Saturday, January 20, 2018

Interview With Lauren Spieller!



Today on the blog I am pleased to present an interview with Lauren Spieller! Ms. Spieller is the author of the YA book Your Destination is on the Left, which releases June 26th! :)

Here's the interview!

The bold font are the questions I asked, the regular font are her answers, and the bold italic font are my comments about her answers.


1. Would you please describe your debut book, Your Destination is on the Left, in seven words?


Teen nomad finds artistic future after failure

2. In Your Destination is on the Left, Dessa travels the US in an RV. What's one state you haven't visited, that you would like to?


I've never been to Washington state, and I'm dying to go! I'd particularly love to see Seattle! 

Seattle would be neat to go to! :)

3. Random question! What's your favorite kind of coffee?


I am addicted to lattes. Espresso + steamed milk = heaven on earth.

4. What's one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?


Read! The best way to develop your voice and learn about the market is to read everything you can get your hands on. This includes manuscripts by critique partners--you learn by giving feedback on other people's work!

Good advice! :)

5. What are some books you're looking forward to reading in 2018? And if you've already read some '18 books, which books have you loved?


Oh my gosh, there are so many. I'm reading Rachel Lynn Solomon's debut, YOU'LL MISS ME WHEN YOU'RE GONE, and it's lovely. I also can't wait to read Joy McCullough's BLOOD WATER PAINT. Also--and I'll admit I'm super biased because I represent her--but Laura E. Weymouth's debut YA Fantasy, THE VANISHING KINGDOM, is going to blow everyone away. And finally, I can't wait to get my hands on ON THE COME UP by Angie Thomas.

The Vanishing Kingdom sounds really interesting! :)

Thank you so much to Ms. Spieller for participating in this event!

Author bio: Lauren Spieller is a literary agent who lives in New York with her husband. When she isn’t writing, she can be found drinking lattes, pining for every dog she sees, or visiting her native California. YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT is her debut novel. Follow her on Twitter @laurenspieller.


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Friday, January 19, 2018

Interview With Diane Magras!



Today I'm happy to present an interview with Diane Magras! Ms. Magras is the author of the MG book The Mad Wolf's Daughter, which releases March 6th! :)

Here's the interview!

The bold font are the questions I asked, the regular font are her answers, and the bold italic font are my comments about her answers.


1. Would you please describe your debut book, The Mad Wolf's Daughter, in seven words?
Lass, legends, swords, knights, brothers, loyalty, secrets

It sounds really good! :)

2. What character from The Mad Wolf's Daughter are you most like?
Ah, that's an easy one: my protagonist Drest! My sword-wielding lass is tough, strong, independent girl, and beholden to no man (I'm not exactly like her, but a version of that). She's fiercely loyal to her father and brothers (as I am to my husband and son), will risk her life for her friends (let's just say I love my friends and make cookies each year for my local library; that has to count!), and is constantly trying to do what's right (how I try to live my life). She makes mistakes, but owns up to them each time. And while I never had a named sword like Drest's, I did have my own sword when I was a teen: a fencing foil that I'd found in our basement and propped on the wall above my writing desk. I'd have loved a real sword then (and now!). Most of all, though, when I was 12 like Drest, I'd have loved to be the kind of confident, brave, and warmhearted person she is.

3. Random question! What's your favorite time period to read about?
I love reading about the early medieval period. It was a brutal time in Europe, but people were inventive and found ways to hope and live, despite all the violence. Authors who research this period often play with tropes and confront stereotypes, and there's a lot of natural drama but also places for warmth and heart. And I'd love to read a middle grade novel that focuses on a medieval Islamic world: Before the Ottoman Empire, the Middle East was a hotbed of culture and intellectualism, not at all the dark ages that we're taught to image for this period. As far as I know, no one had written this yet.

4. What's one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Find joy in revision. This is a profession that takes practice, and most people don't succeed with a first or second draft--often not even a first or second novel. If you see revision as a pleasure rather than a chore, you'll discover new angles and depths of your work. It can be hard to accept that a seemingly final draft isn't truly final, but nearly all drafts have opportunities hiding between their folds. When someone you trust gives you constructive criticism, see if you can be inspired by it. But also know your story's core, and be careful not to upend what made your novel strong in the first place. There's a balance, and it takes practice--like everything else in writing.

 Excellent advice! :)

5. What are some books you're looking forward to reading in 2018? And if you've already read some '18 books, which books have you loved?
I can't wait for Jen Wang's The Prince and the Dressmaker (talk about challenging gender roles! And I love that it's the boy.); Sanyantani DasGupta's The Serpent's Secret (an Indian warrior princess, legends, and demon snakes?! Count me in!); and The Endless King, Book 3 of Dave Rudden's Knights of the Borrowed Dark (a magical knight fantasy series in the modern world with a boy of great power trying to understand his role and his destiny). By the way, there are over 100 more that I know about and also can't wait to read (my Electric Eighteens debut group is full of incredible talent), but I'll just keep this list to three and mention only Sanyantani's book from there because it's an #ownvoices story that the MG market dearly needs.

There are so many good sounding books releasing in 2018! :)

Thank you so much to Ms. Magras for participating in this event! :)



Author bio: All things medieval fascinate children’s author Diane Magras: castles, abbeys, swords, manuscripts, and the daily life of medieval people, especially those who weren’t royalty. Diane lives in Maine with her husband and son and thinks often of Scotland, where her books are set. The Mad Wolf’s Daughteris her debut novel.

Here are a few links:


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Interview With Kelly deVos!



Today on the blog I'm happy to present an interview with Kelly deVos! Ms. deVos is the author of the YA book, Fat Girl on a Plane, which releases June 5th! :)

Here's the interview!

The bold font are the questions I asked, the regular font are her answers, and the bold italic font are my comments about her answers.


1. Would you please describe your debut book, Fat Girl on a Plane, in seven words?
Fat girl wants to rule fashion world.

Really looking forward to reading it! :)

2. What was the inspiration for your debut book?
This book was initially inspired by a couple of real experiences. First, like my main character, I was forced to purchase two seats on an airplane. I also worked as a graphic designer for an Italian-based eyewear company that dealt with many luxury fashion brands. I noticed, over time, that some of these brands were fairly hostile to plus-size girls and women and I wanted to discuss that issue.

3. Random question! What's your favorite TV show?
Right now, I’m watching Stranger Things 2! But if we’re confessing things, my all-time favorite is probably Law & Order! 

4. What's one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
My best advice is always to #keepgoing. This can be really tough in the face of rejection and criticism but I think the best thing to do is to keep writing, keep improving your craft and keep engaging with your community of writers.

Great advice! :)

5. What are some books you're looking forward to reading in 2018? And if you've already read some '18 books, which books have you loved?
In terms of books I’ve already read, I can’t say enough good things about AMERICAN PANDA by Gloria Chao which tells the story of a Taiwanese-American teen overachiever whose parents want her to become a doctor despite the fact that she’s a germophobe. I’d really recommend NICE TRY, JANE SINNER by Lianne Oelke because it had a great story and also was the kind of book that made me think a lot about my own craft – particularly as it relates to dialogue. I also loved THE MIDNIGHTS by Sarah Nicole Smetana which has so much to say about family relationships and has such a cool SO Cal setting.

I’m looking forward to THE DIMINISHED by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson which is set in a world where almost everyone has a twin. I also keep hearing great things about Joy McCullough’s verse novel BLOOD WATER PAINT and I’m super interested to read Kristina Perez’s SWEET BLACK WAVES because she is basically a genius of Medieval Literature and I can’t wait to see her fantasy world building.

I'm looking forward to books that you mentioned, especially American Panda! :)

Thank you so much to Ms. deVos for participating in this event! :)



Author bio: A third generation native Arizonan, Kelly deVos can tell you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about cactus, cattle and climate. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Arizona State University. Her debut novel, FAT GIRL ON A PLANE, will be published in 2018 by Harlequin Teen and her work has been featured in Normal Noise and 202 Magazine.


Here are a few links:

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Interview With Alexa Donne!



Today I'm pleased to present an interview with Alexa Donne! Ms. Donne is the author of the YA book Brightly Burning, which releases May 1st!

The bold font are the questions I asked, the regular font are her answers, and the bold italic font are my comments about her answers.



1. Would you please describe your debut book, Brightly Burning, in seven words?
Jane Eyre in space, aka Space Angst!



2. Brightly Burning is a reimagining of Jane Eyre. Are there any other classic books you would like to retell?
That is a GREAT question, and slightly tricky to answer without revealing the secret of my follow-up to BRIGHTLY BURNING, which is another classic retelling set in the same universe. I’ll say that, like so many readers, I adore Jane Austen and have designs on adapting one or more of her books, for sure. I especially love Pride & Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion, and Sense & Sensibility (so… most of them? haha). I also love Dickens’ Great Expectations, Elizabeth Gaskell’s North & South, and a number of Shakespeare plays (especially Hamlet!). One classic I don’t have any particular designs on: Wuthering Heights. I’m a one Bronte sister kind of girl! *sits on hands so as not to spill secrets*

I look forward to seeing what the follow up will be! :)


3. Random question! What Hogwarts house would your main characters be sorted into?
This was too much fun, so I’m including my extended core cast of characters (with a note on who their Jane Eyre analog is!). I also totally waffled on a few of these, especially Stella and Hugo and I may change my mind later :P

Stella (Jane): Ravenclaw

Hugo (Rochester): Hufflepuff

Jessa (Adele): Slytherin

Karlson (St. John): Gryffindor

George (N/A): Hufflepuff

Bianca (Blanche Ingram): Gryffindor

Mari (N/A): Slytherin

Xiao (Mrs. Fairfax): Hufflepuff


4. What's one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Don’t give up. It seems super obvious, but seriously: the key difference between an author who succeeds (in being traditionally published) and one who doesn’t is that the author who “makes it,” typically, simply didn’t give up. Rolled up into this is challenging yourself to grow, being willing and able to kill your darlings and move on from projects that aren’t working, and pushing yourself to both explore new genres & stories while also leaning into your strengths and what you love. I also advise doing your research/due diligence so you are as prepared as possible for the industry and all its ups and downs. The struggle doesn’t end when you get an agent or a book deal!

Really great advice! :)


5. What are some books you're looking forward to reading in 2018? And if you've already read some '18 books, which books have you loved?
So far I’ve only read AMERICAN PANDA by Gloria Chao, and I adored it! It was an emotional rollercoaster--I laughed out loud, I cried (more than once!) and every character just leapt off the page. I highly recommend it to ANYONE who likes engaging, funny character driven books. I’m not usually a big YA contemporary reader but it just checked every box for me!

I’m anxiously awaiting a number of 2018 books, including but certainly not limited to: THE SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young, DEAR RACHEL MADDOW by Adrienne Kisner, NOT EVEN BONES by Rebecca Schaeffer, ONE GIANT LEAP by Heather Kaczynski, NIGHTBLOOD by Elly Blake, HEART OF IRON by Ashley Poston, THE BELLES by Dhonielle Clayton, DEFY THE WORLDS by Claudia Gray, NOTHING LEFT TO BURN by Heather Ezell, HEART OF THORNS by Bree Barton, A COURT OF MIRACLES by Kester Grant, DARK OF THE WEST by Joanna Hathaway, and SHIP IT by Britta Lundin.



I'm looking forward to lot of these! :)

Thank you so much to Ms. Donne for participating in this event! :)



Author bio: Alexa Donne is a Ravenclaw who wears many hats, including fan convention organizing, teen mentoring, college admissions essay consulting, YouTube-ing and podcasting. When she’s not writing science fiction and fantasy for teens, Alexa works in international television marketing. A proud Boston University Terrier, she lives in Los Angeles with two fluffy ginger cats named after YA literature characters. Visit her at www.alexadonne.com or on most social media spaces @alexadonne.


Here are a few links:




Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Interview With Kamilla Benko!



Today I'm pleased to present an interview with Kamilla Benko! Ms. Benko is the author of the Middle Grade book The Unicorn Quest, which releases January 30th!

Here's the interview!

The bold font are the questions I asked, the regular font are her answers, and the bold italic font are my comments about her answers.



1. Would you please describe your debut book, The Unicorn Quest, in seven words?

Secrets, missing sisters, magical art, unicorns--discovery! 


2. In The Unicorn Quest, Claire and Sophie enter the world of Arden. If you could go into any fantasy world for a day, which world would you choose?

This is an incredibly difficult question for me! I love fantasy worlds of all kinds, from Hogwarts, to Tortall, to Pern, to Red London, and Chrestomanci's England, to Lyra's Oxford, to Bayern, to Kyrria, to Camp Half-Blood and many, many more. So, I'm going to cheat and say I'd like to visit the Woods Between the Worlds in C.S. Lewis' The Magician's Nephew with the hope that I'd be able to spend the day jumping into pools and potentially discovering all the other literary fantasy worlds. 

There are a lot of great fantasy worlds! :)


3. Random question! Do you listen to music while you write?

I do! But I can only listen to music without English lyrics, or else I find myself starting to type the lyrics out. This means there's a lot of movie soundtracks, classical music, french cafe, and "ambient medieval music" that pops up on my playlist. I do make an exception to my lyric rule though when it comes to Loreena Mckennitt, though. Her music is so magical! 


4. What's one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?

Read, read, read!

Good advice! :)


5. What are some books you're looking forward to reading in 2018? And if you've already read some '18 books, which books have you loved?

There are so many I'm looking forward to! One of the best things about being an author is that you get to sneak peak a lot of books. I read and loved Anne Meriano's LOVE SUGAR MAGIC: A Dash of Trouble (Janurary 2) and Sayantani DasGupta's The Serpent's Secret (February 27). 

They both look good! :)

Thank you so much to Ms. Benko for participating in the event! :)



Author bio: Kamilla Benko spent most of her childhood climbing into wardrobes, trying to step through mirrors, and plotting to run away to an art museum. Now, she visits other worlds as a children's book editor. Originoally from Indiana, she currently lives in New York with her bookshelves, teapot, and hiking boots.

Here are a few links:


Monday, January 15, 2018

2018 Debut Author Interviews Launch Post!


Hi, everyone! I am very happy to present the first day of the 2018 Debut Author Interviews! Beginning tomorrow, I will have interviews with 9 different debut YA and Middle Grade authors on the blog every day through the 24th! Here's the full schedule:


January:
15th Launch Post
16th Interview With Kamilla Benko, author of The Unicorn Quest
17th Interview With Alexa Donne, author of Brightly Burning
18th Interview With Kelly deVos, author of Fat Girl on a Plane
19th Interview With Diane Magras, author of The Mad Wolf's Daughter
20th Interview With Lauren Spieller, author of Your Destination is on the Left
21st Interview With Jessica Pennington, author of Love Songs & Other Lies
22nd Interview With Mae Respicio, author of The House That Lou Built
23rd Interview With Gloria Chao, author of American Panda
24th Interview With Joanna Hathaway, author of Dark of the West
25th Wrap Up Post


I had a lot of fun interviewing all these awesome authors, and I hope you enjoy reading all the interviews with them! And maybe you'll find a new book to add to your TBR list! :)

And feel free to use the above image to help promote the event on Twitter, Facebook, etc. I would really appreciate it! :)

Friday, January 12, 2018

Bookish Wallpapers Vol. 1


Here's a new feature on the blog! I like to make desktop wallpapers for myself, and I thought it might be fun to make a few for the blog, too! This won't be a weekly feature, more like whenever I get time to make a few wallpapers. The theme for this first post is A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd! This is an extremely quotable book that I love, which makes it perfect for this first Bookish Wallpapers post! :)


This is a given, but I want to put this here just to make sure. I don't own any of these quotes, they are just ones I like. These wallpapers are for personal use only. I'm just making these for fun, and I thought other people might like them, too. I am not making any money off of these.

Load the image in a new tab, then right-click and save to your computer.







I hope you like them! Do you have any quotes you think would make good wallpapers? :)

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

On Hold Vol. 6


On Hold is a feature on the blog where every Wednesday I talk about what books I have on hold at the library. If you want to join in, feel free to use the image and link to your post in the comments area! :)


There will not be On Hold posts for the new two weeks, because of the Debut Author Event Interviews I'm having on the blog! It will be back January 31st, and I hope you enjoy the interviews! :)


This looks like a fun Picture Book!


I haven't heard a lot about it, but it looks like an entertaining Graphic Novel!


This looks like a good YA book!

What books do you have on hold? :)

Monday, January 8, 2018

Review: No Place Like Home


After living a jet-setting lifestyle thanks to her dad’s job, twelve-year-old Kenzie decides it’s time for her to plant roots in this heartwarming M!X novel.

Kenzie Rhines doesn’t have a home—she has too many. Her dad’s job keeps them flying around the country, which means “home” is whatever fancy hotel they’re currently staying in and “school” takes place 30,000 feet in the air. And since it’s just the two of them, she has no choice but to be his travel partner. Kenzie loves the constant adventures, but she wouldn’t mind planting her feet in one place for longer than two seconds, having her own bed, and maybe even finding a best friend she can talk to.

When Kenzie’s dad surprises her with the news that they’ll be in Las Vegas for an extended business trip, she’s thrilled he wants to enroll her in a local middle school while they’re there. And even though it's the longest she’s been in one place in years, Kenzie knows it’s only a matter of time before she’s on the move yet again. So, for the first time in her life, she decides to take some risks: why not let the cutest boy in school know she’s got a bit of a crush on him, give it a shot and audition for the school musical—The Wizard of Oz (her all-time favorite movie), and run for VP of her class?

Thanks to her plan, Kenzie discovers a courage she didn’t know she had—and finally feels like she belongs somewhere. But when things start to get complicated, Kenzie discovers that she’ll have to face the consequences of everything she’s done since her arrival—and that maybe home isn’t necessarily a place on a map, but where your heart is.
-summary and cover via Goodreads


Plot: A girl who has gotten to live all over, traveling with her dad for his job, gets to stay in one place for six weeks, go to school, and make friends. A fun premise and I loved getting to see Kenzie try out for the play, run for vice president, and make friends!

Characters: Kenzie was a fun character to read about, and I like that she stood up for herself! And the supporting characters were all fun, too!

The cover: The M!X covers are always fun and bright!

Overall: The M!X imprint is really great, and I love a lot of the books published from it. No Place Like Home is no different! This was the first book I finished in 2018 and I really enjoyed reading it! A really delightful Middle Grade book that I recommend! :)

I checked this book out from my library.

Friday, January 5, 2018

My Favorite Movies, TV Shows, and Music of 2017!


Here we go! My favorite Movies, TV Shows, and Music from 2017! :)

Also, I probably forgot something here. But this is a good idea of my favorites!


Movies:

Favorite Movies?



Cars 3
This was easily my favorite movie of the year! The first Cars has always been my favorite Pixar movie, and this was a really great sequel to it!I could easily talk about this movie for hours, but without spoilers, I will just say that I want another movie that shows the next chapter of all the characters! :)

Despicable Me 3
This was fun! Not as good as the first two, but I enjoyed it!

Christmas With the Kranks
My Mom got me to watch this one this Christmas and I enjoyed it! It was entertaining!

The Holiday
Another one my Mom got us to watch for Christmas! It was really good, and I loved it!

White Christmas
This was the first time I watched it! My Mom and I watched it on Christmas eve, and we really enjoyed it!

The Descendants 2
This was fun! I liked the first movie, and the 2nd one was good!

A LOT of Hallmark Movies
Too many to list here, but my Mom and I watch a lot of Hallmark movies every year, and we really enjoy them!



TV:

Favorite TV Shows?



Favorite Drama/Comedy:

Scorpion
My Mom got me to watch this show right after the first season and we both really like it!

Kevin (Probably) Saves the World
I really don't get why more people aren't watching this. My Mom and I both love it! It's just such a good, positive, hopeful show and TV needs more of that. And it's pretty funny to! The entire cast is really talented!

Good Witch
The movies were always fun, and we really love the TV show, too!

Chesapeake Shores
Love! We really hope it gets another season!

Backstage
This is one of those shows that's just addicting to watch!

The Lodge
It's fun, and the songs in it are pretty catchy to listen to!

Stuck in the Middle
This is fun!

The Librarians
It's good!

The Young and the Restless
I've been watching this soap for a long time with my family!

The Bold and the Beautiful
The same goes for this one!


Favorite Reality TV:

The Amazing Race
This is one of our absolute favorite shows to watch!

Dancing With the Stars
This is fun to watch!

The Great Food Truck Race, Food Network Star, and Guy's Grocery Games
The three Food Network shows we watch the most!

Good Bones
Our favorite HGTV show now!

Beat Shazam
This is fun to watch and to guess along with!

Hollywood Game Night
Entertaining


Favorite Animated Shows:

Ducktales
This has quickly become one of my favorite shows to watch! It's really clever and funny!

Milo Murphy's Law
Another favorite! Very funny, and I'm really looking to the Phineas and Ferb crossover this year!

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
This is just fun!

Elena of Avalor
A really good show, and I love all the characters in it!

Spirit Riding Free
The original Spirit movie was one of my favorites when I was younger, and this new show is pretty entertaining!

Ben 10
I used to watch Ben 10 when I was younger, and this reboot of the show is fun!


Music:

Favorite Albums?



Reputation by Taylor Swift
I mean, you all aren't surprised to see this here, are you? I was really looking forward to this album, and even though it's pretty different from her older music, I really like it! My favorites from it are Getaway Car, New Year's Day, End Game, Gorgeous, and This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things!

Flicker by Niall Horan
Love! My favorite of all of the One Direction members solo music so far, I really love this album! Favorites from it? The Tide, This Town, Too Much to Ask, Paper Houses, and Since We're Alone!

Divide by Ed Sheeran
I really haven't met anyone who doesn't love this album. It's really good! My favorites from it are What Do I Know?, Castle on the Hill, Galway Girl, Shape of You, and Perfect! Also, I really love the symphony version of Perfect that was released with Andrea Bocelli!


Favorite Individual Songs:

Not listed in any particular order. Also, just listing music that released in 2017 (with a few exceptions.). Because there was other music I discovered for the first time this year, but if I listed them, we would be here all day. I listen to a lot of music.


When We're Together, That Time of Year, and Ring in the Season from the Olaf's Frozen Adventure soundtrack
You Should Be Loved, Rescue, and More by Hunter Hayes
Smoke Clears by Andy Grammer
Fiji Water and All My Friends by Owl City
Thunder by Imagine Dragons
Miss You by Louis Tomlinson
Most Girls and Let Me Go (feat. Florida Georgia Line & watt) by Hailee Steinfield
Attention and How Long by Charlie Puth
Can't Wait for Christmas (feat. Relient K) by Tobymac 
Unapologetically and Miss Me More by Kelsea Ballerini
Riding Free by Maisy Stella
Old Church Choir by Zack Williams
Sway by Danielle Bradberry
Forgiven by Crowder
You Look Good by Lady Antebellum
Christmas C'mon (feat. Becky G), Dance of the Sugarplum Fairies, and Carol of the Bells by Lindsey Sterling
Unfinished and Bleed the Same (feat. Tobymac) by Mandisa
Why by Sabrina Carpenter
Strip That Down (feat. Quavo) by Liam Payne
Cut to the Feeling by Carly Rae Jepsen
The Comeback by Danny Gokey
Beloved and Never Too Far Gone by Jordan Feliz
Ways to Be Wicked,  Chillin' Like a Villain, and What's My Name, from the Descendants 2 soundtrack
There's Nothing Holding Me Back, Mercy, and Treat You Better by Shawn Mendes

This was just a little bit of the music I listened to in 2017! But I think I better stop here, before this post gets even longer! :)

What's your favorite Movies, TV shows, and Music from 2017? And do you have any recommendations for me? :)

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Rereading!


I've decided that this year I would like to reread more! I used to reread books all the time, but in the past two years I barely reread at all. Excluding picture books (I reread favorites with my Mom!), I don't usually reread more than one or two books a year. Which makes me sad, because I love to revisit favorite books and series, and knowing what to expect in them is comforting to me. But with the amount of new books that I want to read, and just being busy in general, it just hasn't been that feasible for me to. But this year I have decided I'm going to make an effort to reread some of my favorite books! Now that doesn't mean I'm going to stop reading new books, just that I want to manage my time a bit better so that I'm able to reread more! I thought in this post I would list some books that I would like to reread, to make myself more accountable to it.  I will probably check in later this year, to see just how many I actually have reread.

Oh! And these aren't listed in any particular order.

Here we go! :)

I haven't reread any of these books in awhile, and now that the whole series has been released, I want to reread them all in a row!

I've never reread the Keeper books, probably because they're so long, and it's a major time commitment to reread them. But I really love these books, and I would like to try and reread them before book 7 releases! Which I think is supposed to be this fall!

I feel like I need a reread of this book! I love it, and it's been awhile.

I actually just read this book for the first time two years ago, and I really loved it. I think I would enjoy a reread of it!

As someone who has very bad anxiety, I really relate to Audrey. And the humor in it makes me laugh!

This book makes me laugh, which is a very good reason to reread it!

I used to reread this book every summer, but I haven't in awhile. I want to try this year to!

These are my three favorite Kasie West books, and the three I most want to reread!

I want to reread the first four, so I can finally read the last two books! These are really good books, and I want to finish them!

I haven't reread these in forever! I own part of the series, and the rest I can get from the library. But when I reread these, I might buy the new 10th anniversary editions they published, that way I can read the bonus chapters they added to them!

It's been awhile since I first read this book, and I would like to finally reread it!


There are more books than these that I would like to reread, but I'm trying to not list too many books here. I also know I won't reread all these books this year, but this gives me a good amount to pick from! And I may reread a book not from this list, if I feel like it! I also want to reread a few graphic novels this year, but I'll pick those based on my mood at the moment, rather than in advance. :)

What books would you like to reread? And are you trying to reread more books this year? :)

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

On Hold Vol. 5


On Hold is a feature on the blog where every Wednesday I talk about what books I have on hold at the library. If you want to join in, feel free to use the image and link to your post in the comments area! :)


This looks like a cute picture book!


It looked interesting!


This anthology looks like fun!

What books do you have on hold? :)

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Review: Turn It Up

Review: Turn It Up by Jen Calonita

The Nightingales are in a serious funk. Bradley Academy's all-girl a cappella group used to be the pride and joy of the sunshine state, but the Nightingales have fallen out of harmony. Best friends and co-captains Lidia Sato and Sydney Marino aren't speaking. A boy has come between them -- none other than Griffin Mancini, the obnoxious lead singer of Bradley's smug all-boy a capella group, the Kingfishers. The Nightingales have no chance at winning the big state final if their captains are at each other's throats. Their only hope is new girl Julianna Ramirez. She's super shy, but she has some serious pipes. The three girls -- and the whole group -- will have to come together if they want to beat the Kingfishers and their rivals from Julianna's old school. Told from alternating points of view, this novel explores the ups and downs of friendship, romance, competition, and finding the perfect song!
-summary and cover via Goodreads


Plot: I have to admit, I didn't know a lot about a capella before, but I'm interested in learning more about it after reading this book! Reading about The Nightingales and the competition was really fun!

Characters: The book switches POV between three characters, Lidia, Julianna, and Sydney. My favorite to read about was Lidia, but I really enjoyed reading about Julianna and Sydney, too!

The cover: It's very fun! I love how bright and happy it looks!

Overall: This was a really fun YA book! When I was reading it, I could totally picture it as a movie in my head! I loved all the music references in it! If you're looking for a fun YA book, I definitely recommend this book! :)

This book releases today! :)

I received an ARC of this book from the author.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Books I'm Looking Forward to Reading in 2018!


Here is my annual post talking about what books I'm looking forward to reading! In this post I will list what Picture Books, Middle Grade books, YA books, Adult books, Graphic Novels, and Non-Fiction books I am looking forward to reading in 2018! Now, I know there are books that I will want to read in 2018 that won't be listed here. Because I forgot to mention them, didn't know about them at the time of this post, etc. But this is fairly long list of books I'm looking forward to! And I hope you might find a new book to look forward to from this post! :)

If I got a release date, title, cover, or anything else wrong, I apologize. I try to be accurate in these posts, but I do miss things. Please, tell me if you know something is inaccurate here in this post and I will try to fix it.

Listed in categories of Picture Books, Middle Grade books, YA books, Adult books, Graphic Novels, and Non-Fiction. Listed in those categories by the authors last name.

Books with a * next to them mean (As far as I am able to tell.) that the book is by a debut author. Easier to support debuts that way!

Here we go! :)


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All of these books look amazing! Are you looking forward to any of these? What books are you looking forward to? Tell me here or on Twitter, I'm always looking to add books to my TBR list! :)