BOOK TRAVELING THURSDAYS

 

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The concept of this is that every Thursday there is a theme and the bloggers who participate in this group take that theme and pick a book that they associate with the theme. From this the bloggers find and post different covers of the book they have chosen.

If you wish to know more or join in please feel free to have a look at their Goodreads Page.

The theme for this week is:

 

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YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK OF 2017 SO FAR

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ORIGINAL COVER: 

 

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This is the Original cover of The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli.

 

 

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COVER FROM MY COUNTRY (AUSTRALIA): 

 

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The cover in Australia is the same as the Original edition.

 

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FAVOURITE COVERS: 

 

 

*The first cover is the Dutch edition. I love the pink frozen yoghurt on the cover.

*The second cover is the Original edition. This is the one I am used to and the two alternating arrows works with the text works very well.

*The third cover is the Portuguese edition. I like this cover because the girl on the cover is realistic to the one in the book.

 

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LEAST FAVOURITE COVER: 

 

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*This cover is the French edition. Compared to the other covers I am just not feeling it.

 

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As always, I am happy to talk to anyone about this weeks theme and the chosen covers. I will be back next Thursday for another Book Travelling Thursdays Post.

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: THE PLAY MATE

 

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PUBLISHER: Kendall Ryan Books

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 13th March 2017

 

PAGES: 285

 

 

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His best friend’s little sister is all grown up … and ready to play in a whole new way.

Smith Hamilton has it all—he’s smart, good-looking and loaded. But he remembers a time when he had nothing and no one, so he’s not about to mess up, especially with his best friend’s little sister. That means keeping Evie at arm’s length … even though the once pesky little girl is now a buxom bombshell. A sexy blonde who pushes his self-control to the limit the night she crawls into bed with him.

Evie Reed knows she’s blessed—with an exclusive education, a family who loves her, and a new job managing social media for her family’s lingerie company. But she wants more, like a reason to wear the sexy lingerie herself. She has just the man in mind to help with that. She’s crushed on Smith forever. Surely tricking her way into his bed will force him to see her in a new, adult way.

Except that when Evie’s plan leads to disaster, she and Smith must decide—ignore the attraction sizzling between them, or become play mates and risk it all.

 

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REVIEW: 

 

The romantic tension between these two protagonists was palpable as the plot progressed. With the will they – won’t they being the main hook for the novel. The impending threat of Evie’s brother finding out about the chemistry between her and Smith adds a level of anticipation and dread for the reader. Overall, this was a fun addition to the Roomates series with a pairing with serious chemistry.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY

 

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This weekly book meme officiated in November 2013 and is still going stong! Every week there is a topic and your list will be based off this topic. For further information check out the Goodreads Page.

 

The theme this week is:

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BOOKS WITH NO ROMANCE

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The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

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This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

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Frogkisser! by Garth Nix

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The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

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What do you think of my recommendations? What books would you recommend with no romance?

 

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

 

UNBOXING: JUNE 2017 MARK THE PAGE BOX

 

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Mark the Page is a relatively new Bookish Subscription service that I have come across. This box is based out of Australia. I received the June 2017 box today and so am ready to do an unboxing! The theme for the June box was:

 

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BLOOD FOR CROWNS

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IMG_0381This is what you see when the box is first opened.

 

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The first item in the box is this mug from Bookworm Boutique with a quote from The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon.

 

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The second item is a full sized bag of blended loose leaf tea from Bookish Teas.

 

IMG_0383The third item is a Maven bookmark with some stunning artwork from Book Coyote Designs.

 

IMG_0385The fourth item is a art print of Maeve, Queen of Doranelle form TJ Lubrano.

 

IMG_0384The fifth item in the box is a postcard with an image of Danaerys Targaryen designed by Hungry Designs.

 

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The sixth and final bookish item in the box is a House of Stark ribbon bookmark from Marked Books.

 

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It’s now time for the book of the month. This month, the book of the month was:

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Dividing Eden by Joelle Carbonneau

 

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There was also a signed bookplate from the author.

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The last item in the box is the Spoiler Card with a list of the items in the box.

 

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That’s it for the June 2017 box. My favourite item was the mug and ribbon bookmark. I’m looking forward to reading the book really soon.

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY

 

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

 

 

SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK:

 

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The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

 

 

 

 

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PUBLISHER: Hachette Australia

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 03rd October 2017

 

PAGES: 432

 

 

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In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be dark—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death bringer.

These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up hearing in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.

Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her.

 

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I wasn’t too sure about this book at first glance. But, when I read the blurb I became intensely interested and cannot wait to read this epic fantasy novel.

 

 

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

REVIEW: CITY OF ASHES

 

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PUBLISHER: Margaret K. McElderry Books

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 25th March 2008

 

PAGES: 453

 

 

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Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

 

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REVIEW: 

 

Continuing on the Mortal Instruments Series this sequel follows characters from the first book as they protect the world and fight the evil Shadowhunter Valentine. While there are some epic scenes first up in the novel it does slow down a bit for quite a while before a fun and action packed ending.

I really enjoyed further exploring the Shadowhunter world and the different Downworlders within this world. I loved examining the Lightwood parents and seeing how this has influenced Jace, Isabelle and Alec. Another character I particularly enjoyed was Magnus. It was great to see his character develop and become a member of the group.

Overall, this was slightly less appealing than the first book but there were major plot points and character development that kept my interest piqued. I enjoyed listening to this audiobook and experiencing The Mortal Instruments series in a different format.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

SUMMER BOOKISH BINGO TBR

 

 

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Pretty Deadly Reviews is hosting another seasonal Bookish Bingo and I am absolutely on board.

 

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THE DETAILS: 

 

Every new season has a new bingo card. This one is for books read in the months of June, July, and August.
The object is to get as many BINGOs as possible (five across, up and down, or diagonal)
One square per book
You do not have to review these books, or even have a blog, this is simply for books read during the allotted months
I’m getting rid of the giveaway component for now because I’m broke.

 

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THE BINGO CARD: 

 

 

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MY TBR: 

 

Ace Rep: Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

Over 5 Years Old: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Thriller: Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Red Cover: The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

Latinx MC: The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore 

A Book About Fandom: All the Feels by Danika Stone

Sci-Fi: Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

LGBT+: I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

Summer Release: The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

White Cover: Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau

Family Drama: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Blue Cover: Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kremmerer

Free: Flame in the Mist by Renee Adhieh

On Your TBR Forever: Wicked by Gregory Maguire

Revolution & Rebellion: The Waking Land by Callie Bates

A Sequel: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Name in the Title: Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Royalty: Pigsty Princess by Nancy S. Brandt

A Book With A Map: The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

Author From Another Continent: P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

Flowers on the Cover: The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry

Travel: Wanderlost by Jen Malone

Outside Your Comfort Zone: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Romance: Until Lilly by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Award Winner: Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near

 

 

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Are you going to participate in the Summer 2017 Bookish Bingo?

 

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

 

 

 

 

TAG TUESDAY – THE MID-YEAR BOOK FREAKOUT TAG 2017

 

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It’s tiem for another Tag Tuesday and this week I am completing the…

 

MID-YEAR BOOK FREAKOUT TAG!

 

This is a tag that was created by Chami from Read Like Wildfire and Ely from Earl Grey Books. This tag affords readers the opportunity to reflect on their reading in the first half of the year. I was not tagged to complete this, but I did it last year and really enjoyed myself and so am completing it again.

 

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THE BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2017

 

 

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

 

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THE BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2017

 

 

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

 

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I loved the first book and the second book was even better.

 

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NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT WANT TO 

 

 

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

 

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I cannot believe I have not read this yet but I really need to… and soon

 

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MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR

 

 

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

 

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I love Marissa Meyer’s writing and am eagerly anticipating this novel in November.

 

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BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

 

 

You’ll Think of Me by Lucia Franco

 

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I was looking forward to this novel and it was a bit of a let down.

 

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BIGGEST SURPRISE

 

The Naturals by Jennifer L. Barnes

 

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The plot twist in this novel really left me shocked.

 

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FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR

 

 

Tricia Levenseller

 

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Tricia is the debut author of Daughter of the Pirate King. I absolutely loved this novel and am looking forward to what Tricia has in store next.

 

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NEWEST FICITIONAL CRUSH

 

 

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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This was a tough one… but ultimately I would have to say that Rishi is my newest fictional crush.

 

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NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER

 

 

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

 

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Dimple is a strong minded and quick witted character that I really enjoyed.

 

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BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

 

 

Confess by Colleen Hoover

 

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There are scenes in this book that left me tearing up… and that’s not easy to do.

 

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BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

 

 

When It’s Real by Erin Watt

 

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This cute fake relationship book left me smiling by the time I completed it.

 

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FAVOURITE BOOK-TO-FILM ADAPTATION YOU SAW IN 2017

 

Beauty and the Beast

 

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Technically, Beauty and the Beast is an adaptation of a fictional work. If you count this than Beauty and the Beast was my absolute favourite adaptation of the year so far. It was just spectacular.

 

 

 

Before I Fall

 

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If you don’t count Beauty and the Beast, than my answer would be Before I Fall. I really enjoyed the book and the movie seemed to stick strongly to the main elements of the book.

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FAVOURTE POST YOU’VE DONE IN 2017

 

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My reading challenge update posts each month keep me on track for the multitude of reading challenges I have signed up for and helps me collate information.

 

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MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BROUGHT SO FAR IN 2017 (OR RECEIVED) 

 

 

The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari

 

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WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF 2017? 

 

This list will consist of five books I want to aim to have completed by the end of the year that are on my TBR and already in my possession.

 

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

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Jackaby by William Ritter

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Replica by Lauren Oliver

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A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnson

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Paper Princess by Erin Watt

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I Tag:

 

Pretty Deadly Reviews

Book Dragon Girl

Carolina Book Belle

Shelf of a Bookworm

Shameeka’s Fictional World

 

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I really enjoy doing this tag and reflecting on my reading so far in 2017. If you do this tag make sure to leave a link in the comments so I can check it out.

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

 

REVIEW: ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS

 

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PUBLISHER: Greenwillow Books

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 30th May 2017

 

PAGES: 385

 

 

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Eighteen-year-old Eliza Mirk is the anonymous creator of Monstrous Sea, a wildly popular webcomic, but when a new boy at school tempts her to live a life offline, everything she’s worked for begins to crumble.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, smart, and friendless. Online, Eliza is LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of a popular webcomic called Monstrous Sea. With millions of followers and fans throughout the world, Eliza’s persona is popular. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves her digital community. Then Wallace Warland transfers to her school, and Eliza begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile. But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

 

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REVIEW:

 

An examination of the life of a teenage girl who lives her life online. Eliza finds it difficult to interact with others and instead lives her live online as the creator of a webcomic series Monstrous Sea, Lady Constellation. When she finds out the new boy at school is a fan of Monstrous Sea and writes fan fiction they develop a friendship and something more grows from that.

It was really interesting to read about a character who has trouble socialising and interacting with others. Getting to have a look at how this affects her life. Seeing her expand her world was a great source of satisfaction. Wallace was a cute character and his development through the book was something I really enjoyed.

I particularly enjoyed the comic images that were interspersed through the novel and assisted with the plot movement. Monstrous Sea was a major element of the novel. It was the glue that brought Eliza and Wallace together and it was interesting to see the fan world created by this web comic and how invested the characters were in Monstrous Sea. As well as the comic images are IM’s and forum excerpts to give the reader a greater understanding of Eliza’s life.

A great contemporary novel with drawings linked in to the plot and a cute high school romance between two socially awkward teens. This was really a feel good novel and left me with the warm fuzzies by the end.

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

SPRING 2017 BOOKISH BINGO WRAP UP

 

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Pretty Deadly Reviews hosted a Spring Bookish Bingo… I participated in this and am going to wrap up on how I did and if I got any bingos. I did not stick entirely to my TBR but I did read some awesome books over the three month period.

 

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THE DETAILS:

 

Every new season has a new bingo card. This one is for books read in the months of March, April, and May.
The object is to get as many BINGOs as possible (five across, up and down, or diagonal)
One square per book
You do not have to review these books, or even have a blog, this is simply for books read during the allotted months
At the end of May there will be an international giveaway for all participants. The more BINGOs you get, the more entries you get in the giveaway!

 

 

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THE BINGO CARD: 

 

 

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MY WRAP UP:

 

 

 

 

Muslim Main Character: Ms. Marvel: Vol #1 – No Normal

Green Cover: Frogkisser! by Garth Nix

Paranormal: The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride by Kristen Painter

Just Words on Cover: Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Sisters: N/A

Magic: The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey

Dragons: The Dragons Price by Bethany Wiggins

Spring Release: Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Non-Fiction: In Order To Live by Yeonmi Park

Series Finale: The Goal by Elle Kennedy

Thriller: With Malice by Eileen Cook

Politics or Gov’t: The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Free: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Purple Cover: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

Over 500 Pages: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

POC on Cover: Nobody’s Goddess by Amy McNulty

Multi POV: We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen

LGBT+ Main Character: No Holding Back by Kate Evangelista

Adapted to TV / Movie: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Witches: The Witch’s Kiss by Katharine & Elizabeth Corr

2017 Debut: The Hidden Memory of Objects by Danielle Mages Amato

Historical: N/A

Retelling: The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine

Scary: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Blue Cover: The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser

 

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I completed 23 out of the 25 challenges in this three month period. I’m rather proud. In total I got 8 out of a possible 12 bingos.

 

Did you participate in the Spring 2017 Bookish Bingo? What did you read? Let me know in the comments.

 

Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati