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Book and a Beverage [155] – Natasha from A Binding Attraction

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 Natasha from A Binding Attraction!

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Name & Blog Name: Natasha at A Binding Attraction
Tell us a little about your blog! I started the blog last year as part of a project for one of my grad school classes. The focus was on resources for young adults, so we had to do mini reviews, book talks, and even a few booktube videos. I tend to stick more to mini reviews because I get really excited, but then I’m always worried I might give something away. The blog continues to focus on YA books and I’m becoming more involved with other features.
I blog about primarily YA, of course, and I’m working to fit more cats into my posts because I might love cats more than books. Reviews are honestly my favorite posts to write.
What’s been your favorite post you’ve written so far? (Link us up!) I recently did a post about literary tattoos and it was so much fun seeing all of the bookish skin art that people are sporting and hearing about the works that inspired them. I’m hoping to start featuring tattoos from the blogging community.
Got anything special coming up we should know about? I was part of the Book Blogger Creativity Project and my group came up with the feature Book Nerd Bites. Check out the blog to see some of our recipes inspired by our favorite books. Mine involves a 7-layer chocolate cake and the Throne of Glass series 🙂

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Whatcha reading? The Reader (Sea of Ink & Gold #1) by Traci Chee
Where did it come from? (Library, purchased, publisher, etc): It is an eARC from the publisher courtesy of the First in Line program.
Any special reason you chose to feature this book? I love fantasy novels and what makes it even more intriguing is that it is about a girl in a society where reading is a rarity.
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? This book is filled with imagination, dark secrets, pirates, diverse characters, and really makes you appreciate the magic of reading. I would definitely recommend it!

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Whatcha drinking? Donut Shop coffee with Cold Stone Sweet Cream creamer. My OTSPSecretSister, Christina, gave me the awesome travel mug.
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading? Something hot! Coffee in the morning, tea at night, or hot chocolate for any time of the day. Hot drinks scream cozy reading time to me.
Favorite beverage of all time. Go! Coca-cola in a frosty cold glass bottle. It is super crisp and refreshing.

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What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? Kiss of Deception by Mary Pearson (has an awesome twist), A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (Rhysand, need I say more?), and The Sleeping Dragon by Joel Rosenberg (awesome D&D type fantasy series)
What’s your proudest blogging/reading/writing moment? A couple years ago a friend of mine encouraged me to enter a writing contest. My short story ended up being accepted into an art festival in Seattle and was published as part of an anthology.
Anything else you’d like to share? This is one of the very first blogs I started following and after reading this feature for so long, I am so excited and honored that I got to be part of it. Thanks Brittany!!


 Aww, thanks, Natasha! I’m so happy to have you on the feature! Book Nerd Bites sounds like an AWESOME feature and I must check it out!! 

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

Book and a Beverage [154] – Zoey from Uncreatively Zoey

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 Zoey from Uncreatively Zoey!

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Name & Blog Name: Uncreatively Zoey (sad, I know.)
Tell us a little about your blog! Honestly, my blog has been all over the place. I started it in 2011, I think, and I’ve taken a lot of long hiatuses since then. I really admire the people who have been going at it for 5 straight years!
I blog about primarily YA, of course, and I’m working to fit more cats into my posts because I might love cats more than books. Reviews are honestly my favorite posts to write.
What’s been your favorite post you’ve written so far? (Link us up!) I recently wrote up a post about a bunch of bookish candles. Maybe not the most creative post ever but I LOVE candles and there’s something about a bookish candle that just makes me so much happier than regular candles.
Got anything special coming up we should know about? Currently writing a post entitled “Your Favorite Books as Cats” which features a LOT of cat photos, so, I mean. Do with that what you will. 

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Whatcha reading? Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes.
Where did it come from? (Library, purchased, publisher, etc): I traded with a friend for it!
Any special reason you chose to feature this book? I’ve been a lot more into contemporaries lately, particularly because they tend to feature less misery and death and I’ve just really wanted some happier books lately. Plus, I really love how colorful the cover is – orange might be my least favorite color but all my books are so dark!
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? I’m only about 100 pages into it but I would definitely recommend it. Maguire is in therapy, trying to deal with guilt and life and trying to heal. It’s fantastic without being super sad and depressing.

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Whatcha drinking? It was SUPPOSED to be a Starbucks doubleshot energy drink. I make coffee every morning but for the days when I’m really exhausted (which is more days than it should be) I’ll drink one of these when I get back from work so I don’t fall asleep at like 5pm. BUT I forgot to go to the store so here’s regular coffee.
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading? You know what? Shakes. Any shake. Even a smoothie. I never really drink them which is probably why it’s my answer. They’re just sweet and have a lot of flavor and help focus me on what I’m reading a little more!
Favorite beverage of all time. Go! I’m super lame and just have to say straight-up coffee (with a little French Vanilla creamer). I’d say the Starbucks S’mores Frappuccino, which I LOVE, but I don’t drink it often enough to call it a favorite. All I really drink is water and coffee!

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What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo, THE SUMMER OF CHASING MERMAIDS by Sarah Ockler, and INCARNATE by Jodi Meadows.
What’s your proudest blogging/reading/writing moment? Yikes, this is hard. Maybe just 2011 when I actually finished my Goodreads goal and read 110 books? I don’t take my GR goals too seriously anymore just because if I did it would make me miserable, but that was pretty cool.
Anything else you’d like to share? Thanks so much to Brittany for having me! I love any excuse to drink extra coffee.


 Thanks, Zoey! I mean, I’m NEVER opposed to posts about candles ;D And omg, books as cats. I already love it. I can’t wait to see those posts! 

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

Book and a Beverage [153] – Raisa from Wonderland Novels

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 Raisa from Wonderland Novels!

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Name & Blog Name: Hey I’m Raisa and I’m a blogger at Wonderland Novels.
Tell us a little about your blog! My friends Alice and Yiling made the blog actually. Alice came up with the name – Alice in Wonderland = Wonderland Novels! They invited me to guest post after awhile, and then I’ve been promoted to main blogger. Since I’m the one mainly posting now I’m trying to think of new features, like comparing books with their movie versions.
What’s been your favorite post you’ve written so far? (Link us up!) I did an interview with myself for “Get offa that blogging slump” and it was really entertaining to write.
Got anything special coming up we should know about? I don’t really have a fancy name for it yet, but books vs. movies! My first book vs. movie will be The Princess Bride.

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Whatcha reading? The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine
Where did it come from? (Library, purchased, publisher, etc): Got it from Bookoff and it was a real deal for 5$!
Any special reason you chose to feature this book? No special reason; it was the book I was reading at the time!
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? The protagonist, Elli, experiences so much character growth over the course of the novel, and I was rooting for her as she had to adjust to her new surroundings. She’s extremely determined and I admired that she never gave up. I definitely recommend it!

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Whatcha drinking? Mango green tea with nata jelly, mango jelly, and tapioca pearls.
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading? Honestly, if there was a bubble tea place near my house, I’d have it more often! I usually drink water though. Or just iced tea.
Favorite beverage of all time. Go! Mango green tea – I try to have Mango Green tea Mondays when I’m near Kung Fu Tea or any other bubble tea place. Bubble tea is big in NYC.

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What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? I always talk about Kamikaze Girls by Novala Takemoto. And I’m cosplaying Lila Bard for NYCC, so A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab is the second book. For the third book, I’m a Ruta Sepetys fan, and my favorite book by her is Salt to the Sea.
What’s your proudest blogging/reading/writing moment? My growth as a blogger over the year has been tremendous, in terms of getting myself out there and talking to people and also maintaining a constant (somewhat!) flow of posts. I still have a long way to go, and I’m proud that I’m continuing to blog as it has become one of my passions (as with reading).
Anything else you’d like to share?  I love to make new friends, so please say hello on Twitter! I’m a bit shy, but let’s talk books and other things!


 Thanks, Raisa!! Ooh yes, I loved THE IMPOSTOR QUEEN and Elli’s character growth as well! I’m so excited for its companion to come out soon! 

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

Book and a Beverage [152] – Jaime from Fiction Fare

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 Jaime from Fiction Fare!

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Name & Blog Name: Jaime Arkin – Fiction Fare
Tell us a little about your blog! Fiction Fare is for the most part a book review blog.  What we read and review is kind of all over the place as my sister (co-blogger) and I both have some different interests, but you’ll definitely find books in both the Young Adult and Adult Fiction categories.   But within those categories we usually read a lot of Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Historical, Dystopian and Sci-Fi  … so pretty much everything but westerns and biographies!
I chose the name mostly because it really worked well with that I was doing at the time in the way of writing fanfiction, but also because I wanted to use the word fare in the way it’s used to describe food (I love food)… The official definition according to google is “a range of food” i.e. “hearty fare” so… basically we offer a wide range of fiction and hopefully you’ll find something here that will feed your heart, mind and soul and maybe you’ll even come back to us for seconds and thirds!
What’s been your favorite post you’ve written so far? (Link us up!) AHH favorite posts are always hard to pinpoint. I love the interviews that we get to do with authors, but more recently we’ve started doing podcasts with authors where we get online with them and chat about anything and everything.  I think my favorite was one we did with Kristen Simmons (author of Glass Arrow, Article 5 Series and The upcoming Metaltown) – it’s hilarious and fun and we had a blast talking with her!   More recently we did one with Jeff Zentner and he’s pretty amazing you guys! 
Got anything special coming up we should know about? More Podcasts! We’ll be chatting with a bunch of fun authors and sharing all the inside information on their books and writing!
ALSO each month we host a weekly YA book trivia game on Twitter with SwoonyBoys Podcast called WYAKW (Whadda YA Know Wednesday) and we send out prizes and just have a blast! It’s the third Wednesday of each month at 9pm CST!  Join us!

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Whatcha reading? I recently finished P.S. I Like You by Kasie West for a second time because it’s just that good!
Where did it come from? (Library, purchased, publisher, etc): I got this one from the publisher, but you know I pre-ordered this as soon as I could because it’s Kasie West!
Any special reason you chose to feature this book? Kasie West is my favorite contemporary author! I love that her books handle some serious topics in a way that isn’t preachy or overwhelming.  Her books are fun, and filled with swoony guys!
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? This book has wonderful female relationships, a love/hate relationship with a guy, and a protagonist who doesn’t quite fit in with everyone else! I can’t recommend it enough!

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Whatcha drinking? This is a Strawberry Lemon Limade Granita!  It’s my new favorite from Starbucks, if only they would sell it all day instead of only after 3pm!
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading? Either Coffee (Non-Fat, No Whip, Cinnamon Dolce Latte) or Water… It’s really rare that you’ll see me drinking anything else, though I do indulge in some adult beverages at times.
Favorite beverage of all time. Go! I’m a Cider or Sangria girl so those are the only alcoholic beverages you’ll really see me indulging in!  If I had to pick one — Stella Artois Cidre.

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What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick | Jase is seriously the swooniest book boy I’ve ever read and that’s saying a lot!
Anything by Taylor Jenkins Reid | She writes amazing adult contemporary that you can’t help but love!
The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson | No words! This book is probably my all-time favorite if I had to pick one… don’t make me pick one!
What’s your proudest blogging/reading/writing moment? I think my proudest blogging moment is probably creating an amazing following and providing content that I hope people enjoy! It’s always amazing to me that people actually care what I think about books, but when someone says “Hey, I read that book because you said you loved it!” or “Hey, can you recommend me some titles that fit XYZ?” It just makes me happy that people trust my opinion and want to know what I think!
Anything else you’d like to share?  Just to say thank you for hosting me for your feature Brittany! And thank you everyone for sharing my love for all these amazing stories!


 Thanks, Jaime! I’m reading P.S. I Like You right now and I’m so excited! I just adore Kasie West. I love that you’ve already read it twice!! 

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


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

Book and a Beverage [151] – Jennzah from The Book Nut

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 Iridescence from Jennzah from The Book Nut!

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Name & Blog Name: Jennzah from The Book Nut
Tell us a little about your blog! The Book Nut is a wonderful blog started by my friend Erin that features YA and MG reviews! i started co-blogging there earlier this year.
What’s been your favorite post you’ve written so far? (Link us up!) I haven’t been blogging there all that long but my review of BURNING GLASS by Kathryn Purdie is my favorite so far.
Got anything special coming up we should know about? Not at the moment, but keep watch! we’re always up to something!

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Whatcha reading? CROWN OF MIDNIGHT by Sarah J. Maas
Where did it come from? (Library, purchased, publisher, etc): Purchased! 🙂
Any special reason you chose to feature this book? One of my good friend Liz from Consumed By Books decided to start buddy reading the entire Throne of Glass series! also, my cat Jasper seems to have taken a liking to it.
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? I would definitely recommend it. it’s so addictive and I’ve stopped in a place where i’m desperate to pick it up and start reading again. that’s only ever a good thing!

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Whatcha drinking? Tea, British style!
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading? I love to drink Iced tea. I love iced tea SO MUCH.
Favorite beverage of all time. Go! That’s a toss up between an iced tea with a tiny bit of lemonade and a Green Tea Frappucino from Starbucks!

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What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? THE CRESSWELL PLOT by Eliza Wass,  THE REPLACEMENT by Brenna Yovanoff, and THE LUNAR CHRONICLES by Marissa Meyer
What’s your proudest blogging/reading/writing moment? Hosting my favorite authors at my personal blog was cool. Jeri Smith Ready is a personal favorite of mine and it was so cool to have her do an interview with me!


 Thanks, Jennie! Mmm iced tea with lemon is fabulous and YESSS The Lunar Chronicles! So glad you’re loving Crown of Midnight too! 

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


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Book and a Beverage [150] – Iridescence from Light up the Shining Night Stars

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 Iridescence from Light up the Shining Night Stars!

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Name & Blog Name: Iridescence from Light up the Shining Night Stars
Tell us a little about your blog! My blog started out as a book blog but its become so much more now with writing, blogging tips, bullet journalling and lettering, discussion posts and much more! I also host guest bloggers twice a month.
What’s been your favorite post you’ve written so far? (Link us up!) I LOVED putting together the post for a book review on Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon. Here’s the link: 
Got anything special coming up we should know about? My six monthversary is coming up and although I don’t have the resources to host a giveaway, I’m planning something (hopefully) good!

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Whatcha reading? I’m rereading Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. The first time I read it practically inhaled it so I’m tagging places I would want to read later and quotes/lines I like etc.
Where did it come from? (Library, purchased, publisher, etc): I purchased it the minute it IMG_20160623_184210420
was available in my country (fortunately only a couple days in this case).
Any special reason you chose to feature this book? Because I live it and I love Cassandra Clare’s works. TMI is my main fandom.
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? It’s slightly more on the romantic side, I feel, than Clare’s other books. But I love the familial relationships in this one and struggles. You should know that it follows so many other books and if you read this without previously reading others, you might feel unbalanced in certain areas but honestly, you can read it separately. Yes, I would definitely recommend it.

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Whatcha drinking? Tea!
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading? I would say either tea or coffee because I don’t have a preference between them. Nothing other than these two though.
Favorite beverage of all time. Go! Ginger tea! The one that my mum makes.

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What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (Also A Court of Thorns and Roses by her). Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (All time fav). Just One Day by Gayle Forman (I really loved this one).
What’s your proudest blogging/reading/writing moment? That I’ve got above 350 followers in five months and I also got invited to the team of https://mytrendingstories.com/
Anything else you’d like to share? No, I think that’s it!


 Thanks, Iridescence! I’ve only read City of Bones so far but I love how big the TMI fandom is!! And the cover of Lady Midnight is just gorgeous! 

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


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Book and a Beverage [149] – Heidi from YA Bibliophile

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Welcome back to BOOK AND A BEVERAGE!

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

Give a big welcome to Heidi from YA Bibliophile!

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Name & Blog Name: Heidi from YA Bibliophile
Tell us a little about your blog! I started YA Bibliophile way back in June of 2009! I didn’t begin blogging regularly until about 2011. It’s pretty laid back. Mostly I just post my thoughts about books, interviews, giveaways, and blog tour posts. Sometimes I’ll do a Top Ten Tuesday or participate in some other cross-blog events. I just try to stick with my main purpose: to promote young adult literature!
What’s been your favorite post you’ve written so far? (Link us up!) It’s a really old post but I have one about reviewer/author drama from 2012. What I love about it is that it’s one of the first posts I remember getting feedback and multiple comments on. (If you look at it now you won’t see any comments. They got lost when I moved over to wordpress.) It was the first time I felt like people maybe read my blog!
Got anything special coming up we should know about? Right now I have two giveaways going on. One for the Boldly Bookish blog tour and one for a Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Other than that, I have a couple blog tour posts I’m excited about! I’ll have a review of Defending Taylor from Miranda Kenneally, a post about the making of graphic novels for Compass South by Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock, and a guest post from the hilarious and clever Kiersten White for And I Darken.

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Whatcha reading? And I Darken by Kiersten White
Where did it come from? (Library, purchased, publisher, etc): I got the ARC and the audiobook from the publisher.
Any special reason you chose to feature this book? I’m reading/listening to it right now and it is so, so, so great. Plus, I super adore Kiersten White and want everyone to read her books. I’ve loved every single one!
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? And I Darken is loosely based on the story of Vlad the Impaler… if Vlad had been a girl! We get the story from Lada (our female Vlad) and Radu, her brother. I’m not done with it yet but I am loving it. Ohmystars, it’s so good! Lada is this unapologetically fierce and determined girl. She is not nice and I think she is just the greatest. Radu is so very different from her and I love him just as much. And then there’s Mehemd! Basically you just need to read it. I’m loving the audiobook. Great narration and I don’t have to guess at unfamiliar pronunciations!

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Whatcha drinking? Diet Coke, always.
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading? I typically am always drinking Diet Coke! However, I am trying to cut down on my soda intake! In summer I also love drinking lemonade and ice tea. Winter finds me curled up with hot cocoa!
Favorite beverage of all time. Go! Diet Coke or homemade lemonade

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What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? This question is making me regret agreeing to do this! Ok… if I have to pick just three: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima, and When We Collided by Emery Lord.
What’s your proudest blogging/reading/writing moment? Basically anytime I get asked to be on a blog tour or a publishing professional/author/blogger I haven’t met has heard of my blog. I seriously never thought anyone would read my blog when I first started posting. I figured it’d just be a few students checking it out now and then. I love that I’ve gotten to meet so many people because of it!
Anything else you’d like to share? June is audiobook month! I am such a fan of audiobook, but I wasn’t always! I had to find the right one to convert me 🙂 There’s a page on my blog dedicated to some audiobook recommendations. You can also check out my tumblr (where I recommended one audiobook a day each day in June!) If you’re looking for recommendations connect with me on twitter and I will talk your ear off about them!!


 Thanks, Heidi! I must read The Demon King now! Your recs are always spot on!! YES audiobooks! I was slowly converted and now I can’t imagine my life without them! I’d get a lot less reading done, that’s for sure. 

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


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Book and a Beverage [148] – Heather from Based on a True Story

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 Heather from Based on a True Story!

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Name & Blog Name: Heather at Based on a True Story
Tell us a little about your blog! I’ve been blogging here since 2005.  It was originally mostly a personal blog but over time I was writing more and more about books.  I started listing brief reviews once a week but then I realized that I had more to say and starting posting reviews on most of the books I read.  I still write a little bit about other things in my life too.
What’s been your favorite post you’ve written so far? (Link us up!) When you are blogging this long there are thousands of posts so I can’t pick a favorite.  I did have a post go a little viral one day (Favorite Pratchett Women) and I still have no idea where it was featured to get 800 + page views overnight.
My favorite post I wrote recently is 10 Books Every White Person Should Read.  I make a point to read and review books by authors of color.  I wrote this post of people who aren’t sure why that is important.
Got anything special coming up we should know about? Today is actually my anniversary.  I’ve been married 4 years today.
On my blog I’m starting to review the ARCs I got at BEA this year.  There are a lot of them and I don’t like keeping a lot of books on my shelves so they are going to need new homes.  I’m going to have Free to Good Home graphics on some reviews so people have a chance to get any they are interested in.

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Whatcha reading? The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Where did it come from? (Library, purchased, publisher, etc): I got this ARC at the adult author breakfast at BEA.
Any special reason you chose to feature this book? This is a new author to me and I love the premise of the story.
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? You know when you first hear about the Underground Railroad as a kid and you think they are talking about a train that goes below ground?  The book imagines that it is true.  Each station is a different state.  Each state has a different form of government. There is a state where former slaves are treated to benefits but there may be something sinister behind it.  One state has outlawed African-Americans.  Cora has to live briefly in four different states on her journey north.

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Whatcha drinking? Caramel macchiato made with coconut milk.  I basically like coffee- flavored sugar.
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading? Until I knew I was doing this interview I never knew that I don’t drink while I’m reading.  How do I not dehydrate?  I eat while reading but never drink anything.  You learn something new all the time.
Favorite beverage of all time. Go! There is a butterbeer recipe I love.  Soften a half gallon of vanilla ice cream.  Mix in a stick of butter and as much cinnamon and nutmeg as you like.  Refreeze.  Then place a scoop of your ice cream mixture in a mug of warmed apple cider.

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What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? So hard!  The Fresco by Sheri S. Tepper, Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett, and Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King
What’s your proudest blogging/reading/writing moment? This year was my first BEA and first blogging event.  I assumed that no one would know who I was so when I would see someone I recognized I would try to explain who I was.  People looked at me like I was nuts and explained slowly, like to a hysterical person, that they knew me.
Anything else you’d like to share? If anyone reads books where food is a major part of the plot, I run a monthly linkup called Foodies Read.  People link up reviews in all genres from cookbooks to cozy mysteries to memoirs.


 Thanks, Heather! How exciting that you got to go to BEA this year! It’s so wonderful when people recognize you! I still feel like no one will know me haha! 

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


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Book and a Beverage [147] – Bex from An Armchair by the Sea

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 Bex from An Armchair by the Sea!

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Name & Blog Name: Bex – An Armchair by the Sea
Tell us a little about your blog! I started my blog five years ago when I moved away from my family with my fiance and needed something to do! It started as a way to keep track of what I was reading but has become much more than that, providing the jumping off point for several other projects including the Ninja Book Swap and the making of many friendships!
What’s been your favorite post you’ve written so far? (Link us up!) I think my post Ninja Book Swap and Me , about my feelings about running my book swap and how difficult and awesome it can be!
Got anything special coming up we should know about? Sign up for the summer mini book swap opens on Saturday!

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Whatcha reading? Garden Spells by Sarah Addison
Where did it come from? (Library, purchased, publisher, etc): Originally the library but I loved it so much I bought myself a copy!
Any special reason you chose to feature this book? It’s just so lovely – it’s got magic, romance and recipes! What more could you want?
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? It’s just a lovely, quirky story about a couple of sisters who are a little lost in their lives re-rooting themselves through their love of food and discovering their family’s heritage.

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Whatcha drinking? Tea, always.
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading? Generally water or tea.
Favorite beverage of all time. Go! I have a really big thing for milkshakes. Particularly oreo ones.

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What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell and Wild by Cheryl Strayed
What’s your proudest blogging/reading/writing moment? When I was quoted on the inside of Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness. The quote was kind of lame, but I’m still super excited about it! Oh, and also when I organised 30 bloggers and booklovers to go on a bookshop crawl in London in February of this year through the power of twitter and my blog. It was awesome.


 Thanks so much, Bex! Mmm oreo milkshakes! I could totally go for one right now. LOVE your recs of Night Circus and Eleanor & Park! Fantastic books. 

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


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

Book and a Beverage [146] – Kathleen from Books, TV, and More… Oh My!

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 Kathleen from Books, TV, and More… Oh My!

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Name & Blog Name: Hi my name is Kathleen and my blog is Books, TV, and More… Oh My!
Tell us a little about your blog! I just started my blog in August. I’m new to the book community. I love pretty much all things entertainment, so the blog is going to be a mix of books, music, TV shows, movies and whatever else I feel like posting. Lol. I found the wonderful book community through my friend Lindsey who participated in #otspsecretsister and suggested I join. I did and the rest is history!
What’s been your favorite post you’ve written so far? (Link us up!): I don’t know if I’d call this my favorite, but I’m proud of it because it was the first book I got from a publisher for review. I was given Shade Me by Jennifer Brown from Epic Reads and I enjoyed it. Here’s the post But I also like the post introducing me.
Got anything special coming up we should know about? I do! (Well it started on May 4th, but it’s still going on!) I’m on a wonderful street team for Danika Stone’s book Edge of Wild that came out on May 1st! I’m having a giveaway for it and the giveaway will run from 5/4 til 5/31! Look for the posts that include an excerpt and a Q&A with Danika!

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Whatcha reading? How to Keep Rolling After the Fall by Karole Cozzo
Where did it come from? (Library, purchased, publisher, etc): Publisher via NetGalley
Any special reason you chose to feature this book? I just got this book from NetGalley through their “wish” program and it sounded like a cute and fun read.
What’s important that we should know about this book? Would you recommend it? This book is such a great read. I really love the complexities of the characters Nikki and Pax. They are opposites, yet they work together. Karole Cozzo is a wonderful writer, and made me feel what the characters are feeling as the story progresses. The story does deal with cyber bullying and bullying in general and I think it’s handled nicely. It happens so often now, so it was nice reading a book that didn’t make light of the situation. I definitely recommend this book. It comes out in August!

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Whatcha drinking? Diet Coke
What’s your favorite thing to drink while reading? Water or Diet coke. I don’t really drink anything else.
Favorite beverage of all time. Go! Diet Coke. Hands down. I even have a Christmas ornament of a can of Diet Coke. That’s how serious I am about it

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What are your top three books you would recommend to other people? This is really hard because I feel like most people have probably read everything I’ve read. If I had to choose I’d recommend the HP series, I mean that’s a must read for everyone! GOT series, I’m only 2 books in, but I love them and can’t wait to finish them. Finally, for a more recent read that I loved, First & Then. It was such an amazing book. I think I read it in 2 days and that’s only because I had to sleep. As a bonus, I think everyone should read Where the Sidewalk Ends. I have two copies, because the one was read way too many times so it’s falling apart. I love this book of poems and think it’s fun to read at all ages.
What’s your proudest blogging/reading/writing moment? I have to say the thing I’m most proud of is being on Danika’s street team. I never thought I’d be able to read a book before it was released to the public. I never knew that was a thing until I went to NYCC in October. Then I was chosen to promote her book in March and I couldn’t have been happier. Not to mention it’s a great book that’s full of mystery!
Anything else you’d like to share? Thank you so much for having me on the blog today Brittany! I always love reading this feature on your blog. Anyone that wants to chat, just find me on twitter. I love talking to new people.


 Thanks so much, Kathleen! Oh excellent choices of Harry Potter and A Song of Ice and Fire! I totally agree. GoT is hefty but totally worth it!! 

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


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