The Atlas Six Review

Hi all!

I’m so glad to be back blogging again! My schedule has gotten busy, so I haven’t been posting as much, but my schedule will free up soon!

Today I’m going to be sharing my thoughts on The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake! I hope you all enjoy this review! Feel free to discuss with me your thoughts in the comments! Thanks for checking out this review!

Let’s get started!

From Goodreads

Title: The Atlas Six

Author: Olivie Blake

Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Dark Academia

The Alexandrian Society, caretakers of lost knowledge from the greatest civilizations of antiquity, are the foremost secret society of magical academicians in the world. Those who earn a place among the Alexandrians will secure a life of wealth, power, and prestige beyond their wildest dreams, and each decade, only the six most uniquely talented magicians are selected to be considered for initiation.

Enter the latest round of six: Libby Rhodes and Nico de Varona, unwilling halves of an unfathomable whole, who exert uncanny control over every element of physicality. Reina Mori, a naturalist, who can intuit the language of life itself. Parisa Kamali, a telepath who can traverse the depths of the subconscious, navigating worlds inside the human mind. Callum Nova, an empath easily mistaken for a manipulative illusionist, who can influence the intimate workings of a person’s inner self. Finally, there is Tristan Caine, who can see through illusions to a new structure of reality—an ability so rare that neither he nor his peers can fully grasp its implications.

When the candidates are recruited by the mysterious Atlas Blakely, they are told they will have one year to qualify for initiation, during which time they will be permitted preliminary access to the Society’s archives and judged based on their contributions to various subjects of impossibility: time and space, luck and thought, life and death. Five, they are told, will be initiated. One will be eliminated. The six potential initiates will fight to survive the next year of their lives, and if they can prove themselves to be the best among their rivals, most of them will.

Most of them.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The only reason I picked up this book was because of a fellow blogger friend of mine. Can anyone guess who? No? Well, I’ll tell you.


It was Saima @ storieswithsaima.


One day I was scrolling through all the blogs I followed, and I saw Saima had just posted. I saw that she had posted a review of this book, and I started reading it. Everything she described in her review sounded right up my alley, and I just knew I had to check it out. If I had never read Saima’s review then I probably would have never picked up this book. So, Thanks Saima for writing your incredible review!


Now enough chit chat and let me get into my review!

The problem with knowledge, is its inexhaustible craving. the more of it you have, the less you feel you know.”

– The Atlas Six, Olivie Blake

If you don’t like character-focused stories, then this book isn’t for you. The majority of this story focuses on six characters picked to be a part of the Alexandrian Society based on their magical skills.

All the characters featured in this story were different, and you could tell which point of view you were reading without having the titles on top of the page. Each of them had its flaws, and there will be one that appeals to you. Some characters weren’t my cup of tea (Looks at Callum). Other characters captured my heartstrings. As I progressed through the story, I felt like I knew the characters. Blake was able to show us the past, present motivations, and future desires that these characters had.

I enjoyed seeing how each approach their powers and their views of the others. I had an absolute fun time reading the interactions between each character seeing their personalities shine through. One of the interactions that I enjoyed seeing evolve throughout the story was Libby and Nico. They started as enemies competing to be at the top of their class in college. By the end, they were on far better terms and felt concerned for the other.

The characters were morally grey and had their flaws. It was interesting to see how they look at the world and what lines they wouldn’t cross. These characters were all strangers (except Libby and Nico since they knew each other prior). In the end, they came together over a common goal. Blake did a fantastic job developing the characters over time rather than having them be the same person by the end of the book.

We had a wide variety in our cast of characters, and I’ll talk about them a little now.

Libby, who is a powerful median who can control things physically that struggles with anxiety

Nico, another powerful median have similar power as Libby and deeply cares for his friends

Reina, who is determined to stay in the society and dislikes her naturalist power wishing she never had it

Parisa, a being of pure perfection who can enter the minds of others, a mysterious vibe surrounding her 

Tristan, who has the power to see into illusions and is still trying to find out who he is

Callum, who can influence feelings and seems to have no motivations or goals

The world was mostly entropy and chaos;

magic, then, was order, because it was control.

– The Atlas Six, Olivie Blake

Now, moving on to the worldbuilding and plot. Things were building up slowly adding a mysterious and suspenseful feel to the story. As the story progressed, things were revealed, and the reader becomes more invested. As twists and turns came to life, they left me in a state of shock.


There wasn’t a plot. I mean, I guess you can say it is that six people with magical powers become the newest initiatives in the Alexandrian Society, but only five can make it. It’s very vague on what exactly they have to do to make it in and what they’ll do after. This isn’t a bad thing necessarily.


It has a minimalistic plot which helps to give room to the characters and slowly introduce the world piece by piece. I expected since they are in a secret society that there would be more action and training scenes. Instead, we had more interaction scenes between characters. There were moments where they would test their powers out wondering, how far they could go.


This didn’t hold back the story in any way, it was acted as a base to support the characters. The story tends to lead towards more dark academia than fantasy per se. Fantasy tends to have more magic, and the only magical elements were the powers that each character contained.

“Knowledge is carnage. You can’t have it without sacrifice.” 

– The Atlas Six, Olivie Blake

A dark academia book with compelling characters and a simple plot allows the story to breathe. If you like a heavily character-focused story that is morally grey and has innovative plot twists, then The Atlas Six is for you!

Trigger Warnings:  violence, cheating, death, mass-shooting, kidnapping; references to: degenerative disease, death of a family member, suicide; mentions of: suicidal thoughts, incest, sacrifice.

Have you read The Atlas Six? If so, I would love hear your thoughts below!

If you have any other dark academia books recommendations, please leave them in the comments! Thanks for checking out this review! See you next time!

Blog Tour: To Break A Covenant // Reasons why you should read this book + Reactions

Hello everyone! Today is my stop on the To Break A Covenant Tour hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours! A big thank you to TBR and Beyond Tours as well as the author and publisher for providing me with an early copy of this book!

Title: To Break A Covenant

Author: Alison Ames

Release Date: September 21st, 2021

Genre: Young Adult Horror

Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Nobles / Book Depository / Indigo

Content Warning: Gore! lots of gore/blood (human and animal), body horror (human and animal),claustrophobia, hallucinations/nightmares, death, animal death, parent death (mentioned),parental conflict (being afraid of a parent), mention of alcohol/drinking, mention of self-harm, mention of divorce, mental illness (perceived/actual), mention of child death/killing, mention of suicide, drowning, paranormal activity.

Debut voice Alison Ames delivers with a chilling, feminist thriller, perfect for fans of Wilder Girls and Sawkill Girls.

Moon Basin has been haunted for as long as anyone can remember. It started when an explosion in the mine killed sixteen people. The disaster made it impossible to live in town, with underground fires spewing ash into the sky. But life in New Basin is just as fraught. The ex-mining town relies on its haunted reputation to bring in tourists, but there’s more truth to the rumors than most are willing to admit, and the mine still has a hold on everyone who lives there.

Clem and Nina form a perfect loop—best friends forever, and perhaps something more. Their circle opens up for a strange girl named Lisey with a knack for training crows, and Piper, whose father is fascinated with the mine in a way that’s anything but ordinary. The people of New Basin start experiencing strange phenomena—sleepwalking, night terrors, voices that only they can hear. And no matter how many vans of ghost hunters roll through, nobody can get to the bottom of what’s really going on. Which is why the girls decide to enter the mine themselves.

One: Creepy and Unsettling atmosphere

This was my first time reading a YA book in the genre of Horror. I have never read any books or watched anything that has a horror element to it. I decided to take a risk on this book because once I read the synopsis I was hooked. Let me say that I was not disappointed.

From page one, you get this creepy and unsettling atmosphere from the town of Moon Basin. From the strange occurrences of pets disappearing, ghost shows showing up every few years, and stories of the mine that lingers near old town.

It creates a nail-biting, dark atmosphere making you want to get away from them as soon as possible. You get submerged in the town of Moon Basin, and in a way, that narration draws you towards it.

Two: Genuine Friendships and Unique Personalities

Books sometimes lack friendships that readers can fall in love with, and sometimes characters can fall flat in those situations. But in this book, It wasn’t a problem. All of the girls in the group had their personalities and quirks that made them who they were.


They had a ride-and-die friendship, where nothing could tear them apart. When things started to get rough, they never abandoned one another. In the end, they came back together. It was absolutely enjoyable to read, and what friendships should be like.

Three: Ghost Hunters and Interviews

Within each chapter, there would be interviews between Ghost Hunters from various shows and the residents of Moon Basin. This was such a clever way for the author to add more world-building to the town of Moon Basin avoiding the dreaded info-dumping that occurs in many books.

Through these interviews, we were able to see how other residents viewed these paranormal experiences and how they affected their day-to-day lives. We saw how these experiences didn’t just affect residents of Moon Basin, but the ghost hunters as well.

It showed how many residents had no idea what was going on; they were in fear of their lives. Many tried to cope with the activity, but it was hard to once the darkness got ahold of you.

Four: LGBTQ+ Representation

I’m not going to go into too much detail because I may spoil it, but there is LGBTQ+ representation in this book! This is always great to see because people can feel represented in literature and be recognized.

The author does a fantastic job of not letting this overtake the story but to help to advance the characters’ arc and the overall storytelling. Sometimes having the romance aspect take over the story can lead to a slow-moving plot, but this did not occur here!

Five: The mysteries surrounding Moon Basin

Writing a good book that readers will enjoy is a hard task. But one of the things I’ve noticed is that readers like to be kept on the edge of their seats and spawn a slew of theories of what will happen next.

I questioned why these abnormal occurrences were happening in Moon Basin and what they were fueled by. Even when I finished the book, I still had more questions that I wanted to be answered. What makes a good book is when the author leaves lingering thoughts in your brain. It gets you talking about a book and sharing it with others.

One: A cemetery is an interesting place to make a friend but now it makes sense now why they meet there

Two: The basin is creeping me out. I wonder why people disappear when they leave town. Also, why do all the pets die when they leave their owner’s houses?

Three: Blood on Clem, Piper’s father is acting weird, and strange sensations when you enter the mine, BIG RED FLAG!

Four: I like how almost each chapter has an interview from the ghost shows. It adds more perspectives of others from around town about the strange happenings occurring

Five: I like how Clem believes in the paranormal activity and Nina doesn’t. It makes for an interesting dynamic in their friendship

Six: That’s sweet how they became blood sisters. Except when they had to cut into their hands. A bit dangerous, if you ask me.

Seven: It’s almost like Piper’s dad is becoming the mine and the state of their house is…not good

Eight: That was so horrifying. I would have screamed bloody murder and ran out of there if I was able to

Nine: Do NOT split up. Number one movie in a horror movie. Everyone always breaks it.

Ten: Maybe each of their experiences in the cave had to do with them personally? Maybe it’s based on their fears or beliefs? Like how Lisey is known for her crows.

Eleven: About to eat tater tots and blow up the mine to get rid of the evil in Moon Basin. Sign me up!

Twelve: The hallucinations with the dead deer standing up was disgusting. I would have the EXACT same reaction as Clem.

Thirteen: I’ve been waiting for this moment since the beginning. It finally happened!

Fourteen: No it can’t be. She really can’t be….I don’t want even to say it.

Fifteen: The ending was simple and concise. But I still have so many questions that need to be answered. I guess I’ll never know….It was probably the author’s intention to keep us guessing till the very end.

Alison Ames is a writer based in Colorado. Her debut novel To Break A Covenant will be published in fall 2021.

Website / Twitter / Instagram / Goodreads

Be sure to check out the rest of the TBR and Beyond blog tour for To Break A Covenant! You can check the schedule down below! There are some amazing bloggers and bookstagrammers on here that you should check out!

Tour Schedule

September 20th
lousbookstuff – Review & Favourite Quotes
Rampant Reading Reviews – Review
I Dream in Books – Review & TikTok

September 21st
Pages & Plot – Promo Post
Emelie’s Books – Review & Mood Board
Gwendalyn’s Books – Review
The Book Wiccan – Review & Favourite Quotes

September 22nd
Stuck in Fiction – Promo Post
JD’s Book Journal – Review & Favourite Quotes
Bibliosini – Review & Favourite Quotes
Paperbacks and Planners – Review & Mood Board

September 23rd
Kait Plus Books – Journal Spread & Promo
Althea Is Reading – Review & Mood Board
Books and Babble – Review & Playlist

September 24th
The Book Dutchesses – Promo Post
A Book & Chai – Review
Stuck in the Stacks – Review
The Broke Book Blog – Review, Playlist & TikTok

September 25th
Nine Bookish Lives – Review
Forthenovellovers – Review
Inking & Thinking – Top 5 Reasons to Read To Break a Covenant & 15 Reactions While Reading to Break a Covenant
PopTheButterfly Reads – Review

September 26th
Reading Stewardess – Review & Mood Board
Read With Holy – Review
Justice For Readers – Review & Mood Board

Instagram Schedule

September 20th
shereadytoread – Review & Top 5 Reasons to Read To Break a Covenant
rampant_reading – Blogger’s Choice
idreaminbooks – Blogger’s Choice

September 21st
tbrandbeyond – Promo Post
gwendalyn_books_ – Blogger’s Choice
thebookwiccan – Blogger’s Choice

September 22nd
feliciareads11 – Blogger’s Choice
readbycait – Review
bibliosini – Blogger’s Choice
planners.and.paperbacks – Blogger’s Choice

September 23rd
wild.legends – Book Look & Top 5 Reasons to Read To Break a Covenant

September 24th
thebookdutchesses – Blogger’s Choice
thereadingowlvina – Review
stuck.in.the.stacks -Blogger’s Choice
thebrokebookblog – Blogger’s Choice

September 25th
ninebookishlives – Blogger’s Choice
fangirlpixiebooks – Promo
popthebutterfly – Blogger’s Choice

September 26th
skygoddess1 – Blogger’s Choice
thelindenbookie – Review
justiceforreaders – Blogger’s Choice

What are your thoughts on To Break A Covenant? Will you be adding it to your TBR?

Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Reasons why I follow book blogs // A Discussion

Hey Guys!

Welcome back to another bookish discussion! Today’s topic will focus on what I like to see when reading book blogs!

I love to support fellow bloggers in the community, and there are so many great bloggers in this community!

Let’s get started!

Creative + Original Content

This is the top reason why I follow other blogs and also why I love blogging. Coming up with fresh, creative content is a part of blogging, and I like when people can step out of the book and try something different.

I try to stick to the same motto when I’m blogging as well. I came up with fun series such as Trope-Themed Thursdays and Book Recommendations based on popular movies and TV shows to keep my viewers engaged with my content.

Producing this type of content makes me engaged in your blog and want to come back for more. Sure, you can talk about previous topics that other bloggers might have talked about before but bring a new perspective to keep the conversation going.

Some bloggers who make fresh and creative posts:

Well Crafted Book Reviews

I love sitting down and crafting a review for a book I just read. So for me, that’s one of the main things I look for when following new blogs.


Book reviews are essential for authors and publishers. A good review means that the book is received well and successful. It’s also important that you’re honest in your reviews. You have to give your honest opinion because that’s what your readers expect from you.


When I’m reading reviews, I like to see that bloggers addressed all aspects that make up a book. Addressing all parts of the book can help the reader determine if they want to pick up this book or not.

The elements I like to see address in reviews include:

  • Characters
  • Plot
  • Pacing
  • References certain moments as evidence to back up their claims
  • Information about the book
  • Writing
  • Any potential flaws or plot holes

Some great reviewers here on the blogsphere:

Wide Variety of Topics

When bloggers can do a wide variety of topics, it can make their bloggers more engaging, and you never know what to expect. One day, they could have a discussion post, and another day they could have a recommendation post based on a particular theme.

This keeps the reader engaged and interested in what will come next. With running my blog, I try to stick to this motto. Sometimes posting the same things can become stale and get boring quickly.

Discussions

Most readers have strong opinions, which is kind of expected. I mean, everyone in the world has strong opinions on particular topics. Being able to read the discussion with these strong opinions is entertaining. You can have an in-depth conversation with other bloggers, which gives you new perspectives and a way to share ideas.

Some bloggers that have great discussion posts include:

Book Recommendations:

This may be kinda obvious, but bloggers give good book recommendations. They read all the time, so it makes sense that they would have good tastes. Blogger recommendations in nature are more genuine. They’ll go into depth on why you should read this book and why they liked it so much.

Bloggers are more likely to give a more diverse list than any other type. Rather than the same types of books, you get to experience different perspectives and get a feel of what it’s like for other people besides yourself.

Some bloggers that have great book recommendations include:

Engagement with followers + other bloggers

When looking for new bloggers to follow, I always see how they engage with their followers.


Blogs are a great way to get conversations going through the comments. Readers often leave lengthy and thoughtful replies, which is hard to do with other platforms.


You get to not only see the blogger’s opinion but also get to see what other readers think about the opinion. This can create a great discussion between the blogger and readers creating a bond that will make readers want to come back.

Personality

Personality can make or break a blog. I enjoy reading posts where you can see the personality jump off the page and enjoy what they are doing. Making witty remarks or having an upbeat attitude when interacting with readers makes it more enjoyable.

Everyone that I’ve meet on the blogsphere has been so nice, and genuine group of people I’ve meet!

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Thanks for checking out this post! See you next time!

August Wrap-Up // New favorite book, and a month full of bookish discussions!

Hey Guys!

Welcome back to a Monthly Wrap-Up! We have officially reached the end of summer. I’m sad to see it go but excited to see what will come next! I hope everyone had a fantastic August!

In August, I read three books in total. A little less than usual, but I’m glad that I read more than one book. All of them were above three stars which I was happy about!

Let’s get started!

Books I read in August

Ace of Spades:

This has become one of my all-time favorite books. Everything was perfect, and if you haven’t read this book, please do!

Our two main characters, Devon and Chiamaka, are some of the most relatable characters. You want to help them from being the hateful actions by Aces. 

The mystery behind Aces is so compelling, and you won’t be able to stop reading. It was intricately twisted, and once everything is revealed, you’ll be shocked in a state of horror. (5 Stars)

Before We Were Blue:

I had signed up for a book tour for this book through TBR and Beyond Tours, not expecting to get it. I had signed up for tours with TBR and Beyond Tours before but had never gotten one. Until now. If you don’t get picked for a tour when you sign up, don’t get discouraged! You’ll get one!

Overall, I enjoyed this book. Schwartz did a brilliant job portraying eating disorders and didn’t try to add any glamorization. We follow Rowan and Shoshana on their healing journey and the struggles they encounter along the way.

This book also features a reality tv subplot which was an original idea, and I liked how the author was not afraid to shy away from showing the harsh realities of fame. This book also has asexual representation, which is great since many YA books don’t! (3.5 Stars)

The Bones of Ruin:

I was on a book tour for Turn the Pages Tour, which I had an amazing time on!

I enjoyed the main character, Iris, and the challenges she had to face throughout the story. I found her to be a mary sue character, but otherwise, I liked the mystery she had to discover who she truly is.

This book also had major squad goals vibes, and I loved reading the bickering between all of them. It had me laughing so much and supporting them all the time.

There was a type of love triangle in this book. What I mean by type is…there was a love square. I only found one of the love interests that would work out and thought all the other love interests were unnecessary. (3 Stars)

Best Blogger Posts in August // News in August

Best Blogger Posts!

News in August

Congrats to you all!

Updates!

I have officially gained over 100 followers on my blog! Thank you to all who decided to give me a chance and stick around for my content! I’m excited to see what the future will take us!

To celebrate, I will be hosting a Q&A session where you can ask me whatever questions you want! If you would like to participate by submitting a question, fill out this form!

Top Posts in August…

Thank you for checking out this post! I hope you all have a wonderful September!

See you next time!

Blogger Interview with Maddie!

Hey Guys!

Here is my interview with Riddhi @ Whispering Stories who asked me a series of tough questions! A big thanks for letting me come on her blog, and asking some fun questions! Go check her blog out, if you haven’t already!

Whispering Stories

Hey everybody! Welcome or welcome back to my blog!

It’s 6th September today, a.k.a, the day I post the first blogger interview! I will be posting interviews every Monday and Saturday, so that you week ends and begin with one of these, haha.

Today, I have Maddie @Inking and Thinking here with me, and I am so stoked to have you here Maddie! Let’s begin already!

R- Tell my readers a bit about yourself and your blog.

M- Hi everyone! My name is Maddie, and I run the blog called Inking & Thinking! On my blog, I do reviews on usually YA books, but I occasionally review adult books! I also have many different books lists posts; some examples I have done in the past are Book Recs Based on Popular TV shows and movies and Trope Themed Thursdays! I also do various discussions on Bookish Topics, and as…

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Book Tour: The Bones of Ruin // Review

Hello everyone! Today is my stop on The Bones of Ruin Blog Tour hosted by Turn the Pages Tours! A big thank you to Turn the Pages Tours as well as the author and publisher for providing me with an early copy of this book!

Title: The Bones of Ruin

Author: Sarah Raughley

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: September

Genre: Young Adult Fiction –> Historical, Fantasy

Buy Link: https://bookshop.org/a/11727/9781534453562

As an African tightrope dancer in Victorian London, Iris is used to being strange. She is certainly a strange sight for leering British audiences always eager for the spectacle of colonial curiosity. But Iris also has a secret that even “strange” doesn’t capture…​

She cannot die.

Haunted by her unnatural power and with no memories of her past, Iris is obsessed with discovering who she is. But that mission gets more complicated when she meets the dark and alluring Adam Temple, a member of a mysterious order called the Enlightenment Committee. Adam seems to know much more about her than he lets on, and he shares with her a terrifying revelation: the world is ending, and the Committee will decide who lives… and who doesn’t.

To help them choose a leader for the upcoming apocalypse, the Committee is holding the Tournament of Freaks, a macabre competition made up of vicious fighters with fantastical abilities. Adam wants Iris to be his champion, and in return, he promises her the one thing she wants most: the truth about who she really is.

If Iris wants to learn about her shadowy past, she has no choice but to fight. But the further she gets in the grisly tournament, the more she begins to remember—and the more she wonders if the truth is something best left forgotten.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Welcome back to another review! Today’s review will be on The Bones of Ruin by Sarah Raughley! When I saw Turn the Pages Tour post the signup for this tour, I just knew that I wanted to be a part of it! Now let’s get into it!

The Bones of Ruin takes place in a post-apocalyptic world with a Victorian London setting. Fierce competition with supernatural kids, hidden secrets, and a society full of influential people.
Even though this book takes place in Victorian London, full of dark magic and secrets, the author isn’t afraid to show that it’s not so great for our black main character, Iris, or any person of color.

She isn’t afraid to tackle deep subjects such as racism, sexism, and much more. Raughley tied these things seamlessly into the story and made it present enough that it stuck out in your mind.

My body is my own. My heart is my own. My fate is my own

– The Bones of Ruin, Sarah Raughley

Iris was a compelling character to follow in this story. She remembers almost nothing of her past life and spends the book trying to unravel all of the secrets. At first, she is hesitant to find out the truth, but when she thrusts herself into a competition forced to trying to put the puzzle together.

Iris almost seems like this untouchable character, since you know, she can’t die. But the author doesn’t allow this to be the case. Due to this little detail, it turns the tension down a lot. You never expect Iris to die, and you’ll know she’ll survive in every single fighting scenario. Raughley pushes Iris into extreme situations displaying her vulnerability. But Iris tends to lean towards the mary sue character type despite these advancements.

The puzzle is put together, piece by piece. Tension rises as the mystery slowly unravels. Here and there, misleading clues take us off track. By the end, all comes to light. A brilliant mystery crafted with such elegance that you don’t realize how much time has passed.

I won’t let you people take anymore away from me!

– The Bones of Ruin, Sarah Raughley

The romance was a bit questionable in this book. I know a bunch of readers tends to dislike love triangles. This book does not only contain a love triangle but a love square. The first time I’ve ever seen a love square, but I don’t know if I’m a fan of it. Out of all of the potential love interests, there was only one that I could see working out. Iris and this particular love interest had chemistry, and you could see they had a bond with one another.

The squad surrounding Iris was a definite hit from the countless times they planned together and save each other from near-death (except Iris). The constant bickering between them had me cracking up at times. Some of the characters did feel undeveloped at times, so I wish more time was spend on getting to know them more besides Iris all the time. But Iris isn’t the only one to contain superpowers but all of them. But they don’t know how they got them.

“What?” Max and Jinn both said at the same time but for different reasons.

Max seemed to perk up at the sound of his name even if he hadn’t heard the context while Jinn responded to Iris’s offhand remark with an awkwardly stiff expression.

– The Bones of Ruin, Sarah Raughley

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book! Though some flaws held it back, some elements such as a puzzle needing to be solved, an interesting main character, and a setting that help to enhance the story.

A big thank you to Turn the Pages Tours as well as the author and publisher for providing me with an early copy of this book! Quotes are taken from an unfinished version and may be different when the book is published.

Sarah Raughley grew up in Southern Ontario writing stories about freakish little girls with powers because she secretly wanted to be one. She is a huge fangirl of anything from manga to SF/F TV to Japanese Role Playing Games, but she will swear up and down that she was inspired by ~Jane Austin~ at book signings. On top of being a YA Writer, she is currently completing a PhD in English, because the sight of blood makes her queasy (which crossed Medical School off the list).

She is represented by The Bradford Literary Agency.

So far, you can also find her on Twitter, where work ethic goes to die.

Up for grabs will be TWO (1) finished copies of The Bones of Ruin by Sarah Raughley. This giveaway will be open to U.S. residents only and will run from August 29th to September 13th at 11:59 PM CST. Two winners will be chosen. To enter, click the link below!

Rafflecopter Link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/1e4a114d49/?

Tour Schedule

Be sure to check out the rest of the The Bones of Ruin Tour held by Turn the Pages Tours! You can check the schedule down below! There are some amazing bloggers and bookstagrammers on here that you should check out!

August 29th

Turn the Page Tours – Welcome Post
The Reading Chemist – Review

August 30th

Books, Tea, Healthy Me – Review
Curls, Pops & Spines – Review

September 1st

The Bookwyrm’s Den – Review
Whimsical Dragonette – Review

September 2nd

Kayla’s Book Nook – Review
Library of a Book Witch – Review

September 3rd

A Book & Chai – Review
Brinns Books – Review
Brownish Bookish – Review

September 4th

The Offbeat Human – Review
Inking & Thinking – Review
DJREADSBOOKS – Spotlight

September 5th

Belle’s Archive – Spotlight
Starlight Reads – Review

September 6th

Radusreads – Review
The Litt Librarian – Review

September 7th

Book Lover’s Book Reviews – Review
TheReadingCornerforAll – Review

September 8th

Justice for Readers – Review
Melancholic Blithe – Review

September 9th

JD’s Book Journal – Review
Balancing Books & Beauties – Review

September 10th

The Reader’s Game – Review
The Ink Slinger – Review
For the Love of Fictional Worlds – Review

September 11th

A Bolt Out of the Book – Review
Book Briefs – Review

September 12th

Reading Stewardess – Review
The Momma Spot – Review
The Fictional Journal – Review
Stuck in the Stacks – Review

Instagram Tour

September 7th

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@yourlocalbookreader
@currant7_recommends

September 8th

@delightful.reading
@onemused

September 9th

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September 10th

@nerdysuperbree
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September 11th

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September 12th

@simplybeccamee
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September 13th

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September 14th

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September 15th

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September 16th

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September 17th

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What are your thoughts on The Bones of Ruin? Will you be adding it to your TBR?

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Blog Tour: Before We Were Blue // Reasons Why You Should Read this book + Reactions

Hello everyone! Today is my stop on the Before We Were Blue Blog Tour hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours! A big thank you to TBR and Beyond Tours as well as the author and publisher for providing me with an early copy of this book!

Title: Before We Were Blue

Author: E.J. Schwartz

Publisher: North Star Editions

Release Date: September 14th, 2021

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Content Warnings: Eating disorder recovery

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Get healthy on their own—or stay sick together?

At Recovery and Relief, a treatment center for girls with eating disorders, the first thing Shoshana Winnick does is attach herself to vibrant but troubled Rowan Parish. Shoshana—a cheerleader on a hit reality TV show—was admitted for starving herself to ensure her growth spurt didn’t ruin her infamous tumbling skills. Rowan, on the other hand, has known anorexia her entire life, thanks to her mother’s “chew and spit” guidance. Through the drudgery and drama of treatment life, Shoshana and Rowan develop a fierce intimacy—and for Rowan, a budding infatuation, that neither girl expects.

As “Gray Girls,” patients in the center’s Gray plan, Shoshana and Rowan are constantly under the nurses’ watchful eyes. They dream of being Blue, when they will enjoy more freedom and the knowledge that their days at the center are numbered. But going home means separating and returning to all the challenges they left behind. The closer Shoshana and Rowan become, the more they cling to each other—and their destructive patterns. Ultimately, the girls will have to choose: their recovery or their relationship.

One: The Girl’s Healing Journey

Throughout this book, We see Rowan and Shoshana’s journey as they go through the healing process. It’s beautifully shown portraying the Ups and downs of their healing and that it’s not that easy.

It takes time to get healthy, and through this book, we see how each of them takes their approach towards healing. Neither of them went through a fast healing process and didn’t just suddenly just better. The characters had to decide for themselves if they were willing to improve.

Two: The Brilliant Portrayal of Eating Disorder

Schwartz did a fantastic job of portraying eating disorders and the struggles it takes to get better. I have never had an eating disorder, so I can’t speak to the accuracy there, but after doing some research, this book follows many of the guidelines outlined by professionals.

The setting of this book mainly takes place eating disorder treatment center, and it was eye-opening to see what the treatment style was like for those suffering from eating disorders. We got to see the ups and downs of eating disorders all happening in the treatment center.

Three: The Writing Style

The writing style was very different from other books I have read in the past. Shoshana’s chapters weren’t anything new, but Rowan’s were fresh and original.

Rowan’s chapters were letters composed to Shoshana. From this type of writing, we got to see how Rowan viewed the world and how she viewed her relationship with Shoshana. We got to jump into Rowan’s head and get a sense of where her feelings came from. We saw her pains, struggles, and jealousy. I found it to be an original concept executed well.

Four: The Cheerleading and Reality TV Subplot

One of our main characters, Shoshana, is a cast member on a reality cheerleading competition show. Within the main story, we get interjects of the reality TV Subplot through. It added more depth to Shoshana’s character allowing us to see her life outside the treatment facility.

We were able to the harsh realities of being in the spotlight and what comes along. We were able to see that it’s a lot of pressure when you have a perfectionist coach, a massive amount of adoring fans, and having to be perfect every time you are on camera.

Five: The Asexual Representation

If you don’t know this, Asexual Representation in YA is very rare. It’s almost like a rare action card that is super hard to find, and you have to buy many packages till you find it.

Of course, this shouldn’t be the case because YA books should have all types of representation. Readers should be able to see themselves represented in books.

I’m not going to say which character because that would be a huge spoiler, but I love how we got to see the character research different sexualities within the asexual spectrum. Readers can connect to this because many YA readers, typically in the ranges of 12-18 are still exploring their sexualities and finding out who they are.

One: The eating disorder rep is so portrayed brilliantly and written with no glamour, which I admire!

Two: When Shoshana said Rowan was a morning person, I was like, “Me too, girl!” And all the ways Rowan tried to wake her up had me cracking up.

Three: I like how Rowan’s chapters are like writing to Shoshana, it’s a different format from what I usually read, and it gives insightful information into Rowan’s view of the world.

Four: Shoshana’s cheerleading coach seems terrifying, and I would not mess with her.

Five: Why did the nurse have blood on her hands?!? That’s a bit concerning…

Six: I’m curious to find out more about the blues and the differences between the grays.

Seven: Rowan and Shoshana have been through so much. I wish I could hug them and help them get better.

Eight: I hate how the Cheerleading reality people are already sucking her back into the show. Give her a break, please!

Nine: I loved how they compared the cheerleading show to Dance Moms. Honestly, It’s a pretty great comparison to make

Ten: That was such a good moment. I’m glad that we get to see her true colors

Eleven: The cheerleading coaches are so brutal. Like you don’t have to be that extreme, and the moves they do seem very dangerous

Twelve: We have an Asexual rep in this book, and I’m so glad! There is rarely any Asexual rep in YA books, so I’m glad to see it represented

Thirteen: That must have been so scary to witness, and I’m happy she’s okay now.

Fourteen: What does the crew expect when you give a camera to teenagers?!? Did they think they would answer the questions?!?

Fifteen: I started getting teary-eyed at the end. This rarely happens.

A quick notice: There are subtle anti-Semitic phrases in this book. The author is Jewish, and I am not, so I don’t feel it’s my place to say anything.

E.J. Schwartz is a writer who loves cozy sweaters, skincare, and a24 films. In high school, she was a competitive gymnast and briefly on an all-star cheer team that was eighth in the world. Now that she no longer flips on a daily basis, she writes a lot about people who do. 

After graduating from Susquehanna University with a B.A. in creative writing and a minor in publishing, E.J. went on to get her MFA from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. There, she spent her time teaching, volunteering, roller skating, and learning how to grow plants. Her published work can be found in The New York Times, Barrelhouse, Threadcount, JMWW, Ghost Parachute, and Necessary Fiction, among others.

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Be sure to check out the rest of the TBR and Beyond blog tour for Before We Were Blue! You can check the schedule down below! There are some amazing bloggers and bookstagrammers on here that you should check out!

Tour Schedule

August 30th
The Book Dutchesses – Promo Post
BookMeSomeTime – Review
Jessicareadstoomuch – Review & Top 5 Reasons to Read Before We Were Blue

August 31st
GivernyReads – Review & Top 5 Reasons to Read Before We Were Blue
Reading with Teresa – Review

September 1st
Nine Bookish Lives – Promo Post
Simply It’s Blue – Review & Mood Board

September 2nd
Rae’s Reading Lounge – Review & Favourite Quotes
The Written Journey – Review & Playlist

September 3rd
Inking & Thinking – Top 5 Reasons to Read Before We Were Blue & 15 Reactions While Reading Before We Were Blue
Rajiv’s Reviews – Review

September 4th
The Human Curveball – Review
The Lady with Books – Review & Playlist

September 5th
Stuck in Fiction – Promo Post
Stuck in the Stacks – Review
Books With Michelle – Review & Favourite Quotes

Instagram Schedule

August 30th
thebookdutchesses – Blogger’s Choice
bookmesometime – Blogger’s Choice
itsjessica.readstoomuch – Blogger’s Choice

August 31st
giverny.reads – Blogger’s Choice
readresa – Blogger’s Choice

September 1st
tbrandbeyond – Promo Post
jypsylynn – Review
ninebookishlives – Blogger’s Choice

September 2nd
chaibooksandthemoon – Book Look & Top 5 Reasons to Read Before We Were Blue
luna_reads_ – Journal Spread
thewrittenjourney_ – Blogger’s Choice

September 3rd
hoardingBooks.herdingCats – Review & Favourite Quotes
tinybooknest – Mood Board & Top 5 Reasons to Read Before We Were Blue
rajivsreviews – Blogger’s Choice

September 4th
wild.legends – Book Look & Top 5 Reasons to Read Before We Were Blue
theladywithbooks_ – Blogger’s Choice

September 5th
feliciareads11 – Blogger’s Choice
stuck.in.the.stacks – Blogger’s Choice
bookswithmichelle – Blogger’s Choice

What are your thoughts on Before We Were Blue? Will you be adding it to your TBR?

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Bookish Pet Peeves // A Disscusion

Hey Guys!

Welcome back! Hope you are doing well! Today, I have a exciting post for you!

But before that I have a VERY special announcement! I have officially reach 100 followers on my blog! I just want to say a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who has been on this journey with me, and has helped me along the way! I have a lot of things plan for the future and I hope you stick around!

To celebrate I decided I’m going to host a Q&A! You can ask me anything you from what my favorite food is to what do I hate about blogging! If you would like to submit a question for me to answer, fill out this form!

For Today, I’ll be discussing some of my bookish pet peeves! All readers have different Bookish Pet Peeves that annoy them, and I’ll be sharing some of mine! This discussion idea was suggested by Cherry @ Letters to the Lost! Go check out her blog, if you haven’t already!

Let’s get started!

Stickers on Books

Sometimes when you buy a book, they stick stickers on the book cover, Which is the most irritating thing in the world! They are always so difficult to remove and leave this ugly mark. These stickers usually tend to be price tags and barcodes. I wish they would find an alternative to this so we can avoid those sticky marks. 

Dog Earring Pages + Bending Book Cover

I hate when people use Dog Earring as a bookmark. Even if you don’t have a bookmark, you can use other items in your house. Some examples could include Post-it Notes, Price Tags, Paper Towel, and anything like that.

It’s frustrating when people mess up the book when there are simple solutions to avoid it! 

Some people even bend the book cover because they like to fold over the book. Please don’t do that! You are damaging the book even more because not only does the cover ben, but you are cracking the spine! This will lead to the book falling apart.

Love Triangles + Insta Love

I’m sure this is the case for most people, but I despise these two tropes.

In love triangles, you end up having to pick a side, and if the main character doesn’t end up with that character, it’s disappointing. This trope is also so overused, and you see it many times in YA. But you can even have more than Love triangles. The last book I read had a love square?!?! I mean, that’s too much!

If you don’t already know, Insta Love stands for Instant Love. It’s when a romantic relationship forms very quickly with no development. It’s a cheap and easy way of putting together two characters without having to do the work.

Being interrupted while reading

When someone tries to talk to me while reading, that gets me very annoyed. As you can see, I’m trying to read here. At least wait until I finished the chapter and place down my book. If it’s an emergency, then it’s okay, but otherwise…

When a book starts off well…but it ends bad

Your reading and the book has this fantastic start, and it just keeps getting better. But then it all comes crashing down when you get to the end. You spent all this time reading, and then you end up being majorly disappointed.

Books that have movies covers

9 times out of 10, if a book has a movie cover, it doesn’t look the best. I don’t want to see actors in the movie. Half the time don’t match their character counterparts. I would rather see art on the cover done by professional artists.

Having to wait for the next book in the series

I’m not the most patient person when waiting for the next book in the series. When the last book in the series ends in a cliffhanger, it keeps me waiting in anticipation, wanting to know what will happen.

Spoilers

I’m sure most people would agree, but spoilers are the worst. No one wants to be spoiled about a book that they haven’t read yet. So please, do not spoil any parts of a book that people haven’t read. It’s plain rude!

What are some of your Bookish Pet Peeves? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Somewhat of Mini Reviews // The Night Circus and Ace of Spades

Hey Guys!

Today I’m going to be doing somewhat of a mini review on The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and Ace of Spades by Faridah Abike-Lyimide! I hope you all enjoy this review and feel free to discuss with me your thoughts in the comments! Thanks for checking out these reviews!!

Also the reason why I called this “somewhat of a mini review” because some of these reviews may be considered longer than the standard mini review!

The Night Circus

Rating: 2 out of 5.
From Goodreads

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.


True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Going into The Night Circus, I expected to be blown away. I was disappointed. From all the rave reviews on Goodreads, I wanted this book to knock my socks off. There were some positives, but there were many negatives that outweigh those few positives.

People see what they wish to see. And in most cases, what they are told that they see.

– The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern

The writing is what pulls this book together. Not many books used the same writing style as The Night Circus, and it was a fantastic change. It uses flowery language to make the setting and characters even more unique and a work of art. I don’t know what makes Erin Morgenstern’s writing so different, and the magic pours off the page. I was engrossed in the world, feeling as if I was attending the circus. Each exhibit captured my interest and made me want to experience them for myself.

The story is extremely slow. It runs over a snail’s pace, and it takes forever to begin the actual competition. It’s told after many decades about the circus and all the people within it. If you’re a reader that enjoys face-paced books, then this isn’t the book for you.

I tend to enjoy fast-paced books, but I like a slow-paced book once in a while. But I only like slow-paced books if you have some sense of plot progression, character development, well-built-up climax, and a satisfying ending. But The Night Circus had none of this. Remove some scenes because they do not affect anything whatsoever. I understand the author is trying to describe the circus in detail and show all the magical things that behold it, but that gets boring. We could have more pages dedicated to character arcs and developing relationships between characters more.

The finest of pleasures are always the unexpected ones.

– The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern

One of my pet peeves about books is time jumps. I try to avoid books with time jumps mainly for the reason that they can get very confusing. The Night Circus jumped from several years, and decades making it confusing to put the main timeline together. It made it especially hard to follow the story because I didn’t know if this scene or that scene came first.

Don’t get me started on the characters though. There were two main points on why the characters didn’t work for me.

1.Too Many Characters

One of the worst things that an author can do is have too many characters. If you have too many, some can be undeveloped, if you don’t spend enough time with them. It can also be confusing when trying to figure out what each character is doing or where in the story they are.

2. No Personalities

None of the characters have personalities. A bunch of stale crackers, if you asked me. I couldn’t connect with any of them. If I picked a random character, for example, Celia, I wouldn’t know where to begin to describe her. That’s the same case for all the characters in this book.

I have tried to let you go and I cannot. I cannot stop thinking of you. I cannot stop dreaming about you.

– The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern

Do you hear that? It’s the insta love alert!

The Night Circus suffers from a severe case of Insta-Love. It has all the symptoms. It’s a thrown-together love story, quickly established for the sake of the undeveloped plot. But not only is there one insta love alert but two! Both occur within one chapter with their first conversation with one another.

If you read the synopsis early, you may be wondering, what you’re describing doesn’t match up that much. And you would be right! One of the main elements that the book advertises is “A Fierce Competition.” A complete and utter lie. There are no skills, action, or magic duels. The characters don’t even know what the competition even entails until later on. When revealed, it ended up being very trivial and underwhelming.

Overall, this overhyped book ended up being a major disappointment.

Ace of Spades

Rating: 5 out of 5.
From Goodreads

An incendiary and utterly compelling thriller with a shocking twist that delves deep into the heart of institutionalized racism, from an exceptional new YA voice.

Welcome to Niveus Private Academy, where money paves the hallways, and the students are never less than perfect. Until now. Because anonymous texter, Aces, is bringing two students’ dark secrets to light.

Talented musician Devon buries himself in rehearsals, but he can’t escape the spotlight when his private photos go public. Head girl Chiamaka isn’t afraid to get what she wants, but soon everyone will know the price she has paid for power.

Someone is out to get them both. Someone who holds all the aces. And they’re planning much more than a high-school game…

I don’t often read thrillers and mysteries. I tend to stay in my lane of Fantasy as it is my favorite genre. But let me say that I’m so glad I went out of my comfort zone! Ace of Spades was pure perfection and captured my heartstrings. Usually, it takes me a few days to finish a book, but in mere hours I had completed it!

But I know dreams are dangerous; they give me too much false hope

– Ace of Spades, Faridah Abike – Lyimide

This is a dark, twisty thriller and isn’t for the faint of heart. Topics such as racism, homophobia, elitism, and white supremacy are present throughout the book but are woven into a short period while still allowing the terrifying mystery to breathe. It digs deeper and questions everything in their world. It was downright scary and compelling to want to learn more.

Each protagonist went through horrible incidents that threatened to ruin their present lives and their futures. These incidents showed that no matter their economic standing, they still suffered from the same racist acts. I appreciated how Faridah wasn’t afraid to shy away from injustices and heart-wrenchingly awful pain. You feel the need to help the characters wanting to help them escape the pain.

By using dual POV, it creates the opportunity to generate more suspense compared to one. By jumping from POVs, each chapter ends with a cliffhanger and how frustrating they are. It’s a great way to keep the reader engaged, never losing interest in the story.

Money can only get you so far; you need power and influence to go with it.

– Ace of Spades, Faridah Abike – Lyimide

The internal dialogue of Chiamaka and Devon helps the readers to connect and empathize with them. The characters have personal struggles, but they encounter many problems at school with the appearances of Aces in their Senior year. You can tell that they both struggle with being the only black kids in a white school, which has them working ten times harder than everyone else. They don’t always do the “right” thing but are even more relatable for it.

Both characters were equally likable.

At first, I wasn’t sure how to feel about Chiamaka, but she grew on me. Chiamaka is a popular girl. She is a perfectionist wanting to be at the top of her class to get into Yale. When looking into her chapters, we see how she blocks out parts of herself to fit into the white society at Niveus and explore her sexuality.

Devon was the character I fell in love with, and his story broke my heart. He has had to claw his way to success out of his poor neighborhood to support his family. His mother works three jobs and wants to do well at Niveus to help out his family. He is quiet, never wanting to be the center of attention, and has a passion for music, wanting to get into Julliard. He was a cinnamon roll and felt the need to protect him.

After Aces’ attacks, it left me in shock, and I didn’t think that it could get worse. I kept trying to guess who is Aces and what their motivation was. All the twists and turns had me reeling and wanting to find out the truth. It was an intricately woven mystery filled with various pieces putting together like a puzzle.

I stop myself from apologizing-because what would I even be sorry for? Existing too loud?

– Ace of Spades, Faridah Abike – Lyimide

The representation is written very well and beautifully put on display. Chi’s exploration of her sexuality was handled well, and you could see how she questioned herself many times. Devon’s sexuality was great to see, and I enjoyed getting to see each of his relationships. You could see how both characters accepted their identity and weren’t afraid to let it show.

The only complaint that I have is that the ending felt rushed, and I was a bit underwhelmed. I excepted a confrontation of the antagonist, but it was wrapped up quickly. I appreciated how they used social media as a form of activism and a call for justice. Having the epilogue open-ended was a great move, and I could not stop theorizing what would happen next.

An incredible thrilling debut, Ace of Spades is an important book that will grab on the heartstrings. A chilling mystery with lovable characters, exploration of real-life topics, and a dark academic setting.

TW: Racism, Homophobia, elitism, death, car accident, mention of n word, physical violence, drugs, alcohol, consumption, stalking, white supremacy

Thanks for checking out these reviews!

Reading Slumps: How do you get out of them? // A Discussion

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For this discussion, I’ll be talking about Reading Slumps and ways to get out of them! If you want me to discuss a certain topic, you can fill out this form here!

Let’s get started!

What are Reading Slumps?

Reading Slumps are when you aren’t in the mood to read or can’t get into reading a book. They can last for a few days. It can even last several weeks, depending on the severity of it.

The signs that you have fallen prey to the DREADED Reading Slump…

  • It starts gradually. It usually happens when you are in the middle of a book and finds some flaws while reading. And then suddenly, you can’t read it anymore. You are stuck in the same place and keep reading the same line over again 
  • You think that you’ll get past this particular line, but you don’t. So you decided to continue it tomorrow. But the same thing happens every time.
  • You decided to read something else, but it doesn’t end up working. You can’t get into it.

That is when you have fallen prey to the DREADED Reading Slump

Tips to get out of reading slumps

I’m going to be giving some tips on how to get out of the dread reading slumps! Hopefully, these tips will help you whenever you get stuck in a slump!

  • Tip One: Read an Audiobook 
    • Sometimes your eyes need a break from reading. To give your eyes a rest, listening to an audiobook can allow them to, but you’re still reading.
  • Tip Two: Re-Read an old favorite 
    • Sometimes if you just read a book you loved in the past, it can help remind you why you love reading in the first place, encouraging you to read again!
  • Tip Three: Talk to your bookish friends 
    • If you talk to your Bookish Friends, they will give you the motivation to keep trying and may give you new recommendations to try out!
  • Tip Four: Read a Shorter, Fast-Paced Book 
    • If you read a short, fast-paced book and finish it, you may feel accomplished after reading it. If so, it could help you delve back into your regular TBR
  • Tip Six: Try a New Genre 
    • If you keep reading Fantasy books, you may become disinterested and become bored reading the same genre over and over. If you try reading a new genre, like historical fiction, it would give you a break and introduce you to a new genre.
  • Tip Seven: Don’t Stress Yourself out not being able to read
    • If you’re not able to read, that okay! If you stress about it more, the less and less reading you’ll get done. Rather take a break and come back to it.
  • Tip Eight: Read some Blog Posts or watch Booktube
    • Watching or Reading posts about loving reading always makes you want to experience that feeling with them. You can always receive inspiration to start a new book or get new recommendations!
  • Tip Nine: Reorganize your Bookshelves
    • If you redo your bookshelves, it will help you remember some of your great reading moments and your favorite books. You’ll also end up with a brand new reorganized bookshelf at the end!

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