Review: Swing by Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess

Title: Swing
Authors: Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess
Release Date: October 2, 2018
Publisher: Blink
Pages: 448

Content Warnings: PTSD, police brutality, underage drinking

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Things usually do not go as planned for seventeen-year-old Noah. He and his best friend Walt (aka Swing) have been cut from the high school baseball team for the third year in a row, and it looks like Noah’s love interest since third grade, Sam, will never take it past the “best friend” zone. Noah would love to retire his bat and accept the status quo, but Walt has big plans for them both, which include making the best baseball comeback ever, getting the girl, and finally finding cool.

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Review: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – Season of the Witch by Sarah Rees Brennan

Title: Season of the Witch
Series: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Author: Sarah Rees Brennan
Release Date: July 9, 2019
Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 288

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It’s the summer before her sixteenth birthday, and Sabrina Spellman knows her world is about to change. She’s always studied magic and spells with her aunts, Hilda and Zelda. But she’s also lived a normal mortal life – attending Baxter High, hanging out with her friends Susie and Roz, and going to the movies with her boyfriend, Harvey Kinkle.

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The Reader Problems Tag

I know I usually post reviews on Mondays, but I have several coming your way on other days this week, so I thought I’d do something different today! This tag was originally created by About To Read on YouTube and I found it on Destiny’s blog, Howling Libraries.

You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

Well…how presumptuous, and totally correct, of you to assume my TBR is so huge. If I’m reading an ARC, then I look at my post schedule and read whichever one is due for review first. Non-review copies are chosen by whatever mood I’m in since I’m the hugest mood reader you’ll ever meet in your life.

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Sunday Stacks Week Eleven

Last week I was recovering from the intense 24in48 readathon, so I wasn’t expecting myself to do too much reading since I had just done all of the reading in two days. I figured I’d be left feeling a bit burnt out and needing a break. Somehow, though, I did manage to complete the TBR I set for myself last Sunday! Here’s a few thoughts on those books and what I’m hoping to read this week.

Also, a little side note – I’m unofficially participating in ARC August. I’m not technically behind on any ARCs yet, but I’ve been cutting it close and reading them like a few days before my review needs to go up. So, starting this week and going through August, I’m going to try and read only ARCs and get a bunch of reviews scheduled so I can stop feeling quite so stressed.

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24in48 Recap (July 2019)

In case you missed it, I participated in the latest round of 24in48 last weekend. Because I don’t seem to care about my sanity, I took the challenge to read for 24 hours within a 48 hour period. It was difficult, stressful, and I didn’t get much sleep, but it was also a lot of fun. Did I manage to read for the full 24 hours? Read on to find out!

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Review: Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud

Title: Truly Madly Royally
Author: Debbie Rigaud
Release Date: July 30, 2019
Publisher: Point
Pages: 304

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Fiercely independent and smart, Zora Emerson wants to change the world. She’s excited to be attending a prestigious summer program, even if she feels out of place among her privileged, mostly white classmates. So she’s definitely not expecting to feel a connection to Owen, who’s an actual prince of an island off the coast of England. But Owen is funny, charming…and undeniably cute. Zora can’t ignore the chemistry between them. When Owen invites Zora to be his date at his big brother’s big royal wedding, Zora is suddenly thrust into the spotlight, along with her family and friends. Everyone is talking about her, in real life and online, and while Owen is used to the scrutiny, Zora’s not sure it’s something she can live with. Can she maintain her sense of self while moving between two very different worlds? And can her feelings for Owen survive and thrive in the midst of the crazy? Find out in this charming romantic comedy that’s like The Princess Diaries for a new generation.

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Andy Review: You Must Not Miss by Katrina Leno

Title: You Must Not Miss
Author: Katrina Leno
Release Date: April 23, 2019
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 295

Content Warnings: sexual assault, suicide, underage drinking, unhealthy habits, bullying, anxiety

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Magpie Lewis started writing in her yellow notebook the day her family self-destructed. That was the night Eryn, Magpie’s sister, skipped town and left her to fend for herself. That was the night of Brandon Phipp’s party.

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