February Wrap-Up

February was a strange reading month; even though it’s over halfway through March, we needed to post a wrap-up! So here’s some cool stuff we did in February, along with what we read:

Sasha read: 0 books (sigh)

Sarena read: 3 books

  1. Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older
  2. Steel Scars by Victoria Aveyard
  3. Queen Song by Victoria Aveyard

Some fun bookish stuff we did:

We visited the HarperCollins Canada offices to check out their YA preview for spring/summer books!

Chilling at HarperCollins Canada! Thanks, @hccfrenzy! #Zenith #HarperCollins #YAlit #scifi

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We also got awesome signed copies of THE HATE U GIVE for our university book club. That book, guys. *heart eyes*

Thanks so much again to HCCFrenzy for those! We also got this awesome book mail from Scholastic for Valentine’s Day:

We also spent our reading week doing a LOT of writing–not reading, haha. We wrote about 50,000 words that week … yeah. (How? I don’t know, either.) Our first draft wrapped up at around 100k, and now we’re planning to edit, edit, edit! Here’s a timelapse of a short writing session:

Timelapse of a mini writing session at indigo/starbucks! ⌨️📚 #amwriting #yalit #bookstagram #timelapse

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Last cool thing, and this is SUPER cool. We saw our books at our university library!! All shiny looking, too 😀

We hope everyone’s having a fantastic March!

-Sarena & Sasha

A Very Late January Wrap-Up and February Releases [2017]

So. It’s February 19th (what?) but we still haven’t posted our January Wrap-Up. Woops! Maybe because we didn’t *read* a whole lot in January? Nevertheless, we still want to show you all what we read this past month, so here we go!

Sasha read three books:

  1. The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket (4*)
  2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (reread – 5*)
  3. The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins (4.5* – review here!)

Sarena read three books:

  1. Blood For Blood by Ryan Graudin (5*)
  2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (reread – 4*)
  3. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

And now for the hecka awesome books that release (or released) this month! Starting with our most anticipated …

THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas

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KING’S CAGE by Victoria Aveyard

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GUARDIAN OF SECRETS by Brenda Drake

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WINTERSONG by S.Jae-Jones

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EMPRESS OF A THOUSAND SKIES by Rhoda Belleza

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A CONJURING OF LIGHT by VE Schwab

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THE VALIANT by Lesley Livingston

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DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING by Tricia Levenseller

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THE LAST OF AUGUST by Brittany Cavallaro

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AMERICAN STREET by Ibi Zoboi

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THE EDUCATION OF MARGOT SANCHEZ by Lilliam Rivera

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THE SHIP BEYOND TIME by Heidi Heilig

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Which books are you most anticipating this month? Until next time,

-S&S

 

2017 Bookish Resolutions

Hey, all! We’re already one week into 2017–how is that possible?! And yet we’ve already done so much: we started school (on Jan 2 … why) and kept working on our WIP, which we’re almost 20k into so far. (YAY!) It’s about time we shared our 2017 goals, book-wise!

Our reading goal:

-Read 50 books each (and make sure most of them are diverse/#ownvoices)

-Read more indie books!

Our writing goal:

-Write 2 new books; the first is an #ownvoices WIP, the other we’re not sure of yet!

Our blogging goal:

-Update our blog once a week, unless we’re on hiatus

-Attend as many bookish events as possible, and interact with other bloggers!

-Leave comments / blog hop more often 🙂

What are your 2017 resolutions?

-S&S

2016 Highlights + Wrap-Up

2016 was … a year, that’s for sure. There were some good things, and some very (very) bad things. However, we can’t forget all of the amazing things that DID actually happen, and that we accomplished in 2016. So we’re going to go through, month by month, and tell you 1 highlight, along with our favourite book we read that month. Let’s get started!

JANUARY

Ah. The beginning of 2016. The start of a new, fresh year. And let’s just say, we had a good month! (For both the reading and school category, and lots and lots of editing!). We didn’t attend any book signings or anything, but it was a good month for reviews and blogging! Our favourite post of the month was definitely… Continue reading

2016 End-of-Year Book Survey!

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Looks like we went on *another* accidental hiatus, but … hey, it’s almost the end of 2016! Which means it’s time for the 2016 End-of-Year Book Survey! We did this survey last year, which you can see here. This survey was created by the wonderful Jamie at Perpetual Pages. Let’s just jump in, shall we? (Quick disclaimer: we might read another 1 or 2 books each this year, so the stats are not 100% accurate in terms of the amount of books we read this year — I’ll try to write those books in as if they have been read, however!)

Number Of Books You Read: Sasha – 48; Sarena – 46
Number of Re-Reads: Sasha – 2; Sarena – 0
Genre You Read The Most From: Sasha – Fantasy; Sarena – Fantasy

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A Very Late September Wrap-Up/October Releases [2016]

So, it’s already almost halfway through October… and we haven’t posted on our blog in 3 1/2 weeks. (How did that happen?!) Time definitely got away from us and we fell into a blogging slump, with #PitchWars and school and school readings and SCHOOL. But that doesn’t mean we’re not in the Halloween spirit (who isn’t?!) and ready to binge Halloweentown all day (seriously, when are those movies coming on TV?!). But without further ado, considering this is long overdue, here’s our rather small September Wrap-Up and all the books we’re excited for this spooky October season.

Sasha read three books: 

  1. Mark of the Plague by Kevin Sands (4/5* — review here!)
  2. Empire of Storms (4.5/5*, will review this one soon!)
  3. Broken by Shane Driver (this is a collection of creative non-fiction short stories by a fellow student at my university who took the writing class I’m in currently!)

She also started Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Not Wanted on the Voyage, and Snow Like Ashes! 

Sarena read three books: 

  1. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova (4.5* — review here!)
  2. Not Wanted on the Voyage by Timothy Findley
  3. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (4/5*)

She also started Replica and The Thousandth Floor!

September was full of revisions and schoolwork, so not a whole lot of fun stuff, but we did get tons of books! Be sure to check out our Instagram (sarenasashabooks) to see our September Book Haul!

And now it’s time for all the shiny October releases, starting with one of Sarena’s most anticipated books of the year!

MAGNUS CHASE #2: Hammer of Thor

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SPELLS AND SORCERY by S. Usher Evans

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NEMESIS by Anna Banks

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GEMINA by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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THE MIDNIGHT STAR by Marie Lu

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WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore

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REPLICA by Lauren Oliver

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A DARKLY BEATING HEART by Lindsay Smith

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REMEMBER YESTERDAY by Pintip Dunn

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LAST SEEN LEAVING by Caleb Roehrig

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SPEED OF LIFE by J.M. Kelly

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SOMETHING IN BETWEEN by Melissa De la Cruz

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There are TONS of other books coming out this month, but these are a few we’re genuinely excited to read and share and talk about! Which books are you excited to read this month? Let us know in the comments below! Also, expect a review of EMPIRE OF STORMS soon, and perhaps some Halloween-esque posts! Until next time…

S&S