I’m so pleased to kick off the blog tour for A Breast Cancer Alphabet. In this easy to read guide, author Madhulika Sikka draws on her own experiences with breast cancer to share with those that are “new members of the club you did not want to join.”

As you may or may not know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is “the most common cancer among women worldwide and the second-most common cancer overall. In 2014, an estimated 232,030 cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. alone.” (source) I usually start feeling anxiety in October if I haven’t scheduled my yearly mammogram yet. (And in this A-Z guide, “A” appropriately happens to stand for Anxiety)

A Breast Cancer Alphabet is an indispensable resource for anyone wondering what to expect after a breast cancer diagnosis. It’s also for friends and family members who are interested in learning more about breast cancer and how to best support their loved ones.

 I really liked the conversational tone of this book. This guide is straightforward and the A-Z format makes the content easier to digest. As someone who has been there, Sikka’s book is full of practical advice, and she delivers it with a light touch.  Here are some quotes I liked:

From “G” is for Guilty:

Here are the facts about breast cancer. It is an insidious, wretched disease, whose treatment can be worse than the disease itself. You did nothing wrong; you are not being published for something you might have done in your current life, or your past lives for that matter.

From “T” is for Therapy: 

(On getting hooked on Downton Abbey during treatment)

There were dark clouds on the horizon (for the inhabitants of Downton Abbey as well as for me), but for now we could be consumed by trifles that took on such profound meaning. No doctor could have ordered this escapism for me. It was probably the best therapy I could have had at that particular moment. And yes, I watched it twice!

From “W” is for Warrior: 

But I am not a woman warrior. I am just a woman, a woman who has been diagnosed with a horrible disease; a woman who has gone through brutal surgery; a woman who has had her body poisoned to “kill” the disease. Can I just be a woman who is going through that? Can I not be a woman warrior? Please?

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Visit the Author’s website to find out more: http://www.abreastcanceralphabet.com


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Blog Tour: A Breast Cancer Alphabet Spotlight and Giveaway I’m so pleased to kick off the blog tour for A Breast Cancer Alphabet. In this easy to read guide, author…

Happy fall! October is right around the corner and bringing more tempting book titles! There are several books that caught my eye this month. There’s a little bit of everything in here, though all of these are either standalone books or first in a series. There are some big series releases this month too though, I’m sure you are aware!

October’s Most-Wanted Books:

Yes Please by Amy Poehler (Oct. 28) * Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris  (Oct. 14) * Us by David Nicholls (Oct. 28) * Last Train to Babylon by Charlee Fam (Oct. 28) * My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins (Oct. 14) * Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King (Oct. 14) * Perfectly Good White Boy by Carrie Mesrobian (Oct. 1) * The Young Elites by Marie Lu (Oct. 7) * Loop by Karen Akins (Oct. 21) * Sublime by Christina Lauren (Oct. 14) * The Body Electric by Beth Revis (Oct. 6) * Whatever Life Throws at You by Julie Cross (Oct. 7) * Becoming Calder by Mia Sheridan (Oct. 5) * Promise Me This by Christina Lee (Oct. 7) * Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander (Oct. 7) * Alice & Freda Forever by Alexis Coe (Oct. 7)

What are you looking forward to reading in October?  

October’s Most-Wanted Books Happy fall! October is right around the corner and bringing more tempting book titles! There are several books that caught my eye this month.

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Mailbox Monday is a weekly event where we share our latest book arrivals. Link up and find new mailboxes to stalk at the Mailbox Monday blog!

This weekend we have been cleaning out our garage, where we have so many things to get rid of. It’s going to be awesome when it’s all cleared out. Are you feeling the urge to do some fall cleaning too?

Also, I spent some time culling my bookshelves, and ended up with two boxes to donate. It’s nice to have room on my shelves again!

I actually have to cull my e-book collection too, because I got a “kindle is out of memory space” message- eek! Maybe it’s time for an e-reader upgrade.

Here’s my week in books:

For Review:

The Walled City by Ryan Graudin – I grabbed this in a Netgalley promo and it sounds intense. It’s about a “lawless labyrinth run by crime lords and overrun by street gangs” and it’s based on Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City.

Hello from the Gillespies by Monica McInerney – The family Christmas letter doesn’t get sugar coated this year, as Angela vents about the real goings on in a draft letter, and it gets accidentally sent out! I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

Overdrive Digital Library/Audiobooks:

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin, read by a full cast – This docu-novel is about the death of an artist, and interviews piece together what happened. I hear the story telling is very cool, and I hope that the audio format works well.

Veronica Mars: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas, read by Kristen Bell – We just watched the VM movie and started watching the TV series, so I saw the book and thought why not.

The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry, read by Jayne Entwistle – This middle grade mystery looks very fun!


I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – I ordered a signed copy from the author’s book launch, and the book is so pretty! There is so much hype about this book that I think I’m going to let that settle down a little before reading. It sounds very much like a me book though.

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon – While waiting for Outlander’s return in April, I’ll be making my way through the books.

What’s new in your mailbox?

Mailbox Monday (116) Mailbox Monday is a weekly event where we share our latest book arrivals. Link up and find new mailboxes to stalk at the 

Live From New York (2014 update) Book Review

As a longtime Saturday Night Live fan, I read Live From New York when it first came out in 2002.


Catching up with Outlander

Like many other Starz viewers, I’ve succumbed to Outlander fever. I started watching the show this summer and slowly got more and more into it.


YA Diversity Book Club: Knockout Games by G. Neri

YA Diversity Book Club: KNOCKOUT GAMES by G. Neri @CarolrhodaLab #WeNeedDiverseBooks #yalitchat

YA Diversity Book Club

In the YA Diversity Book Club, we chat about the latest YA books that celebrate diversity. Our book club includes Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks, Kristina @ Gone Pecan (currently taking a break from the book club – we miss you Kristina!) and Kristan @ We Heart YA. Each month we’ll focus on one book with a book review (our discussion chat) and an author Q&A plus some fun bonus features.


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#GoneGirl Book Giveaway

#Gone Girl movie poster#GoneGirl is one of my most-anticipated book adaptations to see on the big screen this fall. I read the book 2 years ago and said “The plot is pretty dark and twisted and I had a hard time putting it down and read it at every opportunity.” In David Fincher’s hands I’m optimistic that the film will do the book justice. I’m so excited that opening night is just over a week away!

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature from The Broke and the Bookish. I love when it’s time to make the seasonal TBR lists! And making a Fall TBR list is quite daunting indeed. I read 7/10 of my summer list, so hopefully I’m on the right track with fall too. I chose to focus on books that are new releases this fall, though there are some older books I also hope to catch up with. Currently I’m reading the Outlander series so if I get really hooked then this list will go out the window, sigh.

These are the books on my Fall TBR:

1. Perfectly Good White Boy by Carrie Mesrobian  – Sean is in his senior year of high school and all his possibilities for the future look “disposable” until he sets his sights on joining the Marines. I really loved Sex & Violence by this author and I’m eager to read more. Oct. 1, Carolrhoda Lab.

2. Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley  – This is our next Diversity book club pick and it’s already garnered some great reviews. It’s a historical fiction about civil rights and lgbt issues. Sept. 30, Harlequin Teen.

3. Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King  – A.S. King is an auto-read author for me, and her newest sounds very unique. Glory doesn’t see a future after high school, but a little magical realism allows her to see horrific visions of the past and future that inspires her to make changes. Oct. 14, Little, Brown.

4. Loop by Karen Akins – This is a 23rd century time travel romance where things get a little complicated. It sounds really fun! Oct. 21, St. Martin’s Griffin.

5. My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins – I’m looking forward to kicking off holiday reading with this collection of short stories by some YA author greats. Oct. 14, St. Martin’s Press.

6. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel  – Andrew is reading this one now and loving it, as are many of my blogger friends. I’m waiting for my audio hold to come in so I can listen to it for myself! It’s a post-apocalyptic book about that sounds really lovely. Sept. 9, Knoph.

7. Yes Please by Amy Poehler – I adore Amy and can’t wait to read her take on the humorous memoir. Definitely want to pick up the audio of this one. Oct. 28, HarperAvenue.

8. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham  – This also sounds like a very entertaining memoir, and contains stories about dating, career, and friendship from the Girls creator. Sept. 30, Random House.

9. Us by David Nicholls – Us is about a middle aged man trying to save his failing marriage on a family trip to Europe. Sounds like a wonderful read to me. Oct. 28, Harper.

10. Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christina Lauren – I have to have some romance on this list, and you can’t go wrong with the writing team of Christina Lauren. This is the second book in the Wild Seasons series. Harlow and Finn both like to be in charge so it could never work between them, right? Nov. 4, Gallery Books.

What’s on your Fall TBR?

Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature from The Broke and the Bookish. I love when it’s time to make the seasonal TBR lists!

IN THE AFTERLIGHT by Alexandra Bracken: Telekinesis Prize Pack Giveaway

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If you love Alexandra Bracken’s Darkest Minds series, or if you’ve been waiting to binge-read the whole series at once, this giveaway is for you! The Darkest Minds is a dystopian trilogy centered on super-powered teens. The children with special abilities (Psi) are associated with different colors that tie back to their power. The Psi group I’m spotlighting today is: Telekinesis Blues.

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The Movie Date: The Maze Runner

The Movie Date: The Maze Runner “A worthy addition to the recent series of YA fiction adaptations” #MazeRunner

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The Movie Date is a weekly feature where we discuss movies that may appeal to the YA audience. Andrew is The Reading Date’s resident movie critic and this week he discusses The Maze Runner, directed by Wes Ball, and based on the book by James Dashner. We have not read The Maze Runner so we just sat back and enjoyed the film without any preconceived notions.

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A teen boy wakes up at the center of…

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