Hiatus Notice

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Just a heads up that I’m gonna take a bit of a blogging break for the next couple of weeks! Nothing has really happened, I’m just really not feeling the whole blogging thing at the moment. Between work (hello report cards) and being sick for two weeks, I haven’t read a book this entire month, and don’t just want my blog to be chock full of meme posts. So I’mma take some me time, recharge my batteries, hopefully read a few great books, and be back and raring to go in April.

Should you want to keep up with me, you can find me on my Tumblr, where I will still be reblogging and posting from my queue (which is already set up for the next couple of weeks). Also, I’m hosting some Reading Sprints this week with a Tumblr friend of mine, which you’re welcome to join! See THIS POST for more details if you’re interested.

See you in a couple of weeks! ♥

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A Week in Bookstagrams

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A Week in Bookstagrams is an original feature here at Read and Reviewed, in which I’m going to share my favorite Book Photo Challenge posts from my Tumblr with you all.

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Row 1: Borrowed
Row 2: LOVE This Book | Historical Fiction
Row 3: Recommendation | Last Book Read
Row 4: Reading Playlist

[Book Photo Challenge Prompts for February are HERE and March Prompts are HERE.]

So those are my favorites! If you’re curious, you can see all the rest of my Book Photo Challenge posts – dating back to July, which is when I started participating in the challenge – by checking out my tag HERE on my Tumblr!

Which one do you like best? Do you take part in any bookish photo challenges? If so, please link me to your entries!

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Waiting on Wednesday #111

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I’m Waiting on Wednesday for The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent (Delacorte Press):

thestarsneverriseSixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she’s too busy trying to actually survive. Her town’s population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.

When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she’ll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie’s sin has put her in serious trouble.

To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?

Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can’t survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her.

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Why I’m looking forward to this book:

Maybe it’s the mention of demons in the summary, but this book makes me think of Supernatural, and I love me some Supernatural. (The green-eyed potential love interest doesn’t hurt, either.) I like how the summary leave some things open for surprise – like Mellie’s “sin” – and everything about what’s been given to us screams adventure and action, danger and intrigue. All in all it definitely sounds exciting, and I can’t wait to read it!

Release Date: June 9, 2015

What are you waiting on this week? Please link me!

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Top Ten Books for Readers Who Like Historical YA with a Paranormal Twist

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of the bloggers there at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join!

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday post asks us to name ten books to recommend for readers who like a certain type of book. My default for these posts is usually something Mythology-related – I’ve read a ton of them, after all – but I wanted to do something different, so finally settled on Historical YA. But I don’t read a lot of straight historical YA, so decided to do another twist with my choices. So, this week’s list brings you my Top Ten Books for Readers Who Like Historical YA/MG with A Paranormal Twist.

Here we go!

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Books Listed:

  • Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
  • Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
  • The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan
  • Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
  • The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe
  • In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
  • A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  • Born of Illusion by Teri Brown
  • A Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
  • A Drowned Maiden’s Hair by Laura Amy Schlitz

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So those are my books this week! Which ones made your list? Please link me!

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February Book Haul

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[Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews]

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Audiobooks Purchased:

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And that’s all for me this month! I’ve actually already read – and LOVED – These Broken Stars, but I just wanted a hard copy for my shelf, since the other copy I had was an ARC that was getting a little beat up. And of course, if I was going to buy the first one, I obviously needed the second one, too!

So what books have you picked up recently? Please link me!

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State of Merin

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Good grief, how on earth is it MARCH already? I feel like I was just making one of these posts for February and now I’m turning around and posting another one. It’s crazy how the year is flying by! I’m nearing the end of 3rd Quarter with my kiddos at work, and it’s just hit me how much I need to get done before next Friday. So much to do, so little time!

I feel like I always start these posts with a mini wrap-up for the previous month in terms of my blogging, so here we go: I’m pleased that I managed to post every day I meant to except one. I once again read four books in the month, so am still ahead in my Goodreads challenge, and am feeling fairly good about things. I still definitely have moments where I don’t actually WANT to read, but I’ve thus far been able to push through them. I think it helps that I’ve started listening to audiobooks; I may not get through them very quickly – it tends to take at least a month because I only really listen to them Monday through Friday, with some Sundays – but it helps me get at least a tiny bit of reading done most days, even if I don’t crack open a book or pick up my Kindle. Right now I’m working my way through Cress, and while I’m only on Chapter 9, I have listened each day this week. Of course, the book is 550 pages long, so it’ll be April before I’m finished, but. A little reading is better than no reading, amiright?

In my non-blog life, I am still consumed with work. The quarter is almost over which once again means report cards and the horridness that is writing report card comments. Here’s an e-card that I feel is perfect:

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In non-work related news, I have fallen head first into the abyss that is Supernatural. I’ve been watching the episodes on TNT and have almost caught up on the current season; still have one episode on my DVR to watch. I like it because there is really awesome eye candy (hello, Jensen Ackles) and it’s also kind of mindless and fun and entertaining. All in all, watching Sam and Dean do their family business thing is a nice way for me to decompress in the evenings after work, and I honestly don’t know why I didn’t watch the show sooner. I am also still getting over the Cold From Hell that I’ve had for over two weeks now, which caused me to miss three days of work. I’ve progressed from headaches, congestion, exhaustion, and a runny nose, to coughing that’s been so bad that I’ve actually pulled a muscle in my ribcage. Fun times, let me tell you! I’ll just be glad to finally be healthy again. The joys of being a teacher: having LOTS of little ones who are more than willing to share their germs with you!

All in all, aside from the lingering cold, I’m feeling pretty good about life. Hopefully things will continue along that same path!

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Waiting on Wednesday #110

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I’m Waiting on Wednesday for A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen (Scholastic):

anightdividedFrom New York Times bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen comes a stunning thriller about a girl who must escape to freedom after the Berlin Wall divides her family between east and west.

With the rise of the Berlin Wall, twelve-year-old Gerta finds her family divided overnight. She, her mother, and her brother Fritz live on the eastern side, controlled by the Soviets. Her father and middle brother, who had gone west in search of work, cannot return home. Gerta knows it is dangerous to watch the wall, to think forbidden thoughts of freedom, yet she can’t help herself. She sees the East German soldiers with their guns trained on their own citizens; she, her family, her neighbors and friends are prisoners in their own city.

But one day, while on her way to school, Gerta spots her father on a viewing platform on the western side, pantomiming a peculiar dance. Then, when she receives a mysterious drawing, Gerta puts two and two together and concludes that her father wants Gerta and Fritz to tunnel beneath the wall, out of East Berlin. However, if they are caught, the consequences will be deadly. No one can be trusted. Will Gerta and her family find their way to freedom?

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Why I’m looking forward to this book:

Historical Fiction + a subject not usually addressed in YA books? Sign me up! We see so many books that deal with World War II, but its aftermath is rarely discussed. Plus this one sounds like it has danger and intrigue and adventure, and I am a sucker for those types of stories. Plus, look at that awesome cover! That alone is enough to make me do a double take.

Release Date: August 25, 2015

What are you waiting on this week? Please link me!

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Top Ten Books I’d Classify As All-Time Favorites From the Past 3 Years

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of the bloggers there at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join!

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday post asks us to list the Ten Books We’d List as All-Time Favorites from the Past 3 Years. There have been lots of books that would fall into this category for me personally, so I decided to just focus on newer releases for this week. Here we go!

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thesebrokenstars1) These Broken Stars by Aimee Kaufmann & Meagan Spooner

papervalentine2) Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff

ordinarymagic3) Ordinary Magic by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway

ifIlie4) If I Lie by Corrine Jackson

shadowofblackbirds5) In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

beautifulandthecursed6) The Beautiful and the Cursed (Dispossessed #1) by Page Morgan

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7) Confessions Series by Louise Rozett

darkunwinding8) The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

prisonerofnightandfog9) Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

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10) The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

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So that’s my list! What books made yours this week? Please link me!

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February in Review

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I’m pretty pleased with my reading and blogging last month! I again read 4 books and managed to post nearly every day I meant to, with only one exception. I consider that a success!

BOOKS READ IN FEBRUARY:

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REVIEWS POSTED:
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Hellhole by Gina Damico
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Blue Lily, Lily Blue (Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater

CURRENTLY READING:

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OTHER NEWS AND/OR POSTS OF INTEREST:

As per the usual around here, I again participated in Top Ten Tuesday and Waiting on Wednesday in February. You can see the Top Ten Books I Want to Read from the Contemporary YA Genre, the Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes to Romances in Books, my Ten Book-Related Problems, and my Top Ten Favorite Heroines.

I also Waited on Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley, Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird #2) by Claudia Gray, Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes #2) by Sara Raasch, and Resonance (Dissonance #2) by Erica O’Rourke.

In non-meme-related posts, I shared my January Book Post, recapped my non-bookish life in my State of Me post, and shared post #9 in my Week of Bookstagrams.

ANTICIPATING IN MARCH:

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Other Things I’m Anticipating: Spring Break is coming up this month! That means three more weeks of teaching and then a whole week off. I’ll also be one month closer to my June trip to Disney World (!!!), which I am extremely excited about. :D :D :D

Happy March!

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Waiting on Wednesday #109

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I’m Waiting on Wednesday for Resonance (Dissonance #2) by Erica O’Rourke (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers):

NOTE: Summary contains spoilers for Dissonance.

resonanceAs a Walker between worlds, Del is responsible for the love of her life—and the fate of millions—in this thrilling sequel to Dissonance.

Del risked everything to save Simon, and now he’s gone, off in another world with no way for Del to find him.

She’s back at the Consort—training to be a Walker like everyone in her family. But the Free Walkers have other plans for her. This rebel group is trying to convince Del that the Consort is evil, and that her parents are unwittingly helping the Consort kill millions of people. The Free Walkers make Del the ultimate promise: if Del joins their fight, she will be reunited with Simon.

In agreeing, Del might be endangering her family. But if she doesn’t, innocent people will die, and Simon will be lost to her forever. The fate of the multiverse depends on her choice…

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Why I’m looking forward to this book:

I really enjoyed Dissonance, particularly because it felt different from other YA books I’d read. I am a big fan of books that feature a multiverse of some sort, and the fact that Del (and her family) has a special ability to walk between all of these realities was really interesting. Plus, I had a definite soft spot for her romance with Simon, and the way Dissonance ended just killed me. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what happens next!

Release Date: July 21, 2015

What are you waiting on this week? Please link me!

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