Nope! Nope. So Much Nope. | Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

Look, I have a library to read. On top of that, it’s moving locations from its teeny, tiny 900 sq. ft. building to a sprawling 10,000 sq ft. building (that used to be a grocery store before Walmart moved to town), which means my TBR is about to get longer. That’s why, when nothing happened…

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Beautiful Writing, Cringe-Worthy Plot | Dark Companion by Marta Acosta

Warning: this post contains spoilers. Dark Companion by Marta Acosta is book #2 in my READ ALL THE LIBRARY BOOKS challenge, and like my initial reaction to Sign Language by Amy Ackley, when I pulled Dark Companion from the shelf, I was once again disappointed. In fact, I hadn’t even openly declared that I was…

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This is the Book I Didn’t Know I Needed to Read | Sign Language by Amy Ackley

Sign Language by Amy Ackley is the first novel I read that is apart of the Read All the Library Books challenge I set for myself a few weeks ago. It was the novel to set the tone for this process, and the moment I plucked it from the library stack…I was disappointed. The book…

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#NonFictionalFoods | Signs and Seasons: an Astrology Cookbook

If you asked me if I believed in astrology and horoscopes, I’d tell you I was a skeptic. But, I’d also tell you that I kind of embody many of the traits of the Leo– I’m arrogant, I’m stubborn, I’m an idealist, I’m a creative, I’m passionate, and dammit, I demand praise! (Please tell me…

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This Novel Made Me Feel Squidgy in the Best Possible Way | I Found You by Lisa Jewell

I had a difficult time immersing myself in I Found You by Lisa Jewell, and I’m not entirely sure why. This novel had many characteristic that I appreciate. It was atmospheric. The writing was beautiful. It involved a mystery that I desperately wanted to solve. Yet, I started this book four separate times before finally reading…

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How to Be Everything: a Guide for People Who (Still) Don’t Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up by Emilie Wapnick

In kindergarten, I wanted to be either a tiger or a cowboy-girl. Throughout elementary school and high school, I wanted to be a teacher, a librarian, a writer, a publisher, an actress (despite my crippling fear of public speaking), a website designer, some unnamed profession that would allow me to afford a loft in a…

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I Am Going to Read Every Book in the YA Section of My Library.

In March, I had an absurd idea. I decided I should attempt to read every book available in the young adult section of my local library from A to Z. That is to say, I intend to read the books in the order they appear on the shelf from Sign Language by Amy Ackley to…

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That One Time I Reviewed a Short Story Collection |By the Wayside by Anne Leigh Parrish

I like short stories. I really do, although I don’t feature them often on Books & Tea. I have admiration for them because I think short stories require writers to have a certain talent that novel-writing doesn’t. Characterization, scene selection, and word choice become so much more important in a concise piece of writing. Short…

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A Historical Whodunnit in the Vaudeville Era|The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron

The Enemies of Versailles by Sally Christie is such a tough act to follow. Especially if the next book that is picked up is also of the historical fiction variety. How could anything even compare to a book that I’ve anticipated reading for months? Enter The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron– a bit of a…

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In Which I Over Share About My Lack of Friends | The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

Following my recent re-read of Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison, I decided to check out another book from my teenager days– the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares. To be completely honest, I only sort of vaguely remember this book despite its popularity and despite the movie, which of course…

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