Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

Formerly hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl


This week’s topic is…Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

Top Ten Books 

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April 2, 2019

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April 16, 2019

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May 7, 2019

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May 7, 2019

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May 7, 2019

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May 7, 2019

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May 14, 2019

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June 4, 2019

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June 11, 2019

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June 25, 2019

What books are on your Spring TBR?

Treat Yo Shelf: July 2018 Recap

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July 2018: Monthly Recap

Welcome to my monthly recap post, in which I highlight the books I read in the last month, bookish items I acquired, book events I attended, bookish news, and/or subscription boxes I received this month.

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what did i review

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publishers and authors

Netgalley/E-Arcs

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Physical ARCS

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I signed up for Miss Print’s ARC Adoption program and received Bring Me Their Hearts. I meant to read it in July, but I went through a huge reading slump. Hoping to get to it in August. Thank you for the book, Emma. 

img_8062.jpgI received an early copy of Escaping from Houdini from Jimmy Patterson Books. I also received an extra copy from an awesome bookseller a few days before I received my publisher copy, so I gifted that one to a huge Kerri fan. Thank you, Jimmy Patterson Books, I cannot wait to read it. 

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A huge thank you to First Second for this ARC of Check, Please! and all these wonderful goodies.

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July’s Book of the Month

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BOOK EVENT: KERRY WINFREY

I met the sweet and talented Kerry Winfrey at Joseph Beth Booksellers. Look at that lip cookie she made for her event; it was so good. 

Uprooted and The Night Circus prints from Noverantale

New Candles from Canterbury Road Co. 
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How did you treat your shelves in July?

Top 5 Tuesday: Covers with Green, Blue, Purple

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Bionic Book Worm

Today’s topic: Top 5 Covers with Green, Blue, and Purple

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IMG_7439Greens and Blues: I adore Emery Lord’s books, especially The Names They Gave Us. Plus look at this cover. The picture doesn’t do the green and blue sunset justice. Also, the stars in the trees are silver foiled and sparkle, which I love. 

IMG_7444Blue: Christina Rosetti’s poem “Goblin Market” is one of my favorite Victorian poems, and when I found out Wintersong was a slight retelling of the poem, I knew I had to read it. And you guys, this book is so good.

IMG_7495Green and Purple: Love and Other Alien Experiences is such an adorable rom-com story. The story focuses on some mental health issues and I loved the “you’ve got mail” feels of the book too.

IMG_7496Blue: I am a collector of Leigh Bardugo’s books, especially her first series, so when I found The Gathering Dark, the alternate UK title for Shadow and Bone, I knew I had to own it. I really love the blue tones on this cover. 

IMG_7497When I first saw the cover of Black Bird of the Gallows, I knew I had to have it before I even bought it. I love the black bird and all the purple hues. 

What are some of your favorite books that are green, blue, purple?

 

If It’s Not A Rant, It’s A Rave: Love and Other Alien Experiences by Kerry Winfrey

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Love and Other Alien Experiences
Author: Kerry Winfrey 
Published by: Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: July 11, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Mental Health

Synopsis:

I’m never going outside again. 

Mallory hasn’t left the house in sixty-seven days–since the day her dad left. She attends her classes via webcam, rarely leaves her room (much to her brother’s chagrin), and spends most of her time watching The X-Files or chatting with the always obnoxious BeamMeUp on New Mexico’s premier alien message board.

But when she’s shockingly nominated for homecoming queen, her life takes a surprising turn. She slowly begins to open up to the world outside. And maybe if she can get her popular jock neighbor Brad Kirkpatrick to be her homecoming date, her classmates will stop calling her a freak.

In this heartwarming and humorous debut, Mallory discovers first love and the true meaning of home–just by taking one small step outside her house.

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I am a huge romantic comedy fan, so when I discovered Love and Other Alien Experiences by Kerry Winfrey at a local author signing, I knew I had to pick it up. Plus I could not say no to a book that mentions the X-Files. This story was one of the funniest, sweetest, and swooniest books I have read in a long time. 

While the main character suffers from anxiety and agoraphobia, Mallory is still determined to complete her high school studies via webcam. And one of her notable pastimes is actively participating on an online alien message board forum. There she is able to be herself and dive into conspiracy theories and her love for the X-Files with like-minded people. Even though Mal struggles to physically go outside, she still challenges herself to face her fears. It is through her determination that she is able to take small steps into a world filled with homecoming prospects, a partnered science project, and a possible dating life.

I adored Love and Other Alien Experiences because it is a delicious morsel that parallels many themes and tropes found in high school rom-com movies. It has the best sarcastic and witty humor, and a romantic relationship that I was hoping (and rooting) for the whole time. I am a sucker for adorable romances and I cannot help but swoon when a guy follows his instincts and gifts a bouquet of Twizzlers to his crush. If you are a fan of 90s rom-com films, swooning, nerdy pop culture references, and a book filled with laughter and so much heart, Love and Other Alien Experiences is your one-way ticket to a very satisfying read. 

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NOTE:  I was not provided a copy of this book by the author or the publisher in exchange for a review. I bought this book with my own funds, and I reviewed the book at my own discretion.  All statements and opinions in this review are mine. 

Waiting on Wednesday: Things Jolie Needs to Do Before She Bites It by Kerry Winfrey

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that highlights pre-publication/upcoming releases that readers cannot wait to get their hands on. It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

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Title: Things Jolie Needs to Do Before She Bites It
Author: Kerry Winfrey
Publication date: July 10, 2018
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Synopsis

Months before her underbite corrective surgery, Jolie decides she needs to live life to the fullest—just in case the surgery doesn’t go as expected in this funny and honest YA novel.

Jolie’s a lot of things, but she knows that pretty isn’t one of them. She has mandibular prognathism, which is the medical term for underbite. Chewing is a pain, headaches are a common occurrence, and she’s never been kissed. She’s months out from having a procedure to correct her underbite, and she cannot wait to be fixed. 

While her family watches worst-case scenario TV shows, Jolie becomes paralyzed with the fear that she could die under the knife. She and her best friends Evelyn and Derek decide to make a THINGS JOLIE NEEDS TO DO BEFORE SHE BITES IT (WHICH IS SUPER UNLIKELY BUT STILL IT COULD HAPPEN) list. Things like: eat every appetizer on the Applebee’s menu and kiss her crush, Noah Reed. Their plan helps Jolie discover what beauty truly means to her.

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