THAT Point in the Semester Has Come

I recognize the fact that my blog is suffering, and it kills me a little inside. I've put so much time into my little corner of the Internet, so it's hard to not give it the attention it needs at times.

But I am GASSED OUT.

I am so happy with where I'm currently at in life. About to graduate, coming home to a new kitten, facing down the fact that my future is upon me, and temporarily working for a place I really love. But I'm forgetting about my self care sometimes. You know, doing things for me and not for others or for my education.

My thesis, my terrible group in one of my classes, my seemingly never-ending pile of homework, the whole shit-I-have-to-figure-out-where-to-begin-my-future-now moment, the expectations pushed upon me by my peers that echo constantly in the back of my mind are taking over my life. It's driving me insane. I go to bed exhausted, wake up a few hours later ready to fall over, but somehow drag myself out of bed anyway. You know, I like the people I get to see three days a week at school, I enjoy some of my classes even though I hate one with a fiery passion, I love my internship and the second family I didn't expect to make but value so much at Tor.

So. Many. Emotions. It's that point in the semester where I just slowly go insane because everything is happening at once. All stressors are a go.

The crazy part is that I know I'm not alone. Literally, this happens to all of my friends every year because of the stresses of college and the expectations that come with being a top 100 student at my university, but it just hits me out of nowhere every time. I'm exhausted. Emotionally, mentally.

I'm sad to say goodbye to college because this was a hugely important part of my life. But I am so ready to leave it behind.

Until then, I just need to be more aware of myself in the coming weeks. I need to read more, because it calms me. I need Star Wars movie days. I need to go to the movies with my best friend wearing Harry Potter gear. I need to figure out how to train my kitten to enjoy beds more than coffee tables. I have to blast 90s music and dance around my room like nobody's watching. I need to go to one of those trampoline places where you run full force into a wall and just bounce off until you hit another wall. I need to order Mexican food when I feel like it instead of worrying about cash. And I need to bring home a bottle of wine or two and stuff my face with cheese because I've earned it. Hit up a happy hour here or there, wander the streets of New York City at night, see more Broadway shows, discuss life with my most unlikely yet valued friends, beg almighty powers to give me Hamilton tickets, buy my first ugly holiday sweater, finally unearth the last few hidden British Cadbury bars I've been saving from London until I decided I really needed them.

44 days. I'll get through it.


Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Diabolic by SJ Kincaid


Thank you to Irish Banana Tours for putting me on this tour! I jumped at the chance to take part because this is one of my favorite books of 2016, so I knew I couldn't pass this up.

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Publication Date: November 1, 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Reading Level: Young Adult
Pages: 416 (ARC)
Source: From Publisher For Review
Red Queen meets The Hunger Games in this epic novel about what happens when the galaxy’s most deadly weapon masquerades as a senator’s daughter and a hostage of the galactic court.

A Diabolic is ruthless. A Diabolic is powerful. A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for.

Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The two have grown up side by side, but are in no way sisters. Nemesis is expected to give her life for Sidonia, and she would do so gladly. She would also take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe.

When the power-mad Emperor learns Sidonia’s father is participating in a rebellion, he summons Sidonia to the Galactic court. She is to serve as a hostage. Now, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia. She must become her. Nemesis travels to the court disguised as Sidonia—a killing machine masquerading in a world of corrupt politicians and two-faced senators’ children. It’s a nest of vipers with threats on every side, but Nemesis must keep her true abilities a secret or risk everything.

As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns there is something more to her than just deadly force. She finds a humanity truer than what she encounters from most humans. Amidst all the danger, action, and intrigue, her humanity just might be the thing that saves her life—and the empire.
~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

THIS. BOOK. I have no words. I freaking loved every aspect of this book. It blew me away completely, but that's something I have come to expect from SJ Kincaid after I fell so in love with her debut novel, INSIGNIA, many years ago.

My one serious complaint about this book is that it is not part of a series. This is a deliciously dark and twisted world that I could read an entire saga about. While I am satisfied to have the entire story in a standalone novel that wraps up incredibly well, I want more. This world is intriguing, and I do not want to leave it behind yet. Hidden companion novel that has not yet been announced, please?!?!

This book showcases Kincaid's vast imagination by giving us a futuristic world that has chosen to forego education and science in exchange for pleasure. And, in it, there are Diabolics. Created from human DNA but raised like machines with one mission: to kill anyone or anything that threatens their masters. Genetically programed to bond with their masters alone, these machines are deadly and very hard to control. Nemesis, our main character, is a Diabolic to a heretic Senator and soon finds herself defending her master, Sidonia, by impersonating her at court to ensure she does not die in her father's stead.

Along the way, Nemesis undergoes a complete character transformation. She kicks major butt without batting an eye and with no regret, which is amazing to see in a main character, especially one with as awesome of a name as her. But, more importantly, she learns about herself. She spent her entire life in a box: acting as a soulless, mindless killing machine because that's the box society put her into. But she can experience emotion and passion and love...maybe even be someone worth loving. This book is her journey of self-discovery and acceptance, learning to navigate the world without blind devotion and on her own, with emotions and aspects of herself the world is saying is unnatural, but is natural because of her human past. Nemesis is a girl, and she's learning to act like one.

Another major plot point in this novel is a whole ton of political maneuvering. In fact, I think the main focus of this novel is all about the politics of this universe. I freaking loved it! It's dark and twisty with behind-the-scenes deals that you never know will work out. True to the easy description of "Game of Thrones in space," there is death, doom, and destruction when it comes to this empire. You do not want to displease a Domitrian. You, your family, your friends...probably your entire planet will be killed.

The world-building is also phenomenal, but that comes as no surprise to me. Kincaid already proved she can write a cool space odyssey with her Insignia trilogy, so I knew she had that part down, but I wasn't expecting such an expansive, complicated, and intriguing empire to sprout from THE DIABOLIC's pages. It is so intense and so well done, I could picture everything so vividly in my mind. Bravo, Kincaid. I really don't know what else to say.

For romance lovers, there is a very nice romance that acts as a sub-plot. It's a nice twist in the story and very refreshing because these two political scorpions are endlessly fascinating and deserve love, but it is by no means a focus of this book, which is super refreshing. The focus of this book lies on more pressing matters, which I appreciate as a science-fiction reader.

I could sit here and write entire paragraphs about the characters, so I am choosing not to in favor of letting you discover them for yourselves. The villains are dastardly, the heroes worth rooting for, and some solid anti-heroes are thrown in for good measure. There is nothing more one could want from such a complex cast of characters.

All in all, this is a book that cannot be ignored. As the book's title implies, Kincaid is an absolutely diabolical author who knows how to keep us on the edge of our seat, turning pages at a lightning fast speed until there are simply no more pages to turn.

5 stars

~*~Links~*~
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FTC Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for no compensation of any kind except for an honest review.

~*~Giveaway~*~
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Be sure to check out the final stop tomorrow at The Irish Banana!

October Monthly Recap

~*~On The Blog~*~

Firstly, I hope you had a HAPPY HALLOWEEN! This month has been super crazy for me. I attended New York Comic Con, I had to find away around the fact that my train line that is currently out of commission, I took several midterms, I actually completed one of my classes early, I wrote, edited, and turned in the first ten pages of my thesis, I distributed and began analyzing my thesis survey, I got really sick, I fought a jury duty summons, I got a kitten and then freaked out when I found out said kitten got ringworm, I fasted for Yom Kippur and celebrated the Jewish New Year, did my first presentation of my last semester of college, experienced one of the worst group projects ever, celebrated my sister's 20th birthday, and somehow managed to read the occasional book or two while doing it. WHAT?! I need a time-turner! I am ready to DROP. The blog suffered a bit this month, but I hope it won't be the same in November. I see only five posts and cringe a little bit.

Books Reviewed:
Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley - 2.5 stars

Books Read This Month:
I have challenged myself to read 75 books this year, let's see if I can! I'll be keeping track in this section.
44. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Hardcover: 465 pages)
45. The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine (ARC: 420 pages)
46. Secret Project #1 (386 pages)
47. Geekerella by Ashley Poston (ARC: 320 pages)
    DNF's of the month 
    1. None.
    Total Pages Read This Month: 1,591 pages
    Total Pages Read This Year: 14,790 pages
    Total Books Read This Year: 47
    Total Books DNF'd This Year: 1

    Discussion Posts:
    • I talked about ten possibilities to help you handle those moments when ARCs attack.

    ~*~What I've Been Watching~*~

    Broadway Shows:
    • I got to see Oh, Hello a few days ago thanks to my friend and I died of laughter! These two comedians kvetched their way to Broadway and I loved every minute of it.
    TV:
    • RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars has officially ended and while I think the person who won deserved to won, I'm a bit annoyed that other queens did not get the attention they deserved because this season was so geared towards the winner from day one. Can we talk about Phi Phi not showing up to the finale though!? GIRL.
    • Survivor is still on my radar and I am starting to enjoy the drama. Definitely favorites include Ken, Michaela, and Jay.
    • I started watching Dancing With The Stars at my aunt's prodding and this season is actually kind of amazing!
    • I re-watched Stranger Things with my aunt because she was too nervous to watch alone since she scares easy. It's just as amazing the second time around!
    Movies: 
    • I have done so much homework this month that I have actually managed to watch a lot of movies while doing said homework. It can't be October without watching Hocus Pocus and Halloweentown after all!

    ~*~Reading Challenges~*~

    Fairytale Retelling Challenge:
    5/10 Completed
    • The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
    • Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige 
    • Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
    • Beast by Brie Spangler 
    • Geekerella by Ashley Poston
    Flights of Fantasy Challenge:
    21/30 Completed 
    • Remembrance by Meg Cabot
    • A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
    • Perijee & Me by Ross Montgomery 
    • The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
    • Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
    • Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi 
    • The Graces by Laure Eve
    • Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige 
    • The Diabolic by SJ Kincaid
    • Arabella of Mars by David D. Levine
    • Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
    • The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson 
    • Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley
    • Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat
    • Alcatraz vs. The Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson
    • The Scrivener's Bones by Brandon Sanderson 
    • The Knights of Crystallia by Brandon Sanderson 
    • The Shattered Lens by Brandon Sanderson
    • Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas 
    • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo 
    • The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine
    Contemporary Reading Challenge:
    16/16 Completed - Challenge completed in October 2016
    • Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
    • When We Collided by Emery Lord
    • Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell 
    • Radio Silence by Alice Oseman 
    • The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
    • 738 Days by Stacey Kade
    • The Deal by Elle Kennedy
    • The Mistake by Elle Kennedy
    • The Score by Elle Kennedy
    • Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer 
    • My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier 
    • Game On by Michelle Smith
    • Beast by Brie Spangler 
    • By Your Side by Kasie West
    • The Goal by Elle Kennedy 
    • Geekerella by Ashley Poston
    Backlist Books Challenge:
    16/12 Completed - Challenge completed in August 2016
    • Edward II by Christopher Marlowe
    • King Henry IV Part 1 by William Shakespeare 
    • The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
    • A Woman Killed with Kindness by Thomas Heywood
    • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
    • 'Tis Pity She's A Whore by John Ford
    • As You Like It by William Shakespeare
    • The Knight of the Burning Pestle by Francis Beaumont
    • Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
    • The Deal by Elle Kennedy
    • The Mistake by Elle Kennedy 
    • Alcatraz vs. The Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson
    • The Scrivener's Bones by Brandon Sanderson
    • The Knights of Crystallia by Brandon Sanderson
    • The Shattered Lens by Brandon Sanderson 
    • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
    Contemporary Romance Challenge:
    8/6 Completed - Challenge completed in September 2016
    • 738 Days by Stacey Kade
    • The Deal by Elle Kennedy
    • The Mistake by Elle Kennedy
    • The Score by Elle Kennedy 
    • Game On by Michelle Smith 
    • By Your Side by Kasie West
    • The Goal by Elle Kennedy
    • Geekerella by Ashley Poston
    Finishing The Series Challenge:
    3/7 Completed
      • The Mediator Series by Meg Cabot
      • The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson 
      • The Off-Campus Series by Elle Kennedy
        Do you have a monthly recap or thoughts on anything I'm reading/reviewing/watching? Share your thoughts below! Every comment is greatly appreciated! <3

        Review: Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley

        Series: Effigies #1
        Publication Date: November 22, 2016
        Publisher: Simon Pulse
        Reading Level: Young Adult
        Pages: 368 (ARC)
        Source: BlogBound Con
        Four girls with the power to control the elements and save the world from a terrible evil must come together in the first epic novel in a brand-new series.

        When Phantoms—massive beasts made from nightmares and darkness—suddenly appeared and began terrorizing the world, four girls, the Effigies, each gained a unique power to control one of the classical elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Since then, four girls across the world have continually fought against the Phantoms, fulfilling their cosmic duty. And when one Effigy dies, another girl gains her power as a replacement.

        But now, with technologies in place to protect the world’s major cities from Phantom attacks, the Effigies have stopped defending humanity and, instead, have become international celebrities, with their heroic feats ranked, televised, and talked about in online fandoms.

        Until the day that New York City’s protection against the Phantoms fails, a man seems to be able to control them by sheer force of will, and Maia, a high school student, unexpectedly becomes the Fire Effigy.

        Now Maia has been thrown into battle with three girls who want nothing to do with one another. But with the first human villain that the girls have ever faced, and an army of Phantoms preparing for attack, there isn’t much time for the Effigies to learn how to work together.

        Can the girls take control of their destinies before the world is destroyed forever?
        ~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

        This book is described as Avengers meets Pacific Rim meets Sailor Moon. This means some seriously kickass ladies fighting crime as the whole word watches. Sign me up for this amazingness. Upon finishing this book, my feelings may have changed. There's a whole lotta good, but also a decent chunk of not so good. Thus, I am doing this review in list style because it's the only way I can organize my thoughts on this. Let's get the bad out of the way first.

        THE BAD
        1. I had no idea I was pretty but now the entire world knows syndrome. I have a really strong dislike of this YA trope. Main character is secretly pretty but is super unaware of it because she's a huge introvert with no friends, the entire world eventually finds out, and she has no idea what's going on. I'm just over it, you know? It's just as bad as constantly harping on being plain.
        2. A cute boy suddenly likes me whaaaaaaat. The same time Maia finds out she's gorgeous, there's a cute Sect operative that is hipster-chic following her around everywhere, making her blush and he's blushing and blah blah blah. Honestly, the romance seemed super forced and it wasn't interesting to him.
        3. I can conveniently forget about the only family I have left, yeah! Maia is whisked away by The Sect and never talks to her Uncle again. She never got to tell him about her being an Effigy and he had to find out through television with the rest of the world. This is just really out of character, you know? Her twin sister and parents died so all she has left is her Uncle and she kind of forgets about him. Every now and then there's a mention about how she wants to talk to him, but it's put there seemingly as an afterthought because it's right for her to be worried. The Sect says she can't reach out to him and she just forgets about him again until there's one small thought about him a few chapters later. It's just really out of character and the situation is uncomfortable and my guess is he's dead or something because nothing else makes sense.
        4. Tell me, book, what is pacing? The book doesn't know because it goes so fast. I mean, sure, it's a super fast read, but half the time I forgot what city they were in because the passages were so quick. I had to re-read a few times to firmly grasp instances because things just went over my head the first time. I barely had the time to wrap my thoughts around an idea before it was onto the next one. I hope the pacing is better in book two.
        5. Evil guy is evilly evil. An evil guy that's really confusing comes out of nowhere and wants Maia, and only Maia, the second she finds out she's the next Effigy. It's all just really cliche?
        6. The Sect knows everything and nobody else has any idea what's going on. This is probably my biggest issue with this book. The Sect just knows everything in a world that seems to lack in logic. Maia suddenly becomes the next Effigy but she can't control her powers (what? #1), and they just know (what? #2). They just know it's her even though she's told literally nobody, not even her Uncle. How do they know?! It makes no sense. And, furthermore, Maia is just chosen, but there's no rhyme or reason as to why (what? #3). I don't like it. Every superhero has an origin story about how they got their powers and why they're chosen and she just woke up in the middle of the night and exploded a light bulb. Not enough. I need more. Better plot building please!
        THE GOOD
        1. Diversity and Awesome Characters For the Win. The four Effigy's are very diverse. Maia is at least half Jamaican, Chae Rin is an Asian circus performer from Canada that is very secretive about her family, Lake is a British wannabe pop singer that fears her powers, and Belle is a french foster-kid that was once abused and now kicks some major ass. Each character is set apart from the rest and can hold their own, and I want to learn more about them.
        2. Girl Power. I also love how these 4 very different people came together to fight together and become a team against all odds. The girl power in this is amazing, and I adore it. At first there was resistance, but you see the group slowly accept each other and this is going to be one awesome hero story as it continues. I can't wait to see its progression in book two.
        3. Creepy Organization is Creepy. While I have my issues with the lack of world-building about The Sect, I love the idea of an organization trying to save the world that is simultaneously a huge threat to the world, too. It leads to some really twisty conspiracies and plots that I can't wait to read more about in book two. It will definitely keep readers focused.
        4. An Ode to Fandoms. Maia is a fangirl. She loves the Effigies so much that she blogs about them and stalks forums about them. She's a girl of fandoms, and I think we can all somehow relate to her. Relability is always important!
        THE FUTURE

        With everything above in mind, I am still very curious about book two. Things got significantly better by the end of the series and the politicking in The Sect organization is really making me curious. So, while book one wasn't as amazing as I hoped it would be, there is definite promise in book two. Raughley has the capacity to correct issues in book one, and I am ready for this twisty tale to continue!

        2.5 stars

        ~*~Links~*~
        |Goodreads|Amazon|Book Depository|Author's Website|

        FTC Disclaimer: I received no compensation of any kind in exchange for my honest review.

        Stacking the Shelves #120

        Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

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        I have barely been active this month because SO MUCH has happened. My internship surprised me by letting me go to New York Comic Con, I wrote, edited, and turned in the first ten pages of my honors thesis, I got really sick, my train line got suspended, and I've been studying for my midterms.
        WHEW.

        My blog has taken a temporary backseat because of that. But, I've gotten a ton of books so far this month and when in doubt, haul it out.

        From New York Comic Con


         The Valiant by Lesley Livingston
        Heartless by Marissa Meyer (and an awesome t-shirt!)
        Hunted by Megan Spooner
        Geekerella by Ash Poston
        The Wish Granter by CJ Redwine
        Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas
        Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts
        Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves
        Roseblood by AG Howard
        Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
        Shadow Run by AdriAnne Strickland
        Frogkisser! by Garth Nix
        A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
        The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro
        Iron Cast by Destiny Soria
        The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
        The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden
        Girl Code by Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser
        A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge
        The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight

        For Review From Simon and Schuster (thank you!!!)
        The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine

        From Harper via Edelweiss (thank you!!!)
        Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer
        By Your Side by Kasie West
        Beheld by Alex Flinn
        Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
        Rise of Fire by Sophie Jordan
        The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

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        This haul is spectacular, and it's just what I needed to get me back into reading! Have you read any of these or are you eagerly anticipating them just like me? I'd love to hear your thoughts below!

        Waiting on Wednesday #80

        Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

        My pick of the week is...
        Windwitch by Susan Dennard

        Publication Date: January 3, 2017
        Publisher: Tor Teen
        Reading Level: Young Adult
        The follow-up to New York Times bestselling Truthwitch, next in a breathtaking YA fantasy series hailed by Alexandra Bracken as "a world you will want to inhabit forever."

        On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a "witchery," a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

        In this follow-up to New York Times bestselling Truthwitch, a shadow man haunts the Nubrevnan streets, leaving corpses in his wake—and then raising those corpses from the dead. Windwitch continues the tale of Merik—cunning privateer, prince, and windwitch.

        Why I Am Waiting 

        I cannot express to you my love of this book's predecessor, TRUTHWITCH. I waited in line for six hours at BEA for this book because I was so excited for it and had to guarantee myself a copy. The love is that real. I have been a fan of Susan's ever since she published her first book with HarperTeen, Something Strange and Deadly. In fact, Susan was my first ever picked up review on Edelweiss and even my first ever author signing. Forever a fan and super thankful of my current internship with this amazing publisher.

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        Are you equally as excited for this book as me? Is there another book you are even more excited about? Please share your thoughts with me below!

        Let's Talk About It: When ARCs Attack


        If you're anything like me, you accidentally find yourself hoarding ARCs. It hasn't been as bad for me lately because I haven't attended any conventions this year, but it's still a bad habit of mine. My gut instinct is to put a book on my shelf after reading it, then I accidentally forget that the books are there. If I love a book, I always buy the finished copy. But, by doing this, I have a lot of books that end up on my shelves as doubles, ones that were satisfactory but not wow-worthy, or ones I didn't like at all.


        So, over the past 4.5 years of blogging, I've donated over 500 books to various places, and I thought I'd create a post about where to give ARCs when you're literally buried under the TBR pile.

        1. Books for Trade
        I recently turned to this hashtag and it was way overwhelming. I don't really plan on doing it again. I will say, though, that if you want to get something in return for your books, this is the way to go. Someone gets the ARC you no longer want, and in return you get something you do want! And it'll only cost $3. I traded more for the rarer ARCs I had in my collection and am so happy they all found great homes!

        2. Sell for Shipping
        I also did this when I turned to the hashtag for a great majority of my books. I calculated shipping costs and asked for an extra few cents to buy the bubble mailer and sent out books. I made no profit, but the point is I shipped out 80+ books and didn't lose any money either. ARCs I no longer wanted went to people who did want them, and I got the out of my home like I wanted to make room for other books. Win/Win. Just need a Paypal account!

        3. Local High School/Middle School
        I turned to Books for Trade because I used to donate all of my old books to my high school. Our budget was slashed so my English teacher took it upon herself to create a library for students to use as they please. I singlehandedly stocked this library over the course of four years, and when our sister school's budget was slashed, I helped stock that one too. Now, they're so stocked that they turn me away with a smile when I give them the yearly email of "I HAVE BOOKS, PLEASE TAKE THEM!" because they can't anymore. It's a great feeling to know you're helping out, and it helps them get some amazing stories like ARCs of THE RAVEN BOYS or SIX OF CROWS into their hands without worrying about budget.

        4. Local Public Library
         In my case, my library refuses to accept ARCs. I tend to go there with bags of finished copies whenever I clean out my shelves. The librarians divvy them up and put them out. I will say, though, that some libraries have budgets slashed so much they will accept ARCs, and it's so nice to share with libraries because the books can be loved by many. For example, the library two towns over does display ARCs with a warning that it's not the finished story because it helps stock their shelves.

        5. Homeless Shelters
        This is one that a lot of people don't realize they can donate to. Homeless shelters, women's shelters and family shelters specifically, can use books for their residents. They're free and typically something they can put to good use as budgets aren't necessarily putting huge focuses on books in such places. There have been studies that literary rates aren't as high in homeless communities, and you can take a small part in changing that.

        6. Children's Hospitals
        In all of the places I have donated, this has been my favorite place to donate. Thankfully, I haven't spent much time in children's hospitals, but when I was in the 3rd grade, my sister spent some time in one. They had a lot of movies to rent out, but that was about it. So whenever I get the chance, I call up my local children's hospital and ask if they're willing to accept some books. I have never been turned down. Typically they accept them on the condition that they're smoke free and pet hair free to avoid any outside stressors or allergic reactions in their kids, but it is so useful to them! Children aged 0 to 18 in children's hospitals are typically there because they're battling their hearts out, and sometimes all they need is a good book to escape reality for a little while. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND LOOKING INTO THIS ONE! This was the most rewarding for me.

        7. The Big Ole Recycling Bin
        I rarely do this. In 4.5 years I have maybe recycled 10 ARCs? Most of them have been damaged in one way or another, so I didn't feel comfortable giving them to anyone else. However, ARCs are worthless. They can't be sold. They can be shared or collected, and if that doesn't work, the recycling bin is an option. Helps the environment and whatnot.

        8. Little Free Libraries 
        Little Free Libraries are popping up more and more everywhere. The point of one is that you put a book into it and then grab a book from it in turn. When finished, you can put the book back and grab another, etc. Instead of going to grab books, you can show up with a few ARCs you need to get rid of and put them in there so that other people can enjoy them!

        9. Drop Them In Parks Or Other Public Spaces 
        I have never done this, but I know many people have. On a sunny day, go to the park and just leave some books laying around. Someone is bound to pick it up. Would I go out of my way to pick up a book left on the stairs to the slide? Probably not. But someone will. And if someone doesn't, then you won't know the wiser. 

        10. Giveaways
        Always fun, always a way to gain a follower or two, always reliable to get books off your shelves. Just gotta shell out a couple bucks if you're in a place where you're financially able to do so.

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        I do not think any of these options are better than others. It just depends on your situation, what is easiest for you, and whether you're looking to get something from. What do you do with your ARCs when they begin to overwhelm your shelves? Did this post help you with any ideas? Do you have other ideas that I should add to the post? Comment below with your thoughts!