I know I know, I have been bad about posting the last month. I apologize. You know where I haven’t been as bad about posting? Litsy. 

If you haven’t seen Litsy yet, it’s kind of a weird cool mix between Instagram and Goodreads. Different types of conversations happening, and it definitely doesn’t negate Goodreads. But you should check it out. And when you check it out, you should follow me to stay up to date on my reads even when I’m bad at posting here. And then I can keep up on what you’re reading too! And we can talk about it!


BEA Day 1

I’ve been wanting to go to BEA for years. BEA is in Chicago this year. I live in Chicago. This was the year! 

I am attending BEA as a bookseller (’cause hey, I’m that too!). I know there was a blogger conference as well, but I opted to sleep in this morning after a six day stretch at work. I know, I’m the worst. 

I must say, I was a little overwhelmed today. I had a ball don’t get me wrong! But I didn’t bring a buddy. I stood around awkwardly keeping a wall up for an hour before the exhibition hall opened. Something I am well qualified for, but still. So if you’re at BEA too let me know! I’d love to chat books in person! I have at least a couple of people I know also attending the conference, and yet, even with similar reading tastes we did not cross paths. 

Still, once I got in the conference itself I got in a little more of a groove. I’ve already refined tomorrow’s plan with everything I learned today–like when certain galleys drop. I know many industry people/people who have been to BEA before are saying it’s very pared down because it’s costing publishers more to get stuff here, but there is still so much going on! 

Above is a sneak peak at some of the goodies I walked away with today. I know the right stack is super dark. But a good mix of middle grade, YA, and adult. I can’t wait to talk about all of these books with you guys! But first I guess I need to read them. 

Also Shannon Hale complimented me on my lipstick. And even if she was just being a gem of a human being that is good at small talk, it really boosted my confidence. Thanks Shannon! 

April Round-Up

  • What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyemi
  • The Lady of Misrule by Suzannah Dunn
  • Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina
  • The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
  • Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt
  • Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection by Kate Beaton
  • Lady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins
  • The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
  • The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  • Barbara the Slut and Other People by Lauren Holmes
  • Ms. Marvel Volume 4: Last Days by Willow G. Wilson
  • Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
  • Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
  • The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  • The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
  • Literary Starbucks: Freshly Brewed Bookish Humor, No-Whip, Half-Caf by Nora Anderson Katz, Wilson Isaac Josephson, Jill Madeline Poskanzer, Harry Bliss
  • The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky


(hmm…must have been a blue month)

Much Much Belated March Round-Up

Sorry for the delay. Switched positions at work, been a little busier. Going to try to get back in the swing of things now. Without even more delay, here’s my March round-up.

Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr
Not if I See You First by Eric Windstorm
El Deafo by Cece Bell
These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker
Feverborn by Karen Marie Moning
We are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat
Prince’s Gambit by C.S. Pacat
King’s Rising by C.S. Pacat
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston
For Teenage Girls with Wild Ambitions and Trembling Hearts by Clementine von Radics
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Mouthful of Forevers by Clementine von Radics
Champion by Marie Lu
Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
Night Study by Maria V. Snyder
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro


February Round-Up

First of all, sorry for the lack of posts the last week or two. Things got a little crazy with work and life. I hope to be back in the swing of things soon.

But, here is a round-up of all I read in February. Reviews for things read later in the month should be coming, but let me know if there’s anything you really want to hear about!

American Housewife by Helen Ellis
The Girl from Everywhere
 by Heidi Heilig
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
The Imposter Queen by Sarah Fine
The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redline
Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins
Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix
Remembrance by Meg Cabot
Maurice by E.M. Forester
The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright
Kingdom of Ashes by Rhiannon Thomas
The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
The Siren by Kiera Cass
Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor
Sudden Death by Álvaro Enrique


January Round-Up

January has been a good reading kickoff for the year. This post I’m going to list what I’ve read this month, as well as highlight my favorites. If you see something on this list I haven’t reviewed, it is highly possible it is an ARC with a review coming closer to publication (which should be indicated).

Here we go!

January Reads

January Favorites

What have you read this month? What have been some of your favorite reads? Is there anything from this list you’re looking forward to?

Top 10 Tuesday: 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t

While Tuesday is almost over, it’s still technically Tuesday for me. So, I’m jumping on the Top Ten Tuesday train as conceived by the Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is books published in 2015 I meant to read, but didn’t get to. Oh where do I begin?

Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins
This has been on my list. And a coworker has basically been begging me to read it for months. I’ve been told if I loved Station Eleven (which I obviously did) I will love this, so how haven’t I read it yet? Luckily it’s edging up on the queue.

Circling the Sun by Paula McClain
Though I went in with no expectations, I really enjoyed the Paris Wife. From all accounts Circling the Sun gives us another interesting (if potentially juicer) woman from history to explore. I read the first 20 pages or so, and really enjoyed them. There just always seemed to be something more pressing to read.

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
I bought this the week it came out. And yet I haven’t read it yet. Maybe because it feels like I’ve waited forever for this book anyway. I don’t even really know if I remember the cast of characters. Still, I’m sure Bray will blow me away yet again.

A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
A historical fiction featuring a girl in an insane asylum. Yes, count me in. I’m assuming there’s all kinds of feminist tones in this book. Also, a trusted friend really loved it.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
People have been eating this book up. Those that loved All the Light We Cannot See (again, me) seem to adore this book. And I’ve seen love for it across gender lines, which is honestly really impressive to me for a historical title that seems to lean toward romance. Again, I’ve had it and just haven’t gotten to it.

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
I started reading this, but it was due back to the library before I could finish it. The setup was great: a bachelorette party in the woods. We know there’s something sinister lurking in the background. We know things get weird, and maybe dangerous. I need to finish this book.

The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
This sideshow/circus type books has made its way to YA. The vibes I get from this book are a little Romeo and Juliet and a little Night Circus. For some reason when I look at that cover I also want to think of the Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender.

Menagerie by Rachel Vincent
Speaking of sideshow/circus-type books…I have an ARC. It seems right up my alley. Maybe I just got burnt out on books is this vein published in 2015 that let me down.

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
To be fair, I caught up on the rest of the series in 2015, and late the year too. I just thought I’d get all the way caught up. Alas, no.

The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff
I got halfway through this. And I LOVE things related to the Salem Witch Trials. I am fascinated with the whole thing. Schiff starts off strong with a  good narrative feel going. I lost focus somewhere halfway through; I’m not sure if it was my life or the book itself. I fully intend to finish this in 2016.