Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Waiting On Wednesday: GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE by Natasha Ngan (YA)


"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme that used to be hosted by Breaking the Spine. I'm sure that I am not alone in saying that we all miss her sharing her posts with us. If anyone knows what has happened to Jill and can confirm that she is okay, I'd greatly appreciate it!... Waiting On Wednesday is where we get to 'spotlight' the books that we are anxiously waiting to be released!!! The ones that we are dying to get our hands on and read into the wee hours of the night!!! And I am so happy to be able to start sharing my most anticipated reads again!


by Natasha Ngan
Expected release date: November 6th, 2018
Published by: Jimmy Patterson Books (Little Brown)
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: Hardback, eBook


SUMMARY

Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king.
It's the highest honor they could hope for... and the most cruel.

But this year, there's a ninth girl. And instead of paper, she's made of fire.

In this lush fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards still haunts her. Now, the guards are back, and this time it's Lei they're after - the girl whose golden eyes have piqued the king's interest.

Over weeks of training in the opulent but stifling palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit being a king's consort. But Lei isn't content to watch her fate consume her. Instead, she does the unthinkable - she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens the very foundation of Ikhara, and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide just how far she's willing to go for justice and revenge. 

Trigger warning: violence and sexual abuse. 


MY THOUGHTS

If you didn't know, I am a huge fan of fantasy stories, my second go-to genre (my first preference being fairytales and magical realism)... 

Key phrases from the summary that caught my interest: 

- "...the girl whose golden eyes have piqued the king's interest."
- "...she does the unthinkable - she falls in love."
- "justice and revenge."

(Please be aware of the trigger warning.) 


What are you excited to read soon?!?!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Review: WHAT I LEAVE BEHIND by Alison McGhee (YA)


*An finished-hardcover copy of WHAT I LEAVE BEHIND was sent to me for free by the publisher, Simon & Schuster, for an honest review. All thoughts here are my very own. Any problems, concerns, questions, etc. please contact me via email - thebumblegirl@rocketmail.com - Thank you!


by Alison McGhee
Expected release date: May 15th, 2018
Published by: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books (Simon & Schuster)
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Format: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook
Format read: Hardcover


SUMMARY

Trigger warning: Suicide, rape.

After his dad commits suicide, Will tries to overcome his own misery by secretly helping the people around him in this story made up of one hundred chapters of one hundred words each.

Sixteen-year-old Will spends most of his days the same way:
Working at the Dollar Only store, trying to replicate his late father's famous cornbread recipe, and walking the streets of Los Angeles. Will started walking after his father committed suicide, and three years later he hasn't stopped. But there are some places Will can't walk by: 
The blessings store with the chest of 100 Chinese blessings in the back, the bridge on Fourth Street where his father died, and his childhood friend Playa's house.

When Will learns Playa was raped at a party - a party he was at, where he saw Playa, and where he believes he could have stopped the worst from happening if he hadn't left early - it spurs Will to stop being complacent in his own sadness and do some good in the world. He begins to leave small gifts for everyone in his life, from Superman the homeless guy he passes on his way to work, to the Little Butterfly Dude he walks by on the way home, to Playa herself. And is through those acts of kindness that Will is finally able to push past his own trauma and truly being to live his life again. Oh, and discover the truth about that cornbread. 


MY REVIEW

*An finished-hardcover copy of WHAT I LEAVE BEHIND was sent to me for free by the publisher, Simon & Schuster, for an honest review. All thoughts here are my very own. 


Brilliant writing and composition - the author made me feel so many emotions that left me wanting to have a better attitude on life and the people around me.

WHAT I LEAVE BEHIND is another book that is going on my favorite shelf... 
I read this book twice in one day. TWICE! 

Written in 100 pages with only a 100 words per page, the author delivers a strong and moving story about a teen named Will who is coping with the loss of his father and the tragedies that surround him... 

Will is just a kid trying to get by. Every day he thinks of his dad, who committed suicide a few years ago. If it weren't for the note that they found, he would never have believed it. He doesn't talk to anyone about it, but he does try to cope with it with something that has always stuck with him, something that his dad used to do... we get to see Will go to work, his relationship with his boss and how Will tries to make his boss feel like he's something important, that he is being seen... we also get to see a small boy in Will's neighborhood and how Will tries to keep an eye on him and leaves the boy small trinkets thinking that it will give the little boy extra time to stay little and naive in thinking that there really is magic in the world, to have an imagination and play, before being disillusioned into the real world... and then there are the feelings that he is dealing with in regards to his best friend Playa. Playa who he hasn't been able to see yet; the guilt he feels about what happened to her and how he can help her. 

While reading this book, I couldn't help but think of how many people are out there that are in the same place as Will is. How important it is to take the time to truly see people and that it doesn't take much to give a person a little of your time - even if it is just a smile. The littlest thing can bring so much joy to a person... As a mom, all I wanted to do was reach into the book, grab Will, and give him a huge hug and a big ol' plate of freshly baked cookies and tell him that things will get better, it'll be okay. Even though he seems to have figured that out on his own, and I felt proud. I know I had nothing to do with how Will was handling things, but I was happy to see that instead of being a destructive teen, he was doing his best to bring happiness back into his life and into those he thought could use some too.

I do have to admit that I was a bit skeptical at first when I was told that this book was written in such a way - 100 words within 100 pages - surely this wasn't enough to tell someone's story. But it was and is! I feel that the format definitely gave me just enough of a glimpse into Will's life - I not only got to see his day to day routine but also got to see what he was thinking and feeling. The format very much felt like journal entries, but more... I was completely invested in learning about him and emotionally engaged and being there with him while he sorted out this period in his life. 

Will's personality shines, good and bad; where there was sadness, there was also hope. And I think that many people need to read this as a way to know that no matter where you are in life, a little positivity, the tiniest bit of kindness, can truly change someone's world.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Alison McGhee

Alison McGhee writes novels, picture books, poems, and essays for all ages, including NEVER COMING BACK (October 2017) and the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestseller SOMEDAY, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. 

Her work has been translated into more than 20 languages. 

She lives in Minneapolis, California, and Vermont.



Review: SUPER SAURUS AND THE EGG by Deborah Underwood and Illustrated by Ned Young (C)


*An ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of SUPER SAURUS AND THE EGG was sent to me for free by the publisher, Disney-Hyperion, for an honest review. All thoughts here are my very own. Any problems, concerns, questions, etc. please contact me via email - thebumblegirl@rocketmail.com - Thank you!

Written by Deborah Underwood
Illustrated by Ned Young
Release date: May 22nd, 2018
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Format: Hardcover, eBook
Format read: ARC 


SUMMARY

When Arnold's parents bring an egg home and tell him he's going to be an older brother, Arnold is not convinced. Arnold knows the egg could be anything... maybe even an EGG OF DOOM!

If a vampire-saurus flies out of the egg, Super Saurus will be ready!
If a plant-crushing robot stomps out of the egg, Super Saurus will be ready!
If Maud the Marauder jumps out of the egg, Super Saurus will be ready!
But what happens if the Egg of Doom turns out to be Arnold's new little brother or sister?

With the same wit, humor and charm that shines in SUPER SAURUS SAVES KINDERGARTEN, readers will be captivated by Arnold's super imagination.




OUR REVIEW

*An ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of SUPER SAURUS AND THE EGG was sent to me for free by the publisher, Disney-Hyperion, for an honest review. All thoughts here are my very own. Any problems, concerns, questions, etc. please contact me via email - thebumblegirl@rocketmail.com - Thank you!


SUPER SAURUS AND THE EGG is one of the most clever and unique stories to share with your little ones when they are expecting a new sibling! Especially if your kid is unsure about what to expect or feeling overly emotional or unsure. This book can help break the tension and make things a little fun, while slowly putting the situation into perspective too (by the parent/reader).

Arnold's parents have brought home an egg and share the news that he is going to be a big brother soon. Arnold is quite unsure as to what can be inside the egg and starts to explore other possibilities just in case they're wrong. What happens if it's the "egg of doom"? He goes on quite an adventure to prepare himself for what's to come... and in the end, he has quite a pleasant surprise and manages to get accept all the new things that happen once the egg hatches and reveals who was in there all along.

Arnold is so full of life and what I like to call innocent-sass, where he just tells you exactly what he thinks no matter what, and I totally support that! Especially in new situations where it is often difficult for a small child to express themselves with what is happening around them. Letting get creative and cope with how they feel on their own terms is really important. And I love how Arnold can help encourage a child to open their mind and explore their feelings.

The illustrations are SO COLORFUL AND FUN! Even as an adult, I couldn't help myself from getting caught up in Arnold's wild imagination - I felt like getting up with my 4-year-old and zooming around the room with him with every idea that Arnold came up with of what could possibly happen when the egg hatched!

SUPER SAURUS AND THE EGG is a super fun interactive book that will promote a huge amount of imaginative play! Definitely for the little ones who love "big stories" and want to create their own along with their own matching vibrant pictures.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Deborah Underwood

Deborah Underwood has written numerous picture books, including Interstellar Cinderella, SUPER SAURUS SAVES KINDERGARTEN, Part-time Princess, Part-time Mermaid, and the New York Times bestsellers The Quiet Book, The Loud Book, and Here Comes the Easter Cat.

Deborah lives in northern California



ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR - Ned Young

Ned Young is a self-taught painter and illustrator.

He illustrated SUPER SAURUS SAVES KINDERGARTEN, Jamie A. Swenson's Big Rig, and is the author and illustrator of the Zoomer series.

He lives in Brigham City, Utah.



Tuesday, May 1, 2018

My APRIL Book Haul, Wrap-Up, and MAY TBR (2018)


Hello, friends!!! 

Is it just me or was April just a really, really weird month? 
All the snow! It was so cold! And being that we were forced to stay in longer than usual because of the odd seasonal weather, I feel like I got nothing done - and no reading, writing or reviewing either, ugh! Adulting is so hard when you have so many responsibilities... 

But! I've decided to start fresh for May - I'm letting go of my old to-do lists and starting new and moving on! Now that spring has finally sprung there is a lot of prep work to be done around the house, for my kiddos and their end-of-the-year activities, projects I'm currently working on; and I'm hoping to revamp my Instagram and blog! And I'd like to also start getting myself ready for Book Expo, yay! I've been to BEA before - 3 times - but I only take the train in for one day which has always worked out for me. It's been 3 years since the last time and I'm a bit nervous for this year. But at least I have an idea as to what to expect and how to prepare.

Will you be going to Book Expo and/or Book Con this year???  

Now, let's talk about all the BOOKS I did get in April!!!


*My APRIL Book Haul*



*REVIEW BOOKS:
- THE CHANGELING by Joy Williams (A/Anniversary Edition HB) from Tin House Books 
- LITTLE WHITE LIES by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (YA/ARC) from Disney Books 
- GRACE AND FURY by Tracy Banghart (YA/ARC) from Little, Brown 
- WHAT I LEAVE BEHIND by Alison McGhee (YA/HB) from Simon and Schuster 
- ALL SUMMER LONG by Hope Larson (YA/PB Graphic Novel) from First Second/Macmillan 
- LOVE SONGS AND OTHER LIES by Jessica A. Pennington (YA/HB) from Tor Teen 
- LIKE NEVER AND ALWAYS by Aguirre (YA/ARC) from Tor Teen 
- SPIES, LIES, AND ALLIES by Lisa Brown Roberts (YA/PB) from Entangled Teen 
- SUMMER BRAIN QUEST: Between Grades Pre-K and K by Bridget Heos (C/PB) from Workman Publishing 
- BOYING UP: HOW TO BE BRAVE, BOLD AND BRILLIANT by Mayim Bialik (A/HB) from Penguin Books 

*BOOKS I RECEIVED FROM GIVEAWAYS OR AS GIFTS OR THROUGH A TRADE

- THE SUMMER OF BROKEN THINGS by Margaret Peterson Haddix (YA/ARC) 
- THE STONE GIRL'S STORY by Sarah Beth Durst (MG/ARC) 
- DEAR READER by Mary O'Connell (YA/ARC) 
- WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT by April Genevieve Tucholke (YA/ARC) 


*BOOKS I PURCHASED
- MERMAIDS: The Myths, Legends, and Lore by Skye Alexander (A/HB) 
CRAFT A LIFE YOU LOVE: Infusing Creativity, Fun, and Intention Into Your Everyday by Amy Tangerine (A/PB) 
- SING, UNBURIED, SING by Jesmyn Ward (A/Book of the Month HB) 
- ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND by Lewis Carrol (Classic/The Folio Societ HB)
- ALICE IN WONDERLAND by Lewis Carroll (Classic/Norton Critical Editon PB) 

My APRIL BOOK OF THE MONTH Picks:
- CIRCE by Madeline Miller (A/HB) 
- ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE by Gail Honeyman (A/HB) 
- TOP TEN by Katie Cotugno (YA/HB) 


*What I read in APRIL*


- RISEN (Blood Eternal #1) by Cole Gibsen (YA/eARC) - 2 stars 
- CHARLIE AND FROG (A Castle-on-the-Hudson Mystery) by Karen Kane (MG/HB) - 4 stars 
- A FRIENDLY TOWN THAT'S ALMOST ALWAYS BY THE OCEAN! (Secrets of TopSea) by Kir Fox and M. Shelley Coats (MG/HB) - 4 stars 
- TOKOYO, THE SAMURAI'S DAUGHTER by Faith L. Justice (MG/ARC) - 4 stars 
- ASH PRINCESS by Laura Sebastian (YA/ARC) - 3 stars 
- BE PREPARED by Vera Brosgol (MG/Graphic Novel PB) - 5 stars 
- THE BOXCAR CHILDREN by Gertrude Chandler Warner(C/HB) - 


*My MAY TBR*


First, I hope to finish reading
- CRAFT A LIFE YOU LOVE by Amy Tangerine (A/PB) 
- AIRPORTS, EXES, AND OTHER THINGS I'M OVER by Shani Petroff (YA/ARC)

And then, I hope I have enough time to read all of these
- A COURT OF FROST AND STARLIGHT (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.5) by Sarah J. Maas (YA/HB pre-order) 
- THE WICKED DEEP by Shea Ernshaw (YA/HB) 
- BRING ME THEIR HEARTS by Sara Wolf (YA/ARC) 
- SWEET BLACK WAVES by Kristina Perez (YA/ARC) 
- BOYING UP: HOW TO BE BRAVE, BOLD AND BRILLIANT by Mayim Bialik (A/HB)
- HOW WE ROLL by Natasha Friend (YA/ARC) 
- THE GAME CAN'T LOVE YOU BACK by Karole Cozzo (YA/ARC) 
- BRIGHTLY BURNING by Alexa Donne (YA/ARC) 
- LUMBERJANES: UNICORN POWER! by Mariko Tamaki (MG/HB) 
- RUNNY BABBIT RETURNS: Another Billy Sook by Shel Silverstein (C/HB)


Please let me know in the comments what you're reading... 
and leave your blog or book haul links too - I'd love to visit and see what you all have been up to!


ALSO!!!


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Do you need to protect your books, kindle/nook, journal/notebook, etc. when out and about? Then you should definitely check out BOOK KEEPER's 

Don't forget to use code BUMBLE10 to save some money ;) 


Many pretty prints and fabrics to choose from AND you can choose if you'd like a snap button to be added on for extra protection so your book doesn't slip out ;) 


Let me know what you've been up to - what you're reading - how you protect books!!!

Happy reading!!!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Blog Tour (Review): A FRIENDLY TOWN THAT'S ALMOST ALWAYS BY THE OCEAN! by Kit Fox and M. Shelley Coats (MG)




By Kir Fox and M. Shelley Coats 
Illustrated by Rachel Sanson
Release date: April 17th, 2018
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Genre: Middle Grade 
Format: Hardcover, eBook
Format read: Hardcover


SUMMARY

Welcome to Topsea, the strangest place you'll ever visit. In this town, the coves are bottomless and the pier has no end in sight. There's a high tide and a low tide... and a vanishing tide. Dogs are a myth, but mermaids are totally real. And seaweed is the main ingredient in every meal - watch out, it might just start chewing you back!

New kid Davy definitely thinks Topsea is strange. His mom keeps saying they'll get used to life in their new town - it's just the way things are on the coast! But after his first day at Topsea School, Davy finds himself wondering: Why is his locker all the way at the bottom of the school swimming pool? Why can't anyone remember his name? (It's Davy!) And why does everyone act like all of this is normal?!

Through newspaper articles, stories, notifications, and more, follow Davy and the rest of Ms. Grimalkin's fifth-grade class through the weird world of Topsea. 

(Whatever you do, don't make eye contact with the rubber ducks.)


MY REVIEW

It has been too long since I have read an interesting quirky middle-grade book just for fun! Full of interesting diverse characters, a magical world that kept getting better and better... and, a very smart and endearing watch-hog! (Have you ever heard of a watch-hog? Me either! And now I'm sure you'll want to find out what one is...)

Davy and his mom have moved to Topsea to start fresh, and Davy is doing his absolute best to adjust and fit in. However, Topsea is not like any place he's ever been to or heard of - according to everyone who lives here - Mermaids are extinct, dogs are myths, seaweed may be the main ingredient in ALL of your foods and your school locker may be found at the bottom of the swimming pool! 

Davy soon begins to realize that what is not normal to him is actually normal here. And once you start to accept what is happening, no matter how odd and out of place it may seem, it's actually not. This makes Davy feel better, as he used to be the odd one back at home and now he's the most normal person at Topsea. While Davy starts to accept his new normal, he also begins to mourn and accept the loss of his father. 

The writing and flow of the story are so wonderfully unique! Our main character is Davy and we see Topsea mostly from his perspective. But, we also get to see Topsea through his new friends too, the local kids who have lived here their entire lives and don't see Topsea as weird. Included are the school's newspaper and local alerts letting us know what is happening in school and in the town - weather and other local news. The authors also include some "history" of Topsea through excerpts of what I believe may be a book called "Everything You Need to Know About Topsea" which helps the reader gain knowledge to understand why Topsea is the way it is before Davy does. 

The illustrations fit the story so well! Amusing and quite charming, each sketch and image brought the book to life!

Another fun little tidbit about this book - adults will absolutely love all of the jokes and  symbolism that the authors threw in; as most kids in this age group may not know who Davy Jones or Jo King were... this is the perfect book to "buddy read" with your child or class and then discuss!

This book is for the overly imaginative dreamer! Topsea is the place to go to when you want to let go of everything you believe in and just "go with the flow"... it's meant to be light-hearted and whimsical quick fun read.

*A hardcover copy was sent to me by the publisher, Disney-Hyperion, for an honest review.
All thoughts here are my very own. Any problems, concerns, questions, etc. please contact me via email - 
thebumblegirl@rocketmail.com 
Thank you!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Kir Fox AND ILLUSTRATOR - M. Shelley Coats

Kir Fox/Kirsten Hubbard
M. Shelley Coats/
Michelle Schusterman
Kir Fox (Kirsten Hubbard) and M. Shelley Coats (Michelle Schusterman) are great friends, longtime critique partners, and ardent consumers of the strange and unusual. 

Kirsten is the author of the middle-grade novels WATCH THE SKY and RACE THE NIGHT (Disney-Hyperion), and the young adult novels LIKE MANDARIN and WANDERLOVE (Delacorte Press/Random House Children's Books). 

She lives in Los Angeles.

Michelle is the author of the middle-grade series I HEART BAND and THE KAT SINCLAIR FILES (Grosset/Penguin), and the middle-grade novel OLIVE AND THE BACKSTAGE GHOST and the forthcoming SPELL AND SPINDLE (Random House Children's Books). She's also the coauthor of the YA novel THE PROS OF CONS (Scholastic). 

She lives in New York City.

Kir Fox/Kirsten Hubbard LINKS
GOODREADS / WEBSITE / TWITTER 

M. Shelley Coats/Michelle Schusterman LINKS
GOODREADS / WEBSITE / INSTAGRAM


ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR - Rachel Sanson

LINKS
GOODREADS 

Monday, April 2, 2018

My March Book Haul, Wrap-Up, and April TBR (2018)


Hello, bookish friends!!! 

I'm sure you've heard this way too many times this year already, but it must be said again - time is going by too, too fast! It's already April, and where I live, it is still snowing and doesn't look like it is going to stop snowing for at least another week or so! I am very fond of winter and snow. However. If I'm starting to complain about it too, then we are all in trouble, lol! We were supposed to start clearing out our backyard and preparing our spots for different gardens this week *throws hands up in the air in a dramatic way*

Another thing to prove that the year is moving along to fast for me to keep up - how much my to-be-read pile has grown! I need an extra 6 to 12 hours to my days in order to catch up, lol! Oh well, at least they all look so pretty on my shelves, right???

Now - let's talk about all THE books I have received, read and plan to read for March and April!!!



*My MARCH Book Haul

*REVIEW BOOKS:
THE UNBINDING OF MARY READE by Miriam McNamara (YA/ARC) from Sky Pony Press 
- THIEF OF HAPPY ENDINGS by Kristen Chandler (YA/eARC) from Penguin via Flutter Communications 
- BRIGHTWOOD by Tania Unsworth (MG/PB) from Algonquin Young Readers 
- BE PREPARED by Vera Brosgol (MG/PB) from First Second (Macmillan) 
- THE BACKUP BUNNY by Abigail Rayner (C/HB) from Nicole Banholzer LLC via North South Books 
- PETRA by Marianna Coppo (C/HB) from Tundra Books (Penguin Randomhouse)
- DOG DAYS OF HISTORY: The Incredible Story of Our Best Friends by Sarah Albee (MG/HB) from Media Masters Publicity/National Geographic 
- TURN THIS BOOK INTO A BEEHIVE! by Lynne Brunelle (E/PB) from Workman Publishing 
- GET MONEY: Live the Life You Want, Not Just the Life You Can Afford by Kristin Wong (A/ARC) from Hatchette 

From Disney-Hyperion: 
THE STORM RUNNER by J. C. Cervantes (MG/ARC) from Disney Hyperion 
- A FRIENDLY TOWN THAT'S ALMOST ALWAYS BY THE OCEAN! (Secrets of Topsea #1) by Kir Fox and M. Shelley Coats (MG/HB) 
- CHARLIE AND FROG (A Castle-on-the-Hudson Mystery #1) by Karen Kane (MG/HB) 

From Entangled Teen:
- RISEN (Blood Eternal #1) by Cole Gibsen (YA/eARC) 
BRING ME THEIR HEARTS by Sara Wolf (YA/ARC) 
- UNRAVELED (Perfected #3) by Kate Jarovik Birch (YA/HB) 

From Book Sparks:
- THE SUMMER OF NEW BEGINNINGS by Bette Lee Crosby (A/PB) 
- THE OPPOSITE OF NEVER by Mary Kathleen Mehuron (A/ARC) 
- SHUNNED by Linda A. Curtis (A/ARC) 
- RUDY'S RULES FOR TRAVEL: Live Lessons from Around the Globe by Mary K. Jensen (A/PB) 

From Peachtree Publishers:
- THE PRINCESS AND THE PACKET OF FROZEN PEAS by Tony Wilson (C/PB) 
- A PLACE FOR FISH by Melissa Stewart (C/HB) 
- THE KING OF BEES by Lester L. Laminack (C/HB) 
- NEVER FOLLOW A DINOSAUR by Alex Latimer (C/HB) 

From NetGalley:
THE GIRL AND THE GROVE by Eric Smith (YA/eARC) from Flux 
BRAVE ENOUGH by Kati Gardener (YA/eARC) from Flux
WHAT YOU LEFT ME by Bridget Morrissey (YA/eARC) from Sourcebooks Fire 
FURYBORN (Empirium #1) by Claire Legrand (YA/eARC) from Sourcebooks Fire
- BRUJA BORN (Brooklyn Brujas #2) by Zoraida Cordova (YA/eARC) from Sourcebooks Fire


*BOOKS I RECEIVED FROM GIVEAWAYS OR AS GIFTS OR THROUGH A TRADE
- THE WICKED DEEP by Shea Ernshaw (YA/HB) 
- A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman (A/PB) 
- MY GRANDMOTHER ASKED ME TO TELL YOU SHE'S SORRY by Fredrik Backman (A/PB) 
- BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE by Fredrik Backman (A/PB) 
- I CAPTURE THE CASTLE by Dodie Smith (HB) from Wednesday Books 
- THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END by Adam Silvera (YA/signed HB) 
- MOONRISE by Sarah Crossan (YA/ARC) 

*BOOKS I PURCHASED
- CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE (Legacy of Orisha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi (YA/HB) 
- OPAL (The Raven Cycle #4.5) by Maggie Stiefvater (YA/eNovella) 

*My March BOOK OF THE MONTH Pick:
- THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER by Emily X. R. Pan (YA/HB) 

What I read in MARCH*



It was a very slow reading month for me; I allowed myself to get distracted with so many things - when I could have been reading I'd either binge-watch a show, watch movies, draw/paint... hoping to get back into my reading groove in April!


- THE SCIENCE OF BREAKABLE THINGS by Tae Keller (MG/ARC) 
- THE FAIRY TALES OF CHARLES PERRAULT by Angela Carter (Classic/PB) 
- LOVE by Matt de la Pena (C/HB Library Book) 
- COME WITH ME by Holly M. McGhee (C/HB Library Book) 
- GIVE THANK YOU A TRY by James Patterson (C/HB Library Book) 
- ARU SHAH AND THE END OF TIME (Pandava Quartet #1) by Roshani Chokshi (MG/ARC) 
- THE BACKUP BUNNY by Abigail Rayner (C/HB) 
- THE TIGERS AND THE EXCITING INVITING MEAL by Nick Cutelli (C/eBook) 
- TURN THIS BOOK INTO A BEEHIVE! by Lynne Brunelle (E/PB)  
- GET MONEY: Live the Life You Want, Not Just the Life You Can Afford by Kristin Wong (A/ARC)
- THE WINDOW by Amelia Brunskill (YA/ARC) 

*My APRIL TBR*


First, I hope to finish reading
- RISEN (Blood Eternal #1) by Cole Gibsen (YA/eARC) 
- CHARLIE AND FROG (A Castle-on-the-Hudson Mystery) by Karen Kane (MG/HB) 

And then, I hope I have enough time to read all of these
- ASH PRINCESS by Laura Sebastian (YA/ARC) 
- AIRPORTS, EXES, AND OTHER THINGS I'M OVER by Shani Petroff (YA/ARC) 
- THE GAME CAN'T LOVE YOU BACK by Karole Cozzo (YA/ARC) 
- TOKOYO, THE SAMURAI'S DAUGHTER by Faith L. Justice (MG/ARC) 
- BRIGHTLY BURNING by Alexa Donne (YA/ARC) 
- THE GIRL AND THE GROVE by Eric Smith (YA/eARC) 
- THE OPPOSITE OF NEVER by Mary Kathleen Muhuron (A/PB) 
- SHUNNED by Linda A. Curtis (A/ARC) 
- BE PREPARED by Vera Brosgol (MG/PB)
- DOG DAYS OF HISTORY: The Incredible Story of Our Best Friends by Sarah Albee (MG/HB)
- A FRIENDLY TOWN THAT'S ALMOST ALWAYS BY THE OCEAN! (Secrets of Topsea #1) by Kir Fox and M. Shelley Coats (MG/HB) 
- THE PRINCESS AND THE PACKET OF FROZEN PEAS by Tony Wilson (C/PB) 
- A PLACE FOR FISH by Melissa Stewart (C/HB) 
- THE KING OF BEES by Lester L. Laminack (C/HB) 

- NEVER FOLLOW A DINOSAUR by Alex Latimer (C/HB) 
- PETRA by Marianna Coppo (C/HB) 


Please let me know in the comments what you're reading... 
and leave your blog or book haul links too - I'd love to visit and see what you all have been up to!

P. S... Do you like/use book sleeves for your books? 


Then you should definitely go and check out BOOKKEEPER BOUTIQUE's Etsy shop!

SO many adorable patterns to choose from in 2 or 3 different sizes to fit all of your different sized books - help them keep cozy and safe while you travel around with them!

These book sleeves can also be used to protect other things in your bags and totes - such as eReaders, important notebooks, and papers, sketchbooks, laptops and more!

Use code BUMBLE10 to save 10% off your entire purchase now :) 


Thanks again - Happy reading!!!

 
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