Hi! I told you I would get you the July and August reviews soon, and here is my July one. I was actually really surprised when I saw what book it was – it was a hugely anticipated read most of the time it strays from those so there aren’t too many pre-order double buys.

If you’re new to the subscription box community, welcome. I searched around a bit before settling on Uppercase Box which I found by accident. Every month Uppercase sends out a newly released YA book that is signed or has a book plate. Each box contains 2-3 bookish items that sometimes relate to the read or to each other. Other times they’re completely random, but they’re so fun to have nonetheless. There’s a bookmark that comes with codes that you can use at a special website that gives an enhanced reading experience as well. For more information please visit their website www.uppercasebox.com.

Since it’s well into August already there is no need to worry about spoilers for this box. July included:
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I cannot wait to read This Savage Song. I have heard so many good things about her writing, and I love the plot to this one. Her writing always seems so magical and all-consuming. Can you just take a minute to admire that gorgeous cover?! The rights to this movie have already been bought, and I hope something will come of it. I hope to start and finish it by the end of the month!

This box must have been curated just for me because one of my obsessions is office supplies. No j0ke, I love walking in Staples or the office supply section of Meijer (our region’s grocery store) and looking at all the pens and pencils. I also have a ton of pens. I love pens. Anyway, I loved the pencils and the sticky notes! I love to tab my books, and they are such cute designs. The vintage-y vibe reminded me a little of the Somee-cards that you see floating around on the internet. These will definitely be helping me out this coming school year. (I love BTS shopping too if you can imagine that.)

Okay that’s all for now! Happy reading,

Sophie🙂

Bookish Box Review: Uppercase Box July

Hi guys, it’s Beth here! So, I haven’t done a bookish debate for a while and there is one I’d like to discuss.

My lovely friend Emma over at The Book Crunch tends to prefer fantasy/paranormal over contemporary/romance. But I’m the opposite! I adore contemporary and always have – I read Jacqueline Wilson as a child when everyone else were massive Harry Potter fans! I have changed a lot now…and I’ll read basically all genres – but my heart is still pretty set on contemporaries! They’re just perfect, easy reads for me.

The main reason I’ve always loved contemporaries so much is because they enhance life. They show things aren’t always so bad, and everything can change in a week, a month, a year.

But…I see the other view, with fantasy and paranormal. Because they take you completely out of this world and show you another…a world that only exists in you and the authors head. One completely invented but still just as magical as the one that exists right here on earth. And maybe that’s what a book should do, invent another galaxy.

But I’ve always found a crazy kind of comfort in contemporary. They’re just so easy to read because you don’t have to think or imagine how weird super powers would work or why that evil vampire won’t just die already.

What do you think? Fantasy or contemporary?

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

Book Chat: Contemporary vs Fantasy

Wow, am I behind on these box reviews! I promise I will get you July and August as soon as possible! I was busy this summer, and it’s been hard to keep up with my book reviews as it is.

If you didn’t know, or haven’t read the title of this post, I’m reviewing the June edition of Uppercase Box. Uppercase is a monthly subscription box that sends signed first editions of the hottest YA reads of the month. I have been subscribed since November, and not once have I ever been disappointed in the choice of book and the contents that go along with it. Each box contains 2-3 bookish items that also go along with the book or are just fun bookish items (i.e. earrings, scarves, sticky notes, etc.). There is no set theme that goes with each month so it’s a surprise every time. For more information and to subscribe yourself, visit their website www.uppercasebox.com.

I received June’s Uppercase right before I left for Brown thankfully. Of course I took the book and goodies with me! This is what was included:

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I was so, so excited to see My Lady Jane in this package. I had been ogling it since I heard of its release, especially after learning a little bit about Lady Jane Grey in my Euro class. I love the cover, and I love the writing. I read it on the last leg of my trip out at Brown, and it accompanied me on the plane as well. You can read my full review of it here.

I LOVE the tote! I’m a tote person – one bag big enough to fit everything I need, especially a book – and I was equally as excited when I saw Risa’s design on it. In the past I’ve received a lot of her designs through Uppercase and I love it every time. They’re so fun and pretty! I can’t wait to use this one more🙂

I’m not much of a magnet person, but I’m the only supplier of them in my household. It’s funny because they’re all bookish magnets, and my mom likes to use them. I can’t wait to take them to college and put them on my mini fridge because then I’ll actually get to use them myself.

All in all this was a wonderful box! You definitely need to take a minute to go check them out.

Happy reading!

Sophie🙂

 

Bookish Box Review: Uppercase Box June

Hi there Monday! It’s another week which means more new books! I love looking for more new reads, and this helps me find them.

This week’s releases

ICYMI here’s some news for you

  • Sarah Dessen will be publishing a new book

Dessen will be publishing a new book summer of 2017. It is titled Once and For All and centers around a girl who has just graduated high school. What would a Dessen novel be without a little bit of romance, so believe me when I say there will likely be a bit of boy drama! Read the official announcement from Publisher’s Weekly here.

  • 2 books added to An Ember in the Ashes series

Last Tuesday Sabaa Tahir announced two new additions to her Ember series. Books three is expected to come out in 2018, but nothing concrete has been set. An official announcement can be found here.

  • April Tucholke sold 2 more books

This week on Instagram April Tucholke, author of Wink Poppy Midnight, posted a photo of her book deal. It is described as a Beowulf re-imagining and is titled The Boneless Mercies. The first book is slated to be published in 2018.

  • 3 new books coming from Pottermore

Pottermore Presents will be releasing 3 new stories from its archives. They are set to come out on September 6 in the ebook format. View the Twitter announcement here.

  • Kami Garcia released tour dates and stops for The Lovely Reckless

Mark your calendars October 3-10! Kami Garcia will be launching her latest book The Lovely Reckless. Garcia is also taking part of the Fierce Reads Fall Tour which includes many other authors like Leigh Bardugo and Marissa Meyer. Find the full tour here.

That’s all I can remember (I really need to start writing these down). I hope you have a great week!

Happy reading,

Sophie🙂

Bookish News: 22 August 2016

Hi guys! I read this back in July, and although I didn’t like it as much as Anna it was still pretty good.

Here’s what Lola is about:

Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and

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fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

Publisher: Speak

Release date: August 2014 (originally published 29 September 2011)

Edition: Paperback, USA, Alternate cover

Page #: 338

Genre: Contemporary, Romance

My rating: 4/5 stars

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To sum up the story in one word it would be sweet. I like Lola and her quirkiness, and I love Cricket Bell. This is a cute character driven book, and I love how it quietly continues Anna’s story as well.

Lola has dads, and I thought to myself – wow, Stephanie Perkins was way ahead of the game back then, and I appreciate it. It’s not a huge element of the book. This isn’t a story about a girl who has to deal with having two dads. This is a story about a girl who is trying to figure out who she is through costume. The more I sit on my thoughts about Lola the more I appreciate her. She is unapologetically herself, and it takes a lot to do that.

One thing that bugged me most about Lola was how small-minded she was at times, especially when it came to Max. (Max is gross.) She was so quick to assume things and it would have been much easier for everyone if she wasn’t so set on staying with Max.

I love Lola’s dads!! They are the most supportive, strict parents and it’s incredible. Again Perkins doesn’t play into stereotypes where it would be easy to. Their sexuality is part of the book but it isn’t the focus of the book, and I appreciate that. I like how they balance each other out too. They’re the real OTP.

The relationship between Cricket and Lola is an interesting one. I love the idea of having someone who has known you forever and falling in love with them. Classic boy-next-door trope, and a bonus that you don’t usually have to explain your embarrassing moments to them. But hey that’s not everything. I like how weird Cricket is. He’s an awkward child, and he’s still trying to figure out who he is too. I like how they develop over the story.

Okay that’s all for now folks, happy reading,

Sophie🙂

Book Review:Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Hi there! I keep forgetting people who actually know me sometimes read my blog and then I’m surprised when they know things about me I haven’t told them. Here’s to you guys for being really supportive (or just really nosy)!

This week

It was my last week off from band before we really dig out heels in and complete our show. I never knew what to do with my last week, but thankfully mine was decently busy.

My friends are starting to move into their dorms at college, and I’m really sad. I can’t believe they’re going to start such an exciting new chapter of life, and I can’t wait to see what happens. I’m looking forward to seeing them soon, and it’s going to be a blast when I visit them and when we all come back together again. In the mean time, I don’t know what I’m going to do without them. My best friends – leaving! I wish them all the luck with their freshman years, and I’m so so excited to see them again (very) soon.

I worked a lot this week. I worked every day except Monday and Tuesday. I also work all weekend, and then on my days off from band next week. I love my job. My boss did tell me I don’t smile enough so I guess I should work on that.

I got some of my own college applications done! It’s both a relief and really nerve wracking to be working on them. I really want them to be worked on enough that I feel comfortable when school starts.

IT WAS DATE DAY ON FRIDAY!!! I had been looking forward to that all week, and I was SO NERVOUS when he picked me up. I had a good time, and he was so nice. I forgot what it’s like to date nice guys, and it was so refreshing how respectful he was. We got asked if we were siblings, which is weird because we don’t even look alike. AT ALL. All in all, it was a good date and I see a second one in the near future🙂

I FINISHED A BOOK THIS WEEK GUYS. I’M SO PROUD. It’s been a tough August on me for some reason. I’m not even in a slump I don’t think. Anyway, I started Kids of Appetite by David Arnold, which I am so excited. I read Mosquitoland last year, and it’s one of my favorite books. So far, I’m loving KOA, and I can’t wait to share more with you guys!

Today

There’s a music festival thing that’s going on in my town today where local bands perform in and around town. I think I might go if I’m bored. Otherwise I work a close shift today. (It’s not with the woman I always work with and it’s weird because she’s on vacation all this coming week and oh my god what am I going to do without her too?!)

Next week

Band starts back up. We don’t have two-a-days anymore thankfully. I don’t mind them, but they’re a lot of work and are super time consuming. I’m going to start practicing my bassoon before rehearsals I think because I really need to get back into the swing of playing my beloved again.

I will hopefully finish KOA this weekend or early next week and start Girl in Pieces. I keep hearing so many good things about this book, and I’m really excited to dig into it!

That’s all for now folks!

Happy reading!

Sophie🙂

General Update: My Bookish Life pt. 23

book blogger test

Hey happy Friday! I’m back here again with another book tag because I can. I found this on Lizzy’s blog My Little Book Blog. It’s an excellent blog and y’all need to go check it out.

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE BOOK PET HATES?

  1. Forced love triangles – Drama is okay here and there, but the love triangle that goes on wayyyy too long? Ugh I hate it.
  2. Bad books with pretty covers – Okay so maybe this is a little petty, but I buy a good portion of books on looks. I hate getting suckered in by the cover and not liking the book.
  3. Love at first sight – It’s so unrealistic! I know it happens for some people, but for the most part people have to get to know each other first.

DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT READING SPOT

I want a nook that is cozy and tucked away from the world. It will overlook something nature-y with a big window and lots of pillows. And a blanket. I would also have a way to store as many books there as possible. I’m all about space conservation.

TELL US THREE BOOK CONFESSIONS

  1. I dog-ear my pages. It happens when I’m in need of a bookmark and I don’t have anything in my hand to stick in my book. Pro tip: When you dog-ear use the bottom of the page. Less words there usually.
  2. If you read my Wednesday post it wouldn’t surprise you if I said I write in my books. I love to read my notes in the margins when I reread. It’s about the conversation between me and the book! It’s something I don’t always do, but I will if I want to.
  3. I know I’ve confessed to not reading Harry Potter all the way through, so another series I haven’t read is The Lord of the Rings. I know, I know Tolkien is practically in literary cannon, but I just haven’t gotten into the book series! It’s not that I’m against fantasy, I love a good fantasy, it’s just that it’s never been high on my list of reading. I’m sure I’ll get to it eventually, but not quite yet.

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED DURING A BOOK?

I cried reading Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin. The feels just hit me, and I couldn’t help myself! One that really had me going with the waterworks was The Memory Book by Lara Avery. I highly highly recommend this book. It’s an excellent story that doesn’t get nearly as much hype as it should.

HOW MANY BOOKS ARE ON YOUR BEDSIDE TABLE?

Depends what bedside table. I have 2 because I’m staying with my sister (long story short, our rental house flooded in the basement where my parents were staying and we only have 2 real bedrooms here). On that one I have at least 10. On this one at home I have one because my mom made me move everything to my actual bookshelves. I have a lot of them packed up too though. I can’t wait to move.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SNACK TO EAT WHILE YOU’RE READING?

Food. I like food. Honestly it doesn’t really matter to me what I eat as long as I like it. I’ve eaten chocolate, salami, dinner, lunch, breakfast. One of my favorite things to do is read and eat my meals. I read with my breakfast almost everyday.

NAME THREE BOOKS YOU WOULD RECOMMEND TO EVERYONE

This is like asking me to pick a favorite child!!!!!!! Okay I think I’ll go with my favorite ones that aren’t as hyped as they should be.

  1. You Were Here by Cori McCarthy – Seriously guys, you need to go read this book right now. It’s about a girl who is still coping with the crushing grief from the death of her older brother. There are 4 other characters whose stories go with hers, and  it’s immaculate. I love Cori’s writing! It’s gorgeous, just like her🙂 (review | interview)
  2. Not if I See You First by Eric Lindstrom – I could not stop laughing when I read this book. It’s about a girl named Parker who is blind and is one of the sassiest characters you’ll ever meet. I love her strength and self-confidence (and her rules!!). I love how Linstrom portrays this disability. Though Parker is blind, it isn’t the defining thing of the story. It’s more about Parker’s story and how she develops as a person. (review)
  3. The Girl Who Fell by S. M. Parker – This book talks the importance of relationships in your life. It’s about knowing who you are as a person, and what affect your relationship with another has on who that is. I love how Zephyr is portrayed in this book, and I love that she has an excellent support system. Zeph is a beacon of hope to those who have experienced or think they are in an abusive relationship whether it’s physical, emotional, or psychological. Never let someone silence you! (review | interview)

SHOW US A PICTURE OF YOUR FAVOURITE BOOKSHELF ON YOUR BOOKCASE

Lol throwback to that time when my books were kind of organized. I don’t currently have a favorite shelf, but I’ll definitely have an updated shelfie when we move in!

WRITE HOW MUCH BOOKS MEAN TO YOU IN JUST THREE WORDS

Whole New World

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST READING SECRET?

 I haven’t read a lick of Morgan Matson. I own two of her books so acquiring the material is definitely not a problem, but I just haven’t gotten around to reading them yet. I will read The Unexpected Everything this month for The Book Junkies and I’m so excited!

Who I’m tagging

Anyone who has a double letter in their names (i.e. Theodore, Lily, etc.)

Happy reading!

Sophie🙂

Q & A Friday: The Book Blogger Test

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Bookish News: 15 August 2016

Hi guys! It’s another Monday which means another installment of Bookish News. I hope you all are enjoying these because it’s really fun to compile these! 

This week’s releases

  • Vicarious by Paula Stokes
  • Cherry by Lindsey Rosin
  • Friends is Friends by Greg Cook
  • Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliot
  • The Almost King by Lucy Saxon
  • The Edge of Light by Elizabeth George 
  • The Flame Never Dies by Rachel Vincent

    I’ll link th Goodreads pages when I get a chance but I’m actually writing from my phone right now which is hard in and of itself lol 😂

    ICYMI here’s a mini recap of last week

    • Renee Ahdieh will publish a second duology

    Bustle’s website had all the details surrounding Ahdieh’s new books deal. The first book is titled The Flame in the Mist and is going to be a retake on Mulan. Ahdieh says the setting of this new series is feudal Japan and will highlight Japanese culture like The Wrath and the Dawn. The first book is set to drop on May 2, 2017. 

    • Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman are creating a Southeast Asian anthology

    The anthology will include myths and legends again Asian culture and many short stories. Some contributing authors include Renee Ahdieh, Roshani Chokshi, Melissa de la Cruz, and Julie Kagawa. 

    • HarperCollins arranged a book deal with Lindsey Cummings and Sasha Alsberg

    Zenith is a book co-authored by the two ladies that was originally serialized and self-published as e-books. It follows an all girl intergalactic space crew set to defeat a dictator bent on civil war. 

    Alright folks that’s all for now! 

    Happy reading,

    Sophie🙂

    Hey guys! I received this book in the June Uppercase Box, and I loved it so much! For those of you who don’t know, I’m a bit of a history buff. I’ve taken AP Euro and US and I’m enrolled in AP World this year. I find it so fascinating! Lady Jane Grey is a story that is skimmed over so much in history, and I love that these ladies have given her one that is worthy of such a strong woman.

    Here’s some details about the book:

    26795352The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

    At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane gets to be Queen of England.

    Publisher: Harper Teen

    Release Date: 7 June 2016

    Edition: Hardcover, USA                                      My Rating: 5/5 stars

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    I was sooo excited when I saw this in my Uppercase box this June. It was one of my anticipated reads this year, and I accidentally had already bought a copy – good thing it was returnable! My edition is signed by all three authors courtesy of Uppercase.

    First off, can we just talk about the characters? All three of them are so wonderful and funny! Jane is one I identified with the most – not just because she was the only female. I love her bookish nature and that she took a book with her everywhere. She reminds me of a 16th century Rory Gilmore. (Anyone else watch Gilmore Girls?!) I feel like she was such a wonderful woman and this book makes me want to meet her!

    One of my favorite elements of the book was the magic. It added a heightened sense of humor and steered away from a very politically charged subject. (King Henry VIII creating the Anglican church to marry Anne Boleyn upset just a few people and there is the whole Catholic vs. Protestant thing.) I feel that if they hadn’t done this it would have gotten very political very fast.

    The writing style is gorgeous. It’s witty and one of the best collaborations I’ve read. I love how it combines historical elements with magic. The narrators become their own characters and I love the relationship they form with the reader. Their snarky comments and little historical factoids make this one of the most fun reads.

    That’s all for now!

    Happy reading,

    Sophie🙂

    Book Review: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows