Reading Journal: March Spreads

Hello, friends, today I’m bringing you another reading journal post featuring my march journal spreads!

Reading Journal Updates: January | February

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January Wrap Up //2021

Hello loves, I hope you had a good January and if not, I hope it gets better in February! Before moving onto the books I read this month, I have some very brief news.

In 2021, I’m participating in the Literary Love Book Club, created and hosted by the wonderful Brooke @ brookecannotread (who also recently started a blog, please go check her out). This book club is all about reading NA/Adult romances! January’s book club pick was The Roommate by Rosie Danaan.

Also, I’ll be posting more journaling content from now on. First maybe a monthly series of updates on my reading journal, and then inspiration and tips as well, perhaps?

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Baby It’s Cold Outside [Book Tag]

Hello, friends! I’ve had a lovely holiday time with my family and I’m fully planning on just reading until the year ends. I hope you’ve all had a wonderful holidays and I’m sending you lots of love if you’re dealing with loss, away from your family or just having a hard time this year.

Today I’m bringing you the Baby It’s Cold Outside Book Tag which I saw on AceReader . This tag was originally created by Erin @ Reading on a Star. It’s been ages since I’ve done a book tag, so let’s go!

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10 New Releases I still Want to Read

Hello everyone, how are you doing today? This year’s new releases were on point, finally one aspect of 2020 that didn’t suck! I read the majority of those I wanted, but as I was thinking of all the books I want to read next year and setting up my new reading journal, I realized there were still about 10 of them that were high on my priority list that I just didn’t get to read.

So today I’m sharing with you those 10 hot new releases that I didn’t get a chance to read in 2020 (and some short and mostly accurate summaries by yours truly).

RELATED: Anticipated Releases of 2020 (part 1) & Anticipated Releases of 2020 (part 2)

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How my reading habits changed in 2020

This year most of us found ourselves at home with plenty of extra free time with no commutes, no leisure trips and so readers began to read more… and I’ve realized my reading habits have changed quite a bit this year.

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ARC Review: Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

Goodreads // What was it like? Living in that house. Maggie Holt is used to such questions. Twenty-five years ago, she and her parents, Ewan and Jess, moved into Baneberry Hall, a rambling Victorian estate in the Vermont woods. They spent three weeks there before fleeing in the dead of night, an ordeal Ewan later recounted in a nonfiction book called House of Horrors. His tale of ghostly happenings and encounters with malevolent spirits became a worldwide phenomenon, rivaling The Amityville Horror in popularity—and skepticism.

Today, Maggie is a restorer of old homes and too young to remember any of the events mentioned in her father’s book. But she also doesn’t believe a word of it. Ghosts, after all, don’t exist. When Maggie inherits Baneberry Hall after her father’s death, she returns to renovate the place to prepare it for sale. But her homecoming is anything but warm. People from the past, chronicled in House of Horrors, lurk in the shadows. And locals aren’t thrilled that their small town has been made infamous thanks to Maggie’s father. Even more unnerving is Baneberry Hall itself—a place filled with relics from another era that hint at a history of dark deeds. As Maggie experiences strange occurrences straight out of her father’s book, she starts to believe that what he wrote was more fact than fiction.

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Review: A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

Goodreads// Enter a school of magic unlike any you have ever encountered.
There are no teachers, no holidays, friendships are purely strategic, and the odds of survival are never equal. Once you’re inside, there are only two ways out: you graduate or you die. El Higgins is uniquely prepared for the school’s many dangers. She may be without allies, but she possesses a dark power strong enough to level mountains and wipe out untold millions – never mind easily destroy the countless monsters that prowl the school.
Except, she might accidentally kill all the other students, too. So El is trying her hardest not to use it… that is, unless she has no other choice.

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September Wrap Up //2020

September was nice. There was a mix of great days and bad days; of spending time with family and friends, and even going to the beach for one last time this year. For once, it already feels like Fall and I’m seriously considering putting away most of my Summer clothes before November because it is cold, windy and just lovely outside. Let’s talk about books now.

I had a great reading month. I read a bit more than what I was expecting considering what I was feeling. I set a TBR in the beginning of the month featuring so many good books – new releases, arcs, sequels, buddy reads – and I was truly excited for all of them but eventually it made me feel so overwhelmed… So, I will not be making a Fall or October, though I do have a vague mental list of which books I’m planning to read (mostly thrillers, fantasy and horror).

BUT! I discovered a new all-time favorite, received and read an arc for one of my most anticipated releases & I even received my first physical arc!! (The Wolf and the Water by Josie Jaffrey, an Atlantis-inspired fantasy.)

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Judge a Book by its Cover// My Favorite Cover Trends!

Today I’m here to talk to you about book covers! I would love to be professionally involved in designing book covers (even if I’m not a great illustrator or can even afford Adobe Indesign). I love seeing all the tiny details in a cover, the effort it took to create such a thing and and looking back at the cover after reading the book and finding all the little references the story inside.

*I have not read most of these books and I’m here to only talk about their covers/cover trends and not their subject/content. To my knowledge I am not featuring any extremely problematic author/book but please let me know if you think otherwise.

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Double Review: These Witches Don’t Burn & This Coven Won’t Break by Isabel Sterling

These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling : Hannah’s a witch, but not the kind you’re thinking of. She’s the real deal, an Elemental with the power to control fire, earth, water, and air. But even though she lives in Salem, Massachusetts, her magic is a secret she has to keep to herself. If she’s ever caught using it in front of a Reg (read: non-witch), she could lose it. For good. So, Hannah spends most of her time avoiding her ex-girlfriend (and fellow Elemental Witch) Veronica, hanging out with her best friend, and working at the Fly by Night Cauldron selling candles and crystals to tourists, goths, and local Wiccans.

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