Signing Up For ARC August #ARCAugust




As you can see by the banner, this challenge is being hosted by Read. Sleep. Repeat.  I had joined in on this right after I started blogging, but forgot to do it last August.  I always have a ton of ARCs to read, so this is perfect.

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My Favorite Reads for the First Half of the Year (Jan-Jun)


I know I recently shared my TBR for the year and how many I’ve finished.  Today I thought I would share my favorite books of 2019 so far.  This was hard to narrow down and I could have easily picked a top 25.  These are books yet, not released in 2019.


Since some of these are sequels, I’m not going to include the synopsis for the books.  There’s a good chance I have a review up for all of these already which will also have the synopsis if you do a search.

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Most Anticipated August 2019 YA Releases


As always, this isn’t everything coming out in August.  Just ones that I’m excited for and some that I see others really interested in.  Release dates can change, so make sure you double check those.




%have arc unread (some were not requested)

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Review of Some Places More Than Others by Renee Watson (physical arc)





Some Places More Than Others by Renee Watson


Newbery Honor author Renée Watson explores a family’s relationships and Harlem—its history, culture, arts, and people.

All Amara wants is to visit her father’s family in Harlem. Her wish comes true when her dad decides to bring her along on a business trip. She can’t wait to finally meet her extended family and stay in the brownstone where her dad grew up. Plus, she wants to visit every landmark from the Apollo to Langston Hughes’s home.

But her family, and even the city, is not quite what Amara thought. Her dad doesn’t speak to her grandpa, and the crowded streets can be suffocating as well as inspiring. But as she learns more and more about Harlem—and her father’s history—Amara realizes how, in some ways more than others, she can connect with this other home and family.

This is a powerful story about family, the places that make us who we are, and how we find ways to connect to our history across time and distance.

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Blog Tour for The Oddmire (The Changeling Book #1) by William Ritter (excerpt &review)


I’m so happy today to share some info and my review of The Oddmire by William Ritter.  Thank you to Algonquin for asking me to be a part of their tour.



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ARC Check In


My husband recently helped me set up a system to track my arcs better.  It’s been great so far and I wanted to share how I’m doing.


This does show me how many arcs I have for September and October.  I had no idea there were so many!  I’m hoping this system will help me with requesting less, too.  I’ll have to pay better attention to dates.

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Half Year TBR Update


This is the first year I’ve done a yearly TBR POST.  Since we are halfway through the year, I thought I would see how I’m doing.  I’m horrible with sticking to a TBR being a mood reader, but I’m actually not doing too bad.

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