Bookending Events/Winter 2018 Info and Calendar


Clo @ BookDragons and Sam @ Fictionally Sam have created an epic version of Blogmas for this year's Christmas season! Their version is called Bookend Events, with the first event being Bookending Winter 2018. 


BLOG TOUR: After They Go by J. Mercer | Xpresso Book Tours


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Summary

“…Mercer’s prose is lucid and her themes of redemption and reinvention are resonant…” — Kirkus Reviews

A large family saga set in a coastal tourist town: 
One sister chained by family tradition. 
The second stunted by her sister’s shadow. 
The youngest propelled by desperation.


Gwen is the oldest of four children in the Aaldenberg family, and the one who seems to have it all. She’s also most desperate to escape. Betta, having nursed their dying grandpa for the past three years, is anxious for Gwen to go, so she can finally have reins to the family business. And Esmerelda, viciously determined to follow in Gwen’s footsteps, vies for popularity as a freshman in high school, only to learn she must sell her soul, reputation, and most prized possession for acceptance. 



As their father struggles with retirement and their mother with depression, Gwen discovers the debt her grandfather’s passing left them in–and during a time of year when their coastal town, dependent on tourists, can barely sustain itself. Gwen and their father agree Betta can’t take over the store under such stressful circumstances, not when she’s been carrying the load for so long, and to protect Betta, they play it off that she needs some time to rest. 

When Gwen’s fiancĂ© moves to town, Gwen does her best to resign herself to a local life, while Betta struggles for meaning without the store. In order to carve out a place for herself, Betta must decide to what lengths she’ll go in order to become her own person, and Gwen must decide what’s more important: her sister or her future. Can this family pull through their disappointment, jealousy, and regret? Or will they cling so tightly to their desires that it ruins them?

Books to Read Before 2019 | #T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY


For those who don't know what Top 5 Wednesday is, it's a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week. 


Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes our top 5 books I want to read before 2019.

November 14th: Books You Want to Read Before 2019--Our Goodreads goals are quickly closing in. What are you prioritizing for the end of the year?

Longest Books on My TBR | TOP 5 WEDNESDAY #T5W #TomeToppleReadathon


For those who don't know what Top 5 Wednesday is, it's a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week. 


Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes our top 5 longest books on our TBR, in celebration of Tome Topple Readathon, which is an annual readathon to get us reading books over 500 pages. 

November 7th: Largest Books on TBR-- In honor of #TomeToppleReadathon coming back this month, discuss those big books on your shelf!

THE HATE U GIVE by ANGIE THOMAS | A Very Late Review


Let me just say that this isn't going to be a normal review, or even a mini-review. I've been putting off doing this review for so long, not only because I hadn't finished the book yet, but because I wanted to marinate and simmer the experience before I came with a review at all. But in general, I did really enjoy Angie Thomas' debut novel! 

At first, I was super excited to read this book, that's been on my TBR/currently-read list for over a year now. I picked this up last Christmas 2017, and I haven't been able to finish it until just now. I've had to read it in doses because as the initial excitement wore off, the reality of Starr's situation set in, and the story became real. Too real. Too real for me to read all in one sitting. There were parts that made me laugh, cry, tear up, and rinse/repeat all the same.