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Fast Five Friday | Rom-Coms

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I love blogging and writing and recommending books… but I know that I tend to get a little long-winded in my blog posts! FAST FIVE FRIDAY is a means for me to recognize some favorite books and round them up for recommendations without talking your ear off.

FAST FIVE FRIDAY | ROM-COMS

I’ve really been enjoying the good old rom-com lately, especially the adult contemporary novels. Today I wanted to share some of my recent favorites and some awesome feel-good books for you!

The Hating GameThe UnhoneymoonersWaiting for Tom Hanks (Waiting for Tom Hanks, #1)Well Met (Well Met, #1)The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient, #1)

What: The Hating Game
Who: Sally Thorne
Why: This is the rom-com that got me back into reading adult contemporary! Super cute, excellent hate-to-love, perfect chemistry.
Where: Goodreads | Review

What: The Unhoneymooners
Who: Christina Lauren
Why: I’ve been looooving reading Christina Lauren books! I started in the middle of their contemporary romances and have been working my way around their backlist. Some are more serious but The Unhoneymooners was adorable and fun!
Where: Goodreads| Review

What: Waiting For Tom Hanks
Who: Kerry Winfrey
Why: This was one of my favorite books of 2019! It was sooooo cute, a beautiful story, the perfect amount of cute romance. It just made me feel so happy!
Where: Goodreads | Review

What: Well Met
Who: Jen DeLuca
Why: I think my friends and fellow readers enjoyed this one more than I did but it was still super cute and a lot of fun! The big fans of this book are BIG BIG fans. Definitely worth the read.
Where: Goodreads | Review 

What: The Kiss Quotient
Who:  Helen Hoang
Why: This is maybe less comedy, more romantic, but I wanted to include it on this list because of how much I enjoyed it! It was such a solid lead and I’m excited to read more!
Where: Goodreads | Review


That’s my fast five for today, for the first time in a long time! And tell me ALL the rom-coms (specially on the comedy side!) that you’ve read and would recommend!! I need more in my life.

10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston | Feature & Giveaway!

DO YOU LOVE ROM-COMS?

I’m partnering with Disney Book Group to help spread the word about 10 BLIND DATES by Ashley Elston! I’ve loved her previous thrillers and I’m so excited for this new contemporary romances from her! 10 BLIND DATES is billed as rompy romance which is just perfect for me. I love the cute romances and I especially love rom-coms. After a long string of dramatic contemporary romances, I am HERE for the light and fun and that’s exactly what 10 BLIND DATES promises! A little family chaos adds to the mix to keep the story interesting but there’s plenty of romance for readers to love and vivid characters within main characters Sophie’s family! There’s also an added bonus of the book taking place during the holiday season to add some extra holiday spirit!! Check out more about the book below!

ABOUT THE BOOK

One broken heart, ten blind dates—and a whole lot of confusion!

Sophie wants one thing for Christmas—a little freedom from her overprotective parents. So when they decide to spend Christmas in South Louisiana with her very pregnant older sister, Sophie is looking forward to some much needed private (read: make-out) time with her long-term boyfriend, Griffin. Except it turns out that Griffin wants a little freedom from their relationship.

Heartbroken, Sophie flees to her grandparents’ house, where the rest of her boisterous extended family is gathered for the holiday. That’s when her nonna devises a (not so) brilliant plan: Over the next ten days, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. Like her sweet cousin Sara, who sets her up with a hot guy at an exclusive underground party. Or her crazy aunt Patrice, who signs Sophie up for a lead role in a living nativity. With a boy who barely reaches her shoulder. And a screaming baby.

When Griffin turns up unexpectedly and begs for a second chance, Sophie feels more confused than ever. Because maybe, just maybe, she’s started to have feelings for someone else . . . Someone who is definitely not available.

This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever . . . or is it?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ashley Elston is the author of several novels including: The Rules for Disappearing (a finalist in the Best Young Adult Novel category of the International Thriller Writers Thriller Awards) and This Is Our Story. She has a liberal arts degree from Louisiana State University in Shreveport and worked for many years as a wedding photographer before turning her hand to writing. Ashley lives in Shreveport with her husband and three sons.


IF YOU LIKE THESE ROM-COMS, YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS 10 BLIND DATES!

So I’m a huge fan of cute, light romances and mega bonus points if they include some awesome comedy as well! Today I wanted to make a recommendation list of books that would be great read-alikes for 10 BLIND DATES and vice versa!

26 kisses anna michels    

    

    

GIVEAWAY

Disney Book Group is also hosting a giveaway for one lucky winner! See the rules and details below! All you need to do

A NIGHT FOR ROMANCE!
Enter for your chance to win this romantic prize pack! Winner receives:

  • Copy of 10 Blind Dates,
  • and a $50 Visa gift card to plan your own date night.

Giveaway open to US addresses only.
Prizing and samples provided by Disney Book Group.

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Prepare for the Supernova Reread with a Renegades Recap!

The release of SUPERNOVA by Marissa Meyer is SO CLOSE and I can’t wait to see how this epic trilogy will come to a close! Once again this year, I’m partnering with Fierce Reads to help you refresh your memory on RENEGADES! I did a fun re-read recap last year and Fierce Reads has assembled a new team of bloggers for your ARCHENEMIES recap. Check these out if you don’t have time to re-read before SUPERNOVA or hop on in the reading along at any time!

Need the links to all the recaps? Fierce Reads has got you covered! Check out their post to all those recap links from last year plus meet the new bloggers who will guide you through ARCHENEMIES! They also have toooons of SUPERNOVA news, where Marissa Meyer will be touring, and so much more book release fun!

Want to know more on how to join in the read along? Check out the checklist that Fierce Reads has prepared for everyone!


Obviously with a recap, I’m sharing some major spoilers for these chapters so if you haven’t read these chapters yet, beware!! Pluuuus there’s a super awesome giveaway at the end of the post so trust me, it’ll be worth reading!

RENEGADES RECAP: CHAPTERS 11 – 21

This section kicks off with Nova getting all set up with her new *gasp* Renegades identity! With plans to infiltrate, Nova Artino changes to Nova McLain complete with a new uncle a some new digs (which seem less than stellar, but I guess it’s better than the sewers… maybe). Because of all this, Nova also needs a new set of fingerprints which doesn’t seem to be anyone’s super power (that seems like it would only be used for evil anyway) so she gets them burned off with… acid. Yikes!

With all of this established, Nova heads off to the Renegades trials, which is such a fun part of the book! All of the current Renegades host trials to see if any new prodigies are worthy of officially joining the renegades. With this chapter kicking off from Adrian’s point-of-view, we get all kinds of fun anecdotes from Adrian, Ruby, and Oscar about their own trials (well, minus Adrian since he didn’t have to try out) and the trials of their other friends. They even get snacks and the atmosphere kind of reminded me of the Triwizard Tournament, which is always a fun feel to have!

As soon as Nova enters the ring for her tryout, Adrian recognizes her as the girl with the bracelet and the reader’s spidey senses start tingling, wondering if, when, and how Adrian will make the connection from Insomnia (which is now Nova’s new superhero name) to Nightmare. Nova in turn recognizes Adrian’s name because of his mother, Lady Indomitable, and of course because he’s the son of the two biggest Renegades out there. Not surpringisly, Nova gets immediately rejected when she shares that her power is the inability/lack of need to sleep and she can’t even demonstrate it in the ring. Snooze. Buuuut of course we have smitten Adrian who accepts her on his squad without even consulting his friends. Renegades bad-attitude Genissa challenges this acceptance since no one can even see proof of Nova’s ability, and a sudden death sort of challenge is initiated!

Nova actually gets to pick whichever person she’d like as her opponent and we know Nova has something up her sleeve here but she ends up picking Gargoyle… the biggest and toughest guy there, but Nova does know what she’s doing. She already boasted about her physical training and cunning and she proves it by defeating the biggest guy she can, both with endurance and with brains. Her only weapon is a knife and after a few minutes battle, Nova trips up Gargoyle with a banner and the help of Adrian’s sketched toy cannon. Nova wins and Adrian and friends welcome her to the team! SPARKS FLY.

The team gets a tip on the “Librarian” who is rumored to have all kinds of weaponry and it might be where Nightmare gets her weapons. We see Adrian messing with some new tattoos, inking in some permanent additions to his skin, which is the foundation of his Sentinel persona. Adrian’s ability to draw and bring things to life work on his own body since it’s based off intent, so we get the backstory of some of his older tattoos and the history of the Sentinel, which was based off of an idea for a story Adrian had as a kid.

Adrian is desperate to work on the Nightmare case, the tip on the Librarian being a big next step, and he begs his dads to let him go on the surveillance mission. They’re very hesitant, naturally, but he wears them down and finally Simon agrees, telling Adrian that he’s allowed to take his team to go watch, but if ANYTHING happens, he needs to call for back-up and not to engage, because his team isn’t ready or equipped for that yet. Adrian is thrilled and the tension is palpable with the audience knowing that Nova is now a part of his team and she’ll be going on a mission that may set her against the Anarchists and set up an opportunity to really damage the Renegades, serving the first blow.

READER’S NOTE: One thing not in the book here but my general observations while reading is just how complicated all of this really is! Nova seems like a person with a good heart. She’s a part of the Anarchists but I still felt like it would take a lot for her to fully sabotage the Renegades on a real level. She doesn’t seem super evil and it seems like once she gets to know them, she may have a hard time hurting them, especially Adrian.

BACK TO THE RECAP: So Nova enters headquarters for the first time and she wants to see EVERYTHING. She immediately feels like a fraud upon entering (especially with messages ringing out about Nightmare… awkward), sure someone’s just going to rush in and grab her, but it all goes really smoothly! She starts mingling, meeting more Renegades, and feeling out the possibilities she’ll have to thwart this giant operation. She speaks to her team and grabs her uniform, all without a hitch. There’s a very detailed tour of every room she can access, basically, and Nova starts to realize how much the Renegades really do and points out that regular people (not prodigies) could really do a lot of these things, but the Renegades take it all on.

Nova takes a chance and asks when the Sentinel trains and Ruby steps in to reply that he’s an impostor and isn’t actually a Renegade, clearing that up for Nova’s suspicions. They watch Danna train and there’s TENSION with Nova being a new member of Danna’s team, because she worked with Adrian & Co before she got injured in the Nightmare confrontation. Nova shows off her prowess, especially in her observation skills, and Danna decides she’s not so bad.

Adrian takes Nova to meet Max aka Bandit, who’s locked up in a glass enclosure. I mean, it’s his home and where he stays, but it’s basically a big glass quarantine. Adrian’s says he doesn’t know why, but he is dangerous and it’s highly classified…. but really Adrian knows because of his dads. Nova gets her communicator, knowing that it probably has some tracking implement as well, and now has to figure out how she’s going to get around that when she goes places she can’t be tracked. Adrian fills Nova in about the surveillance plan and Nova has a hard time walking around in the Renegades uniform because she feels so NOTICED when she usually blends into the background.

Nova arrives back at her new home (the crappy one, remember?) and DUN DUN DUN, someone’s there! Turns out it’s a squatter and Nova gets rid of him before her fellow Anarchists show up to check out the place. Nova had noticed Adrian’s nervousness about the Sentinel, but she credits it back to his dads and there being an awkward pressure there or just knowing more than he should. She tells the Anarchists about Cronin (The Librarian) and how they connected Nightmare’s gun back to him. Ingrid volunteers to warn him when Nova suggest someone should and Nova recounts the plans for the surveillance team and what might happen. The Anarchists think the Renegades might plant something there to capture Cronin (which hey, that’s an Anarchist way of thinking) and Ingrid says to try to get the Renegades to ACTUALLY go in and search so they can really prove that there’s nothing there, that she will go clean up ahead of time and make sure there’s nothing at all to find.

The surveillance starts and Nova, Adrian, Oscar, and Ruby decide they’ll take turns who has the main watch. Nova makes fun of their watch snacks since it’s all sugar so it’s a good thing Nova doesn’t have to sleep because they’re all going to crash. A fun part here is that we get the origin stories of each of the team members! Oscar tells a story about how he was saved from a burning room. He passed out, had a dream about the fire and smoke, and when he woke up, he was breathing smoke! Ruby’s grandma had hidden all kinds of jewels after her jewelry store closed up and the house was raided by villains. Ruby swallowed  some jewels — you guessed it. Rubies — and when she wouldn’t vomit them back up upon demand, the villains stabbed her. Her power manifested and her wounds spouted rubies that she used as weapons from there forward. Adrian was born with his power. Boring story, but seems pretty cool! And Nova was also born with her power (which she can’t tell the group since that power is putting people to sleep) so she tells her actual history about the murders of her family and how she gained the power not to sleep from that event.

AND THAT’S IT FOR CHAPTERS 11 – 21! Make sure to visit the other blog recaps and the new ARCHENEMIES recaps too! 

GIVEAWAY

I also promised a giveaway and here it is! One lucky winner will receive a A Renegades themed lunchbox, a Universe of Marissa Meyer tote, a Renegades quote print, Prepare for the Supernova sunglasses, and a final copy of Supernova + signed bookplate! This giveaway is only open to US/Canada residents. Check out the Rafflecopter entry form below to enter! Good luck!!

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Top Ten Tuesday – July 30th, 2019: Best Books I’ve Read So Far in 2019

TOP TEN TUESDAY
July 30th, 2019

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, formerly hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader GirlThis week’s topic was a freebie so I chose to post about my favorite books that I’ve read so far this year! 

I’ve only had two 4.5 star reads so far this year but a lot of really enjoyable 4 stars or 4+! I’m still looking for that ever-elusive five star read but I’ve also had a great time with some re-reads too. I thought it would be fun to share my favorite books of the year so far!

MY BEST BOOKS OF 2019 (SO FAR)

  

KING OF SCARS (King of Scars #1) by Leigh Bardugo
Date Finished: January 31, 2019
Rating: 4.5 stars

I absolutely loved my read of KING OF SCARS! It was such a beautifully written book. I loved being back with these characters but I also just really loved how Leigh Bardugo’s writing just keeps growing and evolving.

A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY (Cursebreakers #1) by Brigid Kemmerer
Date Finished: January 27, 2019
Rating: 4.5 stars

I had heard so many good things about this book before I started but for some reason I was a little bit skeptical. I absolutely loved it! It was so easy to get into and the character chemistry just really worked.

  

GODSGRAVE (The Nevernight Chronicle #2) by Jay Kristoff
Date Finished: April 14, 2019
Rating: 4+ stars

Naturally, I’m all here for the second Nevernight book! I didn’t love the setting as much as the first but it’s always a good time reading about Mia and Jay Kristoff’s sass is absolute perfection.

THE UNHONEYMOONERS by Christina Lauren
Date Finished: May 30, 2019
Rating: 4+ stars

This was such an adorable book! Parts of it reminded me of THE HATING GAME and it was such a cute hate-to-love creation. The characters had some great chemistry and there were so many cute moments.

TO KILL A KINGDOM by Alexandra Christo
Date Finished: June 17, 2019
Rating: 4.25 stars

I was pleasantly surprised by this book! I really loved the mermaids AND pirates, the fantasy, the romance, the suspense. It was all just so enjoyable!

 

THESE WITCHES DON’T BURN (These Witches Don’t Burn #1) by Isabel Sterling
Date Finished: May 20, 2019
Rating: 4 stars

This was such a fun witchy novel with some great representation! I loved the paranormal and witchy aspects, the characters, the family aspect, the mystery. I can’t wait to read more of this series!

AURORA RISING (Aurora Rising #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Date Finished: April 24, 2019
Rating: 4 stars

I had really high expectations for this book and it actually didn’t meet them…. Picking books out of the blue, I wouldn’t have told you this was one of my favorite books of the year but rating-wise, it really was! It was still a very enjoyable book but I was expecting it to blow me away more.

  

THE KISS QUOTIENT (The Kiss Quotient #1) by Helen Hoang
Date Finished: February 28, 2019
Rating: 4 stars

This was such a fun read with a really great romance! There were plenty of romantic moments, Stella was an amazing main character, and I loved seeing how they interacted.

RECURSION by Blake Crouch
Date Finished: July 26, 2019
Rating: 4 stars

Blake Crouch really knows how to mess with my mind in so many ways. RECURSION was so neat and a thinker, and I’m a sucker for anything involving messing with time. I wasn’t sure where it was going when it started but we got there and it was crazy!

AN EMBER IN THE ASHES (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir
Date Finished: June 20, 2019
Rating: 4 stars

This is the biggest surprise of all! Another I wouldn’t really say was my best of the year but I really enjoyed this when I tried it again… because I originally DNFed it in 2015! I’m definitely glad I picked it up again.


What have been your best reads of the year? What books do you think I might find as a five star read!?

As Seen on Bookstagram | Supernova by Marissa Meyer

After five years of blogging, sometimes it’s hard to come up with new ideas. So much has changed over the years, including my blogging style, many times over, and I’ve gotten so much more into taking photos and posting on Instagram as a part of my love of books and bookish merch!

In an attempt to keep things interesting and fun, I wanted to started a little something new for me where I take a post that I had originally shared on Instagram — or “bookstagram” for those in the book community — and took it a little further in a blog post. There’s a limited  number of characters that you can share on Insta and the point of those posts is more to get to the point, rather than writing a whole narrative, but sometimes each post deserves a few extra words, and “As Seen on Instagram” is a fun way for me to do that!

 

 

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I recently received a sampler of SUPERNOVA by Marissa Meyer from the Fierce Reads team!

If you’ve been following me much at all, you know I’m a huge Marissa Meyer fan! I’ve really been enjoying her latest series, The Renegades Trilogy, and SUPERNOVA is scheduled to release in November this year to conclude the series. The team at Fierce Reads (Macmillan publishers) sent a copy of the SUPERNOVA sampler my way which includes a sneak peek of the book!

I instantly took a photo of the sampler so I could set up the cover of SUPERNOVA with the other two books in the series. I just love the red and blue colors and the artwork is so visually stunning! I can’t wait to have this book in my hands and see how this all wraps up!!

I haven’t read the sampler just yet! I usually try to wait to read samplers because while I love being able to have a sneak peek, it’s also SO hard not to want more!! I may take a peek a little bit later the I won’t have to wait AS long to read SUPERNOVA!


Do you love Marissa Meyer? Are you excited for the conclusion of the Renegades trilogy!?

If you want to read the original post, check it out above or head to my Instagram page where you can follow for all kinds of bookish photo updates! 

As Seen on Bookstagram | Book Spirals (and other book structures)

After five years of blogging, sometimes it’s hard to come up with new ideas. So much has changed over the years, including my blogging style, many times over, and I’ve gotten so much more into taking photos and posting on Instagram as a part of my love of books and bookish merch!

In an attempt to keep things interesting and fun, I wanted to started a little something new for me where I take a post that I had originally shared on Instagram — or “bookstagram” for those in the book community — and took it a little further in a blog post. There’s a limited  number of characters that you can share on Insta and the point of those posts is more to get to the point, rather than writing a whole narrative, but sometimes each post deserves a few extra words, and “As Seen on Instagram” is a fun way for me to do that!

 

 

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Have you ever made any shapes or structures out of books for Instagram?

I don’t usually spend too much time on my Instagram photos anymore but sometimes it’s fun to try something new and go for a big, epic book structure! The other week, I decided to try my hand at making another book spiral!

My spiral was kind of small compared to some of the other big ones and it was pretty unstable once I got to the top — but it held up long enough to get some good photos! Creating a book spiral is a lot harder than it looks! If I turned the books too tightly, it wouldn’t be much of a spiral at all. Too far apart and it doesn’t even look like a spiral — just a bunch of messily stacked books — and it was super shaky if they were too far apart. This was my happy middle ground! I feel like there wasn’t a lot of spines facing out and I was hoping for more spine color than seeing the pages, but I’ll take it!


Do you do anything special like this for Instagram? Which accounts do you follow that make some cool book structures?

If you want to read the original post, check it out above or head to my Instagram page where you can follow for all kinds of bookish photo updates! 

Top Ten Tuesday – June 11, 2019: Unpopular Bookish Opinions

TOP TEN TUESDAY
June 11, 2019

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, formerly hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader GirlThis week’s topic was Unpopular Bookish Opinions

I don’t think I have too many unpopular bookish opinions or preferences when to comes to reading, book formats, or general reading habits so I guess we’re mostly just left with all of my black sheep opinions on popular books/series… Yikes.

I know we can all get fiery about our favorites so please keep it civil and let’s only comment if you AGREE. I’m not here to debate and fight! We’re all entitled to our opinions!

I’M A BLACK SHEEP READER…

1 | SARAH J. MAAS HAS LOST HER MAGIC. I looooved THRONE OF GLASS, CROWN OF MIDNIGHT, HEIR OF FIRE, QUEEN OF SHADOWS, and A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES, but things started to quickly go downhill for me with A COURT OF MIST AND FURY. I didn’t love it and things started to bother me. I was so let down with EMPIRE OF STORMS. I hated TOWER OF DAWN and didn’t finish it. A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN was terribly painful but I finished. I did read KINGDOM OF ASH and it was enjoyable for what it was but it could have been better. I really don’t have any desire to read any more Sarah J. Maas books and I’m super disappointed how everything has turned out to be a big love letter to her series instead of really digging in and developing some of the world, plot, or characters more.

2 | I DNFED AN EMBER IN THE ASHES. I tried reading the ARC when I first got AN EMBER IN THE ASHES. I tried listening to the audiobook with two of my favorite narrators… I just couldn’t do it! The characters felt flat and there was a cheesy prophesy that felt too convenient and I just never picked it back up. I do kind of want to try again someday since the series is so loved by so many, but I tried twice!

3 | CARAVAL WAS JUST OKAY AND LEGENDARY WAS …. NOT GOOD. CARAVAL was such a pretty and vividly written book but I wanted to much more structure to Caraval itself. LEGENDARY felt so sloppy, poorly organized, and kind of unnecessary in many ways. I was really disappointed that it got more whimsical and loose. The addition of the Fates felt like they were mostly out of nowhere and I wanted more of a lead-up to that plot line in CARAVAL to really tie the books together.

4 | I DIDN’T GET THE APPEAL OF TRUTHWITCH. I was so excited for a big adult fantasy series from Susan Dennard but I just never got into TRUTHWITCH. I struggled to get through the book and I finally did. I just felt like so much was missing. Everyone loved the friendship and I couldn’t stand the voices of the main female leads. I really, really, really wanted to like it and I kept trying but I just never got into the world and wanted so much more from it.

5 | TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE IS WAY BETTER AS A MOVIE THAN A BOOK. Well, other people might actually have this same opinion but Lara Jean was soooo immature in the books (all three) and it really, really bothered me. There are certain liberties taken for a rom-com for the main girl to put herself in silly situations or intrude where she doesn’t belong, but especially in the later books, Lara Jean was stepping on other people’s toes WAY too often and it was so annoying. I LOVED the first movie and am anxiously awaiting the second! I hope it continues to be super cute and the actors maintain that movie magic that I loved.

6 | WE WERE LIARS WAS PREDICTABLE. When I first heard about WE WERE LIARS, everyone was going on about the twist at the end (which honestly, already ruins a twist for me. If I know it’s coming, it’s a little less exciting), so naturally when I started reading, my brain started guessing at what it would be. And I guessed it quickly in. Everyone was blown away and it was this big five-star book for them but it turned out to be a really predictable book for me.

7 | THE FAULT IN OUR STARS WAS OVERRATED. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS was my first John Green book and I had big expectations! I found the voices of the teens to be way too pretentious to be realistic and I just really didn’t enjoy it as much as everyone said they had.


That’s only seven and I have a couple more but I don’t like being negative (most of the time haha)! I tried to look for the reverse — where I loved a book and people didn’t — but that was harder to search for than I expected!

As Seen on Bookstagram | Enamel Pins

After five years of blogging, sometimes it’s hard to come up with new ideas. So much has changed over the years, including my blogging style, many times over, and I’ve gotten so much more into taking photos and posting on Instagram as a part of my love of books and bookish merch!

In an attempt to keep things interesting and fun, I wanted to started a little something new for me where I take a post that I had originally shared on Instagram — or “bookstagram” for those in the book community — and took it a little further in a blog post. There’s a limited  number of characters that you can share on Insta and the point of those posts is more to get to the point, rather than writing a whole narrative, but sometimes each post deserves a few extra words, and “As Seen on Instagram” is a fun way for me to do that!

 

 

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Are you a fan of enamel pins? I didn’t used to be but my collection started slowly growing!

I ended up getting a few pins from book boxes and publishers as promos or pre-order bonuses but I wasn’t really into collecting pins. I had a bunch of buttons but didn’t have a good way to display them. I actually previously posted on an “As Seen on Bookstagram” about Ardent Adornment and their creation of the “pin pals” which were hoops covered in fabric (like the one seen here) designed to hold pin collections! If you check out my previous post which was a little under a year ago, I barely even had enamel pins and almost everything on that hoop was a button!

Since then, my collection has grown quite a bit. I’m a collector at heart so I usually end up obsessing about one thing or another. I have to work through a lot of my candles and burn the ones I do have and I’m at max capacity on my shelves to add any more new candles (or really just about anything there). I don’t have a good way to display any bookmarks and I already had too many mugs that are just decorations as well, so pins ended up being a fun new way to keep a bookish collection going with minimal space! I don’t have a lot of room on my walls and I’m constantly rearranging my hoops with what pins I want and where so they’re not hung up just yet, but the stack is mighty small and when they’re hung up, all they’ll take up is wall space!

Admittedly, I kind of got into it when I started making my own enamel pins! The first one I made was for the Novelly Yours Stranger Things-inspired box back in June 2018 and I’ve been adding them to the boxes consistently now since the beginning of 2019. The ability to create them definitely fed to the desire to collect them and now I’ve got a pretty decent collection of my own!!


Are you a collector of enamel pins? Do you have any favorite shops or pins that mean something special do you?

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Discussion: Someone Just Said “Audiobooks Aren’t Books” and You’re About to Get a Rant

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AUDIOBOOKS

I was on Instagram this morning, as I usually do to catch up on what happened overnight, and I came across an account that had a whole post on how “audiobooks aren’t books”. I kindly replied but that statement just rattled around in my brain all morning and the more I thought about it, the angrier I got so I figured why not rant about it to the book community.

We all have very strong preferences on the way that we read. Some people prefer reading on their e-readers, some love physical books, some love audiobooks, and many of us appreciate reading in any form. Books make us passionate, so much so that we even get get passionate about the method that we read and let me tell you, I am VERY passionate about audiobooks.

This isn’t just a rant in defense of “audiobooks ARE books”. It’s an exaggeration, but to me that’s like saying the Earth is flat. Audiobooks are literally published and sold by publishing houses. They’re sent out for review to readers and bloggers. They are absolutely categorized and described as a book. They’re not movies or shows, they’re not plays. They’re books. Just because someone is reading it out loud and you’re not using your eyes to read the words on the page doesn’t mean what you just took in wasn’t reading a book. Every single word the author wrote is contained in an audiobook and they’re not cut down or edited (note: expect in special cases like some full cast audiobooks that read more like plays BUT I would say almost always a full, unabridged version is published first. Those are often more like special editions. MOST full cast audiobooks I’ve listened to still contain all of the text).

Traditionally, reading is done with your eyes (duh). I agree, that’s absolutely different than listening to something. You don’t have to know how to read or spell to listen to something, that’s an obvious fact. But there are many, many books I’ve only read/listened to as an audiobook. Does that mean I never made a connection to any of the books I’ve listened to? I know as well as someone who read the words on the pages with their eyes how that story goes, what happened, and can provide an accurate summary and review. Sometimes I remember even better after listening than I do with reading. Listening to an audiobook provides a new way to retain information and the timbre and cadence of the narrator’s voices often help me remember actual quotes and passages better than they would if I was reading a hardcover/paperback/ARC.

Isn’t that also saying that a parent reading out loud to their child, for example, isn’t reading? What if someone is blind and can only listen to audiobooks? Does that mean they never read a book? Sure, we’re putting limitations on things here, but if it counts, it counts and it COUNTS.

I’ve only ever listened to THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater on audiobook and I’ve listened to it at least seven times. I know the story backwards and forwards and even better because I can hear the narrators reciting the text. I can’t imagine anyone, including the author, saying I didn’t read that book because I never read the words on physical pages. I would imagine authors want people to read their books, no matter the form, and audiobooks are absolutely one of those forms.

The argument this poster was making was that people who are just listening to audiobooks while they’re driving or cleaning the house aren’t reading and I’m still gonna argue that one hard. See all the points above etc etc but also… don’t you WANT people to read? For people who are that busy that they only have time to listen to audiobooks in the car or while they’re cleaning, isn’t that great that they still have the time and want to read at SOME point in time? They’re choosing books they really want to read but otherwise don’t have time to. Reading is not defined by a quantity. It’s not “you have to read ten books a year minimum for any of your reading to count”. Maybe those people aren’t avid readers but they’re not claiming to be.

I am an avid reader. I work quite literally almost all day. I go to the shop to work from 7:30 – 5 and then come home, make dinner, eat, and go back to working on the computer until I’m too tired to work anymore. My ONLY designated sit-down-and-read time is a couple of hours on the weekends so I listen to TONS of audiobooks while I’m working. I still know what happened, with a good audiobook I’m probably even more focused than when read paper pages, and I still review them for my blog. If I didn’t post that they were audiobooks, you’d have no idea that was how I read them because I can review a book accurately and entirely through that method. I just don’t see how it’s “not reading”.

I’m also super defensive and in promotion of audiobooks because of how many reads they make up for me each year. I read 133 books in 2018. 102 of them were audiobooks. That means I only had time to sit down and read 31 books that were physical copies and wouldn’t that be a travesty if I limited myself to only 31 books instead of 133 if “audiobooks weren’t books”?

I think almost all of us are in acknowledgement that audiobooks ARE books, even if we don’t all like or use them. Listening to an audiobook makes the story no less absorbed and especially depending on the best method of learning for a person, it can even make a story better absorbed. It’s like arguing a fact so I’ll stop arguing, but man, I was consumed with rage by that thought and you got a good rant out of it!


I (hopefully) think we can all agree here! So tell me instead what your favorite audiobook is because I’m always in need of more!!

Top Ten Tuesday – May 14, 2019: Book-to-Screen | Dare I Say It? The Movie/Show Was Better

TOP TEN TUESDAY
May 14, 2019

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, formerly hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader GirlThis week’s topic was Book-to-Screen Freebie so I’m sharing my favorites that I think are — dare I say it? — better than the books!

It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday but hey, I’m trying to get back into the blogging groove. It’s something I miss doing and I really liked the topic this week!

DARE I SAY IT? THE MOVIE/TV SHOW WAS BETTER

1.THE PRINCESS BRIDE (MOVIE) | The Princess Bride is one of my favorite movies from my childhood (and my whole adult life as well) and I didn’t read the book until I was an adult. I loved how closely the movie follows the book for the most part but I think the movie does a fantastic job of capturing the fantastical elements along with perfectly timed comedy and subtle (and not-so-subtle) jokes. The cast of the movie is just too perfect, plus nostalgia and the movie for me will always be better than the book.


2. THE MAGICIANS (TV SHOW) | I actually really enjoyed The Magicians as a book series but I just fell in love with the TV show. The actors are just so enjoyable, Quentin is more tolerable, and well, I still hate Alice no matter what (maybe even more in the TV show…) but I love how the SyFy adaptation ended up straying from the books and becoming its own thing. It opened even more doors for this story to continue, add more characters, and find new ways to incorporate this story line. Things from the books still pop up in new and fun ways so it’s still fun as a reader to see them continue to be combined but in unique fashions!


3. DEXTER (TV SHOW) | I watched the TV show before I read the first Dexter book and the show was just so much better. Michael C. Hall is the perfect Dexter and such a great actor in this series. I loved how the show adapted the book and how the actors really made this concept into such a great show. I never ended up continuing my reading of the series because the show was so much better and I finally finished binge-watching this year!


4. THE NOTEBOOK (MOVIE) | This was another book that I didn’t read until after I saw the movie and I enjoyed the movie so much more! The actors just have so much chemistry and I liked how the movie organized the timelines a little bit differently. I just loved how the movie felt and brought this story to life! The book was still very good but the actors really made this what it is.


5. THE PRINCESS DIARIES (MOVIE) | Yet another series that I didn’t start until after I saw the movie! The movie actually changes quite a lot, from location to parents to basically the entire plot, but I actually liked how it updated it a bit for the times since the book was written (although now even the movie is outdated at this point) and I kind of liked the changes it made. The book was still enjoyable and I’m still working my way through this series, but head-to-head challenge? I think the movie wins out for me, just slightly.


6. GAME OF THRONES (TV SHOW) | Don’t get me wrong, I loved A Song of Ice and Fire… but the TV show is giving us an ending when we’ve been waiting for YEARS to even get a continuation of the series as the sixth book. The books left us in a TERRIBLE spot that until the TV show, we were just left waiting to see what the heck happened to our favorite characters. Plus, the TV show took me two weeks to binge watch versus 8 months to “binge read” the books. (If I really wanted to binge read them now, I’d do it on audio and be done in less than two weeks but I was taking my time when I first read them). The show gives us clarity on why characters like Davos are important and have POV chapters (which he’s way more enjoyable on the show than the books) and the TV show also really helped me when reading the books so I could put faces to the many names of the many characters. I love them both, but the show is here now soooo….


7. AMERICAN GODS (TV SHOW) | I’ll admit it. I had a little bit of a hard time getting into AMERICAN GODS when I read the book. I didn’t know how things would come together and it kind of took me a little bit to get a grasp on it. Once I got into it, I was loving it! Knowing what I know (and forgetting what I knew), the TV makes for a more enjoyable experience for me and I was already loving the characters and story before the show even began. I also really love all of the actors and the imagery in the show is stunning.


8. TRUE BLOOD (TV SHOW) | I actually read quite a few of the Sookie Steakhouse books (after watching the show…) but I just enjoyed the show so much more. I felt like the show was a little darker, more intense, and I enjoyed all of the actors……. except for ya know, two of the main characters (Sookie and Bill. Sorry not sorry). I also liked how this show took some liberties and kept pieces and concepts from the books but kind of made them better. I never did finish the TV series but it’s been so long at this point I don’t know if I could pick up where I left off.


9. SLEEPY HOLLOW (TV SHOW) |  Sure, the TV adaptation of THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW was totally different but I LOVED it. Well, for a while. I didn’t even watch the last season because things got stupid and lost their charm. I thought Tom Mison was just darling as an Ichabod Crane transported to modern day America and the history + paranormal was just so much fun!


10. YOU (TV SHOW) | This one is kind of a toss-up, but I really liked seeing this story brought to the screen and seeing a different side of things! It was fun seeing people watch the show who haven’t read the books and didn’t know how creepy Joe really was, as well as getting everyone’s opinions of Beck. I actually found her less annoying in the show but people still thought she was stupid so that’s… good? It was just really fun to see this one adapted and I’m curious to see if/when they come back with the next season, where that will go since the first season covered all of book one! I did enjoy YOU as a book quite a bit (especially the narrator for the audiobook) but the show helped keep things on track whereas I felt the book kind of just strayed into long narratives at times.


Which book-to-screen adaptations have you enjoyed as much as or more than the books? Any of these that you agree with?