Monthly Archives: May 2015

Weekly Recap (#27)

Weekly recap is a pretty self explanatory post. I recap what’s happened in my life, in the blogging world, on my blog and what’s coming up.
Hi everyone! As you can tell, I survived BEA week! Despite not even going. 😉 I’ll admit it, I totally stalked the #BEA15 tag every. single. day. It was literally the first thing I thought of on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. I actually vaguely dreamed about it, I think. It was strange… Anyway, from what I’ve read, it went pretty well and a lot of you (that went) got a ton of books! Nori, for instance, got 143 books. In four days. That is amazing insanity. 
So while you were gone (if you were at BEA), I posted last week:
This has been my most views in a week and a month ever! It’s amazing, I reached over 800 views in the past seven days, which is just, crazy. ❤
~What You Can Expect This Week~
  • Monthly Recap + Looking Forward To (Possibly combined)
  • Review: Anything Could Happen by Will Walton
  • Top Ten Books I’d Love To See As Movies
  • Wondrous Covers Wednesday
  • Review: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
I know, I’ve been super bad at the whole posting reviews thing. Ugh. Call it a slump. I may do a series of mini reviews instead, I’m not sure yet.
~In The Blogosphere~
~Reading Progress~
I’m still around 21 percent in Scarlett Undercover by Jennifer Latham. On the bright side, I started More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera which I am absolutely LOVING. It is the reason why I was up until six this morning when I knew I needed to be up at seven. Ha. I’m about 40% into it and I can’t wait to finish it. It’s published on the second! So TUESDAY. So close. So so so close.
~Highlights~
  • I received Every Last Word, Time Between Us and Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone which I won from Lisa @ Read Breathe Relax! Thank you<3
  • I also received Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen that I won from Meghann @ Becoming Books on the same day. Thank you! ❤
  • I won a book of my choosing today from Katie @ Polished Page. I chose P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han! Of course. ❤ I definitely needed that in physical copy to put next to To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. Thanks Katie<3
  • I received a bookmark from Valerie for her book Hollywood Witch Hunter which comes out in July and I can’t wait!

That’s all I have for this week, but I want you guys to tell me how BEA was if you went, what your favorite arc is that you received, how Armchair BEA was if you didn’t go to BEA, what you did this past week, if you read any of the books I mentioned, if you got any cool books or bookish swag, what you’re looking forward to in June and everything else! Let me know. ❤
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All The Movie Adaptations (Armchair BEA Day #4?)

Armchair BEA
Hi everyone! Armchair BEA’s almost over and BEA’s finished as well. 😦 This has been really fun to participate in! I loved answering the prompts everyday and writing a bit more than I usually do, so that was really nice.
What books do you want to be made into a movie or television show? What are some of your favorites? We’ll explore more about this topic, especially what works and what doesn’t.  Are there any upcoming shows or movies that you’re excited for? What are your recommendations?
Today’s prompt is on movie adaptations. I really love movie adaptions, fairytale ones, Shakespeare ones, tv show ones, I just like adaptations. Usually. 🙂 I’m going to talk about all a lot of the adaptations that I like. 🙂
Movie Adaptations I Love:
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Read: Yes)

Sisterhood Of The Traveling PantsSisterhood Of The Traveling Pants

I would be surprised if this wasn’t the first non disney adaptation of a novel I ever read. From what I remember of the book (and I don’t remember too much anymore), this seemed to be a pretty good adaptation. It’s always a feel good movie for me and I love it. My feelings towards the second movie though are a bit less than good, but only because they combined the last three books and I didn’t like that.

Perks of Being A Wallflower (Read: Yes)

Perks of Being A WallflowerPerks Of Being A Wallflower

Perks<3 I think the cast was perfect for the main trio. It got across a lot of the feelings from the book and the soundtrack was great. I didn’t like how some of my favorite parts weren’t included though, like the poem reading.

The Fault In Our Stars (Read: Yes)

The Fault In Our StarsTFIOS

When I saw this movie in theaters, I smiled from the beginning to the very end. I instantly fell in love with it, this was a nice surprise because it was a different feeling for the book. I really loved Shailene, she’s seriously a great actress. She played Hazel so well that when I think of Hazel, I’ll think of her in the movie. This adaptation was very spot on aside from a couple scenes. From what I read online anyway. 🙂 Like Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants, I haven’t read this book in a long while.
The DUFF (Read: Yes)

The DUFFThe Duff

I think this is the most drastically changed movie on my list. The plot of it is different, the character’s personality is different, and Bianca’s family background is different. Despite that, I still liked it for what it was. It wasn’t as “dark” as I would have liked, but it was fun. I basically think of the book and movie as separate from each other.

The Book Thief (Read: Not fully)

The Book ThiefThe Book Thief

I saw the movie before I ever started reading the book and oh my gosh, it’s so sad. 😦 I spoiled a couple things for me…since I have the tendency to look things up, against my better judgement and experience in doing so. Ha. I think the main actress was fantastic as Liesel. I only wished they had tried to age her up better than just messing around with her hair. That’s a minor thing. The setting was fantastic, I loved how the movie was actually filmed in Germany, that helped the atmosphere of the movie. It made it seem much more real.

A Walk To Remember (Read: Not fully)

A Walk To RememberA Walk To Remember

The book, A Walk To Remember takes place in 1958-1959 while the movie seems to take place in the late 90s. Even though I haven’t finished the book, I know the film was changed to modernize it a bit (made in 2002). This is my favorite romance movie ever. I loved Mandy Moore and Shane West. I felt Mandy definitely got across Jamie’s isolation from her classmates really well. Shane was the perfect Landon I feel. I like the changes they made from the book a lot too, like instead of Jamie volunteering at an orphanage, she helps tutor and is in an astronomy club. I would like a more straight forward adaptation, but it doesn’t affect my love for this movie.

One Day (Read: Not fully)

One DayOne Day

If A Walk To Remember is my favorite romance movie, this one is definitely in the top five. I really like how it went over a number of years and showed the same day every time with the main leads.

Howl’s Moving Castle (Read: Not Fully)

Howl's Moving CastleHowl's Moving Castle Movie

Howl’s Moving Castle was the second Hayao Miyazaki movie I watched and I remember repeating it over and over again. 🙂 I must have watched it at least six times in the few weeks I’d borrowed it from the library. I did start the book years ago, but I never got around to finishing it. I know quite a bit of things are different from the book, but it’s just so magical to me. I really really love it. And of course, the score is to die for.

TV Show Adaptations That I Love:
Pretty Little Liars (Series) (Read: #1, 2)

Pretty Little Liars PLL

I’m a bit torn between this one. I watched the show first then read the first two books, I definitely loved aspects of both of them and in my perfect world, the show would have followed the first book exactly. After that….that’s up to debate since i’m not exactly sure of everything that happens in the rest of the series. I love the soundtrack though, it was used so well, especially in the first season.

The Vampire Diaries (Read: No)

TVD TVD_Show

From what I’ve read, the tv show may actually be a lot better than the book series, from what I’ve read online from others. There is a bit that’s changed from the books, like Elena’s family life and Damon’s powers. I loved Nina as Elena and Katherine, she was seriously perfection. ❤ I’ve loved her since her Degrassi days though, so that makes sense. 🙂 I love Paul Wesley too. He’s one of my favorite male leads in general.

Shakespeare Adaptations I Love:
She’s The Man (Read Twelfth Night: No)

Twelfth NightShe's The Man

Amanda Bynes<3 Oh my gosh, this is definitely one of my favorite feel good movies. I adore the soundtrack in this one as well, get used to me saying that form here on out. 🙂 I can’t help it, soundtracks definitely make a movie so much better for me. I loved this modern retelling of Shakespeare’s work even though I’ve never read Twelfth Night.

10 Things I Hate About You (Read The Taming of The Shrew; No)

The Taming of The Shrew10 Things I Hate About You

Oh my gosh, what am I supposed to say about this? I adore this movie. I loved the main character Kat (played by Julia Stiles)  so much, I liked her personality, her attitude, her remarks. She was just really great. I loved Patrick too, played by Heath Ledger. Who could forget the classic (or is it just a classic to me?) singing scene? ❤ That was amazing.

Fairytales:
A Cinderella Story (Read: Cinderella; Yes)

Cinderella A Cinderella Story

Yep, I’m using the Disney picture because trying to find a cover for a fairytale is like….impossible. Oh Hilary. ❤ I love Hilary in movies so, I definitely loved this one. It was so perfect from the modern retelling to the soundtrack to the male lead (Chad<3), I loved it a lot. I think it was a great retelling of Cinderella because while it was a bit of a fairytale, it wasn’t something that was super fluffy.

Maleficent  (Read: Sleeping Beauty; Yes)

Sleeping Beauty Maleficent

Like Cinderella, it’s pretty Impossible to find an original book cover considering it’s a fairytale. Of course, now I’ve realized I could have just used a copy of Grimm’s Fairytales but whatever.
This is the retelling of Sleeping Beauty from the “villain”, Malefcient’s view. It was really interesting to see how the storyline changed once we saw it from Maleficient’s view. This is also supposed to be the alternate view for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. Even though they’re A LOT different from each other, I still liked this one a lot. I like how dark it was, though I wish it’d been a little darker. 🙂 I like how they twisted around the true love aspect as well.

Adaptations I Did Not Love:
If I Stay (Read: Yes)

If I Stay If I Stay

I didn’t like the acting in either of these. For If I Stay, the trailer looked so so so so good, here it is for you!

Yeah, so you just saw all the best parts. 😉 Just kidding! Kind of. 

Seriously, the trailer blew me away. I was mesmerized, guys, MESMERIZED. And then…the film happened and the beginning was good, but…I don’t know, I just did not care for Chloe, which makes me sad, because I kind of just like her. For some odd reason since I don’t know a whole lot about her…

Anyway, her acting just did not work for me at all. Unfortunately because I really wanted to love it. 😦 It was a pretty solid adaptation though, event wise, from what I remember. There was a couple things not in there, but that makes sense and there were a couple scenes I loved; Mia at Adam’s performance for Halloween and when her grandfather talks to her.

The Time Traveler’s Wife (Read: Yes)
The Time Traveler's WifeThe Time Traveler's Wife
I liked this movie until I read the book and then I kept thinking about all the scenes that weren’t in it that I would have liked to be in it and yeah, I don’t like it now. Which sucks because I do own it. 🙂 I didn’t care for the actors in this one either. Go figure.

Let me know if you’ve seen any of these adaptations. Do you like adaptations? Are any of these your favorites? How do you get over watching an adaptation you don’t like for a book that you loved?


All About The Character Love (and Hate) (Armchair BEA Day #3!)

Armchair BEAHi everyone! I’m participating in Armchair BEA since I can’t be at the regular BEA this year. 🙂 If you don’t know what I’m talking about, Armchair BEA is a virtual convention for people who can’t go to BEA, there are daily instagram and blogging prompts as well as a few Twitter chats. 🙂 Which brings me to today’s prompt:
 
It’s time to give your favorite characters some love! Characters are essential to a story, and they can make or break a book for some readers. Now’s your chance to shine the spotlight on your favorite characters, or maybe your least favorite. Who’s your favorite couple? What are the components of a well written character? What are you favorite or least favorite cliches associated with characters?
Okay, characters are definitely one of the most important aspects for a story, if not the most important aspect. I’m more drawn into a book if I can relate to the characters on a certain level, like I mentioned a couple days with Sky in I’ll Meet You There and Ollie/Moritz in Because You’ll Never Meet Me.

I'll Meet You There

I’m instantly more likely to enjoy a book if the characters and I have common situational issues or personality traits, like with Hadley in The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight and Whitley in A Midsummer’s Nightmare, who were both cynical characters with family issues. I like this because in a way, it shows me represented in a story, I’m not always a happy person, I can be over-dramatic, I tend to get angry fast and I have a somewhat negative outlook on life (involving myself) and I like seeing that. I’m also sarcastic, have a great sense of humor (is that cocky?), am a good listener and a good friend (I think so?).

The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight   A Midsummer's Nightmare

Those traits in characters will make me like them because they’re well rounded and i want my characters to be well-rounded. If they’re angry about something or in general, I want to know why. I don’t want an angry character who hates the world for no reason. That brings me to my next point though.
I love the unlovable characters. Generally. This mostly applies to fictional tv shows and I’ll actually delve into that possibly next week. But the characters that do things to make you hate them or think they’re awful? Odds are, while I DO hate them, I will still like them. An exception though is Joffrey from Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. I hate his character, he had absolutely no redeeming quality, he was a kid on a power kick who got his pleasure from torturing other people who couldn’t do anything about it. I hated him.
Joffrey (Game of Thrones)
In the same turn though, Cersei, while she’s definitely done some horrible things, I do like Cersei quite a bit. Maybe it’s her manipulative nature or the way she tries to fight for control or how she is pretty smart despite making dumb mistakes. I don’t know what it is, but I do like her.

Cersei (Game of Thrones)

For a fictional book example (that I’ve read), I love Liz Emerson from Falling Into Place. Falling Into Place is about a girl named Liz who has attempted suicide and we learn throughout the book why she did it. I liked how she made really big mistakes and did things a lot of people would hate. In the same way though, I could relate to her feelings, her sadness, her feeling that the world didn’t really need her. It’s because I could relate to her, despite her doing a lot of bad things, that I loved her as a character and loved Falling Into Place.

Falling Into Place

I remember last year in the fall, I was reading a book I was so excited about called Anatomy of A Misfit by Andrew Portes. It was about a girl who was a paradox of sorts, on the outside she was one of the most popular girls in her high school, on the inside though, she had dark thoughts and somewhat ill-conceived plans. I didn’t click with her at all. I liked her sarcasm, but I couldn’t get past her mean-spiritedness. It was a struggle to continue reading Anatomy of A Misfit and I ended up never finishing it or getting very far into it at all.
Anatomy of A Teenage Misfit
Now that I think about it though, it would be interesting to go back and visit it realizing what I’ve said about liking the unlikeable characters. I think that phrase people sometimes say “I love you, but I don’t (always) like you” is true, in a way, for me at least. I do love mean characters, not all mean characters, but I do love a good amount of them. I love them because of how evil they are and how they work. I don’t like them though because odds are, I love the main character or the sympathetic character more so. So I love them, but I don’t like them. That makes sense, right?
I’m going to put some spotlight on more characters that I do absolutely love.

Free To Fall The DUFFThe Truth About AliceBecause You'll Never Meet MeFans of The Impossible LifeAnything Could Happen

Rory from Free To Fall
Bianca from The DUFF: The Designated Ugly Fat Friend
Alice from The Truth About Alice
Ollie and Moritz from Because You’ll Never Meet Me
Mira and Sebby from Fans of The Impossible Life
Tretch from Anything Could Happen
And I’ll stop there. 🙂 All of these characters I loved and I could relate to them in one way or another. I could relate to Rory because she was quiet, I related to Bianca with her feelings about being a DUFF and family issues, I related to Alice in her isolation from her classmates, I related to Olly and Moritz because they’re friends who can never meet, I related to Mira in her depression and Sebby in his feeling messed up and I related to Tretch in his unrequited love.
What I love about characters is that we can find ourselves in them, maybe just a little tiny piece, but I think in all of our favorite books, we can maybe find a piece of ourselves in them.

Now I want to know who your favorite characters are, what characters you hate, do you have similar feelings as me or do you disagree? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Did you enjoy them? Did you like the characters? Sound off in the comments!

Visual Expression and Social Media (ABEA Day #2!)

Armchair BEAHi guys! I’m participating in the second day of Armchair BEA. 🙂 The blog topic today is are Visual Expressions and Social Media. Here are the prompts exactly!
~Visual Expressions~
There are so many ways to tell stories. Whether it’s comic books, graphic novels, visual novels, webcomics, etc, there are quite a lot of other mediums to tell a story. On this day, we will be talking about those books and formats that move beyond just words and use other ways to experience a story.
I think a variety of book formats can definitely appeal to a lot of different people. Some are fond of just the words, others like illustrations like in Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children or Challenger Deep. I’m not super familiar with graphic novels or visual novels, but I have a few to talk about! 🙂
My first (and only) graphic novel experience has been with Sailor Moon! In the last few years, Sailor Moon has been taking off again with a graphic novel/manga reprint with new translations along with Sailor Moon Crystal, an anime adaptation of the manga. I’ve only read up to the this volume of Sailor Moon though. 😦 Because they’re just a little expensive! I think people who might not like to read regular books would really like reading graphic novels. There’s also a really big variety of them, there’s horror, romance, fantasy, supernatural, “slice of life”, and shoujo. Basically something for everyone. 🙂 The animation is also nice to look at!
And because I love it sooo much (I’ve watched the anime<3), I’m going to show some manga pictures!
Sailor Moon Manga  Sailor Moon Manga  Sailor Moon Manga     Sailor Moon Manga
Now I’ll talk about visual novels. If you don’t know, a visual novel is an interactive story told on a computer that generally has choices you pick that impact where you end up. Most visual novels, that I’ve seen,  revolve around the main character ending up in a relationship. These are sometimes called dating sims which from what I read isn’t technically true.
Generally the main character of the visual novel is a guy, but I have seen a few where a woman’s the main character. Dating sims are where the story focuses quite a bit on romance and where you (as the character) end up. There’s generally a few different people the main character can end up with, it all depends on your choices.  I’ve found that I really like the plots of a couple.
My first visual novel was Katawa Shoujo. The plot does revolve around romance, but there’s also a lot of talk about people’s disabilities and how they don’t necessarily hinder them. It’s interesting to see how each person adapts to their disability.
I think people who want to be more “interactive” with their reading would enjoy visual novels. There are a lot of different ones, the only downside is that a lot of them are Windows only. 😦 And if you have a Mac like me, that’s a bit of an inconvenience. If you haven’t tried visual novels, I would definitely recommend trying them out! A lot of them are free, but there are some you have to pay for like The Royal Trap, though you can try a demo of it. 🙂 This one features a female main character. It’s sort of a romance mystery.
Here are some pictures from Katawa Shoujo.
Katawa ShoujoKatawa Shoujo

~Social Media~
How do you use social media to expand your blogging/writing horizons?  Social Media is all about networking and connections, and utilizing today’s technology to the fullest.  Make sure you mention your own social media pages. Do you have another blog, maybe a Tumblr? Have a Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook? Or maybe there’s an underrated social media program that you like.
I use social media to interact with someone! I remember when I was researching about book blogs (stalking book blogs), I remembered it was HIGHLY advised that you make a twitter account because of readers, authors, publishers, etc etc. I am so glad I did. Twitter has just been so awesome and I always had it before, but that was for following fictional accounts and bands. 🙂
Twitter’s definitely helped me a lot with blogging. It’s helped me:
1. Share my posts
2. Find friends!
3. Discover new books!
4. Talk to authors!
5. Follow publishers
6. Discover newly added ARCs to Edelweiss and Netgalley!
Most of all, I just love how many people I’ve met because of Twitter. I’ve made friends, found bloggers and talked to so many authors, it’s just been so awesome. I’d talk more about it, but as my blogaversary is in two months, I’ll hold off. 🙂 There are always tons of Twitter parties and Twitter chats and I just LOVE that. It gives me the chance to meet new people, find someone who loves the same book I do, that may be underrated and have fun. I always find out when publishers do eARC drops on EW because everyone will get all excited and tweet about it. 🙂 So that’s convenient. 😉
I do have a couple other social media pages. I have a Facebook page, but I haven’t updated it in forever which I really need to do for my 25 followers. 😉 I also have a Pinterest, which is mostly personal, but I’ve been (veryyyy) slowly adding my book reviews and such there! I’m probably going to create a new one for my blog though, possibly. I have instagram, but I forget a lot to send pictures there! And then it’s always a struggle for me to figure out how to use instagram on my Ipod touch. 😦 But I’ll learn soon enough! I will! I’m sure! I hope.
I really love Goodreads too. I did use it in the past before I started blogging, but that was very rarely for books, most for groups. ;). Now I use it all the time to add books to my shelves (mostly 2016 and 2017 :P), see what friends are reading, and read reviews! I think it’s nice to have a Goodreads account because you can track your reading by it by making different shelves and stuff. 🙂 It’s also fun to join groups and participate in those.
I think having a variety of social media accounts can definitely benefit you and your blog. You reach different people on Facebook than you would on Twitter. There are benefits to Pinterest (such as making different collections) and Instagram (showing off that bookography! Oh, is that a word? It is now!). Though, you do have to worry about having TOO many social media networks, I would think. Because odds are, you’ll cross-post and depending on how you do that, readers may be more likely to discover your posts on Twitter than your others and so it may be beneficial to cut one of them out and focus on the others! The two social media networks that I use most for blogging are Twitter and Goodreads.
Overall, social media is such a huge game changer with the ways people can share your posts, especially on Twitter with retreating and the option of tagging people and using hashtags.
Now for my social media pages!
Twitter / Facebook / Pinterest / Instagram / Goodreads
 
Okay, so what social media networks do YOU like? What do you think about Pinterest? Should I make another Pinterest for my blog? What do YOU use? Share your links! Have you ever read graphic novels or visual novels? Do you have any favorites? Let me know. Happy ABEA!

Introducing Me (Armchair BEA Introduction)

Armchair BEA
Hey everyone! As you know, I am not at BEA so I figured the next best thing is…Armchair BEA! This is my introduction post where I choose five questions to answer. Ooh. The anticipation. It’s agony to wait, I know, I know. Here goes. (Man, two references, I’m so good).
That video feels oh so appropriate. (Note To Self: Watch Camp Rock and sequel instead of doing BEA) 😉
~Why Do You Love Reading and Blogging?~
I love reading because it takes me to a different place, to be cliche. This doesn’t have to be a fantasy book, which I’m not really into, but the book just transports me into someone else’s life and I like it. I like being able to break away from this life for a little bit and experience someone else’s. Reading also helps me see different world views and teaches me something. It gives me the chance to see other people’s lives who might be different from mine.
I love blogging because it’s given me such a sense of community and friendship that I really didn’t have before last year. I’ve felt so welcomed and I’ve met fantastic people. Blogging has gotten me writing again, even if it’s not “creative” writing. It makes me feel productive right now since I’m not currently working or in school. I just love blogging because I got to meet so many people, work with publishers through NG and EW and meet such nice authors on Twitter (Becky Albertalli, Paula Stokes, Jennifer Niven, etc.).
~What Does Diversity Mean To You?~
For me, diversity means having a wide range of people with different sexualities, economic backgrounds and religions as well as plots with unique aspects or subjects, etc.
With books, I think diversity is a book that features any of these people or aspects at the foreground:
  • PoC main character
  • LGBTQIA main character
  • A main character with a socioeconomic background that isn’t middle class.
  • A main character with a religion that isn’t a majority one
  • A main character with a disability
  • A main character with an illness that’s uncommon
  • An out of the norm subject matter
  • Characters communicating through interesting means (writing letters, only emailing, sign language)
  • A character that doesn’t follow a common path, such as going to high school then college, but does something else.
  • I think an interesting writing style can be diverse as well, such as We Were Liars by E. Lockhart which weaves in fairytales and flashbacks.
~What Is One Book Everyone Should Read~
Okay, I’m cheating with this one and I’m going to list two instead. 🙂
I think a book everyone should read is I’ll Meet You There (IMYT) by Heather Demetrios. I’ll Meet You There deals with poverty, small town life, PTSD, alcoholism, and older teens. I love the setting in IMYT because it takes place in a small town in California that doesn’t really have much to do in it. The teens featured in it also live mostly in poverty, something I found really interesting and refreshing to see since I’ve never seen that in YA before. I like how it dealt so honestly with poverty and trying to break out of it as well as the expectations people may have for you. One of my favorite parts in IMYT is when Sky is talking to her friends Dylan and Chris, Chris says something that was offensive to Dylan and I understood why. The perspectives people can have for you came across really clear. It’s also a roller coaster of a book that I loved and connected with so so so much.
The second book I think everyone should read is Because You’ll Never Meet Me (BYNMM) by Leah Thomas. I would call Because You’ll Never Meet Me a diverse book because both of the main characters face extremely unusual illnesses of sorts, whose lives definitely don’t follow a common path and the story’s told in an interesting way, through letters. Because You’ll Never Meet Me was a heartbreaking and dark book with a great friendship in it.
~Share Your Favorite Blog Post (Written By You)~
I have a few favorite blog posts:
1. What Is Veronica Mars
This is one of my favorite blog posts because I really just raved a ton about this amazing show that I love so much. It was really fun to think of all the reasons I love Veronica Mars and finding all the gifs to use to get my feelings across.
2. Things To Do Instead of BEA
Yep, I just wrote this one yesterday but I already love it so much! It’s gotten a pretty positive reception which is a-mazing. I seriously love it so much.
3. I Read The Fault In Our Stars In A Strip Club
I just posted this one Thursday but I really loved it. It’s definitely one of my favorite posts I’ve done because I wrote it so easily and it was just fun to go and say “I read one of the saddest books ever in a strip club”. Because WHO does that? Who!? Me. 🙂
I also really enjoyed my four part (with an intro) Book Buying Bans, Binges and Budgets and my three part 2015 Trends/Themes series I did.
~What Is Your Favorite Genre and Why~
My favorite genre is Young Adult Contemporary, I know others will say fantasy or dystopian because they can explore the worlds and really be taken away. However, I love contemporary because it’s “real” in a way as in it could happen to me. I mean, I’m sure most things that happen in the books won’t happen to me, but I have a better chance at meeting someone on a plane and growing a connection with them than say, finding out I’m a wizard at 11. Or Sailor Moon at 14 (I’m honestly still holding out for that one though!). I like it because I can relate to the life situations like with IMYT and BYNMM. Sure, the situations aren’t ideal, but I’ve found people I can genuinely relate to in those books and I love that.
I hope you enjoyed my post, feel free to check out those posts I linked, marathon Veronica Mars and come back tomorrow to see another Armchair BEA post! And if you’re participating in Armchair BEA, tell me! I want to know.

Books That Are Sure To Be Great Beach Reads

Top Ten TuesdayIt’s Top Ten Tuesday and while everyone’s at BEA, I’ll be posting this today! Yayyy. This is the second TTT that I’ve actually had done in advance and yet, “Amber, why didn’t you schedule it then”, because readers/followers/friends, I don’t really schedule posts because odds are, I’ll have more I want to say.
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted @ The Broke and The Bookish. Every week the ladies there create a list for bloggers to participate in and encourage blog hopping on the linky.
Since it’s summer or almost summer technically, they chose “Ten Books I Plan To Have In My Beach Bag This Summer or Ten Books I Think Make Great Beach Reads”. Now I don’t exactly have a beach bag…or a beach…because you know, I live in Kansas. The opposite of beach area. Ha. Anyway, I thought it’d be fun to get a mix of romance novels and thrillers! Why? Because I can alternate in between them!

~Kasie West~

The Distance Between UsOn The FenceThe Fill In Boyfriend

I know, it’s a crime that I haven’t read these three yet. 😦 I’m going to though! This summer for sure! I’m even planning on buying On The Fence and The Fill In Boyfriend in a couple weeks so I can binge read all three!

~Huntley Fitzpatrick~

My Life Next DoorWhat I Thought Was True

I have heard amazing things about My Life Next Door like it’s such a sex positive book, which I love. I want to read these two before Huntley’s third The Boy Most Likely To comes out since it’s a companion to MLND.

~Morgan Matson~

Amy and Roger's Epic DetourSecond Chance SummerSince You've Been Gone

I know, I know…Morgan Matson is like one of the top contemporary writers from what I’ve heard and it’s a sin I haven’t read any of her books, despite owning all three…

~Emery Lord~

Open Road SummerThe Start of Me And You

Likewise with Huntley’s books, I want to read these two before her newest When We Collided comes out next year since it’s a companion novel to one of these two, I just can’t remember which one…

~Sarah Dessen~

Saint Anything

I won an ARC of this so I’m really excited to get it and read it. I’ve heard it’s different from Sarah’s previous books and this will be the first book of hers that I’ve finished. I did try reading Just Listen months ago but I set it aside for something else.

~Jenny Han~

P.S. I Still Love You

THIS BOOK COMES OUT TODAY! Oh my gosh! I am so excited to read it! I know I didn’t rate it the first one the highest last year, but I’m still really happy about the sequel and look at that cover! It’s so pretty.

~Trish Dollar~

The Devil You Know

Oh gosh, okay, I know I talked about this book during one of my 2015 YA Trends/Themes posts, but let me just say again, GOING ON A ROAD TRIP WITH TWO STRANGERS YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW ISN’T A GOOD IDEA. So hopefully this book is very mysterious, scary and doesn’t disappoint.

~Michelle Painchaud~

Pretending To Be Erica

This sounds amazing. I love a girl that’s raised to do a specific goal and she’s a CON ARTIST. That’s just like the coolest thing ever! I can’t wait to see how this plays out.

~Trisha Leaver~

The Secrets We Keep

The Secrets We Keep is about two sisters where one dies and the other takes over her sister’s life for her family’s sake and because she feels responsible for her death. I’ve heard this is really emotional so I want to read it.

~Amanda Pahitch~

Damage Done

Damage Done is about a girl named Julia whose life changes in 22 minutes but we don’t know the details really until the story unfolds, at least that’s how I imagine this. 🙂 Julia takes on a new identity and a new school. I’m interested in seeing how this goes about because she meet someone who may be dangerous. Ooh.

~Donna Freitas~

The Tenderness of Thieves

This book released today! Yay! Okay, The Tenderness of Thieves is about a girl named Jane who was held at gunpoint in the winter. Now that it’s summer she’s trying to just enjoy herself and meets a guy named Handel who has secrets Jane isn’t aware of. I have a few suspicions already of what Handel’s secret could be, but it will be interesting to see what it actually is and if Handel’s a good person or not.

Okay, I’ll be honest. I’ll probably only read half of these books because, well, you know how I am. I put high reading standards for myself and never reach them. Or I go through reading slumps and that’s no fun. So if I read a few of these in the next few months, I’ll be happy. 🙂
Tell me what books you’re looking forward to reading this summer and let me know if you’ve read any of these! Particularly Pretending To Be Erica because that sounds so so so good! I hope everyone has a great week!

Things To Do Instead of BEA


BEA

Alternate Titles: The Left Behind

So, I was just sitting in a chair last night when this thought came to me, “Things To Do Instead of BEA”, I think part of it came to mind to ease my pain but the other part came to mind because I’m a genius (check out Kat’s post from a few years ago, figured I’d get beaten to it, ha).

  • Cry–Yep, let’s just get this one out of the way right now. During this time you may not only cry, but you may mourn, scream, throw things, stalk the #BEA15 tag to add more pain, and rant to everyone on Twitter/make passive aggressive tweets/change your Twitter name so no one makes the mistake of thinking you’re going to “You-Know-What”. Haha.
  • Laugh–Laugh at how people are going to meet for the first time and they’re going to be so nervous. They’re going to forget their names and everything. Not to mention when they meet the authors! 🙂 It’s going to be great! I’m kidding, but seriously, just think, you won’t have to face the pressure of living up to your internet persona (yet). 😉 That’s a LOT of pressure.
  • Sigh In Relief That You’re Not Traveling–I don’t know where you live, but where I am, it has been raining an insane amount, there has been a tornado risk going on all day and it’s just awful out! Rejoice that you don’t have to be up in the sky with it going on!
  • ARMCHAIR BEA–I WILL BE DOING THIS. I’ve heard it’s good for blogger interaction which I always need more of. If you haven’t registered, I believe registration is still open here. You begin with posting an introduction post TOMORROW! There will be Twitter Parties which is just great because who DOESN’T need more Twitter parties in their life? No one, that’s who! NO ONE doesn’t need more Twitter parties.
  • Movie marathon or TV Show Binge!–You know what these people going to “You-Know-What” can’t do? They sure can’t have a movie marathon, nope. BUT YOU CAN. Why? Because you’re not going to “You-Know-What”. Sorry, for the reminder. I’m telling you though, get yourself addicted to a nice show that you can binge watch on Netflix, Hulu, Youtube, dvd and you’re all set! I’m thinking it’s time to watch Degrassi again!
  • 24 hours Readathon–You can have a 24 hour readathon and be all productive! Yep, I could never do this, but you totally could! Read an ARC you’re dying to read regardless of the release date, read those books you bought but never got a chance to read. I give you (unneeded) permission! Go for it. Stock up on coffee, snacks and read read read! (Note: Reading is still encouraged despite not reading for 24 hours)
  • Write Reviews–Well since you have a couple days that may be free for you (unless you, you know, work or have other priorities), you could write some reviews. Right? Right? Yeah! Write ALL the reviews.
  • Catch Up On All The Blogs–The great thing about not going is that you might now have time to catch up on all the posts you’ve missed! It’s the ultimate revenge, your friends and fellow bloggers will come back and BAM! They’ll have like fifty thousand comments to go through! Muahahaha. I bet they won’t leave you again.
  • Create a Pinterest Account–Trust me on this one, you’ll get addicted and forget all about “You-Know-What”. Better yet, if you don’t already have a Pinterest account, you can make one and link your blogging stuff on there! And make boards for all other kind of bookish things! Be careful though, it’s quite possible you might get TOO addicted.
  • Do the #YAParty–You can tweet awesome tweets THURSDAY NIGHT(!!!!!) to earn chances to win amazing prizes. LOOK AT THAT. YOU CAN STILL GET ARCS AND YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE TO LEAVE THE STATE/CITY/HOUSE TO DO SO! Win-win. So yeah, who really wins now? WHO REALLY WINS? We do. That is what I’ll definitely be doing. To find out more information about this, you can go here Reading Teen or here WhoRUBlog.
  • Go to Barnes and Noble and feel all the books–This could be less therapeutic than not as you can look at BEA books and take them home, but it’s worth a try! Feel the books, cuddle the books, talk to the books, take pictures, steal the books, I mean, buy the books…
  • Go For A Walk–And think about how you don’t have to walk through large crowds of people in an enclosed space that is sure to get hot and carry around large amounts of books! Now, doesn’t a walk through the park sound better than that? Because come on, large crowds of people, the chance of missing your favorite author due to another time constraint, not getting an ARC you really want because they’re all gone? THAT’S NOT FUN. #BrightSide
  • Treat Yourself–Go to a coffee shop, a restaurant, a movie, the mall, A BOOKSTORE? Go somewhere and just indulge yourself (as long as it’s not something you can’t seriously can’t afford). Retail therapy is one of the best therapies. Heck, go to a coffee shop, the mall and see a movie. Drown your sorrows in Subway (or your food of choice), Starbucks (or your coffee shop of choice) and a CD/DVD store (of your choice). I did that several times while at college. Yep…It works pretty well.
  • Reorganize Your Bookshelves–This includes but is not limited to, sorting through genre, going “HEY! I forgot about that book”, fondling the books, sorting the books by genre;color;size;author;favorites, and/or buying new books. Think about how everyone’s going to go back to their homes and come on, I’m sure they can’t all fit their books into their bookshelves. But guess what? Because you’re organizing your shelves, you won’t even have that issue.
  • Start A Support Group–For other people that are not going to BEA. There are SEVERAL. Talk to each other if you don’t already! Talk about how sad you are, talk about how you didn’t even WANT to go and how you wouldn’t go if they PAID you (pray someone will pay your way next year because that’d be a great way for the universe to make this injustice up to you) explore their blogs, stalk them on Twitter! You might find a new friend during this!
  • Sleep–Just sleep the entire week guys. I mean, yeah, it’s probably kind of BAD to sleep that much, but if you’re asleep, you won’t even have to think about “You-Know-What”. In a similar manner….
  • Plan For Next Year–The great thing about BEA? Despite all the changes it’s had over the years (from what I’ve heard), it’s an annual thing. There will be another one. Plan to go next year! It is a bit expensive to go so I know that’s generally a big factor. I knew odds were I weren’t going to BEA since I’d just started my blog in July. I do have hopes of going to Chicago. Scratch that, I AM going to BEA in Chicago, so, yeah. Take that, BEA goers this year (I love you all).
  • Drink–Drink. Drink until you can’t even remember you’re a BLOGGER. Or, you know, until you don’t think about “You-Know-What”. Okay, maybe don’t drink THAT much. That’s probably bad. Just drink until the pain is a dull ache.

Yep. You may now all sigh because you didn’t even WANT to go to BEA and I just gave you all these great alternatives. Yep. We will survive, those who are left behind. We WILL. And we’ll be BETTER for it and STRONGER and FASTER and wait, that’s a Kanye song I’m getting at now…

 

Anyway. . . I hope you like this post! I had a fun time doing it. I will now be doing all of these things. Except the review one. And the drinking one. And the treating myself one because I have no money until next week, curses. And the Pinterest one, I already have one. But some the others? For sure! 


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