Best of 2019 Reviews, Part One!
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Articles / December 28, 2019

NB: This week, we’re taking a look back at 2019. We’ve got a week of best-of posts to share, with reviews, cover snark, sales, and more. We hope you enjoy revisiting our archives, and most of all, we wish you and yours a wonderful holiday and a happy new year – with all the very best of reading. … We’re counting down the best of our 2019 reviews and boy, there were a lot. Counting down from ten, these are the first five reviews in terms of page views. There are some definite surprises in six through ten, and I honestly think this five is a motley crew compared to the top five. Let’s get counting! … A | BN | K | AB 10. Wicked Saints by Emily. A. Duncan (April 4) Review by Amanda Grade: B+ Wicked Saints is a young adult fantasy debut and it’s a goth kid’s dream. Seriously, if you have a thing for anti-heroes, dark magic, and things that are simply metal as fuck, this book is for you. There are some issues that are common in first books of a fantasy series. It took some time to familiarize myself with the world and the…

Whatcha Reading? December 2019 Edition, Part Two
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Articles / December 28, 2019

We have reached the last Whatcha Reading of 2019! Let’s pour one out for the books we’ve finished this year. SBTB hopes you’ve ended your year of reading with something good. If not, there are tons more books waiting for you in the new year! Catherine: I’m in the middle of Christmas madness (singing and culinary editions), so I’m sticking to rereads at the moment. In particular, I’m rereading the Penric and Desdemona novellas by Lois McMaster Bujold, because they are delightful and funny and kind and optimistic, all of which I need right now. And of course I have just finished my annual reread of All Seated On The Ground by Connie Willis, which is clever and funny and especially hilarious if you have spent a lot of your life in choirs and singing Christmas carols (the lyrics really are a lot more violent than you might think…). A | BN | K | AB Shana: I’m reading Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett, which is about a HIV+ teen who loves musicals, and falls for a popular guy at school; someone tries to blackmail her into breaking up with him by threatening to tell everyone that’s she’s positive. YA…

Smart Bitches Happy Hanukkah Giveaway 2019 – Night Seven!
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Articles / December 28, 2019

Happy Hanukkah, 2019! Tonight is the seventh night, and of course we have another giveaway. Are you having fun? I’m having fun. Boatloads. Ready? Let’s do this! Today’s prize is: a Kate Spade Mavis Street Taden tote in Rose Gold! Of course I have pics! Isn’t it cute? AND ALSO SPARKLY? I confess, I went for a lot of sparkly things this year. Want some specs? The bag measures approximately 12.1″h x 13.3″w x 4.3″d It has a strap drop length of 8.5″. The top zips closed – very important to me, personally. The interior has two slide pockets, and one zipper pocket. IT SPARKLES ALL OVER. Want to enter? Yay! Just leave a comment telling us about one romance that is in your essential, most-read, absolute favorite list. Standard disclaimers apply: I am not being compensated for this giveaway. Void where prohibited. Open to international residents where permitted by applicable law. Must be over 18 and open to the option of fabulous bags, and also candles, chocolate, and jelly doughnuts (It’s Hanukkah after all!). Not responsible for how much awesomeness you can carry in this sparkly-great tote. Comments will close Sunday 29 December 2019 at or near 12pm ET, and…