Anticipated Books: January 2019

WOW!!! You guys! It’s 2019!!!

It’s going to be an amazing year. One of my splurges on myself this year for Christmas was a subscription to Book Riot Insiders. Or course the first thing I wanted to do was dive into the New Release Index! How are there so many amazing books coming out every week?!

So something I’d like to start doing in 2019 is featuring ten or so of my most anticipated releases each month. If you like what you see, go get your own subscription for only $5 a month!


Book Love by Debbie Tung

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Genre: Graphic Novel
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Bookworms rejoice! These charming comics capture exactly what it feels like to be head-over-heels for hardcovers. And paperbacks! And ebooks! And bookstores! And libraries!

Book Love is a gift book of comics tailor-made for tea-sipping, spine-sniffing, book-hoarding bibliophiles. Debbie Tung’s comics are humorous and instantly recognizable—making readers laugh while precisely conveying the thoughts and habits of book nerds. Book Love is the ideal gift to let a book lover know they’re understood and appreciated.  Continue reading

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Calendar Girls December Wrap-Up

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Oh my, it’s the last day of 2018! We’re wrapping up year two of Calendar Girls! I feel confident in speaking for both myself and Adrienne in saying we’ve had an awesome year with you all! December has been great talking about books set in winter, and I really like the new format for the #CGBchat that we tested this month. I’m really looking forward to seeing what 2019 will bring.

Best Book Set in Winter Picks

Landline – Katie @ Never Not Reading (that’s me!)
No Ordinary Star – Adrienne @ Darque Dreamer Reads
The Shining – Teri Polen
Let it Snow – Deanna @ Deanna Writes About
Witchwood – Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile
The Bear and the Nightingale – Dani @ Mousai Books
Wolves of Willoughby Chase – Madam Mim @ Mim Inkling
The Wolves of Winter – Lauren @ Two Birds One Blog
Let the Right One In – Lucinda @ Lucinda is Reading
Shadow and Bone – Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads

Our Favorite Pick is…

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2018 in Review

2018

Wow, 2018 is over already? Where has the time gone?!

Thanks everyone for sticking with me! This is my second year here on Never Not Reading, and it’s been a truly fantastic one! While I’m a little sad that since mid-August my posts, especially discussion posts, have dropped off a bit, I’m very excited about my future as a librarian. And I super appreciate everyone who has kept reading, even when things got a little slow.

After all, I started this blog for reviews in the first place.

Top 10 of 2018

2018 has been my best ever year for books. NINE 5-star reads!!!

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Top 10 of 2018

2018 has been such a great year for me for books! Probably my best reading year ever. In addition to setting a record for the most books I’ve ever read in a year (not counting the upper/elementary middle school years where I read a book a day), I read the most 5-star books I’ve ever read. Where last year’s Top 10 list had I think three 5-star books, this year there are nine. NINE!

So without any further ado, here are my favorite books of 2018. Continue reading

Review: Bunnicula

Bunnicula by James Howe and Deborah Howe

515MBTEMKYLSeries: Bunnicula
Genres: Middle-Grade, Magical Realism, Books about Pets
Maturity Level: 1
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Rating: ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆


BEWARE THE HARE!
Is he or isn’t he a vampire?

Before it’s too late, Harold the dog and Chester the cat must find out the truth about the newest pet in the Monroe household — a suspicious-looking bunny with unusual habits… and fangs!


It’s been 20 years since I first read this book, and it is still a 5-star read every time. This book has everything: an intriguing mystery, a great sense of humor, vocabulary building, family goals, and yes, a vampire bunny.

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Naughty or Nice Tag

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Thanks to The Orangutan Librarian for tagging me in this fun Christmas tag! While I am, of course, always on the nice list, it’ll be fun to see how my book habits stack up in Santa’s eyes.

THE RULES

  • Tag & link the person who tagged you.
  • Tag and link Jenniely’s post, for she’s love to read everyone’s answers!
  • Tick/cross off the ones you’ve done (ticks = naughty, crosses = nice)
  • Tag another 10 people.

1. Received an ARC and not reviewed it

Actually… yes.

I don’t usually request ARCs, but last year when I was a fledgeling book blogger and requesting ARCs seemed like something I might never be able to aspire to, I got excited about the possibilities and requested Broken Branches from indie publishing house Hideaway Fall (who I am starting to suspect is really just M. Jonathan Lee self-publishing but trying to be fancy…). Since then I’ve come to the conclusion that ARCs aren’t something I want to pursue, but nobody told Hideaway Fall, and so they sent me Drift Stumble Fall this past summer. Which I was not particular interested in. I left in in a Little Free Library.

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Thoughts from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

220px-TreeGrowsInBrooklynGenres: Fiction, Classics
Maturity Level: 4
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Rating: ⋆⋆⋆⋆


The beloved American classic about a young girl’s coming-of-age at the turn of the century, Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a poignant and moving tale filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, crowded with life and people and incident. The story of young, sensitive, and idealistic Francie Nolan and her bittersweet formative years in the slums of Williamsburg has enchanted and inspired millions of readers for more than sixty years. By turns overwhelming, sublime, heartbreaking, and uplifting, the daily experiences of the unforgettable Nolans are raw with honesty and tenderly threaded with family connectedness — in a work of literary art that brilliantly captures a unique time and place as well as incredibly rich moments of universal experience.


I wasn’t sure, before I started, whether I would like A Tree Grows in Brooklyn or not. I don’t typically enjoy 20th century American literature, and it’s so LONG. But the longer I read the more enchanted I became. Continue reading