Calendar Girls (#11 / November 2017): Best End of a Series

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How is it November already?! We’re gonna blink and it’ll be December. Like, oh my goodness. Where did 2017 go? We’re so happy to so many of you have stuck with us for so long, and how many awesome participants we’ve picked up along the way! There are so many books that we would not have heard of if you guys had not shared them with us. So thank you for sticking with us, thank you for sharing your faves, and thank you for discussing something we all love…books! Also, this month’s readalong is not based on the monthly theme, because it would have been impossible to read the last book in a series that every one just happens to be reading. So, I hosted a poll and listed all of the books that I’d be reading this month anyway, and let you guys pick from the list. I’m very happy to announce that the majority of you voted for Renegades by Marissa Meyer, and that you can rad more info, and sign up here if you haven’t already! (P.s. the readalong is open to Calendar Girls participants, and non-participants as well!)

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Readalong Announcement Post & Sign-Up)

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It’s time for another readalong! And this time it’s for another book that I’ve been eager to read for yearsSix of Crows by Leigh Bardugo! And I’m very happy that I’ll be able to share my experience of reading it for the first time with all of you. I know that this post is going up quite early, but I thought that I’d give people more time, considering how many of us have our reading schedules planned out months in advance. Just wanted to see how it goes, I suppose! All are welcome to join, whether you have read the book before or not. I just ask that if you have read it before, you be aware of which chapters we’re discussing in each discussion so as to avoid spoilers for everyone else. Please read on if you would like more info on the book and the readalong overall!

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The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes by Justina Blakeney (Mini Review)

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Author: Justina Blakeney
Type: Nonfiction
Genre: Home, Interior Design
Imprint: Harry N. Abrams
Publisher: ABRAMS Books
Date published: October 10, 2017
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 288
Source: Publisher

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

The New Bohemian Handbook guides readers in beautifully simple techniques for adding good vibes and style to living spaces. Packed with hundreds of ideas for bringing positive energy to your home, the book features exercises and activities for thinking about rooms in new ways.

With Justina’s expert guidance, learn how to rearrange, paint, prop, and plant your way to a home that’s fresh and inspiring. Uncover your “spirit environment” and learn how to use color and scent to enhance mood, productivity, and relaxation. Revel in Justina’s encouraging advice (“you got this!”), and easily and affordably turn any dwelling into a personal sanctuary.

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Monthly Wrap-Up (October 2017)

ezgif-4-bea5e63404Another month has gone by! And so quickly too. How does that happen? It must be because I really really love October and Halloween. Probably. Anyway, the past few weeks have been quite busy for me, and I’m actually surprised that I posted as often as I did. Haha. Sometimes I wonder how I do it! Also, as you may notice…I’m using the same GIFs that I used for the September wrap-up, and that’s because I love Halloween and I think that they’re so cute (and funny haha)!

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Mirrors & Thorns: A Dark Fairy Tale Anthology (Blog Tour: Teaser)

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I’m so excited to tell you all about this awesome anthology that was published on October 25th, just in time for Halloween! If you enjoy dark fantasy/fairytales and short stories, then this is the anthology for you! Described by the publisher as “fourteen stories from fourteen different authors [which] will have you curled up on the couch ignoring those trick or treaters!” and I couldn’t have put it better myself (although Halloween was yesterday, you get the gist of it)!

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This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis (ARC Review)

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Author: Mindy McGinnis
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Thriller, Mystery
Imprint: Katherine Tegen Books
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date published: October 10, 2017
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 352
Source: Publisher

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

Sasha Stone knows her place—first-chair clarinet, top of her class, and at the side of her oxford-wearing boyfriend. She’s worked her entire life to ensure that her path to Oberlin Conservatory as a star musician is perfectly paved.

But suddenly there’s a fork in the road, in the shape of Isaac Harver. Her body shifts toward him when he walks by, her skin misses his touch even though she’s never known it, and she relishes the smell of him—smoke, beer, and trouble—all the things she’s avoided to get where she is. Even worse, every time he’s near Sasha, her heart stops, literally. Why does he know her so well—too well—and she doesn’t know him at all?

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The Life and Death Parade by Eliza Wass (Cover Reveal Blitz & Giveaway) [CLOSED]

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Today Eliza Wass and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover for The Life and Death Parade, which releases June 26, 2018! Check out the gorgeous
cover and enter to win an ARC!

I had not heard about this book until I received an email about the cover reveal and giveaway that was happening, but I had heard of Eliza Wass’s other book (which was also published with Disney-Hyperion) The Cresswell Plot. While I missed out on requesting that book around the time that it came out last year, (and was quite jealous of the people who did get ARCs for that book, because they were delivered in a box full of earth! Isn’t that cool?!) I will definitely not be missing out on requesting, reading, and reviewing this upcoming release! The synopsis for The Life and Death Parade sounds quite interesting, and I was kind of already hooked when tarot was mentioned, because I absolutely love tarot and everything involving tarot. Read on to find out more about The Life and Death Parade!

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Pulse by Danielle Koste (Cover Reveal & Giveaway)

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I sadly only learned about this book when my reading schedule for January and February were already full! Sigh. Story of my life! I haven’t read any vampire books in a while (that I recall), because I’d binged too many some years back, haha. But despite this, I would definitely read this book, because it sounds different from all other vampire books that I’ve encountered (and because I’ve also been starting to miss vampire books a little). Keep reading to get a first look at this awesome-sounding book’s cover!

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#ARCstravaganza (#16): The Empress by S.J. Kincaid

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Happy Monday everyone! And also happy #ARCstravaganza day! This week I will be featuring the ARC for a book that I have been looking forward to ever since I heard the announcement that it would be coming out. The first book was initially meant to be a standalone, which was great too. But I really really liked it, and while understanding the author’s desire to keep it a standalone, I also missed the setting and characters a lot. So, when I heard that she would be continuing the story by writing 2 more books, I was overjoyed! Bah! Has this ever happened to anyone else (not necessarily with this book, but another standalone turned series), or do you prefer it when standalones remain standalones?

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Calendar Girls Wrap-Up (October 2017)

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Welcome to the wrap-up for another great month for Calendar Girls! This past month we got a little spookier by going with the Best Paranormal Novel theme! And it was so much fun to see what everyone’s favourites were. Seriously! That’s one of the best parts of Calendar Girls, all of the recommendations you indirectly received from friends. (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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