#ARCstravaganza: Mask of Shadows

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Hi friends! Today I’m participating in #ARCstravaganza, a weekly meme created by YA and Wine! Every Monday you post about an ARC you received that you’re excited about, either in a blog post or bookstagram photo. Each month, one participant will win a physical copy of an upcoming YA novel!

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The Last Star Paperback Blitz: How to Write a Dystopian Novel

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Why hello there my friends! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I did say in my last post that I was taking a hiatus, but now I can say that I’m officially back! This summer I’m making my blog a priority, and I have a lot of great ideas for some new posts!

All of that being said, I’m here today to talk about the release of The Last Star in paperback!! The awesome peeps over at Penguin Teen are hosting a blitz campaign today that I’m super excited to be participating in. Have you guys read The 5th Wave trilogy? Unfortunately, I can’t exactly say that for myself. I read The 5th Wave when it first released back in 2013, LOVED IT, immediately purchased The Infinite Sea when it came out, aaaaand proceeded to let it sit on my shelf for the next 3 years. It’s a real shame, I know. It’s currently staring at me from across the room, taunting me and whispering “Miaaaa…. whyyyy? Why have you neglected meee…???”

Oh, your books don’t talk to you? How peculiar….

Anyways, today is the exciting release of the final book in paperback! Which means you can now own the entire series in a beautiful matching set. If you’re anything like me, that is a very tempting reason to buy (and hopefully read) all the books!

In celebration of this alien-filled, action-packed series, I have compiled a list explaining how to write a dystopian novel just like The 5th Wave. Or rather, it’s really just a list of things that appear in YA dystopia a lot but that didn’t sound nearly as catchy in the title.

So here’s a short list of tropes/plot twists/random things that make up the common YA dystopian book:

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Diversity Spotlight Thursday #1

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Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme created by Aimal from Bookshelves and Paperbacks! Each week you feature a diverse book that you have read and enjoyed, a diverse book on your TBR, and a diverse upcoming release. 

Hello again bookworms! Today I’m participating in my first Diversity Spotlight! As a blogger, reviewer, and reader, I’m always trying to read more diverse books and promote them. Lately, I don’t think I’ve been doing a great job of that, so this is just one easy way that I’m going to increase my outspokenness about the importance of #ownvoices books and other aspects of diverse representation. I’m gonna shoot to do a Diversity Spotlight at least once every month or two (my life is busy, okay?)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Steamy Romances

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY MY FRIENDS! I’m currently sending you all loads of hearts, flowers, and hugs (because you’re my real valentines)!

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I hope you’ve had a great day today, even if you don’t celebrate. I’m currently stuffed from the insane amount of treats and candy I had.

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, I decided to participate in my first Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Since I’ve never done one of these before, you’ll have to hang with me as I figure stuff out.

The prompt for this week was just anything romance related, so I decided to feature some of my favorite “steamy” romances (which I’ve kind of been thinking a lot about lately, for some random reason). Romance is different for everyone, but here’s what I think of when a romance is “steamy”:

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Beat the Backlist Challenge

Hello again my fellow book nerds! Today I’m finally putting up my entry post for a year-long challenge that I’ve been wanting to participate in for a while!

The lovely bloggers Austine and Tia over at Novel Knight are hosting Beat the Backlist, a challenge meant to help readers make a dent in their huge TBRs, or even just read some of those older books that keep getting pushed aside in favor of new releases. Considering I currently have a TBR of 140+ books, I definitely fit in that category.

If I’m being honest with myself, I know I have zero hope of ever fully completing my TBR. I buy books at least three times as fast as I read them, so unless I took a few years off and did nothing but read, I’m always gonna have an ongoing TBR list.

BUT – there are quite a few books that have been sitting on my shelf for maybe 2 or 3 years that I’ve never gotten to. Yeah, it’s pretty bad. That’s why I’m hoping Beat the Backlist can help me finally read those books!

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