Saturday, May 31, 2014

Armchair BEA: The Wrap-Up!


       Unfortunately here is another year that I couldn't make it to BEA :( Living in Texas and going to NYC is a bit too far for me. Especially going by myself. I just couldn't make the leap to do it. Next year tho I am MAKING my mom go. She'll be retired by then so it'll be ok lol But ANYWAYS, since I can't go, I will be bringing BEA to me.... And my armchair lol

WRAP-UP

     This is my second ABEA and although it was fun, nothing beats wishing I was at the Javits Center with everyone that was able to go. But you know what, I will NOT complain. I met some amazing people this week just from blogging alone and for that I am grateful. The fact that I met so many Texas people astounds me. Where are you bloggers usually? lol I hardly ever come across bloggers and their blogs when they live close to me. 
     I know I had some funny posts and some kind of serious so I hope you don't think I'm crazy. (I promise my mind is not always that all over the place.) But that's what I loved most about ABEA, it brought up some really great topics, but it also allowed me to be myself and bring whatever I wanted to the table. I like that it didn't constrict my creativity. 

Here are my posts:

Intros & Literature: Where I show you a little about me and then show you some of my favorite books! 

Author Interactions and More than Just Words: Where I gloat that I met Marissa Meyer and Jennifer L. Armentrout and had a super weird conversation with Katie McGarry on Twitter! My more than just words is all over the place lol I only read comic books and have only very recenly started listening to audiobooks. 

Expanding Blogging Horizons and Novellas/Short Stories: Where I talk about my original feature Beyond the Book  and then tell you all about some of my favorite read novellas and the ones I want to read now!  

Giveaways Galore and Beyond the Barriers: My giveaway for ABEA is there as well as me talking about diversity in YA! 

Topic of Choice and Young Adult and Middle Grade: My topic of choice was some of my bad bookish habits and since I review YA/MG, I chose to talk about why I read YA at 25! 

Well that's it for ABEA 2014! Thanks to everyone who stopped by! I appreciate all the love! 

Friday, May 30, 2014

Armchair BEA: My Bad Bookish Habits & Middle Grade/Young Adult!


       Unfortunately here is another year that I couldn't make it to BEA :( Living in Texas and going to NYC is a bit too far for me. Especially going by myself. I just couldn't make the leap to do it. Next year tho I am MAKING my mom go. She'll be retired by then so it'll be ok lol But ANYWAYS, since I can't go, I will be bringing BEA to me.... And my armchair lol

TOPIC OF CHOICE

     I had no idea what I was going to write here until I actually sat down to write it. Isn't that always how your best happens though? But thinking about what I like I couldn't really make up my mind up. I had so many ideas floating around, and we've covered so much in such a short time, I didn't even know what to talk about. Soooo, I'll go with my bad bookish habits. 

1. Putting a book in my purse/bag.
     -Gah I hate when I do this. But I can't go anywhere without a book. I hate being without a book somewhere. But then I do it and it gets all beat up and looks gross. 

2. Eating while reading.
     -This isn't a bad thing, but at the same time, it depends on what you eat. I always find myself eating like hot Cheeto puffs or drinking some red juice. You know anything that will leave smudges on the pages or a stain if I accidentally drop a drop. 

3. Using anything for a bookmark. 
     -This isn't necessarily a bad habit, but I've learned the hard way what you can and can't use. I once used a Dollar Tree bookmark and it basically had rubbed off on my pages and got all over the place and I could barely read the words. 

4. I can't walk out the library unless I have 5 books in my stack.
     -Clearly that was before I started reviewing. Because now, I don't even visit my library unless I am dropping off some donations smh

5. I feel myself judging my reading by looking at other people's goals. 
      -I see some of you who've read a hundred something books already and I'm barely on 40 something and I get embarrassed. How come you read so fast? How come I DON'T? I know everyone is different, but I think it just intimidates me a little. 

6. I will literally read anywhere. 
     -Sometimes it's in the middle of my floor, sometimes its on my mom's floor, sometimes its at Wal-Mart, and sometimes its at family reunions O_o I know it's weird, but if it's really good or I've been waiting forever for it, I don't care. I will get comfy, find a snack and crack open my book.

MIDDLE GRADE/ YOUNG ADULT

     As an MG/YA/NA blogger, I almost skipped this topic. In the first ABEA post I gave you my favorites and its all I've been talking about the rest of the time. But I guess I'l go with the question I'm most asked.... "Why YA at 25?"

1. I've never read it until now.
     -As a kid I read anything I could get from the library. It was mostly The Bailey School Adventures or Encyclopedia Brown.Then it changed to Harry Potter in 5th grade. And then in middle school it was The Babysitter's Club.  But then in high school I was reading anything my mom had on the shelf. Probably things I shouldn't have read until now lol But I didn't have anything that just caught my interest. But then, when I was in college, my roommate at the time said she'd read Harry Potter (which I love) if I would read Twilight (which she loved.) After that, anything paranormal romance I wanted to read it. It just so happened that was mostly YA.
 Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots (The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids, #1)Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Kristy's Great Idea (The Baby-Sitters Club, #1)

2. I have wayyyy too many adult problems to read about another person with adult problems.
     -When I go out and check the mail, I always get bills, bills, coupons, and more bills. I don't want to read about someone else that is having trouble paying bills. That is definitely no fun for me, so why would it be fun reading about it for someone else? 

3. I'm studying to be a YA librarian.
     -I'm studying to become a YA librarian should be all the excuse I need. Don't judge me because I'd rather read something like Cinder than something like How Stella Got her Groove Back or something lol 

4. At least I'm reading period.
     -My main reason for wanting to become a librarian is the fact that I look at children and I see them with Kindles or Nooks and they're playing games on it, they have cell phones at age 3, they have just all these different electronics and no books. And if you ask if they like to read they get agitated and angry. It hurts when people say they only do it because they have to, never for fun. And I feel like that's one reason the literacy rates are falling. Everyone makes it seem like its torture instead of fun. And that's what kids look for, fun things. *end rant*

5. Let's face it, YA things are more fun than adult.
     -Let's be honest, there is no way you'd have as much fun reading a Greek mythology adult book than you would reading the Percy Jackson series. Percy is just amazing so that may not be a fair comparison, but you get my drift. 

Follow Friday: Writing Style!

Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee’s View & Alison Can Read.    

The goal is to increase blog followers and make friends. Basically how it works is you follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. So looking forward to making new blogging friends & following blogs!


 
Question of the Week: How important is good writing to you? In an ideal world, a book would be beautifully written AND have great character development, plot, etc. But in the real world, which do you prefer: (1) Great characters and plot with lousy writing or (2) Middling character development and plot but gorgeous writing?
     I think I'll have to go with great character development and plot because regardless of having great characters, they have to be doing something. If I have great characters and the writing is so nice and it took me away (see what I did there? lol) I do NOT want the plot lacking. Because then even with all its gorgeousness I will stop reading it. 

Which one would you prefer? 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Swoon Thursday: Funny Kisses Edition!

Swoon Thursday is a weekly event hosted by YA Bound.


 Here's what you do:

From the book you're currently reading, or one you just finished, tell me what made you swoon. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering. Shout it out on twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments or grab the button above and share it on your blog.

"Dax touched my arm tentatively. When I didn't pull away, he cupped my face in his hands and kissed me. This kiss was so much softer than our last one- sweet, apologetic, warm. I was so glad I didn't eat any of my fish. "
pg. 129

I literally laughed out loud when I read this part. But the kiss scene before it was really, really sweet! 

What made you swoon this week? 

Armchair BEA: Giveaways Galore and Beyond the Barriers!


       Unfortunately here is another year that I couldn't make it to BEA :( Living in Texas and going to NYC is a bit too far for me. Especially going by myself. I just couldn't make the leap to do it. Next year tho I am MAKING my mom go. She'll be retired by then so it'll be ok lol But ANYWAYS, since I can't go, I will be bringing BEA to me.... And my armchair lol

GIVEAWAYS GALORE

Welllll seeing as Rafflecopter completely deleted my last giveaway, let’s hope it doesn't do that this time too. For Armchair BEA I will giveaway for any book on Amazon or Barnes & Noble $10 or less. Or, I can send you a $10 gift card and you can buy it yourself if you like! 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

I had another giveaway for my paperback copy of My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick that I tried to give away, but Rafflecopter deleted the entire thing. I just MIGHT include that to your win… Or I might choose another winner. 

BEYOND THE BARRIERS

     As a minority in the real world (and well in the reading world too), this topic is right up my alley. I actually did my TTT ondiversity. It was a freebie topic and I chose Diversity. It featured any books that feature books LGBTQ characters, characters that are of different ethnicities, and characters that feature a disability.
     Some of the LGBTQ books I picked were Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan and Great by Sara Benincasa! Two Boys Kissing featured  really cute YA book spine poem while Great features an old classic told with a few different details changed around.
Two Boys KissingGreat
     And there are some really some great books out there that feature Asian characters like Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell and Cinder by Marissa Meyer. One of the most recent ones is To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. 
Eleanor and ParkCinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)
     There’s also some really great books featuring characters of Hispanic descent. My favorite books with Hispanic characters are the Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles, The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler, and How my Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski .
Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry, #1)The Book of Broken HeartsHow My Summer Went Up in Flames

     As for disabilities, I've only ever read one (that I remember) that features a character with one. It was What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick. It really hit home because my sister has a similar disability to Emory. It doesn't have a name and it hasn't been diagnosed. 
What I Thought Was True
     The biggest impact these stories had was the fact that I related so much to them. As a straight African American female I’m not 100% like them, but I’m still in the minority and can understand where a lot of those characters are coming from. I learned a lot about their different cultures and why they do some of the things they do. That's always the best part. Finding out what makes each person different.
      Also, there aren't many books that I've read about people like me, but I'm looking for them. If you have any recs let me know. I have one in mind that I plan to read soon! It is Pointe by Brandy Colbert! Leave me more to make my TBR pile grow ever more! 
Pointe


The Secrets of Lily Graves by Sarah Strohmeyer

e-ARC, 179 pages
Release Date: May 13, 2014
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Stand-alone
Source: Edelweiss
For fans of: Contemporary, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Realistic Fiction, Romance


     With the intrigue of Pretty Little Liars and plenty of romance, bestselling author Sarah Strohmeyer weaves a story of secrets and lies—set in a funeral parlor. Growing up in a house of female morticians, Lily Graves knows all about buried secrets. She knows that perfect senior-class president Erin Donohue isn’t what she seems. She knows why Erin’s ex-boyfriend, hot football player Matt Houser, broke up with her. And she also knows that, even though she says she and Matt are just friends, there is something brewing between them—something Erin definitely did not like.
     But secrets, even ones that are long buried, have a way of returning to haunt their keeper.
     So when Erin is found dead the day after attacking Lily in a jealous rage, Lily's and Matt’s safe little lives, and the lives of everyone in their town of Potsdam, begin to unravel. And their relationship—which grew from innocent after-school tutoring sessions to late-night clandestine rendezvous—makes them both suspects.
     As her world crumbles around her, Lily must figure out the difference between truth and deception, genuine love and a web of lies. And she must do it quickly, before the killer claims another victim.
 

*MY THOUGHTS*

     Any thriller that sounds remotely unique will find its way to my TBR pile. And this one was no different. And then I found out that it was set in a funeral parlor and I bumped it to the very top because I had to read it! And although I figured out who the killer was, I did really enjoy it.
"'Soup based casseroles were so synonymous with death."
29% (e-ARC)
     The characters were one of my favorite things about this story. I loved Lily! She really was hilarious. But then her mom really seemed like she really didn't know her daughter. But she definitely surprised me in the end. The coolest of them all was Aunt Boo. She had tattoos and her name was Boo. And she worked in a funeral parlor lol I just thought that was a pretty cool connection. As for Matt, he was ok too. There were some moments I really liked him, but there were other times I really wanted to hit him. But that's with any dude lol
"'...it was better to know how to avoid danger than to avoid dangerous places."
39% (e-ARC)
     As for the writing style, that was another one of my favorite things. There were times my heart was racing because of what Lily was doing or even what her best friend Sarah was doing. I found myself putting the book down because somethings I had to stop and think about. Any book that makes me think is automatically good in my opinion.
"'This you Lily Graves?' Yup. I'm in my Halloween costume today." [...] "What are you supposed to be?" "The scariest thing I could think of," I said. "Normal."
49% (e-ARC)
     The only thing I didn't like about it, was the fact that I was able to guess the killer. If it wouldn't cause spoilers, I would take a picture of my notebook where I wrote my "Final verdict" on who it was. I only guessed it because I know it's always the person you least expect. And because I'm sure I wouldn't have guessed it if I didn't watch so much CSI and Criminal Minds lol But I will say that I wasn't completely sure until the very last few pages. It took until the end, but I was still able to guess it.
"'Death ages a person. Murder, even faster."
56% (e-ARC)
     The characters and the writing style were both really great. There wasn't really anything wrong with this one besides me being able to guess whodunit. Its a thriller that will keep yon on your toes. It will literally keep you guess until the last few pages are turned. And when you find out who it was, you will have to read over it again to make sure you read it right!
Overall, I give this 


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Armchair BEA: Expanding Blogging Horizons & Novellas and Short Stories


       Unfortunately here is another year that I couldn't make it to BEA :( Living in Texas and going to NYC is a bit too far for me. Especially going by myself. I just couldn't make the leap to do it. Next year tho I am MAKING my mom go. She'll be retired by then so it'll be ok lol But ANYWAYS, since I can't go, I will be bringing BEA to me.... And my armchair lol

EXPANDING BLOGGING HORIZONS


     I'm not super huge on designing, so my backgrounds are usually premade. I'm more creative and try to strive to have new innovative bloggy type things. For instance, here's a feature that I began last year: Beyond the Book!
     I mentioned this feature in my first Armchair BEA post. It basically features some of my favorite books, but me doing something to go beyond just reading it's pages. Sometimes it's personal, other times its just something fun! My favorite personal ones are the ones I did one about my real life womances after reading Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor, one that shows what my happy looks like after I read This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith, and another that shows y'all how big of a nerd I am after I read The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller! Some of my faorite fun ones where I told yall about what would be in my fear landscape from Divergent by Veronica Roth, how to change a tire after reading about Rachel in Crash Into You by Katie McGarry, and bookish things that make me panic after reading Panic by Lauren Oliver! When I go to signings and things, I find myself putting the recaps in this category as well as pairing books with other things. 
     It may be based off books, but it keeps my creative juices flowing and it serves as a way for my followers to know a little more about me. Even if it is only small tidbits. I run my Beyond the Book posts on Mondays! If you can think of a way to go beyond the book or just want to see what I have thought of for the next week, come by and see! 

NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

     My favorite type of novels are companion series. I like them because I love for each charcter to have their own story, but I also want to see what other characters are doing in the future or have been doing in the past. Which is why I love novellas. They usually center on one character and talk about their past or into their future. But unfortunately, there are only a few that I have read. I can't stand spoilers or even just to be teased and I don't want to know what happened before I read the book. 
     The ones I've read and enjoyed are: No Place Like Oz by Danielle Paige, Glitches by Marissa Meyer,  and The Queen's Army by Marissa Meyer.
No Place Like Oz (Dorothy Must Die #0.5)Glitches (The Lunar Chronicles, #0.5)The Queen's Army (The Lunar Chronicles, #1.5)
     Some that I still want to read are: The Little Android by Marissa Meyer, The Blue-Haired Boy by Courtney C. Stevens, and Percy Jackson and the Sword of Hades. 
The Little Android (The Lunar Chronicles, #0.6)The Blue-Haired BoyPercy Jackson and the Sword of Hades (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4.5)
     The ones I've read I had to read EXACTLY in order, or else I never get to it. The ones I haven't read I read the first real book in the series first and I just never got to it. I promise I will one day. I refuse to miss ANYTHING written by Marissa Meyer!
     
What have you done to expand your blogging horizons?
What novellas and short stories have you read?
Which ones should I read?!

Join me tomorrow to see my GIVEAWAY and me stepping out of my reading comfort zone!

Waiting on Wednesday: 5/28/14


This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what we're waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for! It's hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!

Adrenaline Crush

     When a daredevil teen pushes herself too far, she must choose between two boys: the one who wants to keep her safe, and the one who dares her to return to her old self.
     Seventeen-year-old Dyna comes from a family of risk takers and is an avid thrill-seeker herself, until the day she splinters her ankle in a terrible fall. Her whole life goes from mountain biking and rock climbing to sitting at home and attending group sessions at the bizarre alternative healing center that her hippie mother found. The boy who witnessed Dyna’s accident believes her injury is a wakeup call and he encourages her mild new lifestyle, but a young Afghanistan War veteran she meets at the healing center pushes her to start taking chances again. Forced to face the consequences of her daredevil impulses, Dyna finds herself in danger of risking the one thing she’s always treated with caution—her heart.

Published by: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux (BYR)
Release Date: September 23, 2014

Why I'm Waiting: This books sounds like a non-stop adventure. I really want to see what all trouble she is going to get herself into. And on top of that it sounds like a really good contemp too!  On top of that, there's the cover! I am in love with the big lettering and all the bright colors. The jumping girl and her shadow is pretty too! 

What are you waiting on this week?!
Will you be waiting on this with me?

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Author Interactions and More Than Just Words!


       Unfortunately here is another year that I couldn't make it to BEA :( Living in Texas and going to NYC is a bit too far for me. Especially going by myself. I just couldn't make the leap to do it. Next year tho I am MAKING my mom go. She'll be retired by then so it'll be ok lol But ANYWAYS, since I can't go, I will be bringing BEA to me.... And my armchair lol

AUTHOR INTERACTIONS

     This one is definitely easy. I haven't actually met many authors, but because of Twitter, I talked to a lot of them. And let me tell you, three years of blogging and I STILL fangirl every time smh Here are some of my favorite author interactions, both in real life and just on Twitter!


    Earlier this year I went to the Montgomery County Book Festival and met one of my favorite authors, Marissa Meyer. (Mrs. Meyer if you happen to read this, I'm the girl that hopped up to sing Happy Birthday!!!! lmao) She wrote the Lunar Chronicles series (Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress.) Cinder is one of my all time favorites and when I heard she was coming near me, I KNEW I had to meet her. She's basically one of the sweetest people I've ever met. On top of that, she's an amazing storyteller and she signed Wolf the super hot street fighter over to me. And when I told her my blog appeared in the paperback copy of Scarlet, she hugged me again to say thanks! I was very appreciative that she appreciated my love for her writing. I hope to meet her again one day!


     This picture is of me and Jennifer L. Armentrout! (Mrs. Armentrout if you read this, I'm the chick who was walking around in a birthday Tiara!) In case you hadn't noticed by the amount of books by her I've read, she's one of my favorite authors. I was able to meet her on the release date of her last book in the Covenant series. Which just so happened to be my birthday! So when I met her, she was just as nice in person as she had been on Twitter. And she signed over Aiden to me as a birthday surprise. If you know me, you know that Aiden is one of my all time book boyfriends and I was over the moon when she signed him to me like that. 


     And here is an author interaction that I STILL love even to this day! I am a huge fan of the Pushing the Limits series by Katie McGarry. I was honored to read an advance copy of Dare You To and there's a scene in the very beginning that has a Taco Bell drive thru. I read it and got on Twitter for a little bit and saw this. (If you can't read it, you can click on it and make it bigger.) It was basically one of the funniest things ever! Writing this now has me craving some Taco Bell lol 

MORE THAN JUST WORDS


     I probably won't have too much to say on this topic because I don't normally read anything other than normal books. with audiobooks I find myself not listening if I just so happen to do other things. As for graphic novels, I JUST started reading those. And only because it's the only way The Walking Dead comes lol Speaking of The Walking Dead, I watch any book to movie or book to tv shows. I also love comic books. I love Wonder Woman and I have over a dozen of her comic books. 
     Looking at other people though, these different ways to read seem to help others. My younger sister can't read on her own yet but LOVES audioooks. She LOVED Twilight and has since moved on to the Harry Potter series. I've also talked to other bloggers who've said they like to listen to audiobooks while they clean or drive. I've started listening to them while I set up the restaurant where I work. It just takes me an extra long time to read them because I find myself having to rewind or go back a lot of times because I missed something or started thinking about something else and was tuning it out. 

What are some of your favorite author interactions?
Do you read with more than just words? 

Join me tomorrow to talk about expanding your blogging horizons and novells or short stories!

TTT: Freebie! Books that feature diversity!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the BookishEach week we will post a new Top Ten list. Everyone is welcome to join.   

This week's topic is:
 Top Ten Tuesday: Freebie!
I picked Top books that feature diversity! 
*These are in no particular order!

After all the backlash, I decided to pick some books that have some diversity in it! This can range from character's ethnicity, to the characters being LGBTQ, or even if they are  disabled. Here are some I have read and loved!

To All the Boys I've Loved BeforeGreat
1. To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han: This book features a family that is half Korean. Why it made my list of Diverse Favorites: I actually found out a Korean dish that sounded really good! I want to try it one day! 

2.  Great by Sara Benincasa: I LOVE The Great Gatsby and this retelling is almost spot on! Why it made my list of Diverse Favorites: It features an LGBTQ relationship in a telling of one of my favorite classics.

Two Boys KissingHow My Summer Went Up in Flames
3. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan: This was my first book by Levithan and I have to admit, I wondered why it took me so long to read this... Why it made my list of Diverse Favorites: It features multiple LGBTQ relationships and a really cute YA love poem!

4. How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski:  This story was super funny and I loved every second of it! Why it made my list of Diverse Favorites: The main character and her family are hispanic. They really embrace their heritage. You can tell by what they say and the things they joke about. 

The Book of Broken HeartsEleanor and Park
5. The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler: Ok, this is a really great book. And I love the synopsis. Why it made my list of Diverse Favorites: It features two families that have a Hispanic heritage. And I really liked them both! 

6. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: I loved the love story in this one. And the unsuspecting plot line made it even better! Why it made my list of Diverse Favorites: Because Park is part Asain and I loved how amazing he was to Eleanor. 

My Life After NowSpeechless
7. My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi: This is a book that all teens should read. It teaches you so much about HIV. Not only does it tell you how to handle it, but it also tells you how to prevent it! Why it made my list of Diverse Favorites: It features two dads instead of the traditional mom and dad household. 

8. Speechless by Hannah Harrington: I iked how this book taught a valuable lesson. Everything isn't your business. And knowing too much about something can definitely land you in trouble. Why it made my list of Diverse Favorites: The huge secret she's harboring is *SPOILER*  an LGBTQ relationship.*END SPOILER*

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry, #1)
9. Cinder by Marissa Meyer: This entire series is all over the globe and I love that. And the fact that there's cyborgs and hovercrafts makes it even better. Why it made my list of Diverse Favorites: Cinder is Asain. Cinder is actually set in New Beijing. 

10. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles: This series is basicaly what made me fall in love with contemporary romance. Before reading this I only wanted to read Paranormal Romance, but this one opened my eyes to real life love. Why it made my list of Diverse Favorites: Alex and his brothers are Hispanic. Alex is in a Mexican gang until he meets the one girl that makes him do a 180 degree turn.

What books have you read that feature diversity?! 
What was your Top Ten Topic? 



Monday, May 26, 2014

Armchair BEA 2014: Intros & Literature!



INTROS

     Unfortunately here is another year that I couldn't make it to BEA :( Living in Texas and going to NYC is a bit too far for me. Especially going by myself. I just couldn't make the leap to do it. Next year tho I am MAKING my mom go. She'll be retired by then so it'll be ok lol But ANYWAYS, since I can't go, I will be bringing BEA to me.... And my armchair lol So, here's a little info about me:

1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? Where in the world are you blogging from? 

My name is Nikki and I have been blogging for about 3 years. I went on a break after the first year because school, work, and blogging was just too much. (Especially as an English major. I had ENOUGH reading for school and it took me forever to read a pleasure book...) I got into blogging because I wanted to do something cool for an English project I had. We had to get creative and do a non-traditional book report on the books we read. (Thinking about it now, the project can actually be more closely associated with my feature Beyond the Book.) But anyways, I wanted to do something cooler than just a paper, so I created a blog. Butttt considering she didn't have a blogger account and she didn't want to take my password and blah, blah, blah I couldn't keep it. So I ended up keeping it for my own leisure and making it a MG/YA/NA book blog instead. Now thee years later I'm so happy about deciding to keep it up. I'm from the USA in Texas. I would say where, but I'm from all over. From Galveston, to Houston, to Huntsville, I'm all over the place!

2. Describe your blog in just one sentence. Then, list your social details -- Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. -- so we can connect more online. 

"My blog is all about me and my opinion." I really love books and I love to share my opinions on them! I love meeting people that can agree or agree to disagree about the same books I read! Here are my links:



    3. What genre do you read the most? I love to read because _____ . 


     It kind of depends. I started out reading mostly paranormal romance. But then I migrated to mostly contemporary fiction. Basically I'm just into whatever sounds good. I started reading when I was 4 by myself. I don't remember how I did it and my mother has no idea what happened either, but it did. I've been reading ever since. I mostly read because I like to escape my own reality, I can't afford to go many places and don't have super rich parents or a super nice job so I do what I can and take the vacations that I can. And they mostly come in the form of books. Plus, there's no better love than the love from a fictional boy <3 lol They're a big part of the reason I read too! 

4. Share your favorite book or reading related quote. 

     
      "Books are a uniquely portable magic." It goes hand in hand with my blogs name. They transport me to different places I may never get a chance to visit! 

5.  What book would you love to see as a movie? 

     Cinder by Marissa Meyer. If her entire series could be made into a movie, I would die of happiness. She's so creative and sweet! Her Lunar Chronicles would be a hit in the box office because it is such a cool and unique series and I'm sure it would have some amazing effects. 

LITERATURE

   Since this is such a broad topic, I don't even know where to start. I really want to give you a list of all my 5 and 4 star reads, but that would take FOREVER. lol So, here's a couple of them that were near and dear to my heart. 
     My favorite genre is contemporary. And because I'm such a fan of romance, ANYTHING with a good swon will make my favorites list as well. But, what I found out from two of these, I like a healthy bit of action as well. Here's my favorites and how they became my favorites:
Something RealRebel BelleMaybe One DayTime Between Us (Time Between Us, #1)Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)
     Something Real by Heather Demetrios: The MC is a chick that's been on a tv show her entire life with her other 12 siblings. She is one of the two that's fighting for their freedom from the public eye and from their parents who will do anything for a check. It definitely made me think twice about how thankful I am for only have "Big Brother" watching me and not allllll of America. And let's be honest. Patrick is amazing too.
     Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins: This is one of my favorite reads of 2014. I loved Harper already and the fact that she was kick ass made me love her even more. Then there's the setting. With me being from the south, I can attest to the fact that this is exactly how the south is. Everyone smiling in your face and being someone completely different behind your back. Which is why I loved the action. It was non-stop and it was all so crazy. I bit my nails, I laughed, and I swooned. This story is so good!
     Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor: Another 5 star for me this year. This is a beautiful story about womance and health. I think I connected to this story so much so because I had just lost two family members to cancer and it made me appreciate my friends that are still here. No they can't take the place of my family, but my friends to be shown love too. 
     Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone: I loved the time traveling in this one. It was easy to follow and I appreciated the fact that they loved music so much. And good music at that. And as far as the romance, for them to be so different, they are both AMAZING together. And when I say different, I mean like time wise. Anna is from 95 and Bennett is from 2012. 
     Cinder by Marissa Meyer: When I first heard about this book, I was convinced it was stupid. Cyborgs? Really? But then I sat down and read it. Andddd low and behold, it became my favorite series! I really liked Cinder and when Scarlet came out I fell in love with it. And of course Cress is even better than that! This series will take you on an imaginative futuristic ride. And trust me, you won't want to get off! 

Go show those reviews some love! At the very least, go find out what else about them I LOVED! 
(It just might give you an extra chance in my giveaway at the end of Armchair BEA! *wink, wink*)

Join me tomorrow to talk about Author Interactions and how to read with More Than Just Words!