Thursday, September 21, 2017

BOOK BLITZ + Giveaway + Music Playlist + Fancasting of Characters from THE VICTORIA IN MY HEAD by Janelle Milanes



From debut author Janelle Milanes comes a hilarious and heartfelt tale of the spectacular things that can happen when you go after what you really want. 

Synopsis
Victoria Cruz inhabits two worlds: In one, she is a rock star, thrashing the stage with her husky voice and purple-streaked hair. In the other, currently serving as her reality, Victoria is a shy teenager with overprotective Cuban parents, who sleepwalks through her life at the prestigious Evanston Academy. Unable to overcome the whole paralyzing-stage-fright thing, Victoria settles for living inside her fantasies, where nothing can go wrong and everything is set to her expertly crafted music playlists.
But after a chance encounter with an unattainably gorgeous boy named Strand, whose band seeks a lead singer, Victoria is tempted to turn her fevered daydreams into reality. To do that, she must confront her insecurities and break away from the treadmill that is her life. Suddenly, Victoria is faced with the choice of staying on the path she’s always known and straying off-course to find love, adventure, and danger.

ENTER TO WIN One personalized copy of The Victoria in My Head by Janelle Milanes
Music Playlist
Fancasting of Characters

Victoria - Ariela Barer



Annie - Nikki Soohoo


Strand - Jordan Fisher



Krina - Tridha Choudhury



Levi - Zachary Gordon


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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Favorite Fancasts



Hey guys! This is a new feature I joined from Goodreads' Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week.

Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes the top 5 favorite fancasts in media adaptations of books. I'm not very good as casting movie actors because I usually pay attention to castings when the movies are being made already. Popular actors from movies have been done already, so I'll just create some of my own. 

September 20th: Favorite Fancasts
--Discuss your preferred fancasts for some of your favorite characters. (Fancasts means actors you'd like to play your favorite characters or imagine your favorite characters as)


5. Alexis Bledel as Bella Swan in Twilight - Before the movie was first in pre-production and Kristen Stewart completely dominated as Bella, I remember there were so many fanmade videos of Gilmore Girls star Alexis Bledel as the shy, beautiful bookworm. And at the time, it fit because both Bella and Alexis are huge classical book fans, simple, shy, pretty normal girls. Even though I loved Kristen as Bella, it would have been interesting to see how Alexis would have handled the part too. 


4. Ashley Benson as Nora in Hush Hush - I remember Nora being this feisty redhead, and I think Ashley would have done a good job as her. Seeing as that she was feisty and funny as Hanna in Pretty Little Liars, it could work out alright. 


3. Katherine McNamara as Josie in Anomaly - Another fiery redheaded actress playing a feisty redheaded character. Tonya Kuper, the author of the book, actually used Katherine as a muse for Josie, so if she were cast in the movie or TV version, Tonya would freak TF out!! I know I would! Also, she already has the red hair because of Shadowhunters, so there would be nothing to worry about. 😉


2. Alex Pettyfer as Jace in Mortal Instruments/Shadowhunters - Remember when almost all of the Mortal Instruments fans were ecstatic to hear about Alex Pettyfer maybe becoming Jace in the first TMI movie? Yeah, that never happened... But I remember everybody and their mama wanted Alex to be Jace. But then, he'd said that he didn't want to do anymore teen YA movies anymore after I Am Number Four flopped (but then he did cheesy, sexy, stripper movie called Magic Mike, so which is it that you want, boy?) so that chance never happened. But I wonder how it would be if Alex was Jace and not Jamie Campbell Bower, or even Dominic Sherwood (from the TV show). 


1. Harry Shum Jr. as Prince Kai in Cinder - I really only know Harry in Glee and Shadowhunters, and while his acting is known for being fabulous, goofy, and joyous, he actually has more dramatic range. So I think he'd be a good serious Kai if Cinder were a show or movie. 

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Monday, September 18, 2017

#BookBloggerHop - September 15-21: Special Edition Books






About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer's permission, I relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. 

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 
 This week's question submitted by Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books

Have you ever bought a more expensive edition of a book, when a cheaper edition was available, just because you preferred the cover of the more expensive one?

I only carry the first versions of books in my bookshelf and Kindle libraries. I admire and get jealous of people (Booktubers, more specifically) who can buy different versions of the same book, regardless of the price. My bookshelf is pretty small, so I have to be very mindful of how I spend money on books, especially if there is an updated cover on it. 

Like I said in last week's entry, I don't really buy books based on the cover alone. If the cover looks good but the synopsis isn't, I won't buy it. But if the cover is trash and the synopsis is good, it can be forgiven. As for more expensive vs. least expensive cover editions, unless there's going to be an even more special feature in the book --- like a poster, a snippet of the next book, a map --- I'll stick with the first version to save money. 

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#Bloggiesta 2017: Check out my Fall To-Do List for my blog!


Here comes yet another reading challenge for me to join: Bloggiesta 2017! But this challenge is different in that it doesn't involve much reading, but more about changing and rebranding your business. 


In short, Bloggiesta is a blogging marathon revolving around ticking off those items on your to-do list and improving your blog while in the good company of other awesome bloggers doing the same thing. Our awesome mascot Pedro (Plan. Edit. Develop. Review. Organize) is ready to break out the nachos, enchiladas, drinks, mariachi music and whack a pinata or two! It’s nothing short of an awesome fiesta!
Bloggiesta was originally started in June of 2009 by the lovely and tenacious Natasha from Maw Books Blog. In March of 2012 Natasha graciously passed the torch on to Suey from It’s All About Books and Danielle from There’s A Book. After hosting this fantastic event during both March and September of 2012 it was decided that Bloggiesta needed it’s own home, which is the site you’re now visiting.
For my to-do list, I'll only be doing a few things, since it's my first time participating in a challenge that focuses on enhancing the blog's look, style and marketing.

 A Bloggiesta Master To Do List!

❏  update Goodreads reviews
❏  clean up labels/tags
❏  change or fix one thing on your sidebar I changed my Currently Reading book from Homegoing by Ya'a Gyasi to Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman. 
❏  add a page (about me, contact, policy, etc)
❏  comment on other Bloggiesta partipants blogs I've commented on a few blogs already this week. 

❏  participate in at least one Twitter chat - Saturday, September 23 @ 2pm EST! I have work at 3 after that, so hopefully I'll be able to participate at least somewhat. 

What's your Bloggiesta 2017 to-do list? Leave comments below! 



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Monday, September 11, 2017

#BookBloggerHop September 8-14: Cover Art Love






About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer's permission, I relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. 

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 
 This week's question submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer:

Have you ever bought a book because you liked its cover art?

I always buy books based on the cover and the synopsis. If the cover is tacky or cheap looking but the synopsis is still good, then I could forgive the bad cover. But if the cover is appealing, but the synopsis isn't, I probably won't buy it. But then again, I have bought books without thinking about the synopsis. Which ties into my Top 5 Wednesday weekly meme post here

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Friday, September 8, 2017

#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Books to Read Without the Synopsis




Hey guys! This is a new feature I joined from Goodreads' Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week.

Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes the top 5 books to read without ever checking out the synopsis first. We're always looking at the cover first, then the summary to see if the story is any good. But in some cases, it's best to go into these stories blindly. 

September 13th: Books to Read without the Synopsis
--We all know that some synopsis writers spoil events that happen halfway through the book or have heard reviewers say "its best to go into this one blind." Discuss those books.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Favorite Bromances

Hey guys! This is a new feature I joined from Goodreads' Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week.

Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes the top 5 bromances in books. 

August 30th: Favorite Bromances
-- I think we have done this topic before in the distant past, but who doesn't love a good bromance? Bromance = platonic relationship between two characters who identify as male.
 

You'll notice that a lot of my choices involve similar characters who have male relationships with other people. That's the point. You can have different relationships with various kinds of people. That's what makes those bonds so strong. 

5. Edward and Emmett Cullen - Twilight

We rarely get to see their relationship in the movies, but in the books, I like that they have a more playful, friendly connection. 

4. Edward Cullen and Jasper Hale - Twilight

Another Cullen bros. moment. We see Jasper's back story in Eclipse, but we don't get to see Edward and his brother's relationship much here either. However, in fanfics, there are a lot of stories that expand on their brotherhood, which is very touching. 

3. Alec Lightwood and Jace Wayland - Shadowhunters/Mortal Instruments

Alec and Jace have a very.....interesting relationship! They went from friends to parabatai to brothers very quickly. A lot of people seem to forget that Alec was once in love with Jace for years! Until he realized he was gay, he did everything in his power to shove his feelings for Jace. I think that love for Jace made their relationship even stronger because his actions brought Jace closer to him as family. 

2. Alec and Max Lightwood- Shadowhunters/Mortal Instruments

Moment of silence for Max, please.

Max was the baby of the Lightwood family, and he'd always shadowed both Jace and Alec as being the best. He'd wanted to be just like them. Especially Alec, because he was his big brother. 

1. Harry Potter and Ron Weasley - Harry Potter

Need I say more?! The best wizard power duo in the history of Hogwarts!! They've had their jealous moments (especially Ron) but they always come back to each other and love each other. 

No pictures this week. I still have to do this week's T5W, amongst other things. But I hope this one is still good! 

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

#BookBloggerHop September 1-7: What's the Bloggiesta?




About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer's permission, I relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. 

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 
 This week's question submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews:

Do you participate in The Bloggiesta?

I've never heard of this event before today, but during other bloggers' posts, I looked up what it was, and it sounds like a BookCon for book bloggers. Sounds like a good time! When does it start?

I ask this question back to you guys. Have you heard of Bloggiesta? Have you participated before? Comment below! 


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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

#BOUTOFBOOKS 20: Wrap-Up Post (August 28)

Bout of Books

Happy Final Day of Bout of Books!!

It's the final day of my first participation of Bout of Books 20, and I'm so proud of myself. I've never been able to successfully finish a readathon and fully enjoy it like I have with this, and I'm so glad I stumbled upon this journey. I've met some great people, got awesome book recs, and got more people to see check out my work, which is always a plus! I didn't participate in every single challenge they did, but I hope I did enough. But anyway, here's a summary of my last week of Bout of Books:


Friday, August 25, 2017

#WONDERWEEK ReadAThon: YET ANOTHER New Reading Challenge This Week!!

Yes, I will be tentatively participating in yet another new reading challenge called Wonder Week! 

Created by Rimpy from RimpyReads, she created this reading challenge to kind of play against the BooktubeAThon 2017 readathon because she had felt that book bloggers were not welcomed enough. Which, as a book blogger myself, I totally understand because while I'd had fun participating in BooktubeAThon, I also felt that in the back of my mind, it wasn't completely for me, it was initially made for Booktubers. 

So Rimpy and so many other book bloggers got together to create and promote Wonder Week, along with a bingo sheet.


I don't have a set TBR list for this, because I just hope that whatever I pick up will fit the square I aspire to read about. And it doesn't look to be anything that is too much to think about, which is good.

Are you participating in this year's Wonder Week? Comment below!



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#RAINBOWREADATHON: A Colorful, New Reading Challenge

Yes, here comes yet another readathon I must join up on! Rainbow Read-A-Thon!

As you've probably assumed, Rainbow Read-A-Ton is a week-long color based marathon of reading, created by 4TeenLiars, Chloe from @baudelairebooks,, with co-hosts Alexandra from thehufflepuffnerdete, 

Each day this week will bring a new blog challenge, as well as an Instagram challenge.


#BOUTofBOOKS 20: Day 3 Update

Bout of Books

Happy Day 3 of 'Bout of Books'!

If you don't know what Bout of Books is, it's a week-long reading challenge, and it's very low-key, chill environment filled with meeting new friends, sharing our love of books, and having fun!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 21st and runs through Sunday, August 27th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Day 3's challenge consisted of a lovely book spine rainbow. Swipe my IG photo below to the left to see the spine rainbow. 


Thursday, August 24, 2017

#BookBloggerHop - August 18-24: Bookshelves in Unfamiliar Places


About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer's permission, I relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. 

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 

#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Books from Before I Joined the Blogosphere

Hey guys! This is a new feature I joined from Goodreads' Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week.

Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes the top 5 books I'd read before I'd joined the book blogosphere in 2014. So, everything from 2014 and back. 

August 23rd: Books from Before You Joined ________
-- These are some of your favorite books from before you joined the online book community, whether that be booktube, goodreads, blogs, bookstagram, twitter, tumblr, etc.



Wednesday, August 23, 2017

#BOUTofBOOKS 20: Update on Day 2

Bout of Books

Happy Second Day of 'Bout of Books'!

If you don't know what Bout of Books is, it's a week-long reading challenge, and it's very low-key, chill environment filled with meeting new friends, sharing our love of books, and having fun!


The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 21st and runs through Sunday, August 27th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

 Day 2's challenge consisted of rewriting the synopsis of your current read. 


TOP TEN TUESDAY #37: Favorite Books Set in School (High School/College/University)


Top Ten Tuesday is Back!!!

That's right, TTT returns after a long hiatus! (Not up to me, but up to Jamie of BrokeandBookish, who recently had a baby girl!) So here's a new post:

Hosted by Jamie, Jana and Lauren of BrokeandBookish.com, Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly book meme that presents top ten lists on Tuesdays that promotes favorite bookish themes.

This week's theme:


August 22: Back To School Freebie: anything "back to school" related like 10 favorite books I read in school, books I think should be required reading, Required Reading For All Fantasy Fans, required reading for every college freshman, Books to Pair With Classics or Books To Complement A History Lesson, books that would be on my classroom shelf if I were a teacher, etc.

This week, I'll be discussing top eight books set in schools -- whether in high school college or university. Even online school counts!


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

#BOUTofBOOKS 20: Update on Day 1

Bout of Books

Happy First Day of 'Bout of Books'!!

If you don't know what Bout of Books is, it's a week-long reading challenge, and it's very low-key, chill environment filled with meeting new friends, sharing our love of books, and having fun!
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 21st and runs through Sunday, August 27th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Thursday, August 17, 2017

#BOUTofBOOKS20: A Week-Long Readathon of 20 Lovely Bookish Things for Book Bloggers

Bout of Books

Yes, I'm participating in another week-long readathon!! One: because I just finished my last class at school and am bored, and two: I want to make more book-blogger friends!

But no, seriously, I'm participating in this year's Bout of Books Read-A-Thon, for the first time. The rule apply:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 21st and runs through Sunday, August 27th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

 Challenges/Giveaways

**This is the overall list for the challenges offered during Bout of Books 20. Make sure you check the blog each day of the read-a-thon for instructions and details on how to complete the daily challenges**

Monday 8/21
Introduce yourself #insixwords

Tuesday 8/22
Synopsis rewrite

Wednesday 8/23
Book spine rainbow

Thursday 8/24
If you like this, try that . . .

Friday 8/25
Leave a book review

Saturday 8/26
Love to hate

Sunday 8/27
FREE DAY!


Twitter Chats
(chats last approximately one hour)
TZC = Time Zone Conversion

Monday: 8pm CST (TZC)
Saturday: 10am CST (TZC)

I'm not actually sure if I need a TBR list for this readathon. But if anything, I'll mention my reads during Twitter chats and Goodreads updates, so follow me there for more info. 

Hope to see you guys during the readathon and have some fun! 

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#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Characters' Fitness Routines Wanted

Hey guys! This is a new feature I joined from Goodreads' Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week.

Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes the top 5 favorite characters' fitness routines I'd like to have.

August 16th: Characters' Fitness Routines You Want
-- This can be interpreted a bunch of different ways! Fitness comes in many different packages. This can be about characters who are super fast, strong, agile, good at dancing, good at climbing, athletes, or foodies! Whatever it means to you. This is inspired by those routines you see in magazines for actors, but with more of an open mind and less body shaming :)


Keep in mind that I am in no way, shape or form a gymnast, dancer, athlete or pursue in anything that isn't on the couch. I used to dance "professionally" when I was younger, but that consisted of beginner levels of ballet, tap, jazz, a teeny bit of jazz-hip-hop, lyrical/contemporary and modern. But I haven't practiced those dance forms since my sophomore year of college! So I'm basically a little out of shape haha! But these are some characters' routines I admire.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Favorite Second Books in Series



Hey guys! This is a new feature I joined from Goodreads' Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week.

Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes the top 5 favorite middle books in series:

August 9th: Second Book is Best
--We've talked about series that went downhill, and series that are worth it, but which series were best in the middle?


#BookBloggerHop - August 11-17: Readathons and Reading Challenges

 


About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer's permission, I relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013.


Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 

This week's question submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte:


August 11-17: Do you participate in readathons and/or reading challenges?

I just finished my first round of Booktube-A-Thon 2017 this year, and I'm currently doing Tome Topple Readathon, where we have to read big, long books. But to be honest, I cheat on these long, very specified challenges because I end up reading the same book that I'd started with. Never mind that it doesn't follow the exact rules of the readathon or challenge, but because I love to read and miss it so much, I end up reading the books I want. I also have a Goodreads Yearly Challenge, but I don't stick by it too often. I pile on my TBR list more than I add to my Goodreads Yearly challenge. 

I ask this question back to you guys. Do you participate in readathons and reading challenges? Do you also make your own rules and read all the books you want, or follow them?


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