Top 10 Tuesday: Books On My Fall TBR List

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Hey, readers! I know it’s been a hot minute since my last post, but the truth is, I just haven’t been reading much at all. I’ve been in such a reading funk; nothing sounds good. I’ve been reading Nevernight by Jay Kristoff for weeks now, and it’s really good, but it’s just not what I’m in the mood for. I also re-read Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo to prepare for today’s Crooked Kingdom release (!!!!!!!). I think I’ve been too excited for that to really focus on anything else. Hopefully this slump will end soon. In the meantime, here is my list of ten books I hope to read this fall (hooray for fall!).

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Review: “Truthwitch” by Susan Dennard

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Title: Truthwitch
Author: Susan Dennard
Pages: 416
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: January 5, 2016

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Quick Synopsis: In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands. Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home. Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself. In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch. (Goodreads)

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Review: “The Forbidden Wish” by Jessica Khoury

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Title: The Forbidden Wish
Author: Jessica Khoury
Pages: 340 (ARC version)
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: February 3, 2016

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Quick Synopsis: She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world… When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years—a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes. But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart? As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Aladdin from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury. (Goodreads)

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Top 5 Wednesday: Authors You Are Waiting on Another Book From

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I’m back again with another Top 5 Wednesday! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done one of these, but I liked today’s topic, so here we are. If you want to be part of T5W or would like to learn more about how it works, you can join the Goodreads group here!

As the title suggests, I’ll be giving my top 5 authors that I’m waiting to release a new book. Note: This topic is more geared toward authors who haven’t released a book in awhile or have a book that has supposedly been coming out “soon” for the last few years but has yet to get a title, cover, release date, synopsis, etc. This does not mean authors with releases coming out soon that I’m highly anticipating. Got that? Okay, let’s go!

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*Spolier* Review: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” Script

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Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Author: Jack Thorne
Pages: 343
Genre: Play
Published: July 31, 2016

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Quick Synopsis: Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016. It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places. (Goodreads)

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Pokemon Indigo League: Gotta #ReadThemAllThon TBR

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Okay, are you guys ready for this? Remember when Aentee over at Read at Midnight created that Pokemon Go Book Tag? That was great, right? Well, she’s come back with an even greater idea: the #ReadThemAllThon! There’s a lot of information about how the read-a-thon works, and it involves math (don’t worry, it’s not too scary), so please go check out her blog for the official what, when, how stuff. Basically, you pick your Pokemon that you want to “train” for the read-a-thon, you make a TBR that goes with the challenges, and then you read for CP to try to be the very best that no one ever was!

The read-a-thon runs from August 14 – September 4, and you can sign up by creating your own TBR and linking it on Aentee’s original post. Here’s my TBR – enjoy!

*Note: All graphics except for my Pokemon Trainer Card were created by Aentee who was kind enough to allow bloggers to use her art for TBR posts.

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Harry Potter Summer: My 5 Favorite Chapters in the Series

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Hey, hey, all! Glad you guys enjoyed the Pokemon Go tag haha. Like I said, it was lots of fun! Anyway, this Friday I’m back again with a new Harry Potter Summer post. Today I’ll be discussing my top 5 favorite chapters in the entire series. This seems like it would be a hard list to narrow down considering how many chapters there are throughout all seven books, but I found this surprisingly simple. I guess I’ve always known which ones stood out to me. Here are the 5 chapters in the Harry Potter series that I could go to again and again and again.

*If you haven’t read the entire Harry Potter series, there will be spoilers. You have been warned. (But also, who are you and why haven’t you read HP? What are you even doing with your life?)

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Pokémon Go Book Tag

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How’s it going, readers? I’m super excited to be doing today’s book tag! As you can see, it’s going to be all about Pokemon! I’m not gonna lie; I’ve been hardcore obsessed with Pokemon Go since it came out. When I’m not reading or watching YouTube videos, I’m most likely playing this game (don’t lie – I know you’re in the same boat). I’m about halfway through level 15 at the moment, and my current priority has been evolving my Eevees into her final form. But anyway, the amazing Aentee over at Read at Midnight cleverly created this fun tag, and she is kindly allowing bloggers to use her beautiful edits as well, so every image you see in this post was created by her! Now without further ado, let’s get to the good stuff!

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Harry Potter Summer: Ranking the Books and Movies

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Happy Friday and Happy July (aka Harry Potter month)! Does anyone else get all weirdly excited and happy thinking about how July has become the unofficial month for all thing HP? July always makes me want to re-read the series and watch all the movies and go to all the cool Barnes & Noble HP-themed events. And this month is extra special because of The Cursed Child release! Fun time all around, basically!

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