The Stages of Starting A New Book by Your Favorite Author, As Told by The Princess Bride

It’s a precious thing when your favorite author announces that they’re writing a new book. But let’s be honest… we as book lovers go through quite the range of emotions while waiting for said book and while reading said book. Somehow this reminded me of The Princess Bride (well, a lot of things do), so without further ado, here is my interpretation of those stages as told by The Princess Bride gifs. (I hope you find them QUITE appropriate.)


Your favorite author announces that they’re writing a new book. YAASSSSS!

This is excellent news. You need it. You’re DYING for it. This book may kill you. IT SOUNDS AMAZING. Dead. Dead. Dying. Must have.

Then you wonder, “What if the new book isn’t as good as the previous ones!?”

And… it won’t be out until… next year!?

You try to be patient but the need for another book by your favorite author is TOO GREAT!

Then suddenly, the release date gets pushed back.

Sad as it is, you understand because you WANT the author to take their time to write this perfect book.

So in the meantime, you re-read all of their books to feel the magic again.

FINALLY, the magical release day is drawing near. You thought it would never come!

You wait patiently for your book to arrive but of course, your pre-order is late.

So you head out to the bookstore, ready to fight anyone if GOD FORBID there is only one copy left.

NOOO. Someone just grabbed the ONLY copy on the shelves.

But you calmly convince them that you NEED it and point them to another fantastic book instead.

They hesitate…

BUT they give in. You finally got the book. YES! Time to cancel all plans, go home, and read.

You crack open the book, hoping to find all kinds of swoons, adventure, and amazing plot.

You get totally sucked in.

But then… SOMETHING TERRIBLE HAPPENS TO YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTER. (Doesn’t it always?)

WHY? How could the author do that!?

You don’t want to believe it.

You try to share your feelings with your friends but they just don’t understand.

When you explain your fandom to them…

…they just laugh.

So back to your only TRUE friends… your books.

You finally finished and PHEW. It was amazing (although RIP favorite character).

As you expected, it was indeed perfection.

But then you need to wait for the next book…

It’s only two more years (again)… right?

April 2015: Recap & Wrap-Up!

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April was a bit of a hodge podge… Not too much was going on and yet I feel like I didn’t get anything done! I actually DID spend a lot of time on behind-the-scenes stuff like updating ALL of my reviews from the old graphics to new, switching to UBB format, and cross-posting them to Goodreads, Amazon, and Edelweiss. WHEW. It was a ton of work but I also feel REALLY glad that it’s done and out of the way so maybe I can focus on more reading and coming up with posts now instead of formatting & updating!

FunStats

  • Number of Books Read: 7 — not great but also not too shabby!
  • Popular Search Terms:  “lunar chronicles character quiz” // “books to read if you liked divergent” (and similar terms) // “where she went ending” (how many times  // “we were liars discussion questions”
  • More Amusing Search Terms: “a good book is the best friend” (truth)  // “to love a scoundrel” (I do!) // “lunar chronicles like star wars” (high five!)
  • Most Referrals (non-social media): Andi’s ABCs, Rather Be Reading, GReads!
  • Where My Blog Most Often Leads You (non-internal/social media): The Cheap Reader,  Books Take You Places, Book Soulmates

Popularposts

 ACOTAR       SERAPHINA

Other Reviews Posted

  • I adored DISSONANCE so I read the novella HARMONIC by Erica O’Rourke and loved it!
  • Scott Lynch’s Gentleman Bastard series is SO much fun. I had a blast listening to THE REPUBLIC OF THIEVES on audio!
  • I put together some mini reviews for THE AUDITION (a Seraphina short), PLUM SPOOKY, and a DNF “report” for TETHER
  • I feel like I’ve had a rocky road with Lauren Oliver’s books. I enjoyed VANISHING GIRLS but not as much as I had hoped
  • On the Same Page read THE WRATH AND THE DAWN together for April! It was a slow start for me but I ended up really enjoying it!

Goodreads Reading Progress

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Bloggers featured on Book and a Beverage

Other Features & Discussions

Events

  • I got to see Melissa Gray, Rachel Hartman, and Arwen Elys Dayton on April 24th! I went to mainly see Rachel Hartman since I hadn’t read the other authors yet but they were such a fun group! They were all so funny and I had such a lovely time!

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What’s in store for May?

  • I’m heading to BEA but only for one day! Because of my honeymoon being only six months ago, I couldn’t really afford to stay the whole week (time off and money) so it’s just one day of BEA for me! But I hope to see you on Friday if you’re going!!!
  • I’m excited for a few spring/summer reviews like THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, THE SUMMER OF CHASING MERMAIDS, and LAST YEAR’S MISTAKE!

Book and a Beverage [103] – Jess from Gone With the Words

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Welcome back to BOOK AND A BEVERAGE!

In case you don’t know the deal about Book and a Beverage, it’s a very simple yet fun feature: We read books, we drink beverages, we take pictures of them and then I share your photos and a little about you to the blogging world!

Give a big welcome to Jess from Gone With the Words!

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Name & Blog Name: Jess | Gone with the Words
TMITell us a little about your blog! I started Gone with the Words in 2011 after falling back in love with reading, after devouring what many were devouring at the time: Twilight. Yes, that’s right! But it wasn’t until after falling in love with The Mortal Instruments and following all those fandom blogs that I realized I wanted to write about books too!
Since then I’ve added 3 reviewers to the roster, posted over 330 reviews, and have gotten 3 or 4 blog redesigns. lol I hope we can stick around for a few more years, if not forever. 😉
What’s been your favorite post you’ve written so far? (Link us up!) Back in 2011 I wrote up a series of posts all about the boys in Sarah Dessen’s book, I give you “The Boys of Dessen.
Got anything special coming up we should know about? I’m participating in Bout of Books! You should consider joining the fun. :)

Bout of Books

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042915Whatcha reading? The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase
Where did it come from? (Library, purchased, publisher, etc): Publisher
Any special reason you chose to feature this book? I loved it so much and want more people to read it!
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it?  It’s about that one person that got away, the one you always think about years down the road. It’s about figuring what you want your life to be and finding the people that will support that. It’s about home, family, friends, and love. Also, it’s set in Austin, a place I really love.

beverageWhatcha drinking? Coffee!
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading? Coffee!
Favorite beverage of all time. Go! Coffee! :)

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What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? I’m going with books I’ve read this year only because holy hell, hard question! Adult: The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase | Young Adult: I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
What’s your proudest blogging/reading/writing moment? The most amazing thing that’s come from blogging is all the friendships I’ve made and all the travel I’ve gotten to do.
Anything else you’d like to share? Speaking of travel, I’ll be heading to New York at the end of May for BEA! It’ll be the first time I fly alone. Eeep! And it’ll be the first time I’ll be meeting so many of the friends I’ve made through blogging! Will I see you there??
ALSO! Huge THANK YOU to Brittany for having me on her blog today. She’s one of the friends I’ll be meeting at BEA and I can’t wait! 😀


 Thank you, Jess!!! I am SOOO excited to meet you at BEA! Yay!! It’s going to be a wonderful time.
Ahhh, coffee ;D You know what you like!
Hmmm sounds like I should read The One That Got Away! It actually sounds like I would like it and I don’t really too much adult contemp!

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Jess! Connect with her at the links below!
Blog // Twitter // Facebook // Pinterest // Tumblr // Goodreads // Instagram


And don’t forget! You can participate in Book and a Beverage at any time! Got a book? Got a beverage? Just tweet or post your photo on Instagram using the hashtag #bookandabeverage and I’ll retweet or repost your photo!#bookandabeverage

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) – Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) – Renee AhdiehTitle: The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) by Renee Ahdieh
Date Completed: April 11, 2015
Publishing Info: May 12, 2015 by Penguin
Source: ARC from ALAMW15
Genres: Fantasy, Retelling, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Goodreads // Buy from Amazon
    Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi's wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.
She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.  

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THE WRATH AND THE DAWN was our selection for April to read together for our On the Same Page monthly read along. I have to admit… I was a bit intimidated by this book before I even began. I heard SO many amazing reviews and reactions for this book that I was already afraid the hype would get to me before I even started. And then I started the book. I’m not going to lie to you guys — the beginning was rough for me. As in, I probably would have DNFed it if I wasn’t reading with my best friends. Thankfully the great thing about being a part of this book blogging and reading community is that along with my BFFs, I had great support to encourage me to keep reading. See, when I had heard all of this hype, I hadn’t heard anyone who had struggled with the beginning so I was wondering if it was just me. Thankfully, we all read on and with reassurances from Alyssa and Amy (who were ahead of me) and pretty much everyone who saw my reading updates on Goodreads, I continued reading and they were all right. It got MUCH better.

I kind of had a hard time shaking off that rough start. I felt a bit dropped in the middle of an unfamiliar setting with a head-strong female lead. Head-strong and willful isn’t a bad thing but characters like Shazi do take some time for me to get to know sometimes. Once I know them, I’m usually all about the determination and ferocity, but I usually need to explore the setting and the plot (you know, make sure I should be on board with their cause) before I start to love them so that was something that took me a while to appreciate. Once I did get to know Shazi though (make that all of the characters), I really did love them and I’m so glad I got to know their stories.

I had a lot of fun once I really started to get into the thick of things. The world-building was quite fascinating, full of rich descriptions, interesting magical elements, and just had a great overall feel. All of the characters really started to shine and I really loved every single one of them — well aside from the baddies, of course — but even the antagonists were incredibly interesting. It took a little time for things to develop but I like how natural it felt to let these things unfold, especially in the case of the romantic elements. Renee Ahdieh’s writing was quite beautiful and it was just lovely to let myself really feel out this world and sort of develop around me.

THE WRATH AND THE DAWN concludes with punch after punch and it turned out to be just as thrilling as everyone had promised! Lives on the line, relationships in jeopardy, kingdoms at stake, and really everything reaching its pinnacle all at the right moments. It definitely had me wanting more which is both good and bad since I really enjoyed the conclusion but now I have to wait for book two (which is a ways out considering I read this book even before its publication date). All-in-all, I really enjoyed THE WRATH AND THE DAWN and how Renee Ahdieh adapted 1001 Nights into the storyline. It was a great original story with a hint of that something familiar (even reminded me of Aladdin in a specific marketplace scene!) and although I had a bit of a tough time in the beginning, I do think it’s quite worth the read and recommendation!

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“The View from Goodreads” is a featured section in my reviews that I decided to incorporate! I tend to update my Goodreads status a LOT when I read — reactions, feelings, notes — so I thought it would be fun to share the sort of “reading process”! All status updates are spoiler-free (no specific plot points will be revealed) but will contain reactions to certain pages and/or characters!

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Shazi // Character Obsessions: Revenge, freedom, love, justice.
I had a bit of a hard time with Shazi at first. Not because I disliked her but sometimes it’s hard for me to jump right in with characters and she happened to be one of them. Since she’s our main character, I figured her reasons and actions were justified but it took a while for me to warm up to her before I really started appreciating her. I think it’s hard for me to meet a character at a point in their life where they’re just angry, even if their reasons are justified so yes, I did end up loving Shazi but it took me just a little bit!
Khalid // Character Obsessions: Honor, ruling, protection, survival.
Khalid is my favorite character of this book… and it so did not start that way. I really ended up loving his character, appreciating his conflicts and struggles, and really sympathizing with him. I just loved getting to know him and finally understanding all of his interactions with Shazi. I can’t wait to read more about him!!

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Kept Me Hooked On: Middle Eastern influences. I actually don’t think I’ve ever read anything taking place in this region/with these influences! (Have I? Nothing comes to mind right away.) I really enjoyed it! I hadn’t written it off or anything but the region and culture are just so unfamiliar to me that it’s not something I normally gravitate towards. I’m really glad that I enjoyed it so much and Renee Ahdieh really did a fantastic job with all of the world building and lush descriptions of scenery, food, characters — everything. I was totally entranced.
Left Me Wanting More: Interest in the beginning. It wasn’t just that it was a slow start for me. There was something that was actively turning me off when I started the book. I mean, I’m definitely glad that I kept reading and once I understood the plot and why the book started where it did, I was totally okay with it but for some reason it was really hard for me to read with the book starting at that point in the characters’ stories.

Addiction Rating
Read it!

This book was really good! I’m definitely anxious for book two. If you struggle with the beginning, I really hope you have a situation like I did where it really picks up shortly after that. I ended up really liking the book a lot!

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BOOKS LIKE THE WRATH AND THE DAWN

(Click the cover to see my review!)

THE WINNER'S CURSE     THE KISS OF DECEPTION


OtSPcirclebanner250I read THE WRATH AND THE DAWN for the On the Same Page monthly read along with my two friends Alyssa & Amy! They have great posts ready for you today to so be sure to check out both of these, especially if you’re excited for the book!

Alyssa (Books Take You Places): The Wrath and the Dawn Quotes
Amy (Tripping Over Books): The Wrath and the Dawn inspired Pinterest board

Book Blogger Organization Challenge: May 2015


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Welcome to the Book Blogger Organization Challenge!

If you haven’t heard of this challenge and are interested in finding out more, check out the intro post! But basically the concept is simple: Whether you want to dedicate a lot of time to this challenge or a little, I’m here to help you get organized and work on blog maintenance in 2015! Everything is broken down month-by-month so you only have to focus on ONE idea at a time. January seemed to kick us off GREAT! Let’s get ready for May!

MAY 2015 ORGANIZATION CHALLENGE
Spring cleaning!

Okay, let’s talk spring cleaning for May! I actually happened to tackle a bunch of this stuff in April simply because my blogoversary was last month and the giveaways helped clean off my shelves. But May is spring cleaning of all sorts! Books, catching up on things, reading borrowed/gifted books… Now’s the time!

CULLING

  • Epic book culling! Okay, maybe it’s not epic, but maybe your shelves need a bit of spring cleaning. Maybe you have some books on your shelves that you bought/won/requested and you know that you won’t read. Ponder what you want to do with them this month! Hannah from So Obsessed With wrote a great post on culling & a handy set of questions to ask yourself to decide if you want to keep those books or pass on them!
  • What can I do with the books I don’t want? Not everyone can afford to do a giveaway for the books they don’t want to keep (honestly. I went to the PO the other day and it was lots o’ money) but you don’t have to! Aside from hosting a giveaway you can:
    • Sell them to a used book store
    • Donate them to Goodwill/charity
    • See if your library is accepting donations
    • Post them on the YA Book Exchange
    • See if anyone using Have You Seen This needs something you have and wants to trade
    • Ask your friends if they want any
    • See if local schools are in need
    • Peruse other swap sites like Paperback Swap or Book Mooch
    • Put them up for sale on Half.com (But don’t sell your ARCs!!! (of course))
  • Culling doesn’t have to stop at physical shelves either… Did you participate in a previous month where you cleaned up your Goodreads shelves? Is it time to go through your TBR and part with a few? I know I need to go back and delete some series that I had added, books I just lost interest in, or things I had added on whim that I knew I would really read. I’m sure a smaller TBR will make you feel better too!

CATCHING UP ON BOOKS THAT YOU DIDN’T BUY/REQUEST

  • Books Received As Gifts: If you have amazing bookish BFFs or family who knows you very well, chances are you get books as gifts… a LOT. So how many of those books have you read? How many gifted books sit unread on your shelves? I’m not saying read them ALL right away, but maybe pick a couple to try to work on! It’ll make your gifters so happy too!
  • ARC catch-up: Story of our lives, right? But hey, always time to work on some ARC catch up! Take May to consider what you’ll really read — whether before pub date or maybe even at all. If you think you won’t read it soon, pass them along!
  • Borrowed Books: If you’re [a terrible person] like me, you still have books that you borrowed from your friends (*cough*years ago*cough*) and haven’t read them yet. I’m going to make a valid attempt to return these books (damn you friends who keep saying “hold onto them until you read them”) or you know… actually read them. NOW’S THE TIME! Or maybe a time to attempt reading some or at least making plans to get to them soon!

MORE UPDATING AND CROSS-POSTING

  • Do you have more reviews to update? More reviews to cross-post? It’s a VERY daunting task (I just finished after hard work for MONTHS)! Take May to work on those a little bit more. Maybe just one a day and then you have 31 more done! Right? Right!

Resources Mentioned: YA Book Exchange // Have You Seen This // Paperback Swap // Book Mooch // Half.com // Post on Culling (So Obsessed With)

Don’t forget to share what you’re accomplishing this month with the hashtag #BlogOrganization!

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NEXT MONTH: Freebie month!

June is the month to pick anything you need to work on — choose from anything we’ve already worked on, tie up some loose ends, and generally finish some updates!

Vanishing Girls – Lauren Oliver

Vanishing Girls – Lauren OliverTitle: Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
Date Completed: April 5, 2015
Publishing Info: March 10, 2015 by HarperCollins
Source: Picked up ARC at ALAMW15
Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Goodreads // Buy from Amazon
Related Posts: Annabel (Delirium #0.5), Requiem (Delirium #3), Before I Fall
    Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late.
In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.

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I had heard a lot of interesting things about VANISHING GIRLS before I started so I was pretty anxious to jump in once I had decided the time was right! I had just finished THE DEVIL YOU KNOW by Trish Doller (review to come!) so I was in a very mystery/thriller mood and I had hoped VANISHING GIRLS would keep me on that streak!

The book was really interesting but I do have to admit that I sort of waffled back and forth between being really curious and feeling a like the book was a little sluggish. I think some of that stems from my impatience whenever I read a mystery or thriller (I get too excited!) but Lauren Oliver’s writing is always a bit lyrical and her words are very carefully chosen so I tend to feel frustrated when that drags out the mystery a bit longer. That being said, I do think that it worked very well for VANISHING GIRLS (impatience and all) because of the way the story was put together and how the ending came to be.

The relationship between Nick and Dara was really interesting. I really wasn’t sure at first why the two POVs were necessary, plus a constant switch from past to present, but it ended up not feeling as jarring towards the middle of the book and felt downright necessary towards the end. I also had a hard time in the beginning just getting into the book because I’m always greedy for immediate mysteries and clues to present themselves when I know something is coming, so I always hope for just a touch of something to really hook me at the start. The first half of the book felt a bit slow and I felt like there was a lot of time spent developing the story between the two girls which in retrospect the reader does need in order to fully understand them both BUT it did feel like a lot of set-up and so it dragged for me just a little bit.

I was able to predict the ending but I also think that I picked up just the right amount of clues. I didn’t really start forming theories until about halfway through and by that time I think the readers are supposed to be picking up what’s going on. Nick is hot on the trail of the “vanishing girls” (including her sister) and the reader starts to realize what happened even before Nick does so it’s a really interesting dynamic to the book! It was actually really neat to see everything come together and the fact that I was able to guess how the book ended really didn’t affect my reading experience negatively. Actually, it allowed me to seeing a wider perspective than just Nick or Dara’s POV so it was really cool to put those pieces together and watch the ending unfold around them.

I was hoping for a BIT more thrill from VANISHING GIRLS but it was a really interesting story! I love mystery/thrillers and Lauren Oliver threw in some nice twists for the reader! I think if you don’t pick up the clues, the ending will SHOCK you and if you do, it’s still a ton of fun!

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“The View from Goodreads” is a featured section in my reviews that I decided to incorporate! I tend to update my Goodreads status a LOT when I read — reactions, feelings, notes — so I thought it would be fun to share the sort of “reading process”! All status updates are spoiler-free (no specific plot points will be revealed) but will contain reactions to certain pages and/or characters!

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Nick // Character Obsessions: Reconnecting with Dara, family, keeping the peace.
Nick seems a lot like me. Dara was the more adventurous sister and Nick was much more reserved, followed the rules, and really wanted to keep the peace between everyone. She didn’t like to rock the boat when it caused fights, even at the expense of her own feelings. But I also loved how much she missed her sister when the accident fractured their relationship and how much she really wanted to patch things up. She was really persistent to repair that relationship and it really meant a lot to her.

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Kept Me Hooked On: Lauren Oliver. I’m not gonna lie… I still feel a bit let down with REQUIEM since I fell head over heels for DELIRIUM and it was one of the books that got me reading YA. I still haven’t read ROOMS or PANIC (although I want to) so this is the first book I’ve read since the Delirium Trilogy and I really wanted that magic to come back. I did enjoy the book so that was good but it wasn’t quite as much as I had hoped. I kind of want to revisit Lauren Oliver’s writing but back in a non-contemporary book. I haven’t really had success with her more realistic fiction.
Left Me Wanting More: Thrills. I really enjoyed the overall story but I really wanted to be hooked in by more thrills! The ending was really great but the pace didn’t really pick up until halfway through. I just prefer things to be a bit more spaced out throughout the book to hold a reader’s attention!

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I feel good about the book overall, but the beginning was a touch slow for me. I wished I had fallen in love a bit more but I do still recommend it to those looking for a fun mystery/thriller!

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BOOKS LIKE VANISHING GIRLS

(Click the cover to see my review!)

WE WERE LIARS E LOCKHART     DANGEROUS GIRLS

Pub Date [11] – Destination: Beer


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Hi, all! Welcome to back to our new feature called PUB DATE where Estelle from Rather Be Reading, Andi from Andi’s ABCs, and Maggie from Just a Couple More Pages and I all team up to pair books + beers in harmony! Each week, one of us will features a beer and a book of our choice, each with a different theme for that month!

This month’s theme: Travel and Road Trips

This is SUCH a fun topic for me. One of my favorite things to do when we travel to a new place (or old familiar place… anywhere that’s not here) is to make sure I have a local beer. I love craft beers and I love trying new beverages and there’s just something about vacation that makes them taste that much better, ha! We’ve been to so many cool places in our travels and Shane and I love to visit new bars, breweries, and restaurants with great beers. I haven’t been anywhere recently (you caught me too soon! I’ll be in CT & NYC for visits and BEA in a month!) so I’m going to share some of my favorites from past travels!

MILWAUKEE, WI

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From left to right: Lakefront brewery tour, a beer float at Milwaukee Brew Fest, beers with my sister at the taste of Milwaukee

My sister moved up to Milwaukee a few years ago so this gave me the opportunity to explore a city that I’d been to but hadn’t really gotten to know. Obviously with a baseball team called the Brewers, Milwaukee is damn proud of their beer scene. I’ve only explored a bit of it, but that’s also a good thing because there’s plenty left for me to experience! They’ve got several craft breweries as well as some major facilities like Miller-Coors — and the great news is that all of them offer brewery tours! They also have a beer festival each summer (which I’ve only been to once but it was a lot of fun!) and of course, the Taste of Milwaukee brings in lots of fantastic beers for you to try. There are also tons of bars, brew pubs, and even nanobreweries to try around the city!

BILLINGS, MT

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Clockwise from upper left: Montana Brewing Company, Yellowstone Valley Brewing Company, Red Lodge Brewing Company, drinking Red Lodge beers at our friend’s wedding

I would not have thought of Billings as a beer city, but it really is! We visited three breweries while we were there.. and that was only a few days! They were all SO good too. I’m glad Billings is a decently small city (for being the biggest town in Montana) because we got to traipse around trying all of the breweries we could find! If you’re ever at the Montana Brewing Company and they have the strawberry wheat beer — OMG. You MUST try it. It was like a strawberry dreamsicle in a glass. So delicious.

FORT COLLINS, CO

Fort Collins BeersFrom top to bottom: Fort Collins Brewing Company, New Belgium Brewing Company (which was not open the day we passed through town), Odell Brewing Company

Fort Collins is really starting to boom and they have got QUITE the beer selection too. New Belgium has essentially exploded and now you can get a Fat Tire just about anywhere. A few of their craft breweries around right down the street so we also got to try Fort Collins Brewing Company and Shane got to show me his favorite brewery/beer in the world, Odell Brewing Company (home of 90 Schilling, which is Shane’s favorite). I didn’t actually get to see New Belgium because it was closed on Mondays and that happened to be the day we were there, but hopefully I’ll get to see it next time!

NEW YORK, NY

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From left to right: Beer flight at Draught 55, Brooklyn Brewery at BEA 2014!

Of course a city like New York has a great beer scene. I was only able to sample a few excellent craft beers while I was there but I also want to grab some more when I’m back out there in May! I get jealous when I see NYC resident & fellow Pub Date gal Estelle check in with all of her awesome craft beers on Untappd! It’s also easier to get such great beers in the city because it’s really a great place to set up a craft or microbrewery. There are actually MANY in Chicago as well but I’m not a city person so I’m rarely out that way to do a sampling of Chicago beers (though it is something I want to do soon)!


I had so much fun talking about beers I ALMOST forgot to talk about books! How silly of me! While the beers I love are spread out around the US, the travel books I love seem to mostly take place in Europe! That means I need some more road trip books, right!?

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I’m sure no one is surprised that my favorites include Anna and the French Kiss, Meant to Be, Open Road Summer, and Just One Day. All instant favorites of mine, hands down. Is part of it because of travel? Well… it might be! But I think most of it is just those amazing authors creating wonderful stories and really bringing these places to life. I didn’t really care about Paris at all until I read Anna and Just One Day — honest to goodness — and now I want to go there just because of those books! (And it’d be neat, but you know.) I just love how I’m able to feel like I’m traveling to all of those places that the characters do without ever leaving my couch! Plane tickets to Europe ARE expensive, after all!


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Recent Beers 

  • Farmhouse Vultures by Werk Force Brewing Company. Farmhouse Ale // 7.48% ABV. I SWORE I had this before but somehow I never checked it in on Untappd so I really don’t know! Anyway, this beer was super delicious. I always love the beers that Werk Force puts out. If you’re in the Chicago ‘burbs, check them out in Plainfield or check for their new line of bottles in some stores (and even in some restaurants)! They’re always delicious.
  • Game of Thrones: Valar Morghulis by Brewery Ommegang. Dubbel // 8.00% ABV. I recently got back into watching Game of Thrones (I’m SEASONS behind but I read the books so it’s okay ;D) and I decided to finally pop open this beer that I bought when I was at World Market. It’s a dubbel which isn’t usually my style but it was really pretty good. I also loved the name. (And I’m a nerd and saved the bottle to put on my GoT shelf. It happened.)

** Beer styles and alcohol content from Beer Advocate **
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