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May Book Reviews: The Short Version

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The semester is over! I'm still waiting on one grade, I start a new job on Monday, and I need to get clerkship applications out the door soon, but I'm finally reading for fun again. And I'd like to keep reading for fun as much as possible while the summer lasts. (I technically read some of these in March, but close enough.)

So, let's talk about those books I've been reading!

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There is too much. So we're going to do reviews -- the short versions. Right to the point. All the important stuff in one small paragraph. Like a magic towel that doesn't expand. Compact. Words.

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Ahem. Yes. Mini-reviews ahead!


May Book Reviews
The Short (Short) Version


Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
Series: Castle Glower #1
Genres: MG, Fantasy
Published on October 1, 2011
Published by Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Final Rating: 4 stars
Synopsis:
Tuesdays at Castle Glower are Princess Celia's favorite days. That's because on Tuesdays the castle adds a new room, a turret, or sometimes even an entire wing to itself. No one ever knows what the castle will do next, and no one - other than Celia, that is - takes time to map out the new additions. But when King and Queen Glower are ambushed and reportedly killed, it's up to Celia with her secret knowledge of the Castle's many twists and turns, to protect their home and save their kingdom.
Review:
I really, really liked this! Celie and her siblings are wonderful. The magic castle is surprising and mischievous. The villains are fun to hate. The story picks you up and doesn't let go until the last page. Despite some seriously dangerous and dark situations, Tuesdays at the Castle remains a fun, lighthearted read perfect for middle graders and adults alike. I'm looking forward to continuing this series.

A big thank you to Nicole for including this in my #TBTBSanta package!

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Where to Shop for Bargain Books

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I wrote about how to make money while buying books online a couple months ago. But there's nothing like the excitement of digging through a stack of physical books.


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Or you just don't want to pay shipping. Either way, here are a few places to check out on your next book hunting adventure!

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Book Covers by Imprint

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I've been labeling the books I read by publisher/imprint for a few years now. I think Goodreads should have an option for this, but considering how long it took to get the reread feature added, I'm not holding my breath.

Today's Top 10 Tuesday topic is "cover theme freebie," so I thought it would interesting to compare sets of book covers from different imprints! I pulled from my Goodreads "read" list and publisher labels and saw some interesting trends in the process. Turns out, I read imprint hop a LOT. I've only read more than five or six from a select few. I also tended to stick with an imprint when I found an author or series I liked.

Harper Teen

Margaret K. McElderry

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