Lake Effects Blog Tour: Books4Jessica 10/26

Book Cover JPGDear Readers,

I am so happy to be able to say that I have been chosen to be apart of the Lake Effects blog tour. Lake Effects is a book that I think you will all enjoy. I am here today to bring you a summary of that book from Chapter 18. I have also attached below some information about the book, author, ways you can purchase the book for yourself or follow the author on social media, and a giveaway link.

 

 

Lake Effect

By Nicole Tone

Publisher Pen Name Publishing

Published September 25th

Pages 308

Lake Effect is a raw exploration of human emotion and what it takes to save your own life.

After the death of her fiance, Sophie Daniels is struggling to keep herself together. Painting is the only way she’s able to clear her head and stay grounded. For her art isn’t a hobby—it’s her religion.

With a semester away from finishing graduate school, she knows that, despite her loss, things are going to get better. In fact, her thesis advisor has even taken a special interest in her. Sophie’s convinced that she’s found the mentor that she’s been looking for. When he shows he’s interested in her in more than just a student/teacher way, she obliges him. Until his wife leaves him.

Sophie learns the hard way what happens when a man cannot take responsibility for his own actions.

Now she’s back to square one in pulling herself back together.

She hasn’t just lost her fiancé anymore: she’s lost parts of herself she’s not sure she’ll ever get back.

 

Like her ability to create.

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Nicole Tone has always had a passion for writing. She has her BA in Creative Writing and Literature and an MFA in Writing. Nicole is a freelance writer and editor with pieces in Heels Down Magazine, Hello Giggles, Femsplain, and more. She is also the editor-in-chief of Pen Name Publishing.

When she isn’t writing, she likes to dabble in photography, horseback riding, and traveling. She has a deep love for herbal tea, craft beer, and good coffee.

Nicole lives in Buffalo, NY, with her husband, three cats, and two very large dogs.

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Giveaway Link

Click the link above for the chance to win a signed copy of Lake Effect + Specialty Candle made by Novelly Yours.

 

 

 

Excerpt from Chapter Eighteen

     By Nicole Tone                 

                                               

 

“Are you okay?”

 

A man’s whispered voice reached out, causing her to jump.

 

“What? Oh. Yeah. I’m fine. Sorry.”

 

Sophie looked over at Liam, liking how he didn’t remind her of Franz or Oliver. His face was soft and compassionate where age had not yet touched.

 

“It’s cool. Just wanted to make sure because of, well, the crying.”

 

Sophie wiped her face, embarrassed. She hadn’t realized she had been crying. On the small platform, Abby had just finished her poem to clapping, snapping, and whistles from the crowd. Sophie felt bad she had daydreamed through the rest.

                                                                       

“Sorry.” She did her best to brush off tears, ignoring how momentous the occasion actually was. When she had wanted to cry, she couldn’t: Adam’s funeral, in the weeks after Franz attacked her. But now, in a sea of strangers, she couldn’t control herself.

                                                                       

“Hey, what did you think? Was it terrible?” Abby’s questions came out in a hushed tidal wave, rushing past Sophie and dragging her back out to sea.

                                                                       

“You were good. I liked it.” Sophie was sure that was what she was supposed to say. What parts she had caught didn’t sound like what she thought they would but saying anything else would have hurt Abby’s feelings. Sophie couldn’t afford to alienate herself even more than she had already.

                                                                       

“Awesome. I was so nervous. But come with me.”

 

Abby pulled Sophie away, leaving Liam and the other poets behind.

 

Sophie looked over at Abby, her arm wrapped through Sophie’s, as they walked towards the restroom sign. In a way, Abby reminded Sophie of someone she would have been friends with in high school. She was different, but not so different that she turned people’s heads when she walked through the room. Her happiness, her optimism about even a bleak future in Port Townsend, was just as infectious as her cynicism about the world outside the city limits. She would be the one to never move away and still make a name for herself.

                                                                       

“So what did you think of the poem? Really think of it?” Abby asked as she closed herself in a bathroom stall.                                                                       

 

“I thought it was good. Sort of a representation of everything I’ve been feeling lately.”

 

“This is that age, isn’t it? The age of our discontent, our loss of innocence, or whatever.” Sophie could hear Abby peeing even over her loud voice. The nostalgia for high school she had been fighting back all day surged forward. But there were no hand-dryers to drown out basic human function here. Instead, they would converse.

                                                                       

“Yeah, but it was good. A lot of people seemed to like it.”

 

“Did Liam like it?”

 

Abby flushed and came out of the stall. She looked over at Sophie as she washed her hands.

 

“I think so. Why?”

                                                                       

Abby shrugged as she dried her hands off with a paper towel.

                                                                       

“He’s just a writer type. He’s into good literature and poetry. His opinion on that stuff matters to me. When I’m working through new stuff I always have him critique it. He’s really helped me.”

                                                                                                                       

“Kryptonite to girls like us, huh?” Sophie forced a laugh.

                                                                       

“I know, but his opinion is an educated one. I mean, we probably won’t work out because of how nice he is. Like, the dude stayed back from joining the military for his mom. She was sick, ended up dying a little while after his buddies all left for boot camp. But he’s still here. And he seems to have taken an interest into you, which doesn’t surprise me.”

                                                                       

“Why?” Her stomach churned, nerves on edge. She wanted to make friends here, not enemies.

                                                                       

“Well, you’re sort of a damsel in distress, aren’t you? Came out here all broken, in need of fixing or something.”

                                                                       

Sophie looked over at Abby, eyes narrowed, annoyed.

                                                                       

“I’m just saying, he loves your type. Most guys don’t want to marry the girl that keeps them up until four debating the merits of best-selling literature versus the obscure. He wants the girl who cleans up well and who wants to have kids. That’s not me. It’s just fun for now. That’s why we’re not exclusive.”

                                                                       

“With as much as I don’t know about myself right now, the idea of someone else fixing me isn’t what I want. I need friends. But I’m not interested in someone who is just looking to try and fix me.”

 

I want to thank Unbound for organizing this book tour. I hope that you all will enjoy this book.

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Until next time dear readers.

-Jessica

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YA Books That I’d Like To See Become Movies

I have read a multitude of books over the years. And as of late I have noticed that we have gotten a lot of YA books being adapted for the big screen. Some of these book to film adaptations include The Fault In Our Stars, Love Simon, The Hate U Give, To All The Boys I Loved Before, Everything Everything, The Darkest Minds, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, etc.

That got me thinking about the books that I would love to see on the big screen if we were lucky enough to get good adaptations of them.

Here are 5 books that I would love to see as films.

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

This book is actually probably my favorite book ever. It is also the first time I read a book that had as far as I could tell accurate OCD representation. I was shocked and kinda ashamed that reading this book is what made me learn after all these years that I had been mistaken about what OCD really was and how it impacted those who had it. I wished I hadn’t just thought it was extreme cleanliness or needing everything in a neat order. It is actually mostly different than what is seen in TV and film. And I think we need a film to show accurate representation of OCD. Every Last Word is a book that has good OCD and mental health rep, friendship, romance, poetry, and even a twist that I didn’t see coming. While the twist in the film may seem a little cliche, I think if done correctly it could be really good and just make the film even stronger. I don’t know if they will ever make this a film, but I hope they do.

Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCouer

I remember reading this book around 11th or 12th grade and loving it. It had a great f/f romance, a Hollywood mystery, and cool information about set design. I think that with the success of Love Simon we could really use a cute f/f story that doesn’t end in dying or breaking up. I can think of very few stories with gay characters that have a happy ending and having a teen romantic comedy/mystery feature two girls in love would be a great treat. While The Miseducation of Cameron Post is out in select theaters, I would love to see a happy story featuring a lesbian main character that doesn’t have much to do with not being accepted or having to go to conversion therapy. While I do agree those stories can be important it is always fun to see a cute teen romantic comedy. And one featuring two girls in love could be even better.

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Speaking of mysteries this book is an excellent one with relatable characters, a gruesome mystery, and so much potential when it comes to sequels. I read this book a while back and fell in love with it. The main character of Stevie Bell was so relatable to me on so many levels. Her disagreement with her parents, her anxiety (which brought up parts of anxiety that I have never seen in even the best representation anxiety disorder), her love of true crime, and more are all reasons I loved this character and could relate to her. I think other people can relate to Stevie too or at least enjoy the mystery parts of the book. I think this book would have really cool potential in regards to becoming a film and I’d love to see it on the big screen.

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

With the success of Love Simon, I think seeing another book by the amazing Becky Albertalli  on the big screen would be awesome. While an obvious sequel/companion choice to Love Simon/Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda would be Leah On The Offbeat, I think I would first love to see The Upside of Unrequited (I may have a small bias because I enjoyed Upside a little more than Leah). Besides having great fat and queer rep in regards to multiple characters in the story, I also think Upside has a cute romance, fun jokes, cool characters, and even a opportunity for a cameo with a character or two from Love Simon. I think we all need a little more cute romantic teen comedies in our life and I think The Upside of Unrequited would be the perfect book to movie adaptation for that job.

A Shadow of Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

As you all know I am not a huge fantasy reader. So when I got this book and was told to give it a chance I was a little skeptical to say the least. However, I am so glad I did read it because this book is one of the few fantasy books that I really love. If done wrong this book to film adaptation could be seen as some kind of knock off/female version of Harry Potter. And yes…while there are a few HP similarities I think this book can be more than that. I loved the writing of this book and the literal and figurative magic that it shares with the reader. I think with the right writer, director, and cast this book could make fun and excellent movie adaption.

 

What are some of your dream YA book to movie adaptations? Please let me know in the comments below.

 

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-Jessica

 

 

 

 

The Paperback Crush Review

Paperback CrushThere are some books that you wish would be written. There are some books that you you can’t wait to be written. And then there are books that you never expected to be written, but end up even more brilliant than you could have hoped.

Paperback Crush is that book.

Gabrielle Moss’s Paperback Crush  is a nonfiction book published by Quirk Books all about the Middle Grade and Young Adult books of the 80s and 90s. I am not just talking about the Baby-Sitters Club, but Sweet Valley High, Goosebumps, Judy Blume books, Lurlene McDaniel’s books, and so many more. These books were part of mine and so many others childhoods. And in Paperback Crush we get a look at what made these books so popular, how they came to be, and so much more. This colorful novel includes pictures, graphics, interviews, and more to help bring this book history to life.

I have to admit this has been one of my most anticipated reads for so long. I had grown up reading these books in elementary school and middle school. I would find them at thrift shops, libraries, classroom book shelves, and more. So when I saw there was a book being written all about this topic I knew I needed to request a review copy of it.

And I am so glad I did because this book exceeded my expectations.

I loved how the book was separated into different topics. So many of these book defined my childhood and to be able to read about them was a real treat. I really loved the sections entitled “Danger” and “Terror.” These sections consisted of a lot of spooky stories including kidnappings, murder, illness, ghost, monsters, stalkers, vampires and more. These sections were especially interesting because they made me remember some books I had read when I was younger and books I may want to read later on.

Another thing I admired about this book was the fact that it brought to my attention so many different books that I had forgotten about. Like these books I used to read from my middle school library and elementary school library like Pony Pals, The Saddle Club, The Sleepover Club, and Anastasia Krupnik. So many of these books I had forgotten about so it was nice that this book helped me remember fondly of those novels.

I also enjoyed the interview portions of the book and being able to see how different books came to be. It was really interesting to learn about the models used for the Baby-Sitters Club books and how authors were recruited to write certain books that would eventually turn into successful series or imprints.

If I had to say one criticism of the book it would be there were just some parts that I felt went on a little too long or weren’t as necessary. For instance, some of the school and friends sub-sections could have been cut or at least cut down. I felt like there were times when I really wanted to skip over certain paragraphs and get to the next sections. I also thought that there should have been a few books added that were not mentioned in the book like Phyllis Reynolds Naylor’s Alice series.

However, those are really my only criticisms of the book.

Overall this novel was pretty amazing. It took a concept I could never have dreamed of being a book in a million years and made it work. I loved this book so much and would recommend it to anyone who wants to feel nostalgic for the books they read as a 80s, 90s, or even early 2000s kid.

4/5 Stars

**** out of *****

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-Jessica

I was sent this book by Quirk Books in exchange for an honest review. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How To Get Out of A Reading Slump

man sitting reading book

Being in a reading slump is terrible. You want to read something and keep reading one book after the other, but it just seems too hard to get into any book or find one you like. I have been there so many times and it is not fun at all. The feeling of never finding another book you like or not being able to finish a book you start is a feeling of hopelessness and emptiness.

I am here to tell you though it doesn’t have to be that way.

I have a few for sure tips to help you get out of that reading slump and be binge reading in no time.

 

  1. Try Picking A Book You Know You’ll Love 

When someone has a large TBR pile they may end up trying to big the biggest book to get it out of the way or something that has been on their shelf the longest so they can say they read it. Don’t do this! Instead try looking at your shelf and picking a book that you know you can’t hate or you are most excited to read about. Maybe you have a long awaited sequel on your shelf you’ve been putting off or maybe a graphic novel that could be a fast read. Once you find something you like to read it becomes way easier to get back into your usual reading routine.

 

2. Don’t Be Afraid to Put Down A Book or “Unhaul” Some Books

I am someone who hates to put down books after I start reading them. I am a person who feels extremely pressured to finish a book I start, especially when I get more than 50% the way through the book. The truth is if you’re not feeling a book well…it is sometimes best to just DNF it or at least put it out of sight and out of mind. You are never going to get through a reading slump is reading feels more like a chore rather than a activity you love. Another good idea can be that if you have a large TBR pile it may be good to try to donate or at least take away the books that you know you will not be reading or really don’t want to read at all. Having a smaller TBR pile can make reading feel less intimidating and can the process of getting out of a reading slump much easier.

 

3. Re-Read A Book 

While trying to re-read a book may sound counterproductive to your TBR pile it can actually be really helpful when getting out of reading slump. If you aren’t feeling any of the books on your TBR right now, try to read something else you have already read. Re-reading a book can not only bring back good feelings about a past book, but maybe put you in the mood to reading something new from that author, genre, etc.

 

Reading slumps are never fun and can be extremely frustrating. The good news is that you can get out of them and go back to your bibliophile way of life in no time.

 

What are your tips for getting out of a reading slump?

Let me know in the comments below.

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-Jessica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What I Want To Read Next

So this may be a post similar to what I wrote a few weeks ago, but I wanted to talk about books I am going to try to read next. I have been reading a large amount of books this summer and I am going to continue to try to read what I have on my shelf before buying any new books or requesting any.

So without further ado here are 5 books that I want to read next.

 

  1. Ignite Me: I have read the first two books in the Shatter Me trilogy and loved them. While this book is the last book in the original trilogy I know that once I finish it I will be running to the book shop to pick up the newest book in the second trilogy that Tahereh Mafi is writing.
  2. Starry Eyes: Jenn Bennet’s Alex Approximately was an amazing read. I actually read it in one day. I just ordered Starry Eyes and will be receiving it hopefully in the next day or so. I know it has to do with star crossed lovers and rival families. These tropes I have not read in a while so I am excited to get to read about them in this book.
  3. The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik: I have never read a David Arnold novel, but the premise of this book and praise for it from a close friend have my intrigued. This book apparently mixes contemporary and fantasy which seem like an interesting combination. I hope that my first experience with a David Arnold book is a good one.
  4. That’s Not How It Happened:  I received an autograph ARC of this book in a books for trade deal. Kody Keplinger is an author I would love to meet and the person who wrote one of my favorite books: The Duff. The summary for this book sounds both topical and mysterious involving a school shooting, truth vs. lies, and grief. This book looks like it will be a fast read and one I am very excited to dive into.
  5. What If It’s Us: I started this book on the train back home when I was at Epic Reads Day. However, once I got home and I got into the Shatter Me series I had sadly forgotten to pick up the book again. I am really hoping that will change soon. What If It’s Us is a book written by two authors I adore (Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera) and apparently even have some characters that are based on some fellow YA authors who are also friends with Becky and Adam. I can’t wait to learn more about Ben and Arthur and what their stories hold.

Are any of these books are your TBR? Have you read any of these books & if so, what did you think?

Please let me know in the comments below.

Thanks.

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Until next time dear readers.

-Jessica

9/3 Blog Tour Stop: Sadie Review

Sadie

I have to say to start off that reading Sadie is not like reading any other book. In all honesty…it is an experience. And one that I am very happy I choose to be a part of.

Sadie, by Courtney Summers, is a book about a young woman named Sadie on the run to find her sister’s killer. Elsewhere there is a podcaster trying to investigate where Sadie is and what happened to her.

I am usually better at writing the summaries of what a book is about, but this book honestly needs a vague summary like this. Something I really liked about this book is the fact that it takes you on a journey. It shows you all of Sadie’s steps and explains to you in clever ways (both vague and straightforward) why she is doing what she is doing or her history. The podcast format of the book is also interesting as we get to know another side of the people that Sadie met along her way and knew in her life, as well as the podcaster himself. The storytelling of the book could seem a little repetitive at first (and yes that was an issue I had with it, but it really picks up as the story goes along).

Something else I enjoyed about the story is getting to see all the twist and turns that take place in this book. And I don’t just mean surprises. There isn’t any big twist in the book I feel no one sees coming, but there are little moments throughout that really help surprise you or make you wonder. You don’t know where Sadie will end up next or what the podcaster will find out. I love the surprises in this book and how you can only somewhat guess what was going to happen next…sometimes.

The reason I am not giving this book 5/5 stars is due to two things. The first is that the book gets a little repetitive at the beginning and is a little lackluster. Around 35% of the way through I was feeling kind of bored and felt like there was not really much happening. However at the half way point the book started to pick up. I don’t want to say this to scare people off because even before I was 50% the way through the book it was good and I don’t think every reader will agree with me regarding the repetitiveness, but that is just how I felt. The second reason was the ending. Without giving anything away the ending left me wanting more. I did understand why the author decided to have it end the way it did and I did feel semi-satisfied with it, but I was really hoping that something would happen at the end that did not. You will understand when you read the book and maybe you’ll be totally satisfied with the ending (and in some ways I was). However, personally I just wished that I had gotten I guess a little more from Sadie’s chapters in the end. That is the best way I can put it without spoilers.

Overall, this was a great book. I want to emphasize again that I really felt this book was an experience and something filled with great characters and surprises you might not see coming. This book comes out tomorrow and you definitely won’t want to skip it. It is a great thriller, mystery, and adventure you’ll just have to read to believe.

4 out of 5 stars

**** out of *****

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-Jessica

I received this book from St. Martin’s Press as part of the Sadie Blog Tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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To All The Boys I Loved Before Review

TATBILBDear Readers,

If you have been living under a rock or just woke up from a comma you may be the few people that have not heard about the recent Netflix book to movie adaptation of Jenny Han’s hit book series: To All The Boys I Loved Before.

The movie is about a young girl named Lara Jean (Lana Condor) who has to deal with the consequences after love letters she has secretly written to boys she liked over the years are sent. This incident spark Lara Jean to start a fake relationship with Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo). Something that may become more real than either of them ever expected.

It is so hard for me to know where to begin with this movie. There are so many good things I have to say about this film. First lets start with the casting. Every character was so good and similar to how I imagined them in the book. I have not read the books in a long time, but from what I can remember the characters in the film and the characters in the book resembled each other pretty well. I thought the bond between the Song Sisters was so strong and the Song-Covey family felt like a real family. I especially loved Lara Jean’s father in the film and was happy to see he was played by the actor who played Aidan in Sex and the City.

The romance and chemistry between Lara Jean and Peter was just as good as it was in the book. Noah and Lana have fantastic chemistry and they where so cute. The amount of smiles those two put on my face was almost infinite. They were fun, cute, romantic, sweet, and sometimes had their share of problems. So basically they were similar to the book.

I also loved the little pop culture references, cinematography, and overall feel of the film. The movie discusses a few classic romantic comedies like Sixteen Candles & other John Hughes films. I feel that this movie is a modern day classic romantic comedy similar to those.

There were not very many problems I can really think of regarding this film. All I can say is I hope Netflix makes the sequels to the books into films.

I apologize for this review not being very detailed, but it is honestly a movie I feel you need to see for yourself. It was funny, heartfelt, romantic, and so much more.

So go to your Netflix account and watch it right now.

I swear you won’t regret it.

If you watched the movie already (I’ve seen it twice already) please let me know what you thought?

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-Jessica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s New With Me

Dear Readers,

Sorry this isn’t my regular post. I just decided to write this because I thought instead of doing a single book review today or book tag or something…I’d try something new.

I just wanted to give some updates about my life and what I’ve been watching, reading, doing, etc. lately.

I might make this an occasional posts if all you readers enjoy it.

So without further ado…

Job Update: I have been working part-time at a craft store lately. I also have been doing a few remote freelance jobs for a local publisher and a book communications firm in another state. Yesterday I had an informational interview with a big communications and public relations company located just 30 minutes from me. I really enjoyed the office, atmosphere, employees, and more. I am hoping that this will helpful me possibly get a job at that company or one like it in in the future.

I am still hopeful that I will be able to work in book publishing or PR/Communications someday, but for right now I am at least somewhat content with where I am regarding employment. That doesn’t mean though that I am not gonna keep trying and applying for other jobs.

What I’ve Been Watching: I have not watched a huge amount of TV lately since many of the shows I enjoy are on hiatus this time of the year. However, I have been watching Younger, Making It, America’s Got Talent lately. I especially love Younger because it is the only show I really know to take place in the book publishing world. Plus Hillary Duff and Sutton Foster are in it… which makes it even better.

TV wise I have also been watching The Golden Girls. I am saddened that it took me so long to find this amazing show and I love seeing new recordings of it on my DVR everyday. It is probably in my list of Top 10 sitcoms of all time.

Movies have been a little bit of a different story. I have actually seen a lot of different movies lately that I’ve enjoyed. In the last few weeks I have seen To All The Boys I Loved Before (which everyone who has access to Netflix should watch. It was amazing and perfect. I will try to write a review of the movie and post it on this blog when I get the chance), Mama Mia 2: Here We Go Again, Ant Man and The Wasp, Incredibles 2, Christopher Robbin, & probably a few more films I am forgetting. I really liked all of these movies and would honestly recommend all of them. However, I do have to emphasize that everyone should watch To All The Boys I Loved Before. If enough people watch the film then there could possibly be more movie adaptations of the other books in the series.

TV/Films I am Looking Forward To: I am really looking forward to a lot of different films and shows to come back on in the fall. Of course I can’t wait for my DCTV/CW shows to come back on. The CW is a broadcast network that I have so many shows I enjoy on. This includes Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Crazy Ex Girlfriend, and Jane The Virgin. I am so excited for all of these shows to come back in the fall (except JTV which I think will be coming back on in the winter or spring for what I believe is there final season). I also can’t wait for some of my Netflix shows to comeback. This includes One Day At A Time, Bojack Horseman, and Stranger ThingsBojack will be back on next month and I can’t tell you how excited I am for it. I also have a few other shows on various networks I am looking forward to like Chicago Med, The Good Place (though I will have to catch up on Season 2 first before the 3rd season airs), and This Is Us. 

In terms of movies I really want to see Crazy Rich Asians. I may read the book first and then see if I can wait for it to be on Redbox or if I can still see it before it is out of theaters. Or I may cheat and just see the movie before reading the book (Gasp! I know I am breaking the sacred book fandom rule, but I really wanna see the film bad and my TBR pile is high enough as it is). Some other films that are currently out in theaters that I want to watch include Eighth Grade & The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Miseducation isn’t in any movie theaters near me, but hopefully I can see it once it is on DVD. Next month a new Netflix movie called Sierra Burgess Is A Big Loser is premiering on the subscription service and is starring Shannon Purser (aka Barb from Stranger Things).

What I’ve Been Reading: Honestly I have been reading so many different books lately it is almost unimaginable. I recently read a few different books that I can’t recommend enough like I’ll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara, Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina, and a few books in the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi. As of now I am currently reading Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn and I am throughly enjoying it (though I am a little mad that I bought the mass market paperback instead of the regular sized paperback due to the fact that mass market paperbacks are really hard for me to hold and read). I have a few books I am looking forward to reading after I finish Sharp Objects.

What I Can’t Wait To Read: There are a few books that I am honestly counting down the days until they release. I actually am lucky enough to have many of the ARCs of books that will be coming out in the next few months that I am really excited about. These books include Sawkill Girls, What If It’s Us, Dry, Hey Kiddo, & Dear Evan Hansen. One of these books will most likely be the next book I read after I finish Sharp Objects. I am also going to try to finish the Shatter Me series in the next few months. That book series is one that I never thought I would enjoy as much as I did. I love Mafi’s writing style and am really enjoying the character of Juliet. I’ve read the first two books and have the third. I know there is a fourth book in the series and a fifth one being released, but I only currently own the first three books at the moment. Once I read the third book I will probably try to get the fourth at my local bookstore, library, or online. I requested an ARC of Serious Moonlight, Jen Bennet’s upcoming book, so I am really hoping that I will be able to receive it to read and review. Finger Crossed!

Activities I am Loving: I have not done much knitting lately, but I want to get back to loom knitting hats and scarves. Have been thinking about selling them or giving them as gifts for Birthday’s or during the Holiday season. I guess we will see. As of late I have been doing a lot of adult coloring books and pages. I love using permanent fine tip markers to color and find it extremely relaxing. I already had a few adult coloring books, but I hope to get some more soon.

So that I basically what I’ve been up to.

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Until next time dear readers.

-Jessica

Epic Reads Day

On Friday July 20, 2018 I was lucky enough to be able to attend the first ever Epic Reads Day at HarperCollins Publishing in New York City. This was a fantastic event that was filled with fun games, delicious snacks, new friends, amazing authors, free books and bookish swag, and so much more.

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After a 2 hour bus ride, I met up with my book fandom friends Taylor (who also has a book blog that I’d love for you to check out called Stay on The Page ) and we went to go get coffee and breakfast. Once we got our food it was off to the subways. I still honestly have no clue how to figure out the subway schedule or what trains to get on or any of that, but hopefully someday I will figure that out.

When we got to the HC HQ we waited in a small line and then got to go into a room where tables were spread up and down the area of the space. We were at table 10 along with about 8 or 9 other people. The seats each came with a Epic Reads tote filled with books. The day began with some introductions by the Epic Reads team and then it was time for Ibi Zoboi (author of American Street and her upcoming novel Pride) and her editor to talk with us. She discussed the writing process with us, played a fun remix/Mad Libs game with us, and answered questions we had. I already was able to meet her at Book Con last year and she was just as awesome as I remembered.

After we had some lunch it was time for a little look at the behind the scenes of publishing or more specifically: Cover Design. I really loved that they had this part of the event because I got to not only understand more about the work that goes into book cover design, but I also got to see the process first hand with examples of the cover design of the novel Pride and Dumplin and how they came to be. I really appreciate the cover design team at HC to allow us to get an insider look at the cover-making process.

At around 1:00 p.m. Kendare Blake (author of the Three Dark Crows series) was introduced. The moderator for this particular presentation was none other than Emma Giordano or as you may know her: EmmaBooks from Booktube. I thought it was pretty neat that they had a booktuber come and help with moderating this particular presentation. During this discussion audience members got to learn a little more about Kendare and how she writes her books, the world building process, her opinions on fandoms, and more. I particularly loved some of Kendare’s stories she shared including one about thinking she was being taken to the ice cream museum in London by her friend when it was actually the home of a murderer.  Lastly, Kendare and Emma (along with us audience members) got to play a fun game of rip it or ship it with bookish characters. It was fun and something I had never participated in so that was pretty cool.

After getting to eat some edible cookie dough (one of my favorite snacks in the world) we got to hear one of my other favorite presentations of the day entitled: What Does a Professional Book Nerd Do? I loved being able to hear about how different Epic Reads team members got their start. The stories were really enlightening and entertaining. I really enjoyed the fact that this offered a lot of good hope and advice for those who want to go into book publishing. Shout out to Jane who I talked to later who helped me regarding questions about my cover letter and some new information about cover letter formatting that I did not even learn at college. It was extremely helpful and something I will definitely be carrying with me for the rest of my life.

The last presentation of the day was one that featured 2 of my favorite authors: Becky Albertalli (author of Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. The Upside of Unrequited, Leah On The Offbeat, and co-author of What If It’s Us) and Adam Silvera (author of More Happy Than Not, History is All You Left Me, They Both Die At The End, and co-author of What If It’s Us). This presentation featured information about writing with a partner, how Becky and Adam’s co-writing adventure began, a Q&A, and even a newly wed style game for Becky and Adam with questions pertaining to their friendship and to see how good of best friends they really are. I loved watching these two together and honestly could have listened to them joke and talk all day long.

The last part of the day included getting books signed. If I had one complaint about the day it is that I ended up missing my bus because of how long it took for us to get our book autographed by the authors. I was really happy that I had this opportunity to get my books autographed and meet these authors, but next time I think they should try to start the autographing process earlier than when they did and have everyone get the chance to have their books autographed by 4 p.m. I was luckily able to get home by the train, but it isn’t fun trying to figure out how to get home from a city by yourself. Luckily Taylor was able to help me with getting home via phone calls & texts (shout out again to Taylor for being awesome as always).

At the end of the day I really loved this event. I don’t know if I will want to or be able to attend it if they have another event like this, but I think if they do I will seriously consider it. Though this time It may be better if I try to spend a night in the city before or after to make traveling a little easier.

My Book/Swag Haul 

So I was lucky to not only go home with the Epic Reads tote, books, and swag that everyone received but I was able to go home with even more. I ended up winning the raffle that featured even more books, swag, and a giant tote bag I took on vacation with me.

Books/Swag That Every Epic Reads Day Attendee Received:

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

What If It’s Us (ARC) by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Three Dark Crowns Novella: Queens of Fennbirn by Kendare Blake

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Pride (ARC) by Ibi Zoboi

Puddin/Ramona Blue Pins

Bookish Pop Socket

Epic Reads Tote Bag

 

Books/Swag I Won:

Paper Source Tote Bag

Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give/On The Come Up Book Pins

Three Dark Crowns Playing Cards

“If You Can Read This Bring Me a Book” Socks

The Entire Divergent series autographed by author Veronica Roth

The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

The Hate U Give (Special Edition) by Angie Thomas

 

Overall, this event was everything I hopped for and more. I want to the thank Epic Reads team and HarperCollins for making this such a great day. It definitely exceeded my expectations. I hope that HC and Epic Reads continue this event in the following years.

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As always…until next time dear readers.

-Jessica

The President Killed My Dog Review

TPKMDHey Readers!

This week I have a comic review for you.

And like the comic it will be sweet, but short.

And I mean that in the best way possible.

Chris Kostecka’s The President Killed My Dog is about a woman named Mary whose only companion since her husbands death is her beloved dog, Cindy. When her dog ends up hurt and killed she knows who is to blame and who she has to get revenge on…the President of the United States. Illustrations are by Dietrich Smith.

This was a very short comic, but one that I found pretty interesting. I really liked the story and being able to see this women try to find companionship in a dog after her husband dies and her friends drift away from her. It was extremely hard to read when the dog passes away when you get to understand how much she meant to Mary.

I thought the illustration were wonderful and had a few realistic, but also still looked like many other comics I have read in the past.

If I had to say something I didn’t like it’d probably just be the length. I really wanted more from the ending and am hoping that it was just left on a cliffhanger until the next issue of the comic. Which I will definitely be picking up.

Overall, this was a emotional and easy read. The pictures were fantastically illustrated and the story left me wanting more. Hopefully there will be another issue and we will get to see the fate and consequences of Mary’s actions.

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-Jessica

I was sent this comic book by Bad Aura comics in exchange for an honest review. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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