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Hello friends!

I’m not sure if anyone is still following this blog but I’m still a bit in the bookish world if anyone would like to connect.

I’ve recently started using Instagram. I’m still getting the hang of it but of course my account is pretty bookish.

@Owlcrate you’ve done another wonderful job! February’s box is outstanding! I was on the fence about the circus theme but I had no reason to worry. I love that everything in this box is useful. . 🎪The tote bag by @eviebookish is sturdy and beautiful. I’ve never read the Night Circus but I’m inspired to pick it up simply for the lovely bag. . 🎪@frostbeardmpls created a wonderful candle with the scent of Carmel Popcorn, Roasted Chestnuts, and Bonfire. It definitely smells like a good time at a carnival. . 🎪The mini doughnut lip balm by @geekfirelabs is fantastic! Normally I’m not a fan of food scented lip product. It’s fun for the novelty of it but it usually makes me sick after a while. Not this lip balm! It smells faintly of vanilla so I see getting good use out of it. . 🎪How cute is the playing card notebook from @atticjournals ? It’s made out of upcycled cards from casinos. It’s the perfect size for sticking in my purse. . 🎪The page flags from @girlofallwork are cute and handy! . 🎪And finally….Caraval by @stephanie_garber ! Initially this a was interesting sounding book but something that I would have picked up from the library. After all the hype of this box and seeing all the great reviews, I’m super excited to own it! . Interested in getting your own Owlcrate? Use my link to get March’s Sailors, Ships, & Seas box! https://owlcrate.com/refer/Aliso-LSCKDFFH #owlcrate #bookstagram #owlcratespoilers #owlcrateunboxing

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Saying Goodbye

I think it’s finally time to say goodbye. I stepped away from the blog back in September thinking I just needed a break to recharge my batteries. A few months turned into 9 months and I’m still enjoying my time away.

Blogging has been a great outlet for me. I started way back in June of 2011 when I was still in college. A lot has changed personally for me since then but my love of reading has never wavered. Blogging was a great way for me to keep track of the books I was reading as well as what I liked/didn’t like about the books.

Now I’m in a different stage of my life where blogging about all the books I read really isn’t a feasible goal. I have other things I would much rather spend my time on.

I do owe all of you out there a big thank you. There are the many authors who contacted me and gave me my first opportunities of professional reviewing. The many, MANY other bloggers who have shaped my reading tastes. I didn’t know you on a personal level but we knew each other enough that I could trust your judgement on books. You introduced me to so many things I never would have tried on my own. As a reader, you all know how special that kind of ‘relationship’ is.

With all that said, I’m not deleting The Cheap Reader. People are still coming across my blog. If reviews can help other readers, I’m happy for them to be found online. Who knows? Maybe in a few years I’ll get the blogging bug again and feel the urge to start blogging again.

Thank you for reading.


Taking a Break

This has been coming for quite a while. I’ve been feeling burnt out and less passionate about book blogging for a long time. My posting has been slowing down. I quickly throw together ‘reviews’ when I think about it. I’ve just been barely participating. As a result, the connection with other readers and bloggers is pretty much gone. Without conversation, blogging is pretty darn boring and lonely.

It’s time to pull the plug and step away from book blogging for a while. I want to read and enjoy a book without thinking about what to say about it. I want to read a book without having other bloggers’ thoughts about the book pestering me at the back of my mind.

I’m not sure if I’ll be back but I hope I do come back. I love interacting with other readers and love talking with others about the books we’re reading.

I’m not completely abandoning blogging. I’ve started a new blog where I’m sharing some of my library work. Feel free to hop over for children, tween, and teen displays, programs, and storytimes!


I decided to start another blog where I can talk about my library work a bit more in depth.

Follow me on The Pseudo Librarian for program ideas, display ideas, and other library talk!

The Pseudo Librarian

Time for a quick introduction. My name is Alison and I’m a library paraprofessional. Youth Services is where my heart is. I spend far too much time online looking up program ideas and other fun library things.

I thought it was time for me to pass along some of my library ideas. That’s what you’ll find on this blog: program ideas, display ideas, book lists, and probably other things as well.

Feel free to use what I put up or use it and make it your own. Please share your ideas and thoughts here as well. There’s no point in reinventing the wheel so let’s help each other out.

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What I Want To See Less Of (3)

I thought it would be fun to talk about what I as a reader would like to see less of in Young Adult (and Middle Grade) books.

MIA Family

I know not having parents around makes the story easier to tell but where’s the love for parents and families? Family is a big thing. It’s our first relationship in life. They cause us many headaches but they also bring us much joy.

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Series to Binge Read?

I’ve been taking it easy this year with my blogging and reading. I wouldn’t say I’m over my blogging fatigue yet but I’m certainly not ready to throw in the towel yet.

One of my resolutions for the year was to allow myself to binge read series when I find one that I like. I just started Blue Lily, Lily Blue and I’m really enjoying The Raven Cycle so far. I think I’d like to try to binge read some more series.

SO do you have any recommendations of great YA or MG series to binge read (or read in pretty close succession)?