Seven Authors Whose Books I Will Immediately Buy

Auto-buy authors are part of a special group that each reader gets to create. They’re the authors that have made so big an impact on us that we will buy anything they write without a moment of hesitation. Here are seven of the authors that have made that impact on me.

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Gayle Forman – The first book I read of hers was If I Stay way back when I was in high school. I’ve loved everything she has written and will forever buy anything she writes the day it comes out.

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Review: The Art of Taxidermy by Sharon Kernot

Title: The Art of Taxidermy
Author: Sharon Kernot
Release Date: August 13, 2019
Publisher: Text Publishing
Pages: 240

Content Warnings: death, war, nazis, dead animals

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Lottie collects dead creatures and lovingly cares for them, hoping to preserve them, to save them from disintegration. Her father understands—Lottie has a scientific mind, he thinks. Her aunt wants it to stop, and she goes to cruel lengths to make sure it does. 

And her mother? Lottie’s mother died long ago. And Lottie is searching for a way to be close to her.

The Art of Taxidermy is a heartbreaking verse novel exploring love and death, grief and beauty, and the ways we try to make sense of it all.

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Sunday Stacks Week Nine

I’m probably jinxing myself by saying this, but I think I’m out of my book slump! So far I’ve read five books in July, which is still less than normal for me, but better than what I’ve been doing.

The next round of 24in48 is this weekend, so fingers crossed I’ll get a lot read this weekend! Make sure you come back on Saturday to see my TBR for the readathon and then next Saturday I’ll have a recap post! For now, here’s a look at the last TBR I set for myself and what I’m hoping to read this week!

The Echo Park Castaways by M.G. Hennessey was such a quick read. I made my way through it in one sitting because it was a bit shorter at around 200 pages and I was generally interested in what was happening. While the story was good though, there were some disappointing issues I had with the characters. This has great potential to do well, especially in middle school libraries where books about foster care are needed. I just hope that adults are taking the time to also read this and then talking to their students to help them recognize the good parts and learn from the bad. Read my full review!

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Little Free Library Adventures Part Three

Welcome to the last addition to my Little Free Library Adventures! There might be a continuation of this in the future once I’ve visited other libraries, but this does conclude my adventures from my major unhaul back in May. I’ll be showing you some really neat libraries in this post as well as talking about my favorite experience from the adventure.

One of the nicest and most well kept libraries I saw was during the last part of the day. I really wish I had taken a picture of the area surrounding this library, too, because it was so sweet.

The house it was located at was smaller, but the backyard near where they put the library was incredible! It had the cutest white picket fence around it and there were so many trees. Between all of the trees the owners had strung fairy lights and there was furniture all around.

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The Mid-Year Freak Out Tag

I have a huge weak spot for tags and I love completing them, so I was excited when I saw Sibby from Novelties tag me in the Mid-Year Freak Out Tag! I’ve been seeing this one going around and it looks like a lot of fun. This tag has been around for basically forever and was originally created by Earl Grey Books and Chami!

So far in 2019 I’ve read 100 books which for me translates to 29,931 pages. My longest book has been the re-read of Illuminae I did and the shortest book was The Good Listener. I don’t typically provide star ratings in my reviews, but on Goodreads my average rating for the year is 3.69. Now onto the tag that features only books I’ve read this year!

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Review: These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

Title: These Witches Don’t Burn
Series: These Witches Don’t Burn
Author: Isabel Sterling
Release Date: May 28, 2019
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 336

Content Warnings: death of a parent, animal death, car accident, relationship violence (emotional), gaslighting, gun violence, arson

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Hannah’s a witch, but not the kind you’re thinking of. She’s the real deal, an Elemental with the power to control fire, earth, water, and air. But even though she lives in Salem, Massachusetts, her magic is a secret she has to keep to herself. If she’s ever caught using it in front of a Reg (read: non-witch), she could lose it. For good. So, Hannah spends most of her time avoiding her ex-girlfriend (and fellow Elemental Witch) Veronica, hanging out with her best friend, and working at the Fly By Night Cauldron selling candles and crystals to tourists, goths, and local Wiccans.

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Importance of Being Wilde at Heart by R. Zamora Linmark

Title: The Importance of Being Wilde at Heart
Author: R. Zamora Linmark
Release Date: August 13, 2019
Publisher: Delacorte
Pages: 352

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Readers of Adam Silvera (They Both Die at the End) and Elizabeth Acevedo (The Poet X) will pull out the tissues for this tender, quirky story of one seventeen-year-old boy’s journey through first love and first heartbreak, guided by his personal hero, Oscar Wilde.

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