Saying Goodbye to 2019

Just a short post summarizing my December reads. During December, I read 7 books with surpassed my Goodreads goal for the year (75).

Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray

Favorite character: Jericho

Favorite quote: “But isn’t that strange and wonderful unpredictability part of humanity? Aren’t all of our differences what already make us a great nation?”

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End of Year Reading Survey

Idea and questions were inspired by Gabby’s End of Year Reading Survey youtube video that can be found here. Below are some of her social media links! Follow here! One of my favorites!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/_gabbyreads
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_myfictionalworld/

How many books did you read? Did you meet your goal?

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My reading goal this year was 75 books, which is just over 6 books a month. I exceeded that goal and will end 2019 with 80 books read.

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2020 New Releases | Pt. 4 February Books

I’m excited as I introduce you to Part 4 of my 2020 New Releases series. The more I continue the series, the more excited I get because I discover more and more amazing books releasing in the new year! So many more than I originally thought. Part 4 starts us on February books. Unless otherwise noted, preorder promotions end day of release. Make sure you send in your preorder receipts for the amazing goodies!

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Evermore by Sara Holland

Title: Evermore

Author: Sara Holland

# of Pages: 368

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Jules Ember was raised hearing legends of the ancient magic of the wicked Alchemist and the good Sorceress. But she has just learned the truth: She is the Alchemist, and Caro—a woman who single-handedly murdered the Queen and Jules’s first love, Roan, in cold blood—is the Sorceress.

The whole kingdom believes that Jules is responsible for the murders, and a hefty bounty has been placed on her head. And Caro is intent on destroying Jules, who stole her heart twelve lifetimes ago. Now Jules must piece together the stories of her past lives to save the person who has captured her heart in this one.

BEWARE: This book review contains spoilers. You have been warned. 

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Musical References in The Tyrant’s Tomb

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I just finished The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan and it was amazing. Considering that Apollo is the Greek god of music, he makes many historical references to music that we know today. Listed below are 8 musical references (and 1 literary) that Apollo claims to have an hand in.

 

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“Back in the 1950s, I played with Dizzy Gillespie at Bop City in the Fillmore. “

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“During the Summer of Love, I hosted an impromptu jam session in Golden Gate Park with the Grateful Dead. (Lovely bunch of guys, but did they really need those fifteen-minute-long solos?)”

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“In the 1980s, I hung out in Oakland with Stan Burrell – otherwise known as MC Hammer – as he pioneered pop rap. I can’t claim credit for Stan’s music, but I did advise him on his fashion choices. Those gold lame parachute pants? My idea. You’re welcome, fashionistas.”

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“I did some research on Folsom Prison with Johnny Cash. Long story.”

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‘What’s Going On,’ Ella said. ‘Marvin Gaye, 1971.’ “Yes, I know,” I said. “I helped write that song.”

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I haven’t seen a lecture hall this crowded since Charles Dickens’s 1867 Second American Tour. (Great show. I still have the autographed T-shirt framed in my bedroom in the Palace of the Sun.)

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I had not been there [People’s Park] since 1969, when I’d stopped by to experience some groovy hippie music and flower power and instead found myself in the middle of the riot. 

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He moved stiffly, leaving a trail of bloody footprints on the asphalt that reminded me – quite inappropriately – of a ballroom-dancing diagram Fred Astaire had once given me. 

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I remained very still. I had vivid memories of Iggy Pop throwing peanut butter, ice cubes, watermelons, and other dangerous objects at his fans during his concerts. 

This is a different blog post compared to the usual book hauls and reviews. What did you think? I have one more fun blog post involving this book planned for later this week!

 

 

Book of the Month Book Haul

Hey guys! I am excited to announce that I am now a Book of the Month affiliate. I will start doing a monthly haul to share my book selections. I will continue to attempt to read at least one BOTM selection, whether the current one or one from a past month.

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November is a very busy month for new releases, as everyone can attest. Especially November 5th. Due to that, I chose to have two books in my BOTM box.

1. The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness by Susannah Cahalan

IMG_7104Surprisingly, I have already read this book. This is a narrative nonfiction surrounding the famous study of David Rosenhan’s titled “On Being Sane in Insane Places.” Published in 1973, it had an essential impact on the changes we made to treat mental illness. While it moved the psychiatric system away from the problem of asylums, it led to the current problem we have of the lack of psychiatric beds to treat individuals.

2. The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

IMG_6468This book, written by Kiersten White, is a new young adult fantasy series surrounding the legend of King Arthur. For more information, including a synopsis, check out it’s Goodreads page here.

What books did you get in your November Box. Don’t forget, I am an affiliate and you can get your first book for only $5. Check out my referral link here.

 

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A very late November TBR coming your way. To be honest, I have no clue why I take the time to make a TBR list when I never follow it. I am such a mood reader. I take too much time deciding which my next read should be. This list was compiled keeping in mind the reading goals I had made earlier in the year.

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Book Haul Pt. 1 – BOTM Selections

I’m back! I know I haven’t posted in some time, but I am planning on changing that. I thought I would come back with a book haul. There will be many more book hauls over the next few weeks to show all the books I have bought over the past 6 months. Let me say, there are many.

May 2019 –

The Flight Portfolio – Julie Orringer

Red Scroll of Magic – Cassandra Clare

Circe – Madeline Miller

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