A Rebellious Bookworm’s TBR of Purely Aesthetic Covers

HAPPY WEEKEND READERS! (If you consider Friday the weekend?) Or happy summer if that’s already true for you, and if so, I’m jealous agh lol. Contrarily though, I don’t have school today *whoop whoop* which means *someone give me a drum roll* MORE TIME FOR BLOGGING. When you know you have an addiction problem…Anyways, on to today’s post, which is about gorgeous book covers, yay! So this is kinda a ‘Top Five Wednesday: favorite covers’ sorta thing, but Sarah style. (that’s me newbies)

**All book synopses stolen from B&N.com

 

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Wintersong | S. Jae-Jones

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All her life, Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, dangerous Goblin King. They’ve enraptured her mind, her spirit, and inspired her musical compositions. Now eighteen and helping to run her family’s inn, Liesl can’t help but feel that her musical dreams and childhood fantasies are slipping away.

But when her own sister is taken by the Goblin King, Liesl has no choice but to journey to the Underground to save her. Drawn to the strange, captivating world she finds—and the mysterious man who rules it—she soon faces an impossible decision. And with time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed.

Cold Summer | Gwen Cole

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Kale Jackson has spent years trying to control his time-traveling ability but hasn’t had much luck. One day he lives in 1945, fighting in the war as a sharpshooter and helplessly watching soldiers—friends—die. Then the next day, he’s back in the present, where WWII has bled into his modern life in the form of PTSD, straining his relationship with his father and the few friends he has left. Every day it becomes harder to hide his battle wounds, both physical and mental, from the past.

When the ex-girl-next-door, Harper, moves back to town, thoughts of what could be if only he had a normal life begin to haunt him. Harper reminds him of the person he was before the PTSD, which helps anchor him to the present. With practice, maybe Kale could remain in the present permanently and never step foot on a battlefield again. Maybe he can have the normal life he craves.

But then Harper finds Kale’s name in a historical article—and he’s listed as a casualty of the war. Is Kale’s death inevitable? Does this mean that, one of these days, when Kale travels to the past, he may not come back?

Kale knows now that he must learn to control his time-traveling ability to save himself and his chance at a life with Harper. Otherwise, he’ll be killed in a time where he doesn’t belong by a bullet that was never meant for him.

A Thousand Pieces of You | Claudia Gray

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Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.

Beautiful Broken Things | Sara Barnard

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Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne’s past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realises, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own.

 

Holding Up the Universe | Jennifer Niven

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Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. 

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass ways, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. . . . Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

Three Dark Crowns | Kendare Blake

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In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

This is Where it Ends | Marieke Nijkamp

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Everyone has a reason to fear the boy with the gun.

10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03
The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told from four perspectives over the span of 54 harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

Morgan Matson | The Queen of Cute Contemporaries 💖

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And then let’s just take a sec to appreciate Matson’s adorable covers…do they get any cuter people?? Dogs and ice-cream, (hello?) avoiding designing ugly covers isn’t THAT hard I guess.

Read Books w/the Greatest Covers…

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These three books I have actually already read, but just fell in LOVE with their covers while reading them, and decided they DESERVE to be appreciated, despite that they are no longer on my tbr (which should actually be a good thing).

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TBR RECOMMENDATIONS by May @foreverandeverly!

 

Hey readers! Today I have a beautiful list of tbr recommendations per each genre (fantasy, adventure, mystery, and dystopian) by May @ForeverandEverly! Check out her blog, it’s amazing, to be straightforward hehe.

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FANTASY

Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1)Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)

Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1)*

Rachel Caine: Dude. I love this book SO FREAKIN’ MUCH??? The characters are amazing and so is the plot and it’s like this DYSTOPIAN FANTASY WITH A HISTORICAL FEEL TO IT. And it also includes books. And libraries. Can this get any better??? (Yes, it can: so much #diversity.)

Six of Crows

Leigh Bardugo: Who would I be without mentioning this amazing book. THIS IS AMAZING, OKAY??? The characters are amazing (again) and the plot is also amazing??? HEISTS, YO. I am in awe of Leigh’s skills of creating heists—I don’t know how she does it honestly.

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1)

VE Schwab: Okay, so in my opinion, ADSOM was the hardest for me to read??? The writing style was just sooo difficult for me to get through (probably because it’s adult)—BUT DUDE. A CONJURING OF LIGHT MORE THAN MAKES UP FOR IT. *cries*

 

 

Also some bonus ones because hello what is my favorite genre if it is not fantasy.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)The Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1)

Percy Jackson series

Rick Riordan: MY CHILDHOOD SERIES I LOVE IT SO MUCH AND I NEED TO REREAD IT. ❤ ❤

Harry Potter series

JK Rowling: A bit obvious here??? (Also, sorry for the bad lighting on the pic—the filter didn’t work with the covers. *cries*)

 

 

The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1)

Marie Lu: This is a delightfully dark fantasy, though #2 got too dark for me GASP. This has your great anti-hero and fantasy powers/magic and dark voices and asdfghjkl BASICALLY GO READ THIS OKAY??? The characters rock and YOUR HEART WILL BE BROKEN.

*Just so you know, this is SUCH an underrated book??? It is SO. GOOD. And that’s also why I put it before all my favorite authors’ books. Because it needs #attention.

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DYSTOPIAN

Legend (Legend, #1)Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)Slated (Slated, #1)

Legend (Legend #1)

Marie Lu: Obviously I have a lowkey obsession with Marie Lu??? BUT I LOVE HER OKAY. And the Legend trilogy is soooo amazing. It’s about a militarized America at war and THE CHARACTERS ARE SO BEAUTIFUL OMG PREPARE TO BE HEARTBROKEN AT THE END.

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1)

Neal Shusterman: I’m not sure if this counts as dystopian??? But I say it is. Like they found the secret to immortality and they need actual KILLERS to control population??? YES PLEASE AND THIS WAS AMAZING.

 

 

Slated (Slated #1)

Teri Terry: Great author name, right. Anyways, I really enjoyed Slated, but it’s not for everyone. Also, I urge you NOT to read the last two books. Because they sucked. But this one was good. So like… read only the first book and ignore the cliffhanger at the end??? You can do it. I believe in you.

 

 

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MYSTERY

The Westing GameWhenThese Shallow Graves

The Westing Game

Ellen Raskin: I don’t often read mysteries, and this was AMAZING! I even took notes and tried to solve it myself, because it was THAT IMMERSIVE. (Spoiler: I failed. Like I expected to.) And if you don’t trust me, you can trust the Newberry medal it won.

 

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Victoria Laurie: This is yet again one of those “hate-or-love” books (imo), but I really loved this! It’s basically a murder mystery. And the girl on the cover looks like Emma Watson. ALSO ANOTHER BONUS: the romance is VERY lowkey which you rarely see in YA! (PS I also reread this so you should know how much I liked this.)

These Shallow Graves

Jennifer Donnelly: I muchly enjoyed this. Like it was historical fiction, but it was a murder mystery! AND THE SASS WAS GREAT. And the way the romance ended was SUPER nice because it’s something we don’t rarely see in YA. Of course, I had a few dislikes, but it was overall a great story.

(PS I don’t read many mysteries so I’m not the best with recs for this genre #oops.)

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ADVENTURE

I DON’T READ LIKE ANY ADVENTURE AT ALL SO I PROBABLY WILL LIE WITH THE FOLLOWING RECS.

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)

Marissa Meyer: So maybe this goes into sci-fi/retelling more than it does adventure??? But hey they travel all over the place and get into awesome fights so I’m calling it adventure. Please note that all the characters are amazing and the plot is amazing and basically everything is amazing???

Graceling (Graceling Realm #1)

Kristin Cahsore: This is yet again a hate-or-love book. I loved it??? But you may not. Honestly, though, I enjoyed this so much! It’s quite fantasyish but I’m desperate and marking this as adventure—because they DO go through many harrowing obstacles to survive??? ALSO PO. POOOOOOO. MY POOR POOOOOOOO.

 

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner #1)

James Dashner: FYI I HAVE NOT READ THIS AND I’M NOT SURE I WILL??? BUT I KNOW THAT IT IS ADVENTURE. And some of my friends (who have similar reading tastes) read and liked this so that’s why it’s on this list. I’M DESPERATE OKAY.

What books are on your tbr? Do you plan on reading/have you read any of these?

What’s Your Favorite Book?

 

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This feels like a lazy post, but it’s really just my curiosity getting the better of me…I’m very eager to know what everyone’s favorite book is. I have so many books on my TBR that the question feels ridiculous, but I want to pick a book that’s 100% worth reading.

Image result for we were liarsMy favorite book is currently We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, because I fell in love with the characters and the plot was drawn together ever so precisely that the result was artwork, but I believe it had its flaws.

I know there’s the perfect book for me out there (“there are plenty of fish in the sea!” haha), but I’ve been searching for a book that’s clever, poetic, and as jaw dropping like this one was.

 

Please comment your favorite book below! Maybe it’ll become my favorite too! (then we can fangirl about it TOGETHER😆😂)

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Let’s Discuss: How I Tackle Blogging

Happy weekend readers! I did a post fairly similar to this called Why Blogging?, but I’ve learnt the actual job of blogging, now that I’m into it, is really fun, but can be kind of frustrating since there’s definitely some strategy in attracting readers and reaching out to the blogosphere. My other post grew pretty popular, as I recieved some great responses from you guys about it! In fact, Morgane @InsideaMoodyCupofTea wrote a post about it, which I loved!

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I love tags, in fact I have sort of an addiction; you may have noticed a consistent pattern in my posts lately…. So when you guys tag me it always makes my day, but of course, I can’t always get to the all of them, which makes me very emotional haha. I do like to keep track of them though, because when I used to want to do a tag, I wouldn’t have any since I lost track of all of them! Now I bookmark them on my computer, which makes my life a whole lot easier!

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I love that they designed an app to bring your WordPress blog on the go with you all the time. It’s just awfully frustrating, since the app constantly glitches out on me, for instance, it usually tells me I am ‘not connected’, even though I have WiFi/cell reception! It’s fun to have the notifications turned on so you can see the activity on your blog 24/7 (yes, I agree, I am awfully obsessed with blogging).

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What the title is supposed to inquire, is basically anything to do with socializing with other bloggers. This is the most unexpected, but most fun part of blogging. I think it’s crazy that I have the opportunity to communicate with people from around the world, and that blogging incorporated that into my daily routine. It is really so fun talking to you guys; I love commenting on your posts and getting to talk about the best thing in the universe (books), and sometimes even photography, art, or makeup. Also, I really do try hard to like EVERYONE’S posts, since I spend so much time on my ‘followed blogs’ page! Lately though, WordPress has not been letting me like any posts past 2 days ago, which is really bizarre, but mostly irritating.

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I don’t have a blogging schedule. However, when I first began blogging, I thought it was necessary, and attempted to use one, although it clearly failed. Nowadays it’s mostly just blogging whenever I feel like it, especially since it’s not supposed to be work, but I do try to post generally every few days.

What’s your favorite thing about blogging?

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Let’s discuss: WHY BLOGGING?

Okay, the past year would’ve (honestly) been pretty different without blogging. I hope it’s the same for you guys! Today I just wanted to have a quick discussion on why I choose to blog.

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My younger sister (Ava) has a passion for baking, and last summer my mom suggested she start a website for selling cupcakes to friends. Ava began designing her website, and I thought that it would be literally the coolest thing ever, to have my own little corner of the internet.

I simply wanted to make a website; at that moment I had no intent for the content, I just wanted to be involved with the technology, I suppose. My mom told me I should create a reading blog, and so it was decided. It has officially been ten months of consistent blogging, already! Crazily enough, while stepping into the blogosphere I had absolutely no idea that book blogging was such a huge thing!

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Reading is and always has been adventure, and thrill, and amusement for me (It’s tempting to say life, but that’s personally a step to far for me hehe). When I’m not blogging about books, you can find me reading them 99% of the time.

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When I first designed my blog, the structure I chose made it an very unattractive looking blog, but to be honest, I had no history in graphic designs or basically anything technological, so I can’t really blame myself that much. It took me SIX MONTHS to finally figure out what I had to do in order to gain traffic. Boy did it feel a lot better to look at my stats a month later!

Speaking of which…maybe this is a huge time cram, but I’m hoping for 500 followers by summer vacation?! I think I believe it’s possible, but on another note, to all my current followers, thank you so much (and I really mean it)!! The mornings I turn on my phone to a new follower, I get ridiculously excited. Yes, even after 340 follow notifications, trust me, I still do a little victory dance for every new follower. That’s me weird way of saying I really appreciate it, so thank you to all my readers :))

 

WHY DO YOU BLOG?

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March Uppercase Unboxing

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Welcome to my very first unboxing post! There might be more to come, but I find subscription boxes kinda expensive, so then again, maybe not. I had been super excited for this to arrive for the past month, especially since it’s my very first piece of book sub mail! Anyways, I can’t wait to show you guys what came in the March Uppercase box (well, bag lol)…Oh yeah, and overall I definitely recommend this, because it’s a fair price and comes with awesome stuff!

 

IMG_5986.JPGSigned Copy of Hunted // Meagan Spooner

What is more fitting than this retelling of Beauty and the Beast,  considering the film (based on the original story)recently came out?! The book follows a young girl named Yeva, who’s father is the closest hunter to undiscovering the Beast’s secrets; at least until he goes missing in the forest one day. Yeva is set out to hunt down her father and his prey. She follows the creature back to it’s mythical home that is destined to bring ruin, and will eventually take down either the Beauty or the Beast.

A beauty deadlier than the beast.

 

So these are all the small bookish items that came in the bag: One ‘Book Hoarder’ sticker, Jane Austen socks, gold foil art, and lastly, two (paper) Bookmarks. Everything is super cute, and I’m glad it’s not just junky stuff that’ll sit around my bedroom; if you know what I mean?

On the socks, there is a quote that reads: “I declare that after all there is no enjoyment like books.” I love them! (I’m actually writing this wearing them lol) The gold foil art is a illustration of a stack of classic books, and I can’t wait to frame it above my bookshelf!

What’s your favorite retelling of a classic?

Thriftbooks Haul: $3 books exist!?

BOOKWORMS ARE YOU SICK AND TIRED OF BUYING PERFECTLY PRISTINE BOOKS FOR $20 EACH? If this describes you, here’s your solution to saving a lot of money…

Um so what is this-Thrift Books is an online company that sells some of the cheapest used and even new books that you’ll probably ever find. Over seven million novels of every genre are there for purchase. You’re probably worried that you’ll receive a trashy, thoroughly used book that has been through a laundry washer and was bought in 1972. Well, lucky for us, that’s not the deal.

You can access the condition of the books you are buying, so you know what to expect, and everything else is basically like purchasing from Barnes and Noble. The shipping is FREE. That’s huge, because although you can buy used books from B&N, the shipping is absolutely ridiculous.

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (I know, I know I’m awful)

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer (Might hate it but have to at least give it a try)

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

=$18.49 worth of five novels that were on in good condition with the exception of an occasional fold or other small signs of wear. I bought all books in the ‘ACCEPTABLE’ condition, besides Harry Potter and The Fault in Our Stars which were ‘LIKE NEW’.

Where do you buy your books?

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Draw My (bookish) Life: Sarah @betweenthepages

Hello bloggers! Today I’ll be sharing my very first booktube video, and I’m SO excited! Please do excuse my awful doodling skills and weird voice! I bought the whiteboard in the five dollar section at target about five years ago so it’s not great quality lol.

In advance thank you for watching :))

Have you considered booktubing/what is your existing channel? We’d love to check it out!

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Help! Which Book Subscription Box?

Hey, what’s up fellow bookworms? Let’s discuss BOOK SUBSCRIPTION BOXES! I’ve been pondering whether or not to sign up for them, but before I do, I wanted other book lover’s opinions.

therightbrand1I’ll basically read any YA book you hand me, haha. Not that I limit myself to reading nothing other than this genre, but I generally prefer it. Almost all subscription boxes either are young adult or young adult is one of the options, so this hasn’t been hard to find.

therightbrand2Subscription boxes are *pretty* expensive, we all must admit. Although the thrill of a new book along with fun bookish items delivered to your doorstep every month, is definitely worth it. I’ve found that the prices can range from around 20-40 dollars, but usually hang at thirty. I’ve been looking for something that is under thirty,  that doesn’t only come with a book.
therightbrandThere are seriously so many brands to pick from! I read everyone’s unboxing posts all the time; I love learning about a new book sub brand, and the contents. I’ve found that Uppercase is twenty three USD per a box, and comes with a signed novel plus 1-2 bookish items…I’ve found this has been the best deal so far!

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Let’s welcome this new blogger

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Hey awesome readers! I’m feeling so off track lately; I have so many books to review, but have been avoiding doing so with tags, and whatever….But hey, I’ll be releasing the review for the Printz award winning novel Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler on Valentines Day!

Without further ado let me introduce you to my best friend Kimberly’s new writing blog!

As I said before, she will be publishing her own short stories, as well as writing tips. Given she just started the blog a couple days ago, there isn’t a whole lot of content on it yet, although it’s not completely empty, so she’d appreciate it so much if you checked it out. (Remember when we first started our blogs, and how excited we’d be when we received some of our first likes or followers?!) Okay so that may have been sort of a guilt trip there, but I do have a valid point :))

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So dear readers, please help give her blog a little jump start by CLICKING THE BUTTON above! P.S. I’d like to give a shout out to Emily @TheIslandofMe for checking out The Writing Recipes a couple days ago…Thank you!

Would you ever start a writing blog like Kimberly’s? Pssst! 10% off everything @Barnes & Noble…

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