Early February 2019 Book Haul and late January #OTSPSecretSister posting

So many books, so little time!  Here’s another catch-up post with new additions to my collection.  Starting with the last package I received from Round 9 of OTSP Secret Sister.  I don’t remember sharing this one, and it was full of awesome.  If I have shared this one before, well, I’m just excited!

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February 2019 Releases I Want to Read

Last week I posted a late entry about January releases that looked great.  I had some time so went ahead and built this one at the same time, trying to be better at timely discussion of new releases.  Here are all the wonderful covers for books that release in February that look amazing!

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January 2019 Releases I Want to Read

As usual, I seem to be a bit behind with sharing of monthly releases.  Since I’m not quite sure what happened to the month of January, it doesn’t surprise me that we’re already several days into February and I haven’t shared anything about January releases past some book hauls and my New Releases of 2019 page.  Which is pretty up-to-date at the moment with all the 2019 releases that sound awesome.

Anyway, here’s the covers for the awesome books that released in January that got me excited!

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All the Book Mail from January! (It’s Quite a Bit)

It’s been awhile since my last book haul post, and I’ve gathered several fun new titles for my personal library.  I’m just so excited to read them!  Do you see any here that are on your TBR?

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This is my Book Outlet purchase from the Boxing Day sale.  I used this opportunity to pick up several new manga, an isekai light novel, an art book, the newest Invisible Library volume, and a paperback copy of Godsgrave (so I can keep my hardcover in good condition).

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Blog Tour Spotlight: The Transparency Tonic by Frank Cole

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When I was asked to participate in the blog tour for The Transparency Tonic by Frank L. Cole, I volunteered to host a spotlight as I haven’t had a chance to read book 1.  This series does sound quite fascinating, and I’m hoping to pick it up someday.  Check out the summary below and see what you think!

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Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: January 16th 2019 by Shadow Mountain

Summary:

It has been nine months since Gordy and his friends, Max and Adilene, Saved B.R.E.W. (the Board of Ruling Elixirists Worldwide) and the Vessel—the power source for the secret society of potion masters. Now, Gordy is starting the eighth grade, and has been trying new potion brewing techniques, but when he starts zoning out during practice, he knows something is wrong.

Gordy and his friends continue to work on their potions, but when Gordy chooses Max as his lab partner, Adilene starts to wonder if she still has a place with her old friends. She turns to a new friend, Cadence, who might know a way to help Adilene become a potion master on her own.

And in Greenland, Mezzarix has a chance to escape his Forbidden Zone—as long as he agrees to work with the mysterious Ms. Bimini and replicate an unusual solution known as “Silt.” It could be just the weapon Mezzarix needs to destroy B.R.E.W. forever.

With both B.R.E.W. and the Vessel in danger, and with the potion world in chaos, it’s up to Gordy, Max, and Adilene to rally the remaining Potion Masters before it’s too late.

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Have you read the first one?  What do you think of the description? Share in the comments.

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Reads of 2018

Happy Christmas to those of you who celebrate!  And to the rest of you, we’re almost done with 2018!

Today I want to share the top ten books that I’ve read this year, most of them didn’t actually release in 2018, but I’ve been doing a lot of backlog reading, which is great!  These are the ones that really got to me by evoking deep feels or wonderful imagination, vivid images that I made (or will make) into fanart, or just made life a little easier to live.

In no particular order, here are my top ten favorite reads of 2018!

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Waiting on Wednesday Review: In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire

In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children, #4)

Hardcover, 208 pages
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Tor.com

This book feels like me in a nutshell.  A thin, compact tome of distilled essence.  My essence.  How Seanan knew what was hiding in my heart, I may never know.  Perhaps we share a kinship in this.  A little anyway.  Every new Wayward Children novella is a little piece of perfection.

Lundy’s story is one that we learned the overview of in the first book, but I’m so glad that Seanan chose this one to share next.  Even though I knew what the ending had to be, I loved the complete story.  All the bits and pieces that make it special feel like spoilers, so I guess this review will be rather brief.  I’m just incredibly happy to be able to read this series and hope that the publisher keeps it going for a long, long time.

Summary:

This is the story of a very serious young girl who would rather study and dream than become a respectable housewife and live up to the expectations of the world around her. As well she should.

When she finds a doorway to a world founded on logic and reason, riddles and lies, she thinks she’s found her paradise. Alas, everything costs at the goblin market, and when her time there is drawing to a close, she makes the kind of bargain that never plays out well.

For anyone . . .