Top Ten Books I’m Not Sure I Want To Read

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As I’m sure a lot of you know, I usually participate in Top Ten Tuesday posts each Tuesday. Right now, Top Ten Tuesday is on a break until next month. However, I’ve decided to still kind of do my own TTT by using some of the past TTT topics that I never did. Today I’m going to talk about some books that I’m not sure I want to read. Whether these are books that I’ve heard mixed things about or I just can’t decide if they sound interesting enough, for one reason or another, I can’t make up my mind whether I should take the plunge or skip it and spend my time on other books. Please don’t be shy – let me know if one of the books I’ve listed here is one you’ve read and loved! As always, links will take you to Goodreads.

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Review: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

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Published: February 14th, 2017 by Dutton Books for Young Readers | Series: N/A | Length: 234 pages | Genre: YA contemporary | Source: Borrowed from library | Possible Triggers: death, depression

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Summary from Goodreads:

You go through life thinking there’s so much you need…

Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

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Reviews Are For Readers, Not Authors

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Reviewing is pretty much the cornerstone of book blogs. It’s what draws a lot of bloggers to blogging in the first place and it’s probably the one thing that a majority of book bloggers actually have in common. Because there are so many different people who review, you’re bound to come across a lot of differing opinions about reviews, who they’re really intended for, what they should do/say, etc.

Some people view reviews as a way to help authors. I don’t think anyone views their reviews as 100% for authors and not at all for readers, but there are certainly reviewers who think of reviews as primarily something that helps authors. You review books and help more readers discover the books, leading to more sales and exposure for the author. The end goal here is not to help readers discover books, but to generate more sales, hype, etc. for the author. But really, this mindset can lead to some problems in reviewing and for this reason, I really think reviewers need to view their reviews as something that benefits readers, not authors.

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Around the Blogosphere

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Hello, everyone! It’s time for another Around the Blogosphere post. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this feature I do, this is a way for me to spread the blogger love. Once a month I highlight some recent blog posts from other bloggers that I particularly enjoyed and I talk a little bit about my thoughts on the post. I love to help people find new blogs to check out and follow and I think this is a great way to do it.

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ARC Review: The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

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Published: July 18th, 2017 by Simon Pulse | Series: Book #1 in The Last Magician duology | Length: 512 pages | Genre: YA historical fantasy | Source: Edelweiss | Possible Triggers: sexual assault, racism

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Summary from Goodreads:

Stop the Magician.
Steal the book.
Save the future.

In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

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Top 5 Children’s Books

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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 children’s books: this can include Middle Grade (but try to recommend more than just Harry Potter and Percy Jackson!). Feel free to talk about your childhood faves or more recent reads. So, I’m going to be talking about some of the books that I loved as a kid. As usual, all links will take you to Goodreads.

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10 Sequels I Still Need To Read

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As I’m sure a lot of you know, I usually participate in Top Ten Tuesday posts each Tuesday. As I mentioned last week, Top Ten Tuesday is on a short break until next month. However, I’ve decided to still kind of do my own TTT by using some of the past TTT topics. Today I’m going to be talking about sequels that I need to read. I have a bad habit of starting series constantly and then completely failing to finish them, haha. As always, links will take you to Goodreads.

As always, links will take you to Goodreads.

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