Summer Wrap Up

The fact that my wrap up is coming so awfully late is probably enough proof of my state of denial. I wasn't nearly ready to get back to ordinary working life after the end of summer. I read about 18 books these last two months and I still have a ton that I wish made that list as well. But - all in all, this summer has been pretty great when it comes to reading. I read some rare gems, a couple of awesome series and I also fell in love with some old friends all over again. Keeping to my TBR was easier than I had anticipated and I wonder if maybe I should make TBRs on a more regular base.

Upcoming Releases: September 2016

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September 11th, a dark day in the history of human kind. A day of remembering and looking forward to a better future. And almost the halfway mark of the first month in summer's aftermath. Perhaps a bit late to still be posting upcoming releases. But I can't hold out on all these wonderful books. As to why I am late? I spent every spare minute of the last four days reading EMPIRE of STORMS. I finished it about an hour ago and... Whoa. It was everything I'd hoped it would be and more. 700 pages also proved to be not enough at all. GIVE ME MORE. But september is also bringing that other book I have been going crazy about for months now. CROOKED KINGDOM is only two weeks away and even after just finishing the masterpiece that was TOG 5, I need Six Of Crows 2 in my life and I need it RIGHT NOW! What is your most anticipated release?

Review: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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Title: All The Bright Places 
Author: Jennifer Niven 
Series: Stand-alone 
Genre: Contemporary, YA 
Publication date: January 6, 2015 
Rating: ★★★★★ 

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him. Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death. When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

It seemed to us that his sadness was that of a boy, the voluptuous heedless melancholy of a boy who has still not come down to earth, and moves in the arid, solitary world of dreams.

Top Ten Tuesday: TV Edition

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every other week I will post a list of my ten favorites in a certain book-related category.

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You know, sometimes I feel like my 'spare' time gives me more stress than my actual full time work life does. Not because being a teacher isn't crazy and insane - but mainly because I'm in this constant struggle of trying to balance reading a thousand books and watching a million shows in the same, somewhat small amount of time. And then there's also blogging about it and creating gifs and... You get the picture? I refuse to believe I'm the only one in this precarious situation. (PLEASE, someone tell me I'm not alone at this pity party.)

Review: Summer Days, Summer Nights by Stephanie Perkins

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Title: Summer Days, Summer Nights 
Author: Various authors 
Edited by: Stephanie Perkins 
Series: Stand-alone 
Genre: Romance, Contemporary & Fantasy/Paranormal 
Publication date: May 17, 2016 
Rating: ★★★½ 

This beautiful collection features twelve gorgeously romantic stories, by some of the most talented and exciting YA authors writing today. Includes: Leigh Bardugo, Nina LaCour, Libba Bray, Francesca Lia Block, Stephanie Perkins, Tim Federle, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, Brandy Colbert, Cassandra Clare, Jennifer E Smith, Lev Grossman.

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