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I hate when I get a holiday off and expect to spend the whole day reading but instead end up fiddling with my blog layout and CSS all damn day. You guys. If my computer wasn’t so expensive — at least what I consider expensive (I had to save for a long time), I would have punched it in the face. It is SO frustrating when you are trying to change your site and are working with a whole new layout (Thesis 2) and it doesn’t do what you want. SO instead of reading all the books and writing all the reviews, I ended up playing with all the HTML. At least it was a great week mail-wise!

Unravel Me, Everbound, Boundless, Shadows In The Silence, the Madman's Daughter, Mortal Fire, Through The Ever Night

For Review:

The Center Of Everything by Linda Urban (Vine)  – Small town, donuts, Fred Rogers epigraph, middle grade, big print, short chapters OF FREAKIN COURSE I picked this book out from Vine like, immediately.

The Wrap-Up List by Steven Arntson  (Vine) – Straight up, I love books where Death plays a role.

Boundless by Cynthia Hand (Unsolicited) – I kind of screamed when I saw this book, because hello I want to know how the trilogy ends. I actually immediately started it the day that it arrived and that pretty much never ever happens here. I finished it last night and am filled with all the sighs.

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi (Unsolicited) – Finally I get to see why so many of my friends are all Team Warner, because in the first book I’m like Team Warner Is A Psychopath I Don’t Give A Fig About His Upbringing.

Everbound by Brodi Ashton (Unsolicited) – Clearly, I need to read this book like very very soon.

Through The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi (Unsolicited) – Y’all, the letters on there are silver. SILVER. How cool is that?

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd (Unsolicited) – Oh my god, the hardcover of this IS GORGEOUS you guys.

Shadows In The Silence by Courtney Allison Moulton (The End Is Near expert) x2 – I finished this book this week, and sigh. WHAT AN ENDING. Also, I have like a ton of copies of this, expect giveaways all over the place.

Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne (Requested Review Copy) – SO you guys! I love that this came on Martin Luther King Jr. Day because the USPS is closed what with it being a national holiday and all. I felt pretty smug about getting mail, I won’t lie. Actually, REALLY smug. hahahaha. Anyways, I cannot wait to find out what happens with the kids. And fricken Astrid.

Shadow On The Sun by David Maccinnis Gill (Unsolicited) – Basically, the story sounds cool and it’s about this guy who is the prince of Mars. But you guys, the cover is totally ridiculous, like make fun of bad. I’m still going to read the piss out of this book though.

Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox (Requested Review Copy) – So, I actually own Dreamhunter and Dreamquake after purchasing in my pre-blogging days when someone on goodreads recommended them. I never did get around to reading them. Methinks I should remedy that this year. Anyways, the cover is bad ass. The spine is thick. It’s fantasy. Of course I cannot wait to read it.

The Eye Of The World: The Graphic Novel Volume 3 by Robert Jordan (Unsolicited) – I am just going to be 100% real with you and say I was actually psyched for this unsolicited book because I read the shit out of the Eye Of The World and Wheel Of Time in high school. I would have loved to be an Aes Sedai. Whatever. And I want to see what Rand, Mat, and Perrin look like. I only ever got to book three of Wheel of Time because my library never had all the books of the series, boo. ANYWAYS. I just added the first two of the graphic novel volumes to my wish list.

Kalimpura by Jay Lake (Unsolicited) – Okay, this book has a cool cover, but it’s the 3rd of a series, so I don’t know whether I want to commit yet or not. Alas.

Revenge Of The Girl With The Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg (Netgalley) – YES! Girls with awesome personalities shall inherit the earth.

The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spaulding (Netgalley) – AHHHH! I featured this book in one of my Top Ten Tuesday lists and holy crapola I cannot wait to read it. CANNOT WAIT.

Fuse by Julianna Baggott (Netgalley) – YESSSS! Time to see what is going on with Pressia and the guy whose name I forget. BUT PRESSIA WITH THE DOLL HEAD HAND. YES.  Lul. I love that you guys, blogger and reader friends put up with my weirdness.

The Moon And More by Sarah Dessen (Netgalley) – Oh you guys I couldn’t help my yelping after opening the approval email because my heart was all clenched like they were going to be like sorry bro you are rejected but instead it was like OH HEY YOU DOWNLOAD THIS FROM YOUR DASHBOARD. Hell yes.

Kindness For Weakness by Shawn Goodman (Netgalley) – This contemporary book sounded great and it seems like it’s kind of under the radar right now so I can’t wait to read it and put it on more people’s radars.

The Best Man by Kristan Higgins (Netgalley) – Oh frick yes. SO SO EXCITED for new Kristan Higgins.

Jerusalem: A Family Portrait by Boaz Yakin illustrated by Nick Bertozzi (Netgalley) – YESSS! More graphic novels forever and for always you guys.


Ten Cents A Dance by Christine Fletcher – I bought this on my Kindle for $1.99 and I’ve been very curious about this book for a very long time. When I happened to see it on sale for so cheap, I just had to snap up this historical fiction YA book published by Bloomsbury.

Violins Of Autumn by Amy McAuley – Another YA historical fiction that was $1.99. No thoughts about buy I just one-clicked.

11/22/63 by Stephen King – Okay, so this was $3.99 but I love the master of horror forever and always and promise to eventually read it.

Redwall by Brian Jacques – This noise was free on Kindle and although we own multiple copies of the Redwall series in physical form, I could resist having it on my Kindle forever and for always. You guys my heart will always be at Redwall Abbey. But also out on the Long Patrol. And with the badgers of Salmandastron. Also. Tony and I bonded over these books. BONDED.

Bliss by Kathryn Littlewood – ALSO free on Kindle. Heck yes. I reviewed this book like last year, but it‘s published by Harper Children’s and is about a magical bakery. So good.

A Dance With Darkness by Courtney Allison Moulton – Okay, so now that I’ve finished the Angelfire trilogy, I have separation anxiety and decided I need to own and read this novella.

In case you skipped it or missed it, here’s a recap of what we’ve posted here last week:

I talked quite a bit about the cover of Playing For Keeps by RL Mathewson but ultimately decided I enjoyed the book, despite a few minor issues with it.

Boarding school, winter, doomed love and CDs are pretty much the reason that I loved the very literary debut The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan.

Unfortunately Allison did not love Girl Of Nightmares by Kendare Blake as much as Anna Dressed In Blood.

In which Allison PLEADS for more books with these TEN settings.

Remember that time I waved my arms around and was all GO READ The Fire Horse Girl by Kay Honeyman.

Or that other time I was all, you guys, UPS My Choice Changed My Life.

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren. Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. Yes, you definitely should get around to reading Dreamhunter and Dreamquake – they’re fantastic books. And if you like your historical fantasy with queer themes, check out her adult works The Vintner’s Luck/The Angel’s Cut. … Actually, just check those out too. 😀

    But wow you had a nice haul this week. So many pretty hardcovers! And The Madman’s Daughter as well – it sounds fantastic.

  2. Eeeep! Awesome stack. I wouldn’t know where to start! Enjoy 🙂
    Here is my StS post.

  3. Every time I come here, I’m always amazed by your stack/haul of books. Those hardcovers look beautiful indeed. They look amazing. Come visit me too. Come check out my haul


  4. I’m so jealous of The Moon and More, I haven’t read that many Sarah Dessen books but from the one I’ve read I know that book will be good 🙂 I’m so jealous of all your review books but most of them are seconds or thirds in series’ I haven’t started yet. I really need to get on it huh? Anyways I hope you enjoy everything!

    My IMM

  5. Not getting to spend your day reading sucks. We have a long weekend so I feel like I should be reading more, too, but instead I’m on the computer :/

    I am so Team Warner Is A Psychopath I Don’t Give A Fig About His Upbringing, too! And I really don’t believe I will change but I have UM to read as well.

    And Reece Malcolm sounds SO good!

  6. You got a ton of great reads. I need to get caught up with the Unearthly series….hopefully I can read book two and three back to back. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Boundless. I also just bought Everbound and Under the Never Sky the other day–can’t wait to start those series! I see you got The Moon and More. I would have freaked out too- Sarah Dessen is the absolute best. Enjoy all of your books!

  7. I’m on Team I am so aware that Warner is a psychopath and yet I find him incredibly attractive despite/because of this and yes there is something seriously wrong with me but whatever Warner is hot

  8. Oh yes please to the doll head hand. I am so ready for more!

  9. Hey, I love your new layout. Not that I didn’t like the old one. I hope you like all your new books! Happy reading 🙂

  10. Excellent haul! I also got The Reece Malcolm List. I’ve had a physical ARC of The Girl With the Great Personality hanging around for a while because I met Elizabeth this past fall. I need to hurry up and read it.

  11. Boundless! Everbound! Through The Ever Night! Three books I’m HIGHLY anxious to read; I can’t wait to see how they all continue. Looking forward to your reviews of these and seeing what you thought of them. Enjoy all your books!

  12. WOW! Such an epic haul<3 I'm dying to read Unravel Me, Everbound and THE MOON AND MORE! Seriously, that book is one of my most anticipated books this year! I love Sarah Dessen<3

    Happy Reading!
    Here’s mine 🙂

  13. Great… No, STUPENDOUSLY GREAT haul.

    I really want to read The Madman’s Daughter when it’s released in the UK.

    I have 11/22/63 to read, but I’m daunted by the page count, especially after the tough time I had reading The Book Thief.

    Hope that you enjoy all of your reads.

  14. Oh hey, I have good things to say: The Madman’s Daughter and The Reece Malcolm List are great, and you will freaking LOVE them. I predict. 🙂

  15. “I Don’t Give A Fig About His Upbringing.” Ahaha, that’s exactly how I feel. Even after Unravel Me, I’m still not a fan of him. I don’t really like Adam either, so I suppose I’m not really Team anyone.

  16. Wow! What an epic haul you had this week. Oh and I totally feel you about messing with the blog and it taking far too long. Hate that.

    I just finished Boundless like half an hour ago and I have all the feels. Such an amazing end to the series, I don’t think I have ever felt this satisfied with an ending before. I like I want more of course, but I am completely OK with the series being over because it left off perfectly. OK I am not here to review Boundless I swear!

    I also read Everbound this week which is really good too.

    I think I’ll be buy The Madman’s Daughter on Tuesday when it comes out because I love the cover and the reviews of it have been so good so far.

    I hope you enjoy all the new goodies!

  17. I am trying not to squeal with excitement over The Moon And More but hey, it’s Sarah freaking Dessen so I can’t resist! I cannot wait to read that book so I am seriously hoping you enjoy it. Your mailbox (and email box) was filled with pure awesome as always! I hope you get lots of good reading in this week and also, tell your computer to stop being stupid.

  18. Unravel Me screwed with my head so much that I wasn’t sure where my allegiances were any more while I was reading it. As soon as I was finished, I immediately downloaded the audiobook version of Shatter Me and went right back to the beginning because I knew where I stood there. Plus the audio for Shatter Me is amazing. Sidenote: I will be re-reading Unravel Me via audiobook pretty soon because I am interesting in seeing if the same reading (Kate Simses) reads evil Warner the same way in this book that she did in Shatter Me. That was a tangent, sorry. Seriously, that book screwed with my head and I need words with T. Mafi.

  19. I’ve read The Wrap-Up List – it was a quick, easy read for me, but I hope you do like it. The way Death is worked in is pretty interesting.

    Also – I’m looking forward to read Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality and of course, The Moon and More. Plus, FUSE! I’m very excited to read this one because the ending of PURE left me feeling so unsettled.

  20. OMG, these are some truly awesome books especially The Madman’s Daughter! Epic =D

    Here’s my Book Haul post.

    Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile