Dream Author Panel // All My Favorite Authors, in One Place!

I hardly go too bookish events like, Book-Expo-America, BookCon. And I’d get so jealous of the booktubers vlogging their experiences, about the books, and the author conferences, hahah. So when, Eventbrite (a platform that allows event organizers, to plan, and  promote their events) asked me to think of my own dream panel, I knew exactly what to say!

*Note: This will probably want you to scream because this is not a real thing. It made me.*

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I’m a big fan of contemporary novels, especially cute, romantic one’s! I would choose these three authors because they wrote one of the most cutest book ever.

  • Jenny Han (Author of To All The Boys I loved Before series)
  • Kasie West (author of P.S I Like You, and By Your Side)
  • Stephanie Perkins (author of Anna and The French Kiss series)

It would be so awesome, if they got together! I’d ask them many questions like, where did you get these ideas?

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There are so many good fantasy writers out there, but some of my favorite’s would definitely be in THIS press conference!

  • V.E Schwab (author of A Darker Shade of Magic series)
  • J.K Rowling (author of Harry Potter series)
  • Laini Taylor (author of Stranger the Dreamer)

It’s like the best trio ever!

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Some of my favorite fictional characters all in one place would be awesome! I would include

  • Autumn Collins (By Your Side)
  • Lola Nolan (Lola and The Boy Next Door)
  • Hermione Granger

If they were talking about boys it would be even funnier. I loved these characters qualities, and how they share one thing in common. They’ll do whatever it takes for their loved ones.  

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what would your dream panel be like? who would you include? Also be sure to check out Eventbrite’s online registration page

The Edge of Everything // A HUGE Letdown

22296822Title: The Edge of Everything

Author: Jeff Giles

Blurb (GR): For the perfect love, what would you be willing to lose?

It’s been a shattering year for seventeen-year-old Zoe, who’s still reeling from her father’s shockingly sudden death in a caving accident and her neighbors’ mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a terrifying sub-zero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in a cabin in the woods—only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X.

X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from a hell called the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe’s evil attacker and others like him. X is forbidden from revealing himself to anyone other than his prey, but he casts aside the Lowlands’ rules for Zoe. As they learn more about their colliding worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future.

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Pro’s

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Con’s 

  • Insta-love- I detested the romance that ocurred between Zoe, and X. It got off to a rocky start.  Zoe, and X hardly know each other yet, they feel an “instant connection”.   X is always risking everything (including his freedom) for some teenager who has issues.
  • Animal Abuse – What’s with the beating up dogs in this book? People dying, but dOGS ARE A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT MATTER.
  • Too much information, less action – The beginning was just lumps, and lumps of information. There wasn’t anything important going on, so the book started pretty bad.
  • Obvious Plot – Plot twist? What plot twist?

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It was so freaking obvious, I don”t know if it should be defined as a “plot twist”.

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Zoe – Zoe does a lot of dumb things in this book. First, she lets out her ADHD brother, and dogs in a freaking blizzard. After, she sees a guy without a shirt, about to kill someone she takes, a photo and puts it on INSTAGRAM! She keeps on being a jerk to her ex, and obsesses over X.

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X-  He wasn’t as bad as Zoe, and I liked that he grew stronger (mentally),throughout the course of this book. He was kind, and far different from what you’d expect a guy born in hell would be.

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I did not like the writing of this book AT ALL. It sounded like the author was trying wayy to hard to sound funny. There was a pacing problem in this book.

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A short recap: I disliked most of the plot, the main character was really stupid, and the voice was cringey.

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What do you think of this book? What do you think of this review? Was this helpful? How do you feel about insta-love, and dumb characters? What do you think of these new graphics?! They’re from Lola @ Flylef!  

Mini Review Take Over! // 3 Books. 3 Reviews.

Hello everyone, welcome to another Friday book review! Today, I’m going to be doing a series of mini reviews because I’m to lazy to do a full review I haven’t done these in a while.

 

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Make It Yours Book Review

This book was super fun,  creative, and cute! I found out so many ways to make so many different things (including stamps, stationery). This is my first time reviewing a creative DIY book, so my apologies if it is a little rocky 😅

Pro’s 

  • PRETTY – This book has this clean, beautiful aesthetic around it which made it pleasing to read. There were pictures that explained steps, showed the finishing piece, and just showing the supplies.
  • PRACTICAL – Not only was this really good to look at, it was helpful! It provided clear step-by-step instructions on how to create a specific project. I also liked how it gave you the difficulty level in the beginning of the project. There were also separate pages with fonts, doodles that you could use for your project. I used it myself to create this bookstagram poster!

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The author is hosting a giveaway.  Enter to win a chance to win Make It Yours, and a gold Color Wheel Cloisonné necklace (This is an Instagram giveaway)   

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Me, and Earl, and The Dying Girl Book Review

12700353Title: Me, and Earl, and The Dying Girl

Author: Jesse Andrews

Rating: 4/5 stars

Blurb (GR): Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.

Look! Who’s that laughing maniac who’s also trying not to cry?? OH IT’S ME!

I loved this book to death, and it’s very hard to write a review because I’m to busy trying not laugh/cry.

Pro’s 

  • Really Funny – This book made me LOL so many times! I enjoyed the humor put in the book. It was quite different from my expectations.I was expecting a The Fault In Our Stars rip-off, but it was completely different!
  • Great Characters –  Greg was a bit frustrating because of his ignorance, but I enjoyed reading though his perspective. I saw how much he changed from the beginning of the book, to the end of the book, and it kind of made up for it. But the character I really enjoyed reading about was Earl. He is described as the “gangster type”, but in some parts of the book,we saw his good parts. He was a really good friend (although, I’m pretty pissed about the end) to Greg, and sets him straight when he needs too.
  • Brutally Honest – The thing about this book was that it didn’t beat around the bush. It went into ALL the parts of cancer. The happy parts,  the sad parts, and the awkward parts (there were a lot of those). There wasn’t a solid mood about this book, which I’m glad for because it shows that cancer is not that sad, nor is it really happy.
  • Breaks the 4th Wall Quite Well – Narrators sometimes just “talk” to the reader, which is annoying because A) It’s making the author look like it’s trying to hard to make the book seem “funny” and B) It’s awkward. Greg however, talked to the reader, and didn’t make it seem like either of those things. It felt like a person was just talking.

Con’s 

  • There was little/no plot – This is just a series of events leading up to… NOTHING (except maybe Rachel’s death. OMG I’M SO CRUEL).It was just a pile of pages, and I got really bored towards the end of the novel.
  • Didn’t really enjoy the ending – I didn’t like what Earl, and Greg decided too do in the end. That’s all I’m saying.

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 Girl Overboard Book Review

 

546443Title: Girl Overboard

Author: Justina Chen

Rating: 3/5 stars

Blurb (GR): Everybody thinks Syrah is the golden girl. After all, her father is Ethan Cheng, billionaire, and she has everything any kid could possibly desire: a waterfront mansion, jet plane, and custom-designed snowboards. But most of what glitters in her life is fool’s gold. Her half-siblings hate her, her best friend’s girlfriend is ruining their friendship, and her own so-called boyfriend is only after her for her father’s name. When her broken heart results in a snowboarding accident that exiles her from the mountains-the one place where she feels free and accepted for who she is, not what she has-can Syrah rehab both her busted-up knee, “and” her broken heart?
Justina Chen Headley writes with an engaging wit and a powerful, distinct voice. Her first novel, “Nothing But the Truth (and a few white lies) “was a Border’s Original Voices nominee, a Book Sense pick, and received a starred review from “Publisher’s Weekly: “”Headley makes an impressive debut with this witty, intimate novel.”

I enjoyed reading this book for multiple reasons (reasons that I will list, because this a review, duh.)

Pro’s 

  • Interesting premise – We all read that rich girls have it all. Designer clothes, shoes, bags, dresses etc… Well, this is about a rich girl who seems to have it all, but in reality she’s broken (physically, and mentally) just as everyone else. I enjoyed reading about Syrah’s life, and how she tackled her fears.
  • Breaks The Gender Barrier – I know many people who think snowboarding is a “boys” sports. To be honest, I also thought that snowboarding was more of a guys sport. This book broke that gender barrier in a subtle, but effective way. This also shown some light on the expectations placed on girls. Syrah is considered fat in her family, which ruins her family images. However, in the end Syrah changed her views on her weight. She realized that how she looks doesn’t really matter, and there are other important things (Like tying to save your BFF’s sister from dying form cancer) than her appearance.
  • Great Character Development – Like stated above, Syrah changed her ways, and her opinion on what matters the most (like peoples’s opinion of her looks). It was fun too see her progress, and yell at her for doing the stupidest things.

Con’s 

  • Whiny Narrator – Syrah was great, and all, but what’s with all the whining?? She literally cried about (not so) pathetic life half the book. She cleared up during the later half of the book, but it was still aggravating.
  • Horrible Romance – In my reviews I try not to use negative words, but there wasn’t any gentler way to say I hated the romance. I didn’t like the love interest, and I din’t like how Syrah, and him ended up falling in love. Every time he showed up in the book, I sensed an anger storm brewing in me. I thought the guy was selfish, annoying, and really not worth Syrah’s time at all 😦

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So what do you think of my reviews? Were these reviews helpful? Let me know!

Book To Show Adaptations // Some of The Greatest Hits!

As you all know, the show 13 Reasons Why streamed on Netflix, and the book community was talking all about it. This made me think of all my favorite book-to-show adaptations, and I composed a whole list!

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The Good – T.V shows from books that were really good! 

In this section, I’m listing some really good T.V shows that came from book, and my thoughts if I watched it.

  • The 100 – *FLAILS LIKE A SEAL* The 100 is one of my favorites T.V shows EVER!! I’m so hyped ever since Season 4 came out. It’s almost like the books, with a few twists. AND I SHIP BELLAMY, AN CLARKE SO MUUUUCH!!

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  • Game of Thrones – OMG this show is soo epic, and intense. I didn’t read the books, but I did binge watch the seasons AND I LOVED IT!!

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  • Sherlock – Me, and some of my closest friends are obsessed with this show! It’s plot-driven, has a really good cast, and a good story.

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  • Pretty Little Liars – This show is something that I’m sure EVERYONE will love! It’s so dark, brutal, and mysterious, and that’s s enough to grab anyone’s attention.

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Those are some my favorite shows form books. What do you think of this list? Do you agree? Do you disagree? What would you add to this list? What are some t.v shows you’re excited for? AND SHOULD I WATCH 13 REASONS WHY?? 

Waiting on Wednesday #29

26032825Title: The Cruel Prince

Author: Holly Black

Blurb (GR): Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

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Holly Black is one of my favorite authors, and I love her works. This story sounds so captivating since it has to do with FAE’S. Also, the guy sounds really hot.

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What books are you hyped for? Are you excited for this book? Link your WoW down below.

Book Blogging Related Problems We All Have! (Pt.3) // Can You Relate?

Long, long, long ago when I was blogging, but sounded really cringey I wrote a post called Thing Only Book Bloggers Can Relate Too.  Then I wrote another post revolving around the same topic, only I didn’t realize it, naming it Struggles We Go Through As Book Bloggers Because Life Is Cruel . I guess it pretty much shows that I’m pretty unoriginal.

Anyway, it has been a year since I wrote those (very cringey) posts, so new year, new problems!

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  •  Reviewing Books – Sometimes after I’m done reading a book, and I have to review it the words flow through me like water.  Sometimes, I don’t even know how to write.   I usually find books that I give 3 stars, or 5 stars really hard to write about because, I can’t explain my thoughts right.
  •  Getting a hyped up book… only to hate it – UGH I hate it when this happens, because I had such high expectations, but then the book just shattered everything. Sometimes, books are so bad that my belief in series wavers a bit. Like I can’t even.

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  • Waiting on a sequel that comes 50 years later… – I especially dislike this because I REALLY NEED THAT BOOK. And then sometimes, my interest in said book goes away. AND then when I pick up the next book, I forgot everything that happened in the previous book.
  • Doing other things while you’re supposed to write up a post for your blog – This happens to me a lot, and I end up stalking Korean celebrities or something.
  • When WordPress decides to change it’s post formats – I might be a late, but WordPress changed the place where you write your posty thingy. I was a bit confused where everything went, and a bit annoyed.
  • Worrying obsessively about peoples opinions – When I’m writing a post I’m constantly thinking “Will people like this?”  “ Do I sound stupid? I sound stupid, maybe I should not write this…” I always try too make posts sound better with these questions in mind, but it can get pretty anoyying listening to those voices.
  • Not finding the right gif – Ugh. A gif makes a blog post look wayyy better. But sometimes freaking google doesn’t comply with your needs.

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  • Redesigning OBSESSIVELY – This happened to me a lot. I would just stare at my blog, and start detesting the design. I would think that it’s too old, and not me, and start over from scratch to make a new design. OR I would look at other people’s blog, and turn green with envy.
  • Not knowing what to write about – This can be soo frustrating, especially when you need to write up a quick post for the next day.

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Can you relate too these problems? Do you agree? Do you disagree? Can you add-on to our overgrowing list of problems?

Fragile Chaos Blog Tour! // A Badass Book!

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Hello everyone, and welcome to my stop in the Fragile Chaos book blog tour!

Fragile Chaos Guest Post

What songs best describe your main character?

Fragile Chaos is told in dual POV so I have two main characters, but there’s actually one song that I feel represents them both for different reasons: Fight Song by Rachel Platten.

Both Cassia and Theodric have a lot of things they don’t say that haunt them. Their omissions and bottled up anger toward multiple people only make things worse.

With the little power Theodric has left, he sets a massive war into motion—his small spark of power is still able to create an explosion of chaos. Some of his siblings are worried about him but he’s in too deep to end the war now. Theo wants to take his life back. The only way to get it is to fight against the disbelief his siblings have and prove he knows what he’s doing.

For Cassia, it’s been two years since her treasonous brother was arrested for bringing Kisk into the war. When her parents are killed in the bombings, she’s left to learn how to survive in a ruined city. She’s cast out by the other Kiskens and banned from the only real shelter left, yet she believes they’ll welcome her back eventually. When a shocking lie is exposed, it lights a fire inside her. The truth gives Cassia something to fight for.

 

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About the book 

32181158Title: Fragile Chaos

Author: Amber R. Duell

Blurb: A GOD OF WAR SEEKING RESTORATION.

AN UNWILLING SACRIFICIAL BRIDE.

BETRAYAL THAT COULD DESTROY THEM BOTH.

“[E]very fiber of my being is woven from the rage of mortals.”

Theodric, the young God of War, has a talent for inciting conflict and bloodshed. After being stripped of his powers by his older brother, King of Gods, he sets out to instigate a mortal war to prove himself worthy of being restored to power.

“I loved Kisk once; it was my home… But that was before. This is now.”

Sixteen-year-old Cassia, like many in the modern era, believes gods and goddesses to be just a myth. Enemy to her country and an orphan of the war, she has no time for fairy tales. That’s until religious zealots from Theo’s sect offer her up as a sacrifice.

Can Cassia and Theo end the mortal war and return balance to the earth and heavens? Or, will their game of fate lead down a path of destruction, betrayal, and romance neither of them saw coming?

Pre-order your copy of Fragile Chaos HERE!

Check out the Chapter One excerpt HERE!
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About The Author 

15857372Amber R. Duell was born and raised in a small town in Central New York. While it will always be home, she’s spent the last six years living in Germany and Maine as a military wife where the next step is always an adventure.

When Amber isn’t writing, she’s wrangling her two young sons. She is a lover of history, a fan of snowboarding, and a travel enthusiast. In her downtime, she can be found curling up with a good book and a cat or two.

Because You’ll Never Meet Me Book Review // A Beautiful Book About Friendship

20649195Title: Because You’ll Never Meet Me

Author: Leah Thomas

Blurb (GR): In a stunning literary debut, two boys on opposite ends of the world begin an unlikely friendship that will change their lives forever.

Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet. Ollie is allergic to electricity. Contact with it causes debilitating seizures. Moritz’s weak heart is kept pumping by an electronic pacemaker. If they ever did meet, Ollie would seize. But Moritz would die without his pacemaker. Both hermits from society, the boys develop a fierce bond through letters that become a lifeline during dark times—as Ollie loses his only friend, Liz, to the normalcy of high school and Moritz deals with a bully set on destroying him.

A story of impossible friendship and hope under strange circumstances, this debut is powerful, dark and humorous in equal measure. These extraordinary voices bring readers into the hearts and minds of two special boys who, like many teens, are just waiting for their moment to shine.

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Pro’s 

  • Interesting Plot  – This book is about a two boys, Mortiz, and Ollie. Ollie lives in the United States, and is allergic to electricity. Like if he goes near a cell phone, he could have a nose bleed. He lives in the woods with his mother, away from civilization, and anything electric. Mortiz is in Germany and his heart is powered by a pacemaker (electric), and he’s born without eyes. With Ollies “allergy”, and Mortiz pace-maker the two boys could never meet. So they talk through letters. In between the letters, both boys learn to face the world, regardless of their disabilities.

This was such a good book to read, because the way it’s presented (through letters with scenes, and dialogues). It was a unique way to read a book.

  • Setting – This was like in Germany/ the U.S. It was really interesting to see dual P.O.V with dual settings.
  • Friendship – This was less about romance (like I expected it to be), but it didn’t lay heavy on it. It was a lot about how friendship can happen between anyone, whether you’re an oddball or not. The friendship between Ollie, and Mortiz was sweet, and really heavy. It wasn’t anything light. It has a lot of meaning basically…

Con’s 

  • Ending – The ending really made me angry, because I don’t think that’s really possible. It was also out of character for Ollie. How could he just leave his mother like that? How could he just magically do that (by that, I mean a spoiler)? It was just so unrealistic, and it came out of the blue.

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Mortiz – I found it much more interesting to read through his P.O.V because he had a really interesting background.  I admired his straightforwardness. I found it cool that he could use echolocation to find out where he is. He went through a lot of character development, which I loved. His voice was so different from Ollie’s, which gave him a shape, and a personality. Him, as a character was very well-shaped, and defined

Ollie – Ollie didn’t change A LOT throughout the book. And I’m still kind of pissed, at the ending. Ollie did have a really nice character. He had a vibrant, and colorful soul, and was empathetic. He was such a contrast to Mortiz. His voice was also nice to read through, but I’M STILL PISSED AT THE ENDING.

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Okay, the writing was realllly good! The voices of our two MC just contrasted soo much, but made a really good voice. It was one of the best aspects of this book!

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1 Year Blogiversary! // Recaps, and GIVEAWAY!

Hello everyone, a few days ago it was  a very special day!

April 10th marks one whole year of book blogging! So I’m really excited, and you should be too because there is a giveaway at the end of this.

I really haven’t though I would make it too one year of blogging because every time I tried blogging I would get lazy, and call it quits. But then something crazy happened! I didn’t outgrew this phase, and hopefully I won’t ever. Blogging was (and hopefully remains) a fun journey for me, and I don’t think after what I experienced blogging I won’t let go of it again.

So, today I’m going to talk about my current status right now, who helped me/some blogging friends who helped me A LOT, and to end it off a giveaway!

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Comments – 640 COMMENTS

Hits – 7,972 hits

Average Views Per Month – 575 views

All Time Views – 8,036

Most Popular Day – June 20, 2016

These stats are not a lot, but I feel really proud of myself 😊

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  • TALK TO OTHER PEOPLE! I used to be a little hermit, who was sometimes to scared to talk to other people because A) My comment was stupid B) I was acting like an awkard person or C) both. But now I’m commenting on peoples blog, emailing almost everyone for blog collabs, being more active in social media. I feel like my blog grew because of my commenting on their blog.
  • Be organized – Wayyyy back when I first started blogging, I didn’t have a weekly posting schedule. I just posted at random times, whenever I had an idea. It’s better to have a schedule (in my opinion, of course) than to randomly post. Also, don’t overload with posts. Those ideas can be useful in the future.
  • Find your blogging voice, don’t copy other peoples “voice”. I used to be the type who ALWAYS TALKED IN CAPS LOCKS FOR FUN! But I decided that’s just not for me,and just talked the way I wanted. I’m not saying anything bad about the CAPS LOCKS people, but it’s not for me.

Of course I learned stuff, I just forgot…

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  • Keep on talking to other people
  • be less stressed about blogging
  • less hiatus’s
  • reach 500 before 2019 (you think it’s possible?)

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I’ll be doing a giveaway of both ARC’S and finished copies of books

You might be able to win (Giveaway #1)

  • The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon (Hardcover copy)
  • Girl Overboard by Justina Chen (paperback copy)
  • As Red As Blood by Salla Simukka (hard cover copy)
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (paperback copy)

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  • An ARC of The Call
  • An ARC of The Graces

(Giveaway #2)
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Do you plan on taking part in any of the giveaways? Are you happy about this occasion about this as I am? How was your 1st year of blogging? And what are you doing this spring break?

Waiting on Wednesday #28

26176756-_uy475_ss475_Title: Meg and LInus

Author: Hanna Nowinski

Blurb (GR): Can friendship, Star Trek, drama club, and a whole lot of coffee get two nerdy best friends through the beginning of their senior year of high school?

Meg and Linus are best friends bound by a shared love of school, a coffee obsession, and being queer. It’s not always easy to be the nerdy lesbian or gay kid in a suburban town. But they have each other. And a few Star Trek boxed sets. They’re pretty happy.

But then Sophia, Meg’s longtime girlfriend, breaks up with Meg. Linus starts tutoring the totally dreamy new kid, Danny—and Meg thinks setting them up is the perfect project to distract herself from her own heartbreak. But Linus isn’t so sure Danny even likes guys, and maybe Sophia isn’t quite as out of the picture as Meg thought she was. . . .

From crowd sourced young adult imprint Swoon Reads comes Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski, a fun friendship story about two quirky teens who must learn to get out of their comfort zones and take risks—even if that means joining the drama club, making new friends, and learning how to stand on your own.

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This sounds like a good diverse book with an important message about friendship. I feel like I’m going to fall in love with the dynamic between Meg, and Linus!

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What book are you waiting on? Are you excited for this book? Are you interested in this book at all? Link your WoW down, so I can check it out!