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Book and a Beverage [175] – Terri from Second Run Reviews

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 Terri from Second Run Reviews!

Name & Blog Name: Terri M., Second Run Reviews
Tell us a little about your blog! I started Second Run Reviews in December 2013. I originally wanted to start on January 1, 2014, but I read an amazing book (Traveler by Dennis W. Green) and wanted to share the book with the world. 
What’s been your favorite post you’ve written so far? Back in March 2015, I wrote a blog post about how being brave and finding hope and survival through reading. For me, it was laying my worries about my job out there (without being too specific) and connecting it with one of the things I love to do most, reading.
Got anything special coming up we should know about? In the Spotlight is a feature on my site where I spotlight authors via interviews, guest posts and book release announcements. I will be opening up reservations for 2018 soon. And while I initially was considering charging a small fee for the feature, it will remain free for 2018.


Whatcha reading?
I just finished reading Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell.
Where did it come from? (Library, purchased, publisher, etc) Well, I purchased an electronic copy via a Christmas sale that Amazon had last year. I can honestly say that sale was one the few times I can admit I was a little click happy.  Then, during the COYER Blackout Challenge, I won a physical copy and decided that since I had two copies, it was probably a sign I should read it.
Any special reason you chose to feature this book? I have a soft spot for fairy tale retellings since I discovered The Princess series by Jim C. Hines and The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica by James A. Owen. Mechanica definitely hit that soft spot for me. A strong female lead who pursues her talent with mechanical works and realizes she has to live for herself and not some guy or her horrible stepfamily.  Also, the Faerie in the world believe that you can make families with friends. This is something I’ve experienced in my own life so that message resonated with me.
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? Since I’m an aunt now, I’m always on the lookout for books my sister and brother can share with their kid at some point in their lives.  There’s not much violence in this novel and there’s isn’t any sex. I think this would be a fun book to read aloud with kids.
Oh, and I found out book 2 is coming out later this year!

Whatcha drinking? Coffee.  Straight up black in the winter. I make my own cold brew concentrate in the summer..
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading? Coffee (or tea at night).
Favorite beverage of all time. Go! Definitely coffee.  I think I’ve become a bit of a coffee snob and have started to prefer making my coffee at home by grinding my own beans especially after we got a Keurig.  I was sick of buying the little pre-filled cups so I got one of the reusable cups (that was trial and error to find one that worked) and got a burr grinder after my standard bean grinder died.  Now I grind my own beans for my hot and cold brews.
I prefer a medium or dark roast coffee if anyone is wondering.  And I think that Starbucks Breakfast Blend makes the best cold brew concentrate.  Oh, and I prefer to visit local coffee shops over chains when I can.

What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? Outlander by Diana Gabaldon | My review
Traveler by Dennis W. Green | My review
Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owen | My review
What’s your proudest blogging/reading/writing moment? I’ve been reading most of my life and blogging since 2013. As my blogging life and bookish convention attendance increased, I discovered I had a knack for connecting with people (which should have been obvious since I was in college admissions for 6 years and project management for 10+ years). Local authors I connected with started asking me for advice about their books and marketing.
As my life in the corporate world started to go downhill, I seriously started looking for opportunities to work with authors. In January 2017, I took a huge leap and joined with Author Accelerator (authoraccelerator.com) and became their Launch Specialist. My work there focuses largely on managing their course offerings. It’s a dream job that allows me to combine my weird crop of technological and project management skills and my love of reading.
They are also responsible for giving me that coffee mug that appears in the pictures.
Anything else you’d like to share? Connecting with authors is still my most favorite thing after 3 years of blogging whether I’ve read their book or not. I’ve had more positive interactions than negative ones.  Attending bookish conventions has expanded my book world immensely.  I wholeheartedly encourage people to look up smaller fan-run conventions (upcomingcons.com/) and signings (https://www.facebook.com/groups/authoreventsaroundtheus/) in their area.  They are usually inexpensive to attend.  And because of some of the events I’ve dared to attend, I’ve run into some pretty famous folks (check out How Not To Meet A Celebrity. My Exciting Adventures At Phoenix ComiCon. http://www.secondrunreviews.com/2017/06/not-meet-celebrity.html).


Thanks, Terri! Ohhh I am DEFINITELY checking out these links! I was just looking for something like this for conventions! I can’t wait to read your “How Not to Meet a Celebrity” too!

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Terri! Connect with her at the links below!
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Book and a Beverage [174] – Kasey from The Story Sanctuary

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 Kasey from The Story Santuary!

Name & Blog Name: Kasey @ The Story Sanctuary
Tell us a little about your blog! I started The Story Sanctuary in 2013 because I wanted to create a place where readers could find information about new books and what kinds of content they contained. I was a pretty sensitive reader growing up, so I wanted to make a site that would list information about violence, profanity, or sexual content without being judgmental about why those things are included in a book. I’m a solo show at present, so I only read/review about 150 book per year, but I take suggestions from readers as much as I can.h other book lovers and share my passion for all things literary. My blog primarily features Young Adult fiction, and I share reviews, book lists, playlists, and more.
What’s been your favorite post you’ve written so far? My favorite post is about a costume my mom made for me as a birthday present last year. She took some of the stories I love most and incorporated them into a Steampunk Book Fairy costume. I wore it to YALLFest last fall in Charleston and to ApollyCon in March in Orlando.
Got anything special coming up we should know about? One of the ARCs I was super excited about getting is the third book in the Great Library series by Rachel Caine. I can’t wait to share my review, which will be posted in the first week of July.


Whatcha reading?
The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia
Where did it come from? (Library, purchased, publisher, etc) I write reviews for an organization called Children’s Literature and they sent me a review copy.
Any special reason you chose to feature this book? Yes! I met Kami Garcia at ApollyCon in March and really enjoyed chatting with her. I already had The Lovely Reckless on my list to read of course, but talking with her about writing and her process made me want to read it even more. She is awesome.
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it?c I think at first glance, this book looks like a typical good-girl-falls-for-bad-boy type of story, but there are some things that make it way cooler than that. Frankie, the heroine, has PTSD resulting from seeing her boyfriend beaten to death. She’s forced to move in with her dad, who’s an undercover cop and change schools to a public school in a rougher part of town. She makes friends with some kids into street racing, and finally starts to feel alive again after her boyfriend’s death. Then all these high stakes parts of her life– the unresolved murder, an open case her dad’s working, and her new racing friends begin to collide, and I feel pretty desperate to know whether Frankie makes it out okay! I’m on page 229 right now, and so far, I definitely recommend it.


Whatcha drinking?
I am drinking iced coffee with a splash of coconut milk.
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading? Yeah, okay, usually I’m boring and drink water while reading. Sometimes I’ve been known to live it up with a glass of red wine, probably Apothic Red. 🙂
Favorite beverage of all time. Go! You know what I LOVE and don’t get to have nearly enough of is Thai iced tea. That stuff is SO good. I’m not sure if it’s my favorite of all time, but it’s gotta be pretty close.

What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? Oh, man. Only three??? Hmmm. I’m gonna go with Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage because it’s one of the most amazing southern fiction books I’ve ever read, Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine because it’s one of the coolest re-imagined history/dystopian books I’ve ever read, and Freedom’s Just Another Word by Caroline Stellings because it’s a really fantastic story about music which follows a biracial girl in her search to become a great singer like Janis Joplin in 1970s Texas.
What’s your proudest blogging/reading/writing moment? I’ve loved getting to meet some of the authors whose work has inspired me and changed me as a person. That’s pretty cool. But I guess my proudest moment has been those times when my own readers come back to me to tell me they’ve read and fallen in love with a book they heard about on my blog. It’s hard to imagine anything better than that. 🙂
Anything else you’d like to share? Earlier this year, I became an author myself! After working with a number of indie authors interested in having books reviewed, I found myself saying the same things over and over as I tried to coach them through the process. A friend of mine suggested collecting the information and putting it together in an e-book as a guide for indie and small press authors looking to network with book review bloggers. I’ve received a lot of positive feedback so far. The book is called Reviews Wanted and is available at Amazon.


Thanks, Kasey! Congrats on becoming an author! That’s such an amazing accomplishment!! Thank you for being on Book and a Beverage today!! 

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Book and a Beverage [173] – Angela from Angela’s Library

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 Angela from Angela’s Library!

Name & Blog Name: Hello! I’m Angela and I blog at Angela’s Library.
Tell us a little about your blog! I started Angela’s Library as an outlet for my book obsession. My husband is super sweet and lets me gush about books and authors to my heart’s content, but he hates reading (tragic, I know!) and can’t always relate to my fangirling. As a result, I took to the Internet to connect with other book lovers and share my passion for all things literary. My blog primarily features Young Adult fiction, and I share reviews, book lists, playlists, and more.
What’s been your favorite post you’ve written so far? I had a lot of fun writing a post about fictional family members that would be entertaining to spend the holidays with. I’m also pretty proud of a post I wrote for this year’s Love-A-Thon (hosted by the lovely ladies at Alexa Loves Books, The Daily Prophecy, Super Space Chick, and The Novel Hermit) that recommends books people should read based on the movies they enjoy.
Got anything special coming up we should know about? I’m working on a plan to ramp up the frequency and variety of non-review posts on Angela’s Library, so you can expect to see more discussion posts, interviews, and other fun features within the next few months.


Whatcha reading?
I’m currently rereading The King of Attolia, which is the third book in Megan Whalen Turner’s Queen’s Thief series.
Where did it come from? (Library, purchased, publisher, etc) I purchased the Kindle ebook from Amazon.
Any special reason you chose to feature this book? The novels in the Queen’s Thief series are among my favorite books, and I’ve read them all about half a dozen times. I’m always looking for ways to promote the series and hopefully inspire others to adore it as much as I do. Also, I just found out that the next (very long awaited) installment will be out in May, so I’m extra excited about this series right now.
What’s important that we should know about this book?  I definitely recommend it! Turner’s books boast excellent writing, wonderfully dry humor, unexpected twists and turns, and brilliant political maneuvering, but what really makes the books shine is their fabulously clever hero. He’s a master thief and a cunning strategist whose brilliant schemes make me love him with all of my being.


Whatcha drinking?
Dr Pepper! It’s my go-to beverage; I’m a Dr Pepper fiend. I always crack open a can when I sit down to read, or work, or drive…or do anything, really. Basically, I keep a can of Dr Pepper nearby at all times. It’s an addiction. 
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading? When I get home from work in the evenings, I find it really relaxing to settle down with a nice glass of wine and a good book. Favorite beverage of all time. Go! Other than Dr Pepper, nothing beats a tall, cold glass of milk. As a kid I drove my parents nuts because I went through gallons of milk like crazy. My dad used to get really mad because I’d drink it all and there wouldn’t be enough left for his cereal in the morning.

What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis, The Raven Boys quartet by Maggie Stiefvater and the Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown are all fantastic.
What’s your proudest blogging/reading/writing moment? One of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had so far was when I received a message from Lauren Roedy Vaughn to thank me for my unsolicited review of her book OCD, The Dude and Me. She came across my review on Amazon and sent me a really sweet email about how I really got what she was going for with the main character. It was the first time an author had ever reached out to me, and it meant so much. Not only was she very gracious, but she also agreed to let me interview her for my blog.
Anything else you’d like to share? I love making new friends and talking with fellow book lovers, so please feel free to hit me up on social media or leave a comment on my blog. I’d love to chat with you!


Thanks, Angela! Oooh I still need to read the Queen’s Thief series and also Red Rising! They’re definitely on my TBR! Thanks so much for being on Book and a Beverage today! 

 

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Book and a Beverage [172] – Andi from Andi’s ABCs

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 Andi from Andi’s ABCs!

Name & Blog Name: Andi, Andi’s ABCs
Tell us a little about your blog! My blog is my baby. She is about 4 and 3 months old and just recently went through a makeover. I mostly talk about books and card making with some clothes and accessory talk mixed in. You will probably get sick of the craft talk, but it is my thing and I love doing it so…
What’s been your favorite post you’ve written so far? (Link us up!) My favorite post…hmmm…that’s a tough one. I guess I would have to go with my Anna and the French Kiss collection post Collection or Obsession. The collection has grown since then, but I still love that post.
Got anything special coming up we should know about? I recently (just yesterday) launched my new guest post feature ‘Book a Date’. I’m excited to see how it will work out.

Whatcha reading? In a Perfect World by Trish Doller
Where did it come from? (Library, purchased, publisher, etc) A friend picked it up for my at ALA MW.
Any special reason you chose to feature this book? Nope. Just the book I happen to be reading right now.
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? I’m in love with it so far and I think it is a book everyone should have on their TBR. Trish is doing a great job of showing a different culture. It is definitely something people should read.

 


Whatcha drinking?
Starbucks Iced Green Tea Lemonade (I get one every morning.)
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading? I usually drink tea when I’m reading and it is usually Tazo Zen Green tea or Chai. In the summer it will be iced tea.
Favorite beverage of all time. Go! Tab. Oh how I miss Tab. I don’t drink soda anymore, but I would still kill for a can of Tab.

What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? Anna and the French Kiss, Twenty Boy Summer, and Parallel (Although I also want to say Letters to the Lost, All in Pieces, What Happens Next, A Court of Mist and Fury, Froi of the Exiles, and The Lies About Truth, but I’ll keep it at 3.)
What’s your proudest blogging/reading/writing moment? I have had a lot. Recently I have been able to guest post on Riveted Lit’s (Simon Pulse) blog which has been awesome for me! I also will be moderating my second Sarah J. Maas signing with Sarah from What Sarah Read. I was blurbed for the ARCs of Emery Lord’s book When We Collided. And I am a feature review name on Amazon for Miranda Kenneally’s book Breathe, Annie, Breathe. Those are pretty epic things for me.
Anything else you’d like to share? I will soon be selling my handmade cards on my blog. I hope to have them up in April but we’ll see. If you want to follow along with cards I have been making feel free to follow my card Instagram CardsbyAndreaS. Thanks for having me again Brittany. This was fun!


Thanks for being awesome, Andi!! An Anna recommendation — how surprising 😉 Your new blog layout looks LOVELY and I’m so excited to read the new Trish Doller book too! 

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Andi! Connect with her at the links below!
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Redesign Reactions [9]: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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Welcome to Redesign Reactions, where we talk about books, covers, and what happens when new cover designs take over a series!

On this edition of Redesign Reactions, let’s talk about
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

The paperback version of CARRY ON is coming out in May and the cover got a redesign! I feel like most paperbacks come out with new cover designs and I like the marketing behind this decision! It’s a chance to give the book a fresh look, grab new readers who weren’t grabbed by the original cover, and collectors will want to add these new beauties to their collections. Let’s take a look at the new paperback cover for CARRY ON!

 

OLD COVER: Rainbow Rowell is a BIG name nowadays, so I remember being very disappointed when the original cover reveal happened. Messy silhouettes? Funky type that also looks disorganized? Yellow and light blue and red? It was all just so boring and pretty lack-luster for a Rainbow Rowell cover. I’ve loved the simple and yet adorable covers of her previous books and I understand that CARRY ON is very different and doesn’t need to look the same, but this was a total miss for me.

NEW COVERS: When I saw the new cover for CARRY ON my first reaction was YEAHHHH!! Okay, so I still haven’t read the book (oops), but this is everything I was expecting for a major author with an epic new book coming out. Dudes! Wands! PURPLE! A dragon! A badass scarf and blazer and this is the kind of typography I was looking for! It still looks a little doodled and hand-drawn but it’s not sloppy and all over the place. It’s more structured and placed much better.

Which do I like better? It’s a np-brainer for me. Literally EVERYTHING about the paperback cover is more appealing to me and that’s what would draw me in if I knew nothing about the book or author. I think this redesign was a slam dunk!

So tell me! Which design do you like better? Take the poll below and let me know in the comments which you prefer and why! I’d love to hear your reactions!

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Book and a Beverage [171] – Jessica from A Midsummer Night’s Read

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  Jessica from A Midsummer Night’s Read!

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Name & Blog Name: Jessica & A Midsummer Night’s Read
Tell us a little about your blog! I started Midsummer back when I was getting my Master’s Degree in English Literature back in January 2012.  It basically was an outlet for me to have to express my enjoyment and love of Young Adult literature, since most of Graduate School was studying classic literature and contemporary classics, Midsummer gave me the little bit of freedom to read what I wanted to study.  I ended up doing my Master’s thesis on Young Adult Dystopian literature (In 2012 it was still a hot commodity), further cementing my love for the genre. Midsummer grew from there and I’ve had a few fabulous collaborators take part over the years, Missy was the first person to join Team Midsummer, and now Olyvia has joined with me to make the blog what it is now!
What’s been your favorite post you’ve written so far? I think my favorite posts are the following: The first one I chose is specifically for one of the best books I’ve ever read, UPRISING by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Why is this post a favorite? Because it includes historical facts and educational information as well as the review.
The other post I was particularly proud of was my review of RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard because it made me have so many Marxist feels, which took me back to my thesis.
Got anything special coming up we should know about?