Calendar Girls August 2017 Read-A-Long: My Lady Jane (Discussion 4: Chapters 24-30)

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Welcome to the last My Lady Jane readalong discussion! Yes, I know, I’m sad too! I really enjoyed this month of reading MLJ and discussing it with all of you. I don’t know what I’ll do with myself after this (I wish there was a sequel). But at least I know that I can dive into the next readalong that I’m hosting (which some of you have also joined already, yay!), so there’s that. Anyway, on to the discussion!

If this is the first time you’re hearing about this readalong, you can read the announcement and sign-up post here! I was accepting new participants up to this point, and welcome to all of you who may have joined us since the first discussion! I guess I could accept participants for the next discussions as well? I mean, if you read quick, or are sure that you can catch up, you are welcome to join in and even add to the previous discussions! Just be sure to sign up so that I can keep track of everyone!

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The Sworn Virgin by Kristopher Dukes (Blog Tour: Review)

29405090Title: The Sworn Virgin
Author: Kristopher Dukes
Type: Fiction
Genre: Adult, Historical, Romance
Imprint: William Morrow
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date published: August 8, 2017
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 352
Source: Publisher

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A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the blog tour host, in exchange for an honest review.

SummaryDukes’s gripping historical novel tells the tale of a desperate Albanian woman who will do whatever it takes to keep her independence and seize control of her future…even if it means swearing to remain a virgin for her entire life.
When eighteen-year-old Eleanora’s father is shot dead on the cobblestone streets of 1910 Albania, Eleanora must abandon her dream of studying art in Italy as she struggles to survive in a remote mountain village with her stepmother Meria.

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Calendar Girls Wrap-Up (August 2017)

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This month we kicked it old school with some historical fiction novels! And woman, is there a lot of history to choose from. We had books from a variety of different eras, countries, and cultures, but enough of my rambles! Check out the picks yourself! I would also like to personally apologize (Flavia here), for not having been as active on all of your posts this month! As some of you may know, I started a new job at the beginning of the month, and I was also hosting a readalong for Calendar Girls. With all of those things, and other stuff, going on, I’m sorry to say that I have not yet had the time to comment on everyone’s posts! I do promise that I have seen them all though! (If this is your first time hearing about Calendar Girls and are interested in finding out more, you can read my info page about the blog event here!)

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#ARCstravaganza (#7): Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

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Firstly, I would like to apologize for this post going up late. Yes, it is still Monday, and therefore still acceptable, but I usually have this post written and scheduled for 8 am, days in advance. As some of you may have heard, Flavia got a new job! Yay! I am finally editing books for a living (somewhat), and although it’s an internship, it’s where we all have to start, and I’m still extremely happy. I am learning a lot, and working my bum off so that I can gain as much knowledge and experience within the 3 months that I’ll be doing this internship. It was due to this reason that I worked close to 12 hours every day last week, and then stayed up until 4 am in order to finish a project in time for a deadline. I’m crazy, I know, but I did it! But anyway, that is why this post is a little later than usual, and I hope that all of your will understand!

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Calendar Girls August 2017 Read-A-Long: My Lady Jane (Discussion 3: Chapters 16-23)

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Welcome to our third My Lady Jane readalong discussion! And I hope that all of you have been enjoying this next portion of the book as much as I have. I’m still upset with myself for waiting so long to read this, but am at the same time quite happy to be reading and discussing it with all of you! If this is the first time you’re hearing about this readalong, you can read the announcement and sign-up post here! I was accepting new participants up to this point, and welcome to all of you who may have joined us since the first discussion! I guess I could accept participants for the next discussions as well? I mean, if you read quick, or are sure that you can catch up, you are welcome to join in and even add to the previous discussions! Just be sure to sign up so that I can keep track of everyone!

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#ARCstravaganza (#6): Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

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It’s Monday again! How does time go by so quickly? Seriously. Anyway, even though Kyrsti has already featured this book in one of her posts (check it out here), I couldn’t help but feature it as well. Especially since the publication date (August 29th) is coming up quick! I’ve been so excited for this book, and I wasn’t sure until a few days ago (when it came in the mail), whether I would get a copy of this for review or not. I’m pretty sure there are a million holds on the one copy which my library will be getting, so I don’t know when I would have gotten around to reading and reviewing it for you guys if that were the case. So, yay!

I also have a bit of news for you (in the case that you have no read my previous #ARCstravaganza posts). While this meme was created by Krysti at YA and Wine, and hosted by her, and Sarah at The Clever Reader, due to personal circumstances they have had to let it go. But then Krysti came to its rescue when she asked me if I wanted to take over the meme, and I said yes!

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The Authentics by Abdi Nazemian (ARC Review)

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Author: Abdi Nazemian
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Imprint: Balzer + Bray
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date published: August 8, 2017
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 299
Source: Publisher

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A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

SynopsisThe Authentics is a fresh, funny, and insightful novel about culture, love, and family—the kind we are born into and the ones we create.
Daria Esfandyar is Iranian-American and proud of her heritage, unlike some of the “Nose Jobs” in the clique led by her former best friend, Heidi Javadi. Daria and her friends call themselves the Authentics, because they pride themselves on always keeping it real.

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab Readalong (Announcement Post & Sign-Up)

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Welcome to the A Darker Shade of Magic readalong! I’ve been meaning to read this book for so long! I’ve also owned it for almost just as long, but just never got around to reading it because of review books and the density of my reading schedule. I really need to leave some room in my schedule for TBR books like this, and I guess I have been doing that, since I’ve been reading My Lady Jane and hosting a readalong for that one as well (throughout August)! And I’m doing it again in September. But enough rambles.

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A Summer Day in Toronto: Bar Buca, Ripley’s Aquarium, and The Lockhart (a Harry Potter Bar)

giphy-10I wasn’t sure whether this would count as a travel post, but after throwing a poll up on my Twitter, and everyone voted that it should in fact count as a travel post, here we are. I also figured, since I don’t live in Toronto, but rather 1-2 hours away, it does require some “travel” to get there. Anyway, I hope this give some of you some ideas of what to do in Toronto!

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Currently Reading, Watching, Listening To, Trying (#7)

ezgif-1-f3fef490bdIt’s update time! First of all, I wanted to apologize for the lack of reviews (and post in general) over the last few weeks. My boyfriend had 2 weeks off (and he doesn’t like to relax and sit around too much, but loves spending time with me…so you can put 2 and 2 together). I was also preparing for, and attending, multiple interviews, which also took up some of my time. And what about weekends, you ask? Those are just as insane, if not more so! But, there has been some progress, so please read on if you enjoy these posts!

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