Audiobook review blitz – Patron Saints of Nothing, Furiously Happy, & Tarnished Are the Stars

Time for another set of mini-reviews for my most recent audiobook listens! I’ve decided I really like this format for audiobook reviews–it is way easier to write and doesn’t require me to flip back through the story as much. Hopefully you like it, too! Today, we have a nice mix of titles, I think, so let’s get started.

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World Mental Health Day – 8 Books Depicting Mental Illness

As you all may know, I am a huge advocate for mental health awareness. So when I saw a post on Rae’s Reads and Reviews all about books featuring mental illness, since today is World Mental Health Day, I realized I could easily do the same. Here are some of my favorite books about various mental health conditions. (And you should definitely check out Rae’s list as well, because we only have one book in common!)

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Resurrection Girls – ARC review

Author: Ava Morgyn
Publication date: October 1, 2019
Genre: YA contemporary/drama, magical realism
My rating: 4/5 stars

What a weird, yet beautiful, little book. I went in expecting something a little creepy, a little sad, a little quirky, but I closed the book (er, Kindle) with the sense that (a) I had just read a painfully real look at grief and loss, and (b) I just observed one of the most bizarre endings I had ever read. No, that isn’t a spoiler; trust me when I say it is not one you couldn’t predict even if you tried.

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Top Ten Tuesday 10/8 – Character Traits I Love

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly themed post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is “Character Traits I Love.” I’m going to say right off the bat that this is not my best Top Ten Tuesday post, in terms of finding pictures and quotes; it has been a stressful couple days and I don’t have the mental energy for that 😓. That said, here’s my list of ten traits I love to see in characters (and yes, there are definitely some recurring themes…)

1. Sarcasm

Is this really a surprise to anyone? I live for the snarky characters, especially the ones who make me laugh out loud with their commentary. Bonus points if you have two sarcastic characters who feed off each other.

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Crier’s War – ARC review

Author: Nina Varela
Publication Date: October 1, 2019
Genre: YA fantasy, sci-fi, LGBTQ+
My rating: 5/5 stars

What. A. Gorgeous. Cover. (And entirely fitting for this story, too!)

A while ago, the folks at Epic Reads sent me a little package of goodies as a thank-you for promoting an event of theirs (check out that haul here). One of the books included in that was a copy of Crier’s War. I didn’t know a ton going into it, except that it was a queer YA fantasy–which, honestly, is enough to catch my attention in and of itself. I can definitely say, though, that I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did.

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Book Haul – Fierce Reads Fall 2019 Tour

A few days ago, I posted about a super cool event hosted by Fierce Reads that I attended a few days ago (read that post here). I went in planning to only buy one book, but like any weak-willed soul good bookworm, I walked away with three, and I got all three signed as well! I also got a couple little free swag items, so without further ado, let’s get started…

Everyone who attended got one of these awesome Fierce Reads fanny packs and one of these lanyards. The lanyard had a spot on the back to fill in your name, but I didn’t have a pen or marker to fill it in with. Could probably still use the lanyard for my keys…but that fanny pack is awesome. Really sturdy material, which is great, because my old fanny pack (which I got for free at some event in college) is pretty trashed, and fanny packs are my preferred form of bag for concerts. I mean, they leave your hands completely free but they don’t flop around like a purse or backpack would!

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The World That We Knew – ARC review

Author: Alice Hoffman
Publication Date: September 24, 2019
Genre: historical fiction, magical realism, fantasy
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars

This is a book that I’m sure many people will love. It’s a WWII story, an era which is always popular with the historical fiction crowd. The writing is quite lovely in its simplicity. The main characters are predominantly strong women, and one of the novel’s biggest themes is the strength of a mother’s love. And of course, it has a slight fantasy twist, drawing from Jewish mythology to further explore ideas about family, loyalty, and promises. But for me, the elements didn’t gel together quite as nicely as I would have liked.

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Fierce Reads Fall 2019 Tour – quotes, pics, and more

Last night, as part of its fall tour for this season, Fierce Reads (a YA branch of Macmillan) came to a bookstore near me. There were four featured authors, and they answered questions about everything from writing advice to fall must-reads to Twilight. I took some notes during the presentation (I hope they didn’t think I was texting…), and from those (which were an absolute mess to reread this morning), I’ve compiled a short list of memorable moments so that those of you who weren’t there can, you know, pretend that you were or something.

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Top Ten Tuesday 10/1 – Easy as 1, 2, 3

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly themed post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is “Book Titles with Numbers in Them.” To make it a little more challenging, I decided to do the numbers from 1 to 10, and to only use titles I have actually read. Yes, I’m obnoxious and an overachiever. No, I don’t regret it.

1. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

I must admit, I picked this one up primarily because the title was so weird. It was a quirky, funny collection of essays, including a few confirming my suspicion that some “contemporary performance artists” are totally making everything up as they go along, with no real plan or intent.

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