Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi | Book Review

(Shatter Me #3)

Published: February 4th 2014

Synopsis:

 The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, called “a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love.”

With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that’s not all he wants with her.

The Shatter Me series is perfect for fans who crave action-packed young adult novels with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu. Tahereh Mafi has created a captivating and original story that combines the best of dystopian and paranormal, and was praised by Publishers Weekly as “a gripping read from an author who’s not afraid to take risks.” Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and satisfying end.


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My Rating: 5 stars 5/5 (Outstanding)

Book Information

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genre(s): Young-adult fiction, dystopia, romance

Page Count: 408

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 0062318780


This book was used for the Popsugar challenge: A book you own but have never read.

I only have 1 word. Outstanding. Tahereh Mafi outdid herself in this heart-stopping conclusion to the Shatter Me trilogy! I absolutely loved this book!!!

Note: To make this a spoiler-free review, I’m skipping my usual quick summary.
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Top 10 Tuesday #12 (June 30): Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015

It’s officially the last day of June, and it’s a Tuesday, which means it’s Top Ten Tuesday time! This week’s topic is top ten books I’ve read so far in 2o15, and since I’ve read tons of great books this year, let’s get to it! As usual, in no particular order:

1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas [review]

Absolutely outstanding, this was! Loved it, the writing, the plot, the retelling was simply so wonderful.

2. Shatter Me [review], Destroy Me [review], Unravel Me [review] & Ignite Me [reviewby Tahereh Mafi

Yes, I know these are several books, but I had to. This series was simply outstanding. Notice how I excluded Fracture Me from this. 😉

3. Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern [review]

This book was filled with heartfelt moments and I just loved it! The writing style was also quite unique. Definitely one of my favorites this year.

4. Angelfall by Susan Ee [review]

I really love the trilogy, and this book was great starting it off! Everything was really dark and mysterious, and it wasn’t afraid to delve into the nitty-gritty.

5. The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West [review]

This was such a cute contemporary novel! I really enjoyed it, the characters, the writing style, and especially the romance, ’cause it was simply so cute!

6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell [review]

Fangirl was outstanding! The characters were so relatable and this book simply gave me all the feels. So glad I read it!

7. The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski 

The sequel to The Winner’s Curse, The Winner’s Crime was intriguing and suspenseful, and it was a great book! I loved reading it.

8. Deception So Dark by Clara Kensie 

I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this, at least not as much as I did its predecessor, Deception So Deadly. But I happen to have enjoyed this even more than Deception So Deadly. It was an amazing book!

9. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I absolutely loved this book! It was full of action, and wonderfully written. Definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year.

10. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven 

This book rendered me speechless, to be honest, it had great writing, a beautiful and touching story, and definitely has become on of my all-time favorites! This book took me on quite the emotional rollercoaster!


 

So there we have it! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday. Which books do you agree with? Which books do you think should be added to this list? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy reading!

-A

2015 June Book Haul

Hi! I’ve accumulated quite the number of books this month, although I really shouldn’t have considering how low I am on money and how many unread books I already own. Oh well! So here are the physical books I got over the month:

I also forgot to add:

I’m pretty happy that I was able to get so many great books, and they were on sale too! 🙂

And some e-books:

I’m pretty wary of Hello, I Love You, because I’ve heard a lot of bad reviews on it, but I got it anyway. I’m looking forward to reading Royal Wedding though, as it’s part of the Princess Diaries series which I enjoyed, and I’ve read good reviews on Charlie, Presumed Dead as well.

And last but not least, review copies:

I think I’m forgetting some review copies, but oh well. These are the ones I remember I have received this month.


So overall I think, excluding the review copies of course, I have bought 21 27 books! Huh. Considering how much it seemed like I bought, 27 doesn’t seem like much. Oh well. I think I’m getting better at controlling myself. (Or so I’m deluding myself to believe I am.)

What books have you hauled this month? Do we share any in common? Let me know in the comments below or feel free to link your haul post as well!

Happy hauling and end of June!

-A

Teaser Tuesday #12 (June 30): Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

It’s Teaser Tuesday time, (a meme hosted by A Daily Rhythm)! To play along, simply open to the page you’re on in the book you’re currently reading and share a ‘teaser’ from it.
Today I have a teaser from Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier. This book is a re-read for me, and I’m really enjoying it. 🙂

Ruby Red_bookcover“How can she expect us to believe a word of what she says anyway?” asked the man by the mantelpiece. I thought his way of acting as if Mum and I weren’t even in the room was very arrogant. “I have the clearest recollections of the lies Grace told to protect Lucy and Paul at that time. It was her fault they got away from us. If it hadn’t been for her, we might have been able to avert the disaster.

-Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

 

 

That’s all for this post! What are you currently reading? What do you think of this teaser? Did you read this book before? Let me know in the comments below!

-A

 

Burrito Bowl Book Tag

Hi there! I was tagged to do this by Ashley @ Dear World! Thanks, Ashley! ❤ This seems like a super fun tag, so I’m excited to jump right to it. Especially since I was tagged for this since over a month ago, I think. Oops!

Rice: The Foundation – “The book that got you into reading (or book blogging)” – N/A

To be completely honest, there really is not a single book that got me into reading. I just always loved to read, and my decision to start blogging was pretty spontaneous, and wasn’t affected by a book.

Matched by Ally Condie

Beans: The Filler – “The book with a whole lot of nothing going on” – Matched by Ally Condie

This book honestly had so many unneeded, or at least boring, parts in it, and would’ve been so much better if there hadn’t been! Of course, I am biased, I didn’t particularly like this book, after all. But still! My opinion remains the same. (You can check out my review on Matched here.)

Protein: The Building Block – “A book quote to live by” – “It takes a great deal of bravery to Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone-bookcover
stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

This is such an important quote to remember! It’s not always bullies we have to face, it’s usually our friends.

Throne of Glass_bookcoverFajitas: The Crunch of Texture – “A book with immaculate world-building” – Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I know Ashley also answered this for this one, and I definitely agree! The world-building in this book is undeniably on point! Loved it!

Angelfall by Susan Ee

Salsa: The Dance of Flavour – “A book that kept you on your toes” – Angelfall by Susan Ee

Again, I’m agreeing with Ashley on this one! Angelfall was full of gritty, action-packed moments!

Fangirl_bookcoverCorn: The Explosion of Sweetness – “A memorable scene with friendship/romance” – Levi & Cath’s moments together

There were so many memorable moments in Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, between Levi & Cath, I can’t choose one! They’re just soooo cute together!!

Cheese: The Bond of Calcium – “Two characters from different books you wish could be friends” – Dee-dum and Fred & George OR Elinor & Jane

Dee-Dum from the Penryn & the End of Days trilogy are both such troublemakers and so alike to Fred and George of the HP series, they would all become friends in no time! And they’re twins too, just like Fred and George. Although if they do become friends… it’ll be 4 times the trouble! 😉


Another pairing I can think of would be Elinor Dashwood and Jane Bennet, both characters from Jane Austen’s books Sense & Sensibility and Pride & Prejudice, respectively. Both characters are calm, sensible, and kind, so I can definitely see them be friends!

Sour Cream: The Tangy Topper – “The quirkiest character you’ve ever read (protagonist or supporting)” – Luna Lovegood

Luna from the HP series is definitely a quirky character! In a good way, though. She’s loyal, and doesn’t care what people think of her, always believing in what she believes in no matter what.

Flash Point_bookcoverGuacamole: The Cost of Creaminess – “A book you paid too much for” – Flash Point by Nancy Kress

This book was such a disappointment, I’m sad to say! It had such an interesting premise, but it just didn’t do it for me. (You can check out my review on it here.) Even though it wasn’t overly pricey or anything, it wasn’t worth the money.

Lettuce: The Handful of Crispness – “A refreshing concept/theme in a book” – A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas is, as most of you know by now, a fairytale retelling (a Beauty and the Beast one, at that!) and it’s definitely one of the most refreshing and unique retellings I’ve read! Incorporating faelore into a classic fairytale, ACOTAR is amazing. (You can check out my review on it here.)

Chips: Le Pièce de Résistance – “A must-read recommendation [if you like this book/genre—you decide!]” – Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi

I absolutely love the Shatter Me series, and if you like dystopia, you must read it!! Full of action, romance, and great characters alongside a beautiful writing style, this is one series you must not miss!

Tabasco: The Kick to the Face – “Your favorite fight/action sequence” – Tiger’s DestinyTiger's Destiny_bookcover

There are so many good fight scenes I can recall from books, and I definitely agree with Ashley’s pick of The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan, but I’m going to choose Tiger’s Destiny by Colleen Houck for this one, because damn the fight scene at the end of the book was intense! It was great.

 


I tag:


I apologize if you’ve already done this, in which case feel free to ignore or leave a link to your tag in the comments below.
What do you think of these choices? Agree? Disagree? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Enjoy your burrito bowl!

-A

2015 July Book Releases

Hi! It’s almost July everyone, and there are so many great books out there that are being released this July! Here are a few that I know of and that seem interesting:

July 1:

July 7:

July 14:

July 21:

July 28:

July 30:


What books on this list are you looking forward to? Any good ones that I missed? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy reading everyone! (Can you believe it’s almost July?)

-A

Book News | ‘Shadowhunters’ TV Show Casting Updates

Hi there! It’s been a while since I did a casting update for the ‘Shadowhunters’ TV Show, so today I decided to post an update on all the additions to the cast, which are more of recurring and minor characters than main characters.

So, we now have:

All joining the cast of:

Quite a lot of cast members! I think I’m mostly good with all the new castings, and while they’re important characters, I suppose my opinion on them can be easily swayed as they’re recurring characters and even if I don’t like them, I won’t be seeing much of them (for most of these castings anyway).

However, I am wary of Lisa Marcos’s casting as Captain Vargas and Mouna Traoré as Midori, not because of the actors themselves, more of their castings. Captain Vargas and Midori aren’t characters from the book, so I’m quite hesitant when it comes to them.

Also, Dorothea is being aged down, and is given the name Dot, and apparently she isn’t going to have the same role as in the books. Wonder what that will be like…


 

So there we have it! An update on the Shadowhunter TV show cast. What do you think of these castings? Like ’em? Dislike ’em? Let me know in the comments below!

-A

Popsugar Reading Challenge Week 9 Update!

Hi! Just a quick update on this week’s Popsugar Challenge progress! I read one more book throughout this week, which puts me at 33/52. (Week 1: 5 books,Week 2: 4 books, Week 3: 7 books, Week 4: 3 books, Week 5: 9, Week 6: 3, Week 7 & 8: 1) The books I’ve read so far:

  • A book with more than 500 pages: Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern
  • A classic romance: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • A book that became a movie: Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  • A book published this year: The Heir by Kiera Cass
  • A book with a number in the title: Four: A Divergent Story Collection by Veronica Roth
  • A book written by someone under 30: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • A book with nonhuman characters: Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick
  • A funny book: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • A book by a female author: P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
  • A mystery or thriller: Deception So Deadly by Clara Kensie
  • A book with a one-word title: Aftermath by Tom Lewis
  • A book of short stories: The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter
  • A book set in a different country: Tiger’s Promise by Colleen Houck
  • A popular author’s first book: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  • A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet: A Court of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  • A book a friend recommended: Hereafter by Tara Hudson
  • A book at the bottom of your to-read list: Skinned by Robin Wasserman
  • A book based entirely on its cover: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
  • A book you can finish in a day: The Fill-in Boyfriend by Kasie West
  • A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit: Zaria Fierce & the Secret of Gloomswood Forest by Keira Gillett
  • A book that came out the year you were born: Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  • A trilogy: (Penryn & the End of Days by Susan Ee) Angelfall, World After, End of Days)
  • A book with a love triangle: Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • A book set in the future: Flash Point by Nancy Kress
  • A book set in high school: The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
  • A graphic novel: Sisters by Reina Telgemeier
  • A book by an author you’ve never read before: Animal by Nikki Rae
  • A book you own but have never read: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • A book that was originally written in a different language: Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  • A book you started but never finished: Wicked by Sara Shepard
  • A banned book: The Giver by Lois Lowry

At this rate I’m gonna be trying to complete this challenge for another year. But this week I’m going to be trying harder! I have my fingers crossed to read more Popsugar books this week. I’m actually on my way to finish another one, and I’m planning on actually reading the Popsugar books I’ve been telling myself I’d read for the past weeks. 😉

How are your challenges going? Are you struggling to keep up like me? Doing great? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy reading!

-A

The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award Part One

Hi there! I’ve been quite busy lately (doing hardcore studying, unfortunately) and I’ve had to put off this post for quite some time. But I finally have some breathing room and have the chance now to finish up this post! 🙂Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

A huge thanks to: Ashley @ Dear World… , Becca @ Becca and Books, Bhramori @ The Crazy Perfectionist, Emily @ The Diary of a Bibliophile, Erika @ Erika in Bookventureland , Hadjar @ Manyreads, Jessica @ Viper & Plum, Tasha @ The Bookie Monsters, The Write Stuff @ Thewritestuff123 and Zin @ Books ‘N’ Feathers for all nominating me for this award! I’m so honoured to be recognized by these lovely people. These stunning bloggers have wonderful blogs, and if you haven’t already checked them out, do so now! You won’t regret it. ❤

UPDATE: I’m going to be making this a two-part post, as there are a lot of questions to answer to, so I’m only going to have Ashley, Bhramori and Emily’s questions’ answers on this post. Part 2 will include Zin’s questions and the questions from the rest of the lovely bloggers who nominated me. 😉

The rules:

  • Thank the blogger that nominated you and link their website.
  • Insert the award logo in your blog post.
  • Answer the ten questions that were provided by the nominator.
  • Nominate ten bloggers.
  • Create ten new questions for your nominees.

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Tor Maddox series by Liz Coley | Book Blitz & Giveaways

GIVEAWAYS – Enter for the chance to win…
One (1) ebook copy of Unleashed (book 1). Open internationally. Prize will be sent out after July 28th.

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a hardcopy set of all three books in the Tor Maddox series – ends July 9th.
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Unleashed by Liz Coley | Book Review

(Tor Maddox #1)

Published: May 1st 2015

Synopsis:

When sixteen-year old Torrance Olivia Maddox, self-confessed news junkie, figures out that the mysterious and deadly New Flu is being spread by dogs, she has one question—if the danger is that obvious to her, why hasn’t the government revealed the truth and taken action?

Her search for the answer will take her farther than she ever imagined. But then again, she never imagined that man’s best friend could become public enemy number one, that men in black might show up in her cozy suburban neighborhood, that she’d spend her sixteenth birthday as a teenaged runaway, and that her effort to save one dog would become a mission to save them all.


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My Rating: 3.5 stars 3.5/5 (Liked it)

Book Information

Publisher: LC Teen

Genre(s): Young-adult, thriller

Page Count: 306

Format: E-book


Note: I received a free digital copy of this book thanks to Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Hi! Today I have for you a review on Unleashed, the first book in the Tor Maddox series by Liz Coley. To be quite honest, I’m not sure what exactly I was expecting from this book, but I’m happy to say whatever my expectations were, they were met. Unleashed is a fun, interesting book that all dog-lovers will find enjoyable!

Quick Summary

When man’s best friend are found to be the holders of the New Flu, a deadly virus that can be transmitted from dogs to humans, everyone is buying into the government’s propaganda—except for Torrance Olivia Maddox (AKA Tor), who discovers the truth before any other citizen. What started off as a fight to keep her dog turns into the ultimate battle to save all the dogs in the country before it’s too late.Read More »

Exploring My Bookshelves: June

Hi! It is the last Friday of June, which means a Exploring My Bookshelves post is in order! This is a weekly meme created by Victoria @ Addlepates & Book Nerds, adapted into a monthly meme here at Book Snacks following Summer, who originally came up with the monthly idea over at her blog, Xingsings. Make sure to check out both of these lovely blogs, for they are quite wonderful!

Anyway, on to it. The rules for this meme are the following:

1. Post a picture of your bookshelves (preferably literal, but e-book shelves work too)

2. Follow the theme/question about the books on your shelf that Victoria will have set out for us for that week. (Eg. favourite author, cover, etc.)

3. Include the cover and what you thought of it (if it’s read).

4. Link your post!


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EMB #8: a book you were gifted (June 5th)

I actually realised that I don’t really get actual books as gifts, I mostly get Indigo gift cards or something. But I do have a few books I was gifted, one of them being The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold. I haven’t read it yet, but I’m planning to!

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EMB #9: a book you regret buying (June 12th)

My first answer for this would be Flash Point by Nancy Kress, but since I already used that book for another Exploring My Bookshelves post, I’m going to say Since Last Summer Summer by Joanna Philbin, sequel to Rules of Summer. It’s not that it was a bad book or anything, but I could’ve easily done with reading it from the library or something, instead of actually buying it.

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EMB #10: an author you can’t stop reading (June 19)

So many for this one! But I’ll go with three: Cassandra Clare, Jennifer Armentrout & Sarah J. Maas. I absolutely love all the books I’ve read from these authors!
Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments & Infernal Devices series is addicting, and I love both of them, especially the Infernal Devices.
I have yet to read Jennifer Armentrout’s New Adult books, but I love her Covenant series, her Lux series & Dark Elements series! They were all amazing. I also really loved her stand-alone novels, Don’t Look Back & her novel on Wattpad, The Dead List.
As for Sarah J. Maas, I love her Throne of Glass series & A Court of Thorns and Roses, the first book in a planned trilogy. The world-building is just great, and her writing is great!


There is technically supposed to be one other EMB post, as there is 4 Fridays in June, but as Victoria is on vacation, there is not another topic set.

So, that concludes this month’s Exploring My Bookshelves! Feel free to comment on the above topics or link your posts!

Happy reading!

-A

Friday Finds #12 (June 26)

Hi there everyone! It’s Friday (the last one of June, at that!) and that means it’s time for a Friday Finds (a meme hosted by Jenn @ A Daily Rhythm)! I added quite a lot of books to my TBR this week I would say, but here’s 6 of them:

Don’t these covers look stunning? And they all have such an interesting premise!


What books have you recently added to your TBR? Let me know in the comments below or link your post! ❤

Hope you enjoy the last Friday of June!

-A

Banish by Nicola Marsh | Blog Tour Review + Giveaway!

(Soul Retrievers #1)

Published: May 26th 2015

Synopsis:

Alyssa has one week to destroy her enemy, save her spirit… and save her soul.

After her ex-boyfriend commits suicide and her mum’s alcoholism sparks yet another psychotic episode, seventeen-year-old Alyssa Wood flees her small hometown of Broadwater and heads to New York City to stay with her bohemian aunt — a Wicca High Priestess.

Alyssa revels in the anonymity of a big city and her new life. Her grades climb, she has a new best friend, and a new guy: the sexy geek Ronan — a saxophone player who prefers jazz to pop.

But her newfound peace is soon shattered when she sees a dead body in one of Ronan’s music clips — and she’s the only one who can see it. Worse still, Alyssa recognises the body that has been murdered a week forward!

Alyssa doesn’t believe in the supernatural…despite her family’s Wicca background. So how will she overcome evil when it’s closer than she thinks?


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My Rating: 4 stars 4/5 (Really Good)

Book Information

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre(s): Young-adult, paranormal

Page Count: 264

Format: e-book

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Soul Retrievers Novella – Vanish: (Currently FREE!)

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Welcome to my reviewing blog tour stop for Banish by Nicola Marsh! I really enjoyed this book, and I’m super happy I got the chance to read it. A suspenseful story dealing with the supernatural, Banish was a thrilling and interesting read.

Note: I received a free digital copy of this book for review purposes. This does not affect my opinion on the book.

Quick Summary

Alyssa Wood flees her town of Broadwater after no longer being capable of dealing with the aftermath of her ex boyfriend’s suicide (right after she dumped him) to live with her Wicca High Priestess aunt. What she didn’t expect was for her ghosts to follow her… and now she has to fight to live and find out the truth before it’s too late.Read More »

WWW Wednesday #12 (June 24)

Hi! It’s time for a WWW Wednesday post, a meme formerly hosted by MizB @ Should be Reading and now hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. To play along, answer the three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently reading:

Primarily I’m reading The Witches of BlackBrook by Tish Thawer (check out a teaser on it here) but I’m also reading We Are Watching by Stephen Stewart. I’m liking We Are Watching, but I’m almost done The Witches of BlackBrook, and I really want to finish it! It’s really good.

Recently finished:

I just finished one today, actually! Banish by Nicola Marsh, for which a blog tour review will be coming soon. Also, I have finished Wash Me Away by Wendy Owens and Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling.

Read next:

I still have these three reads on my upcoming TBR:

And I’m also going to adding a review copy I was recently approved for, The Ugly Stepsister by Aya Ling, which I’m super excited to read, as it is a fairytale retelling, and a fellow blogger (Pavitra @ For the Love of Fictional Worlds) gave it a high rating.

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So there we have it! This week’s WWW Wednesday. What have you been reading now, then, and next? Let me know in the comments below or link your post!

Happy Wednesday!

-A