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It’s been a minute since you’ve heard from us. Since our newsletter in early 2020, our lives have been crazy and different, as we’re sure yours has been, too. But we’ve been reading, recapping, and reviewing books this whole time and are excited to share our finds with you as we near the end of the year. So stay tuned for gift ideas for book lovers and (the oft requested) book recommendations for teen boys as well as our usual review highlights, recaps for upcoming releases, and more!

Exclusive Interview with author Nadine Brandes

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I recently had the privilege of interviewing Nadine Brandes, author of Romanov, Fawkes, and the Out of Time trilogy. I love what she had to say about her latest fantasy retelling, as well as her writing process. Read the full interview here.

Sara (Book Series Recaps): I LOVE the cover of Romanov. Can you tell me the process of deciding on cover art? Who ultimately decides? Were there many revisions?

Nadine Brandes: The first step is to…more.

Gift ideas for book lovers

Whether shopping for others or yourself, here are a few great gift ideas for the book lover in your life. From mugs to clothes to jewelry, we have you covered! Click to take a look at our full list, and get inspired by our ideas for fun gifts for book lovers.

“So many books, so little time” socks!

Ladies “Book nerd” hoodie shirt.

Teabags individually tagged with literary quotes!

Organize your home library with a library kit.

Top 100 books scratch off poster.

“Bookmarks are for quitters” mug

We found even more ideas and listed them here…

On our TBR lists:

Below are a few books to our “to be read” lists. Which books do you plan to read soon?

We are looking for recap contributors!

Many of our readers have responded to our call to write for Book Series Recaps. Whether you’re an aspiring author wanting to flex those writing muscles or an avid reader who would like to help us out, click here to request more information, including our current recap wish list!

Want to see what a contributor recap looks like? Check out this great recap of The Hunger Games by a regular contributor. We include a shout-out with a link to her blog at the beginning of the post and then link to her bookish social media accounts at the end.

Recaps you don’t want to miss!

Check out our recaps to refresh your memory on the predecessors to four recent or upcoming releases:

A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses #4) – February 16, 2021
Recaps: A Court of Thorns and Roses, A Court of Mist and Fury, A Court of Wings and Ruin, A Court of Frost and Starlight

Chain of Iron (The Last Hours #2) – March 2, 2021
Recaps: Chain of Gold

Book Recommendations for Teen Boys

One of the common requests we receive is book recommendations for teen boys, so we’ve compiled a list of YA reads that are teen boy-approved. Please send us your recommendations! We’d love for this list to grow quickly since our readers ask us for it often.

See our page here…

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Writing Update

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Read excerpts from Sara’s This Dreamer and Stacy’s Fulfilled, and then PLEASE let us know what you think in the comments! Your input might just help us land an agent.

Click for a brief glimpse of our current projects…

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