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Top Ten Tuesday: Recent Five Star Reads (#86)

11:00 PM

This weeks topic was actually Ten Signs You’re a Book Lover--but I couldn't think of any answers beyond BECAUSE. Which, you know, is 100% valid and eloquent. Truly. And, instead, I wanted to focus on books that have made me happy this year so far. It seemed appropriate, given where we all are presently in the pandemic.

Is everyone else finding that the days are blurring together lately? Aside from the constant anxiety and silence, how are you all faring? I know it's a tough time, and if you need anything, I'm always here to talk. Whether you're working, stuck at home, or suffering financially and physically from this outbreak--I'm here and I'm rooting for you.

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Scribd is Free for the Next Month! | 30 Great Audiobooks and eBooks to Check Out

7:00 AM

Last week, in the midst of nearly everything temporarily shutting down due to coronavirus, Scribd announced that it'd be making its entire catalogue (which includes a variety of books, audiobooks and magazines) free for the next month (no credit card or commitment required: click here to take advantage of this offer) to combat boredom during social distancing.

And as Scribd is one of my favourite bookish apps, I figured now was as good a time as any to share some recommendations.

archive: 2020

Gothic Fiction at its Most Horrifying | Review: Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews

5:00 AM

With us all seemingly on lockdown for the unforeseeable future, and memories of my complete roast of these books last year, I decided to dive back into V.C. Andrews' highly disturbing Dollanganger Saga. First up: Flowers in the Attic. In truth, I realized that not only did I not remember clearly which books I had and hadn't read (aside from the few of the faux-V.C. Andrews penned Christopher's Diary series and Secret Brother) and severe boredom has an... interesting effect on someone.

Clearly my solution to 'the world is currently a highly f*cked up trash fire' blues is 'let's read something horrible' and really there's no turning back from that. And honestly that is the only way one can approach a V.C. Andrews novel: acknowledging that it isn't going to be pretty.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite YA Trilogies (#85)

11:00 PM

For today's genre freebie, I couldn't think of just one genre that I wanted to cover. Instead, I decided to just talk about my favourite YA trilogies of all time. Which is a topic I've been wanting to explore, anyways! And, of course, in these uncertain times... it's always good to look back on favourites and embrace bright-spots whilst we cannot embrace each other.

I hope you are all staying safe during this pandemic. We're officially under a stay-at-home order out here and the world is unbelievably silent outside my window. I'm working from home and trying to do all the heavy lifting for friends and family who cannot re: heading out to the stores for essentials.

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Book of the Month: March, 2020 Picks + Add On Recommendations

8:00 AM

It's that time of the month again! Let's dive into Book of the Month's March, 2020 selections. Now that they've officially absorbed BOTM YA back into their main subscription, there are SO many great options out there for new and longtime members. As a BOTM affiliate, I can honestly say that not only are they my favourite book box to team up with: they are one of the only ones that I personally subscribe to.But, enough about me babbling over the greatness that is  BOTM. It's time to discuss this month's picks.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Non-fiction Books I Need to Read (#83)

11:00 PM

This weeks TTT topic was fairly simple: Authors Who Have a Fun Social Media Presence. Unfortunately, I don't follow many authors on social media just because. (Don't meet your idols, and all that.) Instead, I came up with my own topic. I use 'my own' loosely because I'm almost certain this is just a variation on about a dozen topics. BUT, you get the idea!

archive: 2020

Icy Cold Violence and a Fiercely Addictive Tale of Love | Blog Tour, Review, Playlist + Favourite Quotes: The Winter Duke by Claire Eliza Bartlett

6:30 AM

What do you get when you mix an angsty and highly murderous family, an icy setting, a spellbinding romance and an alarming curse? Perfection. An enthralling fantasy that leaves you guessing with the chill of its prose. In other words? The Winter Duke. And a newfound desire to read literally anything that Claire Eliza Bartlett puts out, you know, ever.