This week went by so quickly! It seems like only yesterday my sister came to visit and now she’s going back to the sun and warm weather tomorrow.
The Night Circus is one of the most beautifully written stories I could think of. The details are so rich and I can’t help just wishing I was there. How I would love to see Le Cirque des Rêves😍😍. What fictional places would you like to visit? 🔸🔸
Book 26 of 2018: You Will Be Mine by Natasha Preston.
This is a YA thriller that revolves around a group of six college friends as they are being targeted by a serial killer.
On February 1st while they are getting ready to go to a play, Sonny receives a note that says "Your heart will be mine" and soon after, he goes missing. The main character, Lylah, and the guy she has a crush on, find him dead.
It sounds like your regular clichéd thriller, and although it is not very original, it's extremely fast paced and enjoyable. I started this last night before going to bed and finished it earlier today. It's one of those books you can't put down until you finish it.
The writing was juvenile but I was able to look past that detail because I was so entertained. I guessed correctly who the murderer is which was surprising but even then, the ending was a bit of a shock.
Overall, I really liked the story and I would definitely read the sequel, if there ever is one. I'm giving this book 3.75/5 stars.
#Authorlifemonth : Cover Love. Forgive the long post. :)
I've always loved the Pandemic cover because it has many layers of meaning. Here are 5 "secrets" about it.
1. At first glance, the bird on the cover is beautiful. But on closer inspection, it’s actually comprised of hundreds of smaller birds and the larger bird seems to be breaking apart. The book designer really captured the essence of the main character, Lilianna, with this ominous image. She appears to be dealing with life okay, but in reality, she’s trying to recover from a sexual assault incident and is barely holding it together when the pandemic hits. So this image works on both a character and a story level.
2. Blue was chosen as the main color for the cover because in the novel, the media nicknames the deadly bird flu pandemic “The Blue Flu.” 3. The teal shade of blue was intentional. Given Lilianna’s history, the color is a subtle reference to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (@nsvrc), which uses a teal ribbon to represent sexual violence awareness and prevention.
4. Since the blue-shaded cover creates an almost-serene mood, the large, disjointed title was used to produce an unsettled feeling which mirrors the suspense of the story.
5. Once the pandemic hits, Lilianna is separated from her parents but can’t live safely in isolation. The tagline, “Who Can You Trust?” refers to the conflict she feels. She doesn’t want to form relationships, yet she knows that they are the key to her survival.
And lastly --not a secret-- the paperback version includes the seal from the Crystal Kite awarded from @scbwi. Pandemic won in 2015 for the Atlantic region.
@skyponypress @juliematysik @syntactics @lizaroyceagency
This is my number one on my TBR pile. I have heard good things and bad things so I have mixed feelings to actually starting this bad boy. .
What were your thoughts? 💡🧠
In other news, I’ve booked my flights to England, Ireland and Scotland for mid year and Croatia at the end of the year, and Brisbane (Australia) in March. Annnd now I’m broke but so excited! There’s going to be so many photo opportunities with my books and I can’t wait! .
QOTD: what’s your favourite Disney princess (the OG crew)
AOTD: mine is definitely Ariel and Belle, Belle because duh, books and confidence within herself, and Ariel because honestly she was the only one who wasn’t afraid to be a completely different ENTITY for love. I mean belle is badass but I don’t see her turning into beastest for him either. .
“I like my coffee with cream and my literature with optimism.”
“Pemberly by the Sea”
I know a lot of you don’t drink coffee (I’m happy for you but that is not a life for me.) if you DO drink coffee and you love it and you haven’t tried @bookloverscoffee yet...get on that. They roast the beans the day you order so they are FRESH baby, and it comes in whole bean but if you don’t have a grinder than you can just put in your order comments to grind it for you and they DO and ship it straight to your door so you don’t even have to go socialize with the creepy cash register guy (or is that just my grocery store?)
Check out @bookaddictsguide and @mamareadsblog for a rep code to save on your order! And save up to $4 on shipping by ordering two bags instead of one (you’ll go through this stuff FAST if you’re like me. I love it so much I’ve been having two cups a day instead of one 🤦🏻♀️)
☕️ Check out my stories to see my unboxing (unbagging?) of my order this morning and how I force my toddler to brew my coffee for me. (Jk you can’t force a toddler to do anything.)
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It's Friday! Which means I don't have to wake up at 6AM for the next two days! That makes me so happy, I'm really not a morning person.
How gorgeous is this map?! It is hot pink and fabulous. Not to mention the cover art is stunning! I can't wait to read this.*
Do you have any plans for the weekend?
Yes, you are seeing correctly. Orchard students are playing Quidditch during their final day of Winterm. This #orchardwinterm course is called Magical Worlds: Harry Potter and More!
In this course, students will attempt to answer the following questions: What is the purpose of fantasy literature? How does fantasy reflect our hopes and fears about humanity? What elements are necessary to create a believable fantasy universe?
Over the course of the first semester, students will read a fantasy novel of their choosing (with teacher approval) and either Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them or Quidditch Through the Ages. Inspired by what they have read, students will complete a variety of writing pieces and start exploring the elements of fantastical universes.
Homework for this class will consist primarily of reading and completing writing assignments. While in class, students will be expected to participate in group discussions and open their minds to magic. Imagination is a must. Students do not have to have read the entire Harry Potter series in order to participate; however, familiarity will allow for more meaningful discussion and activities.
Winterm has 15 elective courses that students will choose from to take during a two-week intensive mini-semester. With titles like Business Leadership or Debate Team and Japanese Culture to name a few, students will be tasked to go for depth rather than breadth in focused courses of study.
So as you guys can see, today’s post is gonna be a bit of a mash-up! I wanted to do a January “Royal Pains” @shelflovecrate unboxing, but since they just announced that they’re hosting a rep search I decided to make my unboxing my rep post as well? Two birds with one stone? Let’s see how this goes 😂
Hey @shelflovecrate ! My name is Emma and I’m a 20 year old college student in Virginia.
Here’s some cool facts about me:
1. I’m majoring in English/Creative Writing and my dream is to publish one of the many books I’m currently writing! (All fantasy, of course 👸🏼)
2. I’m a tad obsessed with anything related to the Victorian era. I could go on for hours about Victorian literature, Victorian style, and even Victorian mourning jewelry!
3. So this fact is non-bookish, BUT, I sing and play piano! I can’t do much of either since I’m currently rocking that dorm life, but when I’m at home or in my car I jam HARD. 😂
💙 Why do I want to rep for SLC? 💙
Because I’ve tried sooo many bookish sub boxes and none have even come close to being on SLC’s level. Even if I’m not apart of some of the fandoms in the box, I still love the uniqueness of the items, and the variety that’s included. I think that SLC deserves all the love and hype, and I’d be more than willing to help spread the word!
Now, for the unboxing! January’s theme was “Royal Pains” and let me tell you, this was one of my favorites! (Nothing will ever beat March’s “Fiery Redheads” Box ((out now, go order! Show us redheads some love!)))
💙 Here’s what I got 💙
-Crown & Skull scarf
-The Selection travel mug by @bookwormboutique
-Shazi & Khalid print (TWATD)
-The Autumn Prince candle by @novellyyours
-Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh (+signed bookplate!)
-Crown pen (been using it in class... oops? 😂)
-Goblin King bookmark by @knightmaresdaydreams (Was missing originally, but one was sent to me immediately - and the customer service is impeccable!)
Also... did you guys see that I was featured in the ShelfLoveCrate Spotlight for January?! 😱 I’m shelfloveSHOOK! Thank you so much, it’s so cool seeing my pictures in print 🙈
➡️QOTD: What’s your favorite thing to get in subscription boxes?? ❤️
|| "It occurs to me then that perhaps getting my little sister drunk and explaining why I screw boys is not the most responsible move on my part." -Mackenzi Lee, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue ||
✨So so so excited for the second The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue book! (That I did actually forgot the name of, oops 🤦🏻♀️)
✨Which 2018 release are you most excited for, Restore Me or A Court of Frost and Starlight? 💫
Do you like reading Young Adult novels?
I'll be honest with you, it's not my cup of tea. I tried reading several ya novels in different genres but at the end of the day I decided to stick with non-fiction or adult literature.
But I will recommend this novel "Eleanor & Park" by @rainbowrowell, especially if you fell in love for the first time. I think it's so sweet, warm and wonderful, you can easily connect with the main characters and feel empathy for them and their life situations. I adore Park, may be because he reminds me my first boyfriend: caring, loving and huggable 😋. And I want to punch anyone in the face who hurt Eleanor 👿.
What are you thoughts? Did you like it?