Announcement: Where C.J. has been all this time, aka I love you please forgive me


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Hey, lovely readers!  C.J. here. 

Some of you may have noticed that I've been absurdly absent lately. Over the summer, someone in my family died, suddenly and unexpectedly. I can only refer to him as my second dad, because there's really not a convenient term to describe how important he was in my life. 

So I've been a mess. 

I've been trying to buck up and get things done, but I've been in a bit--a lot--of a spiral. You know it's bad when you can't even read because your brain is going too fast. (Although, The Hazel Wood is keeping me afloat anyway with its creepy prettiness. I'll have to re-read it when my heart isn't breaking.) 

Sarcasm & Lemons isn't closing. It's just sort of a mini-hiatus, aka C.J. will post when she can but she's not going to force herself to post because she's already living on the knife-edge of a panic attack and self care and all that jazz. 

And dear Whitley just moved into a new house, so she's been all sorts of busy unpacking and doing repairs. 

I love all of you who have stuck it out with me. I'll still be doing all my obligations (blog tours and such). I apologize immensely for all the review books that haven't gotten proper reviews yet. When I'm a little more afloat, they'll be the first to get attention. 

You can still find me on twitter @sarcasmlemons, where I've been quite a ghost but will still check my @s daily. I 1000% appreciate any messages of support and/or gifs of floofs. If you'd like to support me more tangibly and like weird jewelry, check out my Etsy shop, Dose of Distraction. The Halloween collection is being updated daily.  

Hopefully I'll be back soon, but mental health comes first. In the meantime, you can find me this Thursday (10/12) on The Fox's Hideaway book blog, where I've compiled a special essay about depression and anxiety for Holly's and Shannon's great feature, Shattering Stigmas. I hope you'll all go support their great awareness event. 

Love and cheers, 


Top Ten Tuesday: Ten books we're super excited to read this fall

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Hosted by The Broke and Bookish.  

C.J. here! It may not feel like fall (at least where I am; 90 degrees, yuck), but there's still football, Halloween, and the stacks of delicious books finding their way onto my shelf. Today I'll share five of my most favorite TBR picks. Whitley is super busy putting her new fancy adult house together, so I'm just going to guess wildly what she's going to read using my special psychic powers, aka I will select five titles I plan to foist upon her. (Also apparently I suck at adding stuff to Goodreads because I just assume I already did.) 

c.j.'s selections                         ten ten ten


Akata Witch - Nnedi Okafor 

Penguin was lovely enough to send me this and its sequel, and how could I resist anything pitched as Nigerian Harry Potter? 


The Knowing - Sharon Cameron 

I liked The Forgetting a lot, and more importantly I've vowed to read everything Sharon Cameron writes since the day I finished the brilliance that is A Dark Unwinding. 

This Mortal Coil - Emily Suvada 

Janine from Simon & Schuster sold me on this with her gushing explication of the plot at BEA. It's sci fi with people hacking brains. Yeah. 


The Hazel Wood - Melissa Albert 

I usually try to read my ARCs in order, but let's be real...I'm going to break down and read this early. Dark fairy tales are my jam. 


Before She Ignites - Jodi Meadows 

The cover should have gone to a black woman first. That said, I still love Jodi and her lush worlds, and I hope she pulls it off. 

whitley's selections                        

An Enchantment of Ravens - Margaret Rogerson 

I know Whitley plans on reading this because she tortured me with a picture of the ARC, so she'd better because I want to borrow it. MAGIC PAINTER FTW. 

City of Lies - Victoria Thompson 

I know Whitley plans to read this because she just added it to goodreads, and I'm a good stalker. It actually sounds pretty cool, an adult Victorian thriller with a swoony-sounding dude and a bamf woman who steals from the rich.  (Also apparently Whitley and I weren't goodreads friends? WTF.) 
The Girl From Everywhere - Heidi Heilig 

This one is also on her TBR, and I'm going to keep poking her until she reads it because it's a fabulous twisty time travel adventure with the most gorgeous snarky love interest. 

The Midnight Dance - Nikki Katz 

Stalking has its perks...I'd actually never heard of this one before. It's a new Swoon title about a girl in a dance school that may be hiding sinister secrets. 

Wild Beauty - Anna-Marie McLemore 

Whitley definitely needs to bump this one up, because for some reason I've been putting it off and I need an accountability partner. I really loved McLemore's last book, but I've just been in such a slump. 

Your turn!  What are some of your favorite backlist books?