one reason or another. And even though it happens pretty frequently, it breaks my heart every time. So today I wanted to talk about some of these barriers and give some advice to bloggers. A lot of bloggers are probably only getting a fraction of the views they could and may not even be aware of some of the barriers that are standing in the way of them and their blogs getting more views. So I’m here to help!

A quick disclaimer: all of this advice is based on my own experience. These are things that have stopped me from reading, commenting on, or following blogs. This is not meant to be a complete list nor are these barriers going to discourage everyone from commenting/following/etc. 🙂

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ARC Review: Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

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Published: September 12th, 2017 by Crown Books for Young Readers | Series: Nyxia Triad #1 | Length: 384 pages | Genre: YA sci-fi | Source: Received from the publisher via NetGalley | Content Warning: violence, torture

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Summary from Goodreads:

Every life has a price in this sci-fi thriller that has the nonstop action of The Maze Runner and the high-stakes space setting of Illuminae. This is the first in a new three-book series called the Nyxia Triad that will take a group of broken teens to the far reaches of the universe and force them to decide what they’re willing to risk for a lifetime of fortune.
Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.
Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—a planet that Babel has kept hidden—where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.
But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.

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