Sunday Stacks Week Seventeen

Happy end/beginning of the week! I never know which one Sunday is…

I read so many books this week! It’s been a while since I’ve been able to say that and oh it is so nice. When I made my short TBR last week and then five hours later decided to also participate in the Stranger Things readathon I was afraid I was setting myself up to enter a slump by putting too much pressure on myself. The odds were in my favorite though and instead I’ve been so motivated!

Here’s a look at the last Sunday Stacks TBR, how it went, and what I’m hoping to read this next week.

Also, did you notice that the seventeenth week of this series is being posted on the seventeenth day of the month? Because I did. And I love little coincidences like that.

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Author Interview: Niamh Calderwood

These days I don’t act or dance, but instead spend most of my energy on writing stories, poetry and long, rambling essays about why I’m not very happy. I’ve recently tried to start my own country on an Island in the North Sea, and I’m currently writing a surreal comic fantasy novel containing lots of swear words. I live on the coast with my wonderful wife, and I’m a level 50 Jedi Master.

Hi, Niamh, thank you for coming to answer some questions! Can you start us off by sharing three fun facts about your books?

Thank you for having me! This has been much anticipated, and I’m excited to be talking to you. Fact number one, when I published my first novel, Stranger Town, I photographed my friend standing in front of Waterstones bookshop holding a copy of my book, and used the photograph to promote sales. I guess it was an unconventional guerrilla-marketing ploy because Waterstones did not stock my book, but it looked good having the bookshop in the background…

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Sensational Sophomores: Interview with Amy Trueblood

Sensational Sophomores is a periodic blog series highlighting authors who are releasing their second book. Today, I am honored to be welcoming Amy Trueblood, author of Nothing but Sky and Across a Broken Shore, for an interview!

If you are an author interested in being featured in this series please click here to fill out the Google form.

Amy Trueblood grew up in Southern California only ten minutes from Disneyland which sparked an early interest in storytelling. Fueled by iced tea and a good Spotify playlist, you can often find Amy settled in a quiet corner at her local coffee shop plotting her next book. Her debut novel, Nothing But Sky was a Spring 2018 Junior Library Guild selection. Her follow-up, Across a Broken Shore (A Winter 2020 JLG selection) is out now. For more information on Amy, check out her website (amytruebloodauthor.com) or follow her on Twitter (@atrueblood5) and Instagram (@atruebloodwrites).

Hi, Amy! Thank you so much for being here today! Let’s start by talking about genres – what is it about historical fiction that entices you?

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Review: Coral by Sara Ella

Title: Coral
Author: Sara Ella
Release Date: November 12, 2019
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pages: 384

Content Warnings: anxiety, depression, PTSD, suicidal ideation, graphic depictions of suicide attempts, successful suicide, hospitals, self-harm, unhealthy eating, death of a parent, parental abandonment, disassociation

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There is more than one way to drown.

Coral has always been different, standing out from her mermaid sisters in a society where blending in is key. Worse yet, she fears she has been afflicted with the dreaded Disease, said to be carried by humans—emotions. Can she face the darkness long enough to surface in the light?

Above the sea, Brooke has nothing left to give. Depression and anxiety have left her feeling isolated. Forgotten. The only thing she can rely on is the numbness she finds within the cool and comforting ocean waves. If only she weren’t stuck at Fathoms—a new group therapy home that promises a second chance at life. But what’s the point of living if her soul is destined to bleed?

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Guest Post and Giveaway: Ronni Davis Creates Sims of Her Characters from When the Stars Lead to You

As part of the blog tour for When the Stars Lead to You, I asked Ronni to create Sims of her characters! They look really incredible and I’m so excited to share them with you! You can also read my review of her absolutely incredible book here!


Oh my gosh YES! Any reason I have to play the Sims is a GOOD reason!! I ran out of time to build any houses, but I did make Sims! I have two versions of Ashton and Devon. The first is the Maxis version, with no custom content.

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Stranger Things Readathon TBR

I am an expert at biting off more than I can chew so yes I am participating in the first ever Stranger Things readathon! It officially started yesterday and ends on the 17th and since I can’t think of anything better than combining Stranger Things with books I couldn’t say no. Plus, I haven’t done a readathon since July’s 24in48 so it was way past time for another.

There are five reading challenges to complete with this readathon:

  1. Group book: The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
  2. Stranger Things is about a group of friends. Read a book featuring a core friend group.
  3. Eleven came into their lives and made an everlasting bond with the group. Get out of your comfort zone and buddy read a book with someone.
  4. In honor of Robin coming out as a lesbian, read a book with a f/f relationship.
  5. The show is dark, so read a book with black on the cover.
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End of the Year Announcements

I have so many fun things planned for the end of 2019 and I finally get to tell you all about them today!

The ending of another year is always an exciting time for me because I love the idea of new beginnings. This year end is even more special though because it’s also the end of a decade. I’m only 26, so I haven’t even lived three full decades yet, but I already know that this last one was most likely the most influential I’ll ever have.

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