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    5 Books From the Man Booker Prize Long List to Read

    The Man Booker Prize Long List was announced July 23, 2018. The list was whittled down from 171 submissions — the most amount of titles ever submitted — to just 13 incredible works. The award is open to writers of any nationality with books written in English and published in the UK or Ireland (a recent addition after a rule change in 2018). I always love seeing these lists as they inspire me to read powerful, modern works, but I know it would be rare to read all the nominations. This week I’ve made me own Man Booker Prize Short List from these Long List nominations. Let’s get started!

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    Top 5 Science Fiction Books to Read

    Science fiction is a genre that I absolutely love but, unfortunately, haven’t been able to read that much of. From the greats like H.G. Wells to Ernest Cline, this genre has so much to offer readers. Because of that, I decided to bring in an expert. This weeks post is brought to you by a repeat guest author, Ryan Finn. Let’s get started! There are many different sub-genres of science fiction, including everything from dystopian to space operas to hard sci-fis; however, they all signal the same thing to me. Adventure, imagination, and exploring the reaches of what could be possible. I’ve loved reading expansive fiction since I was young,…

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    July Reading Wrap Up

    Hi, there! I’m back for my July Reading Wrap Up. If you noticed I was gone, I’m sorry. After traveling and hosting a friend in Nashville, I needed a little break to regroup and get the creative juices flowing again. The Reading Wrap Up posts are quickly becoming some of my favorites to write because it helps me reflect on my recent reads and it reminds me that I really am reading quite a bit throughout the month. I didn’t read as many books on my July TBR list as I would have liked, but I am still catching up from my other TBR lists. Hopefully, after August, I’ll be…

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    Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda: A Book Review

    Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is a unique story written by Becky Albertalli that features a 16-year-old boy, Simon, who is put in a unique position that forces him to come out to his friends and family. Simon forms a secret relationship with another gay boy at his school. They communicate exclusively over email and use fake names, so neither boy knows the others identity. One day, Martin, a kind of dorky kid in Simon’s grade, sees Simon’s emails, and he decides to blackmail Simon into helping him secure a date with one of Simon’s friends, Abby. If Simon doesn’t help him, Martin will out Simon to the whole school…

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    Top 5 Books To Read When Traveling

    Summer is the perfect time to travel! I know I’ve already taken one trip this season, have another planned for this weekend, and have someone visiting me the next. This week’s blog post is centered all around the books you should read when you take a break. This post is brought you by guest author Trixie Ricablanca Angeles, Chief Blogging Officer of Books in My Baggage. Let’s get started! Traveling is an ideal time to read, have fun, relax, and interact with other people. For those who love reading, getting the right books for the trip is one of the hardest parts.

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    June Reading Wrap Up

    June was an interesting month when it came to reading. I ended up reading six books total, the original number of books on my June TBR list, but I didn’t read all the books on that list. I got a library card this month, and I traveled to visit a friend, so my reading routine got a little messed up, but honestly, I’m really happy with how my reading went this month. I’m consistently reading more and more, and nothing makes me happier. Let’s get started with this June reading wrap up!

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    Top 4 Books to Read on July 4th

    There’s no holiday like Independence Day. Everyone dons their red, white, and blue, fireworks light up the night sky, and you get to truly enjoy your freedom because (normally) you get a day off of work. I’ve had some pretty good July 4ths and some pretty awful July 4ths, but still, I try to enjoy the day by going to the beach or reading a good book. This year I decided to compile a list of the perfect books to read on this momentous day. Let’s get started! Image from Amazon

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    July TBR List

    It’s that time of the month again! Since I started creating to-be-read lists, I have been reading more and more. Sometimes I sway from the list, but all-in-all, my reading has never been any better. I’ve read more in the last two months that I did January through March. That being said, I did forgo some of the books on my May and June list, so I’m keeping my July list short in hopes that I can get to those books too. Let’s get started with what I hope to be reading this coming month! Image from Amazon 1. Sweet Forgiveness by Lori Nelson Spielman My mother gave me Sweet Forgiveness years…

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    Top 5 Books of 2018 (So Far!)

    I’ve read over 20 books so far in 2018, and I am jazzed! With a goal of 50 for the year, I feel like I’m at a pretty good pace to hit, and possibly surpass, that goal for the first time since I set it a few years ago. Setting monthly TBR (to-be-read) lists has been revolutionary in my reading practice. It takes the indecision out of picking the book I am going to read next, and it encourages me to really reach my goals. For the most part I’ve enjoyed the books I’ve read this year, but these stood out for one reason or the other. Let’s get started!…

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    10 Tips to Help You Read More in Life

    You’ve got dinner. And drinks. And a networking event. And a date. And a million other things to do. How are you supposed to fit reading into that schedule? It’s hard. Don’t get me wrong. It’s like fitting in exercise. It’s hard, but it’s something you know you should do to better yourself and your health. In all my years of reading, from spending summer days sprawled on my floor surrounded by The Boxcar Children books to squeezing in a few pages before class in college, I’ve seen it all when it comes to reading. I’ve gone months without picking up a book, and I’ve read books in single days.…