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Bookish News: 20 March 2017

Hey there! Happy Monday! I feel a little dead inside. I recently started watching Glee again, and now I’m struggling to decide which to do – read or watch Glee. Seriously, how do you people choose?! Someone help me!

Anywho, here’s some news for you today!

  • Blood Family by Anne Fine / Goodreads
  • Hellworld by Tom Leveen / Goodreads
  • Nemesis by Brendan Reichs / Goodreads
  • Shadow Run by AdriAnne Strickland and Michael Miller / Goodreads
  • Ten Miles One Way by Patrick Downes / Goodreads
  • The Hidden Memory of Objects by Danielle Mages Amato / Goodreads

ICYMI here are a few things that happened last week:

  • Jennifer Aniston joins Dumplin’ cast

Last week Thursday EpicReads shared Jennifer Aniston joining the cast for the movie based on Julie Murphy’s latest novel Dumplin’. Dumplin’ was published in 2015 and was well received among her fans and new readers alike. No definitive details about the movie’s release has been revealed yet.

  • Jenny Han announced her Spring Tour

The tour for Jenny Han’s new novel was released last Wednesday. Always and Forever Lara Jean, the third installment of the series, is set to be released May 2nd this year. Stops begin with her release party in New York City at Powerhouse Bookstore (RSVP for that here). A few stops will include guest author Jennifer E. Smith (Windfall) and will end with a farewell party in The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles.

There was so much I wanted to share with you but I had to keep this short! Let me know if you’re going to either of the events in Chicago! I’ll be there 🙂

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Welcome to the club my friend! We’ve been waiting for you. I, myself, am a proud book addict and absolutely love hanging out in all places bookish. You may have recognized yourself whilst reading my last post on this (Book Chat: Help! Am I a Book Addict?). If you do, then welcome; if you didn’t, then I hope you can use these to better understand your friends who are.

Step one: Acknowledging you have a problem

Congratulations! This is sometimes the hardest part – saying you’re addicted to books makes it a real thing instead of something you can hide away in between the pages. There is a certain level of liberation you’ll feel after seeing this in yourself and admitting to it. That by any means doesn’t mean you’re yet done with it! You still have urges to sit in between the shelves of books, cancel plans last minute because you’re “sick,” and read all the time.

Step two: Finding ways to cope

Now I’m not saying that being a book addict is necessarily a bad thing! It only is kind of bad when it gets in the way of things like laundry and dishes. It’s gross to eat off of plates crusty with last week’s pasta sauce. It’s nice to eat something that’s out of your fridge and not a restaurant. The best way to manage your time is to read while doing other things. Ride a bus? Read on your commute. Cooking dinner? Doing the dishes? Listen to an audiobook. There are so many ways to consume literature and I promise there are great ways to do so.

Step three: Find a support group a.k.a. a book club

Book clubs are the ultimate support group for book lovers. There are people here that can sympathize with you when you’re feeling those feels, especially when you read those gut wrenching books. Here you’re going to find people with different perspectives that will let you see your reading in a new light.

Step four: Read

Seriously, why should you stop reading? Reading is one of, if not the best way to explore new worlds. Books give you a new perspective on the world and develops empathy within you. They make you think and feel and it truly brings the world (and more) to you in the span of a few hundred pages.

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Book Chat: So You’re a Book Addict – What Now?

Bookish News:13 March 2017

Hey there! Can’t wait to see what’s coming out this week? No worries then, I’m here to tell you!

This week’s releases:

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander / Goodreads
  • Freya by Matthew Laurence / Goodreads
  • Hunted by Megan Spooner / Goodreads
  • Maid of the King’s Court by Lucy Worsley / Goodreads
  • Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp / Goodreads
  • The End of Oz by Danielle Paige / Goodreads
  • Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling / Goodreads

I’m sure there are more coming out, but alas I cannot remember or find them.

Here is some (book) news to satiate your curious mind:

  • SimonTeen is releasing a Buffy The Vampire Slayer book

This book will be released by SimonTeen October 3rd. It’s a watcher’s guide in celebration of the show’s 20 years. Here is the official description:

A special hardcover collector’s edition of the authorized Buffy the Vampire Slayer Watcher’s Guides, now with updated content from the cast and crew!

As long as there have been vampires, there has been the Slayer. One girl in all the world to find them where they gather and to stop the spread of their evil and the swell of their numbers.

From the first vampire staking to the last glimpse of Sunnydale, Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a genre-busting hit, attracting millions of fans worldwide. Even now, two decades later, Buffy the Vampire Slayer still plays a role in shaping an entire generation of media.

Just in time for the show’s twentieth anniversary, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Watcher’s Guides have been compiled into one hardcover collector’s edition for the first time! Inside, you’ll find all the best content from Volumes 1–3 of the original Watcher’s Guides, as well as exclusive new content, including never-before-seen interviews with the cast and crew.

– See more at: http://rivetedlit.com/2017/03/10/buffy-the-vampire-slayer-20-years-of-slaying-and-something-special/#sthash.u70WJlhb.dpuf

Click here to see the full story and see the cover!
  • Warcross cover reveal
This past Friday, the cover for Marie Lu’s new novel Warcross was revealed. Bloggers and bookstagrammers helped Lu and PenguinTeen with this. It’s set to come out this October on the 3rd. The book takes a starling turn from the original series that Lu has written. Here is the official description:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu—when a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths.

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all. (Goodreads)

Entertainment Weekly also revealed the cover along with an excerpt of the book.
What do you think? Looks great doesn’t it?! I haven’t read any of Lu’s books aside from Legend but I’m sure I’ll get around to reading them at some point (hopefully anyway).
Happy reading!
Sophie 🙂

Hi, there! I haven’t blogged here in a few weeks, but I’ve been pretty busy! And tired. I was sick (like physically ill) and tired a lot, so I didn’t have the energy to blog. I have missed you all here! I’m glad to be back. Tomorrow I’ll have my review of The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon up, and I’m excited for you to read it 🙂

This week I started it off going to Chicago for a field trip. We went to go see a live performance of Romeo and Juliet. I loathe the play. I’ve read it a few times, and I just did not like it. Seeing the performance changed my entire perspective. I fell in love, and I am more forgiving of the characters and the story. I had a lot of fun hanging out with the AP kids too. Some of my friends were on the trip and we just got to hang out on Navy Pier before and after the play for a little bit. The rest of the week was pretty low key. My friends left on Thursday for New York city for a Model UN trip and I miss them.

Next week it’s just going to be pretty regular. One week closer to the end of the month which means one week closer to hearing back from 5 colleges. I’m anxious to hear back so I’ve been a bit stressed out. I’m doing my best to not think about it, so I’m throwing myself into reading.

Right now I’m currently reading #famous by Jilly Gagnon. This is a debut novel, and it’s cute, but I don’t quite like it as much as I thought I would. I’m also reading Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit for my fem lit class. I finished Difficult Women by Roxane Gay on Monday and absolutely loved it.

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

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