Goodreads Monday 04/06/2020

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The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper



Title: The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper

Author: Hallie Rubenhold

 Release Date: first published February 28th 2019, later published April 9th, 2019

Published By: first by Doubleday, later by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Pages: 333 pages




Five devastating human stories and a dark and moving portrait of Victorian London – the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper.

Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffee houses, lived on country estates, they breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers. What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888. The person responsible was never identified, but the character created by the press to fill that gap has become far more famous than any of these five women.

For more than a century, newspapers have been keen to tell us that ‘the Ripper’ preyed on prostitutes. Not only is this untrue, as historian Hallie Rubenhold has discovered, it has prevented the real stories of these fascinating women from being told. Now, in this devastating narrative of five lives, Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, revealing a world not just of Dickens and Queen Victoria, but of poverty, homelessness and rampant misogyny. They died because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time – but their greatest misfortune was to be born a woman.



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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? 04/06/2020

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Hello bookish lovelies! I hope you all had a great weekend! Hope everyone is doing okay and hanging in there, despite current circumstances.



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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue




Title: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

Author: V.E. Schwab

Release Date: October 6th, 2020

Published By: Tor Books

Pages: 464 pages



A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.



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Boyfriend Material



Title: Boyfriend Material

Author: Alexis Hall

Release Date: July 8th, 2020

Published By: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Pages: 368 pages



One (fake) boyfriend
Practically perfect in every way

Luc O’Donnell is tangentially–and reluctantly–famous. His rock star parents split when he was young, and the father he’s never met spent the next twenty years cruising in and out of rehab. Now that his dad’s making a comeback, Luc’s back in the public eye, and one compromising photo is enough to ruin everything.

To clean up his image, Luc has to find a nice, normal relationship…and Oliver Blackwood is as nice and normal as they come. He’s a barrister, an ethical vegetarian, and he’s never inspired a moment of scandal in his life. In other words: perfect boyfriend material. Unfortunately apart from being gay, single, and really, really in need of a date for a big event, Luc and Oliver have nothing in common. So they strike a deal to be publicity-friendly (fake) boyfriends until the dust has settled. Then they can go their separate ways and pretend it never happened.

But the thing about fake-dating is that it can feel a lot like real-dating. And that’s when you get used to someone. Start falling for them. Don’t ever want to let them go.



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Down The TBR Hole 04/05/2020

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Hello bookish lovelies! Down The TBR Hole is a meme created by lost in a story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go

I will be starting at the very beginning of my “To Be Read” shelf (2014) and removing books that I will never read. 

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  • Heir to the Sky by Amanda Sun
  • Age of Myth (The Legends of the First Empire #1) by Michael J. Sullivan
  • The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski
  • Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan
  • The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1) by Rick Yancey
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  • This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
  • It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
  • Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
  • Beware That Girl by Teresa Toten
  • Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi
  • You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan
  • The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1) by Marie Lu
  • The Girls by Emma Cline

Total Removed: 15

Total Kept: 29


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Stacking the Shelves 04/04/2020

Stacking the Shelves

Happy Saturday book lovelies! Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.  You can include books you buy in physical form, ARC’s,  books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course audio books and ebooks!


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Borrowed E-books:


To Make Monsters Out of Girls (Things that Haunt, #1)To Drink Coffee with a Ghost (Things that Haunt, #2)



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I think thats it’s for me honestly, this past week was a weird and long one for me. This Sunday (tomorrow) starts week four of being at home for me. I am a furloughed employee at the moment and I’m trying to be cool about all the uncertainty that Covid-19 is bringing and the potential health ramifications that come along with it. (Having OCD and Anxiety among other things is literally the worst in this type of situation. Some days it feels like i’m dying, and sometimes i’m better at managing it. My mom gave me a thing of hand sanitizer today and honestly it was like the best thing that has happened to me in weeks.) Also, please don’t believe that bullshit people are spouting across social media that you need to be “productive” during this time. Fuck hustle culture. It’s annoyingly obnoxious and toxic. If all you do is survive this that’s 100% okay.


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March Book Haul

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Hello bookish lovelies! Its that time of the month again where I reflect on the fact that I got way too many books. lol Most are ARCs (I get a lot of ARCs through my job) some are physical copies, and some are ebooks.


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Total: 18





Total: 13


Physical Books:


Heart of Flames (Crown of Feathers, #2)The Midnight Lie (The Midnight Lie, #1)5023984851045930


Total: 4




Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)


Grand Total: 36



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First Line Friday 04/03/2020

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Hey bookish lovelies! Happy Friday! We are back again with another First Lines Friday!


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The orange gas giant, Zeus, hung low above the horizon, huge and heavy and glowing with a ruddy half-life. Around it glittered a field of stars, bright against the black of space, while beneath the giant’s lidless glare stretched a grey wasteland streaked with stone. A small huddle of buildings stood in the otherwise desolate expanse.



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Title: To Sleep in A Sea Of Stars

Author: Christopher Paolini

Release Date: September 15th, 2020

Published By:  Tor Books

Pages: 688 pages



To Sleep in a Sea of Stars




A brand new space opera on an epic scale from the New York Times bestselling author of a beloved YA fantasy series.

It was supposed to be a routine research mission on an uncolonized planet. But when xenobiologist Kira Navárez finds an alien relic beneath the surface of the world, the outcome transforms her forever and will alter the course of human history.

Her journey to discover the truth about the alien civilization will thrust her into the wonders and nightmares of first contact, epic space battles for the fate of humankind, and the farthest reaches of the galaxy.



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Cover Crush Thursday 04/02/2020

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Hey everyone! Happy Thursday! Today’s post is all about those pretty book covers! Pick a cover that you love and show it off 🙂


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Title: All The Stars and Teeth

Author: Adalyn Grace

Release Date: February 4th, 2020

Published By: Imprint

Pages: 373 pages



Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice.

She will reign.

As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer—the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic.

When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic.

But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder—and more peril—than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stow-away she never expected… or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever.

I am the right choice. The only choice. And I will protect my kingdom.



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