My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s November + December 2017 Bookstagram Wrap Up

Like to look at books in addition to reading them?

Welcome to Bookstagram — sometimes known as Instabook — a hashtag-based portion of Instagram where bibliophiles share their prettiest editions, current reads and monthly book hauls.

While I take fewer pictures in the winter months (mostly because I barely see the sun), you can keep scrolling to check out my very few November and December Bookstagram photos.

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BookTube: The Spines With Wines Book Club Talks ‘Eliza and Her Monsters’ by Francesca Zappia

Welcome to the July episode of the Spines With Wines live book club. Yes, that’s right, the July episode.

Spines With Wines is made up of myself (Cassie-la) and book blogger/BookTuber Kristin Hackett and is your typical drunken book club … you know, except online.

This month, we finally got around to discussing Eliza and her Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia!

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s April 2017 Wrap Up

A Court of Mist and Fury (★★★★★) and Wings and Embers by Sarah J. Maas (★★★★)

My favorite book of 2016 was an even better re-read! Tackled in preparation for A Court of Wings and Ruin (more on that below), I also used April to finally check out the Nesta/Cassian short story Wings and Embers, which was good but not ACOMAF good. Let’s be honest though, is anything ACOMAF good? [READ FULL REVIEW] [WATCH BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION]

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour (★★★★½)

My first book by Nina LaCour, We Are Okay was the perfect story to get me out of my post ACOMAF reading slump. An intimate and honest look at grief, We Are Okay bounces between Marin’s life pre and post-tragedy, and the family who is desperately trying to make her feel whole again. Get your hankies out, because this slice of life contemporary novel will give you all the feels.

Literally by Lucy Keating (★★★☆☆)

Lucy Keating’s sophomore novel may have the exact same premise as Stranger Than Fiction, but trust me, it’s no Stranger Than Fiction. The story revolves around Annabelle, a teenager with a perfect life who realizes she’s trapped inside a novel written by author Lucy Keating. It could work, but it doesn’t. Super contrived and over the top, there’s nothing worse than Lucy Keating writing about how great Lucy Keating is.

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s April 2017 Bookstagram Wrap Up

Say hello to Bookstagram, a sub-section of Instagram occasionally referred to as Instabook where bibliophiles post pictures of all things book related.

To find Bookstagram, simply search for the hashtags #bookstagram or #instabook on Instagram.

You can check out all my April contributions below!

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s February 2017 Bookstagram Wrap Up

Say hello to Bookstagram, a section of Instagram based around the hashtag #bookstagram where bibliophiles share their bookish photos.

See also: instabook/#instabook.

While I spent the majority of my time in February on business trips and vacationing, I still squeezed in a little bit of Bookstagram time.

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s January 2017 Wrap Up

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Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott (★★★★½)

After being kidnapped by Ray, Alice becomes a living dead girl, forced to stay small forever. Alice has resigned herself to her fate and even looks forward to her impending death at Ray’s hands, until he demands she recruit another girl — a younger Alice who will take her place. Disturbing yet beautiful, Scott’s novel comes with all the trigger warnings.

The Amateurs by Sara Shepard (★★★☆☆)

Sara Shepard’s The Amateurs is a super problematic novel with one hell of a twist ending. From the one-dimensional characters to the deeply disturbing male POVs and the weird way race is handled — not to mention all the relationships centered around statutory rape — Shepard has gone off the rails with this series, and not in her usual good way. [WATCH BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION]

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis (★★★★½)

Pitched as young adult Dexter, The Female of the Species is actually a feminist novel disguised as a serial-killer novel. Read: I was pleasantly surprised. In the story, McGinnis unflinchingly tackles rape culture, filling her (at times) disturbing novel with complex women and strong female friendships.

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