Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Hardcover Lover Confessions | Coming to Terms with the Type of Blogger I Am Now

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Had you asked me five years ago when I started my The Hardcover Lover where I'd be today, I probably would have said happily teaching and reading in my spare time. While I'm still reading, I'm definitely not reading as much as I used to read. I'm not upset about it, but I do feel like it's had an impact on my blogging and the kind of blogger I want to be in the future (if there is a future for me in blogging).

Monday, May 20, 2019

Book Review: The Witch Doesn't Burn in This One

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Title: The Witch Doesn't Burn in This One
Author: Amanda Lovelace
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
Source: Purchased

2016 Goodreads Choice Award-winning poet Amanda Lovelace returns in the witch doesn't burn in this one — the bold second book in her "women are some kind of magic" series.

The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now—indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn’t burn in this one.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Book Review: You Were Here

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Title: You Were Here
Author: Cori McCarthy
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: March 1, 2016
Source: Borrowed from Library

On the anniversary of her daredevil brother's death, Jaycee attempts to break into Jake's favorite hideout—the petrifying ruins of an insane asylum. Joined by four classmates, each with their own brand of dysfunction, Jaycee discovers a map detailing her brother's exploration and the unfinished dares he left behind.

As a tribute to Jake, Jaycee vows to complete the dares, no matter how terrifying or dangerous. What she doesn't bargain on is her eccentric band of friends who challenge her to do the unthinkable: reveal the parts of herself that she buried with her brother.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Hey, there... It's Been a While

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Hey, everyone! I just wanted to pop in and tell you that I'm alive! I kind of took a really long and unannounced hiatus from blogging (and reading...).

Anyway, I just wanted to say hello, and to tell you to look out for some sporadic posts as I've just finished two books. (Yay me!)

I realize I don't exactly have to explain my absence from the book blogging world, but a lot has happened during the past year or so. The biggest thing was me going back to school! You're reading a post from a girl who just finished her first year of graduate school with a 4.0! I'm so giddy! I'll be taking two classes over the summer, and if all goes well, I'm hoping to graduate by December of 2020. It takes a while to get through school when you're working as much as I am.

Love you all!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Book Review: Adultolescence

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Title: Adultolescence
Author: Gabbie Hanna
Publisher: Atria/Keywords Press
Publication Date: September 10, 2017
Source: Purchased from Target

From Teen Choice Award-nominated comedian and vlogger Gabbie Hanna, known on YouTube as The Gabbie Show, an astounding debut poetry collection that captures the essence of what it means to come of age in today’s world.

Full of confessional, whimsical, and darkly humorous observations about life, love, and the early years of adulthood, this collection of over 150 poems, each illustrated by Gabbie herself, will introduce you to the unique point of view of one of the internet’s most remarkable voices.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Book Review: I Have the Right To

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Title: I Have the Right To: A High School Survivors Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope
Authors: Chessy Prout with Jenn Abelson
Publisher: Margaret McElderry Books
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
Source: Finished Copy from Publisher 

A young survivor tells her searing, visceral story of sexual assault, justice, and healing in this gutwrenching memoir.

The numbers are staggering: nearly one in five girls ages fourteen to seventeen have been the victim of a sexual assault or attempted sexual assault. This is the true story of one of those girls.

In 2014, Chessy Prout was a freshman at St. Paul’s school, a prestigious boarding school in New Hampshire when a senior boy sexually assaulted her as part of a ritualized game of conquest. Chessy bravely reported her assault to the police and testified against her attacker in court. Then, in the face of unfathomable backlash from her once trusted school community, she shed her anonymity to help other survivors find their voice.

This memoir is more than an account of a horrific event; it takes a magnifying glass to the institutions that turn a blind eye to such behavior and a society that blames victims rather than attackers, while offering real, powerful solutions to upending rape culture as we know it today.

Prepare to be inspired by this remarkable young woman and her story of survival, advocacy, and hope in the face of unspeakable trauma.