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Down the TBR Hole #9

Credit for this brilliant idea goes to Lost in a Story

Here’s how it works!

  • Go to your Goodreads TBR
  • Put in ascending order for date added
  • Take the first 5 books
  • Read each synopsis
  • Decide if it stays or goes.

Let’s get started!

  1. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk ~ Delete
  2. Knife by RJ Anderson ~ Delete
  3. Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce ~ Keep
  4. Angel Fire by LA Weatherly ~ Delete
  5. The Tomb of Shadows by Peter Lerangis ~ Delete

Woo! Look at me actually cleaning out my TBR. Let’s hope the next time is just as productive.

Let me know if you’ve read any of these and what you thought of them!

XO Kerry

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Alice’s Favorite Books

Hello, lovelies! Today I’m doing something a bit different and I hope you all find it cute and fun.

My four year old daughter, Alice, loves books almost as much as I do and frequently helps me with setting up for my instagram photos. So today she’s going to be telling me about all her favorite books!

Let’s get started!


1. Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland (a Little Golden Book edition)

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“It is all about this kitty and a Hatter and teacup and, of course, Alice. It’s special because Santa actually gave it to me.”


2. Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

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“I like it because it’s a book I love. It’s about ducks.”


3. My Best Friend Dora: Let’s Be Ballerinas! from Simon Spotlight

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“It’s about friends with a ballerina and, of course, it’s pretty and I like it.”


4. The Magic School Bus: Inside the Earth by Joanna Cole

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“I love it. It’s so special and it’s about the school bus and they go to school!”


5. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol

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“I love it because every time it has bookmarks and that’s wonderful things. It has an A and spells Alice and I’m excited about reading it with Mommy.”


This was such a wild post to write out, let me tell you. My little girl talks a lot and it doesn’t always make sense. Most of what I typed out above are the abridged versions of her adorable ramblings.

Anyway, these are Alice’s 5 favorite books, apparently! The very last one is the special edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland that came in November 2016 Owlcrate box. My very first Owlcrate, in fact. And since Alice is named after the titular character, I set that copy aside and told her it was her special book. She keeps waiting impatiently for the day we finally sit down to read it together.

I hope you found this post interesting or at least adorable! Thanks for reading! ❤️

XO Kerry and Alice

Review

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

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“When August learns that his best friend, Jack, shows signs of degenerative hallucinatory disorder, he is determined to help Jack cope. Jack’s vivid and long-term visions take the form of an elaborate fantasy world layered over our own—a world ruled by the Wicker King. As Jack leads them on a quest to fulfill a dark prophecy in this alternate world, even August begins to question what is real or not.

August and Jack struggle to keep afloat as they teeter between fantasy and their own emotions. In the end, each must choose his own truth.” ~Summary from Goodreads

Guys, I am overwhelmed by how much I love this book.  It’s intense, beautiful, real and raw, and just perfect.

August and Jack have both spent so long being neglected and abandoned by the very people who are meant to take care of them and guide them, leaving the boys to rely so heavily on each other that their relationship swiftly becomes the most important thing in the world to them both. I cannot say enough how much I loved reading about the complex nature of that relationship. It was equal parts beautiful and devastating.

The way the pages of the physical book slowly darken as the story goes on really drove home the urgency of Jack’s condition. There were times that some of the words were almost hard to read and while I’m sure that would be a hindrance to any visually impaired readers, to me it felt like it was giving the reader a glimpse of how Jack felt as his hallucinations encroached closer and closer upon reality. It was just so clever and poignant.

Each chapter is small, a couple pages long at most, and I loved the poetic nature of that format. It felt like a collection of small anecdotes and memories that all wrap around each other into one story. Seriously, I loved it.

I have so many thoughts about this story, but so many of them pertain heavily to the climax and resolution of the plot and I don’t want to spoil anyone. But! If you’ve read this and would be up for discussing or debating or just gushing about this book, please let me know. These feels are itching to get out.

★★★★★

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2018

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Hello, lovelies! And happy Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

So, last year I actually read a lot of books from authors I’d never read before, so this will be more of a list of my favorite new-to-me authors from 2018.

Let’s get started!


1. Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale was my final read of 2018 and it was incredible. Katherine Arden has an amazing voice and a way with words that leaves me breathless.


2. Nadine Brandes

I love Nadine Brandes! She’s brilliant, Fawkes was brilliant, and I hope she does a whole line of amazing historical fantasies.


3. Jay Kristoff

Not only is this man a genius, but he has a really great social media presence. Honestly, his instagram stories are the best.


4. Amie Kaufman

Illuminae was one of the first science fiction stories I’ve ever read and it’s stunning and amazing. Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff are a formidable team.


5. Laini Taylor

I wish I’d discovered Laini Taylor’s work sooner, and definitely want to read her other series. Strange the Dreamer was beautiful, and I can’t wait to finally get to Muse of Nightmares.


6. Adrienne Young

Love love love! Sky in the Deep is one of my absolute favorite books now, and I so wish she would write a sequel.


7. Ashley Poston

I might have a little crush on Ashley Poston 🤣 Heart of Iron is one of my favorite books ever, and I’ve loved everything else of hers I’ve read, plus she’s a giant nerd and I love it!

8. Becky Albertalli

I am so grateful to have discovered Becky’s work. While I was a bit disappointed in the ending of Leah on the Offbeat, I adored The Upside of Unrequited and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.


9. Susan Cunningham

Everyone needs to go read Crow Flight right now. Seriously. Susan is so sweet and this book is amazing.


10. Kerri Maniscalco

Another immediate favorite. Stalking Jack the Ripper was brilliant.


Last year was a truly great reading year, and I’m very much looking forward to discovering even more talented authors in 2019.

Who were some of your favorite new-to-you authors of 2018? Were any of them on this list?

As always, thanks for reading and see you all next Tuesday! ❤️

XO Kerry


 

writing, Writing Process

World Building Part 3: Transitioning to Outline

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Hello, loves! It’s been a little while since I last posted anything writing related. I’m giving myself a deadline to finish an outline for my current project and as outlining relies heavily on world building, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity for another World Building post.

In my last world-building update I had said I’d initially hoped to have an outline done by the end of November, but unfortunately November and December ended up being very busy months for me and my family. But now that I have some more time on my hands I’m ready to really get to work. Not much has changed as far as how I’ll be using my world building to plot out the story.

That’s it for now, but I aim to start updating my writing process weekly very soon.

Thanks for reading! 💗

XO Kerry

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

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Happy Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

There are so so many books being released this year that this was an easy post. So here are the ten books I’m most looking forward to being released between January 1st and July 2nd.

Let’s get started!


1. The Wicked King by Holly Black

Release date: TODAY!

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The Cruel Prince was incredible and I’ve been so impatient for The Wicked King! My copy is currently out for delivery and I can’t wait to finally have it in my hands.


2. Our Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Release date: January 15, 2019

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I just read this a few days ago but I’m still eager for it’s official release.


3. King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

Release date: January 29, 2019

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I can’t believe it’s almost here! It’s been 84 years.

Leigh Bardugo is one of my all time favorite authors and Nikolai is the love of my life, so this is at the top of my list.


4. Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller

Release date: February 26, 2019

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I have been trying so hard to get my hands on an ARC of this one with no luck. I love Tricia’s work, and Vikings are amazing, so I’m absolutely expecting this one to be a favorite read of the year.


5. Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

Release date: March 5, 2019

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While I was disappointed in how the author behaved recently, I am currently enjoying Children of Blood and Bone very much and I know I’ll want to read the second book when it comes out.


6. Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy

Release date: March 5, 2019

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King Arthur is everything, and retellings are my jam lately, so this is a no-brainer.


7. The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

Release date: April 2, 2019

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I love Ashley and her work so much. And Geekerella was delightful, so I cannot wait for this to come out!


8. Romanov by Nadine Brandes

Release date: May 7, 2019

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This is another I’d been hoping to be given the honor of reading before release. Nadine is awesome and I loved Fawkes, so I know this will be amazing, too.


9. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Release date: June 4, 2019

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How beautiful is that cover? I’m very excited for this one. I adored An Enchantment of Ravens so I can’t wait to experience more of this author’s work.


10. Queen of Ruin by Tracy Banghart

Release date: July 2, 2019 (MY BIRTHDAY!)

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I very much enjoyed Grace and Fury and I love that this is scheduled to be released on my birthday. I just hope Owlcrate is able to release a special edition cover to match the first one.


There we have it! My most anticipated releases for the first half of the new year. What books are you most looking forward to in the coming months?

Thanks for reading and happy Tuesday!

XO Kerry

Review

Our Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon

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I received a free eARC of this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Our Year of Maybe is a stunning story of self discovery and the bittersweet pain of realizing love does not always equate to happiness.

“Peter and the piano belonged to each other the way I always wanted him to belong to me.”

Sophie and Peter have been best friends forever, bonding strongest through their love of music.  Sophie is a dancer; Peter is a pianist. Peter also has kidney disease and has been waiting a long time for a transplant when they discover Sophie is a match.

Sophie secretly hopes that giving Peter her kidney will bring them even closer and make Peter love her the way she loves him. Peter soon becomes afraid that he’ll feel indebted to Sophie the rest of his life for her sacrifice, something he knows he could never truly repay her for.

“He has a small part of me, and I’m the one with a gaping hole that can’t be fixed.”

Their relationship takes a few big hits, and they start to learn that they don’t really know who they are without each other. Seeing them learn who they are outside of what’s defined them for years was beautiful but heartbreaking. It hurts them to lose what they always had but growing through the pain to find themselves is worth it.

I love this story so much. It’s written so beautifully and the emotions throughout are intense and honest. The dual POV gives the reader a unique insight into both sides of Sophie and Peter’s complex relationship. The themes of self growth and independence are so important and it was amazing to read. Also, the diversity in this book is just incredible. Not only is there plenty of queer representation, there’s also a character with a learning disability and mentions of different religions.

“He is the earth, and I am the moon.”

“I have never been enough, and he has always been too much.”

This was an amazing book with which to kick of 2019. I’m already eager to reread it when it’s released and I strongly urge all of you to read it, too.

★★★★★

*Quotes are from an ARC and subject to change before publication.*

Our Year of Maybe will be released on January 15, 2019