How Much Value Should We Put in the Book Awards? | Book Discussion

In my opinion, not too much. Here’s why.

As January nears its end, most of the 2018 Book Awards have wrapped up and released their results. Some I read with joy, others with disdain, and others with total frustration – because the same books and authors were winning most of the awards. Again. And again. And again.

Which can be great when your faves happen to be among those books. But watching authors whose books didn’t even get that much buzz win simply because they’re big names in publishing didn’t sit well with me.

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Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus: An Intriguing Mystery | Book Review

Title: Two Can Keep a Secret

Author: Karen M. McManus

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Published: January 8, 2019

Format: ARC

Rating: 4.5 stars

Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery’s never been there, but she’s heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows.
The town is picture-perfect, but it’s hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone’s declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing.
Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she’s in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous–and most people aren’t good at keeping them. Which is why in Echo Ridge, it’s safest to keep your secrets to yourself. 

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THE BOOKS OF 2018

Yeah, I know, you’ve already read about 100 of these posts.

But I can’t help it! I want to scream about my favorite reads from this, or, should I say last, year. But! These aren’t just my favorite books of the year – they are all the books worth mentioning this year for… a multitude of reasons. (I did the same thing for 2017!) Confused? Once again, you shall see.

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One Week, 5 Books | End of Year Dash

It is officially crunch time, folks.

This wasn’t necessarily my best year for reading. Especially once August rolled around. Junior year has been extremely busy, and for the months of August, September, and October, I was averaging 1-2 books a month.

Not ideal for a reading goal of 55 books that I was already woefully behind on.

Mia over @ Pen and Parchment was having similar woes. So last month, she proposed that we both set our goal to 45 books and try to finish out the year together.

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5 Books I Put Down that I’m Definitely (Hopefully) Going to Pick Up Again

How does one define DNF?

I always thought of it as a book I put down that I have no interest in picking up again. But recently, I’ve noticed people who DNF books with the full intention of picking them up at a later time.

Though that second one isn’t how I usually describe a DNFed book, that is the case with the books in this post. I know some people physically can’t stop reading a book to come back to it later, that they must finish it once it’s been opened. I, on the other hand, find it a little too easy to set something aside. So easy, in fact, that I let myself get distracted with new and shiny books even when I’m really enjoying what I’m currently reading. 

The following books are ones that I’m really liking so far (and have read a hundred or more pages of) but haven’t picked up in a while because, as I said, new and shiny. Ugh, it truly is a curse. I fully intend to finish reading these books at some point! Just… not… right this second. 

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My 2018 Thanksgiving TBR

Hello and welcome to my tentative return and Thanksgiving TBR!

Since school has been such a whirlwind this year, I’ve sadly only been averaging 1-2 books a month (bye-bye Goodreads goal). But that’s okay! As much as I love reading, sometimes my physics homework does have to come first.

However, since I have this next week off for Thanksgiving, and some extra time for a blog post, I thought I’d share some books I plan to read this week. Whether or not I actually get to them is the fun part of this mystery. 

(Click on the titles to check out their Goodreads pages!)

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Ship It by Britta Lundin | A Very Angry Book Review

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Title: Ship It

Author: Britta Lundin

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Publisher: Freeform Books

Published: May 1, 2018

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1 star

Claire is a sixteen-year-old fangirl obsessed with the show Demon Heart. FOREST is an actor on Demon Heart who dreams of bigger roles. When the two meet at a local Comic-Con panel, it’s a dream come true for Claire. Until the Q&A, that is, when Forest laughs off Claire’s assertion that his character is gay. Claire is devastated. After all, every last word of her super-popular fanfic revolves around the romance between Forest’s character and his male frenemy. She can’t believe her hero turned out to be a closed-minded jerk. Forest is mostly confused that anyone would think his character is gay. Because he’s not. Definitely not.
Unfortunately for Demon Heart, when the video of the disastrous Q&A goes viral, the producers have a PR nightmare on their hands. In order to help bolster their image within the LGBTQ+ community-as well as with their fans-they hire Claire to join the cast for the rest of their publicity tour. What ensues is a series of colorful Comic-Con clashes between the fans and the show that lead Forest to question his assumptions about sexuality and help Claire come out of her shell. But how far will Claire go to make her ship canon? To what lengths will Forest go to stop her and protect his career? And will Claire ever get the guts to make a move on Tess, the very cute, extremely cool fanartist she keeps running into? Ship It is a funny, tender, and honest look at all the feels that come with being a fan. (source)

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7 Tips & Tricks to Unhauling Your Bookshelf

There comes a time when book lovers must face an unspeakable truth.

There simply isn’t enough space on their bookshelf for every book that want to own. Which, of course, leads to the dreaded solution of getting rid of some of them.

It can be a daunting task. Choosing what unread books to finally give up on, which recent reads aren’t worth the room. I myself recently unhauled about 30 books from my library. Hopefully some of these tips will help you next time you decided to do a little spring cleaning.

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Why Don’t People Take YA Seriously? | Book Discussion

If you’re a YA fan and occasionally venture out into the world, you’ve probably been told that YA books aren’t real books.

I know that I have. From teachers, fellow students, even friends and adults. I mention how much I love reading but when I start rattling off some names and mention they’re YA sci-fi’s, contemporaries, or fantasies, people are quick to quirk a judgemental brow. Because of course, any books centering around teenagers can’t have any quality… right?

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