Hot Off the Proverbial Presses: January 2, 2018

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

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (★★★½)

John Green is back with another touching novel that deals with the tough stuff. This time around Green tackles mental illness, dealing with his own OCD through the lens of Aza, a 16-year-old girl who struggles with crippling anxiety and obsessive compulsive tendencies. A thoughtfully written contemporary tale, Green’s latest work is an unflinching and occasionally difficult to read exploration of mental illness.

Saga Vol. 8 by Brian K. Vaughan (★★★)

After a heart-wrenching Volume 7, Brian K. Vaughan has gifted us a slightly (take note of the term slightly) more lighthearted arc, exploring our heroes most recent trauma and throwing some social commentary in for good measure. The only downside to the continued greatness of the series after all these years? We’ll have to wait until 2019 for Volume 9.

Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill (★★★)

The first book in a fantasy duology, Erin Summerill’s Ever the Hunted is a predictable tale about a girl with incredibly rare magic powers she’s unaware of and an unlikeable love interest who may or may not have killed her father. While Ever the Hunted had some bright spots, it suffers from incredibly slow pacing and an insufferable love story.

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Waiting on Wednesday: ‘Notes from My Captivity’ by Kathy Parks

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming book releases we can’t wait to get our hands on.

This week’s Waiting on Wednesday pick is about a wannabe journalist and the family who kidnaps her: Notes from My Captivity by Kathy Parks.

All Adrienne Cahill wants is to get into her dream school, a goal she thinks she can secure by debunking claims that a notorious family of hermits live in the Siberian wilderness.

Seems like a solid plan to us. Unfortunately for Adrienne, things don’t exactly go according to plan.

You can snag Notes from My Captivity when it hits shelves on July 10, 2017.

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Waiting on Wednesday: ‘Scream All Night’ by Derek Milman

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming book releases we can’t wait to get our hands on.

This week’s Waiting on Wednesday pick is a thriller about a fictional B-horror movie legend and his son: Scream All Night by Derek Milman.

The novel follows Dario Heyward, the son of a famed director known for his cult classic creature features. Unfortunately by Heyward, all hell breaks loose when he is dragged back to the iconic castle turned film studio he once called home.

Described as a darkly hilarious contemporary novel, Milman’s debut sounds like it was written just for us.

Scream All Night hits shelves on July 24, 2018.

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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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