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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!

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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? I am on the blog tour for WINTERSONG, and I cannot wait to share my review with the world. I’m obsessed with Labyrinth and this Labyrinth inspired retelling is wonderful. Go preorder it now!

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Whatcha reading? The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Where did it come from? (Library, purchased, publisher, etc)  Two of the copies I’ve had since I was in High School and Undergrad, respectively. The hardcover copy was a gift from a friend.
Any special reason you chose to feature this book? Not only is The Awakening one of my all time favorite reads, but I am the host of a feminist book club, and the reading choice for February 2017 is The Awakening by Kate Chopin. Plus, the more people I can convince to read this amazing novel, the better!
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? Kate Chopin’s novel was banned in a number of states because of its dangerous message of female empowerment and individuality. It’s beautifully written and tackles a number of hard topics for current authors, much less a woman writing in 1899. 

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Whatcha drinking? A wonderful, dry Tempranillo.
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading? Honestly, I love drinking wine while I read. I used to work at a wine bar and really enjoy having a glass while reading an old classic or a new favorite. 
Favorite beverage of all time. Go! Oh jeez, probably a Montford Gin Sour from a local place here in Charlotte called Good Food on Montford. It has a raw egg white in it, but it makes it frothy and delicious!  The only other thing I swear by is water, and that sounds dull.

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What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? I always recommend Sarah J Maas, both Throne of Glass and the ACOTAR series, UPRISING by Margaret Peterson Haddix, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen, The Splintered Trilogy by A.G. Howard, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Anything by Joan Didion, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and so many more!
What’s your proudest blogging/reading/writing moment? I think that my proudest moment is definitely finishing my Thesis and having it published by the English Department.  As for blogging, any time an author reads one of my reviews and comments on it, well, that feeling can’t be matched.
Anything else you’d like to share? Well, I’d like to thank you, Brittany, for hosting me.  I want to express how thankful I am to the book community after all of the crap that 2017 has already brought upon us, and that I hope we can all continue to lean on one another in such a tumultuous time. I also want to extend my (virtual) hand in a wave and in the hope that we can be friends! Oh, and spay and neuter your pets. No wait, that’s from The Price is Right. How about…Love each other and do good. 


Thanks, Jessica! Oooh a yummy tempranillo! I still need to read the Splintered series and some of your other top recs!! Thanks so much for being on Book and a Beverage!  

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Book and a Beverage [170] – Dominique at Pirates and Pixie Dust

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 Dominique at Pirates and Pixie Dust!

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Name & Blog Name: Hi! I’m Dominique at Pirates and Pixie Dust
Tell us a little about your blog! I love booooooooks! I want to talk about them nonstop, and then somebody gave me access to a camera and  the internet. My book blog was born because my Bookstagram captions were getting annoyingly long. Now my book reviews and readathon posts have a proper place to live!
What’s been your favorite post you’ve written so far? My favorite post was actually originally a guest post. I loved it so much it inspired a bookish meme. In it, I compared one of my favorite book series to songs.
Got anything special coming up we should know about? Well, that bookish meme I just mentioned! This will be its first week!

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Whatcha reading? I’m reading three books right now! The book I’m reading from the library is Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken, the e-book is Chameleon Moon by Roanna Sylver, and the book I already own is A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab.
Where did it come from? (Library, purchased, publisher, etc)  I received A Darker Shade of Magic for Christmas! I already own the US hardcover edition, but I’m sort of obsessed. My husband noticed and bought me the entire series in the UK paperback edition!
Any special reason you chose to feature this book? The third book, A Conjuring of Light, is coming out in less than a month on February 21!
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? Oh, this series. I just love it, okay? The world is captivating, the characters are raw and real, and tattoos are being planned (or is that last one just me?). Oh, I definitely recommend it!

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Whatcha drinking? Caffeine. I’m drinking something with caffeine.
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading? Not water. Because why have water when I could have caffeine? Lately I’ve been drinking either vanilla chai with a splash of honey, or a cinnamon honey latte.
Favorite beverage of all time. Go! Chai Tea Latte. Boom. No questions. Moving on…

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What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? O*whispers* A Darker Shade of Magic….. Okay, but that’s already been mentioned. Hmmm. I’m *still* convincing friends to read Harry Potter (no, really), and I’ve been recommending Black by Ted Dekker for about ten years. It’s book one of the Circle Saga, one of my all time favorites.
What’s your proudest blogging/reading/writing moment? Oh, when I finally caved and tried out an audio book! My first one was *drumroll please* …… about magic. in a darker shade. (Are you sick of that book dominating my conversation yet? I promise my blog talks about other books too!) But honestly, I had no idea that I could read and still be able to drive or shower or wash dishes or go for a run AT THE SAME TIME. My life has been changed!
Anything else you’d like to share? This past year I discovered a local independent bookstore, and it’s become one of my favorite places. You should find out if there’s one in your area too!​


Thanks, Dominque! YES! I love hearing when other people discover audiobooks. I totally didn’t think I would enjoy them and now I’m totally obsessed! 

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Book and a Beverage [169] – Kristie from Lost in Ever After

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 Kristie from Lost in Ever After!

** Kristie chose to answer this this in a bit different of a format so this Book and a Beverage post is in paragraph form instead of Q&A! **

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Name & Blog Name
Tell us a little about your blog!
What’s been your favorite post you’ve written so far?
Got anything special coming up we should know about?

Hello,

My name is Kristie and I am the owner of the blog Lost in Ever After. Here I talk about books, music and other life craziness that goes on. The blog has given me purpose through times when I’ve been down or playing the waiting game while things fell into place.

Over the years I’ve written many posts, but my favourite ones been more of a personal post.  Saying Yes is a post about coming out and talking about my girlfriend. The blog felt like a safe place and since I’ve come out, I felt happier and more myself. I hope to write more posts where I feel the same happiness.

I’m not sure what the future of my blog has in store. Definitely more badass posts, going to talk about other things than books more. As for specific specialty posts? You’ll just have to wait and see.

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Whatcha reading?
Where did it come from? (Library, purchased, publisher, etc)

Any special reason you chose to feature this book?
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it?

I never have one book on the go, and my friends can attest to this. I always have one ebook on the go, and one or two physical books too. Before writing this post, I had just finished The School of Good and Evil. It was a great middle grade adventure encompassing fairy tales. In the corner of my eye, I can see The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye. I sense a judgement from it, as if it’s upset that it’s being ignored. But the truth is that I have to focus on school work a bit before I can read any of it. I actually won this book in the blog tour, and I’m ashamed to say I don’t remember what blog it was from. I have a bad habit of acquiring a book and then ignoring it for a year. One of my reading goals this year is to read more of what is on my shelf. It’s going well so far, not that we’re too far into the year for it go badly.

The Crown’s Game is a masterpiece of a book. The magic, the historical setting and the characters make it a rich and invigorating book. I’d happily skip a day of classes to fully emerge myself in it. But I’m a good student and I don’t suggest anyone does the same. I’m only 12 chapters in, so I can’t say too much. But I’ve already discovered a plot twist. What I also enjoy is how there are multiple points of view. But I can’t wait to see how the game pans out.

With just finishing The School of Good and Evil, I’ve already chosen the book I’m going to read. Author Erica Cameron has a new book coming out on February 7, called Island of Exiles. It’s an intense survival fantasy novel, that I feel is going to have me on edge at every page I turn. I’m excited to read it because since I read Erica’s debut novel, I’ve since fallen in love with her beautiful novels.

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

I live in Winnipeg, we have winter days in the -40 degrees on a regular basis. The wind here can gust up to 40km/hr making it vital to always have something warm nearby. Coffee, tea or hot chocolate is consumed on a regular basis. Also these drinks all happily go with any book I read. Now if it’s summertime, you can safely assume I’ll be having a cold drink with me. Chances of there being some alcohol involved are high. Who doesn’t love books and booze especially when at the lake.

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What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? 
What’s your proudest blogging/reading/writing moment? 
Anything else you’d like to share? 

One thing that I’m hoping you’ll see in the near future is a piece or snippet of my writing. I have half a dozen notebooks, and each has a story I’m planning on finishing. Each book idea is its own story, a few I’ve been at for years. Definitely keep an eye out for that. 

One thing I’m proud of, and partly has to do with my writing, but I’ve decided to write a story involving a character with a disability. The book community needs more diversity and hearing stories from our own voices, but to be honest, it can be a daunting task. Because it’s fiction, you don’t want to sound like what the character experiences in the story is what me as an author went through or that there’s only one way to experience what it’s like to live with a disability. I’m happy to have the support system that I have when it comes to writing, and it’s what is helping me write this story that I feel needs to be told.

I want to thanks Brittany for hosting this amazing post. I apologize for not following the format that I was given, but rules are meant to be broken.


Thanks, Kristie! Ahh, a rule breaker. It was an interesting change of pace! Thanks for taking us though a whole different format! I’m so glad you’re enjoying The Crown’s Game! I loved it! 

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Book and a Beverage [168] – Madalyn from Novel Ink

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 Madalyn from Novel Ink!

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Name & Blog Name: Madalyn // Novel Ink
Tell us a little about your blog! Novel Ink is the brain child of three wonderful ladies: Christy, Erica, and myself. We post all kinds of bookish content, from reviews and discussions, to meme posts, to original content. The three of us have a shared love of reading (of course) and Netflix, but our tastes vary widely, so there’s something there for everyone! I just joined the blog last summer, and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
What’s been your favorite post you’ve written so far? I really love writing my Tea Talk Thursdaydiscussion posts, and I hope to do more in the future. So far, my favorite has maybe been my discussion on rereading.
Got anything special coming up we should know about? The three of us definitely have some tricks up our sleeve to keep the blog fresh in 2017. We’ve all committed to reading primarily diverse and #ownvoices books this year, so look out for lots of posts and reviews revolving around books by marginalized authors about marginalized people. I’d also love to do some posts that incorporate music in some way, since I am studying music at my university!

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Whatcha reading? Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton
Where did it come from? (Library, purchased, publisher, etc) Purchased on my e-reader.
Any special reason you chose to feature this book? Other than the fact that it happens to be my current read, I think Tiny Pretty Things is severely underhyped! It’s written by two women of color, and 2/3 of the protagonists are of color, as well. The representation is A+, and it tackles so many important issues while also managing to be compulsively readable and entertaining.
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? It’s about ballerinas at an elite ballet school in NYC who will stop at nothing to get to the top (YES to ambitious girl protagonists in YA, am I right?), and it’s told through multiple perspectives. There are some romance elements, some mystery elements, and like I mentioned before, it also tackles serious issues like bullying, prescription drug addiction, eating disorders, and sexuality. Please take care if any of those topics are triggering for you! Oh, and also, it’s book one in a duology, and book two is already out. Basically, you have no reason NOT to read it. 😉

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Whatcha drinking? I mixed some loose leaf earl grey with lavender today. I work part-time at a tea shop, so I love experimenting with different tea/herb combinations both in the shop and at home. 
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading? Literally any kind of hot beverage! Tea (all kinds), coffee (also all kinds), hot chocolate, cider… I don’t discriminate as long as I have a warm mug of something good in hand. Winter or summer, rain or shine, I obsessively drink hot drinks. 
Favorite beverage of all time. Go! SUCH A DIFFICULT QUESTION. Hmm… my go-to at coffee shops is usually a London Fog (an earl grey latte with a bit of vanilla). I also will always be partial to the coffee my Brazilian family in Sao Paolo makes. I just love the coffee culture in Brazil in general. 

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What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? Oh man! Another hard one. Maybe the Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson (or any other Sanderson book– I’m sure Brittany will agree, haha), the Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray, and the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo. I love fantasy and historical fiction!
What’s your proudest blogging/reading/writing moment? I have so many lovely little moments, but I really love that everyone at the School of Music at my university comes to me for book recommendations. It’s immensely validating to have your IRL friends and colleagues (some of whom don’t read often) trust you to rec them something they’ll enjoy, haha. 
Anything else you’d like to share? Just want to say thanks to Brittany for featuring me on Book and a Beverage, and thanks to you guys for reading! <3


Thanks, Madalyn! Heck YES for Sanderson and Bardugo! Those are always some of my top fantasy recommendations too! Your tea blends sound so interesting too!! 

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Book and a Beverage [167] – Charleen from It’s a Portable Magic

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 Charleen from It’s a Portable Magic!

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Name & Blog Name: Charleen @ It’s a Portable Magic
Tell us a little about your blog! A little over a year ago, I started It’s a Portable Magic as a place where I can share anything I’m into. After my son was born, book blogging (and especially trying to hold onto the niche I’d carved out for myself at Cheap Thrills) was just too stressful. I still probably blog more about books than anything else, but freeing myself of the label has done wonders for my sanity.
What’s been your favorite post you’ve written so far? Looking over my past posts, I’m seeing a whole lot of of-the-moment rambling that doesn’t necessarily hold up months later. But I had a ton of fun putting together this list ranking the movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (Yes, it’s out of date. No, I don’t know where I’d put Doctor Strange.)
Got anything special coming up we should know about? I don’t do much scheduling these days, but I know I’ll be participating in Bout of Books in a couple weeks. It starts January 2nd.

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Whatcha reading? Avatar: The Last Airbender: Smoke and Shadow
Where did it come from? (Library, purchased, publisher, etc) The library.
Any special reason you chose to feature this book? I looove Avatar: The Last Airbender. It’s a Nickelodeon cartoon that came out long after I stopped watching Nickelodeon, but I’m so glad I discovered it as an adult because it’s incredible. (Where were the shows like this when I was a kid?) Smoke and Shadow is their fourth three-part comic, all of which are set after the show left off, and it may be my favorite one yet. It deals with themes of fear and power and security and freedom, all of which feel especially relevant right now.
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? If you haven’t read the preceding comics or watched the show, this isn’t the place to start. But this world and these characters really are amazing. So I recommend watching the show… and then reading The Promise, The Search, and The Rift… and then, yes, I absolutely recommend Smoke and Shadow.

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Whatcha drinking? Menage a Trois Silk. Because what goes better with a kid-friendly comic than a suggestively named adult beverage?
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading? A book does not always require a beverage, but if I am drinking something, it’s probably coffee in the morning, water in the afternoon, or wine in the evening.
Favorite beverage of all time. Go! I will never say no to a Mountain Dew Code Red. Only Code Red, though; all other flavors are terrible.

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What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? Dante’s Equation, by Jane Jensen, for a fast-paced thriller that’s not like every other fast-paced thriller out there. The Bells, by Richard Harvell, for historical fiction about love and music in the 18th century. And The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, by Ryan North and Erica Henderson, for anyone wanting to dip a toe into the Marvel Universe (or comics in general).
And since I can’t imagine anyone could read Brittany’s blog and not already have this on their radar, but it was one of the first books that came to mind for this question, I’ll include Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn as an honorable mention.
What’s your proudest blogging/reading/writing moment? I’d been writing at Cheap Thrills (my original book blog) for just under a year when my local library contacted me to be a judge in their Tournament of Books. That was pretty cool.
Anything else you’d like to share? I’ve only been reading comics for a couple years, and I’d say I spent at least half of that time just getting used to the format (and I’m still pretty terrible about focusing on the text and barely looking at the pictures). So if you’re like me and see everyone reading comics and wish you could get into them, give it time and keep trying stories that you’re interested in. And if they’re totally not your thing at all and you couldn’t care less… well, thanks for indulging me anyway.


Thanks, Charleen! Haha you’re so right – I talk about Sanderson WAY too much on here but it’s such a legit recommendation! 

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