Ontario Teen Book Fest Recap

Ontario Teen Book Fest Recap

Hi, everyone. This post is a bit late. A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the Ontario Teen Book Fest which is a local(ish) event held near me every year on Ontario, CA. It’s a really fun event that is always well organized and has great authors. They also give you lunch, which gives them extra points in my book. This isn’t going to be a real recap. It’s more of an excuse to post some of the pics that I took during the event. I hung out with my pals from The Reader’s Antidote and The Windy Pages, and we had a great time. If you live in SoCal or nearby, it’s a great event to go to. Next year’s keynote speakers will be Marissa Meyer and Andrew Smith! Enjoy the pics below. I’ll throw in some commentary occasionally just to spice things up. :)… Read more »

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What Does the Bookworm Say? Upcoming Film and Television Adaptations

What Does the Bookworm Say? Upcoming Film and Television Adaptations

Hi and welcome to What Does the Bookworm Say?, a feature where I discuss bookish topics with my friends at The Reader’s Antidote, Books Unbound and The Windy Pages. Each week, we will discuss a new bookish topic. This week’s topic is about upcoming book adaptations. This year looks like it’s going to be a really interesting year for book to film/tv adaptations. Adaptations are always a mixed bag for me because while I love to see my favorite books come to life, it’s a bit disheartening when the film or television version isn’t as good (in my opinion) as the book. But I am always willing to give it a chance and it’s fun to see a beloved book interpreted in different ways. Here are some of the adaptations that I am looking forward to (I think most of these are coming out this year but some are still in development). Miss Pergerine’s Home for Peculiar Children –… Read more »

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2015 Audiobook Challenge Update #1

2015 Audiobook Challenge Update #1

  Hello! This is the first update for the 2015 Audiobook Challenge hosted by The Book Nympho and Hot Listens. I signed up for this challenge at the beginning of the year and so far….I am kind of sucking at it. I went through my Goodreads list and saw that I have only listened to 1 audiobook this year (The Maze Runner by James Dashner). That’s not so terrible I guess since I only signed up to listen to 5-10 audiobooks this year, but it’s not as good as I’d like to be doing. I did start another audiobook recently but I wasn’t super into the narration and then it expired. So I am going to check it out when it becomes available again. Looking back on my sad progress spurred me to go to my Overdrive library and check out a bunch of new audiobooks. I have a very long commute… Read more »

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Uncovered (142): First & Then

Uncovered (142): First & Then

Hi and welcome to Uncovered, a weekly post where I show some cover love. Hello again! It’s been a while since my last Uncovered post. No real excuses except that I’ve been pretty busy lately and haven’t had time to really notice what new covers are out there. But this one came to me recently from a friend. She received a publicity post about it and sent it to me, knowing that I would fall in love with it. First & Then by Emma Mills sounds like a cute contemporary YA novel about a teen whose life is turned upside down when her parents take in a cousin. I am not usually one for contemps but this cover has won me over. I can’t say no to rainbows and I love the watercolor effect of the raindrops. This just looks sweet and fun and yes, I think it would make… Read more »

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First Look: Orphan Black Season 3

First Look: Orphan Black Season 3

Ooh yes! BBC just released a scene from Season 3 of Orphan Black which starts again on April 18. I love this show so much and cannot wait for it to come back. This scene is super creepy and reminds me of how awesome Tatiana Maslany is. Who else is excited about Season 3?

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Spring Cleaning Giveaway Hop (US – Ends 3/25)

Spring Cleaning Giveaway Hop (US – Ends 3/25)

It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a giveaway, which means that I have a backlog of books that need to find a good home. I have joined the Spring Cleaning Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer that runs from March 20 – 25. First entry is free and this giveaway is open to US residents only. Our normal terms and conditions apply. Sorry I don’t have pics but I’ve been getting home too late to get any decent lighting. I will giving away 2 boxes of books though. Box 1 will be a box of YA books and Box 2 will be urban fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal books. There will be ARCs as well as finished copies. I have a lot of books to give away so these boxes will be full.  Check out the Rafflecoper entries below to enter. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway a… Read more »

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Review: Knockout Knits by Laura Nelkin

Review: Knockout Knits by Laura Nelkin

Knockout Knits is a gorgeous collection of luxurious and eye-catching accessories that incorporate simple techniques and embellishments for knockout results. I’ve been following designer Laura Nelkin for a while now. She’s known for creating beautiful accessories that often incorporate beads. When I heard that she had a book coming out, I knew I wanted to get it just for the section on how to bead. While the beading section was what drew me to the book, the other techniques and patterns in the book are just as good.

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Manicure Monday (91): Velvet

Manicure Monday (91): Velvet

Hi and welcome to Manicure Monday, a feature that combines my love of reading and nail polish. Each week I’ll showcase one of my current reads along with a matching book manicure. Happy Monday, everyone. Hope everyone had a nice, relaxing weekend. I forgot to mention that the blog and the Manicure Monday feature specifically, was featured in a recent online article by Mindhut. There’s a brief interview interspersed with a slideshow of some of my manicures. You can check it out here. Thanks, Mindhut! Today’s manicure was inspired by Velvet by Temple West. This is my first book from the Swoon Reads imprint and I am loving it so far! It’s a YA novel about vampires. I haven’t read a good teen vampire story in a while and so far, this book is really funny and I am having a really good time with it. As you can see, I am am… Read more »

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Stacked (141)

Stacked (141)

Stacked is a weekly post where I discuss what books I’ve bought, borrowed or received for the week. Hi, everyone! We are experiencing a crazy heat wave right now in SoCal. I know it’s better than being snowed in but sometimes I wish we had more seasons.  My reading has been really slow lately so I haven’t been adding a lot of books to my stash but I have added a few. Black Widow Vol. 2: The Tightly Tangled Web by Nathan Edmondson and Phil Noto – I am not a huge Black Widow fan (something about ScarJo portraying her just bugs me) but I did enjoy Vol 1 of this new Widow series. Noto’s artwork is gorgeous and Edmondson’s writing is solid. Trees Vol 1 by Warren Ellis and Jason Howard – This is a new series about an alien life form that makes contact with Earth but remains hidden… Read more »

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Ontario Teen Book Fest Blog Tour – Spotlight on Cecil Castellucci

Ontario Teen Book Fest Blog Tour – Spotlight on Cecil Castellucci

Hi, everyone! I am very excited to be a part of the Ontario Teen Book Fest Blog Tour today. If you don’t know, the Ontario Teen Book Fest is a really fun event that is taking place on March 21, 2015. I went last year and had a really great time mingling with readers and attending some awesome author panels. Check out all of the details below and then check out my author spotlight on Cecil Castellucci, author of Odd Duck, Tin Star, Stone in the Sky and a lot more! When: March 21st, 9 am to 5 pm Where: Colony High School 3850 E. Riverside Drive Ontario, CA 91761 This event is a completely free and un-ticketed event! Priority seating WILL be given to teens, but come one, come all! There will also be giveaways and raffles at the Fest, also free! Also, keep scrolling to find a giveaway held by us bloggers!… Read more »

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