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It’s So “Anna” (My Not So Fangirly Discussion of Fangirl With Holly)

Hi everyone! I am so excited to share this discussion/review. During Val and Ely’s Make-Me-Read-It-Readathon, Holly and I both ended up reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell! Of course, it took me like four times as long as it took Holly to read it (oops) because you know, sometimes you just do not click with books. This was the case for Fangirl (ALA, the title). Me and Holly finally sat down and had a very lengthy discussion about Fangirl which we will be sharing on our blogs now! Our super long discussion is going to be broken into half, so I have the first part and Holly will have the second!

I will be in the red and Holly will be in the blue!


~It’s So Anna~ 

   That's So Raven
It’s so Anna. Like That’s so Raven.
That’s so perfect. Except That’s So Raven is not so problematic. But enough about Anna.
Let’s not get into Anna because we could be here all day.
 Anyway… About Cath… 
Yes, let’s talk about Cath.
What do we have to say about Cath exactly? She, um. . . She was interesting. OH! Let’s first discuss this whole Harry Potter rip off stuff.
We need to have SOME kind of order, Amber.
Okay, well, you know, we should first discuss HP Rip off because that’s like the first thing we read in Fangirl, that’s like the first thing. Let’s talk about how the Wikipedia page was basically the HP page in terms of belovedness, books and movie numbering. Or how Simon, the whatever the heck he was supposed to be is like, an orphan or what have you. IT’S JUST LIKE A HARRY POTTER RIP OFF AND I HAVE NOT EVEN READ HP.
Simon Snow = Harry Potter. Baz = Malfoy. That one girl = Hermione. Or was it a guy? I can’t remember. Didn’t Simon have friends besides Baz? Oh wait, they weren’t friends. They were frenemies (is that how you spell that word? Gah). I don’t even remember the Simon Snow fiction stuff.
THERE WAS PENELOPE! THAT HE LIKED, I THINK, AND THE HEADMASTER PERSON AND okay, about the whole HP thing, we also discover Baz is just totally misunderstood and lonely and blah blah blah blah blah.  Imagine the “blah blah blah blah blah” part like,
Spice World Ha ha ha
*cough* Malfoy *cough* WAIT UNTIL HIS FATHER HEARS ABOUT THIS. (Please tell me you get that reference).
LOL! I WAS JUST ABOUT TO ASK “WHAT DO YOU MEAN HIS FATHER?” I’m sorry, no.’
omg you are an uncultured swine. Okay. CATH. *clears throat* for some reason, I had a hard time connecting with her. You would think I wouldn’t, given that she’s a quiet, shy booknerd. But there was just something about her character that annoyed me. She hardly tried at all to make college a better experience, and she never did ANYTHING except write Simon Snow fanfiction. She was boring!
OKAY, YES, CATH. I thought I was going to be able to like, I don’t know, sympathize with her about the whole Wren ditching her thing and being in college by herself, but I did not. And while I did totally understand her anxiety about college and all that jazz, I felt she was reaching at times. . . She mostly complained a lot, talked about fanfiction a lot and called her dad a lot and yeah, that’s basically it.
It just didn’t feel exactly… damn, what word do I want here? Um,  Organic? Sincere? True to life? Emotional?
SINCERE IS GOOD. I think that’s what I want. Like, it just felt like the author was trying to MAKE us sympathize with her and feel bad for her situation. And while I did, I also believe that if you want to make things better, YOU need to get up off of your ass and do the change yourself. No one is going to come rescue you. Not your dad. Not your twin sister.
I don’t know, I could definitely understand how she felt lost or whatever and how she couldn’t really deal with that, somewhat and how she did need her dad and sister, but I liked how she eventually got to become friends with Reagan and Levi and not be as dependent on her family as she was before college.
That’s true. She needed time. I think my issue is that her social anxiety was her excuse, but nothing happened with it. I feel like it was so bad she probably should’ve had therapy. And meds. Her dad had a mental health issue too, didn’t he? But nothing was done about that either.
Now when it came to her dad’s situation, I liked the lead up to that, the constant phone calls Cath did, I didn’t know why she kept calling so much until later in the story and I liked that. I could relate on a somewhat level to that background issue of Cath’s. I wish it had been elaborated more on than it was, like, to see how her dad dealt with it, if he had thought of therapy in the past, etc. Was he on meds? But yeah, I wish Cath had kind of found some sort of support for her anxiety she had and to deal with her mom leaving. I know not everyone has to go to therapy to help them with their problems, but I think it would have been a nice subplot for Fangirl other than Levi, Snow, Levi, Snow, Dad, Wren, Levi.
I think he was on meds, actually, but he chose not to take them (which is when he would go off on his manic episodes). You bring up dealing with her mom, and that also ties in with my feelings about Cath because I felt like nothing was really dealt with. I didn’t really feel like she had much character development. Yes, she made friends and started doing more than write fanfiction. She found a quiet place of her own without Wren by her side. But by the end, I didn’t find that much about her had changed. And man, I still found her boring because not a lot was happening in the book.
Okay, now about the whole Fanfiction thing, that could have been done so so so so so differently and I’m pissed at the missed opportunity. Cath has this huge following on these writing websites with her Snow fanfiction and she doesn’t take advantage of that. It’s like, she has fans, they read her stories, but she doesn’t have a real connection with them because her writing is so big. I wish she had formed a sort of community with her readers and other fanfiction writers online and used that for a subplot while she was dealing with college and everything. She could have retreated into that part of the internet as well along with writing fanfiction and wow, that’s a tangent. I agree with you finding her boring, and okay, I found a lot of her…talking to be very similar to Eleanor in Eleanor and Park, did you ever read E&P? Especially during a scene with Levi, it seemed very very E&P to me, which makes sense, they’re by the same author. But still. Very similar that I found them interchangeable.
The fanfiction is another deal of mine with this book. I haaaated it. Like, I understand why it was in there because you know, Cath was a fanfic writer, but remember when her teacher told her about plagiarizing and she gave her that final project? We didn’t actually get to see that final project, like I wanted. I wanted to see Cath become more confident in writing her own ideas, but it was completely brushed over. She obviously wrote about her mom, but that’s all we know. I think? I can’t remember. But I don’t know, I was going somewhere with this but now I’m not sure what I really wanted to say… I think the final project was a pretty big deal for Cath, and to not show it, or how it affected her, the main character? It was part of her development, the whole idea that she could do more than write fanfiction, so why wasn’t that a bigger deal in the end?
 
No, I haven’t read E&P, but I’ve heard all of Rainbow’s books are very similar. I HAVE read Attachments, but it was adult, and pretty different from this.
The whole plagiarism thing ticked me off, that whole storyline was just so…wasted or useless. Or no, it did have some use, it showed Cath she could do more than fanfiction. But it’s just like, “Really Cath? You really don’t know that what you did was plagiarism? Are you kidding me?” I don’t think I would have minded the fanfiction so much if it hadn’t screamed Harry Potter so loudly. I wanted to see the final project too, I think there was a small glimpse of the writing, like, when Cath was telling the backstory of her mom, she then later referenced the scene later in the book. Rowell should have definitely decided to show us Cath’s final project, like THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE BIG MOMENT OF THE BOOK. it should have been THE big moment in the book. The ultimate self actualization for Cath. And we didn’t get it
I was okay with the fanfiction sprinkled throughout because it made sense. What I didn’t like were the “excerpts” from the books/other fanfic writings that were at the end/beginning of the chapters. They didn’t seem to fit at all. And yes, exactly. It was that ONE moment that should have been in the book. Another big moment that wasn’t as touched upon as I would have liked? Cath and Levi confessing their feelings. Like I can’t even remember that part. And because they just barely hung out, I didn’t really believe they’d fallen in love. Which was sad and disappointing, especially after that REALLY cute, Cath fell asleep on top of Levi moment.
What ticked me off was how Levi said that he had been interested in Cath from the get go and that something he said (to Cath) pointed towards that and I’m just like “Why do we have to go there?” THAT’S SO ANNA. We need to make “That’s so Anna” a thing in this doc. Okay, yeah, Cath and Levi as a thing is weird. Like, it just seemed like the whole opposites attract thing and Levi was interested in Cath because OMG THIS GIRL IS QUIET AND WRITES WEIRD FANFICTION AND STAYS IN HER ROOM AND SHE’S A TWIN, LIKE WHOA, I’M SO ATTRACTED” and it’s weird.
I didn’t find it WEIRD so much as they just didn’t really click together that well. And omg remember when they went to that party and you KNOW she’s going to witness that moment, and you’re just like COULD YOU PLEASE *NOT* DO THAT K THANKS. And the author totally went there anyway. And then they were sitting side by side in the hospital/mental institute and Levi tells her their kiss meant nothing SO THEY GO MONTHS WITHOUT TALKING? Yeah, good times.
DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA, IT’S SO ANNA.  The whole “It’s so Anna” still kills me. Still kills me. I’m dying right now. Omg. It’s so Anna, unnecessary drama, unbelievably cliche AND A DAMN MISCOMMUNICATION. AND WHAT THE HELL? LIKE, CATH HAD NO REASON TO EVEN BE, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE OF THAT THING, SHE HAD NO REASON TO BE UPSET, IT’S CRAP. And it’s freaking weird, because in Anna and The French Kiss, (oh god, I got the characters mixed up, that’s pretty bad), Anna and St. Clare also didn’t talk after a certain event. It was just so freaking stupid. So. Stupid. UGH. CHILDISH.
 That's So Raven
There was so much about that situation that just made me roll my eyes and go SERIOUSLY? Why was it necessary? It took off months that we could have watched Levi and Cath fall in love.
UNNECESSARY DRAMA PISSES ME OFF. LIKE DON’T DO IT WRITERS, JUST DON’T. IT’S NOT NECESSARY, IT’S ANNOYING, IT’S FRUSTRATING, IT MAKES ME RANT LIKE THIS, IT MAKES YOU SEEM LIKE ANNA, JUST DON’T. Yes! The whole Levi and Cath getting more into each other could have been WAY more fleshed out. It was ridiculous the way it happened because it seemed like NOTHING really happened between them. Like, he sat outside her door a few times, she eventually lets him in a few times later, he finds out she writes, and then it’s like boom, connection. Like, no, I’m not okay with that. I’M NOT OKAY WITH THAT AT ALL. It’s ridiculous.
It was total insta-love of the worst kind. I WAS EXPECTING MAGIC AND FIREWORKS AND SLOW BURN GOODNESS.
That's So Raven
Instead I get a couple who just *barely* sees each other and a dramatic situation that resulted in a storyline that made me want to stop reading.
And there should be no reason for insta-love when you’re in a college setting, you have like all this freedom, you have all these possible settings, these new aspects, there’s NO reason to ever do insta love in a college setting. Damn it. Like, I just don’t understand that at all. This was such a missed opportunity. I feel like this whole book was kind of a missed opportunity. Boom, truth.

Man, that’s a heck of an ending, isn’t it? Well it’s not over, go over to Holly’s post now to see our concluding thoughts!


Top Ten Books on My Fall ’15 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday
Oh my gosh, yes you ARE reading a blog post by me. A meme, but a blog post nonetheless. This is Top Ten Tuesday, a meme created at The Broke and The Bookish where they create bookish lists for bloggers to participate in. You can read about future lists here
Every time I make one of these lists, they never go exactly as planned. I’m going to try this time though. Really hard. 🙂 I’m going to sort this into a couple lists though, e-ARCs, physical ARCs and “fun” books.

~Top Ten Books on My Fall ’15 TBR~

e-ARCs

This Is Where It EndsThis Is Where The World EndsWhat We SawSymptoms of Being HumanThe Leaving Season

  • This Is Where It Ends— I’m currently reading Violent Ends and i want to read TIWIE so close together with it because they’re both about school shootings.
  • This Is Where The World Ends— I have been dying for this book since last year! That was before I even knew what it was about. I loved Amy’s previous book, Falling INto Place. This is Where The World Ends deals with date rape.
  • What We Saw— What We Saw deals with a rape that happens at a party where no one’s certain exactly on what happened, but slowly we find out.
  • Symptoms of Being Human— I’m not familiar with gender fluidity, it’s only something I’ve heard of this past year. I’m super excited to read this book though because the main character, Riley has a blog and is gender fluid. I think it will be so good. 
  • The Leaving Season— This just feels like a Fall book to me, I blame it on the fact that there’s a “leaving” season when all the graduates leave town. I’m guessing it will be taking place in Fall then, so there’s why it feels like a Fall book. 🙂 It’s a bit of a romance too,  which I don’t mind. 
Physical ARCs

Tonight The Streets Are OursHello Goodbye and Everything In BetweenA Little In LoveWolf By Wolf

  • Tonight The Streets Are Ours— Um, yeah, I’ve had this book since, er, this summer and yeah, I know I was super into reading it but, well, you know! I just didn’t for whatever weird reason. It’s okay, I’m going to read it now though, this year, sometime. Soon.
  • Hello Goodbye and Everything In Between— I’ve had this book for about a month or two, yes, this was a book I was so crazy about reading before the pubbed date, but I didn’t get to it. 😦 I just wasn’t in the mood to read it, I guess?
  • A Little In Love— Yes, this whole physical ARC thing has a trend. I wanted to read this and I never did. This is a Les Mis retelling(ish) book and I love it. ALL ABOUT EPONINE, IT’S ALL ABOUT EPONINE, THE MAIN CHARACTER IS EPONINE, HOW HAVE I NOT READ IT YET? 
  • Wolf By Wolf— Ha! This one isn’t published until next month! Success. Wolf By Wolf is a story about if Germany had actually started running the world. Scary, isn’t it?  In honor of them defeating their enemies, there’s a motorcycle race and of course the main character wants to win–and kill Hitler.
Fun Books

Dear John

  • Dear John— I am so happy to have this book! I am so happy to have this book! I bought it at a book sale Friday and I’m so happy! I’ve seen the movie and loved the movie.

Tell me if you’ve read any of these books (or if you plan to) and what’s on your Fall TBR, if you can keep one. 😉


Such A Lovely Interview with Kate Scelsa (Author of Fans of The Impossible Life)

I first read Fans of The Impossible Life around April-May. I loved it when I read it. I had the idea to interview Kate who so graciously accepted and answered my interview questions! I’ll share the summary for Fans then show the interview. My side comments will be in blue.
Fans of The Impossible LifeGoodreads Summary:
A captivating and profound debut novel about complicated love and the friendships that have the power to transform you forever, perfect for fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Mira is starting over at Saint Francis Prep. She promised her parents she would at least try to pretend that she could act like a functioning human this time, not a girl who can’t get out of bed for days on end, who only feels awake when she’s with Sebby.
Jeremy is the painfully shy art nerd at Saint Francis who’s been in self-imposed isolation after an incident that ruined his last year of school. When he sees Sebby for the first time across the school lawn, it’s as if he’s been expecting this blond, lanky boy with mischief glinting in his eye.
Sebby, Mira’s gay best friend, is a boy who seems to carry sunlight around with him. Even as life in his foster home starts to take its toll, Sebby and Mira together craft a world of magic rituals and impromptu road trips, designed to fix the broken parts of their lives.
As Jeremy finds himself drawn into Sebby and Mira’s world, he begins to understand the secrets that they hide in order to protect themselves, to keep each other safe from those who don’t understand their quest to live for the impossible.

Fans of The Impossible Life is slightly based on Brideshead Revisited, what about that story made you want to write a sort of modern inspired piece?
I first read “Brideshead” back in my mid twenties, and I was really taken with Evelyn Waugh’s character Sebastian. For a book published in 1945 to present a flamboyant gay man as the object of everyone’s adoration was unfathomably radical, and it really blew my mind when I read it. Although Sebastian definitely has inner demons, they are not about his gayness, or at least it’s not that simple, and this felt very real to me in a way that many modern queer stories do not (for example, the 2008 movie adaptation of “Brideshead” changed the plot to make Sebastian’s queerness more of a factor in his eventual downward spiral.) So it was really Sebastian who stayed with me, and seemed to be asking something more of me. I created Sebby as a tribute, and the rest of “Fans” took off from that starting point. I would forget about “Brideshead” for a long time while I was working on “Fans,” and then something would bring me back to it. So “Brideshead” and Sebastian just kind of infected me in a way that I don’t think I fully understood until I was done with Fans. (I still really need to read Brideshead. And watch the movie adaption.)
 
I thought it was really interesting that Jeremy, Mira and Sebby, were written in different point of views. Why did you decide to do that?
This came out of rewriting this book every which way possible – all third person, first person with Mira narrating, some second person sections. When I was revising I would literally spend days just changing pronouns. At the time it felt really frustrating. I seemed to be circling around this idea of how to present these characters in the way that they wanted to be presented. But going through this process of trying every way possible to tell this story gave me an appreciation for the power of the different kinds of narrative voices. And once I was able to really examine that, I saw that each of these characters was demanding a different relationship with the reader.
It’s also very important to me that we get to see each of these characters in private moments, that they show things to us as readers that they don’t show to each other, so we can see why they make the decisions that they do, and understand why they sometimes have to protect themselves before they can protect each other. (I love that last line.)

 

Who was favorite your character to write?
Mira and I have the most in common. And she was the hardest for me to write for a long time, because I think I was avoiding facing what I was really meant to face with her. But all three of them definitely have parts of me in them. (I have such a soft spot for Mira especially. And Sebastian. But I really love Mira.)
If Fans and/or the characters had theme songs, what would they be?
The unofficial theme song for the whole book is “Closer” by Tegan and Sara. “You & Me” by Diamond Rings is another one. Then Mira’s theme song would be “Every Single Night” by Fiona Apple. Jeremy gets “Hot Knife” also by Fiona Apple. And I would give Sebby “Something Else” by Diamond Rings. (I approve of everything Tegan and Sara<3)
Is there a scene you wish you had expanded on or an interesting scene you decided to cut?
Reading the book again now, I have to say I feel really satisfied with what’s in there. I have a totally brilliant editor, Alessandra Balzer at Balzer+Bray, and she was always right about what wasn’t working and what needed to be changed. I can’t stress enough how essential that relationship with your editor is. And I feel like I learned a ton as a writer by going through that process with her. (Aw, it’s so great to get such lovely editors and have a good relationship with them for your work.)

 

I read that you write plays and have two questions regarding that: 1. What is your favorite play and 2. What is the favorite play that you’ve written?
My favorite play is “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches” by Tony Kushner. My favorite play that I’ve written is called “The Mouse Plays,” and it’s inspired by my time performing in the eight hour long marathon production “Gatz.” (I’m so intrigued by The Mouse Plays)

 

I know that you spent around eight years performing Gatz, could you tell us what drew you to that show?
I started working with New York experimental theater company Elevator Repair Service in 2002, and “Gatz” was the first show that I helped make with them and ended up performing in. The idea to use the entire text of “The Great Gatsby” to perform a piece of marathon theater originated from our artistic director John Collins and some other company members. The company specializes in taking something that shouldn’t work on stage and figuring out how to make it work. And we did end up performing that show on and off, in New York and on tour around the world, for eight years. (This show sounds great, I can’t imagine The Great Gatsby on stage with the entire text.)

 

 

It says on your website that you write and edited a lot of Fans while you were touring with the show, how did that influence and impact your writing? Was it difficult to write traveling?
I would actually write while I was onstage. The setting of the show was a dingy Long Island office. A scruffy office worker would come in to his paper-pushing job one morning, find that his ancient computer wouldn’t turn on, pull out a copy of “The Great Gatsby” and start reading it out loud. I played the secretary in the office, and for most of the show I sat in a cubicle where I could only be seen by the audience from the shoulders up. For the first few years, still nervous about making sure I got all of my cues right, I would sit and do “fake work,” pretending to edit the piles of scrap paper that found their way to our set from the offices of the many theaters we visited around the world. As I got more comfortable with the show, I started reading magazines, making sure to stop a moment before I was needed on stage to deliver a line. And then for the last two years I got a tiny laptop, and I sat on stage in my cubicle and wrote and edited “Fans.” This became a kind of coping mechanism to deal with the ways in which the repetition started to wear on all of us over the years. “Fans” became a little safe haven for me to escape into my own story, because as much as I loved Gatsby, there were days when I thought I would go crazy if I had to hear it again. (Okay, writing on stage is about the coolest thing I’ve ever read before in my life. That is so awesome! Oh my goodness, amazing!)

 

Where was your favorite place to travel with the show?
We went to so many amazing places that I never even dreamed I would get a chance to visit, like Norway, Singapore, Zurich. We did a run at the Sydney Opera House and on the West End in London. So it’s difficult to pick. But my favorite city of all time is Lisbon, Portugal. I’ve gotten to go there with three different shows and it’s always magic. They make their coffee really strong there too. (I could never drink super strong coffee. Sydney sounds amazing! So does the West End. ❤ My dream is to visit.)
I loved how each the main characters has these secrets about themselves that the others don’t immediately know, what was the hardest part about writing these characters with their own struggles?
So much of these characters was only revealed to me during the many drafts of this book, so I would say it was difficult to be patient and let Mira, Sebby, and Jeremy emerge organically. There was so much that I didn’t know about them and their histories when I started, and there was no way that I could have known until I wrote my way to it. I really felt like these three characters made me work for it. They weren’t going to tell me everything right away.
Are you currently writing anything new that you hope to be published? Please say yes.
I am! It’s another YA and all I can tell you right now is that it’s my feminist manifesto. (I’m so beyond excited!)
What has been your favorite part of publishing Fans?
It may sound cheesy, but getting to chat with people like you! Publishing in the age of the internet is a pretty remarkable thing. It’s a given that you’ll be able to communicate with readers in a way that has never been possible before. To have total strangers writing to me, telling me they were excited about my book, even back last fall when I was still in re-writes, that was pretty cool. (Isn’t she the sweetest! I love interviewing authors like this too! <3)

Thank you so much for the amazing answers, Kate! This was so fantastic.
If you’d like to see more of Kate, you can follow her on Twitter. You can check out her website as well.

Wondrous Covers Wednesday (#43)

WCW_GraphicWondrous Covers Wednesday is a weekly feature where I share my cover love by showing off three covers with common themes or attributes. You can see past posts here.
 
 
 

 

I chose to feature animated covers where the characters faces weren’t too well distinguished or featured a lot of white space.
 

~One~

Wonder
Wonder by R.J. Palacio

~My Thoughts~

This is a children’s cover. I like that the face isn’t fully formed because the main character has a face deformity. It incorporate that aspect straight off. I love that the cover is really colorful with the blue background, I think it would definitely be appealing towards middle grade kids and younger.

~Two~

Symptoms of Being Human
Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

~My Thoughts~

Like Wonder, Symptoms of Being Human also features a character with no real face aspects. Given that the main character is a gender-fluid, I really like how that was shown in the cover. This is one of my favorite covers of the year because of that aspect and the mostly white background. I really love the lavender font color, but I’m not sure what I think about the “Boy or Girl? Yes” structure, it’s really distracting for me for it to be going straight down. I think it was formatted like
“Boy
or
Girl?
Yes.”
I would like it better, I can see why they didn’t do that because it would have been repetitive from the title.

~Three~

Dreamology
Dreamology by Lucy Keating

~My Thoughts~

Ooh, this cover is really pretty. I love the pink hair. I think this cover is really well done because it fits the dreamy aspect well with the eyes closed. I think the pink hair helps with the sort of magical realism/fantasy aspects of Dreamology.

You can let me know what you think about the covers below. 🙂


August Recap / Looking Forward To: September / New Griffin Teen Website

~*~August Recap~*~

~My Life~

I took a hiatus from the fourth of last month to…yesterday. 🙂 I’ll be going into detail about that in about a week or two.
I got a lot more into music again and it was nice, so I’ll be listing a lot of music below.

~Stats~

WordPress Followers: 167
BlogLovin’ Followers:
# of Views/Visitors: 3,096/2,446
# of Blog Posts: 8
# of Reviews: 0
# of Likes: 9
# of Comments: 28
Most Viewed Post: Interview with Leah Thomas (28 views)
Most Viewed Review: Where She Went by Gayle Forman ( 1,379 views)

~Book Stats~

Books Read:
FangirlCinder
I finished Fangirl from last month and actually read a whole book (Cinder) this month, a miracle, I know. 🙂
# of Books Bought: 7
Kindle: 
Not In The Script  17 First Kisses  Going Bovine  The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley  Shadow and Bone  Vivian Apple At The End of The World  The Diviners
# of Books Won:
Eleanor and park UK  The Walls Around Us  Not After Everything

Eleanor and Park was from Serena
The Walls Around Us was from Octavia
Not After Everything was from Kate
# of Books Traded/Given:

The Truth About Alice  Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 

I traded with Emily for an ARC of TTAA and received M&E&TDG from my amazing Secret Sistet! ❤

 ~What I Posted~

Features
July Recap
Looking Forward To: August
Other Posts
A Brief Hiatus
SBPT Posts:
SBPT #5 with Milly
SBPT #6 with Dana
SBPT #7 with Amber and Jessica
SBPT #8 with April
SBPT Wrap-Up

 ~Favorite Post~

I didn’t really do a favorite post on here, but I did a post about musicals on Nicole and Sophia’s blog.

~Blogosphere Participation~

I co-­hosted #BookNerdBoost with Holly, Faye and Rashika.
I participated in two Twitter chats, both #RQWN. 🙂
I finished reading Cinder for Brittany’s #TLCReadAlong! Now I’m currently waiting on Holly and Val to read Cinder so that I may continue the series. 

~Around The Blogosphere~

Here are a few interesting posts I saw last month:

~What I’ve Been Listening To~

I made a little playlist of the music I’ve been listening to. Hopefully the link works, if it doesn’t, tell me.
Live version of Guardian by Sky Ferreira
Miley Cyrus’ new album Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz

~Discovered Music~

I discovered Halsey, well, a little, I already knew of her EP, but I’m getting a bit more into her now. My favorite song of hers (besides Empty Gold<3) is Drive. So far. 🙂
I also discovered Melanie Martinez, Tori Kelly, Elle King, Coeur de Pirate Roses, The Paper Kites Twelvefour, Briana Marela “All Around Us” and Diana Vickers Music To Make Boys Cry, she also has a new song called Chains. 
I discovered this unreleased track, Never Gonna Let You Go by Shinedown, which will apparently be on the Japanese Import edition of their album! It better be<3I’m pretty much living for this song, Asking For It by Shinedown. They sound so flawless. I listened to S.O.S. by Hurts too, which is the b-side to Some Kind of Heaven by Hurts. 

~Older Music I Listened To~


~Music Videos~

Highway Patrol Stun Gun by Youth Lagoon
High By The Beach by Lana Del Rey
Wildest Dreams by Taylor Swift
Invincible by Kelly Clarkson
Lights by Hurts
C’est La Vie by Stereophonics
(I Feel Love) Every Million Miles by The Dead Weather

~New In Music News~

The Neighbourhood confirm new album, Wiped Out!, and give release date, October 30th!
Natasha Khan (Bat For Lashes) starts a side project called Sexwitch.
The xx have claimd they’re working on new music. I hope this is true.

~Musical News~


~Fantastic Videos~

DO NOT WATCH THIS VIDEO IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED THE NEWEST EPISODE OF PRETTY LITTLE LIARS. DO. NOT. WATCH. IF. YOU. HAVE. NOT. SEEN. PRETTY. LITTLE. LIARS. SEASON. SIX.
The accuracy of this video is so on point… :
“I have waited a 123 texts, 120 episodes, nine deaths and five fucking seasons to find out that *BLAH* was fucking A.”
*I hid the identity of A by using BLAH*
I’m still so ticked off about Pretty Little Liars GRR. Just ask like, anyone.
The cast of That’s So Raven reunited on The View! It’s amazing, I just started watching it and oh my gosh, I LOVE IT.

~Book Related News~

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson has been optioned.
Holly Black signs new YA trilogy

~TV News~

I am still waiting for the word that Girl Meet World has been renewed.:(

~My Addictions~

Girl Meets World

 ~Music Purchases~

Melanie Martinez "Cry Baby"Wilder MindTori Kelly Unbreakable SmileTame Impala Currents

+ Dead To Me by Melanie Martinez

~What I’ve Been Watching~

Girl Meets World

I just discovered this was up on Netflix a couple days after it officially went up. I watched the first season and what there is of the second season in roughly three days. Odds are you saw me tweeting about it, but just in case you didn’t. Here are various conversations I had involving the show, where you can read all my tweets. 😉 To make it easier, ha, I generally use the #WatchingGMW tag, unless I run out of space. 😦 And I try to keep them in the same “conversation”. Unless I forget how to do that, which I did. Anyway, I LOVE THIS SHOW. I LOVE IT SO MUCH. I HOPE IT NEVER ENDS. Disney needs to get rid of the four season rule fast, I don’t want the show to end in only two seasons.

Pokemon

I was watching this on Netflix until I dsicovered Girl Meets World and figured out the reason they dropped a plot line in Pokemon. -_- The writers thought fans would just forget. HAHAHAHA, NO, THEY STILL THINK ABOUT IT TEN YEARS LATER. Gah. And then in a later season, they say Ash is only ten. -_- No, no, no, no, no, that is RIDICULOUS. GR. Anyway…:)

~Interesting Posts~


I also made a little Storify Story of tweets that I favorited this past month. This doesn’t even include the first ten days (I got tired of scrolling). 🙂
And then there are these whole conversations which were great
Now onto the next part…

 

~*~Looking Forward To~*~

~Books~

Sept. 1:

Everything Everything  Hello Goodbye and Everything In Between Infinite In Between Truest Queen of Shadows Vengeance Road Jillian Cade Fake Paranomal Investigator Violent Ends Dream Things True

Sept. 8:

Fans of The Impossible Life

Sept. 15:

Dumplin Tonight_The_Streets_Are_Ours One The Weight of Feathers  Ash and Bramble Breakaway

Sept. 22:

What We Saw  Library of Souls Walk On Earth A Stranger Dreamland This Monstrous Thing

Sept. 29:

Six of Crows Very in pieces I Crawl Through It

Read: Fans of The Impossible Life<3
Reading: Everything, Everything
Have For Review: Everything Everything, Violent Ends, Fans of The Impossible Life, Dumplin’, One, What We Saw
Most Highly Anticipating:I Crawl Through It and The Weight of Feathers

~Music~

September 4:
a-ha Cast In Steel
The Libertines Anthems For Doomed Youth
Public Image Ltd What The World Needs Now…
Troye Sivan Wild
September 11:
Beirut No No No
Ben Folds So There
Duran Duran Paper Gods
Leona Lewis I Am
Low Ones and Sixes
Stereophonics Keep The Village Alive
September 18:
David Cook Digital Vein
Mercury rev The Light In You
Metric Pagans In Vegas
Lana Del Rey Honeymoon
Shinedown Threat To Survival
September 25:
Chvrches Every Eye Open
The Dead Weather Dodge & Burn
New Order Music Complete

Most Highly Anticipating:DON’T MAKE ME CHOOSE. Okay, I’ll limit it to five Low, Stereophonics, Shinedown, Chvrches and New Order<3:

 

~Movies~

Before We Go
IT TAKES PLACE IN ONE NIGHT, WHICH MEANS I HAVE TO SEE IT.I found the trailer for this movie last night and apparently it already, sort of, came out but now it’s getting released again. I probably won’t be able to see it in theaters since it’s limited but I’ll find it somehow. 🙂 
About Ray
I am so excited for this movie. It has Elle Fanning in it and I just really like her despite not seeing her in anything before. The film looks really moving and thoughtful and the main character/plot reminds me of Adam from Degrassi. 
Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List
I had no idea this was becoming a movie. I watched the trailer and really want to see it though. I am all for these YA book to movie adaptations. Of course, they all feel really similar, but that’s a small detail and I actually like it. I still need to read the book.
Time Out Of Mind
Time Out Of Mind looks like it will be pretty moving given the main character’s circumstances. It involves family dynamics, which I love. ❤

 

~Other Things I’m Looking Forward To~

  • Giving and receiving things from my Secret Sisters, I’m trying to figure out my boxes for the rest of the months and it’s a bit hard (because I want to get her everything).
  • Possibly going to a Three Days Grace concert on the 12th of this month with my old college roommate/friend. Hopefully we can because I told her that I was going to buy the tickets…last week. 😦 Ha, I will let you know how this goes next Sunday…
  • Friends of The Library book sale on the 18th! The 18th is just the best day because of all the music coming out. ❤
  • Blogging again! I’m so glad to be done with my hiatus and I can’t wait to get back into regularly blogging again.
~On That Note~
Griffin Teen has changed their website around! You can see it here. I love it. Muted background colors are my favorites.  It launched yesterday so this is a little late. 🙂 You can also enter their sweepstakes here.  
I hope you enjoyed this very, very long post and have a good rest of the month. 🙂

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