Introducing the newest contributor

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Hello everyone!

I hope you’re all having a good weekend! Here in Canada it’s a long weekend so I’ll apologize ahead of time for all the spam because I am reading up a storm.

I just wanted to let you know I’m no longer a team of one here at A Lovely Little Book Blog. One of my dear friend’s Luke has joined me and will be reviewing and writing about books and bookish things. I’ll nudge him this weekend to get him to introduce himself and what kinda books he is into.

Some of what we’ll be doing (hopefully) is reviewing the same books in a point counterpoint kind of way and just talking about things we enjoy in terms of reading, writing styles etc.

So please give him a warm welcome!

Thank you!

Reading when you’re struggling…

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Sometimes in life I struggle. We all do. Sometimes those struggles swallow you up and drag you to what I call “the pits”, modeled after a sandy wasteland that used to exist near my childhood home.

You try and struggle through the sand, make your way to the top, and on the way your reading is one other thing that makes it seem worse. Not the act of reading itself, but the act of feeling pressured to do so.

Giant, human sized…NFL player sized to be read piles, towering next to beds, toppling over when nudged. eReader filling, overwhelming books, just waiting for you to devour them.

But trust me. Its okay. The beautiful thing about books is that they last forever. And sometimes, they can help you get out of the pits.

Grab a book. Any book. A book you’ve read a million times, or a book that you’d never thought you would enjoy.

Read about people in pain. Read about happy people. Read about people slaying dragons and allow them to help you slay yours.

Pile up blankets and pillows and sink into them and remember that when you feel alone, if you look in a book you can always find your friends.

And please if you need help, ask for it. Don’t be in the dark alone. Don’t be in the pits alone. Your story is unfinished, still developing. Don’t end it before it’s end should come.

Series Review: Harper Connelly by Charlaine Harris

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Series: Harper Connelly

Author: Charlaine Harris

Genre: Supernatural/Urban Fantasy

Warning: Lots of death talk. Sexual assault. Drug use. Domestic abuse.

Silver Lining: Justice

Overall: Related image Related image Related image.5

My reviews do involve minor SPOILERS

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Review: Day Shift (Midnight Texas # 2) by Charlaine Harris

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Title: Day Shift

Author: Charlaine Harris

Genre: Supernatural

Warning: Elder abuse

Silver Lining: Those responsible get what’s coming to them?

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There is no such thing as bad publicity, except in Midnight, Texas, where the residents like to keep to themselves. Even in a town full of secretive people, Olivia Charity is an enigma. She lives with the vampire Lemuel, but no one knows what she does; they only know that she’s beautiful and dangerous.

Psychic Manfred Bernardo finds out just how dangerous when he goes on a working weekend to Dallas and sees Olivia there with a couple who are both found dead the next day. To make matters worse, one of Manfred’s regular — and very wealthy — clients dies during a reading.

Manfred returns from Dallas embroiled in scandal and hounded by the press. He turns to Olivia for help; somehow he knows that the mysterious Olivia can get things back to normal. As normal as things get in Midnight…

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Review: True Colors by Anyta Sunday

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TRUE COLORS

Title: True Colors

Author: Anyta Sunday

Genre: LGBT Contemporary Romance

Warnings: Descriptions of car accident, burns and death. Childhood bullying.

Silver linings of warnings: Beautifully written scenes in which the characters deal with the aftermath of such tragedy.

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Oskar used to be Marco’s best friend. His everything. His sunshine yellow.

But that was before. Before Marco stopped being a hot jock. Before he learned to live with scars and pain. And before Oskar tore their friendship apart.

Now the boy next door has returned home, determined to rekindle his friendship with Marco, and Marco’s more afraid than ever. Afraid of getting hurt. Afraid of being humiliated.

Afraid of falling in love.

Can Oskar find a way through Marco’s fear, back into his heart?

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Review: Leo Loves Aries

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Title: Leo Loves Aries

Author: Anyta Sunday

Genre: LGBT Contemporary Romance

Warnings: None that I can think of

Silver linings of warnings: N/A

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A new person will enter your life in the early year, Leo. Look past any moments of frustration they might bring and laugh—this could be the start of a thriving friendship.

Theo Wallace usually laughs at the horoscopes his mom sends. Still hung up on his ex-girlfriend and practically friendless, this one begs him to reconsider. Because a friendship that stuck, that thrived…

Well, that would be a reason to leave past pains behind and look to the Bright Future.

When his sister Leone challenges him to find her the perfect date for a spring wedding, Theo uses it as a chance to make new friends. Theo’s ex economics tutor and newest roommate Mr Jamie Cooper seems to be a possible and convenient match. Real convenient. Like written in the stars, convenient.

All he has to do is make sure this Jamie is good enough. Could really be the one for her, and the friend for him.

But watch out, Leo, the stars have a surprise in store…

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Review: Paradise Girl by Phill Featherstone

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Title: Paradise Girl

Author: Phill Featherstone

Genre: YA Dystopian

Warnings: Lots of death, attempted assault

Silver linings of warnings: Some of the best written suspenseful scenes I’ve read in a long while.

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A highly infectious and incurable virus spreads worldwide. Seventeen-year-old Kerryl Shaw and her family live on a remote farm and think they will be safe, but the plague advances. Despite deaths around them, the Shaws survive. However, this changes when a stranger arrives, and it soon becomes apparent he has brought the infection to their door. One by one the family succumbs, leaving Kerryl alone.

Kerryl is sure it’s only a matter of time before she, too, dies. She decides to record what she thinks will be her final days in a diary. She realises that it will never be read, so she imagines a reader and calls him Adam. As loneliness and isolation affect the balance of her mind, Adam ceases to be an imaginary character and becomes real to her…

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Review: Same Love by Tony Correia

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Title: Same Love

Author:  Tony Correia

Genre: YA LGBTQIA+

Warnings: Hate speech involving LGBTQIA+, Native Americans, Asians, women and other minority groups.

Silver Lining to Warnings: There are people, just like in the real world who do not stand for that bullshit.

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At seventeen, Adam has suspected for a while that he might be gay. His sketchbook has become full of images of good-looking men, and he isn’t attracted to any of the girls he knows. When he reveals his feelings to his devout parents, they send him to a Christian camp, warning him that there will be no room in their lives for a gay son. The last thing Adam expects is to meet someone he is deeply attracted to; unfortunately, Paul is more committed to his Christian faith than Adam is.

Adam tries to bury his attraction to Paul by concentrating on his art and his new friends Rhonda and Martin. When it becomes clear how unhappy Rhonda and Martin are at Camp Revelation, Adam and Paul are both forced to question what the church tells them about love. But with a whole camp full of people trying to get Adam to change who he is, what kind of chance do Adam and Paul have to find love and a life with each other?

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What is reading all about?

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What is reading all about? What motivates me to do it? What motivates YOU to do it? What do we get from it?

For me reading has been many things. It has been a struggle, as I took forever to learn and resented the fact.

It has been a solace, when I realized a written word could comfort me in a way that those around me couldn’t do.

It has been my way of traveling when I’ve been sick, and recently my way of making friend when I’ve been traveling.

This blog was meant to be dedicated to my love of reading and somewhere along the line I got mixed up and confused, obsessed with who was reading this, who was listening.

Forgetting that this blog is just meant to be a tribute to the books I love, and even those I don’t. My little corner of the web where I can talk to whoever is willing to listen.

And maybe I’ll pick up a few new friends along the way.

Beat the Backlist Challenge

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My goal: Read 30 books from my TBR pile that have been sitting on my shelf for awhile. I’ve listed the first fifteen I plan on reading first. Once one book is finished I will add another on the end as I have literally hundreds of TBRs.

The books are as follows:

  1. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
  2. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
  3. A Sense of the Infinite by Hillary T Smith\
  4. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  5. We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
  6. Daughters Unto Devils by Aamy Lukavics
  7. The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna
  8. Girl Defective by Simmone Howell
  9. Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch
  10. Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield
  11. Say What You Will by Camme McGovern
  12. Red Joan by Jennie Rooney
  13. Ask the Passengers by A.S King
  14. Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot
  15. The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan