Book and a Beverage Author Edition | Rachel Shane

Book and a Beverage

Welcome back to BOOK AND A BEVERAGE!

Book and a Beverage was a featuring originally designed to spotlight book bloggers but I’m thrilled to extend the feature to interview authors and highlight their works as well! This is a special Author Edition of Book and a Beverage. 

Give a big welcome to author RACHEL SHANE!

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Name: Rachel Shane
You know her best as the author of… ALICE IN WONDERLAND HIGH (4/18/15), KASEY SCREWS UP THE WORLD (9/8/15), PREMATURE EVACUATION (9/29/15)

  Alice in Wonderland High    Kasey Screws Up The World    Premature Evacuation

ALICE IN WONDERLAND HIGH: Amazon // Goodreads
KASEY SCREWS UP THE WORLD: Amazon // Goodreads
PREMATURE EVACUATION: Amazon // Goodreads

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READING

What are you reading? I am reading and adoring THE NIGHT WE SAID YES by Lauren Gibaldi.
RachelShane_drinkWhat’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? I’m a huge fan of dual timeline narratives and I love how this one follows the same characters throughout a pivotal night in their lives and then again a year later as they recreate it. I would definitely recommend it!
What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? The top 3 books I find myself recommending are ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins for the swoony love story, THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER which is my favorite of Sarah Dessen’s, The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater because…Ronan.

WRITING

What can you tell us about your current work in progress? My current work in progress, in very vague terms, is a contemporary YA in which a girl teams up with her enemy—the guy who got her expelled from school–in order to solve a mystery. There’s lots of witty banter, criminal activities, and a really epic kiss or two. That’s all I’m allowed to share at the moment!
Are you a pantser or a plotter? I am a huge plotter. I’m a Project Manager in my day job, so organization and careful planning is very important to me. My outlines are long and super detailed and if I start to stray from them while writing, I stop and re-outline to get back on track.
Do you have a favorite spot to read/write? I do most of my writing on my train commute into NYC. I wouldn’t say it’s a favorite spot, it can get kind of… awkward when I’m revising a sex scene for my NA series while sitting next to a stranger. Otherwise I usually just end up writing in my bed.

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What are you drinking? I’m boring. Water!
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading/writing? On my morning commute I always get a medium-sized Dunkin Donuts iced coffee with Chips Ahoy flavor and cream. YUM.

thoughtprovokingIf you had one subplot or minor character that could go off on its own tangent, who or what would it be? The antagonist in ALICE IN WONDERLAND HIGH would be super fun to write a book about. I’ve heard from a lot of readers that he was their favorite part of the book. His voice would certainly be a challenge to tackle in narrative form—he’s based on the Mad Hatter from the original so he says some crazy things—but I’d love to explore his story more if I ever got the chance.
What type of scene is your favorite to write? My initial gut instinct to this question was KISSING! But that’s not exactly true. What I really love is writing witty sparing banter between a protagonist and love interest who totally hate each other but will clearly fall in love over the course of the novel.
Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions? Not writing rituals or superstitions per se but I do seem to have a habit of naming characters after future relatives. I named my daughter Quinn and there’s a villain named Quinn in ALICE IN WONDERLAND HIGH. The book came first but I liked the name so much that I still used it. Then my sister named her son Casey several years after I wrote the first draft of KASEY SCREWS UP THE WORLD. Can’t wait to see who names a child after my current WIP!


 

 Thank you so much to Rachel Shane for the interview today! I LOVE your book recs! YES for ANNA! Yes for The Raven Cycle! (Ronan!) Your WIP sounds amazing too! Teaming up with the enemy + witty banter = calling my name!

There’s also a giveaway open on Goodreads for a copy of KASEY SCREWS UP THE WORLD so go forth and enter!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

rachel_shane-Alice_in_wonderland_highRachel Shane is the author of YA books ALICE IN WONDERLAND HIGH and KASEY SCREWS UP THE WORLD plus the New Adult Romance series that begins with PREMATURE EVACUATION (out Sept 29th). She’s been a computer animator, an ebook creator for a publisher, and now she works as a Project Manager for a software company where she enjoys telling people what to do. She lives in NJ with her husband, young daughter, and a basement full of books.

Website // Twitter // Instagram // Goodreads

August 2015: Recap & Wrap-Up!

I kind of spent the month of August playing catch-up. I struggled through a couple of slower books and finally picked up the pace again once I shook a mini-reading slump but overall I think it went well!

FunStats

  • Number of Books Read: 10! Whew, that’s the best month I’ve had in a while!!
  • Popular Search Terms:  “books like divergent” and “books like anna and the french kiss” // “lunar chronicles personality quizzes” // “secret sisters get to know you game”
  • More Amusing Search Terms: “how to do french kiss step by step” (why is this a thing???) // “tamlin x feyre lemon” (Lemon?) // “it the word presign correct” (what page did you land on?) // “locke lamora disguises” (LOVE THIS)
  • Most Referrals (non-social media): Alexa Loves BooksPerpetual Page Turner, Rather Be Reading
  • Where My Blog Most Often Leads You (non-internal/social media): Join the Resistance with The Lunar Chronicles, Tripping Over Books, Books Take You Places

Popularposts

 ARMADA       INK AND BONE

Other Reviews Posted

  • The ARMADA audiobook was fantastic!
  • I struggled with INK AND BONE and ultimately decided it wasn’t the book for me.
  • I finally read GONE GIRL for the first time!
  • VENGEANCE ROAD was my first Western and I really had so much fun reading it!
  • I love YA thrillers and THE FIXER was no exception!
  • It’s so hard to read a new book by your favorite author sometimes. I REALLY enjoyed SIX OF CROWS but didn’t quite fall head over heels for it.

Goodreads Reading Progress

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What’s in store for September?

    • I’m on the blog tour for FIRST & THEN and THE DETOUR and I’m so excited for both of them!
    • A fun character personality post that I am VERY excited for on the 1st!
    • More LUNAR CHRONICLES (RE)READ ALONG fun with SCARLET all throughout September!
    • Reviews for books like Dreamstrider, Illuminae, and more!

 

Which YA Character Are You? | MBTI Personality Type

The other day we were talking about personality type according to the Myers-Briggs or MBTI Personality types. I always forget what mine is but luckily I was able to remember because I had FIND YOUR HARRY POTTER PERSONALITY HERE!taken the quiz a while back and matched myself up with a Harry Potter characters thanks to an awesome graphic which I first saw on a Buzzfeed post. That got me thinking about other YA characters and who I might share a personality with and how other characters would fit into the same chart. I decided to take it into my own hands and create one! (Curious about that Harry Potter personality quiz? Check it out on the original  Buzzfeed post or click the image above to see! I’m ISFJ — Neville!)

Don’t know your personality type? Take the quiz here!

Before we get to the YA Character MBTI chart that I was inspired to create, I have to say that this was really hard to do! It seems a lot easier for Harry Potter because it’s a series that so many of us know and love SO well and there are SO many characters that are already well-known to choose from. Trying to pick from YA main characters proved a bit challenging because it’s hard to find a book revolving around some personality types because they’re more often a sidekick or secondary character. That being said, you’ll probably notice that some of my Es are maybe a bit more I in some places and some Ts a bit more F… The chart isn’t perfect, but I think it’s preeeetty darn close to what these characters really are and even if some may lean more introvert than extrovert, I think they matched the general description fairly well which is why they’re in the spot that they are! Anyway, it’s all for fun and I had a blast creating it so I hope you enjoy!

Introverted (I) vs Extroverted (E) | Sensing (S) vs Intuition (N)
Thinking (T) vs Feeling (F) | Judging (J) vs Perceiving (P)

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YA CHARACTERS ACCORDING TO MBTI PERSONALITY TYPE

Personality types from myersbriggs.org

  • ISTJ | THE EXAMINER | Cassel Sharpe | White Cat by Holly Black
    “Quiet, serious, earn success by thoroughness and dependability. Practical, matter-of-fact, realistic, and responsible. Decide logically what should be done and work toward it steadily, regardless of distractions. Take pleasure in making everything orderly and organized – their work, their home, their life. Value traditions and loyalty.”
    Other possible ISTJ characters: Sybella (Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers)
  • ISFJ | THE DEFENDER | Cricket Thompson | Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland
    “Quiet, friendly, responsible, and conscientious. Committed and steady in meeting their obligations. Thorough, painstaking, and accurate. Loyal, considerate, notice and remember specifics about people who are important to them, concerned with how others feel. Strive to create an orderly and harmonious environment at work and at home.”
    Other possible ISFJ characters: Adam Parrish (The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater)
  • INFJ | THE COUNSELOR | Delilah Montgomery | Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
    “Seek meaning and connection in ideas, relationships, and material possessions. Want to understand what motivates people and are insightful about others. Conscientious and committed to their firm values. Develop a clear vision about how best to serve the common good. Organized and decisive in implementing their vision.”
    Other possible INFJ characters: Richard Campbell Gansey III (The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater)
  • INTJ | THE STRATEGIST | Celaena Sardothien | Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
    “Have original minds and great drive for implementing their ideas and achieving their goals. Quickly see patterns in external events and develop long-range explanatory perspectives. When committed, organize a job and carry it through. Skeptical and independent, have high standards of competence and performance — for themselves and others.”
    Other possible INTJ characters: Alina Starkov (Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo)
  • ISTP | THE CRAFTSMAN | Kestrel Trajan | The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
    “Tolerant and flexible, quiet observers until a problem appears, then act quickly to find workable solutions. Analyze what makes things work and readily get through large amounts of data to isolate the core of practical problems. Interested in cause and effect, organize facts using logical principles, value efficiency.”
    Other possible ISTP characters: Sean Kendrick (The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater), Tess Kendrick (The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes)
  • ISFP | THE ARTIST | Anna Oliphant | Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
    “Quiet, friendly, sensitive, and kind. Enjoy the present moment, what’s going on around them. Like to have their own space and to work within their own time frame. Loyal and committed to their values and to people who are important to them. Dislike disagreements and conflicts, do not force their opinions or values on others.”
    Other possible ISFP characters: Mia Hall (If I Stay by Gayle Forman)
  • INFP | THE DREAMER | Park Sheridan | Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
    “Idealistic, loyal to their values and to people who are important to them. Want an external life that is congruent with their values. Curious, quick to see possibilities, can be catalysts for implementing ideas. Seek to understand people and to help them fulfill their potential. Adaptable, flexible, and accepting unless a value is threatened.”
    Other possible INFP characters: Parker Frost (Golden by Jessi Kirby), Isole Wilde (Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near)
  • INTP | THE ARCHITECT | Lihn Cinder | Cinder by Marissa Meyer
    “Seek to develop logical explanations for everything that interests them. Theoretical and abstract, interested more in ideas than in social interaction. Quiet, contained, flexible, and adaptable. Have unusual ability to focus in depth to solve problems in their area of interest. Skeptical, sometimes critical, always analytical.”
    Other possible INTP characters: “Will” Scarlet (Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen)
  • ESTP | THE PROMOTER | Sloane Williams | Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
    “Flexible and tolerant, they take a pragmatic approach focused on immediate results. Theories and conceptual explanations bore them – they want to act energetically to solve the problem. Focus on the here-and-now, spontaneous, enjoy each moment that they can be active with others. Enjoy material comforts and style. Learn best through doing.”
    Other possible ESTP characters: Vanessa Park (Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler)
  • ESFP | THE PERFORMER | David Charleston | Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
    “Outgoing, friendly, and accepting. Exuberant lovers of life, people, and material comforts. Enjoy working with others to make things happen. Bring common sense and a realistic approach to their work, and make work fun. Flexible and spontaneous, adapt readily to new people and environments. Learn best by trying a new skill with other people.”
    Other possible ESFP characters: Captain Carswell Thorne (Scarlet by Marissa Meyer)
  • ENFP | THE CHAMPION | Delancy Sullivan | Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke
    “Warmly enthusiastic and imaginative. See life as full of possibilities. Make connections between events and information very quickly, and confidently proceed based on the patterns they see. Want a lot of affirmation from others, and readily give appreciation and support. Spontaneous and flexible, often rely on their ability to improvise and their verbal fluency.”
    Other possible ENFP characters: Rose Hathaway (Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead), Charlie Reynolds (On the Fence by Kasie West)
  • ENTP | THE INVENTOR | Wade Watts | Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
    “Quick, ingenious, stimulating, alert, and outspoken. Resourceful in solving new and challenging problems. Adept at generating conceptual possibilities and then analyzing them strategically. Good at reading other people. Bored by routine, will seldom do the same thing the same way, apt to turn to one new interest after another.”
    Other possible ENTP characters: Sturmhond (Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo)
  • ESTJ | THE SUPERVISOR | Julia Lichtenstein | Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
    “Practical, realistic, matter-of-fact. Decisive, quickly move to implement decisions. Organize projects and people to get things done, focus on getting results in the most efficient way possible. Take care of routine details. Have a clear set of logical standards, systematically follow them and want others to also. Forceful in implementing their plans.”
    Other possible ESTJ characters: Colin Singleton (An Abundance of Katherines by John Green)
  • ESFJ | THE PROVIDER | Holly Nolan | The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt
    “Warmhearted, conscientious, and cooperative. Want harmony in their environment, work with determination to establish it. Like to work with others to complete tasks accurately and on time. Loyal, follow through even in small matters. Notice what others need in their day-by-day lives and try to provide it. Want to be appreciated for who they are and for what they contribute.”
    Other possible ESFJ characters: Tristran Thorn (Stardust by Neil Gaiman)
  • ENFJ | THE TEACHER | Evan Walker | The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
    “Warm, empathetic, responsive, and responsible. Highly attuned to the emotions, needs, and motivations of others. Find potential in everyone, want to help others fulfill their potential. May act as catalysts for individual and group growth. Loyal, responsive to praise and criticism. Sociable, facilitate others in a group, and provide inspiring leadership.
    Other possible ENFJ characters: Brimstone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor)
  • ENTJ | THE MAVERICK | Kat Bishop | Heist Society by Ally Carter
    “Frank, decisive, assume leadership readily. Quickly see illogical and inefficient procedures and policies, develop and implement comprehensive systems to solve organizational problems. Enjoy long-term planning and goal setting. Usually well informed, well read, enjoy expanding their knowledge and passing it on to others. Forceful in presenting their ideas.”
    Other possible ENTJ characters: Maggie Silver (Also Known As by Robin Benway)

So what do you think? It was really hard to match everyone up perfectly (go easy on me!) and some seemed pretty borderline for a couple different personality types, but I think they match up pretty well! Which characters do you agree with? What other characters have you done a personality analysis for? Where would they fall?

Subscription Box Review: Uppercase Box

Subscription boxes seem to be blowing up lately! I’ve seen more and more become available to the bookish sort which is fantastic because I had never been in quite enough fandoms to consider other non-bookish subscription boxes because I was always worried about the amount of things I wouldn’t actually used/love/enjoy.

Uppercase_Logo_01aWhat is Uppercase Box? UPPERCASE BOX is one of the subscription boxes for bookworms, specifically for YA readers (like me)! It was founded in August 2014 by Lisa Parkin who blogs for Read. Breathe. Relax. and on The Huffington Post. If you’re not familiar with subscription boxes, they’re essentially hand-cultivated boxes (or in Uppercase Box’s case, a gorgeous bag imprinted with the company’s logo) including a variety of goodies for a bookworm like you and in most cases when they’re book-related subscriptions, a copy of that month’s designated book.

How does it work? Visit Uppercase Box to check out their subscription plans. You can join Uppercase Box and subscribe, purchase a gift for someone else, or sign up for just one month (essentially gifting to yourself is the easiest way). There are also three different subscription plans to choose from based on how much you’d like to spend and what sort of goodies you want to receive in your Uppercase Box each month ranging from $17 to $29.
In each Uppercase Box the subscriber receives: a hardcover copy of a YA book (published within the last month or so) that is either signed by the author or comes with a signed bookplate, some book related-swag, and other bookish items usually from gorgeous shops around the community. (If you’re interested in checking out more and examples of these extras, you can see all of the past boxes on Uppercase Box’s website.)
Each book in the Uppercase Box also comes with a “reading experience”! The book is marked with special post-its for Uppercase Box readers to enter a code on the website and view exclusive content related to the book and/or author. I personally think this is such an incredible personal touch to this subscription box and I personally can’t wait to read the hand-selected book with notes leading to all sorts of exciting extras!

The Uppercase Box package that I received was for the month of August and the selected book was REBEL MECHANICS by Shanna Swendson. I’ve personally heard so many good things about it and I’m so excited to read it, especially with Uppercase Box’s exclusive content! This month’s package also included:

  • Signed bookplate
  • Custom bookmarks (the gear attached to the ribbon) to match the cover of REBEL MECHANICS (by @compassrosedesgin)
  • @litographs temporary tattoo
  • An ampersand necklace
  • A notebook and other swag from @swoonreads

I thought the collection of items was just great and really appeals to a wide audience! I think subscription boxes are hard for me because too often it feels like the items won’t be spot on or there are too many things that are awesome but I won’t end up using. Uppercase Box does a great job at selecting things that aren’t just fillers — they’re items you’ll want to collect or show off or use. I really thought that everything included was high quality and exciting and I love that Uppercase Box is about quality not quantity. I know I’d much rather receive something with higher treasured items than a bunch of things just to fill out a box that I won’t end up using.

Although I’m still on the fence about signing myself up for subscription boxes (I’ve pre-ordered too many books at the moment!), I think Uppercase Box is an excellent selection if you’re looking to sign up for one. I’ve looked at the past selections and honestly every single book is one that I have read any loved or have wanted to read. The swag is always amazing and I get swag-envy just looking at these!

Want to learn more about Uppercase Box? Check out any of the links below!

TODAY (8/31) is the last day to sign up for the September Uppercase Box (no pressure (go go go)) so hop to it if you’re interested in joining the fun for next month! (You may also be able to sign up on the 1st but today is the technical cut-off!)

Book and a Beverage Author Edition | Stephanie Diaz

Book and a Beverage

Welcome back to BOOK AND A BEVERAGE!

Book and a Beverage was a featuring originally designed to spotlight book bloggers but I’m thrilled to extend the feature to interview authors and highlight their works as well! This is a special Author Edition of Book and a Beverage. 

Give a big welcome to author STEPHANIE DIAZ!

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Name: Stephanie Diaz
You know her best as the author of… EXTRACTION (7/22/14), REBELLION (2/10/15), EVOLUTION (9/8/15)

        

EXTRACTION: Amazon // Goodreads
REBELLION: Amazon // Goodreads
EVOLUTION: Amazon // Goodreads

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READING

the witch hunterWhat are you reading? I’m currently devouring The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker.
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? I HIGHLY recommend this book. Witches, wizards, sorcery, pirates, adventure…31what more could you ever want?
What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, and Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard.

WRITING

What can you tell us about your current work in progress? It’s a YA fantasy that’s a blend of Pirates of the Caribbean and Game of Thrones. I’m super excited about it.
Are you a pantser or a plotter? I’m a mix of the two, though I’m trying to get better at plotting to avoid the ruts I hit when I don’t know what’s happening next in a story. But I always go into a story knowing the beginning, ending, and the key turning points, no matter what.
Do you have a favorite spot to read/write? I write and read the most in my bedroom, just chilling on my bed or in my saucer chair. When I need a change of scenery I head to the nearby lake or library. My absolute favorite spot to write is surrounded by forests, though, but I don’t get to do that too often.

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What are you drinking? Adagio’s Beerbutter tea. (Inspired by butterbeer of course.) 
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading/writing? I’m usually a water kind of girl, but if I need a treat to spice things up I’ll brew some hot tea or indulge in a peanut butter milkshake.

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If you could co-author a book with someone (anyone!), who would it be? It would be the coolest thing ever to get more of a glimpse into the working brain of the woman who wrote the Harry Potter books, so J.K. Rowling.
Which character from a book would you say you’re most like? Hermione Granger, hands down. (Can you tell I adore Harry Potter?) In school I was as concerned with getting high grades and staying at the top of my class as her. I still have a lot of her stubbornness and general desire to be right about everything (though I’ve realized now I’m definitely not).


 Thank you so much to Stephanie Diaz for a fantastic interview! Holy holy holy cow, this WIP sounds amazing. Pirates meets Game of Thrones? I cannot wait! Always a pleasure to host a fellow Harry Potter fangirl! (Though aren’t we all?)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Stephanie Diaz author photoTwenty-two-year-old Stephanie Diaz wrote her first novel, Extraction, while studying film at San Diego State University. When she isn’t lost in books, she can be found singing, marveling at the night sky, or fan-girling over TV shows. Visit her online at www.stephaniediazbooks.com.

Website // Twitter // Facebook // Instagram // Goodreads

On the Same Page: Howl’s Moving Castle | On Reading Middle Grade

One of the things I really enjoy about reading books with Alyssa and Amy for our On the Same Page feature is the wide variety of books we read. We try to always choose books we’ll think we’ll enjoy but each one of us differs just a little bit in reading tastes so we also try to challenge ourselves at least one book a year to read a little bit outside of our comfort zone. For me, one of those “comfort zone” boundaries is middle grade. I really don’t read much middle grade at all outside of Harry Potter (which doesn’t count. It’s Harry Potter) and the books I grew up with and read as an actual middle-grader. I’ve seen a few that might look interesting but honestly, I will pick up YA over anything for the most part and adult over middle grade too.

So far for On the Same Page, we’ve read three middle grade books (The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, Peter and the Starcatchers, and Howl’s Moving Castle) and I’ve actually really enjoyed them all! It’s definitely renewed my faith in reading a middle grade book every now and then and helped me not to worry that I won’t connect with it because of the age level.

That being said, I have had a hard time adjusting sometimes. I think I really need to put myself in a middle grade reading mode and try to adjust for what I’m about to read. That’s really not a bad thing and I hope it doesn’t come off as negative, but the storytelling is just a totally different style and the focus is always different. Being an avid YA reader (and in adult stories as well), there’s almost always a romance. The middle grade that I’ve read of course focuses much more on the plot and also friendships, family, and finding one’s own confidence and personality. YA is so much more figuring out where a character wants to go in the world, the transition from child to adult, and often times that includes first love and romance. I don’t necessarily need a romance in a book BUT I usually do enjoy it and it tends to bring out another side of my emotions that helps me connect more personally.

I’m definitely always open to reading more middle grade but sometimes it’s hard to make it a priority. I’m really a YA girl at heart with some adult books mixed in but it’s hard for me to pick up a middle grade book and really just be in love with it. Aside from Harry Potter and Walk Two Moons (which I read as a kid so I probably already have that connection to it), I haven’t loved a middle grade book since I was that age. I’m still interested in trying more and I’m glad I have opportunities to read them with other people like we do with On the Same Page!

 Are you a middle grade reader? Or strictly YA/adult? If you do read middle grade, do you only forage into specific genres?

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Thanks again for checking out this month’s feature for On the Same Page! We had a blast reading HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE and sharing our thoughts with you! And don’t forget to check out Amy & Alyssa’s posts today too!

Alyssa (Books Take You Places) // Amy (Tripping Over Books)

Book and a Beverage [115] – Holly from Nut Free Nerd

Book and a Beverage

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 Holly from Nut Free Nerd!

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Name & Blog Name: Holly @ Nut Free Nerd
Tell us a little about your blog! I started book blogging a few years ago as a way to keep a record of my thoughts on the books I read. Little did I know that I would be entering the wonderful world of the book blogging community! Since then I have broadened my blogging horizons to include posts about school, music, movies, and life in general. But don’t fret – it’s still primarily bookish!
What’s been your favorite post you’ve written so far? (Link us up!) Oh, what a difficult question! Probably the one I wrote right after I spent my first night at Wheaton College in Norton, MA, months before I even decided to officially attend that school. The post is called I Spent a Night at College for the First Time… and Survived!! and I received such an overwhelmingly positive response from fellow bloggers and Wheaton alumni alike. And now I’m actually attending Wheaton College!!
Got anything special coming up we should know about? Many more book reviews, discussion posts, and chats about college life as a bookish freshman. The fun goes on!

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Whatcha reading? Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Where did it come from? (Library, purchased, publisher, etc): Purchased
Any special reason you chose to feature this book? I absolutely LOVE this book. I read it at the beginning of the summer and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. Jane is such a fabulous heroine, and the story itself is just so beautifully crafted.
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? This book is AMAZING. I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone!!

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Whatcha drinking? Tea, as always!
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading? I usually just drink water when I’m reading because that’s what I drink all day long. But if I’m in the mood to really relax and get cozy, then I’ll heat myself up a nice mug o’ tea!
Favorite beverage of all time. Go! Have you guessed it yet? TEA!! I adore tea and everything about it. In a perfect world, I would drink tea all the time- but I might have to thrown in some iced to every once in a while to mix things up.

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What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta, and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
What’s your proudest blogging/reading/writing moment? When people comment on my blog saying how much they liked a post, can connect with my experiences, or appreciate my writing. It never fails to make me smile and brighten my day!


 Thanks, Holly! So happy to have you on the blog today! It was so great to learn a little bit more about you through Book and a Beverage!! 

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


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!#bookandabeverage