The Sea is Salt and So Am I by Cassandra Hartt

It’s that time again! That’s right, book review time. Buckle up dear readers because for this one we’re taking a summer road trip to a small sea town in Maine.

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Kidnapped

You sit there in the room. Your knees are against your chest and your forehead rests on the exposed flesh; long tendrils of golden wheat locks fall forward and just barely brush against the carpet flooring. The small bit of light that comes from the candle on the side table catches on your greasy roots. You haven’t taken a shower yet; I haven’t let you because things aren’t ready for your movement around the house. I haven’t finished the downstairs. Of course, I’d cursed myself for this; I’d been too eager to bring you home and to have you with me. That’s OK, though. You’re understanding. You don’t fault me for this mishap.

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Audiobooks vs Physical & Digital Copies

I’ve always been a person who never saw themselves getting behind the whole audiobook movement; rather, I never had the patience to sit and listen to an audiobook without my mind wandering elsewhere. I’d tried it once before, in middle school where you could borrow the audio versions of certain books and listen to them, but I always had to rewind and rewind and rewind until I just got sick of it. I returned the audio version and vowed that they just weren’t for me. Then, I found myself with an hour-long ride to university while studying in Japan, and listening to music and podcasts got boring day after day. I broke down and signed up for a free Audible trial and downloaded Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco.

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Book Review: “Parachutes” by Kelly Yang

Where to even start, that’s the question here. I first discovered Parachutes by attending BookConline and watching the Raise Your Voice panel feature multiple talented authors. I have since added all of their books to my TBR pile. Kelly Yang’s book, however, was already available for purchase, so I bought it for kindle immediately. I knew what type of book I was signing on for; she’d spoken about it during the panel, which had only made me that much more eager to read its contents.

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Throwback Thursday: Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck

Okay, raise your hand. Who here wishes they could have a hot Indian prince show up and whisk them away on a grand adventure? I can’t be the only one, right? Colleen Houck takes us on a magical, suspense driving, swoon worthy read over the span of six books (Tiger’s Curse, Tiger’s Quest, Tiger’s Voyage, Tiger’s Destiny, Tiger’s Dream Part 1, and Tiger’s Dream Part 2), and one novella (Tiger’s Promise). Today, we’re going to be discussing all those things that really made this book, and the ones that followed, so amazing.

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Book Updates: Love & Olives by Jenna Evans Welch

Today, I’m not covering the second day of BookConline (Sunday, May 31) as I could only catch one panel because of family matters. I‘m so glad everything was recorded and uploaded to the Facebook page and group. As soon as I get through those, I’ll make another post about it. In the meantime, I wanted to post a new Book Updates. The single panel I caught—Contemporary Fictions and Modern Day Storytellers—has inspired this post.

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Throwback Thursday

Favorite books. We all have them. We all love them. They’re that special read that sticks with us no matter how many years go by. Well, starting today, I want to celebrate those amazing books with Throwback Thursday. Every Thursday I’ll choose a book I’ve read that I think deserves special attention. I’ll go over all the aspects of what I think made the book so great from character development, to plot, to description and dialogue. If you want to join in on the fun, head on over to Instagram and tag your post with #ThrowbackThursdayBooks. Heads up to those who have not read the book. There will be occasional spoilers.

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