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Weekly Reading List #109


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers. I hope everyone is having a wonderful day and a wonderful October up to now. I’ve been working hard on my novel New Girl. Final edits are coming along great so I’m on schedule for publication next year. Don’t know when I’ll get to book two though. It’s written but not typed. It’s hard to type without a desk so right now I’m just focusing on this novel and getting it out there. I’m going to try to get a 2019 pub date for the second novel but the way things are looking right now it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen and I definitely don’t want to rush it. Besides, I’m only halfway done with book three.

But I can’t be a writer if I don’t read and relax. So, on that note check out this week’s reading list.
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Weekly Reading List #108


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey, there avid readers! You know, I understand all the hype about Christmas but come on, it’s Halloween time, celebrate Halloween! I only say this because it seems that people are in a rush to just move on without enjoying what’s going on right now. I love my holidays; I try to celebrate what they were created for. I’m no saint, of course, I call into the commercialism of it all, it’s hard not to, but I try to enjoy every damn day and just go with the flow. Not jump to the next thing before I even start celebrating.

This connects to my reading. I have a very long list of books to read, a goal to read 90 books this year. But I’m not rushing. Some books I enjoy so much I can’t put them down, and then there are others that don’t read quite as fast, books that almost bore me to death. There’s one right here on this list. I also say this as a note to myself because I love to read and there are so many books I want to read. But I just need to go with the flow and read what I can and enjoy the journey I’m on with the books.

So on that note, check out this week’s reading list. Let me know what you think of the books and see if these are books are worthy of your reading list.
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An Interesting Choice of Villainy | Review of ‘The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty’s Prince’ (Villains #3)


By Cynthia Ayala

The Beast Within by Serena Valentino
Disney Press
Image Credit: Goodreads

“A cursed prince sits alone in a secluded castle. Few have seen him, but those who claim they have say his hair is wild and nails are sharp–like a beast’s! But how did this prince, once jovial and beloved by the people, come to be a reclusive and bitter monster? And is it possible that he can ever find true love and break the curse that has been placed upon him?” —Goodreads

Published July 22, 2014, by Disney Press, The Beast Within is the second novel in the Disney Villains series by Serena Valentino, exploring some of Disney’s famous villains and characters, with this one focusing on Beauty and Beast’s Beast himself.
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Weekly Reading List #107


Hey there avid readers. Man, I cannot believe it’s already October. I love October. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. But anyway, another week means another reading list and I hope you guys like these titles. Check them out, let me know if you’ve read them, what you think or if you have any suggestions. I’d love to hear what you think.

Happy reading!
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Book of the Month Poll – November 2017


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there avid readers! I hope that everyone is having a wonderful week. It’s finally October!!! Woo!! Favorite time of the year. Did you know that in 1 year I will be getting married? Yup, on Halloween. It’s going to be Spooktacular. No my dress will not be black. But it will certainly be unique. But that’s all beside the point. A new month means a new list of book releases. Which means I need your help to choose the next winner of the book of the month for November. So check out the ten titles listed below and vote for your favorite. If there isn’t a book on the list that you think deserves to be on the survey you can fill in your own. Remember, the winner gets a featured book review right here (and all my various social media platforms, Goodreads and Amazon). Vote by clicking this link here or by clicking on the image below. Happy voting!
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Weekly Reading List #106


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there readers. I hope everyone is doing well. I’m doing very well, catching up on all my reading, breathing freely, having fun. Not much in the life of my other than my reading fever as my fiancé likes to call it. So here’s you go, my new reading list. And again, don’t forget to share your thoughts on these books, if you’ve read them or haven’t, what you think about them. Happy reading!
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Book of the Month Poll – October 2017


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there people of the page! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week, but as it’s another month what we have here is another poll! Woo! So many excellent books coming out soon, so excited to see where all your interests lie. Let me know by voting right here which novel should this September’s book of the month title. Remember, the winner gets a featured book review right here on Cyn’s Workshop. You can vote by clicking this link here or by clicking the picture below. Happy voting!
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An Ending Like an Afterthought | Review of ‘The End of Oz’ (Dorothy Must Die #4)


By Cynthia Ayala

The End of Oz by Danielle Paige
HarperCollins
Image Credit: Goodreads

Dorothy is finally dead. Or so they thought. Amy Gumm managed to save Oz but the Yellow Brick road isn’t done with her yet. Picking her back up from Kansas once again to drag her to the dark world of Ev to battle the Nome King and his new bride: Dorothy Gale. This is Amy’s last chance to save Oz once and for all without turning into a monster like Dorothy.

Published March 14, 2017 by HarperCollins, The End of Oz
by Danielle Paige is the fourth and final novel in the Dorothy Must Die Series.
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Weekly Reading List #102


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there people of the page. I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. I’m still backlogged on books, working hard to make sure I stay on top of them and that my book reviews don’t suffer either. Although they tend to when I do them last minute and in a rush. But I’m working on remembering to take a breath and just take everyday ass a new day. I feel like I’ve been rushing through my life lately, just with books and my reviews. So, even though I’m backlogged I’m just going to take a small step back and breathe.

So, on that note, check out my new reading list.
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Weekly Reading List #101


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there people of the page. So, it turns out that I have once again become backlogged on books. I have until Sept 2 to read 4 books. I’ve knocked one out of the park (these are ARCs with expiration dates btw) and I’m in the middle of two at the moment. I’m saving the longest for last while I go through these two, using every spare moment, my sleepless nights (I’m an insomniac) to read, read, read. I guess it’s a good thing I have finished prelim edits on my novel. I printed out a copy for myself so that I can go over formatting and editing issues that will no doubt need to be addressed. So, until that arrives in the mail, I plan on using all this free time to catch up on this reading. I’ve also gotten control over my anemia again. I’m not great at taking care of myself and I feel fine most of the time so I don’t take my iron pills but when I crash, boy do I crash. And you know what one of the symptoms of anemia is? Loss of interest. So I was reading slower than usual, spending half my time just being a lazy bum. But I’ve taken my iron pills every day for the past 6 days, getting my iron up as best as possible. And the change is noticeable.

So here you go folks, my upcoming reading list for this week. Since my energy is up, I have no doubt that I will catch up on my reading. At least, that’s the hope. Happy reading!
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