Top Ten Tuesday – Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018!

Okay, all! Caidyn here and I’ve decided that I’m going to start doing this book tag! There might be times where Chantel joins in, but this is largely going to be a tag that I do on my own.

And I really like the prompt for this week! Hyped books and I don’t always get along well, but let’s jump into it.

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July Wrap-up


Where did July go?? It really went by quickly. 2018 is going to be gone before we know it!

Thank you so, so much again for making this month amazing. We hit 200 followers, so thank you to all the new ones and the old ones who have stuck around. We also have topped our views for the fourth month in a row. Our hearts are so full thanks to you all.

This month, we read The Book of Essie together. A review will be up sometime in August with our thoughts. We posted our review of Becoming a Visible Man by Jamison Green, too! It was less of a review and more of a Q&A where Chantel asked Caidyn questions about his experience as a transman.


We also started a new segment on our blog, so you should check out our first week here and our second here! It’s a whole lot of fun just gushing about random things. Other than books.

Lastly, we made a survey that we really want you all to fill out! You can find the post about it here, or comment below and we can send you a link to the survey!

Now, let’s dive into this!

Caidyn will be in blue.
Chantel will be in purple.

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Mini DNF Reviews

Caidyn's review (1)

These are five reviews that I nearly didn’t write. Three of them are of ARCs, ones that I didn’t think I read enough of and then decided, in my usual way, screw it. I read enough to generate an opinion. And that opinion is that it just didn’t work for me.

Given that all of these are DNFs, all the ratings are 1/5.

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Chantel’s Journal Week 4 (07/22/18 – 07/28/18)

Wednesday, July 25th

11 pages: The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

Friday, July 27th

26 pages: The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

7 pages: The Book of Essie by Meghan Maclean Weir

So, as you can see, I read a little this week. Basically, I’ve been bored of reading the same three books for the last three months and that’s why I decided to start The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth. I’m not far into it, but so far I’m enjoying it. I’m pretty close to DNFing The Book of Essie because it’s not capturing my attention at all, but I’m trying to give it a chance. 

Anyway, that’s all I have for this week. I would like to link to my post about The BW Book Initiative which is an international lending library I’m hoping to start and really that’s the most important thing that happened to me this week. 

Total read this week: 44 pages

The BW Book Inititave

Monday morning I ran across this thread by author Adam Silvera.

As most of us know, he has written very popular queer fiction such as More Happy Than Not and They Both Die At the End. In this thread, Silvera was talking specifically about book piracy and how wrong it is. How that takes money out of his pocket. In response, I wrote my own thread.

As the day went on, I saw Silvera getting more and more frustrated with people defending pirating for similar reasons. He acknowledges that some people don’t have access to and/or money for books and they shouldn’t steal them. I agree.

But. This is an international problem that there isn’t much being done about.

I want to do something.

For months now, I’ve had the idea of doing an international lending library. I want to be able to send books to those who can’t afford them and don’t have access to them for free. Now, this is clearly going to be a big project and it’s quite overwhelming honestly, but I personally know how powerful and important books can be.

By no means, is this an attack on Adam or anyone who supports or disagrees with him. I was simply tired of seeing an argument and no solution.

I’m not trying to end book pirating or save the world. I just think books should be accessible for everyone. No matter how much you make, where you live, or any other reason outside your control.

This is why we want to do something to help with whatever small reach we have. To gauge responses, we made a survey to find out some details about your life. It’s completely anonymous! We just want to know if there’s a want or need for this. If there is an interest, we would set up some sort of system to take requests or donations.

But first, please take our survey down below!! We really want to find out what you all think about it. Thank you!

Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole is a meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

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 you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!


  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re 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?

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First Lines Friday

First Lines Friday

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Caidyn will be in blue.
Chantel will be in purple.

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