Week in Review: June 30

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This week I was feeling really overwhelmed by books (so something new for a change) and wished I could read faster. Then I decided that I *could* read faster by reading a book a day for a week. Which I did. It was a challenge and I wouldn’t recommend doing it for books you’re looking forward to savoring or anything BUT I did get through three books and was able to give them all away once I finished them. Not bad. I will definitely be doing something similar again in the future.

Here are two of my favorite posts I shared on Instagram this week:

Do you ever participate in reading challenges? 📚 I don’t because it’s too much structure BUT I am trying something kind of crazy this week: I have picked out a stack of books from my to read bookcase (which is overflowing) that I’ve been unsure about reading. Will I like them? Do I still want to read them? That’s what I’m trying to figure out. 📚 Every day this week I’m going to try to read one book from this stack and write at least one (unrelated) review to try and catch up on things. Stay tuned for my thoughts. 📚 #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #igreads #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #bookaday #bookadaychallenge #bookstack

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Do you enjoy games and puzzles? ▪️ I like them in theory but my mom is not a big fan so as an only child I never got into a lot of board games or multiplayer games. But I loved (and still love) solitaire. I don’t know if I’ll ever write them but I also enjoy the odd crossword. ▪️ Down and Across was book two in my #bookaday challenge this week. It’s @arvinahmadi’s debut and it was fantastic. ▪️ Scott Ferdowski is a great quitter. For as long as he can remember he has had a trail of abandoned hobbies and projects. While his best friends are driven and certain of their future Scott just feels like he’s floundering. How can he find his passion when he can’t even commit to breakfast? ▪️ Scott’s parents want hit to succeed and get serious about a secure career path like engineering or medicine. Scott isn’t sure what he wants but he knows that isn’t it. ▪️ When he hears about a professor who specializes in grit, the psychology of success, Scott thinks she might be able to help him figure out how to change. All he has to do is quit his internship and run away to Washington, DC. It won’t even be that hard with his parents away visiting Scott’s grandfather in Iran. ▪️ Scott doesn’t expect to find an adventure when he runs away. It doesn’t feel momentous as he steps onto bus or even when he first meets Fiora and Trent. ▪️ Fiora is passionate about crossword puzzles and Trent is trying to land his dream job in politics. But, like Scott, they’ve hit their own road blocks. Can three misfits really help each other to find their passions over the course of one unexpected summer? Scott isn’t sure. But he’s about to find out. ▪️ #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #igreads #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #arvinahmadi #downandacross

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June 2018 Reading Tracker

Books I Read:

  1. The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken
  2. Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
  3. Wildcard by Marie Lu
  4. The Opposite of Here by Tara Altebrando
  5. Everywhere You Want to Be by Christina June
  6. My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma
  7. Giant Days, Vol. 6
  8. Giant Days, Vol. 7
  9. Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf
  10. Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi
  11. Making Friends by Kristen Gudsnuk
  12. Aquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neill
  13. The Traitor’s Game by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  14. Love and Other Train Wrecks by Leah Konen
  15. The Leaf Reader by Emily Arsenault
  16. The Wicked Deep by Shea Earnshaw

Books I Had Planned to Read:

What are you excited to read this month? 📚 Here are the books I want to get to this month minus any last minute #BookExpo additions! 📚 Our Dark Duet by @veschwab Everything All at Once by @katrinalenobooks The Astonishing Color of After by @exrpan The Opposite of Here by @taraaltebrando Everywhere You Want to Be by @christinajuneya The Queen of Sorrow by @sarahbethdurst 📚 #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #igreads #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #toreadlist #booksandfunko

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Books Bought:

  1. Save the Date by Morgan Matson (Uppercase)
  2. Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart (Fairyloot)

ARCs Received:

  1. Check Please: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu (Requested, Fierce Reads Package)
  2. Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll (Requested, Fierce Reads Package)
  3. The Tomb by S. A. Bodeen (Requested, Fierce Reads Package)
  4. What the Woods Keep by Ktya De Becerra (Requested, Fierce Reads Package)
  5. Galaxy Girls: 50 Amazing Stories of Women in Space by Libby Jackson (requested)
  6. Impostors by Scott Westerfeld
  7. The Broken Vow by Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland (requested)

You can also see what I read in May.

Now a Major Motion Picture: A Chick Lit Wednesday Review

cover art for Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthyIris Thorne is dreading the movie adaptation of her grandmother’s Elementia books. Hailed as a feminist response to Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings the Elementia books are seen as classic fantasy and have the diehard fans to prove it. The fandom even has a name: Thornians.

The movie adaptation is only going to make that worse. Iris and her family already had to deal with a crazy fan trying to abduct her younger brother, Ryder. She can’t imagine what will happen with a bigger fan base. Nothing good, that much is obvious.

Iris hopes that spending the summer in Ireland observing the production with Ryder will give her the perfect chance to sabotage the production. After all, if the movie never gets made no one will be able to watch it.

When Iris’s sabotage schemes are thwarted by dreamy leading actor Eamon and the crew’s infectious enthusiasm she starts to wonder if the one thing she has been dreading might also be the one thing she desperately needs in Now a Major Motion Picture (2018) by Cori McCarthy.

Cori McCarthy’s latest standalone novel is a charming contemporary romance. Iris’s narration is razor sharp as she tries very hard to remain an outsider on the set even while the cast and crew do their best to befriend her.

Iris remembers the trauma her family has suffered because of the Elementia books and she is weary to let herself embrace that legacy even as she starts to learn more about its feminist themes and the director’s efforts to stay true to that in the adaptation. Iris is very much a fish out of water among the cast and crew and this is a charming story about how she starts to find her place there–and maybe even in her own family.

Now a Major Motion Picture has humor, a snarky narrator, and a swoony romance all set in a picturesque locale–in other words, all the makings of a perfect summer read.

Possible Pairings: Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen, Royals by Rachel Hawkins, Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu, I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle, Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood, Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

The Opposite of Here: A Review

“There’s always somewhere else I want to go, but when I get there I always want to leave.”

cover art for The Opposite of Here by Tara AltebrandoThe last thing Natalie wants to do for her seventeenth birthday is go on a “sail-a-bration” cruise with her parents and best friends. Even nine months after her boyfriend died in a car accident it still feels too soon.

But once the plan is in motion, Natalie realizes there’s nothing she can do to stop it.

Her best friends Lexi, Nora, and Charlotte are excited so Natalie tries to be too. Lexi is ready for all the fun the cruise has to offer–especially if her boyfriend Jason never has to hear about it. Nora has been down for a while and Natalie hopes that maybe the cruise will do her some good. Maybe she’ll even find a new guy to like, it’s been a while. Charlotte is used to keeping a low profile at school and following the rules. On the cruise no one cares if she’s black enough or white enough–she can just be herself.

Natalie’s low expectations for the cruise rise when she unexpectedly meets a cute guy. He’s funny and exciting and Natalie’s attraction is immediate. But she doesn’t see him after their moonlit conversation and he blows off their plans to meet later.

At first the rejection stings and Natalie is prepared to move on. But then she starts to wonder if there might be more to it than that. How can a guy disappear on a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean? Is it crazy to think he might have jumped?

Natalie isn’t sure where to start when she doesn’t even know his name. But she knows she has too look. The only problem is that the harder Natalie looks for answers, the more questions she seems to uncover in The Opposite of Here (2018) by Tara Altebrando.

Altebrando’s latest standalone thriller is a perfect balance of suspense and intrigue as Natalie begins to investigate the bizarre disappearance of the guy she meets on the first night of her cruise.

Instead of chapters the novel is broken into days with the cruise itinerary marking the start of each new section. Assigned by her film studies teacher to shoot a two line film during the cruise, Natalie also imagines various scenarios in short screenplay snippets.

While not quite unreliable, Natalie is a restrained narrator holding back information from readers, and maybe even form herself, as she tries to move past the worst events of the last year. She is sardonic, capable, and singular in her search for the (possibly) missing boy.

Because of its short length and close focus on Natalie the rest of the characters in The Opposite of Here can feel less dimensional by comparison although they do each have their own arcs–something Natalie and readers realize together as Natalie comes to understand that she wasn’t the only one affected by her boyfriend’s death or the events of the cruise.

Taut pacing and menace imbue the pages as the narrative toes the line between reality and the power of suggestion in this story that asks readers to separate fact from fiction. The Opposite of Here is a tense thriller sure to keep readers guessing right until the last page. Highly recommended.

Possible Pairings: The Leaf Reader by Emily Arsenault, Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen, Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart, One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus, Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda, Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roerhig, The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma, Bad Girls With Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten

*An advance copy of this title was provided by the publisher for review consideration*

Week in Review: June 23

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This week was simultaneously very long and also a whirlwind. Do you ever have that happen?

I started the week feeling really behind on everything but I think I’m back on track now which makes me happy. I am reselling stuff, getting books out of the house, catching up on reviews, and gearing up for some summer-specific things at work. How do you get back on track when you feel like you’ve lost moment on, well, everything?

This week I read quite a bit including Wildcard and, you guys, I am so sad I didn’t enjoy it more. Maybe I was able to buy into the hype better with Warcross but I am just not feeling this one.

Here are two of my favorite posts I shared on Instagram this week:

Do you read seasonally? ▪️ I definitely gravitate toward contemporary and/or contemporary romance in the summer. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon is a recent favorite so if you have any recommendations in a similar vein let me know. ▪️ Dimple Shah wants to go to Stanford, focus on coding, and start her career. She isn't interested in clothes, contacts, or makeup. She definitely doesn't want a relationship or an "Ideal Indian Husband"–not right now and possibly not ever. When her parents agree to pay for Dimple to attend Insomnia Con, it feels like maybe they're both finally understanding who Dimple is and embracing her dreams and ambitions. ▪️ Then again, maybe not. ▪️ Rishi Patel knows that it's up to him to follow tradition and respect his parents' wishes. It's possible that Rishi isn't passionate about engineering or MIT but he knows he should stick to the responsible and safe choice. ▪️ Rishi is a romantic but he also wants a solid partnership in the future. He trusts his parents when they try to set up an arranged marriage with the daughter of family friends. It should be simple. Rishi can even meet her at Insomnia Con and woo her. It will be perfect. ▪️ Or will it? ▪️ Dimple and Rishi figure each other out pretty quickly. They have nothing in common. They want different things. But they also make each other laugh and might be able to help each other be their best selves–if they can just give each other a chance. ▪️ #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #igreads #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #whendimplemetrishi #sandhyamenon #summereads

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Do you get any subscription boxes or regularly scheduled mail? ▪️ I made a deal with myself that when I paid off a big loan I could subscribe to @uppercasebox. In my perusals of different options they have been my favorite bookish subscription box so I was excited to hit that milestone last month. ▪️ This is my first Uppercase as a regular subscriber. I opted for the book only option which this month included Save the Date by Morgan Matson (signed!), stickers, and the reading experience bookmark (which is my favorite part about Uppercase). ▪️ You also have the option to add extra items from previous packages every month so I also got a fun set of bookish nail wraps and a woodmark from @inkandwonder.designs with a J. R. R. Tolkien quote and a beautiful hot air balloon. ▪️ #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #igreads #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #uppercasebox #morganmatson #savethedate

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BookExpo 2018 Recap Day Two: Books, Pics, and Everything I Did

You can also check out my full recap of day one!

Day Two

On day two, Nicole and I thought we could plan to leave later than the day before since were already registered. But then I panicked and we wound up leaving early still which was a good call because it was raining and took a while to get a cab to the Javits Center. Then when we arrived we found our usual coat check was full and had to detour to a different floor to drop off our bags. But of course we still had time to mill around waiting for the show floor to open.

Look at this fun banner that was there for Kevin Henkes upcoming picture book:

Look elephants! banner at BookExpo 2018I also was able to take a start-of-day selfie with a new dress that I’m obsessed with.

(I also posted this selfie to Twitter with the tag which was a little embarrassing later when I was waiting on a line and people saw it as one of the latest tweets in the BookExpo hashtag. Oops!)

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BookExpo 2018 Recap Day One: Books, Pics, and Everything I Did

This year Nicole and I were both approved to attend BookExpo as Press and I have to admit it felt like order was restored. I decided to keep things simple this year and had very few big priorities. With the event being two days (without any added things) it was also lower key that it had been in a while.

Day One

Nicole and I started the day with a very circuitous hunt for registration to pick up our badges (this also included both of us accidentally ending up in the International Franchise Expo registration line but we quickly realized our mistake).

With badges in hand, it was time to do some waiting for the show floor to open.

I started the day with a selfie. As one does.

This was also the debut of my shorter hair cut after a failed attempt to grow it out this winter. I cannot tell you how happy I am to have short hair again!

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