My 2020 Five-Star Predictions

My friends, every new year seems to bring new releases sweeter than the last.

I just love the YA genre right now, and every year it seems to grow stronger. Meaning that I am more hopeful than ever for plenty of 5 star reads in 2020.

I’ve split this list of books I think will be shining gems into two sections: books that are already on my shelf (meaning they’re already released and I just haven’t picked them up yet) and books that are 2020 releases that I have a great feeling about.

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Authors I Need to Read More Of

There are a lot of phenomenal writers out there.

I’ll be honest – it’s kind of hard to keep track of all of them. Sometimes I read a really good book and promise myself that I’ll read from that author. Alas, I oftentimes, never do.

So today, I thought I’d talk about some authors who I want to read more of – or want to give a second try – because if they caught my attention with a couple of their books, I can at least make the effort to check out a few more.

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Summer Cleaning: Books I’m Finally Unhauling

Today, I’m cleansing my bookshelves.

I have one bookshelf in my room, and it’s starting to really fill up. As such, it’s time for another unhaul.

I’ve talked about some tips to unhauling your books on my blog before, but it’s been a while since I’ve practiced what I’ve been preaching. So, I figured I’d use some common excuses us bookworms make for keeping a book to pick apart my shelves a little bit. For each excuse, I inserted a book from my shelf that fits under that category that I am finally saying goodbye to.

I’m not saying you have to an unhaul the books that fit into these categories, but it might be a good idea to re-evaluate whether you really need it, especially if you’re already looking to free up some bookshelf real estate.

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My Top 6 Audiobook Recommendations

Audiobooks are my secret reading weapon.

I understand that they’re not for everyone (although, I’m hoping some of the books on here will change that), but they have been so helpful to me over the last few months in getting me to read more. As a reader, consuming a book in the same format over and over can start to feel boring.

Sometimes your eyes just don’t feel like cooperating. Sometimes your hands are tired of holding the book. Sometimes, you just want to sit in the dark with your eyes closed and relax, while still absorbing a story.

The solution? Audiobooks. Yup. It’s that simple.

So if you’ve felt hesitant to give the little oral novels (only synonym I could think of for audiobooks) a try, then direct your attention to this post. Immediately! I cannot allow you to go on another moment without giving one of these fantastic books on tape (ah, another!) a try.

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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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