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Books I Simultaneously Love and Hate

There are books I love, books I hate, books I hate to love, and books I love to hate. This is about a strange crossover of books I both love and hate at the same time, for various reasons.

Books I Simultaneously Love and Hate:

Pegasus by Robin McKinley

I loved this book! Flying, talking horses with a whole civilization and culture and a princess who can talk to them. It's wonderful! :)

It also ended on a cliffhanger and will never be continued. >:(


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Books to Fill the Rest of 2017


When asked to think about the rest of 2017, I want to say:

"I never make plans that far ahead."
- Rick, Casablanca

But life (and law school) don't really allow that. My fall classes are all picked, but applications (for jobs starting next August) are due in a few weeks. It's crazy. Still, despite being a mood reader, I like to plan at least a little with books. Mostly so I don't forget about all the unread pretties on my shelves.

Today's Top 10 Tuesday topic is "most anticipated books for the second half of 2017." A lot of other bloggers have done a brilliant job of covering 2017 new releases (It Starts at Midnight, Midwestern Book Nerd, and Kelly in Hali for starters), so I'm going to give the backlist a little love. Also, guilt myself into reading books I've had for a while. ;)


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Discussion: Finding Books I Love is Hard

I love books. I love finding stories that pull me in and take me on a journey. But I realized something: I have a hard time finding books I really love. :(

Quick review: my rating system is tied to the following types of reactions

1 star - Did NOT like

2 stars - Okay

3 stars - Liked


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May Book Reviews: The Short Version

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
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.
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

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


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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