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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads

Posted 29 March, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blogging Challenges, Contemporary, Fantasy, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Top Ten Tuesday, Updates, YA / 2 Comments

 

 

Good day, all. Here’s another TTT going and this one is about 10 Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads (Or Ten Of The Best Books I’ve Read Recently if you don’t 5 star stuff…or you could do 5 of my latest five star reads & five of my most disappointing or 1 star reads). This challenge is set by the wonderful people at The Broke and the Bookish 
I’ll do this in order or how I read them. From most recent to furthest…if that makes sense? Sigh.
1: Angels Twice Descending(Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, #10) by Cassandra Clare & Robin Wasserman – I mentioned this in my last post. I forgot to put the rating, though. I suck at this sometimes. Ha! I loved this final installment in the novellas. It was a wonderful ending to Simon’s time at Shadowhunter Academy. 

2: Pale Kings and Princes (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, #6) by Cassandra Clare & Robin Wasserman – Again, this one was one of my faves from the novellas. Brilliant. I miss them already. Sigh.

 

 


 

3: This Raging Light by Estelle Laure – I adored this book. I didn’t even think I would when I first got it from NG and then later got it from the library. I read it so quick and it was so sweet and sad and everything. I love when books surprise me like that.

4: The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith – I guess I was on a contemporary streak at the time and I read this and loved it. Such a simple premise but so heartfelt and sad and happy and romantic…I love Jennifer’s books. Well, most of them. I’ve read 3 of them and they’ve been great.

 

 


5: Girl of Nightmares(Anna, #2) by Kendare Blake – I read the first of this duo a couple years ago, and I couldn’t believe it took me so long to get to this,but it was a joy to read and so pleasantly creepy. 

 

6: All Wrapped Up(Geek Girl, #1.5) by Holly Smale – Such a short novella but so so enjoyable. I wanted more. I can’t wait for Head Over Heels to come out in PB.

 

 

7: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) by Jay Kristoff and Amy Kaufman – What can I say about this that hasn’t been said by many people already? I LOVED this book and I am eagerly awaiting book 2, Gemina. It will surely be as mindblowing as Illuminae was. I might reread it soon, too.

8: You’re Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day – I actually got the audiobook of this and it was so much, so so much fun. She has a very quirky, interesting way of talking and brought this book to life in a way I wasn’t expecting. It took me a few days to get through it, but I found myself so saddened and inspired by what went on in her life so far. She’s brilliant!

 

 

 

 

9: Sapphire Blue(Precious Stone Trilogy, #2) by Kierstin Gier – The sequel to Ruby Red was just as great as I’d hoped. I love time travel stories and this didn’t disappoint, though there were characters that bugged me, but not in any unnatural way. Mostly I guessed they were meant to be annoying.

 

 

10: An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1) by Sabaa Tahir – I was pleasantly surprised by this. Sure, there were moments that made me wonder why I’d rated it so high, but the overall story got me like WOAH. WOAH. WOAH. You should all go and read this. 

And so that’s it. I mean, I have loads more where that came from, because I seem to rate many books 5 stars. That’s just because if I have read it in a day or 2, or it left an imprint on my heart, then I loved it and it deserves a great score! 😀 
Let me know if you’ve read any of these and what you rated them! I’d love to know. 
-Kat
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(Video) My January Wrap Up | 2016

Posted 2 February, 2016 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Espionage, Middle Grade, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Updates, Video, YA / 0 Comments

I thought I’d try to share what I put on youtube these days on my blog and so here we are. I made a mild mistake on my video, where I didn’t explain what any of the books are about. (FAIL!) So at least now I know for next time. I’m still learning. I hate it. I also need to learn to do cover photos.
It’s funny, I filmed a whole load, but then realised I couldn’t really spoil on a video compiled of a few books, as that would be awkward, so I had to cut. And it’s sad because any other time I wouldn’t know what to say. Anyway.
Here you go.

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#RYBSAT and A Winter’s Respite | Day three… I think

Posted 21 January, 2016 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Fantasy, Reading Challenges, YA / 0 Comments

As you can tell from the title I have lost track of the days.
I know it’s a Thursday but I just confused on what days each of the readathons started. Sigh.

Righteo,  update time

Well,  I finished See How They Run (Embassy Row #2) by Ally Carter.
Loved it. What an ending, though. Blimey!

Now, in RYBSAT fashion,  I am reading the next book on my tbr shelf which is:

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. It’s first in a new-ish series called The Reckoners.  Though as far as I know it’s the only one as of yet.
I’m on page 70.
As for how it’s going… Well,  I can’t tell if I like it. I’m just glad the chapters are not too long. I guess I’d prefer to read something else but the next book along isn’t one I’d really pick, anyway. And as far as the rules go,  swapping around is frowned upon. 😕
Oh well. 

Wish me luck.

-Kat

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#RYBSAT / Winter’s Respite challenge | Day Two

Posted 20 January, 2016 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Espionage, Reading Challenges, YA / 0 Comments

Hello again,

So it’s kinda like.. What.. Day two slash three now?  To be honest I’ve lost track. I’m still all ughhhh from this cold but my spirit levels haven’t been totally destroyed. I’m determined not to let it beat me.  😕

So since these readathon challenges started,  I’ve read 200 pages of See How They Run by Ally Carter. Yes I am loving this.
I should have it finished by tonight bc there’s only 130 pages left.

I’ll keep you posted tomorrow on how it goes. 
Peace out,

-Kat

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It’s Review Time! #YA

Posted 2 January, 2016 by katheryn13 in Audiobooks, Contemporary, Funny, Middle Grade, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Updates, YA / 1 Comment

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a good Christmas and are ready for another cracking year. I hope 2016 lives up to its expectations.

Okay folks, it has been far too long since I did a review. So instead I’m doing mini reviews to keep it short and sweet. I have 7 books to tell you about, and so I guess I better start!

 

25877135Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This book. What can I say that hasn’t already been said in other reviews? I mean, this blew my mind. I went into this completely blind, other than knowing it was a sci-fi ‘space opera’ as many called it. I didn’t know the premise and I was glad. I think if I’d known, I might have been scared off. Illuminae is full of wonder, tragedy, hope, fear, creepy artificial intelligent ready to destroy everyone onboard a spaceship. Yes. That’s basically it. You won’t want to read anything else after because nothing can come close to satisfying your needs like this can. I just…mindblown. I can’t wait for book 2!

5 stars

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11351181The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus #1) by Rick Riordan

I have read all of the Percy Jackson books, and I’d heard this spin off series was actually better…and I couldn’t agree more. I think I prefer this, to be honest. Maybe it was the change in writing style, or the different characters, but I just became more sucked into what was going on and everything stood out clearer. I didn’t get bored and I rooted for each character like they were my own friends. My love for Greek Mythology just got stronger!

4 stars

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12139510Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Well, took my long enough, eh? I never in a month of Sundays thought I’d actually read this. I’ve tried many times but something about the story just put me off. But I was intrigued and determined, so I gave it another shot and absolutely loved it. If I forget that she’s not completely human. There was plenty of mystery and longing romance and just the right amount of sci-fi to keep anyone happy. I can now see what all the fuss is about. I have Scarlet ready and waiting. Yuss!!!

4 stars

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18476697Firecracker by David Iserson

I picked this up one day while in Waterstones, and I’ll admit it was mostly the cover that got me interested. It’s one of those modern day contemporary stories that didn’t get tons of brilliant reviews but surprised me once I’d read it. I thoroughly enjoyed its quirks and how sarcastic and cynical the main lead, Astrid, is. She kind of reminded me of…well, me. I don’t think it’s for everyone, but if you appreciate snarky comebacks and teenage angst and generally spoilt brats being taught a lesson…then you’re ready for this.

4.5 stars

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26224571All Wrapped Up (Geek Girl 1.5) by Holly Smale

A cute Christmassy read that fully exceeded my needs. I love the Geek Girl series and this was just so sweet and (really) short. Don’t let the number of pages fool you. Haha. I was like “wait? that’s it?” but then there’s a Q&A and also a short story that the author wrote for World Book Day. If you’re already a fan of Geek Girl then you’ll love this. If you haven’t read the other books, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy this as a side seasonal treat. 🙂

5 stars

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20910157Yes Please by Amy Poehler

I got the audiobook from audible. I occasionally like listening to memoirs, because I’m not really one to buy them as in the past I just don’t get around to reading them. I went into this not really knowing much about Amy, and I came out a fully fledged fan. She is funny, smart, hard working, and her memoir shows as much. Her story of how she got to where she is today is truly awe-inspiring. She also gives advice and tidbits on what not to do in certain circumstances. The audio includes bits from special guest speakers like Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, Seth Meyers and a bunch of others. Even if you haven’t been a fan of hers to begin with, trust me, this will change your mind.

4 stars

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and finally, my most recent read:

16299169Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus #2) by Rick Riordan

Just as good, if not better than the first book. I did find, however, there were bits that I found a tad slow, (heavy description, etc) so I had help from the audiobook I bought with my credit, and that pushed me along. I finished this with 3 hours to spare of 2015. Cutting it close, I know. I needed to reach my Goodreads challenge goal. Well, I sort of did. If you count changing the goal at the last minute. 😛

Over all I can’t really find anything specifically wrong. I’m already reading book 3, so that must tell you what I think. I feel like I’m in the Demi-god world and I don’t want to leave.

4 stars.

 

Thanks for reading. 🙂 Have you read any of these? What did you think?

-Kat xx

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November Book Haul | Books, books, all the books.

Posted 29 November, 2015 by katheryn13 in Audiobooks, Book Promo, Contemporary, Fantasy, Fun, Middle Grade, Paranormal, Steampunk, YA / 0 Comments

 

Usually I’d do a video for this, but iMovie has been acting up and I don’t have the patience to keep trying. Sigh. So here we go, a list of the books I got throughout November. 

 

13 DAYS OF MIDNIGHT by Leo Hunt

I liked the look of this, mostly because, yes, it was in the buy one get one half price offer at Waterstones. I have tried it already, but it reads a bit…basic? I don’t know. That’s not always a bad thing,  but I guess I need to be in the right mood for it. The cover is interesting, though. 

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FIRECRACKER by David Iserson

I don’t know what pulled me to this. Was it the cover? Probably. The premise? Yeah, of course. I mean, both things are attractive. Mostly the cover, though. Sigh. David Iserson is one of the writers for New Girl. You’d think this would mean it’d be hilarious. I really hope so. I have read mixed reviews, but who knows. 

 

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A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY by Libba Bray

I’ve been following Libba on twitter for a while and I’ve heard such good things about her work, I felt I needed to try and read some. The cover drew me in, and then the premise sounds like…The Infernal Devices in terms of setting. I like the sound of it. 🙂

 

 

 

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ALL WRAPPED UP (Geek Girl 1.5) by Holly Smale

I have loved the other Geek Girl books and so when I found out this was going to be published, I mean PRINTED published, I was all over it. It’s not often a novella gets PRINTED! And in HARDBACK! DUDE! I needed more Christmassy books and this is great! I will read this nearer Christmas time. Definitely. (Though I objected to being charged £10 when everywhere else was £5. -.- Damn you Waterstones! lol though at least I got a stamp. ^_^ )

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And last but not least, I got a couple of adult colouring books. Not that it really matters, I mean, why call them adult ones? You’re still colouring in…like a child. lol. In any case, the ones I got are BEAUTIFUL!

Don’t these look gorgeous? The pictures inside are even better. Personally my favourite is the Alice in Wonderland one, because OH MY GOD, I just can’t handle the beauty of those illustrations. Now, if I did a video, I’d be showing you the inside, but since that would involve taking pictures now, I just can’t be bothered. Sorry. I’m such a bad blogger. lol. 

So that’s it for the BOUGHT section, I’ll now tell you about what I got from the library.

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant

Unforgiven by Lauren Kate

Soundless by Richelle Mead

and two that I’ve had out multiple times and still haven’t been able to get into them but am reluctant to give up:

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare/Sarah Rees Brennan/Maureen Johnson -It’s the cover of this that always puts me off. WHY PUT THE ACTOR WHO PLAYED MAGNUS IN THE MOVIE ON THE COVER WHEN UGHHHHHHHH NO HE WASN’T ONE I LIKED AND IT’S SO OFF PUTTING! But I’ll keep trying.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer. – This one has been driving me CRAZY! I have tried this like…5 times. I just can’t get into it, and the idea of androids, not to mention she’s in some part of Asia…I know that sounds weird, but we all have our preferences. And this isn’t one of mine. BUT, because so MANY of you keep going on about how good Winter (the final in the series) and how big it is and (i have a fondness for big books) it’s just making me want to read it, but I can’t read Winter (apparently) unless I’ve read the others. Sigh. So here I go again. I gave away the free copy I got at SDCC this year. Typical. Maybe I’ll skip chapter one this time. Some books start off in the middle of a scene and that’s something that often hinders me. 

So there ya have it. My very bulky collection of books that I don’t know WHERE I’m going to find the time to read them. 

Oh, currently reading:

The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus #1) by Rick Riordan

and trying for the second (maybe third?) time, Snow like Ashes by Sara Raasch, this time by audiobook. Which is actually a lot  better than I expected. I dug around for a good narrator, which helps. 

I hope you’ve liked my vast array of choices and let me know if there’s anything on this list that you’ve read (and if you did or didn’t like it) or that you’d like to read. 

As for my NaNo progress: I’m 27k in and 2 days left. I’m just hoping I’ll reach 30k by end of Monday (tomorrow!) and call it quits (hahah no!) mostly I’ll keep going until December 24th and HOPEFULLY I’ll have found an ending. 🙂

Edit: I also got on audible: Yes Please by Amy Poehler, From a Distant Star by Karen McQuestion, and The Diviners by Libba Bray,

-Kat

 

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#Review: 4 stars to The Heir (The Selection series #4) by Kiera Cass #YA #Dystopian @HarperChildrens @kieracass

Posted 2 September, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Dystopian, Reviews, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

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Eighteen years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story…but as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought. A new generation of swoonworthy characters and captivating romance awaits in the fourth book of the Selection series!

 

 

 

 

Might be some spoilers if you haven’t read the Selection series/or don’t want total fangirlisms 😛

Review:

Having loved the Selection series (1-3) I was sad it ended….

Until it didn’t.

What’s that, you say? A 4th book?

 

Yeah, so that was my reaction. But it took me some time to come to terms that it wasn’t from America’s pov. Damn! I left it some time after getting the book before delving in.

I’ll admit, it didn’t hook me right away. I had to put it down and take a break. Read something else. Sometimes I’m just not in the mood to read contemporary dystopian, you know? Anyway, then I got the audio book from Scribd just to see if that would help me get through it. I managed a chapter. Oh boy, was the narrator annoying! What is it with female narrators for YA books sounding like they should be reading erotica instead?

In the end, I picked up the book once more and stuck to it. And I was not disappointed. Though there were times Eadlyn pissed me off. I mean, when it first said she was 18. I was like “What? You’re 18?!” Because, you have to admit (if you’ve read it) that she behaved more like a 14/15 year old spoilt brat! And  okay, she’s a princess, about to be Queen, but fml.

I got over that.

When her parents (squeeee! MAXON AND AMERICA FOREVAAAA) decide Eadlyn should have a Selection to help settle down disturbance among the force. HAHA. I mean, land. Eady baby is not pleased. She doesn’t want to get married (reminds me of Katsa in Graceling, which I’d just read) and is determined to be in control (again…familiar) but is quickly shaken when the boys in question begin to get close to her. 

It’s a fascinating concept, and fun, seeing the whole process from the other side of the situation. I mean, we all know what it’s like for the Selected, but never from the Selectee, so to speak. Eadlyn’s behaviour changed somewhat, from wanting to sabotage to actually considering her choices. Not that that particularly surprised me. It was obvious that would happen.

I love Kile. Can I say that? He was not so much the dark horse but also a complete non-cliche. He wasn’t fawning over her, he wasn’t obsessive (Uh…hello Aspen!) and was cool. But then you have others, like Hale and Ean. But call me crazy, but they didn’t have much of an effect on me. I just like Kile. 

I do hope she chooses him. 

The ending had be hyperventilating and crying. Seriously. I mean, it was completely thrown out of nowhere and I was like “where the hell did that come from?!”. I’m glad it shook Eadlyn as well, because she needed a wake up call. 

Over all, definitely can’t wait for the next book. Though it is sad Maxon’s all aged now, and a father, and damn my dream bubble has been burst! lol

-Kat

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#ReleaseDay Blitz: The Foxglove Killings by Tara Kelly #YA #Mystery @authortarakelly @entangledteen

Posted 1 September, 2015 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Contemporary, Mystery, Release Day Blitz, YA / 0 Comments

 

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The Foxglove Killings
Release Date: 09/01/15
Entangled Teen
Gramps always said that when the crickets were quiet, something bad was coming. And the crickets have been as silent as the dead. It started with the murdered deer in the playground with the unmistakable purple of a foxglove in its mouth. But in the dying boondock town of Emerald Cove, life goes on.
I work at Gramps’s diner, and the cakes―the entitled rich kids who vacation here―make our lives hell. My best friend, Alex Pace, is the one person who gets me. Only Alex has changed. He’s almost like a stranger now. I can’t figure it out…or why I’m having distinctly more-than-friend feelings for him. Ones I shouldn’t be having.
Then one of the cakes disappears.
When she turns up murdered, a foxglove in her mouth, a rumor goes around that Alex was the last person seen with her—and everyone but me believes it. Well, everyone except my worst enemy, Jenika Shaw. When Alex goes missing, it’s up to us to prove his innocence and uncover the true killer. But the truth will shatter everything I’ve ever known about myself—and Alex.
 To most people around here, even before the rumors started, I was what Amber called me—Diner Skank. The cheap kind of pretty. Boobs too big for my frame, skinny legs, and what Josh Byers called blow me lips. He’d sit behind me in Trig every day, whispering it over and over. I could still feel his hot breath on the back of my neck, his chewed-up pencil eraser poking at my spine. I was that cliché girl destined to grow old waiting tables, hoping to catch some Sugar Daddy’s eye. Fuck that and fuck them. I was the girl destined to prove them all wrong.

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#Review: 4.5 Stars to P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han #YA #Contemporary @jennyhan @scholasticuk

Posted 18 August, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing

 

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Pages: 337

Review:

Since ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ Lara Jean has fallen for Peter Kavinsky and is happy. Though she doesn’t really understand how Peter feels.

I loved how simple this story was, even when there was things going on, it didn’t feel too complicated or hard to understand. Some stories can make me feel dizzy with concentration.

Lara and Peter’s relationships is so sweet, but with Gen (Peter’s ex) always on the scene, I couldn’t blame Lara for being paranoid/upset/worried about whether Peter was still into Gen. What with him always seeming to talk to Gen and Lara would see them hugging, you wonder what is going on!

There’s nothing like a good old contemporary teen romance to make you glad you’re not having to deal with that yourself. Ha Ha. But all in all, I really enjoyed this story. It seemed quite bittersweet, especially when one of Lara’s old crushes comes back to town after replying to her letter. Remember the letters’ her sister sent out without Lara’s permission? Yeah. Kitty annoyed me more than the first book, mostly because she kept on being judging and trying to keep Lara with Peter together even when things were his fault, but she did come around for me in the end. For a ten year old, she’s really quite wise.

One thing that disappointed me was the lack of Josh. I mean, for a next door neighbour, he was awfully non existent. I know that was because he and Margot had split, but you know…I like Josh.

But John Ambrose McClaren.

What a hottie. *swoon* And that’s where the drama really gets started.

I wish there was a third book because I’d love to know more, what happens next in Lara Jean’s world. I just…it’s so easy to get lost in it, and imagine being there. I found myself not wanting the book to end, and I love (and hate) when that happens.

This summer seems to me to be another contemporary filled season. Bring it on!

-Kat

 

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My USA trip + San Diego Comic Con #BookHaul

Posted 21 July, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Fantasy, Fun, Middle Grade, Mystery, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Updates, YA / 1 Comment

 

Welcome, welcome. So it’s been a few weeks. Can’t believe it’s gone so quickly. Bah! Feels like just last week I was posting about going away. Anyway, here I am. I have LOTS of new books I can’t wait to show you. For this, I decided to do a video as writing it all would kill my hands. 

Enjoy 😀

p.s. Still getting the hang of editing so please excuse any hiccups along the way. 

 

 

Funnily enough, as soon as I’d finished all the recording, my mum came home with more packages and two books I’d forgotten I’d ordered. Those were:

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken 

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by  Laini Taylor.

So there you have it, I am officially bogged down with books. HA. As if that’s even a bad thing. As I said in the video, I’d love to know what books you’re looking forward to reading or have read, whether I mentioned it or not. 

The giveaway will be announced officially on Thursday so keep an eye out because there are more than just 2 books going.  Why yes, I am feeling generous.

And have a good Tuesday, wherever you are. 🙂

Kat

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