There Were Books Involved turns TWO! \O/

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…And I am completely lost for words. O_O I… what… how?!

I thought my first year of blogging passed quickly, but holy crap, this second year flew by even faster. I am a bit lost for words, but I do need to say one thing, and that is — thank you.

I recently passed a couple milestones (2,000 followers on Twitter and 1,000 on Bloglovin) and I’m still feeling a bit “I SHOULD NEVER TWEET/POST AGAIN THERE ARE TOO MANY OF YOU”… O_O But while it’s true that those numbers boggle my mind and I sometimes wonder why you all stick around, it’s also a really good feeling to know that people are sticking around. ♥

I’ve been so lucky to have made some truly amazing friends during these past two years, and I’ve loved having TWBI as an outlet for all my bookish feels, for discussions, for ranting and raving — those things have made the past two years so wonderful, and so worth it. This community has its ups and downs, and I’ve been feeling some of those downs a bit more than usual lately, but I honestly don’t think I’ve ever been more committed to blogging than I am now, with two years behind me. I feel more confident, not only as a blogger but as a person, and I know I owe a lot of that to this community. And I’m so, so grateful.

I keep meeting more and more awesome people through blogging, and I just want you all to know: I truly value each and every one of you. Blog readers, commenters, twitter friends new and old, IRL bloggy friends, BFF’s — just, kindred spirits — I am so grateful for you all.

I wish I could think of a way to show my gratitude, other than inventing teleportation so I can hug all of you, so I guess I’m going to have to settle with giving away some stuff instead. ;)

So, without further ado… the reason anyone has read this far in the post… Haha, jk… no but really…

TWBI’s 2nd Blogiversary Giveaway!

3 winners! | US Only | Choose your books from the stacks below…

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1st Place - up to 5 books | 2nd Place - up to 4 books | 3rd Place - up to 3 books

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Top Ten All Time Favorite Books (From the Past 3 Years)

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish,
and features weekly top-ten lists! This week it’s…

Top Ten All Time Favorite Books (From the Past 3 Years)

So after I chose my books, I realized that maybe the topic meant books that have been released in the last 3 years, which… some of these were not… But I did read all of these for the first time within the past 3 years, which means they totally count. Also, holy crap how have I only been a fan for 3 years (or less!) for some of these?! I don’t even know. These are some good books and great series.

Also – yes, many of these have shown up on many other TTT posts of mine. I’m sorry. They’re supposed to be our top picks and I just have to be completely honest I’M SORRYYYYY~ I just really love these books okay. I can’t help it.

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ARC Review: THE ORPHAN QUEEN by Jodi Meadows

ARC Review: THE ORPHAN QUEEN by Jodi Meadows
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Written by: Jodi Meadows
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: March 10th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Source: Borrowed from a friend
Add on: Goodreads

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Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others.

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I honestly don’t think I’ve ever been more terrified to be the black sheep about a book. O_O Usually when I’m the black sheep, I’m not that much of a black sheep — maybe I didn’t like it quite as much as others, or maybe it wasn’t for me, but I can usually appreciate why others loved it…

So, this one is tough. I pushed through The Orphan Queen (for eighteen days, save me), because so many people were so vocal about their love for it. I mean, you know me, I have no problem DNFing and dropping a book if I hate it — but I pushed through. Why? Because at first, I didn’t actively dislike much. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it, and I kept hoping something would finally click and I would See The Light…

Spoiler Alert: I didn’t end up Seeing The Light. I can usually at least understand the appeal even if I didn’t love a book myself, but with this one… I’m stumped. I don’t see it. I don’t get it. And that makes me sad. :(

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Let’s talk audiobooks!

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…about audiobooks!

I’ve actually been thinking about audiobooks a lot lately. Why? Well, because I’ve been listening to them a lot lately! ;) I used to rarely, if ever, listen to audiobooks, but last year I discovered something that made them infinitely more useful to me.

They make it possible for me to re-read books without worrying that I might be interfering with my print/eBook reading schedule!

This was a revelation. I adore re-reading books. My favorite books are ones I can return to again and again and never get tired of them. But sometimes, I feel like re-reading can be counterproductive to blogging – just for me, personally. It makes me feel behind in my posts/reviews, like “I could have been reading a review book, or something totally new to me, but noooo…” So I try to keep my reading “schedule” (at least for print/eBooks to things like ARC’s and books I haven’t read that I plan to review.

But this left me unable to re-read as often as I want to! What was I to do?! O_O

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Waiting on Wednesday – Every Move

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

 

Waiting on Wednesday – Every Move
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Written by: Ellie Marney
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Release Date: March 1st, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 340
Add on: Goodreads
Also by this author: Every Breath

After the dramatic events of London, a road trip back to her old home in Five Mile sounds good (in theory) to Rachel Watts, with her brother Mike in the driving seat. But when Mike picks up his old buddy – the wildly unreliable Harris Derwent – things start to go south.

Back in Melbourne, Rachel’s ‘partner in crime’, James Mycroft, clashes with Harris, and then a series of murders suggest that the mysterious Mr Wild – Mycroft’s own personal Moriarty – is hot on their tail. When tragedy strikes, Rachel and Mycroft realise they’ll have to recruit Harris and take matters into their own hands…

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YOU GUYS. YOU. GUYS. If you haven’t heard of this series yet, I haven’t been doing my job. It starts with Every Breath, continues with Every Word, and Every Move is the conclusion. It’s a YA contemporary Sherlock Holmes; Watson is a girl; and yes there is chemistry everywherrrreee. I seriously don’t want this series to end. It’s got some of my favorite characters of all time, and I really don’t want to ever leave them. But… I need Every Move like air. And my preorder from Fishpond.com isn’t gonna ship until release day, and it’s probably going to take forever to get here, and and and….. *dies*

Oh yeah, that reminds me: This series is Australian, meaning it’s kind of hard to find in the US… But they’re being released through Tundra Books here! Book 1 is currently available in hardcover. Book 2 is slated for release on September 8th, and I’m assuming book 3 will come out in fall of 2016 (though maybe spring? I’m not totally sure).

But let’s face it, you probably want to take drastic measures to acquire this series as soon as humanly possible — I don’t blame you. It’s worth it. Book 1 is available in the US (it’s hard to find the Australian edition on most sites, currently). But you can order the pretty pretty Aussie paperbacks of books 2 and 3 (well, preorder #3) from AllenandUnwin.com, or Fishpond.com. Alsooooo, if you want to leave things up to chance, Ellie Marney is giving away the entire trilogy, plus swag, at her blog! And it’s open internationally! Voila. You’re welcome.

Ummmm… anyway… *steps off book-pushing soapbox* I’m just really excited for Every Move, okay?!

 

What book are YOU anxiously awaiting today?

Link me to your WoW post and I’ll be sure to stop by! :)

Top Ten Favorite Bookish Heroines

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish,
and features weekly top-ten lists! This week it’s…

Top Ten Favorite Bookish Heroines

These ladies need no introduction (unless, of course, you haven’t heard of them, in which case WHAT ARE YOU DOING GO READ THEIR BOOKS). They are smart, badass, tough, kind, stubborn, flawed, and everything in between.

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