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FAVORITE BOOK BLOGS THAT INSPIRE US DAILY

As has been a long-standing end-of-the-year tradition in the blogosphere, at the end of the year we share our favorites. Around these parts, the favorites are usually confined to books, quotes, characters and such things as we can easily devour - and encourage others to devour in turn. (Books are delicious , my frien…

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TOP 10 SUPERCALIFRAGILISTIC 2016 READS

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a reader stuck in 2016 must be in want of a book. True story. The world at large doesn't agree on much, but when it comes to the past year, a great many of us can agree that it came a little bit short of ideal. But we are bookworms, bookdragons and book fiends ali…

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OUR MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE

Hello fellow book friends! We're sorry that we've been MIA for the last month or so, but this really annoying thing called life got in the way. Not sure how aware you are but we're both students at university so that has sucked our life up and we're slowly getting our reading life back. Also …

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BIRTHDAY BOOKHAUL EXTRAVAGANZA (& OTHER HYPERBOLES)

Once upon a time, before we were the dazzling, sociable, and all-around communicative blog that we are today, we were... not. You remember the time - when you blogged for yourself and flailed in an ocean all by yourself and somewhere, you heard, there's a Titanic's worth of floating people, as well ( too soon…

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TOP 10 RECENT TBR ADDS WE'RE DYING TO DEVOUR

Ah, the TBR pile. The never ending abyss of books that you can't stop chucking books into despite the perils that come with diving in to retrieve them. It's both our eternal fear (chances are any day it topples and crushes us to death, as bookworms worldwide have agreed), and our greatest challenge. Apart…

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MURDER, RITUALS AND OTHER NANOWRIMO SHENANIGANS

A surefire sign November has come around: a not so subtle wave of NaNoWriMo spam across the board: NaNoWriMo on social media, NaNoWriMo in videos, and NaNoWriMo right here on the blog. We'd apologize, except NaNoWriMo has a long-established tradition of eating our souls. Blogging about it, as it turns out, see…

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TOP 10 WRITERLY WOES

In the words of one wiser and cooler than myself - "It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die." (Yes, it's Maggie Stiefvater. No one is surprised.) Apart from a deadly race atop demonic horses in The Scorpio Races , November 1st also marks another deadly race against time by wa…

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BOOK REVIEW: THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND BY KASIE WEST

When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she'd been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, sh…

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THE INS & OUTS OF BOOKISH FAN ART

Fan art is amazing - and don't let anybody tell you otherwise ( and boy, will they ever try )! We can rhapsodize about our favorite things all day long (a nd boy, do we ever try! ), but eventually we run out of ways of expressing the depth of our emotion when it comes to a series. Along came fan art. Presumab…

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TOP 10 FICTIONAL CHARACTER NAME TRENDS

Whichever side of the writing process you're on, this much you're sure of:  naming characters is a delight akin to naming children naming characters is a pain akin to delivering children. And as with most things trope-ish, it is (almost) inevitable that another famed author has already claimed your su…

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EVERYTHING I LEARNED (I LEARNED FROM BOOKS)

In light of author Tommy Wallach's rather unfortunate approach to the topic of suicide in YA literature (and broader), in the past couple of weeks the community has turned to discussing the resilience of the YA readership base, and the (in)correct way to approach a controversial subject in a book aimed at teens a…

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BOOK REVIEW: ZENITH BY SASHA ALSBERG & LINDSAY CUMMINGS

There is darkness sweeping across the stars.  Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness: a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her fearsome glass starship the Maurader, she’s just Andi, their captain and protector.  When a routine mission goes awry, …

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LONDON BOOK SIGNING WITH SARAH J MAAS

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand we're back from our hiatus! Last year I went to a book signing in London to meet Sarah J Maas on her A Court of Thorns and Roses book tour here in the UK. My post about it is here . I was lucky enough to go again this year for her Empire of Storms tour and I have returned to tell you all…

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TOP 10 BOOKS THAT TAKE PLACE IN A SCHOOL

Welcome back to school, y'all! Statistically speaking, chances are overwhelming that you don't really want to be there, or anywhere near it.  If you are the Hermione sort of outlier and this does not apply to you - then you're lucky and kudos to your friends and teachers/professors. If, however, you'…

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BOOK REVIEW: P.S. I LIKE YOU BY KASIE WEST

Signed, sealed, delivered… While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that  someone  has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue! Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—s…

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BOOK REVIEW: FEAR UNIVERSITY BY MEG COLLET

Bestselling author Meg Collett retells the ancient Filipino legend of the aswang in this sexy, bone-chilling new series. I’ve always known I was a monster, and I don’t mean some teenage vampire shit either. My mother abandoned me when I was ten years old because I have a freakish mutant disease that makes me incap…

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TOP 10 BOOKSTAGRAM PROS

book ● sta ● gram /ˈbʊkstʊgram/ noun a virtual dwelling of many an amateur photographer and professional bookish fanboy/girl As both amateur photographers and professional bookish fangirls, the bookish section of Instagram is our home-away-from-home. Like most social media platforms these days, Instagram has …

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BOOK REVIEW: ON THE FENCE BY KASIE WEST

For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows—including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn't know the …

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BOOK REVIEW: NERVE BY JEANNE RYAN

For fans of The Hunger Games A high-stakes online game of dares turns deadly When Vee is picked to be a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online, she discovers that the game knows  her. They tempt her with prizes taken from her ThisIsMe page and team her up with the perfect boy, sizzlin…

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TOP 10 BLOGGING DELIGHTS

Today on a book blog: a bookish blog post about the delights of book blogging. We're not meta, you're meta. This is, of course, hardly the first time we're rhapsodizing about blogging, extolling its virtues, and attempting to justify why in the name of Athena one would choose to:  ( 1) read amply *g…

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TOP 10 THINGS BOOKS HAVE MADE US WANT TO RESEARCH

Late? Always. While the entire bookish blogosphere tackled this topic (or similar) last week, here at The Honest Bookclub, we come to the party at midnight. Because we're cool (and terribly, terribly disorganized) like that. But this is also in part due to our decision to share two sorts of bookish ins…

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TOP 10 UNDERRATED BOOKS

The rest of the literary blogosphere does it about a month ago - we do it now. Welcome to our top 10 underrated book picks! (It's not that we're contrary - it's that we're awesome . And chronically late to most parties. Don't tell the hosts.) This week, we are picking titles that blew us away …

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BOOK REVIEW: RUINED BY AMY TINTERA

Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents’ brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped. But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire fo…

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BOOK REVIEW: WHO'S THAT GIRL? BY MHAIRI MCFARLANE

What’s the one thing you DON’T do at a wedding? When Edie is caught in a compromising position at her colleagues’ wedding, all the blame falls on her – turns out that personal popularity in the office is not that different from your schooldays. Shamed online and ostracised by everyone she knows, her boss suggest…

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BOOK REVIEW: THIS SAVAGE SONG BY VICTORIA SCHWAB

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab ,  a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books. Kate Ha…

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HOW BEING A READER MADE ME A BETTER PERSON

Reading is the best .  There's more to picking up a good book and getting lost in the story than it may seem. Over the years, reading has changed me as a person. I wasn't as big of a reader when I was younger compared to now - as a kid, I wasn't highly encouraged to read, so I never read much until …

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BOOK REVIEW: THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US BY KASIE WEST

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop. So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a dol…

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TOP 10 BOOKISH SQUAD GOALS

Squads: those sorts of relationships and bonds in fiction that make our real life drab and lonely by comparison, and leave us desolate and nursing a giant bookish hangover. (Thanks a lot, squads.) A few weeks back, we picked our favorite bookish tropes - one of which were just such squads. And the response, as …

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MOST ANTICIPATED SUMMER RELEASES OF 2016

Happy first-day-of-an-impending-literal-meltdown-otherwise-known-as-summer, lovelies! Australia & co... think of us when we disintegrate. As has become a routine here on the first day of each season, we are sharing our most anticipated bookish releases of said season. (And yes, summer does, in fact, include…

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FAN ART: A COURT OF MIST AND FURY

Letting go of a beloved book is no meager task. So, more often than not, I advocate foregoing the experience altogether. (Cling to that book! Cling to it!) In late spring of this year, we were bombarded with a slew of anticipated releases in the YA community: Cassandra Clare's Lady Midnight , Morgan Matson…

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TOP 10 BOOKISH PETS

At times, our bookish Top 10 themes coincide with a particular event, or a particular season. We time it so we give as much prominence/deference/choose-your-ence to a prominent bookish holiday, theme or whatever is currently making the ripples in the literary community. Other times, our bookish Top 10 themes are …

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BOOK REVIEW: THE UNDOMESTIC GODDESS BY SOPHIE KINSELLA

Workaholic attorney Samantha Sweeting has just done the unthinkable. She’s made a mistake so huge, it’ll wreck any chance of a partnership.  Going into utter meltdown, she walks out of her London office, gets on a train, and ends up in the middle of nowhere. Asking for directions at a big, beautiful house, she’s…

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BOOK REVIEW: THE NATURALS BY JENNIFER LYNN BARNES

Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack in…

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