Hi guys! I feel like I owe you an apology for being so on and off with blogging here (I realize I don’t, but I feel obligated to do so), so here is my sorry! I have been extremely busy with life things and it’s hard to find the time to sit and write. I have been working on school and other things like Justine Magazine (more on that later).

So, I’m trying really hard to get back into the swing of blogging. I’ll be back again once I get things worked out and school starts to wind down (only 30 days left!!!!). This means I’ll be writing when I can and maybe not always on time, so please bear with me while I get through everything!

Since I last blogged here, I published a few more articles on Justine‘s website. The first is part of a series of articles I’ll have out about How to Bookstagram and I start with an interview with Nani (@booksthetics). The other one is a list of summery books to help you stay warm in these wintery days! I’ve read every one of the books listed and I enjoyed them all! The Loose Ends List was definitely one of my favorites on there, but all of them are ones you definitely want to check out.

I’ve gone to a few book signings in the past week! They were incredible and well worth the three hour drive to Chicago. I had the opportunity to meet Laini Taylor (Strange the Dreamer) and Laura Ruby (Bone Gap) on Monday, and I met Cecilia Vinesse (Seven Days of You) and Jilly Gagnon (#famous) on the 30th. I also go to talk with them individually for Justine and hopefully those pieces will be out soon!

I was accepted to New York University, and until financial aid comes through am not committed to a college. Things are falling together and I’m excited to see where this takes me! It has been a tough year for me, and I’m almost to the end. I honestly can’t believe how fast time has flown.

Until next time!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

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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 🙂

General Update: My Bookish Life no.8 vol. 2

General Update: My Bookish Life no. 7 vol. 2

Hi, guys! I don’t know what’s with people today but I cannot handle them. Work has brought in a special brand of stupidity and I can’t figure out why. I had someone ask me if we donate our pens. Yes, donate our pens. Time out here, if you just want our pens, take them. Don’t ask, and I probably won’t miss it. Second of all, why would we donate pens. What good do pens do for donation unless it’s specifically for schools? I totally get it if you want our nice pens, I do enjoy a good pen myself, but unless it seems like we’re selling them or donating them don’t ask about it.

Even though this week was only a four day week I felt exhausted by the end of it. I had my orchestra concert Wednesday night, and it went well, but it was extremely long. I also woke up with a cold on Wednesday and have had it through today. I can’t wait to be done with it. Thursday I had a senior class meeting where we took a class photo and got our caps and gowns. Except they messed up the gowns so we didn’t actually get them. Thankfully I have mine already because my sister graduated last year so I get the hand-me-downs. Last night I played at senior night for basketball. It made me nostalgic for time that hasn’t happened yet (I must credit this paraphrased line to We Are Okay by Nina LaCour, which I started at the games last night). On the other hand, it might have been the book that was inspiring that mood in me. I went out with some friends after the game and it was fun to see them all again.

Last night my friend stayed the night and this morning we watched Gilmore Girls because she hasn’t seen it yet. Anyway, I worked today and then went home because I’m tired and sick. 

This week’s pretty low key so that’s good. I can’t believe it’s already March! 

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

 P. S. This was written yesterday and posted today. 

Hi everyone! It’s Beth over at The Books Are Everywhere, and I’m here to talk about one of my new favourites! Here’s my review for the incredible Caraval, which don’t worry – I have begged Sophie to read 🙂

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Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.
But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

Oh. My. Gosh. Where do I even start with this book? Well, let’s just say it took me only 2 days to finish this 407 page novel – and I wouldn’t say I’m a quick reader!

“Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality.

This book is poetry. It is a spell, cast over every single reader. It is majestic, enchanting and truly mind-boggling. Stephanie has created such an amazing world in my head, and it has completely taken over my brain for the past couple of days.

It’s more than just a game or performance.

For a book with so many twists and turns, I also managed to follow every word. That is truly impressive for me. And for a fantasy book to capture my attention for that long, for so many hours when I should have been doing work, to inspire me to make both a playlist and a mood board (coming Thursday!), this book is just simply awesome.

Also, the romance isn’t cheesy! I’m going to try and do this spoiler-free, but OHMIGOD SHIPPING. SERIOUSLY. I SHIP THOSE TWO SO DAMN HARD. It wasn’t insta love. I didn’t know what was going to happen at any time. All of the reveals in this book came as a surprise – everything was so incredibly original!

Okay, so as you know I don’t usually fangirl over a novel, or characters. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever felt so invested in a fantasy world as I do now. I feel like this book has twisted my mind into loving circuses and carousels and beautiful, twisted cities with rivers for roads.

It’s the closest you’ll ever find yourself magic in this world.”

As you can probably gather, I also adored this world. Yes, it was dark and creepy. It was full of secrets and lies. It was twisty, and twisted. But at the same time, it was intriguing and captivating and just truly magical.

Stephanie Garber, I don’t know how I’m going to even attempt explain to you how grateful I am for your novel. This has to be the first fantasy I have truly fallen in love with, and is definitely the best fantasy I’ve ever read…and my favourite of the year so far. To put it simply – I LOVE YOU.

Oh, and to back up my claims about this book, it’s been out for only 21 days and it already has over 6000 Goodreads ratings. If that’s since the release, over 285 people have rated this book a day. And it has an overall rating of 4.14 stars. That means it has a higher rating than The Night Circus and Red Queen – two of the most famous, most hyped fantasy novels in YA fiction. No wonder everyone is talking about this novel.

So, without a doubt this book simply has to be given 5/5 moons from me. Gods teeth, it gets more than that. I’d give it 100 if I could!

P.S. UM. THIS BOOK IS GOING TO BE A MOVIE. FOX HAVE OFFICIALLY PURCHASED THE RIGHTS. I’M SO EXCITED!!

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Beth: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Book Chat: Help! Am I a Book Addict?

Hi, happy Wednesday! I hope you’re all having a wonderful week. I didn’t have school Monday, and since then I have been screwed up on what day of the week it is. I can’t complain too much – it’s an okay problem to have in the scheme of things.

Today I’ll be discussing the very serious topic of Book Addiction. Are you a book addict? What are the signs and symptoms of this disease?

What is a book addiction?

A book addiction is defined as a disease of literary lovers who cannot stop consuming the written word (spoken or read). These people eat, sleep, and dream of worlds known only to them and their books. Often times you will find these people cooped up in the corner of the room at a party with a book in their lap quietly ignoring the people while they escape into a different world. Be careful when approaching a book addict when they are reading. There is an array of reactions you may receive when taking them by surprise varying from a cold shoulder to an angry outburst.

Symptoms:

  • Bags under the eye
  • Sleep deprivation (due to reading through the night)
  • Increased coffee/tea/hot chocolate consumption
  • Carrying +1 book around with you anywhere (even if you know when you won’t have time to sit and read)
  • Intense craving to stay in a read your book
  • Cancelling plans because you’re “sick”
  • Telling friends and family you’re “going to sleep” when in actuality you’ll be reading for the next hour or so
  • Frequenting a bookstore, library, or any other source of literature
    • Visits may include getting another book to read after the one you’ve decided to read next
  • Finding solace in the shelves
    • Or simply by being surrounded by books
  • Looking at the stack of books you have and deciding you simply must get another because you need it
  • Obsessively checking the release date of a book
  • Repeatedly refreshing your browser to check if your book mail got left in the mail

Though this list of symptoms is certainly not complete, these are some behaviors of book addicts. You may have been reading this list and thinking – I do [insert behavior here]! Have no fear, I am a book addict too. I have come to embrace my addiction. Stay tuned next week for the next installment!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂